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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to intoronto in Canada National Thread | Road to Tokyo 2020   
    Here is my medal predictions, 3 points = almost certain to medal, 2= some to good chances, 1= low outside chance. If event is not listed, I do not think they will medal. 
     
    Archery (1 point)
    Arguably one of the hardest sports to predict. I am going to give the entire program: 1 point
     
    Athletics (18 points)
    Men's 100: Andre de Grasse: 2 points
    Men's 200: Andre de Grasse: 2 points
    Men's 800: Brandon McBride or Marco Arop: 1 point
    Men's 5000: Mohammed Ahmed: 1 point
    Men's 10000: Mohammed Ahmed: 1 point
    Men's 50km race walk: Evan Dunfee: 1 point
    Decathlon: Damien Warner: 3 points
    Decathlon: Pierce Lepage: 1 point
    Men's 4x100 relay: 1 point
    Women's 800: Melissa Bishop: 1 point
    Women's 1500: Gabriela Stafford: 1 point
    Women's pole vault: Alysha Newman: 1 point
    Women's hammer throw: Camryn Rogers: 1 point
    Women's 4x400 relay: 1 point
     
    Basketball (2 points)
    Women's team: 2 points
     
    Boxing (1 point)
    Women's middleweight: Tammara Thibeault
     
    Canoeing (1 point)
    Women's C1 200: Katie Vincent
     
    Cycling (9 points)
    Men's road (race + trial): 1 point in total
    Women's road (race + trial): 1 point in total
     
    Men's team pursuit: 1 point 
    Women's sprint/Keirin: 2 points in total
    Women's omnium: 1 point 
    Women's team pursuit: 2 points 
     
    Women's cross country: 1 point in total
     
    Diving (9 points)
    Women's 3m springboard: 2 points in total
    Women's 10m platform: 1 point in total
    Women's 3m synchro: 3 points
    Women's 10m synchro: 3 points 
     
    Football (1 point)
    Women's team: 1 point
     
    Golf (1 point)
    Women's: Brook Henderson 
     
    Gymnastics (5 points)
    Women's artistic team all events: 3 points (I am predicting 1 medal across all events)
    Women's trampoline: Rosie MacLennan: 2 points
     
    Judo (4 points)
    Men's 73 kg: Arthur Margelidon (1 point)
    Men's 100 kg: Shady El Nahas (1 point)
    Women's 57 kg: Jessica Klimkait (1 point)
    Women's 63 kg:  Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard (1 point)
     
    Rowing (8 points)
    Men's team (all events) (2 points)
    Women's team (all events) (6 points)
     
    Rugby (2 points)
    Women's team (2 points)

    Skateboarding (1 point)
    Men's street: Matt Berger (1 point)
     
    Softball (2 points)
    Women's team: 2 points
     
    Sport climbing (1 point)
    Men's combined: Sean McColl (1 point)
     
    Swimming (24 points)
    Women's 100m freestyle: 1 point combined
    Women's 200m freestyle: 1 point combined
    Women's 100m butterfly: Maggie McNeil (3 points)
    Women's 100m back: Kylie Masse (1 point)
    Women's 200m back: 1 point combined 
    Women's 200m breaststroke: Kelsey Wog (2 points) 
    Women's 200im: Sydney Pickrem (2 points)
    Women's 400im: Sydney Pickrem (2 points)
    Women's 400/800/1500: Summer McIntosh (1 point)
    All 3 women's relays: 9 points
    Mixed relay: 1 point 
     
    Taekwondo (2 points)
    Women's 57 kg: Skylar Park (2 points)

    Tennis (2 points)
    Women's doubles: Fernandez/Dabrowski (1 point)
    All other events: 1 point 
     
    Triathlon (2 points)
    Men's Tyler Mislawchuk (2 points)
     
    Volleyball (2 points)
    Women's: Pavan/Humana-Parades (2 points) 
     
    Weightlifting (5 points)
    Men's 96 kg: Boady Santavy (2 points)
    Women's 64 kg: Maude Charron (3 points)
     
    Wrestling (2 points)
    Women's 68 kg: Danielle Lappage (1 point)
    Women's 76 kg: Erica Wiebe (1 point)
     
    This is purely subjective! 105 points /3 = 35. Now I do not expect 35 medals, but an interesting way to look at it. 
     
     
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship 2021   
    Sweden's goal song has always been my favourite. Glad they're still using it after they stopped using it halfway through the world junior's. Also really like  Russia and  Slovakia's goal songs.
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship 2021   
    Fuck YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey IIHF World Championship 2021   
    Well, It is not all over. The IIHF size rink was always kinda advantage for Euro teams in the opening games against CAN & USA when coming with international hockey inexperienced rosters. that was always the same, + this year CAN did not played any exhibition game on such rink so yeah the covid pandemic also did not help you at all, but even if this roster is arguably very week (in comparison of what CAN can obviously field) they are sill some great level players and once they will be used to this size rink and conditions they may still be medal threats. Remember the tournament is still very long, this was only 1st game.
     
    Latvia played great match though + the fact no spectators were allowed helped them to not fall under some extra pressure, but in other hand maybe the opposite I believe would also work on their side, the young Canadians are not used to play in front of such fanatic fans jumping and shouting with drums the whole match
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2020 - 2021   
    The hell had frozen over ! Buffalo won after 18 consecutive losses last night against Philadelphia 6-1
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2020 - 2021   
    The Buffalo Sabres lost their 18th straight game on Monday tying the longest losing streak record. Losing 18 straight games is embarrassing enough but the most recent loss might be the worst since they blew a 3-0 lead heading into the 3rd period.
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to phelps in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2020 - 2021   
    just a bit over 2 hours to go!   
     
    here are the rosters for the opening game of each team...
     
    https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-opening-night-rosters-for-2020-21-season/c-320209828
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey IIHF Under 20 World Championship 2021   
    Team Canada
     
    https://hockeycanada.ca/en-ca/team-canada/men/junior/2020-21/world-championship/stats/team-rosters?teamid=175
     
     
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to phelps in Men's Ice Hockey IIHF Under 20 World Championship 2021   
    can't wait...
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to phelps in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    and so, we are already done with the new wild card format of the 2020 MLB Playoffs...
     
    here's the playoffs table (updated after the end of the WC Series, the LDS start on Monday)...
     
    MLB Playoffs 2020                                   American League World Series National League Wild Card Series   LDS   LCS   LCS   LDS   Wild Card Series                                   (1) Tampa Bay Rays, 2                               (1) L.A. Dodgers, 2 (8) Toronto Blue Jays, 0                               (8) Milwaukee Brewers, 0       (1) Tampa Bay Rays, 3                   (1) L.A. Dodgers, 3             (5) NY Yankees, 2                   (4) San Diego Padres, 0       (4) Cleveland Indians, 0                               (4) San Diego Padres, 2 (5) NY Yankees, 2                               (5) St.Louis Cardinals, 1             (1) Tampa Bay Rays, 4   (1) Tampa Bay Rays, 2   (1) L.A. Dodgers, 4                         (6) Houston Astros, 3   (1) L.A. Dodgers, 4   (2) Atlanta Braves, 3             (3) Minnesota Twins, 0                               (3) Chicago Cubs, 0 (6) Houston Astros, 2                               (6) Miami Marlins, 2       (6) Houston Astros, 3                   (6) Miami Marlins, 0             (2) Oakland A's, 1                   (2) Atlanta Braves, 3       (2) Oakland A's, 2                               (2) Atlanta Braves, 2 (7) Chicago White Sox, 1                               (7) Cincinnati Reds, 0                                   WC Series = Best-of-3 series; all games to be played on the field of the highest seeded team LDS = Best-of-5 series; all games to be played on neutral soil LDCS = Best-of-7 series; all games to be played on neutral soil World Series = Best-of-7 series; all games to be played on neutral soil
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to thepharoah in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2019 - 2020   
    Things are difinetely going crazy in Vancouver right now they just defeated the Stanley Cup Champions , i still remember this team posters on my classroom in Vancouver it'd be really nice if they reach the furthest point in these playoffs 
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to bmo in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    Excellent performance by our #1 draft pick from 2018. He goes out in the 5th inning (about 70 pitches). He gave up 3 runs including 1 solo HR. He started to come unraveled in the 5th, but was in command for the first 4 innings. He also recorded 7 strikeouts. Good stuff from Mize 
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from bmo in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    This just might be the stupidest unwritten rule I've ever seen. To add on to what @bmo was saying, a 7 run lead in baseball isn't necessarily a guaranteed win because this is a game where there is no clock. You should always try to help your team get runs when you can; not have sympathy for the other team and allowing them a chance to get back in the game.
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to bmo in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    I have no problem with what Tatis did. You don’t want him to hit a grand slam on a 3-0 count? Throw a better pitch or don’t throw 3 straight balls. You might only get one good pitch per at bat and you have to make the most of it. That is what Tatis did. 
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2019 - 2020   
    Absolutely unreal save by Carey Price!
     
     
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to hckošice in Men's Ice Hockey NHL 2019 - 2020   
    Brayden Point scored the winner for Tampa Bay at the 151th minute of the Eastern conference 1st round game 1 between the TB Lightnings and Columbus Blue Jackets (in other words the 11th minute of 5th Overtime) !!! meaning the match is now the 4th longest Play-Off match in NHL history
     
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from Monzanator in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    It's finally opening day! So let me get in on the predictions as well.
     
    A.L East
     
    x's mark playoff teams
     
    1. Yankees (x): Should be clear division favourites. Added arguably the best starting pitcher in Gerrit Cole to an already stacked lineup and bullpen.
    2. Rays (x): Very underrated starting rotation with a lot of promising youngsters. Offense isn't as dangerous but the pitching should help them lock up a wildcard spot. 
    3. Blue Jays: Obviously I'm biased here but I think they have what it takes to finish ahead of the Red Sox. I'm hoping their young stars in Guerrero, Biggio, Bichette and Gurriel take a big step this year and help them finish with a respectable record. Plus they completely revamped their starting rotation this offseason so that should help a lot too. Bullpen is still a big red flag though.
    4. Red Sox: Losing Mookie Betts and Chris Sale will definitely be a big blow for the team. Although the offense is still decent, the pitching does not look pretty at all.
    5. Orioles: Clearly still the worst team in the divison. Not many names jump out from their roster and the rebuild should still take at least a couple more years.
     
    A.L Central
    1. Indians (x): I believe the top 3 teams all have a shot to win the division. However, I picked the Indians because they have by far have the best pitching in the division. Alongside a superstar in Lindor, that should help them secure the division title.
    2. White Sox (x): Might be the most exciting team to watch this season. They feel like the braves from a couple of years ago. Clearly a team on the rise with young players like Robert, Jimenez, Moncada and Giolito. Plus they added guys like Grandal and Encarnacion to a already great lineup that's deep from 1-9. Starting rotation is also on the young side. A shortened season should help the White Sox a lot.
    3. Twins (x): I expect a bit of regression from the Twins this year. I don't think they'll maintain there crazy homerun pace that they relied so much upon last year. Pitching also isn't the greatest. 
    4. Royals: While they are still in rebuilding mode, they do have some players with upside in their lineup like Merrifield, Mondesi, Dozier and Soler. That should help improve their record and keep them out of last place in the division.
    5. Tigers: The rebuild is still in the beginning stages and won't finish this season.
     
    A.L. West
    1. Athletics (x): Always that team that on paper doesn't look but plays well when on the field. A very good all around team and I think they can get the job done and win the division.
    2. Astros (x): Definitely the deepest team in the division but I predict they cheating scandal will get to them and they will regress a bit.
    3. Angels (x):  Got a big boost to there offense this past off season and they have the best player in the game. That should help them improve this year and get in this year's expanded playoffs.
    4. Rangers: They've changed a lot over the past few years and are moving in the right direction but at the end of the day, don't believe they have as much depth and upside to contend with the top 3 teams in the division.
    5. Mariners: Not much to see here. Just started there rebuild last year and probably one of the candidates to finish last in the league.
     
    N.L. East
    1. Braves (x): Won the division last year and should still be favored to do so this year even with the defending champs in the division. Well rounded team with a elite young offense lead by arguably the game's biggest rising star and they improved their bullpen a lot this offseason with signing Smith and Melancon. Starting isn't as deep but Soroka is a good pitcher to have as an ace that is still very young.
    2. Nationals (x): Losing Anthony Rendon will hurt a bit but the offense still has superstars in Soto and Turner. They have arguably the best "top 3" in the league as well.
    3. Mets (x): Was debating between the Phillies and Mets at number 3 but ultimately decided to put the Mets here cause I think they have the slightly better roster. DeGrom is one of the best pitchers in the league and McNeil and Alonso lead a very good offense. 
    4. Phillies: See above
    5. Marlins: The only bad team in the division. It'll be really tough for them jump one of the other four teams.
     
    N.L. Central
    1. Reds (x): And here's where the controversy is. Every year, there's always one surprise team that makes the playoffs and sometimes wins the divsion too and the reds could be that team this year. The division is wide open and the Reds have arguably the best starting rotation in the division. They also added Castellanos, Moustakas and Akiyama to there already decent offense that had a guy with 49 home runs last year and the guy that's been best at getting on base for the past decade. The Reds should be one the teams that benefit from having a DH this year too. Combine all that and you get arguably the deepest team in the division. 
    2. Cardinals (x): A very well managed team that always finds a way to do well. They should be in the division hunt all year round with very good pitching and a more than capable offense.
    3. Cubs: The cubs have been disappointing the last few seasons and they didn't make many changes this off-season. Still a very good team and will be in the division hunt with it being wide open.
    4. Brewers: Still a very good team but aside from Yelich and an emerging player in Hiura, the offense doesn't really stand out all that much and their starting rotation wasn't that great to begin with. I'm predicting some regression.
    5. Pirates: Not the worst team in the league but on paper are definitely weaker than the four teams above them.
     
    N.L West
    1. Dodgers (x): Deepest team in the league. They have guys on their bench and starting rotation that would easily be starting at least 20 teams. Should easily win the division.
    2. Padres (x): Another young and exciting team. They made a lot of moves to bolster their offense this off-season and they have a great bullpen and underrated starting rotation. That should help them place 2nd in the division and land them a spot in the playoffs.
    3. Diamondbacks (x): A team that's solid at every aspect of the game. Could surprise some people this year and should contend for a playoff spot.
    4. Rockies: As always, playing at Coors Field will be a nightmare for there pitchers and I don't think the offense is that strong to overcome it.
    5. Giants: With Posey opting out, the Giants lose a valuable leader, one of their best players and their starting catcher. Also have a new manager as well so there should be a learning curve for the giants. Can't see them being higher than 4th in the division.
     
    Don't know the playoff format just yet so I'll just get into the CS's.
     
    ALCS: Yankees over Rays (4-2)
    NLCS: Dodgers over Braves (4-2)
    World Series: Dodgers over Yankees (4-3)
     
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from bmo in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    It's finally opening day! So let me get in on the predictions as well.
     
    A.L East
     
    x's mark playoff teams
     
    1. Yankees (x): Should be clear division favourites. Added arguably the best starting pitcher in Gerrit Cole to an already stacked lineup and bullpen.
    2. Rays (x): Very underrated starting rotation with a lot of promising youngsters. Offense isn't as dangerous but the pitching should help them lock up a wildcard spot. 
    3. Blue Jays: Obviously I'm biased here but I think they have what it takes to finish ahead of the Red Sox. I'm hoping their young stars in Guerrero, Biggio, Bichette and Gurriel take a big step this year and help them finish with a respectable record. Plus they completely revamped their starting rotation this offseason so that should help a lot too. Bullpen is still a big red flag though.
    4. Red Sox: Losing Mookie Betts and Chris Sale will definitely be a big blow for the team. Although the offense is still decent, the pitching does not look pretty at all.
    5. Orioles: Clearly still the worst team in the divison. Not many names jump out from their roster and the rebuild should still take at least a couple more years.
     
    A.L Central
    1. Indians (x): I believe the top 3 teams all have a shot to win the division. However, I picked the Indians because they have by far have the best pitching in the division. Alongside a superstar in Lindor, that should help them secure the division title.
    2. White Sox (x): Might be the most exciting team to watch this season. They feel like the braves from a couple of years ago. Clearly a team on the rise with young players like Robert, Jimenez, Moncada and Giolito. Plus they added guys like Grandal and Encarnacion to a already great lineup that's deep from 1-9. Starting rotation is also on the young side. A shortened season should help the White Sox a lot.
    3. Twins (x): I expect a bit of regression from the Twins this year. I don't think they'll maintain there crazy homerun pace that they relied so much upon last year. Pitching also isn't the greatest. 
    4. Royals: While they are still in rebuilding mode, they do have some players with upside in their lineup like Merrifield, Mondesi, Dozier and Soler. That should help improve their record and keep them out of last place in the division.
    5. Tigers: The rebuild is still in the beginning stages and won't finish this season.
     
    A.L. West
    1. Athletics (x): Always that team that on paper doesn't look but plays well when on the field. A very good all around team and I think they can get the job done and win the division.
    2. Astros (x): Definitely the deepest team in the division but I predict they cheating scandal will get to them and they will regress a bit.
    3. Angels (x):  Got a big boost to there offense this past off season and they have the best player in the game. That should help them improve this year and get in this year's expanded playoffs.
    4. Rangers: They've changed a lot over the past few years and are moving in the right direction but at the end of the day, don't believe they have as much depth and upside to contend with the top 3 teams in the division.
    5. Mariners: Not much to see here. Just started there rebuild last year and probably one of the candidates to finish last in the league.
     
    N.L. East
    1. Braves (x): Won the division last year and should still be favored to do so this year even with the defending champs in the division. Well rounded team with a elite young offense lead by arguably the game's biggest rising star and they improved their bullpen a lot this offseason with signing Smith and Melancon. Starting isn't as deep but Soroka is a good pitcher to have as an ace that is still very young.
    2. Nationals (x): Losing Anthony Rendon will hurt a bit but the offense still has superstars in Soto and Turner. They have arguably the best "top 3" in the league as well.
    3. Mets (x): Was debating between the Phillies and Mets at number 3 but ultimately decided to put the Mets here cause I think they have the slightly better roster. DeGrom is one of the best pitchers in the league and McNeil and Alonso lead a very good offense. 
    4. Phillies: See above
    5. Marlins: The only bad team in the division. It'll be really tough for them jump one of the other four teams.
     
    N.L. Central
    1. Reds (x): And here's where the controversy is. Every year, there's always one surprise team that makes the playoffs and sometimes wins the divsion too and the reds could be that team this year. The division is wide open and the Reds have arguably the best starting rotation in the division. They also added Castellanos, Moustakas and Akiyama to there already decent offense that had a guy with 49 home runs last year and the guy that's been best at getting on base for the past decade. The Reds should be one the teams that benefit from having a DH this year too. Combine all that and you get arguably the deepest team in the division. 
    2. Cardinals (x): A very well managed team that always finds a way to do well. They should be in the division hunt all year round with very good pitching and a more than capable offense.
    3. Cubs: The cubs have been disappointing the last few seasons and they didn't make many changes this off-season. Still a very good team and will be in the division hunt with it being wide open.
    4. Brewers: Still a very good team but aside from Yelich and an emerging player in Hiura, the offense doesn't really stand out all that much and their starting rotation wasn't that great to begin with. I'm predicting some regression.
    5. Pirates: Not the worst team in the league but on paper are definitely weaker than the four teams above them.
     
    N.L West
    1. Dodgers (x): Deepest team in the league. They have guys on their bench and starting rotation that would easily be starting at least 20 teams. Should easily win the division.
    2. Padres (x): Another young and exciting team. They made a lot of moves to bolster their offense this off-season and they have a great bullpen and underrated starting rotation. That should help them place 2nd in the division and land them a spot in the playoffs.
    3. Diamondbacks (x): A team that's solid at every aspect of the game. Could surprise some people this year and should contend for a playoff spot.
    4. Rockies: As always, playing at Coors Field will be a nightmare for there pitchers and I don't think the offense is that strong to overcome it.
    5. Giants: With Posey opting out, the Giants lose a valuable leader, one of their best players and their starting catcher. Also have a new manager as well so there should be a learning curve for the giants. Can't see them being higher than 4th in the division.
     
    Don't know the playoff format just yet so I'll just get into the CS's.
     
    ALCS: Yankees over Rays (4-2)
    NLCS: Dodgers over Braves (4-2)
    World Series: Dodgers over Yankees (4-3)
     
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    Here are my predictions:
     
    AL EAST
    Yankees
    Rays
    Red Sox
    Blue Jays
    Orioles
     
    AL CENTRAL
    Indians
    Twins
    White Sox
    Royals
    Tigers 
     
    AL WEST
    Astros
    Athletics
    Rangers
    Angels
    Mariners
     
    NL EAST
    Braves
    Nationals
    Mets
    Phillies
    Marlins
     
    NL CENTRAL
    Cardinals
    Brewers
    Cubs
    Reds
    Pirates
     
    NL WEST
    Dodgers
    Padres
    Diamondbacks
    Giants
    Rockies
     
    ALCS: Yankees def Astros
    NLCS: Dodgers def Braves
    World Series: Dodgers def Yankees
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    Topicmaster1010 reacted to phelps in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    my 2 cents...
     
    AL EAST
    Yankees
    Rays
    Blue Jays
    Red Sox
    Orioles
     
    AL CENTRAL
    Indians
    Twins
    White Sox
    Royals
    Tigers
     
    AL WEST
    Athletics
    Angels
    Astros
    Mariners
    Rangers
     
    NL EAST
    Nationals
    Phillies
    Braves
    Mets
    Marlins
     
    NL CENTRAL
    Cubs
    Brewers
    Cardinals
    Pirates
    Reds
     
    NL WEST
    Dodgers
    Diamondbacks
    Giants
    Padres
    Rockies
     
    ALCS: Yankees def Indians
    NLCS: Dodgers def Nationals
    World Series: Yankees def Dodgers...and yes, it's 100% scramantic  
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    Topicmaster1010 got a reaction from thepharoah in Men's Baseball MLB 2020   
    It's finally opening day! So let me get in on the predictions as well.
     
    A.L East
     
    x's mark playoff teams
     
    1. Yankees (x): Should be clear division favourites. Added arguably the best starting pitcher in Gerrit Cole to an already stacked lineup and bullpen.
    2. Rays (x): Very underrated starting rotation with a lot of promising youngsters. Offense isn't as dangerous but the pitching should help them lock up a wildcard spot. 
    3. Blue Jays: Obviously I'm biased here but I think they have what it takes to finish ahead of the Red Sox. I'm hoping their young stars in Guerrero, Biggio, Bichette and Gurriel take a big step this year and help them finish with a respectable record. Plus they completely revamped their starting rotation this offseason so that should help a lot too. Bullpen is still a big red flag though.
    4. Red Sox: Losing Mookie Betts and Chris Sale will definitely be a big blow for the team. Although the offense is still decent, the pitching does not look pretty at all.
    5. Orioles: Clearly still the worst team in the divison. Not many names jump out from their roster and the rebuild should still take at least a couple more years.
     
    A.L Central
    1. Indians (x): I believe the top 3 teams all have a shot to win the division. However, I picked the Indians because they have by far have the best pitching in the division. Alongside a superstar in Lindor, that should help them secure the division title.
    2. White Sox (x): Might be the most exciting team to watch this season. They feel like the braves from a couple of years ago. Clearly a team on the rise with young players like Robert, Jimenez, Moncada and Giolito. Plus they added guys like Grandal and Encarnacion to a already great lineup that's deep from 1-9. Starting rotation is also on the young side. A shortened season should help the White Sox a lot.
    3. Twins (x): I expect a bit of regression from the Twins this year. I don't think they'll maintain there crazy homerun pace that they relied so much upon last year. Pitching also isn't the greatest. 
    4. Royals: While they are still in rebuilding mode, they do have some players with upside in their lineup like Merrifield, Mondesi, Dozier and Soler. That should help improve their record and keep them out of last place in the division.
    5. Tigers: The rebuild is still in the beginning stages and won't finish this season.
     
    A.L. West
    1. Athletics (x): Always that team that on paper doesn't look but plays well when on the field. A very good all around team and I think they can get the job done and win the division.
    2. Astros (x): Definitely the deepest team in the division but I predict they cheating scandal will get to them and they will regress a bit.
    3. Angels (x):  Got a big boost to there offense this past off season and they have the best player in the game. That should help them improve this year and get in this year's expanded playoffs.
    4. Rangers: They've changed a lot over the past few years and are moving in the right direction but at the end of the day, don't believe they have as much depth and upside to contend with the top 3 teams in the division.
    5. Mariners: Not much to see here. Just started there rebuild last year and probably one of the candidates to finish last in the league.
     
    N.L. East
    1. Braves (x): Won the division last year and should still be favored to do so this year even with the defending champs in the division. Well rounded team with a elite young offense lead by arguably the game's biggest rising star and they improved their bullpen a lot this offseason with signing Smith and Melancon. Starting isn't as deep but Soroka is a good pitcher to have as an ace that is still very young.
    2. Nationals (x): Losing Anthony Rendon will hurt a bit but the offense still has superstars in Soto and Turner. They have arguably the best "top 3" in the league as well.
    3. Mets (x): Was debating between the Phillies and Mets at number 3 but ultimately decided to put the Mets here cause I think they have the slightly better roster. DeGrom is one of the best pitchers in the league and McNeil and Alonso lead a very good offense. 
    4. Phillies: See above
    5. Marlins: The only bad team in the division. It'll be really tough for them jump one of the other four teams.
     
    N.L. Central
    1. Reds (x): And here's where the controversy is. Every year, there's always one surprise team that makes the playoffs and sometimes wins the divsion too and the reds could be that team this year. The division is wide open and the Reds have arguably the best starting rotation in the division. They also added Castellanos, Moustakas and Akiyama to there already decent offense that had a guy with 49 home runs last year and the guy that's been best at getting on base for the past decade. The Reds should be one the teams that benefit from having a DH this year too. Combine all that and you get arguably the deepest team in the division. 
    2. Cardinals (x): A very well managed team that always finds a way to do well. They should be in the division hunt all year round with very good pitching and a more than capable offense.
    3. Cubs: The cubs have been disappointing the last few seasons and they didn't make many changes this off-season. Still a very good team and will be in the division hunt with it being wide open.
    4. Brewers: Still a very good team but aside from Yelich and an emerging player in Hiura, the offense doesn't really stand out all that much and their starting rotation wasn't that great to begin with. I'm predicting some regression.
    5. Pirates: Not the worst team in the league but on paper are definitely weaker than the four teams above them.
     
    N.L West
    1. Dodgers (x): Deepest team in the league. They have guys on their bench and starting rotation that would easily be starting at least 20 teams. Should easily win the division.
    2. Padres (x): Another young and exciting team. They made a lot of moves to bolster their offense this off-season and they have a great bullpen and underrated starting rotation. That should help them place 2nd in the division and land them a spot in the playoffs.
    3. Diamondbacks (x): A team that's solid at every aspect of the game. Could surprise some people this year and should contend for a playoff spot.
    4. Rockies: As always, playing at Coors Field will be a nightmare for there pitchers and I don't think the offense is that strong to overcome it.
    5. Giants: With Posey opting out, the Giants lose a valuable leader, one of their best players and their starting catcher. Also have a new manager as well so there should be a learning curve for the giants. Can't see them being higher than 4th in the division.
     
    Don't know the playoff format just yet so I'll just get into the CS's.
     
    ALCS: Yankees over Rays (4-2)
    NLCS: Dodgers over Braves (4-2)
    World Series: Dodgers over Yankees (4-3)
     
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