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#41 diehardtwinsfan

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 04:22 PM

 

I don't think that's the case at all. The 2019 squad started the season with Sano, possibly their best slugger (though everyone's so good right now it's almost a moot point), on the IL. Later, they had their two best overall hitters (Cruz and Garver) go down for a few weeks each.

 

The team played some of its best baseball during that stretch of play.

 

If a pitcher goes down, things could get ugly, but thus far the team has weathered some really good players spending extended time away from the field and no one missed a beat.

 

yeah, this team is a lot deeper than that team was... wasn't Lawton traded that year too? or am I thinking of 2002?

 

I'm not even worried about a starter going down for a couple weeks. Smeltzer has shown he can step in and be competent... Multiple starters though... that's worrisome, and the pen scares me more and more as the season goes on. 


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 05:00 PM

 

yeah, this team is a lot deeper than that team was... wasn't Lawton traded that year too? or am I thinking of 2002?

 

I'm not even worried about a starter going down for a couple weeks. Smeltzer has shown he can step in and be competent... Multiple starters though... that's worrisome, and the pen scares me more and more as the season goes on. 

Lawton was traded in 2001 and proceeded to be pretty bad for the Mets.


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 05:30 PM

 

Thanks for putting that ear worm back in my head.

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#44 Nine of twelve

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:16 PM

 

MLB integrated in 1947, which changed the level of competition, rendering old stats largely outdated.

 

MLB expanded in 1961 (and other years), which lowered the level of competition, rendering old stats largely outdated.

 

MLB lowered the mound in 1969, which gave hitters an advantage, rendering old stats largely outdated.

 

The AL added the DH in 1973, completely skewering old team stats, rendering them largely outdated.

 

Through the 80s and 90s, an influx of Latin players invaded the league, rendering old stats largely outdated.

 

I could go on but you probably get my point by now.

Don't forget that in 1969 there was expansion as well.


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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:18 PM

 

Don't forget that in 1969 there was expansion as well.

Yeah, and 93 and 98. I figured "and other years" was good enough to make the point.

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Posted 10 June 2019 - 06:34 PM

 

Yeah, and 93 and 98. I figured "and other years" was good enough to make the point.

I mentioned that because it was in conjunction with the mound height adjustment.

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