Not going to assume anything coming off TJ surgery. He's an undersized guy, might be hard to sustain that velocity without injuries, unfortunately. We'll see. For him, I hope not. He's a good guy, filthy stuff when healthy.
Thanks for that. I hadn't seen it till you posted.
First question I answered today was about Fredi not getting out there fast enough. Go back to start of chat for that. As for comments afterward, I thought he was a little too strong in leading off by saying Wood can't get thrown out there, and sounding as if he was still angry more than an hour later about Wood getting tossed.
Sorry, but 'pen has been terrible, and to try to blame Fredi for that is a real reach, to me. The pieces are what they are. Even Bruce Bochy couldn't shift then around and use them in such a way that it's suddenly a good pen.
Don't know, but I'd say a good chance.
B's opened after I moved from Greenville, and every time I go to visit my parents in Wilson, we go by to check out B's and it's closed on holidays. I've heard nothing but great stuff about it. Can't eat there if it's closed when I go, though. I do love me some Parker's. Grew up on it.
Yes, as I referred to in earlier reply. Gotta leave your best pitcher in at times like this, with leaky bullpen, unless just a situation that ovewhelmingly calls for pinch hitter.
Close, but I'd guess Melvin if/when he's introduced as a hitter. Especially tonight, when it'll be a good sized crowd for David Justice bobblehead night.
Yes, he's working out now at team's spring training site. Waiting for the seemingly interminable paperwork to clear. But I'd guess after All-Star break we see him.
Yes, haven't heard otherwise.
I gave up correcting people on that one a long time ago. It just seems to be a mental block that some can't get past. Freddie Freeman, Fredi Gonzalez. Spelling really not very close, but obviously pronunciation is same, so hey, I can understand it to a degree.
He's been a very average (or worse) pitcher more often than not this season. And it's not injury, at least according to all parties who should know including him. And he shows no signs of injury, nor is there any reason he would continue to pitch if hurt. None. Don't know if he needs to get back to his former wiry size/ condition or if it's just all about location of pitches, but he's obviously still at what should be the front end of his peak years. I think he'll get it back, just might take an offseason and spring to do it. But we'll see. Maybe he turns a corner and goes on a 10-star run of elite-level pitching.
When is a manager officially on a hot seat? How do we know? Who announces or proclaims that? If Bowman and I agree to write that he's on the hot seat, then is he? If we agree to say he's not on the hot seat, is he not? How 'bout if a columnist writes that he is? Or how 'bout if a national baseball writer says he's heard that he is? I'm just not sure how to answer these questions about the hot seat and if/when a manager/pitching coach/hitting coach/GM is on it or should be on it.
Thanks for all the questions and passion, folks. We're out of time. Much appreciate. Until next week, take it easy.
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There were some concerns within the organization about Bethancourt's focus and sense of entitlement. I don't think it's necessarily he's a "bad seed" or lazy though. He's just a young player who got a lot of hype as a prospect and is finding out it's not easy.
A bit surprised but I'm not privy to the reports from Gwinnett on those guys.
That was the word on Bethancourt, yes. In that link John Hart tells Mark Bradley that other young, touted catchers struggled before figuring it out.
I don't think that's a readily available stat. You are correct, there haven't been many 1-2-3 innings for relief pitchers.