August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/29/16
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august fagerstrom
11:49
Heyyo! Chat begins at noon. Soundtrack: Mogwai -- Mogwai Young Team
12:02
Alright, let's do this
Bork
12:03
Is Joey Votto's new uh...batting stance...the best thing ever?
august fagerstrom
12:03
Yes, yes it is.
12:04
"I'm thinking." is the greatest response he could've possibly given. I love the idea that he thinks so hard he has to bend over
12:05
I think #TrollVotto might already be in effect
Domingo Santana
12:05
Over/Under 22 home runs?
august fagerstrom
12:05
Over! But I'm probably biased. Love me some Domingo.
Carlos Martinez
12:05
Am i the best pitcher in Missouri?
august fagerstrom
12:06
Well Adam Wainwright probably has that title due to his career accolades. But I think you're currently the pitcher most likely to have a dominant season, yes.
Rerto
12:06
Any chance Gregerson closes to start the year for the Astros with Giles struggling this Spring?
august fagerstrom
12:06
Would reek of a cheap Astros arbitration ploy if it were the case. Gregerson is good, but he's nowhere near the pitcher Giles is
JV
12:07
Storen or Osuna win the closer job?
Ritt Momney
12:07
Blue Jays supposed to be announcing the closer today...who ya got?
august fagerstrom
12:08
Probably Storen. Seems that's been the thought all along. He's more "proven," arbitration prices probably come into play here, and there isn't much difference between the 2
Osuna's probably a bit better but there's not enough difference between the two to make a fuss
marcus
12:08
will Tyler White be any good?
august fagerstrom
12:08
I have my doubts. Actually writing a post about this to go up either tomorrow or Thursday
12:09
Some of his comps are less than inspiring, though his minor league numbers are admittedly pretty crazy
Tom
12:10
Do you like Joe Smith, Joakim Soria, Pedro Strop, Kelvin Herrea, or Kevin Jepsen to pick up some holds in a saves/holds league?
august fagerstrom
12:10
Sure. Those guys will get some holds this yaer.
12:11
year*
Andrew
12:11
Does giving up on Rusney Castillo this soon seem shortsighted?
august fagerstrom
12:12
I'm not sold on him ever being an above-average big league hitter, and it's not like the Red Sox are lacking in OF depth. He's got more value to other teams in CF than he does to the Red Sox in LF, especially given that the Monster likely deflates his defensive value
I don't think it's a bad idae
Especially with Benintendi not far behind, as Cameron noted in his column this morning
12:13
OF defense* is what I meant to say, not depth
ewell
12:13
What are your thoughts on Sano and, more importantly: if he were a pitcher, who would he be?
august fagerstrom
12:13
My thoughts on Sano are that he's going to be one of the very best hitters in baseball as soon as this year
12:14
If he were a pitcher he'd be Kenley Jansen. Just absolutely overpowering with the one thing he does
Bron
12:14
What does Freeman do this year? IS it possible to have a good year in such a bad lineup?
august fagerstrom
12:14
Sure it is. The wrist is far more problematic than the lineup
Big Joe Montferrant
12:14
If you (August Fagerstrom) were given 100 AB vs Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson, which would you have more success against (1995 Maddux and 2001 Randy Johnson)??
august fagerstrom
12:14
Goodness.
12:15
I guess it would have to be Maddux, right? There's at least a chance I can hit 90. I don't think I ever touch 97. Not to mention I've got better bat control from the left side of the plate, so I'd be way more likely to at least put a ball in play lefty vs. Maddux than I would righty vs. Johnson
12:16
Though I'm quite certain I'd go 0-for-100. Could hopefully make contact against Maddux a couple times though
Otis
12:16
How many ABs do you see John Jaso getting in Pittsburgh? I know he's platooned, but only 3 LHP starters in the entire division, and only Lester with any real major league resume.
august fagerstrom
12:16
Is that 3 LHP starters thing real? That's kind of remarkable
12:17
Still, with his (assumed) defensive limitations, left-handed relievers, injury concerns, it's hard to see him topping 400 in any possible scenario, and 300 is the more likely bet
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