Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 7/7/17
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Jeff Sullivan
10:11
At this point he has a career 95 wRC+ through 608 plate appearances. 2.9 WAR. I don't think he's quite that good, but he could be league-average
Pretty Tony
10:11
I'm a videographer and I happened to be covering an event James McCann was attending. Got a chance to meet him and  almost asked him if he thought the ball was juiced but then I got scared because of that time Eno got bullied by Eric Hosmer.
Jeff Sullivan
10:11
He wouldn't have said anything anyway
10:12
This is more of a pitcher thing to begin with, and more importantly, baseball players generally don't want to offer baseball insights when they're away from the ballpark just trying to be casual
Dodgers
10:12
Are the Dodgers content with their team going forward and bring in additions internally, or do you expect some trades, big or small, during the next couple weeks?
Jeff Sullivan
10:12
Maybe a medium splash, because they do have young players who are kind of blocked, but they love their situation. They're amazing!
Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe
10:13
Zunino...smoke and mirrors? Or has he turned a page?
Jeff Sullivan
10:14
He still swings and misses all the time. He's kind of like a slower Keon Broxton. A much, much, much slower Keon Broxton
Danny
10:14
Is it time for the Cubs to seriously consider a managerial change?
Jeff Sullivan
10:14
No
Q&A
10:15
Jake Lamb hit two homers off lefties now - is he becoming a complete hitter? SSS?
Jeff Sullivan
10:15
His wRC+ this year against lefties is 53
Still good; still has holes
A.J. Hinch
10:15
Why does Dave Cameron hate my lineup?
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
It's over-performing. So the Astros could, in theory, make a move for a bat, and not have it be a waste
Sean
10:16
It bothers me that the market has evolved such that there are  distinct "buyers" and "sellers" at the deadline. I mean, I get it, but the sellers are basically tanking.
Jeff Sullivan
10:16
What do you want? At the deadline, there are teams in position to win now, and there are teams not in position to win now. Why would the latter teams hold?
Daniel
10:18
Any thoughts on the "wrc+ punishes coors players too much" sentiment?
Jeff Sullivan
10:18
There's some evidence that it might be too harsh by a few points, but it's nothing dramatic
Generally, when players have left Colorado, they've maintained similar wRC+ figures
Batflips for BB
10:19
A lot of members of the baseball analytics community seem to be indifferent to all-star selections and awards in general. Is there an alternative to the current all-star structure that you'd like to see?
Jeff Sullivan
10:19
I don't know why they actually play an All-Star Game
I'd much prefer something more like a skills competition. The game is pointless
10:20
But, just in general, writers are concerned with the standings, and with the playoffs. Awards and the like are diversions. Even in the days of my stronger fandom, I didn't quite understand why I was supposed to care who won the Cy Young
Max
10:20
Any chance Cueto rebounds in the second half? Giants could use some increased trade value.
Jeff Sullivan
10:20
Sure, good chance
Moltar
10:21
What happened to Lindor's AVG/OBP? Is he injured? Drunk on a moderate amount of power?
Jeff Sullivan
10:21
The fly-ball revolution isn't all it's cracked up to be
Q&A
10:22
Does Mike Minor have a nice future as a shut down, multi-inning reliever? The injuries scare me but he's having such a great season
Jeff Sullivan
10:22
He's having a useful season, but at some point, a few more home runs will come. He's been pitching well over his head
10:23
Even still, he does seem good enough to be a 2+ inning reliever
Hank G.
10:23
After half a season, Michael Taylor is performing as a slightly above average center fielder, outperforming his projections. Is this sustainable?
Jeff Sullivan
10:24
No, he's worse than this, but he's playable
Ronnie
10:24
I'm normally of the all 162 games are created more or less equally mindset, but after the Brewers smashed the Cubs yesterday in their make up game for the rain out that wasn't I can't help but feel like maybe it might have MEANT something. It didn't mean anything more than it's mathematical implications, right?
Jeff Sullivan
10:25
Find satisfaction wherever you like. If you choose to feel like that was the Brewers making a statement, there's no harm in sticking to that belief
Steve
10:25
Are you worried about Kluber at all?  The results are clearly there but with a decreased velocity, will this amazing streak end soon?
Jeff Sullivan
10:25
I don't see anything wrong with his stuff
Seems fine. Seems outstanding!
Matt
10:26
Jerry Dipoto is speaking at a lunch event today and I should be able to get a chance to chat with him. Any ideas for questions that I actually might get an honest answer to?
Jeff Sullivan
10:26
How do you feel about giving James Paxton a long-term extension?
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