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Ronald Acuna Jr., Braves (.292/.368/.574, 3.8 WAR)
70.00%
Brian Anderson, Marlins (.270/.353/.395, 3.4 WAR)
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0%
Harrison Bader, Cardinals (.267/.326/.418, 3.6 WAR)
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Walker Buehler, Dodgers (7-5, 2.88, 0.99 WHIP, 3.0 WAR)
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Jack Flaherty, Cardinals (8-7, 2.86, 1.06 WHIP, 3.2 WAR)
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0%
Dereck Rodriguez, Giants (6-4, 2,30, 1.07 WHIP, 3.1 WAR)
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Juan Soto, Nationals (.305/.421/.532, 3.7 WAR)
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2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

Old 09-17-18, 09:39 AM
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Old 09-17-18, 11:15 AM
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

How come the Red Sox and Yankees are playing an afternoon game on Tuesday 9-19 ?
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

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How come the Red Sox and Yankees are playing an afternoon game on Tuesday 9-19 ?
Supposedly for observance of Yom Kippur which starts at sundown (it's the 18th, not the 19th).
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Acuna is a generational talent. His career downside is someone like Andrew McCutchen's peak, with his upside being near Mike Trout. He's going to be in the running for MVP over the next decade on a regular basis.

The baseball press keeps putting Soto in the same breath but he's a far worse defender and baserunner than Acuna. His rookie season reminds me a great deal of Jason Heyward's rookie season, when a patient hitter took advantage of a league that hadn't figured out how to get him out yet. You may very well be seeing Soto's best ever offensive season.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

I voted Acuna but it was pretty close. Soto is 19 and putting up an OPS in the mid 900s, Heyward was never this good offensively. Defense doesn't mean a hole heck of a lot when it is left field.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

Dodgers jump on the Rockies and take first place back, which also means the Rockies fall .5 games behind the Cards for a wild card spot. DBacks fall to 5 games back now.
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Originally Posted by The Cow View Post
Supposedly for observance of Yom Kippur which starts at sundown (it's the 18th, not the 19th).
I heard on Boston Sports Hub radio(don't know if they were joking) that the Red Sox and Yankees radio announcers were going too switch places in the 4th inning of Tuesday's game.

Edit:Looks like the game starts at 7pm afterall. Turned on MLB Network and it was listed at 1pm but they have other programming and ESPN.com lists it as starting at 7pm.

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Originally Posted by BrewCrew View Post
I voted Acuna but it was pretty close. Soto is 19 and putting up an OPS in the mid 900s, Heyward was never this good offensively. Defense doesn't mean a hole heck of a lot when it is left field.
Soto will definitely be a legitimate threat as a hitter. I could see him making several All-Star teams over the next decade. But he's already a negative in the outfield and could very well end up at first once Zimmerman's contract is over.

Acuna would be playing centerfield for about 25 other teams. He got pushed to left only because Ender is an already established gold glove CFer.
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Chris Taylor walk off
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Chris Taylor walk off
Huge, huge win!
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Going into the game today, with a half game lead at the time, Baseball Prospectus gave the Dodgers an 85.8% Playoff chance and the Rockies a 49% chance. Wonder what it will be tomorrow.

https://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/why-...s-are-so-high/

Edit : Today 90.7% Dodgers, 33.4% Rockies 76.9% Cardinals, 0.3% D-Backs

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They are using pure components of performance projections. By the numbers, the Rockies shouldn't be in the race and the Dodgers should have a ten-game lead.

People make too big of a deal with these win projections. The margins of error alone are so high that the Fangraph numbers are more or less meaningless.
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Dodgers sweep the Rockies
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Can't believe this isn't fake.

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They are using pure components of performance projections. By the numbers, the Rockies shouldn't be in the race and the Dodgers should have a ten-game lead.

People make too big of a deal with these win projections. The margins of error alone are so high that the Fangraph numbers are more or less meaningless.
Fair enough. And I'm not sure that Baseball Prospects uses the same projections that the Fangraph article was using. Grain of salt taken.
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Dodgers sweep the Rockies
Dodgers 96.4%, Rockies 27.9%
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Dodgers sweep the Rockies
That's a Dodgers sweep I can get behind.
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That's a Dodgers sweep I can get behind.

Cardinals 74.8%.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

What's the MLB record for most teams that finished with 90 losses?

Looks like this season will have at least nine.
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Re: 2018 MLB Week 25 Sep 17-23

Kudos to the Dodgers for coming up big in that series. I was hoping they'd miss the playoffs.
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Can't believe this isn't fake.

Those guys are a pair of chuds. Locally, there is a lot of skepticism that things went down the way they're claiming. The owner of the company that made the banner flat out said they'd stolen it. Real fans wouldn't be trying to negotiate its return in exchange for money or playoff tickets, IMO.
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This is the first time since the early 2000s that the NL will have won the head-to-head battle with the AL.
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Those guys are a pair of chuds. Locally, there is a lot of skepticism that things went down the way they're claiming. The owner of the company that made the banner flat out said they'd stolen it. Real fans wouldn't be trying to negotiate its return in exchange for money or playoff tickets, IMO.
@ 2:12... "this belong to the Red Sox" yet these asshats want compensation. Good Grief.
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John Smoltz threw out some ideas to improve MLB. Some I fully get behind--specifically, the need to play similar schedules and eliminate interleague. He also proposes a 'split' season. My first thought is not to do something so radical, but I'll admit it's an interesting idea.


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Smoltz wants to eliminate the shift (“I think it’s single-handedly killing the game), curtail the relentless use of relievers, stop the exploitation of the disabled list, but most of all, revolutionize the schedule.

Smoltz proposes that MLB adopt a split-season schedule, just as they do in the minor leagues, in a move that he believes will create dramatic division races again, reduce the number of teams tanking for draft picks, and make baseball great again in September.

It’s time, he says, for teams to go back to playing the same schedule, eliminate interleague play, dump the rival series, and have old-fashioned pennant races, doubling the pleasure with one in each half of the season.

“I don’t understand how a sport can play at least twice as many games as any other,’’ Smoltz says, “and not have the same schedule. It’s mind-boggling to me. “Don’t play interleague leagues. Don’t choose rivalries. Don’t manipulate the schedule. Just play everyone the same.’’

And do it with a split-season schedule, as they did the summer of 1981 after the baseball strike.

“The way it is now, 75% of teams leave spring training with no chance to win, and no desire to win so they can build for the future,’’ Smoltz says. “You look at the American League, it’s self-sufficient on four teams. We have no races. “I would like to see a first-half and second-half scenario. I know people would roll their eyes at it, but it works in the minor leagues, and it would work in the big leagues. It would create so much more interest.’’

If MLB adopted Smoltz’s proposal, the Oakland A’s, 35-19 since the All-Star break, would win the second half, and play the Houston Astros in a best-of-three series at the end of the regular season to determine the AL West winner. The Tampa Bay Rays, 35-19 since the break, but out of the playoffs, would now be playing the Boston Red Sox. The St. Louis Cardinals, in a desperate bid for a wild card berth, would be playing the Chicago Cubs. The Colorado Rockies would be leading the NL West and the Los Angeles Dodgers would be on the outside looking in. Why, even a team like the Chicago White Sox, 26-30 since the break, would still be alive in the AL Central. Instead, the Cleveland Indians virtually were coronated with the division title in spring training. If you’re good enough to win both halves of the season, you earn a first-round bye.

“What incentive now is there to win 110 games?’’ Smoltz said. “There’s no real advantage to the Boston Red Sox.’’

The biggest change, Smoltz believes, is that teams would no longer be so quick to wave the white flag. If they do have a lousy first half, there would be incentive to trade for players to start the second half instead of giving up. You would have two trading deadlines instead of just one. Who knows, teams might even start having their best prospects playing for them in September instead of sending them home for financial reasons.

“Teams can now compete in the second half instead of just dumping everybody,’’ Smoltz says. “How are you going to tell your fan base that you’re not going to try in the second half? Who says you can’t have a nice second half? You could see teams reconstructed and change philosophically. You would have trade deadlines that mean something instead of becoming a dumping station for teams. You look at Baltimore, they might have changed their philosophy. The Nationals wouldn’t have traded all of those pieces. It would change the way the game is played.’’

Certainly, there are flaws to the idea, Smoltz acknowledges. It’s quite possible that just like in 1981, when the Cincinnati Reds won the most games, it doesn’t guarantee a playoff berth. The Reds that season finished one-half game behind the Dodgers in the NL West the first half, and 1 games behind the Astros in the second half, and sat home while the Dodgers won the World Series.

The schedule also would have to be reduced, at least to 154 games, to accommodate the split seasons and revised playoff format. And the last we checked, there’s no owner or player openly volunteering to take a pay cut.

Still, while baseball continues to talk about expanding to 32 teams, which likely would include realignment, it’s certainly an innovative idea worthy of discussion for a sport with struggling attendance. Baseball’s attendance is down 2.9 million from a year ago, averaging 28,597 fans a game, which will be the first time since 2003 it will be below 30,000 a game.

“If nothing else, this should give us something to think about,’’ Smoltz says. “If you think about it, what saved baseball the last two years is the last two [thrilling] World Series. That covered up a lot of weaknesses and flaws in the game. “But the moment we get a clunker, all of those things will get exposed. We’ve got to get this game vibrant again. If we don’t, it’ll be unwatchable.’’
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This is the first time since the early 2000s that the NL will have won the head-to-head battle with the AL.
A special thanks goes out to the crapbag teams The Orioles and Royals.
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So if MLB goes to a 154 game schedule that means that all MLB players would need too take a 5 percent paycut for playing 5 percent less games.

No thanks to the split game schedule.
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