Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 5/9/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:31
It's tricky - only a few teams are really out of the race and they mostly don't have starters that are all that exciting
MikeMilligan
12:32
Who comes up first Urias or DeLeon ? Taillon or Glasnow ?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
I'll say Urias as they're actually considering bringing him up posthate for the pen
posthaste
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN
12:32
What's your take on the return of Yu Darvish?
Dan Szymborski
12:32
Cautiously optimistic.
Erik
12:32
Andres Blanco has looked surprisingly good in a part-time role for the Phillies over the past three years, though he's 32 and without any sort of past track record to back that up. Does he deserve more playing time, or is this just a rather large small sample size fluke?
Dan Szymborski
12:33
Blanco's been crazy good in Philly and I cannot figure up why or how.
12:34
Problem Phillies face is they're trying to find out things about their next good team and Blanco's unlikly to be a part of that.
(Yes, they're 18-14, but I don't expect them to continue to be *that* good)
I think he's a better fit on another team that needs immediate help and needs to roll the dice somewhat
Bryan CA
12:35
How can the Giants NOT sign Lincecum when Cain and Peavy are making each batter look like Babe Colon!
Dan Szymborski
12:35
Have you seen Lincecum in recent years?
Mike S.
12:35
Have the stars aligned to make the 2016 Braves tank an all timer? Terrible hitting roster, terrible defense, terrible schedule, and wait for it, no pitching.
Dan Szymborski
12:35
all-time loss is still tough
Brian
12:35
So what's the deal, is Jon Gray legit?
Dan Szymborski
12:35
I like Gray, but we need to see more.
Mark P.
12:35
Is Dusty Baker an idiot?
Dan Szymborski
12:36
I wouldn't call him that.
He's not a good tactician remotely, but I think -- and said at the time -- that I thought he was a good fit for *this* Nats team
Christian
12:36
Thoughts on Brandon Phillips? Can he keep this up?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
The bar for me thinking a 35-year-old has a whole new level of excellence is very high
Josh
12:37
Is anyone more underrated than Logan Forsythe?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
Jim Edmonds?
EC
12:37
Should Nats make a trade and put Werth out of his misery and on the bench in a part time role? Braun? Moon shot for Trout?
Dan Szymborski
12:37
I'd be shocked if Trout was realistic, even given the Angels straits.
Nats need solutions, not dreams.
Braun is more realistic.
12:38
Werth may not be complete toast, but I think his days as a real contributor are over
colin
12:38
where does jose altuve land? he can't be this good...can he?
Dan Szymborski
12:38
He's pretty darn good though.
Dale
12:39
Does J.D. Martínez find his power stroke again? Seems to be swing less
Dan Szymborski
12:39
I think he'll be fine
Erik
12:39
Tyler Goeddel has an impressive -17 wRC+, has looked terrified every time he has to do anything, and doesn't look to be hiding any projectable tools. Why was he the top Rule 5 pick? And does he really have talent he hasn't been showing yet?
Dan Szymborski
12:39
Well, by design he's in a role that he's not remotely ready for.
12:40
He was never really a ceiling guy.
Always kind of "maybe a 4th OF or something who knows?"
12:41
And teams are far less lazy about their Rule 5 protections than they used to be.
Even the worst GM today, I can't imagine anything like the bloopers when Syd Thrift didn't understand Rule 5 and they lost Bonilla
THE MAN WITH THE PLAN
12:42
Thoughts on AJ Reed. Not currently mashing in AAA, but do the Astros call him up anyways in hopes that sparks his production and contribute to getting them out of the AL West cellar?
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