August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/1/16
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The Average Sports Fan
12:27
How bad does the loss of Almonte hurt the Indians? Did he miss his shot to be a starting CF?
august fagerstrom
12:27
I don't think it hurts anything more than depth, honestly. There's no difference really between him and Venable or Naquin. The problem isn't losing Almonte, the problem is the outfield was shitty to begin with
Big Joe Montferrant
12:27
Over/Under at 30HR by yankee catchers this year?
august fagerstrom
12:27
under
2-D
12:27
Who do you think breaks camp as the Tribe's fifth starter?
august fagerstrom
12:28
Bauer and Tomlin will be the 4th and 5th starters unless someone gets hurt
Big Joe Montferrant
12:28
Which current and passed player has the coolest swing, in your opinion?
august fagerstrom
12:28
Past: Vlad/Manny, Current: Ichiro/Beltre
Braca Obama
12:28
Hendricks or Warren for the 5th CHC rotation spot?
august fagerstrom
12:28
Hendricks' job to lose
Raindog
12:28
I cannot understand why the Orioles would rather give up a prospect for the right to pay $13M to below replacement Jay Bruce, than not give up a prospect and pay less to have pretty useful Austin Jackson. Do you understand?
august fagerstrom
12:28
might be overstating the difference between Jay Bruce and Austin Jackson
MikeMilligan
12:29
I look at the Dodgers and it still appears that they need a quality set up reliever. Do you think Miller could be available once Chapman is done with his suspension?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Yankees were adamant when they acquired Chapman that they'd keep all 3, and I certainly don't know why they'd decide now to make their on-field product worse when they plan to contend
12:30
Dodgers don't have a solid second option in the bullpen, but they've got a lot of really interesting pieces with upside (basically every other reliever in the pen). Think they're counting on one of those guys to take a step forward, which I think is a fine idea
Gerb
12:31
Is there any better opening day matchup this year than Kluber vs. Price?
august fagerstrom
12:32
Felix-Hamels, Sale-Gray, and Keuchel-Tanaka will be pretty awesome, but yeah, Kluber-Price take the cake
Alex
12:32
Who are the LotR equivalents in MLB baseball? Gandalf=Maddon, Frodo=Altuve, Aragorn=Kershaw, Boromir=CC Sabathia, Legolas=Jose Fernandez, Gimli=David Ortiz, Sam=Dee Gordon, Saruman=Bud Selig, Sauron=Jeffrey Loria.
august fagerstrom
12:32
no idea who these characters are
Chris
12:33
Where could you see improvements in Mookie Betts' game to get him to the next tier of players in that 6 win range?
august fagerstrom
12:33
he's already in that range
Big Joe Montferrant
12:33
Lets say there are 2 players in the amateur draft. One is a SPer with an 80 fastball and 80 slider but he is 5'6, 170 pounds, and the other has a 70 fastball and 70 slider but is 6'5, 230 pounds. Which one gets drafted first? (same age, same numbers, same college)
august fagerstrom
12:34
Outta my league here, but I'll say the second guy because of projectability stuff
I'd guess the words "downward plane" would be invoked too
5'6 is a little absudr
absurd*
Ben and Matt
12:35
Will Blake Treinen figure it out this year? Everyone seems to agree that his stuff is electric, but he hasn't been able to put it all together.
august fagerstrom
12:35
he's been pretty good already
tons of ground balls, and last year he started getting whiffs too
should be an asset
carl
12:35
How would you rate the Cubs chances of winning more games than the 2001 Mariners? (ie, 117) Obviously, not high, cause no one is likely to do that, but the Cubs seems to me the best team I've seen in baseball for years.
august fagerstrom
12:36
3%
Jeet
12:36
You are a Carlos Santana truther and I really liked your tweet but your sample was drawn over several seasons but last season was exceptionally bad. Do you think that was an injury-related outlier or is that a trend?
august fagerstrom
12:36
was it exceptionally bad, though? is 10% above league average at the plate "exceptionally bad"?
12:37
that's average 1B production, with a track record of way above average 1B production
I literally had fans tweeting and e-mailing me daily while I was covering the saying he should be DFA'd or sent to the minors
12:38
I think the guy had a bit of an off year and was still a pretty good hitter
David
12:38
The Blue Jays are better than their projection.
august fagerstrom
12:38
heard it here first, folks
The Snakes
12:38
Who has a regular gig/better slash in the year end - Jake Lamb or Brandon Drury?
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