Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/10/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:30
There aren't really new pitches to discover. Not in any significant way. We're probably more moving toward an era of pitchers better identifying ideal arm slots, and ideal pitch pairings
Q
10:32
What's a Syndergaard extension look like? 5 years of Team Control left
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
The last four major extensions signed this early: Archer, Bumgarner, Quintana, Teheran. All of those have become perceived as being extremely team-friendly
10:33
Off the top of my head, maybe you start around 5/$50 million, folding in a club option or two
PF
10:33
With signings of J.P. Howell and Joe Smith, ins the blue Jays 'pen now: a strength? Solid? Still a liability?
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
It's okay, but Howell and Smith don't add that much in terms of known reliability
Skinnyhead
10:33
To avoid playing the World Series in November, would you rather have a shorter post season or a shorter regular season?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
Shorter regular season
Eli
10:34
How would you rank eaton, Marte and springer defensively? Overall?
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
Defensively, I think Marte -- Eaton -- Springer. Overall, Springer is probably better than Eaton is
Hannah Hochevar
10:35
In re Padres pulling a Brewers: why doesn't any team with $ and a lack of minor league depth give Blanton (et al) a pricey one-year deal and then flip him at the deadline? I know the O's, for instance, already have a solid bullpen, but a trade chip for cash seems smart, no?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
I don't know, but I guess part of it is, consider that Blanton is still available now. If he can't generate demand after the season he had, who's to say there'll be that much demand a few months from now?
Curtis
10:37
With the rise in lock down bullpens, wouldn't we expect a rise in 20 game winners? If (the better) pitchers only need to roll through a lineup 2 times and/or pitch 6 innings...
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
Depends how significant a rise you mean. The last time there were 5+ 20-game winners in a season was 2003. Bullpens might be better than ever, but starters are also getting shorter appearances than ever, giving the score less time to separate
mike sixel
10:39
do you hike or snow shoe (if ever healthy) at this time of the year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
It's become a winter tradition to snowshoe up Mount St. Helens. Unfortunately right now the access road is blocked by a landslide
Marcus
10:40
Thoughts on Jason Heyward this year? Will he bounce back offensively and put up similar numbers to his Cards year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
In my own head I have him bouncing back to being an average hitter. I don't think he'll ever be anyone's idea of consistent
Eric R
10:41
"More pitching changes = more commercial breaks" -- I suppose if the rules could be crafted in a way to entice teams to change pitchers between innings rather than in the middle of innings, then changing pitchers frequently will have less of a time impact...?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
At this point I remain unconvinced that baseball would ever allow for a rule change that would so visibly affect the course of the game itself
10:42
I know I'm saying this at the same time that MLB is floating a rule change for extra innings, but limiting relievers or something like that feels different to me
Phantastic
10:42
we're seeing a lot more hitting talent in the middle infield than is customary and the corners are slightly lighter in talent atm. Is this a cyclical thing or an anomaly that we probably won't see much of again in the future?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
Some of it is cyclical, but I bet in this era of so much aggressive shifting, teams will be less incentivized to move players away from shortstop and second
Justino
10:44
Which player will be on the bench Opening Day 2017: Ben Zobrist or Javier Baez?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
They're going to face Adam Wainwright, so, Baez
Pat
10:44
Trying to settle a debate: Who would you rather have this year and going forward: Darvish or Colon? I feel like I'm taking crazy pills by being the only one saying Darvish
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Wait
What?
10:45
A debate?
Is there another Colon I don't know about?
Darvish is amazing!
The answer is Darvish!
Curtis
10:45
Which player is more valuable to his team than anything returned in a trade?
Jeff Sullivan
10:45
Mike Trout. No way a team would offer what he's actually worth
Theo The Toe
10:46
Convince me on why I shouldn't trade Baez for starting pitching.
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
Because you don't need starting pitching yet and you do need Baez as a flexible semi-regular
bl27
10:46
Yasiel Puig is only 26. Chance to see the real Puig this season ? Do you still believe in him ?
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
I believe the first version of Puig we saw is long gone. He's not getting that body back. But that doesn't mean he can't still be a fine player
Curtis
10:47
Leaving out homeruns, what are the most exciting "walkoffs" you can recall? Edgar's Yankee killing double with a motoring Griffey, Jr. is mine.
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
It's all about the stakes. Edgar's double, obviously. Luis Gonzalez's single, obviously
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