Travis Sawchik FanGraphs Chat
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Matt
12:48
Nationals and Dodger both have lineups that are ridiculous this year. Which team's success is more of a function of guys having career years vs. this being a true talent level?
Travis Sawchik
12:49
Both lineups are very talented ... I think the Dodgers have a little more depth, but Nationals have Bryce
Nats Fan
12:49
Given David Robertson's bad June, who do the Nats target at closer?
Travis Sawchik
12:49
Justin Wilson might make some sense
Matt
12:49
With the Cubs' DL starting to empty, what base OF alignment best balances their offensive and defensive needs? Attendant to that question: can Happ play CF on a regular basis?
Travis Sawchik
12:50
Maddon has thrown Kris Bryant in CF on occasion, and in Cleveland Lonnie Chisenhall played some CF earlier in the season, so maybe Happ would not embarrass himself out there
12:51
Re: Lucroy question earlier .... I have a post on his framing decline http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/jonathan-lucroys-mysterious-decline/
Sandy Kazmir
12:51
Why do "people" clamor that Amed Rosario should be in the show, but there is no similar outcry for Willy Adames who is only three months older, but substantially out-hitting (122 v 115 wRC+) the bigger market prospect?
Travis Sawchik
12:53
The Mets have a bit more vocal of a fanbase .... and it's a frustrated fan base
Steve
12:53
So why can't Cole can try to establish fastball command with his two seamer then?  And unfair expectations for a 1st round pick?  Lol. Maybe I should tell my boss she has unfair expectations of me for my salary.  I'm sure that'd go over well.
Travis Sawchik
12:54
What I mean is if you're drafted 1-1, you are expected to be an elite No. 1.... How many 1-1s have actually become that though?
Steve
12:55
Corey Seager has a 146 wRC+......
Travis Sawchik
12:56
He does! I searched for the wrong Seager.
JDX
12:56
The fact that Votto leads the NL in OPS and wRC+ with a .299 BABIP is wild, right?
Travis Sawchik
12:56
That's pretty wild. I'd really love to see him playing meaningful baseball
Big Joey
12:57
Is Lindor going to have a HUGE second half?
Travis Sawchik
12:57
I think he'll have a more productive second half ... Not that his collective work has been awful
Dion W
12:58
Against GB Pitchers what is an ideal FB% and HC% to have if you're looking for homeruns
Travis Sawchik
12:59
Ideal? Not sure there is a number. I think it's more about swing path, but you'd certainly want those rates to be in the plus range
VanExelent
12:59
Bob Seager?
Travis Sawchik
12:59
Ive had a rough day with Seagers
Cory G
1:00
So in the long term, who is the better overall player. Miguel Sano or Andrew Benentendi?
Travis Sawchik
1:00
I like both. But Sano's power is special ... I'll take the guy with a plus eye and 80-power
Baseballfanman
1:00
What's the best minor league team name?
Travis Sawchik
1:00
Biscuits?
Steve
1:00
Lindor is hitting 15% more fly balls than last year - not working for him
Travis Sawchik
1:01
It was working in April .... Should be trying to hit groundballs? I think it's more about expanding his zone. He was locked in like Thames in April
Mean Tweeter
1:01
Is Jose Ramirez better than Francisco Lindor now?
Travis Sawchik
1:01
Ramirez is a top 5 player in the AL in fWAR right now ... few have had a better first half
Neal Huntington
1:02
Who should I trade at the deadline? Who am I actually going to trade at the deadline?
Travis Sawchik
1:02
Well, if you still want to trade McCutchen he's done you a huge favor with his June ... and it might make some sense to move him with his value spiked. I
'd try to move Nicasio ...
1:03
I'd hang on to Cole
Graham
1:03
Hi Travis, the salary structure in baseball could use an overhaul. With veterans making more than their fair share, it seems the players' association largely wants to maintain the status quo. What, if anything, will prompt change?
Travis Sawchik
1:04
MLBPA seems happy with status quo even as they keep losing percentage shares of revenue ... Baseball's middle class is being pinched but everyone's getting rich so I'm not sure if anyone is noticing
Jay
1:04
Do the Royals sell high on Vargas or try to contend?
Travis Sawchik
1:04
I'd be trying to selll
VanExelent
1:04
Speaking of Seagers, is there any way to represent how much of a statistical anomaly is must be to have produced two children who became elite baseball players?
Travis Sawchik
1:05
Somewhere near getting struck by two lightning bolts
TB 1
1:05
You can see how the Cubs have regressed. The starting rotation performed above their true talent level in 2016. Without changes this looks like a 82-85 win team. Besides Rizzo and Bryant the Cubs also aren't great on offense either.
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