Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/3/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:08
Relievers are weird. Like Pitcher MVPs, they need to have some Special Narrative to get the award.
12:09
Porcello went 22-4 and his ERA didn't suck. I can't see him not winning it.
Erik
12:09
What are some particularly interesting potential World Series matchups that a neutral fan should root for?
Dan Szymborski
12:09
Red Sox-Cubs!
jwblue
12:10
Who would be a good comp for Trea Turner? I would think a ceiling of Craig Biggio is not out of the question. Maybe a floor of Steve Sax.
Dan Szymborski
12:10
I actually have ZiPS open, hang on
Fire Kevin Cash
12:11
The Rays entered yesterday controlling their own destiny for their draft slot. If they lost, they were guaranteed the second pick. If they won, they go as low as 6. They did win (and got the 4th pick), and used their best pitchers available, so it wasn't an accident. I get that you don't tank a whole season for a slightly better pick, but was one win really worth the draft pool dollars and a shot at better players?
Dan Szymborski
12:11
It isn't, but on a level, it's easier to tank a season by picking a strategy that de-emphasizes current wins. A game, it looks kinda obvious
12:14
It's still prelim, but Molitor, Jeter, and Sandberg all in Turner's top 10 comps
12:15
Also Weeks and Infante. C hris Brown
Ryan Zimmerman
12:15
Is my career over? Am I washed up at the age of 31?
Dan Szymborski
12:15
No, yes.
Kvn
12:15
Do you think the O's could actually go with Ubaldo in the WC game given his last month or so and a recent, very solid start against the Jays? Before you answer, remember that the last time the O's were in the WC game Buck started Joe Saunders.
Dan Szymborski
12:15
I think they very well could. No idea if they get Good Ubaldo or Bad Ubaldo
CarrotJuice
12:16
What is ZiPS going to think of Rich Hill going forward? Will it be as confused as the rest of us?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
ZiPS has generally liked Hill.
CarrotJuice
12:16
Do you have a vote for any awards this year?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
Yes, I vote for the NL Rookie of the Year. My ballot is submitted and no, I can't say who I voted for.
Eric
12:16
World series predictions?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
ESPN panel picks will be up today
Moltar
12:16
Am I wrong to be scared to death of Thor's problems with stolen bases against the Giants? They might not have Dee Gordon, but with Panik, Pence, Pagan and a lot of their other guys, they have some smart baserunners. Mets have to start Rene Rivera at catcher, right?
Dan Szymborski
12:16
It's a worry, but if Thor can't shut down a team with a 94 OPS+, the Mets weren't going to get far anyway
Fire Kevin Cash
12:17
We've seen a little bit of Chase Whitley coming back from Tommy John surgery this season, and he's been effective. Does he profile as a 4/5 starter next year or more of a bullpen guy?
Dan Szymborski
12:17
I don't think it's going to be set in stone this winter - team'll play it by year
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The Decedent Moose
12:18
With a win on Tuesday, what are the chances Galileo gets a friend named Ubaldo?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
I've got 4 cats already (I live alone and have 5 bedrooms, so it's not the craziest amount of cats). 5 feels like too many
Jake
12:19
Which young Oakland hitter, outside of Ryon Healy, has the brightest future? Bruce Maxwell looked impressive.
Dan Szymborski
12:19
I remain very optimistic about Barreto's power
CarrotJuice
12:19
Excerpt from my screenplay: The Saber Matrix
Cypher: You know, I know this baseball chat doesn't exist. I know that when I partake in it, the Saber Matrix is telling my brain that it is funny and informative. After nine years, you know what I realize?
Judging pitchers by wins is bliss.
Spring Blake
12:20
Orioles tossing ubaldo in the wildcard game?? Oh man june me would be devastated but present me is excited
Dan Szymborski
12:20
Nto set yet. Should be Tillman or Ubaldo.
Hannah Hochevar
12:20
Reading and argument for Ubaldo starting for the O's vs. Toronto. Who would you pick?
Dan Szymborski
12:20
Tillman
Dock Ellis
12:21
We all know the playoffs are a crapshoot, but has there been any other team in recent memory been as well rounded as they Cubs are this year?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
Not in the last 5 years
I am the walrus
12:21
Arreta's with his 4.40 second half ERA has got to be the #3 in playoffs right?
Dan Szymborski
12:22
I'm not *that* worried. The Cubs can pretty much cruise on normal rest
Mine!
12:22
How disappointed are you that there's no wild card tiebreaker madness? I'm pretty upset.
Dan Szymborski
12:22
I would have liked mayhem. But mayhem could have resulted in the Orioles not making the playoffs.
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