Jeff Sullivan FanGraphs Chat — 5/11/18

9:03

Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

9:04

Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to Friday baseball chat

9:04

Palardelphia: Carlos Santana has been on fire lately. Looking at his rolling averages…was he walking too much (and not capitalizing on hittable pitches)?

9:04

Jeff Sullivan: My understanding is that, early on, Santana was basically just hitting into terrible luck. Mike Petriello wrote about it at MLB.com. His xwOBA was always strong from the get-go

9:05

Yu: Is this a breakout season for Maikel Franco?

9:05

Jeff Sullivan: Probably not

9:06

Jeff Sullivan: Looks like basically the same hitter he’s always been

9:07

Syndergaardians of the Galaxy: Can you say anything that will make me feel hopeful about the Mets?

9:07

Jeff Sullivan: The 2015 Mets were below .500 in the last week of June

9:09

Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Archer and Snell have very similar peripherals. The main difference between post-breakout Snell and Archer for the last few years is that Archer gives up hard contact, which means homers and a high BABIP. How much longer would you want to see them maintain their current performances before we can consider Snell to be the better pitcher? (Hopefully this is praise for Snell and not a knock against Archer.)

9:10

Jeff Sullivan: It’s encouraging that Snell is still avoiding getting into walk trouble like he used to. Appears that much of his second-half breakout is carrying over. His current strike rate is only more or less average, so that’s not a *strength*, but I like that he has a broad repertoire

9:11

Jeff Sullivan: If I had to guess, an issue for Archer is that he’s mostly fastball/slider. Batters swing through the sliders out of the zone, and then they feast on the in-zone fastballs. So that would lead to both strikeouts and hard contact

9:11

Jeff Sullivan: If this keeps up through the All-Star break or thereabouts, I’d be willing to consider Snell the better starter

9:12

Jack: Should the Jays just bite the bullet and give Morales the remaining $20 million or so on his contract to go away? He looks finished, and the roster is actually pretty crowded when/if it gets healthy, and they could use that DH spot to keep guys like Solarte and Hernandez’s bat in the lineup. And obviously Morales’s lack of speed and defense makes him a pretty useless bench player.

9:12

Jeff Sullivan: Since the start of 2016, Kendrys Morales has been worth -0.6 WAR

9:13

Jeff Sullivan: It looked like a bad contract when the Jays signed it, and now it only looks worse

9:14

Jeff Sullivan: There’s no reason for Morales to be on that roster. I know teams are loath to give up on that kind of salary commitment, but the Jays have so many major-league-caliber players. The roster should be full of them

9:14

Rox Fan: Is it time for the Rockies’ rotation to sue the offense for non-support?

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: Worst lineups in baseball: Rockies and Marlins tied, at a 75 wRC+

9:15

Jeff Sullivan: Last year, of course, the Rockies were fourth-worst

9:16

Jeff Sullivan: In a sense it shouldn’t be this way — Story, Arenado, Blackmon, LeMahieu are all fine. The rest is a void. This team could really use a healthy breakout from David Dahl

9:17

Nathan: Why aren’t we talking about how good Leonys Martin has been? Should we be talking about how good Leonys Martin has been?

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: He’ll get his attention eventually. But for one thing, we’ve already seen this from him before, and it was temporary. And for another, most people who write about baseball just aren’t paying that much attention to the Tigers

9:18

Jeff Sullivan: Martin has been an early success story, absolutely. He might really be figuring something out. But even if you focus on the Tigers alone, Martin isn’t as compelling a story as, say, JaCoby Jones, who just last season looked totally hopeless

9:19

THE Average Sports Fan: Is Eric Hosmer the final product of a secret government program aimed at driving all writers at Fangraphs insane?

9:19

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t mind him

9:19

Jeff Sullivan: He can do what he wants. That’s Dave’s problem, not mine

9:21

Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Is Sergio Romo finished? So many walks and hard hit balls when the Rays have a small army of AAAA or better guys in Durham. Or given his career-high K numbers, maybe they think he can turn it around enough to be flipped for a low-end prospect?

9:21

Jeff Sullivan: Romo’s not finished, I don’t think, because I can’t write off a guy with that strikeout rate. But he also has fringy stuff and shouldn’t go against lefties, so it’s not like he’d ever return a midseason prospect

9:22

Jeff Sullivan: He only has a role in a deep bullpen with multiple multi-inning relievers. He’s such a specialist

9:23

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe there’s no reason for Romo to coexist with Chaz Roe. They’re trying to do the same exact thing

9:24

Todd: Anything jump out at you about former Top-100 prospect Alen Hanson in SF?  Any chance for him to be a regular ML player?

9:25

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t see anything that excites me too much

9:25

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe he’s figured something out, I don’t know, but based on the early evidence he’s simply overachieving. Haven’t taken a deep dive, here

9:26

Johnny Triple: Eddie Rosario’s launch angle has increased to 20.2 this season from 12.7 last season. Is this the type of thing that can be sustained or is he a regression candidate for the rest of the season? Haven’t heard anything about a swing change.

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Rosario is actually just carrying over what he did in last year’s second half, when he started to aim for the sky

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: Between halves, he dropped his grounder rate by ten percentage points

9:27

Jeff Sullivan: If I recall correctly, it’s not so much about a swing change as it is about a selectivity change. Just going after different pitches

9:28

Jeff Sullivan: His walk rate is so low he feels a little Rougned Odor-y, but at least you know the homers will be there

9:29

Yu: Is Andrew Heaney actually pretty good?

9:29

Jeff Sullivan: Heaney is pretty good as long as he’s healthy. Can’t make any guarantees about that second part

9:30

Vicente Padilla: What’s a good baseball pun name for a new kitten?

9:30

Jeff Sullivan: Jim Cat

9:30

Orioles fan: Can you give us anything to be happy about or look forward to other than the returns we’re going to get for Machado and maybe Britton?

9:30

Jeff Sullivan: One answer: no

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: Another answer: at least the team should be forced to pick a new direction. Some kind of rebuild ought to be coming. No more of this flailing for the middle

9:31

Jeff Sullivan: Whether the right people are in charge for that — that’s very much up for debate

9:32

Gest : Were you able to see any of Gohara’s appearance last night? Just from looking at the play-by-play, it didn’t seem like his slider was fooling anyone.

9:33

Jeff Sullivan: Just the one game, but his velocity was kind of down even though he was pitching in the bullpen. And his slider wasn’t the same one he was throwing late in 2017. Nothing to be worried about quite yet, but something to monitor over the next month or so

9:34

Deathclaw: Is Nomar Mazara breaking out? He has greatly improved against lefties and is also hitting the ball significantly harder. Or just a hot streak?

9:36

Jeff Sullivan: What we’re seeing *right now* is definitely a hot streak, but also, Mazara is only 23 years old, and from the beginning he’s shown some remarkable peak power

9:36

Jeff Sullivan: Now he’s tapping into that more. I think he’s somewhat leveled his swing, and he’s hitting more balls toward right and right-center. I don’t think Mazara is great yet, but he’s absolutely better than he was

9:37

Kevin: Jeff, just wanted to say I’m a huge fan and that I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

9:37

Jeff Sullivan: Kevin, I hope your weekend is even better than mine

9:37

jimmy: Devon Travis has a wRC+ of 7 in AAA. Is he cooked?

9:38

Jeff Sullivan: No, but there’s very little reason for the Jays to hurry him back

9:38

Jeff Sullivan: Even without Travis and Tulowitzki, the Jays are overloaded with infield depth. This is mostly by design, because, the team knew it couldn’t count on Travis and Tulowitzki

9:39

Blessed Be the Chatters: Should the White Sox ask Matt Davidson to use a glove at Wrigley this weekend? Particularly, not of the batting variety?

9:39

Jeff Sullivan: Once or twice. No reason not to

9:39

Ross: Who are you most concerned about, the Indians, Cubs or Dodgers?

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: Dodgers

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: Seager is gone, Jansen isn’t right, Kershaw might not be right, Toles had a setback, Turner isn’t back yet, gap in the division is large

9:40

Jeff Sullivan: The Indians haven’t wowed me, but their division absolutely sucks

9:41

Jeff Sullivan: It would be embarrassing if the Indians don’t win that division by at least ten games

9:42

Put on your tinfoil hats!: At the beginning of the 2016 season, MLB announced that they were switching their official pizza sponsor from Dominos to Papa Johns. Papa Johns then announced that there would be discounted pizza for every grand slam hit, right around the time that people began to notice the spike in home runs. Coincidence? Probably, but still kind of interesting.

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: Grand slams by season:

2014: 84
2015: 108
2016: 110
2017: 133
2018: 147 (pace)

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: Take that, Papa Johns!

9:43

THE Average Sports Fan: What does Harvey need to do between now and trade deadline for the Reds to get something of value out of him?

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: Not suck

9:43

Jeff Sullivan: He needs to miss bats. Period. If he can’t do it as a starter, then he needs to accept that he should do it as a reliever

9:44

Jeff Sullivan: If he doesn’t miss bats, he’ll be dropped in a month

9:45

FearAndLoathing: Is a Garret Richards rebound going to happen? what would it look like stat wise? His xfip is great, but he’s rocking an elevated hr/fb rate (19.2 %), twice his career average, and he’s walking guys more.

9:45

Jeff Sullivan: Richards has never been a command pitcher, and he’ll never be a command pitcher

9:46

Jeff Sullivan: But his stat line right now is fine, and that folds in his one disaster start, where he allowed nine runs in 1.2 innings against the Yankees

9:47

Jeff Sullivan: He’s not efficient, and batters have taken to waiting him out, because he’ll frequently miss. But overall, this version of Richards is fairly good

9:49

Gest : What possible adjustment do you think there might be for pitchers to make to Acuna?

9:49

Jeff Sullivan: This would be a good start:

9:49

Jeff Sullivan: So far, 337 players have seen at least 200 pitches. Acuna has baseball’s second-highest rate of pitches seen that were middle-middle

9:50

Jeff Sullivan: He’s up there in between Alex Blandino and Jarrod Dyson

9:51

Jeff Sullivan: Pitchers just have to execute better. The early numbers are interesting — Acuna has hit grounders and flies, and basically nothing in between

9:52

Lunch Angle: I’ve been to day games at Camden Yards and Nationals Park recently, brilliant sunny days, and all the lights were on. Why?!

9:52
9:53

James: Is Batspeed tracked by anyone? I feel like Albies has a lot of bat speed

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: There are personal devices that some players use but there’s nothing public

9:53

Jeff Sullivan: Besides, it’s not clear exactly what you’re supposed to measure anyway

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: And at the end of the day, what matters is how hard the ball comes off the bat. We have that data now

9:54

Rob: I’m pleasantly surprised by the Brewers so far, nothing great but nothing terrible.  Do they have the talent to hang with the Cubs/Cards?  I feel like their bullpen is their strength that could keep them in it.

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: They probably have the best bullpen in baseball, but I think they’re likely to need a starter unless Jimmy Nelson comes back looking strong

9:54

Jeff Sullivan: Zach Davies just had a setback and Wade Miley is hurt again for a while. Thin crop

9:56

Vader: OK Jeff, what’s your expert opinion on whether or not the Jays should bring up Vlad, Jr.?

9:57

Jeff Sullivan: Don’t think you do it now. Do think you could do it in a month, depending on how things settle out

9:58

Dev: The other day I was thinking of unique player skillsets and I came up with this question for you: who is the last notable hitter you can think of who had a ton of power and above average defense with absolutely nothing else to offer? Strike out and walk numbers are not impressive and not a great contact hitter, just a dude that can go yard and field.

9:59

Jeff Sullivan: Almost Randal Grichuk, but I guess he has some small amount of baserunning value

9:59

Jeff Sullivan: Adam Duvall?

9:59

johnnyhobbes: is pat corbin a sell high right now?

10:00

Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know how fantasy baseball works. But I know if I were the Diamondbacks, I’d be nervously sweating

10:00

Kyle: Thank you for talking with us Jeff…thank you

10:00

Jeff Sullivan: You’re welcome, of course, but also this is my job

10:00

Jeff Sullivan: Chatting is literally a weekly obligation

10:00

Jeff Sullivan: But it is a fun one!

10:01

Blessed Be the Chatters: Is Starlin Castro an attractive July target or too much contract?

10:01

Jeff Sullivan: Too much contract for not enough player

10:02

Jeff Sullivan: The contract isn’t exorbitant and some team might figure Castro will improve in another lineup and environment. But that’s probably more of an August waiver thing

10:04

Tim: The Marlins have already had four crowds of under 6,000 people this season. When is the last time a team had that many over a full season? Maybe the Expos towards the end?

10:04

Jeff Sullivan: In the 30-team era, stretching back to 1998, the 2001 Expos played 71 games with a paid attendance under 10,000

10:05

Jeff Sullivan: Of those games, 68 were at home. Forgot to add that part

10:06

Jeff Sullivan: Those same 2001 Expos played 35 home games with a paid attendance under 6,000

10:07

Jeff Sullivan: As you said, this year’s Marlins are already at four. The last team to do that over a full season was the 2004 Expos (19)

10:09

Put me in coach: What should the Braves do about 3B and Jose Bautista? It seems  like they aren’t willing to give up what Machado would take, but Moustakas could be a pretty cheap addition.

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: Little sense worrying about trades on May 11 anyway. Nothing meaningful is likely to happen for at least another month, which gives the situation ample time to sort itself out

10:10

Jeff Sullivan: The Braves will know by then whether Bautista has anything left in the tank. It wouldn’t be hard for them to afford a Moustakas rental, if need be. With Machado, they’re likely to be outbid

10:11

Tom: Is it crazy for White Sox or Padres fans to look at the Braves and think that could be them in a year or two?

10:12

Jeff Sullivan: No, it’s not crazy. But it is optimistic

10:13

hscer: Do you have any insights on when Eloy Jimenez might make his MLB debut? thanks

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: He got a late start to the season, because of a strained pec, and he still has limited experience above Single-A. The White Sox aren’t going to move him too fast in a lost season. But it’s not like Delmonico is much of an obstacle, and whenever Avisail Garcia returns, he’ll become an instant trade candidate

10:15

Jeff Sullivan: So I’d be thinking early August

10:16

Joe: What the heck is wrong with Kole Calhoun?

10:17

Jeff Sullivan: Something here is very, very ugly. He’s getting eaten alive by fastballs. He’s getting eaten alive by everything. His expected wOBA is down to .276

10:18

Jeff Sullivan: This is more than a regular slump — there’s something behind the scenes. I don’t know what it is, but if it isn’t fixed fast, we should see more and more Jabari Blash

10:18

Jeff Sullivan: Which, personally, I’d find delightful

10:19

Belted: Mike Petriello recently suggested a benchmark counting stat of 5k ‘overall bases’ rather than 3k hits, for considering all-time great hitters.
https://www.mlb.com/news/the-new-3000-hits-is-5000-overall-bases/c-275…
What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any other suggestions for more valid counting stats to measure career greatness?

10:19

Jeff Sullivan: I’m going to be honest with you: I really don’t care. Maybe it’s because I won’t have a Hall of Fame vote for another seven years or something, but I don’t care about big round career counting-stat thresholds

10:20

Jeff Sullivan: I like rate stats. Rate stats tell you so much more. I don’t need cutoffs to know whether or not a player was good

10:22

Dan: Do you think Jose Berrios will get together this season?  4 bad outings in a row and the angels really teed off on him

10:22

Jeff Sullivan: I’ll forgive him for the start against the Yankees. That wasn’t terrible, considering the Yankees are amazing

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: But the last three times out, Berrios has thrown 14.1 innings, with six walks and four strikeouts

10:23

Jeff Sullivan: Most importantly, his breaking ball has generated just three whiffs over those three starts combined

10:24

Jeff Sullivan: The velocity is there, and the movement is there

10:25

Jeff Sullivan: I think it’s just been an execution problem. He’ll straighten it out, but without the curveball working, Berrios just has his fastballs. I don’t think the changeup is much

10:26

Jeff Sullivan: Still quite a distance to go before Jose Berrios is the next Jose Fernandez

10:27

Yu: Is it possible Fangraphs ever starts showing some of the statcast batted ball data (launch angle, etc.) on a player’s page?

10:27

Jeff Sullivan: Yeah, probably. I believe it’s somewhere in the database

10:27

Phaithful: Matt Adams, swinging at less pitches, better/harder contact in the zone, pulling more balls. As long as he keeps it up, the production continues right? The BABIP isnt out of control

10:28

Jeff Sullivan: Adams has always been able to make very good contact. The issue is that he just swung too much — his career chase rate is almost 40%. This year it’s 33%. Down ten points from last season. Don’t know if he can maintain this discipline, but if he can, he’s a dangerous hitter

10:29

sveum: What are Steven Duggar’s chances of getting to SF in the near future?  What would need to happen?

10:29

Jeff Sullivan: Duggar needs to play better, first of all. Slugging .278 in May

10:30

Jeff Sullivan: But it’s not like Blanco/Hernandez/Jackson present much of a collective obstacle. The Giants have already signaled that they’re big Duggar believers. He’ll get his chance after he catches fire in Triple-A

10:30

CamdenWarehouse: Quite a winning streak the Orioles are on.  They’re going to show all of the doubters now!

10:30

Jeff Sullivan: Chris Tillman just super bums me out

10:32

2-D: The Phillies currently have zero left handed pitchers on their active roster. How much of a disadvantage are they putting themselves in?

10:32

Jeff Sullivan: Well, they’ve allowed a .324 wOBA to lefties, and a .258 wOBA to righties

10:32

Jeff Sullivan: That’s No. 1 in baseball against righties, and No. 19 in baseball against lefties

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: It’s a disadvantage in some cases. It’s not crippling, especially when Adam Morgan is back, but if the Phillies hang around, they’ll look for a lefty in July

10:33

Ox: Should the Twins be more concerned about Berrios or excited about Romero?

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: Excited about Romero

10:33

Jeff Sullivan: Dude throws a changeup at 91 miles per hour

10:34

GraphsFan: Jeff, I really enjoy your sign off at the end of Friday baseball chat. Do you type it out longform or do you have it at the ready to be copy-pasted when you’re all wrapped up?

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: It’s not long enough to bother saving, copying, and pasting

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: But I’ve thought about it!

10:34

Panik Button: Has Jeremy Jeffress really gotten this good? Or is there a fair bit of luck in there?

10:34

Jeff Sullivan: Well, the .184 BABIP tells you something

10:35

Jeff Sullivan: But it does seem like the American League just didn’t agree with him

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: Worth noting that last year, when Jeffress returned to the Brewers, he started heavily featuring a changeup he used to use sparingly. That’s carried over. So he has a new weapon that’s helped him out

10:36

Parts + Gleyber: Tillman’s last two starts: 2 1/3, 12 ER. Who would you start in that slot next time it comes up?

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: Almost literally anyone else

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: For the 2018 Orioles, honestly, does it even matter?

10:36

Jeff Sullivan: If they had good solutions, they wouldn’t have signed Tillman in the first place

10:38

scott kingery’s twin brother: Scott Kingery: do you think he gets sent down at some point or is his d/flexibilty enough to keep him up, even if he is hitting like this.  THe projections on him are no bueno

10:38

Jeff Sullivan: According to the Statcast stuff, Kingery is pretty significantly underperforming where he “should” be. As long as he maintains decent expected statistics, I assume he’ll stick around

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: But if he starts to get himself into bad habits, maybe out of frustration, then you could see him get demoted for a few weeks

10:39

Jeff Sullivan: I know the Phillies absolutely love him. They haven’t lost any faith

10:41

Ronnie: Who is the best CF you’ve ever seen? Has Trout done enough already to take Griffey’s spot on the Sullivan Squad? Another tough one for me is 2B. Do you take Utley’s all around game or Cano with the sweet swing & durability?

10:41

Jeff Sullivan: It’s Mike Trout

10:41

Jeff Sullivan: Griffey was sensational, but, it’s Mike Trout

10:42

Phaithful: Dallas Keuchel, uptick in velocity on everything. Just getting unlucky so far?

10:42

Jeff Sullivan: Don’t think it’s just a matter of luck. His contact rate has gone up by more than six points

10:43

Jeff Sullivan: Much of that falls on his slider

10:44

Jeff Sullivan: Keuchel’s good enough that I wouldn’t be worried yet. He knows how to readjust himself

10:45

Ryan: Hi Jeff.  What are some websites or info that you use daily?

10:45

Jeff Sullivan: Every single weekday, I spend a bunch of time on FG, BR, Brooks Baseball, Baseball Savant, and Rotoworld (for injury/news updates)

10:46

Jeff Sullivan: Twitter, of course. And I watch a hell of a lot of video through MLB.com

10:46

Jeff Sullivan: Then for further research it becomes a matter of Googling, to see if something has already been written about

10:46

Schmoo: Yonder Alonso reached out to Eno (which, the way I see it, is beyond cool). Which player would you most like to reach out to you?

10:46

Jeff Sullivan: Mike Trout with a cease and desist, so I could print it and frame it

10:48

Bill G: Any insight into JBJ’s struggles?

10:48

Jeff Sullivan: Been completely and utterly abused by lefties

10:48

Jeff Sullivan: Like, far worse than usual

10:49

Jeff Sullivan: It’s a small sample but something to watch

10:49

Jeff Sullivan: Otherwise, Bradley’s expected wOBAs by year:

10:50

Jeff Sullivan: 2015: .289
2016: .333
2017: .320
2018: .314

10:50

Jeff Sullivan: Same player as last year. He’ll get warmer

10:51

Ichiro: Thoughts on Luzardo…will he break into the A’s rotation this year? He’s pitching well so far.

10:51

Jeff Sullivan: The only thing standing in his way is his own lack of experience. Hardly any professional innings, and this year he’s exceeded 80 pitches just once

10:51

Jeff Sullivan: Think he’s more of a guy to watch next spring training

10:53

Jake: What’s going on with Marcus Stroman? Has the league sent a memo out saying to just lay off his pitches? It seems like no one wants to swing

10:54

Jeff Sullivan: Stroman’s best pitch last year was his slider. This year it’s let him down, to the point where, in his last start against the Mariners, he hardly even threw it. He’s started to replace his sliders with cutters

10:54

Jeff Sullivan: Batters used to swing at the slider more than half the time. This year that swing rate is 38%. It’s just been unreliable

10:55

Jeff Sullivan: Until he has that feel for his slider, I think he’s too limited

10:56

The Candy Man Can: Hi Jeff, have you ever looked at what velocity gain is the most important or indicative of future success? 92-94, 94-96, etc?

10:56

Jeff Sullivan: Every case is different, of course, but I think overall, the most impactful gain would be from like 90 to 92

10:56

Jeff Sullivan: But then, it depends on the explanation. Is the pitcher stronger? Does he have more efficient mechanics?

10:57

GraphsFan: Why isn’t anybody talking about Kevin Pillar? The dude is hitting the piss out of the ball and running a 138 wRC+

10:57

Jeff Sullivan: You’re talking about Kevin Pillar

10:57

Jeff Sullivan: There are just so many players doing interesting things. It’s hard to give them all their due. Like, there’s Pillar, but there’s also Teoscar Hernandez and Yangervis Solarte. Ahhh!

10:58

NotBurtReynolds: In Zack Eflin’s first 2 starts, he has seemed to dramatically change his pitch mix. Could this be a case of a change in approach leading to a sustainable breakout? Or is it 2 games?

10:58

Jeff Sullivan: Yes

10:59

Jeff Sullivan: Maybe the most important thing: Eflin’s velocity is up about two ticks

11:00

Jeff Sullivan: It’s good to see him missing any bats at all. Although it’s worth noting that in four starts in Triple-A, his K% was about 18%

11:00

Phaithful: What’s up with Zack Godley? Is he just returning to earth and the past 2 years have been lucky?

11:01

Jeff Sullivan: He’s mostly the same, but I think he’s been spiking a few too many curveballs, such that no one will swing at them

11:01

Jeff Sullivan: He’s not exactly a command-first sort

11:02

Jeff Sullivan: Batters know what he’s trying to do now, better than ever. He’s going to need that cutter of his

11:04

Mr. Gibby: Read the article on Franco on the Athletic. Fantastic. He’s not he same player.

11:05

Jeff Sullivan: I would like for that to be true. It’s just going to take a lot to convince me

11:05

Jeff Sullivan: I do like that he’s chopped his pop-up rate in half, but that’s such a small sample I don’t know yet if it means anything

11:07

Tommy N.: What are teams doing to Christian Villanueva for this prolonged slump? I’ve notice fastballs inside a lot lately anything else?

11:07

Jeff Sullivan: He’s a dead pull hitter who swings too much. Teams are now working him high and away, and he hasn’t caught up

11:08

Jeff Sullivan: Might just be the new Taylor Motter

11:08

Syndergaardians of the Galaxy: It seems like every year or two I’ll see an article about a team getting caught batting out of order, as the Mets did recently. Is there anywhere that these are kept track of,like the way that there are sites that list all known no-hitters?

11:08

Jeff Sullivan: Why yes!

11:08
11:08

Vader: Do you see anything that makes you think Darvish can’t be his old self, or at least a solid NL pitcher?

11:09

Jeff Sullivan: His slider hasn’t been any good for him yet, but I believe he’s going to straighten it out. His track record is too good and I don’t think he’s injured

11:10

Stevil: Seattle might have the best LHP in baseball right now, but they’re struggling with their LHH left fielder. What might they do about that?

11:10

Jeff Sullivan: More Heredia. After that, panic

11:10

Jeff Sullivan: Would be interesting to see how desperate they get — in theory they could promote Vogelbach and occasionally play Cruz in the outfield again

11:11

Tim the Tool Man Taylor: Is the humidor really killing Paul Goldschmidt? Just a slump? or a decline in skills?

11:11

Jeff Sullivan: It’s not the humidor. He’s swinging and missing too much

11:11

Jeff Sullivan: His approach is fine — just a few too many whiffs

11:11

Jeff Sullivan: Haven’t taken a close enough look to see why

11:12

Bill G: Hi Jeff.  I would appreciate your opinion of baseball in Portland.  Do you believe the population will support it?  Thanks.

11:12

Jeff Sullivan: The population would support it. But there are a handful of other cities in North America that would probably be even more supportive

11:12

Jeff Sullivan: All right, I need to get rolling

11:13

Jeff Sullivan: 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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Jeff made Lookout Landing a thing, but he does not still write there about the Mariners. He does write here, sometimes about the Mariners, but usually not.

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Aaron Judge's Gavel
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Aaron Judge's Gavel

Vicente Padilla: What’s a good baseball pun name for a new kitten?
Jeff Sullivan: Jim Cat

This also works if you need a good baseball pun name for when you get a rollaway bed at a hotel. I always name mine Jim Cot.

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I think you fouled off a hanger there:
https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dealco01.shtml