2014 MLB Season Preview Chat

  • Douglas Case

    Welcome to the first ever (and probably last) 2 Guys, A Blog and Never Really Actually A Podcast 2014 MLB Q & A.

  • Brynndyn Ratledge

    We had one podcast

  • Yes once,….. but that was a long time ago….

  • I blame marriage, and the church.

  • And the stupid luxury tax!

    Ok you first guy.

  • What happened to the Yankees getting under the luxury tax?

  • Brian Cashman telling Hal and Hank to shut up and sign some checks.

  • For real…

  • But in all honestly the Yankees had too many wholes too seriously compete under 189. They really anted Tanaka and he was the straw that broke the 189 idea. Plus the fans pushed back big time.

  • Ellsbury, Tanaka, McCann, and Beltran.

    How are you not terrified of that infield this year?

    Kelly Johnson, Brian Roberts, Jeter, and Teixeira

    Even after all that money, that’s the opening day infield.

  • I think Roberts, Tex, and Johnson will be fine defensively. I am scared of how bad Tex has hit this preseason and Roberts being hurt.

  • What’s the contingency plan when Roberts and Jeter do get hurt? Stephen Drew?

  • Jeter won’t, and I think Roberts and Sizemore both turn things around and compete for Comeback Player Of The Year.

    I’m calling it now!

  • Grady, of the Red Sox?

  • Yes

    Not Scott Sizemore lol

  • Grady is taking comeback player of the year.

    Until his appendix ruptures whilst tying his cleat.

    And he contracts Valley fever while flying over Arizona.

  • Or we spills some clamcowder on himself.

    Ok lets start with NL East.

  • 3rd degree burns, 60 day dl.

    Who do you have.

  • Nationals and I don’t think it will be close at all.

  • Braves have the talent, but the injury bug is chasing their starters again.

    What do you like so much about Washington?

  • Pitching, and I believe they vastly underachieved last season. Williams is the manager they need.

  • Horrible 3rd base coach, but I think he’ll do well as a manager.

    Their starting pitching is absurd.

  • After Atlanta, there is no one else in that division that is good.

  • Doug Fister is a two on most teams, but he’s the four in that rotation.

  • I don’t Atlanta has the depth and pitching to keep up.

    Who do you like?

  • Washington, because of the pitching. Atlanta’s lineup is comparable, and maybe better, but the injuries have killed that rotation. Ervin Santana had one good year, and got overpaid, and Aaron Harang is in that rotation now…

    I will say that the model they’re using with the extensions they’re giving out is brilliant.

  • Ok how about the NL Central?

  • Cards, how can you pick against them anymore, they’re the chosen ones.

    I love the Pittsburgh story, and they’ve got legitimately good players, but they’re going to miss A.J. Burnett.

    The cardinals improved their team from last year.

  • I like the pitching, not sold on the lineup. I think the Brewers are a sneaky pick to finish second and maybe steal a Wild Card.

    I think Pittsburgh takes a step back and Cincinnati will be a big disappointment.

    Cubs suck.

  • I’ll get to Milwaukee in a second, but if you look at the cards deficiencies last year, they’re gone. They got nothing from shortstop all year, now they have Jhonny Peralta. Craig replaces Beltran in right, Carpenter moves over to third, and Wong goes to second. They traded Freese for Peter Borjous, who was so good at center, that the angels put Trout in left for him.

  • Cubs suck, but Theo is building that team well.

    Rizzo is going to hit, Castro can hit, but I think he gets traded this year, and Mike Olt looks like he might be what he was supposed to be in Texas, and that rotation will sneak up on people. Samardzija, Edwin Jackson, and Jason Hammel are a legit 1/2/3

    The Reds are really going to miss Choo. Billy Hamilton is exciting, but you can’t steal first base.

    I think Latos is starting the year on the DL as well.

  • Same thing Buster Olney said.

  • Who is he?

  • I think he works for Fox News.

  • Olbermannnnnnnnnnnn….

    Brewers have some legit players, and the Garza deal looks like a steal, but they have some HUGE holes.

  • The Brewers will be good this year. Not great, but good.

  • Segura is exciting, Braun is good, but a juicer, and no me gusta. They have platoons at first and second, and Aramis is getting up there in age at 3rd. Lucroy is exciting at catcher, if he can stay healthy.

  • Braun is now clean…… Yeah!

  • So do you know anything about the NL West?

  • Got cancelled this year.

    Dodgers, that’s all to know.

  • What about Colorado, Arizona, or San Francisco?

  • Lol San Diego

  • Every year I want to cheer for Colorado, every year they make me sad.

  • Arizona has been mediocre two years in a row, and they lost Corbin to Tommy John. The rotation is ok, but no real ace. The lineup is extremely dependent on Paul Goldschmidt. Mark Trumbo will hit some bombs, but his OBP is not good. The bullpen will be really good, but I’m not sure they will have a ton of leads to protect.

  • Colorado has elite players in Tulo, and Carlos Gonzalez, but they can’t stay on the field.

    Brett Anderson is supposed to be their number two, he has the ability, but he has a huge injury history as well.

    They are going to set a record for innings on the DL

  • Any chance they try and trade Tulo when they are 10 games out in July?

  • He’s the franchise, I bet they keep him for his entire career, unless his injury ish gets worse.

    San Francisco is sneaky man.

  • Sneaky how?

  • Posey is a fantastic hitter, but I hold these new rules about collisions at the plate against him and Sabean. Pence raked last year, and Brandon Belt terrifies me as a fan of an opposing team in the division. Pablo Sandoval swings at, and hits everything, somehow.

    And the rotation has known commodities.

  • How many games ahead of everyone else will the Dodgers beat after 162 games?

  • Bumgarner is great, Cain is great, Lincecum can be great. Tim Hudson is pretty good when he isn’t hurt, and Vogelsong may have remembered who he was, but he’s better than Zito. That’s a very solid rotation. Romo locks down games at the end. I think they don’t have depth, in regards to the lineup.

  • Six

    They’re the best team, but they run they went on last year is absurd.

    And I hate Yasiel Puig.

    It’s their pitching that is terrifying, Kershaw, Grienke, Ryu. Also, Dan Haren will deal if he can stay healthy

    And Kenley Jansen is someone you should watch, he’s like Rivera with his cutter.

    He’s going to have 45 saves.

  • I think Beckett has a good year too.

  • Meh, injuries and chicken.

  • Ok AL East

  • Ok urine break.

  • Douglas Case
    Douglas Case

    I think 3 teams could make the playoffs from this division

    Bostons pitching staff is insane, but I think they have some holes in the lineup, SS, 3rd and Centerfield.

  • Not at short. Bogaerts is for real.

    In center, if Grady Sizemore stays healthy….

    He used to be really really good.

  • Tampa is good but they Matt Moore has looked a little unstable and they rely on some very average guys.

    I used to be 17….

    I am not sold on Bogerts yet.

  • Boston’s rotation doesn’t inspire confidence in me.

  • They should, they are good.

  • Lester, Lackey, Buchholz, Peavey, Doubront.

    Good, who knows, injury, injury, not as good.

    Tampa on the other hand, young, and very very good. That team is run by robots.

  • I diasgree.

  • Matt Moore is 24, his k/9 is almost nine, and he’s the number three guy in the rotation. I’d take him over any Yankee starter.

    Price is a cy young contender, and Cobb is nasty. Having Jake Odorizzi as your five is unfair, if he grows at all…. forget it.

    Their week spot in the lineup is first base and catcher. Catcher you can hide, and Loney’s D is so good, it’s almost ok. Longoria can win an MVP, and Wil Myers will hit 30 bombs behind him.

  • Matt Moore has not been the same since middle of last year.

  • It’s walks.

    Cut down on the walks, ERA below 3.3. Write that in pen.

    You’re just hating on him because he’s local.

  • I like the kid, but he has struggled lately.

    I hate Madden though.

  • Worth two wins more than CC, amidst his struggles last year. He also isn’t making 23 million

  • The Yankees won 85 games last year with Nunez, Ryan, and Nix in their lineup. Every day.

    CC will be okay. He has been learning to lean on his breaking stuff more. He won’t throw mid 90’s all the time anymore.

  • Cano

    They aren’t going to be better this year.

    I’d be terrified of Tanaka if I were you.

  • McCann will hit 30 this year. They have a better pitching staff, Tanaka will win 15 games, Nova and Pineda will be gems. Roberts will fill in for Cano defensively fine.

    I am scared of Tex not bouncing back offensive from his surgery, and the middle bullpen.

  • Under, push, under, maybe Pineda, and lol injuries.

  • The Yankees will win 87 games and win a Wild Card.

    Put in ink on my arm.

  • Took 92 to win a wild card last year…

  • Won’t this year.

  • Why?

    You think the A’s win 78 games again?

     (SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANGELS. I’M DUMB)
           -Edited
  • No, I think they will win 70.

  • You’re high.

  • I am, but I was sober when I decided that.

  • There’s a better chance of Pujols bouncing back, than half of your Yankee scenarios. Healthy Pujols with Trout in front of him, that’s +4 Wins right there.

  • Ok lets just say the Tigers win the Central and be done with that stupid division

  • And they have younger pitching prospects, and they won’t be handing the ball to Joe Blanton.

    That team bounces back, may not win the division, but no way they’re below 500

  • No I think the Angels will have a good year, but I don’t trust the pitching.

    Are we talking A’s or Angels?

  • Angels

    Skaggs and Santiago both have legit upside. Skaggs projected as 2 last year. All they want for him is to be a 4.

    They lost Trumbo, but Calhoun could step in nicely.

  • No I think the Angels will be around 85 wins.

    I don

    I don’t think Oakland will be good.

  • So coming back to the original point, that’s plus seven right there

    They didn’t lose much

    Traded balfour for Jim johnson, lost Chris Young who didn’t do much, and the platooning seth smith. They also lost a left handed bullpen arm.

    They added a lefty starter in Scott Kazmir

  • Scott Kazmir was good when Sizemore was.

    Texas wins the West with their eyes close.

    Ok maybe Oakland wins 80 games lol

  • 2 war, 3.5 FIP. Scott Kazmir was good last year.

    Oakland won 96 games last year.

  • It won’t happen again. Mark my words.

  • They lose no one, and are supposed to be 16 games worse?

    I don’t think they win 96, but they’ll win more games than the Yankees.

    That Texas lineup is killer, but they’ve already got three big players on the DL, in Profar, Soto, and Derek Holland.

  • If they win more games than the Yankees I will get Too Short tattooed on my chest.

  • And then we’ll send Sad his shirt from the 2013 March madness bracket.

    Texas is starting Joe Saunders in that crackerjack box….

  • Fielder is going to shred. He might strike oil in that state.

    Choo will have a good year, even go through really hot streaks, but in the end have slightly above average numbers.

  • He’s going to hit a lot of homeruns, if he doesn’t break down. They can fix that by having him DH, but that is a 23 million dollar DH

    Choo is known for his OBP, they have a good lineup, but it’s the pitching..

  • I think the plan is to have him DH more often this year.

  • That’s good, because he’s an atrocious first baseman.

  • Who wins the NL Wild Cards?

  • Are we just giving Detroit the AL Central?

  • Should we not?

  • Uhhh, no we should, but I was just inquiring.

  • One day maybe you will win KC….

  • Wildcard….

    KC and Boston. Be ready.

    NL is Atlanta, and Pittsburgh

  • New York and Tampa.

  • You will drown with that Yankee ship

  • I have same NL.

    I’ll be playing in the band.

    ALCS and NLCS

    I have Texas beating Tampa, Dodgers beating Nationals.

  • Nats over dodgers, Rays over tigers Rays over Nats in the WS.

  • Dodgers beat Texas. All because I work for the Topes.

  • I hate you

  • I’m sorry. Sorry I am right.

  • Can i go home now?

  • Any last closing thoughts?

  • It’s really hard typing from this cage in the other room?

    Fire Kevin Towers, Fire Jordan Baker, may home plate collisions mandatory. Punks not dead.

  • Girardi should break Maddens glasses. Bryce Harper will turn into a man this season, Fielder is the Ryback of MLB.

  • John, or Joe?

  • Both.

  • I love it, so long, thanks for all the fish.

Sorry We Stink, But There Is Hope

So it has been a while since anything has happened over here, and we apologize. Work and life have overtaken us, and time to sit down and post something good just doesn’t come too often.

This morning I started a new morning gig doing production, producing and on-air stuff in radio again. If you are interested in funny stories and indie music, check out My Static Radio you can stream live and podcast the morning show which I am on.

Next month I will be working doing on field promos between innings for the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. I bring these things up because I plan on doing lots of blogging about working in radio and minor league baseball for the next few months. I figured it would be fun to give some insight into both fields, which I am so thankful and blessed to work in.

Also I will be working on a MLB Season preview. Should be out before the season begins. Hopefully.

God speed.

-Your friend Doug.

The Truth About The Duck Dynasty Mess

If you are for Phil Robertsons’s right to believe and say what he believes, then you should also be for A&E’s right as a privately owned company to fire him for saying something that they feel doesn’t match up to what their company is about. Right or wrong it how America works. Just as churches should not having to hire homosexuals or have gay weddings.  #coldhardfacts 

God, Dustin Kensrue, In Exile, and Whatnot.

“I am in exile, a sojourner,  a citizen of some other place. All I’ve seen is just a glimmer in a shadowy mirror, but I know, one day we’ll see face to face.
I am a nomad, a wanderer, I have nowhere to lay my head down. There’s no point in putting roots too deep when I’m moving on, not settling for this unsettling town.
My heart is filled with songs of forever, the city that endures when all is made new. I know I don’t belong here. I’ll never, call this place my home, I’m just passing through.
I am a pilgrim, a voyager. I won’t rest until my lips touch the shore, of the land that I’ve been longing for as long as I’ve lived, where they’ll be no pain or tears anymore.
My heart is filled with songs of forever, a city that endures when all is made new. I know I don’t belong here, I’ll never, call this place my home. I’m just passing through.

What does this mean to me? I add the to me, because I in know way claim to have some kind of insight, or knowledge of what prompted the author (Dustin Kensrue) to write the song. I do know, that Dustin is a Christian, and I do believe that Christ permeates through his songwriting, so I’m going with that. There’s a verse in the bible, Hebrews 11:13, that I believe may be the impetus for some of the words penned. The verse goes “all these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on Earth” NLT. Aside from the exact verbiage (nomad), I believe that the prevailing themes of this verse, are shown throughout the song. The verse itself is found in Hebrews 11, which refers to the “Heroes of the faith” within the bible. This particular chapter is giving some highlights of past Israelite’s faith. Beginning with Abel and his complete submissiveness in his sacrifice to God, and running through the Judges of Israel, and the trailing prophets. The verse itself, is directly referring to Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Jacob. Verses 8-10 say ” It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. Abraham is known for being the father of nations, and for even going as far as offering his son as a sacrifice, because that’s what God commanded. But before things got that far, he was called to leave everything. This alone was an enormous test of faith, but then, he didn’t waltz right in, set up a tent, and begin his legacy. He was forced to wander through many many towns along the way. The song could be referring to Shechem, or Egypt, Bethel, Ai, or Sodom (where he spent time rescuing his nephew). You get the point, he moved around a lot. The more I’m studying this, the more I’m thinking it’s possible that this song is actually written about Abraham, but like I said, there’s no definiteness in a speculative piece.
“I am in exile, a sojourner, a citizen of some other place. All I’ve seen is just a glimmer in a shadowy mirror, but I know, one day we’ll see face to face.”
The tone for this entire song is set in the first six words. To be in exile means to be cast out. Abraham was actually cast out of Egypt, but I believe when he’s referring to being a citizen of some other place, he’s referring to a place not of this world. The glimmer in a shadowy mirror is a concrete image of an abstract concept. It says that The Lord called Abraham. Instead of giving us the voice in the wind, Dustin paints the picture of a man shown variables, but not the final equation. He still has faith, and knows that one day (time not determined) he will see God face to face.

“I am a nomad, a wanderer, i have nowhere to lay my head down. There’s no point in putting roots too deep when I’m moving on, not settling for this unsettling town.”
The verbiage in this verse is what originally caught my ear in regards to verse 13. They were “Nomads and Foreigners here on Earth”. Abraham and his family had physical places to lay their heads, but, in a metaphorical sense, they weren’t resting. They knew that just as soon as they arrived, they’d be moving on again. It’s important to look at the language Dustin uses when he says “not settling for this unsettling town”. He changes the tone of the wanderer. To take a line from Tolkien, “Not all who wander are lost”. This is applicable, because the wanderer is choosing to not settle. The wanderer knows that better things await, so there’s no point in settling anywhere other than their ultimate home.

My heart is filled with songs of forever, the city that endures when all is made new. I know I don’t belong here, I’ll never, call this place my home, I’m just passing through.
I’ll just speculate and expound upon some thoughts here. The songs of forever refer to the eternal. God and Heaven extend upon forever and ever. Revelation speaks numerous times of all creatures (in Heaven, and….. otherwise) singing the praises of the lord. There will be constant praises and singing in heaven. The city that endures, would be heavenly as well, all things being made new refer to the transformation from death to life, that takes place when people receive Christ. 2 Corinthians 6:17 states “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” NLT. In a literal sense, the rest of the chorus could refer to Abraham never tying down, in a metaphorical sense, it refers to all of us, not being content on a planet that isn’t our eternal home.
“I am a pilgrim, a voyager. I won’t rest until my lips touch the shore, of the land that I’ve been longing for as long as I’ve lived, where they’ll be no pain or tears anymore.”
The song contains one more verse. If we choose to refer back to Abraham, he was looking for the infamous “promised land” that the Israelites continued to look for far after Abraham had left this Earth. It was a land that was said to be “flowing with milk and honey”. Personally, I like the imagery presented by the lips touching the shore of a land filled with such treats. Bringing it full circle back to us, believers long for a place where the burdens and struggles of this world are lifted off their shoulders, a place without pain or tears. Revelation 21:4 speaks of this place “he will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever” NLT. So umm… there’s that.
So what’s the point of doing all this? Why sit down and type these words that maybe no one will read, maybe one person will read? In the end, it’s not for me. Every second I spend here, speculating on what God is saying through Dustin Kensrue, is a second I’m not spending being selfish or impulsive. I’m not doing anything self immolating, or self destructive. Maybe it isn’t a prerequisite that we sit in a trancelike state and wait to hear God speak to us through a burning bush. I can only hope that what I’m doing here is beneficial. I’d like it to be beneficial to me, but if it’s beneficial to anyone else, then all the glory goes to God. Without him, I wouldn’t have a sisters laptop to borrow.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDrTkd1618Q

 

Who Will Win The Final AFC Wild Card Spot?

sp-ravens-steelers-p-foxWith 6 team in the AFC with 5-6 records, all are tied for the final WIld Card Spot. (KC is 9-2 and in the lead of the other WIldcard spot.) With 5 games left we break down all 6 teams chances of making the playoffs.

Miami: Going off stats and schedule, Miami has the worst shot at the playoffs of the 6. They play at Jets, at Pittsburgh, New England, at Buffalo, and Jets, The only team they play that isn’t in direct playoff hunt is Buffalo, who is 4-7 and leads the NFL in sacks and INT. Lamar Miller has had 3 straight weeks of not being able to make any real contributions to the offense and they play the number 1 ranked rushing defense, the Jets, twice. If they want to stay in the hunt they will have to rely on Ryan Tannehill and the 20th ranked pass offense. Atleast the weather is nice in Miami this time of year.

Tennessee: Of their 5 remaining games, in only 2 of them would you consider them serious underdogs, at Denver and against Arizona.  The other 3 games are very much more winnable. They play the Colts who they lost to by 3 points last time, and they play Jacksonville and Houston who are both terrible. But will going 3-2 and ending the season .500 be enough to get in the playoffs?

San Diego: Schedule Cin, NYG, @Den,Oak, KC. Phillip Rivers is on this year, but they can’t stop anyone on D. They have the 29th ranked D in the league, which hurts their chances having to play some of the top QB’s, Dalton, Eli, and Peyton. On the plus side, they play KC who has been exposed as a not so great D against the pass and is banged up, and Oakland who is 25th against the pass. I see them going 2-3, losing to Cin, NYG, and Denver.

New York Jets: Schedule Miami, Oakland, at Carolina, Cleveland, at Miami. Well they have the best run D, but the rest of the team you never know what to expect. The last weeks they have been outscored 17 to 56. The week before that they beat New Orleans. They have a descent schedule, they actually could easily win 4 of the 5 games, or lose all 5. You never know with the Jets! I see them going 2-3, losing to Oakland, Carolina, and the season ender against Miami.

Pittsburgh: Schedule at Baltimore, Miami, Cincinnati, at Green Bay, Cleveland. Their weakness this year is the stopping the run, and they play a handful of teams that can run the ball very well. Baltimore, Cincinnati, and Green Bay will be the stumbling blocks that keep them out of the playoffs.

Baltimore: Schedule Pittsburgh, Minnesota, at Detroit, New England, at Cincinnati. Baltimore gets lucky to have two weaker AFC North teams lined up, but Pittsburgh, New England, and Cincinnati. Lucky for them, struggling Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce will face two of the worst Rush D’s in the league, New England and Pittsburgh. Cincinnati is a complete matchup nightmare for Baltimore this year. They will also have the number pass target Dennis Pitta returning to help the offense out. I see them going 4-1 and ultimately winning the Wild Card. Don’t look for a deep playoff run though.

Small Hot Stove Report 11/27

Carlos Beltran: All reports have him in New York. The one problem in length of contract. New York is only looking for 2-3 years while sources say Beltran wants 3-4. KC is the other team in the mix, the team Beltran started his career with, and Detroit looking to fill a hole in the outfield.

Shin Soo Choo: Scott Boras believes Choo should get Jayson Werth money. If that is the case, pretty much take all small markets out, maybe even the Yankees if they are planning on staying under $189 million, and it leaves a few teams. Texas and Detroit seem to be the names everyone is reporting to be in on Choo. Don’t be surprised if Boston gets involved as well.

Texas Rangers: They are going after any and all free agent outfielders. They are looking to either add a lead off or big bat to help Fielder in the middle of the lineup. This years free agent outfielders list is full of speed and power so depending on how the market moves, Ellsbury, Choo, Granderson, and Beltran are all out there for the taking.

New York Yankees: Just like the above mentioned Rangers, NYY seems to be in on all outfield free agents. SI reports they are also planning on setting up another meeting with Cano and company, then there is the Masahiro Tanaka situation that doesn’t look like it will be resolved till next month. 

SI Reports Tigers and Brian Wilson moving towards a contract.

 

 

 

Some Friday News Links

Been a busy/sick week for me so I have not gotten much writing done, but I have found some interesting reads for you.

Santa Fe is home to the worst baseball team in professional baseball.

The Rays and Nationals aren’t on talking terms.

Eric Gryba deserves a major ass kicking for a cheap hit like this.

The Yankees DL now has the 15th highest payroll in MLB.

Alex Rodriguez is ok to begin baseball activities. Ok I guess.