Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 4/7/17
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Horizon
10:59
After listening to the recent Effectively Wild where you discussed the apparent jump in speed (not velocity!) of pitches due to changing the point at which speed is measured, it struck me that this will lead to relative changes in speed of pitches depending on where they pitch. Since now the measurement is at the release point of the pitcher, effects of temperature, elevation, humidity are largely not observed, while given the old method of measuring some number of feet after the release point, these will effect the measured speed. This is a long way of asking: will certain pitchers see larger increases in pitch speed this season due to ballpark effects??
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
I don't think so, outside of calibration errors
Ross
11:01
Buying Josh Smoker as a potential bullpen breakout candidate ?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
Sure. His 2016 strikeouts were crazy
BOpper
11:02
whats your take on george springers hot start? Potential breakout year or small sample size bias
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
He is good. His walk-off home run was a fly out in most other parks.
11:03
The outfielders were camped in place -- he just found the corner of the boxes
Kris
11:04
Bethancourt is going to injure someone...5 walks in 1.2 innings and 7 runs allowed. How long are the Padres gonna run him out there?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
In theory, he could show rapid improvement, since he's so new to pitching. But if this keeps up he won't last more than a month
2-D
11:04
MLB players are so so into their accessories. What does Jeff Sullivan, hypothetical MLB player, have for accessories?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Extra socks
You can never have enough socks
Erik
11:05
When hardly any pitchers throw 200 innings, will reliably being able to throw that many innings be more of a skill, since it's rare, or less of a skill, since no one wants to utilize it?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
It'll still be good if a pitcher can work deep over and over -- roster-size limitations mean you can use only so many relievers to eat so many innings
BIG BAD SANO
11:06
Has 3 walks to 1 strike out after 3 games, is this the most unlikely thing so far this season?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Not when you go up against the Royals
Another Jeff
11:06
Has Blake Parker figured something out?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Got big strikeouts in the minors last year, too
mtsw
11:06
Shelby Miller starts tonight. Does he bounce back into mid-rotation-y respectability this season?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
I say more yes than no
Ken Tremendous
11:07
If the world ended tomorrow and, amidst the hysteria, Major League Baseball agreed to play one more game, what would be your ideal match up and would the game go into extra innings?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Under the circumstances I couldn't imagine giving even one single shit about a baseball game
Terrible Ted
11:07
As a casual NHL fan, do you have a favourite stat you like to keep en eye on?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
The standings
Joe
11:09
Musgrove had crazy low BB/9 walk rates in most levels of the minors. Why the spike in the majors?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
Major-league hitters are better than minor-league hitters. You can't be so aggressive and you can't rely on them to make so many mistakes. Musgrove still ran a low walk rate
Throwing two-thirds of your pitches for strikes is a good way to be successful
mtsw
11:10
Should the fact that Albert Pujols will almost certainly break the career record for most GIDP in MLB history this season be getting more attention? Not exactly DiMaggio's hitting streak but it's still a career record in an easy-to-understand basic stat! Is there like a twitter account counting down the GIDPs?
Jeff Sullivan
Look out, Cal Ripken!
11:11
This feels like future-post material. I like it
Hot Corner
11:11
Loving Devenski. Can Bradley end up being a similar pitcher?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Well, in style, no, since Devenski has a 70 changeup that flashes 80 sometimes. And I can't buy Bradley yet as ever throwing that many strikes. But Bradley's value as a multi-inning type can be similar
Josh
11:12
How are excited are you to see Brent Honeywell's screwball vs major league hitters?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Less excited than Eno
Kristen
11:13
Safe to say TEX has given away the most prospect talent over the last few years? JD has channelled his inner-Dombrowski especially during the last two seasons.
Jeff Sullivan
11:13
Nationals are up there. Red Sox are up there. But the Rangers do seem to have an approaching reckoning of sorts
Keith Hernandez
11:14
What do all these fly ball, high launch angle guys do when facing a guy like Syndergaard? Wouldn't Thor just pump high fastballs all day to them?
Jeff Sullivan
11:14
As with any hitter, the answer is generally "struggle"
Sneezing to Glory
11:14
Jeff, do you still play any baseball/softball? If not why not?
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