Astros vs. Yankees ALCS Game 1 Chat

8:05
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Hello folks, and welcome to the FanGraphs ALCS Game 1 chat. I’ll be joined by Dan Szymborski shortly and we’ll get this thing up to speed. For the moment, here’s my ALCS preview: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/postseason-preview-new-york-yankees-vs-hou…

And here’s Dan’s ZiPS-driven game-by-game odds. https://www.fangraphs.com/standings/playoff-odds/post-season-zips?seas…

8:08
Shaun: Is this a “must-win” for the Yankees? Down 1-0 with Verlander and Cole on full rest in games 2-3 doesn’t sound great.

8:10
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I’m hesitant to call any single game outside of an elimination game a must-win, but obviously, the Yankees’ road to four wins is more difficult if they lose tonight, and the likelihood that they can beat both Verlander AND Cole in back-to-back games would mean that they’re almost certainly playing from behind.

8:11
Guest: It is a pleasure to share this evening with you in this chat, Jay.

8:12
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Thanks, it’s good to be here. I previewed this series and I’ll be covering the New York leg of the series on-site, so I thought it would be worth chatting during it as well. Emma and I are home watching baseball anyway

8:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Good evening!

8:14
Avatar Jay Jaffe: That Aaron Judge fly out had a 32 degree launch angle and a 102.8 mph EV. The Statcast tool says that’s a homer 76% of the time over the past five seasons. Fat part of the ballpark on that drive, but maybe also another one of those “if this were the juiced ball” shots

8:15
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Good first inning for Greinke, 1-2-3 on 12 pitches

8:15
Avatar Jay Jaffe: and hello, Dan!

8:15
Eric: was that ball gone with the regular season ball?

8:15
Guest: Judge flyball a HR in the regular season?

8:15
5 Run Homer: Do you think that’s a homer with the regular season ball?

8:16
Avatar Jay Jaffe: everybody wanted to know!

8:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s weird, I was hearing rumors about the playoff balls being different before the playoffs started and I dismissed it as black helicopter stuff. I’m not so sure now.

8:17
Mr. Flask: This is a series of favorite vs. favorite. A nice contrast to the underdog vs. underdog NLCS.

8:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

Who Are Your Rooting For?

Astros (41.5% | 44 votes)
 
Yankees (41.5% | 44 votes)
 
Both (0% | 0 votes)
 
Neither (5.6% | 6 votes)
 
Sweet Meteor o’ Death (11.3% | 12 votes)
 

Total Votes: 106
8:18
Eric: Dan dan da Chevy man!

8:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t have a Chevy! My mom used to have a Celebrity with a Caprice engine in it for some reason when I was a kid

8:19
Jay: Don’t want to be a downer later in chat so may as well ask now before the game gets good… Skaggs news is tragic as is the Angels involvement. What can baseball do to better support players battling these types of addictions?

8:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think you need teams themselves to be more involved rather than MLB centrally – they simply know their people better.

8:19
Magic Kingdome: What is Dan’s cat’s best pitch?        
The fur-ball

8:20
Guest: Would HOU vs WAS World Series be the best starting rotational match up ever?

8:20
Avatar Jay Jaffe: The thing about the de-juiced ball theory is that even with what Rob Arthur showed about the drag being different, the average fly ball distance is higher than the regular season, 326 feet to 323. More likely that my finding is a sample size issue than his, but it’s still something that sticks out right now.

8:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thinking about this.

8:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Not finding a better one looking at random WS.

8:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The late 70s Yankees rotation wasn’t as deep as memory said.

8:25
Avatar Jay Jaffe: The 1948 World Series had Feller and Lemon for the Indians and Spahn and Sain for the Braves (among others on both sides including Satched Paige in Cleveland’s bullpen). 1963 had Koufax, Drysdale and Ford.

8:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I ahven’t gone back before about 1970 yet.

8:25
Jason: I wish the networks would show us somehow when there’s a shift. I hate seeing the ball up the middle, and not knowing there’s a guy there til the last second.

8:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It would be.

8:26
Hire Joe Morgan?: Dear Dan,

Hong Kong French toast occurs when a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is deep fried, slathered in butter, and served with maple syrup.  It is eaten with a fork and knife.  Is this a sandwich?

Thank you, kindly.

8:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sandwich with knife and fork is a plutocrat sandwich.

8:26
Hire Joe Morgan?: Also, hi Jay and Dan!  Thanks for chatting.

8:26
Jay: What odds would you put on Altuve making the hall of fame?

8:27
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Better than 50%, i think.

8:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s going to be way up there in hits unless he goes Sax.

8:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’ll be around 1600 when he has his 30th birthday.

8:27
Avatar Jay Jaffe: 3 batting titles and a ring already, about 3 seasons away from 2,000 hits

8:29
Avatar Jay Jaffe: JAWS-wise, Altuve has some low-hanging fruit to improve, as his 5th through 7th best seasons are 4.8, 3.7 and 1.4 WAR

8:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ZiPS has him ending right near 3000

8:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and I think even by the time he votes, that’ll still be a thing.

8:30
Jason: Better teams hit the ball further. A sample that doesn’t have the Tigers in it versus one that does is destined to have a higher number

8:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Some of the data done is vs. model, not raw distance.

8:31
It’s an NLCS chat if you believe: Has Rendon meaningfully changed the way his free agency will go through his postseason performance?

8:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

8:31
Mr. Flask: There you have it, folks. Houston has more check marks.

8:31
Hire Joe Morgan?: I eat sandwiches with a fork sometimes because washing a fork is easier than using a napkin.  I assure you, I am not wealthy.  But plutocracy aside, I accept your position.

8:32
Shauger: Gurriel plays with annoying cockidence.

8:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s a new word for me

8:32
mariano: But these are the best hitters, doesn´t that influence the avg distance? But the drag.. you can´t argue with that

8:33
Avatar Jay Jaffe: they’re some great hitters, but also great pitchers…

8:34
Jordan: If it goes Nats/Stro’s, what pitching potential matchup are you most excited about?

8:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I want Scherzer vs. Verlander and Strasburg vs. Cole to match up

8:34
Avatar Jay Jaffe: if we get a Scherzer-Verlander or Scherzer-Cole it would be awesome

8:34
Hire Joe Morgan?: What else could Bregman do to lean into his heel turn?

8:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I gave lots of ideas when I was proposing A-Rod do a heel turn some years ago.

8:34
Avatar Jay Jaffe: the two ex-Tigers with multiple no-hitters, head to head,

8:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like every road trip, take out a full-page ad bashing the fans of the team.

8:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And *always* acting as if the crowd is cheering him, no matter what they’re doing.

8:35
Wire Fan: Have you ever been tazed after trying to go through a doggy door of the wrong home while in a drunken stupor?

8:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Things happen in your early 20s!

8:38
Avatar Jay Jaffe: back to the average fly ball distance question, the leaderboard doesn’t entirely conform to a measure of sheer batting talent. You’ve got playoff guys there (Sano and Cruz 1-2), and then among other postseason participants, Adam Duvall at #4, Yordan Alvarez #11, Aaron Judge #13, Matt Adams #15… it’s a weird group

8:39
Lunar verLander: TBS had a “shift is on” notification in the box

8:39
Eric: hard throwers = longer distance when hit?

8:39
Avatar Jay Jaffe: mean to mention this when somebody complained earlier, not that it wasn’t a valid complaint

8:40
Avatar Jay Jaffe: (the TBS shift thing)

8:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s a negative correlation between velocity thrown and home runs.

8:40
stever20: what about the one with the O’s and Dodgers in 1966?  Palmer, McNally, Drysdale, Koufax headlining it.

8:40
Avatar Jay Jaffe: another good one

8:41
Avatar Jay Jaffe: not just rotations but the 1954 series had Hoyt Wilhelm on the Giants, and Bob Lemon, Early Wynn, and Hal Newhouser for the Indians — and those are just the HOFers

8:42
5 Run Homer: HOLY SHIT BREGMAN

8:42
Hire Joe Morgan?: Whoah.

8:42
Avatar Jay Jaffe: wow, what a play by Bregman

8:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Even just looking at fastballs, >95 MPH fastballs were 22% of the fastball home runs but 27% of fastballs.

8:42
Eric: Were they filming Jacob Nix’s Day Off?

8:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A modern day Ferris Bueller’s Day Off could be darker

8:43
Negative Coral reef: How far am I delayed. Bergman did nothing yet?!!

8:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “Kershaw just came in the game on my screen, no spoilers guys!”

8:43
Avatar Jay Jaffe: TOO SOON

8:44
Eric: Miley/Sanchez has to be the best potential match up

8:44
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Wade Miley isn’t starting. He’d be dead meat against this righty-heavy lineup

8:44
Michael: Is that fastball stat just looking at hits/contact or all fastballs. Would the decrease in HR partially be because they’re harder to hit?

8:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Of course

8:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m doing this as quickly as possible as there’s a live chat!

8:45
5 Run Homer: Miley/Anibal, I think he means

8:45
Dystopian Future: Those same 60s Orioles vs the Mets in ’69 was probably pretty good too, for SP.

8:45
Eric: the radio broadcast is like 3 mins behind

8:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Or you’re slightly time-shifted into the past like in a Star Trek TNG episode

8:46
5 Run Homer: Has Cole boosted his FA stock in the postseason?

8:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think postseason is a big deal in contract any more than just added starts/at bats to their record

8:46
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I don’t think his stock can go much higher. I also know that no front office type will tell you that they pay off postseason performance

8:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Maybe the Royals

8:47
Avatar Jay Jaffe: LOL

8:47
Avatar Jay Jaffe: if the Royals didn’t exist, we’d have to make them up.

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Now, postseason is long enough and changes can be enough to actually improve/worsen the projection.

8:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Dan Murphy several years ago, his postseason flurry really affected his projected enough to increase the ZiPS projection by I think $7 million for the contract.

8:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But it’s because there were new games, not because they were POSTSEASON per se

8:48
Hi Matt: My friend Matt is also chatting. Can you pass this along to him. Looking forward to shuffleboard tournament next weekend.

8:50
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Dan, you include postseason stats in your projections?

8:50
Guest: Dammit Dan i was gonna say Daniel Murphy

8:50
Alex Samuels: Is it just me or is Kyle Tucker a combination of English nobleman and Dwight Schrute?

8:50
Lunar verLander: Broadcast suggestion: postseason stats are small sample nightmares. They should instead just show stats against teams > .500 winning percentage.

8:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: National TV still has this idea that postseason baseball-playing is some magical different thing where everything comes down to moxie, so seasonal stats don’t matter

8:51
Hire Joe Morgan?: Not just you.  He looks like Benedict Cumberbatch playing Tommy Edman.

8:51
Eric: Jay, my comment (Miley/Sanchez) was for the question about best possible match up in world series if HOU vs WAS, not this series

8:51
Avatar Jay Jaffe: that one went way over my head, sorry.

8:51
Dystopian Future: I mean, the TV broadcast still prominently features batting average. Don’t expect much from it, we’re not their target audience.

8:51
Guest: Or they could just show regular season stats

8:52
Avatar Jay Jaffe: through 3 innings, one hit and no run for either team. both pitchers have faced the minimum

8:53
Adam2: Recovering addict Bubbles should not be tending bar

8:53
stever20: so taking outside the Postseason narrative – what happened to Kershaw the last quarter of the season and in the postseason.  Finished that period with an ERA over 4.75 and a FIP over 6.  15 homers in the 47 innings.   That’s what made this year seem so different- it felt like what happened to him this year was how he was at the end of the season…

8:54
Byron Buxton : Eovaldi last year?

8:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It did give him more starts – I think his performance after joining Red Sox was the bigger deal

8:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: and he was fine with the Ray stoo

8:54
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Rays too

8:55
Eric: Why are there no great baseball video games being made?  Isn’t that a useful medium to get youth interested in the sport, if that was an objective of MLB?  Not saying this is THE solution but it could help out some…

8:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: MLB the Show is a great baseball video game.

8:55
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There actually aren’t *that* many sports video games. MLB the Show is the only game in town largely because 2K had the license for so long and once that was gone, it’s a lot of work to get INTO the market.

8:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Madden every year isn’t like making a whole new game, they have older stuff to build on

8:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And of course, there’s only Madden if you want NFL licenses.

8:56
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i haven’t played a baseball video game in eons

8:56
Wire Fan: Is JBJ tendered a contract this winter? and then dealt for something minor?

8:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s tendered

8:56
Guest: For how much Joe Buck talked about Greinke only using 28 pitches through 3 innings, you think he would’ve noticed Tanaka is at the same number

8:57
Avatar Jay Jaffe: one great thing about chatting through the games is that I don’t pay attention to the broadcasters

8:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They have an outside chance of finishing four full in an hour. In a game with the Yankees or Red Sox involved!

8:57
5 Run Homer: The problem with The Show is that it’s PlayStation-exclusive

8:57
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Damn it, Dan, this game is now going to go 37 innings and we’ll still be chatting about it tomorrow at 4 pm

8:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup and Yup

8:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It was always going to be exclusive because it’s made by Sony themselves.

8:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And that it was made by Sony is the only reason it was allowed to exist.

8:59
Guest: Dan do you have to pay licenses to MLBPA?

8:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I do not.

8:59
Eric: I like ESPN radio’s team you can mute the TV and listen to them?

8:59
Avatar Jay Jaffe: A LeMahieu single, a wild pitch, and a Gleyber Torres double puts the Yankees on the board first

8:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: THey hae to line up

8:59
Mr. Flask: Re: baseball video games, Bad News Baseball on NES is all I’ve ever needed. It’s like RBI but plays a bit faster, it’s perfect.

8:59
Alex Samuels: My guess is that way more Fangraphs readers would like OOTP than have tried it. Pee pee!

8:59
JOE BUCK!!!: REMEMBER THAT TIME I SAID THAT I DON’T EVEN LIKE BASEBALL!?!

8:59
Not Evan: How many more years does the Astros’ competitive window stay open for?

9:00
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They have a while yet. It’s when the farm system starts to thin too quickly that you kinda start reaching that money/star spiral of death.

9:00
Avatar Jay Jaffe: They have to produce some starting pitching to keep it open past the Verlander/Greinke contracts

9:01
Avatar Jay Jaffe: which isn’t to say that that’s impossible but they’ll have to replace Cole with somebody good. Altuve and Springer will be over 30 next year, but the Bregman/Correa core is still mid-20s

9:01
Eric: kidding of course the radio is wayyyy behind

9:01
Guest: OOTP is one of the coolest games ever

9:01
Hire Joe Morgan?: With those two under contract, what are the chances they pay Cole, too?

9:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think there’s stilla  chance.

9:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depends if they start playing luxtax games

9:02
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yup, you need a veteran pitcher to know what kind of hitter is at the plate.

9:03
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m sure a rookie wouldn’t know who Edwin Encarnacion is and he totally wouldn’t be talking with coaches about plans to attack different batters before the game.

9:03
Hire Joe Morgan?: Every inning Greinke throws is a little miracle.  This is great.

9:04
Jason: That’s part of the rookie hazing, Dan. They just send em out there.

9:04
Adam2: It took me a moment to realize Dan was responding to FOX not to an unpublished comment here

9:04
Avatar Jay Jaffe: ohhhhhh, i was wondering if I’d skipped a groove or something

9:05
Jordan: Feels like a lot of teams will be in on Cole, so you see him breaking records?

9:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: For those that missed it, Smoltz was going on about how Greinke, as a veteran, knows what kind of hitter Edwin Encarnacion is.

9:06
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Yes, i see a record coming for him. He’ll surpass Price, Scherzer and Kershaw

9:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Smoltz like to start a sentence with veteran and then just plug in whatever weird cliche he makes up after.

9:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Off the cuff, I’ll say 7/230

9:06
NathanLazarus: I played SO many hours of OOTP. They had draft classes full of real prospects, and 20-80 scouting grades. So great.

9:06
Avatar Jay Jaffe: yeah that’s about what I’d think, Dan, $230-240

9:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Cole’s good enough that he won’t get caught in the MLB miser trap.

9:06
5 Run Homer: Is 2 really a crooked number?

9:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: EVEN NUMBER LEADS ARE BETTER FOR SOME REASON~!

9:07
5 Run Homer: I thought a crooked number referred to a big inning, not just something other than 1

9:08
Avatar Jay Jaffe: So far, Tanaka’s allowing the higher average exit velo, 94.0 to 92.3, but 5 of the 6 hardest-hit balls have been off Greinke

9:09
Hire Joe Morgan?: How many pitchers have won the Cy Young Award in their walk year?

9:10
Avatar Jay Jaffe: was pondering this briefly earlier and the one who came to mind was Catfish Hunter, whose free agency was sort of a fluke

9:11
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wow, lookign down the Cy Young list, I think Maddux is the most recent to win a Cy in walk year.

9:11
Avatar Jay Jaffe: ah, it was Hunter who had the Cy and the championship before free agency, that’s the combo that Cole COULD have

9:11
Avatar Jay Jaffe: but yes, Maddux with just the Cy/FA combo

9:11
Dystopian Future: Oh, I wonder how easy it will be to talk yourself out of Gerrit Cole, seeing as he’s only had two great seasons and he’s already 29. Remember this time last year we were thinking Harper would get 400-500MM.

9:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I never thought that.

9:12
Avatar Jay Jaffe: yeah, no.

9:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Depending on when I did it, ZiPS had Machado at 330, Harper around 300.

9:12
Adam2: Maddux with Cubs

9:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Bah, if I had read down, I woudln’t have had to go look !lol

9:13
Adam2: Clemens with Blue Jays

9:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He wasn’t a FA

9:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He suddenly demanded a trade and there was talk of a secret demand trade clause tha t MLB didn’t approve

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That was the Wells/Lloyd/Bush trade

9:14
Guest: Professional hitter!

9:14
Lunar verLander: PROFESSIONAL HITER

9:14
stever20: how big is the QO number dropping this year from 17.9 million to 17.8 million?  Is that just more ammo for the union?

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They ought to already have all the ammo they need.

9:14
Hire Joe Morgan?: Clemens was traded, wasn’t he?

9:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes

9:15
Eric: Mark Davis 1989 San Diego Cy Young free agency to Kansas City for 1990.  and he got paid really well for that time period!

9:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ah, voters in the 80s

9:15
Dystopian Future: Tons of loud contact so far this game, just the one run to show for it.

9:15
Jordan: I wonder if we see LA try to get Cole to go for something like 4/164i

9:15
Avatar Jay Jaffe: ah yes, a reliever winning a Cy Young, no wonder I forgot Davis

9:15
Richard: I’m assuming that one reason that ex-players are so up on veterans and down on young players is that they were all veterans much more recently than they were young players themselves.

9:16
Hire Joe Morgan?: I think some people said he’d be worth that or it would be reasonable to pay him that.  No one said he’d get it.

9:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The thing is, Harper’s not Trout.

9:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He was a very young FA (which is why he got the contract he did), but he still only has the one crazy SUPERSTAR year.

9:17
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In WAR over last four years, he’s 25th among hitters. He’s 0.5 above Semien!

9:18
Giodude: What percentage of the chat do you think is watching on cable vs. streaming?

9:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 70/30?

9:18
Hire Joe Morgan?: Right, Trout sets the ceiling.  You have to be better than Trout or wait a while to get as much as Trout.

9:18
Also true: Trout is also not Harper

9:18
JOE BUCK!!!: SO IT WASN’T COLLUSION DAN!!

9:18
Eric: I thought Verlander was essentially a lock to win the Cy Young.  Voting is before the post season, right?

9:18
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Yes, voting is before the posteason, but I don’t think anybody’s a lock there. Cole had the lower ERA and higher strikeout total, one fewer win than Verlander (not that I care), split decision on bWAR/fWAR. Verlander has the no-hitter and the 3,000 K milestone but i haven’t seen those figure into Cy young voting much.

9:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I maintain that there was and is no collusion. What there is is a shitty CBA for the players in which the financial system is based on owner knowledge in 1984.

9:19
Spotted cow: Does kris Bryant get more than Harper, kinda similar with the single obscene year?

9:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No

9:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The fact that his contract will *start* age 30 is a very big deal.

9:20
Eric: What percentage of the chat do you think is human vs. cats?

9:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 97 vs. 3

9:20
5 Run Homer: Cat update?

9:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: All upstairs. Cassiopeia was here for a while, but she doesn’t like the smell of Old Bay and left.

9:21
Dystopian Future: Bryant will e so much older than Harper when he hits FA. Harper was just a special case. Hard to compare most FAs to him.

9:21
Dystopian Future: A hitter just watching Greinke’s curveball land right in the middle of the strike zone is so satisfying.

9:21
Meowmewsmileyface: *whispers* we are the three percent

9:22
Richard: Baseball isn’t on TV (even cable) much here in Europe, so it’s all streaming.  But there’s no blackouts on MLB.TV which makes up for a lot.

9:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The magic of VPN!

9:22
NathanLazarus: The players should negotiate a CBA that requires the owners to pay them a fixed percentage of revenues, instead of hoping that teams’ desire to win prompts them to spend money on salaries.

9:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They really have to deal with service time manipulation.

9:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My personal, half-baked plan that would need a lot of work into molding into something better, is that when teams lose a player to free agency, they have to refund them a percentage of their average yearly salary with new team based on the extra service time over six years.

9:24
That Guy: Is there something about Tanaka’s stuff that plays better in the postseason?

9:24
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i don’t think so, other than the fact that he’s a very focused and unflappable player — he himself thinks the postseason performance numbers are a small-sample fluke. if the ball has changed, it might be helping his grips; he was having trouble at some points this year.

9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: So in Kris Bryant’s case, the Cubs have to pay 171/180th of the average yearly salary in his next contract signed in free agency.

9:24
mariano: I´m in Argentina, probably the only soul in this country watching, so streaming!

9:24
Lunar verLander: Did the MLBPA get a different lead negotiator? Last CBA seemed significantly favorable to the owners.

9:24
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Tony Clark is not Fehr and certainly not Miller

9:25
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Yankees have something going here with 1 out in the fifth and back-to-back singles by Sanchez and Urshela

9:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: And I had to pick on Weiner, a guy everybody liked and who died very young, but I don’t think his leadership of the MLBPA was all that great.

9:26
Hire Joe Morgan?: So when Cole walks, the new team pays Cole and the Astros?  Wouldn’t that incentivize teams to stockpile impending free agents and then not pay them?

9:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The idea is for the old teams to compensate Cole for the extra service time they got.

9:27
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Gregorius’ fly ball sends Sanchez to third. Yankees now have 5 hits to the Astros’ 1

9:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The Pirates/Astros would have to pay Gerrit Cole directly 111/180th of his average yearly salary, the proportion determined by the percentage of service time each team got from him.

9:27
Hire Joe Morgan?: Your plan is retroactively paying players after their service tiem window with a percentage of their market value?

9:27
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s the idea.

9:28
Hire Joe Morgan?: Continuing to use Cole, would that mean Pittsburgh and Houston would both be paying him a percentage of his next contract to compensate him for hsi early service?

9:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just clearing out the service time.

9:28
JOE BUCK!!!: TOSSING STRAIGHT BUTTERED SQUIRREL!!!

9:28
Geebs: They could always go with a system of that last year of control they get with service time manipulation be restricted free agency

9:28
Hire Joe Morgan?: That would incentivize teams to get rid of good players early so they never have to pay them.

9:28
Avatar Dan Szymborski: They already do! But at least the player gets paid for the year he was manipulated out of

9:29
Dystopian Future: Would teams ever trade for impending FAs then, from your model? Or is it all proportional to actual service time used.

9:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Proportional.

9:29
Just Kidding: Is Fangraphs gonna cover the Felipe Vasquez scandal?

9:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Didn’t anybody write anything on it?

9:29
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Greinke works out of trouble with another easy fly ball. He’s only thrown 60 pitches through 5 but the hard hit balls tell me he’s not long for this outing

9:29
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That’s not usually my type of thing to write about. I don’t have the sensitivity to write about very serious things.

9:29
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Unless you’re a lawyer, what is there to say about Vazquez besides WTF eeuw, lock him the hell up?

9:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s kind of a Sheryl piece but we don’t have Sheryl anymore!

9:30
Hire Joe Morgan?: Speaking of which, Jay, will you be adding another labor lawyer to the writing staff this winter?

9:30
Avatar Jay Jaffe: right. She has the tool to advance the story on that one. i don’t have anything meaningful to say about Vazquez

9:31
Dystopian Future: If you’re Aaron Boone do you pull Tanaka?

9:31
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I’m not the one who makes staffing decisions here, but I imagine we’d like to have at least a contributor with some facility in that area.

9:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: At 46 pitches? NFW

9:31
Sean: Wait where’d Sheryl go?!

9:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Beyond the Box Score

9:31
Avatar Jay Jaffe: yeah no. Boone will have a quick hook but not that quick

9:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, I don’t make staffing decisions either.

9:32
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But just on a general level, it’s always good to have a lawyer handy

9:33
Eric: Are there any updates on Jonah Keri?  Haven’t heard a peep since his arrest a few months ago, which leads me to believe he’s guilty of everything reported…

9:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Haven’t heard anything at all about Jonah.

9:33
Avatar Jay Jaffe: COurt date in November, that’s all I know

9:33
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Check the news from time to time, but there hasn’t been much out there.

9:34
Richard: Greinke is the starter who’s looking shaky, not Tanaka.

9:34
Hire Joe Morgan?: How would that affect service time manipulation?  They’re still incentivized to keep players down untnil they’re stars.

9:34
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, but at least the guys for whom the service time issue matters would get paid for it.

9:35
Pieman: What if the player had the pay his former team a set percentage of his salaries over the 6 years of service time? That would encourage teams to pay players more in order to increase their future cash flow.

9:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Wait, what?

9:35
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This makes no sense to me.

9:36
Dystopian Future: I don’t trust how shaky pitchers look, at all. All it takes is two batters and you lose the lead. Tanaka is a 4.27 FIP pitcher this year. Why are you risking this? You have the best bullpen in baseball.

9:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s not even at 60 pitches

9:36
Daniel: That’s like “what if there was a reserve clause, so they had an inventive to bring folks up.”

9:36
Giodude: My goodness Judge is so good at fielding

9:36
Avatar Jay Jaffe: wow, some excellent Aaron Judge defense there, doubling Bregman off first after catching Alvarez’s fly

9:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

9:37
Avatar Jay Jaffe: his UZR and DRS numbers are insane, 12.7 and 19 in just 775 innings

9:37
Hire Joe Morgan?: A man that large should not be so nimble.

9:37
Dystopian Future: I can’t even really blame Bregman for that, it’s not like he was past second or anything; Judge just threw a missile.

9:38
Daniel: Well, everything is closer to him

9:38
That Guy: Was there any whispers at all of Judge’s defense in the minors? Him being a plus-plus RF has gotta be the least expected part of his emergence, no?

9:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I honeslty don’t remember hearing much about his defense

9:40
Not Evan: Is Ken Rosenthal respected in these circles? I can’t tell if I’m supposed to be smirking at everything he says.

9:40
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Anybody in our profession who doesn’t respect Ken is an idiot. The guy is a mensch as well as an excellent reporter. The first time I sat in a press box for a 2010 Sunday night Mets-Yankees game, he was friendly and helpful when he could have big-leagued me, and we’e since gotten to sit together many times (Fox and SI seats at Yankee Stadium used to be adjacent). I’ve done a bit of TV with him, which is always fun. He blurbed my book… my wife gets to edit some of his stuff at The Athletic. Quality, quality dude.

9:42
Reunited and it feels so good: I read Kapler is interviewing with the Gigantes.  Due diligence or legitimate interest?

9:42
Avatar Jay Jaffe: probably legitimate interest given that Zaidi and Kapler worked together in LA. God knows why as far as how legitimate the interest is, but it doesn’t hurt to get an outside perspective on your roster.

9:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yeah, everybody likes Ken.

9:42
Hire Joe Morgan?: Guaranteed contracts are so important for baseball players, I can’t imagine any solution that undermines that.

9:42
Dystopian Future: Greinke just balked? Or no? What is a balk, anyway? Is that a balk?

9:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A balk is anything that you look at and think “hmm, that just ain’t right”

9:43
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Gleyber Torres home run

9:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Glebyinated.

9:43
Spotted cow: Fangraphs 2016 judge scouting 60 arm great body control. Making him the ideal RF

9:43
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Great glayven

9:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You can just say “an RBI” b/c “one or more RBIs” sounds weird

9:44
That Guy: So did NYY hire a hypnotist to convince Gleyber that every team he faces is the Orioles?

9:44
Wire Fan: 93 mph EV,  343 ft,  gotta love the ridiculousness of the Crawford boxes

9:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Do you really need Aaron Judge to go around and tell people that Gleyber is great?

9:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “I got a hot tip from veteran pitcher CC Sabathia that tacos are great.”

9:45
Avatar Jay Jaffe: yes because he’s tall, Dan. Tall people are right more often than short people. As a short people I know this

9:46
Avatar Jay Jaffe: good lord if i actually listened to this broadcast I’d lose 30 IQ points by the 7th inning stretch

9:46
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol

9:47
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I can’t help it, I’m an obsessive nitpicker

9:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “The two teams that hit the most home runs in the postseason were the Dodgers and Braves and they’re both out.” <trails off>

9:48
Eric: the home run was just confirmed by the “live” radio broadcast

9:48
Richard: At least they got rid of Tal’s Hill.  Crawford boxes are harder to redesign out.

9:48
No Take Backs: Which of these current signings does Andrew Friedman rue the most. Extending Roberts.  Extending Kershaw. Joe Kelly signings. AJ Pollock signing.

9:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Pollock

9:48
Hire Joe Morgan?: That’s why we need Fangraphs chats for every game.

9:48
Hire Joe Morgan?: Save us, Jay.

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: boom shakalaka

9:49
Dystopian Future: Giancarlo Stanton out of play, run(s).

9:49
Eric: how deep is the poo poo that the Cardinals now find themselves in down 0-2?

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Quite. One of them was a Sanchez team and both at home.

9:49
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Sanchez game

9:50
JOE BUCK!!!: BAH GAWD THAT’S STANTON’S INTRO MUSIC!!!

9:53
Avatar Jay Jaffe: got called in on toddler detail and missed the Stanton home run in real time. 110.7 off the bat, whew

9:54
That Guy: Greinke’s stuff was shaky to start and he’s in the third time through the lineup, should the pen have been warming long before this?

9:54
Avatar Jay Jaffe: He didn’t look great based on the hard-hit balls but 12 swings and misses on 83 pitches ain’t nothing.

9:54
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I’d have gotten the pen going at 2-0 though

9:55
Avatar Jay Jaffe: which is easy to say now

9:55
Giodude: dang xBA of 0.050 on Gleyber’s home and 0.950 on Stanton’s

9:55
Avatar Jay Jaffe: xBA… isn’t always the most useful metric

9:56
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Guys it’s his 7th postseason game

9:56
Richard: I miss Primer game chatter.

9:57
Hire Joe Morgan?: Speaking of which, can you remind us of the chat schedule?

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A lot of chats are still up in the air!

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: But the next chats are possible game 5s, I believe

9:57
Hire Joe Morgan?: I’m convinced Flaherty is a demigod.  So when he wins game three, it’ll only be 2-1, which is manageable.

9:57
Eric: How much longer does Tanaka pitch?

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: As long as he’s not allowing hits and his pitch count is low, I don’t see the need to be too cute

9:57
Avatar Dan Szymborski: he’s not even at 70

9:58
Pieman: I am currently staying in a hotel that has a “kitty hotel” out back. Food and water bowls alongside plenty of hot delicious grass. Walking around one might see at least a half dozen strays for a couple of blocks around.

9:58
Avatar Jay Jaffe: my guess is that he’s done when the lineup turns over

9:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think at 3-0, they’ll be less urgent to move him

9:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: remove

9:58
Avatar Jay Jaffe: maybe but it doesn’t take much to get the Astros back in this with that lineup

10:00
Avatar Jay Jaffe: now, they might target Brantley with a lefty so Tanaka could get one more batter

10:01
Richard: One thing for sure: Tanaka isn’t tipping his pitches. Because they haven’t got a clue where half of them are going.

10:01
toyotathon: Tanaka is an absolute savage

10:01
Avatar Dan Szymborski: savages are on the mound too!

10:02
Wire Fan: Wasn’t Tanaka in Game 1 more about getting him a home game 5?  He has been much better at home (though you wouldn’t know that tonight)

10:03
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i suspect it was a combination of the two things

10:03
Avatar Jay Jaffe: they liked how he looked in the ALDS, had the flexibility to make the switch, and got themselves a home start to boot

10:04
Avatar Jay Jaffe: the fact that the Astros don’t have a huge LHB presence (Brantley and Alvarez) probably played into it too

10:04
Avatar Jay Jaffe: in terms of less urgency to use Paxton in Game 1

10:05
Hire Joe Morgan?: What is the Yankees’ plan for Sabathia?  He’s on the roster, but I can’t imagine how they’d use him.

10:05
Avatar Jay Jaffe: CC could be a spot lefty or a mop-and-bucket guy

10:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Mopup, long guy, spots

10:05
Hire Joe Morgan?: They actually categorized one of Greinke’s pitchers as an Eephus!

10:05
Wire Fan: Is it batter to batter at this point? (Tanaka pitches until someone reaches base)

10:05
Adam2: I’d keep Tanaka in until he gives up another baserunner. The beauty of the odd-numbered lead is that even if the reliever promptly gives up a HR you still have the lead.

10:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: ADAM-ROD!

10:06
Hicks: How will I be used?

10:06
Avatar Dan Szymborski: In fact, they should try not to hit a solo home run because then you give the opposing team a much desired even run lead

10:06
Ugh: ‘If you believe in WAR’ this is going to be a rough discussion

10:07
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Hicks: defensive replacement for Stanton, with Gardner moving from CF-LF

10:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: “the replacement that you use will be better than whatever or whomever they do Aaron Boone”

10:07
Hire Joe Morgan?: Maybe they’re baseball pacifists.

10:07
Hire Joe Morgan?: Or embrace a non-interventionist baseball policy.

10:07
Viva Las Vegas: It’s a good bet Pressly sees a lot of action in this series

10:07
Maybin: So then what is the point of me

10:07
Avatar Jay Jaffe: could be used that way too.

10:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s still applicable.

10:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s like saying that a coin isn’t still 50/50 if you’re only flipping it once.

10:08
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Yes, playoff baseball has different incentives and needs and roster construction.

10:08
Eric: Jay, now that CC’s regular season career is over, how likely is it he will get voted into the Hall of Fame?

10:09
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i think it’s likely. He’s not great in JAWS but the traditional milestones and the universal respect within the game will go a long way

10:09
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i can’t see leaving him off my ballot

10:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s on the edge.

10:09
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’ll be voting when he’s on the ballot and I imagine I’ll be a yes

10:10
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m curious to see if any writer does the “better than Jack Morris!” argument and votes for half the pitchers on the ballot

10:10
Ham: Smoltz advocating for the eye test over “information”…god…when can we get better announcers on postseason games

10:10
Wire Fan: Judge can make Boone’s decision really easy with one swing here.

10:10
Hits: Dropping in now

10:10
NathanLazarus: I’m losing weight this inning thanks to all the word salad.

10:11
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Yankees have the bases loaded and man, if Pressly is suddenly this hittable that’s a big deal for Houston.

10:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Did he just say “less velocity of pitch?”

10:13
Giodude: I liked Buck tweaking Smoltz there for his outrageous use of “information”

10:13
Dystopian Future: Phil Nevin, human windmill, actually holds a runner up in easily the biggest surprise in the series so far.

10:13
TISTAN4: The commentary isnt bothering me really. Then again im a braves fan so I love John Smoltz lol

10:14
Avatar Jay Jaffe:

Gary switching armbands. Looks like Tanakas night is done.
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10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I loved General Zod as a player

10:14
Adam2: Do we agree that Nevin made the correct call? I’m receiving angry texts from NYY fans but seemed smart to me.

10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it was

10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the throw wasn’t great, but didi hardly got to see that in advance

10:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: BLOOPY

10:14
sucramrenrut: Who else was disappointed by the skepticism in the WAR mention?

10:14
Avatar Jay Jaffe: bloop double for Torres, 2 runs, and wow that opens things up

10:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think I could see the eyes roll in the booth about WAR. Nobody wants to get into that fight

10:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Are the yankees allowed to score in such a bloopy fashion?

10:15
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Dan, what did they actually say, dare i ask?

10:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just muttering stuff about how it worked in 162 games but in the playoffs it’s different

10:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Buck just kinda ignored Smoltz

10:16
Giodude: Now Tanaka stays in, right?

10:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’d leave him in

10:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s a mopup situation how

10:16
Avatar Dan Szymborski: now

10:17
Eric: i would be OK with Tanaka pitching more up at least 5-0

10:17
Dystopian Future: Pressly’s final line: 0.2IP 4H 2R 0BB 1K

10:17
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Not great, Bob

10:18
Avatar Jay Jaffe: he’s still on the hook for those baserunners, Dys

10:18
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Uh oh, Josh James is a young pitcher, he might not know what kind of hitter Encarnacion is!

10:19
Zach: What’s worse than a crooked inning?

10:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: a true and honest inning

10:19
Dystopian Future: Every pitcher under 30 was literally born yesterday.

10:19
That Guy: what in the world is Edwin swinging at?

10:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: HOW DID JAMES KNOW?

10:19
Adam2: Greinke must have passed James a note

10:19
Giodude: I don’t understand, Dan.  That lack of information will take James a long way!

10:19
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Ottavino coming in, Tanaka done for the night

10:19
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Seems like a waste of Ottavino

10:20
Avatar Jay Jaffe: He’s actually scuffled a bit lately

10:20
Avatar Jay Jaffe: and hasn’t had a long leash. I’d bet this is the start of a multi-pitcher inning

10:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: that’s fair

10:21
Lunar verLander: I mean, the whole Astros offense has scuffled a bit lately as well…

10:21
Avatar Jay Jaffe: true, true

10:24
stever20: could it also be to get some guys work?  the Yanks did sweep their series so off since Monday.

10:24
Avatar Jay Jaffe: on the one hand, there’s that, on the other, there’s the argument that the more times these hitters see these relievers, the more likely they are to beat ’em

10:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Someone’s going to have to explain Smoltz’s explanation of how the Yankees use their bullpen to me.

10:25
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think he just said they use the bullpen by using their pitchers and then he just names them all.

10:26
Dystopian Future: Wow I thought that ball was out off of Springer’s bat.

10:26
Dystopian Future: 103.9 EV, 24 degree launch angle.

10:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Whoa, a hit from the stros!

10:26
Dystopian Future: I think if John Smoltz listened to John Smoltz John Smoltz would hate John Smoltz.

10:26
Constant Gardner : Nice grab on that Springer fly.  Is he still a centerfielder?

10:26
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He’s still fine

10:26
Smoltz: Here are some pitcher names

10:27
That Guy: maybe being conservative with Ottavino latelywas the right move after all…

10:27
Fat Matt: Is there less impact now from seeing pitchers more given how much data and video is available?

10:27
Avatar Jay Jaffe: video helps but I imagine that there’s no substitute for being in the box against the guy.

10:28
Dreamer Bob: So Smoltz is disagreeing with the times through the order penalty for starters, but then saying relievers won’t be as good if the hitters face them too much.

10:28
Dystopian Future: That was embarrassing.

10:28
Adam2: Didn’t know the Royals made the ALCS

10:28
Lunar verLander: …wut?

10:29
stever20: omg what a crazy play there….  if this game turns around on that- just baseball….

10:29
Avatar Jay Jaffe: well that wasn’t good. Gregorius and Torres can’t figure out whose ball it is on a chopper up the middle. I think that was Didi’s miscue. he picks it and flips to Torres to start  the double play…

10:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: That never would have happened if Jeter were the SS. Because Torres would know there’s no way Jeter would be close to fielding that.

10:30
Avatar Jay Jaffe: and it looks like they get the double play on the next groundball, but it’s under review

10:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Oh, that’s a DP

10:30
Not Evan: What if anything does it say about Smoltz’ career that we find his analysis so ridiculous? Seems at least interesting that big-league success needn’t be correlated with understanding the game at this sorta managerial level.

10:30
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think it’s that weird. Yeah, there will be some relationship, but MLB players are there mainly for execution rather than some kind of mystical deep understanding.

10:31
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t think Joe Morgan even fully understands how awesome he was.

10:35
Dystopian Future: But he would probably vote Juan Pierre for it.

10:35
Dystopian Future: Joe Morgan wouldn’t vote Joe Morgan for the HoF.

10:35
That Guy: Understanding the nuances of Baseball The Game in a macro sense takes work. Work that players likely can’t afford to invest while they’re out doing the actual pitching and hitting.

10:35
Fat Matt: David Cone is pretty much the onky announcer that i hear regularly that i like

10:36
Giodude: It exemplifies the Peter Principle.  Players who are excellent at executing get “promoted” to doing analysis/managing, and it turns out they’re bad at it, b/c they’re entirely different jobs!

10:36
Dystopian Future: If MLB skill was actually based on mystical deep understanding, who would the best MLB player be?

10:36
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Joey Votto

10:36
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Ichiro

10:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think Joey Votto could be a Tony Romo-esque broadcaster when he retires

10:37
NathanLazarus: Trevor Bauer?

10:37
Zach: Willians Castillo

10:37
Eric: Gleyber Torres — 3rd youngest Yankee with 4 RBIs in a post season game

10:37
NathanLazarus: Bauer was talking about tunnelling before it was cool.

10:37
Not Evan: Right. I mean, no batter has ever taken a swing (or not) on the theory that even leads are better than odd leads.

10:37
Guest: S/o to Bengie Molina who does an excellent job on the spanish broadcast

10:37
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Is that what Bengie’s up to?

10:38
Avatar Jay Jaffe: that even-numbered lead thing might be the single dumbest thing I’ve heard in 41 years of following baseball

10:38
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The bald guy behind the M in IBM in the second row – I keep going back and forth between whether he’s keeping score or if he’s dozing off.

10:38
Lunar verLander: but…what if he’s right…has anyone actually checked it?

10:39
JOHN SMOLTZ!!!: Why am I talking about the Warriors?

10:39
Dystopian Future: The even-lead thing is something a nine-year old would say as a joke and think was hilarious.

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Just need to insert something about farts

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: or maybe the diarrhea song.

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Do kids still sing the diarrhea song?

10:39
Avatar Dan Szymborski: My nephew is the only kid I interact with and he’s 0.

10:39
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I imagine the even-numbered lead thing coming from The Onion’s Guide to Sabermetrics or something

10:40
Alex: Has anyone done work on diminishing reliever effectiveness by appearance count in playoff series? Do you think there’s a benefit to not showing Britton / Chapman here (assuming they don’t need the work to kick off rust)?

10:40
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I haven’t seen one but it’s certainly something I’ve wondered about

10:40
Fat Matt: When you’re sitting with your hunny and you feel something runny

10:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I haven’t seen anything on that either Alex

10:40
Avatar Dan Szymborski: No matter what his mom says, my nephew will at least have the requisite knowledge of the diarrhea song to sing it.

10:42
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Neither my sister nor her husband are into basketball, so it amuses me they’ve named their kid J.J. Redick without even realizing it.

10:42
Dystopian Future: And tell him that if his mom tries saying anything to just sing louder. When in doubt, get loud.

10:42
Fat Matt: My daughters (3&5) both make poop and fart noises with every toy they play with. Isually its animals crapping on barbies

10:43
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Jay, your daughter’s nearly 3 now? Does she know poop-based songs yet?

10:43
Dystopian Future: Cameron Maybin is on in left field as the Yankees put in their victory formation.

10:43
Avatar Jay Jaffe: no songs but man, every third word is poop-related

10:43
rastronomicals: I’m mostly not listening to the broadcast, but you got me wondering what was it that Smoltz said about even-numbered leads

10:43
Avatar Jay Jaffe: it was something A-Rod said, not Smoltz

10:44
Avatar Dan Szymborski:

10:44
NathanLazarus: I know there are other, better complaints about Smoltz, but he says “utilize” a lot, and it sounds like an eighth grader trying to use big words.

10:44
rastronomicals: Thanks

10:44
capconstrained: Doesn’t Mariano disprove Smoltz’s theory.

10:44
Avatar Jay Jaffe: the number of things that disprove Smoltz’s theories is near infinite.

10:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The weird thing about A-Rod’s even lead thing is that a lot of the weird conventional wisdom, you always hear. But I had *never* heard anything like that before from anybody ever, ever.

10:45
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i wondered if he was having a stroke

10:45
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Like the “home runs kill rallies!” thing is incredibly dumb, but you hear people say it from time-to-time, so you roll your eyes rather than double-take.

10:46
Alex: I know Boone said it pre-game, but I still think it’s weird to roster Hicks over Voit if you’re not bringing him in and shifting Gardner to LF in later innings. Voit enables all the infield flexibility options – makes them much weaker if any of their IFs are hurt with no tangible benefit.

10:46
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Yeah, i’m not sure i get it unless you figure that Hicks might have some added utility as a pinch-runner or something

10:48
Zach Zac Zack: Are all Zack’s pitchers?

10:48
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Cozart says hi

10:48
Adam: I mean, I get leaving Voit off knowing that Houston has 0 lefties. And iirc, Boone said he preferred maybin in left in Houston, bc of the unique dimensions.

10:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: There’s nothing I have more trouble with spelling-wise than remember who is Zack and who is Zach

10:48
Avatar Dan Szymborski: the Zacs are unusual enough that you can remember them

10:49
Avatar Jay Jaffe: i can’t even remember which way Britton switched without looking

10:49
toyotathon: I think with Hicks they’ll use him if it’s tight. If not, maybe they would rather just rest him.

10:49
5 Run Homer: Zach discussions always just end up with me thinking it’s a weird name

10:50
Byron Buxton : Are there any Mlb players who go by Zachary?

10:50
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t believe so

10:50
Avatar Jay Jaffe: FTR for Britton it was Zach to Zack, though his full name is Zackary

10:50
Dystopian Future: All Zach/Zac/Zacks should just go by Z.

10:50
Dystopian Future: You know, I have to say this; this postseason, Smoltz was actually really engaging and dare I say fun to listen to right up until the seventh inning of that first Yankees-Twins game this year. The wheels have totally come off since.
He needs more structure, when there’s nothing going on he just verbal vomits and that’s when he gets himself into trouble.

10:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The thing is, Buck won’t keep Smoltz on point

10:51
That Guy: Who is you all’s favorite Zac*? I’m partial to Zack Morris myself.

10:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: His band, Zack Attack

10:51
Avatar Dan Szymborski: or possibly Zach Attach

10:51
Wire Fan: Wasn’t Britton’s players weekend uniform “With a K”?

10:51
Britton: Too many BB but I turned back into BRITTON sometime this summer

10:52
Avatar Jay Jaffe: my favorite Zac* is Greinke, by far.

10:53
Avatar Jay Jaffe: the Voit-off reasoning was that Boone couldn’t envision using him as a pinch-hitter for any of his regulars. And he’s obviously not a pinch-runner

10:55
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Urshela goes yard off Bryan Abreu and it’s now 6-0

10:56
Avatar Jay Jaffe: first pitch hanging slider, oof

10:57
Dystopian Future: Gio Urshela out of play, run(s).

10:57
That Guy: Oh right, Gio Urshela exists. I had almost forgotten

10:57
Dystopian Future: If only Abreu had known who Urshela was maybe he could’ve gotten him out. Too bad he’s just a rookie.

10:57
Alex: The Voit thing is just hard to fathom – he obviously struggled immensely down the stretch, but the guy had a .900 OPS for a big chunk of the regular season. Plus he, alongside LeMahieu, gives them total infield flexibility.

10:57
Avatar Jay Jaffe: The other thing about Hicks is that if you’re playing him in CF, the chain is Gardner to LF, Stanton to DH, Encarnacion to 1B, DJ to 3B, Urshela to the bench and I don’t think anybody thinks Hicks can outhit Gio right now

10:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I wonder what Jacoby Ellsbury is doing something right now.

10:58
Wire Fan: How legit do you guys think Urshela’s bat is going forward?  Is he at least league average next year?  wRC+ 110-120?

10:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: 120 is aggressive

10:58
larryv: isn’t A-Rod’s commentary generally pretty solid? i thought the even/odd leads thing was so out of character, but tbf i don’t listen to a ton of TV analysis (for obvious reasons)

10:58
Avatar Jay Jaffe: 100-110 sounds about right.

10:58
Avatar Dan Szymborski: The thing is, A-Rod at least likes baseball and not everything he says is crazy

10:58
stever20: Yankees are in good shape they have an even lead now.  A Rod said so.

10:58
Fat Matt: Keeping Lyons over Wade surprised me more than Voit

10:58
5 Run Homer: Smoltz is generally fine as long as he’s not with Buck

10:58
5 Run Homer: the thing is, when he’s with Buck he gets a lot worse, and Buck is no fun either

10:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: You need someone who can engage more with Smoltz and keep him straying off on weird things.

10:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Buck isn’t the person to do that.

10:59
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Listen to how little Buck interacts with Smoltz on a baseball point.

10:59
Alfredo: Yankees were only going to keep Wade on the roster if they were playing Tampa. They really liked the matchup of Roe vs Wade

11:00
stever20: Wish Joe Girardi was part of this booth….

11:00
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Man, Girardi was excellent during the Division Series.

11:02
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I enjoyed his work in that booth, with Kenny Albert and A.J. Pierzynski, and I never thought I’d say that going in

11:04
Avatar Jay Jaffe: I always liked dealing with Girardi when he managed. Gave thoughtful answers that never sounded defensive even when i asked about why this reliever if it didn’t work out

11:04
Adam2: 3-0 swinging up 5 in the 9th. Violation of unwritten rules?

11:04
larryv: even getting Gleyber out doesn’t stop him from knocking one in

11:04
Art of the Deal: I will gladly loan you 4 months of Aroldis Chapman for 6 years of Geyer Torres

11:05
Andrew: Girardi’s presence made A.J. significantly more bearable

11:05
Avatar Dan Szymborski: A.J. is mostly decent, which surprised me.

11:05
Avatar Jay Jaffe: if the Astros score a touchdown in the bottom of the ninth, they can still win if they go for the two

11:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I don’t mind ads that increase bourbon awareness.

11:07
larryv: lol is the train conductor guy up there taking a nap? sure looked like it

11:07
Dystopian Future: Remember when Girardi removed Justin Wilson in the middle of an AB for Betances and then when asked why later, he just said “Strategy”? That was hilarious.

11:07
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I heard a story from a source that Cashman would get the analytics guys to do printouts of some key points and Girardi would just dump ’em in the garbage.

11:08
Avatar Jay Jaffe: a wild pitch had moved the tying run to scoring position , hence the move, i guess

11:10
Avatar Jay Jaffe: ok, seven run lead in the 9th, i think i can crack a beer now (Cigar City Guyabera, a lovely Citra-based pale ale, for those wondering).

11:12
Jon: Is Tanaka more likely to pitch game 4 since he only threw 68 pitches?

11:12
Avatar Dan Szymborski: This, sadly, might be the last time an SI piece is ever discussed

11:12
Avatar Jay Jaffe: it leaves open the possibility, and certainly creates some intrigue.

11:12
Semper Fi: Thumbs up for Biggio and Bagwell staying until the finish.  I woulda been long gone

11:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: AL Astros still feels weird

11:13
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I’m still getting used to NL Brewers

11:13
Dystopian Future: “They had to switch leagues, so they had to completely overhaul their roster” oh no John Smoltz I don’t think that’s what you meant to say

11:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: it’s why the team had to rebuild! all that switching leagues

11:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Ed Wade had assembled a group of highly skilled NL players. They need AL players!

11:14
larryv: i saw some old AL standings the other day with the Brewers and thought that was weird!

11:14
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I think it depends on your formative years

11:14
Avatar Jay Jaffe: “these players are incompatible. I can’t power them”

11:15
Avatar Dan Szymborski: It’s like when you go to Europe. If you give NL players the same food as AL players, you blow out their digestive systems.

11:15
Avatar Jay Jaffe: they sell special adapters for AL-to-NL and NL-to-AL

11:18
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Loaisiga for the 9th is an interesting choice, but it’s a good time as any to get him some action.

11:20
Loaisiga: Finished the game last Saturday too

11:20
Hale: Think this game is something of a showcase for how under-rated elements of Urshela + Judge’s defense are

11:20
Dystopian Future: Hold up, the guy that was sleeping, behind the M. He’s gone. Where did he go? When did he leave?

11:20
Avatar Dan Szymborski: He dead

11:20
Dystopian Future: SOMEBODY FIND HIM

11:21
Wire Fan: Thanks for the chat Dan and Jay.

11:21
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Re: Loaisiga, that’s right, I was buried in my game story

11:21
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Thanks for coming everyone! Hope you all enjoyed it and check out FanGraphs.com for more playoff content!

11:21
larryv: Smoltz probably approves of keeping Chapman hidden as long as possible

11:22
Avatar Jay Jaffe: and there it is, one hard-hit drive to the track by Brantley but Maybin hauls it in and the Yankees have a nice 7-0 win. This already is more times than the visiting team won in the 2017 ALCS between these two

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Chapman’s a veteran. The Yankees don’t want the Astros to know that Chapman knows the hitters.

11:22
Dystopian Future: Next chats are game fives, correct?

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: I believe so, though that’s alway ssubject to changes!

11:22
Avatar Dan Szymborski: Goodnight everybody, gonna hit that End Chat button!

11:22
Avatar Jay Jaffe: Thanks for dropping by. High fives and fist-bumps all around.

11:22
Alex: Thanks Jay and Dan!

11:22
Adam2: How many new subscribers necessary for more chats?

11:23
Avatar Dan Szymborski: lol, just has to do with if the chats are interesting. Don’t want to overdo!

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Meg is the managing editor of FanGraphs, the host of FanGraphs Audio, and the co-co-host of Effectively Wild. Her work has previously appeared at Baseball Prospectus, Lookout Landing, and Just A Bit Outside.

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