Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/7/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:47
Dodgers, then Indians
I might be willing to flip those two
Sammy
10:47
Watched the Mets broadcast for the first time ever the other day. Most unbelievable thing ever, may just become a Mets fan. At one point, Ron is discussing deGroms mechanics and how he needs to stay balanced or else he will be inaccurate and Keith goes "yea, like d'arnaud"
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
It's a very good broadcast. My initial exposure to Darling was in playoff games, and I haven't liked him in those, but for the local games he and the crew are outstanding
Pete
10:48
How worried should the Marlins brass be about that Stanton contract now? HUGE year for him/them.
Jeff Sullivan
10:48
Ownership can be less worried, because ownership is about to change hands
Matt
10:48
Is Bumgarner actually a good hitter, or is he just strong and can put the ball over the fence (which is obviously very for for a pitcher, but you get my point).
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
He's been an average hitter since 2014. I buy his true-talent wRC+ around 90 or so
Which, for a pitcher, is incredible
jon
10:49
Arrieta had the best slider in baseball in 2015 and best fastball in 2016. Does he have the repertoire to deal with a velocity decline, assuming his command is tolerable?
Jeff Sullivan
10:49
He gets so much movement that he can survive a velocity loss. The bigger question is whether any velocity loss would hint at a structural problem. That would be bad news for anyone
10:50
And last year his command really started to slip. Could go the Felix Hernandez route, where the peripherals sink and only the weak contact keeps him afloat
Relsh
10:50
Mike Folty is about to light the world on fire, yes/no?
Jeff Sullivan
10:50
Seems dramatic. No
BOpper
10:51
most exciting game to watch today on paper? For some reason im really excited for fulmer vs wright
Jeff Sullivan
10:51
Scherzer/Velasquez seems sexy
Erik
10:51
If a 26th roster spot was added, it would all but kill the appeal of two-way players, right? Someone like Bethancourt is probably the Padres 13th position player and 12th pitcher, which isn't all that useful, except that it allows them to carry a 14th position player or 13th pitcher.
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
Would be somewhat mitigated, but if you have someone like, say, Lorenzen instead of Bethancourt. there's still usefulness. Lorenzen can help the Reds avoid having to double-switch
Emma
10:52
If jay Bruce *continues* to play well, do the Mets see it as a win and keep him out there? Or an opportunity to sell high and get Conforto in there
Jeff Sullivan
10:52
If Bruce is doing well, and the Mets are winning -- those teams don't sell those players
Greg
10:52
Can Nova continue to improve on what he did last year coming over to Pittsburgh
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
He can't improve on what he did. What he did was too good.
Jeff
10:53
If I have my pitcher on a 100 pitch count, and he's reached the 90s, then tosses 10 times to hold a runner at first, how much does that count to a manager trying to limit pitches?
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
Barely at all
Except the manager would be annoyed because that's too many pickoffs
Greg
10:53
Should I be concerned with Jose Reyes slow start with Mets
Jeff Sullivan
10:53
Well, he's not very good
jon
10:54
How absurd is the rostering of 3 Rule 5 draft picks by the Padres and how have you not written about it? 3 Rookie ball players on MLB rosters?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Still plenty of season to go. Still plenty of articles to write!
Ken Tremendous
10:55
What do you think happened with Jered Weaver that he lost the ability to be even a decently effective starter? The fall was precipitous for him...I have been so curious about the cause of the decreased velocity.
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
I'll say this for Weaver -- as recently as 2014, he was fine. And he was throwing 86. But the next year he came out throwing 83 and he hasn't recovered. I think physical issues have simply accumulated, targeting his hip and shoulder and back
10:57
Weaver never threw a big fastball. And then it simply left him. Felix has lost his fastball, too, but he started from a much higher point
Greg
10:57
Will Alex Dickerson come back to a starting job in San Diego once off the DL?
Jeff Sullivan
10:57
I don't think there was ever a starting job for him so much as a semi-regular job as part of a four- or five-man OF rotation
Jankowski, Renfroe, and Margot deserve to play too
Leland
10:58
Jeff if you could take swings against Jered Weaver, say 50 pitches, how many would you hit, and how many would you hit hard? Assume he throws all of his pitches, and he mixes them.
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
I would hit none of them and I would hit none of them hard because I suck
Greg Ferrall
10:58
Are you confident in Glasnow figuring out the strike zone and staying in the rotation all year?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
No, but I'd sure like to be
I will be closely monitoring his new delivery
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