Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/31/17
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Dan Szymborski
2:01
OH GOD THERE'S NO QUESTION QUEUE DAMN YOU CARSON
Big Tuna
2:02
Are we buying into Whit Merrifield?
Dan Szymborski
2:02
There's probably some real power improvement there, but let's not go too nuts yet.
The Average Sports Fan
2:02
What is holding the Cubs back?
Dan Szymborski
2:02
Losses.
Nick
2:02
Drop O. Herrera?
Dan Szymborski
2:02
Depends what plan B is.
yojiveself
2:02
trust lamet next week vs Az?
Dan Szymborski
2:04
I'm a fan, but I wouldn't *trust* him yet. He's come so far very fast, but I don't think he's a finished product
2:05
His change is still a work in progress and it can be a big mistake pitch if he loses the plot with it
David Wiers
2:05
No queue? This is why we can't have nice things.
The warm side of the pillow
2:06
Judge still somehow has a .320 avg, can he finish the year north of .280?
Dan Szymborski
2:07
He's got a lot of room to fall and stay above it. ZiPS has him finishing a little under, I think he's improved more than ZiPS does, BA wise, and think he'll finish a little above.
San Diego Fan
2:07
Dinelson Lamet...for reals?
Dan Szymborski
2:07
To the extent that he's a very talented, young, upside pitcher who can very quickly find himself a core part of the future Padres, yes. In the sense that he's a finished product right now, no.
But he was have some amazing starts this season.
Big Tuna
2:07
Is Beltran's recent spurt a sign of renewed life or just a blip?
Dan Szymborski
2:08
I wouldn't throw the party just yet. 40 year-olds don't tend to have a great aging curve.
2:09
And I realize that my last birthday before 40 is in a couple of weeks. Writers have a better aging curve than athletes do, though admittedly somewhat less remuneration.
Kyle
2:09
Who replaces Colon in ATL?
Dan Szymborski
2:10
In our hearts, nobody.
In Atlanta, did something new pop today? I was mowing the lawn. The Braves aren't generally a fan of recognizing sunk costs.
Fat Albert
2:10
Is Lamet rosterable in 12 teamers?
Dan Szymborski
2:10
If you're in a bleak situation, his upside makes him rosterable. He's got a really low short-term floor though and wouldn't do it if I'm contending.
frank
2:10
trade manny machado for bogaerts and lamb in a dynasty?
Dan Szymborski
2:11
I would. Machado's defense doesn't benefit you, Lamb's defense will never hurt you, and the O's aren't exactly helping with the positional qualification most years.
The warm side of the pillow
2:11
In a dyntasy I was offered Correa and Machado for Trout and Torres...thoughts?
Dan Szymborski
2:12
I think I'd take it.
David
2:12
Has the "flyball revolution" been a response to the age old pitching philosophy of keeping the ball down? And what will the next revolution look like if teams begin throwing more fastballs up in the zone (eg, Dodgers bullpen)?
Dan Szymborski
2:12
It's always going to be strike-counterstrike-countercounterstrike. Baeball's a game of reaction.
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2:12
should the Angels try to sell anybody for near-MLB ready prospects while Trout is out? Do they even have any players with trade value?
Dan Szymborski
2:13
I don't think this changes the destiny of the Angels at all.
They don't have enough of value to get enough near-MLB ready prospects to make the team good.
You pay a large premium for the near-MLB ready guys.
Most of the team's trade value is tied up in Trout.
Andy
2:13
If a disaster like the 3rd inning of the Braves-Angels game takes place, but nobody is watching it (because who's watching ATL-LAA with no Freeman or Trout?), then did it really happen?
Dan Szymborski
2:14
All the Marlins home games are part of the statistical record, so yes.
Sam
2:14
With Pedey's DL stint, even tho it's short, and Panda's volatility, is a trade imminent in Boston?
Dan Szymborski
2:14
Could be, but it's not a great time of the year to make a trade.
Fat Albert
2:15
What's gotten into Robbie Ray?
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