August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 2/9/16
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Won I
1:05
If you were building a bullpen who would you start with - Kimbrel, Jansen or Betances?
august fagerstrom
1:05
Betances
not much difference in talent between those 3, and Betances has less mileage/can throw more innings
Danny
1:06
For a month there, Rusney was performing like a $70 million dollar player. Do you think he has a breakout season? Maybe top 25 OF?
august fagerstrom
1:06
Not buying the bat -- wrote about this last week. Defense/speed keep his floor relatively high though
Gruden
1:07
Do you think Neil Walker gets QO this upcoming offseason? If so, does that make the trade for Niese an enormous win for the Mets?
august fagerstrom
1:07
Yes he does and yes I like that trade for the Mets, though "enormous" may be overstating it
War2d2
1:07
On the Soler topic: do you think it's a fair assessment to say that his best-case comp would be Nelson Cruz? Or is his more of a less-power/more-average guy? (emphasis on "best case," I realize not everyone hits their top comp)
august fagerstrom
1:07
Yeah I don't think he's quite as boom or bust as Cruz, but it's a fair-ish comp
Maybe pre-40 homer every year Cruz would be better
January
1:08
My name is also a month!
august fagerstrom
1:08
nice!
Guest
1:08
What's up with everyone acting like being dubbed the "best team on paper" is a bad thing? This amazes me every time. "Oh the Cubs are the best team on paper? Cool look at the '15 Nats LOL" As if that's supposed to mean being good on paper means you suck or something.
august fagerstrom
1:09
More than anything I think it comes to, every year, there's a preseason "favorite" right? And most years, that favorite doesn't win, because it's basically IMPOSSIBLE to pick a WS champ in February. So then people deduct "well the favorite never wins, so I dont want my team to be the favorite." But that's a silly way of thinking. Favorite means just that, favorite
And yeah, the Nats last year certainly didn't help
K-Man
1:09
Why "dapperslacks"?
august fagerstrom
1:09
have always loved that juxtaposition of words that you never hear anyone use anymore
1:10
use that for my screename for everything
Gruden
1:10
People have been saying that the Indians and Cubs rotation has potential to be better than that of the Mets. I think this is crazy bc i think the Mets big 3 is better than any pitcher on either team besides Arrietta (lester wildly overrated). Can you weigh in?
august fagerstrom
1:11
Yeah I disagree. Don't think there's much discernible difference. I think you could just as easily argue that the best three pitchers are Arrieta, Kluber and Carrasco
To me, the better argument would be the depth of the Mets' rotation setting them apart. Their 3rd and 4th-best pitchers are better than Chicago's and Cleveland's
Batman
1:12
Re: Cespedes - are there any other instances of this with other players you've heard of? I'm sure they try to hide it and/or TV does a good job covering it up (like with golfers, for instance), so just wondering if it's more of a thing than we may realize.
august fagerstrom
1:12
nope I'd never heard of it and didn't realize until I heard the Cespedes thing that I want to know more than anything which ballplayers smoke
Chuck
1:12
Tips for growing hair out?
august fagerstrom
1:13
buy a nice shampoo (go to an actual salon and get a coconut-oil based shampoo. the oils found in store-bought shampoos actually damage your hair) and only shampoo once every 2 or 3 showers
wear hats through the awkward stages
Matt
1:13
But August...It seems like that "on-paper-champ-who-fails-to do-anything" is always the Nationals, doesn't it?
august fagerstrom
1:14
if "always" is "the last 2 years" then I guess
and even 2 years ago I dont think they were the consensus slam dunk that they were last year
kevinthecomic
1:14
Does anyone ever call you Auggie? I had an Uncle Auggie. He lived in Niagara Falls, NY. Did you know him?
august fagerstrom
1:14
a few, but moreso when I was younger. I don't mind it
Dale
1:14
If some team signs Mike Trout as a free agent, is that a splash or a big catch?
august fagerstrom
1:14
BOOOOOOOO
we'll end on Dale's bad joke
that's for hanging, guys. same time same place next week
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