Dave Cameron FanGraphs Chat
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Hannah Hochevar
12:18
Scared about Danny Duffy's regression in re velocity and contact rates. Is there a blanky I can use?
Dave Cameron
12:18
Maybe things turn around soon, but this does not look like KC's year.
Noah
12:19
Can you help explain the difference between the "pitchF/X" stats and the unspecified ones? For example, every player card has a "pitchF/X Plate Discipline" leaderboard along with one just labeled "Plate Discipline." How are the two different? Is one particularly reliable?
Dave Cameron
12:20
The PITCHF/x tab is the tracking data we get from BAM, which is now powered by Statcast. The non-labeled ones are manually recorded by the stringers from BIS. In general, I use the PITCHf/x (now Statcast) ones.
Evil Goatee Dave
12:20
What are you doing with all of the time you've saved this year on the new no-pitch intentional walk rule?
Dave Cameron
12:20
I'm going from chat to chat making snarky comments about a rule change that makes sense.
Jerry DiPoto
12:21
What do the Mariners do now after the Felix & Haniger injuries? Seems like the offense can survive since Segura is back. But that pitching????? Seems like offense is elite with Haniger but still above average without him
Dave Cameron
12:22
Have to see how severe the injuries are. If Felix's dead arm turns out to be a real injury that shelves him for most of the year, I don't see how they make the playoffs.
Ned Yost
12:22
Is it a super hot take that the Astros are the best team in baseball?
Dave Cameron
12:22
Well, they aren't better than the Cubs or Dodgers, so sure.
Bat Flipper
12:22
Any Eric Thames HR, WRC+ predictions so I can compare with the other writers?
Dave Cameron
12:23
Rest of season? I'll go 26 HR and a 132 wRC+.
Beel
12:23
As a fan of a rebuilding team (White Sox), should I be unhappy about their early winning record? Indifferent? I know it's too early to worry about draft position, but every game counts and I think back to 2014 where the White Sox were one loss out of being in position to draft Benintendi the following year.
Dave Cameron
12:23
In general, you're better off winning games if it means your players are creating more value for themselves than hoping for a higher pick.
Pikup Androppov
12:24
So Jeb! Bush and Jeets bought the Marlins... gotta do a better job than Loria did right?
Dave Cameron
12:24
The story really got oversold; they entered into an agreed-upon price if they can raise the funds, but neither of them has $1.3 billion, so it's nowhere near a sale yet.
caesarsolid
12:25
If Thames keeps up anywhere near his current ISO, how long before suspicions about PEDs drowns out his production?
Dave Cameron
12:25
People who think this is about PEDs don't know what they're talking about.
Shawn
12:26
Chances Cody Bellinger stays up and never goes back down? What position does he play mostly this year if he stays up?
Dave Cameron
12:26
He's better than Andrew Toles, so I could see him sticking as the regular LF.
Meowmix
12:26
Are you buying Jason Heywards improvements at the plate?
Dave Cameron
12:27
He had six years of quality hitting at the MLB level. It would have been surprising if he didn't bounce back.
Grover
12:27
Gallo must be ticketed for LF upon Beltre's return, right? It's not like their current left field platoon is doing much. Doesn't Gallo deserve a prolonged look at this point?
Dave Cameron
12:27
Either that or put Choo back in the OF and DH Napoli.
CWC
12:28
How'd the results of your Eric Thames poll compare to what you expected? Or is there a whole post coming here?
Dave Cameron
12:28
It's about what I expected, but I'm of the opinion that the consensus is still way too low. I'd pay something close to double what the crowd says they'd pay.
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:29
Would you actually be interested in watching the HR derby if Stanton, Judge, Gallo, Sano were all part of it? Plus the youth in there is exciting!
Dave Cameron
12:29
The event itself is still terrible.
But it would at least get me to watch the first round, maybe.
Reginald Denton III
12:30
Any idea where I can find total homers by year in MLB? Trying to demonstrate for a coworker the surge in homers the last two years.
Dave Cameron
12:31
Just showing him raw totals won't help that much, though, because you have to account for rise in K% too. You can use the standard tab on that page to get the data you need to calculate HR/Contacted Ball, and that's way way up.
Collin
12:31
I get that this is the Eric Thames show, but lets remember that 8 of his 11 home runs have come against the Reds(triple A pitching pretty much). Still impressive, but he might be the hitter who simply punishes below average pitching.
Dave Cameron
12:32
There are basically no examples of players who could crush mediocre pitching at this level and couldn't also hold their own against good pitchers.
Sonny
12:32
How much would you, Dave Cameron, pay Eric Thames right now?
Dave Cameron
12:32
That post will be up either later this afternoon or tomorrow morning.
Sim
12:33
Hosmer is looking no where near what he has been in the past. Shed some light on how you think he will do the rest of the year.
Dave Cameron
12:33
He'll be a league average hitter, roughly.
He's just not that good.
Erik
12:34
What do you like more, baseball or analytics? I.e., which would you enjoy more, writing about basketball from an analytical perspective or writing about baseball without getting deeper than wins and RBI?
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