Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Travis Sawchik
12:03
Hello everyone, I hope you're having a nice holiday weekend and not asking questions from a work cubicle ...
12:04
Let's get started ....
Percy Miracles
12:04
Hi Travis, in your article about Buxton from a few weeks ago I found it strange that only now did Molitor talk to him about his approach and swing, especially with him bouncing back and forth from the minors and majors. Is this common, meaning that managers and players don't communicate very often regarding a player's struggles? You'd think a great hitter like Molitor would be trying to offer advice and pose questions to their prized prospect.
Travis Sawchik
12:05
Thanks, Percy. I assume they had other conversations ... but that conversation was mostly related to the leg kick. I think teams want to let players figure it out on their own to an extend, and approach them when they are struggling, when they are more receptive to instruction
Seymour
12:06
Aaron Judge now has an OPS of 1.102 through nearly two full months of games. What kind of numbers do you see him ending the season with?
Travis Sawchik
12:07
There will be an a cooling period, adjustments to be made, but I see him finishing with at least 35 home runs, with health, and an OPS north of .900
Ben
12:07
Do you agree that the increase in three true outcomes has made the game less interesting? Cherry-picking, but the Cubs and Dodgers combined for 13 runs yesterday, all on homers.
Travis Sawchik
12:08
I think more balls in play would be better for the game
Ho lee fook
12:09
Does trevor bauer+ Mejia and McKenzie sound like a good deal for quintana? Inner division tax but kinda lines up
Travis Sawchik
12:10
I know the Indians pitching has been a little shaky, but Kluber is back soon, Carrasco has top-of-the rotation stuff as does Salazar assuming he gets himself straightened out in the bullepn...not sure how aggressive I would be in targeting a SP.
12:11
If I'm the Indians
Jose
12:11
Hey Travis- are there area within the fangraphs 'world' that you're excited to get involved in (or want to avoid)? E.g., pumped to collaborate with Longenhagens on prospects but really want to stay away from fantasy?
Travis Sawchik
12:13
I'd love to collaborate with Longenhagen in the future. I'm not a coder but I'd be curious to pick up some SQL skills. I've talked to Sean Dolinar about learning some basic skills
License to Kim Jong Ill
12:13
Please rank the following uses of cups: peanut butter, cake, nut.
Travis Sawchik
12:13
Peanut butter, cake, nut
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:13
How far on the Severino wagon are you? His stuff seems wicked, throwing stikes and getting Ks
Travis Sawchik
12:14
You gotta love the stuff.
12:15
With Severino having a nice start and the BABIP Gods being kinder to Pineda, there are some nice rotation building blocks (And maybe Tanaka is getting right)
Did we mention the Yankees are in a great spot? Love what Cashman and his team have done
Jim Lonborg
12:16
Veteran sportswriters often quote scouts anonymously. How do those relationships develop? What's in it for the scout?
Travis Sawchik
12:17
I've developed relationships with scouts in scout seating at minor league parks, media dining (where scouts also eat pre-game), and at drinking establishments after games. It can be something of an information trade, but it can seem like a one-sided relationship at times.
Nick
12:18
What moves do you see the Dodgers making at the trade deadline?
Travis Sawchik
12:19
Dodgers are in a great position where they have a top-5 MLB run scoring team, top-5 run prevention bullpen and staff
12:20
So I'm not sure there are a ton of pressing needs, especially if Rich Hill can put that blister issue beyond him. A dominant bullpen arm to join Jansen would be interesting
Ryan
12:20
If the season ended today and you could only keep one of Adam Eaton and Michael Conforto for the 2018 fantasy season, who would you keep?
Travis Sawchik
12:20
Conforto and his power
Big Joe Mufferaw
12:21
What's wrong with Kyle Schawrber? He's my everyday catcher and simply isn't producing.. Should I stay patient, I don't want to sell low?
Travis Sawchik
12:21
I wouldn't see low but I might look for another option short term. This is a young player who missed a year of development and playing time. I think he'll have a much better second half
Jim Lonborg
12:21
Thanks for chatting today, Travis. Hope you're having a good holiday weekend and not just working.
Travis Sawchik
12:22
Thanks! happy to be of service
Greg
12:22
Do you believe in Greinke going forward? Sustainable?
Travis Sawchik
12:23
I thought he was going to have a much better year. He's got a better catcher (Mathis) to throw to, and a better defense when Pollock is healthy
And concerns about his velocity have been mostly eased http://www.fangraphs.com/pitchfxo.aspx?playerid=1943&position=P&pitch=...
12:24
I don't think he'll strike out 10 every start but he's still a quality No. 1
Yoan Moncada
12:24
Would you drop Alex Bregman for me?
Travis Sawchik
12:25
in a re-draft league, I'd be tempted. In a shallow league, I would
Kiermaier's Piercing Green Eyes
12:26
Yesterday's TB-Min game started at 2, and I had tickets to a minor league game at 7. The MLB one ended in the bottom of the 6th of the MiLB one. That's fun for fans of 28 teams, but I have to think both managers would take the tie after 13 innings or so. Erasmo Ramirez got the save last night and will be starting tonight! I believe you said you were in favor of ties, I see why now.
Travis Sawchik
12:26
I'm pro-tie.
12:27
There are not many games that go 13-plus innings every season, but they do place so much stress on a major league staff that I think it makes sense to not allow one game bleed over in the next day or two
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