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Joe Douglas
12:22
Hope your ACL recovery is going well. You mentioned a week or two back that no one has Judge's power. In terms of Exit Velocity and power defined as simply hitting the ball hard, I would agree. No one hit's the ball harder than Judge. However, I can see the argument to claiming Bellinger may have more power, if the method for determining power is outcome based. Is the distinction important? Essentially raw input of "hit the ball the hardest" is a variable in the function of overall "power." So is launch angle, etc.
Dave Cameron
12:22
Bellinger's not going to keep getting this rate of fly balls to go over the wall.
His outcomes have been lucky.
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
12:22
Would any team be interested in Odubel or Mikael?
Dave Cameron
12:23
Well, Odubel is a good player signed to a super team friendly contract, so yes.
Maikel Franco is not very good, so probably not anyone trying to win.
Jason
12:23
Does Miguel Cabrera have some trade value meaning could the Tigers actually trade him STRAIGHT-UP (without picking up any of the $200+ million owed to him) receiving a legit higher end prospect for him? if not what's the best case scenario?
Dave Cameron
12:23
No, that contract is well under water. They'd have to eat a lot of it to move him.
King-err-ee
12:24
in terms of pitching, the strikeout is becoming more and more important. Are sinker ballers and "pitch-to-contact" guys falling by the wayside?
Dave Cameron
12:24
Pitching to contact isn't a great idea when contact so often leads to HRs now.
Nick S
12:25
Am I blind, or has the pitchfx tab vanished from player pages?
Dave Cameron
12:26
We've licensed the Pitch Info data from Harry Pavlidis and his team, so our default pitch data is now from Pitch Info, not MLB'a algorithm. Also, since PITCHf/x isn't a thing anymore, this allows us to not conflate F/x/Statcast data.
Slim Charles
12:27
Bellinger vs. Judge over the next 5 years, who are you taking? Same question for their careers.
Dave Cameron
12:27
I'm taking Judge.
The question with him is now really about health, and how well a body that big can maintain the rigors of playing everyday.
Kerry
12:28
Initial impressions about the wonderful world of Oxycodone?
Dave Cameron
12:28
As a person who has never done drugs for fun, I don't get the appeal.
Happy to be off of it already.
Alex
12:30
Can you see the Dodgers working a 3 team trade where they add a SP while flipping one of their many SP to another buyer?
Dave Cameron
12:30
I doubt it would be that complicated. I could see them doing a Ryu for someone better than Ryu deal with less control, like the Cespedes/Lester trade a few years back.
Troy Tulowitzki
12:31
How done, am I?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Well
Hector
12:31
What would be more useful for a team? Let's say you have Andrew Miller the pitcher as the subject and let's say as a STARTER he was a 3.10 ERA  / 1.15-1.20 WHIP guy. Would that be preferable to what he is now?
Dave Cameron
12:31
Well, sure, if Miller could be a #1 starter, that's better. But he probably can't be.
weezy
12:32
A couple years ago you wrote a piece on Andrelton Simmons/Ozzie Smith, mostly tying peak defenders aging and how it might correspond to their offensive development. Given that stance, do you have anty hope that Billy Hamilton will ever hit for more than a .280 wOBA?
Dave Cameron
12:32
Not really. He just doesn't have enough strength to hit the ball hard enough.
12:33
His only path to offensive success is to become an elite bunter with crazy good command of the strike zone.
Troutmaggedon
12:33
Angels are kind of stuck right? They got some one year rentals like Maybin and Norris that they could flip at the deadline even if for not a whole lot, but anything would help their system. But they are still in the race with a ton of guys and Trout coming back. So they'll stick with it and amount to at best a ALDS exit right?
Dave Cameron
12:33
They'll add.
Nothing there is valuable enough to sell to incentivize giving up.
Moltar
12:34
Are the Mets' injuries bad luck or systemic? Ron Darling had some not so positive comments about the Mets' strength and condition coach, who just happens to be a Wilpon friend with no experience training players for baseball (and has a curious habit of charging players out of pocket for "voluntary" offseason workouts).
Dave Cameron
12:35
It's always very difficult to find causation in these things. That said, given the number of problems they've had, it's probably time for some kind of change.
Beltre
12:36
He's hitting .303/.373/.562 since returning. Beast.
Dave Cameron
12:36
Few things about baseball have made me happier than the world acknowledging Adrian Beltre as one of the best players of his time.
Blackburn
12:37
What should the Pirates do with McCutchen? Keep him, trade him at the deadline, or trade him in the offseason?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Trade him at the deadline.
Jeb
12:37
Tyler Glasnow is not learning anything in Triple A. What do you think the Pirates should do with him?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Bullpen.
Matt
12:38
Most likely reason the Dodgers do NOT get to the WS: 1) Another frontline SP, 2) A dominant setup guy, or 3) Young bats regressing (Taylor, Bellinger, etc...)
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