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Doubt the Astros would trade the most important person in their organization.

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4 minutes ago, JameisofThrones said:

Kela rewards everyone who plugged him right into their lineup by giving up a leadoff HR in a four-run game.

He actually looks fairly sharp for a guy who just came back from Covid and little prep time. 

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Yeah. That was just a great swing by Tucker. Kela looked okay. Trouble putting guys away but not bad overall. Ervin put an amazing at bat together against him but then weak contact from Castellanos and Votto and Suarez after a decent AB to get to 3-2 absolutely got cooked by a 58 foot breaking ball. 

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47 minutes ago, Rotofan24 said:

It seems like he is 1A in the committee. I don't know if the cubs will commit to one guy. Still not sure how good he is, but the Cubs are sure winning at a nice clip. 

 

This. If his curve isn't working (he was hanging it a bit tonight, but it was still moving a lot) he's not going to get many K's because his fastball is good (94-96) but not overpowering. He's definitely a guy where you buy more into the situation than his stuff, though I'd say he'll be a 1K/1IP type guy. So far so good.

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20 minutes ago, Kramjam24 said:

Are the cubs gonna use kimbrel like the mets using Diaz and give him 8 inning low stress work to build him back into the closer? Or are the cubs just done with kimbrel 

You can't fix that which is totally broken.  They will probably try to get him back but stick a fork in him.  He has been done for some time.  He had a longer run than most closers but it is the end of the trail and then some.

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5 minutes ago, gbill2004 said:

Looks like Jordan Romano is now the Jays closer. 

Blue Jays up 12-4, maybe not. Bass was likely getting some work in earlier. Hadn't pitched in a string of days.

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2 minutes ago, k.k. said:

Blue Jays up 12-4, maybe not. Bass was likely getting some work in earlier. Hadn't pitched in a string of days.

If you were watching the game and seeing Romano get ready then stop, you'll understand my comment that Romano is now the closer. 

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3 minutes ago, k.k. said:

Blue Jays up 12-4, maybe not. Bass was likely getting some work in earlier. Hadn't pitched in a string of days.

Incorrect. He entered the game in the top of the 8th with the Jays up 8-4. Romano was getting the 9th tonight. Romano is the guy I want on my team. Bass is meh. Maybe he still gets save opportunities but Romano is the dude with enormous upside.

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I guess we'll see if there's an update from the team on the bullpen hierarchy. Just speculation at this point.

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7 minutes ago, meh2 said:

Incorrect. He entered the game in the top of the 8th with the Jays up 8-4. Romano was getting the 9th tonight. Romano is the guy I want on my team. Bass is meh. Maybe he still gets save opportunities but Romano is the dude with enormous upside.

 

I think you and I have very different definitions of "enormous" upside.

Exhibit A: Jordan Romano's underwhelming minor league numbers. 

Career Stats

Season Team LG Level W L ERA G GS CG SHO HLD SV SVO IP H R ER HR NP HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
Minors Career - - Minors 25 18 3.52 107 69 1 0 3 5 5 419.2 374 204 164 28 6323 32 153 0 425 .237 1.26 0.73
2014 2 teams - Minors 1 1 1.93 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 28.0 21 7 6 0   2 13 0 34 .206 1.21 0.81
2016 LAN MID A(Full) 3 2 2.11 15 14 1 0 0 0 0 72.2 49 24 17 3 1150 5 27 0 72 .191 1.05 0.83
2017 DUN FSL A(Adv) 7 5 3.39 28 26 0 0 0 0 0 138.0 141 65 52 2 2336 14 54 0 138 .263 1.41 0.63
2018 2 teams - Minors 12 8 4.11 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 142.1 126 82 65 15 2189 7 45 0 128 .236 1.20 0.72
2019 2 teams - Minors 2 2 5.59 25 3 0 0 1 5 5 38.2 37 26 24 8 648 4 14 0 53 .247 1.32 1.03
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4 minutes ago, jmcampbe11 said:

 

I think you and I have very different definitions of "enormous" upside.

Exhibit A: Jordan Romano's underwhelming minor league numbers. 

Career Stats

Season Team LG Level W L ERA G GS CG SHO HLD SV SVO IP H R ER HR NP HB BB IBB SO AVG WHIP GO/AO
Minors Career - - Minors 25 18 3.52 107 69 1 0 3 5 5 419.2 374 204 164 28 6323 32 153 0 425 .237 1.26 0.73
2014 2 teams - Minors 1 1 1.93 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 28.0 21 7 6 0   2 13 0 34 .206 1.21 0.81
2016 LAN MID A(Full) 3 2 2.11 15 14 1 0 0 0 0 72.2 49 24 17 3 1150 5 27 0 72 .191 1.05 0.83
2017 DUN FSL A(Adv) 7 5 3.39 28 26 0 0 0 0 0 138.0 141 65 52 2 2336 14 54 0 138 .263 1.41 0.63
2018 2 teams - Minors 12 8 4.11 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 142.1 126 82 65 15 2189 7 45 0 128 .236 1.20 0.72
2019 2 teams - Minors 2 2 5.59 25 3 0 0 1 5 5 38.2 37 26 24 8 648 4 14 0 53 .247 1.32 1.03
 

Wow, thanks for the lazy rebuttal. Have you seen him pitch this year? I’m guessing no. Here’s some reading material for you and maybe you could do a little more research than googling his minor league stats.

So, yes, with the elite fastball/slider combo he’s showing this year I’d say for a guy just sitting there on waiver wires he has enormous upside.

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