Chat with MLBTR's Steve Adams 8/11/20
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Steve Adams
3:11
Greetings world. Let's get this week's chat underway.
Andre
3:11
Any thoughts on if Carlson is going to get a call soon with Lane Thomas getting shut down with Covid? Predictions on his line this year and potential player comp long term?
Steve Adams
3:12
I have a hard time believing Carlson wouldn't be up already by now were it not for the team's schedule getting blown up by their Covid outbreak. Thomas and Dean testing positive only gives him more of a chance at the MLB level, but I don't think anyone realistically knows when the Cardinals will be back on the field right now. I would think Carlson plays in the majority of whatever they're able to play from here on out.
Mike Elias
3:12
Hey should i shop Cobb?
Steve Adams
3:13
Of course, but even though he's pitched well in a handful of starts this year, Cobb isn't going to get any kind of real return. And the Orioles will still need to eat the majority of his salary.
(Elias = Orioles' GM, by the way)
Danny
3:14
Could MLB teams hypothetically leave 60-man spots available to add prospects they have agreed to trade to another team this trade deadline to kind of get around the rule that only players on the 60-man can get dealt?
Steve Adams
3:16
They don't need to leave them open, really. They could easily just release a veteran they've got at the alternate site for depth. The Braves, for instance, could just release Chris Rusin and/or Jhoulys Chacin, add a prospect(s), and then include said prospect(s) in a trade for a starter.

To your broader question, I do think there'll be some prospects added to 60-man pools solely to be traded.
Tim
3:16
In 7 inning games,  should the pitcher get credit for a win if he goes 4 innings?
Steve Adams
3:17
That should be the case in any game. If you're the pitcher who shouldered the workload, you can get the win. It's always been asinine to me that someone can throw 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball, go sit down because of a 2-hour rain delay, and then watch a reliever who throws two pitches to close out the fifth once the rain stops get his win.
Wins are about the most useless and least informative stat in baseball anyway, so I'd be fine just doing away with them entirely.
Mariners4life
3:18
Is Kyle Lewis for real?  And how about those young Mariner's pitchers?
Steve Adams
3:22
Not to this extent he's not. He's had more than half the balls he's put into play this season go for hits and a third of his fly-balls go for home runs. Neither is sustainable.

But I believe there's above-average power there with passable on-base skills. Strikeouts seem likely to be an issue, but I think he can be an everyday corner option for them for the foreseeable future, yeah.
YardGoat
3:24
What Pirates players are interesting to target this year for contending teams? Really only see Frazier on the infield and then maybe Stratton and Kela out for relievers
Steve Adams
3:28
I doubt Stratton generates all that much interest. His pre-2020 track record is pretty dismal, and while he's throwing a bit harder this year and upping his slider usage, nine innings isn't a ton to go off. Then again, like four relief appearances from Drew Pomeranz last year was enough for the Brewers to give up Dubon, so it's possible.

Musgrove is still the Pirates' best chip, even after the Twins clobbered him last time out. Two and a half years of a solid mid-rotation arm has value.
Utility Stan
3:28
With the Twins trade for Ildemaro Vargas, is Ehire Adrianza on his way out the door?
Steve Adams
3:29
Could be the case. He's a free agent at season's end anyhow, and Vargas has more upside at the plate. They could carry both, though, and then look at Vargas as a replacement for Adrianza in 2021 and beyond.
Gio Gonzalez
3:29
Start me against the 9-5 Tigers tonight?
Steve Adams
3:29
In fantasy? I wouldn't start Gio against anyone.
3:30
If you're asking about the White Sox themselves, that seems to be the plan, yes.
Alex
3:30
What does Super Two status mean?
Steve Adams
3:31
It's the term used to designate the top 22 percent of players (in terms of total service time) with more than two but less than three years of service. Super Two players are eligible for arbitration four times instead of three
3:32
Kris Bryant is a good example. The Cubs blatantly manipulated his service, keeping in Triple-A until the first day he'd have fallen shy of a full year of service as a rookie. So even though Bryant spent almost that entire year with the Cubs, he accrued 171 days of MLB service -- one day shy of a full year.
3:33
That essentially makes him controllable for seven years rather than six. But because he's at the top of the list of players with service time in his class, he was arb-eligible a year early, when he had two years, 171 days of MLB service.
*Most* players aren't eligible for arbitration until they get three years.
Steven
3:33
Why won't the D'backs give Kevin Cron a chance?
Steve Adams
3:34
Seems like they're giving Jake Lamb and his contract one last chance. I imagine Lamb will eventually be cut, Walker given 1B full time and Cron given DH mostly full time.
Which is too bad ... I really liked Lamb as a player before the multiple shoulder injuries just decimated his career.
Bill Murray
3:35
If you could only pick 1 to have on your team... Vlad jr, Bo Bichette, Jo Adell, Jesus Lazardo
Steve Adams
3:35
Bichette. Pitchers break more often. Corner bats are easier to come by than shortstops.
Play the cards
3:35
So, how many games the Cardinals will actually play this season?
Steve Adams
3:36
I don't think even the Cardinals themselves or Rob Manfred know the answer to that. My guess at this point is fewer than 60 though.
RM
3:36
How do the Mets salvage this rotation? Adding Gsellman or Lugo weakens the one, but there other internal options aren’t exactly appealing.
Steve Adams
3:37
I personally think it's beyond saving, but that doesn't mean they won't try. This may be the Wilpon's last year owning the team so no point in them signing off on a sale. They'll probably make some ill-advised "go-for-it" moves, but I don't see how this team is going to really contend.
Play the cards
3:39
Make it a poll
Steve Adams
3:39
Hmm
I tried to insert the poll
Not showing up? Weird. Let me refresh and try again
How many games will the Cardinals play in 2020?

All 60 of them (4% | 14 votes)
 
55 to 59 (11.8% | 41 votes)
 
45 to 54 (50.9% | 177 votes)
 
30 to 44 (19.3% | 67 votes)
 
5 to 29 (7.2% | 25 votes)
 
They're done at 5. It's over. (6.9% | 24 votes)
 

Total Votes: 348
There we go.
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