SweetSpot: Steve Johnson

A 20-year-old infielder getting a surprise promotion was foremost on our minds as SweetSpot blogger Dave Schoenfield and I gathered to record Thursday’s Baseball Today podcast.

1. Manny Machado is a big leaguer! Good for the Baltimore Orioles, we say, but what should the expectations be?

2. Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett continues to underwhelm and the question must be asked: How overrated is this fellow?

3. Among the topics from a busy Wednesday night were loads of runs being scored, affecting run differential, and angry exchanges between players and umpires.

4. Our emailers want to talk about relievers in the NL Cy Young race, the valuable Buster Posey and the underrated Jon Jay!

5. Thursday’s schedule is highlighted by Machado’s debut, but also a Washington ace, a Tampa Bay lefty and the, um, Astros.

So download and listen to Thursday’s Baseball Today podcast, as the witty banter didn’t stop with Dave and I, but producers Jay Soderberg and Drew Brooks were heard from as well!

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