August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 10/25/16
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august fagerstrom
12:24
This is a good question, actually, one which I'm sure can be answered at least somewhat objectively using playoff odds or at the very least, betting lines
12:25
The 2:1 favorite by the projection systems seems remarkably one-sided
Matt
12:25
I live in CHI - right by the stadium - and have to travel for business Tuesday night. Can you do what you can to make sure the series goes to either 4, 5, or 7 games?
august fagerstrom
12:25
I'm willing it to go 7 as hard as I can
Xasper8
12:25
What do you think about Shohei Otani?
august fagerstrom
12:25
I think he is the most exciting thing about baseball
12:26
And I can't wait to (hopefully) see him playing both ways in the bigs
Erik
12:26
It would definitely be a crazy series if anyone is hitting a game 6 homer in Wrigley...
august fagerstrom
12:26
good point!
Dan
12:26
I assume Tito is gonna run on Lester. Does Joe tell Lester to forget all runners?
august fagerstrom
12:27
No, he still has to do what he can to hold them at bay, in terms of varying his delivery and stepping off the mound occasionally
The thing about Lester is, him and Ross were actually fine at controlling the run game, in terms of efficiency
Runners only stole at a 68% clip against them this year. That's advantage: Cubs
What they've been doing is, in a sense, working. They're not going to change that before the Indians make them
Daniel
12:28
I go to school at OSU and my building is filled to the brim with Cleveland shirts today.
august fagerstrom
12:28
Pretty cool.
iron wolf
12:28
How is Bauer's finger recovering? What happens if they decide he isn't ready to pitch in Game 3? Merritt again (assuming Salazar in Game 4)?
august fagerstrom
12:28
I would guess this would be the case, but I'd be shocked if he would suddenly be declared not able to start
I'd imagine worst-case scenario for Cleveland is what happened in Toronto
Cran
12:29
I just don't get why Lester can't throw to first. So weird.
august fagerstrom
12:29
The yips are a really hard thing to fathom
Puc
12:29
Have you been to World Series games?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Nope. This will be my first one
botchatheny
12:29
do you have any level of nerves?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Yeah, I'm mostly just anxious for the atmosphere
Erik
12:30
At this point, are the Cubs the favorites for the next five World Series? Who is in second?
august fagerstrom
12:30
The Dodgers?
Andrew
12:30
Congrats on saying "lit." You're officially hip.
august fagerstrom
12:30
Thank you, Andrew
Dock Ellis
12:31
Baseball isn't my job like yours, but after seeing my Phillies win the World Series in 08, 5 minutes after the last out, my true fandom went out the window. It's fun to watch and root, but I felt that the emotional attachment to a baseball team wasn't worthwhile to my success in life. Strange how winning a championship actually decreased my interest in a team.
august fagerstrom
12:31
This is a part of my THT piece, with regards to the Cavs. I haven't been able to drum up an ounce of excitement for their upcoming season after they won. And it was because I realized I wasn't actually rooting for the Cavs themselves anymore, I was rooting for all those things I listed above
Jay Z
12:32
Why don't you have a Men's Wearhouse profile pic like Jonah Keri
august fagerstrom
12:32
Because I do not own a suit
Nor a chiseled jawline
JT
12:32
Havent the past few years taught us that outfield is actually pretty hard and you shouldn't just stick guys out there arbitrarily?
august fagerstrom
12:32
Probably
I still doubt the Indians actually do that
TKDC
12:32
How do I emotionally prepare for a bunch of people in their 20s pretending that they've actually cared about the Cubs their whole lives and this is the greatest thing that ever happened? Should I just ignore them, or maybe try to be less bitter?
august fagerstrom
12:33
To each their own, but, yeah, I would probably let people manufacture joy in whatever way they choose
Zonk
12:33
What is the most boring World Series you covered in recent memory?
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