Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 7/8/16
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Scott
9:29
Which NL Central team, not named the Cubs, next wins a World Series?
Jeff Sullivan
9:29
Cardinals, I guess, after they turn a couple 40th-round draft picks into MVPs
Guest
9:29
should the yankees just keep chapman and make a QO?
Jeff Sullivan
9:30
Probably not in this market. Especially if they elect to hang on to Miller. Chapman would be the best around
Greg
9:30
What does a Teheran to Boston trade look like?
Jeff Sullivan
9:30
Devers+, but only if the Braves decide they do want to trade Teheran, which they confusingly might not
PL
9:30
Rich Hill hype train at full bore
Jeff Sullivan
9:30
Legitimate and honest sentence written in 2016
greg
9:31
No question, just wanted to let you know I really enjoy your signoff at the end of these each week. Signifies to me that the weekend is upon us.
Jeff Sullivan
9:31
I can't tell you how much I love having the Friday chat. I love you, Friday chat!
Hmm
9:31
Let's get the Bregman questions out of the way. Home run #5 last night...in only 8 games. How long before he's up?
Jeff Sullivan
9:32
Not too long, but what complicates things is that Luis Valbuena is hitting the shit out of the ball. I mean, at the end of the day, he's still Luis Valbuena, but you're not sitting Correa and you're not sitting Altuve. Perhaps it'll come down to A.J. Reed not seizing his current opportunity
mtsw
9:33
Two previously non-selling teams appear to have knocked themselves out of contention in the last couple weeks in the Rockies and Diamondbacks. Do they have any pieces that it would make sense for them to move right now?
Jeff Sullivan
9:34
Greinke would be the fascinating one, the landscape-altering one, but that would probably be too bold and too complicated to pull off in July
9:35
The Rockies could and should pitch Carlos Gonzalez as this year's Yoenis Cespedes. The Diamondbacks should sell off a chunk of the bullpen. It's unfortunate for the Rockies that Jake McGee isn't as sellable as he should've been
Josh
9:38
What is your take on Boras blasting Stearns for sending down Davies? The move was purely strategic, but the lost salary isn't nothing.
Jeff Sullivan
9:40
Boras, of course, represents Davies, so that explains that. It's not like the Brewers are saving money -- the money they would've paid Davies, they'll now just pay Andy Wilkins. And Boras doesn't represent Andy Wilkins! But I do kind of get where he's coming from -- Davies *has* been good, and let's face it, the Brewers aren't really playing for anything. Wilkins isn't a prospect. They're 10 games under .500. How important is that extra bench bat, really?
9:41
If the Brewers knew this was going to happen, perhaps they would've reconsidered. But also, I'd say this is more of a minor annoyance than a long-term complication. Boras has turned it into a headline but the story will blow over if it hasn't already. Davies will be back, and he's going to make some millions of dollars. He won't lose too much sleep over a lost $20,000 or whatever it is
9:42
Remember when the Angels renewed Mike Trout's contract for just barely over the league minimum? That didn't stop Trout from agreeing to a sweet long-term deal with the organization shortly thereafter
Ronnie
9:43
Is consistently taking advantage of mistake pitches the number one factor which drives most batters' ultimate success or failure?
Jeff Sullivan
9:44
I don't know if it's number one, but yeah, it's way up there. When the pitcher executes how he wants to execute, then most of the time, even the best hitters are shit out of luck. A quality breaking ball or something just below the zone is going to get cut on and missed, or weakly hit. So a lot really does come down to being prepared to take advantage of location lapses
Pitchers miss, most of the time. If they didn't, there wouldn't be any runs. Sometimes you hear a guy described as a mistake hitter. Almost all of them are mistake hitters
Guest
9:45
After you die, would you rather be completely forgotten or hatefully remembered?
Jeff Sullivan
9:45
I can't imagine caring, on account of I'm dead and it's not my problem
But the latter presumably comes with a life of being hatefully considered, so, I'd like to not have that. Who wants to be hated?
For that matter, who hates?
9:46
How does somebody hate?
It's such a foreign concept to me.
BJOGC
9:47
Jeff, how absurd is it that the NFL has teams that are perpetually awful? They have so many checks and balances. They have a salary cap, a draft system that rewards bad teams with players that can literally turn a franchise around overnight, basically no international signings of any consequence, it’s insanely easy to keep your own players and not lose them to FA, plus they don’t really have to scout high school because the college system is so competitive that all the really bad players are weeded out already. How can teams like the Lions or Jaguars continue to be bad?
Jeff Sullivan
9:48
I know next to nothing about football but my assumption is that there continue to be a few organizations run by absolute idiots. It's not a sport that calls out for progressiveness or open-mindedness. It's like a whole sport of the absolute worst of regressive baseball coaching. Not every team would be like that, but some would be, and then if you fail to, say, identify and develop a quarterback, welp, good luck winning six games
9:49
Stubbornness leads to failure. But in football, stubbornness might be considered a virtue. Oh no!
Seattilite
9:49
Will the M's make the playoffs before 2020? Or are they going to set a new franchise record for playoff drought? Of course the first drought started with an expansion team and this one started with a 116 win team.
Jeff Sullivan
9:50
Think of it this way: if the Mariners fall short in 2016, that'll be 15 consecutive seasons without making the playoffs
The Pirates went 20
The Royals went 28
9:51
The Blue Jays went 21
It can be so much worse.
Hmm
9:53
Josh Bell got the call, what cam we realistically expect from him? Hit tool looks solid but will the power be there?
Jeff Sullivan
9:54
Looks to me like he's hit for better power than ever this season. A lot of that could be wrapped up in improvements in his right-handed swing. Even last year, he was pretty dominant from the left side
9:55
Even if he's underpowered, hey, it's John Jaso! But with more upside than John Jaso.
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