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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Yanks acquire Encarnacion from M’s

While the Yankees hope to get sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back from injury soon, it hasn’t stopped the team from adding another slugger to the mix. New York bolstered its lineup Saturday, as the Yanks announced they have acquired Edwin Encarnacion from the Seattle Mariners.

The Yanks are sending 19-year-old right-hander Juan Then—their No. 27 prospect, per MLB Pipeline—and cash considerations to Seattle. A source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand that the Mariners will pick up about half the money still owed to Encarnacion (he’s owed more than $15 million in salary and buyout).

Jim Furtado Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:56 AM | 65 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Captain Supporter Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:18 AM (#5852472)
Seems to me like Dipoto should have held out for more for Encarnacion, but he conspicuously lacks the patience gene. Then is only 19 so who knows if he will ever be good. They must have had their doubts in the past as they traded him away for Nick Rumbelow, but I'm pretty sure Seattle will have rightfully parted ways with Trader Jerry before he gets to find out. of course, Dipoto may just trade him away again so the whole thing may be moot.

From a Yankee perspective, the seems like the precursor for a trade for a pitcher, so its hard to evaluate it just yet. With Stanton and Judge due to return soon, the first base/DH/corner outfield positions will soon be over filled. I think Clint Frazier will soon be gone, which which outrage a lot of Yankee fans who have bought into the whole Red Thunder persona, but not me as I think his poor defense, streaky play, and erratic personality would not have played well over time. Frazier is now on one of his hot streaks, and if Cashman can sell high, then I hope he does.
   2. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: June 16, 2019 at 11:11 AM (#5852478)
Man, #### this. They're not even picking up much of his salary and Encarnacion can still walk the parrot on the regular.
   3. BillWallace Posted: June 16, 2019 at 11:48 AM (#5852489)
Weird trade, I don't understand it. Seems not like enough return for the Mariners, and it seems like the Yankees are too crowded at infield+DH and then it's harder to rotate Stanton/Judge to DH later on.
Maybe the Yankees just did it because it's a steal.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 16, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5852500)
Encarnacion certainly seems redundant - another right-handed bat for a team with no shortage of them. A 1st baseman/DH with Voit, LeMahieu & Stanton quite capable at those positions. If Stanton plays the field more frequently, the injury risk goes up a bit, and I don’t think he covers the ground he used to. Some here seem overly critical of Voit’s defense, but I doubt Encarnacion is an improvement. So the gain isn’t all that obvious. A Frazier trade may be the next move, but who knows how that works out. Can’t really fault Cashman’s moves this year, and the cost was reasonable, but I’m not sure this does much for the win column.
   5. Davo (Love Won The Battle Of Stalingrad) Posted: June 16, 2019 at 01:48 PM (#5852516)
When you get a chance to acquire the league leader in homers for your 28th best prospect, you pull the trigger and worry about lineup redundancies later.

Astonished the Mariners couldn’t/didn’t get more than this. The #### are the Indians doing?
   6. PreservedFish Posted: June 16, 2019 at 04:34 PM (#5852558)
When you get a chance to acquire the league leader in homers for your 28th best prospect, you pull the trigger and worry about lineup redundancies later.


This is also my opinion. Insanely good trade for the Yankees. Amazing to see people describe it as "hard to evaluate" and as not doing much. The Yanks started Tauschman and Maybin today in the outfield.
   7. JRVJ Posted: June 16, 2019 at 04:40 PM (#5852560)
Seems like a good trade, in the sense that the Mariners shed some salary and the Yankees get a fairly good slugger cheap.
   8. Captain Supporter Posted: June 16, 2019 at 04:54 PM (#5852564)
Amazing to see people describe it as "hard to evaluate"


Amazing to see people not comprehending the entire sentence, not to mention the first sentence of the post. But just to spell it out, I think its a good trade for the Yankees, but I'm not sure how Cashman will wind up balancing the roster. I assume it is Part 1 of a two part trade where the Yankees trade a first baseman/outfielder/DH type for a pitcher. At that point we can fully evaluate what Cashman did.
   9. Walt Davis Posted: June 16, 2019 at 05:00 PM (#5852568)
I got this one wrong. Like others, I can't believe the price was this low. 27th best prospect -- that makes the kid something like the 700th-900th best prospect in the game. Seattle is just spinning its (profitable) wheels.
   10. MikeinMI Posted: June 16, 2019 at 07:51 PM (#5852598)
NY optioned out Frazier to make room. Seems like Frazier’s future is elsewhere.
   11. rconn23 Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:21 PM (#5852606)
Frazier was going to get sent down regardless when both Stanton and Judge returned, but I would have thought Tauchman would have gone first. Frazier does seem like the most likely trade chip if they land a frontline(ish) starter.
   12. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 16, 2019 at 08:37 PM (#5852609)
Syndrome's done enough to prove himself a valuable asset and yet done enough "negatively" (scare quote added because I don't think it's all legit) that he's likely the Yankees' most valuable trade chip that they would actually trade.
   13. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 16, 2019 at 09:11 PM (#5852615)
Frazier was going to get sent down regardless when both Stanton and Judge returned, but I would have thought Tauchman would have gone first. Frazier does seem like the most likely trade chip if they land a frontline(ish) starter.

I can't see why Frazier wouldn't bring a decent pitcher in return. His OPS+ has gone from 84 to 106 to 124, he's got quick bat speed and great raw power, presumably his fielding can be improved, and he won't be a free agent until 2024. What team couldn't use someone like that?
   14. stevegamer Posted: June 16, 2019 at 09:17 PM (#5852616)
I can't see why Frazier wouldn't bring a decent pitcher in return. His OPS+ has gone from 84 to 106 to 124, he's got quick bat speed and great raw power, presumably his fielding can be improved, and he won't be a free agent until 2024. What team couldn't use someone like that?


The Mariners.
   15. rconn23 Posted: June 16, 2019 at 09:43 PM (#5852623)
"I can't see why Frazier wouldn't bring a decent pitcher in return. His OPS+ has gone from 84 to 106 to 124, he's got quick bat speed and great raw power, presumably his fielding can be improved, and he won't be a free agent until 2024. What team couldn't use someone like that?"


I'd agree. He's clearly a very talented hitter. It just seems like Frazier is destined to be traded. Personally, I'd keep him over Florial, but the front office seems to be in love with his tools even though he has big strikeout issues.
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 16, 2019 at 09:46 PM (#5852624)
. . . and he won't be a free agent until 2024.
That’s a pretty good reason for hanging on to Frazier, too, unless the Yankees get a good deal on a pitcher. This is likely Gardner’s last season, at least with the Yankees. The bat just isn’t good enough any more. Stanton has an injury history that makes you want to use him more at DH every year, so there’s an opening for a close-to-full-time-outfielder next season. Encarnacion is likely just for this year, so having Frazier’s bat in the years ahead may be more valuable than it seems at the moment. I certainly wouldn’t trade Frazier for one year of past-your-prime pitching.
   17. Howie Menckel Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:02 PM (#5852626)
well, the Yankees' season ends early if they don't add an SP or two. so if not Frazier, then someone.

Tanaka - might be ok
Paxton - serious durability issues
German - X2
Sabathia - old and fat
Happ - old and mediocre

who starts Game 2 of the ALDS?

   18. rconn23 Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:07 PM (#5852627)
who starts Game 2 of the ALDS?

Well, if Severino comes back after the All Star break as planned, it could be him. He is their best pitcher. However, they will likely add a No. 2 starter type.
   19. Howie Menckel Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:19 PM (#5852629)
I liked Happ's comments today - he said EE had to go somewhere, and this way not to BOS or TBB. that alone is a plus for NYY
   20. The Yankee Clapper Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:21 PM (#5852631)
If the Yankees get Severino, Montgomery, German & Betances all back healthy & effective, the post-season pitching looks a lot better. Cashman knows more about the medicals than any of us, but I wouldn’t part with Frazier lightly. Not sure that there will be that many still-in-their-prime pitchers on the trade block who will be more than a half-season rental, so Cashman should probably keep Frazier if something better isn’t available.
   21. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:30 PM (#5852633)
All this does is piss me off more and more over the Keuchel debacle ...
   22. rconn23 Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:31 PM (#5852634)
Apparently both Astros and Rays offered more in terms of prospects for EE, but wouldn't eat as much money as the Yankees, according to Feinsand

Even if Severino returns at full strength, Yanks need a starter, really two. Counting on Montgomery is a reach. They need an innings eater type and a frontline starter. The biggest problem is they aren't getting any length out of their starters outside of Tanaka. CC is done and not helping the team. He can't go more than five at this point and those five innings aren't good.
   23. rconn23 Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:33 PM (#5852636)
"All this does is piss me off more and more over the Keuchel debacle …"

As it should. They shouldn't have pinched pennies when all it would have cost was cash.
   24. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:35 PM (#5852637)
Apparently both Astros and Rays offered more in terms of prospects for EE, but wouldn't eat as much money as the Yankees, according to Feinsand


Well, at least it's not only "Michael" Steinbrenner who is penny wise and pound foolish ...

Even if Severino returns at full strength, Yanks need a starter, really two. Counting on Montgomery is a reach. They need an innings eater type and a frontline starter. The biggest problem is they aren't getting any length out of their starters outside of Tanaka. CC is done and not helping the team. He can't go more than five at this point and those five innings aren't good.


CC (LOVE YA BIG MAN!) is done, I'm afraid. It was a reasonable bet, but it's looking like it's time to fold that hand ... well, if the Yankees had better options.

Meh.
   25. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: June 16, 2019 at 10:49 PM (#5852640)
Saw a lot of complaints about how Frazier was sent down and Tauchman wasn’t. Out of curiosity I checked their b-ref war: MT 0.8 in 113 pa, CF 0.3 in 204.
All of the former’s value is on the assessment of defense (ops+ 86) - he’s good out there but not otherworldly.
   26. Dr. Vaux Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:20 AM (#5852657)
I hate to say it, but the Yankees don't need more starting pitching, and neither does anybody else. If J.A. Happ or C.C. Sabbathia give up 4 runs in 5 innings in a playoff game, why does that mean they'll lose? Who will do better than that? Eduardo Rodriguez? Rick Porcello? Kyle Gibson? Michael Pineda? Brad Peacock? This is the reality we live in.
   27. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 04:44 AM (#5852660)
This magical frontline starter that most playoff teams need is who?

But yes, they'll probably pick up a Stroman or someone.
   28. It was something about the man-spider and sodomy, Posted: June 17, 2019 at 07:40 AM (#5852662)
This magical frontline starter that most playoff teams need is who?

But yes, they'll probably pick up a Stroman or someone.


Scherzer is about it.

But, at this point, "a Stroman or someone" is more or less necessary*, at the very least to keep the bullpen from reenacting a community playhouse version of "Chernobyl" and melting down into a radioactive pile of toxic slag from overuse ...

* Once again, Keuchel would have just cost money, goddammit.
   29. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 08:45 AM (#5852673)
Brad Peacock?


Peacock has been pretty good for a while now.
   30. Captain Supporter Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:09 AM (#5852683)
Saw a lot of complaints about how Frazier was sent down and Tauchman wasn’t


This is silly. Tauchman will be sent down tomorrow when they activate Stanton. They kept him for one extra day.
   31. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:18 AM (#5852689)
This thread makes me think that it must be absolute misery to be a Yankee fan. That the Yankees have won like they have this year is an absolute miracle. And everyone here is just ########.
   32. Dr. Vaux Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:20 AM (#5852690)
Peacock has been pretty good for a while now.


I needed an Astro in the list. But although Peacock has been good, yesterday, for example, he gave up 4 runs in 5 innings to a team that wasn't even the Yankees. Starting pitchers are no guarantee of anything, especially when you, the team facing them, are the Yankees. That must be their thinking, anyway, and as much as I hate the aesthetics of it, it seems reasonable under the circumstances.
   33. rconn23 Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:34 AM (#5852693)
"That the Yankees have won like they have this year is an absolute miracle. And everyone here is just ########."

I think that most fans are/should be thrilled they are in first with all the injuries they've had and with the unexpected performance of players like Urshela and German. The problem is the front office has taken half measures with the starting pitching that haven't backed up the team. Their starters can't go long enough and it's burning out the bullpen - the team's biggest strength. Quibbling over a a couple million dollars on Keuchel was ridiculous. No team needed him more than the Yankees. He may not be a great starter but he's good and does go deep into games.
   34. Nasty Nate Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:41 AM (#5852696)
Their starters can't go long enough and it's burning out the bullpen - the team's biggest strength.
Their top relievers are in the 26-32 innings range, which is pretty much the same as almost every other contending team out there.
   35. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:54 AM (#5852699)
The Yankees have the same problems everyone else has, but only Yankee fans think they're entitled to ideal solutions.
   36. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5852700)
Their top relievers are in the 26-32 innings range, which is pretty much the same as almost every other contending team out there.


Yeah they have not been overused at all. There have been some short stretches, but frankly their bad outings have been either when they pitched too much (rare) or not pitched much at all (as of late). Doesn't mean they couldn't use more help but they're not tired. It's not "burnout."

If you're claiming some talk-radio-level analysis stuff like bullpen burnout (which would make sense in September, say), you need numbers on it.
   37. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:10 AM (#5852704)
I hate to say it, but the Yankees don't need more starting pitching, and neither does anybody else.


My theory about pitching is the opposite of this. If you think you have enough pitching you should find a mirror and say “my team has enough pitching” then hit yourself in the face with one of those old school cast iron frying pans. Then say again “my team has enough pitching” then hit yourself in the face with the pan again. Continue doing this until your body physically won’t get out the phrase “my team has enough pitching” THEN you are ready to proceed.
   38. rconn23 Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:20 AM (#5852712)
"Doesn't mean they couldn't use more help but they're not tired. It's not "burnout."

It's not that they are on fumes already, but the lack of innings from the starters are going to be a problem for the bullpen going forward.



... and yes, other teams have got problems, too. But A) This is a Yankees post, and B) it's silly/cheap to get outbid by a couple of million dollars by one other team for a good starter when you have the financial wherewithal the Yankees do. They needed Keuchel more than any other contender, and it wouldn't have cost them any prospects.


Griping about the Yankees getting outbid for a quality starter on a prorated one-year deal when he could have easily been had is not tantamount to complaining that the Nationals don't give Scherzer to the Yankees for some package of B-level prospects.
   39. oscar madisox Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:23 AM (#5852715)
I think that most fans are/should be thrilled they are in first with all the injuries they've had


Now that their stars are coming back fans will be upset if they don't play better. Right? Well, they have 92 games remaining and a quick check of the schedule shows 37 of them are against Tampa, Boston, Houston, Minnesota and the Dodgers. Not to mention 6 each with Oakland and Texas and 4 with Cleveland, the latter three all decent teams. I did this quickly so I might have missed a game or two but that's 53 games against quality teams, provided you think Texas is quality.

They're playing at a 100-win clip right now. With their stars back—and that schedule—do they win 100? If they only win 100 how will Yanks fans respond?
   40. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5852717)
This thread makes me think that it must be absolute misery to be a Yankee fan.

It has been an entire Decade of Failure since they've won a World Series. Why there are junior high kids in the city who have no memory of a World Series parade. Our long national nightmare is still not quite yet over.
   41. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:24 AM (#5852718)
The Yankees needed him the most! Because he might help prevent a problem that hasn't begun to occur!
   42. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM (#5852720)
My theory about pitching is the opposite of this. If you think you have enough pitching you should find a mirror and say “my team has enough pitching” then hit yourself in the face with one of those old school cast iron frying pans. Then say again “my team has enough pitching” then hit yourself in the face with the pan again. Continue doing this until your body physically won’t get out the phrase “my team has enough pitching” THEN you are ready to proceed.

They could certainly use more SP, but I'd much rather have Clint Frazier for the next 6 years than Marcus Stroman for the next year and a half.
   43. SoSH U at work Posted: June 17, 2019 at 10:27 AM (#5852722)
Well, they have 92 games remaining and a quick check of the schedule shows 37 of them are against Tampa, Boston, Houston, Minnesota and the Dodgers.


Yes, as well as they've played, they've been blessed with a very low-stress schedule (which, to their credit, they've abused pretty well. They're 16 games over .500, and 16 games over .500 against the O's, Royals, M's and Giants).

   44. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:49 AM (#5852760)
They could certainly use more SP, but I'd much rather have Clint Frazier for the next 6 years than Marcus Stroman for the next year and a half.


I agree on this. Though I do think he shouldn't really be a 4th OF for the time being (and was going to be sent down for Stanton tmw).

I'd rather they trade Florial and a pitcher or some such.



   45. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:50 AM (#5852761)

37 of them are against Tampa, Boston, Houston, Minnesota and the Dodgers.
qu


I mean it's REALLY a lot of games against the first two and a single series against each of the others, but yes.
   46. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 17, 2019 at 11:52 AM (#5852762)
. . . and he won't be a free agent until 2024.

That’s a pretty good reason for hanging on to Frazier, too, unless the Yankees get a good deal on a pitcher. This is likely Gardner’s last season, at least with the Yankees. The bat just isn’t good enough any more. Stanton has an injury history that makes you want to use him more at DH every year, so there’s an opening for a close-to-full-time-outfielder next season. Encarnacion is likely just for this year, so having Frazier’s bat in the years ahead may be more valuable than it seems at the moment. I certainly wouldn’t trade Frazier for one year of past-your-prime pitching.


Definitely agree that Frazier shouldn't be dealt for that sort of a starter.

------------------------------------------------------------------------

Scherzer is about it.

Trading Scherzer at this point would be PR suicide for the Nats, but if they're 12 or 15 GB come July 30th, who knows what might happen on the 31st?
   47. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:02 PM (#5852769)
Well, they have 92 games remaining and a quick check of the schedule shows 37 of them are against Tampa, Boston, Houston, Minnesota and the Dodgers.

The Rays have 31 games left against those last 4 teams plus a Yankees team with a fortified roster, so it's not as if the schedule favors them that much.

The team that really gets a break is the Red Sox, with only 27 games remaining against those 5 tough teams. But they've got rotation problems of their own.
   48. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:05 PM (#5852771)
The schedule comparison is really just "wow there are a lot of bad teams," but the three teams in the same division don't really have very different schedules, they just have to play each other a lot.
   49. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:31 PM (#5852785)
They're playing at a 100-win clip right now. With their stars back—and that schedule—do they win 100? If they only win 100 how will Yanks fans respond?

Do Yankee fans care how many regular season games they win? I would think they care 80% about whether they win the World Series, 15% about whether they win the division, and 5% about how many games they win during the regular season -- or something like that.
   50. Blastin Posted: June 17, 2019 at 12:37 PM (#5852787)
I don't care about the wins so much as I really would like to avoid another one-gamer.
   51. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:11 PM (#5852804)
Do Yankee fans care how many regular season games they win? I would think they care 80% about whether they win the World Series, 15% about whether they win the division, and 5% about how many games they win during the regular season -- or something like that.

Well, at this point it's 100% win the division. That's all you can do to help your World Series Championship odds at this point.
   52. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:31 PM (#5852809)

Well, at this point it's 100% win the division. That's all you can do to help your World Series Championship odds at this point.

Right, but whether you win the division with 98 wins or 102 wins I don't think you really care, right?
   53. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:37 PM (#5852812)
Does anyone?

I mean I guess winning with 105 is more memorable and fun than winning with 89. But the magic number of 100 doesn't seem like a big deal.
   54. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:45 PM (#5852815)
Right, but whether you win the division with 98 wins or 102 wins I don't think you really care, right?

No. 110+ is cool, but only if you win the World Series. If you're going to lose in the playoffs, much better to be a 98 win team than a 112 win team.
   55. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:52 PM (#5852818)
If you're going to lose in the playoffs, much better to be a 98 win team than a 112 win team.

This is a very snapper thing to say.
   56. Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 17, 2019 at 01:54 PM (#5852819)
My team winning 110+ games would be cool no matter what else happened. I guess that's why I'm not a Yankees fan.
   57. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:03 PM (#5852823)
This is a very snapper thing to say.

Well, a huge regular season puts more pressure on your team. You're expected to win. Makes it more nerve wracking and less fun.

The 1996 and 2000 Yankees playoff runs were the most enjoyable for me because it was mostly upside. 1998 was just stressful.
   58. Nasty Nate Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:08 PM (#5852827)
Well, a huge regular season puts more pressure on your team. You're expected to win. Makes it more nerve wracking and less fun.
This can be true. But the counterweight is that the regular season was extra fun.
   59. Jose is Absurdly Unemployed Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:10 PM (#5852828)
Right, but whether you win the division with 98 wins or 102 wins I don't think you really care, right?


I mean I guess winning with 105 is more memorable and fun than winning with 89. But the magic number of 100 doesn't seem like a big deal.


I can't speak for anyone else let alone Yankee fans but as a Red Sox fan when the Sox hit 100 last year I was really excited. I'd always dreamed of seeing a 100 win Red Sox team (they hadn't done that since 1946) so for me it was a thrill and when they later hit 106 (club record) and then 108 on the final day to achieve a season of winning 2/3rds of their games that was exciting. The playoffs are always stressful of course but experiencing something I had never experienced before as a fan was awesome. Just watching that team win in different ways with a group of players many of whom I'd watched rise through the system...I really enjoyed that.

Coming up short in the playoffs would have been a bitter pill but a week of disappointing baseball wasn't (for me) going to offset six months of magic.
   60. PreservedFish Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:12 PM (#5852830)
Well, a huge regular season puts more pressure on your team. You're expected to win. Makes it more nerve wracking and less fun.

I understand the argument snapper (and Nate's response too), but it seems to me that in most things you're unusually discomfort-averse.
   61. Nasty Nate Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:14 PM (#5852831)
A Red Sox hijack is appropriate because this is all moot when it comes to the 2019 Yankees! There, I said it.
   62. rconn23 Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:19 PM (#5852833)
"The 1996 and 2000 Yankees playoff runs were the most enjoyable for me because it was mostly upside. 1998 was just stressful."

I'm the same on 1998. I've never been a count the rings guy, but that was still the best team I've ever seen and to not finish it off with title would have been tough. The '99 season was the most fun for me because they throttled the Braves.
   63. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: June 17, 2019 at 02:34 PM (#5852844)
I understand the argument snapper (and Nate's response too), but it seems to me that in most things you're unusually discomfort-averse.

That's probably true to some extent. More accurately, I think I'm exceptionally even keeled. I don't get a lot of pleasure from new and allegedly exciting things, so my best path to increased happiness is to minimize the lows. e.g. I'm about the furthest thing in the world from an adrenaline junkie.
   64. Karl from NY Posted: June 17, 2019 at 05:11 PM (#5852925)
the three teams in the same division don't really have very different schedules, they just have to play each other a lot.

This is true, but what can differ is the ordering. It can and does happen that a chunk of matchups against good opposition happens to come in April for somebody and August for somebody else. The overall schedule is close in strength but the remaining schedule can differ significantly.
   65. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: June 17, 2019 at 05:51 PM (#5852951)
I don't get a lot of pleasure from new and allegedly exciting things
You don't say.

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