Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/28/17
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RIck Hahn
10:30
You buying a "changed" Avi?
Jeff Sullivan
10:31
He's basically demanding a closer investigation, but as I look at things quickly on the surface, his approach is still bad. So color me skeptical
Tj
10:32
How unsurprising is it that Alex Jackson breaks out immediately after leaving the Mariners farm system?
Jeff Sullivan
10:32
Power be damned, Alex Jackson has two walks and 20 strikeouts in the Florida State League
Dronefinger
10:32
Do you see the Indians dropping their chief wahoo logo anytime soon or are they pulling a Manfred by "considering it"?
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
Its disappearance is inevitable. They're just going to do it glacially in an effort to keep the loyalists from noticing
JR
10:33
What is the likelihood of the dropped third strike rule changing? Seems like it would be ridiculous if it were not a rule and somebody proposed it now today.
Jeff Sullivan
10:33
Never changing. Been in there forever and it's not like the game is facing some kind of uncaught-third-strike crisis
Oddball Herrera
10:34
Re: Baez and "Some guys, you'll never get through to all the way", this is actually why I would argue there's some rush on Happ. Baez is one of those guys whose popularity outpaces his actual contributions.
Jeff Sullivan
10:34
Baez is a useful and versatile player. He just finished with a 94 wRC+. He's not this bad. He's just had a horrible month
Kyler
10:34
is a Bud Norris turning himself into a dominant reliever article coming soon?
Jeff Sullivan
10:35
Would anybody read it
The cutter is legit and it's not a complete shock that Norris is doing this, but I'd say the even more interesting pitcher is Blake Parker
18 strikeouts, 45 batters faced
10:36
Did this in the minors last year, too
Jack
10:36
Did you see Kevin Cash's FanGraphs shoutout the other day? How often do you see MLB players/managers/executives publicly reference the site like that? Never?
Jeff Sullivan
10:36
I felt a little bad because I don't think we actually wrote anything about what his team did
10:37
But it's not super uncommon. Zack Greinke, Andrew Toles, Daniel Murphy -- people talk about FanGraphs to the media. And it's only occasionally sarcastic!
Guest
10:37
Any idea whats up with Scott Schebler?
Jeff Sullivan
10:38
He hit for some power in the minors. Now he's hitting for some power in the majors
There's always been something like 3-WAR upside here. Very Reds
Kevin
10:38
Is there any stat that looks at a catchers era that phases out how good the rotation hes pitching to is? So a catcher with an exceptional pitching staff can be compared to a catcher with a bad pitching staff on how he calls for pitches and locations mixed in with framing
Jeff Sullivan
10:39
I don't think it exists in that way. Obviously there are framing metrics, and some people have taken a stab at game-calling metrics. But a lot of it is just guesswork
The warm side of the pillow
10:39
Bregman isnt hitting anything in the air it seems. What can we reasonable expect from him the rest of the season, especially power wise?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
His grounder rate isn't *terrible*. And his contact is up. Don't expect plenty of dingers, but he can still hit
Tyler
10:40
What's up with Matt Moore? Can he pitch anywhere besides SF?
Jeff Sullivan
10:40
This appears to be a question about Matt Moore and consistency
Don't hold your breath
People have died holding their breath
Aldemys
10:41
How concerned are you about my start this year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:41
I don't know why you're swinging at everything
You didn't used to swing at everything
Quit swinging at everything
Help
10:42
How much money should I spend on a new smartphone?
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Less than they want you to
Dan
10:42
Speaking of pitchers who've got some red flags, how concerned are you about Justin Verlander? The SwStr% is down, the contact is up... but so is his velocity
Jeff Sullivan
10:42
Pretty much zero concern about Verlander, although it's interesting he's shelved his changeup
Josh
10:43
What do you expect from Sonny Gray when he returns? Closer to the 2015 or the 2016 version?
Jeff Sullivan
10:44
Complete unknown to me. Seriously, I have no inkling. Because of the longer track record I expect him to be more good than bad, but I've got nothing else
Moelicious
10:45
How long does K-Rod hold on to the closer gig?
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