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Discussion in 'Other Sports Forum' started by Unlucky 13, Nov 2, 2018.

  1. Boik14

    Boik14 Admin Club Member Retired Administrator

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    Sorry to read Buckner passed so young. Dimentia is a *****. But I’m sure Mookie Wilson still sends him holiday cards every year.
     
  2. Unlucky 13

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    Its funny with Buckner, he was a good player for the Cubs for six years, but then they traded him in early 1984 to Boston, and later that season got closer to the World Series than they had been in over 40 years without him with the help of Dennis Eckersley, whom the Red Sox sent back to Chicago.

    Then he of course is a member of the Boston team that nearly wins the Series two years later. He was a blink away from being part of breaking both curses within a three year span.
     
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  3. Unlucky 13

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    The Cubs are apparently going hard after Craig Kimbrel, now that there won't be any draft pick loss consequences. The money is now available due to the fact that Ben Zobrist seems to be retiring due to personal issues relating to his divorce.

    The pen has been a real rough spot at times this year. Closer Brandon Morrow hasn't played since last July after suffering a setback in his recovery, and setup man Pedro Strop has only pitched 11.2 innings this season as well. But Strop just came back off the DL, and if they can pair him with Kimbrel on the back end, it would be a huge boost. And then if Morrow can eventually come back this season too, they should be awesome for the stretch run and the playoffs.
     
  4. muscle979

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    Cubs get Kimbrel, Braves get Keuchel. Not the way I would have picked it. I didn't think the Braves were going to be seriously in on either of those guys. I'm happy they were and hope now they're going to do what they can to bring in Mad Bum and Will Smith from the Giants next month. We still have an embarrassment of riches in the farm system, so I feel like they can get them depending on what the Giants ask and what they're willing to part ways with. I'd package Camargo with a mix of prospects and hope they bite, he's pretty blocked out of the lineup right now and is getting nowhere as a bench player.
     
  5. Unlucky 13

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    Given the issues that the Phillies have had, I think that really going for it this year is a great idea for Atlanta, too. Do what you need to do. Has Carmago been injured? He was really good a year ago, but his stats have fallen off a cliff this season.

    The Cubs don't really have prospects to trade away, having used those chips the last few years already. So signing Kimbrel as a FA was a real necessity if they were going to make a big move. Anything else the rest of the way will likely me very modest for them, unless a team falls out of contention and is basically giving an older guy away at the deadline.

    They have a desperate need for an offensive catalyst at the top of the order who can regularly get on base to set the table, but that's not likely to happen until the offseason, when they likely look to move Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell.
     
  6. muscle979

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    Camargo hasn't been injured, he seems to just be having a bit of trouble adjusting to not playing every day. As of late he's looked a little better in his appearances. I don't know if playing everyday is anywhere in his immediate future, given Riley's emergence. No way Donaldson is brought back after this season, but Riley is the future at 3B. If I was GM I would include Camargo as part of a deal for a starter or closer. Our bench wouldn't suffer that much with Joyce playing well and Culberson being ridiculously clutch in his late inning appearances. Camargo is still young and should have good value so a trade wouldn't surprise me.

    Getting at least a proven closer and maybe another quality starter would give the Braves the ammo they need to stay on top of the East IMO. Hopefully they can pull off a good deal next month.
     
  7. Unlucky 13

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    There is no question that the ball is juiced this season, which had lead to the whole game feeling different. But its still good when your team can set a cool record. First NL team ever with five players to hit 15+ HRs before July 1st. The Braves have a shot at joining them before the Calendar turns, if either Albies or Riley gets hot.

    When David Bote hits his next one, they'll have seven guys with 10+. They're on pace to tie last season's Dodgers for the record for most players with 20+ in a season. Only eight NL teams have ever had six guys hit 20, but six of those have come int the last three years (including the 2017 Cubs).

    The Cubs are also still on pace to become the first ever team with five 30+ HR guys in a single season, but there are several teams in the AL who are threatening as well.

    The Cubs, Brewers and Dodgers are all currently on pace to set the NL record for most team HRs in a single season.
     
  8. muscle979

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    We just got to five with 15+ homers last night, so didn't quite make it in June. Riley's stayed mostly hot but he knows he needs to strikeout less and walk more. Donaldson has gotten his power back in the past couple of weeks and that's been pretty big.

    I personally don't like the juiced ball. Isn't it just going to put an asterick next to HR stats from here on out? IMO more balls in play is the key to a better game, they don't necessarily have to all be over the wall.... I'm waiting to see MLB start to trend back towards workhorse pitchers who can pitch efficiently, induce weak contact, and go deeper into ball games. The bullpen epidemic could force GMs' hands in this respect. MLB hitters are getting younger and those mid to upper 90s fastballs aren't playing quite as well as they once did.
     
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    Mets are looking at Joe Girardi as a potential replacement for Mickey Callaway. Can’t happen soon enough. Now they need to find Mariano Rivera, Billy Wagner, and Trevor Hoffman for the bullpen....
     

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  10. Unlucky 13

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    Hey wait a minute, he's going to be the Cubs manager when we let Maddon go! Keep your hands off!
     
  11. Boik14

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    Screw that...every time he announces a met game (which is rare) hes practically asking for the job! We need him more at this point. Yall have theo running things...we have a bunch of ****ing idiots
     
  12. muscle979

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    That's going to be a pretty good upgrade. Mets need better personnel moves too. That Cano contract is looking really bad. They have some building blocks though. Outside of Alonso and DeGrom, McNeil looks really good. I know this probably isn't what any team in NYC wants to happen, but a partial rebuild is probably in order for them.
     
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    It may not be what we want but its what we needed. I thought diaz would at least help that bullpen and that trade looks really bad if Kelenic becomes the mookie betts like player i think hes going to be. And Justin Dunn would have slotted in real nice for Wheeler if they let Wheeler walk...
     
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