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Old 06-01-2014, 02:39 PM
 
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I'm rooting for Encarnacion, I selected him as the AL home run leader in the contest thread. He now trails Nelson Cruz by just one. Cruz, weirdly, is hitting better than he ever did when he was on 'roids. He must have found some new, completely undetectable PED.
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:26 PM
 
Location: NYntarctica
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Maybe Encarnacion can touch the 50 homerun plateau this year. He has more raw strength than Bautista, even tho I feel Bautista is better player in other aspects of the game

Nelson Cruz is very powerful, hopefully the hand won't set him back too much
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Old 06-01-2014, 03:54 PM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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It'll be fun to watch.

Don't count Bautista out. They were pitching around him in April. Can't do that now with EE and often, Lind, offering protection now.
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Old 06-03-2014, 11:06 PM
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Jays 5 @ Detroit 3

All eight runs scored in the 9th as starters Sanchez and Hutchison pitched seven brilliant innings. Lawrie belted a 3-run homer to turn a 2-0 lead into a more comfy 5-0.

Shaping up to be a terrific series.

Kudos to Edwin Encarnacion for being named AL Player of the Month for May.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:59 PM
 
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FINAL: TOR 8, DET 2
Great game for the middle of the offence, especially Adam Lind. Blue Jays drove in 8 runs and now look to sweep the Tigers tomorrow.
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:14 PM
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Don't forget the job Loup did when it was only 3-2 - inheriting a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the 6th and escaping unscathed. That was huge.

These lads are rolling.

(Verlander tomorrow, though.)
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Old 06-04-2014, 10:31 PM
 
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Don't forget the job Loup did when it was only 3-2 - inheriting a bases-loaded, nobody-out jam in the 6th and escaping unscathed. That was huge.

These lads are rolling.

(Verlander tomorrow, though.)
Yes, Loup saved the day.

Verlander not same as last year. He is 6-4 with a 3.99 ERA
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Old 06-05-2014, 04:32 PM
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Jays 7 @ Tigers 3

Jays got the brooms out and contributed to Detroit's struggles. The homer assault continued with dingers from Lawrie, Francisco and Melky Cabrera - all with their 10th of the season.

Cardinals come to town tomorrow. Hope the good times continue.
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Old 06-05-2014, 05:10 PM
 
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Verlander not same as last year. He is 6-4 with a 3.99 ERA
Quite true, rather alarmingly so. The strongest indicator of his decline is the severe plunge in his strikeout rate per nine innings.
2010 8.79
2011 8.96
2012 9.03
2013 8.95
So far in 2014....6.49

Verlander raised flags last season when his walk rate rose.
Walks per nine innings:
2010 2.8
2011 2.0
2012 2.3
2013 3.1

And that trend is continuing in 2014 where he has walked 3.5 batters per nine innings.
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Old 06-05-2014, 08:38 PM
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Verlander seemed to have trouble hitting his spots. His stuff is still good and his fastball got up to 97 once, and 96 a few times, so his arm's not tired.

Maybe he's just in one of those funks. Maybe his head's not right - problems at home...who knows?

But I'd take him on my team.
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