Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 7/17/14

11:44
Eno Sarris: Hey!

11:44
Eno Sarris: I’ll be back soon!

11:46
Eno Sarris: In the meantime enjoy an oldie.

11:47
djclay33:

12:05
Eno Sarris: Sorry! I’m here!

12:05
Comment From Sandy
Eno time!

12:05
Eno Sarris: Like, I’m late so it’s Eno Time.

12:05
Comment From Bobert
David Peralta’s Steamer projections look surprisingly OK. Worth a flyer?

12:06
Eno Sarris: What about playing time though? I struggle with these old guys with different stories. He must be at or post peak by definition, but do we know his true talent? He was a pitcher for all those years, not struggling as a hitter.

12:06
Comment From Billy Beane
Derek Norris is obviously having a breakout season, but it almost seems like the fantasy community is more excited about what he’ll do in 2015. Is that because Jaso’s expected to be gone and Norris will have a full-time job?

12:07
Eno Sarris: Yeah, right now he only hits against righties when injury forces the manager’s hand. Good news is, lots of injury-riddled outfielders and first basemen on that team, so more Vogt and therefore more Norris. This year. Next year, giddyap.

12:07
Comment From Biggus Dikus
Is it possible to make a black and tan with black xantus and opal? I paired them a few days ago and it was awesome.

12:07
Eno Sarris: It’s possible because you did and that sounds great.

12:07
Comment From Zach
Trade for Gattis? Give up M. Montero for him (plus something extra to sweeten the deal)

12:08
Eno Sarris: See Gattis is like Peralta. Sure, he was old, but he was old because he dropped out of life for a while. Not because he couldn’t hack it at Double-A and then suddenly started beating up on the young guys out there. The BABIP is a little inflated, I still think Gattis is a .260 hitter with his plate discipline, but the power is real.

12:08
Comment From American League Hustle
Did Eno enjoy the all-star game? Favourite moment?

12:09
Eno Sarris: Futures Game. All-Star Game itself, I spent in the basement watching it on a projection as I waited from players to come out of the clubhouse to give crappy short quotes. That wasn’t a ton of fun.

12:09
Comment From JEB
Best beer you’ve had in Chicago so far?

12:10
Eno Sarris: Well best local beer was probably the Zombie Dust I had on tap at Three Floyds (not the Dark Lord I had), but I love sours and the Cantillon we had last night at Sabeermetrics’ house was awesome.

12:10
Comment From Doug
Dynasty League with QS and Wins for SPs and Negative Ks for hitters (meaning Hitters have less value then SPs) would you deal Freeman/Russell for Strasburg? In 1st place already.

12:11
Eno Sarris: What would be awesome is if you won the league and still had Freeman and Russell. I say no, you can still find pitching. Freeman’s power plus K rate is fairly valuable in your league.

12:11
Comment From Johnnycakes
A few 2015 ranking lists have come out recently, and all of them have Kole Calhoun ranked in the top-10 for AL outfielders next season. Is that crazy or are you on board with that idea as well?

12:12
Eno Sarris: See this is where you have to be more careful. Calhoun is 26, and played baseball continuously. So he doesn’t have as much upside as some think. Doubt he steals ten bases next year, doubt he hits much more than 20 homers. I guess with a good average, in the AL, okay. But not overall.

12:12
Comment From Texas Dolly
Derek Holland is still available in my AL-only keeper league. Is it worth picking him up now and stashing him?

12:13
Eno Sarris: Yes, do it now.

12:13
Comment From Tube
Thoughts on CJ Cron. Ok to drop Choo for him if I need power?

12:13
Eno Sarris: I’m not dropping Choo.

12:13
Eno Sarris: IS THAT CHOO

12:13
Comment From AL Pitching Coach
Start Kevin Gausman in Oakland on Sunday?

12:13
Eno Sarris: Yes!

12:13
Comment From Curious George
Can we expect Bradley Jr. and Betts to stay up ROS in Boston? If not, who do you think gets sent down?

12:13
Eno Sarris: JBJ if it’s my team.

12:13
Eno Sarris: But i think they both stay up. Development time.

12:14
Eno Sarris: Plus they have to decide who’s going to play CF next year.

12:14
Comment From THE average sports fan
Who are some pitchers to avoid in second half because of inning limits?

12:14
Eno Sarris: Jesse Hahn told me he probably has 120 IP, as much as I love him.

12:14
Comment From Fister? I hardly know her!
What are your thoughts on Matt Shoemaker as a fantasy SP? Thanks.

12:14
Eno Sarris: Been talking about him a lot on the podcast. Good fastball, great slider/split. Good K-BB. No pedigree, but I can’t find a reason not to like him.

12:15
Eno Sarris: Maybe a little bit of homeritis, but good home park for that.

12:15
Comment From Chris T.
Do you think Pineda is worth picking up in a monthly draft at the beginning of August (he’s supposed to be back mid-Aug.), or would you wait until September to see some results? Thanks!

12:15
Eno Sarris: I guess so, but it doesn’t sound like the kind of league where you can put him on the DL and I’d rather pick up a healthy pitcher.

12:16
Comment From Pale Hose
No question this week. Just here for the ludes.

12:16
Comment From Bill
Hey Eno, hope you enjoyed 3 floyds. Really bummed I’m going to miss the meet up today…too sick to make it out.

12:16
Comment From Dallas
I have a feeling Fagan and Becker weren’t referring to an ice cream soda.

12:16
Eno Sarris: not bad. sad, happy, ready to party.

12:16
Comment From stonepie
odorizzi or tomlin?

12:17
Eno Sarris: Odorizzi. Tomlin still giving up a ton of homers.

12:17
Comment From Christian
Your Chris Young article from weeks ago fascinated me, mostly because Chris Young himself is so different. Do you think his approach can be repeated by other pitchers or something he can uniquely do because of his height?

12:18
Eno Sarris: Actually I think Sean Doolittle is doing it a bit. I’m starting to hear CY a bit. I think the league is all low-ball pitchers and hitters. Look at that HR/FB graph — hot zone low and in, right where Doolittle says hitters are trained to ‘drop the bat head on the ball.’ Could more pitchers find success high in the zone? I think so, particularly ones that pitch in pitcher’s parks.

12:19
Comment From Sizzle
Corey Seager ranked #5 on KLaw’s Midseason Top 50 Prospects. Seems like a huge jump from the preseason.

12:19
Eno Sarris: Huge to see the jump in power while also cutting Ks. My only question is, is he too big for SS? I think so.

12:19
Comment From Jake
TRADE: I was offered Brandon Belt & Stephen Vogt for my D. Mesoraco in a 5×5 12-team, roto league w/ 4 Keepers. Given age, and Dez’s production I have to get more right? (I have C. Santana to play C if that helps)

12:20
Eno Sarris: Vogt isn’t giving you anything if you have Santana. Try for more. You’re right to wonder if Mes is a great keep-four keeper, so you can sell him with Santana waiting in wings.

12:20
Comment From Guest
Any good brewery recommendations for the Carolina/North GA area?

12:20
Eno Sarris: NoDa and Highland if you can get there.

12:20
Comment From Shteaven
Giles to close if/when Papelbon is traded?

12:20
Eno Sarris: Yes I think so. The command might still bight him in the ass, but he’s getting more eighth innings than Diekman if I remember right, and he’s got explosive stuff.

12:21
Comment From juan pierres mustache
Never move, guys. I tried it once and now I don’t have working internet, the washer and dryer don’t work, they gave me the wrong mailbox key, and my tap water tastes funny. The worst part is that these are all things that I should have investigated prior to signing a lease and it’s my fault and I’m gonna go home and sit in silence and drink a beer on the floor

12:21
Eno Sarris: One man, in search of a lude.

12:21
Comment From Shmu
What are your thoughts on Jean Segura? Turnaround? Positive regression?

12:21
Eno Sarris: Impossible. Without the tragic back story, I’d say yes, this guy can still hit .270/10/35. With it? No idea.

12:21
Comment From Al
Would you move two keepers for Mccutchen(44$) in an NL only? …. (1$) Ramos and a (7$) Rosenthal?

12:22
Eno Sarris: Yes, those two keepers I would.

12:22
Comment From Bart
Is Choo worth getting in a trade for either Rios or Blackmon assuming he turns it around in the 2nd half?

12:22
Eno Sarris: Not enough of a possible upgrade. Rios, for example, is probably projected for the same or better than Choo. Worth getting Choo, but maybe for a sell high pitcher.

12:22
Comment From Sandy
Eno, how do you embed videos in a comment here? My earlier attempt at doing so clearly failed.

12:23
Eno Sarris: No idea, I have the benefit of these tools. Perhaps you could use the embed HTML off of Youtube?

12:23
Comment From Alex
what is sonny gray’s value as a trade target? I offered him for joe nathan and jd martinez and was surprisingly turned down… am i that far off?

12:23
Eno Sarris: I’d rather have Gray than those two.

12:24
Comment From StartWedman
At what point should owners be worried about Oscar Tavares this year? I know long term he is still a top prospect (SSS), but how much longer will the Cardinals put up with his current output?

12:24
Eno Sarris: I’d give him another 50-70 plate appearances this year. I think teams generally like to give a guy 100+ before they move on. And I’m not talking long term. Long term, they’ll give him years.

12:25
Comment From AL
If you had to choose 2 of these 4 rookies, to start a team around, who would it be? Polanco, Bogaerts, Hamilton, Abreau?

12:25
Eno Sarris: My head says Polanco and Bogaerts because i love their real-life games. But Hamilton and Abreu is the combo that will win you more fantasy games.

12:25
Comment From John Stamos
Pretty safe to say that we’ll see Lucas Duda challenge Mike Trout for the top trade value on Friday?

12:26
Eno Sarris: Lock.

12:26
Comment From StartWedman
STUPID COMPUTER

12:26
Eno Sarris: STUPID FAT FINGERS

12:26
Eno Sarris: (not calling you fat)

12:26
Eno Sarris: (well, maybe your fingers. wait. let me start over)

12:26
Comment From Alex
* obligatory comment about how many comments are being said and how many your not able to get too *

12:26
Eno Sarris: And yet I find time to put my foot in my mouth.

12:26
Comment From Jack
Who are you most looking forward to seeing at pitchfork this weekend?

12:26
Eno Sarris: Danny Brown, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dum Dum Girls.

12:27
dannybrownbruhbruh:

12:27
Comment From stonepie
is rajai davis the ideal bench player? doesn’t start everyday but when he does, he’s always worth putting in there

12:27
Eno Sarris: Yes, but gets overrated by people because of his steals. Not an everyday player in real or fantasy.

12:27
Comment From I accidentally a whole Kemp
Now I have no idea what to do with Kemp. But I’m trying to deal him. I’m tryin Eno!

12:28
Eno Sarris: Trying to be the shephard real hard.

12:28
Comment From Alex
I have Sale, Gio, Gray, Simon, Richards, Arrieta, Simon with Mejia and Rosenthal. I am lacking in a 4th outfielder rolling out Span in a 12 teamer. Worth exploring trade options or try and win with that staff and hope for the best?

12:28
Eno Sarris: Sell Simon plus Span like it’s going out of business.

12:28
Comment From austin
is tommy la stella gonna be good for the braves for awhile? Or do you think they would be smart to try and make a play for a MI prospect like Mookie or one of the Cubs guys?

12:29
Eno Sarris: I think he’ll be great. At least while under control.

12:29
Comment From Guest
thoughts on Enrique Hernandez’s upside? (protip: pronounce his nickname as “kiQUE”, to avoid sounding antisemitic)

12:29
Eno Sarris: Maybe something like .280/15/5? He changed his stance, and it’s worked for his contact rate.

12:30
Comment From Bill
EEEENOOOOOOOOOOOO! Zips projects Kennedy to be #15 SP in my points league for ROS, one in front of Shields. You buying that?

12:30
Eno Sarris: No, not really. Always going to give up homers. Could end up in AL.

12:30
Comment From JEB
Have you had any pipeworks yet? You need to get some if you haven’t yet.

12:31
Eno Sarris: Ninja vs Unicorn on tap at Bad Apple last night. Thanks to Beermenus for finding it.

12:31
Comment From Sagar
I know you are a big fan of Mookie, but would you rather have him or Alcantara in a dynasty?

12:31
Eno Sarris: Classic upside versus floor discussion. I like having floor, I like little bust rates.

12:31
Eno Sarris: But the smaller your league is, the more you should go for ceiling.

12:31
Comment From Stanatee the Manatee
Buying a growler of local beer to drink in the backseat of a road trip: Good idea or best idea? (A pecan brown ale, for those curious)

12:31
Eno Sarris: As long as it’s legal, it’s awesome.

12:32
Comment From DJV
Thoughts on Conor Gillaspie? Is he really this good?

12:32
Eno Sarris: No, should return to being an empty .270 batting average soon.

12:32
Comment From Adam
Could the brewers make a push for Price with an offer of Nelsen and Haniger? Should they?

12:33
Eno Sarris: Would be amazing to take advantage of the back end of a window. But their farm system is barren. Now is not the time for rebuilding, though. I’d do it if the Rays would take that, but I don’t think they will — they turned down Russell…

12:33
Comment From Marty
I broke two bones in my hand diving for a softball, out 4-6 weeks. cheer me up. eno!

12:34
Eno Sarris: Aw damn. That sucks. Heard from someone that they’re using the Josh Donaldson / Adrian Beltre school of hitting in softball to great success — drop the back knee to make your bat mimic the flight of the pitch as it drops toward the plate. Could maybe practice that before you can play…

12:34
Comment From Sinbad
Do you find that players perform better in contract years?

12:35
Eno Sarris: Mostly a bunk theory in the numbers. One thing they do is play more often. Stay on the field during a nagging injury, maybe. The numbers say only PA goes up across all contract years.

12:35
Comment From StartWedman
Is it possible that Xander turns out to be a really good, real life SS, but only a decent fantasy SS? SS is suddenly becoming a deep pool with different threats of power and speed right?

12:35
Eno Sarris: Totally. Yes.

12:35
Comment From Guest
Is Tanner Roark for real?

12:36
Eno Sarris: He’s going to give up more homers some day, IMO. The sinker is a good pitch, but it’s not great. And a 45% ground-ball rate is good but not great. Not enough evidence that he’s a true talent 6-8% HR/FB guy.

12:36
Comment From Brad
my league is 3 day period this week. sucks. pts league. is gausman start in oak this week better than chapman? Thanks.

12:36
Eno Sarris: In a three-day window, yeah. Gaus will get you points. Chap might not even pitch.

12:36
Comment From ADMarshall
Sorry to continue our conversation from Twitter, but the other guy is pressing for an answer. He’s offering Heyward, Cobb, and K. Jansen for Arenado in a 12-team dynasty league. I have Rendon and Carpenter at 3B too, with D.J. Peterson stashed (not sure he’s a 3B though) and Maikel Franco available as a FA. What do you think?

12:37
Eno Sarris: I love love Rendon. I take the deal if the parts help a ton.

12:37
Comment From Bruce
Need pitching, Should I trade a top prospect for one, or roll with spotting Hahn, Chavez, Tomlin, Morton , etc in favorable matchups?

12:37
Eno Sarris: Spot.

12:37
Comment From StartWedman
Heading into next season, my 6 keepers in a regular ROTO league are Kipnis, Harper, Springer, Tavares, Trumbo, and Donaldson. Is there any area of weakness I should address from an offensive standpoint?

12:38
Eno Sarris: Might be interesting to see if you can improve the Trumbo spot, or maybe trade him for a buy low SS like XB. Will have to wait for Trumbo to heat up a bit first though.

12:38
Comment From Marty
largest fip/era deltas…anyyou buying: mccarthy/odirizzi/skaggs/hughes/kennedy

12:38
Eno Sarris: A little bit of Skaggs and Kennedy. Not going to trade for them, but if they’re on the wire.

12:38
Comment From Bart
Chris Young or Alex Cobb?

12:38
Eno Sarris: wut

12:38
Comment From K
IS Craig even roster-able at this point in standard 5×5 10 team leagues?

12:39
Eno Sarris: I think he can .280/15-18 still.

12:39
Comment From chris
Do you expect much from Duffy, Odorizzi, Gausman and Stroman in the second half? Innings limit issues on these guys?

12:41
Eno Sarris: I want Gaus and Stroman. I think they can do something good. Stroman only had 122 innings last year, so he probably has 70-80 innings left. Gausman has maybe 90 left. Good news is they are on competitors, so they more likely to push the innings totals.

12:41
Comment From jocephus
recommend a brew in wichita ks

12:42
Eno Sarris: Anything from Perennial? http://www.beergraphs.com/l…

12:42
Eno Sarris: Or Prairie.

12:42
Comment From dbet
How do you feel about Mike Minor ROS? Think he could beat his 3.7ish projection?

12:42
Eno Sarris: No, I think that’s him.

12:43
Comment From Ruki
Is this just the real Verlander or is it just fantasy? Is he caught in a landslide or will he escape from reality?

12:43
Eno Sarris: Easy come easy go.

12:43
Queen Official:

12:43
Comment From Shawty
Favorite SS prospect for fantasy purposes? Looking for someone who will stickat SS.

12:43
Eno Sarris: Russell.

12:44
Comment From Larry David
What are your honest to goodness thoughts on Dickerson? Long-term.

12:45
Eno Sarris: I don’t think he needs to have a platoon split long-term. Good power, some speed, interested in seeing his strikeout rate and batting average. Why would I lie.

12:45
Comment From LarryA
Kemp or Yelich ROS?

12:45
Eno Sarris: Yelich!

12:45
Comment From Spencer
With how much research is being done on pitch framing, do you think there will be a counter from offenses? Maybe fake steals and fake bunts become more prominent to get good pitch-framing catchers into bad positions. Is the impact big enough to even warrant attempting to counter it?

12:46
Eno Sarris: Did you see the Tulo flinch? I’m going to start asking batters about Batter Framing.

12:46
Eno Sarris: Bill Barnwell and I had a convo about that topic that inspired me.

12:46
Comment From Dyson
In a vacuum, would you rather have Corey Seager or Lucas Giolito for the next 3 years.

12:46
Eno Sarris: Seager. There’s evidence that the earlier you have TJ the more likely you are to have another.

12:46
Comment From PaulM
Have you Beer Camped yet? I havent…

12:46
Eno Sarris: Waiting for me at home.

12:46
Comment From jocephus
what about embedding a gif

12:47
Eno Sarris: Dunno. Rated Rookie or Maxamuz?

12:47
Comment From Bill
James Jones–enough avg. and steals to be very rosterable in roto, no? Criminally underowned?

12:47
Eno Sarris: No power right now, and that undoes some of his value, but I love him as a vRHP bench bat for extra steals. Even in mixed.

12:47
Comment From Guest
Garrett Richards highlights just reminded me of a pre-injuries Kerry Wood. Is that reasonable?

12:47
Eno Sarris: Big velocity and breaker combo, not crazy.

12:47
Comment From Monte
Sell or hold Gerrit Cole in an 11 team mixed keeper league?

12:47
Eno Sarris: Hold.

12:48
Comment From Chris
Eno, my friends and I are planning on turning our mixed redraft league into a keeper next season. What keeper rules should we adopt? Thanks!

12:48
Eno Sarris: Make them flexible but keep more than three or five. I went from keep ten to keep the entire roster (dynasty) over the course of five years and people liked that.

12:48
Comment From Sizzle
$1 Holland, $3 Teheran, $3 Gausman, $6 Kluber, $1 Daniel Murphy, $5 Calhoun, $7 Brantley, $9 Taveras. I can only keep 2..

12:49
Eno Sarris: Teheran and then take a deep breath on Calhoun vs Brantley.

12:49
Comment From Brian
Can you make baseball come back? Four days off has given me the shakes.

12:49
Comment From Ruki
Who would you say are some of your favorite players that are not “stars”? Say, 3? Mine would be Hisashi Iwakuma, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Kyle Seager.

12:49
Eno Sarris: Sean Doolittle John Jaso and RA Dickey because they’re great human beings with interesting skill sets and are always down to talk.

12:49
Comment From Sadwick
juan pierres mustache, there are legal ways to break a lease if it gets too bad. A friend and I had to do this in Macon Georgia when they took over a month to repair the air conditioner through July/August. In the meantime, poach some wi-fi, check for a good Laundromat, buy a water filter, drink good beer, and stay strong.

12:50
Comment From Anton
Is it fair to say that Derek Norris now has the starting job at catcher for the A’s?

12:50
Eno Sarris: Not quite. Once Reddick is back, Vogt probably goes to minors and Jaso catches v RHP a lot.

12:50
Comment From Bill
ENO! I calculated weekly variance on a weekly basis for all teams in my 10-team points league for Hitters, SP, and RP and found that weekly variance in performance is 4x greater for pitchers than hitters. you’d be proud!!

12:50
Comment From juan pierres mustache
imagine if matt cain had a huge fro

12:50
Comment From PS
that video is making me throw a dip in

12:51
Eno Sarris: This, my friends, is what interludes are all about.

12:51
Comment From Christopher Guest
Dude! What is up with Donaldson?!

12:51
Eno Sarris: His overall hard-hit percentage is the same as last year!

12:51
Comment From Commander Adama
Eno! Hi. What can you tell me about Despaigne, the pitcher for the Padres?

12:52
Eno Sarris: Throws so many breakers, inconsistent command, some games with one whiff. I don’t believe. But in that park, he can be a spot starter. Love the unibrow. Well, scared of the unibrow.

12:52
Comment From Ruki
Maybe offer some hemp with your Kemp?

12:52
Comment From Anton
Is there anything else you can learn about a hitter from ISO, other than his extra base power? High BABIP, etc?

12:53
Eno Sarris: There are some elements of speed in there (turning a single into a double), and yes a high ISO can show the power that can help turn outs into hits. But ISO takes like 550 PA to stabilize.

12:53
Comment From Nolan in NOLA
Which of these prospects should I look to move? Took over a team in dead last in virtually every category in a 12-team dynasty league with 40-man rosters – Javier Baez, Gary Sanchez, Matt Davidson, Albert Almora, Maikel Franco and Andrew Heaney

12:53
Eno Sarris: I’d trade Gary Sanchez because catchers take forever. Baez and Almora have decently high bust rates, if someone wanted to give me a nice big package of young talent for those guys, I might do it.

12:54
Comment From Matty
Could you give me a brief rundown of your opinion on Scott Kazmir? Might trade for him in a keeper and looking for 2-3 years out of him. Thanks!

12:54
Eno Sarris: I’d be worried about him at that age. I’m cool with him this year, maybe next, but he’s had injury problems in the past.

12:54
Comment From Vox
It’s too late tonight to drag the past out into the light, he’s Bryce Harper, but he’s not the same.

12:55
ghost111uin:

12:55
Comment From Holmes
Who should I be picking up early for speculative saves before the trade deadline?

12:56
Eno Sarris: Giles, Benoit.

12:56
Comment From Super important question that wont get answered
How much do you discount interleague innings? For example, Cole Hamels has a 4 + ERA in 175 interleague innings. If that just noise, or would it be something to worry about for an AL team?

12:56
Eno Sarris: That’s interesting. A decent sample, too. As much as I think vs Team stuff is stupid, vs league has a little bit of interest from me.

12:56
Comment From the Old Catfish
Hold up! Hard hit percentage? Where do I find that? And on a scale of broken glass to telepathy, how useful is it?

12:57
Eno Sarris: We’ve got some access to it. We’re working on an xBABIP that beats the old LD/FB/GB ones, but it’s still year to year under .5, so BABIP remains the big mystery.

12:57
Comment From Sadwick
Matt Cain with a fro….. ENO CAIN!!!!

12:58
Comment From juan pierres mustache
you can embed gifs with the arrow button next to where you type comments, have to be under 3 MB though

12:58
Comment From Barney Fife
Been loving that C-eligible production from Vogt, but when will he fall off the cliff?

12:58
Eno Sarris: When Reddick comes back, probably.

12:58
Comment From All my SONs
Do you like either HutchiSON or MasterSON in the second half?

12:58
Eno Sarris: Hutch more than Masters.

12:58
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12:58
Comment From Stop Lying About Dickerson!
Should I pick up and stream Stubbs when he is in COL?

12:59
Eno Sarris: Sure, when the platoon matchup works for him too.

12:59
Comment From Guest
If your kid was pitching what strategies would you tell him to use? F-Strike, arsenal selection, mental approach type stuff.

12:59
Eno Sarris: Strike one, repeat your mechanics, learn a change-up.

12:59
Comment From Enos #1 Fan
Forget Pitchfork…I’d rather see a festival featuring Korn, Hole, Bush, and Ween.

12:59
Eno Sarris: KORNHOLE JOKE

12:59
Comment From person hscer
batter framing? but how many times to hitters start towards first in 3 ball counts and the umpire then calls a strike?

1:00
Eno Sarris: I’m talking more the flinch, the lean, the grimace.

1:00
Comment From Dallas
I’ve picked up and dropped Alex Meyer 3 times already. 4th time a charm ?

1:00
Eno Sarris: Need to figure out what the Trevor May injury is. I think May might have been ahead until he got hurt.

1:00
Comment From Tom
Trade Hosmer for J. Zimmerman?

1:00
Eno Sarris: Yes.

1:00
Comment From Ruki
What are your not honest thoughts on Dickerson? Long term.

1:01
Eno Sarris: He’s got a hell of a southern accent. Wait, that’s honest still.

1:01
Comment From Bill
What do you like to do to assess your teams during the ASG break?

1:01
Eno Sarris: Normally I like to look at my standings and decide with categories I’m going to ignore and which categories I’m going to target.

1:01
Eno Sarris: But not this ASG. Jeebus. I’m lucky if I get out of this week alive.

1:02
1:02
Comment From juan pierres mustache
Dickerson’s first pet was a stuffed T-Rex that he named Carno becaue it was carniverous

1:02
Comment From juan pierres mustache
Dickerson’s childhood dream was to become best friends with Billy Dee because he thought Lando Calrissian’s capes were badass

1:03
Comment From jocephus

thanks JPM – im gonna go gif crazy now

1:03
Eno Sarris: There, that works.

1:03
Comment From the Old Catfish
The Mary J. Blige-U2 thing ended, so I thought the chat was over, but Eno has more staying power than MJBU2

1:03
Eno Sarris: Hah I should have an outro.

1:03
Comment From Giacomini
Just traded Pujols+Alex Gordon+Brian McCann for Beltre+Lucroy+top 6 MiLB pick in a 12 team dynasty. Thoughts just based on current value?

1:04
Eno Sarris: LOVE

1:04
Comment From Ruki
Do you think that pitcher batting could be an unexplored way to squeeze out more WAR, in the NL anyway? Someone’s comment on the Madison Bumgarner article made me think that it seems quite possible to squeeze out some worthwhile value there and he mentioned the Giants could be doing that.

1:05
Eno Sarris: I don’t know HOW you do it though. Extra BP for the pitchers? Doesn’t that put them at added injury risk? I think they just got lucky with Bumgarner being a decent hitter.

1:05
Comment From juan pierres mustache
Dickerson plays a mean fiddle

1:05
Eno Sarris: You’re a better liar than I am.

1:05
Sub Pop:

1:06
Comment From Norm
Traded Wade Davis for Alex Cobb, good?

1:06
Eno Sarris: WUT. of course.

1:06
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
You a fan of Boneshaker IPA?? Had a 6 pack last weekend, made my poop real odd… but it was worth it,

1:06
Eno Sarris: I do notice that some beers make my poop odd. Have not had that one yet.

1:06
Comment From Louis
Durability concerns aside, what do we think of Carlos Martinez? Own him cheaply in an NL keeper, but where have the + pitches gone?

1:07
Eno Sarris: He averaged like 97 in his last start. The change was iffy, but at 90… I’m still interested.

1:07
Comment From Craig Edwards
Courtney Love and Munky are forming a band and calling themselves Bags.

1:07
Comment From Ron Swanson

Aroldis Chapman

1:08
Eno Sarris: Those two posts were in a row, I’m not lying.

1:08
Comment From Ruki
He suggested it because they also signed Hudson, who is a fairly good hitting pitcher, and it seems like Lincecum is also improving as a hitter. I figure the best time for pitcher batting practice would be the offseason or ST, right? It seems like something that could be good if you could crack how to do it, anyway.

1:08
Eno Sarris: Sure, at least until the DH comes to both leagues.

1:08
Comment From juan pierres mustache
darren rovell just complimented Dogfish Head for expanding their brand because he saw their sausages

1:08
Eno Sarris: That’s dirty.

1:08
Comment From Holmes
Man…remember Nate Jones? *sighhhhhhh

1:08
Eno Sarris: I bet he closes next year. Just to twist the knife.

1:09
Comment From Christopher Guest
Donaldson’s hard-hit percentage may be the same as last year, but his LD% is down 8 points (20.6 -> 12.8)

1:09
Eno Sarris: Totally. No idea what to do with that. How could both things be true? He’s hitting more hard flies and grounders, but somehow no hard stuff in the middle?

1:09
Comment From person hscer
DH in both leagues? Before Ryan Zimmerman’s contract expires, please.

1:09
Comment From Ruki
Yeah, I suppose the DH coming to the NL at some point (as it likely will) would put a bit of a squash on it.

1:09
Comment From Dallas
Can Wada be serviceable? (15 team mixed) Any track record to speak of?

1:10
Eno Sarris: Control and command guy with an 87 mph fastball and a splitter. I’m interested in deeper leagues, fringe in yours.

1:10
Comment From Adrian
Trade Darvish for Donaldson or Rendon? Need a 3B badly.

1:10
Eno Sarris: Why not trade a lesser pitcher for a buy low 3b?

1:10
Comment From PaulM
Trade Edwin for Beltre and a SP?

1:10
Eno Sarris: If you need the SP, that’s okay.

1:10
Comment From Guest
hold grilli or pick up giles?

1:11
Eno Sarris: PIck up Giles.

1:11
Comment From rockin the casbah
Seems like a lot of conflicting metrics on A.Simmons. NL keeper where I can trade for him very cheaply for one year — thoughts?

1:12
Eno Sarris: Do it. I think he has more power than this, and he’s improved his pop up rate, so BABIP has a little more to go.

1:12
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Dave Robertson and Betances have to be the best late inning duo in the game right?

1:12
Eno Sarris: Good god is Betances huge. That was something I learned at the All Star Game.

1:12
Comment From Nate
I had a strange dream the other night where I was at an Iowa Cubs game and Lucas Duda was playing the OF. I proceded to make fun of his defense only to find that his mom and sister were sitting in front of me. They were angry at first but then we made up. What does this mean?

1:12
Eno Sarris: You think about baseball a lot.

1:12
Comment From guh
Wouldn’t vs league stats be kind of empty, given you don’t have separation based on what park they were, and (I assume) most of the boost in offense in the AL comes from the addition of the DH?

1:13
Eno Sarris: Yes and there is the factor that he could have faced the Yankees a ton of times. But 175 innings irons out some of those concerns.

1:13
Comment From Rated Rookie
I’m here. Sorry I’m late. If you and Paul Swydan did a chat together, my head–and my heart–would explode.

1:13
Eno Sarris: We’ll have to do that then. Well. I mean, I don’t wish you harm or anything.

1:13
Comment From Holmes
Thoughts on Cliff Lee when he returns? Ace? Worth trading for?

1:13
Eno Sarris: Worried about that elbow.

1:13
Comment From Anthony
Even though Kris Bryant is knocking hard at the door, could the Cubs keep him down for this year to save on service time?

1:14
Eno Sarris: He’s not a good defensive third baseman right now, that’s the only thing keeping him down (other than arb issues).

1:14
Comment From Dallas
Who’s next in line for the Mets (if Colon gets dealt)? Montero ?

1:14
Eno Sarris: Yeah, though Syndergaard is doing everything they wanted out of him. We made fun of Vegas for a bit, but he said it was improving, that the infield wasn’t made of rocks any more.

1:14
Comment From jocephus
guinness always destroys my next day poops

1:14
Comment From Phil
Piggybacking on the 3B answer, what 3Bs do you see are buy lows? Figured Donaldson with his crappy June was a buy low.

1:15
Eno Sarris: Oh I do think JD is a buy low, but I don’t think Darvish is a buy low price.

1:16
Eno Sarris: Good god Dayn made me the grossest breakfast. Love him. but Flax and almond milk and wheat grass and what is that stuff at the bottom

1:16
Eno Sarris: (I love him to death for giving me a couch though)

1:16
Comment From Ron Swanson

Cliff Lee coming back, have to drop one…Betances, Giles, Mejia…

1:17
Eno Sarris: Betances because no saves. As much as I hate writing that sentence.

1:17
Comment From did you say poop?
Have been trying to trade him in an NL only keeper, but keeping Charlie Morton at a cheap price is starting to grow on me. Is there something wrong with me and could he be a legit lat(er) bloomer.

1:17
Eno Sarris: I think you keep him because nobody will give you anything for him.

1:17
Comment From chris
Are we going to see any more of Cashner this year? If so, are his innings going to be limited?

1:17
Eno Sarris: He said it didn’t feel like the old problem when I talked to him. Said he felt good and was going to start throwing last week. I think we’ll get some news soon.

1:17
Comment From CuriousGeorge
Will Bryce ever turn into the superstar we all dreamed about for so long?

1:18
Eno Sarris: He’s still young enough that you can say he’s pre-peak for power.

1:18
Comment From Guest
I’ve noticed something I think is relevant. Strasurg’s CH is only 6 mph slower, but it moves 6 inches lower.

1:18
Eno Sarris: If you have enough movement like Stras and Felix, you don’t need the big gap in velocity. Great Harry Pavlidis article on what makes a good changeup

1:19
Eno Sarris: sorry computer is hurting a bit

1:20
Comment From Leland
Is the real Buster Posey the MVP we saw in 2012, or the still valuable, but streaky hitter of the last calendar year? Or maybe somewhere in between?

1:20
Eno Sarris: I think he can be a bit better than he is now, but he does go to all fields and I think that does sap some of his power.

1:20
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
I want to see Dellin Betances hit Altuve and Altuve charge the mound.

1:20
Eno Sarris: You never want to see a guy get hit but that… that I might want to see.

1:21
Comment From Guest
How do you pitch it so that it doesn’t lose much velocity but drops way more? Grip the bottom of the ball somehow?

1:21
Eno Sarris: More fingers. And you need to pull down on the ball, that’s how you get downward drop. Think slider and curve and that downward yank.

1:21
Comment From Shameless Shoehorn
If I gave you 5 000 000$ today (not taxed).. What would you be doing tomorrow?

1:21
Eno Sarris: Same thing but maybe fewer posts that would be longer.

1:22
Comment From Big Joe Montferrand
Big Joe Mufferaw is considered an insult to french canadians. His name was actually Big Joe Montferrand. Just sayin’.

1:22
Comment From Guest
V Mart is sitting on 21 Homers and 23 strikeouts. I am rooting for the homers to win.

1:22
Comment From tj
Do you think the day will come when pitcher injuries can be better predicted?

1:23
Eno Sarris: I think we might be able to curb them a bit, with better warm up and warm down and rest routines. Predicting/projection would have to get too much into the body’s mechanics, and every body is a beautiful snowflake. so, it’ll always be a little tough at least.

1:23
Comment From your mom
milwaukee brewery recc’s (bc im too f’in lazy to go on the beergraphs site)

1:23
Eno Sarris: Try Milwaukee. I hear this is interesting. http://www.beergraphs.com/l…

1:24
Comment From the Old Catfish
I feel we haven’t talked enough about how the Cubs have an RP named Schlitter. It gets me every time. Also, we don’t think about it because we’re used to him, but Madison Bumgarner has an amazing name, that turns into a completely different but equally amazing nickname.

1:24
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
I am french canadian.. Its an inside joke for anyone that knows the Ottawa Red Blacks situation. Its not offensive, its just how english people pronounce it

1:24
Comment From Guest
You can watch A Ram and tell he’s good in the clutch. And it’s true on fangraphs. So there, predictive ability.

1:24
Eno Sarris: Anecdotal though.

1:25
Comment From Jack Z
I run the Mariners. I feel reasonably certain that I’m going to face the Angels in a one-game playoff. Is there any point in trying to make deadline moves to optimize for that Destiny Game?

1:25
Eno Sarris: I think it’s kind of pointless, but I’m hearing he doesn’t think that.

1:25
Comment From Guest
There used to be 2 SS names Alex Gonzalez. Is there still one around? They both went to the post season faced eachother in 03 (marlins Cubs)

1:25
Eno Sarris: Nope. I think both are out of baseball. Now we’ve got our Chris Youngs.

1:26
Comment From Guest
The following are possible explanations how someone can have their best offensive year at 35: ___ ___ ___

1:26
Eno Sarris: Other than the unsavory ones, I do think there’s a chance a guy could sell out for power and give up the strikeouts and it’s a good change for them. ON the pitching side, a new pitch can work wonders.

1:26
Comment From Matt
Being from the Milwaukee area, I can confirm that the MKE Brewery is awesome. The O-Gii Imperial Wit is fantastic as is the Polish Moon. Both are two of my favorites.

1:27
Comment From Homer
Rank for ROS value: Cliff Lee, Shields, Latos, Cobb, Kluber, Bailey

1:28
Eno Sarris: Kluber Cobb Bailey Shields Latos Lee? Maybe Shields Bailey

1:28
Comment From Bucky
THoughts on LAtos for second half, reduced velo so far, but only handful of starts and his velo was down first 5 or 6 starts last season.

1:28
Eno Sarris: I’m worried about him because I don’t think he’s got a lot upstairs and when his athleticism goes…

1:28
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Dont you think that the whole 1 game playoff thing is kinda stupid? I mean, this is a team sportwhere they play 162 games and use 20+ pitchers… Then your season can be decided by 1 pitcher (I mean if the Dodgers meet the Pirates and Kershaw on the mound, it doesnt seem fair to base a whole seasone on that)

1:28
Eno Sarris: Yes.

1:28
Comment From Rated Rookie
I caught up. Danny Salazar and Taijuan Walker starting for their respective MiLB clubs. BRING ON THE YOUNG GUNS!

1:28
Eno Sarris: I still like em both!

1:28
Comment From person hscer
Bryce Harper panic is just that, panic. 1200 PA, and they’ve been good PA, before even some top-top prospects have just 1.

1:28
Eno Sarris: Yeah, the age is important to note.

1:28
Comment From Pee Wee
Does NY let Robertson go at the end of the year or even trade him now and let Betances close? Same can be said of KC with Holland and Davis

1:29
Eno Sarris: I would if I were them. Who knows what they do. I could see KC paying Holland too much. They traded for Frasor for some reason.

1:29
Comment From Ruki
If you could have a rotation of any 5 current players, who would it consist of?

1:31
Eno Sarris: Man I wouldve said Wacha like a month ago. And three days ago, Julio Urias. But I think there’s something about Bumgarner that’s super repeatable. Kershaw’s gotta be in there for sheer excellence. Felix is somehow still doing it even though he’s thrown so many innings. Love it.

1:31
Comment From Mb
I have a glut of 2b: Walker [keeper], Rendon [currently moved to 3b for Arenado, mookie [speculative add] and La Stella [injury back up add]. All have interesting potential but obviously I won’t be protecting 4 2Bs. Who do you pick?

1:32
Eno Sarris: Rendon for sure. I think Walker is meh, La Stella not a great keeper.

1:32
Comment From SNFU
Edinson Volquez ROS. :( or :)

1:32
Eno Sarris: :(

1:32
Comment From Rags
If you don’t want to be in the one game playoff, win your division. The way it use to be, more or less.

1:32
Eno Sarris: Except less.

1:32
Comment From Dallas
Have you or any of your league mates ever punted Saves and won a league? Possible? I’ll let you know …

1:32
Eno Sarris: In H2H yes.

1:32
Comment From Zach
Where can I find hard hit average?

1:33
Eno Sarris: Not on any site, it’s part of the deal with the stats company.

1:33
Comment From Rags
But more exciting end-of-season baseball!

1:34
Eno Sarris: Truth. Though I remember the Braves/Giants end of season fondly. Well dunno if fondly is the right word, but it was exciting.

1:34
Comment From Joe
Who do you like better: Neil Walker or Kolton Wong at 2B ROS

1:34
Eno Sarris: Walker

1:34
Comment From person hscer
So the Nats will have the 3rd (presumably), 13th, and 26th players in Dave’s trade value. And no one else was particularly close to the top 50. Interesting distribution.

1:34
Eno Sarris: Stars! But they improved their depth this offseason.

1:34
Comment From Howards Turn
If your close to your innings limit in a league, would you drop your lesser SPers and pick up bats, or simply switch them for shut down RPers even if they dont get Saves, or Wins?

1:35
Eno Sarris: Hard to get extra bats in a lineup. I’d go with RPers.

1:35
Comment From Rated Rookie

What's that? Baseball returns Friday?

1:35
Eno Sarris: Hey! I gotta go do things in Chicago!

1:35
Eno Sarris: Love you guys, see you next week

1:36
Comment From juan pierres mustache
have fuuuuuuuun



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re: growler in backseat on road trip:

the only issue I see with this is the bathroom issue. you don’t want to be the guy who makes the car stop every hour.

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