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The Average Sports Fan
12:01
The Cardinals are now over .500.  Are they an actual playoff contender?
Dave Cameron
12:01
It will take either the Rockies or D'Backs falling apart. They aren't going to catch the Cubs, most likely.
Rod
12:02
Dave, can I use the rolling charts in a blog article? Secondly, if so, is there an option to get a picture of chart? Screenshot?
Dave Cameron
12:03
Yes, you can always use any of our graphics in your posts, as long as you link to FG in the process. There's a download image button coming soon, but for now, screenshot is the way to capture them.
christopher
12:03
Tigers fans complain about the JD return, A's fans about the Yonder return, but those two + the crater of the bat only FA market last offseason means... that was about the reality? Has the market overcorrected?
Dave Cameron
12:04
I think there's a decent argument to be made that bat-first players are now underpriced, yes.
TheDuck
12:04
What are the odds that MLB a) acknowledges that the ball has changed and/or b) attempts to change it back?
Dave Cameron
12:05
Long term, very good. Short term? I think they'll keep repeating the same thing they've been saying until it's conclusively proven. There's enough evidence now to think that's likely, but I don't think we're quite at "100%, without a doubt, the homers are because of the ball" yet.
Bruce
12:05
So Jerry Dipoto bought Ernesto Frieri from the rangers for $1.How is that possible?
Dave Cameron
12:06
Frieri has a better chance of pitching in the big leagues in Seattle, so the Rangers didn't want to stand in his way of getting a big league job.
Lew Alcindor
12:06
Does Rhys Hoskins have anything at all left to prove at AAA? Or are the Phils just not being smart?
Dave Cameron
12:07
They're trying him in left field, and rumor is he'll be up tomorrow for the start of their series with the Mets. I personally wouldn't bother with the left field experiment, since Tommy Joseph isn't worth playing, but they are a little short on outfielders right now, so it isn't the end of the world in a season where wins and losses don't matter.
Mike
12:07
Why did Cespedes clear waivers?
Dave Cameron
12:07
Because he's obviously not getting traded. Same with Harper. Teams don't bother claiming guys that they know aren't really available.
Matt
12:08
Do we seriously have to consider that Chris Sale has dethroned Kershaw as the best pitcher in baseball? He has been almost as good as Kershaw,has been better this year, and somehow has no health issues.
Dave Cameron
12:08
This is Sale's first Kershaw-esque year. Kershaw's been having these for five or six years now.
CamdenWarehouse
12:09
Is it too early to talk about the offseason?  Which manager and GM spots do you think will be vacant at the end of the year?
Dave Cameron
12:09
Hard to see Terry Collins coming back next year. I think Matheny is probably done in STL too.
12:10
In terms of GMs, the Marlins front office probably gets an overhaul once the sale gets done.
And maybe things blow up with Duquette in Baltimore.
But everyone else seems pretty safe.
James
12:10
What do you think the odds Verlander gets moved are?
Dave Cameron
12:11
30%. They should move him. Sounds like the price is still too high, though.
Curtis
12:11
Will starting pitching or bullpens be the bigger story of this postseason?
Dave Cameron
12:11
I think this is the year that the distinction could become somewhat meaningless.
Baseballs fan
12:11
Is it your opinion that the Dodgers are better than the Cubs were last year?
Dave Cameron
12:12
It's close. Probably, but not definitively.
Ryan Baasch
12:12
We know that Chris Taylor has a ridic BABIP and is significantly outperforming expectations, will he keep it up ROS? Is this production a result of the tear the Dodgers on or is he legit?
Dave Cameron
12:13
He's not this good. He's developed more power than expected and makes decent contact but this is unsustainable.
FireDrayton
12:13
Keuchel's broken, McCullers is never gonna be healthy, Devenski is spent, Harris is on the shelf, Correa is still a month away, and the front office blew the deadline -- that's the current local view on the Astros. How's the view from your vantage point?
Dave Cameron
12:13
The Astros are good, and not having to work their best pitchers that hard down the stretch could leave them fresh for October.
Ham Porter
12:14
You are the Joe Girardi and your team has made it to the Wild Card; ignoring how the rotation has rolled in the last 5 days, who do you start?
Dave Cameron
12:14
Chapman.
Matt
12:15
The Rays haven't brought Honeywell up despite a clear need, this has to be service clock related, right?
Dave Cameron
12:15
Service time hasn't mattered since June.
Zee
12:15
What do you make of Taijuan Walker's year? Seems largely similar to his last couple seasons -- disappointing he hasn't taken a major step forward?
Dave Cameron
12:15
At some point, this is just what he is.
Len
12:16
Year three of the Braves rebuild, and the front office is acting like the rebuilding phase is over far too early. Can you make me feel better about being a Braves fan? I need something -- I'm stuck watching Kemp, Markakis and Phillips play every day.
Dave Cameron
12:16
Acuna looks amazing.
The rest, I can't help with much.
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