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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Familiar teams favored in MLB despite shifting stars

Washington (AFP) - Superstar sluggers Bryce Harper and Manny Machado will try to turn their new clubs into title contenders but mostly familiar teams figure to dominate this year’s Major League Baseball championship chase.

After a two-game debut in Tokyo that was basically a farewell celebration for Japanese legend Ichiro Suzuki, the major league campaign opens in earnest on Thursday in North American venues.

Harper, a six-time All-Star outfielder, never went deeper than four first-round playoff exits in seven seasons with Washington before signing with the Philadelphia Phillies for 13 years at $330 million earlier this month.

In other words, kind of what we’d expect after the last off-season.

QLE Posted: March 27, 2019 at 01:51 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bryce harper, manny machado, opening day, same old same old

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   1. cardsfanboy Posted: March 27, 2019 at 07:14 PM (#5825920)
do we have a prediction thread yet?
   2. puck Posted: March 27, 2019 at 09:29 PM (#5825942)
And what are some of the sites with projections.

Fangraphs has this playoff odds page. I don't know where the 2019 projections come from though and what system they're based on.

I was surprised the Rockies were projected to 79.3 wins. I double checked it was for 2019 and not 2018...

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