Kramerica Industries

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  1. 2018 MLB Season

    It is easy to forget that Jay Bruce was there for about five minutes last year, you're correct about that; guess I successfully blanked that home run he hit against David Robertson out of my memory. It would also help Cleveland out a lot if Encarnacion stops looking washed up like he does. .212 average with a .719 OPS can't possibly be what they are paying $13M for.
  2. 2018 MLB Season

    The Indians were 48-45 at one point last season and finished up with 101 wins. They didn't exactly lose much over the off-season; Carlos Santana, but his AB's have mostly been taken by a (finally) healthy Michael Brantley who is more-or-less a DH at this point of his career anyway since his throwing arm is shot. Their rotation is still fronted by Kluber, Bauer, Carrasco, and Clevinger. It's their bullpen that has been a tirefire and that might cost them at some point without either some serious upgrades and/or performance improvement from within but I would be surprised if the Indians don't make it to around 93 wins or so by the end of the season. It's a weak division and they're too good to not improve at some point. And I can vouch that facing those four starters in a playoff series is not a fun thing to think about. Tito screwed things up badly last year with his playoff rotation, surprisingly so given his impeccable playoff track record, but I don't think he'll be making those mistakes again.
  3. They've looked like garbage most of this series. It's incredible that they're still in it. The Capitals have been the better team in at least four of these six games, and truthfully probably five of the six games. Game 5 is the only time the Lightning looked better for the balance, and even the last half of that game was spent doing nothing but dumping the puck in and sitting on the lead and not doing jack squat offensively, and, look now - the Lightning haven't scored a goal in nearly the last 100 minutes of play. There's zero cohesion on the attack, they can't handle the Capitals physicality in the middle of the ice, and the few times they get good looks Holtby has taken care of the rest. For anyone who's watched this series, there's no reason why the Capitals shouldn't be favored on Wednesday.
  4. DGB pretty much already covered this topic.
  5. The Blues actually did reach the Stanley Cup Final in their first season in existence, much like what Las Vegas is on the verge of doing, but for the purposes of not giving you a coronary I'll just point out that, obviously, I'm aware of the differences in conference structures between when St. Louis went to the Final in 1968 and Las Vegas this year and that, unlike this year, the Blues literally had no chance in the world of winning in '68...or '69...or '70...
  6. Pretty much. 1/2 on the power play but the winning goal was, for all intents and purposes, a power play goal as well. They're 6/14 strictly speaking and 7/14 effectively speaking, and as much as it hasn't been pretty at times, I'll take a 79% kill through four games against Washington's power play. The Capitals power play has cut through the Lightning like butter for years now, so even in a small sample size 79% actually seems acceptable even though it would be trash over a full regular season. Besides those two, the Lightning's first goal tonight was off a careless turnover and the final one was obviously an empty netter. Nothing to apologize for but also not really a byproduct of sustained zone time. Lightning have got to get that part of their game figured out. The power play has saved their bacon to this point but continuing to rely on a 50% conversion rate is not realistic. They dominated the Bruins at 5v5 play and the Capitals were a worse 5v5 team this year than Boston was, but watching these games you would never think that. Matchups always play such a big role; Capitals are a faster team and do a better job at getting through center and getting the Lightning off their spots in transition. It's been a problem spot this entire series, and while shot blocking is neat and everything it really should be a last resort and not actually an integral part of the game plan. Otherwise I hope Callahan is already prepared for when one of those Ovi one-timers gets under the visor because that's gonna be a problem for him. Most importantly, the Lightning need to learn how to win home games at this stage of the playoffs. Under Jon Cooper, the Lightning have a 3-8 home record in ECF and Stanley Cup Final home games. They've lost two Game 6's when up 3-2, they've lost two Game 5's when tied 2-2. They've had problems at home for years and I don't understand why. They rescued themselves from one serious hole, but I'm not about to start feeling comfortable about going to Washington again with elimination at stake. That undefeated record in D.C. is eventually going to burst; if it happens on Monday, I hope it's not with the links next on the players' schedule.
  7. Definitely did not deserve that one, but no apologies at this stage of the playoffs. It's silly as hell that the Lightning can't win in Washington to save their lives in the regular season, yet are now 7-0 in franchise history in Washington during the playoffs. Hope that's 8-0 and onto the Final come Monday night.
  8. Home teams are 33-39 this playoff year, and only 11-18 since the second round began. The road dominance is really unusual.
  9. ? Oh, you're talking about the Capitals. That's really funny, because right now the Lightning, with this core, look an awful lot more like Sharks East than the Capitals do. Lets see - one Cup Final, a couple other appearances in the Conference Final, but no silverware that anyone actually cares about. Sounds about right. I mean, the Capitals couldn't even get past the second round for the last 19 years. They were their own kind of playoff bottlers.
  10. 2018 NBA Post Season

    I feel sorry for anyone who tried to convince themself that the Rockets could beat the Warriors in a playoff series.
  11. NHL Anti-Thread: Bad Business Decision Aggregator

    you tell me which one is Rick Tocchet and which one is the PTSD-laced veteran from a Seinfeld episode.
  12. Don't single him out. I know admiral did in his pre-series skepticism but don't single him out. It's been a complete effort from all 19 players Tampa Bay has iced in this series.
  13. I've been saying May 15 for so many years now and no one has ever corrected me. How come I've always thought it was May 15? Because now that you mention it, it makes too much sense - there's no way Game 2 of a 2nd round series would be that late on the calendar. Whatever. Doesn't change the broader point but I can't believe I've been spewing bad information for so long.
  14. The boys in blue might legitimately be ed this time, and I'm saying that both to see if I can get the reverse jinx going again before it's too late (probably already is) and also because the Capitals are proving to be the nightmare matchup that explained why I wanted no part of them in 2015 or 2016 and why I was glad to have missed them both times. Doesn't help that the Lightning have had all the mental fortitude of a piece of china in this series. Two power play goals given up in the last five seconds of a period. It's freaking mesmerizing. The Lightning penalty kill has been a tire fire for several years now, ESPECIALLY against the Capitals, and they've only continued that trend in this series. , they caught two breaks early in this game and scored on both power plays that followed and the end result is still going to be them getting run off their own ice for the second straight game. The good news? Now they go to Washington, where they won their last game in that building. The bad news? Game 3 is on May 15. Since May 15, 2011, which was the same night bin Laden was killed mind you, that last head-to-head meeting is literally the Lightning's only regulation/OT win in Washington. Literally seven years to the day and they've won once in that time. So good luck trying to turn the series around in a building they practically never win at. Sure that's gonna go well.
  15. Lightning are 2-6 in home Game 1's since 2014. Sure would be nice to not blow the home ice advantage at the start of the series all the damned time.
  16. We're the heel of the remaining playoff teams. I love this. Never thought I'd see the day.
  17. Just think about the Penguins or Blackhawks or SF Giants or the Red Sox or Patriots winning three pro championships in that time. I was 10 in June 2004. I ing loved it, but I'd love it even more being old enough to appreciate the difficulties of what followed and what it took to get back.
  18. 2018 NBA Post Season

    Don't worry too much about tonight's loss, Celtics fans. There's no history at all of Philadelphia teams coming from 3-0 down to win a best-of-7 against a team from Boston. You're set.
  19. Now there's a sentence I would've never believed would ever see the light of day. Holy crap.
  20. Can't wait to see this again
  21. The Capitals just beat a team that has always given them total fits in the playoffs. Nope. No chance that can carry over to the next round. None. Totally sure of it. Yep.
  22. Just a little more proof that nobody should ever listen to me about anything.
  23. Bruins fans are gonna be pissed that the tying goal tonight sure looked like it came off a non-called trip on Kucherov and, in all fairness to you guys, you're probably right. That being said, I've learned the hard way that a playoff series against Boston isn't over until they've lost four games. I would appreciate no 2004 flashbacks on Sunday, Bolts.
  24. 2018 NBA Post Season

    That Warriors team was also a matchup nightmare for Dallas, and that was well known at the time too. That's easily the least shocking 1/8 upset I've seen in the NBA.
  25. 2018 NBA Post Season

    I'm not trying to be a flippant jerk when I say this, but this Cavs/Raptors series is yet another exhibit as far as I'm concerned about how completely useless the NBA regular season is. I don't have time to watch too much basketball these days as it is, but I know plenty of people who do and talk about it, and obviously the threads here that I read even if I generally don't post in them, but all the talk about the Cavs being in crisis mode and such and, legitimate as it may have been at the time, I've pretty much been of the train of thought of "yada yada yada I'm expecting them to be in the Finals until someone beats them first". Being a #4 seed, the seasons Toronto and Boston have had, meh, whatever. We've seen this story so many times before. And here we are; Cavs being on the road the first two games? Doesn't matter. I think the last two times they've been on the road to begin an Eastern series, they've won the first two anyway, and they did so again. So we can now confidently brush aside whatever Raptors hype that people were trying to peddle. Probably will say the same about the Celtics or Sixers in a couple weeks time as well.