August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 10/21/16
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august fagerstrom
12:02
yo!
ran a little late writing and therefore a little late getting this up, so I'll let the queue fill up for another 5 minutes or so and we'll get underway
12:04
in the meantime, revisit Tame Impala's Currents with me
12:09
ok, let's chat!
Bork
12:10
Hello, friend!
august fagerstrom
12:10
hi, Bork!
Bork
12:10
Cleveland vs Toronto 2.0, no Lebron edition.
august fagerstrom
12:10
someone ask Mike Petriello whether LeBron is playoff-eligible
Gary
12:10
I missed the game yesterday! Tell me it wasn't as exciting as it looked.
august fagerstrom
12:10
sorry
The Lure of the Animal
12:11
Would you advocate a bullpen game for the Giants with Moore on the bump?
august fagerstrom
12:11
He should have a short leash, as any starter should in the postseason, particularly in an elimination scenario
12:12
Complicating things is the nature of the Giants bullpen, but Moore still shouldn't be facing the top of the Cubs order a third time
Erik
12:12
The talk around the time of the Chapman trade was that since the Cubs had basically already qualified for the playoffs, the entirety of his value would be provided in the postseason. Given that he gave the Cubs a -.458 WPA last night, is it basically impossible for the trade to be a win for the Cubs at this point? Certainly if he blows one more game, the trade is a loss, right?
august fagerstrom
12:12
The real loss is probably evaluating trades in hindsight based on results
Johnny Coconuts
12:13
The reason the Red Sox lost was Cleveland outplaying them, but was keeping Bogaerts out of that 2-hole a mistake?
august fagerstrom
12:13
Holt batting second was weird, but Bogaerts wouldn't be my second choice. Farrell said it was to break up the righties at the top, because the postseason is more matchup-oriented. If that's the case, why not bat Benintendi second?
Dan
12:14
Which is more frustrating: EYBS or the presidential election?
august fagerstrom
12:14
the one that matters, by far
Monsignor Martinez
12:15
Cody Allen nearly gave me a heart attack last night.
august fagerstrom
12:15
Game-leader in WPA!
JMaddonGlasses>HCarayGlasses
12:15
Late game was late. In light of your Chapman article the other day, what are your thoughts on the Cubs' late bullpen failure and blown save being followed by 4+ fairly solid innings from Montgomery for the eventual loss?
august fagerstrom
12:15
Chapman threw a really bad pitch to Gillaspie. Point of my piece on Monday was to show that even Chapman's bad pitches are almost impossible to hit. Gillaspie did the almost-impossible. Kudos to him
12:16
Heck of an effort by the Cubs even after the meltdown. That was probably the most enjoyable game of the year
beisbol
12:16
Would Cleveland start Kluber 3 times in the ALCS? It would be twice on 3 days rest...
august fagerstrom
12:17
Doubtful. I think they feel perfectly confident in the Tomlin for 4, Miller and Allen for 4 strategy
Minty
12:17
Do you expect Benintendi to develop much power, or do you foresee something along the lines of Yelich, good D/OBP, but not much power or speed?
august fagerstrom
12:17
He got the ball in the air in a limited sample this year
Not hard at all to see him bulking up and hitting for power. He's got a fantastic swing
Bill
12:18
Did you stay up to watch the game?
august fagerstrom
12:18
I tried, and then fell asleep sometime in the 12th inning and had to go back and watch the rest when I woke up
It was almost 3 AM here
Steve
12:18
Who has the better starting rotation at this point: Cleveland or Toronto?
august fagerstrom
12:18
Toronto
Steve
12:19
Would Ortiz receive the same send-off if he didn't play for the Red Sox?
august fagerstrom
12:19
This is a good question
12:21
Jim Thome had a better regular season career than Ortiz across the board and didn't receive nearly the sort of fanfare. But that's also missing Ortiz's postseason heroics, him doing *so much* to bring Boston its first championship in 80, playing out the final 14 years of his career in the same city, his personality, etc.
12:22
Papi's career is definitely a bit, overblown is a harsh word, but it's certainly inflated by the market. No question. That's also not to say he's not deserving of all the praise he received this year. Dude is a legend
Jaack
12:22
With the exception of the Giants, none of the remaining teams have won a World Series in the past 20 years and three of them haven't won in over sixty. It'll be some real Old Testament baseball gods shit when the Giants win, right?
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