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  1. #826
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach100 View Post
    If you are the GM...what does Riley’s arrival mean for Ender?

    A) Ender gets traded
    B) Ender becomes the 4th OF
    C) Ender gets his job back


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    With the way Riley is raking there is no way he gets sent back down so my guess would be Ender becomes 4th OF. His defense and speed are still in need

  2. #827
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    Sean Newcomb.....closer?


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  3. #828
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    Newk at closer was my same question. He looks like a new guy. I hope he embraces it. It seems like he has so far.

    Ender is a tough situation. They’ve been pulling Riley out in the late innings for defense. He’s perfect for that.

    Ender has been a fantastic hitter in the second half the last couple years. I really don’t want to trade him. He’s a great clubhouse guy too. I say try and use him when possible. His trade value is low right now. Tough spot.

  4. #829
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    I think this idea that Ender has been so good in the 2nd half is a little overblown. He has been way better than in the first half (usually), but still nothing special. In 2018 he jumped over 100 OPS points and still didn’t get to .800. In 2017 he had almost identical 1st/2nd half splits. In 2016 he made huge jumps, but a case can be made pretty easily that rose are statistical anomalies. He had widely elevated BAbip. While his numbers were very impressive, you cannot count on a guy holding a near 400 BAbip every second half like he did in 2016. 2015 he had a second half with an OPS right at .800.

    I think Riley has to be your guy. I also think Acuna has looked more comfortable in CF than he did in LF. For me, what to do with Ender comes down to his market. If he can be the centerpiece for a good rental, I would trade him. If not, I would use him as a 4th OF and move him in the offseason.


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    I'm in no rush to move Ender. We don't really have a need to IMO. Use him as the 4th outfielder and rotate rest for guys. If we have an injury we will need him probably. If Donaldson gets hurt, Riley shifts to 3rd and Ender will move back to CF. Who knows, keeping Ender could be an option too for next year. Maybe we could keep Riley in LF, Ender in CF and shifting Acuña to RF as Markakis ages next year. Then we could keep Donaldson at 3B maybe.

    I don't know really, but I definitely like having Ender around as he leaves us with a lot of options.

    For Newk, I was surprised to see the stat line that he closed it out. Reading today that Jackson, while he's been solid enough relative to our other guys, has blown 3 of his 9 save opportunities. Maybe Newk could stabilize that until we bring in Kimbrel (hopefully). Then maybe we have a filthy one two punch of Newk and Kimbrel to end games? It wouldn't be the first time a somewhat promising starter ended up being very good in relief (Raisel Iglesias for the Reds comes to mind, or Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals, maybe even someone like Joe Kelly too).
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  6. #831
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikingsfan0845 View Post
    Sean Newcomb.....closer?


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    He's definitely doing pretty well in relief. I looked at his numbers out of the bullpen this year and he's made 7 appearances out of the 'pen this month and has allowed no earned runs and no walks in those appearances.

    Long-term, I still have some hope for him as a starter because 6'5" 250lb lefties don't grow on trees but if he turns into a dynamic reliever, then that still has plenty of value. Maybe his career starts off like Adam Wainwright, who spent some time in St. Louis' bullpen before he was able to truly lock down a spot in St. Louis' rotation and become their ace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hector olivera? View Post
    He's definitely doing pretty well in relief. I looked at his numbers out of the bullpen this year and he's made 7 appearances out of the 'pen this month and has allowed no earned runs and no walks in those appearances.

    Long-term, I still have some hope for him as a starter because 6'5" 250lb lefties don't grow on trees but if he turns into a dynamic reliever, then that still has plenty of value. Maybe his career starts off like Adam Wainwright, who spent some time in St. Louis' bullpen before he was able to truly lock down a spot in St. Louis' rotation and become their ace.
    Whether he is starting or in relief doesn't matter to me. We've always known some of our pitching prospects would end up in the bullpen. If Newk's recent play is any indication as to what is to come then our bullpen will be stronger and we've opened a spot in the starting 5 for somebody else in the future. Maybe Newk can become our Josh Hader.
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