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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
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2012-04-04 12:57:23 PM  
2 votes:
Happy to see the Tigers get some love.

Opening day tomorrow...I'll be there...weeeeeee!
2012-04-04 03:32:40 PM  
1 vote:
"For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;
the flowers appear on the earth;
the time of the singing of birds is come,
and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."

RIP Ernie

This is going to be a great year of baseball. Some of the picks were a little befuddling, but I like that a total of 15 teams are predicted to make the World Series. Some oddities from the list, (some mentioned above):

1. 42 of 49 experts picked a WS winner from the AL, even though they've lost two in a row.
2. Arizona was picked by 15 experts to make the WS and lose, none picked them to win.
3. The Yankees were only picked by four experts to make the WS. I hate the Yanks as much as the next guy, but they have a better than 8% chance they make it. Also, one of the guys that picked them was Adam Rubin, a Yankee shill.
4. Everybody picked the Tigers to win the Central. I think it is a safe pick more for the teams in the division other than the Tigers, although the Twins will be much better (last year was a fluke) and the Royals will be a .500 team.
5. 21 experts picked the Angels to make the WS, and 18 picked them to win. I think they'll be good, but it smells of bandwagon similar to the "unsinkable" Red Sox of last year.

All in all, I think there will be some great races this year, it will come down to health and luck in October. I'm pretty sure my Tigers will be there, I just hope we stay healthy and catch some luck.

/Bless you Boys!
2012-04-04 02:40:43 PM  
1 vote:

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 12:17:26 PM  
1 vote:
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.
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