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    2021 MLB Season

    Holy smokes, folks! Itís Opening Day!

    The great John Fogerty in the great 1985 hit ďCenterfieldĒ sang:

    Well uh beat the drum and hold the phone
    The sun came out today
    We're born again, there's new grass on the field
    A-roundin' third, I'm headed for home
    It's a brown-eyed handsome man
    Anyone can understand the way I feel

    Letís go St. Louis Cardinals!

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    One of the best days of the year. Go Cardinals!
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
    Dr. Pangloss - Candide

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    It's definitely about time. I so love baseball and have totally missed all the baseball conversations with Mr Sumner and Mr. Featherston from back in the day when spring training rolled around during basketball season.
    Duke '96
    Cary, NC

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    Hoping for a good year for my Metsies. LGM.

    Good to have an owner who will actually spend and not treat the franchise like a small-market team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duke74 View Post
    Hoping for a good year for my Metsies. LGM.

    Good to have an owner who will actually spend and not treat the franchise like a small-market team.
    Most experts who have made predictions that Iíve watched or heard have picked the Mets to win the NL East this year.

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    Mets-Natís game postponed due to Covid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronDuke View Post
    Holy smokes, folks! Itís Opening Day!

    The great John Fogerty in the great 1985 hit ďCenterfieldĒ sang:

    Well uh beat the drum and hold the phone
    The sun came out today
    We're born again, there's new grass on the field
    A-roundin' third, I'm headed for home
    It's a brown-eyed handsome man
    Anyone can understand the way I feel

    Letís go St. Louis Cardinals!
    I miss the way this song used to make me feel on Opening Day more than I miss baseball.
    Here's hoping that the Barves go 0-162. Hashtag eff Cobb County, hashtag never forget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronDuke View Post
    Most experts who have made predictions that Iíve watched or heard have picked the Mets to win the NL East this year.
    Really, most of what I've seen has the Braves edging them out. Either way the NL East is stacked this year. I'm a Braves fan, have been since I was a kid, and I'm hoping the arms we added to the rotation will get us over the hump this year. The problem is the Dodgers, Padres and Mets are all as good or better so whoever comes out of the NL this year is going to have to earn it.
    "The future ain't what it used to be."

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilson View Post
    I miss the way this song used to make me feel on Opening Day more than I miss baseball.
    Here's hoping that the Barves go 0-162. Hashtag eff Cobb County, hashtag never forget.
    Lol yeah I was done with the Barves when they left Richmond and moved the AAA Richmond Barves to Gwinnett. Havenít supported them since. Married into a Cardinals family and find their organization much more pleasant to support. Grew up going to Richmond Barves games so it hurt at first not pulling for them anymore but just couldnít support them after they pulled out of Richmond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DUKIECB View Post
    Really, most of what I've seen has the Braves edging them out. Either way the NL East is stacked this year. I'm a Braves fan, have been since I was a kid, and I'm hoping the arms we added to the rotation will get us over the hump this year. The problem is the Dodgers, Padres and Mets are all as good or better so whoever comes out of the NL this year is going to have to earn it.
    Most (not all) predictions Iíve read have gone with the NYM to win the NL East. I guess Mark DeRosa picked the Braves to win it all on MLB Network earlier today. The Braves are loaded. It will be nice to have Soroka back. Everyone has to get through the Dodgers. The Braves are good but the Dodgers to me are head and shoulders better than anyone in the NL. The Braves in the playoffs just canít get over the hump, too. Canít believe itís been 26 years since their last (only) World Series title now. For the longest time they couldnít even win a playoff series. I like Snitker as their manager, paid his dues in the organization and has been rewarded with a club that can compete for a title. Thatís all you can ask for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Mets-Natís game postponed due to Covid.
    Gut punch. Was so looking forward to Scherzer - DeGrom tonight, and a COVID cancellation gives me panic flashbacks to last season's mess.

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    Tigers beat the Indians despite a heroic attempt by the bullpen to blow it...must photograph the standings tomorrow.

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    Unfortunately watched the end of the Yanks losing in 10 to the Blue Jays. I still need to get used to the rule putting a runner on second in extra innings - I was thinking "did I miss something? Where did he come from?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by budwom View Post
    Tigers beat the Indians despite a heroic attempt by the bullpen to blow it...must photograph the standings tomorrow.
    Apparently whenever Boyd threw a strike, the loudspeakers featured Flav-o-Flay screeching "Yeah booyyyeee"
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyNotCrazie View Post
    Unfortunately watched the end of the Yanks losing in 10 to the Blue Jays. I still need to get used to the rule putting a runner on second in extra innings - I was thinking "did I miss something? Where did he come from?"
    Same. Hate that rule.

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    The St. Louis Cardinals started off the 2021 season with an 11-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds today in Cincinnati. Always good to win the first one. The boys broke out the hitting shoes!

    Notables: Nolan Arenado in his Cardinals debut at 3B - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
    Paul Goldschmidt - 4-5, 3 R, 1 RBI
    Tyler OíNeill - 1-4, 2 run HR
    Dylan Carlson (Rookie of the Year candidate) - 1-3, 3 run HR

    Was good to see Alex Reyes pitch in the 9th who has battled numerous arm injuries thus far in his young career. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has tabbed him as the closer this season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronDuke View Post
    The St. Louis Cardinals started off the 2021 season with an 11-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds today in Cincinnati. Always good to win the first one. The boys broke out the hitting shoes!

    Notables: Nolan Arenado in his Cardinals debut at 3B - 2-5, 1 R, 1 RBI
    Paul Goldschmidt - 4-5, 3 R, 1 RBI
    Tyler OíNeill - 1-4, 2 run HR
    Dylan Carlson (Rookie of the Year candidate) - 1-3, 3 run HR

    Was good to see Alex Reyes pitch in the 9th who has battled numerous arm injuries thus far in his young career. Cardinals manager Mike Shildt has tabbed him as the closer this season.
    I'm really rooting for Reyes this season. He's had some tough injuries in his still young career. The Card's bullpen should be good with Reyes and Hicks at the end. Great to see Carlson hit that home run and get the team off to a good start. He could be Rookie of the Year. I'm anxious to see how Nolan will hit away from Coors this year. I believe he will be around .285, 30 homers and 100 RBI. The starting pitching has me worried. Jack didn't get off to a good start yesterday. 6 runs and all earned.

    GoDuke and GoRedbirds!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jv001 View Post
    I'm really rooting for Reyes this season. He's had some tough injuries in his still young career. The Card's bullpen should be good with Reyes and Hicks at the end. Great to see Carlson hit that home run and get the team off to a good start. He could be Rookie of the Year. I'm anxious to see how Nolan will hit away from Coors this year. I believe he will be around .285, 30 homers and 100 RBI. The starting pitching has me worried. Jack didn't get off to a good start yesterday. 6 runs and all earned.

    GoDuke and GoRedbirds!
    I was so happy to see Reyes throw the 9th. He has so much potential if he can stay healthy. Like you said, the Cards back end of the bullpen looks strong. Hicks, Reyes, and Helsley are all power right handed arms that throw straight gas. Webb, Miller, and Cabrera are good LHP relievers that can be extended for a couple innings if needed. Yeah, the big question is how is Arenado going to hit away from Coors. Iíd take .285 with 30 HR and 100 RBI along with his gold glove caliber defense at 3B. The rotation has potential but is questionable. Flaherty got ripped yesterday but I still think heís a stud. Will be interesting to see how Wainwright does at his age again this year. Carlos Martinez is a question mark, Ponce de Leon is up and down but can throw a good game sometimes, Mikolas is injured right now, Gant when on is reliable with his changeup but still is a fringe starter and sometimes does better as a reliever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CameronDuke View Post
    I was so happy to see Reyes throw the 9th. He has so much potential if he can stay healthy. Like you said, the Cards back end of the bullpen looks strong. Hicks, Reyes, and Helsley are all power right handed arms that throw straight gas. Webb, Miller, and Cabrera are good LHP relievers that can be extended for a couple innings if needed. Yeah, the big question is how is Arenado going to hit away from Coors. Iíd take .285 with 30 HR and 100 RBI along with his gold glove caliber defense at 3B. The rotation has potential but is questionable. Flaherty got ripped yesterday but I still think heís a stud. Will be interesting to see how Wainwright does at his age again this year. Carlos Martinez is a question mark, Ponce de Leon is up and down but can throw a good game sometimes, Mikolas is injured right now, Gant when on is reliable with his changeup but still is a fringe starter and sometimes does better as a reliever.
    Don't forget Kim.
    "This is the best of all possible worlds."
    Dr. Pangloss - Candide

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    Quote Originally Posted by chrishoke View Post
    Don't forget Kim.
    Thatís right, KK can be a good LHP starter for the Cards, too. He had a great year last year for them. He has good stuff and throws strikes. Not overpowering but good offspeed stuff and locates well.

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