Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 6/9/17
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Sterling Mallory Chris Archer
11:01
In your humble opinion, what kind of 2nd half is Tanaka going to have?
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
A normal-looking one
Polancovert activity
11:01
Are the Mariners merely snakebit or is there something going wrong with strength and conditioning that has led to so many injuries simultaneously
Jeff Sullivan
11:01
Individually, all the injuries make enough sense. I don't think there's nearly enough evidence to suggest there's something wrong with the system
Roger
11:02
What should Cleveland look to do at the deadline?
Jeff Sullivan
11:03
My hunch right now is they shouldn't have to do much at all
Tyler
11:03
If the Marlins are serious about blowing up the team, could they trade Stanton to the Dodgers? Seems like LA has the resources to take on that contract, as well as a need in the OF with the injury/performance issues associated with Puig, Pederson, etc.
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
I mean, I'm sure the Dodgers have had some internal dialogue about this. Not a lot of other clubs that could even consider adding Stanton and his terms. But it's still really difficult for me to see them pulling the trigger. That contract is so big
Steve
11:04
Who is this version of Elvis Andrus? Sustainable?
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
Yeah, he's a decent hitter now
Guest
11:04
Jeff, I miss August
Jeff Sullivan
11:04
We all miss August
11:05
But he's gone to a better place
Machado About Nothing
11:05
You think Villar needs to start worrying about playing time? Originally thought hard to see how that happened even if he didn't get a lot better given Brewers roster but not so sure now.
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
Yeah, he doesn't have that much job security. He's not a core piece or anything
Thomas
11:06
Are Duvall and Schebler good enough to be part of the next seriously competitive Reds teams?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
They're good enough, but given that they're also relatively advanced in age, despite their experience, I could see one or both getting moved
Rick
11:07
Both the Reds and Mariners have had solid performances from their position players, and devastating injuries to their starting rotations. With improved rotation health next year, could they both be playoff contenders?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Mariners are better. Reds, at best, would contend as a fringe WC
Sean
11:07
Rebuttal to above balls in play: players are also trying to hit more and more flyballs. Wouldn't that make corner outfield defense more important?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
Call me when they're actually succeeding in hitting more fly balls
Frankur
11:08
Wouldn't Hosmer to the Yanks make a lot of sense? Bird can get himself ready for 2018.
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
I think the Yankees are probably focused on trying to add good players
BaseballDesert
11:08
Zunino's framing numbers are bad this year. A result of the AAA cavalcade?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
In part, yeah, I'm sure. And in part having to focus so much on the offensive side
Cool Papa Bell
11:08
Any news on David Dahl's progress?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
Nothing good
joe
11:09
miguel sano or aaron judge who has a better career?
Jeff Sullivan
11:09
I think Judge by a little, just because of his superior defense
Tj
11:10
Dave Winfield had a really good arm and speed but graded out as a consistently terrible outfielder. What was the deal there?
Jeff Sullivan
11:10
Well, I don't actually know, but maybe his instincts just sucked
III
11:10
Travis Sawchik was name dropped yesterday by Michael Kay during the Yankees broadcast regarding umpires not getting low calls correct against Judge… Right after he single up the middle with an almost 120 mph exit velocity. Which happens first: umpires adjust to call Judge’s strikezone better, or Judge adjusts to start swinging at balls to protect himself from strikeouts?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
Umpires will always call slightly weird zones for tall players and short players. This is nothing new, and especially for the players in particular, this is something they've had to deal with for as long as they've been playing. So the players have naturally just adjusted to the zones that they get
Danny
11:11
What happened to mets pitching staff aside from injuries
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
What happened to Krakatoa aside from eruption
Seymour
11:12
Is there a connection between high exit velocity and high BABIP?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Should be, yeah. Although it would be more like high exit velocity and high wOBA on contact
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11:12
Jon Lester doesn't actually throw that many strikes. He has one of the lowest zone% among active starters, so a change in catchers could affect him more than most
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Yeah. He lives on the edges, and Ross helped him do that
11:13
All right, I need to get rolling
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