Major League Baseball: 2013

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I was depressed. I didn't even watch Spring Training games this year. I was practically compelled (i.e. free beer) by friends to watch opening day. Yet, here the Sox stand 23 games into the season atop Major League Baseball: [ATTACH]1913[/ATTACH] Now I don't expect it to last, this being a bridge year and all for the Sox, but I will savor it while I can.
Given the full occupancy of their DL, the DBacks have been grinding out wins and have won more games in extra innings than any other team right now. I think we'll be in it for the long haul.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;342783]I was depressed. I didn't even watch Spring Training games this year. I was practically compelled (i.e. free beer) by friends to watch opening day. Yet, here the Sox stand 23 games into the season atop Major League Baseball: Now I don't expect it to last, this being a bridge year and all for the Sox, but I will savor it while I can.[/QUOTE] Do you recall when last year at the beginning of the season I expressed my dismay at the Yankees prospects for an even decent year? You are going to be equally off this year with the BoSox walking away with about a 10 game lead on everyone in the AL East by season's end.
[url=http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9230531/tom-ricketts-chicago-cubs-considers-leaving-wrigley-field-outfield-signage-not-approved]Tom Ricketts of Chicago Cubs considers leaving Wrigley Field if outfield signage not approved[/url] The odds of this happening are somewhere between zero percent and zero percent. I feel bad for Chicago Cubs fans in that they have such an ******* owner. Nice try at hardball, but no one is buying it.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;343015][url=http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/9230531/tom-ricketts-chicago-cubs-considers-leaving-wrigley-field-outfield-signage-not-approved]Tom Ricketts of Chicago Cubs considers leaving Wrigley Field if outfield signage not approved[/url] The odds of this happening are somewhere between zero percent and zero percent. I feel bad for Chicago Cubs fans in that they have such an ******* owner. Nice try at hardball, but no one is buying it.[/QUOTE] Is he trying to be Kaminiski of the 21st Century? It has been almost 100 yrs since the Black Sox. Seems about time for another one. Don't you wish it was the Yankees this time around?
[QUOTE=Desertpuma;342794]Given the full occupancy of their DL, the DBacks have been grinding out wins and have won more games in extra innings than any other team right now. I think we'll be in it for the long haul.[/QUOTE] You're in a little rut right now. [QUOTE=V1man;342806]Do you recall when last year at the beginning of the season I expressed my dismay at the Yankees prospects for an even decent year? You are going to be equally off this year with the BoSox walking away with about a 10 game lead on everyone in the AL East by season's end.[/QUOTE] The Red Sox and Yankees have the 1st and 2nd best records in the league after a month of baseball. Not too shabby being they were both predicted to be cellar dwellers by the media lluminati... [SIZE=5]AL East Champion Predictions:[/SIZE] [SIZE=4]ESPN:[/SIZE] [B]AL East[/B] Blue Jays 20 Rays 20 Orioles 2 [COLOR="#FF0000"]Yankees 1 Red Sox 0[/COLOR] [SIZE=4]MLB.COM[/SIZE] [B]AL East[/B] Rays 10 Blue Jays 6 Orioles 3 [COLOR="#FF0000"]Red Sox 1 Yankees 0[/COLOR] Out of 63 total writers, only two thought that the Red Sox or Yankees could win the division. TWO TOTAL. The season might only be 17% along, but the Blue Jays are already 10.5 games back and in serious trouble. The Rays don't look that spry either.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;343289]You're in a little rut right now. [/QUOTE] We're up and down. Part of that is the DL (which Didi Gregorius just went to) and part of it is the bullpen getting shaky. But we have some very solid guys in Prado, Goldschmidt, and our outfield. Most of our starting is fairly solid too. I'd rather have the injuries now than at the end of the season.
Best record after a month doesn't mean much. Last year at this time, the Rays had the best record and missed the playoffs. The Dodgers and Rangers were tied for the 2nd best record. One missed the playoffs and the other lost in the play in game of the playoffs (which may or may not count as making the playoffs depending on how you look at it).
[QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;343322]Best record after a month doesn't mean much. Last year at this time, the Rays had the best record and missed the playoffs. The Dodgers and Rangers were tied for the 2nd best record. One missed the playoffs and the other lost in the play in game of the playoffs (which may or may not count as making the playoffs depending on how you look at it).[/QUOTE] While I agree, It's always better to be winning. [U]Red Sox Records Through May 4th[/U] [B]2013[/B] 20-9 [B]2012[/B] 11-14 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] [B]2011[/B] 14-16 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] [B]2010[/B] 13-14 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] The last time the Red Sox did this well out of the gate... [B]2007[/B] 19-9 [COLOR=#00FF00]Wold Series Champion [/COLOR] Out of all the teams that made the playoffs in 2012, all were .500 or better on May 6th. Every game counts the same and once you get into a deficit (e.g.Toronto would have to go 20-10 over the next 30 games just to get to .500!) it's very hard to get out.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;343323][QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;343322]Best record after a month doesn't mean much. Last year at this time, the Rays had the best record and missed the playoffs. The Dodgers and Rangers were tied for the 2nd best record. One missed the playoffs and the other lost in the play in game of the playoffs (which may or may not count as making the playoffs depending on how you look at it).[/QUOTE] While I agree, It's always better to be winning. [U]Red Sox Records Through May 4th[/U] [B]2013[/B] 20-9 [B]2012[/B] 11-14 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] [B]2011[/B] 14-16 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] [B]2010[/B] 13-14 [COLOR=#FF0000]Missed Playoffs[/COLOR] The last time the Red Sox did this well out of the gate... [B]2007[/B] 19-9 [COLOR=#00FF00]Wold Series Champion [/COLOR] Out of all the teams that made the playoffs in 2012, all were .500 or better on May 6th. Every game counts the same and once you get into a deficit (e.g.Toronto would have to go 20-10 over the next 30 games just to get to .500!) it's very hard to get out. [/QUOTE] A bad start is always difficult to overcome because so few teams make the playoffs. It is also the reason why a good start doesn't mean you are going to make the playoffs. It just takes a bad week to knock you from the top to out of the playoffs.
[B]Interesting stats:[/B] The 5 teams with the current toughest [URL="http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos"]Strength Of Schedule[/URL] are all in the AL East. Also, every team in the AL East is at least a game over .500, while only 5 teams in the entire NL are over .500 for the season.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;350575][B]Interesting stats:[/B] The 5 teams with the current toughest [URL="http://espn.go.com/mlb/stats/rpi/_/sort/sos"]Strength Of Schedule[/URL] are all in the AL East. Also, every team in the AL East is at least a game over .500, while only 5 teams in the entire NL are over .500 for the season.[/QUOTE] The NL is just the inferior league to the AL. The NL will probably produce the team that wins the World Series again though. The NL teams just fare much better adjusting to the AL rules than the AL teams do adjusting to the NL rules.
[QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;350595]The NL is just the inferior league to the AL. The NL will probably produce the team that wins the World Series again though. The NL teams just fare much better adjusting to the AL rules than the AL teams do adjusting to the NL rules.[/QUOTE] I wouldn't say the NL is inferior. They just play the game the way it was intended: without a DH which forces the pitcher to hit. As a result, pitchers on NL teams have been batting all year long while AL pitchers only bat during interleague games and are out of practice. Why do you think Roger Clemens never played for a NL team in his career but would intimidate guys from the mound by launching at their head? This is why it was awesome when he had to step in the box versus Randy Johnson in the 2001 World Series between the Yanks and DBacks. You could see the fear in his eyes.
[QUOTE=Desertpuma;350666] Why do you think Roger Clemens never played for a NL team in his career[/QUOTE] Sorry Puma. Head over to [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clemero02.shtml"]baseball reference[/URL] and get back to us on that one... [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cy_Young_Award#National_League_.281967.E2.80.93present.29"]Feel free to read this as well.[/URL] Then, reformulate your argument. :D
[QUOTE=Bacchus;350670]Sorry Puma. Head over to [URL="http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/clemero02.shtml"]baseball reference[/URL] and get back to us on that one... [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cy_Young_Award#National_League_.281967.E2.80.93present.29"]Feel free to read this as well.[/URL] Then, reformulate your argument. :D[/QUOTE] Actually I did not know Clemens played for the Astros so that would be the fault in my argument more than anything. Then again, I rarely paid any attention to anything Clemens did after he got scared in the batter's box against Randy Johnson anyway.
[QUOTE=Desertpuma;350685]Actually I did not know Clemens played for the Astros so that would be the fault in my argument more than anything. Then again, I rarely paid any attention to anything Clemens did after he got scared in the batter's box against Randy Johnson anyway.[/QUOTE] He did win the Cy Young in the NL. Of course he was a juiced traitor at the time, but that is just me rambling... I'd argue the NL needs to adopt the DH for parity. It it sells more tickets, brings higher ratings and extends the careers of future HOFers. I love the idea of game purity, but we are well beyond that point. With the way contracts are going, all the big stars are/will be migrating to the AL being the DH postion is an option down the road.
[QUOTE=Desertpuma;350666]I wouldn't say the NL is inferior. They just play the game the way it was intended: without a DH which forces the pitcher to hit. As a result, pitchers on NL teams have been batting all year long while AL pitchers only bat during interleague games and are out of practice. Why do you think Roger Clemens never played for a NL team in his career but would intimidate guys from the mound by launching at their head? This is why it was awesome when he had to step in the box versus Randy Johnson in the 2001 World Series between the Yanks and DBacks. You could see the fear in his eyes.[/QUOTE] It isn't that the AL pitchers can't hit effectively, but more so the fact that the AL teams have to sit a key player that they normally rely on. For example, the Red Sox would have to bench Napoli if they were to make the World Series and move Ortiz over to 1st for games in NL stadiums. That is a loss of a big bat in Napoli and a gaping hole on defense at 1st base.
I'm more for purity of the game like Kevin Costner in Bull Durham. I think pitchers should have to swing just like any other player on the team.
[QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;350687]It isn't that the AL pitchers can't hit effectively, but more so the fact that the AL teams have to sit a key player that they normally rely on. For example, the Red Sox would have to bench Napoli if they were to make the World Series and move Ortiz over to 1st for games in NL stadiums. That is a loss of a big bat in Napoli and a gaping hole on defense at 1st base.[/QUOTE] Agreed. However, with Ortiz currently sitting with an OPS of 1.025 - I think putting Napoli behind the plate and playing Ortiz at first makes sense. It is probably the only situation this season with an AL over NL advantage at an NL park. No NL team has a spare part with that type of bang to play in the AL park which will outweigh that advantage. It's not like Napoli is a gold glove first baseman like AGonz (which made the situation much more complicated).
[QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;343322]Best record after a month doesn't mean much.[/QUOTE] How about best record in the American League through 80 games? :emmersed:
[QUOTE=Bacchus;350698]Agreed. However, with Ortiz currently sitting with an OPS of 1.025 - I think putting Napoli behind the plate and playing Ortiz at first makes sense. It is probably the only situation this season with an AL over NL advantage. No NL team has a spare part with that type of bang to play in the AL park which will outweigh that advantage. It's not like Napoli is a gold glove first baseman like AGonz.[/QUOTE] Obviously they would play Ortiz over Napoli. Napoli isn't a defensive first basemen by any means, but Ortiz is god awful defensively. I think they could move Napoli to catcher if they made the World Series, but Napoli wouldn't have played catcher in over a year.
[QUOTE=Desertpuma;350685]Actually I did not know Clemens played for the Astros so that would be the fault in my argument more than anything. Then again, I rarely paid any attention to anything Clemens did after he got scared in the batter's box against Randy Johnson anyway.[/QUOTE] The Astros with Clemens and Pettitte were actually swept in the World Series by the most dominant playoff team in recent history.
[QUOTE=Treetrunk;350885]the most dominant playoff team in recent history.[/QUOTE] I don't remember the Astros in the 2004 or 2007 World series and I have a pretty good memory.
[QUOTE=Bacchus;350888]I don't remember the Astros in the 2004 or 2007 World series and I have a pretty good memory.[/QUOTE] The 05 White Sox went 11-1 in the playoffs. Seems pretty dominant to me. Doesn't mean they were the best team, just had the best playoff run.
[QUOTE=TheFeedMachi;350894]The 05 White Sox went 11-1 in the playoffs. Seems pretty dominant to me. Doesn't mean they were the best team, just had the best playoff run.[/QUOTE] They played an NL team in the World Series that would not have even made the playoffs in the AL (the Astros would have been 6 games back of a wild card slot). Not to mention they caught a huge break with the Angels beating the Yankees and then sucking. Literally, all the "Cards" (the best team in baseball) fell in place that year. It was more of a great round of craps than a World Series of Poker win. Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time. Dominant? Not so much. Did they win? Yes.

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