07-03-2012, 10:58 AM #21
07-03-2012, 11:07 AM #22
1. Yuck. The Chicago White Sox will win the AL Central at 86-76.
2. The Twins will finish 80-82.
3. New uniforms for Capps, Pavano, Burton, and Casilla. Danny Valencia will be traded as well.
4. The Cincinnati Reds with defeat the New York Yankees to win the World Series.
07-03-2012, 11:25 AM #23
07-03-2012, 11:34 AM #24
1. The White Sox will win the AL Central with a record of 85-77.
2. The Minnesota Twins will finish in 5th place in the division with a record of 70-92.
3. Current Twins who will be wearing new uniforms after the trade deadline include: Span, Liriano, Capps (assuming he comes back from injury).
4. The Rangers will defeat the Dodgers to win the 2012 World Series.
07-03-2012, 05:43 PM #25
07-03-2012, 05:50 PM #26
Lots of picks for the Whities, but I'm having trouble seeing it. It seems like every year there's a team that surprises everyone with a strong first half, then fades after the all-star break. This Whities team feels like one of those. Their second half schedule is tougher, and I question whether guys like Rios and AJ will maintain their production levels.
We shall see. Frankly, nothing would surprise me in this division of misfits.
07-03-2012, 06:07 PM #27
I posted these as a series of tweets today but thought I'd copy them here as it seems relevant to this thread:
- Doing research for content in an upcoming #Twins scorecard. Did you know they've had a .600+ W% post-break 5 times in 10 years under Gardy?
- Number of times Gardy has had a team finish the 1st half over .600: zero. For whatever reason, his (good) clubs ALWAYS surge in 2nd half.
- The cumulative second-half W% of playoff teams under Gardenhire is .623 (compared to .433 for non-playoff teams). #Twins
- Now hear me out on this... Say the #Twins went 3-3 to finish out road trip, then played .623 ball in the second half. They'd finish 85-77.
- Do they have the pitching to do it? Probably not. But 85 wins sure could be enough in this division...
07-03-2012, 06:32 PM #28
07-03-2012, 06:39 PM #29
1. Chicago White Sox, with a 85-77 record.
2. Twins finish 5th, at 73-89, after a July tease followed by an August swoon.
3. This is a tough one: the only one I'm confident about is Capps. Possibly also Liriano or Pavano (if he's healthy), but not both.
4. In a rematch of last year, Texas will beat St. Louis, who will cap a late run by peaking at just the right time.
10-13-2012, 09:06 AM #30
Well other than Detroit, mine didn't hold up. Major choke jobs by Texas and Cincy.