2017 World Series Game 1 Live Blog

5:02
Jeff Sullivan: Hello friends

5:02
Jeff Sullivan: Welcome to World Series Game 1 Live Blog

5:02
Jeff Sullivan: I’ll be joined any minute now by the delightful insightful Eno Sarris!

5:02
Jeff Sullivan: You also will be joined by him

5:02
Eno Sarris: Crazy ass fireworks headed straight for the planes I about ducked like on a foul ball straight back to the plate.

5:03
Jeff Sullivan: Hello Eno!

5:03
Eno Sarris: Hello Jeff! Let’s root for none of my organs to fail during this chat!

5:03
Reverse Giraffe: Who’s ready to overreact to small samples and create some narratives???

5:03
Eno Sarris: oooh oooh me first. Josh Reddick booed into a bad series! Did I do it right?

5:04
LJS: Hello fro Germany!

5:04
Eno Sarris: Wie gehts!

5:04
Hal: Ah, the fall classic. Love those crisp breezes and the hint of chill in the air that lets you know that fall in on the way.

5:04
Eno Sarris: 100 degrees

5:04
Towel: Fangraphs is two words?!?

5:04
Towel:

Eno Sarris
@enosarris
Settling in to my seat
24 Oct 2017
5:05
Eno Sarris: so good we had to split it like in Blackjack

5:05
Jeff Sullivan:

Who are you rooting for?

Astros (43.1% | 73 votes)
Dodgers (30.7% | 52 votes)
No one? (26.0% | 44 votes)

Total Votes: 169
5:05
Jeff Sullivan:

Who do you think is going to win this game?

Astros (16.8% | 27 votes)
Dodgers (75.6% | 121 votes)
No one? (7.5% | 12 votes)

Total Votes: 160
5:06
charles alfred morton is the ace: which analytics group is this?

5:06
Eno Sarris: obviously not one that understands Kershaw’s slider right

5:07
Hal: Eno how brutal is the heat in the stadium? I can barely move a few miles inland

5:07
Jeff Sullivan: Do you ever stop and wonder whether we might know more about Kershaw’s slider than he does

5:07
Eno Sarris: saw my friend who broadcasts astros games on the field and said ‘you broadcasting these games’ like his team hadn’t made it.

5:07
Eno Sarris: Jeff,,,,, thanks.

5:08
Jeff Sullivan: You know, Verlander’s slider got away from him by mistake. It can happen!

5:08
Eno Sarris: Same time these guys are judging their stuff on results and the bigger slider has better results. I’m betting he didn’t like that I mentioned his back.

5:08
Jeff Sullivan: I’m sure he’d prefer to just not have to answer anything from anyone

5:08
Eno Sarris: that too

5:08
Kiermaier’s Piercing Green Eyes: Before it gets lost in the World Series hype, Hillsborough County has offered a parcel of land in Ybor City (Tampa proper) to the Rays. A stadium deal will still have to be reached, but it’s a major development in the saga and a good day for fans of baseball in the Tampa Bay area.

5:09
Jeff Sullivan: Everyone think about the Rays!

5:09
Jeff Sullivan: You have 2 minutes

5:09
Bosley for Men: Do MLB players have higher rates of baldness? ex: John Smoltz?

5:09
Eno Sarris: I really think hats all the time is bad for follicles but I’m not a scientist.

5:09
Brad: Eno: Can Jeff handle the ludes?

5:10
Eno Sarris: I’ve … never given him any.

5:10
The Hamburglar: Key thing to watch tonight: How often Dallas Keuchel complains to the umpire about his zone

5:10
Jeff Sullivan: Nothing quite like an evenly-matched World Series game to get all the analytical eyes on the periphery of the strike zone

5:11
Jeff Sullivan: Loved how Lindbergh researched Keuchel vs. chasers and disciplined hitters, incidentally

5:11
Jeff Sullivan: Intuitive and bright!

5:11
Christian: Why are you in this chat if you’re at the game?

5:11
Eno Sarris: workin!

5:11
Jeff Sullivan: First pitch swing for Springer. I expect a lot of those from the Astros in this game

5:12
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw’s hair already looks drenched

5:12
Jeff Sullivan: It’s been three pitches

5:12
Clayton Kershaw: Can I win today with the ‘what analytics group do you work for slider?

5:12
Eno Sarris: 91 today. Of course he can win, but it’s better at 87-88.

5:13
Jeff Sullivan: 90mph slider for a whiff. OK!

5:13
Nick: As a sportswriter, what’s your X factor when it comes to writing about X factors?

5:13
Jeff Sullivan: desperation

5:13
Eno Sarris: x em out

5:13
Dres : I can’t think of any FA-to-be on either team. Oh wait, Beltran.

5:13
Jeff Sullivan: Darvish!

5:14
Hal: Jokes aside, I wouldn’t be surprised if MLB players have higher testosterone than the general pop and that correlates with higher baldness

5:14
Eno Sarris: ooh the t word

5:14
Jeff Sullivan: Also, two-thirds of men start to lose their hair at some point. Happens to most of us!

5:14
Eno Sarris: YOU SHUT YOUR FACE

5:14
Jeff Sullivan: I’m way ahead of you Sarris

5:15
Skeletor: When does Bregman move to short?

5:15
Eno Sarris: Isn’t he really nice with the glove?

5:15
EccentricChemist: You guys doing a live blog for every game of the series?

5:15
Jeff Sullivan: Not us specifically, but FanGraphs, yes. Dave will be chatting tomorrow

5:15
Jeff Sullivan: Dave also has a potential G7. I’d have a potential G6

5:16
Long Live Jeff Frye: Pedroia has the greatest Baseball Scalp of all time.

5:16
Towel: Speaking of balding: pedroia has the worst hair in baseball

5:16
Eno Sarris: I don’t think you can count ‘no’ as the ‘worst.’

5:16
Hal: Quick number for you analytics guys out there: Kershaw’s on pace for 27 Ks

5:16
Jeff Sullivan: Pedroia is baseball’s Ryan Getzlaf

5:17
Jeff Sullivan: Or the other way around. I don’t care

5:17
Jordan: Who has a better chance of getting back to the world series next year?

5:17
Jeff Sullivan: Dodgers

5:17
Cap: Is there any reasonable argument that Altuve is, in fact, “the game’s best hitter right now”?

5:17
Jeff Sullivan: Yes, if you consider that only these two teams are still playing

5:17
Eno Sarris: ball’s flying

5:18
Jeff Sullivan: For the benefit of the chat room, remember that Eno is at the game, seeing things live, and I’m probably like a solid minute behind

5:18
Jeff Sullivan: For example, Eno was a minute ahead of me in seeing Chris Taylor take the first pitch yard!

5:18
Eno Sarris: I tried not to spoiler!

5:18
Jeff Sullivan: Don’t worry about it!

5:19
Chris G: 447 ft!

5:19
bb: Astros are done. Should they forfeit the series so they can save bullets in their pitchers’ arms for next year?

5:19
Hal: Imagine telling someone that Chris Taylor would hit a leadoff homer in the World Series back in April

5:19
Chris G: well that was easy

5:19
BPhoenix 2042: Who is better over the next 5 years: Altuve, Correa, Seager? Leaning towards Correa

5:20
Jeff Sullivan: For me, it’s Correa

5:20
Eno Sarris: Altuve oldest, right?

5:20
Eno Sarris: Seager seems like a bit more conventional in terms of strikeout rate, power.

5:20
Jeff Sullivan: By like four years

5:21
Jeff Sullivan: Correa, I think, could still blossom into the game’s best hitter

5:21
Canyonero Driver: Which player on either team is most likely to pass out due to excessive heat?

5:21
Canyonero Driver: How can a team with such a large payroll and the best front office in baseball be so damn likable?

5:21
Jeff Sullivan: Plurality of this room is rooting for the Astros!

5:21
Eno Sarris: 1) Brevin McGattis.
2) I don’t know how to judge likable.

5:22
Jeff Sullivan: There is no measure of likability. Everything is personal

5:22
NtflxnRichHill: Eno, you might be at the game, but I bet Jeff has less pants on than you.

5:22
Eno Sarris: *fewer

5:22
Jeff Sullivan: I always wear pants to work

5:22
Jeff Sullivan: It is not unpleasant to wear pants

5:23
Sgt. Pepper: Nobody post spoilers for Eno in case their feed is a bit ahead of real life

5:23
Jeff Sullivan: Sometimes I do feel like my own reality is a little ahead of Eno’s real life

5:23
Major Minor: What’s the best strategy for batting against Kershaw?

5:23
Jeff Sullivan: Swing early and pray

5:24
Hannah Hochevar: Really psyched for the Keuchel/Kike matchup, just for onomatopoeia reasons.

5:24
Eno Sarris: Imagine if Keuchel kicked a ball from Kiké and couldn’t cap the inning.

5:24
The Hamburglar: You underestimate Eno’s love of going pantsless

5:24
AdamZ: I am not wearing pants

5:25
Chalupa Batman: I was so not prepared for that hot pants take by Jeff

5:25
Jeff Sullivan: To be clear it was not a hot pants take

5:25
Jeff Sullivan: I do not have a take on wearing hot pants

5:25
Eno Sarris: I do: I don’t.

5:25
Kimball: Since I don’t work for an analytics group, I’ll embarrass myself and ask: what is the “depth” of a slider?

5:25
Eno Sarris: Just how far it drops!

5:26
Jeff Sullivan: Good job by Keuchel to end the inning against Puig — fell behind 2-and-0 but still got him to swing at a pitch just off the border for the easy out

5:26
Jeff Sullivan: Still, another first-pitch take for Puig! 34 out of 36 in the playoffs

5:26
Jeff Sullivan: 50 out of his last 52

5:26
Doughknutt: I believe that term is actually “alliteration”. Onomoatopeia is when a word sounds like a sound, like “splash”

5:26
Eno Sarris: Are you sure you haven’t seen a Kiké Kiké tho

5:28
Eno Sarris: someone took a pitch, pushing Kershaw to…. ten pitches.

5:28
Jeff Sullivan: 3 of 4 first-pitch swings so far for the Astros

5:29
Jeff Sullivan: And then Gurriel takes a heater right over the middle

5:29
Jeff Sullivan: And another one!

5:29
Show Hey O’Tawny: Does anyone know who runs the Past Fangraphs Twitter?

5:29
Jeff Sullivan: Look for whoever the first follower was

5:30
Netflix and Rich Hill: Do you get a meal at the game, Eno? Or are you expected to pack your own? In that case, do you bring any food or just beer?

5:30
Eno Sarris: Voucher. bought sushi because I’m not supposed to drink any alcohol or eat anything with fat in it. Zero fat. I’m sure sushi has fat don’t at me.

5:30
Jeff Sullivan: Gurriel wasn’t in the mood for middle-plate fastballs I guess

5:31
Eno Sarris: watch him hit a curve out later

5:31
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw is *all over* the kneecaps right now

5:31
Jeff Sullivan: We’re through one and a half! On pace for an actual fast ballgame!

5:32
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw is at 15 strikes out of 19 pitches. 11 fastballs, six sliders, two curves

5:32
Hunky Dory: Jose Altuve looks like a leprechaun sent to steal your first child.

5:33
Eno Sarris: I think he’s cute.

5:33
Eno Sarris: also ruggedly handsome and a great big strong ballplayer, but cute.

5:33
Daniel: Way more glove-side fastballs for Kershaw early. Seems like a pretty clear plan

5:34
Garrett: I’m here in LA and it sucked to walk to my car today. Can’t imagine playing baseball right now.

5:34
Jeff Sullivan: Now imagine playing for the Rangers

5:34
Andrew: Zero fat isn’t reasonable!

5:34
Show Hey O’Tawny: No beer?? Aw man I’m so sorry Eno

5:34
Eno Sarris: not for life, just for now.

5:34
Jeff Sullivan:

How long is this series going?

4 (4.8% | 13 votes)
5 (20.0% | 54 votes)
6 (55.5% | 150 votes)
7 (19.6% | 53 votes)

Total Votes: 270
5:35
Jeff Sullivan: Generous call for Keuchel there against Kike. Good sign for Houston!

5:35
Jeff Sullivan: Line drive a worse sign for Houston

5:35
Jeff Sullivan: I wish that I had used the accent mark

5:35
Eno Sarris: uh take a look at this slide

5:37
john cale: lol @ the astros. these rednecks ’bout to get swept

5:37
Jeff Sullivan: Do you think that players are from the city where the team is from

5:37
Jeff Sullivan: More Reddick boos. Interleague drama through the roof

5:38
Towel: Smoltz just called Kiké “keekee”

5:38
Jeff Sullivan: That was a fast inning. Two in the books! 1-0 Dodgers still. I don’t know how Forsythe popped that pitch up but here we are

5:38
Enlightening Round: Up close how tall is Altuve? I maintain he’s not 5’6”

5:39
Jeff Sullivan: Think I’ve heard he’s actually like 5’2 but I’ll let Eno take this

5:39
Eno Sarris: Pretty sure he’s taller than my wife I’ll have to hug him to be sure though.

5:39
Jeff Sullivan: You better have a hell of an interview

5:39
Jeff Sullivan: I’ve heard Chone Figgins was also barely five feet

5:40
Kershaw’s mother: How do you counter the chatter that my son has pitched poorly in post-season?

5:40
Eno Sarris: Wait a few innings.

5:40
Eminor3rd: Keuchel leaving that 89 mph heater up in the zone a lot so far

5:41
Jeff Sullivan: Sometimes I think he has to do that just to keep hitters from completely leaning over for one target

5:41
Eno Sarris: Agreed. Morton told me similar yesterday.

5:42
Jeff Sullivan: <3 Charlie Morton

5:42
Elbo: Savant has the hit probability on Taylor’s HR at 91%. In what scenario is a ball hit 447 not a hit?

5:42
Eno Sarris: Not all balls at that angle and velo are 447. Temperature, spray angle matter too.

5:42
Lemmer: Why do comments like john Cale’s get through the screener?

5:42
Jeff Sullivan: So we can make fun of them

5:42
Jeff Sullivan: Holy god damn is that a curveball

5:43
Jeff Sullivan: Ugh put that thing in a museum

5:43
Eno Sarris: Definite audible ‘awwwww’ after that one.

5:44
LegallyEagle: Do shorter players suffer from wacky strike zones as Judge does, or do they benefit?

5:44
Ishii: As someone who’s 5’5 that’s not as tall as you think. 5’2 is nothing

5:44
Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think they actually suffer. I don’t think Judge suffers. They get the same strike zones they’ve always gotten as ballplayers. They’re just not the normal strike zones relative to their stances

5:44
Towel: I’m 5’7 and I’ve stood next to Altuve and he’s not 5’6

5:44
Zock Jr.: Pretty sure they’ll think you’re trying to kidnap Altuve, Eno

5:44
K-Man: Puig is not thaaaaat much of a free swinger, right? Announcers have been acting like he is usually Corey Dickerson or somebody like that

5:44
Jeff Sullivan: That’s an old rep. He’s still kind of aggressive, but not out of control

5:45
The Hamburglar: How much has the Taco Bell “Steal a Base – Steal a Taco” promotion changed the strategy in the World Series these last few years?

5:45
Eno Sarris: Will LA change their mind about Reddick if he steals a base here?

5:46
Jeff Sullivan: Keuchel with some great accidental takes here with two strikes

5:46
Eno Sarris: AL pitchers with the bat smdh

5:46
Jeff Sullivan: Ah the ol foul bunt strikeout

5:47
Jeff Sullivan: League leader this year was a four-way tie with three foul-bunt strikeouts each

5:47
Jeff Sullivan: (four pitchers)

5:49
Jeff Sullivan: Girlfriend came home and just like that the inning ended. OK! Springer has struck out twice, on seven pitches, getting zero balls

5:50
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw’s at 26 out of 35 strikes, with 21 fastballs and 10 sliders

5:51
Cody: I’ve never watched a pitcher so intently as I am watching Kershaw to see when he whips out this 3/4 delivery

5:51
Jeff Sullivan: What’s so interesting about it is it’s still not clear it’s actually a good or useful idea!

5:51
Show Hey O’Tawny: Hot take: Kershaw has a good curveball

5:52
Netflix and Rich Hill: I have a really off-topic bone to pick real quick with Jeff. Jeff, in last week’s chat you said you wouldn’t want to manage the Nationals because you hate being around alphas. I understand what you mean, but aren’t you downplaying your own alpha-ness? You’re tall, handsome, smart, moderately athletic (guessing because you hike and played baseball in high school), and you talk confidently..you can’t deny that you probably appear to others to be an alpha

5:52
Jeff Sullivan: I assure you that in person I do not come off that way

5:52
Jeff Sullivan: Especially in a room full of professional baseball players!

5:53
Eno Sarris: I’m doing something stupid, but if it works might be fun.

5:53
Jeff Sullivan: Austin Barnes so good. Not often a starting catcher is replaced in the middle of the playoffs

5:53
The Hamburglar: Going back to John Cale’s comments, I dont even think Houston would be considered a city that has “hillbillies”. They’re pretty multicultural for a Texas city

5:54
Jeff Sullivan: That’s definitely one of the other critiques

5:54
Jeff Sullivan: So many things to critique!

5:54
Jeff Sullivan: Don’t know where to begin!

5:54
Eno Sarris: I think Barnes is *way* better at calling games.

5:54
Jeff Sullivan: I’m inclined to agree

5:54
Jeff Sullivan: That is a really good-looking bunt from Kershaw, which is a strange sentence to type

5:55
Hal: AL pitcher batting stances are fascinating to me, I’d read a blog that was just a collection of gifs of them at the plate

5:55
Jeff Sullivan: There was that time Trevor Bauer batted while mimicking the stances of some of his teammates

5:55
Joe Buck: Are NL pitchers better at bunting than AL pitchers?

5:55
Jeff Sullivan: I haven’t checked but yes

5:55
Eno Sarris: dammit I have audio of that kershaw strikeout last inning and can’t find a way to bring it to you.

5:55
Jeff Sullivan: They’re a little better at everything

5:55
Jeff Sullivan: KEEP TRYING

5:56
Percy Miracles: Why are they booing Reddick? Because he played in Oakland? Thought LA fans hated SF, not IAK

5:56
Jeff Sullivan: Because Reddick briefly played with the Dodgers last year and was bad

5:56
Eno Sarris: just seemed relevant to the how loud is it convo

5:56
Jeff Sullivan: There’s an obnoxious line-drive double play for Chris Taylor. We’re through three in 40-odd minutes! It’s a playoff miracle!

5:57
Enlightening Round: Is it a little weird to you guys that Grandal can’t get off the bench now

5:57
Jeff Sullivan: Barnes does basically everything he does behind the plate and he also hits too

5:58
Kimball: The projections have the odds for the series pretty much coin flip, yet even places with smart people like CBS have every analyst picking the Dodgers in less than 7 (https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/2017-world-series-predictions-cbs-s… bias?

5:58
Jeff Sullivan: Recency bias, probably

5:58
Jasper: Puig had a 11.2% BB rate and a 17.5% K rate. He might not always have the best plan of attack, but those are not free swinger rates.

5:58
Jeff Sullivan: Hasn’t been a true hacker since he was a rookie

5:59
Steve: Which Astros pitcher would you most like to hit a double?

5:59
Jeff Sullivan: Francisco Liriano

5:59
Jeff Sullivan: Because it’s hard to imagine the circumstances in which he’d play and bat in the first place

5:59
Scott Wood: How much of an advantage do the pitcher have tonight since neither team has really faced either pitcher?

5:59
Jeff Sullivan: I don’t think unfamiliarity benefits either side more than the other

6:00
Major Minor: Kenley’s cutter or Kershaw’s slider – which is better?

6:00
Eno Sarris: ball: thrown back. important reportage here.

6:00
Jeff Sullivan: Kenley’s cutter, specifically because he’s still so dominant despite throwing it all the time

6:00
Jeff Sullivan: Bregman, gone, middle-middle fastball

6:00
Jeff Sullivan: Hence the message from Eno above!

6:01
Eno Sarris: poops. I waited!

6:01
Show Hey O’Tawny: Bregman good

6:01
hscer: bragman

6:01
Great White Snark: I AM THE BREGMAN. I AM THE WALRUS.

6:01
Jeff Sullivan: Barnes double-pumped the throw-back after that breaking ball

6:01
Jeff Sullivan: Thought he had the strike call

6:02
Jeff Sullivan: Altuve has gotten a couple fortunate ball calls in this AB already

6:02
Jeff Sullivan: Low strike for strike three! Surprise!

6:03
Jeff Sullivan: That runs counter to the very post I published this afternoon!

6:03
The Hamburglar: What happened to Alex Wood in the 2nd half? Fatigue? Injury?

6:03
Jeff Sullivan: Yes

6:03
Jeff Sullivan: Clearly the Dodgers don’t think he’s too hurt, since he’s pitching. But he doesn’t have the early-season zip. Might not have the body to maintain for six or seven months

6:04
Jeff Sullivan: There’s another one of those beautiful curveballs. Good god

6:04
Anthony: Do either of you have any actual rooting interest here?

6:04
Jeff Sullivan: Not that has yet emerged

6:05
Kimball: You don’t even have over-the-air Fox, Jeff?

6:05
Jeff Sullivan: Haven’t bothered. Streaming is fine

6:05
Jeff Lunhow: Altuve

6:05
Jeff Lunhow: Sorry was trying to enter my password

6:05
Jeff Sullivan: Gurriel down again, but at least it was swinging this time. 1-1! Through 3.5

6:06
jake: does saying that unfamiliarity doesn’t benefit either side more somewhat contradict the TTO penalty? or at least, the part of TTO that is borne out by hitters getting more looks at a guy

6:06
Jeff Sullivan: There’s in-game familiarity and there’s familiarity from some other week or month or season. I don’t think the latter means much of anything. So I don’t think the absence of it means much of anything

6:07
J: Is the playoff run environment just good pitching beating good hitting, or an just an overwhelming amount of good pitching?

6:07
Jeff Sullivan: The pitching is better, relative to the average, than the hitting is. So there’s good hitting, but great pitching

6:07
Jeff Sullivan: Think of it as something like 110 wRC+ vs. 80 ERA-

6:08
Alec Asher Wojciechowski: Bregman has 3 postseason HRs. 2 vs Sale and 1 vs Kershaw

6:08
Scary Terry: Kershaw finally in a World Series, so next guy I need to see is Vottomatic

6:09
FlyingNimbus: I really want to see what would happen if Kershaw just threw curveballs for an inning.

6:09
Kent Brockman: What are Correa’s chances of becoming the best player in baseball at some point in his career?

6:09
Jeff Sullivan: 10-20%?

6:09
Eno Sarris: This is just so stupid looking, and I don’t want to explain why, but if there’s sound maybe it’s worth it: https://streamable.com/myxhy

6:09
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer: Jeff really dropping the almighty’s name tonight.  Having an existential crisis?

6:09
Jeff Sullivan: I have a limited range of exclamations

6:09
Eno Sarris: that was last inning’s inning-ending strikeout.

6:10
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer: Eno where are you watching from at the ballpark?

6:10
Eno Sarris: Behind home plate, reserve level.

6:10
say hey: What if Mariners were here Jeff re rooting interest?

6:10
Jeff Sullivan: I genuinely cannot imagine

6:10
Enlightening Round: Kershaw’s curve will serve him well when the velocity goes away

6:10
Jeff Sullivan: Drink for Smoltz saying “erect”

6:11
K-Man: BRegman seems like the type Greinke once talked about, the player who is so oblivious and so onvinced of his own invincibility he just plays well without thinking.

6:11
David: Eno – buddy’s in Boston for a month for work. Where does he go for beer?

6:12
Eno Sarris: Night shift is far, but Lord Hobo and Cambridge brewing are close. One more…

6:12
FlyingNimbus: I assumed the TTO penalty was largely influenced by fatigue

6:12
Eno Sarris: lamplighter

6:12
Jeff Sullivan: It’s part fatigue and part seeing all the pitches

6:13
Scott Wood: Could Kershaw pull a McCullers and just throw his curveball a million times in a row?  I don’t think so b/c it’s more sweeping and McCullers is sharper?  Please discuss amongst yourselves.

6:13
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw’s other stuff is way too good to avoid. McCullers’ curve is a weapon in large part because it’s like 88 miles per hour

6:13
Eno Sarris: McCullers is also like 7 mph faster.

6:13
Jeff Sullivan: It’s the Kimbrel curve!

6:14
Jeff Sullivan: Puig took another first pitch btw

6:14
forestation: Is the relative dominance of pitching to hitting in the postseason a function of this specific group of teams, or is pitching talent more dispersed than hitting in general?

6:14
Jeff Sullivan: Easier to lean on the best pitchers in the playoffs. Can’t spot when you use your best hitters in the same way

6:15
Jeff Sullivan: Puig with the weak groundout on a 3-and-1 change down the middle. To the fifth! 1-1

6:15
Guest: So much for Jeff’s article

6:15
Jeff Sullivan: If there’s one Astro who’s going to get a big zone, it’s Keuchel. That’s his whole game

6:15
Jeff Sullivan: Hendricks before Hendricks

6:16
Show Hey O’Tawny: That was LOUD, Eno

6:16
brian eno: keuchel not missing many bats or getting many Ks

6:16
Eno Sarris: seee! just talking to my mans Doug Padilla about how it’s become a night club here, more like an NBA arena. The board is loud.

6:16
Jeff Sullivan: Three swinging strikes so far for Keuchel, five for Kershaw

6:16
Eno Sarris: sorry Jeff. internets not great here.

6:16
Jeff Sullivan: Don’t worry about it. You’re at the World Series!

6:17
Hawkguy: Is there anyone who speaks more with his body language while batting than Puig?

6:17
K-Man: Puig taking all the way is the BEST

6:17
K-Man: Eno: What David asked but for Seattle!

6:17
He Hate Me: Isn’t McCullers’s curveball more like a slider?

6:17
Jeff Sullivan: It’s slider speed but curveball depth

6:17
Eno Sarris: Holy Mountain (industrial area) and Cloudburst (pike’s place).

6:17
Eno Sarris: Yeah, McCuller’s’ Curve drops like 8 inches more than average slider.

6:18
Jeff Sullivan: Freaky freaky pitch

6:18
say hey: How does Keuchel compare to Kyle Hendricks?

6:18
Jeff Sullivan: Similar command, maybe 70 on the 20-80 scale. Maximizes an underwhelming repertoire

6:18
Eno Sarris: They throw to the spots in the zone that traditionally create the lowest exit velos. 1) Keuchel. 2) Hendricks.

6:19
Jeff Sullivan: Three pitches, two outs…

6:19
Eno Sarris: so, yeah, command.

6:19
Pine Marten: Could this games actually end under 3 hours?!?!

6:19
Jeff Sullivan: Not unless someone takes the lead!

6:19
Jeff Sullivan: Drop-down strikeout!

6:20
Anonymous: idk why teams spend $150M to get to the world series.  I found tickets for like $450

6:20
Jeff Sullivan: Reddick just watched three fastballs for a strikeout. Last one was a drop-down variety in the lower-inside quadrant

6:20
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw usually struggles to keep that pitch down

6:21
Eno Sarris: I had a hard time seeing that from up here.

6:21
Jeff Sullivan: I usually don’t catch it on the delivery but the follow-through is a dead giveaway

6:21
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw’s momentum is weird and takes him over toward first base

6:22
Dodger Fan: Reddick isn’t getting booed because he was bad for the Dodgers, he’s getting booed because he’s said bad things about Dodger fans in the media

6:22
Gregory: I just got here back from class.  Hopefully we aren’t through 2.5 innings yet…

6:22
Jeff Sullivan: That also works strongly against him

6:22
Eno Sarris: let me sip some tea and check

6:22
Anonymous: is the 20-80 scale appropriate for players who are not prospects? If you’re judging young’uns vs. the mlb population instead of against each other, the numbers go way down?

6:22
Jeff Sullivan: I was just going for something familiar

6:22
Jeff Sullivan: You could also just go with A, just shy of A+

6:23
Mike: The drop down and shut up for Josh Reddick.  It’s goodness is 100% the surprise

6:23
Jeff Sullivan: It usually hasn’t worked out to seem so…surprising. But it’s still evolving, I bet

6:23
Towel: That drop down strike had to look like 110 mph to Reddick lol

6:23
K-Man: These slomo playoff elbows are GROSS. First CC now Kershaw

6:23
Jeff Sullivan: Never ever ever look at a pitcher elbow when he’s pitching

6:24
hscer: it’s the World Series and Kershaw is pitching like Kershaw. eat it, narratives

6:24
Jeff Sullivan: Well there’s a horrible chase for Hernandez for the strikeout

6:24
Hunky Dory: In that drop-down pitch, did K miss his target, or did Barnes set up the glove to fool Reddick?

6:25
Jeff Sullivan: Probably missed. Kershaw doesn’t have great command from that arm slot

6:25
He Hate Me: Keuchel K’s Kiké

6:25
Dunkin’ Donuts: Can Fangraphs get passes to MLB game?

6:25
Jeff Sullivan: Yes

6:25
Jeff Sullivan: Like, say, Eno right now

6:25
Jeff Sullivan: Seager with the first-pitch single on a fastball in off the plate

6:25
Eno Sarris: don’t tell me that just happened.

6:26
Jeff Sullivan: I look forward to whatever you’re talking about!

6:26
Eno Sarris: you guys are falling behind. at this rate I’ll lose you.

6:26
Jeff Sullivan: Our difference has definitely grown larger than a minute

6:27
say hey: You going to any of these games, Jeff?

6:27
Anonymous: Eno could red herring chat by just typing “OMG” at random moments

6:27
Jeff Sullivan: No reason to pay for me to do that

6:27
Abe: Keuchel’s arm is on the ground!! OMG!

6:28
Jeff Sullivan: Another double play! Three in five innings for LA

6:28
Jeff Sullivan: Keuchel has thrown 54 pitches. Kershaw just 57. It’s been five frames for each

6:28
AdMan: Should we tell Eno what commercials he is missing?

6:29
Jeff Sullivan: Keuchel has also evened up the swinging-strike battle, at five

6:29
Matthew: The zone is huge tonight. Any proof that a big zone causes players to swing more in later at bats?

6:29
Jeff Sullivan: Limited but yes I think so

6:29
Eno Sarris: Have the Dodgers been as aggressive? Would like to know the swing rate. Seems like something I could check.

6:30
Jeff Sullivan: 44% for the Dodgers

6:30
Jeff Sullivan: 39% for the Astros

6:30
Eno Sarris: wow that was quick. And that’s p low.

6:31
Jeff Sullivan: Lower than I thought it was going to be

6:31
Enlightening Round: Is Keuchel throwing a “sinker” or just have some natural drop?

6:31
Jeff Sullivan: I think it’s a two-seamer with a surprising lack of horizontal tail but Eno might know more off the top of his head

6:32
Ryan: Who has a better chance of repeating his unprecedented 2014 success: Marwin Gonzalez or Chris Taylor?

6:32
Jeff Sullivan: Taylor

6:32
Jeff Sullivan: Keuchel with another five-pitch strikeout. He’s actually been more helpful than his teammates in terms of making Kershaw work

6:32
K-Man: Ou are an MLB pitcher. What’s your approach at the plate?

6:33
Eno Sarris: Try to go tank on every pitch like Bumgarner.

6:33
Jeff Sullivan: Darvish approach but from the far back corner

6:33
Lyle: What is the point of the large amount of towels wrapped around a pitching arm?

6:33
Jeff Sullivan: Makeshift way to keep an arm warm between innings? All I got

6:34
Mr. Jones: This Clayton Kershaw guy is pretty good.

6:34
Jeff Sullivan: George Springer definitely doesn’t *look* like a guy with a two-strike approach

6:34
Eno Sarris: nah

6:34
Hunky Dory: This is the pace baseball should always move at.

6:34
Hal: This all feels weirdly chill and relaxed somehow, like it’s a random Thursday evening in May. Maybe because of the pace? Idk

6:35
Jeff Sullivan: I think Game 1 is always a little underwhelming in terms of the feeling. The series needs time to build

6:35
Jeff Sullivan: Also, it’s been all pitching and two solo homers

6:35
Eno Sarris: It’s loud here, but yeah I mean more things could have happened, at least offensively, think of guys on base and stress that way…

6:35
alpha309: The pace of this game is amazing so far.

6:35
Jeff Sullivan: This is why people aren’t wrong when they complain about baseball usually going too slow

6:35
Jeff Sullivan: Look what it’s like when it’s fast!

6:36
Jeff Sullivan: Slow baseball can be great, but fast baseball is *usually* great

6:36
He Hate Me: I’d like to see more balls in play and baserunners, please.

6:36
Jeff Sullivan: 73 pitches for Kershaw, and he’s through six

6:36
BK: Vasgersian and Buck Martinez are an absolute treat

6:37
Jeff Sullivan: I love Matt Vasgersian

6:37
Jeff Sullivan: Have for a while. Such a joy

6:37
Scott Wood: I know the Dodgers are “good” but are they NL good or like MLB good?

6:37
Jeff Sullivan: They are a legitimately great baseball team. When Kershaw is healthy, as he appears, they’re a juggernaut

6:37
Jeff Sullivan: But the Astros are also a juggernaut! Can there be coexisting juggernauts? I don’t know the etymology here

6:38
John Autin: Quickest WS game this century was 152 minutes — 2010 Game 5, Giants 3, Rangers 1, Lincecum def. Lee.

6:38
Jeff Sullivan: Cliff Lee was the most satisfying pitcher in baseball there for a few years

6:38
Eno Sarris: scully just got a standing o

6:38
Glenn : Surprising that there’s only 2 runs in this heat?

6:38
Jeff Sullivan: Pitchers > heat

6:39
Jerj Clooners: Jeff, were you out on Taylor at the time of his trade or did you think he still had this success in him?

6:39
Jeff Sullivan: Never thought he had this in him, but that was before we really understood what was happening league-wide. Evaluating middling young hitters now is tremendously difficult

6:39
Jeff Sullivan: First-pitch out for Barnes. What a game this is!

6:40
BJOGC: This game is going to get through 9 innings in 2.5 hours but then go 17 innings just to spite us all

6:40
Jeff Sullivan: So to confirm: first pitch temperature was 103. Hottest playoff game on record

6:40
Eno Sarris: board still says 99

6:40
Jeff Sullivan: I bet it’s like 110 on the field

6:40
Fangraphs lurker: gatorade pays mlb to have the pitchers wrap their arms in gatorade marked towels in order to advertise.

6:41
Jeff Sullivan: At this time I think the Division Series games were in like the top of the third

6:41
Park Chan ho’s Beard: how would you describe Kershaw’s/Keuchel’s performance right now? Are they cruising? Wheeling? Dealing? Breezing?

6:41
Jeff Sullivan: I’d go with cruising, with breezing in my back pocket

6:42
Eno Sarris: state I’m in I’d probably try to be smart and say wheezing

6:42
Jeff Sullivan: Hitters are all wheezing out there

6:43
ChatzMcGee: How good would Kershaw be if he had like, I dunno, Strasburg’s changeup?

6:43
Jeff Sullivan: Too

6:43
Jeff Sullivan: We have a baserunner!

6:44
Jeff Sullivan: It’s a two-out walk, but it’s a baserunner

6:44
Jeff Sullivan: Can’t hit into a double play with two outs

6:45
Clay-2000 lbs. Kershaw: Mark my words. Andre Either plays a crucial role in the outcome of this game.

6:45
Major Minor: Do you think MLB will have to dial back the changes to the baseball? Or are they fine with the home-run spike from non-traditional homerun hitters?

6:45
Jeff Sullivan: MLB likes it

6:45
Jeff Sullivan: Runs showed up just as people were worried about runs going down

6:45
Guest: Has there ever been a snowy world series?

6:46
Jeff Sullivan: Rays/Phillies had a game delayed by snowfall

6:46
Jeff Sullivan: the Rays and Phillies played a World Series if you forgot

6:46
Jeff Sullivan: Kablammo!

6:46
Eno Sarris: hullaballooooooooooooooooo

6:47
Jeff Sullivan: Justin Turner on the high-inside cutter! It’s a 3-1 ballgame and, suddenly, it’s feeling late for the Astros

6:47
Abe: Turnerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!

6:47
Dungeon Master: Eno didn’t spoil it!

6:47
Lucas: Okay Eno. You can mention the HR.

6:47
ChatzMcGee: Justin Turner is amazing.

6:47
Travis Sawchik: Another one!  Dodgers 2 flyballs, Astros 1 flyball

6:48
Mr. Jones: Turner wins the Battle of the Beards II.

6:50
Hawkguy: Is that a home run if it’s 70 instead of 100 degrees?

6:50
Jeff Sullivan: There would be an expected difference of something like seven feet. So it would be extremely close!

6:51
Six Ten: That was the third time Keuchel tried to cheat Turner at the top of the zone, no?

6:51
Jeff Sullivan: Tremendously difficult pitch to hit out. Surprised Turner got around on that, but maybe that’s my fault

6:51
P: Does Kershaw finish this game out?

6:51
Jeff Sullivan: There’s no way you don’t use Jansen if it’s late and close

6:51
jake: ..not to be a downer but 13% hp on that baby. it is hot

6:51
Jeff Sullivan: Legitimate point

6:52
Mark Lathrop: Hello, gents! How deep do you think they let Kershaw go?

6:52
Jeff Sullivan: If he keeps the pitch count down, he’ll get a chance to work the eighth

6:53
SubmarineSailor: Larry King is sitting behind the rhb box. He looks like he’s about 143 years old

6:53
Jeff Sullivan: Having some kind of old-off with Tommy Lasorda

6:53
Jeff Sullivan: Leadoff single for Altuve. Time for this game to slowwwwwww dowwwwwwwwn

6:53
Eno Sarris: man I got kicked out, just got back in.

6:53
Jeff Sullivan: Eno hopped the fence

6:54
Jeff Sullivan: That might’ve been the world’s most pointless turned DP attempt

6:54
Jeff Sullivan: Correa was past the base by like 20 feet

6:55
Eno Sarris: Did Seager look a little less than ginger there?

6:56
Jeff Sullivan: Put that whole play on the disabled list

6:56
Hannah Hochevar: 3 dingers off pitchers normally dinger-proof

6:56
Eno Sarris: Perpetua’s HR% on Turner: 35%.

6:56
Jeff Sullivan: Career-high dinger season for Kershaw! 🙁

6:56
Abe: It’s hard to look fully ginger when you’re 20 feet away from Turner.

6:57
Sad fan: Re: changes to the baseball and runs. I thought total runs were roughly the same, but more came from HRs than in previous years. I’d rather see more hits.

6:57
Jeff Sullivan: Yes, homers have compensated for missing hits. But it’s hard to expect hits to come back with velocity and strikeouts up where they are

6:57
Jeff Sullivan: McCann’s out and Kershaw’s thrown 83 pitches. He’s definitely coming back for the eighth

6:58
Jeff Sullivan: Or maybe he’s not given that he’s currently getting hugs and handshakes

6:58
Jeff Sullivan: I think Clayton Kershaw just got traded

6:59
Eno Sarris: I’ve blessed America

6:59
Monsignor Martinez: looked to me like Kershaw didn’t pause after coming set

6:59
Eno Sarris: Nobody does any more they don’t enforce that one.

7:00
Jeff Sullivan: Baseball will never be able to not play this song

7:00
Jeff Sullivan: I don’t really care but I doubt they thought it all the way through when they started with GBA

7:00
Alfrz: Do they normally play this at the seventh? I can’t recall this every being played after the start of the game

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: Probably national broadcasts or playoff games or something

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: It’s not all the time

7:01
Eno Sarris: After 9/11, God Bless America started being played and now we have to do it yes.

7:01
Eno Sarris: It’s not? I think it is.

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: Is it?

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: You go to more games than me

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: I guess it would be weird if it were only occasional

7:01
John Autin: GBA started after 9/11.

7:01
Eno Sarris: Yes this is what I perceive.

7:01
Jeff Sullivan: One of those nice gestures that, once you implement it, there’s no un-implementing it

7:02
Jeff Sullivan: But, #sticktosports, and everything

7:02
Enlightening Round: Play it all the time in St Louis

7:02
Dr. Dave: I think GBA was specifically New York games at first, Ronan Tynan singing

7:02
Stephen: It’s not at most stadiums. But it is at all world series

7:02
Connor: I personally like GBA

7:02
Eno Sarris: Don’t mind the song, but a million times in…

7:02
Jeff Sullivan: Fine song but I don’t know why it’s there

7:02
Ben: what’s the deal with the 7th inning stretch anyway?

7:03
Scott Wood: So I’m an AL all the way guy….I don’t go both ways….tell me why I should fear or not fear the LA bullpen?

7:03
Jeff Sullivan: It has the best reliever in the world in it

7:03
Eno Sarris: Players used to be so out of shape that they had to stop and stretch in the middle of the game.

7:03
Jeff Sullivan: Puig took the first pitch again

7:03
Jeff Sullivan: He’s just not doing anything today after getting ahead

7:04
Jeff Sullivan: 36 out of 38 first-pitch takes in the playoffs

7:04
The Hamburglar: It amazes me that this Astros lineup set records. Springer/Altuve/Correa are just awesome, Bregman and Reddick are pretty good, and the rest just seem so average

7:04
Jeff Sullivan: If you don’t have anyone below-average, and you have some stars, that’s a juggernaut

7:05
Jeff Sullivan: Beltran was like the only subpar hitter on the roster this season, which is nuts

7:06
Major Minor: Does pitcher WAR include their ability to prevent stolen bases and/or pick runners off?

7:06
Eno Sarris: No: call it the Cueto Rule.

7:07
jd: mcullough tweeting that it’s morrow and jansen to bring it home

7:07
Jeff Sullivan: Seager’s single spells the end for Dallas Keuchel. Brilliant performance that doesn’t look so good in the box score, thanks to a two-run homer that might’ve stayed in the yard on a cooler evening

7:08
Cody: When expansion / realignment happens, do you think MLB will make a lot of other changes at the same time? Pitch clock, lower the mound, universal DH, new playoffs, robo umps, etc all in one fell swoop

7:08
Jeff Sullivan: I imagine pitch clock is right around the corner, but expansion would seem to call for a DH rule reckoning

7:09
Question guy: anyone know the odds on this game in LV?

7:09
Eno Sarris: I think it started at +150 Astros

7:10
Scott Wood: Kershaw out of the game so he can come back for game 4 & 7?

7:10
Jeff Sullivan: Don’t think the Dodgers have interest in using Kershaw on short rest

7:10
Jstodola : Eno, what is the temp now?

7:10
Jeff Sullivan: save for a possible G7 relief appearance

7:10
Eno Sarris: 96

7:11
Question guy: Where do you like to go for beer in LA when you are drinking, Eno?

7:11
Eno Sarris: Sunset Beer company, Highland Park Brewing.

7:11
Jeff Sullivan: Literally Francisco Liriano warming up right now

7:12
hscer: so who’s gonna be the first to say that Kershaw only forgets how to pitch in the playoffs vs. other NL teams

7:12
Jeff Sullivan: I think the would-be narrative spinners will just move on to somebody else

7:13
Show Hey O’Tawny: Dave Roberts instills in me a strange sense of calm, I’m not sure why

7:13
Jeff Sullivan: Manager doing a manager’s job

7:13
Lucas: https://gfycat.com/WillingScaredCranefly     … Keuchel sinker. Someone asked about it earlier. He throws it with a two seam grip off axis to achieve a “one-seam” type spin.

7:13
Jeff Sullivan: I mean, that’s basically the whole point

7:13
Jeff Sullivan: Thanks Lucas!

7:14
Anonymous: we’re getting ads between pitches now, mid-AB

7:14
Jeff Sullivan: Everything in the world is selling to you

7:15
Jeff Sullivan: Barnes out, we go to the eighth! 3-1 Dodgers, and I guess it’s bullpen time

7:15
Jeff Sullivan: Kershaw: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 11 K, 69% strikes

7:16
Question guy: what makes Correa better than either Seager or Lindor?

7:16
Jeff Sullivan: Not sure he’s better right now, but I think his superior all-fields power gives him a higher potential ceiling

7:17
The Hamburglar: A lot of people seem to think expansion is right around the corner? You think we’ll hear something in the next 2-3 years?

7:17
Jeff Sullivan: I think it’s something Manfred wants within the next five years or so

7:18
Daniel: Using Peacock here seems to point to McCullers going in Game 4, no?

7:18
Jeff Sullivan: Absolutely. They were probably already leaning strongly that way

7:18
Jeff Sullivan: Morrow time. One of the better stories of 2017!

7:18
Eno Sarris: He also likes good beer!

7:19
Jeff Sullivan: Good lil former Mariner

7:19
Jeff Sullivan: It would be fun if Hernandez just took over third base after running all the way there for the pop out

7:20
Jefferson: any of the fangraphs writers religious?

7:20
Jeff Sullivan: Yes

7:20
Question guy: Dodgers probability now of getting the W?

7:21
Daniel: Any guesses to what Morrow will get this winter?

7:21
Jeff Sullivan: I could see him getting three years given the quality of his stuff and his strikes

7:21
Jeff Sullivan: It’ll be a risk but everything is there besides the track record

7:21
Jeff Sullivan: Think of him like a reliever version of Charlie Morton

7:22
Jeff Sullivan: Awfully easy inning for Morrow

7:23
Jeff Sullivan: 10 pitches! Seven strikes! To the bottom of the eighth! I cannot believe we’re almost finished.

7:23
Six Ten: If there’s no way they’re using Kershaw on short rest, what’s the reason not to send him out to face the bottom of the order?

7:23
Jeff Sullivan: Fresh Morrow/Jansen still great, and you don’t need to push a guy who’s working on a day that’s 100 degrees

7:23
Mike:

Andy McCullough
@McCulloughTimes
Pressbox announcement: “Attention media, if you are so inclined, there is a giant cake in the press dinning room. Giant cake.”
25 Oct 2017

.  Thus is why no eno

7:24
Eno Sarris: I can’t eat anything but I was sad

7:24
geroge: Morrow is a success story that’s really overlooked because of all the other Dodger success stories

7:24
Jeff Sullivan: His ERA this year — this year! — in Triple-A was 7.20

7:24
brian eno: do you think the DH is standard within the next 5 years? (let’s hope)

7:24
Jeff Sullivan: That’s my inkling

7:24
Jeff Sullivan: If not within 5, then within 10

7:25
Dr. Dave: Kaat notes that Morrow has allowed one xbh in his last 150 bf

7:25
brian eno: i saw that live edit, jeff. sneakt

7:25
brian eno: sneaky* damnit

7:25
Jeff Sullivan: DON’T YOU WISH YOU HAD OUR FEATURES

7:25
He Hate Me: Eno, are you having a colonoscopy tomorrow or what?

7:25
Eno Sarris: other end

7:25
Hunky Dory: Morrow throws 100?

7:25
Jeff Sullivan: He’s amazing!

7:25
Show Hey O’Tawny: Don’t like Devenski’s delivery. I guess hitters don’t either

7:26
Eno Sarris: Really falls off the mound. probably helps the changeup fade.

7:26
Jeff Sullivan: It’s one of the weirder deliveries currently in MLB existence

7:26
Netflix and Rich Hill: Morrow’s last 68 innings in the minor leagues (16-17) 6.62 ERA

7:26
Jeff Sullivan: It’s like he’s even beyond over-the-top

7:26
Show Hey O’Tawny: This has been a weirdly calm game, I kinda like it after the silliness and drama of the earlier series

7:26
Jeff Sullivan: My gut sense is that the World Series doesn’t really start to feel like the *World Series* until someone has two wins

7:27
Eno Sarris: Morrow mentioned that minor league record to me yesterday. he said he was closing and didn’t get the innings to combat some walkoffs. And that he had put away the cutter so he could show whiffs to the major league teams.

7:27
Jeff Sullivan: You have to be able to see the end

7:27
Jeff Sullivan: Oh, hey, Charlie Culberson was just hitting

7:27
Jeff Sullivan: Bye for now, Charlie Culberson

7:27
devenski: DID I JUST HEAR LINK TO THE PAST MUSIC ON THE DODGER ORGAN?

7:27
Eno Sarris: yes

7:28
John Autin: No one questions pulling Kershaw at 83 pitches with bottom of order due up?

7:28
Jeff Sullivan: So hot out there. I don’t think it’s unreasonable at all

7:28
Jeff Sullivan: The bottom of the Astros order is still pretty good

7:28
Cowdisciple: How much does Jansen add to that 91%?

7:28
Jeff Sullivan: 9%

7:29
Eno Sarris: MVP chants for Turner.

7:29
Jeff Sullivan: Might as well!

7:29
Balls balls balls: Carlos Beltran, postseason destroyer: wRC+ of 173 in the postseason. Mike Trout: wRC+ of 169 always, everywhere, and any time.

7:29
Daniel: All in all, not a terrible result for Houston, right. Held LA offense down pretty well. Won’t have to see Kershaw again until Gm 5 in the Box.

7:29
Jeff Sullivan: Don’t think Houston cares too much about process. You either win or you lose. The Astros, probably, are about to lose

7:30
Eno Sarris: I, too, would enjoy walking out to Tupac to close in LA.

7:30
Andrew: Morrow a good fit for the cubs next year perhaps? They need some good relievers but it would help them a lot to not have to spend too much to get them

7:30
Jeff Sullivan: Good fit for lots of teams!

7:30
Jeff Sullivan: Hence three years

7:31
Elbo: Why have we not had the usual shots of third-rate FOX “stars” in the stands?

7:31
Eno Sarris: Ken Jeong is here!

7:31
Eno Sarris: So is… scans sheet…. Dennis Haysbert!

7:31
Jeff Sullivan: Here’s Kenley Jansen, who allowed a .207 wOBA this season. Batters had a .200 wOBA after falling behind 0-and-2

7:33
Tommy: How long has this game taken so far?

7:33
Jeff Sullivan: First pitch was 5:11pm local time

7:33
Jeff Sullivan: So, 2:22

7:33
Jeff Sullivan: This inning has to last more than an hour for this game to fit the postseason pattern

7:34
Eno Sarris: Kenley varying that front foot a bit, right? I know he’s changed things up. Which, ridiculous.

7:34
Eno Sarris: yeah. Sometimes he wiggles the front foot almost like Kershaw, sometimes it comes straight.

7:34
Sterling Mallory Chris Archer: So will we regress to the mean in game 2 and have a 5 hour game?

7:34
Jeff Sullivan: Sounds like Dave’s problem, not mine!

7:35
Jeff Sullivan: Not George Springer’s night, I’m afraid

7:35
Tommy: Does kenley Jansen ever blow saves

7:35
Jeff Sullivan: No

7:35
Jeff Sullivan: It has never happened

7:35
P: If you bought a ticket should you feel cheated this game went by so fast? Like, aren’t you owed an extra hour of baseball and maybe a little more suspense?

7:36
Eno Sarris: So many more watching on TV I guess.

7:36
Eno Sarris: In 1923, 301,430 people came to World Series games. Last year, 277,603 saw Cubs v Indians in person.

7:36
Jeff Sullivan: How often do you see a foul tip take the umpire mask clean off?

7:37
Netflix and Rich Hill: Isn’t it atrocious that Verlander was able to fix his slider because the Astros had a more advanced camera? Atrocious in that, how are not all teams equipped with that by now?

7:37
Jeff Sullivan: Slider was fixed when he was still with Detroit

7:37
Jeff Sullivan: Teams should all have that tech, but I think that’s a misleading narrative

7:38
LegallyEagle: Any reason to think Morrow’s year has been fluky and won’t be replicated remotely in the future?

7:38
Jeff Sullivan: He’s a reliever. So, basically, that

7:38
Joe: Fox cuts back into the game really late. They don’t waste a single second of potential commercial time.

7:38
Jeff Sullivan: The other day Joe Buck cleverly and sneakily apologized for viewers missing the first pitch of an inning

7:39
Jeff Sullivan: I don’t know how Bregman made contact with that pitch but I guess it doesn’t matter! One out to go

7:40
Jeff Sullivan: We’re finished!

7:40
Jeff Sullivan: Somehow, so fast, we’re finished!

7:40
Jeff Sullivan: I wasn’t prepared for this.

7:40
Jeff Sullivan: That game took a hair under two and a half hours. Miraculous.

7:40
: this was a great game. better than a blowout

7:40
Dodger Fan: Isn’t Fox owed another hour of baseball in which to throw commercials?

7:40
He Hate Me: i would’ve liked to have seen a pitcher have to pitch out of a jam at some point…

7:40
Jerj Clooners: I’d be happy that I stayed for a full game and still go to sleep at a decent time

7:41
Jeff Sullivan: Shortest game since Game 4 of the 1992 World Series, if I heard that right

7:41
Eno Sarris: nuts.

7:41
Show Hey O’Tawny: Kershaw and Kenley are very good and so are the Dodgers

7:41
Peter Mackanin: here we go JV, do your thing

7:41
Six Ten: I’m on a 6-year-old laptop that was at 85% battery when the game started and it might just get to the end of the game. All games should be like this.

7:41
Mike: The game ended like 5 minutes ago for Eno

7:42
Fan: Thanks for doing  Jeff and Eno, love you both!

7:42
Jeff Sullivan: Love you all, too!

7:42
Eno Sarris: thanks for hanging out!

7:42
Jeff Sullivan: Dave will have your Game 2 chat tomorrow evening

7:42
Jeff Sullivan: Until then. Be well and goodnight!

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Jeff made Lookout Landing a thing, but he does not still write there about the Mariners. He does write here, sometimes about the Mariners, but usually not.

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I am extremely drunk while reading this transcript and it is disturbingly similar to my own mental processes