August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 4/26/16
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august fagerstrom
12:30
Other problem is: who plays CF?
Not that Deshields is a great CF, but he can play there, and your other options is Desmond. Or Mazara? Though he never played there in the minors as far as I can tell, which sure isn't a good indicator
12:31
I think the playing time all just gets distributed evenly, or someone else gets hurt and it works itself out
Having too many capable players isn't the worst problem for a team to have
Ben
12:32
Last week I joked about Harper hitting more homeruns than the Braves this year......I don't know if it's a joke anymore.
august fagerstrom
12:32
We knew the Braves were going to be bad, and their offensive ineptitude is *still* staggering.
I believe Jeff is planning on writing about this today
Scott
12:32
August, are you buying Kluber for ROS?
august fagerstrom
12:32
Kluber is good
Whale
12:33
Rodon looked to be a breakout candidate. But the 2016 version is a 2 pitch guy, barely throwing his change. Walks, already high, are up too. Thoughts?
august fagerstrom
12:34
He looks almost exactly like last year's guy, just with a little less velo, and last year's guy was super excited. Your opinion shouldn't have much changed. Remember: this dude has thrown fewer than 200 innings above *college* ball, and has already proven himself as an above-average starter in the major leagues. That's insane
He's still figuring things out. I'm as high on him as ever
Kvn
12:35
At what point this season does Bryce Harper start getting the Barry Bonds treatment?
august fagerstrom
12:36
Nobody will ever again get the Barry Bonds treatment
just found something weird, hold on
12:38
Largest zone% increase, qualified hitters, 2015-16:

1. N. Cruz, +7%
2. M. Cabrera, +6%
3. W. Ramos, +6%
4. M. Kemp, +6%
5. Bryce Harper, +5% <--
huh?
12:39
Assuming that's an effect of his eye being so god damn good that pitchers are having to come in the zone because he'll literally take every pitch that's a ball?
Jon Snow v2.0
12:39
Try and prevent me from overreacting to Nate Eovaldi last night.... I dare you.
Big Joe Montferrant
12:39
Eovaldi is finally Striking out people, and his ERA is now looking more and more like his FIP/xFIP. Is this the year he breaks out?
august fagerstrom
12:39
Big Joe Montferrant failed your test
Those comments literally came back-to-back
12:40
Eovaldi has been exciting a bunch of times before and then gone back to being not-exciting. Not convinced yet
12:41
Though I now see he's altered the pitch mix quite a bit this year! Going to that splitter a third of the time. Maybe there's something there. Might have to look into that
Rick
12:41
Any chance that TJ House gets called up to fill in for Carassco? Or is Bauer more likely to get the chance to start again?
august fagerstrom
12:41
Bauer's already been moved back to the rotation
Johnny5Alive
12:41
I hope you'll be joining the stoolies for some all you can drink Mets baseball the might before your staten island Yankees meetup
august fagerstrom
12:41
is this english
Sirras
12:42
Fast forward 20 years - who has the best career of Trout, Harper, and Machado? What did they do better than the other two?
august fagerstrom
12:42
Still going with Trout. Can't ignore his production through 23 vs. Harper. He's already got more than half of a Hall of Fame career in the bank
Though Harper is a third of the way there, to be fair
Mr. Wrestling IV
12:43
Aaron Nola has looked pretty good. LOB% seems to be the only issue. When does that start to stabilize?
august fagerstrom
12:43
like never
more than a season
Jim
12:43
If syndergaard had the mechanics of tim lincecum how hard do you think he could throw? 108? 110?
august fagerstrom
12:43
Probably less hard than he does now?
Because it would be horribly unnatural for his body
Toca
12:44
yell my name. it's fun.
august fagerstrom
12:44
TOOCCAAAAAAAAAAAA
Igloo
12:45
Adam Jones changing his approach or is this his more decline?
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