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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    AL: Rays vs. Astros
    NL: Dodgers vs. Braves

    Who you got?

    #144124
    stlcard25stlcard25
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    I expect the Rays and Dodgers to win. I don’t care too much who wins the NLCS but I’m definitely rooting for the Rays in the ALCS.

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    Rooting for RA.

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    I think we might see a Dodgers vs Astros WS, which will be a steel cage death match. No love lost between those two.

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    Call me a Astros hater, sooner they lose the better. TBR vs LAD world series, I’d root for the Rays.

    ATL doesn’t have the depth of SP’s to hang with the LAD. The deeper that series goes the more I like the LAD depth of pitching. Looking forward to watching this matchup.

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    You regulars know my track record with these sort of things. You’ve been blessed with 14 years now with $ picks. Up this point, I am only aware of two of you who have been cashing in on them with regularity. Hopefully there are more. You guys know that I think the world of all of you………..but I’m thinking your freebies may have been exhausted.

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    Arozarena and Ozuna are exciting to watch. How can we get some exciting players like those two?

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    Both flash in the pans, Cranny.

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    Song of lament. Two obvious bat you wanted to keep in your lineup.

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    OF of Ozuna-Carlson-Arozarena.
    Yes siree.

    #144202
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Tonight’s pitchers will be Framber Valdez for Houston and Blake Snell for the Rays.

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    Valdez 1.12 WHIP
    Snell 1.20 WHIP

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    While a Dodgers-Astros WS would be entertaining because of the recent history between the two a Dodgers-Rays WS would be entertaining also since the Rays are Friedman’s former team.

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    A preview from ESPN.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30087806/ranking-final-four-teams-mlb-championship-series-begin

    The Andrew Friedman playoffs
    One final note. These front offices are all very familiar with each other in some fashion. Friedman, the Dodgers’ president of baseball operations, was the Rays’ general manager from 2006 through 2014. Current Rays GM Erik Neander worked under Friedman before becoming GM for the 2017 season. Astros first-year GM James Click came over from the Rays, where he worked under both Friedman and Neander. Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos was the Blue Jays’ GM from 2010 through 2015 but then worked under Friedman with the Dodgers for two seasons before going to Atlanta. So if you miss bunting, blame Andrew Friedman.

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    Arozarena with the HR for the Rays in their 2-1 win over the Astros. Nicely done.

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    Sickening.

    #144258
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    I wish Randy continued success.

    #144259
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Today’s matchups:

    Charlie Morton for the Rays vs. Lance McCullers for the Astros
    Walker Buehler for the Dodgers vs. Max Fried for the Braves (corrected)

    #144274
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    A nice article on Randy Arozarena.

    https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/30096671/where-mlb-breakout-postseason-star-randy-arozarena-came-from

    Btw, Arozarena is now the #42 prospect on the Fangraphs list. He’s just a touch behind Dylan Carlson, who is #33.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by stlcard25stlcard25.
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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Interesting to note that Randy was added to their top 100 AFTER he had success in the majors. That is my kinda’ prospect picking – from the rearview mirror! I bet in a few years, they’ll be bragging about how they identified him early. 😉

    To the point about analytics made on another thread. Fangraphs is known as the best in the game in the area of analytics, so why didn’t they see what Voit and Arozarena would be? The obvious answer is that there are no absolutes.

    P.S. Prior to the season, Randy was ranked no. 7 by Fangraphs – in the Rays system. The year before, he was no. 19 in the Cardinals system. Outfielders ahead of him were Carlson, Torres, Adolis Garcia, Capel, Ynfante, Thomas and Williams.

    That is right – heading into the 2019 season, Arozarena was the no. 8 outfield prospect in the system, according to FG. Also note that by then, Bader and O’Neill had graduated and Mercado had been traded, or they probably would have been ahead of him, too.

    • This reply was modified 1 week, 2 days ago by Brian WaltonBrian Walton.
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    Eyes on he was the best young outfielder in the system. If fans could see it, why couldn’t Mo? Or did the cell phone video cause his demise here?

    #144289
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    Your eyes are just superior to scouts and front office personnel across the game. That has to be it.

    #144290
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    Back to today’s game, Manny Margot slammed a three-run home run, then made a spectacular catch, falling over a railing into a concrete walkway and holding on to the baseball. How did the Padres let him go? 😉

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