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bosoxfor life
12:39
What is your opinion on making a Verlander trade feasible? How much would the Tigers have to kick in to get anything of value back? Especially since name players have been available for literally a bag of balls.
Travis Sawchik
12:39
Tigers would have to kick in significant cash
Chuck
12:39
Should Votto be in the conversation for NL MVP? I get the "good player on a bad team" argument but he may be having a better season than his MVP year
Travis Sawchik
12:40
It's an individual award... so team context, for me, is really irrelevant unless it's a really close race
Ryan
12:40
Joey Votto has reached base at least twice in 18 straight games, the longest such streak since Bonds did it 20 straight games in 2004.  Do you know what the longest non-steroid-aided streak is?
Travis Sawchik
12:40
I don't but that's incredible. I want to see Votto on a contender and play in October
Frodo
12:40
Chances Joey Votto ages like Adrian Beltre, minus the injuries? So far so good...
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Age curves are cruel but I'd love to see it
Votto has a great baseball mind and that should age well
Tom
12:41
Great article. Stanton is a beast
Travis Sawchik
12:41
Thanks for reading, Tom
Mike
12:41
True or False: The Indians are the best team in the AL
Travis Sawchik
12:42
They are not going to be the best regular season team but they are best positioned for the postseason, I believe
October won't you come...
12:43
Who are you predicting for this year's NLCS? I'll ask for the ALCS next month since that league will look at the very least, marginally clearer by then.
Travis Sawchik
12:43
Dodgers-Nats
Sonny
12:43
Does Glasnow get another shot at MLB starts this year? The BB are way down in AAA, for longer periods than the last time he dominated AAA ball but is there a sense in Pitt FO that they've seen this before w him?
Travis Sawchik
12:44
Glasnow believes he's made real strides -- and that his stuff in the majors was never as good as it had been as a prospect -- so, yeah, he'll get another look
JTT
12:44
Do the cubs want to win the NL central?
Travis Sawchik
12:45
The NL Central is an argument for a format of 2 divisions in each league
We're Going Streaming
12:45
Is Buxton starting to get there?  Since July his splits are solid (.347/.407/.458) and he is 7/7 on SB attempts.
Travis Sawchik
12:45
I hope so. He might be the best pure athlete in the game
Reginald Denton III
12:45
ESPN's ticker last night said "Indians win as Kluber builds Cy Young" case.  Isn't that pretty unrealistic?  Yeah, he's been great over the last month or so, but he's just doing what Sale has done all season.
Travis Sawchik
12:45
And he missed some time on DL  ... it's a long-shot case
Dev
12:46
Can't. Stop. Thinking. About. Devers.
Travis Sawchik
12:46
Some great news: no one is stopping you
Russell
12:46
Of course, the advantage the Astros have is the 5 game lead in the AL (granted, much smaller now after Boston's latest streak).  It would be nice to have to go through Boston OR Cleveland instead of both.
Travis Sawchik
12:47
Going through Boston and Cleveland in the AL is not ideal
Bad Bill
12:47
Is Adam Wainwright fixable?
Travis Sawchik
12:47
The hour is nearing midnight
Matt
12:47
I'm on team chaos. Are we finally going to get the WC chaos we deserve?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
I supposed wild card chaos is good for the game in that it will drive interest and viewership ... but the WC and six division races make the game less of a meritocracy
toki
12:48
What's going on with Steven Matz?
Travis Sawchik
12:48
Michael Conforto is the one thing going right with the Mets. But it's a pretty good thing to have going right
Jordan
12:49
Any chance the Tribe calls up Mejia and gives him the job into the playoffs? Or is it Gomes/Perez for 2017, and why?
Travis Sawchik
12:49
Indians are going to place value on defense over bat at the position, particularly in gearing up for postseason ... Mejia is the future but not in 2017
toki
12:49
How soon till Collins gets the boot in NY?
Travis Sawchik
12:49
I don't think he will be back
Xolo
12:50
If the league ever redraws division lines, they should split up the leagues by big and small markets.
Travis Sawchik
12:50
MLBPA probably would not be OK with that given extra travel likely involved
One last Votto fact...
12:51
Votto ran a .361 BABIP during his 1.024 OPS MVP campaign. He's currently running a .300 BABIP during his 1.046 OPS year. Can you imagine if he was anywhere close to his career norms this year?
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