Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 1/26/17
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Dan
2:31
Would Cistulli's promos be delivered in the form of Iowa Writers Workshop style blank verse poems?
Big Game
2:31
My friends and I often discuss who is the best looking MLB player. I say Cole Hamels. Who gets your vote, Dan?
Dan Szymborski
2:32
Bartolo Colon of course.
Fred
2:32
ZiPS likes Jose De Leon less than Steamer. Any idea why?
Dan Szymborski
2:32
No. People always ask these types of questions but I don't run Steamer so I can't contrast approaches.
2:33
It's like asking me "Why do you like yogurt more than Gustav Mahler?" I don't know him, I'm not him, and he died 65 years before I was born so without knowledge of his reasoning, I would only know my increased love of yogurt, not the underlying causes that would lead to him liking it less than I do.
Fred
2:33
If Nick Markakis draws power from his beard like Samson did from his hair, how long would he need to grow his beard to hit 25 HRs this year?
Dan Szymborski
2:34
At least 0.85 ZZTop
greg
2:34
Looking at Dan Straily's numbers last year, BR gave him 4.3 WAR, while FG had him at 1.2. Is this 3 win difference due entirely to the 1.12 difference between his ERA and FIP? Kind of striking.
Dan Szymborski
2:34
Mostly. FG starts with FIP, BR doesn't
RotoLando
2:34
Did you look like fat Beethoven in highs school? Consistency is an underrated virtue, and kids need to know that.
Dan Szymborski
2:34
Chubby Beethoven.
I doubt the kids will know what I looked like 20 years ago though.
2:35
Only a single teacher I had in four years remains.
And one of the math teachers was a year behind me in high school.
Devil Ray J. Johnson
2:35
Glad I'm not the only one with a drinking hat, but I bet yours does not have feathers.
Dan Szymborski
2:35
It does not
Chachi
2:35
David Phelps started 5 games last year. 19/17/12 the three years before. Why isn't he projected to start any games in ZiPS for 2017? My Diamond Mind rotation was banking on him in the back end...
Dan Szymborski
2:36
With players with clear, likely roles in the MLB, I'm more aggressive at telling ZiPS to consider them a full-time starter or reliever.
ChiSox2020
2:36
How many people in these chats do you think are at work?
Dan Szymborski
2:36
All I hope
CarrotJuice
2:36
Is Chass's insistence that his blog is not a blog actually actually a high concept tribute to Magritte? If you go under the working theory that he's a surrealist, then many of his actions make sense.
Dan Szymborski
2:37
High concept for Murray Chass involves asking his caretaker if he can watch reruns of F-Troop on the big television upstairs.
Bern
2:37
Will the Expos ever return, in your opinion?
Dan Szymborski
2:37
Yes. Never's a long time.
CarrotJuice
2:37
True or False: The Rockies will use Holland as a first basement and Desmond as a RP.
RotoLando
2:37
Whose name do you misspell most often?
Dan Szymborski
2:38
Various Zack/Zach players.
They're distributed too much so you can't just remember the outliers.
Like when I learned Domonic for Domonic Brown, that was easy, because he was the Domonic.
Or Laynce Nix.
2:40
So far this year, I've projected 10 Zacks and 26 Zachs.
So there are more Zachs, but Zack isn't a rarity.
Andrew
2:40
Where is the JD Martinez love?
Dan Szymborski
2:40
Love is all around us.
Dan
2:41
If Matt Manning has the same stats at Low-High A as he did in the rookie league this year, would he then get a Kopech-ian projection for 2018?
Dan Szymborski
2:41
Well, no, because that's like 25 innings.
Coppy
2:41
Am I ever going to trade for hitting? Or do I just ride this train and bank on my low minor hitting prospects?
Dan Szymborski
2:41
You have Kemp AND Markakis. Hitting is set.
Devil Ray J. Johnson
2:41
Is the A's plan "let's collect as many 1.2 WAR players as possible and try to maximize playing time efficiency"?
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