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Great game for us.   I was getting a bit worried but Kyle kept throwing a gem himself and kept on.    I still question even starting Schwarber and Zobrist but whatever.   I think Jon Jay needs to play at all times, on a team with so many free swingers we need a guy that just gets on base.     Luckily, pitching was on fire.    I just hope Lester comes out like we know he can.

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That was a nail biter, October baseball, can't beat it.    I would have left Q in though, I have no confidence in Strop even though stats say he's a decent reliever, he's too shaky.   And the drop by Kyle, phew, glad we picked him up.     Almora needs to be in the lineup though, we need more consistency to balance out the free swingers.  

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Love Almora but he can't hit rightys at this time....kid can play.

Strop can't keep the ball down and near the zone....pisses me off.

Think Schwarbs will redeem himself tomorrow

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2 hours ago, 2jakefansinva said:

PS......if the Jake shows up tomorrow this sh*t is over.

I do wanna see ya'll in LA.

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On 10/9/2017 at 8:54 PM, 2jakefansinva said:

Love Almora but he can't hit rightys at this time....kid can play.

Strop can't keep the ball down and near the zone....pisses me off.

Think Schwarbs will redeem himself tomorrow

This actually isn't true anymore.   Almora hit .271 against righties this year.    He's changed his game from last year.     I think people are so enamored with his vs L (.342) they don't realize he has a very respectable .271 on the other side.    He's actually done more damage against righties, 30 RBi and 14 doubles compared to 4 doubles and 16 RBI (4 homers on both sides).     Combined with above average fielding and smart baserunning, he should be playing every day.

Taking a look at Heyward, who does have top level defense, he's hitting worse than Almora by far.    L/R is .267/.256 .   He's really not a better option than Almora, all around, in any matchup but he'll get to play.   I guess you can't pay someone that much to sit.     Almora has contributed more than Heyward in way less time.     Even has a higher slugging and on base.     Heyward is definitely superior in defense and is faster but it's not a different like Heyward vs Schwarber there.     

Almora, Jay, and La Stella should be playing regularly over guys like Heyward, Schwarber, and Zobrist right now.      They are those GOOD players that aren't fantastic or bad but keep the gem moving.    At times, we have too many people swinging for the fences and those guys can make up for it.    I get Zobrist in playoffs based on what he's done though and timely hits.   It's a great roster with so many options but I think Maddon's infatuation with Schwarber's long ball is hurting us when it comes to putting people on base and defense in these close games vs a great pitching staff.     I'm not taking into account hitter vs batter history either, as I do know that comes into it as well.

I'm hoping we can load up on Roark, it's time for an offensive explosion this team is capable of.  

 

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