Prediction? Pain!

Just kidding…

Who do you like for the World Series between Boston and St. Louis?

My prediction is probably predicated on having seen the Cardinals play in person so much but I’m picking them to beat the Red Sox in six games. I will forgo the analysis and leave it at that.

We shall soon see how right or wrong I am.

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Having been out here in Missouri since Feb… a Reds fan, I really don’t care…. I am sick of positive Cardinal news… But I do hope Jonnie Gomes hits over 500 just to show all of us, what he could have been if still a Red….

Ditto for me, too, Mark. Believe the Cardinals front-line pitchers (especially Wacha) will neutralize the beards’ offense, and their own offense (bolstered by the return of Craig) will prove to be too much for the Red Sox pitching staff in the end. We’ll see!

I could care less what Jonny Gomes does. The Cards are “our” team to hate, in our division, so screw the beards – I like the Birds in FIVE!

Sox in seven! Boo dirty old cardinals!

I am picking Boston.  Not a cardinals fan, but I would love to see the red sox win just for Boston and because of the bombings that happened there in April of this year.  This is Boston’s year.

I lived in Boston for six years, before the Sox won a series. The fans were holding a non-stop pity party. Now that they’ve won two, they act like it’s a birthright. Fenway is a ridiculous ballpark – please spare me the gooey gushing over the Big Green Monster and its other idiosyncracies. Bad fans, bad park – The Sox are a hard team to root for. I agree with Bric above – hate the Cards but their our team to hate, so go Cards. (Yes, they bombed in game 1; but remember, the Sox beat the Reds the first game in ’75 6-0 and lost the series; so there!)

Free Agent Profile: Shin-Soo Choo
By Tim Dierkes [October 24 at 1:49pm CST]

Expected Contract

Boras is the game’s toughest negotiator and one of its biggest talkers. Asked by Heyman about one GM’s $100MM prediction, Boras replied, “As a custom of the industry, prognostications by executives this time of year are dramatically divergent from the real market. I don’t think anyone correctly predicted what Jayson Werth or Carl Crawford got.” Boras also took issue with the idea of Choo being limited to five years.

A five-year deal would cover Choo’s age 31-35 seasons, and those are hard enough to come by for position players. In the last five years, we’ve seen multiyear free agent deals for Josh Hamilton (5), B.J. Upton (5), Albert Pujols (10), Prince Fielder (9), Jose Reyes (6), Crawford (7), Werth (7), Adrian Beltre (5), Matt Holliday (7), and Mark Teixeira (8). We’ve seen many more on the extension front, with Hunter Pence’s five-year deal the most relevant and recent comparable for Choo. Boras deserves credit for Werth’s contract, but it was an outlier rather than a model, especially since no other team was clearly offering even five years. Crawford, Upton, and Reyes were significantly younger, with the latter two playing premium positions. Boras does not always succeed in his contractual goals, failing to secure a fifth guaranteed year for Michael Bourn last winter.

With Choo, I can see a lot of teams willing to offer four years, a handful willing to offer five, and perhaps one willing to guarantee six. The Pence contract seems to raise the bar for Choo, who I ultimately have signing a six-year, $100MM deal. At a reasonable $16.67MM AAV, such a deal may appeal to teams with luxury tax concerns.

The Reds have absolutely no chance to sign Choo; not too sure why
they would even make an offer. They just flat out can’t afford the guy.

Choo on Yankees menu
CBS Sports
Multiple sources say the Yankees do like Choo very much. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman declined comment about Choo specifically but noted that outfield isn’t their top priority for a team that has many needs. The Yankees have quite the puzzle, as a team that had a $230-million payroll but has several big salaries coming off the books and a stated desire to get below $189 million on the payroll.

Why can’t pitchers be managers?
Wall Street Journal
Only 48 major-league pitchers in baseball history have gone on to manage at least one game—the fewest of any position. This is despite the fact that pitchers make up nearly half a team’s roster. Two are currently active: Farrell and San Diego’s Bud Black. Cincinnati hired former pitcher Bryan Price on Tuesday as manager, but Price never reached the majors.
By way of contrast, 71 second basemen have become managers, as well as 104 outfielders and 112 catchers—a group that includes current Cardinals skipper Mike Matheney.

Has anyone noticed the eerie similarity between this World Series so far and the 1975 Series? Let me spell it out. Game 1 in Boston was a laugher won by the Bosox. Game 2 was a close game won by the National League team. Game 3 was a one-run, walk-off win by the National League team in which an obstruction call or, in the 1975 Series, no-call went against the Red Sox.

The pattern ended last night in Game Five.

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