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2019 MLB General Talk (Nationals Win WS)


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#841 BSLMikeRandall

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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:01 AM

Looks like I'll be able to enjoy the World Series this year. I refuse to watch the Yankees and Red Sox whenever they have a playoff series lead. 


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:21 AM

MLB.com: Game 1 Preview
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 09:40 AM

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Why?
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:13 AM

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Why?


1) Houston rightfully hailed as a great, near dynasty team...  been hyped longer. Recent champs. 

2) Nationals were off the radar a bit. Especially after losing Harper. 

3) Houston beat NY.

4) Nationals having to deal with the long rest. 

5) People don't understand short-series vs. 162 games. 

 

 

I expect Houston to win the Series, but Washington easily can. 

Scherzer and Stasburg certainly match-up. 

 

If they played 162 times, I think Houston would pull away. 
In a 7 game series, it's little more than a coin-flip in favor of Houston imo.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:20 AM

All of those things explain why over the full season.

But watching them this post season and seeing their starters (Strasburg has almost been as good as Cole), there is no logic to this being an overwhelming favorite type WS.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:23 AM

All of those things explain why over the full season.

But watching them this post season and seeing their starters (Strasburg has almost been as good as Cole), there is no logic to this being an overwhelming favorite type WS.

Shhh. don't tell anyone.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:33 AM

All of those things explain why over the full season.

But watching them this post season and seeing their starters (Strasburg has almost been as good as Cole), there is no logic to this being an overwhelming favorite type WS.


Isn't the line being impacted by the public? Either with early betting, or to entice the public? 



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:52 AM

I think they have it right. Of course the Nats CAN win, but this is by far the best team they've faced, the Dodgers crapped the bed just as much as the Nats beat them IMO. Nats need to be hot and play a perfect series to beat this team.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:54 AM

Keep in mind, if Grisham fields that routine play in the WC game, the Nats would've gone home right there.

St. Louis has zero offense. The Dodgers best bat and arm were non existent
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 10:58 AM

Keep in mind, if Grisham fields that routine play in the WC game, the Nats would've gone home right there.

St. Louis has zero offense. The Dodgers best bat and arm were non existent

 

Would have been tied, with more opportunities ahead...Just sayin.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:02 AM

Either way, they've been incredibly fortuitous. Hopefully that ends now.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:08 AM

Either way, they've been incredibly fortuitous. Hopefully that ends now.

8-2 in the playoffs ain't too bad. Hopefully that continues!


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:09 AM

Washington also has Scherzer and Strasburg to neutralize the Astros' righthanded power. Neither Springer nor Bregman nor Correa have hit particularly well this postseason to begin with, and those aren't two guys against whom hitters typically get healthy.

 

It's about matchups, and Washington can match up with Houston probably better than either of their two AL postseason opponents.



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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:14 AM


8-2 in the playoffs ain't too bad. Hopefully that continues!

That's misleading and you know it. The only real team they played, they needed back to back homers from their best 2 players to take it to extra in game 5, then a grand slam vs a straight throwing, mediocre reliever to advance. Again, they can win, but they are the rightful under dogs heading into the Series. Had a much better chance vs. New York, but probably would've lost to them too.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:17 AM

Washington also has Scherzer and Strasburg to neutralize the Astros' righthanded power. Neither Springer nor Bregman nor Correa have hit particularly well this postseason to begin with, and those aren't two guys against whom hitters typically get healthy.

It's about matchups, and Washington can match up with Houston probably better than either of their two AL postseason opponents.

Hitters that good get healthy when they get healthy, it doesn't matter who is pitching. I expect them to snap out of it.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:21 AM

That's misleading and you know it. The only real team they played, they needed back to back homers from their best 2 players to take it to extra in game 5, then a grand slam vs a straight throwing, mediocre reliever to advance. Again, they can win, but they are the rightful under dogs heading into the Series. Had a much better chance vs. New York, but probably would've lost to them too.

Agree that Houston is the rightful favorite. 

 

Disagree that they've been "lucky" to get to the World Series. 


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:23 AM

Nice to see starting pitching win out.


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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:26 AM

Agree that Houston is the rightful favorite.

Disagree that they've been "lucky" to get to the World Series.

I just think they should've lost to Milwaukee. And they've been able to hide their bullpen, which I don't think they will be able to continue to do.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:29 AM

Tons of credit for how Martinez has managed this postseason though.
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Posted 20 October 2019 - 11:30 AM

I just think they should've lost to Milwaukee. And they've been able to hide their bullpen, which I don't think they will be able to continue to do.

They could have lost to Milwaukee, not sure they should have. They rallied against Hader, it happens. 

 

Fair point on bullpen for sure. 


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