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Sherri

The Royals, similar to the Giants last year, are built around the idea of forcing you to beat yourself. Play good defense, put the ball in play, don't give away outs on either side, and just keep doing that. Having home ballparks that discourage power hitters push both teams in that direction, and it's been a successful strategy for the Giants, who have to be the weakest team on paper to have won 3 World Series in 5 years.

Michael Conforto looks like he's going to be a good one. I'm happy for him; he graduated a year ahead of my daughter from the local high school.

El Jefe

Murph's a good soul despite, well, his Murphitude, but on the grand scale he's in the wrong league: if he keeps growing at the plate a nice sinecure as a DH would suit him well.

Sherri is, to my mind, spot on about KC and SF (and, really, the Giants have thus perfected the kind of teams they sort of had in the late Eighties and early Nineties -- I still believe Matt Williams would've passed Maris without the strike, the exception who proved the rule -- and even those Sixties Giants teams my dad cheered on when he was in Berkeley.) I think more teams have *tried*, with often tragic results in the Series, to assume their starters were so great they'd solve everything regardless of how the rest went: Earl Weaver's Orioles and my eternally infuriating Braves in the Nineties (who did that too much esp with Maddux who was a Hall of Famer on paper but had a glass jaw in the postseason -- vivat Smoltz!) Of course, whatever was going on wrt Harvey in Game 5 the Braves actively, directly, and specifically lost two Series, '91 and '96, to specific decisions by that "domestic disturbance"-prone idiot Bobby Cox. Also the '93 Phillies come to mind (leaning too hard on the staff) Dykstra or no Dykstra.

You're very right about the Mets' future, I think. The '84 comparison you made somewhere is apt, they're just a few ingredients off of '86. And Grandy does seem like the kind of guy you can build a clubhouse around.

eRobin

I'm still not able to think on the Mets too much for any length of time. I think I'm over it and then I miss baseball so much that I get sad again. I'm worried about the off season and what Alderson will and won't do. One happy note - did you hear that the 7 Line Army will be in KC on opening day?

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