Chat with David Schoenfield
Welcome to Sportsnation! On Wednesday, ESPN.com's SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield stops by to chat some baseball.
Schoenfield is a senior writer for ESPN.com and he's been with ESPN.com since 1995 and has served in a variety of roles, including baseball editor, Page 2 senior editor and writer, and even interim soccer editor. He grew up in Seattle rooting for the Mariners, believes Edgar Martinez should be in the Hall of Fame and had no issues with Felix Hernandez winning the Cy Young Award despite a 13-12 record.
Send your questions now and join Schoenfield Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET!
David Schoenfield (4:00 PM)
Good afternoon, everyone. Let's talk some baseball.
Steven (Sinking Spring, PA)
Why would the Phillies not insist on Gary Brown to be included in the Pence deal? At least that could have filled a needs in the OF in a yr or 2! Also, were they in that much of a salary dump mode to just give Pence away?
David Schoenfield (4:03 PM)
Well, three possible reasons: Maybe the Giants wouldn't include him; maybe the Phillies liked Tommy Joseph better; maybe Gary Brown just isn't that good. Joseph is, what, three years younger at the same level? That's a huge difference in potential. Brown also has a pretty strong platoon split. And for all his speed, his stolen-base success rate is pretty poor.
jake det mi [via mobile]
Is verlander worn out? Hitters are getting to him early especially the long ball.
David Schoenfield (4:04 PM)
He's fine. Two "rough" starts is nothing to be concerned about.
Lane ((LaBelle, FL))
Who wins the NL East this year?
David Schoenfield (4:06 PM)
I'm starting to think the Braves will pull out. Strasburg has to sit at some point (and hasn't been quite as dominant lately). Gio's control is starting to wander. Desmond is out. Meanwhile, Maholm wasn't a sexy pickup, but he's such a big upgrade over Jurrjens it will help. Although Hanson just went on the DL.
from now until the end of next season, domonic brown's war is over or under 2.5
David Schoenfield (4:06 PM)
Will the Reds go anywhere in the playoffs with a team leadoff OBP (mainly Cozart and Stubbs) of about .240?
David Schoenfield (4:07 PM)
Good question. It doesn't help, of course. I still wonder if Reds will eventually settle in with a Phillips/Stubbs/Votto/Ludwick/Bruce/Frazier lineup, considering Ludwick has been hitting well of late and Dusty may "trust" him in the cleanup spot.
Ankur (West Virginia)
Kimbrel or Chapman... If forced to choose one, who ya got?
David Schoenfield (4:09 PM)
Man ... edge to Kimbrel. Less likely to get beat on two walks and a bloop, I guess.
Turner (Boise, ID)
"In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance, you haven't." But the M's have won 6 in a row and are actually starting to score some runs. What has been the biggest change you have noticed?
David Schoenfield (4:10 PM)
Playing the Royals helped a lot. Facing Ricky Romero (about as bad as any starter right now) and Aaron Laffey helped.
Mark (Lyme; CT)
As a Redsox fan I was ashamed to see Beckett booed when he left the game last night. I have never seen an injured player booed before.
David Schoenfield (4:11 PM)
I understand the frustration, but pretty classless on the part of Red Sox fans. But considering some of the things I've heard chanted at Fenway, not exactly a surprise.
I love that Reds lineup you just posted. Give Dusty a call please.
Squall (Balamb Garden)
How come a pitcher's season workload (i.e., Strasburg) is thought of in terms of innings, but his game workload is thought of in terms of pitch count? In other words, why don't we place more emphasis on season pitch count instead of season innings?
David Schoenfield (4:13 PM)
Well, we can't assume the Nationals are looking only at innings. It's a little simpler to say "160" innings than 2,400 pitches or whatever. But even more important than innings or total pitches is high-stress innings -- 25 or 30-plus pitches in one inning. Too many of those may be more damaging than more innings or more total pitches.
Who won the Pirates/Jays trade of Snider/Lincoln - in your eyes? And does Sanchez or Snider help them this year at all - gut feeling?
David Schoenfield (4:15 PM)
Gut feeling ... Lincoln remains a solid reliever. Snider doesn't develop, maybe a platoon outfielder at best. Good risk by Pirates, but not sure Snider helps too much. Sanchez ... not sure what happened there, but he's been bad since last year's All-Star break (remember, he was an All-Star!) He can help in a platoon role against lefties. But no major impact from either guy.
Maybe I'm crazy, but with the Phillies dealing Victorino AND Pence and thereby clearing some significant payroll next year, as well as two-thirds of their outfield, do you think there's any chance the Phillies might be a player for Josh Hamilton in the off-season? He would replace the power bat they lost in Pence, and when he's right, he's arguably the best hitter in the game. If Domonic Brown can make it and they can fill center field on the cheap, paying for Hamilton would be less than what they would have paid for both Pence and Victorino.
David Schoenfield (4:17 PM)
Hmm ... I'd have to run the math on the Phillies' payroll for next year. Schierholtz is actually a good platoon outfielder. Unfortunately, that's probably what Mayberry is. So that's one. Maybe Brown is two. Maybe a guy like Michael Bourn is more likely? Wouldn't cost as much, gives them an elite defender in center and a solid leadoff guy.
Why are the Nationals still not getting respect from anyone?
David Schoenfield (4:18 PM)
We had them No. 2 in the Power Rankings this week. Is that not enough respect? http://espn.go.com/mlb/powerrankings/_/season/2012/week/18
Guy (Enfield NH)
You think it's ok to boo a home player when they are obviously hurt....I think the stupid sports talk radio fuels the fire, I used to listen to it but I can't take much of it anymore here....
David Schoenfield (4:20 PM)
I didn't say it was OK. I said it was classless. I have to be careful here (no media criticism!) but it does seem like the Boston media has become a little, umm, overzealous in recent years.
Who do you think is the best closer in the MLB
David Schoenfield (4:21 PM)
Kimbrel. In fact, looking ahead to the playoffs ... how teams have lockdown closers on paper right now? Should be a key subplot during the postseason.
Troy (WA) [via mobile]
I know Smoak can cause cancer, and maybe Ichiro can too. Can we now start to believe in the Mariners rebuild after what weve seen since the all star break. 13-6; Montero raking, Ackley doing better, actually some 1st base production, and some great pitching. Do you think that the M's might just be closer than we think especially looking at run differential? How bout Capps, Pryor, and Wilhelmsen in the bullpen all able of 100 mph!
David Schoenfield (4:23 PM)
Will be exciting to see Pryor and Capps the rest of the season. Mariners' run differential is only six fewer than the Tigers. Pretty incredible when you compare the rosters. I need to take a closer look. The home/road splits are still so odd and extreme this year it makes it difficult to evaluate a lot of those players. BUT ... find a first baseman, a good No. 2 starter and another outfielder for next year and ... you never know.
Troy (Seattle) [via mobile]
Maybe just maybe the Mariners can get some offense in the offseason and a vet (Swisher) and do some things. That bullpen looks dominant like late 80's Reds dominant. Flamethrowers Pryor, Capps, Wilhelmsen, Lefties Luetge and Furbush and whomever you want with em. Are the Mariners with a couple pieces, a lot closer to contention than people realize? All we need is to win a wild card spot next year and hand it too Felix for that one game. Two years our pitching staff could be filthy.
David Schoenfield (4:24 PM)
Oops, didn't mean to publish another from Troy. Let's move on. Go Mariners!
Ackley is hitting .179 over the last 30 days....is he really doing better?
David Schoenfield (4:25 PM)
And he's one guy who isn't hitting on the road either -- .237, .677 OPS. Huge disappointment, obviously.
JP (Columbus, OH)
Aroldis Chapman is currently on pace for the single-season highest adjusted ERA+ in history. Pedro Martinez was 291 in 2000, but Chapman's sitting at 296! Just a factoid.
David Schoenfield (4:26 PM)
You're comparing a starter to a guy who is going to throw 60 innings?
David Schoenfield (4:27 PM)
And Chapman's won't be the highest. Probably not even close. Eckersley had a 0.61 ERA in 1999 -- 603 ERA+!
Can we get your thoughts on the odd ending to the Tigers-Red Sox game last night? Have you seen a situation like that before?
David Schoenfield (4:29 PM)
I'll be honest ... was at the doctor today. What happened? Did the Tigers have runners on base when it was called?
Morneau...he clears waivers and goes _________?
David Schoenfield (4:29 PM)
I think they'll get more if they wait until the offseason, BUT ... if they do find a taker ... aren't the Dodgers the perfect match?
In last night's game at Fenway, as a Tiger fan I booed when they called the game once the Tigers loaded the bases in the 6th!
David Schoenfield (4:30 PM)
Ahh, OK ... I figured that's what happened. I'm guessing the umpires were told it was just a passing storm or something. How hard was it raining at that time?
James (Atlanta, GA)
Moving Medlen to the rotation means Jurrjens won't be starting even with Hanson out. Looks like from last night that Jurrjens is getting mop up duty in blowouts now.
David Schoenfield (4:31 PM)
Right, Medlen should be a solid No. 5 guy. Maybe won't go deep into games, but Hanson hasn't been doing that either.
JP (Columbus, OH)
I was making no comparison. Just a random factoid, as I stated. I sowwy.
David Schoenfield (4:32 PM)
Haha. Apology accepted!
Dan (Whitby, Ontario)
What's your take on the Jays' OF Moises Sierra - league avg. starter, 4th outfielder,..? Yesterday on the Fan590 Alex A. said he projects to be a Nelson Cruz type, with THE best arm in the game right now, talk about hyperbole!
David Schoenfield (4:35 PM)
Wow, didn't realize his arm was that good. Cruz seems like an interesting comparison. It took Cruz a few years to settle in, get a chance and finally produce, so we'll see how Sierra develops. I suspect there will be learning curve. Triple-A numbers look OK on the surface, but that was Las Vegas. Don't expect him to produce right away.
Who will win the NL West?
David Schoenfield (4:36 PM)
I think it's a coin flip right now between all three teams. May write on the NL West tonight and examine it a little more closely. But I suspect Arizona may be the best team moving forward.
How many more peak years does Verlander need to have to start getting into a Hall of Fame discussion?
David Schoenfield (4:38 PM)
Hall of Fame is VERY stingy about electing starting pitchers (at least the writers). I believe Verlander is a long way from Hall discussion. Even if he reels off four more dominant seasons that only gets him to close to 200 wins (he's at 118). Get there, then you can start tacking on the career totals.
Astros fan here. How far away is the light at the end of the tunnel? Any chance it'll be before the end of the decade?
David Schoenfield (4:41 PM)
I'll probably write something soon on this. I believe they are a long, long way, unless part of their rebuilding program includes signing some star free agents in a few years. For all the talk about the "Astros did what they had to" did it really do much besides trimming payroll? We've seen other franchises do this eternal churn for years and years (Pirates, Royals, Indians for a decade now). The Astros are SO bad ... I don't know. I think they're five years away even things actually work out, although maybe in the NL Central it won't take that long.
Is the Malhom trade better for the Braves in the end given they didn't have to give as much away as they would have for Dempster?
David Schoenfield (4:42 PM)
Hard to answer. Vizcaino could be nothing, could develop into a star. But if Maholm helps the Braves win the division, it was probably a worthwhile deal.
the giants have made two good pickups in scutaro and Pence. scutaro making immediate impacts. does sf have enough to win it all?
David Schoenfield (4:43 PM)
Well, it's four games for Scutaro. Don't ready anything into that. He was terrible with the Rockies -- .684 OPS in Colorado was replacement level production. Sure, Pence probably helps, but SF's key remains Lincecum. And he's been better, so ...
Rich (Sun Valley, ID)
So did the Cardinals essentially sitting pat make sense to you? Do you see them as making a serious run, and do they do so at the expense of the Pirates?Ciao...
David Schoenfield (4:44 PM)
I was surprised they didn't do more, yes. Pretty deep major leaguer, some intriguing prospects. But maybe the World Series title gives them leeway to play it conservatively.
I am looking for a reason to remain optimistic about my beloved jays David. After 20 years of no playoff appearances ,and not even 1 season where they were in it come Sept., I have officially run out excuses, and hope. can you talk me off the ledge sir? I need a reason to think 2013 isn't going to be groundhog day (all over again) with this team.
David Schoenfield (4:47 PM)
They do seem to be spinning in mud. I guess the optimistic mind-set is Morrow gets healthy, Romero turns back into Romero, Brett Lawrie turns into an MVP candidate. But with Morrow hurt and Romero turning into a pumpkin, do they have ANY good starters right now? The A.A. is a genius publicity tour seems to have ground to a halt.
Why didn't the Giants just trade for Pence last season? It would have only cost them Wheeler (and, maybe Schierholtz) and we Giants fans wouldn't have had to go through Beltran's impression of a guy who actually gave a crap.
David Schoenfield (4:48 PM)
Beltran hit .323/.369/.551. I'll take a few more like that who don't give a crap.
JP (Columbus, OH)
David - testing your knowledge of the WAR statistic. How is Matt Belisle only 0.1 WAR behind Aroldis Chapman this year? Seems like a flaw in the statistic, if that's the case.
David Schoenfield (4:49 PM)
Belisle has a 2.38 ERA in Colorado. That's terrific. Colorado park effects are pretty extreme this year.
Do you think Heyward in finally settling in at being the great player so many thought he was a couple of years ago?
David Schoenfield (4:50 PM)
I do. I'm still a member of the Jason Heyward Fan Club. Feel free to pay your membership dues again.
I just wanted to point out that Fiers has a 1.88 ERA as of the 6th inning and 2.9 WAR. Let the ROY talk commence.
Bittersweet to see Schierholtz go (He is from my hometown), but overall I think the Pence deal helps now. That said, they still need a reliever. Any thoughts as to who might be an August deal for the Giants? Also, who ya got in the West?
David Schoenfield (4:51 PM)
Only hard part about acquiring a reliever is the Dodgers or D-backs could potentially put in a claim (if they have a worse record). So the bullpen you have may be it.
While we are talking about advanced stats....how does FIP have Dempster basically the exact same pitcher as last year, when he has allowed many fewer H/IP this year, many fewer BB/9, and few HR/9. Talk about a flawed stat????
David Schoenfield (4:52 PM)
FIP ignores hits. Basically just looks at SO/BB ratio and home runs.
Do the Dodgers have the best outfield in the NL now? ...If Victorino plays like he's not on a terrible team?
David Schoenfield (4:54 PM)
Beltran, Holliday and Jay? Bourn, Heyward and Prado? Either hasn't really much in a couple months and we'll see what Victorino does. But I'd probably give edge to STL or ATL.
Isn't the real question, why didn't the Giants just resign Beltran?
David Schoenfield (4:54 PM)
I believe he didn't want to sign there.
I can definitely see why they made the decision to call the game, but it is still a blow to a team fighting for a playoff spot. The Tigers did file a formal complaint but that is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
David Schoenfield (4:55 PM)
Right. I can't remember a protest like that being upheld.
Remember the Astros are moving to the AL West next year...
David Schoenfield (4:56 PM)
Ooops. Yes, that makes it that much tougher. It seems like if you're going to compete with the Angels and Rangers you have to spend at some point, no? What they Rays have done is extremely difficult, and involved a lot of good fortune.
Talking about the 'eternal churn', if the Indians dont approach the playoffs this year, I expect they will put young players like Masterson and talented vets like Choo up for sale. Then the cycle will begin anew
David Schoenfield (4:58 PM)
Exactly. In some regards, we do have more parity than we've had in a long time, but the trade deadline is also a reminder that it's pretty depressing right now to be an Indians or Royals fan. Sure, the Pirates are competing right now ... but we all know how many consecutive losing seasons they've had.
David Schoenfield (4:59 PM)
Angels, Nationals, Rangers?
David Schoenfield (5:00 PM)
By ERA: Nationals, Dodgers, Giants. AL: Rays, A's, Angels. A lot of park effects involved with five of those teams, however.
Quick! Top 3 starting pitching staffs in MLB?
David Schoenfield (5:01 PM)
Oops, that was the question ...
David Schoenfield (5:01 PM)
What do you guys think? Best rotation? I still think Rangers are underrated because of their park. Believe they have best road ERA in the AL, and that was before Dempster.
Andrew (Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada)
Isn't Steve Delabar a Tommy John ticking bomb, Mariners did well by selling high on him right....even if Thames is just a depth guy; too bad M's couldn't pry away Snider.
David Schoenfield (5:02 PM)
Delabar also throws a very straight fastball. He's a great story, but good pickup by M's, even if Thames is just a fourth outfielder.
Why does everyone assume the Braves will lose Bourne? Between Chipper and Derek Lowe, the Braves have nearly 23 million coming off the books. Surely some of that can be spent on the first legitimate leadoff hitter they've had in a generation.
David Schoenfield (5:04 PM)
Right, I didn't mean to suggest the Braves have no chance. Should be a lot of teams in on Bourn. In fact .. all FIVE teams in the NL East could be in on him. (Although Nationals may not have room if they go with a Morse/Harper/Werth outfield.)
On a parallel to your Astros question, how long do you think it will be until the Cubs compete, given their advantages?
David Schoenfield (5:06 PM)
They have a few more pieces than the Astros to build with, although if they end up trading Garza you're talking about building four-fifths of a rotation. But with Houston -- that's a franchise that COULD attract free agents if they spend. Players like warm weather. No state income tax in Texas (I believe). It's a big market. Etc.
As per Rays, it helps to draft 1st for 10 years in a row....
I hope you do write an article about the Astros, Indians, KC, etc. Is there another sport where the revenue distribution is so unfair? The tribe had CC and Cliff Lee and couldnt keep them: in what other sport do teams have to give away its best players in their primes?
David Schoenfield (5:09 PM)
Well, teams don't HAVE to give away their best players. Royals and Indians also have owners who refuse to spend money, right? It wasn't so long ago when Cleveland had one of the highest payrolls in baseball, were selling out every game ... but both franchises have lost so much of their fan bases, owners can use the small-market, no-revenue excuse now. But if you don't win, you don't draw. Thus the perpetual cycle begins.
The Umpires tried to give Morales a chance to end the inning, but it was really raining hard, and becoming a safety issue.Probably why they loaded the bases, would be hard to throw strikes when it is that wet
David Schoenfield (5:10 PM)
Thanks, John. Right, you have to be fair to both teams. Sounds like bad luck for the Tigers. It happens.
But aren't all the teams basically putting all their players on waivers right now to see who gets through? Teams with priority can't take a flyer on too many guys, or they might get stuck with them. It doesn't seem like the Dodgers or D-Backs would put claims down on a whole slew of overpriced relievers.
David Schoenfield (5:12 PM)
Good point. Probably not too many difference-making relievers out there anyway that would be worth a claim. Maybe Rafael Betancourt, but Rockies seemed to say he's not going anywhere.
Woah, woah, woah Keith. Easy. I think CC and Cliff get a say in where they go too. No one forced the Indians to not sign them.
The Rangers pitching staff seems like it's in shambles. Oswalt is a shell of his former self. Lewis and Feliz are out for the year. They have Dempster, Darvish, and Harrison but kind of a weak back end and no true #1.
David Schoenfield (5:14 PM)
Rangers scored the fewest runs in the AL in July. Offense is a problem right now as well. My point with the Rangers is that you have to factor in their home park, toughest pitcher's park in the AL. I think their rotation is very good, although I agree that they lack a No. 1.
Over the last month I've heard quite a few analysts suggest that Mike Trout is due for a regression on the grounds that he can't possibly keep his current pace. Have you seen anything to suggest this is true? Maybe the kid is just that good and will be for the next 10-15 years assuming he stays healthy.
David Schoenfield (5:17 PM)
He's been getting better! That July he had was probably one of the greatest months in history. .392, 10 HR, 32 R, 9 SB (0 CS), great defense. Off the charts. You can't describe it. Conventional analysis just doesn't work with him right now. Sure, he could be Cesar Cedeno, but he could be ... what, Mickey Mantle with good knees?
David Schoenfield (5:18 PM)
As for regression, they're pointing to his .402 BABIP. I don't believe any player has had a .400 BABIP since 2000. Actually, give me a second here ...
David Schoenfield (5:20 PM)
Since 1996, two players have had a .400 BABIP in a season -- Jose Hernandez (.404) and Manny Ramirez (.403). Thirteen others at .390 or higher. But Mike Trout ... well, he's different.
Angels now have a better rotation than Texas. Grienke, Weaver, Wilson, and Haren.
His high BABIP could be at least partially explained by his speed. He can get a ton of infield singles that the mass majority of players couldn't.
David Schoenfield (5:22 PM)
Right, other than Manny (and even Hernandez) all the guys with the highest BABIP are basically fast guys -- Ichiro, Jeter, young Abreu, Roger Cedeno, Chone Figgins, Kenny Lofton. Josh Hamilton runs well. So if you have a Josh Hamilton ability for hard contact with even more speed ...
The waiver rules are confusing. Would love to see an article refresher on the August rules.
David Schoenfield (5:25 PM)
Good idea. Basically: Teams can put any player on waivers (and then pull him back). So maybe the Phillies put Cliff Lee on waivers in case they want to trade him. The Dodgers claim. The Phillies can either work out a trade or pull him back. Then there is somebody like Alfonso Soriano. The Cubs could put him on waivers, just hoping somebody claims him and gets stuck with the contract.
I'm having trouble understanding why exactly did Oswalt turned into a pumpkin so suddenly. Reminds me of Sheets in 2010. Was still throwing decently hard (91-92), but location issues. Will he be back, or is he toast?
David Schoenfield (5:26 PM)
He did sit a few days with the back issues. Hard to say. I'm guessing it's the back rather than a sudden loss of stuff or command. (Of course, his stuff isn't what it was a few years ago.)
Is it really that much of a stretch to say that Trout ends up hitting more career HR's than Bryce Harper? It isn't exactly like Trout is hitting a bunch of cheap HR's.
David Schoenfield (5:27 PM)
That's what's been most surprising. That bomb he hit to right-center in Detroit a couple weeks ago? At the time, I believe it was the second-longest opposite-field homer in the majors this season. Anyway ... that's what so exciting about both those guys. The arc of their careers remain undefined.
Justin (Redlands, CA)
Is Mike Trout the unanimous AL MVP right now?
David Schoenfield (5:28 PM)
Well, he SHOULD be. But I could see a voter looking at Miguel Cabrera's RBI total and vote for him.
Are you watching any of the Olympics or are do your eyes remain true to baseball?
David Schoenfield (5:29 PM)
I do like the Olympics. I'll have the Olympics on the TV and baseball on the laptop right now.
On the flip side, if you've been successful for a long period of time, and every year you're having to trade for someone else, how are you supposed to keep a farm? And how are you supposed to not end up in a slump for as long as you were on a high?
David Schoenfield (5:31 PM)
Right, unless you can afford free agents year after year, it's tough. Many people that's the trek the Phillies are headed toward for the next 5-6 years. That happened to the Mariners in the late '90s/early /'00s. Good run of playoff teams, but couldn't keep their stars, got old, had lost a lot of picks due to signing free agents and the farm ran dry.
David. Thanks for the good work. I have a bone to pick with the tiresome disrespect to Jim Rice. It isn't my place to say whether he should be in the HOF or not, but the guy was a pretty special hitter for a good while. Why is it that RBI's don't matter because they are circumstantial, but that doesn't apply to GIDP's?
David Schoenfield (5:34 PM)
Not sure if you're referring to MY disrespect for Rice or others', but ... and I'm not one to say RBIs don't matter (they are what they, they're just not the best way to declare a hitter is great) ... there's some truth to what you're saying about Rice. He grounded into a large amount of DPs because he had more runners on in front of him. I guess you'd have to look at percentage of "DP opportunities" or something like that. I'm guessing Rice would still be very extreme in that matter.
Astros to the AL West is a good thing for the M's, A's, Rangers, and Angels in the aggregate, right?
David Schoenfield (5:35 PM)
For a few years, sure. Look at what playing the Astros 15 times will mean for the Reds and Pirates.
Agreed that they dont have to give away their best players...it is also true that they cant have a payroll of 212 million like the yankees..not even close..even if the tribe sells out the whole season
David Schoenfield (5:36 PM)
Right. It's not the same game, that's for sure.
I just moved to Denver from Seattle. If you are building a team like the M's or Rockies, what would be your approach for how to handle hitting/pitching when you have such an extreme ballpark?
David Schoenfield (5:38 PM)
This may be a dumb answer, but: Ignore the park. Just find good players. OK, it's not that simple. The Rockies, for example, obsess over "how to build a staff in Colorado." I'm not saying it's easy. BUT .. the Rockies have had one of the biggest home/road splits in the majors over the past decade. I'm not sure Coors Field is the reason they haven't been consistent winners.
David Schoenfield (5:39 PM)
For the Mariners ... for example, left-handed fly ball pitchers can be successful in Safeco, ie Jason Vargas. But if you collect too many of those guys you'll be terrible on the road. The Red Sox back in the '70s used to obsess over right-handed power hitters, but that didn't help them as much on the road.
Justin (Redlands, CA)
When it comes to Trout's BABIP, I'd also like to point out that opposing 3B and even SS never play at normal depth in an attempt to neutralize his speed.
David Schoenfield (5:40 PM)
Great point, Justin.
Trout's swing is smoother and seemingly more sustainable too. Haper looks like he's cutting firewood.
Whats with Harper anyways? ever since he reached the .300 BA hes regressed something wrong with what hes doing?
David Schoenfield (5:42 PM)
It's a long grind. Second time around the league. And maybe he was just a little over his head his first couple of months. From what I've seen/read, I don't think it's any one thing.
Squall (Balamb Garden)
Where do the Reds rank as far as rotation? They may not be big-name marquee guys, but they're pretty consistent, no?
David Schoenfield (5:43 PM)
Yes, underrated. Cueto borderline ace, Bailey has stepped up (bad start last night), Arroyo a huge surprise. Tough park to pitch in.
Doug (Santa Barbara)
Of all the guys traded, which player is the best fit for his new team? Who's the worst?
David Schoenfield (5:44 PM)
Assuming Hanley keeps his head on straight, the Dodgers were desperate for *any* production from 3B/SS, so he has the chance to help the most, even if he doesn't tear it up. I didn't quite get the Broxton deal, especially if Dusty makes him the eighth-inning guy over Marshall.
Qualls for McGehee? Garbage in, Garbage out.
David Schoenfield (5:46 PM)
And with that ... let's call it today. When we get into Chad Qualls comments, we've run out of topics. Just kidding, Tarek. Glad you could join us like always! Thanks, everyone. Enjoy your baseball!