Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/22/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:35
They were refunded $13 million at the end of spring training. What were they supposed to do? And they can't force a trade in April because there isn't a market.
mtsw
10:35
Bud Norris pitching tonight. What's your take on the 2016 iteration of him?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
I can't for the life of me imagine having one
H. Rowengartner
10:36
What are you expecting from Darvish as he makes his way back? 80% of old Yu?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
Probably more like 90%. They'll be careful with him at first, and he'll have his rough patches, but I think we'll be able to watch him and see a lot of the same old Darvish
greg
10:37
Pulling for any team in particular in the Stanley Cup playoffs?
Jeff Sullivan
10:37
Pulling against the Ducks
Squirrels
10:38
Is it reasonable to just start reading a new book because I knocked the current one off the window sill and don't feel like lying down on the floor to get it back? Also, feel free to ignore me, I'm home sick and this is the only time I ever get to be at a fangraphs chat. If no, should I vacuum first? It seems like that won't help my headache.
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
Get your initial book back, resume reading it, and keep it in a position such that you won't drop it and hurt yourself when you fall asleep
Craig in Chi
10:39
Thoughts on HOU talking about Gattis catching?
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
With White hitting and Reed on the way, Gattis is going to run out of playing-time opportunities. Might as well see if he has any flexibility left
Sirras
10:39
To what extent do you think Thor is challenging for the "best pitcher in baseball" crown and to what extent was that just a devil's advocate argument?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
I'm legitimately interested in it and open to it. So it was kind of both? It's almost impossible to imagine someone being as good as Kershaw (or Arrieta), but if you had to imagine such a pitcher, he would throw pitches like what Syndergaard is throwing. Syndergaard's repertoire is a damn miracle, and there's no harm in wondering just how much that means
Nina Pillard
10:40
Hi Jeff--loved the article on Grichuk. Just for funsies, if he can maintain this discipline for the entire year (and remain healthy), what would you speculate his stat line would look like?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
He could run another 140 - 150 wRC+. I know last year he came in at 137 with an aggressive approach, but I didn't buy him repeating that as the same player
Termel Sledge
10:42
3 years ago today, the Os demoted Jake Arrieta. Is there any precedent of a pitcher turning themselves around so much at the point in his career Arrieta did
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Cliff Lee had a 6+ ERA when he was 28
10:43
And though it's not the same, between 28 - 29, Randy Johnson cut his 16% walk rate almost in half
Alex Wood and Matt Harvey
10:43
Are either of us going to start striking people out any time soon?
Jeff Sullivan
10:43
You'd certainly think so!
I have to think better days are coming.
The Decadent Moose
10:44
Better Chicago effort, Arrieta's no-hitter or Kane's double-ot goal in an elimination game?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Arrieta did his thing for three hours
Young Jeezy
10:44
What is with Scherzer and the Homer-itis? He has gotten worse with homers since coming to the NL. What do you make of it?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
High fastballs, and he's always in the zone. They'll happen
Uncle Eddie
10:45
Jeff Luhnow - big time premature ejaculator trading for Gomez and Giles before a solid contention window? He also tried to trade for the currently impotent Freeman and Lucroy this offseason. Why is he so hell-bent on destorying what he's built?
Jeff Sullivan
10:45
Before a solid contention window? They were literally like an inning away from the ALCS
Hubert
10:46
Do you believe the Statcast numbers on outfielders' throws? Is Aaron Hicks really topping out at 105mph?
Jeff Sullivan
10:46
Did you ever read that thing about Casey Weathers hitting 108? http://m.mlb.com/news/article/167882016/indians-casey-weathers-can-throw-108-mph
A running start can make a big difference. So, yeah, I can see it
Earth's growing waistline
10:48
Isn't the Pacific Ocean getting smaller with the Pacific plate dipping under the North American plate?
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
If I remember correctly, the oversimplification is that the Pacific is getting smaller basically because the Atlantic is getting bigger
Mike_C
10:49
Is Arrieta the second coming of Cliff Lee. Another pitcher no one really thought he was that great until suddenly he was.
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
Works as a good comp. Arrieta's stuff is more powerful
Josh
10:50
Is Chris Sale the best pitcher in the American League BY FAR?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
I don't know if it's by far, since I still like David Price, but he does appear to be the best
squirrels
10:50
Felix's changeup is good eenoug to keep his declining velocity at bay. Do you think he's over-throwing pitches to counter act that declining velocity which looks like a reduced command? Or do you think he's losing it a little?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
I don't think he's the type to overthrow. He's always downplayed the importance of velocity to his own success. I think he might just be having a more and more difficult time precisely repeating his mechanics with each delivery
Covelli
10:52
aaron blair has looked like an average prospect for most of his career. in his 1st 3 milb starts this year he looks like a stud. what are the odds that he's made some substantial change.
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
Blair still throws inconsistent strikes, but he's getting more grounders now and his contact rate is way down. I bet the Braves have adjusted something
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