Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/29/16
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Jeff Sullivan
10:46
I buy more strikeouts as long as it looks like his arm strength is improved
So far he's faced strikeout-prone opponents so he isn't this hard to hit, but I think he's a better pitcher
InSpades
10:46
How likely is it Hector Santiago is going to sustain his current performance for the entire season?
Jeff Sullivan
10:47
He's up two miles per hour. That tells me he's throwing with more efficient mechanics. More efficient mechanics suggests better command. Better command suggests more success!
JD
10:48
Which starting pitcher is the most frustrating to watch in terms of stuff/talent not delivering expected results? Now and all time?
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
Garrett Richards is kind of frustrating. Early-career Felix Hernandez was frustrating. Edwin Jackson feels like an obvious name here
These of course are more recent examples
MogulMan
10:49
Looking forward to the next installment of "Worst Called Strikes"....Verlander got some real gifts against my A's the other day....
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
I'll say this much -- I get tweets from people who follow on Gameday, and PITCHf/x seems to have occasional hiccups where Gameday mis-reports a ball down the middle. Almost all of the time, those are glitches and they don't reflect reality. But every so often they sure as shoot do!
Q-Ball
10:50
Mike Trout...started slow, how he's back on the WAR leaderboard. There's just no stopping Trout, is there?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
When great players get off to bad starts, everyone trips all over themselves to ask whether the player isn't great anymore. Mostly they are great
Kenneth
10:51
Top 5 position players right now: Trout, Harper, Machado, Donaldson , Goldschmidt. Top 5 franchise building blocks: Trout, Harper, Machado, Correa, Lindor. Top 5 pitchers right now: Kershaw, Arrieta, Sale, Syndergaard, Scherzer. Beg to differ on any of these?
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
I think I'd sub Bryant in for Lindor
Otherwise, I'll take it
Frederick
10:53
Ian Kinsler a decent comp for Rougned Odor?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Odor is a good deal more swing-happy. And I think Odor will prove to be somewhat better at spraying the ball around, where Kinsler has gotten almost all of his offense from the pull side
Steve
10:54
What odds do you give Machado of winning the AL MVP?
Jeff Sullivan
10:55
I picked Correa before the year because I thought the Astros would make the playoffs. Now it seems like Machado or Donaldson -- whichever one ends up on a playoff team
Mr. Matt
10:56
I deeply concerned with the welling up of optimism I'm feeling as a Mariners fan right now. They look distinctly not terrible. Do you have similar concerning emotions?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
I do, but based on history, this will rather swiftly get dealt with
Curtis
10:56
What was Dee's gain by PED? more speed? I guess I had always thought (wrongly) that PED was for power? or did he just get some bad stuff....
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
Better body, better bat control, increased confidence
CMR
10:57
Of all the surprising team/player Aprils, which do you think is most likely to be real and not a blip?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I assume we're ignoring Noah Syndergaard's 95mph slider for this purpose
In that case, I have concerns about Felix
Mike
10:58
Going to Seattle for the first time ever this year. Should I make a day trip to Mt Rainier Natonal Park? It'll be the last week in May, and I know it might still be a bit snowy.
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
If the roads are open and if the forecast is at all decent, you should absolutely go there. Unforgettable
Neal Huntington
10:59
Who is your favorite prospect that no one knows about?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
Mylz Jones, who is way better than Max Schrock
Zonk
11:00
It looks like another year in Anaheim of Trout greatness, and Angels mediocrity. The farm system is a mess. How much longer until they actually start thinking about the unthinkable: Blowing it up, and trading Mike Trout?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
I feel like we've been over this. It's not happening. It just isn't happening. Not any time soon. No one could and would match the rightful asking price
Kolten
11:01
Why aren't people making a bigger deal of the possibility that Harper and Machado will both be free agents during the 2019 offseason? Yankees going all out for both?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
People made a pretty big deal about that offseason a few months ago, but now that there's actual baseball people aren't thinking about future transactions as much
pirates hurdles
11:01
It would pretty easy to argue that Shelby has never been a "front of the rotation arm" and thus expecting him to be one is folly.
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
That's fair, but I remain confident that the potential is within.
Tommy A.
11:01
Hey Jeff, should we begin to start freaking out over Votto? Just saw the article about his start and got to say I am pretty nervous
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
I have never once felt nervous about Joey Votto. If anything this month is proof that we as fans get nervous too easily
Like, I am 99% confident that Joey Votto is just fine, and these are his numbers. What are we supposed to do with that?
Guest
11:03
Serious question re: Archer. I mean, what's to stop you from being a pitching coach. Isn't what you did most of what their job is? Plus they could learn neat things about volcanoes.
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
I have basically no background or experience. I never pitched above high school. I was a bad pitcher at a small high school. Who would trust me?
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