Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/14/17
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Jeff Sullivan
9:30
Something vaguely David Price-y. Will obviously depend on how his leg holds up. Unlike Price, Donaldson couldn't be leveraged in the playoffs. But Donaldson is also one of the best players around. He's just in his 30s, and no longer cheap, so the Jays wouldn't get the haul you might think
Jaime
9:31
Will Mike Trout be the first player this season to hit 2 WAR? What about 3? 4?
Jeff Sullivan
9:31
His odds increase as you up the WAR threshold. I'll say the tipping point is...5 WAR? I think the chances are greater than 50% that Trout is first to 5 WAR
Mike
9:33
What stats are there than point to the brutal start that Greg Bird is off to? It can't be entirely lingering injury/illness related...
Jeff Sullivan
9:33
Hurt his ankle at the end of spring training, and then he started throwing up. He's batted 22 times. Have some patience here
Joel
9:33
Who finishes w/ a better record this year? TOR or SEA?
Jeff Sullivan
9:34
I'll say the Jays
CamdenWarehouse
9:34
During a game the other night, an announcer called a play with "And there's a McDouble play brought to you by McDonalds." I propose that MLB be forced to chose between eliminating this sort of thing or reducing commercial breaks.
Jeff Sullivan
9:34
Oh, that is very bad
9:35
Does McDonald's really need to advertise to increase its visibility?
Is anyone unaware of McDonald's?
Mario & Luigi
9:36
Has Mike's Leake been fixed?
Jeff Sullivan
9:37
You mean the thing that led him last year to his highest career ERA? Sure, I can buy that. But if you mean the thing that made him Mike Leake in the first place? No, he's still Mike Leake
Seven Costanza
9:37
Joey Votto leading baseball in Contact% and zSwing% still. What a weird world we live in.
Jeff Sullivan
9:38
He's done this before, but not for very long. Clear intentional change, although I'd assume this will be temporary
Randal Savage
9:38
Fix the Blue Jays in one or two sentences!
Jeff Sullivan
9:38
Poison their rivals
Q-Ball
9:39
I wonder if Albert Almora should play every day. He's stupid good in CF, and I would like to see if the bat holds up in full time duty. What do you think?
Jeff Sullivan
9:39
I'd like to see Almora play more, but not yet on an everyday basis. I like what the Cubs have going on with their flexibility and opportunities for rest
Buck
9:40
It seems like I'm seeing a lot more exclamation points in baseball articles than I used to. For some reason, I want to blame you for starting that trend. Fair?
Jeff Sullivan
9:40
I'll take it!
But I'm sure I was inspired by somebody else
Roadhog
9:40
When Gray is back, do the A's have a top-10, top-5, or top-3 starting rotation? Graveman/Manaea/Gray/Cotton/Triggs is pretty killer.
Jeff Sullivan
9:40
Well, let's wait to see if Gray actually pitches good baseballs, first
But on potential, there's so much upside here. It's why I've supported the A's as a dark-horse playoff contender
9:41
Doesn't hurt to have an arm like Hahn's floating around as insurance, too
Randal Savage
9:41
Could the Blue Jay's beat the Cleveland Browns?
Jeff Sullivan
9:42
Yes at baseball, no at football, no at basketball, yes at hockey, don't know? at squash
Old timer
9:42
The A's are 5-5; better than I expected. Gray is seemingly on his way back sooner rather than later. Will the A's be relevant in the division and do you see any shot at a wild card? Thanks.
Jeff Sullivan
9:42
To repeat above: yes
9:43
I can't see them being a *good* team, but I can see them being at least an average team, which is good enough to hang around
$18M mistake
9:43
Are we finally seeing the decline of Jose Bautista or is it still APRIL?
Jeff Sullivan
9:43
Couldn't it be both?
It is mos definitely still April
Months have many days in them
Jeffrey
9:43
How many teams that are currently winning their division will actually win it?
Jeff Sullivan
9:44
I'll say one, if the Astros count. (they're tied)
9:45
On this date a year ago, the White Sox were 7-2 :(
JTT
9:45
It's early in the year so there's no hard evidence so far, but Nick castellanos swing looks totally different. Has a much more pronounced uppercut. He's a guy to keep an eye on. Supposedly Andrew romine revamped his swing as well.....but he's also Andrew romine
Jeff Sullivan
9:46
Castellanos was already an extreme fly-ball guy. Not much room to go more extreme, unless he were to go the full Ryan Schimpf. I'll take a closer look sometime next week to see if I notice anything
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