August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 10/18/16
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august fagerstrom
12:28
they need to set themselves up so they aren't in a situation where Derek Holland and Martin Perez are getting crucial starts down the stretch again
Cody
12:28
What's the thought process behind starting Merritt over Cleavinger in Game 5?
august fagerstrom
12:29
I really don't know, to be honest. I guess Merritt is more stretched out than Clevinger, but it probably would've been a bullpen game anyway, so not sure how much value there is in that. Now that the bullpen game happened *yesterday* it makes sense, but the decision was made before it was clear that yesterday would turn into a bullpen game
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:29
Do the yankees have enough to trade for Trout without including Sanchez?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Doubtful
Cubs, Dodgers, Red Sox could get it done. Tough to picture that many other realistic scenarios
python-r
12:29
Does Miller pitch tonight, or do they try to stay away from him, given his recent workload?
august fagerstrom
12:29
If they've got the lead when Kluber leaves the game Miller will pitch
Chet
12:30
Kluber better go 6 or that bullpen is going to be gassed.
august fagerstrom
12:31
Yeah, it's a tricky situation, too, because on the one hand, you take this line of thinking and figure Kluber's pitch count is probably like 120 tonight. But then you've also got to consider that they probably can't do that, knowing the possibility still exists they'll need him for Game 7 on three day's rest
Will be fascinating to see how Tito uses him if he runs up the pitch count early
Larry A
12:31
Extrapolating from what Ive seen this postseason, do 50% of base stealers come off the bag while standing up?
august fagerstrom
12:31
Way too many do for the rule to remain what it is, in my opinion
You can't change physics. You can change the rule
Jeremy
12:31
Do you believe some umpires could be more susceptible to pitch framing? It felt like perez had the home plate ump on a string last night
august fagerstrom
12:32
Some umpires are better than others, yes
MATT
12:32
Sale for JBJ and Devers. Makes sense for the Red Sox does it for the White Sox?
august fagerstrom
12:32
No
Web
12:33
Do Cubs fans panic if we lose tonight?
august fagerstrom
12:33
Don't know who "we" is but no, nobody should be panicking down 2-1 in the NLCS with those rosters
Zonk
12:33
Screw pitching depth, just mortgage the farm for a couple studs like Kershaw or Miller, and who cares about guys 7 through 12. Is this thought valid? Looks that way in the playoffs.
august fagerstrom
12:33
Gotta get to the playoffs with everyone in tact, first, which is really, really hard
Cody
12:34
As an NE Ohio native, how do you feel about potentially moving on from Chief Wahoo?
august fagerstrom
12:34
I think it's long overdue
Ronnie
12:34
Recently re-enjoyed your piece on Estrada from last offseason. Does it feel good to be right, especially considering all the FIP obedient naysayers in the comments following said article?
august fagerstrom
12:35
Nope! Just like FIP-oriented pitchers, writing articles is about process, not results. I believe everything I write, what happens afterward to reinforce/disprove what I wrote at the time is out of my control
Plus I'm wrong often enough that it would be silly to gloat about articles that make me look good
12:36
Though that won't stop me from linking to them on Twitter when they become relevant again :)
Matt
12:36
I need a soundtrack for the chat!
august fagerstrom
12:36
oh, shit
12:37
I'm listening to Beach House - Teen Dream, which I've probably linked to before in here, so apologies for a likely repeat
Zonk
12:37
Is Javy Baez's approach really different in the playoffs, or is this just SSS? He wasn't that great a hitter in the regular season
august fagerstrom
12:37
Jeff's written twice about swings I took note of when I saw them this postseason -- he's definitely improving his approach, doing a better job of staying back on pitches that he would've flailed wildly at a year ago
Doubtful that a switch flipped between the regular season and now, but he's certainly maturing as a hitter
Zonk
12:38
Javy Baez and Andrew Miller are all you guys write about lately
august fagerstrom
12:38
They've been, I think pretty easily, the two most compelling stories of the postseason
We can write more about Andre Ethier if you want
Baller Status
12:38
I am incredibly nervous everytime Chapman pitches, and I think it is more than its just late in the game. Why? Cure this for me!!!
august fagerstrom
12:39
recency bias
Craig
12:39
Do you think Coppy and co truly don't care about Matt Kemp's defense? They just desperately needed power, they'll be happy if he continues to slug close to 500 right?
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