Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 4/29/19

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Happy April!

12:03
Matt: My friends keep telling me to reach out to Don Szymbarski to ask about baseball, so here I am, Don. What are your opinions on baseball?

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don can go spit on a sparkplug

12:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: (that’s a reference to the TV-version-edited line from Barry Corbin in WarGames)

12:03
Canik: In your experience, how does minor league BABIP translate to major league BABIP? I figure that with less batter ball data, less shifting, and inferior fielders in general, it’s safe to shave off about 15 points (or more for pull-heavy guys)?

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have a zBABIP that I use for minor leaguers, as expected it doesn’t translate cleanly

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Though players that are consistently high or low in the stat tend to remain so in the majors.

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s no magic (cut off 15%) line

12:04
Alcides Escobar’s Mother: Seriously I cracked a rib laughing at that suggestion he should still be playing baseball. Seriously Dan…do you take renters? I need him out of my basement.

12:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s hitting in AAA!

12:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Leading to some hilarious twitter shenanigans from people who think that Sanchez should be benched for Escobar

12:08
Guest: When an author leaves FG (Eno, Jeff, August, etc.) is necessary that all of their published material is purged from the FG archives? For instance, I can’t seem to find any Eno or August articles, yet Jeff’s content is still available…

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I sit? let me see

12:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I see all of Eno’s stuff

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And he’s still listed on the blog roll

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think what you’re seeing is the need to try to trim the active author list somewhat as it was always using everyone

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll bring this up as a problem in next meeting

12:09
goosed gossage: what do you think keston hiura’s eta will be this season? is moustakas’ play at 2b really going to be a barrier?

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be up in September.

12:09
bang bang whats the hang: What to make of Yu Darvish? In a ten teamer….

12:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not in a ten teamer

12:10
LFC Mike : Good Monday Dan. Any suggestions for an injured hamstring occuring when trying to replicate the Geena Davis split from “A League of Their Own?” Asking for a friend.

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Don’t do that. Ever.

12:10
Jimmy: Dan, the C/K Davis’ have switched again.  Did I draft the wrong one?

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No.

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Khris Davis is still alpha davis

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: well, alpha chris

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and Chris Davis’s revival isn’t enough to make him not be Krosh.

12:10
Zwak: Which would you prefer to see: a 30-hour game or a 10-team trade? Which is more likely to happen?

12:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ten team trade

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As long as dipoto is around it COULD happen!

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: though a 30 hour game more likely

12:11
Philip: 2 questions: 1. Will a Zips prospect list be published? 2. Do the 3 year projections update with more stats or is the current version just staying the same as is? sorry for the poor wording

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I’m going to do it around the draft this year and then go back to an earlier schedule next year

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I didn’t want to interfere with Eric and Kiley’s work, but it resulted in me pushing it too far

12:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and draft time is the next most logical time

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nex ttime I’ll do it in December or something

12:12
Look Dude: What do you expect from Ohtani when he comes back?  Every day DH?  Part time?

12:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think they’ll ease him back into the role

12:12
LFC Mike : Even though it is STILL April..Brendan Rodgers has vastly improved in AAA so far this year for Colorado. With McMahon looking to be the 2B for this year and Story/Arenado covering the left side of the field…how will the Rockies screw up this kid’s future by just being the Rockies?

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Rockies fell into a trap and accidentally found the right place to play McMahon

12:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No idea what they eventually do with Rodgers at this point. Probably make him a first baseman given the Rockies

12:16
Zwak: If multiple umps needed to leave a game, what would happen? Is this the ideal scenario for robot umps to begin their takeover?

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m hoping robots take over with more violence.

12:16
dezre: What’s the ceiling for Darvish this season? Return to form? Ks are increasing and stuff looks good…though 6.62 FIP is alarming. Can we ignore early season bad luck and take heart in health, good FB velocity and nice swstr%?

12:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, that’s the CEILING, but he’s got a long way to go

12:16
Look Dude: Mallex Smith is a good hitter, right?  I mean, the man has the balls to wear a state of Florida statue around his neck playing in Seattle.

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll be fine. I didn’t talk about him in my upcoming piece, but ZiPS doesn’t have his BABIP as being backed up by his data.

12:17
CubFan: What are your expectations for Vlad Jr ros?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think the projections are in the right zone.

12:17
Zwak: In the robot ump future, would you prefer either having no physical ump behind the plate or a literal robot ump?

12:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You still have to have a physical ump for things that aren’t strict ball/strike calls.

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like check swing adjustment, though I’d like to see that taken over by robots one day too

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: judgment, not adjustment

12:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But htat’s a harder feat than pitch loaction

12:19
goosed gossage: does it seem like carter kieboom will remain in the majors once trea turner and his health return? if so, what does a (nearly) full season carter kieboom look like?

12:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’ll have a .730-.740ish OPS in the majors

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And he *coudl* stay up

12:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dozier isn’t exactly making a great case for keeping his job

12:21
bang bang whats the hang: Tucker or Kieboom ROS? Or both need to be rostered (assuming every day ABs)

12:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Probably Kieboom. I think he has the easier obstacles to MLB playing time

12:25
Zwak: Favorite board game?

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Catan!

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I do have a soft spot for the really advanced Monopoly we played in college

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Three hour game, real money.

12:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You buy out the bank (we used divided by 10, so everyone started out with $150 in the game)

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: After three hours, you keep your money and split what’s left in the bank evenly

12:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and our house rules allowed for very complex transactions, such as options contracts, rent waiver rules, etc.

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You could make loans securitized by housing, with interest collecting every pass of Go.

12:27
Dave: Its…  still April

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: happy END of APril then

12:27
April is the Cruelest Month: Historically, are certain kinds of teams better able to outperform their Pythagorean win expectations? Do you think doing so is evidence of good on field management?

12:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have not found a pattern. Even a Great Bullpen pattern

12:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Well, except of rthe one-game record pattern, but I’m pretty sure that’s not what you meant

12:29
ERodCal: You have stated Brandon Belt is not hurt by Oracle (fna AT&T) since he has better numbers there than on the road.  I don’t think that is the right metric to use, and believe the better analysis would use his xwOBA vs. his wOBA at home.  Also, is Belt’s trade value significantly diminished by his concussion history or just that most contending teams are set at first base?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I did?

12:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That doesnt’ sound like me.

12:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In fact, I remind people a *lot* that generic home/road factors are far better predictor of a player’s future home/road split than their actual home/road splits.

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wouldn’t object that with a healthy Ohtani, if the Angels released Pujols, made Bour a reserve, and picked up Belt, but that’s not going to happen.

12:32
Meow?: Requesting cat update asap

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Galileo is sleeping upstairs last I saw after I gave him some blue cheese.

12:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mercutio was in here whining about something, but I don’t know what as he’s not particularly good at communication.

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cassiopeia was looking for her hedgehog, which I hid so that I could chat in peace.

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now she’s at the basement window chattering at a blue jay

12:33
goosed gossage: motion to establish nickname “Danny sims”

12:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve already got the Digital Dandy

12:33
PE: Wondering what the Braves will do long term with the arm surplus. Will injuries/under-performance solve it? Trades? Or will they start moving guys like Gohara to the bullpen?

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Continue to sort through ’em and see where the surplus is.

12:34
Look Dude: Vlad Jr. got replaced for a pinch runner after hitting a double.  A healthy 20 year old 3rd baseman.  I saw someone somewhere before he got called up said the only thing he has to be concerned about was the MLB per diem for food.  So, that wasn’t a joke?  He looks like a thick dude.

12:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s not Chris Sale

12:35
Anonymous: What’s your favorite thing about Eugenio Suarez?

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At certain angles, he looks a bit like Mac from It’s Always Sunny.

12:36
Ryan: I don’t have a question, but want to apologize. Last week I asked a GoT related joke question, and didn’t see your response (requesting there not be any GoT spoilers) until after the chat had ended. Based on some questions/predictions posted in the chat the Monday after the season premiere, I had assumed you were watching them Sunday night as they came out. Sorry about that, and no GoT questions from now on!

12:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: *I* watched on Sunday, but I don’t want to give spoilers to people that haven’t

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: People avoid Twitter because of spoilers

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but they shouldn’t have to worry about a baseball chat spoiling GoT

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So I will only answer GoT things if they’re at *least* a week old.

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So talking about 0802 is fine, but not 0803!

12:37
Chad: Do you think Kluber gets back to himself or is he declining?

12:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he’s fine.

12:38
Joshua: Shall we play a game, Dan? How about Global Themo Nuclear War.

12:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Here’s the probably with David Lightman: Theaterwide Biotoxic and Chemical Warfare sounds like a much better game.

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: fears of nuclear war were already kinda cliché at this point

12:39
Tucker: By what % should be sure certain Luke Voit is for real?

12:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 91.6515323254165432
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12:39
isaacmeep: Is John Means real?  Or is he just a figment of my imagination designed by the government to make sure I continue to watch O’s games instead of doing anything productive like discovering the cure for cancer or something?

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m inclined to think no as I don’t think his repertoire is deep enough past just changing speeds really well.

12:41
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But the O’s are rebuilding and Means should get every opportunity to prove he can maintain this level.

12:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Rebuilding isn’t just about top prospects, it’s also about giving lesser lights chances that a contending team can’t afford to

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, I’m not saying that Means is anywhere near as good as Keuchel or Kluber, but rebuilds allow you to give guys like that that aren’t highly touted chances to succeed

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Which is why I HATE when rebuilding teams clog up their rotations with veteran inning eaters

12:43
Anonymous: Why do people say ‘There’s no such thing as a pitching prospect’?

12:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Old BP motto. It’s to remind people that pitching prospects have a high rate of implosion

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: TINSTAAPP is baseball’s version of memento mori.

12:44
James: Have you had to adjust zips to compensate for the new ball in AAA? Those poor pitchers…

12:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not really a prospect – the adjustment factors don’t assume a constant level of offense.

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not really a *problem*

12:45
CubFan: Do you think Chavis is up for good? If so, what can we expect from him….15-20 HRs doable?

12:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think for good, simply becuase of roster considerations.

12:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Essentially, Chavis staying up necessitates them giving up on *Pedroia*

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: they could find a roster spot by giving up on Nunez, but they rightfully want Chavis playing full time

12:47
Mike: Rogers is the heir apparent to Ian Desmond in CF, a position he has never played.  #Rockies

12:47
Mike: More AB this year, Ty France or Luis Urias? (Assuming Padres move on from Kinsler)

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Urias

12:47
Matt: Dan, have you ever thought about opening a zamboni manufacturing plant? You could call your company SzymBalogna Zambonis. Naturally, the differentiator of your product is that it comes with a built in fresh sliced bologna dispenser. This would help to solve for what I assume to be the industry’s biggest problem of hungry zamboni operators.

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t really like bologna.

12:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I don’t know anything about Zambonis.

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I did have a dream recently that I invented a digital trombone

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: you’d push buttons that control how far the slide goes

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and it had a built in accordion keyboard thing too

12:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: but I don’t know what that did. It was a dream, so I didn’t get coherent specs

12:49
Matt: Bay-Bip, or Bah-Bip?

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I tend to read out the letters

12:49
Phil Diggety: Should I bench both Thor and Kluber? Both really killing me this year!

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

12:49
Siri: Can you please explain Franmil Reyes? Great batted ball and plate discipline, but it’s not translating (other than the power).

12:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He had one of the big xwOBA vs. wOBA splits last I checked. I’m inclined towards optimism

12:49
Joe West, Umpire: I understand they are modelling the future robot umpires after me Szitburski. Take that! You know where to find my CD’s.

12:50
tan mom: why can’t his last name be kaboom?  all those lost home run puns…

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s still close enough to make hte puns

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I mean, puns aren’t perfect

12:50
MACC: Hi Dan.  Just a little confused.  I know the Rockies hate young guys and all.  And I get that Story will sign an extension at 29 to stay in town long past his prime, and that he and Arenado will be the left side forever.  But assuming that Rodgers will be blocked is to assume that McMahon is…  Good.  Is such a bold claim being made?  Just didn’t see McMahon as someone who is worthy of blocking anyone.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If McMahon is good, he should block people.

12:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And if he’s not, the Rockies will play him because he gets older every year.

12:51
Artist formerly known as DL: Is Ohtani getting service time credit while on the IL? He seems to be more than ready to get back on the field but the team is really taking their time

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You get service time on the DL

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: err IL

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I hate IL

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I understand moving on from “disabled” but make it the injureD List.

12:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: because every time the yankees “send a player to the IL” I’m not sure if they’re injured or being optioned to Scranton.

12:52
Big Joe Mufferaw: I was listening to MLB on xm this weekend, and this analyst (not a caller) was saying that the Yankees are a better team with Austin Romine, why is there a misconception that Sanchez is a BAD defender, when he has a great, arm, is a good framer, and people completely ignore that the yankees throw extremely hard and the most breaking balls in the league (That leads to passed balls).

12:52
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Nichols Law of Catcher Defense

12:52
Matt W: Don’t look now, but the Mets are fervently laying the groundwork to demote Rosario and play Jed Lowrie at SS full time. This is an actual thing that is happening.

12:53
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In fairness, his defense has been kinda disappointing in the majors

12:53
Josh R: Do you find it odd that the Blue Jays have already pinch run for the 20 yo Vlad Jr twice and removed his bat from potential tie games?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If he struggles at all, they have a ready made excuse to send him down and save super-two. Needs to work on his running!

12:54
Sun: How should Reyes Moronta mix his pitches?

12:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 97, 99, Holy Shit, changeup

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: slider, holy shit+

12:55
Josh R: Does ZiPS care about league strength in its projections and if so is the AL still given a boost? It seems like the NL has finally passed the AL.

12:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I have the difference almost non-existent now

12:55
Ralph Rowdie: What are your levels of concern for Sale, Thor, Nola, and even deGrom?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: much, not so much, middling, nah

12:56
Magic Kingdome: First to make the playoffs again — Detroit or Seattle?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Seattle

12:56
Magic Kingdome: Who will be the best player traded at the deadline this year?

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bumgarner

12:56
santiagofish: Was gonna ask a Trout question but got too sad knowing he’ll always be an Angel and couldn’t finish the ques

12:56
G.O.A.T Milk: Drop one that you will not regret dropping…..Heaney, J. Nelson, Inciarte

12:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Inciarte. You’re not properly rewarded in fantasy for his defensive value

12:56
Ralph Rowdie: Vlad Jr is well on his way to being mistaken for the youngest member of the Fielder family.

12:58
Magic Kingdome: Game of the Thrones spoiler:  it was dark

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s a spoiler to say that they spent a lot on stuff that nobody could see

12:58
Matt: Wait…GoT is only on the 3rd episode of the season? I was totally under the impression that last night was the finale. I have to deal with 5 more weeks this?…

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 3 more

12:58
Derek in Little Rock: I can confirm that Louis Linwood Voit III is a real person.

12:58
Chuck: Profar has been terrible, but he has a .169 BABIP. Do you expect him to turn it around?

12:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

12:58
druidiful: Dan, I was worried there for a second. I saw “final chat of 2019” and thought you were leaving Fangraphs too!

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That would be quick!

12:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Lemme assure you guys, it would take a very unlikely series of events for me to leave voluntarily.

1:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ve never considered writing as some kind of “in” to working with a baseball team. If that’s what I wanted, I’ve had opportunities to do such.

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I’ve always sold data (I can’t give advisory opinions), but I have very little interest working for a team full-time.

1:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I *enjoy* the writing/media side. The cereal *is* the prize.

1:01
LFC Mike: I know this is off topic..a rarity for a Dan chat..but is anyone else creeped out by the Dr.Pepper Brett Michaels mini-me character of “Lil Sweet”? He is worse than the big headed Burger King who really was just a peeping tom stalker  in disguise.

1:01
Matt: You, broke: The MiLB exists to cultivate talent and funnel it to the MLB.
Me, woke: The MiLB is a vast conspiracy to get people to buy more batteries.

1:01
BenZ: At this point are Keuchel and Kimberly definitely sitting out until after the draft?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dude, I the make-fun-of-a-dude-by-calling-him-a-girl’s-name is really played out!

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But I think it’s getting likely. It’s not long at this point.

1:02
BK : Seems like Canning could be a #2, am I optimistic, realistic or homer-tastic?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he could be

1:02
CamdenWarehouse: What type of monster reads out the letters in BABIP?

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: well, the words of the letters

1:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “batting average on balls in play”

1:03
Abomb: Is it true that Bo Bichette related to Boba Fett?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes.

1:03
Matt: Is it bad that I chuckle every time i read/hear Ty Buttrey’s name?

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No, infantile chuckling is an important part of life.

1:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I still giggle that the Mariners had Charlie Furbush and Doug Fister

1:03
tb.25: April showers bring May Chili!

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: DROUGHT NOW

1:04
Do You Wanna Build A Stroman?: Who is the next top prospect you want to see in the show?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: GET URIAS BACK UP

1:04
Matt: If someone were to offer you 1 free taco every day of the year (and they could be redeemed in groups so you didn’t need to eat tacos every day) but you had to leave FG. Is that one of these scenarios?

1:04
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, you want to induce me to quite my job by giving me like $700 a year?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: quit

1:05
LFC Mike: SO a likely series of events would have you leave involuntarily? I feel worse about this potential situation this than the other…..

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: dammit!

1:05
Anonymous: If Dick Lovelady ends the year with a 4.20 ERA in 69 IP, does the world end?

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The world was always going to end.

1:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: RED GIANT PHASE

1:06
Matt: Cost =/= perceived value, Dan.

1:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But I can get a taco every day right now

1:06
ROBOCOP: I’m not seeing enough on fangraphs about Bellinger and his amazing April. Any deep dives into his torrid start headed our way?

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not sure, but I’m sure someone will get into it

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s so good that I’m barely calling him his dad’s name anymore.

1:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was a real problem for me in 2017, I think I called him Clay about 20% of the time.

1:07
Anonymous: tired of these cynical hollywood sequels just trying to cash in on my childhood nostalgia. ‘Vlad Jr.’ makes some sense, but ‘Fernando Tatis 2’ is just reaching

1:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Come on, Hollywood, did we really need a sequel to Dwight Smith? And I didn’t even see the original Carl Edwards, was that some obscure Japan-only release?”

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “David was the weakest release in the Bell Cinematic Universe yet!”

1:10
Jason: What do we do with Votto and Bryant? Wait it out or sell for pennies on the dollar?

1:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait

1:11
Magic Kingdome: Now that Mike Trout has rescued the Angels, which MLB team has the worst all-time greatest player in team history?

1:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Marlins? All the good ones had short Marlins careers

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Stanton’s out before even his 20s were done, he won’t be considered a Marlin first, I don’t think

1:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 30 WAR is pretty short for a team leader

1:13
bombsquad rabbi: Russell to 2B when he gets back? Javy has earned SS, IMO

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think so.

1:13
Cain Tlegally Drink: Sometimes I get excited about Jarred Kelenic in lowA only to realize Vladito is the same age and projected for 3wins in the majors as a mediocre fielding 3B.  Still excited about Kelenic, but, the scale is different.

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, it’s an unfair comparison to make!

1:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: If you win the lottery, the second-best day that week just won’t compare

1:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ON TUESDAY I WON POWERBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

1:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ON MONDAY I GOT A NICE COMPLIMENT FROM SOMEONE!!!!!!!!

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: On that note, I have to go mow the lawn.

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So so long and fare thee well!

1:15
Sam: Would you rather have Mike Trout for the rest of his career or Ronald Acuna?

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Given their contracts, I think Acuna might actually be more valuable.

1:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As weird as that seems.

1:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You get a very sweet deal with Acuna

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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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Snake Clowns
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Nick Pivetta…14 Ks, 1 ER in 6 innings yesterday…finally finding it??

LFC Mike
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I certainly hope so. I drank the Pivetta Kool Aid at my draft.