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Everything posted by GuidoSarducci

  1. What I'm wondering is, if this stuff is so important, how are there so many international prospects in the MLB that don't come from as rich countries? Maybe this is bias on my part , but how do the players coming out of the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, who presumably don't have access to those resources, compete just as well as the ones coming out the US?
  2. Kershaw sucks in a playoff series! How utterly shocking ...
  3. And the Yanks go down!
  4. Winker mostly DH'd. Senzel plays CF. He was drafted with the Reds 1st pick (#2 overall) in 2016. He should be locked in as their CF at least for next year. Their starting LF was 32-year old Shogo Akiyama who posted a .654 OPS. Even DJ Stewart would be an upgrade there. Of course, they could be looking for more of a sure-thing upgrade, but that requires either money or surrendering prospects. Any single player we have, would not generate interest, but if we bundle some guys together, it might work.
  5. Neither Nunez or Ruiz are really upgrades for anyone. Nunez is almost strictly a DH, who doesn't hit all that well for a dedicated DH. Ruiz is a well below average 3B. They might not even make they 25 man on the O's next year. But let's say we were to package DJ Stewart, Jose Iglesias and Pedro Severino to the Reds. Could that get us an organizational top 20 prospect? Those guys are upgrades than what the Reds have now, and all are cheap except Iglesias - but his contract is cheap relative to production and its only a one-year commitment. Stewart is also young and under team control, so if he breaks out then you fill a hole with a productive player on the cheap for a few years. For an organization on a budget, if they decide they are going to make a run this might be a smarter route.
  6. This is mainly because of the holes at 3B/1B. If Trey is coming back that answers 1B question. We also have more quality outfielders that can't all make the roster and probably an extra catcher. Iglesias doesn't add much the club if they aren't going to compete. We could also package a few of these guys together.
  7. Following the Reds dismal playoff exit in which they failed to score a single run through 23 innings, its obvious they need some offensive upgrades. The Orioles have some young, cost controlled talent on offense that they may be able to jettison. This may be more up the Reds alley vs. FA as they don't have a big budget being a mid-small market. Looking at the Reds roster they have some obvious holes at SS, LF and Catcher. Would they be a good trade candidates ? I'm not too familiar with their pitching prospects.
  8. DJ LeMahieu is a free agent at the end of the year
  9. From I recall, didn't seem like a knuckleball so much as an eephus pitch.
  10. But seriously, I wonder what our record was with Davis and without. It seems like it was ironically better with him in the lineup Edit: Ok, we were 7-9 with Davis, and'we're current 22-31, so that means without Davis we were 15-22. Record with Davis: .438 (7/16) Record without Davis: .405 (15/37) Edit2: Even better, in 2 of the games Davis had one PA or less, which were both losses. So really in games where he got at least 3 PAs, we were .500.
  11. I didn't appreciate how Hyde burned him by letting him face Voit again, with a fairly predictable result. Yes, game was lost at that point, but still he could have let him off the hook.
  12. After the Alex Cobb experiment, I think not
  13. I think there's only been about 30 or so players to lead all of MLB in homers more than once. And Chris Davis is one of them.
  14. I know the game is over and we probably don't make the playoffs now. Still not really an excuse for burning your relievers like Hyde has been doing.
  15. Hyde burned Wojo. Should not have had to face Voight again there.
  16. If the Yanks can get healthy, they will be incredibly dangerous down the stretch and probably into the playoffs. So probably root for the Jays over the Yanks to prevent that.
  17. Its good they had nice starts but I still think its early to judge, especially the pitchers. Daniel Cabrera's debut was 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R.
  18. I would like to see some splits for Sulster for his first inning appearance vs. afterward It seems to me the majority of his ERs have come when he gets trotted out for a second inning. This of course limits his usefulness in the bullpen, but if he could hypothetically post a 3.50 ERA if has limited to only a single inning, thats stil pretty useful and borderline setup material.
  19. I have no idea why Hyde thought Nunez at 3rd was somehow better than keeping Alberto at 2nd. Sometimes he makes real headscratcher moves.
  20. DJ Stewart had 22 PAs, and got 0 hits, 6 walks and struck out 8 times. It was enough for Elias/Hyde to send him to Bowie. Objectively speaking, D. Smith was a less worse player, on a per game basis.
  21. I referring to this year, on a per game basis. DSJ -0.4 bWAR in 21 GP,. DJ Stewart -0.3 bWAR in 8 GP. Chris Davis -0.9 bWAR in 15 GP.
  22. We suffered way more from having Chris Davis at first base, and DJ Stewart at LF, neither of which could hit, at all. As for lousy fielding, BBref has his Rfield at a whopping -2. Thats not even a 0.2 games swing. His WAR of -0.4 was more due to his lack of production at the plate - but in that department, Davis and Stewart were much worse. I've seen members of NFL secondary almost singlehandedly lose games for their teams. When a CB/S gets exploited to the tune of 150 yards/2 TDs thats a much worse problem than only having a marginal left fielder.
  23. I don't think baseball is really any more of a team sport than other sports. In fact I think fluid sports like hockey and basketball are more team sports than baseball. In hockey and basketball you have to be on the same page with your teammates, as far as individual responsibilities and people being where they need to be in a certain place at a certain time. And if they aren't, scoring opportunities, and defensive assignments are missed. Especially in hockey. In baseball, this is only true on defense and even then, its usually about individual efforts and less about coordination. Half of baseball is individual matchups - (pitcher vs. batter). And fielding only accounts less than half of defense (its mostly about the pitcher), so its probably more like 80-85% individual matchups.
  24. For me, the only saving grace of losing to the Jays in 2016 WC, it wasn't Bautista that did us in. I would have vomited if that happened.
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