Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/10/17
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2:10
Assume that the Cubs (or anyone really) currently have a 15% chance of winning the World Series per your projections (whatever the actual number is fine). Would they trade their current situation for being down in the 9th inning in game 7 of the World Series if their odds of winning that game were something like 12% (per win probability)?
Dan Szymborski
2:11
I think probably not. What's the point of a WS opportunity that you didn't earn?
mtsw
2:11
Now that the ball is (probably) juiced, should ballparks look at raising/pushing back some fences in order to put more balls into play?
Dan Szymborski
2:11
I think you'll need strike zone changes and possibly a slightly deader ball.
Gregory Polanco
2:11
What should my owners do with me? I am really frustrating to own right now :(
Dan Szymborski
2:11
Patience
Gub Gub
2:11
What humorous item would you put in Carson Cistulli's locker during a TV interview?
Dan Szymborski
2:11
Baby monitor. Then the cops can finally shut down the corruption.
Dan-Syzm With the Stars
2:12
Hey Dan, you were pretty critical of the A's decision to bring back Alonso this year. Has your opinion changed given how he's played, or do you still think the A's would've been better off trying someone with more control who might be a useful piece in the future?
Dan Szymborski
2:12
I was. I do not regret my argument as I still feel that the argument was absolutely sound given the evidence at the time.
2:13
The A's didn't have the skeleton key to unlock Alonso's potential last year after all. And it's not like *they* saw this coming; if they had, they likely make a much stronger effort at some kind of upside long-term deal
2:14
Unlikely stuff happens in baseball. If someone can't deal with that, they shouldn't make predictions!
Bleh
2:14
Kershaw: concerned? Obviously he's still great even when his slider is flat, hard, and hittable, but he's definitely lost something due to his slider blending into what seems to be a softer fastball
Dan Szymborski
2:14
I'm not.
Aledmys Diaz
2:15
Is there anything encouraging in my batted ball profile? Seems like last year was a mirage.
Dan Szymborski
2:15
I'm a bit more worried about approach, really. Been *really* reaching for stuff.
2:16
Now, Diaz is actually pretty solid at hitting bad stuff. But he's not hitting bad stuff *well*
Slamboni
2:16
Heard a rumor that Darvish would like to stay in Texas. Couldn't they flip him at the deadline and just say "hey we will re-sign you in the off-season"? Kinda like the Tankees did with Aroldis?
Dan Szymborski
2:16
They could.
2:17
As long as they do it delicately
andrew P
2:17
Trey Mancini - everyday player? and with him and Seth Smith playing well, what to do with Kim?
Dan Szymborski
2:17
Orioles should trade Kim. Get something for him. I like Kim, but the O's have always seemed to have casual disinterest in using him.
Hobbs
2:17
Worried about Arrieta? His babip is up, LOB is down, and GB% is down. What do you make of all that? Think he gets back to where he was last year?
Dan Szymborski
2:17
I'm concernred, not worried yet.
JTT
2:17
Do they Mets have the worst PR team in sports? They have a remarkable ability to turn minor things into giant PR disasters. Players show up hungover all the time and we never hear about it, but the Mets are sending goons to Harveys apartment. They make him publicly apologize. Can the Mets seriously not keep anything a secret? It wasn't even his day to pitch nobody would have even known he wasn't there had they not decided to suspend him
Dan Szymborski
2:18
I'm not sure a welfare check is goons.
But the Mets have absolutely handled it poorly.
See my tweet last night.
Gub Gub
2:18
Could you ever vote for The Rock as president when the People's Elbow is such a weak finishing move?
Dan Szymborski
2:19
Here's my problem with The People's Elbow. When it was used as a *humiliation* move, one that he would do after destroying the other guy, it makes sens from a storyline perspective and from a character one. But when it was occasionally billed as a devestating move in its own right, that was absurd.
Like a Candelario in the Wind
2:19
Dave Cameron seems to think Jeimer Candelario is all but assured to be traded by the Cubs. What teams are likely destinations?
Dan Szymborski
2:19
I suspect Dave is right.
2:20
It really depends on who is selling.
Call me crazy, but I think he could end up in Toronto if the Blue Jays start selling
2:22
(I suspect vlad ends up in the OF)
John
2:22
Dan, by following you on twitter I soon became aware of your passion for adult wrestling. I've never had much interest for the "sport", but what one youtube clip would you recommend to change my opinion for a lifetime.
Dan Szymborski
2:22
Well, it's a not a sport.
2:23
There is a lot of baseball nerd/wrestling nerd crossover
2:24
A youtube clip would depend on what aspect you would most be interested in. The camp? A solidly worked physical match that conforms to the physical "universe" rules of wrestling?
mtsw
2:25
Giants look to be throwing in the towel on this season early. Would trading Samardzija to the Angels (for a bag of balls) make sense for both sides right now?
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