August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 5/24/16
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august fagerstrom
11:51
chatty chat chat!
Soundtrack: Massive Attack - Mezzanine
12:05
WHERE IS BORK
I CANNOT START THE CHAT WITHOUT BORK
12:06
oh man
hope he's okay
alright, let's start
Erik
12:07
Have you seen anything in the Cubs recent slide which suggests they aren't quite as big of a favorite as we thought they were? Or is this just a totally acceptable small blip?
august fagerstrom
12:07
They weren't going to be *perfect* all year
Brian Dozier
12:08
Am I ever going to get it together?
august fagerstrom
12:08
12:09
He was succeeding with an exploitable swing, and has shown an inability to adjust
David
12:09
At what point do we wonder if the Dodgers' projections were off and they're just not very good?
august fagerstrom
12:09
I'm not there ye
yet*
Mike
12:09
Trout is the fWAR leader again. All is right in the world.
august fagerstrom
12:10
Think it was Sam Miller who said something to the effect of, "The indicator for when a season's samples are no longer 'too small' is whenever Mike Trout gets back to the top of the WAR leaderboard."
Pedro Cerrano
12:10
Are you feeling alright about Kluber moving forward?
august fagerstrom
12:11
Yep. Stuff really hasn't diminished.
Sean P
12:11
Ben Zobrist has been outstanding so far as a Cub. Do you think he has it in him to post a 6+ WAR this year?
august fagerstrom
12:12
He's already got 2.5 wins banked. Would only have to outperform his rest-of-season projection by half a win to get there
Erik
12:12
Before the season, the Astros would have been viewed as one of the teams with the most positive outlook for the next several seasons. How much has their terrible start and the underperformance of certain players affected that outlook? Are they still a team on the rise and a likely contender the next several years?
august fagerstrom
12:13
I'd say so. The core is still young, they've still got Reed and Bregman on the way.
12:14
Keuchel is a big part of their future, and so that's concerning, but they've got other interesting young arms, and it's not like we should expect Keuchel to be a zero moving forward.
They've got more young talent in place than most teams. I wouldn't be worried
Stu
12:15
Do you think Justin Upton rebounds this season....ie should I go out and get him...or should i avoid him like the black plague?
august fagerstrom
That being said, he's older than he's ever been, this is his worst slump ever, and it's got to be more concerning when it happens at the start of a season
Rols
12:18
How confident are you in Archer bouncing back? Strikeouts are still there, but the walks are way too high
august fagerstrom
12:19
I think he'll be fine. He's not missing by much with the slider, and he's actually improved the changeup
Kidd Chris
12:19
Dallas Keuchel limbo. How low can he go?
august fagerstrom
12:19
it's funny because that's actually the problem. he needs to go lower
his pitches, that is
the pitches need to be lower. stop throwing 88mph fastballs over the plate, Dallas Keuchel
JP
12:20
The commish just announced a new format for this year's all star game: AL and NL will be combined but it will be the best of the pitchers all on one team against the best of the position players all on the other. Who do you got winning?
august fagerstrom
12:21
A fresh arm every inning with the arms being Kershaw, Syndergaard, Arrieta, Scherzer, Strasburg, Sale, Fernandez, Cueto and Rich Hill? I'll take the pitcher team
Buff
12:21
What's your take on Bryan Price? Seems that his recent jerking around of Jumbo Diaz and Keyvius Sampson smacks a bit of the desperation and anger of last year's meltdown. Does he still have the confidence of management, for what that's worth?
august fagerstrom
12:21
is there a right way to manage the Reds' bullpen?
Human
12:23
a coworker of mine gave me her number then she texted me and then we talked but she didn't seem like she wanted to talk i do not understand life sometimes august!!!
august fagerstrom
12:23
The problem with texting is that people express themselves differently through text making it difficult to interpret anyone's true intention. There's no body language in a text. Take her out to lunch.
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