Eno Sarris Baseball Chat
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Eno Sarris
12:29
BOOOOOOOOOOO. Listen, man, it brought our two sets of parents together, and I'm named after the producer. What'd you have at your wedding.
PR
12:29
who is the Toronto closer this year?
Eno Sarris
12:29
Osuna, at least eventually.
The Cincinnati Kid
12:29
MOSAIC HOPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Eno Sarris
12:30
It's great, but as a dry hop. If they use it in the boil, it gets weird and vegetable.
Anthony
12:30
Who is a good comparison for Kim, Hyun-soo this year?
Eno Sarris
12:30
Not this year, but when Markakis was better.
Schiraldi
12:31
Marcus Stroman struck out more than a batter per inning at every level of the minors and has some pretty remarkable pitches. His swinging strike rate in the majors, though, hasn't been great. Plausible to project him over 8 K/9 this season (he was at 7.65 in '14) or am I just trying to talk my fantasy-owner self into a player I love in real life?
Eno Sarris
12:32
He traded vertical movement for horizontal movement on most of his pitches last year, and that's better for GBs than swSTR, and his pitches all added GB and lost swSTR. Of course, there's the possibility that this was related to his knee injury and he'll get on top of the ball better this year. But I wouldn't project for more than 14.
gbaked
12:32
I was in a debate about De Aza. They said he would want to leave the mets for more ABs, even on a bad team. But I think that being a member of a playoff team can be better for his future earnings. What do you think a player like him would really value? More ABs in a Meh lineup or less ABs and a chance for a ring?
Eno Sarris
12:32
More ABs. Unless you're one of the main cogs, you don't get credit for winning. Mike Morse? Justin Maxwell?
DB
12:33
do you think anyone working for FanGraphs, BP, or any other major site will have someone with a HallofFame vote someday?
Eno Sarris
12:33
Sure. Seven more years for me! Fewer for guys like Dave Cameron, Sam Miller.
PS
12:33
Do you think that splitters are worse for your elbow than other pitches? It seems to me like a greater percentage of Splitter-throwers are having elbow issues, but it may be my Yankee fandom skewing my perspective...
Eno Sarris
12:35
Wrote a whole thing about this for the 2014 THT Annual, and it's hard to study in the numbers, and even biomechanically. Most pitchers seem to agree there's some risk and that they've been told to put it away. if you separate your fingers, you do activate the muscle that usually 'protects' your UCL, or at least wraps around the UCL, so maybe you're weakening your ability to protect your UCL. Maybe. But in terms of how the ball is released, it's thrown just like a fastball, which is good for you.
The Cincinnati Kid
12:35
I'm heavy on 1-2 hitters (B. Hamilton, Polanco, Puig for example), is it ridiculous to move similar hitter rankings up based just on projected batting order?
Eno Sarris
12:36
Those things seem to change over the course of the season. Like Hamilton ending up in the 8 spot by the end of the year. Get good hitters.
Dan
12:36
Can you briefly elaborate on your concerns re: Buxton? I know soft and spinning got him a lot last year but his upper minors exposure was so limited, he definitely still needs reps. But Paul said on the pod he thinks he's Billy Hamilton which seems extreme to say the least, considering Buxton's bat speed for one is light years better.
Eno Sarris
12:39
I'm concerned about that strikeout rate, especially since he's stuck out more in the higher minors and it's supported by a bad MLB swSTR%. I'm not sure that Hamilton is the right comp. I'm worried he's a healthy Maybin (when healthy). Could be Austin Jackson too. I'm not picking based on race, more plate discipline. Lorenzo Cain is the very best scenario. Dammit. Anthony Gose? Jesus. How about: Odubel Herrera with great defense?
hungryg
12:40
With whispers of Desmond landing in Colorado, where would you rank him among the top shortstops if Coors became his new home?
Eno Sarris
12:41
with a plus BABIP, which is what Coors does for you, he could hit .275 with 20 homers and 15 stolen bases. That bumps him from sixth/seventh up to fourth?
Anthony
12:41
I know he's never stayed healthy for a whole season, but any chance K. Zimmer breaks camp w/ the Royals? Or...is called up and makes 15-20 starts? What about S. Manaea for the same?
Eno Sarris
12:42
Zimmer more likely because of team situations, I think. The A's have a lot of guys they'll try while keeping Manaea's arb clock stopped. The Royals will want a shot in that rotation's arm, I think.
DDSP
12:43
Bigger shot at 20/20. Lewis Brinson or Byron Buxton
Eno Sarris
12:43
Brinson going to have trouble with the stolen bases, Bux with the homers. Stolen bases are so hard, I'll go with Buxton.
Biscuit
12:44
You've mentioned a number of very intelligent baseball players...but do you encounter the occasional meathead as well, or are most players at the major league level pretty sophisticated? Feel free to throw out an anecdote (without naming names, of course)
Eno Sarris
12:44
Big slugger that just changed teams. Tried to engage him about many different aspects of his hitting and he just smiled and couldn't come up with anything. Literally shrugged.
Maxamuz
12:45
Bowtie that shit.
Eno Sarris
12:45
Considering no tie because I hate ties.
swiss
12:45
I'm commissioner of a fangraphs points league, running on yahoo. End of last year, points were split 35/65% by pitchers/hitters on average by team. I want to get it closer to 50/50. Should I increase pitcher points or decrease hitter positions? Currently have 20 active players each day: 2SP, 2RP, 4P, 2C, infield, 1MI, 1CI, 4OF
Eno Sarris
12:45
Add pitcher slots.
Phil
12:46
Can Skaggs hang with Tropeano as a rotation dark horse for deep AL only?
Eno Sarris
12:46
sure but Trop is the $1 guy and Skaggs is the reserve pick.
Kylo Ren
12:46
Mookie (26) and/or Kipnis (14). Thinking of keeping Mookie and slotting him into 2B--much more valuable and Kip at 14 is too much (6 x 6, $260)
Eno Sarris
12:46
yes
Cicero
12:46
Get to choose between Schwarber and Lindor for 1
Eno Sarris
12:46
Schwarbs.
Batman
12:47
Bring a FG event to Philly pls? We have awesome beer and Phils tickets will be cheap and readily available!
Eno Sarris
12:47
Just need to dream up a story that gets me out there.
The sub
12:47
Which country makes the best beer?
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