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12:35
How come no talk of Sale as MVP? He leads the league in virtually every pitching stat and has outperformed the entire league in WAR. Also he's pitched to more batters than the best position players have batted.
Dave Cameron
12:35
He'd have my vote right now.
Randy
12:36
If you were to pick an infielder for your franchise player from the National League, who would you pick?
Dave Cameron
12:36
Bryant or Seager.
kevinthecomic
12:36
So if no one claimed Harper and/or Cespedes on waivers because there was no realistic chance of them getting traded, why did their teams put them on waivers in the first place?
Dave Cameron
12:37
Because teams hope that running everyone through waivers means that teams will not claim someone they might want to trade.
Cole
12:37
Do you think if the Cubs wanted to, they could make a serious run at a Trout trade using some combination but not all of Baez, Schwarber, Happ, Almora, Russell, Montgomery, Edwards, and top prospects?
Dave Cameron
12:37
The Cubs don't really have "top prospects" anymore.
Scott
12:38
Seriously is it time to get nervous about the Braves rebuild? There doesn't seem to be a true ace, or even number one in the bunch and Dansby has really struggled.
Dave Cameron
12:39
This isn't a team ready to try and win yet. They need to keep building.
John H
12:39
You think Acuna gets a cup of coffee in September or no? Team says no. Acuna's bat says yes.
Dave Cameron
12:40
It might come down to 40 man spots. He doesn't have to be protected from Rule 5 this winter so adding him just means they have to dump someone they might otherwise want to retain.
So wouldn't be surprised if you don't see him this year.
CamdenWarehouse
12:40
At some point in 2012 or 2013, didn't Mike Trout overtake, I don't know, Miguel Cabrera as the best player in baseball even though he didn't have nearly the track record?  Why should the track record make Sale less of a pitcher now?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Mike Trout did things Miguel Cabrera never has. This is just Sale finally reaching Kershaw's level for a while.
PS
12:42
how do you finish the game if Chapman pitches the 1st-- presumably betances Robertson kahnle and green all pitch
Dave Cameron
12:42
Relievers the whole way.
Save Severino for the division series.
Well-Beered Englishman
12:43
Wait, so the justification for waiving Bryce Harper really boils down to "let's hope nobody notices we also waived this other guy"?
Dave Cameron
12:43
Basically, yes.
Powered by Jay Bruce
12:44
Why do you think Matheny is out? He still seems to have the support of ownership.
Dave Cameron
12:44
He's not good at strategy or tactics, and now the franchise player is openly wishing for someone else to be in charge.
It's a problem.
Daniel
12:45
Do you think we'll ever see your all bullpen for wc game strategy? Personally I'd love to see it but dont think we will anytime soon
Dave Cameron
12:45
Yeah, it's an inevitability.
We're not there yet, but headed that way.
Matt
12:45
is the Os problem the "front office" or just really Angelos vetoing good decisions. Basically should Duquette get ran out of town because Angelos won't follow his decisions?
Dave Cameron
12:46
Angelos is clearly a problem. But the Duquette/Showalter pairing also doesn't seem like a good one, and the franchise is in trouble if they don't get someone to stand up to Angelos and make him do things differently.
A. Reitz
12:47
Cardinals are 2.5 games behind the Cubs. Honest question...did you not know that?
Dave Cameron
12:47
I did know that. But the Cubs remain a very good team that should be expected to play very well down the stretch. That is not true of COL.
E
12:47
In a bullpen game what level of reliever would you no longer trust? Like would you throw Zach Mcallister or Matt Albers?
Dave Cameron
12:48
Ideally you'd get through nine innings with your top 4-5 guys. Two inning stints.
Elton
12:49
Regarding the hot-as-hell Dodgers -- is this the kind of result you expected when Friedman got to work on a team with a lot of money?
Dave Cameron
12:49
115 win pace isn't what you expect from anyone ever.
12:50
The Dodgers are awesome, but they've also gotten lucky this year, and they'd admit it. They didn't go into the year thinking "well, we're going to get +10 WAR from Chris Taylor and Alex Wood"
Greg
12:50
Has Kluber reached Kershaw's level?
Dave Cameron
12:50
No one is at Kershaw's level.
No one.
Matt
12:51
If it's a wild card game why not also use a good but not ace starter as a 2-3 inning guy as well. AFAIK pitchers really start degrading in effectiveness the second time hitters see them
Dave Cameron
12:51
Because most contenders these days have a bunch of relievers that are better in short stints than their mid-rotation starters.
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