August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/15/16
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august fagerstrom
11:48
chat time!
soundtrack: The Foreign Exchange - Connected
Gonna put on a FRESH POT and we'll get started at noon
The Dude of NY
12:01
And people say A's fans have nothing to look forward to in 2016!
august fagerstrom
12:01
A's baseball: come for the gnomes, stay for the gnomes
daneyko
12:03
Steven Matz should be able to pitch 190 IP this season. Are you agree with manager Collins ?
august fagerstrom
12:03
He's never thrown more than 140 in a year so 190 seems like a pretty big jump, especially considering how many innings they can expect to get out of the top of the rotation, so I probably wouldn't press him if I didn't have t
but if the Mets think 190 will be fine, they know Matz' arm better than I do
cargo-5
12:04
almost everyone love Carlos Rodon. With a 1.44 whip in '15, are you a big fan ? What to expect of Rodon this season ?
august fagerstrom
12:04
Yeah, I think the reason why people love him is because it's hard not to love someone who jumps straight to the bigs after 30 innings in the minors and does what he did
12:05
He wasn't polished last year, but he shouldn't have been expected to be. Everyone knew the command needed work, and the walks will certainly have to come down for sustained success, but he had a hell of a debut
You'd like to see the changeup come along a bit, too
SP
12:05
select 2 SP if you are a manager in the show: Teheran, Ventura, Odorizzi, Iglesias and T.Walker
august fagerstrom
12:05
like forever? I guess Teheran and Iglesias?
E
12:06
Do you know if Eno is planning on releasing his own Top 300 Draft List like last year?
august fagerstrom
12:06
not sure, but he chats Thursday so you can ask him then!
JDogg
12:06
If Buxton struggles in April, with the Twins demote him?
august fagerstrom
12:06
doubt they'd do it that quickly
I think also, with Buxton, given he's healthy, he'd have to REALLY not hit for him not to be a valuable piece with his speed + center field defense
12:08
but no, I'd say the leash goes until at least June or so, by which time they could perhaps call up Kepler and move Rosario to center, or perhaps Santana if other stuff is going on. I'd be surprised if Buxton plays anywhere but the majors this year, though
CamdenWarehouse
12:08
I saw Metric live last week. Incredible show - both the music and performance.
august fagerstrom
12:08
Buddy of mine at a poker game just told me the same thing on Sunday. I saw them open for Muse many years back. Never really listened to them but dug the opener
Jake M
12:08
Do you think Danks will still be the 5th starter in the White Sox rotation for most of the season?
august fagerstrom
12:08
They don't really have much of a choice, do they?
12:09
He's not going anywhere with that contract, and they don't really have anyone better. Erik Johnson does not impress me
The scary part is wondering what happens if Danks ends up having to be the 4th starter or higher
CamdenWarehouse
12:10
Will Micah Johnson see playing time this year?
august fagerstrom
12:10
Doubt he gets consistent playing time
12:11
Between Kendrick, Utley, Hernandez, even Barnes, the Dodgers have plenty more solid options in the event of injury.
That being said, Johnson is a useful bench piece to have around because of his speed, so maybe he gets the call ahead of a Barnes in the event of an injury if the Dodgers just need a bench piece rather than an everyday starter
But it's hard to see him getting consistent PT with that depth
Doc
12:11
Which team will have the best bottom half of the lineup this year?
august fagerstrom
12:12
Cubs?
Never really thought about this but that sounds right
Blue Jays probably have the better overall lineup but Cubs are so deep
Turd Ferguson
12:12
Do you think this is the year Jose Ramirez (Indians) breaks out and lives up to the KATOH projections?
august fagerstrom
12:13
Not sure what KATOH says but I like Ramirez as a starting-caliber player who's coming off the bench for Cleveland. If he was capable of handling CF everyday he'd be playing out there everyday but I'd be shocked if he were able to adjust to the OF that quickly
Q-Ball
12:13
Ruben Tejada to the Cardinals....is this inevitable? Maybe the White Sox make a play if they're not sold on Rollins?
august fagerstrom
12:13
Sure seems so
White Sox seem unlikely
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