Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/14/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:37
I'm probably not even a better baseball writer than Byron Buxton
asabin
10:38
What percentage of human beings that have the same general height/weight/build as Noah Syndergaard could throw 100mph with proper training?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
Like, if you gave them all of the same training and preparation for years?
5%? 1%?
Ruffx2Tweet&Cameron
10:39
Would you eat the grasshoppers? (not the cookies!)
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
I wouldn't go out of my way
But I bet I could appreciate the texture
Josh
10:39
Brett Anderson gets hurt and the Cubs deploy you as their 5th starter for the remainder of the year. Do they still win the Central?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
What you're asking is whether the Cubs will win the NL Central by like 15 games
10:40
No
Well.....
No
But almost!
GDUBSS
10:41
Who do you think is the current best defensive LF, CF, RF in the NL ?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
Cespedes/Hamilton/Heyward
10:42
No, that's bad
Jankowski/Hamilton/Heyward
Ben
10:43
Obviously early, but is this the Miguel Sano everyone has been waiting for, is a .270/350/.500 slash line realistic?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
I'll wait for him to face some better pitching, but one thing I like is the increase in zone swings without an increase in chases. Speaks to how good his eye really is
#BantheWave
10:43
I find nothing exciting about a player like Kiermaier. Scold me.
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Why would I scold you? Your opinion is your own
I like watching hitters more than defenders, too
And I like watching pitchers more than hitters
Jacob
10:44
If you were told a team would win 105 games this year who would you predict? Would that team be different if you were told 120?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Ehh, no, still Cubs
10:45
I guess I *might* say Indians for 120, assuming all their pitchers stay perfectly healthy and Michael Brantley shows he's all the way back
caesarsolid
10:46
Shohei Otani seems to not care about how much money he will make and all teams are now on equal footing with Intl Free Agents - where do you think he may end up?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
I have nothing to go on, so I'll say Dodgers, because of who they are and their proximity to Japan
biffyclyro
10:46
How long should I wait for you to an answer a question before I can correctly surmise that it was, in fact, a bad question that you will not be answering?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
There are so many hundreds of questions in every chat
It's impossible to even read them all
Sam
10:47
How good is Robbie Ray going to be this year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
Fairly good
Six Ten
10:48
Jason Vargas's first two results have been awesome. Looks like his release point is a lot lower this year than pre-Tommy John. He's also spiked both his grounder and swinging strike rate. If the release point change is real, are the others likely to be real?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
I'm sorry to say you're never going to succeed in making me believe that Jason Vargas is interesting
I don't see a huge change in his release points. He's a No. 4
Jobu
10:49
Can Andrew Triggs finish the year with a FIP under 4.00?
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
He sure can!
Ruffx2Tweet&Cameron
10:49
Doesn't perceived velocity trump actual velocity? Like with the guys who get more extension, but lower raw velocity.
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
Yes, it is incrementally more important
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