Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
posted at 9/28/2011 11:57 PM EDT
He's already tried to say the "not going away" means winning the WS. We all know that the expression means that the team hangs around in the thick of the playoff race to or close to the very end. They may or may not make it, but the still hung around.
That particulars were discussed at great length. I specifically said I did not think TB was as good as last year and would not win as much as 2010. My point was that they invariably (of late) have been able to replace departing stars with capable prospects or role players and still had a great young and experienced starting rotation. They would win between 90-92 games. They've clinched that range.
My second point of the "not going away" was that I felt this year's WC would need less wins. I projected 92-94 wins. It was these two ranges together that led to my projection of a close race involving TB. (Maybe tied-maybe 4 back if following my projections strictly to the ranges.) I was wrong about who that WC team would be to contend with TB. I thought it would be the Yanks or another divisional team, but the fact remains, TB stuck around to the bitter end... and possibly to the very end: heaven forbid!
"TB will finish a distant third."
"TB starters will wilt in the dog days of summer."
"TB will fade away"
"90% odds means you have gone away."
"The Marlins are currently the best model for small market management."
"Matt Holliday is not an elite hitter."
"VMart is an elite hitter."
"Sell Jake high"
"Scutaro will decline from his career norm after his career year in Toronto"
"Cameron should be the starting CF this year."
"Ellsbury should be the 4th OF'er."
"Ellsbury will hit for more power in LF over CF."
"Cameron should bat 1st, and Jake 9th (if he plays)."
"BHall should be our sub this year."
"Lackey was overpaid by a year, but a necesity."
"Wake will get injured this year."
"Beckett is fat and should not have been extended."
"AGon is a 50-50 chance of being traded this winter" (Fall '10)
"AGon will be traded for Jake and Jed" (Who else?)
"AGon will not sign in April, but will test the FA waters."
"Youkilis at 3B is less likely to get hurt than at 1B."
"Wheeler was a great signing."
"VTek's winning record and getting the best out of the staff is voodoo."
"Drew will rebound from a poor 2010 season."
"We will miss VMart's power."
"VMart is a top tier offensive 1Bman in MLB" (Later flipped to AL)
"Salty will fail."
"Vtek should have retired."
Please feel free to add your own rememberances.
I projected about an 0h for 65 streak for softy since the end of 2010's season. It could be much higher if tom uk brings back some oldsaved memories.