August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/1/16
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august fagerstrom
12:38
Lamb's defense keeps him in the field
12:39
they could both have a regular gig if two of Owings/Segura/Ahmed don't hit, which seems very plausible
Con
12:39
What do you predict actually ends up happening with Soler this season? Really seems like a roadblock to a break out season given the PT issues in CHC.
august fagerstrom
12:40
I think they move forward with what they have, split LF about 50/50 with Schwarber/Soler, let Schwarber catch occasionally, and spell Fowler from time to time with Heyward in CF and Schwarber/Soler in the corners
I think Schwarber and Soler can both get 500 PA, and be deployed more optimally than if they played everyday. Cubs get to know they've got the depth to survive a major injury at basically any position and not be crippled
Neil
12:41
What if everyone in the Toronto stadium all blew air out of their mouthes or used a promotional hand fan every time Dickey threw a pitch? I bet the knuckleball would be 1% better.
august fagerstrom
12:41
not only that but they might get to set a Guinness World Record for "most people blowing in a stadium out of their mouths at once"
Shishito Pepper
12:42
Do you buy the Indians at > 50% to win the division?
august fagerstrom
12:42
no but I think they've got as good a shot as anyone
them or the Royals would be my favorites. >50% seems insane for how much parity appears to be in that division (and league)
Louis
12:42
Where do the Tigers end up?
august fagerstrom
12:43
Detroit for a little while longer, at least
Eric
12:44
Do you think Giolito gets called up after the super 2 deadline?
august fagerstrom
12:44
not if Roark and Ross are pitching the way they can
they won't force it if they don't have to
Maury
12:44
You said you had technical issues but the article you just posted has determined that was a lie!
august fagerstrom
12:44
not true! it was set to publish at 11 and we had an hour's worth of technical issues
Ben
12:44
Ooooo. Grinderman. Nick Cave and Tom Waits are the two artists who I await daily for their next release, should it ever come. No one like 'em!
august fagerstrom
12:45
I started getting really ansty for new Nick Cave material last night
The Other Sox
12:45
If Heyward averages 30 home runs over the next few years, is he in line for a $400 million+ contract?
august fagerstrom
12:46
and keeps the defense? that's like a 7-win player entering his age-29 season... yeah, it'd be over $300 million easy.
Guest
12:47
Give us your hot hot take on Cole's comments. Boras and Cole would surely give the Pirates a discount when it came to arbitration and free agency if the Pirates gave him more money now, right?
august fagerstrom
12:47
my thought on Cole's comments is that he isn't special
12:48
not meaning that he's not amazing -- he is -- meaning that he's no different than every other star in the making that made the minimum from one to three
and Boras doesn't really do extensions
jeff
12:49
RE: Michael A. Taylor question, if his tools are still raw and since the Nat's are in a win now mode, wouldn't it be better if Michael Taylor goes back to the minors to refine those tools by playing everyday, rather than sit on the bench and play sporadically?
august fagerstrom
12:49
they don't have a better option, and whatever he contributes in his part time role for a contending team this year is likely more valuable than whatever added development he may or may not gain from playing every day in AAA rather than every third day in the MLB
Andrew
12:51
Conventional wisdom states that among prospects, hitters are safer than pitchers. But it seems hitters have a much higher chance of underperforming, compared to pitchers. Unless a pitcher has a career-ending injury, he usually meets or exceeds his projections. Hitters, on the other hand, are all over the place. The article on 2006 prospects exemplifies this pretty well. Is it time to rethink our conventional wisdom that hitters are safer than pitchers?
august fagerstrom
12:51
"Unless a pitcher has a career-ending injury, he usually meets or exceeds his projections"
12:52
I'm not sure there's enough evidence to support this assertion. Pitchers can become a 0 on any pitch. Hitters don't really have that. That's why hitters are considered safer
Until TJ goes away -- or even goes down -- that will remain
Aaron
12:52
August, I've been meaning to ask you for a couple weeks now... I consider The Life of Pablo to be the median Kanye album. Agree?
august fagerstrom
12:52
I absolutely love it
12:53
That being said I guess you might be right. It's tough to put such a new record into historical context but I'd probably go Late Registration > Yeezus > MBDTF > College Dropout > TLOP > WTT > Graduation > 808 which would put it in the middle
His discography is just so strong
Guest
12:54
Josh Reddick could still be traded, and the Cardinals/Indians make a lot of sense, right?
august fagerstrom
12:55
I don't think the Cardinals are necessarily itching to add an OF -- Holliday, Grichuk and Piscotty has the potential to be pretty strong
12:56
I've thought Reddick to Cleveland has made some sense for most of the offseason, but I also kind of thought they might move Chisenhall and he's still there, and the A's have stated they're keeping Reddick all winter and there hasn't been a single rumor so no reason to believe to the contrary, I suppose
Though the recent Coghlan addition just adds to a glut of outfielders in Oakland
12:57
I mean, Coghlan, Crisp, Canha, Fuld are all bench players, one of which (probably Fuld) doesn't even have a spot on the ML roster. Seems like something's gotta give there. Doesn't mean it'll be Reddick though
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