Eno Sarris Baseball Chat
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ryan
12:38
about how fast is the head of a bat typically going at point of impact?
Eno Sarris
12:39
Jon
12:39
Would a team of nine Bumgarners beat a team of nine Trouts (assuming Bumgarner pitches against a lineup full of Trout and Trout pitches to a lineup full of Bumgarners, etc.)?
Eno Sarris
12:39
Probably.
Puig's Left Bicep
12:39
Do you think the next stage of technological advantage (i.e. moneyball ) is in player development? Something like Driveline baseball increasing velocity, etc.
Eno Sarris
12:39
Yes.
12:40
Also, minor league coaches. But it's tough because the best place to get better minor league coaches is college, and college pays better and asks for less travel.
pH
12:40
How concerned are you with Scherzer's injury? Enough to drop him to #3 SP? Or even further?
Eno Sarris
12:40
Not until he's not pitching after March 15.
Ampersand
12:40
You can snuff my rough stuff but I will fluff that tough buff
Steve
12:40
Looking back on it, how much of a disaster was the entire 90s expansion?
Eno Sarris
12:41
Man the jerseys alone.
Ryan
12:41
Forgive the nuts+bolts fantasy Q... top players seem to always go for at least 20% over projected cost at auction. Do you "pay up", or is it not worth it?
Eno Sarris
12:41
I always try to get the cheapest top tier player. There's usually a $30 guy you can get for $30 instead of paying $45 for a $38.
Al
12:41
When it's said that sliders break into the swing of opposite handed hitters, is it simply that it breaks towards them? Or is there something more to the path of the bat/ angle of the break/ timing that contributes to platoon splits?
Eno Sarris
12:42
It breaks down and in, which is a wheelhouse for for a lot of lefty swings. I wonder if that's the case as much these days, where more people have the Harper/Votto swing, which is created to hit the outside pitch. Maybe the platoon splits on sliders is lessening.
CoachKent
12:42
Who is the better pitcher 2 years from now....Urias or Giolito? Long term, same guy?
Eno Sarris
12:43
Urias and no.
Nick
12:43
Pick one as a late round flyer/extra OF - Herrera, Soler, J. Ramirez
Eno Sarris
12:43
Herrera. SBs hard to find and he should hit enough homers to not be a zero.
joe pera
12:44
Will the A's be the worst defensive team this year?
Eno Sarris
12:46
Mets could be worse. They're projected to be minuses at every position save yo and Lagares, who is slated to be a parttimer. Yonder will recover, Imo, talked to him about changing his positioning to fit the park better, and I'm really interested to see what Rajai can do. Well, okay, Mets then A's.
Seanto
12:46
Some parts of John Lamb's numbers look like he was insanely unlucky. Think he can be a solid starter in LAA's rotation?
Eno Sarris
12:46
I like his stuff, but he has minus mound presence and his medicals scared off a ton of teams that could have claimed him.
Jaff
12:46
Who has a better season Jharel Cotton or Tanner Roark?
Eno Sarris
12:47
I saw this asked of another writer, and, well, I disagree. Roark has a bunch of average pitches, I think Cotton has an elite changeup and two average pitches. I'll take the guy with an elite pitch.
Ampersand
12:47
Whites have their uses but I think blacks are generally superior for just about everything. Reds are OK for chili and green are really their own thing. What's your favorite bean?
Eno Sarris
12:47
good god the punchline on this one got me. I like a black bean over the rest by far.
Puig's Left Bicep
12:47
Do you like Brock Stewart this year?
Eno Sarris
12:48
I like his stuff, and he'll get opportunity, but it might be on the level of, what, 70 IP in the majors at most?
Puig's Left Bicep
12:48
Do you put any stock into Yasmani Grandal's weight loss, retooling of right-handed swing, etc. or just a spring training best shape of my life type deal?
Eno Sarris
12:48
A little, if only because he was really good last year, and his shoulder issues have contributed to poor stats in the past.
Randy Savage
12:48
Crucial underrated aspect of a good sandwich: fresh ground black pepper
Eno Sarris
12:48
I almost always have salt and ground pepper on my sandwiches, but forget to report it more than half the time.
Raindog
12:49
What are your thoughts on Bundy this year? Is he the guy who sometimes looked like the stud prospect he used to be? The guy at the end of the season who seemingly got tired and will probably have his arm fall off again? Or just another mid-rotation guy?
Eno Sarris
12:49
Said he'd be an ace in my bold predictions piece. That's a bold prediction. More likely he's a 3.75 guy with good Ks, decent BBs, and some ball in play issues.
12:50
hollywood studio exec
12:50
fangraphs the movie has been signed for. you are being played by weird al.
Aaron
12:50
I was listening to a baseball podcast (shout out Make the Padres Great Again) and the hosts talked about Chris Young's and Carter Capps's release points being significantly closer to home plate giving batters less time to see/hit their pitches than those of pitchers who throw the same speed. Is this phenomenon true? Is there anyone tracking perceived velocity based on release point?
Eno Sarris
12:52
It's in the statcast data set. I've actually calculated the difference between actual and perceived a couple times, let me see if I can find it. These guys all add about a mph to their pitches, looks like I was looking at starters: Jacob deGrom
Shelby Miller
Eric Surkamp
Michael Wacha
James Shields
CC Sabathia
Sean Manaea
Noah Syndergaard
Danny Duffy
Addison Reed
John Lamb
Nathan Karns
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