August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 6/7/16
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Frank Abignale Jr.
12:18
I haven't had a pleasant thought about Ricky Nolasco in years, BUT - he's got five Ks per BB, he's sub-4 in FIP and SIERA, and he's got 14 Ks over his last two starts. Anything to all this to get excited about?
august fagerstrom
12:18
No
Belted
12:18
Where do you think the Giants will be looking for bullpen help? They clearly need a boost there.
august fagerstrom
12:18
They'll be looking toward the Yankees.
Pedro Cerrano
12:20
Is George Springer due for any batting average regression?
august fagerstrom
12:21
I don't think so. He took a huge step forward in his approach last year, and that's continued into this year, so the drop in strikeout looks for real. The BABIP looks for real, too. He has the perfect high-BABIP profile -- speed, line drives and grounders, opposite field tendencies
He should easily be able to maintain .330+ BABIPs
Erik
12:21
Loved the piece about the 5-man infield. In, say, 10 years, how common will 3- or 5-man infields be? Will there be only one or two opportunities per year for a team to do something so radical? Or are we talking more like once every other game or so?
august fagerstrom
12:23
I was honestly a little surprised that Kendrick was the only guy who stuck out. I mean, really, he was the *only* one who checked all the boxes, and even he didn't check the fifth box of "actually being a hitter that teams need to worry about." That was the whole reason Sam and Ben put the five-man infield on Scott David in the first place -- he was killing them. Teams don't necessarily need to get radical to stop Howie Kendrick, though I do think there are hits to be taken away there, which would make it advantageous for teams to do it regardless of whether Kendrick is beating them or not
I think we'll see it sporadically within 10 years
Sporadically being the key word, though. The type of hitter for whom it makes sense is just so specific
12:24
In case anyone missed the piece in question -- it went up pretty late yesterday and was on InstaGraphs -- it can be found here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/identifying-the-ideal-candidate-for-the-five-man-infield/
Four-man outfield version will be coming later today
Erik
12:25
Freddy Galvis is currently baseball's 4th best defender, according to FanGraphs' leaderboards. Are there any contenders who would trade anything worthwhile for a top defensive shortstop (if he really counts as one)?
august fagerstrom
12:25
I don't think he counts as one. The 2,000 innings of him being an average-or-worse defender are more important than this year's 500 innings of one defensive metric thinking he's above average
That said, I haven't seen much Galvis, so I don't know whether he passes the eye test
Ben
12:26
Bounce-back-o-meeter: Carlos Gomez; Prince Fielder; Corey Dickerson; Michael Wacha
august fagerstrom
12:26
I'll take Wacha
and probably Dickerson
Leaving Fielder alone
I'll take Gomez next season, maybe, thinking he'll be healthier than he is now
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:27
What does a realistic Lucroy return look like? I've heard Profar + spare parts/lottery tickets come up a lot - do the Brewers even want that type of return?
august fagerstrom
12:27
My thinking is that they must be pretty far off what teams are willing to give, otherwise there'd been a deal by now
MATT DAMON
12:27
MATT DAMON
august fagerstrom
12:27
!!!
Jay Z
12:28
INTENSE QUESTION: What would be your top three walk-up to the plate songs? Also, off the top of your head are there any players you have run into with good/eclectic music tastes?
august fagerstrom
12:28
I've thought about this a lot before, and I always come back to the horn drop in RJD2's "Ghostwriter" as my ideal walk-up music
12:29
And, no, haven't had much music talk with ballplayers. a) because it's just not a real natural thing to come up but moreso because b) ballplayers just don't have the sort of time that I have to invest in finding and appreciating a wealth of different types of music
Nelson
12:30
That new avalanches isnt great. Or maybe my expectations were too high, or just my musical tastes have changed in the past 16 years
august fagerstrom
12:30
For me, it hits that perfect, indescribable medium of somehow sounding just like the old stuff that you're used to while also introducing a totally new sound to keep it fresh
oh! you said *isn't*
thought we were on the same page
I also had no expectations at all -- I don't whenever a group goes away for that long
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:31
Which of the currently rebuilding franchises will be lauded as having executed the most successful rebuild 10 years down the road?
august fagerstrom
12:31
Phillies seem to be doing some kind of job
Like what the Brewers have going on, too
Not as big a fan of what the Reds have done, or the early-rebuild Brewers
sorry, Padres. early-rebuild Padres
Matt
12:32
What should I eat for lunch?
august fagerstrom
12:32
You can literally never go wrong with a Reuben.
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