my 2019 MLB Picks

j-man

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AL East
1 NYY 97-65
2 BOS 96-66
3 TB 87-75
4 TOR 79-83
5 BALT 58-104

AL Central
1 Cle 88-74
2 MINN 85-77
3 CWS 73-89
4 DET 70-92
5 KC 62-100

AL WEST
1 HOU 98-64
2 OAK 86-76
3 SEA 81-81
4 LAA 80-82
5 TEX 68-94

NL EAST
1 PHILLY 91-71
2 WASH 89-73
3 ATL 86-76
4 NYM 83-79
5 MIA 61-101

NL Central
1 STL 90-72
2 MILW 89-73
3 CHC 86-76
4 CINY 81-81
5 PITT 80-82

NL WEST
1 LAD 94-68
2 COL 87-75
3 SD 85-77
4 ZONA 79-83
5 SF 73-89

AL WILD CARD SOX over rays NL WILD CARD NATS over brew
AL DIV SERIES HOU Over BOS IN 5 NYY OVER CLE IN 4
NL DIV SERIES LAD OVER STL IN 4 PHILLY OVER WASH IN 5
ALCS NYY OVER HOU IN 7
NLCS LAD OVER PHILLY IN 6
WS NYY Over LAD IN 6

MY top 30
1 NYY
2 HOU
3 BOS
4 LAD
5 PHILLY
6 STL
7 WASH
8 MILW
9 COL
10 ATL
11 CLE
12 TB
13 CHC
14 OAK
15 NYM
16 MINN
17 SEA
18 SD
19 ZONA
20 LAA
21 CINY
22 TOR
23 CWS
24 PITT
25 SF
26 TEX
27 DET
28 MIA
29 KC
30 BALT
 

Plympton91

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Im gonna go Red Sox over Yankees over Rays in the AL East. Yanks starting pitching depth problems suddenly seem greater than Sox pen woes, with Severino out til May.

Cleveland gets beat out by Minnesota or Chicago in the Central. Their lineup is really weak with a hobbled Lindor and their pen is worse than Boston’s.

Houston takes the West in a cakewalk over a surprisingly strong Mariners team that pushes 90 wins as Oakland’s starting pitching implodes.

NL East is back to the Nats, as Victor Robles inspires chants of Bryce Who? The Mets and Phillies again disappoint and Braves finish second.

NL Central is cardinals by a hair over the Brewers, as Chicago’s pitching staff implodes,

NL West is Colorado. I continue to suggest against all evidence except the Sox dismantling of them last October that the Dodgers just aren’t that good
 

Hank Scorpio

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Red Sox 103-59
Devil Rays 88-74
Yankees 88-74
Blue Jays 73-89
Orioles 53-109

Twins 88-74
Indians 88-74
White Sox 80-82
Tigers 63-99
Royals 63-99

Astros 99-63
Angels 88-74
A's 88-74
Mariners 78-84
Rangers 74-88

Six teams finish with 88-74 records, setting up a series of tie-breakers to determine the WC and AL Central winners. The Twins win the Central, and the Yankees, who were tied with the Red Sox as recently as August 1, wind up playing the Angels for the Wild Card. Albert Pujols hits a dramatic 3-run HR off a clearly gassed Zack Britton in the eighth inning, leading the Angels to the win, and a wild card berth. Yankee fans blame Boone for over-using his bullpen all season long. Rational people blame the Yankees starters for being atrocious all season long. Severino has the best ERA of all Yankee starters at 4.34. That's a problem. The bigger problem is that he only makes 12 starts, tossing 58.2 innings.

In true Angel fashion, however, they're swiftly swept by the Red Sox. The Twins almost come close to winning a game against the Astros, but it doesn't happen. The Astros are better prepared for the Sox this time, but the Sox take home the ALCS in seven anxiety inducing games that immediately becomes "one of the greatest series of all time". The Astros win game six on a Fisk-esque moment when facing elimination, but the Sox somehow top it in game seven.

Nationals 89-73
Mets 86-76
Braves 86-76
Phillies 85-77
Marlins 54-108

Brewers 95-67
Cubs 89-73
Cardinals 86-76
Pirates 74-88
Reds 69-93

Dodgers 91-71
Rockies 90-72
Padres 82-80
Giants 72-90
D-Backs 68-94

Nine teams are seriously in the race during the last week of the season, but no one seems to care. Rockies beat the Cubs for the WC. Maddon is "not brought back for 2020". The Dodgers eliminate the Nationals on some bullshit, and the Brewers beat the Rockies in 5. The Brewers sweep the Dodgers, because as Plymp said, they're not that good. Whatever. The NL sucks.

The Red Sox face the Brewers in the World Series, and Travis Shaw goes 0 for 13 with 6 strikeouts. Tyler Thornburg, released by the Red Sox in May, makes two appearances, records 0 outs, and allows 5 runs, taking the L both times. Red Sox sweep the Brewers in humiliating fashion. Players vote to give Thornburg a full share of the playoff money. The other pitchers earning an L? Craig Kimbrel, and who the fuck cares.
 

Hank Scorpio

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So you think the NL will beat the AL two years in a row in inter league games?
It works out that way, just barely...

I think the dreck of the AL is a larger group than the dreck of the NL, and while the AL has better "good teams" than the NL, the NL has more good teams than the AL. Granted, I didn't check matchups, but my wild guess tells me the pain the Red Sox and Astros will inflict upon the NL will be outnumbered by the devastation BAL, KC and DET will be dealt by WAS, NYM, PHI, ATL, STL, CHC, MIL, LAD, COL...

I also think the Indians will be disappointing, and hope the Yankees have a failure of a season.

Maybe I'm giving the NL East too much credit. But if I feel any of the projections are too high, I'd start with the Marlins. They real suck, and might even win less than 50.
 

j-man

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i will expliain

AL East the Yanks and Sox are even but in today baseball bullpens are more importing
Central i just like terry f minn only has about 5 or 6 good players and DET CHW KC are 2 years away
West Houston has a weak pen too
NL East 4 team race philly has the most talent
NL Central 3-team race the cards are due
West LAD just has a edge on the nl