Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 3/11/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:50
I don't think so -- I understand why other teams would want to wait to see him back in action
Guest
10:51
Can power be taught or is it a raw skill?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
I think max bat speed is basically a raw skill, but you can learn how best to make use of it
Like, Brian Dozier isn't that powerful, relative to the rest of the majors, but he's learned how to maximize the power that he has
Bork
10:52
As good as Baltimore's bullpen is, do they have a huge chance of being burned out with the state of the starting pitching?
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
Showalter is pretty good about handling his relievers and they'll keep guys rotating through the back of the bullpen to soak up extra innings
B.B. Rodriguez
10:53
Do you think the Blue Jays have the highest floor in the AL East. Yankees SP could either be great or bad with injuries. Red Sox are counting on Hanley/Pablo bouncebacks. If they repeat last year that team is a .500. No? Toronto just needs average production to be in the upper 80's with wins.
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
I can buy this
Rays also have a high floor and a low ceiling, I think
Wikidorkia
10:53
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Jeff Sullivan
10:53
<3
Dusty Baker
10:53
Is it too late for me?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
I like you where you are
Derek
10:54
Who would you trust in a game 7, 2008 Jamie Moyer or 2016 Jered Weaver?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
2008 Jamie Moyer
2-D
10:54
About Severino's changeup, are you saying it's easier for a hitter to recognize because the movement is that different? Ideally should all changeups mimic a picher's fastball movement?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
I don't have proof, but this is an idea I have currently. I think you want the horizontal movements to be similar
So a four-seam fastball pitcher might prefer a straight change
Kolten
10:55
A lot of people have been vocal about the Royals projections, which isn't surprising given that they just won a championship. But the Rangers are the team that looks seriously underrated, in my opinion.
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
I agree with you
James
10:56
Do you have any Salem-Keizer Volcanoes apparel?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
You better believe it!
All right, I need to get rolling
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days
Bye!
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