MLB Roundtable: JULY 2nd

Welcome to the MLB roundtable, with Archie and Steve throwing heat and the knowledge on Yasiel Puig, the Indians, Freddi Gonzalez and the All Star game

 

1. Yasiel Puig, flash in the pan or Superstar on the rise?Yasiel Puig

ARCHIE: The sample size one has to measure the true talents of Puig is very, very limited. He only has 89 TOTAL games as a professional player and that includes the 63 minor league games. His numbers do show that he hit at every level he played and coming from Cuba, there is not much to be found about his playing years prior to arriving in the U.S. I for one however, find myself believing that he is the real deal with a very bright future in MLB.

STEVE: This kid is the real deal. He reminds me a lot of Mike Trout from last year. Puig is doing everything right, and to me looks like the next Albert Pujols. This is a true storybook type of thing that MLB needs to get out from the light of the steroid controversy. I am really excited to watch players like Puig, Chris Davis, and Paul Goldschmidt to name a few. I think we may be seeing a new era of baseball.

 

2. The Cleveland Indians are in first place in the AL Central. Are they pretenders or contenders?

ARCHIE: I am still not buying Indian stock. I still feel the Tigers will undermine their dream of winning the central. I also feel like once that happens the Indians will not even make on of the two wild card teams.

STEVE: I still like the Tigers to come out of the Central by at least 6 games. The Indians are an up and coming team, but they are not quite there yet. Right now they are pretenders, and I think they will continue to hover around the .500 mark for the whole season. They will not get over the hump this season.

3. Should Freddi Gonzalez be concerned about the number of strikeouts his batters are accumulating?Atlanta Braves

ARCHIE:  I have long expressed my displeasure over the exorbitant amount of strikeouts proliferating MLB. It strikes twice as bad when the epidemic hits your favorite team, and for my beloved Braves I simply cringe every time one of the batters strikes out, especially with RISP. IF Freddi does NOT do something to help these guys over the hump with this problem, I don’t see how they can possibly make a run in the playoffs.

STEVE: Call me crazy, but I don’t see a problem. I mean strikeouts are just another out. Players are going to make outs. With the number of Home Runs the Braves are tallying, they will have no problem staying in the race and competing for a World Series title. They are also striking out batters, and Julio Teheran is in my opinion, the next big star pitcher to come out of Atlanta. Should Freddi be concerned? No, and out is an out.

4.  Look at these numbers first: 28 Homeruns, 132 base-on-balls, . 480 OBP, 169 OPS+, All Star. So why could Barry Bonds NOT get a job the next season?

ARCHIE: Conspiracy Theory. I firmly believe that every Owner in MLB blackballed Bonds because of the whole steroid debate. There is really no other way to explain it other than maybe Bonds overpriced himself and no one was willing to sign him. However, when you use the whole argument that for many years for many years has been the basis to keep the DH in the AL, why in the hell would some AL team NOT want him in that role?

STEVE: Bonds will never step foot on a MLB field again in an active role. He is linked to too much controversy with his legal woes, and the steroid issue. Baseball is moving in a new and more positive direction, and is doing everything they can to limit the amount of publicity that the steroid era has caused them.

5.  Select  your AL/NL starting pitchers for the ASG:2013 MLB All Star

ARCHIE: This one is pretty clear to me at this point, Buchholz for the AL, Harvey for the NL. These two have not just won games for their teams, they have been dominating in doing so.

STEVE: Clay Buchholz of Boston SHOULD get the nod. However, I think that Yu Darvish of Texas will start for the AL. In the National League I like Matt Harvey due to his pure domination of hitters so far this season.

 

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Name: Archie Michael Williams Age: 57 (as of 17 September) Occupation: Department of the Army Civilian / Retired Army NCO Grew up in North Carolina, now live in Oklahoma I entered the US Army in October 1984 and retired May 2005. Veteran of the Gulf War with the 3rd Armor Calvary Regiment (ACR) Spent entire Army career as a Fire Support Specialist (Field Artillery Observer / Coordinator) Avid, let me say this again, AVID sports fan. Favorite teams and sports: NFL = Pittsburgh Steelers MLB = Atlanta Braves NBA = OKC Thunder NHL = There is no way I could care less. Soccer = see NHL note College NCAAF = Oklahoma Sooners NCAAB = UNC Tarheels. Hobbies = Golf, Bowling , Hunting, Fishing I will answer any questions you have, Just give me a buzz!

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  1. When a batter strikes out the defense has to do nothing.

    When a batter puts the ball in play, all kinds of good things can happen.

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