MLBTR Chat with Steve Adams 4-12-16
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Tommy Lasordid
2:33
As a Dodger fan, was very impressed with the Giants' offense this past weekend series. Do you see SF as a legitimate threat for the NL West crown?
Steve Adams
2:33
Absolutely. I said as much prior to the season. I could see any of the Giants, Dodgers or D-backs in that mix come season's end. (Sorry Padres and Rockies -- not the case for you)
Daniel Nava
2:34
Will I ever get to start against LHP?
Steve Adams
2:35
At some point, I'm sure, but Nava is a .212/.291/.295 career hitter against lefties and is 33 years old. He's not going to magically learn how to hit them
Jeff
2:35
We need some Twins optimism, have any??
Steve Adams
2:36
They were terrible for the first week of the 2015 season too?

I don't have a ton of optimism to shed on them. Most of their hitters look lost at the plate right now. I think May, Jepsen and Perkins will be fine in the long run, though, and it's early enough that you don't need to completely abandon hope. Not inspiring, I know. Sorry.
2:37
FWIW I read that Nava question as "Will I ever get *a* start against LHP?"

So, yes, he'll get a start here and there, but starting regularly -- don't count on it.
Bradley
2:37
Do you think Roberts should have left Stripling in to go for the no no or was it the right call taking him out
Steve Adams
2:38
I don't know off hand what Stripling's pitch count was at or how high he went in Spring Training, but the general long-term health of a pitcher's arm should trump a run at personal glory. I was happy to see David Ross get a hit off Finnegan last night because he looked gassed and I was afraid Price was going to leave him out there to chase a no-hitter even if it meant exceeding his career-high in pitches by 50
Mike
2:38
Refsnyders future role is?
Steve Adams
2:39
Utility player? The Yankees have made it pretty clear that they don't really consider him a regular at this point, haven't they? And all the scouting reports you read on him are that the glove at 2B just isn't that good, but the bat in the OF is too light. Sounds like a bench guy to me, which isn't a bad thing.
Joe
2:40
Will Correa and Springer be enough to carry the Astros offense this year?
Steve Adams
2:40
Houston has plenty of other viable bats, including an under the radar up and comer named Jose Altuve. Kid's gonna be good, I think.
Dansby Swanson
2:40
When will I get called up?
Steve Adams
2:41
I wouldn't expect him until 2017.
Nathaniel B.
2:41
I feel like every chat update takes us back a decade in regards to aesthetics. When will you do away with this throwback format?
Steve Adams
2:42
Jotcast is sticking. I agree it's not the most aesthetically pleasing, but functionality trumps aesthetics. Plus, user feedback was overwhelmingly in favor of Jotcast over Dilmot.
Neil
2:42
Do you expect the Rangers to send Mazara back down to pick up that extra week and a half so they cant hold keep him longer/cheaper- a la Kris Bryant?
Steve Adams
2:43
I think if they were really worried about his service time they wouldn't have called him up in the first place. If he hits, he'll stick around. So far so good.
Kim
2:44
I know Juan Uribe is a great clubhouse presence, but do the Indians have any backup options at third base?
Steve Adams
2:45
They were seemingly content to go with a Jose Ramirez/Giovanny Urshela platoon, so they could turn to that. But again, we're talking 16 plate appearances. Players go through ugly 1-for-14 types of stretches all the time during a season, you just don't notice it as much when it doesn't result in a batting average that starts with a 0.
Nate
2:46
How long do the Pirates wait to build the Ray Searage statue outside the stadium? It should have a plaque that reads similar to the Statue of Liberty: "Give us your broken, your wild, your aged, and outcast."
Steve Adams
2:47
I'd already have construction underway and be working on some kind of buyout with PNC so I could change the name of the facility to Searage Stadium.
Goose
2:47
Lost in the shuffle of all the hitters is Aaron Nola. Real deal or just good early match ups?
Steve Adams
2:49
Both. I don't think he's going to keep striking out anywhere near this many hitters, but he's a quality big league caliber arm that seems plenty capable of an ERA in the low/mid 3.00s.
12-to-6
2:50
Angels 3rd basemen: Yunel Escobar-Will his defense catch up with his offense? Kaleb Kowart-Will his offense catch up with his defense?
Steve Adams
2:51
I wouldn't expect great defense out of Yunel but he could be better than he was there in 2015, I think, which was his first time playing there in eight or so years. Cowart doesn't strike me as an everyday player in the Majors.
RoyalsFan
2:51
Will the Royals try to get a RF even with Dyson coming back
Steve Adams
2:52
They didn't seem inclined to add a RF when Dyson was healthy, so I don't expect them to now. A better platoon partner than Paulo Orlando wouldn't be a terrible idea though.
Robert
2:53
Who gets bumped from the Astros' rotation when McCullers comes back?
Steve Adams
2:54
Have to think Feldman ends up in the bullpen. He's an expensive long reliever, but Keuchel, McHugh, McCullers and Fiers all seem locked in, and the club gave Fister $7MM this offseason which I assume came with the intent to put him in the rotation.
Michael
2:55
Strickland the closer by the all star break?
Steve Adams
2:56
I'm not a big Santiago Casilla fan, but he's a capable enough reliever that I don't anticipate him falling flat on his face. Relief performance is volatile enough that it's certainly possible he bunches together 3-4 bad outings, but even then, I'd think Romo is next in line. He's done it before, has a notable contract and was excellent in 2015.
Paul
2:57
If Matt Kemp can string together another month like this can the PAdres find a taker?
Steve Adams
2:57
I can't imagine anyone touching the Kemp contract. I couldn't believe the Padres did so in the first place.
Dan Uggla
2:59
Why is Chris Johnson playing and I'm not? Not even in the minors?
Steve Adams
3:00
Johnson is 4-5 years younger and has shown the ability to hit LHP more recently than 2012. Uggla hasn't hit against anyone in years and is 35 (36?) at this point.
Joey Rickard
3:00
Am I the real deal for the O's? Will I stick with them all season or will I head back to Tampa?
Steve Adams
3:03
"The real deal" is a rather vague term. He could stick for the season, sure, but is he going to be some world beating hitter? No. He has a .400 BABIP, which isn't a number that hitters actually maintain over the life of a full season. I don't think there's much power in there, but he could be a low-power guy with some average/OBP and a bit of speed... probably doesn't make him a regular though.
Lucas Giolito
3:04
Will I make my debut this year?
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