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  1. June Closer Thread 2018

    Not that I own him but nothing wrong with that speculative add...
  2. Juan Soto 2018 Outlook

    He hit a similar one in the minors this year in which the 3b pointed straight up as if it were a pop up. That's a professional ball player reacting to something he saw a thousand times. This time out...
  3. Juan Soto 2018 Outlook

    Damn my keeper auction budget is going to be totally blown through the roof!!
  4. June Closer Thread 2018

    And perhaps Whitley is added to the bullpen as well. I am not concerned that the Astros have to get another closer - they might or might not. Either way I think they are ok. I am just suggesting Giles must be a major concern for management.
  5. Juan Soto 2018 Outlook

    IMO this is the best take on the situation. Soto will play a lot but is likely to be out every once in awhile. He doesn't deserve to be but there are multiple player issues going on and it will surely affect all three outfielders. If Soto keeps up what he's done thus far he may force the issue once and for all. But at least in the short term with Eaton back and Taylor hitting well and being their best CF I expect 1 or 2 days off a week. If Taylor starts sucking it up again then he'll surely sit.
  6. June Closer Thread 2018

    And the year before that as well. On top of that and most importantly last year's playoff meltdown. This happening every year is not a good thing. He's clearly not trusted and doubt management will want to use him in a tight playoff situation again.
  7. June Closer Thread 2018

    After Rondon's 3rd save in a row the manager stated that both will see save opportunities going forward. It's a standard type of response when the previous closer is looking like he's losing a grip to a new one. This was a nice three run lead to play with so not surprising they went with Giles today. He closed it and thus keeps his name in the mix. If it had been a 1 run lead today I would have been more surprised had they gone to Giles after Rondon's good run. Unfortunately, it seems that Giles' confidence is something the manager has to continually consider and manage.
  8. CJ Cron 2018 Outlook

    He's only struck out 4x during that time and only twice in his last 19 AB. Don't know the advanced stats but it looks like he's just running into some bad luck. For a slugger he does not strike out much. Unfortunately, he doesnt walk a lot either.
  9. CJ Cron 2018 Outlook

    dude is on pace for a lot of homers now...
  10. Jordan Hicks 2018 Outlook

    He has already been the main set up man for the last few weeks...
  11. Fernando Tatis, Jr.- 3B/SS San Diego

    I don't think so especially not over Vlad (no matter where he plays). Vladdy could be a fantasy first rounder in short time but can't see Tatis ever being that high - at least not in San Diego. When's the last time a Padre was a top 20 hitter??? I think if Tatis was in a better landing spot he might be in the conversation but even then Vladdy's numbers are truly amazing.
  12. Middle Relievers 2018 Outlook

    I read somewhere that he used to throw triple digits but that he had Tommy John a few years ago and last year was kind of a write off with diminished velocity. Obviously, he's throwng harder again but apparently also added a third pitch (can't recall what) as well. Hard to know if what he's doing is long term or not but he has great numbers in 2018. He struck out a good rate years ago and was in the Rockies organization recently to go along with the injury so the noise on him may have suffered. Outside of that I personally can't say much more.
  13. June Closer Thread 2018

    Nope. I don't think that matters when his overall body of work includes some very shaky performances. And as someone mentioned earlier Giles is not going to be the guy anyone is going to trust come playoff time. Not after last year's implosion. He has great stuff but obviously not mentally tough at times. I would be surprised if Rondon is the full time closer come playoff time as well though.
  14. June Closer Thread 2018

    That was a legit double play ball...
  15. June Closer Thread 2018

    Ok but overall it can be said that the best pitchers are those that allow the fewest base runners. Thus whip in combination with high Ks and low bb is your best way to find something worthwhile. ERA can't be completely ignored (some pitchers are better at stranding runners) but with relievers it can be skewed quite easily with a bad outing.