Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/14/17
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Sirras
9:47
A major league baseball team offers a sum of money for you to play catcher for an entire game. You will field and hit and call the game. What is the smallest sum for which you'd accept? For which you'd accept if you knew you'd do it for 16 innings as Travis d'Arnaud did last night?
Jeff Sullivan
9:47
What's the price for four of the most miserable hours of my life, that would chase me for years?
9:48
One million dollars
I will do it for one million dollars
Hunky Dory
9:48
I would like you to know that I speak for the vast majority of people when I say that trampolines are fun and I have never suffered an injury due to one. Your contempt for trampolines is being confirmed by selection bias and nothing more.
Jeff Sullivan
9:48
You are wrong and your opinion is bad
Trampolines seize upon hubris
Steve
9:48
Is it more annoying when chatters ask straight up fantasy baseball questions or when they try to disguise it?
Jeff Sullivan
9:49
Straight up. If they disguise them, then I can provide a baseball answer, which is why we're all here in the first place
Maddux in a Row
9:49
How long would Josh Tomlin have to struggle before he lost his rotation spot?
Jeff Sullivan
9:49
Not long
Tomlin has a career 117 ERA- and 112 FIP-. He doesn't deserve a long leash
Matt
9:51
Yanks have been great since Bird and Sanchez were out of the lineup. Coincidence?
Jeff Sullivan
9:51
Yes, extremely
Josh
9:51
Should we be concerned with the slow start for Mookie Betts?
Jeff Sullivan
9:51
I don't think so. He's way too good, and lately he's been way too sick
9:52
I know he wasn't great in September, either, but he's one of those guys with too much talent to get worried about a few weeks
ManBearPuig
9:52
Who on the fangraphs staff has the best hair?
Jeff Sullivan
9:52
All of our hair is terrible
We are stay-at-home baseball bloggers
Baseball Randy
9:53
Is Carlos Gomez good again?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
Picking up where he left off. Since he joined the Rangers, he's been strikeout and fly-ball prone, to extreme degrees. I don't think Gomez is ever getting back to his peak level, since that just doesn't happen, but I buy him as an interesting and high-volatility CF
Matt
9:54
Any thoughts on starting baseball in May in order to remove all the meaningless small sample overreactions of April?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
It's flawless!
Andrew
9:54
Who is going to end up closing in Texas?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
Easy answer is Bush, but so far I really like Leclerc
Padres
9:54
We might be only terrible instead of putrid! MARGOOOOOOOTT
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
Lots of interesting position players there. And Hedges hasn't even done anything
ChiSox2020
9:55
White Sox bullpen seems to have some valuable trade chips no?
Jeff Sullivan
9:55
One highly valuable one
Jaime
9:55
Which players/teams have your expectations of for the ROS changed the most?
Jeff Sullivan
9:55
No team, really, although the M's and Jays are in awful situations. But as players go, Kendall Graveman!!
Josh
9:56
Are we finally seeing the decline of Nelson Cruz?
Jeff Sullivan
9:56
Considering how he looked in the WBC, I wouldn't say that yet
9:57
I know the WBC isn't the same as big-league baseball, but it's not like his skills have evaporated in a matter of weeks
Matt
9:57
if i was to road trip from Northern NJ to Dallas, do you have any tips for a long solo road trip?
Jeff Sullivan
9:57
Unfortunately that drive would be of limited geological interest
9:58
So you're going to need to lean hard on podcasts or audiobooks
But take advantage of the opportunity -- stop and do things in places you'll never choose to go to again
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
9:58
If someone bought you a Chone Figgins Mariners jersey and two tickets behind home plate for a game, would you wear it when you go?
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