Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 10/8/18

11:59
Dan Szymborski: Noon: A Time for Chats

12:00
Dan Szymborski: Let’s have some fun travelling an hour farther on the road between the cradle and the grave.

12:00
J: Wander Franco: the next Juan Soto?

12:00
Dan Szymborski: How did this Wander Franco meme start?

12:00
Matthew: What teams do you think do the best scouting amatuer talent?

12:01
Dan Szymborski: It’s a difficult question as I’d be judging more results than the individual abilities of the scouts on each team. I’m not as connected with individual scouts, I think that’s a McDongenhagen question.

12:01
The Beer & Cheese Foun: Dan,. We thank you for your support of anything with beer/cheese on a menu. Care to be a spokesman?

12:01
Dan Szymborski: I’ve lived my life as a spokesman for beer and cheese.

12:01
stever20: How much should we read into Buehler’s numbers on the road?  At home, he’s got a 1.93 ERA.  On the Road, he’s got a 3.86 ERA.  If LDS goes 5, he would be slotted in games 2 and 6 of the LCS- both of those on the road.

12:01
Dan Szymborski: I wouldn’t read much into that.

12:01
The Bacon Foundation: What do you have against bacon Dan? You support beer/cheese but don’t mention us? Are you an anti-baconite? What doesn’t taste better with bacon on it?  OK a PB&J maybe..but name something else?

12:02
Dan Szymborski: Supporting cheese and beer doesn’t imply a lack of support for bacon.

12:02
carrotjuice: The Brewers are just like the 2007 Rockies: they won a game 163, are going to sweep their way to the world series, then will be unceremoniously swept by the Red Sox.

12:02
Dan Szymborski: That we be kind of a boring result and I hope it doesn’t happen.

12:02
Dan Szymborski: I literally cannot close my eyes and think of a single play from the 2007 World Series.

12:03
Walt: Random thought: might a possible RICO case against MLB (see Sheryl’s article) over human trafficking related to international signings lead to expansion in order to raise cash to cover fines? Precedent being the 1987 Collusion fines resulting in the 1990s expansion.

12:03
Dan Szymborski: Lawyer stuff is getting out of my wheelhouse. Unlike a lot of nerdy baseball writers, I was not a lawyer before I started writing, though I do come from a family of lawyers and am familiar with the areas that interest me.

12:03
Mark: Dan, thanks for the chat. I can’t however, read it past my giant Vlad-projection induced erection.

12:03
Dan Szymborski: It’s supposed to last more than six hours.

12:04
Dan Szymborski: I still don’t know what to make of that projection. It’s absurdly good and I vaguely feel it’s too aggressive, but I can’t make any real plausible case that is’ aggressive, if that makes sense.

12:04
Dan Szymborski: I’m feeling the burn of cognitive dissonance!

12:04
Eminor3rd: Does anyone else forget about Ted Williams when you think about all-time greats? I mean, we’re all aware of him, but like, look at those numbers. Routinely north of 200 wRC+. Several 10+ win seasons. OBPs north of .500. Like half his career is not far off from those bionic-Bonds peaks. And age 25-27 seasons erased by WW2.

12:04
Dan Szymborski: He was fine until he lost his head.

12:04
Kiermier’s Long Offseason: Why are you irritating various food industry groups Dan? Can’t irritate enough people as it is?  Bacon>Beer/Cheese by the way. No contest.

12:05
Dan Szymborski: I get along well with Steak-ummm and Bounty paper towels.

12:05
Dan Szymborski: Bounty and I have an understanding about undermining Brawny, with their metrosexual lumberjack.

12:05
Dan Szymborski:

12:06
Dan Szymborski: I mean really, WTF?

12:07
Dan Szymborski: If we had a throwdown of spokesjacks, the dude on the left would beat up the guy on the right and make a helicopter from his bones before the dude on the right
even takes out his panic flashlight.

12:08
LFC Mike: What are you expectations for Touki for 2019? Do you think he is a memeber of the Braves rotation? The flashes of brilliance impress.

12:08
Dan Szymborski: Next spring should be really fun as the Braves will probably have a dozen realistic options for the rotation. I’m not quite sure how it pans out.

12:09
CamdenWarehouse: Which managerial candidates should I be excited about if they interview with the Orioles?

12:10
Dan Szymborski: If the list from the Sun is accurate, DeRosa is the only one I’m really curious about.

12:10
Dan Szymborski: Hopefully, the interview list isn’t as many retreads as Encina is predicting.

12:10
Dan Szymborski: Ausmus? Baker? Scioscia? Santa Claus would projectile vomit in rage.

12:10
Dbo: Dan, I was so upset at you for skipping last weeks chat that I made chili with beans and cinnamon and put it on my spaghetti

12:10
Dan Szymborski: So essentially you’re Skyline Chili?

12:10
Dbo: What is your rough estimate of the probability that one of the teams in the Postseason is going to win the world series

12:10
Dan Szymborski: >99.9%

12:10
Chris: Hi Dan,  when do you anticipate you release ZIPs projections for 2019?  Are we likely to see these pre or post the holiday season?  Thanks for your hard work!

12:11
Dan Szymborski: We start rolling them out in November.

12:11
OddBall Herrera: Miguel Sano goes into the offseason swearing he’s going to focus and come back dedicated and with better conditioning….then only a week into it he hits a cop with his car outside a nightclub *eyeroll*

12:11
Dan Szymborski: Well, these are probably independent. My conditioning is rather poor and I’ve never hit a cop with a car that I’m aware of.

12:11
Outta my way, Gyorkass: When your back is against the wall, and you’re down 2 in an elimination game, what better way to deal with it than allowing a run scoring balk & passed ball, then giving up bombs to two well below average hitters in baseball? Woof. How will, and how should, the Rockies pursue this offseason?

12:12
Dan Szymborski: The Rockies should react this offseason with a major overhaul of the secondary position players on the team.

12:12
Dan Szymborski: They won’t, though. They’ll paper over the problems and hope the team’s strengths will be just good enough so the normals don’t notice their malpractice.

12:12
BK: no question, I just love Roñald Acuña Juñior

12:12
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Will we ever see Jimmy Nelson throw another pitch in the majors?

12:12
Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:12
Mario: Did Acuna far outplay his projections or is this what was expected of him?

12:13
Dan Szymborski: He outplayed his mean projection, sure, but it’s not an outcome that should be considered shocking by any means for such a talented young player.

12:13
Bacon Foundation against Slander: We have slab bacon, canadian bacon,Pancetta bacon, fatback, smoked bacon. All delicious. We don’t think of Turkey bacon as bacon…it freaking Turkey for God’s sake! I will let the Turkey Foundation make their ridicluous argument.

12:13
Mike: Does Fangraphs have a stat or writeup on what players had the most incorrectly called strikes go against them?  Being a Cubs fan, I seemed to see this happen a lot with Kyle Schwarber, but I wonder where he might stand in relation to other players.  I have to wonder how this affected his at-bats throughout the season, knowing that pitch just off the outside corner could potentially be called a strike against against him.

12:13
Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe FG does.

12:13
Gil: What’s next for the Rockies?

12:13
Dan Szymborski: 10/9/18, starting tomorrow.

12:13
NYTT: Ryan Flaherty got a postseason at bat in 2018… so yeah

12:13
Sir Nerdlington: Why does a right handed batter hitting the ball to right field hit it to the opposite field?

12:14
Dan Szymborski: “Would right guard fail to deodorize a lefty?”

12:14
Dan Szymborski: “Speaking of which, why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?”

12:14
Matt: Who is the better pure hitter in their careers, Soto or Vlad Jr.?

12:15
Dan Szymborski: I think probably Vlad

12:15
NYTT: Watching the Braves throw out Newcomb, Gausman, Fried, Touki was fun although they weren’t shutdown performances. wait, was it fun because I’m a braves fan or fun in general?

12:15
Dan Szymborski: It’s fun.

12:15
Dan Szymborski: I was rooting for the Braves this postseason.

12:15
Dbo: The Brewers have gone 24-5 since the beginning of September, what in the name of Nic Cage happened?

12:15
Dan Szymborski: On 24 of 29 occasions, the Brewers score more runs than the opponent did in games during which both teams played!

12:15
LFC Mike: The Braves are ahead of schedule with this great year. As GM for them…what would you do to make the 2019 Braves even better?

12:15
Dan Szymborski: Can I just sign Bryce Harper or something?

12:16
Dan Szymborski: Stay the course and always keep an open mind on players

12:16
Charley Kelly: I know a lot about the law, and various other lawyerings.

12:16
Dan Szymborski: The state of bird law in this country is a disgrace

12:16
Guest: Do you think there’s any chance Friedman, Kapler, and others actually get banned from baseball? Re: Ms. Ring’s article

12:16
Dan Szymborski: I suspect no, but it’ll be interesting to see all the way through.

12:16
Turgid: Have you ever eaten something so spicy that you felt it all the way through?

12:17
Dan Szymborski: Chile relleno made with a ghost pepper.

12:17
All Cats Are Beautiful : Which team is the most goodest?

12:17
Dan Szymborski: The Royals of course.

12:17
brooksie: Who do you think will win the AL Cy Young Award?

12:17
Dan Szymborski: Snell

12:17
All Cats Are Beautiful : Have people tried to buy ZiPS from you?  What were their offers like?

12:18
Dan Szymborski: I cannot go into specifics given that these types of negotiations are considered confidential, but people have inquired about this and I turned them down.

12:18
Paper Towel Foundation: We don’t play favorites here. Be reminded..all those generic paper towels have put papertowel spokespeople..real or imagined out of work. Bounty, Brawny , Sparkle, Viva…we all clean up your messes.

12:18
Dan Szymborski: Generic paper towels feel like rejected notebook paper.

12:18
Gil: So The Athletic came out with a list that shows how many analysts each team has. The Mets have 3. The Athletics also have 3. What am I to make of this?

12:19
Dan Szymborski: I think it can also be a bit misleading. Some teams outsource some aspects more than others. For example, the White Sox do.

12:19
Statomatic: Who wins the BOS v. NYY series?

12:19
Dan Szymborski: I agree with the projections on a slight edge fo rthe Yankees

12:19
The Old Buccaneer: Who do you think ZIPS will like more going into next season, Archer or Glasnow?

12:19
Dan Szymborski: Will probably be Archer

12:20
carrotjuice: What are you talking about? The 2007 WS was super memorable! Like the time some batter swung at some pitch and either missed, fouled it off, put it in play, or hit a homer. Classic October moment!

12:20
LFC Mike: Yes Ozzie Albies is young. Does the huge split between April and pretty much the rest of the year concern you he didn’t make much if any adjustments?  and can he have a bigger bat? The Brawny guy couldn’t swing that tree he brings to the plate.

12:20
Dan Szymborski: Baseball is a game of adjustment. H ewas probably over his head in April in all honesty, but he’s a damn good player.

12:20
Dan Szymborski: I’d love to see MLB put a minimum on bat handle thickness.

12:20
Matthew: Hampson the starting 2B next year for Colorado?

12:21
Dan Szymborski: At a mere 24?

12:21
LFC Mike: Did ever write jokes for Steven Wright?

12:21
Dan Szymborski: I finally got around to reading baseball-reference. Mike Zywica did it.

12:21
stever20: Does Sale in your opinion finish even in top 3 for the AL Cy Young?

12:21
Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:22
William: Pollock a sufficient answer in CF next year for the Rockies? Or should they try and get a more defensive CF?

12:22
Dan Szymborski: They’ll probably just use Blackmon as long as Blackmon wants to play center. After all, his age starts with 3.

12:22
Mets: Sure, I believe the Mets have 3 financial analysts working for them..

12:22
Ozzie Ozzie Albies Free: David Price has started ten playoff games. His team has lost all ten. No question but await a snarky reply.

12:22
Dbo: I want to thank the bacon foundation for their tremendous contribution to baked beans

12:22
Norman Golan: If Verlander wins the CY this year, is he a first-ballot HOFer?

12:23
Dan Szymborski: First-ballot? No, the BBWAA is too terrible at evaluating starting pitchers and some shifting of the blood won’t fix that.

12:23
Hurricane Michael : RAWR! But seriously, stay safe everyone.

12:23
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Does either deposed Brewers starter in Davies or Anderson make the NLCS roster?

12:23
Dan Szymborski: I think Davies repapears for NLCS

12:24
JD for Life: How long does JD Martinez have as a top 3 hitter in baseball?  Assuming you think he is there now, of course..

12:24
Dan Szymborski: He’s not a young player, so I don’t expect him to stay with a top 3 case for that long.

12:24
Dan Szymborski: People overrate the dependability of older stars

12:24
stever20: Just how bad is David Price as a postseason starter?

12:24
Dan Szymborski: Well, he’s *been* pretty bad.

12:24
Dan Szymborski: I’m not convinced it’s predictive, but that’s an unanswerable debate.

12:25
Phan: JP Crawford was bit by the injury bug this season. What do you think he looks like going forward?

12:25
Dan Szymborski: He’ll look like J.P. Crawford but with the natural signs of aging, i.e. lines on the face, a tendency towards weight gain in middle years, and possibly variations on male pattern baldness and some graying of hair.

12:25
LFC Mike: The old Brawny guys looks like a 70’s pornstar…or ex Titans coach Jeff Fischer…take your pick

12:25
CamdenWarehouse: meh, dude on the left has a mustache though.

12:25
Tom: Should the Cardinals keep Carlos Martinez at closer?

12:25
Dan Szymborski: No

12:25
CamdenWarehouse: a dozen options who you’d WANT in the rotation? this does not compute

12:26
Dan Szymborski: There’ sa lot of young pitching to sort through.

12:26
Mario: What Vlad Guerrero Jr. projections?

12:26
Dan Szymborski: Gotta read the Elegy for 18 piece!@

12:26
tb.25: Ever run your projections for if you got 600 PA in the majors? In case Baltimore is looking for a Chris Davis replacement

12:26
Dan Szymborski: They’d be pretty bad, but they wouldn’t be 000/000/000

12:26
Dan Szymborski: Anyone who can physicall swing a bat and physically run to first base will luck into some hits here and there

12:26
Dan Szymborski: See some of the pitchers that have been in AL organizations

12:27
CamdenWarehouse: The Mets wouldn’t pay three financial analysts. They’d have 1 plus a couple of unpaid interns.

12:27
NYTT: Isn’t Inciarte a pretty obvious target for the Rockies?

12:27
Dan Szymborski: He’s not old and mediocre, so no.

12:27
Mike Trout is Bored: Will I EVER play significant games in October? I am a pretty good baseball player…really.

12:27
Dan Szymborski: The season sometimes ends in the first couple of days of October.

12:28
Ozzie Ozzie Albies Free: What baseball sexual innuendo do you enjoy most? I’m a fan of Merkle’s Boner.

12:28
Dan Szymborski: Ugly Dickshot

12:28
Dan Szymborski: And SABR had a president named Dick Beverage.

12:28
Dan Szymborski: Why you wouldn’t go buy Richard in that case, I have no idea.

12:28
Finkel is Einhorn: Please tell me that I’m imagining similarities between Bryant and Wright?  No one can predict terrible back issues, but I just can’t shake the feeling of Wright 2.0.  I’m wrong, right?!

12:28
Dan Szymborski: Wright’s issues were pretty bad.

12:28
Matt: Just catching up on this chat, but to the gentleman who says PB&J should not have bacon, I implore you to find a restaurant in Astoria, NY called Queens Comfort, and try the PB&J Bacon Burger. It’s a life changing experience.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: Why does every food need to be a mashup?

12:29
Llewelyn: watching the playoffs so far, I’m fairly confident we will have a rematch of the World Series. Is this a bad thing for baseball?

12:29
Dan Szymborski: Not necessarily.

12:29
Dusty: What does zips say about prospect superstar Wander Javier? (From the Twins)

12:29
Dan Szymborski: WHAT IS WITH ALL THE WANDERS, I WONDER

12:29
Gerald: Do you like prospects? Baseball prospects to be clear.

12:29
Dan Szymborski: Sure

12:29
MAnny Machado is NOT Bored: Manny Machado likes this playoff thing….Do I stay in LA or go elsewhere so I know I am playing baseball in October 2019?

12:29
Dan Szymborski: He’ll go with the team that gives him the most, as most players do.

12:30
All Cats Are Beautiful : Who would win more games assuming identical league average pitching, 9 peak Ozzie Smiths or 9 peak Jason Giambis?

12:30
Dan Szymborski: Probably Ozzie because of the Giambi defense

12:30
A cat: Jonah Keri said that Price’s issue was utilizing a plan that is outdated: heavy reliance on some type of fastball with command on the black vs. pitching up in the zone and more breaking balls. But with diminished velocity due to age probably can Price alter his style and not live in 2013, as Jonah quipped?

12:30
Dan Szymborski: If Tanana can reinvent himself, so can Price.

12:30
Dan Szymborski: Though I’m not as down on Price.

12:30
CamdenWarehouse: The Big Unit and The Little Unit

12:30
Foundation VS Hitting Baseballs: Chris Davis is our  spokesman.

12:31
war2d2: Max Scherzer is currently running a surplus of $60.7mil on his contract, using Matt Swarz’s $$/fWAR figures. It’s $108.8 if you use bWAR. That is, if he disappeared tomorrow and the Nats still paid out the rest of the contract to his family, they’d still be $60+mil in the black. Is that the best FA contract ever on a $$/fWAR basis? What other contracts would come close? (I haven’t done any research, I only looked at Max’s)

12:31
Dan Szymborski: Cabrera one turned out really good. so did Beltran

12:31
Dbo: Peanut butter does not belong on burgers, Elvis was a liar!

12:31
Dylan: Does a Dodgers-Astros rematch finally kill the “analytics are for nerds and losers” crowd?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: Nothing does.

12:31
Ozzie Ozzie Albies Free: Is anyone else really curious to know who this Gerard character is and why he want to know so bad if people like prospects? Or is it Carson doing a really weird troll job?

12:31
Dan Szymborski: half the questions are memes

12:32
Red Foreman: Regarding the 2007 World Series, wasn’t there a Holliday epic misplay in the OF or was that only with the Cardinals?

12:32
Dan Szymborski: That was 2009.

12:32
Dan Szymborski: He was a Cardinal at that point.

12:32
Matt: Why haven’t we heard from Taylor Swift on where she stands in the Beer & Cheese vs Bacon debate?

12:33
Dan Szymborski: Her physical fitness likely means she’s less inclined to live on beer and cheese than I am.

12:33
Parts and Gleyber: So buck and Dan are both gone. Fair and fitting? Do you think they actually bring in some fresh ideas? Or is it just Brady Anderson pretending he knows baseball?

12:33
Dan Szymborski: I’m moderately surprised that Duquette went in the end.

12:33
Matt: So uh, adding to their lack of ability to remember people’s names, Costas also blatantly lied during the MIL/COL game stating that Shaw had made 11 errors in 39 games at 2B. He made 11 errors on the season…10 of them at 3B…

12:33
Dan Szymborski: I’m not sure that’s a LIE as much as being mistaken

12:33
Matt: Was the reason you turned down the sale of the ZiPS system because you don’t actually own said ZiPS system, Dan?

12:34
Dan Szymborski: The ZiPS programmer is in my oubliette. He sells when I say he sells.

12:34
Brian Snitker: Over/under 2 innings for Foltynewicz tonight?

12:34
Dan Szymborski: Over. I think he goes 5 but with a quick hook

12:34
Dan Szymborski: Remember, while this is his first career start on 3 days’ rest, it was also only a 50-pitch game

12:34
levi goulet: Re: Hugtime: What I first thought was a medallion attached to Javy’s chain was actually a little slice of bologna. Sandwich?

12:35
Dylan: Do think starters getting pulled early makes for a more boring game? I hear this a lot now, and I honestly don’t see how watching a fresh reliever is less interesting than a tired starter

12:35
Dan Szymborski: I think it makes it more boring in that you get endless pitching changes once the starter is gone

12:35
Dbo: Why does it have to be Beer & Cheese vs. bacon, try a bacon and cheese MELT with a beer. Perfect harmony

12:35
Mark: Dan, what are the projected stats of the non-mustachioed Brawny man?

12:35
Dan Szymborski: 0 for 1 with a strikeout after he runs home crying.

12:35
CamdenWarehouse: wait, was the ZiPS programmer Galileo all along?

12:36
Dan Szymborski:

12:36
All Cats Are Beautiful : Shouldn’t it be SzyPS?

12:36
Dan Szymborski: That looks really weird.

12:36
Matt: Did Carson challenge you on the number of time you could use the word “oubliette” in a 7-day span?

12:37
Dan Szymborski: An oubliette can only be an oubliette.

12:38
Matt: Grilled cheeses with bacon are far superior to bacon melts.

12:38
Bacon Beer & Cheese Foundation: We are announcing we have merged during this chat. Thanks to Dan and his support of all things bacon beer and cheese..or as we are now known: The BBC Foundation for a better life and slightly worse cardiovascular system.

12:38
Red Foreman: Why buy ZiPS when all you have to do is kidnap the guy Dan has locked up in his basement?

12:38
Dan Szymborski: As soon as my fortress is invade, the ZiPS-creator gets the axe.

12:39
Dbo: You know how they say if you lock monkeys in a room with a type writer, eventually one will write shakespeare. Is ZiPs really when you left your cats to walk on a keyboard and they came up with a projection system?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: Galileo helps, but he’s only an intern.

12:39
Ben: RE: question about which hitters have had the most bad strikes called against them – I know last year Judge was first by a large margin, specifically on pitches below the knees. Not sure about this year, though based on the eye test that continued.

12:39
Matt: How many incremental cases of beer do you think were sold due to the subconscious marketing of Miller-Coors over the past few days?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: I hope none!

12:39
Cameron: What’s your explanation to the Rockies blocking their young players? Seems odd that they consistently acquire good amatuer talent then block them at the major league level. Difference between scouting department and front office?

12:39
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think the front office is very well run at all at the major league level and I don’t believe Bud Black knows how to evaluate offensive talent.

12:39
All Cats Are Beautiful : I miss Don Szymmer.

12:39
yerp: As an industry professional, baseball isn’t JUST a past time—it’s your livelihood. That said, do you have a favorite moment from the last few years? Sometime since, oh, let’s just say the 2015 season onward?

12:40
Dan Szymborski: I dunno, the double play hug looms quite large

12:40
Dan Szymborski: Also Jose Fernandez catching that liner from Tulo and Tulo being amazed

12:40
Dan Szymborski: I gotta find that one

12:41
Dan Szymborski:

12:41
Dan Szymborski: Also Bettis’s comeback game

12:42
Dan Szymborski: Colon’s homer

12:42
Dan Szymborski: and the one in which Colon did that little round the back shovel pass

12:42
Turdworth: if you’re looking through your images, do you still have that text your friend sent to you during a game?

12:42
Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I know where that one is, hold on

12:42
A cat: It seems like the best way for BOS to hold down the NYY offense over the next two games is to sit any reliever not named Kelly, Brasier, Barnes or Kimbrel, with Sale for a key late inning AB. And Eovaldi and Porcello for 5 each. No big FB, no innings for you (Porcello gets in because of his ability to pitch upstairs)

12:43
Dan Szymborski: Yeah, the Red Sox need their starters to go deeper than the Yankees do

12:43
Dan’s Basement Dweller: It puts the lotion in the basket.

12:43
Dan Szymborski: I assume this is the one that was meant.

12:43
Dan Szymborski:

12:44
CamdenWarehouse: how about the Javy no look tag?

12:44
Dbo: I’m craving a bacon butter burger and cheese curds from Culver’s now, add a spotted cow to the mix. I love the Bacon, Beer, and Cheese foundation!

12:44
stever20: man seeing that video of Jose Fernandez.  Is there anything you can remember that changed the future of MLB compared to that?

12:44
Dan Szymborski: It was a biggie.

12:45
Dan Szymborski: Still makes me sad to see that gif, as great as it was

12:45
Matt: Thank you for reminding me how much fun baseball is. You should compile that list and forward it to John Smoltz.

12:45
Dan Szymborski: I wouldn’t do this job if it wasn’t fun.

12:45
Mister Puppy : Does this mean no mega-chat for today’s games?

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Don’t think we’re doing them today.

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Too many of them and it wears thin on people.

12:46
Dbo: Million dollar idea, I legally change my name to Bryce Harper and see if any teams mistakenly give me an offer. How can it fail?

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Kenny Williams once acquired the wrong player becuase of th name

12:46
OnWi: Regarding Costas/Kaat completely botching just about everything regarding the Brewers (bad facts, bad name pronounciation, etc) will anyone at MLB do anything? Can we as fans expect better work if there is a next time? (Don’t know the MLB broadcast schedule from here on out)

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Probably not.

12:46
Dan Szymborski: Pronunciations are harder than you might think. When  you’re talking a lot and saying a hundred names, a weird pronunciation sometimes leaks out.

12:47
Dan Szymborski: I know I’ve been talking about something and I pronounce something strangely

12:47
BBC Foundation: Culver’s is a national treasure..at least in Wisconsin and Illinois..and now Fla. and other states where people from Wisconsin moved to. Bacon Butter Burger comes with a free ambulance ride and 10% of your angiogram.

12:47
Dan Szymborski: Bacon Butter Burger is a real thing? I don’t think I should be eating that.

12:48
Matt: Using the middle urinal when you’re the only person in the bathroom is a microaggression. I don’t know why this is something that needs to be said, but clearly the entire world isn’t aware of this fact.

12:48
Help: Does Max Muncy get any MVP votes?

12:48
Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll get a handful or two of back-ballot votes.

12:48
OnWi: I speak in public regularly pronouncing not just names but technical terms of varying types.  It’s called prep. You are being ridiculously kind especially since Costas is supposed to be famous for his preparation.

12:49
Matt: Pronunciation is one thing. Referring to Aguilar as Aguilera is another…

12:49
Dan Szymborski: I missed that one!

12:49
Dan Szymborski: I forget which team it was, but it drove me nuts some years ago when Anibal Sanchez was in the playoffs and they were calling him Annabelle

12:49
CamdenWarehouse: which is worse: using the middle urinal when you’re the only one in the restroom or using it when on of the others is occupied but the one end is not?

12:50
Dan Szymborski: I admit, I don’t like going to the bathroom in public if I can avoid it.

12:50
Dan Szymborski: Luckily, press box bathrooms tend to be the general office bathrooms and they’re usually in really good condition

12:50
war2d2: There was an idea floated (I think by Len Kasper, but I may be wrong) of changing the rules so that a reliever has to face a minimum of three batters. In your opinion would that improve or worsen the game as a whole? Would you be in favor?

12:50
Dan Szymborski: I’d like roster rules over in-game rules, if possible.

12:50
The Old Buccaneer: Did you watch Jodie Whittaker’s first turn as Doctor Who? I thought she did an excellent job and am looking forward to her run as the 13th Doctor.

12:50
Dan Szymborski: I have not seen. I’m a Doctor Who casual.

12:51
Lou: What kind of contract does Ryu get?

12:51
Dan Szymborski: Major-League.

12:51
Andrew: If Folty gets in trouble in the 2nd or 3rd today, should Snitker bring in Teheran to try and hold things where they’re at (and provide some stability, as the bullpen’s obviously been shaky), or save him for a potential Game 5 start?

12:51
Dan Szymborski: I rather have Sanchez start – you get an extra day of rest between.

12:51
Dan Szymborski: I’d use Teheran only if you really need the innings

12:51
Bathroom Stall Foundation: What about bathroom stall usage. Do you peek to find a stall that is unoccupied on both sides if possible?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I prefer stalls.

12:52
Dan Szymborski: I don’t like feeling I’m stressed for time when I have to go to the bathroom

12:52
Billy Beane: Unless this fellow is taken to mean that a grilled cheese is better with bacon ON THE SIDE, than a bacon melt, he is confused as a grilled cheese with bacon on it is a melt.

12:52
Guest: sup, Dan? Around 6-7? Chicken or fish?

12:52
Dan Szymborski: kung pao chicken I had last night disagreed with me, so I’m probably not eating today.

12:52
Dan Szymborski: maybe some yogurt

12:53
Dan Szymborski: I have a tendency to order food way spicier than my digestive system can handle at 40.

12:53
Matt: You know what else prefers stalls, Dan? Horses. Horses prefer stalls.

12:53
Dan Szymborski: I like horses.

12:53
Foundation against Foundations: Just too many Foundations on this chat Dan. Are you on the take from all of them?

12:53
Dan Szymborski: Full-on corrupt!

12:53
Pablo: The Brewers will  be one of the final 4 teams vying for the championship, but the playoff odds page lists them as having only a 6.8% chance to win… I know they’ll probably be the least talented team left, but that seems like a mighty low number. Is something left out of the current number?

12:53
Dan Szymborski: I don’t run those numbers, so I don’t really know.

12:53
Dan Szymborski: Probably a question for Sean Dolinar.

12:53
Matt: Let me guess the kung pao chicken thought the Royals were an efficiently run operation?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: The kung pao chicken was easier to swallow than KC’s arguments for playing Alcides Escobar.

12:54
Hurricane Michael: I wish I could be corrupt.  I evidently have nothing to offer any corrupters.

12:54
Rick Hahn: Any realistic chance I go after Machado or Harper?  What would it take to get Donaldson?

12:54
Dan Szymborski: I don’t think the White Sox would do the ofrmer.

12:54
Dan Szymborski: Maybe 2/40 for Donaldson? He may want a longer term deal, but I don’t think he gets it

12:54
levi goulet: My buddy has to put his finger on the metal fixture thing on the top of the urinals to make peepee. He calls it completing the circuit.

12:55
Ted: What should my confidence level in Severino be tonight?

12:56
Dan Szymborski: Pretty high. People were too down on him during his rough patch this summer

12:57
randplaty: If you were to start a team with one minor league player and one minor league pitcher, who would they be?

12:57
Dan Szymborski: Vlad, Gore

12:57
The Old Buccaneer: Is Severino a top 5 pitcher next season?

12:57
Dan Szymborski: I think there’s a very good chance.

12:57
BBC Foundation: You haven’t lived or at least won’t for long after a Culver’s Double Bacon Butter Burger with their Custard of the day.

12:58
Matt: Which BBC are we talking about here?!?!

12:58
Dan Szymborski: Bacon, beer, and cheese foundation

1:00
stever20: Acuna with the youngest Grand Slam in playoff history last night.  Next year he’s going to be a top ___ player

1:00
Dan Szymborski: 5

1:00
Dan Szymborski: On that note, time for me to head off for another week.

1:00
Dan Szymborski: Thanks for joining me everyone!

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Dan Szymborski is a senior writer for FanGraphs and the developer of the ZiPS projection system. He was a writer for ESPN.com from 2010-2018, a regular guest on a number of radio shows and podcasts, and a voting BBWAA member. He also maintains a terrible Twitter account at @DSzymborski.

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Can someone at least explain what the “do you like prospects” joke is supposed to mean? A subquestion is why do chat hosts keep accepting it?