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    • I thought Verlander's personal Opening Day leading off the DC series might be a springboard, but the Nationals ended up winning Saturday and Sunday to give the fans lots of warm and fuzzy 2019 memories. https://blogs.fangraphs.com/the-astros-are-rapidly-digging-their-hole-deeper-and-deeper/ Szymborski speculates with the early SP injury stack they might need to be the ones to push early for a Marlins starter. Lot of interesting Arms here if it ends up running entirely off the rails.
    • I wasn't worried because I thought he actually held his own. I also kind of viewed him as a versatile Zobrist-lite kinda guy, so I wasn't worried about him making a huge offensive impact like, say, Gunnar or Adley. I was hoping for an easy upgrade on Urias, basically. So I'm thrilled with what he's doing right now. 
    • I don't know if asking at this point is going to solicit honest responses but here we go: how worried were you in the offseason about Westburg's late-season slump?   I wasn't terribly worried but I'd understand why if you were.  It was more just frustrating because both O'Hearn and Westburg slumped at the same time and it just killed our offense going into the playoffs.  For what it's worth, ZIPS had him as an above-average regular this season and going forward.  Their algorithm seemed pretty impressed with his half-season audition.   For sure though, even if I wasn't worried I certainly wasn't expecting him to brush close to 1.000 OPS in his first month.  And I imagine there weren't many people that were.
    • They better have Westburg jersey's in the team store.
    • That's fine.  That's a take with the appropriate amount of subtlety. The silly rhetorical questions, "How can he learn to hit ML pitching in AAA?" devised to produce a foregone conclusion have no such subtlety. 
    • We could also give up the farm for Jesus Luzardo, as was your plan in the offseason 
    • I’ll leave the player evaluations to you since it’s your specialty.  I just gave reasons why I don’t think we see Povich anytime soon.   
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