Major League Baseball: 2008 Thread

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  1. JohnBM01

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    Game 1 of the World Series is tonight. It's the pitching matchup of Cole Hammels (Phillies) against Scott Kasmir (Tampa Bay). Who do you think will take this match in Tampa Bay?
     
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    Rays in 5 or 6. That's what I think.
     
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    Hmm, Cole Hamels has been absolutely lights out in the postseason thus far, so it wouldn't surprise me if the Phillies won a 1 run game tonight against Kazmir.
     
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    Game 1 ended 3-2 in favor of the Fightin' Phils. Chase Utley put up a 2-run jack to take the lead for the boys in red. Game 2 is tomorrow.
     
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    The game ended 4-2 (I believe) as Tampa Bay tied up the series 1-1. Game three is at Philadelphia this Saturday. What's good about this is for me is that former Astros are playing as well as Houston natives. Most of you know that nothing really infuriates me more than when teams play for my Houston or Texas teams, go elsewhere, and do better elsewhere than here. This, even though my Astros did make the World Series in 2005.

    Series tied at 1. So we can now be assured a Game Five.
     
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    Yeah , your pretty spot on... The 3rd baseman for the Phillies was a Giant for many years (Pedro Feliz) But he is terribad and we have Sandoval is who is a beast :)
     
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    Garza and Moyer to pitch game 3, this one will be a little harder to pick, both of theses guys are evenly matched, but I'm giving the edge to the Rays because Moyer has been awful so far in the post season.
     
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    The Phillies won this game even as it went into the early morning thanks to a rain delay. The Fightin' Phils won this game 5-4. This is after Tampa Bay put some runs up on the board followed by an errant throw to Home Plate by the Rays. Game 4 is tonight. Not sure what the pitching duel will be for this one.


    World Series so far (Home team in CAPITAL LETTERS):
    Gm. 1 - Philadelphia wins
    Gm. 2 - TAMPA BAY wins
    Gm. 3 - PHILADELPHIA wins

    Who takes Game 4?
     
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    Andy Sonnanstine (Rays) and Joe Blanton (Phillies) are the pitchers for tonight's game.
     
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    Philadelphia spanks Tampa Bay for being naughty... to the tune of a 10-2 beatdown. One more Phillies' win means Philadelphia will party hard... all for my Astros, TS's Diamondbacks, and Prosthetic's Giants to kick their butts next season! ;)

    I'm assuming Game 5 will be in Tampa Bay. Their backs are to the wall, and I'm sure they'd loving nothing more than to extend this World Series.
     
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    Both Longoria and Pena are hitless this world series, so if Tampa wants any hope in winning they need there big hitters, to hit.
     
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    Phillies lead 2-0 in the bottom of the 2nd.
     
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    Still raining n Philadelphia. It's the Top of the 7th with the game tied 2-2.
     
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    I'm not sure how this deal has ended. It's 5:14 AM EDT, and it's STILL 2-2 (unless the game was cancelled or postponed, disregard this post!).
     
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    The game between the Phillies and Rays was postponed to about 8:37 PM EDT tomorrow night. It was 2-2 in the Top of the 7th. Philadelphia needs to win one more game to win the World Series, while Tampa Bay needs to win the rest of the way to extend the series.
     
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    The game is actually in the bottom of the 6th inning, forecast for tomorrow nights game looks to better than it did tonight, but rain is still a possibility.

    I think the Rays' chances of winning this game are better because it's most likely that Cole Hamels won't continue pitching because he's due up first to bat in the bottom of the 6th.
     
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    If you consider Tampa Bay as Cinderella, then Midnight struck on the Rays as the Phillies are your 2008 champions! They win 4-3. It's good news to fans of National League teams because the NL has finally won over AL teams for some time.
     
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    Didn't the Cards beat the Tigers only 2 years ago?
     
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    Well, yeah. I'm just proud as a National League fan. National League solidarity restored. I don't even think Philadelphia would win even if their opponents were the Boston Red Sox (which would make TopHat angry). But, the Fightin' Phils got it done.



    A future post will share my Winners and Losers as well as my thoughts to share with all of you.
     
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    The Giants owned the Phillies this season which makes me angry that they turned out to be the Champions. Oh well.

    I've been reading the MLB Forums and people are rating the Giants to place 4th or 5th in the west next year. Which IMO is funny because the Giants had the best record for the first 3/4 of September. And absolutely dominated the Dodgers. The Giants will surprise people next year. We have a lot of money to spend, we always do, we also have a lot of future All-Stars on the team that just recently came up.

    Buster Posey, the catcher with a 430 AVG from Florida State has been getting rushed due to his outstanding hitting will likely play much of the 09' season. We have Sandoval who proved to be able to hit just about any pitch and to be extremely athletic for his size. We have the ability to trade Molina who the Mets actually mentioned looking at. So we may be able to get a few young guys from Molina who will likely have another 100 RBI, 15+HR (in Mets stadium at least 20-25 easily), and hitting .300, on top of being one of the better defensive catchers in the NL. Even though he is slow on the bases he shows tremendous leadership which could help with the Mets fairly young team.

    Then Winn is also an amazing player who can do just about anything, and always hit .300+ in late season play. He will likely be able to get some more young guys.


    Typing this is getting me pumped for next season seeing as the Giants will be a completely different team.

    EDIT: I think the race in the west next year will be between the Giants, Snakes and the Rocks, simply because SD has some major re-working to do, and the Doyers will be nothing without Kent and Dreads.
     
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    I still just wish that any good players playing for any of my hometown teams (regardless of the sport) would help produce for my teams rather than being dominant with a new team. Take a look back at this post earlier in this thread: < https://www.gtplanet.net/forum/showpost.php?p=2981549&postcount=10 >. So the 9th most miserable sports city at that time now has something to cheer about. Congratulations to the Phillies, but I wish some of the ex-Astros could have produced for my hometown team what they produced with their new teams.



    My Final Thoughts
    I'm not a real baseball guy. However, I made that stride to make baseball a bit more relevant on GTPlanet. It was in a number of ways I wanted to offer a lot more things to discuss on GTPlanet. The Baseball forum has about four or five threads. I at least wanted to do this to help "save" the Baseball forums. I have even lent my commentary towards my Houtson Astros as well as any other action from this season. Over 320 posts later, I've done my part to make baseball a bit relevant on GTPlanet. My 5th year on GTPlanet will come on December 5th of this year. Being on GTPlanet since 2003 has shown my love for this site as well as the people on it. I'm more than fortunate that I could get a baseball following to give MLB fans a chance to chat about their favorite teams and players.

    I'd like to thank all of you for making baseball a bit more relevant even as I offered up as much commentary as I can. I will try to make a 2009 thread for Major League Baseball. Thanks to all of you for making strides for making discussion of MLB baseball relevant. I've praised Tim Lincecum, never given up on my Atros, praising Brandon Webb, being astounded by Josh Hamilton at the Home Run Derby, showing how much I think AT&T Park is America's most beautiful ball park, and more. Thanks to all of you for your support. That includes folks like Prosthetic, TS, TopHat, speedy_samurai, and many more people I can't name. I'm thankful to be on GTPlanet for over four years and many months. Hope this contribution since March was to your liking. I've done everything I've could to keep this interesting. Thank all of you for making this thread work as well as to keep baseball relevant on GTPlanet.

    We'll have to await Spring Training to make ready for next year. And as the saying goes, we're all undefeated again. Thank you very much for your support. This was a lovely season.
     
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    I'm working on my 2009 thread. A little news note is that Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays) is your AL Rookie of the Year while Geovanny Soto (Chicago Cubs) is your NL Rookie of the Year.

    The Cy Young will be decided tomorrow, I believe.
     
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    Big trade going down today, the Rockies have reportedly traded Matt Holliday to the A's, what the Rockies get in return hasn't been confirmed yet.
     
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    The Nats are also supposedly trading Emilio Bonafacio for Josh Willingham and Scott Olsen.

    Does this mean the Marlins are going to dump Uggla off somewhere? Presumably to pick up the pitching lost in the trade with the Nationals...

    We'll just have to see!
     
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    Yeah, the Marlins got a couple of minor league players in that deal.

    I'm excited to see where all of the free agents are going, Sabathia, Teixeira, K-Rod, Giambi, God there's so many this year!
     
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    It could have been Brandon Webb, it could have been Tim Lincecum... and Tim Lincecum is your Cy Young winner by 23 or 32 votes. I tell you... he's a fresh-faced kid who looks like he's a middle schooler or a high schooler, but he's a demon that delivers heat like Summer here in Houston. I have great respect for Tim Lincecum (as well as Brandon Webb). And B-Webb came 2nd in the voting.
     
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    Webby and Johan were tied for 2nd in votes with 4 a piece, but I think the right guy (Lincecum) won the Cy Young, he's got a ridiculous changeup and 260+ punchouts, I think he'll win a few of more Cy's in his career.
     
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    Dude is an absolute demon. Michael Wilbon on PTI, however, was doing Role Play where Tony Kornheiser was Tim Lincecum. Wilbon talked about how he wasn't very deserving of the Cy Young being on such a bad team. I'm like, so what? Didn't matter even if he was playing for Pittsburgh, Seattle, or Kansas City. Lincecum can freaking play. Maybe it's the East Coast bias ESPN is known for (as well as their "Always Hate Houston" policy).
     
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    So, according to the D-Backs alerts I get sent to my phone, Randy Johnson has filed for free agency.
     
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    I heard Albert Pujols won the NL MVP. How you like this pick?