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Tim Dierkes
1:47
Hi everyone, Tim Dierkes here for another Monday chat.  All questions are welcome, including fantasy baseball.
Dave Roberts
1:47
Walker bueheler a fixture in the rotation yet?
Tim Dierkes
1:48
Yep, certainly looks that way.  I imagine they'll try to grab him extra rest here and there along the way.
Hep
1:48
Are you worried about the Twins
Tim Dierkes
1:50
Well, they're still alive as the last possible playoff team.  They're not the favorite for that slot, but they're not the Tigers either.  At least a few of Sano, Rosario, and LoMo seem like they'll start hitting, and Lance Lynn isn't this bad.
Oklahomabrave
1:51
If the Braves stay above 500 who do they target
Tim Dierkes
1:52
Machado would be an interesting addition.  Certainly there could be room for any kind of pitching addition.  Not sure if they'd look long-term, like a Michael Fulmer, or short-term like Tyson Ross.
Nick Markakis
1:53
Off to a great start - trade value going up?
Tim Dierkes
1:53
The Braves have a legit shot at the playoffs, and Markakis isn't a great trade chip anyway, so I think they hold onto him.
Acuna
1:53
The hype is real, right?
Tim Dierkes
1:54
Five games in he's pretty much shown off every tool, hasn't he?  Obviously there has to be some return to Earth, but he's an incredible boost to the team.
Hep
1:54
Move Reed to closer for Minnesota?
Tim Dierkes
1:54
I would've started him in that role.
Anthony
1:54
Where do you stand on the whole "fun police" thing?
Tim Dierkes
1:55
I'm generally fine with a bit of celebrating.  I imagine MLB seems pretty staid to non-fans, and could use some livening up.
Dumpster Diver
1:55
Five teams have 10 or fewer wins.  Which is the first to begin the fire sale?
Tim Dierkes
1:57
There are seven who have absolutely no chance of making the playoffs: Tigers, Orioles, Royals, White Sox, Padres, Marlins, Reds.  The Rangers and Rays are very close to joining that group.  I can see the Marlins and White Sox being on the front end of fire sales, simply because those teams do have veterans to trade and never expected to compete.
Jason
1:57
What starters may be on the block at the trade deadline that might interest the Yankees?
Tim Dierkes
1:59
I imagine some teams will make a play for Dylan Bundy, but he'd likely be inaccessible to the Yankees and will probably stay put anyway.  The more likely options: Tyson Ross, Michael Fulmer, Ian Kennedy, Jose Urena, Chris Archer, Cole Hamels, Danny Duffy, Wei-Yin Chen, Homer Bailey.
Jim Jones PT
1:59
Will Verlander be on a regular season innings limit because of his age?
Tim Dierkes
2:00
I wouldn't expect a hard and fast innings limit.  Plus, he's 35 and durable.  And since I'm turning 36 next week, I cannot consider him to be old.  That said, since the Astros could be the first team to lock up a playoff spot, they could back off him in September to save bullets for the playoffs.
Kingham
2:00
How high is this kids ceiling?
Tim Dierkes
2:01
I'm no prospect expert, but maybe a #3 starter?
Old dogs new tricks
2:01
When do the white sox call up kopech and whose spot  does he take?
Tim Dierkes
2:04
I feel like he's shown enough to get the call in May, probably with fairly tight innings and pitch limits.  He could bump Shields, or Santiago/Miguel Gonzalez pretty easily.
Bryce
2:04
Is Billy Hamilton going to hit above the Mendoza?
Tim Dierkes
2:05
Billy has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that he's a no-power, .300 OBP who can wreak havoc on the basepaths when he does get on.  Fourth outfielder status is not far away.
Jeff Todd's an idiot
2:05
Jeff Todd said the other day in a chat that the Phillies are better than the Braves. ATL is 6-3 vs. PHI and has taken 2 out of 3 in all 3 series they've played so far. Your thoughts?
Tim Dierkes
2:06
Well, I hardly agree that Jeff Todd's an idiot.  In terms of which team I like more, it's tough, they're in similar positions.  I think I will vote for the Braves though.
Brody
2:06
Hey Tim, if you can start a franchise with any player other than Trout or Harper who are you choosing?
Tim Dierkes
2:07
Acuna would be a great choice.  Has to be a very young position player who is MLB-ready and has MVP potential.
Nice.
2:07
Thoughts on Christian Villanueva?
Tim Dierkes
2:09
The Padres have unearthed a gem on the free talent market.  I think he's a regular for them for years.
Yeen Peen the Mariner
2:09
Mitch Haniger is the next big thing! If he stays healthy is he a 40/120 guy?
Tim Dierkes
2:10
I'd peg him as more of a 35 HR guy.  In his career he has 31 HR in 157 games and I think in April here he's shown there's a bit more than that.
Nice.
2:10
Will there be much of a market for Moustakes at the deadline?
Tim Dierkes
2:11
I don't think so.  Even the DBacks, a speculative 3B suitor, should get Lamb back well before the trade deadline and wouldn't get a big upgrade with Moose.
Braves Homer
2:12
Chris Archer to braves makes to much sense not happened
Tim Dierkes
2:12
For the Rays' part, it would be nice if Archer put up some decent results first.  He's been BABIP'd to death this year.
Chris
2:12
Anything on relief targets with the Astros?
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