August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 4/19/16
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august fagerstrom
12:32
Ortiz and Beltre are so, so fascinating
Especially in this day and age when we can be (fairly?) certain that PEDs aren't happening
12:33
What those guys are doing is more mind-bending than a really amazing young talent being really amazing
Correa and Lindor are better for the game. Ortiz and Beltre are more fun, to me, in the present
Zonk
12:33
Hot Cub bats were cooled off this weekend by the pitching of....the Rockies? They are 8-5, and atop NL West this morning! Can they keep this up?
august fagerstrom
12:33
Nope.
Buff
12:34
Do the Dodgers think Grandal can stay healthy -- or is Barnes the catcher of the future?
august fagerstrom
12:34
Impossible to say what the Dodgers think of Grandal's medicals, but when he's healthy, he's one of the more valuable catchers in baseball. Barnes is one hell of a backup. At the very least, the Dodgers probably aren't super concerned with their catching situation
They've got several viable starter
Erik
12:34
How and why would a team decide to have their pitchers all specialize in one pitch, like you noted in your Phillies article today? Is this actually a conscious decision by management or the coaching staff, or a narrative we throw on after the fact once we notice a similarity between a team's pitchers?
august fagerstrom
12:35
It's got to be an organizational philosophy. I'd guess it's something MacPhail and Klentak brought with them. Perhaps they think they have some sort of competitive edge in developing curveballs because of someone/some group of people on the player development side? Maybe they see something in the league that hitters can be exploited with these high spin rate curves? The Astros got McHugh because they felt he was being undervalued
Kurt
12:36
As a Mets fan, should I be happy that wright is hitting, or really concerned about the huge strike out rate because he looks fine most of the time, but that strike out rate is really concerning
august fagerstrom
12:36
I'd be pleased if I were you. He's getting the ball in the air, hitting it hard and still taking walks. You can live with the K's
12:37
Any production from Wright before his injury this year should be welcomed. Don't worry how it's happening
The Dude of NY
12:37
NO JORGE POSADA ALERT!
august fagerstrom
12:37
rejoice!
Vamos Gigantes
12:39
As a Giants fan, how many of my 10 worry points should I allot to the bullpen?
august fagerstrom
12:39
every team should always have several worry points banked for the bullpen
12:40
I remember reading or hearing something about how the Giants have had the least turnover in the bullpen by far over the last few years
On one hand, that means everyone is doing their job
On the other hand, relievers have a pretty limited shelf life, and you've gotta think guys like Romo, Casilla, Kontos, etc. are reaching the end of their shelf life. And the injuries are certainly worrisome
Art Vandelay
12:40
How's the new place? You still eating on boxes, or did you manage to get some furniture?
august fagerstrom
12:41
Most of the big furniture is set up. It's getting the little things out of the boxes that I still need to do. Hoping to knock that out after this chat
Bob
12:41
Does Eickhoff have one of the best curves in the game? It looked real good against the Mets but then again its the Mets.
august fagerstrom
12:41
Based purely on movement and spin, yeah. The rest comes down to command, and we probably haven't seen enough of it to tell
12:42
Also comes down to playing it off his other pitches, and the rest of his stuff isn't elite
In a vacuum, yeah, it's probably one of the better pure curves in the league. In the scope of his full repertoire, it's probably not
Art Vandelay
12:42
Who, if anyone, will get sent down from the Twins OF? Those rumors have quieted over the last 4 games of course, but I have to think it wouldn't take much to get them stirred up again.
august fagerstrom
12:43
It's an interesting question. I'm not at all sold on Eddie Rosario being an MLB starter. So my first thought would be him. But then, you've also got to consider that if Buxton just isn't ready, striking out in half his plate appearances probably isn't going to help his development
Joe
12:44
Last year it took Odubel Herrera over 350 PA to get to 13 walks, he already has 13 walks in 60 pa leading the NL. IS this a change to believe in and when does walk rate stabilize more or lesS?
august fagerstrom
Z
12:45
RE: Pillar. Do you buy Saunders as the leadoff then? Or does Travis get the role when he is healthy?
august fagerstrom
12:45
I'm still not totally sure why they don't have someone like Tulowitzki or Russell Martin up there.
Unless those guys just aren't comfortable leading off
12:46
They're giving more PAs to an unquestionably worse hitter by leading off Saunders
or Pillar/Travis/etc
Bret
12:46
August, excellent piece on the Phils today. Guy I'm most interested in is Eickhoff -- we know Nola and Velasquez are highly touted guys. But Eickhoff was generally regarded as a throw-in to the Hamels trade. Now, it looks like he could end up being the headliner on his own merit. Peripherals look great... is this for real?
august fagerstrom
12:46
Think mid-rotation guy is real, yeah
12:47
Probably doesn't have the type of ceiling Nola and Velasquez do, but if I were a Phillies fan, I'd be viewing him as part of the next good team
Next thing you look for is development of the change to help balance out the platoon splits a bit
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