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Jim
12:34
I'm a blue jays fan suffering from a pretty serious case of early season anxiety. Should I really be worried?
Travis Sawchik
12:34
A little bit ... and even more so after this season
steve malkmus
12:35
miguel sano - time for him to come to life? How real is a 2017 season where he hits 40, 100r/100rbi, bats .265, OPS 1.000, and strikes out <200 times?
Travis Sawchik
12:35
Sano was impressive in the first week. Had good at bats and the contact was very loud. He'll always strike out but I think he can post that line. It's like his 85th percentile
Sonny
12:35
Happy Glasnow Day!!!
Travis Sawchik
12:36
Is there a bigger wild card in the game?
John
12:37
Say you're taking batting practice and the coach is lobbing baseballs down the middle of the plate at 55 - 60 MPH. Do you believe that you have the physical strength to hit one of them over the fence in a major league stadium?
Travis Sawchik
12:38
No. Well, maybe Fenway down the LF line to my pull side
someone
12:38
If not the Phillies, Yankees, or Nationals, where would you like to see Bryce Harper sign?
Travis Sawchik
12:39
Dodgers or Angels or Rangers .... Spin the wheel of large-market mystery teams
GERB
12:39
What are good early stats to look at to get an idea of how much to believe in a teams record? I was looking at team BABIP to try and guess teams might have over/under preformed in week 1
Travis Sawchik
12:39
That's not a bad place to start
Andrew
12:40
Remarks on Shoemaker. I wouldn't worry about the last start his splitter just wasn't breaking like normal, he had 7 0-2 counts and would have like 10 strike outs at least if it was working like he wanted, which it will later in the year. BTW did you catch the Angels game yesterday? It was epic and as an Angels fan I still feel the excitement this morning/Afternoon.
Travis Sawchik
12:40
(Witness account for those Shoemaker owners in need of a pick-me-up)
Evil Goatee Ken Tremendous
12:41
But you'd *like* to see Harper on the Nippon Ham Fighters, right?
Travis Sawchik
12:41
How about Otani (when he's not pitching) and Harper in the same lineup in New York?
Pikup Androppov
12:41
Do you buy what you've seen from Ryan Zimmerman so far?
Travis Sawchik
12:42
He's another guy buying into the fly-ball revolution. Apparently he's been working with Daniel Murphy, the Johnny Appleseed of fly-ball approach
Who_Is_Zorbist?
12:43
It looks like De Leon will be Alex Cobb's successor. Cobb is a FA at year's end, and the Rays don't let pitchers get to FA. Obviously he will be traded. Is there a scenario where half a season of him can net the Rays a top 100 prospect? He's never been an "ace", but he was pretty darn close.
Travis Sawchik
12:44
If Cobb is pre-TJ Cobb he would net something ... That was a very good arm
#BantheWave
12:44
Daniel Murphy is the originator of the new fly-ball approach? I just read another article about Puig that said Justin Turner was. Which is it?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
I didn't say he was the originator just that he was the Appleseed in moving from team to team and spreading the word. (I think Marlon Byrd might have begun this whole thing back in 2013 ... or Ted Williams and Babe Ruth before him)
BASEBALL!
12:45
Is Margot a must own in 12 team?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
He should be on a bench, at least
Dane
12:46
Could this be the year George Springer puts it all together? Fantasy community was relatively down on him pre-season, but in that lineup, he could put up 120-35-85 with an OBP of over .350, which would be amazing.
Travis Sawchik
12:47
He's looked great and we hadn't seen his best entering 2017. He has his K-rate is a very manageable place
Steve
12:48
How concerning is Arrieta's velocity drop?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
It's certainly not a good thing but so far he's been just fine
A guy
12:49
Is there a cool internet phrase (like Poe's Law or Godwin) for taking a good concept and misapplying it?
It seems like 5 years ago every who said "SSS" was making a valid point. Now it seems like 80% of the people who say "SSS" are saying it whether it meaningfully applies or not.
Travis Sawchik
12:49
Anyone?
Jim
12:49
What do you make of McCutchen's start? He's 0 for everything except Friday. He looks a lot like the player that struggled last year and so far away from the perennial MVP contender.
Travis Sawchik
12:49
I
I'm a little concerned. We've never seen a superstar have an Age 29 decline like that and there was apparently no injury-related reason
12:50
And there hasn't been a ton of evidence this spring that he's in a great place
And if the Pirates thought there was a good chance of a great bounce-back, he's probably not available this winter, right?
Erik
12:51
Why is the fly-ball revolution only happening now? It shouldn't have taken StatCast for people to realize that homers are better than singles.
Travis Sawchik
12:51
People are often trapped by dogma and tradition, and tradition is hard to break from ... Thankfully we now have Statcast
Erik
12:53
After a week of games, which of the projected division favorites seem shaky? Any chance we'll get a division race after all?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
I suspect we will see a division race somewhere. It's a tough game to predict as we know. I'm not too concerned about LAD, CHC, CLE, HOU, WAS ... but Price's status is worth watching in Boston. Toronto has some concerns as a playoff team from last year. That's an older positional player group
Q-Ball
12:57
Small Sample Size be damned, what players have stood out to you so far, positive or negative?
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