Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/21/17
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Jeff Sullivan
11:00
Should be
Lemmiwinks
11:01
You worry about Votto less than you do Trout???
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
I actually do. I don't know why. Maybe it's ageism
A Duffy
11:01
Out of all the Duffy's now in the show, which do you think will prove most valuable to their team this year?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
Danny is the good one
david
11:01
Where can I find rolling average data? For instance, the game-by-game OBP or Z-Contact% for a player?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
Click on "Graphs" on a guy's player page
Such an outstanding tool that Sean Dolinar put together for us
Sean Dolinar does so much amazing and underappreciated work
CaptainPeanutbutter
11:02
Why is there secrecy around where August went?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
I don't think the team has anything to gain from it being public knowledge
joe
11:03
August is still where it usually is, after July and before September. You're welcome
It's only April
11:03
I know spring training is spring training but Arismendy Alcantara put up great stats for the Reds. Do you think he deserves more playing time as a super utility guy?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Probably not. But he is practically half of their entire bench, and Scott Schebler is unproven
Marcus Banks
11:04
Is Aaron Judge going to be a star?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Depends where your cutoff is, but even if he ends up a 3-WAR player, I think he'll be more loved by fans than the average 3-WAR player
People love massive ding-dongers
Luck Dragons
11:05
Whats more likely, Paxton Cy Young or Thames MVP?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Paxton Cy Young
You saw how last year's AL field was, and Thames will have to go up against great players on better teams
Jim
11:05
I have a ton of vacation time saved up and a generous budget, where should i go?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
I know literally nothing about you or the things that you like
Southern Chile
Luck Dragons
11:06
If you could have one hitter for the rest of 2017, would you have Hanley Ramirez or Eric Thames?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Thames
Tony
11:07
Interesting answer re: Vargas... I've asked about him in a few chats and haven't gotten answers. I've looked all over his PFX numbers and can't find any reason he's missing so many more bats with his change-up... he's actually getting LESS movement.
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
At some point soon if this does keep up, there will be a post. I think we're all just waiting for more evidence because there's so little appetite for this content
Luck Dragons
11:07
Are you a fantasy baseball guy?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
I am not
Brewm
11:07
Should the Dodgers go get Ryan Braun and Neftali Feliz right now and kill 2 birds with one stone?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
No one is selling players in the middle of April
Pablo
11:08
Do you think the face-saving chin guard part of Broxton's helmet (new this year) might affect his ability to see the ball?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
As much as I'd love to explain his struggles so simply, I doubt it. If that were true, he'd never wear the helmet in the first place
Grover
11:08
Can you say something about Conforto? I crave Confortoisms...
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
Pretty good
Brian
11:08
4 of the Mets starters are in the top 25 in FIP- and Wheeler is 36th...that is only fine and not dominant?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
They haven't pitched against a good team
11:09
Good teams have good hitters on them
there goes the pizza
11:09
Looking at Ryan Zimmerman’s production this year, the one thing that’s super interesting is that his z-contact % is a fair amount lower than it was in his best seasons, and even compared to last year, when he was a total dud, but he’s compensated for it so far by dramatically increasing his contact outside the zone to a career high of 80 percent (per pitch f/x). My question is: Is that sustainable? Launch angle seems to be the explanation for Zimmerman’s resurgence, but other players who had breakouts thanks to swing changes (e.g. Donaldson, Murphy) don’t seem to have the same increase in contact outside the strike zone.
Jeff Sullivan
11:10
I don't buy the launch-angle thing. His launch angle has barely changed. He had a swing that worked for him for almost a decade. I think it's just health. I actually filed a post about Zimmerman and Zack Wheeler for ESPN for this Sunday
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