Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat -- 9/23/16
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Graves
11:05
With a runner on 2nd, the catcher giving signs takes 4ever. Why can't both Pitcher and Catcher have an earpiece and get the pitch from the Dugout, or maybe one of those armbands like QB's have?
Jeff Sullivan
11:05
They don't want to introduce technology onto the field, and signs have forever been a part of the game and I don't think anyone's in a hurry to usher them away
Kristen
11:06
After a hot start, Desmond has hit exactly 2 HR's since July 27. How much will his 2nd-half swoon impact how attractive he'll be as a FA this offseason?
Jeff Sullivan
11:06
This is why I don't think he'll necessarily break the bank -- he hasn't done anything to really help his reputation of being streaky or inconsistent. But he's still going to do well overall, given his resurgence and his ability to adapt to a new position almost overnight
11:07
Great teammate. Inconsistent hitter, but he'll find a good job
Brett W
11:07
The presidential candidate you least like will win the election, and the most boring playoff team will win the World Series in the most boring way possible. What is more disappointing to you, Jeff Sullivan?
Jeff Sullivan
11:07
The one that actually matters
OC
11:08
Any idea what to expect from hyun-Jin Ryu next year?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
Not one. Nobody knows
Erik
11:08
Which potential world series matchup are most compelling to you as a neutral?
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
I would badly love to see Blue Jays/Cubs
Or I guess Red Sox/Cubs but I'm kind of over the Red Sox in the World Series
Elton
11:08
As a fan of the Indians and Cubs, there's a high chance I'll have my heart broken twice in the playoffs this year.
Jeff Sullivan
11:08
Turns out you can break a broken heart!
Interested baseball fan
11:11
Any idea what the most WAR for an unqualified player ever is? Have to imagine Sanchez on the leaderboard at least right?
Jeff Sullivan
11:11
In 1955, Ted Williams batted 417 times. He was worth 7.1 WAR!
J
11:12
If K rates were lower in the past, why wasn't the run scoring environment consistently higher?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Vastly inferior contact
Ronnie
11:12
Bryce Harper's career wRC+ is 139. Over or under for 2017?
Jeff Sullivan
11:12
Slightly over
Jake
11:13
So, recent events have made me wonder -- which Mariners off-season trade was worse, Brad Miller for Nate Karns or Mark Trumbo for Steve Clevenger?
Jeff Sullivan
11:13
I will say that Trumbo is sitting at only 1.3 WAR. So, if you believe that, that trade still wasn't a disaster
It's funny that Brad Miller might be the better first baseman
Sid Monge
11:14
Jeff - I don't want to get too carried away, but is it possible the Tigers no longer have a wretched bullpen? Sure, they don't have an Andrew Miller type, but there are some interesting pieces in there, right?
Jeff Sullivan
11:15
The Tigers are 5th in reliever WAR, 9th in reliever WPA, and now Bruce Rondon throws strikes. It's not a tire fire!
J
11:15
Would you rather have a hitter with a low O-swing or a low zone%? What about for a pitcher?
Jeff Sullivan
11:15
I'd rather have a hitter with a low O-Swing because that better reflects his talent. Odubel Herrera had a low Zone% earlier this year but that went away when pitchers realized, hey, wait a second
11:16
For a pitcher, I want a high O-Swing, because that shows me he has a broad repertoire and some element of deception
All right, I need to get rolling
So thank you everybody for hanging out, and I'm sorry for what I didn't or couldn't address. We'll do it again next week at the same time, and until then, be well and have great days
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