FanGraphs After Dark Chat - 4/5/16
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Paul Swydan
5:23
What is tonight's best matchup?

STL (Wacha) vs. PIT (Niese) (6% | 15 votes)
 
DET (Verlander) vs. MIA (Chen) (16.3% | 41 votes)
 
TOR (Sanchez) vs. TB (Odorizzi) (26.3% | 66 votes)
 
SEA (Iwakuma) vs. TEX (Perez) (1.6% | 4 votes)
 
SF (Cueto) vs. MIL (Nelson) (5.2% | 13 votes)
 
COL (Bettis) vs. ARI (Miller) (1.6% | 4 votes)
 
CHC (Lester) vs. LAA (Heaney) (23.1% | 58 votes)
 
CHW (Quintana) vs. OAK (Bassitt) (3.2% | 8 votes)
 
LAD (Kazmir) vs. SD (Shields) (16.7% | 42 votes)
 

Total Votes: 251
8:48
What 90s hip-hop group would you be most interested to see record a reunion album?

Black Star (9% | 8 votes)
 
Outkast (43.8% | 39 votes)
 
Naughty by Nature (5.6% | 5 votes)
 
The LOX (2.2% | 2 votes)
 
Tha Dogg Pound (2.2% | 2 votes)
 
Brand Nubian (0% | 0 votes)
 
Other (3.4% | 3 votes)
 
I don't know who any of these groups are (33.7% | 30 votes)
 

Total Votes: 89
9:00
Hi everybody!
Big Joe Montferrant
9:00
So, the umps completely messed up that 8th inning in NY. Correa did not even run 1 step in the Baseline and was clearly in the way, and Valbuena was K'd on the 2-2 pitch (2 run single the next pitch). Why is runner interference not a reviewable play? and are you for or against automated K zone? Thanks
Paul Swydan
9:01
The running inside the baseline is something that bugs me, but guys know they can get away with it, so it's on the umps. If the umps didn't give them that leeway, this wouldn't be an issue.
9:02
I honestly can't say I'm for or against an automated strike zone. I can see both sides. Ultimately, you'd still need an umpire back there for out/safe calls at home though, so it'd be pretty awkward if he/she wasn't doing anything most of the time.
Michael
9:02
After 3 years of telling us that Uehara's warmup routine is so intense that it basically doesn't matter whether he pitches once he's been through it, is John Farrell going to think up a new excuse for pitching Kimbrell in all the non-save situations?
Paul Swydan
9:03
I'm as critical of Farrell as anyone. More critical, in fact. But I think we can chalk this one up to "it was Opening Day, and they just wanted to show off the new toy." Also, Uehara and Kimbrel are different people.
Wham-o
9:03
Thoughts on Aaron Sanchez? Potential breakout starter or a better fit in the bullpen?
Paul Swydan
9:04
Can it be both? I think there's a chance he could be a very good starter, but a better chance that he's better in the bullpen. We'll see, I gues.
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Bruce Springsteen
9:04
Does McCullers ever end up a number 1 or is he more a middle of the rotation guy?
Paul Swydan
9:04
I think he has number one stuff, but it's way too early to make that call. Injuries will obviously play a huge role.
Sick Sandy
9:04
War wise, what do you think Syndergaard's best season will be? Is it too far fetched for him to finish top 10 in Cy Young voting this year?
Paul Swydan
9:06
7 or 8 seems doable. And no, he should be in the top 10 this year, I don't think that's far fetched at all.
Sorry, the wife wanted to know about the Sox game.
Lance Mannion
9:06
Hate to ask a specific fantasy question for myself but in a 13 team 5x5 are Kluber,Wainwright,T Ross, Richards,Wacha, Sheilds and McHugh an adequate their collective start has given me doubt
Paul Swydan
9:07
Don't feel bad, we answer these all the time. And yes, in a 13 team league, that is more than adequate.
Sirras
9:07
So how 'bout Thor today? 9 Ks against KC is pretty nice
Paul Swydan
9:07
Yeah, pretty nice day for him. Think someone will have a piece on it tomorrow
CJ
9:08
Cespedes in CF today. Why?
Paul Swydan
9:08
Because Mets fans have to be kept on their toes?
No, it's because the majority of plate appearances against Thor are going to end in a strikeout or a ground ball, so there's less risk of playing Cespedes out there.
Murdoc
9:09
Bettis vs Miller is the pick, a Rockies' pitcher that's actually intriguing and to see Miller in his new digs.
Paul Swydan
9:09
This is in reference to the poll. I wouldn't argue, though I'm biased by wanting to see how Bettis is going to do this year. Him being respectable is one of the few ways the Rockies can navigate a path to relevance.
Mike S.
9:09
The Dbacks must be kicking themselves for trading Incearte. Especially if they have to start the guy who wasn't good enough to back him up (Bourn). Any chance they want to/can trade enough to bring back Incearte?
Paul Swydan
9:10
I'm going to say there's no chance of that. But we do like Socrates Brito, so all hope is not lost.
Poopinyrsoup
9:10
If there was a draft for all mlb players with the current contracts, would you rather have the number 1 pick or number 2 and 15? On the one hand you can have trout, on the other you can have Harper, correa, or goldy and an ace.
Paul Swydan
9:11
Well, I don't really have all of the info, do I? Are you saying if I take #1 that my second pick would be #31? Because 1/31 vs. 2/15 means I take 2/15.
Murdoc
9:11
O/U on Trevor Story puns in this chat?
Paul Swydan
9:11
I'd bet the under.
Murdoc
9:11
A question for each. Paul, what made you leave LA out of the playoffs in your predictions? Jeff, why is Wade Davis going to be a fantasy bust this year?
Paul Swydan
9:12
Well, it's just me tonight. Jeff went to the Royals-Mets game. Don't feel bad for him, he got to see them get their rings, and he got some good BBQ at his tailgate.
9:13
I left out LA because the NL has a lot of good teams, and I think that LA's depth will be tested, is already being tested, and that they have a lot of variance, in that one of their best players is a rookie.
JeevesAsksYou
9:13
Trade Trevor Story and Brett Lawrie for Rougned?
Paul Swydan
9:13
I mean, to me that's basically Story for Odor. So, sure. If you need the 2B.
Tom
9:13
Fun stat I learned today: the 2 pitchers with the lowest career WHIP? 1.) Uehara 2. Kimbrel.
Paul Swydan
9:13
Very cool.
???
9:13
Kluber for LAD's J. De Leon, Verdugo, Bellinger, Wood and Sierra, who says no?
Paul Swydan
9:14
Pretty sure Cleveland, but I'm not really up on those prospects after De Leon. Sorry.
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