August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 9/13/16
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august fagerstrom
12:50
better, but it looked like they'd accelerated their rebuild by a year in June or so. now the rebuild just looks like it's still on the same pace it was expected to be at
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:51
Are you for or against having Pete Rose in the Hall? It seems inevitable that he will be in one day, and I would hate to see it happen after he died.
august fagerstrom
12:51
I think the best / most important baseball players should be recognized in the Hall of Fame, and Pete Rose checks those boxes
JT
12:52
Does your dad have an irrational love for utility players and a general disdain for infield shifts? I feel like those are dad pre-reqs
august fagerstrom
12:52
my Dad reads FanGraphs. he's pretty baseball-progressive, as far as Dads go. still has this weird love/hate relationship with the pitcher win, though. still trying to fix that
JD15
12:52
Watching the Cubs play defense is almost as fun as watching them hit. Russell, Baez and Heyward are elite, everyone else is above average to quite good.
august fagerstrom
12:52
watching the Cubs do anything is pretty fun
Modest Fagersbomb
12:52
Do you think Francona's handling of Andrew Miller will lead to a wider breaking down of the fixed bullpen roles paradigm across the league?
august fagerstrom
12:54
it'll help, particularly if the Indians make a deep playoff run, but when Ben Lindbergh had Francona on his podcast a couple weeks back, Tito made two good points. that, A, if he didn't have Cody Allen to pitch after Miller, he couldn't use Miller the way he does. Allen essentially serves as the "high-leverage safety net," and if he didn't have another elite closer after Miller, I think he'd more inclined to save Miller. and B, it's hard to strictly implement a "high-leverage rover," for a full season, because knowing when to warm guys up is hard
it's a lot easier in practice than application, essentially
12:55
I think we're moving toward smarter bullpen usage, and the Indians may well be blazing the trail, but most teams aren't fortunate enough to be able to do it the way Cleveland's doing it, and it's not something that will ever be able to be done in reality the way we want to see it done in theory
Jim Lonborg
12:55
Mookie looks tired--Farrell needs to get him some days off when Benintendi comes back, even with the intense schedule.
august fagerstrom
12:55
have you tried writing him
Erik
12:56
The Cubs could set the BABIP-suppression record while being last in the league in shifts. Have they discovered a flaw in shifting that the rest of the league and the analytical community have yet to find? Or are they succeeding in spite of, rather than because of, their comparative aversion to shifting?
august fagerstrom
12:56
This has been one of the most fascinating storylines of the season to me, but without good access to the team, it'd be a tough story to tell
Would love to see a Travis Sawchik-style 2014 Pirates breakdown of this by one of their beat guys
12:57
I feel like we've got to be missing something.
jon
12:57
Cubs BABIP suppression update: 0.251 allowed vs. 0.297 average, 84 BABIP+. Book the record.
august fagerstrom
12:57
Craig is writing this up for today or tomorrow, I believe
Erik
12:57
Can you think of any other 80-grade minor skills like Baez's tagging ability?
august fagerstrom
12:57
no but if anyone else can let me know so I can write about them
12:58
Michael Brantley always struck me as like a 70-grade "play the carom off the wall" outfielder, but that's probably also partly selection bias from having seen so many of his games
Oren
12:58
Over/Under: 3.5 - Cutch's WAR in 2017?
august fagerstrom
12:58
Over
Assuming he enters next season healthier than he entered / played the entire season this year at
Modest Fagersbomb
12:59
Kershaw, Hill, Maeda, Urias, De Leon: is this the Dodgers rotation here on out unless there's ANOTHER injury?
august fagerstrom
12:59
should be, but honestly I've lost track of the DeLeon/Urias innings limits, Maeda days off per start limit, and Hill Blister Watch 2016
so I have no idea if that can work or not
Raindog
1:01
How many different players get first place AL MVP votes? How many get first place NL CY votes?
august fagerstrom
1:01
I'll say five guys get first-place MVP votes -- Trout, Donaldson, Altuve, Betts and Machado
1:02
And I'm gonna say......
five for NL Cy too? four?
Kershaw, Syndergaard, Fernandez, Hendricks probably all get votes. And then... does Bumgarner get some? Lester? Scherzer?
1:03
shit it might be like 7
I have no idea
awards be crazy this year
Big Joe Mufferaw
1:03
What is your favorite sports talk show? (Radio or TV)
august fagerstrom
1:03
Effectively Wild
I don't watch TV or listen to the radio
Podcasts only for this guy
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