As have some others, for over a month now about preferring that Vogelbach getting significant time this year. At this point, and it's not the numbers but how he's getting them (like OPPO field doubles when they shift), I'd give him the part of the jobshare that's as big as him and see about fitting some DH AB into the mix too. I do like the idea of some Cruz in RF if 2 of the Ford/Healy/DigVug trio are in and hitting. Productive sluggers outweigh the Ichiro, Heredia, Gamel trio, especially when weighing the point in the previous post about 20%less balls going into play in the current era. It's time for Earl Weaver baseball. I really want to see Heredia develop but am coming to terms with the probability that he'll never develop my favorite sub-tool, stealing.
I'm going to attempt a Blowers impression and call 21 wins in April. Is that slow? Ok, I don't really think that's going to happen. It would be funny if the drought ended with a wire to wire just like the team before it began. I do think it's possible but I'm not open to wagering. I've got a good feeling they'll outperform all the W/L predictions I've seen. The question remains whether it will be by enough.
I want to say that I've seen more development here in the last 2 years than in a long time if ever. Pitchers and hitters that actually improve is like sunlight finally coming out. I'm not used to seeing this. Please continue, it is a long summer.
High water mark for Seager? Dropping the dreary April out of 2016 we saw .297/.375/.518 the rest of the way. That's pretty much been about his ceiling all along and he did it for 5 months. Better yet April 30th to Sep 28th .303/.380/.534 .914 over 133 games.