Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat - 8/15/16
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Dan Szymborski
12:00
Another Monday at noon, so I'm coming home to you guys, with my own blood in my mouth.
Otis Redding
12:00
Can the Orioles keep pace in the AL East? Will 3 AL East teams make the playoffs?
Dan Szymborski
12:01
I think they can - other teams have weak spots too. It won't help though if Miley is execrable instead of lousy.
I think the two AL East runners-up end up being the wild card, though it's obviously quite uncertain.
senpaisanto
12:01
Hickey
12:01
Are these baby Bronx bombers or whatever the hell the media calls them, the real deal for seasons to come? Or do the Yankees trade as usual for a quality player that washes out in 2 years
Dan Szymborski
12:01
I think they'll do well, which annoys the hell outta me as an O's fan
daneyko
12:01
after a strong finish in 2015, do you think Carlos Rodon will be a solid SP for the rest of the season ?
Dan Szymborski
12:01
I'm still optimistic on Rodon.
Toki
12:02
When are the Mariners going to call up Vogelbach? He has to be an upgrade over Lind.
Dan Szymborski
12:03
It's still a fairly conservative organization, even with the GM upgrade. I think at this point, they're going to wait a couple weeks to call him up when rosters expand rather than make any awkward roster moves at this point
Q-Ball
12:03
Is Robin Ventura going to manage the White Sox next year? Or is he gone?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
I think he's gone after the season - two disappointing perceived seasons in a row and someone's gotta take the axe.
Bobby
12:04
Is Danny Duffy an ace now, or is the bottom going to fall out?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
I wouldn't call him an ace, but I think he's a very good pitcher.
Toki
12:04
What's going on with Conforto? Are his struggles at the major league level going to continue or is this an adjustment he can make?
Dan Szymborski
12:04
I think he'd have been fine if the team had just left him there and showed a little patience.
Q-Ball
12:04
Apparently, D-Backs ownership has to decide by Aug 31 on options for Dave Stewart and Co. Should they be fired? How much of the D-Backs problems are their fault, or unforseeable?
Dan Szymborski
12:05
The fact is, they *did* take a very risky approach, this was one of the outcomes.
Remember, after all those moves, they still don't project to be as dangerous as the Giants/Dodgers
And really, I've seen no evidence of particular executive creativity on Stewart's part.
12:06
There are few enough jobs and so many talented baseball out there that you need to have a reason *to keep* a GM in order to not fire them.
Justin
12:06
What better evidence of Cardinal Devil Magic do we need than Jedd Gyorko and Brandon Moss?????
Michael
12:06
Hi Dan,
Dan Szymborski
12:06
Yo
Caveman Jones
12:07
Been watching the CWC? Have a favorite participant so far?
Dan Szymborski
12:07
Brian Kendrick because his bro Neal might be reading this. Also Tony Nese and Zack Sabre Jr.
Actually, I like Kendrick a lot, I'm just fooling.
Zonk
12:07
Zach Grienke overall has been decent. Just fine. Competitive starter. But with $170 mil due over the next 6 years, "decent" and "fine" is a big problem, isn't it?
Dan Szymborski
12:08
Well, there are still good reasons to think he's better than this.
Baba Yaga
12:08
Who would be your CY picks right now? Still plenty of room here on the Kyle Hendricks bandwagon.
Dan Szymborski
12:09
Probably Hamels over Quintana. NL, I might still vote for Kershaw simply because even with the lower IP total, he had such an advantage over the others, but more likely Scherzer.
12:10
Though if I turn out to actually be a voter this year -- which is doubtful as I'm at the bottom of seniority in Cincy BBWAA -- I'll have to stop talking about it at that point.
The Decadent Moose
12:10
Which fan base have you alienated more in August, the Braves, Royals or Szymborskis?
Dan Szymborski
12:10
My only Szymborski enemy is my archnemesis, Michigan Dan Szymborski.
Michael
12:10
Hi dan, people always say the mlb draft is a crapshoot and prospects are unpredictable. But is that really true? Once they reach certain points, shouldn't we be able to predict, to some degree?
Dan Szymborski
12:10
The draft is a crapshoot to a degree, but certainty increases as they go up the ladder.
Zock jr
12:10
Surprised Joey Votto has managed to claw that average up to .303? Stupid of me to doubt after the .250 first half?
Dan Szymborski
12:11
That quickly, yes. And yes.
Dr. Met
12:11
is yoyoing severino the best for his development?
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