Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/19/16
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Jeff Sullivan
9:09
Hello friends
Welcome to Friday baseball chat
The Ghost of Dayn Perry
9:09
soft pretzel or cornbread?
Jeff Sullivan
9:09
soft fucking pretzel
The Ghost of Dayn Perry
9:10
What's your favorite pitch to watch? Either across the entire league, like 2 seamers, or a specific pitch, like Hamels' changeup
Jeff Sullivan
9:10
For me it remains the Felix Hernandez changeup although I'm a total sucker for good pitches and pitchers in general. My strongest bias is I'm more interested in arms than bats
The Dude of NY
9:10
I love how you turned an internet comment into a fascinating look at the Twins rotation. Kudos!
Jeff Sullivan
9:11
I've been a little obsessed with how contact-prone the Twins have been so the fact that they now project for 29th instead of 30th makes me laugh unreasonably hard
I totally get that it might be a joke specially tuned to me and no one else but holy crap it's flawless
j6takish
9:12
Jeff, besides the obvious Dbacks/Cubs choices, who has had the worst/best offseason? I want to say the cards have had the worst but they have given me literally zero reasons to ever doubt the moves that they make. Mets have had a sneaky good offseason, they got Yo back on their terms, they got a pick for letting Murphy walk and replaced him with a similar player who they will also get a pick for next year
Jeff Sullivan
9:13
I don't really like what the Rockies have done. They do have direction and there's a lot of ability coming up through the farm but the offseason has been direction-less. Maybe that was influenced by the market being over-saturated
9:14
I've liked the Mets offseason, and the Rays offseason. I don't really know which I like more since they're in different places organizationally
Kirk
9:14
Who would be better at baseball, Nick Franklin, a garden variety octopus or a giant squid? Could you order them please? Remember Nick Franklin sucks.
Jeff Sullivan
9:15
Nick Franklin wins mostly for biological/evolutionary reasons
But now as a twist, imagine a team of Nick Franklins against a team of giant squids, where instead of a baseball they play with a garden-variety octopus
I don't know who wins that. Not the octopus
Jon Daniels
9:16
What will it take for me to get Jonathan Lucroy? Nomar Mazara and Jonathon Hernandez for Lucroy seems fair.
Jeff Sullivan
9:16
I don't actually think the Rangers should have to go to the Mazara tier
9:17
I wrote about this a month ago. I think they could get somewhere if they started with Dillon Tate or Lewis Brinson http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/lets-get-jonathan-lucroy-to-the-rangers/
It wouldn't be straight up, but that would be your centerpiece
Kirk
9:17
What would you do if you saw an octopus in the mountains? Just like chilling, ya know?
Jeff Sullivan
9:18
I'd take a picture, then I'd confirm it's alive, then I'd take another picture, then I'd finish the hike and I'd alert some sort of scientific authority and try to get the thing named after me
Sean
9:18
Who do you think will age better, Price or Greinke, assuming equivalent health?
Jeff Sullivan
9:18
Acknowledging that we can't actually know the answer to questions like this, my sense is that Greinke is going to age very gracefully
9:19
I really do get something of a Maddux vibe
Kirk
9:19
Do you think an octopus could successfully kill Bartolo Colon?
Jeff Sullivan
9:19
Yesterday or the day before an otter in a canadian zoo died because it got tangled up in pants
9:20
Anything can kill anything
Joey Gallo
9:20
Who gets called up first myself, Nomar, Mazara, or Lewis Brinson?
Jeff Sullivan
9:21
I'll say Gallo. But this clearly in part depends on what's going on with Hamilton's knee. For whatever it's worth Brinson isn't yet on the 40-man
CamdenWarehouse
9:23
Ryan Webb just signed with Rays, who are now his 5th team in a little over two calendar years. He's been solid but not spectacular during the his last three seasons. Why is he having trouble finding a more stable home?
Jeff Sullivan
9:24
He's a righty reliever who's neither great against lefties nor outstanding against righties. He fits into almost any and every bullpen, but he fits as the 7th guy, which means he's always right on the fringe and easy to dump if you find someone with more upside. I suspect teams shy away a little from relievers who allow so much contact
Kiner's Disembodied Hands
9:26
Do you think that the Pirate's apparent trend towards hitters that hit to all fields, both in recent drafts and players signed this offseason, has been a bit under-appreciated in most prognostications? It seems to be a good idea in order to curtail the rise in shifting that has and will continue to occur.
Jeff Sullivan
9:27
I do think it's becoming increasingly important to find more all-fields hitters, but the Pirates haven't yet pulled off anything extraordinary. Last year they pulled 39.5% of their batted balls, ranking 11th-highest. League median was 39%. The Pirates will get more interesting in this regard if the numbers start to downshift
To me, it's actually been the Giants who've been most underappreciated for their ability to hit the ball anywhere
9:28
The Yankees, meanwhile, just spent a whole season trying to use lefties to hit the ball out to right field. It sort of worked!
greg
9:29
The rumblings about the Alfredo Rodriguez deal possibly falling through would be good news for Reds fans, no?
Jeff Sullivan
9:29
If true, yeah, I think so
Ben
9:30
Hi Jeff, what are the MLB teams that invest most/least in their analytics departments?
Jeff Sullivan
9:31
I don't know the whole spread of actual money invested, but the Dodgers obviously have a lot going on. On the flip side, you'd be shocked by the current state of the Red Sox and the A's
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