August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 10/18/16
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august fagerstrom
12:16
I *want* him to be good, but alas
Kristen
12:16
Which SP has the largest repertoire of pitches? Darvish?
august fagerstrom
12:16
Darvish or Bauer in how many they *can* throw, those guys plus Cueto and Stroman and I'm sure some others in how many they *do* throw
Lure of the Animal
12:16
Great observation in your article about how Bauer would probably be a decent reliever. Is there a market efficiency to exploit by acquiring mediocre starters and grooming them into relievers, rather than paying the rising premium for an established reliever?
august fagerstrom
12:16
Yeah, I think we saw the Royals do this for several seasons before/during their championship runs
Dock Ellis
12:17
Important question: what kind of bagel? Everything? Onion? Soggy?
august fagerstrom
12:17
Just boring, plain bagels I cooked in my toaster. One cream cheese, one peanut butter, and a tall glass of water. Hadn't eaten yet today so needed something quick
Zach
12:17
Terry Francona a HOFer? 1381 W, a .533 WP, 2x WS Champ as a manager. Or does he need to break Cleveland's curse too?
august fagerstrom
12:18
WS win in Cleveland gets him in, I think
He's also the MVP of this series, if the Indians wind up winning, IMO. Not sure if that can happen, but he deserves it
Dr. Frank Jobe
12:18
I'm enjoying the temporary transformation of Fangraphs into www.andrewmillersslider.com
august fagerstrom
12:18
Dave Cameron stopped me last night from writing another Miller article this afternoon
I'll get it in in the next couple days, rest assured
EvanC
12:19
As pitchers pitch less innings (assuming the bullpen revolution continues), will we have to lower WAR standards for HOF pitchers? Currently, no SP has a WAR north of 65.
august fagerstrom
12:19
I think this is a problem already
On a related note, Sam Miller made a very compelling case earlier this year that the minimum-innings requirement for a qualified starter needs to be changed: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=29533
12:20
I think it's really hard to argue with that piece. MLB really should be on that.
Zach
12:20
Miller this postseason: 9IP, 20K, 0R, 4H, 2BB. What do you even say at this point? Gotta be ALCS MVP right?
august fagerstrom
12:20
He'll win it, if the Indians do, for sure. I think Tito deserves it for leveraging him in a way that allowed him to rack up those numbers, in conjunction with the rest of the moves he made
Mason
12:21
If the Indians make Miller available in the offseason do they get more than, less than, or an equal package to what they gave up? And should make him available?
august fagerstrom
12:21
They get more, and that will be one of the fascinating storylines of the offseason
E
12:21
Last night during the broadcast it was mentioned that Zach Mcallister was traded to the Indians for Austin Kearns.

Austin Kearns is a guy who played in the MLB!
august fagerstrom
12:22
Yeah, that was a good deal. McAllister was a PTBNL. Then the Indians re-signed Kearns like four months later
Matt Damon
12:22
MATT. DAMON.
Kiermaier's Piercing Blue Eyes
12:22
Why has Cleveland's pitching been so successful against Toronto? Is it just Andrew Miller and friends being dominant, or are they exploiting some weakness?
august fagerstrom
12:23
Yeah, I covered a lot of this in my Tomlin piece from Sunday: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/how-josh-tomlin-beat-two-of-baseballs-best/
They've got a great gameplan against the Blue Jays, throwing tons of breaking balls (career-highs from Kluber and Tomlin) and when they do throw hard stuff, they've kept it almost exclusively on the outer-half
12:24
That's playoff scouting 101, with great execution by the pitching staff
Relievers have been following it, too. They've just given Toronto a steady diet of breaking balls and outside fastballs and they haven't been able to adjust bak
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Web
12:25
What defenses in the past years have been as good as these Cubbies?
august fagerstrom
12:25
none?
It's tricky now, the distinction between *defense* and *run prevention unit*
12:26
I think of a defense as the individual collection of defensive talents, in which case I might take the recent Royals teams over this year's Cubs
But I think you consider the positioning and the flexibility and how well everything the Cubs do works together, and they might be the best of all-time
Q-Ball
12:26
Rizzo and Russell are a combined 2 for 49 in the playoffs, with 9Ks. Would you move them around the batting order? Or is this just batted ball/SSS luck?
august fagerstrom
12:26
the latter
12:27
"luck" isn't the word I'd use, but I don't think moving around guys in the batting order would do anything. Rizzo and Russell are still mostly Rizzo and Russell moving forward
Kristen
12:27
What does/should TEX do in the offseason about their rotation? Beyond the top 2 guys it's horrible, but there's going to be nothing good on the market. Should they reunite with FA C. J. Wilson? Jaime Garcia if STL declines his option?
august fagerstrom
12:27
they need guys to fill out the rotation and eat innings, as much as I don't love using that word. Wilson and Garcia are the opposite of the guys I'd target in Texas' situation
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