August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 11/1/16
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Dock Ellis
12:59
Who's chatting tonight for the game?
august fagerstrom
12:59
Dave and Eno, I believe
Matt
12:59
Typo alert (in your article)! There is no 'v' in Baez (unless you're using some crazy crazy spelling)
august fagerstrom
12:59
whoops, meant to say V in Javier. Thanks, will change after this chat
Q-Ball
1:00
What does that say about the Cubs bullpen that the 3 top guys you identified, Chapman, Monty, and Edwards, none of them were with the Cubs until July?
august fagerstrom
1:00
that their top two guys suddenly and unexpectedly became physically compromised, and that the Cubs did a good job of getting out ahead of that by building bullpen depth which is important because you never know when it's going to be necessary
schwoch
1:01
Curious to know what Maddon does strategically that bothers you most. I'm a 56-year-old lifelong Cubs fan so I've seen some really bad managers; often when I disagree with Maddon strategically I find out later there was some factor I didn't know (like Lester basically taking himself out the other night).
august fagerstrom
1:02
I don't watch the Cubs every day, so it's entirely possible I'm overreacting, but in the past, I get the sense that he's sometimes a bit passive when I'd prefer him to be more aggressive. That being said, a lot of that likely has to do with keeping players happy, and he has a reputation as being maybe the best player's-manager in the game, so maybe this balances out!
1:03
At this stage in the game, though, I think the sliders might have to shift more towards tacticianal aggression and less towards the keeping-players-content argument, which seems better suited for the 162-game grind than the seven-game win-or-go-home series
I also don't know jack shit about managing, so I'm probably way off base.
Rick Ross
1:03
Tomlin 3, Miller 2, Shaw 2, Allen 2? Or does the Tribe consider Otero/Salazar or anyone else? Or try and get Tomlin thru 4+?
august fagerstrom
1:03
I think ideally they would love Tomlin 5, Miller 2, Allen 2
1:04
But Tomlin would have to be damn-near perfect to get through 5
1:05
alright guys, I gotta get ready to head over the stadium, but first, I have a bit of news
1:06
This was my last chat at FanGraphs. More to come on that shortly, but I just want to thank those of you who did this with me every week. They were a lot of fun, they spawned plenty of topic ideas for me, and I genuinely enjoyed doing them each week
1:07
Thanks to Bork and E and MATT DAMON for the little tropes that made me smile each week, and all of the rest of you for being such awesome, engaging readers who made this job so great
1:08
Signing out now. Enjoy baseball!
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