Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 4/25/16
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Brian
12:14
Pedro Alvarez. Employed by the all star break?
Dan Szymborski
12:14
I actually think he may not be.
FireDrayton
12:15
Astros suck. Giles sucks. Keuchel is broken. Gattis/Gomez suck. Etc etc etc. Astros fans are in a pretty bad place right now. Talk us off the ledge? Or should we jump?
Dan Szymborski
12:15
It's April
Scott
12:16
Jameson Taillon has looked very good down in AAA. Is he getting a call up before Glasnow? Seems like Glasnow could benefit from working on his command
Dan Szymborski
12:16
It's not like Glasnow has stunk. The issue with Taillon was just how good he would be after the injuries. So far? Prreeeeeeety good.
At this rate, both are not long for the minors
Enzo Amore
12:16
When is it time to start worrying about velocity? Asking specifically about Jacob deGrom. Did Thor steal some of his MPH?
Dan Szymborski
12:17
Worrying about velocity is already a thing.
Since there's no direct batter-fielder interaction with the velocity number.
Brian
12:17
Ian Desmond having a good week or you think he might actually have remembered how to be good at baseball?
Dan Szymborski
12:17
He did have moments last year but overlooked because the team and Matt Williams were a trainwreck.
12:18
He had like a .780 OPS in the secon dhalf last year
Bron
12:18
Is this Brandon Belt's big breakout year?
Dan Szymborski
12:18
He's more or less having the same final results he usually does.
Bron
12:20
How broken is Justin Upton?
Dan Szymborski
12:20
Rough month but I think he'll be fine
Q-Ball
12:20
Cubs Fun Fact: Cubs run differential stands at 68 runs, or 3.6 per game. There are 6 teams that are scoring fewer than 3.6 runs per game
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:20
With Will Smith out for a while, does Jeremy Jeffress eventually become a trade piece of any value for MIL?
Dan Szymborski
12:20
Yes
iron wolf
12:21
Dan: Aledmys Diaz has been scorching hot at the plate. ZIPs isn't buying into a big breakout season, but as Jeff Sullivan pointed out in an article in early March, he made major changes in the second half of the season at AAA in 2015. Those changes are apparently carrying over into this season. Thoughts?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
It can be part of an improvement, but you can both improve *and* be playing at an unsustainable level
Q-Ball
12:21
Cubs Fun Fact: Cubs opponents are 42-34 (.553) when NOT playing the Cubs (LAA,ARI,CIN,COL,STL)
J.B.
12:21
Aside from the obvious choices (Dodgers, Giants), which team has the best radio announcing crew in baseball? Which team has the worst?
Dan Szymborski
12:21
I can't actually answer that - I almost exclusively watch TV.
Tim
12:23
How soon does LA GM Scioscia pull the plug on Cron, even though they basically have no other options?
Dan Szymborski
12:23
The other options thing is the key - I think he has a pretty good leash.
Taveras' Ghost
12:24
any clue on TB plans with erasmo? This can't hapen all year. when does it sort itself out?
Dan Szymborski
12:24
I think they're keeping their options open.
Josh
12:24
Hisashi Iwakuma hasn't looked quite right thus far. His velocity is down a tick, his strikeout rate is down, his walks are up, his GB% is down, etc. Is there any reason to think the injury concerns that caused the Dodgers to back away are affecting him?
Dan Szymborski
12:25
It's possible that it is, but that's more a question for the doctors looking at it. It's hard to see into his arm at home.
Taveras' Ghost
12:25
being a phillies fan is moderately fun again!
Dan Szymborski
12:25
It should be. This team could lose 100 games and still be the most hopeful Phillies team in years
CameronDaClub
12:26
Bet a coworker $5 on 100-to-1 odds that Thor throws a no-no tonight. Which side of the bet do you take?
Dan Szymborski
12:27
I'd take the non-no-no.
The Reds aren't a notably awful BA team
as these things go
I think at 1-in-100 you need, as a very rough estimate, the expected BA vs. a pitcher for a team to be around .180
12:28
Or maybe .170
(Trying to do this in my head)
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