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October 8, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with David Schoenfield

David Schoenfield
  (3:05 PM)

Hello, this is Craig Kimbrel. I'll be pinch-chatting today, although I can probably only go about 20 minutes. I apparently lack the stamina to go the full hour.

Jeremy (Sacramento)

Just like we all said: Red Sox-Rays would come down to whether the Sox could silence Jose Lobaton's bat

Matt T (Boston, MA)

If Pittsburgh loses today, still a great season, right?

David Schoenfield
  (3:05 PM)

Game is tomorrow, but, yes, a great season. Just not a GREAT season.

Bren (Pearl River, NY)

All of this talk of tanking at the end of the year begs the question, how hard would it be to actually throw a game? Unlike "Eight Men Out," it seems to me that most pitchers would only have to miss their location by a couple of feet.

David Schoenfield
  (3:06 PM)

The on-field people still want to win. Any mocking of "tanking" is directed at the front offices. And any player caught purposely trying to lose would be gone, so why risk millions?

Honus (Carnegie)

Painful as yesterday was, I have to tip my hat to Wacha and the Cardinals for a thoroughly entertaining game. But I was also impressed with Morton's start (apart from the HR, obviously) and how it kept the Pirates in a game they should have lost. Does that bode well for Game 5? Cole can probably hang with Wainwright.

David Schoenfield
  (3:08 PM)

I love the way Cole is throwing. Hasn't allowed more than two runs in his past nine starts. He may have to allow none to keep his team in this game. Should be a low-scoring game. I think the best question is whether Matheny will stay too long with Wainwright, trying to basically go Wainwright to Rosenthal.

Dan (Miami)

Manny Machado or Andrelton Simmons?

David Schoenfield
  (3:09 PM)

I think I've been asked this before ... tough, very tough. Slight edge to Machado as I think there is still more improvement to come with the bat.

Matt T (Boston, MA)

Hi Dave, what do you make of John Farrell's moves in yesterday's game? Using Morales and Workman in one inning. What a disaster. Thoughts?

David Schoenfield
  (3:10 PM)

Thought it was a little odd he used both Breslow and Tazawa in the seventh. Have to get more than three outs of those two.

Chris (Raleigh, NC)

Hi David --- watching the Braves/Dodgers game last night, as soon as the 8th Inning rolled around I KNEW that Fredi Gonzalez was going to wait to bring Kimbrel in. Once Puig led off with the double, I though, "Ok, now he has to go to Kimbrel...", but no. I know that the Braves lost the series due to many factors, but will there ever come a point when a manager will realize that it's ok to bring in a closer for a potential 6-out save, especially in an elimination game?!! To have Kimbrel standing in the bullpen while all that unfolded is inexcusable in my opinion....

David Schoenfield
  (3:12 PM)

Looked this up: Only four four-out saves from 2008 to 2012 postseason -- Jason Motte, Phil Coke and two by some guy named Rivera. I see no change on the horizon. I mean, if you're not going to use a guy as special as Kimbrel, you're not going to start doing it with lesser relievers. And Fredi isn't really any different than any other manager.

Michael [via mobile]

No question. Just wanted to say how much it sucks to a Braves fan in October. Hey at least the Falcons are - oh wait nevermind

Suburban Rhythm (Pittsburgh)

Is Cole over Burnett the right call? Some people are worried about how AJ will react, and what it means for his decision next year. I say worry about next year...next year.

David Schoenfield
  (3:13 PM)

I'd go with Cole. He was better not only in his earlier start but has been much more consistent going back to August. Right call even if it doesn't work out.

AA (Atown)

Please comment on Mattingly having Uribe try to bunt Puig from 2nd to 3rd. I mean I know there are no outs but Puig scores on a single and Uribe has been hitting well. That decision was dumb on too many levels. Bad bad bad call Donnie Baseball. Whether you old school or new school I hated that call. Thank goodness Uribe couldn't get one down.

David Schoenfield
  (3:15 PM)

The biggest issue there is even if you get the bunt down, Carpenter or Kimbrel (if he comes in for a five-out save) or both good strikeout guys. (Although Schumaker is a pretty good contact guy.) But I let Uribe hit -- in part, he's *better* than the two guys in the order anyway, so give him a chance to drive in the run.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

Who do you consider to be the favorite in the AL?

David Schoenfield
  (3:15 PM)

I picked the A's, but probably the Red Sox. Nobody can match their lineup depth and talent (especially with Cabrera hurting).

zack (stl)

So Freddy Garcia was actually decent? And the braves still lost.

David Schoenfield
  (3:17 PM)

I was a little surprised he came out for the sixth inning when the game was still. Shouldn't you have been thankful he'd give you five good innings?

Peter Huisking (Alpharetta, Georgia)

Will the Braves be able to sign Kimbrel, Freeman, and Heyward? If so, does McCann go elsewhere....say Texas to join the Rangers?

David Schoenfield
  (3:18 PM)

With Gattis around and defensive specialist Christian Bethancourt on the way, they probably let McCann. As you suggest, they'll need that money to help sign those other guys down the road. McCann will have a lot of interesting. Rangers definitely a likely spot of they don't bring Pierzynski back.

Ryan (Dayton) [via mobile]

Hey Dave, submitting early since I can't be around for the chat this afternoon. Interesting post over at Redleg Nation yesterday, could you see a possibility of the Brewers moving Braun this offseason to escape the hassle? Could he be had for little more than just absorbing the remainder of his contract? Thanks!

David Schoenfield
  (3:20 PM)

I'm not sure he's movable right now. Teams would be wary about the public backlash and there has to be concern about his numbers from this year. And the Brewers wouldn't want to sell for 50 cents on the dollar.

Andy J. (Effingham, IL)

What are your thoughts on Reggie Jackson's new revisionist history, just to sell a book?

David Schoenfield
  (3:20 PM)

I saw the story in the New York paper. What is he revising? That he and Billy Martin didn't get along? That Thurman Munson didn't like him? Nothing new there.

Kevin - Orlando/Tampa Bay [via mobile]

Amazing win for the Rays last night. Thoughts on Madden going with Hellickson vs Matt Moore? A I would have preferred seeing Archer (used in relief in game 1). helli has had a tough year.

David Schoenfield
  (3:23 PM)

Hard to go with Moore on short rest after a bad start. And the problem with Archer is he has huge platoons splits (crushes right-handers) and the Red Sox can roll out, what, six left-handers/switch-hitters? That said, Hellickson has been pretty bad and Madden likely to turn this into a bullpen game pretty early.

Tony the J (Decatur, IL)

David: It annoys me to death when announcers say, "Carlos Beltran has just tied Babe Ruth for post-season home runs." Babe Ruth did not have the wild-card game, or divisional or league playoff games--all of his HR's are WORLD SERIES homeruns! It just doesn't seem fair that players are getting credit for passing the Babe, and Mickey Mantle, and Lou Gehrig for achievements that are so obviously padded by additional games. Your take? (P.S. No disrespect to Carlos Beltran.)

David Schoenfield
  (3:25 PM)

Well, sure, it's misleading on level, but it's not inaccurate. FYI, Ruth (not counting games as a pitcher): 15 HR in 36 games; Beltran: 16 HR in 38 games.

Ken (SF)

Is the non-move by Fredi the worst pitching decision in the playoffs since Grady Little? And honestly I think this was FAR more egregious than Little leaving in Pedro too long.

David Schoenfield
  (3:26 PM)

Not sure I'd go that far, since Carpenter WAS good this year. But completely inexcusable not to get Kimbrel in the game. This managing to the save has got to end.

AJ (Pasadena)

Would there be any sort of market for Aroldis Chapman if the Reds decided to try to move him?

David Schoenfield
  (3:27 PM)

Sure. He's good and making just $8 million the next two seasons. They would be very big market for him.

Kurt (Tampa)

Which teams top the list that David Price is likely to get traded to?

David Schoenfield
  (3:28 PM)

I'd say the Braves and Rangers. Dark horse: Mariners.

David (Queens,NY)

With Harvey out for all of 2014,would the Mets concider trading d'Arnault and Syndergaard to get David Price?

David Schoenfield
  (3:29 PM)

That wouldn't get Price.

Conor (Calgary)

Hi David. I know that closers typically like to increase their saves in order to pad their baseball cards and contracts, but does a save mean as much in the post season? Wouldn't people remember Kimbrell more for shutting the door on the Dodgers in the 8th then facing the bottom of the order in the 9th?

David Schoenfield
  (3:30 PM)

Yep, but until teams start paying for good relief pitching instead of just paying for saves, this is probably what we'll continue to see.

Craig (PA)

Any chance of seeing Andre Ethier as anything more than a DH in the NLCS?

David Schoenfield
  (3:31 PM)

No DH in the NLCS! Not sure how well he's running right now but I'd pretty wary of putting him in center field.

Buster (Vols Fan)

So what should we make of Sonny Gray? Looked mighty fine against the Tigers over the weekend.

David Schoenfield
  (3:32 PM)

Indeed. I think most peg up him as a 2-3, but that could be prejudice against short right-handers.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

Would you have pinch hit Bogaerts for Drew last night in the 8th inning with McGee on the mound and Jamey Wright warming up in the pen?

David Schoenfield
  (3:34 PM)

Hmm, probably not. McGee is good versus both sides, although Drew was bad versus lefties. Say Bogaerts is .250 hitter versus McGee and Drew is a .200 hitter. You're looking a five percent increase in getting a hit. Probably not worth the defensive hit.

Marc (California)

Was last night even more proof that the Save category continues to ruin the game of baseball and how managers manage late-game situations? Sometimes the most important out isn't the one that ends the game.

David Schoenfield
  (3:35 PM)

Yep. You nailed it. Look, I get that you probably need some sort of structure in the regular season. Players like roles and it's makes it easier to manage workloads. But the postseason is not the regular season and you have to manage to the game and not the statistic.

Tarek (NYC)

David Price told me to tell you, NERD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan (Miami)

Mike Trout is awesome. just need that somewhere in the chat

Alec (Springfield)

Where does Beltran land this winter. My heart says O's since I like the team, and the hitters park and the DH option will help his HoF chances, but my brain says Rangers (though still a hitters park and DH).

David Schoenfield
  (3:37 PM)

Well, he's a perfect fit for both. I would guess the Rangers would be more willing to go to a multi-year deal.

Suburban Rhythm (Pittsburgh)

Getting ahead of myself here, but should the Buccos advance, how should they arrange the rotation to maximize Liriano at home?

David Schoenfield
  (3:38 PM)

He's only getting one start at home no matter how you set it up, so he would go in Game 1 in L.A. and then Game 5 in Pittsburgh.

Tarek (NYC)

Do you think Donnie starts Greinke in game 1,4,7 of NLCS? Or does he start Zack in game 1,5 and Kershaw in 3,7?

David Schoenfield
  (3:39 PM)

He'll go Greinke in Game 1 and Kershaw in Game 2 (on regular rest). Very doubt he'll use Greinke on short rest like he did Kershaw. So I'm guessing Ryu and then Nolasco.

Charlie (Bethesda)

Should the Nats start next season with LaRoche at first, Zimmerman at first, someone else entirely, or a LaRoche/RHH platoon?

David Schoenfield
  (3:41 PM)

Sure, looks like his days against lefties may be numbered. If you're willing to move Rendon around, you can slide Zimmerman between third and first, Rendon between second and third and find a right-handed second baseman who essentially platoons with LaRoche. But I don't know of any manager besides Joe Maddon who is comfortable moving his players around like that.

Nathan (St. Louis)

David, I saw earlier that some thing Cole could hang with Wainwright. While I don't disagree with this, the Cardinals faced Cole for the first time in Game 2 and have a track record of not doing well against pitchers they see the first time. Into the fifth and sixth innings, the Cards started getting to Cole, mainly walks, but making him pitch. Isn't it feasible that the Cardinals might hit Cole well the second time around? The Cardinals have beat good pitching before. Halladay, Kershaw, Lee, the list goes on.

David Schoenfield
  (3:43 PM)

They had two hits and one walk. Didn't seem like they were starting to get to him. But, sure, anything can happen but I still like Cole over Burnett.

Baron (Large, PA)

In football draft logic seems to be BPA (best player available), is that the case in baseball? Or do clubs have certain preferences (even at ddifferent points in draft)? Referring, I guess, to Cards having some young monster arms. Also, have you noticed that Kozma/Carpenter/Descalso/SRobinson all look (visually) like the same player? Thanks

David Schoenfield
  (3:46 PM)

Generally, yes, teams draft the BPA. Cards do have some specific philosophies it seems, however. They like drafting college pitchers from major conferences in the early rounds -- Wacha (Texas A&M), Lynn (Mississippi), Joe Kelly (Cal Riverside, which I believe is a pretty good program).

David Schoenfield
  (3:46 PM)

Of course, Shelby Miller was out of high school and Rosenthal was a later pick out of a JC.

Matt (Charlotte)

With all due respect, I think the Rays would trade Price for that package in a heartbeat. That's an ideal trade for them - a top catching prospect, and one of the best RHP prospects in baseball. They can't re-tool by letting their stars go for just a draft pick. On the other hand, no way the Mets would entertain that offer.

David Schoenfield
  (3:49 PM)

Some don't see Syndergaard as a top-of-the-rotation guy and D'Arnaud is so injury prone he's a risk. You're right, probably a fair deal, but not sure it fits the Rays mind-set. I think they'd want the position player to be the best player in the deal.

Matt (Charlotte)

Regarding Braun, doesn't a trade with the Mets make sense? I know the media can be awful in NY, but he's the ideal player for them. They need an OF, and they need a big bat to pair with Wright. After so many years of losing, the madoff scandal, etc, this would energize the franchise more than any trade since Piazza. (Of course, if he was traded to the Mets it would probably turn out that his stats were PED-driven, and he'd be a subpar player going forward).

David Schoenfield
  (3:50 PM)

Can't argue there. Definitely what the Mets need. Of course, ANY team could use a good Ryan Braun.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

What Major League Baseball Teams has Retired the #42 for Other Players Besides Jackie Robinson who's #42 is Retired throughout MLB?

David Schoenfield
  (3:51 PM)

Yankees with Mariano Rivera and Cardinals with Bruce Sutter.

Eric (Rhode Island)

Is Peavy on a very short hook tonight? I assume Farrell would like to avoid Moore again, regardless of what happened in game 1.

David Schoenfield
  (3:53 PM)

I'm pretty sure Price would start Game 5. As for Peavy, good question. Farrell's decision is actually a lot tougher than Maddon's. Maddon knows he has to have a short leash, but what does Farrell do? Go all out in this? Bank on having one more game if you lose? I'd probably lean to a quick hook since you can maybe match up Doubront in the middle innings.

Jeff (ABQ)

Looks like Hurdle is thinking the same. He said Liriano not available out of bullpen tomorrow. Who's your pick? As a Pirates fan, I'm already a mess.

David Schoenfield
  (3:53 PM)

I'm going as much with my heart as my head, but I'm going Pirates 4-3.

mikebk (brooklyn)

The Mariners just claimed Travis Witherspoon and DFAd Henry Blanco, does this excite you?

David Schoenfield
  (3:54 PM)

Good thing I'm now a Pirates fan!

Adam (St. Louis)

Taking this year into consideration, is it safe to say the Cardinals and the Pirates look to be the top contenders in the NL for the immediate future?

David Schoenfield
  (3:54 PM)

Sure, lots of young talent on both teams.

Jon (Bozeman, MT)

Rays seem to get a lot of credit for drafting good young players, but isn't this a myth? They haven't done well since the 2008 draft, though still early to judge the last two drafts.

David Schoenfield
  (3:56 PM)

Indeed. Drafts have really dried up in recent years, both in first-round and they haven't been finding those later-round gems like Moore and Shields. There is no magic pill to the draft. You can get lucky for a period and then dry up for a years (or, like the Mariners, for nearly two decades).

Eric (St. Louis)

Your comment above..."This managing to the save has got to end." Can we just say that this will never change, so David you must be the one to change and accept or find something else to do. You and your save theory is falling on deaf ears. Let's find something else to talk about rather than whether or not you agree with a managerial decision. And if you don't, find an organization in which they will hire you as manager and we can scrutinize you after every decision. You'd be begging us to stop. Thanks.

David Schoenfield
  (3:58 PM)

So we should blindly believe that authority figures are doing things the right way?

Rob (Lime Rock, CT)

Granderson to the White Sox would be a terrible idea, right? White Sox should not surrender a 2nd Rd pick for a 32 yr old OF'er coming off an injury plagued year

David Schoenfield
  (3:59 PM)

I think Granderson has something left in the tank, but White Sox are unlikely contenders the next couple of seasons. Doesn't seem like a good move unless you just want to tread water.

Eric (Rhode Island)

Posey and Longoria seem to be the only threats in the Rays lineup right now. Do you see Peavy working around them and challenging others to step up and do something? Until Myers proves it in the playoffs I would pitch to him aggressively

David Schoenfield
  (4:01 PM)

The Rays wish they had Buster Posey ... actually, they could have drafted him in 2008 (took Tim Beckham instead). You probably mean Loney. Anyway, no, you're going to pitch around Loney since he's not a power guy. Longoria? Maybe, depending on the situation.

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David Schoenfield
  (4:01 PM)

It's been on for awhile now ...

Andrew (SF )

Doesn't something need to be said about the Cardinals' mismanagement of Shelby Miller? For a team that almost always does things the 'right' way. Dude was their #2 all year, how on earth did they let him pitch in Aug/Sept?

David Schoenfield
  (4:02 PM)

Not sure what you're complaining about?

Bill (California)

They stopped tracking official Game Winning RBI's. What would it take for them to stop tracking Saves?

David Schoenfield
  (4:02 PM)

Congress. But it's busy with this little debt ceiling thing.

Kevin (Orlando/Tampa Bay)

Care to predict tonight's game? I have Rays 8-6 in a high scoring affair.

David Schoenfield
  (4:03 PM)

I'll take Red Sox. Think they get 3-4 off Hellickson and a couple more off the bullpen. Peavy good enough, bullpen does the job tonight. Red Sox win 6-3.

Tarek (NYC)

lol, David the pirates fan! I think you would look good with a eye patch on. What about today's games? I'm going A's 7-4 over Det and TB 6-2 over Boston.

David Schoenfield
  (4:03 PM)

So, yes: Red Sox 6-3 and A's 3-2.

Eric (RI)

to Adam in St. Louis, I see the Nationals bouncing back in a big way next year, and you cant sleep on the Miami Mar...oh wait, nevermind.

Russ (Cape Porpoise, ME)

Isn't perhaps the reason for managers' use of their closer the finality of the 9th? For the visiting team, if you give up the lead in the 8th, you still have an opportunity to come back. If you lose the lead in the 9th, there's no coming back.

David Schoenfield
  (4:05 PM)

Sure, that's part of it. But, really, it's just EASIER to designate roles. This guy in the eighth, that guy in the ninth. It's just that, in my opinion, they've streamlined those roles TOO much.

Ike (Sheffield, Mass)

What stats do you find most important to evaluate a player? Things you always look to first. Thanks...love your work! Good stuff

David Schoenfield
  (4:05 PM)

Strikeout and walk rates (hitters and pitchers). Durability is underrated.

Bill (Portland, Maine)

Any chance Girardi is going to the Cubs or is that just wishful thinking from a LONG suffering fan?

David Schoenfield
  (4:06 PM)

I saw one report that said the Cubs will not be outbid. Doesn't mean Girardi will go there. Apparently his wife likes it in Westchester as well. I'll say he goes back to pinstripes.

Eric (Rhode Island)

Kevin in Orlando, 6 runs isn't high for Boston, but 8 is astronomical for the Rays!

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

What do you think is a fair contract for Ellsbury and what do you think he will actually get?

David Schoenfield
  (4:09 PM)

I like him but I'm wary due to his injury history and his age (30) and speed game (what if he loses a step?). I think he gets 5/$100 million, which seems pretty fair if risky. He's pretty similar to Crawford and Crawford got more than that.

Matt (Northern VA)

Hey Dave, So what would Price cost ATL? Sims, Peraza, and Teheran?

David Schoenfield
  (4:11 PM)

Do the Braves trade Teheran? Not sure they do.

David Schoenfield
  (4:12 PM)

Not saying he's better than Price, but considering he's cheap for several more years that has a lot of value to a team like the Braves that won't break the bank on payroll.

Jeff (Mich)

Do turf infields produce more singles on ground balls

David Schoenfield
  (4:12 PM)

I believe studies in the '80s said that was true. Not sure if that's still true with this new, spongier turf they have.

Matt (New Jersey)

Dave, didn't Babe Ruth also play with like 4 teams in his league? I understand it is misleading, but Beltran has had to play with 32 teams which makes it harder to get to the post season. He also didn't play on a dynasty that lasted forever.

David Schoenfield
  (4:13 PM)

There were eight teams in the AL in Ruth's day.

Jeff (Mich)

Are foul pops included in BABIP?

David Schoenfield
  (4:14 PM)

Yes, any ball in play that isn't a home run.

Drew (Bloomsburg)

David, love your work. As a Phillies fan, can you comment at all on how we can catch Atlanta/Washington in the coming years?

David Schoenfield
  (4:16 PM)

Going to be tough. Those teams just have so much more young/in-their-primes talent. They need to get lucky with a couple prospects (Asche?), squeeze out another two good years from Utley and hope Howard has one last fling with glory. Otherwise, I'm pretty skeptical.

Tyler Smith (Atlanta)

On Buster's Podcast today, he said, "the industry is swirling with a lot of rumors that (Braves) people are going to be answering for this playoff loss. Fair or not, that is something to watch for in the days ahead." Have you heard anything similar?

David Schoenfield
  (4:17 PM)

If Buster said it, he's hearing it from somebody. How do you think John Schuerholz felt watching Craig Kimbrel standing there in the bullpen with his hands on his hips? It's like with Dusty: At some point, you're going to make a change if you can't win in the playoffs.

Jon (Bozeman, MT)

I know that the Rangers are high on your list of players for Price, but do the Indians have the resources to get him? Would they consider trading Lindor, Gomez, and filler and is that enough?

David Schoenfield
  (4:20 PM)

Would probably take Lindor, but don't see the Indians going that route with a declining Cabrera. Although they do have a couple other SS prospects as well. But Indians *should* be in win-now mode with essentially a veteran lineup and I do like the idea of going after Price if he fits in the payroll.

Drew (Bloomsburg)

Which manager do you trust the most of those left in the postseason? I think I would say Maddon first?

David Schoenfield
  (4:21 PM)

Clint Hurdle has been doing a good job. He's hit for Barmes trying to get extra runs, pinch-run for his catcher, got his starters out at the right time.

Will B (Bozeman)

Sorry DS but I think you are making your pirates pick above ENTIRELY with your heart and not your head, Waino has been outstanding at home, as long as he does not pitch to Alvarez the buds will have trouble scoring even one run off him. The cards are one of the best in the biz at making adjustments as well, their BA goes up tremendously the more times a pitcher goes through the order and they do the same when facing young pitchers for a 2nd and 3rd time and so on. This game is the cardinals to lose (and dont expect carpenter to go 0-4 with 3 strikeouts again) cards win 4-1

David Schoenfield
  (4:23 PM)

Oh, sure, I don't make that pick with confidence, I admit that.

Mitch (NC)

I'm all for Freddi's hot seat in Atlanta, but crashing down on him for using a set-up man is insane. Especially one that was as good as Carpenter. Shouldn't Schuerholz and Wren feel responsible for having their top paid free agent on the bench and one of their other top paid players off the roster? Fire Freddi, sure, but game 4 was one of the few games I thought he managed well.

Buster Only (Bristol, CN)

Who do you think gets the Nationals manager job? Could you see them hiring Dusty?

David Schoenfield
  (4:25 PM)

Randy Knorr (current bench coach) seems like the favorite. They've asked to speak to former catcher Brad Ausmus, now working for the Padres. No on Baker.

Sal (Stl)

Do you think the Cards will go after a shortstop during the off season, and if so will it come via trade or via free agent pick up. As it is well known the cards draft very well, but it seems like we just haven't been able to get a homegrown SS in a very long time. Their talent and depth is phenomenal at every base, and the lone piece is that SS position. Thanks

David Schoenfield
  (4:26 PM)

Yes, probably via trade. Not much in free agency aside from Stephen Drew.

Bill (Baltimore)

It has been floated around that the Orioles should consider trading Matt Wieters. With no other viable starting catcher with the team and him coming off his worst offensive year, is this really a good idea?

David Schoenfield
  (4:27 PM)

Probably not. You still have him for three more seasons. You can win now. He's a good player even in a down year. I'd keep him.

Tarek (NYC)

Manager you have the least trust in the playoffs? It's Donnie isn't it!

David Schoenfield
  (4:28 PM)

There's a reason the Dodgers have signed him for next year yet ...

Joe (Chico, CA)

The Nats hire Dusty? I think Mark Prior and Kerry Wood just panic texted Stephen Strasburg --- RUN!!!!

mikebk (harpertown)

David loves the underdogs. His name is David not Goliath.

Mitch (NC)

Memories from 2013: I went to the Brewers/Braves game the day after the Braves clinched. We got pounded, but they picked me to go out to center field for the pop fly challenge and I caught all three balls and won some prizes. Best.Moment.Ever

Stephen (Po-town)

Do you really think Hurdle got Burnett out at the right time in Game 1??

David Schoenfield
  (4:30 PM)

Well, no ... but once it got 4-0, the game was essentially over anyway.

Chris (Kingston)

Did you just say you trust Clint Hurdle the most??!! Oh man, could you imagine what 2010 Dave would say if he read that?

AA (Atown)

Is it crazy to think that LA should consider/entertain Matt Kemp trade if someone willing to absorb contract. He could still be very good and then LA can spend even more on additional pitching, a couple holes and of course Kershaw. I mean unless Guggenheim wants a 300 million payroll for the next decade....?

David Schoenfield
  (4:31 PM)

Who's going to trade for Matt Kemp right now?

Greg (DC)

David, if you're the Cardinals in the offseason, with all sorts of trading chips and the ability to add some payroll, which shortstop do you target?

David Schoenfield
  (4:32 PM)

How about Erick Aybar? Angels need depth, Cardinals have it.

Jason (Cincy)

Answer questions about the Nats job, but not the Cincy job??

David Schoenfield
  (4:33 PM)

Barry Larkin?

Sal (Stl)

For some reason every time i see a managerial position open, it astounds me that Jose Oquendo never really gets talked about. He is a player coach and one of the best when it comes defense fundamentals and teaching,recent example Matt Carpenter. It doesn't hurt that he worked under Tony LaRussa for over a decade as well. My opinion he would be sneaky candidate for the Reds job with the Walt Jocketty connection.

David Schoenfield
  (4:33 PM)

Could be. He's been mentioned in the past. Not sure why he's never gotten an opportunity.

DFA (Edmonton)

Someone talk about the A's!

Andrew (CA)

Jurickson Profar/maybe a minor prospect for Shelby Miller or Michael Wacha: Who says no?

David Schoenfield
  (4:34 PM)

I think the Rangers are more likely to say no. Position player > pitcher.

mikebk (harpertown)

I think Hurdle was looking for the guy who could strike guys out with the bases loaded, and he thought Burnett could limit the damage, just didnt happen.

Sal (Stl)

NOOOOOOOOOOO TO ANDREW IN CA

Tarek (NYC)

Boy those A's play in a crappy ballpark. I talked about the A's.

mike (williamsburg, va)

to andrew - cards say noand I note that espn analysts all said that teexas would decline that trade at the start of this year

mike (williamsburg, va)

I dont understand how the cards let iglesias get traded without participating. Surely they could have offered sox more than tigers, right?

David Schoenfield
  (4:36 PM)

Well, that was a three-way deal. Tigers basically gave up Avisail Garcia to get him. Maybe the Cards didn't see Iglesias as much of an upgrade on Kozma.

Andrew (CA)

A lot of the Rangers offseason is going to center on what to do with Mitch Moreland. I haven't seen enough to warrant he keeps the job without competition, but I have to say I am a little hesitant to give up on him after Chris Davis' revival. Do you think he gets one more year to try and prove himself?

David Schoenfield
  (4:37 PM)

.300 OBP. 28 years old. I don't see it. Davis is still younger now than Moreland.

Beau (Los Angeles)

In each of the two potential NLCS matchups, who faces Greinke and Kershaw in games 1 and 2, respectively?

David Schoenfield
  (4:38 PM)

Pirates: I assume Liriano and then Burnett. Cardinals: I assume they stick to their rotation, Lynn and then Kelly. Although ... I guess Wacha woud have enough rest, so maybe you bump him up. Lynn, Wacha and then Wainwright in G3.

Bill (Baltimore)

Don't know if it changes your thoughts at all, but the O's only have Wieters for 2 more years before free agency.

David Schoenfield
  (4:40 PM)

Oops, you're right. I don't know, sometimes don't you have to just keep your best players and hope to win with them?

Sal (Stl)

IF the Cardinals make the NLCS, what should the Cards do with Shelby Miller in your opinon? He is 10-3 at home with a 1.88 ERA, it sure would be a waste to not use that in your advantage.

David Schoenfield
  (4:41 PM)

Seems like they've made their decision and Miller is the odd man out.

Bob (Italy)

4-0 in the third and the game is essentially over? If you really think that's how Clint Hurdle was thinking, I'm not sure how you could say is a good manager. Admit it, he left Burnett in for waay too long.

David Schoenfield
  (4:42 PM)

Well, like the other reader suggested, he was obviously going for strikeout. Not really defending the decision (and I was in Atlanta during that game, so missed it), but at least it was Game 1 and not Game 3.

will b (bozeman)

Lynn will not be starting again this post season DS, they will go with the youngster rotation, because matheny and mozeliak do not have confidence that lynn has confidence. I PROMISE you

Tom (STL)

Matheny is going to get roasted in STL if Lynn starts again.

David Schoenfield
  (4:43 PM)

Makes sense. I would have started Miller over Lynn. So Miller in Game 1?

Ben (Charlotte)

any thoughts as to why the A's keep mashing in Comerica Park? Tigers starters seem to do just fine at their place ...

David Schoenfield
  (4:44 PM)

Not sure if there's a reason. Sanchez was just bad yesterday. Left 55 percent of his pitches up in the zone, worst total of the season (34 percent average).

Andrew (SF)

Shelby Miller is not pitching in the playoffs because he's gassed. Yet he made all five of his Sept starts, when he had struggled already in Aug. Why didn't St. Louis conserve his innings for the most important time of the year?

Conor (Calgary)

At this time is the Tigers lineup really better with Cabrera playing 3rd base?

David Schoenfield
  (4:45 PM)

I think it's worth questioning. You could play Peralta at third and Dirks in left and improve defensively at two positions.

David Schoenfield
  (4:45 PM)

OK, send in your final thoughts for the day!

Tarek (NYC)

Cole really has turned it on. When he first came up, you were right on about his 99MPH straight fastball, it was very hittable. But now he has mixed in his other stuff and looks like a future true blue#1.

Joe (Chico, CA)

Thought It was said the reason Shelby Miller wasn't starting against Pirates was ONLY because his numbers against them were bad. Made it sound like he's starting against anyone else. (Don't agree with this thinking but that's what was said.)

mike (williamsburg, va)

i think miller was started against pitt because they hit him hard so I would expect to see him vs LA

will b (bozeman)

miller 1, wacha 2, waino 3, kelly 4, miller 5, wacha 6, waino 7

CISCOSKID (FOLSOM, CA)

DAVE I LOVE THE A'S FLYING UNDER THE RADAR. BOB MELVIN IS THE 2ND BEST MANAGER LEFT IN THE PLAYOFFS NEXT TO MADDEN. THEIR DEPTH IS UNDERRATED AND THEIR STARTING PITCHING IS AS GOOD AS ANYONE ELSES LEFT. THEY JUST DONT HAVE THE TRACK RECORD ASIDE FROM COLON WHO IS LIKE THE MAGIC MAN. I CANT WAIT FOR THE A'S VS BOSTON.

mikebk (harpertown)

A's will win today, book it!

Kevin (Orlando/Tampa Bay)

The Trop is the best stadium on the East Coast!!! :)

Kevin (Orlando/Tampa Bay)

Rays win 2 in a row!!!

Bill (Baltimore)

Speaking of Wieters, should he give up switch hitting? It seemed to work for Victorino. I'd like to see him give it a shot at least in spring training. He definitely has consistant platoon splits.

David Schoenfield
  (4:46 PM)

I think he should consider it, yes.

Eric (Chicago)

Chicago Cubs 2014 World Series Champs!

will b (bozeman)

just saw a poll on the dodgers website, 70% would rather face the bucs than cards, not suprising considering stl is the one team in the league that consistently knocks kershaw around

Greg (DC)

Wacha in 2 and Wainwright in 3 for sure. Interesting question will be Kelly vs. Miller in 1.

B Mand (Sarasota, FL)

Red Sox win tonight and beat the A's in 6 games to get to the World Series.

Amy (South Africa)

Go Senators!

David Schoenfield
  (4:48 PM)

Hey, somebody rooting for Congress! OK, thanks everyone. Enjoy your baseball!