August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 8/5/16
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11:58
Friday chat!
12:00
Friday soundtrack! El Grincho - Alegranza!
did I type Grincho just now? because I sure meant to type Guincho
it sure is Fridy
and then I misspelled Friday. welp. this is sure to go well.
12:02
Allow me to now heat up a bowl of lemon chicken and rice and we can begin.
12:06
I was advised by my orthopedic surgeon yesterday to receive a second opinion on my left shoulder. I finally feel like I'm living out my dreams of being a professional ballplayer! Only the injured kind, and also the kind that's making a blogger's salary.
OK! Lunch ready. Chat ready.
Bork
12:06
Hello, friend!
august fagerstrom
12:06
Hello, Bork!
R+L=J
12:07
With your extensive Cleveland knowledge- what do you think of Clint Frazier and Justus Sheffield?
august fagerstrom
12:07
I think Frazier is going to be a beast. That strength/bat speed coupled with his plate discipline improvements over the last year or so are really exciting
12:08
Word on Sheffield seems to be more of a mid-rotation, high-floor type guy. Doesn't nearly possess Frazier's upside, but a valuable piece to have
Yankees got a haul. Indians got the most valuable reliever in baseball. A sensible swap, I'd say
Bork
12:08
Eno is doing a meetup in Toronto, but Toronto sucks. You should do a meetup in Ottawa and upstage that fro freak.
august fagerstrom
12:08
I reject the premise that Toronto sucks
I love Toronto
Gary
12:10
Why are the Red Sox platooning Benintendi? He had no splits in the minors.
august fagerstrom
12:10
Just letting him get accustomed to big league pitching, hopefully experience some success early on vs. RHP while keeping guys fresh. It's not a long-term plan or anything
AFon
12:11
What underlying value does WAR not incorporate? Other than like pitch framing.
august fagerstrom
12:13
I think the biggest thing is no secret -- the goal of any WAR model (rightly, IMO) aims to strip context out of evaluation, but in doing so, fails to accurately credit teams whose roster construction lends itself to sustainable success in high-leverage situations that the model doesn't treat as such
In other words, bullpens
Jack C.
12:14
Off the top of your head, do you know who the only 20-20 guy in MLB is?
august fagerstrom
12:14
Last I checked, Trout only had 17-18 steals, so I don't think it's him
My first thought was Betts, but now I'm leaning toward Altuve
Final answer: Altuve
Answer key time!
12:15
19 homers for Altuve! drats
Wil Fucking Myers?!?!?
wow
crystal pepsi
12:15
is this your favorite month?
august fagerstrom
12:15
It is, by far, my least-favorite month.
12:16
The July-August-September stretch is just awful. So many misguided instances of thinking people are speaking to me
Dan
12:16
MANDATORY: HOW'D YOU GET YOUR NAME (Grandfather, Olympian, link to Wikipedia page)
august fagerstrom
12:16
mandatory
Whats that Odor
12:16
What type of pitch should I add to my softball arsenal? I already throw a mean backspinner and a nasty cutter
august fagerstrom
12:16
Our pitcher throws a pretty nice knuckler. No idea how effective it is, but he sure enjoysit.
Fugust Aagerstrom
12:16
hell friend
august fagerstrom
12:17
not yet
Joe
12:17
If a player saw 10 pitches every PA but never got on base, would he be valuable enough to put in the lineup? Assume avg defense.
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