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tthousand66 wrote:Why stop with the M's? Here are my pre-pre season picks in the AL West:
Rangers 93 wins
Angels 91 wins
A's 88 wins
Mariners 78 wins
Washburn will win 14, Moyer 10, Felix 14, Pinero 12 and Meche 10. that's 60 wins for the starters. I'd say Pinero and Meche are the guys who could push the 78 win pj higher. If they can win 15 each, the M's could contend. I doubt it though.
Kenji NOT being an automatic out will be huge. If they get a year like the Chi-Sox got out of Iguchi from him...it will help. If the middle infield of Bettancourt and Lopez don't hit .230 with no power between them...things could be good. If Jeremy Reed doesn't hit .250 with no power or speed again, that would help. If the pen is better minus guys like Shiggy, we should see improvement.
That is a lot of "If's", thus the last place prediction.
tthousand66 wrote:just found this site a month or so ago...i'll be around. thanks for the compliments!
for a "baseball" town, it sure is looking like fairweather seattle is turning football on us, eh?
Having lived in a real sports town (detroit) for the first 35 years of my life, watching the m's not-so-faithful followers bail on the team during my 4 years here is pretty disheartening.
Did you know the Detroit Lions have something like a 7 year waiting list for season tickets, despite having ONE playoff win in my lifetime and a dismal (almost unbelievable) record in the past 10 years?
If 2 million fans can go see the crummy tigers bumble their way around Comerica Park, i'd hope Seattle can at least support their team when the m's lose a few years in a row. At least Nepotism Bavasi has tried (although unsuccessfully to this point) take the team through this transition period. that is about the most dificult thing to do in pro sports...keep your team winning, as players get older and leave via free agency. The braves are about the only team i know of that has not hit a bump in the road while doing that. the m's kept edgar, boone, olerud, moyer, buhner and others when they could have flipped them over time. it would have made for much better times today.
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