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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyWilliams View Post
    Thanks for going out on a limb here, anything "could" happen ..........
    Yup, it’s still baseball.

    Said that, I feel very comfortable entreing into the season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slasher9 View Post
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    i love how yankees fans have literally become pre-2004 red sox fans.
    "wait til next year"
    "our rotation is better"
    "we have the best farm"

    there is no longer a doubt....hammer has become the nail.....
    The 2018 Red Sox is the best team of all time, to me.

    We have basically the same team, and I highly doubt DD is done this offseason regarding the BP.

    We are the team to beat, and IMO 2-3 steps ahead NY. The way I see it, our rotation and offense are still the best in baseball.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz View Post
    The 2018 Red Sox is the best team of all time, to me.

    We have basically the same team, and I highly doubt DD is done this offseason regarding the BP.

    We are the team to beat, and IMO 2-3 steps ahead NY. The way I see it, our rotation and offense are still the best in baseball.
    You can see it however you like, that doesn't mean it's true......
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyWilliams View Post
    You can see it however you like, that doesn't mean it's true......

    I’m not claiming I’m holding the true, it’s my opinion, as I said, we can disagree, no big deal.

    Said that... still The Red Sox will win it all again LOL!
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    Quote Originally Posted by iortiz View Post
    The 2018 Red Sox is the best team of all time, to me.

    We have basically the same team, and I highly doubt DD is done this offseason regarding the BP.

    We are the team to beat, and IMO 2-3 steps ahead NY. The way I see it, our rotation and offense are still the best in baseball.
    The one main problem is the bullpen . We lost two high velocity arms . So far , no replacements . As it stands , the Yankee bullpen is considerably better than ours . And , other than in blowouts , the bullpen is a factor in almost every game . D.D. absolutely needs to address this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgalehouse View Post
    The one main problem is the bullpen . We lost two high velocity arms . So far , no replacements . As it stands , the Yankee bullpen is considerably better than ours . And , other than in blowouts , the bullpen is a factor in almost every game . D.D. absolutely needs to address this .
    The Yanks pen is better than ours, but it might be worse than 2018 due to the loss of Robertson.

    They are worse than us in other areas.

    We are not done with our pen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    The Yanks pen is better than ours, but it might be worse than 2018 due to the loss of Robertson.

    They are worse than us in other areas.

    We are not done with our pen.
    Dombrowski may have calculated that there would be some bargains on relievers come February, somewhat like Moustakas last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bellhorn04 View Post
    Dombrowski may have calculated that there would be some bargains on relievers come February, somewhat like Moustakas last year.
    That's what I've thought all along.

    The total picture of the Yanks vs Sox pens is not only that the Sox have lost CK & JK, it is this...

    The Yanks lose Robertson and gain Kahnle & Britton for a full season.

    The Sox lose CK & JK and gain Brasier and Thornburg (and maybe Wright/Johnson/Velazquez to the pen) for a full season (and Poyner, if needed).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgalehouse View Post
    The one main problem is the bullpen . We lost two high velocity arms . So far , no replacements . As it stands , the Yankee bullpen is considerably better than ours . And , other than in blowouts , the bullpen is a factor in almost every game . D.D. absolutely needs to address this .
    He definetely will. I’m pretty sure he is working on this. I’m not worried.

    Also, probably it’s just me but Poyner will make a lot noise. I like the kid. Save this post.
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    Before the playoffs started some felt Joe Kelly didn't even belong on the roster. Now, we can't win without a replacement for him.

    Kimbrel looked horrible in the playoffs, but we can't win without him or someone like him.

    Barnes, Brasier and Hembree sucked but somehow did well for the playoffs, but we can't count on them for squat in 2019.

    Look, I know we need an addition or two, but I don't think things are as dire as some think it is.

    If our rotation stays healthy, we'll have Johnson, Velazquez and Wright as pen additions, and maybe Thornburg finally comes through. Workman, Poyner and others offer some hope, but my guess is we'll add someone at some point. He might not be flashy, but we'll improve from where we are now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    Before the playoffs started some felt Joe Kelly didn't even belong on the roster. Now, we can't win without a replacement for him.

    Kimbrel looked horrible in the playoffs, but we can't win without him or someone like him.

    Barnes, Brasier and Hembree sucked but somehow did well for the playoffs, but we can't count on them for squat in 2019.

    Look, I know we need an addition or two, but I don't think things are as dire as some think it is.

    If our rotation stays healthy, we'll have Johnson, Velazquez and Wright as pen additions, and maybe Thornburg finally comes through. Workman, Poyner and others offer some hope, but my guess is we'll add someone at some point. He might not be flashy, but we'll improve from where we are now.
    Our situation is not in the least bit dire. As things stand right now, we are not only strong contenders, but IMO, the favorites heading into the season. Not strong favorites, and it won't be an easy road by any means, but we are currently the best team in baseball.

    Besides, we all know that Dombrowski is not finished. We are only going to get better. Unless Dombrowski does something stupid.

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    19 bold predictions for MLB in 2019

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    By Anthony Castrovince MLB.com @castrovince

    When the New Year arrives, we aim to be more dedicated, more disciplined versions of our natural selves. We vow to bring something good and useful and meaningful to the world.

    And yet, for all the "New Year, new you" resolve in the air right now, some of us still just can't help ourselves: We like to make bad baseball predictions.

    Here are 19 of them for '19 (and I of course reserve the right to update these to even worse predictions once the offseason dust settles).

    1. The Red Sox will barely make the playoffs
    Boston is far too talented and the American League has too many suspect squads for me to pick against the Sox reaching the postseason at all. But it will be via the second AL Wild Card spot, and the defending champs will not get back to the World Series.

    Why, you ask? Because of Chris Sale's left shoulder? Nathan Eovaldi's October workload? Some kind of statistical setback for Mookie Betts and/or J.D. Martinez?

    Nah. I just don't think your fans can break the World Series trophy with an errant beer can without some sort of penalty from the baseball gods.

    2. Bryce Harper will sign with the Cardinals
    At this point, my head still says that Harper will wind up with the Phillies or the White Sox. But this is the prediction I made at the start of the Hot Stove season, and, darn it, I'm going down with the ship, with all the accumulated evidence sinking me fast.

    I do maintain that the Cardinals have the resources to pull it off and need to veer from an established organizational course of short-term solutions and half-measures. Paul Goldschmidt was a great get, but only for one year (and he's 31). Harper would take this club from borderline National League Central contender to clear World Series-caliber squad.

    3. The Astros will trade for J.T. Realmuto
    And Kyle Tucker? Despite the reports about the Astros balking at the Marlins' current asking price, you're going to look good in Miami blue and caliente red, bud. Speaking of the 'Stros…

    4. Carlos Correa will win the AL Most Valuable Player Award over Mike Trout
    Steamer is projecting Trout to be worth 9.3 Wins Above Replacement this year. I know to some of you that sentence might as well have come from a medical dictionary, but what that means is that a cold and utterly rational projection system is pegging Trout to have roughly one of the top 100 individual position player seasons of all-time. That's how ridiculous this has gotten. Greatness from Trout is simply expected.

    So picking against Trout is also ridiculous. But it's still hard to be sold on the Angels, overall, and voters notoriously (and wrongly) hold team standing against Trout. Every year, there's some other guy who has an insane season (in 2018, it was Betts) that challenges Trout's MVP bid, and this year it will be the full-on Correa explosion, thanks to better health and a stronger (and healthier) supporting lineup cast.

    5. Manny Machado will sign in the next 10 days
    And he will sign with the Yankees. Not all predictions have to be bold predictions, folks.

    6. Madison Bumgarner will become an Atlanta Brave
    It won't happen prior to the start of the 2019 season, but Bumgarner will build up just enough trade value to be viewed as a viable upgrade to the Braves' rotation in the midst of the NL East race this summer.

    7. Jacob deGrom will win 20 games
    Let's just say he's due.

    8. The Nationals will win the NL East
    What would have been a bland prediction a year ago becomes a bit of a bold one now, with Harper, in all likelihood, leaving and the Nats coming off one of the more disastrous seasons by a clear contender in recent memory. The NL East is setting up to be the baseball equivalent of the "Anchorman" news team fight, but the Nats -- buoyed by a strong rotation, the second season of the Juan Soto experience and an NL Rookie of the Year Award bid from Victor Robles -- will be the rare team that loses a star (perhaps even to a division foe in Philly) and somehow gets better.

    Or, you know, they'll re-sign Harper and everybody will pick them. Either way.

    9. Ichiro Suzuki will hit a home run in the season-opening Japan Series
    And No. 118 will push him past Ty Cobb and tie him with Wade Boggs as he wraps up an incredible, indelible career.

    10. Somebody other than Vladimir Guerrero Jr. will win the AL Rookie of the Year Award
    This prediction is not a knock on Guerrero himself, as I see no reason why the No. 1 prospect in the game won't have a strong transition to the Major League level in 2019. This is just about swimming against the stream of what I'm sure will be darn near unanimous assumption that Guerrero will win the AL's rookie prize. I'm predicting strong showings from White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez and Astros starter Josh James that push Vlad Jr. in the rookie race.

    11. There will be a three-man BBWAA Hall of Fame class
    Mariano Rivera is a lock, Roy Halladay is not a lock but is not far off and the voters will have done the right thing in getting Edgar Martinez over that final hump. But I see the 2019 vote as coming agonizingly short of the 75-percent threshold for Mike Mussina, who pitched his entire 18-season career in the brutal AL East in the 1990s and 2000s and came out with a better career ERA+ than Bob Feller.

    We'll see you in 2020, Moose, alongside your former teammate, Derek Jeter.

    12. The Rays will win the AL's top Wild Card spot
    Not only will Yandy Diaz turn all that exit velocity into dingers, but Tampa Bay will have something that resembles an actual starting rotation.

    13. A team other than the Rays will lead the Majors in "starts by a reliever"
    I've got my eye on the A's, for whom MC Hammer is currently penciled in as the No. 3 starter. (Please, Hammer, don't hurt 'em.)

    14. The Indians will not trade Trevor Bauer or Corey Kluber
    And Bauer will win the AL Cy Young Award, thanks in part to his invention of a new form of breaking ball that strikes batters out and then talks trash about them on Twitter.

    15. The Padres will be this year's "Wait, how are they this good?" team
    They won't make the postseason, but San Diego will be one of those teams that cause you to look up at the standings in late July and go, "Huh?"

    The Padres will beef up their win total a bit against the rebuilding Giants and D-backs, get some nice contributions from Fernando Tatis Jr., Luis Urias and Francisco Mejia, see a little bit of a bounce back from Eric Hosmer and, like the 2018 Rays, try some unusual mixing and matching with their pitching staff.

    16. Rhys Hoskins will win the Home Run Derby
    This is the best guess I can muster this early, and only because Hoskins was so certain about wanting to do the event again after competing in last year's Derby. Also, the All-Star Game is Cleveland, where the airport is named Hopkins, so there's probably good wordplay to be had if Hoskins hits a bunch of fly balls.

    (Although I'm not ruling out Trevor Story winning it and inspiring "Cleveland Rox" headlines.)

    17. The Cubs will win the NL pennant
    Another one of those that wouldn't have been very bold a year ago, but now? The rotation looks old and iffy, Kris Bryant's coming off a right shoulder injury, the bullpen is a big question (particularly with Brandon Morrow on the shelf) and Joe Maddon is a lame duck.

    Fear not, North Siders. While you are going to lose the NL Central to Bryce Harper's Cardinals, you're going to advance in October on the heels of Bryant's return to MVP-caliber form and the Darvish Redemption Tour. Darvish's story will have shades of the 2018 David Price saga, and, as an added bonus, we'll get to say this World Series is sponsored by "YuTube."

    Alas…

    18. The Yankees will win the World Series
    Those of us who grew up in baseball's smaller markets (or Boston) and have a natural aversion to the Yankees' stockpiling Series titles have had a pretty good run, haven't we? The Yankees have won just won championship this millennium (yes, calendrical experts will tell you the millennium began in 2001, not '00, so don't tweet me about this). By Yankee standards, that's an abyss.

    But look, our luck is going to run out eventually. Since their 1919 acquisition of Babe Ruth, the Yankees have not gone a decade without a World Series appearance. The odds are against us, folks. I envision a 2019 with a more comfortable Giancarlo Stanton, a healthier Aaron Judge, a better rotation and the Yankees getting it done, with or without (likely with) Machado.

    19. I will go back and read this column on Dec. 31, 2019, and cringe
    This one I feel good about. Happy New Year, everybody!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kimmi View Post
    Our situation is not in the least bit dire. As things stand right now, we are not only strong contenders, but IMO, the favorites heading into the season. Not strong favorites, and it won't be an easy road by any means, but we are currently the best team in baseball.

    Besides, we all know that Dombrowski is not finished. We are only going to get better. Unless Dombrowski does something stupid.
    I don't think he will.

    We got the ring. We are among the top faves for 2019.

    I think DD is concentrating on 2020 and beyond without messing up our 2019 chances. That's why he hasn't jumped on a silly large & long term deal for a RP'er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a700hitter View Post
    #5 can be scratched off the list.

    Ironic.

    That’s the prediction he claimed wasn’t even bold, and that all his predictions didn’t have to be bold despite the title of the article stating they are...

  15. #45
    Quote Originally Posted by moonslav59 View Post
    I don't think he will.

    We got the ring. We are among the top faves for 2019.

    I think DD is concentrating on 2020 and beyond without messing up our 2019 chances. That's why he hasn't jumped on a silly large & long term deal for a RP'er.
    I think the Sox will eventually end up going over the next penalty tier this year, whether it be in the offseason or midseason. The team is too good for them not to go that extra step that may push them over the top.

    That is if the extra step is needed. We may end up being relatively healthy and productive as is. I'm mostly thinking about 2B.

    But yeah, 2020 definitely feels like the reset year. Sooner or later, the money will catch up to you, no matter how rich a team you are. I am glad that Dombrowski has seemingly decided not to spend big on bullpen contracts.

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