Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/18/17
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Dan Szymborski
2:38
I THOUGHT TODAY WAS TUESDAY!
Bret
2:38
How does the Jays offseason look after the Jose Bautista signing?
Dan Szymborski
2:38
Decent, not specatular.
Chris
2:38
How much fun is it to check out TalkingChop and see so many people adamantly fight against the validity of sabermetrics. We have some heated Matt Kemp discussions going on if you want a "fun" read
Dan Szymborski
2:39
I've been in some of those. I already flamed that guy with the weird metaphysical post.
CarrotJuice
2:39
Over/under on number of strokes you expect to have tonight
Dan Szymborski
2:39
Just 1.
Erik
2:39
ZiPS has Jerad Eickhoff as the Phillies' top starter. What are the odds he actually finishes as their top starter, and if he does, is it more likely that he had an awesome year or that everyone else was mediocre at best?
Dan Szymborski
2:39
I'd have to look it up, but when fixed, it's NOla anyway.
John
2:39
Seems like the 2017 production by Bautista would have to fall into a pretty slim window for the Jays and Bautista to both pick up the option. Any guesses at what that window is? Or am I totally off base here
Dan Szymborski
2:40
I think it's more of a face-saver for Bautista than anything.
It's like a QO without the compensation.
Rangers fan
2:40
Hate to be asking this due to the circumstances, but now with the news of Jake Diekman out does a trade of Profar to SD for one of their lefty RPs make sense? (Hand, Buchter, etc)
Dan Szymborski
2:40
Seems a little short for Profar
Even given that he doesn't have the trade value he used to.
CamdenWarehouse
2:41
Bautista too has attendance bonuses. Is this going to be a new thing? I bet we can come up with more enjoyable incentives than that.
Dan Szymborski
2:41
These have happened a few times.
Shane
2:41
Do people realize that Bautista had easily the highest hard-hit rate of his career last year? How come he didn't have more suitors?
Dan Szymborski
2:41
Age and money.
mtsw
2:41
We're constantly told fans want more dingers and more scoring. Should the Giants move the fences in so they can match the ultra-popular clubs in hitters' parks like Cinci, Milwaukee and Guaranteed Rate field?
Dan Szymborski
2:41
I dunno, it seems that they don't have a team suited for that.
Chuncey Wiggins
2:41
Ketchup and mustard come in dispensers, why has no one invented liquid sauerkraut so that I can squeeze that on my hotdog? Oh, uhhh...do you like sauerkraut?
Dan Szymborski
2:41
I do like sauerkraut.
I feel horseradish and malt vinegar should be the two main condiments. Or at least replace ketchup
Bab
2:42
Dan, what do you think of the phenomenon of "dabbing"?
Dan Szymborski
2:42
Meh
I'm answering as many Qs as I can, I can only stay until 3:15
Erik
2:43
Do you think, as ZiPS does, that Cesar Hernandez's defense last season was a total fluke, and will crater a full 15 runs next season? I get that defensive performance varies somewhat, but I'm amazed that ZiPS considers his improvement to be 100% fluke. I would have assumed that he'd at least gotten a little better at defense at that some of the improvement would stick.
Dan Szymborski
2:43
It's not 100% fluke. If it was 100% fluke, it would be negative.
2:44
I also reject the premise that we even know he was "really" +14 at 2B. He was 4 by DRS
T
2:45
Dan, would you drink a hot dog and bread smoothie, thinned out with milk?
Dan Szymborski
2:45
Not voluntarily
jda
2:45
Are ZiPS projections context-dependent in terms of the defense behind a pitcher? And (shameless Diamond Mind question) if that's the case, aren't DMB's ZiPS-aided projections "double dipping" with respect to defensive help/harm a pitcher receives?
Dan Szymborski
2:45
Diamond Mind effectively neutralizes stats going into the event table.
Om
2:46
What's your favorite children's book?
Dan Szymborski
2:46
I didn't actually read children's books.
2:47
I was reading Ken Follett and other thrillers of the type during kindergarten/1st grade and I did a book report in second grade on The Exorcist.
norman
2:49
Cordero the rule 5 Padres shortstop. Does he roster all year and where does he rank in their prospect list ? Top 15 ?
Dan Szymborski
2:49
You mean Cordoba I assume?
Out of top 15 I think
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