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2018 AL CENTRAL DISCUSSION

Discussion in 'MLB Baseball Forum' started by Voltaire26, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Voltaire26

    Voltaire26 Detroit Born and Raised

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    Early Predictions

    1. Indians (in a walkaway) - My pick for World Series Champs (after Detroit **Homer Alert**)
    2. Minnesota (based on last year)
    3. Chicago (can threaten if the youngsters gel)
    4. Kansas City (on a down slide)
    5. Detroit (early in the rebuild ... lots of prayers and patience needed)

    You thoughts

    Mod please sticky!!
     



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  2. Wamu

    Wamu whats-a-matta-u?

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    1948. :blah: Jim Harbaugh.:blah: Matt Stafford .:blah:
     
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  3. Voltaire26

    Voltaire26 Detroit Born and Raised

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    That ain't me ... I am the nut up or shut up guy ... victories or wish the other team luck ... stay healthy this year and the division will probably be yours!!!
     
  4. Wamu

    Wamu whats-a-matta-u?

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    Stranger things have happened but I think the Indians are still the team to beat in the division.
     
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  5. There is A Moose at 3rd

    There is A Moose at 3rd Bi-Fan Curious

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    Seems about right. The bottom 3 in this division are probably bad news, but Chicago may end up being ahead of schedule if X, Y, Z go their way. Pretty confident Hosmer is resigning at this point so the Royals are for right now, in the 72-74 win range, imo.
     
  6. Voltaire26

    Voltaire26 Detroit Born and Raised

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    I could easily swap Kansas City with Minnesota ... one season doesn't prove anything in my book. Another good season by Minnesota will prove they are for real!! Chisox are the team to watch, they have some great talent, young and unproven but great!!
     
  7. There is A Moose at 3rd

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    Maybe, but I do kind of put stock into Minnesota being better than what the Royals will be: something that probably won't break 80 wins without re-signing Moustakas plus a lot of help from unexpected sources like Hunter Dozier, Ryan O'Hearn, etc. Can't say I have confidence in that happening over development from Berrios, Buxton, Sano, and so on. The Royals have already depleted their pen of two solid relievers, including imo a very underrated one in Scott Alexander, and lack the depth to replace both of them; Lovelady looks promising however.
     
  8. black francis

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    Accurate for now, but it depends on what the Royals do with Hosmer/Moose/Cain

    I dont think they finish higher than 3rd regardless though.
     
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  9. There is A Moose at 3rd

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    If Cain is a Royal, I'd be shocked if it wasn't a 1 year contract.
     
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    Might depend on the Sano allegations and if he gets suspended for awhile.

    Otherwise, I'm pretty high on them, especially if they can add a SP
     
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    definitely, and he is probably the one that has the lowest odds of returning
     
  12. There is A Moose at 3rd

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    Almost certainly academic, but I would guess a Royals team with Moose, Hosmer, and Cain could potentially be .500. Hard to see how they can be much better as the farm is brutal and your COF'ers would be something like Dozier and Bonifacio. Those two and Mondesi would need to over perform expectations significantly to have a chance at being relevant. Long odds.

    Alternatively, Gordon comes back to life and you can move one of Dozier and Bonifacio to DH. But, I think that's even more unlikely.
     
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    1. Indians
    2. Twins (even they're kinda iffy with the Sano situation and their starting pitching)
    3-5. Who cares
     
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    It’s pretty bad when i am hoping to sign players just so they can trade them when convienent.
     
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  15. Voltaire26

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    Reality could be

    1. Indians
    2-5 Who cares

    but for the next month and change everyone is tied for first!!
     
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    dougplayer D Back and ranger fans are GAF....

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    Prediction on January 16... worthless AF.
     
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    speaking of "worthless AF"

    it's doug
     
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    Will the Tigers show heart this year?
     
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    dougplayer D Back and ranger fans are GAF....

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    So. Soccer boy. You going to troll on 1st page of this thread. But every one will blame me.
    I'm so far in your head. I own you