10 Teams in 10 Days: #10 Astoria Isotopes

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when I originally started formatting these they were the Springfield Isotopes and so fuck them…..

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Foreword:  The 10 Teams in 10 Days Series is meant to directly rip off whatever 30 teams in 30 days shit the MLB Network does, which was then ripped off by Mikey T for some sort of weird topics of discussion chat series, which is now being ripped off by me to give a little team preview for all of 2017’s participants.  THIS IS NOT A POWER RANKINGS of any kind, this is just me very lightly discussing each team’s roster as we prepare for this our first official dynasty season.  Teams will be previewed in reverse order of the “final standings,” which is a metric I like for last season because it for whatever reason gave the ‘Topes no credit for their late-season winning ways and has them last in final standings.  Let’s cover em now….

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KNOW YOUR OWNER!:  DISGRACED FORMER COMMISSIONER MIKEY T! Mikey T enjoys bow ties and selfies and making us all uncomfortable with certain things he says or does and nearly managing the league INTO THE FUCKING GROUND for years and years and years. JK he did fine as commish. As a team is maybe another story; about 75% of the way through the 2016 season the ‘Topes had a 4-9-3 record and were ALOTTA FUN to make fun of, and then Mikey T displayed some WINNIN’ EXPERIENCE (“all time wins mehhhh”) and ripped off 4 straight wins to close out the year. SURELY the ‘Topes will be looking to build upon that momentum and some solid offseason wheelings and dealings in order to return to the playoffs in 2017, where they usually lose. Also Mikey T enjoys show tunes and hates dogs. BEST OF LUCK TO MIKEY T IN THE UPCOMING SEASON!

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KEY ADDITIONS!:  SS/2B Jean Segura,  SP Jose Quintana, 1B Wil Myers, LF Khris Davis

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KEY SUBTRACTIONS!:  1B Freddie Freeman, 3B Evan Longoria

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THE LINEUP!:  This lineup may have gotten a little younger in a few spots but it still flows through the ageless Miggy Cabrera, fresh off a 38 HR 108 RBI (.393 OBP) season. Robby Cano is still here as well, rebounding from a “meh” 2015 season to contribute 39 HRs, 107 Rs, 103 RBIs in 2016 (.350 OBP). This lineup still mostly goes as far as these two aging elites can take it, but the ‘Topes have also done a good job of sprinkling in some youth around them. They will be hoping that Jean Segura and Wil Myers can build off their breakout 2016 seasons, and perhaps that Manuel Margot is capable of a breakout of his own. Khris Davis should continue to provide power, Charlie Blackmon should provide both power AND speed, and the quartet of Lorenzo Cain, Mike Napoli, Adrian Gonzalez, and Dustin Pedroia probably won’t provide much of anything.  I like LoCain, but he really had one good season and one okay season and now he’s 31. Fuck Dustin Pedroia.

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THE ROTATION!:  Jose Quintana is an excellent addition as he has been a quietly dominant source of QS in this league FOR YEARS I tell you. Beyond that, this rotation ehhhhhhh. The ‘Topes will be looking to ride Cole Hamels until the wheels fall off, tough to say when that will occur as he remained pretty damn solid despite the hitter-friendly home park in Texas last season.  Dallas Keuchel regressed sharply from his brilliant 2015 campaign but should be due for a bit of a rebound, as his true talent likely lies somewhere in the middle. The rest of the rotation is made up of two one AL East starters that aren’t isn’t nearly as good as their his 2016 surface stats suggested (JA Happ, Chris Tillmanand two young starters with loads of potential (Blake Snell, Jose Berrios). Berrios struggled mightily last season, while Snell already looked to be a gem albeit a gem that will need to work on trimming the walks and working later into games going forward (5.16 B/9 in ’16, worst among starters with a min. of 80 IP). Nats prospect Erick Fedde could debut at some point after the All Star Break but NO SOONER, he’s not even on the 40 man yet.

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THE BULLPEN!:  Springfield did good picking up Mark Melancon from the 3EF, as he will likely save a good amount of games for the Giants and strike out an okay amount of batters.  Craig Kimbrel is likely to save even moreee games and strike out even moreeee batters. Beyond that you have a mixed bag.  Jeanmar Gomez and Adam Ottavino both seem like they are placeholders for their respective closing gigs, SAME WITH OLD ASS Jim Johnson, with Ottavino being the more talented of the trio and thus the more likely to contribute for the ‘Topes regardless of role. The real wildcard is David Phelps, who is once again slated to work as an SP-eligible reliever for the Marlins in 2017. If he ends up in high leverage situations with holds or saves opportunities he will be a great asset to the Isotopes, if he ends up as a long reliever he will be significantly less valuable. Early indications are that he will work as the former but time shall tell.

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THE OUTLOOK!:  The ‘Topes have quietly done a helluva job with a lot of their moves this offseason, however to me they still have the look of a team with not quite enough on either side of the proverbial ball. A reliance on AGING names over production in some spots might haunt them in a few early season matchups, and even if they cut bait with some of the vets and continue to make strong trades they might find themselves running out of weeks to right the ship…… a la 2016.

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SEAN’S PREDICTION!:  9-9, 8th place.

 

 

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10 Teams in 10 Days: #10 Astoria Isotopes

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