2016 Opening Night Live Blog
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Dave Cameron
8:30
Happy Opening Night everyone.
And welcome back, baseball.
CamdenWarehouse
8:32
Player/Team is on pace for impossible amount of stat for the year!!!
Dave Cameron
8:32
Chris Archer's ~400 strikeouts seems perfectly attainable.
Andrew
8:32
Something I haven't seem mentioned is that I don't really see any impact SPs being available at the deadline a la Price/Cueto/Hamels. Am I missing anyone or will it be more difficult for a team to upgrade their pitching during the season than it's been in recent years?
Dave Cameron
8:33
Tyson Ross is pretty good.
And I wouldn't entirely rule out Grinke being available if the D'Backs season goes off the rails.
iHateKennyWilliams
8:33
Who is the most important player this year for the Royals?
Dave Cameron
8:33
Lorenzo Cain, probably. If he can keep being a +6 win player, that's a huge benefit. The projections still aren't totally buying in.
JKJr.
8:34
Ballgames all day long, a few cups of coffee and some Fangraphs. What more could I need? What a great day. Thanks for doing this, Dave.
Dave Cameron
8:34
Thanks for joining us! These things are always a blast.
Bad Hermit
8:35
Has it ever been discussed to make these live blogs a more frequent occasion? And by that I don't mean to have two seasons per year.
Dave Cameron
8:36
Well, they're a lot of work. We're talking a ~4 hour time commitment, so doing it for just some random Tuesday night regular season game isn't always a great idea. Plus, you want to have a critical mass of people watching the game, and that's generally the case only for things like Opening Night, the All-Star Game, and the Playoffs.
Jack Elliott
8:36
You don't think the DBacks would keep Greinke long term to pair with Golden is in his prime?
Dave Cameron
8:37
Well, the goes-off-the-rails scenario would have to be extreme enough to help convince them that they aren't as good as they think. I'm not talking about a .500 finish where they say "if we just had Pollock..." I'm talking a disaster first half where they maybe see that they have some real flaws.
Ryan
8:38
So who gets thrown at, and when?
Dave Cameron
8:38
I'd imagine it will be in the middle of the game, when Volquez is already about to come out anyway. They're not going to risk getting him ejected in the first few innings I don't think.
Alright, game time!
8:39
As a reminder, this will be a little less Q&A than just us following the game together, so don't get mad if I don't answer your question.
8:40
Medoza talks about the front-door two-seam, and then Volquez throws it again.
She's good at this broadcasting thing.
LJS
8:41
I'm so pleased they are giving Mendoza a real chance
Max
8:43
Volquez is wearing the wrong hat! Is there some kind of penalty for that?
Dave Cameron
8:44
He has to watch some alternate broadcast with John Kruk calling play by play later.
Guest
8:45
Polanco signed a five year extension today
Dave Cameron
8:45
I haven't seen this reported. Source?
The Dude of NY
8:45
Jeff Passan said so.
Dave Cameron
8:45
Ah, okay. Hopefully for Polanco, he got a better deal than Marte.
Dave Cameron
8:47
That sounds reasonable-ish depending on how much the option years are for.
Kimball
8:47
Esky magic time
Woj
8:48
Alcides Escobar first-pitch groundout to the surprise of absolutely nobodoy
Trainman
8:48
Well 1 pitch again but this time a simple grounder
Woj
8:49
Ohhh Cespedes...
?
8:49
Lol
Tom
8:49
Do outfielders not catch line drives anymore?
Who_Is_Zorbist?
8:49
Cespidarn
Cousin Mose
8:50
Also love her ripping on Cespedes' fundamentals.
Mike Oxlong
8:50
At least he didn't stand there and wait for CB Bucknor to come look at it
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