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  • #84774
    stlcard25stlcard25
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    To distinguish this from the experts’ “projection” thread, I’m curious what TCN folks think will happen this year? Remember to be bold, so no silliness such as “Miles Nikolas will lead the Cards in ERA” (although that would have been pretty bold last year!)

    Mine:

    1. Jack Flaherty finishes in the top 10 of the NL Cy Young. Although Diamond Jack gives up a few too many homers, he certainly racks up the Ks and holds teams without many hits. I think that is on display this year with a sub-3 ERA and lots of punch outs.

    2. 5 Redbirds finish with 25+ home runs this year after only Marp finished that high this past year. Ozuna, Marp, Goldy all hit 30+ and O’Neill and Dejong also reach the feat, giving the lineup plenty of pop.

    3. Speaking of Ozuna, the 2019 WAR leader among former Marlins OFers is…one Marcell. Yes, he will outperform both Yelich and Stanton and set himself up for a nice free agent payday after the year.

    4. One year after having one of the worst defenses in baseball, the Cardinals will feature not one…not two…but three Gold Glove winners afield in 2019. Bader, Wong and the ageless Yadier Molina will all capture the hardware.

    5. The Cardinals, in the thick of the NL Central race at the deadline, will shock fans and pull off a big trade, swinging the pendulum of the division wildly in the favor of the St Louis Nine. This will be the final piece of the “all in” philosophy of the Fightin’ Dewitts as they look to take advantage of the tail end of Yadi and Waino’s careers.

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    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Good thread idea. It should be fun to come back and review this in the fall. Bragging rights are at stake!

    #84783
    thejagerthejager
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    hmmm…i guess i will do 5 too

    1. 3 GG winners might be our biggest achievement with Goldy, Wong, Bader…Yadi is close but gets injured at some point like Wong was last year and Grandal ends up getting it

    2. Ozuna hits 30HRs but without much average

    3. NL Central is tight once again down to the end with Cardinals squeaking out the Division title in the last week

    4. Wacha has a strong healthy year making it really tough on management about what to do with him, ultimately leading to the Cardinals dangling and dealing Carlos Martinez at the deadline for top prospects shifting his money to cover Wacha’s extension

    5. Wieters will fill in for Yadi at some point and do remarkably well, enough that we move move him at the deadline for some more immediate help

    #84788
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    My predictions probably aren’t that bold:

    1. Goldy once again finishes in top 10 of MVP vote.

    2. Waino is replaced in the rotation before the all star break.

    3. Cardinals trade for Madison Bumgarner in July.

    4. RF continues to be a conumdrum. JMart and O’Neill start a platoon before the all star break. Fowler to the bench. Might try to move him before the deadline.

    5. Cards finish 2nd in the division to the Cubs but we beat the Brewers in the wild card game to advance.

    #84813
    jj-cf-stljj-cf-stl
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    Wacha will be the best SP’r

    Brebbia will be the best reliever

    Molina will lead stl in rbi

    Jose Martinez will not be a negative outfielder, by uzr/150

    Wong becomes next winters undesirable contract after Fowler posts a 125 ops+

    #84820
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    1. CMart finishes in the top three for Reliever of the Year.

    2. Reyes moves into the rotation by June 15.

    3. Cubs lack of starting pitching depth takes them out of the race for Division lead early, with miss for Wild Card, also, as Rox and Mets claim Wild Cards.

    4. Tommy Edman is on the St. Louis roster before the end of the season, and stays.

    5. I’ll go with thejager’s prediction and say that Wieters gets traded at the deadline for immediate help.

    #97522
    stlcard25stlcard25
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    Looking at these…it’s a good thing we all have day jobs. Lol. My #1 and 3 were flat out bad, 2 looks iffy, 4 might turn out but it may not be the three I chose, and 5 somehow, amazingly remains to be seen.

    #97525
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    Good thread idea. It should be fun to come back and review this in the fall. Bragging rights are at stake!

    stl25…. reviewing these now is fun and funny. Predictions are tough and the guys that were courageous enough to submit… I give them credit. I’d say that thejager may be in the lead as of now.

    I like mud’s Edman prediction. Good pick.

    #109503
    stlcard25stlcard25
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    Well, after looking like a bad call at midseason (you’ll see me admitting as much here), #1 looks like a great choice now.

    #2-we had a 34, 30 and 29 but not the other two 25+ HR players. Dexter had 19 and Marp had 15.

    #3-Not close. Ozuna was ok but not the MVP level that Yelich was.

    #4-Gonna call that one a pretty good pick. I don’t know if the Cards will get three GGs, but they had a very good defense. You could make Gold Glove cases for Yadi, Wong, Dejong, Bader and Goldy. Not saying they all should or would win but there were a number of standouts.

    #5-I guess the shock was that they didn’t make any moves and still won?? Ha ha

    #109506
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    My one prediction:

    I like mud’s Edman prediction. Good pick.

    Mud made this prediction on March 27th:

    Tommy Edman is on the St. Louis roster before the end of the season, and stays.

    This WAS fun.

    #109511
    Brian WaltonBrian Walton
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    Being an impartial observer, here is how I have the scoring. Since stlcard25 and jager have two of the three same Gold Glove selections, I don’t believe jager can close the gap.

    stlcard25 – 2.1 + Gold Glove
    jager – 1.5 + Gold Glove
    mudville – 1.5
    gscottar – 0.5
    jj-cf-stl – 0.0

    #109515
    thejagerthejager
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    eh…if i just would have not put extra caveats on mine i think i’d look better

    1-still have a shot at it (3GGs)
    2-Ozuna hit 29 and not much average…i think i nailed it unfortunately
    3-Nailed it about as perfectly as you could
    4-Wacha…well…he was better than most anticipated, but wasnt consistent again, he did have a run making people question an extension though…however then pushing that extend to meaning moving CMart that didnt happen…however i would say that moving Cmart though WAS a thing and still is, just not to get an extension for Wacha, but probably to sign a FA starter
    5-Wieters….well i nailed this if i would have stopped and not had it mean he gets traded at the deadline

    #109520
    Euro DandyEuro Dandy
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    This is tough business, but there were some good calls. It is pretty fun to read now.

    I wish more had participated, including myself. I’m not afraid to put a bold prediction out there, but I might not have been paying much attention when this thread was near the top, I don’t really recall. Maybe next year.

    #109523
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    I predict that the Cards will win the NLC beating the Cubs in game 162 by a score of 9-0. I also predict that by this date there will be 5 manager positions open – Pitt, KC, SD,SF and Cubs. How am I doing so far?

    Okay, real predictions. Cards take Braves in NLDS. Joe Maddon signs with San Francisco. Wong and Goldy get Gold Gloves; nothing for Yadi or DeJong, Ozuna is not resigned, Edman is given a nice contract for 5 years, Mike Matheny will manage at KC. Joe Giradi takes the job at KC and Clint Hurdle is offered San Diego but turns it down.

    And finally, Mike Shildt is named National League Manager of the Year.

    #109524
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    Maddon likey ends up with the Angels.

    #109531
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    My predictions were bad.

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