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Dave Cameron
12:23
Because he's not? I love watching Baez as much as everyone else, but being able to do the spectacular doesn't automatically make him better at making all the plays that Russell can also make.
Erik
12:23
How would you rank the three dominant relievers left in the playoffs right now, Miller, Jansen, and Chapman?
Dave Cameron
12:23
Probably in that order.
12:24
Maybe Chapman ahead of Jansen, but his command problems are a little concerning sometimes.
Clayton Kershaw
12:24
How many innings are you expecting from Julio Urias?
Dave Cameron
12:24
4.
Zonk
12:24
What should the Nats do at catcher this offseason, given their contention window? Is McCann a good fit for them?
Dave Cameron
12:25
I would assume Ramos will take a one year, incentive laden deal from them in order to rebuild his value and try to get a big deal next winter. So they'll probably need a guy who could start for a few months, then backup Ramos down the stretch. They might be okay with Lobaton in that role.
Ronnie
12:25
Who gets more money this offseason, Kenley or Aroldis? Any chance one enterprising team signs both?
Dave Cameron
12:25
Chapman gets more money. No draft pick attached, throws harder.
Joe
12:26
Isn't the "Cubs can't hit in the playoffs" narrative extremely lazy? So far, they've faced 3 Cy Young candidates (Kershaw, Cueto, Bumgarner), a fourth pitcher who would've been a Cy Young candidate if he'd been healthy enough to throw 50 more innings (Hill), one of the top closers in the game (Jansen) and an inconsistent pitcher with tons of raw talent who threw maybe the best game of his career in the NLDS (Moore). When they have faced Samardzija, Maeda, and the non-Jansen parts of the bullpens, they've been fine.
Dave Cameron
12:26
Yeah, it's exceptionally lazy.
12:27
The Cubs are a great team. They're playing another great team. They're down 2-1 in a series in which they've been outscored by, what, two runs?
Crusty Juggler
12:27
The playoffs have been incredibly fun so far.
Dave Cameron
12:28
Agreed. Far more interesting than some other years.
Baloo
12:28
Re: The slide/tag issue, maybe this has already been suggested, but could a solution be to make only the moment-of-contact of a tag produce an out? This way the fielder cannot just hold his glove on the runner with the hope that he accidentally leaves the bag for a split-second, and off the top of my head, shouldn't have any other negative side effects.
Dave Cameron
12:28
That's an interesting idea. Essentially you're telling the fielder you get one shot at tagging the guy out.
Erik
12:29
How detrimental would it be to use Miller the way he's being used in the playoffs for the entire regular season? He's pitched 9 innings in the Indians' 7 playoff games, which would translate to 208 innings over a full season, placing him tied for 10th on this year's IP leaderboard. Hardly an unreasonable amount for a major league pitcher. But would distributing a starter's workload in this way be possible? Could you see it happening in the near future?
Dave Cameron
12:29
There's a big difference between throwing 208 IP in relief versus 208 as a starter.
Bullpen playoff usage isn't sustainable in the regular season.
Matt
12:29
How can the Cubs fix themselves before tonight?
Dave Cameron
12:30
1. Don't let the Dodgers start Kershaw or Hill.
Prich
12:30
JF is obviously treating this game as a Game 7, but with an off day tomorrow, should Francona also be willing to put extra strain on the bullpen? It gets a bit tricky with how much they pitched in Game 3, no..?
Dave Cameron
12:31
I would think that if Merritt keeps it close through 4, Miller/Allen should get six outs each, and then you figure out the 9th if you have a lead.
Jim Lonborg
12:32
Should we be concerned about an anti-analytic shift in the Red Sox front office?
Dave Cameron
12:32
Yeah, I would be if I was a Boston fan. It's not like Dombrowski is purging the staff of the analytics guys or anything, but the fact that so many of them are getting out when they have the chance probably says something about how much they feel like their voice is carrying weight under this regime.
Erik
12:33
What is more likely: 1) There happen to be a few dominant relievers in the game right now who were originally miscast as back of the rotation starters (Miller, Davis, etc.) but this is just a small sample size blip, or 2) Many/most back of the rotation starters would actually make dominant relievers?
Dave Cameron
12:34
I think there's some overlap in the two groups; guys who are back-end starters because they lack a good pitch to get opposite hand hitters out or because they struggle the third time through the order would all likely be able to do well in relief. The back-end starters who throw 88 and don't have an outpitch wouldn't get as big a boost.
Rick Hahn
12:35
Sale for Urias/Austin Barnes/De Leon?
Dave Cameron
12:35
The Dodgers wouldn't do that. Urias and Sale are probably not that far apart in trade value at this point.
Nick
12:36
How badly would Merritt need to get hit in order for the Indians to raise the white flag and keep
Dave Cameron
12:36
If he gives up 5 in the first inning, they might just tell him to wear it and punt today.
The A Train
12:37
If Andrew Miller keeps being Andrew Miller in the World Series (of course, assuming the Indians make it), do you think he'd have a shot at WS MVP?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Yep.
JD Blue
12:37
What should the Angels do this offseason? They are projected for 36 WAR, not far behind HOU at 39, but they still seem bad
Dave Cameron
12:37
That projection seems awfully optimistic to me.
Kendall
12:38
What do you expect out of Urias today? Would you start Kershaw tomorrow, or given workload so far, save him for a G6 either way (*if necessary* -- can't believe I'm saying that)?
Dave Cameron
12:38
If you're down 3-1, you probably start Kershaw tomorrow so tha the has some chance of also pitching in relief in game 7. If it's 2-2, give him the full rest start.
Frank
12:38
Can Hosmer's ground ball rate be fixed? A guy as talented as Hosmer should be performing much better than this... right?
Dave Cameron
12:39
Maybe he's just not as talented as people think? He's a middling power first baseman.
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