Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 4/25/16
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Ted
12:28
If you could build a staff of any 5 pitchers for this year alone, who would you take? Kershaw, Arrieta, Sale, Scherzer and Thor?
Dan Szymborski
12:28
Not a bad 5, but I'd have to think more deeply
Zonk
12:28
The entire AL began the season as theoretical contenders. For what clubs is it time to look in the mirror and say "Not this year...time to think rebuild".?
Dan Szymborski
12:28
Twins, though they were doing that anyway
12:29
Oakland's probably the closest to doing that in team construction, but they won't when they're in first place.
Angels are the nearest to the Must Rebuild disaster
Taveras' Ghost
12:29
Even if its the outlier of his career, Harper is going to crush 50 this year.
Dan Szymborski
12:30
I don't think that would be a notable outlier.
Zonk
12:31
The Rangers are currently in first place at 10-9, yet their playoff odds are 15.4% overall. The projections hate the Rangers, and it's not like they really love anyone else in that division. Are you as down on the Ranger's chances?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Haven't run ZiPS for a few days, so can't give you a good answer since I don't do the FG ones.
Gerb
12:31
If Carrasco misses serious time, how much trouble are the Indians in?
Dan Szymborski
12:31
Much. They now have to win more games relative to White Sox Royals than they did at the start of the season and Carrasco is important.
sully
12:31
could pablo sandoval go down as the worst FA contract of all time
Dan Szymborski
12:32
No, there's not enough money in it for that.
Thanks to Ryan Howard, it's actually impossible for any <$125 million contract to be the worst of all time.
j6takish
12:32
Every week your chat is posted by Carson. This is an obvious troll, right?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
He posts the post about the chat. I do the chat.
12:33
Like if Billy Beane announces a seminar in which he talks about Moneyball, he still didn't write it
Kvn
12:33
So people should probably give the O's some slack on their physicals now right? Gallardo to DL with shoulder tendinitis.
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Well, they still signed him in the end, even on different terms
bird watcher
12:33
Hi Dan: do you think the Orioles can essentially play---barring injuries to major players----.500 ball the remainder of the season? With that 7-0 start giving them a big boost and Gausman returning to the rotation, it seems plausible. And that should secure them a WC spot, no?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
I think they're .500ish. Their odds are good because the league has no great teams and they have some good wins in the bag
Zonk
12:33
The Braves were hoping to be decent when their new ballpark opens next year. That doesn't seem realistic now, does it?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
No
Cleve
12:34
Likelihood that Carrasco is out for months?
Dan Szymborski
12:34
I wouldn't go that far yet. It's a hamstring which can be annoying, but they're still running tests.
Though he did look in quite a lot of pain when he pulled up.
12:35
I was watching Indians while at Reds game and first thing when I saw him wince was say *that did not look good* to Matt Snyder. Hopefully no tear
DrJackass
12:35
Miss ya bud..
Dan Szymborski
12:35
I was here last two weeks!
Zonk
12:36
I give A-Rod props for coming back and being quietly productive last year, but is he now toast?
Dan Szymborski
12:36
It's possible - 40 year olds aren't known for gentle aging curves
Outta my way, Gyorkass
12:37
Milwaukee ranked 3rd in the NL with 66 BBs after 16 games. I know the 16 games is not an optimal sample size, but is this the result of an organizational philosophy shift and/or will it stick as a defining trait for this Brewers offense in the medium/long term?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
I wouldn't go too far about a giant organizational shift
but the team did want Gennett to work on is plate discipline (and he did)
and they don't have Segura in there
Murray Chass
12:37
Why are you so hellbent on ruining baseball with numbers?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
Hatred of all that is good and wholesome.
Jake
12:38
Can Aledmys Diaz keep up his .477 BABIP?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
Rhetorical?
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