August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/23/16
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august fagerstrom
12:21
He's put up nearly identical offensive numbers to Bryant while playing a more challenging defensive position. Both play for playoff teams.
12:22
Seager has the higher WPA, the higher RE24
Ryan schimpf fan
12:22
Ryan Schimpf?!?! Talk about him.
august fagerstrom
12:22
Craig Edwards talked about him a whole bunch last month! http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/the-post-that-ryan-schimpf-made-necessary/
Mike Foltynewicz
12:23
Nice article about Aaron Sanchez's sinker yesterday. Did you know that the velocity and movement on my sinker is almost identical to Aaron Sanchez's? Where's my article?
august fagerstrom
12:23
I did notice that actually!
It's been written down
E
12:24
Guys who played in the MLB: Scott Podsednik, Christian Guzman, Victor Zambrano, Royce Clayton, Guillermo Mota
august fagerstrom
12:25
Triples king Cristian Guzman!
And Mike Piazza-hater Guillermo Mota!
12:26
and unlikely World Series hero Scott Podsednik!
That's a solid batch.
Q-Ball
12:26
I refuse to believe the D-Backs front office is as dumb as Keith Law says. Right? Or is it really possible?
august fagerstrom
12:26
The evidence is all there for tou
you*
Sorry for slow chat this week btw, guys. Dealing with maintenance in my apartment. Will try to go longer to make up for it
Max
12:27
Given that at Coors (and other high altitude parks), the thin air kills movement on pitches, do you think there's a particular type of pitcher that's going to really struggle at Coors? Would someone like Rich Hill who relies so heavily on a curve and a rising fastball get killed?
august fagerstrom
12:27
There was talk this offseason that the new strategy was fastball-reliant guys to avoid this. Acquisitions of Jake McGee and Jason Motte signified the Rockies might be attempting this. I still like this theory
12:28
Obviously gonna need more time to see whether a) it's actually an organizational philosophy and/or b) it works, but it makes more sense, on the surface, than some of the other ideas that have been floated/attempted
Q-Ball
12:28
Apparently Tony LaRussa is alot more familiar with the unwritten rules of baseball than the written ones....
august fagerstrom
12:28
heyo!
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:29
How's the shoulder holding up?
august fagerstrom
12:29
Both are feeling better! Thanks for asking. I'm not in constant pain like I was for a couple weeks. Yesterday marked 30 days away from my upcoming surgery. Just looking forward to getting it done and getting the rehab process underway
Not being able to do physical stuff is absolutely killing me
Kristen
12:30
Is TEX in trouble? Between Perez, Holland, Griffin and Colby Lewis, I don't see a single SP capable of being a #3. And why can't they develop SP's?
august fagerstrom
12:30
There's been a serious injury problem in Texas for a decade-plus. No idea why, but that can't be good for pitcher development
12:32
As far as the rotation, the lack of depth is concerning, but every team in the AL has its flaw. The position player group is great, the top two starting pitchers are close to as good as it gets, and the bullpen is solid
I like the Rangers chances of coming out of the AL as much as anyone, even if you're holding your breath for the first five innings of games three and four
Jeremy
12:32
Today's Knuckleball ran a piece today basically saying it's too early to dismiss Stewart, Watson, LaRussa, etc. because of injuries and lack of time in the positions. This in contrast to Dave's article yesterday essentially calling for their dismissal. Your thoughts?
august fagerstrom
12:33
I think Dave's article was very concise in shooting down that line of thinking
the process
12:33
bryant wasn't little league mvp thus he's a chump!
august fagerstrom
12:33
I'd be absolutely shocked if he wasn't
Steve
12:34
Jameson Taillon is second behind Kershaw among SP in K/BB. In a Seagerless world would he be the NL Rookie of the Year?
august fagerstrom
12:35
Not with so few innings, I don't think. Story, Diaz, Maeda, Matz, Gray, Oh all likely have stronger cases
Uncle Leo
12:35
Is there anyone right now (Kiermaier??) on prime Andruw Jones' level as a defensive CF? The stats from his early years are ridiculous.
august fagerstrom
12:36
Tough to compare guys defensively across different eras of defensive metrics (tough to compare them even now), but it's hard for anyone to envision anyone being much better out there than Kiermaier and Pillar currently are. They're in the same tier at least, I think
Luke
12:36
Bottom of the ninth with a one run lead who do you rather have on the mound: Andrew Miller or Zach Britton?
august fagerstrom
12:37
Depends a lot on what my infield looks like
Even with how real Britton's hit-suppression skills appear to be, I'll take the guy pushing 50% strikeouts
The inning Miller threw against the A's last night was jaw-dropping
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