Eno Sarris Baseball Chat 12/19/13

11:46
Eno Sarris: I’m here! I’m here. I’m very very tired. Boy woke me up at four am today. So please, be very weird to keep me awake.
11:47
Eno Sarris: see you at the top of the hour
11:59
Eno Sarris: Lyrics of the day:

“But Sabermetrics has its flaws. One of them, for evaluation purposes regarding the Hall, is not accounting enough for statistics era to era.”

oh ok fine since we’re off for the holidays here’s my hipster holiday music lyrics of the day

“I think it’s good to go out
cause if you don’t you’ll never make a memory that will stay
I think that you should wake up
I think I want to live my life and you’re just in my way”

11:59
Comment From Andy
eno!!!!!!
12:00
Comment From Cubdom
Word is Tanaka not happening – does this in any way affect shark baits value?
12:00
Eno Sarris: Sure, he’s probably the best non-Price pitcher “available” if so.

12:00
Comment From Mark
What do you see as potential returns to Mets for Ike, Duda, Murphy. Do you think Wilmer can Replace/Handle 2nd or 1st?
12:01
Eno Sarris: I’d love for the Mets to option Duda, play Ike to rehabilitate value, then trade him mid-season with Flores maybe for something real. I do not think Flores can handle anything other than third or first. Murphy’s headed to third too.
12:01
Comment From Dan
Any chance JJ Hardy gets traded? What would it take?
12:01
Eno Sarris: I thought they were trying to sign him, and with Machado coming back from knee injury… doubt he gets traded.
12:01
Comment From Pete
Any recent small-scale signings/trades look interesting to you?
12:01
Eno Sarris: Wrote about Qualls and Parra today, those were nice actually.
12:02
Comment From kevinthecomic
In reference to Jeff Sullivan’s article, where can I apply for the position of worst defensive catcher in MLB?
12:03
Eno Sarris: Just got to donate your knees, your back, and all those years of travel for some of the worst salaries in the game. Much better than we probably make though. Much better than I make lol.
12:03
Comment From Guest
IM LOOK FOR GN JOKOMO. WHERES JOKOMO
12:03
Comment From Guest
GN JOKOMO WHERE IS HE
12:03
Comment From Fish
You think we can just be weird on command?
12:03
Eno Sarris: Asked and answered interlude.
12:04
Comment From Rockies
D.Dahl – does he reappear as a legit prospect in 2014?
12:04
Eno Sarris: Sure, anyone headed in that direction with a bat deserves a little extra boost.
12:04
Comment From Kev
Hey Eno! This year I’m in a 20 team league (mostly played 12′s before). Any advice/tips?
12:04
Eno Sarris: Know all of the depth charts, and probably the 40 mans. All of them.
12:04
Comment From juanpierresmustache
i’m tired too, but i have no excuse. i was just up too late playing sonic racing all-stars though so it’s totally my own fault and no one else’s
12:05
Eno Sarris: Well you know who to blame. If I actually blame my child I feel like a heel.
12:05
Comment From Seattle Slough
We can write off Matt Kemp returning to form next year, or in future years, if he’s really dating Khloe Kardashian, right?
12:05
Eno Sarris: Well I dunno if he’ll go the full Lamar or anything, but really I’d be more worried about his plate discipline and disappearing D that was already iffy.
12:05
Comment From First Time Poster
Question: What if the Astros (plenty of money to spend, absolutely no payroll, plenty of pighly touted prospects looking ahead to the future, and no albatross commitments)sign a player like Cano to a very large contract and front load the ever living hell out of it. I know these are millions of dollars here, but what if they paid something insane like 100 million in the first year and 50 in the second since their payroll is hovering around 20 million and they have the money to spend. Moving forward they would be paying a superstar a very low annual salary while being able to spend elsewhere… stupid idea or unrealistic?
12:07
Eno Sarris: Not terrible, I guess, but for lux tax purposes, it’s one AAV, and teams that aren’t winning aren’t making money to spend right now. Look at Houston specifically and the problems with their TV station. They aren’t making all the money that Forbes article claimed they were making. So they probably couldn’t do that. But front-load to some extent? Sign Choo? Temple made a good argument for that.
12:07
Comment From First Time Poster
Should I be worried about Sano? I have him in a dynasty and I’ve already lost Bundy to the knift for over a year…
12:07
Eno Sarris: Yes. James Andrews.
12:07
Comment From First Time Poster
Khris Davis or Tori Hunter in a dynasty? Boring answer being Davis for upside and Hunter for safety?
12:08
Eno Sarris: Yeah but you know what, go for the upside. Torii at this point is an empty average.
12:08
Comment From Kris
Pick two Eno! 3rd round Kemp, 14th round Starling Marte, 24th round Xander!
12:08
Eno Sarris: Marte Xander! Feeling frisky today.
12:08
Comment From STiVo
Humans are bad intuitive statisticians, and human judgments contain several known biases that affect judgment. Thus, we need sabermetrics to help us separate fact from fiction in baseball. Thanks for playing your part… and happy holidays, Eno!
12:08
Comment From juanpierresmustache
all-time great heist: russians steal live sheep from moving truck. http://cdnl.complex.com/assets/CHANNEL_IMAGES/RIDES/2013/12/content/1387084379_tkvsfx1.gif
12:08
Comment From LarryA
Do you remember that old column on MLB.com: Klaymans Katastrophes? ya, that was cool.
12:08
Eno Sarris: Look at that interlude. Warm, cold, and snarky! well done.
12:09
Comment From First Time Poster
Should I cut ties with Miguel Montero in a 2C 12 man league? I have no C prospects, but I do have Lucroy as my C1.
12:09
Eno Sarris: If there’s no auction cost associated with him and it’s a dynasty, I think he could bounce back some.
12:09
Comment From dbet
What % of your audience do you think are hipster sabermatricians?
12:09
Eno Sarris: Considering we talk craft beer and indie music most of the time other than baseball, I think it’s fairly high.
12:09
Comment From Ringtone Composer
David Lough a late-rounder in 12-team mixed leagues? It seems like he might be the O’s first option at LF this year.
12:10
Eno Sarris: I don’t think so. It’s too crowded. Reimold, Pearce, Urrutia, Lough, all sharing two spots, and Morales not rumored in but people pointing at him…
12:10
Eno Sarris: Right now I’d call it a Lough/Pearce platoon in LF.
12:10
Comment From Bruce
whats your take on plopping the little guy down in front of a movie at 4am and going back to sleep?
12:11
Eno Sarris: Do a version of that where we try to sleep next to him. But it’s sorta rewarding him for waking up early.
12:11
Comment From Mariner Fan
Do you think Toronto would be a good fit for N. Franklin? Could he get the Mariners a nice prospect in return?
12:11
Eno Sarris: They are sorta in a rough spot now. I think they trade him for a pitcher because suddenly they have no money or something. Weird team.
12:11
Comment From person hscer
Maybe he was talking about Earned Run Average? Or maybe he thinks that plus sign in those wRC+ things just means “way cool”?
12:12
Eno Sarris: He was talking about ERA, but what’s weird is that VIRTUALLY EVERY VALUE STAT WE HAVE ON THIS SITE is era or year adjusted.
12:12
Comment From The Oriole Bird
Call me crazy, but I think Choo is a great fit for the O’s. He could be the normal DH, spelling Markakis in RF when the old Greek needs a breather, right? The lineup would be so much better! (Choo/Machado/Jones/Davis/Markakis/Wieters/Hardy/Lough/2B)
12:12
Eno Sarris: Yeah but they acting like penny pinchers a bit. See the Balfour/Johnson situation. Was that about Weeks or saving four mill?
12:13
Comment From Pale Hose
What is the maximum difference in team WAR that you would call two teams equal?
12:13
Eno Sarris: Wow. Well, with sequencing I wouldn’t do decimals really. Luck is huge. Maybe a 30 WAR team is similar to a 25 WAR team? both below .500, maybe one sniff 81 wins with some luck?
12:14
Comment From JEB
All the popular album of the year lists are coming out now. What are Eno’s favorites of 2013? Also, are we gonna get a favorite beers of 2013 list from the beergraphs guys?
12:14
Eno Sarris: We posted our rookie of the year by the numbers http://beergraphs.com/bg/271-rookie-of-the-year/ hopefully we’ll have some stuff up in the new year
12:14
Comment From Bruce
Please rate these MI options for 2014 only: Altuve, Dozier, Alexei Ramirez
12:15
Eno Sarris: You got it. I’ll take Dozier’s upside and more stable HR/SB combo over Sexei’s weird career.
12:15
Comment From Marvelous Marv
Same contract who would you have have, Cruz or Beltran?
12:15
Eno Sarris: Beltran. I don’t trust Cruz because of K%, defensive issues.
12:16
Comment From person hscer
You want weirdness? I just emailed about this thing http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/12/seeking-part-time-writers-for-new-nfl-rumors-website.html with the subject line “So a guy walks into an application…” – they’re not going to get back to me, are they? ;p
12:16
Comment From Serial Satisficer
When you succeed Selig as Commissioner, please strongarm Miami into trading Stanton to Colorado. Everybody wins!
12:16
Comment From Marty
Everyone be nice to Eno! He’s been having self-esteem issues since a photo was taken at the winter meetings.
12:16
Eno Sarris: You guys are right on today.
12:16
Comment From LarryA
You often talk about a different keeper strategy depending on if you are conteding or not, what the main difference?
12:17
Eno Sarris: Go all-in on upside the further you are away from contending. Maybe it’s worth keeping a pitcher you wouldn’t keep if he’s a good veteran and you want to chance it on his health for the way your team is constructed.
12:18
Comment From Rated Rookie
What stat line do you think Evan Gattis will put up with 500+ plate appearances? Where do you rank him among catchers in 2014? More simply, is his potential for HRs worth drafting?
12:18
Eno Sarris: Yeah you gotta take a chance on him. .250/25 seems like a safe way to project him. I think the risk is that his glove takes him out of the job though.
12:18
Comment From MItch
Mesoraco or Pinto in a dynasty?
12:19
Eno Sarris: Mesoraco for me. The pedigree, the opportunity, and catchers don’t always hit the ground running. In fact, they rarely run.
12:19
Comment From First Time Poster
I am not that high on Rosario… is he overrated or am I insane?
12:19
Eno Sarris: You mean in real life? Sure, the lack of walks and iffy glove take from the power. In fantasy, though, giddyap.
12:19
Comment From Fish
Currently listening to Chance the Rapper – Acid Rap. Anybody drop anything better than this or Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels? Baseball!
12:19
Eno Sarris: In their genres, those kicked some ass. Was Danny Brown’s album this year? I don’t even listen to albums any more.
12:20
Comment From Eddie
If Tanaka isn’t posted over this new deal with NPB, what is the proper curse for Bud and the owners?
12:20
Eno Sarris: CURSE FORSEEABLE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
12:20
Comment From 2ndHS
So, as a Brewers fan, here’s where my team has left me: I’m thinking Michael Young might be the best remaining 1B option. (As opposed to trading young pitching for a 1B) What’s that noise, you ask? That’s my uncontrollable sobbing being silenced by an empty beer cozy.
12:20
Eno Sarris: Please just give Khrush a chance there. One more chance.
12:20
Comment From David
How great would a player named Ike Duda be?
12:21
Eno Sarris: THINK OF THE NICKNAMES
12:21
Comment From Marvelous Marv
Will Hanley get a $200 mill deal?
12:21
Eno Sarris: I mean, after a healthy year, maybe to play third base for the Dodgers? I doubt it, but they make things like that possible.
12:21
Comment From inquiring minds want to know
Adding to the AL ROY candidates: Urrutia, Eaton, Lindor
12:22
Eno Sarris: As Cab needs to be traded, Urrutia is an empty batting average (which could still win an award).. but Eaton… well I like Eaton, but I talked to baseball people last week that really didn’t. Cited age, lack of power, didn’t think BBs would translate.
12:22
Comment From Todd
I looked at Ibanez’s page after he signed yesterday and saw that he was at a career -170.8 defensively for his career. I tried to see if I could find someone worse and came across Adam Dunn at -238.2. Has FG ever done an article on the lowest at each position? For some reason, I find this really interesting.
12:22
Eno Sarris: Sounds like a Matt Klaasen article! Hit him up.
12:23
Comment From Lily
Keeper question: keep 4 players no limit 12 teams: Pick between Mauer and Machado….. already keeping Gomez,Desmond,Cutch??
12:23
Eno Sarris: I wouldn’t normally say keep Machado — I think he’s a bit overrated in fantasy — but Mauer going to 1B says take the 3B. I do think Mauer is a top-12 1B but he’s less special there.
12:23
Comment From Guest
Is Sandy Alderson insane asking for Pirates near or possible top 100 prospect Nick Kingham for a platoon bat (Ike Davis) coming off a down year?
12:24
Eno Sarris: Not insane, just driving a hard bargain. And that isn’t to say he isn’t willing to throw someone in.
12:24
Comment From Marty
Why would a Japanese team post someone of value for $20m in 2013 when they can post a person of lesser value next yeaer for $20m…or even lesser value in 2015?
12:24
Eno Sarris: Well they can’t post him in 2015, he’s a free agent. And next year, he might not ask to be posted. But sure, that’s part of what happened with new rules.
12:24
Comment From kramer
I tried the New England Brewing Co’s Ghandi-Bot last night. Was VERY surprised at how good it was. One of the best heads of a beer I can remember. Ever have it?
12:25
Eno Sarris: Someone I trust lists that as a favorite. I want it.
12:25
Comment From inquiring minds want to know
Mets should option Davis and not start playing him until 2nd half… based on his track record :P
12:25
Comment From juanpierresmustache
can we talk about how bad the sentence “One of them, for evaluation purposes regarding the Hall, is not accounting enough for statistics era to era” is? Not even the content, just the way the sentence is written
12:25
Comment From person hscer
I’ve never experienced an album like “Remain in Light” before. I want to hate it, but I keep coming back to it.
12:25
Comment From First Time Poster
Think Heaney can come up and provide similar value to the Coles and Wheeler of the world?
12:25
Eno Sarris: No, he’s more polished and has less stuff, less K ability.
12:25
Comment From Kris
Will the real Benoit please stand up, please stand up, please stand up
12:25
Eno Sarris: Balls
12:25
Comment From Mussina for Hall
Penny for your thoughts on Zimmerman’s two articles on hitter aging curves!
12:26
Eno Sarris: Very interesting. I think the samples degrade a bit when you start chopping those aging curves up, but are we going to pretend that steroids didn’t happen, aren’t somewhat less of an influence in today’s game, and didn’t have *some* impact on the game?
12:26
Comment From Big Boi 3
Have you seen that video of Jeff Sullivan on World Star Hip Hop yet?!
12:27
Eno Sarris: This is some sort of lie. Link or it didn’t happen.
12:27
Comment From Rated Rookie
Which pitcher do you prefer in 2014, Taijuan Walker or Danny Salazar? Which would you rather have in a keep *forever* dynasty league?
12:27
Eno Sarris: You know? Salazar. I like changeups over curves, Salazar hasn’t struggled with stuff, I think it’s all sequencing.
12:27
Comment From The Oriole Bird
Do you think Jonathan Schoop (pronounced “Scope”) will take over the near-everyday job of 2B for the Orioles in the beginning of the 2014 season?
12:28
Eno Sarris: It’s him or Weeks, so it’s probably Weeks. When I’ve watched Schoop I’ve felt that he has more power than his numbers have shown, FWIW.
12:28
Comment From Guest
Think Russ Martin/Chris Stewart pitch-framing all stars have a major impact on Bucs pitching this year? I’m guessing Stewart over Mckenry adds a win or 2 just based on his receiving.
12:28
Eno Sarris: I can’t wait to see Volquez’s walk rate.
12:28
Comment From jon
What kind of standard 5 category fantasy production can we expect from Hak Ju lee for an avg full season when healthy?
12:28
Eno Sarris: E-Cab-lite?
12:29
Comment From Jon
Do you like Ike Davis as a platoon guy for the Pirates? They seem to be running out of 1B options unless they go completely off the board for someone like Jonathan Singleton or Brandon Belt…
12:29
Eno Sarris: Why not bite the bullet and get Morales. Gaby can spell him for defense. Worse defenders have played on the field in the NL. Maybe if the price drops far enough.
12:29
Comment From redd
Oswaldo Arcia is projected to hit 27homers per Oliver (18 per Streamer). This is awesome amazing news for my keeper league…. BUT this sounds fishy. Why isn’t he getting more love in the early mock drafts and rankings? Thanks for the awesomeness.
12:31
Eno Sarris: Maybe people looking at homer totals in the minors when they should be impressed by his .200+ ISOs? Worried about his batting average and wish a power-only guy didn’t play outdoors in Minnesota, but he’s interesting in the back end of any draft.
12:32
Comment From Ian
Why do the Reds insist on making me very sad and why did I think a Surly Dumpster Fire would be a think worth seeking out?
12:32
Eno Sarris: No money / over-rated label. (I haven’t had Wet, so maybe I haven’t had their best.)
12:32
Comment From Rated Rookie
Has anyone seen Maxamuz around?
12:32
Eno Sarris: DUUUUUUUUUUUÜDA
12:32
Comment From Guest
David Lough an upgrade over Nate McLouth?
12:32
Eno Sarris: Cheaper.
12:33
Comment From Justin
Who said the dumb thing about sabermetrics?
12:33
Eno Sarris: Caputo, saying that saber people don’t like Trammell and Morris, which is silly, I think we love Trammell.
12:33
Comment From Guest
I think that Jonathan Lucroy has one of the best contracts in baseball, yet it is never talked about. In fact, so does Carlos Gomez… the Brewers aren’t bad at everything, right?
12:33
Eno Sarris: In fact, they are really really good at developing good framers from what Lucroy told me about the minors.
12:34
Comment From hamhawk
what does “feel like a heel” even mean?
12:34
Eno Sarris: Not a wrestling fan? Means I would feel like a dick for blaming my son for waking up early when he’s 19 months old.
12:34
Comment From First Time Poster
Price for Walker straight up… is it crazy to think Walker has more trade value?
12:35
Eno Sarris: Way more years of control at least. But Price’s production more guaranteed. Pitching prospects have higher bust rates.
12:35
Comment From Ringtone Composer
How can I teach my son (currently six months old) to be as good at baseball as Mike Trout?
12:35
Eno Sarris: Andruw Jones’ dad made him duck walk every time he let a fly ball drop.
12:35
Comment From Zach
Kipnis or Pedroia in Ottoneu 4×4, and by how much ($$)?
12:36
Eno Sarris: I’m saying Kipnis will be the number one 2B in baseball next year. But it’s a bold prediction, not necessarily one that will show in my rankings. Without steals… I take Pedroia for the runs on that team, because I think his power will bounce back once thumb heals. But it’s really close, and I love love Kipnis.
12:36
Comment From Fish
James Andrews is basically Doctor Death
12:36
Comment From Marvelous Marv
You really want to hole up
12:36
Comment From RotoLando
Ike Davis now! Ike Davis FOREVER!
12:37
Comment From Marty
Last night we had a work Christmas party from 5:30 to 9 that included an open bar and no dinner. How do you think that turned out?
12:37
Eno Sarris: Hangover and at least one scandal.
12:37
Eno Sarris: Hopefully not perpetuated by you.
12:37
Comment From Justin
Does Ned Colletti spend more hours per day on mustache maintenance than on the Dodgers’ roster?
12:37
Eno Sarris: Oh I don’t doubt that he spends a lot of time thinking about it. Just…
12:38
Comment From Royals Nation
What are the odds that the Royals platoon Moustakas and Valencia? It seems they probably should,right?
12:38
Eno Sarris: Since they going for it, seems fairly high at this point. I’ll be dinging Moose for that in rankings and projections. Steamer should reflect that shortly too.
12:38
Comment From Dolma
Who to keep as my last keeper? David Robertson, Wilson Ramos or Kyle Zimmer? Love these chats!
12:39
Eno Sarris: I don’t think Zimmer is in this year and with bust rates on guys like him… Right now, Robertson is a closer and Ramos is a nice catcher with top-six upside. Wait until the last minute because you don’t know what the Yanks will do in the bullpen. Right now though? I’ll take a catcher over a closer. So I guess it doesn’t matter what Yanks do.
12:40
Comment From Jays Fan
Assuming they are both healthy, who has the better year Bautista or Encarnacion?
12:41
Comment From Long Time Talker, First Time Listener
Hosmer still have upside?
12:41
Eno Sarris: You can’t assume they both healthy given their respective pasts. OOPS. on JBau and Encar, I’ll the younger guy because I think he’s a better be to be healthy. But if they both got 650 PAs, I take JBau.
12:42
Eno Sarris: Hosmer still has some upside. He could hit more fly balls and tap into that power more.
12:42
Comment From Rated Rookie
I thought Sano was able to avoid surgery.
12:42
Eno Sarris: I’ve heard it’s still on the table.
12:42
Comment From Eastern NC
Bonds, HOF? I know you live in the Bay Area, but what do you really, objectively think?
12:43
Eno Sarris: He’s the best player I’ve ever seen play live. I understand that voting a guy that we’re sure did steroids into the hall is problematic with regards to giving young people a model, but I also don’t think it’s hard to say, hey, kid, Barry was awesome, so was Ty Cobb, but don’t be like those guys in every way. HoFer for me, no doubt.
12:43
Comment From Steve
I am a hipster sabermetrician!
12:43
Comment From Guest
I’m probably considered a hipster sabrematrician but I’m not really a satrematrician.
12:43
Comment From Marty
I AM NOT A HIPSTER
12:44
Comment From inquiring minds want to know
CLE: Hey Masterson, throw the hell out of that slider and then we’ll trade you before you break down.
12:44
Eno Sarris: Wait, are you sure that’s not starting to happen and your’e too late?
12:44
Comment From EGL
In a mixed league where you control the player for 3 years, how would you rank Sonny Gray, Liriano, Taijun Walker and Wheeler ?
12:44
Eno Sarris: Gray, Walker, Liriano, Wheeler. Worried that none of the whiff rates were great on Wheeler’s pitches and that he needs to find his command.
12:44
Comment From Tsuyoshi Wada
Do you think Balfour’s performance will be deserving of his two-year, $15 million salary?
12:45
Eno Sarris: Sure. I do think he’ll give up closer to 1.2 homers per game though. And that there will be some July stretches where people are calling for his head.
12:45
Comment From John
Do the Angels make the postseason next year?
12:45
Eno Sarris: no
12:45
Comment From Professor Ross Eforp
RE: Trading Nick Franklin. Sell low, buy high pretty well sums up the Mariner’s M.O. for the past decade.
12:45
Eno Sarris: Cough cough Kevin Towers.
12:45
Comment From Zach
Lough doesn’t really have a platoon split – .314 wOBA vs. LHP and .306 vs. RHP. SSS disclaimer applies.
12:45
Eno Sarris: no but Pearce does and his wOBA v LHP is higher.
12:46
Comment From Orioles Fan
At what point, contract-wise, does signing Morales justify losing the pick? 1/8? 1/5? Would he even sign for that much, or would he wait until after the draft?
12:46
Eno Sarris: Maybe something where he gets more than 1/14 but over two years? 2/20?
12:46
Comment From 2ndHS
Have you tried showing your son a detailed PowerPoint presentation on why it would behoove him to sleep through the night?
12:47
Eno Sarris: This morning I honestly talked to him and just said ‘dude I cant play with you right now I’m tired. please sleep through the night so we can play with you in the morning.’
12:47
Comment From Marty
T/F: Mets overpaid for Granderson and could’ve better spend that money elsewhere.
12:48
Eno Sarris: False. They needed an outfielder, and paying 80-100 million more for the top level guys didn’t make sense, and the rest of the crew is not an upgrade over MiLB invites and Rule 5 guys. I know I just trashed Nelson Cruz, but look at his WAR totals for the last three years. Do I love the fourth year? No.
12:48
Comment From LarryA
Is someone at Beergraphs working 24/7 to figure out how to get Guiness out of the top 10?
12:49
Eno Sarris: There’s a dude that checks in to them like twenty times a day, no lie. With five stars every time.
12:49
Comment From 5-cent head
If you look at what the A’s did here in the hot stove league, why do the METS, who I desperately want to support, seem to be lacking? The management at the Mets re coming from the same intellectual background, but should have more $ to spend. Are my expectations too high?
12:49
Eno Sarris: I think your expectations about money to spend are too high. I think the team is rotten at the very top, like the Knicks. Not the GM, higher up.
12:49
Comment From Jake
How weird will it be when James Andrews retires and instead players will be going to see Dr. Mike Cheeseman or something like that? Hopefully his name will be as catchy as James Andrews
12:50
Comment From inquiring minds want to know
ENO: Color coded clocks let kids know when to leave their room to wake you http://www.amazon.com/American-Innovative-Teach-Talking-Nightlight/dp/B003D7KV0Q
12:50
Comment From balk
Last Friday my daughter was accepted into Stanford University’s Class of 2018. As an alum, would you recommend that she enroll next fall?
12:51
Eno Sarris: F Yeah I recommend that to her. Congratulations! And for you. So sorry, so so sorry. Enjoy the bills!
12:51
Comment From juan pierres mustache
yeah but how come no one talks about adjusting pitcher wins for era, huh? might as well call 162 games a “performance-enhancing season”
12:51
Eno Sarris: Not bad, but who cares about wins.
12:51
Comment From Harris K
Did you ever get any Cigar City? I am planning on going to their tasting room next week when I visit my Sister.
12:51
Eno Sarris: NO I DID NOT AND I BLAME DISNEY WORLD.
12:51
Comment From Bmore Guy
Machado come game time: Just as effective as before, effective or less effective due to injury?
12:52
Eno Sarris: Maybe the defensive numbers go down. Maybe the power that’s supposedly coming takes a bit longer to come.
12:52
Comment From Konerko
What’s your opinion on Matt Davidson? Good player or potentially more in playing in Chi? Should we be excited?
12:52
Eno Sarris: Bad BA, good OBP, good power, bad D. Might not be a third baseman, but they’ll try him for a while. Think a young Mark Reynolds.
12:53
Comment From Guest
read something recently (might have been a comment on beergraphs) that defined “craft beer” as being the big breweries attempts at creating microbrew. Then labeled it too cheap to be as tasty as micro, too expensive to be consumed in place of cheap big brews. you agree? or do you define craft beer differently?
12:54
Eno Sarris: Craft brewers are defined by the Brewer’s Association as anything that produces less than Sam Adams basically. So none of the big beers count. I forget the number for micro brewers, but that’s on their website too. I linked it here http://beergraphs.com/bg/278-the-next-big-little-beer/ (and yes, that’s really the head honcho at Lagunitas commenting on the piece)
12:55
Comment From Fish
I flew from Seattle to Denver in 2012 simply to see Stanton hit in Coors. He did this in the first inning: http://wapc.mlb.com/play/?content_id=24010107&c_id=mlb
12:55
Comment From Senor Poop
Christmas is proof that the Devil exists.
12:55
Comment From Dustin Diamond
Tiffani Amber Thiessen: GO!
12:55
Eno Sarris: Okay that was pretty weird.
12:56
Comment From 101
Do you expect a bounce back season for J. Reyes or is he in decline?
12:56
Eno Sarris: He’s in decline by any definition of the word, but I do think he can be healthy for a full season again.
12:56
Comment From closing time
How does Addison Reed’s trade to Arizona impact his value in a dynasty league that counts saves, but not holds?
12:56
Eno Sarris: nah.
12:56
Comment From Marty
Are Ventura or Salazar on Innings limits? Are they top 20 yet?
12:57
Eno Sarris: I wouldn’t put either in the top 20, too many questions left, particularly what Yordano does past the big FB. I think both can at least make 180+ so it’s not a big deal IP limit if there is one.
12:57
Comment From Kings Lead Hat
Think the Mets go into 2014 with Ike/Duda at 1B, Murphy at 2B, and Tejada at SS, or does Sandy have a Christmas miracle in store for us?
12:58
Eno Sarris: Picked for the handle. since Duda has an option and most of the media and fans have bought into the idea that 2015 is more important than 2014 because of Harvey, I think Alderson stands pat if he doesn’t get a real prospect for Ike.
12:58
Comment From JoeyBelle
So you never did get that Jai Alai, huh? Sad face.
12:58
Eno Sarris: I’ve had their dry-hopped beer in a trade, but yeah, I”m pissed about Jai Alai.
12:59
Comment From James
Sitting on our league’s top rookie pick, with Tanaka/Abreu seemingly top talent available. Already own Bundy/Bradley and would have to drop one if I claimed either Tanaka/Abreu. I won last year and I have a handshake deal in place to trade top rookie pick for Beltre. Good move? Or is one of Tanaka/Abreu special enough to drop Bundy or Bradley and not acquire Beltre?
12:59
Eno Sarris: I’d take Abreu and then I’d take Beltre over Abreu so yeah well done.
12:59
Comment From Left Hand forever
Adam Jones or Justin Upton in an OBP keeper league?
12:59
Eno Sarris: Upton! Jones could only steal like 11 this year, and hten Upton’s OBP will matter.
1:00
Comment From STiVo
What’s your favorite beer you tasted for the first time in 2013?
1:00
Eno Sarris: I’ll have to look through my untappd feed but it’s probably a Cantillon sour. We’ll have something like this up on BeerGraphs tomorrow.
1:00
Comment From Conrad
How would Ervin work out in Seattle, the said rumors are true & they do sign him?
1:00
Eno Sarris: Still doesn’t have a third pitch, but the park helps suppress the homers. Not as good as last year, but not as bad as the year before.
1:01
Comment From Chris B.
Battle of the cheap-but-marginal 3B-qualified bounce-back candidates for Ottoneu points: Gyorko, Headley, Lawrie. (hyphenhyphenhyphen)
1:01
Eno Sarris: I actually like them all, so on some level, you can go cheapest. Lawrie’s SBs mean less, but he walks more than Gyorko. Headley number one if all the same price, especially since he could get traded.
1:02
Comment From JoeyBelle
Are you aware the the oregon has a minor league team called the Hillsboro Hops, and there logo is a big animated Hop? Im dying to know what beer is available at that stadium
1:02
Eno Sarris: Bridgeport Beer is there! “Long Ball Ale”
1:02
Comment From Marty
CURSE NEGATIVE EXTERNALITIES: if an NPB team’s going to get $20m this year, or $20m in 2014, or $20m in 2015, why wouldnt they just release the guy the last year of his contract??
1:02
Eno Sarris: They’re not going to get 20m in 2015. they could get it next year.
1:03
Eno Sarris: They’d have to do it with a year remaining, in other words.
1:03
Comment From Minnesota Triplet
Will Mauer still have C eligibility in 2014 in Yahoo?
1:03
Eno Sarris: yes. Because last year.
1:03
Comment From Marty
Do you think Bogaerts becomes 3B and SS eligible? If so, how delicious is that?
1:03
Eno Sarris: Right now, yes, and even if they sign Drew, yes. And yes.
1:03
Comment From juan pierres mustache
the terrible fielding all-star game would be the most fun to watch
1:04
Eno Sarris: Was talking with Bill James and Rob Neyer that we should bring back the skills competition type stuff instead of that god-awful celebrity softball game.
1:04
Comment From Gila Monster
Am I the only one who love the Padres pitching? My irrational love for Cashner, Josh Johnson and Luebke can be aces when healthy,Ross/Birch Smith have high upside with nice K rates, Ian Kennedy/Stults can eat innings, and you have Erlin/Wieland/Kelly giving you some depth. Theie positions players aren’t terrible too. Could the compete in the NL West if they can stay healthy?
1:04
Eno Sarris: It’s not all bad in San Diego. That rotation is good, actually. It hangs on some ligaments, but doesn’t everybody’s.
1:04
Comment From MItch
I hear some people rave about Urrutia’s gap power. Couldn’t that turn into something?
1:04
Eno Sarris: BABIP.
1:05
Comment From First Time Poster
Would you rather be trapped on a spaceship with an alien from Alien, or in the middle of the Vietnam jungle with the Predator stalking you? Reason?
1:05
Eno Sarris: Jungle. At least it’s earth.
1:05
Comment From Gila Monster
Eno, it is too cold to Go Outside- Cults.
1:05
Eno Sarris: And isn’t it just a great holiday song?
1:05
Comment From Ransom
Who do you think puts it together for the long term, Myers or Puig? Does Myers have the higher floor with Puig already showeing us the higher ceiling?
1:06
Eno Sarris: yeah Puig’s K% looks like it will rise based on his swSTR rate and O-swing, while Myers has a chance to better his. Puig more of a fantasy monster, and maybe if he refines his game, could be more all-around… I think the floor/ceiling stuff you say is right.
1:06
Comment From DLowe
Eno, do you like any of the following starting pitchers for next year (standard 5 x 5? Feldman, C Morton, Maholm, Beachy, M Estrada… Thanks
1:07
Eno Sarris: Like Beachy some. Estrada. Morton only if he says above 93 mph in spring.
1:07
Comment From DLowe
So, Eno, does Axford win (and hold down) the closer job in CLE or does Cody Allen still have a shot at the job?
1:08
Eno Sarris: Ax at the beginning of the year — keeps Allen cheaper and makes sense if they competing. If they don’t compete, and Ax not great, Allen gets a shot later on. he’s great.
1:08
Comment From Brad
Do you think Homer Bailey has potential to be a top 10 pitcher this year? TIA
1:09
Eno Sarris: He was 23rd in our rankings this year, and no I don’t think he’ll be much better this year.
1:09
Comment From Razor
What are you getting from Santa beer-wise? Baseball-wise?
1:10
Eno Sarris: I’m going to try to go to Alpine Brewing while down in SD, so that’ll be awesome. I asked for work stuff: digital recorder, spanish language rosetta stone, new phone, that sort of stuff. boring.
1:10
Comment From person hscer
Steroids didn’t happen, it was a rumor started by Derek Jeter to make everyone else look bad.
1:11
Comment From scatterbrian
Hey Eno! Is a Moss/Callaspo platoon at 1B really the current plan?
1:11
Eno Sarris: Moss/Barton, no? I have to look at the final spot or two on that roster. I thought Callaspo would get traded after they signed Punto.
1:11
Comment From 2ndHS
From what I’ve heard, Krush Davis is to 1B as Ryan Braun is to 3B, so no more chances!
1:11
Comment From LarryA
Its pronounced La-goon-ee-tas? Right?
1:11
Eno Sarris: yes
1:11
Comment From juan pierres mustache
i hope volquez pulls a liriano and becomes awesome in pittsburgh, but he won’t
1:11
Eno Sarris: agreed
1:12
Comment From Marty
What beer do you rec for seafood themed Christmas Eve dinner?
1:12
Eno Sarris: Feel like a stout or porter would be so strange next to seafood. Saison is my bet.
1:12
Comment From Retirenutting
Huntington said they wouldn’t surrender a draft pick for Morales, fwiw.
1:13
Eno Sarris: Well then. No Loney. No Morales. They gonna trade… or Mark Reynolds?
1:13
Comment From person hscer
“Worse defenders have played on the field in the NL.” *Adam Dunn nods* *Michael Morse shudders*
1:13
Comment From Ryan Flaherty
Any particular reason you don’t think I have an inside track for the Orioles starting 2B job? Most birds fans seem to think it’s mine to lose. Was it my first half? It was my first half wasn’t it…
1:14
Eno Sarris: Maybe the D really is good, but he seems big for a 2B, and I don’t see average upside in any key category — BB, K, ISO, Speed. Maybe he starts it, but I don’t think he keeps it.
1:15
Comment From Fish
How does Panda at first sound for the Bucs? Weight not really a worry there (looking at you, Prince). Though, SF doesn’t really have anyone to fill 3B.
1:15
Eno Sarris: SF is going into the season thinking they are a contender. Mid-season Pablo trade if they fall out of it? Totally possible/plausible maybe even probable.
1:16
Comment From Matt
Are you surprised more teams weren’t in on Hart? Seem like a good fit to play first for the Buccs,Red Sox,Rox,Rays,Astros,Marlins..etc given the fact that he cost next to nothing and and should worry too much about someones knee at 1st.
1:16
Eno Sarris: I’m sure the doctor’s reports were a big deal.
1:16
Comment From Seymour
Why not bite the bullett for Kendrys? When was the last time that a Boras client was willing to give a discount to get one of his players? Clearly a 14M per yr player falls far outside what the Bucs are willing to spend there, not to mention the draft pick.
1:16
Eno Sarris: Boras client Lohse signed for less than market value late in the offseason with a non-contender because of a draft pick compensation issue.
1:17
Comment From GSon
B-Rob or Mike Aviles as the “back up infielder” for my fantasy team?
1:17
Eno Sarris: Why do I still have a bit of a thing for Roberts.
1:17
Eno Sarris: Holy crap I’m 45 minutes behind the feed. I’ll try to pick it up.
1:17
Comment From JBD
I don’t have time to read your article. So… WHO IS THE NEXT JOAQUIN BENOIT?
1:18
Eno Sarris: Manny Parra or Chad Qualls.
1:18
Comment From Andy5
Am I crazy for thinking the Brewers are better off signing Michael Young for a year to play 1B than trading young, controllable pitching for Ike?
1:18
Eno Sarris: Also an option for the Bucs.
1:18
Comment From Seymour
“Murphy’s headed to 3B too.” ? what do you mean?? He’s not great at 2B but has made himself into an adequate guy there. He hasn’t logged any real time at 3B in yrs. His bat plays well only at 2B and eventually he’ll be an uber-UT guy.
1:18
Eno Sarris: I mean I don’t think he’s really that adequate at second and his glove is headed to third, or super util, whatever.
1:19
Comment From Marty
Have you been to scout school? Any desire? One of the BP guys went, seemed like a good experience. A team sponsored him.
1:19
Eno Sarris: I’m intrigued by it. Doubt I could get a team to sponsor me.
1:19
Comment From JBD
Do you think you’ll work in the baseball industry for the rest of your career?
1:19
Eno Sarris: No idea. I doubt I’ll ever work in baseball though.
1:19
Comment From Rated Rookie
The Braves move to suburbs makes me sad.
1:20
Eno Sarris: Agreed.
1:20
Comment From Guest
Could the Mets get one of the young SS from the D’Backs or Mariners for Mejia?
1:20
Eno Sarris: See that’s the idea I like. If they can get pitching for Ike and turn Mejia into Ahmed or something… might need to be other pieces involved but I like it. Franklin’s not a shortstop.
1:20
Comment From Fish

Heel:

1:21
Comment From Andy5
I’m interested in trying some European (or any non-U.S.) beers. I’ve had stuff from Carlsburg and liked it. Any suggestions on some good starter beers?
1:21
Eno Sarris: I say it a lot, but Saison Dupont will let you know if you a) like Saisons or b) want to get heavier and into Belgian beers.
1:22
Comment From Marty
Have you ever played in a weekly lineup league? Would it be good to get friends who are lazy and drop out midseason, or not worth the trouble?
1:22
Eno Sarris: I play in some and thank god because I’m in 12 leagues. Those are always a little easier.
1:22
Comment From Marty
I know myself well enough to have left early.
1:22
Eno Sarris: phew
1:23
Comment From ozzie
frank thomas should be a 1st ballot HOF, right?
1:23
Eno Sarris: Won’t be because DH too long, but I love him. Not his beer.
1:23
Comment From person hscer
“perpetuated”? Did you mean “perpetrated”? or both?
1:23
Eno Sarris: Perpetrated probably. I’m TIRED.
1:23
Comment From Eddie
David Price for Jeremy Brown: Who hangs up first: The Rays, or Mrs. Jeremy Brown?
1:23
Comment From Chad
Will James Paxton start the year in the Mariners rotation? Will he have success?
1:24
Eno Sarris: I was down on Paxton, but the velocity came back when the knee was good. Now the problem is the change is no good. Still, with that velocity and even a show-me change I think he can be pretty good.
1:24
Comment From Kris
Going from McCann and David Ross to Doumit, Gattis and Laird is going to have a large negative effect on Braves pitchers, isn’t it? I mean that’s a huge dropoff in catcher defense…
1:24
Eno Sarris: it’s like the opposite of what’s happening in Pitt.
1:24
Comment From Justin
Actual Baseball Question(tm): it seemed like Ryu faded down the stretch a bit last year. What do you expect from him in 2014?
1:25
Eno Sarris: I was down on him based on velocity going in, so long term that velocity still bothers me. But the change is a little better than I thought and all his pitches look the same coming out of his hand, so I thnk he’ll be good again.
1:25
Comment From First Time Poster
A garnish for a beer is like an erection at a funeral… they happen but no one is happy about them.
1:25
Comment From crowdog27
resubmitting now that i’ve signed in. am i crazy to want to try to trade Verlander for Xander B?
1:26
Eno Sarris: Yes, if only because the Tigers have some options at third and are competing now.
1:26
Comment From Seymour
you think the Rox will go into the season with all youth at 2B – DJLM, Rutledge or Culberson? Daniel Murphy looks like a good fit there if the Mets are really serious about moving him. Rox also in the midst of very active winter and so why stop now?
1:26
Eno Sarris: Decent fit. Wonder what Sandy would ask for, can’t be pitching.
1:26
Comment From First Time Poster
Is it weird that you sound like Casey Kasem in my head? Also, I don’t know how he spells his name.
1:26
Comment From person hscer
“Still procrastinating w Hall of Fame ballot. 14 guys, 10 slots. Never needed, shouldn’t need a voting strategy. #someonesgettingscrewed” twitter.com/MikeSilvermanBB/status/413724522785689600
1:27
Comment From David
Am I missing something, or does it appear that no one listens to the Cults?
1:27
Comment From Rated Rookie
As a Braves fan and a fantasy owner of Heyward, I am super excited about a season of him batting leadoff. MVP numbers are within reach.
1:27
Comment From Coveritlive
I am self-aware. Hello, Eno.
1:27
Eno Sarris: What a lude.
1:27
Comment From David
It’s like Fight Club. The first rule of Hipsterdom is to deny one’s Hipsterdom.
1:27
Comment From Sadwick
I always thought a good approach to the steroid guys, like Bonds, would be to induct them into the Hall and not invite them to the induction ceremony. Just quietly hang the name on the wall and leave it be.
1:28
Eno Sarris: Now see that’s not terrible to me. I understand it’s problematic, but it’s a Hall of Fame, not a Hall of Good Guys.
1:28
Comment From Steve
In a 14-team keeper league and I need to dump some salary for next year. Is trading a $21 Wieters, $16 J. Zimm, $6 Tillman and free prospect Odor for a $1 Wilson Ramos and $1 Zack Wheeler too much to give up?
1:28
Eno Sarris: I don’t think you need put Odor in there.
1:28
Comment From ?
I was looking at David Robertson’s page the other day and noticed that his fastball velocity has been declining for a few years, he all but gave up the change in favor of more curves last year, and all the peripherals like swstr% f-str% and k% seem to be headed in the wrong direction. Any worries about an implosion in the near future?
1:29
Eno Sarris: Relievers age poorly, so yes. He’s still pretty good.
1:29
Comment From Sgtjunior
I fell down the stairs and broke my hipster
1:29
Comment From Justin
Hipster sabermatricians only use these really obscure stats that you probably haven’t heard of.
1:29
Comment From Miketron
So what did you get me for my birthday?
1:29
Comment From Marty
Where can you find whiff rates for specific pitches by player? That’s some heavy-duty data!
1:29
Eno Sarris: Brooks Baseball.
1:29
Comment From LarryA
Are you has high on Tyson Ross as everyone else?
1:30
Eno Sarris: The changeup is terrible. I’m not super into him. Also, look at his mechanics. Train wreck. Could be good this year, though, and the home park helps.
1:30
Comment From Chris
About Machado in 4×4 ottoneu: in arb voting, his salary got bumped to $29. This is too much, no? I should try to trade him for something, anything?
1:30
Eno Sarris: Yes, too much.
1:30
Comment From MItch
Who’s the closer in TB come June?
1:30
Eno Sarris: Heath Bell will have a Fernando Rodney.
1:31
Comment From Marty
It’s probably the Guiness Chief Marketing Officer.
1:31
Comment From Eminor3rd
Thanks for grabbing a beer with me and my gf in Orlando
1:31
Eno Sarris: OH you shoulda told me your chat handle LOL. That was fun. Best of luck on your goals.
1:31
Comment From Marty
Don’t get Eno started on the Stanford Econ program….
1:32
Eno Sarris: Keep your daughter away from Econ there, or at least take her to a developing country so she can see how these things really work on the ground.
1:32
Comment From Hugh
If you didn’t live in the Bay Area, where would you want to live?
1:32
Eno Sarris: New York City. Brooklyn. Barcelona.
1:33
Comment From Jay
Caputo’s point is he doesn’t want anything quantified. He just wants to be able to say Player X is better than Player Y because he played in a tougher era. Boom. Debate over. It’s way easier to write an article that way.
1:33
Comment From Eastern NC
T/F: Starlin Castro is a good buy-low guy this year.
1:33
Eno Sarris: True. I take him to hit .280 12/20 or so.
1:33
Comment From Marty
Yankees get better or worse so far this offseason/
1:33
Eno Sarris: In just the McCann/Ellsbury/Cano decision, they got better. Unfortunately, the pitching didn’t get better.
1:34
Comment From LarryA
But Jai Alai is listed at about 30 different bars on the Disney beer menu site, Beers and Ears: http://beersandears.net/wdw-beer-list/
1:34
Eno Sarris: I dunno man I was at the Swan and Dolphin and it wasn’t there, went to ESPN zone on the boardwalk, and they were out. Gar.
1:34
Comment From Eastern NC
ETA on Javier Baez and Kris Bryant 2014?
1:35
Eno Sarris: Scouts in Arizona all agreed that Bryant could be up this year if they don’t want him to play third. He did look bad with the glove. Baez will force the issue this year, maybe even this spring, and will be up first. Worst case July for Baez, September for Bryant.
1:36
Comment From kevinthecomic
My son learned to tell time at the age of 4 because he used to go to preschool, which he loved, at NOON. Starting around 8:30am, he would badger his mother (my wife) about whether or not it was time to leave every 15 minutes. She finally sat him down and explained the wonders of the analog clock. Your son sounds bright, see if you can teach him to tell time, even though he is only 18 months old
1:36
Comment From Razor
Taking over an ottoneu team that has a $23 Jimmy Rollins and a $15 Alcides. It’s my first time with ottoneu, but I’m better off just throwing those guys back and picking up someone off auction waivers, right?
1:36
Eno Sarris: Chance Alcides is worth $15 in a 5×5 ottoneu, but yes on Rollins if you’re in points or 4×4, yes on both.
1:37
Comment From Guest
Pujols had 80 extra-base hits in 2012.
1:37
Eno Sarris: What a great tidbit. He cold absolutely be a value play this year. But at his age — actually at any age — I don’t believe ‘doubles turn into home runs.’
1:37
Comment From Jason
Agreed that Surly is a bit overrated, but have you had their Abrasive DIPA? One of the best out there.
1:38
Eno Sarris: I have had it. Liked it, yes. But generally…
1:38
Comment From Hello
Thought on J. Shields? Is he ever going to slow down? Guy is always 200+ innings and high K/9
1:39
Eno Sarris: We saw some stuff in the injury zone that seemed predictive — late-game inconsistency in release points and flagging velo — but yeah that was in late 2012 haha.
1:39
Comment From kramer
Want me to send you some Ghandi-bot
1:39
Eno Sarris: yes.
1:39
Comment From Stephen
Any thoughts as to why George Springer projected AVG is much, much lower than the rates he’s hit thus far in the minors?
1:39
Eno Sarris: MiLB BABIPs are higher, and MLB K rates are higher, and his K rates in the minors are already bad.
1:40
Comment From Varson Vistulii
Do you have any sense what portion of your chat readers don’t care about beer talk? I guess it doesn’t matter…
1:40
Eno Sarris: I get comments like this maybe once or twice a chat.
1:40
Comment From Sgtjunior
Saw Urrutia in person and he’s a twig. Gap power is the most he hope for.
1:40
Eno Sarris: Yeah I agree.
1:40
Comment From Conrad
Any positive thoughts on Junior Lake?
1:40
Eno Sarris: Alfonso Soriano once made a similar package work. It’s rare though.
1:41
Comment From Miketron
Christmas tree question. Real tree, fake tree, or no tree?
1:41
Eno Sarris: Real tree. Small.
1:41
Comment From Shark Mapiro
Thoughts on BA’s suggestion that NPB teams could get around the posting rules by posting a second player and forcing the signing team to get both and pay both posting fee’s?
1:41
Eno Sarris: Too crazy for real life. I mean, I love it, but when was the last time you saw anyone get around rules like this?
1:41
Comment From juan pierres mustache
Firestone Walker XVII, 30 bucks for a bomber. Yes/No/Only if Christmas bonus is more than expected?
1:41
Eno Sarris: I really really really enjoyed that beer.
1:42
Comment From ed
How far can you actually get with platooning? If there are a bunch of high split guys available, could you get above average production from like an entire outfield? At what point do you run out of space?
1:43
Eno Sarris: The value of the roster spot does start to take a toll on the situation. I thought about this last year for the Mets. Could you platoon each outfield spot? That means six outfielders. You could have six infielders, then, but two are catchers. Means that either one of your outfielders can play the infield, or your super utility guy can play everywhere and is awesome.
1:43
Comment From Marty
Re: Posting. Not talking specifically about Tanaka, but there is no incentive to let anyone walk from NPB with multiple years left. Ever.
1:45
Eno Sarris: Everyone poo-poos this, but there is a cultural dance going on here. Once the player is public in his stance about wanting to go, it gets more difficult for his team in Japan. They have to do things like publicly offer him the highest salary every offered to a player in the NPB, have pressers about how they are trying their hardest to change his mind. The players are watching, and they want to think they can ask to go when they are a superstar. And conflict is a bit more of a problem in Japan, in my experience. I’m not saying this as a blanket thing about all Japanese players, it’s just my experience with the culture. Worked at a japanese company for five years, went to Japan three times a year.
1:45
Comment From Razor
I didn’t get the Laguintas owner’s comment on the beergraphs article. What was he saying?
1:46
Eno Sarris: he could have been scarcastic, but he’s mad at Sam Adams, so I think he was happy that we were saying they are primed for growth into the Sam Adams stratosphere.
1:46
Comment From person hscer
(to be read in a crescendo) seafood on Christmas Eve ARE YOU MAD???
1:46
1:46
Comment From Seymour
sure, but do you think the Bucs will “bite the bullett” at 11M per if they are looking at Ike Davis for 4M ?
1:46
Eno Sarris: Depends on how much they like Kingham/prospect, since it’s $4m plus a prospect.
1:47
Comment From ARE WE HUMAN?
Would you be looking to sell Miggy in dynasty? Going to be losing 3B eligibility + keeps getting dinged up.
1:47
Eno Sarris: It’s about time to, yes.
1:47
Comment From Pirates Hurdles
Do you mean Owings, not Ahmed? I doubt anyone wants a 23 year old who can’t hit at AA.
1:47
Eno Sarris: Ah yes, Owings, sorry. Or a lesser prospect for Ahmed. I’m not done watching Ahmed.
1:47
Comment From Steve
How bout hearing “Trumbo is an all around better hitter than Goldschmidt.” yesterday on MLB Network?
1:48
Eno Sarris: Good god what
1:48
Comment From Sadwick
The Braves move makes me feel a lot things. I was happy they got a new stadium, sad when I found out where it was, annoyed they still have zero public transit access, and amazed they didn’t try to dodge Atlanta’s hot mess of a traffic situation putting themselves squarely up shit creek at the intersection of 75 and 285. Then I started drinking, and I felt alcohol about the whole thing.
1:48
Eno Sarris: LOL
1:48
Eno Sarris: I was mad and thought it was a first, moving into the suburbs, but then Bill James laughed at me and pointed out like eight times it’s happened before. Does that make it better?
1:48
Comment From Guest
what baseball player would have the best beer? Mike Trout stout?
1:48
Eno Sarris: There’s a beer called Trout Slayer by Big Sky.
1:49
Comment From john
Im sorry, but Sandy Alderson said the other day that Eric Young’s speed doesn’t do them any good on the bench. 1) Sabermetrics doesn’t value stolen bases; 2) You still have to get on base to use the speed, and 3) wasn’t speed being his positive skill why Sandy didn’t even discuss extension with Reyes? Come on Eno, you can’t still be supporting this guy. EYJr doesn’t belong on a baseball team, let alone an every day line up LEADING OFF!
1:50
Eno Sarris: I’m as stymied as you are by this. We’ll see what actually happens. Saber does value stolen bases if they come at a 66+% clip, though. And speed is valuable, just not a good only reason to give a guy like Reyes all that money.
1:50
Comment From Guest
i love that cults song but i am so bad with lyrics!
1:50
Comment From Pops
Any chance Buxton makes an impact next year? Worth drafting late in a keeper?
1:51
Eno Sarris: He as Trout-like upside. I think he’ll have less power though. and probably won’t show up until September, if at all.
1:51
Comment From Pops
Razzball has touted Cody Asche as a sleeper. Could his numbers compare to a guy like Kyle Seager?
1:52
Eno Sarris: I picked him up in a 20-team dynasty, but i wish it wasn’t an OBP league. I think he could be a low-OBP ok-contact guy with sneaky power and a few stolen bases, but I wouldn’t call him a Seager.
1:52
Comment From Seymour
what about Murphy for Rutledge?
1:53
Eno Sarris: I was thinking about that. I wouldn’t hate it myself because I kinda like Rutledge. Sandy doesn’t seem to care about defense that much, so Rut-Rut d not a big deal. The OBP might scare Sandy off though.
1:53
Comment From Fat Bastard
I’m liking me some Gausman,as a matter of fact I’ll have another scoop please!
1:53
Eno Sarris: I just wrote his player cap and I drooled as much as you while writing it. One of my favorite sleepers for this year.
1:53
Comment From Pops
Peter Bourjos or Adam Eaton nexr year?
1:53
Eno Sarris: I’ll take Eaton! Bourjos has like 300 PA over the last two years combined.
1:53
Comment From Harris K
Hamburg? Berlin?
1:54
Eno Sarris: Hamburg a bit cold, but Berlin, yeah that would be on the list.
1:54
Comment From juan pierres mustache
this mofo with the guinness. he had 11 yesterday! several at a bar. then a few at a residence. then BACK TO THE BAR. dude must just not eat food, or something. https://untappd.com/user/poopbullet
1:54
Comment From Sgtjunior
Laguinitas opening in Chicago, Goose Island here and we can’t get any love for Eno’s future home?
1:54
Eno Sarris: Winter.
1:54
Comment From greg
is late game inconsistency on release points on brooks baseball too?
1:54
Eno Sarris: baseball heat maps, look for pitcher injury tool
1:54
Comment From person hscer
subtitle: “How Did Your State Get Its Liquor During Prohibition?” http://foodspin.deadspin.com/cool-old-map-how-did-your-state-get-its-liquor-during-1486563191
1:54
Comment From Schrodingers Zombie
ratio of comments/questions about beer to comments complaining about beerchat?
1:54
Eno Sarris: like 100 to 1.
1:55
Comment From Fish
RE: Spanish Rosetta Stone. Ever looked at DuoLingo? It’s free.
1:55
Eno Sarris: Perfect, that counts as your gift to me, thanks.
1:55
Comment From Gila Monster
If Bond/Clemens/A-Rod..etc had a good media relationship, I feel like the HoF would be a lot more forgiving
1:55
Comment From LarryA
With some BABAP luck, if Denard Span can OBA .340, can he score 100 runs at the top of a strong Nats lineup?
1:55
Eno Sarris: Don’t forget he once had health issues. But sure. that’s about all of his value with like 18 steals and two homers.
1:56
Comment From Schrodingers Zombie
how do u tell whether a question (comment from ed) is about fantasy vs real life baseball?
1:56
Eno Sarris: I just try to answer on both levels unless there’s an obvious clue asking about dropping/keeping/picking up — I *assume* there’s no GM here asking me about trading for a player.
1:57
Comment From person hscer
why doesn’t Nate Silver just hire everyone? oh wait, he is twitter.com/fivethirtyeight/status/413741633750847488
1:57
Eno Sarris: Awesome.
1:58
Comment From juan pierres mustache
in a general sense, i would say weirdness has been achieved. the last chat i recall being this weird was when i was unemployed and participating at home and it was a friday and i was a little bit day-drunk. actually, that last part might be the only relevant fact
1:58
Eno Sarris: phew.

gotta go record a podcast so I can nap. thanks guys!

1:58
Comment From Ned Colletti
Speak for yourself….I’m lost…
1:58
Eno Sarris: nice.
1:58
Comment From person hscer
bye thanks eno
1:58
Eno Sarris: later guys



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5 Responses to “Eno Sarris Baseball Chat 12/19/13”

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  1. CAREFUL says:

    You may get leukemia..

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  2. Officer Farva says:

    Repost of last weeks!!!! booooooo

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  3. This means something. This is important says:

    Missed the chat, but wanted to make sure you were aware of the excellent use of the Cults’ Go Outside by Cam’ron on his most recent mix-tape. Makes for a nice sample.

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