August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/30/16
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august fagerstrom
11:55
Yo! Chat will start shortly after the top of the hour
In the meantime, listen to this new Bon Iver single that I have not been able to quit replaying:
I'm not even a particularly huge Bon Iver fan, but I can't get enough of the new sound he's displayed on the three singles. Insanely hyped for this new record. Love the new direction
12:09
ok!
let's begin
Brett W
12:09
Your chat might be more efficient and effective if you lead with the curve.
august fagerstrom
12:10
hey! a nice topical reference to kick things off. i like it
Also -- this chat did not begin with Bork, so I suppose I have, in a sense, led with the curve.
Jack
12:11
Your favorite for Al Cy Young?
august fagerstrom
12:11
Off the top of my head, I think if I had a vote right now it'd still go to Quintana, though I gain the sense that due to his record/name/team/whatever, he won't get serious first-place consideration. Kluber looks like the leader in the clubhouse, to me, right now
12:12
It's so wide-open, though, that I honestly think between now and the end of the season, any of 10 names could do enough to stick out from the pack
Hell, Rick Porcello and J.A. Happ are legitimately in the mix
Erik
12:14
Which team's season has gone the most exactly as expected this year?
august fagerstrom
12:14
The sucky, rebuild teams who have been sucky while rebuilding
Rangers have seemed pretty Rangersy, too. And the Orioles?
JD15
12:15
I know the Mets have a bad manager and have not performed up to expectations this year, but are people sleeping on them? As of today, they are 2.5 games out with a still dangerous pitching staff.
august fagerstrom
12:17
They've got 1-in-5 playoff odds right now. I don't know if they're being slept on. Maybe they are by the Mets' fanbase, because the Mets' fanbase is insane
Mets' fanbase: Mets lost last night? Playoff odds: 0%. Mets won last night? World Series!
Painting with a broad brush of course, but based on what comes into my Twitter feed, it's quite the reactionary bunch
So I guess whether they're being slept on depends entirely on whether they won last night
The Cincinnati Kid
12:18
Paternity leave aside...is Salazar "back?" Did you see everything firing on full on Sunday?
august fagerstrom
12:18
I'd still be pretty concerned about that elbow.
Andrew
12:18
If you could only have one for the next five years: Thor, Fernandez, Sanchez
august fagerstrom
12:18
Fernandez, I think
Definitely not Sanchez
JD15
12:18
Who is the most fun team to watch in the MLB right now?
august fagerstrom
12:18
Has to be the Cubs
Ryan
12:19
Mets, Marlins, Royals, Astros: all are 2 or 2.5 games out of a wild-card spot. Which one do you think has the best shot to secure a post-season berth?
august fagerstrom
12:19
Astros
JP
12:20
The Park Factor calculations are explained in the "Park Factor - Five Year Regressed" article (from the Fangraphs Library). Is this still the current method, or has anything changed since 2005?
august fagerstrom
12:20
Current method as far as I'm aware
JD15
12:21
Do you think Moncada gets the call? If so, is he a platoon option at 3B or just a baserunner?
august fagerstrom
12:21
Think he does, and think he plays himself into a bigger role than what the Red Sox seem to be letting on right now
ResumeMan
12:21
August, can you comment on Jacoby Ellsbury's record catchers' interference this year? He blew past the record in like early August and had another last night. What is it that causes him, specifically, this year, to get so many of those?
august fagerstrom
12:21
Jeff wrote about this last month!
Stands far back in the box and has a swing plane that I guess makes him more susceptible to hitting the glove
Nick
12:22
I don't know if you've seen/heard much about Tim Anderson's defense, but it seems to my eye that he can play a decent SS, which is more than I thought the scouting reports said. Even if the power regresses to what he did in the minors, he looks like a quality SS.
august fagerstrom
12:23
Still have a real hard time buying in with a 25% K-BB%
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