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Jeffrey Todd
3:02
Hey! Gather round and leave some questions ... we'll start this up in a few.
Andrew
3:08
Hey Jeff, I am your biggest fan
Jeffrey Todd
3:08
!!!
Andrew
3:08
Who comes out of the NL East?
Jeffrey Todd
3:08
You just want your questions answered, isn't that true Andrew???
3:09
NL East champs:

Mets (17.2% | 161 votes)
 
Phillies (37.2% | 348 votes)
 
Braves (26.7% | 250 votes)
 
Nats (18.8% | 176 votes)
 

Total Votes: 935
Step-Twin Brother
3:10
With stats normalized over a large enough sample size, can we say Hunter Dozier is legit now?
Jeffrey Todd
3:12
The sample is still too small to declare him an amazing hitter, I'd think, not that I can speak to that in a purely statistical manner. I was looking at him the other day actually ... what jumps off the page is the walk rate. That's super encouraging. Guys often get hot for stretches, but if he has figured something out about his approach and is healthy, then that could be different. It's encouraging but we still need to see how it goes as pitchers adjust, etc.
Travis
3:12
Do the Cubs have the prospect ammo (and cash, evidently) to bolster the relief corps?  I cannot fathom Cishek and Stop being the answer come playoff time.
Jeffrey Todd
3:13
Sure, every team has intriguing young talent to draw from if they need to. Except in extreme cases (Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller are memorable examples), it usually doesn't take elite prospects to get even the best relief arms.
3:14
Trouble is, the cost of talent goes up as the amount owed to the player goes down and the control increases. If the Cubs can't add any significant payroll, then how are they going to get a really quality reliever? We don't know if they've kept some cash in reserve but I think that's a bigger question than whether they have enough prospect talent.
Toldya Joe
3:15
Seems like the Brewers' recipe of overachieving starters, heavy bullpen usage and dependence on Christian Bonds isn't so sustainable after all..
Jeffrey Todd
3:16
There was a reason some of the projection systems had them as more of a .500ish team. There were always some questions. That said, they aren't cooked yet.
metsbro
3:16
What do you make of Christian Walker?  This is the first legitimate chance he has had to show what he can do.
Jeffrey Todd
3:18
His hard contact rate is absurd ... as with Dozier I have no idea whether that reflects a fully sustainable situation. You'd think Dozier's walks would be somewhat more sustainable than Walker's suddenly uncanny ability to square up the baseball. But you also don't see many guys doing what Walker is and his K/BB numbers are also improving (though not so dramatically) as pitchers recognize the need to be careful. Will be interesting to see how both guys proceed.
JB
3:18
Senzel coming up soon?
Jeffrey Todd
3:19
I think so, yes. Def should give him some time to get comfy in the OF but otherwise they need to get as much talent on the field ASAP.
Nick Castellanos
3:20
I know the Tigers want to dump me. Is there anyone out there thatll take me?
Jeffrey Todd
3:20
If he starts hitting again, sure. But remember what happened with JD Martinez a few years back, even when he was absolutely destroying the baseball. I don't expect a big return at all.
How long
3:23
How much longer can Houston keep Yordan Alvarez down in AAA, he is killing it.
Jeffrey Todd
3:25
They just have too much talent eh? Goodness. I'm sure they'd consider just swapping him in for Kemp if they could. At some point though they will just make the best deal they can for Kemp and clear the way for Alvarez and Tucker. Thing is, there really is no rush. The regulars are all playing really well and they are probably about to run away from the rest of the division. Better to wait and let things play out than do something hasty.
3:26
Alvarez would also require a 40-man move, so that's a consideration.
aka22
3:26
What are the Marlins doing with Lewis Brinson? Hasn't played in days... why not just send him down?
Jeffrey Todd
3:27
I imagine they would rather not burn the option and aren't exactly eager to call anyone else up right now. He also has nothing to prove at Triple-A. But ... yeah at some point you just have to do it.
MacDice
3:27
Why didn't the Mariners go after Gio G?
Jeffrey Todd
3:29
In large part, the aforementioned embarrassment of riches that the Astros have. Adding Gio isn't really going to help them keep up, in all likelihood. I'm sure they want to stay in contention and may have some slight hope of a wild card but I think they're also realistic about where this is all headed.
Dave
3:30
Can you believe that people don't like Javy Baez?
Jeffrey Todd
3:30
I can understand why he annoys people sometimes but on the whole I do have a hard time understanding those who don't appreciate a little bravado and flair and joy.
Bronson
3:30
Any rumblings on the Braves adding to their bullpen soon?
Jeffrey Todd
3:32
You know how things have gone. I would be pretty stunned if they suddenly veered way off path with a move. At the same time they made clear they were keeping $ to use mid-season because they weren't intrigued by other ways to use it. Now that they know the need they should be willing to act. It's just that prices will be astronomical right now -- that's always the case early on, and the Braves are just one of four competitive teams in their own division (let alone the rest of baseball) that would really really like to improve their pens.
Guest
3:33
Are Brewers any closer to signing Keuchel or Kimbrel?
Jeffrey Todd
3:33
Gio.
Loving Chaos
3:34
Favorite video game growing up? Mine is Mike Tyson's Punch Out
Jeffrey Todd
3:34
NES? Off Road!
Joel
3:34
Wait, no Marlins in the poll?
Jeffrey Todd
3:34
OOPS
Acuna
3:35
Am I becoming the most exciting player in the MLB?
Jeffrey Todd
3:36
Sure but the most relevant development is that he's now trending toward elite plate discipline. That was never his game. It obviously reflects the fear of opposing pitchers but the fact he's able to take advantage is quite promising.
Chip
3:36
As a Reds fan, I didn't expect us to be running away with a division title this year, but I thought we would be competitive enough to finish at .500 worst case.  The highest BA in our lineup is .231 (And it's not Joey Votto)  Is this an anomaly or is the Reds offense with new hitting coach Turner Ward really this bad?
Jeffrey Todd
3:37
Everybody wants to throw hitting coaches under the bus but honestly it just doesn't make sense. I can't fathom he's to blame. I also think the bats will come around.
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