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Old 08-28-2012, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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This thread may be a bit premature. Considering some teams that have not been mentioned, the A's may make the playoffs and the Angels may not. The Yankees also have an excellent chance to finish in third place.
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Old 08-28-2012, 01:36 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I think in the AL the Angels are the biggest disappointment. I thought they would be a juggernaut, with the acquisition of Pujols, CJ Wilson and calling up Trout (who is ridiculous). With Trumbo and a healthy Morales, they have a lineup that can potentially put up a lot of runs. Weaver was my pre-season pick for Cy Young both last year and this year and he's living up to those expectations, but Dan Haren went from a solid #1/#2 starter material to a liability. I think Boston has played better than their record indicates, but that's baseball.

I'm a Phillies fan, and while I am disappointed in their first half performance, I wasn't exactly surprised. I thought we might have one more year at the top of the division, but we were an aging team with some major injuries going into the season. I thought Miami made the moves necessary to be a real contender this year, so I think they might be the biggest disappointment in the NL.

I think the Nats rotation is the biggest surprise. Strasburg was their best pitcher going into this season, but there was a big question mark about what kind of pitcher he was going to be post surgery over the course of the season. Zimmerman, Gonzalez and Jackson were supposed to be above average major league pitchers and Detwiler was supposed to be serviceable but they are all putting up ace-quality starts. Their bullpen is solid as well.

The Nats have scored a pedestrian 550 runs so far this season. They're a middle-of-the-road offense, yet they sport the best record in baseball because their pitching has given up a league-low 450 runs.
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:34 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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My picks for most disappointing teams are these:

1. Phillies - So much talent, high expectations; just couldn't keep it going.
2. Red Sox - We all thought they could contend with that roster. Then things just fell apart.
3. Marlins - Lots of hype with a new manager and a new ballpark, but the team underperformed.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Cleveland is a big disappointment, which is saying something considering I had them tabbed at about 78-84. They quit in late July for no apparent reason, and have had about as awful a past six weeks as any team, ever. Their front office activity at the deadline -- getting Brent Lillibridge -- accomplished nothing other than infuriating the already testy fan base. There's not anyone in the organization from the owner on down that I'm particularly interested in keeping at this point. It's a debacle. Blow the whole thing up and start over.

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Old 08-31-2012, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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I'm casting a vote for the Mets--because they were playing so well before the All-Star break. (At the same time, I acknowledge a lack of depth. When you're putting your full reliance on your regulars, and there's a rash of injuries, well...there goes your season!)
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Cleveland is a big disappointment, which is saying something considering I had them tabbed at about 78-84. They quit in late July for no apparent reason, and have had about as awful a past six weeks as any team, ever. Their front office activity at the deadline -- getting Brent Lillibridge -- accomplished nothing other than infuriating the already testy fan base. There's not anyone in the organization from the owner on down that I'm particularly interested in keeping at this point. It's a debacle. Blow the whole thing up and start over.
Not that I have kept up, but the Indians had some trouble hitting against the Astros, so...it seems like the bats never showed up this season.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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Cleveland is a big disappointment, which is saying something considering I had them tabbed at about 78-84. They quit in late July for no apparent reason, and have had about as awful a past six weeks as any team, ever. Their front office activity at the deadline -- getting Brent Lillibridge -- accomplished nothing other than infuriating the already testy fan base. There's not anyone in the organization from the owner on down that I'm particularly interested in keeping at this point. It's a debacle. Blow the whole thing up and start over.
I know quite a few folks who agree with you, but I didn't really think they'd go better than 70 or so wins this season, so I was actually a bit more surprised by the first half of their season.

But I don't think I agree about blowing it up and starting over, unless you have a talent evaluator that really is superb. And from what I've seen of Tribe deals the past few seasons...
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Old 08-31-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I'm casting a vote for the Mets--because they were playing so well before the All-Star break. (At the same time, I acknowledge a lack of depth. When you're putting your full reliance on your regulars, and there's a rash of injuries, well...there goes your season!)
Disagree with the Mets being disappointing. Mets fans should be happy that that poor collection of players managed to look respectable as long as they did.

They just aren't a good team right now.

I'd be surprised if more than a few players on this team were part of any future competitive teams.
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Disagree with the Mets being disappointing. Mets fans should be happy that that poor collection of players managed to look respectable as long as they did.

They just aren't a good team right now.

I'd be surprised if more than a few players on this team were part of any future competitive teams.
I agree
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Old 09-01-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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I would imagine the Dodgers are a bit disappointed a week into their BIG TRADE. Since investing a quarter of a billion bucks for their new personnel, LA is 2-5, .285 ball. (If the Dodgers continue to play .285 ball the rest of the way, they will end up 78-84)

Adrian Gonzalez has put up a .207/.281/.310 line since joining the club, homering in his first at bat but being a wash since.
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