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Surpises that will keep surprising??

Posted on: April 27, 2009 3:54 pm
In honor of the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals game I will open upt he discussion. Last week all over sportsline, espn, and any sports media outlit writers, bloggers, and the media were all running the story of first place surprises. At that time the Marlins, Blue Jays, Royals, and Mariners were all in first place and were definatly not expected to be there. Its be a week or two now and the only team that has fallin of that list of 1st place is the Royals and the only other team that has cooled off has to be the Marlins. What I found amusing is that most of the articles and the blogs all thought that the Marlins and Royals had the best shot to place first when September rolled around and most writers were saying that they felt like none of them would win there division with only the Royals being cometitive when the time came. It looks like if last week was an indicator that these predicitions are ass backwards. What does everyone think. I am a a Kansas City resident and being a KC native you have to be an optimist or not like sports. I believe that the Royals will be there it just depends on how quick the bats can warm up. I am not talking 7-8 runs a game I am talking about just getting 2 or 3 a game and our record is so much better. I also think that the Marlins will turn it around,  rough series against Phily and they pose the only real threat in that division so maybe they will be there. I really like the Mariners though, they have very solid starters even more so early in the rotation. Closer has done his job and the runs continue to keep coming from all differnet ways which is a good sign. The only team that I believe wont be there in the end is the Blue Jays. They have such a brutal division which comes with a brutal schedule. I think they might be the best out of all four of these teams and if there we relocated to a different division I would be ranting and raving about them. They see Boston, New York, Tampa Bay, and Baltimore to much there is no room for error in that division and I just dont see it happening. That my opinion; now it is time to tell me why I am wrong or right. I dont not know these clubs in and out and fans of these clubs will have better takes them me let me know why your teams won or will be there when rosters are locked and pennate races really begin.

Since: Jun 26, 2008
Posted on: May 3, 2009 11:59 pm

Surpises that will keep surprising??

The Mariners have really surprised me.  They've had excellent pitching so far.   It'll need to stand up, because other than Ichiro and an aging Ken Griffey, they don't have too much to hang their hats on.  I sure expected more than what I've seen from the Angels so far, but injuries haven't been kind to them, plus the Nick Adenhart tragedy.  I don't think the Marlins are going to stay on top.   I think the Mets have too much fire power for them, however, the Mets are going to need someone other than Santana to step up in their rotation.   The Blue Jays are interesting.   Last year they couldn't hit, this year they're raking.  Having Wells and Rolen healthy helps alot there.  Cito Gaston is a winner too.  He and his Jays are going to make life a bit uncomfortable for their AL East rivals.  I'm don't think they have enough starting pitching help after Halladay to pull them through though.  Even though they started off slow, I like the Tampa Rays in the east.  
As for our Royals, I think we have just as good of a chance as anyone in our division to win.  When you have good starting pitching there's always as chance and we'll go as far as our starters take us.  I'm almost certain that we'll still be in it going into the last week of the season which will amuse me to no end because in every season preview I saw from major networks, they Royals were picked either 4th or last. 

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2009 5:01 pm

Surpises that will keep surprising??

     I'm not sold on the Mariners.  I think Anaheim is far and away the best team in the West.  Injuries to two key players (Vladamir Guerrero, John Lackey) have the Angels coming out of the gate slow, but once they get rolling, I don't see anyone getting in their way.
     The Marlins always seem to do this.  Every 6 years, they win the World Series with a patched together team.  They probably have the toughest division to win,,,,,,,,,,well, the Blue Jays aren't in a weak division either, but with Roy Holliday on your team, you can't count them out.
     I'll save my opinion on the Royals until the All-Star break.


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