Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 2/26/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:45
B or B+ if they eat the money
Alex
10:47
Do your friends ever call you Sully?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
No. You know what? We don't really say names at all very often.
Only very infrequently do I have to address someone by their actual name. Usually I can just initiate eye contact, or even nothing at all if it's just me and one other individual
10:49
I'm not sure I've said my girlfriend's name out loud to her since the start of our first-ever date
DDSP
10:50
Hey Jeff - who do you think makes the strongest push for Kakie Bryan? Will he wait for after July so the Dodgers can have a shot? Thanks!
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
This doesn't sound like it's a real person
Nice try, DDSP
LORi@
10:50
over/under on kakie bryan 70 FV
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
All right I see what this is
PS
10:50
Am I crazy to think that Dallas Keuchel may be the second or third best pitcher in baseball? The command is insane.
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
I think a little crazy. The margin of error with the stuff is so small. But he's dominant at what he does, absolutely
Outta my way, Gyorkass!
10:51
Say that Orlando Arcia comes out of the gates hot this spring, has a good ST showing, and rakes in AAA. Understandably, the Brewers have zero incentive to rush him up, but how long would they be able to keep him down in the minors before a complaint of gaming his service time clock would start to hold water?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Well those complaints don't really accomplish anything
10:52
Arcia has yet to bat once in Triple-A, and even last year in Double-A, he was good without being fantastic. He's not Kris Bryant. The Brewers can move him along kind of slowly
10:54
Sorry about that, had a connectivity issue
Stevie G
10:55
How well does a team of 25 Paul Goldschmidts perform over a full season (assuming no injuries/trades, positional adjustments/pitching, etc)?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
Well, of course, the run prevention would be a disaster
10:56
Let me try to run a few little numbers
non-pitchers just had an 8.86 FIP
10:57
Let's say Goldschmidt came in at an even 8.00
oh god
oh god
I wish I hadn't run these numbers
10:58
run awayyyyy
run away it's a catastrophe
Joel
10:58
I have DirecTV and I get Extra Innings every year. But I'm thinking of going with MLB TV this year instead, since it's cheaper. Does it still freeze up all the time, or has it improved.
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
It doesn't freeze up for me. Sometimes the DVR controls have functioned horribly in the past but it's been my primary service for a while and I like it
The Dude of NY
10:59
Do you ever get article ideas from these chats?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
For sure!
Natitude Adjuster
10:59
Jeff, I can see the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains from my office building. Should I go there and walk around??
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
You should ask for permission first
Brett W
10:59
What is the Cubs biggest weakness now? Lack of a lockdown left handed reliever if Wood has to fill in with the rotation? Is that even a thing?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
I mean, yeah, maybe it's just bullpen depth. It's silly
Joel
11:00
Do you think the new slide rules are reasonable?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
Yep, about what I expected
Forsyth
11:00
Seems like valuation of catchers has a long way to go. We haven't been able to quantify things like reading swings, sequencing pitches, pitch calling, etc, and are really just delving into framing, but those play an enormous part in a game. Of all the positions, do you think catcher defense has the farthest to go?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
We definitely understand catchers the least, but then given that all these little potential skills blend into one another under the "run prevention" umbrella, it is possible to at least approximate value by calculating a sort of super-adjusted catcher ERA
11:02
I think MGL keeps track of a measure. If you look at how teams have done with different catchers and if you adjust for park, opponent, pitcher identities, etc, you should be able to get somewhere
Late for a Meeting
11:02
I appreciated your article that injected some sanity into the debate surrounding the Orioles' penchant for voiding near-deals due to medical reasons. Now that Duquette has said ownership is unwilling to provide player options, how much worse off is Baltimore in the free agent marketplace?
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