Daily Archives: August 3, 2011

E-MAILBAG: Ask the Reports, Wednesday August 3rd


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 Wednesday August 3, 2011


Q:  More worrisome for the Braves?  Lack of offense or starting pitching?  From Jory, Parts Uknown.

MLB reports:   I’m not worried about either to be honest.  But if I had to pick one, I would have liked to see Atlanta add one more strong bat.  With Jason Heyward and Chipper Jones‘ injuries, plus Dan Uggla‘s inconsistency all season, another strong bat would have been in order.  Michael Bourn was a nice pickup and will help at the leadoff spot.  But Hunter Pence would have been better.  If Heyward comes back to health and Uggla continues to heat up though, watch out for the Braves.   With Jair Jurrjens, Tommy Hanson and Tim Hudson, the Braves should do well in a short series if they make the playoffs. 


Q:  Who got the better deal in the Seattle – Detroit trade? (Fister to Tigers)  From:  Martin, Cleveland.

MLB reports:  I would have liked to see the Tigers make a trade for a better starter.  Doug Fister is good, but not the Ubaldo Jimenez type pitcher that the Indians received.  David Pauley though was a solid addition in relief and boosts the Tigers pen greatly.  The four prospects the Mariners received are decent, but no superstars in the bunch.  I think the Tigers win this one in that they receive two players that will help the stretch run without emptying the farm of its top prospects.  Considering the need for pitching at the major league level, the Tigers did well for themselves.  It was a trade that the Mariners needed to make, as they continue to re-stock their farm.  But if I had to pick a winner, it’s the Tigers by a hair.


Q:  Still think the Phillies are going to win the World Series?  From Catherine, Edmonton.

MLB reports:  Without a doubt.  I am putting all my playoff eggs in the Phillies basket.  With Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee at the top of the rotation.  An offense led by Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Hunter Pence.   An improving bullpen that should benefit from a healthy Ryan Madson and Brad Lidge.  The Phillies are the team to beat in my estimation.  Come playoff time, no team can throw out a 1-2 punch like Halladay and Lee, combined with such a deep balanced team playing behind the pitchers.  The Giants have Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.  No doubt.  But I give the Phillies the edge based on their offense.


Q:  If you had to pick one player to build a major league team around, who would you pick and why?  From James, New York.

MLB reports:  What a great question.  Many analysts tend to select a starting pitcher when asked this  type of question.  Not me.  Pitchers for me carry too much risk, given their propensity to get injured at much higher rates than positional players.  If I had to go with one player though, considering how many talented MLB players are out there, I would go with Bryce Harper.  Considering his age and tools, Harper is a once-in-a-lifetime type talents.  The kid can do it all on a baseball field and he would be my #1 selection when starting a team.  I have watched his batting stroke, speed on the bases and arm in the outfield.  This is the real deal and a future MVP for the Washington Nationals.  I would normally go with a proven major league player over a prospect.  But Harper is really that good. 


Q:  Did the Yankees make a mistake by making no trades at the deadline?  From Lance, Boston.

MLB reports:  One word answer:  yes.  Ok, let me explain in greater detail.  The team is stacked offensively.  No question, plus Jesus Montero is on the farm ready to get called up.  But with all the runs the Yankees can score, their pitching leaves much to be desired.  Their rotation is C.C. Sabathia and a pile of question marks.  Freddy GarciaBartolo ColonPhil HughesA.J. BurnettIvan Nova.  This is a patchwork pitching staff at best.  For what the San Francisco Giants are on offense, the Yankees are pitching-wise.  The bullpen has been good with Mariano Rivera and David Robertson leading the way.  If Rafael Soriano can come back strong, the bullpen will be that much more imposing.  Another arm in the pen would have been nice.  But one or two starting pitchers would have been essential.  Considering the team lost out on Cliff Lee last year, they made a similar mistake in my opinion by not acquiring Ubaldo Jimenez.  He would have been the difference maker for the team.  The Yankees might be able to keep up the smoke and mirrors on the mound through October, but I don’t see that happening. 



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