Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/9/16
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Dan Szymborski
11:59
Initiate communication.
Happy Monday to all of you!
12:00
Well, unless some of you are serial killers on the run or something, in which case I wish a less-than-happy Monday to you.
Usual reminder: I will be saving any off-topic Qs for the Lightning ROund, but since I sometimes miss questions due to velocity, actually waiting until 1 PM for off-topic questions is a better strategy.
Jason
12:00
What does Texas do about Prince? He's owed so much money but his production is horrid and he's far and away the worst offensive player on the team so far.
Dan Szymborski
12:01
What can they do other than sit him down? It's not like anyone ought to want him.
12:02
Last year was one of the least impressive comeback seasons imaginable.
thaalderman
12:02
Are you as high on Domingo Sanatana as Fagerstrom is? If not, why?
Dan Szymborski
12:02
I'm very high on Santana
Alex
12:04
What are your thoughts on Pineda this year? The strikeouts are still there but the walks and home runs are way up. Can he turn it around?
Dan Szymborski
12:05
I think he's certainly better than this and his advanced peripherals haven't changed markedly from last year.
But I've always been worried about his changing speeds - I still don't think he does it well enough.
So I'm not as high on his play when he is good as some are.
lalaland
12:05
what do you believe is the most accurate predictor of team Ks?
Dan Szymborski
12:05
Well, the rates of their individual batters
Mike
12:05
With the way the Cubs are currently playing, what odds would you give them for finishing with 100 wins? What about 105?
Dan Szymborski
12:06
They're probably slightly over 50/50 for 100 at this point, given what they had in the bag.
ZiPS has them up to 1.6% for 117 wins, which is crazy.
lloyd
12:07
With which team does Lincecum sign? What do you project for him?
Dan Szymborski
12:07
Hard to say which team, but I don't project much as a starter. Interesting option as a reliever.
Moncada
12:07
So, Benintendi's 21 and I'm 20, and we're both tearing up Salem. Still think I've got the higher ceiling?
Dan Szymborski
12:07
Likely, but it's not obvious, I don't think.
12:08
I think some depends on where Moncada ends up if he doesn't stick at second.
degrassi high
12:10
if activated, will bonifacio get regular pt?
Dan Szymborski
12:10
Not seeing it.
Shane
12:11
Do you think something is wrong with Scherzer? Against righties he looks great but he's getting killed by lefties. Throughout his career he's been worse against lefties but not nearly this bad. Do you think it's a fluke or is there cause for concern? Thanks!
Dan Szymborski
12:11
While we're getting to the point at being concerned about overall, splits are horribly noisy over a month.
12:12
But really, I'd call it a mild concern at this point. He's not noticeably wilder in my eye - he doesn't seem to having *that* serious command issues
yojiveself
12:13
assuming gattis comes back up with Catcher eligibility, cut Grandal for him?
Dan Szymborski
12:14
Meh. He's come back down enough last couple of years that I'm not sure it's all that amazing, though you do want a decent backup at catcher given Grandal's injury history
goldy the gopher
12:14
If the Cubs win a World Series, does Theo Epstein go into the Hall of Fame some day?
Dan Szymborski
12:14
Honestly? I think he does eventually anyway
12:15
He had a great run in Boston and looks like he's having one in Chicago even if they never win the WS and he's still in his early 40s
He may still be in the first half of baseball career.
Though there's a possibility that he walks away early
EC
12:15
Ryan Zimmerman doesn't seem to be getting back to his normal self, or even look like a cleanup hitter. Injuries suck.
Dan Szymborski
12:16
No, I'm not optimistic about Zimmerman.
yojiveself
12:16
would you cut any of these guys for ozuna? - mazara, park, rasmus, saunders
Dan Szymborski
12:16
No
Wel, depends.
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