August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/16/16
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august fagerstrom
12:01
West coast chat!
Coming to you live from a coffee shop in Los Angeles, three hours earlier than I'm used to chatting
12:02
soundtrack: Portishead - Dummy
12:03
which record I purchased at the most insane record store I've ever visited yesterday (Amoeba Records in Hollywood)
was so overwhelming walking in there
Bork
12:03
Hello, friend!
august fagerstrom
12:03
hello, Bork!
Mike
12:03
Is there a way to differentiate between a hitter's contact rate against RHP and LHP separately?
august fagerstrom
12:03
would take a few steps with BaseballSavant but you could do it
12:04
no easy way to generate a leaderboard, though, to my knowledge
Bork
12:04
Can we get a weekly take on Devon Travis? Because Devon Travis.
august fagerstrom
12:04
not underrated, hopefully!
Fire Kevin Cash
12:05
Kevin Kiermaier has about doubled his walk rate since coming back in July. Where did this come from and is it sustainable?
august fagerstrom
12:05
so many walks against lefties!
12:06
may have just generated me a topic idea, which might be my favorite part of these chats
Officer Mark Lemke
12:06
Opinion needed: Who is the more productive hitter next year and going forward: Joc Peterson or Conforto ?
august fagerstrom
12:06
I have long been a big Joc Pederson believer
Josh
12:06
Is Michael Gettys making believers, or is there still significant concerns about his hit tool?
august fagerstrom
12:07
reminder to new chatters: I am not a prospect guy! Therefore, it's very possible I've never even heard of someone like Michael Gettys, or even Michael Gettys specifically. What you want is the Eric Longenhagen prospect chat on Mondays
Bork
12:07
Coco Crisp is upset the A's are benching him so his $13m option doesn't vest. Because his -0.4 WAR is totally worth starting him in left.
august fagerstrom
12:07
Id probably be upset about losing the potential of $13M too
Erik
12:08
Is it accurate to say that the Phillies and Yankees are in very similar situations? Both have lots of budget space and a recently reloaded farm system with plenty of guys in the high minors ready to contribute as early as next season. Do they have the same playoff ETA?
august fagerstrom
12:08
Even after the deals, the Yankees have the better current team, and the Yankees always feel like they can turn it on at a moment's notice and contend if they want to with their market
12:09
but, yeah, the similarities are there
Ronnie
12:09
1,624 IP 9.92 K9 2.34 BB9 0.51 HR9 2.26 ERA (60 ERA-) 2.45 FIP (63 FIP-) 51 WAR
1,632 IP 9.44 K9 2.27 BB9 0.64 HR9 2.19 ERA (63 ERA-) 2.22 FIP (68 FIP-) 46 WAR

Can you tell which string of numbers/letters is Sandy Koufax circa 1961-66 & which is Clayton Kershaw circa 2009-now?
august fagerstrom
12:09
nope!
Would really like to see Kershaw pitching again soon :(
Patrick
12:10
Is Mookie Betts the best outfielder in the MLB besides Mike Trout in your opinion?
august fagerstrom
12:11
If we're playing the "You're starting a team and you can pick one OF after Trout..." game I still take Harper
12:12
But Betts is probably the next guy, yeah. And, obviously, Harper isn't presently *Harper*, so if we're playing the "right now..." game, yeah, Betts has a strong case
Alex
12:12
Who has a better chance of getting in the HOF, Tulo or Votto? Who would you have said 2 years ago?
august fagerstrom
12:12
Votto and Votto
Gerb
12:14
You get to build a team from any AL teams outfield + infield + Starters + Bullpen, which 4 groups do you take ROS? NL?
august fagerstrom
12:16
If I can fudge things around just a bit, I'd certainly take a Reed-Altuve-Correa-Bregman infield moving forward. The OF seems like a pretty easy choice with Benintendi-Bradley-Betts. Indians rotation. Bullpen is tough. Probably the Orioles
12:17
NL is Cubs infield, still Pirates OF. Nats rotation if that means I get Giolito and Lopez too. And probably Cubs bullpen
RoS wouldn't be significantly different
Jack
12:18
How much of the Dodgers injury issues are by design or just bad luck? Outside of Kershaw and a couple others (like ethier) it seems like this is what you get when you buy low on pitchers with histories of injuries. It's kinda crazy that we are in the second week of august and they are only one game behind the Giants
august fagerstrom
12:19
Wrote about this in the offseason. I think it's by design: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/scott-kazmir-the-dodgers-and-health/
G-men
12:19
Who is closing for the GIANTS next year? In house or FA?
august fagerstrom
12:20
In-house. Strickland and Law both look like closers of the future
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