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Series Thread: Reds @ Brewers 

Post#1 » by Turk Nowitzki » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:40 am

Is Eric Thames real?

I wish I could be outraged at fans suggesting that he's on something but I sadly mostly understand that reaction to someone who is THIS good after being off the radar for so long. It's BS that opposing players and coaches are getting in that kind of talk in public though.
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Post#2 » by BigDee » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:47 am

Thames is a beast.


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Post#3 » by Turk Nowitzki » Tue Apr 25, 2017 12:48 am

It's a good thing for Twirly's sanity that our pitching is such trash. We could easily have a much better record right now.
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Post#4 » by BigDee » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:00 am

Nice to see Perez get it going.


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Post#6 » by Turk Nowitzki » Tue Apr 25, 2017 2:23 am

I hope Braun didn't hurt himself. He had a somewhat awkward catch in the outfield and then left the game after the inning.
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Post#7 » by Wiscfan92 » Tue Apr 25, 2017 3:06 pm

Like others have said, I understand why but I still find it hilarious that no matter where Thames is mentioned online (MLB twitter, beat writers, etc..) people automatically turn to the PED argument. Hey, he might be on the juice but he has been damn fun to watch this month. I just hope when he cools off (and I know it's coming at some point) its not like a month where he has like 5 hits and drops his average 125 points.
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Post#8 » by BUCKnation » Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:32 pm

The thing with Thames too is that besides the HR's, he is seemingly always on base
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Post#9 » by Outlander » Tue Apr 25, 2017 6:30 pm

Yeah even when Thames goes in a slump his OBP should still be respectable because of the walks he takes. The home runs are great but he really seems to be an all around good hitter that works the count and uses the whole field.
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Post#10 » by Wisky4life » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:46 pm

If we still aren't close to competing, I bet Thames gets traded. While his value is soaring, might as well get the best prospect for him.
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Post#11 » by ReasonablySober » Tue Apr 25, 2017 10:56 pm

Wisky4life wrote:If we still aren't close to competing, I bet Thames gets traded. While his value is soaring, might as well get the best prospect for him.


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Post#12 » by H2tObes » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:52 am

You need to trade Thames
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Post#13 » by Turk Nowitzki » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:04 am

H2tObes wrote:You need to trade Thames

Not calling you out specifically or anything because I know this is where we're at as a franchise right now, but it is **** depressing when this is the reaction to the month Thames is having.
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Post#14 » by BigDee » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:06 am

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Post#15 » by H2tObes » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:07 am

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H2tObes wrote:You need to trade Thames

Not calling you out specifically or anything because I know this is where we're at as a franchise right now, but it is **** depressing when this is the reaction to the month Thames is having.

Oh trust me I'm amazed we signed Albert Pujols for peanuts, but when you're in our position getting a godfather offer for this guy would be one of the most genius GM moves in recent memory
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Post#16 » by BigDee » Wed Apr 26, 2017 2:07 am

What do we see in Franklin I don't get.
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Post#17 » by miamiflashfan » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:13 am

BigDee wrote:What do we see in Franklin I don't get.


Cheaper, slightly more versatile Scooter. He's been bad for us obviously, but he had an okay year last year. He was also a top 50ish prospect at one point FWIW
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Post#18 » by blazza18 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:43 am

Baseball is so trash, man. Thames shouldn't have to talk about PEDs or drug testing after every **** game.
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Post#19 » by ReasonablySober » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:27 pm

blazza18 wrote:Baseball is so trash, man. Thames shouldn't have to talk about PEDs or drug testing after every **** game.


Agreed. I was annoyed with that too, can't imagine what Thames thinks.

That said, if he's clean these tests do nothing but help his reputation. With all the caveats of how early in the season it is, say he goes on to blast 55-60 home runs and is firmly in the discussion for MVP. People will be able to point to all the rigorous testing he went through to support their case as to how clean he is.
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Re: Series Thread: Reds @ Brewers 

Post#20 » by ReasonablySober » Wed Apr 26, 2017 3:57 pm

Barnes getting some pub too.

Jacob Barnes, RHP, Brewers

The past: A former 14th-round pick who posted a 5.78 ERA at Florida Gulf Coast College, Barnes is a converted starter who took six years to reach Triple A (and the majors) last year. He is not to be confused with the narrator and protagonist of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises.

What’s new: Life in the bullpen is good for the 27-year-old Barnes. Like many converted starters, his stuff has played up out of the bullpen and he doesn’t have to worry about throwing a third pitch. His fastball and power slider are plenty good enough to face hitters just one time around each outing.

The April breakout: He has thrown 11 1/3 innings without allowing an earned run while punching out 14 batters and holding hitters to a .103 batting average.

Sustainability Factor: High. Like Edwin Diaz and Ken Giles, Barnes is perfectly suited for today’s bullpen-oriented game. He snaps off 91 mph cutter/sliders 61% of the time (he has hit 93.5 with it) and 96 mph fastballs 39% of the time (he has maxed out at 99.6 mph). In other words, he is flat out throwing the tar of the baseball on every pitch and does so in short doses. He has yet to face more than five batters in an outing this year.

(Barnes calls his slider a cutter, but it has such nasty, late tilt to it that it resembles a power slider.)

Moreover, Barnes’ power stuff is even more effective because he is a long-strider, cutting the distance between his release point and home plate by about seven inches compared to league average—which makes his power stuff get on top of hitters that much more. It would not be a surprise if Barnes supplants Neftali Feliz as Milwaukee’s closer later this year.

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