MLBTR Chat with Steve Adams 4-26-16
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West Coast Mets fan
4:11
What is the bigger development for the Mets, Conforto's success in the 3 hole or Syndergaard's progression?
Steve Adams
4:12
Syndergaard times 1,000. He's an absolute monster. Conforto was a good hitter last season, too. His placement in the batting order isn't all that relevant in my eyes. The gains Syndergaard has made are incredible.
Road runner
4:13
Man got 25 Mike's to decide hat to have for late lunch, tacos or burger?
Steve Adams
4:13
Tacos. Always go tacos.
Alexander
4:13
Jordan Zimmermann >3.00 era this season? All-star appearance?
Steve Adams
4:14
He's not missing enough bats for me to believe he's going to maintain a sub-3.00. I could see an All-Star appearance though, sure.
Craig Kimbrel's Step-Uncle
4:14
Any reason to worry about my step-nephew's start in Boston?
Steve Adams
4:15
He's given up a couple of big home runs based largely on location. His velocity is fine, and I think he'll be fine when the season's done as well. Still don't like the trade for Boston though.
Matt M
4:16
Will the apparent suspension of Groome have any impact on his draft status? Still a 1:1 favorite, or is the field a bit more open?
Steve Adams
4:16
He's only going to miss 2-3 starts of it. It was a stupid ruling, especially considering the fact that he'd already been pitching -- seems like someone else in that league called them on it or something -- but I don't think it's going to have a huge impact on his draft stock.
Bobaloo Fondue
4:17
I never read any questions about the Rutherford Rotweilers. How come you hate them so much
Steve Adams
4:17
Someone has finally uncovered my true bias.
Ryan
4:17
Does James Shields opt out?
Steve Adams
4:19
Velocity is down from where he was in April the past couple of seasons, not really striking many guys out thus far. He could still have a turnaround, pitch well and hit the open market, but my bet is that he forgoes the opt-out clause and stays in San Diego as an overpaid but serviceable mid-rotation arm.
Rob
4:19
Does any legitimate upper echelon reliever ever sign his big contract then ask to always be used in the highest leverage situation (vs. just compiling saves) ? He might be considered a revolutionary player (as opposed to just another forgettable closer) and would certainly be providing more value to his team.
Steve Adams
4:21
I bet there are plenty of players who consider the ninth inning the highest-leverage spot. I don't see that happening, though Andrew Miller had no problem moving out of the ninth for Chapman. But, as long as arbitration, Hall of Fame voting, All-Star voting, etc. all still reward the accumulation of that meaningless stat, pitchers are going to want to accrue them.
Denny Putch
4:21
Do you see the Yankees as contenders? They can't be this bad.
Steve Adams
4:22
I don't think they're this bad, but I thought the Blue Jays and Rays were better prior to the season and still do.
Leven
4:23
I like how saves is a meaningless stat and holds apparently don't exist
Steve Adams
4:23
I don't think either saves or holds tell you much of anything about a reliever's actual abilities or effectiveness.
Kip
4:24
Do Cards move Peralta to third and Carp to first to keep Diaz' bat in lineup, making 1 of Moss/Adams expendable?
Steve Adams
4:28
I guess I can see it as a short-term option, sure, but I don't imagine St. Louis is big on the notion of moving Carpenter off third base full time. Diaz's bat is going to come back down to earth in a big way anyhow, though he's probably better than I'd have given him credit for to open the season. More often than not these issues that seem like eventual problems now aren't by the time the issue is forced, either due to injuries or regression.
Dave
4:28
Chris Carter is off to a hot start in the NL and appears made for Miller Park. If he continues putting up good numbers, do the Brewers look to sell high this year or will they hold on to him for at least another season?
Steve Adams
4:30
I don't imagine that David Stearns will have qualms about trading anyone who has 2-3 years of club control remaining come July. If the offers are there, no reason he wouldn't sell high.
Todd McShay of Baseball
4:30
Does Correa or Bregman get moved to 3B in order for both to contribute at the Major League Level?
Steve Adams
4:31
Can't imagine the Astros moving Correa, at least not yet. Bregman had some questions about sticking at shortstop even as a draft prospect, as I recall, so sliding him over to third base makes sense to me.
Torin
4:31
Can we finally give O's medical staff some slack? First they predict Balfour deteriorating, now they also pegged Gallardo.
Steve Adams
4:33
I mean, they deserve some credit for the issue with Gallardo being real, yes. But is it really vindication to say, "See?? We TOLD you this guy is messed up!" when the team went ahead and signed him for multiple years anyway only to see him land on the DL two months later due to the same problematic issue? They'd deserve more credit if they'd just said "Don't sign this guy at all," and he got hurt somewhere else.
Sandy
4:35
While off to great start, Pitching can't stay at this level forever. With Avila out, Do Chi Sox look for another C? Or do they look for LH Power Bat?
Steve Adams
4:36
The Avila/Navarro platoon isn't exactly going as planned -- catching help strikes me as the likeliest area of focus for them, and maybe some help at the back of the rotation, too. The wheels are going to fall off for Latos eventually here if he continues striking out four guys per nine and throwing 88-89.
Mr. Curious
4:37
Whats up with Hector Olivera, any luck on a possible bad contract swap or something? Ur thoughts
Steve Adams
4:37
No one would go near him right now, and rightfully so.
4:38
Ok, I have to wrap this up for the week. We'll do it again next week, and I'm on Twitter @Adams_Steve, though I've been becoming less and less active there, which I should fix. I shall attempt to do so this week. Thanks for chatting everyone!
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