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Travis Sawchik
12:29
I suppose I don't disagree too strongly but I am a fan of the Chick-fil-A sandwich and on a time crunch ...
Matt
12:29
Is the solution to Cubs' said pitching woes, for Theo/Jed to suck it up and deal an asset (Schwarbs, Baez, Russell, Happ, or Eloy) that stings , in order to land a Top O rotation SP?
Travis Sawchik
12:29
Cubs eventually have to move some of that surplus, but the issue is some of those players are less dreamy at the moment
Pat
12:30
So, who goes on Detroit? JD, J. Wilson, Avila. How much $$ would they need to eat to trade Verlander? Yesterday's stinker sure didn't help them move him.
Travis Sawchik
12:30
I think you nailed it on their most attractive assets ... I think Verlander has some limited value
seth
12:30
any initial thoughts on how the new international spending rules are working? we know the top guys are going to lose money, are other guys doing better (like the 100k guys getting more like 300k from the penalty teams)? Or is it just a deal for the owners?
Travis Sawchik
12:31
It seems like a very pro-owner deal. It would be different if there was a mechanism forcing IFA dollars into MLB veteran payroll ... but there is nothing forcing the owners to redirect those funds elsewhere. There is no salary floor
Bat flip
12:31
Braves are 6.5 back of wildcard Rockies who have lost 9 of 10. They're about to get Freeman back to fill a big hole at third. At the deadline they should?
Travis Sawchik
12:32
The Braves are in a weird spot. But I wouldn't give up too much for an upgrade. This isn't a year to go for it. Now, if there's an Ivan Nova-like 2016 deadline deal out there, perhaps
Steve
12:33
Cole needs to throw his two seamer more.  His 4 seamer is too damn straight!  And he seems to rely on his 4 seamer more when he's in trouble because velocity
Travis Sawchik
12:33
According to PITCHf/x he's throwing a career-low rate of four-seamers
mike sixel
12:34
So, no interleague play, so I can't watch NL players in person if I live in MN? How is that good for the fans, exactly? Every other sport on the planet has "inter league" games for a reason.
Travis Sawchik
Coldplay Rule No. 7: Always keep an element of mystery
I miss that about pre-interleague
12:36
You didn't quite know how good the other league was in comparison
Maybe I'm in the minority ... but i'd also rather see more games in the league, since teams are competing for wild cards
For instance, I don't think it's good that if you live in Pittsburgh you only see the Dodgers, Giants and Nationals once a year
Aaron
12:37
The 1998 Yankees had 10 players with 10 home runs.  Of all the Sox and Yankees offenses of the 90's and 2000's that would routinely score 900+ runs that was the only team to do it. The Rockies have never in the team's history even been close to having 10 players with 10 or more home runs, so I'd go out on a limb and say that no NL team has ever done it.
Travis Sawchik
12:37
I trust your research. It does seem like a quite a feat
Tomlin
12:37
Is it inevitable at this point that I will eventually be removed from the Indians starting rotation?  The number of hits I have given up is greater than the number of innings I have pitched.
Travis Sawchik
12:38
Clevinger has a legit swing-and-miss pitch in is slider, Bauer might be reaching another level and Salazar has All-Star upside ... so I think Tomlin might be the odd man out eventually
Brandon
12:38
More so because you skipped on the waffle fries. If you're making a CFA run, you have to at least get them -- you're already there!
Travis Sawchik
12:39
Yeah, they're good but I'm trying to reduce fry and soda intake .... My wife and I have a no-soda rule for our home
Chris Sale!
12:39
Can we talk about how Chris Sale has put up 5.1 WAR this season? 5.1 through 17 starts and 120 IP! If you want to play the pace game, he's going to clear 10 WAR. That's insane
Travis Sawchik
12:39
Yeah, it's incredible. He's basically Randy Johnson with a changeup right now. What's more amazing is that body and delivery has never broken down. We really don't know anything about pitchers do we?
Aaron
12:41
Do you think the Indians will try to trade Jason Kipnis? If so, would he generate interest?
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Not yet ... but Jose Ramirez can play second ... and Yandy Diaz is intriguing if he can more often get the ball in the air. I don't think we've seen Kipnis be Kipnis yet this year. Remember, he missed much of the spring
Will
12:42
I was offered Donaldson and Miggy in a trade for Kershaw. Whats your opinion of these two underperformers the rest of the year? Its a 12 team keeper league ( I also have Sale, Cueto, Paxton, Barrios, Ray and A Sanchez).
Travis Sawchik
12:43
Interesting. I'd rather have the Best Player on the Planet ... or at least one of the three competing for the crown
Steve
12:43
I know Cole's throwing his four seamer less but it's still too much and in too predictable of spots is my point.
Travis Sawchik
12:43
Cole believes establishing fastball command is the key to longevity and success
Aaron
12:43
Exactly. Yandy could potentially exceed Kipnis's output and still get a prospect or additional piece.
Travis Sawchik
12:44
Yeah, but Indians would be selling low on an important clubhouse guy (FWIW)... I see it as a possibility down the road, just not ye t
Ingoodguys
12:44
At the halfway mark, the Royals have a better record than the Cubs, and Jason Vargas is an all star with the best ERA in the American League
Travis Sawchik
12:45
Humans are not very good ad predicting things ... and neither are our projection systems!
Funkhouser
12:46
What's going on with Matt Carpenter? Walk rate up, but too many fly balls killing his babip? I'm waiting on a bounceback but his approach seems different than 2015.
Travis Sawchik
12:46
His 0.52 GB/FB ratio is a career extreme ... But he's been a 0.70 guy in past seasons ... Maybe a little too extreme in approach? Not sure
timmer
12:47
Hey Travis!  Do you know of anyplace where I could find a WPA split by opponent?  I love the idea of some guys as Cub-killers or Reds-killers or the like and I think it would be fun to look at guys who have had high WPAs against certain teams to see who really kills who in a win-probability sense.  Thanks.
Travis Sawchik
12:47
I've never tried to search for that. Does it exist on our split leaderboards?
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