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2019 Major League Baseball (and/or Braves Angst) Thread

AG74683

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All bow to the Houston Astros, the glorious overlords of baseball.

Seriously, how did they manage that trade for Greinke?! Verlander, Greinke, Cole...what a starting lineup. Even Wade Miley is doing damage as an Astro. Completely absurd.

The Brewers did some things, but nothing major.
 

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With a month to go before the playoffs...

ALE: New York Yankmees (+10.5 games)
ALC: Minnesota Twins (+3.5)
ALW: Houston Astros (+9)
ALWCs: Cleveland Indians & Oakland Athletics

NLE: Atlanta Braves (+5.5)
NLC: St. Louis Cardinals (+3)
NLW: Los Angeles Dodgers (+19.5) not a typo
NLWCs: Washington Nationals & Chicago Cubs
 

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Rangers have been out of it for some time. Which was according to plan anyway. They were in solid playoff contention early in the season before dropping in the standings. Supposedly the plan was to get the team ready to win next year, when they get their new stadium. Now that they're out of the hunt, they're playing a lot of young guys and some of them look pretty good. A name to remember for next year: Nick Solak. Reached safely in his first 11 MLB games, .361 batting average. He only has one home run, but he just keeps getting hits.
 

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Another young gun: Jose Trevino. He just might be the best catcher to come up with the Rangers since Pudge Rodriguez.

Tonight he was 1 for 3 with a double, plus threw out a bunter at 1st, a base runner at 2nd on an attempted steal, and picked off a player at third who wandered a bit too far toward the plate on a bunt attempt.

Last night 3 for 3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBIs.

He also seems to have the temperament to be a team leader.
 

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Hey Doohickie - the Rangers Low-A team just made the SAL Championship Series. I'll be there tonight for Game 1.
 

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Brewers take 3 of the 4 in the last series against the Cubs. HUGE series, they're only 2 games back of the wild card spot. Unbelievable. Yasmani Grandal has been straight fire the last few weeks. Broke the Brewers single season record for homers from a catcher at 22.
 

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Hey Doohickie - the Rangers Low-A team just made the SAL Championship Series. I'll be there tonight for Game 1.
Hickory Crawdads? Never heard of them until looking them up just now.

Looking at where the Rangers stand, they are more in line with what the preseason predictions were: A development year with a lot of youth. When they were in playoff contention early, a lot of us hoped they were ahead of schedule but it wasn't to be and they slipped out.

That said, they're still a fun team to watch with some high potential players coming in- Jose Trevino, Nick Solak. Several young pitchers showing promise (and a few weeding themselves out or at least showing they need more development)- Kolby Allard looks to be the best starter coming up; Emmanuel Clase stands out among the relievers.

Next year they're in the new stadium and I think they'll make a more determined push to make the playoffs.
 

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Hickory Crawdads? Never heard of them until looking them up just now.
This was the best record the Crawdads have ever had in franchise history. They've been around since 1993. There's been a few big stars come out of Hickory. Jim Abbot, Jose Bautista, Andrew McCutchen, Magglio Ordonez, and Jurickson Profar all came through the Crawdads.
 

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Well the Brewers were really killing it lately. 5 wins in a row. But the Baseball Gods were not happy with that so they took away Papa Yelich. Foul tip to the knee last night and he's out for the season with a fractured patella. Clear front runner for NL MVP too.

And to top that off, the Crawdads are shitting the bed too.
 

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And to top that off, the Crawdads are shitting the bed too.

Yup - Game 1 the closer did not close and gave up 4 runs in the top of the 9th.
Game 2 the 6th inning was not kind as we gave up 3 runs and made a base running error & bad umpire calls.
& those were our home games...
 

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Mark that down as 7 in a row for the Brew Crew!!! Sources say Yelich will be back in 6 weeks. Just in time for him to pinch hit in the World Series.
 

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Brewers keep on winning even with Papa Yelich sidelined. 2 of 3 vs the dirty Red Birds. Braun snagged a grand slam on a 3-2 count with 2 outs in the 9th to take the lead yesterday. Unbelievable stuff!! 3 games back on St. Louis, 2 on the Cubs, and 1 back from the WC spot.
 

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Brewers keep winning. 9-1 over the last 10 games. Pitching has been great from the starters to the bullpen, offense and defense are killing it. Still a battle for playoff position though.
 

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The Pirates closer (& NL All Star) Filipe Vazquez was arrested last night for solicitation of a minor (13 yo) in Lee County, FL.

and on a better note

Yaz's grandson hit his first HR in Fenway Park
 

AG74683

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The Pirates closer (& NL All Star) Filipe Vazquez was arrested last night for solicitation of a minor (13 yo) in Lee County, FL.
This is so absurd. Like, he literally admitted to investigators that it happened. He described it as "sex but not really" because of uh...size differences. I mean this most definitely happened. I have no clue why Pittsburgh and the MLB haven't just completely severed ties here.
 
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