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  1. Danny_Darwin

    Down on the Farm, 2019 edition

    Possibly dumb question: does Casas pronounce it “CASS-us” (short a) or “CASE-us” (long a)? Or some other way?
  2. Danny_Darwin

    2019 All-Star Game Rosters

    Dietrich's not on the ballot, believe it or not, so if he makes it, it's as a reserve (unless there's a super well-organized write-in campaign). Voit is on there, but as a 1B, so I don't think he can randomly be switched to DH?
  3. Danny_Darwin

    6/6 @ KC

    Shawaryn hasn't pitched at all since the call-up, correct? He probably gets Saturday night.
  4. Danny_Darwin

    Starting Pitching 2019

    Shawaryn's up. I'm posting this here because I assume he'll slot into the rotation, but the team hasn't said at this point (that I can find, at least)
  5. Danny_Darwin

    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Why wouldn’t they trade Dalbec? He doesn’t have a clear path to playing time on the MLB club anytime soon and neither is he forcing the issue with his current performance. (I’d add more, but there’s already a lot of discussion on Dalbec’s specific strengths and weaknesses in the “Future of the...
  6. Danny_Darwin

    SF Giants -- a modern-day catastrophe

    This could save them, or at least help a lot. Relievers still go for a high price mid-season - just last year, the Padres got a top-ten prospect for Brad Hand. And obviously the Yankees' haul in 2016 for Miller and Chapman is paying huge dividends for them. Between Smith, Watson, and Dyson, they...
  7. Danny_Darwin

    Rafael Devers, JD Martinez and the future at the corners

    Dalbec is an interesting case. He's hitting well at Portland after a brutal start and improved his K rate, although it's still pretty high. I've not seen him, but I hear he's a decent defender as well. But on the other hand, he's a month older than Chavis, which I'll admit surprised me. So I...
  8. Danny_Darwin

    Koji Uehara retires from professional baseball

    Still say they should've traded him at the 2014 deadline /ducks
  9. Danny_Darwin

    Building a Bullpen, 2019 edition

    Hernandez has 19 walks in 19.1 innings at Portland right now. True, that’s with him working as a starter, but I suspect they’ll want him to work on those issues a bit before tasking him with turning around the MLB bullpen. Also, before anyone suggests Feltman, note that he has a 7.71 ERA in AA.
  10. Danny_Darwin

    This has to change.

    I think it's actually the karmic payback for the Patriots winning another Super Bowl
  11. Danny_Darwin

    This has to change.

    Thanks for the memories and all of that, but Pearce seems like a guy they could move on from relatively painlessly.
  12. Danny_Darwin

    This has to change.

    Bring on CJ Chatham
  13. Danny_Darwin

    4/26-27 Rays will put an end to this nonsense ... eventually

    Very quietly, Pearce has been terrible.
  14. Danny_Darwin

    Swihart traded to Dbacks

    Technically, that's Jackie Bradley Jr. Generally, I agree that the way Swihart's career has been handled has seemed odd on the surface - it seemed like someone, somewhere within the organization just decided they didn't like him and that was that. But at the same time, I do think the fact that...
  15. Danny_Darwin

    Rosenthal: Sale extension 5 years, $145 million

    I won’t address the validity of the statement, but there are plenty of reasons not to say such a thing on the record. This player might find himself sharing a clubhouse with Sale someday and maybe doesn’t want to have an awkward conversation. Or maybe he’s on an AL team and doesn’t want to give...
  16. Danny_Darwin

    4/14- I can see why nobody wants to do this

    So, the kind of "fans" who've led the league in attendance every year since 2013.
  17. Danny_Darwin

    Pedroia Predictions

    Yeah, my faulty memory - thought he debuted a couple of years after Pedroia for some reason.
  18. Danny_Darwin

    Pedroia Predictions

    According to Jay Jaffe, 2000 hits is a big separator between HoFers and those who fall just shy. Pedroia's just under 200 short of that right now, but given how the past couple of years have gone for him, it's not necessarily a guarantee. Cano's already there and Kinsler will probably get there...
  19. Danny_Darwin

    Do we now have two "win the last game or bust" teams?

    I think my only criteria is “don’t be embarrassing.” 2011, 12, 14, and 15 were embarrassing. But I might not be that upset about a third-place finish or early playoff ouster if they aren’t the result of a historic collapse.
  20. Danny_Darwin

    Mets Extend DeGrom For 5 Years $137 Million

    A lot can happen in a season. I'm sure Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel were both expecting lucrative deals around this time last year.