Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 10/28/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:25
And Hendricks' K-BB% is very similar to Radke's when you adjust for the different eras in which they've pitched
10:26
Hendricks is a little better at missing bats; Radke was a little better at throwing strikes
Travis Wood Stan
10:28
In 2013-2014 Travis Wood started 60+ games, 3.8 fWar pitching 1.7 fWar batting, 2.75 fWar average per year. Fly ball pitcher. I think the Braves should sign him as a fifth starter! What say you?
Jeff Sullivan
10:28
I don't like the season he just had but he does deserve to be a fifth starter somewhere in the National League
Kyle
10:28
When do you think is a good time for Schwarbs to pinch hit tonight?
Jeff Sullivan
10:28
That's going to depend on the situations and the leverage. No need to try to plot this out now
Drew
10:29
Beyond this season, is Mike Montgomery better suited in the rotation or bullpen?
Jeff Sullivan
10:30
This year as a starter: 86 xFIP-. This year as a reliever: 85 xFIP-. Identical K-BB rates. I'd love to see Montgomery get extended
E
10:30
I was at game 2 Wednesday night, it was incredibly boring, obviously even worse being an Indians fan but there just weren’t that many exciting plays. Also, how many times did Contreras go to the mound? Seemed like he went after every non-out play.
Jeff Sullivan
10:31
So many different factors came together to contribute to a lousy viewer experience. Mound visits, longer commercial breaks, low leverage, few exciting hits, tons of balls, tons of fouls...
Dominik
10:32
Tomlin is getting clobbered today, right? throws strikes but doesn't miss bats against a top 3 offense in the majors and on top he gives up flyback in a small park with the wind blowing out (and santana in the OF). is there any realistic scenario that could work for the Indians in this game?
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
Tomlin was supposed to get clobbered by the Red Sox, and he was supposed to get clobbered by the Blue Jays. He's allowed three runs in 10.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts. That's the scenario. If he executes 30-40% better than he usually does, he'll be good enough for the Indians to win
The Gyorko Store Called
10:34
Which pitcher who retired (before this season) do you think would be the most likely to come back and post a 2 WAR season in 2017?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
A.J. Burnett would be an easy guess
v2micca
10:34
I also tire of the Maddux comparisons for every Right handed pitcher whose fastball doesn't crack 90. People forget that when Maddux first broke into the league he featured a 95 mph four-seamer. Yes, he lost velocity, but he also made a conscious decision to switch to an 88mph 2 seam pitch.
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Yeah, it's easy to forget that Maddux had an 80-grade fastball when he was younger, since we don't have easy access to that information
But this is just one of the white versions of every small Latin righty drawing Pedro comps
or every aggressive Latin outfielder with a strong arm causing people to recall Vladimir Guerrero
They're usually Jose Guillen
The
10:36
Will there ever be a woman in MLB? What about a woman umpire?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
yes, yes
DB
10:36
Are we going to see teams start taking runs and put $$ towards failed starters to find the next A Miller or Z Britton.
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Teams have been converting bad starters for a while. You might notice that, even today, there is only one Andrew Miller. But I do think you're going to see teams investigating more thoroughly which starters might turn into dominant relievers
The Gyorko Store Called
10:37
If another TV show incorporating MLB besides Pitch was developed, what aspect of baseball would you want it to be about?
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Realistic portrayal of what it's like to be a mid-round draft pick trying to survive in the minors
StackedDeck
10:38
Are the Braves about to pull a 2016 Diamondbacks?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
They're not that stupid
Dominik
10:38
Do you think schwarber is kept as an insurance against Ace pitcher injury? he does have value with his bat but part is wasted in the field. but only getting a reliever for him is not enough either, I think he will be kept and only traded for an ace pitcher in case arrieta or Lester go down with injury
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
I don't think he's kept as insurance; I think he's kept because the Cubs are madly, deeply in love with him
Dock Ellis
10:39
Remember Daniel Cabrera? He was like the Anti-Hendricks...any other players you could think of that has a zero on the 20-80 scale? Michael Martinez hit Tool I suppose.
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
God damn Cabrera was frustrating
Like the starter version of Jesus Colome
Remember when a big fastball used to be enough to get a guy noticed? Now everyone has a big fastball :(
carter
10:39
Any thoughts on the Japanese player who both pitches and bats? ala of course Ruth.
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
It is a virtual guarantee that no matter what he might become in the major leagues, it will be far short of what we all collectively imagined
So almost no matter what, Otani will be a disappointment. Which is insane, but true to human nature
Mark
10:42
With the dearth of quality starting pitching options on the free agent market this offseason, do you think we could see some small market teams with pitching needs try to move career relievers into the rotation? Are there any relievers on this year's open market you think could make that transition successfully?
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Not a lot out there, at least among free agents. You might see some teams try to re-convert Yusmeiro Petit and Travis Wood
Greg
10:42
What's your gut feeling on the Cubs and Jake Arrieta after next year, let him walk?
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