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  1. More statement than question: It took Michael Saunders about 4 years to become what appears to be a serviceable or maybe good major league hitter, and Carlos Gomez about the same or longer. They got the time to develop partially due to team circumstance but also because they offer value in other areas. Montero and Smoak offer no other real value. Ackley does. There must be a lot of guys who could become good hitters but it takes too long to find out and in the interim they’re dead weight.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  2. What do you think Segura’s best season looks like in terms of triple slash, homers, and steals? Can we attribute most of his success to the newfound ability to his the ball to the opposite field?

    Comment by Sheffield — May 15, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

  3. jeez, seems like weeks since I’ve had a Q taken. and so many dopey Qs get chosen instead. arghh.

    Comment by LaLoosh — May 15, 2013 @ 1:12 pm

  4. The flowers go in the front.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

  5. But Dave, you aren’t from Winston. Dewey’s Moravian sugar cookies dipped in chocolate are in my blood.

    Comment by Dustin Ackley — May 15, 2013 @ 1:21 pm

  6. What should the Nationals do with Espinosa?
    a) Live with his hitting woes, hope they improve, and enjoy his defense at 2nd
    b) Send him to the minors/ie convince him to get his torn rotator cuff repaired
    c) Use him as the R side of a platoon with Lombardozzi as the L.
    d) Trade him to a team that will maximize his defensive value by playing him at SS instead of 2nd base.

    Comment by Different Colin — May 15, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  7. In the Grantland article there are 2 GIFs comparing Molina to Doumit and mentioning that the pitches are same count, same type, and pretty much same location. First thing I noticed right away in the GIFs is a difference in pitcher throwing arm. The pitch that’s a strike is from a right-handed pitcher on an inside pitch, probably assumed to continue on a path that crosses the plate. The pitch that’s a ball is from a left handed-pitcher on an inside pitch, probably assumed to continue on a path that ends up more inside. Could catcher framing really be a combination of 1) umpire picking up cues from catcher (framing) and 2) umpire assuming where the pitch is going on his own (not framing)?

    Comment by OtherSideoftheCoin — May 15, 2013 @ 1:59 pm

  8. As an Angels fan I always liked Segura and thought he could hit .300/.350/.470 with around 15 HR and 40+ SB, making an incredible 1-2 with Trout. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be. Kind of like Ray Durham with more average and speed, but less power and discipline. OK, not like Ray Durham but similar caliber.

    At his very best I could see him hit something like .320/.380/.500, but I think his average will be more in the .290-.310 range on a regular basis.

    Comment by Angelsjunky — May 15, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

  9. Just gonna put this in a random spot. Derek Norris is starting at catcher again today against a righty. Jaso isn’t even DH’ing. And this is an afternoon game after a night game where Norris also started (albeit against a lefty). Jaso has only started 2 of the last 14 games at catcher, even though 9 have been against righties.

    At first I thought this was just because of all of the outfield injuries, but today, with Montz, a righty DH’ing against a righty as well, I am wondering. Is Jaso hurt? Is Norris that much better a catcher? More familiar with the young starters?

    Another interesting Norris factoid. He’s 3rd in lowest swing percentage for all with over 100 PA. And his swstrk% isn’t awful. A lotta walks. But he still can’t hit righties.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 2:36 pm

  10. hard to believe they’d have given up on Jaso so soon.

    Comment by LaLoosh — May 15, 2013 @ 3:04 pm

  11. 12:55
    Comment From Andrew
    If you could pick one play-by-play guy and one color guy to make a dream broadcast crew, who would you pick?
    12:55
    Dave Cameron: Vin Scully and a mute person.

    The best answer to a fantasy baseball question I have ever heard!

    Comment by Glenn — May 15, 2013 @ 3:10 pm

  12. don’t think they have given up on him. when he plays, he generally leads off, even through his struggles. he must be hurt or just not good at defense. norris has thrown some baserunners out lately and seems to be a good framer (just by eyeball test, haven’t looked at any numbers on this but have watched probably 90% of their innings this year).

    Comment by alphadogsball — May 15, 2013 @ 3:53 pm

  13. This is as stupid a place to leave this comment as any other, but I needed to get it down on paper…

    What the HELL is going on with Detroit’s pitching staff?

    1st in MLB in K/9, with only the Red Sox even remotely close
    12th in MLB in BB/9, impressive given the K rate
    1st in MLB in HR/9, with only the Cards within a mile
    3rd in MLB in ERA (best in AL), and of course first by a ton in FIP, xFIP, and fWAR.

    Verlander, sure, but Sanchez is leading MLB in pitching WAR, Fister and Scherzer are both top 15, and the bullpen is actually good, too, lead by Smyly, Benoit, and Alburquerque.

    If it weren’t for some weak numbers from Porcello, Coke (DL), Dotel (DL), and Villareal (demoted for incompetence), it’d be completely insane. Put a real defense (3rd worst in MLB BABIP allowed) behind these guys and it’d be insaner.

    OK, I feel better.

    Comment by ToddM — May 15, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

  14. Jaso is starting and playing. They are far from giving up on him.

    Comment by coninefan — May 15, 2013 @ 4:25 pm

  15. I didn’t mean they’re giving up on Jaso, but he’s mostly just DH’ing. Today they face a righty in an afternoon game after a night game, yet Norris still catching and Montz DH’ing? Seems odd. But Jaso has mostly been DH’ing against righties. Yet this was with Young, Crisp an Reddick all on DL so guys like Moss are shuffled around to OF. Like I said, he’s only started 2 of last 14 at C despite plenty of righties going. It’s an injury or bad D or a combo of that with guys out. They must like Norris’s D.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 4:30 pm

  16. OK, jaso did start but Norris came in for him early. And I had seen the line-up earlier somewhere and it said Norris was starting.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

  17. Looks like Jaso HBP.

    Comment by Wobatus — May 15, 2013 @ 5:27 pm

  18. This is exqctly the pitching staff that Cabrera should bevplaying 3b behind. Porelta’s still at SS? Him too.

    Comment by Bookbook — May 15, 2013 @ 8:41 pm

  19. Watched the Orioles/A’s series a couple of weeks ago and the O’s ran anybody with speed against Jaso at every opportunity. McLouth in particular had a big baserunning series against the A’s, but even Flaherty got into the act. Jaso’s arm is obviously a liability.

    Comment by balticfox1917 — May 15, 2013 @ 10:05 pm

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