- From: "Erasmus \"The Mannequin\" Brown" <hotsoup@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 21:32:47 -0500
"Thermos" <cfbltw@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
: Let's hear 'em. I'll start.
: Yanks win 94 and just edge out the Sox for the division, but the Sox
: take the wild card in spite of everyone and their grandmother telling
: us that the AL Central is the toughest division in MLB. Yanks/Sox
: again in the ALCS, as it should be.
: I'm expecting a fantastic season of baseball. This is a very good
: Yankees roster, despite the in-vogue "their pitching isn't good
: enough" commentary. "They" said the same thing last year, and the
: staff looks better this spring than last spring. The lineup is at
: least as good as last year's, despite the no-hit 1B. If Phelps hits,
: Joe will play him, regardless of how Mintkiewiajshdfhbcgxfsgsgbczczczc
: picks the occasional errant throw from the left side of the infield.
: Surprise pitcher of the year - Carl Pavano. Pavano gives the Yanks
: 180-200 innings of league average pitching, just as expected when they
: signed him, and the great unwashed brainwashed masses are amazed since
: they've been convinced that the guy can't pitch at all and is made of
: paper mache. It just so happens, the team needs 180-200 innings of
: league average pitching, as does every team. Go figure. Runner up -
: Igawa - who similarly gives the Yanks 200+ league average innings that
: Gil Meche and Adam Eaton can only dream of, and a left-handed starter
: to compliment a righty-heavy pen.
: Surprise hitter of the year - Bobby Abreu. Abreu gives the Yanks a
: full season of hitting like he can and solidifies an otherwise great
: Best bullpen addition - Bruney. Bruney is this year's Proctor, but
: better. Torre's "only 3 outs" rule with Rivera is well-intentioned
: but typically senseless. However, its going to mean that they need a
: few guys who can pitch the 7th and 8th. Bruney will get more chances
: this year, and he looks to have command of not just the fastball this
: year but the slider as well. That means less Proctor (and perhaps a
: more effective Proctor) and more Bruney and Vizcaino and Farnsworth.
: If Uncle Joe can stay away from managing a bullpen by formula, the pen
: could be quite good. They do well to add a guy like Bean to this mix
: of plus-fastball pitchers, but we know they won't.
: Best bench addition - Phelps. Not much of a glove, but he can rake.
: They haven't had a real bat on the bench for a long, long time.
: Mintkwczwczwczwcz at first means Phelps on the bench, and he'll get
: some shots. I know some think the hitch in his swing is not conducive
: to coming off the bench, but for the life of me I can't imagine what
: one has to do with the other. Guys in the lineup can go an hour in
: between PAs. Phelps should make the team and should squeeze
: Mientkwczwczwcz for PAs by midseason. Phillips will resurface when he
: clears waivers or when his myserious hamstring injury subsides.
: Despite some quirks around the edges, as a fan you have to love this
: roster. And there are plenty of possible improvements from the minors
: or in trade because Cashman played it cool this winter.
: This should be a great season, battling it out with another really
: great team in Boston. If you're not looking forward to this season,
: have your heart checked. You might be dead already.
Dice K wins 55 games, strikes out 642
A-Rod hits .006 w/ 0 homers and 150 GIDPs, commits 228 errors.
Sox go 135-27
Yanks go 18-144.
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