Are you serious? If you're not getting pitching prospects in such a deal, then you're talking about getting hitters. This guy is the best most feared hitter in the league now. . He's the only reason they're scoring any runs. This a strange baseball universe in which we exist. Fans want to trade him when he's the worst hitter in the league and now they want to trade him when he's the best. We're not talking a free agent here. He's signed reasonably for next year.
Any time you have the starting pitching reservoir they have, you're automatically a contender. Somebody here is going to walk into a good managing job next year, if the front office fixes the bullpen and re-orchestrates its lineup more on speed and defense and less on power.
I don't really see that. Ozuna seems among the most popular although I'm sure the day he overslept for a day didn't sit well with some players.
If he's a dying breed, then he belongs right where he is. I would have to be overwhelmed to give him and overwhelming usually means a starting pitcher or two. They have plenty of those already. Now, if we're talking about a closer or two. . .
I don't see how they miss winning that title. The thing is that if they hit more consistently, had a better bullpen and had more speed, you wouldn't notice the shaky defense. The other items should have been better. We knew the defense had a chance to be spotty, at best.
I'm not sure what "mentally complex" means. But most confounding? Probably.
If Gomber lasts only five innings tonight with that bullpen, then the outcome is a crapshoot. However, they are going against 1-8 Homer Bailey, whom they always have hammered, even when he was good.
Well, basically the goal is to make the playoffs at any number. But it seems to me the number is going to be 90 this year. It will be much higher in the AL, except for the Central Division where Cleveland basically already has clinched.
The Reds are not better than the Cardinals. The season series still is 10-4 no matter what has happened lately. Anybody that is 50-50 with 62 games to play is not going to finish last. To finish last, they would have to lose almost 90 games and they are not going to go 22-40 because their starting pitching is too good for that. But, fourth, fifth. . . third. . . what's the difference?
Trout is much too popular in Anaheim for the Angels to even consider that. The Angels will continue totry to build around him. They really aren't that bad this year but Oakland and Seattle have zipped past the Angels and the Rangers.
I'd say nothing for five there, with the possible exception of Iglesias.They've already had Duke.
I'm not going to argue with you. I want to see as much of the Memphis team, as possible, including Kelly, too. One hundred games is enough for me with this group, albeit there have been some crushing injuries. Bringing up Memphis players, as they have done lately, is not a give-up posture. Some of those guys could be really good.
It's hard to manage a bullpen when you really don't have one, whether it's Mike Matheny, Shildt, or anybody else. The front office has to fix that, even if it means turning around some of the guys who are at Memphis into relievers, as they did successfully with Hicks this year. They are not going to spend big money to sign any more veteran relievers and they were reluctant to do that with Holland until it became a one-year deal.
You are a little generous with your assessment of the bullpen and the baserunning as "very average." .
I can't believe that at 50-50, anybody would think this team is good enough to be a playoff team. That could change in the next week or so but the current horses aren't going to win the race.
Stubby Clapp certainly would get an interview once the season is over if the job were to be open. He had done remarkable things with an ever-changing roster in Memphis. My gut is that the organization also would at least look at someone with big-league managing experience.
Before next week is over, I would not at all be surprised to see one or two new leftrhanded relievers here and a lefthanded hitter with some power. But they would all have to be under control for next season.
Absolutely. Also a predominantly righthanded pitching staff.
I do not think you'll see Fowler going just yet. The other three? Very possible.
At 116 pitches for Poncedeleon, it was time. I would have let Carpenter hit one more tine in the three-homer game.