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  1. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    Cards prez John Mozeliak on keeping vs. trading Martinez, via STL Post-Dispatch: As they decide a direction in the coming week, the Cardinals could explore what Martinez could yield from an AL team. “Yeah, at some point,” Mozeliak said. “Right now, that asset could be a great bat off the bench. Obviously, long term, that is something we need to think through.”
  2. Vent & Rant Thread 2018

    In one league, I almost drafted Scherzer over Kershaw in the first round, but foolishly went back to Kershaw. Then in the second round, I decided at the last second to draft J.D. Martinez over Joey Votto, but the system said I clicked a split-second too late even though there was 1 second on the clock. So instead of Scherzer-J.D. Martinez in rounds 1-2, I started my team with Kershaw-Votto. I'm in third place right now. You think that made a difference?
  3. Vent & Rant Thread 2018

    See my post a little up the page. I feel you. This is why my stress levels surge in the last 40% of baseball season.
  4. July Closer Thread 2018

    Strop gets the last out with ease. I wonder if anyone like me had picked up and dropped Cishek and then Edwards during the evening, only to wind up owning guess No. 3.
  5. July Closer Thread 2018

    Thanks for that last tidbit, I didn't realize that. It does make sense.
  6. July Closer Thread 2018

    Edwards is warming right now with baserunners on in the eighth against Wilson.
  7. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    In between, he had said he was going to use the all-star break to see a swing guru named "Sosa," presumably not Sammy, who helped J.D. Martinez and Jose Martinez. Then he homers in his first at-bat. Whatever Sosa did for him, I'm asking no questions. Seriously though, he's admittedly had trouble catching up to fastballs with his swing out of whack, so Kyle Hendricks maybe wasn't the best barometer tonight. But the confidence of going 4-for-5 over two games doesn't hurt.
  8. Yasiel Puig 2018 Outlook

    Just speculation here from the LA Times article, but it makes sense: "The Dodgers may need to trade an outfielder before the July 31 deadline, which could end Puig’s tenure in the organization."
  9. Yasiel Puig 2018 Outlook

    What does the presumed Machado trade mean for his playing time when he’s healthy? According to the Rotoworld Dose, you’d have Kemp LF, Bellinger CF and then Puig and Pederson vying for right field at bats, correct? If that’s a platoon, Puig’s on the weak side.
  10. Carlos Gonzalez 2018 Outlook

    His home stats have steadily been .300+ BA, .500+ SLG. He's worth keeping around for that alone if you can play matchups.
  11. Marcell Ozuna 2018 Outlook

    I may not have held if it wasn't for that three-week or so stretch where he hit like he did last year. But then he inexplicably went back into April '18 mode. I don't know if he can get it back again, but it feels to early to give up.
  12. Jose Martinez 2018 Outlook

    I actually listened to that interview with Schildt. He did say that the lineup Sunday was thinking in terms of who’s going to start most of the time, qualifying it with, “of course we’ll tweak it some.” But then again, Pham was on the bench too. As bad as he’s been, it’s hard to believe he would consider Fowler a starter over Pham. So I don’t know what to think. i read somewhere that it’s basically a management directive to get better on defense, and Matheny had already begun benching Martinez most days, except when they played in an AL park. Schildt appears to be continuing that for now. But what if the offense completely flatlines without him? And does he play every day again if one of the outfielders or Carp or Gyorko get injured? Knowing my dropping luck this year he’d probably find his way into every day at bats again as soon as I drop. But it’s tough to roster a part timer who’s only chance is someone else’s injury or a trade.
  13. July Closer Thread 2018

    Game story on STL Post-Dispatch says it’s believed to be minor and he should be back after the break. Manager Shildt didn’t say exactly what the issue was, just that he expects him to be ready Thursday.
  14. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    He said in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article that he's using the All-Star break to visit a swing guru, "Sosa," who's worked with J.D. Martinez and Jose Martinez, to get him into the right position. I'm at least going to see if that pays any dividends.
  15. Tommy Pham 2018 Outlook

    He's hit safely in 4 of his last 18 starts, during which he's 8-for-65 with all of those hits coming in a five game stretch in the middle. Egads.