August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 11/1/16
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august fagerstrom
11:56
November baseball chat!
cool thing
11:57
chat soundtrack is Anthony Rizzo's walkup music, which isn't the kind of thing I'd typically listen to but has been stuck in my head since Game 3 and is awesome when played loud in Wrigley
same with this, which they sometimes play between innings
12:06
ok, let's do it
Daniel
12:06
Lester available out of the bullpen. True or False: He can only enter the game at the start of an inning or when nobody is on base.
august fagerstrom
12:06
That would be ideal, and it's hard to imagine them willingly bringing Lester into a ROB situation when there are other options, but if their backs are against the wall and it's their only/best choice, I don't think it would stop them
12:07
I think it's clear by now that Lester actually isn't that easy to run against
like, if it's Mike Napoli or Lonnie Chisenhall on first base, I don't think it would affect the decision making at all
Davis or Ramirez or even Lindor, and you start to hesitate
Rox Fan
12:07
Why is Kris Bryant the NL MVP over Nolan Arenado?
august fagerstrom
12:08
because he was a considerably better hitter and baserunner, and the fielding gap probably isn't as big as it seems like it is
Dock Ellis
12:08
If you could have he facial hair of any ball player, which would you pick?
august fagerstrom
12:08
I'm jealous that I cannot grow a big, thick beard, so I would want anyone that can do that
Arrieta or whoever
Kiermaier's Piercing Blue Eyes
12:08
Cleveland's defensive strategy is pretty obvious for the rest of the series: get lead, defend as aggressively as possible using Miller, Allen, and Shaw until there are no more outs left. What is best plan to get that lead?
august fagerstrom
12:08
I mean, it's boring, but just hit
There's no secret
12:09
I guess on a slightly more granular level it's "Make Arrieta throw you a strike, and then capitalize," because his command has been shaky for a while now. But again, that's just good hitting
Erik
12:09
If this goes 7, does it enter the "best world series of all time" conversation? It has the storylines with the two huge droughts and a few close games, but also a few duds.
august fagerstrom
12:09
Nah. Games haven't been exciting enough, I don't think
One of the better stories, but the series itself hasn't been fantastic
Erik
12:10
What is more likely: the cubs come back to win the world series, or the cubs win one of the following five world series?
august fagerstrom
12:10
The former, I think? Don't get me wrong, I love the Cubs, and it seems like they'll win one of the next five regardless of what happens this year, but I think you have to take the team that's two wins away right now over the field
Nelson
12:10
Is this "personal catcher" thing an old school tradition? I cant imagine many pitchers these days being allowed to force a team to carry 3 catchers on a WS roster. Whats Lester going to do next year?
august fagerstrom
12:11
well, it just stands out right now because Lester's personal catcher isn't good enough to be the team's true backup
a lot of guys have personal catchers, it's just that those catchers are also the team's backup/starter
Erik
12:11
Who are the frontrunners for world series mvp right now? Kluber?
august fagerstrom
12:12
Yeah, if the Indians win tonight, I have to imagine it's Kluber
Nelson
12:12
Napoli price himself out of returning to the Indians next year?
august fagerstrom
12:12
I think so. Indians fans don't want to hear it, but I just don't think the Indians will want to pay what they'd have to pay to carry two 1B/DH
Napoli's value in the clubhouse is real, and the Indians certainly value that, but a return seems unlikely
Zonk
12:13
Did you enjoy your time in Chicago? What did you think of the overall atomosphere?
august fagerstrom
12:13
I loved my time in Chicago. Always do. The atmosphere of the city was fantastic. The atmosphere of the stadium was a bit disappointing, just because the Indians so quickly quieted it for much of the time
When it got loud, it got loud though.
12:14
And walking around Wrigley hours before gates open was surreal. Had to pinch myself a couple of times. I've been going to Wrigley with my Dad every summer since I was a little kid. Being there in that way was an unbelievable experience
Joe Schmo
12:14
So if the Indians have the lead after 3 innings does Francona go directly to the pen? Miller for 3 and then shaw/allen for the other 3? And is Danny Salazar/Zach McAllister warming the entire game in case Tomlin gets into a jam?
august fagerstrom
12:14
Depends on the game state, how big the lead is, how Tomlin's looked
I don't think there's any possible scenario he goes more than 5 with the lead, but I don't think it's an insta-pull after 3 if he looks good
Zonk
12:15
I understand Dave's article on Cubs and the breaking ball...but isn't the whole reason it's worked for the Indians the quality of said breaking ball? Joe Blanton used his slider alot against the Cubs, and didn't work so well for him....
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