Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 5/13/16
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Johnboy
10:54
With Cain and Peavy at the back-end of their rotation, why in tarnation would the Giants only be interested in Lincecum as a reliever?? Surely he'd be an upgrade from either one of the aforementioned...right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:54
Nothing about Lincecum is sure. They know him better than anyone. And if they expressed interest in him as a starter, that would signal that they're looking for a starter, and that would make Cain and Peavy feel suspicious
Lenny
10:55
Can't imagine you've thought about it much since it happened, but now that you're reading it you will at least a little! Have your thoughts on the Miller-for-Karns trade changed since it happened?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
Not too much, no. But I will concede that at some point Miller needs to start really hitting, instead of just being a guy people expect to someday hit
Snowflake
10:56
I'm going to Wrigley for the first time this weekend. Any recommendations?
Jeff Sullivan
10:56
Make sure you look forward, toward the baseball field. If you look in the other direction it's a waste of your money
JayDun
10:57
Read August's piece on Kris Bryant's new swing the other day, and it got me thinking about Miguel Sano's launch angle, which statcast has at an average of 18 degrees. If "a launch angle between 25 and 30 degrees is where the home runs live," (per August) could this be where his power has gone or is that oversimplifying it? His line drive rate is up six percent over last year and his Hard% isn't down too badly. I know he strikes out too much (seventh-worst K% in the league), but...dingers! Where are they? Thoughts?
Jeff Sullivan
10:58
Sano this year: 18-degree average angle. Sano last year: 15-degree average angle
His swing path isn't the problem. The homers are going to be there. He's legit
Deke
10:58
So how did you feel changing gears from the more sort-of free-form fun-loving nature of SB Nation to the decidedly more stat-mindedness and relative seriousness here? I know you still make your jokes (and bless you for them), but was it tough to change your mindset?
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
It wasn't tough because I wasn't given any such instruction but I definitely do feel now that I'm less funny than ever! Humor is a muscle and I'm not the same kind of creative I think I was. But maybe that's just being older and boring
Pants on the ground
10:59
Thoughts on Manaea sticking in the A's rotation when Alvarez returns? His demise has been the long ball in "one bad inning". Also, I think Hahn got the short end of the stick. His outing @ BOS was a tough one, but to send a guy down after that???
Jeff Sullivan
10:59
Hahn will be back soon, and Alvarez will be up soon, and Manaea will return to the minors
+ison Russell
11:00
Is Clayton Kershaw one of the 5 best starting pitchers in MLB history? How much of a factor do you consider the era in which these guys pitch?
Jeff Sullivan
11:00
Kershaw still has like half his career left so we'll see what becomes of him, but he's on track to absolutely crack the top 5. By any measure, including those that account for era
Ozzie
11:01
I'm not great at interpreting defensive stats. How has Leonys Martin been the Mariners' fourth most valuable position player while batting .204?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
He is an absurdly good center fielder
Baseball McBaseballface
11:01
I'm about to interview for a job. Any advice?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
Talk about yourself only within the context of what you could mean for the business
And do not, absolutely do not, ask the interviewer to pull your finger
Kimball
11:02
It seems inefficient to use Kershaw the same amount as every other pitcher. Would you support experiments in using the best pitchers for more innings, not by going deeper, but by pitching more often?
Jeff Sullivan
11:02
I don't think you want to do anything to risk the well-being of an elite-level arm
11:03
Kershaw pitches more just as a function of staying healthy and not getting yanked in the early innings
And sometimes he'll go on short rest. That's about enough
Turdface
11:03
cards have almost as many runs as red sox.
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
Remember a few games in when it looked like they couldn't hit at all
Outta my way, Gyorkass
11:04
Give me a good recommendation on an Oregonian IPA
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Fort George, from that previous guy
Trophic Cascade
11:04
Question about Batted ball hit strength type (soft, medium,hard): how much of it should be used in analysis at this point? Can we trust it or is there still some noise? Is there a stabilization point?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Lots of noise but it's a useful indicator to pair with exit-velocity stuff
Kiner's Disembodied Hands
11:04
Do you see the Pirates targeting a guy like Pomeranz, or do you think think calling up a Taillon/Glasnow will suffice once super 2 passes?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
I don't think the Padres would be particularly interested in moving Pomeranz. Pirates would've made more sense last offseason
Anonymous Coward
11:05
Is there anything interesting to say about the Chacin trade?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
Here's the funny thing -- Jhoulys Chacin is one of the, what, 500 or 700 best baseball players in the world? Stupid amount of talent. Nobody cares
Kevin
11:06
Is Bogaerts continuing last year for the most part, or is something new fueling his success?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Seems like he's learned how to go the other way and selectively hit for power. So he's blended his strengths from the previous two campaigns. Ideal outcome. I have a note here to write about him in more depth sometime soon
Erik
11:07
Why don't starters relieve on throw days?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Sometimes they do in the playoffs, but there's more adrenaline in a game situation, and that makes it a lot less relaxing
11:08
A relief appearance is more draining than throwing a bullpen. Especially since a relief appearance is preceded by throwing in the bullpen
CameronDaClub
11:08
I'm 22. Should I stick with a job that's maybe 20% related to what I wanna do long-term in a city where I know no one, or take a job that's 0% related to what I wanna do long-term in a city where my best friends live?
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