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Big Mac last won the day on February 7 2009

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  1. It is easy to be down on a guy that gives up 2.4 HR/9 with 4.9 K/9 in his major league career. I think most people rightfully view his ERA this season as nothing but smoke and mirrors.
  2. Oh boy is the OH meltdown when he starts next year at Frederick (or whatever the equivalent is after MiL contraction) going to be epic.
  3. They just had Doug Brocail on MASN's Inside the Yard podcast and he said something along the lines of that there will be pitchers called up this season that the fans probably are not expecting to see. I did a quick google search for the exact quote but could not find it.
  4. Hard pass. He is the type of player we need to be moving away from
  5. There are rumblings on twitter that Mountcastle is being called up. Jason La Confora is reporting it.
  6. Incredibly misleading thread title.
  7. My opinion of Akin didn't change at all based on his appearance, and I've seen a lot of him in the minors so it would be problematic if it did. At a broad level, I think Akin is good enough to hold down a spot at the back-end of the rotation for a year or two before ultimately being pushed to the pen by better arms coming up through the system. I would be trying to work him into the rotation over the rest of the season and hopefully get him regular starts.
  8. This would make more sense if Puig could play CF. He has started a grand total of 60 games in CF in his career and none since 2016. Also, I assume you mean poor defensively in the OF. I would not say we are poor defensively in the infield, especially on the left side.
  9. If you are going to bring up Mountcastle I don't see how Puig fits really.
  10. You can't really compare their AAA track records because Akin's only year was when they used the ML ball in AAA. It essentially became a completely different league. I didn't say Lakins or Sulser didn't deserve to be in their roles, rather my point was I don't understand why Hyde has shown so much confidence in them despite their very limited ML experience while at the same time he seems hesitant to use Akin unless we are up or down by 10 runs. It doesn't make sense to me. It is pretty clear that Akin has a better overall minor league track record than any of those guys. Eshelman gave up 10.1 H/9 in his minor league career, those guys tend to get clobbered in the majors. Don't be fooled by Eshelman's ERA after 12 IP this season. He still has a 5.68 FIP, is giving up 2.2 HR/9 and has a K rate of 3.6/9. He is a ticking time bomb out there.
  11. It should be Akin. I do not understand the hesitation to use him while also having all the confidence in the world in guys with lesser minor league track records who barely have ML experience (i.e., Sulser, Lakins and Eshelman).
  12. Well, Girardi was willing to pitch a position player before Hyde was willing to pitch Akin...
  13. Hyde's pre-game comments today sort of suggested to me that he may not be the biggest fan of having Akin up here. https://www.masnsports.com/school-of-roch/2020/08/ruiz-on-his-defense-and-hair-hyde-on-davis-and-akin.html “I wanted to try to get him in the correct situation, try to take care of him the best I possibly could,” Hyde said. “It hasn’t happened yet and we’ve been playing well, we’ve had the lead and I’ve wanted to use other people right now. This is the big leagues and we’re trying to win games and so when I feel like it’s his time to pitch, that will be the time. Not exactly a ringing endorsement right there. Regardless, the way they have treated Akin with this call-up seems very out of the ordinary compared to how they are handling other prospects.
  14. He also put up an .859 OPS in Bowie in 2017. He only has 211 ML plate appearances and has still managed a .709 OPS. I'm not completely giving up hope, but I don't think it's likely he becomes more than a platoon guy.
  15. There really is no reason to be giving Dwight Smith Jr. at bats over Mountcastle at this point. I'd bring him up.
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