Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/14/17
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Jeff Sullivan
9:58
Sure. Irony's still hip
Do people still say hip?
Petey Bienel
9:58
Were the Nationals a little arrogant in thinking their bullpen only needed a Blanton for Melancon swap to be all set?
Jeff Sullivan
9:59
Well, they got Melancon midseason, right? They can get another guy midseason if they need
Ampersand
9:59
Can you say any words about Amir Garrett?
Jeff Sullivan
9:59
He has become almost interesting enough for me to write a post about him
Travis
9:59
Freddie Freeman's striking out a lot. Something to keep an eye on? Obviously it's extremely early, but it's continuing a downward trend.
Jeff Sullivan
9:59
He also has a 181 wRC+
10:00
He's one of the many guys who've traded some contact for pop
James
10:01
who do you think is the most underrated player in baseball today
Jeff Sullivan
10:01
I think it's AJ Pollock again
10:02
Maybe I'm wrong, because he hasn't been good in 2017 yet, but, boy, he's outstanding
For the general public it's probably Kevin Kiermaier
Bubba
10:03
Looks like we may see a bounceback of Zimmerman and Duda. In the battle of recently forgotten NL East 1B, who would you prefer to roster?
Jeff Sullivan
10:03
I guess Duda by a very slim margin
10:04
But maybe Zimmerman is a better defender than he looks like
Scott of Linconshire
10:04
Brett Anderson: A useful 120+ innings, as long as Almora & Baez save him 5 runs defensively every game? His stuff looked better 1st game than 2nd game, but obviously expectations for him are low. Any thoughts?
Jeff Sullivan
10:04
Never look to the future with Brett Anderson
Appreciate the present. Stay in the moment
CaptainPeanutbutter
10:05
blue jays...ouch. Some of their older players don't look great and they might have lost JD for a short frame.
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
There's no good way to open 1-8. They've found one of the worst ways
Whoa Nelly
10:05
Is Russell Martin going to actually suck this year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:05
No
Colin
10:06
With the new radar gun/velocity reading this year, do you expect these changes will impact all pitchers roughly equally?
Jeff Sullivan
10:06
If I'm thinking about this correctly, pitchers who get less extension should show higher velocities, and pitchers who get more extension should show less-higher velocities
10:07
If velocity used to be captured around the same point for everyone, then the guys who released the ball closest to that point will gain less, because their pitches had less time to lose speed after coming out of the hand
10:08
The actual effects will be pretty darn small
Jacob
10:08
How long could a starter run a 2.00 FIP and a 7.00 ERA before they lose their job?
Jeff Sullivan
10:08
Three months
YP
10:08
Can we talk about Joey Gallo?
Jeff Sullivan
10:08
No
I'm sorry, but them's the rules
10:09
(Gallo has a normal-looking contact rate in the early going. That's good!)
10:10
(It's also good to have homered against Manaea and Carrasco. But still, Gallo will need to do this for a while before many people believe)
Quinn
10:10
If the Reds continue to go 7-3 in 10 games stretches, you think they can sneak into the playoff picture?
Jeff Sullivan
10:10
Yes, especially if they do it over 16 of them
Baseball Randy
10:10
Eric Thames has a hit in every game he has started. Shouldn't the brewers play him more so he has a chance to earn them a bigger deadline trade?
Jeff Sullivan
10:11
I don't think the thought here is flipping Eric Thames for prospects
Maybe it is, but in any case, early-season usage pattern isn't important. Easing him in
Moltar
10:11
Do you think of the new wave of multi-inning guys, Devenski, bradley and Lorenzen, that all of them stay working out of the pen all year? Do any transition back to starting?
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