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Yency Almonte
Adbert Alzolay 
Michael Arias
Javier Assad
Ben Brown
Jose Cuas
Kyle Hendricks
Porter Hodge
* Shota Imanaga
Caleb Kilian
Mark Leiter Jr
* Luke Little
Julian Merryweather
Hector Neris 
Daniel Palencia
* Drew Smyly
* Justin Steele
Jameson Taillon
Keegan Thompson
Hayden Wesneski 
* Jordan Wicks

Colten Brewer 
Chris Clarke 
Carl Edwards Jr 
* Edwin Escobar 
* Richard Lovelady 
Sam McWilliams 
* Thomas Pannone 
Ethan Roberts 
Cam Sanders 
Riley Thompson 
* Brad Wieck 

Miguel Amaya
Yan Gomes

Jorge Alfaro 
Pablo Aliendo
Joe Hudson 
Haydn McGeary
* Bryce Windham

* Michael Busch 
Nico Hoerner
Nick Madrigal
* Miles Mastrobuoni
* Matt Mervis
Christopher Morel
Dansby Swanson
Luis Vazquez
Patrick Wisdom

David Bote 
Matt Shaw 
* Dominic Smith
Chase Strumpf 

Kevin Alcantara
* Cody Bellinger 
Alexander Canario
* Pete Crow-Armstrong
Brennen Davis
# Ian Happ
Seiya Suzuki
* Mike Tauchman 

* Owen Caissie  
* David Peralta

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Predicting the Divisions

Because it's fun to make myself look like a fool by the end of the year...


  1. New York Yankees
  2. Tampa Bay Rays
  3. Boston Red Sox
  4. Baltimore Orioles
  5. Toronto Blue Jays

The Yanks, Rays and Red Sox match-up pretty well in my opinion and I could see any of the 3 finishing at the top. All 3 teams have excellent rotations, with the Rays and Red Sox having the defensive advantage over the Yankees. BP is particularly optimistic about the Red Sox offense, but I'm having trouble going along with that projection. The Yanks might be getting older, but too much elite talent on the offensive side of the field for me to pick against them. But per usual, who can stay healthy will probably be the determining factor. Good news for the Cubs is Jason Frasor will still be available in about a month.


  1. Minnesota Twins
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Chicago White Sox
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Kansas City Royals

In this case, I see the top 4 teams as all having legit shots at the division. The Twins managed to win last year with a lot of injuries, so I'm giving them the nod with the optimistic assumption that they'll stay a little healthier and I like the signings of Orlando Hudson and Jim Thome. The loss of Joe Nathan will just mean an opportunity for another reliever to bump their payscale for next season and should be easily absorbed.  If Fausto Carmona pitches like he did in spring training and the 2007 season, along with a healthy Grady Sizemore and Travis Hafner, the Indians can stay in the hunt with a bunch of good youngsters. The White Sox have a good rotation, but the offense looks troubling. While I like the pick-up of Max Scherzer over Edwin Jackson, I see a big drop-off for Rick Porcello and Dontrelle Willis and Jeremy Bonderman look like they're done. But a few breaks here or there, health and which youngsters or vets have career years and any of those teams not named the Royals have a good shot.


  1. Texas Rangers
  2. Anaheim Angels
  3. Seattle Mariners
  4. Oakland Athletics

My least favorite division in baseball because it's such an advantage to have only 3 other teams to battle each year. I do hate picking against the Angels as they always seem to figure it out, even when it doesn't look like a strong team on paper. They did lose Guerrero, Lackey and Figgins and replaced them with Matsui, Pineiro, Wood. They'll need some youngsters to step up their games such as Aybar, Kendrick and Wood,  but I'm not sure I can doom them to last place like BP projections have them at. I do like the Rangers a little more, particularly their depth and a good number of major league ready prospects to fill in for injuries and under-performance if that strikes them. The Mariners for all their hoopla, don't have a lot of depth in their rotation after Cliff Lee and King Felix and that offense looks downright pathetic. The A's pitching should be pretty good, but Billy Beane can't seem to find the magic on offense since steroid testing was implemented.


  1. Tampa Bay Rays
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Cleveland Indians
  4. Chicago White Sox
  5. Anaheim Angels
  6. Seattle Mariners
  7. Detroit Tigers

I just assume whicever team finishes 2nd in the AL East will once again take the Wild card.


  1. Philadelphia Phillies
  2. Florida Marlins
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. New York Mets
  5. Washington Nationals

The Phillies are the class of the NL, although their starting pitching depth is a bit worrisome as is their bullpen. But they should slug their way to another division title. I think the Marlins, Braves and Mets are kind of bunched together in the second tier with the Nationals trailing the pack, although I do think the Nats break 70 wins this year. I kind of like the Marlins rotation and the depth behind it and they have some youngsters on the offensive side of the ball that could make huge leaps this year. Once again, health and career years (whether up or down) should make the difference between them and the Mets and Braves.


  1. St. Louis Cardinals
  2. Chicago Cubs
  3. Milwaukee Brewers
  4. Cincinnati Reds
  5. Houston Astros
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates

It pains me to pick the Cardinals, but they've been successful before with the formula of a few elite superstars surrounded by mediocrity. In the early part of the decade it was Rolen, Edmonds and Pujols, now it's Holliday, Pujols, Carpenter and Wainwright. Most of the projections have the Cubs around a .500 team and I think they'll be able to achieve the high end of the degree of error which is usually six games. The Brewers do have a good offense, and Randy Wolf and Doug Davis should help their pitching staff a little, but just not enough in my opinion and they don't have any real depth there if injury hits. It'll be a cold day in hell before I trust a Dusty team counting on youth to take them over the top. BP actually has the Astros second right now on their depth chart projections, but we're already seeing injuries to Berkman and Oswalt. I don't think they'll implode, and they always seem to do a little better than I expect, but it's gonna take a lot of good fortune for them to compete this year. The Pirates are still in rebuilding mode but getting ever closer.


  1. San Francisco Giants
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Colorado Rockies
  4. Arizona Diamondbacks
  5. San Diego Padres

I liked the top 4 teams, although Brandon Webb still seems damaged so I think it's now a 3-horse race. If Manny shows up to try and earn a new contract, I'd probably vault the Dodgers to the #1 spot although their rotation is pretty iffy after Billingsley and Kershaw and little depth to cover any misfortune. I like Jonathan Sanchez to take a big step forward this year for the Giants and just enough offense and defense to carry the Giants to a division title. The Rockies are certainly in the mix as well, but I have a hard time trusting their pitchers can keep it together for two years straight.


  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Florida Marlins
  4. Milwaukee Brewers
  5. Atlanta Braves
  6. Colorado Rockies
  7. New York Mets
  8. Cincinnati Reds

It's March, I'm optimistic as always.

I have to say, there are only 7 teams that I see that absolutely have no chance this year (A's, Royals, Orioles, Blue Jays, Nationals, Pirates and Padres). I certainly could envision scenarios for any of the other 23 teams to put things together and make playoff runs. There's a lot of hand-wringing about our Cubs and particularly their rotation, but if there's anything Hendry has proven over his tenure is that the Cubs know what they're doing with the rotation. The Cubs ERA by starters over the years.

  • 2009 - 3.71 (5th)
  • 2008 - 3.75 (1st)
  • 2007 - 4.19 (2nd)
  • 2006 - 5.19 (15th)
  • 2005 - 4.17 (8th)
  • 2004 - 3.72 (1st)
  • 2003 - 3.69 (2nd)

So if you're expecting catastrophic injuries to Dempster and Zambrano, maybe you should be worried like 2005 and 2006, otherwise they have a really good top four in my opinion and plenty of depth to overcome short-term injuries. The defense and offense are a little more troubling, but at the very least they should be in the race, whether it be the NL Central or the wild card.


Cleveland Indians?! Really? Interesting. I think you're underestimating the Reds. Dusty or not, this team is loaded with pitching.My projection: Cards Reds CUBS Milwaukee Asstrolls the Pitts Why? Because our bullpen, that's why. Be prepared for a lot of blown saves. I just hope we have a winning record and I know I'm the only one who wants Lou to stay another year. Jim Hendry doesn't count.

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In reply to by Mike Vail

Harang hasn't been good for 3 years now, Arroyo is mediocre, Volquez is out and Chapman is figuring out how to throw a strike. Maybe Cueto figures out how to throw strikes and Bailey can figure it out over a full season, but I'm just not that sold on them. And their offense is Votto and the hope that Bruce can put it together with some help from B. Phillips.

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In reply to by Rob G.

Harang has been "bad" for two of those years only because of no run support. He's been the hard-luck pitcher. It finally got to him mentally last year.This is a guy who is desperately needing a change of venue. He still has enough in his tank even if there is a possible injury behind his woes. They've got more pitching coming up and Dick Pole to guide them. Oh yeah, they ass-canned Dick.

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In reply to by Mike Vail

I should have said 2 years on Harang and his FIP numbers are 4.79 and 4.14 the last two years. He's not a waste of space, but his ace days are behind him imo (he had a poor spring training I believe as well). Don't see any more run support this year coming his way, although the defense should be better.

I think we have a good top 3, assuming Lilly comes back relatively OK, but I'm not sure Randy Wells doesn't struggle a lot more this year. Maybe not belly up, but nothing in his repertoire is fooling anyone. If Porcello is going to struggle, why not Wells?

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In reply to by Andrew

Wells will take a step back, although not as pronounced as I expect Porcello to, but I expect improvements from Z and Dempster to offset it. Lilly's a bigger wild card imo, had quite the career year last year along with the surgery. I'm not thrilled with Silva or anything, but don't see him being any worse than Marquis was as a Cub. He'll make his starts, keep you in most games, occasionally just stink up the joint so bad that everyone will want him cut. Gorz, Marshall, Ninja, Atkins, Diamond, J. Jackson, Cashner behind all of them if a short-term injury occurs.

That AL west is going to be brutal because I could see any 3 of them (Angels, M's and Rangers) winning it without winning 85 games. In the AL Central, I see the Wsox unfortunetly running away with it because they have four of the six best SP in that division, while their offense isnt that great its not like anybody else has a great offense in that division. The east and Wildcard I agree with your picks. Your NL picks are all what I would go with except for the Dodgers as the WC. My prediction for the WS champ this year is the Rays.

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In reply to by The E-Man

..and no Corey Patterson or Willie Taveras. Bruce will have to hit .280/.340/.470 not .223/.303/.470. Plus he only walked 38 times last year. Another victim of rushing prospects to the majors by the Reds. ie; Homer Bailey, Austin Kearns. I agree with Rob that Harang's best days are behind him...His record the past two seasons is 12-31 with a 4.50 ERA. Does that look like the numbers of an "ace"? He has battled various injuries ever since Baker pitched him four innings on three days rest in an 18-inning game against the San Diego Padres in '08. Rolen is now 67. Votto is a basketcase. The Reds need A LOT of help if they are going to contend...

Nice projections, although I'm a little more bullish on the Rockies, Braves and White Sox.

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In reply to by John Beasley

The Rockies finishing first, Braves second and White Sox first is all very reasonable, I don't see a big difference at all between the teams they're competing with. My tier rankings... AL EAST 1: Yanks, Rays, Red Sox 2: O's, Blue Jays AL CENTRAL 1: Twins, Indians, White Sox, Tigers 2: Royals AL WEST 1: Rangers, Angels, Mariners 2: A's NL EAST 1: Phillies 2: Marlins, Braves, Mets 3: Nationals NL CENTRAL 1: Cardinals 2: Cubs, Brewers, Reds 3: Astros 4: Pirates NL West 1: Giants, Dodgers, Rockies 2: D'Backs 3: Padres AL 1: Yanks, Rays, Red Sox (the best of the best) 2: Twins, Rangers, Angels, Mariners, Indians, White Sox, Tigers (Division/WC hunt) 3: A's, Royals, Orioles, Blue Jays (you need an opponent) someone in the AL East will likely get screwed NL 1: Phillies, Cardinals (the best of the best) 2: Cubs, Giants, Dodgers, Marlins, Brewers, Braves, Rockies, Mets, Reds (Division/WC hunt) 3: Astros, DBacks (if everything goes their way and goes against their opponents) 4: Nats, Pirates, Padres (you need an opponent) Nats almost make it to tier 3

I have to say, there are only 7 teams that I see that absolutely have no chance this year (A's, Royals, Orioles, Blue Jays, Nationals, Pirates and Padres).
Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like all your playoff picks had winning records last year. However, on average, at least one team that makes the playoffs had a losing record the year before. Given your list above, which of these teams (Arizona, Houston, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, NYMets, ChiSox, or Cleveland) is most likely to upset one of your picks and will they do it by winning the Division or get in as a wildcard?

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In reply to by navigator

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks like all your playoff picks had winning records last year. However, on average, at least one team that makes the playoffs had a losing record the year before. intriguing, on average meaning it happens every year or some years there are two and others 0? I would pick the Mets as the most likely to make a WC run, with the Indians and WSox in the running for the division.

Cubs will win 90 games. I did a nested analysis-of-variance (ANOVA) taking into account WARP, VORP, RISP, WHIP, earth tides and biorhythms. Then I threw it all out and settled on 90 since the Cubs will be better than last year (83 wins) and worse than 2008 (97 wins). Split the difference and call it 90. The biggest contingencies in the Cubs year will be the performance of (in order) Ramirez, Marmol, and Soto. The only way the Cubs challenge the Cards for the division is a disaster from one of their four key players (Pujols, Holliday, Carpenter, and Wainwright), or a partial disaster to two or more of them. Cubs will vie for the Wild Card but are likely to lose out to #2 team from either east or west. I figure Cubs have about 25% chance to make the playoffs, so I’d bet real money at 4:1 or higher. And I’ll try not to be so negative about Koyie Hill this year.

***Blatant Plug Warning*** I recently posted my predictions at Take a look if you're interested. I'm not quite as optimistic about the Rays as you are in the AL East. I see the Yanks winning the division with the Red Sox finishing second. I'm picking Boston to be the AL Wildcard winner. The AL Central could go to just about anyone. I'm not high on the Indians, but if things break right for them, they could compete. A lot of people really like the White Sox, although I am not one of them. I can't bring myself to not pick the Angels in the AL West. The Mariners are the hot pick currently, but I can't see it. Even in a relatively weak division, I see them as the second or third best team. Philadelphia is the team to beat in the NL East. I like Atlanta. I've been spending the past few weeks down there (I'm going to the game against the Cubs on Wednesday) and there seems to be an almost euphoric feeling among Braves fans about this season. I think I've caught it. I'm picking them to win the NL Wildcard The Cards are unfortunately the team to beat in the NL Central. I'm more optimistic about the Cubs than a lot of people, but I don't see them giving the Cards much of a challenge. Of course, as a good friend of mine is fond of saying, "You never know, catastrophic accidents do happen." I still think Milwaukee is the team that could challenge the Cubs for second place, not Cincinnati. In the NL West, I'm high on the Rockies because I do think their pitching can hold up (Sorry, Rob. The fact that we disagree pains me.). I wanted to pick SF for second, but the more I looked at them, the more I liked the Dodgers. Arizona will probably finish in fourth, but they still could have a winning record.

offense will be better w/ addition of two months of Aram & subtraction of six months of he-whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned; rotation @ least workmanlike; but the bullpen - yikes...

'no bullpen, no fly...' bob marley

tonight's game not televised, but a 2nd live OAK/SF game live is being televised. boo! tomorrow's day game on WGN.

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In reply to by crunch

if anything...they got the parking and mass transit correct when targeting a stadium location. 3 mixed mass transit stations within walking distance of the park and tons of parking areas around the park. the field itself is very ordinary/plain-looking, but it's not horrible. the non-premium seating looks a little cramped. there's not much imagination going on in the structure, itself, but it's not an eye sore. it walls off the rest of the city in a way that makes the people feel like the baseball field is it's own universe...which i find cool for the area it's in. field has an organ player rather than constantly pumping music through a PA (it's not 100% organ music, though). the park's awesome-factor is raised a notch. games on this weekend... (no cubs) Friday Cardinals at Twins, 6:10 p.m. Pirates at Phillies, 7:05 p.m. Dodgers at Angels, 10:05 p.m. Saturday Pirates at Phillies, 1:05 p.m. Red Sox at Nationals, 4:05 p.m. Sunday Mariners at Giants, 3:05 p.m

I mentioned in a comment above that I'll be attending the Cubs vs Braves game this next Wednesday. It's the second game of the season for both teams. I got the tickets this past week just by going to the Braves MLB site. I'm in the section directly behind home plate, 20 rows off the field. Can you imagine trying to get decent seats to the second home game of the season for the Cubs without having to pay an inflated price? I've spent the past few weeks in Atlanta. The fans seem genuinely excited about the team and the upcoming season. There's lots of talk about Jason Heyward and about the Braves winning it all in Bobby Cox' final season. Even so, the Braves have a horrible time selling out the stadium. Sad...

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In reply to by Sweet Lou

You don't have to remind me or the other Cubs fans who had zero problems landing tickets to Game 5 of the 2003 NLDS. In the upper deck, it was about 80 percent Cubs fans. That's why N. Carolina will never get a team despite its population - the south just can't put the butts in the seats.

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In reply to by John Beasley

I had a wonderful Atlanta experience at a Braves game. Mid-90's, I bought a ticket from a scalper for $15 a few rows above the the Braves wives. Ended up with the STH sitting next to me and we ended up becoming friends for a couple of years. He was a huge Cub/Wrigley fan, and a real baseball purist.

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In reply to by The E-Man

STH? I did the same thing in Atlanta, went up to box ask for best tix and they had two rows behind home plate open 15 minutes before game. Didn't buy, walked around parking lot and saw possibly the dumbest scalper in the world as he had in his hands a phone book thick pile of tickets. Five minutes before the game he took my $ 20 bill for two tickets 5 rows off the dugout.

I think it will look like this: NY Chicago WS Texas TB-Wild Card Braves Cubs Rockies Giants-Wild Card MVP AL: Evan Longoria MVP NL: Troy Tulawitske-spell check CY AL: Mark Buerhle CY NL: Ted Lilly Rookie AL: Austin Jackson Rookie NL: Tyler Colvin

Recent comments

  • George Altman (view)

    Well said, Crunch. Every point is spot on perfect. And even if Ricketts allowed Hoyer to go all the way to the next AAV Level ($257M), it's $4,000,000!! For one damn year. He's got $80M+ coming off next year. Wonder what Blake Snell on an opt out deal would do for Cubs playoff chances this yeat. It's absolutely maddening and I too am exhausted from fans defending billionaires. Just stop.

  • Childersb3 (view)

    AZ Phil, what do you think the chances are that Jed makes a trade before OD?

    MLB Network today and Chicago Radio have both speculated as recently as yesterday that Jed will make a sizable move.

    They spoke about Alonso still and Bieber from Cleveland. 

    Social Media thinks JD Davis from SF might work now (I think we have that RH/3B/DH spot covered though).

    I wouldn't mind a SP like Bieber (he's in his last year of his original deal). Hendricks scares me. He's not the ground ball guy he used to be. He'd be lucky to have a sub 5 ERA in my opinion. CLEV needs OF slug. Canario is available (not even going to think about ONKC, PCA or Jaquar here). Brennan Davis probably needs a new spot. Mervis could get a chance at their 1B gig opposite Naylor as their DH. Vazquez appears ready for a shot at MLB level ball. 


  • Arizona Phil (view)

    Here are the pitcher reports from Sunday's Guardians - Cubs game at Sloan Park: 

    FB: 86-88
    CH: 80-81
    SL: 79-80 
    CV: 74 
    COMMAND: Threw three innings and allowed three runs on five hits (three singles and two doubles), one walk, and a WP, and he struck out one (swinging)... one run scored in each of the three innings... command was off right from the gitgo (he hit two batters in the 1st inning!)... threw 52 pitches (33 strikes - six swing & miss - six foul balls) over the course of the three innings, so at least he got his pitch count up over 50 (he threw only 29 pitches in two innings of work in his first outing last Tuesday)...  

    FB: 90 
    SPLIT: 78-83 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single but then induced an F-7 and an inning-ending 6-4-3 DP... threw 10 pitches (but only five strikes - no swing & miss)... FB velo was down a tick from his last outing and split was a bit off (strike throwing on FB must be better than 50% to get swing & miss on splitter)... 

    FB: 94-95 
    CT: 89-91 
    SL: 85-87 
    COMMENT: Allowed a lead-off single on a 95-MPH FB on his sixth pitch of the AB, but then retired the next three men in a row (P-4, 5-3, K-swinging on a SL)... Needed 18 pitches to retire the side (12 strikes - five swing & miss, including three on SL, one on CT, and one on FB)... 

    FB: 96-98
    SL/CT: 88-90 
    CH: 86 
    COMMENT: Hurled a 1-2-3 6th inning (L-8, 6-3, P-6)... Threw only 50% strikes (12 pitches -six strikes - one swing & miss on a CH - two foul balls)...   

    FB: 93-94
    SL: 81-84
    COMMENT: 1-2-3 7th inning (4-3, K-swinging, 5-3)... 13-pitches (nine strikes - one swing & miss on SL - two foul balls)... FB has good velo but he doesn't get swing & miss with it, so he throws mainly his "plus" slider (which is his "go-to" strikeout pitch)... of all of the Cubs MLB ST LHRP contenders I have seen so far, Escobar is #1 (Luke Little's stuff is more electric, but he still has trouble commanding it and is clearly not MLB-ready)...    

    FB: 94-96
    CT: 91-92
    SL: 80-82 
    COMMENT: Pitched the 8th inning after the Cubs went ahead 4-3 in the bottom of the 7th... allowed a lead-off single on a 1-0 FB and a two-out single on a 1-0 CT, but he did manage to retire the side without allowing a run... struck out two (both swinging)... threw 19 pitches (11 strikes - five swing & miss - one foul ball)... stuff is plus but FB command comes & goes... 

    FB: 86-87
    SLOW CV: 67-68 
    COMMENT: Threw a 1-2-3 seven pitch (five strike) 9th (F-7, K-swinging on an 86 MPH FB, and F-9) to record the save... while he at one-time featured a mid-90's FB, a mid-80's SL, and a mid-70's CV, after enduring heart surgery in 2021 and TJS in 2022 the 6'8 250+ lefty has morphed into an EXTREME soft-tosser, complete with an "eephus" CV that would make Bill "Spaceman" Lee jealous... 

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Agreed, and with the way they've used him in the organization, I'd imagine he'd be fine with a mostly benchwarmer status; and at this point I don't know why Madrigal is still on the roster.......

  • crunch (view)

    you'd think a guy that could play 2nd and 3rd that has more pop than madrigal could at least get a shot at the team while they're busy paying him to be a multi-millionaire minor leaguer.

  • Finwe Noldaran (view)

    Are we able to orchestrate a giant nationwide conspiracy to convince Bote that all the games during the regular season are now also spring training games and don't count?

  • crunch (view)

    jebus...evidently it is ronnie woo woo.  i wish him health and happiness, but i've been over his main-character-syndrome for decades.

  • Dolorous Jon Lester (view)

    Fully agree with all of this too. Preach, crunch!

  • crunch (view)

    any time the wish-dot-com arizona version of ronnie woo woo feels like shutting up would be nice.

  • crunch (view)

    alzolay is f'n filthy...