03-04-2012, 09:30 AM
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Baseballl season is almost upon us and it looks like my team (The White Sox) have no chance for the next several years due to aging veterans and a depleted farm system. :@ That said, I still plan to enjoy the ride and look for any signs of life...who knows maybe there will be a miraculous season. That is the beautiful thing about baseball, hope springs eternal.

Who are your preason picks to win their respective divisions (let's not talk about the wild cards -an unfortunate development):

Here are my Picks:

National League

NL East: Philadelphia

NL Central: Cincinatti

NL West: Arizona

American League

AL East: Tampa Bay (A three team race?)

AL Central: Detroit

AL West: Los Angeles Angels (This one promises to be close with Texas)

Please submit your picks and we can compare at the end of the season.

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 03-05-2012, 05:41 PM
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I just like to get to the world champion winner & that is
NY Yankees.

however, some picks that I think will win their division. And don't forget wildcard teams which in 2012 will be expanded to 10 teams.

AL - Yankees
ALC- Detroit
ALW-Oakland

NL - Marlins
NLC-Cards
NLW-Giants

Remember the old saying "good pitching beats good hitting"

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 03-05-2012, 05:47 PM
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(03-05-2012, 05:41 PM)slantman Wrote: And don't forget wildcard teams which in 2012 will be expanded to 10 teams.

I hate the wildcard! It makes some sense in Football where you only play 16 games or whatever but after 162 games, if you don't win your division, you do not deserve to be in the playoffs. I am sick of seeing 85 win teams that get hot at the right time.


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 03-07-2012, 10:58 PM
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Agreeing with Slantman, the Yankees will take it. But being a life time fan has made me biased.
AL: NY Yankees
ALC: Detroit
ALW: Texas

NL: Phillies
NLC: Cards
NLW: Giants

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 03-08-2012, 06:35 AM
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I think the AL East will definitely be a good race. The division is loaded and it is a bit of a toss-up between the Yankees, Rays and Boston. I really like the Rays pitching and Joe Maddon as the manager. That said, it certainly would not be an upset if the Yankees take the division.

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 03-08-2012, 01:46 PM
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We got Pena back so I'm thinking this will be the year of the Rays! The NL can fall off the face of the earth as far as I'm concerned.

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 03-08-2012, 02:42 PM
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Its really going to be based on which team has the fewest injuries. These players are so delicateBiggrin

Already Yankee reliever David Robertson has a sprained foot from falling down while carrying (empty boxes) up stairs in his house. Was the guy drunk or what.

As the scooter would say "wholly cow"

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 03-09-2012, 03:14 PM
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NL East: Braves for my heart; Phillies for my head
NL Central: Cards
NL West: Diamondbacks

AL East: Rays
AL Central: Tigers
AL West: Rangers


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 03-13-2012, 09:36 PM
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(03-05-2012, 05:47 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(03-05-2012, 05:41 PM)slantman Wrote: And don't forget wildcard teams which in 2012 will be expanded to 10 teams.

I hate the wildcard! It makes some sense in Football where you only play 16 games or whatever but after 162 games, if you don't win your division, you do not deserve to be in the playoffs. I am sick of seeing 85 win teams that get hot at the right time.

I agree with you 100%. This year I turn 50, so as a young kid who loved baseball I remember when there were no divisions in baseball. All AL teams in one division, all NL teams in one division. winners of each of the two divisions went straight to the world series. I remember 1969 VERY well as that was the year that they made the east and west divisions and there were playoffs to get to the WS. That was also the year the Cubs blew a bazillion game lead in September to have the Mets squeak by them.

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 03-14-2012, 12:06 AM
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(03-05-2012, 05:47 PM)bullgoose Wrote: I hate the wildcard! It makes some sense in Football where you only play 16 games or whatever but after 162 games, if you don't win your division, you do not deserve to be in the playoffs. I am sick of seeing 85 win teams that get hot at the right time.

+1 on that

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 03-26-2012, 01:32 PM
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My predictions:

National League:
Central Reds
West Diamondbacks
East Phillies


American League
Central Tigers
West Texas
East Rays

I agree I hate the wild card too.

World Series Rays and Diamondbacks

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 03-26-2012, 01:48 PM
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About the only thing I can predict with real certainty is that the Mariners will finish many games back.

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 03-26-2012, 01:52 PM
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(03-26-2012, 01:48 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: About the only thing I can predict with real certainty is that the Mariners will finish many games back.

I'd bet on them being the worst team in the league, but then they'd get the #1 pick and the team isn't smart enough to lose enough to make the cut.

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 03-26-2012, 06:41 PM
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(03-26-2012, 01:48 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: About the only thing I can predict with real certainty is that the Mariners will finish many games back.

They have some good young talent and may be a force in a few years.

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 03-26-2012, 06:43 PM
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The season has not even started yet and my prediction of the Reds winning their division is not looking as good as it did. Ryan Madson, their closer, is out for the year. That hurts.

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 03-26-2012, 06:44 PM
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(03-26-2012, 06:41 PM)bullgoose Wrote:
(03-26-2012, 01:48 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: About the only thing I can predict with real certainty is that the Mariners will finish many games back.

They have some good young talent and may be a force in a few years.
Hmmm. How many times have I heard that before....


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 03-26-2012, 06:50 PM
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(03-26-2012, 06:44 PM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Hmmm. How many times have I heard that before....

They do not stack up to Texas or the Angels so you are right that they will not be a contender this year. They do have some talent though. I know that Justin Smoak did not have a very good year but I like the way the ball comes off his bat. He has a chance to be a great player. The M's starting pitching is excellent. If the GM does not screw things up, they should be a good team in two years.


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 03-26-2012, 09:23 PM
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You guys are not giving the Angels enough credit. I don't think Texas will three-peat. I'm a Brewers fan but I believe they have lost their edge for this year.

I'm terrible at predictions, so I will just say the Cubs and Seattle in the World Series. Smile I can dream.

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 03-26-2012, 09:28 PM
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(03-26-2012, 09:23 PM)Johnny Wrote: You guys are not giving the Angels enough credit.

The Angels are a great team and it will either be them or Texas that wins the west.

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 06-11-2012, 07:06 PM
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One third of the way through the season and my picks are not looking too good. As a White Sox fan...that is a good thing. Biggrin

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