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    Apparently Ichiro threw a 93.5 mph first pitch which is one of the fastest ceremonial first pitch throws ever. #baseball

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    I find it humorous that the talking heads in baseball have the AL East so tight and their record predictions seem off. While I might be an unabashed Jays fan since birth, there's no way they aren't a 100+ win team with the roster as it sits right now. As the pitching gets rolling (which it is, and Romano has 5 saves already this year), they'll win a lot more than they lose. Also, there's no way Vlad Jr doesn't hit at least 60 home runs this year. The Yankees have mediocre contracts that they can't keep on the field and the Rays are once again looking like a meh team to start the year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennadrel View Post
    I find it humorous that the talking heads in baseball have the AL East so tight and their record predictions seem off. While I might be an unabashed Jays fan since birth, there's no way they aren't a 100+ win team with the roster as it sits right now. As the pitching gets rolling (which it is, and Romano has 5 saves already this year), they'll win a lot more than they lose. Also, there's no way Vlad Jr doesn't hit at least 60 home runs this year. The Yankees have mediocre contracts that they can't keep on the field and the Rays are once again looking like a meh team to start the year.
    Bold assumptions here.

    Only 112 teams out of 127 seasons have won 100+ games. (Admittedly, we've had a recent surge, with 13 of those teams doing so in the last 4 full seasons.) And hitting 60+ home runs in a season has only happened 8 times, by 5 players in the history of the sport. It hasn't been done since Bonds set the record at 73 in 2001. Last year, Vlad Jr. only missed one game, but hit only 48 home runs. 60+ would be a huge increase in performance.

    Saying "they have a decent shot" is one thing, but saying "there's no way it doesn't happen" is... quite another.

    Also, you realize that saves are not automatically the greatest determiner of record, because saves require the score to be within striking distance at the end. Most teams with a great record will end up having a lot of saves, sure, but not always the highest. In 2019, for example, the Astros and the Padres both had 47 saves, tied for 5th highest (highest was 52), but the Astros were 107-55 and the Padres were 70-92 on the year. In 2017, the 80-82 Rays had the second most saves at 53, just above the third place 104-58 Dodgers at 51. The same year, the 102-60 Indians were 17th with only 37 saves.

    I'd also point out that all 5 of the Jays' wins have been saves, meaning that they've only had close games or losses. And they have a negative run differential so far, as well.

    Seems like a bit of blind optimism to me.


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    Toronto has never won 100 games, I question your expertise in recognizing them as a 100 win team when you've never seen one before. I don't find any reason to believe the East won't be close again when 3 teams were separated by 1 game last year.

    I assume they will be good, contend for the divisional title, and have as good a chance as any other non-Baltimore team of winning it. Isn't Guerrero on pace for 100 homers right now? Why not predict that if you're going to be drawing these conclusions in the second week of the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draynay View Post
    Isn't Guerrero on pace for 100 homers right now? Why not predict that if you're going to be drawing these conclusions in the second week of the season.
    I think he jinxed him, because Guerrero hasn't hit a home run since. He's now on pace for 43 home runs this season.


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    MLB finally makes a decision on Bauer, 324 game/two year suspension.
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    Idk how to feel about the whole thing. A day after i see his defamation suit they drop the hammer. It’s interesting they can dole out so much punishment without proof but I can’t decide if that’s a good thing for not relying on legal results to do what’s right or too much power for an employer without anything concrete.
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    I haven't followed it too closely since the initial allegations, but it seems like they took the NFL approach of making the suspension long so they can dial it back for the appeal.

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    Wondering if anyone can confirm...Albert Pujols is the only active player to have been in the league when the Mariners last made the playoffs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gestopft View Post
    Wondering if anyone can confirm...Albert Pujols is the only active player to have been in the league when the Mariners last made the playoffs?
    Yessir, 2001.

    Not that I'm going to shift my allegiances, but I wouldn't mind the opportunity to root for my new home team. Haven't had a real reason to, so far.


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    Its what happens when you bank on a season filled with generally good luck and a negative run differential. Then you hardly spend any money after losing the Seager contract. I am mostly fine with the SP rotation. The bullpen is ass piss and the lineup is just completely fucked without Haniger and Tom Murphy. They've passed on way too many guys banking on injury prone players. This has been the first time in a loooong time where I am not actively watching them. They look worse than 2019 these past few weeks.

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    Oof. The Blue Jays just gave up a 10th inning, tie game, two out, two strike, walk-off grand slam.

    I can't help noting that, just over a quarter of the way through the regular season, Toronto is on pace for an 85-win season and Guerrero is on pace for 27 HRs.

    Apropos of nothing, of course.


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    Joc Pederson just hit 4 home runs and a single with 10 RBIs in a span of only 6 ABs. Yeesh.

    Giants hitters as a whole hit 8 home runs in that 9-inning span from last night to this afternoon. Last night's game, in particular, was a crazy back-and-forth affair in the later innings.



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    Diaz reminded me a lot of Fernando Rodney. Some serious heart attack inducing moments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetali View Post
    Diaz reminded me a lot of Fernando Rodney. Some serious heart attack inducing moments.
    4 hits, 1 walk, and 0 strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning to blow the save... yeah, that qualifies. Especially since he induced a double play after the first hit, so he had 2 out and nobody on before the remaining walk, single, single, single.

    To be fair, that's the life of a closer, though. And it looks like Diaz had a league-leading 57 saves and only 4 blown saves with a sub-2.0 ERA in his last year with the Mariners. The Mets pitching in general this season has been great. The Giants are now 2-4 against them so far this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Vetali View Post
    Diaz reminded me a lot of Fernando Rodney. Some serious heart attack inducing moments.
    I miss Rodney, he had some all-timer blown saves against the Dodgers.
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    This Yankees start to the season has been crazy. I doubt they will continue at this pace, but being over .700 after this much of the season is pretty nuts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    This Yankees start to the season has been crazy. I doubt they will continue at this pace, but being over .700 after this much of the season is pretty nuts.
    The Dodgers went 43-17 in 2020 and I wondered how they'd do over a full year. Now the Yankees have done them one better at 44-16 so yeah, curious to see where they end up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by draynay View Post
    The Dodgers went 43-17 in 2020 and I wondered how they'd do over a full year. Now the Yankees have done them one better at 44-16 so yeah, curious to see where they end up.
    Just for reference, the 116-win Mariner's team of 2001 was at 47-13 through 60 games. I was curious what that benchmark might be.

    I doubt the Yankees will finish over .700, though, especially after a full season in the AL East. I'm going to make a wild-ass guess predict 105 wins for NY this year.


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