I’m just a guy groaning on a Toto S300e, but these past Daily Notes seem awfully repetitive– same TOC, virtually identical Standings, and writes-itself-Stats.
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Do you think the U.S. team is better than the Nationals? I do. They have legit superstars at LF, RF, C, and 3B, and what I’d call “stars” at CF, 2B, and 1B (assuming we are still counting Teixeira returning from injury). Rollins is still an above average player, and the bench includes Zobrist and Victorino. Sure, their rotation is a little weak, but considering it has two Nationals, it can’t be that much worse than the Nats (compare Stras and Dickey and Vogelsong and Zimmermann), but the bullpen is superb.
100 is generally an optimistic number, but a lot of people are calling the Nats an over/under 95 win team, and I can’t see how you can believe the U.S. team is not better than them.
I believe they have a much better player at 5/8 positions (LF, RF, C, SS, 2B), and similar players at the other 3, as well as obviously a much better bench, and the Nationals only have a slightly better pitcher in the 1 and 3 spots, and the U.S. bullpen is clearly better.
I’d say pessimistic. I’d put this roster at 110 wins. That starting lineup by itself is worth 40 WAR, which will get you into the 85-90 win range. Add on a few more from the bench, an above average starting rotation and easily the best bullpen in the league.