August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 6/14/16
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ballsballsballs
12:40
More impressive: Kershaw 6 BBs or Ichiro 6 Ks? Also, keeping in mind that when Ichiro played in Japan the season was like 130 games, if he played his entire career in the US would he have passed Rose?
august fagerstrom
12:40
I think so, yeah
Brittany
12:41
Do you see the Indians seeking additional offensive help at the trade deadline (whether it's another OF or if they get creative somehow)? Brantley's absence will be felt at some point if everything remains the same and I am highly skeptical that this current outfield will keep up their production.
august fagerstrom
12:41
If they remain in contention, yeah, they should
Dave
12:41
Please rank Mets pitchers ROS
august fagerstrom
12:41
Syndergaard Matz deGrom Harvey
Curtis
12:42
Given that all teams need to be represented in the All-Star Game, who will be the weakest choice?
august fagerstrom
12:42
The Reds' representative
Joe
12:43
Is there any hope in the wasteland that is the Twins Bullpen?
august fagerstrom
12:43
Trevor May!
Chuck
12:43
Chen having a harder time in the pitching friendlier NL than he did in that AL E mess, what gives?
august fagerstrom
12:44
Last I checked he'd been pitching down in the zone quite a bit more. Might be adjusting to a new approach, or perhaps that's an indication that his command is off
Nathan
12:44
Why have the Blue Jays been so bad offensively? Their "role" players (Saunders and Smoak) have been good which is what was supposed to hold them back.
august fagerstrom
12:44
Injuries to their key players
12:45
Tulo hurt. Martin not himself. Encarnacion not himself
PS
12:45
Do you think the sox come down to earth a bit?
august fagerstrom
12:45
Not really
I'd say they're the best team in the AL. 90+ wins seems perfectly fine. Their extrapolated record would have them at 94 now
Andy Marte's Prospect Status
12:47
Does Frazier debut before Zimmer? 2017?
august fagerstrom
12:48
Still think Zimmer has the inside edge. One of em in 2017 for sure if not both
Frankie
12:48
With Brantley a huge question mark, what are the odds the Indians put either Zimmer or Frazier on the table to try and get an impact bat in the middle of the order?
august fagerstrom
12:49
Seems pretty short-sighted. Indians org typically doesn't operate that way. Much more likely they move a lesser prospect for a smaller return
Duke
12:50
Thoughts on the Royals possibly selling off some assets IF they are a bit back of Cleveland/Detroit at the deadline? Hard to imagine them being better in 2017 when a few pieces leave and even more hard in 2018 after everyone leaves.
august fagerstrom
12:50
It's going to be really interesting to see how they operate moving forward if faced with the reality that they're not a contender.
I gotta imagine it's a tough pill to swallow to have that thought a year after being champs with two consecutive WS appearances
12:51
But they really sold off most of the farm to get there. And like you mentioned, it's impossible to ignore all the upcoming arb raises and free agent eligible guys
That being said, I can't see them selling this year
Any teardown doesn't happen until the offseason or next year, I don't think
12:52
Still a lot of talent on that roster, and you could argue their position in the standings could have more to do with injuries than roster construction. Thinking could be get healthy and be back at it next year
Jack Glasscock's Cup
12:52
how is tyler naquin so bad at playing outfield?
august fagerstrom
12:52
It's been really bizarre
E
12:52
Guys who played in the MLB: Rod Barajas, Wes Helms, Tomo Ohka, Jarrod Washburn, B.J. Surhoff
august fagerstrom
12:52
Wes freaking Helms
Erik
12:53
Is there a link between the rise in fastball velocity and the rise in home runs? Or is the whole "faster in, faster out" idea bad physics?
august fagerstrom
12:53
The latter. Been largely (or all the way) disproven, IIRC
JT
12:53
The current ideal lineup is this? Would you change it?

C: Posey, 1B: Goldy, 2B: Altuve, SS: Correa 3B: Machado, LF: Cespedes, CF: Trout, RF: Harper
august fagerstrom
12:53
I'd want better defense up the middle
JT
12:54
Does Anibal Sanchez have more potential than Noah Syndergaard?
Does Aaron Boone have more potential than Noah Syndergaard?
august fagerstrom
12:54
boone yes
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