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Old 04-08-2007, 07:44 PM   #211
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meche gave up 6 runs yesterday?? i have nothing left to believe in
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the thing that gets me about the whole "the phillies will be great this year" thing is that people have been saying it for a few years now, and it never happens.
I agree. I feel the same way about the Phils that I do about the indians.

People keep telling that they are going to be a great team, but I can't take a team seriously that has terrible defense and no bullpen (indians).
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meche gave up 6 runs yesterday?? i have nothing left to believe in
just a bump in the cy young road, my friend... just a bump.
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the thing that gets me about the whole "the phillies will be great this year" thing is that people have been saying it for a few years now, and it never happens.

they sucked for the majority of last year, despite howard's bombs, and then got hot for a month to make it interesting for the wild card in the terrible NL.

there main issues going into the offseason were bullpen and someone to protect howard. they did neither.

maybe they will finally turn the corner this year and be that good team that people havae been saying the're gonna be for the past 3-4 years. i'll wait till they prove it on the field first.

the NL east is gonna be awful again this year... florida and washington are not good. teams are gonna go on runs, just like last year, because they're going to get to play washington 6 out of 12 games. go 5-1 vs. the awful nationals, go 3-3 against whoever else you're playing and bing... 8-4 record over two weeks... they're on a hot streak!
For the past four years, the hype has been there to a certain extent. Acutally, in 2003 it was at its highest when they made their first big signing of Jim Thome. There was a lot of hype, and, oddly enough, I think it was the worst season they've had since the Bowa era started.

In 2004, there was hype that I contested, for they had no starting pitching. Again, I ignored any hype for 2005 and 2006. I could see they didn't have it. I was very surprised by how well they did, but still, the result was what I thought it would be: no playoff appearance.

This year, I thought that, since we had done well last year, we had a core group that was close. We needed, I thought, a five hitter, a good starter, and a few new relievers. Unfortunately, we only got one of those three. I will admit my mistake here: After 8 years of the Ed Wade era, an actualy big move for a player that I liked got me into the hype. Seeing a move that I liked, I got swept up in it.

The problem with the Phillies is that they are too keen on trying to prove their moves. They feel the need to prove that Ryan Madson is worthwhile, that Pat Burrell and Aaron Rowand (and this season I'm willing to bet Adam Eaton) are worth the contracts they signed for. I'm sure they aren't the only team that does this; I've seen it before, it's more common then one would think. But the Phils spent many years with poor evaluation of talent, thus are now trying to prove the value of things that aren't there.

So, there. My rant is over. Maybe things will improve when Lieber and Garcia return. Maybe. I doubt it. Without another bat and at least two more bullpen arms, I don't think they have it.
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And for the first time in Yankee history, none of the first 5 starting pitchers of the season get into the 6th inning, as Torre yanks Rasner in the 5th. We need Wang back, soon.

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Sorry in advance.

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Well, it's only one week, but that can't be a good sign for the Yankees.

It's a different story for the Red Sox. They need to start hitting better, although Ortiz woke up tonight with two jacks.

Meh, doesn't matter either way. Both of them will be there at the end.
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Phanan, you're probably right, and it is WAY too early to "panic", but I'm a little concerned.
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One thing we found out for certain last night...the Red Sox made a very wise Hewson approved move by putting Papelbon back in the closer role and removing Joel Pineiro form said role (and methinks he'll soon be removed from the roster if this continues).
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Cleveland has definitely set a major league record for most consecutive snow outs.
Though its a 4 game series wiped out, it ends up with 7 straight snow outs...Friday's near miss then 3 straight doubleheaders.
Happy Spring Cleveland.
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that's a lotta snow

that al gore's full of shit, man.
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delgado drops down the bunt against the shift... crafty
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Cleveland has definitely set a major league record for most consecutive snow outs.
Though its a 4 game series wiped out, it ends up with 7 straight snow outs...Friday's near miss then 3 straight doubleheaders.
Happy Spring Cleveland.
they moved their next series to Milwaukee, what a crappy way to start the season
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keith hernandez's comments on the move of the series... "why the hell did they put a city in cleveland anyway?"

i love that guy
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They should put a roof on the Jake. I feel badly for those Tribe fans. They love their team.
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if they had let u2kitten build the stadium there would be a roof
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keith hernandez's comments on the move of the series... "why the hell did they put a city in cleveland anyway?"

i love that guy
I heard that one too. That's our Keith.
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