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FWIW - Rich Hahn has stated on several occasions that the plan is for Abreu to play roughly 110 games at 1B, with LaRoche playing the rest.
"At 0.6 major-league WARP in 71 projected innings, 18-year-old Dodgers lefty Julio Urias projects higher than bigger names like 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber" PECOTA occasionally loses me with a few of its projections. This one just doesn't pass the smell (or logic) test at all, really.
The White Sox being interested in Jason Castro also came up in the leaked deadspin documents, FWIW.
Looks like the games will be shown live on MLB Network starting at 3:00AM ET Wednesday morning.
Still can't get over the fact he would still be alive if the Cardinals won the NLCS. Ugh. What an awful tragedy. RIP Oscar Taveras.
I think Machado coming back from *two* season ending knee injuries would make for the best narrative. I'm surprised neither of you guys picked him.
If Rodon does get promoted, he would immediately be their best reliever. It wouldn't shock me if he's in position to rack up a few saves at the end of the year. Certainly something to monitor, at least in deeper leagues.
Carlos Rodon (IMO) should be on this list. White Sox beat writers (and broadcaster Steve Stone) are making it sound like he'll debut when rosters expand in September.
Maybe, maybe not. Kevin Goldstein did have Carlos Correa #1 on his board, and I'm sure he wasn't alone feeling that way.
Was this done before news came out about Hoffman's elbow? Apparently he had a setback.
My point wasn't that the wins won't equal 2430, it's that just about every person (so far) has had an optimistic win prediction for the team they wrote about.
Has anyone predicted a record for their team below what PECOTA is projecting? It's possible I'm wrong here, but it seems like the writers have these teams (collectively) finishing 50+ games over .500.
Nice to see the depth chart updated. Although Erik Johnson is currently slated to be the #4 starter, not Rienzo. http://www.rotoworld.com/player/mlb/7421/erik-johnson
I was going to post the same thing about Abreu and Johnson. Also, De Aza/Viciedo is currently slated to be a platoon, with De Aza playing vs RPH. His playing time seems low, too.
I'm guessing no, but I'll ask anyway. Will monthly subscriptions of the Super Premium subscription be available?
Another long podcast? 2014 is going to be a good year.
I'm still holding out hope for a BP event at US Cellular Field. Reasonable?
I'm unable to view the IBA ballot. Anyone else having issues?
FWIW - Heyman debunked the Sox turning down Carlos Martinez for Alexei Ramirez rumor.
Garcia has a below average contact rate in AAA, which makes me question the 5/6 on his hit tool. He's relying entirely on an unsustainable BABIP. His plate discipline is atrocious and we're yet to see him really tap into his power. But hey, he has 5 tools.
I'm going to start using the phrase "dead rubber" in every day life. That is spectacular.
Viciedo went on the DL and every other OF on their 40-man roster was left handed. Thus, there was a need for Casper Weels.
"YOLO Puig." - Sam Miller
Articles like this are *exactly* why I love reading Jason Parks.
meant to say K%. And, FWIW, his xFIP was also lower in the 2nd half of the year than the first.
If there's any team in baseball that's earned the benefit of the doubt with pitcher injuries, it's the White Sox. If Don Cooper & their medical staff didn't feel the need to keep Sale on an arbitrary innings cap, who am I to question them?
The only difference between Sale in the first and second half was BABIP. His peripherals, which you claim "essentially doubled" post ASB, were right in line with his first half numbers. As a matter of fact, his K& was slightly higher in the 2nd half of the year than the first.
I'm slowly coming to the realization you guys will never have a BP event at US Cellular Field.
Dating back to 2005, PECOTA has underrated the White Sox by an average of 7.125 games per year. Hopefully that trend continues...
Projection systems have no idea what to do with R.A. Dickey.
Doug Thorburn is an excellent guest. I hope you guys continue to have him on during the season.
Their top 3 pitchers are projected to be BELOW replacement level. Crazy to think they're possibly Astros bad?
I'll admit this is a fantasy question. But who do you think is more likely to be the M's long-term closer, Capps or Pryor?
Just curious as to what your guys' philosophy is regarding prospects in deep (my league is 20 teams, 40 minor league slots, for example) dynasty leagues? Would you suggest trying to hoard them, and build up a great system? Keep guys that are closer to the big leagues such as Bauer, Wil Myers, Profar, Bundy, etc while dealing guys that are further away such as Buxton, Correa, and Dahl? Thanks and keep up the great work.
Buehrle was worth roughly 46 wins during his tenure with the White Sox. He only spent one year in Miami, and it's not like his skills disappeared. Sounds to me like you guys are underrating him a bit.
You guys dedicating an entire show to the Reds goes against everything I thought this podcast stood for.
I was watching the Phillies broadcast a few days ago, and they mentioned that Ruben Amaro is also conducting year end interviews with players and staff. Just an FYI.
102 episodes of #want. I'm going to miss having you guys in my ears.
Good luck in Houston, Kevin!
I'm Pro-Cricket. Always have been, always will be.
I'd be the first to admit I'm not a scout, but as someone who's seen Beckham play 2B on a daily basis for years, I doubt he has the range to play SS.
Thoroughly enjoying this series so far. As a White Sox fan, I'd love for Gordon Beckham to be next.
Omar comin', yo.
As someone who follows the White Sox on a daily basis, Ventura certainly has made an impact. In terms of game management/filling out a lineup, he's a typical manager. But the real impact he's had is off the field. Players will admit (apparently on and off the record) the Ozzie/Kenny Williams fiasco affected them. To what extent, and how many wins/losses it cost the team, we'll never know. But Ventura has certainly been a calming influence, which was sorely needed after the last 7 seasons with Ozzie as the manager.
I'm surprised KG has Owings ranked in the Top 50. Seems to me his approach issues (3.5% BB% to 24.3% K% in AA) will hold him back from being a productive offensive player.
Rodney has clearly improved as a pitcher, but that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't luck involved. His 86.7% LOB% isn't sustainable. His .232 BABIP isn't sustainable. His 3.2 HR/FB rate is not sustainable. These numbers point to a likely regression, not that he's a bad pitcher. Although I did enjoy the podcast, like always, it was very informative.
Understandable. The concern with Sale (like there is with most young pitchers) is that he'll breakdown and eventually need TJ surgery. Which is ironic, seeing as how Strasburg has already been under the knife, yet that concern about him seems to be gone. Like Jaffe noted in the podcast, Don Cooper is one of the best pitching coaches in baseball. If the White Sox bought into the notion that his delivery was TJ surgery waiting to happen, I'm sure it would have been changed/tweaked with by now.
Mentions of Matt Moore and Stephen Strasburg as potential Hall of Famers, but no Chris Sale. Aargh.