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Zonk
12:14
If you are the Cubs, who are you pulling for on Thursday? and why?
Dave Cameron
12:15
Probably the Nationals. Strasburg sounds like he's out for the playoffs now, and Ross looks kind of broken still. I'd rather try to beat Roark/Gio/? than what the Cubs can throw, even if you think Scherzer/Lester is a push at the top of the rotation.
Rene Tosoni
12:15
How do contracts for old rookies work? Does Ryan Schimpf still need 6 years of service time before hitting free agency?
Dave Cameron
12:15
Yep.
Joe Orsulak
12:16
What's your view on Dusty Baker leaving Blake Treinen in to face Utley in the 8th inning? Especially with Seager coming up next, why not bring in Solis?
Dave Cameron
12:16
Solis threw 35 pitches the night before.
The Lure of the Animal
12:16
I know you believe that much of a manager's value lies off the field, but can you name a manager who was/is just plain bad at his job?
Dave Cameron
12:16
Well Ryne Sandberg seemed to be both bad at strategy and his players hated him.
outraged reds fan
12:17
I was watching the post game of cubs giants and a talking head said the giants had the worst bullpen in baseball! How dare they forget us and misassign our crown!
Dave Cameron
12:17
The Giants bullpen wasn't even really objectively bad; it was just incredibly unclutch. They were fine when the game wasn't on the line and a disaster when it was.
HVC
12:18
It is only day 3 of 10 but contract crowdsourcing is really hammering home how weak this free agent class is. I believe that the highest I have gone thus far is 3/63 for Ian Desmond and even that felt like a stretch.
Dave Cameron
12:18
Yeah, this free agent crop is atrocious.
Prich
12:18
Tomorrow basically a coin-flip? Dodgers 1-25 advantage mitigated by the Nats' home-field and having the 'better' starter?
Dave Cameron
12:18
Nats probably the favorite.
Corey
12:19
Which match-up would you have preferred if you were Bochy; Coghlan v Romo or Smith v Contreras?
Dave Cameron
12:19
Smith vs Contreras.
Drew
12:20
Thoughts on the health study recently published saying most MLB players are overweight/obese? Seems ridiculous to me.
Dave Cameron
12:20
It was the dumbest "study" I've ever seen.
Jeff
12:20
Dave, your projections give Toronto at 58% chance of advancing. Does 58-42 feel about right for you in that series?
Dave Cameron
12:21
I'd probably go more like 55-45, but somewhere in there. Toronto is the better team, I think.
Dan
12:21
Baez gets more playing time by moving Zobrist and Kris to OF more regularly and having Baez play even MORE of an INF rover
Dave Cameron
12:22
Except they keep saying they're going to play Schwarber in LF next year, and they'll still have Heyward/Soler around. Not going to be easy to just move Zobrist/Bryant to OF.
weezy
12:23
Had lots of texts from folks saying Bochy should have left Moore in for the 9th last night. That's revisionist history, right? 120 pitches for a meh 4th starter is already pushing it.
Dave Cameron
12:23
Yeah, no reason to leave Moore in. If you want to trust a lefty to go after Bryant/Rizzo/Zobrist, Smith was the guy to trust. Better than Moore, not tired, and hadn't been faced yet.
Jack C.
12:24
You mentioned Roberts left Kershaw in too long (agreed). But when he went out to the mound initially, Kershaw wouldn't even look at him. He was going to stay in the game no matter what. Doesn't that put Roberts in a very difficult position? If he pulled him, the baseball world would have lost its' collective mind - especially if any runs crossed home plate. I'm not faulting Kershaw for wanting to be in the game, but did Roberts even have a choice?
Dave Cameron
12:24
The manager is paid to make that call. Part of his job is to keep players happy enough even as he makes unpopular decisions.
Dan
12:25
Dex accept QO? He's like 4/60-ish on open market, but obviously loves Cubs and the team.
Dave Cameron
12:25
Don't think he'll take it, not coming off that year in this free agent class.
Slew
12:26
Does Cleveland extend the QO to Napoli? What's he worth on the open market? (Are the HRs enough, or will buyers look past that?)
Dave Cameron
12:26
Can't imagine he'd get $17M on open market, so no.
Drew Carey
12:27
wait a sec, you just stated that Roberts kept Kershaw in too long and that Showalter was incorrect for not using Britton, but in-game management is overrated? That doesn't jibe.
Dave Cameron
12:27
You can believe that in-game decisions can be incorrect without thinking the magnitude of those decisions is as large as people think.
Bus
12:27
Do the Jays offer Bautista the QO regardless of how he does the rest of the playoffs?
Dave Cameron
12:28
Yes, it's an obvious call.
EC
12:29
Could Nats keep Melancon? Been looking for a closer for god knows how long and it's nice to see some stability at the back end of the pen.
Dave Cameron
12:29
Doubt they'll want to pay market price for him.
Nate
12:30
I hear a lot about players from different teams working out together in the off season and even helping each other with new pitches, etc. Do any organizations frown on this or limit whom players can work out with?
Dave Cameron
12:30
Nope. That probably wouldn't even be legal.
Well-Beered Englishman
12:30
Do you agree with the growing consensus that the Rangers' window is closing or closed?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Depends on what they do this winter, but they're in a tough spot. If they can get Darvish to re-sign at a below-market extension before FA and find a few undervalued pieces, they could keep contending, but if they go the wrong direction next year and then lose Darvish as an FA, they're in trouble.
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