MLBTR Chat Transcript By Steve Adams | February 21, 2023 at 10:57am CDT Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday’s chat with MLBTR’s Steve Adams.
You Can Put It In The Books .
No hitter wants to play in SF unless they’ve got a monthly Balco subscription. Judge was the only real possibility, but even he wanted nothing to do with that park. I hear Barry Bonds might be available and he checks all the boxes.
The 2010’s called and they want their outdated information back. Apparently you’re unaware of the changes to the park made in 2020. Since the fences came in with the moving of the bullpens to the OF, and the closing off of the arcade controlling the wind better, Oracle has played neutral. In fact that neutral number ties it for 11th best for hitters. See for yourself;
Not to mention the 2021 Giants who hit 241 HRs, most in the NL, and 2nd most in MLB. And they had the 4th best OPS+. Even in last season’s down year they hit 183 HRS, 13th most in MLB and 9 more than league average. Saying hitters can’t hit at Oracle is as outdated a take as one can make.
Bauer? But I Hardly Know Her!
All true, but still not a great place for home run hitters. PF of 81 for HR per Savant and always near the bottom for ESPN’s park factors.
True, it’s definitely not a HR park. Not as bad as in Kaufman or the Coliseum. And it never will be, compared to smaller parks like GABP, or Citizens. But it is very good for 2Bs, and 3Bs, and base hits in general. I tend to trust Statcast more than I do ESPN, which gives them a PF of 100 for runs, a 111 for 2Bs, and a 142 for 3Bs.
You Can Put It In The Books .
Reading comprehension is one of the most valuable skills one can have.
I never said “hitters can’t hit at Oracle”. I just said they want nothing to do with the park. That’s an opinion.
With that said, I do appreciate you researching all of that for me in the frenzy that you did! Thanks, champ.
Semantics. The clear implication of saying hitters want nothing to do with a particular park is because it’s a bad place to hit. Unless the point you’re trying to make is hitters don’t like the beautiful location, the modern facilities, or some other supposed negative. But I would be happy to hear the reasons why hitters want nothing to do with Oracle. Until you can untwist the pretzel logic of hitters not liking a park for reasons other than hitting, it appears my reading comprehension is just fine.
From where I’m sitting, your writing skills are also solid. 🙂
Hamstring strain def put a lid on some of the Soroka hype, but IF. HE. CAN. JUST. MAKE. IT. OUT. THERE. Guy feels like the real-life version of Mustafa (Will Ferrell) in the Austin Powers movies.
Ian Anderson sounds like he’s got that BDE.
deGrom Texas Ranger
It’s quite bold and irrational to assume Bryan Reynolds will get 32-35 million over the last 2 arb years. Maybe, he gets a raise from just under 7 million to 11 or 12 and then about 14-15, but this is way off. Look at Teoscar Hernandez and many others who have lost. Bryan Reynolds is not the hits, batting average, RBIs guy that arbitration looks at, and most players have lost arb cases by being unrealistic. I’m 90% sure he won’t get 32 million in those two seasons. What one wants Reynolds to get paid and what will happen are different things. Even then, the 110 is far more reasonable than the Freeman deal fans seem to want for him. The 20 million base for free agent years seems a bit low, so I’d call that a fair enough extension. If that’s what it takes, Texas can just do one of those extend-then-trade deals.
Gamel makes sense for the Rays as they need a LH hitter and while a 1B would probably be preferable Gamel is capable of playing there (11 games in his career)