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Old 01-29-2007, 07:47 AM   #211
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Seems like now that Boston's had a taste of victory (and the merchandising revenue that comes with it) the owners are willing to spend whatever it costs to get it back.

The New Yankees, perhaps...?

Now, the real reason I came in here: when do pitchers and catchers report? I can't wait for baseball
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Old 01-29-2007, 08:29 AM   #212
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February 15th.


The greatest day of the year.
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I don't want to see Todd Helton go to Boston. I think he's due to have a good season again, after some of the problems that hindered his play the last two years. I'd prefer he stay in Colorado where he's no threat to the Yankees.
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Old 01-29-2007, 09:42 AM   #214
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Lugo
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Drew
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Pedroia

I could like that
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todd helton being able to pepper that wall with opposite field hits is a frightening thought to everyone else in the AL East.

certainly a better upgrade than JD friggin Drew
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Old 01-29-2007, 10:26 AM   #216
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I don't know - who knows how much of his numbers are inflated due to playing at Coors Field all these years. Yes, he's a good hitter, but he's on the decline and has been injury prone of late.

If all they gave up was Lowell and Hansen (and the Rockies paid half), then it might work. I'd keep Delcarmen, though.
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I think the Phillies have a real shot at it again this year. Two years ago was disappointing since I'd been to a game that season, but last year (the first year I ever really followed baseball) was heartbreaking.

The team is strong. God only knows what kind of absurd numbers Ryan Howard will be putting up this year (provided he stays healthy), Hamels is turning into an ace in a hurry, and the rest of the pitching staff is solid. The only thing that worries me right now is the left side of the infield - no catcher and no 3rd baseman to really depend on.

The offense and pitching of this team are downright scary!

I won't make a standings/W-L prediction yet (that can wait till spring training), but I will say that I think the Phillies will be the NL Wild Card and will run neck-and-neck with the Mets for the NL East title to the end.

I think over the course of one season, baseball's become my second-favourite sport already. I found it a little tough to keep up my interest in June and July last year (especially with the World Cup and Tour de France on), but this time I'm going to try to follow my team every game.
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Chip, do you care about Weaver going to the M's?
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The Rockies have announced that talks with the Red Sox have stopped and Todd Helton will be staying in Colorado. Well, for the time being anyway.

Also, Sammy Sosa has signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers.
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Oh well, no Helton...on to spring training.
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Chip, do you care about Weaver going to the M's?
in an offseason where meche gets 5 years 55 million, suppan gets 4 for 40, marquis gets 3 for 21, Weaver for 1 year 8 million would have been a good signing.

The Cardinals don't have much stability in the rotation so I'm a little upset we didn't match Seattle's offer. But it's not the end of the world.
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the phillies major problems going into this off season were
a) no bat to protect howard in the lineup
b) shitty bullpen

they have done nothing to fix either of these problems.

now the mets only problem was depth at starting pitching. they did little to fix that, either. but the mets did lead the phillies by 12 games last year.

jimmy rollins and chase utley are both 29, ryan howard is 28... their window for significant improvement is closing, and closing fast. they should, baring injury, stay close to their current level for at least another 5 years, but as far as improving on last year's numbers as they approach 30 years of age? not likely.

where as you look at core of the mets lineup... delgado is 35 and probably has one more year before he starts a decline in power production. beltran will turn 30 this year and is unlikely to get significantly better from where he is, but still has another 4-5 years of consistant high level performance left before he starts to decline. david wright is 25, jose reyes is 24... each have another 3-4 years of improvement left in them before they top out, and then another 5 years of consistant top level performance (again baring injury).

ultimately, of course, it comes down to pitching. if hamels can become an ace, which his numbers last year by no means scream #1 starter (9-8 4.08 era in a bad league), he certainly showed signs that he could be that guy... but once upon a time the phillies thought gavin floyd would be that guy, too. but then again the mets can say the exact same things about john maine and oliver perez... two guys who've shown signs that they can be top of the rotation guys, just without consistancy.

long story short, the phillies didn't fill their two major needs, the mets didn't fill their one. the phillies didn't get significantly worse, neither did the mets. i see the status quo.
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Roger Clemens has stated that he is failing at retiring. Hinting, that perhaps, he'll be coming back for another season in 2007.
Meanwhile, this past week in the Bronx, Yankees' 2B, Robinson Cano has switched his number 22 for number 24. When Clemens with the Yankees, he wore 22. Coincidence? Cano had worn 22 for 2 seasons.
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It's be nice to have him back in The Bronx. He's insane, he had a fucking 2.30 ERA last season....was the NL, sure, but the league ERA was 4.54. His ERA for 2005 was 1.87. He was 42 years old. Amazing.
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It would be nice to see him back in the Bronx. Could the Yanks squeeze another year out of him? I guess that's the big question.
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