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Dave Cameron
12:22
Yeah, this isn't an encouraging start. He might be pitching his way to the bullpen if he doesn't turn things around by the time reinforcements arrive.
Chris
12:23
Hi Dave, is there any way to access old Baseruns data (2002-2014)? I've been trying to find this data on Fangraphs for a school project, but no luck so far. Any help would be appreciated, thank you!
Dave Cameron
12:23
Hit me up on Twitter and I'll send it to you.
Kevin
12:24
Can Stroman be a top of the rotation guy with such a low K/9? It seems intentional - he's getting a ton of grounders and pitching a lot of innings - so is this a smart approach by him?
Dave Cameron
12:24
If he wants to be an ace, he'll need to miss more bats. He can be a good pitcher with this approach, but this much contact will limit his ceiling.
lloyd
12:24
bryce harper: by years end, over or under last years stats?
Dave Cameron
12:24
Over.
old tex
12:25
IS dexter fowler the reason the cubs are winning so much despite some middling lines from the stars?
Dave Cameron
12:25
The run prevention has been amazing, and the pitchers have hit well too.
mtsw
12:26
The Treasury Department just announced that Andrew Jackson is being removed from the $20 bill. If, for some reason, they decided they wanted to replace all the faces on currency with baseball players, who would you pick and who goes on which denomination?
Dave Cameron
12:29
Fun question. Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson seem like the super obvious picks, as both were great players and people that MLB wants history to remember. Probably Sandy Koufax too, and maybe Willie Mays. So I'd go Koufax on the $1, Mays on the $5, Clemente on the $10, Robinson on the $20, Ruth on the $100, and then Bonds on one of those novelty checks that includes a ludicrous amount of money but isn't real.
SupremeLeaderNokes
12:29
What presents a better case that Searage is a wizard: if JA Happ has a great year or if Happ has a terrible year?
Dave Cameron
12:29
A great pitching coach isn't one who just figures out how to smoke-and-mirror a guy while he's around, but one who can permanently fix players. So the former.
Mack
12:30
Does BsR account for instances in which a runner is picked off a base but is not scored a caught stealing? Pickoffs aren't listed in the UBR components in the primer and don't appear to be listed under wSB, but it seems like pickoffs should be accounted for somewhere, right?
Dave Cameron
12:30
Pickoffs are counted as a caught stealing.
Guest
12:31
Would anything that's transpired to date cause you to go back and change your pre-season playoff predictions?
Dave Cameron
12:32
Not really. The Astros are probably the division winner I picked that has dug themselves the biggest hole, but there isn't another really good team in that division, so they have time to climb back out of this.
Jim
12:33
Is it crazy to say DD/Sox and A's may line up for a Swihart Devers Johnson Owens hell even a subsidized Castillo for Gray deal way way down the line ?
Dave Cameron
12:33
I doubt that's the exact package, but no, it's not crazy. The A's should probably trade Gray this summer if they're not in the race.
Mitch L.
12:34
Who would you rather for the next 5 years: Thor or KershW?
Dave Cameron
12:34
Kershaw. But it's not entirely crazy to take Syndergaard.
mtsw
12:34
What would be someone's motivation to write a bot to push Jorge Posada up the FG search bar? Is it an unintended effect of a different bot or does someone just REALLY want people to know about Posada's fWAR?
Dave Cameron
12:34
The guess is that someone was scraping our data and their script broke.
Reginald Denton III
12:35
Re: rising velocity and helping offenses out, didn't I read something recently on FG that during the velocity increase we've seen offense hasn't actually suffered and runs / gm has either stayed the same or even increased?
Dave Cameron
12:36
If you read that, it's wrong. Offense has been steadily trending downwards for the past decade, with just a small spike up last year.
DJ
12:36
How should the Mets feel about david Wrights first few weeks?
Dave Cameron
12:37
I'd say encouraged. He's hitting the ball pretty well.
GSon
12:37
Kluber with an 0-3 record and mid 5's era.. FIP and XFIP say, he's not that bad.. but, isn't he?..
Dave Cameron
12:37
Yes, Corey Kluber sucks now, because ERA over three starts is definitely the metric you want to use to evaluate a pitcher.
MN Ben
12:37
Besides the Obvious (command) what scares you about Liriano? Or is it just the obvious?
Dave Cameron
12:38
Command is awful, missed a start due to an injury, long history of health problems. I wouldn't be shocked if we learned that his hamstring was a cover for an arm problem PIT was trying to keep quiet.
Call me Jake
12:38
Follow up on Stroman question from earlier, he has I think a 62% ground ball rate and with Toronto's defense he doesn't need a high strikeout rate. Do you agree?
Dave Cameron
12:38
Nope.
12:39
The list of pitchers who were frontline started with significantly below average strikeout rates is very very small.
Fitzy
12:39
Is there any chance Fangraphs will display Statcast data like exit velo or launch angle, or is that a licensing issue?
Dave Cameron
12:39
MLB owns that data. We'd love to have it, but we can't just take it from them.
Brian
12:40
What can the Nats do long term with Harper? It seems like they won't be able to sign him and they can't really trade him. Should they just enjoy the next couple of years and be resigned to ending up with (maybe) a comp draft pick?
Dave Cameron
12:40
Yeah, you keep him and try to win while you have him. If the team falls out of contention in his walk year, you maybe think about a trade, but you cross that bridge when you come to it.
Mookie Betts
12:41
D-do you still like me Cameron-senpai?
Dave Cameron
12:41
Yep. It's early. You haven't forgotten how to hit.
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