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Mason and Ireland [hr 2]

Mason & Ireland

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Mason and Ireland [hr 2]

"Do you know this voice? No. This is Steve Perry, Steve Perry free warmer lead for for journey. Who would one gigantic solo album? He did solo. Oh, yeah. Come on. Oh, Sherrie. I mean he had a gigantic solo on that anyway. He came back and made now my thought he throw it out there. All right. So we're getting ready for NFC s game number one tonight. GIO Gonzalez versus Clayton Kershaw. It is Clayton Kershaw day. We've got tomorrow SC versus undefeated Colorado at the Coliseum. And then Sunday I will be in Denver with the snow and the cold and the Rams versus the Denver Broncos. And then don't forget Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Dodger Stadium games, three, four and five. I hate the two, three two, but and I hate that Thursday game, which is like a two o'clock game. The Wednesday gave me at is all the Wednesday game. Yeah, right. It doesn't. That doesn't that better for the dodgers though you'd think. It'd be better if they take one game in Milwaukee and they sweep in LA. Yeah, I think it's really hard to beat Milwaukee, three times in a row. That's why I think the series goes back to to Milwaukee. So I wanted to grab this because obviously Lakers getting ready to open and it's it's funny how people are already speculating beyond beyond this year. So Mark Stein, who is an excellent basketball writer, who is who writes for the New York Times tweeted this just a little while ago about Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors. He says and don't forget it. It's warriors versus Lakers tonight. Apparently the warriors guys are playing in San Jose. The Lakers guys for the most part are not lonzo's gonna play, but no LeBron no Rondo, no Ingram. Here's what he writes. The other twenty nine teams are bound to draw hope from the recent widespread rumbles that Durant will seriously consider signing with the Knicks neck next summer yet my own sense after some temperature taking in Vegas is that more people within the organization, the not believe Durant ultimately wants to enjoy at least one season in Golden State's new San Francisco palace after spending so much court time off court time in his first two years, immersing himself in Silicon Valley. He says, there is no tangible concern about Klay Thompson, leaving the warriors, but they do. They do think that the Lakers are. A possible destination for. K. d. next year. So there's two things out there floating around. First of all, we're excited about this season. I think you know, from watching this team from seeing Lonzo the other night, I think this team's going to be very good. I think fifty to fifty five wins. Probably the number, I think very possibly. This team can get to the Western Conference finals. I think LeBron is that good? And I think he's gonna make everybody else that much better, but we all know that there's kind of a two step here. The next step would be next summer and it seems like Mark and multiple people are suggesting the k. d. could be that guy. Could be that guy in New York? No. Could be no, because kyri says he's going to stay in Boston k. d. is now potentially going to be could potentially be a Laker while now be great to have k. d. here in LA obviously that would be the best one, two punch of all time. What if you were k. d. what would you rather do would you rather have quite possibly the best team of all time by staying with the warriors and making the money work or because in ten years from now, are you going to look back at this Katie, this warriors team in and CK on it and think, oh man, they they just they overpaid for it that it's, he'd left Oklahoma City and he stayed in in with the warriors or you're gonna look back and say, this is the best team ever thing. Katie is so sensitive. He's the, he's the most sensitive superstar in the world. I don't. Nobody knows what's going on inside his head. He's got one on her account. He's commenting on Instagram posts from some kid in his basement. I mean, just it's, it's ridiculous. The gyrations that he goes through. So I don't. It's hard to say what he actually wants the theory that's out there and it's completely possible is that there are two one is k. d. potentially as a Laker and you've kind of got LeBron handing off the baton to k. d. as LeBron becomes potentially a more complimentary player. The other is that Katy would never do that because people like Stephen, a Smith have already called katie's, moved to Golden State the weakest move and recorded human history or whatever the hell Stephen, a Smith said, and that gets to k d. And would this be another version of that? Katy is going to be criticized no matter what he does if he stays in Golden State and continues to make these championships look easy. Then he took the easy way out if he comes to LA and plays with LeBron it's the same scenario comes to LA plays with the greatest player on the planet. How much does LeBron really care about that? Or is he used to that criticism? Is LeBron blueapron doesn't care about any of that stuff k. d. I don't think k. d. it would make sense for him to come back. You're saying he comes here. He becomes the star. That's the thing that he's missing right now in Golden State. He is no longer the star, right? Right. Is he they have all these other guys around him. Steph curry is is a former MVP. Klay Thompson could be an MVP on another team. Dream on could be MVP possibly on another team. He comes to LA LeBron leaves. He's now the MVP of the Lakers playing with Lonzo and Ingram and coups Ma in heart, and he is the star of that. That that makes way way more sense. Yeah, and it's also it's not really taking the easy way. No tougher here than it is at Golden State. Without question. The other player that you've got a mansion in association with the Lakers only because you know, we can sit and talk about things. Jalen rose is actually talking to the players are involved, and I watched Jalen rose on. Get up last week, say he called his shot. He said, Anthony Davis will be a Laker, oh man, flat out. Anthony Davis will be Laker and it just so happens. He just signed with clutch, which is the agency that represents LeBron technically is LeBron's agency, aligning. It makes so much sense for that to happen and the conceivably, Anthony Davis. He's able to force a deal this summer before he gets into his final year of his contract with New Orleans. We're going to find out, I, let's circle back to the to the dodgers coming back. Next I've got an interesting and telling number that you haven't heard anywhere else about dodgers brewers. I e SPN LA gigantic Friday, gigantic Friday. I am going to hop a plane tomorrow morning to Denver. I'll be there in the snow and in the cold to see the Rams versus the Broncos. Here's what I'll say about the ramps. They will lose a game. This won't. They will not stay undefeated for ever. I don't know if Sunday is the day. I hope it's not, but I do think weather is gonna play an enormous role. The the weather is going to be a high of twenty eight degrees and seventy percent chance of snow on on Sunday. So it's going to be cold. I don't to the best of my recollection somebody correct me on Twitter from wrong. I don't think Jared Goff has played in a snow game. He's definitely not played in the snow game. I'm not sure if he's played in a cold game or not. I'm I'm racking my memory for that, but whether it's definitely going to be a factor and if you look at the Rams schedule, if you look at the Rams schedule. The hope I was talking to our Boston's and bony. The hope is that both the Rams and the chiefs are undefeated on November the nineteenth for Monday night football in Mexico City, no matter. These are. These are I think, the best team in the NFC and the best team in the AFC. So even if if they drop one or two on the way, it's still an unbelievable matchup. But the hope is, can you imagine if they are undefeated when they meet on November the nineteenth in Mexico City, I told you, I've got a dodgers information, Greg is the lineup for the dodgers. Not that I've seen yet. Let me look when once more spot. And if it is, I will let you know by the way for the Rams Gary Klein reporting that Brandin cooks and Cooper Cup will play will play on Sunday, they're, they're pending. It's pending the final clearance of concussion protocol both say they are ready to go. So that's good news. I do have the lineup, if you owe you do, they'll end up, okay. You give me the lineup, and I've got some. Some information to go along with it. You're pretty close to right on is Taylor. And I as Ben leading off in playing left field third base freeze at first Machado short Kemp right field. Kika is in the six spot. Okay. At the second base Bellinger seven grunt doll at catcher. Okay. So obviously on the mount, so they don't do that possible. I thought the one wrinkle in that that could happen is in Brian dosier. It's not popular with dodger fans, but the one flip would be to put KiKi instead of Bellinger and centerfield and played dosier at second base instead Bellinger despite the fact that it's a lefty and GIO kansallis is going to be in center field and has Bill Plunkett said they trust his defense, and Kika will will play second base. So I've got actually the the matchups here versus GIO Gonzalez, Chris Taylor one. For six with a double. He's leading off JT batting second. Yes. No, yes. JT is second to for nineteen David freeze. Third. Yep. Four for fourteen Manny Machado. Fourth. Yep. Six of eighteen a double six of eighteen double. That's a good one. Yeah, freeze and Machado back toback. Great. Oh, and then I'd Kemp who's eight of twenty four with a double in two home runs off GIO. That is that is a great heart of the order setup. Freeze Machado camp Bellinger oh, it's KiKi. Next he's two for ten with two doubles. Like it's been really hot recently. Maybe not so much Atlanta, but he's been really good. Then Cody Bellinger who has never faced yoga's olice and finally as migrant doll, who's over three barely barely any time. Barely any exposure to GIO Gonzalez GIO by the way has been great. He got picked up an August the twenty August the thirty first by Milwaukee. He's three and. With a two thirteen ERA so has pitched really well since coming over. Although he's another guy that you know, you don't expect more than four or five innings from. That's just not the way Milwaukee, roles, Milwaukee. If there's a team that gives the dodgers run for its money in terms of analytics, it's probably Milwaukee, David Stearns, who is their general manager was an assistant GM for Jeffrey Luneau. And of course, Geoffrey Munoz, the mastermind behind the Houston Astros and their success. So I think that's going to make a huge. That'll be a huge factor because they want to get to their bullpen as quickly as possible. And their bullpen is very good as Bill Plunkett said, just a couple of minutes ago. The key for Milwaukee is to get to there. Oh, Penn. And the key for the dodgers is the same to get to Milwaukee's bullpen because if they can get to it repeatedly and work, those guys deepened accounts and get a rhythm for each of those bullpen guys, whether it's conceivable or it's oria or it's Jeffress or it's hater the more exposure they have, the more likely the dodgers are be able will be able to crack it. And a mentioned this, this number that I think is staggering. And so it's it's a reason to watch early in that game teams that are scoring. I in the postseason this year are fourteen and two with an eight seventy five winning percentage during the regular season teams. That score, I have just a six seventy one winning percentage. So about two hundred percentage points higher and Kershaw declared a Kershaw day, again, Kirsch. Aw, had a really, really good start against the Lanta eight innings. Two hit shutout game too. He walked none and struck out three. We still do. We have a starter for game to setup yet yet. Dodgers absolutely do. It is a bueller. No, it is hundred and room. It's rou-. Yes. Despite the fact that Roope pitches better at home, they're gonna throw rue in game two bueller in game, three and right shale in game four, those stats that you see him in a split sale. Obviously, unin tire years worth of splits while Buehler has been better at home and so has rue. So has hills you have three guys that have been better at home. Ru is on shorter rest with he play if on a regular rest, if he if he pitches game too. And also if you look at his stats, he actually is not so bad. He's only giving up three earned runs total three times the entire year. So his the stats aren't that much different home and away. And if you want a little thing about GIO Gonzalez best, he pitched again. The dodgers in two thousand sixteen in with the nationals in two thousand sixteen and twenty two years ago with the nationals. He pitched against the dodgers in the postseason. He only lasted four and a third innings gave up three runs and only struck out four. I would not be surprised if that's exactly what he does tonight. Right? What was it for third and three runs? Yes, that feel earned. That feels about right, right. For GIO Gonzalez the the dodgers I don't think GIO Gonzalez will see a third time through the lineup. Now you may not see a second time. He may not be right. He may not see a second time through the lineup. All right, coming up. Next Andy cabinets ski is going to step in here. I Roland is off getting ready for Lakers warriors tonight in San Jose. Hey, what's up? Friday Friday dodgers tonight at five o'clock or so five. Nine, five, nine. The dodgers versus the Milwaukee brew. Moore's at Miller park, Andy cabinet ski steps in here. Andy, you're on quite an odyssey today. This is going to be a big day for me if you're looking to buy stock in a cabinet ski today is the day. Yeah, I'm going to be on from now until about eleven thirty. Tonight. I'm going to short sell that. That's a short cell phone. I will say this commensurate to salaries. Evalu- out. Yeah. So wait a minute. So you're doing this show, then I'm moving into the Sodano show you're doing this Sodano Georgia's sick. Oh, just sick. So it's going to be. He's been here for like ten minutes. He's already said, Yep, it's gonna be me Ben Lyons and Ryan Holland's. Okay. And then I shift into pre-game because typically Monday through Friday that is Sadan. Oh, for the Lakers. Right. That's going to be me. And Michael Michael's and San Jose time, then I do time. Yeah. And then my brother and I will be doing post game. Wow. Yes. So might the radio quivalent of sherpa if you love the cams? Yeah, come to the right s. lace one stop shop. Yes. So dodger we didn't talk a lot of about the dodgers you you cover the dodgers force how you feel about this series. I think what's going to be really interesting is what happens if these games are tight. Right? Because the dodgers all season, if you spot them a lead, they're great. They're like Tiger Woods in his prime. You know if you had a lead on Sunday, it's a wrap, right? But you get them into tight games, five hundred. There are five hundred team in one one regains and they are sub five hundred and two run game. And what I think is interesting about that is the brewers have a lights out bullpen, right? So if they can manage to keep these games tight going to like the seventh, eighth inning, I think dodger fans are going to be nervous. I look. I mean, I'm close. I'm all I'm already nervous and it's the dodgers I'm already nervous. It is the NFL. Yes, it's like I've been waiting along. I was at all those World Series games last year and including game seven, which was devastating which I will never get over like I will never get over game. You hold the most contempt for from that game. Like if you had a like a blame pie for contempt in game seven who gets the most the largest sliver of the contempt on you. Dr o. beyond you Darvish because it's high, then I would say it's Andrew Friedman who traded for you Darvish instead of instead of just Inver Lander or honestly, I think they would have been better just with no addition to the pitching staff, they would have been better. I'd have been better with no started with. Was so slutty else in the second right in that second spot? No, you Darvish and Andrew Friedman and foreign Zayda who traded for him. I'm not sure what they saw, but it was people were excited though at the time at the time, we'll thought that was a really great any pitch. Well, down the stretch. He actually pitched well in the playoff sept- the world's certain World Series, right? Yeah. No. So I obviously Darvish but then the guys who put their faith in Darvish would be the other, Dave Roberts, you know, even in that in that game seven, he, you Darvish. I would he give up to in the first or three in the first. I don't recall if it was to right. You remember game seven of the World Series. He was who Dr Darvish out after an inning in I know that. But how many runs they give up the first. It was two or three re, I believe. And then he came out, came back out and gave up another run. With four earned runs. I believe four and run. So might have been two and two, but he never should have gone out for the second inning in that game. By the way here we are talking about game seven of the world doesn't exist. Not understand that that game never exists. Not not that it's painful but rehashing it, but but think about this season though and how much we've heard about thirty years thirty years. It's the exact exact two year anniversary. I I actually recently came across an NPR article making the case for your so NPR. Yeah. Well I mean somebody's gonna hold down not here NPR and the New Yorker. Yeah, but it was making a case for nineteen Eighty-eight as the greatest year in music. And it started listening. I mean listing Radi music. Yeah, but it started listing the albums from nine thousand nine hundred eighty eight and it reminded me of the dodgers just because it drove home how long this has been. These are some of the albums that came out in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight straight out of Compton. Yeah, nothing shocking by Jane's. Fiction? Yeah, he takes a nation of millions to hold us back by plumber, public enemy, prince taxi daydream nation from sonic youth, Bobby Brown. Don't be cruel, Tracy, Chapman's first album. Oh, yeah. Like isn't that? Are that that was her debut fast. Okay, I'll tell you start. So when I was on the earn Toledo, we used to. I don't even know if radio stations do this anymore. I don't think they do. We used to take hooks of songs and then we would randomly call people in play them the hooks and say, what? What? What do you think of the song is this one you wanna hear, you know the song? Do you want it on the air, focus, grouping, essential focus, grouping, worst testing record in history, Tracy Chapman, fast car. It's. I mean, it has testing record in history. Pat Benetton hit me with your best shot. You could play that an anytime and people that make sense. I mean that songs really hooky. Yeah, and it's powerful, and it's a grasses and pass Benetton had president Toledo, Ohio jet rock and roll town like Tracy, Tracy Chapman. Fast car feels like kind of an unlikely hit. No feels like an NPR act. Sure that I'm sure that goes well. It did very well. There of vivid by living color also came out nights. I love that album called the personality. All personality is a great single. So it just it drove home and I was reading this article damn nine thousand nine hundred eight is a while ago, but think about it. Yeah. Think about how old these. Albums are, yes. Okay. Best picture from the year. Nineteen hundred. Hang on. I'll go. Now that's ninety eight. I'll go. It's not English Patient know that Howards end that was early nineties. That's ninety. Two did not work waiter back work your way backwards heaven. Okay. Wait a minute. It was ordinary people. It's too ordinary people's too early. That's eighty. A guy Rainman Rainman Rainman yeah. Again, nine thousand nine hundred eighty eight is a while back George H W Bush was about to be elected president. That's right. We're going back. That was that was Michael Dukakis versus George H W Bush. It's been a minute. Wow. So that speaks to the anxiety that you and Greg and all these diehard dodger fans are experiencing men. Nine thousand nine hundred eighty eight is a while back and you got that close last year. Well and here's the thing about getting close in baseball in the NBA seven game series is going to go pretty much the way a seven game series is expected to go. You don't see. Gigantic upsets in seven game series in the NBA. The NFL is a one up. I mean, stuff happens, right baseball team gets hot. A team flops team goes cold. A pitcher blows up lower. You Darvish. Did you know the the front office Friedman in Zaidi will there are certain people that complain? Yeah, they haven't gotten us World Series. So what are they really doing all this analytics and all this? You know what the only thing of front office can do is get you close. Get you close and then it requires a certain amount of luck. It's also so hard and baseball because baseball is so failure based. Yeah, like EV, like everything in pace ball revolves around failure. Like if you fail to get to base seventy percent of the time, you're three hundred hitter doing great. Sure. And that's failing to get on base, seventy percent of their are failing to get a hit seventy percent of the time. You're really good hitter. Exactly. So so fail. Yeah, I always say it's crap. Shoot. It really is a crap shoot. I from the beginning of the year I said, dodgers Astros in a rematch and I still believe dodgers Astros in a rematch that would be fun because it was a great series unbelievable series and I feel about it now. I won't say that I feel about it. I always say the Rose Bowl. USC Texas was just a monumental experience even though we lost right it was it w-. Was just a crazy. It took me years to reconcile that that was a great game. Like as an SC fan, it took me a while to get past the disappointment, but then with some distance and like, you know what? That was an amazing game. I can honestly say that's the only game. I think this is true. The only game that Ireland and I ever watched together in all these years in all these years. Well, it's not like, hey, come over to my house and watch the game Ireland and I don't have the come over to my house and watch a game guys number like a few years ago when Derek Fisher made this really startling revelation, we are that he actually been to Kobe's house, right? Like they live into John John one party. We were in twenty five years. We've worked together as of next year. We worked together twenty five years. I've been to his house once and it wasn't until this year. I know every twenty five years. I'm going to go to one of his party's. I was gonna roll. All right. Come back next saying he covers the Rams we're getting word now that it looks like Cooper Cup and Brandin cooks of both gonna play, but what role with the weather play on Sunday? We've got that coming up for you plus fast-track. Did you write fasttrack few? I'm going to come up with some more. Excellent. That's coming up for you. Just couple minutes to Mason Ireland. ESPN LA. Hey, what's up getting ready for game one NLC s getting ready to. I'm going to fly over to Denver tomorrow for Rams Broncos on Sunday, then. Right back Dodger Stadium for games, three, four and five, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday. Then we've got the Lakers opener on Thursday and the Lakers home opener on Saturday as craziest. I and I'm not. This is not hyperbole. I don't know if we've ever had this much big stuff happening at one time. I mean, you need a convergence of a Laker team that's expected to be good. Yeah, we'll be good. Right? That's expected to be good will be good. You say expected to be good because the last few years there's been no naysayer? No, because the last few years has been patient. Okay. The Laker team being good right with the dodgers in this particular round of the playoffs being at home for a lot of the same week that the Lakers actually open and you know, you've still got USC. You've still got LAF see, like you've got a lot happier LA his home a week from Sunday. Their playoffs are beginning, right? So and the Rams, by the way, the Rams are also very good. Even if they're not going to be at home, you're going to be paying attention to what's going on with them only very good. They're the Rams. Yeah, they're very good. The best team in there. They are the best the best the best to invest. Yes. So we make bets around here with mythical money. So Ireland, we, we tried to hook up with Ireland and in San Jose, but technically we failed. So. But we still have his bet. So let's review the the bets in terms of mythical money, mythical money, Greg. What is your? What are your two bets over the weekend? My two bets are a have indie plus two and a half, and Denver plus seven against your Rams for five k. each you have Notre Dame minus twenty one year UNLV plus twenty-seven Tampa Bay fifty seven and a half and you're taking the under? Yep. Seattle minus two and a half. Yep. And then you did a par lay which pays you six to one at five k. Seattle minus two and a half, indie plus two and a half Rams plus seven. And now Ireland has his bed Rams minus seven. Oh, I'm sorry. Did you Tampa fifty seven and a half. It's Atlanta Tampa for the seven and a half is a high bright. I'm in the under. I've won three weeks. I thought that was the spread. Oh yeah. No fifty get Tampa. And fifth. Fifty seven and a half. That's how lonely I feel really good. I will always late fifty seven and a half every single day of the week just so we're clear. They'll Atlanta has has gone over three weeks in Iran, I've made money, three weeks. I'm betting the under the I haven't. Wow, that's really spread ever in the NFL fifty seven and a half Razi an Ireland gave me his bet though. 'cause we can't do it on the air. Yup. He give a ten thousand dollar parlay bet. Only one. Here we go. He's got Atlanta minus three. Yeah. Jacksonville minus three and Carolina plus one for his ten k. parlay gay. So that's it. Lanta minus three Jacksonville minus three Carolina plus one Carolina plus one you sir. That pay six to one that pays six to one on his ten k. correct, which would put him back over one hundred k. if he gets it right otherwise he's done a seventy five. Yeah. And what's my money total? You have one hundred seventy nine thousand one hundred and five thousand. So I seventy nine thousand this year and Greg, you of one five thousand correct. Then John has lost about twenty. He's he's lost fifteen. Yeah, I can see why it's doing a three team parlay that only play pay six to one. That's not a good enough payout for a parlay. I can see why low for I can see why Ireland's getting killed. Yeah. He only bets the parlays which are sucker sucker bets, but that's not even good enough payout for your sucker bet. I don't think six to one's good enough isn't all that is what a three team parlay as well. Six to one. I seem to recall back in the day and more my gambling days getting. Did you ever gamble for real? Yeah, yeah. Real money. Not mythic really have the fez and the fed says at six to one. No, no. I'm not saying it's inaccurate. I'm just saying, I don't know if that's good enough payout to make this bet is what I'm saying. I don't know if I make that for a six to one payout. Well, he's just trying to make sixty k. to jump back in, right? He's trying to get back into us. Yeah. So he he's desperate desperate. He's still got twenty five k. on whether or not the Larkhall has a baby this year. Yeah, gets pregnant that says, other bet how long you let it roll till the end of the year until the end of the, you know, we started with all this on January one, so at December thirty first at resets and we're back to one hundred thousand does the baby have to be conceived by the end of the cheese. Okay. They have to announce that she's pregnant on the BBC on the BBC. He's pulling like in touch magazine us weekly, and it's like, no BBC is the news of record roar British people fake news. Yeah. No, it's real news real news. They're not failing. Yeah. So you cover the Rams a lot. Have you been around there this week? I have not been around this week. I was round last week. Okay. Before the which candidate just played Ireland of you by the way you cover the Rams. Rams. You also cover USC. So I have been saying that I think Colorado is an absolute fraud. They've played absolutely nobody in. That's the fakest five zero ever. Well, there's reason to believe that could be the case. They're calm. Their opponents combined record is five and twenty one five and twenty. One played two teams that have yet to win, right? Having said that though a USC has not played well enough to treat anybody like a fake opponent. No, and be this. I can treat them as a fair, you can't. I can say they're a fraud this receiver that they have LA, viscous Chenault. Yeah, he is amazing. Yeah, and Steven Montas their quarterback. He does not make a lot of mistakes. Stephen Montas. It feels like he's been there for a long time year, I believe is the starter he he's good. He's very, don't make a lot of mistakes. He don't. He's not a touchdown machine, but he's only thrown eleven this year, but he's only thrown to picks. Here's a bother me about this SC schedule is that it's, this is an easier. This is a year where the Pac twelve south is is just way down all the powers in the north, and they're dodging Washington during the regular season Oregon during the regular season. This is the cake schedule year for USC and they're only foreign two, but three, three and two. No foreign to aren't. They three into three and two, okay. Three into. But at the at the salon projecting the winning Colorado. But at the same time, the front part of the schedule, their their road teams were good opponents as as it turns out they lost, but Stanford is a good team. Texas is way better. Texas is far better than we thought and it feels like they were in the process of starting to figure it out during that game against USC yet. Like when you take a look at how the team has progressed where they are now, it seems like it was starting to click against USC in that game. They just Amal and I root for clay Helton by the way. Another. Another thing about tomorrow night's game is that clay Helton has never lost the Coliseum knowing ever completely invincible. Now he invincible clay. -fensive. Welcome. You know what? I'm gonna. I'm gonna buy that. You are right now. Invincible dot com. Well, that's good because that means that you're by definition than not making this year of the clay. Well, it's it's the year of the maybe Klay. Of maybe Klay. Right. That's essentially what it is. I'll say this clay Helton was talking this week. On Tuesday before or after practice address in the media, you know all these guys, they start out talking about the opponent. They're gonna play before they take questions. Right? Usually it's just a lot of broad platitudes and clay Helton is an overwhelmingly positive. Oh my, oh, he's unreal. Maybe even to a fault. He is overwhelmingly positive. There was an urgency when he was talking about this game against Colorado and how if you have eighteen penalties for one hundred sixty nine yards like they, which is by the way, think say that again eighteen penalties one hundred sixty nine yards since sane and like you can look at that game against Zona two ways. One if they cut down the penalties to just half which is still a lot. They control that game from start to finish play the same game against a healthy Khalil Tate. They likely lose right. But in clay Helton you could feel the urgency when he's saying, look at this point, did he say he's got his jaw set. Did he say not say anything about his say that he got his mad on? He did not. He's not say anything about the mat on. They were coming off a win. There is no reason to get your mad on. And I think by now it's just assume that your jaws set, like if you're part of this harmony set, you just keep your keep. The two expressions that I love from him, loves setting a job, but he seemed to recognize like, look, every sometimes jump on those conference calls on Sunday night. I guarantee you, he's got his jaw set. Well, spent a loss all after a loss gear sets his jaw and gets his mad on the whole staff sets their jaw. Yeah, there's and there's mad on everywhere. Like if you ever hear about, like, say t. Martin, for example, if you hear rumors is getting fired, it's likely because Helton caught him without his jaws did not have is Josh l. exactly, right. You're out o p s he's terrible calling place. I said, CIA coming up next for you. We've got fast track anti cabinet skis in for John.

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ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn Travis and LZ HR4

"Ios monitoring doll had a bad couple of days. Bad game. One didn't play in game. Two dodgers one did not play or did play last night, had another pass ball and struck out a couple of times along the way, and it got bad here. He is after the passed ball last night at ala pitch off the bit of ground down. He can't find it and brought into second on what will be scored a pass ball. He had to reach up it away a bit. But again, a play, a big league catcher has got to make and Grondahl his hearing it terribly from the boob Erz here at Dodger Stadium right now, his bat is all that l. z. last night when they turned on him because it it, you can feel. I mean, we were nervous very nervous. You know, through most of the game because it we weren't able to manufacture any runs, and then to have that occur at home. His one thing to boom at the house. When you watching game one, you mad, he irritated, but you can't really get to them. There's another when he's right there ain't just like on you. Gotta remember to Travis. He had already dropped a couple of pitchers already before that moment. So it's kind of percolating already. So when it happened lading in public up. Yes, I just wanted to use that. So the idea that he was already walking into a hostile environment, that wasn't my experience in the section where I was sitting. We weren't booing we weren't. We were encouraging him. We were behind him. He's a dodger. He had a bad game. We accepted that, but you can't have too bad games because position we're looking at you like, you're you Darvish. Yeah, no look, it's the one position on the field where you have to play defense that you can hide. You hear there in the place. I can even like, look, Manny Machado who's been really good defensively. So for the is as far as defensive source of, he's pretty average is just put back there. You have to catch the damn ball and he's he's new kitchen. The damn ball. Downball you have to catch the ball and he didn't, and they're gonna go to Austin. But I mean, it's like a field goal kicker. You might do a bunch of he's kicks it out of the back of the end zone. He he on say, but if you missed field goals, you gotta go and he's missing the most basic part of his job, which is catching the ball. Dave Roberts had no choice. This wasn't a tough call. It's again, I gotta go with the other guys, not catching the ball since the beginning of last season. Only one of the player has had more pass balls than him and as Gary Sanchez, New York, that's a whole bunch of home, runs a whole bunch of home, runs the kinda make you forget about those pass balls. And by the way, the fact that it's coming against the team that you look at game one totally winnable. When you look at game two, we won and even though it didn't look as if you know we were getting anything going, it was a one zero gain. Yep, that's a winnable game. And to have that happen. It just it was incredibly frustrating. He earned those. Booze, he knows he earned those. I think he he, he knows when you go back to was a two game, no game one. When you go back the game one with round down, you look at the way he handled that whole situation and in in a little bit of it was Kershaw a little bit of it was him obviously, obviously. And it just carries over into yesterday. You're gonna have some build up frustration, built frustration from the fan base as well as some of your player. Some of your players aren't going to say anything, but you certainly wash you walk by them. They're gonna look you up in Vail in frowned born you, there's no question about it. They're gonna roll their eyes and they're going to talk to each other in. They're going to say some things that you may not wanna hear, but that's part of it because they expect for you to do better. You are a professional pay you a lot of money to be a professional in. You should do your job as professional now, everything is on him, but a lot of it is because he's out front, Austin Barnes will catch a better game tonight than yeahs Monte Grondahl together and game one and game three because he just it would be hard not to do a better job than he did fact of the matter is they got a jump on the brewers. They haven't done it. I don't think they've scored a run in the series earlier than the seventh inning. It's been against the blow. Yeah, it's been against the bullpen. And even if it's the tonight, if it's. Anything like it wasn't game. One in GIO Gonzalez is starting again tonight the way it didn't game one. You might be into the bullpen by the third inning. So even if it's technically not this, you need to get on the board early. The dodgers are waiting for things to happen into late and I don't know if it's a focus thing. I don't know what it is, but the you're going to need to get a lead in one of these games. They're playing from behind the been playing from behind three out three games. You gotta jump on early. Hell's wrong. Yes, masters. Right? This is the undertaker song guy why we're playing this Debbie w. e. yes, yes, kisha yes, because we're the show the people you gotta warn people start doing crazy stuff like that. I almost laughed. I was like, I don't know if that's the alarm or something or what? No WWE to k nineteen is in stores now, I guess, well, we give them away here on the people show mornings with Keyshawn, l z and Travis. So. You can play the WWE superstar up today. I don't know what a music is going, you know, like the undertaker he's today and yesterday, like legendary guys like stone cold, Steve Austin, and the rock. You know what I'm saying? Here's how you win caller number seven rate. Now who calls and tells us the ram that we're concerned about their injury. Can the ram survive without this player, q. Shawn's, favorite player. One of his favorite type of mode Claire. Now it's a question was that the answer will now now it's an easier question answer correctly. One of the one of the stupid suggestions l z had as a replacement retired guys. They one of them yet many of them, many. We're looking for caller number seven at eight, seven seven, seven ten ESPN that's eight seven seven seven ten ESPN right now keep listening. We're going to give them away every hour. Most hours. We're going to give away a copy of WW two k nineteen. Everybody. Undertaker I guess if you say so, okay, get ready to play like what is your on. On. It was gonna make a default coming out and I was getting ready to bounce. I didn't feel good for my say feeling, threatened you coming. League this in watched baseball game mysteriosly a once in a while thing. Once in a while thing them last week makes you very. Seven days ago? Yes, four times a month. Can we go back to the dodgers if you want to? We. Richhill I think's gonna pitch. Well, it's weird because usually seven game series. You're down to one. You just lost the opener at home. It doesn't feel great. And for whatever reason, I don't feel like the dodgers are in a terrible. I mean they're in trouble, but it's not a man. This this doesn't feel right. It still feels right. It may feel right, but don't be mistaken. This is a must win situation for the dodgers must win because you're not going to win three games in a row against that squad. You get down, get down three one in the series. I'm pretty sure they can close out the look. You're in deep deep trouble. I'm not crazy. I'm not saying I'll we're fine. But here, here's a scenario where you could lose today and still win the series. I'm listening. We're euchre shop bueller. All three of those guys are capable of going out there and throwing that gain. I understand. I know exactly what you're gonna say that they beat all three of them. They'd be two of them. Were you? They got to a little bit. I hear you. Okay. Why don't you hear me? None of those three guys gave you there a. plus performance and all three of those men have an a plus performance in in ability that they're capable, and if they all go a plus, but they went to has been the issue though. What has been the pitching. It's been our heady. So you've been in combat is going to get half of three games, but the issue is been pitching and has been the hidden is not excited in. The reason is is because we get behind because we given up the goods. That's one of the problems Kershaw gave up the goods in game one, the and we didn't do enough. We try, but it was too late. Same thing we yesterday we gave up the goods for, oh, we tried and seventh, eighth and ninth or whatever, but we didn't finish. So we're not down for, oh, we're not putting a whole when I stress and have to come back one. Oh, two different in four obvious why it was one. Oh, for much of last night. He was in any. Do anything again, we didn't help them. They gotta jump why they got score. Some runs early, Dan chlorof-. He's an award winning filmmakers series on ESPN basketball, a love story. He's going to join us next big over the dodgers today at Dodger Stadium game four chance to even it up. There's also basketball basketball tonight on ESPN self expression, the latest episode from Dan chlorof- award winning filmmaker basketball, a love story. Dan joins us right Now, Dan good morning. How are you. Good morning guys, how you doing. Fantastic. So I know that tonight's episode self expression is airing. I, it's interesting because it just seems the, no, it's about CLYDE Frazier tonight, but did he was one of the first kind of become not just a basketball guy, but a guy that kind of became an icon guy that became identifiable for something that judgment, what that wasn't just basketball related. Right, and and by the way, tonight is is a thirteen different stories. The self expression story is only one. The film is a is a bunch of short stories, and there's a ton of LA stuff in, but you're on tonight, but but yeah, CLYDE is a scene call self expression. It's about how basketball in my opinion affects style fashion. Music language and Frazier was the first and the Pistol Pete is a big part of that scene as as it evolves into shack wrapping and our test or happening and Stevie Francis doing that, and Dennis Rodman singing, happy birthday to the guy in North Korea. And so there's a, there's a lot of that stuff. In Frazier was the first. I mean, you know, kids going out buying is all the time because that's what that's what that's what well Frazier was wearing. I, I don't know if you guys are probably not old enough to remember that stuff. But but but I think the one hundred percent correct, but sixty two short stories tonight tonight is we introduced John woolen tonight and it's called, you know, the birth of the brooms in the and UCLA's I two championships tonight is seen is a story called the eighth wonder of the world. The great sixty eight game between Lew Alcindor and Elvin Hayes and that rivalry between UCLA and Houston. And of course, that's the game fifty. Five thousand people in -tendance that led television to embrace college basketball, and tonight is also the first time we see Jerry West who is introduced the last week and Oscar Robertson win. Their only championships west, of course that great fifty thirty three game winning streak for the lake is at the end of the scene. It's remarkable. I mean, I have great respect for Jerry West, of course, but he says he was even miserable. Then after. He wins because his longtime teammate and friend Elgin Baylor was no longer with the team. Bella got caught after eight games in that in that season them isn't. It, isn't that amazing? You know, there's a lot of stuff tonight, Connie Hawkins and and entitled nine and Spencer Haywood who was the father of one in done, took his case all the way to the United States Supreme court. Dan, how do you find your material? I really enjoy Ringo fire. I thought maybe a one offer you in terms of sports, but you really have a love affair with just sports in general. How do you find these unique stories to kind of bring to light? You know, I think I'm like everyone. It's, it's, it's, it's, it's, it's a memory of what? What effects us the most? What are those images and experiences when we're young, you know, ring a fire. I saw Griffith and parade on TV. I was eleven twelve years old. Watch it. You know, basketball, it's in my blood, it's I, it's something that gave me comfort in a scape and I was able to pretend I was someone else and get out of the house. So I do. I do stuff on sports, but I, I hope that it's bigger than I know it's bigger than just who wins or loses games. And I do a lot of other stuff but, but that's it. I mean, basketball provided that from the one sport provide that for either of you guys know that type of a scape. Enjoy and love baseball for me. Pasqua Base Sur. Basketball for sure. And when you play basketball, who did you pretend to be me you were outside. Arrogant son of a gun, pretending to be me, you never come on. You never pretended to be. I wanted to be Magic Johnson and I went out into the backyard. I wanted to be magic. There was a stretch in which I wanted to be Vinnie Johnson. So you got me okay. And that's it. And and but, but there's a beauty to that national release in a relief to that. And that's the opening scene guys talking about who they wanted to be in and they were everyone what right you with the announcer. You were the defender, right? You never lost right when you're out there playing by yourself, you never never. And that's what basketball best of all gave you. I mean, I know you're a baseball guy, but you know, other than throwing the ball against the wall, right? You can't be out there on your own basket. Bamble gives you the opportunity to do, but I want to go back to some new mentioned about John wooden, the person the Bruins, which is part of it, and we're talking fifty years later in some cases where John wooden, why does it still resonate the way it does because when you talk about John wooden, you talk about the Bruins in that era of Bruins it's still Conyers up certain feelings, certain certain things about basketball and about. That man himself even after nearly half a century later, how come well, my God. I mean, I mean had never been anything like that and like that. Meaning winning that many championships in a row with five different teams, right? It will never be done again because of because of one in done. And I mean, and he he had a story himself. He's one of four people in the hall of fame as a player and a coach, right? He was a teacher, I and no one. Where did they come from UCLA those first championships that are on tonight hazard and Goodrich. They came out of nowhere, and then it relationship with Al cinder later to be Kareem. I mean, it electrify the country and it coincided because of that astrodome event with the birth of television college basketball. And then that little red headed kid down in San Diego. He repeats. Himself. He was America and the world. They love a winner. They love a winner and basketball was uniquely American sports even though it was developed by Canadian uniquely American. It gave America great pride even in the midst of the Cold War. And so the film when the Russians put the first Cayenne space, we still have basketball. We still are the best until the seventy two Olympics another seen what in was. I mean, he he was without question I I consider wouldn't a his coach ever. John mcclendon the old African American coach at Tennessee State the guy that really developed a fast break almost in that category and they were teachers. I you guys know it. Your athletes, the coach is a teacher I and and and and I have a lot on wooden in there and there's a lot of truth also on wooden. I mean, we explore, I spoil the whole Sam Gilbert thing, and. People were really forthright on that also, you know, very much so, but but good is all over the film and what is great assistant, Jerry Norman, who still thank God with us and he was the one that create a two to one full court press. He's in the film big time. You'll see him tonight. Dammit, got a minute left here, but I'm really fascinated with the Laker season starting pretty soon who is the one player on this current roster that you would love to do a documentary on. That roster is the most interesting I've ever seen in the NBA. You've got geniuses on rasta. Right? You got wacko fathers out content, right? You've got nut jobs. How are they going to do it? But you know, what am I? By the end of the year? They're at Dane. They stay healthy. They're dangerous, dangerous, dangerous team. I wouldn't want to do a film on one guy. I wanna take six of them include that nutty father and make a great film on those guys to season. This is a remake of the season on the brink by the great David Halberstam about Paul Stephens set your next project, right? Crazy father, and you're often. The basketball, a love story. Dan, thank you. Thank you, sir. Okay. Thank you guy. All right. You got us by the way. That's the right answer. I'm not not my favorite guy, but if we're going to do a documentary, so he knows how to put one of those together, like Dan does I, I'm in your end. I wanna see, you know, it's it's really interesting that he goes to talk about now. We us insinuating lavar ball the first fairly quiet or silent. You know, certainly since the signing of LeBron James, I'm not quite sure how much material he's going to give you now with this season as opposed to last season. I think the, hey, you know that if you are on the wrong side of this, it doesn't last long, right? You know that, right? That is true. That was set our Sacramento for you. That was set out l. Z's top ten coming up next.

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Ep. 16: Brewers in NYC, Cubs desert heat, Cardinals must be beat

90 Miles Podcast

56:58 min | 2 years ago

Ep. 16: Brewers in NYC, Cubs desert heat, Cardinals must be beat

"Woah to. Welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Welcome back. Baseball fans. It's the ninety miles podcast. You know, what that means? That means all cubs. All brewers a lot of crap talking back and forth between myself and Ryan who's joining me on the other end this week. Oh, just talk over me. Why don't you? It's just the intro. Hey. Just hey, I'm here. Hey, what are the funds now? Anyway. Well, yeah, no fan. So that's cool. That's pretty cool. Does anybody that's old enough to remember the funds? Even listen to podcasts is anybody going to get that maybe half the audience somebody. Yeah. Yeah. Something like that. Yeah. He's a lawyer interested development. So oh, hey. He. Yeah. All right. Let's move on. So what we are going to. We got coming up. What are we got coming up? This this episode took a trip to New York. They did some shopping got some pizza beat the crap out of degrom, and Syndergaard which was cool geo Gonzales made an appearance we're gonna talk about that stuff. It says something in the outline about cubs magnificence. That's gotta be a typo. Yeah. What? No. Yeah. It's definitely a typo. It should say something about cubs. Tweet of the week. We got something a little quirky and fun. Just kind of an interesting way to process such a long season kind of a fun thing to talk about that we really hadn't touched on or thought about we're going to preview some next week. I gotta talk a little bit about everybody's favorite player Christian yelich. Of course, you've got to cover a couple of things would you have in mind for you know, previewing this week. You know, a little bit about the the cubs Nair Zona. And and then we'll we'll look a little bit ahead about look at the Mariners couple of games. And and got cardinals coming up, you know. So we'll talk about that. And and and we'll probably serve we're going to start talking a little bit about the cubs brewers series. Do they play each other again soon? I totally forgot he asked. Yeah. He did. Awesome. So we'll be rampant up again next week's going to be a big big episode. It's gonna be the preview for the three dates. They have Friday Saturday Sunday in Chicago. Make sure you're with us next week as well. It's gonna be fun. We're gonna have a good time making sure that the other person those the other person's team sucks, obviously today. We'll do some an L central breakdown. I've got in. In the notes here that says Jesse loves the cardinals and his jealous likes them a lot. I think that's incorrect. I'm pretty sure somebody's doing with our episode lines that we use Jesse hates the cardinals. And Ryan loves them. A lot is what it should have read. But we'll definitely get into that. Because I'm pretty sure everybody hates the cardinals that listens to this program. Do believe they're running out in I in the NL central which is a our fuel. Brewers rate there. So, but the cubs, you know, are going to be playing the cardinals you're coming up. So you better be pulling for sweep there. Yeah. The cardinals. Yeah. You'll be Paul for the cubs. We'll let our series with the cardinals. We've already done. Can you believe the and cardinals have played ten games this year? What is with that? But yeah, I don't think I can prove can't pull for the cubs. Sweep the cardinals. I can't pull for anybody in that series right now. It's just it's just disappointing. Yeah. I could almost be a big one. Yeah. It will be it will be. So that's a big one. Obviously the Bruce cubs is the biggest one because that's what this is all about. But yeah. So that kind of gives you the layout of the program stay with us for all of that. Where do you wanna start off today there, Mr. wraps? How do you want to jump into the? You did mention the bruiser. The cubs are playing the Mariners right now is that correct? Tonight. They they play two games starting tonight tonight and tomorrow. Okay. A little to game set in Seattle. So yeah, that'd be that'd be interesting. Will inter inter league play. I know they face Felix Hernandez tonight. So king Felix who's actually having a fairly decent year. Abouts back your of sorts. He's been struggling last couple previously. He was dominant for a good stretch years out in Seattle. So that'll be adding. Yeah. And he's he's not doing doing too bad this year. You know? So we'll see we'll see goes. But cubs. Fortunately had a day off yesterday after fifteen inning marathon in Arizona. That's right. That's right. I kept getting texts about that game like cared about. It or something I don't it was getting pretty late. Yeah. Yeah. It was a long game. I mean, fifteen innings is long. But time wise it was long. It was like, oh God, I think it had to be around six hours. Wow. So that's a ridiculous game. It's yeah. That's that's the I wouldn't even want to know if I could make it through a six hour baseball game. I mean. Yeah. What do I do when I run out of beer? Yeah. I don't know. Yeah. But that was obviously a long one. The cubs were fortunate to come out ahead in that one. If I remember, right. The the Diamondbacks. Yeah. The Diamondbacks almost stole that one. They gave up what three runs top of the fifteenth to the Cubbies came back and still got two more almost snuck away with. Yes. Was that a warning track? Fly ball for the brew fans that didn't see it. I think the there's one. A guy on I it would have been a game winner. But the yes that was. Yeah. That was a little stressful. You know, you commit that much time to a game. And for to go to that point, it it it kind of stops the heart for a moment. Yeah. It's all right for sure. Pull it off. Well, yeah. Review a little bit on the brewers side. The brewers actually had a day off. It's unbelievable. The got one thirteen games straits between the dodgers. And the cardinals. They wore down. It looked like at least they weren't on Saint Louis did indeed sweep Milwaukee in Saint Louis tied the season series at five piece Bruce took the day off. And then like I said in the open they went out to New York. They faced degrom the brewers had gone many innings without scoring any other way than the home run. They get to see degrom game one. There's a rain delay. And they come out and they pounce. They actually score ten runs in the game. None of which came via the home run. So the scoring kind of comes to an end, which is which is great to jump out and get I got I'm not looking at the box score live. But I do believe they put five onto Graham himself. Which was excellent. Well, they got they got the gram and Syndergaard. You know, they're not they're not going to be perfect. Every single starting in the just really brewers really lucked out to to get him on off nights. So. Yeah. Because the cubs cubs. Lucky again, an Arizona at all. No. And especially to have an off day after fifteen inning game. Okay. Yeah. Well, anyway, degrom and Syndergaard were highly touted pitchers there. Obviously excellent degrom was damn near untouchable all of last season. Bruce, come out put up five against them. None of which by the home run. That was a great way to get rolling. Take two out of three in New York geo Gonzales makes his first appearance as a brewer he was released by the Yankees allowing Milwaukee to sign him. We talked about it last week's episode actually happened live while we were recording. Which was really cool. I was very pumped about it. Gio looked pretty good. They capped him around eighty three eighty four pitches. He hadn't thrown to live hitters in a couple of weeks held them to runs made it a game Bruce could win. Unfortunately, they didn't couldn't come through. But something that I did want to kind of talk about outside of GIO. The Burs defense has been very very very good this year. If you saw the catch Lorenzo Cain made New York on Friday night, his arm and head were all the way up above the wall, reaching back and robbed another home run. He makes it look smooth and easy when he does this. He glides to the ball and high points that like a wide receiver. It's it's a beautiful thing to watch. They've also been shifting a lot. I have a prediction we're gonna cover more Orlando arsia made a diving stop basically behind first base. This is the brewers starting shortstop. So if you think the shift is stupid, I kinda understand what you're talking about. Because when a shortstop makes a play behind first base. I think they still bring it up as a six three put out which is fear scoring along at home is how they punch that into the books. He was nowhere near the shortstop position. In fact, he was short right field. Almost it almost looked like he was playing. No doubles down the right field line behind. I base it was very odd. And then of course, Ben Gamla who came over from Seattle head to fill in a little bit on Sunday after Christian yelich came out with an injury. We'll talk about that. But he had an absolute rifle shot to get an assist on a put out this Milwaukee Brewers team right now is ranked very high defensively as far as feeling percentage. They're second in the league rape behind Kansas City. They've committed nine arizo. Your Kansas City eight if you're going to be a team like Milwaukee, and you're not necessarily gonna have lights out pitching your guys putting balls and play. You gotta have great defense and thus far this year. They really really have. So that's kind of the rap on things. That's happened. OD st- and defensively. I in just thrilling. I'm just real. I'm sure the cubs fans are asleep or just annoyed as all get out. Right now has the most incredible five minutes of podcast. I've ever heard that. Yeah. I I rambled a little MC cited about the defense GIO. Everyone loves fielding percentage. It's everyone's favorite stat. I know. Yeah. Well, chicken Jesse likes winning baseball games with defense. So whatever. Right. Right. Yeah. So there there's another stab there. But I'll resist. Oh, yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Defensive efficiency rating. They're kind of middle the league. I don't even know what that means. So if you wanna try and go into go for it but committing nine errors on the season. Only when you're playing a bunch of guys out a position as much as they are because they're in shifted all over the field. That's actually very impressive Orlando arsia usually gets wrecked up with quite a few years. But that's because he's also getting to balls that he's not supposed to get to get a glove on them has to make a really crooked throw. And it's not going to be perfect every time. So his fielding percentage probably will be rather. Inaccurate. Compared to what you know. He's he's doing sometimes is that thing we've talked about it before. Sometimes great defenders get punished forgetting to balls that nobody else is gonna get to. So it's just a. Yeah. We're. True. Yeah. Feuding is is a difficult difficult thing to do any kind of metrics on I think 'cause there's there's a lot of nuance there. So for sure. But yeah. Well, it's tricky to but fielding percentage. Well, that's why did talk about the cane highlights. Gamble highlights. The things they are really really fun defensive crew to watch. And you know, you guys have got some defensive players that are fun to watch. Vy by Elmore. Of course. Yeah. Yeah. They do. They I mean. Now, the cubs are are down quite a bit further and feeling percentage rate. Now, they did have that that game earlier this year with a couple of years. If it was more like Sixers. You know, pretty sure it was six. Yeah. Walkie nine on the season. So. Yeah. So anyways, you know, the cubs are rated I don't know progress progression to the mean. Yep. Sure. Sure. Bottom six and feeling percentage if you're scoring along at home. So there you go. Okay. Anyways. Yeah. I think well, I know you wanna talk about. Yeah. Let's just going to mention one other thing on that Arizona game. Yeah. Please. Do I kind of cut you off? Well, there's a mixture of that. And then at ties to looking forward, and I a little bit well, which we'll get to later, but David Bodey started the game. He wasn't scheduled to Sirte. The a Joe man- this season has been doing something where he setting up the lineup for each series at a time. So guys, generally know even a couple of days ahead of time when they're going to have a day off or at least not be starting. I guess say, and it was going to be Bodas day off on that that that day against Arizona and zobrist went in David Bodey. Of course, he's been stellar. He's been excellent. In fact, it's really interesting because he's been so good. He's been in their lot in oftentimes when he's in. He's playing third base and Kris Bryant playing playing left. Sure. So it's been. Is that because it interesting that because shorebridge been so good this year? What's the deal there? That sounds like they're kind of shoving short out of the outfield for that. Or what's going on? Oh, I sidetrack you finish finish your boat. I honestly don't know. How short anyways. Yeah. Anyways. You know? So so Zober is supposed to be in starting the game. And he he went to Joe Madden. I guess and and basically said look, I take me out put David Bodine is absolutely killing it right now. He's on fire. You know, all set, you know, he basically went in and said that an and Joe Madden. Listen to him and started Bodey. And of course, it went fifteen innings. So sure enough Zober did end up playing later in the game extra innings, and in fact. Yeah, he he had an excellent clutch hit in the fifteenth, which you know. Kinda kinda sparked kind of won the game. And yeah, he even end up being the one catch in that last out at the warning track. You you were mentioning before as well. So kind of interesting in fact, it was Obras the he hit a double that. Finally got the cubs some runs, and and it was his first extra-base hit of the season because he had been a little slow to start. But but yeah. So anyways, that's I guess that's karma zobrist was being selfless and saying that the kid play I'll sit and then sober sends up being the hero anyways. So it's karma or it's a fifteen inning game where he empty your bench. But yeah, sure that. Come on. No, no. It's it's a good story. I'm not I'm not I'm not raining on the store. You're right. It's that is good. I mean, it's it's cool to have teammates that are that selfless guys that want to win. That's what builds a clubhouse makes makes a team capable of going a lot farther rates. If you've got some selfish guys on the team. I wanna get there at bats. And really don't care about the team's struggles or who's hot who's not. You're going to have a harder time building that clubhouse presence, and you know, really chemistry. The other thing. I was thinking mentioning that to with Madden stretching out and saying you here's your two three game setup. Does that give the guys that know there have the day off the opportunity to have some cheeseburgers and beers because maybe that's gonna bring the clubhouse back together to because that got kind of got cut out. Well, yeah. I mean as far as I know that still the case, but. Okay. I guess that wasn't as funny as I thought it was when I said it that's cool. It wouldn't be the first time. But yeah. So anyway, that kind of wraps up most of what's been going on. I did want to mention to last night. The brewers did have game. They did open their series against Colorado. Hey, suze healer has been absolutely dreadful at the plate thus far this year. He broke out last night. He's been working on holding back on his swing. He actually had two home runs in his first two at bats yesterday. Those would be as I two of the season mind, you this is a guy that would have been arguably the in National League MVP in the first half of the season last year. He was up over well over three hundred with a lot of clutch hits and home runs. The Burs if they can get him going and keep things kind of going. Maybe it turns into a platoon where you're getting good production from first base. It just continues to lengthen the lineup. That's good. Actually, the one home run that he hit to right field. The first one was the center of the second one is right field. I believe it was a change up on the second. According to the Bruce broadcast if he hit a change up out of the park to right field. His definitely sitting back on the ball the way he was closer to last year. He did go the other way a lot. So that's exciting for Bruce fans. But I think I've talked enough about the brewers right now. No, did we want to get to something a little different. We kinda saw tweeden entreated the week. Yeah. I've got it pulled up if you want to read through it, and you can kind of react this is from at ghost runner on second base. So at ghost runner on to be just kind of an interesting take on something. I was watching the brewers game watching the feed on Twitter as I did. So here's the tweet and along baseball season often root for very specific things that aren't wins or losses. I've decided that I am now rooting for Doney heart to maintain zero point zero E R A as long as possible without striking out a batter currently has a four to zero walk to strikeout ratio. Hashtag bruise. So Donnie hearts kind of kind of nice stories a left handed reliever for the brewers. He's up for the series because Colorado is a very heavy left handed lineup last night came into the game. Got some outs has zero point zero Yari within five minutes of this happening. Of course, he strikes out the last batter of the game to end it. A Bruce win five to one. But it was really kind of cool weird thing. Thing to watch for and cheer for in a season. That's one hundred sixty two games on it gets boring when she say. Parts of it. Well, I was bored. You know? Ken if you don't do things like this. And that's what what's fun about it. And about you know, other kind of idiosyncrasies and weird ways you can angle looking at different stats and different players and different performances. That's why it's not boring. But you know, that's well. Yeah. And that's I misspoke the wounded that for sure, and that's kind of one of the no one of the things we do in the prediction segment. You've got a you've got a prediction come here. That's a weird and wacky one. That'll end today. Actually, we both do. Yes. What's the one? You. We will find out. Yeah. What's a couple of them? I mean, we're not going to jump ahead to predictions. But we'll definitely cover we can cover a couple of the predictions. We've made because these are things we've been rooting for funny. Yeah. Let's let's go ahead. And and talk about the ones we made that we had a few that ran through April. So tonight the cubs play last game. In april. So I have a couple you know, that are gonna come to be one one of them was prediction, I made quite a few minutes ago. Now my predicted that Rizzo would be hit by pitches. Seven times by the end of a and he's he's at six with the game yet to be played tonight games. Yeah. By the way, we are recording Tuesday, April thirtieth. We're we're pitching on short rest. Here we had to squeeze the episode in a day earlier than normal. We had some scheduling conflict. So this is coming at ya earlier than it normally would so tonight's a big night for the for the Resonator big time. Yeah. I mean, I guess we'll see we'll see how it goes. But I mean same time not I certainly hope he doesn't get hurt. But he sees pretty good at taking them. You know, he's he's done. It a lot in his career. So right. You know, if if Hernandez loses his own a little bit and risi's in their crowd and crown the plate like does, you know? Maybe we'll we'll Na'Abba a win on that prediction. We'll see number seven hundred your belt that would be. That would be pretty good to made that prediction on the money to I I said seven or more, so yeah. But then you did some research and didn't have he got hit by seven pitches last, April two. So it wasn't like it was far fetched, right? It wasn't extremely far fetched. But it's a little it's still odd an odd prediction to make. It was well, it's definitely odd. Because we also broke it down over the year. And it was like twenty twenty two something like that pitches for the season and last year April as well when he took the majority of them. So I don't know what happens in theory. My theory is just pitchers still getting kind of going for the season. And maybe more pitchers are likely to not quite have the zone down as much earlier in the season versus later. That's my theory. But sure sure absolutely, you know, otherwise, it could just be random random lock. It was rand. It wouldn't happen to April in a row. I think you're onto something either. That or yeah. Okay. You're on something right to borrow a phrase from a radio broadcaster near here. So to get the weird prediction I made. And it's not that weird. It's definitely not as weird as rooting for Donnie heart not to strike people out and still not allow runs. That's that's actually really funny. I wanna find more things like that root for the predict. Yeah. One of the ones that I did go for the end of April Bruce have one more game tonight. So it's not set in stone. But I did predict they'd be in the top three in shifting especially based on the pickup of Mike moussaka the way the us Orlando arsia and here, we are an I'm at baseball, sevent- dot MLB dot com. Baseball savant. I can't even say anything today. Baseball, savant dot MLB dot com. That's where I found the statistic. The brewers have shifted a total of four hundred eighty five times in eleven hundred forty two plate appearances that ranks them. Exactly third in major league baseball. The astros. Orioles are the only two teams to have shifted more. If you're curious cubs fans. I am looking for you. You're a ranked twenty fourth. So just as we talked about in the beginning of the season, the cubs don't tend to shift much still have pretty good success, pitching wise. The Bruce shift a ton. Maybe that's part of why they do have success pitching wise when they don't have the names that the cubs. Do it's arguable back and forth, but between that defensive percentage that talked about earlier and the amount of shifting to do the bruise. Do. That's how they're going to be successful without all that big time pitching. So right now as it stands today if the month were to end today, well, which it does. But if the month ended before the game tonight, I would get my prediction. Correct. As it stands. Okay. So the twins are forty one point nine percent. The bruiser forty two point five percent. I doubt that that changes tonight. You never know. But it does look like my prediction of the Bruce shifting in the top three for the month of April will come come through for me. I do believe they finished the season around seven last year. So well, hopefully, hopefully, they don't I don't know whether to root for Rizzuto get hit or not I don't know how you feel about it. I don't know, man. I don't want a weird one. I don't like the color. Yeah. Yeah. I you know, I had that other the other prediction it wasn't technically April. But it was through the game tonight. Was I had predicted in the next eleven games. Cubs would win eight. Eight eight and three that finishes tonight. And they're right now, they're seven and three. So if they win tonight, I I will have correctly predicted that again right on the money, actually. Yeah. The only thing that was interesting about that prediction got through the dodgers a little better than I thought. They would that's outside of that. You know, you're supposed supposed to have just like that against weaker teams. Come on. Now. The brewers went into New York. Well, the Mets the Mets are supposed to be good. According to everybody on TV. I don't really specifically believe it. They were sub five hundred last year from not mistaken. But yeah, it would be it would be pretty impressive to say. Yeah. They're gonna go eight and three over eleven I guess the other predictions. We might as well put a wrap on win. Jeremy Jeffress was in. When Jeremy Jeffress was in the minors. Rehabbing his shoulder. I did predict that when he came back up. The brewers would improve their ER a out of the bullpen by a run didn't happen. They had a couple of blow now Jeremy Jeffers himself has contributed nicely thing. He's got like a two point four five hundred on average is only given up believe the one running something like eight innings. I don't exactly the stats, but that one ain't going to happen. But the good news is over is pitching is. I think starting to settle in something I'll talk about maybe in the next segment to is what's going to happen with this rotation now that Geos there Jimmy Nelson appears the beginning a healthy something interesting to look at but that's kind of tweet of the week. So the it's all started with, you know, goofy kind of not prediction, but something to root for. So if you ever have any ideas like that tweet at us come at us. I'm at Brooker winning at Brooker winning Ryan where you at the app. At at wraps cubs. Win the up and don't forget you can see these predictions at the website at ninety miles podcasts dot com ninety miles podcast com. Where you can find all of this stuff. We're starting to keep score. Things are starting to trickle through at this point. I'm hitting three thirty three Ryan's at two. Fifty. That's about to change tonight. We are going to have some finals it'll be fun to see him Zahn top at the end of April. And more importantly, we're going to start ramping up for this next. Bruce cub series as well. We like having a lot of predictions on the line for that. We'll get to that. After this next little bit of a segment, we were gonna talk just little bit more about previewing the next few games. Like, I said earlier the brewers. Yeah. Up last night against Colorado. You said the cubs have the Mariners tonight and tomorrow, then what's going on with them. Well, I got a day off. Then they got the cardinals. This weekend. Seriously. No, it's it's a lot. Well, you know, what that's going to bite them later. You know? So we'll the brewers I have played more games than the cubs in April. And I'm not even sure the cubs have had a rain out, which is mind boggling, so. Yeah. Well, they played. Well, I think they played to row on the road played two home openers and then their own home opener. And so they they always cushion those, correct? So as part of it, but yeah, it's you know, it is what it is. But yeah, they got. So the cardinals that'll be a big series. I'm I'm excited to see you rooting for the cubs for that series. Given that the cardinals in I and I I don't know. I I hate the cubs a lot. I hate the cardinals a lot of lot. Remember the cardinals? The cardinals the team the Burs lost in the eighty two World Series. I may have only been a couple of years old. But it doesn't mean I don't still have some bitterness about it. You know that game went that series went seven and then in twenty eleven when the Bruce won the division the freakin cardinals back door their way in and knocked the brewers out and see us championship series. So no, I you know as much as I hate the cubs. I'm still bitter about the cardinals. I don't know what to do this week. I seriously have no idea what I'm gonna do. Yeah. It's well, you'll be you'll be pulling for the cubs. So that's fine. Probably just. These teams why am I watching this game stupid? You know? Yeah. It's it's the standings are kind of shaken out, you know, we'll get in and out central breakdown. But but it's yeah. I mean, it's going to be that's going to be big time cubs in cardinals playing this season. So that'll be big. Fortunately after that the cubs. Do get four-game sat against the Marlins before then playing the brewers. So the Marlins again. Well, you know, it's. You guys will get the Marlins Tudo or someday. But you know, we play guys OB we'll be done with the struggling, and and the Marlins sweep you, and and you know, it'll be that'd be totally baseball thing to happen. It would be it would be. I don't think that's how it's going to go. Yeah. It's it's just been. It's been kind of funky thing to watch your September is going to be terrible Milwaukee September is going to be light. It's gonna be the same thing last year. Cubs fans crying the whole way finish line while the brewers get hot and roll like you've you've been been crying too. So, you know, according to the my fan shies fantasy podcast guys and dizzle who's the produce over there who I'm totally gunning for this week. This is the second time we faced each other. You're going down hill. She is going to get crushed and fantasy. But yeah, according to them, we cry a lot on this podcast. And you know, they're probably right. So you do. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Have anything to complain in? Yeah. Well, I mean given your fan of the brewers. That's that's yeah. Oh, yeah. All I heard was crying and Nope. It's not gonna happen. Crying. And. Nope. It's not gonna happen. Then it happened. And then it was nothing. But crying, I can't even watch the playoffs. Dude. Whatever. ES gonna have to come on. We've got a podcast you gotta watch. Of course, they could that could work the other way for me to I suppose. Oh, it could very easily work their worst case scenario the cardinals get in, and we both have to watch it and cubs cubs and bruiser at home that would be that would be a nightmare. Yeah. No. Well, the cubs are going to take care of business against the cardinals. That that is a big big must that that is. Especially huge series for the cubs coming up. Tell me why. I mean, the cubs ber ber ber series is big. But you know, the cardinals are are the bigger threat right now to the cubs. So whatever I'm just looking at the cardinals the brewers, you know, at least they've improved a run differential. It's just negative three. Now four and six last ten, you know, they're there. Car. They got a three game winning streak and they got a plus thirty one win run differential. I'm concerned about the cardinals not concerned about the brewer. Well, then you're a fool and in idiot. The verse have had on baseball. The cardinals haven't had an easy schedule. Either. Oh, yeah. We talked about it. It's true. The truth hurts sometimes in the schedule hurt this club. We talked about it way way back when if the Burs get out of this month a game or two over five hundred which they are going to do. Now, they've got one more game tonight there two games over perfect. That's fine. Get into the next part of the schedule move on. I'm happy with where the bruiser at. And I look at the cardinals. The cardinals are eighteen and ten. The brewers are five and five against them. Cardinals thirteen and five against the rest of baseball. So the brewers of more than held their own. They're they're three and four against the dodgers. Are the next best team in the National League? I'm not worried about where the bruiser at right now. They went into New York two out of three. I feel good. The only thing I don't feel good about is the L A Chantrey yelich tweaked his back running the basis the other night in in New York. We haven't heard a whole lot. It's a lower back type of thing which can scary because those types of things can linger for a long time back injuries are funky. And there's been not a lot said that I have been able to get my hands on about it mind. You you know, they've only played one game sense. They're going to give them the night off regardless once that happens, Ben gambles filled in nicely defensively. But you don't replace fourteen home runs. You just don't end three fifty plus batting average all of that business for that last fourteen days stretch. Well, I yeah, I'm not a fan of injuries whatsoever. So that that's not. That's why I don't that's not good. Would. It's such a weird prediction for you to root for that Rizzo. Hit by pitch thing is like Di Awan it. Or don't you? The good news is you can just kind of let it happen. Whatever happens happens. But. Yeah. Well, and that's what it is. And it in it's just the nature of his his game. I mean, he he crowds plate. So it just happens. And that's part of his his thing. He that's you know. Absolutely. So I yeah. I don't want him to get hurt. But he is gonna get hit. He is going to. It's just gonna happen is he the way he positions himself in the box. But. Yeah. You know, yell it though that that's not so cool. Hopefully, it's not serious. And I I never wanna see other other teams get hurt. No. I wanna you wanna beat the cubs straight up with bios on the field. I wanna beat the cardinal straight up with Goldschmidt on the field. I think that's how it. That's kind of baseball as much as you root against those players. You don't root for that? So, and if you do you're just a you're, you know, he's the quick quick turn kind of look get a glance at, you know, see what signs were stolen and getting that information quickly. I mean that that might be a weird angle the turn maybe that had some impact on his back. I don't know. But in any case speaking of returns that Syria speaking returns, isn't there a return coming for the cubs potentially to shake field a little bit. I yeah. I guess we gotta talk about that. So. Yeah. Russell Addison Russell's going to be returning here soon. And of course, everyone's looking like while what? Why where what what rights, you know? So I you know by as his is one of the when he plays shortstop. He's one of the top shortstops defensively when he plays second base c he very likely is the top second basement defensively. No, you know, we can get into we've talked about that you mentioned it even before. Yes, there's plays. Sometimes he gets to that that most wouldn't even get to. And then maybe you know in trying to make the play trying to pull something off. He he makes throwing error something like that. So you know, you can look at fielding percentage and look at that. But I don't think it tells the story about Harvey bias. But in any case, he can really takes that. Oh, yeah. That was I think it wasn't that the big argument for him for MVP between him and yelich when the numbers were before the numbers got completely skewed and at bloom out of the water. He's really he's really good tagger. Anyway. Yeah. Well, well, yes. No, look tags or something special. I guess anyway. Yeah. So so with that as Russell coming back. There's you know, David Bodey another piece that who's who's been solid. And and, you know, my, my guess, I think Russell may actually not necessarily come back full-time and may actually kind of be along with discuss. Oh, and zobrist kind of a utility player who you know, and they may play him at second base. I thought I saw something on Twitter. I couldn't I couldn't find it. And I'm not I couldn't confirm it. But all that. Yeah. I've seen that Addison Rossa was going to be playing tonight and would be playing second base. Now. I don't know. I I can't confirm that no type seen a lot of cubs fans. Saying if you're going to bring 'em back put them at second. I haven't seen anything where the cubs have committed to that. And I don't I'm not even sure the last time I saw he and he was useful playing short in the minors. So I don't know if that's just rumors stuff. We're seeing on the Twitter feed because. Twitter. But yeah, I don't know. I wouldn't. As a cubs fan. I'm not sure I'd even want the guy in the ball club in the first place, but we've already discussed all of that business. So it is what it is based quality level. It's a money sport as well. It is going to happen. Eventually he's going to be in the big leagues again. Well, we'll Jordan Jordan bash in who's the beat writer for the cubs. He's at m L bastion on Twitter. He mentioned about you know, that that it is possible. Like what I said that. Addison? Russell might be kind of a you utility player kind of thing in that. They they may keep keep by as short. But. Yeah, that it is a little weird that you know in the minors that Russell was playing short. So I given if that was part of the plan, but that's the odd part. But I didn't confirm any of that. Because I'm not a cubs fan. That's not my main thing. But that's what I my understanding. He hasn't. He's done nothing. But short, that's all I know. I'm not I'm not positive on that even so. Yeah. I mean, I I don't see any reason why he wouldn't be able to play second that shouldn't be any. He's he's defensively quite talented. He's he's real real good shortstop. I you know, it's a little bit of a transit is. But I think sucking base is not sure. But his you know, if Mike Mushtaq is can do it. I think Addison Russell can probably do it too. Well, yeah. Yeah. If you wanna look at it that way. So that kind of previews a couple of those things anything else you wanted to wrap up in the preview section. I think I wanted to get just a gun. The brewers probables the next three nights they've got. So they had three in New York four game set with Colorado and then three against New York and Miller park. So the nice part is they're getting a a homestand. You know, that's just you know, the one day off again, I they've really had very few days off. But it looks like it's going to be she seen Anderson Woodruff, and then I would guess the first games with the first game with the Mets is probably gonna be geo Gonzales again, there's been talk. What are the bruise gonna do once Jimmy Nelson's ready who gets moved to the bullpen? What happens? When Peralta gets healthy. My feeling is the way it's been going Chaschina Anderson Woodruff. You know, Gonzalo is. And then Nelson Peralta may be goes to the Penn since he's a to pitch kid Corbin burns probably stays in the minors. The thing about it is Bruce fans remember last year. They used eleven different guys start games ten of them are actually started. There was one game. Of course. We're reliever opened. We're early in the year. There's going to be injuries. There's gonna be things we're guys just don't perform see things like chase Anderson spring training see things like, you know, Corbin burns this season. Nothing's going to be set in stone. But I don't see how you pull Chaschina out. I don't see how you pull Woodrow vote. I don't see how he pulled Zala out, you know, and then it's kind of a battle with couple three other guys. But I my suspicion is. Adding GIO Gonzalez. Getting Jimmy Nelson up if Jimmy's healthy that allows you to put a guy like Peralta in the pen who can bring some gas throws the hi four seamer. It improves the depth of the entire staff. It was such a good pickup going out and getting GIO Gonzalez at looks small on paper when you look at just straight numbers, but the depth that it adds is huge. So I think we've already beaten that horse to death them. So there you go. Yeah. It's a pretty pretty dismal outlook. But. Yeah. That's okay. All right. All right predictions. Then so the brewers dismal pitch. Start unless you've got something you wanna drop on me. I. I actually I I am still determining so go ahead. Okay. Syria been thinking about it. I like what I'm seeing with the rotation. The staff in general, I think the brewers pitching staff, and that three-game set is going to hold the cubs to eleven runs or fewer total the between the defense and the pitching the cubs won't score more than a low. So that puts you at what does that three point five per game. Something like that. I think the cubs are averaging a full runner more than that per game. The Burs you're gonna shut down that oftens. But is it bold enough is eleven runs or fewer for the cubs. Bold enough free. You I don't I'm not sure that that's bold enough really a three-game set against your offensively. Yeah. But that you're pitching staff is weak. That's why eleven runs or fewers strong. All right. I was going to do ten. All right. I'll go down to ten that gives it three runs per game. Fine. I'll accept I'll accept ten runs or less for the cubs series that that should mean a, Bruce when the cubs scored I made that prediction over fifteen they easily did that right last series. No, I like it. Yeah. I I like it because you don't think it's going to happen will I think the bruiser and get their staff straightened out. They've they've started delimit some runs. We'll get GIO Gonzalez settled in this pitching staff going to calm down, and it's going to become a strength again. Just like last year. Maybe not as strong. I'm gonna make a little go ahead. I think. I'm gonna make a weird one. Yeah. Have some fun with it. It's kind of a weird one not really a weird one. But a little more of a stat nerd one. I guess. I think over just within the series three game series that Kris Bryant is going to have a higher Opie s then. How about how about? Aguilar. No, that's no Aguilar's hit two home runs. All season is is worse than most of the pitching staff for the brewers. Chris Bryant's been struggling not to mention that. I thought Aguilar's each he's turned around. Progression. To the mean, he may not even play. He may not even play two of the three games in the series. I mean, I would suspect he would. Left handed pitchers all the time for the bruise, which I'm sure you'll find a way to do again. But so he'll play probably too. Well, but pick it. All right. All right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. I know I okay fine. I was trying to pull something, but. Okay. Well, different guy. There's a lot of guys you want to do grand doll. You wanna do yelling? No. I know let's pick. Let's pick a different guy. Well, yellow we there's a potentially a question, Mark. Hopefully, otherwise, sure, I mean, I I would do something with yelich. But I don't wanna take you know, if injury is a little worse. I don't I don't wanna do yelich and then have a backup. If yellowish only plays Bryant Bryant is. Although I think he may be turning it around. He's he's been struggling a little bit. Well, I thought he's he's I thought he was headed back to MVP form. That's what we talked about all spring. What about progression do as mean? Yeah. Well, did he set a new me has spring? Look good. Did he set a lower mean for himself is that what's going on? Okay. Well, then who do you think? Okay. How about? Well, it looks like right now, I mean, other than yelich Mushtaq has has highest Opie s okay? Nine thirty eight on the season. So far. Let's let's go with miss dacas K Kris Bryant is going to have a higher opium in just over the Seaver of the series only. Okay. So here's only this series. Only meeting. We we may have to calculate it ourselves. Not a hard one. Yeah. No, no. We just you know, gotta look at their. Here's something to keep in mind too. And I'm okay with this. I think that's all right. I don't think it's a particularly bold one. I think is more like a fifty fifty one especially when brewers batters like miss dacas are going to be facing probably quite a few left probably one or two at least left handed pitchers through the series. That's fine. Though. This is more of a fifty fifty one. You know, what I'm saying to me to my I it's okay. I'm okay with it. I like it. You said, you know, what's what's Brian Opie for the season? Was he kind of hanging? He's not in the nine hundred not very good. So you're predicting a bounceback that makes it more of a stretch. I'm okay with that. Yeah. That's good one. He's he's at he's at seven seventy. Okay. So by now, see if I take if I buy as you know, or something like that. Well, yeah. Now, I would have I if it was for sure gonna be playing those games. I would put by as against maybe I will do that next week. Once we hear more about yellow possibility his situation. Yeah. And you know, so that's why this is a little weird. Yeah. Yelich well on the season. He's what one point. I think he's in the one point four one point. It's it's gross. It's way up there. One point two six four. He was sitting in the one point four is at one on the season one point two six four. And so and then. Yeah. By as is at nine ninety six. Okay. Well, then. Yeah. It's kind of a shares is just over a thousand. Yeah. Wilson's had a nice year behind the plate him. In grand doll have believed. Hayward's Hayward nine fifty regress to the mean. He's setting a new means he's banned three twelve Jason Heyward. Batting three twelve this too. See april. We'll see in September. Check it out again. Then get to the NL central breakdown. I think we've rambled on today, you know, pitching on short rest as we are might not been as Jabbie. But next week we're gonna get after each other. If you didn't think this week was aggressive enough. Believe me. Oh, yeah. It's gonna get really really really brutal. I'm dropping a bombshell next week. Oh, you're saving it for next week. Whatever that cell is. He told me on the phone conversation. Oh him too. Yeah. No, I ain't telling you. But now, you're just making me mad do the Brigham. It's going to become it's going to become very personal. What's? Personal. Yes. Baseball going to have to make fun on its own. Well, it's gonna it's gonna get. It's gonna touchy. It's gonna get dramatic. So tune in next week. Oh, am I going to be mad setting to piss me off is that what's happening here? No, no. You won't be mad woken bad. Okay. Well, now, I'm really well. I'm already annoyed. So that's that's halfway there. All right. So. All right. So the NL central breakdown this week we've talked about at the whole episode. Absolutely disgusting. Cardinals are out to an eighteen ten start. They have the best record and the National League the brewers did what damage they could. But you know, they're a good team the cubs and the brewers are both three games back of these disgusting and gross cardinals. The brewers have two more wins in two more houses than the cubs because they've played four more games, which I still don't know what MLB doing with their scheduling, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati of tailed off just a little bit. If you haven't been paying, well, especially Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati actually has they're they're actually very similar at this point. They are in the aren't it's a little ahead of the reds. Yes. Yep. Pittsburgh's a couple basically a game ahead. Cincinnati. The one thing. Remember, we talked about how Pittsburgh has a very good staff. They do last week. I think there seventy three runs scored seventy three runs against they've only managed to scrape. Together, eleven run since her last episode and the pitching is falling apart of it. So Pittsburgh is now a negative one and run differential. Cincinnati is surprisingly plus eleven but therefore games under five hundred. That's maybe. Yeah. Did part of their dynamic in the club. I don't know. I haven't watched much Cincinnati outside of. Yes. Yelp. We trying to charge people, which is still great. It's actually still fun video to watch. Trevor Barnhart trying to get in the way, you don't playing right. Tackle can't slow down that guy. It's good. It's good stuff. We did that as a tweet of the week here a couple of weeks back. So that's something. What are you reading? When you look at the the overall in central breakdown, any thoughts that you've had that we didn't cover in the previous portion of the episode. Oh, you know. I I don't know not not too much. I guess I mean it is. I mean, I think it's just big the cubs cardinal series. That's gonna be an important one given their their spots in the standings. And you know, I think I think the reds still have a chance. You know, have some fire, and and we'll see and and you know, 'cause I know I predicted Cincinnati finish above the pirates. So. Actually, I did a I did an entire league one. If you wanna go back and check it out. It's a few weeks old now, but you can kinda check out after the first month of the season. See where my prediction kinda lies. I did in a tweet of anger and dismay after I set off a little bit of fire for one Matt Snyder on CBS sports. So I had to do basically an entire blog prediction segment, and you can check that out at out website. Of course, I think based on what we've talked about the divisions laying out exactly how we thought it would so far Pittsburgh Cincinnati are interchangeable. I had Cincinnati at the bottom. You had Pittsburgh at the bottom. Whatever the top three dogs are doing what we expected to Saint Louis has gotten off to probably a better start than I would have expected. But you know, like, I've talked about before I knew Milwaukee had toughened Chicago struggled early. So it takes a while to recoup from a six game losing streak early in the year, which they've done their couple over five hundred. Now this division, folks. Yep. Basically. How he thought it would, you know, Saint Louis eight games over is a little more than I thought there. Eight and two over the last ten with a three game win streak. I hate the cardinals. That's about it. So yeah. Yeah. Well, I mean, I at this point I would would have been predicting or hoping for the basically the cubs and cardinals swap places, and that would be you know, in had the cubs had that so start even if they just played five hundred ball there that may be more the case, although they can they can flip that script here with the series against the cardinals. Yeah. I could do that all day to anyway. I'm pretty sure all the teams in the National League would swap records with the cardinals right now since they have the best record. But yeah, it's yeah. I'm just I'm excited Milwaukee's making it through the month. They're gonna come out looking good. Even if it sixteen in fifteen if they went today seventeen and fourteen three games over five hundred coming out, April. I warned everybody that listens to the program watch out if they get it through that. Well, and think about how poorly they've pitched at times the run differential, isn't where you want it. But the offense is solid. Yeah. This is this is fun. This is Ray where we thought it would be I think that really wraps up everything I wanted to say today unless you got something I think we're good. Stuck cups? Schedule makers. Right. All right. Well, good good times. And I guess we'll catch this weekend on. Around for the stretch talking about. Yeah. About wins. Yeah. Pitching statistics wins. Specifically just a little bit of a stats episode. But something to just kind of ponder as you look at the way. Baseball's changed keep in mind. That's coming and we will be dropping that Saturday night Sunday morning. This one's coming out a day early. I hope you enjoyed it. Got a couple of chuckles out of it. Anyway, next week look for the big preview episode. It's going to be a lot of abuse. Cub suck lots and we're gonna talk about much. Yes. And how about you? Cardinals.

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AL and NL Division Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 155)

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AL and NL Division Series Previews | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 155)

"We're far from the shallow. Now this is the ringer MLB show. My name is Michael Bowman. I'm a staff writer at the ringer as always we are part of the ringer podcast network, which is it self a part of the ring dot com, which is home to a bunch of good stuff, including horror week is the big headlining thing going on, which is not as the title might suggest a post mortem of the Chicago Cubs performance over the past week or so. It is in fact a an exploration of Harvey's this being October the month, not only the baseball playoffs, but of Howell weaned and speaking of Halloween, I would encourage you to check out how lean unmasked, which is aiming Nicholson's a part series investigating Halloween and she interviews John carpenter and a bunch of the the key players enemy. So if you're interested in that sort of thing, you're not gonna find any better content than that. You're also gonna find any better division series preview podcast. And this one got Ben limber with the American League coming up later. But right now, let's go to that cram talk about the nationally. All right. So we have survived if only just the wild card games that nationally wildcard game was a little bit of a siege of Petersburg moment for for the baseball world, but we are moving forward to the division series, and here's a man who knows that thing or two about moving forwards that cram to help me preview the National League into that bracket sack. Hello? I, I guess we're two days in is already been fun. Yeah, I think so. So let's start with Berge Rockies. I think this. I certainly didn't expect to end up with this. So the Burs are the have gone from play in game two top seed in the nationally, and their reward is facing a team that has three good hitters took one of them out of the lineup in the wildcard game, and that sort of where I guess I wanna start. So if you look at the American League, the those are basically for juggernauts, particularly from public perception perspective, Yankees Red Sox kind of the series. That will. I'm sure garner the most headlines over the next few days. Brewers Rockies is like if you're a hipster baseball fan, that's this series. I think you should be watching this series for us. We who follow baseball everyday the year for seven months of because these are two teams with a lot of fun moving interesting parts. A Both Miller park and chorus field will provide really unique and entertaining Plath atmospheres. So this certainly isn't the most prestigious series of the Ford DS's, but I think it is no less intriguing for that for that degradation. Yeah. And I'd say also probably one to in certainly among the remaining team cities in in major league baseball, possibly overall one into in beer culture in Milwaukee, Denver, not just because the mega breweries Ahah there, but thriving crafters ends. Well, the stadiums have. The names for them too. Yeah, I love core sealed on on TV. It's unlike anything I don't. I don't know about like there's something about the way it's lit, but I love watching on TV. It's incredible. So. The Rockies are through thanks to the offense of work of Tony Walters and drew Buteera and the heroism of Scott Oberg and Kris Bryant getting himself out. Do you take anything? I guess we're gonna ask about both the Walker games, but do you take anything away from that? I think the bullpen acquitted itself fairly well at amount of, you know, obviously allowed a tie score, but I think he is the most trustworthy Rockies reliever. So I'm not too concerned about that going forward, but the depth pieces actually fared pretty well in extra innings, which is concerned for every National League team besides the brewers who will get to in a second. I'm not totally sure about anything like we knew Kyle Friedland was good ready. I guess the fact that he showed he could do it on short rest was promising, but I'm not sure if he'll be asked to do that again in these playoffs. I think the cubs certainly struggled down the stretch. So I don't know if there's too much take away from holding their offense. Quiet when so many teams did that in September. So let's look at game one which starts tonight. I, it is a pitching matchup that our Fred rhino Hamlin described as sensitive versus bullpen, which could quickly turn into bullpen versus bullpen. Brenna Woodruff's going to get the start for for Milwaukee. It's an interesting set up for the playoff Rosser. 'cause the brewers have starting pitchers with with fair amount of track record. I mean, they trade for GIO Gonzalez. You and I were talking about what they could put together at the deadline for somebody like Jacob degrom, for instance, and obviously that didn't happen, but they have this is not like the Oakland a.'s where they just have a bunch of guys who they pulled off the street and they made twelve starts this season. Dave, but they left chase Anderson, author Ostra, for instance, and that's leaving them with sort of a emiss- match of guys who can go three or four innings. And I, I don't know how trust for the Wade Bilje as opposed season versus Woodruff versus hobby. Garra for instance, it game too. It seems like the plan now is to go for Gyulay's CHAI seen on short rest, but to to keep a leash, keep a short leash on him and go to the bullpen early. And so I think the big challenge for Craig counsel is sort both of these managers I think are in a position where they're going to have to manage a lot. And the big challenge for council be monitoring the innings 'cause you can get Corey can able Jeremy Jeffers to probably throw in every game with an off day every other day or sorry, every third day in the series, even if it goes five but managing the multi, any workloads for guys like burns or guys like Josh hater I think will be the big channels for him. He. Yeah, and I'm. A little skeptical of this plan because it's not just about winning the series. It's about winning this series and the next one and the next one after that. And even if you're relievers, hold up, find for these first game is the need to last the entire month. I'm not sure how much putting this burden on them. So early will affect them. Later on Craig counsel knows this better than I do. But someone like Josh hater didn't pitch on consecutive days once in September, and he also struggled in September. So is basically ensuring that relievers like him and Jimmy Jeffers who pitched more stressful innings than almost any reliever in baseball. This year, more innings, the best route when at some point in the plaster going to need guys like GIO Gonzalez to win games, you ju- Gonzalez's pretty good. And at some point you'll need rely on a starter other than chassis. And is that what you think too? Are you more confident in this plan? I think you particularly the first round of the playoffs. You get so many off days that I think the challenge will be when you hate her and for how long and even if you don't use hater in a given game, you still have Canaveral Jeffers and and burn. So you can go to guys who have been really good out of the bullpen and you add the thing about having four or five guys who maybe you just got to seek out those low lever Jennings when you can try to get Miley in a favorable matchup Garin a favorable matchup and you've got to do a really good job of picking your spots almost to the extent that Terry Francona did in two thousand sixteen with Andrew Miller. And we talked about Andrew Miller running outta gas or or the risk of somebody like hater running out of gas Miller's unhittable until literally game seven of the World Series. If they closed that off in five or six, that plan works. So the other thing I would say to that is the brewers have won one playoff series in. In the past thirty five years. So let's get out of this round and then we'll figure out what comes next. That's sort of how I would have purchase. If I regret counts, I'll be cognizant certainly of building a longtime or a long-term workload. But let's take care of this first. Before we, we figure out how we're going to pitch to the Red Sox in the World Series or or the Astor's the accuser, whoever the other thing is, if you can knock, I think the the, the brewers would be very well served to if they can end the series early before you get if you get two games, three and four right now is lining up to be Marquez and Freeland in three and four. In course field where you can go through five or six relievers at the drop of a hat. And I would want to be in a position to Lee at the very least go in there up to, oh, so I would Madge very aggressively if I were Craig cancel to try to get up too early. I think that that will be there not. Screwed if they if they split, you know, but it will be a huge advantage perhaps even more than even more than usually going up to, it'll be huge vantage for Milwaukee, not just in terms of avoiding to have to face. Mark has in Freeland with the season on the line, but to get out of this as soon as as you can, and then rescue those relievers and try to minimize the workload. You look back to Cleveland twenty sixteen. That's what they did. You know, knocking out Boston early, knock now Toronto early. That's a one way that they bench keep the workload down and essentially, you know, and get through a seven game World Series. So I think it's imperative for Milwaukee to if they can and this as soon as possible. Yeah, I think course field has an interesting wrinkle here, especially going to the bullpen out because of what that could mean for workloads, and maybe you, you make a pitcher who's not as reliable pitch important innings, and course just because you burn through so many relievers earlier this season. This isn't predictive, but. In one of their games. Of course, field Milwaukee won eleven to ten. A classic course fields game. The only other followed by have to that, though is like in two thousand sixteen when Cleveland made it to run, even though the best starters, besides Corey kluber were injured, they still did get high quality innings from their starters. In his first three starts of that postseason Josh Tomlin had a one point seven, six era and fifteen in third inning. So he still was at least through the first couple rounds, putting in five good innings, a start and allowing Cleveland to pick it spots with Miller. And Alan. I'm not saying doubting counseling if he goes up to zero and is able to strategically position his bullpen for the later games than look like the genius. I'm just not one hundred percent convinced of the long-term feasability of it. But on the other hand, like the Rockies because they lost the dodgers on Monday in the tiebreaker game and then had to go into Wrigley on Tuesday. Like you said they most likely don't have. Have their best starters until they're already back home, satellite trust, Antonio, sons, Tele any more than I do the brewers, middle relievers. The the lesson I say, I'll I'd say about that is even though guys like Tomlin pitched well, the Indians didn't get a whole lot of volume out of anybody, but kluber you know, you think about the Trevor Bauer blood game where he was out after an ending or two, Tom even Tomlin was only going five innings. Ryan merit. I think only he went eighteen or nineteen batters faced in out and in the one game that he pitched. So if you win early, it allows you to stretcher bullpen far there but whether or not that happens, I think councils just gotta get out of this first round, then figure things out from there and maybe maybe bring chase Anderson back into the fold. I know he hasn't pitched in a couple of weeks, but he's at least paper, good big-league starting pitcher, you know, he's the kinda guy who you'd expect to be able to go out there and give you five innings of. Okay, baseball, even an apply, offset area. So, but overall, let's try to get to to Braves dodgers. I think the brewers bullpen is, is the biggest advantage of one unit over another. And with respect to guys, Trevor story had an incredible wildcard game air Nado Blackman or are incredible players, but the quality falls off so fast, and you know bud black doing things like taking Blackman adult lineup, switching him out a lot up against Chicago. That worries me. And I think that lineup that the brewers have so many different buttons to push council is done a better job of of pushing those buttons down the stretch. Do you have a prediction? We so far we are unanimous in all of our predictions and we have been wrong about all of our prediction. So so let's try to keep that streak up. I would pick the brewers. I think both because of all the points you made in also the one advantage that. Engaging in a bullpen game does bring is that you have more opportunities for pinch hitters and that does benefit the Berbers who have guys like either Travis Shaw might miss dacas, whoever they don't start could come off the bench, and critics Granderson could come off the bench, and that gives them flexibility to be able to bring in guys rallies. Whereas the Rockies have what like Pat Vallega coming off the bench that there's a dearth there. So I would pick the brewers by after the Rockies one in Chicago. I wouldn't be shocked if they continue their streak, especially, like you said, if they manage to even split the first two games and go back home with Marquez and freelance starting. Yeah, that that eventuality does scary. I. I, I'll pick Burs three. I mean, picking them in four would be partially about being afraid of Mark has or Freeland in Colorado, but it also just seems like an unnecessary hedge. I think. The other thing is if I'm wrong and the Rockies do win, the series of just sets him up is a bigger bigger underdog, so I'll hang myself out there a little bit go go, Bruce and three. So that brings us on Braves dodgers, which is a series. I feel much less certain about. So let's start with. John Jin Ryu starting game one, Clayton Kershaw vers anabol- Sanchez game two, which would have been incredible nationally matchup in twenty ten or twenty eleven. Where where do you stand on these dodgers. I guess let's start with that. It's funny. I, we're finally disagreeing about something. I feel much more confident about this matchup. Okay. Because I think the dodgers rotation looks absolutely dominant right now. Reu- has been incredible since returning from the disabled list. I almost think the fact that they're starting him in game. One says more about how good he's been as opposed to any worries about Kershaw, of course, because of the way the schedule is structured. The dodgers would still be able to turn to Clayton Kershaw in game five, even after pitching game too. That's what both Cleveland and New York did last year with Cory kluber and see Sobat thea. But real has been great Kershaw gives them the advantage in game two and Walker Buehler has been fantastic as well as we saw on Monday against Colorado. So I think that if any series is going to end in a sweep, I would most likely pick this one just. Because I'm not sure if the Braves are going to score more than a single run in the first six innings of any game. Wow. Okay. I think I have a lot more faith in the Braves offense. I think the guys like dick Marquez after his incredible start to the season fell off a little bit, but he still guy you can get on base a lot. Akhoon is turned into an absolute weapon. He might be the best offense player in the series. You're getting about max Muncie. Yeah, whatever. Dave Freeman in the middle of the lineup, Ozzy all Bs threat to power and run. This is a surprise. Johan Camargo is gone completely under the radar because of all these opinions Watan. This is a really deep Atlanta lineup. I think I have a lot of. I've a lot more faith. I mean, obviously Kershaw Kershaw and reuse been great and Buehler put in an incredible performance on Monday. Obviously, the the dodgers have an advantage in starting pitching, but and you know, top to bottom are probably the better team you when you think about the depth the Dave Roberts ability to to play ups. But I think the Braves are gonna make this close at the very least. I think this this lineup is. Is really solid top to bottom. I think Fulton knavish is really underrated for some reason despite running away with the National League east, it feels like we've paid way more attention to at least three of the other teams in the division all season. So I think the the Braves have been better than most people realized this in their victory in the national Isa's about more than the Phillies in nationals collapsing. It's a really good team of names that are either unfamiliar or of guys like Fulton avenue Sanchez who weren't this good. The last time we saw them in any significant sample or Marquette, for instance, and they have the, I think they have incredible potential to jump up and bite the dodgers the dodgers look at a head. Yeah, I should say that this prediction is less about the Braves who I might pick to beat either the barrage of the Rockies. It's just more about the dodgers I can't help, but remember in the playoffs last year when the dodgers went seven and one through the nationally playoffs weren't really challenging in any of those. Games and that was with a rotation that might be worse than the rotation. They're bringing to the series this year. If you compare like Richhill was the number two starter last year. He's the number four this year, and you Darvish was their number three starter last year. I probably take this version of Walker, bueller of last year's version of you Darvish and what that means for Dave Roberts is, is he also has this bench flexibility that we were talking about with the brewers where he in the tiebreaker game, was able to potentially bring is like Chris Taylor off the bench for a pinch, hitting appearance. So I'm not entirely sure. Like if I went positioned by position through the lineup, I'm not sure if the dodgers would win by that much, but the totality of that lineup and the rotation and the depth just gives them such a clear advantage in my mind. But at the same time, there's a lot like this year's Chris Taylor, not last year's Chris Taylor, the Yaas Monte GRANDE all of right now is not. Even the us Monte GRANDE all of June and Cody Bellinger is not as good this year as he was last year. They are worse in in a lot of small ways than they were last year and the big jumps that they made up. You know, bueller, for instance, coming out Muncie with his breakout season. Just the kershaw's a little bit worse. Belgium's low bit. Worst Taylor's a little bit worse. I don't know camp in grand all have have fallen off since their hot starts season. You know, I don't know that I can look at this team the same way that I can look at last year's team. I don't assume that all the that, sir. I certainly don't assume that their equal or better than. Than the team that went to seven games of the World Series last year, but what is it gonna take to get people a stop talking about playoff Kershaw? Does he like be to throw a complete game shutout game seven of the World Series. Well, so here is all that, I guess, Braves, bashing aside. The one caveat is if they win game one behind a strong start from full than vich than all of a sudden Kershaw has a whole lot of pressure on him game too. And I don't think it's real that he succumbs to pressure. I don't, but just the narrative would be like bubbling under the service. They're ready to break out, and that would be the one thing that has been concerned. If I'm a cautious Dodger's fan, I think as long as he wins the World Series, it doesn't really matter how he would get the cliche monkey off of his back. By like even last year, he pitched really well in game one of the World Series. He pitched well in relief in game seven. But if you have one memory of Kirsch on the World Series last year, what is it? It's him on able to hold the lead in game five. And the other thing if Fulton average pitches blights out and beats review, which is not like out of the Roma possibility and they get to Kershaw in game two. Once you get beyond that starting rotation, I don't trust his bullpen. I mean, the bullpen had its own issues last year in the postseason not trusted even less like, I don't know what you're getting at kenley Jansen right now. I don't know how much I can trust Scott Alexandria. They're threatened Pedro bison in high leverage situations. Majeida isn't his hasn't been as lights out. I mean, this is a really high standard comparing to how good he was out of the bullpen late last year in the postseason, but he hasn't been as good as in in his nineteen relief appearances issue as he was last year. So I think the da. Gers have a lot of depth, but they have less quality than I think a lot of people realize do trust the brace bowl Penn because I think I would put them on similar footing in that they're decent, but not as reliable as either Milwaukee's are some of the the elite bullpens in the American League. I mean, I certainly don't think there is good as Milwaukee's are Houston's or or steep is Cleveland's for instance. Honestly, they're, they're just so many unknown quantities in the Braves bullpen. I don't really, you know, you look down there. You see a lot of guys with areas in the twos and the low threes a lot of nine and ten strikeout per nine, but who knows how these guys are gonna react in the in the postseason and that might be, you know, that's not necessarily a bad thing who was expecting Scott over to be one of the pivotal relievers in in this year's playoff picture. And you know, and he's pitched fine. You know, it's like we were saying on on Mondays pot, like this is. Results, and I don't. Have any particular res. I don't know how what results Atlanta's going to come up with outside of, you know, I'm pretty confident about Fulton average, but apart from that, I think it's it's an unknown and that's not necessarily bad thing that you know they've got? No, I think there are some guys on this team like Koonya and in and all these who I think the lack of experience is not necessarily a bad thing. There's something to having been there before and knowing how you're gonna react to that pressure situation. But there's also something to just being young enough that you don't know. You know, you don't know better than to be scared, you know. So I could see some of these unknown unknown younger players on in the bolt head in the line of coming up big just because they don't know well enough to to be frightened by the big light. So this is. You know, the the brace get blown out of the water in three games or they could come up in and shot the dodgers. I think there's more variability in how this team is going to perform than any other team in the out of the eight remaining. I feel bad for for Santa confident that they're going to lose because I do like a lot of these players. We talked about opinion like on April or may in this podcast. But the thing I'll say for them is that even if they lose this year and they have a very bright future ahead, maybe that comes early this year, like in two thousand fifteen when the cub stunned the cardinals in the first round and were able to make it to the the year before the World Series run. That's certainly a possibility. But I think the dodgers, at least in my view, are the wrong opponent for that to materialize and EBay, or you think about a team like the the twenty ten giants who had so many good young players in your thinking about them as as building. Or that that postseason being a building bar for something else. I just went out and won the whole thing like, that's it's a possibility with Atlanta. So give me a prediction. Obviously, I think you're picking the dodgers. I think I'm coming on a little bit stronger for Atlanta, just because you said we disagreed about something. I was having fun doing that for once, but so I'm, I will make my pick in my head while you're explaining yours. I'll pick dodgers three for the reasons. I said, if the Braves do get to one of the starters, I'd be somewhat surprised. I just have a lot of faith in the dodgers are taking right now and the depth of their lineup, which I think is pretty clearly the best in the National League. So they have in my view, the advantage in all phases of the game, I could see a road to Atlanta in for, and I really wanna pick it, but I are if this was about, you know what this is about having fun rather than being being gimme land for. I think the dodgers are probably the better team, but but I could see this road, you know, nobody gives a shit if if you're right around about these things, so all right, we will. We'll be back after the weekend's action when if the dodgers are up to nothing, you can berate me if you so choose. But until then we'll, we'll be talking about writing about the games and preparing our coverage for next week. So look forward to talking to you on Tuesday morning. Have a good one. Thanks for joining me. We right back with bedlam. I'm now for the American League half of the bracket by a man who was at new Yankee Stadium last night, a man who is still shaken champagne out of his crevices by the sound of Ben Lindbergh how you doing? I'm doing all right. You know, we were just talking before we started recording. I don't have a high opinion of new Yankee Stadium as someone who grew up going to the old place, but it was pretty loud last night. I think maybe the places just accruing some character over the years. Maybe it's getting a little dirtier and Messier and has a little more history attached to it. So it was shaking less night. Do you agree? Bobby was was a pint about he was bemoaning the corporate nature new Yankee Stadium. Do you think it's becoming less corporate as time goes on? I don't know that the Yankees will ever become less corporate. I think they're the embodiment of corporate, but it's a stadium that has a moat to protect the rich people and. Also has George Steinbrenner's visage peering down everyone from the outfield wall, and it's deafening and it's kind of cookie cutter in some ways. It's just not a great stadium, but it's getting louder and there was a lot to cheer about in the wild card game. Yeah. Are they distributing military helmets to fans left field to protect them from Giancarlo Stanton, yeah, or right field to prevent them from Luke Voight who nearly reached the Redfield seats last night. It's a very powerful lineup, and that is probably something that we are about to talk about as we preview this matchup with bus, which I can't believe it has been so long can't through relief. I thought like who is one of the two hundred thousand Red Sox or Yankees fans in baseball media was saying that, you know, can't can't believe it's been this long since two thousand four hours thinking they must it once in the late two thousand had like a three game division series and. Just forgetting narrowly. This is just, I mean, there's they. It's been not only years the last time it happened was the oath three? Oh, four right back to back. That was, yeah. Two of the best ale CS matchups of our lifetime. Of course, they play each other nineteen games year, which is probably what seemed like heels Angra had fourteen of them are on prime time FOX or ESPN and Tina them less four hours which will be the case in this series undoubtedly. But yeah, I mean, there's some juice here. Yankees, Red Sox. I'm sure that even though it has been fourteen years, I'm sure that most of America is fine with it being another fourteen years before this happened again. But on the other hand, these are teams that everyone loves to hate if they don't actively root for them. So I'm looking forward to the series. Yeah, end is much as I'm tired of both of these teams is as entities you know, there's some. It is special when they play other. I mean, this is baseball's premier of the best rivalry. I don't know if it's now we could litigated what constitutes a great rivalry. I'm as eager to do that as I am to relitigate the bullpen in which. It might kill me Ben. This the bullpen takes on both pro and anti are gonna get off the me by the by the end of this both NC's and yeah, but I mean, it was exciting to be in Yankee Stadium. Once it became clear that the keys were going to wipe away the as and you start getting the, we want Buston chanson. There's something special about that as I think it was. It seemed to be based on slack seemed to be striking a little fear into the heart of our bus Bill Simmons, and I don't know there's a bit of an intimidation factor in. I think there are some ways in which the inky is are a better playoff teams than the rents SOX. If not necessarily a better team period. Yeah, Roger Sherman whose Yankees fan you just moved out to LA and is now going to see Bill four or five times a week is was tweeting about how he's getting fired. Like listen chuckles if I made it through the Super Bowl and a Celtic Sixers off series within a couple months of each other. I don't think there's anything Roger can do. Danger, his employees, the ringer doesn't discriminate based on now sports. Although if he takes that as a challenge will be eager to discuss that at the end of the series. So you mentioned Luke Voight and I talked about Giancarlo Stanton, I have a couple of bullet points about this series in a document I shared with you the first bullet point. Is it big boy season? Yes. So Luke quoted start their fee, large band, judges large Cornfed Missouri judge. It's that are even larger obviously, but they are larger in a way that you feel like they probably take their shirts off a lot. I don't know. You know, probably void does. Sure. Halfway off. Few, but the so that his beautiful chest hair could poke through. And yeah, he is a large framed person, and I know the had the analytics and they liked his contact rate and they liked how he hit to the opposite field and thought he'd be a good fit for Yankee Stadium. I'm pretty sure that whatever they projected for Luke quote, he has far far exceeded it, and I don't know whether he is just this year's Shane, Spencer and he'll never do something like this again or whether he is actually amazing. But the lineup is deep and powerful ad. I'm not telling anyone anything. They don't know because this is a team that just hit the most home runs of any team ever. But I do think that is an advantage and I know the case have had a lot of homerun reliant teams over the last decade or two. And in the past used to hear that, that would be a problem for them when you got to the playoffs because people used to think and maybe still do think that in the playoffs, you just kind of have to make contact and play small ball and make things happen. But I. It's actually the opposite history has shown that the homerun reliant lineups do better earthly, not certainly last year. I don't know how you can look it lashes ploughs and think, yeah, you can't hit. You can't get a home when you need. Everyone hit home runs last year all the time. But yeah, historically speaking, just because it's harder to string together, hits walks in just sort of small sequence offense in October because you're facing really good pitching and defenses, and maybe it's cold out and so you wanna just have the big boppers who don't care what temperature it is or what pitcher you're facing, air judge Giancarlo Stanton, these guys are gonna hit the ball for five hundred feet anyway. So in that sense, I think the are better positioned because the Red Sox have a good offense to, but actually the second least homerun reliant, offensive any surviving playoff team after the Braves. So I think the better set up in that way, but probably the bullpen is the bigger and more obvious edge here and before remove. On, I would be remiss if I didn't mention that Luke void is of product of the state of Missouri's premier college baseball, Missouri state bears inside joke. Conversation about Missouri college baseball. I don't know. You probably wouldn't have been remiss not to mention that you've walked right in Missouri state. Also a school bid knows the thing or two about big beefy sluggers with Ryan Howard Canada among major league alumni, and Jake burger nominative determinist the the White Sox prospect, so they grow in big in the show missing? Yes. So you mentioned the bullpen. I think that's going to be a big differentiating factor, perhaps the big differentiating factor. Yeah. And we talked about it on our first podcast after the trade deadline, I think we were all sorta surprised that the Red Sox had not made a bullpen move. The Anki is did of course they went out and got Zach Britain, even though they needed another Bopha are less than the Red Sox probably did. And yeah, I think that is the big edge here in you could say that maybe Red Sox need the bullpen a little less than the Yankees. Maybe they have a stronger rotation, but I mean, we're already tired of talking about it. I think we're top. Heavy rotation. I don't know if they're stronger one through four perhaps not, but it's a problem. I mean, they just don't have that many guys that you can bring out and have that kind of confidence in because they're just throwing flames and have nasty breaking balls. I mean, they have good relievers there. There aren't really truly terrible bullpens in this playoff field, but they're definitely weaknesses there. Whereas the Anki is no matter what inning it is. They can bring out someone who's going to give you a lot of competence confidence in. It's basically a late inning armour setup. Men or potential closer has been closer before you basically go five, six arms deep in that pen and you don't in Boston's. The bullpen I think is is probably the area where one team has the biggest advantage over the other when you go from Yankees to Red Sox. But if you wanna talk about things that this series might hinge on, I think you have to start with Chris sale. What do you expect from him? It's hard to know because he's been fluctuating a lot and. Obviously he was on the DL twice in the second half with shoulder problems and would come back and pitch. Okay. And then go back on the deal. And it wasn't clear how much of that was just resting him and getting him ready. But clearly there was some problem there. And then of course, in his most recent start, his Flosse was significantly down and that's always worrisome and yeah, down a lot and not just in that last start but across the entire month of September when looked it up on Brooks baseball, though results in September were pretty good. It's three seventy five yards with eighteen strikeouts in twelve innings, but only twelve innings pitched and straighten the average fastball velocities down from ninety six to ninety seven in the middle of the season too little to shade under ninety three and September, and almost as important that change up differential from fat or that philosophy differential from fastball changeup sound from about ten miles an hour to less than seven, and that could be a big problem. Yeah. And I think this has been a problem throughout his. Career. I mean, people have always thought that he was about to break because of his highly unorthodox delivery, and he hadn't broken at all until well, recently and Red Sox. Hope he's not broken, but really, he's been extremely healthy, but he has had a tendency to kind of break down or wear down at least when it comes to September October, his OPN allowed for his career in September, October in the regular season is almost seven fifty, which is more than a hundred points higher than in any other month. And really his first half. Second half splits on a career level are pretty dramatic. And with a lot of guys, you might kind of dismiss that as randomness or something, but it's a pretty big sample and you know he is sort of a skinny guy and you wonder whether the lung season just takes a toll on him, and maybe that is why the Red Sox were handling him. So cautiously, giving him plenty of time off and he didn't throw that many innings this year. But he does not seem to be a hundred percent and you know, I know Alex Cora said something along the lines. Of well, even if he's not throwing his hardest, he's still really good and he knows how to pitch, and certainly that's true, but he may not be the Cy Young award winner that he looked like he would be before the shoulder issues popped up. I mean, on on a rate basis, these got a pretty good argument for best pitcher in baseball. If you're a gluten guys like snow to ground. Yeah, especially considering the competition to and the in the ballpark. He's pitcher yet it's entirely possible at sale was just sorta taking it easy resting in September and Eve's sandbagging us and he'll come out. There are ninety nine in game one the, but if he's not, you know, porcelain price are good, but that that pitching staff thins out real fast. And I'm just thinking about at this point the season, you really get a an appreciation for how much better the American League is at the top is opposed to the nationally. 'cause I'm, you know, I'm talking about how the Red Sox pitching staff is a weakness. Meanwhile, ten minutes. When I was talking to Zach, we were talking about the walkie or were or Colorado Atlanta, possibly getting through to the league championship series and none of those staff within ten miles what even Boston asked. So you know, I think if it's entirely possible that the that the Red Sox go out in the first round and they'll be a little hard done by if they do just because you know the four best teams in baseball are on this side of the bracket and yoed to certain extent, there's nothing you can do about it. Sometimes you just run into a good team at the wrong time, and I. Actually think that's what's going to happen to Boston, and everyone will be watching price of course, because I think Red Sox fans have little confidence in price, especially against the keys, and there's obviously history there that supports that. But he has been really effective pitcher in the second half of the season. I think really since the last time he got shelled by the inky is in the middle of the year. He's made some changes. He's been a lot better. Maybe this is the year that price will actually pitch that gonna shut him down game that everyone's been waiting for against the Yankees, but they really will need that, especially if sale is is somewhat compromised. And you know the bullpen gets a bit better because they get to put some starters in there that get to put Rodriguez and right in of all the in there. So there's more depth. But again, there just is not the late inning dominance that you see from the Anki. So I think overall, the Red Sox, you know, as a regular season team, certainly the equal of the Ke's if not. Better, but we should. We should mention because we haven't so far. I think the Red Sox have the two best hitters in the series. Jerry Titas that's, I mean, we saw you talk about Chris sale in the playoffs. I mean, the numbers say he didn't pitch out well, Houston, but Jose altuve ages beat him up when all too was. And you could see bets doing something like what altuve aid in the division series last year. Definitely, definitely. On the table. Yeah, I'm in the eighties, probably have the better lineup overall, but the the heart of the Red Sox lineup as scary as anyone's. So I'm gonna. I'm gonna make you do predictions. I made sack predict down to the game, and so you have to all right, I guess I'll go Yankees and six. I so I was saying Janke six in my head. It's only a best of five series. There should be a Red Sox Yankees. All right. Well, in that case, I will say yet, he's in four. Yeah, that's that's the exact same mental county. I'm so used to these things on seven. It didn't occur to me that there is a best of five series. I'm so glad you did that to all right. Let's let's move onto to Cleveland Houston. I think the national attention will with good reason be on the on the Red Sox. The Yankees. I'm excited for this particular Astor's Indian series as I've been for division series matchup not counting series that I had a personal stake in, but just as a neutral observer, I can't cannot wait for this one. Yeah. Well, this is the antidote to bullpen. Right? This is the great hope. If you don't wanna see the playoffs be all about bullpens. These are two rotations that go for deep and are dominant all the way down. So I think I don't know that there is even an edge rotation-wise here I'm in at the top. It's starts right off with vendor kluber. It doesn't really get better than that and really all the way down. It's it's a pretty even match up, I think. So. I think the esters have the better bullpen. So when you get into the bullpen, they have the edge and Cleveland's even with the addition of bread hint is shaky. This is not the Indians bullpen that we saw a few years ago, but I mean, they don't need to use it all that much. We'll see how deep Bauer can go in games because of course, hence only as good as. Right now, the latest thing that I saw this from German bash in front of the pied Zane that he's Bowers lineup to start game four, but he might be. I mean, the thing about our is he thinks he can pitch nine innings every single day. And so he's gonna try to get in these games and it seems like Terry Francona would be willing to erase planning on using him as a high leverage reliever on throw throw day in the first couple of games of the series in Houston. So that'll be interesting to particularly. It's it bums me out that it doesn't look like we're gonna get the Bauer versus cold grudge match, but. For it, but Baruch could be huge wildcard as a weapon who could come out of the bullpen early in the series and then give you six or seven innings in game four. Yeah. And I've said this elsewhere, so apologies to to people who listened to me in multiple places, but I do feel strongly about this that I think aesthetically there is really something to be said for traditional, starting pitching over full pending and bullpen makes all the sense in the world. I think didn't work out for the as in the wild card game, but I think it was the strategy that best serve them. Yeah, I, you know what? I think it did work out. I think that they got through with Hendrickson and Trevino and giving up two runs and five keys and Yankee Stadium. They didn't lose that game because they're, they're bullpens screwed up. They lost because of 'cause one trying to who's been the best regimen. Right, right for Nanto rotties infinite era, which is going to be a problem whenever it comes in. So. To say just because they lost that game that the process was bad. It bugs me a little bit. I, I'm also one hundred percent with you that be aesthetics and the normative value of Boll pending is a completely different proposition than whether or not it makes tactical sense in certain situations. And I don't even mean that just in the sense that bullpen in may increase strikeout rates in maybe strikeouts are boring or because it means more pitching changes in pitching changes or boring. I mean, it also just in a narrative sense, having a starting pitcher, I've said this, but he sort of like the protagonist of the stories we traditionally speaking. He is the one he is the anchor. He's the constant in the story of the game. You've got the batting order, it's skies coming and going. You've got relievers coming and entering those guys are all sort of shuffling and the starter is just there at the center. And you get to see how the starter adjusts says. He goes through the lineup, multiple times will maybe he's thrown a bunch of fastballs the first time now. Mixing in more breaking balls or maybe he didn't have a feel for this pitch early in the game, and he wasn't throwing it or now he's suddenly is throwing it and Hayes, getting better or maybe he's wearing down and you can see the fatigue on his face and you can see his philosophy dipping and he's having to get Wiley and find clever ways to get through the wind up. I mean, all of that is really interesting. It's just something you get to follow for the long haul throughout the game and track the ups and downs. And now if you do the bullpen game, you don't get that. You just get a fresh face every inning who's going Maxine furred and throwing his best pitches constantly. And it makes all the sense of the world. I would totally advise teams to do it, but it's just not as fun frankly, and particularly s- pressure-packed postseason situations like you think of Moore's versus Smoltz in ninety one or you think of Bob Gibson versus Mickey Lola in nineteen sixty eight. Like how many times you'll get that anywhere else in sports. That sort of mono Mano like something out of the. Out, I guess. Yeah, that's even as much as you wanna talk about Michael Jordan, taking the last shot like that's an individual play. That's the equivalent of hitting a walk off home run. This is one guy, dragging himself out there inning. After any, you see that entire narrative arc, you just drive and it's incredible from a literary perspective almost and you don't, you know. Teamwork is in as it's not as epic to use that, not in the internet sense of the word, but in like the whole home Eric sense of the word that we could see this happen every single game based on the two starting starting pitchers in the series is unbelievably compelling to me, and you can look back in history and say that teams were screwing up or leaving runs on the table by even those guys. As long as they did. You could say that about Pedro in two thousand three, but there was really a compelling even when he fails, even when Pedro fails when he when he gets left in and inning two long that's or Matt Harvey in in twenty fifteen, even when it doesn't work. It's an incredible story line. Now I'm. I don't know if you could tell really fucking jazz for this. So this series, I don't know for all we know they'll just pull these guys after four anyway because that's what teams do these days. But this is our best chance for that kind of just slugging it out. I mean, for lender never wants to leave a game, and no one wants to be the one to tell him he has to. So I think, yeah, we'll we'll see some pretty compelling matchups there. I mean, I think you know the Astros are just the best team in baseball. They didn't have the best record, but I do think they were the best are the best and they're almost the best that everything. I mean, they're starting is as good as anyone. They're both ended as good as anyone their lineup is could as anyone. This is a lineup that walks a lot and doesn't strike out a lot and still manages to hit for some power. I mean, it does everything. Well, they're just really, really good all the way down. So I can't think of a reason not to favor them. And I think the Indians probably look a bit better than. Than they would otherwise, just because they were in what is officially, I believe the second worst division ever after the two thousand five and a west. So they beat up on the AL central. And you know, all their stats are are somewhat inflated because of that, but it took a team and we're going to see. I mean, the makeup of this Indian steam is interesting because we're seeing wind or Ramirez in Michael Brantley all firing on. Also, there's at the same time, Josh Donaldson, and interesting x. factor for this series on our end. From the Astros perspective, like even even the benches interesting how they use our catchers who they use in one time or another mile straw. I haven't seen a division series Rosser, but I imagine mile straw is going to be on it, and he could be that Tarrant score like figure except unlike Terrence as much capable hit a little bit so at, yeah, even if he does, even if they leave him in a defensive replacement, he's useful and other facets of the game. But this is gonna. This is gonna come down to starting pitching. Yeah, and it's it's almost even in that area. So I probably go Astros in four, I suppose I never really picked the team to sweep because it just seems like it's never the likeliest outcome to me, but I think the Astros have the edge here. Yeah, I go Astros and five. If this doesn't go five. I mean, the last last time I was this excited about a division series was the deep Blue Jays Rangers rematch young twenty sixteen, and that turned out to be a total died. So if this turns out to be total dot, I might never recover. I hope this goes five. And if it does, I think the Astros are going to win there. I think they're the better team up and down. You could make the argument that their rotation is better just on its own the, but I, I imagine a top four pitchers on both of these teams are just gonna pitch so many innings that it's it's going to outweigh all other concerns. Yeah. An curious. I think this may be the postseason when we see relievers pitch more than starters. We've never seen that last year. I think it got up to forty six and a half percent of innings where pitched by relievers. And of course, relievers gained on starters in this regular season. And we've seen every year managers just get more and more willing to ride their bullpens in October. So I'm guessing this might be the year that we go over. The halfway point and see more relievers pitching than starters. But if anyone is going to stem that tide, it will be the Indians and to lesser extent the Astros and this series. It'll be interesting to see. You know, we saw that Tanum starter Charlie Morton Lance mccullers two headed dragon. Last year. We'll see if some like that happens again. It was the there's possibility ashes could do that with Josh James and some some capacity. I think the shape of the series will be determined in large part by who even makes roster. No, you just look at this Astros bullpen. They, they've got useful players who are gonna stay home just because they're so deep in so many different facets of the game. I hope it goes five, whoever wins. Yeah, I hope so too. And that is something that the advantage of being deep is somewhat diminished in the playoffs. And so you know, teams like the dodgers for instance, or the Astra's who've just placed this emphasis on, I actually disagree, I think matters a, I. I, I don't. You saw the playoff game in the one game, playoff Ville, thirteen deep on your bench. How much you know how much sooner could the Rockies one. They're giving Pavel like a some of the most important at bats of the season. Yet here at scores coming up behind nullifying not only his spot in the order, but making Kris Bryant. A guy could just pitch around and you know, Kris Bryant volunteered to get himself out essentially in a key Abadan Annette game when trying to essentially Jericho hitting in that camp of fully manned era. Terrence gore, that was not the marquee matchups that we expanded the so year. But yeah, my contention that deep than right and go, thirteen innings. Sure. Yeah, depth matters less. I think in the sense that you don't need a fifth starter for instance, you know you, you don't need this. The ninth bullpen KYW necessarily. But yes. I mean, certainly having the tactical flexibility particularly in a wildcard game because in a wildcard game, you don't even need starters. So you can. Load up your bench and have the the stolen base specialists in the pinch hitter in theory that helps you still somehow run out of position and still lose because literally the worst hitter in baseball, other than Terrance score, probably Tony Walters gets the crucial hit. So that just that happens too. Yeah. I mean, we were talking about. At some point, like a possibility of weather carotene would pinch hit for for Cole. Hamels came up. I think hamels is a better hitter than Terrance. Gorrids leave him in some. Anyway. I'm excited I, this is the best slate of I'm I'm really looking forward to these to the National League into the bracket, but these these two division series in the American League just in terms of quality and the and in terms of it's not just two sets to great teams coming up against each other. They intersected really interesting ways. So I- knowing our luck, it will all be three games. They'll both be sweet, learn nothing, but I'm hoping the next time we talk is series will just be getting started. Really. Nothing will be resolved by then. Yeah, particularly because if they're over, I'm gonna make you make more predict. All right, that that feels like a good good place to ended join us for for more LDS coverage, more predictions, more Missouri college baseball, trash talk. When we reconvene after the weekend about, I believe beyond on Tuesday morning will record the next installment will hopefully still have a few games to look forward to. So. All right, Ben. Thanks for fraternity. Hope you had fun. I did tucked in next week l. do for this edition of the ringer MLB show will be back early. Next week's talk about the first couple of games of the divisional round and preview the action for the rest of around. Thanks his Akram and Ben limbered for joining me today. Thanks to Bobby Wagner for stitching everything together. Thanks to Luke Voight and Mukhi bets, and Trevor Bauer and Mike Foale to knavish forgiveness stuff to talk about. And thank you for listening. Enjoy the weekend's action, and we'll see next time. It big boy season with is beefy large Cornfed, Missouri beef.

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Ep. 58: May 27th - Memorial Day Winnas

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Ep. 58: May 27th - Memorial Day Winnas

"Asking. Good afternoon, gambler. Hey, how's it going scraped happy, Memorial Day, having more Utah? You served. Thanks. All the men and women who've ever served or are serving in the armed forces, especially those made the ultimate second. Correct. Especially robo Brits, not only respect you. But we think you correct, because we wouldn't be able to hear and be able to be degenerates without you trite. But just because it's a vacation day or holiday doesn't mean that there's not money to be won. No. And if we were a communist country, we would never get paid out. But we do because we're here. Yes, follow our action my action dot apps. That's are on Twitter at bro. Bet you a tweet us asks any questions. Do whatever you want. We're here we're here for you today. It's just taught in I- Gorms is on a little Memorial Day trip. What he deserves it. He does. You know what he's been taking too much heat by the way on the Twitter sphere. Yeah. Guy goes out on a limb tries to make a couple of WNBA picture you guys and you roast them. They're not always gonna work out. Listen it was the first game. I first games of the year. Yeah. Yeah. I mean they were coming anymore, you know, because you're only as good as you last bits, forget about all the great pixies made in the past overall, though, guys got a solid record the best, the best part about it was that for our best bets on Friday. I had the cubs which I five which they won't let me see here, four one up after five I believe they blew that lead, though. And lost the game. That's why you take I five Todd. You had the D-Backs against San Francisco. Very, very easy cover. They up eleven to after five and gore had a New York Yankees who wording six five after five so he would be wanna know invest bats, but he got cocky, at the end and switched his best bet from the New York Yankees to the Atlanta WNBA teams they are to Atlanta. Mine is nine and and they did not cover. So as far as best bets are concerned. Todd naira both want to know to start the weeks, go Gorms who does not have a crown. He makes terrible decisions. Like that is currently Owen one on the week for best bet. So that being said you wanna get into I have Gorms let's start off with Gorms melded him, right. Yeah. He he mailed it in fucking got here by carrier pigeon earlier today. He he's taking the reds at home and money line in my guest here is that it's a double double header actually today, but I didn't clarify with them. But my guests here is that he's taking the one where because I'm gonna take the same one but I'm actually going to go run line. It's the game where Louise steel was on the mount versus Nick, Kingham, nicking, eight point seven six ERA versus Lewis Custodio, who for the first part I so far this season has been he was one point, probably the best pitcher playing the best out of anyone in the league. So I soon Gorms going with reds, reds money line, right there. Louise steel versus Nick Kingham, would you agree with that one? Yeah. Yeah. I was gonna take that myself as a first five money line. But I'll agree with the game line. Okay. All right. So what's your best bet? My best bet since that once take is. I'm gonna take we at the Chicago White Sox, all the money line, at home for Kansas City Homer. Bailey's on the hill for Kansas City's allowed ten earned runs last two starts only lasting six innings total. He is a mess right now. And I've been Nova gets the start for, for the White Sox, and he started off terribly. But evidently, as of late pretty strong. They've won four of his last five starts. Kansas City is seven seventeen against the spread in the road four and twelve inch of spray when the line is minus one twenty two plus one and, and the white such six four against the spread as the home favourite. I like everything about this bet on I five or money, I'm going Moneyline, full games, we've got red and White Sox mine, so far, I am going to go, Oakland as I five versus the. The Los Angeles angels, Chris Bassett is on the mound for the aids. And he takes his two point four R a onto the on the mount against Trevor KO, who has a great six point five ERA this year for the angels. And we know how good the angels are batting. They're not very good. So I'm going, Oakland as I five against the Los Angeles angels. So that's like an easy. Yup. Got any thoughts on the hockey game? Tonight. I just I just have a feeling that the Bruins are going to have an easy go of it. I don't know. I don't want that to happen. No. Obviously, I detest that city sports wise. But I my gut I'm not hockey guy. So I can't even support. This is just my gut says the Bruins are going to have their way. Okay. Yes. And that's that's where the money is there, minus one sixty. I believe I, I don't know if I like I said this on Friday, the time off is a real thing. They've been offer like ten days. They could possibly come out slow. So, like, if I was going to bet the game, I'm not gonna put minus one sixty on the Bruins to Wim, especially when St Louis really good on the road. So if I had to make a bet just for value wise and possibilities, I probably going to generate probably gonna put some money on the blues that plus one forty fives. What I'm seeing him right now. Just just just there's value there. Just something. Think about just something. Yeah, there's value. And this is a value value value driven game. We run. Okay. So other than that NBA finals will not be starting until Thursday. So all we have left for today is baseball. We've already given you out reds money line White Sox money line. And I went with the as I five Todd you have any more baseball picks for today. Do Milwaukee Minnesota, I'm gonna take under. Okay. Nine and a half runs under his hit in all five of GIO Gonzalez. Starts this year for the brewers, the under hit sixty percent of home games for the twins and sixty eight percent of road games for the brewers in for the Burs eighty percent of the road games when the line is nine runs or more. I mean to teams that can score. But when I saw this science said, take the under just because, hey, just because it's a it's a holiday doesn't mean to fucking Saudi Todd into his work, right, baby. It's five under five is nice little, and it's even money under five so not an bad. Little bit there, I was leaning, I took the taking gun getting hundred nine and a half. All right. So minus one fifteen on that. I was leaning I five brewers here, just because GIO Gonzalez has been better than Pineda. But it's it's scary to go against the twins right now. The twins twins might be the best in baseball right now. Yeah. They and they score in a fucking score. And they just I said, it's a tough. It's you wanna go with Gonzales, obviously. But man, the twins are scary. I might do it as a personal bet. But I'm gonna leave it off of our Cup of coffee. A day parlay is looking out for the list, what I do here. So what I do here. So, so I got a toe in the water for the brewers. I five GIO Gonzalez, who's a two point three RA versus Pineda, who has a five point four Yara, but the twins are just too hot. For me to go against one of I was. Tossing this up as possibly one of my best bets but I'm just going to go in as putting in the par lay even money. I five AirAsia Diamondbacks. Zach rank on the mound in gray key has been absolutely unbelievable so far this season. And as of late, I believe when I took his, his last, right? Took him last he had like one earned run in his last three games. And he had an incredible formats and hit a home run his last game. So I'm taking him today against the Rockies taking Grinky. I five plus one hundred for that you got anymore. Baseball picks. I do you want to hear weird? Yeah. I got one it's way outside the box here, but me out. Miami, washington. Okay. I'm gonna take the first five over runs and that's going to sound crazy to people listen to the show, a lot because of how we usually treat Miami when we're in the situation because Miami has Renault last in the league in runs scored in the first five in Washington. It's twenty first in the league, but I'm not gonna get science here. I'm actually using science to my advantage. Ms coming at it from a different angle. I'm gonna use the pitchy matchup 'cause Jose Urania for the Marlins is the least profitable or five pitcher in the league's one in nine max sherzer for the nationals is the tenth least profitable verse. Five inning pitcher at three six two. So I'm gonna take the first five over 'cause here's what I wanted to just take Washington, I five money line, but it's minus three there's no value there. But I can get this. I five over minus one fifteen all, and so the reason why so a Jose Arena is. Last because Miami's terrible, and then sir hasn't been good as far as betting on them because as someone who's been incredible. The last ten years is one multiple Cy youngs. He always is always dealing with minus two eighty minus three thirty money lines shit like that. So when he loses, which is done a lot this year. If I'm looking at it right now. Yeah, sherzer is two in seven or something like that. So that's how you lose money was shares. But I liked that. I liked that pick Todd. I think it's going to be one of those. It's not going to be a popular back, but I think both pitchers just going to give it up gonna see a high scoring game especially early and the Marlins have been scoring lot more easily than they have than they did in the beginning. Their numbers are going up. All right. So I am going to go with an under I five and it's going to be two guys who have also wanna Cy Young degrom, and Kershaw under I five. I'm going under its it's three and a half to low number and there's minus one twenty five juice on the under I five 'cause he's guys are so good. But I mean they're both fucking. They're both incredible. Pitchers to Graham had a little bit of an elbow injury in the middle of the season there. But he's back his last game you only gave up one run I believe. So I'm going with the Graham and Kershaw under I five Mets dodgers you got anymore. I got one more. Okay. Go. Another sneaky, one take a Baltimore money lying. Okay. At home against Detroit ill. Listen. Both teams suck up neither pitcher in this game is great by any stretch of the imagination. But what I like here is that the Tigers are starting to lefty in Daniel Norris. Baltimore is way better against lefties than the are righties. They're like twelve in the league hitting against lefties, twenty first in the league hitting against righties. Conversely, the wheels are starting to righty in Detroit. What is twenty seventh in the league boy probably even worse than that against lefties. But like that the Baltimore for one is at home in to that they're facing a lefty. So I think this is a sneaky sneaky, good pick. Awesome, awesome. Awesome, awesome. Troy also at twenty eighth in the league on the road. So Detroit's been if I remember correctly on Saturday, they had lost nine in a row. I don't know what they did Saturday and Sunday. I was drinking. I apologize. But yeah, so they lost nine zero on Friday. I'm not sure what it what they've done since going against Detroit right now is a really really, really really solid pick. So those are all those done when John with baseball looking back here, the Tigers, they did win on the twenty four so they win one. They wanna get the Mets and then they lost no euro so back back on our losing streak. You don't have to worry about that do for a win. All right. So Cup of coffee, a day parlay for your Monday, Memorial Day, parlay. We have the Cincinnati Reds, first game of the double header from Gorms best bet modest two twenty I'm taking the run line. I don't think the pirates going to keep a close net one Chicago White Sox minus one twenty from Todd. You got the as I five from me brewers and twins, under nine and a half from Todd cry. Was that under Mike rector under ninety Arizona Diamondbacks? From me, then you got the Marlins and nationals over four I five from Todd Mets and dodgers under from me with the gras and Kershaw on the mound. And then we have the Baltimore Orioles and that comes out to a nice cool five dollars to win five hundred and forty dollars. Let's go little Memorial Day treat from us to you. Once again, send us all your best bets false, my action dot slash pro vets and on Twitter, apper vets, and we will be back tomorrow with everyone. And we'll be running through a little MBA preview. MLB in back with hockey's. Well, and most people are off Memorial Day. Yes, correct. So go out get you. Some day, drinking put down your bets. Fucking Southie safe five hundred forty bucks. Make five hundred forty bucks. And we wish you good luck. Pay. Pay that men his money.

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Ep. 37: RECAP Brewers vs. Cubs August 2-4, 2019

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24:14 min | 1 year ago

Ep. 37: RECAP Brewers vs. Cubs August 2-4, 2019

"Well to welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Hey welcome to ninety miles podcasts. I'm in a great mood today. Aren't you jesse aren't you. I'm sorry what also watery doing right now. We are recording our typical rap episode soda. Usually it's been like so-so for one and bittersweet for the other and kinda. Whatever 'cause it's been you know. Take two out of three take two the three whatever one way or the other but but this rap episode is very special isn't it isn't jesse. Isn't it special you're in special. I knew i would have to believe some stuff out this episode. I just knew at recording sorry. I'm have come in full bert kreischer mode over here lists and i have a cup of beer in my hands. I'm not really concerned with what we're doing right now to tell you the honest truth what's okay. I'll i'll <hes> i'll take the lead here. It's no problem. You didn't even want to do this episode i think he tried to wiggle out of it a a little bit. I've been busy right right conveniently busy. When the cubs just swept the brewers over the weekend and now all of a sudden you're busy for for the rap do too busy for rap episode yes back in twenty thirteen foresaw this actually it was very early in the year and i knocked up my wife and and we planned the birthday child around this past weekend. I knew that way. I could get out of doing this stupid pile of episode anyway. That's what i did. They're writing down. These timings here ads so i'll cut it out. It's fine. I'm still going to drink the beer though okay from chippewa falls it's lennon koogle's <hes> yes yeah yeah so <music> most of my most of my neighbors to the self-drive rate through it when they're coming up to the great northland for vacation live up here in god's country flat flat earth of illinois yeah well you know at least have flat earth of illinois homes one of the best baseball teams in the national league right now some separation between you know the and the cardinals even and you know. We're recording this here on a on a tuesday. It's a little on the late side for typical so we've already had a game an additional game. After oh yeah i won't i won't talk about the additional game. After we're christian yelich hits two home runs one of them into the allegheny river as he leads the bruce past. The pirates won't dwell on on that one because this is supposed to be a rap episode for weekend. So you got to talk about. Two home runs last night at all yeah well. Does it really matter of beating up on the pirates who cares <hes> what matters somebody. I mean seriously. They should have one two three of three in oakland then. I don't even know what happened this weekend. The offense disappeared it was <hes> it was really. I mean you gotta be pretty upset with the performance of the brewers resolve to save for yourself and for for your favorite team well i. I'd like to know tate that my son's birthday party was awesome. We had a water pipe and the day before that we went to the beach so it was really cool hanging out with them. He lost his first tooth yesterday. What did you say. I don't even remember remember what the question was yeah yeah. No i get it. You probably probably lucky you weren't fully engaged in these games because that would have been pretty pain fall. You know cast in hero your era your hero then. We don't need another hero. Now i okay. He's been slumping a but he's still my here is still still love. Cats good timing slump against the cubs. That's fine <hes> yeah. He's been down a little bit. The last couple louise's if you look at his last fourteen days he's actually had some pretty pretty bad numbers but i mean as a rookie coming up. I guess you would expect that to hit at some point as usual the cubs. We're lucky enough to get it for two freaking series big shock that the cubs would catch a break like that. I'm surprised they haven't had many breaks this season so you know that's the only breaks bruce's of caught have been in their pitching rotation where everybody seems to be frigging breaking yeah yes. That's very true <hes> i. I believe you had a prediction. <hes> we might as well cover those real quick. We made two predictions for the series right. I made my standard sweep sleep prediction which of course came true so i'm sure but right what five times predictor ever okay yeah. Yes you roll with that our roll with it. You made a prediction about your starters. I did yeah they didn't they didn't they didn't yeah they didn't know didn't quite <hes> quite pull it off so yeah yeah how is there and <hes> and <hes> davies <hes> there's eight rate there. <hes> i guess <hes> gio gonzalez <hes> did okay yeah one run in foreign a third before he got yanked yup yup and now <hes> no davies going to the injured list with a tight eight back and i don't. I don't even remember the geo the g._o. Thing i remember watching it. After after why it's birthday party on saturday i'd tape that game to and <hes> you know being as smart as i am. I didn't pay any attention whatsoever to all the text messages in the text group. I watched the the whole game and yeah that was great one. He just check the text messages have been mike <hes> yeah. I'm not gonna watch this one but no i wanted to experience it and experience it. I did and that's why. I don't remember much of the weekend with i. I had a great weekend. I know that i went golfing on sunday. The birthday party saturday the beach on friday. You know what life's well. I game on sunday was a fun. One rizzo had had a nice day as i'm sure you noticed a four five there you know hey i heard i see braun did a little bit of damage. The you know the usual cub killer yeah. I did notice that that's typical goal off a content on the second inning there. That's pretty sweet and then he had a double that same game that was what was that game one of the series yeah yup yeah but <hes> yeah resort a game on sunday jason heyward at a had a good game <hes> fact he had a he hit a home run to lead off yet again and then a triple <hes> that was nice baya's <hes> he had a nice series but <hes> he batted who or your your favorite cubs player to watch havi by is over the series. He batted added four twenty nine with tag anybody but did he take anybody because it doesn't matter i mean clearly. It doesn't matter what you hit just look at christian yelich all the arguments last year but he doesn't take anybody you know well no he doesn't he plays right field the idiots anyway yeah jason hey we're we did a couple of leadoff homerun nicholas cast janos new cub working out great so far car <hes> doubles leader and major league baseball if i'm not mistaken so that was a nice little pickup yeah very nice pickup and like i mentioned he's he's really really good with runners in scoring position which is is was big <hes> so yeah. He's already got you. You know i know we're deciding about the series but against oakland. He got a couple r._b._i.'s <hes> yesterday including his first home run as a cub. They're so well whoopy-doo from and <hes> anyways <hes> yes starting pitchers excellent <hes> relief pitchers excellent <hes> walks as bene- problem earlier in the year cup starters this these three games are part of a stretch stretch. Were a couple. Starters did not give up a walk. I believe it. I think it was five six games in a row something like that pretty long. Extract quite a few innings <hes> even including relievers all cubs pitchers only two walks this whole series against the brewers <hes> so that helps along the brewers were terrible bers on the other hand they had a they are worse. Burs gave up a few walk up. Suck uh-huh <hes>. Let's see what did they do. <hes> five walks on friday four saturday and it looks like they gave up. <hes> two walks on sunday. So you know yeah sunday walk there. You go nice afternoon. One highlight trent grisham did get his first home run. His career off a chat would christian in yellow hit went off a you dervish you know the guy you're hot and sweaty for yeah. Well you use the ep. He pitched five winnings eight strikeouts. No walk so yeah he gave up gave up that home run but you know what i'm still good with that outing <hes>. I don't know man eight strikeouts. He must have thrown on a boatload of pitches to be yang's in you know after five innings well you know he threw a ninety three pitches so qadis wasteful awful just wasteful. Well you know one run fine. Whatever would houser do five and aim sorry who know and five innings four runs one walk five strikeouts. Two home runs gave up eighty nine pitches so though that's better right <hes> yeah in fifteen minutes where the hell are we yeah we're and take it read like ten eleven minutes something like that and allow aw this is hurting. This is sucking yeah. The purest got to get this stuff together. That's for sure. We're going to have a good episode for you. Guys on friday out or ed. Make sure you're tuning in to get you know a little bit of the rap for the week. We'll do our full length episodes and really dive into some things will be a it'll be a little bit less of the s. talking a little bit more of the indepth thing that you're getting used to with us. Don't forget you can follow me at brew crew winning. You can come over here and pile on because i know you come see the as look fans follow jesse and anytime he tweets reply to it with snarky comments and just you know some rep's just do it. Lets you know and brewers fans if you're still still listening eh wraps is here so it's wraps cubs win at wraps his cubs win. Obviously it's a misnomer because the cubs aren't going anywhere in the playoffs this year anyway. That's a different story story. I'd rather make the playoffs and i go anywhere then not make the playoffs at all so you know so so you can also donate to us on patriot if you're enjoying the content <hes> seriously though if you do like what we're doing please share please spread it around. <hes> we do have a a lot of fun doing this as painful as it is for me to be here doing it today. You know it's it's not that bad. It's just you know. I got a beer. It's fine <hes> all right -sconsin. That's what else am i supposed to do. After getting swept by the what have you is <hes> yeah. Friday should be good. Cubs got a couple more games against oakland. <hes> they got a nice <hes> four game winning streak going right now <hes> so see if they can continue that then they oakland they got cincinnati will record friday. They got four against daddy. We'll talk more about that. When we get to friday for sure the bruise another game here tonight. Actually they're playing right now. Which is another reason. I'm irritated about all of this timing but that's not the point that anyway to be watching the brewers right. No no they played. Actually the pitching was terrible last night. Yeah they just <hes> outslugged but yeah the pitching didn't look any good from when i looked at the box score no it wasn't this is kind of a close game really itching to ben high-scoring close game. Those are those are fun. Well you know the the <hes> really wasn't too in close games really at all the cubs really kinda handled their business against burs this series <hes> no no no no six two four two one more the four to one and that's usually the fourth one game was tight through six innings. It was tied through sixth sixth cups. One run lead in the seventh. You can't sit here and tell me that wasn't a close game was fine. That was your way through just because we got swept we've when the brewers got swept doesn't mean it was not a freddie. Peralta gave a gave the cubs a little bit of a gift <hes> by not pitching very well that particular game. The bullpen has been bad in the cup series though to be honest. If i had to shake it down at all i i would look at the hitting. The hitting was the problem all right. We already know what milwaukee's pitching staff is if they're not going to pitch well but keep the game around. Five six seven runs the offense. It's knows what it has to do. The offense has not been coming through and like i said the cubs were freaking. Lucky here office game two series in a row it anyway yeah well yeah. It looks like the brewers they scattered. Some singles really is what they all they did and they never really seemed to move. Who've runners much. I mean there was i mean they did have eight hits. <hes> eight hits and nine hits the nine hits and two runs is unacceptable. That's exactly what i'm driving yeah. Yeah that's pretty bad eight hits and one run on saturday. Even we're hit hits runs on friday so oh thank you you're making my point for me now. I that's fine. That's fine. I mean you know it all it. Also you know you're gonna give your credit to your pitching staff. Ooh bitching. They really work their way out of some jams all the way into hey if they walked <hes> any more hitters than they did. Those scores could change real quickly <hes> so the cubs in give them any <hes> any breaks there as far as pitchers given up clutch hitting was atrocious what i don't like about voted on the friday episode leading into we did talk about how grand all was going to play first base in the opening game on friday which he did and <hes> and then grand all ended up playing for space as again on saturday to face your left handed hitters. Manny had a double in game one in game two. You know it just. I don't know you know grand. Ole was one for four pena was over two but had a payroll. You know actually only had the two plate appearances. When i may missing here on the saturday game name anyhow yeah i expected that lineup to do much better than it did and i was excited that casten here it was in the three hole and he really did struggle throughout the series. <hes> and you know it's it's funny. When you have eight nine hits that kind of thing oftentimes it is just the holes are just in the wrong spot. It's every third batter is not contributing the way they normally do and <hes> anyway yeah. I mean you gotta get some credit to go hamels to on saturday. He came off the injured list and <hes> looked really good. Five innings four hits. No runs no walks six strikeouts so <hes> he they had him on a limit they i know they said they're going to keep them at seventy five pitches z. through seventy four pitches so but that was enough <hes> that was that was all they needed so that worked yep freddie peralta and <hes> you know <hes> junior guerra did not perform well outing <hes> you know and then you get into the alex claudio outing on sunday jeremy jeffress <hes> the brewers are just not. They're not performing in the bullpen. They aren't at all and <hes> you know coming into this series. The bullpen had been okay. I did say the rules needed needed to score more runs. They do either one and i'm fresh out a beer redone. That was a quick one <music> twenty minutes. That's pretty good for a guy from wisconsin after a day. We're well <hes> yeah. I mean i. I don't know you got much more anything else to say about this series. <hes> you know like a congratulations to the cubs and congratulations the ryen predicting congratulate me after game one sixty three or got knocked out when the rocks blew him off the face of the did. Did you congratulate us or did you threaten to just not talk to us for the next. You know oh i didn't i didn't. I don't think i've talked to you. Okay well since we're doing the podcast. What do i have to say about it. I have to say that the series sucked in the brewers need to win win thirty two thirty two games the rest of the way they're not gonna make the postseason but i think everybody already knows that so yeah yeah. It's <hes> i mean right now why i wanted to keep seeing the dodgers <hes> beat up on cardinals <hes> see and and then the as beat up on them cardinals <hes> been skating a little you bet <hes> but the cubs do need to keep this clicking. They are back home which they have been very good at home so so this you know there's still some tension in there with this team. Can they can they. Did they really turn it around. Legitimately or is this. Just you know you know doing good at home again and the next road trip trip there. They're gonna lose every series because that would not right be helpful so he's got to see what happens there but i i. I suspect that this is going to be how it goes the rest of the way. I don't think any of these top three teams in this division are going to be a very serious threat to the dodgers <hes> but he never know or you don't know a milwaukee. I can see getting hot but i still don't seriously see them. Being world series threat yeah well maybe because the rotations a little better maybe it would be it would take everything chicago had to get through the nationally gauntlet. Yeah anything can happen in a five game series. A seven game series <hes>. I think the first degree is five game. I'm not so sure on seven. That's true true. Yes no less so in a seven but still i mean if you're hot at the right team and the the other teams cold at the wrong time you know it. You know you never know so <hes> but no it's fair. Baseball does funny things but i don't know i anyway yeah. Car cardinals are two and a half back brewers four back as we stand cardinals. I have lost three in a row which is wonderful. <hes> cubs won four in a row brewers <hes> while they won as you know oh yeah yesterday so that's that snapped their losing streak they need to they need to sweep pittsburgh. The you know the next couple of days and then we'll have a conversation on on friday about where the standings look and <hes> but until then. I don't know that it's <hes> yeah right now not so good yeah with a win a couple more finish this road trip. At least you know you know <hes> close to five hundred they can't get there but at least it'd be yeah well four and five live at least yesterday the game tonight can be interesting <hes> against the as a very very solid team. <hes> and cubs played very well against them yesterday. Okay so <hes> that's gonna be as we somehow stanhope. Then cincinnati will be nice <hes> to play them so we'll see you betcha. We'll get to that on friday for sure. <hes> well trent grisham had one nice day and it was good for the rookie rookie and yeah that's pretty much it. That was a crap series for the weekend. I'm done well <hes> as you mentioned with. <hes> <hes> you can go to ninety miles podcasts dot com check out the predictions. I've i've elevated my average above the mendoza line whereas jesse is sunk further down down and and probably should be delayed but you know we can't really do that so can't get rid of me. This watch that <hes> batting the average saying can you know ways the payroll and everything else you know. What are you a baby. Tell you what what you're you're three for twenty. You're batting one fifty. I'm five for twenty three baton to seventeen so it's not pretty but at least <hes> these he's above the mendoza that's true. I think it's time to time to start making some <hes>. I wouldn't say easier predictions but i think it's time to start lining up. What's going to happen the the rest of the year so watch for that. We'll be back with more on friday. Of course we still actually do need to do well. At this point. Maybe a three quarter season prediction in series or maybe we just wait until the end at this point. We've gotten so far along but <hes> anyway. I am rap series. <hes> the cubs suck even if they did sweep sweep don't really care they still talk worse like for sure and karnal sucked. That's that's true. I hope they keep losing out. They go on a long losing being street so they play. They have no schedule so that's good they suck. Brewers definitely did suck <hes>. They looked terrible shadow. Ah terrible this weekend and i'm very happy with the cubs didn't win. The bruce gave it away. Oh right yeah all right all right. Let's get out of here and i guess we'll talk. The on <hes> friday see friday all right bye bye uh-huh.

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Ep. 19: RECAP Brewers vs. Cubs May 10-12, 2019

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27:42 min | 2 years ago

Ep. 19: RECAP Brewers vs. Cubs May 10-12, 2019

"Woah to. Welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Hey, here, we are another ninety miles podcast. And I am pumped as a good weekend. Really good weekend. Ryan here cubs fan and with Jesse who unfortunately for this weekend is a brewers fan. That's not that. Unfortunately, it's we're yeah. They were dominated by the cubs who took two three dominated you. You can't losing seven and nothing on Friday night dominant. Oh, well, you know that was the one win, you know, the gums felt bad. So well, it was all seeing consecutive wins. So there you go. Yeah. Well, and that was it that now it's over now they have to now they got a nice losing streak going. They got to good start took seventeen innings for the cubs to get a lead in the series. No, I'm sorry. Took twenty more innings for the cubs. The lead in the series. But they dominated okay. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. That's at Dan or three ball games. Come on. Now by the end of the game yesterday the cubs to three the Burs two or three the first series. So here, we are, you know. Yeah. Me and the brewers have the run differential doesn't matter. Ws matter. We all know that unless you're. Or something when the brewers are catching up. Yeah. Yes. Correct. So, but we, you know, if we wanna look at some other things, that's fine. I mean, you know, I mean, the the cubs are in first Burs or two games back. So that's that's the way it is. That's the way. The snapshot looks here on may thirteenth, so very pleased, very pleased, very pleased. You're supposed to win two to three at home, man. Come on. No. Oh, yeah. Yeah. But against the brewers, oh, come on. I thought you know, they're so dominant. They're so good. They are out there really yell at yelich do away from Miller park, by the way, just fine. Actually, he was on base one less time than havi buys was this weekend. Any struck out? Oh to less time than by as did. So. How many outs how many outs did he create? I don't even know what you're trying to get at. Why he hit into three double play? Okay. Yeah. He grounded one per game for the season, he grounded subaway EMMY. He grounded into a second third and fourth double player of the year by as meanwhile grounded into his fifth of the season. And the cubs of played four less games. And by as and fifteen in game when you look at bias. He was over three with a ground into double play the game ends in regulation. That's literally worse than Goldensohn borough. Oh, okay. Keep coming though. Keep coming at them. That's fine. You know, how he did away last year? Here you want to know how he did away from Miller perk. Laster he at three twenty eight away from Miller park last year slugging five forty five. So we're going to have a little progression of the mean once the weather warms up a bit. I think. Oh, I'm sure sure. Right. Many RBI's. Did you have this weekend, by the way? He didn't have any RBI's. That's true. Okay. Course on Friday night. They didn't really need any seven runs up against you did more. What's that eight or more? You did predict eight or more RBI's Christian yelich? This is true. And you laughed at me. When I predicted the cubs score less than ten runs. But how many runs did the cubs put up the series? Well, they took to the threes. So many runs to this score though. Because I thought run differential was like a really big deal like Hugh deal. Yeah. When you have a lot like you mentioned sure when you have a large sample requires a large sample size. Now, it does when it's convenient to your within. I know we were always looking at the season long run for agile not within series. But you know, whatever you gotta do. Sure. Yeah. As soon as I say, small sample what happens. Doesn't matter sample size year. Run differential sucks as soon as it goes the other way, this is what I get. The only thing they scored the they they hit a subpar bullpen on Friday. And they scored two runs in the seventh eighth and the ninth each so six run. So they had seven tonight so seven runs on Friday night. The Bruce cord and the cubs scored six for the entire series. Is that correct? That's correct. Okay. Well, the last episode we did somebody was telling me like, you know, run differentials important because whoever scores more runs wins and something something something. Yes. These matters two or three ws, congratulations. Yeah. Yes. And he still did. And you still don't have the guts the pitch Darvish against this crew. That's amazing. Well, it's just fell that way too bad. Not at a problem. It didn't quote unquote fall that way for the first series Madden. Finagle the lineup. So you wouldn't see this lineup. That's what happened. That's okay. That's okay. You know, what I think you're I think there I feel a little edginess coming from you. I think you're a little. Little crabby today guy was I was paired for the kneeling Mondays. Yeah. Maybe Monday isn't a good day to record. I don't know. Yeah. Maybe I was just prepared for the crappy. We're gonna give me today. And you can't handle that. Maybe that's what it is. Oh, yeah. All right. All right, fine. Cubs won two out of three want for me. Well, say it again. I'm sorry. Say what no say say it again. I don't know what you mean. Cubs. Cubs won two out of the three Christian yelich at three twenty eight on the road last season. Is that? Last year last year. Sure, what's the problem this here? You know, I don't know. Maybe it's something different. Like he likes playing sixty to sixty five degree controlled temperatures. Instead of forty degrees in rain on a mudpit. Maybe that's got something to do with it. I could could is the is from southern California. And he grew up playing ball in Florida. Basically. I mean, that's where he came up in the bigs, maybe it's a little bit at the weather who knows? Well, that's just that's just too bad. I guess he he does have his weaknesses. You know? I'll take a I'll take his weaknesses over hobbies weaknesses any day. Thanks. Oh, you keep bringing up havi. But you know, that's because he strikes out a lot. He's a really good player though. Yeah. He is. He's a really good player. Okay. This is talk about here. I know it isn't going anywhere. This is just been this onslaught of. As talking. Yeah. Maybe we should talk about the baseball games. I suppose if we have to. Well, the the, you know, I guess the Saturday game. Sure. Start with your favorite artists, I'm degree. That was a good game struggle. That was it was a lot of fun. That was didn't end the right way. But that's you know, that was a that was an enjoyable. Did it did it did end the right way? Yeah. So. You know? I don't know. I think what what did they say? Was that the longest cubs brewers game at Wrigley field that could. Well, be. I I think I heard that I'm gonna rely on you for the history here because I was a little bit tired went to bed kinda mad Saturday night. So whatever, I'm sure you did. Yeah. So I think I believe that's what I heard it certainly took its toll on the bullpen. Although, you know for the cubs Tyler chat would pitching four innings. No runs. You know, three three walks seven strikeouts. That was a big big outing in long game like that to come in. And do that was big to equal that to Burj Smith Burch Smith who was recently called from AAA was equally. Impressive. All you get all he did give up was the one the one bomb, and that's basically it chat would go through. No hits Birch gave up two and one half to be the game winner, which is Burke, Bert, Scott, the loss, and you know, gave up the game winning run. No big deal. But but yeah. Yeah. Well, well, you know, it it was an an interesting game. I mean in a way if you want to say, I mean, fine. I'll admit the brewers are like the second best team in the National League central. So, you know, appropriate. This game isn't appropriate reflection of the rivalry fifteen inning game close game. And but with the cubs pointed off two to one in fifteen innings sounds about right? Well, they manage to even brewers. Yep. Yep. Well, yes and the season series now is three each which is interesting, and as we also predicted their their first and second. They are and yeah, yeah. The cardinals are doing with the cardinals are expected to do which is cool off, you know, sink back to third place. Everything's kind of lineup more or less thought it would. So the cardinals are actually tied with the pirates as far as three and a half games behind but win win percentage are actually behind the pirates which so they're in fourth place today, which which is the best lose of really if you wanna look at at least. Yeah. At least we can. Good. You know? Yes. The that's something we wanted. We wanted to get the cardinals out of the way. We did. You know? Now, the pirates I still don't feel are going to be a threat. So that is what it is. But but yeah, they're they're both three and a half games. Back. Brewers are two games back in the cubs. Of course are in first as they should be in back there. The highest win percentage of any teams in the National League. Which is rightfully so six thirty two head of the dodgers even Opie s they are in second behind the dodgers team. Oh, P T mopey. Is this a serious this a series is this a let's praise cubs all day and then do a regular episode and try and do again Wednesday come on. Now. Let's keep it to the series. Cubs are in second in ERA as far as their entire pitching staff. Behind behind Cincinnati. Actually, the the dodgers in third. They got a three point four four Yara Macoris hold a other than the Friday game holding the brewers down for the most part this weekend. Yeah. Okay. Let you know. I'll let you know. I'll give you this. The brewers are in I in fielding percentage. You got that going for you, which is nice. Well, you know if. It wasn't for a mud field on Saturday Orlando, arsia probably doesn't baba the ball. The cubs. Never score run. It ends in nine havi buys is over three with ground into double play. But no, the baseball guides had something different in mind. They gotta keep the cubs relevant. It's good for baseball. They need something to be on a high horse. What? Hey, what cubs Burs played they've played each other six times. Now, it's three and three over the rest of the, you know, schedule the cubs are dominating you'd -nificant Lii. And that's even with a very slow start. As of course, you let me have it about that. You guys have a six game losing streak director. The the Burs their struggle. But they've turned the pitching staff around. I would say when you to runs in fifteen plus two runs in twenty four. And then I guess that. That's pretty good. That's that brings us that brings us to to prediction. So let's let's go through. We may we made six prediction. Yes. Or three predictions each total of six predictions. So let's let's talk about okay. Let's do that. You had predicted what your first one? Which is your your regular every time. They play Goto was a cub. Sweep which of course, was eliminated Friday night as usual. Yeah. Well, but it was closed. So it wasn't close. It was seven to nothing. How close they want? They want to the three. And they still didn't want to go first game run total. Anyway, whatever, you know. I I probably could have predicted the cubs win the series a win two of the three. That's not enough bold enough fifty win with these teams. Oh my gosh. Of course teams are pretty evenly matched. This is what the whole cast is about. We both agree there. Good teams. Yeah. Come on now. Well, the cubs are better. Let you get away with one fifty fifty prediction already not getting letting you get away with another white you tell us about the prediction. You got. Right. Let's hear about that. One. Oh, Kris Bryant will have a higher opium than Mike stockists. A former MVP VP Opie S's, Mike dacas. Okay. Good job. Right it. And you know, I I'm surprised you were okay with that. But at the time that the prediction was made. You felt it was appropriately bold. I was tired arguing with. You accepted it. Oh, I I don't know. Are you with you? You said, okay, fine. You know started with holes his diction, which would have been smarter than the skin. Yeah. He was closer. He's a lot. Yeah. What what I got some numbers here. What well stock is one for fifteen with the double game on. Yeah. Bryant was four for twelve three walks and homerun in the way, calculate on base. Plus slugging rate on base percentage. Plus slugging percentage if you know how to calculate slugging. It's total bases. I think divided by at bats. And then. Yeah, whatever. Anyway, long story short for for twelve is going to be one for fifteen just about every time. So there you go pretty much, especially when you got a home run in their right, if yeah, if it was four singles, and of course, calculate calculate on the on this slugging percentage, basically Ryan had seventy five likely chance to get that one. Right. And he's bragging about getting it right there. We have it. Doesn't matter. You approved it as predict. Yeah. It's on me. That's for sure that's on you. It's on new. It's not. So whatever I got that one. Right. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Anyways. I so I didn't get the sweep right? But I got that one. Right. And then the other one I made was Jose cantata will have one or lesser run versus the brewers on Friday night. Unfortunately, he had three got shelled, really. Well. He didn't really he didn't really. But he gave up three. So anyway. Well, he gave up three. But yeah, you know, that that's one of those things where you know. I mean, the last two were do they I think they both came in after he was out was I think, yeah. I think it came off of inherited runner for against. But you know, he got pulled me because he was he didn't have the stuff at the moment. So that's why that happened. That's how it goes. So. Yeah. Three earned runs against them for hits gave up three walks as well. Well, actually, no that to the two were of Catanha. Okay. Or that's right. That was they. He's. And we another cubs cubs fans. Of course, you know, there was some complaints about. Why why is he and there, but you know, it's also one of the things you take him out. And then it's like, well why why did they pull them out? There's going to be somebody on one side of the argument. Somebody on the other side of the argument, and nobody is going to be happy ever unless they don't give up any runs, then everybody's but yeah, the runs one was was a fuel. There's choice one was a sac fly. So I I wouldn't necessarily say he got Scheldt that's being shelled. Makes you feel better. It does make you feel otherwise. The whole Braun was that home run in the in the fourth. Ryan braun. Yes. Who you know, extra Nadi Ryan brownie from last episode? Yeah. Had extra. He's just learned juice that morning. He's just the cubs killer. I don't know what to say these day games, though. I was at work for both Saturday and Friday games. I had to watch as much as I could on on review. But there are a couple of really nice defensive plays by Milwaukee in that game. I did actually do a a little write up. If you're a brewer fan, you can go check that out at the ninety miles podcast page. So a little blog they're on a couple of really important detail oriented defensive plays that I kind of set this team apart. That's my plug for that outside of that. Yep. Bruce dominated game on. No problem GIO Gonzalez was awesome five and two thirds giving up only a couple of hits three walks. He's been really helping turn that staff around. They've kind of really come together and pitched well since he came on board. It's nice to see. But. Yeah. All right. That's that's Fridays. You know, grab you know. I see over the series the brewers grounded into eight double play. Yeah. You mentioned that three of them were courtesy of yelich. So remember right that Saturday game. I think five out of the first nine innings. They had the Bruce got the the the leadoff hitter on first base all five times grounded into double plays is just uncanny. I mean normally you getting your lead leadoff runner on that often. You're going to put up some runs and and win the ball game. It was. Yeah. It was something else to see the lack of clutch hitting their the lack of moving guys over yesterday's game. Didn't Cain start off with what should have been a double missed. The bag went back to first then yelich grounds into double play. Again. It was a it was kind of it was it was a very strange series as far as that goes, very unusual. Not something that's going to repeat itself very often in a season. So nothing to get to work up. Above just weird. It is. I mean, it just shows you know, that the cubs are superior. Getting those double plays getting out of that. So there you go. What about your predictions? Well, the first one looked good after Friday night. I predicted which is bold because you don't believe at all in our pitching staff. I predicted that two hours starters would log a w I got halfway there on game one. So GIO went out and got the w game number two Orlando CNN. It's not his fault. You know, if the ball doesn't pop out of his glove Bruce starter leaves with the lead. Maybe I get the second one there. Unfortunately, if you don't win two or three games, you can't have your starter win two out of three. So that's shot. Obviously the see here there was one for Christian yelich getting aid RBI. We already talked about that that did not go. Well, the one that got right now the one that got rate was bolt. I mean, all three my predictions were actually bold. They weren't like, you know, gimmes, but the one that I. I did predict the Bruce pitching staff, which I thought at the time was coming off some struggling this two three weeks ago. They were struggling quite a bit the geo signing gave me some confidence. I predicted that they would hold the cubs. Ten runs or less. They held them to six. So I did get that. Right. And it's been like I said very nice to see this pitching staff. Start pulling together, they're setting up. Well, nice run here. So. Well, they lost to the three. So didn't really matter. So e you know, anything else ended up being the lower lower scoring games. You know, maybe I should've looked a little closer at the weather. We went to known three weeks come on. No, you're no, you're blaming the weather. The bats. Well, now, it's okay. Yeah. The bats were a little quieter than they have because the Burs arms are a lot better than they used to be. Wow. Yeah. I don't think. So. But anyway, these these Burs cubs games oftentimes are the lowest scoring type that first series. This year was kind of a kind of an outlier. I mean, there's always the chance with these lineups to have a high scoring game. But generally speaking through the second half last year, there weren't a lot of explosive games that first series this year had three of them that two of them that were really high scoring. So this was the polar opposite really is far as that goes. Yeah. Yeah. Well control has had a nice series. He stayed he stayed pretty hot and Kris Bryant had a nice nice series as well, generally. But yeah. Little lower scoring, and yeah, it's you know, I don't know. So I guess predictions. We both were went one for three. So that's still keeps me in the lead overall for the season. Don't don't bring any of those week predictions next time man, I'm starting to shut down. I'm gonna clamp down on this week. Saw slit you've been delivering no more of that. Yeah. Yes. Fine, whatever. But you know, I don't know why why you would let those slide because you know, it's just gonna lead to a lot of embarrassment later. Well, I think the year after I win I think arguing about predictions on the pad cast just slows down the show. You know, it's just slowing things down. All right. Oh, I well. So that's ninety miles pockets com. I think our next predictions. Come unless we may. Of course, we'll make some more in the meantime. But otherwise, it looks like we got you know, all star game predictions. We got few few those, and you know, all star break, a speaking of the all star break. Yeah. Don't forget. We've got the giveaway yet. 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So with all your friends brewers fans cubs fans, and and baseball fans share share away, you know, and get everyone on their the more. We get on there. The higher up, you know, the bigger the prizes. So so yeah. Yeah. And. I'm we'll, you know, I'm about sick of talking about the series. So yeah, I'm tired of talking about the series done. I'm sure you are. I'm sure you are excited for the next series witch when when do they play now, let's see gotta pull up the break. I don't after the all star. Oh, here we go July like July twenty six twenty seven and twenty eight in Milwaukee. Yup. So we got a ways to go before the next big series. But you know, that means to these clubs will be playing quite a bit more in the second half, which is actually much more exciting. Because the first half is important. We all know that. But second-half remember how last year went? It was a it was a crazy ride and a lot of fun and the season's lining up to be the same. So make sure you stick around stay with us. We're gonna have some fun. I've had just about enough of Ryan's grief for one day. But again, we'll be dropping new vote on Wednesday covering, you know, plenty more to come this. Yes. Yes. We didn't use it. All cubs. Win cubs earned for. I up suck brewers cubs series are three three cups win this series. Two out of three cubs are the best Bruce. And yes, we'll catch you next time. Yeah. I'll load up with even more ammo before then should be good. And I think the cubs are going to be in first place for. You know, probably the rest of the season. Nice. Is it that the cubs? Get Monday off after a Sunday night game. They played four less games than Milwaukee. Milwaukee is on a ten game road trip headed to Philadelphia. I can't wait to get this. It's gonna turn can't wait for it to happen. You know, it I'm not it's not an excuse case. So it's not just like every time the cups have a long game. They have a day off. You're going to have a season. 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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 738  2-Starts & Platoons for Week of Sept. 16th

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 738 2-Starts & Platoons for Week of Sept. 16th

"Hello and welcome to episode seven seven thirty eight of the sleeper in the bus. It is Friday. The thirteenth month is September and he's coming out out of order by design. There's going to be a double pod today this one coming first and then seven thirty seven coming after that later this evening the fireside chat and it wasn't totally by design Zayn if I if I had thought a little bit more thoroughly I would have sent Okay Nick. Let's call it this number and I'm GonNa do my other one before that but I wasn't really ah one hundred percent sure on the timing so they're gonNA come on out of order. It's not a big deal. They're both coming out today. You get a two for for the weekend and I'm going to go over the weekend slate. excuse me over the upcoming not the weekend. The upcoming slake for next week is when I meant to say covering the to start guys the the righty eighty lefty splits of teams and who that could help possibly Celeste dive into it because we got thirty teams to go through and I'm a little bit tight on time so let's just start with Arizona. Uh and of course this is projected. Things can change keep an eye on on news and you know obviously double check things but this is what I've got so far Robbie Ray getting to start Miami at San Diego. He's kind of an automatic star. He has been struggling of late. I still don't think you can take them out and you certainly can't for Miami at San Diego to step here. They have six games two against lefties. Only two against lefties should help for Josh roses playing time he's not been great against righties but getting him in the lineup will certainly help it does hurt wilmer floor as a little bit ten twenty three Oh pm against lefties he might not play as often with with four games against right handers going to Atlanta they have six games as well Dallas Kaikal slated for the two step against Philli and San Francisco at home. I think he's kind of an automatic matic start right now to. I guess there could be a devastating enough to step where you want to start them but that's not gonna come into play anymore because he's not going to get another to step this is this is pretty much it. I don't think they're the schedule would break to where he could get another one so you're just riding it the the rest of the way out here with ankle. He's he's had a really solid season whips whips a little high at one thirty three thirty five. Era seven and a half strikeouts actually about strikeout boost up from last year on his per nines. Their breakdown down is three and three so three up to three riders no nothing to really play. They're just play your guys. As you see fit going to Baltimore. They have to start guys and it is is a little bit different than the schedule of the way things works. I think the Monday games a makeup game John Means is going to go to Detroit and then get Seattle. You'll love that he's somebody. I've been starting pretty regularly anyway. I even started against the dodgers after their clinch day. I was considering doing it even without that that little bonus of maybe they're a little bit not as focused after clinching. They're not as great against lefties anyway I went ahead and started means. It worked out BUNDY GETS TORONTO SEATTLE. That's still pretty a decent you know he's one of the he's definitely a spot start tight. Don't Bundy as he's not somebody that you're using very regularly this. This is not a great lineup here a per to star in fact hang on. I actually messed up I was I ranked the to start guys and I forgot to include bunny. I ranked the two star guys who could be available so like John Means Dallas Kaikal Robbie Ray. They're not they're not in that. I don't think that they're going to be available enough to really get ranked there so yeah Bundy as a top ten guy of those who could be available but that's of those who could be available so that's that's still pretty pretty low. Let your situation dictate that because that one's a tough one because he could really blow you up. Can you take the volatility. Can you take a a massive hit. If bundy doesn't go well if not you can't use them. They have a seven game centers. I mentioned four against lefties that really benefits a few guys on their team. Hans Burto is hitting four sixteen with a nine ninety seven against lefties. Not Nunez kills left. He's he's been pretty good against right. He's this this year to sustain equality seasons. He's pacing for thirty homer season in fact the only needs one more so you should get it pretty easily. I think he'll hit one more homer and I think it'll be next week with all those lefties on the and Pedro Severino has done his best work against lefties so there's three guys there that you could maximize because they do have four lefties on on the slate in Baltimore or four Baltimore shouldn't say that because that implies that Auto Games are at home but actually all the Detroit game is so actually I didn't miss speak their their navy. Evolve is to start for Boston San Francisco and at Tampa Bay. That's not too bad of an outlook. He's been pitching a bit better of late. Volume is going to be tough. They're still kind of keeping tight with the innings and pitch counts but I could see I could see rolling this out. This isn't a terrible setup here. He loves San Francisco L. and then at Tampa Bay. That's not overly difficult. They have a six game slate to lefties. I don't really think they're even running any sort of platoon situations that you could take advantage of anyway. Let's move over to the cubs. They have Hamilton Darvish both getting Cincinnati and Saint Louis at home automatic starts anyway. Darvish has been on fire. Hamill's has been up and down but I think you're still just putting them in your lineup pretty easily here with two home starts and they have seven games zero against lefties so that helps Schwab and Hayward. They're both they should both be playing pretty much every day. They might get a random off day here and there that's just just you know a Joel Madden kind of thing but it'd be nice to see Schwab or get at least six games. He's got hey I'm gonNA pull it up and be accurate. I WANNA see thirty thirty five homers. Though yes thirty five homers that Kinda snuck up on me I had not really been fully dialed in on what shorts doing and he bats second a lot and he actually started against the last lefty that they had now they don't have any this week but short playing every day he bats second or third when it's against righties and they get seven righties next week so you'll love that for Schwarzer Jason Heyward near not as geeked but if you need that playing time he will play going out to Cincinnati they have John Excuse me Sunny Greg going. He's an automatic. He gets at the cubs home to the mets. They have a six game six Gamer that split three three nothing to really play there. the the only thing you might play is if if you have the luxury of kind of spot starting Josh van meter they get two of the lefties these are the first half of the week we talk about this if you're an NFC league where you can do the Monday through Thursday and then Friday through Saturday two of the three left these are at the beginning of the week against against the cubs Hamilton Lester so maybe somebody like van meter you could pull out of your lineup and then get him in for the weekend. Not Everybody has that luxury agree. I understand so play that as you can. If you gotta play them all week I would but if nippy late that that'd be good for Josh van meter. LET'S GO OUT TO CLEVELAND CLEVELAND ZACH POLICE AT GETS DETROIT and Philly. You'll love the Detroit start. The philly one is is tough but it's at home so you like that. It's a good setup for police Akis definitely A to start to consider is on the wire and some shower leagues deeper leagues. He's pretty much. He's pretty much roster them because despite a five or five v VIP he does have a three sixty four yards and the results are going to play and so there is some probably some trepidation with folks starting him here and there but he's coming off of a shutout as well at the angels so you'll love that that was after ten earned in ten innings over his last two starts so the volatility has been there for Police Act but you love this setup here with Detroit in Philly. They have a six setup a six game set up with three at three in fact Sodas Colorado and the white sox four teams in a row CINCY CINCY Cleveland Colorado in the White Sox all have the three and three so nothing to really play on the platoons there Colorado has sent a tell it doesn't matter he does have have the mets and the dodgers they have three home games against the mets and then travel out to La. You love getting Iraqis all all that you can't against the mets at home but then you you you kind of want a bench some of them not the studs you gotTa ride out the studs even on the road but some of your guys that you might spot start like a Raimondo toppy a- maybe like a Sam Hilliard I heard I think like story story Blackman Araneta but like McMahon Murphy. I don't even know that I'm taking them out on the road. I know Murphy if you're in league where you're playing Murphy Anyway then you're playing them on the road that that's kind of the deal there the white sox they have Reynaldo Lopez going for two. I'm sure he'll have one excellent start in one soul crushing one in probably be stupidly reversed where he'll throw a ten inning one hitter in Minnesota for no reason and the Tigers will put seven on him because that's cool but as frustrating has Reynaldo Lopez is he's still going to rate relatively high on the list of of potential streamers here and I know it's difficult but he has a Detroit headstart and any time you get a Detroit start. That's that's huge so he is going to be up there. A good bit already mentioned that there are three and three start any of your white sox at you can't against satires of course for that weekend set so again. If you can manipulate where you can do weekend starner's you might spot a few extra white sox. They're against the Tigers Tiger's our next they do you have a seven game setup. Matthew Boyd the only one slated to get to because of the way they're running the way they're running things with more of a six man rotation boyd goes to Cleveland leave when it gets the white sox. I still think you gotta start them right now. I know it's been absolutely difficult to watch him. Go out there and routinely give up forty two homers a game strikeouts or two point two four. It's a to start week. You know we we have the litmus test of if you can't started to start week cut him. I mean at this point. You can be more tighter with something like that. You don't have to do that because you're just playing week to week anyway. I don't know man I I would understand if you didn't start him and actually just cut Matthew Boyd I I would I would understand it but even if you just look at a tight five of game set that he's had recently where he has a five thirty four yards because Minnesota walloped him twice but then the other the other three are good starts to quality starts and then in a decent one five innings to earn against the Yankees even in that little run there. It's thirty in a third with thirty six strikeouts against twelve walks. It's all the homers so if you can help it where you can sit boyd at Cleveland Stardom against the White Sox I would do that. If you have to do both again I mean I'm sorry to fence it in really depends on your volatility for the ratios. Can you take an er a beating or are you in a situation where you are doing all right in the ratios and you're really chasing strikeouts. then Boyd becomes an easier start. I understand that but it now one is really what can in your gut handle. He's tough as far as their setup. It's seven games set with only one left. He doesn't matter you're not starting any of those guys Juve. Her Hagen is an interesting interesting primary starter against the White Sox on Friday the twentieth this is really a deeper league play and and something that I've mentioned the past couple of weeks the head to head leagues where you have a starts limit and you can steal those forty five inning outings than are basically free now. Verhagen is not some stud but he has been pitching well of late and so I do think it'd be nice to to get that going over his last. Let's see here since the start of August overs last thirty three and two thirds he has a two sixty seven any Ra with thirty two strikeouts and five walks and all but two of those are medals where he came in the fourth and went until the eighth seventh or eighth eighth-inning so I do like Verhagen there I honestly I I would like. Maybe a little bit anywhere where you're chasing some pitching help it doesn't have to be that that head head to head setup where you're just doing the stealing a faux start type deal. I think Verhagen is kind of interesting here down the line down the stretch. I should say going to Houston. They have your starting. They only have a five game slade but I don't think you can sit any of their studs and I don't know that they really have anybody that. You're spotting. I mean if you're in a situation situation where maybe you're spotting like a toro or cow Tucker's finally up maybe that you go for a guy who has six or seven games since they've only got the five pack but it is against Texas in. La None of which are quality pitchers they do have three lefties so that does make Tucker a little bit less appealing to because he is a lefty so may be Toro being a switch hitter. I guess would be more appealing there. I'm trying to see if there's anybody else you can maybe spot. I don't know you crazy. Deeply cours like Moore is nick but I don't want to spend too much time on that. Let's be honest. There's not much going on there. Let's go to Casey. They have two guys double starting. You don't want any of them. You'd love to stack against them to be honest. It's Glenn Sparkman in Horry Lopez they go to Oakland to Minnesota. That's going to be tough for both of them and but they do have a seven game setup with just two left now that does favor some of their left the left you having lineup that could be uh-huh platoon which is Ryan o'hearn Brent Phillips Nikki Lopez even my brisk viloria their catcher if you're gonNA to Catcher League where you're really scraping for Catcher Viloria Loria should get more of the starts there. That's there you go you crazy deep leaguers. They're just mentioned my Bruce Viloria for you and that's about as deep as it gets right o'hearn somebody I really liked for a breakout. This year did not come to fruition at all. He's been a nightmare but he is having a little bit of a late season flourish orange here just enough to get me back on. I mean you'll be so free next year it won't even matter but over his last twenty eight days six homers in an eight eight seventy eight ps yes so if you are speculating on some deeply pop power o'hearn could be your guy there let's see moving onto L. A. The Angels First Suarez you can't get a worse to step in the Al like it just can't happen. He goes to the Yankees to Houston. Pass a billion percent. I would rather start sends a tele in with the Colorado a no maybe not but that's that's brutal for Suarez they have six six games. They're three and three left. He's three writings but it's at the Yankees at Houston. That's tough. I mean obviously you need trout back in the lineup. You've you can get them Otani's out right now. I don't know like I'm sitting my guys here that are that are kind of on the fence the only guys that I might start outside of trout obviously a US again assuming he's healthy maybe upton but everybody else I'm looking for a replacement for if you're relying on them in one of your deeper leagues. I'm looking to get out and replace my Brian Goodwin David Fletcher. This is a tough week so get somebody else. They're they're interchangeable pieces anyway and maybe not even upton. I didn't realize how horrible he's been this year so excuse me yeah caught some win. They're going to have to take a dream but I'm GONNA say trout only trout only for the angels. That's brutal setup. Let's go out to the other L. A. Dodgers they have a five game slate so nobody's getting who staff they're gonNA go stripling with my primary may with Gunston Primary Kershaw review and you're by the way the Majeida and Godson primaries are both intriguing even better than Verhagen. They're on a good team. They are against Tampa Bay but they're both pitching very well and they have only one lefty. They doing anything platoon wise. I mean it's a bummer that they only got five games. That's an elite team. That's two elite teams Houston in the dodgers that only got five games this week in a playoff week or obviously down the stretch for row chase. That's tough 'cause you're losing that extra game or two that you can get from from your studs. I don't really see anything that you well. Jack Petersen. I guess gas is going to go four for the five games but that's kind of a normal week for him because even on like a six if they have to left. Is You know Gavin walks. What are you know if you if you're using them? You're using Matt beady. will only have the one left east so that does help a little bit some deeper leagues Let's remember to Miami. They're Pablo hobble Lopez going at Arizona and home to Washington. You know he's shown some things this year. He's definitely going to be a dollar guy next year that I'm intrigued by but down the stretch here I'm a little bit nervous it. We haven't really seen him. Get back on track yet since he's returned these headline rolling only in the one good start against Casey what you expect other than that even with that starter six third to run gem. He has a seven ninety one even with that star that tells you how bad the other three starts have been since he's come back six WCHS homers in one thousand nine hundred eighty. It's been a big problem for pets. I gotTA pass here. He's GonNa be pretty low on my list when I go through the the the potential available to start guys as they have a three three setup you know just you're not. You're not using many other guys anyway and nothing really leverage between wise. I I can't remember where I heard this but this was from a listener or somebody on twitter or somebody might twitch stream but somebody pointed out to me after I'd recommend it I think think it was like a Chase Anderson Zach Davis in one of the streaming starter articles that they're not letting guys go more than five in Milwaukee four or five innings starts for the last couple of weeks so even though they have two guys doing a two step Zach Davies and Gio Gonzalez both getting San Diego and Pittsburgh at home. You're not going to get much innings wise so if you are chasing winds here this is not the right area to go to they could give you some decent era both guys pitching all right three seventy seventy or a for Davies 401 for Gonzales a little bit more strikeout love for Geo Than Davies and of course even if they each only went ten innings they give five on both of them. You can get like it's not terrible but they have to be a bit lower because of the way they're managing these this guy's in in in Milwaukee right now so that's tough they'll be kind of middling as far as my available to start guys they do have a seven game set up with just one lefty that's going to help Eric names and Trent Gresham so start them where appropriate let's move out to Minnesota. They have Martine Perez and cal Gibson both getting in two steps against the White Sox and Casey. It doesn't get much better than that as far as a setup. They're both going to be very high they're not available in all leagues but some of you deeper ah I should say ten teamers maybe present some twelve teams. I think Gibson has enough cachet with folks that he's actually pretty well rostered but I don't no I'm always check your wire guys. I'll speculate on stuff sometimes and then I'll go look and be like damn. I'm glad I checked because that guy's available and you just never know and Gibson. Has it been that great lately but I still think you know that's that's why you have to check. He could easily be more available than I was thinking especially because he's been cutting grass like a champ lately and I think when his grass cutting it's better is when his pitching falls off they do have seven games with only one lefty Garver kills lefties but he's pretty pretty strong against righties and a nine twenty three pm so I really don't think that's going to affect them. They get the White Sox and Casey. There's not much good pitching there. Let me see if they get Giulino they do get Galeano and Ray low who we know can be good but you know you never know what to expect from him and I think he has an over five. Era So it's really only one good starter JI leader that you have to worry about otherwise. Get all your twins in there. Let's see if there's any SPEC twins any platoon twins that you could get in the lineup here. Excuse excuse me I'm loaning the Roster Resource Lewis Arise if you're chasing the batting average that really helps the not much else though because it's really a rise is in scope that are getting put to jake cave gets helped by only the one lefty so yeah caving arise where where they're viable you might WanNa start them although cave. You've had been injured most of the week so I I don't even know if he's GonNa play stay tuned for news on him. Arises the guy to take advantage here with six right. He's on the docket for Minnesota so let's go to the mets. They have mats at Colorado at Cincy. That's pretty tough that's that's. That's a tough one. I don't know what his availability is. I'm actually GONNA check here while I'm doing this because I wanna see if he's even I didn't initially rank him because I don't know I want to look real quickly here and and see if he's even worth ranking because he might not be available enough. I tend to like excuse me I tend to like mats so I think sometimes I override them a little bit in my mind in terms of how roster and he is and then I go check in on my own and he's actually quite available fifty five percent and that's from fantasy prose rose which is a combination of Yahoo and ESPN so that's fifty five percent shower leagues means you deeper in mid Tier Leagues. He's not really available for mats so I'm. I'm not going to rank them on the to start. It is a tough one though I wouldn't necessarily start this. That's too difficult. Venues including the toughest one in Colorado in Cincinnati can hit it I would I would try not to start that if I could. I'd look for reasons not to they do have an all righty slate six writings on the docket including a trip to coors it hurts date. Jd Davis a little but he's still been strong against righties. That's why he's fostered his breakout here because he's been able to crush right. He's and he's going to coors so I'm reluctant to sit any of the any of the mets that I've been starting with any regularity todd frazier does have a nine thirty six Oh ps against lefties so not getting a single lefty as tough for him and it could could actually cut into his playing time let alone his performance in fact jd Davis could be the beneficiary even though they are both righties Davis much better although Davis has been playing a lot of left field and Fraser's still been starting so if you're in a situation where you're starting fraser anyway if you're in that depth of league I'd at least WanNa start him for the front end end of the week in Colorado. It's an all or nothing I say go for it because it means it's a deep league anyway and I want to say that frazier's been been doing in wely who remembers the the Selo cast. They did years ago when frazier was having a monstrous season yeah by the way just to to put the ball on that five homers fifteen forty nine bs in the last two weeks it was when he was Cincinnati and he was in the midst of just this brilliant season it had to have been fourteen gener fifteen two thousand fourteen in two thousand fifteen because rose two excellent seasons and it was like the first half years off the charts and he was pacing like a forty twenty season or some craziness and I talked myself into Todd Frazier is a God that was fun. I wish I I wish I could find that that solo cast easy and and go back and laughing laughing how enamored I became. I've always liked todd frazier though good good good dude solid player has definitely not been as strong the last couple of years. There's but I do always root for him. Let's go out to the other New York that's going to be the Yankees looks like Severino supposed to be back. In fact he's inked in for Tuesday. I look at the road wire board. They haven't voted for Tuesday so that's he's starting that they have a three and three now it is set up nicely for you guys that have the split weeks. It's three lefties. He's out front on Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and then three writings on the weekend so you can play that in in leagues where that's viable like a Mike Ford type deal. You Might WanNa sit him. I'm trying to think if there's anybody else with that. You would really do it with probably not I mean I know Brett Garza lefty. I think he's still plays against them. Maybe like a clip frazier. You would start but yeah. I don't think there's a whole lot to play as far as that goes but at least it does set it up nicely for for those of you with like Mike Ford Excuse me Oakland only has six games and they're running a six man rotation right now roark Anderson Brennan Anderson Interesting Homer Bailey Chris Bassett Mike fires and Sean Mnaya so nobody gets a two step they do get Casey and Texas all at home good setup for their rotation for their lineup. I should I'd say they do have the Rian three yeah so it's a split setup nothing to really take advantage of their except that the six home games and the teams aren't aren't very good that they're facing. Let's go onto philly. JASON VARGAS GOES TO ATLANTA IN TO CLEVELAND. That's tough. Those are two quality offenses. You got to be a little careful there. I would not WanNa start actually skews me a changes happen since I did this last night or since they start with a V. I might have just messed up because it's Velazquez now in not Vargas and the fact that Vargas has starting on the twentieth of September which is Friday leads me to believe that I just messed it up. Let me see one vargas last started. Let's laugh at Paul if he was way off dum dum so he started on the tenth Noah Tuesday they start usually so he's going to have ten days off so they're pushing him way back actually know is he starting Sunday yeah. He's probably starting Sunday and that's yeah. I probably just did it wrong. Either way. Velazquez doesn't change much from Velazquez to Varga from Vargas Velazquez. I should say maybe a couple of spots up in terms of where I would give Alaska's shot. Were I wouldn't give Vargas. Bargains actually been better this here as far as ratios she does go strike. Outs are definitely going to go in in Velasquez's favor. Let me see what Velazquez has been doing of late. Let me let me quickly. Check that if you guys don't mind and even if you do mind best you could do as fast forward through the check because I'm doing it happening right now and manny so volatile so dang volatile all right since the all star break. We've got a five thirty two. We are a from Alaska's fifty strikeouts and forty seven and a third. Do you need the if you need the punch outs. Could maybe do it but man that's too tough roadies. I think I would start the two brewers over him mm-hmm even with their innings cap and the fact that neither of them were particularly strong strikeout guys. They have a six game set up with only one left E. that might hurt king real little but I'm still playing him Adam. Hey XLII might get a little bit more playing time from it nothing to really platoon their Pittsburgh has Mitch Keller going going against Seattle and Milwaukee. He's been so volatile it really has been gem or dud virtually nothing nothing in between now you only has like eight starts nine starts and so just using game score as as a little short hand here because it's easy starts art fifty and you get credits for positive things debits for negative things so it starts at fifty anything over fifty five was pretty solid. Start wants to get into the sixties and beyond it's pretty good anything. Below like a forty is pretty rough. Here are the game scores for Keller Sixty four fifty eight fifty three fifty one and even the fifty one had six strikeouts and it was only two earned runs in five innings so even though the fifty one doesn't sound good. That wasn't a bad start so so it's four solid start. Actually here's a weird one. September third was the fifty eight but it was an inning two-third perfect innings with three strikeouts what's up but then that was it. Was it a rain delay that he didn't come back from an injury. I don't remember what happened there but either way so three good one that was trending great against Miami and then got stunted then it's thirty six twenty nine twenty eight fifteen fifteen good are awful nothing between for Keller. Can you stomach that volatility because the way it's setting up that he'll beast on Seattle and get his face caved in Milwaukee now. If you have the luxury of spots starting every day then you can get Mitch Keller for the Tuesday start against Seattle and then get him far away from your team when they go to Milwaukee. That's the way to play it if I have to take both breath. I don't think I've got Keller Pretty Low on my potential spot starts which I'll get into at the very end of this next up is San Diego. They have Rolin Bolanos. I want to see if I'm pronouncing that right. Ronald did not rolling. Excuse me I didn't have the first name right but and I don't know if it's blonde IOS because there isn't the Tilde over the end so I don't know if it's Bolanos or not but Ronald Bolanos he has to start so far one was the debut was pretty good. Then the second one against the cubs was a dud he went to Arizona did pretty well though you like that but then be beaten on by the cubs he's GonNa get let's see here. He's GonNa get a trip to Milwaukee and then hosting Arizona. That's a pretty tough slate. He's going to be pretty low. He's as you'll find out. He's going to be pretty low and I don't think I I don't know I got to be one hundred percent honest with you. I didn't know who this guy was coming into the year. I'm sorry Ronald I called your role in to start. I I did not know who he was and you know just because I don't know who somebody is. Does oh by the way there is the Tilde on our site. I was different so I bet it is on us but yeah I didn't know who blonde yose was. He did make he did make the prospect list. He was forty four th on the San Diego Prospect List and that's a deep list so you know he he has the prospect of some note not a complete nothing as far as the prospect goes in the minors he jumped from Aa he had a high aa season he put up good skills at Aa the ratios weren't that good for twenty-three. One thirty two skipped triple A. you might get a few strikeouts here. I I wouldn't want to do this. This'll be desperation heave only type of stuff. Oh by the way that I mentioned that Seattle. I don't think I mentioned their slate slate their six games against lefties oh. I didn't mention that because their next radio I'm in Pittsburg Pittsburg six games three and three San Diego has seven games teams with two lefties Fr- tie France Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfro are a little hurt by that with five right news on the slate so it's tough one for them now going out to Seattle title Marco Gonzalez goes to Pittsburgh and to Baltimore alike that they have six games with two lefties on the slate. I don't know that you're starting many of their guys anyway as far as hitters in the ones that you are probably kind of locked in. I'm trying to think who the heck. You're even starting on that team. Let me even think about that for a moment who is unopposed roster. I guess into catcher leaks Kyle Lewis the cow seeing somebody comedy. You're starting and the fact that they only have to lefties. That's nice. He's been hitting against everybody lately. It seems so often noah. He asked US catch ability so you like that Gordon if you need the speed but Carl Lewis somebody I want to mention he's an interesting pickup. I don't know if you've picked up in all the league's this past weekend or or or if the fact that he has three homers now in eleven plate appearances is GonNa make him a hot pick up this weekend. He's a big time prospect injuries have really stunned at him and in kind of delayed his his path a bit but this is this is a real one here there's some there's some massive upside at somebody in my chat on on twitch throw out a Jermaine Dye comp and the body type certainly fits in the fact that we've seen this power. fits it as well like that's that's interesting. If you need some punch I said Gopher Carl Lewis and he's a righty so he's GonNa only get to lefties but I think he's starting every day right now. There's no reason that they wouldn't start him and he's only played three games but he's already got three homers. You'll love that so actually yeah. If he came up on Tuesday he couldn't have been a pick up this this weekend mostly that do weekly pickups daily pickups sure but in weekly pickups yeah Carl Lewis is somebody who look at this weekend and I'd go for him for sure. Let's go out to San Francisco Go. The SHARK GOES TO BOSTON TO ATLANTA. That's a tough to step for Jeff Samardzija. He's been pretty good this year. He's bounced back and just been really solid. Alad not not like winning your league or anything but as cheap as he was the fact that you've gotten one hundred sixty nine innings with a three seventy to one twelve twelve. Era Whip Combo is damn good. I mean ten wins ten and twelve but ten wins on that team. That's not bad he's been a little wildly in September so far six three and four with his earned runs but five in the third six six hundred hundred on the innings not too bad homers have been a little bit of an issue with two of those three at home. That's kind of a bummer but this to stop. Excuse me this two-step is difficult and I don't love that. Let me see what his availability is. He's fifty fifty one percent at the shower or outlets. ESPN and Yahoo Cater more to attend team leaks so there's GonNa be some availability. I did rank him. I did rank them here. Just check your wire and just make sure I know a lot of you. Guys are in Super Competitive Leagues that are not going to leave somebody like three seventy. Era Out on the wire but I did rank them just because he was at fifty percent. I thought that that was reasonable. Enough they have six game slate with three and three for San Francisco start the guys that you're normally starting but you know you shouldn't be starting to many giants anyway San Francisco. Excuse me Saint Louis Has Dakota Hudson and miles Michael is getting Washington and at the cubs. That's a difficult to step Dakota Hudson somebody that when you watch him it makes more sense why successful because if you only stat scout you you think how's this guy successful at all but induces that we contact keeps the ball down there are things to like but there's no real strikeout upside so the only time you can actually count on any sort of strikeout potential even is in a two step week like this but yeah I mean and he relies on on limiting massive contact and keeping it on the ground. I don't love this setup. my I think is more of a guy that you kind of have to start. it it. It'd be nice to have the luxury to really bench a guy with a four hundred eighty one twenty-one whip. I don't think I'm there so I'm GonNa start in for sure with Hudson I'm going to I'm going to be a little bit more cautious. I'm going to try to not start him. He's going to be pretty middling on the on the list of available herbals. They have a seven-game slate with three lefties. I don't know that that plays too much into things. I think Tommy Edmonds Kinda starting against everybody right now. Colton long is too too so I think they're gonNA start against the lefties and I don't think we're gonNA see too much. Put Tuning as far as those guys go edmonds a switch which hitter by the way. I JUST WANNA point that out Tampa Bay only has a five game slate Brendan McKay gets a two step. It's at the dodgers and home to Boston. That is tough. I don't even know how many innings they're we're going to give him any way. You might only get like eight innings out of a two step and then that puts a lot of volatility on the ratios because you know three runs in one of them and all of a sudden it doesn't look so good you just kind of look at his last three outings now he's at Tuesday's comeback back in September and then the other would be August nineteenth but it was nine innings in those three outings ten ten runs six of them earned but even the six earned means sixty sixty. Ra so that's tough I probably passing here. He's GonNa be really low. I still really like Brennan McCain long-term but for this to step here it's not a good one. They do have five games one lefty by the way SNELL through at Triple A. I don't know if he's coming back next week so that could even interrupt this to step It's difficult opponents so any of your coin flip raise no with the dodgers in Boston. Boston's pitching is not great but it's still Portillo pricing prices involved. They're not slugs so and then of course to against the dodgers they do get the two guys with the with the opener follower setup so so stripling my Ada and May Johnson but it's the dodgers me and all their pitchers are good so be careful with your if as Texas they have have five games. Nobody's getting a two step probably wouldn't want well. It was minor lynn you absolutely would in maybe Allard in the right setup but they're going to Houston into Oakland. That's tough difficult difficult opponents again your your your coin flip rangers you go for a no because of volume and difficulty Toronto. They have fought as an opener opener getting to starts Thornton could be mildly interesting as a follower he gets at Baltimore and at the Yankees of course at the Yankees is difficult but with him as is a fowler he's got a four oh two. Era In his last forty and a third innings with most of that odd the bullpen his opium the times through a seven to eight hundred seventy eight nine eleven so if they give them three four innings you know now might be enough. We'll obviously if it goes for the beginning into the second time around but if he's is cruising they might give them a few extra the second time around but if it's at one time through for Thorton you might be able to steal three solid innings definitely against Baltimore but even maybe against the tankeea Thornton's and interesting deep play for those you look in just to get some quality innings perhaps and don't have many options. They have a six game setup with just one lefty. I think you're just playing the guys that you're normally playing. I don't think there's a lot to platoon there with Toronto and finally Washington they have Strasbourg and Corbin getting at Saint Louis at Miami. You're starting them. If one was at on the moon and the other was against the nineteen twenty seven Yankees he just you don't have a choice you have to start those two monsters they have six games James Zero against lefties that hurts Brian Dosier who does have an eighty four opie against them scenario. That's the rundown ranking my eighteen guys guys who are likely to be available for two starts in a lot of leagues shower and beyond this the range vacillates like most guys most these guys are available in shower leagues and they depending on your league depth. These other guys will be available but it's going to be John Means Cow Gibson Martin Perez rental the Lopez Zach Police AC Marco Marco Gonzalez Jessa Marsha Nathan evolve the Dakota Hudson and Dylan Bundy as the top ten then Zach Davies Gio Gio Gonzalez Vincent Velasquez Ronald Blonde IOS Brendan McKay Pablo Lopez Mitch Keller and then I put Suarez but don't start start Suarez in any in any case in fact I listed them one through seventeen and then literally put five thousand next to Suarez. He's five thousand so hopefully this helps good luck. I know you guys are chasing things down. I hope I hope you know get some information here that you can use and you bring it home. Those titles does still got a couple more weeks. Keep grinding. Don't let football take all your attention. Make sure you're managing your leagues there. You put your money in your football. You don't WanNa waste on wasted but don't give up on these baseball teams. You've put five and a half months of hard working. 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ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis HR 1

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ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis HR 1

"It is Friday l z I it is a Friday. The dodgers are playing tonight. We've got a weekend full of football and baseball and the NBA we got a good day. It's a great day. It's a great day are great, show tribes gas until ten AM this it does if I'm not high by ten fifteen, something's wrong. Don't turn is wrong. I mean, you gotta get home, I right. Or do you to start as you get in the elevator? I am not going to reveal occasion of my my business. I understand that just seemed that just I'm just saying, for my perspective, that seems quick. Doesn't last all day. Right. All right. So we've feels like forever. It feels like forever since the dodgers have played a game, they're finally going to go at it tonight. They're going to be in Milwaukee. They take on the brewers and we finally know who is going to be pitching for them. We knew how the dodgers are going to roll out there. They're going to do your Shaw rea- we knew a, we knew we knew reu- game two, three and runs dropping bro. Clayton Kershaw tonight reu- game to bueller in three, and then Richhill in four. What we just found out in the last day or so is GIO Gonzalez is going to pitch the first game for the brewers, and that's good news if you're dodger fan because GIO Gonzalez is not very good. Well, he must be because they're starting him game one in the most important game that they've had in that city in a very long time we, he has a six fifty seventy are a in his last three postseason stars, including one of those against the dodgers. Okay. But when was that against the dodgers? That was two years ago. Yeah, that's all stuff. We a opinion. He has not since September thirtieth. What is today today is the twelfth. So he has a pitched in two weeks. He's fresh. That means he could be overly amped that the guy like that who has more of us control guy. He's not a reach back and throw it through brick wall guy. He could lose a little bit of that fine touch or like this or means that he is instead of pasteurize orange juice freshly squeezed. Full of flavor right out the gate. The dodgers are going to need to jump him. The dodgers are going to need to jump all of these brewer starters in this series because we talked with him, Kirk Jin about it, and anybody you've read anything about this series. You know that the best part about the brewers, every article starts with Christian yelich. And then the next paragraph is that bullpens gut dot dot. And then the next part is the the, the bullpen is the best one baseball. Yet I hear what you're saying, but I like to attack my opponent by first breaking down that strength, because when he break these strength, you break their spirit. So if you have a great bullpen, getting to the bullpen to me is what really is going to rattle them because if they feel good about what they feel good about, and they continue to feel good about it during the course of those series, it becomes complicated. What you wanna do is take their heart and you take their heart by saying, yeah, we chase starter and by the way you bullpen. Yeah, we got them to you. Got nothing. Nothing. I tell you that. Is what I would love to see out to game one. Yeah, look, if you can get into the bullpen and do work against him. Great. But you're going to need to make sure that you do work against GIO Gonzalez that you do work against Julius Chesini and against ways Miley who's gonna pitch game to that that that's the way those are the guys that you're going to need to get a handful of runs on because like can they score against the bullpen. Sure. Or they're going to get a bunch of runs against the bullpen, probably not. So you need to make sure I feel like Sean here a little bit. I feel like you saying that you need to a six run lead going in to the middle innings to do is you need to make sure that you get a couple of runs early. Here's Pedro Gomez talking about how the brewers pan the pitch to the dodgers. Yeah, this is the interesting part brewers manager. Craig counsel decided he's going to start GIO Gonzalez and Wade Miley in both games one and two. Those are two lefties in all likelihood that means dodgers manager. Dave Roberts will not have jock Peterson or max Muncie or. Yes, yell pointing who is a righty, but struggles against lefties. So you're talking about three potent bats that will not be in that dodger lineup, of course, their depth is so good because all of a sudden you've got David freeze who has no problems hitting in October starting at first base yet. Did David freese pieces. Interesting. Because you can go a little more right handed heavy in that situation. But like like you said months, he's off the field. We, I've talked a lot about John Peterson and the amount of quality at bats that he's giving you. He probably comes off the field as well. Yeah, I get it. I know at the end of the say. I just don't like taking a hot bats out of the lineup. I just don't like that. Matt's Muncie has hidden for extra basis like for like three weeks in a row and everything. He's been fantastic timely homers, but not just homers the doubles. I mean the the fact that he makes pitchers work so I get it. It says he's not good against handed pages, blah, blah, blah blah. And maybe over course of an average. He isn't good because averages have peaks and valleys peaks and valleys. But when you recognize that one of those bats are in a peak right now, I don't. I don't like the idea of shoving them just because you know the analytic say that he doesn't do well. It gives left. He's let them show you. He's not doing well today, I think, well, I kind of go the other way. If this was a series in June and you add max Muncie was white hot in jock Peterson was giving you these great at bats night after night after night against. You mean. Yeah, then maybe you can go in there and say, look, let's give him an bat against a left handed pitcher here and there to see where we are, but first six months, this is how they've been doing that went awry. When I left in pitcher comes in, these are the guys that play. These are the guys that don't play and vice versa and get a left. When you get right hander you're off the field, you're on the field. I don't know if I mean the dodgers are into the CS. They're playing really well. I don't know if now is the time to start doing something different than you've done all season long who did they play in the DS Atlanta. And what was the series score? Three to one and that one IMAX Muncie play on that for you? No, no, no. And say, you don't let him play because he doesn't do to Anthony, doesn't do that and what happened? They lost. They lost. And then the next game he he played and what happened they won. They were. And did he contribute to the winning? He did, yes. Can I? Can I flip it? You can flip. Did the dodgers. T- did the dodgers do what they've done all season long in that series? Yes. Did they win the series? They did. Okay. And why did they win the series? Because they're played mostly because they did what they do. They played. There's I. Well, look, I'll take three one. I'll take this for one or four, two or whatever it is. I like where they are, but I don't know if now is the time we say, you know what? Let's do something. We haven't done all season long now that we're, we're four games away from going back to the World Series. Let's let's try something. Let's experimentally that is the hallmark of championship coaching making adjustments. Recognizing the scenario, whether you're talking Phil Jackson with the bows in the Lakers, putting a guy who normally doesn't fit in on the fourth quarter and the rotation with the other players, but I need to try something that's the same thing. The Yankees used to do when they had their great run back in early nineties in the two thousand where you looked up and it was like going, why is this guy? Oh, he just hit a home run. Yes, you do things that you've always done to be successful, but wing Doug Peterson and unit Super Bowl with the backup QB you row whip. Nick foles out there. Haven't catch a touchdown and just shook shocked the world had they been running that playoff season though in Nick foles. No, but in the championship moment, you make championship adjustments and you take big, big risks. I just wanna see us move away sometimes from the predictable because obviously, one of the reasons why GIO Gonzalez is out there is because he being creek council, anticipated us taking our hitters, don't do well against left. Any bet sees he's playing chess and we're just following right along. I don't know if it's, I mean it's predictable by the definition of the word, but it's also successful. The dodgers are here because this is what they do. I don't. If if they were coming into a series where they hadn't looked sharp, if you were coming in to a point in the season where you know what we're, this is what we've done for three months. And when we face a left-hander, these guys come out with a right hander. These guys come out and it's just not coming together. I think then is the time to say, let's shake it up. Let's try them. It's working. I don't know if you go away from a successful plan at this point puffed out. Now you do know two months ago. We were. We were seeing taps, right? You remember that right? Do you are like it's worth. They are the second hottest team in the National League. You remember those, they were not way they're the second hottest thing. The problem is they're playing the, the hottest team eleven in a row on I, I like where they are. I think it's interesting because going into the previous series against Atlanta with regard to game one, and we talked about how important it was to win game one in the short five game series. This is slightly less important because you have a little more runway to work with. If in fact you lose and the fact that they're on the road, but it's not massively less important because if the brewers get Kershaw game one, you talk about having your chest puff up. You talk about feeling pretty good about yourself. If the brewers hanging l. on Clayton Kershaw in game one, they're feeling real good about themselves isn't important game for the dodgers depends on how the l. comes if the eldest Tschumi Clayton Kershaw meaning they rocked him early and he's out in the fourth and we're down six zero something like that. Then? Yeah, they rock Clayton Kershaw, but of craving pitches a strong six, seven innings. And it's a two ballgame. And then they end up getting some fluky play and his, we lose three two. They didn't get to Kershaw. They didn't beat her Shaw, and that could still feel good about it. If they rock Kershaw then get to your point, I'm I'm a little concern. I, I don't even know if they have to rock mills the, I think if they just beat if they beat them three, two, two, if you beat Kershaw, you feel great. Yeah. But if we lose three two to the brewers in a row with Kershaw and you tell me, review and Buta coming up. And we've already squarely said Kershaw third best pitcher, that means one and two is coming up and you barely beat our third look. I'm not. I'm not getting your bugle out and you get ready to play another version of taps. If they lose, are you gonna play these vehicle? I, you know, it's funny. I purpose on re phrase the way I had it in my mind one way. And then as I was going through it, I quickly veered in another direction. I was going to use the word polish in that sense. And I say on a ballot now. Oh, not exactly. Hit quite dusty. It was used recently, so therefore it's probably not does anybody could use a good cleaning all of them the dodgers. They've got the rotation setup. The brewers are doing it to some more numbers about what the dodgers need to get done early in the game that's coming up next. Jamil z. smart jam. Sammy, Sammy, Hagar, happy birthday to him, but two days after David Lee Roth birthday, did they do that on purpose? Just a calendars when they went and looked for a replacement for David Lee Roth a question number one birthday, if they. Yeah, he works naps ram in. We don't have to go through this again. You realize the mistake and your ways right thinking that van Hagar was better than just in case he doesn't. I'll update the polls and we put that out a couple of days ago. The people have spoken in votes three to one seventy five percent pick David Lee Roth over Sammy. This sounds like a song you a player like the last episode of friends or something. You know it's cute little TV song, but it's not a rock and soul needs to from Pasadena, man. You guys, you know, southern California ban. You're right. My bad. You're, you're preoccupied with John. How many bands can just belt out Panama then you know what I'm saying? You know what I'm saying? Teacher. Hawford teacher come on. That's one of the greatest videos of my youth. Yeah. And now what me to jail teacher his new days people, it's only jail if it's the other way, if the teachers hot for the student, that's, you know, that traffic goes both ways. God is often you see that video. You know, the video is not reality, but it's good video. I'm still team so come on over to team team raw? No, no, no. He was entertaining. It was fun is just few just hated jump. I think you're. Because you have to remember I didn't know anything about van Halen until jump. Yeah. So I'll get introduced to disco van Halen and people are wondering why I'm not jumping all over the place, pun intended, kiss, win disco. I couldn't inhale and I knew kiss before they went disco. Okay, whatever the new Prisco before pre disco. I don't like the word Prisco. Alright, the dodgers as a brewers game one tonight, Milwaukee, Miller park, and the guy that they gotta deal with. You know, we talked about it with the Braves with the Braves you had to deal with two guys. You had to deal with a Kuna had to deal with FREDDY Freeman, the guy that you have to deal with is Christian yelich for the brewers, and he's, he's, he's going to win the MVP for sure. And he's had all types of success against Clayton Kershaw. He's batted two home runs a one point, four, nine, seven s which is off the charts and he's nine for seventeen against him lifetime. What's his ph. Well, I'm sure he runs fast. I don't know exactly where it is. Here's yelich talking about why he has had so much success against Clayton Kershaw. A lot of his is one of the best pitchers in the game too tough at-bat every time you face them, it's a battle. You enjoy that as a player though, going against the best. I'm just trying to see how you stack up. You enjoy compete in. You know, it seems like he really enjoys competing and it's what it's all about this. What makes this time of the year? Really fun. It's what you play for as a player. You know, like I said, he's he's great player. Great pitchers believable career, and we know it's going to be a battle. And when you face a guy like that is about execution, you're not gonna get a whole lot of opportunities, but when you do, you got to capitalize on them and really do all the little things. Right. We're gonna be focused on that as a team. Like I said, it's going to be great battle and we're looking forward to it and it was it's what makes this time of year so that that is baseball cliches. That's a master's class into tout nothing about your opponent right there. He said it was great. Yeah, right. Which is saying nothing was he's what would be interesting as I don't. You know, I. I know it gets a lot. I don't see it. I'm good. I'm fine. We need more Jalen Ramsey's in baseball. There's there's something to it. Did Christian yelich has been lights out against a five, twenty nine type to the best against anybody who had more than fifteen at bats against Kershaw that confidence if you get in there, I know I'm going to get or at least get a good look at you going to feel pretty good about it. There's the opposite happens to where even if the guy's not a great pitcher, you just know you get a bad look. He's going to tell you not yelich is going to get a good look occur Shaw. He is going to get a look at what makes me wonder, what is kershaw's mentality going to facing him? Because if he recognizes the reason why he's gotten good hits off of them because he didn't execute certain pitches one. If we see him avoiding those pitches, I haven't done enough. Obviously, one on one research, looking at all the at bats of Kershaw versus Euclid show. I couldn't tell you if he prefers one over the other or he just an execute a pitch that actually would normally work in that situation. I don't know. But Clayton Kershaw is as much of a tactician as any pitcher in the game. Yeah. So he knows exactly why. You know, yellowish has been successful against me and I'm assuming he's going to make the proper adjustment to handcuff me bit there. Look, I would never confuse myself with a good pitcher must Lech Clayton Kershaw, but there is something about some guys that even if you're executing your pitches, even if you are doing your plan to the plan, some guys just got you. There are there just even if I put the right pitch and the right spot and the right count in the right situation, dude can still barrel it up. There are just there's weird match up. Sometimes it's a great player like yellow choose just and then sometimes it's just some chump that doesn't. It hits to ten, but what he bats against you, he hits six hundred and I wonder if it's not one of those match ups, I hope it's what you're saying. Elsie where it's I hung a curveball. I missed my spot with a fastball that's different than you're right, then you can go out there and say, okay, if I locate my stuff in my finished my pitches, I'm going to be fine. But if it's that opposite one every time you see this guy come and even if I throw the pitch, he's going to bail it. That's a very uncomforter-. Situation it is uncomfortable though. I, I tend to think that when you have pitchers who are in goat conversations as Kershaw is then it's more of executing pitches than just a guy. Got, I think about comes tentative afri-. The great Roger Federer versus Roffe on the Dow the Dow for many years had Roger Federer's number no matter what Roger through Adam. He had his number and then finally, Roger made an adjustment on his backhand and now he's beating Roffe on the Dow five times in a row. Now he's the advantage to Rafa once head has now been eliminated, and now riders on top. He's figured it out took a while obviously, but he figured something out. I believe Kershaw because he's an SM Goethe's kind of conversation. It's gonna figure it. I don't expect yellowish to rock them. I just don't not. And I hope that Clayton Kershaw goes to the mount tonight. Angry. I because I, yes, because Elsie I don't think there's any question about it. Then game two against the Braves. He went out there news, angry, Tim Kirch and said, no, I, I know he did that guy who shows about noon to get his workout and for games. I mean pitching does not need extra motivation. Well, I, here's what I'm here to tell you is that. I've seen him pitch all of his postseason games, and that was one of the best ones I've ever seen in put one. When is came on the heels of for the first time since. Oh, nine of him. Not pitching that I get the navy's. Maybe it is a coincidence, and maybe it's not. And maybe it's hopefully that little thought in the back of his mind that's there that I can't believe they think hundred were you is a better option than me. I'm the one going to the hall of fame on the one that's an MVP. I'm the one that's two Cy Young winner. I'm the one that's been in. I don't know ten all star games. I'm the one who gave it up all the games and the post when it's got the bad back. Thinking about, he's thinking of all the good stuff and if he's thinking to himself hunch, really, I hope he takes that with him tonight. Well, if he doesn't, then I will much rather Dave robbers go out and say, you know, I wasn't a pitch date one, my bad. I'm gonna go back with the hot hand. Hold tight. I got you game to which. Wouldn't be wouldn't be my with of all of a sudden he's going after like the perfect gate. I think he's, I think he's going to be really good tonight. I think the you're going to win. I know that the brewers are eleven in a row teams that have won this many games heading into the postseason. It's only happened twice before both of those teams went to the World Series. I find the dodgers are a better team than the brewers. The dodgers are nearly as hot is the brewers. I think they're going to be fine. Yeah. I mean, GIO Gonzalez while he hasn't necessarily performed particularly well in the postseason for the last three starts as you pointed out ERA over six but sense the trade from Washington because the IRA has been two point one, three. He's been much better in his five stars since to trade. So I, I don't think we can expect to be a cakewalk. I don't know if we can go in and just eat eat, eat when he's on the mound because he is pitching bed post-trade. And even when he was in Washington, he's star on the area under three. So he's, he's, he's he's a quantity pitcher, you're not going to get to eat off of any guy at this point in the season because they're coming out before you get that third bite, you. You might get, but you're not going to by that third bite, the guys in the shower. All right, we, it's getting worse. Stop here comes rise up, who's showers. You know, I couldn't talk to you earlier today. I interviewed now. Jimmy Butler situation and Minnesota is getting weirder by the day. Did they or did they not have team meeting yesterday? We'll find out that the I. Friday's are good, l z Friday's a good heels. Good. Yeah. A little bounce little ten fifteen whatever your ten fifteen right l. v. l. z ten fifteen hundred. You eat the cookie around nine forty. We're playing freaky Friday because sweet tea this morning between people's bugles and showers and he came out the gate blazoned any drop in bars. Now national party. Thank you trying to bars you ready for that. He was coming today? No, no, not. All right. So yesterday said my regular seat. I'm taking a lie. Everything's a little off. I can't handle that smoke. Like ten thirty and now you're at twelve o'clock. It's a little different trust me. I'm throwing off as well a mean and. Michelle Beedle are going to join us. That's what you had to meet over. Here's Adrian Andraos key talking about Jimmy Butler wanting out of Minnesota, his goals to get traded his goals, not necessarily to reconnect with this group to be back. He's going to have to play. He's healthy. You can't sit out and get paid in the NBA. You just can't stay away and get paid. And so he he's back and he's going to play. I anything that's happening now is the the the goal has been made very clear. It's to be moved, okay. Couple of things here he he wanted to be traded wants to be traded and was very vocal in it. And then he showed up at practice couple of days ago when ham his teammates in the front office. And it was so bad that the team decided to cancel practice the next day and eliminate media villa -bility. Apparently there was a team meeting the Jimmy Butler confirmed to Rachel Nichols saying, yeah, we had it. We heard some stuff out. I told him that I was upset with the front office. This that and the other thing, Jeff, Teague teammate a his isn't it never happen. Fifth were maybe Jeff wasn't invited. We're at a weird spot where we have two different reports from the guys that were allegedly in the same place. At the same time, we got a player that's screaming at everybody that obviously wants out. And yet he's still there. Who's agent do we know Raj? Do we know who Jimmy Butler agent is because it feels as if there was a mishandling of the timing, you know he should have had a since very early in the season that the timber wolves were not going to give him the money he wanted and should have begun that conversation earlier. Unlike what we saw with Bernie lease the answer, Bernie Lee, yes, yeah. Bernie Lee should've been on top of this little bit earlier. Them not offering contracts should not have been a shock to them. They should have been able to gauge the temperature of that water months ago because this issue right here is not apples to apples. Took away, but it's very similar in a sense of you have a guy who's a very, very good player. You probably get some good pieces for him, which descent, San Antonio, did they got an all star in the Rosen of it? It just feels as if they should have been like, well, if you're not gonna pay us the money, then trade us like in June. Yeah, what we're in the middle of October, can he's alive, he'll there. Why is he still there in creating problems? I mean the the fact that we're talking about this in Los Angeles and obviously there's a connection because maybe he'll move and maybe he'll be here and but this is a into, whoa, just point where you can't play are you cannot play and get paid in the NBA. I'm wondering if you don't make an exception to the rule here and say, look, stay home. I mean, guys stay stays home can decide to do the mean said yesterday. The check will be in the male, just gonna home. We're going to get this done. I can't have you in here destroying the guys that I did give max two other players that I do have a future with. And have you just. Poison. This, this just Asia's be a better basketball player than them with which is which assist Jimmy's part is it's his point Jimmy's right about that. But the fact of the matter is the organization sought differently and or at least they decided to go in a hitch, their wagon to twenty nine thirty euro shooting guard. Yeah, you know, they, they Wisey said our future has in his this young twenty some year old who's better than porzingas by the way you want to call for Zing as a unicorn, and I don't know what they call the big cat because he can do everything that resilience can do, but better. So I don't know what you're going to call him, but whatever the name is, he's the future. Now there's questions about his heart just questioned about Winnie shows up, but there's no question about his talent. And so the mentality is we give him his money. We groom him for big moments and in five years, when Jimmy Butler is where to say goodbye to the game, we got ourselves a franchise playing a top ten guy for the next ten years. Make sense. It does, but it doesn't make it better. It doesn't make any Butler if Jimmy Jimmy butlers upset and rightfully so that didn't get his money. But this happens and this this road to try invoices displeasure seems to be I, it's a lose lose for everybody because he's killing his teammates. He's grieving at the front office. He wants the, they're canceling practice that the deal with the heat that we thought was done, blew up at the last minute that the market for him seems to have shrunk in the last few days. It hasn't grown in the crazier. He goes the more trouble. That that follows him. I would think the less likely to get a deal done. He needs to go away, be quiet, led his agent, let the team let somebody figure out. Can I get fifty cents on the dollar? Can I get sixty cents on the Dexter not going to get value for Jimmy Butler is too good of a player. You're not getting something like that coming back, but the toxins that he's bringing its. This is three days in a row where we're talking about a guy who's just annihilated his organization, right? Yeah, yeah. And. I mean, I don't know what is relationship is like with tips. I don't know if the is he doesn't want to spend the next. You know, whatever number of months getting tipped and and playing in forty, nine minutes a game. And causing teams to second guess his ability to last even four more seasons because he's been tipped. I don't know if that's a factor or not, but the reality is that if you are the clippers, if you are the Lakers if you are any tier two or tier three team in the west, Jimmy Butler can get you in the playoffs shirk if you're the Lakers Jimmy Butler might get you in the finals. If you're the Lakers depending upon what you give up in exchange for his services. He's a really good to a player not. He's not by, but you know if you if you disappointed by George. Yeah, she just point about Paul, George, you know, Jimmy Butler is not a bad plan b. If you're a Laker fan and you want to see this team do well year one of LeBron in the stores on fire, you can offer something that you would got laughed out of the room a week ago. Then maybe at some point solicitous kid him out, just I, we can't. We can't have another day. We have to. Practice. We can't have another day where he takes four beer truck drivers and beats. Our first squad can't continue to do this. This is going to torpedo everything that we're trying to get him out. And if you're the team that calls right when the owner says, I want him out now you might get lucky and get him for pennies on the dollar. The report has been that the owners saying this move him, you know, since there's credit, but as tips who is resisting saying, I can fix this because Jimmy, what's his guy? He he, no, he groomed him in blah, blah, blah, blah. And you keep saying I can fix them. I can fix them. And as certain point, you know, tips have to learn how to take that l. you know, he has to learn that this this isn't fixable. That doesn't mean that my relationship, my personal relationship with Jimmy Butler is forever damaged. That doesn't necessarily mean that, but the professional one is and that we need to certainly move on as organization. It's it's interesting because, like you said, if all of a sudden a team that's kind of in that middle, it's not. The warriors, it's not the right and the rockets are by the way maybe in this too, and that could change the dynamic of what they're doing because they got Paul and harden they, they're gonna get buckets. They've got Carmella who can get you some buckets. They've got some other nice players there, but with the reasons leaving with him, Bob moon Jae the some of the toughness in the defense that we're talking about left. Yeah, if you get that dude back in whatever offense, he's bringing his well, that that's one of those. Maybe the rockets don't backup because I, I'm of the thought that the rock are to back up the season that what they added in, what they lost is not a wash than they were a year ago. Yes, they are and it feels like they're going to go the other direction, but that dude on there doesn't feel like it anymore. Again, goes back to depending upon what they have to give up. But if all you given up is like Eric Gordon, that Irgun is not a great player. He's a six minute year. Of course, he's a really good player for them, but he's Jimmy Butler is better. So if you give Gordon and like two other pieces and you're getting Jimmy Butler return, you talking about. Hardin, Butler, Paul Capella, and then by the way, if he's hot, give the body Carmelo Anthony when greatest scores of the generation as well. That's a handful it is that that that's a handful, that's that's the kind of move that go to state. We're looking go a that enough, they'd uh-huh. But then they at least start trying again that they. Oh, that will because they know that the series that they beat them in head, Chris, Paul been healthy likely would have gone in Houston's favor. And now all of a sudden you've added an NBA performer a to that squad. That's it would at least make them break a sweat before thanksgiving. You know, at least make a break a sweat before Valentine's Day. All right. The Lakers are where they are. Now, they are back on the right track. They're getting free agents and there's a player that says, he's the reason why we'll get into it. Next, never quite understood l. z. Why Chevy Chase was in this video? That was the thing that got you. Yeah. I don't know because he's a fan. There were a bunch of people from what Conde in it as well weren't there. Is not the video? No, no, no, no. This is what we're Chevy Chase was kinda standing next to him, right? Doing weird stuff with his hands. Yeah, I don't know happy birthday to Paul. Simon who turned seventy seven today. Have you seen in concert pulse I'm in no. The answer to the question. Have you seen blank in concert is no about ninety four percent of the time. It just seemed like the way you were bopping that perhaps this is one of the guys know saw haven't seen history Simon. You just you just bought them. Just kind of gets me going little bit. Who's out by the way. I don't know that you can call him that if you'd like to. Yeah. Well, you're not a Paul, Simon guy, l z. I mean, I've never seen him in concert. Never watched them on purpose. I thought he had a nice voice. Yeah, he's gonna Garforth unlike that he's got a nice voice, but I've never been like, ooh, Paul Simon's perform at the Grammys. Let me make sure I'm in front of TV watching that never done that either way. His birthday is brought to you by Jaguar, Land Rover, Newport Beach. That's why it's off the Seventy-three towards ac- visit Land Rover, Newport Beach dot com. Land Rover, above and beyond happy seventy. Seventh to Paul, Simon. So couple of years ago. Jeannie made the decision to get rid of her brother Jim, and to get rid of longtime liquor, general manager, Mitch Cup, check, and Kobe. Bryant reportedly is the one who told her that she needed to do it at the time, quote, cut it out all at once. I know it's hard to do, but if you want to turn this ship around and turn it around sooner rather than later than you've got to make these hard decisions. Yeah, yeah. I mean, look, I understand that their relationship is complicated probably is a good word to describe it and crappy another word, but to fire your brother from the family business or at least remove him from the decision making process. Even if your relationship is complicated, had to have been a tough call and probably hearing it from somebody like Kobe that says, hey, look, if you want this thing to get back on track, you gotta do it. You gotta get all of it out once it probably could get you cross the finish line to finally make a decision like that. I mean, I don't know after years and years of watching Dallas and dynasty, and now game of thrones I'm just county uses seeing siblings kill each other. Like I get in theory how it was like a big deal, but I seriously, I'm just like, I, I mean, I've seen families that when a parent passes away, fight tooth and nail to try and get every little crumb that they can from like the settlements will and things like that. So to me, it's just like no. Then the siblings didn't get along. Okay. All right. Well, that's that's profit. Of course. I mean, look at the freaking Dr king's kids look in the way that they've been barest family legacy. So I'm just, I guess, desensitized to the notion that, oh, is your brother? You should love your brother. You should fight like, no, I see too many fictional and end real life examples of siblings not really getting going to get him on. I don't think that it was unusual that siblings didn't get along. I just did. She left him in that job for a long time. They clearly it was not an easy decision because if it were an easy, oh, I can't stand my brother. I don't like the Luther, but she would have made him out in a long time. He made it easy. He said, if I don't have this team turned around by this time, dot dot dot, remember that. Oh, sure. So she probably soon as he said, should pray for. Put it, put it on Tuesday. And says, I don't want to do it, but this was your. This is your clock right mind. You're the one that did it start. I want you to stay forever, but you said, you know, and it's interesting. How do we know that we're that quote comes from is that infamy we know where the cleaning, if Mitch commissions. Obeida Kobe's quoted in Interweb the interwebs, but we don't have a source. Yeah, I find hang on. You guys don't usually one all that stuff actually usually do know who who brought it up. I do think though they went because look, Kobe is the Lakers for the for twenty years. He was the Lakers or maybe fifteen. It took a while for him to get control of it, but he did and he held it for a really long time when that guy with magic Koby. One of these peop- Jerry West. One of these guys come to said, look, here's what you gotta. Do. I, if it's a thought in the back of your own mind and you kind of you're heading in that direction, but you're thinking maybe maybe not maybe not now, maybe down the road and somebody like Kobe or magic or one of these guys come in and said, you gotta do this and you got to do it right now to get this thing back. It could be the push to get you over to make a decision like that. If you're if you're waffling at all, he said this to Sam amick of the athletic. So he says, Kobe said that, yes, that's interesting. 'cause I don't recall maybe I. Just forgotten, but I don't recall genie necessarily quoting Kobe as a factor in her decision. I'm not a big surprise that she would take counsel from a variety of people who are making decisions the way that is the way that rush has a rundown makes it sound as of Kobe was he just looked at rundown for the first time and I don't know how long don't start giving put me in rundown together. All of a sudden we're, we're coming from the intern. No, I do it, but you don't act like, oh, now you're going to spend. Are you going to spend around in a rundown. The way that you and your rundowns the way that its position in a rundown mates his CENA's Kobe was the deciding factor might have been a polish might have been. Do you know? Do we know what he might have felt like it was the final push? I would say that's an accurate which you just said, I don't think I've put it like that at all. Says, Kobe, advise and bub-bubba does it have I just because someone advise, I vise you to show up on time and that's kind of days all doesn't mean you actually do it. So I wouldn't say that's the deciding factor. I'd say that's wrong. You're wrong. It could have been the deciding factor getting on his attitude is coming at you from side to side baseball, Raj with the rundown. Everybody trying to polish my bugle. Nobody's trying to do that. Toby Lakers genie, Mitch, Jim, something. So basketball, sports, sports, sports, sports balls, poor Spoilsports balls. Speaking of that, you know, we're going to start the Laker for an office show today at eight thirty eight thirty. Yes, probably linka general manager sir. Do not ask aggressive questions. What do you mean? Don't be trying to get home and don't try and get them in trouble. I am a professional broadcaster Elsie I I will be one hundred percent on point. All right. We don't want anymore. Late night incidents, Magic Johnson, linking wink, wink in and then get in finding stuff. No doubt, but thank goodness, Kobe or somebody said what they said to her to get her to do it because it it's rare where you can say right here is where changed they've usually it's a draft pick that maybe develops over time or you get the number one pick and you can go and get a guy and Anthony Davis LeBron who you just know. Slam dunk on excellent player, but in the middle of the season to make an executive change to make a general manager changing, have a go on just stop on a dime and go back in the process of direction. That doesn't happen very often with the Lakers. It feels like it did from the second magic and rob God here organization felt more lay Kary almost overnight. Yeah, absolutely. The decision making believe it when I say this, what magic and rob showed within the first few months of taking over to organization was all brawn. James needed to know that there was competency and Laker land. Again, when you look at being able to trae Lou Williams, spin that into a pig, United pick became Kuzina Kouzmin. Right. What does that tell you now only were they smart in terms of getting a future player, but they found these still of the draft coming out the gate. So when you look over and you see that you go, okay, they have credibility. They have gravitas, and, oh, by the way they're competent. I liked what I'm seeing, and then you know not to poop, poop or Mitch. He dig another job. Job and he brought back to Mathie miles Goff and and Tony Parker. Those were his moves from Michael Jordan, Charlotte, bobcats, Tony Parker, and Tim iffy miles gov. And I'm looking at going, how the hell were you able to hold onto this job? This loan wildly different personalities, but you know what? It feels like Gruden just where it just it's, it's it's over dude it. It's passed you by not that you weren't good at it. Not that she didn't have great success. Not that you didn't earn everything that you've gotten in this basketball world, but you got to you got it's different. Now you, you didn't change. You're still doing the way it was done. Fifteen twenty years ago. It's different now. You can't do it like that and you're stuck in an old way, Mitch Cup check and Jon Gruden both fall into that category. Yeah. And you know, maybe he will turn that thing around Charlotte. Maybe you know, the Timothy mosque off thing was just like, I gotta get somebody in here because I get I how it out. I don't know if he's a good move. I don't always fully unknow understand that. But what I do know is that when I. I started here on the radio station to many Mazda was the big free agent signed an and repeatedly IS west the plan. Not that what is the plan? And so I'm looking again in my going right when you've got two hundred miles from Tony Parker. What is your plan? No plan. That was not a good plan. We're gonna peel back the pigskin Elsie go plan is not here. You and me. We're peeling back the pigskin next.

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Like Father Like Son

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It is true on today's fine show. We talk about a certain top prospect in Toronto Mercifully getting the call up plus they're gonna extensive weekend. Preview plenty of relevant unfortunate injuries, perhaps a special guest chimes in later closers and myriad hashbrowns as well. Tristan? How are you today? Getting ready for the weekend. I share what an exciting weekend. Yeah. What does that mean? Okay. You know what? I mean. You know, what that means? We based all autumn in another country. Let's get to the buzz. All right. There's plenty of great content on ESPN fantasy you can find it. There is posted about Vlad Guerrero junior getting the promotion, finally, none of the stuff in the past of me. It's over he's he's up now for five months. We can we can presume he's batting third. He's gonna play every day. He's gonna hit. Well, there's an article from Tommy ran Rantzau scout look great historical. Look from you about all the players in the past who got in-season call ups. I love that kind of stuff. And I think everybody does. And then I wasted some time with my who I would trade for him. I basically rank in already as a top twenty five hitter. That's what I'm saying. Like, I put him in right? Where Juan Soto and Anthony Rendong rank in my rankings. I love LA Guerrero. Do you agree with that? I mean, six top twenty five overall player. Pretty close considering the state of starting pitching nowadays. I could see that. I don't have a major issue with it. I feel like you're scraping the higher end of his level of expectations. But I also love the guy. I don't want to you know. You know, kind of diminish what you're saying about that about putting them in the top twenty five. I think the upside is there I think there's a reasonable chance that he's gonna reach it. In fact, I'll geeky stat it for you. If you like for Vlad thanking stat of the day. Last year. If you take his full minor league numbers and nine point three k percentage only nine players had four hundred or more trips to the plate and had a lower strikeout percentage of that. And he in the process of doing that led the miners and batting average slugging percentage on I mean, not on base. And waited runs created plus and I went through and I checked fourteen years of the minor league stats on fan, graphs. And while I couldn't get the full compressed years of that with a four hundred plus as in the minors. I can tell you there. There couldn't have been more than five players who had better than a ten percent k rate and at least two fifty isolated powers extrordinary just like his dad. Yeah. And I think he's going to be fantastic the upcoming schedule not exactly filled with loaded pitching staffs. Oakland angels, Texas, Minnesota. The White Sox giants with their left ease the White Sox again. So I think he's going to be a monster. Obviously he's not available in many leagues. Or are. They up to ninety six percent roster, which is almost full. But I want to ask you. I mean, you you wrote about what you trade them for. Honestly, would you trade them? Would you trade him? Well, what I would trade to get him. If I had him, I wouldn't trade them. But like I mean, I would trade them obviously like a top ten hitter. You said to me Blad versus Jose Ramirez. I was just gonna say that name. I was just gonna say that name. I I guess I would rather have Ramirez to their rank and better. But man, I if I have latte, I wouldn't trade them. Honestly, I don't want to treat them away. But if you give me if you say Suarez who we rank really, well where REEs Hoskins we love. Yeah. I would rather have led. I know it might be crazies. There's not going to struggle going to struggle for a month. Like like Illo Jimenez that happening. I doubt that you would take Hoskins in a one for one trade of your I doubt that you would turn it down. I think you would you would take Skains there. I I might maybe in two weeks. But I I like the doubt that's being cast in here. I mean when we have to be talking probably only the top fifteen players the players ranking in the top fifteen of our updated rankings, which by the way, you and I both put an updated ranks this week. We're looking at a player like that. Otherwise, what's the point? Well, and we're talking about a guy who's roster and every league and nobody's going to trade him away. Anything about the other Bluejays around him. Justin, Smoak rental Grischuk there the power guys that should that fourth and fifth. Pretty gal was fat second. I don't want waste time on that. But like smoke in Grischuk. Would you add them preemptively because like their number should go up to? They they should because this is an upgrade to the lineup. Keep in mind that flat is taking the space of Brennan jury and juries production was nowhere near what the projections for grow. Our? So there will be an overall ofensive upgrade for the Blue Jays. The problem is if you apply it to the individuals in the lineup over the course of the year that never tends to range much beyond ten runs ten RBI. And even that because we're talking over one sixty two that's only for the extreme examples. I really wouldn't. I wouldn't put stock in the others. I agree with that looking at the most out of droplets. Clint Frazier the Yankees, the number one hair being added. But he went on the injury list yesterday. We'll talk a little bit with injuries a little bit later in the show as well. But your thoughts on Frazier. It's hard to keep guys roster. When there's so many injured. Level of concern here with the Yankees outfield. Whether it's Frazier young Carlos Stanton, Aaron judge was level of concern ranking eight at a ten I'm extremely concerned because there is no concrete timetable. That sounds like an optimistic evaluation for me. So I think these are going to be longer than they project. I mean, the fact that judges was talking it was talked about as we discussed the other day as a severe oblique issue. That's a problem. Stanton setback wasn't even related to the original injury that put him on the deal in the first place. And I hate to see that one injury potentially creates another one. So I'm worried about when Stanton's gonna come back. I mean, at least it was positive that Gary Sanchez came back to the Yankees. But they're really running out of useful parts. I mean, there's a reason they're signing guys. Like Brad Miller and Logan Morrison to minor league deals. They just don't have enough depth here. If you look at the opening day roster. They had twelve hitters on it. Six of them have already spent time in the deal. Let's go to some other names here. Authencity guys that are available and the player raider lasts seven available guys were not a new knee as of Baltimore Jose Martinez of Saint Louis. I see rowdy tell as I can't recommend him. Dan. He sent people wanna love Danny Santana. And I keep saying you don't any thoughts on any of these players. I'm getting questions on Danny Fantasma as well. He answered some trivia question for me a couple years ago. But the reason I don't like him. It's the guy just never walks strikes out of town. And we're usually not fans of that. And the other thing too is how just how many steals is he going to provide you and not a lot there. We're not Nunez. That's a guy who gets forgetting the nail only leagues they were committed to playing him regularly. They still are playing regularly. They're putting him in a prime lineup spot. There are worse things to have an AOL only leaks on a guy is playing. I was he was on my preseason sleeper list for twenty five home runs. And I think he's going to get there. What about the white Smith junior? That's third regularly. He's hitting for some power stealing bases. He shouldn't be doing these things. But he is and anybody who got third and us to say this is about my friend Rico, brownie knocked on one hundred runs just because where he hitting the lineup. What if Dwight Smith ended up like eighteen homers, seventy five RBI twelve steals? That's a top thirty outfielder. Maybe. Yeah. Because he's playing on a team that has reason to play them. Yeah. You're right. I think that there is something to believe in here, especially if you look at the underlying numbers he's making. Contact at decent amount. He's elevating the ball quite a bit this season. Which is a promising development. He's hitting the ball in the air. Looks like more than five percent is often as he's hitting it on the ground. That's a pretty good development for him. And he loved for Thai France and the Padres who raked and AAA has to play second for them because they have a first and third baseman. I see people talking about players like this like shut Michael Schabas and Boston tie, France guy who hitting the miners get a chance, but like most of the time it doesn't work out. I think shabas will with tie France. I you know, I have nothing else that second right now. But do you like them? Would you add them if it was a league deep enough, and he'd have to get promoted for me to do this? I don't think did Francis. Right. Right. But I mean like when there were people who are trying to make the speculative pickups before this. That's where I would have hesitated. And I'm still looking at the fifteen team mixed the NFL only for typhoons just because. Yeah, he's tearing it up this year before that he really wasn't. I mean, he's another contact oriented guy. But. I, you know, decent lift to the ball. I don't see a lot of upside to you is are briefly some other hitters here. We'll Eddie resort. Oh, hit thirty five home runs. We'll Michael Brantley Beth three fifteen all season. I'll say, no, I. Yeah. Nothing but three hundred three hundred Luke void Christian. Walker top ten first basement. The case who's the idiot. Who said that Luke boy would lead the American League's first baseman in home runs who has that. Moron. I don't know who that guy was. I did I predicted. That was the bold prediction thing. We wrote for the remember that. So you're gonna say, yes, I think they both could end up like if I said you right, Natalie. I don't want to do. On every show, but Luke voiding Christian Walker are clearly performing like Joey bottom aces Aguilar. This is the look void thing. And you've made I mean, we've made the Walker case planet we haven't for void. Void has what Aaron judge does without the elite contact. He doesn't put up the velocities the exit velocities that Aaron judge does. But he has that all field power approach and Yankee Stadium. That's extremely beneficial. He can take advantage of that that shallow fence in right center in right field. Raymond until up of the Rockies. Three homers. It's funny. I love it. Him or? Hungry. Fish nickname. Yes, right there with Mr. pufus shut it without blinking to. That was the best part rolled right off the Nick Marge. I don't know his last name of the fighters. An interesting topic yet. He cares. What's the difference? Some that you know, he belongs in that same sort of tier as Taif ranch. So we talked about before I think there is value in him so long as he's playing whatever point. And I think that there isn't as clean a path right now, he's got some utility to. I don't think he's going to matter in the PIN standard leagues. Hiring used to be hard multiple job sites. Stacks, resumes, confusing review process, but today, hiring can be easy. And you only have to go to one place to get it done. Ziprecruiter dot com slash Bill. Ziprecruiter sends your job to more than one hundred of the web's leading job boards, but they don't stop there with their powerful matching technology. 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He went like three innings to lose that game against the Yankees are game that they should've won. It's clearly hanzel rollers for me. But I'm gonna take the under on like more than fifteen say's. I do think I don't think Cody on gets fifteen saves a season. Now, the oh, no, no. I mean coda Yellen needs to make some major fixes because this dates back the entirety of the second half of last year. He spent a train wreck since last all-star break. But I think clearly is awfully strong to describe this Bolton, I don't agree with that. In the slightest. In fact, I watching this game. I did not think that really deserved to criticize for this game. This was a bad luck loss where they asked him to. At eight outs. I thought what he did was pretty extraordinary frankly and rollers coming into just get that last out in a game where it wasn't even a safe situation or tie game at the time. I mean, when it's indicative of how Brad awesome great. I don't think pitching in the fifth and sixth innings lately. Tristen I I get that. But he still robots has been good. But what buttery is doing in terms of the command numbers the underlying stats on their best pitcher? I no doubt. If you made I get it. He might be Trevor made the way he's being used or like Sarangani is like a multi guy. I just I don't see him getting saves. I mean, I could be wrong today as oppose a meal, you're going to be right today. He's buttress not getting the chance today. Well, yeah. He pitched too much today or yesterday any concern about the raise Emilio pagan back toback saves, but he but the raise the not use either of their other closers still seems like it's Jose Alvarado to me and Indio Custodio, but that could change. Yeah. I agree with you. And. The beat reporters were saying that they felt that over one Custodio had been too heavily used early in the air. And now is the only reason Pagon got in there. They were trying to rest those two, but it signal that this is still a matchups bullpen Alvarado's gonna have a very hard time getting to thirty five plus saves. I agree with that. We have one combo meal. Let's hear it. I moved Jose Ramirez out of my top ten not far like twelve thirteen like, so I'm not really all that worried about him or door. But I mean, it was a one game or Jose Ramirez. Going do to you. You're not gonna duty did last year easy. Have to be ranked by us. This will. Well, yeah. Yeah. And I don't know that's a guy who I really should be diving deeper into seeing exactly what I feel about him. I I mean, he he kind of altered his swing to really go for a lot more power, and he's gonna have to trade batting average to do it. But the steals have got to be there. That's. Yeah. And I don't think he's stealing. I mean, I guess you could still twenty bases. Let's go briefly over the past couple of days. And then preview the weekend. Stephen mats that was obvious. He was going to be against the Phillies. If you drop them after the game where he gave up eight runs with Narain out. I thought that was a mistake. I. Stephen Matt's is a guy who's very talented. But health is always the issue. He gave up eight runs in the first any of the Phillies. I thought for sure he's outing on Monday was going to be a good one. And it was it was pretty much exactly as I predicted on this show. I now over the course it that's baseball. We set on the show. That's baseball. We did not say that he was going to have a game. Like that. We said that's baseball. Our why either cetera road that he was going to have six innings of two run ball. And he had six a one one ball. I look who has the advantage in a rematch ROY away either pitcher the did the data and that's a couple of years ago. He has actually the pitcher. So I mean, I'm not saying mass is gonna win a sun young. But I'm saying he'll make twenty-five starts with an era. Three seventy five one out. It doesn't change that. I mean, it changes here. But now he has to work harder to get it back. I like the ratio. I do question. The starts on us. You say you brought up the injury question with him. If he could stay healthy he'd be a much better performing pitcher than he's had in the tank, so far and then. We load. The next day was looked awesome eleven strikeouts. He homered. I mean, the Mets Mets can win this division. Four teams can win the he's that's amazing like legitimately. That's going to be such a fundraise. Don't throw it people's heads either. I don't care what they did to you. Don't throw at a hitter's head throw at his. But whereas legs his feet make up, Dan. If you wanna take three minutes to circle the basis after a home run, that's fine too. You know what I don't throw it as head Chris sale on Tuesday. That was good ten strikeouts. But only five innings. He's inefficient now too. The Chris sale experiences. Soaring to frustrate unreal. What is he we were? It was like a decade of knowing exactly what he was. And I feel like every start. It's something different this year. That's the problem is that each start has been different like they Yankee on the velocity there and nothing else was and the other ones. The velocity is gone. And the off speed stuff is there. This guy is maddening. But if you've got him, you keep them, you don't trade it. This is not a sell high or sell or anything like that. Like, Chris, Brian. I don't know if you saw I did I wrote it I think it's boasted Kris Bryant. These not hitting for power, that's shoulder. Still a problem. If you want to treat him away for seventy five cents on the dollar. I agree, but Chris sale, no affair. Yeah. I hate to give up on Kris Bryant this quickly. Because you and I did see that had he been healthy. There was great rebound potential. But he's not and you and I did raise this question. Very early in spring training. Is he going to be fully healthy the answer? Unfortunately, it's like no question on Twitter with Bryant trade it's Bryant and paddock for rundown and clubbing juror noting that he can stash clubbing during the aisle. Man. I don't want to trade away. I said to you who will have more value the rest of the year between paddock and clever. Say paddock cleven news out for two more months or something like that. Yeah. The the the length of time for cleven. She's a big concern. It's a good. It's a good upgrade the hang side. I it's a great upgrade. I mean, I just I don't see Kris Bryant hitting twenty home runs the rest of the season unless something magically fix. This is not like Matt carpenter last year. It really isn't. I don't think carpenter was hurt. I think Brian's soul. He can't even hit the Kim. Pull fastballs. He can't catch up the fastballs. Now granting my Homer today. But I just I don't see it happening. And it look if he changes like Carbondale last year was wrong. Again, I'm wearing a lot. You know? Why why are you listening to this show if I'm wrong all the time carpenter? Okay. But carpenter ties to the rant. I had the other day about the level of patients that's required and in a standard mix league, you cannot just sit onto dreadful months, if you're fifteen teamer or an animal only, I get you know, I haven't been in a shallow league. And I'm just gonna sit Bryant I mean, it's not hard to find a third baseman. I'm sitting Brian for Renato Nunes. It sounds ridiculous. But for now don't you have to if you need power, especially if you're maximizing daily matchups in our game. That's. Tailor-made situation for that. If I told you that Chris paddock and Mike saroka and up his top thirty starting pitchers. Would you laugh? No because I I'll bite on the Roka being able to stick in that rotation that I'd I would question the the playing time more than ten sirocco could be Atlanta's best starting pitcher in this year. Yeah. I don't I don't think there's really much of it to be where is he exactly for you? I think he I think I had him thirty fifth or so among I don't know if I ranked him well enough, I just injuries. I just some concern that he's not going to be twenty five starts paddock is. I would rather have panicked sirocco. Well, paddock could have the the innings gap. He could unless they're contending the not gonna stress Burgum. Briefly the preview of the weekend. John Lester Seth return today from his hamstring injury to face the dodgers, you do not want him. But. Lusters back. I mean, we don't get Tyler chat would experience in fact. In fact. That's where you're going. I had no idea. What clear I caught you by surprise. You know Tyler chat would six innings strong ball just wanted to on record. So in post generations, come back and listen to this podcast generations about today. You think Tyler chat would tristen because he is. I think Tyler doing lost her. Well, you're not alone. There. I told you Tyler showered makes twenty starts for the cubs this season. Oh, let me as numbers. Oh, jeez. Four fifteen air. That's being maybe too optimistic because that's all you need to say ESPN. Plus that it has Trevor baron Garrett. Cole check that out. That's going to be a good one. What else today? There was something else today that I wanted to say let me see if I can find the actual schedule and tell you that we're wasting time. But you know, as anybody care. Oh, taylor. Her making his debut for Texas. Can't use him at Seattle Hearn is a homerun suppressant guy and Seattle is a home run. What is the opposite? Homer. And encouraging please report pitching today. All right. Let's get going, by the way Hearn. The hearn. Keep it up the part that scares me just a little bit about Hearn is that this year in AAA. He has been more fly ball oriented. I agree with you that what we saw at the lower levels was interesting. He got ks missed bats. And he kept the ball down isn't doing it as much in the high levels Friday night. Vlad homers in his first at bat against Mike. Fires. I put right. He's not taking a pitch. I wing unless it's over his head. And even then he might be able to even I don't think he's exactly like his father in that respect. He he makes a lot of content. I mean, his father did too. But I don't know. I, you know, the number. I said before you wanna talk about his father that thing about sub ten K percentages and two fifty plus isolated powers as father. Did it twice? They are very similar on a believable player. He's going to be awesome. Do not use. My fires this weekend. Toronto probably ever. What else? Jake degrom. We'll talk about a little later. Jason Anderson might be Milwaukee's rotation GIO Gonzalez could be in their rotation as soon as this week. And I suppose I wrote today, and I know you read it that GIO Gonzalez could Milwaukee's best fantasy starting pitcher. Now the rest of the season. I loved Woodruff. It's not going. Well, I love Peralta that went poorly. I loved Corbin burns. Clearly, I've been wrong about Milwaukee's rotation. Jokin Zala is not special, but every year, it's like a three sixty year or a, you know, he strikes out eight per nine. That's okay. He's. Arable? I get I feel like you're offering more of a criticism of the authored. Yes. Well, I am aren't you. Yeah. And I don't want people to get the wrong impression as a result of that. I don't I don't think GIO Gonzalez is that great a pitcher these days, and I don't think it's a good ballpark form. And what I worry about here is that they could go with that bullpen oriented pitching staff where they do a lot of openers. And they do a lot of short and outings. They were time last year. I think tristen where we ranked jobs Oz as a borderline top forty starting pitcher to refocus false. I disagree. I fear. Yes. As recently as last year. He is what he is. And that's okay. Like, you can take your chances on Carlos Rodion or Tyler Skaggs or Danny Duffy. But you kind of know GIO Gonzalez is I'm not saying any degree of upside here. Okay. But there's also no downside. He is fine. He is a three sixty year Ray one Twenty-eight whip. And if he gives one hundred fifty innings at one hundred and thirty strikeouts. He should win on that team. I just think you know. He's better. He's fine. That's it's not it's not a ring endorsement, but he's fine. All right. So there is down side. You can get him now in labor. What are you spending out of one hundred fab well me, I've always been half on. Kevin you have you have one hundred fab take your own context out fifteen twenty. Okay. So the downside is you throw away twenty fab. Downside. I throw I threw away two dollars. I'm Brian Reynolds. Like, there's downside of one anybody gets available at this point. But there's I bet yoga zealous goes for more than twenty dollars in labor to your point. Okay. I I'm stake in I had him thirty ninth to begin last year. Exactly, look, I'm not wrong. I'm trying to prove that he's a usable fantasy option. I I like accuracy. Sorry. I was mistaken on that. I don't remember how I felt on opening day last year. But you felt like I don't want to draft this guy. But he's usable. That's how and that's totally fair Saturday drawing. Snow at Atlanta, Fulton Neville, you like better residencies and John grainfields. It's a fair one. That's a great question. I I think I'm going to go with full Turkey. I feel better. Oh, yeah. And I do like gray. That's that's a great question. Oh, I'm here. Are you on board? You joining me. I do I have been impressed by John gray. Yes. Good on the road. He's looking like a legitimate road. St. He looks like he's turned a corner, but it is still April. I want to see a little bit more. Should he be Rauscher nor leagues? Yes. John John gray should be rational leaks. Surly more than you Darvish if you want to go that direction coed he's talking to my Rex pretty quick next year. You'll ask me did. I have you Darvish in my top forty at the beginning of this year. Did I definitely did? Not. I definitely I would rather have Gonzales than you Darvish. Wow. Wow. Why are you messing with you harvest? Tyler chat, would are you? Okay. That's the tough one. I'll take I don't know what we're betting Darvish over GIO Tyler chat ward, or John Lester tonight who you have to start one. Who's it going to be a lesser? What you hate John Lester, John lesser is the same as yoga every year the same. But my point is I'm not using him tonight. No way. No, no, no, not against Enrica. Right. Exactly. That's the problem. Value reporting. That's like the Mike trout of the lineup against lefties. Oh, jeez. But but I'm just saying like people hate on. Molester and GIO like they're better than you think. They're fine. Okay. Derek Holland is the same now use fine. I know you don't ranked their how well or at all or J hap. But these lefties they are consistent. They are now durable. They're reliable. John lesser is not going to win twenty series is not going to be blue three fifty and a strike rate keeps dropping, but he's fine as your fifth or sixth daughter and your point here. Applies brilliantly to any league that is deeper than our standard game. Yeah. Because playing replay in those leagues, but but that's the thing and a lot of people, and I'm sure many many of the listeners do playing time matters that deeper the league, and I'm gonna lose vampire again this week barely, and I don't know how I keep doing it. But you win at your first place in your league after three weeks. No, no. I'm not at first tired of you winning these leagues I hired of you winning first place. He's not in. I maybe we should switch trista into take over Eric's team. And see if you can back Eric is so bad that we needed. Bring interest fixed. And then you get trysted with you too. Your own on Monday. Baseball ever so briefly with the crew Carlos Carrasco. It says here he's making the start against Wade Miley if Carrasco. Makes the store you gotta use them. But that was he left his last start with injured knee. I. ESPN? Plus, you know, who's underrated Trevor Williams. This is the whole underrated show. Trevor Williams has a third best era in baseball since last year is also break he can say he doesn't have the stuff. He doesn't throw hard his fifth is twice as high. Trevor Williams keeps pitching well every outing just and he never gets lit up, and nobody wants them as a matter of fact. Yeah, he's five for five in quality starts. It's what you're never going to rank in. Well, because you think that like these the inverse of Nick Pavetti, Nick prevented never has numbers that are going, but his fifth is great. And Trevor Williams does the opposite and nobody ever wants to Ross for him. And you know, what that sounds like a blog idea that for next week? This is fair. Now, I'm gonna make you put a number on them Trevor Williams. Yes. Four yara. We don't have that has never give me give me the fantasy value point for among starting pitchers of over and over GIO Gonzalez. John, Lester, okay. I don't give me that like top forty starting pitcher Trevor Williams. Yes, he should be ranked that way this is enough of a sample. It's it's not just April. And it's not just last September. It's he's proving that he can out pitches. Peripherals my brain stops to think for a minute, which you don't agree. No it validates the point. But Trevor Williams has got to start missing more beds for me in order to make me believe that he's going to do this all year. You're right. It is it is a lengthy strike out guy. I'll give you that is. He light Kyle Hendricks his his ear reysen less season started. According to Kyle is that right three oh three era and a one point one four with since the beginning. So this is a year and a month. I don't know what more you need to see. I don't he's got. I mean, he's got. Hey shouldn't be re caper not. Okay. Yes. And if you rostrum and a ten team league, you're not gonna win strikeouts. Unless you've got sure or Enver Lander. So he he's Hendrix. He's hendrix. He's saying how a hindrance was ranked as the top thirty starting pitcher all last season. Well, he's struggling. However long Bill, but Kyle hitters did this for three years, then we're gonna wait until two thousand twenty to say we were right about Trevor Williams being bad. He's bad bigger point is fair on that one. But it always seems to come back to bite these guys. This is the Kyle Freeland problem from last year. And granted, yes, I know cores pansies whole different environment for him. But it comes back to bite these guys. Eventually naturally scares me. You can't be mean to Trevor it's his birthday today. Wow. Is it? Yeah. Yeah, we're happy. Birthdays moving up twenty spots. All the pub on the podcast. This is the turning point in his career right now. I XE turning point not be for good. That's don't say that. Let's stop talking and plays the music and the hash Browns. You wouldn't settle for a two star spin class a personal trainer, would you? So why settle for Bank that treats you just like another number? Ally knows you deserve better and their mission is to be just that. And with ally Bank. You'll get interest rates up to twenty times the national average you can chat with real people twenty four seven, and they won't nutmeg you with hidden fees allies team actually cares about doing right by you and your money so go to A L L Y dot com for more ally Bank, member FDIC. I don't know why I've arguing with you today. But I I, you know, you guys do you guys point out how bad I am at fantasy for so long before it starts to get to me. I mean, like white place. Are you waited labor NL Mr. ibew terribly in my leagues come on? I'm in I, but how much I'll blow it why how much are you? I I will bet you money that in labor. I will finish in second place. We're Steve walking his dog. I'm going to finish second. I get the field. You get second place. I'll take that. Obviously, I'm not bad at this. Like doing well in the in the in the vampire league is almost impossible. Like, I I'm using such bad players like it's different in the points lead fittest. But let's get to the questions before we have maybe a special guest. Matty wants to know if Dwight Smith is a real deal he's been hitting to get things going, and there's really nothing to concern him about it is there's something there or what are you saying? I caught up reading a few questions at once there. Let's just say this bright Smith someplace or nothing is he what's the what was the drop with buying a bottle? I'd or Bonifazio feeding. I it's time to. I believe it's bonafide. I'd say really, correct. Allays right. If I said that you that if he gets five hundred and fifty P as which seems pretty likely because Cedric moans was awful Dwight Smith five fifty p a sixteen home runs seventy five RBI eleven steals. That's fine. Actually, that's legitimate. It's lower than what I said a half hour ago soured of bit on the stock is on the rise. I'll make us our more on them what eighty seven point zero average exit thirty miles per hour. That is that's bad. Thirty point three percent hard hit percentage that means the ninety five plus mph hits that's pretty bad. But he'll knock in run. Just batting third. Four point one percent barrel rate. That's like a pitcher. Well, quite like a pitcher. But I don't have a problem with your projected numbers there. They have reason to play if you play enough you can get eighteen homers and seventy five RBI. That's what I'm saying. I'd rather have run out on Nunez, but they both will do it. What's next don't want to know if you can cut Garrett Hamson in favor of Eric's favorite player, Danny Santana at this point? You know, my favorite. I bid on him in tau there. It is there. I did the dumbest thing in town. I did the dumbest thing possible. I looked at your tongue to a polar. No second second possible. I went with matchups on a gun pitcher. I had I had the ability to bench a couple of guys in a lot of injuries enough pitching staff and offense, and I picked up a pitcher against Baltimore earlier in the week and the second out like a good one too. And he got obliterated Yvonne Nova. That was dumb. Oh. But I thought oh against Baltimore. What can happen and the other outing this weekend who's against the team whose Baltimore playing this weekend. This soda. I was like all right. Yeah. I could use the fifteen strikeouts. And maybe a win anyway. I just don't think Danny Santana keeps the suburb door comes off the deal this weekend. But you know, what I am cutting Garrett Hamson trysted, and it's not going to happen. It's just not he has no repower. He's not detail may you he's not going to play. Now Dan Murphy's off the injured list and they're play myth manage set. Ryan McMahon's better player. I'm cutting both of them cut Hamson and Santana and somebody better. Yeah. Let me tell you who. I don't I'm serious like you want a middle. Infielder. Why is Brandon Lau available in sixty percent of the league's? That's just dump Tucker pick up Thomas Stella is going to finish the season. If they keep playing him everyday second base he'll bat to seventy five the rest of the way, maybe not with power. But he's got six home runs already. Tommy was Stella there's mainly takes back. I sat next to his brother on a plane. Once did you really? I did. Yeah. How do you know that because he told me what's next? Listen on today show, Caleb notes it Yossi. Oh, we struggling in a big way. He wants to know what your outlook is for him long-term. We're talking keep a leaks. I don't know why people invested. I look I probably ranked him too. Well, but I was never on board. You can vouch for that never reporting. And he's he's he is what he is. He's he's very streaky very emotional. The stolen base thing is not a thing to sixty with twenty two home runs. That's awesome. If you want that. But you know, what the white Smith might might might end up higher on the player Reiter than yes, you'll tweet. I'm not saying I would rather have Smith, and I wouldn't do that. I wouldn't Cup for Smith. But I'm not going to be the least bit surprise if a. If a PA guy like Smith just has better from the fantasy numbers. But no, a bold prediction is. Yes. White Smith is going to out out point tweak. But but but in a keeper league, I don't think you'd begin to make that case. No. But I don't want gonna keep relief because it's not going to get better. Right. It's not getting better. This is what he is. And Cincinnati will dump them soon to someone lesser, and he's just he is not what you're thinking is people. He's not a top thirty fantasy alphabet. I'm sorry. So the only way I've led anybody to keep her league is if you listen to me what four years ago where I believed in him stupid. I believe too I used to but I haven't for about three years. And if you listen to either us, you don't have them this year, and you don't have to worry about this. But guys, I prefer probably in that range for a keeper league nNcholas Castanos. Oh, are they even in the same range? Tristen? I rank Kessler also fifty points higher than point. Well, so did I, but but there were people drafting at one ten I do recall that that was ridiculous. He was find out on the most adults. I'd rather have them que- Mazari. Yes frazier. Yes. Fraser clinton. Gregory polanco. Now that tells you something because I'm not a fan. Yeah. I don't have a problem with that. Either jock Peterson. Jocson tough one. Yeah. Santana, Adam Eaton. Not on a keeper tweet British thirty say the word keeper Harrison Badir. Yeah. Harrison baiter with the next name. I was looking at. I'm thinking about that. I think I'd do that. I'd take better. I just is not a top Winker outfielder from me. The now or keepers. Let's read something here before we move on. This show is sponsored by Seekie wonderful people at seeking to ticket industry has not changed in a long time. There are bunch of big companies who have been around forever, but they don't really care about making the experience easier for the customer, well seeking because a ticket company where the customer comes first with more than fifty thousand five star reviews in the app store. Seek is focused on making your experiences. Easiest boss seeking pulls in millions of tickets from all over the web rates each deal on a scale of one to ten and displays them on interactive seat map. So it's simple to find. What you're looking for green? 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So I don't think that this is a great strategy. I mean, you need to fill your Ross way fill it. But strong arms carry you, don't they? Yeah, they do. And the only way I can say no to this question is if you're league has an unusual scoring system because everyone that I play in values elite starting pitching, and you need to grounding your point sleep. Yeah. Don't ask silly questions. I know how many chicks. That's that's not a thing. Either. I already told you I'm going to second labor. I don't know who's going to win. But it's not gonna be. I'm well, let's say the gap has narrowed a little bit this week because we didn't have any to start pitchers, but yum leading right now, I'm actually not looking at the labor standings except on Sundays. I've decided it's not worth it. I know who I have. I can't bid on anybody mid week. I wait until that's my discipline in that league waiting, and I wait until Sunday when I need to pick it make pickups. See where I am. I know if I've had a good or bad we standings matter on April twenty fifth. They don't matter. No now after Labor Day. Are you not checking it every ten minutes September? After Labor Day, ten minutes. No. That's not me. I want to win. But it's not gonna help you check this phone every ten minutes. I check my phone. Well, I see if I get a text. And you know, what I'm like, yes, I'm trying to wait every top and bottom of the hour. Let's think of nuts. So why are we talking about? That part is might be my favorite Eric cork of all time that is phenomenal discipline. If you can pull it off and watch me when I see you next week in bucolic, Bristol, Connecticut. Eat a third of a cookie can't wear. It's different. Because like, how do I see it? You know? Yeah. So just one nine hundred by a cookie at the calf on Tuesday launch. And I'll eat a third of it. I will bring my little baggie. And then you will see the third of it after dinner. Okay. I'm gonna get like arrested for something. Like, this is ridiculous. Why are we talking about air where sit for your cookie? What do we do? We have a special guest redo defined. You is here. She's going to help us answer. Frank's question. Reporting around the Degar degrom injury has been murky at best. He's wondering what he can do. And how it looks the outlook the rest of the year. Well, if only I could predict the future, I would tell you what's going to happen. But there's a couple of things that I think are really important about this case. And I listened to the podcast the other day when you guys were doing the whole injury wrench down. Very sorry. No. It's just it kick it that part of your life back. Can I want to because I learned a lot? But, but Eric I heard you be if you were very nervous about to Graham, and I understood why at that point because that was Monday before we had the visit that he had with Dr David all check who is the medical director for the Mets. And I think it's really important is why we talked about nothing. No to things being the same. You hear elbow in a pitcher, especially in ace throws hard. And when he's had Tommy John surgery in the past. I understand why everybody goes into panic mode right away. But I'm gonna tell you all the reasons why you shouldn't panic and why I think this was much to do about relatively very little if you consider the fact let's start with the fact that he had strep throat when this popped up he had full body aches and his elbow was sore. He talked to reporters about being thrown off his routine, and he doesn't like that. He said things come up when he's not following his routine. You know, how pitchers are? Are very much creatures of habit. So he was trying to get some throwing in despite having strep throat. I don't know if you guys remember the last time you had strep throat, but it's very similar to flu in you get join T body aches and really uncomfortable. So doesn't surprise me that his Elba would be bothering him. Then the key would be as started to feel better that the elbow change will. In fact, it did. And I think that's why when Mickey Callaway talked initially about okay, he's going to go and get this summer. I you know, he was feeling so much better within forty eight hours. They were like, hey, he doing some light toss. And maybe it doesn't need memory. Now. They ended up getting one and they didn't see anything. I think the words where it came back clean. But let's talk about that for a moment. MRI's are not clean in pitchers period. Right. They got stuff, especially when you are thirty years old you've been pitching as a pro for a number of years, and you have a history of not only Tommy John surgery, but a second. Procedure to do an owner nerve transposition, which is where they moved the nerve when it's causing your attention often after Tommy John surgery. It's usually when you hear about it a few years later scarring around the nerve start put some tension on it guys get symptoms into their fingers. They go in and they basically moved the nerve release the scar around it and that takes issue which it did for him. So when you sit here clean MRI on a guy who's had all that. It means that it's relatively unchanged. There was nothing dramatic about this MRI relative to what it usually looks like, and you can really trust the opinion of Dr all-czech here because this guy has seen Grimes elbow since the Mets drafted him. Think about this in physicals. What guys are going to be drafted? They're looking at imaging studies. Then he saw the inside of his elbow back in two thousand and ten when he did the. Tommy, John surgery. He saw the inside again when he had to do the owner nerve transposition before they signed is one hundred and thirty seven million dollar contract in the five year contract. He did in March before that all happened. They did imaging again to evaluate what they were signing up for and so that was relatively recent. So when you look at this Emory, it was in relation to all of those things not to mention the conversation between the athlete is surgeon who he knows and trusts and the discussion about what happened in any physical exam that he did in the room. And the reason I tell you all that is because that context is really important to me when I think about how worried I am or not. And I'm not worried now before you say oh. Let's be honest. He's going to be thirty one this summer. He's got a lot of mileage on his arm any has a history of surgery, and he's pitched on this graph says two thousand ten so it's held up pretty well. But you never know he's a pitcher. Of course, there's a risk for injury. But I don't think this episode makes me anymore worried about him than I was before it ever popped up. I think this was a speed bump related to his illness more than anything else. And if I had the opportunity to put him in my starting lineup this week, I with of course, you're not visiting. Also, we didn't know the information of the time. We would have locked the lineups. Right. I mean, unless like unless you are sitting on daily, but right? But in the ones where it's weekly where we were ranting on it. I know for me, I didn't have the full knowledge going on. That's the way I forgave you off the top for being about it. Because I said you didn't have this information on Monday morning. We didn't have the information about his visit and the results of the latest MRI until Monday evening. I would I would argue that they probably felt they didn't even need to do number. I which is why that conversation came up and look look at Clayton Kershaw when he did not start the season on time because he was having issues. He did not want him. Ryan the dodgers chose not to get one. And some of the players who have been through things Inder stand that you're not necessarily going to find anything, and they don't necessarily want to go through lying in a tube. Burp a couple of hours and going through all the testing if they know that they're feeling okay? Or they think it's something they can work back from. So I know that people get. An opinion. Oh, how could they not do? And I'm right. They probably would have been just as comfortable into grams case if they didn't have one, but I would bet that there was a conversation. Like, look, we might as well, just take a look just to make sure there's not something. That's there that we should be aware of. And if there isn't it's just more peace of mind for you that nothing has changed. I personally hate being wishy washy about my feeling about it. But I feel a lot better today. Knowing what we know that I did when we tape the last show, but I mean, so funny you said like you said strip strip is awful. It is awful. I've kids I know what it's like it's awful you've mentioned before. And what worries me just a tiny tiny little bit. And I guess I'm not you know, panic is that when a player does try to go through things, and they're off the routine that it can lead to other issues. I mean a Yankee fan I'm looking at it was young Carlos Stanton with the whole separate injury into grams case like there is still is the risk that he could cause problems by being. Office routine. No, well, it was for such a short time. I mean the longer the downtime the more concerned, you are right. Which is why we always talk about these guys who if they if they miss a start, and they're not really losing too much time. Throwing we don't worry that much worse. The guy goes on the dealer, you take Severino, for example, where you're shutting. You don't pick up the ball for six weeks? And you say okay, now, you're going to work your way back you know, that they have to build that routine backup as part of getting back to pitching to was throwing even though it was just catch initially. You just want to go out and say felt but I think that was like thirty six hours later. So he even though his daily routine was altered for few days. It was a relatively short time. And that was important he had to get healthy after all. But once that cleared up he's back throwing bullpens and doing his thing working his way back to get ready for a start. So it wasn't a long enough interruption for for me to be. Be particularly concerned. Fair enough. I think based on look Tristan, I did not remove Graham from our top three starting pitchers, even with all this uncertainty. So we could name game. But it would be a short one basically be versus Chris sale or Verlinde or sure Zor, and that's about it. And not. I mean, that's about it. So so find your thank you so much. We appreciate it as always. Sure. As next week. Yeah. Looking forward to next week in Becali, Bristol, Connecticut. Anything else? We gotta do today show fellows. We don't we talk. We could be silly. For an extra ten minutes. I feel like Kyle anything left talking about fanatic made his debut nineteen seventy eight on this day. So that's kind of big his birthday today. Yeah. This weekend is big birthday celebration birthday celebration. No. Can I say Fred who's friends Fred his or his nephew my showed up once? Fanatic or was that his birthday party of the Fred showed up, and I'm sure absolutely true. I bet you Philly fans will jump in here. Fred fanatic. I believe it was his nephew. He showed up at a game. Wow. Who knew that they're like relatives? There's like a lady fanatic whose dressed mother mother from other. She wept me in the head with her purse. Once true, absolutely true. Once you've had a lot of encounters. I'm lovely fanatic. Mrs fanatic. Mrs fanatic, NADA Tristan fan. Oh, she's not a Fatemi. Now. She whacked me in the head with a purse. She probably lost chance. Yeah. I don't know. He's been a second and a fantasy league the Tristan. He came from fifty points behind in the last week a disease. That's right. I beat her in vampire Li little personal there. No, no. Why would I ever we're done? I've had enough go. Enjoy your weekend. Everybody, by the way on Thursdays. Baseball tonight, podcast BUSTER and David Schoenfield. Our buddies take a deep dive into Hoskins ultimate revenge. Homerun that took three minutes to circle plus the latest power ten rankings. Find the show on your favorite podcast app. We are done for the week. We'll be back on Monday trista, and Kyle thanks so much this to find your Bill. I America have an awesome weekend. Dark does.

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Baseball Is Back

"Thank you baby into the game. You kind of your money. That's how you find out who is bad for my pets were safe. That wouldn't be any juice. Point spreads the pets. But teasers parlays from Vegas to you these these behind the bat suit. Welcome into another behind the best podcasts. And for the first time since I can remember. We're doing this on a Friday late in the week but this one is going to have a little bit lengthier shelf life. As in the entire month of March not just the final couple days of February. We are talking baseball straight ahead with buster only and also John Murray of the West Gate Las Vegas Super Book and take us behind the curtain and cowboys owner. So we'll get into all that and then we'll get back into hoops next week both college and the NBA Buster Dot had some season win. Totals himself. I have one that I really love and we talked about. Some futures plays as well in terms of individual awards. So a lot of baseball talk again. It's a little bit lengthy of podcast but you can come back to it throughout the month of March on your commute whether be daily or travelling and whatnot and just really enjoy a really just deep dive into baseball as much. Sure everyone's ready for it but here we are and February already talking baseball in detail and also pasta-roni as a podcast himself the baseball tonight. Podcast download and subscribe to baseball tonight. As well as behind the Batsman Doug Kazillion on spotify apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your podcast now before I get into today's episode. Here's a quick word from one of our sponsors plenty going on at draftkings. The leader in daily fantasy sports draftkings will have millions of dollars in total prizes up for grabs this week. Take your shot at big cash prizes with basketball contests every day or take a swing at golf hockey and more every week drafter lineup and feel the sweat like never before get closer to the sports. 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We didn't take the take the under on the Orioles last year when they were at fifty nine and a half. I could've retired. Doug so you didn't put the family farm on it in Vermont like you suggested. I know I didn't know what the benefit of twenty twenty hindsight knowing your heels didn't come close to reach over under I I showed up. Yeah it was a fascinating story lines just going into the season and it was kind of funny when you have a win. Total that low. You're still kinda like sweating it out even when they're pitiful because all it takes is about a three game win streak to Kinda get back on track so it was a stressful adventure for myself and given the the planet but you know what don't recommend it for everyone but you know those tickets do cash. So sometimes that's where the value so really get into all these win totals in summer other futures and I just WanNa talk about the main storylines and we can sort of extract information along those lines and I think it always begins with the Astros given the cheating scandal along those lines now. I'm of the belief that that and the numbers come down a little bit. It's ninety four wins now. It was obviously higher before and I'm on the belief that it will take a toll in some form whether it's just how exhausted this team will be draining throughout the course of the season and on top of losing Garrett Cole now do I think the batteries are still good without the advantage of course but the divisions a little better with the angels and the AIDS will always find a way to kind of be in that discussion. But it's a no play for me at ninety four but I would have played. Had the number not moved from its opening sort of line. What do you make of all the HOOPLA surrounding this team? Yeah and Texas Rangers are also better. They've got a good rotation so the competition around the Astros is better and you're right to frame it the way that you did that. The biggest question is really. What do they do sensitive parts of Garrett Cole and there's some questions at the back into the rotation but I do think it's going to be a hard year for their position players. I do think it's going to be difficult. There might be some guys in that group and I'm thinking of Alex Bregman who might just become really competitive about and say. Oh Yeah you people think. I'm I need to hear the banging of the trash can be good. You know what I'm going to thrive and then there are other guys in the team that I kinda wonder about And my experience is covered Roberto Alamar when he went through the spitting incident in one thousand nine hundred sixty was booed at every road game for the rest of his career. Doug I thought he was really bothered by it. I thought it hurt him. I thought it affected his play and I had teammates afterward. Tell me the same thing. And then on the other end of the spectrum. You had a barry bonds who who was booed everywhere. The giants led the majors in Rhode. Attendance I if I successive years and berry absolutely thrived but I do think given the fact. The first time I've ever seen a whole team Booed in the way that they're going to be booed. I think there will be individual players. Who could be affected by it? No it's a great point because these types of things can manifest manifest themselves differently depending on the sport football very emotional kind of can rally the team. It's just hard with baseball because it's just not an intense sort of sport but with that being said it's a great example to bring up Barry Bonds because I just mentioned the media attention and just a constant effort that they're going to have to deal with whether it be just the pre-game stuff the post game. Stuff and to your point the Boeing. So that is basically an apples to apples and a lot of ways so I'm fascinated how it all plays out. I don't think there'd be getting beaned in two months or three months I think early on. I'm surprised more hasn't happened in spring training. It'll be interesting to see what the commissioner does on that front but another big story line. This off season is the Yankees and getting Garrett Cole of the Astros and just how loaded they look but we have injury surfacing severino out for the year Tommy John Surgery Giancarlo. Stanton's got an issue as well. He's not gonNA likely not GonNa make opening days so this numbers come down from one or two and a half to win a one and a half after the Severino News than one hundred and a half after the news with Stanton now last year they weathered the storm beautifully through injuries. But this was a team in the off season that I thought maybe chase. The mariners all time record. Now they're win. Totals one hundred and a half. Yeah and on paper during the wintertime. I really thought that the Yankees looked to be the best team on paper that I had seen since late nineties. Yankees teams to your point loaded in all parts the one question being in the rotation and they go out and get Gary Cole- but I'm still really bullish on them. You think about last year and what they accomplished. They had over two thousand days worth of injuries. They had by far the most number of stents on the injured list. They lost Aaron Judge for an extended period of time. Gal Do Har- basically was lost to the entire season. Stan was out of the year. The rotation was okay but they didn't have anyone like coal and they want to three games now. The division probably is going to be a little bit better. I think the Blue Jays are clearly making the razor a good team the red sox. I think you're going to be better than what people expect in terms of regular season performance but the Yankees are absolutely stacked. So I think they're gonNA have a monster year for me. It's over or pass and I'm kind of getting to that point where it is a play for me. Now that's come down a COUPLA ticks and they're not GONNA win probably whatever it was seventeen of nineteen from the orioles but they're not gonNA win less than fourteen so And you're right. The division is better on that front. I I'm just fasting. Because the reserves that filled in during those injuries were basically playing all stars so assuming that production or whatever maybe assuming strong word but you wonder with these lulls and then coal and Ozzy. Other injuries are going to occur this year. Yeah and you know I do think the one thing the Yankees like the dodgers have become very good at is finding the type of guys that we might have only seen with. Small market teams a decade ago. The guys who emerged for the Yankees last year's guys like Mike Talk Mun Gio or Shelhah loop voight the dodgers and the Yankees. They have all the resources but they also a really good identifying those fringe guys who've been undervalued and that's I think anyone should have confidence in the Yankees being able to do that. Here's another thing to also think about the Yankees big picture for the year coming up. They spent three hundred and twenty four million dollars Garrett Cole. They're trying to win the first championship in over a decade. So we get to mid July and we're closing in on the trade deadline and let's say the Yankees have a hole in their rotation or some other part of the team. What do we think the chances are that how Steinbrenner is going to add to that huge pot? He's already put in the middle of the table and make an aggressive trade. I think it's a foregone conclusion that they will be the most aggressive team trying to back up what they spent during the course of the wintertime. And they'll deal with any problems that they have. Yeah you can't half asset basically like if you're GonNa do it you gotta go all in that to your point at come trade deadline time that is going all in and you can't spend all that money and kind of be cut corners. I think you know to go sidetrack Dr Jerry. Buss of the Lakers got kind of accused of that over the years to win trying to win a championship as cheaply as possible. But at some point in the whole you gotta go for and I'm glad you mentioned the red sox talking to one of our you know one of my bosses one of our senior coordinating producer and he thinks the Red Sox for me better than people realize and and I think it's interesting because of the top of the line ups is almost as good as anyone in the American league. When you factor in that production now the back half we shall see sales got pneumonia I guess and they trade price trade bats. I'm worried about their sort of locker room and their belief but I think that goes away. Come re opening day for me. It's a pass I. I was thinking they'd have a disastrous year. Go under eighty six and a half. But it's come down to eighty four and a half. I'm bullish on them as well. And that's after spending three or four days in their in their camp this year and seeing jd Martinez and how he looks physically you know. He hurt his ankle down the stretch in two thousand eighteen. He wasn't able to do any of the typical cardio stuff that he had done. In previous off seasons and when he came in camp last spring he looked a little chunky and got off to a slow start. He looks like he's in phenomenal condition. Raphael Denver's to me one of the great up and coming players in baseball ZANDER. Bogart's Andrew Benintendi and. Yeah when you sort of think about the headlines. The wintertime how score arguably the best manager in baseball. He's gone they trade Mochi bets former. Cy Young Witter's Rick Porcelain David price or out the window. When you think okay that teams taking a big step back. I don't think so. I think we have to remember. Is that last year price. Portillo really didn't give the much. David was hurt. Porcelli didn't pitch well and so if they get production at a sale. Who's not who's going to start the year on the injured list but has said that he feels much stronger physically than he did a year ago. Nathan of all the order Rodriguez they get decent production out of those guys. That's a team that I think could surprise now. Do I think they're in the Yankees Realm. No Do I think they can win? Ninety Games make the playoffs as a wildcard team. Yes and we were talking about the Yankees with trade deadline motivation. That ownership is under a lot of scrutiny in Boston. Because the mookie. Betts trade if we get July and there are ways that they can get better perhaps get back to the playoffs. You know ownership will be like yeah. Let's do it because we have to remind fans that we are serious and it's not just all about cutting Payroll and basically this season could just come down to Benintendi if he has a good year. They're above eighty five ones. I think Benintendi on sales sale to me is He is a huge presence as I say just talking to them on the first as he arrived he is in a great frame of mind and certainly the pneumonia side and he said to build the strength of backup from that he feels like his arm is in a better place than it was a year ago. When you mentioned the red sox these days you gotta mention the dodgers obviously acquiring bets and David Price only losing verdoux go and then my ada in a separate trade so in terms of you know. How does this team not win? One hundred five games or more in terms of playing devil's advocate. I would say a lot went right. Each of the last couple of years they had those monster win streaks for good reason because they're loaded kershaw year older losing a CY young candidate in in in real. And then my editor was valuable. And maybe some of the guys like I don't WanNa maybe Muncie and Turner come back to Earth. A Little Bit. Seger never takes the lead. Bellinger doesn't have an MVP type year but they are certainly stacked and the team to beat in the NFL for for good reason. No question about it and I think you hit on to me. The the Achilles heel potential Achilles heel this team and that is in the rotation they don't have the kind of depth they've had in recent years where you had re you waiting in the wings so you had richhill. You had that type of veteran depth does not there and so if they suffered a couple of injuries to veterans in the rotation Kershaw David Price. It's going to be more difficult for them to fill in in terms of position players. My God they're loaded. I mean they have so much depth and as I was talking about the Yankees dodgers having the same thing. They're so good at developing players internally. That is the season goes along just as we heard about will Smith and Gavin Lux last year. You're going to be hearing about other guys within the dodgers organization who can step up and I think the same dynamics play for the dodgers that it would be for the Yankees once you make an aggressor trade bets you know as we get closer trade deadline if there's a big name out there to try and go and get and maybe a starting pitcher becomes available. They'll be aggressive on it so it looks like it's Kershaw bueller price would and urea or is how long is he out? Yeah that's right and the land and Dustin may it's basically ginger and Johnson right. Yeah and what? The dodgers typically do is to be very conservative with their handling of injuries internally and his who's the are we looking at Janssen? It's still the closer not training. They're not going to try to enter. They're not going to mix it up. Well Johnson I think will have it at the beginning of the year but I do think it was important at the end of last year. If you remember Janssen struggle the point where Dave Roberts for the first time broached the idea of finishing games with somebody else announced it. You know what certain situations come up. Kenley may not be the guy and I think once you have passed that Rubicon coming into this year if Johnson doesn't pitch well then they'll mix it up at closer and they'll try the guys and probably if he continues to to show regression like he has the last two years than would be appropriate. Yeah no it's it's scary to think who they have at the bottom line. I mean Peterson Jock. Petersen batting sixth seger and smell will Smith Lacson. Those guys. You're right. They are loaded with position players. So it feels like they're going to have the most wins in the NFL for sure in terms of other teams getting buzz. And I want to see if you're drinking the KOOL aid chugging the Kool aid or completely passing on some of these teams but the reds are chic. Pick to win the division. Their win totals eighty five but a lot of people. That's Kinda chic sleeper. Are you on board with this? I am but not as much because them. I'm excited about the reds. And they're better team and you know when you gotTa Louise Castagna rotation They feel like that. They identified some problems that Trevor. Bauer had at the last season. And they think he'll bounce back Their lineup is is in good shape for me. It's the greater context of the National League. Central you didn't see. The cardinals won the division last year. Go out and make a bunch of big moves. The brewers actually took a step back. They did some more payroll management in the off season. The cubs have been bumping up against their payroll limits. And they've talked more about trading guys away like Chris. Brian Anthony Rizzo and I do think that you know if that team struggles in the first half of the year you may see a sell off from the cubs so in that vacuum. I think the reds have a better chance than they've had in the past. Yeah I just wonder about the lineup. I mean Suarez is there but just casinos. Obviously but outside of that it's slim pickings. No you you gotta hope that Joey. Votto has a bounce back year now. Joey yeah great professional and he spoke at the end of the season about how he was embarrassed by performance last year from all counties in tremendous shape easy hits this year but he's thirty six and what happens when you get older. You break down. Sometimes we'll see if he can hold up during the course again. It's I don't think it's a great team but I think it's a team that can win their division because of what's going on with the other clubs in the in the central I mean like ninety wins may win the division for all. We know Yup Okay another Sheikh pick the Chicago White Sox and their total neighborhood of eighty five wins and this is about offense and maybe some defense they added Kaikal I. I liked this team a lot. I'm just not sure about that. Division with the central there's some other teams there too. I'm with you on this. You know the twins last year and I feel like that there is being underrating a leading the major leagues in home runs. They want one hundred one games last year. And there's been turnover in their pitching staff. But that with the addition of Josh Donaldson that offense should be unbelievable again The the Indians to me have been underrated in recent years last year when they didn't make the playoffs fans are unhappy. Because they're talking about maybe trading indoor Doug. They won ninety three games last year. Last since Terry Francona took over as manager. They've averaged ninety three wins so for the White Sox to take a leap up to those two teams. I think it's going to require you know. Kyko having an immediate impact Lucas g Lido following up on what he did last year in some of these young players in their lineup like amenities having greater impact. You know the signing of US Monte Grande all the white sox internally believable help to improve the pitching staff because he's so good with the framing game and presentation on balls and strikes at the edge and also just bolstering that lineup and making it more deep by adding a P- a switch hitting catcher who hits for power. Yeah just to bring our listeners up to speed and you're looking at Tim Anderson. Moncada Brady you amend Missouri previous Stack Lineup. And then if their worst picture of their fifth starters Gio Gonzalez you could do a lot worse one hundred percent and again looking at it within the context their division. You know the royals are still far away. They're still really building. So the White Sox could feast on them and the Tigers are one hundred miles away and the team that won forty seven games last year so at the top of the division. You'd expect they'd be win a lot of games against the bottom of the division. Well let's keep it in the division. Excuse me let's keep in the American League because one team that I think has got a little buzzing you touched on earlier that I think is actually in for a pretty negative year and that's the Texas Rangers. I think their lineups look seventy nine and a half is their total so about five hundred ball and I just don't see it. Their pitching staff could be better but their offense is. Kinda you know I do. And it's interesting. I in January. We had a series of articles about the ten the top ten players at each position and is going you know first basement second. Baseman shortstop third baseman. It was amazing to me that the Rangers are moving new ballpark this year. But they've been playing great hitter's haven for so many years before that. They didn't have anybody like they weren't even the conversation. And this this winter after the Rangers had made some pitching moves and you know to augment their rotation and they've got Mike Minor from last year at a good year and they got Lance Lynn. They trade for Corey Kluber. I was talking with a high ranking executive with another team and I ask them. Hey what do you think about the Rangers now? They're terrible and he his view is exactly what you just said was. Yeah the rotation could be okay. Kluber comes back but there everyday lineup in. His eyes was didn't have a lot to offer on top of that. I mean I asked around with folks within the Rangers Organization about how new ballpark will play and their early senses. It's going to be more pitchers park than their old digs. So it might be that it's going to be a bit before you see that Dynamic Texas Lineup Return Yeah the launching pad but they have got Gallo and Shinsuke Choo who I trust the plate next kind of tier guys is I guess Elvis Andrews and Santana and cheering. I mean other Guy Todd Frazier. You can't play every day. Well and Chu is older and taught frazier's older and you wonder how healthy they are gonna be. Elvis Andrus has been a disappointment in at an opportunity to opt out of his contract. He didn't do it because the production has warranted rig NETTO door We love talking about him because the punch city through against does Abe Teesta. But he's been a disappointment based on the contract they gave him. And you know maybe one of these are to these guys step up and surprise and they get better but it does feel like that the young core of Rangers hitters that we saw a years ago which included. No Mamas are. Who's you mentioned? Got Traded the white sox. They've been disappointing. They really haven't progressed. In the way the organization expected right and then we mentioned that the division is a little better with the angels adding some some players in that regard in the Astros could come back to obviously narrow the gap a little bit. And then so yeah. I'm down on the Rangers. They did win seventy games last year which did surprise me when I looked it up so you got a couple win. Totals yourself you you've circled and you WANNA talk about. Yeah I mentioned the Indians there. Because they they're not as dynamic as they were five years ago there will be a question hovering over them. During the course of your. What are they going to do with Francisco? Indoor the presumption and other organizations is sometime in July. They will deal indoor because if you wait until after this year's trade deadline his potential value in a deal goes way down that all said when you look at what the strength of the team was last year when they won those ninety three games. That's intact like Shane. Beaver is an excellent pitcher. Mike Clever dealing with a knee thing now but they expect to have him back. He is a frontline starting pitcher. We know that because during the course of the winner teams were asking about him in potential trades. I think they're lineup. Has a chance to be deeper than it was last year. So for them to be at eighty six over under. That feels really low. That's assuming that they're gonNA win. Seven fewer games last year and I actually think they're going to be in the same range. The diamondbacks eighty four. And a half. Look I it's. It's a remarkable job that their front office is pulled off restructuring the payroll improving the farm system while also still competing and they've turned the corner now that they've moved exact cranky contract. Paul Goldschmidt contract and some of their prospects are starting to manifest this winter than an payroll flexibility to add Madison Bumgarner. I don't think they're going to be close to the dodgers but that's a really dangerous team and then in the same vein that you and I talked about the orioles last spring. There's an Detroit Tigers. Fifty-seven is there over under and I asked the same question. I asked about the orioles last year. Why would they be that much better than they were a year ago when they won? Forty seven games. Why would they be ten games better? We've talked about the white sox being good team. We've talked about the Indians being a good team. We've talked about the twins and the Tigers really didn't do much during the wintertime. So I can't fathom having going to be ten games better and you're right that there's that sort of reflexive fear about such a low numbers fifty seven but you know what in Baseball in two thousand and twenty with so many teams tanking the polarization of the standings. We've seen a much more comfortable with that than I would have been five years ago okay. So let's unpack. I WANNA touch on all three of those teams. Let's start with the Tigers the most recent one now. They're they're starting rotation. The top is Matt Matthew. Boyd Jordan Zimmermann. Fine after that I mean they got Daniel Norris Spencer Turnbull and even Avant Nova that could get pretty ugly pretty quickly as well in their lineup. You've they obviously don't have for half the season like they did last year they do have. Cj Krone Cabrera Cameron may been a little bit of scattered all a lot of cast-offs a lot of veteran guys. That are looking probably. We're looking for spots at the end of December and it's like well you know what I go play with the Tigers and get some at bats but these are not guys who are going to be there when the team becomes relevant again and I mean even if let's say. Cj Krone for example had a great first-half what they trade betrayal right season. Because he's on a short term deal back with buster in a moment but first draftkings is giving new users. A free shot at over one hundred thousand dollars. Download the draftkings APP and enter code. Doug that's at sign-up eligibility restrictions. Apply see draftkings dot com for details. So fifty-seven wins you like under there. You touched on the D backs. That's an interesting team because you know the big headline is they got Madison Bumgarner. He's their newly ace. But they've Mike leake Robbie Ray even Luke Weaver in Zach Gallon. I think he's going to have a bad year so he's the fifth starter for a reason. He was very lucky with balls in play in for those are into those analytics. Now the lineup. I I always feel like every time I look. I have a bunch of TV's at home. And every time. I watch look on a diamondback. There's a there's a ball mcgaugh and they're scoring. I feel like that's a tough place to play for other teams and they just always give up runs to that lineup. One hundred percent and it's an underrated lineup. Because we don't think of Escobar's being star if you look at statistics he is a star can tell Martin. Last year came out of nowhere. Had this huge offensive season it in his mid twenties. Now it feels like that. He's turned the corner. I felt like that they had a couple of really nice additions. During the winter. Kole Calhoun he may not be an all star level. But he's a really good player and starling Morte. He's not maybe the guy that we thought he was going to be three or four years ago but he's a really good player. And here's the other thing too that we always have to remember about the diamondbacks. This is an elite defensive team. I remember talking to my mic Hazen. If the timing took over the diamondbacks I was like what are you GonNa do? He said we're going to focus on defense. We're going to be a good defensive team. Nick Ahmed Their shortstop is arguably the best defense defended his position. Carson Kelly an excellent catcher Some of the other decision. They may Colquhoun. Martin we're based on defense so while it may not have the you know the sexiness of of a more dynamic lineup like the twins. This team will catch the ball. That's good that's a great break. I appreciate your doing that. In in in terms of the Indians I love Linda. I hope they don't trade him. He's just got a magnetic smiling. The city of Cleveland embraced. I just want him to be there forever in his career and then obviously Ramirez is kind of under the radar. All things considered Santana as well. And then that's rate I mean. They've made a lot of trades. Obviously they bring the guys from the padres when friend Mel raise and I could see them now. I bet them under last year and they got burned. Because I thought door was GONNA be out longer than just a few games to start the air but yeah this is a team that you just they just find ways and I think you touched on it so I'm with you on all three of those let's swift. Let's shift gears to the players. One thing that's really compelling last year trout was the MVP entering the season even money. And I thought it was crazy. I know he ended up winning it but I just felt it was crazy because of injury factor and all the other players and he's minus one twenty so he's an odds on favourite before the season and while I wouldn't play it. I certainly couldn't fault anyone for betting it because there's a few things that are different than last year one. Mookie Betts is in the National League to. I don't think Astros players are going to get any love from voters. I just think even if they have clean stats and all that they're still going to be overlooked and I think he can put up better numbers he being trout and the team can be more competitive although he won the won one of his. Mvp's when they were like twelve games out or something. But I I do think the team being projected to be better. I think that's going to help his case and I think the Yankees cannibalize each other so I do. I would not fault anyone for taking trout minus twenty one hundred percent. I mean think about this. You know Derek jeter is going to be the big name going the hall of fame. This summer might trout already. Has More career wins above replacement than Derrick. Jeeter did for his whole career. Okay and within the first two months. He's GonNa Pass Larry Walker. The other guy who's going to be inducted the hall of fame this summer. Think about that. That's how good might trout is and this is a true story and not going to tell you the name of the player but I heard a story about a player who signed a long term deal and he was feeling good because he had an MVP clause and a friend of his said to him. Well you did get the exception right where you get it if you get first or second place because you remember you play in the same league as trout and the response on the other end. The phone line was dead. Silence because that's the preeminence of might trout if you're going to get an MVP clause you better get for first or second place because you probably finishing second. I would agree with you. Trout is that good and now that he is Anthony. Rendong batting behind him. Shohei ohtani look healthy dynamic. Their lineup is going to be better. There are a lot of questions about the rotation but trout's in a position to succeed again. You do think the Astros will be punished. Weird way potentially like in a in a jump ball situation if a voter sitting there. Hey do do I choose between this guy and this guy absolutely I mean not only is it going to happen in the MVP voting but let's face it down the road. The hall of fame voting guys like Jose Altuve Bay in my opinion wrongly for a Justin verlander. Guys who were on that team I think are going to have some demerits points any sleepers in this category. I think one guy and he was he emerges an elite player last year. But I don't know because the team was down. If people really understand how good this guy is Rafael. Devers the Red Sox. You know being a red sox camping and other players were just talking about the unusual nature of his hands. The ability with his hand speed the hit any ball pitched and drive it to any part of the ballpark. And if you look at the history of Red Sox hitters while you have the green monster who have been the best hitters in Fenway Park left handed hitters and when you have guys who can use the whole field and I'm thinking about Wade Boggs carly tricky. Could move it around a little bit. Ted Williams is mostly a pull hitter. But Fenway Park historically is a place where left handed hitters can thrive and Rafael Devers. Who looks like he's going to bat second? Jd Martinez behind him center. Bogart's behind him. I think he's poised for a huge year. Caso HE's sixteen to one it's Caesar's what about a flyer on Chapman thirty to one or Simeon forty five hundred seventy and I believe was top three last year. Yeah and look Marcus. Semi and this year is in his walk year. He'd be a free agent at year's end. Although a lot of people think eventually it will work out something the Oakland because he grew up in that area. But if you look at the history of guys in their walkie or typically they do really well and he clearly took a step four last year. Chapman's and excellent player. The one reason I always feel like that you know part of the reason why free agent pitchers light going to Oakland is because at night especially it can become a pitcher's park and so I think it's harder for position. Players to thrive there especially Night Games. Lindores interesting because he could be traded the nationally that would hurt his cause but he's twelve to one those kind of caught my eye. I've heard some buzz on Vlad Guerrero at one hundred one Caesar's fifty but he can get one hundred to one. I've heard some people. I respect. Take fliers there. What about the National League? Mvp obviously mets joins the party. Excuse me bets joins the Party and you have to think bellinger can have a similar type year but you never know and I mean there's guys like even pita Lonzo at thirty two one bets as five to one for those wondering I feel. It's wide open. Freddy Freeman at twenty five to one catches my end in Cuneo. Looks like the favourite at four to one. Yeah and that's who my pick would be Kunia. Kunia looks like he's poised to be a hank Aaron type player and I don't mean for career setting an all time home run record but it's that kind of talent It was really striking during the home. Run Derby last year after it was over talking with other players about a Kunia spent some time with Pete Alonso and he was like Oh my God that guy was the most impressive guy because you see where he's hitting the ball. All over the ballpark sprang home runs a right handed hitter to right center. Feel like it's nothing and you're not talking about a huge guy you know he's not he's not hulking guy so he does look like he's ready to take a big step forward after what we saw in the postseason last year want Soto. It's clear that he is an acumen and understanding a drive. That's above so many young players during the course of wintertime. I was talking with Kevin. Long the nationals hitting coach. And he said you know what as long as he has that this is someone who's going to keep getting better and better and better think about this seems the only guy that the Houston Astros intentionally walk during the entire two thousand nineteen season. Wow Yeah No. He's so he's nine to one co-favourite with a Kunas Yelich four to one. I'd be surprised I be stunned. If a Kunia antiques junior do not win. Mvp's before the careers over to tease. Junior is incredible. He's tend to one. I don't know if he's there yet or the padres are there yet. But my favorite story. I think I've said on the podcast but not to you. My buddy I used to work with in Vegas and TV now works in La and San Diego County. He's a director and he punches buttons for Games and things like that and he says man I hate to t- sometimes I always have to kind of find other cameras when he's involved in a play because he just makes you think outside the box like he tags for third on an infield fly and I have to like look at other cameras and he does. He does things that no other player does. And I think it's just a perfect example of what this guy does and he's obviously so young. I agree with you at some point. He's going to win an MVP. It does feel like that the padres this year. It's a year Early in development. They still need some starting pitching in during the course of the winner Ron Fowler their. Co came out and said that basically if they didn't make the playoffs they didn't take a big step. I can't remember the exact wording had he said you know they're going to be people who are going to get fired me among them. I think that's a little ambitious for this team and it might be a little embassies for Fernandez junior that because he doesn't have the talent but it's still a guy who's played fewer than one hundred games in the big leagues and we'll see how quickly you can put it all together so with. Soto nine on anybody like really off the grid double digit odds or something like that and the wide open. There's Air Nado at fifteen to one but I don't think the rockies are going to be in the discussion at all yeah Pete Alonso and look. I'm biased in this case have been working on an e sixty on them so. I spent a lot of time with them in January. And you're talking about one of the most motivated players have ever been around. Where even after having that phenomenal year last year it feels like that. He's not gonNA have not going to be guy's GONNA fall prey to the sophomore slump and I think the mets are GonNa be better than maybe people expecting look. I've been I. I don't like long term a lot of the deals they've made. I think they'd given up too many resources that will affect the team in two thousand twenty one two thousand twenty two but for two thousand twenty with Michael Conforto and an extremely motivated. Unh'S CESSPIT ASS- you know other guys in that lineup. That's a really interesting team to me. And I remember last year when I was having this record setting rookie season talking in the middle of the mets clubhouse and seeing guys like Todd Frazier and Robinson veteran players. Absolutely comfortable with Pete Alonso being the spokesman for the team because they had such faith in his sincerity and and how much he was in it for the other players. If you told me that the mets had a really good year Pete Alonso won the MVP. That wouldn't shock me. I'm with you Alonzo. Thirty two one. That lineups dangerous starting rotation obviously top heavy with degrom and Syndergaard but even at the back end I hated losing wheeler for them. But I I think they're right there. And it's obviously a narrow gap outside the marlins those four teams phillies. Nats still have some weapons. Obviously they lose a little bit with Ren don't and and and the The braves who are likely to favorite. So I'm with you on that front. What about Cy Young? I know we're gonNA round it up. Wrap things up pretty soon. Cy Young this always kind of like makes me chuckle. Because of injuries and winds always being such a large component to this although the voters did prove a couple years ago it's not just about the winds. I just never have a good feel for the CY young going into the season. Yeah Walker Bueller. He's the best pitcher on a dodger team. That's going to be completely dominant and again like Pete Alonso. You spent some time in the Walker Bueller and he just he absolutely believes he's GonNa find a way to to win. You know in my time covering baseball. The most confident players that I spent time with were Tony Gwynn and Derek jeter Mariano Rivera Walker. Buehler's got that type of confidence like he knows he's going to beat you and so I think is year to year. He's GonNa figure out stuff and just get better and better and we know that he's pure stuff is excellent but between the fact that the dodgers are so good and Walker. Bueller continues to get better. That's my pick for cy young award any vanderbilt bias out of you on that. Maybe a little bit dodger bias here. So we're okay. We're okay there you go. No He's a stud he'll get the winds and you know he's right there with the other names in terms of the best so. I think he's the best but he is a total stud so that makes sense. What about the American League? I'm sorry to go all chalk but Garrett Cole looks like he's right at the absolute apex I think now I heard. Aj hinch say this during the during the playoffs last year you know. He's the best pitcher in the plan. Right now With all due respect to Jacob degrom. He's put everything together. I was Downing Yankees Camper number days in spring training and I remember when Garrett it was asked the question about well. You know the expectation of the fans is that if you don't WANNA World Series Than. It's a lost year and Garett got the biggest grin he goes. I love that like everyone's it's all on the line and look. We saw Sonny Gray not really respond. Well in New York guys like at Whitsun Kenny. Rogers through the years I Garrett Cole is going to go the other way I think he's going to be like Tabatha. And he's absolutely going to thrive right from the get-go pitching for the Yankees and we talked about their lineup. We talked about how good the team is. And I think he'll take advantage of that and another guy you know who's not as prominent as Garrett I think Blake's Nel who you saw how good he could be two years ago last year. He had some injury issues. He was real close to getting back to that point by the end of the year and I saw him in spring he just as he gets older. He just looks stronger physically. If that guy had a big year that would not be a shock. Either okay so Snell twelve to one and you said shock. But but I'll tell you buehler's ten to one and Garrett Cole is plus fifty so that makes sense. I'm surprised buehler's at the biggest payout. Jack Flaherty the favored at seven to one or excuse me to Graham. The favored at three two one flair to the second or third favourite in. Scherzer's four to one Strasburg eight to one. So all those ahead of Bueller that does surprise me. Larry's yeah and you mentioned shares. Are One thing that's interesting. Everyone now sort of assumed that if you play deepen October there's going to be a price pay the following year and we saw Max during the world series had to be scratched from his game. Five start because he felt something physically and then two days later or three days later. He wound up You know starting the last game and almost miraculous thing and so people wonder. How is it going to be physically? I've been told that he was playing catch within two weeks at the end of the world series like which is just Max's regimen. He believes in that basically throwing close to year round interesting. We'll see if dealer do some of that or there's some lingering after effects of playing deep into the playoffs buster always appreciate. 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Just pay five dollars shipping again. That's B. L. U. E. Chew Dot Com Promo Code bets piece started as a ticket writer. Will they handle a lot higher here in the last hour now? He's racing sports book director. I have the guys at work. You're calling me Mr Director and not looking directly into my eyes. People brought in a whole new staff this year. Kind of Seinfeld esque move or we just rotate. The guys material doesn't get stale. Doug having in between a hot tub and ESPN kicking is for losers. I don't think that's an issue in baseball as WE BRING IN MR Executive Director John. Murray how worry house light. Icu tweeting a lot of golf courses on Sundays Life. Without a party. How do you feel about that? Everything's good you know I was actually on with Anita marks last Saturday morning. Kyw Our old producer asked me to come on. Oh Nice and he. He played that same intro clip when I was on with Anita marks which I thought was funny that is great. You GotTa get that thing. We gotta get touched up though we gotta we gotTa do a modern version of that. It's been like two years now. It's GonNa stay that way forever. Okay so yeah. It was fun. I really enjoyed talking to Anita. Actually she was great and we talked about the wilder fury fight we talked about. Xfl Did you see that kicking is for losers moment in the xfl over the weekend the Guy Punted on fourth and two from the other teams forty two it went into the end zone touchback so brought to the thirty five in the XFL. It was seven yard net. That might have been kicking for moment. Well the biggest kicking is for losers moment of all time I think is still the patent doozy field. Goal down ten to three from the one yard line. I don't know how you could ever top that one. That is fascinating. I weigh doubled down on it. Just I love that. He hit the upright. That was the that's still in the clubhouse but I thought this xfl one was probably number two Vance Joseph kicking a field goal down by four two years ago was that was awesome. But there's so many good ones but we can talk a little baseball today. Yeah let's Talk Baseball We just had an exquisite conversation with buster Olney so full of information and inside look really loved it. I want to get sort of your biggest kind of action and handle from behind the counter and sharp action and big moves in sort of what can we glean and take away from it? Well I think I got a few interesting things there. One of the more interesting things is the the ticket counter leader for the world series is actually the Chicago White. Sox I mean you know. The cubs are always a team. We right tons of money on in the future books but the white sox are such a trendy team. They've been rebuilding the last few years. They've got some young stud players. They made some moves in the free agent market. They're in a division that's perceived to be pretty wide open. There's not a dodgers or a Yankees or an astros and that division. The American league central the White Sox have been bet down from sixty to one to fifty to one and we built up a pretty good liability on them. Yeah that's sort of the sheet pick and I talked about them. With buster and eighty five wins. They're probably going to be right around there. There's a lot of buzz on a team. But was their fifth fifth starter. Gio Gonzalez you can do a lot worse there. Some they made some good moves. They've got some really good young players that they're going to be counting on to really step up this year and adding income ascione I mean. They're they're pretty pretty dangerous in that lineup now. The twins deadly the League in homers last year and The Indians will be right there as well. I just feel. It's a little too chic. I think I'm lesser. Dow Down on them in the red zone to kind of Sheikh teams. What else you got. I was about to say you took. You took the words right out of my mouth. The team in the National League that everyone's picking is the reds. The reds are very chic. Pick I don't see. We got a lot of tickets on the reds to win the national league central. That's two to one. I don't know that that's really a good bet at two to one. I mean you got the cubs are going to be good. The cardinals are going. Be Good to brew to think that you're getting value a two to one there. I think it's crazy to me there and the reds also team. We've taken a lot of bets on them to win the National League. I think we've taken more bets on the reds winning the National League than any other team league very popular the reds the white sox those are the two Sheikh picks in their respective leagues for sure very public picks this season. So that's what I was. GonNa ask though chic within within the sharps or a chic within the public. No I wouldn't consider the the money I've been seeing here's sharp a on either of those camps suspected money where. I'll pivot to a team. We've seen sharp money on the team. Everyone's talking about the Houston Astros. We had what maybe our most respected baseball better here. The West Gates Super Book. He bet them over wins. He bet them to make the playoffs. He met them to lead the major leagues in. Wins at eight to one knocked. We knocked that down to six to one after his bed. So a lot of people out there saying maybe the astros will go like scorched earth this year and just stick it to everybody by having a great season. Everybody's GonNa be rooting against them. I know they're going to be heckled a lot on the road. One of my buddies. There's a big baseball better. Told me he. He wants to bet on the Astros when they're on the road this year. He thinks they're not going to be going out and partying all the time on the road. 'cause they know everywhere they go. They're just GONNA get heckled so they'll just stay in their hotel rooms and prepare for the game the next day. Yeah I very interesting that the astros how it all plays out it. It's it's it's it's it's going to be us against the world but does that work in baseball. Well I the thing that the Astros still have going for them well. They've got several things going for them but they're still by far the best team in that division I. I know that Oakland is a team that over achieves almost every year and the angels the other really trendy team if you want to talk about twenty teams outside of Chicago White Sox and the Red. The angels would be thorough their team. A lot of people are picking but I still think Houston just by far the best team in that division. They should win that division. Pretty comfortably get back to the postseason. Gary Cole's a major loss but the depth of that line up even if they're not banging on trash cans. I think there's enough depth in that line up to keep the Astros at the top of that division. It's funny though. After the white sox was more tickets on the White Sox to win its division than any other team in baseball but after them. Oakland is actually second Oakland. We've got them. We had them. We had them at plus three seventy five had size five to one to the American League West. That's been a really trendy team here. The super book real quick just going back the Guy. You're sharp guy. What number did you get the Astros at? He bet him What number you go over. There wins. Ninety three and a half. He went over ninety three and a half. He bet them to lead the major leagues in wins at eight to one. That number is now six to one ninety. Three and a half. That's come down because it was. What Ninety seven Mahathir Ninety eight we will? Well we we've loaded. We open it a little lower. We we moved from ninety three and a half to ninety four and a half off his bed but there is a lot of under money on Houston to okay so that. That's not one that we're seeing a lot of liability on you WANNA get into some of our bigger liabilities. Sure I think this is an interesting bet. We had a guy bet the royals to win the American league central three hundred one for seven hundred dollars to win two hundred and ten thousand. There's a lot of money in there on the royals and tigers to win their division divisions are funny usually write a lot of money on the really big long shots like our biggest losers in these division. Pools royals a big loser tigers. Big Loser Orioles. A big loser. The biggest loser would be. The giants people are betting on the giants twenty. Nfl West of the dodgers are going to walk to another et Al West title. I'm always like why seven hundred on the royals. I duNno I duNno. I'm not sure I'm not sure where where he came up with that one. But here's the the division Bet Tidbit that I think is the most interesting thirty teams in Major League Baseball. There's only one team. We haven't written a single ticket onto winning division here at the West Gate the nationals my Washington nationals the defending world series champions. Not One person has bet them. We've got them at plus two and a quarter right now. Everybody's betting on the braves or the mets in the National League East. A lot of mets support in the futures market this year. Very good starting. Pitching staff there for the mets. The braves are another team. We took a big bet on them to make the playoffs. Plus one zero five but they've been a popular pick to win the division but not one person has bet on the nationals here to win the National League East. I thought that was interesting there. That's great into central the orioles doing the Al East High Profile team. They're not the Yankees another red sox dodgers but they are the defending world champions. Think one person would come in here to make that that Marie. I think you should get go. You're not allowed to but usually get your friend a friend. You'll put five dollars on the NASTIEST too so they don't feel I'm to PC. I can't break. Ah can't break any of the rules man. That's actually illegal matter true good point. It's a poor choice awards. I will say this though the nationals our team we've seen sharp money come in under their win. Total very respected player about him under ninety and a half that I'm under eighty nine and a half the nationals now eighty eight and a half very tough division nationally east really really good. You've got four of the five teams in. They're expecting to get to the playoffs this year. Now and then the bus was talking about. Maybe the arm issues of anybody who throws deep in the playoffs that includes Bueller but also the guys who obviously be reached the world series including Max Scherzer. Who had some issues and with scratcher must start? So I I. It's it's going to be. I'm really interested to see how that race plays out because I think the mets are a lot better in. The phillies are better than they were last year. So given that Nats Lutheran Don and obviously the browser machine and a lot of ways. But they don't have. Kaikal now so I think it's going to be. I mean nine wins. The division eighty eight may win the division for all. We know very possible. Let me give you two other. Two other sharp win total plays we've seen the Colorado rockies they got under seventy four and a half and under seventy three and a half we got them at seventy two and a half very dysfunctional off season for Colorado the whole Nolan aeronautical thing kind of ruining their off-season aeronautical wants out they. He feels like took a hometown discount and they owe it to him to build a team around them. I think they're coming back and saying listen. We can't get anybody to come here because our best player says he wants out so players aren't really in a rush to go to Colorado very dysfunctional off season for the rockies. Here's the one that's been a big mover for us. We opened pirates at seventy two and a half and they've been bet all the way down to sixty eight and a half years Alaska's so nobody has any confidence in pirates. It's a tough division. You know they're really looking at all five teams in that. Division brewers off of a playoff season the cubs and cardinals should be competitive and like we touched on earlier. The reds are such a trendy team. It's just hard to find wins in that in that national league central for the pirates pirates are the only team in spring training of yet to get a win There was a big line move on the pirates this morning of. Oh and six and they're down to nothing to the Baltimore Orioles and in the second inning so not that that necessarily means anything for the regular season but it's kind of funny that they're playing their main guys and still can't win today. They're playing their main guys but they have archer who may be resurgent year. Joe Musk Grove teams. A little shaky. But I've heard some some some negative chatter on the pirates. Have about the Tigers in orioles. You getting anything interesting there. In buster of things the under on the Tigers Lock we've seen a lot of A lot of people betting both those teams to win its division those divisions but we always get that people like to take those those real flyers on the on those teams we saw. I think we saw some money on the over for the Tigers because the the Kota the baseball perspective projection for them was so much higher than its win. Total and I know a lot of people look at those Those prokhoda projections. We look at them to we. We we looked at him. After we'd put up all of our stuff and the Tigers I think the CODA projected them to win like sixty eight or sixty nine games and we've seen a good amount of money. Come in over fifty six and a half where it fifty seven and a half right now on the Tigers not much to report on the Orioles to tell you the truth Not a lot of buzz around the orioles this year but really the orders line. Lose money on the Orioles. That lineup flasher looked worse than the Tigers. Tiger's line of this year's okay there's guys I've now they're all cast-offs to quote Buster Olney from earlier in the show but The guys lashawn oriels over just terrible. Now my question is this is sniffing around some some some websites this morning. I actually think there's value at minus five thousand on the Orioles to miss the playoffs. There probably is. I mean it sounds. Yeah but I if you had that money to for tied up for months 'cause minus you guys probably have a different line minus five thousand right. Well the thing the thing with those is you all. They're always maybe a little bit cheaper than they should be. We've got minus twenty thousand just for starters but those numbers are always a little bit cheaper than they should be because people only bet the yes and those things for the most part like you don't really get too many people coming in and laying those big nose. Although I will tell you this we had a guy bet on the Pittsburgh pirates to go back to them to not make the playoffs that minus fourteen hundred fifty six thousand to win four thousand on that. I think that's a good so sometimes you do get bets like that and you know I. It's that's the advantage you know for a player like this guy of having a big bank roll. There's not not everybody can afford to just take fifty six thousand dollars set aside until the end of the season this guy can't and he's got a big bank roll and interesting so let me just think that. So the Wildcard. The one game while that counts as making the playoffs. Right but a one game one game playoff game 163 would not yes. Correct so a team. Like the brewers lost in the nationals in the National League Wild Card game last year they were. They would be considered a playoff team right. Okay I guess that we have in that Well other than fifty six thousand. The biggest mover. We have made a guy bet the twins to make the playoffs minus one forty for fourteen thousand to win ten thousand that would steamed up quite a bit in his favor right. Now we've got the twins minus two seventy to make the playoffs one of the reasons for that. I can actual off season for Cleveland. Cleveland CLEVELAND PRETTY BANGED UP. They got some pitcher injuries. There's rumors that they might look to move for. Instance Goldman door at some point this year. Things are not really pointing in a in a good direction right now for the Cleveland Indians. So we think the twins in a good spot to repeat as AOL Central Champions. Well yeah and it's not just that last year like it was we were figuring it. It'd be a two-horse race with the Yankees and red sox. They'd be one of the wild cards but now it's not so sure could be the Yankees and then the rest of the pack in that division. So the wildcard could come out of the central this year that gives the twins the twins minus dollar fifty to win the division. Now what you obscene move after that Fourteen thousand dollar bet but that makes sense to me that that all that was a good bet the more I think about it that that is a good bet I well. It was an speaking of teams that have had a. Lotta guys get hurt. How about the Yankees already? Shut Down Severino for the year. Giancarlo Stanton hurt. Aaron judge heard his hurt. Although it doesn't seem like it's too serious. Yeah where you guys don't have which are paying not really anything that I would say. A sharp But you know they`re. They're a team that last year. They had a ton of guys hurt last year and they still basically crews to that division title. So I think the Yankees are. I mean. They're by far the best team in the American league this year. They take the best pitcher away from their main rivals knee and the AL the Houston Astros. And then they're made rivals and their division ship. It's best player. Mookie BETTS TO LA right now. The wind total one hundred and a half but really not a lot of action report on that one minus five fifty to win their division. That's a big big money left that too. That's kind of. That's the kind of Number two we really WANNA see that win if you look at our Ale East like the way we have it. Structured is basically bet on these four teams because the Yankees are GonNa win. And that's what we're doing in the National League West as well with your dodgers. We WanNa right money on those other four teams because the Yankees and the dodgers are going to win their division so position the books ability to need those teams any long shots on the futures of the individual wards Yeah I mean you'll get you'll get some of that stuff But Noth- nothing really super notable yet I nothing like as far as really major bets yet in the in the MVP the action for those seems to come during the season more than before the season for the most part There's there's some money in there seen some flyers on Mike Mu Stockists to win the National League. Mvp which seems unlikely to me. But what do I know? your non Alvarez popular. Al Mvp pick the Astros guy going into his second year Giancarlo Stanton. We had a bunch of tickets on him. Sixty to one fifty to one. He's hurt now. So it'd be a doesn't gets hurt a lot to win the MVP. Well that that was a big part of the of the discussion before we put this up was we had kind of inflated numbers on these. D- ages like Alvarez because we it's just so hard for D. H. to win the MVP award and we wanted to write money on that. Gotcha trout's Do you guys ever Madzongwe now. Minus OR QUARTER. That's lesson learned. You know we had them Right when we opened it last season we had like really respected players. Coming into bed them. I don't remember exactly what it was but it was. It was certainly plus money well into plus money and we're not going to go down that road again. I mean this guy to the best of my knowledge. I don't even know if he played in September last year. His team finished thirty games out of the playoffs. Anyone the MVP going away so there's just a guy you don't really WanNa right money on. Frankly yeah I believe memory serves me correctly. You guys took a big bet at plus two dollars moved to one fifty and then moved to move to even money so that sounds a lot of finger pointing and the risk room. After that I called anyone who bets even money than a being the season. I still stand by that comment. Although this year I say I I would. I would not judge you like I think I get. I can understand what someone bets at this year. Childish name calling about that a lot of a lot of conversation around the rookie of the year. Awards that that's very very speculative market But right now we've got The White Sox Pitcher Kopach. He's three to one. The American league favorite the nationally favorite from your dodgers gathering. Looks four to one. You gotta be careful those. There's some sharp dudes out there who did you guys. There's somebody out on Alvarez a lot last year We got we got dinged up pretty bad on on Alvarez last year. It's tough. It's tough because you don't know exactly when these guys are GONNA come up. It's it's a really It's something you've got to be very diligent with and maybe take lower limits with this stuff. We we didn't. We didn't do well on the rookie of the year last year. I think Dustin attend one is probably a better play than locks at four two one. Well forget about my guy there. Courtesy key boom. He's fighting for the nationals. Third Base job this season and a guy that the nationals were really hoping that he establishes himself their third base and can't replace Anthony Ren don't for them. Obviously they're not going to get rid dome like production but the hope is that he can hold down one of those infield spots for the next half dozen years compelling stuff is always Mr Executive Director. Do we finish? We Miss Anything. I don't think so. That was really all I wanted to get. I wanted to mention that Nationals no at L. East tickets thing because I thought it was funny if you WanNa talk about the The thing everybody asks me about is this which Astros player will get. Oh that's right. I apologize that that's something we. Oh that's all right. We put that up a few maybe a or so ago everybody keeps saying it's going to be George Sprayer because he's the leadoff batter but I. I just refused to believe that the angels are going to take their starting pitcher. Just drill leadoff hitter. Get there get their opening day. Pitcher thrown out of the game and the first batter. I find that hard to believe you would think you would. They could do is do what? The brewers did the playoffs play. Like one pitch. It would be funny if they brought up some kid out of the minors. The throws gas to just face springer's drilling and then bring in bringing their star their real starting pitcher after he gets injected. But I don't think that's what's going to happen. I think it's more likely going to be too vague or Bregman and I'll to the ticket counter leader here more tickets on how to than anybody else. I think in Alex Bregman are really going to be the marksman this year. They're probably GONNA be the probably a lot of pitches on the inside this year. Let's say that all right. My man good catching up and I'll tell you the next time. I'm in Vegas. It might be a couple of weeks from now just throwing it out there. I will come by and better than that's to win the division. Yes Sir all right buddy great chatting with you. Glad to see the open is being used universally. I'm sharing the wealth and getting the word out. I appreciate you making me famous man. I'm very grateful and have a good day and we'll talk soon. I buy deal. It's not your fault. It's not your fault all right. That's GonNa do it for this lengthy baseball edition of the behind the vets. Podcast thanks to John. Murray thanks to buster only is now becoming an annual tradition with buster on the podcast going the season and of course It was a little lengthier but we hope that you guys can come back to this one a few times between now. And when the season Starts Christina Jill learn a lot about baseball I did. Yeah those quite you know. It's always funny information mid season. You probably are familiar with all these. It's just it's hard it's Kinda hits you like a ton of bricks You know we're in the thick of basketball right now and just hearing the fifth starter on baseball teams in February may not be on the tip of everyone's tongue so it was fun to kind of prep for this and get get acclimated and then obviously talked busters completely immersed in it so a lot of good stuff there and we'll get back into hoops next week. We're going to dive really deep into basketball over the next few weeks obviously the NCAA tournament right around the corner and then the baseball playoffs. Excuse me the basketball playoffs. Too and The home stretch of the regular season was always interesting because you have the tanking component on things. Yeah I'm looking at you Detroit Pistons But until then we'll catch back here next week.

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These baseball tonight the podcast. This is the baseball tonight podcast for Wednesday, March six two thousand nineteen I'm BUSTER only producer every day is just macrey. And Josh I'm sitting in the press box. Jeff blue park, you're in Fort Myers today. Get ready for our first exhibition broadcasts, one o'clock pirates against the Red Sox today got a lot of stuff going on going to be talking with a lot of players during the course of this game. Then of course on Thursday the all access game. The all Xs day with the Red Sox ESPN has which will include a one o'clock broadcast just gonna Dozo I will be involved in that as well. As broadcast today. So fun times here in in Fenway park south. That's right. Yeah. No, I'm looking forward to everything you guys are doing down. There BUSTER, do you think you're going to be a little rusty going into the first broadcast of the year? Do I have a little butterflies now? Ice water on the veins ice water. That's your nickname, plus you. Well, you and I do the podcast every day. Right. And so it feels like we've been yet is kind of the same. You don't really get to say. So you think I could go and hop in. And do a do a game broadcast right now. Just because I hang out and talk smack with you on the podcast. Now. That's true. Yeah. Because when you're gonna present prove your point, right? But what I do, and, you know, serious, I feel like it's you're sort of an extension of what we do here on the podcasts. We just talk baseball fair enough fair enough over under three mentions of the nineteen thousand three World Series. During the Red Sox pirates broadcast today. I definitely gonna take the under production meeting yesterday for six and a half hours. Didn't even come Sunday night group. Alex rodriguez. Memphis, Gershon, Jessica does it was never mentioned. That's unfortunate. You know what? L because of what you said. I think I'm gonna try to slip it in the broadcast today. And you'll know it's because of you brought it up on the pocket. Pat, myself on the back. All right. Speaking of Jessica does the Mets have hired Herve's you could work for them in their baseball operations department. She'll give insights gentleman's your Brodie van wagon in she will also continually SPN responsibilities. We will have Jess in the podcast. We think for Friday, and she will explain more about what she's doing. Speaking of ESPN. She Sobat the of the Yankees in ESPN have worked out a deal word DC's going to work for us as nationalist. And I gotta tell you Josh when I saw this. I was so excited like I'm so CC's careers and over and we got our meat hoax in it. Right. Absolutely going to be terrific. Absolutely. And we've had the pleasure of having him on the podcast once or twice over the years. He's always been great. He's gonna fit in really well working with us. It's going to be awesome. Yeah. And we'll make sure we get him on his well sometime this spring bad news out of the Kansas City Royals camp Salvador Perez. They're all star catcher will need Tommy John surgery. The could not I don't think anybody expects the rose contend this year. But in terms of excitement level around that team. This is a body blow. Luis Severino in the Anki has inflammation in the area. Just underneath his shoulder. It looks like he's not going to be ready for opening day. He's getting treatment right now. We'll be talking with Sean 'field about whether or not this will spur the Yankees to perhaps have conversations with Dallas Tikal or GIO Gonzalez to best starters who are available in the free agent market. The angels contacted major league baseball about Bryce Harper lobbying for Mike trout that stem from an interview that Bryce Harper did on WIP in Philadelphia giving listen to Bryce Harper where the. Philadelphia Phillies, and we want whoever wants to come to Philly, and you don't want to come to Philly. Then don't come. You know, don't be part of it. But if you wanna come and be part of a winning team, and a winning culture, then you know, we're gonna need the best players to do that. It's respecting Mike trout in a certain way during the season and letting him play and do the things you need to do to. Of course, be Mike trout. But if you don't think I'm not gonna call Mike trout in twenty twenty to have him come to Philly. You're crazy. Yeah. So after that interview the angels contact to major league baseball presumably major league baseball being contact with the Phillies until to tell Bryce Harper to stop talking about my trout because he's a member of another organization on PTI. Tony Kornheiser, Michael wilpon address. The question have any issues with Harper brooding trout on you, Mr. tamper. Yeah. Give any problem with Bryce Harper saying he's going to recruit mi- trout. None whatsoever. Most of these tampering rules in now so antiquated in stupid, and they don't even take into account all the things that go on social media. But you know, Tony you, and I covered a lot of baseball in our lives, and you standing around the batting cage and somebody. Can just say another guy there what he's taking his cuts even though he's another team, bro. Won't you complete over here for about the next eight years with Abby tampering is saying publicly tampering. It's all stupid players, particularly should be able to call each other say to each other call each other out publicly say whatever you want to to to limit them to handcuff them is bad for the sport. And all these sports need to stop it. Yes. So I think if an owner says I'd like to have this guy think that's tampering. I think if GM says I'd like to have this guy's tampering and players players. Don't write the contracts players don't make the deals players can do whatever they want. I find it somewhat. Amusing that Bryce Harper thinks Mike trout needs him to say because I'm come to Philadelphia. I'm home I grew up in Vineland, New Jersey. Philadelphia's his home team. I I mean, I I don't know what influenced by you. Best rolling here on the plan. Move by Bryce Harper guy, who's there, and you just say bra, I'm here, I signed for a lot of money, but I left enough for you on the table the rights on he are moving. What might trout the eighty body to say play with we're going to get a letter from the league from we shouldn't alkyl, man. No red. They shouldn't. And my track continues to do Mike trout things in an angels uniform obscure to aren't for the angels might try. On the first pitch for maser angels. Think of three to leave. That from the angels television network today, we'll be doing rapid fire with max Muncie and Zander Bogart's to the Boston Red Sox. We talking with him poll indicates always bring some great notes, and we start with Dave Schoenfield. Let's get to it. Consider show. Welcome to the show Wilkinson show. Welcome to the show. Come to this show. Welcome to the show. Maybe you're in the show with TV show and fees. Okay. They've now that we have the complete opening for you. I haven't asked us. What do you think? Oh the opening. I love it. I mean, you know, feels like what my name is out there in a spotlight. I feel like I've kind of finally reached the big time. So pretty cool. They're nice. You ripping up your notepad as you walk out onto the big stage to talk about the topics of the day. Right. That's right. You know, forget this writing stuff. I just wanna do video. You know, maybe go into movies know, guessing about that next step in my career. Well, welcome to the show and welcome the show CC Sobat, the the longtime left-hander who's in beginning last year in major league baseball worked at a deal with the SP. And I had no idea had no hadn't heard anything about this. But when I heard it I was like I was so excited because you think he's going to be great because he so direct in. He's got so much accountability. He's a huge sports fan. And I think that'll be reflected a lot of his work. And I just like talking with him. Would you think? Yeah. No. I know last off season he did some stuff for for ESP. Pnn forget what show it was. But yeah, it's a great addition. I saw some people ripping this on on the internet yesterday. That wise an active player doing this BUSTER your of aid to remember during the playoffs guys like Tom Seaver and Reggie Jackson would do playoff games. You know, broadcasting's when they were still active player. So it actually used to be a thing. So hey, why not good Steph final year career? He's going to be fantastic. Yeah. Hundred percent. We also were broke on Tuesday that just is joining the mess front office. And and I saw a lot of the reaction on Twitter to this and Salah some people are saying, well, why would they hire her could she do both roles that sort of thing? And I just struck my shoulder to thought. Well, you know, what Alex Rodriguez does that and other broadcast lighter? Does that punch of people, sir? David Ross does that. Lotta people serve dual roles, and I think from her perspective what a great opportunity to be in in baseball organization to learn. No, absolutely. And you know, obviously, she's a a mentor a role model for for young women young girls out there let let's just get more women in the game period. Whether it's in the front office running teams coaches, whatever the game is evolving. Expanding the more input from the wide variety of people. I think is important for the future of the game. So again, good for Jessica first step. Maybe she'll be GM someday. There you go. We're going to talk to her on the podcast later in the week to get her to explain exactly what she's going to be doing for the Mets. And what was behind the decision? Big news that we got on Tuesday, Luis Severino who is thought to be the ace of the keys. Well, you know, what his timetables backed up now because he's got some soreness beneath his shoulder. It's not actual shoulder. Soreness the strength. They did show that he's had some weakness there. So they're going to back them off. He's going to go through treatment. And that of course is led to a lot of speculation about the Yankees, and whether or not they might get involved with the two most prominent free agents who are still out on the market. Dallas kaikal unsigned GIO Gonzalez unsigned. I think it's probably more likely at the Anki will look at other guys who might be willing to take a non roster invitation versus against solace or kaikal who aren't necessarily going to have to do that anything. He's probably will just look to the depth that they have to Mingo her mind Jonathan Louisa Lewis Sesa because we have no indication yet that this is a serious long-term injury. What do you think? Yeah. In some of those young guys they've been up already we've seen some mediocre work from them. Louis says a guy of the good fastball. Lewis saga has great stuff. He's never been healthy for more than two or three months in a row at time in his career. But. As some plus plus stuff. So yeah, I think those guys chance, you know, there are some bigger concerns here though. Right. If Severino's out long-term James packs, it has never qualified for an era title CC is he gonna make it through thirty plus starts. So you know, it's a little bit of a red flag. But it's also March whatever, let's take a deep breath, and relax, but the Yankee rotation if they have one issue, right? It's probably the rotation. Yeah. And maybe the one reason why you would think at some point if the Severino injury goes on for longer than you expected that you actually would get involved in Jiu Gonzales or Dallas kaikal there's not a lot of margin for error in the American League east. You can't just simply say, yeah. You know, what we'll be fine. We'll just play the first six weeks if we're playing and five hundred got plenty of time you're in the same divisions. The Red Sox, Dave what's your dog's name again, reintroduced? Did you hear that? Oh, yes. Yeah. That was Luca. I apologize. Podcast than I am the door in my office. I was anyways saw rabbit who knows? So anyway, I think that would be the one reason that to me would be concerned the Yankees are a great team. They're probably going to be able to hit any problems that they might have with a rotation early in the year. But if it's a longer type of injury, something that could linger. Yeah, I could see the Yankees going and looking in the market. Yeah. I agree. You know, he's out two weeks. I guess we'll find out where where he is in two weeks. And look I didn't investor. I don't know you never know how to react to these spring training injury reports because teams are obviously going to be extra cautious. So bottom line. Let's hope he's ok, you know, and I think back to you know, he struggled at the second half last year. So he was kind of a little bit of an issue heading into the season is ace is he a number two. Is that guy that can give you two hundred and fifteen innings doesn't click. That's the case now. But let's just hope he's back in two weeks. Yeah. And he was extremely motivated going into spring training. I was there in the early days it camps, and he was talking about how he altered his diet. And he you know, he's saying I started eating vegetables. I hate vegetables. He was in better shape. He dropped ten to fifteen pounds. He certainly someone someone who seems like is gonna learn really make progress in that way through the course of his career now. He's going to have to to sit and wait to get better. We got word from the Kansas City. Royals, salvador. Perez will miss the year. Tommy, John surgery. I've had a lot of conversations through the years we've catchers who've had this type of injury. And they're saying it's a year. You hope he's back in spring training next year in okay because catchers, they have to throw a whole lot. And you hope there's not any complication with his rehab. Yeah. Obviously tough blow for the royals not that they were going to contend or anything like that this year. But with that young pitching staff, you want Perez behind the plate, you know, working with all those guys, you know, backup catcher Cam Gallagher. I don't know whole lot about him. But you know, in many ways, Salvador Perez, he's the heart and soul of that team as one of the last remaining links to their World Series team, you know, tough emotional blow to that French is. Yeah. For a team that doesn't have a lot to sell their fans. And that's another thing too. Is that you know, like last year they brought him with Mike me stockists back because they wanted to give somebody that the fans could recognize and root for now. One of the few guys they have on the roster that fans don't know. Well, from the championship year, Salvador Perez, he's not going to be available to them. All right. Let's dive into what happened yesterday with started with Bryce Harper going on WIP in Philadelphia and making it very clear he's gonna recruit might trout before trout becomes a free agent in two thousand twenty or he's going to do that recruiting afterward. The angels heard about this. They contacted major league baseball. I'm assuming major league baseball will send a letter through any mcphail their their club president down to Bryce Harper and tell them to knock it off. I gotta tell you. I think, you know, first off my reaction is it's not that big of a deal. Major league baseball does need to address. Yes it because Bryce Harper is an employee of the Philadelphia Phillies. This is not something you do. But I kind of feel bad for trout like I hate the idea that trout has to deal with this. Yeah. No. I know. And I know you guys played the clip yesterday on yesterday's podcast with trout. And of course, he had to ask the question. What's your future is going to be two years? The Mike trout's going to have to answer these questions. So. Yeah, I absolutely feel terrible for them on the other hand. I kind of liked I know Harper probably crossed the line. But it's kind of fun in a way. I mean NBA does this stuff all the time? I put it through we need a little more soap opera stuff in baseball. It gives us something to talk about. And you know, I know they'll they'll send the letter it'll tell Harper to you know, knock it off. But I don't know for day or two I think it's okay. Josh, what do you think is a fan? Do you wanna see more of this type of stuff in baseball? One hundred percent. I love it. It makes it more. Interesting. Everyone always talks about how as Dave mentioned in the NBA. The most exciting part of the season is the off season if we could get to something like that with major league baseball as well where they can kind of own the winter or own apart of the winter with this recruiting and stuff like that. I think it would be great for the sport. Should he think Dave along those lines? If in fact, you feel like it's going to generate interest in sport generate conversation of the sport that they should just basically tell the players, look, you're not you're not subject to these rules, like don't worry about it. You know, any mcphail? You can't say anything about my drought that clinic GM you can't say anything about Mike trout. John Middleton owner the Phillies, you can't say anything about Mike trout, but you know, what Jake Arrieta. Bryce Harper JT real Mutsu Hoskins, go ahead tweet away. I look I assuming this stuff goes on probably behind the scenes anyways. Guess made the mistake of making it public. So it's already going on. Let's not kid ourselves. Yeah. I know the rule, you know, was there any negotiations here? No. I don't think Bryce Harper's offering Mike trout at contract for twenty twenty one. So I don't even know if he's breaking the rules like I dunno. I guess it's the player Bryce Harper can take the heat that he's gonna get for this. He probably enjoys it a little bit. And maybe he's being a little creative year to right? He's in the news last week. He's in the news this week. That's kind of what he stirs the pot a little bit. So yeah, I guess I'm all for it. Keep it going. And if you're the shoes, and this sort of thing happened would you react the way they did. Yeah. That'd be that'd be pretty ticked off. I I don't know if I would be I think you have to almost to defend your turf, you're going to reach out. But I also kind of wonder like why did the angels have to send a letter. And I don't mean that as a criticism the angels like where's major league baseball. If in fact, you're going to address these rules. Why wouldn't you just come out right away? Why do you have to wait for the angels to file some sort of a complaint? No, that's a good point to this come across is being very defensive. You know, you got my chart with the next two years. So why you know worried about what Bryce Harper say in two thousand nineteen so yeah, maybe maybe the angels need to calm down just a little bit. Well, and there were all kinds of reaction on Twitter. I saw to the stories that were posted last night by angels beat writers that they had filed that complaint, of course, lots of babies crying where the reactions would like win stop stop whining about it. And I don't know it doesn't seem like there's any good reason why the angels suit even be in that position when something like that was so public. Like, yeah. Just come out and say stop. Yeah. I went on an LA radio station last night. And you know, they were of course, worked up in a big sweat about this. But I get it might trout your guy best player in baseball. You don't wanna lose them? I don't enjoy them. While you have them Mike trout out in two years is going to make his decision. And I don't think what Bryce Harper has to say is going to be a big influence on where Mike trout is clean in two years. All right. You lead perfectly in my next question to actually can't came in the form of tweet from Todd. Alec Pratt at Todd Pratt seven. He asked BUSTER if you had to bet the family form on one of these guys joining Harper and Philadelphia would it be former Washington teammate, Anthony ran don't after two thousand nineteen local boy trout after two thousand twenty or Harper BFF Kris Bryant after two thousand twenty one. And he writes, you have to choose one no passing you or so definitive there. Dave, you want to bet you can't bet my family for maybe you can buy one and have a family far for yourself. You wanna bet a family form on one of those players winding up with Bryce Harper. You make me I here. Yes. I'll say Mike trout. I don't know. What did I say? But I'm going with Mike trout. I gotta pick one Rendon re signs Brian reside. Mike trout. Okay. What's your logic? I guess the logic. I mean, we're it's you know, he we know he's from there. We know the Phillies I just wrote about this on Monday. They're gonna have enough room in the payroll, plenty of room to sign Mike trout to go after Mike trout, maybe Bryce Harper recruiting them. Well help I who knows. Okay. Josh trout, trout. And I said yesterday, I think if I had to bet the the beach house in Maine, I think trout stays in Los Angeles. Anaheim Los Angeles of Anaheim. But. If of those three options, I think it's true. Okay. And my answer starts this way. I lecture for Todd Pratt going to let you know. I don't bet the family farm on just anything not some loose thing. Like, I mean, you're talking about some great fencing. There's a great pasture of about ten acres some alfalfa grows during the course of the summer. I'm not betting the family farm, if unless absolutely sure like I was absolutely sure that either Harper Machado would wind up with the Phillies, and I bet the family farm in this case, I'm not confident about one of those three going there. And I will tell you that if I had to bet something it probably be part of the wood lot on the family farm got some some nice maple there that you can draw from maybe some sugar woods in the spring. And I would bet on Chris Bryant's of those three players of the because I I hope I think Rendell and will wind up going back to Washington. He's a low maintenance guy, I think he's gonna tell Scott boards. Look get a deal done. I just want to stay with the nationals. I think there if I had a guest, I think it's better than fifty fifty. The Trump stays with the angels. Because I think he values what he has. And they value him the one x factor is will the angels try to haggle with him over what he should be paid. If they do that. I think it's a serious mistake. I think they should just tell them. Look, we're gonna pay you what you're worth. Here's a blind check. And we'll figure out the rest later, Chris Bryan on the other hand, we seem to be a little bit Voelkel this spring about service time manipulation which the cubs. Did we saw you know at the end of last year? The cubs talked to other teams about, hey, if you've got an offer Bryant bringing along it feels like there's some subtext going on in that relationship. He's Scott Boras. Client, Bryce, Harper's Scott Boras client as well. So I think out of those three I'd bet on Kris Bryant going to the Phillies. Y-? I think maybe have influenced my opinion there. Here's a question to who's going to be better by two thousand twenty one the angel who have a up and coming farm system. I'll have money to spend or the cubs who. Yeah, they're good now. But they're relying on this very old rotation that might be in tatters in three years Kris Bryant might not want to resign with a team that who knows what state they'll be in. So yeah, you might be right. And I'm with you. I think that's the hidden thing about this service time nippy Latian Kris Bryant remembers that you don't think Vladimir Guerrero junior. If he gets sent down is going to remember that in seven years when he's a free agent if the rules don't change. So there's a risk teams do that by keeping these guys down. Yeah. When Kris Bryant was a rookie. And that was going on. He was telling me friends of mine. Look, it's not a big deal. I'm not worried about it. Now as time goes along, and you get some time in the big leagues you understand how the business runs. Maybe that trust isn't quite as deep as it initially was and maybe when we get to that point. And the fact that he turned down. Remember the cubs tried to sign him to long-term deal that didn't work out. He turned that down. And so moving forward, you would assume there's a good chance he's gonna hit free agency. And that's where you know, the conversations going on between Harper and Bryant and Scott bores. Yeah. And don't forget trout already signed one extension with the angels that bought out three years of free agency. So he's elected to stay there once so yeah, maybe he'll elect to stay there. Again, justin. I change your mind. No. But I mean, I don't really feel that strongly about it one way or the other. And I I don't know. I guess yes. You you were a little bit convincing. But I'll stick with my original answer. Okay. Well, we'll we'll check back in two years and figure this out whether or not part of my wood lot has to be turned over on the family farm. Dave. Thanks for doing this. Always great to talk with you. All right. Thanks, guys. Let's consider the secret life of the innermost nesting doll living most of her life in the duck inside the other nesting Dole's. She has plenty of time to think if she could Saturday, she has no brain, however, women in the most nesting dole, his gyco not only saves people money, but also has been providing great service for over seventy five years. She thinks it's obvious. You should switch because. Yes. Switching to gyco is a no brainer pitchy in a most nesting Dollond a lot in life. Last week. I got a chance to sit down with Zander Bogart's. The Boston Red Sox. We went rapid fire. Give a listen as this season goes along how much talk do you think they'll be among the players about perhaps becoming the first team in almost two decades to repeat his champions because there hasn't been one since the Yankee teams back in the late nineties. I think there'll be a lot definitely be allowed because we have a good team to Astros had all also wanted the best last year and they end up becoming champs. So we know exactly not something easy to do. But I take we have the good staff. Good players are good leaders on a team to to go ahead and do it. Again. What's the state of the rivalry between the Red Sox and the Yankees? I think it's it's much more bigger now than when I just had came up to the big leagues. I know we have a lot of younger guys younger kids on the team on both sides of the team. I think we all just learning the history and tradition, and and we've had a lot more fights lately, Joe Kelley and always not handle all what? But it's kinda heating as as the young guys become an older. And and I think us went into division a couple of times in a row and and world champs last year. So maybe he's got a bit intensified this year by the Yankees. What's relationship between the players yourself? Judge Severino during these during these games during these weekends series. I think before the games are always talking to each other. You know? Wishing good luck and stuff like that. But I think June again is not much. We don't really talk that much. Yeah. I think it strictly business Juna gays. I mean, I don't see much laughing with each other during the games. What are you looking forward to the most with those two games that are going to have in London? I think plan lows in another country, you know, some teams know played in Mexico. So I just paid another country would be great, I know in the Netherlands. I have a lot of a lot of friends and family. So I know definitely we close enough for them to come by. And be able to watch a game of me 'cause maybe come into the US would be a bit harder fest thing about playing with Mukhi beds. Besting? This is all my team. I think being with the Red Sox since I was young and hearing about him whenever he wasn't a minor league. Because I was up in the big leagues already. I'm asking one of my coaches any FOX like who is one of the guys on there. And he mentioned we'll keep bets, you know. And copiers after here's. We'll be up in the big league. So it was fun to see how he transformed from from such a young kid playing second base to to be an MVP feeli-. You know, it doesn't mean that whatever position you've come up with you'll stay there. But I mean seeing his tools on on a daily basis the week impacted game on so many different areas. I think that's one of the most fun parts to see. And also, he's a he's a great human being in general. You know, we're just baseball. I and his talents. Every day is amazing. What's the most amazing thing that he does on the field in your eyes? Whether it's his power speed is defensive. I think as defense a lot on. Oh, his defense is is really highly. Rated I think his defense is always unbelievable out there. He he robs a couple of homers per year. He doesn't dive much she has like a weird sliding way that he he catches a ball which works for him. But his speed and defense. I mean speed kills so ceiling basis, obviously, we know head, but the defensive side, I think it's really special. What was the best thing about playing little league playing literally I think player my brother me and him we were twins. I'm a twin being able to play abroad in selections. Against different countries. Venezuela Puerto Rico Dominican so traveling abroad plane, the other countries in the Latin American and competing against them. Where you meet other guys that that this also in a big lease now Ronald Torres during some pro far John's skull those are most of the guys from crew, Sal. There's been a lot of guys that play with us kids and they've been in the big leagues now, which is which is pretty impressive to see. Now. What was the toughest moment? You had in little league. A hundred percent. It was not being able to make it to williamsport. That was my toughest thing. My Jay was always playing willow sport. I remember my lastly yet last year literally, we have one of the best teams and. You just couldn't beat crew solemn Abby Kusaba believe me. They were they were GM team. And then I think they made it to the finals twice, and willow sport one time they wanted to became world champs. They beat us a room undergo there and became champs. But there were so good men and being able to not be them. I think was was hard. How did you handle that? When you get knocked out. I think I cried a definitely cry because I know it was on last year is in Italy. Those guys were so good, man. There was so much better than us. And being able once we got to senior league. That's where we beat them eventually and I went to first World Series. It wasn't Bangor Maine the senior League World Series and being able to go there at least that was my last because right outside I sign with the Red Sox. Those my last try, and we definitely gave it all everyone. But I literally was part asto minimums your favorite player to watch right now. I just answer that the other day. I mean, I I gotta go. And when keep batsmen, I know he's all my team. Maybe that has to do with it. Also, I see him every day. But definitely I would pick him your least favorite pitcher to watch. This favored pitcher to watch her to face. Sorry all to face. I was just I was actually just in the kitchen, and I was just in the kitchen talking about that. I would go ahead and pick Jephson larger. I was just talking about the actually so the. Those those to answer Jeff some margin. Why I don't know, man. He has something about him. He's he's a he's a bit intimidating. I know a lot of guys doesn't have this guy's does. But pin God he's where the giants. You know? So I haven't faced him in a while. But I'll definitely pick him. He he to me is is the guy if you could still one position players tool among the five tools, whose tool would you steal? And why another words speed or somebody speed or somebody's power? Somebody's ability for batting average. Who's tool would you steal? I'll feel Mookie Betts is defense. If this is still not at rife, you'll probably use that tool to play shortstop. But I think we'll kids defenses is unbelievable. Who is the best dancer on the team the best dancer on the team? Besides me. Let me see. Let me see. What's the best answer? Well. Going. I know the best singer is water Rodriguez. There's one hundred percent on always weird. But that that is. I was seen a lot of guys dance. I haven't. I think you've got one vote, right? Some you've got one vote for fast. Besides me. You know, what it was in before you? It was absolutely an animus about best singer on the team. And I know who is that that does it. That's a shocker shocker cold. Okay. Okay. Okay. It's close. It's close. I'll pick any though, I'll pick Eddie. Why do you pick him? I remember he he we went to the bus ride one day with a rookie. Hayes AM suffer that in the rookies who singing and out of nowhere. He just goes with this country. So I I can't remember the name of the song. My now in. Has English is good. But not to know a whole song at all. It's not that good to know complete slow and he just out of nowhere took the my play the song. And then he started singing every word of it. And I'm like, I don't understand. How is he even doing this? Because I never I never saw him practicing it with me. I don't know where and he just continues doing it on the plane when we when we Clinton's won the series piecing. That's all again. And I mean, I was so impressed. We gotta get him to do it this year. That is the guy Eddie is your favorite road stadium. And why my favorite road stadium? I know a lot of people call me crazy, but I would pick Baltimore. You ask me. So that's the one I pick. It's so orangey with the fans the orange uniform and the nice background. I think I played there a lot per year. Also, you know, they're in our division. I will pick Baltimore yet. And all, you know, during the anthem where they go all the fans and so. That's pretty that's pretty nice food to see. Yeah. Good hitting there at the ballpark too. Shift the shift. Do you love it or would you ban? It. I wouldn't I wouldn't ban it. I wouldn't ban. I think if I was a lefty, right? The polls balls ninety five percent, I take lead on a couple of months per game. Make them start not not shifting me. No more. You know, I made me get my lame back swim. Maybe I hook up all ill pass through. But I see some guys that they just don't even Bush two to one at all. They just go up there hack in the hitting a good. But writing the shift, you know, right in we're not supposed to do. We're going to give you some acronyms for advanced statistics. And see if you know these okay? Okay, fep no the hassle new the pictures. I don't know what it is though. I don't know what it is. I don't know what it is wolf. I know someone we're hitting. UCR? Yeah. That's defense. I suck. WRC? Plus. Yeah. Know that that's hitting to this like the the percentage that you better than league average league average is haunted. So, you know, the more high you are the better like JD mckeon trolleys like one ninety or something like that waited runs created. Yeah. That thing that thing. 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He's my favorite actor, man. So I gotta flaw following him. So we're going to be hearing a lot from Santa vogue arts. I'm sure the next two days they expect to interview in the game on Wednesday. And then he'll be part of the all access stuff that we're doing with the Red Sox on Thursday getting that exhibition game will be at one o'clock on ESPN. We also did a rapid fire max Muncie. Here's Pedro Gomez sitting down with max max, what is the best part about playing with clay. I think it's kind of his fit the fierce attitude. He brings on his on a start day. You know, I don't think there's a guy in baseball that competes as much as he does when it's his turn to pitch. And then when he's not is trying to pitch through. I don't know if there's a guy that works as hard as he does, you know, he see that. And you realize he's had success. He had he said because of the person that he is. And it makes you want to do the exact same thing. So just his whole way of going about the game is the right way. And really makes you wanna follow him close motivation to season 'cause motivation is just win each game. Take one day at a time. We're not gonna look back the past gonna look forward through feature. And we know what kind seem we have. We know it's a very good team very talented team and not gonna hold anything back. She's losing to World Series. Kind of light a fire. Like, I said, we're not gonna get the best. You know, we're gonna keep looking forward. You know living in past doesn't do us. Any good you play that Baylor? What was your favorite part about playing college baseball? Fair pilot pink college baseball by the brotherhood. You get there. Do you know it's a lot different than what you get in pro ball. The guys you're on throwing that you're on the team with. You know, you're me live with them. You're going to school with them. You're doing for an workouts in the fall here. Just numerous things it's kind of a different atmosphere when you're talking about guys that you've put so much work in with that, you know, get the Pro Bowl and the off season and everyone goes around ways, they're doing their own thing. Whereas in college, it's you're kind of around those guys all year round. And you're sweating together all year round, you're working together all year round. And this is just the brotherhood. The Rockies have made the playoffs last two seasons within the division. How much did games against them different than other clubs? Does that differ at all? You know, doesn't matter who the opponent is you have to go out there and play it the out there and play the game of baseball. You're not playing the other team. If you go out there and execute the way, you know, how to execute shouldn't matter who's on the other side. And if you let she let who's on the other side get into your head. And that's when you start making mistakes you start losing games. He started doing things, you don't know me do. It's it like to play in LA. It's different. Definitely a little different. You know, it's Hollywood. It's a it's primetime sixty thousand people in the stands. It's it's definitely something a little special and on top of that. I just the atmosphere. I've noticed we go to other places and. You know, there's a lot of great cities out there a lot of stadiums. But when you come Dodger Stadium, you're talking about Hollywood movies on the on the big screen production the way they do it. We have one of the best sound systems in the game. The stadium gets Rockin. It gets loud. It's just it's a whole different different atmosphere in Dodger Stadium who's your favorite player to watching the game right now trout. Least-favoured pitcher to face who gives you fits. There's a lot of those guys. Joe kelly. Well, you're lucky anymore. From the short the short time pant span of the World Series and sage Kilby. If you could steal one players tool. What would it be? Billy Hamilton speed favorite road city. Seattle. I have brother I got a brother lives there. So that's my road city ballpark still Seattle. I really like Seattle. The shift Bannet or love it. I think that's the best of both worlds. You know, it I feel like it takes away some heads. But at the same time, you know, you can get completely fisted in hit a ball down third base line for whatever reason, and you get hit out of that where you can just hit one off the end of the bat. They kinda scribbles down third base line. You get hit. So it's it's the best of both worlds that takes away some hard hit balls. But it gives you some software balls. All right test you here, maybe that stat fit. No idea fast balls in play. Whoa. Woah, what is that a weighted on base average? UCR user. Easy or easier. I don't know. WRC? Plus waited runs created plus. John jumping into the numbers. Evaluating millions of leases of data tonight. The Cincinnati by do fine. This is hembo knows Ambos fall into kitties researcher at ESPN. He's the backbone of the show get up, and hembo, we've been talking today about the whole Bryce Harper, Mike trout, tampering thing. And I got it to him. I think that they've shown feel convinced me like kind of like who cares? Just let the players do that. That's Justice perspective as well. And I'm thinking about writing a column for tomorrow, basically, saying, you know, what specified in the rules just say players. This does not apply to you this applies the front office executives, it applies to t- presidents, general managers and managers. You're not allowed to do things. If players wanna put stuff out there, if they want to send out tweets if they wanna make phone calls go for it. What do you think actually agree with your take on this? I am from a Phillies fan in from Philadelphia. But that notwithstanding to me the players are in the in the grand scheme of this game or the harmless participants I do understand rules being in place for front office types. We've seen this ad nauseam in the NBA. It seems like every other day the Lakers. The Lakers for an office is being fined for tampering with your. Here's the future free agent. And that is certainly fair. But when it comes to the players, this is good for the sport. Just think about the amount of a free publicity. If you will that clip on ninety four WIP from Bryce Harper staying that about might trout has deigned baseball. That's a good thing for baseball right now like the NBA thrives because it is an internet sport baseball. Could learn a little bit from that and thrive as a result of that. Yeah. I know what? And I think Josh whether you said before we started the show today, or as we're going along today it happens. Anyway, like, we all know, even if they don't do it publicly like Bryce Harper if they do it, privately it's happening all the time. Those conversations go on all the time player standing around the batting cage going out to dinner. Hey, what would it be like to play together? So why not why why not turn it into something? That's a positive for you. You might as well. It's a good thing for the game. I think from a marketing perspective to like it just going to give us endless hours of banter. That's what the NBA history on baseball. Should do the exact same thing. Yeah. We filled up thirty minutes of a podcast today. Base point. Yeah. You sent your Email overnight. You wanna talk about the breakout position player this season. Well, first of all last year, this time it just to provide you a little context that provided a breakout candidates that identified using some underlying statistics last year BUSTER, I give you an Nola. He finished second in baseball and more. You also Ian have he sort of let me down. But my position player this season is the Mets. Brandon nimmo. I have three reasons for you. I is his plate. Discipline Nimmo posted the second lowest chase rate in baseball last season among all hitters with at least five hundred plate appearances that just thirteen percent only Joey Votto chased at a lower rate that resulted in a four four on base percentage, which trailed only Mike trout, Mookie Betts and vodka himself. Secondly, I expect nimmo's platoon split to diminish for his career nimmo's. Oh PS against lefties is two hundred five percentage points below is Mark for righties, but fear not Nimmo doubled. His line drive rate against lefties after. The all star break last season to twenty nine percent just to provide some additional context. Mike trout's line drive rate last year was twenty eight percent, and Leslie he can really really run that cast graded Nimmo in the eighty four th percentile for average print feed last season yet his run-scoring percentage. Only thirty one percent the league average was thirties. Why was that? Well, Mets two three four hitters last season. Buster posted a seven twenty five that was twenty six in Alabama ball. Ciano of I'm going to second you on this one because I think I would pick Josh Bill before him. I think I would pick. And I don't know if you consider Rafael Devers to be a candidate. But I think he's going to just have a huge season this year. And I don't know if you consider Michael Conforto in that category. But I just get the sense. He's ready to put it all together. Right. Who's your pitcher but pitcher as the cardinals, Jack, flirty and a half three reason for him as well. I BUSTER he induces swings and misses a variety of ways among pitchers with twenty stores last season. Flaherty ranked in the top ten in whiff rate using three different pitches to seam fastball slider and his curveball. Secondly, he can face the lineup more than once after struggling the third time through the order before the all-star break BUSTER opponents bedded just one fifty nine the third time facing him in a game during the second half. That was the third lowest Mark among qualified pitchers. His velocity maintains throughout the game. And lastly yada ear Melina is back in healthy flared, easy, RA was three four. Of a run better with Yati behind the plate last season. And that's largely due to his not surprised to hear this. It's pitch calling flirty through his breaking pitches with two strikes more frequently with mylene behind the plate which come as no surprise that historic. At rate was seven percent higher in those circumstances. I totally agree with you. Jack flaherty. We we had a conversation with him before pitching Sunday night game. And I know Memphis Gershon is safely we walked away. Like, okay that that guy is going to be a star with the stuff in the athleticism coming up as a teenager is. I think it was the third baseman or shortstop, but he is a monster on the rise. And you also want to talk about the best destination for one of the best free agents available. Dallas kaikal his free agency freeze is tied obviously to his lack of swing and miss stuff. But that's obviously taken over the sport. And it should go without saying, but let's consider his run prevention abilities for just one second. Kyko was one of three American League starters the post a sub three era three times in the last five years. Chris sale and Corey kluber are the only others granted era is dependent on a lot of batted bowl noise. But we can at least to an extent account for that Piccolo the lowest ground ball rate in baseball during that time and seventy seven percent of his ground balls have been. Turned into else. That's well above the league average. And since his pitching is defense reliant the Braves make a good bit of sense in my judgment. Atlanta ranked fourth in defensive efficiency on ground balls last season in their projected opening day payroll is less than it was a year ago. And I know they're saving some bullets possibly to add during the year. But in recent days you concern about Kevin Gosper and concern about Mike Fulton avenue in. So we'll see if at some point they jump in. I do wonder if in the end if they wind up spending on one more pitcher, it'd be more likely to be Craig kimbrel for that bullpen versus Dallas kaikal. Right ambled. Thanks for doing this. As boys. Leach your tweets. Jeff shoe leads us off BUSTER he's at j h city, and he's obviously been listening to our rapid fires. Appreciate that. Jeff. And he says when some of major league baseball is most elite players like Mike trout, Giancarlo Stanton. Don't know advanced stats acronyms, not even f I p are we making too big of a deal of these numbers or two players just actively avoid getting lost in their stats. Yeah. I think a lot of players don't want to worry about that. And have that in the back of their head because hitting a baseball is hard enough. They don't want overcomplicate it. You do have some players who love this stuff. Like, max Scherzer the Washington nationals. But I don't think we're making too big of deal deal because we know so many decisions are being paid about rosters are based on these numbers. So I get it. Why players wouldn't necessarily be interested in them. But in terms of teams and club executives heck here. They're all they're all in all over it. Take that fifth. Also. Although buzzer, I think part of it just kind of listening to those rapid fires as we've had them on the show. I think another part of it. I players might be acting a little too cool for school. Sometimes. No, no. I don't care about that. I'm just there it, and I think they're not giving themselves enough credit. Maybe sometimes for what they do actually. No. Just me just tell you this the players that most of the players the expression on their face when you say, so I'm gonna throw you some acronyms statistics. They look at you like, really, dude. I don't think I don't think a lot of them know what they are. And when they start to break it down. Let's see I p like feeling. Something with that. And then our C see the puzzling run generated plus in air. What are what are you talking? Right. And the and the UCR they they you know, they've heard enough, but they're like some do with defense. Right. Exactly. Exactly. Gabriel geese. King is next at Nyack six one nine Gabriel. A multiple choice question for you BUSTER, which of these players production will have more of an impact in order for their club. To succeed. Ronald Kuni junior. Kris Bryant Trevor story. Again, I think divisional context is so important, and because of that I think I'm gonna go with a kunia like I when I was in Braves camp last week you look at the young talent they have on that team. And you understand why they want a lot of games last year. And if they're going to get back to the postseason if they're going to win the division again. Then Ronald Kuni junior has to play a huge role. Like we saw the cubs last year finished with the second best record and Kris Bryant didn't have a great year and in the National League West, I just don't think they're pressured a lot of pressure on the Rockies or any other team another multiple question. Another multiple choice question rather since you did so well without one Reggie deal. Who's at baseball nerd, oh seven says BUSTER which team if you consider future signings has the most volatile range of potential performance meaning team that could win just seventy games or lose just seventy games Reggie gives you the options of twins pirates or Braves. But of course, this is your show you can pick D other. Reggie I actually would pick Sarah Lang's favorite team the Mets like I look at that team. And you think boy if Noah Syndergaard and Jacob degrom and Zack Wheeler start one hundred games that team could win the division. If they get injuries to to those guys are some issues pop up. Suddenly, it's a very different team. It's a very different team. I don't know of another team. That's more top heavy in terms of its reliance in a small core of guys. What do you think? Josh. Yeah. No. I I like your thinking there. I think the Mets is a good choice. I'm actually surprised Reggie didn't include them. I was hoping you might go off the board and say cubs, but that's just not realistic. I I love this narrative that they're gonna stink this year. Even though I don't think that's true. Coach at ads e Hoy says, hey BUSTER any chance Dallas kaikal could end up with the White Sox perhaps as a mentor for Michael kopech? Yeah. And I had an agent point. And that's me the other day. Look, we we know the White Sox can afford it. They were in the Manny Machado conversations some point. They were in the Bryce Harper conversation. Yeah. They could absolutely do it. But under the current rules where it feels like either you try to be really good or you try to be really bad, and they're not going to be competitive enough. I think to win the division this year. Would it make sense to us to sign Dallas? Kyko. I get it. He makes them a little bit better. But you necessarily want that in development year, and Michael kopech is basically going to be at all. You'd after having Tommy John. Yeah. Yeah. I get what you're saying. But I mean in a division as weak as the AL central could they just like luck in. Okay. Finally, loved his question from Eric E at SO Tarik, Eric zero guys in Space Jam type scenario if you had to pick any one starting pitcher from baseball history to pitch a game against alien baseball villains to save the world who do you hand the ball to no doubt, Madison? Bumgarner, no doubt. I'm sorry. I said he Colfax should be in the conversation. I think he from history you'd have to put Bob Gibson in the conversation. Right. Yup. Look Randy Johnson, chilling, you know, two guys being willing. Know, if he could intimidate the alien way, he intimidated me over the phone, then the aliens don't stand a chance, okay. Well, you have you taking more. I. Pick Madison Bumgarner who'd you pick Colfax Colfax. Wow. Okay. Let me teach sixty six. I hadn't even thought it Gibson, and that's my fault. But Gibson might be the better choice due to nails. Yeah. He was. Although we did lose a game seven. Okay. Yeah. When you're being what about what about your guy? Tell me your system works thing was the greatest pitcher in the history of the universe. Okay. But that doesn't mean that's not the question. The question is you gotta win one game to save university. You picking are you kidding? Have you been paying attention? Bumgarner never loses those games. And he told he told the teammate kerchief told us, I don't get nervous. He wouldn't you know, every we'd all be fearful we'd be concerned about the state of the universe, and he'd be like don't worry about it. I got this. Yeah. Good question. Eric, but I have to say, man. Yes. Mealey's hard questions. Keep questions coming hard or otherwise, just make sure you use the hashtag tweets. Oh, wow. That's it for today might thanks to Zander Bogart's into max Muncie into Pedro Gomez and Dave showing field and Paul Emba keys. Josh, Macarena course, thanks to Madison. Bumgarner for saving our universe. And he'd come on. Let's go. Yeah. I heard that. Yeah. No Gibson and Colfax for the first two names that popped up to me. But yeah, Bumgarner, I mean come on. Yeah. Wow. Was that obvious like I did. Josh we always think baseball fifty years ago is better than baseball now. So we think of all the old timers for right now. That's true. I'm guilty. Oh. And by the way in the ninth inning of turning the ball over to Rivera. Okay. That one is this. Unless unless alien David Ortiz comes more. Yeah. Louis Gonzales comes up for listening to the baseball tonight podcast. If you're playing fantasy baseball toll-free get to listen to the fantasy, focus podcast checkout all podcasts at ESPN dot com slash pod center. Baseball ten night the podcast.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 872 White Sox Improve; Start of 3B Preview

"Hello and welcome to episode eight. Seventy two of them the sleeper in the bust it is tuesday december eighth. I'm euros false boring. I've joined this morning by justin mason just in good morning sir. Hot stove is percolating. It's it's starting to get up there We got a big move last night Sizable move earlier in the day. So couple big things on a monday setting us. Up for tuesday's show. I like that. We'll get into some third base action as well. Let's dive right in big trade lance lynn to the white sox for dane dunning and a prospect named avery weems. Obviously the two major leaguers in question are are the big news here and of course Lynn going to a contender is is huge. There's not pitching out on the market. The its its power and then definitely a dropper to down handful guys two of more stroman and guzman really cutting leg out from under this pool so you know what what are you going to do to get your pinching said well you can make a trade like this. You can trade for someone who's really turned into an established stud drain away. You're twenty six year old prospect. Who were dissuade through. Tj had a nice little debut still has six years of team control for the rangers. So this looks like an excellent win win. Deal here Let's focus on to the white sox. You got julia. Lynn kaikal cease kopech. Now as your top five you don't have to rely on rain all the lopez. Maybe that ship has finally sailed as should as as the king. I'm president king. I'm the king of the lopez fan club. You don't want to be king of that though right you know it's like being king of some failed nation But as the king. I'm even saying it's over. So that would that five setting up as is that works and julie dolan has one two punch. I think that's really nice lens. A little bit older. But what do you think of this move over to chicago. He doesn't like he's breaking down at all right now. I mean i. I love this move for both sides But i love it for chicago. Who needed to add something to their rotation and in may still i mean we have no idea what michael kopech situation is going to be coming in you know. I mean he hasn't pitched since his tj there's been rumors about him not really wanting to put as much effort into baseball as maybe You would need from a top tier prospects so really. Yeah oh yeah and heard these stories like michael cutbacks. Going pretty high schrafft's. I mean for a guy who didn't pitch at all and is coming off. Tj he's a straight avoid for me so it wouldn't surprise me to see them go and get another piece for this rotation but now you've got that top three of giolito kaikal and lynn in you can get anything to cease and maybe you go back and get a gio gonzalez type. I was gonna say like ceases and the guarantee either. I'm pro cease. It was very pro coming into twenty hoping we would get a full season. And he showed like little. Instances here was only fifty eight innings. Still give up way too. Many homers had a 401k but it's fraudulent as hell because of the strike odds plummeting staying too high and so don't put anything into that. Era for sees. He is still just twenty five. Still but there's the two young guns there with cease and kopech. I got a little bit of both. I agree with you. Crocheting back into the market. Pardon me garrett. Crochet made his youtube. He could be in this rotation as well. But i think he would have to go back to the minors to work in. I don't think he could start the season in the rotation but it's year reinforcement. So so i think you mentioned the name. I think a little tick above gio gonzalez little reunion with jose kintana mu. That'd before like either way to go. I i don't know. I think there's still a little gas in the tank. I always have his. Breakout with the white sox. He just became that steady. Eddie and nobody really Inflated his draft is member when he was like two hundred in the bank two hundred and the bank of just quality work You know he's fallen off a bit recently with the cubs. He's really kind of moved until like that. That four territory that four started. But that's all they need from like forget the fantasy impact he would fit nicely there With what you're saying With kopech having some issues as far as motivation and being far from guarantee as far as lynn always solid talking about like that. Steady workhorse with saint louis. goes to texas member on that three year deal. It was coming on the heels of weird season where he was bad with minnesota but then had that late season trade to the yankees and quietly dominated now for fourteen. Era dominated to seventeen fit. The skills had transformed right before our eyes With with the strikeouts. Texas do it three year. Thirty million dollar deal. Which was derided a bit at the time that i own. Listen i'm here to say. I never saw this coming when he did with texas but i thought i thought it weird that it was kind of chuckled at a little bit like a three year. Deal for ten mil. It's ten mil. And he's a workhorse. Turns out he's been stunned. He's i mean he's been a front liner for them with texas. Three fifty seventy are a one seventeen. Whip three hundred thirty five strikeouts in eighty four walks in two hundred ninety two third innings. He will be thirty four. Put you see anything to worry about like. I said he hasn't really shown any signs of breaking down. Do you have any concerns here with in chicago. I mean i have a few concerns. And i mean own standard age related or are they lynn related in any in any way a little of both. I mean his thirty four going to be thirty. Four coming into the season I'm actually thirty six. Which is sad to me But the homer rate last year was Really jumped. I know it's sample so we can't really until too much into it but leaving texas where the park really played really well for pitchers And having that home run rate that kind of clearly didn't play that well. Yeah exactly So now going in chicago where where. It's you know. suppose you know. Supposedly more hitter friendly might be A little scary. That being said i. I do believe that we may get another season in which you're central place central and getting to move into the role of be awesome for lance lol. That wouldn't even be fair. I have him as a top ten pitcher so like there are some things to be concerned. i still have them in my top ten. I do believe in his skills in the skill changes that he's made of last few years And i would have no problem. Drafting him as my my number one. But i haven't had to in-draughts like i've gotten him as my answer to and then you get len as would you feel better and i don't quite top ten. But i'm i'm i'm there and i need to update my rankings because I did my fantasy black book profiles and totally change things around with my rankings. I am fifteen. He might move up a tick or two for land. Would you feel better if i told you that. He had a one one home or nine and then gave up three and a shellacking in his last season against houston to make it one four. And i'm not suggesting that that start does not count but i think that when one start can move that much because it's such a small sample. I don't have any grave. Homerun concerns right. Now is what i want to say even going to chicago which is extensively better park. I really think it was. You know a a couple multi in fact you really wasn't allowing many homers until about september When he lot of homer in every start except one and he was still good in fact houston. Hit five of the thirteen homers. He gave up so getting away from houston. Might might help lynn overall. Though i mean you you still have a pretty glowing Profile on him here and this just gives them a really strong. Frontline there with gillian on land. They might split them up and go. Jay leno kaikal lynn known. Righty lefty righty. But make no mistake. There to best are giolito. Emlyn mom you season was thrashed by that last start and he gave up nine earned. Ten total runs in that game. Three runs like you said is the ira coming into. That game was to fifty three. What a completely changed the outlook if anything. That's better for you. And i as fans 'cause we get them cheaper as you're talking because it even though it's only two months if he had a shiny two and a half year a you know the reactions would be different than when they see. Oh standard three thirty two. I definitely think it had an outcome on the projections because you look at steamer projecting him for four twenty seven. The ira and you go. Yeah no. I don't see that like i think. Probably mid to low threes type guy. You know with strikeout inning Y- i i li- in gonna get a lot of wins now. Moving from texas to An upstart chicago team. That i think really only main whole right now is is the bullpen. I think they're gonna you know if they're the team that gets andrex. That's that's gonna bad would be nuts. Because i actually think their bullpen sneaky idea what you're saying they don't have name. It's sneaky good but it's you know i think it's like one or two pieces away from being a dominant one and when you have like the guy hendrix that'd be just i mean you know the if they got let's say they got. Let's say the bradley. You don't even need to go and spend the hendrix money. Go get bradley. And put him at the end. That penn Either a setup role or a closer and you've got you know tigers team that's still rebuilding a royal team that still rebuilding in indian team. That doesn't seem Concerned necessarily about winning trading lynn. Or yes exactly. They have to. They have to move What about what about brad. Hand who also would not come in hendricks money but then gives them that. Left to go with aaron bummer. Oh actually i skipped over jason. They got they got a couple of days left. The is not as important. I thought their second left. He was a guy named burt offers. Bummer govern fry. I was thinking it was just bomber and florez junior. Not go in the get a guy like bradley In honestly the way they've been going at it i wouldn't be surprised if they hendrix but i think bradley is a great consolation prize. I mean they don't have a ton of money on the books like it's not like this movement. They're not making money yet. In a lot of youth aren't going to be making the money they would have had. They not certain unit signed long-term deals. I mean they've gone moncada Eloy anderson ro bear all on. You know deals so it's not like like they have the potential if they wanted to go out and pick up a few big free agents you know and pay them money long term. It's not like the keys on their team right now. We're going to get that much more. Expensive giolito yep yep totally Totally see that with the white sox. They're setup brilliantly. Let's talk about what's going back to the rangers here. Because like i said i really truly see this as a win win and those are fun deals you know when you feel really good for both clubs gala warm and fuzzy about the trade dane. Dunning going back you know. He was kind of forgotten piece of that Adam eaton lucas. Giolito deal with the aforementioned reynaldo lopez because he was recovering from tj at the time. But he's a first round pick You know who was a legit prospect in all that coming out of the university of florida. So i said with tj and being college. He's a little bit older twenty six but the rangers still having for the full six years. That easy is it with them until twenty through twenty twenty six. So what are we thinking about. Dane dunning after nice old debut thirty four innings but three nine seventy or a twelve whip. Thirty five strikeouts in thirty four innings. This is a solid pickup for the rangers. Yeah i love it. I think it's a really nice fit for him to be able to go to a park lake taxes and and now he doesn't have to worry about being taken on rotation if you know the he struggles a little bit give them some leash because they don't have much in that rotation anymore other than my boy kyle gibson Do you want to highlight what you said there. Because normally people would say i'll go on and texas year five so called life with the new one called It believe in new globe life. It looks like a barn from the outset But it is. It's become a huge pitchers art To the point where the hitters on the team actually complained publicly including joey gallo like hey owing with this sucks of in so you know people if you still think in about texas is being hitters part that gets bad in the summer it's domed And so yeah. It's a really really nice kind of bizzare haven this season and that is great for a guy like dunning. Who already has some really interesting skills in terms of i mean this was a guy who most of his minor league career was over. Fifty percent. ground balls y- what do you think is hard. Contact percentage was this year. Thirty percent forty by percent now forty five thirty eight to forty two percent twenty point seven. You know i mean so. He limits as long. i chip. yeah and it's not like he was void of strikeouts. Either you know. I mean he did swing strike right lovers at works so there's obviously some injury risk because he did miss all the time. You know with tj But i think this is a really really nice deal for texas as well. i mean. obviously they weren't going to be competing landslides in the last year of his deal into to get a guy who who immediately becomes probably their best pitcher. I guess their best starter Immediately but you have them for six years yes is. Do you think that it behooves teams like the rangers to trade these guys now particularly with Concerns about you. Know what if we don't get an actual season and and it's more like last year or the year just had twenty tony than a standard year and that trading guys at the deadline even with teams in need becomes more difficult to get. You know something big for like a month of lancelot if we got to that situation. Do you think there's any concern there or did they just say you know what this is. This is the best deal we're gonna get. This is a really sharp deal. Let's go ahead and do this. How much teams are concern of a goofy season again versus texas really just saying hey. This is a good deal. We're taking it. We don't we're not worried about waiting till later. I don't think teams loose. I i would hope that teams. Don't think there isn't gonna be season. They were able to get these in this last year. We had nothing that would be a season that it would be. I think stunted. I think the concern is there won't be fans in the seats for a lot of games and so the bottom dollar honey is gonna hurt More than you know. Previous seasons previous to twenty twenty I don't think. I think one of the reasons why insulin didn't get traded last year because of the pandemic i think they would have liked to maximize his value. Once they realized things were going the way maybe they anticipated after they made the kluber trade and all that so i definitely think there are teams out there that are going you know and i think the next thing we're gonna talk about. Maybe one of them in terms of the reds you know maybe they're looking. Hey we just got hurt financially from the pandemic it doesn't we don't know if twenty twenty one is going to be that much better you know in terms of having fans in the seats. Maybe it's a better idea that we don't put a whole bunch of money on our payroll right now and we we. We use this as a retooling season Season so. I definitely think while i think you probab- i know. You agree with me that it's bs at teams are crying. Poor right now. I can definitely see teams go. Well if it's going to be another short and sees in were variants becomes a bigger part of it If we're not going to be able to make maximize profits in the way we have in the past because we don't have fans maybe it's best that we do cut payroll and retool for a season in which you know. Being a good team has an added benefit of people wanting to come to the park there leaning into it. They know they have an easy excuse to cry. Or and they aren't dylan. And it disgusts me. Well i i understand. If you're a fringy team like any lance and you go listen. Maybe we can back doorway into the playoffs. You know By spending or maybe we can't. Maybe it's just a smarter you know plan financially to say you know i'm going to punt twenty twenty one yard punt twenty twenty and then punt twenty twenty one and hope that by twenty twenty two. I've done enough with that point that i'm going to really good a much better position when there are fans like i get that aspect of it. I just don't like the whole Like this whole thing. That teams are doing now. That corona virus somehow affected their stadium like like the droplets like heavy caused damage. It's such a stupid argument. Especially when you consider your the one who fans into the stadium when you never showed up you know so like stuff like that really bothers me but like i understand like if a team not a team like the rats who were about to talk about but other teams were there like you know the giants for instance. He's not even. The giants aren't an example of team. That's actually doing this like the giants aren't going to win the world series. They weren't gonna win it in two thousand twenty. They're not gonna win in in twenty twenty one and so like if they go you know maybe it makes more sense to keep you know. Keep hunting and try to build for twenty twenty two or twenty twenty three when there will be fans like i totally get that but the whole import stuff is bs as the part. That really frustrates me With regards to the way some of these teams are approaching including one that you mentioned. We'll have a quick nod to avery. Williams i don't know a lot about them if you do. I've about yeah. He is a lefty who was picked in the sixth round of the twenty nineteen draft. He's got some rookie ball experience when she was quite good but he did not make their prospect list. Coming into this year for the white sox But he's also done back to say the the big strikeout rates and everything twenty two year old rookie ball camps that down a little bit so just a little throwing honestly as a one to one. I thought it would have been quite good. Even get a little prospect thrown in. I say good on yeah Texas while on there to even get that thrown. Let's move on. You mentioned the reds. They are making moves. They're making moves to move on. They trained rice salad. Laziest to the angels who are acquiring all the glitzy i for knowing ramirez and a player to be named later and it doesn't matter i'm going to be honest. We're going to talk about nearly rumors. Not gonna factor in the reds at any fantasy capacity whatsoever. He's going to be the closer and save thirty games now but that said that but for got there. Yep yep me ligustrums. But anyway he goes out to the angels a team that you know i keep strong tabs on. I want them in the playoffs. I root for them in a weird way of like make good moves guinness trout the playoffs. I like this move. I like getting glazed. They've got some few bullpen pieces but they can still use help there. I know everyone talks about their starting pitching but any pitching works as far as improving there. And i like this move. I think some people kind of missed his twenty twenty by a lot of stuff floating on twitter like abu sucks like during this trade and it was like i guess you miss that you know he really settle himself back down in twenty it's twenty three innings but he really looked like the basis of several years ago after a major homerun issue in eighteen and nineteen He escaped it in eighteen. He added to two thirty eight year. Eight despite one and a half homers per nine but then it caught up in nineteen when he had a one point six mark in a four sixteen year a shit ton of blonde same slash losses Twelve losses in two thousand nineteen. But this past year. He cut it back down two point. Four which is in line actually the best of his career of course two months season but to seventy four a point. Ninety one wimp. Thirty one strikeouts twenty three innings l. Glitziest was a hell of a lot better than what we'd seen the previous two years in terms of raw skills. I like him going out to the agency. I think this is a good pick up for that. What he what he say. It's a fantastic for them. Especially because it doesn't involve a long term commitment on reliever you know because we've seen guys have big ears or a few years and then they signed that long-term deal there. You're not getting your money's worth so that you know iglesias is a free agent after the season. So they can you know. Just use them for this year. If he's great maybe they q. Oh him for next year In you know they put him on that one year eighteen million dollar deal but their offense offenses legit. We've known this for a while right so their issues have been in the bullpen And in the starting rotation and now they just short up kind of the back end of the bullpen. It really hurts mike. Mayer mayor share. It's yeah it is just myers is a mayors for a while too but it's just my But yeah that that. If you're not those idle great to try to but glaze is gonna come in and handle that job at least off the start. It's nice again looking at their team. Context to put myers in more of a fireman position. And then you can have a place to go to They you know they could still use some starting pitching There was a brief rumor by the way that that pass in retracted about them. Maybe looking at dj mayhew which they desperately do not a. it's not it's not legit. It's not legit so if anyone was wondering if we were going to discuss that there's a discussion. It's not a thing. where the hell would you play. Second david fletcher moved fletcher to the outfield enjoyed l. Goes back down to the minors to you. Know learn nat nat I i don't. I don't really see that if anything you sign you signed like a stopgap plus braided marshalls on the cusp. I like fletcher's in feel like he could play anywhere by the way. I think it could be a gold vulgar. Basically any position. I think he's best used in the info. It's just excess. That don't have that money to pony up for lemay hugh. I'm not saying that that means you should automatically get bauer instead but what it does mean to me as it. Don't use that money on lemay you use that. Unlike two starters Instead what i think they should do is by one of the rebuild included or paxton one of the could be aces by one of them at a discount. Pardon me paxton would be so sweet there. I i think. I think i would be sharp. Because they're not gonna cost you nearly as much and you get you know getting them on the on the downside there as far as price and they could pan out and you don't even need them to be the ace got bundy and heenan at the front end there. I think one of them and then like a a way down type of guy like You know shoemaker. Who's been there before. Of course maybe like really honest guys who have been injury issue guys to a rotation that is filled with injuries. You guys like to me Does gonna have to approach it. There's not enough high. Go every kid. Sinaga like i like to knock. I have no problem with that. That would be fine but as far as money goes. I don't know what their money situation is. You get more bang for your buck by funny. I mean i. I think this is going to be a team. Not like the mets. Because i don't think anybody's going to be like the mets. But i think this is a team that could really get involved unum. I mean. I don't know if adam wainwright will play in l. a. Adam wainwright would be an interesting guy. Scott keep keep keypad vets. When seen louis doesn't seem real keen on keeping anybody. I was actually thinking wainwright in chicago for the white sox would be really interesting He's basically right handed chi call him to extra managers too. So but i mean paxton would be action. Be kind of the perfect fit if you live. There were comfortable about uncomfortable about his medical. I mean obviously bauer would be amazing. But i just don't know i mean. They do have a crap ton of money coming off the books next year. Yeah with all going away we approve. And upton upton comes off next year in in twenty twenty three. it's hard you know. The pin all their hopes on on call last year and that didn't come through but they had a consolation with rundown. I know it wasn't pitching. But i still really liked that. Move have similar things with bauer this year. But i think the consolation has to be still in the pitching market. And you know. I don't think it multiples if you go the mid tier slash reclamation range If power doesn't come through. I love tanaka so you don't even have to sell me on like that. That would work. I think that would be fine. Go heaney tanaka bundy at the top there and then kind of work it out But yeah i think they're. They're on the right track. So far with their off-season we'll see how the angels continue to to work it as as the reds go you know you kinda hinted at them like moving pieces off. We talked about the bradley non tender. Now iglesias traded end michael lorenzen shifting to the rotation. That's three big pieces out of there. I like they're gonna wanna good visas. But three of the pieces gone nine looking at lucas him zamir garrett tj as their top. Three guys. i like. I like but they really cut a leg out from that depth. What is cincinnati doing. You think they're really peeling back. Are they saving some of this bullpen money to bring back. Bauer like another day might trade or they're looking to move sunny great to like this me be end really peel back. Yeah this may be one of those situations where they go well. We took our run at it and twenty twenty and things did not go the way We expected them to. and so. now we're just gonna shed money or it may just be a. We're we're working on. You know kind of a soft cap right now because of covid in if we do wanna take our run at bauer then. This is the way we have to do it. In terms of just shutting is much money that we can check because they can't shut off auto contract or any the Newer contracts off. The books i mean. I think we'll know pretty quick here. I think they'll be a team. That if they are looking to make moves they're gonna make them We'll we'll have some more indications so if they keep jetting People off their ulster. I think that's a sign of maybe they're not buyers Which would be a huge bummer. Because this was the frustrating of a really fun team and like i gave it a two month season and then said psych lake. I was so keen on them coming into the year. They did not perform to the expectations and a lot had myself included. They made the playoffs over five hundred. But the offense greatly underperformed. I thought they'd run it back this year and You know maybe even if they didn't get our you know if they had to let him go because the money but then replaced them with you know with the aforementioned tanaka or even some really. Because i mean they've guy they wouldn't have in. Mali took that step forward. Lorenzen i think has some real interesting skills that good translate well. They still have desktop funny. Who's not in this rotation worthy. Sixth man if he can figure like he's shown flashes so if he can figure anything out there is still wait. Do they have this go hunting. Not seeing him on the roster. I'm at either. Maybe free agent. Yeah yes oh well. That's interesting free agent for a team that you know. He's he was he non tender. I can't imagine he's been through is arbitration and stuff. Yeah i don't know i mean last decade. They've he's he he he he went. You came up in two thousand fourteen so In the free agency he did not. But i mean we wipe away a lot for a lot of is and i mean. What's his his biggest issue before. Last hawkers is homer is and getting out of great. American ballpark could just be. You know. some of the madison's not going to solve all the problems but some of the madison Or some of the issues that That caused him to really struggle. So i mean yeah. Put him in a place on a one year deal Like chicago you know That would be really interesting. I wouldn't be upset if the tigers signed him. I mean you know. He's not super young. But you're not old either and take a shot plus you know if it'd be keeps the ball in the center in the center field area. They're not leaving the part that parks and possible that homer in the center fielded. Yeah we'll see how that goes with. Cincinnati let's talk a little bit of third base here get into the beginning portion of their base and we'll start at the very top. Obviously you know we're gonna go reverse order here. Actually i'm looking at the clock and we're gonna we're gonna cut this list in half that we're discussing but let's start with jose. Ramirez is the only first rounder. And then there's a little bit of a gap into a big group but jose ramirez is at eight. He's back in the first round firmly. He was out of his mind. He went nuclear there for a while to the point. Where very much of my. Mvp candidate with jose abreu. He ends up finishing second seventy dollars. Ten steals two ninety. Two three eight six six. Oh seven remember. He kinda got back on track in the second. Half of nineteen after the dreadful start in an injury derailed that though he had sixteen homers in six sls in forty four games in the second half of of nineteen a three hundred. Seventy five seven thousand nine line so you ended up now. It's like one hundred twelve games of back to being the elite jose ramirez. I think we're out of the woods as far as whatever that awful run was that we saw there. How do you feel about. Jose ramirez as a firm first rounder back in on the twenty eight year old. I am and he's one of those guys like i've talked about all throughout came of this offseason that there's really eight or nine guys to me and then there's a drop off in so i have been positioning myself with katie us in links and allowed me to do katie is Kind of at that. Eat nine spot for the most part is continuous kentucky. Derby style Draw your name out of the hat i you. You don't have. I pick you have the choice. Yeah if you don't want i pay and so on and so forth and that comes from being able to pick your spot in the kentucky derby which which What's it going. What do they call those Come which gate you come out of a horse race. I know that anyway. You're in on ramirez. As one of the top i am a right. I mean the average can be fluky A little bit. But i mean you're pretty much pencilling in a twenty twenty with the upside of potentially getting that two thousand eighteen season where he went thirty nine. Thirty four and Yeah it sucks it. Lindores there for the added runs or rbi's depending on which he where each one is batting on any given night but There's no reason to think that he can't at least deliver premium stolen bases and a pretty darn good homer total and some nice accounting stats with it. So i think he's i mean here's here's the thing too is you know. He's eight playoff the board. The next third baseman manny machado. Twenty one. yes it is a big job down but then there is a big cost. We're gonna talk you through. There are seven guys that go twenty one through fifty six We're we're going to jump in here on on three of them. But i mentioned that just because our forum. Excuse me there's a lotta shortstops in that. Twenty top twenty s era are so. I think some people prefer guys like to tease or trey turner trevor story because they're so premium at what is historically bad position but short isn't a bad position especially at the top anymore And third thirds on a bad position either but there is a big drop off from jose ramirez to the rest of the field yet. There's not that that you know at as premium of talent but there's still a lot of talented third. I still like a lot of what's going on. And we're going to get into a lot of it on thursday but you mentioned machado at twenty one rebounding right because machado added fallen out of favor. A little bit for me specifically i. I was kinda keyed in on the fact. That hadn't really done anything outside of camden it. If you really broke down his camden versus non-candidate whether it was with the dodgers or his first year with the padres was starting to look like. He's going to be good but not great. No-one's crying about thirty two homers five steals and a two fifty six which is when he delivered in one hundred and fifty six games back in nineteen from chato like that. That's fine that's going to get where you need to be. You're gonna feel solid about that. We saw the return of prime machado. The best of machado including and he's been he's been known to do this every once in a while. A low speed burst. He had six six in sixty games. Compared to five and one hundred and fifty six games also came with sixteen homers. Three four three seventy five eighty. He was excellent. Now would that just be his best two months. And then he would have smoothed out to what we saw more nineteen or was it machado being back. Where do you come out on. Machado right now. Because i i'm not gonna lie. I'm not completely back in. I'm still little. Like i think i bet i can find a sixty game run similar to this from nineteen meaning. I don't know that he's quote unquote back. What do you come out with machado. i think i'm back in. And you know one of the things that i and i'll be honest. I mean anybody listening to the podcast last year. coming into the season i really fend sat on machado. It was a you know. I didn't know what to expect. But i saw all the things that you were talking about. In terms of you know. He's really great at camden in not great anywhere else. But i also still saw the talent there and moving to san diego Was i felt like could be a really big deal because of the way they like to run. I mean part of the issue with the lack of running For machado wasn't so much him but it was an obvious organizational move. Where were you mean. Say one year. They stole sixteen bases as a team. They just weren't running They flipped that script. Though right they were one of the biggest running teams this year. You know they weren't they they weren't they still nineteen basis which was tied for twenty fourth with two other teams. Think san diego ran more. No no sorry. No i was talking about the orioles owner williams went your but the padres have been a team that push on the base. The those are the number one. Stolen base teams are move understood the orioles had comically low. Especially on the show. Alternating and yeah. They've kept well because now they're houston run. It's an office in my my glass and we know houston doesn't run because they know it's inefficient unless you've got that great you know seventy five plus percent success rate most guys. Don't get to run san diego pushes in on the base and all of a sudden here we go. He he attempted nine steals Sixty game so that's really nice for machado and like i said sixteen homers great slash line. I get that. There's a lot to like. I said i'm just i'm a little bit more mac and i'm just not all the way back in but why because he's gonna two months and Okay i'm just looking at the month to month. But he had an eleven homer ten sixty four in june twenty five games. I feel like i can find thirty five games on the front and back into that to smash it together for a sixty game run that looked similar to this english and we know what happened in nineteen so so why is he back in. Why isn't it just a two month. Hot run for machado. I get what you're saying. But man like exit velocity had percentage Barrel percentage all kind of in the seventy percent tiles above average on a team. That is pretty stacked around especially if you believe in the The eric hosmer breakout which i tend to kind of i believe in enough to create a so that yeah like i'm not i'm not gonna i'm not gonna say for sure that it keeps all the gains that he may last year but he changed strategy. And that's what gives it some believe ability that has you and i at least giving hosmer little credit when this amazing Yeah oh it's hot and so like even if there is a little bit of regression off of the the sixty game sample like it's still going to look really really good you know. Because he's human he's gonna be one hundred hundred guy terms runs. Rbi's thirty home runs and then it's just one of the stolen bases but considering where he's going that's that's fine for me. Yeah like what if okay if you got. Nineteen you got his twenty nine hundred out of pig. Twenty-one how would you feel. I mean you're obviously not gonna be you know i mean i think you'll be you know would it. You know it's not necessarily what you paid for it but it's not bad it's not bad at all like it's eerily homers in five stolen bases like and you make up the batting average. The batting average is where you really want to like. you know. Keep mindful that okay. Like he's had these years where he's hit two ninety three hundred but he's also had years where he two fifty like. This is the perfect guy for my punt batting average kind of strategy. When he's the front is the star of that strategy. Yeah like when. I when i read up that article this year which i'm sure i will for the friends. Fancy benefits draft guide. Like machado will be the example. Yeah like he he you know cause for that strategy needs some front end guys too and he can be that guy who could spike. Yeah three three hundred. We'll be more in the to fifty range in two fifty does not kill you You know it wouldn't be what you wanted. If you got the nineteen ninety one in one ruin your season that say like you would be able to blame your season on machado. I've drafted machado. And he and he only put up twenty nineteen stats. And that's why i lost my league. Now you're getting a pretty good pretty good base there. I mean hussein really like going in who say fourth question who say going in the same area other than maybe you say. Dj lemay you. But like he's looper donald coming off his own issues and what if he's out of colorado like if he's out in colorado. That's one thing. But i put virtually no stock into the i and i'm not concerned about him. But no i think if you wanna talk about safety even charlotte a pick. The train is is cooking. You're not on you missed it But yeah you look at You look at what machado's done since since fifteen lot of thirty homers seasons. Obviously this was pacing well beyond that but even if he smooths out looks like another thirty homers season. The floor there is nice. I'll i'll i'll i'll grant that there's there's a pretty hot floor there from china on just saying i don't think he's back to superstardom. Based on the two months. I think here you're just trusted him to be a really really strong floor foundation east to your team and honestly i think if we really look at it. He's always been the superstar like even in his down year like he still likes thirty two five like it. I mean you know because we're we're then we're we're arguing about counting categories which aren't necessarily the runs in. Rbi's was aren't necessarily his fault And then we're talking about batting average which is can be fluky. Hell so like i. I mean this is a guy prior to this great. Twenty twenty had hit thirty two home runs in each of the five previous seasons. Yeah a least and land and that's like what are you asking for like. I think that. I think we're we're we're being too overly harsh on the guy is clown so i mean like what if like you know those six stolen bases now are looking like it's more like fifteen zero okay. He stole twenty and two thousand fifteen and then zero. The next year was on. That was on the orioles. Done two thousand six twenty. I'm giving him nothing on the deal. Okay you got me on the rest of it. The steals you take every steel as a bonus. You're joking about it. Could be as big bonus is what i'm saying like that's you're right. It can be christmas. Bonus comes through like crazy. But he's sixty five percent on the basis with as a padre. And so. I'm i'm going to be really don't put them into your projection. Okay like for On the high end give him seven for a full season and if he exceeds that from toronto. You do backflips. But because of the way he's vacillated shark shark to she's crawled up into my lap here and seat. Actually she wants me to say that he's gonna get twenty five steals. I don't agree with her We've seen his steals bounce around. That's all i'm saying there you're right. It could be a huge boon because the way they run and if they let him to continue to run a high clip he could drop twenty again. I mean he hasn't done it since fifteen but it's not out of the row. He's only twenty eight by the way he's nine years in the league and he's only twenty and these guys coming up super young. It's it's really fun. Because they get this huge track record. And they're still you know. In their in their mid to late twenties he came up with nineteen. And that's what you got with machado but anyway the good talk there. I don't hate us price. this is not an anti. don't draft them at all. I don't get quite as warm and fuzzies as you do and swim a minor disagreement. There may who already discussed at both positions really. I think we're supposed to skip them over at second base and we still give him some love mainly because he's been is a free agent too so i think that's why he's still getting a lot of our attention. No one air nado donuts. thirty four cheapest. He's ever been We briefly talked about him. You hinted at it was a disaster season. there's no two ways around it. I'm not gonna pretend that it wasn't. I am going to say that i'm not going crazy on it but you have to. At least look at it to fifty three three three four thirty four. with eight homers. There was a period remember. You got off to a slow start. And then i think he hit homers in like four straight games. And it'll like okay. Here he goes. He's ready to be knowing. Aaron auto again and it did not happen. It was three straight games. It was after like a bad eight-game run. It wasn't even anything. But you know we were paying a gang Every game felt like three games worth especially because we were so starved for baseball so when he has a five twelve. Ps a week into the season. Where like oh god. What's going on but then homers in three straight games against the giants which isn't very hard by the way i mean come on it's basically softball But it did not spur anything. I really thought it was going to be here. Goes knowing aaron auto and from that point on he had a seven twenty four bs. Is this the beginning of the end. Let's let's keep them in colorado for right now because that contracts going to be difficult to train. I don't really getting traded anyway. So let's not worry about if he leaves will reassess that completely but not stays at age thirty in colorado. How much concerned do you have over the ugly twenty and would you pay pick thirty four for him I don't have a ton of concerns amid he dealt with some injuries especially You know the joint injury which You know when that shoulder is sh you know baulky. In in having problems it can be really difficult to swing a bat properly. And i know this. Because i deal with a shoulder injuries all the time. It's too bad shoulders. I got a bad back breaking down on this pot. Yeah yeah no. I mean like it's just it's the like that's the worst feeling That shoulder injury. Because it's just like you don't realize how much you use your shoulder on. Its hurt so and i just kill it every movement yeah like every awkward movement is just as painful and so i give him a lot of a lot of leeway for twenty twenty. I do think he probably spends the year in colorado. And then maybe ops. Out especially downsized back. yeah And i just. I mean he's just he's been such a super save commodity and you're getting such a really really nice discounts here. I mean as much as i want to draft in you know in the middle for the most part. I can totally understand like if you get that to slot. You know you've got your choice of cooney bats to tease soto out in one of the top pitchers and then you can get you know aaron auto in the third round after. You've you've paired one of those guys with like a jack clarity or You know. Louise castio albee's Or even i mean like like let's say you did something like you took a kunia or bats. Bats is a better example. You go bats. Modesty aaron auto toll. My god you know and so you. You've cushioned the floor of modesty with bats and and auto and now your offense is just one already and you still are strong And then you can turn your attention to pitching yet with aaron auto at pick thirty four. I mean i. I ended was shares every year. Just because i love. I love a man. He so steady but now as people start to move away from him and and an adult. That sentiment goes where his price comes down. He better believe that. I'm gonna. I'm gonna have even more so i'm in. I window to get him in the second round of the main event last and to So to be able to now get him in the third round in some as max pick is forty seven. Oh my goodness so. I mean like it. Just he's too good of a value in the third round to not pull the trigger. Yeah i just. I unless there's just injury concern that's going to linger that. We're not familiar with right now. He's got a clean bill of health. History was ten percent last year. So it's not like you was like showing really bad skills. He was hurt in forty-one babbitt. Yeah and he was hurt. So i'm fully on air now too. So where you were big on an is zone contact to career highs on contact. Degen's eight percents when you that's nothing That's also a career-best alex bregman going just a few later. Thirty seven also moving down a little bit. Houston you know. didn't go so well with a lot of their players. Fantasy wise altoona may huge bust bregman. Moderate bust I think pregnancy huge bust. Six home runs at two forty two. I guess i was just going off the fact that he's still had a one sixteen. Ps plus but yeah fantasy wise. Huge bust So yeah they're infielder alexander graham bregman in throwing. He's much later pick But their whole infield disaster fantasy wise Bregman the highest still as far as the adp goes. Are you buying back in on on bregman coming off this season where what. What's your outlook on him now. Age twenty seven after the morale not miraculous marvelous twenty nineteen dud twenty twenty two month blit or concern ahead Both i guess i mean. It's it's still a two-month blip and i mean he he missed some time Camera what the injury was. But i only played forty two games so that tells me. He missed some time. Because i can do math in forty two less than sixty. What did you hear that they were involved in this game. I did hear that okay. While you mentioned a lot of those guys that really struggled in season and for for people's fantasy teams being being super disappointing. The whole season for houston was disappointing until like the last three weeks where they went on that tear. But bregman wasn't a part of those last three weeks bregman second-half last eighteen games. Hit one. ninety seven with two home runs like in. I mean no stolen bases like the stolen bases have completely disappeared. And i think that You know team construct that we were talking about a little bit with ball. Hamstring played a role there too by the way As far as getting a little a little dose steals but that was the entry a hamstring. I'm yeah i'm very. I mean he. He does make a lot of contacts. Obviously like i think that he will I i don't think he's gonna be as bad as he was in twenty twenty but when we're talking about guys going in his area like the and autos of the world like zander bogart's you like. Is this really safe guy with a ceiling tim anderson. Who's been just unbelievable or you're looking at like you know some guys like illinois or anthony rent down. There's no way. I could take bregman in the top fifty and he's going thirty six so like i mean i'm just out i couldn't agree more like i'm not doing it i. It's too difficult and it's not even that. I think he sucks. It's the players around him. Exactly what you mentioned there. That's that's exactly where i'm at with regards to assessing bregman. And whether or not. I want him. Oh who's going around. And all these guys that i like so much more okay. Bye sorry can't do it. And so that's why. I really to have bregman. Like the projection for him should be like three steals So thirty one hundred great. But he's also we never despite all the contact any makes. We have not seen a plus three hundred batting average We've seen two eighty four to eighty six to ninety six in this year's to forty two In a non full season but he doesn't drive quality babs to really maximize the fact that he never strikes out. He takes walks. That's great oh. Bp league makes bregman a good bit better And i'm not here to suggest that that thirty one hundred is bad but are we sure he's going to get at thirty. Because i mean you. Look at his stats. That stack has stuff is atrocious from this last year I mean this is yeah. This is a bad season. I mean i don't know that. Hit percentage twenty fifth percentile. Bearing the ball seventeenth tile. You know what's interesting is is hard hit rate Only three points off what it was in two thousand nineteen when he had forty one homers. So is he leaning on the stadium like is that not interesting and a lot of like hit homers. He actually away in twenty nine hundred. I wanna say that he is a guy that really uses his I remember somebody talking about this recently. Actually like i mean. Look at look at his pulse. Splits pulled the ball forty seven point seven percent of the time like he just tries to get it to a certain part of the park. And that's what helps him. you know. Get get those homers but at some point people are gonna. I think started to and twenty twenty. Not letting him pull the ball that way against them like okay. You can take your walk. You know finally gonna base but we're not we're not gonna put in home. Yeah we're not gonna put it in that part of the plate where you can pull it. Yeah and that that is interesting. I'm surprised by nineteen seeing a five percent barrel rate of thirty seven percent. Hard hit rain on his statcast. Those are just kind of unimpressive. When you consider that he hit forty one homers and and so. That's interesting bregman. yeah. I'm not drafting him. And it's not fully on him. It's really more about those around him but he should be on. Trent grisham vladimir guerrero air. You'll luke void area and twenty picks later. Yeah and he's not like i would not draft him at his max and i think that's enough. Yeah which is what. What is his next forty seven. Oh yeah i agree with that. I agree with that. Considering somebody that we're gonna talk about on thursday is right there with raphael denver's and i would rather have diverse. I really would. So yeah we're gonna come here Just just a little taste of the first five there. We'll get much deeper into it on thursday and you know what. I'm you know what i'm gonna commit unless we get a bunch of moves to talk about front we're gonna finish third base on thursday because there's there's a lot of a lot of multi positional guys that we can skip right through. Munching can not talking about him again. Jeff mcneil we're skipping through a bunch of guys get socio. Yes we're we're gonna we're gonna move through Get your sleepers prepared to. Because i'm going to ask in once we get to a certain point. Pick three fifty or whatever. Who do you like. they're so get. Get your get mad at me. If it's kevin key boom carter carter. You don't even know. His name sucks the get and you wanna take bad players. That's not knowing. I got one outside the top six hundred. That is not all not the already discussed eric and solace outside the top. Six hundred. that is going to be you. Never give me an aol. Nfl just you'll never gets it. Josh young no no john's nope Is dead silence cool. I try to jake land. No we're different. We're we're just gonna have to wait 'til thursday. Just gonna be on thurs teaser. That's have listen. Podcast on thursday asleep. Where they're helluva sleeper so okay justin great speaking with you. I do wanna finish third base on thursday. But i also want a lot of moves so if we did get virtual winter meetings exactly so we sh we should get some movement. I don't know about the should be zooming the podcast just because the in honor of the winter meeting we i have not. I would love to go You know maybe maybe when we get back to them you could take my spot. 'cause i been i wanna ask. You could've gone. And i just was like how about not i will totally do it last. Second move ooh white sox sign atta meeting. He's back so they have all the point. Well actually they got rid of really traded dane dunning but they have the other two players from that deal and the the main guy adam eaton indoors passing had just reported or at least i. I'd seen. I don't know when the tweet wants to be honest. It was attached to a aggregated there on one of the player pages. That said they're out on springer will now we know why because they weren't going for springer they're going to get out of meat and get a little bit of a smaller move but still a high impact move here. Let's talk about this real quick before we get out at a meeting to the white sox. I love this move one. It does unfortunately might sting another atom. That i started to get a little interest in at an angle but actually i'm looking at it right now. Lourdes garcia animal nor pennsylvania. So at a meeting can take one of those. It could be double atoms. Right and with with lou bob in in the middle Yeah 'cause allies d. h. cool 'cause edwin gone so this doesn't necessarily cut out adam. Engel what do you think of adam eaton. I think this is a fantastic move for both him and for his fantasy value. I mean he. He's going to bat at the bottom of this lineup. That's you know. And i i would be very surprised. I mean i guess they could only to. Yeah absolutely. i think he'll get an opportunity. I don't think nick madrigal has taken that spot. Yeah and we don't know nick nick madrigal's health situations gonna be coming off like all the issues with shoulder and stuff so Yeah i mean he could bat second in his lineup. Which if he's batting second. Or even i like. That's a ton of runs potential. This is big. Ob already to at this is such a fantastic. Move for for them and for him. I i love this like we know when he can do that because he was there. And he's no. Bp guy he's coming off a dud season. Eighty games were thirty. He's forgotten dude. Because because of the dud season the sixty nine hundred and still be value. A agreed agreed. so yeah that's adam eaton a little power speed guy's been fifteen fifteen fourteen fourteen. Fourteen eighteen injuries a concern. But that's baked into the price so let's not let's not get too hung up on on that. That's why you're getting them so good. Move by the white sox. I really liked do their off season. It's been great prior to twenty twenty. The last time he had a season in which hit below to seventy nine was twenty. Thirteen for be. Because there yeah. I mean his his his worst. Ob from two thousand and fourteen to two thousand and nineteen was three sixty one. Oh my goodness and seeing scorned crazy. Yeah he's i mean this is just this is just a really sharp move by the white sox and short by him like to like make sure on a team and not forgotten and not having to fight for a role in a team that can maximize his skills. That will be going to translate and runs one year. Seven mili great club option for eight and a half. Next year now he stays healthy. They're picking that up all day. I love that now. I mean really smart move. That's why you always refreshed trade rumors right before the end of the pod just in case especially during the winter. I've got the best in the business on that note. We are out. Just have a good one talk to you in a couple of days. Take it easy.

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Mason and Ireland [hr 1]

Mason & Ireland

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Mason and Ireland [hr 1]

"Right here. We make an executive decision about something. Yeah. What. What is it? I think you should bring back Irshad day. You know, it's so weird that you say that because Janice who is our promotions expert here just asked me if Kershaw day is back, and my answer is absolutely it is back. We need them. He's been better. He was great. In the first series, it is officially Kershaw day. Again, I am going to bury game five of last year's World Series. Until I need to dig it back up again. Well, you'll take it back tomorrow if he chokes tonight. And by the way, have you seen yelich numbers against just ridiculous. It's ridiculous. Yelich versus Kershaw is he's like more fifty against him. Yeah, for the the the overall is let's see. Christian yelich nine of seventeen double into home runs nine of seventeen. A double in two home runs nine of seventeen. That's better than five hundred. Yes, it is. Yes, it is. I've got the projected, well, we'll get. We'll get all that. We'll get all that. So there's so much going on here. John, you're in San Jose. We didn't know if we're going to be able to get you on the show or not today have full gratefully. We, we work that out. And so you're here. What was the technical thing we are. All right to to explain it without thrown anybody under the bus? Yes. I think we're staying in the hotel from the shining really. Wow. What do you see out of the smallest room? I've ever had to two small girls of the smallest room I've ever had those dresses. Yeah. Yeah. Scott man Carruthers Rimac written on the walls. Yeah. I don't know how long I can hang in will hang in his long as I am technically allowed technically allowed. Will you? We're allowing you to technically do it. Are you arguing with the delay hearing you three seconds, say everything. That's why I thought. All right. So are we doing this like this? Are we doing this the normal way? Because it's going to be endlessly frustrating us talking over each other? Do you wanna make an executive decision? John. Up to you completely. God, there's literally three seconds of delay. Yeah. Why are you putting it on me John one, two, three, I will. If it's three seconds, we should just kill it. John give us a preview before you go of, tonight's tilt in San Jose, one, two, three. You don't wanna hear this preview, why? No Lonzo. Lonzo it's gonna play. No. Bryan, no Rondo, no, Casey p knowing grim? No heart. The Lakers have basically kneecap the game. Wow. Well, it's an exhibition game, but I mean the poor people of San Jose all bought tickets to see LeBron. Now they don't get it. Well, the warriors are gonna play their guys. Okay. Well, it's good gimme. Let's see. Last couple of things for let you go. Do me a favor think, oh, you're you're gambling for this weekend because we still have mythical money on the line method money. And then let Greg know about it. All right. Get heard about every third word of that. Okay. All right. Let's okay. I'm gonna call. I'm going to pull over the tarps. It's over. On, have you back to the shining hotel and wish you well, all right. See you. There's John Ireland joining us just ever so briefly from three hours from three seconds behind. So we're, we'll work our way through this thing. I think anticommunist he's a bump in Greg Bergman is here multi-platform Greg mpg. We will let you know that. Of course, tonight is game one and l. c. s. dodgers at Milwaukee. I think this is going to be an incredibly close series. I've said, I think it's going to be a seven game series. Milwaukee's bullpen is just absolutely stacked. And tonight the dodgers are going to face lefty. GIO Gonzalez formula walkie Milwaukee's gonna, throw lefty, lefty and right-hander in these next three games. So that would be today tomorrow and Monday. Dodger Stadium. It'll go Wade, Miley in game two. A lefty on on that'll be tomorrow. And then on Monday, it'll be euless just seen as John mentioned, Christian yelich versus Clayton Kershaw is a nightmare. Yelich has been great against her Shah nine of seventeen a double and two home runs, and I put together what I think say again. Okay, rapid. Come back. All right. We're gonna wrap in, come back. This is just like, let's just get through this first segment. This John is gone. Now he did his why I was doing a first segment. Okay. Go ahead. What what do you think I was doing? I know you were, but I'll just saying, let's just start all over. Okay. You wanna start all over. You want to call him elegant? Yes. Okay, mulligan we'll have our mulligan next. Forget everything. You earn the first seven minutes of the show Mason Ireland ESPN LA. All right. We were proud to have sponsored a train wreck in our first segment today, but we'll move on. It is a gigantic weekend in sports for the city of Los Angeles. Obviously, tonight we've got the Lakers on the road in San Jose playing the Golden State Warriors as John said, no LeBron no Rondo, no Ingram. So a lot of those guys sit not tonight, but the big story of the day is the Los Angeles Dodgers who will attempt will begin their quest for a second consecutive World Series in game number. One of the NLC s tonight, Clayton Kershaw versus GIO Gonzalez. I woke up to a text message from a friend of mine who said you got your wish Scott. Alec Zander is not on the postseason roster for this series. Greg Bergman you have been a relentless Scott. Alexander. Defender and instead much to this agreement of you and Bill Plunkett who has a Julio reas denier he, oh, Rheos is on the postseason roster. I gotta say this is completely shocking to me that orients made this roster and over somebody like like Scott Alexander, Scott out zander's a guy that's going to get you ground ball outs against lefties going to be that Lougee that you want from God. Alexander is not a lube. I mean, he is he's in every gets out lefties as well as he gets out righties. Sure. There's not a gigantic difference in the platoon splits. There is a difference with your areas. Okay. I believe that maybe he's not a Lou, but they have been using him as a lewke. They give him the left handed batter to get the ground ball out, and right. Hey, come out of the game, but what is happening? What pitcher do you think they most missed from last year's postseason roster? Other than Brandon? Morrow from last year's postseason last year's postseason, Tony, some grounding. Or and get. Well, Tony Watson is more like Scott Alexander, he'll give you a holistic, but Sinn synchrony came in to get you one out against a lefty. Now, the dodgers and trust me, they are smarter than all of us agree. Andrew, Friedman foreign Zaid, either smarter than all of us, they must see one particular matchup that they love reas for now the the thing about the thing about him is he said, very little exposure, virtually no exposure this year. When he came back four innings of one hit baseball Noord rent seven strikeouts right and no seven. In those four games, they were all blowout game seventeen. Nothing. Fourteen nothing fifteen. Nothing come to come on surge. It wasn't Tommy John everage. What was it was just it was just soldiers shoulder shoulder surgery, and you're right. It was not Tommy John but coming off of surgery. I understand why you'd put him in low leverage. Situations to start right. They must see some matchup. There has eighty something. They must think who your ES will get Mike MU stock as in a key situation or God help us Christian yelich in a key situation, any of their left's lefties Travis Shaw. The other lefty that's in their line-up, going to see one of those guys and they must see something a match up that they can exploited. Yeah, probably that's exactly what it is, but I can see him being more to that guy that's gonna come in in the fifth inning. If you're losing, there's always the losing side of the relief, the relief corps, and there's a side of the winning side of the relief where you go Ferguson Majeida kenley and that's what you want. Seven eight. Now he is the eighth reliever without question right. Lower lower leverage guy. Yes. Maybe it is looking for some specific player but to have him in for instead of Scott Alexander who does get ground ball outs, especially what you want you want in, especially in Milwaukee. You don't want the ball in the air, the ball in the air that balls gone, especially with this lineup with the power that they have. So I'm not sure. I it, it worries me. I see a lot of a Pedro bias type situation coming into this where he's gonna come in. It's gonna be up by three or by two and three run. He gives a three run home run is just scary. Well, it's no matter what it's going to be scary with some of these guys. I mean, Christian yelich as the National League most valuable player that's a sneak preview coming attractions. He's going to win that award. They've got a really, really good lineup and defensively. They're really good. And this is one of the things that gets overlooked Lorenzo Cain Christian yelich basically from far left field all the way to the right field line Lorenzo Cain. And Christian yelich get gets done. They cover up for some of Ryan Braun, their infield defenses, excellent, or an an Perez is shortstop for them. Travis Shaw at at second, I think I think this is a really close series. I've got a couple of numbers I think are interesting. You know, you don't normally thank you fall behind in the game. You don't normally think much. We're behind teams that score. I in this postseason are fourteen and two. It's an eight seventy five winning percentage during the regular season teams that score I two hundred points lower six seventy one. So scoring. I in a postseason game is a gigantic advantage and again in eight seventy five winning percentage. The other one that jumps out of me as you know, dodgers don't play small ball. You small ball people out there. You lay down about you intentional. You pitch out. Take the bat of maximum. John's moltes was talking about a pitch out of one five and seeing Fitch out in years. He's stuck in the nineties. So that's a totally different. The dodgers don't care about small ball. They batted only one seventy nine against the Braves, but they hit eight home runs and won the series in four. In their first round in their NL DS series against the Colorado Rockies Milwaukee allowed zero home runs, and two of those games were at Miller park. And one of the reasons they've been able to do that is, you know, generally speaking, we, we wonder why, why? Where all the ver- Landers where all the guys pitch into the seventh pitch into the eighth, what happened to complete games, all that stuff. We'll think about it this way. As a starting pitcher comes into a game, his velocity is at max and no matter who you are, your velocity will tick down over a period of time. Also no matter who you are seeing a pitcher. The second time, the third time you're, you're going to have more success because you've got their rhythm down. What Milwaukee is able to do is they bring in guy who throws ninety five miles an hour after guy who throws ninety miles out an hour after guy. Who throws ninety five miles per hour. So they have fresh arms coming in all the time. And Josh haters. The guy that is going to be could be the key to the whole series. The dodgers are one for seventeen versus Josh Hader in terms of career numbers, they've had more success against their closer Jeremy Jeffress. Now, the key with hater is he'll throw more than one inning. Generally speaking. He pitches every other day. So if we see him today in game one, we won't seem in game two. We won't see him until game three. So he would conceivably pitch one, three, five and seven, and because they don't wanna, burn them out and they don't wanna wear them out. And what's interesting is he threw about eighty five innings during the regular season in only fifty nine appearances. So generally speaking, he's pitching multiple inning. So once he is in the game, you're probably going to see him for some stretch of time and he might be the best reliever. Definitely be the best reliever in this series. I think. And I think he may be the best reliever of the four teams that are still alive in the postseason probably the best reliever of all of them. But as we looked at his stats me and you both did as yesterday, I believe where we looked at it and in August in we'll say, let's start in March. March April, may and June. He looked great. Yes, you're two runs to runs even July. I think he was injured or out for a little bit, but he gave up two runs all that August and September. He started to give up runs because he started to get over used. And now he's at a point where he's being used for these two innings. And so I can see him being just like with his dodger teams does wearing these guys down and the bullpen itself, especially for Milwaukee is going to be used so much because GIO Gonzalez if he goes more than four innings tonight, that is a win for Milwaukee. If if Wade Miley goes more than three innings, that's a win for Milwaukee, but it because you're going. So long for Milwaukee to go into these long getting to their bullpen. So early, you're going to see this bullpen, so right, and they're gonna get worn down. They're gonna get tired, especially in a seven game series where they're going to have to. You're gonna see them over and over again and the dodgers should know them better by then and be able to wear them down. And especially if you have a starting pitcher between Buell or sorry, Kershaw bueller, review and hill. Go deep into games. That's advantage to the dodgers bullpen. The guys you're gonna see, Wade Miley the lefty, Brandon Woodruff that's that's actually the only lefty in the pan is hater everybody else in the pen that that we're gonna see, Jeremy Jeffress yokum Sewri a- Corey Canaveral. Corbin burns, sprint Woodruff. All right. Handers. Which means that's really, really good. It means we're probably going to start with Chris Taylor and ultimately see jock Peterson, right? We're going to start with. Who what? What camp camp and then you're going to shift to Cody Bellinger. Right? You're going to start with max Muncie and then you're gonna move, or are you going to start with David freeze and then go to max month? Karambi is complete. Split down the middle. You're gonna start every game basically with your with your righty lineup, and then you're going to move directly to your left e. land as soon as the relievers come. Right. And they only have one more right handed relief or they only have one more left handed reliever after that, which is hater when they actually flip everybody around. So. So that's and I get really worked up. I get really nervous for the for the baseball playoffs. I am. I've got sort of mixed mixed allegiances or combined allegiances today. I've got the dodgers cap and the Rams Hootie and I'm going to need underneath it. Give US's shirt underneath dodger shirt. Okay. It's going to be a crazy weekend because tomorrow I'm hopping on a flight to Denver. I'm gonna be at Rams Broncos on Sunday. I'm excited about that. And then Monday at Dodger Stadium, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, at tiger stadium, and then a week from tomorrow. We'll be the Lakers opener against the the rockets. So what time do you land on Saturday just in time. So because the game eight flying at eight am tomorrow morning. Wow. So you are going to just in time, say in the airport and watch the game at the airport, I may. I may have to stay in the in the airport to to watch a game, but I'm not. I'm not missing a dodger game, and then Sunday I'm really excited about, you know, it's a rematch of Jared Goff in case keenum the two quarterbacks that Jeff Fisher messed up the most and the Rams are seven point favorites in Denver. And I'm so excited. You know, there's a reason you leave. Ohio. One of them is that the weather sucks. And so I thought, all right, Tober in Denver, it's not gonna be that bad. You know, it'd be like a crisp fall day. It's full on winter there. We're, we're going to see a high of twenty eight degrees and there's a seventy percent chance of snow, which will mean that I can't think of another game where Jared Goff has played in snow. I don't think there has been one, probably not, but there's I went to Colorado. I want to see you boulder. You were there for six months a year. It was a full year but but when I was there, that's that happens in Denver, you're going to have days when there is snow on the ground in the morning, and then it's like eighty degrees in the afternoon. So you could. It could be freezing and snowing all morning, but then by gametime it might, it might have stopped just giving possible. You're just, what are you? I'm being positive for your. Mountain. I am Alice rainy. The weather. Is that what's going on? I'm just as somebody liver there over there. Apparently got to fill in for somebody that's lived there. I'm telling you that it's very possible. All right. Coming up next. Let's let's I wanna do. I wanna do a segment on on USC the Trojans play tomorrow night at at the Coliseum. They're playing the cholera or they're playing again another matchup the Colorado buffaloes who were undefeated talk a little bit about that coming up for you. We had, oh, no, actually don't we Bill Plunkett twelve thirty two. He'll be on next. Okay. So Bill Plunkett is next. We'll talk some more dodgers the city of angels Mason Ireland ESPN LA what is it is Friday and though the world of sports has never been fuller in Los Angeles than it is at this moment, the Lakers open on Thursday at Portland, then on Saturday, a week from tomorrow. They are home to the Houston Rockets and the LeBron era officially begins. We've got the Rams in Denver to take. On the Denver Broncos on Sunday Rams are five and look into stay undefeated. We've got the dodgers about to get started in the NL c. s. game one against the brewers tonight at Miller park or as yes, he likes to call it there little baby ballpark. It is a it is a home run park. That's for sure which could play to the dodgers strength. They hit eight home runs in the first round of the playoffs. And despite batting just one seventy nine, so their their style may be a really, really good match for Miller park. And then tomorrow night, the US Trojans will play undefeated Colorado. So I wanna spend a minute there. There is a without question a crisis of confidence when it comes to USC head coach clay Hilton. I wanna tell you up front. I'm biased toward clay. It was two years ago the year they played the Rose Bowl against Penn State. I told the story before, but it it. It puts who clay is in context. So I did. He gave me a pair of tickets to the Rose Bowl that year for a sweepstake I was sweepstakes. I was raising money to build a computer lab at grandview elementary school, which is right in my neighborhood and very nice late. I remember named Jane, Hannah won the won the tickets. And at that point, the tickets were supposed to be at will call for her at the Rosebowl. She got there. And they weren't there neither giving her an assistant AD's contact information so that if anything went wrong, she could contact him when clay found out that the tickets weren't there. He called Jane Hannah directly and told her weight, their ten minutes. The tickets will be there. That was an hour before kickoff of the Rose Bowl a game that USC went onto win. So this is a really, really good guy. I've been a relentless supporter of client. There are some people that say play. He's he's in the deep end. He and he doesn't know how to swim or he's, you know, he's a good football coach, but that'll only get you so far or USC deserves a high profile coach, whereas Nick Sabin, whereas our urban Meyer, all that stuff has been out there since the beginning with clay and particularly when Lynn Swann gave him an extension through, I think twenty twenty two twenty twenty two twenty twenty three. In any event in extension, I fall into a separate category of USC fans, the ones that have been full supporters of clay, but who now have had their confidence shaken the last two games they have won by a combined seven points. They beat Washington state thirty nine thirty. Six and then took a twenty four. Nothing lead on AirAsia two weeks ago that they've they're coming out of there by week and let the lead slowly drip away in the second half. They in that game had eighteen penalties for a hundred and sixty nine yards about that. Eighteen penalties on USC in that game to fourth quarter fumbles they just aren't playing very well. We have a joke around my house when US's plan and one hate you Assi just just despise him. He's a, he's a UC guy, Greg, he went to UC Santa Barbara. You work for UCLA yes. And they, he claims that everybody in the UC system hates you a c. Is that true? I can see that yet because they think they're better than everybody else because they're a private university. And you in in California. So it's a little bit different? Yes. And they're the red teams and all you see, teams are blue and gold for the most part. Okay. So that that does exist. The red team thing absolutely exists. Right. But one, I'll be watching a USC game and when they're not home, I watch them on TV obviously and while say how they're doing and I will say always they're not that good. And that's what I think about this USC team. They're not that good. And despite the fact that it is five star recruiting class five star player after five star player, top ten recruiting class after top ten recruiting class, despite all that talent, they're just not playing well, and they're just not that good. Now they started to settle into a groove in the Zona game. When Okkas said, Rick, where ran for a hundred ninety seven yards. They have now put a freshman quarterback j t Daniels very much in a in a position to win there. There was one game. He threw forty eight times. You don't send out an eighteen year old, true, freshman to throw forty eight times in a game on. On the road by the way at Texas, you just don't do it. And they finally sort of stablishment their running game. They're gonna play Colorado tomorrow night at the Coliseum. Colorado is number nineteen. They are undefeated I think USC is going to win this game in win this game big. I watched and I haven't. I haven't said this about other US. I think US's going to win this game big, that's this is the type of game that they probably do win big. I watched Colorado beat UCLA and Colorado was not that good in that game very much could have either won that game or or at least much kept it much closer. The thing that I would worry about for you guys the SEC is that you guys well, you your team for USC. I guess I could say is that they tend if you look at their schedule, they barely beat Arizona Arizona's not very good. They barely beat Washington state. They're not very good and all these teams basically ran all over you. Okay. But here's the thing. Colorado, I will tell you right now is a fraud. They're an absolute fraud. They're five, no, they beat a two and four Colorado state team a one in four New Hampshire team and Owen five UCLA team and Owen five Nebraska team. And then they did have a win at home against Arizona state or state is three and three as they have played argue that that that is as bad as schedule as you could drop to winless teams on the schedule plus New Hampshire sill. It's still you play the teams that are on your schedule, but they have. But I would say the same thing, you played the teams and you win and you win those games. They won their last two by seven points, but it was close. They have a guy would tell me about your DB's because they have a guy and his number two, I think Shinno or something like that. He for Colorado, he's ridiculously good where he catches everything from. They use them in so many different ways are. You're good enough to hold. This guy down is the biggest thing and they have a good, and they have a good running back to in Trayvon MacMillan. So they've got an and Brian has been fantastic from them. Very good offense. He's been there forever. Right? And this and this team has been growing over the last couple of years and growing with the same guys. They're number nineteen the country, not because they're not because they're foreign. Oh, but because the team beaten. There because I'm saying teams that they've beaten on their schedule, but because of the experience that this team has over the last couple years, Colorado is a good team and to think that you're just going to run all over them. No, I'm just I'm calling my shot here. That's fine. I say Colorado is a fraud. They have played as weakest Gadgil as you could drop, and you're saying you can only play the teams are on just I understand all that, but it's a week schedule and five zero is not real. I'll say that they're better than UNLV. They might be better than Stanford is right now. They're Texas. They're probably not made a minute, Colorado's better than Stanford. Stanford just got beat up this last. I don't even think Bryce. I don't know if Bryce love is playing. No, no, no, no, no, you're you've really conflicted things? No, does not good when when Colorado beats you guys by twenty? No, I'm look. You're. There's a difference between analysis and just rooting you're rooting you're rooting USC to lose. I'm telling you clay out and has not lost a game at the Coliseum. Since he got there, there's a distinct home field advantage and Colorado has played as as weakest schedule that says week.' five and team as you're gonna find. Absolutely. And you're giving me stats and I'm giving trying to give you stats back saying that UNLV ran all over that USA c team, Texas beat up on you guys, Stanford rain all over your data era. Zona Texas has turned out to be really good, Texas. Stanford. I was surprised that they lost to Utah, but Stanford's pretty good. Stanford is good. I like JJ custodian. I like Bryce love. I think you're selling Colorado is all I am deliberately underselling them because they are apps. -solutely overrated and complete fraud right into tomorrow night. We will watch it tomorrow night and then get back to me. Coming up next for your Bill Plunkett will join us. We'll do. We'll we'll get back to the dodgers and game one of the NFL see us tonight. Hey, let's hope we hear that tonight. Kenley Jansen entering the game to nail down a safe Bill Plunkett at a moment. I wanna let you know you can get up to one hundred dollar rebate on a set of Cooper tires at Allen tire. Now through October thirty. First go to Alan tire dot com for a location near you. Bill Plunkett from the OC register, southern California news group joins us. Now Bill, what's going on man. Just you, you're fine solo. I'm flying solo. Can you believe it based on an Ireland Mason and the voices in his head? Yes, it's Mesa. So Bill. The first thing I thought of first of all yesterday I went on a rant about how I'm not a Scott Scott Alexander fan, and I don't trust Scott Alexander when he comes into a game and this morning I started taking techs getting text messages saying, you got your wish. He's not on the roster and a guy who you wants yelled at me about. Rheos is on the roster. What happened? Well, it must have been a heck of a sim game that he's through an Atlanta on Sunday. The move surprises. We obviously and I think it's a gamble gambling on his stuff. You know, he touched ninety six ninety seven that last one of his only four innings and fits in the major leagues this year. So I guess they're gambling on that. I mean, if they wanted reassign the roster, I would've thought Alex would have been the guy to get bumped off. I mean, you l. exander make you nervous, but he's actually been their best left-hander for three quarters of the seasons out of the bullpen. That's not saying much a role that they are filling that year, and he is a guy who a ground ball now, they're they're gambling on Oreo sa- guy who sits four innings in the majors and fifteen months and failed Ferguson, a rookie being two of their three left-handers out of the pan. The other one being Alex, would you know displaced starter gave up a bomb, the Freddie three men with. For sixty through the other day. So I'm guessing are they? Okay. So do you think though use Rheos as a Ludi dec- qualify as Lougee. I don't think so. I think I mean, if you're going to use them, the reason you put him on there is because you like his pitch mix being starters, pitch Knicks that he has more than one pitch got curveball changes that he can go to. So he can mix it up with multiple hitters. So I think if you're gonna put him on the roster, you're going to use them for, you know, an ending or two at a time. And I think they're master plan for this series is they opened on have to use a guy like that that their starters, you know, it's the way they did against the Braves for the most part and in they're going to the both in the seventh, inning is six inning. Instead of the fourth or fifth. Platon Kershaw today, obviously had a tremendous start in in the NFL d. s. I pulled up this number. You might use this one of your columns. Oh, yeah. I'll do that at all us research that you did. Yeah. So Clayton Kershaw. His first fifteen starts in the postseason five and seven with four fifty seventy are a and a buck seventeen whip. His last five starts. He's three and owed the dodgers have won four those games to ninety three hour a point sixty eight whip. What does that mean? Not a whole lot really. Those are. Yeah, he's a different pitcher. Then he then he was three years ago so everything trying to get get changed because of that. He'd pit straight against the Braves, but he only had three strikeouts in eight innings. That's not a good sign. Is it possible though? Bill that he's just not that guy anymore that we're watching a power pitcher position Esra. Esra. Yeah. I've been saying that for a couple years, these he is not the superman that that he wants what he still among the elite pitchers in baseball though, but he has to do it differently. And I think. The Braves played into his hands in that first start, they've they were swinging aggressively first and second pitch, which is very often that the formula the game plan against her Shaw over the years. I'm not so sure that should be the game plan against. And now I mean, that was the plan with his stuff was a little more electric, maybe now you should want to work a little bit and making show that he can throw the slider curveball for strikes and wait for a fastball. If he does fall behind an account problem is he, he throws strikes with everything. That's the best thing that Clayton Kershaw has going for him even if his stuff isn't, you know, quite what it used to be. He's he can so strikes with everything and he attacks he's very aggressive comes at. So you gotta find his mistakes and the mistakes usually come with the fastball, so get him to throw and usually leave the yard more often than they did when he was. Younger, that's for sure. So the the brewers have lined up back to back left. He's here, GIO Gonzalez and Wade Miley the splits do show my understanding is by the way that the dodgers improved dramatically in September, particularly with the addition of David freeze who was fantastic, but we're start of August on, they really have left. But they must see something they're still must be. They must wanna keep max Muncie out of the lineup. They wanna keep Cody Bellinger out of the lineup who may play anyway, we'll see. But I think Bill injured will play Muncie and Peterson won't. And I think, yeah, I think that's absolutely a big part of the brewers strategy. Keep Peterson and Muncie on the bench. Even though free has tremendous history against the the brewers is a great postseason hitter in his career. I think they would rather see four force, Dave Roberts to make the choice win. Do I bring Peterson in Muncie in and when he does, maybe Josh hater waiting for, and I think that's a big part of it. I think invalid Miley both have a little bit of Ha's history against the dodgers that make them a little, you know, confidence bump, mostly. I think it's the first move in chess match. You're gonna see in those middle innings. So I haven't imagine the dodgers lineup is not out yet, or it is out dodgers lineup. I haven't seen it yet. No, I it should be coming out anytime though. I expect he told his day with yesterday that David freeze with the first base, which probably indicates Muncie will be on the bench. I expect you'll see Bellenger insane field mainly because of the defense. They really, they believe in him out there and then you'll have Samphan Taylor around him. Leaving league on the bench show probably probably give go Taylor JT freeze Machado Kemp who has had some success against GIO, Ballanger Kika second and Grun doll. The only flip I can see there is, do you think they would dare put dosier into the game. No. Okay. It's been terrific. One of their best hitters since started bog, they could put KiKi and center and play Doh. Jacques. Yeah, I think he as in there one way or the other, I'm not sure that they really feel strongly about getting dosier in the lineup, the big the big gamble would be if they decided the months he could handle second base again for a few. Don't don't see him doing that. I don't either. I don't either. All right. So give us a, you're, you're on the ground with the team in Milwaukee. First of all, described the ballpark. Everybody says it's a launching pad. Plead called it a little baby park. I think during the post game celebration the other night, how big a factor, how influential is that park in the series? I think if the cop, I always make his chase seal it. I think it's the same architects that did this and it feels from the field if feels a lot like chase field with a with a slide instead of a pool, it's a little, it's cold. It's only forty one degrees outside the roof will be closed, but I, it's one of those places where the panels on the sides are kind of open. Yup. So it's not gonna be real warm inside. I think that like the ball from carrying a little bit. These these teams were one and home runs in the National League. So you could. You could see this thing decided by some reliever, leaving pitch over the plate, and you know somebody like Christian yelich or mex- Muncie. Sending it out. You know, over the wall type thing, the dodgers said eight home runs in the NFL DS smaller parka hitter's park, you think might favor the dodgers although the brewers did not allow a home run in their series with with Colorado. What do you think? I think you feel the records out to bulk up. They do all this research come up with all this stuff and then you throw every single thing out Bill, what am I even doing this for. Well, that's the question that you need to ask yourself in the privacy of your own home. Post-season trust me. I know it's, it's just an absolute crap shoot been saying for for years. We know because this is my thing with baseball analytics, you all this. My thing is, baseball is a wonderful job of making itself appear like it can be quantified, and it really can't well, but, but it's it's a little bit like. You just want an edge, you just wanna fly every edge and just because the analytics or or that approach, the data driven approach doesn't work in one situation. It's not guaranteed to work. It's just guaranteed to give you a little bit of an edge, and that's all right. That's all you can hope fill it going to the casino and flipping the fifty one percent vantage they have, if you know blackjack table and making fifty one percent in your favor. That's that's what the all those twenty five people in the analytics department of trying to do. All right. So the Milwaukee bullpen. We're going to see them early and often talk about that as a strategy, Josh hater. My understanding is probably won't pitch on back toback days in this series. He's probably their best reliever at the moment. Yeah, got really three headed monster, naval hater in Jefferson to write Anders a lefty. And then they've got what team Soria former closer picked up the White Sox midseason. So those are the four guys that they wanna use a hammer the dodgers. You know, their strategy is always, you know, Brian down the starting pitcher, run-up pitch count, get him out of there and ceased on the bullpen. That's that doesn't change is good as the bolt any is they wanna see him as often as possible. The idea being over exposure will work in their fate that the brewers will have to go to hater two, three days in a row that they'll have to use these guys over and over and run up their fish counts. And you know, maybe then they become more vulnerable, right? So a little bit like a little bit like the dodgers bullpen last year, which got overexposed in the World Series. That's your moral pitched fourteen of their fifteen postseason game. Tmz all seven in the World Series. And by the time they got in the middle of the World Series, he with gas. Yeah, yeah, because he had never been used that way during the seat. They're hoping the same thing with ater in those guys. Last thing last thing for you. I know your your reporter, you're straight reporter. You're a news reporter, you have no rooting interest gimme your your unbiased deliberate report on what you expect from the series. I already posted that on the website. I need the click. So go into website. You don't remember what you, you don't remember what number, but I'm not gonna give it away for free. Oh, for that. So you've got to go to the website? Well, tweet me link so I can re tweet it. I don't know where to get your stuff out there for two days. Phil, what am I gonna? Do yourself a millennial. You should already know how to do this stuff. All right. I will. I will fuck it. Inconvenient, I, I'll tweet out a link for you Bill. Seven. Excellent. That's exactly what I said. Dodgers and seven. It's going to be a long, long series and and close games. I don't think it's going to take. There's going to be blowouts. You're going to be biting your nails down to the end. Yup. Alright, excited for it Bill. Thank you very much. I'll see you Monday at Dodger Stadium. You've got it on Ireland. Yup. Thank you very much. Say about all right. There's. He's talking to. So he says, dodgers, seven, Icee dodgers and seven. It's going to be a long series.

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Ep. 33: Magic (Struggle) Bus and the Highway to Sell (or buy)

90 Miles Podcast

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Ep. 33: Magic (Struggle) Bus and the Highway to Sell (or buy)

"Woah to welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Hey everybody welcome to another episode absurd ninety miles podcasts it is getting close to the trade deadline or entitled but about some of that stuff <hes> whoever's are falling down third place little annoying battling knowing these spiraling yeah it is not been fun to be a Brewers Fan the last oh twenty seven or so games you know it. I guess following them. <hes> you know most of any other team other than the cubs at this point because because of doing this it is one thing that makes me feel a little bit better about the cuffs although it's been they've been a little frustrating too but then I just look at it I look at the standings and Mike well it could be worse could be the brewers so you know well. You know it's it's not it's not all doom and gloom either. Although if you went on twitter you might think it was split pretty evenly <hes> the people that I follow in that follow me or <hes> well twitter's usually pretty pessimistic but it feels like it's about half and half right now so yeah it will yeah I mean Jesus Twitter's twitter's you look up cub stuff and everyone would think that you know the cubs should be borderline south sellers you know at the deadline. It's like Geez. People are saying the Milwaukee should be sellers and we're gonNA talk about that because says I'm. I'm not quite there but I have kind of an idea of what I think <hes> David stearns might do. We're going to talk about Theo Epstein a bit too. I'm sure yeah yes. It's Theo's league baby right in Maldonado Woo. They save your season variety right well. We'll talk about that. He was on the brewers for awhile there. I see he's actually <hes> he's actually a great defensive catcher and he's heading having a decent decent offensive season but that's something we'll <hes>. We'll get to keep a nice a nice direct episode today. We're GONNA talk about for better for worse what we think. The brewers and cubs needed the deadline. What we think may not be fixable at the deadline you know I don't know so if you're a brewers fan? If you're cuff half Empty Cup half empty people are going to look at it and say nothing's fixable cell and yeah you know and when you're a game over five hundred after you've been at points ten over five hundred it it kind of feels that way. I get that so you're saying right now. The cubs fans are what would you say on twitter twenty percent. They're saying they should be sellers because they can't win the series this year so well. It's it's just very schizophrenic on there I mean I don't know I mean you. You would get that vibe a little bit but I you know when you really look at the standings and you look at that L. Central. Obviously you know you can't be he definitely can't be thinking as a sailor at all. I don't think I don't think any of these five teams. Any of these. Five teams can make an argument that they should not be selling fan base can make that argument to <hes>. It's it's a very realistic that <hes> well. I don't know if it's super realistic that a wildcard comes out of this part this division too but it's not that it's not far fetched. Actually it's one might and you know it's funny. We did talk about that and spring training that we said about the possibility of no wildcard teams coming out of the central given that it's a strong division and you know the team. These teams are beating the crap out of each other and that's why you gotta five and a half game difference between first and last asked and <hes> and also not you know no no one running away with anything so it kind of the National League. The National League itself is very balanced <hes>. I thought you know I didn't think the east would be doing what it's doing but Milwaukee walkie is a half a game out of the first or the second wildcard. Spot Washington is plus two games in Washington Philadelphia Saint Louis or kind of all in that wildcard mix along with Milwaukee Milwaukee's GonNa be playing Arizona later this week week <hes> they're playing Atlanta right now the part of the schedules over that's why it's really tough to swallow this nine in eighteen skid that Milwaukee's been on the everything's wide open the National League you've been if you've been listening to the sports talk radio and watching your games and stuff you already know all of this yeah yeah break into what the cubs brewers are going right right. I mean only when you say is probably locked down as the dodgers possibly Atlanta <hes> you know if they can keep it up other than that yeah I mean as far as wildcard spots and even who wins the central <hes> is really all up in the air and a lot of baseball still to be played so you know the cubs <hes> so you know just looking last twenty I mean Bruiser Eight and twelve eleven in nineteen their last thirty you said that right but I mean the cubs are nine eleven last twenty thirteen and seventeen their the last thirty games <hes> so yeah. You know it's been ugly. It's will yeah like I said the bruiser nine nine eighteen over the last twenty seven it's one of their were stretches in a longtime and I've got some stats that I posted on twitter that I'm talking about in a minute but why don't you keep going because I think I interrupted you like I like to do yeah yeah. Well I mean I I guess we're doing a little bit of <hes> innocent breakdown on pretty much already. I you know <hes> I think <hes> it's going to be interesting because obviously the dynamics of these teams are going to change after the deadline. There's going to be some changes. It might be a player too but that could be significant in how the teams play moving forward so. It's going to be interesting to see how they're going to have some big changes sooner than that to be honest with you right now. Tyler Salad Dino has absolutely terrible not a utility role. <hes> <hes> Orlando R._C._A.. Is Struggling so he's it's supposed to be solid dino are Sia you know taking care of the shortstop position concerning the bad at the moment <hes> I wouldn't be surprised to see a big change with <hes> Tyler Salad Dino and remind you. We're recording this a day earlier. Today's Tuesday <hes> I haven't seen anything out yet regarding that but there's changes coming for the brewers much sooner than the deadline because if you go like this the deadline won't matter they're gonNA end into being sellers and that's something else. I want to get into. Don't yeah I mean that's what the cubs <hes>. I mean they've already made some moves. I mean they got Martin Maldonado. <hes> you know traded <hes> Mike Montgomery. You know who is a staple in that sure your heartbroken well. You know I've always I've always kinda liked him. I was pulling from the turn it around but yeah he's not been good good this year. I think he had over over a five e._R._A.. <hes> you know what five point six seven okay there you go there you go <hes> and <hes> you know he. His whip is yeah. Go ahead. Sorry well. He's he's he's was not bad at different times. I think you you know he I think he's always wanted to be starter and I think it's probably been frustrating to still always be kind of that long relief role and just getting spot starts here and there <hes> and so maybe the change would be good for him and maybe that's may have the had an impact on things. Go back to yeah. If you just go back as far as twenty seventeen. He started fourteen games now minute. He pitched in forty four but he had a three point three eight e._R._A.. Seeking Kinda see maybe Kansas City is looking for a little bit more of a veteran pitcher. That's you know Martine. Maldonado came from Kansas City in the street. You know maybe everybody's like. Why would they want Mike Montgomery well? Maybe if Montgomery can settle into a starting role Oh yeah you know and and pitch and that one fifty two two hundred inning ratio the he might be you know a decent number four starter. There's just no room on the cubs rotation for him. Yeah there hasn't bannon nannies been terrible. Well Yeah Yeah so that's you know it makes sense. <hes> given that ad it's looking like while <hes> at least ten day I L for Contrarius. It makes sense to get Maldonado. <hes> you know Victor. Kartini is still pretty young. He's been doing great this year. He's got a eight fifty four O.. P. S. that's a hundred eleven played appearances. So you know really not bad for backup rookie catcher. Basically you know <hes> less experienced catcher by but I think you know <hes> contrary so I mean that that's I mean he's been having an incredible year so that's tough. Hopefully it isn't he is an out for long by Maldonado. I think that makes sense. <hes> there you know a veteran presence is always good especially in the catcher position <hes> and someone with <hes> postseason experience <hes> in the hope said that comes make the postseason <hes>. Who did we think when we started this podcast there is a possibility both teams could miss the postseason even crossed our mind? I mean like it was a far fetched thought in March and I mean that I that I have both of these teams would miss the postseason. Yeah I can see one of them. We talked about one could slip you know yeah could happen. Probably the butter at this point. I'm still the opinion well at this point. I'm just I'm just trying not to be Harry Oil and start drinking on the podcast. We're trying to avoid that. Let's not panic right yeah right yeah I. I think it's still totally feasible that this team could make the postseason but let's get into the segment. Let's get into for better or worse. Yes we kind of. We've we've done some of it but let's let's get it. I have to couple. I have something for both aspects. I have <hes> see when we're doing one needed piece or position. One item that the cubs or the brewers must have at the deadline and then one right. You're at the grocery store and you get one thing to pick yeah. That's your main course. That's your main course and then one spot that is either not fixable or can be ignored because it's just there's no way to do anything about it essentially either. You can't do anything about it or you. Honestly can make argument that this will get better. It'll get better organically yeah without without rain a move necessarily yeah. The burs got a lot of holes when we do well yeah you've kind of talked already about where you're your ad and I just <hes> you know the cubs. We've covered a little bit already. I'm going to jump in and kind of talk about something that I put out there last night over this nine in eighteen stretch the brewers have struggled painted scored four point zero four runs per game. This lineup is is better than that. It's not one of the top lineups in the National League like I was expecting at this point in the season <hes> but four point zero four runs per game is is terrible. We'll get a good thing again this in grand all because just think where they'd be without them well yeah and cast in hero up. Well yeah well of course of course the M._v._p.. See there's a top four in this lineup. That's pretty here's what I was getting. This is what I tweeted out last night. We don't have a tweet of the week this week but these are national league stats for the brewers going into yesterday's action the brewers were first and home runs and stolen basis. They were third and walks. There were fifth and slugging their fifth. The nope Nope plus the problem is also second with <hes> in the League strikeouts so they've struck the second most times they've left the second. Most players on base in the National League next to the dodgers dodgers by the way are just absolutely killing everything right yeah so there's been a lot of guys left out there. <hes> the runs are going to come but are they gonNA come soon enough and is the pitching going to be there my argument for for better for worse what I'm thinking the brewers need to do if they actually WanNa make run it this thing and if I can only pick one thing the brewers need to more arms in the bullpen there eventually score runs. These guys are going to figure it out. Hey Sue singular is actually on the come. He's playing well again. <hes> things are turning. I can't expect Yelich to maintain this all season right but casten heroes at two ninety nine right now for a batting average with three or four last night. He's getting warmed up getting used to being in the big leagues. I think the runs will come. The problem. Milwaukee has is in the bullpen and this is why you had a fairly legit argument that the brewers should have gone out and gotten that random whatever guy you guys cambridge you mean Kimbrough's that his name I couldn't remember. I don't remember well. How's he been pitching no kimberly and look no Kimbrel for you so well? Here's the thing when you break down. When you break down the Bruce pitching staff there's been a couple of starters that have had nice years and Brandon Woodruff Zach Davies and then it's been kind of a rotation <hes> of guys that are struggling <hes> Gio Gonzalez will come back so I don't think you know if they're just going to try and make a run to get to the postseason the thing that'll cure it and give them a chance to do so as to bring in two decent bullpen arms to shore up the back end and the bullpen has been very mediocre the last time I looked there was one guy under a three point? Oh Ye area that would be Josh Ater of course and I think there was somebody else maybe one other pitcher in the three range. Everybody else has been on the struggle bus the atime all time and <hes> and right now Chris Hook is the pitching coach and he's driving that struggle bus and I don't know but I think you need some help. I don't know that these arms are going to get them anywhere the thing I believe the runs will come. You got to be able to hold the lead to arms in the bullpen. You know like mid tier closer would change everything for Josh haters role. That's my argument. If you WANNA go or if I can only get one thing at the shopping center it's going to be a couple of bullpen arms. Okay okay okay well. That's that's interesting as you know I. I'M GONNA cheat. I actually have to things for the cubs in one of them. I well one is more important than the other but I'm GonNa talk about the one tying to the bullpen as well now. The cubs bullpen actually hasn't been at-bat they had obviously as terrible start to the season <hes> but since I mean they're actually now in fourth place just a hair behind Saint Louis <hes> in in <hes> e._r.. A just a team overall <hes> Yara okay so that's including starters <hes> but but the bullpen to actually I don't have that upright now but <hes> <hes> do you need. I'll pull it up here. In a minute bullpen hasn't been as bad add. There's still some issues I think kimbrel still needs to get kind of back into season shape. You know he's still transitioning there. <hes> patriots strope has not been good this year. He's he's been struggling that that hurts and that especially hurt prior to Kimbro but even still while Kimbrough's still kind of getting into <hes> season mode here <hes> it's still but he really delivered on. He delivered on getting at Yes. He'll puig though didn't he right Stroz stroke the call them stupid. Oh yeah yeah yeah that was strobe. Yeah please fun. We'll get into him again. Oh Yeah Yeah Yeah. Cincinnati is interesting. They're actually <hes> their team e._R._A.. Is there and second in the National League behind the dodgers <hes> Yup pretty crazy considering that I think they have a pretty decent offense to <hes> you know well and that makes you wonder as a brewers Moore Fan when you look at that how much of it is related to Derrick Johnson the pitching coach from last year planning himself from Milwaukee to Cincinnati. No Cincinnati was close to home for him so it wasn't supposedly it was not a <hes> you know he wasn't getting along with somebody kind of deal. It was just he wanted to be closer to home but yeah <hes> he's done some magic there. They did improve their rotation and they did improve their bullpen in the off season but I don't think anybody expected this bandbox in Cincinnati to have the second best e._R._A.. In the National League right right yeah well and I mean that's that's <hes> <hes> yeah. That's that's crazy. I mean that's such a nano central again. <hes> I think Cincinnati is still still team to to watch out for <hes> <hes> a little bit. Any one of these teams can get hot anyway. I totally totally derailed you once yeah yeah I know how the excess on the ninety miles podcasts yeah yeah well. It gave me a second to be able to pull roll up <hes> okay so starters for the cubs have three point nine seventy are a really relief pitchers are four point two five <hes> so there's still room for improvement of course that that's a lot because of the terrible start to the season. It's also a strope not being as solid and often being having to be put in the closer role <hes> and also that doesn't really reflect a longer period of time with Kimberlin there which you know as I talked about before changes the whole everyone's roles in the bullpen in general I think generally will improve it <hes> but <hes> you know what they could really use. His is a lefty <hes> a good left left handed reliever would be helpful. They only really have Kyle Ryan at this point and Randy Rosario. They've been using a little more now <hes> well. That's yeah actually that makes a lot of sense sense to with the argument you're making their if for some unforeseen reason Milwaukee actually pulls their heads out of their backsides and starts making a comeback in a push for this division when you've gotTA move stock us you've got a yellow. You've got a grand all that can be turned around owned. If it comes back down to the cubs bruise like we thought all the way along the and you're gonNA need some left handed bullpen help to get through that lineup right and to get through at the right way that makes a ton of sense to put on your shopping lists and <hes> yeah well I in Travis Travis shot to actually he's been really good. Don't at triple eight okay. If he comes back you know got to have got. It need a lefty. Get him out. Regular hastens is up over to thirty now. I think the last time we did a podcast. He was still in the just just a little over two hundred okay well so things things can change. There's it's not it's not time to give up on the brewers yet well and if you WanNa make sure you beat him. You're GONNA need that left in the bullpen. That makes a ton of sense yeah. Yeah I mean when you look at the potential option. I mean obviously I think will Smith has been brought up and rumored about <hes> that would be that would be a good one. <hes> that's been brought rumored with the brewers because you you could be competing for some of the same players so that could be interesting <hes> they will be if <hes> yeah if <hes> if we get towards the middle of the well. Let's see today is what July sixteenth <hes>. We've only got fifteen eighteen days left yeah. There's two weeks left before. We're going to have a real fire sale from a couple of teams. Some real action going on so will Smith is somebody the brewers will be on for sure if of course assuming they're they're turning things around because right now one thing that I talked about in the early season the preseason the cool thing about the contracts that David stearns set up with Grendel move stock is being one year deals with options if we get to the this was an unforeseen thing but if we if we got to the trade deadline those are going to be hyper valuable pieces for the Bruce to <hes> to sell if they're five six seven hundred five hundred. It's not going the right way over the next two weeks. <hes> yeah not that. I want to see that but it's a possibility I'm sorry I interrupted again yeah. No I'm good at that. No that was that was kind of no that was kind of concluding. I mean that would be a needed piece. I think however that was only I the only reason I went into when I I actually have to <hes> because I think they could do something about both I think the other pieces Ashley more important <hes> is second base. <hes> offensive production from the second base position has been terrible. I've talked about that before in the try not to suck episode. You know <hes> attacked a little reminds me yeah. I tried oat Alexa the if you if you say if you say Alexa play the ninety miles podcasts she will in fact. I had unplug here for this because I thought I might mention it but <hes> yeah she <hes> she started that episodes got to hear Alexis. Say It's the all-star break. Try not to suck that was entertaining last yeah. I thought it was hilarious. Maybe the listeners know but yeah yeah Alexis say try not to suck pretty entertaining to me but I'm easily entertained. I pray and yeah so you think in second base would be another thing that the cubs need to fill the shop. You're going to the market. You're getting two things because 'cause you're a cubs fan. I'm not surprised Oh we get to have two things because we're yeah yeah of course he do you go well it. Would you know and and none none of this stuff is free. I mean you gotta give something up to get something good so it it could be there could be some bitter sweetness. There could be some seeing some names. Go that you know Kinda like Montgomery. I mean he did get the last out out of game. Seven in the world series little bitter sweet it's like I I've always been cheered from <hes> you know and I o he'll always be remembered yeah. Oh yeah he's fans will always remember him in a good light despite the season yeah and he you know mostly good light <hes> you know before moving a little further north in <hes> north of L._A.. I did live in Santa Clarita. Which is where Mike Montgomery was originally from so I always thought that was kind of cool and heard you know he's working? You know that he was working out there in the offseason and stuff and I'm like Oh maybe I'll run into. I never did I which I did but <hes> you know well. Maybe I still will he just on the cubs anymore but <hes> you can still tell them things for game. Seven go well yeah. Oh yeah definitely not a I wouldn't be a bitter fan. Dan No no no not at all. <hes> you know things. I hate the cubs. I might be Adecco brewer. I'm kidding yeah well second base though I I mean really at this point it's also who's been awful. We talked about that. Addison Russell has been showing some sparks and has been okay but <hes> I you know it's just still feels feels like <hes> you know you know what who's being missed as Ben Zobrist really <hes> sure he was one when you you kinda would work them in there <hes> just the professional at bats and just just that I think that veteran presence and I think he's he's just a positive presence there <hes> that's being missed there. There have been some more rumors that he is GonNa be back so I think Theo Jio said that <hes> he's been texting with him. He doesn't have a timetable but you know they're they're gonNA talk about potentially talk about some details and potentially a timetable so <hes> at this point guard she's going to have to you know probably go to the miners and Kinda get. I mean he hasn't seen major league pitching for a while. At this point <hes> no yeah you'd have to get them ramp back up I would imagine but he'd be a useful piece if the cubs are going to get close to September October and be competitive but he needs to get back into Camp Yep yeah asap for that to be a thing outside of that you had another player in mind. I believe for second base possibly yeah well. There's some rumors about wit. Mary Field <hes> so good ballplayer yeah yeah very solid he he wouldn't wouldn't be you know they're not going to be giving them away. <hes> which is the other part a little notes Gary like who who's GonNa go 'cause I. I don't think there's GonNa need Major League ready players for for Mary feel that ain't GonNa be like some minor leaguers leaguers. It's you know so. It's going to be some names. You know that I've I've lived with for Awhile as cops and you think Kansas City you think Kansas City wants major league ready players. Why why do you think that way well? I just curious I mean at at least one or two and I mean just because of <hes> you know <hes> Murrayfield just kind of <hes> <hes> you know he I think well what I saw was something with <hes> you know. He's got a pretty high price on him. You know <hes> well yeah and <hes> can't Kansas City is terrible yeah. They're they're thirty three and sixty two. I don't know that they're going to be wanting major league ready tale. I think they're just GonNa want whatever great talent is whether it'd be. The W level the AAA level. I'm not a Kansas city royals mind but <HES> I. They're going to have a high price on him if they're letting them go that's for Oh yeah yeah I mean I'm seeing you know some of the rumors. This is on <hes>. Let's see M._l._b.. TRADE RUMORS DOT DOT COM. I had read an article so I pulled this back up to try to remember whereas seeing that but there you know <hes> let's see the Kansas City Front office would seek as many as three controllable big-league ready players in any trade involving solving mirror field <hes> okay wow well. Let's Look Contracts C._B._S.. CHICAGO <hes> had reported that so I sure yeah that's <hes> so I mean that means Oh. He's you know this guy is very controllable whitten airfield. I don't know if you notice this or not. He's controlled <hes>. He's got a four year sixteen point two five billion dollar contract club control all the way through twenty twenty three if you want his base salary would only be six point five million twenty twenty three yes. He's a little bit older. Were in his age thirty sees right but you're getting a very solid veteran player that can help your club and he's going to do it at a very reasonable price. Of course Oh yeah he will be he he'll be aging and you can't expect to the same <hes> production level that he's getting this year right in the in the upcoming years necessarily but he would be a perfect you know Chicago cubs trade candidate and yeah because he's got a long contract Dan. He's GonNa wear down and get old so it makes a ton of sense eight fifty five O._P._S._e._C.'s in his bat in three. Oh seven. I mean <hes> I like how you just ignore that Yeah Yeah No. He's a good trade target for sure yeah yeah I mean that's that's a pretty <hes> yeah. I did ignore that but anyways he no he just figure out what I said. Casey didn't know what we're not. In the same room listeners yeah that'd be a couple thousand miles apart as a matter eh but <hes> it's <hes> it's yeah with airfield would be an interesting one. I WANNA get to one of the things I mentioned as well. <hes> in the outline here for this episode spot that either isn't fixable or can be ignored. I think we covered the cubs in-depth pretty well on the bullpen and second base yeah yeah like I said I think the brewers need a couple of arms in the bullpen will Smith would be one option the thing about David stearns he seems to find some semi obscure at least to the General Fan <hes> relievers that come in and fill holes and expect him to do the trying to kind of do the same thing. There's a spot on the bruise that I don't think they can afford to fix and it's unfortunate but when you're a club like Milwaukee smaller market not to keep harping on that but it is you have to treat things differently you can't go out and overspending over by. I don't think they've got the talent at the minor league level to go out and get a frontline starting pitcher. I think at this point the starting pitching Kinda I mean if you're supposed to be all in for a season for world series. It really sucks to say this but if we're doing for better for worse where you can only pick one thing or two things if you're a cub fan because you overspent everything. I don't think the Bruins then the brewers can go out and get a starting pitcher. It's going to have to be what it is. Gio Gonzalez has to come back and do well Brandon Woodruff. Keep you know be the Horace Mann they gave him a break. They kind of set it up around the all-star break so he wouldn't <hes> H- you'd be the fifth man to pitch out out of the <hes> out of the all-star break so he's going today as a matter of fact but it's one of those positions where I just don't think the brewers can do enough to fill it. Maybe instead of my shopping list where we to bullpen arms. Maybe there's a mid tier starter that you can and get relatively cheaply. I don't think there's any way they can go out and afford Madison Bumgarner. I don't think you can afford to try and price yourself into Madison Bumgarner race at this point yeah yeah the way that they're playing. That's another thanks so my prognostication for David stearns is this I think the brewers are actually going to trade a big league level talent and try and fill in some of the minor leagues holes that they have for the future along with trading some mid tier prospects to low tier prospects to get some bullpen help. If they're gonNA spend a higher level prospect. It's going to be on what I would think would be controllable bullpen arm for two or three years. That's my prognostic. That's interesting so not not not necessarily very aggressive in in as in this year you saying kind of this year aggressive <hes> at this point you look at it. Is it realistically that the Brewers Win The world series the way things have been going. It's a little hard to say that it's realistic yeah. Well yeah sure sure it's possible <hes> if the lineup gets hot and the pitching comes together a little bit and you add those two bullpen arms yeah. I think that's possible. I think that would be giving you the good run. I think that would be a fair thing to do. You've got hey sue siegler and air themes available to trade for somebody. That is <hes> you know for contending team. Maybe in the American League that could use another D. H.. <hes> you could get some minor league talent and then turn around and spend some minor league talent aren't for a couple of bullpen arms and then next year you're set up with Corey can able Jeremy Jeffers Jeffrey Josh Hater and maybe a couple other bullpen arms your reloaded in the bullpen hopefully depending on how able comes back of course from Tommy John So speculatively my guests and it really is a guest on what stearns is going to do is going to be something where it's both a buy and sell deadline <hes> okay. That's my prognostication yeah. It's a little out of the box <hes> I could be totally wrong of course the way I look at the setup if they lose nine out of the next ten it's so long grand also long Mustafa's. Let's load up in the minor Leah that I'm hoping I'm hoping that they go the other way and win nine ten send grab a couple arms and let's see what we can do. This lineup can do damage when it turns itself around Yeah Yeah I mean I it. It would seem to me that that unless it's <hes> just a more accounting issue would would make more sense to still really go for it here. You know this year well yeah. You've got one deals for Moose and granddaughter eight. This is the year to go for it. That's kind of what it looked like in the in the off season like okay they're loading up all right and the gambled on the young pitchers for the starting staff. It didn't work out the gambled on young pitchers in the relief core. It didn't work out <hes> you know. Josh haters the loan man standing back there Jeremy Jefferson's the other guy with an under four e. r. a. and everything else's subpar yeah so yeah. I don't WanNa talk about regression to the mean right. Now would be progressing toward what it's means. We we've covered all oh yeah yeah. I'm done you tell me a spot that you don't think the cubs can fix or something that can be ignored despite current issues at that position yeah I mean I guess I don't have a super strong one. I mean I think you know Centerfield. Offensively civilly is a mixed bag. L. Moore's not been really good this year offensively although he has ever I mean he is more defensive but I mean he's he's <hes> you know of <hes> qualifiers. Yes <hes> on the cubs. He's six ninety one Opie S._S. lowest <hes> you know there so <hes> I so I mean that and then kyle shore <hes> he's really you know I I wanna say they like that's that's another one of those spots but <hes> you know as far as left field <hes> unless Chris Brian's planning there but <hes> <hes> but yeah you know but it's really looking at it's not it's not as bad as it looks. He's got a NATO three nope e._S.. He's got twenty home runs. I mean could be worse for sure so. I can't say that that's like like really terrible. I don't like to thirty two batting average but I got you know get Outta old school thinking and and look at U._P._S. and and try not to you know get swayed over a you know looking at just batting average as long as he tries not the sun. There'll be yeah yeah basically so <hes> but yeah I mean the cubs around pay. I mean right now. Chris Brown's got A._T._S. in this way. How are the cubs going to get through? The dodgers braves now what do they what does some you know. That's I'm looking at these two teams so so the way they do that is it's really first of all offense really getting clicking all together. I mean Hayward Hayward has stepped up this season. I mean he's a productive offensive <hes> member of the team now which is Great <hes> you know sure and I think I think just with all those pieces clicking you get something someone like what Mary Field in there <hes> you get Ben Zobrist back. I think that's a formidable offense. Even in the playoffs <hes> shirt the issues improbably or the pitching which has been I think a little shakier as we talked about I mean the starters need to be dialed in and the bullpen needs to be straighten out and I think data com as Kimbro gets in there if they can get a lefty like someone like will Smith in there <hes> and and the roles Kinda lay out I think I think that that gives you a chance even against the dodgers or the braves in the playoffs. I think it does five game series. seven-game series is a different story. You know you you manage the game differently so it's a whole different thing but I think you got those there. I think they can compete okay so it doesn't take a whole lot in your opinion into catch up with the Atlanta's dodgers of the League right now. The cubs are fourth and runs scored and in e._R._A.. They're also fourth in the league so I tend to have to agree with you and I also believe in my humble opinion. The dodgers Rogers are playing out of their mind right now. I cannot imagine this sustaining hinge in Rio is a great pitcher but he's not right. Cody bellinger's a great player but he's not this great of a player. I also expected Christian Yelich to regress aggressive hasn't much happens well. The thing is has been three and a half months of bellinger. I is it going to contain I if because we're in the same vision as the dodgers the braves I'd be more concerned. It would be more an issue of making the playoffs if the cubs make the playoffs. I think that they in those pieces kind of come together like I mentioned they would have as good a chance as any team to take on the braves or the dodgers in a five or a seven-game series which is a whole different story. I mean you know that's completely do all of a sudden about getting to the postseason season right yeah. It's just about getting to the season just met with Milwaukee to it's like Milwaukee can get there and that lineups capable of scoring on anybody. They took a very similar dodger team to seven games last year. This Milwaukee team isn't that much different than it was last last year. Either the big difference has been losing the back end of the bullpen so long ensured of it. I think there's hope for both these clubs Chicago's obviously in a better position which just about kills me especially if they go all they they go with Mary Field and will Smith. I mean forget about it. Yep that's really and then Benz overs comes back. You know <hes> you know. Maybe <hes> so your what's your prognostication education. Because we kinda talked about what you think you they need to do. What do think Theo's league will do? What's he going? I think he's going to do everything he can to do. Those those moves specifically specifically I would say those are the best it's just going to be. It's an it's an accounting thing. It's a you know a front office thing that that gets complex so I don't know what what that may involve and then at at the same time. I don't know what that's GonNa mean as far as what they have to give up <hes> so you know it's okay I I don't know I'm you know if they got if they got them. I mean it might they might not be able to do both they might not be able to do both Kazaa that might be you know. They're really pushing their best way. We kind of you know it was more of a yeah Mary field they may have to go for someone. <hes> knock quite like will smith but a little low lesser lefty or vice versa to nail down this yeah. I have to nail you down on this. That's the whole point of this for you. Get one choice if you only have one. What's IT GONNA be well? I know I do think they make moves it with this this one. There's GonNa be for a lack of rare but what what would I say is more important which one is more important yeah yeah. It's a pretty simple question. Act You know given the struggles with hitting with runners and scoring position position that seem to pop up and then disappear then pop up again I I'd have to lean I'd have to lean offense and the reason is I think when Kimbro settles into his role and gets gets into form and the bullpen kind of lays out. I still feel hopeful that strokes not going to be this terrible the rest of the year so hopefully you know whatever's going on there clicks. There's still the the possibility of Brandon Morrow coming back that would make a big difference so these are are you know and then Ben Zobrist Raymond a hope okay come on. That's a prayer without making any moves without making any moves you know yeah no oh correct okay no no. I just wanted to nail you down. It's Mary field then offense. Yeah okay there you go. was that so hard. Don't complicate complicated. I'd say though it's not vote it. That's that's why it's so weird to try and debate what's going to happen with either these clubs my feeling is it's. It's a total mixed bag in Milwaukee Right. Now you look at the future you look at twenty twenty. No Moussaka snow grand all at least no guarantees on them and you end up with a lineup that is much weaker than this yeah I mean they've been if if they all those yellow to those are the only other to being with significant. Oh come on significant contributions attributions. I I don't think I know you mentioned guests in here but I mean still time will tell their you know he's. He's you know we'll see but <hes> he's. He's pretty he's not a sure thing because nobody ever is he's about as close goes to assure thing is there is this kill hit. Three hundred most of his career is my prediction on that. That's neither here nor there. That's a long term thing. He's already back up to ninety nine. He doesn't have a ton of time up here. They're going to just a ham. He's GonNa just to them. The kid can flat out hit. It's going to be fun to watch either way so next year going into that season it depending on what Kane's got left in the take but you got Yelich and hopefully hero when you build around those core pieces and I don't know they May <music> Oh God I didn't WanNa be talking about selling at the deadly this I quit the podcast. I knew it was coming. <hes> it was coming their game over five hundred half came out of the wild so so we we are quitting we could basically say let's Moose's gone. Grandma's gone this season by all line are are we done with the podcasts at over over. Am I myself or you talked to yourself more than anybody else anyway. I'm sure you'll keep it entertaining. It's fine okay yeah whatever that wasn't even a good Joe. I'm trying all right. I'M GONNA GO Harry Doyle. Forget it. No nobody's listening. I think it's I think it's time we just do predictions and get Outta here yeah. Let's let's have the prediction and <hes> remainder. We are going to record a bigger term prediction episodes catch everybody up yeah and at that point I think were I think we want to announce what the punishment will be at the end of the year because we should. It's going to become an in the next couple few weeks here. Hopefully sooner than later these predictions will probably actually tail off all the way into what November ish because you're you dervish cy young prediction which is completely well. No there is some other ones too though that <hes> <hes> yeah that was the other one yeah. Neither one of them are getting vote that things shot those were fun. They were Darby. Let's fire up the here's the fire up the song here we go top ten Cy Young Award Voting Darvish calling with my cut and I'm calling my heart going Theresa. Oh all right so I did get an update on Theresa now that we just Ho yeah yeah but it's like it's from like Juno so it's like ancient. I gotta find a site that updates dates to the sausage races more frequently. It's important. It's very very upset yourself that tracks everyone right just pictures of me eating whatever type of sausage way every time every heart attack by September next year that'd be perfect well. It's every home game show you know that's not bad while I have to boil them up. Open beer with some onions and garlic if you do it right to the brought bad them on the Weber now. Actually I might do that later today. That sounds pretty good. I got the day all we'll see you doing it for fun he could do you Wanna fly over the Oh yeah yeah. You should fly yeah yeah. You don't have anything else going onto the Oh yeah not at all by the way Ryan is super busy with work right now so this is fun hanging the podcast out on and make them more paranoid. I'm having a good anyway. The sausage race standings yeah. The sausage rates standings. Polish sausage is in the lead. This is by the way as of like June twenty third or something Polish sausage had thirteen hotdog at twelve theresa in Italian sausage retired at six a piece. Oh brought was bringing up the rear at four well so the trees owes <hes> yeah he's down a little bit Theresa's doing about as good as the brewers are basically so. What does this like five hundred borderlines seller? You know that's my thereto novel. I don't know how a sausage can be a seller at the trade well. I guess I'd I'd probably be a buyer. That'd be pretty <hes> anyway so that's an update on that but we'll cover more of that in the predictions yeah we're GonNa go through ninety miles podcasts dot com predictions. <hes> predictions are at the top. You can go there. There's a huge we've made a Lotta predictions <hes> so you can go through but we will do. A lot of them have been wrong E._S.. We're not doing great. We we're obviously been more optimistic and <hes> our teams have let us down number every ever so slightly so <hes> yeah yeah we are optimists. Center teams are not as good as we thought disappointing but there's a lot of season left. We still got two plus monks and we'll stuff needs to change so four. I'm for nineteen. That's good for to eleven average <hes> year three and fifteen. That's good for two hundred average so you're you're doing better than than <hes> Travis. Shah was <hes> I'd be. I'd be calling upton hero but if I had a good because you're not someone else they're going to have to trade me or need someone designated for assigning predictions for you and said he'd someone they're we're going to designate me for assignment to a different podcast future. I met yeah. It's been good knowing you by the way we will be working with the my franchise fantasy baseball podcast here in <hes> the coming week or so so watch for that that's going to be yes. We're going to get on there and talk some <hes> Talks Sports Balsam fantasy baseball <hes> we're going to have Ryan trank call into the program at Minimum Bank and then <hes> they're gonNa Cross guests with us at a future date possibly possibly right away. We gotta get that stuff figured out but watch for that. I predicted it will happen and do you have a prediction for the cubs and Bruce Series at the end of the No. I don't we kind of forgot that that's the whole point of what we're talking yeah. I no I think of some but yeah. Let's it's going to be that series. <hes> cubs brewers <hes>. It's been awhile. That's going to be fun <hes> to get back to that. Although I have a feeling if the comes sweep the brewers are going to be very very upset this time around <hes> but <hes> I'm GonNa make working with me the worst nightmare of your well given that prediction predation okay yeah okay. You're not going to predict the cubs sweep again. You you know and actually yeah. I'm going to do it again. They're gonNA sweep the burs series. It's guy gotta get it right one of these times here. It's bowl you don't they aren't sweep the brewers. It's GonNa end on Friday night. Every single time like we've talked about the cubs come into Miller Park. They're gonNA come in and Miller Park and they're gonNA get spanked. The brewers are going to launch. Let's see here. What was your prediction? The cubs as it hit seven home runs again or more okay. The brewers are GonNa hit eight or more. Oh wow well there. I in the National League home runs okay. The offense is due to turn itself around four point zero four runs per game over the last twenty seven. How many is not going to live? How many predictions every said that it's it's due to turn around here and then we make prediction doesn't yeah we? We're never going to get the shore against Jimmy Nelson prediction in it's just not going to have that. I don't know what what we're GONNA have to throw that one out I must we shifted to next year or something up tonight that but I don't know what yeah I was looking at that that's going to happen speaking of throwing one out. We have to throw my Christian Yelich Homerun Derby prediction really that's a throw out. I thought it was a wrong. It's not a wrong if you didn't participate <HES>. I don't know if we did. We say that no but that doesn't matter I that was under the assumption he participates. If he doesn't participate he doesn't participate. I can make a second prediction today to make up for the fact that it's gone so the numbers even if that feels better for you okay okay well. Are you let me get away with this really okay yeah. I'll make a second prediction. The brewers are going to sweep the cubs bom yeah you do need to make prediction <hes> okay eight or more home runs and sweep will throw throw out. We'll throw out <hes> yell at shown Derby Yeah sucked I really I really was looking forward to him going head to head with lead Guerrero Junior. That would have been a blast <hes> you could tell that he it was not happy about pulling out of it. I mean a million bucks is a million bucks. I'm glad it went to Pete. Alonzo and lead Vlad was the one fighting for it. It's nice to see the guys that are only getting you know quote unquote only getting half a million dollars to play baseball win the million but they had to work their way up through you know AA AAA were. They're getting much smaller checks so that was cool to see but I was really really. I was better I was I was disappointed and apparently I did tweet out about that too. That should have been Mike Mushtaq us that got it because he's he's a teammate he had twenty five home runs at the time it would've made sense apparently they did offer it to Miss Dacas and he turned it down to have nothing to be bitter about except for just bitter bitter disappointment of this brewers season yes. It's not that bad. They're over five hundred there half game out. I'm okay I'm okay I don't have to I don't have to go Bob euchre Harry Doyle Insert drinking and the booth yet. We're okay right right yeah all right well. I think that I think that that's good. Let's let's <hes> I gotta get back to work yeah. This was fun though it was good. I'll keep you on the line for just the little longer. I'M NOT GONNA say till you said I'm going to spend another minute ears. No I'm I'm Outta here. Fury suck all Right Cup suck cardinals right brewers bill cobbs.

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ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn Travis and LZ HR4

Mornings with Keyshawn, Jorge & LZ

25:22 min | 2 years ago

ESPNLA Mornings with Keyshawn Travis and LZ HR4

"That sounds lovely, soothing squeal. Is it only meeting dining pigskin he'll pigskins l z Amine helping. It's not hurting skin right now. Let's start with the game that I game of the week Sunday night football, the patriots hosting the five, oh chiefs. It the patriots three and to not the patriots that we've seen, but it still feels like they're the patriots at home. It's exactly the pages we've seen. This is typical patriots football. Remember last season they start off getting basically blown up by Alex Smith and Kansas City Chiefs, and we're not all shoot and now comes to crumbling. Oh, there in the Super Bowl again again. Yeah, but, but they get beat by Alex in the team's last year. And I think the important thing remember is that Kansas City. They got beat that bad last year because Kansas City skill guys are amazing, and Alex Smith is serviceable. Now they've got a much better quarterback and it's not like New England's defense that grade. So speaking of defense, if. Patrick Mahomes goes in there and does what he's done through the first five weeks and does it to New England in New England. I mean, we've already been Patrick Mahomes over the head for the first five. I mean, it's going to go nuclear. If he's able to go in there and win that game against Bill Belichick forget it. But when was the last one you saw Tom Brady, like moves a shootout because if your last year Super Bowl. Yeah. I mean. Gotta shootouts like forty one to thirty eight. That's out. He hit the over the over. Yeah. Shoot out. All right. Forget it. Next game next game, the Steelers and the Bengals. The Steelers, kind of like the patriots that team that gets off to a weird start. And we say it's finally happening. Mike Tomlin lost the team. No levian Ben. This, that and the other thing bangles are four and one on top of that division a month from now. It could be the exact opposite. What is Marvin? Lewis has record against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Is it like eight, twenty two or something like twenty two, right? So you want me to go and pick eight twenty two Marvin Lewis to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers now, Dr. Foreign one, four one? Yeah. Now dot? No, no dog not breed dogs. We have a dog one. No. It's a nice start for him. I'm happy. Marvin has now gone seven extension because they had a great start. But I just feel as if this is one of those gains where the Steelers very much like the patriots wants to make a statement and nothing's better than making a statement against a team. All win. Yeah. A team that you own the put their confident too. So they think now this is the year and you just smack them around as usual, seventeen and five. Mike Tomlin is against. But that's because Cincinnati it's usually lousy. They're not allowed, but they're not, that's that's the thing they're not allowed to just kind of their right, Andy, Dalton, their lousy against good teams. Yes. There you go there, you guess there are moved on next game? Oh, the chargers are on the road against the Browns, and the Browns are not good. The chargers are good, and yet the chargers only waiver, I say, the Browns are not good sound showed up the practice day still does the VAT team practices. I liked it a teams to two and one, and we're planning parades for there to two and one the good, but we all know they could very well be foreign one, right? Like Cup of those games. The first game in a season in the rain against the Steelers, weird sort of ending very well could have won that game. This is not the same, Cleveland Browns squad. I know that we hear that name instrument very much like the clippers, we think, oh, well, we know your history. So that's your future. This isn't it. They have a QB that has energized them. I'm not sure if not want to be able to put in a Patrick Mahomes type of performance for the rest of the season, but he's energized them. That defense is led Jit. See, that's that's what people don't talk about. Like, yes, Baker Mayfield energize. But what they hang their hat on being a hard hitting, yes, defensive team, and you know, Myles Garrett is a monster. I don't know how many people know this. His brother was Sean Williams. The basketball player, really? Yes. So he's Sharma to an special on the one from Boston College. You would like to partake of the. But like his build his as a basketball player out there really playing football, it's unfair. I think that we need to take it down a little notch with one more than a month and they didn't do here. That's exactly that's exactly what we didn't say. We didn't put notes. Thank on it. We just said he energized the offense this because they didn't win two games in two seasons that now that they've won two games were getting ready. There's a very decent chance that Baker Mayfield is not the second coming of Peyton Manning that he's just actually competent and we just haven't seen competency in Cleveland for so long that it feels like all of a sudden they've got Joe Montana and part of that competency has to do with who they hired us out -fensive as well, Todd Haley from the Steelers. So he's got himself a QB. That's that's mobile. That's accurate to get a great defense. That's the reason why this basically the wash. Ran the other five and not in the league. They're on their way to Denver to take on the Broncos. They had a little team players only meeting yesterday where they kind of aired out the fact that they were having some defensive problems. Thirty one points, two weeks in a row. Five, no offense has been great defense as yeah. I mean, they've been great when they needed to be which has been in the fourth quarter of some of these games. They stood up and giving up before quarter touchdown. So that's something to hang your hat on. But if you would've told me that he was go, he be Sean McVeigh was going to opt to punt on fourth and inches and give the ball back to Russel Wilson. I'm not confident we don't have a foreign one squad instead of five squad. Does the elevations come into play at all? It always seems to, I mean, like. I'm not gonna. Pretend like it's not a factor, but I feel like we, we always overplay that I don't know because if the kids have you ever run up there in Denver? No, it's for real man. I, I really one of those tents. The locks deprivation I've been in one of those. It's a weird feeling. It's it's, it's weird to describe if if I mean I'm I'm assuming they'd been there for a few days to try and get acclimated, but at and you guys know I'm in really good shape the first my ran and I thought it was going to die. Yeah, I, it's for real. I think it'll be interesting if the Rams, even if they win the game. But if they give up a bunch of points to case keenum, I if they give up twenty eight thirty something points to case keenum and the Broncos because the Broncos offense isn't great. If for the third week in a row and the third time it's case keenum then I think we start, I have a real conversations about what that ram defense is. Well, how about the chances of us losing the case keenum two years in a row. Certainly. Owns this case keenum just he looks at Jerry gov. Say, you ain't nothing. Boy. Just my backup. You just my backup Dallas. The Cowboys are hosting Jacksonville, final score, that one might be nine to six. Jeff, Fisher vol respect on Blake Bortles name now I know or nine perceptions on this week, but he also threw for four hundred plus yards and lost through four. Forget that part. He moved the football for everybody. You get the football, you'll get the football, like the Oprah of quarterbacks. He's listen. The Cowboys are a mess right now you're talking about the Cleveland Browns celebrating that they have two wins the the Cowboys celebrate when again, two hundred passing yards. They're not a very good team on either side of the ball right now, whereas the Jacksonville Jaguars, yeah, they struggled occasionally because of uneven performance of Blake Bortles, but they hang their hat on defense and I like a match up of an offensively questionable squad facing a undeniably. Very good defend. What do you guys think about that? Right. Like that's a big conversation is all maybe maybe we jumped the gun on a whole. Tell you that it's been in conversation nosy, how long we've been having this cowboy fan watching every game first year cooled last year. I mean, this year was a show me year. Am I gonna pay you or not? So far? I can't pay that man and his defense and Jerry Jones, happy birthday. Jerry Jones day, Tim, this terms of defense, they don't have a number one. Receiver had had one in years. Haven't had one means point. He's the one response selecting. She gets Calvin really was available district when it was our turn who needs that guy. He what's he doing raiders and Seahawks there in London and not only are those teams playing, but Jon Gruden got out peak era last week or at least reference the Super Bowl interceptions say, well, at least I didn't do it in the Super Bowl. Jon Gruden just can't seem to get out of his own way. I want him to lose his passport, get stranded into strain of it. I'm just I'm just tired of to get loses paths, but I just want him to get lost in London him trying to communicate with people. I gotta tell you, I just have very little patience. Regardless of occupation of a person of a leader who never takes any responsibility for when things go wrong in his organization. So what what's more agreed statement? Jerry Jones said we haven't had a number one in years or Jon Gruden said, well, man, we just I, it's hard to. But the best part about Jon Gruden is that he doesn't talk to Khalil Mack at all. But then as soon as he's trade is like going sign. Can't stop sign his name. I'm not if I wasn't involved. I have nothing to do with it if it was up to me here to be here. Jon Gruden is a very, very naked emperor and he's getting or naked by the minute. Every time they go out there, they look worse and worse worse and he's the the reason well, at least paying a lot of money for them. For a long time. All right, Jimmy Butler is. Pigskin. No, he's working on his conditioning. Oh, I'm tell you what that means. Exactly. Next. You really like this more. You'd like this more this version of van Halen, the Sammy, Hagar version. I mean, Todd for teacher, Panama, because this is a list you talk about synthesize two grown up. This is like, this is not where rock and roll is this. If it isn't love new edition. So you know, all good questions. No, no, no, not good. No, it's not. I think about those. This was the video with a bunch of airplanes. I think to spinning around doing weird stuff. David Lee rat. Finish what you start is actually my favorite semi. Hagar released van Halen track. Not this one. Jimmy Butler is not in Milwaukee with the timber wolves. That's where they played their final preseason. He's back in Minnesota working on his conditioning, it got, we all know what happened a couple of days ago where he blew up practice. He took four beer truck drivers and beat the number one squad and then called everybody out in the process including the front office. Then they had a players only meeting only maybe they didn't because Jeff Teague said, that's not what happened. And here we are. He's not with the team. Here's an emotional hausky talking about why Jimmy Butler wants out and what can happen his goals to get traded his goals, not necessarily to reconnect with this group to be back. He's going to have to play. He's healthy. You can't sit out and get paid in the NBA. He just can't stay away and get paid. And so he he's back. And he's going to play. I anything that's happening now is the, the goal has been made very clear. It's to be moved, is he gonna play? I mean, he's not what the team if he's doing what he's doing. I mean, I know you don't want to pay somebody stay at home, but at some point, isn't it the better option? That's that's. That's what teams do. So we talked about this on a jump and in NFL if a player doesn't like his situation, what does he do? Stays home. He stays at home in the NBA. It's the opposite. I show up to work and I make it so uncomfortable. These what? Wo-. Mill your checks just stay home until we can resolve the situation happens. A lot happens all the time. Here's the deal. It's Tibbs that wants him to play because of what happened at practice. That's the, that's the cruel twist. And all of this is that he blows a practicing mother, bleeps everybody. And yet he hit the nail on the head in his interviewer, Rachel. And he says, I know, got his office closed door, a big smile because that's what they want. That's why we brought them here, right? We brought Jimmy Butler here to push people and to raise the intensity level of the team in a practice and and to get everyone kind of fired up like that. And so Jimmy says, does that instead of in a regular situation most seems like, all right, we gotta get this guy out of here. Tips is like, wait, wait, wait, wait, isn't this? What we want? Tibbs wants it, but does anybody else? I like. The question is, are they about that life? Are the about that live being Wiggins and Karl Anthony towns, their talented, but talent only gets you so far land comes all the other things that makes you a winner. The question is, are the about those things l. the they are about that lie about is the organization about those two guys, no organised doors, those guys about competing the way Jimmy Butler does, right? No. And that's the question that's not even a question. No, that's exactly what the crux of all this. That's what he said in his interviewer, Rachel, you said, is your number one priority team? And it said, if you hesitate on that, if I asked you as team no more because it is for me, that's why do that in practice because I'm, I'm every time I go out there. So I'll give you some more details about that scrimmage, right when third stringers. Right. He, first of all, he showed up an hour. Late to practice gets on, gets out there. Basically fresh off something. That's what you exactly dominating right. The beat, the start, they six minutes. They beat the starters by twelve points. He didn't. He didn't take a single shot. That whole time he guarded Karl Anthony towns. He got it everybody and he basically willed his team to victory. Right. And so. That's exactly what he's talking about is that I'm here for team. I'm here for winning. When I ask you, what are you are is team in winning number one, four years. We then all automats we're going to have an issue because there's two different agendas in his locker room. And so he didn't say any names, but he doesn't have how much of this is about the young players and their attitudes. And how much is this is about Tibbs not being able to get the most out of them. I think I think is about attitudes. Man, I think at some point this is this is the issue that bad teams went into right were bad, and then we get a Ray of hope. Well, my God, he's, he's actually really good and you do everything to make sure he's happy. And then when the time comes where somebody comes in our guys, how we're gonna win and winning involves a lot of stuff that's not fun, not every part of this job is going to be fun. Every single job in life has parts that stink. That's just. Life, right? That's that's part of being a grownup. We're working with rod more mysterious than l, z, but continue. Sorry, so so but freighter where mysterious release. The point being. Those guys because they've been coddled another one in life. I'm just at that organization up until this point. Now, wait a sec. You guys are telling me, I gotta do stuff that I don't like I gotta do stuff that doesn't make me look cool, right? I want to average twenty and ten. I had eighteen and nine and ninety pulling me out. Why? If those are the things that are top of mind for you, then that's you. That's that's not a Tibbs. You didn't motivate them, right? That's. That's that, or the guys in the organization, and there's nothing you can do now. Because like you said, you've decided that cat is your guy you paid cat in Andrew Wiggins is going to be a part of this too, and that you've alienated Jimmy Butler, but are they looking at what what you just described the now asking them to do the hard part in this, the unfunded part, the part that no one wants to do and they're kind of are they sitting in their Oscar, we've made a huge mistake. We picked the wrong guy. Well. I would say Tibbs probably think so. Again, ownership has a way that they want, you know, call downs as a national figures and that's and he's young. That's like twenty two twenty two and Jimmy's twenty nine right? Or about to be twenty nine. So from I get it just like, why did the Lakers pick Kobe over overshadow part of this checks? Older age and Kobe gives us a longer runway, right? But the other part is, man. I can't. If the owner likes to dude. I can't be like, I don't like him right. Remember around the draft. We heard a lot of with the temples trade the number one overall, pick about trade for the number one. All dangled towns, right? There's a reason behind that is the reason why didn't happen because the ownership is bought in. And so. The bigger issue now is not a, how can we get them to buy the bigger issues. Everyday Jimmy, is here. So let's say he's like, yeah, I'm ready to play on my conditioning is fine. And he goes out there and plays those guys that you've invested all that money and they're like, wait. So you're picking him over us because that's what it's turned into, regardless of what the him and the us represent, whether it's winning versus me, me me whether it's all a new guy tips. It's not. It's him versus us. And so-. Organizationally, when you play Jimmy and you say, we do need Jimmy and all that stuff that comes across like, oh, so you you on his side. Season starts days, sodas is obviously desperate to make this move, which means they may accept the deal that's less than ideal in order to make that happen. That's the thing. I don't think they are because again, they're just gonna. Let him sit at home and take his money. I don't know. I don't know if they reach the point where he just sits at home and that's it. Then yes, we're, we're, we're d day, but again, ten walked out at practice probably feeling like, yes, that's what I'm talking about. And so if he feels like that, we understand that money yesterday and STAN who who's been in this position has president and and coach. He said, this is this is this is where being president coach health because I don't have to do anything. I don't know it to Jimmy and I don't own it to the Miami Heat or any other team to get this deal done. I ought to my team to get the best most with you if I don't think I'm getting good value, then we don't keep them. All right. The dodgers getting ready for game. One of the National League championship series that is coming up in Milwaukee later today, talking about would lineup the dodgers are going to roll out against that left handed starting pitching that's coming up next this, Maria again. No, this is the land. You always tell me. I always get this one wrong. Come on now. Thought it might be Marie again? No, Nope. Are they still on tour? Who Marie. Marino the land. Yeah, they're really good live, right? You like Hugh, take my word for it. Works for. Think I knew who they are. If they sound a little like Marie Osmond dodgers l. z today game one, seven game series opened in Milwaukee, close in Milwaukee, hopefully closing if they are able to take care of their business there, I'm. The thing about the dodgers not being able to hit left handed pitching. That's a thing of the past, right? We're, we're, we're, we're beyond that because the brewers are trying it. The brewers are going to throw GIO Gonzalez. Wait Miley at the dodgers in the first couple of games, but just the way that the dodgers can match up now that the only two guys that are more or less than the lineup, every single night or Machado and Turner, and everybody else they're playing match. And it's one of the dodgers great advantages is that they have this depth that if you have KiKi Hernandez in the lineup, one night and Matt Kemp in a different nighter peligro Peterson or Bellinger Muncie that you're really not losing anything when you have to go match up? Yeah. It's like the Golden State Warriors of baseball to the degree in which the parts interchangeable. You can't even anyone opened with Golden State with here. There are no breaks. If you're opposing pitcher, you don't get to say, oh, well, is this guy other than the opposing pitcher, that is the only player in which you might be able to breathe a little bit in terms of the velocity or the pitching that you have to do not to get a guy out. We're one through. Deep as you're saying one through eight, deep rotating different versions of that one through eight. And yet every single guy that steps for the play can take you yard. Here's Pedro Gomez, talking about how the brewers plan on tacking the dodger hitters. Yeah, this is the interesting part brewers manager. Craig counsel decided he's going to start GIO Gonzalez and Wade Miley in both games one and two. Those are two lefties. In all likelihood that means dodgers manager. Dave Roberts will not have jock Peterson or max Muncie or yes, yell, we who is a righty, but struggles against lefties. So you're talking about three potent bats that will not be in that dodger lineup, of course, their depth is so good because all of a sudden you've got David freeze who has no problems hitting in October starting at first base. You mentioned max Muncie earlier that he's going to be out of the lineup if it's a left handed pitcher in your. Yeah, I, I don't disagree. I don't disagree other than this is what they do, and it's been successful. The guy though I think they lose a ton with whom he's on. The lineup is Peterson, and I didn't think I would have ever said that because he got off to that incredible start when he showed up hit a bunch of home runs. Went to the all star game played in homerun derby and screwed himself up and was just broken from that point for for the rest of that's he's, he's really kind of put himself back together and has become a very, very good major league player in that Atlanta series. I don't know if anybody gave you a more quality at bat and night after night ending the inning. Then Peterson did, yeah. Listen, I understand Connectix and I know what you know what it says, how he performs against x, y, and z. But analytics doesn't do what the human eye can, which is see what it is. See where he's at. See that maybe this is a time in which the numbers don't actually bear truth to the facts max Muncie as well as well as Peterson are playing unbelievable ball right now, and I don't know why you wouldn't just kick the tires on that to see if they're playing so well that they're bucking the trend that a season's worth. The analytics have shown you. It reminds me of lonzo's you know, three point shooting against Dallas. That one game he got, he got, and so you roll the dice and say for this one game, he's got a going max Muncie in particular, has been hitting extra-base hits and home runs almost as regularly shows up to the plate. Why would you then go? Yeah, but it gets a left handed. He says, he's just going to cool off. It's like a, why don't you let him. Hundred and sixty two games of data to say that when he goes up against a left-hander, he's going to cool off. That's why that's why I get the talked about analytics. It's just it is. He doesn't hit left-handers to start thinking that tonight. It's going to happen because he was hot last night. He made himself right now. Maybe, you know, you're, he could be what he's always in guy, can't hit Hitler. Curtis Granderson couldn't hit lefties so much as career. And then one day you looked up and he could now you can't hit anything, but he's also one hundred and four hundred roster. If Milwaukee, he's in Milwaukee, I wanna say, who is this? The Curtis Granderson revenge. You might have just put the women artists Granderson. Curtis Granderson is. Where is he is an American for the brewers. Yeah, he's Br. Yeah, that could that. I'll shoot must not be doing much. None of us. But does he keep ended up into play offs? Because he's been around forever. He won't be scared on that. We, we just need some veteran leadership. I think to your point, let's say that tonight, GIO Gonzalez goes out there and pitch is really well and ties the dodgers up and does what I'm sure the brewers are hoping he does. Then maybe your scenario is more likely in game two that you don't wait a long time to say, you know what? We tried, what we've tried didn't work. Let's put Muncie in there. Let's put Peterson in there. I know they don't hit lefthanders, but now we're in a weird spot that game too. If you're down a one becomes very, very important because if you go down to negative win four or five teams that are playing right now, they're too good. You don't beat another really good team four times in five days typically. So maybe it try it at at that point. I just think tonight you're going to say, I have six months worth of knowing the maximum he doesn't hit left-handers. I'm not gonna think it's going to happen tonight. Yeah, yeah. I mean, it makes all the Cincinnati world. I get it. I, I just. Just a guy that just believes that if someone's on fire, you keep writing them until that flame coups off his flame. Not cooled off just just keep rolling with it. But in a we'll see what we will see game one tonight coming up in just a few hours. Stephen, a Smith is next. It's the more that you have a great weekend.

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Games & Gamers

Baseball Tonight with Buster Olney

00:00 sec | 2 years ago

Games & Gamers

"Great news. There's a quick way. You can save money. Switch to Geico. Geico could help you get great coverage at a great price. And it only takes fifteen minutes to see if you could save fifteen percent or more on car insurance. Go to Geico dot com today and see how much you could save. These baseball tonight the podcast. This is the baseball tonight podcast for Tuesday March nineteenth two thousand nineteen. I'm BUSTER only producer everyday is Josh macrey. Josh question for as we start the show today if you were stranded on a weirdly outfitted desert island or you in the clubhouse of a non contender in late September. Okay. What would be your video game of choice? NFL two K two thousand five. Okay. I get it not going old school with anything. See that is kind of old school bus terming. We're looking at almost fifteen years ago. Now, I'm talking about really old school. I'm talking about like pacman and Gallagher strikes. I just turned thirty two. Okay. So I grew up revenue games in the late nineties into the early two thousands NFL K two thousand five is a is. Yeah, that's an old school. Yeah. Okay. Well, so what is pacman and Gallagher. What would you just old prehistoric? There you go. We're gonna be talking about that today with boop Shaam because there's a lot of conversation about video games in club houses during games. So news notes as we get started the Yankees agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander GIO Gonzalez. He actually will start the year off the roster. He has an opt out on April. Twenty V doesn't progress enough in the organization to his liking. He could walk away from the deal. If he's added to the major league roster. He would get three million dollars. But there's no risk in this for the Yankees. And we'll be talking about that another bad deal in my opinion for Scott Boris client Clayton Kershaw won't be ready for the dodgers opener. We kind of knew that last month when he had these initial problems with the shoulders, but Dave Roberts made that official in talking with reporters on Monday. It's good to see this report Goldschmidt of the cardinals. Goldsmith man with it dry there. It is at the wall. I as a Saint Louis cardinal. Dan mcglaughlin on the cardinals television network with that call. Yeah. I home run for Paul Goldschmidt in spring training. Our conversation yesterday with their gold covers the cardinals for the Saint Louis post dispatch may declare they're looking start playing a little better because they they've gotten off to some slow starts offensively within that lineup. Each row. Suzuki will be in the Mariners opening day lineup Wednesday for the first regular season game of two thousand nineteen that of course, will be played in Tokyo each euro forty five years old he played in an exhibition game on Monday mayday. Great throw. Here's what it sounded. Like in Japanese. Hukou. Tonight. The wall. Mortgage on. Getting ready. The pitch set. On you lifted. Okay. Now. Oh that was great. Yeah. And it translates directly BUSTER to what a throw what a throw and it was great throw from right field that there'd based. But you know, my daughter's been taking Japanese the last five years, I've never wanted to have her home. She's in college. Now more than this morning when I was watching that replay. I'd love to know what what they were saying, I told you what they're saying BUSTER, they said health, Rome. Yeah. Okay. We'll see. Boop. Shelby greasy view when we talked to him about that throw in about the Japanese translation Red Sox second basement doesn't drill. Start the season on the injured list. Alex Cora made that announcement in speaking with reporters on Monday doesn't enjoy. It was pretty I want to say don't want to say defiant, but he made his opinion clear. He said they're afraid and he feels like he's ready. The Braves announced that Julio Tehran will start opening day against Bryce Harper. In the Phillies manager Brian snicker made that announcement on Monday and Michael Conforto. Continues with his strong spring. One way back to my Contorno. Is that a great spring? That s and why Michael Conforto has been red hots. And we'll be talking with Michael Conforto. We expect for the podcast on Wednesday. Plus, we'll have Andrew mccutchen on the podcast on Wednesday today. We've got Marcus semi-in. We've got Carlos Correa. We've got the legend. Boop Shabi, Sarah Lang's. Let's get to it. The man. Voice whilst. Gin. Shembe on baseball tonight. Buksh shabby the legend play by play man for ESPN and boo the topic of the day video games. What do you think? You know, I have I feel like old guy. But even in my, you know, in my heyday as a kid, I was never that into it. I you know, I I played some Atari when I was young. I liked the hand held Mattel football. Maybe a little in television. But I never like in college got into like Sega or any of that stuff for onward with PlayStation. And I certainly have no idea about fortnight. So if that doesn't make me sound like a thousand years old, I don't know. What does? Yeah. I'm I'm really old because I'm fully familiar with four night because my fourteen year old plays it way too much, and we have constant battles about how to deal with that. And the reason why I'm asking you the question, of course, is because within the context of conversation in within major league baseball video games are on the front burner. Bluejays manager Charlie Montoya came out and told her. Porters on Monday that the his team now has a new clubhouse rule when video games will be cut off at a certain time before opening pitch reports up in Toronto that Russell Morton. Sometimes we'd play perhaps during games Jeff pass. And of course, wrote a piece on ESPN dot com yesterday, the Carlos Santana who has was with the Phillies last year since treated the Indians was so frustrated by the practice of players playing video games some during games that he actually smashed some equipment in the last week of the season last year. This is one of those ones where when you hear about it. You're like, oh, man that shouldn't be an issue. Like, it shouldn't be an issue in the workplace Josh about whether or not you playing video games during the course of work. But you know, that it is because you, and I go into club houses and guys are playing this a lot, and it kind of goes back to the old chicken and beer thing that we saw with the Red Sox. What was it almost a decade ago? Yeah. During the course of a long season. You guys get bored guy started doing other things. What do you think? Yeah. I mean, it's a bad. Look, I would say they're probably doing it less in the clubhouses where they're winning and you know, throw their gas on the fire. Let's not forget that it was all but conceded that David price went on the disabled list because of carpal tunnel to some extent from playing fortnight. So like, you know, you have that aspect as well. I just think it, you know, it ties in it's it's something that these guys do they do it a lot. They do it in their free time. But you know, again when you're when you're at work, you're at work. And I think that you know, I think you've gotta be careful with with that. I think, you know, making clear that this is this is not fun time. It's worth time. What's that? Sorry. Hold on. Okay. Oh, man. And I gotta believe I Texas a managers today. They said you have any rules regarding video games for your teams. And I haven't gotten response booed and yet, and I think part of the reason why because the managers are probably embarrassed for the players that they even have to think about that. Yes. Because I I would be in that. That's definitely a situation where you would love it if I suspect like if Cisse about these on the team, there's no players playing video games back in the clubhouse. You know? Aaron judge is on the team. There's nobody back in the clubhouse playing video games. I think it really probably comes down to the player leadership as to whether or not that's Dell with. I would agree. You know, under the Red Sox clubhouse, if someone you know was was doing JD Martinez will probably wander and it'd be like the track man. I don't like I I think that it depends on it depends on the team, by the way. Josh, you're not free of being a in this either that when it came time for us to make the joke, and it was hey, come up with generic video game sound effects you break out Ron her or Donkey Kong from nineteen eighty seven. It was Morio. It was Marty or Maurya whatever. Like, you're not off the hook. Yeah. And I asked him at the outset of the show which game he likes to play. And he said he's old school two thousand five Madden. And I'm like, wait a second. But I like like, you know Gallagher, of course, had pacman, and he his view was that's all prehistoric. Right. And so then came out with a brushwork music right there. No, no exact well, I mean old. School is like everybody thinks of old school is when they're in like early high school late middle school. That's what it was for me. Yeah. Early high school for me is like back in the seventies. When captain into Neo or popular music. Before we move on for managers, boo. I just did you happen to see the video of our good friend Terry Francona jumping out of the plane that moves posted yesterday. Good idea. The guy with the heart issue is jumping out of a plane. Like, I'm texting him. What are you doing? But I loved it. He's he's mad. He he is kind. He's the best. I I every time we get to see it's it's it's fun. And yeah, maybe left put a smile on my face. Yeah. And when I texted I texted him as well like how did that come about any city? He'd bumped into some navy seals while he was swimming. I'm sure he's not doing the same thing that they were and this came up about jumping out of a plane, and so he found himself going out of a planet. And I gotta say among all the people who've done that he looks the most petrified as he's dropping than anyone. I've ever seen. What do you think book? Yeah. And especially when they pulled the shoot he was he was almost as if he was he was surprised that that was going to be an outcome. When they actually pulled the parachute. It seemed as though that caught him off guard. Yeah. His text back to me was like I'm such a dummy for for doing that. Anyway, he had fun. And he thanked the the folks that he jumped with and he tried to convince some of the other staffers to do it. And he joked to reporters that Brad mills as bench coach he noticed that. He moved news office, assuming that Tito was not going to make it through that whole process of jumping out of the plane yesterday in Japan they had an exhibition game each who was in right field. Given listen book. The mole get in Boston. On the day. On this. What? You did a couple of this. Shuping? So each row catches a fly ball throws third. Boo gear and experience play by play guy. Tell us what they were telling us. Wish I could say, I know I like, otherwise, I love their work. Oh, yeah. That that was great. It was incredible. It what will you know? It was really cool is I don't know whether you on Twitter, it really if I saw a bunch of different, you know, former big leaguers just talking about what a clinic that was in terms of the way you made the throw and just marveling at at all of it. And how beautiful it was. It was an amazing three. Yeah. It was a great threat reminded me again to go old school Dwight Evans back in the day used to run and set himself into throws like that each row doing the same. And he just loved the excitement there. We were having a conversation the podcast yesterday about whether any player could go back to his home country slash hometown. And get that sort of response. I can't imagine anyone getting a greater response and what each has gotten this week. And that's really. Cool. I can't wait for Wednesday to hear you know, here are in see our broadcast of that game. Speaking of old school. This was from a Super Bowl. Give a listen book. The safety to start. This was ailing Mosul. Eighteen moving toward the smell. Safety. Yeah. That was Joe bug from Fox Sports on s- Super Bowl, forty eight. That was Peyton Manning snapped over said it was a safety threw two interceptions. The first half of that game. Denver lost forty three day to disaster for one of the all time greats which is a roundabout ways. Boop for me to get into a conversation about the winner of Scott bores, who's one of the I mean, let's face it. He's arguably the greatest agent of all time with the deals that he's put together record set all over the place. Bryce Harper's deal. This winter three hundred thirty million dollars that set a new record, man. He's had a rough winter. And the latest example of it GIO Gonzalez another late signing he gets a minor league deal with the Yankees. He actually has to make the team before he gets the three million dollars in the major league portion of that he could opt out of the deal on April. Twentieth. I to me I can't figure out why he wouldn't have come off the board in December or January early February to give them a chance to make. You know to be on a roster to be part of a team to give them a full spring training rather than being behind Carlos Gonzales earlier this week one year two million dollars on a minor league deal. Again, he has to actually be promoted by the unions to get that money. I don't know why he wasn't off the board much earlier in the wintertime Marlene Gonzales, we talked about two years and twenty one million dollars. Another bores client. You talk to their agents they in club executives. They thought that he would get at least a three year deal. He didn't come close to getting that Martine Maldonado turned down a two year. Twelve million dollar offer again responded or whatever semantics that we're going to put in this thing. The Astros wanted to sign him due to your twelve million dollar deal that didn't get executed about ten days ago. He gets one year and two and a half million dollars for the Kansas City Royals. We know Dallas kaikal is still out there. Wow. It's been a tough time for one of the all-time. Great agents book. Yeah. I I think before I comment on it. I I feel like you're probably a little more connected. I would ask you what if you spoken to him one? Is he said, or what do you think he would say in all honesty about how it's gone specific to his clients the job he's done and how much culpability does he thinks he has well the last couple of years he's talked about the markets. Right. And because we saw a similar thing happened with a lot of his clients last year that the markets with the teams and the tanking and the club's not spending. But I don't think that really applies to some of these guys. Like, there definitely was interested in Marlin Gonzales, you know, back in December. I talked to teams that basically at that point. Yeah, they're looking for a guy like when Gonzales, but with Scott told teams was that he was looking for a deal Benz overstock deal something north of that for years, you know, fifty five. To sixty million dollars and two teams heard that and they moved on. That's what happened with Dallas. Kyko GIO Gonzalez. When teams talked to with Scott about him. He was talking about it. At least what GIO may last year twelve million dollars and teams simply just moved on. Clearly, I think a lot of these guys when you look at GIO Gonzalez. The, you know, close for me would be Wade Miley another left-hander over thirty years old. I think it was back in late January early February. He took a one year deal with the Astros for four million dollars as soon as I saw that. I'm like, okay. Well, that's kinda where Geos looking at Easter three years old. I'm sure he could get something comparable to that in that Tutu before million dollar range. And instead, no he's way behind he's way behind Martinez was way behind Martine Maldonado way behind. I think that Scott just needs to adjust strategy and work to get these guys off the board. Earlier. What do you think I agree with that part, especially the you know, the as opposed to waiting it out? I think that he he probably needs to be looking at, you know, the beginning of the process seeing what teams or interested and pushing on those teams as opposed to look, I think Scott to general idea my sense than the outside is he's afraid this probably with a little more leaning a little more art than science. And this thing has gotten a lot more towards science. You know, what I mean that it's that he likes to create the narrative of like, you know, five years ago, he was still trying to do the, you know for the big free agent, or even you know, this guy's a franchise player. And and and and like most of these young GM's are like beat it with that. They're not they're not gonna get sucked in. And I my sense is this anecdote will just think. That there's less. There's less accessible ownership which is how he had done a lot of his deals in the past. So now, I just think that the path for him to get some of these deals done isn't there? But he's I don't know appeal like. He definitely needs to make an adjustment. And they they've got a they've gotta figure some stuff out there. Because this is the way these guys are doing business, and you know, I I don't I mean, we can debate on a totally different conversation. Whether it's good for the game and the discipline of we're productive for ninety two wins or division. It'll take ninety wins to win the division. We're good. And they just stay locked in on that discipline like we can talk about another conversation about whether that's good for the sport and it cetera. But specific to the way Scott's approaching things he's got to change. Yeah. Yeah. And look we've talked about this repeatedly on the podcast, and I'll tell you why. Because it's one of the most talked about things in the industry right now. How a lot of Scots clients have not done. Well this month in how they wind up taking these deals for a lot less than what they were perceived taking I. You know, for some reason it's just not discussed by a lot of reporters and columnists to me in just watching this play out book. It's pretty simple. It's like watching an all star pitcher posted a sixty IRA. It is what it is. And it's it's a fact so many of these unsigned guys Scott's clients and say, he's absolutely one of the greats and to your point about how general managers doing this. I had one GM put it as his invest as I've heard this winter when he said, I place a value on the player. He said we place value on the player. He's talking about his team's analytics department, and if they don't want to sign for that, then I'm not emotional about it. I move on. And I look at the next player, and that's what Scott's working with. And if you have a Bryce Harper, and you get an owner who's emotionally involved like John Middleton. You know, what you set a record you get to three hundred thirty million dollar deal, and you come up with a structure that puts you in an amazing place. And that's what Scott's done well in the past. But when it. Comes to. I, you know, second third tier players Amaro in Gonzales Martine Maldonado Carlos Gonzales, the Thirty-three-year-old GIO Gonzalez. They're just gonna most teams are just going to put a value on those guys. And if if Scott doesn't agree then they're just going to move on. Yeah. It's that clinical it really is. I you know, what? Again, we debate the merit of that approach. But I would say that that's that's a, you know, fairly standard. So I I it's it's it's definitely something. I think that he's giving me do adjust. Right. I want to ask you about strengths schedule stuff. I love looking at this. I think you probably think it's a little silly. If I remember correctly from past conversations, but when you look at a team like he's coming out with you misremembered, you misremembered. I do not right Billy. I, you know. That's right. I can I confused you Tim cartoon and he thinks it's really silly in a lot of players find it to be silly. But you and I both know front offices like to look at it the Yankees, for example, they jump out at you their first nine games this year, six of those against the Orioles three those or against the Detroit Tigers. So they're in a position now where they could overcome some of these injuries. They've had early on by starting getting out of the gates Greif thirteen the first fifty games boob or against the Orioles. The Mets and nationals. They played thirteen times by may twenty third. Think about that. If you're a hitter in one of those two lineups emits or nationals. You're looking at thirteen games with the Strasberg's and Scherzer's and corbin's and dig roms and syndergaards Zach wheelers. That's really tough to how much do you like the strength of schedule stuff early? I mean, look, I think that it. I'll tell you the thing is it doesn't always play out the way baseball's weird the difference. The biggest separator in baseball in my opinion between basketball and football. Is that the difference between the good teams bad teams is less? It's the nature of the sport. But it that's the difference between those sports. And so it doesn't factor in quite as much. And yet you still you still need to beat up on the turns my love to say that. I think I just did. I, you know, I said dumb you. Yes. So I if if you have bad teams, you know, I I guess the better way to put it would be available wins. You know, like, I you you've gotta get the available wins. So like for the Yankees, you know, in those first fifty against the Orioles, you know, thirteen games. I mean, you got to you got to win. Nine of them. Right. And then you gotta win nine like minimum to go with nine of them. So at least nine of like, yeah. So it's I just I it's it's I don't think it's insignificant. I don't it doesn't always play out that way. But it looked at you know, if over the course of the Susan. Rather played a bad teams in the good teams. I mean, how's that for hard hitting analysis? But that's the reality. You're gonna lose to the bad teams. But I've just on. I don't think it's something who you're playing is not something that should be smells. No, not at all. I mean, that's how we can sit here today. And know that the Cleveland Indians for all the words they have on their roster. They're heavy favorites to win that division because they're playing probably the weakest division in baseball your first broadcast. This year will be the dodgers against the Diamondbacks. Dave Roberts came out and made it official on Monday said Clayton Kershaw will not be ready kinda knew that was the case. We kind of knew that Walker. Bueller wasn't going to be ready? But he made this announcement and Bugai just had a big shrug my shoulders. They don't think it's that big of a deal for the dodgers. Yeah. I think you know, and in a similar tastes as far as as far as Severino is concerned, you know, as long as as it's not quite the same. But as long as you can get to a place where you. And they come back. How can you ever know? But that that you know, they'll be in a good spot. It'll be fine. I I mean, I think even more. So with the way, you know, that the dodgers have have really really emphasized depth and putting together, you know, one reliance on one forty on your I mean, they've basically, you know last year, but I don't think they had a starter throw one hundred seventy five innings, and they they are sitting there looking at their team as they go into the year, and they're really more looking at it like gather gonna be probably eight or nine guys they're going gonna make starch for us this year. You know what I mean? So it's gonna be getting the season. You know, like when they open camp they're sitting there saying is Ross going gonna be in our rotation. I'm talking about when they opened ten and they're saying probably not how many starts do you think restaurant than we'll get eighteen twenty eight? So they they're they're they're already looking at it. So it's just it's the way that it's the way it is the sport is right now. And I mean, it makes a lot of sense. That's for sure. Speaking of depth. I didn't give you a chance to weigh in on Sunday with the Yankees for the Yankees. There's absolutely no risk here. Right. You bring him into camp. He's see what you see you see if he can catch up as I mentioned he's got an opt out on April twentieth. So if he hasn't been promoted the big leagues by then he is not paternity to go elsewhere. But I don't think that from the perspective. It's why not right. I would agree. Why not I like if if I were to give you my you know, again, I I would put my. You know, if I were to sit there, and and and really think about it. I don't love a guy who's been pitching in the NFL and then a tiny bit yet L central with the trends going in the wrong direction. And and didn't look great. As a brewer, I don't know that I that. I feel great about how that will will turn out that he will have a ton of success for that. But yes, the the upside is is there if it does it works in weapons have nothing glue zero to lose, and let me make this very clear, I loved you Gonzales. He's one of the best people that you had to meet in the game super nice, but a player in this particular situation where he's behind by five weeks dropped into a camp has to prove himself over the course of a month as you mentioned thirty three years old his stuff is down. He's this is not a good situation for him to be in. Like I could see him because he's got a high level of accountability. He wants to do. Well, really putting a lot of pressure on himself. And it was kind of this situation dragged out within this spring. That was what I thought of like get that guy into a camp. Get signed get pitching. Yeah. I'm with you. I it's it's not it's not a great situation for him. That's that is for sure. So I, you know, but again, they need that. And so that they've added period. Right book. Thanks for doing this, by the way, I wanna bet with Josh. Because I told him before we start. I said I bet you boobs really video game guy. And Josh is like, I don't know. He's underrated. You know? Yeah. There you go. I say were of video game guy boot. But I said, I I wouldn't be so sure that's all. Three shit. Welcome. Let me tell you about Pete who loved hockey and always wanted to play in the NHL Pete played since he was three and begged his mom to let him stay on the ice by some nights. He even slept in his hockey skates. Pete practice, then practiced unto one day when he was forty seven Pete realized he just wasn't that good. So he threw his skates in the trash. But then he heard how DIKO proud partner of NHL good save money on car insurance. So he switched and saved a bunch. So it all worked out numbers game. Sarah Lang's is a reporter and a producer frame LB dot com, and Sarah we start with this question of the day in light of the the news and announcements that were coming out yesterday video games. Do you have a favorite video game? I am the worst person for this. I'm awful awful at video games. Like, I have tried. I have tried. I tried CPA the soccer one all my friends played in college. I have tried. Mario things. I am awful. So I do not have a favorite one of my favorite one is not playing them. Well, what's the problem with video games? I think it's the coordination. I don't have a lot of. Even on video games. So you don't have to do the actual thing. It's just too much for me. Okay. What video game? Would you love to be great at it? Sounds like pizza. Yeah. I think I just because my friends have played that and they all still play it like even as real adults out of college. So it must be intriguing. It seems like it is right. We can't play here. But we can't play the numbers game. Let's get to it. Number three zero one one wine. Has done it. He has it four thousand hits the third player in major league history to have four thousand hits. That was Joan sterling WCBS. Go ahead. Sarah three is forty five in one forty nine. That's how many years forty five days. One hundred forty nine old each euro will be when he starts for the Mariners Japan on opening down Wednesday that will make him the second oldest position player to start on opening day. And I'm sure you guys could guess the only one older it was Julio Franco at forty five years in two hundred twenty seven days old in two thousand four for the Braves overall each rose one of seven different players to start on an opening day at forty five years old or older the five pitchers Nolan. Ryan Charlie huff twice Phil negro. Tommy, John and Jack Quinn, and I thought Jack wins is really fun. So he was forty seven years old in nineteen thirty one when he did it it ended up being the final start of his career. But he pitched until he was fifty it was just all in relief number two. Lonzo it's a high fly ball deep to right? It's tailored for the quarter. And that ball is gone. It slips over the fence down near the right field line. And fetal on Joe goes to the opposite field hitting tailing. Two run Homer off of Henderson Alvarez and the Mets a little bit closer at seven to five. That cough mess. NY? Number two is four. That's how many home runs pita Lonzo has this spring. You just heard one of them. There's been a lot of talk about his deserving to make the team may be also the conversations we hear about service times. So I got curious about guys hit four home runs in Mets camp spring training steps. Go back to two thousand six and I spent my morning in them yesterday. So since two thousand six eighteen minutes prior to twenty nineteen has hit four home runs in a single spring training, all but three of them made that year's opening day roster. The only ones not to were Johnny mono in two thousand fifteen Chris Carter in two thousand ten and Amir Santos in two thousand nine. So that's two third catchers. And then Chris Carter not the Cris Carter, you're thinking and in case Alonzo hits another all six minutes players to hit at least five home runs in a single spring in that span have made the opening day roster. Number one. Harper high in the air to center going back into your. Garon? Bryce, Harper six to Washington, and he's driven and five of them their career grand slam his second against Julio Tehran. Bob carpenter with that call on Massin and number one is eight that's how many career home runs. New Philly Bryce Harper has against Julio Tehran. You just heard one of them and Tehran was named Braves opening day starter yesterday now before we get old deeper into that we can give Tehran his do. It's his sixth straight opening day start which ties warrants fun for the franchise's modern era record for consecutive opening day starts but back to that number eight those eight home runs. Our Harper's most home runs against any pitcher, and the most Tehran has allowed to any hitter. And a further reason that Phillies fans should probably go sit in the outfield on opening day. Harper always starts fast out of the gate. He has five opening day home runs, which is tied for the most among active players and three oh nine batting average and one oh five five in March and April in his career as for the subsequent. Months to seventy three and eight seventy. You know, what's interesting about it is is that the Braves in choosing their starters for that opening series are looking at the fact that the Phillies lineup is generally so stacked with right handers. But Bryce Harper. Of course, now becomes the exception is that really powerful left handed hitter. So it's it's interesting that you pick that out because that's certainly in the mind of the Braves staff. Sarah, I wanted to ask you about strength of schedule stuff because we just talked about it with boob. Shabby, you know, for example, your Mets play the nationals thirteen times in like the first month and a half view look at that stuff. 'cause I always find that stuff fascinating. When you evaluate things like how the Yankees will get out of the gate this year against such an incredibly soft schedule. Oh, for sure I always look at, you know, the April or March and April schedule and then September schedule because the other thing you get is you get a team that like seems like they're cruising. And then all of a sudden they have to play that division rival like ten times in September. Whereas other times like it's in Gloucester. The Red Sox didn't play again after septem-. I either last year the year before so I think it's really important. I think it's important for the mentality of these teams. You know, you don't have to come strong out the gate, if you have maybe some of those weaker interleague series, which some teams have and whatever else. The Mets and nationals playing each other. So many times I can imagine the hitters on those teams. It'd be like anof uncle of with the whole shirts or indeed grom and Syndergaard in Wheeler in Strasbourg, Patrick Corbin. It's going to be a slow start for a lot of those guys, by the way before you go. We're going to be talking with your guy. Michael conforto. What do you think we should ask them about Sarah? That is three straight Houston home run in three straight games. Ask him about if he's ever done that in the majors. I don't know if the top of my head, but I can look it up and let you know. But. Yeah. He's on fire. He looks like he's ready to break out. Sarah, thanks for doing this. Thanks so much for having me about star. We've been going from camp to camp doing rapid fires with players. Here's auto Peres speaking with Carlos Correa. And then after that you have Markelle semi-in shortstop for the Oakland Athletics. Speaking with art Jesse Rogers give a listen the keys the giving back to the mountain top. The keys just to stay healthy. If we stay healthy as a team. I don't think there's more talent out there than they want in our clubhouse last year. We had a tough break. I love guys were hurt this year. We're held the ready to go. So for me, the keys stays healthy. We we go back on top. Who was the stroz MVP the MVP of the Astros. Jose Jose too consistent for so many years. He's done this for six years and has been consistent every single year and BP batting champion, silver slugger, skull gloves, every single award that you can imagine. He he owns so he's very valuable for this team. What was your favorite part of playing little league baseball my fair powerplant inter league baseball was this how many fun and playing and playing the game. You know, you assess a kid to school in the field and try to homers and may great plays mutating the big leaguers that they used to follow. And for me that was the best part with joy most from watching the Little League World series. What if I don't watch it? Everybody every clubhouse. Enjoy the most is when when a hitter hits a home run and in the pitcher celebrates he's like, oh my God. I enjoy it. This is just having fun, man. No matter what happens somebody if somebody hasn't Homer of you. They're always having a good time. What's the first thing that comes to your mind when I mentioned the name Jackie Robinson's. Jackie robinson. You mentioned Eddie rowing soon. So me immediately that I'm playing baseball too. Because of him, you know, he he broke so many barriers out there. And and he paved the way for also play these beautiful game. So we're for thankful favorite to watch. And major league baseball right now. Now Dow might trout I'm lucky enough to be in the same division, and and and wash away what he he's doing every single day since impressive is so consistent. He's always the best player in the world. It probably retires while the best players who are play this game. So just fun to watch just to let you guys though, we were delayed because it's like hold on the band's hitting this. So we had to watch Tronto west heads doubles and some filters. At least favorite pitcher to face. Move out say max sherzer even though how facing regular season facing train training a couple of times, his pretty tough strain training. I came in during the regular season. You could steal one players tool from the five tool. Bucket speed power who contact our defense defense. What player would that be an what tool would it be? You know in the power. I got to. I gotta go hand eye coordination that contact to and the power of Joey Gallo, that'd be a great combo right there, regardless power. Their answer on the team. I gotta go with me on that one and sound I can take on everybody then saying the clubhouse Hanes also. But down the hip hop. Whatever you want them. Bo boom, boom, boom area. Area. Breath singer of the team Messinger, Jose backstreet, boys. We all know that. He started for us. Yeah. Favorite road city. And I go we Boston Boston London tradition. The ballpark enough that chopping out there enough food love everything on Boston. The next question was the best road stadium. Yeah. Boston Fenway park, the shift love it or banning. If I was I left him to hit her. I'll hate it. I'm not I left him hit on the right hand the hitter. So if they shift me to pull style love to see that every single time, so I'm gonna take grumbled sticking base. But I think it'd be better for the league. If we if any had the shift and just play nice old school baseball, and you know, nine drives back to the middle of being back to being single's. Instead of outs. Buck stop reading we put we're going to have fun with us. So let you know about eighty. Five eighty five ninety percent, don't even know. V five Pete. Fielding. That's really the pitcher trite independent pitchers. Moba was wasn't fielding independent pitching fielding independent pitching. Good. That's home for good. Woke up. And wins. My right. Walks now. Wins. I'm betting Arizona. Did on base of jozy are. Who has its own you cover in defense name? But I know is how far you of hasn't far you move to grumble ultimate zone rating produce w artsy. Plus. Wait it runs created. Let me go a position player. That somebody told us that you enough was about to vet said, you and bregman we'd get the toppings on your perfect consider this pepperoni. That's it. Plain and simple. Keep it real. What celebrity would play you in a movie? Chris pratt. If you could have one superpower, what would it be fly absolutely favorite off date? Hobby sleep and watch movies. Guilty pleasure. Guilty pleasure. I know what it is quasi. What's up? He's got shoes. Shoes through. He caught me. What's the best aren't about playing with Matt Chapman? Ooh. Yeah. Get a nice view of all the plays. He makes he hits the ball harder than anyone. I've seen offensively. And you know, he's he's a great athlete. So it's fun to watch him. The ace surprise lead people asked you what's that what's the vibe going into this year might be a little bit more targeted? Now from other teams, they kind of know you guys. I mean, we just want to get out to a good start. We've finished so strong last year. And we started off slow, and we still had a great year. So I think that's what we need to do to catch. Houston. Win the division this year. What's the most exciting thing about playing on this as team for me? It's playing at home. We we create our own energy. We we have great clubhouse. We all have a good time on and off the field. What's the first thing that comes to mind when when I say Jackie Robinson? He was the most courageous baseball player to play the game. And what's that has had an impact on you die like in knowing that will. Yeah. I mean as an African American you just think about the opportunities that personally that that I have to play this game. People look at me differently than they looked at him or or other players in the past in that time. You're going to Japan later this month, two games. What's that mean to you to be able to go over there represent the Oakland A's baseball, everything is soon be fun? I think that the crowd may be on Seattle side a little bit more with some of their personnel. But you know, we've had a lot of support from the Japanese media and his people who've come into our camp to talk to us. So it's been very very welcoming. What do you hope to take away from the experience when you're over there? Hopefully to win says the most important part is those are those are regular season games division games. And that's that's the main focus. Okay. Some fun stuff. Who's your favorite player to watch right now? Not on your team. It's a good one. I think Linda. And you can expand on these answers or not doesn't least favourite pitcher to face. Dell and batons is because he's he's a monster out there, and he throws more sliders and fastballs yet he throws a hundred miles an hour. Steal one players tool. What would it be? Probably. Somebody's power. I mean, I guess Chris Davis is power. We've had that answer a few times best dancer on the team or most entertaining. Chad pender. He's he's got some nice moves. Three or four people incident. Best singer on the team. Wow. Think Pender might have that to get entertainer favourite road city. Chicago played there as a home player, but just I enjoy dining there. And it's a beautiful city when the weather's nice favorite road stadium to play Fenway. Just the the classic field. The fans are the tough on you. But if you do well there, it's it's nice to quiet them now shift love it or bandit. I love it when we're on defense. But you know, I think it should stay. All right. So named that sabermetrics stat, do you know, what v stands for F, I p? I think that's. Fielding independent pitching or something separate it is right. That's the first hitter to get a pitching staff. Do you know what wo-, but means WNBA? Is that the same as X? Woah. I don't think it's exit velocity in launch angle in which you're expected to do based on those might be wrong weighted on base average close enough. Yeah. Do you know what you use r means? Ultimate zone rating. Excellent last one W R C. Plus waited runs created plus. I didn't explain them. Trust the plano, Mercedes. Look the same. That was great off the field favorite pizza toppings. Chicken and spinach. What's celebrity would play you in a movie Will Smith. If you could have one superpower, what would probably fly just in case I needed escape quickly. What's guilty pleasure? Something you like to dull gin, you know. I love sweets ice cream. You know, I take my kids outside. I scream mostly for me. Now. That's supposed to let what's your favorite social media. Counter foul on. I'm not a big social media guy. I enjoy you know, just sports teams sports leagues Bleacher tweets key Jones up first at t n j six twenty nine wants to know are the Marlins the only team in the National League with no chance at a playoff appearance this season. I guess no chance zero chance I kinda would put areas zone net category. They're rebuilding. They traded Paul Goldschmidt. If during the year, they have an opportunity to dump at least some of the money in the contract that cranky. I think they would do that. I I don't think they're really working to to make the postseason this year. Like the Padres. I don't think they're gonna come close to making the playoffs. But it's possible. I think the same thing is true with the Cincinnati Reds. But I'd say those teams, what do you think? Josh. Yeah. I mean, I I don't think those two teams really have a chance. I think the reds probably have a better chance than the pirates though. No, no, you're wrong. Okay. Let's let's let's ask the question. I can't remember if you're in the pod for this. How many games did the pirates win last year? I don't know. What do you asked me to do research BUSTER? Eighty to tell me, you're not surprised. I am surprised. I am surprised. Okay. Are they better than they were last season? They have a their rotation. All these young players are you're older. Yeah. They could conceivably have one of the best rotations baseball. Again. I I don't think the pirates are gonna make the playoffs and we'll go through our picks next week. But I do think that that's a team that could make the playoffs fair enough. Sterling at stir ride Seventy-three. Hey BUSTER despite the expected three team race in the AL. Don't you think the Yankees are going to burst out of the gate and easily take the division easily? What do you think? Josh. I don't know. I don't do as cynical Red Sox fan. I don't think it's a I don't think it's a crazy question because that's what the Red Sox. Did they had they had an easy schedule at the beginning of the year last year. They want to say they started like nineteen and two or something crazy like that. And then just essentially road that out for the rest of the rest of the season. You know, you always say divisions aren't one in April. But when you get out to a hot start, and if the schedule sets up in a way. That allows you to really build a cushion. You can very easily absolutely win the division in April at Serlin. We talked about that schedule which bolsters what you you're referring to hear the Yankees first nine games three against the Orioles three against the Tigers. Three against the Orioles thirteen their first fifty games or against the Orioles. That's a pretty nice schedule. Yeah. No. So as as wild as it sounds, it's certainly not out of the question Rena is next cheese at Rena banana says even though spring training doesn't matter. Everybody knows that Corey kluber has struggled thus far and hasn't locked in his usual opening day. Start for Cleveland should the Indians acquire another starter to bolster their rotation. Or is this just overreaction to a small sample size? And I love a lot of Rina's questions are about the American League central. We really cool. Look, I I don't think that they'll acquire starting pitcher. I think it's if they're going to do anything, and I saw this in the Atlantic yesterday that there's they maintained contact with the San Diego Padres about trading away. One of the stars, which we talked about that possibility during the wintertime, if a deal happens, I gotta believe it's Corey kluber who would be traded the Padres. Because from the Padres perspective. If you're going to trade for a starter, you want a guy who can be around as a bridge into the next two or three years and Trevor Bauer has made it clear he's going year to year with contracts. It's during the course of his career, which means he's going to become a free agent. So Corey kluber if anything I think he's going to be traded away sometime during the end of spring training or perhaps during the season. Meg oh has a good one. She's at Meg oh seven says in listening to these rapid fires. I've noticed a lot of players are saying that their favorite road city is Seattle. So if that's the case, why doesn't anybody sign there? Travel. You hear that a lot from players, and they're not going to say that out loud. But when you ask them about what's it like to plan the Mariners man, you put a lot of miles in like, they they travel more they fly more than any other team in baseball. How much of it has to do with money though, too? I mean, if the person. Yeah. Yeah. The ma-. The Mariners have spent there's you know. I mean, you had veteran players go there like a Nelson Cruz. Yeah. Yeah. And and look I you know, the Mariners have tried to win. There's no question about that here in in fact, it's, you know, a problem for them is that they just simply haven't had the form system in recent years to support the efforts made at the big league level, which is why they're going through this rebuilding period. And finally, we have Jake Reagan at Jake underscore Reagan or rather at underscore, Jake. Reagan Jake says Harper and Hoskins seem to be growing very close quite quickly. If you were to write a buddy comedy movie with two players pass for president. Who would you choose in? What would you call your cinematic masterpiece? You know, I gotta tell you. I loved sixty one where they it was about Roger Maritza Mickey Mantle and their relationship. I thought it was terrific a terrific story. I don't know if you'd call it a comedy. But it was it was great. How about this one? Josh how about Jeet Singh. Josh. You know, the, you know dare. Right. You is Derek Jeters wingman. There you go. What do you think? Josh. I'm down for that. Yeah. That's a good call absolutely tearing up the town together. What about David price and Astro? You know, everybody everybody. Every cop needs a good dog. And there's no dog out there that's better than Astro prices. French bulldog. Maybe you could work a little animation into it. Absolutely. No. And and the name on it when I see him the name of the movie would be leave me alone starring David Paulsen. His dog Astro come -absolutely. I love it. I go see that. No question. I was playing it straight up turning it in different direction. I know for a guy who helped you win the world. Hurry, listen, I'm forever indebted. But he he doesn't I don't know. He loves his dog Astro. I'm not sure how much he loves URI BUSTER. But I don't know I pay a couple of bucks to go watch that movie. Good questions keeping coming use the hashtag Bleacher tweets. All right. Well, that's it for today. My thanks to Marcus semi until Jesse Rogers to award a Peres to curl his Korea to the legend. Boop Shami to Sierra Lang's. Josh Macarena Josh between now and tomorrow morning five thirty AM first pitch coming from Tokyo. I have quandary what else should I get besides the coffee like normally you're getting ready for a regular time. Ballgame you know, chips that sort of thing. Some beer. Yeah. Right. Exactly. But five thirty AM, I got coffee, and I'm thinking what I don't know a beer memorial some smoke. Boy. That's that. Doughnuts person come on. Of course. I'm donuts person. You've seen me you sit there with your with your baseball glove. Maybe use it as a pillow in between innings jets two different kind of ballgame. No question. Yeah. My dog. It'd be looking at me funny when I yell out loud. When each will makes another great throw. Especially ruby. My dog will be looking at me if I yell out in Japanese. Between now. And then all right. That's it for today. Thanks for listening. Have a great day. Everybody for listening to the baseball tonight podcast if you're playing fantasy baseball don't forget to listen to the fantasy, focus podcast checkout. All podcasts at ESPN dot com slash pod. Separate baseball ten night the podcast.

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Ep. 14: Trolley Dodgers Hold Off Crew, Cubs Surge and Gio Too

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Ep. 14: Trolley Dodgers Hold Off Crew, Cubs Surge and Gio Too

"Woah to. Welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Hey, welcome to another amazing incredible episode of ninety miles podcast. I'm a huge cubs fan. And this is a very exciting episode today because the tables have turned slightly, and we get to listen to Jesse make excuses as to why it's not as important and downplay at all the the, you know, downplay everything, especially no the phone. It's very important. It's all very important. That's why we had an episode that talked about how important April was back started. Yes. Yes. And things are rate. We're expected them to be. So I don't know what you're expecting. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Of course, you know, the tone tone was different in earlier episodes as the cubs struggled with a slow start. But. You know, it's it's all fine. So fine, right. Well, I'm just saying this is kind of what I expected. I'm not saying, it's fine. Not everything is fine. Yeah. Yeah. But it must be nice. Having a nice soft scheduled get. Oh, yeah. Yeah. See there. It is. I knew schedule an excuse be word of the day for Jesse all that's going to be brought up repeatedly on both sides. But that's okay. Hey, you know, what they went seven games with the dodgers last year. It was a nail biter. It was even closer this year. So with a team that's playing like garbage which the brewers are right now. Yeah. Have it? Be that close. Barry, go. Oh, I didn't say it wasn't going to be honest. But honestly, this is where we expected to be now why don't you finish the introduction? I've got my peace in. Okay. Okay. Well, the cops didn't have problem handling the dodgers. So in game one. Okay. Yeah. It'd be nice to have a left handed starter. I will give you that much. That's for sure. So what are we covering today? We've got a few things obviously the dodgers with the brewers the Milwaukee in Saint Louis. We got two games in the books. Not a great start for the Bruce down in Saint Louis. We're gonna hit our normal predictions are NL central breakdown. We've got a tweet of the week that gets into something that's a little outside of the NL central. But still has some ties to it, you know, explosive tempers and things like that come up a little bit which could be fun to talk about. Why don't you? Go ahead and lead it in since you've had the week of the century for the cubs usually takes about a century for a week. Like this to come up. Well, you know, just things are starting to kinda come together in particular. The starting pitching as been extremely solid last ten games. They're seven and two. Although, you know, wins losses are are whatever. But they but at one point three nine ers a cantata really has been leading it and Cole hamels has been rate rate there as well Hendrix's is starting to turn it around. You know, so and chat would at a great start. Which was good. Good to see you know, he had so many so much trouble especially with the strike zone last year that he was moved to the bullpen. So it was nice to see them go out there. And he looked new and improved for sure. So that's a huge huge. Plus considering that you know, he was he was spot start with LeicesteR out. Yes. Sure. So yeah, they've all they've all had pretty good weeks this week. If I understand there's somebody you didn't mention in there. But I don't remember who that would be. But that's okay. We don't have to dig into right away that way. Yeah. Absolutely. The week, benching Stearns. Well, no, I wouldn't mind, you know, something that was interesting. You mentioned you mentioned your left cantata having a great game against the dodgers in the open. That's one thing that I think the brewers really missed having against the dodgers in that last series was a way to turn that lineup around. You know, turn the platoons around a little bit for the dodgers Bellinger has been just raking. It wouldn't matter if it was a left ear radio against him. But it is something that we're gonna come up with and talk about a little bit later because there has been some news from Ken Rosenthal, regarding a potential lefty to the bruise that's exciting for my side. Because obviously the pitching hasn't been ideal. But so the cubs have turned it around on that end has the back end the bullpen been holding up as well. I haven't paid much attention to the cubs this week. They've they've improved. Okay. Yeah. They definitely improved from what they were doing earlier in the year. I you know, they still have a little room to go there. Some some still some questions about depth Pedra Strope is still Ben a little, you know. Not. You know, quite as as solid as I'd like Kim slurs. Bend been doing good see shack. You know has has picked it up. Brad Brock has has been better. Kyle Ryan has been an interesting PC's come in. He's he's he's been doing pretty good. What what I'm just actually looking here. He's got six point one innings pitched and and just two runs ten strikeouts. And you know, missing Brandon Morrow he had another setback. So it's going to be a while longer yet there, which is too bad. 'cause he's he's an important piece when he's on he's he's very solid. So having guys signed kimbrel. Why have you signed kimbrel? Wow. I don't. I don't I don't think anybody's signing either that these guys until after the at this point nobody wants to give up the costs. Well, right. Well, yeah. And I I actually wonder if there is some injury issues there that that sort of people are kind of steering clear a little bit with concern. There would not surprise me. We talked about that. When did check him out. He went in and had his elbow. Check, though from everything I've heard I think that's still borderline rumor issue, but about if you're talking about putting a contract on the table for a closer. That's you know, over thirty. You're probably gonna go through and check the elbow especially after getting bit in the but by the Korean Canabal injury late in spring. You're gonna make sure the elbow looks right before you commit fifteen to twenty million a year for three four five years, especially at the back end of the bullpen. Which is the most volatile position. I don't care if he was Mariana Rivera. If he came in and had elbow issues at age thirty three you'd stop and think about it right now Rivera, obviously was super healthy and never ended up with that kind of injury. But if you had the opportunity to look at him as a free agent, and you discovered something you'd have to think twice now. That's so I'm not even gonna put on I'm not even gonna put kimberlin that class. But yet something that either one of these teams could absolutely use that that arm at the back of the bullpen. It would definitely close them things up. If the cubs got him that would be a pretty Sout looking pitching staff at already is. You know, it's performing well we talked about it in the preseason. Gave you a bunch of crap when they weren't performing which was fair because you're about to do it to me. But yeah, you put him on the back end of either of these clubs, and they make the whole team a hell of a lot better. So you have to wonder what's really going on there? Right. Right. Yeah. You know, it's it's. I, you know, the only thing I can think of because I don't know why why the long delay there. I mean, well, there's that. And now we're at the point to or if you sign him you're giving up draft pick which would have been one thing to do in February to get him for a full season. But now you're talking about getting them for four months instead of six now you're talking about sacrificing draft picks which for club like Milwaukee. They can't they can't afford to give them all away. They've already given a couple of way this season on trades. Getting LX Claudio was one I think they lost either sandwich. Picker a second rounder. You can't keep giving them all away. So I have a feeling that unless kimbrel comes way down or for that matter come way down in price. They're going to have a hard time signing before this draft happens. Now that doesn't mean it won't happen. But when is the draft, I think it's early June. So the timeline is somewhere in there before they may even sign a contract. They may be literally a second half of the year sign a deal for one season rental. That's what we are potentially looking at these two cats, and that's hard to believe. So the cubs have been doing well long story short. Did you wanna cover some of the offense with them? Or should. I be talking about you know, panic and him. What are we doing here? I can certainly talk about the brewers and why everybody's panicking why they don't need to if you like. Yeah. Yeah. Well, ready for that already? You got more. Cub stuff. Don't you? I don't need to talk about it yet. Do I I, you know, I know I mean, not I, you know, I did I guess the only other thing I wanna mention in in the week passed is cantata really solid against the dodgers. And since since he really got kinda shelled by the brewers. He's he has been on a tear. So something that that ended up being an anomaly there fluke, and and you can't even say because his face in brewers bats because he faced the dodgers bats and and fared well seven strikeouts. But since since that game against the brewers he's been three oh three and with point eight six ERA and kind of leading that Saulat starting staff at this point. So. So that push, you know, of course, the cubs are in. I so are not in. I was going to say come on. Well, the brewers is first place for me. I mean, who cares about the pirates? But. Yeah. Yeah. Remind that I is actually third for you. I see. We're better than everybody. There's two teams ahead of you still better than everybody. Better brewers. Then, you know. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. That's why you're you're wanting to Saint Louis, you know, is only up there because the brewers suck so bad. So. Saint Louis has lost five out of the nine games. They've played against Milwaukee. Saint Louis lost nine times on the season. The players are responsible for over half of Saint Louis loss. Okay. Okay. So that helps because you know, but. Last ten I see the brewers are three and seven with three game losing streak. That's good news cardinals of one four. That's not as good news. Although I guess is mostly the brewers there. So yeah. What do you want? You can't have it both ways, you know, when team ends up playing another team ten times in the the first, however games, this is what happens. Well. Oh, yeah. I what what does that tell you in regards to the cardinals you've seen a lot of the cardinals? Are they to be at a concert or those with those lucky winds for them? No, they're legit team. Like we've talked about the hallway along. It was nice to get out to a quick start against them. You know, they still have Goldschmidt. And he is a brewer killer. He has been all along. No. The thing is you expect. If you're brew an Milwaukee to steal at least one owner, the three and Saint Louis if that happens you're getting out to a six and four start against the team that's supposed to compete for the top of the division as I've said all along. This this division is what we think is the toughest division baseball. We're going to find out the bruiser go visit visit the Mets they're going to get the Mets six out of their next ten. So they just keep playing the same teams over and over. Gosh, it's it's really annoying honesty. It's like these last thirteen games have been nothing. But cardinals dodgers. That's that's a lot of cardinals dodgers teams that I hate a lot. So we get these one run games. And it's like this is like watching September baseball right now for me that it's been that stupid intensity. And then losing besides so well, oh hold on here. Now, they're five hundred against the two teams combine. Okay. So all right. And you wanna get into that portion of it's fine. You know, what the opponent winning percentage? Milwaukee's played against this year's five fifty five. If you go in and look at strength schedule. Milwaukee is clipping five sixty seven which is by far the tops and baseball. Houston astros. Come in second five fifty five then Saint Louis at five fifty one then the dodgers at five twenty seven. So of course, those three three out of those four teams have played each other a lots, and they're all having that strength schedule. Look pretty good. What strength scheduled really is when they calculate it. In case, you don't know. I didn't really completely understand it. But the formula is twenty five percents of your team's winning percentage. Fifty percent of your opponents average winning percentage and twenty five percents of your opponents opponents winning percentage. So not only have the dodgers cardinals improves all tangled quite a lot. They've all also been quite good when they aren't playing those three teams and the teams that are playing. Those teams are good. Long story short strength schedule. Milwaukee is twelve points better than Houston who is five fifty five. You know, they're sixteen points stronger than the cardinals. And then you get down to the dodgers at five twenty seven. So you go full fifty points between the dodgers and brewers and the dodgers and forth. The schedule has been a bear. Now with that being said with that being said the pitching has looked terrible lately. Yeah. You know, it's not like, this is all sunshine and peaches, it's yeah. Has not been good. It's not Ben just the starters as as I pointed out, you know, and even you pointed out, certainly a weakness of the brewers is starting staff, but it's a question. Mark weakness hater, but even haters, Ben Ben touched a couple times he's giving up. I think three home runs and really could have been four and that opening game. Cain doesn't make an amazing play. What I'm what I'm seeing? From hater, isn't that? He doesn't have the same stuffy head last year. His control just isn't quite what it was last year last year. If you remember some of those games he was painting ninety four ninety five with that funky delivery and it was corners. It was top of the zone. Bottom of zone. It was a slider. That was started in the middle of his own and just disappeared will this year. I think three out of the four home runs these given up. It's been either slider. Fastball and it's been like dead center. Like if you were to put a scope on it and try and hit the dead center of the plate. That's what he's hit. It's almost like guys are like, you know, what all I can do swing right down the middle. And hope that's where it is. And boom there it is. And then it goes a long way. So that's that's really what it's looked like I don't I'm not terribly worried about it. Of course, you know, you talk about regression to the mean he had to come down a little bit from somewhere. The thing. The interesting thing is I'm not so sure yelich is regressing to anything. You're going to talk about is road numbers. Which is fine. It's eleven games and really care. It really doesn't. It's it's no it's not just him though. But it looks like just a general that Miller park's been very kind to brewers hitters and and nowhere else has been. Well, that's what you want from a home stadium is to be kind to the Hallym the friendly confines to little bit more of an extreme in. The thing is is the brewers. Don't only play home games all season. So I've heard they play eighty one games not at home. But i'm. You know? Yeah. The. They've struggled a bit on the road. I'm not terribly worried about it. They took two to three in Dodger Stadium. They played pretty well. Like, I said that Los Angeles angels series. They played fairly. Well, they also swept the reds on the road. So it's not like they've been bad on the road, the Roth. I mean. Yeah, that's the only three games they've had against a softy, and you're putting the reds in fourth place ahead of the pirates this year. So we'll see I think I think they could still turn it around a little bit. And I'm sure you'll agree that it would be I looking forward to the reds and cardinals playing each other. I'd love to be a huge reds fan for. Yes. And you if the reds can still turn it around. That's all the more reason for fans just need to chill. Right. Just like just like Travis said chill, and then he goes out and hits a bomb in Saint Louis, then he comes back last night. And it's two more. He's up to I think that was his third and fourth of the year. He did take a pitch off the hand. We never really talked about it in Los Angeles against the angels. He was starting to. Win the battle bit. And then took a pitch off the hands. His numbers are going to start turning around. These guys are professional hitters. I'm not terribly worried about the entire lineup. But yes, you're right. They haven't played particularly well on the road. But the record those numbers tend to even out will they hit as many home runs on the road. Oh, it's Miller park. You know, it's not quite a ban. It's not quite a ban box like Cincinnati. You know, it's not it's not chorus field. But it's a hitter par known about it. Yeah. It is. It's you know, wind blowing out in Wrigley is a hitters park. So yeah. Yeah. And that well, and that's the thing. Wrigley can be canasta. Your could be nice. Yeah. Well, let's part of the fun of Wrigley. That's part of its charm that. I'm just kidding. I'm just kidding chill. Cubs fans chill. Travis. Travis. Shaw's advice and chill. Yeah. So haters been a little bit human. I'm more concerned with the general pitching issues. One thing that's been coming up for me. As I watch these games. He money ground all is an outstanding hitter. And he's really been raking at the plate. I don't think he knows this pitching staff super well yet. And it's had a lot of changes in a lot of things moving about last night. Something interesting happened Craig counsel, moved grand all started him at first base, which he does occasionally he's done it a few times in LA for the dodgers. He did quite a lot in San Diego. But that got Manny Pena behind the plate as well. A lot of folks said and thinking the thinking in the general thinking, and what the brewers are pushing out there is that they're just trying to get some time off of his legs. Right. Get Granville up and moving around. Don't wear his legs out the early in the year. I'm also looking at it. When many Pena has caught for the brewers the staff has looked a lot better. There's been a lot better. I don't know if you wanna say the games have been called better. But it feels like they have been made the executions been better. Maybe it's just the familiarity. Oh, man opinion knows when this guy should be throwing a slider. You know, how comfortable does he look with it tonight just that familiarity three or four years and with a rotation versus grand only had a couple of months. So I'm hoping that that is a sign that this Bruce pitching staff has grown to do and will grow as grand all gets better at, you know, working with those arms. So offensively the team's been pretty good. That's really about it for the rap for the brewers. It's been a painful week. But there's a lot of things that can still go, right? It's not by any stretch the end of the world. Now, you know what they say? I mean, there isn't more humbling sport than baseball. So you were up on their high horse about, you know? Welcome back there. You know? And I I was hey, I was humbled pretty strongly beginning of the season with the cubs. And now there's a wasn't there. A six game losing streak in that pretty early. Well, that's the first time mentioned that I wanna point out. So it wasn't that hard on. Okay. Well. Well, why I'm not gonna I'm gonna be relentless to you. Yeah. We'll bring cubs are eight and to their last ten which is a beautiful thing to see, you know. And, but, but you know, an well, actually, let's let's go to the before I get into the upcoming week. Let's let's we had a tweet of the week doughy. We do we do have a tweak. Let's jump into that. So Scott Lober who's a blue check on the Twitter feed stated something about Jake Arrieta. We're moving to Jake area to Bryce Harper thing. Jake Arrieta, of course, as a ninety miles tie being one of the one of the pitchers from the twenty sixteen world championship team cubs. Yeah. Sucked. Then and he sucks now. But this is. Okay. Terrible stretch, their you know, a couple of no hitters and. Yeah. Some of the worst pitching I've ever heard some get great credit for. Okay. Yeah. He pitched he pitched great that you're whatever let's move on. So the tweet Scott Lober at Scott LA UB are Jake Arrieta. Had some pointed words about Bryce Harper's ojection and the hashtag Phillies overall effort after Monday night's rain-delayed five one loss limits. Here's what Jake area had to say. Look, I mean, his guts understand we need them in right field. I don't care how bad the empire is. He wasn't great for either side. I'm out there trying to make pitches and he misses some call. So what we need him out there. We were flat from the start to finish to our delay. Doesn't matter. We have to be ready to play we weren't. And it showed the dugout was flattened the defense. Wasn't good. Didn't throw the ball. Well, as a staff overall, we got beat. We started at eight forty five. I don't think our guys ready to play. We've got to come out. Tomorrow will be ready to play. It's troubling. Yeah. I'm doing everything I can to win a game. I need my guys behind me. And they weren't. Yeah. Well, I, you know, come in from. The cubs team that he was on the the years. He was on the cubs. They there. I it sounds like that maybe there's some frustration in the difference in the sort of the feel in the clubhouse and sort of attitudes. There. I I don't know. I'm I'm kind of guessing, but I I would think because what he's saying is exactly the kind of stuff. You know what he's saying? How the how the Phillies kinda were there their mood and everything about about the game and just being flat. That's that's the exact opposite of the cubs teams that area was on in particular. Obviously the two thousand sixteen cubs and it's got to be frustrating like for doing. I mean, it's a talented team. There's a lot of talent there and to flat. Like that is is you know, and to call out your newly minted three hundred thirty dollars three hundred thirty million dollar guy. That's bowl too. And that was something that was pointed out to us. This is from one of our one of our acquaintances. Maybe even a listener on Twitter. Steely Dan is not yet rock at Wrigley rat at Wrigley Rhett. He said he did the same thing last season when Kingery was playing sloppy infield de makes me curious about his his relationship with Kappler. So Gabe Kaplan the manager. So the question here might be more along the lines of is Kappler noticing this and using a veteran leader because capital is a pretty young guy really using veteran leader that's been to the World Series. That's one championship to get out in the media and fire. These guys up a little bit to light something up under their backsides. I think I would think if if that happened last year like that I I'm thinking that's probably the case in in area. I mean, very respectable presence. Good a good person to kind of to choose to have that kind of role. You know there. Had there has to be some kind of communication about that between them. I I would guess I would hope so because if there isn't communication about that, then you've got a complete madhouse going on. You've got your you've got a starting pitcher calling out at three hundred thirty million dollars signing and your your managers. Not okay. With going to the media with what you just said. Wow. Yeah. No. If if this isn't rubberstamped by Kappler, if they're going to have some private closed door meetings before this is all said and done. It may be something that helps mold a team though to that can really get team hot fired up it can be a clubhouse together. But the other side of it is it's a gamble because it could shred the clubhouse just as quickly. But I I would that guy signed there for thirteen years. I, yeah, why would say that there may be some relationship between area and Harper even even prior. There's some something there because well, you know, area to being on the cubs for those few years there and then with Kris Bryant being good friends with Bryce Harper. There could be some connection that way. And also I saw when Bryce Harper signed. I don't know if you saw that I think it was on Instagram that that Jake Arrieta posted a video saying getting ready for for Bryce Harper getting the clubhouse ready for Bryce Harper to come. And and it was a video of him in his underwear sweeping the clubhouse. I don't know if you saw that. I think I did. I think so I mean, that's sort of you know, I it that makes me feel like, you know, it's not like, they don't know each other. So there may be some some level of comfort where area felt okay to step up. But I, but also, yeah, I think with you know, with Kappler there's probably some kind of permission given well he was too was he not on the hot seat a little bit last year already to this Kappler's running a different kind of ship over there. I think it's something to keep an eye on the Cooper was the ninety miles tie for us and for this episode, and I I hate to do this. But I wanna move on. And a tweet of the week right now live this is live. Yeah. This is happening as we speak. We started this podcast here about twenty minutes ago. We missed this tweet Ken Rosenthal free agent. Left-hander Jill Gonzalez in agreement with the brewers on one year two million dollar major league. Contract. Deal. Also includes two million in performance. Bonuses guarantee is in full nut. Pro rated the brewers have a left handed pitcher. Wow. Is a geo Gonzales. Well, yeah. But still. Yeah. I heard someone get so excited about GIO Gonzalez before I don't think I've ever been so excited about you Consol is this is this is probably going to bite me square in the backs. That's okay. You know, the the need somebody to come in. They need somebody to get some innings. They need somebody. That's ready to go Dallas. We don't know if he's ready to go. And he's going to be a lot more expensive than up to four million dollars that much we this as a former dollar gamble is awesome. It's it's perfect. It's what they need right now with, Freddie, Peralta having arm. Trouble Corbin burns not being able to paint corners Woodruff kind of leaving things in the heart of the plate. Even if he is raking at the plate. This is somebody that can come in steady. The staff would have been great to have them against the dodgers. Oh, well, you know, the truth is he might blow up and have a four and a half year. A if he's still if he's still eats hundred fifty innings with this offense. It is somewhere four and a half year would actually bring the starting Bruce star. Staffy are a down. So that's still good. Why do you gotta be like that? Well, I'm just you know. That is such a Debbie Downer, man. Pod or a pool any anything? Well, you know, hey, he didn't he didn't pitch much in the postseason a little bit here and there, but the truth is they needed something like this. I don't know if needs the right? Well, yeah, they did. They really did. Anything? I mean you pitched. I do have an okay knuckleball my upset her own. You know, my my heaters like sixty five looks like a change. Maybe throw somebody off for pitcher. Ten footage. Will you can't go over twelve years? Not that softball. All. Right. So anyway, that's exciting. News happened during the podcast. Well, we've never bust in this episode. I I'll get it up immediately. That's might actually you might actually be breaking this to to some people. So this is true. And the exciting part like I said just a left-hander a veteran presence to go along with ULA seen somebody that can eat some innings for yet worst case scenario. This guy has a ton of experience maybe helps down some of these young pitchers to right? You know, I got admit I that's that's that's a good a good pickup. It's not a scary pickup. But it's a no good pickup. It I think in general will improve the brewers starting staff. So so hip hooray for you. I am confetti falling. In my living room. Currently the champagne is on ice. I gotta get my goggles on bust out. The corks. It's gonna be great. It's going to be a very very good Wednesday. I'm liking this. Yes. Anyway, I hope he starts today against the cardinals probably not going to happen. But that's all right. So anyhow, we should probably move on and preview next week a little bit. You know, we'll talk more about GIO. I'm sure next week just to see how it's going so far. Yeah. That we'll see. So you already mentioned since we already passed that stuff. The brewers have the Mets coming up. I mentioned they've got six out of their next ten against the Mets sandwiched in between is Colorado the cubs. What are the cubs up to this week there Ryan while they finished up series with the dodgers? They won the first game hamels is going to be pitching tonight. He's been solid. He's been three. No his last three starts one point three eight Yara. So looking for a strong performance from him tonight. And you know, because you've been giving me a lot of crap about the schedule schedule, schedule, whatever. And and you know, so here's got a couple more against the dodgers. They've took the first one. But you know, I'd love to see a sweep and just really beat up. The dodgers. That's you know, maybe it will quite you'll little bit about the legitimacy of. Of the cubs winning lay sherve, they swept the dodgers that would say something. But you know, the Bruce did take two or three from the, you know at the brewers are five hundred against the cubs. The dodgers and cardinals. They need a weak spot like the cubs and the reds again to come back in then things and speaking of that oh. That will be coming up. Not cubs. Cubs. Three episodes away. All right. So to to this today's episode next week an episode then that episode after that is another big preview episode, isn't it? Yes. Yeah. So we're only we're only a couple of the main episodes away. Remember, there's going to be some stretch episodes in their folks who don't get them confused who make sure that they're all caps. See no that it's more of a historical or futuristic episode that stands alone, but we are the black and white album, art work too. So if when you're listening to those that's something that's a little more timeless. These are obviously a little more in the moment. Yeah. Gio. It's. Yeah. I've never been this excited about a a middling left-handed before not. Great. Yeah. That's just that just shows you how desperate I actually felt no matter what I was saying on the outset. Yeah. That's good. Yeah. Well, anyway, I'm gonna talk a little bit about the Mets. The Mets again are off to a pretty solid start. They got some good pitching. They do have very good pitching. Not to say. The least they're out to thirteen and ten start actually Zack Wheeler. We were talking about pitchers raking the other day again. Right. He hit a home run last night strode eleven I think he went seven scoreless. And that's probably one of the lesser of their pitchers outside of Vargas. So the bruise did keep GIO Gonzalez from filling that Vargas role for the Mets. But what we're looking at is, you know to be determined starter on Friday and then Noah Syndergaard on Saturday. He's no slouch, although he's got a five nine oh Yara this year. He'll be going against Brandon Woodruff at a five point eight one area. So about the over and then on Sunday, it looks like it's going to be Stephen Matt's. Milwaukee has a to be determined tag for Sunday. I don't know when they're going to slot NGO. So this could all change. But it does look like the brewers will be lucky enough to avoid. Well, actually know if I'm not mistaken. I have Jake degrom my fantasy team over with the boys at my fantasize finishing baseball podcast in that group there, and I'm getting my butt kicked this year, by the way, L take that on the chin while it's took brewers. I've had a tough schedule. Right. Right. I actually kinda had Homer. Oh, my draft was bad. I did not draft. Well, I did not stay to my principles. I normally load up on hitters and not worry about pitchers a little more. I don't know what I was thinking. I'm gonna blame the beer. Anyway. I think there I think the bruise may get Jake degrom on Friday as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. He's coming off of a a stint on the injured list. So the brewers are going to have their hands full this weekend. So it's not like they're going from the cardinals. And they're getting I don't know the Marlins of the world or somebody soft. No, let's go straight to the east coast and play, you know, a lot of offseason people's favorites pick between the Mets and the Phillies and the Braves there's been a lot of banter that the analysts is better than the NL -sential. I don't agree. But I think we're gonna start finding out this weekend. When I haven't even thought about it, do you know when the cubs start playing. Some Elliot's teams are wait, oh, they already got swept by the Braves. Right. Yeah. Yeah. I had to work it in somewhere. I didn't even talk about it was early. Early in the year when they were having some bullpen problems bullpens fault. Okay. Yeah. Anyway, that's my that's my Mets preview. I'm still just jacked about GIO, which is terrible. More. I think about how excited I am about this. The worst feel about how I really thought about the pitching staff. Oh, I mean, you know, you were even willing to admit that the brewers starters weak spot. Well, it had the potential to be really good and really exciting with young guys. But there's gonna be a lot of bumps in the road. This should help even out some of the bumps it won't eliminate them. But I also did talk about preseason that I expected a GIO gins olice or a Dallas kaikal before we all had signed with the Yankees to walk into the Bruce clubhouse it happened. Just happened a couple of weeks three weeks much later than I thought it would. So. Yeah, it's kind of funny how that works out. I'm half, right and half wrong. I'll be right for the majority of the season. I guess I'll look at it that way because I'm trying to stay positive here. On the bright side is after that Mets series this weekend. The they get back to Miller park. So, but that's gonna be brutal New York this weekend. Good pitching away game. That's you think that's going to really start things off. Yeah. Okay. Okay. Yeah. You you you all the cubs fans out. There are really trying hard to to really push off. This whole thing that the brewers are just terrible on the road when it's not entirely true. They haven't been great on the road. Most teams most teams just shoot for five hundred on the road. That's the whole concept, and right, but but I fence ity, it's it's a significant difference. In fact, I got the splits pulled up right now. If you want to hear some numbers. Do I sound like I want to hear. Well, batting average to seventy one at home to fifteen away. Home runs. Thirty four at home sixteen away. You know, it's it's obviously some some differences number of bats there. But so would you say PS Opie eight seventy seven at home six eighty six away. Let me ask you this. So the brewers have played eleven road games and a whole bunch more home games because they have a roof on their stadium. So what's number is probably closer to their actual realistic mean the home number or the road number where you have less opportunity on the road. I would venture to guess the the home number. So that means that means they're road numbers have an awful long way to come up. And if I were if I were teams that we're watching the bruise come into the ballpark their ballpark. I would be concerned because sooner or later one Christian yelich is going to get just as hot on the road as he has been at home, and that's gonna turn all these numbers upside down, and that whole teams mean will come back up to the average. They gotta progress. The mean progress to the mean, we've talked about it before I'm getting sick of the progression to the mean hook. But it's gotta happen. If this is that there isn't a progression to the mean, if if the reason yellow pages and a lot of the birds hitters are doing so well at home is because they're stealing signs or something like that. Are you suggesting that the brewers are cheating when they play at home? I'm not suggesting I've just heard that rumor float around I decided bring it up because I knew rub rub. You the wrong way. So that rumor floats around about every home team in baseball. Three single one. Okay. Whatever man. No, eventually the numbers have to come up on the road, and they'll have to if they're going to win a lot of road games. If they're gonna finish around five hundred on the road this season is right about we're expected it to be, you know, the cubs. The brewers the cardinals the pirates all duping out early. And once you get through some of this. It'll be you don't want the birds to before over five hundred three over five hundred coming out of April. You do not wanna see that my friend. Well, yeah. But you know, good teams beat bad teams and bad teams. Be good teams. I mean, what happened with what was that of a right near the all star break last year the pirates. Yeah. The pirates swept the brewers in a five-game set. Yup. Yeah. Yeah. So it can happen. Yeah. So you know, you could you could talk about that all you want. But just because you might have a softer schedule. Doesn't mean that the brewers are definitely going to win those games. So and the pirates did finish over five hundred. I dislike the point. That part out. Sure, they weren't. They weren't a slow. They weren't the Miami Marlins. That you got so excited about over you Darvish his performance. You were all hot and sweaty again abo- you, oh, boy, I let it sit for the whole episode. But you had the dig end in. Yeah. Well. Bit more. Hey, it's okay. You know, I it's pretty complicated to try to steal signs on the road. I get it. But you know. Wow. Yeah. That must be at. Illitch can only hit when he knows. What's coming? Yeah. Never mind that it's hopes six inches inside and six inches above his own. And he's still turns on and keeps it fair that has nothing to do with. Yeah. That's all stealing sites. You're right. You're right. Let's move on to that conversation, raw you up. So. No, well, good luck. Good luck with Seattle. Good luck with the dodgers. Yeah. Yeah. Enjoy enjoy that losing streak. That's coming. Okay. Okay. That's you know, I have a prediction actually. And actually, I guess this does bring us to predictions prediction. Yeah. Let's get on it. You know? I have that prediction. I made last week about what was eight in three there next eleven. Yup. Sorted with the Miami game. Yup. Started with the Miami game. So we're we are at your on the team. No or and one right now. All right. Foreign aid is need to win. You know, they need to go four and two. Yeah. Four and to their next. Okay. So dodgers lost dodgers loss. And then they need a four game winning streak. Gotcha. Yeah. Then it's too against the daughters three against the Diamondbacks and then one against Seattle. Oh, yeah. They get the Diamondbacks to kosh. It must be nice to be a cub fan right now. Oh, gee. What's your prediction? Two games against the dodgers. As to be as big. But. Yeah that so that one's riding through till the end of the month. We'll see we have some other some other predictions riding as well. I I'm I'm just going to go ahead and do this did it for the last cubs. Brewers series. Cubs are going to sweep the brewers. Their next series is that may mother's day weekend series. That's my prediction. Full. That's so so weak again. What are you going to sweep comes you claim? I'm a Homer. Okay. All right. Sure. It's going to be wrong on Friday night. How about that? My prediction the Bruce will win the Friday night game. There you go. And then I'm another sure that's one of them. I'm going to add another one now. Okay. I'm gonna add one more prediction to that. Christian yelich, you'll have eight or more RBI that series. So he's been so terrible on the road. He's just awful on the road. Well, guess what? He's going to progress to the mean, he's gonna have eight RBI in that cubs and Bruce series and the brewers are gonna win the first game in the series to double dip and put you in a whole because they won't sweep again. No cubs. Swing. Okay. Okay. So you double down you got you made two predictions for that series. You don't have to count the first one. If you don't wanna count it in the thing. But I said last time it was going to be Friday night brewers win. When you kept saying the cubs. We're gonna sweep cubs are gonna sweep. Okay. If you wanna Coney tone put it as an official. We'll we'll just say you're eight RBI's reality. That's fine. That's bold. I think this plenty of Boll especially away. I mean, he's only he's only gotten two seven RBI in one game once this year so eight and a series. I think he'll get there. And it'll be on the road. So everybody can shut their trap. Okay. I don't know why at the end of that. That was the emphasis emphasis. So there you go. That's my prediction outside of that anything else. You wanna throw down about that series? We're going to be pumping it up two weeks. From today will be dropping the big preview for the next. Bruce cub series. This is when we get hot and heavy. Yeah. Yeah. No. Those are good predictions. So we got those. We'll get those down. I think the only thing I wanted to mention about about some of our predictions while first of all if you go to ninety miles ninety miles podcast dot com. And there's go to the menu item predictions at the top. You will be able to see all the predictions. We've made all the ones that have come to be and the results you can make comments on there and another thing too. If you do listen onto on I tunes. It would be awesome. If you could give us a five star rating, give us a nice bottom or something. I mean, that's assuming enjoy it. If you hate it, tell us why you hate it. But still give us five stars. Because the five stars kinda helps a lot. Yeah. Absolutely. Hate it and want to give us one star don't bother reviewing us. Just come at us on Twitter because I'm at brew crew winning. You can give me a bunch of crap there. I usually don't take it. Well, you'll see at Bruecker winning. You can definitely get under my skin on Twitter. Or are you at Ryan? Yeah. You under my skin every day. It's knowing hell. Yeah. Especially this last week's been fun. I don't remember anything this last week. I'm at at wraps his cubs win. And. Yeah, hit us up on Twitter. Don't forget to subscribe. Yeah. Talk. And. Yeah. Yeah. Keep coming at me. It's looks it. Just really looks like cubs fans are obsessed with Bruce fans right now, which is which is beautiful. It's hilarious. Actually. So so you got as far as the predictions. Well, I got that cubs. Eight and three next eleven games. I got Anthony Rizzo seven plus hit by pitches by the end of the month. He's at five by the way, which which leads the majors. So just two more. It will called strikes if they called strikes for getting hit in the zone. He'd bet a little less than that. But that never happened. Yes. Actually, I haven't seen any of the five or one of the five. I don't know if he's leaning into the zone or not. But it is kinda funny. It would be nice if they called that. But that's why. Yeah. That'd be funny. If I got that one, right? Well, somebody there's a brute game earlier this year was somebody basically ducked their elbow, which was padded, of course rate in front of the ball. And it was basically an inch up an inch away. And you know, gave him the base, you know, it's doing your your dang near in the strike zone. Anyway, that's just one of those things that kind of your Tate's me. It's like a it's like flopping and basketball or soccer. So you really, that's that's pretty weak. No was doing Rizzo crows crows the plate. I'm not saying. That's what Rizzo does. I'm not a no, no. He he just he's rate rate in there. Yeah. He always gets a lot of hit by pitches. I mean, he he's lead the majors two thousand fifteen with thirty and two thousand seventeen with twenty four hit by pitches. So. This is not the new, but it is just an oddball prediction, I made that he'd have seven by April and these at five so we were doing fun ones of preseason where we really wanted to have a fun one in a serious one to keep things loose and light. And it's a fun one. But it might actually come true. It's a weird one. It's cool. Well, we'll see. And then you you had a funny one. In fact, I think he got some crap on on Twitter about it brewers. Bullpen ERA will go down by one full run two weeks after Jeremy Jeffers returns to the bullpen. It ain't over. It ain't over. I'm not even sure it's mathematically possible. But. All the innings out of the bullpen and do real. Well, it's possible. Just have the starter. Go one inning covers the rest of every opener. Yeah. Geos gonna come out. He'll open every game and everything else will count as bullpen. We're going to do. It'd be new it'll be bold. Well, what kind of new definitely be bold? It would it would be a bad ardor open every game one inning a day. Yeah. You one sixty two man. I also play a hundred sixty two games a year. You know, you lineup guys whatever. Yeah. Getting all the credit for playing everyday. Well, I play everyday pal. Yeah. It's a terrible idea. No. I haven't looked at the era. A will will put it to bed next time because I'm sure it will be over by. Then it does not look good. The one thing that does look good. And I didn't talk about much Jeremy Jeffords actually does look good. He's up to ninety three ninety four on velocity. The ball is moving. He's keeping it down in the zone. He looks pretty healthy. I suspect with this Consol signing, I suspect we're actually gonna see jeffer- start shifting to a more high leverage role this week, hopefully allowing hater to be used more as he was last year sixth or seventh inning kinda guy and put Jeremy on the back end. Because frankly, nobody else has been able to cut the mustard it's been rough. But they're still over five hundred everybody. Let's not forget that. It's it's going, okay. Yeah. It's okay. I swear. We gotta get out of this episode. We actually doing an NL central breakdown today or what? Well, I mean. I guess we could we could touch on it, you know, pirates kind of over achieving a little bit for now. Great pitching staff. Well, it is it is we talked about that they've been they've been very good. They've only given up. I believe seventy three runs the season. Now granted they've played a few games than some other clubs to. They're only at twenty one games seem as the cubs actually the Bruce have a couple more but seventy three runs over twenty one games pretty solid number pretty solid, Mark. They haven't had a real tough schedule. But they are you know, they're sitting right in the middle of it. Which is where a lot of Pittsburgh fans predicted them to be. I just still feel like when St Louis Chicago, Milwaukee come to town. The road was gonna get a little tougher for them. We'll see though. Yeah. Yeah. You know? And I I still think there's some talent on that reds team that, you know, oh, it's got talent. Something might come together. They're they're only for their only four games under five hundred. They're only four and a half out of first place. It's so early twenty two games into the year for them to the one pirates have had an easy schedule. You're right on that. Yes. They do have the dodgers this weekend. So is that in Pittsburghers that in LA that is in L A? Okay. So so it'll be the dodgers getting to go back home. I was gonna say if this the third leg of a trip for the dodgers, that'd be that'd be tough on that. They got got the Rangers of bunch athletics. Leaser four-game sat against the cardinals starting on may ninth. So their their schedules about to get tough their schedules about the change the one thing we talked about with Pittsburgh having a good pitching staff. Seventy three runs against. They've also only scored seventy three runs their offense is. Yeah. Yeah. Good differential is is zero by the way, the bruises negative eleven. Yeah. I see that. I'm not working. I'm really not worried about run differential with that. Both. Yep. I I didn't bring it up though episode. I thought well why better get that little bit jabs in while you can my friend because it's a turn we signed Geel, ding and Zell is and things are gonna change. Yeah. Yeah. The cardinals cardinals got the reds coming up this weekend. So go reds. Fan that series for sure. And then. Yeah, the cubs finally play the cardinals may third that weekend. Third fourth and fifth. So interesting you'll have to cheer for the cups. I think. Have to a very strong word. I'm going to root for is a split series and a tie game. Perhaps if a three-game set, so. Yeah. One one in one or zero zero three all ties this ties in baseball, right? Right. Yeah. I don't I don't it depends on what happens today the brewers. Like, I said it actually the probably playing right now they've got a day game against the or the cardinals. I do believe. So if the brewers win today, they go up to fourteen and twelve the cardinals dropped fourteen and ten it's it's a jumble right now. At the top of the the National League central top four teams are all within two games of each other. It's gonna be a fun season the hallway. Yeah. Yeah. I think really the strongest trends last ten cubs eight and to last ten and the brewers three and seven the last ten cardinals and pirates are six and four Cincinnati five and five so so, yeah, it's will be interesting. So what I'm looking at here. Well, cardinals run differential thirty. Wow. That that must have been that brewers pitching staff. Well, why do you think I got so excited about geo? Even though I don't play the episode before that right? I still believe what I said about grand all to getting better with the staff. The good news is Milwaukee's rate up their offense. They've got one hundred twenty one runs. They're going to be fine that way if GIO can come in and just tone it down every fifth day. It's going to go a long way toward improving that club. And it sounds like a simple stupid thing to say, it kind of is, you know, make sure the other team doesn't score as much, but it's been a challenge, and it's going to help a lot. Anyway, we've rambled on enough about that stuff. I think that's done. I think we are done. And I think the cubs. I think the brewers suck. I know cardinals. The cardinals freakin suck even though they're good. Yeah. Yeah. Goldsmith would up. Yeah. Yeah. Have fun with Bellinger. I'm sick. Goldsmith. Cub suck. Let's go. I'm done. All right. Well, we'll catch you this weekend with the stretch and go to ninety miles podcast. I described you get the song if you do and we'll get out in Twitter land. Absolutely. Cups.

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Starting 9 Episode #91 - Lucas Giolito

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Starting 9 Episode #91 - Lucas Giolito

"Walk back to starting nine all episode ninety one years the Lucas g Lido delete skins episode shoutout to lofty when we were down in spring training, just wash them name. But your this guy he was a miracle worker. He was the guy that talks to the people the Dallas. And I didn't want to talk to we went to teams facility. He talked to the security the parking lot attendants the PR people use that guy he facilitated everything, but God dim could he not pronounce a single name of any major league baseball player that we interviewed. So when it came time to interview all Lucas g Lido he thought we were interviewing. Luke, Luke, Luke Joe auto who's who's the July to- kit. The. Who who's he's he's fucking pretty decent lofty, and it's g Lido, and yeah, we Lucas get. Yeah. He he butchered. We got to a point where like, please. If these guys come on the bus, don't talk just just either don't say anything at all or use their first names don't even attempt to pronounce yelich, boxing yelich, yet, great grades meal Christians. And. Terrible. No. It was bad. Who no no-one are not. I was like our new go. And over the Rockies camp to interview our do. No, I love it. I love it would people are misreading shit, and they add like fucking three syllables that just don't belong where are you fucking getting that like anybody ever teach you the little clap thing, you know? Dodd oh where you get the bug and Dondo where where where is this coming into play? But again. You gotta take the bad with the good. And because of lofty is expertise we were able to facilitate the interview that you're about to hear later in the show with Lucas g Alito of the Chicago White Sox. If you've seen the the spikes up tour sizzle reel that we did after both spring training trips. You'll see that I one of the questions that I asked you Lido is about his hair. And at the time who I was not working with the hair that I've got right now Dallas, it's not working with that. Because right now this thing is things coming in hot looks like you've been using our our ad reading promo codes for hymns. And for all the book and hair regrowth supply. Not that you needed to re grow your hair. Get yourself a little well PD. Yeah. Yeah. I wanna say I didn't wanna throw your your fine cloth under the bus there. But there's there's there's rumblings. That's all I'm going to say. Yeah. I mean, it's people. I mean, you see you see you see some hair growth like this and people are immediately gonna point to PD's, which is just simply on fair simply unfair what's going on with with any sort of PD accusations, which by the way. Speaking of unfair PD accusations. There are some rumblings that the starting nine crew they might they might be tackling a white whale at some point this summer. Oh, I haven't. I don't even think I've told you about this Dallas. No, I'm not I'm not a I'm not a Moby Dick guy. I didn't get that in what would Jong. Just saying that there might be an opportunity to interview one of the handful of starting nine white Wales this summer, and maybe do a I don't know maybe maybe a little video. In addition to the interview might have to travel might have to travel for it. You know, this individual is not someone that's out there promoting anything in particular. But might be coming on the show. Will the suspense is killing. When you tease it like that. There's there's a list of forty two thousand people in my head right now. Speaking of suspense, killing us, Vladimir Guerrero junior. The wait is over baby lactates, this is I can't remember it was probably Bryce Harper. The last time that I was so excited and even Stephen Strasburg because I know that scene Strasbourg didn't pan out to be the ace like I mean, no disrespect is Strasbourg. I'm gotta stop you. They're gonna stop you there. I don't like that freezing pan out didn't pan out. He's fucking these panning out. Not know did he live up to. That's what I'm saying. There's panning out. He's he's panning out. It's it, you know, he hand out, but she did not pan out to become the pitcher that we thought he was going to be when he made his major league debut like his major league debut was one of the most electric regular season starts by a starting pitcher of. I dunno my lifetime. Like when you talk about a guy that. Yeah. Yeah. For a starting pitcher the best debut that didn't come from like an international player like dice game masters debut was a big deal. You Darvish those were big deals, but for a guy that was that what for the actual system here in the United States? The most intimidated most hyped most live up to in terms of hype debut for starting pitcher of this era. But again, my central point here is. I don't pretend ever know what a prospect is going to become because you look at the actual prospect of valuation who are paid to know that they've studied these guys they've graded these guys they've watched them come up. They've projected what they think they're going to be no one ever really fucking knows what a prospect is going to become. That's why you know, you have David price is the only pitcher in baseball history to be drafted in the first round with the first overall pick to then when the Cy Young award. We don't fucking know how many pitchers have been taking with the first overall pick probably a lot. I don't have that number in front of me only one of them is won the Cy Young award. And that's not to mean that you all you have to win the signing award. The panel. You could still be a good pitcher without letting Asya or Dallas. He's come so close so many times still good pitcher. Just just didn't quite get over the top with that that hardware sometimes you just need that extra push. I never got it. That's fine. As have like those like fake ass awards of the bet you one like the hard hustle award. We don't we don't have shit like that. We don't do. We have. We have a. I think we have like a like a media nice guy award that gets handed out. I didn't win that one. I didn't know I didn't ever win. She the only thing I I one organizational pitcher of the year like through the minor leagues. Yes, she like that. Like nothing had got actually hold on got like player of the month or whatever one year in the big leagues. And as gave me a like gave me a watch. Oh, still have it. Yeah. I do. Yeah. I do know that that will then this that's a little trophy. Just just not just looks a little different Mitrovic case, David price trophy case. Look different. Yeah. You know, what at the end of the day at trophy is what you make it. Okay. I'm meet a lot to my family. Yeah. They're trophies sexual you get to six trophies in grants. Speaking of Dallas in the as before we move onto Vladimir Guerrero junior as watching as broadcast on the anniversary of the get off my mound moment, and they're they're sitting there interviewing Dallas about his his thoughts of Alex Rodriguez. And I was like I start cracking my knuckles as I can't wait to see where this is going. How is he going to navigate these shopping waters? There's straight up just like, well, you know, if you have you made up with them or anything have you have you seen him since this happened? What do you really think about him Dallas? Well, he's gonna put on his thick broadcast. Well, you know, we haven't talked about it. But you know, hold will will against guys. He was talking that son of a bitch fraud never seen him since my partners type, Ed boss, both just cool. Rush me about they love it. They get off on that. I mean, that's part of the that's part of this side of the game now is little shit. Like that like you fuck with your friends in the clubhouse you fuck with your friends on the field. Well, we don't have that Klaus that field per se. But we do have is we have the lunchroom we have our meetings. We have the booth that were in. So anytime we have the opportunity to rid each other and have fun. We take full advantage of it. Those guys take full fucking advantage of. And like they didn't tell me that they were going to run any of that. They didn't tell me that they're going to talk to me about any of that. So it's basically see if they can get me to where the band Danna and walk out in front of the fire. Completely unsuspectingly, and I did absolutely like a suit as hugging. Video came up. I just like sitting there, and I'm going. I know where this is going. They're getting ready to fire off and they shared it. Yeah. It's just tough because it would've I mean that whole experience goes a completely different route and carries a completely different tone. If you don't kick the cups off your head. Oh my God. They if it's not cups off your head. That's like a bad ass moments like get up. It's like totally different connotation in the in the history of baseball in the pantheon of baseball lore. The get off. My mound moment is just it lives. A completely different afterlife. Without the cups off the forehead the brutal is as soon as and fucking pitted. You son of a bitch. He sitting like off to the left. He's standing there. And I never I shoot emotion. Like I'd get excited. No, no. I would never be like like angry like like, I never wanted to show that type of that side of me that was the side that I really tried to suppress. But I thought in lost it, and like you could see pinton as walking in like, I remember the look on his face is is just like. Look at me like he's he's gonna fucking snap right now. He's gonna he's gonna like shit's gonna get thrown. And then I kick the cups, and that was like the first moment where I was getting ready to go in full snap. And I kicked the cups and they fucking come. They hit the value of the dugout just flying back and hit me right in the fucking forehead and Pennington just gives me one of those faces like he doesn't even say anything. But you can just see that face. Go. What your dumb ass, and I was like, yeah. Fuck fuck off to be ingred. Now almost had a moment there almost about as them. Bef- career junior the main point here. No, the main point here is you're not gonna be welcomed to the big leagues. And those fans at the Rogers centre are not going to get the show they want not in the first three games. At least they'll tell you that. Happy 'cause we give it into junior. That's why starting staff or the Oakland A's doing the homework. I forgot that they're playing is not. Yeah. And their vaunted. Yeah. Rotation of stud such right? So all you fuckers wearing me out about oh, Dallas worried about Vlad. He's gonna shit all over the pecking out grenades gonna piss all backing not no fucking nut. Not worried about it at all Vlad cakes you ever sniff ninety nine with super sank in heavy movement ninety four cut away. Probably not I got going seven for thirteen in this series the athletes. Still baseball's only team where the ace of the rotation is actually in the minor leagues. It's called death. Jay. Yeah. Inverse death. That's all depth on its head. All right now, I'll say it right now. Vlad junior fled junior. Does not hit a home during the series? I feel like that's say it'd be one thing it'd be it'd be asinine for me to come out here. And try to tell you that it's just going to be shitty. And he's not going to be great one. I don't want to say that. 'cause I don't wanna see that. I want to go seven for thirteen as soon as the town. I want to see all of that. It's inter- on oh this series into Ronalds in the kind of like, usually if you call a prospect like that they they normally call them up on the road. Yes. But this is I the deadline thing versus like, let's call them up thing. Wouldn't that not only that? But I also think like let's be real man. The hype surrounding this like I feel like the only way to nail this call up especially after the bullshit. You've kind of drug this kid through and the fans through you know, the the him haunt around. You've been given these people like, oh, he's more seasoning, duck your face. No, he doesn't we just don't want to pay. So we can get through all that. And let's drop the Vlad bomb at home. Let let's let's let's give him to the fan base. Like like 'cause you like if you were Jay's fan, let come on if you're a SOX fan, and you had a guy like this waiting in the wings, and he gets introduced to your fan base and baseball in Yankee Stadium feel about that. You're probably not okay with that. So I just wouldn't feel right. Like, I wouldn't feel like he's here until the first lame not. And so they're giving him here. You guys go we've been fucking around we've been digging this guy around we've been digging you around well no longer here. He is unwrap your lead box. Right. So this is and I agree with you. I think not every guy can handle that. But I think he is is one of those guys who can I mean? It's been in the spotlight. So that picture that Vladimir Guerrero tweeted of like, he's like tipping his cap to the fans and like little flat. He's like two or three years old. He's like Davis cat to like, that's so fucking cool. Like he's like he's he's grown up in the spotlight. He's been there before he knows what a big league club house. Looks like years before he actually was called up into one. So yeah, this is again when I was trying to say earlier in the even Strasbourg comparison is people don't know how to project prospects. They don't, you know, like, you know, the the ones that are going to be good at the minor league level. You know, the ones that are going to be good Ellison in public perception when they do get called up, but in terms of panning out, no one has any fucking clue what I think with Vladimir Guerrero junior. He's different. He's different. And that's not buying into the hype. That's just looking at the total package. That's looking to see what he's done performance wise at the minor league level. He's hit everywhere that he's Ben, you know, he's not going to be afraid of the spotlight because he's he's been through this before his bent through, the he the guy the players that have the major league fathers have a leg up on everyone else. I think we can all agree. They've lived the life. They know what to expect. They know what they're getting themselves into there's no need to get acclimated. There's obviously a little bit of a process there. But they know what they're getting themselves into it's about how the react to the counterpunch corrobos. I said this yesterday during the pre-game show, I said everybody has a plan because Saudi was making his first big-league start for the Rangers. And I said everybody has a plan. Mike Tyson said this until you get punched in the face. So for the big leaguers who do have the pedigree, all of the tat teases all of the lead juniors. The push shits. The busy owes. How do these shows? Out of these kids react to that first punch. They take in the mouth meeting. How do they react to that? I over skid where they've not made contact and four ABC's they've been frozen. Couple ABC's in a row where they've essentially just been put into a fucking pretzel. Because they're coming from to weigh in three dropping dick at will. And then they come up here and a whole gets exposed. And it could very will be a whole they didn't even know they had that is where my interest goes. That's what I'm curious to see with these studs because you're absolutely right. He's gonna he's gonna end up spending more time in a big league clubhouse than he will any other room in his fucking life. Yeah. And knowing that he has the ability to play at this level is one thing knowing he has the ability to make judgements is a completely different thing. And I'll just give you a small example, Chris Bassett made his twenty nineteen debut for the as the other day struggled early. Was kinda be Radic mechanically. He's a long levered guy got some long limbs. So he shut down the wind up went into the stretch eliminated. Some moving parts and finished off a great outing. And that's the kind of shit you have to be able to identify at the big league level all on your own in order to help yourself. So it's little adjustments. Like that that I will look forward to seeing Vlad junior. Make because the potential has got everybody drunk as far as like what we're expecting what we're hoping for not to be a negative, Nancy. I don't wanna spend it whole lot of time on this. But that ass all that Astro you were fucking salivating drooling in done Hedin. Like I thought like I mean short of putting a poll up at home plate and letting him do some twirls around ready to fuck. You were ready to sell the farm or Sablan cakes. Very the risk. It all for that a hat. Thing is why getting corrobos why do you have a roll of quarters in your pocket? Well, it's not a roll of quarters. But have you seen plants asks Dallas Dallas, I've tried to take this role of quarters out bouts each and every one of them off of those asked cheeks. I forget where I read it is like they were saying that he's at the current moment forty pounds, overweight or pounds. That's insane. That's a lot. I don't want him to eat himself out of a defensive position. That's all. I gotta say is that is that is a very very real red flag. Right. He hasn't even made his major league debut yet. He's one years old. And we're already talking about is as wide junior eaten himself out of the third base because I think about body type I think about Mickey right thing about a young thinned-out. Mickey fastballs under the chin from the rocket and then shitting on them right after that guy skinny early bigger later. And there was a period of time where there was some fluctuation. Right. He's like coming into camp the best shape of my life. I don't know three years in a row. And then I realize I'm triple crown, and I'm just gonna rake and even if I hit it off. Wall. It's probably still going to be a single. So you know, what I can take these few LB's hope Vlad cakes appreciates the opportunity. He has. And I know he does. But I hope the training staff. Yeah. Does their job to keep him in optimal shape? And you know, what can make a no is the cop now. Yeah. If but here's the thing. Then if laddy at at his current plane weight and Kurt mobility is serviceable, and there aren't any issues then who gives a damn let them luggage forty pounds around. If that's extra baggage. And he's getting it done everything like that crops is just. Sort of on the outside Intel, it becomes an issue until he can't range after one step to the left or right. You know, and it's becoming clear that he's a liability will, that's when you address it. But until then if he comes up, and he sitting fucking two eighty as a rookie, he serviceable defensively, you know, you're gonna you're gonna just gonna talk to him about taking care of himself droughts career. Well, you know, better than we would especially when you're talking about not just your top prospect, but the top prospect in all of baseball. Doesn't the major league staff sort of have say over what he's doing in the minors, or that's just the the buffalo bisons are in charge of Latsis. Wait like, he's not. I when I explain this to you. Please please understand that I am not exaggerating in the least not in the least at all. Until you get to the big leagues. It's the fucking hunger. Games. It is the hunger games straight up. Like, what are you gonna do today to put yourself in a better position at the big league level? We've got all of this shit at our disposal. That's why you want to get here. So that we can give a fuck about you. That's why you wanna get here when you're a highly touted prospect, they give you a road map or they try to lay out a road map for you. But that is a major major complaint for a lot of developmental people. Is you're not giving these kids a road map on how to take care of themselves on how to stay in shape. How to maintain how that's something? That is just in the recent years really being hammered down because they're spending time in the offseason at training facilities. They're spending time with these with these folks executing program. Than dietary meals and dietary plans and shit. So during the season, it's kind of out of sight out of mind. You get minor league reports every night those come across the manager's desk. The big league trainers, desks. So you have an idea of how these guys down in two and three are going about it. But not until you get to the big leagues will will. They actually have those hands on you. Because now it's you've got to bigly trainers out there that are running with you and getting your work in before the game. You've got an assistant bigly kidding coach going with you into the tunnel. Who's going to meet your hitting coach in the tunnel getting? So you've just got so many hands on deck ready to make sure you are where you need to be doing what you need to be doing with the resources you need to get them done. That'll happens at the big league level in triple A. You're waking up at four in the morning to catch a six AM flight to go five hours to show up at a yard crush, the PB and J and go out and hope ninety five's going to be there with some depth on your breaking ball. So you can get to the fucking show. Doesn't sound fun. It's fucking hunger. Games, man. It really is. But that's what you're like. I don't wanna go off on this tangent. But that's why I would love for these young kids to get paid and be compensated in the minor leagues and have an opportunity to take care of themselves. Invest in themselves at an early point in their career at the same time for all the people who are looking for crutches and safe spaces and ways out. I don't wanna hear your fucking bitching about not having any money and not having. I I was in the same fucking boat. And I promise you I came into that boat in a far worse position than a lot of these other kids that are bitching about. Just without looking both of you j as well. How tall would you say Vladimir Guerrero juniors five ten? Six flat. He's so girthy that it takes inches. He's six two. Six to he's so wide that it makes them look stout. He's six to like, he's not he's not. He's a thick Buchan, dude. Yeah. Hey, thank it's almost like when he turned sideways, like, let's get crazy. It's not like you can't tell if he's turning sideways or not like what he turned sideways. It's not a like, he's still fucking. It's a sizable lad. Yeah. It is impressive to watch them back that asks up is out there. But by the way, just MLB dot com. Put up like projecting of Ladd juniors future sort of thing and his like his like mid level projection not like super optimistic just his standard projection for this season is a three hundred batting average three sixty five on base percentage and a five nine slugging percentage or you fucking serious. I am serious. Tonight. Get a reaction from you on that from me. Yeah. I mean it fucking pits on this kid into hit three hundred the fucking big leagues. J? Tell me that does. It slap you across the face right now. Well, it is it is shocking to me because of the so few number of people that are projected in any given season in all of the major leagues to hit a hundred hit three hundred. Yes. No. That's what I'm saying. Jesus I want to to do great too. But we're pencil in for three hundred ready. Some people are and this is not the first projection that I've seen do that. It's a little aggressive. That's all I'm gonna say it's a little. I'm excited to see. Yeah. Hey. Yeah. I feel like it's not really out of the realm of possibility. What was he hitting AAA like three sixty he hit like three he seriously hit like three eighty between to believe his career. Minor league. Batting average is three thirty one. It's three thirty one with nine forty three. Oh, PS sitting three sixty for triple a buffalo. Trying to see where else he's had ridiculous. He and future fucking insurance salesman sometimes down there. That's why say you get to the big leagues, especially eight look everybody in their mom's got ninety five. Now, that's a prerequisite about ninety five in AA. Last year flag junior had two hundred sixty six plate appearances hit four to four hundred. That's fucking stupid. On four. Oh, two with eleven twenty Opie s got called up to triple A and hit three thirty six with nine seventy eight opiates. I mean, what I'm trying to think of something that I can like some sort of wager that I could put out here. If flat ends up hitting three hundred. Just like off the cuff. I just looked at these on fan graphs. I just looked at the zips projection system they do rest of season projections. So from here on out they have three people in baseball. For Jack to hit three hundred or better, which would be Christian yelich, Jose altuve and Daniel Murphy. On come on throw flag junior into that. Fuck category right now. Like, we've got a rating in L MVP in a batting champion whose AL to pretty much the same type guy in the AL. Implant junior house JD Martinez. Not on that projection. He's at two ninety five. He's about like seventh or eighth. He's a he's a bubble guy. Yeah. We'll guess what he's probably gonna hit like three forty this year. He's a bubble guy. So just to put a bowl on that Vladi cakes. Love to see you hear my fellow lungs. Good. Take a hiatus for the first three. Mike God you hit three hundred and I will personally. No, no. You gotta do something. You gotta do. So if you're if you're this adamant about him, not it's not buying them fucking money where your mouth is. What are you going to do if he does? I I don't know. I gotta think about something. I gotta think about because I don't want to be the bullshit like, I dunno yell. Let's let's project for Tuesday. I was gonna say like we can have people tweet us at starting nine. What Dallas should do if Lottie junior hits three hundred noted, but I also I know where this is going, and it's like it's the same thing that people try and do bets me oh lose shave your beard. It's like, no, I'm never going to do that Dallas never going to do that. So something other than the beard is going nowhere. Yeah. Literally, just not happening. I got to think of something. I think so and you and I need to come up with something for this new series for this next series for this next as sauk series. Yeah. The Papa portnoy's letting me stay in Boston for so that'll be fun. I'm actually. I'm going to Boston Friday for that Ray series staying in Boston for the as series, and then flying to Chicago for I don't even know who the cubs are playing. But the cubs and the White Sox are home that weekend. So it'll be Red Sox White Sox cubs. Whoever the fuck and getting to go to see four baseball games in two days in. I'm staying the I'm actually staying with Ellen. And we've got a we've got a fine. Chinese dining reservation at the Cologne later that evening, go to Calhoun, if you're around your you can join us. Love to go the collar. Yeah. Are you going to Chicago? I don't know that I make Chicago I'm trying to trying to move some things around right now. So I can execute that to make that happen. And I do have other responsibilities. I won't be there until Saturday. Go got a concert on Friday. May I ask what concert? Brit floyd. They are Pink Floyd cover band. I should've I don't even know why shook my head like didn't know what that was. Go to see them ever. Yeah. They are the closest to the Pink Floyd experience that you're going to get in twenty nineteen. So. Jill. Wait, wait, wait. We gotta doing attitude. Priced. Him. Buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, especially when you're trying to see the major league debut of Ladimir career junior to your kid. 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There's been. There's been some struggles. There's been some struggles for the crew. Yeah. Well, it's mostly been the bullpen. And that was to be expected. Well, I'm gonna help has been bad. You I'm gonna have to really know they've got the they've got the worst ERA in the NFL. By three five hundred. No, it's it's it's not bit. But a lot of that has been because the bullpen rotation office thinks well the rotation stunk last year. Not this bad. I mean, just straight up their rotation is twenty six in baseball in the RA. It's with a fifth to match. This. There are real problems here like shos scene is not as not been anywhere near as affective got fifth of sixty are over six, Freddie, Peralta wasn't effective before yet. The D L Corbin burns was not effective in the rotation before being demoted. Yes. Stopping great. But I also I mean show of hands. How many people think that? Jio Gonzales is going to be the savior here. I'm glad he's in Milwaukee. Guys. Coming back. Glad he got a major league deal. It's not about being a savior. It's about it's about the helping at this point. It's about like, reinforcing what they think they have what they feel. They have which is a group that can't compete on the mound. Would she going right which it's going? Well, when they're not getting it. I mean, that's what everybody likes to think. But that's that's what GIO represents is one familiarity success while he was there last year and seven what do you make like seven or eight starts? I think last year like a two very good. He was outstanding. So you bring him back in hoping you can sort of just not recapture, but I guess regain some of what you got out of him last year. And and and and that's what you do you move on. Because you don't want to just sit here. Idle knowing that there are arms out there that you could potentially bring in to help the club and not make those decisions not entertain those moves at all so GIO bits. In a lotta ways a great test model a great test run for the for the Milwaukee Brewers right now because of the millionaire because he's healthy. You know, it's affordable. It's a two million dollar contract. Two million dollars worth of incentives. And that's what I kinda wanted to talk about is. It's really cool the way that they have I guess sort of handled this because as an agent you sign this kind of deal or your players kind of deal year under the label of a starter. And who knows how many starts he gets who knows. How many opportunities he gets to start those so innings pitched appearances, those are the things now that ages are starting to pay attention to in order to get their players their bread, and he'll be going through sort of a point system that rewards him for outings of three innings or more shit like that. So he'll have an opportunity to earn his money not just by virtue of being starting pitcher because that role could very well change. And that could be shitty contractually. Yeah. Pretty cool that they were able to figure that out still stunning by the way that he. Got a minor league deal in the off season from the Yankees. I mean, this is a guy that pitch really well for a team that had the best record in the National League and played in fairly deep into the postseason. What's more stunning that or the fact that he is actually acquired two jobs before Dallas kaikal Craig kimbrel have acquired? I mean, I think that's more tied to like the draft pick compensation than anything else. But to to not be able to figure something out between free agency. And now, but. To straightforward. I'll be it. I think revealing nubs few guys. This is not surprising at all most innings pitched from the bullpen in the NFL. So far this year, which was admittedly a lot like their formula last year. But you do wonder if that takes its toll after awhile and Secondly. And I think this is pretty revealing the fewest number of quality starts in baseball. Fewer than the Orioles. They have three quality starts on the season. Now, I don't think any of us are going to sit here and say that quality starts is a tremendous metric. But I think it is reflective of the fact that they're really not even getting like base base competent starts hold on. And I said this. I said this last year even said that your before the very people who are promoting bullpen ING and promoting the opener. Those are the same people who have pulled their pants down and shut all over the idea of a quality start. What you haven't realized is you intern people have made the quality start all that much more of a valuable statistic to measure, the production of people that you were trying to tear down because you're not giving anybody the opportunity to go six innings or more these days. So when you actually get somebody to give you six innings or more. Three Ernie's or less, y'all be fucking thankful. So I would pay attention to the guys that are actually going out there and giving you six in three every time out because again numbers wise at the end of the year. Thirty four starts thirty five starts of six innings and three is a four point five ERA. But if you're telling me that every guy in my rotation is going to give me six innings of work and only allow three runs there's not a manager in the bucket game that won't take that. So you can take your quality starts not meeting anything and shove it directly up your ass because they do mean, something not you say, oh, okay. But if you do feel that way, you could shut them up your ass too. But anybody else feels that way? Again, take your quality starts shoved him up. Your ass. Mucking means something these days, maybe three years ago. They didn't mean it, but they do now fucking do. Now showed up your ashtray. Noted. That's the that's that's the title of this episode starring nine episode ninety one shove it up your ass. Jay. Jacob degrom is. Depending on when you're listening to this scheduled to return on Friday on Vladi junior day. Jacob degrom coming back. How house apprising was it for you Dallas that we have a situation where any Mets pitcher or any Mets player of any type of caliber of talent that you'd like to discuss had some sort of injury scare and the outcome was literally the best possible on like house apprise were you when that was the the scenario that came to fruition? Yeah. Surprised because you're thinking if this team based on based on the past if this team is going to be given an opportunity to maybe botched this or not not take care of it. It would that's how you know. It's just a dawn of a new era in queens when it would have been perfect Mets to back up. The Brinks truck for Jacob degrom and then have him get an MRI. And then I won't even finish the sentence because I don't wanna put it into the universe. I won't do that to Mets fans. I got love for Mets fans. But that would have been so Mets if they just got horrible news after that. And then a once promising season has turned into this shit show. And everyone's like we fell for it again. But it's it's just not that way. I mean, the Mets the Mets. Waiver on the whole home. You know, maybe we'll get an MRI. Maybe we don't need to. Maybe we could just run them out and start playing catch again. Like glad they took the steps. Right. Right. That would be the bigger that would be the bigger worry. Like, let's shut him down hint at the idea of the necessity of an MRI and then scrap it all having glad there and toss and then just running back out there. What that's where people would be like what the fuck. Are. We doing what? Yeah. I'm glad TV dub steering the ship though. No. It's just it's it's a new day. Yes. It is. And I think obviously the Mets coming into play on Thursday. They're still tied for first place. The Atlanta Braves is still the best team in that division. And they're only going to get better when when nukem figures shit out when full tease at full health. I mean, the the Braves are still a team that. That's their division till somebody else says otherwise, but I gotta say I just had like when I went to that bar slow at the ballpark event. And you kinda like get the vibe around the ballpark. And you watch this team though, the Alonzo affect to have it's different one you bring back virtually the exact same team from the year before and you're like, Nope. Save Kasa characters, but we believe in this group. So we're just gonna roll the dice again. That's not what this team is. Like, you have new blood in here. You've got home grown talent. You supplemented it with in for better for worse. The Robinson canot tree the brings you Edwin d as it's just a different feel to it. And having Jacob degrom go get an MRI, actually, get good news. And then come back as quickly as he has. That's not your that's not the Mets. And the fact that you got Pete Alonzo's starting the year in the big leagues. Right. And like that of that. There was no like, oh, well, maybe he's not the best going for our team. Bullshit. And and then you got again BB dubs. He's got the the familiarity with two Graham. So you know, he's got a special place in his heart for the kid. He's gonna take care of him. He's going to take all these guys. And you're starting to see that play out. And let's not get a little creek. Let's get to aggressive here in this. But getting the Mirai done with Graham him coming back it being positive. Those are all things that I don't think the Mets are necessary or Mets fans are necessarily used to as we've talked about. So it's a good feeling not just from seeing players perform getting the opportunity to do. So. But I think the Mets fans are also starting to realize what this is coming from the front office nowadays. These these decisions are coming from the very place that we have been holding accountable. And and basically telling everyone, that's the reason why we've been shitty. It's the reason why it's been terrible here. Yeah. Another attorney, John Lester. Is returning to the cubs rotation today, depending on when you're listening to this on Thursday, John lesser returns. I feel like we had this discussion last year, by the way typically capture the cubs who dug themselves quite a bit of a whole earlier in the season. They're already out of it. And they're already out of it. They're not they're not in first place the Saint Louis cardinals. Fucking awesome this year, Paul Goldschmidt. God bless them. Golder ball Goldsman every time. It's so funny. Like, they'll do the thing on OB network where you know, how like they jump around the league. And they're like, well, you know, we gotta go kick it over to this gay because this guy is that will kick it over that the anytime that kick it over to the cardinals game because Paul Goldschmidt up. He just like we'll be networks watching smash hits without fail every fucking time. But Paul Goldschmidt has been a big reason why the cardinals are sitting atop the central now. The cubs have won eight out of their last ten and have dug themselves out of a little shithole. Most. Had to do with their pitching, John Lester he returns? Jay. I was wondering if you had any Nogues on John Lester because we I feel like we had this discussion last year where we use v as sort of forecasting tool the same way that we would use run differential to forecast a division winner. But with fifth in ERA last year, John Leicester's fifth was there was a big discrepancy between his fifth in his ERA, and is never really crept up to a point where we're like. Well. It didn't it was never bad season. One hundred eighty one and two thirds innings three three two year a in a four three nine v. So through three starts in. This is obviously a small sample. John lesser is gonna to five seventy hour a and a five one nine v. So obviously, we are expecting a little bit of regression with John lesser. Yes. Yeah. I would think so I mean, I don't think anybody at this stage in his career is expecting John Lester to post a some three in yet. Like I to me. I think if you split the difference between his twenty seventeen and twenty eighteen over the same number of innings hundred seventy one hundred eighty innings that would have to be considered a good year. Right. I mean. Yeah. Because with me on that. Yep. Yeah. I think. I think the cubs. I mean, we were talking about how impressive the cardinals have been in kind of how dumpy the brewers rotation is. I think the mini- turnaround of the cubs rotation over the last two weeks has been one of the like, perhaps more encouraging. If you're a cubs fan stories in baseball over that span like Jose cantata has for perhaps the I mean he's shown flashes before. But for the first time, I feel like he's kind of taken the reins as like that lead guy in the rotation since I mean, our friend you Darvish seems just to it. Whatever it a watchable start ever again. I did like is quote though, about like, hey, I'm Darvish I walked people. Okay. Speaking of your friend. I don't know this kind of obviously, like, the your friend thing. Did you see the Tanner Roark thing? Yes. That was pretty fucking cool. Yeah. Well, like for those who didn't see it. There's a ball hits the right field gets by tweet. And right. He's gonna chase. It all the way to the wall Tanner, Roark was on the mound. And I believe it was that Albee's. Yes. Yes. Albee's gets all the way to third base run score. No. I think I think Albee's was the one that was on base in scored. Okay. Regardless ball goes to the wall, whatever run scores. And after the inning was over Roark waited at the top of the dugout to wait for peak, and like hugged him and like toll my, hey, it's okay. Like, we got you like we'll pick you up all about head up does like I never ever see shit like that. We'll in it's important because about we coming over new guy making an impact trying to be a vocal leader in the clubhouse trying to be a productive type leader on the field as well. You know, he's gonna play aggressively. You know, he plays with his hair on fire. So rorick. What that is is doing two things one. We got your back, bro. We got your back. We love you. Here. We want you to be you here. Don't get. We don't give a fuck about that right there because you're gonna make so many more plays that help us and you're gonna come up to bat and do work in situations where we need you. We don't care about this. It's April lift your head up and. I don't think that this one is on you. That's number one number two is just making sure he understands nobody in this clubhouse at any point in time is looking to turn on you make this about you not playing the game correctly or you being too aggressive. That's just a guy understanding he's got a personality in his clubhouse that could probably benefit from having an armed put around him in a situation like that. So that is a wonderful job by ten roared to. I don't I mean, I don't know if I want to call him a leader on that team or leader. But that's what leaders do. That's what a veteran does. And that's really cool to see for more because that message will trickle down. Throughout the rest of the clubhouse without conversations having to be had you see that. You'll hear people talk about that. And you'll just be like damn all right? These boys got each other's back to put a bow on the John Lester thing, I have. Here's your get. So there have been forty seven starting pitchers to throw at least ten innings this year who have a fifth of five or higher, which is actually pretty ugly to think about but Lester and see are the only two of those forty seven pitchers to have an. Tatton ERA under three. So he's definitely the outlier to me. It looks like Lester like every single. Batter that every single base runner that has gotten on bass like Lester has essentially stranded this year. And so I think that's probably unlikely to continue. But we'll see he's an asset. No matter what regression is coming up. And before we on guys. I don't know why I thought about this. But I just I wanted to kind of run some numbers that you know, that the pirates have the second best ERA in the NL at three point two nine. I don't know if you guys knew that. But their their starters also at two point two point four five they've got a full full run. Oh, Dallas being the red get ready to stick this up your ass. Oh. Pirates. Also, hold on. This is actually that you wanna hear the pirates. Also have the second. Most quality starts only. The Astros are heading them, man. Posed this question or not. But what if you were to take the cubs starting rotation to take the pirates starting rotation injured? Let's say you had to pick between maybe tough break tough break for joy Wendell tough break for joy Wendell just tough, by the way. I also picked the pirates pretty sure. Let's say Darvish area were two arms that you like. Oh, God for a guy. That has a weak shoulder. Careful how much you've reached their Dallas rice all mighty just so Joey. On the injured list with a fractured right wrist after he gets hit by a pitch. The rays lost the rays have been slips line of since the Red Sox kinda fucked them up gonna fuck up. Did you see window? Get nailed. Did you see this the pitch? Yeah. I got it right here. Let's see if you replay it you can almost see the like invention in his wrist like in my head. I'm like, that's where the bone Roque. That's fucking. And he just like he's pissed. He's angry at hurts a lot and he runs down to first. And he just kind of like he's got he's got abnormally large forearms. I think for like his body size just his forms. Look weird to me. Because like they look really big. He's strong, dude. This kinda sucks, man. Join window was a guy in the rookie of the year conversation a couple years ago, he hit three hundred last year. Not a not what I like to see for guy. Who's really I think in a position to take off is the right way to right way to phrase it. But I think in a position to become really productive at a later stage in his career. You're being generous the. Three people that are projected to hit three hundred according to zip this year. Vlad cakes is one of them hasn't seen a fucking bigly eater yet is his no Austin meadows. That's for damn sure. Chime in again, it's that fucking trade. The pirates fans even reached up like that's what a terrible decision. What a terrible the session. Yeah. Now, I don't often use that term in trades that now's of fleece, Lucas g Lido of the Chicago White Sox was a part of the spikes up tour. He's our guest today. I forgot about this Dallas now that I'm thinking of that interview thinking back on what we talked about. He said that if we go to Chicago that he would do a hair to'real video with me. I mean, we feel like we got a cash in on that one. Yeah. Definitely gonna need you to. Yeah. I'm gonna need you to cash in on the hair challenge. I'm yeah. I mean, he's got a I don't know what he's working with in terms of his is products. We talked to him about it in the center view amongst the mother of some other topics. But he's he's he's a big leaguer jeered. So this is what I'm going to say there's a good chance he comes out with like a hairdressing team that puts him in the in the shape. He's in daily. Right. He just blows you out of the water. Yeah. Well, again, he in this interview. He tells us which big leaguer transformed his hair strategy. So without further ado, there's Lucas g Lido aka Lucas, July. Toto Sturge lotto. All right. We're here. Lucas g Lido of the Chicago White Sox the up and coming Chicago White Sox where excited to see where this sort of goes for you guys during the twenty nineteen season. Where do you see yourself factoring in there? Because there's a lot of hype surrounding this team with or without Manny Machado, first, let's start there. When you heard that news, many Machado's, not come into the south side of Chicago. Was it kind of just like all right? Fuck it like if we donate 'em, or you know, we're we're we're on the path regardless. Yeah. That was pretty much the sentiment throughout the club outside the news broke when we're out on the field. Nobody knew about it could see some of the front office people running around the media was starting to get a little excited. But when I got back in I saw I was like oh damn. He got paid. Yeah. All right. Love. He got he got paid. So it is what it is. He's down San Diego. Not not really a worry. No one's as players like that's not really our business. Yeah. So we were we're just doing our things spring training. Getting started. Some guys are new we're trying to get to know them. They're trying to get to know us. We're trying to like get that that core of what's the word culture going in the house. So yeah, it's not really an issue. Now, it's something worried about what's that end -ticipant like the idea and not just Manny specifically player x free agent. Because I was in Oakland and rumor had it that the big unit. Randy Johnson guy wanted to wanted to shut things down in the bay area wanted to wanted his swansong to be in the bay area that men Oakland that met San Francisco. I'm a watch guy ready Johnson's a watch guy. I wore number fifty one I knew he'd be wanting number fifty one. So I had already had the fucking Hugh blow picked out. Already. Obviously he lands in San Francisco. I don't get my bucket watch. But nonetheless, the anticipation for me is a young dude like woman, God could I really have. So what's the end -ticipant for player? Obviously. Like, you said, you are looking to create that culture. But you're like, oh, we could get a guy. We'd get dude. Should that pretty spot on? It's pretty much. How I was especially starting pitcher. So I'm not I'm not a third baseman. So I'm not like oh man of Manny over I might have to play. We'll second or short or whatever I'm starting pitcher. So if I'm saying on the mound. I look back Manny Machado third base. That's great. That's great. But at the same time, not really something I worry about because I don't have any control over that. Yeah. So it would have been great would have been cool. But you know, it is what it is move on. And we got a bunch of great guys. And we just gotta mess together. I wanna get into how petty you are. I don't know if you're petty at all. But so you were at the time projected to be a one one there are some teams they were like, I don't know because you had the UCLA thing ended up getting TJ while like three months after the draft. Do you have a mental list of all the teams have passed on you before before? So it was tough. I mean, basically the story behind that was I was throwing really really well my senior year of high school preseason up into the beginning of the season the game before I hurt my elbow. I threw a one hitter I was like up to one hundred miles an hour camping at like ninety six seven. I'm gone. Yeah. Yeah. Sick can't even smell and. Yeah, I don't I was I don't know what I what was going on. But that's kind of how the flow I was in. I guess you could say, and so I had all the confidence in the world. I mean, I was pitching his confident as ever. And then our first league game armed goes, not fully. But the UCLA tore little bit enough that I was done for the year. At that point. I didn't know it was going to happen. I thought I would fall out of the first round. I'd probably have to end up going to school. But at the end of the day the nationals they had Strasbourg. They had Zimmerman they had guys that valley. Yeah. They're familiar with guys having the surgery having success after the surgery, it's not as big of a stigma in problem as it used to be. So they ended up taking me I had no idea. So the way especially I was a first year. I guess that's one thing. I'd be petty about first year the two thousand twelve that basically screws over amateur players little bit, right? So slot money as far as like teams passing up not not really something. I worry about because I was hurt. I I really was like it's the same thing is a Shohei Ohtani there. It's like all right. We might have one year. Let's chock that one year up is a loss, but service time wise your banking on five years of a healthy g Lido. Yeah. That's basically what the nationals their thought process was when they picked me we're gonna take the best talent available. Whether he's heard or not, and I ended up actually being hurt. I tried to rehab it tried to come back, PRP injections and one not. But my first professional start. I remember might have been like the eighth or ninth pitch of the inning. I had gotten like a ground out. And then the next guy got first pitch strike. I was like, well, I'm gonna try and turn this one up the heater unders hands o-on. And that's when I heard it and every oh, yeah. I threw the pitch. I heard it pop. I was like all right. That's it. Have you ever heard that you're never I've never heard the heard the sound? It is a discu-. You will never forget it. Never forget it. I was I was actually watching Jerry Parker. I don't know. If you're familiar with guy is he was with the as for awhile. He's got he's got actually training facility taking care of shit like this. But I I listened I was watching his life his life work in like, a third pitchy through. In and I almost sick to my my own stomach sitting and hearing it it is such a gross. I wanna ask you something because we're talking about pettiness I wanna get into motivation types. Yes. Other California west like area Santa Monica hotbed for talent Christian yelich about a guy that you mentioned max read a lefty with the with the hotlanta Bravo's. What is it like having to do like that? Because he gets asked this question. I'm sure what's it like out a dude like Jualita that frilly competition driving you 'cause you know with the brass Riyaz pro ball trying to get paid. What's is there any sort of motivation in there that you were kind of able to draw tweet each other you and throw Jack flared in that mix to he wants he went to my high school, and he was what third or fourth in rookie of the year last year voting. Yeah. Our high school we it's insane. Yeah. It was basically it's still is run like a college program or practices were like three and a half hours long. We basically as players motivated the shit out of each other are pitching coach motivated the shit out of us. Ethan cats. I got a shout him out. He's now synth pitching coordinator with the San Francisco Giants actually going to have dinner with them later tonight. Yeah. It was we had a lot of talent. And it was basically just you know, let's see how good we can be. And we all had different things. We were good at and we're trying to learn from each other the entire time. Max how consistent curveball was meow throwing really hard, Jack. He was two years younger than us when we were seniors, but he was super athlete. He was able to be one of the best shortstops have ever seen. And then just take it right onto the mouse figure it out. Athlete and a pitcher. Yes. So yeah, it was it was it was a really fun time. And I it still sucks. I got hurt that senior that senior year because you could have done some special things. But yeah, it was like two years later Jack lead them to be number one team in the country. So yeah, it was it was it was a really really good experienced for like just growing in developing baseball. That's an awesome time to be guy. Yeah. Is there like a fraternity with the California guys because I feel like the the Florida guys are more competitive. Like if you come out of Florida, it's like I wanna be better than that guy. But if feel like the Kelly guys are more like there's more this brotherhood since then. Yeah. There's like it's like the caliphs, especially southern California. It's like that vibe that like, yeah. Boy nor Cowboys so difference like we and you can attest to this different fucking nation. Yeah. It's very very different two different. Yes, super chill super laid back kind of like a quiet confidence. I guess you could say. That a lot of southern California players share. And it's I go into clubhouse a lot of the time and meet a guy and get to know over the first two days of spring train. Be like, oh, I know this guy's from the L A area like from southern California. It's like you kind of just have. Yeah. For sure he literally never shuts up about. His stockton. I talk about California, I explained now I know California's Stockton. I say this. I know we were in we were in in and out burger yesterday yesterday the day before and someone just started talking to him about where he's from me has his area code tattoo. It's the most Harto move all time. Yes is his Eric coat is tattooed on his ribs in. He'll just lifted shirt up in public. Yes. I'm from Stockton. It's like no check out my nose. Yeah. Showed him the he no. He would have believed you. So my wife is in veterinary school in Davis up near Sacramento. So last off season I was up and down. Well for her veterinary school, but yeah, she smarter than Davis. Yeah. So basically I would drive through Stockton. All the time I stopped at the in and out in Stockton. Maybe once or twice on one of my six hour drive. So pretty familiar Flynn fact that motel. Yes is where I lived. What's that? What were you doing at the time playing life not all of us had to fucking golden wrote? Right. Right. Dallas was drafted in around it. They don't even have anymore. So that's yeah. He's. Seventh round draft. Somebody lost like fuck will take he got draft in the Piazza around. I didn't plan on asking this question. But after seeing you have to ask the question, what kind of hair product to us. Okay. He's making a hard push as you could see I'm going to. I'm new used to just get like a one like straight across like now. So I've been trying out different products. And I haven't found my wheelhouse yet, my this. I'm not using right now. 'cause I use what we had in the clubhouse my favorites lay. Right. Either the palm aid or like the other one. I don't know like the fiber. It kind of is. So like American cruise pretty decent brand. You can get that anywhere. Novus the stuff. I yeah. My bad the stuff I use. I get off Amazon and you have to blow dryer hair. If you wanted to like, I don't even know. Oh, I have here for the rocket in the mirror. Just. Cloth. Just right is by blow dry. I didn't know. And I didn't know shit about doing hair anything sixth grade unto. Thank you. Until James shields taught me last year. Yeah. One of my favorite veteran guys of all time American very quality guy and see he was like geo. You got to start doing something with this? And so I was like all right. What do you got for me? Because he was you'd be in the bathroom laughter games. All the time. Like doing a whole thing you'd like six different serums. I don't know what was going on it up. And so, yeah, he taught me all about like, you know, the circle brush and do this and do that. All right. There you go. You're working like this is a lot. This is like a layered process that you work with. All right, there you go. Yeah. I don't I don't do the full process. I've kind of realized that if I just blow dry my hair. So it's kind of like just sticking up your good all you have to use a little product use your hands on your fine. That's what works for me. All right to we're going to have to do a game this season where I come to the g spot, which is what we're calling now. And maybe you can give me a hair to to'real 'cause by then I should have enough shooting. Taper the back in fade up the sides and just like blending girl on. All right. Just. Last YouTube video would geo where? To'real perf. I'm not gonna have to fly way, go out. Need some help? One thing we've been talking to guys about obviously, you guys here about the rule changes and shit like that. So we want to have a little fun. A little fuck Mary. Kill fuck. Nary kill the universal D H the three batter. Minimum that you must face three. The pitch clock. You probably use the pitch clock in the minors. Right. Does your experience before you answer that question, we have some fun? What was your experience with that? With the pitch clock. Yes. I got hit with it. Maybe once or twice, but it was kinda like at the discretion of the unpire. It seemed like it seemed like a lot of time it'd be running out and I'd be standing there. And the guy wouldn't be in the box saying what the hell and then guy gets in the box, and it's fine. And I'm not gonna like be that douchebag stepping off the mound meal. Hey, man. He didn't get in the bog on like all you know, if I have to run one under his hands or something like that. But yeah, I got I got hit with it like once or twice. It doesn't make that much of a difference. I mean it in a big situation it can an actually in AA in fifteen or sixteen. It happened Rinaldo my teammate and other starting pitcher it was like basis loaded, and it was like a two one count at something. The the pirate pitch clock them. So then it was like three one might have been. Yeah. Might have been like in might even been worse. I don't know. I don't. Yeah. It's like you play so many games kind of blend together especially in the minor leagues. But. Yeah. It was it was rough. We were losing it. Because they just let it slide all the time. It's just kind of this running thing in the background. And then it's like when they decide they want to pay attention to the pitch clock. Yeah. That was a tough time to do it. But like, you know, you go one and no one guy or you know, whatever in the fourth inning. And there's nobody on base, whatever that IBM you. Yeah. You would be the worst person ever to have actually I was a quick worker. Like, I had my mantra was either gonna shove it up your ass quickly. You're kick by we're gonna do this in a timely fashion. Do. Yeah. If you work quick than it's never an issue. I I got to the point because they impl- implemented in AA fifteen or sixteen where I wasn't looking at it or worrying about anymore. It was like the first two games. I was like. Oh, okay. Yeah. Right. And then you realize that if you just stay at like a normal good pace than it doesn't affect anything. Yeah. And I think it's comical how were worried about a fucking pitch clock. But how many times have you found yourself out? On the mound ready to roll in. You got homeboy behind the dish giving you this. Yeah. Yeah. And they don't even enforce the getting the box rule anymore. About picking your spots. Like winter you going to enforce it. So when it's two one bags juice late in the ball game. And you decide to check in and be an empire start enforcing. This. Asshole clock will now now guys problem. Yeah. It's weird. I it's it's like they're asking Pires to like at another thing for them to worry about played especially to its. Yeah. For real. It's it's kind of a weird thing. I don't think it really shaves much time. I don't know it's tired. So. So what do you got buck? Mary kill universal D H pitch clock. Three dollar minimum. Three better minimum which ones that means that when we bring a reliever, oh, he has. Hitters their caveat to that. And we can get into that. But we want you're all right. Universal D H. So get rid of that one. Because really because I wanna hit so. Yeah. Hi, this is is still have a home run. I need to hit. I have a bet going with the buddy from many years ago. I probably have to pay him out on that soon because face. Face player. Yeah. I faced faced major league pitching. Now. You know parts of two years, and it's it's not it's difficult. I had a thought I was just going to like walk up there and take a hard swing and hit a Homer at some point that that's going to take a lot of work took big mart like forty years. I had so I had met holiday. When he was with us and Bobby Crosby. And I'm excited about about getting hit base Kershaw. I'm talking shit now thousand dollars I take a deep thousand dollars on Ben and holidays like twenty two one never Crosby in the shower is like double that. Zero faith, obviously, I was barking up the wrong tree, but I get into the box. And I'm Disley. This is not knows why didn't even bring it back. No hope. That's that's kind of how I felt facing Carlos Carlos Martinez slider last year. And yeah, it was it was really really gross. How do guys like I know it feels. Yeah. It's like, I don't know. It's like the picking and choosing a pitches. And you what zone you're looking for. It's a lot that goes into hitting not to mention that you have like less than half a second decide. And then I give up home run to him. Yeah. It was like one of my better starts year that just got ruined by pitcher home run. No, no, I I might have gone to notice in. But I don't. I was pissed. I was pitching really well that game. Those those fun it teaches you lessons. You learn. You learn from everything don't don't think. A different approach when you're facing a pitcher. Do you think you're you're kinda like all right? This is I can pass by the sky little bit. I can ease up little bit So the times the time. The times I've done that. I've been burned in the sense of. I'm not it's like you kinda turn off that level of focus in your brain. Yeah. Yes. You can you can ease up that you don't have to like try and like throw nasty ass shit. Yeah. But you still wanna hit spots and make your pitches and the time when you like just let that little party your brand turn off where you turn off that like competitive edge. And you're not doing the same thing that you do every single other guy in the lineup. That's when they're you're gonna get burned. That's when you know you throw like ninety it's flat, and it's right up there, and I can hit that I have hit that before. So you got to just make sure you stay on that that same path of the rhythm and flow of what you're doing. I'm just apprised that you actually want it like there has never been a worse time to be a hitter. And you want to do that. We'll just for fun. You know, changes things. I ninety eight with on the black. I love I love the NFL games. I think it's I think it's so cool. I love to hear that especially from a younger cat. Tells me that you have the appreciation of the game of base. Not just a pitcher your athlete. Yeah. That's yeah. That's that's kind of a selfish side of me. I mean, simpler. Yeah. At the same time, so universal D H possibly more jobs for guys, which is a great thing. So extending careers. Yeah. Extending careers. Exactly. So I can see it from that side one hundred percent. It's just the oh I on the pitcher, and I wanna get some ABC's killing the universal D H dinosaur. Damn. That's the first time. I've heard that. Yeah. That's that's unfortunate. Usually did you grow up in L fan or nail fan? I was more of like a player fan, especially in postseason, who's your guy? I really really liked ver- Lander and then to kind of go back in history a little bit. Bob Gibson with the cardinals and jealousy, Jack because jackets. Like talked him all the time mardell. But that's that's my guy like read books on them and stuff like that. He's he was so nasty to change the game. They're trying to they're trying to revisit that right now. We wanna make the mound even lower. They wanna lower. Push it back. I said bub gives the guy's gonna be throwing up hill worse. Like how about you just start to use the moving it back today? Yeah. They've mentioned what actually moving it back as well. They can't do that. But this was something that I that would actually hurt guys as a guy who threw absolute just seventy nine on a great day with a stiff wind behind him. I was big band of like, dude, why why can't we start moving this shit around like like like the dimensions in the outfield. Like I would love for hitters to be like looking at this Oakland fits the mounts fifty eight feet and Oakland late. Yeah. Throwing ninety three that's gonna like different stadiums. Right wax, America park. Like when Burland with Detroit or go to Houston. Nell minute mate yet. Yeah. Great service, but it's sixty three feet. Down JV like that could be a dip. I don't know that could be. It's pretty funny and there'd be injuries across the board. If one night you're pitching from fifty eight and the next pitcher from sixty three due to be blowing going to be here for four days making a just I guess, so what's your what's your take on sort of not not, sir? Is it is it safe to call it an epidemic of Tommy John surgeries in baseball? What's your take on? Why? Why do you think that's happening? How do you think they prevent it moving forward? And do you think that because it is you're more risk hardy throw the more risk? You are. And we're seeing fastball velocity that are harder now than ever do you think it's just inevitable to certain extent. Yeah. I think that on the amateur side a lot of things could be done better. And the number one thing my mind is the specialization in baseball from an early age. I think is complete bullshit. And I'm saying that as a guy that did that to as yes. As soon as I hit fourteen yes soon as I hit. Fourteen years old I got to my high school and you're on the baseball team. And if you wanna go play basketball or football, you're missing out on quality, you know, preseason training, and it's going to be harder for you to, you know, find a place on the team, whatever it may be. And so also. Yeah. So now at twenty four years old, and a professional athlete playing baseball pitcher. I wish looking back when I was in highschool damn I wish I play basketball. Damn I wish I played, you know, football or soccer, whatever just for more athletic development at that. Age. More complete athlete was gonna than that was going to be my next question is do you look around. Maybe and see some guys who are in the same position as you. And then see some other guys who did play multiple, sports, whatever and think, well, they're athletes ISM. I can see sometimes how it helps them correct themselves on the mound because you have found out. I'm sure very quickly the minute you enter. Pro Bowl and even beyond the higher amateur ranks your responsibility is now to become your own best pitching coach. Absolutely. They can't hold your hand out there. You know that you have to make an adjustment from pitch to pitch. How do you learn that by learning your body? Exact having body control understanding I can succeed here. I'm failing here and making that adjustment. Does that thought creep into your head? When you say, you know, what maybe if I if I was a fucking Poulter. I'd be able to be able to fix this frontside flying a little quicker, whatever it may. Absolutely. Yeah. I feel like. Like as soon as I got into pro BAAs like I was playing up of you know, I'm really into the off season. Now, I'm going to the offseason. Now, I'm now, I'm doing all this stuff all these Jila drills in like, you know, mobility body movement correctives to try and get there. Whereas I we have guys on the team that you know, were basketball players ball players and just their body awareness is at a higher level because they've been playing all these sports they've been letting you know, it's like moving through the year playing a completely different sports require completely different muscle components movements all that stuff. Whereas I played a bunch sports growing up as soon as I hit high school. And that's like when it's most important. That's when it was baseball year throwing all your, and so you experienced that burnout was there a point in time where somebody had to either pull you back in or pull. You into it. However, you want to look at that. Hey, remember you like baseball. But you were battling like fuck. I don't know if I do have been doing this for three straight years. Yeah. I I never had the like the mental burn out on baseball because I was so focused and driven on like becoming the best. I could be as a pitcher like I knew when I was fourteen and I was sewing really hard by. No, I d where it was going that I had ability to probably be the best pitcher in the country by the time. I was seventeen eighteen so I that's that's kind of what drove me. And you know, thankfully, Ethan who I mentioned before my pitching coach and high school came aboard, and we just streamlined everything and work super hard to get to that point. And then unfortunately, arm went and could that be because I was throwing so much throwing so hard at a young age. You know, you don't know. But no, that's that's true win does the moment that that's because that's very interesting to hear like I knew at a point in time. Like, it's almost like you. That station with yourself. Did you just wake up with a ninety five in the pocket and start blowing away high school nerds doing? Or like, what was that moment? When you were like, yeah. When you realized if I stay on this path Chinue this trajectory, I could be a guy a one one I can be that, dude. What happened was a catch in the in the backyard? Yeah. Either blow your dad's neck out because he get to like what up I always through hard. There is two moments. One four I was fourteen it was after my freshman year. I'm like younger my grades. So his after my freshman year high school, I was still fourteen was in the summer, and I played in this like local small showcase thing. And I hit ninety so hit ninety four. Yeah. As a fourteen year olds it was close to my fifteenth birthday. And that's when I was like, okay, like my arms there, and this is real we're doing this. Yeah. And then my sophomore year was was rough. You could actually compare myself highschool to my season with the White Sox lax last year is pretty similar numbers. Lot of walks and just getting myself into a ton of trouble. But basically, I didn't really know what I was throwing hard. But I was so in the dirt it was gonna back subs run up, the backside catchers hated me, and I didn't perform well, it was tough. Because I knew how talented I was. But then it was the very end of the year my sophomore year, we're facing Crespi which was like a rival, and they had a really really good team. And our team was like, okay. And I had the it was like when the last league games of the year. It's like if we won the game we going to play offs. If we lost the game we weren't going to playoffs. I threw a complete game shutout. And that's what it was like, oh like there. That's how take the canal. Action. That's why see I was just pounding zone. The whole time. It's like, okay there it is. And then from there just got better and better. So what would you say is the best game that you've ever pitched in your life at any level? Did you ever? I mean, if you were throwing ninety four T and did you have a game where you just struck out literally everybody. The most dominant like performance in your life. Probably the game before I hurt my arm. It was I think it was against El Camino high school, and I was like no hitter and going into high school seven innings going in the last inning. And the only reason I give basis because through change up through. Yeah. Through they're all behind on heaters. And I wanted to like show the scouts. And so through the change up in guy hit a single, and but other than that, I was like pretty much in control the game the entire time. One of my favorite games. I thrown in the minor leagues was my no hitter against seven innings because in the minor leagues. When you have double header. Yes. Owes a seven inning. No hitter. Kennels? Yeah. It was a weird game. I only struck out like two or three guys. They were dislike hitting grounders light evens. Yeah. Absolutely. Yeah. Superfish int- until like the last inning. I think I walked two guys in the seventh because I was like an ANSI. But I mean through a perfect game. So it was like also no hitter too. But yeah. But so, you know, you know, even more with feelings like, especially the big league level nine innings, but that was fun because it was against the nationals AAA affiliate. The team traded me facing guys. I knew coaches. Yeah. It was cool. That was a lot of fun. Yeah. You could have this. But you play in. Well, let's talk about that. Then you go from the nationals organization to the White Sox organization. Those are two completely different markets. I guess it's sort of a two part question when you're with the nationals. What is it like to play for a team where you know that they have the financial freedom to go out there. And be like, hey, here's here's ten years. Three hundred million as an offer to Bryce Harper. And then you go to the White Sox. And you're you're a key piece in this rebuild here where there's other guys around like is there an excitement to being a big part of that? Absolutely. It's it's very different my time with the nationals awesome through the minor leagues. And then I struggled the big league level, and it was two thousand sixteen meet it seemed like me and low p Rinaldo were like kind of flip flopping on starts. We're we see each other out the door all time. And it was like kinda hard to get a groove, and I was twenty one and I was trying to figure it out in the big leagues. But you could see in that clubhouse like, you know, we got a win. We wanna win. This is you know, we're we're we're here to win. Whereas I came over here, and where at that level now where it's time for guys to show up and play and time to put it together and win games. But the past couple years have been more. Yeah. You know, learn develop like take it all in and I'm super fortunate to be in that situation as a younger guy starting pitcher who's trying to get as much experience as I can to learn and grow easier knowing that there are other guys around you doing the same thing versus if you had been with Washington. It's like we got a win right now. You're still getting your feet. That's that was the thing. They they they're like we got a win right now. And I didn't figure it out quick. I was out, you know, so. You know, other things factor into that the trade and everything, but I understand it. That's how it is. So now, we're starting to come over into that side is the White Sox N -tations there. Yeah. And it's it's an exciting time because a good amount of us myself super clued in this did not perform up to our expectations last year. A lot of the younger guys core core group younger guys we did not perform to how we want perform last year. So now, it's time for us to let the talent show just leave it all out there and do wells. We can what are a couple of things that you identify. 'cause you to get yourself in a little bit of trouble numbers reflect that what have you identified as far as you know, what man I got. I got a couple of things. I absolutely need to clean the buck up. And this is what my focus is not only heading into this season. Sure, you had things heading into the season that you had on your docket that you wanted to. Pay attention to has anything surpised between the offseason and to where we're at. Now, we're like, you know, what that these are things that I've got to do better GIO these number one mental side breathing on the mound while pitching Gudoum much better job of that. Especially when stuff starting to go slowed facet gets slowed down. Yeah. This is what I say. Yeah. Step off gets grass under cleats. Exactly, exactly. So basically, my season was either quality start and a good start some starts white fight through end up being good or like kind of dominant one and then like a handful of just blow up just disasters. And basically the name of the game is get rid of those be consistent starting pitcher. And I'm going to be just fine. So to do that control the pace of the game. Don't let the pay don't let the pace again control me. Yeah. I'm holding the ball. I start the play. So do a better job of taking my time, breathing, and you know, this is stuff. I talked to shields. Metal a time last year. Yeah. Just 'cause he did he does a really good job of it. And it's that's pretty much it control the game and take your time and be committed to each pitch don't dwell on what's going on behind you. What happened the last two batters doesn't matter? So yeah, that's pretty much numerous who know their what's interesting to take away from this year. I don't know if you really think about it mental. Yeah. I did execution will be there. You have the tools those are in place. Yeah. Just about ironing out those mental kings. Yeah. So the off season was huge for me on the mental side did neuro feedback. Yes. We're so they hook you up, and you do like focus exercises you closed. I thing I did a bunch session. I'm marathon sessions of that right before it came out to spring. It was amazing. So mentally feeling really great did introduce some new things in the off season a little bit of weighted ball stuff, not light. You're driving guy somewhat. Not like the full on drive line program. We kinda contains adaptations so as me anything we kind of created our own thing that works for me. I kinda use it as a warm-up weighted ball warm-up before I go and play catch and it's short. My arm action would like without even thinking about it. So my max used to be like stab behind and then come back up and I was late late late. Now, my arm actions like out in quick up. So it's a more room for error. You know, if my buys a little bit out in front while at least my arms catching up, MRs or gonna be smaller. So that kind of happened naturally in. Yes. So just. Another big thing developing, a very very secure routine that I trust and that I love and that I'm going to do every single day, you know, with I last year the year before it was kind of feeling out. Right. What what what do? I like what do I not like changing things up all the time? Now, it's like, boom, boom, boom. Have it all written out if I need to change something? I'm in my notebook. I it's it's all their seventies. Document day Nike. You understand how things go recovery. Absolutely. That's really cool to hear man. Because like I feel an injured can attest to this. I've been a huge fan of yours since you showed up. It's almost an obsession at crops like what the fuck is. I mean, not that we don't know about. But I've just been like man, this has been a dude I've just I've watched from afar and like you are menu. Somebody who I really really really pull for I want you to put it together and listening to you talk about having identified some of the things that you feel like can help you do that unplugging pumped right now listening to you. Top. I can't wait to see you on the fucking. I can't wait either. Man. I this is this is a year where you know, just a bunch of other guys in the clubhouse. It's time for us to figure it out together shit or get up. Let's book. Exactly. So I'm I'm excited. This off-season. I got married to. So it was like gradulate. Go. I'll wait like five years for the how. We got a dog. That's enough. Doug. I'm he's a mutt. He's like don't shop. Yeah. Absolutely enough. Yeah. I'll never never ever buy dog. My my wife and veterinary school. So that's off the table. Yeah. He's he's like if you take like a normal size. Mutt? You know little bit. Little bit of like golden retriever like lab, and he's got like pointy ears curly tail in the back, then you just shrink Ramsu so long super skinny legs. But he's just a little fellow as twenty two pounds. And he's he's what's his name. Louis Louis after anybody or just now we just kinda came up with. I don't know how it happened. Yeah. Hit that at all. What's your what's your relationship like with yawn Moncada? Yoyo? He's great. Well, if it's a good relationship than I need you to do me a favor you guys need to have an intervention for him for his Instagram. He takes way too, many selfishness it is. But that's kinda like problem. That's kind of like the culture though. Yeah. Like, he is he his selfie game is wrong. Too strong. It's too strong. We need to have an intervention. Hey, listen, man. Like, we know what you look like we can we can dial it back just a little bit. So we can have an intervention with him. We could sit on the couch and be in sale. The things are taking selfies go through that's going through this year. He yoyo does what he wants, especially when it comes to social media. Love it. Let the bad goat before. We let you go. We ask everybody that we have on the podcast actually, hold on hold. That thought. We've got two questions to ask you, Jared if you'd like to to handle that I'm gonna go get. Yeah. We got something. We gotta do. What do we got? Do. I hang out here. Okay. Just just asking if you if you if you do doing, no this personal, they're simple. Yeah. It could be a one word answer. If you're kind of perplexed, which we have stepped. Okay, we understand. Yeah. Have you ever seen this, man? Do you know who this madness coming out of his mouth? That's that's gum gum. That is an actual live national television broadcast that was happening on national television. Yeah. So you can already sure drawing. So I see a little SOX logo in the background, man. I I honestly, I don't know. I don't know anything about this. Oh, fair. Yeah. It's just it's unfortunate that you just don't know about. And I'd venture to guess, even if we had a name written on there, you probably would know who it was anyway, not at all. Yeah. But that answer that question was to find out or is not important. It's not. The second question. You can jump in a hot tub time machine and take it back to any moment in time in major league baseball history, you can bear witness to this moment. What is it? And why? Touch on this earlier sixty eight World Series. Yeah. Bob Gibson watching. Yeah. Watching him pitch especially the game. Where he struck out SIS at sixteen seventeen. Yeah. I I read the book on it pits. It's like pitch by pitch. I guess he watch the game and like wrote with a ghost rider like an autobiography about that game talking about every single booked you. Remember that read it I read it in like two thousand because I don't work without pictures. I'd read there. There are pictures in it others like there's a whole like section of photos that you can always turn to. I wanna say it's called pitch by pitch. That's just off top my head. But we we have the internet. So in looking to minutes. Yeah. I never never got not answer. Yeah. Yeah. That's awesome. Yeah. Just because it's just because I read the book. That's why it was clearly well written. Yes. Super interesting. It kinda like goes to show like his memory about that as well because he was going into detail. I don't think just making all this shit. Right. So it was that would be Dowd. Be really cool. Yeah. Absolutely. Gibson is probably a scary place to be sit inside the mind of Bob Gibson is probably a scary place to fuck you going on. Dude. Lucas g Lido Chicago White Sox. Best of luck to you the season. We really appreciate the station. I gonna come to Chicago. We're going to do the hair video for this happening. All right deal. So not continued slice and dice. Boy. Sounds good house. Good. Lucas Jila Tito for spending time with us on the spikes up to her. Yeah. That was. That was one of the fun ones. I mean, not that any of them weren't fun while I mean, maybe a couple, but. I enjoyed pretty much all of them. Yeah. No. There's there's rarely anyone's that. I was like well that sucked, but g Lido was was up there at the top with some of my most favorite, by the way was Josh Dalton last week. I think might be two weeks ago Nelson Cruz last week. Yeah. So when Josh dolls and on Sunday night baseball hits two bombs. Absolutely. Because you know, you know, Dallas the ESPN Senate I- baseball Mike's. It sounds every home sounds like they're going six hundred feet. But when the home runs actually do go six hundred feet with the ESPN Mike's it is something to behold after the game. I shot him a text and said that was a fucking moon bomb, and he said, you know, how I roll. Did you expect anything less? Anything less? You're lucky. You didn't get the second one when farther? That that now the the ESPN Senate like there's there's a lot of things. Yeah. No. There's a lot of things about the Senate night baseball broadcasts that I could I could say negative things about but I will. But the one thing that they do get right. Are those mics stout? Hats off to the sound crew. Do you know what the secret is like how do they how do they get it? So that it sounds like there's a microphone in the bat. We've got microphones very close very very very close. It's crazy. It's also crazy that other like broadcasts haven't picked up on that. Well, they might they they bring all their equipment in and Mike up shit like all around behind home plate and along the fucking dug outs and stuff. Yeah. As in the bases, which is dangerous. That was the infamous David Ortiz, quote came from after ellsbury got paid to go to the Yankees. He likes slid into second base with a double look, that's a centerfield. And he's like you rich bitch. It's like that type of stuff just isn't getting picked up on anything, but son in baseball because of all their all their Mike's. But yeah. Shut out to Lucas g Lido coming on the pod. We get a new segment there were debut in here today. Dallas do it. Taco gambling and a lot of people like to bet on baseball, by the way, in addition to this segment debut in on starring nine will birdie has been going around talking about how there might be a new baseball gambling show on barstool sports. Slow birdie. Solid. Details got for you. There can't really say anything else. But can't let that Burt out yet. 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That's I mean, if you're if you listen to starting nine, you know, your shit, obviously because Jay Hayes nuggets go make some money. Go to go literally exploit Jay, Hayes brain. Yes, whore him out. Yeah. Wouldn't hit that whatsoever. And don't pay him. Don't yet. There's no J cut a raw deal. Guys want to run through some games tonight to it's your thoughts. Maybe I'll drop enoug- here there in lightly audience. All right. Let's start with this evening. Braves reds that's Julio Tehran. At Lewis Custodio the line on that game reds giving one point five. So the reds are favored by reds laying a run and a half, which is pretty standard. That is a pretty standard line for a favored team. What are you guys thoughts? I think that was my. So I'm thinking offense is what I'm thinking. We're going to see some offense the over under is nine nine. Yeah. Yeah, I'm gonna I'm gonna I'm taking that over. You're taking the over with castio pitching who has a sub two year reign as punched out forty one. How many fucking inning sec- Pitts? I'm taking the over all on this might be something that we're kind of sleeping on here with Louis castio being a guy that has struck out forty one batters in thirty and two-thirds innings, and that's over five starts no pitcher in the league has made more than five starts. He's starting his six game. Yeah. Like the reds. I like the reds chances. Even though they can't really yet. Here's the over take the over off. It's small ballpark. Here's a hot fire nugget to put a pin on this particular matchup, Jerry brought up kiss Teo. He has eight straight starts going back to last season. Allowing two runs or fewer. Okay. If he goes for nine tonight, he would be the first reds pitcher to hit nine or Morrison's. Johnny Cueto back in twenty thirteen fourteen quite teens. Time Marlins Caleb Smith Phillies, Aaron Nola, perhaps a little bit more interesting than this matchup would have been on paper to start the season. The line is Noah in the Phillies favored by one point five. The over under is seven point five. Phillies in the over, by the way. Can we talk about resource Skains last night? So good man delicious. I wanted to eat the video he this is why if you're if you don't you don't have to love the Philly's it's not mandatory for you to love the Phillies, but you're an asshole. If you don't love res Hoskins like that's just a stone. Cold fact, this guy gets thrown at or whatever he's gotta take it. It's going to keep his mouth shut. But then is going to fuck and take you deep and takes you. How long was it thirty five seconds or on the basis just under? He was it was I think thirty four and change his trip around the bases. Could not have jog slower, and it was actually a longer home run trot, then bar Tolo colognes. It was like five seconds more. It was amazing. It was it was I'm a I'm a weirdo. But it was like top-five moment for me of the season so far. Yes. Him asks around the around the drop dick and you're dragging with you around the diamond and by the way, by the way, since since I personally have bitched about the exact opposite on this podcast props to the pitcher for when he was asked about it. After the game saying that's on me. If I don't like if I don't allow a home run. He doesn't get to go around the bases. That's exactly the response that we talked about with Tim Anderson stuff. Yeah. Whatever fucking that could be last week it could be four weeks ago. It who the hell knows this point a little nugget for you on. This Marlins Phillies thing Aaron Nola, obviously was incredibly dominant last year. He's allowed twenty runs through five starts. He did not allow his twentieth. Run last year until his thirteenth start aches as anyone actually worried about. Nulla VO I think it's more just a slow start. Then like Houston. We have a problem with you know, what in the points bet world we live in the now we'd have to live in the now. Half. The do it Tigers Jordan Zimmermann Red Sox. Former tiger great Rick Portillo. Jared. I'm gonna kick it to you for this one. The the over under you would think it would be fourteen. But it's actually nine point five. Rick priscilla's been like, unthinkable bad is over under or just how you feel in general. I'm obviously taking the over here. Rick four cells been bad all year versus Imerman who's been bad for like three. But he's also been like not like not an understatement. He's been bad bad like more runs than innings pitched. I believe overs. Last three starts started. The first two starts had like a zero six six and he's been garbage ever since he's given a five home runs in his last three starts so reading three seventy eight against him with a one point one to one overs last three no his entire season. Basically, it's like peak Tycom every every batter is peak Taikang against reports this year. Oh, no. I'm talking about Zimmerman. Oh, okay. Yeah. Yeah. In Zimmerman has not been good over his last three. But yeah, Rick has been bad since day one. So it would be. It would be very much biased. Something I am not to say that tonight's the night that report turns around, but I do still like the Red Sox to split the series. But semes- the fuck out of that over. All right Yankees Tanaka. Angels, former Oakland athletic, great, Trevor K hill. A long ball given. What's the line at J line is Yankees favored by one point five the over under is eight. Yeah. I'm gonna take up taking the pinstripes in the over overcame hills. Give it up eight Jackson sheer give up eight total last year. Really? Yeah. That's great nog-. Great job, douse. Look at you. Get in the kitchen. What about in that deep fryer? I like angels in the over. I mean, they've got to win one. Right, right. It's. Their bullpen fucking. Their bullpen stinks. What I see about Cody out. They moved him out of the closer spot. No velocity hanzel robust, though, what what a fuck in walkout. He's got the undertaker's entrance theme. That's like that's easily. I had people. Like, it just said be it's way better. Guess what? Fucking retired a half a decade ago. That's how long he's been out of the game. We're talking current entrances. Hyun-sil Roebling leads the pack. I got angels. And the over one reason perhaps the over doesn't hit if that's the way that plays out tonight, Masahiro Tanaka one point five nine ERA in six career starts against the angels. And the Yankees are six in oh in his six career starts against conceals while jelly pinstripes in the over corrobos pinstripes in the over. Final one for this segment before we get into Twitter questions arrangers Adrian Sampson and the Mariners Marco kansallis a little west coast action. This one is over under eight point five with Marco. And the Mariners favored by one point five. Here's something that you on two things Sampson is looking for his first career win still after seven starts in eleven appearances. And the Mariners we profiled early on while we had the chance they've lost three straight and nine of twelve after that thirteen in to start. Did you who did you say is going for Texas Adrian Sampson, I've got Taylor Hearn as the most updated. Oh, wow. Making his major league debut. Wow. Yeah. Taylor Hearn Taylor her and major league debut guy on the road. Yeah. So I'm gonna go ahead and hammer that mariner. I'm going to Mariners and take women that new information also gonna also going to take the over here because let's not forget the Mariners while they have experienced a little bit of a skid still lead all of baseball in Popper's. They've got the most jacks. So they're gonna take advantage that seems reasonable. I gotta agree with Dallas here majorly debut. Well. Like me. Like, we always have this conversation is players like you get a guy who's making his big league debut. It's like a coin flip whether or not you wanna face that guy as a starting pitcher like I don't know if I wanna pitch this game against this dude because he could go out there and just spin a gym because nobody knows them like they're going to have some reports on them. Nobody's visually seen this guy. You have no idea. So it's either one of those scenarios where he comes out and just go seven shut and deals or you could not make it out of the third. It's always a berry berry. What's the over under there? Eight and a half, right? Yep. I like Seattle in the under. Wow. And that was our first foray into that segment. I mean, well, thank you two points bit for all those lines. And over unders, by the way. Don't hit that at all ready for Twitter question. Hey could get into that. With where the Tigers rebuild process is at currently in given how not trading Michael fomer has panned out thus far do you've you Matthew Boyd more as a trade ship or a cornerstone piece for Detroit. That's a good question. It is a good question. I'm saying trade chip. Yeah. I would have to say trade ship. I think he's a guy like talent wise that you could definitely build around. If your your time line to compete, was sooner. But it's just not. And how do you excel rate that process is trading a guy like boy to expedite the process? Exactly. That's what he's he's a cough or Stocker. Right. He's a call for soccer. You move him. And you replenish, the minor league system. And you give yourself a chance to put together a few players who can seemingly grow together and progress into that competitive product at the big league level. I agree. It's easy. It's easy for me or us to say given that we don't have to watch that team on a daily basis, and he's been alone. Bright spot and legitimately good. By the way with. The two four one fifth and crazy strikeout rate. But yeah, he's also twenty eight years old. Who would which team with love to have a guy like Matthew Boyd Dallas? Yeah. I know a couple teams not the Oakland the Pittsburgh Pirates. What a great fit he'd be in Pittsburgh. Now, I I like him in Oakland to considering we're having lefties. Lefties. Yeah, they haven't had a good lefty since that Dallas praying guy was out there. You know? No, no. It's been awhile since add good lefty, the lineage of great lefties, Dallas Brayden and John Lester to as legends. I was gonna Dido moulder other direction. But yeah, John Lester for sure that's the as legend. I was thinking of. If you all had walkup songs, what would they be? And why oh it's easy. Mine would be the Walk-ups on the head the big leagues. And that's playing. In the big leagues or to Stockton by thugs on my payroll. Do you would like there's no like Saugus song? If there was I'm going to use it. I'm gonna I'm gonna try to look it up here might the pitching coach in the big leagues for the Oakland. A's was my pitching coach in able and we get to Stockton for the first time because we started that year in two thousand five on the road for the first twenty eight games of the season. So we get to Stockton. And I make my first start, and they hear this music and people are like what the what the fuck is. This who is like did you have the song made for you? Because it's a fucking rap group. And it is. It's just it's near dear to my heart. But he actually saved this song. He's got computer. But that's that's that's what mine would be welcome to Stockton by thugs on the payroll. Man. My walkup song would probably be the shields entrance theme. Fucking that set the tone right off the bat. You just know you're fucked. It's nothing you can do you can't escape you can call for fucking pitching change. But it's not gonna save you that the next guy's fucked. I'd probably go with the opening ATar riff of money for nothing by the dire straight. It's jigs for free. Yeah. I think it just I think everybody properly electrified for my bet properly electric. I may have to tap back into the insead walkouts on that was due host. Oh, my Ramstein. Yeah. Buddy. Let still out there doing things night Friday night at the law. Dan law field in west, Texas. You get those fucking fans going nuts just dumping the book and metal seats and stopping the metal stands for do Haass do do loss. Do us. You know? That's actually a love song. Now, you tell I always felt hate me. But it's it's it's actually a love song is it. Yes. Story. I mean, you literally learn something new every day every day cast, which we just sort of touched on this guy or one of the two which potential breakout pitcher do you trust more to have continued success throughout the season Lewis Custodio or Tyler glass now. Which pitcher do we trust? Yes. To continue their breakout. More. I mean, the answers both. But if I had to pick one. Probably pick glass now. I mean, he was he was a guy that was pegged to be this guy. And now, he is the sky. So. I don't think it's like a change of scenery thing. I think it's more just this is the guy that he was supposed to be. I think he's like a sub to Yarra guy. But the thing that I was most impressed by watching him is is the compete level. You come out of a game at seventy six pitches, and your managers telling you. Oh, yeah. I don't want you to face this lineup a third time. And that genuinely bothers you versus thank God him out of this game. So that I don't have to face the lineup for a third time. That's you know, intangible stuff that you kind of look for. There's no wrong answer. Yeah. I don't. I don't know. I think I mean looking at the numbers, I think I like the peripheral I like the like the K rate for steel, and I think I like the dominant factor. And I think he's I think he might be in a position to to take away from the dominance. Meaning he is going to get a feel for how to dominate hitters, and that will continue to propel the swing and miss. And I think if that's the case we could see a guy who is is poised to become a leader in the game. As far as swing and misses concern for the foreseeable future. Steel. I actually agree with the overall sentiment that I think both of these are real and sustainable, I guess I would lean a little bit more towards Louis Custodio because we sort of saw like people were super hyped on him going into last year coming off like that abbreviated, but still very impressive 2017. And maybe it was just kind of like a year a step back to take two steps. Forward sort of thing. I do think they're both real. They're relying numbers support it. But I would I would pick a steel if pressed which I'm assuming that Twitter personnel. Asking that Twitter question was pressing us. What is your take on yellows extreme home away, splits any conspiracies to what's going on here? I didn't realize how dress I obviously gun to my head. Hey, where does he hit better? It's obviously at home the ball flies there Miller park. But I didn't see how drastic the home road splits where until last night when someone brought them. To my attention. They are duress tick, we're talking. So. So I'm glad this question arose. Because if you remember Jared, we had this conversation in regards to. Yeah. But at least like with with anyone from that has a half a season being played in Colorado. You're naturally going to have that conversation. But a guy like Christian yelich just a little bit different the home road splits here. He's hitting four seventeen with an eighteen eleven Opie s at home. Two thirty three with a five ninety two Opie s on the road. And that is. Sixty three plate appearances at home, forty eight plate appearances on the road. You could add is entire slash line together. And it doesn't come up with his opiates at home. That's insane. Just think about that. Like, you could quite literally. Tire fucking slash line together. And it's not totaling his home opiates. Yeah. Well, I think that we're dealing with a small sample. But be it's it's an accurate depiction of you know, I it's. We'll come back down. These these numbers fourteen road games or skiing, fourteen games at home eleven on the road. So he's hit thirteen home runs. All at home, all of them at home all of them. He's driven. Exactly two runs on the road to. He's got an RBI twice in eleven games on the road. Like, this is this is crazy, man. I don't know that I've ever seen something like this. It's early thirteen. Now one of the wrote it is early. But I just think this is going to end up being much ado about nothing like he had basically no home road split last year. I just went back and looked like this. The numbers are little bit more extreme than we've seen before in his case. So last year from August late all this too early September. He had a stretch of sixty three sorry seventy nine plate appearances at home where he hit ten home runs and posted an opium almost fourteen hundred okay to start last season on the road is I forty one plate appearances he had a six fourteen Opie. It's a five ninety two through his first forty eight this year. So I just don't think like. I just think it's noticeable because it's to start the season. And if it didn't come against primarily one team and at the start of the year this year, I just don't think we would notice nearly as much. Yeah. I mean, we're talking about a what's what sample here a twenty five game sample if this twenty-five game sample happened to be in June. Are we talking about it as much now? So we do have an entire season's worth of data of how yellow hits at home and on the road as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, and it's not this. Because the bottom. I mean, here's the thing at the very end of it. All do I take this. And these do I take this player at the end. Absolutely. We had about Nolan Aaron oughta right is is. And let me ask you this. If these numbers bear out along this same line here. Jay, but the overall production is what it is. Probably just go into hand him the plate again or no, yeah. Yeah. I don't like let's say this plays out to. It's absolute most extreme and he has like thirty thirty home runs at home and five home runs on the road. He's like to me unless there's something fishy going on that has proven to. I doesn't matter to me. You guys want to you guys wanna hear my walkout song? Yes. Ready for this here? Hold on. Stocked. California. This is terrible. You want your so bad ass, dude? Speaking of this this actually transitions perfectly into the final Twitter question that terrible song. This guy says he loves the pod been getting me through a lot of long bus rides. And therefore he wants to ask Dallas to fuck Mary. Kill three parts of minor league. Life the peanut butter and jellies the ten forty five AM games or the long bus rides. Oh, that's pretty easy from being totally honest. I would assume he wants your honesty killing the ten forty five. Get the fuck outta here. You kidding me? I'm stumbling in from the bar three thirty. Fucking come on showing yo tin forty five get the fuck out of here. No. Thank you. Probably going to fuck the PB. And Jay's yes, give them to me. I got a special relationship with PB. And Jay's that's what gets you through. We're showing up at the art for ten forty five piece and those terrible hard crusty eggs that you might be getting in the minor leagues for breakfast. Those don't taste good. So just give me the PB and J all at that soak up the Jameson, and we can keep it moving by ten forty five AM. I'll be ready to go. Probably going to marry the bus rights, and you're thinking, what are you fucking? Let me tell you. Why that's where you grow? That's where you come together as a team. That's where we find out a lot about yourself. It's where you find out a lot about the folks that you're sharing that berry bus with because those are the dark corners of minor league baseball that you cannot hide from that will consume you. If you let them or they can also be some of the most exciting best times of your life. If you let them, and that's how it was for me, some of the stories some of the lessons learned some of the just some of the ship that I saw some of the shit that we talk so the shit that we did on a minor league bus, right? Let me tell you this. You find out a lot about yourself crews from Vancouver Canada on a sixteen hour bus ride to Boise Idaho. You find out a lot about yourself. So gimme the bus rides. They're part of what makes a ball player a ball player. When you see him get to the big leagues. He's he's shaking off the dust of those minor-league bus rides and everything in between. So. Yep. Fuck absolutely fucking PB and J crew killing the fucking ten forty five. Call and Marian the shit out of some awesome. Minor league bus rides. I love it comprehensive answer. Donald. Final thoughts. Wow. I'm most I did for the social element the video social element of this to hit. So that people just I just can't I can't look at Jared without seeing eighties workout instructor. It's isn't a pink sweatshirt. It's it's like, what's the what's the fancy word for purple violet. No mov. No. It's like the Easter egg purple. Loom area. No said fuchsia. That's right fuchsia either. Why lack? Yeah. It's probably like a lilac mauve, Bob. Yeah. I think it's like it's like a lilac lavender purplish. Yeah. It's it's my it's my chicks in the office Friday energy sweatshirt unwilling on every winkle. Yeah. Amethyst him. This isn't that a stone? I'm looking up synonyms for purple. Yeah. I think I was I think I was looking for lilac he'd you. Find a word that rhymes little mole berry. Do you not like my hair j I think honestly, I am a huge supporter of what you're doing. Yeah. I was gonna say like I'm just trying to pay homage to j by like having long hair that I could push back, which I math that point. Now, this is a loving mocking hair Thais status year. That's when that's when you're fishing. They're like it's not even close to being there. I hope to get a haircut in the next couple of weeks in it'll still be longer if you could put that in a hair tie, then we can revisit I can officially wear a headband push. It back pretty far no hair comes out. That's that's pretty long. I like how I said. I hope to get a haircut. Like, it's not something that's one hundred percent within in full control of that. You know that? Right. Hope to ensure that dictate that that's all you. Well, good work, Vladimir Guerrero junior over time is now look at over era is upon us suck on that. Oakland over seven for thirteen two homers, four doubles if you seven for thirteen with two homers and four doubles. I will get Jerry Karabelas face tattooed on me. That's on the record, folks. On the record not being edited out not being edited seven thirteen. Two homers four doubts, by the way, my final thought Bauer bregman. Yeah. Oh is that happening? Yeah. They're both playing. I mean, presumably bregman is playing I'll say that. You could you you and Bauer could very will. Join the same club Ballard dollar to join valor. Join your club. Have you seen some of the interviews the Bowers been doing yes? Yeah. I mean. They look like the fucking like Hannibal Lecter. He's like sitting them down at. Wind glasses and shit. Sit down. I'd like I've got to pay Nolan. I'd like to have you for dinner. Some nice Fava beans in nice bottle of the river. The Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson Batman, where Batman has that the woman over for dinner, and they sit at opposite ends of a forty foot long table. Yeah. Yeah. What it reminds me on? That's really what that's the vibe that those are give it off long camera pan. From also also the thing in the background. I thought for sure was a mural turns out it's like it's like an open air window. So I've heard and stuff like that. The last time I watch what is going on. I heard from a little birdie that he rented out like a mansion like this big ass mansion to do this. And they only use that one room. Like our in a nutshell that is God. I fucking love the dude. I just really do. I really appreciate I really appreciate him. Man. I appreciate I appreciate what he's what he's trying to do. Which is you know, what we're trying to do with like, you know, give give baseball players a platform. Showcase their true personalities. It's just he's doing it with with the big time Hannibal Lecter. That's all. Time. We have Ballard on we're gonna put we're gonna put one of those Lecter masks on him and make. The interview industry straight jacket wearing the Lecter mass. I bet you he would do it. I mean, the segment is literally called Bauer bites. Does it really? Yeah. Yeah. I think there's some big time undertones. All right C N X time now. Oh.

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Starting 9 Episode #83 - Evan Longoria

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Starting 9 Episode #83 - Evan Longoria

"What back to starting nine episode three? My word. Wow. Why all can you smell it smells green? What's that smell like a city, smells, the different? Green is a different. Cash monday. Not even the dollars to smell that that fresh cut grass smell hotdogs, some Bruce keys. Dirt under the spikes, right around the corner cigar small I always associates cigar smoke with with baseball season two. Maybe it's a Boston thing you always get those fat Italians on Yawkey way smoking stogies space ball season. Baby. Can't that's not a massive west comes thing. Yeah. No. You guys. You guys are smoking some different stuff. Baseball by the time this podcast hits the interwebs baseball season. We'll have already returned. First pitch will have been thrown across the pond migraine green gold your Seattle mariner out there. Browns crew. They'll be getting it on. Yeah. Five thirty AM in my reading this correctly, five thirty five first pitch. I don't know. I don't know. I don't know. I mean. Ball. But I love sleep too. I might just catch the highlights. It's I dunno. I feel Jay you're gonna wake up for this. No. Oh, wow. Yeah. You. Yeah. Your fans, and actually that's not. That's actually, not true. I have to get up anyway at like six thirty or six forty five. So now that I'm talking about. I probably will just go ahead and get up. Yeah. I don't know. I mean, I I wa- I probably will. I'll probably wake up and tweet like a couple of innings just that everyone sees how dedicated I am. And then I'll just go back to sleep. On. I'm just going to power through stay away. I think you sort of just gave yourself away in a believe your investment now. I'll just schedule some tweets schedule tweets for like six forty five. Holy shit. You see that? Yeah. You should you should. And just tag me in all you see. Schedule. What see the depth on that slider? It's crazy. You're that chart. Evan longoria long on the podcast today as the spikes up tore content continues to seep seep out of the library that we have stored by the way, the YouTube channel officially launches on Thursday. But if you go to the YouTube page, I think all you have to do is type in starting nine on YouTube, and you will see a full interviews. Every interview that we've released so far on this podcast. The full length interview will live on that YouTube page. So that means no-one are not oh that means Trevor Bauer in my cleven jer that means Luke Voight that means that Evan longoria. They were all there on that YouTube page right now everybody everybody air body forget to that. Evan longoria interview, though. My trout, and we're not gonna we're not diving deep into micro yet. But we can't just start the podcast with an elephant in the room that elephant ask contract. And that's not a knock that is just talking about the size of this twelve year extension. Kraut got nice of him to leave money on the table too. I thought, you know, realistically, do you think? We'll just I I want to answer this question before we use a little tease just a little tip of the iceberg conversation piece. Do you think that if Mike trout waited until twenty twenty hit free agency that he would have gotten more total dollars on the free agent market? For the years of free agency. I'm going to. I'm going to say I'm gonna say, yes, I'm gonna say, yes, I'm going to say, yes. From who? I mean, I feel like somebody finds somebody finds a place lines. I think we could make some room for that guy in the Rosser like, yeah. Because there's nobody that you're saying goodbye to if you're any organization that you're not okay with welcoming Mike trout as the replacement. Yeah. So I mean, like, you know, as far as who there's there's that's a that's a knee jerk. Like, I don't have a good answer for that. Because there's a lot of what if you know like you can you can make a lot of things move around. So I think I'll say this much do I think might trout gets a half a billion dollars. If he hits regency. Yes. Jay. I think he would have gotten more than he received. But I don't think he would have had half a billion. I do think it's amazing that this contract is universally regarded as him still being underpaid. It is it is. I I didn't. I basically didn't see any take counter to that. Well, exactly. And that's like I said it was almost like people were just across baseball people were like. Well, thank God. It's not the fucking Yankees. And that was it. And and we just you know, you just can't keep your head down. And you kept smashing your your chicken potpie a done deal. Yeah. So I was fan graphs. I I love fan graphs. I think it's when you use the value tool to see what a player was actually worth based on their statistics. Here's what I came up with. So if Mike trout micro last season, it was his best season statistically, ever, how much do you think that that season was worth in dollar form? Like as as far as what the av is these days based on what based on what the market is right now based on what his statistical production was in twenty eighteen what does that acquaint to in dollars? I'm going to say twenty million dollars. Eighty five million dollars is my guess he was worth seventy eight point six million dollars in twenty eighteen. In his career, flew twenty eighteen he has been compensated seventy eight point three million dollars. So he was worth last year. Basically what he's been paid in his entire major league career. So if you take all those numbers what his production has actually been worth to this point through age twenty six season. Mike has been worth four hundred ninety four point five million dollars. That's what he's actually been worth half a Bill. Yes. So I guess I'm not I didn't understand the question that wasn't like based on the contract, or what the contracts are being handed out. Yeah. No. It's just take the numbers. And if you what is that actually worth based on production? Yeah. So he. There's that again, do you just always I always lean on he's better than half the people in the hall of fame right now right now, he's already accumulated comparable seasons. So I have that as well. I have some names for you Dallas right now through his age twenty six season. Mike trout's career wins above replacement sixty four point three. These are some hall of famers whose war is inferior to Mike shouts. Dave Winfield sixty four point two. Jackie Robinson, sixty one point four Harmon Killebrew sixty point four Mike Piazza fifty nine point six Yogi Berra fifty nine point four Vladimir Guerrero. Fifty nine point four Hank Greenberg. Fifty seven point six then Mike did this past all of them by his age twenty sixties? That's ludicrous. Just just that puts it in perspective. Nobody I mean, I'm not gonna say nobody. I'm sure I mean, I don't know. Maybe the kid Griff who knows? Had eclipsed hall of Famer to in route to his career not not not at that age. No chance. I would say I mean, maybe I'm maybe I'm way off there. What I looked it up earlier today. So like, obviously the like there's been so much done on Mike trout, generally that it's hard to find like new statistical angles or like, hey, this makes him sound really impressive or whatever. And maybe this doesn't I don't know. But I was just looking at different stuff since he debuted in twenty eleven so obviously is twenty eleven season is irrelevant to what I'm about to tell you. But that's when he technically debuted since he debuted he has bas- basically twice as many MVP votes as the next closest person in baseball. If you add up all of his first second third, fourth all those all of his finishes in the MVP votes. How they do it point wise. He's number one and me go Cabrera is number two. And it's not even close about it. It took. I mean wrap your head around this people whether or not you value the statistics that embodied the award. It's okay. Triple crown it took a fucking triple crown to be won by the F or mentioned megi Cabrera to to not give my trout in MVP that had to let's the kind of performance that had to happen to not win another MBP. Yeah. I was actually going to say that was. That one that was Miguel Cabrera winning back to back triple triple crowns NBP awards that that first one the year that he won the triple crown and perhaps on justly when the MVP Dow's is first of two by that point. We're talking a generational hitter. Who it's like, all right. If we don't get like trout's going to win this for the next fuck in fifteen years, we gotta get biggie. His one before he gets into his thirties. We may never see a season like this from Maggie ever again. So I get it. I get because I mean, imagine I mean he does have to but at the time he had zero. So imagine having Miguel Cabrera be this generational hitter pools has a boatload of him Miguel Cabrera just never winning MVP. That'd be a little bit weird. You know, for sure what thing I wanted to ask you guys indiapol- Hitchens as we understand the life of the contract any apprehensions moving forward. What are what are you see? As far as cracks something. I think about defense. I think he slides nicely to like a corner outfield spot because the defensive metrics. It's not that. They don't love my coat. It's just they don't know what to make of my job. If you look at his his defensive run save year to year. It's like, he's he sucks. He's great. He sucks. It's it's every other year the defense in the eyeball test. You watch Mike Shotton a nightly basis, which we do not everyone does which is unfortunate. But we do he's an elite defender is no way to say otherwise. But the defensive metrics would tell you every other year, he sucks. He's great. Let me say this. I'm not posing the question because that's what I feel. I'm I it's it's it's I guess twofold, one because I I think for him to have taken an adamant stance on dressing his defense. His throwing arm is accurate things. Like, he was like, I'm I'm just be better. I'm going to get better at. That tells me like, okay. You know, what he he cares? He cares about that. He doesn't want that stigma attached to him at all. And the second thing is like the the defensive metrics. I'm I'm out on them as a whole I would have to say because we haven't found a proper way to value ridiculous athletes, and because of the defensive shift that gives guys value that don't necessarily deserve it as well. So it's it's you'd it's random. It's I don't know. Yeah. I we're gonna do the full Mike trout thing. That's that's just that's just let's just eat it. Let's that's what people are downloading this particular podcast for Evan longoria and Mike trout. Fucking getting bread say at Dallas Saint bread at up. Check it. Need that on a t shirt? We're talking on radio today about I asked Kevin do you? Do you? Listen to podcasts. He's like, no. Because like, I don't wanna get like other people's thoughts and have them become my thoughts. And I was like being around Dallas all the time. I don't necessarily get his thoughts but fucking start talking like a mall time from around him for two. Like, Mike Chow said that was my tweet Mike show the extension of house. I check it. Going, bro. That was I fucking lost my mind. I started screaming in the house, and my grandma was like what the hell is going on. And I was telling her like. Are you gotta understand like this do just almost got half a billion dollars now? And people people are like kinda like did he get what he was worried that? She's like what what is he who is this, and I was like Mike, trello, and even my grandma was like. Like, she almost see it in my book and grab she's not follow. May. She was like what was was tied to him. Nice. Boy, circling back to the question asked you guys if my trout hits the free market, he definitely makes more. But I don't think when you're talking talking about north of four hundred million dollars the fucked is like an extra, you know, fifty million seventy whatever it is whatever the number is whatever he could have gotten extra at what point are years. We get it, dude. Your grandkids grandkids grandkids grandkids are going to fucking private school like we know that much private schools. Yeah, we get it. So yeah, I think Mike shot would it comes down to is. He loves playing for the angels loves the the ballpark of everything about what's going on over there. So yeah, I if that's what you want. If you're in a place where you're happy cause. Everyone's like, well, why why did you go to a market where he could win? It's like, dude he signed fucking twelve. Year contract. Who's to say the angels aren't going to contend five six years. You know, it doesn't now that they have him locked in. If you're the angels. Now, you're sort of looking at well how we build around him. And it's not like, you it Mike show. It had an extension before to where you weren't looking at, you know, the three years of service time that three years of arbitration. Then what do we do? Do we build around a guy? That's just gonna leave it free agency. Like, he's he's already played. He's already been in the big leagues for eight years seven full major league seasons. He was in all star in all seven. He either finished first or second in six of those seven full seasons in the one year that he didn't he finished fourth because he was fucking hurt. So it's who's to say that the angels can't now turn around and be like he's here for his entire career. Like that. This is it he's a lifelong angel. Let's get this guy to Kobe again. And actually give them a shot to do something. Once he gets there. And let's not sleep on the fact that you've got the world's best baseball player as well. As the world's most inning Matic baseball player in show. Oh, hey, Otani and pairing those two as a selling point over the next for over the foreseeable future. How you know the the life of the contract with Otani, and then again, twelve years with trout like there's there's two pretty cheap pieces right there that you can you can be excited about and I even I was tweeting with a guy G R E G lower case g collie about about this. Like, hey, I feel like the angels are going to have to be aware of putting pieces around him. If he's going to stay there because let's be real, man. The fuck and halos are still trying to figure out if they're going to be the Long Beach halos. Are they going to be the Newport halos the marina del Rey lows? Like what what are they going to be who are they going like they got a lot I run out. And I feel like that's that was kind of. I was like. Wow, trout, somebody who kind of you know, appreciates consistency. I would say, yeah. And the fact that that's up in the air. You know, I don't know. Yeah. So there's two different sort of angles that I wanna hit on with this whole trout thing. Number one, everyone gets on him for not being marketable or the it's two things. It's major. Everyone's like major league baseball doesn't do a good enough job marketing might show that's probably fair, but Mike trout doesn't necessarily want to be marketed. He's not going to give you that's a cloned question, bro. He's not going to do that. He's not going to do the backflips. He's not gonna flip. As all the things that you love about Bryce Harper. That's just not my show. And I feel like if now through eight major league seasons going to his ninth if he were to start doing that you like well now, he's phony. So Mike is Mike chart is. And I don't understand the whole in. Don't talk to me about the market. As Ken Griffey junior was the face of baseball for a long time in Seattle Pacific northwest. But baseball fans, and I hope you guys come to appreciate this. You can have your Cup of tea. You can have your, you know, your don't want to say straight laced. But you can have your plays the game the right way guy. If that's how you view, Mike, trout and love everything that he does. And you can have your Bryce Harper guy who's unapologetic and is himself at has grown up at the big league level and shouldn't be chastised to the extent that he has. I mean, I've been critical of him as far as running stuff out. But then I also remember like the day after he was benched. He's in the game. Or I it might have even been the later in that game. He ends up trying to square around in. But just trying to make up for like. Like almost recognizing acknowledging. Hey, my bad like so you can have your your rebel face of the game. And you can have your, you know, straight laced face of the game. You don't have to pick. Enjoy the both. Yeah. And I get it. If if you're a casual baseball fan who can't just appreciate Mike show for being the best baseball player on planners. If there's something that you need extra from them. I get it because we're used to the face of baseball being even when Ken Griffey junior all due respect to him one of the greatest players ever play the game when he was playing was he the best baseball player. Like, yeah. He certainly had a case for it. But these playing in the same era as bonds. So if you're playing in the same errors bonds, guess what you're taking a back seat to Barry. Lamar. That's just a fact, but with Mike trout, just try to appreciate him for what he is. Because to have sort of how we've broken it down. He's already surpassed hall of famers by his age twenty six season. And depending on who you ask. But if you read up enough about age curves in baseball your age twenty seven season is technically the. First of your peak seasons. So in two thousand eighteen we saw the best season of Mike trout's career. Does that mean that we've seen as best season because I don't think that we have. So appreciate him. While you still have these peak years in front of you. And I thought what was really great is around the league today because he is that type of player you have guys like Kris Bryant and all their stars in the game. Being like, he got everything that he deserved. He's worth. How many how many times have in any sport? Are we talking about not just a guy getting a monster contract? Not just the guy becoming the highest paid player in their profession or the highest paid player. This is Mike trout the highest paid player in professional sports and people are saying he might have gotten short-changed. That's how fucking good, Mike shroud. Is that's insane to think of and they're not wrong. It's not about being shortchanged. Rather as you just alluded to guys across the game talking about what kind of duty is what kind of character is when you're probably conceptually faced with the amount of money that you could potentially put away. It's Mike trout who's probably making the decision on leaving that fifty seventy five extra mill whatever that whip cream would be on top probably the one going now. It's all good. I've got my cherry, and that's here for the next twelve years. All Bryce Harper. I'm here for thirteen brotherly love, I don't I don't even want to give you the idea that I want out I'm here to bleed in sweat and cry and celebrate with you over the course of this contract. And I don't at any point in time once you thinking, otherwise, so it's all up out of all of that move. Exactly. So that right there take that folks. As as your Tako message of what these guys are actually. All about the sort of competitors. One. Does it quietly puts his head down is shaking hands and kissing babies behind the scenes making people's dreams. Come true. Whether there's a camera in his face or not, and that's your Mike trout, and that's the guy who doesn't need to be sold because he sells himself every morning. He bucket wakes up. And then you've got Bryce Harper who gets your kids excited about the game of baseball gets you ruffled up about the game of baseball and get your Granddad pissed off about the game baseball. But nonetheless has gotten all your asses in the seat in front of the TV to watch said game baseball. So appreciate these young men because they've committed to the game they've committed to their teams. I hope that you can commit to them. I like that like that Mike out is not Bryce Harper. And that's okay. Because like you said Bryce Harper the type of guy to bring in that audience. So, hey, I'm checking baseball who's this guy? Oh, it's my I'll fucking watch this guy. He's awesome. But when you look at these two contracts that were given out. In the past. I don't know. Call two three weeks. Whatever it was. Is it crazy to you? That might trout got a hundred million more dollars than Bryce Harper. Because I don't think that it's that crazy. It's like that's Mike trout is in a class of his own. There is a tier beneath him. And then it's just everybody else. And when you look at where Bryce Harper fits into that we're talking again about a generational talent. But then it's like this sort of gives you the perspective where the angels weren't like fuck if we really want to keep them. We get a blow it out of the water. Like, we're talking about my trout potentially making more if he had tested for the agency. So when you look at Bryce Harper getting three thirty Mike Trump getting four thirty that represents the gap between Mike trout and everybody else a hundred mil more year less. I mean, come on. It's just not even if there was ever a conversation. That's what like your face of baseball conversation feel free to have that debate. As we kind of did not a debate. But just kind of a look inside of as far as the best player in the game. If you were questioning what the industry felt or if you request at store at minimum. How the angels felt here's your answer. I'd be curious to see and all the yahu fantasy leagues where Mike trout goes if it's just ninety nine point nine nine nine nine nine percent as the as the one one and who is taken well as the first pick. If it's not my trout is obviously someone that's that auto drafted or is just an idiot. Or is there flee their favorite player is Mukhi bets? Like, I'm taking Mookie. There's just no that's why I'm excited to play in our league with you. Because I know that's what you will be doing. If you somehow I won't even do that DAL horseshoe out here. That's a blatant lie. That's a blatant lie. And I can't believe anything that comes out of your mouth. If you're telling me that. What would I can't believe is that when you make that move? I will be selecting Mike trout, and that's that's a mere matter of your matter of moments away from because base is is right around the corner. Which means you folks need to get your ass up and sign up for Yahoo. Fantasy baseball fantasy app is the number one mobile app in fantasy baseball and it's pretty much the official fantasy game of the MLB. Check this shit out. Yahu pro leaks public leagues, this is where you play for cash, folks. Give gimme the loot. Best part is Yahoo handles all the money for you. None of those Commissioner headaches. Now, they handle all that biz by in for twenty bucks up to a rack doesn't matter. 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They've already thrown first pitch. So factor. Those performances in and make sure you go to Yahoo dot com. Slash fantasy baseball to get your business. It. While play a little pepper here. I do I'm hitting Dallas is kind of turned into a little like woes of major league baseball. He's kind of letting you know on Twitter that he knows. But he's not telling you what he knows. So if you're not falling Dow's braiding on Twitter, and you're a baseball fan out say now's a good time to do it. Because he's again, it's almost he's just dropping little little Easter eggs is let you know with. I'll let you know. So, but if you are in educated baseball fan, you can sort of figure it out between the lines get your that's not you know, what I mean. That's not my job. And you can you can appreciate this more than I think the listeners even Kannur anybody that might follow me because I'm texting you stuff. And I'm texting J. Hey stuff. I'm texting other guy's stuff before it happens. And then you see it unfold and you're like. Okay. Yeah. That's not my Essy's. Not my job, not my jams. Now what we're to do. So what I'm there? I just enjoyed that. You know, enjoy that information I joined that accident. Actually, just left a comment on my Instagram picture, and they said, what are you going to actually start breaking news? And I said that's like asking a quarterback when he's gonna start catching passes in the end zone. It's just we play the same sport. It's just not my job. That's not. That's not what we're here for your for. Now, we do but GIO Gonzalez lefty going to the Yankees. This was something that just flat out made sense. I was surprised it was a minor league deal because you know, that the Incas are going to need them. You know, you know, that it's going to be they they could lose use a guy like Louis Sessa in the rotation because Sobat the is down Severino's down. I mean, you're going to need a guy like geo like he's not coming in to just wait around in extended spring training report to a minor league camp, you're gonna need to right out the gate, and here's your gonna eat him out of the gate. But here's here. If you I'm sure there haven't looked at their schedule. But sure there's off days involved in there that's going to allow for rotation manipulation early on. They're not afraid. I would assume to deploy a bullpen game in an effort to to kind of stave off until the arrival of GIO. I think that mess with that in spring training either yesterday or the day before fiddle with that the only thing there is and this is what leads me to to the point. I wanna make your is Batanes. This is not going to be ready for opening day. So you don't want to you don't wanna bring those young kids up and have them make, you know, make a start or whatever started to maybe geo isn't ready. And now they've got to go into the bullpen, or you know, who knows what can happen, and you would hate to just start them there instead of out of performance out of necessity, and then kind of create a hiccup so GIO make sense. Not like he's had a ton of success out of the bullpen. He's done it. That's that's the only point. I make it's veteran who I think can sort of slide in and out if that were the case pretty wild. A guy who threw one hundred seventy one basically we average innings is taking a minor league deal like a week and a half before the season starts for centrally. No money. That's why that's why you know. I forget who it was. There are some probably John Hayman. I'm just assuming the dumbest reporter that. There is somebody said see look may Machado and Bryce Harper got their money, the system's fix it. Wasn't. There wasn't anything wrong with it. When you have a guy like geo Gonzales getting a minor league deal for peanuts. I mean, something is still wrong with the system. It's basically the equivalent of that person guy or girl that you know, who. You know, when it's re- like a cold day in the summer unusually cold. There's a water you mean global warming. Right, right. Well, okay. This is just one part of the entire world. And it's just one day say the other two names right now kaikal kimbrel. The fact that I had a great three last night. If you saw the fact that Adam Jones, what breaking bad reference, I said. Craig kimbrel is still waiting on his couch like Huel. That's one of the breaking bad theories. Was that the it was Steve Gomez and a shack Schrader, they're just like, hey, wait on this couch, and we'll be right back. And then they both actually never mind might be a spoiled people that spoiler that won't spoil anything, but he just got left there. Yeah. It's your turn ING deaf more than viable options in my opinion into heap items. And that's just not right, man. Edwin Jackson Christ is still just not even come on. So then if he's still out there. I remember a podcast. You're like, yeah. We can't afford them. Why don't they just throw a minor league deal at like the did with geo because Geos obviously the better pitcher, and he's still taking a deal like that? Because guys guys especially Jack's position with the money. He's made the age the family, you take it to the house over over dealing with the rigors of season. So I understand where these vets are coming from cargo is going to the Indians. Jay, I'll give you the floor in five seconds. My only take on this is what an idiot for leaving chorus field. You look at those home road splits. His opium is like well north of nine hundred thousand cores is opium on the road is like seven something. It's it's gross on the road. I don't know why he would ever leave unless the Rockies just flat out did not want him back. There's zero reason for him to leave Colorado. The sense I got is that it was just kind of over between him and Colorado. Like they have a billion. Guys, who are like sort of outfielders like he is at this point. So I'm just not I think he was a redundancy. And I think last year was kind of like, let's bring him back and see see what's going on whether the magic can be recaptured. And it really was not my take on this is that it's it's a nother sign of what was an incredibly frustrating and depressing off for the Indians. Like, this is just to me him and Hanley Ramirez are just not acceptable answers to let's try and fix one of the on paper least competent outfields in baseball for a team. That's trying to close a seventy year championship, title gap. There was an article in the athlete that was just incredibly depressing by Rosenthal. The other day about the like the Indians may start entertain trading door like as soon as this coming off season. Like if you are already acknowledging that you can't keep Fran or won't keep franscisco indoor three years before he becomes a free agent. Cancel the season. Just cancel the franchise. Like what like, I know. This isn't about cargo but cargo to me is just like another. He's a sexy name or a name that used to matter. But to me, he's just another guy that is only available because of how little money the Indians have to pay him to come. Sure. No. That makes sense. And I'm not going to go down that rabbit hole. I think we can get to that later. I'll just say this about the addition he joins a fairly left-handed outfield in a fairly left-handed bench. Right. I mean. Yes. Bowers Neko, Greg Alan is a switch hitter. But I mean, he. Luke blow is the only is the only right handed hitter in that outfield by wins above replacement. He's been worth point to war over a thousand plate appearances over the last two seasons. So that's not really more about cargo as much as it is about what are the Indians thinking going and getting him. And is it more just about that name and that cheap factor? Yeah. Like, I guess if he's platoon properly like there's a way you could extract a little bit of value out of him. I just I just feel like they were actually like high performing outfielders who are variable for not that expensive of financial layout. And once again, just the bottom of the barrel here, even if cargo was an outstanding player half a decade ago. We'll go ahead. I was gonna say, you know, who's take I want on this next topic. Yes. I know who take you. Remember, our old friend of is from the digital show. Yeah. I would love it. I wouldn't love it. I mean, I I don't remember as Twitter handle. But I could probably find it. And there's there's gotta be. When we released this podcast. It hurts. This hurts man. This hurts ROY the plumbing not great, Michael Fulmer TJ walk L least. I mean, it's it's a year and a half. So I mean like now that it's happening right at a start talking sucks. Yeah. No. It does suck. So yeah, you're talking about potentially missing two full seasons of this. Which is not. That's that's that sucks. That sucks a lot. It's brutal. I mean, you talk about a dude who was just sitting down talking to the guy you could you could since the site -ment just the man he wants to compete so fucking bad so bad he wants to compete and for that to be pushback now or another I mean. Dude. I'm just speechless. I really am. Because I go back to last year. And I'm thinking at some point in time this had to have been on their radar. No. Yeah. Because wasn't he his name came up? Theo tried to there was there was never anything confirmed, but THEO is rumored to be flipping. Or attempting to flip Kyle Schwarzer Schwartz was the name for Fulmer, and then that might have been like two years ago, but the love Schwarzer, and then there was also a rumor about the Yankees kicking the tires on Fulmer. But then that's when sort of injury concerns came up in the dip in velocity and everything. And that's what has to be so frustrating for the Tigers perspective, right? Is that like in this post Cabrera ver- Lander I know Cabrera is still around but the post core of that group title run, they're they're being really good like Fulmer was kind of guy that the fan base could look at as a guy who had already reach. The major league level. And who is like, okay. This is the first sign of what could be our next team. Right. And like to your guys point they resisted. And who knows how real they were what they were offered, but they resisted multiple overtures to trade Fulmer and get additional future assets. And it's unfortunate because Fulmer is basically if you look at his career, he's basically an asset this statistically has been headed in the straight wrong direction. Reasonably since his first year, I looked at it. If you look at your a minus which adjust for like park and all that kind of stuff in twenty sixteen. He was twenty eight percent better than league average in twenty seventeen. He was thirteen percent better than league average. And last year was ten percent worse than league average. So. Hey numbers guy. About last last season. Because fucking ligament was hanging quite clearly that's all part of the picture. I'm not saying he's incapable of pitching what I'm saying. Is isn't it? No, it's not what I'm saying. Is that? She is typically worse basically since he stepped into the big leagues. This is. At once I buck and boats for Christ's sake was an all star. And he's getting worse. No, no. That last season was about as arm not fucking working and him still making twenty five bucks starts. I would say the ability to be healthy and pitch is extremely important for a pitcher. You would know you would know that. That's why you're here with us. You're absolutely right. This is my Buchan hill, but I've made do and I've been able to recognize that this doesn't put an end to him. And it doesn't define him for me. This is kind of like the autopsy here. This is telling you why the season went the way it went this. What will if it's for? Sure, I just I didn't like the way you were coming off. That's all I'm saying his loss has actually gone up year to year since twenty sixteen. But there was a there was a point in time where there was a dip in last year. Yeah. Yeah. But I'm talking average fastball velocity year over year. It has gone up. We met colts are being looked at and things like that are being assessed when there is a dip. That's when people start to think about an acute injury. Like, oh around about this date, this timeframe here. This might have been when the injury occurred. So that's when you get the pictures taken, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. But. Line this sucks to the point that perhaps in eloquently laid out earlier. Oh, I think the the problem for the Tigers here is that. Yes. You have an asset that looked really promising in a part of your future for whatever reason he is now a little bit less promising and the real upsetting part is that by the time he's actually healthy and back pitching. The Tigers are essentially going to have to make a decision about their future relationship with him because their team control of him will almost be over anyway. So that's okay. It is absolutely okay. Puts them in a tough spot. That's all in what's already a very tough spot for team without much talent. You just wanted to make sure we understood this guy who went from rookie of the year was an all-star and then had a shit year because his arm was barking and he pitched through needing Tommy John at some time. And that's where we're at today. So a thank you for kind of cleaning that up. Jay, no problem. It was really well. Said the first time, but I wanted to him. Seekie buying tickets can be complicated and confusing, but there's a simpler way to buy with Seekie. Seek is the smartest easiest way to get tickets to every type of live event, whether you're catching your favorite musician on tour shopping for the perfect gift or searching for a last minute deal to see your favorite team. Seek helps you find the best seats at the best prices fully guaranteed. Nothing beats being there in person for the biggest plays of the year, and seek will get you closer to the action for a great value. You know, better, you know, better than anybody jeered. 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I can confirm that happen that when the Red Sox when the clube didn't put the bats out that one day. That. Yeah. A single solitary fucking hit. You remember Jared had already drowned and chicken fingers or stay all of up to your tits barbecue sauce kid. That's honestly, the number one thing I'm looking forward to is the steak kebab and the dibs. You just you just wait, my friend because I'm going to be I'm going to be introducing you to this to this new hamburger this dude actually won the this cooking competition last year. It's a fucking deep fried hamburger in a ball. You're going what? Yeah. Going to blow your mind, corrobos blow your mind. Well, I am certainly not opposed to having my mind blown, and my mind will certainly be blown during the end at least preview when I have to mind something good to say about the Marlins. Let's start with the Braves though. Yeah. Let's do it. I think it's pretty simple for me. Pretty simple short and sweet. What are the software season's gonna look like base? Pretty much Ozzy Kuna. What are they gonna look like, that's that's it? I mean, you can. At JD. You got more cake back. These guys were pivotal. These guys were pivotal kunia and on in Ozzy. So the book is out. What do they look like what does that? What does that look like I'm right there as far as goes, I am right there with you. There are a few people that fascinate me as much as what they're going to bring this season. Because everybody went into asked year being like Ozzy Albee's is hot shit, and then he was hot shit and everybody was like see he's a star. Let's wash our hands of that and move on. And then when nobody was looking or very few people were looking he basically went into the tank in the second half of the year. And I'm not I'm not I love the guy. So I'm not being overly critical. But like, it's just fascinating. Because his on base percentage ended up barely over three hundred three nine or is. He a good player that you want while before he becomes a free agent. Or is he a franchise caliber player we're gonna find out? Okay. So it's interesting for the second half. Because like I said the book is out and how do they adjust? How do these kids adjust to what we clearly saw Ozzy adjustments being made to him right for sure. Fair to say, absolutely. For me, you sort of touch on. It's gonna be Josh Donaldson. I wanna see Josh Donaldson being healthy. The interview is probably going to be next week. Josh donaldson. The starting night interview that we did with him at Braves camp. We talked to him. I don't know if he's talked about it on the podcast, but you mentioned going vegan. So trying new things to with his switching of his diet. Trying to stay healthy. I wanna see on a one year deal something to prove. Hey, don't forget about me. Josh donaldson. What is that guy? Look like, and how does he change that Braves lineup to where you have. We mentioned a kunia we mentioned Albee's FREDDY Freeman we haven't even mentioned yet in the Braves discussion. Yeah, let's throw that fucking name in there. What is that lineup? Look like one through five because Nick Marquette, we that was a guy that was MVP candidate in the first half of the season faded, obviously because of played all one sixty two. So how do we sort of look at this Braise lineup? How does Josh Donaldson? Change. How maybe a guy like FREDDY Freeman is pitched like FREDDY Freeman's game elevate is even possible for his his game to elevate in the more. That's why a kunia is. So important is because think about that sandwich. And that's you know, FREDDY Freeman at no point in time is he being pitched like an aide whole hitter. But my point is if the guy behind you is somebody they feel like they can dispose of your somebody. They feel like they don't need to address. They don't need to put themselves in a bind here. So I'm gonna go fishing biking. Get you to bite outstanding. Maybe you don't hurt me. And you just flare one over to the left side. And I'm good to go 'cause you're standing on first anyway, and I've got the double play in order behind me. Or I've got two outs with no damage, and I've got the young kid who I've got the book out on its early. And he hasn't made these adjustments in the off season or in the cage and spring. So let's fuck. So that's why JD is important, but I felt Acuna was important as well. Because JD your boy, our boy he has links to that lineup as the resident. Pitcher in the on the podcast. I'm gonna go with Sean nukem. Listing looked like a breakout candidate last year three point nine zero overall, which is obviously solid, but it was four point nine one over the final nineteen appearances and six three four over his final nine his big issue as a minor leaguer was free passes the issued four point eight per nine innings in the minor leagues. He's at four point seven per nine innings through two hundred and sixty four innings in the major leagues. I once one of the most fascinating scouting reports. I ever heard was on Sean nukem where they said that they don't know how he's going to improve his base on balls because his mechanics are already so smooth that like he's he's sort of already delivering the ball as officially our affectively as you possibly can. And so like, there's no like mechanic cleanup to kind of get him to deliver more strikes. I'm not a scout. But I always that always stuck with me. But from what looked like a breakout to really kinda crumbling down the stretch. I'm interested to see what they get out of him. It what's going to be kind of his second full season. Now in in major league baseball. That's the Braves next up on the list is the Washington nationals, and I feel like we've had this conversation before where we pretty much across the board. Agreed that if the Washington nationals do not have Bryce Harper in twenty nine nine are they still a team to be reckoned with? I think the answer is. Yes, the answer is still. Yes. Now that we know Bryce Harper is not coming back and one of the big reasons for that. Is once Soto go gives he is he comparable to Bryce Harper. Could he's the typically be better than Bryce Harper in twenty nine hundred. And I think that the answer to that could also be yes, we saw how good he was not relatively small sample. It wasn't a full season. But it was it was enough. To know this kid is a is a special talent. But it's sort of the same points that we made about a Kuna the same points. We made about Albee's the book is out on Soto. How does he sort of make the adjustments to the adjustments? But the. Rot talent that we saw from him to go back and watch his highlight reel from twenty eighteen. You're like this is not a kid that came that came up to the big leagues and had a stroke of luck. This is someone that's going to be a special player in this league for many years to come. So I'm interested to see what he's going to look like poised to drop. Dick, km's, no doubt doesn't hit cheapies. That's for sure. Earns. Can I say one nugget on him before Dallas you say yours get in there? So fan graphs has the zips projections for two thousand nineteen up Mike trout, obviously, the clear number one in terms of weighted on base average. Right. Do you wanna know who they have is number two in all of baseball in wilda make it tasty on soda. Trout one Soto. Harper Jose Ramirez, JD Martinez. Aaron judge Christian yellow Mookie Betts FREDDY Freeman. Number two. He's one of only two players projected have an a woah above four hundred. Which is I mean, whether or not it happens. The fact that the stats are telling us, it might be possible as fucking crazy given where he was at when we were recording this equipment podcast entering twenty team. That was not only tasty that was so tasty. So to it's. A workshop. Yet. You know, what I'm going to take it back to the mound. I do Jay. I'm sorry as our as a resident as a resident pitcher, I appreciate your takes. But I don't mean to steal your thunder. No, not at all. It's about Corbin Sanches. That's what it's about. I think is can these guys take pressure off of max and straws who I think we have all understood income come do, except there's probably going to be a physical delay at some point in time. There's going to be something that needs paid attention to. And when that's the case they have the guys who were like Tannen Rourke hundred eighty plus any type guys to to whether those storm can these guys be those guys can they help the the elite arm of the NFL Baxter's are can mail. I believe they can. I'm excited to see it. Because I mean, Jeremy hillocks is also a guy who what he was hurt last. You got hurt with a wrist wrist, Johnny or something like that something's wrong with his wrist. But he threw the ball well through the ball decent. So I feel like with the addition of Corbin, Sanches, sure. So I'm going to piggyback off that because mine was also on a ball Sanchez. I mean, I just think it's he is inherently fascinating in that. It looked like he was out of almost out of baseball, and then is like eight somewhat desirable free agent commodity this off season like he had to he had to take a deal. Nobody wanted him last year. And now you went through a twenty eighteen season where he posted his highest strikeout rate highest swinging strike rate since twenty thirteen his highest ground ball rate is highest or his best home run rate and is best v since two thousand fourteen and he made it an approach change way. Fewer fastballs because as the league velocity overall wind up anabol- Sanchez's fastball velocity went down. And I'm not saying that's why he made the choice, but it logically it holds up and he drastically reducing reduced his foresee matuzici fastball use and increased his changeup us. So I'm interested to see like whether that's a change that can sustain itself. Like is that an approach it's going to lead to continued success? The stats would suggest that it does. But but I think he's fascinating in a rotation full of high level arms. This one's gonna be interesting. The Philadelphia Phillies not much going on here. Yeah. Not a whole lot to pay attention to you in twenty nineteen with the Phillies. We can move it right along to a team. That is interesting. The marlins. I feel like if if we're talking about the Phillies all three of us could pick something different. We're going to leave something off the table that should be talked about which. Yeah. Your. Let's switch up the order. Jay, go first, Nick Panetta. Okay. So I didn't take the low food. I guess, but we all free probably tried to do the same thing as well. I mean, we've talked plenty about Harper. Everybody knows JT Muto's good, whatever. Nick Pavetti to me. He's the most fascinating guy in the rotation because we know Aaron Nola is a stud, and I think with all due respect it Dallas. I think Jake Arrieta has settled into the number three number four zone of his career. And I think Nick Pavetti is kind of the swing pitcher like he he could be the number two on the staff in my opinion, yet a four seven seventy are a not very impressive last year. But if you look at his fifth it dropped from four eight seven two three eight zero which is not only much better. But obviously huge gap between that and Ziara. He raised his K rate and lowered his walk rate, which is a desirable combo to do. And if you look at his overall strikeout rate it was the thirteenth. Care rate for any qualified starter in baseball last year, yet a better strikeout rate than Aaron Nola and a better strikeout rate than Corey kluber to give you some perspective. So there there's like he's an unfinished product, but the pieces are there for him to develop into, you know, maybe like a lot of people clamor for them to sign. Dow kaikal he could be kind of like the number two number three that Kyko would have provided and he's already in house. I'm fascinated to see what his looks like. I know that when we when we came up on the Phillies, if you're Phillies fan you like all right talk to me about some of these new guys that are coming in talk about a guy that was there last year. Skains? Oh, yeah. The secto stinger going to talk about race Hoskins because I think that we still haven't seen how good this guy can be. I think now like if you sort of look at the middle of that order you got Bryce Harper hitting third. You have Hoskins hitting fourth JT hitting fifth behind him. That is a meaty middle of the orders. So he's got protection behind them. He's got Harper in front of him. What do you thirty forty doubles last year? Thirty five homers around there. Have we seen the best of Reese Hoskins? No, we have not. And does having guys like Bryce Harper in JT real Mutoko Eiffel tower in him in the middle of the Phillies. Batting order does that make him does that put him in a better position to have that breakout? Sees I mean, it's like you can talk about breakout season is his major league debut was a breakout. I mean, he was hitting home runs at a historic pace. So now, if we changed the entire dynamic of this Phillies lineup are we in a prime position to see a monster season from Reese Hoskins think the answer that question is. Yes, I like the answer to that question. Love it kids. A fucking stud start I have to go a little different route here, you guys have touched on some some just absolute some, no doubt. There's these guys are going to be great. I believe this individual paired with some other individuals that were added to the stale near in the in the bullpen. I'm talking about sir rant than eight Dominquez. That's what I'm talking about. Jay. Do that. That guy was so good for my fantasy teams last year. He's just he's disgusting. These disgusting. David robertson. We know what he can do Sarangani Dominquez is gonna is gonna be a big part of what David Robertson can this bull pin? Specifically is going to be a big part of what the Philadelphia Phillies can do for reasons that Jay mentioned because you've got Nick Pavetti sort of circling the lagging on rotation slots in terms of bumping up ahead of an area. Who as you said Jay is settling into that back in mid back in rotation. Sort of presence been Alaska's we're gonna see how he bounces back or not bounce back. But fuck the do got smoked in the arm by the by the liner. So. This rotation has got some as has definitely got some fire to it. I think that when it doesn't that Bo pit is going to be called on is going to be relied upon guys like Morgan Ray Rama's, but Sarangani Dominquez trying to think if I wrote anything down on him. Yeah. Eleven and a half k per nine sub one whip nine three one whip last year over three to one k to walk. If dating seventy four punches he keeps the ball on the art as well in the crackerjack that is. That is what is that citizens Bank? Or whatever the hell it's called. What's a Phillies? Join called says this Bank citizens Bank park beautiful park. It is never been homers four homers. So that's a guy that I that I pay attention to he's filthy, and he's a pivotal. He's in a pivotal role in that Bokan. Okay. That's. That's the Phillies still left a lot on the table there. No mention of Andrew mccutchen probably gonna be the lead off hitter over there. The Mets the Mets Dallas. Why don't you start? Oh, meet the Mets step. Okay. What's going on at first base with the New York Mets the kid who's have a hell of a spring Pete Alonzo? But they got dominant Brown has well, excuse me. Dumb at Smith Smith. Sorry. Take a look at these numbers here. Dominic Smith over three hundred thirty two plate appearances at the big league level is slash line is to ten to fifty nine four zero six with a sixty five o PS fourteen homers. Ninety six punch outs. Eighteen walks last year and three Pete Alonzo slashed to eighty five three ninety five five seventy nine for collective opium of nine seventy five. Between two and three eight thirty six home runs. I just end they're both young. They're both young guys. So I'm just interested. This isn't a I think one guy's better than the other necessarily. I guess I'm just interested because the Mets I'm tired of talking about the puck and Mets pitching staff. Zach wheelers had agreed spring. He's throwing the ball. Well, he had a great year last year. Like, I love to see what this. What this this situation on volts or how the situation unfolds? Michael conforto. Love it. Michael Conforto last year. I want to say when we did the previews for last year. I want to say I talked about Conforto. Maybe taking a next step. And then obviously, there's the injury circumstances. We didn't even know if he was going to be able to come back pretty serious stuff injury wise with Conforto, but we are two years removed from Conforto playing in one hundred nine games four hundred forty plate appearances a nine thirty nine Opie s in all star selection in two thousand seventeen obviously last year went the way that it went. I think we can sort of pinpoint injury. As a main reason, why would love love love to see a bounce back season from Conforto because he is that good. And if he's one hundred percent healthy. There's no reason to believe why we can't see another north of nine hundred season from confer. Although he should be. Now, the David Wright has has written off into the sunset. No reason. Why kid for can't be the new face of that Mets franchise? I agree, man. I think he's the best. I think him being the best offensive player on that team is they're formula for success. And to your point about the nature of last season. Two fifteen three thirty nine three sixty slash line through July eleventh to seventy two three sixty five thirty seven over his final three hundred eight plate appearances. So I think there's a lot of reason for MS and there he was my pick to hell. Yeah. That couple starting nine guys just lining the Marlins. The fuck in Marlins are we are we is let me just before I can pick something. But before we sort of getting to that is is there anyone here on this panel. Who is even mildly enthused about something that's going to be going on in Miami this year don't fake it. Be honest. Yes, I am. If Curtis Granderson can stick around or is sticking around. I wanna see the impact that he has on Lewis Brinson given literally going to be leading off this year who Curtis Granderson. I would imagine he would be leading off for the Marlins why? Because Lewis Brinson is is I mean, look, the dudes athlete, and I think I think that is at least a storyline to pay attention to if you're a Marlins fan because you're going to get a taste of Granderson as a player, you're going to get a taste and sure whatever on the backside of his career, but the human being that is Grandy is a treat, and it's an honor to be around. So how can he help shape? Lewis Brinson as a player that's about it. That's what I mean. For me for me. I'll follow that up naturally because my guy was Lewis Brinson one ninety nine to forty three thirty eight in four hundred and six plate appearances list that last few that came with a really crisp one hundred twenty two seventeen strikeout-to-walk ratio. This is a guy with an eight forty eight oh PS over twenty four hundred plate appearances in the minor leagues. And we I think we can all intellectually understand why the Stanton trade happened for the Marlins to get rid of all that money. But the reason the yellow the reason the yelich trade happened was because they wanted to infuse their team nominally with young assets that were controllable they need Lewis Brinson to pan out to justify the Christian yelich trade, especially now that he's coming off and MVP, and obviously there's a lot of physical tools with Brinson and a strong defensive center fielder. So you don't even need him to break out offense to a huge degree. But they need to take a significant step from what he did last year. He's just gotta be better than this. There's only one player in baseball. All who had a lower waited runs created plus. Tuck. Was fifty six. Chris davis. That was Chris Davis. So. That's that goes for me. I'm gonna I'm curious to see what team Starling Castro straighted into. There's going to be a team that at some point needs a middle. Infielder, Starling Castro is probably your guy. So I'm I'm really looking forward to seeing what team wants Starling Castro to save him from the grips of the Miami Marlins. Who does the stop say sterling Castro ins backup in Anaheim angels uniform? That would be super exciting. Hey, Dallas filming right now. Why don't you the grounds crew would love to know what the good folks over at lumber Lindor doing for baseball fans out there? Some pretty unique gifts that we've received. Actually, it's displayed right in front of my not to brag seventy five inch TV. That's on my wall. 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But what is it like now having played for the Tampa Bay rays, and we all know, what what you know, what it might be like raise. What's it like to play for the fan base that shows? I would say what is my second interview session. Whatever you wanna call it with the borstal crew. And you guys are off to a better star. Because Portnoy called it the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. He doesn't over. Yeah. But did you score was if you didn't do a decimal point if you don't like a seven that's risk? Oh, no. I get with this. I pretty sure give six point nine. Like, I I rated it really high. What she was just wearing. Me for that. It was pretty pizza, and he actually gave it I think pretty good review too. But yeah, I think I gave it anyways. Yeah. We're so word you guys are off to better start. It's it's great, man. Like Tito, San Francisco's obviously completely completely different than than Tampa in pretty much every aspect big city big faster pace outdoor ball. Or like anything? You can name is just different buffet Headley Hagley at beta bay, but it was fun. Last year was tough. You know that year was cut in half basically with a broken hand. Just at that point. It was like I felt like I was getting my feet underneath me. And then I you know offered a month and a half. But this year like I will say I thought I was going to be comfortable coming into spring last year off move live here, you know, those going to be easy, and it was a lot. So for the next decade. So this year's like a lot like nobody wants to talk to me. Now, like, I'm cool. I really don't have media care. You know, it's like not that. They don't care. They don't wanna talk to you every day. They don't ask me how you know. It was touch the dirt as a giant first time, whatever. So it's big. What was that? Like because there's a lot of history. I grew up grew up in California grove Stockton grew giants fan. So I appreciate the history of the game the ballpark and all that should candlestick to AT and T Pat Bill out its four core own whatever the hell you, but you see some of those greats walking around because you yourself when we look at the Tampa raised him the reason we look at that roster. The history, you are verbally entrenched in the history and the start of of that organization. Transition hop about this bail over here on the west side. And now you've got folks like Willie Mack that guys like we'll just the list. Barry list goes on and on. What was that like kind of jumping into that kind of? It's it's cool. It's it's it's really cool. I mean, you know guts like you said varies at the park quite a bit of Willie Mack was around a lot last year and Willie Mae. As they're pretty much on a daily basis to and so you got guys like that will Clark said coming and going, and it's completely different vitamin, you know, I'm definitely proud of everything that I did in in Tampa. But you know, you're talking about twenty, you know, twenty two year, whatever, you know, twenty. Twenty two year history. And I was there for almost half of you know, to go to place where you know, got one of the original teams that you know, it's been around for a hundred years. And so it's it's definitely there's a different field the clubhouse. There's different Bora. Like, it's you know, stuff that friend shake did you shake not a Sabang Garner's hand BUSTER, Posey's hand were they like still sort of that back a little I feel like unless you like it. I don't know. Let's use like a lady to you. Baby doesn't give you that day. He's not that way. He's not that way at all. But he like yell site will kind of has push this big stored just farm like looking at fuck chopped retreat. And he probably will like if you you know, you don't wanna cross that guys out on that. But no, he he's, you know, he's a he curates that image. Really? Well, sure. And it's you know, I think it's a it's a part. Him like it's his what he does. And it's really what works for him. So he's going to be around man super competitive. Like, these guys, you know, they've had a ton of success. They've really done something that, you know, the last thing to do was really probably the, you know, the nineties Janke ninety thousand Yankees, and and, you know, their dominance that that they've shown is he's a huge part of Basra's huge part of it like those cool coming in, you know, being with those guys for the first year. Did you know that Madison Bumgarner girlfriend made mess Bumgarner? I heard that is real pretty sure real probably not going to be the one to ask. Know, I'm not bringing that up. Yeah. Care, though. So you're talking about the history, you know, talking about the giants in the raise and say say the giants or the World Series this year, and they would have guys like Willie McCovey a back door to first pitch vary bonds come back to throw the first before World Series two thousand eight when they're going to the wealth for all time race games today as it. You say you're an all time. Great ray. You mean like two other nineteen like they went to the World Series during the two when you were in the world. You're not gonna take real balls, which we. I can't even like we have. Getting it's too. Obviously feels like it was. We'll talk in rocky. No, he's on the team. But yeah, it was like. I mean that time period of mind. So like it went so fast and rig years. Like, I do anything like tend to forget a lot of it because you're like pretty focused like internal, you know, it's it's tough to like get like extra linked to really like so everything in when you're just trying to like get yourself in the place where you compete every day, and as a rookie man, you're just trying to grind your off till I get, you know, just a plate well that it's it's really tough to like so Paul in. So every time I see Videotime time. Well, we can totally understand you wanting to bottle up those memories in bottle up those feelings which huddle leads me to this point here. Folks, a lumber and cope I've been nice enough to provide our man longoria with a signature series lovling bug. I showed you earlier they put your focus mode. If you're on a Moke is own buck. Remember that books. If you're looking to get this taken care of yourselves. They are completely sealed on the inside and out making them. 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Get your seizure today. So I saw you there. You're admiring your signature when did you start going from like learning cursive to this is going to autograph someday? When did you know that that was an early early early straight Warren? I think the first time I actually signed a baseball or like signed anything was probably played in a cave league. When I was. Julia chattel as it was awesome. We'll probably one of the best summer I've ever had Beijing via the first time while somebody really like wants smiled aggressor. I what better serving what it looks like I would back now like that's a holder signature. That's it's not that old. But this I mean, this is probably you know, three or four years old every year finally presented signature of by the crafts. It's pro. I mean, yeah line is Salat just was terrible. But I mean, you know, there's gotta sign so many balls than like after why just got tired of looking at like a really shitty autograph. Yeah. And I was like, oh, maybe I should just sit down and just practice writing it out what I wanted to look like, so so I gotta ask you this. Because there's some people think about. Stop and sign autographs do guys don't I picking up twenty cents pride in your pavement ship people put this on a mantle maybe next to a crib of of some sorts. They're gonna want to look nice. You've taken note of that. So is there anything to like, you know, what you pick and choose when you guys can sign on schedule type, you guys are aid that should do. But there's also a sense of pride behind this. You're not just going to slap some shit up for fifty people in a row and booby. Yeah. I mean, I the main the main thing for me with the autograph is I wanted people to be able to read in joy like as as a kid like I probably had a couple of autographs degree autographs back. I don't even remember who that new was a. Because if you don't read a number on, it, you don't really know, you know, so I at least wanted to eat in the L and some of you know, few other letters to be semi legible. So they all year long. Got to be a long you want to take a trip down memory lane right now. Yeah. I don't know what you're heavy sign about this for me. I love. Hasn't shown me. What's the pop up? So. Yeah, I. We don't have any space literally nights of my life gave one sixty two and twenty seven. I was in Baltimore. You're in Tampa. We're gonna pull up the video, and we're gonna we're gonna relive this together. Because just wasn't a tiled long night. Yes. It was. All right. All right. I'll let you control here. I think the scenario was the Red Sox one of the rage wonder you one. Yes. Yeah. He'll share grants. Shared wrestling to expand turns around seventy seven. And this game is thinking about this game. Is it didn't meet gate. No they were already in. And so that's the that's the off. Thing that might think helped us big us guys out really didn't really go to their horses like late in the game. I mean, they still he still played it pretty straight. Like, it wasn't like just cable. They weren't send. She'll kid. I'm sure that they should get. What to? Jay hardy dropping tick. Shaven meeting. Kimball up news rerun take thirty the scores. Three in the eighth Longo step. So and drops dick who side free. Ron Johnson brings with in one. Yes. Story. There is a story after. But. Victory. I won't say the guy the guy was, but we had a guy like basically fully cats in the locker like he's ready to go home like in the sixth inning. You know? And he was like saying bide every black. You know? Thank you like what a great year. You know? It's been been also our trainers eight man, you gotta get your arm exercise like we're gonna win this game. And it's like come on. You know, we're down we're down. We're down five. Yeah. Yeah. Obviously ending. But yeah. Three ships six point. Six thinking if that point we got this where within straightness interest that we mean, we have a lot of. We had a lot going for us. Right. I mean, and there were some people that had left the stadium of by and large. I mean, it felt like a good majority of the people are still there. So when we started like client back, including back it just yeah. Felt like there was a lot of momentum. At this point, just like. Have those went into pitch rotors? Yeah. But putting defense your owner three. Jerod bottle hundred nine. A year last game of the year three to Red Sox to two strikes, and and there's a double in the gap. Now, we get a tiger. And that was like, I don't even know what I'm still fucking. He had nothing to gain from the no Buck Showalter is the heaviest miniature that history of. Indeed proffered you have to catch that a lazy ass Wally pumped grove home ballgame over so now, so so they're celebrating like they just won the World Series. They will probably like sixty seven games out of first place at that point. We turn. Your point is this is like a historic night in the Red Sox. That's the last appearance of the last time. Tim Wakefield Jason Varitek all those guys. They're Red Sox career. You ended the Red Sox? Chris. It's pretty good grew today. Tito's last last. Decorate your deck with that happens. You guys don't building the CEO's. Last night is Red Sox you here. You're touching. Blood out of that. Buddy. He'll just have your second the game. You hit a crucial crucial ball to bring did one earlier in the eighth inning two. And now here you are here in pulled a hand, stay in soy. I didn't think I don't know that I had hit that gave me. I don't remember what I did. But I I was like hopefully to that overture three coming into that that second last AB eighth been over three point. And you know, you're not like to this. We're getting smashed. I haven't got it here. Right. You know, like it's all about the at this point. And so you're gonna do something big. Or are you thinking your head like guy really out one-shot your call? I was like, I'm I'm like, I don't wanna be the guy get out like just get hit over like, I'm ready to just get broken leader. And same thing. Do you remember basis? Like what I've watched them. Like, I try to think back like, hey, what was like? What was like? Thank you. I was I felt like I was running so fast to get home via it was. I mean, if sick sick party after to too. Two was actually your that. I met my wife. So she was in town for that. What she was future wife we been kinda dating for like most of the year. So she was in town better out a bunch of girlfriends. It was a pretty good night. It's called with on. She saw the show. Done done. I mean, when you think back on your career to this point was that the number one moment for you. I mean, probably personally like selfishly. I mean. Yeah, it was it was. Obviously a huge moment for me played in the World Series is the I mean do the game seven at home against the Red Sox in two thousand eight was sick, right. Try got I got hit up LeicesteR that game to tie the game or go ahead late use pitching, Jim. I think it was one to one or you know, whatever it was. But like that was like emotionally looked tougher than two thousand eleven because we we were up and then we've lost that game five at Boston that we were up four or five row news, seventy nothing seven. Yeah. We just. Yeah. So that was like we're getting ready to go the World Series now. Now, we just lost the game. We like, you know, I'm thinking back to like when the Red Sox came back from three nothing, you know, won the World Series. I'm like damn this is not the police. You wanted to do not want to do that in Fenway park. Because everybody's just going berserk. And like the next day. You know, we played another game there. I think and we went back for game seven lost the next game. What do you think thinking early? We can win this game. But like all the momentum is on their side. So that twin nineteen was crazy play the World Series. I think the memories for like his probably over all of this. What we're not quite to the offramp yet off of memory lane about one exit away. I'm gonna go grab a piece of paper. And I just wanna say shit ever. I just wanna say the next file. No, I forgot I'm not terribly proud. This is five. Brought to how this is gonna unfold here. I just there's some things I've got a ton of respect for us player. Man. I having been compete against you things that I always I will remember, luckily, we have the internet remembers things that might might not always have a piece of paper because we've been talking about big hits that you've gotten throughout your air this inches literally every day. But you know, what I'm gonna let it do it. Because I mean, how many how many has been? I don't know that you know, what we're talking about. So we're number was your tell us. That's what's he got a personal calendar. So she's souls just something we found it was will lame guy. Who's at a local? That's not even the same guy. Right. Local store here that flat. Even you your name gonna be able to tell your kids. That's you. That's looking out. There was a time in the game of Longo here. And it's mother's day. Kind enough to actually put the score card on the back of this. And I want you to take notice longoria hitting plead up out of the at the time the most powerful offense of gauntlet in baseball at the time that you're so it's the fifth inning Longo. If you can't I'm not a Senate, Kate. Plus, it's a punching go down swinging swinging. Get you. Here is you'll snack. The numbers you remember numbers of yourself. Okay. All right. I did. And. If you know how many set once you have. Not a lot. I do want to get one of that. Healing. Wanna get you? What you have what sack hit for one sec bunt before they do. You know, how many? Facing? More than sack loans, but you're actually talk you have tied one. Which leads me back to that in the fifth inning. Because I get asked obviously wouldn't all tried to bust. Ever the game was close. Yes. Absolutely. We teaching you go back to the game was 'cause I do 'cause I've been asked about this. Honestly, that's the only reason I find it even brought this up is because for nothing. So you nothing threat you square to bunt that I remember laughing because I'm thinking what the phone really right out. Like, why don't you want? You target. I was having a decent. But uh. So they asked me like when do you realize when do you whatever? And I'm like what nothing and you can attest. This nothing was any different that day than anytime. I'd base your prime. But I was on the sun with brighter, see nature cheered told up connected with earth until you for. Good that they've really perfect. But for the good swing on a ball the whole game. I would have been I wouldn't be furious. And here's why not because of the bunt and unwritten rule and all that. No, not not at all. Like, I guy who believes competitive wise, the best time to step on a neck is win his down like going. That's the easiest that's the best way to put you on your misery here to fucking help you alone. So, but you swear peaking this. I did too. Here. We are what would have happened like in your head. If you get the down because I know I would've thought I would've been I would've been okay, it's fucking fitting. There was a fifth. Never thought it just you know, I never thought of plead game up into that. I never seen the ninth inning of get to that point. So no fucking idea what to expect. But let's say you get that bugged down. Just eating change as far as yes. Yes. Like do yet. I mean, I mean you've had hit somebody s yet your career whatever. I mean there is like especially close game. Like, there is a significant change in mind said with offense when you get your first thing, you know, what I mean like there's so what we're star had hit. I hit. I that. So you don't think it? All right. Well, we're down three right here. Like, I'm leading off. Like, nobody's putting swing ball. Like, I'm trying to get on, you know, lead off and get something going. But I'm just like I think if we haven't got a hidden six innings, and it's a close game. And somebody finally gets a hit like you're like, all right? Well, we can we can go. Now, you know. But when you go up there Nobis gotta hit in in Nobis putting swing all. You're you're a lot more tense chirp. You know? I just wanted to make sure I got a question for you. But Dallas for ask question. But you your most sick sick sick? What number was somebody? There's been twenty twenty three hundred pretty good during the perfect was their point during the perfect gamer after the perfect game. Where you or anyone else publishers like, I can't believe that fucking that asshole. Because he wasn't actually good. Back. Well. Or actually I actually fake. At the. I can't remember I we got perfect game by Mark Burleigh to gay and I don't even a third one. But it was a no hitter. I think at the time I at the time of the career what I don't remember what you're his wasn't what you know. Here's I think his was the year before like. Yeah. Yeah. I mean, I know because we already been perfect by him. So I was like oh early probably. Shoot. Consider. Yeah. I mean, no like, I mean just had a great day this fucking face and be like this