Predictions. 68 comments


So now that the playoffs are set, I will boldly predict the outcome. I can guarantee with 100 percent certainty that I will be totally wrong.

This is not who I want to win, this is who I think will win.

American League:
Yankees vs Indians: Yankees.
Astros vs Red Sox: Astros.

Yankees vs Astros: Yankees.

National League:
Diamondbacks vs Dodgers: Diamondbacks.
Cubs vs Nationals: Nationals.

Diamondbacks vs Nationals: Nationals.

World Series:
Yankees vs Nationals: Nationals.

Of course, it could go the opposite way. What do I know?

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TODAY’S GAMES:

Chris Sale (17-8, 2.90) vs. Justin Verlander (15-8, 3.36)
Game time: 3:08 on MLB Network

How the Red Sox hit against Verlander.
How the Astros hit against Sale.

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Sonny Gray (10-12, 3.55) vs Trevor Bauer (17-9, 4.19)
Game time: 6:38 on FS1

How the Yankees hit against Bauer.
How the Indians hit against Gray.

 

 

 

 

 

  • JacobMcCandles

    Stros vs Nats

  • GoRangers23

    This should be a link to vote for Adrian Beltre for the #1 card in the Topps Baseball Cards for 2018. I guess that means that if he wins, he will be the player on the top of the box, and all of the packages? That would be too cool!

    http://2018cardno1vote.hscampaigns.com/

  • GoRangers23
    • dearmidol

      First, I never listen to GM-speak. 99% is BS, and the rest is just BS.

      But with only two starters, this team is in serious trouble if they are, as Daniels said in his press conference, reducing payroll. He said they are going to get creative, meaning trying to turn Matt Bush into a starter, which will mean the Rangers will have Matt Bush for about nine starts until he is lost for good. So they will still need three starters.

      • GoRangers23

        Yep! Everything that has been said so far is VERY scary! It just makes no sense. If Banister doesn’t change some of the things he did this season, we are going to be in for a really horrible 2018 season. Sinking 20 million ( I believe that’s how much it is) into Otani, just to get to negotiate with him is a waste. We need good pitchers, but he just costs too much money. There are some really poor decisions that are being made, in my opinion. A lot of things need to change, but I see a lot of things still going to be the same. It’s really disappointing! The Matt Bush experiment will probably be a disaster.

        • dearmidol

          I think with Otahni, just like with Darvish, you get the money back if you don’t come to an agreement. I could be wrong, though.

          • JacobMcCandles

            Not for sure Kevin but I think you lose it

          • GoRangers23

            Oh, good. That’s better, unless we are the ones who sign him. Then, it’s still bad. That is just a total waste of money to spend on one player. We need too many positions filled to spend it all in one place.

        • Rowdy Yates

          Bush doesn’t have enough quality pitches to be a starter. Nor the consistent control of the pitches he does have in his repertoire.

    • elkaba

      Sickening.

  • dearmidol

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/051708c18f1ef8da14f209f0ab46f19d9ab7c2ba8dffc3f1ec94a64c9cc115f1.png Here is a rendering of the new ballpark’s playing field. I sure hope this isn’t accurate. There is like an acre of foul territory. They will need to get a little golf cart to carry the players from the dugout to the on deck circle.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Beltre will just move the circle!! Was never much to cry about the heat and we do not need a new park but is exciting to think about

  • Rowdy Yates

    Assumed all season I’d root for the Astros in the playoffs as a Texas team. But I hate their whiny fans and Hinch so I’m going for the Indians or the Sox in AL. If the Stros end up playing the Yankees I’ll certainly root for the Astros.

    In the NL rooting for the DBacks or anyone else besides the Nats.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Want some cheese with that…LOL

    • grumpyderfsmagic8ball

      Guess you never met Boston fans. Boo

      • JacobMcCandles

        Root for Jakey…at 1/3/2017 1212am bet $300 at 14-1 to win the WS

  • JacobMcCandles

    Verlander was a brilliant pick up….got him for pennies for this year, two more years after with Tigers picking up 8 mill per yr. So when they let Beltran go next year they get Verlander and spend less $$$

  • JacobMcCandles

    Astro WS march starts

  • JacobMcCandles

    Big IR coming

  • JacobMcCandles

    Listening to Jim Kaat you think he was a lifetime Red sox player

  • TD30

    Look at that big boy run!

  • TD30

    No catch?

    • JacobMcCandles

      Umps screwed the pooch on that one Gattis should be awarded 3B

      • TD30

        Yep

        • JacobMcCandles

          Helluva try though by Bradley

          • TD30

            For sure!! It would have been a great catch. But even he knew it wasn’t a catch.

  • TD30

    Woo hooo

    • JacobMcCandles

      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS….BOOMER ASTRO

      • TD30

        Yes! BOOMER ASTROS!

    • JacobMcCandles

      This is scarier than the land of sand…LO

      • TD30

        Scarier? Ranger fans cheering for astros? Or just the drama of the game?

        • JacobMcCandles

          Drama…….this is what makes BB the best sport. Teams but also man vs man pitcher and batter

  • TD30

    Altuve!!! I love that tiny ASTRO!

    • JacobMcCandles

      MMMMVVVVVVPPPP

  • elkaba

    Altuve is my hero.

    • JacobMcCandles

      By the substitution method you are mine,,,,,your best post ever

      • elkaba

        LOL. I love how he continues to show that body type is NOT a major factor in baseball. It’s another reason baseball must remain America’s national game. We can’t all be 6’5″ tall, but in baseball we can still be MVPs.

        • JacobMcCandles

          Think I will cry

    • JacobMcCandles

      Don’t know if you have been watching but that was his second

      • elkaba

        I know. Verlander looks good, too.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Why can’t they hire Al Green to sing his own song….it would be better and he would prob be cheaper

    • elkaba

      Old Al is 71. He may not be performing much anymore.

      • JacobMcCandles

        HA! Yeah but not a tough song to exert on…..but the masses prob don’y know who he is…LO

  • JacobMcCandles

    Its funny announcers are just like fans….some cannot hide who they root for….Kaat was spewing so much Bosox crap that I turned on XM and those guys were even worse pro Astro dudes…..LO

    • dearmidol

      XM is the Astros radio feed. It’s the Astros radio broadcasters.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Sure? Was listening to MLB.Com and they did not sound like Astro guys I heard previously

  • JacobMcCandles

    OMG……ALTUVE underlines MVP take that Judge

    • dearmidol

      It’s too bad the votes are already in. What a game.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Bob Costas just paraphrased our own elk….”One of the great things about BB is it comes in all shapes and sizes” I will take elk over Costas…..from Altuve to Colon and so on

    • elkaba

      Love Colon, too, and for the same reason.

  • dearmidol

    I have to run to play softball. I am hoping Atuve gets another one.

  • elkaba

    That’s one.

    • JacobMcCandles

      Enjoy Scary

  • JacobMcCandles

    Well the difference IMO was post season experience between Verlander and Sale…..V a polished post season pitcher, Sales first

  • Rowdy Yates

    Looks like I missed a great game from the Astros today … or Altuve anyway. Guy should be a shoo-in for MVP but the unfortunately that’s probably not in the cards.

    • dearmidol

      Unfortunately he doesn’t play in New York.

  • dearmidol

    I never wanted to be more wrong than my prediction of the Yankees winning.

  • WhoKnowscs

    I’ve got to say I love seeing the Yankees be no hit.

  • JacobMcCandles

    Altuve 3 HRs….Judge 3 SOs…..Hmmmm

  • JacobMcCandles

    https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/10/how-they-were-acquired-houston-astros-alds-roster.html

    This is a team with a plan. This is a GM. And its so well thought out short and long term…..next year they drop Beltrans 16 mill and that saves money with getting Verlander. Verlander is done in two years when some of the youth starts breaking Arb. They do not add huge money they balance the ckbooks.

    • dearmidol

      It will be interesting to see what Daniels is able to pull off this off season. The Astros are so much better now. But you never know how fortunes can change. I don’t, however, have much faith in the Rangers getting much better.

      • JacobMcCandles

        He has to take a step back….

        • elkaba

          In JD’s defense, and it isn’t much of a defense, the Astros were handed an ideal chance for a full rebuild while the TV deal was being worked out. Nobody was watching anyway, so they might as well rebuild. For JD, it’s just too tempting to think a tinker here and there, and we’re right back on top. It’s too bad. I think Kevin’s right, nothing to have faith about with the Rangers right now.

          • dearmidol

            What’s frustrating is Daniels is pleading budget constraints when this team had a windfall of TV revenue fall on them, then a windfall of Arlington money fall on them.

            They have the money. But I can’t blame the owners. Why keep giving Daniels money when he doesn’t show the aptitude to spend it right?

          • JacobMcCandles

            Spot on

          • JacobMcCandles

            Well thats kind of my point now is the time to rebuild and get ready for the new stadium

    • WhoKnowscs

      It’ll be interesting to see what will happen if the Astros have a pitcher go down and need TJS. Then you’ll see if management philosophy changes or not. They haven’t been struck by the injury bug for an extended time yet so who knows.

      • JacobMcCandles

        Could not be more more wrong as injuries have decimated them for three years, especially this year. 4 of their 5 SPs lost time…..Correa missed 6 weeks as well.