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Everything posted by bobs

  1. A few points. 1) I really like Rocco Baldelli 2) I think Rocco Baldelli is a really good manager. NOT perfect and not without mistakes, but really good. 3) I think Rocco Baldelli's even-keeled approach is perfect for a 162-game grind of a season like baseball. 4) I was REALLY glad to hear that Rocco Baldelli called for a players meeting the other night. It was likely overdue. 5) However, I really wish that, once in a while, when warranted, Rocco Baldelli had a little more of a Dave Roberts type of enthusiasm and would celebrate a little more with his players.
  2. Normally I'm not one to split hairs, but I'm going to here. Before we think the ship is righted...Today's game wasn't all that much different than the last 15 with the vast majority of the offensive production coming from Buxton, Cruz, Donaldson. Difference today was the ridiculous amount of production from those three...and the long overdue contribution from Garver. Let's hope the entire lineup begins to round into form....and that J.A. Happ continues to impress. Also, I'm going to be REALLY curious what Maeda looks like once the weather warms. Guy pitched in NL West entire career...and didn't pitch in Minnesota til July in 2020 due to Covid.
  3. Broken. Is there any part of this team that isn't broken right now?
  4. 15 hits in 3 games against a bunch of pitchers who all seemed to start the series with ERAs of 8.00+. Relievers not named Duffey and Rodgers have been....um, not good. I see the word "listless" used a lot in here. This team has become a direct reflection of their manager. I have a novel idea....how about taking BP and infield practice everyday and making the players EARN those days of R&R that Rocco values so much. Seems like in the past, teams would do that AND guys would play 150 games. Now, we're so worried about the R&R and we have one guy who has played every day....and it's Jake freaking Cave!
  5. ...when your "highlight" is that "Smeltzer saved the bullpen", that's a not-very-good-day at the ol' ballpark
  6. Title could have also read "What Was Baldelli (Over)Thinking?!" The pinch running thing was asinine. Blankenhorn isn't any faster than Donaldson and removing JD severely weakened the IF defense....and it bit 'em right in the arse.
  7. You don't need analytics to tell that Sano is either A) out of whack, or just not very good. The "eyeball test" will suffice.
  8. ...3 for 42 with RISP over five games isn't just random bad luck. It's a systematic failure in approach.
  9. I banged this drum repeatedly last year. I know it's only a dozen games but I'm gonna bang it again....these hitters miss James Rowson.
  10. Geez people. The vitriol in here. It's April 11. We are NINE games into a 162-game season. A year ago we didn't know when or if we'd even have baseball in 2020. Just enjoy the games! This FO and Rocco have won back-to-back division titles....gotta trust that they'll make adjustments and changes as needed.
  11. I feel like this article could be written about four times every season. At some point, we have to realize he is who he is. Yep...he'll have a couple hot stretches, but for the most part he is strike out prone and over swings, looking for that moon shot homerun - and he doesn't have to. Would love to see him make the effort to shorten up a little and make more contact...he'd still hit a bunch of home runs.
  12. Nice to see Garver resemble "2019 Mitch". But my jaw is on the floor watching Buxton right now. The first legit MVP candidate since the M & M years. If he plays 130 games and is healthy for the playoffs, this team is for real.
  13. Don't you just love how his "hard hit rate" or exit velo is what we hear about? But in the first 6 games his whiff % is around 47%!! Which is scarily similar to 2020. At some point, we may have to realize that this is who he is. I thought he'd be the DH next year, assuming Cruz will not be back. But maybe Sano is the one who isn't back.
  14. Not a guy to panic. At all. But, MAN...how can a waiver claim like Garlick take professional at bats but Sano just seems to have no approach.
  15. Four games into a 162-game season....WAY too early to panic on anyone. Except maybe the team chef?! Two days in a row losing a guy to a gut ache?!...lol
  16. This is going to like like an awfully good move when he's in the rotation and putting up solid numbers over the second half of the year, and again when he's in the rotation next year.
  17. Before people start screaming about service time, let's all take a breath and remember that the kid has 4-5 ABs above AA to his name. It was always likely 50-50 he's really ready to assume an everyday role in LF on Opening Day. Let's be thankful this is 2021 and the organization has the depth to run out guys like Cave, Rooker, etc., until we know Kiriloff is 100% ready. Let's also be thankful that this team is positioned to once again make a run at an AL Central title and doesn't have the luxury of letting the kid learn on the job in the majors. The glass is far more than half full people.
  18. So maybe the best option is to split the cost and login with 3 other people. $510 four ways is...@$130??
  19. I just don't see how it changes unless he begins to spray the ball to all fields a little more. He's a good, solid player. Not a great one. A terrific defensive RF.
  20. And the video Seth posted. I can't even explain how awesome it is to hear...the crack of a wood bat....AND a crowd cheering when it clears the wall!
  21. Would it be a shock if, in 2021, Sano is the DH, Kiriloff is at 1B and Larnach is in LF??
  22. Rooker was a 3B in college....thought they might move him to 1B.
  23. People are talking about Cave being the Buxton backup. I don't see it. I think the Keon Broxton signing is an underrated one and that he's the guy they go to if Buck gets hurt. Let's be honest, Cave really isn't great in LF either. And he doesn't hit consistently. I would not be against moving on from him in favor of Rooker. Don't think it'll happen, but I wouldn't mind it.
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