Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 10/7/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:22
The discipline was a joke. It was a slap on the wrist for an executive who already had a history
The organization should've been penalized, at least by having to give up Espinoza.
10:23
Ultimately I don't think this will have much of an effect on the trade market since if you need something on the Padres, well, there's a limited number of places where you can get it. Executives will just have to hold their noses. But relationships have been damaged, some of them permanently, and that isn't going to make San Diego's road any easier
Q-Ball
10:23
My buddy says the Cubs offense isn't that good, that it's boosted (as well as Cards) by playing vs. the Reds. The Cubs scored 143 runs this year vs. Reds pitching, which is a significant chunk. Is he right, or not really?
Jeff Sullivan
10:24
The Cubs offense is good, but the Cubs offense also never had to play the Cubs pitching. It is not as good as its surface statistics; their schedule was light
Adam
10:24
Would you rather have a 3 ERA/4 FIP pitcher or a 4 ERA/3 FIP pitcher? If these were actual results over a full year (30 starts)
Jeff Sullivan
10:25
If it's just one season, I'll take the second guy
Mason
10:25
Jeff, would a pitcher like Rich Hill this off season consider a dryer climate like Los Angeles over a wet climate like Seattle to help reduce blisters on a his fingers. Or is that not how any of this works?
Jeff Sullivan
10:25
I genuinely cannot imagine such a thought would even cross Hill's mind
10:26
You're still playing road games, and Seattle's climate is pretty damn fantastic between April and September
Odysseus
10:26
Is John Gibbons underrated as a manager?
Jeff Sullivan
10:26
I don't know how he's rated
10:27
The Blue Jays have played pretty well. They've had the talent to play pretty well. I think Gibbons is fine
Luke
10:27
Predictions for David Price's outing tonight? Can he overcome the "un-clutch" gene?
Jeff Sullivan
10:28
Remember how good he was in relief as a rookie in 2008?
As always I expect that Price will be fine but if the ball flies like it did yesterday it's not hard to see a couple of dingers
Progressive Field played super hitter-friendly this year for some reason
Outta my way, Gyorkass
10:28
What team does make sense to go after someone like Sale - NYY?
Jeff Sullivan
10:28
Bingo
I'll probably write that in a few weeks
Erik
10:29
Would you take Bumgarner over Kershaw in the playoffs?
Jeff Sullivan
10:29
No
10:30
Give them each another 50 innings or so of pitching like they have, and maybe I'll reconsider
But there's not enough there for me to not want to take hands down the best starting pitcher on the planet
KIRK
10:30
If the M's offered Walker, DJ Peterson, Alex Jackson, Tyler O'Neil, and Gohara, would the Angels even consider giving up Trout?
Jeff Sullivan
10:30
lol
Odysseus
10:30
How impressive does the Liriano trade look from the Jays perspective?
Jeff Sullivan
10:31
A good deal more now, since they figured something out that Ray Searage couldn't. That trade was supposed to be about the prospects but now they've also turned a salary dump into something positive
Erik
10:31
With Bumgarner's now legendary playoff success, which is exactly the sort of thing "old school" hall of fame voters love, how far can he fall short of normal hall standards and still make it in?
Jeff Sullivan
10:31
See what Dave wrote yesterday about Curt Schilling
The standard for pitchers to make the Hall of Fame right now is insane
Jaack
10:31
Now that you've brought it up, what would a hypothetical Padres-acquire-Sale trade look?
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
Chris Sale for a majority stake in the San Diego Padres
Kevin
10:32
Could my Mets land Freddie Freeman for Wheeler, and Dominic Smith?
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
heavens no
2-D
10:32
David Ortiz has 18 instances in his career where he has one PA against a pitcher and has one HR. Is this just fun noise or a reflection of the modern bullpen culture where opposing teams tried the find his bane and failed? (Bonds did this 14 times)
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
It's probably mostly noise but I'm sure lots of teams have tried to trot out any lefty they can find
10:33
I wonder who has the most such encounters in MLB history!
Rob
10:33
A non-postseason question. Do you think the White Sox will sell and go the rebuild route. It just seems if you read between the lines of what Rick Hahn has said, that's the direction they are leaning towards. They should, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
I think it's 60/40 they decide to sell. And I'm sorry that this is going to come off so, so grim and insensitive, but...Jose Fernandez isn't going to be on the market now. So Chris Sale is there at the top, without parallel. That's extremely tempting
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