Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 10/3/16
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The Lure of the Animal
12:22
Trumbo's 47 HR and 123 wRC+ seemed absurd until I found out that 2000 Tony Bautista somehow did 41/100!
Dan Szymborski
12:22
Batista did it with the wackiest stance
CamdenWarehouse
12:23
What did you think of the Orioles farewell gift to Ortiz?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
The smashed phone was pretty sweet. Though that they kept it for years suggests there may be some hoarders at Camden.
12:24
They made a charitable donation. Probably could've thrown in some pit beef or something, but it was a good farewell gift
zurzles
12:24
a while back there was an article about the orioles' seeming skill in preventing injuries to starting pitchers, at least at the major league level. is that still a thing? why doesn't anyone poke at teams like the dodgers/mets for possibly lacking that skill?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
The O's?
Los
12:24
A Mark Trumbo single won me my league Sunday because I needed one more QS than 2nd place who was starting Cessa against the O's. I love baseball.
Erik
12:24
Which wild card teams have rosters best suited to the oddities of wild card baseball?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
Giants. They can burn their best starter and still have an awesome one to throw two NLDS games.
Erik
12:25
Now that it's been a few seasons, what are your thoughts on 10-team playoffs vs. 8-team playoffs? Does it make for a better or worse September? A better or worse October?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
I like 10 better than 8. Makes division a real prize again
JKD
12:25
Given Freddie Freeman's explosion in the second half, his contract, and where the Braves are in the win curve, how irresponsible is it that they won't trade him this winter? There are 15 teams that didn't even get 2 WAR from 1B this year! Four were in the playoffs and four more just missed!
Dan Szymborski
12:26
Perversely, the Braves good second half may hurt their rebuild, the front office may think they're closer than they are.
12:27
Oh, a side note, until after the election, I am including political questions in the off-limits categories for the lightning round. It's too polarized atmosphere.
CamdenWarehouse
12:27
Weiss and Ventura are already gone. Who else ceases to be a manager this week?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
I thought those were the two likely. Matheny probably should go and probably won't. Not sure about Ausmus
12:28
Paul Molitor, I suspect the Twins let him play out the last year of his contract
12:29
Let's see, who else? Scioscia seems invincible
Whats that Odor
12:30
Who starts for the Jays in the Wild card, Liriano or Stroman? Liriano was warming up in the pen last night so is that Gibby showing his hand?
Dan Szymborski
12:30
Liriano would make more sense - the O's actually kinda sucked against lefties this year
12:31
An 83 wRC+! That's clownshoes.
JT
12:31
Losing games on purpose is a really really bad look for any team
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Yeah, it's one thing to prioritize winning later. When you're actively tanking individual games, it's a bad cultural thing
Fans see that
Erik
12:31
Should the high prices paid for relievers at the deadline have any impact on the Zach Britton Cy Young question? It seems evident that we may have been undervaluing relievers. Perhaps the idea of never giving the Cy Young to a reliever is misguided?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
I don't think so.
Matt
12:32
Could you see Cashman trying to make a push for Sonny Gray this offseason? What would it take? Think we could convince Billy that Rob Refsnyder and a bag of magic beans is enough to get it done?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
I can't see the A's trading Sonny Gray. They should've traded him last winter, but I don't think they trade him at the least value
Lord above
12:32
Joke: Set up: Man, I really didn't think that Fallujan baseball team would win the Iraqi pennant. Punchline: I guess I just didn't see them outperforming Basrans by that much. Requirements for joke to work: Listener knowns where Fallujah and Basra are, Listener knows what Baseruns is, Listener is willing to pretend "Basrans" sound like "Baseruns"
Corb
12:32
Why Red Sox-Cubs? Aren't you sick of Boston in the World Series yet?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
It's a fun, classic matchup
12:33
As an Orioles fan, *I* want Mets-O's.
JD15
12:33
Do you know if there is a place other than team website where MLB teams post job openings?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Teams have been using MLB for the public postings. There are always positions that aren't listed, but that's not really a help
Trainman
12:33
Was this year detroits best chance to sniff a postseason, especially with a somewhat resurgent VMart, and miggy being healthy? Do they have the same chance in 2017, or is it less with some important pieces (miggy, vmart, JV) continuing to age?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Yes, I think 2017 was their best shot.
I am the walrus
12:33
What do you think of Brewers young SS Arcia?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Love 'em
Brandon
12:33
Is there anywhere we can find which players had their ZIPS projections change the most from the start of the season until now?
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