Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 3/10/17
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Jeff Sullivan
9:40
Infielders are already changing pretty often based on hitter identity
Jeff Sullivan
9:41
To think, this is what analysis had to rely on 10 years ago, in the days before PITCHf/x
9:42
That's crazy!
Matt
9:42
Why did nobody claim Byung Ho Park? Is there really any difference between him and Eric Thames other that the sequencing of their career path?
Jeff Sullivan
9:42
Well, the sequencing is relevant, because Thames had a good 2016 and Park did not
But I do feel like Park's skills have been undersold
Jacob
9:44
What's with the low projections for Addison Reed this season? Last season had him at a 1.97 FIP, the same as his ERA. However, all 3 of Steamer, Depth Charts and ZiPS have him at over 3 ERA.
Jeff Sullivan
9:44
Reed did everything the same as he did in 2014, when his FIP was 4.03
9:45
I'm not saying he's actually mediocre, because last season was great, but Reed has looked like that guy before, and he still allowed homers
David
9:45
I watch a couple of innings that Shea Spitzbarth has thrown this spring. Is this a name we should pay attention to?
Jeff Sullivan
9:45
This is the first I've ever heard of him
9:46
Surprising, given that surname
Last year in A-ball: 28.1 innings, 7 walks, 43 strikeouts
This is the full extent of my knowledge
Toshi
9:47
Jeff, a long time reader here (since Lenore for Third). My question: do you think Mariners are doomed in a couple of years, as many think? Or do you think DiPoto will have enough money, farm and trading energy to avoid disaster? Thanks!
Jeff Sullivan
9:49
I think people exaggerate the certainty with which we can predict the more distant future. We can see certain elements -- the Mariners' system isn't great, and they have some big contracts already on the books. Felix definitely looks like a declining asset. Lots of players due for FA in the next couple years. The Mariners aren't in a good situation, but we don't know for sure there's a cliff, just like we don't know for the Tigers, either
What if the Tigers get Norris, Fulmer, and Boyd all going? Hey, look, a good young rotation!
Baseball GM
9:49
How many hours a weeks do my operations analysts work?
Jeff Sullivan
9:49
Too
TP
9:50
What do you think Daniel Norris is capable of this season?
Jake Odorizzi
9:51
Will I ever get right-handed hitters out? And if I did, what would u think of me?
Jeff Sullivan
9:51
Get a better slider
Your slider is bad
9:52
Or cutter, or whatever it is
You're like the one right-handed pitcher in baseball whose slider doesn't work
mtsw
9:53
Everyone's excited about Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman and other "good" pitchers, but what about Ubaldo Jimenez? Can he build on a great stretch run (playoff notwithstanding) and be an above-replacement level 4th-5th starter for the O's?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
I think people are tired of being teased
Jimenez actually had two good months last season -- April and September. He followed April with a terrible May
In 2015, he had a first-half 2.81 ERA, and a second-half 5.63 ERA
9:55
No one expects consistency out of Jimenez anymore. He's serviceable as a No. 5/6, but that's about it
Erik
9:55
Is it good for the tournament that "Israel" and "Italy" are making waves? Or does it make the WBC lose some credibility, since both teams are really just Americans?
Jeff Sullivan
9:55
There are natives on each team, and upsets are upsets. They'll be good stories back home, which will, in turn, inspire more young people to give baseball a shot
9:56
The Italian baseball culture in particular is surprisingly well developed
bosoxforlife
9:56
Is Jacob deGrom the most underrated pitcher in baseball?
Jeff Sullivan
9:56
No
Katie
9:56
isn't Dahl's upside higher than Joc's, though?
Jeff Sullivan
9:56
I'm not convinced we ever really know all that much about upside. And Joc is good right now
saditude
9:57
How nutty did Carlos Martinez look?! Easy 101. Next inning, 94 mph sinker. Someone call him from the Cardinals and tell him to dial it down a bit I guess?
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