Molina is in the discussion but there are some catchers having big years, including Contreras of the Cubs. DeJong should be in the discussion at shortstop. As of this writing, nobody else because Pittsburgh's Bell will take a spot long reserved for either Votto or Goldschmidt or both.
I'm not much in the way of towns anymore because I've been everywhere many times. I like working conditions and those in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Miami are good _ and I'm slated for all of them this year.
I thought it matched up well, too, but I wasn't including Darvish, who is pitching better than he was. I also thought Wacha would be a bigger factor so far and he hasn't. As of now, Cubs have clear edge there. But these things can change.
They wanted 13 pitchers for the interleague series with Texas and Hensley was on the 40-man. But he doesn't need to be here if he's not going to pitch.
Ponce de Leon certainly would get the first shot if he's pitching well. Gomber would have, too, until he got a sore biceps. I wouldn't mind seeing Jake Woodford, strong early at Memphis, but not on the 40-man yet. Three weeks from now, we may have a read on Alex Reyes, too.
I can't argue your logic there. But who hits first, fourth and fifth? that would be the question because I'm keeping DeJong third.
It depends on what kind of club you have. If you want power, you have to go with Edmonds. If you want speed and average, you go with McGee. If you want defense, you go both. In this day of power trumping average, Edmonds probably would be the choice.
I would hope that's not the case. This isn't middle school. It's whatever gets you to October.
I didn't know I had any bias there. J.D. Martinez is a wonderful hitter. He would be a liability defensively in many of the bigger National League parks but in the bigger AL parks, it makes no difference because then they can DH him.
That might be one of the reasons why they extended him, in case the DH comes into being universally next year.
The only name that would interest me there is Duffy, who, if he returns to form, could be a helpful lefthanded starter.
There's room for all four here. It's up to Mike Shildt to find it and he's very aware of the situation.
I might try that although this has Molina hitting seventh, which is too low for one of your best run producers. Also, Ozuna would have to convinced hitting fifth is not a demotion.
I would say you're crazy but the Royals' Homer Bailey does have two no-hitters, both with Cincinnati. .
We've got about 15 more minutes here as we've returned to action. We'll shut it down at 4. Fire away.
Everybody will be taking a run at Madison Bumgarner and I would, too. It's too early to have many targets on other clubs because those teams aren't going to trade those players until they sense more desperation in July and they can make better deals.
Yes, it is too early until May somehow has morphed into October. Wasn't it just three weeks ago, you were making playoff reservations?
I would say 7 to 10 MPH because pitchers are just stronger. They didn't lift weights in those days nor was the tracking of velocity terribly accurate.