The one seemed easy enough. Find a few notable players coming off injury or poor performance who had something to prove in 2018 and explain what they had to prove and why. It didn’t take long for me to put together a list of more than 50 players, but it took a lot longer for me to whittle it down. So, if you think someone’s missing from the six names I wound up with . . . you’re right!
Tag Archives: Clayton Kershaw
Here are some clips from my appearance on MLB Now on Monday with Dan O’Dowd, Joel Sherman, and host Scott Braun.
On George Springer’s two-year contract with the Astros, buying out two of his three arbitration years:
On the teams in the middle that should be aggressive right now in pursuit of a possible playoff berth (I focus on the Twins):
On Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto’s request for a trade:
On the top 10 pitchers right now, who’s number one, and where Stephen Strasburg fits on the list:
As for the top seven pitchers I mention in that clip, here’s my list, with the caveat that this was a hastily assembled list assembled while researching other topics in the small window between our production meeting and air time. Given more time, I might return a slightly different result:
1. Max Scherzer
2. Corey Kluber
3. Clayton Kershaw
4. Chris Sale
5. Justin Verlander
6. Madison Bumgarner
7. Zack Greinke
It appears I’m going to be a regular correspondent for Clubhouse Confidential this offseason, so rather than put up a new post after each appearance, I’ll just use this one as an archive for all of them with the newest up top.
Thursday’s topic: The Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade. My solo take followed by discussion with Joel Sherman of the New York Post:
Brian Kenny and crew had me back on Clubhouse Confidential on Thursday to discuss the Most Valuable Player awards, which were given out just a few hours later on the same network. Here are my spots, with FanGraphs’ Dave Cameron and the Detroit Free Press’s Drew Sharp.
On the AL race and the definition of value:
On the NL race: