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(ESPN)   ESPN's "experts" again show their obvious East Coast bias with their World Series predictions. A whole 3 out of 49 picked the Yankees, and a whopping 1 picked the Red Sox. For shame, guys   (espn.go.com) divider line 236
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2012-04-04 11:28:30 AM
And yet the ESPN Power Rankings just came out with the Yankees in the #1 slot. Funny, that.
 
2012-04-04 11:39:12 AM
They've switched to a west coast bias.
 
2012-04-04 11:40:38 AM
Five guys picked the Phillies. The Phillies won't even win their own division this year.
 
2012-04-04 11:43:28 AM

Chastain86: And yet the ESPN Power Rankings just came out with the Yankees in the #1 slot. Funny, that.


Power rankings are obviously not to be taken seriously, but I'd love to know what possible justification there can be for thinking the Yankees are the best team in baseball.
 
2012-04-04 11:47:32 AM
WTF are these guys on picking the Blue Jays?
 
2012-04-04 11:51:25 AM

GAT_00: WTF are these guys on picking the Blue Jays?


The Blue Jays might have the best team they've had since the Cito Gaston era but, yeah, that division they play in is murder.
 
2012-04-04 11:52:14 AM

sigdiamond2000: Chastain86: And yet the ESPN Power Rankings just came out with the Yankees in the #1 slot. Funny, that.

Power rankings are obviously not to be taken seriously, but I'd love to know what possible justification there can be for thinking the Yankees are the best team in baseball.


I'm no Yankee fan, but as I said in the other thread I don't think it's at all ridiculous to at least put them in the discussion.

GAT_00: WTF are these guys on picking the Blue Jays?


I'd like the Blue Jays' chances if they weren't in that gauntlet of a division.
 
2012-04-04 11:58:19 AM

sigdiamond2000: Power rankings are obviously not to be taken seriously, but I'd love to know what possible justification there can be for thinking the Yankees are the best team in baseball.


They're the Yankees?

I see not one person picked the Royals to win the World Series. You will rue the day...RUE IT!!
 
2012-04-04 12:04:51 PM

mitchcumstein1: I see not one person picked the Royals to win the World Series.


I've got Hosmer and Butler on my fantasy team this year. Please let them know I'm expecting big years out of both of them.
 
2012-04-04 12:08:42 PM

mitchcumstein1: I see not one person picked the Royals to win the World Series. You will rue the day...RUE IT!!


On the plus side for you, this is the first time in a long time that the Royals are a probably a better pick than my Mets. So...congrats?
 
2012-04-04 12:09:52 PM
I wouldn't worry about ESPN's baseball coverage, they will just be killing time in-between NFL stories all summer.
 
2012-04-04 12:10:57 PM

WTF Indeed: I wouldn't worry about ESPN's baseball coverage, they will just be killing time in-between NFL Tim Tebow stories all summer.


ftfy.
 
2012-04-04 12:13:03 PM

sigdiamond2000: I've got Hosmer and Butler on my fantasy team this year. Please let them know I'm expecting big years out of both of them.


We all are, we all are.

FreakinB: On the plus side for you, this is the first time in a long time that the Royals are a probably a better pick than my Mets. So...congrats?


One team at a time, baby.
 
2012-04-04 12:13:14 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-04-04 12:17:26 PM
There do seem to be a lot of people on crack in this "experts group." There also happen to be a lot of predictions for the Diamondbacks to win the National League. But I'm repeating myself.
 
2012-04-04 12:40:51 PM
Pineda is all hype. He hasn't proven a thing at the MLB level yet and now he's hurt. You can't predict a team will be successful based on the hype surrounding some unproven starting pitchers.
 
2012-04-04 12:45:17 PM

mitchcumstein1: FreakinB: On the plus side for you, this is the first time in a long time that the Royals are a probably a better pick than my Mets. So...congrats?

One team at a time, baby


Yup. Also, could you make sure that sigdiamond2000's message to Hosmer and Butler also gets to Moustakas? Thanks.

/it's a keeper league and he went for less than I expected
 
2012-04-04 12:49:39 PM

FreakinB: Moustakas


I'm not sold on him. Everybody else around here is, I'm not.

That said, he'll probably go apeshiat this year.
 
2012-04-04 12:57:22 PM

mitchcumstein1: FreakinB: Moustakas

I'm not sold on him. Everybody else around here is, I'm not.

That said, he'll probably go apeshiat this year.


He'll break out this year. He's much better than he showed in 2011 - his SLG should be way above that .367 he had last year
 
2012-04-04 12:57:23 PM
Happy to see the Tigers get some love.

Opening day tomorrow...I'll be there...weeeeeee!
 
2012-04-04 12:57:36 PM

SlothB77: Pineda is all hype. He hasn't proven a thing at the MLB level yet and now he's hurt.


He was a well above-average starting pitcher for 28 starts at the age of 22. This is not common.

GAT_00: WTF are these guys on picking the Blue Jays?


Baseball Prospectus has them as 4% likely to make the playoffs, even with the new wild card. It's hard to see them keeping up with the Yanks/Sox/Rays with the Jays' rotation. Quick: Name 3 guys in the the Jays' rotation. I sure can't.

FWIW, BP's picks:
AL East: Yankees
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers
AL WC1: Red Sox
AL WC2: Angels

NL East: Virtual tie between Phillies/Marlins/Braves
NL Central: Cardinals edging out Brewers
NL West: Giants
NL WC1: Brewers
NL WC2: Virtual tie between the Reds and the runner-up from the NL East trio above.
 
2012-04-04 01:05:22 PM

Rex_Banner: mitchcumstein1: FreakinB: Moustakas

I'm not sold on him. Everybody else around here is, I'm not.

That said, he'll probably go apeshiat this year.

He'll break out this year. He's much better than he showed in 2011 - his SLG should be way above that .367 he had last year


I hope you're right, he was bad at times last year, but he's young. I've just seen a lot of "next big things" fizzle out in this town.
 
2012-04-04 01:05:32 PM

Rex_Banner: mitchcumstein1: FreakinB: Moustakas

I'm not sold on him. Everybody else around here is, I'm not.

That said, he'll probably go apeshiat this year.

He'll break out this year. He's much better than he showed in 2011 - his SLG should be way above that .367 he had last year


I don't think the prognosticators are worried about the Royals' bats. If you pretend Chris Getz doesn't exist, and that the Hits Everything version of Jeff Francoeur shows up instead of the Hacks At Slop version, it's a pretty solid lineup. I'm assuming that Yuniesky Betancourt no longer has naked pictures of Royals' executives, and thus will be on the bench. In AAA.

I think it's more that their pitching will reach Situation Bruce Chen on Opening Day. You could make a case that Jonathan Sanchez is the best pitcher on the Royals, and while I was writing this sentence, Sanchez walked 4 guys and hit the on-deck batter.
 
2012-04-04 01:08:39 PM

mitchcumstein1: I hope you're right, he was bad at times last year, but he's young. I've just seen a lot of "next big things" fizzle out in this town.


Angel Berroa and Bob Hamelin weep at your shenanigans. The Royals' ROY between them turned out pretty good, though.
 
2012-04-04 01:18:01 PM

chimp_ninja: Rex_Banner: mitchcumstein1: FreakinB: Moustakas

I'm not sold on him. Everybody else around here is, I'm not.

That said, he'll probably go apeshiat this year.

He'll break out this year. He's much better than he showed in 2011 - his SLG should be way above that .367 he had last year

I don't think the prognosticators are worried about the Royals' bats. If you pretend Chris Getz doesn't exist, and that the Hits Everything version of Jeff Francoeur shows up instead of the Hacks At Slop version, it's a pretty solid lineup. I'm assuming that Yuniesky Betancourt no longer has naked pictures of Royals' executives, and thus will be on the bench. In AAA.

I think it's more that their pitching will reach Situation Bruce Chen on Opening Day. You could make a case that Jonathan Sanchez is the best pitcher on the Royals, and while I was writing this sentence, Sanchez walked 4 guys and hit the on-deck batter.


Oh definitely. That offense was actually good last year - their 104 OPS+ was behind only the four playoff teams and the Red Sox. If they had any decent arms, they'd be a playoff contender.
 
2012-04-04 01:20:51 PM

chimp_ninja: I think it's more that their pitching will reach Situation Bruce Chen on Opening Day. You could make a case that Jonathan Sanchez is the best pitcher on the Royals, and while I was writing this sentence, Sanchez walked 4 guys and hit the on-deck batter.


I could be their 4th starter. I'm not even farking around.

chimp_ninja: mitchcumstein1: I hope you're right, he was bad at times last year, but he's young. I've just seen a lot of "next big things" fizzle out in this town.

Angel Berroa and Bob Hamelin weep at your shenanigans. The Royals' ROY between them turned out pretty good, though.


I always liked Berroa, if only because calling him by his right name pissed off Kevin Keitzman.
 
2012-04-04 01:48:25 PM
Wow, no one really went out on a limb at all on the World Series picks.
 
2012-04-04 02:40:43 PM

chimp_ninja: You could make a case that Jonathan Sanchez is the best pitcher on the Royals, and while I was writing this sentence, Sanchez walked 4 guys and hit the on-deck batter.


As a Giants fan who has seen Sanchez pitch his whole career, I would advise you not to give up on the guy. Yeah, his control is off way too often, but that seems to be a mental thing--if he can somehow shake that, the guy has Cy Young Award quality stuff. Back in 2009, he was benched for a few starts because of his control problems, so he had some time stop and think about it, and when they had an unexpected need for an emergency started because injury to the scheduled starter (Randy Johnson, IIRC), they called on Sanchez. I happened the be at that game, and you can imagine how low my expectations were going in--I was dreading sitting there watching another walkstravaganza. Well, after about two innings, when the scoreboard showed that he has thrown something like 2 balls and 15 strikes and had made every hitter look like 12-year-old trying to bat against Sandy Koufax, I thought to myself "Holy shiat, this guy will throw a no-hitter tonight if he keeps this up." Which he, in fact did that night, while striking out 11 and walking nobody, and it would've been a perfect game if that asshole and current Dodger (but I repeat myself) Juan Uribe hadn't made an error on a easy ground ball in the late innings. It was the most dominant pitching performance I recall ever seeing--Jesus H. Christ himself couldn't have gotten a hit off the guy that night.

And he was a total stud down the stretch in 2010, too--the Giants would've never made it to the playoffs that year, let alone won the World Series, without Sanchez. For the last couple weeks of the regular season, he was the guy--on the strongest pitching staff around--that Giants fans wanted to start the "must win" games, and he came up big every time. At a time when Lincecum, Cain, and Bumgarner suddently didn't seem themselves for a couple of weeks (and Zito unfortunately did seem himself), Sanchez was The Man.

Then, of course, he lost focus in the World Series and the control problems came back, and he's never fully regained the focus. But he can. He's shown that he has the physical ability to consistently throw strikes and stuff to make any hitter in the game look bad, so I'm convinced that his control problems are mental. I like the guy, and I hope that for his sake, a change of team will break that cycle and help him focus. I know he can do, so I hope he does do it, because he can be a great pitcher and he deserves to have some success.
 
2012-04-04 02:45:29 PM
What is Ravech smoking?
 
2012-04-04 02:47:17 PM
There must be something wrong here - 0 out of 49 picked the Cubs to even win their division when everybody knows this is THE YEAR. Book it. Done.
 
2012-04-04 02:49:50 PM
I like that 15 of them picked the dbacks to lose the world series. None to win. Interesting.
 
2012-04-04 02:50:41 PM
Suttcliffe picks the Nationals to be in the world series?
 
2012-04-04 02:51:03 PM
The claims of east coast bias stem from the excessive coverage of those teams, not whether they pick em to win.
 
2012-04-04 02:51:33 PM
Sorry, but these guys are no more "experts" at picking the World Series than anyone in this thread.

And, as a Braves fan, what farking decade is the guy who picks the Braves to play in the World Series living in? I'd be happy if they finished higher than 4th in their division.
 
2012-04-04 02:52:12 PM
7 picked my Rays.

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-04 02:53:09 PM

W.C.fields forever: Suttcliffe picks the Nationals to be in the world series?


The Nats have insane amounts of talent, but I don't see this year as the year it all comes together.
 
2012-04-04 03:00:40 PM
I think it's fairly obvious the ESPN bias relates to the amount of coverage NYY and BOS get, not necessarily the tone of that coverage.

/yankee fan
 
2012-04-04 03:01:24 PM
Meh.

This is my favorite time of year. March Madness is over. Spring is here. Flowers and females are in bloom.

Go outside and DO SOMETHING rather than sitting on your asses and watching the least physically demanding professional "sport" that exists.

TV is off until the NFL regular season resumes.
 
2012-04-04 03:02:18 PM

FreakinB: W.C.fields forever: Suttcliffe picks the Nationals to be in the world series?

The Nats have insane amounts of talent, but I don't see this year as the year it all comes together.


I just googled the Nats.

/did not realized they are tied for 1st place as of this morn
 
2012-04-04 03:05:26 PM
What players are the redsox going to steal from the padres this year?
 
2012-04-04 03:06:28 PM

jackiepaper: The claims of east coast bias stem from the excessive coverage of those teams, not whether they pick em to win.


Well there was that time where virtually everybody there picked the Red Sox to win the World Series because they were the BEST TEAM EVERTM. It seemed a little biased, but that was a long time ago, right?

;)
 
2012-04-04 03:08:19 PM

FreakinB: The Nats have insane amounts of talent, but I don't see this year as the year it all comes together.


Assuming Strasburg stays healthy, that's a meaty rotation they'll be throwing out there. I'll even spot them the yearly Zimmerman injury and assume he misses half the season with a torn penis; them actually winning the NL East wouldn't surprise me.
 
2012-04-04 03:09:20 PM
As I Braves fan, I ask the three that picked them going to the World Series:

Why?
 
2012-04-04 03:10:55 PM

sigdiamond2000: Chastain86: And yet the ESPN Power Rankings just came out with the Yankees in the #1 slot. Funny, that.

Power rankings are obviously not to be taken seriously, but I'd love to know what possible justification there can be for thinking the Yankees are the best team in baseball.


PECOTA has the Yankees winning 94, the Rangers 91, and no one else more than 90.

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/fantasy/dc/
 
2012-04-04 03:12:33 PM

DeWayne Mann: PECOTA has the Yankees winning 94, the Rangers 91, and no one else more than 90.


Out of curiosity, how did PECOTA do last year?
 
2012-04-04 03:13:41 PM

Yanks_RSJ: Out of curiosity, how did PECOTA do last year?


If I remember, they were one of the top systems. It might take me awhile to check, though. Hold on.
 
2012-04-04 03:14:14 PM
So we have the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Jays in the running, but no one expects the Orioles to do anything. *sigh*

Go O's!!

/I don't have high expectations.
//.500 would be nice, but I'll even accept 76-86 at this point.
 
2012-04-04 03:14:15 PM
49 people and every single one of them has the Tigers winning the AL Central.
 
2012-04-04 03:15:37 PM

DeWayne Mann: PECOTA has the Yankees winning 94, the Rangers 91, and no one else more than 90.


I can believe that. I think taking the under on the 91.5 Vegas line for the Tigers would be solid.

/they still win the Central though.
 
2012-04-04 03:22:17 PM

degenerate-afro: So we have the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays and Jays in the running, but no one expects the Orioles to do anything. *sigh*

Go O's!!

/I don't have high expectations.
//.500 would be nice, but I'll even accept 76-86 at this point.


I could write the same exact post about the Mets and the NL East. So it goes.
 
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