Eno Sarris — Baseball Chat 7/24/31

11:46
Eno Sarris: I’ll be here shortly.
11:47
MrRastajohnny:
11:47
Eno Sarris: Toots is a madman.
12:01
Comment From Matt Damon
MATT. DAMON.
12:01
Comment From Hase Cheadley
Hi Eno. I’m in an AL-only league and wondering if you think Chase Headley turns out to be the best bat coming over from the NL at the deadline?
12:03
Eno Sarris: I don’t think a big bat will move into the AL. I guess the only one that might is Oscar Taveras, and in the short term… Chase Headley has a lifetime .286 BA and .446 slugging away from PetCo. Is OT a definite to surpass that in his first taste of the league, in a pitcher’s park like Tampa? I take the bird in hand.

12:03
Comment From American League Hustle
I just stashed Derek Holland in my AL-only league. What can I expect ROS? More importantly, I now have him cheap for next year, so should I be excited about that?
12:03
Eno Sarris: I had like four shares going in, just because I like filling up my DL slots. I’ve sold a share or two since. I’m not sure he’ll do much better than high threes ERA, he’s still kind of a fastball/slider guy. But cheap? Yes, there’s some reason to be excited. Lefty velocity!
12:04
Comment From Jon
Hi, Eno. Any idea what the Dodgers plan to do with Alex Guerrero if Dee Gordon doesn’t regress?
12:04
Eno Sarris: I think I saw he’s taking reps at third!
12:04
Comment From jon
With trades, I’m now down to Rosenthal, Perkins, Casilla, Giles in my 10-team league for RPs. Good enough or speculate on one of the Tigers guys?
12:04
Eno Sarris: Seems fine to me. If Paps doesn’t get traded, you have a slot to go hunting with.
12:04
Eno Sarris: (Papelbon seems like a lock to be traded after the comments)
12:05
Comment From Tony the Tiger
Please tell me there’s nothing to worry about with Max Scherzer and his neck spasms!!!
12:05
Eno Sarris: No idea! I doubt it’s Fielder’s problem.
12:05
Comment From Larry David
Shields + X = Darvish. Where X can be any of Choo, Dickerson, Springer, Butler.
12:05
Eno Sarris: Math so hard. I pick a^2. Wait, I mean. Butler.
12:06
Eno Sarris: If you selling Shields. If you trying to make a fair deal… Dickerson?
12:07
Comment From jon
Until Mauer’s back in 10-team: Castro, D’Arnaud, Chooch? need avg/rbi
12:07
Eno Sarris: Gotta be Chooch I guess.
12:07
Comment From Raul
Where do you stand on George Springer in a keeper league? I saw ESPN’s updated keeper rankings had him at #9 overall. Are you on board with that kind of ranking? How much can the batting average improve?
12:07
Eno Sarris: I don’t think he can better that batting average very much. Even with a .350 BABIP, he’d have a .250 BA. I can’t call him a top-tenner with that batting average.
12:07
Comment From Phillip
Thoughts on the Soria trade?
12:08
Eno Sarris: Totally avoidable on the part of the Tigers. Use the Nathan money, and spread it around (Qualls, Benoit, flier like Hanrahan) and even if the flier doesn’t work out, you find a closer, or you’re in the same position looking to trade for a closer but you’re not locked into a long term deal at much money.
12:09
Eno Sarris: I think Feliz will close. Soria might take Nathan’s job, but not right away. If that’s what you were asking.
12:09
Comment From Snuffy
Hi Eno. Please rank these closers/potential closers for value next year in a 12-team dynasty league: Watson, Giles, H.Rondon, N.Ramirez, Putnam, Petricka, Ottavino, Feliz. Thanks very much.
12:09
Eno Sarris: Feliz, Giles, Ottavino, Rondon, Ramirez?
12:10
Comment From Texas Dolly
Hi Eno! Thanks as always for hosting the chat. Easily one of my favourite events each week. Just wondering what your thoughts are on Shin-Soo Choo going forward? He was one of my big ticket items this season, and he’s obviously been a huge disappointment. That said, I’m wondering if I should be afraid of him being shut down soon and look to sell at a huge loss, or simply ride out the wave and hope for the best? Thanks in advance!
12:10
Eno Sarris: I think you can’t drop — too much upside — and I don’t think they going to shut him down right now. They’d rather their investment didn’t look so horrible in the first year, I’d bet.
12:11
Okkervil River:
12:11
Eno Sarris: (that was dedicated to Choo, it’s definitely not HIS season)
12:11
Comment From Earl
In a dynasty league, Puig is a top __ overall player.
12:12
Eno Sarris: Now there’s a top-tenner. For some reason, his swinging strike rate hasn’t been as much of a drag on his K%. I suspect that will change a bit in the future, but for now, he’s a much better bet.
12:12
Comment From Guest
Eno, start Rubby in Toronto today?
12:12
Eno Sarris: For some reason, the slider hasn’t done well by whiff rate, but he has velocity, a great change… and some homeritis so far. I might sit for this one if you have any reason to protect your innings.
12:12
Comment From Jay L-ENO
Brandon McCarthy. OK to start in 1st time around the league? or is he better/worse? he looked ok last time out.
12:14
Eno Sarris: Sinker / cutter / curve is not too far from fastball / slider / curve, which is working for Garrett Richards. I think the cutter is a significant thing for him. But I still think some homers will leave that park and he’s more of a 3.75-3.9 guy.
12:14
Comment From Jay Hay
Thanks for chatting Eno. Looking for a high-ceiling SP prospect for the long term. Too early to stash Julio Urias?
12:14
Eno Sarris: He looked so awesome in Minny. I was fawning. Even if he’s 80% blind in one eye. Just adds a fear factor.
12:14
Comment From Ryan
Any reason at all to believe A. Craig will turn things around? He’s been dropped in my league. Cron, Pearce, Gillaspie, Vogt, and Lind are the other options. Thanks.
12:15
Eno Sarris: His upside (.280/18) seems to be below a healthy Lind, and Pearce should be able to do something similar in the short run too.
12:15
Comment From Please Help
I’m in an AL-only league and need to improve in AVG and SB. Can Eno recommend three players that should be my ideal trade targets? Thanks!!!
12:15
Eno Sarris: No Eno cannot. Well, it’s super hard this way. Easier: you find teams that are responding to trade offers, have extra SB to deal, and want what you have to sell! Then we can start talking in realities.
12:15
Comment From Christian
Can you write me a work note so I don’t have to go to a meeting and I can just talk beer and baseball here?
12:16
Eno Sarris: Done. “Christian’s house is on fire, he’ll be back at two.”
12:16
Comment From Jon
Travis d’Arnaud.. how real is the latest surge? top 12 fantasy catcher ROS?
12:16
Eno Sarris: I think he can be a .260/18 guy, like about half the catchers in ball.
12:16
Comment From Marlon Brando
ENOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
12:16
Eno Sarris: STELLAAAAAA (no, no I don’t want an Artois, was just yelling)
12:16
Comment From Matt
what are thought on the Braves farm system? Specifically, in their approach to developing pitchers?
12:17
Eno Sarris: I don’t see a guiding principle other than “low and away.” Not like the Pirates’ sinker love, or the banning of the cutter in other orgs. They’re just pretty good and spotting stuff, don’t seem to be scared away by crazy mechanics.
12:17
Comment From Mano e Eno
Cut Leonys Martin for A.J. Pollock (when healthy), James Jones, or Kiermaier?
12:17
Eno Sarris: Nope.
12:18
Comment From Alan
Hey Eno – I’ve got Michael Brantley as an 18th round keeper, but he’s currently the fifth highest scorer in my points league. What should I do with him? I’m leaning toward keeping him for the rest of the year and then trying to use him to upgrade one of my keepers in the offseason. I’m just not sure what to expect out of him going forward.
12:19
Eno Sarris: Smells like a peak year to me. He’s 27 and never once before in the minors or majors did he ISO over .120. (He’s at .191 now, I checked) Heck, in the minors his ISO might have been under .100. Yeah I’d sell at the end of the season.
12:19
Comment From Jason Kipnis
Where’d my power go?
12:19
Eno Sarris: Into Jason’s Aching Oblique.
12:19
Comment From Bryce Harper
Make me good again please.
12:19
Eno Sarris: New batting stance. Also, you’re pretty good and super young.
12:20
Comment From Nathan
Eno, Fantasy Question: Cliff Lee vs. Arizona or Arrieta vs. St. Louis on Saturday? Basically this is a no brainer if Lee is in form, so the question would you take the risk of Lee being healthy enough versus a relatively weaker line-up, or is Arrieta the safe bet.
12:20
Eno Sarris: I’d take even a reduced Lee.
12:20
Comment From Brian
In a league that values R/RBI, how would you rank Gregory Polanco, George Springer and Oscar Taveras going forward in a keeper league if they all have similar values?
12:21
Eno Sarris: You mean if they have similar prices? Polanco is going to give you R, Springer both, OT both. If you don’t need BA, Springer probably wins. But with BA… Polanco close. OT won’t steal, so he would need to have a ton of power or a .300+ BA…
12:21
Comment From RAAAAAaaaahuh?
dickey gives me heart attacks
12:21
Eno Sarris: Well, even HE doesn’t know where the ball is going.
12:22
Comment From Mike at the Ted
How are you liking Stroman ROS, and is there any reason to worry about an innings limit?
12:23
Eno Sarris: 120 IP last year, 90 so far this year. He might only have another 60 left. But they did slow him down, so 60 might take him to the end of the season.
12:23
Nanz Calrissian:
12:23
Eno Sarris: Mostly shared for the name of the song and band.
12:24
Comment From Eric
5×5 OBP league. Segura or Alcantara ROS? Segura’s been awful and his OBP is killing me
12:25
Eno Sarris: I don’t even know how to answer Segura questions any more. I’ll say that AA’s OBP upside is no better than Segura’s, and he’s probably not going to steal as many bases…
12:25
Comment From Max Fisher Players
Should I be concerned about minor, I mean he cant be this bad right, or just go all dropsies in a 12 team
12:26
Eno Sarris: You know, he might just give up a few too many homers. Might just be a problem he has. But his K-BB suggests that 3.7/1.2/1HR9 is still more probable than he’s broken.
12:27
Comment From Maxamuz

I have decided your fate.

12:27
Eno Sarris: AND I NEVER GOT A CHANCE TO KISS MIKE TROUT
12:28
Comment From Tommy La Stella Was a Diver and He Was Always Down
Yordano Ventura’s lack of Ks after coming off the DL: cause for concern or not?
12:28
Eno Sarris: I don’t even get why he doesn’t strike out a guy per inning when healthy, but yeah, he might not be fully healthy. interesting question for me in redrafts: Ventura or deGrom. Might be DeGrom.
12:28
Comment From PS
would kissing an actual Trout be close enough?
12:28
Eno Sarris: Can’t be the same thing.
12:29
Comment From Sadwick
The Stella remark brought to mind an interesting question. I have a friend that is teaching me to paint, and her favorite beer is Stella Artois. I favor porters, stouts, IPA’s, and darker ales so I usually don’t have much she’ll drink. What craft beers can I look for similar to Stella that she might drink? (I live in Tennessee if that helps)
12:29
Eno Sarris: Bring her a pinkus organic ur-pils. Or just a Victory Prima if you can find it.
12:29
Comment From Tom
Good god, enough with the Youtube videos. Slows the important info like beer and fantasy.
12:29
Eno Sarris: Glad to know you got your priorities straight.
12:29
Comment From Bartleby
We are moving apartments at the end of August. I am not looking forward to this. You said your crew is moving this month. I feel your pain. How far you going?
12:29
Eno Sarris: Oh man I’m going to burst this weekend. Moving with a two-year old and a pregnant wife. I’m screwed.
12:30
Comment From baitrageous.com

12:30
Eno Sarris: Wut.
12:30
Eno Sarris: That’s an actual thing?
12:30
Comment From Jasper
What round does Rizzo get drafted in next year? Beast!
12:30
Eno Sarris: Making me look good. Love that dude. Why not a first rounder?
12:30
Comment From Kentavius
Favorite book you’ve read recently? Baseball related or not doesn’t matter.
12:30
Eno Sarris: not reading a ton right now but just finished Murakami’s Hardboiled Wonderland and the End of the World, which was fun, as his books always are.
12:31
Comment From Marty
Did you see the Cheese Pierogie broke his foot last night? Terrible…and also tragically comedic.
12:31
Comment From Fish
Oh man how good was Gladiator?
12:31
Comment From Fish
So good
12:31
Eno Sarris: like the happy/sad interludes best.
12:31
Comment From Dr. Met
Whatever happened to Mookie Mania? what would it take to have the Bosox play their youth (jbj and mookie) over gomes and old veterans going forward?
12:31
Eno Sarris: It’s always hard to hit the ground running in your debut. I still love him.
12:31
Comment From A Hesitant Northsider
All of the Cubs’ best-regarded prospects are at AA or higher now. Can I make some room in my heart for this team again, or will I be hurt once more?
12:32
Eno Sarris: At least one will bust. It’s a fact of life. But the ones that make it… they will be glorious.
12:32
Comment From Mooking for Love
12 team 27 man roster 5×5 keeper auction (~$270)…Odor worth a look next year for $4?
12:32
Eno Sarris: Shared for the handle. The question… Well, what’s his role? I can’t see it, but if you can get him for cheap, and hold him. What if Beltre doesn’t sign?
12:32
Comment From Rated Rookie
Which pitching arsenal and prospect do you like better, longterm: Archie Bradley (FB/CB) or Carlos Rodon (FB/SL)? Also, which one develops a useful CH first?
12:33
Eno Sarris: Bradley’s arsenal, but his command is worse. I haven’t found a difference between breakers and ability to develop a change. IF they haven’t yet, they should try a splitter because I think that helps guys who are natural breaker guys.
12:33
Comment From Mike at the Ted
Keuchel hit a wall?
12:34
Eno Sarris: Talked to him. Grips piece monday. No, he admitted the different usage was due to his injury. Said he had a golf ball sized swelling in his wrist, it’s gone now. Last game was normal usage.
12:34
Comment From The Laffey Curve
Which method of fantasy player valuation do you endorse: Z-scores, Standings Gain Points, or other?
12:34
Eno Sarris: I like the ideas behind Z better but SGP has served me better.
12:34
Comment From Dr. Met
Guess who’s back, back again, Wilmer’s back, tell a friend!
12:35
Eno Sarris: Ruben’s got a decent OBP, but he’s been disappointing to me.
12:35
Comment From Krusty
Dyson is 4th best hitter (WRC+) on Royals while playing great defense and running well. Do you think he gets consistent PA’s vs all right handed pitchers, going fwd?
12:35
Eno Sarris: He’s interesting going forward, moreso than this year, when they’ll just muddle along with four guys.
12:36
Comment From Kentavius
Why is Degrom a 26 year old rookie? Just a late-bloomer or something else?
12:36
Eno Sarris: Tommy John.
12:37
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
Thoughts on switching to a 6 man rotation and ‘Grippier balls’? Darvish said plain and simple, that those are the reasons why their are so many arm injuries.
12:38
Eno Sarris: I wrote a piece for Sports on Earth about the six-man rotation. I like it. Half the TJs (fewer even) in Japan, and they get extra rest. Grippier balls might be a way to get around the stupid pine tar issues, too.
12:38
Comment From Kentavius
Pretend for a second that Michael Pineda isn’t always hurt. Would you rather have him or Zack Wheeler?
12:38
Eno Sarris: Wheeler has the same velocity, a wider arsenal, but less command. I can’t pretend that hard though so I go ZW.
12:38
Comment From J.S. Bach
Barret Loux was 1.6 in 2010, two years later turned into Geo Soto and now forgotten. Let this be a requiem for Barret Loux.
12:39
Eno Sarris: Let’s hope this is not a requiem for Brady Aiken.
12:39
Comment From Fish
What the hell does ‘grippier balls’ mean?
12:39
Eno Sarris: Higher seams.
12:39
Comment From SNFU
Dynasty question. Belt or Hosmer? Thanks
12:39
Eno Sarris: Belt. More power, neither will steal much going forward.
12:39
Comment From Wallabee
I’m about to pick up Keuchel and drop Odrismar. Hate giving up that name, but, yeah, good move?
12:39
Eno Sarris: Whiff rates say yes.
12:39
Comment From Rico
New to Fangraphs but a nerd so I’m excited. With so much info, could you tell me where to start to make the most of what all the stats mean? Thanks!
12:39
Eno Sarris: Read the glossary and ask Neil Weinberg questions on Wednesdays in his chat!
12:40
Comment From The Rain in Despaigne Falls Mainly on the Plain
Odrisamer Despaigne….somehow actually legit or should I get in my bomb shelter and prepare for the impending explosion?
12:40
Eno Sarris: I wrote about him this week, and it’s hard to do him justice quickly. Tons of pitches, tons of arm angles, tons of movement, very few whiffs.
12:40
Comment From person hscer
I have no idea if this is going to work – turkey, ranch, and sauerkraut on wheat. i went light on the cabbage because that sounds bad in writing
12:40
Comment From Kentavius
Higher seems would certainly have an effect on pitch movement, no?
12:41
Eno Sarris: Yes and that’s why they won’t do it because pitching is already so far ahead.
12:41
Comment From alex
Why is baltimore looking for pitching upgrades when they have Gausman (and maybe Bundy) ready for action?
12:41
Eno Sarris: Because they want to win right now.
12:41
Comment From Maxamuz

True story. My username is a direct result of having Maximus being taken so I improvised to Maxamuz.

12:41
Comment From Tom
Which closer in waiting are you grabbing before the trade deadline? Thayer?
12:41
Eno Sarris: Giles, Bryan Morris, Quackenbush in that order I think.
12:41
Comment From person hscer
do you trust Alex Gordon’s UZR and therefore WAR
12:42
Eno Sarris: He’s a really good defender. Way more mobile than you’d think for a former third baseman. And the angle to the plate is the same as he’s played his whole life.
12:42
Comment From Goat

My friend tells me smugly that he drafts with injuries in mind and that's why he has faced one (short) DL stint the whole year. Such bollocks.

12:42
Comment From Kentavius
Do you remember all of these players stats or do you quickly look them up and make a determination when someone asks you a question about a specific player?
12:42
Eno Sarris: If i quote a direct stat, I looked it up.
12:43
Comment From alex
Best hypothetical 6 man rotation 2015: Harvey- Wheeler- Synd- Gee- Niese- Colon?
12:43
Comment From alex
Cripes! i forgot deGrom… 7 man rotation!
12:43
Eno Sarris: For all the pessimism about the Mets, I like that group a lot.
12:43
Comment From alex
RE: but gausman is ready RIGHT NOW!
12:43
Eno Sarris: Is true, but from their usage of it, seems they don’t trust him.
12:43
Comment From person hscer
small queue or working quickly?
12:44
Eno Sarris: Skipped the middle. Will go back.
12:44
Comment From PS
oh, that kind of killed the idealized version i had of you eno
12:44
Eno Sarris: Haha I have a sieve for a brain. My computer is my brain.
12:45
Eno Sarris: I don’t think you can have an idealized version of a person that likes such a strange mix of music anyway. For example, I think this is one of the best singers ever
12:45
gimmethatglow:
12:45
Comment From SNFU
It wasn’t pretty, but Salazar got the win the other night. Do you think he sticks this time around?
12:46
Eno Sarris: By K-BB it was okay. I’m watching his BB%. Always a better play in pitchers parks.
12:46
Comment From Marty
Afternoon baseball FTW
12:46
Comment From Jasper
Jason Heyward quietly coming on lately. he stinks against lefties still but are you a believer?
12:46
Eno Sarris: I still think he can be a .260/20-25/10 guy whenever it works out for him.
12:46
Comment From ilxor
Classic or dud: Weird Al Yankovic
12:47
Eno Sarris: well he’s got great hair. I’m not actually that big on satire. usually I get it by the title and then it just seems to drag.
12:47
Comment From person hscer
re Gordon it’s just a little weird that a LF with a 122 wRC+ is the second best player in baseball by WAR
12:47
Comment From PS
thats just part of the magic
12:47
Eno Sarris: These were consecutive but I doubt they are related.
12:47
Comment From Jasper
What will be Bryce Harpers numbers 5 years from now?
12:48
Eno Sarris: He’ll be 29 or something? So he’ll be on the other side of his peak. I think he can peak at .280/30/5+. By 29/30 he’ll be back to oft-injured .275/20+ seasons again?
12:48
Comment From PaulM
So if a gyro can be called a sandwich why cant a taco?
12:48
Eno Sarris: I WILL NOT BE DRAGGED INTO THE MUCK AND THE MIRE
12:49
Comment From Kentavius
Remember when Heyward was the next Griffey?
12:49
Eno Sarris: He is kinda smooth, but yeah.
12:49
Comment From Fish
Dickerson + Stubbs = one elite OF spot, yes?
12:49
Eno Sarris: It’s a nice way to go as long as the team remains as predictable.
12:49
Comment From Mike in SAV
Odds Ken Giles is closing games in a week? 50/50? 75/25 for?
12:50
Eno Sarris: I can’t believe the odds of any setup guy closing is 50/50. Maybe 25/75.
12:50
Comment From Sad Panda
AL Only: Drop Chris Young for Hellickson or Elias?
12:50
Eno Sarris: IF all three are fungible in that league, I suggest taking the guy who’s throwing at home.
12:51
Comment From person hscer
at least listen to tracks 3-5 on the new Weird Al record
12:51
Comment From person hscer
Harper’s 26 in 5 years
12:52
Eno Sarris: Jeebus. I knew he was young but I thought he was like 23 or 24. Uh. 26. So he’ll hit the peak then. .280/30/15 is the best I can dream up for him. That violent swing won’t produce a .300 average unless he has exceptional BABIP love I think.
12:52
Comment From will
Which Cubs prospects are you excited to see in the Majors
12:52
Eno Sarris: Addison Russell maybe most. Love that dude.
12:52
Comment From Mike at the Ted
Remember when Griffey was the next Swayze?
12:52
Eno Sarris: Man you should see him dance.
12:53
Comment From Dr. Met
Grippier balls would mean no more creative “cheating” like unfiled nails, sandpaper, pine tar lotions, excessive gel in hair! But at least we’ll always have Colon’s jigglyfat!
12:53
Comment From Alan
I have Nolan Arenado for cheap as a keeper, but I don’t know how high I should be on him. HELP, ENO.
12:54
Eno Sarris: He’ll hit .300 with 25 homers one year. If it’s OBP, he’s a little less exciting.
12:54
Comment From Maxamuz

I think I broke my finger last night. damn pinky.

12:54
Eno Sarris: Gotta watch the fingers. The pinky seems unimportant until you want to raise a glass with class.
12:54
Comment From Mike at the Ted
ETA on Paxton back in rotation?
12:55
Eno Sarris: A week or two, but you know, it might be for someone else.
12:55
Comment From Dr. Met
A Thayer in hand is worth 2 in the Quackenbush!
12:55
Comment From Terrible Ted
Triscuits have really stepped up their game.
12:55
Comment From Tike at the Med
Remember when Swayze was the next Nixon?
12:55
Eno Sarris: Love that.
12:56
Comment From Kentavius
You don’t see 40 hr potential from Harper?
12:56
Eno Sarris: I think we have to figure out how often he’ll be injured first.
12:56
Comment From Guest
What do you think about Delino DeShields Jr.?
12:57
Eno Sarris: Terrible motor. Saw him twice and was super uninterested in the things that hard-workers do without questioning. Some good tools. Terrible D in OF. Dunno about power. Not terribly excited.
12:57
Comment From Tony
True talent level for Kevin Kiermaier? He has talked about changing his swing and his batted ball distance looks good.
12:58
Eno Sarris: This is too much power for him, but I think he could .275/18/10+ or something next year.
12:58
Comment From SNFU
Are you a scotch guy? If so, what brand floats your boat?
12:58
Eno Sarris: Laphroig.
12:58
Comment From Wade Ortega
Can Hector Rondon continue to close or will Cubbies turn to Neil Rameriez soon?
12:58
Eno Sarris: I think Rondon is fine. There are some in Chicago that want to see Ramirez start again.
12:59
Comment From Dr. Met
Nobody actually said this yet today, but Mets made like Indiana Jones in the Last Crusade and chose wisely right? Duda > Ike
12:59
Eno Sarris: No, I haven’t seen the guy that likes to yell about the front office yet today. I didn’t like the timing of the trade, wanted Ike to build up more value, but we saw from Logan Morrison that you don’t get much for a struggling young 1B. I’ve always loved Duda.
1:00
Comment From Gila Monster
Why haven’t I heard anything about the Red Soz trading Jon Lester? They stated they are holding off on contract talk until after the season. I imagine he could return a nice piece for a rental.
1:00
Eno Sarris: We have heard that Peavy might be gone…
1:00
Comment From Ryan
Playing for this year in a keeper 5×5… does it make sense to send Votto/Molina to get back VMart/Rosario? Balancing present and future value is hard.
1:00
Eno Sarris: That’s not terrible. It’s selling low on Votto, but VMart still has a couple years left. And as bad as Rosario has looked, he’s younger.
1:01
Comment From Phil
Branyan Morris over AJ Ramos for closer speculation pickup? Why?
1:01
Eno Sarris: Pitching in the eighth, doesn’t have a 6 BB/9.
1:01
Comment From J
Is Keuchel back? Can he give me close or even to one of these guys so I can trade for an upgrade elsewhere? Ryu, Fister, A. Wood, Cobb (also have Bumgarner, Cueto, Kazmir).
1:01
Eno Sarris: Sell Fister, pick up Keuchel.
1:01
Comment From Gashouse Gorillas
Is Dan Haren done? He has struggled his last four starts…seems like he is broken (injured). Thoughts on ROS
1:01
Eno Sarris: I love him, but he’s not far from retirement.
1:01
Comment From whoa
Can you imagine a world where all of the players from RBI Baseball had sons with the same name and they all were as good as their fathers and they made another RBI Baseball and it was exactly the same except every player had ,Jr. after his name
1:02
Comment From Sociologist
Sarris is clearly not a Scottish name, SNFU
1:02
Comment From Tom
Maxamuz has animated gifs are going to single-handedly get me kicked off the internet or FG blocked while at work.
1:02
Comment From Mike the at Ted
Remember when Nixon was the next James Brown?
1:02
Eno Sarris: I heart you guys.
1:02
Comment From Adam
Kiermaier worth a pickup for UT ROS when my current rostered options are Willingham and whichever of Wong/Gennett isn’t at MI?
1:02
Eno Sarris: Yes. I’d like to pair him with Wham.
1:03
Comment From SNFU
So you’re into the smokey stuff? Look for Ardbeg, Bowmore, Caol Ila.
1:03
Eno Sarris: Caol Ila is the bomb!
1:03
Comment From blowing in the wind
i turned dom brown and baez into puig. will baez make me look stupid?
1:03
Eno Sarris: I love that trade.
1:03
Comment From Dr. Met
Breaking: A’s front office is human after all… released Jim Johnson
1:03
Eno Sarris: yeah but what has Jemile Weeks done recently.
1:03
Comment From Poop
Enrique Hernandez worth a damn long term?
1:04
Eno Sarris: I like that he played SS last night. I think he could be Prado esque.
1:04
Comment From Norm
Alex Cobb filthier than….Homer Bailey ROS?
1:05
Eno Sarris: Well, let’s see how his elbow feels today after being hit. Bailey has been great after a bad first month, so his numbers just hiding his talent. But the knee is a worry. But yeah I love Cobb.
1:05
Comment From Guest
Wow, your peak projection for Bryce Harper good and useful for fantasy purposes, just Bryce has been pumped up as way more than that.
1:06
Eno Sarris: The steals aren’t there for 30/30. As for 40 HR, as I said, let’s see how his health holds up.
1:06
Comment From "Ryan Zimmerman"
And I would have been a Hall of Famer too, if it weren’t for my meddling shoulder and hamstring and thumb and
1:06
Comment From Guest
Why does every restaurant website have pdf menus???? WHY??
1:06
Comment From A cubs fan, actually
Epstein on record unhappy with the Cards getting a competitive balance pick, and a litany of people piling on about how a team as good as the Cards shouldn’t get one. Are they missing the point in this criticism? This is clearly *not* about merit — the regular draft is. Change your formula for determining CBP eligibility (to incl. payroll, maybe?) or think of another way to even out, but thinking that we should penalize a small-market team for being good in a system that’s working to level the playing field seems to miss the boat a bit.
1:07
Eno Sarris: I think it should be tied closer to record as well as size?
1:07
Comment From juan pierres mustache
bartolo colon has the lowest ratio of facial expressions to innings pitched in MLB history
1:07
Eno Sarris: He’s like that in the clubhouse too. Blank slate.
1:07
Comment From Jason
Under the radar beer you had on your road trip?
1:08
Eno Sarris: Well I hadn’t anticipated it as much as others but Piece Pizza’s Camel Toe DIPA was amazeballs.
1:08
Comment From Rated Rookie

How Matheny's handling of Oscar Taveras makes me feel.

1:08
Comment From Bartleby
Looked like he had some serious control issues v. MIN despite the positive-ish results. What are your thoughts on him the rest of the way?
1:08
Eno Sarris: Salazar does have command issues. He admitted the same to me. Just watch for the walks.
1:08
Comment From Imperial Stout
Why doesn’t Hill Farmstead distribute to my face?
1:08
Eno Sarris: pondering
1:09
Comment From Bartleby
Still Hurting for Runs… Scooter is my only 2b (damn you Aaron Hill), trade Alvarez for Wong, or cut Scooter and pick up Rutledge, then piece it together ROS? 12tm mixed.
1:09
Eno Sarris: Can you do Scooter and Rut Rut?
1:09
Comment From dave
Beer Dilemma: aging beer in my NYC apartment. Option 1) Dark top cupboard that serves as “cellar” or 2) Fridge taking up space. Have AC but temperature goes above 80 in the summer when I’m at work. Maybe Fridge in the summer and cupboard in all other seasons? Aging stouts and sours.
1:10
Eno Sarris: Wait I thought I took this last week. How about a cooler where you change out the ice from time to time? Or a cooler with those ice packets that don’t melt? that’s smaller than a fridge.
1:10
Comment From atoms
What potential minor-league callups do you anticipate in the second half who could potentially help with SBs and/or OBP categories? Especially SBs though.
1:12
Eno Sarris: SBs huh. Just looked at the top 100 again. Lindor or Marisnick is all I see.
1:12
Comment From Sola
Is Verlander or Kuechel droppable in a 10 team mixed league? I need ERA and WHIP help badly. DeGrom, Hudson, and Porcello are available.
1:12
Eno Sarris: Just wrote about Verlander, I think it published. I think he’s hurt right now. You could wait for him to hit the DL…
1:13
Comment From Krusty
will Joey Gallo strike out more or less than George Springer once promoted to MLB?
1:13
Eno Sarris: more?
1:13
Comment From Please Help Mike
I was offered a massive haul for Abreu. This is an 8 team mixed keeper where I have Abreu at a great $10 price. Was offered his Machado, Chapman, and Darvish (Machado is the only one at a keep-able price) for Abreu. 6×6 league (TB and Holds). Is it worth it?
1:13
Eno Sarris: Nope. 8 teamer, you need to hold on to best players.
1:13
Comment From Big Joe Mufferaw
I dropped Keuchel for Degromm.. Good move at this point?
1:13
Eno Sarris: Is okay. DeGrom has more Ks.
1:14
Comment From Fish
There aren’t nearly enough brat questions in this chat
1:14
Comment From Fish
Best brat topping?
1:14
Eno Sarris: Kraut.
1:14
Eno Sarris: says the Kraut.
1:14
Comment From PS
Odor is doing ok and he’s only 21! i have faith. plus he’s hodor’s brother
1:15
Eno Sarris: Well he’s got that going for him. No, I like Odor, my only question is where does he play next year.
1:15
Comment From Jake
The Padres’ 2014 BaseRuns RS/G: 2.99. Yeesh.
1:15
Eno Sarris: SHIELD YOUR EYES MAN
1:16
Comment From Guest
Why does this thing sometimes eat my questions before I hit send
1:16
Eno Sarris: Cause your questions taste good?
1:16
Comment From Jake
Kraut is good for ya gut flora, jus’ saying.
1:16
Eno Sarris: Good news.
1:16
Comment From person hscer
Houston is becoming a sleeper pick for top 5 dysfunctional sports cities. the NFL team sucks, the NBA team has a controversial front office…and the MLB team both. and the city has no championships since 1995.
1:16
Eno Sarris: I like that NBA team tho.
1:17
Comment From SEA Starters
Who do you like better for remainder of 2014: Taijuan Walker or James Paxton?
1:17
Eno Sarris: Both have serious consistency problems. And they might lose their spots to trades… I like Walker’s stuff better.
1:17
Comment From Guest
Best vegan brat?
1:17
Eno Sarris: Ve.. ga… n…. Br-a-t?
1:17
Comment From Slim Jim
Shane Greene the real deal or flash in the pan?
1:18
Eno Sarris: Sinker slider guy with no great change, inconsistent minor league stats:
1:18
TheStrypesVEVO:
1:18
Comment From Terrible Ted
You don’t make friends with salad.
1:18
Comment From Guglhupf
Jesus Montero’s bat too slow to play up to MLB pitching?
1:19
Eno Sarris: Someone told me a story about Montero’s batting practice the day he was up. He was up there joking and smiling and hitting bombs but also whiffing and not really taking it seriously. His manager had his head in his hands. Montero said ‘Oh yeah he doesn’t like me.’ Dude does NOT get it.
1:19
Comment From Sadwick
You may not make friends with salad, but I just made lunch with one.
1:19
Comment From Guglhupf
Nick Franklin: stinky, or something that a good club will turn into Ben Zobrist 2.0?
1:20
Eno Sarris: He’s improved his strikeout rates with more time in the past. 28.9% K rate is bad. But what if he can push it down to 22-24%? Then he can be useful.
1:20
Comment From Adam
Jay Bruce – struggling because of (a) injury, (b) loss of Votto from lineup, (c) general regression/aging, (d) some combination?
1:21
Eno Sarris: The injury hurt him for a month or two, you can see his GB/FB was way out of line, but I think he’ll get back on track.
1:21
Comment From Steve
Hi Eno, Drew Hutchinson is at 113 innings this year so far. With his injury history, he hasn’t seen this many innings for a few years (majors & minors: 2013-56, 2012-79, 2011-149, 2010-69). Would you expect him to hit a wall as the season goes on? Or with 12 ER’s in his last 2 starts (8 innings combined), could he be hitting it already?
1:21
Eno Sarris: I bet you they trying to trade him over other options. I would expect some regression out of him.
1:22
Comment From Jake
More likely to get moved, Alex Rios or Marlon Byrd? Odds on either?
1:24
Eno Sarris: Supposedly Ruben Amaro is valuing Byrd highly and trying not to trade him. Rios would take more, maybe, but he also costs more. I’ll say Rios.
1:24
Eno Sarris: And maybe that solves the Odor problem next year?
1:24
Comment From Wallabee
You’d be shocked how many friends I’ve made with salad, and how many people do the “don’t make friends with salad” chant at me. The second one is maybe more shocking.
1:24
Comment From Ausmus
Nathan will still close? Really???
1:24
Eno Sarris: That’s what the beats are saying. Of course, I think Soria is better right now.
1:24
Comment From Tommy La Stella Was a Diver and He Was Always Down
did that guy really just talk about a city not having any championships since 1995 being dysfunctional when Cleveland exists
1:24
Eno Sarris: FITE
1:24
Comment From Thomas
Scott Kazmir was supposed to be a sell-high earlier but he’s since made sellers unhappy they moved him. I’ve still got him but I’m ill at ease; will I be unhappy if I move him soon?
1:25
Eno Sarris: There’s always injury risk with him.
1:25
Comment From Guglhupf
In your opinion, is Seattle really one bat shy of finishing with the 5th best record in the AL?
1:25
Eno Sarris: They seem a lot short of being a good team, but they also have a desperate front office, maybe?
1:25
Comment From Jon
Does Moss have a few more seasons like this one in his pocket?
1:26
Eno Sarris: Sure, but usually the batting average will be no good.
1:26
Comment From Guest
I think people are ridiculously impatient with Bryce Harper. He was the youngest player for either team in AA on his rehab assignment. Perspective.
1:27
Eno Sarris: Yes, but we’re getting a decent sample size too. Since steals age so poorly, you aren’t going to get steals from a fantasy perspective. Also, any reason a young guy would get injured more? We can take something away from the injuries (injuries project more injuries) and the lack of steals, at least.
1:27
Comment From Adam
I’ve been stashing Votto and Wacha on my DL for longer than I care to remember, and both reportedly may be back by early Sept., just in time for my H2H playoffs – can I count on either one to actually be helpful in my postseason run?
1:27
Eno Sarris: Yes.
1:27
Comment From PaulM
Please name a salad that isn’t better with two pieces of bread surrounding it.
1:27
Eno Sarris: And some meat. (sorry, I’m German)
1:27
Comment From Guest
how long does Werth continue to defy the aging curve? Amazingly, he’s stayed healthy this year at 35 (knock on wood)
1:27
Eno Sarris: I’m selling in keeper leagues.
1:28
Comment From Guglhupf
If you are Colorado, does it make more sense to hold on to both CarGo and Tulo and hope things come together later? They should be in rebuild mode, n’est pas?
1:28
Eno Sarris: I think it makes sense to sell things that aren’t nailed down. Too bad Cuddyer is hurt. But Tulo is nailed down. You never know what can happen.
1:28
Comment From Guest
Jayson Werth: Against All Odds
1:28
Eno Sarris: The story of one man’s facial hair as it pushes the limits.
1:29
Comment From Rated Rookie

Eno, I love your chats but these music videos…

1:29
ReggaeRootsChannel:
1:29
Eno Sarris: Social living is the best.
1:29
Comment From Gila Monster
My point was that Peavy would return virtually nothing. How much would the return for Lester be? A top 50 prospect? I mean you could probably TRY to ask the Orioles for Gausman, right?
1:30
Eno Sarris: Ah yes. But then it does seem unlikely they sign him back next year. That’s the argument against. But I thought the Mets should have sold Reyes when they could have.
1:30
Comment From Imperial Stout
Sell prospects on bench in deep keeper league for useful old vets like Pujols, or hang on to them and hope the playoff luck finds me? Basically, thinking long term or just win now?
1:30
Eno Sarris: Win now.
1:30
Eno Sarris: Prospects have a 50% bust rate, generally.
1:31
Comment From metsox
I just wanted to plug the Beer Can Museum of East Tauton (http://www.beercanmuseum.org/). Won a VIP tour there in a charity auction for the Boston Marathon. They fed me brauts, and have great cans if you know what Im saying. So plug – give em some hits on the ole fb/internets.
1:31
Comment From A grandpa
I prefer senior living
1:31
Comment From Guest
I get you thinking he won’t steal, but claiming a peak of .280/30 is way premature IMO. He damn near did that at 19 (.270, 22 in 140 games). Obviously his injuries are an issue. But other than that, the sky is still the limit for him. Very few have done what he’s done at his age and Mike Trout distorts what people think of as normal for his age group
1:32
Eno Sarris: I don’t see an ISO that supports a 40 homer season projection in his line to date, majors or minors.
1:32
Comment From Sadwick
Werth only has that much hair so that no one can tell which way he’s facing. Too bad the hat gives it away.
1:32
Eno Sarris: Well done.
1:32
Comment From Alan
Harper hurt his thumb sliding into a base. How does the “injuries predict more injuries” theory handle fluky things like that? I understand how it works with pulled muscles and all that. Fluke injuries seem unpredictable.
1:33
Eno Sarris: That’s the tough part when you have blanket findings on injuries like that. But there can be a way that playing style can fill in the blanks. Base stealers hurt fingers, for example. Carlos Quentin hurts himself getting hit.
1:33
Comment From Jake
Players with more career WAR than Howard: Rios, Grady Sizemore, Chase Headly, Alex Gordon, Denard Span, Chone Figgins (who hasn’t been worth more than 2 wins since 2009)
1:33
Comment From person hscer
Who do you think has a higher ceiling, Kris Bryant or Bryce Harper?
1:33
Eno Sarris: Harper
1:34
Comment From Joe
I saw that fangraphs article about how Harper’s thumb might still be bothering him due to his spray chart, but then could not find it again…
1:34
Eno Sarris: Cwik on RotoGraphs I think.
1:34
Comment From Guest
I just booked an airbnb for a bit of traveling alone in Europe. Will you ever hear from me in these chats again? Stay tuned to find out.
1:34
Eno Sarris: I’ve had good experiences. You may just have one or two more conversations than you wanted/expected.
1:34
Comment From Rated Rookie

Nice recovery with that last video.

1:35
Eno Sarris: I wonder if I know who you are in real life.
1:35
Comment From JW
Anthony Rendon playing over his head with the bat, at his peak, or still some good room until the ceiling? Same exact questions on Dozier. Either/both worth keeping over e5 where Edwin can only be kept for 1 year, but the others for 3 years?
1:37
Eno Sarris: ooh that’s tasty. Rendon is 24. So there’s some power projection left. He should walk more in the future to help his R/OBP. Steal a little less. Let’s guesstimate his peak, in the next three years, at .290/.360 with 25 homers and 5 sb. Sign me up. Dozier is 27, so peaking perhaps, and has more issues wrt to his batting average and batted ball mix. I might keep Rendon and Edwin.
1:37
Comment From Camus
Got a cashback check, the momentary happiness was diluted by quick math determining how much I had to spend to get this paltry 1% back check. Least happy free money ever?
1:38
Eno Sarris: Comcast gave me a $150 card to spend, in the month that it expired, and I didn’t notice until the next month.
1:38
Comment From Rated Rookie
I’m in the “second phase” of a rebuild in ottoneu and looking to consolidate a couple of prospects for one $$$ player. So my question, can Harper provide retail or surplus value at $40+?
1:38
Eno Sarris: Surplus. And I’m struggling to trade surplus when you can turn a team around fairly quickly with some luck. Not sure I’ll trade Trout, even for Bryant and Fernandez.
1:38
Comment From Ferris Bueller
Andrew Cashner back & useful for fantasy playoffs?
1:38
Eno Sarris: Late August? Sure.
1:39
Comment From Joe
You seem confident that Rondon is OK, have you seen his stats after returning from the elbow scare? June 9.35 ERA/1.96 WHIP, July 6 ERA/ 2.33 WHIP
1:39
Eno Sarris: A bullpen is a collection of small samples. I suppose the change could happen.
1:39
Comment From Dr. Met
Hey Guest, hopefully the next horror movie in the Hostel series doesn’t come out with the title Hostel 3: AirBNB.
1:40
Comment From fan
People keep talking about the Mariners needing a bat, but I feel like a center fielder who can field and provide even league average offense would help them as much if not more. Can they get Gerardo Parra? Or anyone along those lines?
1:40
Eno Sarris: Not bad! Probably more useful than Marlon Byrd.
1:40
Comment From Marty
Gerard O’Parra?
1:40
Eno Sarris: Perardo O’Garra
1:40
Comment From Guest
Not fantasy, but is there a 2B the Nats could platoon with Danny Espinosa while Zim is out? Not sure who is available, but it would make sense to make a trade. Or maybe an everyday guy too, I guess. Either way
1:40
Eno Sarris: Barney?
1:40
Eno Sarris: Not sure about handedness without looking.
1:41
Comment From Ben Oglivie
Is there a scenario where you could see grabbing Headley to be the 3b/UT guy on your fantasy team instead of Machado or Seager?
1:41
Eno Sarris: .275/18/5… Rather have the upside of the young guys in this scenario.
1:41
Comment From Playing for the future
Best long-term keeper? Puig, Harper, or Heyward?
1:42
Eno Sarris: If you’re taking Harper, you’re betting Puig will K more soon. It’s a reasonable bet. Heyward not in discussion for me.
1:42
Comment From Lewie
Think the Mets can compete next year?
1:43
Eno Sarris: yes. Harvey back. Harvey/Wheeler/DeGrom/Niese is a great start. One more bat changes look of whole lineup. Depends on cash spent, but yes.
1:43
Comment From Ryan Schwarber
how was the p4k fest for ya eno?
1:44
Eno Sarris: Awesome. Dum Dum Girls was my favorite set, but it was my first taste of this band and I really liked them:
1:44
Cloud Nothings:
1:44
Comment From Norm
Do you believe in second half hitters? Like for example, Stephen Drew .274 career post all star batting average.
1:44
Eno Sarris: Nope. They haven’t been shown to mean anything.
1:44
Comment From Bob
How awesome did Aaron Sanchez look last night? The Red Sox batters looked totally lost at the plate.
1:44
Eno Sarris: Huge GB guy is why not as many Ks in the minors. But let’s watch the command.
1:45
Eno Sarris: oh man I gotta do stuff for this move coming up this weekend. yuck.
1:45
Eno Sarris: thanks for hanging out!
1:45
Comment From Mike at the Ted
later skater


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Jonathan
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Jonathan
2 years 2 days ago

I assume the Dodgers would dump Kemp? If they were willing to pay half his salary for a decent prospect, would it be worth it for the Jays to get him? Melky and Rasmus are FA.

Hank G.
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Hank G.
2 years 1 day ago

Just curious; are fantasy questions of interest to anyone other than the one asking the question? They just seem so specific to one particular person’s fantasy lineup.

AlbertKly
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AlbertKly
2 years 1 day ago

Missed the chat unfortunately but had a keeper question for 2015: Harper $22 or Josh Donaldson $19? 5×5 mixed league that uses OBP instead of AVG. Top players go for about $50. We only start 3 OFs and one UTIL.

tvators
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tvators
2 years 1 day ago

In 5 yrs bryce harper will be 26 & still pre-peak, he was the youngest player on his AA team on rehab

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