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    midnightpulp When was the last time the reigning champs were this bad? You're the Baseball expert of ST and I'm having a hard time coming up with a any recent examples.

    I mean, I dont get how they haven't fixed their problem because the problem it's known. Has been for a couple of years now. They just dont give a and are to faith dependent hoping their pitchers just come around.

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    midnightpulp When was the last time the reigning champs were this bad? You're the Baseball expert of ST and I'm having a hard time coming up with a any recent examples.

    I mean, I dont get how they haven't fixed their problem because the problem it's known. Has been for a couple of years now. They just dont give a and are to faith dependent hoping their pitchers just come around.
    Well Boston rarely repeats..,. They tend to rebuild/retool and return with a bang the following season.

    2014 Red Sox lost 91 games

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    Well Boston rarely repeats..,. They tend to rebuild/retool and return with a bang the following season.
    Well repeating in Baseball is rare to begin with so it has nothing to do with the Red Sox.

    The Red Sox dont really retool. Their main thing is hoping/switching managers and hope all goes well. Adding minor pieces doesn't really count as retooling in my book.

    I think they need to start from zero with their pitching staff and roster.

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    midnightpulp When was the last time the reigning champs were this bad? You're the Baseball expert of ST and I'm having a hard time coming up with a any recent examples.

    I mean, I dont get how they haven't fixed their problem because the problem it's known. Has been for a couple of years now. They just dont give a and are to faith dependent hoping their pitchers just come around.
    Frostking seemed to answer that. That said, they're not that bad. They have the 2nd Wildcard spot as of now. Good news is their run production is the same as last year, bad news is their pitching is giving up .70 more runs per game (probably due to no longer having Kelly and Kimbrel, who were good in the regular season. Starters are also underperforming). I'd actually rather have my pitching slumping than my offense slumping, since hitting is the harder issue in baseball to fix, while pitching can be shored up with timely free agent signings, call ups, and mechanical adjustments.

    AL East was always going to be a blood bath. Top 3 teams are strong.

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    Dodgers with 3 straight walk offs in a row, all dingers by rookies

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    On pace for 28 HRs by End of September. Springer due back next week. Need starting pitching though

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    Bet "tie" for 1st inning Kershaw vs Grienke.

    What a suck out. 3-3! Nice.

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    Manny got warm ovation in Baltimore? Surprise

    Giving respect to your ex is IN baseball right now

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    This Yankees-Sox game being played in Williamsport?

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    This Yankees-Sox game being played in Williamsport?
    Didn't get a chance to watch, but 17-13, with a 12 run first inning.

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    Supposedly manufacturing tolerances are tighter than ever before, resulting in a more precisely centered core in each baseball, which reduces wobble in flight and thus drag. I don't have a problem with it, whether or not it was sanctioned by MLB. Pitching has far outpaced hitting in the arms race and hitters needed a bit of equalizer. Maybe this will lead to reduced strikeouts since hitters will realize you don't have to swing like you're chopping wood in order to hit the ball hard and far. More controlled swing, less strikeouts, more balls in play.

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    Supposedly manufacturing tolerances are tighter than ever before, resulting in a more precisely centered core in each baseball, which reduces wobble in flight and thus drag. I don't have a problem with it, whether or not it was sanctioned by MLB. Pitching has far outpaced hitting in the arms race and hitters needed a bit of equalizer. Maybe this will lead to reduced strikeouts since hitters will realize you don't have to swing like you're chopping wood in order to hit the ball hard and far. More controlled swing, less strikeouts, more balls in play.
    Good stuff

    I was aware of the "tighter ball" but this explains it better

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    Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27 after cocaine overdose: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...-27-dies-texas

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    Angels starter Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch in his final game Saturday against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

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    Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs dead at 27 after cocaine overdose: https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/...-27-dies-texas
    Angels have shot down the overdose cause of death, but I think it's more than likely given his age. https://www.metro.us/sports/bet/advi...ath-what-rip45

    Maybe Fentanyl? That is terrifying. The equivalent of like 5 grains of salt is lethal.

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    Angels have shot down the overdose cause of death, but I think it's more than likely given his age. https://www.metro.us/sports/bet/advi...ath-what-rip45

    Maybe Fentanyl? That is terrifying. The equivalent of like 5 grains of salt is lethal.
    True, I heard LA (more specifically SD) has recently had a spate of fentanyl od's in the news these past couple months

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    Angels have shot down the overdose cause of death, but I think it's more than likely given his age. https://www.metro.us/sports/bet/advi...ath-what-rip45

    Maybe Fentanyl? That is terrifying. The equivalent of like 5 grains of salt is lethal.
    #YOLO, atleast he died young wild and free




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    Bellingod winning DeadlyDynasty more cash.

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    Insane pulling 97mph on the outside like that.

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    Supposedly manufacturing tolerances are tighter than ever before, resulting in a more precisely centered core in each baseball, which reduces wobble in flight and thus drag. I don't have a problem with it, whether or not it was sanctioned by MLB. Pitching has far outpaced hitting in the arms race and hitters needed a bit of equalizer. Maybe this will lead to reduced strikeouts since hitters will realize you don't have to swing like you're chopping wood in order to hit the ball hard and far. More controlled swing, less strikeouts, more balls in play.
    I hate it to be honest. It's too easy to hit home runs. Makes the game like today's NBA and NFL when it comes to scoring. Basically it's all about walks and HRs just like the NBA is all about 3-point shooting and the NFL is about passing. Defense, contact hitting, base-running doesn't matter as much now. it.

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    Phillies in 3rd Place

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    Phillies in 3rd Place
    Braves looking scary. Rebirth of Donaldson has been big for them. As you said, pitching does need to be tightened up, but I don't want to see them in the playoffs regardless.

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    Braves looking scary. Rebirth of Donaldson has been big for them. As you said, pitching does need to be tightened up, but I don't want to see them in the playoffs regardless.


    I bet we come out cold to start the 2nd Half. Acuna suffers from HR derby curse

    I'm attending the 2nd game of 2nd Half in San Diego

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