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Dave Cameron
12:20
You didn't even mention Ryan Zimmerman.
fake news
12:21
How did Alex Bregman lose his ability to hit more flyballs than groundballs?
Dave Cameron
12:21
As Tony noted in his offseason write-up, Bregman's 2016 batted ball profile was a mess, and suggested it wouldn't work long term. Seems pretty likely the Astros saw that too and are helping him try to make adjustments that will work better over the long run.
CubFan
12:22
Who's closing for CWS after the trading deadline? Robertson, Jones (currently on the shelf with a nerve issue), Kahnle or someone else behind door #3?
Dave Cameron
12:22
Jones
Though the way Giolito is struggling in Triple-A, I wonder how long before he becomes a bullpen conversion.
Q-Ball
12:23
What off season move for you looks the most regrettable in the early going?
Dave Cameron
12:24
Have to imagine the Red Sox would love to undo the Shaw/Thornburg trade right now. Not that they should have seen Thornburg getting hurt coming, but Shaw would be a nice 3B for them, and they could have gotten a reliever without opening up a hole at that spot.
PTBNL
12:24
Dave, I'm tired of watching the Red Sox play Marco-Pablo looking for options at third base. Is it unreasonable to think that Devers could get a shot at the everyday 3B duties by the end of this seasoN?
Dave Cameron
12:24
Not unreasonable at all. I bet he's the starting 3B there by July.
CubFan
12:25
Can Severino keep this up or will he come back to earth? Saw him against my Cubbies Sunday night and he looked nasty. Hitting upper 90s into the 7th and it's 40 degrees outside.
Dave Cameron
12:26
I don't think he's an ace, but there's solid command of a couple of good pitches and at least a usable change.
Andy Green
12:26
Is Hunter Renfroe's performance so far a real concern, or is he just undergoing rookie struggles?
Dave Cameron
12:26
He's not very good.
Alan
12:27
As it stands now, the Cardinals are projected to be the first wild card in the National League with 86 wins. The Rockies and Mets are both vying for the second - with projected records hovering around .500. Is this the year we get a wild card with a losing record?
Dave Cameron
12:28
Nah; teams that are in the race will make trades to make themselves better at the deadline, and a few of those teams will pick up some sequencing wins.
But I wouldn't be shocked if we had an 86 or 87 win Wild Card team.
Chirp
12:28
Should the Jays replace an injured Morales with Rowdy Tellez or should he be given more time to adjust against advanced pitching?
Dave Cameron
12:28
He has an 85 wRC+ in Triple-A.
Ronnie
12:29
Robbie Grossman has a 128 wRC+ in 481 PAs going back to last year. Is he "for real"?
Dave Cameron
12:29
No. He doesn't hit the ball hard enough to be a high BABIP guy.
Porcho Villa
12:30
Thanks for the Alex Wood piece. Who are you higher on for the rest of this season-- Wood or Chuck Morton?
Dave Cameron
12:30
Wood, easily.
Dave
12:31
What do you think the Yankees do with Frazier this year? He's starting to hit in AAA and there's not a clear spot for him yet, any chance he's a deadline trade piece again?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Depends on what they're buying. I would guess they would prefer to keep him, but if he gets them Darvish and they have a chance to win the division...
cj
12:32
I see myself as a reasonable braves fan, meaning I had no high hopes last years finish would translate like many other fans thought. My question is who do the braves trade at the deadline now? Freeman seems to be here to stay now with how he hits, but what about Teheran? or do they sell at all due to the new park? it just seems like a weird year with not many assets to trade of value
Dave Cameron
12:32
I saw Rosenthal note the other day that they expect to both buy and sell at the deadline, but given that they're trying to continue to sell this notion that they're close to winning, I have no idea what they can sell that anyone will want. Jim Johnson again? Okay.
Erik
12:33
Without interference from MLB, does the strikeout trend continue climbing inexorably, reach some equilibrium, or start falliny again as part of some natural cycle of adjustments?
Dave Cameron
12:33
Until they figure out how to limit/reduce velocity, it's going to keep climbing.
PTBNL
12:33
Not much attention has been given to the Marlins this year. They're 13-19, and their pitching has not been very good. Is there any chance that they could be sellers at the deadline? I'm thinking guys like Ozuna or Yelich might have value, I'm just not sure whether the team wants to try to build around those guys in the next few years, or if they'll realistically be able to do so given their lack of pitching and prospects.
Dave Cameron
12:33
Guessing they won't do much while the team is up for sale.
12:34
Will want to give the new ownership/front office a chance to make that call.
Redler
12:35
A) Trey Mancini is actually a good hitter who should be getting more at bats or B) Trey Mancini is overperforming and Baltimore knows this or C) He's okay but Baltimore has too many okay-hitting guys with no defense
Dave Cameron
12:35
B and C
Paul
12:35
Cubs' Rotation: Was last year a fortunate alignment of all starters performing at their peak, or are they just off to a slow start and their early struggles are not a sign for serious concern?
Dave Cameron
12:36
They over-performed last year, but they also had a great defense behind them. This year, they have Schwarber and Jon Jay out there too frequently.
Greg
12:37
Three 19-year-old Braves prospects are currently at Double A. They're all ranked in multiple top 100s. Why would a team so far from contention do this? What's the point in rushing prospects when you are bad, or have they figured something new out?
Dave Cameron
12:37
They don't think they are far from contention.
I don't think they're right, but it seems pretty clear there's an organizational push to win soon.
Oscar Gamble
12:38
What's important to discuss with a SO before having children?
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