MLBTR Chat Transcript By Steve Adams | May 28, 2019 at 2:36pm CDT Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
Regarding the MVP discussion, Yelich is a solid defender, but Bellinger’s OF defense is about as good as it gets.
The explanation behind Jose Rameriz’s struggles is that he can can no longer hit fastballs. Last year, he had a 38.8 wFB, which is runs created on fastballs. This year, he has limped to a -7.7 wFB. Is he done? Probably not, but I think that he will regress moderately from here on.
The Twins really are in a lot of ways, punching up. Does anyone seriously think Odorizzi and Perez are suddenly elite? Or maybe their current record of 23-4 vs Balt, CWS, DET, KC, LAA & SEA has more to do with it….
They won the season series against Houston…. 4-3…. so it’s not like it was a commanding performance. Houston also had to play in 30 degree weather in Minnesota, I don’t want to blame the weather for a couple of losses in April, but come October, I’m taking the Astros to win that series. Hopefully it’s not 12 degrees in Minnesota in October
Lets break down this supposed “big series vs Houston”
1. was a 1-0 game where they had 3 hits and Verlander pitched. Totally not sustainable
2. 11-0 loss Cole pitched
3-4 Twins beat up Peacock and McHugh and won 2 games like you said, in 12 degree weather.
Doesn’t seem like a “big message” to me. Seems like a whole bunch of April/May baseball. They might make it to the postseason because the ALC is terrible, but they’re getting swept out in the first round.
I didn’t necessarily agree with how Steve Adams used market value and surplus value with regards to trades. If a player is performing to his contract AND his contract is ~ market value, his performance still has trade value. Basically it comes down to how much value is the performance and the market conditions like scarcity or surplus of “like performance” and the total value of a contract as obviously not on teams have surplus budget to add
Surplus value (to a contract) simply creates surplus return on top of the return performance/market conditions would provide.
Oh come on… The Twins have played a tougher schedule than the Yankees… heck, the Scranton team has played a tougher schedule than the Yankees.