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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:21 pm

I've got too many to list. :*)
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Postby Red Stripe » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:22 pm

I thought Dontrelle would choke 2nd half and go on a huge second half slump. Boy was I wrong, I'm still not sold on him.
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Postby nuggets » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:22 pm

SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:I've got too many to list. :*)


Awe come on, give us a top 2 at least ;-)
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Postby RAmst23 » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:26 pm

Jim Thome didn't hit 40+ HRs
Oakland actually competed and it's young starters didn't explode
Vernon Wells didn't steal 30+

Right with you with Blalock, thought he was going to kill the ball this year. However, I'll hold the same predictions for next year, he breaks out.
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:28 pm

nuggets wrote:
SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:I've got too many to list. :*)


Awe come on, give us a top 2 at least ;-)

Vlad -- thought he along with Pujols would be head and shoulders above whoever would be the No 3 player.
A-Rod -- thought this would be the year he finally fell out of the top pick lock category.
Chavez -- I was really touting him coming into the year and said he, along with A-Rod, would be by far the best 3B.
Zito -- I guess I wasn't completely wrong here, nor did I really say it much coming into the year, but I thought he would have a strong bounce back year. You can be the judge there.
Santana -- thought he would have a huge fall-off, but now I think he clearly deserves the Cy Young......again.

Those are a few I came up with off the top of my head. That good enough for you? :-b
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Postby Half Massed » Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:38 pm

I predicted a good year for Brad Wilkerson and Aaron Rowand, and thought Huff was going to turn it around big after his initial struggles. I also thought Garland was going to fall off and Oli Perez was going to come back strong, hence my Garland for Perez trade earlyish in the season.
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Postby nuggets » Fri Oct 07, 2005 11:43 pm

SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote: That good enough for you? :-b
more than good, thank you.
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Postby DK » Sat Oct 08, 2005 12:28 am

Oh man.

I thought Oswalt would bust.
I thought Pedro had the CY wrapped up. (Granted, nobody saw Carpenter and Clemens coming. Even Willis was a stretch.)
I thought A-Rod would bust.
I thought Bonderman, Nate Robertson and Greinke were going to bust out.

That's just off the top of my head.
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Postby HOOTIE » Sat Oct 08, 2005 4:17 am

Red Stripe wrote:I thought Dontrelle would choke 2nd half and go on a huge second half slump. Boy was I wrong, I'm still not sold on him.


After his July blow up (7 era), i traded him in my keeper. He had a great Aug.-Sept. to make me wonder if i pulled the trigger too early on that one. But i'm not sold he repeats this year.

I never would have thought Beltre wouldn't hit 20 hrs. I still believe he's a 30+ hr 110 rbi guy.

Arod's 48 hrs surprised me a bit, considering Yankee Stadium is so tough on RHB. I had him around (40-42).

DK, why did you think Oswalt would bust?
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Postby DK » Sat Oct 08, 2005 8:48 am

HOOTIE wrote:
Red Stripe wrote:I thought Dontrelle would choke 2nd half and go on a huge second half slump. Boy was I wrong, I'm still not sold on him.


DK, why did you think Oswalt would bust?


1) His GB to FB ratio had been going down yearly. I figured many more HR in Minute Maid. (His GB/FB spiked up this year, going from 1.46 to 1.41 to 1.35, all the way to 1.19 in 2004 but went back up to 1.45 this year)
2) Average against him had gotten worse every year. (.235, .247, .246 in an injury-shortened year, .260, actually went up again this year to .262)
3) Same with strikeouts (steadily. Per 9, From 9.15 to 8.03 to 7.63 in the injury year to 7.82. They actually went down again this year to 6.85.)
4) and just a gut feeling. He's got a very violent-looking motion and I thought he might wear out down the stretch.


I predicted that this year all the factors would come together and he'd have an ERA hovering a little under 4. Weird thing is, almost all the factors did come into play, and he still had a 2.94. :-o

Just goes to show the power of the ground ball.
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