This might be a little sour for everyone out there, but I think we can all safely say the tribe is out of the race.
That being said, any predictions for the playoffs?
Wild Card:OaklandTampa Bay
NLDivision Winners:WashingtonCincinnatiSan Fran
WILD CARD WINNERS:Oakland, Pittsburgh
ALDS:New York v. Oakland (NY wins 3-1)Texas v. Detroit. (Tex wins 3-2)
NLDS:Washington v. Pittsburgh(Washington wins 3-0)Cinci v San Fran (Cinci wins 3-1)
ALCS:New York v. Texas (NY wins 4-3)
NLCS:Washington v Cinci(Washington wins 4-1)
WSNY v. Washington(Washington wins 4-2)
If you started though, think about following a team listed in my post above.
I thought about that but I still think their starting pitching is solid enough.
Truth be told I would love to see a team like Oakland make a run.
I'd take a Pittsburgh v Oakland WS.
Cinci v Oakland or Washington v. Tampa would also have a decent story line.
Two expansion teams ever meet in the WS?
"If Pittsburgh wins - I may commit a felony."
This! time 4
Giving that insufferable city something else to be smug about may just put me over the top.
Nothing against the organization but the fans are worse than Red Sox fans
Yeah a lot of people were under the impression that Beane signed Cespedes so that he could later trade him to further bolster their farm system.
And it's not that Cleveland "can't compete" in a small market. We have competed. But the difference between large market teams (NY, BOS, LA, etc.) and small market teams is that large market teams can realistically expect to compete every single year because of their payroll, which is largely dictated by market size. Small market teams (A's, Indians, Rays, Pirates) simply cannot do this. They have to compete in waves. Build from the farm system, keep your young players as long as possible, and then start the rebuild over again. That's exactly what Beane has done in Oakland. They had great teams in the early 2000's, but as their most talented players aged, they were forced to again tear things down and rebuild, as their major league club was pretty awful from 2008-2011. Now, his roster is again full of young and cost-controlled players. Let's see how long this one lasts and hopefully they'll win him a championship this time around.
Epstein is a smart, smart guy and I think he has things going in the right direction for the Cubbies. He took over an absolutely abysmal organization and has already done a pretty impressive job bringing talent back into the system. Interested to see what else they pick up when they deal Soriano and some others. Neither GM is without their mistakes. Oakland fans were trying to run Billy out of town a few years ago and Theo really wore out his welcome in Boston towards the end.
I think Beane turned down the Red Sox for a number of reasons. One, I really do believe he is committed to doing something that no other GM can really say they've done, and that is build a consistent winner without the benefit of a top 15 payroll. He makes good money in Oakland as he should (a good GM is often worth more than any one player) and he's the man there. There's a lot of pressure on him because of his payroll contraints, but at the same time there would be a lot more pressure on him in Boston where he would be EXPECTED to win every single year.
Amen, amen. How perceptive you are (meaning we agree:-). My surmise is that one reason Beane turned down Boston is b/c of climate. Hard to beat Oakland area for weather. Warmer than SF, not as hot as Contra Costa County cities (farther east) or South Bay (San Jose). Assume you saw movie "Moneyball."
Best thing that could happen to Oakland franchise would be for current tightwad, eye-on-bottom-line owner (in same mold as Dolan) to sell to someone who is truly committed -- as Wolff claimed to be when bought franchise (for piddly $180M) -- to keeping team in Oakland. Contrary to what Wolff repeatedly professes publicly, there is no shortage of sites within city of Oakland to build new baseball-only park. They could build on waterfront and have park similar to AT&T ... and with better weather. Would not need dome.
Does anyone have a read on Indians' scouting program? I'm not impressed with what I've seen, but who knows. From where I sit, 2,500 miles away, it looks pretty dismal. Cupboard is bare, hardly bodes well for near-term future.