Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 6/29/17
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Dan Szymborski
2:12
And away we go!
Sorry, was in a work conversation!
Nick
2:13
Is Beede still the Giants' number 1 pitching prospect or has Suarez overtaken him?
Dan Szymborski
2:14
In my eyes he has, but some are going to quibble with that no doubt.  I'm not sure it's *obvious*
ECinDC
2:14
Is it possible that Stras could be worth his extension? But really, he'll opt out unless he's hurt right?
Dan Szymborski
2:14
He could very well be.
I didn't think it was poorly priced at the time.
Josh Nelson
2:14
Which teams should be buyers in July?
Dan Szymborski
2:14
Probably Cubs if things don't really start getting better quickly, Rockies
2:15
Probably Yankees
John
2:15
As a huge Detroit Tiger fan, I have accepted that we are doomed. Will Al Avila actually start to tear this thing down or will we pull a Philly and wait too long? Please give me hope
Dan Szymborski
2:15
I had the impression this winter that they were on the verge of doing just this, but then chickened out a bit at the precipice.
It's gotta be coming, though.
The Average Sports Fan
2:16
Sometimes things just don't work out.  Process can be fine, but the results just aren't there.  Is this the answer for the Giants, or are they just terrible?  And if they are terrible, how did so many people miss it?
Dan Szymborski
2:16
That'll be one of the mysteries of the 2017 season.
I've argued that they've actually sucked pretty optimally - their decisions have generally been well-founded and they did a lot of the stuff they needed to
But sometimes crap happens.
John
2:17
Austin Meadows and his hammy (again): how concerned should we be?
Dan Szymborski
2:17
I'm not that concerned.  Pirates are playing it safe.
Slapshot
2:17
Fangraphs' homepage says "Chat with baseball's most evil writer".  Does that describe you, Dan, or does that really describe Cistulli?
Dan Szymborski
2:17
Unless I got the whole situation wrong, I think Carson's the antagonist and I'm wearing the shining mail.
But most villains believe that.
Person who doesn't like avocado
2:17
Why are avocados so gross
Dan Szymborski
2:18
It's their consistency.  Their mouth feel is too meaty and thick feeling than it should be, I think
Ben Brode
2:19
What is your guess for the next Hearthstone expansion and what is your dream theme for it.
Dan Szymborski
2:19
There have been rumors about them going back and doing something Lich King related.
2:20
Some of the promotional material, the Year of the Mammoth suggesting cold, some of the card backs and trademark registrations.
Plus, the last two expansions have been fairly light in theme, three if you count Karazhan.
Geronimo A
2:21
What is the ceiling for Yelich?
Dan Szymborski
2:21
Tony Gwynn light?
Paul (Cleveland)
2:21
What's up with Thames?!?!?
Dan Szymborski
2:21
He's going to need to make some adjustments.  He wasn't really as good as his early numbers or as bad as his recent ones.
ECinDC
2:22
Does Jayson Werth still have anything in the tank according to Zips? Would it make sense, or be Werth it if you will, for an AL team to sign him as a DH/4th OF?
Dan Szymborski
2:22
ZiPS isn't that excited about Werth, but he's done enough this year that a 2018 retirement would be by choice.
Kevin Cash
2:23
Are we getting any bullpen help before the trade deadline? Any possible candidates? Or am I gonna still be using Jumbo ?
Dan Szymborski
2:23
Maybe a low-key add, but I don't see anything major.
Chris
2:23
Bellinger or Rizzo: Who is better for a keeper league over the next 5yrs?
Dan Szymborski
2:23
Rizzo is probably still a bit safer, but Bellinger is a star.
John
2:23
What could JV realistically fetch on the trade market?
Dan Szymborski
2:23
It would realistically come down to how much the Tigers are willing to pay on the contract.
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