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Travis Sawchik
12:04
Welcome to what I believe is the first FG chat being headquartered at the Joker Marchant Stadium press box in Lakeland, Fla.
12:05
Let's chat ...
Guest
12:05
Anti-WBC people are nuts. It's baseball plus national pride, fans going nuts and players you rarely see. What am I missing?
Travis Sawchik
12:06
I'm not anti-WBC ... but with its being held in March, without some of the world's best players, and with limits on pitch counts and other issues it's not able to reach its potential. WBC needs a new home on the calendar among other things, I feel
Bob
12:06
Torres, Swanson, Rasario, Crawford.... Who would you take at SS for the future?
Travis Sawchik
12:07
Swanson but it's such a great group of SS prospects. Golden Era of shortstop play, for sure
Ryan Dunne
12:07
What kind of money do you think Carlos Santana will command next off-season? Any chance he signs a QO?
Travis Sawchik
12:08
I think he would test the market rather than sign a QO. He should be able to land a multi-year deal at $15m+
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th8_
12:09
Regarding "Salvador Perez Deserves a Break," what do you make of the reports that he has lost 25 lbs? Does Yost try to have him catch 150 games this year?
Travis Sawchik
12:09
Ha. I'd guess 155 is the target
Sim
12:10
Travis! Who are some of your favorite tier 2 pitchers? ie. Tanaka, Salazar, Cole etc.
Travis Sawchik
12:10
Does Danny Duffy count?
GSon
12:10
Does that make you a Tiger's Fan?
Travis Sawchik
12:11
No, but my brother-in-law is ... I was here to watch Bundy and Fulmer pitch, now I suppose it's just to watch Bundy. Threatening clouds and winds in the area
GSon
12:11
Which Gary Sanchez will the league see: The Home Run hitting 1.000+ OPS monster from August or the <.600 OPS timid free swinging easily fooled neophyte that wasn't ready from September ?.. (btw.. the easy answer.. somewhere in between)
Travis Sawchik
12:13
I actually have a post on this very subject in the queue. I think expectations for Sanchez have gotten a bit out of control. Remember Brett Lawrie's close to 2011? But I do like the player like everyone else.
someone
12:13
which bad baseball player do you irrationally love?
Travis Sawchik
12:14
I've rostered Eric Thames on fantasy rosters multiple times ... so I'm very curious to see what the post-KBO iteration looks like
Peanut Brains
12:15
Trade one, keep one, drop one (dynasty). Gsellman, Cotton, Musgrove. Do you like any of these three in particular for 17?
Travis Sawchik
12:15
Eno is big on Cotton. So I'm big on Cotton. The changeup is possibly an elite pitch.
Grundy
12:16
Votto hit .400+ with OBP .490 in the 2nd half of last season. How is he not the best 1B in the league?
Travis Sawchik
12:16
He very well may be and he was incredible in the second half last season as we know. I'd like to see him moved to a contender
FarOouut
12:17
Re: Fly-Ball Revolution - I also remember Donaldson mid-season in his first year with Jays commenting on just putting the ball in the air at Rogers Centre as it will go out anywhere, versus Oakland where you had to pull and were punished for balls in the air to centre-right. He became more comfortable lifting balls as the ballpark factors increased his likelihood of success in doing so.
Travis Sawchik
12:18
Interesting. Environment can certainly play a role in success ... But Donaldson did OK in Oakland, too
Oscar
12:20
Should I try to trade Rick Porcello now at his highest value?
Travis Sawchik
12:20
I think so. Good pitcher but probably not going to earn you 22 wins again
Kiermaier's Piercing Green Eyes
12:20
Rumor is that the Rays are eyeing Lawrie. On a team with Longo, Duffy, and Miller as regulars with Tim Beckham and Nick Franklin as reserves, what use do they have for him, even at league minimum? Would have rather seen them claim Park.
Travis Sawchik
12:20
It's a bit curious for sure. They might see a player with pedigree who has shown flashes of star potential.
Hey ho
12:21
In looking at Jung Ho's wild ride last year: he rocked out to a .407 wOBA for May, June, Aug and Sept/Oct (combined (.270 /.377/.567 in 310 PAs). But a crazy outlier of .229 for July (.182 /.250/.255 in 60 PAs). What happened in July? It looks like a perhaps bogus sexual assault claim. I don't mean to diminish that event, and if it happened, it should absolutely be taken seriously. But the data suggest it had an impact on his season. Anyway, are you optimistic that Kang can be a .375+ wOBA guy if he has a full season of injury-free ball?
Travis Sawchik
12:22
It's difficult to know how Kang was affected by the assault claim last season. But in a season free of injury and other issues he could be a star-level bat, I think. He's answered all questions about his ability to hit velocity.
Jeremy
12:23
do you think Keon Broxton can make the leap this year after how he finished last year? Possible 20-40 upside?
Travis Sawchik
12:23
Oh yes. I have a seat reserved on the bandwagon
Gob Bluth
12:23
Is this the year Byron Buxton breaks out?
Travis Sawchik
12:23
Yes. At least in the sense that he establishes himself as an above-average regular
Guest
12:24
2013-2014 Puig batflips also he's amazing 2015-2016 batflips go away he's not amazing 2017 the batflips back What does this mean?
Travis Sawchik
12:24
Let Puig flip the bat
ChiSox2020
12:25
Spring training story lines so far?
Travis Sawchik
12:25
David Price
NDBrian
12:26
Have you seen any StatCast data regarding how quickly middle infielders are able to turn a double play? Regardless, what DP combo stand out as the best at that individual skill?
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