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HedleyLamarr    1,311

20 in a row for the Indians.  The same Indians franchise that was once so retched that they made movies about the team being comically bad.

 

Wow.

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ozzyman314    39

As impressive as Cleveland's 20 game win streak is, I'm not putting too much stock into it. 

The playoffs are a whole different beast, and even the hottest teams can fizzle out. 

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Bucfan56    3,695

Yeah it didn't do much for that A's team. Impressive, no doubt, though. 

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McCarthy    6,620

Another year of watching my friends from Cleveland/Columbus based Indians fans be happy about baseball while I'm like "the Reds won world series 11 years before I was born". I'm so used to it it doesn't even affect me anymore. 

 

If Cleveland is still healthy next month they still have to be the favorites in October especially now that the Dodgers have forgotten how to play baseball and will have confidence issues. 

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EvilChameleon    143

I don't believe in favorites in the playoffs. Would not be shocked if we get smoked in three by whoever we face round one.

 

Would be pissed, mind you, but not shocked.

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CS85    5,237

Cubs have a quality umpire calling balls and strikes today.

 

Pitch 5 was called Ball 3.

Pitch 6 was an RBI single.

 

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Lackey subsequently charged the mound and Contreras threw his mask.  Umpire threw out both guys.

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BringBackTheVet    4,173

Rhys Hoskins is 3 HR short of tying for the team lead.  He was called up on August 10th.  MFer has 18 HR in 34 games.  Every HR he hits sets some kind of record for "fastest to..." "first to hit x in y games", etc.

 

He is also patient AF and takes lots of walks and doesn't strike out. OBP of .442, OPS of 1.25.  While it's obvious that nobody can keep up that pace, there's no reason to think that the league simply hasn't seen him and "caught up" to him - his approach is too good for pitchers to out think him.

 

Could put up historic numbers with a full season in the middle of what is suddenly an extremely potent lineup.  

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ozzyman314    39

It will be interesting now that there's an actual fight for the #1 AL Seed. Could have some major implications for the Divisional series as well, looking at the possible matchups. 

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McCarthy    6,620
On 4/3/2017 at 8:10 AM, McCarthy said:

picks

 

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So far so good on the Indians, Dodgers, and Nationals. Looking pretty good for the Red Sox and Cubs. So I have a good shot to be 5/6 on division winners. I should've known better than to expect anything from my "Perpetually 4.5 Back" Mariners. One of these years I'll be right about them. 

 

Way off on my picks below the division leaders, though. See: Twins, Brewers, Mets, Rockies, Giants, and Dbacks. I thought (hoped) the last 7 weeks from the Reds' young arms would show the whole season and their surprisingly decent lineup would be able scratch out a 75-80 win season, above five-hundo if everything went right. Unfortunately their youth and pitching injuries made it another teaching year. What's cool about next season is I have some optimism for a not completely miserable record for the first time since 2014, so that's fun to feel again. 

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habsfan1    1,296

Terrifying sight last night during that Yankees game. Sending prayers to that young child who was struck by a foul ball.

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OnWis97    2,204
1 hour ago, habsfan1 said:

Terrifying sight last night during that Yankees game. Sending prayers to that young child who was struck by a foul ball.

Yeah...kinda like the Columbus (right?) puck incident...the biggest surprise is that this does not happen more.  We'll see a lot more netting next season, I'd guess.  I hate being behind netting, but we're at the point where you'd have to be a monster to be against it at least dugout-to-dugout.

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McCarthy    6,620

The Reds are extending the netting to the other side of the dugout for next season* and it's long overdue. I've sat in those close-to-the-action, but exposed seats a couple times this year** and you do feel the risks when balls are flying right into the crowd. I played the game at the high school level and I pay close attention most of the time and I'm still weary. There's old people and kids seated around me with worse reflexes. 

 

And my god I did not think an issue like "protecting more fans with 50 extra feet of netting so kids don't get hit in the face with baseballs" was an issue that could have opposition or even be politicized, but I was wrong.

 

*the only reason they're waiting until next season I think is because they only have 3 more home games this year. 

**one benefit of a bad team is access to good cheap seats. 

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