August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/23/16
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august fagerstrom
12:04
I am here!
Let's chat!
12:05
This week's soundtrack, is of course, all the new Frank Ocean material
All of it is great. I'm actually partial to Endless right now, though Blond is growing on me. Interested to hear y'alls thoughts
Bork
12:05
Hello, friend!
august fagerstrom
12:05
Hello, Bork!
Bork
12:05
I'm off to the OB with Borkwife to see how Bork Jr is doing. HOPE YOU ENJOY YOUR BORKLESS CHAT
august fagerstrom
12:05
Goodbye, Bork!
CamdenWarehouse
12:06
Is it time to acknowledge the Zunino in the room?
august fagerstrom
12:07
It is! That plate discipline is fascinating, and with how valuable of a defensive catcher he is, the floor for his bat was/is so low for him to be a contributor. He looks like he could be there. Believe Sullivan is writing this up very soon.
Ember
12:07
How awesome is Gary Sanchez?
august fagerstrom
12:07
Sure has been awesome so far! Believe *I'll* be writing *this* one up very soon.
Cubs Fan
12:07
Kris Bryant's tearing the cover off the ball right now, so I have to ask- 1) what fWAR do you think he finishes at this year? and 2) what's his peak? You would think it would be this, but his trajectory the last four years has been College MVP, MiLB MVP, RoY, and then likely NL MVP. When does he stop?
august fagerstrom
12:07
WS MVP? I guess? That's the only other MVP there is to win
12:08
We're probably seeing his peak right now, which is: settling in as an 7-8 WAR regular for a handful of years. AKA, the start to what could be a Hall of Fame career. He could break 8 wins this year
jon
12:08
Cubs BABIP suppression update: .254 BABIP against, .297 league average, 86 BABIP-. The record is in sight.
august fagerstrom
12:08
Yep! Been monitoring this. Remarkable
CamdenWarehouse
12:09
Is Edwin Encarnacion's career really strange? slightly above average offensively through age 28 and then beginning with age 29 for at least 5 years he produces in the top tier with the bat.
august fagerstrom
12:09
It's Jose Bautista's career path, with the breakout coming two seasons later
j6takish
12:11
I would attend a fangraphs chat hosted by Bork. I trust that the Dave's would screen him to make sure he is an interesting guy. I would also attend a Cistulli chat but I think I'm the only one who would welcome that
august fagerstrom
12:11
Cistulli chats are great
Both ones hosted over the internet, and also the ones conducted in person
GERB
12:11
Jose Ramirez's chances of breaking the all time record for crossing home without a helmet on?
Every Time
august fagerstrom
12:11
It's possible he's already broken it
Jim Lonborg
12:12
What is the Red Sox's best outfield alignment? Seems like they have three center fielders, not that that's necessarily a bad thing, as Benintendi demonstrated last night.
august fagerstrom
12:12
I've no real reason to believe the current default alignment (LF-Benintendi, CF-Bradley, RF-Betts) isn't the optimal one
Bo
12:13
Can you help me understand the difference between command and control? They just seem like two parts of the same scale of ability to locate pitches. Presumably you couldn't have command but not control? Is the only reason we treat them as separate to broaden the range of terms we have to discuss the ability to throw pitches where you intend?
august fagerstrom
12:13
The way it's commonly conveyed is: control is simply the ability to put the ball over the plate. Command is the ability to actually hit a spot.
12:14
Using those definitions, one can have control without command, but not really the other way around. I think of someone like Joe Blanton as having control, but not command
12:15
Blanton never walked anyone. But he also never executed enough pitches (whether it be elevated, on the edges, in the dirt, whatever) to consistently retire batters without putting pitches right over the middle and giving up homers
Control wasn't Joe Blanton's problem. Command was.
And probably a general lack of "stuff"
Jeremy
12:16
A Jays/Rangers playoff series would be the most exciting playoff matchup since_______
august fagerstrom
12:16
Jays/Rangers 2015?
david bowie and bing crosby
12:18
August: the O's have placed Wieters on waivers and he's cleared. Does this signal that a trade is close at hand and what team would want him given that he'd be a six week rental (not including playoffs)? Also: why would the O's trade him if they can get compensation for him after the season? (Unless they got a decent SP which seems improbable.) I don't understand this. Thx.
august fagerstrom
12:19
No, it doesn't signal anything, really. Tons of guys get placed on waivers and pass with nothing happening. It's a formality, mostly
Jack
12:21
Is there anyway corey seager gets into the MVP conversation. He has a slash line of 320/375/531 with an ISO of 219, a wRC+ of 146, and worth 6.5 WAR
august fagerstrom
12:21
Yeah, he's absolutely in the conversation, if he's not the frontrunner
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