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  • #91
    Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

    I respectfully beg to differ.
    Sure, Atlanta has some good young bats, but that starting pitching is a disaster! As of this post, the Braves have a grand total of ONE starting pitcher with a winning record. And he's only one game over .500.
    Teheran once showed promise but he's been getting knocked around for the last two years.
    Garcia lost his stuff 2 years ago. That's why the Cards let him go. After this season he'll likely finish out his career in someone's bullpen.
    Dickey is 43 years old!
    Foltynewicz has shown some flashes but he's never had an ERA under 4.10
    Newcomb is a rookie who's only started 5 games so he's an unknown property.

    If Atlanta doesn't get younger and much, much, much better in their starting rotation they're never going anywhere.
    I haven't taken a look at Atlanta's farm system ... but they better have some pretty good arms down there.
    They have two more arms that will be up soon, and they will be buyers coming up because their payroll is so low. Their staff is treading water with the old guys but they will get another arm via free agency, and have Nuke, Dicky, Folty, Wisler etc. they are almost .500 now and they don't have the pitching. Good young team with virtually no payroll next year. That farm system is loaded.

    They drop 60 million off their payroll next year. They can get another arm or two.

    buy I agree, they don't have the arms yet. But they will, and their team offensively is locked up.

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    • #92
      Originally posted by IwasGunzen View Post
      buy I agree, they don't have the arms yet. But they will, and their team offensively is locked up.
      The problem with having a lot of good young batters is that all their contracts are going to come due around the same time. A few years from now Atlanta could find themselves in cap space Hell trying to keep them all.
      The Braves need to win now while they're still paying all those young bats minimum wage. But with that starting rotation there's no chance. The Braves will be a .500 club for years to come unless they grab some serious pitching talent on the free agent market or make some sort of blockbuster trade.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

        The problem with having a lot of good young batters is that all their contracts are going to come due around the same time. A few years from now Atlanta could find themselves in cap space Hell trying to keep them all.
        The Braves need to win now while they're still paying all those young bats minimum wage. But with that starting rotation there's no chance. The Braves will be a .500 club for years to come unless they grab some serious pitching talent on the free agent market or make some sort of blockbuster trade.
        Player are held under a team control for up to 5 years including arbitration. You are forgetting that. Their best players are locked up.

        And btw, MLB has no cap. So I do t know what you mean. They have a window of about 4-5 years while Freeman etc are under contract.

        I agree that they need pitching. But try to find me a team with less contract commitment and as much talent.

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        • #94
          Originally posted by IwasGunzen View Post
          But try to find me a team with less contract commitment and as much talent.
          The Brewers and D-Backs come to mind.

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          • #95
            Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

            The Brewers and D-Backs come to mind.
            Well damnit, if you are gonna use facts then fuck of. However I would argue that Arizona has about the same payroll next year but only two players signed. But okay. But the Braves are in the conversation and they have a lot of potential with Newcome, Folty, Wisler, Burr, Wilson and Teheran is cheap. Plus they can afford to bring in an arm.

            I guess what what I am saying is I am glad they cleaned house and started over.

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            • #96
              And the braves three starters just gave up 2 er in the last twenty innings and they swept the A's on the roster. One game from .500

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              • #97
                Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post





                The Jays and Rangers are rebounding as we speak. But the truth be told, I originally had the Astros winning the West and the Rangers as a wild card. But being a Rangers fan I felt obligated to switch them around.

                Colorado has been a nice surprise, but I think you're right and the Dodgers will pass them.

                I'm a sucker for small market underdogs so it's nice to see the Brewers doing well. (will they trade Ryan Braun along with his $20 million contract?)

                Fuck the New York Yankees.

                What an amazing Sox/Rangers game last night.

                I wonder how much momentum will carry over for both teams.

                Are the Rangers at 40-43 still encouraged by a comeback bid or was Odor's error a symbol of the 2017 Ranger team's woes?

                Pedroia who hasn't made an error since August 2016 had a career top 5 career game and the team picking up all-star Kimbrel's blown save could set them off to a 16-4 type run.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by beantown23 View Post

                  Are the Rangers at 40-43 still encouraged by a comeback bid or was Odor's error a symbol of the 2017 Ranger team's woes?
                  The Rangers have 10 guys on the DL. The bullpen is in free fall (hence the desperate pickup of Jason Grilli). Matt Bush has bottomed out so they're now forced to go with closer-by-committee.
                  That said, the Rangers are only 2.5 games back in the wild card race, so if Banister can somehow patch up that bullpen anything could still happen. They need to call up Yohander Mendez or Ariel Jurado and see what those kids have got.

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                  • #99
                    Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

                    The Rangers have 10 guys on the DL. The bullpen is in free fall (hence the desperate pickup of Jason Grilli). Matt Bush has bottomed out so they're now forced to go with closer-by-committee.
                    That said, the Rangers are only 2.5 games back in the wild card race, so if Banister can somehow patch up that bullpen anything could still happen. They need to call up Yohander Mendez or Ariel Jurado and see what those kids have got.
                    Currently there are 4 teams with 44 wins ahead of your 41-44 Rangers and you face 2 of them over the next 7 games so it will be interesting to see if you can hang against the surprising Angels and suddenly hot Royals.

                    I was reading a Ft. Worth newspaper and they were critical of the Rangers ability to crate runs as they seem to live and die by the long ball.

                    After reading Wikipedia bio of the Rangers I discovered why you are a fan of both the Redskins and the Rangers.

                    Will the Ranger billionaire owners Davis and Simpson who just agreed on a new domed 2020 stadium spend money now to sustain interest in their team?

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                    • Originally posted by beantown23 View Post

                      After reading Wikipedia bio of the Rangers I discovered why you are a fan of both the Redskins and the Rangers.
                      Oh please, do tell.

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                      • Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

                        Oh please, do tell.
                        Ever go to see Ted Williams manage the Senators?

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                        • Originally posted by beantown23 View Post

                          Ever go to see Ted Williams manage the Senators?
                          Shit dude, how old are you?
                          And for the record, Ted Williams has absolutely nothing to do with me being a Redskins or a Rangers fan.

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                          • Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

                            Shit dude, how old are you?
                            And for the record, Ted Williams has absolutely nothing to do with me being a Redskins or a Rangers fan.
                            I thought you were Who's age, so how did a Canadian become a Rangers and Redskin fan?

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                            • Originally posted by beantown23 View Post

                              I thought you were Who's age, so how did a Canadian become a Rangers and Redskin fan?
                              I've always been a big football fan but I spent years never really having a favourite team. I'd watch any game between any two teams, it didn't matter. Then one day in 1982 I turned on a game and I saw Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Art Monk, Russ Grimm, The Hogs ..... I've been a Redskins fan ever since.

                              In baseball my favourite players have always been pitchers and I was a YUGE Nolan Ryan fan. I never really could get behind the Astros (I'm just not an NL kind of guy) but when Ryan moved to the Rangers I followed him over. Been a Rangers fan ever since.

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                              • Originally posted by Reservoir Dog View Post

                                I've always been a big football fan but I spent years never really having a favourite team. I'd watch any game between any two teams, it didn't matter. Then one day in 1982 I turned on a game and I saw Joe Theismann, John Riggins, Art Monk, Russ Grimm, The Hogs ..... I've been a Redskins fan ever since.

                                In baseball my favourite players have always been pitchers and I was a YUGE Nolan Ryan fan. I never really could get behind the Astros (I'm just not an NL kind of guy) but when Ryan moved to the Rangers I followed him over. Been a Rangers fan ever since.
                                I remember watching those redskins teams as a young boy and wondering to myself "Why is it so hard to tackle that guy?" That run, in the Super Bowl I believe, where Riggins broke what seemed like 10 tackles for a touchdown (I think) really pissed me off.

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