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    2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Like last year, I'm starting this thread early. So the All-Star Break is a few days away...technically, the season's over half-way done, anyway.

    Let's see your opinions on the baseball season to this point. Fans of any team may participate.

    Best Team:
    Worst Team:

    Biggest Story This Season:

    Biggest Surprise Team(s):
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s):

    AL MVP:
    NL MVP:

    AL CY:
    NL CY:

    Yankees MVP:
    Yankees CY:

    Biggest Yankees surprise:
    Biggest Yankees disappointment:

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):


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    Mine:


    Best Team: Chicago Cubs
    Worst Team: Washington Nationals

    Biggest Story This Season:
    The Rays in first place

    Biggest Surprise Team(s):
    Tampa Bay Rays (even better than I thought), Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Cleveland Indians, Seattle Mariners, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres

    AL MVP:
    Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Lance Berkman

    AL CY:
    Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Edinson Volquez

    Yankees MVP:
    Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise:
    Giambi/Mussina resurgence
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Offensive inconsistency

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):
    The Yankees, despite their yo-yo offense, are still alive and kicking in September

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    OK, no one cares this time.

    At least I posted again so this won't be one of the "Lonely" threads at the end of the month.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    I like these threads, im down.


    Best Team: right now...Rays....for the whole year Red Sox :-(
    Worst Team: Nats or M's

    Biggest Story This Season: Rays in first, up and coming young players (Bruce, Hamilton, Volquez, Joba, Lincecum etc.)

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians, Mets

    AL MVP: Hamilton
    NL MVP: Berkman or Chipper

    AL CY:Joe Saunders, Cliff Lee,
    NL CY:Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Giambi
    Yankees CY: River, Moose

    Biggest Yankees surprise: i trust you mean surprise in a good way, since dissapointment is below...so....Mussina pitching well
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Hughes, Kennedy, and injuries

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject): Its better than the first half
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Red Sox
    Worst Team:
    Nationals

    Biggest Story This Season:
    The mutual success of the Hamilton/Volquez trade.

    Biggest Surprise Team(s):
    Rays
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s):
    Tigers

    AL MVP:
    Ian Kinsler
    NL MVP:
    Chase Utley

    AL CY:
    Justin Duchscherer
    NL CY:
    Edinson Volquez

    Yankees MVP:
    Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY:
    Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise:
    Giambi
    Biggest Yankees disappointment:
    Hughes/Kennedy

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    I'm not going to answer all the questions, but I do have an opinion about the Yankees 1st half MVP.

    Johnny Damon has 25 multi-hit games. In those 25 games, the Yankees' record is 20-5. He, more than any other member of the lineup, makes that offense go. If he doesn't hit, or if he's out of the lineup, the offense struggles. That's the very definition of Most Valuable, IMO.
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Tampa Bay Rays
    Worst Team: Seattle Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Rays in first place in the AL East, up and coming players

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays, Minnesota Twins, Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Lance Berkman

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Tim Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Jason Giambi
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera, Moose

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Giambi/Moose resurgence
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Injuries and offense inconsistency

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject): A NL West team will win the division with a sub-.500 record
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by YASS
    I'm not going to answer all the questions, but I do have an opinion about the Yankees 1st half MVP.

    Johnny Damon has 25 multi-hit games. In those 25 games, the Yankees' record is 20-5. He, more than any other member of the lineup, makes that offense go. If he doesn't hit, or if he's out of the lineup, the offense struggles. That's the very definition of Most Valuable, IMO.
    Once a Red Sock, always a Red Sock?

    Damon has been absolutely incredible. If you like Win Shares, Damon has 15.

    The much maligned Alex "Material Girl" Rodriguez has 14.

    FWIW...If Damon keeps this up, I would move him to the '2' spot in the lineup. (Jeter 1st)

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Cubs
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: The Tampa Bay Rays

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Chase Utley

    AL CY: Mariano Rivera
    NL CY: Edinson Volquez

    Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Giambi
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: The offense's lack of production.

    Who Makes The Playoffs:
    AL East Winner: Red Sox
    AL Central Winner: Tigers
    AL West Winner: Angels
    Wild Card Winner: Yankees

    NL East Winner: Mets
    NL Central Winner: Cubs
    NL West Winner: D'Backs
    NL Wild Card Winner: Brewers

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Red sox
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Rays

    Biggest Surprise Team(s):Tampa, Chi sox, Twins
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians, Rockies, Tigers

    AL MVP:Kinsler
    NL MVP:Berkman

    AL CY:Cliff Lee
    NL CY:Ben Sheets

    Yankees MVP:Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY:Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise:Mussina, Giambi
    Biggest Yankees disappointment:Jeter, Cano, Hughes,Kennedy,Cashman

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):
    Red sox will win the east and Im hoping the yanks win the wc but right now I see the rays winning it. Cubs- Brewers nlcs Red sox -Rays (hopefully yankees) alcs. Cubs - Red sox ws and the Cubs win it.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Chicago Cubs
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Rays

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays, Twins
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians, Mariners, Tigers

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton or Kinsler
    NL MVP: Lance Berkman, Utley... even Burrell

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mussina

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Mussina
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Cano, Hughes, Kennedy.

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject): Bonds doesn't sign with anybody.
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Cubs
    Worst Team: M's

    Biggest Story This Season: The Rays climb to first

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays, White Sox, Cardinals
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): The whole NL West, M's, Tigers (recently they have picked it up)

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Chase Utley

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Edinson Volquez

    Yankees MVP: Jason Giambi
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Mussina picking up 11 wins before the break
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Offensive inconsistency

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject): The Rays will fade down the stretch

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Sadly, Red Sox
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Josh Hamilton

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Chase Utley

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Edinson Volquez

    Yankees MVP: Mo
    Yankees CY: Mo

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Mussina, Giambi
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Cano

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):

    Best Team: Cubs
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Cano finishing at .290
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Melky staying around .245

    Playoff teams:
    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: White Sox
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wild Card: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Cubs
    NL West: Dodgers
    NL Wild Card: Brewers

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Cubbies
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Youth - can't pick one between most of the Rays, Hamilton, Volquez, Joba, etc. and so on

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): The former Devil Rays - I guess the exorcism worked!
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Seattle - weren't people picking them to win the AL West?

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP:

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Tim Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Giambi
    Yankees CY:

    Biggest Yankees surprise: How many people would have been happy if the cranky old guy won 11 games all year?
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Continued impatience at the plate by all the young players and a fair amount of the ones that should know better.

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject): The Rays are not going to stay in first place all year, but I do see them winning the wild card.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    I'll add my manager of the first half, rookie of the first half, and my playoff team predictions

    AL Manager of the First Half: Joe Maddon, Rays
    NL Manager of the First Half: Lou Piniella, Cubs

    AL Rookie of the First Half: Evan Longoria, Rays
    NL Rookie of the First Half: Edinson Volquez, Reds

    Playoff Team Predictions - 2nd Half

    AL East: Red Sox
    AL Central: Twins
    AL West: Angels
    AL Wild Card: Yankees

    NL East: Phillies
    NL Central: Cubs
    NL West: Dodgers
    NL Wild Card: Marlins
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Cubs
    Worst Team: Mariners

    Biggest Story This Season: Something Brad wrote, his posts are always long... or TheoSchmeo, he can go on and on.

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Man United
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Tigers

    AL MVP: Hamilton
    NL MVP: Burr

    AL CY: Halliday
    NL CY: Kyle Lohse

    Yankees MVP: Damon
    Yankees CY: Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Melky at bat
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Melky at bat

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):

    Cano will bat over .300
    The Rays will finish in 3rd place.
    Hughes will dazzle the last month of the season.
    The AL will win the World Series 4 games to none.
    A team with a sub .500 record will make the playoffs.
    Torre will retire.
    I'm frantic... Jeter Ceremony Date - when will this be announced????


    Thank goodness we now know.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Red Sox
    Worst Team: Nationals/Mariners/Padres/Giants/Rockies are all at pretty much the same level of absolute suck

    Biggest Story This Season: Hamilton's emergence as a superstar.

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians

    AL MVP: Ian Kinsler
    NL MVP: Lance Berkman

    AL CY: Justin Duchscherer
    NL CY: Tim Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Johnny Damon
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Hughes and Kennedy

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by BonusCantos
    Like last year, I'm starting this thread early. So the All-Star Break is a few days away...technically, the season's over half-way done, anyway.

    Let's see your opinions on the baseball season to this point. Fans of any team may participate.

    Best Team: Tampa Rays
    Worst Team: Colorado Rockies

    Biggest Story This Season: Josh Hamilton

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Tampa Rays (Adding Garza to the rotation turned out to be a great move & Longoria is awesome)
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Yankees (in terms of what they SHOULD be doing & aren't)

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Lance Berkman or Chipper Jones

    AL CY: Cliff Lee
    NL CY: Edinson Volquez or Tim Lincecum

    Yankees MVP: Alex Rodriguez
    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Jose Veras' dominance
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Cano + injuries to nearly everyone

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):
    Done.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Chicago Cubs
    Worst Team: Seattle Mariners

    Storyline: The emergence of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays
    Storyline 2: The renaissance of Josh Hamilton

    Surprise Teams: Devil Rays, White Sox, Twins, A's, Marlins
    Disappointments: Tigers, Indians, Mariners, Rockies, Padres

    AL MVP: Josh Hamilton
    NL MVP: Chase Utley

    AL Cy Young: Roy Halladay
    NL Cy Young: Brandon Webb

    AL ROY: Evan Longoria
    NL ROY: Geovany Soto

    Yankees CY: Mariano Rivera (is there any question?)
    Yankees MVP: Johnny Damon

    Biggest Yankee surprise: Mussina's resurgence
    Biggest Yankee disappointment: Hughes and Kennedy

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Chicago Cubs
    Worst Team: Mariners, Padres

    Biggest Story This Season: The emergence of the Tampa Bay Rays

    Biggest Surprise Team(s): Rays, White Sox, Rangers (playing MUCH better than I expected at least)
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Mariners, Padres, Rockies

    AL MVP: Hamilton
    NL MVP: Utley

    AL CY: Halladay
    NL CY: Volquez

    Yankees MVP: Damon or Matsui. Our offense has struggled HORRIFICALLY without them.
    Yankees CY: Mo

    Biggest Yankees surprise: Resurgence of the Moose and Giambi
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Cano, offense in general, Hughes/Kennedy, INJURIES

    2nd Half Prediction (optional; on any baseball subject):
    A sub-.500 team from the NL will make the playoffs. Most likely from the NL West.
    The AL will win both the ASG and the World Series
    Yanks will make the playoffs
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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Quote Originally Posted by BroadwayBomber55
    NL Rookie of the First Half: Edinson Volquez, Reds
    Not technically a rookie as he had more the 50IP with the Rangers.

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    Re: 2008 1st Half Progress Reports

    Best Team: Chicago Cubs (best run differential in the majors), though perhaps in an inferior league and division to the AL East.
    Worst Team: Washington Nationals (worst record, worst run differential, lowest team OPS+, etc.).

    Biggest Story This Season:
    Rays in first place for so long.

    Biggest Surprise Team(s):
    Rays, Cardinals, A's, even the Rangers for being above .500.
    Biggest Disappointment Team(s): Indians, Diamondbacks (they looked good to me on paper!).

    AL MVP:
    This isn't as clear cut for me as it is for all of you. Am I a homer if I consider Drew? He really kept the Sox offense going through some otherwise tough patches, though he got an assist from Youkilis. I'd also have to consider Kinsler, Bradley, Mauer, Dye, Damon, and look more deeply into the effect Giambi has had on Yankee games.
    NL MVP: Chipper Jones. The dude's getting on base almost half the time he comes to the plate, he's hitting for power, and he plays good D at the hot corner. Berkman is close, but puts up his numbers from first, and Utley plays a tougher position, but is behind in OPS+ by over 40 points.

    AL CY:
    Duchsherer. Lowest ERA in the American League, but with a WHIP of 0.865? As a starter? That's Pedroesque. He's the best in the league and never will be again, so let him have it. 2nd vote for Lee, 3rd for Halladay (leads AL in K/BB, BB per 9).
    NL CY: Haren. His ERA+ is lower than Volquez, but his peripherals are much better. He leads the NL in WHIP, BB/K, and BB per 9. Volquez will win plenty of CY's if his control improves and he stays healthy, which I can see happening for him.

    Yankees MVP:
    I'm not sure. A-Rod has the best numbers for sure, but my outside perception is that Giambi has had more effect on the outcome of games, along with Damon. I'd have to more deeply analyze the numbers and facts to know for sure.
    Yankees CY: Rivera. The best closer in the history of baseball reclaims his throne as the best currently playing after an absence of a few years... and this time it isn't even close.

    Biggest Yankees surprise:
    Mussina's resurgence, without a doubt. Everyone thought he was done. I'm not nearly surprised by Giambi's resurgence; he's proven to me he that can still put up great numbers without PEDs, and last year was just a fluke rough year that most great hitters have.
    Biggest Yankees disappointment: Again, from an outside perspective, Jeter is a disappointment this year; he defense isn't above average, and his value lies in his offense and leadership. The offense has been lackluster so far, leaving only the leadership (see also; Varitek, Jason). I'd also note the struggles of a lot of the younger players (Hughes, Cano, Kennedy, Cabrera, etc), but from the outside that just looks like bad luck to me and not much more. For what it's worth, both the young struggles and Jeter's offense look like a fluke to me, and I wouldn't expect it to continue next season.

    2nd Half Prediction:
    A Yankees resurgence, but that's kind of a safe limb to step out on. I'll also predict a Twins collapse, an Indians resurgence that brings the club back over .500, and that the Mets winning streak was a fluke and they'll plummet back to mediocrity after the break.

    For stuff like MVP and CYA, I'm going with people I think should win and not who I think will win. I think Kinsler and Berkman will win the MVPs and Lee and Volquez will win the CYAs, just not necessarily that they deserve it. Also, if the Yankee stuff looks weird (again, outside perspective), I could replace it with Sox Disappointment/Surprise/etc. What do you think?

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