Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/7/17
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Jeff Sullivan
9:05
Hello friends
Welcome to Friday baseball chat
Bork
9:05
Hello, friend!
Jeff Sullivan
9:05
Hello friend
Charlie
9:06
Close call there with Keon Broxton.
Jeff Sullivan
9:06
The man is bulletproof
Except for his nose being broken
But still, broken nose and no DL? All aboard!
Kiermaier's Piercing Green Eyes
9:06
How does Blake Snell address his command problems?
Jeff Sullivan
9:07
Pitch better? I mean, all it always is is a matter of mechanical consistency. I haven't studied Snell in sufficient depth to try to highlight one specific mechanical flaw, but it always comes down to repetition. He doesn't repeat
Big Tuna
9:07
What are your thoughts on Charlie Morton? Looked good before the injury last year too.
Jeff Sullivan
9:08
I really like him as a sleeper No. 3 or so. Can't ever count on him to stay healthy but it looks like the improved stuff is real. Better heat and a useful cutter means grounders *and* missed bats. Healthy Morton is going to be good
Chaps
9:08
NL MVP front-runner: C-Flap helmets?
Jeff Sullivan
9:08
Safety is cool again!
Maybe not again. Safety is cool for the first time
The Average Sports Fan
9:08
Reason for concern with the Rangers?
Jeff Sullivan
9:09
Sam Dyson probably isn't going to keep allowing eight runs for every one complete inning, and they just faced probably the best team in the American League. But I don't love what I've seen from Dyson or Darvish yet
Big Tuna
9:10
Archie Bradley apparently threw a cutter out of the pen, which he never threw as a starter. Why hold that back?
Jeff Sullivan
"The cutter was an effective pitch for Bradley in 2014 when he pitched in the AFL, and he said he's not sure why he stopped throwing it."
welp
That was some unsatisfying research
JRuby
9:11
What's more likely: that spin rate is truly something that you can't appreciably change, or that we just haven't figured out how to teach/cultivate it yet?
Jeff Sullivan
9:11
Probably the latter? But I assume it comes down in large part to very subtle matters of finger pressure. I think people grip a baseball in a natural way and it's got to be incredibly hard to re-wire that on a consistent basis
Bruce Bocce
9:12
Curious if you have a take on Yuli G. Is 33 too old to go pro?
Jeff Sullivan
9:13
Seung Hwan Oh came over at 33. If you're good, you're good. I trust in Gurriel's bat-to-ball skills
Erik
9:13
Who produces more career WAR: Nola, Eickhoff, or Velasquez?
Jeff Sullivan
9:13
Nola, then Eickhoff, then Velasquez
Dan
9:13
THoughts on Puig?
Jeff Sullivan
9:14
Going to wait to let him face a pitcher or two first
Big Tuna
9:14
I thought Jesus Aguilar was a ST flash, but he's looked good so far. Will he play regularly?
Jeff Sullivan
9:15
I don't know how he can assuming Eric Thames hits well enough. He'll slip in semi-frequently at first and he'll pinch-hit a bunch, but he's not going to be a starter
Bern
9:15
Where can I find data that shows the number of AB with RISP for each spot of the lineup in a given year?
Jeff Sullivan
9:16
This feels like a Play Index thing?
Confirmed!
9:17
Data for this year, showing PA with RISP by lineup slot --
9:18
1: 97
2: 90
3: 84
4: 111
5: 103
6: 84
7: 89
8: 87
9: 96
Justin
9:19
The Mariners RISP are totally unsustainable (setting aside the fact that they're the Mariners). If you take regression into account, they played as we'd expect but just weren't very lucky, right? Win 2 of 3 against LA and they finish with a ho-hum but not devastating road trip.
Jeff Sullivan
9:19
Well, through four games, they have a 52 wRC+. That's second-worst in the majors. So, they didn't do very well, but then they also went up against a really good team, and it's only four games. They're fine
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