August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 3/29/16
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El Ashaban
12:51
If I told you that one of these following people received an MVP vote, who would surprise you the least: Hector Olivera, Chris Carter, or Denard Span?
august fagerstrom
12:51
Jesus. I guess Olivera, because we've already seen what Carter and Span can't do
Colin
12:52
When the Cubs signed Dexter Fowler, people said that they had signed an adequate center fielder and now Jason Heyward could go back to playing RF. Looking at the projections, Fowler doesn't seem to be that great of a fielder, so why does this rhetoric around him being able to play a adequate centerfield exist?
august fagerstrom
12:52
Because he's played a bunch of center field
Could be that public numbers are overstating his (negative) value, too
Jon
12:54
NL Central LHP Starters:
CHC: Lester
PIT: Liriano, Niese
STL: Garcia
CIN: Finnegan
MIL: None
august fagerstrom
12:54
Pirates seem pretty smart
Of course, they play games outside the division, too
Luis
12:55
Is AJ Reed as ready today as Kris Bryant was a year ago? Or does Bryant had better tools/ceiling?
august fagerstrom
12:55
Bryant is the better player, but the Astros' need is just as large
Natitude Adjuster
12:55
Whoa, check out the Nats' April regular season schedule: Braves, Braves, Marlins, Marlins, Marlins, Braves, Braves, Braves, Braves, Phillies, Phillies, Phillies, Marlins, Marlins, Marlins, Marlins, Twins, Twins, Twins, Phillies, Phillies, Phillies, Cards, Cards. Don't be surprised if they get out to a "hot" start, and the national media starts fawning.
august fagerstrom
12:55
wow.
CamdenWarehouse
12:55
Does Swisher play in the majors this year? Ever again?
august fagerstrom
12:56
doubtful
Frank
12:56
Rusney Castillo + cash to the Indians for Cody Allen makes a ton of sense to me.
august fagerstrom
12:57
A contender trading away a top-10 closer to hand the job off to Zach McAllister and get a marginal OF upgrade does not make much sense
Nick
12:57
Holy hell August, looks like we've got a forecast for snow for the Tribe opener on Monday! I hope you're ready to freeze in the bleachers like me. Kluber v Price!!
august fagerstrom
12:57
It's nice and warm in the press box
Johnny5Alive
12:58
Mets bullpen has looked completely awful this spring. That was already a glaring weakness, but is this what prevents then from making the playoffs?
august fagerstrom
12:58
Would be more concerned about the defense, because that was bad before Spring Training
Zorn
12:58
Are you drafting Giancarlo in the 1st round this year or hands off?
august fagerstrom
12:58
I did this, yes.
Mike
12:58
Who's the closer in Colorado?
august fagerstrom
12:58
Jake McGee, I think
Andre
12:59
I keep thinking that the Yankees are in trouble if Luis Severino is their best SP this season, because that will mean that Tanaka and Pineda are both hurt. But, is it possible that he will be their best SP even if those guys are healthy?
august fagerstrom
12:59
Very possible
andrew
12:59
Did the cubs really need Dexter Fowler, couldn't Matt Murton on a minor league signing provide similar production (with less speed) at a much cheaper cost?
august fagerstrom
12:59
who
Johnny5Alive
1:00
Dodgers hammered with injuries. They had depth, but does this change their projection at all? Still supposed to run away with the division?
august fagerstrom
1:00
I mean, yeah, it obviously makes them worse, but I think they're still (pretty clear?) favorites for the division
Forsyth
1:01
Those wRC+ numbers seem excessively low for Holt/Young. Particularly given Young had a 162 last year and Holt a 121. Very odd.
august fagerstrom
1:01
Holt career 87 wRC+ vs. RHP, Young 122 vs. LHP and he's now 32. Single-season platoon split numbers are not your friend
Greg
1:01
Surprised to see Velasquez in the 5th spot for the Phils?
august fagerstrom
1:01
Nope. He might have the highest upside of any arm on their 25
ctw
1:02
who makes a bigger impact this year, Taillon or Glasnow?
august fagerstrom
1:02
Glasnow, easy
Glasnow will be up ASAP. Taillon isn't even a guarantee to debut I don't think
He probably will, but it's not a sure thing, and Glasnow is 100% to pitch this year
Trainman
1:03
Correa has an insane slash line so far in spring, he has been getting on a ton with walks. Do you believe a spring training performance Can translate to regular season success?
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