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Ep. 10: Crews west coast start, lots of Cubs runs but little to show, Trout snag, chaos in Cincy

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Ep. 10: Crews west coast start, lots of Cubs runs but little to show, Trout snag, chaos in Cincy

"Woah to. Welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Hey, welcome to another episode of ninety miles podcast. This is Ryan I'm here with Jesse you brewers fan for some reason. I don't know. And we are talking cubs. Burs baseball today. It's been we're in the season. Now, finally were there's some games that have been played that count. Yeah. Even the even a very exciting cubs and brewers series this past weekend got played. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. It was exciting. You would have preferred some different results, but it's early. It's at least the cubs grabbed one and snap their losing streak. So well, we felt bad about one sixty three. We gotta give you one game. Oh, yes. In a while. The Bruce had been awfully hobby. I don't want to we don't want to bury you guys to deep because it would really hurt the podcast. Right. Right. Right. Okay. So anyways today, we're gonna be talking about we're gonna wrap up on that covers series. We've got a few more thoughts on that. We have a great tweet of the week. That's a nice embarrassing moment for cardinals for the cardinals those Oona catch. So we'll get to that lack of talk about the lack of. Yeah. It was very talk about very graceful. Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. We'll talk about the week. So far can cubs a home opener against the pirates and brewers and angels. And some things moving forward. You know, there's a couple of pitchers out there still we got our our the make. Yeah. Yeah. I haven't heard anything about them for the past two. No, nothing at all. Not no one Pete on tweet Twitter. No, no. It's been very quiet about free agent pitchers that are out there. Very quiet. Yeah. So we got a cover central breakdown. And then we're going to talk a little bit about our seventh. Inning segment. We're going to do something a little different with this week. But will let you know some different. Yep. Yeah. Well, why don't you jump in? Then since you're you're trying to put a happy little bow on the cubs. Bruce series from your side, positive spin, positive spin. I gotta do it. I mean, you know, really if you think about the cubs of old the losing cubs the lovable losers. The the whole there's always next year. The the sense of hope and optimism, you know, being a cubs fan means looking at the bright side of things, and although the cubs only took one of three from the brewers and the that series, there, were some positives. One other in Cole hamels not not nothing having to do with pitching. But but. Runs scored. The the offense has been good this year. In fact, the cubs of in their first ten games this season. They scored ten or more runs in half of them. Which is is crazy. But you know, they, you know, they didn't win a lot of the game. So so yeah, there's that they did two of the games against the brewers. They scored more than ten runs, but the only one one of them. Well, the first game the first game when the cubs got to ten runs really that was against some guys in the Bruce bullpen that. Af been awful and be you know, needed some work. There was two eight run leads from walkie. So that one shouldn't even count against the only five out of ten games. They've won so far scoring ten or more in my opinion. Because really if it would have been an eight to seven game at any point hater would come in. And they went to gotten the ten and we pretty much. Well, yeah. Hater the one the w-. One piece in your bullpen. That is you know, he's okay. Just the best pitcher in the National League right now. No big deal. He's he's you know, he's slightly above mediocre. Yeah. After degrom got beat up a little bit yesterday. He's pretty much. Oh, yeah. By the twins. Yeah. That's true. That's true. Yeah. Who's on my fantasy team? Thanks a lot Jake. Well, that's you know, that's what you get. Yeah. Fantasy and reality. Yeah. A little bit of depression for that. But that's okay. No. Like, I was saying though that first game the bruised did have to separate eight run leads, and yeah, they were they weren't using. Well, they're pitching staffs looked awful in the bullpen. So far this year. We're going to get into that more. But certainly, you know, that's part of the reason these two squads put up the runs they put up those first couple of games without doubt. Yeah. Yeah. Well, you know, I just going to mention one other interesting tidbit. I I saw that the cubs are the fourth team since nineteen hundred to score ten plus runs in five of the first ten games. Very clo-. That's you know, again, another bright spot. The offense has been good. I discount. So has impressed me. He's it's like we have another zobrist on the team. Now. You know, I I like. He's been doing great. That's a nice piece to have their. I wasn't sure what to think in the offseason. But sure. Well, great. He's been pretty he was pretty solid for Zona all the way along one thing that gets lost is anybody coming from the Diamondbacks. I feel like that plays like a pretty average ballpark. You can argue at times it's hitter friendly. But then anybody that's on that squad is playing multiple games. And Petco multiple games in LA until games in San Francisco. So anything that looks like if there's anybody that looks like they might have some decent power numbers. Switching to the NL central the cubs the Bruce specifically, you can usually expect an uptick, so it shouldn't be a huge surprise that. He's had a little bit of a power surge. And yeah, he was always a very flexible piece. So yeah, what's nice is what I mean with the comparison zobrist to is just you know, that he has a maturity as a hitter as patients he he does he has professional at bats, just like zobrist. So he's kind of the opposite of heavy bias. Well. Oh, hey, I, you know, speaking, AVI, by as I don't know if you saw the other at against the pirates, he he threw his bat at a ball that bounced in the dirt and got an RBI single like total. You know, are you really going to brag about that play. Are you really going to break fan about that? He through his bad at the ball. And it took a high hop otherwise. It's just a week groundout. And he's come on, man. Well, it, you know, okay. Maybe. He's no ERO. Well, maybe he could become grow. Maybe that is his path becomes if I don't remember Vlad striking out four times in many games. I'm just saying right, right? Because he would swing at crazy pitches and somehow pull off hits or at least contact right? That's the direction for Baya's. You know, swing everything and don't wear golden girls. Like you war against make contacts are making contact on those wings. Even if the you know if he's outside of his own good strategy. Let's throw your bad at everything. And see what happens. I like it. Yeah. Okay. It was kind of a fun play to watch. But I don't think I'd want my guy who's capable of hitting thirty home runs throwing his bad at something in the dirt too often. That's all. Yeah. Well. It was it was quite a base hit though. So you know, he was barely a base. It though. Well, I was. It was I just think it's more a miracle than like a skill. Let's all. Now. All right. He can really take. Anyway, let's move on. Yeah. Yeah. So, yeah, we're we're we're we I don't know. Yeah. So yeah. I mean, those events explosions both atom bowl bullpen issues and pitching issues. Well, you also said there's a ninety miles tie to that. Yes. This tick, isn't there? Yeah. Yeah. There was in fact, this is a tweet by at stats by stats on Twitter. This was this was actually on April sixth. So, you know, there's still some more games to be played this as referring to the first eight games of the season for the cubs, but the cubs. So the tweet says the cubs sixty runs to wins are the first team to score at least sixty runs in their first eight games of the season and only wind twice since the nineteen o one. Milwaukee Brewers one runs and two wins. That is a different franchise from the brewers that the cubs just playing. Yes. Correct. I think they ended up becoming oboe? I didn't do my I'm gonna get more into the nineteen o one Bruce at some point. But pretty sure they were just a one year squad in the American League if I'm not mistaken, and then they thought. Thought they became the St Louis Browns, but I'm not positive on that. Yeah. I'm trying to remember now. Good show prep. Everybody. Would it go who don't have Acer head? No you did. I know. I am saying I should've had this stuff to we're we're the to nineteen o one Milwaukee Brewers. Okay there. They are. And. Yeah. Nineteen oh one. Milwaukee Brewers, you know, famous for catcher, Billy Maloney, and yeah, they were the St Louis Browns begin to. All right. See my my brain still works once in a while. You gotta you gotta team with a shortstop named wit. Conroy right widow. Yeah. W I d that's would right. All right. I should get into that in one of the seventh inning stretch segments. Just kind of talk about why the nineteen o one. Milwaukee Brewers are kind of interesting that'd be fun. But anyway, we will we'll dive into that. Because that is kind of an odd thing that you know, and they were actually called the brewers. Yes, Eids we had reference them once in an episode along time ago how that was not. Was not a brand new name taking the Milwaukee Brewers in nineteen sixty nineteen seventy when they moved. But right. It was a borrowed name, but a great name nonetheless. So. They were here's a random tidbit a history just kind of stopped stuck out at me. There was a vote on what the name should be Milwaukee. Brewers took second place in nineteen seventy late sixty nine when they were planning on moving them. They were originally going to be the vote for the people was the Milwaukee Robbins, the Robins, I think they made the right choice personally. But you never know in history. If you look back at it, then you had Robin yawns in the eighties. How would that have played? It would have been interesting. But I've totally taken us off the rails on you know, flowing up that brewers series. Let's get back to that. Yeah. Yeah. So. Yeah. So right now cubs have one win brewers have to in the season series Lada game still to be played next series is what may mother's day weekend. I believe right. I believe it is mother's day weekend. It is the tenth eleventh and twelfth of may so yeah. So something to look forward to. Oh, yeah. Baseball between now. And then though, though these rotations in these stabs may look quite a bit different by then I would expect the brewers staff to look a little different for sure we'll see about the cubs. But yeah, the brewers also had a nice offensive explosion that that thirteen run game. Again, we covered it in our recap episode. If you missed it, go to ninety miles podcasts dot com, you can go back and listen to me give Ryan a bunch of crap about taking two out of three games. We did that on Sunday afternoon. It was kind of a shorter episode. We kept it down to about a half an hour. But you know, if you just want to recap of that series. What all went down. That's what happened. The Bruce did set a franchise record for runs scored in Miller park against the cubs with thirteen on Friday. Then Ryan did you confirm that fourteen? The cubs scored against Milwaukee Saturday is that a record to do. We know that it is runs. The the cubs of scored. In Miller park or did we figure out? Yeah. Yeah. Was that the specific thing, I believe. So that's what I was referring, I know that I know. That's right. Yeah. Okay. Yep. And the thirteen should be record as well against the cubs in Miller park. So needless to say that was an offensive explosion. If you really start looking at it pitching pitching implosion as yeah. Really what it was. Yeah. Yes. The last series was a little bit. But it's like we talked about though that the that that even as bad as pitching can be you still got gotta have a decent hitting team to exploit it too. Like a ten plus run kinda route. This is true bad hitting team is is not necessarily going to get ten plus runs against bad pitching. Although the angels that it last night to the Brousseau who knows you know, they do have one Mike trout. So I guess that's something to well. And then the third. Which? Yeah, we'll talk about that. You're in a little bit. I know about the Stella who, you know, came from the cubs obviously to to the angels. But we'll talk about that. Yeah. Maybe we should jump into the tweet of the week. I don't know that there's a whole lot to wrap up on again. If you wanna hit the cubs brewers, wrapping our series thoughts, and you know, here the smacktalk. That's it's out there. We put it up on Sunday evening. Just go to the podcast webpage, or you know, check it out on I tunes. If that's where you listen. It's already up there. You know, it'll be there. I think he put an all bold or an all caps recap for that one. Is that correct kinda differentiator? Yeah. Because as we. Episodes. Yeah, we're talked a lot about a lot more things. I was a little more was you know, fresh off that Sunday game. And and so I was a little low energy because you're tainted. We'll we'll move on Bubby said. Oh, yeah. All right. Oh, I did. I did want to mention I know this is Jenna jumping back, but that nineteen one Milwaukee Brewers team that became the Saint Louis Browns, eventually became the Baltimore Orioles. So the franchise had a long history of sucking is what it is. Yeah. Although the Orioles have had some success. Let's not let's not. They won they won three World Series through. And three says is true. This is true. There is a very good deal. I don't know how we did that they've been awful last Alaska. So it was nice tie into an awful nineteen o one team the Orioles. But you know, what I know what can cheer is both up. Do you know? Yes. Oh, yes. Something we can both. Time about and then totally agree with. Yes, we got our tweet of the week. This is from at greatest on dirt. It's greatest show under baseball podcast. They tweeted this actually was just this morning. Yes. Yeah. This is a revival. Not even an hour ago. Nope. You can find it. We've retweeted it as our ninety miles when you can find it from my page if you like but go to their page greatest on dirt. It is Marcella Zona of the Saint Louis cardinals trying to make a fantastic wall climbing catch in about halfway up the wall. He looks back realizes he's about ten feet too far. Maybe overran it a bit. Now. This is the same field. The cardinals traded for two seasons. Go in the off season. Same season that same off season. Milwaukee went out and grabbed Christian yelich from the Marlins ozone a-. He's climbing the wall he's running his hustling to get back there. And. He spider-man's the wall. He's got his arm up over it. He's ready to reach up with his glove. And that's when he realizes he went too far. So what does he do tries the push off the wall? It's much better. When you can see it in person as a beautiful bellyflop his cleats, and he basically face plants in the in the warning track. The ball bounces next to his glove and goes over the fence for ground-rule, double it is a it is a sight to behold, there's nothing better than watching cardinals. Yeah. Just flop around the field. Well, you know, when he in two thousand seventeen with the Marlins he wanna go glove. So I I'm still baffled by that. Lorenzo Cain is out. There does not have a gold glove. No. And I watch Marseille's. Yeah. Play outfield for the cardinals the last two years. And I'm like, this guy has a gold globe this guy, and I'm pretty sure yelich has one too. I don't get it. Eulogised good. But I watch Zona. And I'm I'm my mind is boggle d-, you know, saying. Louis cardinal fans already. You know, basically PEO because they ended up with those Oona instead of yelich. And I watched this stuff happen. I can't help. But belly laugh half the time. The be part is even is out fielder. Buddies are all kind of giving him a hard time kenley Jansen has to cover his mouth in the in. The bullpens them laughing. It was it's it's hilarious. Really the reactions been very enjoyable on Twitter without a doubt. Yeah. Yeah. That was up against the dodgers last night. So it's just. Watching to see it. Well, so the tweet do we we didn't say what actual text of the tweet. Well, no, no. And this ties back. A few weeks at great Assan dirt. They in you know, they got the video of the play. They have Jose Consejo. I made the most embarrassing outfield. Play ever Marcello SUNA, hold my beer. Yeah. And then they got the video of this. And I think I think it was as more embarrassing. I mean, I I've missed judged the fly ball before and have it like just miss my glove. And kinda hit me, you know, with conseceutiuve bone stuff is skull and win over the fence for a home run. I mean, that's pretty hard to beat. But it was. Yeah. It was gonna gives it a hell of an effort. Yeah. Well, we like the Consejo reference because we've talked about him before he an entertaining guy to follow for sure. Yeah. Go watch some five hundred fifty foot softball bombs and talk about hunting as yeah, expeditions. It's good. But yes, so yeah, that's the tweet of the week. Yeah. That doesn't bring a cubs fan into Bruce fan together. What nothing nothing can bring a cubs fan and Bruce van together like embarrassing cardinals moments. Yes. That's you know, we need to have some kind of something that can be a peaceful exchange at times. Yes. Yes. We could use the speaking of that something we didn't mention about the cubs Burs series. It looks like they could he used that in some of the some of the concourses in Miller park. I saw some cub on cub fan. Oh. Yeah. What you doing tension which was cub on kkob that was the funny part? But well. There's a lot of cubs fans that were especially at that time pretty upset with the start of the season. It's you know, I say, maybe. Fans after well. No, no. I'm not saying, no, there's no excuse for that. That's that's just ridiculous. But you know, I I'm guessing some of them are cubs fans that became cubs fans after they won the World Series and just don't know how to take deep breath, and or to hold their alcohol when they're in Milwaukee that can have at least there's always, you know, we could say, well, there's always the next series is always the next game. I mean, they're years in the past. It was always, you know, we're always saying there's always next year. So what cubs fans are so upset about it's early. You know, and I some will probably be annoyed with me saying this. But it's like, you know, take deep breath. This is the team's got some talent. And you know, shouldn't be so upset about the slow start. It's going to flip around and also with some of them with some of that tension that happens Miller park has been overtaken by cubs fans for number years in there. It has been. Yeah. A history. There has been a history of unpleasant Tris between the two fan bases. And from my understanding I haven't been to a cubs Bruce game in a few years. My understanding is the tensions gotten much thicker as the team's got better. And it's become more of an adult and booze infused atmosphere. Which is why you have even more cubs fans in some ways showing up because Bruce fans in some some instances, you know, the family fan isn't bringing their kids to these games anymore. Yeah. I would really it said to see like to see tone down. I don't know if there's much that can be done about. No. I mean world your liquor a little better. And remember it's a baseball game. I don't know. I mean on that. What I don't know what to say. But well, there's a new we've we've had our conversations we haven't we haven't quite hit that level of intensity on in an episode yet. But we've had some phone conversations where. It's. When you had to turn off your phone. So you didn't get any more texts from me, and Brian because we were giving us so much crap lasts. No, I. That's more. My that's more. My brother. He. He has trouble handling the the heat. Sometimes he's really competitive, you know. You know, we were kids we'd play. I remember playing badminton and we'd get into. I'd beat them in badminton. He would absolutely go on a tear disgrace, destroying the racket. Yeah. Yeah. You know? So anyways. Let's through Robin the bus. That's good. Yeah. Yeah. Well, hey, I mean, he gets document been calling down. It's okay. He'll he'll he's he's I've seen these reemerged in our text group tech. So, you know, he's he's okay. We lost them for the weekend after that homo after that opener. I think Friday night. Yeah. He was on vacation. I mean, I get it. But. That's. Yeah. Let's yeah. Let's move on to post cubs brewers series was. So basically the cubs only played one game just the home opener. How'd that go another? Well, offensively another explosion. They totally annihilated the pirates. So that was great. I guess the thing note is Lester, John Lester left the game early hamstring tightness. So it's not at this point necessarily looking to serious, but he's definitely missing his next start and possibly the start. After that. I thought I seen one to two weeks that he'd be on. So that'd be about that could be one start for sure and likely to that's, you know, I think they're still determining you know, whether that's a ten day. Whether they put him on the ten day or not we'll see I think they should. I mean, those soft tissue things you wanna get them fully healed before you start throwing again. I would think, but yeah, I guess it depends. How right. They know more than we do. But yeah, the cubs ended up winning ten to nothing. So that was that was nice. In fact, the bullpen didn't give up a run despite covering seven just over seven innings so bright that must cut the era and like half for the bullpen. Well, yeah. That helps help the bullpen DRA a big time. So so that was good to see and. Yeah, I think was it Brock pitched two innings. He ended up getting the wind Kessler pitched to resign pitch to Strope finish it off with an inning. Of course, not save since it was ten nothing. But but but yeah, no runs, well, guns and only. I guess I guess that shows it was maybe it was the brewers heavy duty lineup that you're struggling with them. Any? Ways. Hit a home run as well. You know? So is that his first of the year then that was his third. Oh, okay. Yeah. Nice. Try though trying. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The brewers have had a couple of games since we last spoke on Sunday night out. They've started their six game west coast trip. Three games at the Los Angeles. Angels Vanna Heim three games coming up against the dodgers. So far tough road trip to start the game on Monday night strip. Game on Monday night regression to the me. Good road trip. If you're a cubs fan because you know. Yeah. God forbid, we put eight games between the cubs and the brewers here. But yeah, anyway, so I'm looking at the box score last night's game or kind of start with that a little bit Ferdie Peralta kinda got lit up. So he gave up in what ended up being what ended up being seven earned runs total for, Freddie. That's an awful tough thing to come back from. But guess what? The Bruce did come back. In fact, they had an eight to seven lead at one point in this ball game in the top of the fifth has money grand all has gotten hot. He had two home runs in the game. We also had another long ball from stocks, which I think makes two games in a row. This team is pumping the ball out of the stadium. When they're getting hold of the only guys that have struggled so far this year really to get going probably figure and a little bit of Travis Shaw to both guys are low them in does align at this point. But everybody else is somewhere in the mid to. Goes to the high threes moussaka says only two is only bad to eleven. He's only hitting two eleven but he's been coming around to. It's been a little bit of a slow start for him. But the two that are more obvious, Sean. The funny thing is this team is still putting up a lot of runs. So it's not like it's the end of the world. The bullpen ended up giving up four runs over basically one in the third to two third to four hundred hundred four foreign two third. They gave up, you know, four more runs. That's not good enough. Yeah. That is unsustainable. The good news is there's help coming. You know, everybody seems to be in a panic. Both brewers and cubs fans are clamoring for who are these two guys that are out there hike. I can't remember Kimberly K, lots of ks won't maybe maybe not maybe they get lit up. But. Everybody's in a panic kaikal. And Kim Bruce fans, I wanna talk to you just I briefly remember, we don't necessarily know what we're getting on Jimmy Nelson. When he comes back. We don't necessarily know what we're getting out of Jeremy Jeffers when he comes back. But what we do know is based on everything we're seeing it's going to be an upgrade. It is almost one hundred percent guaranteed to be okay. Maybe fifty seven percent guaranteed to be an upgrade. What would happen is Nelson can get back to healthy insert throwing some innings, and by the way, I saw some of his throwing Donut Donen the miners and his breaking stuff looks outstanding. And he looked you know camera angle plays a role in this a little bit. But he looked very relaxed, and he was just letting rip and the the breaking stuff is darting down and left down. And right is very impressive. So that's exciting. Remember when he comes back if he bumped somebody from the rotation that person can go to the bullpen somebody from the bullpen that absolutely has been getting. Hammered can go down to triple a figure it out and Jeremy Jefferson going to be back here within a week the way it looks even if Jefferson's half of what he was last year. That's a big imprint over a couple of three other guys when we get Nelson and Jefferson back when the brewers get Nelson Jeffers back. There's a very good chance that you're basically improving to bullpen positions and starting rotation position. We need to relax as a fan base and realize that this is early it's April by the end of may beginning of June will know a lot more there's gonna be a trade deadline. It's okay. You don't have to go out. There's a reason kaikal and Kimberly earned signs. There's a reason for it. Usually it's way too much money way. Too many years whatever that means now some brew fans are it's all or nothing it's World Series this year. Yeah. Partly but that doesn't mean you screw up. You know, your next three four off seasons by signing. Somebody that is going to slowly deteriorate due will both of these guys the tier eight maybe maybe not, okay. Maybe it is the right thing to do. Right now is go get one or both of them. But at the same time you're gambling on guys in the thirties. And I would rather keep some of that money for the younger players. Anyway, I'm off my off my high horse. That's enough. Okay. Okay. I let you air that out. I'm kind of on the same page in regards to the cubs. I I don't. Think it would be necessarily the right move. I mean, the pieces are there. Yeah. There's just spend the the craziness early. But you know, like I mentioned with the cubs home opener against the pirates. Now, you know seeing seeing some things come around. I think you gotta give it some time. I I'm surprised that they're not signed yet. Well, I think the whole league is surprised. But like I said that means there's a reason something's going on. Well, in a way holding out if there's cert- certain teams continue to have pitching issues. Whether it starters or bullpen are injuries. I guess it does potentially ramp up their value. Maybe that's the play. You know? I would imagine that's on. Attracts point, right. I don't disagree with you on that. I just look at it. And I remember who was it that came in late after the season. It started for the cardinals last year. There was a reliever one of the highlighted ones. That was supposed to be a big name. And basically was not there closer all year was at Wade Davis. No somebody else. Anyway, long story short. There's no guarantees when you come in that late now is Craig kimbrel to tears better than that person. Was probably. Yeah. But there's been some signs with kimbrel to remember in a previous episode. I mentioned the brewers supposedly had his elbow looked at. Well, if they didn't find something if they found something there, they don't like I don't wanna wrap them up for three or four years. Twenty mil guaranteed for closer that can't even close. You can't be more careful. Sorry, I jumped on my high horse. I'm off. Well, yeah. I mean, I guess we'll see what happens with them. I, you know, I guess I guess looking back at the brewers angels series. Oh, I did want to mention something else. Sure. The the cubs got a player playing for the angels. Apparently the beat up on the brewers still there. The angels are like your AAA affiliate. Is that what you're saying? No the cubs. Tommy la- Stella on the cubs last. Oh, yeah. Angels now. And and yeah, those these first two games. Bers and angels. These he's got three home runs including two yesterday. So yeah. The the brewers have some very very very good batting practice pitchers. Yeah. I guess at the same time. I'm saying these guys it's it's looked ugly at times, it has it has it's a concern in when guys like Tommy la-, stellar hitting that many bombs might wanna look at it a little more. But yeah, he's had a nice series against Milwaukee. No question about it. Did I was smart enough to grab him in a couple of daily fantasy lineups? But it didn't matter. I suck at gambling. So I lost anyway. But it was still cool. That was. Yeah. It's been good. I suppose as a cubs fan a lot of fun to watch somebody like that have some success against the archrival another another thing that was really cool that happened in the series is the one MVP robbing another right? Mike tro. Yeah. Went up and took back a Christian yelich home run that was gonna be a home run. And he made it look really, easy, right? I go back and watch the the Lorenzo Cain opening day robbery. And then once more impressive and a lot of ways because he covered a lot more ground to get there. But trout made it look easy. He made it look like it was going to be a routine catch. And then he had to jump at the back looks so smooth. It's really a treat to get to watch. Mike trope play with him being on the west coast. And in the opposite league. I don't see a lot of him. But it's really nice two nights ago. I managed to stay up through the whole game last night. I didn't quite make it. But it really is a lot of fun to watch that that dude play. And if somebody's gonna get for. Hundred thirty million dollars to play baseball. I guess he's the guy, you know. I do love what yelich has done to begin the season. I think he's making a strong case that he is arguably one of the best players if not the best player in the National League. I think he's the best. But I'm a little bit of a Homer. There's no question in my mind. Mike Schroeder's probably still, you know, the best player in baseball. And it's been fun to watch and annoying to watch. But fun at the same time. But if you haven't seen that highlight as Abreu, and it's worth watching, you know, think about how smooth Renzo Cain makes things look Mike trout does a lot of things that it's moves butter for sure. But yeah, did you wanna talk more about this Stella or did? I cut you off properly. We can move on. No, no. That was fine. Okay. Former cub beaten up on the brewers. That's all I suppose. Yeah. That's a pretty good. You know, pretty good couple games for him there. So anything else you wanna drop on Kimbrell and kaikal since we're still both of us agree. Neither tation. Lights out in a in a very long winded way as. You know, as you tend to do see I think you kinda got got it all out there. So all right. All right. So cubs and Burs fans are agreeing onto things this week right now, or at least you and I are on two things. I think a lot of Bruce fans disagree with me pretty strongly to a lot of cubs fans. Disagree with me. But there's a lot of a lot of vitriol on the old Twitter feed right now with the people in a panic arms up in the air. I can just see him typing, and you can hear this. Here's just pounding on the keyboard? It's like, it's April do they're eight and were it's cool. The good thing about it is people are really into baseball. I mean, if you got people that that wound up this early. I mean, at least, you know, people are watching games people are are paying attention. I'm in a way, it's a sign of the health of the sport and the health of our clubs is that the health of our camps. Yes. For Milwaukee fans to be this wound up this early. Remember what David David Stearns has done a lot this off season. And he's done a lot the last three years to make this team. What it is. Let's give them a little bit of the benefit of the doubt. But I I understand the passion. I watch these games. And I know that bullpens coming out, I'm like, man, I don't know. And you know, Freddie, Peralta went from what eight innings pitched, no runs earn against Cincinnati to absolutely blowing up against the angels. This is something we're gonna have off and on throughout the season with these young guys. And yes, I know I get it. They're supposed to be all in for World Series wire restarting three. Rookies essentially, it's because that's the best three options. We have until Jimmy Nelson. His healthy. I understand why you want Dallas kaikal to fill one of those slots. Let's see what develops if it keeps getting worse than you. Gotta do what you gotta do. And at the end of the season if Stearns does nothing, and that's what costs you, then you can point the finger at them. It's way too early to be pointing blame on a team that's eight and four it's way too early for that. Anyway. Yeah. I guess I got on my soapbox one last time. Yes. Yes. Let me have it on Twitter. I'm at burger winning. Gimme the crap. I probably deserve some of it. You're probably all right. It's probably going to be, you know, a complete implosion. Just give me all the crap on the Twitter feed. It's fine. Where are you at Ryan sear? Cubs fans can get you. At wraps cubs win. You know, tell me why I'm wrong to think that the cubs. Don't need some pitching help right now. I'm not saying they don't need pitching help. Maybe not to that quite to that rat will the thing the difference between the cubs and brewers in my mind. The brewers have some hope coming up with Jefferson Nelson. There's veteran guys that. Yeah. It's been a year and a half since Nelson's pitched I get that. But there are guys that have plenty of talent and somebody we can pin some hope onto where we don't necessarily have to commit and lose guys down the line because we put it all in this year. I don't know if the cubs have that. So cubs fans, go get him. It's R A P S Y S cubs win right at co at wraps. Cubs win is that right? Okay. Perfect into predictions. I think my soapbox. Wait. Do you have a good one for me third? I got a good one. I got a good one. And unless you want to start well since mine relates to the conversation. We just had I think all drop it in right now is that cool. Do it. All right. So here's what's going to happen in my mind. Bruce fans, and I'm gonna put my money where my mouth is this could embarrass me later, but the day that Jeremy Jeffers returns to this bullpen whatever day that is whatever the two weeks previous bullpen ERA has been it'll drop over one point in the following two weeks once he's back. So if there at five if they're at five point six the previous two weeks, they'll be at four point six or better is that bold enough to drop it a full run per nine. Because I think it could go more than that. I just thought one guy coming back to fill out a bullpen. That's struggled a run per nine is a pretty strong one. I. Yeah. I mean, I think you know. I mean, if the I guess the thing with it as if the brewers bullpen continues to be absolutely terrible and doesn't in some way. Make some corrections prior to that it might be pretty easy for for to drop that much bull. Do you wanna go with we could do something where it's like the entire season up to that point the following two weeks? They'll be at least a run better that evens out the that even a little bit. You know, whatever you want it to be. I mean, if they do do if they don't do any correcting it's gonna it should be theoretically, it should be easy. But we're still talking about relying on seven eight guys. And he's only worn piece of the pie it also. But it also allows you to use hater a little bit earlier. It changes the entire shuffle. That the bullpen is. And that's that's why I think it's it's even if Jefferson's half of what he was last year. I think it's a big enough thing that it could drop the entire bullpen area for a run over the next two weeks after he gets there. Okay. Now, though, I so. So that the bullpen ERA will Mark it down. What is it a win when he gets back when he returns when he when he's called up? Yep. For the season thus far shirt ever. It is. That's that's the number. Then we check it again after two weeks. Yup. Inish em I'm predicting it'll be a full run less. And it'll be okay for them. Good with that for the bullpen. Right. Not the whole regarding penny. Are a Yep. Yep. Yeah. I think I have that much confidence in him. Yes. He's not. I don't believe he'll be the same guy after his usage last year in a sore shoulder. I get that. But I also think it's just that one extra guy is really what they're missing Canadian was gone half the season last year Jefferson was down for a while. It's it's time to relax. We're going to be good. What's your what do you got? For me. What's your prediction this week? Yeah, I've been so I got I actually have an all-star break prediction. Okay. Yeah. Let's do it. I'm gonna say. Boy, I've been trying to pinpoint. But now now, I'm like second guessing. But no, I'm gonna go gonna go ahead with it Schwartz. Oh, gosh. Ever is going to have a nine hundred or better Opie s come the all star break, you might as well just put that in the win column for me them. Really? He's not going to be over nine hundred at the all-star break on the OPN come on. Now, you can predict that. Yeah. That's bold that is bowl bold. It's really bold. Not go ahead. Go ahead. No zooms that assumes he doesn't miss more than a couple of weeks between now. And then because if he went down tomorrow with an injury, not that I want him to I'd rather. I'd rather beat the cubs fully healthy. So there's no excuses. Tired of the excuses from cubs fans. But if as long as he makes it, you know, you know, assuming he doesn't get injury right now. Fifty three right now. Eight fifty three is. So you're you're predicting it to go up. Oh, okay. Yeah. Yeah. Put it on the table market on the board. Okay. Yeah. Which means if he got injured. Yeah. The the right more if he spends more than, you know, twenty days on the I L I think we wipe that one. But yeah, no. That's that's a bold prediction nine hundred first-half Opie s. Nine hundred or better shorter all-star break, you go girl. Oh, thinking of a home run. Diction, but. You know, we like we like talking about Opie s I think on base plus slugging. Yeah, it's a great indicator of an explosive offense. I think his on base percentage is low. It's right now, it's three twenty five. I think that's going to go up. I think that's going to be the bigger factor. His slugging is five twenty eight. That's I think that's gonna stay steady. But as OBT will go up. So seems reasonable. That's where I'm thinking thinking that. But we'll and he's bad to fifty right now. But I, and I think that that could at least at the very least stay steady if not go up as well. So he's got three home runs. He's looking really good. Yeah. Nine hundred opiates or better at the all-star break. That's that's it. And just a that seems like a very a very strong prediction just to point out to to the fans that didn't listen or didn't get a chance to catch the the series wrap with the cubs. We have had some completions of previous. Yeah. So make sure you go onto the ninety miles podcasts dot com. Webpage. Click on the predictions portion. You can see how we've done right now. I'm sitting at a smooth three thirty three I'm one for three. And remember we're trying to keep these bold. So we aren't we aren't trying to be a thousand percent. We're trying to make this tough. And Ryan sitting at two fifty because he's one for four because he was fully enough to predict a cub sweep. In the first year. Well now. Yeah. With our you know with having our averages are essentially a winning percentage. I think if we look at it as sort of batting average, you know with the kind of predictions were making, you know, three hundred or better all fame. So we'll see how it all looks come the end of the season. And we wanna be in that three hundred or less kinda range. We want him to be bold enough to be doable. I got close. I my Christian yelich one last last were kind of surprisingly close. Yeah. Yeah. Because he predicted five hundred batting average for the series with two home runs while he was four forty four with one home run. That's not bad. You know? But yeah, I mean that's a great series for him. And almost a prediction for me. But that's the kind of stuff we're doing the other thing we were going to talk about too. So yeah, if you want more predictions, go back ninety miles podcasts dot com, check it out. The other thing we're talking about go ahead. Well, just going to say you can search you can search the predictions as well, you can sort them in any different way. You know, if you just wanna see jesse's predictions. You you can you can do that. You can you know, I we it's a nice table there. Yeah. Have some fun with. You can search certain players. So if you're wondering, you know, what who what kind of predictions are out there with say Schwarzer, or you know, or Jimmy Nelson, yell at your whatever Jimmy Nelson and search by player, and they'll they'll pop up so just to have some fun with it and tell us what idiots we are predicting such goofball stuff on Twitter. So that's the idea. Yeah. We did also wanna talk we were talking about at the opening. We mentioned something about the seventh inning stretch. And we're gonna keep this short. Yeah. But we've decided to do is to take that out of our podcast and make it its own short version of a podcast rate. So yeah, separate episode kind of a bonus episode each week that will be separated out. And I think especially now that the season has started. We realized we want to these episodes and be pretty timely. They're gonna. Be in the moment of exactly where we are in the season. And by moving that out separate we can have a separate kind of archive of all those seventh inning stretch episodes. Yes, they'll they'll be his back and listen anytime. Yeah. They'll always will. Hopefully, the ideas they'll always be somewhat relevant at any given moment. Right. This week. It's gonna release it's gonna release later this week. We're gonna talk about the Kerry wood twenty strikeout game and the Ben sheets, you know, eighteen strike oh game and just kind of review those as part of the ninety miles. But it'll be you know, it's an archive for the history of the ninety miles. It'll be an archive for the futuristic ideas. You know is stuff that could be in place at any given time you can always go back to the archives. Listen to it. It will always fresh and the important part is you're not going to have to dig through forty five minutes of something that happened two years ago to find to find. Yeah, that's what we thought. If you like the idea, let us know if you hate the idea. And you preferred in the main thing, let us know that too. We just want some more feedback on it. But I think in the long run this to be better for anybody. That really wants to you know, here's some things that we talk about that are historical or yes. So you'll be able to find that up sewed Kerry wood versus bench sheets. We're gonna talk about that should be out. We'll probably release those on Sundays Saturdays or Sundays. I don't know. Yeah. We'd talked Sunday at this point. You know, whatever if you have a preference as a listener, let us know that to there's a better time to do it for you. You know, we're we're open. I think Saturday or Sunday makes the most sense for that segment though. Yeah. We wanna make sure everyone has a chance to really. You know, take take in our episode. You're listening to right now. And you know, and then s- kinda like you're waiting for the next ninety miles podcast episode, or we what's happening. In the meantime, you can listen to some historical ninety miles right Sunday morning coffee contents. If you will something like that. Sure if break anyway, so so that's what's going on with. No stretch today. Yep. It'll be out Saturday night or Sunday think so. Yeah. And now, so yeah, we'll talk National League central breakdown. Yup. We already talked cardinals knows Oona but cardinals are six and five. So, you know, not the kind of powerhouse start. Although it's not many games. But well, that's why it was important Milwaukee take three out of four from otherwise, you go to and to actually. Okay. Yep. That because you know, just regressing. That's that's fine. Yeah. Okay. You know and pirates are five and four though. That's you know, there's certain a trend in the right direction. Things are thinking the cubs do. Yes. With them the next couple of games, they play tonight and tomorrow, the fun part is it's all what it's already kind of breaking the way, I kind of predicted in my in my preseason prognostication. Yeah. I mean. Ben they've not been good. And they've been they've been entertaining already. So we did both agree on that. They'd be the most entertaining team. And right. And there are indications that they could implode. I'm not like rooting for them to implode. But because I predicted it I kind of you know, I mean, I put it over we talked about that with with he's, you know, a character. What happened was one of the pirate pitchers basically through at one of the reds hitters, and it was it was the guy that picked up Dirk Dietrich believe from Miami. And through the ball behind him. And the next thing, you know, we is over the dugout wall and running at the pitcher and all hell breaks loose, basically. And that is kind of what you expect from a guy like yelp league high emotional character. If you haven't seen the breakdown of it, it's pretty humorous, Tucker Barnhart, and yeah, go ahead. Well, it was Derek Dietrich. Yeah. They threw it Dirk deeter Dirk Dietrich because his previous previous at bat. He he hit that home run. And he he spent a he he gave it a pretty long moment to Meyer was a bomb. History. Did you I don't know if you caught this? I caught it on MLB network. They did a review. This is Chris Chris Archer that through So Chris Archer who used to pitch for the raise. Yes. Pittsburgh Pirates picked him up in a big trade last year. Dirk Dietrich comes over from the Marlins. So the raisin Marlins have that crossover. AL anal- rivalry thing. Right. The cubs. Get the socks get the twins. Same thing for the rays and the Marlins, you know, probably to empty ballpark's watch, you know, baseball. Anyway, beside the point. There had been if you've watched Chris Archer pitch over time. And you're gonna see it more as National League central fan. Now, he is pretty emotional to. He's got a lot of pep in his step when he strikes somebody out. He bounces right. He earlier in the game. And I'm not sure if it was Dietrich, you're the guy I think it was whoever was betting ahead of Dietrich struck him out and the inning, and you kinda bounced off the mound, the fist pump and jumping that kind of thing. He went to the dugout next at bat Dietrich hits one, and he looked at it for days, he waited until the dang thing. Splash down in the allegany before he started running the basis. So yeah. That leads to chaos so the next time archers peo- now. So the ball goes behind Dietrich's backside and what happens, but you know. Yes, y'all Puig happens. Of course, have you seen have you seen the there's a tweet out there to from Tucker Barnhart who's the reds catcher. He's yeah. He's asking left tackle hall of Famer former. Escon grad. Joe Thomas for technique on his blocking technique. You gotta go watch it. It's really funny. It is funny. So Tucker Barnes, not a small, dude. But yes, he'll Puig is huge. So yeah. So he's asking Joe Thomas about you know, technique for blocking. He's like, I think my pad level was little too high. He got outside my hands. Got you know, he's talking like he's trying to block from getting to the pitcher. And just. All it was missing was a swim move from Puig, really. Rushing the passer. It was. Funny. You gotta go check that out if you haven't seen it. Yeah. That's that's at Tucker underscore Barnhart. We'll we'll tweet that. All these tweets mentioned, we will. I think I've retweeted all of them already 'cause I was enjoying him so much. Yeah. Yeah. But that's a so. Yeah, that's your red sitting at two eight, and that's what's going on over there. If they can some chaos with the Pittsburgh Pirates and the cardinals. I have no problem with that. But yeah, yeah. That's fine. Yes. Well, it's gonna be fun. I guess when the cubs face the reds and the brewers face the reds will we'll see what what happens. We'll Milwaukee already swept the reds a three-game set. So they've had a very good start in the NL central losing two to three to Anaheim, whatever you're gonna lose some serious. So, but yeah, very as the season progresses. That's I think if the tension in the emotions are. Running high there and with with Cincinnati. They'll be some more interesting games to come four. Sure for sure so keep your eyes on Cincinnati. Let's see if the implosion happens. I really only thought it'd be about thirty thirty five percent chance of it happening. I might have been might have been more right than I thought. So we'll find out. Anyway, I think that kind of breaks that's kind of the NL central breakdown for this week unless you got anything else. No. I think that that rounds it out. I think you know, it's exciting that we got baseball here now, and that's full time all year, we've got another five and a half months ago. Awesome. Yeah. So so yeah, find us at ninety miles podcasts dot com. Click on subscribe subscribe to the mailing list. We'll have some fun things coming up. You know, maybe some some giveaways and some cool stuff. So that and there's going to be minus on Twitter and Facebook as well. Keep in mind, we're gonna do some more blog posts. But yeah, there's going to be a couple of giveaways. I've got an idea for a blog that was mentioned by Twitter follower. We'll get at that. Maybe hopefully, I can get that up. Maybe next week. We'll see working on that idea right now. But outside of that see cardinals cubs reds are entertaining and suck and the pirates that's about it for viewers suck. So they go. All right. Thanks for listening watch for the new episode. The new stretch, let us know what you think of it. We'll catch you later. Later.

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Lost Opportunity

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Lost Opportunity

"Fairly tough one with big air. Responsibility five. Also, nifty cats. Throw this week in baseball. There's the panel. Let's go. Guys Mel Allen fans. Bethnal Allen really is it not, not? This league. But Emily Kaplan had crews, headfirst, dive, invoking, Bobby or anybody calling the charge there, buddy. He's still on the ice before hit crew in four blows to the proof, hundreds of Boston shots, the predominance of Saint Louis, penalties, the irony of Robert Kraft's towel flapping, and the thankfulness that that's the first video of him. You're seeing since the Super Bowl. Timmy, callous shy. Go to you for hockey takeaway away from game. Oh, well, say Lewis, I didn't make much of Saint Louis Owen twelve record in the Stanley Cup finals sits all twelve of those games played when I was in junior high, however, now starting to think thirteen sounds like a bad trend. They gotta dig their way out. I actually think Terracini coz goal their second goal, which was right at the start of the second period, that, like woke up the Bruins. Okay, whatever Russ. There was it's time to start playing, and they played and the blues took terrible penalties. And they couldn't get out of that, because the Bruins out skating them out, hitting him out, everything else, you can think of and yeah, I think Lewis can win a game, but they're gonna have to win one sued here, this can get away. Humic moan. Have to with the what I loved about this game. Everything happened that everyone for once said, would, and that was the Bruins will be rusty. They'll have trouble it was too much all true. They're down to nothing. You're like, well, okay actually for once the media got this. Right. But to Tim's point once that second goal was scored these guys started playing the way the Bruins have been playing this entire postseason. They are so dangerous when they're when they're when it got it going. They outshot them twenty nine two seven scoring chances in that second period alone. Tony, those numbers are just staggering this was an incredible resounding win for the Brevin Blackstone your takeaway from game. One. Well, now the blues are over nine against the Bruins in postseason. Play historically, really need to get going. But, you know, they just looked like a team out of sorts after those first ten or fifteen minutes. I mean you talk about a team that's a least penalize in the NFL. At the end of the night. They gave up five thinking of five penalties and the and then they go on a stretch about a fifteen minute stretch between the second and third where they didn't even have a shot on goal with the Bruins just taking control of this entire game thirty to twelve in shots over the last two periods. So they really need to figure something out, but I really don't think they have an answer because the Bruins are just going all page. Yes, this tough crowd. They took a lot of the formation because you. The four of us have been here for sixty four hundred shows expect that talent coming, right? Thank you, now to the AUSSIE what he paid. Yes, what the blues did last night is not in correctable. I mean, yes, they've got to be more disciplined. You can't have five penalties, particularly the number four when which actually led to the Thais core. I think they've got to do a better job before checking which is one of their strengths and they didn't do it. Well, last night, and they've got to figure out Rusk who's now one eight games in a row. They have got to put more pucks on the basket biscuits in the basket guys. And that's what didn't happen last night when you're out shot as much as they were the differences. That say Louis. Correct. It though you expected have Russ to Rusk. It's rask. They'll, you're showing some Russ. So I see what you're saying, right there, by the way. Also, if you ever wind up winning Academy Award going to be playing the music before you even get to your second set. It's get to the story. Jacki Mak real quick, after the horrid, here, the one thing I'd say such a lost opportunity for the blues because Rask was the hottest guy in all of hot, and then he sat there for eleven days in didn't look super sharp. You had a chance and you didn't. Yeah. I think that is huge. They may not be able to start to fix things till they get to Saint Louis Saturday night. All right. We'll move on Lakers story. The Lakers store, you always knew was coming. It's binary landed Baxter homes on bully tactics. Fear reprisal, Holter killers, quote, it's bleeping crazy over there. Your job handles the tell me how breezy and how abnormally home writes, multiple incidents and deploy experience resulted emphatic treating rings, ICTY with Magic Johnson berating one, I don't stand from the stakes. I don't make mistakes or from magic here quality comes off the fan base the big love and smile. Not fear mom and next. Traitor. Rob Pelinka anecdotes of his telling stories embellishing stories, the detail of meeting. He set up with Koby and heath ledger after watching dark Knight possibly not true because lead your head already passed the way I mean, this is just incomprehensible. Look at your basis. Why so serious Rich Paul maverick Carter, undermining lukewarm Commissioner Adam silver over dinner, there's a lot here Kevin. How does it come off? Well, let's start with Jeanie Buss. You had an opportunity to go out and hire one person to run this team that didn't happen. So that's why you have all these cooks in the kitchen and everyone's got two spoons in the pot. That's number one. Number two, hats off to Rich Paul, and maverick Carter for somehow taking control of this one particular franchise because that's something all agents would like to be able to do flying on the plane and also having lunch with Adam silver to complain about the coach of the team that one of your players deal. How many that I think that's a I think that's a huge deal great for them to be able to pull it off. But I can't even understand how Adam silver would allow himself to be drawn into this situation either, so it is it is worse than we could have. Let's get specific here. Jackie debt with the program or leave that seems to be part of how a Magic Johnson. Rob Pelinka were running the environment, there with the Lakers, that hostile work environment to you. Well, not necessarily. I think that's just a high pressure business model, which I think, exists in the NBA and elsewhere as well. And you say, both magic and rob link. I'm not sure that's true. And I think that gets to the crux of the problem here, Tony was the way that Ervin Johnson handled that the front office in the situation and rob linka were very, very different. And I think they're differences may have sprung from that to some degree. So I think of the fracture relation between the two of them is caused a lot of this turmoil that you're reading about in hearing. Would it not play go around? I mean based on that story about Holmes who brought together a lot of pieces that we've seen over the last several months, but he offered a dinner to it about what's been going on in that hostile workplace at your you would call this a hostile work environment. And that's what I'm trying to get that, if this is just normal operating procedure of a business. Let alone a basketball team or more. What do you think there's some no not at all? Let me give you a prime example. There's a woman executive there, and she made a mistake, and she admitted to it, and they said, don't make it again or you're going to be fired. We all make mistakes are program, and then she developed anxiety problems and basically left franchise. Really? That's the kind of working conditions you want in an NBA franchise, or any other business. No, you don't. But they seem to have a lug more problems than we do at around the horn, and talking about hostile workplace working with you. But I think that everybody their shares at it from the ownership to magic. And typically, to Luke Walton who just sort of lead things go on around him and was finally gala show, your view of it. Well, given what we learned about the Mavericks workplace a year. It makes me wonder about all these NBA office. And now all these things are being treated. But the main thing I took away a year ago with signing land Stevenson at Rondo and Beasley. And we're on the outside going. Those are the kind of players LeBron needs. What are they doing? And then to read a front office members saying, those are the kind of players, we need, what are we doing here, and the coaches weren't even consulted. Now, Badghis gone. You can say okay, we got rid of that Pelinka still there, rich. Paul might still be flying on the team plane LeBron still there. There's a lot of issues still in. I want to know this is this article with these details get received the same way if they win forty six games and make the playoffs Kevin. Probably not. No. Because this is the Lakers. And that's what you expect to happen. Not only that, you'd also you also anticipated that LeBron even though this was going to be the heaviest Hawley ever had in his career was going to be able to drag them to that. But that did not happen. So now you've got a real situation, a real problem because even though you're in LA, what free agent is really wanna come. Impending, free agents will read this article and that'll keep them away. Absolutely. Who would wanna go that news? I think there'll be an awareness from the article, and it's also what used to be going to play with LeBron. Well, it's going to play with LeBron year seventeen how long is that going to be a selling point for young? If you think free agents will be turned off by the entire franchise after the story, we'll they've been turned off this if we stop me if you've heard this again. They sound a lot like the New York Knicks over the past several years. And they've had about the same success as New York Knicks. But yeah, do they want to go there? No, there's an option in LA. You ought to go to LA that sounds a lot rosier than what you hear with the Lakers. Jackie, you know, Magic Johnson better than anybody ever in a book with them. How do you hear fear monger or bully? How do you think that lands on magic? So I'll just tell you a story many, many years ago that his Dana point home, working on a lengthy interview with them. We got interrupted during our conversation was a business matter. You went into the other room there were other people in the room there were raised voices. There was some back and forth, he came, and he sat down. And he said me. I Pol Janis. We had a bit of a business crisis. I just fired my brother. Now, I say this because. How much? I've seen this Magic Johnson before that. These guys are talking about. But to me, it's more. I don't know about fearmongers because I don't even know one hundred percent what that refers to, but I will tell you when it comes to business or when he thinks he's right. He's going to take a stand. He doesn't care if your brother or genie bus, or whomever. That's just how the Magic Johnson. I know operates business, that's different person than the basketball storage. On this show. 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No to college basketball signing with the New Zealand breakers of the National Basketball league said this on get up but he wanted to be an NBA player before even thought about being college player. This is the fastest efficient way to do it. What he page? How do you consider that? I find what he said he teamed like what we just saw in baseball a young player taking command of his own career and his own life. He's made this decision. I don't think that bothers me is feeling play about twenty eight to thirty games. That's come like a college season. But if he goes down there gets good seasoning on a franchise won four titles in the last nine years he can player and get a bigger number. I look at this and I buy it. I R J Hampton as Dallas area, kid who watch Luca Danni, this year, come into the NBA nineteen with no college experience, but pro experience in Europe and. Probably win rookie of the year and play great. And this league that Hamptons, go. Maybe it may turn out to be nothing like that. But it might give him the tools. He needs to have dodge type seat. Heavy. It's not about what's going to happen over there. The point is, is that you should not have to be forced to go to college. If you want to be an NBA or professional basketball player, that's the whole point here. So he is circa, meaning this look at it as a gap year that we applaud for other students, and he's gonna make money off of his own value, rather than allow someone else to make value make that money off of his MAC. That's important. And you're right, Kaby can make over a million dollars if you plays this, right? Maybe even more if he gets signed shoe deal. It's now he'll be eligible to do all this knick sense, but you know what? Tony by twenty twenty two it's all going to be moot because they're not going to have one and done anymore. NBA it's what for now, let me ask you this. Do you think it worked for a manual moody doing it for different reason, academe I don't think he would have been eligible? Or maybe it was there were some other moody. And by the time we wouldn't have this is the first voluntarily one. Right. And I think that's a big difference. I don't think I wanted to make the decision he made this young man has got his parents going over the with him very carefully picked a team that's owned in part by Shawn Marion, they're actually looking at getting a new coat even to bring in this, by the way, the league is also financing part of his salary. I don't know if I didn't know that. So this has been very carefully planned out that over there. They could find it's part of the seller. We'll move off our cell to Kevin Durant officially out for game one the markets cousins questionable Tim, what to buy with the cell from that news? I'm still buying that. I don't think we're going to see in the finals. He just seems like if he is practicing head. He's not. And he's this far away and it's been three weeks that he's not gonna all of a sudden get close enough to go out there and play thirty two minutes a night, I'm gonna be honestly surprised he plays go the Durant out for game one news to you means he's out for the whole series. You don't think there's a good chance the way that he is. Well what I'm gonna buy. What this means the Toronto Raptors. It means that they have a punchers chance at least because Kevin Durant, obviously changes the dynamic with the series is going to look like so that's, that's the situation there. And whether or not when he comes back, whether or not because back, how healthy is how quickly can fit in those are all big questions, all of a sudden, Steve Kerr's got something to coach. Jackie mac. I'll be shocked. If we don't see Kevin Durant at some point in the series, I think the boogie question is a lot more intriguing because, you know, honestly, if you look at the numbers, they were better with Kevin looney on the kevon looney on the floor than they have been with cousins on the floor. So Steve Kerr at Artie made the point. How do I work this guy back in during the finals, even if he's healthy human video showed in the script here? It'd be boogie looked like he was not exactly right around the corner. What do you page? How about you? New one look like they're ready to play. And even though the series going to be stretched out more than two weeks. I think it's gonna be difficult for the wars, except to one of the back that cousins really is a negative positive kind of guy Durant, this look like he's really pushing it to get back soon. He is making drifts amazing but he's a team off a sweep of their conference final with all this time to rest on top of that. But job gets a lot more difficult when they have to figure out how to get these guys in we'll move on by herself where MVP chance last night for Cody Bellinger, the game you had this home run. Okay. And look at the hose on the outfield assists that that was the play. That's nice. You see that often look at the third base here. I mean, this is a lightning Kaby by herself Bellenger as your MVP leader. Now. Sure I can buy, it's not at all to earlier, talking about a guy just a couple years ago, had some votes MVP. And here's a guy who's now showing you can do in the field with his arm and not just to play with his bad one. What's amazing to me is this guy was a first basement. He wasn't even an feel arm. Imagine that. It's just unbelievable to me. So that's the most incredible part. Is it too soon? I think it is only third into the year but he leaves in every single category. God would keep it going. Jackie fever, Boston, you'd be running in for mayor already what are you talking about? Yes, it's over. I'll defend Bill Pasquale here. I'll be from LA the guys pace it fifty seven hundred fifty RBI's and bad three eighty three win triple crown over. He is going to do it. Shop no doubt about it. I don't know exactly over Christian yelich to the reigning has one homers. And there's more than one hundred games to go. Here's what I like about Cody Bellinger, and we're not even supposed to pay attention to this stat anymore. He has the three eighty three batting average. He's close to four hundred. All right point, not enough for paging callous show. Would he would he had that you had that dinner with heat leisure? So many years ago where he taught you how to, to the spirit of the role year not, not here. No. That never happened. That's right. Showdown. Shea. Geico presents yet. Another voicemail from your roommate. How about the kitchen turns out when there's a grease fire, you're not supposed to throw water on it wouldn't own right? Anyways, the fire department is here and it's totally cool. Can call back when you get a chance. Co insurance agency could help keep your personal property protected like if danger is your roommates middle name, visit Geico dot com to see how easy it is to switch and save on renter's insurance no-doubt who said it your New York vote everywhere I go great players get booed who said it. All right. You're bald. God very good. And also says there on the screen there. What do you know? Two or false gave me. Well, there's some truth and Simpson false too. But you know what is bigger false name because wise, again booed a three hundred million dollar contract. Nine home runs and a two sixty seven batting average. That's why. No, no. He's getting booed, because he's not wearing the uniform of the Yankees. That's why getting Boone, even though the Yankees didn't go after him. And we would have no opportunity played for the that's does not with us. You're against us. I'm with Jackie the Yankees offer, what zero years zero million actually right to better. Catch Jeremy Jeffers, who went the matrix here, or Kevin Kerr Meyrowitz fireman. Jackie. Kerm is catch the other ones replaced. This is just unbelievable climate halfway up while getting his cheek against the padding, their maisy. What do you mean is just reflex? That was self preservation. He doesn't make that kid Aussies leading this show. And we're talking about how what we can do to say not on the Mets. Self reservations, a fine river. Catch it don't care. It's reflex, Jackie we'll move on showdown. Pre better homerun face right there. Dietrich the slow. Job. Maybe yes, this is the sprints Kaby. But it's got to be quick, because the other ones kind of jerky, this was kind of like just get around the bases get back. And let's move this game on o k b how long have you been watching Queen? You don't think this jerky? This is completely say, I'm gonna run as fast as I can't show. Come on put this. Oh, come on. You can't call up week for doing this now. I'm not art but you can't reward him for it. Based tall. Ships Devin Blackstone, rewarded I. Reward. Taste, you missed it. Klay, Thompson did not make the all NBA seen unfortunate. Maybe maybe should you know what's really bad about it because he didn't make it. He's not going to get the thirty million extra with supermax contract. That's a bad thing. I liked what his father said, Michael Thompson. He kept it all in perspective, when asked about his son's upcoming deal. He says, you know what he's making plenty of money as it is one hundred ninety million dollars or whatever it's going to be there, people in this world, who are less sports, who can't even dream of making the money. Perspective on that had today's winter, what page lead to you. Why are you serious series? All right for Nate. Ben in New York.

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"ID SPN Elaine Mason in Ireland. We got so much going on today. Lakers LeBron makes his debut last night. They lose at Portland and LCS game number six tonight in Milwaukee. We'll have that game for you here on ESPN LA seven, ten. The Rams on Sunday will play at San Francisco. They are six and looking to make it seven. Oh, can you imagine a tell you what if you look at their schedule at San Francisco, completely winnable game should win, should win there. You know, that's a that's a battle between student in pupil with Kyle Shanahan member. How good the game was there last year, like was forty one thirty nine one night on a Thursday monument. Fifty one forty. Nine. Super, super cool. So you got San Francisco. You got Green Bay at home than at New Orleans home to Seattle, and then Kansas City in Mexico City, Kansas City in Mexico City that is going to be right now. I would say that's game of the year material, right in Mexico. Wish that was in Coliseum, but I'm I'm trying to angle my way to Mexico City for them. I've never been to Mexico City either. I haven't either. I hear it's like a million miles everywhere else. It makes you altitude sick. So here's you've been saying Todd, Gurley MVP Todd, Gurley MVP I've been saying, I think Jared Goff is gonna win. I said at the beginning of the year, girly is on an unbelievable run. Get this. He is on pace on pace for sixteen hundred sixty one rushing yards. Twenty four rushing TV TD's twenty three hundred twenty all purpose yards and twenty nine TD's overall he had twenty last year now I don't think he's going to score twenty nine touchdowns but I think he's got a chance to surpass twenty. I do it. I think that you're gonna find that when more and more teams play, the Rams are gonna wanna take away. These really inventive passing game game plans that McVeigh comes up with. And that's when you Pat him with girly, which is why I think early is going to win MVP. You know, the other gotta look out for Melvin Gordon yet overlords numbers charge rate your chargers. The San Diego Chargers can run the ball low, but they also got that take the ball and run it back running. You know, here's a nut it on that. So NFL owners. Apparently at the NFL owners meetings at league meetings, they're concerned about the viability of the chargers. Originally. They thought they were going to generate four hundred million dollars in personal seat licenses. Instead it's looking more like one hundred fifty million in seat licenses, revenue cry. But here's the thing. The chargers signed a twenty year lease, and they will not be let out of that. So they are free to leave, although think about who would ultimately decide to let them out stand. Yeah, but stan's part of the revenue model for stand right in building the stadium is having a second team. They didn't get out any deal ever release a car you wanted to get out of and get out of days dean Spanos, Al Davis, no, but you'd have to sue the league to leave. I I wouldn't necessarily if it's a complete unmitigated disaster, the legal get involved. And it sounds like there's possibility. It's complete unmitigated disaster. I know when I was over at the I guess they call it the showroom or the demo room or whatever it is. When you go look at the new stadium, the Rams stadium, I did buy personal seat licenses for the Rams. It's it's like they're all these places where they're doing a sales pitch in. It's really impressive. They were all Rams fans. There were no charger fans. They're looking to buy personal seat licenses, and it's hard to imagine that they're going to be able to sell personal seat licenses for the whole stadium. The way the Rams are the Rams every seat is a personal c. license. Yeah, the chargers. I can't imagine. They're going to sell that many personal seat licenses say really dramatically apparently already talked about doing yeah, which they're marking there in London this week, right? Yeah, they're in London. Okay. They've been pretty good. Apparently. I don't know. I don't follow the sandy four games in a row. Rivers is having a good year Gordon seventy Goodyear. A lot of people think they're Super Bowl. Contender. A New England still looks like the team to beat to me. Well, New England after that. And I, you know, flip a coin, I think if New England place, Kansas City, let's face it in the AFC championship game. I was ending Sunday. It'll be alright. Yeah. Did you see by the way that the NBA is now going to allow players out of high school to sign. And to play in the g. league, yes, for one hundred twenty five grand which isn't chump change. It used to be. You go for thirty five grand now have this fasttrack, but I'll just ask. Okay. If you're an elite high school player? Yep. Veers Zion, Williamson? Yep. Better to take the one twenty five and go to the g. league or could've Duke or Kentucky? Well, I mean, it sort of depends on well. First of all, the big thing is it depends on whether or not you want to go to college, not everybody wants to go to college. My ultimate goal is to go to the NBA, but I'm just specifically talking about if I know if I go to college, I'm only going for one year. Do I go higher trainer? Go to the g. league, get paid one twenty-five, screw school, or do I go for one year of the college experience get to play in the tournament, get coached up by coach k. or Calipari what's a better option better option is still to go to college. I think so Tetter still, but and you get that experience that you never get back. But if you don't get the grades, if you don't have any interest in it, I don't grade, they'll get you in. I mean. But sad, they'll get you in no matter. Wedges. Just don't wanna go through the charade of seeing because you gotta stay eligible. Right? But it used to be. I don't know if it's the same way or not, but UCLA's on a quarter system. So if you, let's say you're Lonzo ball or guy that's only going one year, right. Okay. You basically had to go to school in the fall. You have fall winter and spring quarters. Okay. You go to school in the fall for three months? Yup. September October. Not even September. They started UCLA start October first, October, November, December, right. You pass those classes. You get to three classes. You take three pass fail classes. Sure. Pass them k. yeah, now you're into winter quarter k, which starts in January, which you don't even need to finish. It's January, February, March k.. Let's you just never show up. You don't even go to class. Yeah, team gets all the way to the championship game. You just say, I'm dropping out. Yeah, it's just it's so sure. It's a sham. It's a sham Macher at she has my clan, Tony, a sham mockery. Yeah, I look. I don't think everybody is necessarily cut out for college, nor do they want it right. Some people just want to and you know they're going to be athletes high school kids who say, you know what? One hundred twenty five thousand dollars. Tracy McGrady yesterday safe. You had to do all over again. He would just turn pro. He didn't want to go to college right at no of done the hundred and twenty-five because you're getting coaching getting. He said he would. Here's my question. If you sign with somebody. You go into, who do you play with the other g. league guys? No, no. But I'm saying like, okay, I'm Zion. Williamson. I wanna declare for the g. league, which team do I go for? You go to any team you want. And then I think you go back into the draft is how I think it would work. You know, it'd be interesting is if you wa guess this is the problem that the NBA runs into if you decided, okay, Zion, Williamson were willing to pay you more to get your NBA rights. Yeah, that's a well. You remember the Larry Bird got drafted by the Celtics before his senior year of college. Right? 'cause they said we want to have his rights and why does that happen anymore? Because most kids just say, give me the money. I'm not going back to college, so they declare for the draft even though you've already drafted him yet. But I'm just saying like, oh, I against it. Yeah. Yeah, you can't draft. For example, you can't draft a fourteen year old saying, we're, we're banking on in four years. Stay college junior? No, he has to declare for the draft. Okay. That's how they fixed it. Right. I think it's a good solution. I think it's a good inbetween Steph and you know, it puts in all quiet on the on the lavar front. It kind of puts his little j. b. l. thing out of business out of business. Yeah, because now they're paying real money and your socio now who's the youngest ball brother? Not gel mellow yet gives him something to do right. Lamelo can go for the one, Johnny. Five, right? Yeah. And that would make perfect sense for him. Liangelo hasn't gotten a bite on the g. league. Jello. Yeah. No, he's not good enough. Yeah. I mean, he's got to go back to Lithuania, I think, oh God or Europe somewhere FU jeez, ugly, proof proof. John that the dodgers are gonna win tonight proof. Yes. You know, until the game start history, John. Oh, God. History repeats itself explain the next high. So I said, I have proof. The dodgers will win tonight game six and LCS in Milwaukee. I don't know how that possible. What is this proof? So the dodgers. Since okay, the team that takes a three two series lead in the baseball playoffs in history, seventy percent of the time. They win that series. Forty two eighteen the dodgers have a five and one series record when they're leading three, two in the best of seven. You know what the one is. Well, the one is nineteen fifty. Two World Series house wasn't last year dodgers five one series. When leading three, they were down down and they like him. So that would been Debbie more proof of your theory. Yeah. The Astros are up three two and one nugget. The other way, a Wade mile is going to start one nugget the other way. Hundred and ru Christian yelich Curtis Granderson and Brian Braun have got home, runs against rule in their in their careers. What's interesting about that is Curtis Granderson who everybody kind of snickered grabbed handyman. There's something about Curtis Granderson that everybody loves. My only was here. He'll always be on a postseason roster somewhere this year Milwaukee. Last year here seems like forever ago the Curtis Granderson the Grandi man was here annoying fans. Yeah, trying to coup is the Grandi man of this year for the dodgers free? No, no, no, no. I mean, the guy that annoys people the most, the guy that you dread seeing in the game, the guy who's like I'm done with this guy, whoa. Who they're mad at dramatic. It's Chatto. They hate Machado Machado's hidden. Yeah. Who's the guy like in other words, Pedro Byas was that I was glad, and by the way, Pedro bias has. Been fantastic. Scott Alexander is that guy. He didn't make the postseason roster. So you're talking about the guy that you wouldn't want in correct guy. You don't want in Grendel. Grendel. Grondahl has become the bad guy in this series. Yeah, and it's too. He's a very comes in something wrong must have happened. What's what's funny is he is already because he didn't interview when I wasn't here on this show. He's on our banned list. We had previously correct. Is that right? Yeah, he's absolutely man. He was terrible, awful. We band jasmine green doll, so no band players. Would you say Greg as migrant dollars the he has taken over for Pedro. Baya's. Trifled? Yeah, gates insane. I've never seen a major league catcher have that much trouble. Literally giveaway runs in game one of the series because you look at Kershaw Kershaw didn't pitch while he didn't make his pitches. He didn't have the hook the way had it in in game five, but. He Curtis or. Yes, minding rebel was one of the big reasons. Was anyone else currently on the ban list on the show except for grand all? Yes, Todd mcshay. He's banned Brian Windhorst Wayne Nour's. Yeah, that's a mutual divorce. Yes. Mostly my fault money. Anybody else. Dave mcmenamin oh, David, meta man. That's a light bits, a loose man. We could lift that at any moment. Although mcmenamin always this. Yeah. Not once twice. I'm sure I don't think that he always gets upset when we say he's to. Yeah, but you'll get a text from Dave saying we band. No, he doesn't care really try and trust me. He doesn't care. Why do we band Windhorst when Greg yelled at Greg for seeing he something, he said something that got aggregated, and I said, I asked him to come on because of the agregation. Here's my view, takes himself really seriously. Yeah. Decide generally don't get along with people who take themselves really seriously because I don't. I try not to take anything seriously when Sodano does it. Oh, yeah. Hates that by the way. Good play it more speaking of plankton. Apparently Mario has done a promo surrounding the dunk. Oh, did you have on your screen? I haven't on my screen here is this is the new Mario Ruis creation based on the LeBron dunks from last night, Steve Mason, John Ireland. This I'm not heard heard this LeBron James, I did it Justice basket is a Laker stolen. Look on a breakaway. Then the first basket of his career is that. Mason and Ireland. And back and forth here up and down the other one. To John. That was great. In Ireland, Hugh them weekdays from noon to three pm on ESPN LA seventeen. That is very well done. Thank you or Kris knows Mario. Wait here comes comes Christopher update. One of my favorite people in the world, Chris Morales. Now, did you hear the morning show this morning where we ask for you to give us thank you because we feel that we have influenced you to make great radio calls like this. So the promos great. Wait for the morning, show version where we do a play by play with you. Okay. But does that mean it just means we're very happy that John has had. I don't wanna use the word step up because Johnson amazing. He leads the show. Yes rightfully yeah, he does. So we are very. I'm just along for the ride. We are very excited that that the the, the passion, the energy that you can hear on that radio call. We enjoy those. You're taking the morning show actively being excited about LeBron scoring his first real basket. Yeah. Literally the only people in the world who think LeBron's first basket is a Laker happened in San Diego our morning. I just wanted to point out by the big morning morning, show guy. I know it's your favorite show. Keyshawn it is now, you know, we obviously we the Netherlands sport show in l. a. Mason in Ireland and they are the number two sport show in Los Angeles. Can you imagine the Armageddon that will happen? Just all the work I have to do if we ever have to change that change makes you think change what that we're the number one show Chris hinting that we will not be the number one show forever. That's not true. You never know. You kidding me. Have a great weekend bliss. Yeah, see, there's Christopher Ellis. You know what he is. He's an agitated. He just tries to agitate you spend sizes in bits. It's not just thing. He educates everybody liked the big fight between me. And George started by Chris? Yeah, but you have to be willing to be agitated. That one got me. I'm never going to take the bait again. Yeah, that's not. You will tomorrow. Yeah, just the next time somebody does anything, hey, don't forget to thirty fifth row Fridays. If you've been listening all week long, there is a question about each day of the show. If you've been listening, you will know, hey, is this true? But good finish your thought. Fifth row seats to the October twenty fifth game versus the Denver Nuggets and autographed basketball chairman's club passes. That's VIP launch where all the stars go plus a super cuts gift card. We will have five questions at two thirty today. If you can answer them, all you will be in the fifth row for a Lakers game. Fifth row Fridays brought to you by super cuts, save time, checking online. Let super cuts get you game ready. This from miles Simmons who covers the Rams Greg's arline today quote, we're good. Gut kicks in, feel good, feel confident. Now I just have to go execute on Sunday. Oh, is that he's back roster? Santos, like leg Tron being in there as a weapon, huge weapon. I will feel much better. I was nervous every Cairo. Santos missed one field goal, Sam thick and missed field goal to the guy before that it was fun. I just thinks her line to great, great, man. Yeah, he's he's like this in the game and really put you. They if the number starts with a five come in and say, fifty, nine yard field goal. I think he's making give it a go. He meet fifty six off the dirty. So raiders. Yup. Coming up. Next jarrow, Maury, general manager of the Houston Rockets wearing a suit isn't just for job interviews anymore. It's a lifestyle and HP the new line of men's suiting only at Saks. Fifth, as p is modern, shooting designed for your active lifestyle. Elevate your student game with HP shop online to find a store near you at Saks Fifth dot com. Hey, what's up? It's a gigantic day LeBron made his Lakers debut last night in spectacular fashion. Lehman brings the ball in the placers of twelve seconds to shoot stolen Brian breakaway in the first basket of his career. Is that top. Is that brings the crowd to its feet, and there's an answer to a trivia question, what brands I bucket a spectacular dunk in the motive centre. Here's Lillard coming the other way with the no. Brian, they're going back and forth here up and down the other one. In the building. In the first quarter blazers, Brian announces his presence with a thirty that was fun. Yeah. Yeah, and the games are much more entertaining. Now you'll you'll see tomorrow night. If you go, you'll see it and, and I know that we're giving away tickets of some some upcoming while we did give away tickets all day yesterday to are the game tomorrow night to really looking forward to it. I'm glad people are. I mean, there were a lot of Laker fans in Portland, but tomorrow night. It'll be like tons of them by the way. The Daryl Morey is gonna join us in fifteen minutes. He says the rockets have a slow bus. He said, our buses slow. They're taking their time. Apparently hope hopefully you're staying. I don't know where this. Yeah. No, I don't know. Probably not. So Daryl's going to join us here in just a couple of minutes. I wanted to duck in this dodgers game six tonight, brewers versus the dodgers in Milwaukee. Got some more nuggets here that are interesting. Facing Wade, Miley tonight memory faced one batter in game? Yeah, big of him. Subterfuge is what it was the off of Wade Miley in terms of the dodgers and their success. Matt camp has two career home runs versus Miley Puig Machado Grondahl in freeze each have a home run against my Lee in their careers and be ready a lot of bullpen tonight because Wade Miley actually Wade Miley give them five hundred. Third, he was that that's the start of the gave them the most innings. Your suggest that that was an anomaly. I mean, he pitched way better in that game. Then he then he pitched all year. I think the dodgers can get to this guy. There's no, they can't get to this guy. I don't know the dodgers have gotten to this point and Greg, you know this, it is last year felt so much easier than this year. I feel like we're up three two. Two and we should be down three to the way that we've been playing. They should be down three two, they came back, they've been behind the whole series. Well, they didn't only start hitting in the seventh inning and beyond. It's so the first five, six innings. They can't get anything across. Then all of a sudden they come back against the bullpen. So yes, it feels that way. But you're basically having another bullpen games and now you've seen all of the mole times three four times gonna be tonight. If you see something like Sewri already been out there three times, you know, Jefferson has been out there three times and you want. Now the Milwaukee bullpen has thrown thirty three and two-thirds innings of in this series, thirty three and two thirds innings. That's an all time record. The first six games of postseason series. They are going at it hard and they just bring arm after arm. The guy I love to see. Is Jeremy Jeffers. They consider him their closer and they got his number guys number and the guy, of course, you dread to see snapping off that crazy fastball from that crazy angle is Josh hater and he got hit in that last game. He gave up to hip. He did give up two hits yet had first and third, and then there was a bad strikeout call and who was it though? He's he's impressive on TV. I'd great seats for that game. He just his fastball is just a joke. I mean he's touching ninety eight ninety nine with that thing. It's a weird angle. It's almost like the Madison Bumgarner angle, which is really, really hard on on left-handers, and that's why I'm not completely in favor of flipping everybody the way the dodgers Madurai now I know they're going to do it, but I'm, I'm not in favor of them flipping. I'd like to see David freeze versus Josh Hader. And if you just he's only at five at bats this year. I mean, he is. He at one point was Mr. October. Okay. Here's the other thing. Remember earlier this week I brought up that Houston who is heavily favored. You picked the Astros the Red Sox and five. They lost in five. I occasionally get something wrong, but here's the thing Roberta Osuna who had had that domestic violence charge got put in in in a tie game, loaded the bases and gave up a grand slam to Jackie Bradley Jr. everybody said that sports karma right l. time today, Google, Josh. Judge hater tweets. And see what comes up earlier this year. Josh Hader got caught with some incredibly offensive. Stuff on his Twitter timeline from a few years ago. He's one of those deals where they caught him from longtime ago, but there's just no, no way to excuse it and no way to walk it back. And yet we've all kind of forgotten about it tonight. Josh haters, gonna pitch at some point with the season on the line. If you believe in sports karma. It could be the Roberto of SUNA his tweets by the way are just, I think he just pull them up. You can't even read them on the air. That's how bad they know even with. I wouldn't even read these on the air with bleeps there so bad. Right. The worst part about it too, is that they, the brewers fans, then cheered him for these tweets after when he finally came back and they're going to boom, Chato kind of stuff. It is funny how you never see a black person getting mauled by a shark because they scared of the water hashtag shark week. Yeah. And that's not that's mild compared to you compared to these other? Yeah. I mean, it's it. He offends people with disabilities. He offends he, he does not. He's not a big fan of gay people in his tweets. He, he's the stuff is racist. It's. Seen racist and homophobic and insane, the expense offensive. There's nothing nothing there, but so it'll be interesting to see if he survives, you know, he's being hailed as the best pitcher on the brewers and kind of their well. Let's I mean, okay, so these tweets are from two thousand and eleven right there from seven years ago. Okay. And what how old tater like twenty two twenty three. I think he's more like twenty four. Greg. Look that up. I tell you be he'd be a teenager. Yeah, he'd be Cager twenty four. So he these when he was seventeen seventeen. Yeah. How. We've talked about this before, but how accountable. Are you at twenty four for what you sent out at seventeen. Well, it depends what you sent out. I think it's pretty clear by those tweets that Josh hate her is is a racist. I mean, it there's no other way about it, and because he was young and dumb, I don't think gives you the excuse senior seventeen now. Now, do I think it should be held against him to the point where he shouldn't be able to pitch baseball should suspend them for those? No, I don't. But he kind of is what we should remember at all times to things about the brewers. One, Josh Hader is racist and homophobic, and Ryan, Braun is an absolute dead cold, cheater. And I think tonight is wind up pay back. Yes, today they go down. All right code. I'm next forty. Daryl Morey the general manager of the Houston Rockets who will be at Staples Center tomorrow night to face LeBron and the Lakers I what is going on heads Friday just got paid. Hopefully you're getting paid right now. Mason Ireland ESPN LA it is a gigantic day in sports Lakers lose their debut of LeBron last night one twenty eight one nineteen in Portland LeBron did go twenty six, twelve and six. They faced the rockets tomorrow night and LCS game number six. Tonight in Milwaukee, dodgers lead the series game three lead the series. Three, two got a chance to win one and go to the World Series Wade Miley versus Hon. Jin REU? Okay. Let me ask you a question about the game. I did last night in Portland at one point. I mentioned the Lakers were over twelve from three. Yup. And oh, I sixteen from beyond the arc to start the game. Okay. It's one of the main. In reasons they lost. They got outscored from beyond the arc by eighteen points. Yes. Okay. Puerto was making the Lakers wore not yes. In game seven of the Western Conference finals last year, right? Houston hosting Golden State? Yep. All right. Remember, Chris, Paul got hurt, but if you beat schooled in state, they, they go to the finals. At one point in that game, the rockets missed twenty seven consecutive three pointers, twenty seven in a row, not as many as the sixteen the Lakers missed last night. They missed share, but I've been more than the lakes at any point if you're over sixteen from three, particularly when you're the Lakers and you were dominating fast-break points, dominating points in the paint. Should you give it up? No, you can't re cannot trade twos for threes. Okay. But when the rockets were, oh, for twenty seven, maybe when they had missed twenty in a row, try something else. They kept shooting, right? Yeah. Gotta keep. Well, shooters gotta shut themselves out of the so you you would say that to to the saying it up to shoot devil's advocate yourself flunking. What if okay, but there's gotta be a point, right? If they were like last night Lakers were for sixteen right? Western Conference. Final rockets over twenty seven, right. Okay. At some point, don't yet just because you're beating your head against the wall, you gotta try something else. Like I actually said, brings Vaean if you're going to shoot them, bring somebody who can make well. I mean, Josh Hart was the one guy who missed them. I last night, right? He was three of five from three and eight of twelve over. All right. Lonzo made one hashtag start heart. Yeah, it just I wonder. I don't know why you wouldn't start heart. He's clearly we can't play clearly your best shooter. Okay. He can't play every minute of every game. You can't play forty eight minutes, correct. Casey p. is a veteran who already started and has the same agent as LeBron why not start Casey p play heart, the majority of the minutes, like what's the ideal amount of minutes you would pick for heart. But thirty six thirty six k stark ACP make sure heart place. Thirty six. You kind of see, you know, you don't lose Casey p because you're not bencher them. Oh, I see. And you you play hard. Is Michael Cooper, right? Keep part of the Lakers championship run. So you don't start Casey p you're going to lose them. No, but I think you you put a dent in his confidence, right? You know he likes and by the way you want heart necessarily maybe out there with Lonzo and Kouzmin and some of these other dudes because LeBron may not be out there all the time. But all these lineups are. Fungible. Yes, I think hard do shirts, correct word, one hundred percent. That one I don't even need to look up really, but heart is your best option to guard you agree? Yes. Just make sure he plays the majority of the minutes there and make sure he plays in the fourth quarter LeBron played the entire fourth quarter. I would have argued it would have been nice. Had heart done it too. They took hard out for Casey p from like, yeah, see, I don't probably the ten minute to the four minute Mark. Why not ride the hot hand? Right? And I think you'll see more of that. Remember this is all fluid LeBron had six turnovers. He's not going to have that every night and they're not gonna shoot seven of thirty from three every night. Yeah, although they they, the defense, they did not defend last night. One particular they didn't offend three pointer. They will never nixed. Outskits can hurt you. Is that the three point line? He's not going to the rim Dunkin on people by, right, right. If Nick staus is he's not going to the free throw. Shooting twenty five free throws. He's not. Marta, Rosen. Just don't let him shoot threes, right? They did let him shoot three's ain't what he makes six of them. Yes, he made six. Six, I got. I got me. I'll look it up. Nick staus gets in the game. Was from three was five of eight. Yes. See, nobody wanted one of eleven. Everybody went to lock them up. Yeah. I mean, he was plus minus plus eighteen had twenty four points. He came into the game averaging four. His career high was twenty four. He tied it last night. That step thing you need to defend against, right. Yeah, you do really well and the other. The other thing is. You saw a number of times LeBron tried to make a play, and his guy just wasn't there. I mean, it's a certain amount of this is kind of it's it's kind of sinking up. I mean, LeBron has to sync up with this group and the only way to do that is in a real game. I mean, there was one at one point LeBron made a pass behind his back and he thought Cousteau was going to go right to the basket. Just passed it to nobody quite react to this. My friend, Dave just texted me, hey, Dave, what's up? Man, Davis guy. He's he's, I've told you about him before he used to be a college official referee. Oh, yeah. Okay. So he says John, the difference is the rockets game is three pointers and three point shooting the Lakers admittedly to not have three point shooters. Why did the Lakers keep shooting three pointers when it is not their game? What has to be their name, but it's not willing to concede that, hey, wait a minute. We were never well, the fed bet on Kouzmin getting better. We bet on Ingram getting better. We bet on Lonzo getting better. We, we bet on heart. Continuing to improve mean that was where the shooting was supposed to come from. Think he asked a fair question because there they were twenty ninth in the league in three point shooting last year twenty-ninth second to last and they went thirty five games right? This year they're our hope is to win fifty correct. When they started over sixteen it was probably a pretty good memory of why they, you know I they were just so good on the fast break. And and again, let me throw these numbers at you. Fast break points Lakers thirty four blazers, twelve points in the paint. Lakers seventy blazers, fifty six. I mean that's really dominant. It is and you know they were plus fourteen in the paint fast-break points. They were plus twenty two. Yet from behind the arc, their minus eighteen. I would've stopped shooting the threes, right, but go, they won't. They won't go twelve for thirty in your right there at the end. Right? You trade a couple of those twos for three Astle pride after the game. Did you guys shoot many threes or did you like the look? She side because I loved him. He was we, most of them were wide open. Yeah, a lot of more open because we just didn't make them. Yeah. So I think they'll shoot, and by the way the rockets can low you into that. Tomorrow night. They're gonna shoot forty, three's right. You start getting into a track, meet with them and everybody jacking up threes. They win. So you gotta keep an eye on it. You gotta play your game here is we've, we've got the starting lineups. Is that what you what you thought? No. All right. Weird, right. Ed is a weird ass lineup, wait, wait a minute freezes leading off Dave and freeze leading off and at first base max Muncie batting second at second base JT's batting third, Machado, fourth Bellinger in centerfield. So they're writing Bellinger because he's kind of figuring it out Chris Taylor who's been great in the series and left plea and Barnes. David freeze batting leadoff. So they're going right left. Right, right left. Right, right, right. It's almost it's subterfuge proof. It is. Well, what happens here too? Is that because freezes leading off, eventually Muncie will move over. I based freeze will leave the game. KiKi will come in and he'll be a leadoff and no Kemp even though he has to know champ against Miley. That's interesting. Well, that means you've got right handed sticks to pinch, hit late in the game. You've still got dosier. And kemp. As right handers that can pinch it when we get to Josh Hader. I'll tell you the most important thing tonight. Score I score I, yeah, the team that scores, I is one almost every. I mean, it's it's the the, it is so disproportionate. If you score I, your odds of winning are just dramatic. There's a gigantic swing. I think it's like twenty four and five. In the postseason this year. And by the way I'm winging that number. So do not text me or do not call me and say, you're wrong. It's around that. Are we allowed to say it's a round. That number mean. Hey, before we get the fast track and we, we may. We must have missed out on Daryl. They must have a release still on the. We'll talk to him next week, but the Bill Orem just tweeted this Bill. Who covers the Lakers athletic? Yes. Casey is with the Lakers second unit in the -scriminate playing alongside coups MMA v. Lonzo and Wagner. Last night. Luke Walton said it's a little early to start adjusting or changing the starting lineup, but today, heart hashtag start heart. Yeah, maybe happening that, you know what I think it is. I think it's the hashtag, well, heart is played his earned it to the MVP the whole summer. Oh, yeah. Yeah. All right. Coming up. Next, we've got fast track. I've got unbelievable stuff in my fast track. Gotta go check what it is. I wrote it earlier this week Mason and Ireland ESPN LA.

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Ep. 47: Anger and Bitterness Meet Joy and Smug-Life

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Ep. 47: Anger and Bitterness Meet Joy and Smug-Life

"Want to welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball. Welcome back everyone to the ninety miles podcast everything Chicago cubs and Milwaukee brewers focused and boy. Do we have an episode for you this week. I'm really my friend Ryan Cubs Fan which is why he doesn't want to be here and how much of an Hey Ryan how're you how much of an episode today so go ahead and cubs fan and turn this off right now. Are you kidding. Wow you're saltier than Joe. Madden was the other day. That's was that yesterday inspired me. That was great. I was is a good staff was great. it's like the final last words of of a guy before he goes out and puts his head in the news is what that sounded. I'd like to me. Oh you know. Those are salty bitter old man hey I don't. I don't care like why you know the so the cubs have some what we're talking about. They have an obligation to play spoiler. to the cardinals doers. I don't think so burs a bunch of Wild Davies and you know too bad like welcome. Welcome to you know being up towards the top division and being more of a playoff team. you know put your big boy pants on and quit your whining cubs. Ed. Oh you know favors so so that's my take on that and there but if you're going to say that if you're an Joe Madden said that before anybody had anything to say about what the cubs were doing. Nobody on the brewers side even had an opportunity unity to say squat do better. He's so bitter about how did that. He intentionally calls out the brewers for no apparent reason whatsoever good and says. I don't care if they bitch about us. Not Blah Blah you leaders players haven't done in the entire month of September her squad injuries why would you why would you take him out. They take them out and besides he probably listens to our approach and that's why you're saying that to you. He was saying to you so you know I don't care what the cubs do this weekend other than take one out of three from the cardinals annals your biggest rival. It's not my business. I don't care how you play them. Do whatever you WANNA do. I wasn't GonNa Bitch about pulling Yu Darvish. Yeah I don't care I don't Care No. It was a salty bitter man that had been eliminated from the playoffs whose contract is up in his losing his job. I in ten years and fifty years. It doesn't matter you look back at it. Whether Madden does stick around or not here really it doesn't matter he he's you know one of the greatest managers for the cubs historically in numerous ways not to mention you know a two thousand sixteen see world series. I I don't have anything against Madden. I don't know what's going to happen. I mean a shakeup might not be a bad idea even if they madden doesn't stay. I don't think it's anything necessarily summarily against him so there. There's my take on that so I well what's weird about it and I'm sure it was. I'm sure it was brought up by a reporter because I don't think Joe Madden just said this out of nowhere no no he didn't I'm sure somebody asked well. What do you think the brewers are. GonNa do if you know if you're certain lineup you know what the fact that he went out of his way to take that shot was really really bizarre areas. I I us. Oh Oh it's hilarious. It's hilarious because you're a squad is stunk for good. They've been injured mostly injured. They haven't stunk. I mean Rizzo so had a good good is even going by Warburg at a good season. I mean you know for sure would probably be playing yet by for sure out for the rest season. Bryant for sure out Rizzo. I think he's GonNa talk to well. I mean they're they've got injuries playing the healthy guys ahead Ed yeah so. Why are you taking shots at a different team that just eliminated yo because they signed about wine about cubs fans coming They voted about you know this schedule and the way the weather in Chicago and Blah Blah like I'm pretty sure it was the cubs that wind about last. Ask Your schedule. I'm pretty sure a friend of yours that have been whining about Pythagorean luck. Oh yeah that's a whole nother thing which yeah that played a role this year but I'd say if anything the injuries probably play a role the biggest worry all right okay so here's the thing. Milwaukee is eighteen and twenty twenty two and blowout games. That's basically a game decided by five runs or more. There's a thirty one run run differential in those games there plus eleven in one run games there twenty-seven sixteen now. You'RE GONNA say that's luck. I'm going to say that's something that's managed done well because Craig Counsel now seven and eighteen in blowouts last year but this zero last year. There are thirty three and nineteen in one run games this year. They're twenty seven and sixteen in one run games. You're gonNa tell me that that massive of a sample size has everything nothing to do with luck yeah. I I would have to say. There's an element of luck involved. in fact there isn't this is the way this team is designed. The cubs was terrible. In one run games the difference between actual win loss and pet the grand win loss they lie literally call it at the gory unlock they literally call it that because it's a stupid brewers are why they call it. That is a term. It's about run differential. Chill people are plus nine and cubs earn negative seven so that's because they had no closer the entire year in the bruise had Josh Hater. That's one reason John Ritter Games that I would call that personnel and Managing Pedro Pat unbelievably out of the norm for him completely terrible season yeah yeah I didn't have anybody that was hurt or you know performed or underperformed in the bullpen did they well they did but they still they got lucky. They did right and they still manage their way around it because they because of this. This is how they operate yeah. They don't win blowout games the way the cubs do they don't that's not how they are built this article from the playoffs Tony. I mean really all you got every burned it down to that already. Well I mean you know run differential. It's game mm. It is operated seasons point one by far the lowest of any postseason team in the majors. What what is point one. I didn't even hear you run differential average per game of appoint one. That's what the brewers got by far. The lowest season team no no last year. They run differential postseason team in one run ball games last year that they are this year. Why why do you have a sixty or seventy bruiser excellent in one run games over two years now all right all right. I you know I how you feel in Buddy. I mean I I honestly wanted the cubs to keep this race a lot closer through the yeah. I got a little more heated initially here than I anticipated but we had to go in you know the brewers bitch and about everything and you know Joe Madden Statement. They aren't don't need a bitter old man on his way out. Let's see all right. What would anyways. I you know the the other thing. I want to mention this. This is a this is a new for cubs fan case about Pythagorean luck the whole season. I come out with facts that dispute it and now you're mad at me. Well Yeah Yeah I found an article I wanted to mention this from July twenty sixth sixth some cubs fan article and we are just a fan podcast. This is your time Hermes please. This is about as you mentioned as we've ever started the assery. Thanks Sorry Ryan. You're still my friend right yeah. This is just an answer that but anyways yeah last year the brewers go ranked well in the post in the regular season as bullpen statistics this year not quite as good but it's how they're managed how they get through those one run games. They pitch better during a lower than the ninth inning this year in tight ballgames. They have an under three E. R. A. You know the the reason. The cubs didn't is because Brandon Morrow never got unhealthy. Pedro Strope stunk and Craig Kimbrel wasn't Craig Kimbrel. I don't consider that luck- well. Maybe it's bad luck for the cubs but it's not bad luck for the brewers. The brewers have relied on hater the year before they had you know canabal closing this year. It's been crew trying to get through those one run games but managed improperly they can do it and that's two seasons of it in a row. It's not Pythagorean luck. It's just run differential. It doesn't mean the same thing to every team whatever anyways enough on that because if it were the other way you would be arguing the other side so you know it doesn't really matter but I would need the statistics mystics behind me to me. I think I think you I think you can have a plus thirty plus forty run differential team that can run to the world series. I don't think this is a world series team for brewers. Don't mistake when I was saying. This is designed to be lucky to make a castle wildcard game but you know that's another thing well last day so you were telling me that lucky feed lucky to make the wildcard at all. Let alone the division. Yeah Yeah Yeah well here. We are yeah we are. We're we'RE NOT GONNA get the division so I well you know now that Madden's putting out the B squad maybe that AAA club can actually hang with the cardinals considering the major league club didn't do it last week all right okay. That was a little bit low but seriously if that's what he's GonNa come out and say it's like yeah yeah. Play the B squad. Whatever man it's whatever do what's right for them now. You know it's ironic. One thing I was going to mention is the irony of the two thousand nineteen season I I'd call it a collapse. I mean they had it in their hands to at least make the postseason at least and and it they collapsed the four-game sweep by the cardinals being swept by the cardinals in those four games was absolutely devastating devastating. That was the beginning of the end and I it's just I was thinking about I look back. I wanted to double check some things and it's it's maybe not quite quite as extreme in a sense and especially now that the playoffs you know the way you can get into the playoffs with wildcard and all that is a little different then back then but you know the nineteen sixty nine you know it's a fifty year anniversary of the nineteen sixty nine cubs season and and they ironically there was a quite a collapse nineteen sixty-nine they lost seventeen of their last twenty five games while the mets it's one twenty three when twenty three and seven and finish eight games ahead of the cubs and you know won the National League East and went on to win the world series that year so the there's some interesting similarities and it's ironic that it's right on the fifty year anniversary and you know though it. I don't think I think that this claps is as painful as it would ban for big cubs fans back in Nineteen sixty-nine specially my dad who I I know he had always told me I mean he had a pretty deep hatred for the mats after that you know and you know that would really stung. I mean given you know headband nine since nineteen forty five since last time there in the world series and of course nature no eight since I'd say one so nineteen sixty nine was was an exciting season looked promising and then they they lost it and you know this. This doesn't sting as bad. They want and sixteen. I mean they've been in the postseason since two thousand fifteen. I mean it's it's been in you know nineteen. two thousand fourteen was the last time the cubs did not make the playoffs. I mean I mean that was years ago so I've been spoiled so I can't. I can't get too upset yeah. You had four straight years of playoff appearances which is nice. That's a nice run. The brewers are making their second straight appearance only their sixth in franchise history so I'm pumped even if realistically I don't look at it and say this is the world series team you put Christian I in yellowstone this team again and the way the pitching's come back. Maybe you can make a run to the world series but I still I'm concerned with similar things from last year the pitching ward down last year for Milwaukee and finally maybe tired out a little bit in the NFL CS you know Jeremy. Jeffers wasn't the same guy in that series. The ironic part is for Milwaukee. If you go back to last year you're going back to the sixty nine mets I think it's less painful probably for cubs fans just in the sense that back then you're going to win the pennant. I don't know what I mean yeah. That's a lot different than losing out on a wildcard spot which is very realistically where the cubs were a week ago two weeks ago it. It was just trying too hard and maybe have a shot at the division for much lapse for they did not have the division lead at all in in August did they. Maybe that's two months of baseball yeah. That's two months of baseball. It's not the same kind of Collab- A lot earlier go. I know I know I yeah but I mean at least the postseason spot. Yeah I mean it's different sure then they flunked out of a post-season spot had an opportunity on the as far as the division. you know they yeah. I agree they. They were in. I tell in the division till August twenty second aunt they fluctuated between for a while so there were some short- sort of sheriff I that's a lot different than having the pennant lead and blowing it right now. I'm not saying it wasn't a collapsed because I think the cubs absolutely did flounder Agassi's Agassi's. They're up three and a half games. They were in first but yeah it's a little bit or a collapse eclipses like losing losing you know being up five games with a month ago and blowing it that that's what it feels like. I mean look at it this way. They were in first. They're only up by half a game there in I I ice twenty-second and right now. They're eight games in third back in third place. That's yeah that's ahead of collapse something. That's my dog. That's for for the new listeners. Lillian makes occasional appearances yeah 'cause we recorded home. We're fans. That's what we do this. This is a this is fun for us that I. It wasn't a lot of fun as they say censored myself. Go back and bleep that out later you're close that was pushing it. Hey yeah well. I sailed myself a lot at work. If I go on a to be Fair Ryan does the technical side so when one of us drops one of those those beepers he's the one that has to go back in and fix it but yeah so so I mean they certainly collapsed. I don't think it's the same I'm feeling especially because it always was of breaching the postseason felt the devote more negative history yeah well. Oh Yeah anyways. It's yeah I mean. I don't know I'm looking forward to next year. Sure I certainly by. No means think that the window is closed I would so shut oh yeah he would say that you better hope. It's not not no no the twenty sixteen. Two Thousand Fifteen window is closed. It is now a regroup time. You'RE GONNA have a lot of change over. I don't think it's not a re-build. There's a regroup that's going to happen no doubt but I wouldn't call it a rebuild I by no means there rebuild. GonNa be happening here so. I don't know what what the plans are these. I'm sure we'll dig into that. Another episode possibly puzzle you sooner rather than later when when when is the wildcard game. Are you still thinking you've got the division well. Actually I'm more worried about the three way tiebreaker. That could come into play to be honest. I I don't know when these Games are GONNA fall. Well you do on the national. League should have the first wildcard won't be long and we'll be doing our season wrap. both teams out house now. This is ridiculous all right all right so now let the dogs though will continue a little bit yeah sorry about that ninety miles podcasts fans yeah the wife had made a trip into clarita just got back from the grocery store so the so oh the dog goes nuts and yeah that's all fine. That's kind of what happens then. This is anyway you were saying something about the cubs Blah Blah Blah next year next year. You know typical cub fashioned Yadda Yadda. Yeah ever go with that one well. I'm sure we'll dig into. I well what I was saying. It's not going to be long before we're going to be doing a season wrap episode for both teams being done for the season at which point we hope so while you in you know so you you've adjusted here. This burs team has a chance to make decent run. I did respond honestly on Twitter I. I don't think this the world series team just the way things have fallen but the way this pitching staff is set up. I can certainly see them getting to the National League Championship series that I believe is a possibility I can also see him getting bounced in the wildcard game. Despite going twenty and four in the month of September so far yeah we definitely want to do more of a season wrap episode. We're going to ramp up and get into to you know some I think around the rap episode time will cover what happened the season but also what we'd like to see happen in the off season then we're going to get into our off season program which is gonNA contain a bunch of cool historical stuff probably a little less animosity than the regular season had. It's a little calmer time yeah yeah. you know. I'll have a little more a cool down period here and I you know and also I do want to give it a good week or so and let's see what kind of immediate transactions transactions occur after the season's officially over the you know we might get some news about some movement. That's going to be happening being well not to speculate but I'm assuming you know Joe. Madden doesn't have a contract for next year these games more than likely. I don't like their reciting. I think if they're gonNA extend them. We're going to hear something about it right away if they're not we may hear nothing or we may hear that that's the plan and either either way. I mean you know I I don't mind shake up here. and I you know no at the same time looking looking at that yeah yeah I mean there's and there's a lot of rumors floating around which be some fun off-season speculation about who who'd be taken the helm I. I don't like the turnover sure I don't like a lot of turnovers. Ben A lot of turn over the last few years with pitching coaches and hitting coaches so now here. You know to have a manager manager. Turnover is a little you know adds to that inconsistency but at the same time there's GonNa be some players in going to be turning over as well. and I'm sure we'll get into to that. I I'm imagining zobrist may be done I'm guessing he's GONNA retire here. that's been the rumor you know and and Cassiano I mean fact that his agent is Scott. Boras doesn't help the possibility of cubs three signing him you know and he's still you know. At least that's one little bright spot here. With the remainder of the season he still eyeing sixty doubles on the season uh-huh which would be quite a feat by of course will continue to drive up continue to drive up his price but who knows I mean with a big shakeup. There's still some possibility I don't think fifty eight doubles versus sixty doubles is going to change his price. He's he's. He's been really good but I hear what you're saying you know he's he's definitely creating. Some Valium Boris will use it as a tool. I'm sure of some sort oh yeah but yeah it's we'll get into it for sure when we do the season wrap episode for both squads. We're going to do it at probably at one time. Ryan might be boy. What if the Bruce do make a a National League Championship series around. That's GONNA be like two weeks I haven't I'm going to be broadcast with me extremely without you do having any cubs baseball yeah I you know another bright spot at least for me personally. is my second favorite team. the twins are I'll probably be watching twins baseball postseason at least so you know well. You'll be watching more than just twins baseball postseason. I mean we do we do absorb some of the postseason homers yes. We're fans but you know I understand. You're GONNA have a hard time. Watching the cardinals your quote Unquote brewers burn through a podcast for it is the best new rivalry and and so when Joe Madden walks into a presser and just blast. I know really what we are the real rival. We're the real rival. It's pretty clear like we're going to go lay down to our archrival Saint Louis so we can spite the brewers okay old man not salty at all. Are you know that's that's fine but I can't believe you did that. It's funny but it's just it's so weird. He was just your -tated and I'm I'm somehow it probably came up and he's right brewers a bitch alive. No he okay do brewers bitch a lot. They do like doing things and make sure you are. I know you are they. Make try to make sure cubs. Fans can buy tickets Miller Park. You know they you our super annoyed by the Wrigley North Nickname. It's gone you know well. The cubs have ten times the amount of fan the Bruce. Do that's the nature of the beasts now well. They've been around for awhile so okay you know. Milwaukee's still put up a two point nine million attendance since this year which is awesome yeah. I don't know what the cubs did but they have a smaller older ballpark. The can't fit as many people in can down yeah which which is fine but yeah so so anyways big weekend coming up for baseball one way or another other the cubs have the opportunity to do whatever the hell they want to do with Saint Louis whether that'd be play spoiler or try and spoil it for somebody else. I don't really care. The brewers are in the postseason. They'll either play the nats well. They'll either play. The nats in the wildcard or the wind division basically is how it's going to boil down exciting way. They've done it yeah. If you WANNA be bitter about it. That's fine. I do the Milwaukee Bullpen Yeah. The Milwaukee Bullpen has been outstanding so this month has been in a nice run back to back September's of really record type of baseball right. You WanNa talk about the cubs doing record stuff against the Pittsburgh pirates well whoopy-doo that's great. It's the pirates Aritz but the brewers this month twenty four and September an incredible run last year's brewers were nineteen and seven in September and everybody said while what Ah Crazy September it was this one's even even better which is a little more shocking you know with the news of losing Christian Yelich. It makes it a little more sense because in in some ways this bullpen is more fresh than last year's bullpen was last year can able in Jefferson hater reused a lot. This year haters been used quite a bit but you guys like Jeffers. Were let go you've got guys like Ray black coming and drew pomeranz moving from starter's role to a relievers role. He's probably a little fresher that way. there's spend some. Brent suter coming back from Tommy John. obviously you can't use them more than a couple innings at a time but he's been outstanding so this bullpen is actually lined up in some ways better are this year than it was last year which is outstanding for the postseason the only problem. I foresee as I've discussed before with woodruff coming back from the Oblique. I don't know where the starting pitching at length is. GonNa come. I'm from four Milwaukee through the postseason first things first. If you end up playing the nationals you gotta get through. Shire's are in Strasbourg. I've heard rumors that the nationals will be lining up. All four starters is potentially for this game because frankly there bullpens very good so the really the nationals are willing to let themselves get into a position of being horribly out of shape rape for the divisional series because it's a one one in right. It's the plane win in. That's the only thing they can do. I don't know how that's GONNA play out. I feel better about the brewers shot in a a divisional series than I do the nationals because of that particular situation but anything beyond that you know everything else is Kinda gravy. It's been a great run sedan then exciting. I'm I just can't wait for the postseason. Start at this point you know. I don't know I'm curious weekend. As much as Joe Madden wants me to so that's really all I got today. I I could go into deeper numbers about wide run. Differential doesn't mean anything but I think that's irritated yeah enough for one day well well. You're wrong so that doesn't matter now. It means things but it doesn't mean what you want it to me so well in any case yeah. I mean I mean I don't know I guess I guess we're going to have to do well certainly going to have to do a end of regular season. Wrap on on all our predictions. I'm looking. There's a ton of them here. Yeah we've got a whole bunch. You can see him at ninety miles podcasts dot com. Www W. dot ninety miles podcasts dot com top Ted Cy Young Award Voting Darvish calling with my cut. I'm calling with my heart. I'm going Theresa Resolve starting to catch up the I've gotten a couple rightly your Europe slightly ahead of me actually right now. Oh boy is just just like what happened with the brewers and the cubs yeah while you're five and twenty six. I'm five and twenty nine so you have some predictions yet that who the trio prediction is probably over. I probably got it wrong. I'll pull up those numbers. Although do we count the postseason for Theresa's races I don't they pull ahead had end of regular season as the and limited yep yeah. I last looked it up in July. Oh make sure for the next episode. I know exactly where we're Adam. That guy will do another one next. We'll go over these six qualifying plus. One non qualifying brewers had over eight hundred. Es in the shore not better than two hundred average versus Jimmy Nelson. I think that's a that's first ten at bats. I don't think that happened. That didn't even happen now. Note didn't know let's see yeah. There's a bunch of they. We'll do we gotta do We'll wrap all these but there's we do yep. I'm looking at it. The brewers do have eight guy or I'm sorry six guys with an eight eight hundred better plus Brandon would drifted not hit his three home runs but he has a two sixty seven batting average. It's GonNa be fun so stick with us. We're going to get back to some of those predictions this next week. Bring that into play. We're going to talk about what's happening a little bit in the postseason especially obviously if Milwaukee's still involved if Milwaukee's done we're GonNa do a little bit more of a post mortem boredom type of episode which would be good to fund I don't know what else do we have today. DO WE WANNA make any predictions. I suppose we should bring in the predictions elements a little but more prudential another weekend. We should still a weakening baseball. I mean regular season. It's not like the cubs. Season is truly over. Take over but it's not done well. I mean there's I could always make non cubs related postseason relations actions as well with your heart right but I- guys on the my franchise fantasy baseball podcast go with your heart yeah let's jump in. I might up the music I might do on here about Let's see I'm I'm. GonNa go ahead and predict a CASSIANO will get get to sixty. He'll have sixty or more doubles okay. That's good. That's a solid one yeah Let's take a look here since run. Differential has been a running theme. no puns puns intended there Let's take a look here. The brewers currently have and plus nine run differential care. Which is you know quote? Unquote middle of the pack decorates supposed to be around a five hundred team. I'm going to predict that they're going to end up with a plus twenty or better run differential by the end of the regular season. That's three games with the Colorado Colorado rockies so I'm expecting the bruised the win these three games basically by a combined eleven runs are more interesting which yeah I mean it would also also put them into a Pythagorean Blah Blah. Luck Bull Loney level closer to you know. Probably you know eighty. Five eighty six wins something like that. If you're a plus two thousand eighteen right all right that's fine basically what I'm predicting is. Milwaukee's going to have some blowouts routes and they're currently eighteen and twenty two in blowouts five-plus runs so they've got a negative thirty one run differential and those blows just an interesting stat to kind of kind to point out the differences between the cubs and the brewers the cubs have like a plus ninety three forty one minus two forty four the cubs are thirty one and seventeen in blowouts which explains a lot right but they're run. Differential is almost plus one hundred and those games they're nineteen and twenty seven and run one run games who so it kind of explains why the massive run differential for the cubs didn't translate those one run games brandon morrow. you know Craig Kimbrel. It just wasn't what really what you'd thought he would be would help. He didn't even come to later after missing half a season at Cetera et cetera ah in line that really be that role initially and then he had the first off year in like eight years so seven vendor eight years first off off year. He's had so anyway so those blow numbers kind of kind of point out what I'm trying to say with Milwaukee. They win the close games. They punt on some on some blowouts. I'm predicting blowouts this weekend right. They're going to put the pedal to the metal and race into the Post. Oh season. Let's see over the weekend. Yeah plus eleven should be fun basically yeah because they'll they'll finish with a plus twenty run differential title or better is what a right. That's a pretty bold prediction. Isn't it is awesome. I'm good with it yeah. I I'd say they need to do that. even even be considered. I'm basically formidable opponent and the postseason they're going to be formidable because they're super freaking hot hot right now and they have been that way the last couple of Septembers and they have been that good in one run ballgame k. Anyway get to Rep. Hey I'm allowed to be hot and sweaty because I'm a brewer fan and they are. They're on fire. I wish yellow true there though if they had done this with him going to he'd probably win the MVP again yeah I'm sad day. At least there's some run out there. Some of the major league writers are saying he should at least get consideration. I don't think he will but prime gets votes not particularly particularly fair. Considering bellinger dropped pretty badly in the second half but that's a different topic. You sound like you're a little a little annoyed. Are you ready to let it go yeah yeah. Should we call it an episode all right yeah well. This cardinal suck. Go cubs. Go cubs that is you can say you at the end. If you want to beat it out. Don't go brewers GOCO Bruce. Doc Beck hardly talk. Just I'm world world. Yeah hopefully yeah all right bye bye yeah

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Ep. 34: The Central Scrutinizer  Cubs @ Brewers Weekend Preview

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Ep. 34: The Central Scrutinizer Cubs @ Brewers Weekend Preview

"Woah to welcome to the new best rivalry in baseball all right baseball fans it's the ninety eighty miles podcast and this is a big week we've got a punch you in the face here we go episode lined up for you today it is wednesday the wednesday before a weekend series friday through sunday at miller park between the chicago go cubs and the milwaukee brewers of course that's exactly what this program is all about isn't it yeah yeah that's what it is trash talking trying to get somewhere with it but <hes> much better the cubs are then the brewers really yeah and and this market size to you know that oh come has nothing to do with it at all yeah no having double a payroll all of your own never has anything to do with no forever ever know it's true because last year even though the cubs had a huge payroll the brewers still one they still one game 163 really you know you're raining the national league central champions will be hosting the current leaders in the division the chicago cubs this weekend this is going to be a fun series it's going to be well actually the brewers the brewers have all kinds of problems yeah it's still going to be a fun series onto the shelf yeah it will be it will be it's going to be interesting it's i don't even know what to do with this the brewers squeaked out today against the reds they finally won a game against the reds at home <hes> the reds have been a pain in the sides oh yeah wait a while the cubs to well they're your favorite team outside of the cubs i think you root for the reds almost as much as you do the cubs when they're playing the brewers yeah <hes> but uh okay yeah derrick dietrich sticking that elbow in there he's one of the best oh yeah he knowing yeah okay so cubs fans and bruce fans can agree on that sure another thing they can agree on is that it's a really annoying that the st louis cardinals are sitting perched rate by the chicago cubs in front of milwaukee in front of milwaukee unpleasant burs well yes the bruiser in third third place on the okay now i mean i it'll be rough yeah that'd be rough dan wasn't saying anything for that it'd be it'll be painful season if the birds end up in third or fourth birthplace at the end of the season but you know i'm sure you'll find a way to get through through the long winter <hes> as you have many winters before <hes> just hang on the game on sixty three again <hes> you know since you keep bringing that up but it was a cubs are in danger of fallen behind the hated cardinals at this point this isn't even a this isn't even a i hate the cardinals thing you should be just as annoyed elo you're done i'm i'm annoyed i'm i'm concerned to some degree i mean saint louis you know we talk about progression in regression to the mean you know and <hes> you know there's still this guy on the cardinals named goldschmidt who's sitting at seven seventy two o. p. s. <hes> that's concerning right because i you know he's that he's not gonna finish it seven seventy you to know any that's he's that good second-half <hes> yeah well the cardinals have been what eight and two over the last ten both milwaukee in chicago is six four over the last ten so let's not let's not get all down on on our teams here there's been some knowing yeah a little bit but well since since since two thousand thirteen goldschmidt has not had under nine hundred p. s. for season other than two thousand sixteen yet eight ninety nine <hes> he's been in top eleven m._v._p. voting for six of the last seven years <hes> yeah it's not anime i mean if he turns it on and progresses to his mean <hes> both the cubs end and <hes> brewers should be very concerned that is very true <hes> let's hope he went to saint louis signed a big contract to go there and just not be the same guy that would be better usually like goldschmidt oh no kidding well they let go of <hes> you know they let go pools at just the right time i mean the money anaheim through at albert pool halls oh yeah just anyway but the but <hes> saint louis i thought they stole goldschmidt in the beginning if this is the kind of guy he's gonna be in saint louis oh yeah the better for the cubs and brewers however they're still eight and two in their last ten there's there's still a game back at the chicago cubs the thing is they're only six games over five hundred milwaukee sits at four games over five hundred year cubbies or eight games over five hundred the top of this division has separated itself a little bit from cincinnati and pittsburgh yeah you know it's been a it's been a rough weekend for the brewers in one sense <hes> recently tyler salvino who am i ripped on the last episode had come back he's hit grand slams and back to back games was the title game they would later you're going to win was to take a one run lead that the brewers did manage to blow so tyler congratulations it's awesome it was such a good story everybody's been on his back on twitter but outside of that the same night that milwaukee he has that grand slam against arizona comes back to win brandon woodruff rips his oblique and he is out six to eight weeks by the sounds of it so what i'm getting at here we're leading into a huge series milwaukee is going to be missing their best pitcher sure milwaukee is relying on somebody named tyler sale dino to contribute hopefully at a mid level i i'm concerned that this series if it goes the way you want it to if milwaukee gets swept out of the series this is going to be a a a borderline backbreaker milwaukee would be sitting a game over five hundred yeah heading into the july thirty i one time only trade deadline i've got some big concerns and this rotation has been better in the second half but there's been moments when they've gotten blown up the back end of the bullpen today freddie peralta got a safe hopefully that means something hopefully that means josh hater can throw a couple innings somewhere where he's needed and they can turn to fastball freddie and hopefully they found into closer if milwaukee gets two to three from chicago there's a real good chance that those those three clubs will be sitting altogether tied up and <hes> that's what i'm hoping to see yeah well it's actually if they get check that if they get two to three they won't be tied <hes> they'd be a game back but it'd be right there right right well it it's gonna be interesting <hes> cubs have had their issues to <hes> most concerning is today that <hes> brian left the game with <hes> <hes> <hes> soar right knee <hes> so that's a little concerning because he's really been been doing good <hes> lester got <hes> replaced by chatwin he had a fever fever so hopefully that's nothing obviously shouldn't be anything long-term but still you know things like that <hes> come up and <hes> yeah i i don't know <hes> oh addison russell is down a triple last russell's men's sat down that's right i think that's <hes> that's that's fine he's he's been you know just not not at the level that the the team needs right now so you know i i guess it's it's going to be an interesting weekend the cubs <hes> i feel more my sense this season has been more like the cubs have been hanging on despite some bad padlock despite some underperforming players despite some just general weirdness or unexpected things i mean ben zobrist is still a question mark <hes> you know dealing with some some odd things here and there i you know i i don't know i know right and that parallel that parallels a bit to the brewers bruce of add some less than usual things happen although i don't think there's anything quite as weird what is what happened with ben zobrist brisson the brewers side but <hes> you put them head to head there's been some major under performances from both of these clubs from players that it was i would say unexpected from nato yeah i mean there's been some injuries i mean <hes> fortunately nothing like season ending but it's still just just annoying i mean you know i think <hes> i think i saw cole hamels is supposed to be back here <hes> hopefully soon <hes> you know it's it's yes <hes> i i don't know and then as far as underperforming i mean pedra strope has been struggling <hes> and <hes> you know <hes> no no no real lefty i think that's still an issue at the cubs bullpen i mean you got kyle ryan but you know i mean you gotta have more than one if you need you need you know in there and and in there i think there what was a few days ago he pitched pitch like an inning and two thirds or something and was unavailable the next day and i think there was some moments where you would like to see a lefty in there and they didn't have any so again these are things to the trade deadline mind i mean certainly the cubs even even if for some crazy reason the bursts swept the cubs i i don't see that taking them out of a position of being buyers here at the trade Posted a statistic on twitter the other day there's only one club in the National League that has an under four hundred winning percentage. There's four of them in the American League at the time that I posted it one hundred or worse. There's only five to me that means there's is only about five guaranteed sellers. You look at a Colorado. I probably going to sell you look at a team like Cincinnati or Pittsburgh they could they could but then again they're only eight games out. A first place in their division lead a few games back in the wild card the I don't know who's selling it is the mets the marlins maybe <hes> I don't know I there's been a lot of prognosticators that have spent saying this is actually going to be a pretty quiet trade deadline. I don't believe that I think this is just going to be a really the unique trade deadline because the first one where we've only got the one while deadline and that's it and I think there's going to be a flurry of moves. Oh yes some expected obviously but many not and it'll be rate on that July thirty June July thirty ready date July thirty I I'm excited for next episode actually to see what's progressed and what's happened right but it will be interesting and that'll be a lot of it sits on this series for the Milwaukee brewers in my opinion dials view them as sellers. Don't don't they've been playing better but woodruff has gone to see got hurt. Rib Mousse got hitting the hand again today captain here as a tight quad tyler sell a dino's your most productive shortstop the last couple of days. It's <hes> <hes> when you start listening at that way I mean I think every team has this stuff going on right now. That'll you deport. You'd rather have <hes> Addison Russell and they and as far as the cubs are concerned. He's going down to triple A.. <hes> <hes> so. I don't know if I'd say there have been Radison Russell instead a salad dino well yes yeah you will as a ball if you can strip strip ways personal history Oh yeah of course I'm stripping away personal history. I'm not saying as best buddy. I'm saying as shortstop well yeah. Let's take a look at Edison. Russell was hitting about you know to sixty over the last fourteen eighteen games. He had a home run three runs three R._B._I.. <hes> five for nineteen he's obviously being used as a part time player. Those are those are fine numbers for your your your your utility guy easy for me to say right <hes> something we've been doing this podcast a lot more lately and you can find us at ninety miles podcast dot com you can get after me and get after Ryan on twitter. I'm at Brew Rin Brew Crew Winning at Bruecker Winning Ryan where you at at wraps US cubs win. Yes we've both had super-busy weeks leading up to this so what we're really looking for in more normally on our episodes lately. We've been doing a lot more head to head stuff a lot more what the brewers brewers have at X._Y._Z.. Position versus what the cubs have at X. Y.. Z. Position when I look at this weekend series off the top your head is there a particular key area. You think is going to determine the outcome you know two. Oh two three <unk> Games who's GONNA win. The series is they're going to be a crux of whether it be. You know the bottom of the order of the cubs or the back of the bullpen for the brewers. How are you feeling about this since this is a preview episode? Let's do a little bit ahead. Something Well Mighty Ryan's been very busy this week so he's a he's got yeah. He's caught as much as he can on a business trip last week and then I've been actually you know I as you mentioned. It's been fun. I've been helping out at a baseball baseball camp out here and yeah this was doing that today and and <hes> yes pre talented seven to like eleven year old kids <hes> yeah tens of fun <hes> Base as running fielding <hes> hitting helping out yeah you that's do. You're doing that with a <hes> former collegiate D. One coach if I'm not mistaken yeah so it's a pretty legit jet set up ya they often have big leaders there from what I understand to form a big leaders and Gerry Adams runs it. He was the <hes> head coach for the U._c._l._A.. Bruhns for I think thirty thirty years possibly a little more than that but but yeah so we're cool <hes> <hes> that's that's been fun so yeah I I've not been keeping keeping up a little bit and getting games on the radio while driving driving driving you know I was in Las Vegas last week so driving out there driving back <hes> but also doing business so it's a little bit a little tricky but trying to <hes> Santa Up <hes> that that's why I mean you know so you know what's interesting is a series which is interesting about the series as we both both teams have some broken spots. There's some issues bright that may or may not be resolved but they may be resolved but probably not an intel closer to the to the trade deadline which pro probably won't be solved prior to this series. Maybe during the series potentially if something works out it. It's hard to say so. It's really difficult to it. It's interesting. It's more like I think think we gotta look at the weaknesses. The teams have just basically make sure that they don't just absolutely collapse with those week weaknesses <hes> and and I think that's going to be the case with the cubs. I mean it's GonNa continue to be getting hits with runners and scoring position scenic continue to be a bullpen. <hes> you know limiting damage. It's going to be <hes> having getting quality starts. <hes> I'm excited about CANTATA <hes> he's he's been having a decent year. He historically pitches well against Milwaukee. <hes> so you know although except in one sixty three yeah well I guess he pitched okay just not okay enough well yeah yeah and and he I think he's actually pitched better against brewers in Wrigley. So of course that's going to be you know it's always a I think a challenge Miller Park or whatever the the parks called old. They got branding problems but you know Miller perks. Branding problem is not a branding problem. One thing that cups have going for them. We always go to the Craig Kimbrel Josh Hater arguments whenever whatever of our best you know it's still true. I'm still taking Hayden. However you're Mr Kimbrel Mr see what whatever Mr Kimball one two three four five six seven? It looks like seven scoreless innings consecutively for for Mr Kimbrell so that's <hes> yeah he is positive improvement and if you're a cubs fan of course I hate it. His era is all the way down to four point six six yeah way pitcher yeah I mean he given the circumstances given much longer time off. I mean I mean he didn't pitch in Tel June twenty-seventh while you know it's just you know you don't want to. That's a tricky thing. You got to expect you. GotTa expect a little bit there. I mean it was his second outing. He had three three Aaron runs and then the one after that had to earn runs but yeah it's been spotless since so yeah well and that's one thing I think the two bullpens are gonNA end up being a huge key. Both of these teams have been putting up a decent amount of runs lately. I know the brewers have have I haven't checked the cubs stats. The brewers have been putting up runs. They are climbing their way back up. The ladder. <hes> casten hero has been on absolute fire. <hes> it's been crazy the less fourteen days casten here's hitting four sixty nine with a one point four one seven Oh p._s.. He's absolutely he's out. Christian Yelich in Christian Yelich Yelich has hit and three seventy five with one point one six three over the last fourteen days here has been better <hes> which is it's really fun to say but it's also kind of scary if the brewers can put a couple more pieces together and I really God that woodruff injury is it's the timing on that you take your ace pitcher the guy that was an all star pitcher a sub for E._R._A.. That eats innings. Get strikeouts and you take away for six weeks right before the trade deadline. It really throws some things up in the air for me. The key to this series is going to be how the brewers pitch. You can say that about everything though right. That's a really simple simplistic way to look at it what you're saying his though if the brewers starters can keep things afloat then it's going to be it's GonNa come down to two things. It's GONNA come down to hater and it's GONNA come down to Freddie. Peralta haters availability. If you pitches on Friday means he won't pitch again till Sunday. You already know that <hes> the thing that worries me most Jeremy Jeffers gave up a to run go ahead homerun after salad dino came back hit a grand slam. If the brewers I would've been saying all along the brewers need a couple more arms in the bullpen to be able to stretch things out that was before the woodruff injury now. They almost need a starter to. I don't know if it's enough. I don't know if this is a surmountable amount. They're right in the middle of the pack anyway long story short the key for me to the brewers winning this series which I think they're perfectly capable of with that offense is going to be in the seventh eighth ninth inning keeping the cubs off the board not going to be is easy when you've got a guy like Anthony Rizzo hitting four nineteen in over the last fourteen days yet by Kris Bryant Kris Bryant Scott Fourteen or four bombs in the last fourteen days Harvey's been good at three Oh eight with an eight six six O. P.. S. Shorter has an eight twenty six P. S. two to a five batting average but the cubs have been hitting the ball well. It's insurance coming back. That's another thing we got to see. It looks like he's in tonight's lineup. Yes he is. He is <hes> he yeah actually well today's lineup actually they already played today John Yes they already played <hes> so yeah. I mean it's it's good to finally have him back. You know and that's going to that's gonNA play a role. He was <hes> what one for four today <hes> so <hes> you know. That's <hes> at a single so <hes> but yeah I mean he. He's been been killing at this season so it's good that he's back. Oh Fleas. That's all cleared up <hes> Garcia's Ben you know <hes> <hes> <hes> filling in not too bad and stuff but I mean you know if you really got you got Bryant. Hopefully the knee things sore knee isn't isn't anything too serious <hes> and then Yeah Baya's and Rizzo and control us <hes> <hes> you know I I feel better there. I think it's really going to be the starters I think for the cubs getting having just getting quality starts all three starters Nina of quality starts <hes>. That's I think it'd be. I think that that's going to be tough to do well yeah. It'd be key but it'll be tough to do. <hes> Milwaukee's got six guys in that order that are hitting <hes> to eighty or much much better over the last fourteen days so we shall see Milwaukee's lineup has been hot outside of the basically the seven and eight spot those have been iffy and that's where sell Dino's heroics have been interesting now. This series will be good this series. There's a lot of angst built up both a lot of tension. Nobody knows what's what's going on right now the N._F._l.. Central with Saint Louis getting in the middle of it really annoys me. Yes I was really hoping for a more relaxing just hate the cubs series but here I have to hate the cardinals more than usual again yeah well. I think Anthony Hating the reds attention and yeah yeah. I think there's a good <hes> good chance at Canton Hendrix could get quality starts in there and and not really sure who's GonNa Start on Sunday. I I don't know if Cole Hamels might slot in then by then. I don't know I thought I heard something he might become an coming up soon but <hes> I you know hard to say right now. It's it's kind of funny because if you go on different websites and things I can't even tell what the match ups are going to be what I do know is Milwaukee has talked about going with a four-man rotation while they go through these August off days for woodruff to come back so that's why looks funky on paper on paper for my guess is is going to be Gonzales. Anderson Davies <hes> that's about as good of a group as we could hope for at this point if woodruff is hurt. She's seen hasn't been the right guy. <hes> you know the brewers are going to have to outscore the cubs. That's really what it boils down of course most wins right. Oh that'll gem yeah. That's yeah yeah I heard of that. I think okay okay well. The good news is we're going to have a recap episode. It'll be sometime after the series is over. We're going to get back on the horace. Make sure that we give you the good content you've been looking for. <hes> make sure that happens for sure but here we go another thing that we should get into into. We got some predictions coming up for this series <hes> anything else he wanted to tack on there. I've been cleaning up in Wisconsin. I wanted attack on was <hes> <hes> one a <hes>. What a run <hes> for <hes> the giants lately they pull them out of <hes> they might have Bo themselves out of out of <hes> seller discussion? I mean they're twenty one nine the last thirty exactly that's that's crazy. They were like a couple of weeks ago as I go yeah they'll be salaries will smith will see Bob la now. It's like well that might might take him lefty reliever. Lever you know that the cubs would be in the market for but that that I I heard there's still some discussions but I don't know I mean it. I feel like <hes> they've they've made a k with you. You know they've made a case. Keep a plan and I think they're fan. Base would be pretty upset and understandably so if they started selling now he has some ways <hes> I would last year as a manager <hes> yeah right exactly and I'm looking at Milwaukee. I'M GONNA be a little upset if they're sellers but like I said said last week on last week's episode when we started previewing the deadline I think there's going to be multiple. MOVES AT MULTIPLE LEVELS MILWAUKEE will be selling from strengths and buying weaknesses. It's going to be a different type of deadline. I don't know what San Francisco is. GonNa do you get down to the bottom of the N._F._l.. Like I said you've really got Miami for sure selling but what are they have that anybody wants is going to be some. You know some smaller pieces most likely there's one or two good ones there <hes>. I don't know this'll be a wild deadline. I tend to disagree like I said earlier with prognosticators. I think there's going to be quite a bit of movement. It just won't maybe it won't be the big splashy names that were used to at the deadline. Yeah it'd be a lot of very very important moves made at this trade deadline that would be my pet lunch and see awesome splashy names you know but for the cubs but I might not necessarily take that I mean it could be as simple as some some getting healthy. <hes> you know maybe a lefty reliever doesn't doesn't have to be splashy name. Maybe another bat there. I thought you wanted wit Murphy Al Yeah Yeah Well. I love love. I'd love that but I you know Oh. He's GonNa cost so much. He's GonNa Call Yeah Yeah. I mean that's I think that's the <hes> I think that's the tricky part there. I mean <hes> You you know I it might not take that it might be more something like more subtle moves and then something like Ben Zobrist <hes> works his way back in and <hes> shore goes on a tear Chris Brian. The knee thing isn't bad and he just keeps keeps going Rizo keeps keeps undoing what he's been doing. You know right. I that might be all takes really just gotTa make the playoffs. That's another story I mean you got out of the pieces to compete in the playoffs for sure but the games played differently currently then so you just gotTa get in and <hes> that's that's and it's just the central is bizarre. I don't know if just getting in is going to be enough to beat the dodgers to be perfectly but you can buddy them differently than you would. In the season you can play you play completely different yeah but no I know what you're saying. I know what you're saying. No you still gotTa have the pieces to compete at that level but the first step if you got the pieces you might have the pieces to compete very well in the playoffs but maybe it's it's. They're not quite the pieces ad that <hes> favor a long season so you know because you you know what I mean I mean there. Is that possibility because you do sure the you got your your you know more. The days are far. You have more of a set Rosser and you know who you're facing <hes> I. I don't know it's just it's played and managed differently. <hes> and I saw in some ways depending on the makeup of the team. You could have a team that maybe it's it's just a grind through the season <hes> but when you get in the playoffs you got the pieces there you know assuming they perform. That's the San Francisco de well and that's another argument for San Francisco's. They won the second wildcard here a few years back onto become world series champ yeah. I don't think they've got that talent level this year. I'm not sure anybody does but you never know <hes>. The dodgers could tail off one thing. I WANNA touch on rate before we go into predictions now. I just want to wrap my portion up here. Our I had to pick two players Dino. I know if I had to pick two players that are going to be the key if Milwaukee's GonNa win the series against the cubs and be buyers at the deadline without not getting swept the two players that are going to be key. It's going to be Freddie Peralta. It looks like he may be getting used and tried out as a closer which is a very interesting idea because it opens up Josh Hater to move around that's huge if it works so I feel Freddie Peralta a key to the series and of course. I think it's cast in here. I think there's no question having him somewhere. In the lineup behind Christian Yelich makes this lineup so much deeper those are going to be the two key guys if Milwaukee wins two to three or they happen to sweep like I predicted last week which is more or less just a well. You know there are playing good. You know they wait last week. We're Milwaukee one five six games and then the reds came to town and do what the reds do and crap all over the brewers Miller Park. I hate the reds. Have I mentioned that recently yeah. You've anyway that casten era Freddie Peralta those are going to be my two keys to the series interesting. That's something I just wanted to get. Let me pick to then to sure I'll I'll do a quick here. <hes> I'm. I'M GONNA say Jose Cantata. I think being okay for the starter for the first game of the series. I think it's important to set the tone right at their own yup. Yeah Oh yeah a hero here all set the tone all over that Oh yeah <hes> let's see the other player you know I mean I you know I'd have to pick a bat and I might have to say you know I. I wouldn't have to say boy. It's tough. It's kind of a tossup I in some ways I wanna say our more. I mean he's gotTa get his back going away more but <hes> but you know I think it might be more something like Willson contreras <hes> him coming back strong offensively <hes> and in you know he's also playing a role in regards to the getting quality starts out of the pitchers as well well <hes> an absolute so and coming back from injury coming in and coming back and getting right back where he was before. I think that could be be very important and as a runner up to that as a bad I'd say maybe Schwarzer I think if he really really really finds a stroke <hes> and hitter-friendly Miller Park that that could be used Kyle Schwab irs your wildcard every week. I feel like anyway one of these days it'll be right. I'll be right back to episode one and it's Kyle Schwarzer. It anyway I'll be right these speaking of being ray we should get into predict things that were almost never write about yeah all right so we've got controllers in China being your keys we will cover that on the rap help those Peralta and hero okay so that'll be fun to talk about it will give us a little segment to dig in on so so predictions and top Ted Cihan Voting Darvish calling with with my heart. I'm calling Theresa. We've got a couple of coming up for the series. Let's take a look. What are we looking at? Today's episode thirty three's predicted that the brewers will hit eight or more home runs versus the cubs <hes> that was a follow up to my prediction of cubs will hit seven or more home runs against the brewers in the series so those are two yeah two things <hes> yeah we both have countering sweet pretty reasonable numbers with the with these two teams in a much as much powers they have those reasonable numbers and then Miller par especially the Miller Park The brewers pitching the Bruce are going to have to put up runs. The way here has been hitting Yelich. Yes those are reasonable numbers yeah and I guess tide of that as we both each have a prediction of <hes> sweeps me of course cups. I got sick of you being the only one predicting I got sick a you being the only one predicting sweeps. It's like okay yeah every time Yup. Okay all right fine. Put me down for one well. There's been no sweeps by the way either way. No there hasn't said there hasn't and if if it happens this this weekend it's GonNa be it's going to be a serious punched in the mouth for some whichever way go especially the brewers I think would would they would be hurt by far the most being swept and the cubs I think versus the cubs being swept but I don't know it would her about that but I mean it could. It could potentially turn the brewers into not maybe even being necessarily very aggressive buyers or I don't know if Saint Louis has a good weekend I dunno right it could really hit you're probably it would put them in a much tougher spot in the standings with the injuries that are going on with woodruff down yeah who knows what the heck. We're GONNA GET OUTTA. She's seen the the rest of it. You're not wrong. I just wanted to fight you on all right. Well then. Let's let's make some predictions. Are you ready. Oh Sure O._A.. Deeming do I have one yeah yeah okay. Yeah I have a prediction you bet so. I'm just taking another peek back at the last fourteen days and I'm looking at this Bruce's lineup and it has been smoking hot for the top six guys and then sell a dino with goofy to Grand Slams back-back days. It's very interesting. I've already got the eight home run prediction. What I would like to predict is a little bit different than that now? We don't really care much for average batting average. It's important but it's not a huge huge deal what I would like to predict as a Combo prediction. Is that something I can do <hes> sure sure all right and linked to predict hero here Yelich and let's go with. Let's go with Braun here Yelich to end up the weekend after the series with a better than one point two opie s combined okay. We love her OPIE S. That's a pretty serious number. If that number comes true there's a very good chance Milwaukee's winning a lot of baseball. Between which three did you say yeah. I took hero Yelich and Braun now. K. One Point Two O. P. S. between the combined three of them. The whole series correct all right. I'll now bron might be a part time might be a part time player. Here has got a tight quad but let's assume minimum of twelve at bats total and I think we're fine and there's no reason they should have that. One game aim to be honest with you okay. I'll give you like some sort of a minimum in case somebody does get dinged up some which right unfortunately seems to be happening a lot lately so so you're a hero. Yelich Braun combined for one point two zero on base plus slugging so that means. They're hitting for multiple bases. They're getting on Bass Allot. They're driving the baseball. Yeah it's GonNa be a it's going to be a very big key element to the series if the brewers are going to win so with that in mind did. Did you have some say some kind of an idea as to what you WanNa go with today Ryan <hes> Yeah I could do. I maybe I'll do some. Maybe I'll do a combo then in that case okay sure I in fact do what you feel man. Let's do let's. Let's do do the same <hes> twelve at bats okay over the series three three hitters one point two A._P._S.. I'll match you but I'm GonNa pick three cubs players. That will do this. You know you'd get you would get kicked out of College for Copying me as much as you know that right well more base it a little more more fun. I'm kidding. No this is good. <hes> this is good. I like it. I like it a lot so I 'cause. The cubs aren't going to combine any three pitchers to have a one point. Two okay okay well. I have to go. I'M GONNA have to go Rizzo sure <hes> Rizza the Geneva. I'm going to have to go contraire us. Even though you know <hes> whether he starts the popular opinion opinion yeah he won't start all three games right so then in fact that actually is giving a slight advantage but I know bronze not gonNA start all three games right likely either even the cubs kill that sort of the the contrary Pizza Bronx Guess Away <hes> Rizzo. Maybe being the parallel to Yelich. I mean Rizzo has been putting up Yelich numbers the past couple of weeks so <hes> sure and so is here well. That's what's so frustrating about the brewers right now anyway carry on. I think the other one I'm going to pick and this might be yeah yeah. The other one. I'm going to pick is <hes> <hes>. I think I'm I'M GONNA go with bio says I you know although I you know I'd I'd probably maybe would go with Bryant that might be playing it almost two safe in a way but also the now at this sore knee. I don't know what the story is so. I don't WanNA <hes> in case. It is something that he's out for a few days. I don't want to pick someone that might not be playing so <hes> sure you know by his his also. He's been good recently but you know not yeah if you're taking a look at hobbies numbers over the last fourteen games he's got a point or fourteen days. It's a point eight six six opiates. That's nothing to sneeze at right. <hes> asks me three. Oh eight or batting average what we're talking about here for two guy for three guys to combine to a one point two ups over the course of three games. You're talking about three guys getting hot at the same time we might as well mark this down as another l. for both of us but if this is a really good this is a really good skin to hang on the wall. This is cool Rizzo. We knew exactly what three guys we're going to be hot all yeah yeah. I know it's like <hes> yeah so yeah if I if I was good at that I would came home from Vegas with a lot more money than I did but <hes> but why did you did. You put my money down for heroes. I didn't get to too much work going on. I I walked past some sportsbook places but I just <hes> yeah wasn't <hes> quite on my agenda ause there unfortunately but <hes> no that's okay. I know the odds aren't good enough. If I had been on that train a month ago that would have been something for God's on here but now he might actually be in the race which will be fun. Yeah I was too busy <hes> chopping trees and <hes> cleaning up my yard after the big wind came through and blue over a bunch of stuff we had a pretty being nasty <hes> in the county I live in a couple of tornadoes touchdown plus. Some straight line wins. We were very lucky <hes> I haven't heard about any injuries or any deaths which is great but <hes> yeah just a lot of mess in the yard so I haven't had time to do anything at this point here yeah own. I've been out in the yard chopping wood. Yeah you've been in Vegas. Having Fun must be nice yeah well. I know it was all business. I don't yeah yeah pretty much the and <hes> so yeah I mean that's that's sounds like a a couple of good predictions. I guess we'll see what happens this weekend and <hes> you know. I don't know I think we will. Let's <hes> think that's about it. I think we should just hurting cardinal. Cardinals definitely suck so oh good with that led suck pirates or the pirates the cubs suck lot now brewer in a show you how much suck this stock will find out this weekend bruiser. I mean like I said the beginning of this episode just to Ark it over and just to conclude with this. This whole pie cast is talking about how the cubs are better than the IRS. <hes> and I don't want any small market excuses because it just doesn't matter in the end. The arrogance is unbelievable global. It was like this the whole second half last year talking. We just don't have it on record. We don't have it on record last year this year. We've got it on radio and your your your nose as well too good for the crew. We'll we'll see what happened here. Nose hairs we'll see you could you could clean those anyway suck. I'm like I'm Outta here by welcome back baseball fans. It's the did you just yawn while I was starting the Open No.

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Is the World Series Headed For a Rematch? Previewing the Championship Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 158)

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Is the World Series Headed For a Rematch? Previewing the Championship Series | The Ringer MLB Show (Ep. 158)

"Hey, everyone. It's Kelly, and I want to tell you about the second annual ringer NBA palooza we have going on next week on Tuesday, October sixteen, we'll be streaming alive, marathon countdown to tip off with Bill Simmons and the ringer MBA crew drain live podcasts, special guests ringer original shorts and culminating in a Sixers Celtics, watch party. You can check it out, live on Tuesday across all of our social media platforms and don't forget to check out our brand new NBA palooza merch on the ringer dot com. Slash shop. This train don't carry nothing, but the righteous in the holy. This is the ringer MLB show. My name is Michael Bowman, and I'm a staff writer at the ringer, joined today by staff writer, Ben Lindbergh. Hello and staffers at cram. Hello now, it feels like I was just talking to you guys, but the Red Sox took care of business against the which means we can get right back down to it and preview the two league championship series. So that's what we're going to do for the next half hour to forty minutes or however long we end up arguing about the merits of David price versus Nathan all the or whatever happens. So Bill Simmons and Jacco did a podcast about the Red Sox Yankees series. So looking back on it were going to try not to trample on what they've already talked about, but do either you guys, I guess I'd say how put a percentage on how certain were that Craig kimbrel was gonna blow that lead on Tuesday night. I mean, if you could watch a real time graph of my certainty, where's where's the feet. It was I, I mean, I think that Stanton really deflated it right because before Stanton just chased wildly as even for much of the series, it really looked like kimbro wanted to give that away. And Stanton seemed to really help him out there. But I would say that my peak certainty that he was gonna blow. It was probably something like sixty percent. It was. I was feeling a comeback. They're the peak certainty for me was after Gary Sanchez connected on that full-count fly ball. If you watch the replay kimbrel doesn't even turn around. So for a very split second, I thought he had crushed the ball so far that Campbell was just walking off the mound back to the boss dugout and then the camera angle change. And you saw that he got just under a tiny bit. And after that, I kind of felt like that was the one chance the Yankees really had, and Torres was not going to be able to do it. But while that ball was hanging there for a split second until I. Saw that Benintendi was going to have room to catch it. Right. I thought that was going to be the most dramatic home run. It was going to be a grand slam in years. I'm with Ben. I was gonna say, by my peak while the ball was not in play, probably was about sixty three percent. Sure. Kimbrell is gonna blow it. And then that went up to about ninety eight percent rate between between Sanchez hitting the ball. And when I saw Benintendi stop running Zach, I heard some interesting things about you in the office last night while this was going on. This other thing I'll say is I was a bit surprised by how passionately my phantom was activated. I was kind of resigned to the fact that the Yankees were going to lose last year. I think I wrote the piece about how the inky is loss in Houston, but it was okay. And similarly, last night I had already started reflecting, oh, the Yankees had a pretty good season. What does this mean for next year? And then the ninth inning comeback happened and it a woke something in me that I didn't. Realize is still there. I'm sure that at some point in the near future, I will become more of a dispassionate, baseball watcher lake. You know, especially like Ben was much more of a Yankees fan when he was a kid. I'm sure I'll get there eventually. So I'm glad that I still have that in some part of me. I've already lost my basketball fan of doing this kind of thing professionally, so it's still there, and I wasn't quite at the level that like Michael, you were during the Super Bowl, but I was, yeah, I, I make no pretenses is about being professional with the NFL or even football fan of in general. But so to give some behind the scenes, I was in the office and in the TV area I was with shocker, who is a wonderful ringer employees. And after the Neil Walker hit by pitch which scored run loaded the basis for Sanchez, he got up to alert somebody in another room that the kimbro might be on the verge of blowing the save. And I snapped at him to sit. Back down because that's where the MO Jo was. And he was, I think, a little bit alarmed, Zack. Your face was described to us by our colleague Meller Ruben as a mask of mess. I was. I was pacing a bit. It was an emotional, no motion. All ninth inning. Yeah. It's funny you. You mentioned my loss of fandom, and there are times when I miss it, and I wish that I had the mask of madness back, but I think that last night after the bottom of the ninth was one of those times when I was happy not to have it anymore because there was a time when I was a Yankees fan and when losing by one run to the Red Sox with Aaron Boone making the same mistakes that he had made the night before, but even worse, if that's possible would have probably kept me up most of the night and bothered me for days to come. And now we're just previewing the championship series and I can look forward without being bitter at all. So it has its advantages. I would say that you we collectively are dispassionate and is dispassionate just as a matter of course, I, you know, I don't. I'm certainly less involved in, you know, emotionally invested in the Phillies just as a matter of of professionalism and this, you know, once this is your job. I, I'm sure we've talked about this before, but like once this is your job, it's it's not as excited to follow a team. You know it. It never really works the same way, but I will see. I say that knowing that the phillys haven't done anything worth getting emotionally invested in the past seven years. So you know, maybe that'll change if they ever get good again, do you guys have you guys have anything more to say about the Yankees before we move onto Boston in Houston in? I think the tendency of course is to focus on Boone and what went wrong in the series and the weirdness of the key is going back to back games without hitting a home run in Yankee Stadium. I'm sure there aren't a whole lot of Yankees fans who are sort of zooming out in taking the long view and being very measured about this whole thing. But the season was obviously a success I've ended almost always is for you the keys, but particularly this year because they one hundred games, they broke in a bunch of rookies. They broke the all-time home run Mark. They. Found void out of nowhere so much went right for them. And they're so setup for the future because the keys have money to spend. I know that to evergreen statement that applies in almost every season, but this season they were at least forcing themselves not to spend as much as they usually do for one brief reprieve so that they could then spend again in the future. And I'm sure that will becoming so they now have the core and they have the youth and they have the prospects on the way, and they will soon be adding free agents. I'm certain, and so are going to be good for who knows how long maybe Aaron Boone both figured out how to manageable by then. Yeah, that's definitely one place where I mean, at least you know what your problems are. If if Aaron Boone is managing like this in the playoffs, anything else from on the case for music? I think just the lineup in roster decisions over the series. And especially last night, reinforced my belief that the Yankees would in the offseason make a play for Manny. Machado. Instead of Bryce Harper. It's one thing to bench Miguel and do higher for a defensive replacement. Layton games are already winning, but to go into an elimination game and not even start him because you're afraid that cici's Tabatha might allow ground balls in the direction of third base, I think was a big flashing sign that they aren't opposed the idea of moving him to a different position, maybe moving him to designate hitter and moving Stanton back into the outfield next year. But I don't think he's going to preclude them from from investing a lot of years in a lot of money into a really established, third baseman. All right. Well, let's move onto the team that actually won. If only just on on Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox, they will host game one of the American League championship series on Saturday. They will host the defending champion Houston Astras. Who of these teams faced off last year in the division series? Houston had home field advantage for that series. And it was it was a four game series, and the last game was close, but it didn't really feel that back close last year. Houston just pretty much had their had their way with Boston, including Chris sale who will probably start one of the first two games. Maybe even game one, depending on how much how much relief appearance last night took out of them. As of when we're recording our Wednesday night, we don't know or outscore hasn't made any announcements about a starting pitchers. AJ Hinch said he's going with Justin Verlander in game on Garrett. Cole in game two, which is unsurprising, but it's nice to know that in advance. So each for each of these series, we're going to tick off a couple of story lines that stand out to us mention at least one player who has a potential to really swing the series on his own, and that will all make predictions. So the first storyline I want to talk about is with the composition of the Astros pitching staff. It's very right handed heavy. They only carry two left handed pitchers. House kaikal in Todi sip for the divisional series. And the Red Sox have a lot of guys who hit left handed and have big platoon splits, Jackie Bradley, Rafael, Devers and Andrew Benintendi all have platoon Switzer sheer in the neighborhood of one hundred eighty two hundred points vote. Yes, but the Red Sox have gotten away with not knock carrying any lefties other than sip because they're right handed relief pitchers in particular, have got it done. Just finding getting lefties out. So that'll be an interesting battle. Not just can these left-handed Red Sox hitters hit off Ryan Presley or Roberto sooner or whoever the Yankees bring out of the lineup. But how does this influence Alex cores? The line of decision making his is in game substitutions and it will kick off. I think this is going to be one of the focal points of the tactical battle between Cora and his his old mentor AJ Hinch. So that's one thing I'll be. Looking for expect to see a lot more Brock Holt, I guess. I think I would probably expect to see a similar lineup from Boston that they had in game three against New York. Obviously, it was very successful scoring. Sixteen runs against Luis Severino and some relievers, but that would allow, like you said those left handed hitters to get into the lineup more. I think going up against Verlaine verte, Lander and coal. You're not necessarily going to have an advantage against any of those pitchers or any of you singer levers just because of how good they are. A the Indians didn't have much success in their series against those pitchers. But I think that would, I guess, at least push the odds a little Slater in Boston's favor as opposed to them starting Kinzler Nunez like they did against Masahiro Tanaka in game two who is the other right handed starter. The Yankees threat them? Yeah. And you mentioned Brock Holt? I feel like we sort of made light of Brock Holt or at least I did on. Our most recent episodes. And since then I've developed a greater appreciation for recent Brock Holt who is suddenly become one of the best hitters in baseball as Jeff sell than it fan Gress pointed out this week. He's just been a different guys since early August or so. He's been pulling the ball and he's been striking out a lot in just hitting for power. He's gone from being sort of this jack-of-all-trades. You could just plug into a bunch of positions to being this guy who seems to be a legitimate offensive force. All of a sudden, I don't know how much you can trust two months of performance, but he seems to have made some stylistic changes that coincided with this big uptick in offense. So I don't know that he's someone you look at really as a replacement for Nunez anymore. Oh, that the Red Sox seemed to view him that way. I'd rather have Brock Holt hitting and probably doing everything else right now. Yeah, it's well, you talk about the how much how much stock do we put in a hot two month span? It's really. I mean, this is where you really have to drill down past the numbers because of it's something like an approach change. Like we saw Daniel Murphy change his approach a little bit and that led to the high playoff run with the Mets in two thousand fifteen. And that just turned out to be the player he was going forward. So this is something mechanical or approach wise with Brock Holt. There's a reason. I mean, that's the story of baseball is playoff series being swung by guys tweaking something at the right time, so any and that. I mean, I don't know if he's the the answer at third base or whatever. You know the answer it at second. You move kipnes order bench time. But the answer third is definitely not at water Nunez at this point. I mean, if if he's in there for his defense, we saw the way he Chuck the ball around the infield against against the Yankees. I mean, that's just not a it's on tenable. I'd I'd consider leaving him off the roster entirely at this point. Yeah, my level of certainty in a Yankees comeback, actually spiked when Eduardo Nunez. Had to make a play on a slow roller to get out of that inning. What are the ads that dude is throws that into the stands pretty high. So I was sort of surprised that he actually completed that play and also kind of realized a new that glare Torres actually isn't as fast as I just sort of assumed he was small, yes, middle infielder, right. And not so much and he showed that there. I also think even beyond just looking at the platoon considerations before we dive too far into the the strategic parts of this, like just looking at the Sears to figure out what storyline I was interested in. We have a lot of just really talented players in this series. I know Brock Holt might be the object of fascination at the moment, but this series could have three of the top five MVP finishers in the American League between bet spread men and Martinez, and three of the five top Cy Young finishers in the league with ver- Lander Cole and Chris sale. So I think the top line. Talent is pretty even which is why these considerations matter. But it will be exciting just to see these matchups from the very first inning of game. One, seeing all of these, like best players and best pitchers Lieko against each other to say nothing of the reigning American League MVP and Jose altuve as former Cy Young winners in poor cell and price like this is as big area as concentrated a group of talented ballplayers as you'll see in this day and age. Yeah, I think that's sort of my story line. I mean, it's it's the most obvious one. You could come up with a guess, but these are the two teams with the most wins in baseball by quite a lot. And neither one really exceeded it's true talent by all that much. I think we all think that the Astros are probably better than Boston even though they finished with five fewer wins. But this is the class of baseball in two thousand eighteen desert the two best teams with the best talent. And I like seeing that at this time of year because I'm all for randomness. And you always want some. Somewhat surprising or fluky team in the championship series. And I guess the brewers occupy that role not to be little the brewers because they're a good team to, but these are the teams, the dominated all season long. The Red Sox ran away with things. The Astra's actually had something of a race in the AL west, but they're the two teams in baseball that really probably deserve to be here the most end they are in. So it's nice when that works out and you get a mix of something surprising, but also something really predictable that just gives you the highest caliber of talent and Houston is attempting to become the first World Series winner to return to the championship Brown since the Phillies did in two thousand nine that they're the only team to do it since the inky is dynasty of the late nineties early 'oughts. So the fact that I mean, we talked about on the last five that we think this Houston team is even better. They're not the number one seed, but I think the fact that they're in this position and. Like I consider them the favourite. I think they probably have a better and deeper lineup in Bolton than Boston does is a pretty remarkable statement in and of itself. We haven't had many teams in this position before, especially as the playoffs have expanded and it's become harder to advance through so many rounds. Yeah, it is so hard to repeat let alone three Pete. I think we should era adjust our definition of dynasties just tell. Yeah, Abby, because just winning two in a row is pretty amazing these days just given how competitive the whole league landscape is how smart every team is. There just aren't really huge. Mismatch is the way that they're used to be whether it's payroll or whether it's just intelligence and and style of team building. And with all the playoff rounds, it is just really hard to survive even if you are the best team. So if the answer is make it back and win again, it will really be a testament to the job that they did building up this roster. Yet to that point. I mean, I think mentally, at least baseball. I've already started thinking about dynastic teams in just in terms of of winning the division. Like, you know, I sort of think about the cubs at white making, even though they've only made one World Series and won one World Series, the of making the Al CS three years in a row, the dodgers went down or six in a row, six in the row that those Phillies teams, they only won one title of made to World Series, but they won five division titles in a row, stuff like that. I mean, even getting to World Series with more or less the same core, you know, you have to go back to the, oh four, I, I don't even know actually know if you count the afford. Oh, seven Red Sox because they were so much turnover between those two teams of really even then David Ortiz was one of the very few holdovers between the, oh fourteen seventeen. So you know past that, I guess you have to go back to the to the Enke's of the turn of the century. Well, there there are the turn of the day. Decade giants, of course, but they did. They didn't win their division the that the year between their titles. So there I think a case of their own making separate from these other teams are talking about like the Astros I could for winning a hundred games. Each of the next three seasons. I wouldn't put them on the same level as the giants. Both in terms of titles and Raqqa was the giants won ninety games in any of this. I've decided that forgetting them was not an oversight, but an editorial. Yeah, and much has been made of chorus presence on the Red Sox and his recent history with the Astra's, but it is possibly meaningful just in light of the Cleveland comments that we talked about in the previous round about how Indians players were saying that the Astros were so well prepared and that they just had such great insights in scouting. And obviously, Cora was very recently privy to whatever it is that the Astras are doing to prepare for this sort of serious. And you would think that he has brought over some of those insights and practices to the Red Sox. So I don't know how their preparation compares to Cleveland compares to Houston's, but at least there's no giant knowledge gap there. Yeah. And I'll say one other thing on on core to before we move onto the next fitness series. He was hired for this moment 'cause there was nothing wrong with the way. John Farrell did managed that team in the regular season he won. The division is often is not, but it was because he couldn't get out of these. Off matchups. So this is like I almost hesitated to to put out score. I don't even remember. I put him on my hypothetical manager of the year ballot because it like winning one hundred and eight games just it almost feels incidental. Like this is what this is. What he's there to do now is to get them over the hump in the playoffs. But in order to do that, he will need at, we're going to we've each one player who we think the series could be won or lost with. I picked David price not to belabor the David price pitching in the playoffs saying which has been talked about here in elsewhere, but if he keeps them any gaming game too, that would just be so huge Casella versus for Lander is a pretty even match up. But the problem is the Astros have two or three other good starters to to go to beyond that in the Red Sox really need something at least one really good start at a price if they're gonna have a shot at winning the series. Yeah, I picked Nathan of all the just because I think he matches up better. With the esters than price does on paper. I mean, the extras just destroyed lefthanded pitching this year and they were good against everyone you, you can't really even find weakness. You have to go to like a a sub split leaderboard to find something that the Astras are actually bad at, but they had a one. Twenty-three waited runs created plus against left handed pitching this year. That's twenty three percent better than the league average that was way better than every other team and volley. Obviously unlike sale, unlike price, he throws with his right hand. He's been fantastically. He had a one something year, a down the stretch in September, and then escaped spectacular game three games. He was. Yeah, he he went seven, which for a starter to go, seven innings in the two thousand eighteen playoffs. That's like a complete game. Basically either volley to go seven innings net. Any point histories complete game, right? I say this is someone who who's still holding onto Nathan. You have all these stock from twenty ten twenty eleven. Yeah. I mean, he's been a different. Than in better pitcher. In some ways this year in he's historically been pretty tough against right handed hitters. The answers have a lot of those. Now there's only so much that h- you can read into that because we said or thought the same thing heading into the LDS. I think that the Indians matched up really well with yesterday's for that perspective, right? Because they were throwing kluber and caress SCO and cleven jer against the Astros. And that seemed like it would work and didn't they got massacred. So it doesn't mean that all these gonna do great, but he also throws really hard and for whatever it's worth. The Astros have been a little less productive relative to other teams against hard pitching this year. That is fast pitching and I don't know how predictive that is, but at least looking backward, they've been a little less potent against pitchers. Like of all the let me say one other thing before we move on his pick if volley starts game three of the series again in matches up against Dallas kaikal. I think one Astros starter you can really get to in the series. So he would potentially start either. I guess, with the series split with a chance to really make a huge market a really critical point in the series. So Zack, who do you have? I picked a different Red Sox pitcher, Matt Barnes who sort of in my mind works as a proxy or standing for the entire Red Sox reliever core before kimbrel. A thing with this series structure which is a two, three. Two has fewer off days as the first did. So core might be less able to turn to guys like Portillo and sale in the eighth inning as the bridge to kimbrel. So even if you trust Kimberly, you have to survive the innings before him. The Astros lineup, Israeli feasted on the underbelly of bullpens of late against the Indians six Cleveland relievers through in that series. And every single one of them allowed three seventy five on base percentage or worse. So there. Wasn't a single effective reliever who Cleveland had, even if you go back to last year's World Series like the dodgers middle relievers were part of the problem against Houston. So if they're not able to secure those innings, they might even if they get out to elite against USA starters, not be able to hold those through the rest of the game. All right. So now it's time for Ben's favorite part of the podcast prediction. So then who's gonna win in how many games and who's going to be the series MVP? I'm going to go with the Astros guests that we all are, unless you have a contrarian take that you're waiting to. Well, I'll take the Astros and I think I will say five, five games. I'll say I leaned towards six, but I'm gonna get aggressive and say five. And as for my MVP picks, I'm going to be really, really boring with those in both of these series because I think we have the likely MVP winners for the regular season in each league with these teams. And I don't see any reason to pick anyone other than the best players. So I guess I'm gonna go. I can't pick Mookie Betts, probably because I'm picking the Astros to win the series. So I guess I will just go with Justin Bieber lender and say that he's going to go out there and throw a couple of dominant starts, particularly if they win in five, you'd think right now it'd be getting too good. Starts Berliners AC. I also have the Astros and five, which is weird. The Red Sox won one hundred eight games. The home team put the Astor's are just so good. My MVP pack is I thought about. Bregman, but that's like a little too obvious after the first round. So I'll go with George Springer who has really played well, the last two playoffs. They could see him adding even more leadoff home runs to his resume and just continuing his plan success. Well, here I thought picking Astor's and five was going to be aggressive or controversial, but apparently that's just what we're all doing. So give me Houston and five give me Marlin Gonzalez for AOL CSM VP. I think if he hits another series winning double on a pitch over his head. I mean, if he's doing that than he's swinging a hot bat right now, and I, that's feels Justice. Predictive as Bragman or Springer anything they've done in the Orlando or anything they've done in previous playoff series or down the stretch of the regular season. So Astor's and five. We're not. Are we collectively even close to five hundred in these these predictions. I don't know because I, I y tall predictions. I make from my mind make them okay, because I make them under duress. But my inkling is that I didn't do very well less time now. Well, we both had we both had the Yankees. We both had the Astor's in a close series, and we collectively famously all picked both of the the wild card games wrong. So. Okay, so congratulations to the Red Sox on making the World Series after we've all gone all in on Houston, and let's go to. I will actually literally be in Milwaukee for Friday's game one. Zach, you're going to Dodger Stadium for at least some of the the middle games, right? Yes. So we will have an actual impersonal presence at at the this series right now. The only starting pitcher, I believe, who's been announced his Clayton Kershaw for game one for the dodgers. Not that it matters that much for Milwaukee's prespective. Let's start with a storyline storyline to watch. Zach, why don't you kick us off? So I think the obvious clash between these two teams is how they're pitching has been handled the dodgers have sort of the three top lines starters. You would want in review Kershaw and Buehler Buehler struggled, not even for a full inning, but like for the span of eight pitches against the Braves. But the other two starters through shutouts and that is, I think, why they advanced, whereas Milwaukee sort of piece together from their entire twelve or thirteen or fourteen, however big there September roster got pitching rotation to win the and all central down the stretch and then beat Colorado. So I'm curious to see how that holds up in an actual seven game series. But I'm especially curious to see how it plays against the dodgers who run a lot of platoons. They start certain guys against lefties in certain guys against righties, and there's not huge overlap between those. Groups. So I wonder if Milwaukee wants to pitch Wade, Miley ear, GIO Gonzalez one day, will they start a right handed opener for an inning, lock LA into one platoon lineup, and then throw the left handed nominal reliever, but really a starter for five innings and give them the platoon advantage. This is what the Washington senators famously did in nineteen twenty four World Series game seven where they started a left handed reliever for only two batters to ruin the platoon advantage that the giants had. And I could see Craig counsel who has been really adventurous with his bullpen over the last month, trying some gamble like this, that's similar to what I was going to go to it. It has to do with the the Burs bullpen versus a platoon, I vanished. But I mean, I don't need to dump on what the Rockies did offensively anymore than I already did earlier this week, but it just never became an issue that the brewers are trying to get two innings at a time for a lot of their release. Hours, you know, Corbin burns and Josh ater being the two most prominent examples of Brandon. Woodruff doesn't start game. He'll probably go multiple innings, added the out of the bullpen. And if you do that, Dave Roberts has the tools. And I think the tactical savvy to go after, you know, to substitute, if he's faced with ater for a couple of innings, he could go right handed if his line of falls in a certain way, it same thing, but the reverse with would refer or burns or if Jefferson goes more than more than one inning, for instance. So this will obviously come down to Milwaukee's bullpen and how much of their success against Colorado they can replicate against deeper lineup with, I think of likely, more hands on manager and Dave Roberts. So it's I'm just sort of piggybacking off of your narrative bendy Avs carried her. Did you just want to jump in this canoe with us? Can I piggy on both of your Beck's. 'cause I, I was gonna talk about council to because. I just think that he is going to be probably the busiest manager in this rounder just have the most decisions to make. He's gonna be wrecking up the most mileage walking to the mound making pitching changes at scratching out potential lineups and rewriting them. I mean, he is said, we're gonna countdown the bullpen because they've been an important part of the team all year. They're going to be an important part of this series. He said somewhat cryptically, we've done things differently. This is talking about the pitching, but this is a different series with different requirements for our pitching staff. He also said that piece going to be running different lineups out there depending on who's pitching for the dodgers dodgers lefties. So he's just going to be mixing and matching. And I think I just have a lot of confidence in him to do that because he's been doing this job now since the spring of two thousand fifteen. And we just saw in the Yankee series that no matter how great a bullpen you build for a manager if he is not experienced if he's not quipped to us. It, then it's really somewhat neutralized and council has shown all year that he does know win to push those buttons. I think he has a better sense of the urgency of October and that he will be making those moves very quickly that we won't see brewers starters left out there to take the loss when there's a better option available, and he really does have a lot of arms control on. So I have a lot of confidence in him to make those moves. But I think maybe the series is as dependent on his performance or at least the brewers aspect of it is as any team is on its manager. One thing I'm interested to see is with the series only go with the rocky series only going three games and never play more than two days in a row. You can use the the bullpen, even more frequently than council did there's essentially no real consideration for fatigue. And I wonder if with those that three game stretch in the middle of series on the road. You know, whether we're going to see GIO Gonzalez didn't start in, didn't started game in the division series, and he's a guy who can turn over the lineup, at least twice maybe go even farther. You know chassis probably was on a shorter leash because he was on short rest in game two of the division series. So I think Milwaukee has the opportunity to go a little bit more traditional if that's what circumstances dictate what you know with the understanding that they could get just because of how many good relievers they have and how many of those guys go for multiple innings yet they could get five, six innings out of the bullpen pretty much every night even with the the three game stint in the middle. So this is this is just making it a little hard to handicap. The series just because I, you know it. We don't really know what the what the brewers pitching situation is gonna shake out like. And I think that just. With that uncertainty. It's it's tough to extrapolate and see how all the rest of the match ups workout. So what you know what we have all sort of gone in deep on on the bullpen. Is there anything else that stands out to to you guys? I think yellow chin, Cain, for instance, their ability to get on base will will be the second most important thing to determine the the Burs success or failure. But yeah. Any what else? Anything from the dodgers perspective stick out? Yeah, I think from the dodgers perspective, you have kind of the same strengths and question marks we talked about before the brave series. I don't know how much we learned about the team in that span, but I think their strengths just look really strong. They have the depth. They have a lot of really quality pinch hitters. They can use in the late innings, but the one guy would highlight even beyond Kershaw who's starting in one is hinge in Rio. Who after here turn from the disabled list in August in fifty two and two thirds. Innings had a one point eight, the IRA with more than a strikeouts per inning, and then shut at Atlanta for seven innings in game. One of the NFL DS and this gives the dodgers a bit of an advantage over what the even had last year where you Darvish wasn't up to up to what they expected when they traded for him and giving the dodgers such a a great second pitcher behind Kershaw gives them a real chance to steal either of the first two games in Milwaukee, sort of similarly to have the Astor's have ver- Lander and coal going in the first two games against Boston. I don't think review is as good as Kirsch. I don't think he's as good as Garrett Cole by they have the pitching advantage in both of those games which puts Milwaukee defensive position just to start the series, and I was going to bring up Kanta Mehta as my player to watch in the series just because he was so important for the dodgers in their deep playoff run. Last year. He got into nine. Games for them in that stretch, he pitched as many as two in two-thirds innings in an appearance so he can go deep if he needs to pitch multiple innings. He only got into one game and pitched one inning in the US. He just wasn't really needed all that often. So he is extremely rested and can pitch in most games in this series if needed and and give the dodgers some innings in the back end of the bullpen because that has been a concern for them at times the season Janssen has looked better of late than he did earlier in the season, of course, as he underwent health issues. But I think relative to Milwaukee's pen there still some shakiness there. And MIDA seems just like the the best bet to be the lockdown guy in the series. Yeah, I wonder what happens if Jansen blows game. I think that's something that we've really taken for granted with the dodgers for years and years and years. And I'm less confident in him now than I have been baby at any point since he reached majors. Pitcher, so Jack, who do you who's your? So we got Ken, my eight as one player. This series could hinge on Zack who's yours. I talked about Rio a minute ago, but I think the actual X-factor factor I'm looking at us Walker Buehler who is probably slated to start game three. He was excellent in the plan game, or I guess the tiebreaker game against the Rockies and for almost the entirety of his performance against the Braves, he just ran into that one snag. The problem is that Stagg costs him. Five runs in. You can't do that against this Burs lineup that I mean, if Erik Kratz is hitting than they have capable hitters from every spot in the lineup, and they have a really, I think a good homefield advantage right now. Bueller won't face that because he'll be back in LA where his pitch lot better this year. So I think even if that was just incidental, based on the way the dodgers rotational shake out that gives them an advantage in, I think the ability to tap into his full potential to. Two stimulus lineup, and it's not just the Euler gave up five runs. It's the way in which he gave up by Brunson. It suddenly just looked like you'd developed the, it's in between innings. It was very, very disconcerting. My guys Corbin burns, I think partially because I just love Corbin burns, I've, but he's emblematic of you sorta step outside that that troika of Canaveral hater Jeffers that has led the back end of the Bruce bullpen. They've needed some of these guys to be able to go multiple innings to be able to come in in high leverage situations. I mean, we saw the the importance of Joaquim sore in game one. And again, throughout that series against Colorado, I burns is going to be the guy who gets Milwaukee. He's going to be the bridge to the really heavy headers. And if he pitches as well as he did against Colorado, I don't know where where the dodgers are going to get their runs, so it, you know, you sort of expect guys like hater Jefferson able to. To shut down opposing offenses, but baby, one of them will blow up at some point during the series. Jefferson looked a little shaky from time to time, but the what I think you you even in a both hand, this deep, you plan to score your runs against the fourth fifth and sixth best petrous coming out of Penn and what burns dies will do as much as anybody to determine the course of the series. And in addition to that, you know, I want to single out Orlando or c. a. and Erik Kratz in her non Perez guys who we don't think of is particularly good hitters. I mean, the brewers have done a lot to like they're playing Travis Shaw second base from time to time like that's how hard up they are for for offense out of their catcher, middle infield positions, and those guys hit against Colorado. And if they don't, then this this lineup is you know, as deep as it as with Sean dacas and most of all Canaan yelich. This line of can get really shallow. And if you're going the bottom third of the order without really having a shot to to score runs. I mean, we saw what that did Colorado in the first round. So those guys have to keep it up as well, so burns. And then I guess collectively the the bottom third of the Burs order ruby the the places I would look for for the series to be won or lost. Do you trust Jefferson more than Jackson at this point? Is that what this opinion is now? Because I think, yes, Janssen's been shaky, but Jeremy Jeffers looked really shaky against the Rockies too. And I know he's had an incredible season, but I don't know. Maybe it will just see four blend saves in this series. And that would make the end of games more exciting. But I hope so a possibility. I don't know. I hope it happens when Zack's the one who has to try to get home after. Let's let's hope all the all the games at Dodger Stadium, go fourteen innings after blown saves, and I can get out of Miller park before last call. I. I don't know 'cause at at his peak Jansen was just as automatic. It's closer scat and Jeffers even when he's even when he's been good, has not been that level pitcher, maybe just the the contrast shaking me a little bit like it's possible that I'm overstating how much chances fall fall off because he had so much farther to fall. But at this point I might trust Jefferson more than Janssen maybe I'm maybe I'm panicking. Maybe I'm overreacting, but, but I need kenley Jansen to have a good series in, or you know, to really show to me in this series particularly and it's not just always look shaky from from time time down the stretch throughout the courses season. It's it's how he pitched in the last year's World Series too. So we, we've seen, I need to see it again in order to to believe. Again, that's the the way I'd put it. Can I ask for one more dodgers bullpen. Take go for it. Pedro biases. Good. Oh, I know the only thing people know about Pedro by. Says that he pitches slow by, did you know that patriot Baya's led all dodgers relievers and wore this year that he had a fantastic ERA that in two playoff games, he got seven outs didn't allow a hit allowed. Only one walk. Some of those outs came for the likes of kunia and Albee's good hitters and the Braves lineup at not saying that Pedro bias should be the closer instead of kenley Jansen and I'm not even saying we should stop the jokes about how you can go eaten tire meal in the span. It takes him to throw one pitch to the second, but I think Pedro by is good and he deserves the credit while we also continue to make those jokes. I'm glad you were watching pager bias was pitching Zazi entire because the the dodgers game was always the last one in that you know the group of three or four, and that's what I went and did the dishes or her did laundry was during Pedro biases inning because I knew I'd have time y'all. Yeah, he's good. He must be doing something right, right. Stay employed despite feeding unwatchable. So I mean, I sometimes wonder whether just taking so long whether being willing to break that norm of actually keeping the game moving is an advantage. Like if you're willing to just make people wait and wait and tolerate the, the ire that you're getting from the spectators than maybe it helps you 'cause hitters get off their game facing someone who is slower than anyone else ever face, particularly when you're coming up with those high leverage situations. I mean, how long has Jonathan paople Bon one of the one of the best closures in baseball? Yeah, God, I just I don't wanna think about Pedro bias. So let's I, I will say it feels like it's a little weird that we haven't talked. It feels like we've talked weighed more about the brewers than the dodgers. I don't know if that's just the dodgers are familiar like we've done this each of the past sixties, and so there's not that much new to say, have we talked about her show at all except to say these starting Gabe on Zach? No, you have your your Kershaw announced this ready to go. Yeah, it's hard to find new things to say about him. He's been in this same place for a while. I think the first start of the plaster him against Atlanta was may be indicative of the kind of pitcher he is right now. He had his lowest strikeout rate since I think two thousand ten. It was barely more than league average and against Atlanta. He struck out only three hitters in eight shutout innings. I think he's going to need to have a different kind of performance to be successful against Milwaukee, Atlanta in the regular season, swung at the highest percentage of first pitches a on zero accounts of any team Milwaukee toward the bottom of those rankings. Obviously, to set the top of their lineup alone, the Renzo Kane and Christian yelich are really patient hitter. So Kershaw won't be able to go the same route, but it's not like he's had no good games in the plan before I wouldn't necessarily expect an implosion is just kind of at this point. It's not necessarily a huge surprise if there is one in the playoffs. All right. Well, we're. Bumping up against forty five minutes or so for for this episode. So let's get it to predictions then wrap everything up Ben who you got having game Suzy MVP. Well, sticking with our theme of repeats, I expect more repeat tears. So I think that the dodgers will make it back to the World Series and face the Astros again, a dodgers and six. And while I'm making my boring predictable predictions, I will pick a repeat here to Justin Turner was the co MVP I believe in last year's LCS and we've talked a lot and marveled at Christian yelich transformation in his Bonzi and second half of the season. But the second best hitter in baseball in the second half was Justin Turner in that had a lot to do with the dodgers resurgence. Obviously, he was absent when they got off to their terrible start the season. Then he was somewhat rusty in diminished when they were scuffling and he was himself again or even better down the stretch. And that was a big part of their success. So I'm gonna go with the very obvious pick of Justin Turner, and whether you think there's something to do with postseason stats, whether you believe in clutch nece. He also has a career one thousand plus opiates in the postseason. So he's got that covered to all right. Zach, we talked too much about baseball because I also wrote down dodgers and six, which is incredibly boring and the same. I think the MVP 'em selecting is max Muncie who might not just play enough to get the MVP if the brewers start say, Miley GIO Gonzalez and for out of the seven games than he just might not start enough, but he hit two home runs against the Braves. He cooled down a little bit over the summer and it seemed like pitchers were realizing how to get him out. And then he just stormed back again on the stretch. She's been really hot of late. So I'm sticking with the max Muncie train, which has been. One of the most fun stories of this baseball season. You're right. You guys are boring ongoing with Milwaukee in seven. I paraphrase for podcast guest, any McCullough these dodgers just don't have the smell. I, I'm not scared of the dodgers team in the way I have been in the past few seasons, I think, and for my MVP within the the realm of picking the brewers to win. This is about his boring as as it gets yell. Christian yelich is imposing himself on not just down the stretch, but that I plough series against Colorado just a, you talked about him being bonds and the amount he's walking is just incredible disease on base all the time. And that's going to be hugely important, particularly if the bottom half of that line of cools down at all from as well as they played against Colorado, I could see him being on base literally half the time or more stealing. Another couple bases hitting a couple key doubles her home run. I, he will. He has the, he has the potential to carry this team in a way that very few individual position players carry playoff baseball team. So give me Milwaukee and seven giving Christian yelich for the MVP. Anything else? No, I'm glad that you salvaged our predictions with at least one right at least one of us gonna get one of these series fray right. Right. Let's hope we get a seven game series just it feels really weird not to have baseball for two days. It feels like the Red Sox game kind of felt like an elimination game atmosphere. But even then if Gary Santa's had walked off with a home run, the Red Sox still would have had Chris sale in game five. So we haven't had quite the level of tension that we've come to expect from October. All right. Well, here's detention yours to this next week, being full of anxiety. That'll do it for this week's edition of the ringer MLB show. Thanks to Ben Lindbergh. Zach, Cranford joining me. Thanks to Bobby Wagner for stitching. Today's episode together. Thanks to Justin Burland, Matt Barnes, and Craig counsel for giving us stuff to talk about. And thank you for listening, joy, the weekend's action and see an ex time.

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That's right. This is the fantasy focus baseball for Monday, April twenty ninth two thousand nine nineteen nine. He is Tristan also known as the best fantasy player on the planet. I am merely. Eric and pushing all the right buttons today and handling the hash. Browns is our own. Are you start young and talented Kyle soppe? You know, you guys don't know who are you start is. But most everyone else in the world who watches game of thrones does anyway on today show before the PIN fantasy staff gathers and be called Bristol Connecticut for the annual fantasy football summit. That's why we'll all be together tomorrow, and we'll do the show together in person on Thursday. If they let us we will talk highlights and lowlights from a busy weekend today, including more than one prospect debut in more than one plus pitchers watch this week closers column, meals, vampire and myriad has Brown's tristen. Hope you had a good weekend. I had a good weekend. And I know who aria stark is because. Thanks a lot y'all for keeping me off social media because this is like a spoiler, fiesta, everyone stop it. You're never going to watch. I am going to watch. I look I'm I'm still gonna watch despite spoilers. I have an idea of several of the major events that have happened in this series. But I don't think I've ever seen a show more spoiled on their hours, you wouldn't need to watch. You don't have the time to watch like one show yet alone one hundred hours of his show. Well, seven years, but it's good. And Kyle's never watched a movie. So let's get to the buzz from the weekend lots of stuff to discuss. So little time so much to talk about. Anyone else? Do it. Here's the buzz. It's so much news. So little time. I was trying to remember the line again is a movie Sakala won't get the gene wilder movie one of my favorite movies as a kid. You know, what I'm talking about the Frankenstein, no trillion chocolate factory and. And he said, I don't know if you saw that. And he says so so much to do. So little time city says the inverse of it, you know, like so little time so much to do. I don't remember. Anyway, you can get in trouble mixing that that statement around. So let's think some time and so little the do. That's what I say. Google machines. Amazing. What I Google or? Yeah. I got it. That's fantastic. As a child that was an excellent movie. Yeah. I did not see pure magic. Sometimes I refused to see remakes of movies when I love the original so much, and like, I'm sure the remake would Johnny Depp was great. But I I refuse to watch. I did not like it. They changed a very integral part of that story that really irks me. Well, we don't want you to be irked because you win leaves? And if you're not win your leaks, you'd be ERC to if you saw what I was talking about maybe someday, I'll watch CARA having all these stuff Saturday issues. Well, I watched the replay. Were you watch game of thrones? You'll watch before he makes it all the way through. Yeah. Nobody can. I'm going to watch it. I watch it. We'll be like eighty five and we'll be discussing it. Then I'll take my teeth out. Guerrero debuted in Toronto this weekend. And he's batting only two fifty. So just caught him in all your leagues. Did. We learn anything from this. I mean, they moved them up to clean up in the batting order. So that was or did he hit third? I think he batted fourth and smoke it second, which I thought was a little bit odd. But anyway, your thoughts on Vlad from the weekend anything there or I mean, he should be active and all your leagues anyway, he should be. Yeah. And look I hit all three games. Okay. Great. There was somewhat not full debut weekend. But I don't think there was really much of a takeaway here other than as you said the lineup positioning fifth yesterday. Now, I think he's going to be a part of the order guy. He'll he'll probably hit cleanup most often for the remainder of the year Hilo him. And as who we think is pretty similar to flat in the ability to hit a baseball. Well on the Angeles Friday, he went into a wall don't run into walks walls kids high right ankle sprain. It's. A couple of weeks. So now, obviously, we don't think they're going to end up with the same number because what I was gonna hit more for the rest of the season. Boy, what would you do with Illinois? I if you're in an ESPN standard, you make any case to keep them rostered. Or are you just moving on what? Well, I I'm gonna note. I do think he is a noticeable step beneath Vlad I do think Eli is an exceptional young talent. However, but I think there's going to be a difference in specifically about batting average in our game. Just because of the one deal spot. Well, I'm sorry. I l injured list injured list. I gotta get that in my head because of that one spot in the three bench spots. I don't think you have the room to keep Iloilo's Jimenez around for for the length of time. It's gonna take for him to come back. I don't think you can really wait on any guy who's not one of say the top twenty five maybe the top fifty overall players unless you just don't have somebody else who was hurt on your roster. If if it's anything deeper, and if you have anything more than one I'll spot if it's a dynasty or dynasty league. Especially come on. You're keeping them around rest of the season Jimenez or Carter, boom. It's a fair question. Oh, yes. That is a fair question. It's going to be Aloi Jimenez. But I do like Mr. earthy entering caboose. Boo. Are you? Sure, you sure here. I am because so the nationals on Friday called up. Keyboard KYW, boom. I don't know what has. Come on. Fitter families in the stands. It's beautiful story. And now he's playing regularly at shortstop, which is should he's better than Wilmer Defoe. But when trade Turner comes back in maybe three weeks does Brian dozer sit or does go back to key miners. What do you think happens here? And what is key boom is a prospect for fantasy. He's not a base stealer. But he's a guy should put the ball in play twenty homerun possibility here to seventy five this seems like an inch. It's like Louis orients with a bit more pop. Orients with a bit more pop. Oh. Somehow, my brain says that's a harsh judgment of him. Why the horse? I we love Oreos don't. No, no. We don't our testing Huron guessing, you're with more pop because I view those guys. Similarly, none of those hitters still basis, but they all hit for average. Either. Well, it's caboose twenty two eight homers and steals. Yeah. Good walk rate. I think he's got pretty decent contact. That's probably going to be a little iffy in the initial stages. Right. But I think he's the ceiling is is for me better than it is for and is it better than hero. Maybe not I'm a big hero fan. So I like the where you're going with that. I just I think he's here for the short term. I can't really get excited. So I love the name, and I love doing my little Bugs Bunny throwback because you know, he's better than does. Don't you think they would play Kibo overdose? Or a second base. You're with me on dosier versus caboose. Now. I'm just saying I mean, I you're a dosier fan, and I'm not I mean, it's been fan. You know? I was never I'm hunter dosier not Brian Ryan to our I named my Raina Brian goes for two years now, I don't want them on my teams now, and I'm pretty sure I didn't back in March. But if he keeps hitting the way he's hitting. They finally moved Ricky robos up in the lineup. I'm just saying I they'll they'll move on from those or quickly to play Cuban second base on that deal, by the way. What's that? How many years are on that deal? I thought it was a two year wasn't it. I mean, it's kind of a one year. I got a little I think it was a two year. Okay. Okay. This is a one year. I guess the second one was a an option. So I we're talking a lot Fernando said sees it was painful watching him do the split yesterday like normal people can't do that. I'd be out for four months, but he might play this week, and he might not he's a hamstring. So it's not a groin injury. That's a good sign. But it's so we're talking Monday morning if it Monday at five pm eastern time, we still don't know of too is going to be active for the next couple of days. You sit him in a weekly. Oh without question. There's no way he's in my lineup in a weekly league this week get a glowing endorsement, I mean that was that was painful to watch and I don't want to mess with hamstring injuries. You don't risk it. And you don't risk it with a player so young as this is so integral to your team's future. You just can't. So for what we know. Now, I've got to teach junior and my losing vampire team. Would you sit him this week currently? Yes, absolutely for Willie 'Damas. That's my only other option. I mean, I'm not saying this is the thing. I'm not excited about that. I will I'm going to defend that with the schedule a little bit. And that is that Tampa has got a great schedule. Yes. They have a fantastic schedule all around both sides hitting pitching. And the other thing too is having a dodger series coming up in the weekend for not. So let's say, for example. He does miss a couple of games early in the week. It's tough pitching late. I'll sit him. I convinced me heartbreak for my team again. It's a five time, which means I don't get the vampire player from Sean Rozelle's. It was really lucky like one or two base hits would have decided that to fifty three batting average too. But of course, you win again who who are you stealing? You know, my opponent this week benched. Alex bregman Blake Snell N Jacob degrom. And yeah, I know the injury things came into play in the pitchers cases. But he did the specifically to avoid me stealing any of those three guys. So my my tough choice was down between Eddie Rosario and Tommy FAM, I'm number the number one seed in the playoffs without having Neria terrific. He's you're unbelievable man wins in April that which I mean, I can't possibly have expected that I was hoping that you're on the list you you've won was every week. I can't even be friends with you. All right. So what you take was the choice that you'll resort owned fam- for the rest of the earn appoints league. Who would well in appoints league? It's rosario. Yeah. Yeah. In a row, I might take fan because you can still twenty bays. Yes. But fam- can walk. I do too. I was more likely to play hundred fifty games to me. It's rosario. So Kyle writes in the note is Tristan the patriots fear him talent level in the Rosser. Underwhelming kyle. I'm gonna get along for long like the best team in the league. If you keep stealing. Everybody's players Kyle. I'm gonna get you for that. You you. You know, call them is. Oh, great. Let's know had ten home runs and three hundred ninety four career games entering the season seven. I think baseball me talk about using the orange or players. How about yours baseball? Hey, let's Stella in his defense launch angle change. Yeah. Did something different. So give him credit most. Atlas for batteries briefly here. I assume that was on one hundred dollars number one to white Smith. You don't want him Christian Walker? Josh Rettig Carter could booms already number five. Andy says there's a launch angle guy landed yet it is going to twenty five home runs. I think I have a lot of teams. Yeah. The the raise did see something and that was signalled by that trade. It didn't make sense on paper. They had to believe they could make enough of an adjustment that he put the ball over the fence. And it's kind of in the Christian yelich thing where it's an extreme ground ball guy where they're getting them to connect on his pitches. So far so good most dropped and wreaking Hernandez had a bad week as his argument zenia playing anymore. They're playing her themes. How I yeah. And they just how quickly the brewers stopped playing. He's so yeah, I would drop not gonna play him. But I still where he he's going to be heard from. But like if you're adding Christian Walker, Luke void guys. Like that for sure. Yeah. You should do it. You had to do it people dropping pro far. That's interesting. Illinois, obviously being dropped. Nobody has any patients Malcolm Smith can still steal forty bases. People. I don't know why you drop them. I think people can't absorb the batting average on base percentage hit. I think it's simply that and have been disappointed in what I've seen in Alex Smith, so far, but you can't give away stolen bases like that. And our favorite player Williams s to deal with a hamstring injury. How did he even hurt a hamstring isn't run fast enough? I replace them in a bunch of leagues, and I wasn't pleased to do so drop higher league. Yeah. I haven't been part to combo meals. That's next here. To manderson Christian yelich Wilson contraire of all people and want soda one sorta will someday when an MVP he will. I like I can see him. I could see him one day hitting three twenty five with forty home runs doing what yelich last year want. Soto can do a yelich did last year. Well, not like first-half second half. But like overall he's that good. Your were talking strictly the numbers, not the style of play involved. But I mean, yeah, having that huge explosion kind of year. Absolutely. I could see that by the way. Knucklehead Wilson, contrary us on that steal a home. Did you see that play? I mean, but all that really matters from that games the tower shower pitched and had adult and one and scored the winning run. Yeah. He's just he does that rare actually. But actually, I think it is rare. It's just that. It's happened twice within the past calendar year. That's incredible, Tim Anderson. Gimme his final numbers because this is. You know? I did we did. I updated my rankings like a week ago. I didn't have to manage in my top fifty. I don't see how I can. But all y'all with you. But his numbers tell us there's something special going on here. So like, what would give me numbers for Tim Anderson? Like, really, what is what is realistic because I feel like he did this kind of last year. Didn't he and then he stopped doing it? He he did. Now, I'm going to point out that one thing that is not marrying last year. He is not walking and the plate discipline has not been all that improved. Yeah. He's making a little bit more contact. But I would say that he is not showing us anything special, and I'm digging up the two thousand eighteen line and spitting it right back at you. I mean, he has I'm not saying don't you spit in nice way. I'm not saying I'm buying. He has a four forty eight Bab. So he could drop one hundred and fifty points off his batting average the rest of the season two walks in twenty two games. I you got to sell I'm gonna say you dump them. But you've got a trade. Tim interested in your leagues people. I will geeky stat it up. Just to tell people what I'm getting at thinking he stat of the day freakout. Eric, you know, I love the chase rate. The chase rate is the percentage of times the player swings at a pitch outside the rulebook strike zone last year. He did it forty percent of the time this year forty six percent. It is increased. Yeah. This is seems obvious to me that nobody can keep going like this. But he has five homers and ten steals. So if two minutes and ended up with like twenty four homers and thirty steals and batted two forty let's like a pumped up in Desmond year that can happen to me Anderson can do that he can keep running even if he's not getting on baseline final five months. I'm more concerned about the steals than I am the homers. I like where you're going with that in that ballpark. But I don't think the steals can come if he walks this infrequently when the Bab regresses it's going to be harsh. All right, everybody. This is your official reminder that mother's day is Sunday may twelfth. And we're letting you know ahead of time. So you don't have any excuses. If you're rushing for a gift at the last minute, make your mom, proud and show her you care for something. Sweet and unique. And if you're like us and wondering what you should get. Or any of the moms in your life and head over to edible dot com. And check out some of the options. These folks have edible arrangements can make anything from chocolate. Strawberry boxes, all the way to handcrafted fruit arrangements. They're delicious easy to share. And they bring people together and not to mention edible only uses high quality ingredients. So no matter what you get. 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He didn't get Sundays, but he got Saturdays and those guys pitching the eighth. That's what I thought. Okay. Now, it's something going on. I think it's gone. I don't think it's a three man committee where it's going to be entirely match ups. And unfortunately that does mean because of the lesser number of lefties in baseball, including the hitting side, everybody talks about the pitching Alvarado's going to have a very difficult time finding himself in the last out of the ninth. I see where you're going with begun. There will be saved. But I think Steve's a better pitcher so Tampa Bay's got three guys in a committee. What do you call team's bullpen with? Nobody. That's in the committee have out those Atlanta Braves right now, I ate a minute was terrible and Saturday. He's been terrible most of the season. And then on Sunday he gives up a couple of hits and gets pulled for Luke Jackson of all people. I guess minsters next up. But man, they gotta do something because minter's just bad right now. So they're gonna make the call the correct kimbrel. But even if they do still another month, he's not ready. So I guess I'm one on the acting U is would you rather roster right now, AJ mentor or Amelia Pagon? You have one spot. Yeah. I think in this case, it's a very it's a simple and strong case to be made for pagan. He'll just pitch better. I don't think anybody's in this position. I think the only place in which anybody could be in. This position is say a twelve team mix not even our standard game. I think these both are gonna wind up right at the cotton the ten teams that means my swap 'em mentor is not on the most drop list. And that's not even been dropped at all. I don't understand that at all non nothing. I would drop him. He's clear closer for now. Unless it's Lou Jackson campy. It's be rostered in something like thirty to thirty five percent of leagues. Anyway, he just his movement hasn't changed over the past week at all which is incredible. I mean, like the obvious guys are being dropped Cody, Alan Matt Barnes. He's not closing the clerk who probably still Texas closer. But didn't get a safe chance. Nobody on Texas did in the past week because I kept winning by too much. Oh, you're not gonna being dropped. I'll give you the theory on on. Why mentors not being dropped the Braves also? And it's only on the pitching side really here. Having extrordinary schedule mentor has to step up this week. This is make or break week and Jeremy Jeffers of Milwaukee does not good. So I guess it's Josh hater alone. I guess. Yeah. I mean, it's one game. He's pitched at a five I believe it is with the lead. He hasn't pitched in the ninth yet Jefferson and that was a bad bad setback. When it's the first time you're putting a game where you have a lead. And you know, you need to lock things down briefly some stuff from Sunday Rinaldo Lopez fourteen strikeouts over succeeding 's that's quite a performance, not efficient. But it's a lot of strikeouts is passed realities have been good against bad offenses this first reactions were bad against good offenses. What is rain auto? Lopez is the guy you stash away to later or do you just ignore? I don't know that I could put him comfortably in either. I think he's perhaps a I don't think I could even say he's a streamer. I'm not sure as a streamer, I don't even know what I could define him as because I can't predict when I'm going to be able to use them velocity is down a little bit that came up in one of my early April reports when I was trying to do the velocity comparisons. And then all of a sudden he he jumps right back with a lot more electric stuff in that one game. It's almost as if he's the less appealing version of Chris sale. You just really don't know what you're gonna get so feel free take a flyer. But I don't I don't feel comfortable starting him. I mean, do you yet? No, not at all. But I thought the question needed to be asked. I think it's a very valid question. I it's a it's a great first step of twenty nine thousand nine hundred Rinaldo Lopez versus Zach eflin don't you have the exact Aplin, although he was good yesterday. But he wasn't good in previous outing. So I don't really know what to make him. But I'd say, you're right. I think it's eflin and national. Versus American League has a bit of a weight. There hunter Pence any interest at all homered knocked in four yesterday's hitting. He's doing well. And he is playing like really calendar was never gonna play. Like, if you if you were offering Willie Calhoun, and we can sign at that. But like, maybe he doesn't deserve. It not every prospect makes it in fact, like eight out of ten prospects. Don't become top hundred fantasy players is that fair like eight out of ten hitters that we think are top fantasy prospects. I'll bet people listening to say that's crazy to throw that number at it. But the truth is I think that a lot of the guys who do make it aren't in that prospect bucket in the first place. So you're probably right on if you take just like the top hundred prospects listed, the the rate of failure is extremely high. Calhoun? Let's get back to Pence. I've seen some interesting stuff from and I would be on board. If the league is deep enough in our game. No way. I just I don't think the role is firm enough for him Eric Sogard sitting well people routing him. That's probably mistake. I'd rather Stelle. Although I really wouldn't rather at either one right? Like, I would agree with that any other pitchers that are being added anybody that did anything yesterday. John means I guess we'll get to that. As we preview. Well, we compete with the week right now John means the to start started this week. I've ignored him. I did not bid anything on them. He's a Baltimore pitcher. That's all I need to know. But do you like John means he means anything to you, not really? But he did catch my eye for the to start matchups just because they are favorable enough. And he has pitched well enough means strength was good control in the minors. I really have nothing else for you to back him up. So if you're if you're rolling the dice because you need volume. Okay. I'd rather have Mike saroka this week. Oh, yeah. But he's he's long gone. He's not long. Grown. He's available and a lot of leaks. Thirty thirty percent. He's Rosser and thirty percent not available thirty who's the guy in the Braves who I put down roster. Let me look I wanna make sure I'm not wrong here. I could be wrong. I to that's why I remember one was one was at thirty. I remember sirocco Rosser and twenty two point seven percent. Oh, wow. That's a that's a slam dunk readily available. Yeah. I mean, the pitchers that are on the most added Liz means Caleb Smith, Luke Weaver, damigella, her mind, Frankie, montage sirocco, Mike minor. Wow. Did you see that Mike mine around? And do we have to start buying Mike minor this ridiculous? Yeah. We actually brought them under a couple of times on the show. I kept I kept saying no, it doesn't. I mean. He's a Texas. Rangers pitcher who doesn't have an elite strikeout rate. So I get it. But he's pitched very effectively for a year and a month. It's a Monday on ESPN. You can catch the ethics and the Red Sox Frankie montage and Edwato Rodriguez and Iran has pitch better of late, and he should be the guy. Maybe the guy that we a lot of us think he can be. Sack Davies and Kyle freelance across Socratic Furlan comes off the injured list of face, Milwaukee yellow might not play left after games with back spasms, but freely a guy I think we would agree with that. At least. At least. Well, I mean what he did last year might have been a bit too much. But gimme a threshold remove the wins. Yeah. But he had threshold number top fifty cloud-free Linda top fifty starting pitcher fantasy. Okay. I mean, I don't want to say top twenty a lot of people would I think you're right out the seventeen wins and Kyle freely and can eat should easily be a top fifty store. I mean, he should be in the thirties. Yeah. I mean, you know, I don't typically like an invest a lot in players like this. But I think I think you've got the right number there. I think he can get in the top fifty ESPN plus has the opener Ryan Stanek against the ace Brad Keller cities as now Tim today. We've got a note Yanni chair knows he will pitch in this game. Right. You're going to be the five inning guy from inning two to six. And then he will probably also do it again if not start game during the weekend. I love Yanni chair this week. Yeah. I agree. He's a very good pitcher just act of it in my simply to Tuesday again. No day games. Come on give us one day game. Everyday. Please not that we can watch it since we'll be at the fantasy football. Summit on my phone ESPN plus late at night as Walker. Bueller? And drew Pomeranz. What do you think of Walker? Bueller? Top twenty starter still or are you like fading a little? I'm fading a little because this feels like the typical young pitcher adjustment period. But I absolutely love his stuff. The only concern I ever had about bueller. Breaking into the majors was the durability question. And I don't think that's what's being raised at the beginning of the year. So I am a Bilo guy. Are you having Griffin canning for the week? He's an angels top prospect could Mahinda star. But not expected to be an ace by any means. He's like a mid rotation guy supposed to start Tuesday against Toronto against lad. It's at home, I advise somebody on Twitter to not add canning and dump. I can't remember who they wanted to dumb. It might have been Stephen Matt's. Again. I keep telling everybody I I like and he pitch well against weekend. But canning is he what do you do with starting pitchers that are minor leaguers, we know to activate Vlad and Ted teas and guys like that. Do you activate starting pitchers right away or do you? Wait, the context matters here in our game. No, not a chance. I will point out that my research in the past it showed that the debut in pitcher, especially the more, you know, the most. Ones. Do get an advantage against hitters. The problem that they face is other than the initial debut jitters, the nervous nervousness, we've seen with a couple of cases. They don't go deep into games. So I see where you're going at with, you know, advising not to pick them up and start him. But he has been great with the command and AAA I am interested here if it's a fifteen plus team mixed if it's an ale only I will add and start him Wednesday bunch of day games ESPN. Plus at night has Anthony just flying Di Sclafani and Jake degrom. ESPN TV at night has Houston. Minnesota column. Mchugh Martin Perez McCue, you should want to have active even though Minnesota. It's a lot of home runs and McCue gave up a lot in his last outing. Jake degrom versus Chris sale. I kind of touched on this on my blog entry today. Maybe it's up. What do you do here? Like the grams issue he was bad on Friday night against Milwaukee. And I think that elbow still barking to use a word the Mets us because they don't know what the real word is and sale is owned five. Although he pitch fine yesterday. Like, I still buy low and both don't you? I mean, he pitched fine sailed it with the final line, but it was a very Radic outing, which is that start actually defined the entirety of his year. So I don't wanna I don't wanna hang my head in that being a good step forward for him. I'm going to grow. I'm here. I'm trusting what Stephania bell set on the last show. She said it was okay. I feel great. I'm sure it a log. Oh, fantastic. Degrom by the way, I'd love to see him get a routine in here where he has been dealing with a lot of tough weather in the New York area. So far at this point in the year. I'd like to see him just get on a regular routine already because I think he'll be great. I agree. All right coming over to this. The great hash Browns as we will see suburban garden gnome. Kathleen Cassidy without studying it he notices it moves like and also tool it's inanimate and utterly without brain function. But despite that when it got no me his about how gyco not only saves people money, but also gives them access to licensed agents twenty four seven online and over the phone. It's clear to them. You should switch because. Yes. Switching to Geico is. A no brainer on second thought. Maybe don't garden gnomes to carefully. People might talk. All right Kyle. I'm sure there are myriad questions. Let's get some answers. We actually got a few Domingo's. Her minds ex wondering what his ceiling is we've seen great production. But the competitions been lackluster this. It's all you Tristan easy. Yankee does he? Well, does he continue to pitch? Well. And does he stick around in the rotation? Just like Carter cable. I don't know. There's no decision that I made in a draft this preseason that I was more angry at myself over and immediately than letting Domingo's her mongo in ale only labor so annoyed about it. Because I wrote I believe it was the king's command column that he misses bats. And that's a skill that can play and that's what we've seen so far from him. So I do by. I think that and he looks like he's locked into the rotation. I think the upside is potentially that of a top thirty starter. That's the ceiling with your lead in ale labor is like twenty points, or is it thirty. Or is it only down ten actually I didn't check my morning update. But I was in second place yesterday, but I've been hovering between five six you're winning the office lead. You're winning the vampire league because earlier not like in the top three. Yes. My points league. The one more have allowed the most points by leaps and bounds. I'm one two and one. How awful. I was out to in one last week. How are you? Oh, two in one in one week. All right. So I'll give you honesty on this one. I have the nineteen local NL only I have I'm in last place. So you're one of your kids drafted team. No, I did I, but I actually I've got everybody who started slowly if they're you know, I went with the all hitting no pitching thing. And every hitter that I took is every National League hitter office low star. You know, I gotta say an office league. I got the same thing going on like I have a really good offense just has not hit at all. And then I've got a couple of cubs. A couple of Red Sox pitchers, and that'll do it for the you know, my year as like still over six I wanna see who you have on here. I'll bet the same players. They might be. I mean like, it's not a bad team. It's not going to win. Okay. I understand that. But I don't think this team. Hearst your team with the name. That's one thing. Why did I? Well. I called the team. Yuck. Well because during the draft actually I liked this offense. Like, I know you told me not to take Travis Shaw. But I liked him. I liked Benintendi. I hit right on Domingo's, Santana nNcholas castle. Honest, people were angry on Twitter. They want to drop them. I don't think that's a good idea. I really don't the common thread. We have on that end. Only team is Matt carpenter and is no ram cutting him. Yeah. Look what happened last year people like a lot of these guys are going to get hot. I got Aggie lar- trying to my move on from. That's just that's just different. That's my worst hitter. Right. Well, that was my were my the one the cheapest guy at the end among my offense. I always go. Well, other than my catcher, I was going nuts for offense and just avenue. It hasn't panned out this pitching staff. All right. I'm getting Desmond too. Yeah. I'm with you on also cheese. Genius interesting. He can put all the bed picks on one team. So it doesn't sour multiple. Oh, get you. Get you. A weird. What's nice? Ricky's wondering which of these young pitchers can be an ace over the next three seasons. He's got four guys. He likes must growth paddock glass now or Sorocca. All yes. All of them sold easy answer. Who's? Rank them for him. But I think and when we say as what does that mean that means top twenty to me to me? Let's go top ten number one pitcher in a ten team league who can beat that leader of your fantasy stuff. I don't think any of these guys are going to be top ten starters. Let's split the difference. Fifteen because there are fifteen Tim mix, sir. I will rank them for the next three seasons. Paddock glass now must gropes Arocca and sirocco last because of the shoulder concerns from last year. That's the only reason. But so I'll go paddock one glass now to most growth three sirocco for. Odiaun? I I have a difficult time disagreeing with your order. I I might go glass now over paddock I feel a little bit safer in the durability in volume coming from Glasgow because of paddocks Tommy, John surgery, and the limited pro innings. I don't think I don't think much groves ceiling is in the top fifteen. Really? I don't I think he'll be consistent twenty twenty-five in the, you know, the best case is that for the next agree. And I was watching that game against the dodgers over the weekend. He was rolling along. And then it's like one bad inning. And he was left into long to that was the other thing about that. Any? I don't know. I pitchers arms. Don't just fall off when they hit their one hundredth pitch. It's not like that at ninety nine pitches. They're fun at one hundred they're bad. No Andrews continue to manage this way. But must grove like win that inning was going on. It was like the seventh. I was like I'll get them out and get them out. It was too late. But I like my growth, he probably I mean, I would say right now I'd rather have glass now, then must grow them. Paddock arocca. But it's close I want to really the shoot for the moon guy. I would love to just say it's paddock here and be done with it. But it feels like we have hate here for saroka. Do you agree that that the worry is it's it's the durability. Yeah. Yeah. They have a million starters the show. It's a shoulder. That's like I feel better about the guy coming back from Tommy John. Then I do the guy coming back from the shoulder issues. Yeah. No. I I agree with that. Paddock paddock by the way, the combo beneath beneath between the first of all the changeups great. But the the the lightning stuff versus the change of pace. I love that balance for paddock. Then the ballpark that helps to help by the way, everyone this show is sponsored by the fine folks at seek 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 seeking does seek is 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 experience as easy as possible seek pulls in millions of tickets from all over the web, and they rate each deal on a scale of one to ten display them on interactive seat map. So it's simple define what you're looking for green. 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That's our friend of the show. Luke Martin who loves all the fantasy focus podcast. I believe. Right. Yep. Jason heyward. Why why are we getting sucked in it? Basically. He has a good start to a season. And we're left to decide if something has changed is he hitting more fly balls is he more likely to keep stealing basis because he didn't steal basis ever. Right. And well used to obviously. But I mean ever in the past two years still like one base last year or something crazy like that? And he had a full season. He didn't have any power. Oh my goodness. I'm looking at his numbers. Now. I now the thing that jumps out to me seventeen walks versus twelve strike. That's the thing. This is not like all Babbitt fueled. In fact, not fueled at all no, it's not this is a guy who is taking pitches. Swing at the right pitches and deciding the steel basis and the five home runs is nice too. Although I don't think he's hit maybe one in the past like two or three weeks. So, but I don't really wanna buy. I don't think Jason Hayward's going to end up top fifties fantasy outfielder to you. Fifty would have to end up hitting close to three hundred because we don't think he's hitting twenty home runs or stealing fifteen basis. So he would have to have a Nick Marquette's type season with the batting average in order to be a top fifty outfitter. I think right. But but marquess did that it's and that's a great comparible example of the path to get there. It's the boring path to the top fifty. I'm good with cops. Like that you notice that like on these shows like I never think about it beforehand off the top of your head. It's amazing. I think about them and can't get them as good as I never think of Jason Heyward. But when I'm looking at potential numbers, I'm like that could be more cake as well though. He can't knock in ninety runs. But like what's the best Hayward could do like fifteen homers, sixty RBI twelve steals three hundred guessing three hundred keeps walking. But no, Luke, I I don't know who's available in your league. But let's look at the outfit for Alfred is being added and dropped it's going to be somebody you'd rather. Dwight Smith junior is not that guy. Josh Radic, probably is. But he doesn't play enough games. Scoring rettig. I think it's close. I live Brett Gardner. That's a low batting average guy. But same power and steals, right? No hit third for lunch longer when the players back amick gardeners going to gardeners going to beat Hayward. I mean, obviously injury things, but whatever he's going to have more. Steve don't see a lot of players here on this. Most added list outfield that I would rather have inhaled Hayward. And that's not because I love Hayward's like co Kowloon Verduga doesn't play enough. Eric fame's? No, Danny Santana. We've been over. I like your theory of marquess a lot. It is not the player comp. It is the way that you get to the outcome. I like where you are going. Why are you giving up on that? What is the best case for for Hayward? If he has figured it out enough that he's making the elite contact because that's all it is. And that walk in strike a numbers the underlying numbers don't support them to an extreme. They are a little improved in terms of the chase rate. There are a little bit improved in terms of the contact rate. But he's been going in that direction anyway, so three hundred and twenty. I would say it's the best case scenario. But if this guy's a two eighty let's say from today, forty bets to eighty-five he hits you eleven more home runs a steals. Your six bases. Are you really going to complain about it? No. But he's not fun. He's not fun roster. Marquette will win you a league without being fun. Last year's Marquez can do that especially in points things leaning in that direction, and Jason Hayward's gonna have a lot of Al you in that format comparative to wrote them. All right. What's next? We've got two more questions. Trae wants to know what to pitching statistics you hone in on trying to evaluate a pitcher in the early going. Strike up percentage is actually better than k nine. So I do look at that. I'm looking at walks. Fly ball rate to some degree for giving up home runs. It's hard for me to invest unless they're all solos Tristan. Would he look at? I would say the two you haven't mentioned are swinging strike rate tied rate as you mentioned. And I also think at this stage since you added that little tack on philosophy. Yeah. I'm looking for velocity changes. I'm looking for like what is a pitcher doing different than they did in the past. Like, I did this with Joe Moscow two weeks ago. Why is why all working why is it? Not allowing home runs is he throwing his pitches differently. I did this with raise glazed when his slider was going slower than it used to. And then the next outing. Of course, it was faster. I do this with a lot of change. Because Brian we talked about last week. He's still hitting okay to the opposite field, but can't pull anything. So. But like swings right percentage. And as Tristan minted I and I mentioned the strikeout I wanna see strikeouts. But I wanna see velocity changes any pitchers off the top of your head with like velocity changes that we need to know the still have enough sample for two I got, you know, and I'll dig up a comparative thing today. No, I mean, I don't wanna hold like put you on the spot. I I'm just trying to like Lopez was one of the ones on my originalist. Chris sale was one that I had originally on the list are there was oh who was the guy who at the velocity increase that. I like nothing's changed with Mike minor from last year, which is why I have a really hard time buying because he's a veteran. Oh, he was fine. He was usable. He was not was he a tough fifty star last year. Probably not. I mean, if you take winds up, but he didn't win a lot of games. Did he look at his numbers? I I don't think like he got there. But he might have his ear Ray was so high and he won only he won twelve games era was over four. Now is whip was good. But that was not a lot of strikeouts. He didn't the only may twentieth. Starts pitchers. No, Jason Heyward. A pitchers would be a guy who. You can't do that. Because like pitchers and hurts you were haters can't unless it's Joey gallivanting pitcher gets you to the finish line by being boring. I guess minor. Does that in a way? I when I think of boring among starting pitchers. He's not the name that comes to mind used to be my guy. Yeah. He was born boring until later. Jamie moyer. Sure, all I dime. If you put them in a game, he gives you for innings. There's two guys jump to mind to me one. Is that Kathleen because I don't think he's going to be a big strikeout guy, you know, who's boring but effective until his last night. And Trevor Williams is a guy. I don't want to argue like we did last show. But he's he's boring, but effective I mean, I cough and eflin could be that guy for the Phillies. I think maybe Wade Miley could be like burly, it's no strikeouts people. But right like he's going to have a good era in whip Wade Miley. I kind of Zach Davies they're both going to be like three seventy five year. A I think that's boring but effective Kyle. That's like, hey word. I guess I don't remember who asked it because it's not on your list here. But somebody had asked us about miles. Michael's good or just not. In my no is he any good. Or was last year. The best season we see by far from him. This is the Trevor Williams lesson miles, Michael assists, the Trevor Williams lesson. These guys do have a good amount of value. But when it falls apart at falls part part. But do you think Michael this is falling apart? I don't think that it's no rubbing alert. But but when things slip for the guys who don't miss bats. They fall hard. It's not, you know. I mean, there's nothing to hang your hat on all with these players when things are not going. Well, it's the Matt Cain thing. Matt Cain when Matt Cain stopped performing. He fell off a cliff. That's the reason. Those guys scare me your old remember back. Hey, I went back in time. I built a time machine that was what I was up to this weekend. You'd like to use the raven is to look back. Now what you're talking about. Let's get a couple. Of course, we're going to last one here Bill you guys talked about Yandi D as earlier in the show. He wants to know what his best season of career looks like he's invested in a keeper league. Oh, jeez. Love Hannity is. Three hundred twenty five home runs or is that not high enough of the ceiling for him? I don't wanna get too crazy. I the reason why I like reason why I'm so happy about the ones I hit on like Yandi DA's and Domingo's Santana. Not because they're gonna end up is like top fifty fantasy hitters although they might just because I was able to get them in deep leagues like the Christian Walker thing like I didn't draft him in ten team standard. But I got him in like a twelve team and only that's what excites me is getting a player like Yanni D as in a really deep league. Because other people are taking Jason Heyward. I I would rather take a shot on a guy who I really liked with upside. And Andy the looks like a legit guy like who can hit three hundred with twenty five homers this year. So I guess it's ceiling has to be high is stealing a batting title. I'm not this is a very unusual player, and he's not healing guy. Yes, he and his floors high. Like he's going to be a good player for like six or seven years Bo hits for average and some power. But you just said it his floor is high. But as ceiling might not be all that high either his ceiling might actually be very low. This guy's never had a sub fifty two percent grumble rate including this year. It's I think it's it's fifty six percent fifty six percent so far. But when it goes in the air, it's leaving now. Right. But does it now if I mentioned yellow earlier if d is is doing in Tampa, if this is a big project of theirs and you projected for it a couple of years have you seen what yelich just doing? He is actually decrease in that ground ball rate. If DNA follows that path then we have to change our long-term projections. I can't see that. Yeah. I I see Andy D as as a consistent capable twenty-five Homer. That's to ninety guy for the next couple of years, except that I don't even know that we could say either category is one that has the higher ceiling. This guy could be a three twenty hitter hits fifteen or you could be as you said to ninety who hits your home or a number or you could have more than that. You're right. No, you're you're absolutely right. And he's still vailable in almost sixty percent of ESPN leagues. Like, I would take Andy over one hundred dosier, but does your little, but those are going to have a how to fifty nine hollow. He's in about two fifty with like twenty twenty two home run d is is a very interesting project. That's that's what's great about him. See my boy, Michael shave his three homers in his first week. Yeah. I want that second base eligiblity. I added them everywhere. So I I I signed him in tout. I couldn't believe how wasn't tout how nixed seven but not yesterday eight days ago seven a thousand. Yes, that's insane. I put in like a really low bid, and I was like I'm probably not going to. Them. But like, I'm really being careful with my money. Although nobody else is and I got him for seven dollars, and that lead you have to activate them right away. And he three homers in the first week. Yeah. Not to get carried away with what is could provide for you. But but seven I mean, that's that's throwing the dart and hidden it's going to be interesting because they're getting their all second baseman back soon. So what's going to is? She was going to go to the minors. You know, by the way at third base is named Denver's Denver's defensively looks horrendous and he needs to be platoon. I bet shave his stays in the majors and platoons with him. It's because there's is horrendous defensively you, but he shouldn't be this bad. He's been bad now for a long enough sample in the majors that I am concerned about that. But like you, and I really liked them six weeks ago. And I don't want to jump off that I like that's not what we liked about him. We liked that is batting third. But even batting six or seven I thought that was going to continue to make strides. He's really young. I think good. Things are in going to happen. But like Boston canton mess around lake with this like if shave is has hit three homers a week. They gotta play him. And he's not a second basement. He's the third basement. He's not even a good third baseman. So if he keeps hitting he'll keep playing is what I'm saying. And if you've got investment endeavors, I'm not saying runaway yet, he's he's on the most droplets in the SPN leaks. He's down to seventy six percent, rostered and shave is still at like five percent. But we didn't love him because of the defense, and we did not love him because of the lineup spot. We lived ever is. Because there is an awful lot of raw on tap power. In that bat, there is only thing that's a twenty five home run guy. Who's not hitting like it? I think he's a thirty five to forty Homer guy in the future. I think in time, but he's not I thought he I thought he could have gotten a thirty homers this year, he's still can three four weeks weeks. Yeah. But I mean, I could have seen a major jump forward from coming this year, and it might might well still happen. But as you said there are there are polls in his game. There's probably a holding game. We're done for today. Thank you so much for listening to our little show. I believe it will be back on Thursday when we'll all be bucolic Bristol, Connecticut recording really early in the morning to make sure this show gets out to everybody who wants to listen to it coffee. You will drink your coffee, and I will not even coffee, and it'll just sit there lonely on the desk. It will I won't use it. I won't drink. We'll just the coffee throughout the show. Thank you so much now, we're just when we get to the wasting time portion of the show it's time to stop. Thank you interesting. And thank you to Kyle and two are your stark and everybody else who makes this show. Great. She makes this show. Great. I am Eric having awesome week. Coffee.

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

90 Miles Podcast

52:12 min | 1 year ago

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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We'll talk about the early favorites in the Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes on BUSTER only, our producer every day is just Maccabi. Josh how you doing today doing well BUSTER and I'd be remiss if I didn't open today by saying happy sixtieth birthday to my mom. Wow. I that. That's great that it's your mom's birthday. That's really cool. When you started that, I'm like, are you looking at some counter, I'm not aware of because I'm not sixty and it's not my birthday. It's one of the three people in my life. That's more important than you. It's my mother. Oh my God. Boy, do I feel like so low. Let's move on. Let's hear Otani's first home or the season against the Minnesota Twins. Here's the pitch on Otani. Any swings in drives of all deep into left center field that when he was carrying and that ball is outta here. Shohei Ohtani gets a hold of one. That is his first home run of the season. It's a two run shot and the angels have a three two lead. Jerry Smith angels radio. Eight thirty the angels won this game five to four. They've one of eleven of their last sixteen. They had by four the fewest strikeouts. In baseball with their hitters era team to watch as we move forward Diamondbacks and pirates Escobar's off to a great start. It's a lot of opportunities drive deep right field Cabrera goes back at the fence. It's gone homerun Escobar. Zoot? Somebody's out of the way. Trouble down home run dieback Sand Lake then it goes to seventy two for him out there. Again, it's not fooling anybody. Great Solti Arizona's sport's ninety eight point seven FM. The final score was ninety three and Escobar to eighty eight average eight owners twenty-four RBI so far this season. It'll be interesting to see if he's going to be an all star the Phillies in the brewers this game. Like a lot of the games on the east. Coast affected by rain is Monte GRANDE doll got the brewers started. Once the two teams got started ground ball. That's a fair ball down the right field line. It's headed into the corner. Yelich is gonna come in score his Grondahl is gonna stop. And now he's going to try for third. Here's the relay thrown. It's not in time initially was going to be content with an RBI devil realized Bryce Harper had some issues with it in the corner. Just kept on going regardless. He picks up a run bed at in its to nothing Milwaukee six twenty WTMJ, but the Phillies would come back. They tied the score. And then the bottom of the seventh. Thing this happened. Swung on hidden air left center field on the run in the alley Peres going back. He won't get it. It's gonna want hop the fence in real so is in the second with a double and severa has scored and the Phillies have a five to four late. Got France key sports radio ninety four WIP. Philadelphia win seven two four the brewers lost on Saturday and bad weather. They lost on Sunday in bad, weather, and they lost on Monday in bad weather. White Sox beat the Indians five to two you'll Yulon Mocatta. Manny had a nice game. Ten the a one swing in a high fly over left. This is struck up the bed of Moncada to track that the law. He goes to the bullpen and left the Moncada for the second home run of the game. And farmer on WGN the Astros playing great Alex bregman playing great. This is what he did against the Tigers. And that's cranked deep to left field. Going back is stored at the wall. He leaves it in that ball is off the top of the Waller is gone. No, it has gone a hold raw to run shot for Brachman bregman. His third home run in the last two days. And now has thirteen on the year, Robert Ford KBM seven ninety AM. Josh if you don't have the Astros at the top of the power pole the power ten on Wednesday. You're out of your mind. We'll have to wait and see for tomorrow BUSTER Wednesday power ten day. Maybe some debate. We'll see. Off the day. And the game of the day was in Seattle Mariners in the athletes. I watched a lot of this game including what Chris Davis did early on left field. Santana's go at back. Baby's gone. That was hit high and deep to left field. Santana's back Santana at the wall. And that baby is gone. It's to order game for Chris Davis. Glenn Kuyper, Ray, Fosse, NBC sports, California. So Oakland had a leads Seattle hasn't been playing. Well, you figure this game was over new bottom of the eighth inning. This happened. Jot center field up straight away center. Batters. Dan, you'll go go back. Yeah. It was root sports. So Clint took a lead in the top of the tenth inning to make it five four. The Mariners came back again. Two two. Mine drive. It is. Here comes this game is time. Root sports again in that inning would continue. Here we go to balls two strikes pitcher Narvaez took a lot basically feel. Come on. Here's the froder the plate nutty time. More nor buys windy. Two. RBI single molested in a Mariners. They win it six the five here in this Monday night in Seattle. Dave Sam seven ten ESPN Seattle with that call. Let's get to it. Welcome to the show don't show. Welcome to the show. Coming to show. Show. Welcome to the show. Maybe you're in the show with TV show and fees. David welcome to your show. How you doing today? I'm good, but serve hope you Josh our. Well, we're well and thankfully were inside. And we're dry, which is a lot different than what we've seen with baseball. So far this spring and some interesting situations developed in recent days which reflect apparently from what I'm told a new major league baseball policy about how games are rescheduled. I was it Wrigley field over the weekend. And Saturday when the cubs are playing the brewers it was absolutely miserable. Christian yelich telling me, how cold it was hell offline was on Saturday plane fifteen innings, and I asked him did you go up and at least change your uniform between anything's he goes now, it's so far from the visitor clubhouse all the way down to the dugout. So you know, they're trying to function then on Sunday was just as bad by the end of it. I was totally soaked temperatures in the mid thirties. And I was a little bit surprised with. The high degree of effort made to get the game in early in the year between division rivals because you know, the cubs in the brewers play other later in the year, and I didn't really think that much of it and we talked yesterday, by the way about all the, you know, the work that the ground screws are doing and then last night yet a situation. He'd Yankee Stadium. Orioles are playing division rival the Yankees. And it was absolute downpour wasn't a very good forecast. After nine o'clock. They got the pitchers warned up, and they cleared the tarp. And they're ready to go except with all the water that had been dumped in left field. I wasn't draining. Very well and say the managers out on the field, and they're taking a look at the outfield spot, and they're trying to punch holes into the grass to help the drainage with pitchforks and other devices going in eventually they call the game off. And from what I understand the directive for major league baseball. This year is basically telling teams look. We don't want you to schedule take feature off days and try to work those things out your first priority. Is you need to try to make up games within that series? So in other words, the cubs and brewers had to try to play those games within that series. The Orioles in the eighties have to try to make up that game within that series. And they're scheduled to play a single admission double header today gangqi stadium, and I try to get some guidelines before the show from major league baseball about why this change happened. My guess is is that last summer? You remember how there were so many rainouts early teams like the cubs were at the ballpark for fifteen straight days from the Union's perspective. That's a problem to have players not having off days. And I wonder if this is just an adjustment from that. But the collateral damage, of course, is you might put the players in a better situation to protect their off days. But then you have situations like last night where the fans are sitting in the rain and sitting in these miserable conditions. Same thing Wrigley field over the weekend. What do you make them? All that. It's terrible. I live in Connecticut and between Boston New York. We had twenty one days of rain in April and already like eight or nine this month. So the weather in the northeast has been miserable. The weather in the mid west has been miserable. It's been cold that game last night on ESPN in Philadelphia with a rain delay forty eight degrees. I mean, it's middle of may and players are still wearing ski masks out there. That's how terrible it spent. There's a game last week. I think it was Yankees Mariners inky stadium, and they played at least two innings in an absolute downpour before they finally brought the tarp on the field. So yeah, I know the players don't want fifty days in a row with games. But I don't think it's good for them to be playing in these downpours either. And certainly it's terrible for the fans. Yeah. I was thinking about that last night. Aaron Hicks came off the disabled list, the vote all these injuries. And that outfield was a complete best. If you're Aaron Boone in they had actually played that game last night. You would have hesitated probably to play him out in the outfield. I and again, I look for some direction for major league baseball before we started the show. I wasn't able to get it about exactly what the guidelines are. I feel like that. When you have a situation when you have division rivals playing each other, and they play all these games and you can punt on a game in early may. Then do it. You know what I mean? I mean, if you're gonna play a single emission doubleheader. Why not do it in June or July or August? Yeah. No. I agree with you it. Yeah. One thing if it's cut cardinals or cubs brewers, and you know, they have four more series. I get it. If it's interleague game or two teams played in their final game of the series. Of course, you have to try to make it up. And yeah, we've already seen several split double headers this year. It's like it's kind of a no win situation. You know, because you're either gonna mess with the fans mess with the schedule. You can't predict the weather and his benefit was last year. It's been even worse this year. Maybe baseball just needs to cut down on the schedule. How about one hundred and forty four game schedule with more off days built in where you could make up a rainouts potentially. Like we saw Josh you you speak to the fan here. How do you feel when you see the details of how this is playing out? So far this year called Roth? Yeah. There's some deep insight. No, I I mean, I, you know, the more that I thought about David, and I agree with you. I think MLB's kind of in a no win situation. But I do think the number one priority should be the fan comfort because I'm telling you those games in Wrigley field. That was awful. Like, I tip of the captain and cubs fans who sat in the brewers fans who sat through those two days. It was terrible. Yeah. Look nobody wants to go to a cold wet rainy game. And you know, hey, we know attendance is down a little bit this year. That's certainly a big reason why you know, nobody wants to sit in the stands and your Winter Park watching a baseball game. So yeah, I'm with you. You got to place a higher priority on fan comfort. I wrote yesterday about Madison Bumgarner and how he's available right now for any team interested in trading for a starting pitcher. And I have a piece coming up on ESPN dot com today. A ranking the teams in order as I see them as early favorites. It's like setting a Kentucky Derby field like in February. Okay. And I wanna get your your input your criticism your feedback on this. My teams in order. I've got number one San Diego Padres, and you and I both know that a decade ago. Longstanding baseball tradition, you don't trade one of your best players in the division. We know far Hans I eighty worked for Billy bean. He's not going to care about that. He's gonna want the best prospects in return in the Padres have the best prospects they have in need, especially as the summer goes along. At Chris paddock's innings might run out. I think the Padres would be number one. I got the corals at number two. They could use a left-hander the Phillies at number three. They have a need. But they probably don't have as much in the way of prospects is other teams I got the Astros at four I heard from evaluators about the Astros. You know, what from their perspective with Garrett Cole headed into free agency in the fall. Maybe you trade for Bumgarner you show them. How great it is. You show them how you can help them with analytics a little bit. And you convince him to stay the way. They did with Justin Verlander number five. We've got the brewers. I think based on need they might be number one. But we've learned about David Stearns. He doesn't like to pay sticker price on anything at Madison. Bumgarner is going to be the most expensive guy in the trade market. It's hard to imagine that David Stearns pay that price. I also the twins a Yankees Red Sox Braves angels, listed below them. You agree with the top of my list or shooting take take shots at it. Yeah. No. I like I like the Padres idea. Although I've just not sure they have stained power over the course of the season. And if you don't have a guarantee that you can recite them, I don't know. But you're right. They're they're so deep and prospects. They could give up, you know, three second tier kind of guys and get them. So yeah, I like that idea. I really think Houston might be the TI. They don't need him to win the division. They're going to run away with that. But they've kinda struggled with the back of that rotation. Although we saw. Corbin Martin come up on Sunday and make a really impressive major league debut. But man, if you could roll into the playoffs with ver- land or coal, and Bumgarner I mean holy cow that that's a great top three to have it October. And they have a still have a pretty good farm system as well. So I think I might put Houston number one. But like you said there's so many teams that needs starting pitching right now. Everybody's sitting so many home runs. Every all these pictures are giving up so many home runs. Of course, you want a guy like Bumgarner. But yeah, I like Astros and Padres would be my top two on that list. And doesn't it feel like Bumgarner should wind up with the team where they were a lot of cowboy hats the ballpark. Right. I think he would fit right in in Texas, right? He's got his big ranch out in North Carolina. There's more land probably available in Texas than any other stadi- daffodils could throw in a cattle ranch or something to entice them to come to Houston. Speaking of the Astros. I told Josh at the top of the show that if he doesn't have the Astra's number one in the power ten he's out of. His mind. What do you think? Well, I mean, they've hit thirty home runs their past ten games. They get four more last night. You know, Matthew Boyd was on a roll coming in that game. They knocked them out in four innings. I think he threw ninety pits around ninety pitches in four innings. They're just absolutely on fire. Have a piece up today. Usually one of these advanced metrics waited runs created we won't try to explain it. But by that metric right now they're on pace for the greatest offense of all time. In fact, BUSTER you'll love this. They're slugging five seven no team in the live ball era has slugged five hundred over an entire season. I don't know if they can keep it up. They have a couple, you know, backup guys on fire like Jake Moore is Nick, but you know, Springer having a great year MVP candidate Carlos Correa looks healthy get there. Just absolutely crushing the ball right now. Our old friend Steve Phillips tweeted out this morning. Let's for for Ramesh general manager the Astros have the best offense in baseball. They have circular lineup. No beginning or end. They are all the same. Guys reminds me of the great Yankee lineups from the late nineties early two thousands. Dave, I covered that team. And I that was always what stood out that at the bottom. You had Scott broaches driving in ninety eight runs or Tim Raines or strawberry hitting seventy think that's a fair comparison. Yeah. I like it. You know, no doubt about the Yankees. It was the depth more than you know, the superstars and that lineup. You know, jeeter was probably their best all around offensive player, but they weren't didn't have guys bashing thirty plus homers right on a consistent basis. Tino had one big year. And they're the thing. This team has is George Springer keeps playing like this. You know? And we've always felt he's kind of had this. He had a monster first-half back in two thousand seventeen when he hit twenty seven home runs at injuries last year. You know that? Gives them you know, that MVP kinda guy out who they looks like he maybe isn't quite that player anymore. But yeah, the the great lamps of all time. It's the depth. You know, that makes them so great. And that's what those Yankees teams had. And that's what this team has. And there's no question the answers of the favorites win the American League West. But I gotta tell you. I am intrigued by watching the angels in recent days. They've now won eleven of their last sixteen and this is eighteen that's so different than other teams because they do not strike out. Not only that might trout in the middle at the top of their lineup at batting second. And doing his damage Otani is back hits his first home run last night. And they put the ball in play. And we've seen in recent years teams that have its success in the postseasons tend to be the teams that don't strike out a lot. I don't know if the angels are going to get there. I certainly don't think they're going to win the division. But I do feel like there's a chance is, you know, tawny gets settled in eventually they just an Upton back. Back in their fewer, bats Albert pools. This team is improving. What do you think? I would agree. I was thinking about them the other day, and my thoughts align with years. I know they gotta figure out the the pitching staff, but you're right. They played all this. You know, this far into the season without update and Otani just with a few games that lineup is going to be a lot deeper with those two that rest of that division. Like, you know, we we're we're seeing the Mariners fall apart. The Rangers can't pitch the as are not last year's as so. Are going to be in a pretty weak division if they can beat up on the Mariners Rangers. And as I think they have a chance to join that wild card race. I'm with you there. All right. I thought of you when I saw this Bleacher tweet the came in Aaron at love baseball asked one month in we have some exciting storylines in your opinion. What was the greatest major league baseball season in its entirety from opening day through the World Series. And what made that season so spectacular day of? I'll give you first crack at that one. Okay. Well, my dream has always been to write like a twenty thousand word article looking at every season a major league history someday. I wrote three down two thousand won nineteen eighty eight. But how about nineteen ninety eight look at this. Buster you got McGwire and Sosa huge deal at the time. Yankees win one hundred fourteen Kerry Wood's strikes out twenty that's the dodgers trade Mike, Piazza the Mariners trade. Randy johnson. David Wells has. Perfect game. The Orioles in Yankees had that memorable. Tino Martinez are Mondo Benitez brawl. Cal Ripken streak ends unbelievable season. The only thing it's lacking. You didn't have a great World Series. The Yankees swept the Padres. And you can argue any great season needs a great pool season, but nineteen ninety eight what a season, and I feel like you're you're you're pandering to me, right? Because I covered the ninety eight Yankees. I was there for the many deaths fight the anniversary that actually is coming up here later this week. That was never forget that watching that team that year was pretty incredible. And it's interesting you mentioned two thousand one I get this question a lot when I go and talk to colleges or you speak to journalism students, and they asked the question. What's you know? What was the most amazing thing you ever covered and always have to sort of qualify answer by saying I I want to make this clear this. Two thousand one would would be the answer. But obviously, it's something you would hope never happens again that the context is never the same again. Because the way that season played out in the nine eleven happens and everything that happened after that and all the emotion and that incredible World Series between the Diamondbacks and the Yankees and the Dynamex win it at the end. It was amazing. You know to see the response to the Yankees in New York in the aftermath of nine eleven and the baseball was amazing. But I mean, it just it was heartbreaking as well. And I never forget that that year during the postseason one of our great photographers who worked at the New York Times was traveling to cover the playoffs and World Series. And he just he didn't seem like himself. And I asked him like, hey, how you doing? And he told me about how he had been down near the twin towers on nine eleven, and he was taking pictures any taken a number of shots of people who are leaping out of the building. And he couldn't bring himself to open them up because he felt like he was invading their privacy. And so you have this guy who you know, is taking these unbelievable baseball pictures and on the other hand, he's still haunted by everything that happened on nine eleven and it felt like everything was wrapped together that fall. Yeah. I was fortunate enough to cover that World Series as well. And I'll never forget one of those unbelievable games at Yankee Stadium, and I was out in the ox box and right field. And you know, there was jeeter's homerun or the brochures game. I forget which one probably all of them, right? Sinatra plane over the loudspeaker over and over at the end of the game any inky fat. Nobody left the stadium. Just standing there. Singing for twenty thirty minutes mean if the most memorable emotional moment I've ever had. And I know there's a reporter. But just as a baseball fan nothing will ever touch that moment. Yeah. And then, you know. Two thousand one you get game seven as well. And the Mariners one hundred sixteen bonds at the home run record pools at each rose rookie seasons or certainly an argument for everything that season encompasses the as the best ever. And you'll remember this the Mariners one hundred sixteen games. But as the keys were were beating them in five games and Yankee Stadium. They were serenading former Yankee Lou penelas the manager of the Mariners in lieu had this little smile on his face. And he and he said after the game after they were eliminated. I'm happy for those people. Yup. Leg was happy. That folks in New York had that moment. No, it's true. And if you remember Panella had pushed that team all season to break, the record in retrospect, you know, maybe he would've backed off a little September. Then of course, they you know, there was the week without baseball after nine eleven so they kind of lost their momentum in their steamed down the stretch. But yeah, Lou felt so much for the people of New York. It's almost like he didn't mind losing that series as great as that. Mariners team was yet some of the other seasons. I thought of nineteen sixty seven as you know, American League pennant race was absolutely insane. Nineteen sixty nine you know, the emergence of the New York Mets and they faced the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. That was Advantest year. We heard from Wayne coffee about his new book last month talking about that nineteen sixty nineteen. Josh, I know you have a nomination as well. Yen. All your years are are really good, especially ninety eight. I remember ninety eight as a kid really kind of coming into my own as a baseball fan. How exciting that was notably the home run Jays. But the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this question was actually nine hundred forty one. I mean, especially just kind of thinking about the roles that we're in right now BUSTER, can you imagine doing the podcast in nineteen forty one? When you have millions chasing four hundred you have the damange yo history. Goes would be some good shows. Yeah. The the anniversary of is hitting streak as actually tomorrow that would be amazing. And then imagine the fights we would have about the MVP award. I know, you know. You know, Ted Williams hits four of six and he doesn't win the MVP. How about that? Yeah. So you're right. Nine hundred forty one of would've would've been absolutely spectacular. Dave also got a piece about where pitching comes from. And in researching that piece you dug out something really interesting on the hapless Miami Marlins. Well, Lester, tell me if you guys with think this rotation might work in two thousand nineteen curse paddick Lewis castio Domingo her on Trevor Williams throw in Caleb Smith, but those first four guys. Oh, my once had all of them. They traded them all away basically got nothing for any of those four guys. Well, now, we know why one reason they're one of the worst teams in baseball. Yeah. And it's not like, you know, these guys were just like pieces to some of those other bigger trades. It was like they have gone through a series of bad position player trades. And bad pitching trades. Yeah. Yeah. Every we always talk about, oh, they traded yell H and Stanton, and those Oona that we forget they had these guys. Chris paddock. They traded him for Fernando. Rodney Lewis Casteel. They were looking for starting pitching after Jose Fernandez death. They treated him for Dan stray lead her and he was a young minor leaguer. They traded him to the Yankees Trevor Williams who's a really good pitcher at the pirates. He actually was compensation when they signed Jim Benedict as he was the pirates pitching guru coordinator. So they'd gave Williams's compensation and Benedict. I think you only lasted two years with the Marlins so four really good young pitchers. You right now you have nothing to show for those four guys on your major league yester-. Yeah. And just for transparency sake, some of the Bockel trades were made before Derek deeter came on board. And some of them ain't been made sense. It's not it's not all just happening under his. Watch. Dave, thanks for doing this. You know, wherever you watch baseball. Make sure you have a punch you on. Okay. Yeah. No doubt. We'll be back in a moment with great council. 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And now you talk about you have arguably the best reliever in the sport. He is not your closer in hater you've referred to him as out getter from time to time. But when you came up guys may not have been quite so comfortable your best reliever. Probably wanted to pitch. The final three outs of the game. You know, one thing I've learned this year. You're bullpens changes every year. And you gotta be ready to adapt quickly as the manager. But you know, we try to put Josh into the most important parts of the game. So just to figure out what the most important parts of the game are is what we're trying to do. Now, we also have to. Balance that with his health, and because there's an important part of the game every single day, but his health still matters, and we have to get him rest and to make him as a -ffective as he is. So this year, it's trended towards the back of the game. And it's been a way for us to really get him some rests because you're not going to win every single game. You're not gonna have that spot in the sixth inning where it's tied. So it's been a way to get us some him some rest, and and make sure he's healthy. But ultimately as be moved forward, and as we get deeper and his hopefully as as really as Jeremy Jeffers kind of gets click, and again, I think you could see Josh kind of move into a little bit forward in the game. Let's talk Christian yelich for second MVP a season ago, second half. He was unbelievable you at I had a conversation in spring training. I asked you about some of the concerns for your team, or what you'd be looking at one of the things I suggested was well, you can't expect yellow ch- to be superman again this year. And you said, oh, no. He's going to be superman again this year. Tell me what you saw last year in the second half. And just sorta. Hit development is a player watching him on the other side watching him last year and the progress he's made with you guys. Yeah. It's it's just a player that's taken a big step forward. And then he's gonna close the door that what was behind him. So he's not going back on the other side of that door. And I've watched tape from early in last year, and he looks like a different hitter to me, and it's not I don't think visually really obvious. But the things he's doing better is that he's attacking the first pitch with greater frequency and definitely more impact. I think the biggest thing is he's just learned his wing. You know, it just it takes players, especially I think this is he's taller player with long levers, a little just to learn how to their power and learn he's always had tremendous raw power but learning how to put the ball in the air to the pulse side and to center field is just taking him a little bit. And he it finally clicked forum basically the second half last year, and he he found some some comfort. It level with this swing and now the ball's going the air a lot more and he hits the ball so hard that when it puts it in the air. It's it's going to go out of the park. So it's to me. It's just a great natural evolution of talented hitter. That's what we've seen. It isn't like mystery or isn't some great huge swing change bitch really fun watching a hitter just evolve into a better form of himself. And that's what Trish is done. Good stuff. Go to see. Thanks. We'll be back in a moment with Sarah legs. But I I wanna tell you about DAX L listen up guys if you're bigger tall. You know, what a pain it is to find clothes that fit. So a trip to the XL needs to be on your to do list at DSL big and tall is all they do. They spent years developing their own sizing patterns to make sure big guys get a comfortable fit. Every time pair that with over one hundred brands you've got the one stop shop for men's big and tall. Whether you're looking for jeans, hoodies suits or shoes Ditz cells, get you cover. For every occasion in stores or online at D excel dot com. D excel big and tall built for you at DSL dot com. Numbers gay. Sara lags is a reporter and a producer for MLB dot com and Sarah. I'm just wondering in a less couple times. We've talked to you in the background. It sounds like somebody's making breakfast. What's that all about? Yes. So I've been doing chatting with you a couple of times from from the office here at a going dot com. And I'm new, and I don't really know what how conference rooms work or any of that. So I had been sitting in a kind of break area, which is really not that high traffic, but the high traffic is at like, you know, nine in the morning when people are getting in making their breakfast getting their copy. But today, I found a conference room, and I just went in it. So hopefully, nobody will kick me out. Yes. So we have baggage claim Mondays. And now we need breakfast to as and Thursdays. Are you getting the same weird looks that? I get one of at the airport when you're sort of talking baseball yourself, and they're wondering what the heck is that all about? Very much. So I was getting a lot of look. So I'm glad to be in this conference room right now. All right. Let's play the numbers game number three. Number three. Fifty six point eight percent. That's George Springer hard hit rate this season last year. It was just thirty seven point two percent for the year is his increase is the highest of any player with at least three hundred data balls last year, and at least fifty this year, and he's third in the majors overall in hard hit rate, and he's not really a guy who used to think of in that sort of, you know, Joey Gallo Aaron judge kind of company, but he's doing that. So how is he doing it? He's swinging at the first pitch about ten percentage points more frequently this year and having really good results on it, which I thought was really interesting because usually when a guy swinging at the first pitch more, he's more impatient. And it's not what you want to see, but it's working and paying dividends for him. And he's crushing breaking balls with an eight oh four slugging percentage on them, which leads the majors by very wide margin. And I just looked at this right before we came on. On his two point six were already. He had two point seven last year. So he's point one away and that went up like overnight his career high is five point one in two thousand sixteen. So he's just having a crazy all around year. And he's doing it by just demolishing the ball number two number two is one thirty. That's Chris paddock's opponent, batting average is here in his first seven starts to his career. Elias tells us that that's the lowest of any pitcher in the modern era in his first seven starts among pitchers to face at least fifty batters in those starts because otherwise Ryan Stanic shows up put think about that any pitcher any pitcher think of all the great pitchers to pitch since nineteen hundred all the Greek females who had a great first year. Chris paddock has been better than all of them at least by opponent batting average. And he and his one point five five year, Orion os, sixty nine with with lace Clayton Kershaw night. And did you guys know that Kershaw had a four point three six era in his first seven career starts, obviously. He got a lot better after that number one. Number one is fifty four. That's how many strikeouts Bryce Harper has this season. It's tied for the most in the majors with Jorges solar and Mitch Haniger is by far the most strikeouts. Harper has ever had in his teams. I forty games of the season. It's thirteen more. He had forty one in two thousand fifteen which worked out pretty well for him. And it's tied for the third. Most by Phillies player in the team. I forty games. Ryan Howard had a season with fifty six and Mike Schmidt had this season with fifty five Harper sitting to twenty two which was also his worst through forty team games. His prior Lois was to twenty nine last year. I dare say me we may be seeing a trend building with Mr. Harper yet all ask Sarah, you injustice question. Among these three players. I'm going to name who have struggled so far this year. Bryce, Harper Ladimir grow junior, Joey Votto, which of those three are the most concerned about Josh I'll start with you. I'm no dork. So I'm not going to look at numbers for anything. I'm just gonna say for for this year. I think it's probably flat junior. Just because of the inexperience I don't necessarily have the faith that he can get himself out of it this season. I think he's going to be fine long term, obviously. But but for this year, I'd save junior. Wow. Okay. You're wrong. Sarah, go ahead. I would say Harper. I just think that this is not you know, the first year that he would have wanted in Philly. And if you look at what he's done in his career, and I've said it many times, but if you look at his career aside from that MVP season, it hasn't been not great. And now he's the forming even below that kind of career average level. So I would just be concerned about that. And about what Phillies fans and Phillies front office. Think about you know, the fact that he's there for another thirteen years, you know, including this year. I think obviously it's concerning for Blad. But I do think he'll be fine. I think what Josh said makes sense that you know, I don't know if he gets himself out of this in the majors at this at this level, but he's not saying a lot of pitches in the zone. He's getting pitched like a crazy way for a twenty year old who just got called up. So I'm not that concerned about him. But I'm concerned about Harper. Just can you tell him in here with a right answer? Ding for me. Okay. One of the one of the. Yeah. Thank you. That's that was Sarah's answer which think Bryce or one hundred percent. I'm not worried about Joey Votto, yet was watching. Giants broadcast. Recent. I think it was my crew co maybe join Kuyper they were talking about how vodka was had streaks in the past. Really hasn't looked good and eventually figures it out and he hits and he's getting older. But I still want to give him some time. Think glad junior with his grumble rate tells you still dealing with the adrenaline of being a young player. I know the Blue Jays are happy with the bats that he's had generally speaking. He eventually comes around what I'm worried about with Harper is just knowing how much pressure he puts on himself, and you wonder first year thirteen year deal how that will start to manifest with all those strikeouts. And how that starts the wear on them. I'm curious about how he handles that. Josh. That's that's why I think the answer is Harper. Okay. Yeah. Thank you. Thanks, sarah. For having me about, sir. Thank you, sir. Oh, man you. Okay. Yeah. Choked on my coffee. So I I couldn't I couldn't really rebut because I couldn't breathe. Very right. I was like man that was a surrender right there. Listen up fellas DSL is built for big and tall guys. Okay. Which means they've got closed built for style built for comfort and best of all built three you get this. The excel spent years developing their own sizing patterns to deliver a great fit every time and every side with over a hundred brands DSL have you looked in great so head to DSL dot com and check out a store near you. Excel big and tall, build three you at DSL dot com. Bleacher tweets. All right bus. We got to one with Mr. shown field already. Let's get to the rest this one from Jason Emeco at Jason Emeco. Jason wants to know who will be the most enticing starting pitcher that a contender lands at the trade deadline, besides Madison, Bumgarner, there could be some interesting names out there, Marcus Stroman Aaron Sanchez, we've talked about I think the most interesting name who I think is going to be moved as Trevor Bauer new is right in the private career. We've talked about how the Indians have to manage payroll. The twins Eboni SEL lead at the beginning of the season. If they start to move away. I think it makes it easier for the Indians to flip Bauer for trade assets. During the year next one is Don Irvine at Don Irvine coming to us from the beltway wants to know, what are the chances that the NATs could actually have a worse record than the Orioles at any point this season. See when I prepared for the podcasts. I didn't see that qualifier at any point. Okay. So now, I'm going to go back and take a look at the records the Orioles or fourteen. And twenty six national sixteen. So right now, the Orioles are two games behind the nationals. No, they're never gonna catch. No. I agree. I agree. And that doesn't mean the nationals that doesn't mean the nationals are good that just mean right Orioles aren't going to you. They're not trying to win. Right. And they're not trying to win this year. Billy exactly you got to game cushion on the Orioles, you're safe and make me Johnny super doesn't Jim buck on at some point. We do have to get buck on Jim Meisner is at Jim Meisner eighty-seven says guys put on your commissioners hats for the day. What are the two cities you'd want to put expansion teams in to get up to thirty two teams with four divisions in each league Jim suggests Calgary and Salt Lake City. What say you BUSTER is. Well, I'll let you answer first because you already know my answer. Okay. You know, my bias is. And and you know, how my mind thanksgiving your two for why no Nashville is one of yours. What's the second? I would go because I think eventually Portland going. They're going to need to balance out the divisions. And I think Portland makes a lot of sense. But yeah, those would be the two teams I'm with you on Nashville. I I loved Nashville obviously haven't spent as much time there as you have. But I'm in love with that city. So gimme Nashville and just to change it up a little bit. I'm with you. Gotta get another team on the west coast. But let's go north of the border. Let's go Nashville in Vancouver. What do you think of that? Okay. Yeah. Well, there you go Justin Moore knows hometown. That's right. Absolutely. And by the way, they they really can't entertain this idea until they get the ballpark situation set. A look I'm worried about the Marlins franchise in the direction that it's going in. We know the rays struggling with air ballpark situation in this news broke last night. San Francisco Chronicle reporting that the port commission out in the Baria voted unanimously to prove the tentative term sheet for the as new ballpark stadium at Howard terminal suggestion. No that news get you excited than this sentence. Put everything in context this gives the as. Four years to complete an environmental impact report. Yes. Environmental impact. Oh, so you know, what check back in about six days. Speaking of ballparks BUSTER, let's close out with this one from PK Steinberg at PK Steinberg name your most intimidating ballparks to play in in two thousand nineteen well, and I'll just parrot what have heard from players through the years. They say that you will hear things from fans in Boston Philadelphia and Yankee Stadium that you will not hear another ballparks. I'm gonna give you an underrated intimidating ballpark. They the ballpark and Oakland. Yeah. I was just that's a it's a, you know, the folks there are great. Yep. There little knots. They're a little crazy h is it's a different type of place. I think there's a I intimidate my man be the perfect word. But I think it gets under opponents skin. What do you think? Yeah. Not only that. But just think about the dimensions and Oakland. I mean, you have about seventy five acres of foul territory. Great for pitchers, but if you're standing up there in the box, you're like. I'm going to get out. I'm just gonna get out. You know, so and if you get a bunch of rain than your sewage comes up through the plus floor, and that's always a good thing. Not a good situation. Not a good situation could lead you tweets, though, keep them coming use the hashtag Bleacher tweets, that's it for today. My thanks to Craig counsel and Buksh ambi- for that wonderful conversation. Sarah Lang's in the show, Dave showing feel the Josh macrey who produces podcast every day. Have a great day everybody. Thanks for listening for listening to the baseball tonight podcast. 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We knew this was coming for a long time. It's it's a good day, but no reason to go hard on Thursday night for division crown. Wow. Okay. Yeah, you're looking at the next step. So you're saying that there's not cleanup down in your man cave to be done when you get on work today. Nothing like that. Nothing like that. It'd like we talked about yesterday when it when it comes to division titles. You say, wow, that's great. And then you move on. There's no reason to hang a banner for no reason or to get wasted down in your basement for that. It's it's bigger and better come on speaking of which before we move on all that the three guys who talked about getting the American League as banner, the Red Sox runner investigation now, yes, yes, they are. I don't want to get myself into legal trouble by saying anything, but yes, it is alleged that it didn't just fall off the back of a truck like they said it did. There might be something a little bit more fishy going on that, and I'll I'll let the courts ticket from here. Well, today we'll talk just come in. Does it about whether a rookie pitcher might be the secret weapon in the nationally playoffs? We'll have a little country theme to the podcast today, courtesy of a hall of Famer. Some sad news today also about a longtime scout, but of course we gotta start out with some champions. Let's get to it. It's the Rabbie trade with Carl Ravitch. The Rabbie train this morning is in Cleveland because Carl, you are in beautiful Cleveland. How's it going there. Ohio. Well, I just watched a little local news segment where they had a gospel choir sing highlight Louis with the font, frowns win, Browns win. So we are in elementary mood here in Cleveland, the land of the Indians Francona and now Baker Mayfield and the Browns. This is the city of champions chant or city of winners city of winners. Well, there you go and you are going to be part of the broadcast tonight of the Indians. Red Sox game from progressive field. You got a lot to look forward to in your game. Trevor Bowers pitching after being on the disabled list, Josh Donaldson continues get ready for the postseason, but I'm guessing that you're going to have some Red Sox players huddled into corners of the dugout bleary eyed because of this, he sets the to swing strike three, the Red Sox have what American rage eastern division championship for the third straight year. For the first time in Red Sox history. They had finished in first place in three. Consecutive seasons. They beat the Yankees. Eleven to six for the second time in three years, they clinch on the Yankees home field for the first time ever the Red Sox clinched the American League east with a win over the Yankees. Alex core, our friend, Carl talked about this talked about their season in their next goals. We, we did it as a staff. Obviously, you know, I think ownership for gimme a shot. I know. I know thought he was going to happen, you know, one point, but it did happen and you know, I'm here and that's what it does. A great group. That's a group and now we get a shot. You know, when the next goal is to win well, finished with the best record, I guess whatever that is, and then we have a shot to win eleven games in October. He talked about his players. Raucous celebration is part of what what we said to do stuff too. We, we've leaned player stop spud earlier today, the division and so on us on, it's all about them. They they can celebrate whatever. And though that I enjoy watching them doing it, they're the ones that are go out there and they have to hit and throw the ball that you know, just part of it JD Martinez talked about winning the division and the big Mookie Betts home run last night. A lot of guys here, we're, we're so hungry. You know, we know what something the line we know what's next is the first step. So we're obviously happy, but you know, we could tell her so hungry and we're so excited for October. Now house big hit. I think it was one of those kind of just put the nail in the coffin right there. There was big. That from NASA Mookie Betts talked about why this season is different. Maybe because we have one hundred and four wins, nothing. That's the main difference you know. But you know, this has been been different than it's been different at positively. We talked about the impact of Alex Cora. He's had a huge impact from from day. One is for training. Know he's told us that we can win a row series and he's instilled in his, you know that thought, you know, we had to play one game at a time, and that's how you go win in Carl. There's no truth to the rumors that this is the voice of one of the Red Sox going through Yankee Stadium last night, a listen. Listen. Red Sox last night, enjoying that wind, Carl. We'll feral Red Sox fan. I love that. I love that that even drinking since day one BUSTER, you know that we were there in spring training with them and Alex Cora, you know, change the entire culture and chemistry that I think Mukhi bets. Actually, the way you just sort of went through Mookie Betts is post gave interviews where he alluded to how different it is after the one hundred and four win answer. He just talked about how this place is different than it was last year, and that was a complete reference to, you know, the clubhouse said Alex Cora, and then he was asked about Alex Cora or at least answered the question about him. This this can go in a million directions. One of the things I was discussing with another baseball guy this morning on the plane to Cleveland was manager of the year award, and you know a guy that wins one hundred five, six, however, many games. The Red Sox end up winning this year versus Kevin cash. Verse. Bob Melvin who clearly or with teams that may not have the talent level that certainly don't have the financial resources where the commitment this season should that be held against analysis core. If you're going to use the same criteria to give credit to cash and or Melvin. And you know, for me, the answer is Alex cora's the manager of the year for the very reason we just heard what lewke bet said. I mean, look, you wanna division last year. Things are very different. This year. There are two main differences. One JD Martinez. The other is the manager, and I don't know that they perform any better with Alex, not being there then with Alex, they're, they're they're way different because of what he brought to the table. So he to me is the manager of the year, and I think that's his answer to that JD's answers last night, all reflect their respect for Cora. One hundred percent and I agree with you. I think if you're a rookie manager and your team sets a franchise record for franchisees and over one hundred years old for victories in a season. Absolutely. You should be managed the year. In that city where the microscope is as big and bright as it is in anywhere in major league baseball. You know, it's, it's one thing for Joel Madden to go in with his experience to Chicago and say, look, guys show up when you want do your job. I'm not going to ask you to be here at a particular time. There's accountability on you guys. This is your clubhouse is one thing for a rookie manager who has not managed anywhere in the big leagues before to go in and do the same thing. And I know you've said it. There may not be more powerful manager in baseball. Then Alex core is in his first year, speaks volumes about the impact that he has had. That's that's what you want from your manager is not what you want from an empire. You don't want to know the empire. Is there the manager you want to know is there and making huge impact, but he's doing it in a way in which he isn't the story. Cora is just like unpire in. He's not the story. He is had a massive impact on that team and not culture, and that chemistry and the reason that they are winning and the reason David price is performing the way he is the reason Mookie Betts took another step. The reason Zander Bogart's driving to baseball. All that stuff goes to things that Alex Cora was hoping to bring when he got the job and what he has succeeded in bringing now that he has been in the job for a year, our friend, Alex fair, the Boston Globe sent out this interesting tweet last night because we talked so much in the last couple of weeks about potential problems in the seventh and eighth innings for their bullpen. The tweet from Alex, the Red Sox won't enter the playoffs as a perfect team, but while September as exposed potential weaknesses in perhaps their worst month of a hundred four forty nine year, they're eleven in six in September. They have been remarkably consistent in their excellence remarkably breath in their struggles. Are we overstating too. Essential problem in the with the setup core call. I think I think you look at it differently when you look at the postseason and the gotta leave core is a problem in the postseason over the course of a season when you have the surrounding cast that you do and you're not playing against, you know, the Yankees Astros Indians as in a in a series, then it's different and you can withstand some of those blemishes. But I think the Red Sox just like the other four teams, Vic it in have as as good, a chance as any. I, I do think it's overstated relative to their total number of wins that this is a team that has flaws sure they do. They also bludgeon you from innings six on and they absolutely believe no matter who they're playing and no matter who comes out of Abel then that they will get to that person. We had the conversation with Alex, you know who who is going to be your seventh and eighth inning. How does that set up? And you know. No, he he, he clearly is in search of that, but he did refer to the fact that we, we will hit them in a sense we will. We will score more runs than the than we will give up then the other team will score against us. I think it's, I think it's a formula that has it's obvious challenges, but they think that way they believe that their match going into this postseason is going to be twenty seven outs. You know, we, we don't give up. We can be down. That's going to be what they hang. Their hangar on other teams will hanging on starting pitching. Others will hanging on experience. Others will hang it on, you know, they're, they're relief. They're going to hang their hangar on twenty seven outs. We don't. We don't stop laying. It doesn't matter what the score is and look. It's gonna serve them to a record number of victories in in a very good American League east division with the raise in the Yankees. It was eight, six Boston in the top of the eighth inning on Thursday night. Two runners on base in Mookie Betts came to the plate. This is what happened, Carl Mookie swings the Hitchin. Hi to laughed down the line. It goes. Buki Boven in the Bronx as Mookie Betts hits his thirtieth loom room. Tonight for Mookie Betts. The Red Sox lead it. It living to six Tim never w. e. I with that call and I was looking at the numbers today. Carl regarding the American League MVP race. And I I really think it just comes down at this point to to players. I think it's either Mookie vats or if you just want to look purely at numbers purely in value than might trout would be the other choice according to fan graphs as of this morning bets as a higher war. Nine point four trout at nine point three bets a major league best three thirty four average thirty homers one hundred twenty one runs seventy seven or b. I one hundred seventy hits seventy eight walks twenty eight steals four thirty two on base in opium of a thousand fifty seven trout. One hundred fifteen walks hundred and forty. Two hits thirty six homers twenty four steals his opium is higher than monkeys on base percentage higher than monkeys. Four sixty three on base percentage yesterday major league baseball network. They had a conversation about. The top MVP candidates in the American League and they listed Mookie Betts, JD Martinez, and Chris Davis of the Oakland Athletics and Mike's mom. Debbie responded to that on Twitter with one of the scrunchy face emojis. But I'd say this. I feel like Karl that last night bookie bats with that home run wrapped up the MVP race. What do you think. I think BUSTER, it's, it's gonna go to bets. I think there's a real compelling case to make for JD Martinez. I think as long as Mike trout stays healthy, there will be a compelling case for my trout every year that he is because he's going to put those numbers up. And again, that should never be held against Mike trout. But I do think that the numbers bear out that Mukhi bets deserves the same consideration. And I think a little bit more than trout does this season. It'd be interesting to ask members of the angels or Mike trout. What he thinks I went around the Yankee clubhouse the other day and asked some players. We talked to Giancarlo Stanton who of course was an MVP last year, who's the MVP in the American. He asked Edward when I that, and you know, we, we both kind of gave them different answers. I made the case that the difference between the Red Sox on the field this year and last year when Mookie had arguably another MVP type season is JD Martinez and therefore j. d.. He deserves an enormous amount of credit for what he's done to that team, how he has impacted the guys around him. And if you took JD Martinez off of that team, do they have the same amount of wins or are they getting the same amount of attention that they are this year and would Mukhi bets to be able to carry them? Luque's had years similar to this, not as good, but he's had your similar, but he's never had them with JD Martinez on the team. I agree that I think is going to win the award, and it's amazing when you talk to guys who have to play against him pitch to him or even manage against him, they they seem to shake their heads. And I know there's an ESPN magazine article coming out about debts and sort of a shorter players in major league baseball and the impact they're having on the game. But there are heads that shake in in the direction that Mukhi beds has gone and how far he has gone in that direction. And I will say you played, you know, the highlight clip of the three run home run. Listening to? Yes. Network last night with O'Neill and cone. It was the other hit that move you bedside. They described as the difference, the shot to right field. I think it had v. two strikes you drove in two runs there, and they're like that. That's the difference between Mookie Betts this season and Mukhi bets in years past where he would try to pull everything. And I think it was a really telling point about the maturity and the development of Mukhi bets. I mean, that was a big hit in that game in spite of where the game ended up going. It was a huge hit for him to give them a couple of runs early after being down. You reference the fact that you were in Yankee Stadium, you're around the Yankees. I thought it was interesting last night that after the Red Sox clinched at Aaron Boone are another one of our old friends stood in the dugout and watched it absorbed it. I get the feeling although the, you know, the Yankees had to watch the Red Sox celebrate in the Yankees club will be the ones to clean up the smell bad smell of the champagne day-old smell of champagne in that clubhouse after that celebration last night, Yankees are feeling better about where they are as we get closer to the playoffs. What did you pick up when you're around the team? Well, look, Aaron judge is ascension spring training mode when Aaron judge locked in, it's very different. They were. They were pitches. He was missing last night from Eduardo Rodriguez. You could hear him, you know, sort of screaming at himself high fastballs when he gets into a groove, which he will, and he still has, you know, a really perfect. Amount of time before the postseason to do that. The lineup is is comical like the lineups every bit as good as the Red Sox is every bit as good as the Astros is every bit as good as the as when they're all on the field and they're all producing, you know, they now have twelve guys that have double digit home runs. That's never been done before this lineup that missed judge for a significant amount of time. We're standing the state about twenty five fewer home runs than they did. Last year has broken the Yankee franchise record for home runs in a single season when they have two weeks under their belt of playing together. And if Luke void is going to continue to do this, that there's zero easy out in there. And that's when a a starting rotation or a bullpen. That's not we'll get exposed against them. They should feel really good about themselves. They, they've been hurt. Everything's been hurt, they, they've lost some of their best. Most impactful players. They should feel real good about themselves and they do. Yeah, no. That no doubt about it. They get through that one game wild card, and they're going to be really dangerous. Morgan tree stir sent us an interesting, Bleacher tweet. I want to run past Carl. He mentioned the records, Oakland, Boston, the Yankees, Houston and Cleveland. That's the American League playoff field have against each other. Houston is twenty two and eighteen. Or twenty and sixteen Oakland is maintain in nineteen Boston sixteen and seventeen Cleveland with the worst record. Nine in fifteen is question is because of that or the Astra's favor to go the World Series with a record better than the other teams. I say, no, I don't think it's that big of a factor. I think it all comes down now to health and who's hot. What about you? I asked that same question prior to our game coverage the other night just because I knew it would come up. I don't think the, I don't think that has a huge impact on it. There's there is going to be an abundance of confidence for the Astros going into the postseason regardless of who's got the best record and who they have to play. They, they have the horses that have been there. They have a guy now at the back end of the bullpen who is spite of of the tremors that were being felt when he was signed is going to be okay. He seems to be pitching very well. There's no conversation about those sooner and his off the field garb. WJR. So yeah, I don't think their regular season record will have any impact in how they feel about getting up for the postseason. But again, I still look BUSTER at any one of these teams and the game we did Red Sox had a chance to score early and did, and that seemed to be a big factor and one of the things I think we need to look at going into the postseason with regards to these matchups are runs scored early who who grabs the lead because you are going to get into situations where assuming the pitchers do their job, leads her heart to overcome in the postseason. The bullpens are so good. The way the managers use their guys and opportunities got to take advantage of. And that's where I am a little reluctant to buy into this theory twenty-seven outs, and that's how this team has managed to succeed all season. That's one thing. Twenty-seven outs against, you know, an Astros bullpen or a Yankee bullpen when it's right or. An Indian bullpen or and he's, I mean, think about the bullpens that are getting onto the postseason. Those four short of Boston are all tremendous bullpens scoring runs in the seventh. And eighth inning becomes a lot more difficult and I'm not taking anything away from an offense that is just dynamite. I mean, Austin's offense can score against anybody, but that's a to me. That's a hard way to go into a season. Man. And is you ran through that all the information? I got mad the American League. They just have the superpower teams these plants. Normally I'm with can't wait. So good buddy. So good. I can't wait a couple more for you before you go. Derek jeeter told reporters that Don Mattingly set to return as Marlins manager when I saw this, I'm like, why not? You know, they're rebuilding. They've done okay. This year donny's. Great professional, solid manager. Why not? Carl. Yeah. Look mean it's too early. It's amazing. I was working out this morning and somebody was asking me about, you know, was Alex Cora with the Red Sox. Last year, you know, we get so myopic in our own world. P people don't necessarily follow the game as closely as we do. And he said, it was Alex Cora Advair last year, and I said, no. And he said, well, we'll who was there. And I said, you know, Farah was and Farrell made it to the postseason. They won a division. Again, we've had this conversation Girardi postseason, dusty, Baker, postseason. None of them come back. I hope for Mattingly sake. And I, you know, I hope that this works in Miami for jeeter and the group, and I'd love to see baseball succeed. They're meeting. I'd love to see them put together a team that competes year in year out. I, I hope that Don if he goes through this process with them isn't let go. Once they get to be the team that you know, Derrick jeeter envisions them becoming. It's funny you brought that up today too. I was thinking giving. The mess that is Baltimore and Buck Showalter desire to to do something, perhaps different than manage. Is there any chance that they reunite Derek buck Donny baseball and buck not in a manager role, but in another sort of team building role that it just occurred to me like, oh, you know, he, he's great. He's great at that. He'd loved to do it. I wonder if there's any way something like that could ever happen if he doesn't come back to Baltimore to manager in another role hundred percent. Why not? If you're the Marlins in you, there's a good baseball person out there is available and you know the buck has cut free by the Orioles and that certainly the white expectation at this point. Why not? Because it's going to be years as they try to rebuild and try to come back and try to be relevant. Again, Johnny Francisco. There you go. The last one, four. You. Melissa Russell Addison Russell's wife came forward with another post on WordPress blog. She wrote about years of verbal physical, emotional abuse. We had a similar situation pop-up last year with things that she wrote s- when major league baseball pursued those, what I was told by sources was they couldn't meet with her and get as much information from hers they wanted in. So last spring, that whole situation kind of went away while I'm assuming coral that after this post that was made by Melissa Russell that major league baseball be asking questions again, and perhaps muster I read the, I read the link that you sent me. Perhaps, you know, she's now in a place where if you read the article, she seems to be a more confident person now than perhaps yellows when major league baseball, I went to her, maybe she's in a position to share whatever details she has to share, and then they'll, they'll probably be a subsequent. You know investigation it was it was a difficult and painful letter to read regardless of it being Melissa Russell or anyone else that subjected to, you know, the alleged abuses, both physical verbal emotional anybody has to deal with that the the lesson I think you'd take from a letter like that is for anybody that has to deal with things such as she allegedly was dealing with is so many people are afraid of the unknown. And she was apparently so afraid of the unknown that when she finally broke free of this behavior that she was allegedly having to deal with the world became a much brighter place and and I hope for her sake and others that have to deal with things like that. You do recognize that that staying staying in a toxic relationship, whether whether you're a man woman or child, there are other alternatives and, uh. Knock on wood, you know, more often than not that the the door opens and the sun begins to shine a little brighter than than it clearly was for her. So we'll say it does feel like a letter like that indicates that she's maybe more willing to speak about it and the invest and have an investigation subsequently follow. Yeah. And we've seen precedent where major league baseball, if they feel like they have a substance to it, we saw this and the Roberto was soon a case as he was being initially investigated. You take the player off the field, and so we'll see what major league baseball does with Addison Russell, Carl, thanks for doing this. Have fun on the broadcast tonight Indians versus some bloodshot Red Sox. You gotta think Lester. We'll be back in a moment with Jessica does, but I, if you're carrying revolving debt, that means you're not paying off your card every month and could be paying thousands in interest every year the you don't have to with lending club. You can consolidate your debt or pay off credit card. Words with one fixed monthly payment. 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Presumably the Red Sox will have wrapped up the American League east by that ingests, you know, I wanted to ask you about this is I listened to that introduction that Josh put together the last couple of weeks. Alex Rodriguez our colleague on Sunday night. Baseball has made reference to them in does align which, of course, you know, because he's a product like I am seventies and eighties baseball. At that time, the Mendoza line was standard. Things said it was in reference as you well know tomorrow Mendoza the shortstop who was a light hitter. But he's, he's referenced that a couple times talking about guys who aren't really good hitters and he seems like that he's done it without a bit of irony with you sitting right next to him, is that contrary ear. No, totally Bester. And let's so funny. I've actually in every time I look at them like, oh, you're being fun like your. Oh, no, I. Like he totally just references it. Like if it's in his vocabulary, used it at whole life clearly and know like it's funny. 'cause you know, Alex, he'll he'll be so locked in on what he's talking about in the point he's trying to make. And so sometimes I just kind of like, Hello, there's so in the last sitting, right, who has spent her entire life with that line being robbed in like every other sentence for the moment I started playing ball is a five year old, so I it just, yes, irony is always apparent. I always every time I'm like, oh, this time he's totally kit. Like he knows that I'm no. Okay. All right. Even hit him and he just keeps looks at me like, why did she just hit me? I'm like, I want to be like, 'cause my last name has been. Does. I think I think just that what you ought to do is just in conversation when you're talking about a light hit or something and say, boy, you hope this guy picks it up and gets above the Rodriguez line during his line. Totally. You know what I might and then you can. Yeah. And then see what kind of double take you get from him. Like what? What? What really like Justice called them in does align. You got it makes up. It's very similar Hispanic means, but he totally would like go serious on it and I'd be like, come on, Alex. Go exactly. All right. On Wednesday night, you were at Dodger Stadium. He saw the dodgers you saw the Rockies and you saw Walker bueller. And I had a conversation with Keith on the podcast on Thursday in which I mentioned to him sort of pose this question among National League contenders. Okay. And that would include the dodgers, the cubs, the brewers, the Atlanta Braves right now, middle of September, two thousand eighteen among nationally. Contenders is Walker bueller. The best starting pitcher, perhaps the biggest weapon doc Tober. Absolutely. I feel like he is Ben. I mean, if you look at his numbers, if it wasn't for a junior want Soto. I mean, he would be the rookie of the year. I mean, this is what he's been able to do. But if you just take his last eight stars, shoot his second half, you put up a case. He's been the best pitcher in the National League or at least up their top three, whichever what with the grime ensures her? And I mean, he is Ben when the best pitchers in baseball, and he is a no name. I mean, I, I know his name. I covered them at Vanderbilt where you went to school. I'm sure you've heard of them as well. But I mean he is someone that has always impressed me because of the psyche, the confidence. And I mean, gosh, even when he was nineteen years old BUSTER, he was a guy that would just crush you inside and that did not happen in college. Baseball were guy. Is just have the total guts to be like, I, I don't care who you are. I haven't zero fear and I will come out you with a fastball in on your hands and not only does he do that now, but he just doesn't fear moments and against the Rockies in one of the bigger starts, we saw it against the cardinals just five days prior to that, he just he wants to be in those moments. It was crazy to me about Walker Buehler's. He didn't even have his best up. He had twelve strikeouts a career, high twelve cave against that Rockies lineup, and I just this is a pitcher and you can tell them high on them, but he's someone that will win aside young before he's done. And when I think to not be a household name right now for as well as he's pitching granted, he's a rookie his first full season pitching in LA the future that he has. I just I feel like put Marquette, if you wanna sound cool with your friends as far as predicting something in the future future, Walker bueller will be a pitcher that everyone knows. All right. If you look at the nationally seedings right now, and if the dodgers hold on and they win the go, Rhody when the National League West, the number one seed perhaps could be sky, go cubs. The dodgers would be the number two seed. Atlanta Braves would be the number three seed to start that series against the Lanta Braves. Do you think that let's face it? It's not just Dave Roberts making this decision. It's the front office as well. Do you think that they would have for lack of a better way to put it the stones to essentially say, you know what? We're gonna go with Walker bueller in game one. We're gonna put Kershaw game two or game three given the dominance Walker Beulah here of the last six weeks. I don't think they would. I think I don't either. I mean, just because of and you know their analytics driven in the front office, had you mentioned are the ones that will be the bulk of the decision along with they Roberts, but it'll come down to, of course, the matchup who goes, you know how that works and and ultimately how they get to the bullpen and utilize that who who best sets them up, but to not go Clayton Kershaw and lose that game if they were to. I just feel like they can never ever. I mean, you think not putting Zach Britton for. For the by Orioles a few years ago, imagine not starting Clayton Kershaw game one of the postseason that that matters so much and then not winning that game. Arguably the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball in Clayton Kershaw and you bypass and for a guy with like one hundred and fifty innings in the big leagues. You right knuckleheads like me would be second guessing them till the end of time. I look a week ago Wednesday. We were asking questions like, why can't the dodgers beat the Cincinnati Reds? And now the question is, can anybody beat the dodgers in the National League? Because I feel like they are, especially with the bullpen issues, the cubs are having at the back end with Brandon. Moreover, now being out for the rest of the year with patriots, stopping such a big question Mark, whether or not he could pitch effectively this season. I don't think there's any doubt right now. The dodgers are the team to beat in the National League. What do you think? Oh, yeah. And I know it changes so quickly, especially in the National League, although, you know what I would, I would also put the Milwaukee Brewers is that. Sneaky team and they're not, I guess, so sneaky. Just because of everything that everything that they've, you know done throughout the last thing if you're gonna half, but that that's a team right now. But I feel like it's really rolling, especially when you think of bullpens. I mean, there are only to me to bullpens and only one of the National League. Can we in the postseason where you're like, wow, this is this is a strong bullpen. I think you know, obviously the Oakland a.'s strong Milwaukee Brewers have the two best. You could argue bullpen arms on the same team in Josh eight and Jeff, Jim Jefferies. But I just feel like, you know, when you think about what the cubs are lacking, and even Cole hamels having a rough start which I mean he's been kind of their savior. I just feel like the momentum is for sure what the Los Angeles Dodgers came to my eight now in the bullpen kenley Jansen starting to come along and get that consistency. And then of course, talked about Walker bueller, their starting rotation, and now plead with the. Big hit and we've seen him with this monster week, an all offense that they have. The dodgers are for sure the best team today, but watch out for those brewers, man. I mean, that could be a team that you know sneaky. They might be that wildcard team that comes through and turns into San Francisco, giant type team, the wind at all. Yeah, I saw Jeremy Jefferson at the at the all star game. You know, he had struggled through two thousand seventeen and I, I just walked up to him at the also, hey, congratulations for the way you, you know, you bounce back this year and you're right, Josh Hader gets a lot of attention, but Jeremy Jeffers between those two guys. They could account much in the same way that we saw Cody Allen Andrew Miller really ferry the idiots through the postseason in two thousand sixteen those two guys hater Jeffress could really drive a run for the brewers through the postseason of curious, last one on the dodgers, but just because you were there on Wednesday, how different that there's worldview feel about their bullpen after. What they saw with to my ADA early this week. I feel like can to my ADA was what we saw last October from him. I mean, this is a pitcher that obviously struggled and wasn't in had to get pulled from the starting rotation and not look strong in the bullpen early on his his coming in first of all Tuesday night in the win over the Rockies. And then again, for you know, few batters Wednesday, but there is something about the fist pumps. The emotion ninety three mile kids in my ADA. I mean, this is the ninety ninety one, but ninety three bring the velocity, the movement. All of that he denies is there is such a need for for them to have guys to be able to get to kenley and honestly, I mean, my it was the guy who's who is they were trying to get too close when Kinley come go to Denver. So they're looking for who are the next best names. And I just feel like into my ADA his embrace that role has taken it on and now taking it. A whole new level and a time when they hit the most. Three more questions for you. The poll question for this week is which of the teams presumably that they're going to win the American League divisions, which of those teams has the best rotation. The Astros the Indians, the Red Sox. Oh, gosh. I mean the Astros regular season, I feel really strongly that I, I don't know. I mean, we don't know, but I wouldn't be surprised BUSTER. If we look back on the postseason and it's the Indians that have the best rotation in the postseason. Yeah, I agree with you. It's interesting. The reaction to that question I had so many folks saying what kind of a question is that it's totally one-sided. Of course the answers are better, and I feel like when you you really ought to check out the depth in that Indians rotation, especially since it looks like we're going to have Trevor Bauer coming back starting on Friday who's working way back, and he is a physical peace too. I feel like especially if he comes back that that rotation commensurate with anybody. I completely agree. I that whichever Bauer coming back and then there's all this. I mean think about Corey kluber yet my cleven you got crows Caracazo Shane beaver who's been strong. And I know you talked about this earlier in the week on the podcast. But I mean there's depths in a rotation where there's not depth in anyone's rotation as far as like having the problem of they might have to put Trevor Bauer in the bullpen just because there's so many guys that are there. And I feel like compared to last year heading in the postseason they're getting the rest of the needed. They're going to be able to come in as strong as ever and no one's been paying attention to them because well deserved the Astros with Garrett. Cool. And Charlie, Morton and Justin, Burland error, and Dallas kaikal have gotten all the attention. So I think the Indians are just sitting there grinning laughing and saying a, we are going to bring it and no one's really gonna see this coming on Sunday night. Looks like we're gonna get Adam Pluto twenty six years old. He has a five point, two seventy era in fifteen games, but you feel like there's a lot more than what we've seen so far from him moving forward. Talk about death the same, but the Indians. I mean, this is a kid that I knew back in two thousand thirteen when he was at UCLA BUSTER. And you know, what do we hear all the time now is how you pitch to the launch angle swings is all about elevating the fastball, breaking balls off of that. What was really cool as Jon savage and I credit him UCLA head baseball coach is he was doing that. I remember this back in two thousand thirteen because I remember him sitting down with me and Saint Jess. Our game plan is we're gonna throw fastballs at the top of the and I was like week, but applicant only throws like eighty nine ninety miles an hour like this stupid psyche. I've ever everyone's going to crush the ball and he's like, exactly. I want dice fly ball and in Omaha. You remember TD Ameritrade now although leave the park, I think they had to run home runs all season tire World Series that year. So he recognized then not necessarily launching go, but just more so, hey, play to what the game is giving you. And so he. He had his pitchers and I remember talking out of look though and him saying, yeah, I've never done this before, but, but this is something I'm seeing my fastball play up. That's where you get into spin rate BUSTER this out of Pluto. I started to recognize that you know what I'm rolling this fastball? Yes. Eighty nine ninety guys are missing it by a lot. The reason is is because when my ball is bidding, it's not sinking. It's almost like icing. And that was the first time we see it more and more now with pitchers. I actually and this is coming from softball where we have a rice ball, but in baseball's the first time when I found out of Luca with the first time that I've ever seen it pitcher almost give that appearance like this ball because of the high spin that instead of dropping or having that natural sync, it would stay up in his own. Almost have that almost natural rise appeal to it and they wanna World Series championship for UCLA because of it because of Adam. Pluto, elevating fastball only ninety miles. An hour. The first time I had ever seen anyone do that. And now that's his game as a game. You're seeing all across baseball. All right. We got about one minute left. Tell me what you think about the idea of Jason kipness being shifted to center field for the Indians something he's done it. The pass. The of course came up. He was initially an outfielder. He moved to the field. So he's got some history there, but that's not a minor adjustment. That's an outfielder. It pains me when I see a player who who has played a ton of infield get moved to the outfield that happens all the time. Some are able to handle it and with Jason kipness not that he won't get there. He's an athlete. That's where they put him there. But as an outfielder, what I see Jason kipness now is the re and something that you can stinks really do as an infielder is you wanna come in your everything about you is is moving in moving through the ball, getting, you know, your momentum to come toward home plate is an outfielder. When you read a ball, your instinct almost needs to have that draft setback to be able to see all. So what I see Jason Kidd nece is incredible athlete because cover grounds those initial res BUSTER, aren't there yet, and this is not the time of year. You want someone incentive field MS where I take so much pride, just catchers, important yourself, and it's up the middle. That centerfield position is the position that takes away doubles. It takes away the gap shots, your biggest hits, happy. In the outfield and some of the Indians. I hope for them that Jason kipness stable to get more experience quickly. Because right now I do not have a ton of confidence in him being able to get great breeds attract out balls and save them games. Just things for doing this. I will see we Cleveland. Thanks guys. We'll be back in a moment with your bleach tweets, but I shot she know that fall officially arrives at ten p. on Saturday night. The air is crisp, the leaves are changing. Yes, I'm aware, man. I love it and I got my lawn tractor all service ready to pick up leaves in the fall. And it's also an important time of year because of a lot of consumers don't know that feeding your long, four times a year yields the best results where that fall is the best time to feed your lawn because of the cool air and warm soil, feed your lawn. Again, this fall with Scotts turf builder. 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Like really, really, you can't throw a strike with the bases loaded come on. Yeah. No, it's the equivalent of like a missed field goal to win a game in football because first of all, you had to let the bases loaded, let the basis become loaded in the first place, and then to walk a guy home home runs happen walks. Shouldn't next one from Cesar. L Ray at Caesar is Caesar. We talked about Walker bueller with Jess and Caesar wants to know, does Walker bueller have a chance to win rookie of the year? Realistically, it would be nice to see the dodgers get three rookies of the year in a row. They've done that before? No, I don't think so. I think Ronald. Cooney junior when rookie year, I think one sodas, a great selection. I think Jack Flaherty will come in third, but Walker bueller. As you talked about with Jess, if the season was longer, if he had a greater volume of innings, absolutely. Would be. I agree with what Jeff said, yes, she is the biggest weapon exactly going into the postseason exactly not taking anything away from him by saying that he's not going to win rookie of the year. But like you said, there's just some some other candidates who are more deserving this season. Andrew desalvo at desalvo Shen or the Red Sox. The least intimidating hundred plus win team in major league baseball history after Chris sale would any of their starters be favored in a single playoff matchup. I wouldn't go that far. I look, I get the concerns about the Red Sox bullpen in the seventh and eighth inning. But with Carl talked about, I think is right for twenty seven outs that he's a beast of a lineup to get through. That's not going to be easy for any team to get through, but they are going to have to overcome that achilles heel that we've talked about, Josh. Yeah. No. I mean, there's no question about it, and I'm glad that that Andrew qualified it by by thing, least intimidating hundred plus when team. I mean it is a relatively exclusive club to win one hundred games in a season and the Red Sox certainly do have their flaws and especially with the way that baseball is these days they were able to beat up on a lot of lesser opponents. So I don't think that they're the juggernaut that you think of when you think of a lot of one hundred plus when teams I still don't think they're the favorite to win the World Series. So I kind of get what Andrew's saying their area. And by the way, I think I think that we might feel differently about it if not for the fact that the American League field is so stacked like the Red Sox don't seem as Dom. Minen is maybe other one hundred plus when teams have looked in the past because the American League is so good. Absolutely, absolutely. Let's close it out with this one from Eric angle. Bart at esoteric, Eric zero. Hey, Josh, in BUSTER. What matchup do you want to see the most in the World Series this year? I've got my fingers cross for brewers Indians. The Robert m. f. euchre special. I'm right in there with your Eric. That's what I called actually the beginning of the year. No joke. I'm not making that up. That was my prediction before the season started. Yeah, years alive. Mine's dead because I am the nationals losing to the Indians in the World Series. That would be a fun World Series also, but I gotta be honest, I would. Carl said, this is going to be a blast no matter how it turns out, especially after the like the American League gauntlet that is going to be amazing to watch. Absolutely. But I just humanitarian are scoreboard podcast BUSTER alternating calls between euchre and Tom Hamilton. Oh my gosh, that would that would be the best. It's the definition of heaven. So. Here's hoping to that happens. Absolutely. Keep the Bleacher tweets coming use the hashtag, Bleacher tweets. One last thing. This date in nineteen thirty four Daffy dean, Paul, dean was his real name threw a no hitter in the second game of double header. Just a fifth rookie to do. So this was at Ebbets field. And by the way, his brother dizzy carried a no hitter into the eighth inning of game. One of that double header in the line from dizzy dean after the games were if I know he was going to throw one Ida thrown one to if you ever heard dizzy dean, that's in keeping with his character. Here's an interview he did after he retired from country baseball, diamond dizzy, dean. He was country folk. Give us here. He is again, folks, dizzy, dean brought to you by the makers of Johnson wax ball, KANU wax, mortified auto polish that cleans. I'm politics your car in one easy application. Howdy. Everbody gather around you young baseball players, especially you city boys. I've got a story about kids in the baseball, and I'm not believe it's. That all you young follows nine eleven from coach, dizzy, dean is going into action early today. I can see that this is what action to remind you that every Saturday. At this time, this dean gives advice. Baseball minded young Americans answers letters. That's the mail bag department spins a few of his imitable yarns about the great in the near grade of the diamond and looks at the big league Bennett races and as a Stocker today. Let's have your story for the youngsters, coach, dean. I got this. I just one week ago, Frank. I've been thinking about it a lot last Saturday after a program forgotten car new. I said, the path that's my wife. Mr. dean must take a nice ride somewhere out in the country. I like to see a lot of freezing. Some hailed the great dean had an urge to commune with nature to visit pastoral see'ums. Maybe what you're saying is true, Frank. What I wanted to all I wanted was to get away from crowds in them not city streets. Well, Pat say would be all right first to take a ride, the car was Justice licking China's any. I hear you. Talking about, usually I feel a responsibility now and I guess you feel it to Frank. We just gotta have Johnny cars. Anyhow, we set out for a ride and I said, as a thus go out highway thirty that's about as pretty drive it. I know in these here parts. So at highway thirty we went, we've been up the concrete slab about thirty miles out and took a gravel road in Jefferson County out through the little town of cedar hill. It reminded me of a village in Switzerland. Why didn't know you were such a man of travel is when you in Switzerland. I never said nothing about being in Switzerland, Frank, but ain't you never heard of moving pictures, go to the movies. I say m seeing the world. Okay. You win go on of just outside of cedar hill, Frank that I got the idea for something to tell the young ball players about we climb. I hail round of the curve and went down on the kind of valley, and they're on the side of the road was a big open field. It was the cedar hill baseball field, Frank. Some young fellow had a farm tractor on Enfield and they were pulling. A big drag. They have that infield smooth as a billiard table on the outfield was another farm factor. Pulling a more they have the weeds down flick is could be, you know, Frank, them conflict. Kids can learn a thing or two in a big city as they got parked baseball diamonds, and they're already when the kid show up for ballgame. Those country boys really loud baseball. Here they was Saturday evening when most kids would be getting ready to go sky, locking manicuring their baseball and mowing the outfield. So they they have a nice smooth feel to play their weekly ball games on. I couldn't help thinking what a rip this here. Game face ball has on us Frank. As we close today, some sad news, longtime scout done. Welke has passed away. He was a right hand man for hall of fame, general manager, Pat Gillick anytime Pat wanted big answers on a big player. He would send on Welke at once. Did a story about how after Jon Ola road had the aneurysm. He did. He said, Don Welke to watch him every day and his last year in college in Don Welke. One reported back to Pat Gillick about John ole route and his future, the Jays one of taking him. It was a great choice. Don Welke very respected in this game passes away. Most recently he'd been working for the San Diego Padres. That's it for today. Thanks to Jessica. Does it to Caro rabbits and Josh macrey who this podcast every day. Have a great weekend. Everybody. Thanks for listening. Thanks for listening to the baseball tonight podcast. If you'll playing fantasy baseball, don't forget to listen to the fantasy focus podcast checkout all podcasts at ESPN dot com. Slash pot separate baseball tonight. The podcast.

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

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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. 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Sky's The Limit

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Sky's The Limit

"Of course. This is no fantasy focus baseball podcast here your hosts, tristen Cochran's, Eric era bell. That's right. Welcome to the fantasy focus baseball for Thursday. April eighteen thousand nineteen I am indeed Eric he is indeed fantasy baseball savant trista. And we are joined today by our own versatile Marin Gonzales and Kyle soppe e and the always appropriate Daniel Dopp pushes all or some of the buns. I really don't know there's somewhere else on today's show where we kept the week so far where the performances and injuries of. No, plus the closer situations and the combo meals as always a we can preview and later on Kyle read myriad hashbrowns tristen can answer them. Like he does you will surely win your leagues because tristen wins. Always how you doing so far buddy after three weeks winning every league or do you kinda like lie in the weeds, wait until July to embarrass everybody else in the weeds, wait until July. Admits that didn't even think I'd get that out of them. All right after all these years. I got a med. I'd like one of those guys who likes to wait. Come on. I am not a nutrition. Traffic. Can I say dynasty league T? Oh, I'm sorry. Dynasty league team. That's probably explains why eleventh place. Yeah. I'm lashing the office league every year in the office Lee, you wait until like July pass everybody threat not threat this year and that lean but like in a couple of lease I'm doing well in I and I'm realizing like, I'm not looking at the standings per se. I mean like in labor and L only labor. I basically only go to the site on Sunday just to, you know, pick up, you know, put in bids for players, and I see the standings and talent daily Email towers. I'm an NL on their mix there. And I see I'm doing, okay. And I'm like does that matter. I could be an eighth, and it wouldn't really make a different, you know, certain players are going to get better. Certain players are going to get worse. Frank does not hitting fifty home runs people. So like if I've got him, I know that. But anyway, it's nice to be doing well in April as opposed to hanging last, right? Cozy there. Yeah. I mean, it's okay to do a team that's in first place. And I don't wanna get cozy with that the biggest he's really is. Just make sure your that. The standings aren't identifying a particular weakness your roster that you won't be able to scape in a month. That's really the only thing is that the standing should be right. I think in like ESPN leagues, I look at the standings, a little more because I could be more active in twelve team only, I'm not making a trade in April. And if I'm deficient something's only so much. I can do no free agents ever available already used half my money in that league on a player Intel. It's almost like the trams almost didn't matter that much because like everybody's picking up five players every week. We have so much fab money any SPN in the vampire league, which you one last week and stole Manny Machado, if memory serves Chato. Yes. In that league. I pick up whoever I want on Sunday night. Although there's just not enough to players to pick up. So I don't know. I'm wasting time. Lots to get to today. Show. Here's the buzz. All right. I'm going to name five hot hitters over the past week or over the past three weeks, and you tell me sell high by option of buying low. But like not every player off to a good start. You're trying to trade away some players. They might keep this up. Why don't we year net? And then we'll get to the eight leading with injuries, especially when it's a guy doing something that you were I have done and have probably done. Question. I'm kind of note for that. Oh, we'll see what the answers. Go ahead hurt doing think about that. I know mine already. So we'll get to that. Let's do the day. I are your name. Marcel Zuniga five homers and four days. Eight for the season needed hit his eighth Homer in last year until mid June year nee I'll yet I like what I say so far eight barrels already Forty-six last year. So we're already well ahead of with him like easing consistent from year to year from day to day consistent. I I wonder whether there is a true one hundred percent healthier lurking beneath the surface because that explained part of last year. And maybe there have been times where that's been an issue. All ready this season. So I've got some concerns there, and I'm not going to sing the praises of top fifty overall player. But I I like what I see and I'm generally an optimist with this. Jack petersen. The dodgers I kind of in a platoon and shouldn't be facing left. We don't want him facing left. He's just hurt his batting average. He might hit two home runs for the season that way, but we want him to be, you know, sitting against them. But he's Homer against righties. I'm gonna Yash this one because you identified the concerns that avid playing time platooning, and if I could cash in the chip for an outrageous price in our standard game. I would probably do it. But I do think do believe I do think he's legit. All right, next, tristen hunter dosier we had power could always make contact but he's hitting for power including one in extra innings yesterday. This is another. Yes for me. And I'm glad I came up because I've noticed twelve percent cut off his chase rate. That's pretty substantial he's not swinging at non strikes when you strike down as more down more than five percent. That's a standard cut. It's a small sample. Yes. But there might be something here. I gotta ask like what sample you talking about three weeks? That's enough of a sample for you like now notice something. But again, those numbers represent a pretty significant shift when a guy moves more than five or sent off the swinging strike rate, that's a huge number, and I expect that to regress to the mean a little bit. But there's enough here to suggest that there's something small sample. Yeah. I think at the end of the year that settles a closer to two percent. But if he shaves two percent off that's huge to manderson. Almost name with his bad yesterday. I'm a no on him. Just because I think Tim Anderson is who he is. And this is not the first time he's done this April. He tore it up at the beginning of last year two, and then he regressed and Kevin pillar who is not getting a whole lot of base hits. But when he hits it hits over the fence or it gets on first base and steal second. He's no ish for me. Just because I think Palomares what we talked about last week. He's the two sixty fifteen fifteen candidate who plays a lot because of the glove. Are let's move onto the injuries portion of the show. Blake snell. The awesome Tampa Bay rays left who won the signing last year fractured his took. So he gets out of the shower, and he sees like some behemoth piece of furniture and the other end of the show, and we're kind of shower he's got and he tries to lift it. And it's like three pieces. He described us to the reporter district. I read all through it. I into it and broke his toe. And you know, we've on dumb things to get hurt. I'll add sort of you answer it I want. All right. My dumbest was that. I was painting a mural and twelfth grade and in creating a mask I said mural, so that we didn't paint on one area wasn't watching more was going, and I took an exact or knife, you know, these tiny little knives. I cut straight down and went through the fingertip. Okay. Fun. Yeah. I was not. I was not please takes stop. I'm sure you do things every day. I do dumb stuff, Eric. I gotta tell you. When I was seven years old. I was chasing my cat Scotty around the house, and he went around a corner. And I went to go on a corner. And I kicked the corner of the wall, and I broke my toe chasing a cat. Oh, okay. That's dumb soppy when I was waiting for the bus that had been seventh or eighth grade. My two years ago. Yep. And the story right there. My brother your tongue wouldn't actually get stuck to a oh, the cold turns out, it does it does. It doesn't come off as easily as it goes on. Seen the Christmas movie. A movie sometime. Watch the move with save me. They're really what how'd you get it off? Did you have to do? No. You got a better idea? The bus was coming. I was going to miss my ride tongue anymore. No, I talked with tongue. Didn't stay to the pool. Anything like that leave part of it. Some there is. How much tongue there was it? Because you're on the show. It's not the football show. You can't do things. Gotta know though, it was not as nasty looking as the one in the Christmas story. I hope I don't have any reference point here, but I'm gonna ever seen a single movie route and rusty and not that bad, but it didn't fax. So now might miss only one start in which you can't. Tell us not tell us yours. Yeah. I never done. Anything dumb myself on this show. Are you kidding me? Something else you've done. That's dumb. Yeah. Nothing jumps to mind. I mean, I shattered my elbow on ESPN softball game. That was pretty dumb. I went for a fly ball. No. That's pretty dope is what that is the point. He was trying to Kevin pillar it. That's right. Well was in my glove on a diving catch. And then since I lost feeling in half, my buddy. I went out of my glow. Okay. That is the dumbest thing you've ever done. You didn't even make the play. Well, I took a year rehab to we construct surgeries. And I lost. It lost my nerve in my right arm for a year. So I think the ball even my glove made sense. That's fair. Okay. That's fair. I was dumb, and I never played again for the peons up to he fired me. All right. So Blake's now trista, and if you haven't a weekly he might pitch next week. I think this is more than one start. It's not like his big toe. That would be a problem. It's like the fourth toe. So obviously, he got rid of the furniture. It's out on the balcony now. So what we shouldn't get hurt again thing. Yeah. This seems like a lot like a lot of nothing to me it shouldn't affect performance and he could be back next week. So I don't I don't pack. I agree. I think it's it's just a lot of, you know, just a lot of noise, and yeah, I think he probably will miss more than one start with us. But if it's too big deal Harrison baiter the cardinals we both like him. I think for homers and steals that's a hamstring. Probably two weeks there. What's the twenty twenty upside? Or is that just crazy? The reason I think it comes back and play center field is they don't have another center fielder. I'm giving up on Dexter Fowler. Tyler kneels on the injured list as well. Jose martinez. Can't play centerfield. That's for sure. Although if you're gonna play we'll Myers there Padres done. I guess anybody can. So your thoughts on baiter. I actually think he's. Really good comp for power. This is the Kevin pillar show because he, you know, in addition to just the homers and steals numbers. You said he also has that I crush lefties kind of thing the Pelotas, and it's a little more extreme with Bater. So you can capitalize more in the daily leagues. Getting tickets online can before too complicated with hundreds of sites varying levels or reliability. It's hard to know who to trust. And that's why seek is the way to go. Seek pulls millions of tickets into one place. So you can easily find the seats you want for price. You're willing to pay. There's nothing quite like being there in person and seeking. We'll get you closer to the action for a great value. 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They signed the guy because every year sixty appearances six innings without fail. And of course, now gets hurt. I think it's clearly Hector they don't trust. Anthony Dominquez think atom Morgan will be like a lefty in the ninth as he was on Wednesday Hector Narus might get twenty saves. He might. Yeah. But we probably say that for a few different guys for them. And I I don't I don't know that any Philly gets to twenty six you. And I both talked about that quite a bit. It wasn't the prettiest outing for nurse either. Yesterday. I think they're going to continue to shuffle. This well inherited two baserunners with one out. So to give up one of the runs, you know, it's not really all on him. But he eats didn't throw strikes consistently. So that little bit. Yep. Atlanta. Really glad I wasted money in a league on a road Vizcaino who every year disappoints never still never had a twenty season. Only once surpress forty innings this year shoulder surgery. He is out for the season. AJ Mitchell looks terrible right now you and I both agree. He is they're closer not signing Craig kimbrel. Enough of this every TV show with Kimball talk. He wouldn't save the bullpen. I don't know. I think Atlanta might make the stupid move and move one of their starters into the bullpen, and I fear. It could be like saroka or two key to Sants. It won't be Fulton. Never. But like tristen let's say 'cause I would disagree with me on mentor losing the job. But if mentor does lose the job who gets the safes. I feel like right now, it's probably Jesse Biddle. But I don't feel good about that one. There's a little bit of chatter in the Atlanta papers that Chad Sabotka could Fiqh factor as the future closer for them. So that's one thing to keep an eye on just because you know, he's got the pretty decent philosophy there with the fastball. He's got a slider. I think he's gonna little bit of a split concern. But down the road that might be a consideration. As you said the starters that worries me as well. Bryce Wilson another name. You didn't mention who. I know there's a little chatter. They could move him to the bullpen. If they need to other situations watched. Jeremy Jeffers is off the list from Milwaukee. No safe chances. He pitched the eighth inning with six to Li I think it was yesterday. Yep. Chances are coming his way a blade park is getting all the saves for the twins. He's like hoedown disagree with you come on. He's getting every safe chance literally. No, no. He's not Trevor burger the other day. Parker was unavailable. Parker pitch the seven. I know. I'm just giving you the literal definition of this. Well. Not getting everyone and literally win available. It's like same as Cleveland. I mean, obviously Brad hand was unavailable pitch three straight days. So yesterday someone else got the save at the save yesterday for them. You know, he he did have two games of his past four where we had holds not saves. Okay. So I do think that he's the guy to pick here. And I probably see him getting more opportunities than narrow. So we mentioned before. But I don't think that's going to be a cut and dry one guy. I'm cutting Trevor me it's not happening for say. Yes, I agree. I think he's a very good pitcher. And by the way, I was just totally wrong. Which happens all the time about tied buttery of the angels whose pitching the fifth inning. Now. What is going on there? I understand you like odiaun more than you, should and has a robes obvious next line touch was pitching in the fifth inning. Like games are losing. That's just I don't get that. I wrote about radio glazes the other day his slider loss two miles per hour off the slider. I don't think it's it's clearly David Hernandez. He's bitching sixth innings. So it's probably Jared Hughes or Robert Stevenson. That's gotta watch. Coverage stephen. Yeah. Like like you bringing up that name. He's got much better stuff than people think. And I'm back on Bornes over brazier for the Red Sox that seems obvious. You're going to be waffling on that Red Sox bullpen all year. I'm going by what I see. That's what I was scores doing there. You're paying back and forth between these guys like the Red Sox are probably going to do all year. And that's the other thing by the way Brenna workman Ren and workman. I just wrote yesterday about how he's off to a good start. And then it gives up that that grand slam card. You wrote something would you? Would you serious? You wrote the note, and it was no in the close. Okay. I'm gonna go check out the site. See what's posted, hopefully, everything is and see what you've been running about. Because I'm very interested. Any other situations? You want to discuss I didn't change any other guys there. Now, by the way, back on the Red Sox. Chris a minute here. We didn't get to this and the injuries, but doesn't produce the end is nigh, and it seems obvious. You can't play through these knee problems. And let's give them a clap. I mean, like what a career if this is it may not be it. But it may be like Adrian trae went out and Joe Mauer when they knew and what's Boston going to do a second. I wrote this today, you might think totally nuts. Okay. But I don't think they're playing at noon there every day rock Hudson, the Angeles after his kid her, and I think they might play Stephen Pierce. They're they're kind of desperate now. And they could trade defence for offense. So Stephen Pierce has played thirty three games a second base in his career and Michael Shabbat a young power bat. Right handed who can't third because they haven't third base camp lay. I because they have platoon there. Michael Schabas could place him second base. I'm just saying they're a little desperate. They're already games out of first behind. Leo shuffles team. And maybe they do something a little bit. I out of the box. They could they could. Yeah. The only thing that concerns me in that is that I know eventually the Brock Holt comes into the discussion as a platoon type of guy. I don't know that they could piece together. First and second base with platoon men. I feel like in this day of short rosters that's kind of problematic, especially if you have Nunez on the roster as well. But we're going there. I wanna see them play call up Michael shabas. And let them play second base every day. I bet he would hit lace -ly. All right wouldn't steal here. The guys over the past couple of days that have hit homers and stolen basis. Lots of them on Monday, Jose Ramirez, his first home run of the season. He's up to five. About time is all well, or no we lit a fire under him. I it's a plus maybe all's well if you were redrafting today would he be in your first round? Yep. He would he wouldn't for me concerns. And we challenge you to find ten guys prefer to have to him. That's that's the challenge accepted. I mean, he was I viewed the first round this year like the pick five pick twelve is kind of interchangeable. So if if you tell me how your buys was going twelve and Ramirez was going five. Yeah. I'll switch them. Now. I would take Alex bregman over them. Obviously, I can't take trae Turner over them. Let's see what you're getting that. And I probably wouldn't have any pitchers. Their sherzer would be out though. He's going to be fine. Corey kluber. Camp Rasco came back from his awful outing where he didn't get out of the first inning and struck out twelve Mariners over seven innings. No runs and area. Run. No homers. Seattle first time this year, neck, Laura, -tations, really interesting because kluber, I I think by clever can't buy he's he's alpha two months crass Korea by you could be your by right and Bauer we love right other meals guard Hamson of the Rockies on Tuesday and AVI sale Garcia who you know. Very well. Yeah. Yeah. So I don't think you can make a great case to Rosser Garcia and ESPN standard. He's not a Walker. So that's a point sleep. But even in a row, he doesn't steal bases. And we don't think he has great power Tampa. I don't know how they're doing this. It's amazing. Brandon Lau love him. Lov him. Wrote today one note about Garcia quickly that he does grade on expectedly. Well, and I mean excellently in sprint the sprint score on stats. Okay. So test. See my final numbers. Avi. Garcia, say it's five hundred. Five hundred I'll give him a two seventy average. I'll give him rating home runs. I'll give him eight stolen bases. It's fair and Hamson. Yeah. The Rockies are going to get a couple of players back today. The open a series against the top NL team. That's in record only Philadelphia. They all come back today. And Ryan McMahon Hamson has no power, but he's a little we should hit for average basis. And but he hit a home the other day on the road to he should I just want him to start drawing some walks and making more contact those walks strikeout numbers are bad and on Wednesday. Michael Conforto and Geraldo park before does a really good player. Geraldo powers really not you don't want to add power. Don't do it. Stephen Duggar pars teams pars on the giants. Right. Duggar hits home runs last today's. So you into that. Or no. Yeah. Doug was one of those guys who had the minor league launch angle project going on about two years ago and the dealt with a lot of injuries last season. So a low end sleeper definitely in the deeper leagues needs to be discussed Scott King going nuts. He did not feel base. But just another hitter thought about he's gonna play probably a couple of days this week because jeans girlhood a hamstring. I don't think an introduced listened is coming but Scott Kingery versus Cesar Hernandez this season. Would you rather have in fantasy? I'd still rather have Cesar Hernandez, you're gonna have a better feel of this. 'cause you watch more of their bats than I do. But the thing I have a problem with Kingery hot streak is that there's not a lot of underlying metric supporting the hard. Contact rate is is extremely low actually. And he's still hitting a lot of grounders watch every event. So what do you think I do not pushing aside her he needs an injury to somebody to play? Although like Duba Harare on the list. I think they played Kingery and stuff, but he does look good. He he's for him. It's about swing at the right pitches. Overpower last season. Now, he's swinging at the things he should swing out not getting into oh, two counts. And again it's early, but he's hitting really nicely. And then I'll ask the Brett Gardner hit a grand slam last night Gardner versus. Clint Fraser would you rather? Ostra? I'd rather take what Frazier can offer in the short term. What Frazier can offer in the short term? Okay. Let's look at the fair. And that's it's you'd never know. He might might hold down a regular job there. He could play over Gardner himself. We should all try to hold down a regular job Thursdays already started. Let me ask you about something at night. So obviously, the Rockies are at home against the Phillies Kyle free and people are starting to dump them the agree with that. Men are game. Yeah. Yeah. I do. I feel like he was going to regress to the streaming level. Okay. And what else don't ask you about today? So the Rockies I mentioned McMahon doll, you know, villi one roster spot who is. I'll take doll and going against the grain with the whole light like is a walk. He doesn't Friday on ESPN plus at night, it's just invert Lander and drew smiley. Mike monitor the other day a second shutout. We've had two shutouts ready this week. It was Herman Marquez? We didn't talk about on Monday show. We love Marquez. I think if I was doing rankings Marquette it will be my top twenty starting pitchers. Mike minor any interest. The like, there's talk, you know, who knows actually true talk that he could get traded to a national team. Do we like Mike minor as a starting pitcher and that talk dates back to the off season? I remember there was even a little bit of Phillies rumor going on with him. And I think it was followed. I think he's a much better picture than people. Give him credit for in a tough situation with the ballpark. But at the very least I think there's a lot of high end streaming opportunities from this year. You know, the Phillies made an odd move this week. I didn't think it was. They had 'em Nick Pavetti who was such sleeper for everybody because his fifth. It's always better than his ear. Ray was demoted after four just bad starts. I mean, they score ten in the first thing it's the Mets and he's giving up homes in the second third. He's the mode wasn't happy. Jared. I cough who got a four inning save. We'll start Sunday, of course field. You don't want to use them for that. But I do like I cough a couple years ago. He was adorable guy. He got enough strike as the matter. Not a ton but enough good slider. I I like I cough. I can't recommend them yet for ESPN mixed. But what what lesson did we learn here from overrating Panetta? That sometimes guys with the good peripheral numbers do not figure things out which we talked about quite a bit the other day. And I'm seeing still the Ricky and Alaska comps everywhere. Sometimes it just doesn't happen. And yes, we've talked about many of the guys who go the opposite direction with peripherals Cal free. And a couple of minutes ago. We talked about it where the peripheral don't support the rotisserie stats vet is a closer closer. He's gonna start her to starting to pitches. Command is fine. But just not the too close. He'll be in just the mix. Then. Yeah. I mean, I don't see Warren guy. Getting all the saves other stuff from Friday that we wanna look at here. Anybody interesting to you match Strom stolen, boy, strong and paddock pitching Thursday. Strong on Friday. So I'm bored strum. Yeah. Kind of I'm worry of what I've seen so far. But it's a good opportunity from right ballpark right opponent. What about those Red Sox starters are at Tampa this weekend? I'd water Regan's on Friday. It's we're Priscilla on Saturday. You're not using these guys against Tampa offense. Are you still raw string them at all? And mixed. I am. But I'm getting warier of Portillo and Rodriguez Rodriguez got to turn it around. I think is a higher ceiling that even Portillo does my way in this case Priscilla Priscilla is one of the better career histories at Tropicana field of any pitcher. It's it's kind of unusual. If you check the splits can't use them here. Anyway, I'm too scared by that matches Saturday. It says that Grinky and you Darvish at Wrigley a friend of ours. Dumped Darvish in a keeper league different rules, but still he gave up on Darvish, and I might have I wouldn't have done the same. But I have no interest in rostering. You Darvish do you? Do you still believe because like last start he came back and walked for people after not walking anybody in the previous start against the moral, and you shouldn't walk anymore. And then reporters asked him what about the four walks, and he's like, I'm your door. That's what he's gonna do. He's going to walk people. He knows this. It's amazing. I I have. No, I don't think you'd Arbor's will make twenty five starts. I don't think you have an era on the good side of four. He'll have a lot of strikeouts. But I'm not interested in Nick Profeta interesting. Okay. The ceiling tire the Nick is. And it always was. But that's the best case can make form. I get where you're coming from an are game. But on the per game up side thing here in the fact that I like to peace my pitching together all still take him in anything larger Saturday, clean Kershaw Milwaukee's. Not facing the guy that our site says he because he's on the injured list, but Clayton Kershaw here. I out and gives up a Homer to point in the first inning. And then nothing else. But it was interesting the way he threw a lot of off speed pitches. I wonder if that's the way to keep them healthy we talked about buying on Kershaw selling right away. The timing of everything brewers are good and yellow hits lefty. So what do you think? Here are you? I mean is still you sell Kershaw because a five runs a five innings. Everything changes again. Yeah, I am especially if you couple those. The philosophy drop. It's a matter of fact, when you say off speed stuff, I'm thinking are you counting fastballs as that? Because they were eighty nine nine on average in this game, which is three miles per hour down beneath just two seasons ago, which was down at self at the time. He did not look like Kershaw at all. But the final numbers did justify people trying to buy again. So I think maybe today is the day you cash you have one roster spot is it. Hey, suicide your Laar whose terrible or Joey Votto who for the first time in his long career thirty five hit a pop up out to the first base. He had never done that before love that fact, great stat but vodka showing no power. Even I admit this, look bad, and your you know, it's a bad start. But we've seen bad stores and he had thirty five home runs last year. Are you dropping either these guys I'm not, and if I forced to choose as you between them I'm going to take bottle because when I'm picking between two guys who are off to struggling starts. I want the one with a better plate approach. Sunday night baseball ESPN. It's says max freed against Shane Bieber. I am a believer. Who it's supposed to be so Braves and Indians and. Your thoughts here. I mean, we both agree. The Bieber should be Rauscher Nolita freed guys look good. So far young lefty throw strikes, sometimes your here. Yeah. You know, that's easier for young these a lot of these. Could see with the command and control your thoughts on freed here where what do you think? So I do like what I've seen fastball. Velocities up a little bit roughly full mile per hour on that one curveballs been pretty good. So far for him. I think those are two pretty good pitches for him so far no issues as well. With the off speed stuff. The Cleveland matchup is a favorable when I can make the case the freed is the better game of these two. I'm obviously taking Bieber it's a smarter thing to do a little bit more of a track record and better control. But it's pretty close between these guys, and I do think freed needs to be rostered now in every league Jon snow pitching on game of thrones day, number two at home against the Phillies. Aikoff you can't use John gray. You can't use them in. Hey. You're gonna use them against such a hater of John gray. I think my hatred gray is a lot more warranted than fail. Gets the Phillies. I get it. I mean, but I got back to back quality starts graded both on the road here. I get it. I'm using him in in Miami. And places like that. But this is a home game. Okay. Against a good offense. I n do it and just to be clear in this. He's played right to what the matchup should have told you three road games where he was an absolute unquestioned start and the other one against the dodgers at home, which was the shaky scary one. Which is where this one looks like. But that's not what he did last year tristen, mesh better at home. And he was not good in either place. I'm just saying, right? But but think of games where those games were on the road. If it was Miller park and the brewers. Yeah, I'd be singing a different tune here. All right here comes in and right after this. And then the hash Browns took knowledge truth brought to you. Truth. You think you can solve any problem by tuning computer all end on him and some other laptop now to turn off and on. It smoking. Yeah. That's museum to recruit truth. It's so easy to switch and save on car insurance at geiko dot com. In Nelson, fire avenue all the time. It's all good. Geico. Fifteen minutes could save you fifteen percent or more. I Kyle should be lots of questions here. Let's top and answer them. So they can win at least. Yeah. We got plenty Joe wants to know if there's any players that were drafted in the majority of leagues that you're not comfortable dropping you touched on you Darvish earlier anybody else of that ilk. Yeah. I mean, I guess Darvish was drafted in pretty much every league, right? I mean, he was like a fifteenth round pick. I wanna look after I get that. Right. I just if drafted Darvish you're not dropping him yet. I'm just saying like, I've got I have a share d'arvor somewhere, and I never used him. And if I never gonna use the guy, and I need the bench base. I'm gonna give up at some point. But I'm not driving bottle. Not dropping those seem like obvious guys. I'm trying to see here on the top fifty of ESPN's ADP anybody that is being dropped. And they're all still at ninety seven percent or above and these people overreact. So by the way was one forty eight and he was rostered in ninety two percent of leagues. Fifteen pick. Like Nick cast, the Janas was the number fifty one pig. He's down to ninety three percent Rosser because hasn't played in like a week. But I drop in cast the aisles now, I mean who else here from the top hundred. There's nobody there's nobody in the. I mean that's injury. Right. That's the only way in which I think we can make a case for a top hundred guy. I think that that one fifty which is Darvish was is where we need to begin having the conversation. And again, that's that's just our gained the ten standard Aguilar. Aguilar might be I he's number ninety pick. But I'm wouldn't drop him yet. What first baseman like not like your pita? Lonzo here. Right. Right. No. I mean, I just I don't see it, by the way, Vlad Guerrero. The number eighty seven big he was top fifty before we knew about the oblique injury. Don't be shocked Vlad's up this weekend. I mean, he hit a monster home the other day. I don't know where it was Pawtucket or something. It's embarrassing. You should be in the major leagues. I bet. He's up any day. If some have laggers available in your league, go get him. Now, my theory for you is that when they get home from the Oakland west coast trip this weekend Mondays off day. It's the perfect time to promote him for a home. That includes giants games. I could sell some tickets twenty four hours on Vance Peraza as down to seventy two percent. That's the only guy in the top one hundred twenty so far that I've seen not injury. Ladies not stealing basis. He's batting seventh. I can make that case drop hand. I guess. Yeah. I mean, and that's going to tie to what exactly replacing them with. I'm not. I'm not having Tim Beckham form Beckham's probably were too many leagues that stage. But I'm not making moves like that. That's a little too too brash. All right fair enough. What's next Braun? Why you dropping Ryan Braun? You're really dropping. Ryan brunn. I don't agree with it not necessarily. But I'm just I'm going down to the lower tiers when someone fifty I'm Braun, you know, is going to miss thirty games. And I'm cool with that. But like I'm now looking at the most drop list, and it's all injuries Pavetti. At least you're seeing your ping. Okay. I'm fine with that aureus. Here's more when. Okay. So of the hitters being drops that aren't hurt. The first one is more wing Zola's. Now drafted Gonzales, you probably did. So because he's eligible at all four infield spots hasn't hit yet. Why are you giving up? A Morgan's owes casinos coming back. I don't don't drop them. Right. Well, I think it's because the playing time and a specific role in one spot it's not as shared people were locking in him being the everyday third baseman. Well, he's not going to do anything two years ago. It's going to be more like last year people Peraza can still to steal twenty bases. Even if you've got seven zero taking I'll I'll take the Peraza shares. I I'm not ready for that yet presidency are both being cut in a lot of leagues Inciarte is not batting leadoff anymore. Actually, I I will admit I've not checked the plane time situation with Jose Martinez. Now he's playing right field every day. Yeah. But but when they have a full healthy team here. How exactly does shakeout? All those also being dropped Schwarzer because he's not hitting Jackie Bradley, people thought he would great year happening. Ian, Desmond like if you drafted desma, you probably sticking keep around. He's a twenty twenty guy. He's play. No NATO was drafted and seventy five percent people dropping winds as the DO because he had a bad week the dropping Billy Hamilton crystal Walker now being dropped Chris Taylor. We're having a couple of places Miguel Cabrera would you give Cabrera not showing no extra-base prowess at all. One. I would him before I would Agar for some reason percentage on him. And I don't know why that is I might have mistakenly deleted it. He's a seventy percent now. I mean from the draft percentage it had been considerably higher than that. But at one fifty he's probably in that that range, I'm not cutting yet. But he's in that range. All right. What's next? You mentioned fled junior earlier and Dominic wants to know if you're treating his impending trip to the MLB much like you were Kershaw is he debuted the other day that well the, and if you're selling high to capitalize on the hype that is killing AAA buffalo. My stance is and I've had this forever. Is that a player's value? Dressler changes to first time he plays complete. Why Kershaw Cartha absolutely like pitch? Well, so as value probably went up a little, but I don't think it should have. Nothing's changed. We're still worried about his not only performance, but his health and the first time he gets lit up which could be this weekend in Milwaukee against a good team. Everything changes. Now if Ladd comes up and does a law Jimenez for the first two weeks. Yes, it drastically changes his value. But this guy he comes guaranteed. I think I think flat if you Ted right now lads up this weekend. Okay. And I had to write a story saying, right? What numbers he put up? What would you trade them for like I have like just outside the top twenty five hitters for the rest of the season. If he comes up this weekend. I love them that much. I think he'd be a monster. Overcast Janas over Hainault Suarez over Anthony whiz. Oh, like maybe over one Soto. I think flat is guaranteed incurs. Well, nobody's an absolute guarantee. But I do admire the upside here because I think he fits that description in a way that no previous prospect did necessarily for me if you're going to get an own question. Top twenty five fantasy baseball talent period. No, disputing whatsoever for him. Then I'm going to cash in that ship. If it's a redraft league granted different dynasty leagues. But beyond that, otherwise, it's the same lesson. We're learning what the burden onto see from the preseason. It's that if people it's all value relative to true projections and expectations. If somebody is giving you top twenty five overall talent for players like this. Then by all means cash in the chip if they're giving you something that's. Questionable as a top fifty. I'm standing, Pat. I'd rather take the chance on that upside their case with Guerrero, if you drafted Guerrero, you're not trading. I don't know what you would what would it take to trade Vlad? I mean, you've waited for him this long. But if you always mentioned, would you take soda over Guerrero the rest of the well now in fairness here there is a difference between the row and the points leagues if it's points leagues is absolutely unquestionably soda over. Greta why because we think I mean walks. Yeah. But I mean, also Vlad not gonna strike out. And it's gonna hit for more power. And I think a higher batting average Soto. So I I don't know if it's such a cut and dry thing here. So to over flat. Okay. All right. All right question. I'm being a little too extreme on it. But I do think Soto based on what he has in the tank already is going to, you know. All right. We'll even discussing this. So in depth tells you that flat his Munster player like third round pick at potentially monster player. He's we should clarify. He's potentially a monster player again you, and I are picking on a guy that we have watched who we believe is singularly. I hate using your Neak as the example as a prospect he special he has that it factor when we saw my trout in mind in the minor leagues. We did not think he was this special thought he was going to be a fantastic player. But he wasn't going to be at the level is could be discussion. Now Vlad could be Miguel Cabrera as a kid for the next ten years. Okay. Gun Cabrera's, the whole player also taints. You just pick two examples that completely tainted the grow DB debut now Miguel Cabrera I think it was two sixty with twelve home runs in his first year in the majors and trout was awful his first year in the majors using lousy awful. No. But you're using to constant just support the argument against him. 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They always send it to me and my mouth feels so clean since I started using their pace fresh breath. Peppermint flavor lasts a long time. It's really cool stuff. Plus their handsome discount. The more you buy the more you save. So right now, they've got a bunch of starter set you can try for just five dollars like the oral care kit. And after that the restock box shifts regular size products at regular price. So what are you waiting for get your starter set for just five dollars right now at dollarshaveclub dot com slash F. F B. That's the our shave club dot com slash F, F B. All right. Kyle someday. When you start shaving you'll understand what it's like enjoy the products company like dollarshaveclub, but you can use. I assume you brush your teeth. Tung off Paul I used some toothpaste for a great spot. How inside got my own my God. That wasn't even me. That was Kyle. He said he has no idea. What he just hasn't. Get does we get that forever? He's such a sweet just two sweet little. Though the dark side of Kyle soppe. We just heard it. I was thrown into the bus on Monday from what I heard. Who did that? We did that either. Kyle's not a hateful guy. But but that's all that wasn't me. Title of Monday's podcast was for Kyle. So. Or back to the questions. The questions one seamless transition Thomas Watson. Oh, if you could rank sale Nola in kluber for him the rest of the ways a little confused at the top of the pitching tier? Yeah. Those guys haven't been good. And you know, watching Nola man, he doesn't look the same looked looked a couple years ago. And then he was just playing through injury. I hope that's not the case. 'cause Jared goff's not replacing Aaron Nola. I think the only one of these three concerns me as kluber. We were we concerned in the off season about kluber all the innings over the years. The law city was down last September with sale still think he's kinda working back into shape. People don't realize when you play deep into October or November it affects not really affects your office season. You're prep. Your your time like your arm to heal one less month. I think sales kind of working back in shape, but he can still fake it and be great. I think nobody fine. I would rank them sale Nola kluber just like that. Kluber would be like my number twelve starting pitcher right now. No be like ten I still have sale like at number five fair. Yeah. I'm having a hard time finding the individuals to put ahead of them. But I don't feel as good about them in the overall rankings. And I like the order you're going with here. I have been concerned about Chris sale. Having watched a good amount of him up to this point. But I really like your point about the working up to full strength and in his defense. Even though he did not seem to have command against the Yankees the other day, the velocity and the fastball was up it did show a step ladder improvement, which is a plus. Fair enough. Next already Ricky wants you to rank the following in discuss your favorite of the group is got Donaldson megi and Franco Josh Donaldson Miguel Cabrera and Miguel Franko Franco while Cabrera's concerning me, just like vodka. They're not driving. The bony more is age is health. I recommended both these guys all winter. And I feel kind of silly doing that because they just looked terrible. I'm not giving dropping them yet. But of this Donaldson to me hits to sixty with twenty five home runs. I think he he doesn't play more than one hundred forty games. He's not the same player was in Oakland or Toronto Miguel Franco, they continued about them eighth. Even when they're like moving other people around other spots, just leave him alone. But I don't see him keeping this up, obviously. So but twenty five home runs for Franco might be as many as Donaldson with the same batting average. I would rank them Donaldson. Cabrera Franco for now. But man Cabrera I mean, I don't know how much longer I'm going to wait on Cabrera. He's different than Bado. I actually would have been the same order that you do. And I'm I don't feel so good about it either. It's kind of like the last one where we throw darts for either of these two questions. I think that it's pretty close between them Donaldson. I'm going to defend with a couple of things that if you dig into the underlying metrics stat cast specifically here, the exit velocity is quite good. And so as hard hit rate so everything's suggests he's been underperforming because a lot of bad luck. And I think that does kind of give him defense here. It means that his ceiling is still clearly higher than Franco's. Oh, I totally agree with that. I just I don't see oh hitting above like eighty and hitting thirty plus home runs out of the number eight spot all season long. And I don't see them moving them up either. So I think it's he's a very streaky player. And it's so far it's been good. The Cabrera won by the way, the K rate being up. He is showing some loss of quality contact and the K rates up. We've got a last question here wants to know if you can if you prefer Pablo Lopez, or would you rather roll the dice on Michael sirocco debuts today? Probably right now. Saroka is that injury problems in the past a Canadian kid? We know somebody pretty well drafted him in a league, and waited and waited the problem is I think this is just one start. Lopez has been disappointing. I expected more to Pablo, but I think you did as well. We recommended him. But I on benches until further notice it probably Rocca today. But if I had a drop Lopez, I wouldn't do that. I would keep Lopez rostered you agree. Well, the context of the league is going to tie to this one. Because all I mean, I'm not bothered with losing Lopez in the standard game. But if it's deeper, I think Lopez role is a lot more assured. I think that the moral is not a lot more because he's struggling, but this is a one shot deal for sirocco. They're going to get Mike to naval back next week. He's this is just a by him and other rehab starting the miners, and you said the injury question, I love sirocco control. And the fact that he gets an extreme ground ball. Wait. Who's a comper sirocco? You're right. He's a ground ball. I don't expect a ton of strikeouts. I was trying to compromise romanesque. Okay. That's a perfect comp. That's that's a good. But the control I think is a little bit sharper for him. It's just the durability is going to be a question. Yeah. Atlanta's got a lot of moving parts here. I mean, do you like to eat the science you like Fulton? Ev it's coming back. We worried about injury there. Kyle right is soon. We'll get another chance soon. Like they have like eight starting pitchers to think about which is weird. And no, no no real bullpen. Really? So full tease struggles with getting back to full strength bother me. So I I'm concerned that regressions gonna hit them pretty hard this season to sant- love the stuff and the controls. Ben improved. There's a lot of upside there. Yeah. No. I do I like to on a lot and Dan's Swanson, looks great so far that trade man, you look at trades like the Pittsburgh Tampa tray with Archer. And now this ridiculous Atlanta. Arizona trade response looking looking like star and Tucson mazing. How the people in fantasy don't wanna make trades like that because they wanna look bad in got the sun. Yeah. Just like a throw in because money like they needed to open up where it wasn't sold. Yeah. He was offensively sold as a prospect. So that Bronson Arroyo is contract could get dumped off so dumb. I mean, you look stone. If you're if you're not trying to unload the money to get a better player, but they do story with the Mets recently where somebody had theorized on that doing that in order to get Dallas kaikal onto the Mets. If that's what you're doing. I get it. I guess by the way, I've caught kimberlin. Kyko in leagues I'm enough. They're not even if they signed today pitching for another month getting two thirds of season at best. And I'm wondering that in my ale only league about keeping either wouldn't cut them there that they're you keep right, right? But it's tough. It's actually tough with the bench space. Right. But in a standard mixed you move on. And because I mean, yes kimbrel. Probably only signed if he gets trillions of dollars. And if he's a closer, I don't know what he wants. But I know the teams don't want to give it to them or else. They would have already done it this several contenders that could use they really the whole east except for one. All right, right. Sorry. I think we're good. I think said unless do we collars left Nikko anywhere. We've got time for lunch, y what are we got cough? Jeez. Kyle come on with him. So you skip the Monday show. And now, he's not even attention at a Thursday show. All about losing his tongue in that child. Yeah. I in touch on a little bit earlier met one of Tim Anderson was bona fide or Bonifazio hitting four twenty four four homers. This issue still have that drop. I don't think so it was a different show. Yeah. It was a long time ago. Yeah. Yeah. I look at Amelia Bonifazio starts, and it was it's unbelievable that story. Yes. He was an interesting player back in the day. We're not old enough to know that. I'm Tim Anderson other than he gets the pitcher's throwing his toys. I mean, he's he's off to a good start put one walk twelve strikeouts. I don't think we need to even say more. He's gonna drop like hundred fifty batting average points. Critique sixty hitter. No. If you've got him yourself, but it did have twenty homers and twenty six steals last year while batting two forty daddy can do again he can have slightly do that again. But he's going to go through like a two for forty stretch at some point people hitters. Stop throwing at him and start throwing curveballs off the outside of the plate or sliders that he can't catch up to chase rates. Forty-one percent. Forty percent. Forty percent going forward from twenty seventeen you're dead on he's three or average. He is his three or average. Aren't we all tristen? Aren't we all I strive to be my three Arash if you won the last three years thirty forty on? Don't don't don't. Agile here. Let's Faxon accuracy. Here come on. I would we wanna do that? Why is that for new you? It shows on long enough. We do fact about tomorrow, I'm terrified by scary day for us. You have to are you hope you're prepared? I don't even know what you're talking with our vampire leagues, we need to be really concerned about national garlic day. Wow. Wow. That's next level house. People facts. How do you think you wins thirty leagues if he's not looking into stuff like this? How how he does it in my early week projections that new Friday would be a down day. So I set up my line of all the other six speaking of Tristan, I put in order on Tristan's tone Donut and t shirt and poor. And I'm still waiting to get that tracking number somebody out of picture of it. Yes. I got a retreat that out right now. We're pretty funny. Yeah. Columnists that I heard about how we got there. But I don't get anywhere on this show. I don't know. I'm sorry to everybody who's orders. I'm behind on. I'll get them out today. About Dopp reading the questions and not knowing the players and now, that's what it was. Yeah. My slogan donuts extra late extra lazy? Kyle next time releasing mister show. I want you to put in a question of player who retired forty years. Do it. Don't do it. Who you listen to MIR him think we'll see next. Like as blade, but is Blake Wheeler so high. Yeah, he's Winnipeg. But I'm just gonna combine names. Sure. Yeah. That's fair. Rusty Wallace is coming out of the bullpen. I'll tell you what he's the new Atlantic. Closer. This kind of moss. Well this hot streak keep up. I don't know why we're getting silly. But that means it's time to go. I'm lunch. Thank you so much for listening to our little show. We really do appreciate it. We should be back on Mondays long as none of the bosses are listening, by the way on Thursdays. Baseball tonight, Basra talks to Keith law about the fracas between the White Sox and the royals plus CCC bath stops by talk about the Yankees writing the ship against the struggling champs. 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Ep. 14: Trolley Dodgers Hold Off Crew, Cubs Surge and Gio Too

90 Miles Podcast

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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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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 421: Don Sutton Condolences, George Springer Signs, Jared Porter Fired

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 421: Don Sutton Condolences, George Springer Signs, Jared Porter Fired

"Golden state concepts baseball podcasts. We cover everything major league from sprint train to the world series. Got your favorite club. Cover from new york to boston to elan. This is the golden state media. Concepts baseball podcast. Hello and welcome in to another edition of the gsm. See baseball podcast brought to you by the mc podcast network. I'm your host kevin mahalick. It is thursday january twenty first. Hopefully everybody's having a great week out there. We got a great show lined up for you here today a lot to discuss. Unfortunately we're gonna start off with some bad news. Twenty twenty one has started similarly to twenty twenty. And we've had the passing of another hall of fame pitcher don sutton to discuss. But after that. We'll get into george springer new contract with the blue jays. What does that mean for. The blue jays the mets the angels the rest of the free agent market. We then have to discuss some breaking news out of new york. The general manager who was recently hired only about a month ago. Well he has been fired for some explicit photos that we'll talk about what that means for new york and moving forward and then we'll wrap up the episode with all the latest news rumors other signings everything that's taken place out there across major league baseball but thanks for tuning in today like i mentioned rate and review the podcast sheriff's with your friend but let's jump on in so condolences. Go out to the sutton family. Don sutton hall of fame pitcher for the los angeles dodgers playing a total of twenty three seasons across major league baseball and man. It's it's just unfortunate unfortunate to be a dodgers fan right now. Because tommy lasorda passed away a few weeks ago and like i mentioned twenty twenty one not doing us any favors here three weeks into the year but diving into a little bit more information about don sutton. He pitched from the years. Nineteen sixty six through nineteen eighty eight for a total of twenty three seasons. I believe he had one season off in there. If i remember reading correctly but ultimately put together a very very impressive resume with a couple of different tidbits here. That are quite interesting in reference to today's style of game so sutton passed away at the age of seventy five. He was battling cancer and cancer. We all know somebody who has been affected by it. whether it's ourselves our friends our family. We know that flight in that battle aunt it looks like don unfortunately was unable to win that battle here at the age of seventy five but he was inducted to the hall of fame in nineteen ninety eight four time all star. He was also an all star game. Mvp and he has an era title to his name here moving forward but diving into some more statistics and kinda year-by-year. You guys know how i like to do. Some research and talk through these guys careers because you know myself being born in one thousand nine hundred eighty nine. Don sutton hung them up right before. I came into this world. So let's see career record. He was three hundred and twenty. Four wins to two hundred and fifty six losses. Now those three hundred twenty four wins obviously puts him in that three hundred win club that everybody likes to get into and only twenty four individuals have ever made it that far so three hundred twenty four wins certainly a great accomplishment. He had a career era of three point. Two six which is certainly fascinating for the number of games that he pitched in as well as started and his game started of seven hundred and fifty six actually puts him third all time on. This game started last. Which i wouldn't have even known don sutton could be on that list. Twenty three years seven hundred and fifty six starts. He is only behind cy. Young and nolan ryan for game started in major league history and another reason why this is so impressive at the seven fifty six mark is because after doing some research don sutton never missed a start in the history of his career literally every fifth day every fourth day whatever it was back in he never missed a star never spent time on the injured list and with the way baseball is nowadays my goodness i if a if a guy makes twenty five out of the thirty five starts it's certainly something impressive nowadays and to never miss a start over the course of twenty three seasons. My goodness is that impressive. With the body with the arm not putting stress on it being able to mick zones mix pitches mix speeds reading reports on what people have to say about sutton and how he was able to manipulate the baseball. But oh my goodness twenty. Three years never missing a start. You know we have guys who missed two years now. Based on tommy john surgery and the timing of the issue and the problems that it causes to the elbow so just a fascinating statistic and i put a couple of exclamations down in my notes just to say wow that is one of the more impressive feats for a guy's career that i can ever remember but going down the list here like i said we'll kind of run through some years some career goals but he had fifty eight shutouts which certainly i found to be impressive as well. Twenty three years meaning. He had about two and a half of those per year. Yeah gosh fifty eight shutouts. That's really impressive. He threw five one hitters. Did not have a no no to his name but five times only gave up one hit throughout the course of the audi and then he had ten to hitters so very very close a number of times fifteen times only given up one or two hits. That's certainly not something to scoff at. But everybody knows how difficult it is to go. No no and a guy like don sutton never missing a start over twenty three years. Getting close is certainly impressive as well but he was seventh innings pitched in the history of major league baseball looking at it here. He's at five thousand two hundred and eighty two innings which again puts him seventh on that list. But one of the other accomplishments. Because you never miss a start. He actually had a streak of two hundred plus innings four twenty straight seasons. He did it from sixty six to eighty six and the only time he missed was actually one thousand nine hundred eighty one but come to find out that this was the strike shortened season of one thousand nine hundred eighty one and had nothing to do with him getting injured or not being able to go deep into ballgames because nineteen eighty one. He actually only had twenty three starts comparatively speaking to forty thirty five. Thirty three of the like going up and down the list here so but two hundred plus innings for twenty straight years. And i think i saw a statistic that showed last year and major league baseball. There were fifteen guys who went two hundred and sutton did it for twenty straight years so that is just absolutely incredible the longevity the success you need to have to be able to do that is certainly fascinating but sutton never won a cy young award. He finished in the top five for five straight years from nineteen seventy two through nineteen seventy six. He finished fifth. Fifth fourth fifth in third in the cy young voting in those years and finishing thirty went twenty one and ten in nineteen seventy six. This was his career high and winds he was able to only reach the twenty win plateau one time in his career. Which again is certainly fascinating for a guy who has over three hundred wins and it shows the longevity in the success of his career that way but total number of strikeouts. Three thousand five hundred and seventy four. Obviously that three thousand mark something to be a very proud of their but that puts him seventh all time on the strikeouts list for the history of major league baseball which again certainly super impressive. But not only when it comes to major league baseball but don sutton. He spent sixteen years with the los angeles dodgers. I mentioned did at the top of today's show. The dodgers unfortunately lost legend tommy lasorda earlier. This month now dealing with the death of don sutton where sutton rinks all time within. The dodgers organization is something that again i would not have guessed because the dodgers history of pitching obviously fantastic. I mean you got don nukem. Sandy colfax drysdale as events earl horsh eiser venezuela going through there. Now recently clayton kershaw. Who's been doing it for years and years. But it's actually don sutton who sits at the top of a lot of these lists for the dodgers sutton. He currently is atop the dodgers. All time wins list with two hundred and thirty three. He's got the most innings pitched for the dodgers with three thousand eight hundred sixteen. He's got the most shutouts fifty. Two of his fifty eight shutouts came while he was wearing dodger. Blue he's got the most strikeouts in dodger history with two thousand six hundred and ninety six and this is the only one that i think he will be passed on here. Soon because clayton kershaw is actually about one hundred and seventy strikeouts behind sutton and could get there in twenty twenty one. But if he doesn't. I certainly think he could pass him in twenty twenty two if he remains with the dodgers and beyond but again if you were like hey dodgers all time wins. Leader ends pitched shutouts strikeouts. Who is it my first second and third guess when not have included don sutton so super impressive when it comes to dodgers history and his career there and it's just fascinating to kind of along but he's been quoted as a very modest guy. He was talking about how you never wanted to be a superstar or one of the highest paid players. All he wanted to be was appreciated for the fact that he was consistent dependable. And you could count on him to take the ball every fifth day so he certainly gobbled that throughout the course of his career but it looks like here he signed with the dodgers in one thousand nine hundred sixty four year before the first major league baseball draft in one thousand nine hundred sixty five. I signed for an estimated. Fifteen thousand dollars and debuted in the rotation only two years later alongside superstars colfax drysdale steam. And you know. He held his own that first year. Striking out two hundred and nine guys. Which was the most by any national league rookie since nineteen eleven. When grover cleveland alexander punched out two hundred and twenty seven so came in right away. found success Was an extremely hard worker. But honestly you know again. Just didn't didn't overpower. You doesn't have the nolan ryan fastball. The sandy colfax curve ball. You know doesn't have that. Pitched i do his name. But because of that he was able to put together multiple pitches and have success throughout the longevity of his career. So streak for him. He struck out at least one hundred hitters in twenty one consecutive seasons. This is only ever been matched by three other guys. Those three guys are roger. Clemens greg maddux and nolan ryan so certainly in fantastic company there when it comes to strike outs and again the longevity of his career so man just a crazy career for don sutton as i continue to dive in here and learn more and more but he also spent time with milwaukee. Houston oakland in the angels as well but of course sixteen years with the dodgers and that's how most people remember him by but after his playing career he actually continued to have success within major league baseball. He was an analyst for the atlanta braves. Both in television and radio for over twenty years upon his retirement so that is where i kinda remember his voice more so than his success on the diamond because growing up a phillies fan. Of course play in the braves all the time they had their tbs broadcasts they were very entertaining and don sutton. He is being quoted in no not to hold anything back when it comes to his opinions and how he believes the game should be played and of course people respected his opinion and how he was able to portray due to the success. He had on the field. But it's just fascinating this guy's career and ultimately what he was able to accomplish. But once again don sutton passes away at the age of seventy five. I believe it was this past monday. If you're listening to this thursday here on the twenty-first i appreciate it. But certainly once again cancer winning that battle with don sutton and if you've ever been affected by cancer out there it's not fun and can certainly be scary so condolences go out to the sutton family but again it's just fascinating as i continue to dive into these gentlemen's careers and learn. Just man it's i opening. Sometimes the difference in the game of baseball from the sixties the seventies eighties. Until now you know. Like i mentioned two hundred innings for twenty straight years and now we got guys thirteen fourteen dies. Only you know are able to do it here. During the course at twenty twenty so the game continues to evolve but legends. Like don sutton rest in peace once again condolences to the family out there moving forward here but that'll do it for the first segment of the mcc baseball podcast brought to you by the mc podcast network What we're gonna do now here in the upcoming segment george springer. He finally made a move. I told you guys last episode. I thought he'd be heading to the mets that kind of aligned with what they were trying to accomplish well. Toronto blue jays came in and to quote the godfather made him an offer. He couldn't refuse and now. George springer is taking his talents to canada. And what is fascinating development here for the off season. But we'll step aside here for a word from one of our sponsors and one of our sisters shows and we'll discuss everything george springer when we come back stick around everyone. This is your ultimate staffer. Everything sports the golden state media concept's or podcast. Should i say more from the nfl. Mlb the nba two mma. It's all in here. 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Like we said george springer port reports are that he is signing with the toronto blue jays a six year one hundred and fifty million dollar contract going out to george to head to toronto. This would be the largest contract in blue jays history and only the second one top six figures or nine figures. I guess is the way to put it in one hundred million dollars. They gave out one in two thousand and six but this is by far the biggest one here to a free agent so six years one hundred and fifty million dollars. That's twenty five million a year out their average annual value. And you know it was a better than the mets deal according to sources yes. The mets came in they both were offering that six year contract which was kind of fascinating to myself. I thought they would want to keep it in that five year range at most with springer coming off his age thirty one season you know he'll be thirty two by the next year which puts him at age. Thirty seven for the life of this contract still making twenty five million a year but six years they were able to get him one hundred and fifty million like i said the mets came in right around one twenty to one twenty five according to reports so basically the met said. Hey we'll give you twenty million a year and then the blue jays came in and we're like okay. Well we're gonna give you a twenty five million a year and the other reason why this is a big deal Now as of this moment here in january we don't know exactly where the blue jays will be playing their games in twenty one due to corona virus in this strict travel restrictions of canada in regards to coming in and out of the country and originally. If you are in canada there are a bit of taxes and money complications. Similarly to the difference between new york and florida when it comes to state tax and how that affects contracts. Well same thing internationally. So the blue jays rafted. We're going to have to come in a little bit. Above wherever anybody in america to ultimately have george make the same amount of money but springer is obviously a stud. He was one of the top two to three free agency. This offseason three time off star world series. Mvp world series winner two time silver slugger even during the season here. He led the team with fourteen home. Runs thirty two and more importantly his postseason. Statistics are fantastic and something that is going to be very welcomed in that toronto clubhouse because in toronto they have a very young ball club next. Step a lot of the kids in the infield and they like springer to come in and kind of. Show them professionally. Hey this is how it goes. This is what you need to do. And this is how you get it done. Because he's been to the playoffs every year since two thousand seventeen and even five out of six fifteen yes sixteen no and then seventeen eighteen. Nineteen and twenty. Of course the the astros have made it send at least made a run for a couple of rounds there so career to sixty nine hitter in the playoffs. He but he does have nineteen home runs in only sixty three games so he is certainly not adverse to the big moments in even this past year here in twenty twenty he had four home runs in only eleven games so it was a nice run for george in the post season. But what does this do for the blue jays. You know kind of. Where does this take us here. And it's fascinating because there's a couple of different reports out there that they are still pursuing. Michael brantley who is a good buddy of george springer there actually represented by the same agency. But i i would think they would be done here in the outfield. Because if you're looking at a potential starting lineup. You got springer in center field. At second base bisharat short you have hernandez says the designated hitter role because again springer kind of gives them four solid outfield. There's going to have to move to the d. h. role and based on defensive metrics. It certainly seems that springer is gonna play centerfield because he had. I believe it was six and a half run saved or d. r. s that. They liked to call it here in the blue jays as a whole in the outfield last year. We're at a minus seven so springer automatically makes them better in sanur maybe later in his career he can move to one of the corners but for now like i said i got hernandez moving from left to the d. h. role. We're gonna put gurriel junior out there and left. Keep greig checkout and right field and then put springer in center. But you're one through nine here this lineup of springer busy. Oh bischette hernandez guerrero tellez guri. L. greene chicken. Janson is a deep solid lineup and there is some balance. Righty lefty busy. Oh and tell us are from the left handed side so it'll be fascinating to kind of see if toronto is able to continue to compete with the big boys because things are happening in the american league. I gotta be honest with you. There's a ton of movement happen in the al on the national league side of things. It certainly seems like it's only been the padres in the mets who have joined the party so far but on the american league side. I mean we have the white sox make it a ton of moves that we we've discussed now. You have toronto joining the party. We had the yankees just recently bringing back. Dj lemay hugh so it is kind of fascinating to follow along and see here. The cat and mouse game. You know that's taken place when it comes to make moves in trying to stay relevant in the american league east and The the blue jays had themselves a day because not only did. They signed george springer reports of signing george springer once again this is pending a physical down in florida springer's headed to their spring training facility down there to complete his physical but that all goes smoothly like they anticipate he will be a member of the blue jays and moving forward so but like i said here the blue jays themselves a day because they also signed former padres closer. Kirby yates to a one year deal. This deal is worth a guaranteed five point five million dollars but with performance bonuses. That can go all the way up to ten million dollars so the blue jays adding a piece to the bullpen. Along with yates. They also added reliever tyler chat. Would to a little bit of a lesser. Deal that one kind of went under the radar but chat would if he bounces back and finds himself and we know. Relievers are extremely volatile year to year when it comes to their success. And that's why the guys who are able to continue to dominate are really looked at as special but i mean a couple of years ago. Kirby yates you could argue. That he was one of the best relievers in baseball. I mean san diego two thousand eighteen twenty nineteen. He had sub two five year as both of those years. Strikeout rates of thirty six and forty two percent to walk rates of only six and five so strikeout-to-walk ratio certainly fantastic and twenty twenty. Yates was bit by the injury bug. He had some bone chips in his throwing elbow. Which limited him to under five innings. And you know it's kind of hard to dive into any more moves here but man. If yates is able to bounce back they get this offense. Go in toronto with the rotation of reu- and pearson and a couple of other young guys. They got coming up. Toronto could be a sneaky team in the american league. In honestly they surprise people in twenty twenty. So i think here in twenty twenty one we could be in for a little bit more of the same. But what does this do for the rest of major league baseball. I mean here we are. we're about to tick into february and one of the big three has finally signed. So where does this take us. Elsewise well again. The mets were in on george springer. So we'll take our attention there and say okay. Well where do they go next because clearly offering twenty million dollars. They think they still have money to spend while. Still being able to extend michael conforto and francisco lynn door. So it'd be interesting if they turn their attention onto the internal guys or if they're still looking to add a piece from the outside because they the move at the catching position so it's not going to be real mutual which means the really the only other big fish for them is trevor bauer. And it does seem with the moves they've made bringing incorr- lasko bringing back stroman on a qualifying offer that they are happy with where their rotation is so. I think this transitions them. Out of the free agent market and back into the trade market in new york in the one name. I can think of here that could potentially be on. The list is kris bryant and twenty million a year for springer. Mets anticipated that brian. I think is gonna make about nineteen and a half here in twenty twenty one so those salaries aligned to what the mets were trying to accomplish. And that's really the only guy who i think could still be on their radar. Moving forward here to make a move but okay so the mets. They're out on the our real mutoko sweepstakes. Well let's talk. Jt real mutoko here. It came out last week. We talked about it on mondays episode that the phillies offered him. I believe it was a five year deal just north of one hundred million dollars and it has been truly fascinating to see. Real mute does markets kind of continued to develop and not really develop at the same time. I'm mean again. There were talks that he wanted thirty million a year. Twenty five million one hundred fifty one hundred and eighty and you know the phillies. Who for once seemed to have their finger on the pulse here and get things right because they're going no jt that you're not getting that on the free agent market so we're not going to give that to you before you get there and everybody in philadelphia was so upset that they were going to allow him to test free agency. Bryce harper screaming outside. Jt in an empty ballpark after he hits a home run where management can clearly hear him. They recently signed archie bradley. who tweets out. One of the first things is signed. Jt kinda fascinating to see how that interaction has taken place but it does seem to be that the phillies are really the only big time player left for real mutel. He was tied to toronto. But with this recent deal that money has of gone elsewhere there's been conversations around the nationals. Potentially but if you're looking at teams in teams willing to give him big money it certainly seems that all signs are pointing back to philadelphia for jt and now it's just a matter of if he's going to be content getting twenty one twenty two million a year for a five year. One hundred ten million dollar deal. But if springer in the mets they had him right around twenty and he's at twenty five. I would put jt kind of one tier right below that. So i think twenty two twenty two is where is market is in his fair value for jt. So it'll be fascinating to see if over the next forty eight hours if he jumps in here and dust signs on the dotted line very similarly to springer but the last of the big three of course is trevor. Bauer i myself i think. I predicted monday that he would head to toronto. But this doesn't seem to be the case anymore with george springer signing so now the leader in the clubhouse for him i certainly believe is on the west coast. The la angels are one of the few big name could potentially be involved and this could change the thinking of trevor bauer potentially right so there were conversations earlier in the off season. Is he looking for a long term. Commitment with big dollars Short term commitment with big dollars and betting on himself once again. Because if he's willing to kind of come down to that one to two year mark it's certainly allow his suitors to open up teams like the dodgers could be involved at that point. I wouldn't rule out the padre who continue to make moves and even on the east coast the yankees the mets. I think they'd certainly be more interested in a two year. Seventy million dollar deal than five and one fifty or whatever. Those numbers come out to hear. But hopefully we're going to have some traction and some movement here sooner than later across the free agency market because george springer one of the first domino's to fall and like i mentioned here kind of puts everything else into place in changes the probabilities on where these other guys end up but shadow to george springer. I've met george a couple of times. He was always a fantastic individual super nice. Very clever funny witty guy. And wishing him the best in from everything. I've heard around the clubhouse. That's certainly has echoed across major league baseball so george springer taken his talents up north to the toronto blue jays. Six years one hundred fifty million. He's the first one of the big three to sign. What does this mean. I think it means. Jt's headed back to philadelphia and it certainly means bowers looking like he said at out west to be part of the la angels but nothing set. Those are personal preferences or personal thoughts. I'm not reporting anything out here so you guys will have to continue to stay tuned to the gsm. See baseball podcast. And we'll keep you guys up to date on everything going on across major league baseball here but that'll do it for the second segments. I appreciate you guys listening. We'll step aside here now for a word from one of our sponsors in one of our sisters shows but when we come back we'll discuss the rest of the free agent market. There were a handful of signings under the radar not as high level. But things are starting to kind of fizzle you know. The hot stove is starting to bubble not quite boiling yet but starting to bubble so stick around everybody. I'm kevin mallik. we'll be right back. Tired of searching the vast jungle of podcasts. Now listen close and here this out. There's a podcast network that covers just about everything that you've been searched. 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We'll keep you up to date on everything going on major league baseball and the other will keep you up to date with everything pretty much in the world. Obviously inauguration is happening. So there's a lot to talk about a lot to share with you guys and a ton of things to discuss but if you haven't checked those out yet head over to social media please do so i certainly appreciate it but here in segment number three. We're going to dive into the rest of the moves that have taken place across major league baseball. We obviously discussed the big three in the last segment with trevor bauer. Jt rail mutoko george springer all coming towards the finish line when it comes to deals here but there were a handful of moves made elsewhere as well as a ton of rumors and notes to discuss with you guys but the first one i want to start out with his left handed starting pitcher jose kintana. He signed a one year. Eight million dollar deal with the la angels. According to a source this is pending a physical but seems to be done. This reunites quintana with manager. Joe maddon who managed him from twenty seventeen to twenty nine thousand nine hundred chicago cups. Quintana 's career. Era of three seven three over the course of nine seasons i was an all star. Twenty sixteen so he. He only had one start last year. He was cut short due to a cut or laceration on his left thumb. His pitching thumb during the summer camp or spring training to point out which limited him to ten innings and. That was the first time he had really missed some time. Due to injury because for the seven years prior he had at least thirty starts in over one hundred and seventy innings so for the angels. This was certainly a a welcome asset an attractive quality for quintana because they had trouble basically getting innings from their starting pitcher. They only had one guy last year or in two thousand. Nineteen with last. Full season reached one hundred innings so can figures into a rotation that also includes dylan. Bundy potentially shohei otani. You got griffin canning andrew haney but the angels still could potentially be in on trevor. Bauer like we discussed in. Ultimately you throw bauer quintana bundy and otani and all of a sudden. The angels are certainly a lot better on paper than they were just a year ago. So wait and see if you're an angels fan but it was certainly a nice. I move in an improvement to the rotation to bring in quintana next on the list. Here we have john. Lester lester recently. Signed a one year five million dollar option or excuse me five million dollar contract with a twenty twenty two option for both the nationals lester. It's a mutual option. And i mean this is a solid signing for the nationals. When you look at their rotation they got the top three of scherzer's strasbourg corbin. And then you mix in some john. Lester is the four number five. And that's kind of where he fits at this point of his career. He's kind of coming on the back nine now last couple of years. He's thirty seven years old. He's recently had some velocity drop so he's no longer that front end starter but he is certainly somebody who knows how to pitch and knows how to win has had playoff success both in boston and chicago. So it'll be fascinating to see if he can kind of filter into that four and five slot and potentially watch stats tick up a bit. But when it comes to the velocity talking strictly for seem. I mean all the way back in twenty sixteen. He was at about ninety three miles an hour and this has dropped every year since then to wear. Twenty twenty was the first year. He averaged just under ninety so lester certainly needs to kind of reinvent himself almost for third time here. Work off speed pitches because he's not going to be overpowering anymore with this stuff there in the low nineties high eighties. But it's an interesting kind of projection for him. People have him yara around five based on some fan graphs and things like that but once again in that. Four or five role. When you're coming up behind strasbourg sherzer in corbin. The pressure's a little bit less for less. They're there in washington. So i think that's a good fit for the nationals. As they boost that pitching staff that carried them all the way to the world series not too long ago and twenty nineteen so the national certainly got better as well. We also had a trade to discuss. The pirates traded pitcher joe. Musk grove he was the highlight of the deal to the padres in a three team deal. That sent pitcher. joey luke. Chessy to the mets so the pirates received back pitcher david benner and four minor leaguers notably outfielder. Hudson head. is the one going back to pittsburgh. But must grove is a very underrated talent. I mean and the padres just continue to load up on the rotation. I mean clubbing. You're still out. But all the other additions. They traded for darvish. They traded for snell and how they trade for months grove so they are absolutely going for it and these are the names that continue to be impressive. I mean when you're looking at two. Musk grove compared to some of the other top pitchers in the big leagues. There were only ten starters who had a whiff rate or a swing and miss rate of at least fifty percent on any specific pitch type in twenty twenty now. The minimum here for this graph was twenty five pitches so but there were only two starters who had multiple within that so ten starters but only two of the ten had two different pitches with a whiff rate of at least fifty percent. Those two names number one american league cy young winner shane bieber and number two. You guessed it. Joe must growth of the pittsburgh pirates. Joe had his curveball as well as his slider both above that fifty percent mark so his off speed is certainly extremely above average. And this is something that If you're into analytics or sabermetrics you kind of see this stuff and your eyes light up. Because you're thinking man. If he could throw those more often he could control those. Get ahead in the count. This guy is going to be extremely difficult to hit against and with that lineup. Offensively in san diego. He said certainly have more run support. Then he's had in pittsburgh in quite some time so you know. Put him in the rotation up there man at a padres the nationals. Everybody getting better on the national league side when it comes to the rotation and moving forward but if you're the pirates why would you do this you know what are you looking for here and it's kinda fascinating and that's you know they. They don't see themselves as contenders and musk. Grove has two years remaining on his deal and within that window. They don't fancy themselves speed able to win the division so they moved on for. Some prospects got a couple relievers outfielders. That were three four five years away from potentially contributing at the big league level but based on pittsburgh's actions and what they have done so far. This timeline aligns with when they believe they can be competitive. And it'll be interesting another rebuild in pittsburgh. They made the playoffs there for a couple of years and now they find themselves starting over here once again but the padres they just continue to improve. And i'm certainly going to have a lot of fun watching those guys play ball here for pretty much the entirety of the summer. So that's it for the hard moves. The hard signings now a transition into the rumors that are heading out there. Let's see here actually just popped out here on the twentieth at the blue jays are also signing outfielder michael brantley. Even though they just signed george springer there are also adding michael brantley. Who is very good friends with george. It looks like he's agreed to a three year deal with the blue jays. This would certainly pencil him in to kind of that designated hitter spot there that we had talked about could potentially go to hernandez in the last segment. But i believe toronto will probably move. One of those younger outfielders. Tried to get some prospects back. But if you put brantley in the middle of that lineup springer at the top of that lineup like we sat around but and all those other guys man the blue jays certainly having themselves a day here in the last forty eight hours because it had just popped up my timeline. That michael branly will indeed sign with the blue jays pending a physical and these are of course sources still to this point but that does seem to be picking up steam here moving forward next up. The boston red sox. What's going on in boston. Well they quote remain high end quotes on kiki hernandez of the los angeles dodgers. Mlb networks. john. Hayman reported on twitter. Wednesday that the red sox are still very interested but he also noted that the new york mets are having conversations with hernandez is well. Kiki was one of the top utility men in the league and has a ton of versatility. Infield options outfield options. And the red sox are looking to upgrade on the Second base position with dustin pedroia. No longer call in that space home. So they're looking to add hernandez here in could get a little bit busy in the near future. If you're in boston because not a lot stake in place up there. I know the fans are starting to get a little bit antsy but here in the past few days. We've heard that. Boston could be involved in a handful of moves and as recently as a couple of days ago. Boston traded their fourteenth ranked prospect to the phillies. Cj chaffin who was a shortstop second baseman for a player to be named later now initially the philadelphia market thought. This could be the start of an andrew benintendi trade but it did seem to kind of come together on its own where it was just a one off deal because multiple reports out there say the red sox are open to trading him and there are multiple clubs interested in acquiring him but there has been said quote the asking price from at least one of the teams involved a younger corner outfielder along with a minor league pitcher not necessarily on the forty man roster so if they move benintendi they're looking for a younger piece kind of up and coming a little bit more potential as well as a lottery ticket arm that could potentially be added to the deal so the boston sports journal listed the astros athletics pirates as teams. That could be involved. There's also been communication around the rangers. The reds in the phillies. Like i mentioned having conversations with high end bloom up there in boston about adding benintendi. So it'll be fascinating to see ultimately what they get from the phillies. They were talking about former number one overall. Pick mickey mony. Ac potentially being moved as at young corner outfielder and then a triple a. arm. Not on the forty man certainly aligns with the reports. That are coming out of boston in what they're looking for in return here so boston could be active in the next week or so. It's one of those will. We will have to stay tuned to everything going on up in beantown. So let's see what else is happening out there as i'm scrolling through. The mets are interested in kiki. We mentioned that the minnesota twins they are interested in potentially bringing back marwin gonzalez. Gonzales was with them the past two seasons. He's now a free agent but they're kind of waiting to see what happens here and people are saying that the twins are now interested in potentially bringing him back. Excuse me gonzales. Sign with minnesota before the twenty nineteen season. He had a nice little run with the houston astros. He he didn't particularly live up to the. You know offense. He put up in houston but he's also a versatile defender he was good for them in spurts. So it'd be interesting to see ultimately if minnesota does bring him back and which move they ultimately make here now. There are a ton of rumors happening across the free agent market as well as the starting pitching market. The dodgers have been linked to brad hand over the past couple of weeks They're said to be in the peripheral of his market kind of lurking in the shadows to see ultimately how it plays out mark feinstein of mlb dot com tweeted. That jeremy jeffers is on the radar of several clubs and there are a handful of them. Here he was formerly of the cubs. Relief pitcher had some success. Those teams named red sox cubs astros. Dodgers mets phillies blue jays nationals. I mean that's pretty much everybody across the board but he had a fantastic twenty eighteen but has been unable to kind of repeat that sense and teams are hoping that they can get him back to that form to other names that have recently thrown in front of scouts during quote unquote showcase very similar to the corey. Kluber situation where annabelle sanchez. As well as julio teheran who is formerly of the atlanta braves there were a number of teams there and the ones that were most notable where the raise twins marlins and mets all looking to add. Potentially starting pitching here at a reasonable cost and sanchez has been linked to the phillies as well due to his time with dombrowski in detroit. And so it'll be kind of fascinating to see ultimately which direction sanchez baharan go here. Moving forward but a ton of rumors. Continue to churn out there. Michael brantley recently signed sear today recording this wednesday nights with the toronto blue jays so toronto making it known in the al. As the race. Got worse the yankees. They stayed the same if knock out a little bit worse and we think it is our time now so shout out to blue jays fans because your team is certainly making moves anticipate and going forward here but that'll do it here for segment number three of the mcc baseball podcast brought to you by the mc podcast network will pause one last time here for a word from one of our sponsors and word from our sister show but when we come back we'll wrap things up in new york mets scandal. Oh boy they need a new general manager. Stick around. we'll talk about it. Want to know the latest and soccer. Listen to the golden state media concepts soccer podcasts from m. l. as the world the premier li. We've got you covered a latest. Update the hottest matches news on the league's top players. It's the golden state media concept soccer. Podcast listen Hello and thanks again for listening to the gsm. See baseball. Podcast brought to you by the gmc podcast network. I'm your host kevin mahalick. Hopefully you guys are having a fantastic week out there. It is thursday january twenty first we are cruising learn along here under a month until spring training reports at the end of february pitchers and catchers even sooner than that. Tim like we talked about it. And episodes past major league. Baseball has let them know. They intend to play a full one. Sixty to stay on time this year. In twenty twenty one the owners wanted to push back but the players let them know that they do not have the right any longer to declare an emergency situation. So we're moving on fast in heavy here as we head onto twenty twenty one but unfortunately for mets fans out there there has been some recent positively growing. You know they added lynn door roscoe. They're still on it in on a few names here in free agency but there was a scandal that recently took place. Where new york's new. Gm jared porter. He acknowledged he sent explicit images to a female reporter back when he worked for the chicago cups so back when he was president of director of professional scouting he then would text a foreign correspondents who had moved to the united states to cover major league baseball before these these texts to ended up not being very professional. And i gotta watch my words here with exactly what happened. But he texted her a ton of times. Fifteen photos sixteen basically getting into the area of jail or male. Genitalia is the way to describe it here so this has come out so only a month or so after. He was hired by the new york. Mets and once this report was filed on monday or the report was released. It was then known that. Tuesday morning the mets fired porter from a tweet from owner steve cohen. Making it official. He said quote in my initial press conference. I spoke about the importance of integrity. And i meant it. There should be zero tolerance for this type of behavior so kind of breaking down the time line of this story these pictures and text messages took place back in twenty six twenty seven and espn obtained the messages back in twenty seventeen. They spoke to the woman who was on the receiving end. But at this point she did not want to go forward with these allegations because she concluded her career could be harmed if the story emerged but in the recent days this woman who has since left journalism and gone back to her home country she continues to speak on the case aminu witty because basically where she's from women's rights and women's empowerment is not where to the level. It is in america so she does not want to get quote dragged through the mud if your name is associated with any type of sexual scandal so she has yet to come out but espn thoroughly vetted. The article did a lot of interviews. There's an extremely well. Detailed well written article. By jeff passan. I believe on espn by jeff. Passan and meena calms the two. Who released the article. Here it goes into quite a bit of detail regarding their texts it actually has copies and images of their texts in porter sending a couple of different images in. Why won't you respond in. Mis knowing you certainly at the end there was the one that crossed the line. The woman did say that she responded back. Finally that this is inappropriate. And crossing the line. And i'm not comfortable. And then the next day he did text. I'm sorry but she goes on to state that she never felt that he actually felt those emotions in was just saying that to ultimately hopefully suv these things over so she continues to be strong and coming out and discussing this but the timing for the mets certainly could not be any worse and i thought that i had with certainly as how do you not find this out. Or how do you not know about this during the hiring process like isn't this part of the vetting process or the background check or multiple different ways while you're check in different sources different references. You know none of this comes to light here. It's just kinda fascinating and sandy. Alderson did speak to this a little bit. He said quote. This is a wakeup call. It clearly suggests something like this can be out there in connection with almost anyone we have to do our best to make sure we know about that information but there are limits to what we can actually get. I don't think this reflects a fundamental flaw in the process. I think this is a very unfortunate circumstance that we wish we knew about but did not end quote so again the mets. I mean you're going through guys you're bringing them up here. I know we all have our kind of individual secrets so to speak. But i feel like something. This large sets kind of outstanding. You could have had a conversation because again. Espn and jeff passan. They had known some of this information. We're continuing to gain this information. All the way back to twenty seventeen so sandy alderson didn't call. Espn didn't call. Jeff passan to kind of say. Hey you know. What have you heard about this guy. What's going on around the league. What's the you know the communication and the back channels. Because i felt like they may have been tipped off to something like this and could have helped them out here. So let's see anderson continued. There really wasn't a voice. So from my standpoint i was shocked. Eventually that gives away to disappointment and a little bit of anger. There's always a risk associated with higher. Read there was no disclosure of this conduct. I don't think we would have hired. Jared if we had known about the conduct before him. Should we have known we did a background check. We asked if there was anything else. We need to know and apparent end quote and apparently porter did not disclose this conduct during the hiring process. And yeah of course porter's knocking himself out during the hiring process. That's part of your responsibility as the team. Who's doing the hiring to be able to dig a little bit deeper an potentially figure out what's taking place so it's just a fascinating circumstance in one of those where once again it does seem a little bit fuzzy but i mean once somebody gets into the position of power you know a story like this comes out just moments later so pass in in mina kimes discussed about this and the timing of this in it had nothing to do with the hiring. It has everything to do with the victim and how she wanted to go about this story and this isn't their story. This is her story so there are multiple different lenses multiple different angles. That you can talk about this but again just as a mets fan you gotta be thinking to yourself. Wow once again. We make a higher and we have to move on from him and you know just a month later. Major league baseball has come out and there was reportedly planning to investigate jared porter bob. Nightingale reported potential punishment could be porter being suspended and requiring reinstatement before working in baseball. Once again so he could be suspended indefinitely until he probably goes through some programs some guidance and ultimately kind of finds himself so major league baseball is certainly not just sweeping this under the rug and they want to find out what happened. Get to the bottom of it and see if they can help. Correct it to make sure something like this doesn't happen again because not only. Is this a black eye on on the new york mets and that organization. But it's also a black eye on major league baseball. I mean being a general manager major league baseball. There's only thirty two of these guys across the lake. So for one of them to come out and kind of be You know man. I don't i don't know the words to say there but just to be ousted a month later is certainly not a good. Look for the new york mets. But what does this mean moving forward for the gm spots. I mean the mets are right where they were about a month ago looking to bring on a gm here but it has been reported that alderson said that the mets will not hire another gm. This offseason they said quotes. I'm very confident in the group. We have that we can move forward and move forward effectively and this is a fascinating subplot because the next step on the list for the offseason was trying to sign francisco lynn door to a long term deal and that is typically the responsibility of the general manager. And now you don't you don't have one of those so as alderson going to be running the baseball operations i would assume so. And he's going to be the one making the decision on lynn door. In which direction they go. And oh my goodness. It just adds a bunch of wrinkles to that side of things moving forward. But you know who would be the leading candidates not only this year but moving into next year of course internally. The front runner would be zach. Scott zach scott was a finalist for the gm job at wound up being hired as assistant general manager under border. So basically that means he's already working in the upper echelon of the mets they could essentially promote him without giving him that title or announcing him as strictly general manager but he could continue to make all of those moves in decisions under alderson scott had spent seventeen years working for the red sox he's become steeped in analytics in that puts him certainly at the top of the list. Moving forward now there are some fans of new york. Who want theo epstein tip potentially come in here now big market team trying to build up. It could be a rejuvenation thing for theo. But he was recently brought on at the commissioner side of things He's working for major league baseball as a whole. And i think it's a nice move because i anticipate theo epstein being the next commissioner of major league baseball i think rob manfred we all know what a horrible job rob manfred is done going back to the astros scandal. The red sox scandal all of this negotiations taking place in just every time. The guy speaks. It feels like he's putting his foot in his mouth. I mean who caused the trophy a piece of metal. You're the commissioner of the league and you're calling its most prized asset. A piece of metal. And you didn't think that any backlash was going to be coming your way. So just fascinating. But theo epstein certainly. He's not going to be making the move from the commissioner side of thing in major league baseball side of things back down to mets general manager. Here in my opinion but a couple of other names we hear. Is billy owens formerly of the oakland athletics. he's been involved with a couple of different stints. he is forty nine years old. He played for seven years in the minor leagues. He's got a scouting background. He's big into blending analytics and scouting in the eye test. And he's certainly done great things out there and oakland and he has a strong background here for a potential candidate. You also have michael hill. Who was interviewing for the phillies general manager position. He spent more than two decades with the marlins. They parted ways after the twenty twenty season even though the marlins had made the playoffs for the first time in a long time with pretty much a rundown roster that nobody had anticipated the playoffs over certainly fascinating. See him go up potentially different direction and ultimately why but you also have john rico who works internally with the mets he could potentially Get promoted it does. Seem like he will be on the team that alderson was talking about with scott and ultimately come to make team wise decisions. You have bobby heck out of the tampa bay rays organization. People have discussed with him that he could potentially move. But you know teams are not dumb. I mean even here in philadelphia when we were looking for. Gm's you look at the teams that don't come from a big market and that are always successful in turning over talent and the tampa bay rays come to mind the oakland athletics come to mind. You have the cleveland indians. Who seem to be very good year after year and a lot of teams like to pool from these types of organizations to make their moves for the next guy moving forward here but from everything. We've heard from the mets side of things. They are currently not interested in adding a gm from outside the organization here in the next month as we move forward to the twenty twenty one season. So jared porter is out. He sent unsolicited explicit photos to a former correspondents that once again. I mean. Read the article on. Espn if you want to get into a ton of detail here but Not a good. Look for the mets and not a good look for major league baseball at all here but that does it for today's episode. Everybody thanks for listening. What did we cover here today. Just to briefly recap of course at the top of the episode. We talked about the passing of don sutton. Unfortunately a los angeles dodgers great has moved on rest in peace condolences. Go out to the sutton family. We discussed all of his accolades and everything he did for major league baseball here rest in peace early. Twenty twenty one then. We talked about all the signings news rumors. The toronto blue jays making a ton of moves. They signed george springer. Michael brantley kirby. Yates a couple of other guys up there as well as the nationals. Make a move with less there. The padres at another starting pitcher with musk grove. The phillies added archie bradley. And then we talked about all the latest rumors how this affects jt. Mutoko and trevor bauer. Where do they end up. The new york yankees are still looking for starting pitching but trying to stay under the luxury tax. So a ton of stuff going on out there. But i appreciate you guys listening once again. So i'll ask you one last time here before we sign off please. Rate and review the podcast. Wherever you're listening apple podcasts. Spotify stitcher like rate review subscribe whichever platform. It's on you know. They're different buttons there. But if you leave a comment. I'll read them here on the show guys have a question. We'll talk about it. we'll discuss. It is well as head to social media jesus. Mcc baseball podcast. As well as the emcee podcast network. Check out both of those. And then lastly be a friend. Tell a friend continue to help us. 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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 425: Hall of Fame Results, Realmuto Signs, Other Moves

GSMC Baseball Podcast

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GSMC Baseball Podcast Episode 425: Hall of Fame Results, Realmuto Signs, Other Moves

"Golden state concepts baseball podcasts. We cover everything major league from spring training to the world series. Got your favorite club. Cover from new york to boston to la. This is the golden state media concepts baseball podcast. Welcome in to another edition of the gsm. See baseball podcast brought to you. By the mc podcast network. I'm your host kevin mahalick. It is thursday january twenty eighth and this is the last show of january. Twenty twenty one. We're cruising right along baby. Spring training pitchers and catchers will be here before you know it but until that time we got a great show lined up for you here today. We're gonna be talking hall of fame voting results giving you guys the updates on everything that took place on tuesday evening when the ballots were released. Then we're going to get into the big signing of the week which was jt. Rio mutoko to the phillies able to talk about my local squad here in a bit more detail than we'll touch base on all the other additional signings that happen and wrap things up with news notes rumors and where we think everything else is going to play out here in the next month or so but thanks again for listening. Let's jump right in here today. Like i mentioned first. Conversation is around the hall of fame voting results that came in on tuesday evening and it was a rare results where nobody was elected to the hall of fame here in twenty twenty one and of course there are three big names in three big stories to get into here to discuss but the fact that there was nobody elected. This was the first time that the baseball writers association of america or the b. w. a. did not elect any players since two thousand and thirteen and prior to that it had last happened in nineteen ninety six so this came after a wave of players. There were twenty two guys elected between twenty fourteen and twenty twenty and then of course this year came in with zero and one thing that surprised me was fourteen out of four hundred and one submitted ballots were left blank and that was a record. And i'm going to be honest with you. Those fourteen guys should be removed from the process. I mean honestly. Let me start by saying that my opinions here over the next ten minutes may not reflect that of my employer because i think some. You're listening to this may get a little bit upset out there but the fact that fourteen guys have the ability or the privilege. I guess i should say of voting for the baseball hall of fame and left their ballots. Blank is an absolute embarrassment to themselves and an embarrassment to the game of baseball. Because you couldn't tell me that out of a ballot that includes you know the top three of schilling bonds clemens scott rowland billy wagner gary sheffield that you don't feel that any of these players are worthy of entering the hall of fame. I'm just absolutely disgusted by that. And the amount of people who would be up in arms to just get a vote for this particular process to have fourteen individuals not submit a ballot with a name on it is just absolutely befuddling and honestly makes me feel sick to my stomach. So those fourteen guys. I know we won't know who they are because the ballot is full of cowards. Who won't make their ballots public. And i don't know again why because they're clearly ashamed of who they are or not voting for or they're scared of the backlash if you don't make your public ballot your ballot public. I think again you should just be removed. And i'm ashamed that you are even part of this process but overall that feeling just continues across the board for me here. This year. I mean the fact that curt schilling was not elected to the hall of fame is an absolute disgrace to the process. Because you're not voting on who the person is what type of guy they are who they support in politics. What they say on social media you're voting for the guy who played baseball in between the white lines and curt schilling. Strictly as a baseball player is a no doubt no brainer hall of famer. I mean the guy's got two hundred and sixteen wins over three thousand strikeouts and in the postseason. He's eleven and two with a two to three. Era one of the best post-season pitchers in the history of baseball and people are leaving them are leaving him off of their ballot because oh well i don't support who. He supports for the presidency. Or he's a homophobic sina phobic this that and the third whatever you want to say it. And whatever's been written on the internet about schilling and his preferences. Well if that's the case we should probably remove everybody from the hall of fame before the jackie robinson era because clearly every one of them was racist. They weren't playing with african americans. They weren't playing with international players. So let let's get out of the hall of fame because they're clearly racist and have horrible character i mean. Let's let's talk about walter. Johnson cy young. Everyone of them should be removed from the hall of fame because they were horrible. People who did not want to play with african americans and force them to play in the negro league. I mean it is just befuddling. How society here in twenty twenty and basically the people that vote for this fame have self-described or self proclaimed themselves as the morality police or this guy has steroid connections in. this guy. tweeted these things. It's just absolutely disgusting that these people feel it is their right to keep a hall of fame baseball player out of the hall of fame because they they do not like who he is as a person. I don't care who you are as a person. Curt schilling yeah not a great guy. I agree with you there. But that's not what this process is about. That's not what we're discussing here. We're voting on hall of fame. Baseball players not hall of fame humans. Now of course you want every person to be a good person and improve and be positive and all of that but that just doesn't happen okay. We're humans it's human nature so for the b. b. w. a. to sit there on their high pedestal that seems to get higher and higher every year and their heads seems to get bigger and bigger to be like no. I'm not voted for him because of what he tweeted back in two thousand sixteen. You are an absolute embarrassment to the sport of baseball. You are an absolute disgrace to this entire process and your vote should be rescinded immediately. As well as this goes for the other two gentlemen on the ballot barry bonds and roger clements the two guys who are most associated with the steroid era. Here in this outcome. I mean clearly both of these guys. I guess have used steroids. Even though barry bonds never failed a steroid test. he's never been banked for everybody. Just assumes quote unquote that he was using them so in a society or a country where you're innocent until proven guilty. Apparently that just doesn't happen to barry bonds. Barry bonds is clearly guilty until proven innocent and again. I'm deciding that as a hall of fame voter that even though he's never failed anything. There's enough dots there that i'm connecting to keep him out of the hall of fame i. It's just absolutely disgusting. It is gross. And you just can't race. The steroid era in major league baseball. You just can't do it. And the fact that commissioner bug seal ick who oversaw the steroid era who clearly looked the other way during their early mid late nineties early two thousands because he was enjoying the mcgwire sosa chase back and forth at brought popularity back to the game of baseball. Because he was enjoying barry bonds chasing then maguire's homerun record bringing fans into the seats. He gets enshrined into the hall of fame. The guy who oversaw the entire steroid era but the players who actually played in the era when they were doing nothing illegal again because steroid testing did not exist at the time not allowed in the hall of fame and i decide that as a voter. That's my right to be the morality police once again and say that potentially the best player in the history of baseball arguably top five definitely top three. In my opinion. I mean we. Just talk about hank. Aaron babe ruth ty cobb will. Barry bonds is up there with all the war accomplishments and everything that we've seen but he's not allowed in because he played during the era where it's just assumed one hundred percent of the guys you know. We're we're doing steroids and then on the other side. Roger clements seven time cy young award winner arguably again one of the top five or ten best pitchers in the history of the sport. He's not allowed in because he threw during this time too and it was clear that he used performance enhancing drugs. But again the guy who oversaw it the leader of the entire organization who just closed his eyes. Look the other way. Yeah let's get in. Let's have a parade for mr seelig. he's fantastic. He brought popularity back to the sport. But the guys who played and we're the reason that people actually came in to watch baseball once again and not absolutely crushed the sport. They're not allowed in. And also this gets back to just public non-public ballots because the public tracking online ryan tips. Oh i think it's how you pronounce his name. They had over seventy percent votes in the public ballots but then they come in at sixty one point six and sixty one point zero when it comes to all the ballots. So the half of the ballots. That aren't public. It's because you're ashamed or scared or afraid of the backlash that comes if you were to disclose who you actually voted for in the process. So number one make every ballot. Public have accountability for one time in your life writers association. Be willing to put your name on something that you're actually voting for and not hide in the bushes or hiding in the weeds and throw a paper airplane up in over saying. Here's my vote list. I don't know wasn't me. He got just drives me absolutely bananas. How this entire voting process works because curt schilling no doubt about it. Hall of famer barry bonds no doubt about it hall of famer roger clements. No doubt about it hall of famer are they. Good guys i don't think so. Probably not did they do something maybe to gain a performance advantage. Yeah maybe but again. It's never been proven in bonds this case so that's just your goodwill and intuition telling you that did It's just so frustrating and embarrassing and this is why baseball is in gaining in popularity like basketball or football because things like this just put a huge stain on the sport and it frustrates fans like myself. Who clearly know what should be happening but getting out of those stop three getting off of my rant there again comments questions on that conversation you want to discuss it. Further hit us up in the comments. I'm willing to read. I'm willing to discuss. I wanna talk about it with you guys. But a few other storylines. They came out here as well. Scott rowland continues to gain ground continues to have menem towards being enshrined eight time gold glove winner. Seven time all star. He was selected on just about fifty three percent of the ballots up from thirty five percent a year ago. He's benefiting of course from everybody getting in from two thousand fourteen to twenty twenty now the lesser names more votes. That scott rolen. We'll get an it'll be fascinating to see if he can jump all the way once again. Another twenty percents. Or if it'll take probably two more years to get scott rolling into the hall but the other big gainers as well todd. Helton went from twenty nine point two to forty four point nine billy wagner jumped from thirty one point seven to forty six point four gary sheffield went up from thirty to forty andrew. Jones went up from nineteen to just about thirty four so those guys continue to gain ground continue to have positive momentum. It'll be fascinating to see if they can continue that trajectory and it certainly looks like four or five of those guys could get in if this continues. I'm not sure you know. All of them are hall of fame worthy but if they get in and bonds clemens and chilling do not. That's just once again. Another reason why this is so embarrassing to the sport a baseball so nobody voted in here and twenty twenty one but there will be a ceremony that will enshrine the twenty twenty class. due to the coronavirus pandemic. there was not an a ceremony last year. So they will be celebrated this year but i also wanted to discuss the twenty twenty two ballot here briefly before we head out to Let you guys know who will be coming on next year if there will be any first time ballot or what we think will play out so the biggest name added to the list. Is alex rodriguez once again. He's performance enhancing drugs drug tests all that good stuff. So if bonds and clemens aren't in a rod certainly won't be in even though he's clearly all of fame caliber player six hundred ninety six home runs two thousand eighty six. Rbi's fourteen time all star three time mvp but you know again. The morality police. Well we'll keep him out and say hey he's not a good dude so he's not allowed to be in the hall of fame next up. Have david ortiz. Five hundred and forty one home runs ten time all star pit four fifty five and fourteen world series games. Do i think he is a first ballot hall of famer. Do i think he is a of famer absolutely. So it'll be interesting to see kind of where he fits in in your one move in next year and then it gets interesting right. Then you get to kind of that level where you know guys won't be first ballot guys but certainly can have consideration moving forward mark texeira Yes four hundred. Nine home runs. Five gold gloves. You then have jimmy rollins former. Mvp four gold gloves. Three time all star. Four hundred and seventy stolen bases. Jake peavy. Carl crawford coco crisp justin moore. No and joe nathan will be the names being added to the list so a rod should be a first ballot hall of famer but he won't be david. Ortiz will be on the bubble. And then i think mark to share and jimmy rollins will certainly be fascinating conversations. That won't happen first year but similar to scott rolen. I think as we start to look further into their careers. Years and years on the ballot. I certainly think that they could have a case in an argument because jimmy rollins. I didn't think he was all a famer. And then you look at some statistics. And he's one of one or one of two shortstops to ever accomplish certain feats when it comes to statistics but man just wrapping things up here. It's just a shame. Honestly like i said schilling not a good dude. I one hundred percent agree with that. But i'm not voting on you as a person to get into all the fame voting on you as a player and then with the era the fact that the commissioner is in the hall of fame but none of the players are is just a black stain on everything regarding cooperstown. So please do the right thing next year. Be w a police figure it out. Sir allow more younger voters and the people who didn't submit a ballot or did that was blank. Get them outta here. Remove them from the process. That's just the biggest stain and biggest embarrassment to this entire thing. But that'll wrap things up here for the first segments of the baseball podcast brought to you by the gsm. See podcast network. I'm your host kevin mahalick. We'll step aside right now for word from one of our sponsors one of our shows but when we come back we're talking philadelphia phillies and jt. Real mutoko finally. I get to discuss my flight and fills in some detail here so stick around everyone. We'll be right back. 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I'll read it here on the show. We'll talk about. it will have a fan interaction segment. I think that would be a lot of fun as i don't wanna be yelling at you guys here all the time moving forward but here we are in segment number. Two in like i mentioned finally able to discuss those philadelphia phillies. They have joined the party. This off season and now this has not yet beneficial by the team here but sources say the phillies catcher. Jt real mutoko are in agreement on a five year. One hundred fifteen point five million dollar contract and i emphasize that point five because that point one per year is what makes it. The highest average annual value in the history of major league baseball catcher's position rea- mutel had just beaten out joe mauer's contractor his extension that he signed with the minnesota twins back in twenty ten. There was an eight year. One hundred eighty four million dollar extension which gave at twenty three million dollars a year. And of course it was always. Jt's goal as the off season had started to eclipse that mark on average annual value. Second on the was buster posey. Who signed a nine year. One hundred and sixty seven million dollar extension with the giants back in two thousand thirteen and now both of these contracts being extensions with their current organizations this makes jt rio mutoko the first free agent signing to reach more than one hundred million dollars for the catcher's position but this was such an interesting negotiation to follow a phillies fan. This back and forth has been going on for just over a calendar year. Now until this point. I mean if we rewind back to last offseason real mute so in the final year of arbitration went all the way to the courts against the phillies. But it was always communicated this is strictly business no ill-will we don't hate you you don't hate us. He's just trying to set a standard for the catcher's position moving forward and ultimately the arbitrator ruled in favor of the phillies. Who awarded him a ten million dollar contract when jt had requested twelve point. Four but again you know. The communication apparently was honest. Because here we are year. Later and jt is back with the phillies. But this offseason. I got to give credit to the philadelphia organization and now former general manager matt clinton who was in the position of power last year. When jt was looking for an extension there were talks. That jt was looking at. You know something right around two hundred million dollars. One hundred and eighty million kind of seven years to ten had been floated around six and one eighty one. Seventy five certainly been discussed and clinton had the wherewithal to look into the future and forecast that real mute does market was never going to materialize at that level and throw in the corona virus pandemic. You certainly get another curve. Ball or another variable that both parties had not anticipated and his market just really did not materialize outside of philadelphia and once the mets went the route of trading berlin door signing mccain behind the dish. Then you went to toronto who focus their efforts on george springer and it really left the phillies as that big market player. Who is willing to give the years that jt was looking for. I mean i do not doubt that he could have gotten one year or two years and sixty million or thirty million per year but this guy is certainly looking for stability in terms of his career and basically calling a place home and having the length of the deal as well as the or the average annual value philadelphia was the only place that he was gonna find that so in the past week to two weeks it really just seemed like it was a matter of coming to that specific dollar amounts. We had seen rumors out there that just over one hundred million dollars had been offered. You know they were right at one ten. And of course if you're going to sign jt and you're at one ten the fact that you went to one fifteen five adding an extra one point one. A year really is not a huge deal. If they expect fans to return they expect revenue to get to pre pandemic levels know twenty three point one a year for the best catcher in baseball. Certainly feels like a nice deal for both parties. I mean the phillies didn't overpay. Ideally if you're the phillies you would have liked a four year commitment. Real mutoko was looking for a six year commitment so again good business on both sides met in the middle for five years. Give you one hundred thousand over what you're asking prices and you've got five one fifteen point five. Which was the agreement they came to. But you know looking into real mutsuo since twenty eighteen. He's number one in war or wins above replacement number one in rbi. I in stolen bases second in. Slugging percentage second and third in home runs so from the offensive perspective. Real mutoko certainly one of the top hitting catchers and defensively he has saved eleven runs according to s. Which would rank fourth among catchers over that same time frame so the guys at top one or two offensive catcher year in and year out. He's a top three or four defensive catcher year in and year out and his framing metrics continue to be positive he continues to improve defensively as well as managing the pitching staff. Because that's one of the most important components that kind of goes overlooked. Just a general fan's perspective is that these guys are calling the game. These guys are managing the pitching staff. These guys are setting up hitters in specific ways. They're looking at scouting reports. they're looking at tendencies. They're looking at weaknesses. Basically they are the quarterback of the baseball team. Everybody looks at down and distance and football zone. Man what are we. What are we looking at. Runs passes rpo. Well that's the catching position knowing tendencies. How often does he swing in this. Count what types of pitches is he looking for in this count. does he. A high ball hitter low ball hitter and utilize that strength to your pitching staff and to have guys like zack. Wheeler air nola zach. Eflin entering their prime hub. This is big to continue that. Come rotary in that partnership here moving forward into the future and of course we don't have to get into bryce harper screaming sign. Jt after he's hitting home runs. During the pandemic we had the pandemic crew ph at the beginning of that one. That was outside the stadium Yelling signed jt. archie bradley. Who had recently signed was tweeting out photos from stepbrothers with him in. Jt and sign jt and all the fans wanna jt back so you know this move doesn't make the phillies better per se than it did. A year ago it just puts them back on that same wavelength on that same level and this was a team once again that if it didn't have the worst bullpen in the history of baseball may have won a few games. I mean you look at teams that had a lead in seventh eighth or ninth inning. The phillies were right up there with the dodgers right up there with the braves the best teams in all of baseball so this now puts them back into the conversation back into consideration. If certain things go certain ways that they could get a couple of bounces guy stay healthy. They get bounced back years or improvement years from guys They could potentially be in consideration for a wildcard i. I'm writing off the division to the braves once again until somebody knocks them off. The mets of course have gotten a heck of a lot better the nationals will look to bounce back with their starting pitching staying healthy adding some pieces offensively as well so a very competitive division and then you have the marlins who somehow made the playoffs in the short season by finishing just over five hundred it was fascinating to watch them. Continue to compete and improve. So where does this leave. The phillies in regards to the salary. Cap is what i call it. But that's taboo in the baseball world. So we'll call it the luxury tax instead here and all things considered arbitration signings this that and the third the phillies are right about one. Hundred and eighty million dollars committed for twenty twenty one and the luxury tax is said at just about two hundred and ten million dollars so they still have thirty million dollars to spend before they get charged. Twenty cents on the dollar for going over and even if they do go over. I mentioned previously when talking about the yankees that nobody knows if the luxury tax is going to be a thing during the next. Cba or collective bargaining agreement players. Hate it because the teams do look at it as a salary cap and even if they have the money they don't wanna pay the interest on every dollar so they stay under that or try to get under that to reset the time clock when they could afford it. So that'll be a fascinating story line to watch but either way the phillies have about thirty million dollars to continue to try to improve their ballclub and once. Jt signed the rumors here in philadelphia. Was that they have now turned their attention to the shortstop position was their next hole or next need to fill with. Dd gregorious being a free agent. As well and there were a handful of names. They went off the board. This week is well. We're going to discuss all of them here in the next segment but there were three key free agent shortstops who are signed none of them named gregorious and none of them got over a one year contract. And this is not by coincidence or this is not by chance. And there's also a reason that dd has put his market at the two year longevity segment and that is due to the superstar class that is the free agent shortstop class of twenty twenty two so next summer the likes of avi air bias hit the market carlos correa hits the market trevor story hits the market cory seager hits the market and if they don't reach an extension which i believe they will but francisco lynn door could hit the open market. And if your dd that certainly puts you all the way down as the sixth best shortstop as opposed to maybe this off season you were third or fourth depending on your your needs or wants moving forward. So that's why the phillies. As long as pretty much. Every other team is really only looking for one year commitment out of that shortstop spot and as a phillies fan. I would love to get back last year. He signed from one year and fourteen million dollars. He was very good for them. Offensively left a little bit to be desired on the defensive side and with the ground ball pitching staff of nola f lynn and wheeler who i think were second and third or in ground ball percentage in regards to starting rotations. They're looking for the best defense that they could possibly get. So he's you know they're not going to commit two years to even though that's what he wants and if that doesn't happen again with the other top three guys signing they may chance for their attention to the second base position and they could potentially move genes segarra back to shortstop or you have scott kingery who played shortstop two summers ago and improved every day. Got better and better by the month. I mean he's not your stereotypical or homegrown shortstop but certainly could get the job done. They also have bryson stott a former first round pick who should be climbing up the rankings due to be in a college prospect. Of course he didn't get any reps last year because the minor leagues were shut down but you know he could be on the fast track to the big leagues in a year or two or the phillies have a ton of money coming off the books starting next year could look to sign one of these young guys good look to signed by says or career story and plug them into the middle of this lineup as well so that's where their energy is going to be placed here over the next couple of days. Finding out where they're going in the middle infield second base could go jonathan vr. Jonathan shoop colton has been rumored to be of interest to the phillies at that position. So that is certainly the next domino that we see falling here locally in philly but beyond that they still need depth on the pitching side of things. I mean. you're looking at those top. Three in the rotation spencer howard pencils in a your number four and that leaves vince velazquez. Still as your number five and as a phillies fan. I do not wanna watch vince. Velazquez pitch thirty times this year. I just can't do that experiment anymore. The guy takes forever in between pitches. Never seems to find the strike zone and needs to be transitioned to the bullpen where he can change his attitude a bit more an attack hitters with his quality stuff. But there's a lot of bargain still out there potentially in the starting market. I mean you got james. Paxton tajon walker. There's a ton of arms that are still available cole. Hamels from the left side. Of course he was injured last year in atlanta but last year there was talk of the phillies bringing him in and the first four guys. I talked about our from the right side. So that's why the names of like paxton hamels are being mentioned. They had interest in j a happ before he signed earlier. This off season in minnesota so pitching and shortstop position potentially centerfield could be an option. Unless they're going with the combination of atom easily in roman quinn. Once again out there mickey mony act potentially in the mix got his major league debut under his belt in twenty twenty but move still to be made here in philadelphia if they want to be considered in the running for the national league east. Because i think this move just takes them from possibly the worst team in the division to battling for third or fourth and with no expanded playoffs. You gotta at least finish second to find postseason baseball. And the fact that it'll be ten years this summer in philadelphia is certainly driving the locals crazy but a great move to bring back. Jt real mute so for both the team as well as the player rea- mutoko gets what he wants sets the record for a veep. The phillies are able to spread out his salary. Defer a little bit of money to save themselves here in twenty twenty one. And i liked the five years again for both parties here. But that'll do it for segment number. Two of the gsm see baseball. Podcast brought to you by the mc podcast network. I'm your host. Kevin mahalick step aside one more time here for word from one of our sponsors and assist or shell but when we come back we'll get you guys updated on all the other signings across major league baseball. Things are starting to get busy here as we're under a month from spring training so stick around. We're going to talk about it all. We'll be right back. Tired of searching the vast jungle of podcasts. Now listen close and here this out. There's a podcast network that covers just about everything that you've been searching. 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The top three guys went off the board or top three or four depending on who. You're talking to with the first one. Being andrew simits. The four time gold glove award winning shortstop signed a one year ten and a half million dollar deal with the minnesota twins and i put his market at candidate eight to ten million dollar range so i believe he got a little bit more than i would have been willing to pay. And that's probably the reason why he did not end up in philadelphia but the twins they wanted to improve their infield defense making addition there to help out the pitching staff. And there's nobody better defensively at the position than angleton simmons right now he will be pencilled in to the shortstop position which then will push polanco. Hey politico over to second base. And some of the metrics and defensive analytics have said that polanco has lost a step and ultimately a transition to second base will fit him better moving forward and this also moves lewis a rare as into the ultimate utility role. And if probably puts an end to the marwin gonzalez era there in minnesota. So minnesota's infield now. This is the most expensive infield that they've ever had in minnesota. You got josh donaldson over there. At third base simmons now at shortstop politico at second base. In of course. Miguel said nope playing first base for them and combined they will make forty six point. Eight million dollars this upcoming season so the twins basically looking at everybody else in the division particularly the chicago white sox and they're looking at those to be in the top tier guys because the indians Losing for endure trading carrasco basically opened up the opportunity for that wildcard or the top of the division and simmons there for a year. We'll certainly improve that defense. So if you're a starting pitcher still on the market and minnesota's potentially a landing spot for you that defense behind you certainly made that That position a little bit more appealing there in minnesota so simmons to the twins for one year ten and a half million next on the list at the shortstop spa simeon. Marcus simeon agreed with the toronto blue jays who continue to stay active. He signed a one year. Eighteen million dollar contract and honestly this was above and beyond right had his market as well. I was thinking fourteen fifteen sixteen million for simeone here but getting eighteen from toronto. Certainly a good deal for the player. Moving forward to an ad. Simeon to the list of george springer kirby yates robbie ray tyler chat would and toronto has certainly been very very busy this off season. So it'll be fascinating to see how simeon bounces back here. Because he did struggle in twenty twenty he also had a rib injury during that season he hit just two twenty three with seven home runs for them but he had a career year in twenty nineteen where he finished. Third an mvp voting in the american league. He had a two eighty five average. Thirty three home runs ninety. Two rb is certainly one of the best defensive shortstops simmons more known for his defense minnesota leaves a little bit to be desired. Offensively as to where simeon is kind of a more row. Well rounded shortstop. He's above average defensively if he hits like he did in two thousand and nineteen certainly will be above average offensively and The blue jays are hoping that he can come in and get back to those ranks in two thousand nineteen so he had a fantastic run their sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen and a one year deal in. Toronto is kind of a high risk high reward. Deal with the amount of money. They're paying him but they won't be tied to him long term which just a one year agreement so i like the addition. The blue jays put him into the infield along with boba. Shit vlad guerrero junior and you got yourself a pretty solid defense and offensive. Infield up there across the boarder or maybe in buffalo once again and to be determined on where the blue jays they're ultimately going to end up playing their games here in twenty twenty one but toronto stay active trying to fill holes and compete with the yankees who had recently made a couple of moos the third shortstop to go off the list. When i said three out of four gregorious still available. Apparently his market is down to the reds and phillies. He's looking for a two year deal. Because freddie galvez he signed a one year contract worth one point. Five million dollar deals with the baltimore orioles galveston of course had been in philadelphia for quite some years. The past couple of seasons was with the cincinnati reds and twenty twenty. He hit two twenty with seven home runs and sixteen rbis more known for his defense than his offense. But you know. Freddie can have a month or two where he gets hot runs into a couple of fast balls pop. Some out of the park but galvez is expected to take over from jose iglesias at the shortstop position iglesias was traded earlier in december to the l. a. Angels so they had an eat at the shortstop position and based on where baltimore is in there rebuild where they are in regards to their economic value in two free agents. Sleep galvez for one. Year and under two million dollars is certainly worthy of being a big league player. He can be a professional in that locker room in that clubhouse helping the young guys continue along and you know if he hits more on his career average of forty seven. I think baltimore is going to be pleasantly surprised again. I don't think you're going to get what you got out of him. And twenty nineteen where he hit. Twenty three home runs and had seventy r b is but i certainly don't think he's going to be down around two twenty here as well so baltimore. County goes right in between there and they got themselves a professional shortstop moving forward. The only fascinating deal is with all these. One year deals at the shortstop position. Like i mentioned in the previous segments with heavier bias. Carlos correa trevor story cory seager all become free agents next year. You can add simeon simons freddy garcia to that list as well and you get an extremely deep shortstop class next off season. So it'll be fascinating to see how all of those guys pan out and how the off season plays out with a potential New collective bargaining agreement happening. And it'll just be fascinating to kind of keep an eye on here moving forward. There were a few other signings. We had the detroit tigers. They signed catcher wilson ramos to a one year. Two million dollar deal there in detroit That is still pending physical. Rama's played forty five games for the mets in two thousand and twenty. He hit two thirty nine with five home. Runs and fifteen rbis and then in two thousand nineteen. He hit two eighty eight with fourteen homers. Seventy three and ramos has always been known for his offense more than his defense. He's been two time all star in his career but again he's a professional hitter. Professional at bats and for the tigers in the middle of a rebuild stage and trying to similarly to robbie grossman who they signed earlier in the off season. Basically show some of these kids what it means to be a professional what it means to go about your business you bring in a guy. Spend the all star game. He hit three. Oh seven with twenty. Two home runs for the nationals. In years past. I do like the addition once again short-term minimal money. It'll be nice for the tigers to add some offense to that team here. Moving forward so nice edition for the tiger. Signing catcher wilson ramos. Next on the list of signings. We have brad haiyt. The left handed relief. Pitcher gets ten and a half million dollars from the nationals. On a one year deal however this contracts a little bit different than most because six and a half million dollars of it will be deferred to future payments without interest so he will just receive six and a half million dollars this year and then he'll get one and a half next january three and a half the year after that in one and a half the year after that so spacing out his payments. If for some reason he falls off and doesn't find a long-term agreement he'll still get paid for the next three years by the nationals. And of course there are some concerns for hand because his fastball velocity has dropped a little bit over two miles an hour over the past two seasons he averaged only ninety one point four last year he spoke about how it was a positive that he learned how to pitch while throwing that velocity but still working to get back up to where he was in years past and i mean he led the majors with sixteen saves and certainly a figured out how to get it done without blowing the ball past people anymore and for a guy who was having a one year. Ten million dollar option declined. He finds ten and a half out there on the market but once again that ten and a half will be paid over the course of three seasons and not just one moving forward. We also have the cleveland indians. They re signed second baseman cesar hernandez hernandez signed a one year. Five million dollar deal with the indians he was a gold glove winner and twenty twenty the first second baseman to win a gold glove for the indians in quite some time there so they were very impressed with his defense as well as his offense and hernandez for the longest time is just very steady as she goes on. You're not to get probably all star season but went in the first gold glove. Sense roberto alomar for the indians certainly was a positive for them. He's a big average guy doesn't walk a lot not a ton of power. He hit two eighty three last year during the shortened season but the ninety one field percentage with only four airs and t saved four point. Seven defensive runs above average certainly lended himself to get a one year deal back with cleveland and continue his career out there for the indian so the indians they acquired a handful of middle infielders in the lynn door. Deal but these guys are kind of on the cusp up and coming. And i do believe hernandez i will be able to continue in their development and help bring them along the last signing we have. Is thomas stella. The second baseman formerly of the oakland athletics as well as the los angeles angels looks like he is in agreement with the san francisco giants on a three year deal no word yet on the money involved with the contract but a nice signing for the giants he was very good for the angels last year as well as the as i finished the year hitting two eighty nine over the course of the season. Very good defensively as well. He was second in regards to strike outs only behind. Dj lemay hugh struck out only twelve times in one hundred ninety six at bats and this aligns exactly with what gabe kappler and the analytics movement is telling you out there in san francisco. Put the ball in play on base. Continue to make contact because obviously with the home. Run or strikeout swing. That's been overtaken major league baseball. This'll be a nice change of pace out there in san francisco so they're very happy with this agreement i mean before the angels the braves cubs That's where stella wasn't i think san francisco fans listening to this are going to enjoy. Tommy la- stella that does it for the signings but there was one trade as well this week and it was a little bit fascinating because it was between the hated rivals. Boston red sox in the new york yankees the yankees shipped out right handed relief pitcher adema lovie no to the red sox for cash and a player to be named later. The yankees also sent over a prospect who was ranked number twenty four in their minor league system. Right handed pitcher frank german. Who will be sent that way. The connection there to boston is that higham bloom. The new general manager was a big fan of her maine's when he was with coming out of the draft he went in the fourth round of the yankees but apparently tampa bay at that time was very high on them so high on bloom essentially gets his guy a few years later for the red sox said this was the first trade between these two teams since two thousand fourteen and from a yankees perspective. It was certainly a salary dump based on what we talked about. He he got a nine million dollar salary this year. Vino the books which will allow them to kind of engage. Talks with brett gardner potentially some other relief pitching options. Jeremy jeffers alex colom darren. O'day still out there on the market. Probably won't be receiving a nine million dollar price tag that came with o. Davino and from boston's perspective. They get a nice salad relief pitcher as well as a prospect who general manager was a big fan of for the past couple of years so a good deal for both teams. This allows the yankees to make some additional moves and this improves boston's roster both today as well as potentially down the road if fraker main pans out like they believe he will so Inactive week this week and major league baseball with a run on shortstop and you know now it's basically up to the big fish to figure out where they're ultimately going to end up and all eyes right now are currently on trevor bauer in which direction he could head in. So we'll step aside here now one last time for a word from one of our sponsors and a word from our sister shows but when we come back i'll get you guys up to date on all the latest news notes rumors everything coming out of major league baseball as spring. Training is coming down the pike hair so things are starting to heat. Up teams are starting to make moves and it's becoming a lot more fun to discuss with you guys but that'll do it for segment number three. I'm your host kevin. Mahalick will be right back. 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O'day the right handed sidearm. Relief pitcher will be joining the new york yankees. So of course the yankees move on from v now to clear some cap space and they're gonna fill that hole the very next day by adding darren o'day to the bullpen corpse. Here moving forward so fascinating. How things are happening by the minute out here. And we're going to keep you guys up to date on everything going on across major league baseball so Outside of players rumors notes Let's touch on a recent proposal. Major league baseball had sent over to the players association regarding the two thousand twenty one season and some rules that have yet to be determined. Well apparently the players association has rejected a proposal that would have installed the universal d. h. into the national league in exchange for an expanded post-season and additional money. So what does this exactly mean. Why would the players turned down the d. h. For the expanded postseason. Well because one the league knows that they're essentially going to win this agreement because basically the fact that adding fifteen dha positions too again half the league and as what considered a quote unquote low skill position according to owners general managers because again no defense involve just offensive. Those fifteen new starting jobs won't necessarily translate into kind of big spending or ram bit spending across the national league especially in this offseason when people are still counting pennies and dealing with the economic fallout of the corona virus. So this is kinda fascinating where the players are basically saying. Yeah that's not a fair trade because the amount of money that the league is going to make with an expanded postseason and there were reports that major league baseball was close to selling its broadcasting rights to additional playoff rounds to espn. This deal is slated to begin in twenty twenty two. Which again kind of makes you think that in this new. Cba this is certainly something that mlb is going to want in. Not waver on but the players are no you're gonna make a ton more money than us here in twenty twenty one. And when i say us i mean literally fifteen individuals so you as a league and all thirty two teams are gonna get richer and we're only gonna get about fifteen people to get paid. Maybe a little bit more than they would so the players association shut that down pretty quickly and if they can't come to an agreement they will go back to the original. Cba so there won't be expanded playoffs. The d. h. Only being the american league and it'll be kind of fascinating to go back to that with four playoff teams on each side and no longer five only one wildcard team which has a phillies fan. I would like to see the expanded post-season due to what's going on in atlanta new york washington philadelphia. Miami certainly going to be tough to be that only one squad who gets in and even in the nfl east. I mean if you're the braves mets and nationals only two of those teams maximum would be able to get into the post season so it certainly makes things a bit more interesting. So conversation in negotiations continue to be a little contentious between both sides. Nobody really willing to give in order to get. Both sides still remained selfish in their requests. And it's just going to set up a a fascinating negotiation and discussion at the end of this regular season when the ten year. Cba runs out from their two thousand and eleven terms in discussions but no d. h. As of now in the national league no expanded playoffs and personally. I don't think those things will be implemented by the time the year starts so i think we're going to go back to the old school rules here in major league baseball for this summer but now to the news and notes. Some rumors happening out there. I guy i mentioned it. We'll start with trevor bauer. Apparently recent reports have now come out that the new york mets are quote favorites for whatever. Bauer there's been some conversation around that. There is a deal north of thirty million dollars per year. Now of course garrett. Cole holds the league record for average annual value for a pitcher at thirty six million dollars a year and bauer was looking to be competitive with that style of market. So i do not believe he'll exceed garrett cole but him getting at least thirty million dollars is certainly a fascinating development here over the course of at least four seasons and i mean just pencilling in bauer into that mets rotation jacob degrom carlos carrasco strom in there as well and potentially thor noah syndergaard if he comes back off and injury in that rotation is absolutely loaded. Adlon door to that offense in man. The new york. Mets are certainly going to be a team to mess with in the national league east because the tampa bay. Excuse me the toronto blue jays seemed to be out on the hour. Sweepstakes which really leaves the mets and then the quote unquote mystery team. That staying out there and we're going to hear that a couple of times here over the next ten minutes but the mystery team i would pencil in as the la angels as well as the l. a. dodgers having conversations with bauer. Both of those teams are looking for more of a short term style of contract. Maybe two to three seasons. And that's where it certainly would make the mets the favorite if they are willing to expand and give that fourth year still at thirty plus million dollars but with ria mutoko sign spring signed. Bauer remains counted. That loan big fish still available out there to potentially be added here in the next couple of weeks before pitchers and catchers are expected to report so man the mets just continue to be in on everybody continue to be spending money them in toronto have gone the opposite direction of most teams in regards to spending money and trying to improve their ball clubs but that rotation degrom bauer stroman. Goodness gracious throwing carrasco is a number four. And that's gonna be a tough out for anybody in the postseason so keep an eye out on that for trevor. Bauer here in the next couple of days potentially agreeing with the mets. It'll be fascinating development if it does happen the next Trade rumor we have here. Is the chicago cups. Apparently the cubs have slowed down the kris bryant trade market. They've informed kris bryant that he will be returning to the cubs. Unless they get a quote sweetheart end quote type of deal and yes there are still conversations happening. People have discussed the new york mets being involved the blue jays being involved once again because kris bryant does have a price tag of just over nineteen million dollars coming with him here this off season. The atlanta braves said ben rumored to be in contact earlier the washington nationals as well but it certainly seems like the cubs have kinda soured on the idea of just shipping out bryant and return to get prospects similar to the u. Darvish deal where people were trying to figure out what the heck they were doing in san diego so i think kind of that push back in that feedback on the market and the public. I lended them to be a bit more hesitant on. Just ship and chris bryan outta town even though he'll be a free agent this next offseason on it certainly doesn't look like he will be returning to chicago but it could. It could mean that he could be a mid year trade acquisition. I mean again last year. Brian struggled hitting just over two hundred. But he's a former national league. Mvp and if he starts out their season march april may have an himself a good summer hitting back closer to eighty driving the ball. Then the cubs may get that sweetheart offer from the teams out there but also it only be a half a year commitment for the receiving team. So i don't know if they're going to go above and beyond giving those prospects when there's no guarantee that bryant would resign with whichever club trades for him so. I think that the asking price will go down a little maybe in quantity but not as quite much in quality so you could get two or three prospects that are better prospects as opposed to four or five who are more mid to lower term here if you're the cubs in you're asking price around kris bryant another trade rumors coming out of the nfl. Central josh hader left handed relief pitcher for the milwaukee brewers arguably the best relief pitcher in baseball. If not top five certainly he continues to still be available but there is a quote overwhelming and quote asking price on what they're asking for for hater and this has driven off some potential suitors snout. There were rumors that the yankees could be involved. But this was prior to the darren o'day citing that took place here on the twenty seventh and i don't think that the yankees are gonna want to give up three four. Maybe five prospects in order to bring josh hader to town but the appeal with hader as opposed to bryant is that hater is under contract for two additional seasons at a very reasonable price. I believe he's right around six million dollars this year upwards to ten here moving in the future but again there's a bit more stability in a bit more longevity that will come with trading for josh hader then would come for kris bryant only potentially being in your ball club for a summer so hater himself. I think he's the biggest piece still left out there when it comes to the relief market but in regards to just pay capital or money and instead of prospects. That's where things certainly get complicated with hater but again the brewers are still listening and hater can be had for the right price. The brewers are are also rumored to be interested in outfielder eddie rosario. They're looking to upgrade their outfield position. Rosario was cut loose by the twins in a cost. Cutting measure for minnesota. He's a nice. Little leftfielder switch hitter has some pop ben. An all star in the past. And milwaukee is looking to bring in some offense as look into canada retool and rebuild the roster that could certainly be a nice addition for milwaukee but you know other teams circling the wagon out there. We heard the giants interested in rosario so there is a market for him and it'll be fascinating to which point that ultimately drives his price tag here moving forward. The next rumor colton wong the second baseman. Formerly of the saint louis cardinals. His market is starting to heat up and it is kind of fascinating. Now you can see the tears of free agents where the top guys okay. This is who everybody's involved with. How much are they going to get. Where are they going to go all of a sudden there's a run on shortstops. Simeon simons galvez d. Probably next to now. People are transitioning their focus over to the second base position because middle infielders. Typically you have a utility guy you can swing either way. So at the case of the phillies. They've transition now checking in on colton wrong because they can move scott kingery back to the shortstop position but the phillies aren't the only ones rumored to be interested. There are a ton of other teams checking in on wong of course. The cardinals aren't going to let him walk without having discussions. You have the detroit. Tigers having conversations. It's also rumored that the seattle mariners the tampa bay rays and then even the chicago cubs are interested in having votes and the cubs. Losing by as here moving forward would be looking at wong. As a potential two to three year replacement similarly with the phillies look and kind of short term but colton wanna professional infielder. He's been very good for saint louis. The last number of years at that second base spot certainly a professional hitter and a guy who knows how to win coming from a great organization. He is now kind of next on that tier where people are looking okay. Dvd or colton. Which way do we want to go here in our middle infield and ultimately can we make a decision so we could get some action on colton long hair by the end of the week or by the end of the weekend. Depending on when you're listening to this the last rumor we have out. There involves justin turner just in terms. It seems that a reunion with the la dodgers is becoming more and more imminent teams out there. There was talk that the blue jays could be interested but since they signed markelle simeon for eighteen million dollars. It certainly seems that twenty two twenty two million a year that turner is looking for is not going to be within the budget for the blue jays so you can cross them off the list and basically that leaves the dodgers involved. There's rumors that the brewers are in on justin turner and then there is that third quote unquote mystery team that we spoke about that. Nobody can identify but everybody knows out. There everybody's talking everybody. We're hearing word of a third team a third team and you know none of these beat writers day-to-day guys have been able to figure out which one but again. The brewers don't have a ton of money as well as turner has made it known that he wants to play for a world series contender so the l. a. Dodgers would certainly fit that mold over. The milwaukee brewers. We don't know who the mystery team is. And where they stand in the standings or their goals this year so if turner's probably willing to take i dunno sixteen eighteen twenty million as opposed to that twenty two twenty four twenty six that he's ultimately looking for i believe turner returning to the dodgers two years thirty nine. Thirty eight million dollars is ultimately going to be the best situation for both parties there so turner can keep chasing his ring at the end of his career. The dodgers have the money to spend short term. So if they're looking at a two year packed. I think ultimately that one does get done out there in la but That's really it on the rumor mill. Of course there are still a ton of free agents available a ton of relief pitchers available but things continued to develop slowly when it comes to the pitching market starter. Still out there and a ton of teams need starting pitching. So i think they're waiting for that market to kinda stabilize. Come down and then we could see. Continue to see a flurry of action here. Moving forward but that'll wrap things up for today's episode of the baseball podcast. Thanks for listening again. Everyone if you guys enjoyed today show be a friend. Tell a friend out there. Sheriff's send a text posted on social media at the very least please rate and review the podcast like subscribe. Leave a comment once again. I know i had a hot take their and segment number one regarding the hall of fame voting. So if you guys have a comment me a shout let me know how you feel but if not certainly posted shares with your friends checkout social media. That goes a long way for continuing to help us grow here within the market. Moving forward. but that'll do it for today. January twenty eighth another episode in the books. I hope you guys enjoyed it. I know i had a lot of fun out here. 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