Von Hayes

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  1. Gregory Polanco 2017 Outlook

    Yep, and his upcoming schedule looks promising. Obviously he's got Coors Field this weekend, then @SF he'll face Matt Cain and HR-prone Samardzija, and then he heads to SD to face their mediocre pitching, then a homestand against CIN and then SD again.
  2. Anthony Rendon 2017 Outlook

    No, I'm sure Dusty has a super good reason for hitting Ryan F'ing Raburn second against lefty starters.
  3. Eric Thames 2017 Outlook

    He is about to play at Cincinnati with three righties scheduled to start for the Reds, including a rookie and pitcher named Homer. We should expect a barrage of offense from Mr. Thames, correct?
  4. 6 19 2017 Game day Thread

    It was your word choice. Postponed means cancelled. I think you meant delayed until 7:30.
  5. 6/14 Game Day Thread

    Does anyone know why Dusty Baker bats his pitchers when he knows he's going to be pulling them the next inning? Roark was clearly done but he still hit and then was replaced the next half inning. Dusty just likes to give away outs?
  6. Jose Pirela 2017 Outlook

    I think the Rotographs section of their site has really gone downhill over the last year or two. The actual Fangraphs articles and chats (particularly the Eno Sarris and Paul Sporer chats) are very good.
  7. Jonathan Lucroy 2017 Outlook

    This was my plan until I recently noticed Wilson Ramos on the wire in my league. The Buffalo sits patiently on my DL now and if he starts off looking good (and possibly gets to DH when he isn't catching), I think I might have to drop Lucroy, particularly if it's just more of the same from him over the next couple of weeks.
  8. June Closer Thread 2017

    I think facing 2-3-4 or 3-4-5 or 4-5-6 or 5-6-7 could still be considered high leverage depending on the lineup and where the lineup stands at that point in the game once you factor that it's the National League and you've got pinch hitters and double switches which creates all sorts of unpredictable lineup scenarios. I think a manager (in the NL especially) could get too cute trying to play that game and end up in a situation where he's throwing Rivero against Trea Turner, Wilmer Difo, and Bryce Harper (1-2-3), but then letting Nicasio face Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon (4-5-6) and maybe Adam Lind pinch hitting if a guy gets on, for example. I think the more likely scenario for a Nicasio save is that Rivero could get brought into the 7th when there are men on base and PIT has a small lead and needs him to put out the fire. That's when Nicasio would likely be lined up to take the 9th. But trying to line up your relievers based on where in the order things are just seems a little too messy and unrealistic to me, particularly in the NL.
  9. Mark Reynolds 2017 Outlook

    Except for when you're conversing about tacos. Because those things are delicious. Period.
  10. Chris Devenski 2017 Outlook

    With long reliever Brad Peacock starting tonight's game and Devenski not having pitched in 5 days, I'm guessing Devenski could end up pitching 3-4 innings and could put himself in the position to get the win, depending on circumstances and how he pitches, of course. I'm calling 4 innings, 2 hits, 1BB, 6 Ks, and the W!
  11. Ian Happ 2017 Outlook

    Sure, that's why I was willing to make the move. I'm just taking issue with the "no downside" and "you lose nothing" part of your argument.
  12. Ian Happ 2017 Outlook

    It's not that simple, of course. You do have to drop someone to pick up Happ, so there could be downside if you drop someone who ends up blowing up. I grabbed him in my 10-team league with shallow benches, but I did so recognizing the potential downside of that move. I had to drop a former stud OF who is currently underperforming but has shown signs of bouncing back. He may get scooped up while I roster Happ. And I may regret that move if Happ goes back down or underperforms.
  13. Stephen Strasburg 2017 Outlook

    His calf was cramping. He was sweating like a pig (he often does during muggy games) and he got a cramp. He was pissed that he couldn't get through the 6th and get that QS for us. I imagine he'll be fine moving forward. There is something in the demeanor of this year's Strasburg that's different from past years. He seems tougher, angrier when things don't go well, but also more focused and in control in those situations. (Nats fan here, so I've watched most of his starts in his career.) I feel like Scherzer's intensity might finally be rubbing off on him. He's still maddening at times but I think this could be the year he finally puts it all together.
  14. Jason Vargas 2017 Outlook

    We feeling ok about his start tonight? FWIW, Vegas has the Royals as big favorites tonight, behind only the Dodgers (Kershaw) and Houston (McCullers). The line jumped from KC -155 to -186 after the lineups were announced. No Avisail Garcia for White Sox.
  15. 5/1 Gameday Thread

    Hooray! Encarnacion is going to start hitting and stop striking out so much now that it's May! 6-6 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs for him today? Too conservative?