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JTT
12:18
Is Beltran done? K's are way up, BB's and hard hit % are way down, Babip is normal and he only has a 83 wRC+. Does it even matter? Astros have gattis and McCann, couldn't they just call up an emergency catcher and rotate them as DH?
Dave Cameron
12:18
He can probably be a useful bench bat, but yeah, I wouldn't want him starting in the postseason.
12:19
Problem is I wouldn't want Gurriel starting in the postseason either.
For a team that is running away with their division and seems entirely focused on adding an SP, they really could use a few more good hitters.
Depressed Pirate Fan
12:20
Is there any comparison to the decline Andrew McCutchen is experiencing? A 6-7 WAR player at age 28 that is barely replacement level at age 30. I recognize he's had poor luck this year but it really seems unprecendented in terms of how far and how fast he's fallen.
Dave Cameron
12:20
He's not a true talent replacement level guy.
But to see a guy fall this far, this fast, you're looking at Andruw Jones, B.J. Upton, and not a lot of others.
Mike
12:21
Is there a way to get wOBA against for pitchers? I see that it's available via splits vs L or R. Is it available for all?
Dave Cameron
Clamshell Jones
12:21
Dave, who do we talk to to get an occasional SABR-friendly broadcast going? Like a livestream of a game with FG guys (or others) doing the voicework. Once a week for a marquee game. I'd kill for 9 whole innings without a single mention of Batter v. Pitcher stats.
Dave Cameron
12:22
MLB did that last year with Mike Petriello. I enjoyed them, but I don't think enough people watched for them to come back.
Erik
12:22
So if the Cubs offered Schwarber straight up to the Phillies for Altherr, should the Phillies say no?
Dave Cameron
12:22
If I'm the Phillies, with Hoskins ready to take 1B as soon as Joseph cools off, yeah, I say no.
DTH
12:23
I love that you're leaning into the "OMG DAVE HATES SCHWARBER!!" freakouts from Cubs fans by comparing him to Altherr. still gives me a laugh to see people get pissed over you originally comping him to a pretty great outcome. good article by the way, I didn't know much about Altherr before reading
Dave Cameron
12:23
I will say that I got 0 angry freakouts from Cubs fans over that piece.
12:24
Whether they've just started ignoring me or are coming around on Schwarber maybe having some flaws, I don't know.
ohioastrosfan
12:24
Hearing maybe Gerrit Cole to Houston at the trade deadline? Would a trade K Tucker? He's the only untouchable for me at this point.
Dave Cameron
12:24
If you wouldn't trade Kyle Tucker for Gerrit Cole, you're doing it wrong.
Effem
12:24
Altherr or Haniger? Close call or not?
Dave Cameron
12:25
Fun story: the Altherr/Schwarber post was originally going to be a Haniger/Schwarber post. I started kicking around the idea of which of those two you'd rather have back in April, but then Haniger got hurt, and then Altherr became Haniger-east, so it was easier to write it about the healthy/mashing guy.
12:26
I think Altherr and Haniger have a lot of similarities. I'm not sure which one I'd take.
CamdenWarehouse
12:27
JD Martinez is really trying to make up for lost time.
Dave Cameron
12:27
Call me crazy, but maybe the Tigers need to think about hitting him higher than 6th.
Having Victor Martinez hit clean-up is, at this point, insane.
Josh
12:27
Per BaseRuns, the Brewers have been the third worst pitching staff in baseball. Do you see this as an accurate reflection of what to expect going forward?
Dave Cameron
12:27
Yes. Their pitching is bad.
Dunt
12:29
Is Avi Garcia for real?
Dave Cameron
12:29
His upside is Yasmany Tomas.
Mr. Woods
12:29
What are the chances that Yasmani Grandal is the best NL defensive catcher at the end of the season? And if there are any chances, will anybody in passive sports media notice?
Dave Cameron
12:29
He's not better than Posey.
Johnny Leonard Roosevelt Martin
12:29
Tell me that the Cards won't deal Lance Lynn in his walk year. They're smarter than that, right?
Dave Cameron
12:30
They're a likely Wild Card team in the NL; don't see why they'd move win-now pieces.
S
12:30
Brendan Rodgers, overrated? How?
JC
12:31
I'd imagine anyone is tradeable on the Braves besides Freeman, Swanson and maybe Inciarte/Teheran. Is there anyone else contending teams would actually want?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Kemp is hitting well enough that they could move him if they wanted to.
Jason
12:31
Can the brewers trade braun or should they just keep him?
Dave Cameron
12:32
Trade him to open a spot for Brinson.
Mike
12:32
Think the Nats trade Robles + for Quintana/Robertson?
Dave Cameron
12:32
No.
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