August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/29/16
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Dead Space
12:26
Explosions in the Sky are so good.
august fagerstrom
12:26
So good.
12:27
Been on a big post-rock kick lately -- Mogwai, EiTS, Godspeed
Brian
12:27
What are your thoughts on Anthony Rendon?
august fagerstrom
12:27
The injury concerns aren't just limited to last year -- he was hurt in the minors a bunch too
So that's problematic
That being said if he's healthy he's a 4-5 WAR player
GSon
12:28
how long before the need for offense makes the Indians wish they had made a deal to bring in a bat (e.d. Rangers Mazara/Brinson/Gallo + another prospect for Anderson / Tomlin / Bauer)?
august fagerstrom
12:28
Those trade proposals are nuts -- Rangers would never give any of those guys up for Anderson, Tomlin, and/or Bauer
I do think the Indians will be forced into a midseason trade for a bat though
Forsyth
12:29
Now that the Red Sox are officially going with a Holt/Young platoon, O/U on wRC+ in LF: 120?
august fagerstrom
12:30
Steamer projects Holt for a 92 wRC+ vs. RHP and Young 112 vs. LHP. I'll take the under
Luis
12:30
Is Marcus Stroman an ace at the end of the 2016 campaign?
august fagerstrom
12:30
Is Marcus Stroman an ace now?
Big Joe Montferrant
12:31
How did Ben Sheets finish 8th in Cy Young voting in 2004??? 264-32 K-BB, 7.2 WAR, 0.97 WHIP, 162 ERA+, 2.65 FIP and Roy Oswalt finished 3rd with 4.0 WAR, 124 ERA+, 1.25 WHIP, 3.17 FIP.. Same amount of innings (237).
august fagerstrom
12:31
He had a losing record on a 67-win team
We've come a long way since 2004
Oswalt won 20 games
WildThing
12:32
What's your thoughts on Hector Olivera? He's hitting for a high average, but not as much power. Any projections for him this year?
august fagerstrom
12:32
League-averageish bat who needs to not be a disaster in LF to have much value
Tom
12:32
Who makes the biggest impact this year: Glasnow, Giolito, or Urias?
august fagerstrom
12:32
Giolito
Vic
12:32
Any opinion on Jake Cave and Colin Walsh this year?
august fagerstrom
12:32
not really
sorry
Vic
12:33
What's the latest will Will Smith's ligament? Surgery?
august fagerstrom
12:33
From Adam McCalvy 30 minutes ago: "No surgery yet for Will Smith (knee). Will rest 3 more weeks, then try playing catch for 3 weeks after that. Then, reassess surgical option."
Doesn't sound great
Jeremy Jeffress is suddenly a pretty good closer option
Ren
12:34
Who is the least exciting closer with the best chance of keeping his job all year?
august fagerstrom
12:34
Huh. This is tough because guys like David Hernandez (if he's even the Phillies' closer) and JJ Hoover are almost certainly going to lose their jobs at some point, so can't be them
Maybe Huston Street? Definitely not exciting, Joe Smith is doubtful to take over a closer job, the Angels traded away Trevor Gott
The Edge Of Forever
12:35
Were you surprised to see the Indians starting rotation ranked behind the Cubs?
august fagerstrom
12:35
No because they've been ranked behind the Cubs on our depth charts all offseason
None of the rankings were a surprise, given I manage the depth chart team
As to which rotation is actually better, I think it's a toss up
12:36
Either the Indians, Mets, Cubs or Nationals have the best rotation in baseball as things stand now. There isn't a right or wrong answer as to who's the best
I do like the Mets and Indians a bit more than the other two, though.
Chief Wahoo
12:36
Do you think Salazar can take the next step and ascend to the level of greatness, or will his control hold him back?
august fagerstrom
12:36
First one is more likely. I am a big Salazar believer
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