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Travis Sawchik
12:45
The common ceiling cited was that of Giancarlo Stanton. Maybe it was closer than almost everyone thought.
Bellinger
12:45
Crazy
Travis Sawchik
12:45
Yep
Dan
12:45
So, theoretical question going off last night's game. Is it really worth totally exhausting your team for the chance at a single win? Why burn through all those guys for a 50% chance at one win when it will likely reduce your odds of winning at least the next one or two games?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
This is why I am for ties in baseball
Tim
12:45
You buying what JC Ramirez is doing?
Travis Sawchik
12:46
To a degree. There's a real change in pitch mix and approach. He's another arm going away from the fastball as a primary pitch like Devenski, Rich Hill, Andrew Miller
A. Reitz
12:46
Gregory Polanco...if his shoulder is bothering him why not rest? BB/K rates are good but woof...he looks like a 4th OF right now.
Travis Sawchik
12:47
Polanco's swing can get really long as he's a long-limbed 6-4, 6-5 guy. When he had success last year, the Pirates said it was from shortening the bat path
Jim-Bob
12:47
Re: Yonder Alonso. The pundits are split about 50/50 on the sell high / buy now options. Where do you land?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
He won't keep this up.... but he's made real improvements. Not sure I'd want him as my starting 1B in 12-team h2h, but CI option, sure
Dan
12:48
You think Pujols/Vargas for Pollock/Manaea is relatively even? Or am I the only person left in the world who thinks Pujols has some juice left in him?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
I
'd hang onto Pollock and Manaea
Dancing Dan Mcgraw
12:48
i know people think harper and machado will get 400-500 mil contracts but the ceiling doesn't seem to get pushed that high that fast. We are still climbing out of the 20 millions right now
Travis Sawchik
12:49
These are much different cases, though. Not just he talent, but superstars entering FA in their mid 20s. We haven't seen it often. And we also see clubs, like the Yankees, ostensibly keeping payroll down right now to make that major splash
Cee Jay
12:51
Does Clevinger have a spot in the rotation now? I would think Bauer ends up in the bullpen sooner rather than later.
Travis Sawchik
12:52
I think Bauer gets some more time, he is striking out 25% of batters faced, but Clevinger looked like a man who wants a job on Sunday
Ties????
12:52
Please expand on your pro-ties feeling.
Travis Sawchik
12:53
www.fangraphs.com/blogs/baseball-and-the-tie-game-a-logical-match/
12:54
If you were drawing baseball up from scratch, it doesn't make much sense NOT to have ties in a 162-game season when MLB decision makers are always worried about bullpen depth
VV
12:55
Eugenio Suarez has looked incredibly good in the early going. Are his changes legitimate?
Travis Sawchik
12:55
I think Jeff is digging into this this week
Headbreak
12:55
I think Hosmer should try to adjust his mechanics to increase flyballs like Alonso did recently. And I saw several FG articles that deal with Hoz's groundball rate problem. Your thoughts?
Travis Sawchik
12:55
Hosmer is an obvious candidate to lift, Yelich, too
Hosmer has not been a very good first baseman with his current approach
Danny
12:55
Is there a max amount of times a team can end a series with a night game and have to travel to a different city for a game the next night? Cubs have been on Sunday Night Baseball last 2 weeks then traveled to a different time zone for Monday games
Travis Sawchik
12:56
That's brutal
Players certainly are not huge fans of Sunday night games. I'm not sure if there are limits
WhoAmI?
12:56
Who you got, Sano or Judge?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
Sano. Similar raw power, Sano has done it longer, has been around the league, etc.
YoOoOOo
12:57
Would you consider trading Lamb and/or Pollock given the humidor coming into effect soon at Chase?
Travis Sawchik
12:57
I don't think so. Coors hitters are still pretty valuable
Horace
12:57
Again I see mention of Harper on the Yankees in the future. He is not cutting that glorious beard off for the Yankees, and he won't suffer financially for it, either.
Travis Sawchik
12:58
Or maybe the Yankees have a change of heart regarding employee dress/appearance code
Phoenix
12:58
When more guys get healthy for the Dodgers, do they send Bellinger back down, even if he's still raking?
Travis Sawchik
12:58
I'd try and be creative
Moonlight Graham
12:59
Seriously, how many Mets fans are here today? All we are hearing about is Conforto and not the cold hard fact that your team is a dumpster fire.
Travis Sawchik
1:00
This was not a good week for Mets baseball. Re: Harvey. I haven't heard of a player being suspended for a violation of team rules since I was covering Clemson athletics. There's apparently a stunning lack of maturity there
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