2016 Opening Day 2.0 Live Blog
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Gary Guy Yeti
5:25
Does Tal's Hill still exist. It makes me cringe
Well-Beered Englishman
5:25
Bryce Harper got booed because Atlanta is a division rival, he's had success against them, and (bias here) Atlanta fans are jerks
craig
5:25
Randal Grichuk
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?@RGrich15

Just got asked if I was Dansby Swanson at dinner.. By a cardinals fan wearing a cardinals jersey!!!! #SMH #NeverSeenIt
3:42 PM - 9 Mar 2016
jon
5:26
Grichuk is one of the likeliest reverse comeback players. Unsustainable BABIP and ISO burst.
Craig Edwards
5:27
Problem isn't necessarily his BABIP regressing, but his contact. Has to strikeout less so when the BABIP goes down, he can make up for it by putting more balls in play. When he makes contact, it is hit hard. Very important yea for Grichuk.
mtsw
5:28
Any reason to suspect Rich Hill isn't in for some serious regression from his 4 starts in 2015?
Craig Edwards
5:28
He was Clayton Kershaw for four starts so it is not reasonable to think that will continue
John
5:28
Do you worry for Cole Hamels in the AL? He had a 3.80 FIP in his 80 innings with Texas last year and he's already given up two dingers to a Mariners lineup that's projected to be average.
Craig Edwards
5:29
I don't worry, but I doubt he'll contend for the Cy Young.
Otis
5:29
Adonis Garcia!!!!
Gary Guy Yeti
5:29
Prediction for a player you think might retire who is currently not really on the radar to call it quits
Craig Edwards
5:29
No idea.
BruceAlmighty
5:29
Do you think umpires expand the strike zone when Votto goes to bat? Seems like they penalize him for his reputation of trying to walk.
Craig Edwards
5:30
That would be interesting to find out. Not sure I buy it.
Hendu
5:30
Gameday says Ben Revere was taken out of the game. Injury?
P.J.
5:30
Dingers, Craig, Dingers!
Anonymous
5:30
Oddly enough, Rays surprisingly Devil Magic-free
Craig Edwards
5:31
There is plenty of magic in what Kiermaier does on defense
Trainman
5:31
Will VMart return to 2014 form? Can't be as bad as last year right?
Craig Edwards
5:32
2014 form is not going to happen. he's 37, although I would think he will be at least above replacement.
LJS
5:32
Why do my friends think the Angels are good? I love Trout and Simmons is interesting, but, is there really any hope that they have a window? I'm bitter and feel like they might as well trade Trout if they miss the playoffs this year.
Craig Edwards
5:34
I think they go back to spending next winter when they get some contracts off the books, especially if the luxury tax amount goes up. They aren't that far away, but if they want to get better have to do it outside the organization.
yadis middle finger
5:34
as a writer, is it difficult to separate fandom and objectivity?
Craig Edwards
5:35
it can be, although I am generally optimistic and choose to write about good things, and I want what it best for my team, which will often mean being just as critical if not more so
Bad Hermit
5:35
Josh Hamilton retirement.
The Brian
5:35
Adonis Garcia is probably a hall of famer, right?
Craig Edwards
5:35
with a name like that
Zorak
5:36
Who has the better season, Adonis or Socrates?
Craig Edwards
5:36
I will go Brito. Better all-around game.
Art Vandelay
5:36
Gameday having a very hard time identifying Felix's pitches. It's calling them all changeups.
Craig Edwards
5:37
He's having a hard time identifying the strike zone. Just walked in a batter
Anonymous
5:37
Bryce Harper has homered in 4 consecutive Opening Days. All-time record?
Doug Lampert
5:38
If Votto strikes out 5 times on opening day, will announcers stop claiming he walks too much.
Craig Edwards
5:38
No
they will never stop
John
5:38
Thoughts on Gregorson being named the closer over Giles?
Craig Edwards
5:39
mostly ambivalence. Not sure it will matter that much. They will both be used to get very important outs.
Ben
5:39
Given the usual calibre of pitching on display, would opening day not be one of the most likely days of the season to see a no-hitter/perfecto?
Craig Edwards
5:40
relative to other days perhaps, although I'm not sure if there is a weather component
Trainman
5:40
Loaded bags in Texas for Choo. Chance to do some damage
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