Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 3/25/19

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Boomshakalakagravyfries

12:03
Andy: Which team needs Dan Strailly the most?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bowie Baysox?

12:04
Anonymous: Do you find yourself underreacting to small sample sizes?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think so.

12:04
Iron Man: Is it worrisome that Keuchel hasn’t found a home yet?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The missing element is the price.

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If he’s still looking for 5/130 or something along those lines, then no.

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If he’s plying his trades for 1/15 and nobody’s biting, maybe

12:05
Raymond: The team runs scored/runs allowed projections on the 2019 projected standings page seem really high (The Red Sox are projected to score over 6 a game). Is there a reason for this?

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Something *does* look goofy

12:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not on my part, but it’s serious enough to page Dave/Sean about the issue.

12:07
Lilith: How excited are you to play in a standard format that doesn’t include odd and even decks? What do you think you’ll be playing day 1?

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Very.

12:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depends on what cards are released.

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I tend to play a Control Priest or a Dragon Priest in new expansions.

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Though we’d need some dragons since we’re losing some serious ones.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For example Primordial Drake and Bone Drake are *serious* lossesl\

12:09
LFC Mike: Dan, good opening week Monday morning. I am looking forward to hearing you too signed an extension keeping you at Fangraphs until 2039 or until you become Skyline Chili national spokesman.. which ever comes first.

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Keeping me locked up until age 61 is probably unnecessary

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: god, i’m going to be 61 at some point

12:10
Matt: So the Mariners apparently announced that Kikuchi will be an opener. Randomly. And they won’t announce it. Well, I’d like their ownership to reimburse me partially for my fantasy buy-ins.

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You should know a part of fantasy is figuring out team-related shenanigans

12:10
Manly: Hey Dan. How much is defense weighted into WAR calculations? I was surprised to see Matt Chapman was #7 in WAR last year for hitters.

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s not “weighted,” runs are runs.

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Chapman ranks highly in WAR because there are a crapload of defensive runs that he saved

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, one can argue that the magnitude of runs in defensive measures ought to be lower because of the volatility and uncertainty

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but that’s a general thing, not a Chapman specific

12:11
CamdenWarehouse: Could the Orioles have made their opening day roster less interesting?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Straily?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Straily is like Andrew Cashner but someone was dumb enough to trade a top prospect for him

12:12
Chris Zaina: Good morning!
Who do you think has the better long term outlook, Bieber, Dereck Rodriguez or Jaime Barria.

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll have to show some ZiPS loyalty and go with Bieber

12:13
Matt: Frankie Montas has had a phenomenal spring. BBRef says his opponent score is 8.3, so it’s not just AA hitters. You think there’s a possibility he’s going to show some of that upside he had as recently as 2 years ago?

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes. He’s always shown flashes of brilliance

12:13
Daro: Keuchel makes so much sense in Cinci. They have good offense and the rotation so many unknown.

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sign me up before you go-go

12:13
Auto Zone Guy: I am actually surprised you knew what the gas cap was for. You are miles ahead of some guy named custelli or something like that who is a baseball writer or something of that nature.

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I assume that Carson’s cars are powered with poetry, avocados, and mustache wax.

12:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For those wondering, I mentioned on Twitter that I bought an OBD-II scanner so that the AutoZone guy wouldn’t know that I left the gas cap off

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was the evaporative emissions code and I did clear the code and it did not come back on

12:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: not do i have any pending codes

12:15
nico: Hey Dan, thanks for taking the time to chat. It feels like the Mets are under more pressure than ever to extend deGrom now that Syndergaard’s sounded off – just the same, there’s no indication that said extension is imminent. Do you have any sense of what the sticking point between talent and management could be on this one?

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I talked with Dave Studeman on Twitter about this last week and our working theory is that there’s a BVW situation resembling Smeagol/Gollum since he can’t sign deGrom despite being on both sides of the table

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The exact issue is too inside baseball for me. I have suspicions, but I hate reporting rumors.

12:17
Ray Kinsella: Best recent extension for the player?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As these types of extensions go, Snell did better than most.

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Goldschmidt probably the best

12:17
Ray Kinsella: Best recent extension for the team (non-Trout division)?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And of course, Trout

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dammit

12:17
resumeman: When will the A’s and Mariners’ individual player pages get updated to include the Japan series stats?

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I actually did not know that they werent’

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve been so busy LIVING in the depth chart area

12:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t know how Jeff managed to not open his veins in a warm bath at this time last year

12:18
kevin: why don’t teams give yearly arm/shoulder exams on pitchers? I read Girardi said that players only should undergo a limited # of me is a year but wouldn’t it be prudent to be aware of anything going on or is ignorance bliss?

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m no medical type, but I imagine that most pitchers, even healthy one, have some kind of minor damage to the arm

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and there’s a danger of overdiagnosis

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: similar to thyroid cancer, in which there are a lot of indolent cases that are overtreated

12:21
Matt: Hellickson saw success last year by trading out his Cutter and Change for a curveball. Apparently he’s added a slider this spring. Any thoughts about him as a potential “rebound” type candidate?

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s certainly possible, ptichers are weird in a sense – they can turn things around very quickly

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think I’d be more interested in Hellickson if I’m a team that isn’t contending

12:21
Donnie: What are your thoughts on Kike Hernandez this year now that he has a “starting role” at second?

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be roughly average. I think his defense is still up in the air and he’ll probably hit worse overall than last year

12:22
Beamballz: From a few standpoint how

12:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: few < many < crapload

12:22
CC: What do you think Colorado should do with all their 2B guys (mcmahon, hampson, rodgers)?

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d try to see which one of them works better in center (McMahon or Hampson), play the other at second, release Desmond, keep Rodgers at AAA for now with a view to possibly trading Story

12:24
romorr: So, Orioles sent Sisco down to AAA.  Not sure what the reason is, but whatever it is, I don’t care.  You think there is anything AAA can teach him that the ML club couldn’t?

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not a fan of this move

12:24
Alcides Escobar: I am pleased to announce that upon rejection by the Orioles I have been named manager of the Skyline Chili restaurant that is the one closest to the Dan Szymborski household. This is going to be fun personally delivering our award winning chili to him everyday. My favorite chili has TONS of beans in it…the way chili is supposed to be.

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You’re in Chicago

12:24
Matt: Is Senzel a service time thing? I drafted him in fantasy, and need to decide whether I hang on for a few weeks or drop. Bench is only 3 deep.

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m pretty certain it is

12:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And if it’s not, the Reds are dumber than I thought

12:24
Andrew: It’s very likely at this point that Pete Alonso makes the roster. Are you surprised? Or is this just BVW realizing that having that extra year on someone with Alonso’s profile isn’t THAT necessary?

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS doesn’t see a lot of upside from Alonso, just mostly have him league-average

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the NL East is tight enough that it’s worth not sweating a theoretical 7th season

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ignoring morality issues, of course, it is the ruleset we live by and I hope the next CBA deals with it

12:26
Jeff: Think Alex Reyes is worth holding onto this year in hopes he eventually becomes a starter?

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depends how bad your team is. If you’re contending now, I wouldn’t chase the hope, but if you’re not, the theoretical prospect is there

12:26
resumeman: Do you know of a place to directly get the specific “expected” StatCast stats (I mean x1B, xHR, etc, not xwOBA and such, I do know where to get that). Previously xStats.org hosted all that info, but as far as I know that won’t be updated for 2019′

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe so.

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t make the zBABIP public, though I may at some point

12:27
LFC Mike : Please tell me the Rockies have a moment of clarity and let McMahon have the full time 2b job. He was just named Spring Training MVP for the Rockies so I am expecting him to be sent straight to single A ball in Maldovia for the next 3 years.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet my life on the Rockeis being smart

12:27
Big Joe Mufferaw: If you could put a spell on MLB guaranteeing NO injuries this season, would you? Or do you prefer the randomness and drama injuries bring?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Notice I call the Rockies dumb while being unable to spell “Rockies” correctly.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, what are the consequences of casting this spell

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I lose a year of my life or something by casting this spell, I want to talk with baseball and come to some kind of financial compensation agreement.

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BUt if there are no consequences, no amount of randomness or drama can justify not sparing players injury

12:28
Bleachers: ICE CREAM BREAKFAST *clap* *clap* *clapclapclap*

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t particularly like ice cream.

12:29
zurzles: Can we expect much improvement for Pads pitchers due to what is presumably a massively improved IF defense?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the defense will be excellent and you’ll see it in the raw stats

12:29
Beamballz: Do like Keller as a cheap option for dfs opening day

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If hs’e scheap

12:29
Marc: If people were complaining about this year’s offseason being boring I can’t wait until next offseason, where the lone free agent will inevitably be Keuchel after the 1 year deal he’ll eventually take

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s still some hope left!

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But Goldy, Verlander, Sale, Mikolas off the table is a bad start

12:30
Calvinball: You ever play D&D?

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: When I was a teenager

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But most of my friends don’t do gaming stuff anymore

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They all have stuff like “families” and “responsibilities”

12:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: An otherwise very nice youngish woman sarcastically refers to “Dan’s Fairy Princess Life”

12:31
mike sixel: The Twins look median at nearly every position ranking so far…..that seems to make it hard to improve, since they have few gaping holes. What would you have done differently this off season?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I really think the Twins should have gone big and been involved in Harper/Machado

12:32
Art Moreno: Am I more of a bored sword swallower, or a sore sore wallower?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Whichever one causes you to hilariously overrate Garret Anderson

12:32
Gaslamp Gary: Dan Straily to the Padres maybe?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Blah

12:32
Guest: Dan! Whazzup! Tell me about messr Puig in that gorgeous ballpark. Drafted him as my OF2 in a ten teamer

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He does get some fantasy value

12:32
Loch Ness Monster: Hey, think you can lend a guy about $3.50?

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: IN THIS HOUSE WE EARN OUR MONEY

12:32
Beamballz: Is my chat working

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It broken

12:34
brad nj: what do you think of Tyler Nevin?

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think a lot depends on what position he eventually plays

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and it’s been disappointing that he hasn’t hit for more power than he has

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think he’ll maintain the BAs in teh high minors

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: so that risks him being caught as a tweener, a player that can’t hit enough to play first or field enough to play third

12:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Also, it seems weird that the son of a major leaguer *isn’t* a Blue Jay

12:35
Andy: Which MLB team would benefit the most from possessing a real-life dragon at their spring training facility?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Angels because being eaten by a dragon is probably the only thing that will stop them from giving Pujols too much playing time

12:36
Bring back DeSpaniel Hair: Thoughts on Luis Castillo and his awful spring?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: March’

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mostly care about spring when it comes to players trying new things or comebacks and injuries and the like

12:37
Hello: What would be a reasonable deGrom extension given what we’ve seen the last few weeks?

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It would be quite rich

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll probably run something about this during a slow stretch in April

12:37
Al Gone Quinn: Don’t knock it. I just turned 59.

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I really like being alive and would like more of it.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m actually quite troubled by eternal oblivion.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m agnostic who would dearly like the afterlife stuff to actually be a thing

12:38
Hello: More at fault for the Mets not extending deGrom yet: BVW or Wilpons?

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d guess Wilpons more of a problem

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: deGrom’s not taking a hometown discount

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BVW always looks weird to me because I think of Bach works when I see it

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and he’s not Bach

12:39
Nate: Tyler Wade and his career 23 wRC+ is whining about being optioned. Can someone inform him of how precious roster spots are?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: OK, he hasn’t hit well in limited time in the majors

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but I can understand him being really frustrated

12:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: because he did work hard to improve as an outfield option and it looked like he was going to make the roster and then teh Yankees swoop in and get Tauchman a few days before the season starts

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dude’s 24 and saw his career have a setback. It’s gotta hurt and most of us don’t have our reactions to our career setbacks caught on film

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just to probably say more than I should, about 18 months ago, a promotion at my job was in the works.

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BUt then my employer shifted priorities, I was put on the backburner, and my mentor left the company

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I was very down at the time and no doubt said a few expletives out loud. But no reporters were around to cover it

12:42
Slurve: Which outcomes of Spring Training battles most surprised you?  Two rooks in Atlanta rotation?

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If Atlanta, I’m surprised they demoted Winkler

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Captain Sisco to the minors surprised me

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As did the Marlins giving up on Straily

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not that Straily’s good, but they never really cared about that before

12:43
Al Gone Quinn: Can I create a process named Team Related Shenanigans (TRS) and come as popular as Ron Shandler did with LIMA?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Go for it

12:43
zurzles: you know what would’ve made the O’s opening day roster more interesting? sammy sosa

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If I’m the O’s, I’d reach otu to Barry Bonds

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The O’s are going to be a horrible team.

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Aren’t you curious how Barry Bonds would do in 2019?

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This is a team playing CHris Davis forever.

12:44
Say Cheese: Thoughts on Woodruff sticking in the rotation the entire season?  He finished last year strong, but can he start the entire year…

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the Brewers will try

12:45
BenM: When projecting, how do you account for Survivorship bias?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In what aspect are you talking about?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In terms of majors vs. minors, translations help

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and one method I’ve used in calculating translations is some interpolation

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like we know pro palyers are the right end of the ability distribution

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: We know there are x .300 hitters and x/y .280 hitters and x/yz .260 hitters and x/wyz .240 hitters

12:47
LFC Mike: Thoughts on Red Sox closer situation? Really going to committee or is that team speak until someone earns the position.

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think that Barnes has the highest upside of being able to grab the spot at some point

12:48
James: Hey Dan,

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yo

12:48
Gaslamp Gary: Should the Padres trade for Bieber or Clevinger?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If the Indians are going to trade a pitcher, they’re going to trade one that helps resolve some financial concerns

12:48
Gaslamp Gary: Is Eric Hosmer due for one of his odd-year explosions? Can you explain such a trend?

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Wile E. Coyote effect. He learns about gravity and then falls, but he forgets in time for the next segment

12:48
Matt: Is it fair to say that, due to their altitude, the Rockies, as a team, are under the least amount of pressure of any MLB team?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:49
CamdenWarehouse: I like the Marlins new young rotation. Is that crazy?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In 2019, yes

12:49
Beamballz: 1st time entering chat do u play dfs?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not that much as I’m a much bigger fan of longer term plays

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m an over/under guy.

12:49
Chuncey Wiggins: On a scale of 0 – 10 how broken is the current Qualifying Offer system?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 6

12:49
Matt: I have a draft tomorrow night. Can you make sure to have all projections updated tonight so I can rerun my ranking algorithm? Thanks, Dan.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TELL TEAMS TO STOP DOING STUFF

12:50
Acunami: Nick Markakis. 🙁

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Did something happen? Or is this a general observation

12:50
Matt: Is there anything to this Tauchman guy, or is he a Hicks injury hedge? Has some seemingly interesting minor league history as a type of “hmm…this non-prospect is kinda interesting” guy.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s interesting. Not good enough to be a hedge, but I’m a big fan of role players being *interesting* players.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like Voit was interesting. Sometime these guys work out

12:51
Slew : What sort of showers bring May flowers?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Gentle ones. More severe rains can uproot the soil or something

12:51
kevinthecomic: Any idea if Sixto Sanchez actually has six toes?

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He likely has 10

12:51
GDUBSS: “Straily is like Andrew Cashner but someone was dumb enough to trade a top prospect for him.”  Don’t forget, Marlins also traded Chris Paddack for Andrew Cashner

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol, I completely forgot that.

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So OK, yeah, Cashner and Straily are the same

12:52
O’s Nos: Is Straily the best guy who will be DFA’ed this week?

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No. I’d rather have Chasen Shreve

12:52
Thor: I’m kind of upset Duke won yesterday. You?

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m really disconnected from college basketball these days

12:53
jv: How should I make A’s possessive? A’s’? A’s? Just say Athletics’? There are no good options.

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Elephants’

12:53
Dayton Moore Talking Head: Thank you for adding Richard Lovelady to the depth chart so I can look at the Royals page and see two pitchers with a FIP/ERA projected below 4.00.  This rebuild is going great!

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They did show interest in him in the spring

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Both projection systems love Lovelady I believe

12:54
Anonymous: The notion that a good single-player mode like KaC’s Dungeon Run siphoned off players from the ladder is ridiculous.

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, did blizzard say that?

12:54
Chorizo: Alonso start/keep NYM 1B job?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll keep it

12:54
Dallas in Minneapolis: This should’ve happened months ago

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s the 3/25/19 chat. It can only happen on 3/25/19

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: maybe it should have happened 100 years ago, but there was no internet and I was not born yet and my grandfather was only 8

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and it’s not a preview of my 3/25/2119 chat because I will by dead

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: be

12:55
Anonymous: Say something nice about Ketel Marte.

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be fine in center

12:55
Chorizo: I walked 8.6 miles this morning. Will I lose weight if I do that every day?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I would imagine you’d have to unless you’re finishing every walk with a celebratory cake

12:56
Bigfoot Erotica: Who would win a fist fight, Crazy Joe Gallo, the mobster, or Joey Gallo, the baseballer?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the mobster would win

12:56
Clown Question: If you could play any position which would you play?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 2B

12:56
Anonymous: does ‘Bo Bichette’ rhyme with ‘Boba Fett’ or ‘throw machete’?

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: boba fett

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: or I pronounced Dante Bichette’s name wrong for 30 years

12:57
Lori Loughlin: Paddack vs Strahm.  Who will have the bigger impact this year and who would you prefer as a keeper

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: paddack easily. strahm’s interesting, but paddack has startential

12:57
Rog: What are the odds that Harper has less WAR this year than each of the Nat’s three outfielders?

12:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably under 10%

12:57
Trent: The article on the Goldschmidt extension mentioned running the deal through Fangraphs’ “contract estimator.”  Is that just shorthand for an ad hoc $/WAR analysis, adjusting for inflation etc., or is there an actual tool or program that you guys use to spit out the numbers?  And if the latter, any chance you’d like to make it public for us visitors to the site to play around with? (Please?)

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: we have a *lot* of tools for various things, because sean dolinar is a frigging genius

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t use the contract estimator though as I have zips for taht

12:58
Matt: Wait…the Thong Song guy plays for Baltimore?

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sisqo wasn’t a captain

12:59
Trevor: ZIPS and Steamer hate Scooter Gennett so much that the Reds’ projected record improved by a game after his injury.  What sort of contract do you think he’ll end up with in free agency after this year?

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it’ll be Cozartish, maybe a tad better

12:59
Ben: Bonds would be terrible in 2019; steroids don’t actually help you, right, so he’d be just as bad as any similarly aged player.

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh no, the Orioles might be terrible!

12:59
Matt: So let me get this straight: you endorse death by dragon for Pujols? That seems to violate the NAP

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not in favor of dragons eating people, but I was asked what team would get a benefit from a dragon

1:00
Kevin Costner: If you were scouting my overall handsomeness in my prime would I be an 80?

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m not sure as a straight guy that I should be rating handsomeness for men

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: except maybe Matt Bomer. Even I can tell he’s dreamy

1:01
AFAF: How does weed get to MA from CA?

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Plane? Car? UPS man ignorant of what’s inside the package?

1:01
Matt: Starting by accepting the baseline assumption that the introduction of legal gambling on sports can create potential problems…is the problem set that *may* come due to gambling really any more extensive than fantasy? I mean…especially with daily fantasy, haven’t we had legalized gambling for a few years now?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s really all that concerning as long as you keep players out of it

1:02
Jay: Paddack was actually traded for Fernando Rodney. Marlins traded Josh Naylor for Cashner. Not sure which is more embarrassing.

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thanks. All those Marlins trades have kinda run together in my head

1:03
Kevin: Favorite joke in Homer at the Bat?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “In fact, your right fielder has been dead for 130 years”

1:03
CamdenWarehouse: 9 miles? hell yes, I’m having cake

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I didn’t say cake.

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: i said A cake

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: you can eat cake

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but don’t eat A cake

1:03
Badeball: Any special unusual chili ingredients? I add cocoa powder and a couple splashes of bourbon

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: meat

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: chili peppers

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: spices

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: pot

1:04
CamdenWarehouse: cat update?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I shooed Mercutio away because he was sitting on my lap but kneading his claws into my stomach

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I heard Cassiopeia chasing him upstairs about 15 minutes ago

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I gave galileo some sardines about 11:30, so he hasn’t come down asking for dinner yet

1:05
Al Gone Quinn: Joe Theisman’s father pronounced their last name as “Theezman” but in Theisman’s senior year at Notre Dame he told everyone the pronunciation was “Thighzman” which coincidentally rhymed with Heisman. Pronunciations can change from father to son.

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t even pronounce my last name the same as my mom does

1:06
Der-K: Will we see the annual ZiPS spreadsheet, beyond releasing projections to FG?
Thanks!

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

1:06
Bryan: Do you play strategy board games? It seems like this would be really up your alley with the other interests you have.

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sadly been a long time

1:06
Archimedes: Do you think Niko Goodrum’s ancestors actually made good rum?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Hopefully. I enjoy rum.

1:06
Matt: But if we have our cake, can we eat it too?

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I prefer to say eat your cake and have it too

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: sicne you kinda have to have the cake before eating it

1:07
Outta my way, Gyorkass: Would you feed your cats Skyline chili if that was the only food available to them within some large, say, 50 mile radius?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: no, it has garlic, onions, and chocolate, all no-nos for cats

1:07
Alex: If your cats had favorite baseball teams, which teams would they be?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mariners

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: On that note, it’s time for me to head off for another week.

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thanks for coming everyone! As a reminder, I’m a full-time employee of FanGraphs so you can now find pretty much all the stuff I do here at FanGraphs.

1:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Except for getting mad at stuff on Twitter, which I do in my free time.

1:08
Matt: Wouldn’t your cats prefer the Marlins?

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Marlins are pretty big. I’m sure Mariners can supply more portable fish

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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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