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Rates & Barrels: A show about baseball

On Mondays and Wednesdays, Eno Sarris and Derek VanRiper discuss advanced stats and fantasy baseball strategy. On Fridays, Britt Ghiroli joins Eno and DVR to discuss the biggest stories around baseball from the Hot Stove season through the final pitch in October.

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Pitcher Week, Part 1!

Rundown3:51 Eno's Methodology10:42 Cole vs. deGrom Up Top14:37 Concerns About Lucas Giolito25:04 Command vs. Control34:25 Buying a Kluber Rebound?44:45 What Can Prevent a Dinelson Lamet Breakout?55:31 A Limitation of Rankings62:56 A Pod Divided: Matthew Boyd & Lance LynnFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #1

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Pitcher Week, Part 2!

Rundown1:16 Assessing the Pending Mookie Betts Deal14:09 Adjusting Expectations for David Price in LA?27:07 Back Surgery for James Paxton37:54 'Sleeper' Starters47:23 Choosing the Astros' No. 5 Starter55:52 Will MacKenzie Gore Make the Opening Day Roster?60:59 Digging DeepFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

6 Feb 2020

Rank #2

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Second Base Breakdown

Rundown2:15 Gleyber Torres & Volatility7:26 One More Level from Ozzie Albies?10:26 Does Jose Altuve Still Belong in the Top 40?13:43 Can Ketel Marte Repeat His 2019 Breakout?18:39 Will Whit Merrifield's Steals Come Back?22:21 Paying Up for Jonathan Villar?28:00 Projecting K% Improvement for Keston Hiura31:41 Thinking Twice About Jeff McNeil?35:31 How Much Playing Time Will the Dodgers Give Gavin Lux?43:11 More Power to Come From Luis Arraez?47:20 Cavan Biggio vs. Tommy Edman58:27 Depth Options at Second BaseFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 14mins

20 Feb 2020

Rank #3

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Shortstop Breakdown

Rundown1:20 Top-End Options: Story, Lindor & Turner18:05 What Should You Do With Fernando Tatis Jr.?27:11 Re-Thinking Adalberto Mondesi34:31 When Did Xander Bogaerts Become Old and Boring?37:35 Buying Bo Bichette as Prices Rise?42:21 2020 Expectations for Tim Anderson48:04 Mid-Round Options53:44 Sleepers, Late-Round ConsiderationsFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

25 Feb 2020

Rank #4

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Third Base Breakdown

Rundown1:10 Looking for Red Flags Up Top5:52 Buying at Slight Discounts on Kris Bryant & Vlad Jr.?16:11 Is Justin Turner the Best Value Play at Third Base?22:26 Can Yoan Moncada Reach Another Level?29:30 Building Around a Batting Average Liability36:32 Playing Time Concerns for Kingery & Edman?43:46 Best Options Cheap & LateFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

18 Feb 2020

Rank #5

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Outfield Breakdown, Part 1

Rundown2:17 Choosing From the Big Three7:25 Cody Bellinger & Mookie Betts11:49 Buying Juan Soto as a First-Round Pick?16:45 Old & Boring: Charlie Blackmon & George Springer19:23 Concerns About Jorge Soler22:11 Luis Robert vs. Victor Robles vs. Tommy Pham vs. Ramon Laureano30:07 Is Aaron Judge Discounted Enough?32:18 2019 Surprises: Austin Meadows & Ketel Marte38:28 Buying Benintendi?48:58 Outside the Top 30 in the Outfield54:46 Eno Finds Something to Not Like About Max Kepler61:17 Byron Buxton Returning From Surgery69:16 Bryan Reynolds vs. Lorenzo CainFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

10 Mar 2020

Rank #6

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Ozuna to Atlanta & Tatis to the First Round

Rundown0:55 Marcell Ozuna in Atlanta5:16 Fernando Tatis Jr. is a Late First-Rounder Now20:44 Couldn't You Be Aggressive in Other Early Rounds?26:37 Is the Need for Speed Excessive?32:11 How to Handle Half-Season Stretches of DominanceFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

45mins

23 Jan 2020

Rank #7

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Catcher & Utility-Only Breakdown

Rundown1:11 Re-Thinking Two-Catcher Leagues7:07 Marveling at Nelson Cruz12:43 Setting Expectations for Yordan Alvarez18:48 A Bounce Back for Khris Davis22:04 Miguel Andujar's Path to Playing Time Opens Up31:07 Sorting Out Nick Solak's Role37:27 OK, We'll Talk About Catchers42:26 Concerns About Will Smith?45:45 Buying on Jorge Alfaro?52:06 Oakland's Enviable Catcher Depth62:10 Catching Prospect OutlooksFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 12mins

5 Mar 2020

Rank #8

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On Playing Time & Upside

Rundown2:35 Playing Time & Challenges with Projecting It18:42 Finding Overvalued and Undervalued Players Based on PT Projections29:39 How One Type of Sausage is Made (Spoiler Alert: It's Tough)42:27 Aligning Opportunity & Skills Growth53:46 Beer of the MonthFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 4mins

30 Jan 2020

Rank #9

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Auction Strategy & LABR Review

Rundown2:51 Eno's AL Strategy7:48 Are Low IP Starters More Viable in Mono Leagues?10:47 The Bat Plan21:19 Managing the Middle Stages of an Auction27:47 Other AL LABR Observations33:29 DVR's NL Strategy39:19 The Pitching Staff48:44 Figuring Out Catchers in Deep Two-C Leagues54:59 Other NL LABR ObservationsFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comSurvey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/25VZGGQAL LABR Results: http://bit.ly/LABR-ALNL LABR Results: http://bit.ly/LABR-NL Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 10mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Rapid Changes

Rundown0:27 Rapid Changes to Day-to-Day Life9:12 Finding New Escapes16:58 Finishing the Outfield Preview20:18 Avisaíl García's Role in Milwaukee23:50 The People's Sleeper: Brian Anderson29:32 Mark Canha's Encore33:42 Making Sense of Cincinnati's Plans for Senzel & Akiyama39:26 Did Injuries Curtail Hunter Renfroe's Best Season?44:07 Buying Ian Happ?51:49 Jo Adell & Dylan Carlson61:34 Other Late Names of InterestFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

12 Mar 2020

Rank #11

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An Entire Season in Arizona?

Rundown7:20 Project GOAT Update16:10 A Contained MLB Season in Arizona?27:13 Cactus League Park Factors33:32 Potential Impact on Specific Pitch Types44:50 Keeper/Dynasty Pitching Targets52:29 SupportBeer.com is Live!Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial: https://theathletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

57mins

7 Apr 2020

Rank #12

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The Mind Wanders

Rundown1:28 Why Is There Animosity Between R2-D2 and Yoda?3:49 Is Fleetwood Mac Yacht Rock?7:23 AlbumGraphs?12:48 Answering Questions About a Shortened Season24:22 More Aggressive Promotions for Rookies?31:31 Draft & Hold, Best Ball Thoughts46:59 How to Prevent Reliever-Heavy Builds50:30 Keeper/Dynasty Preparing for a Future Run64:10 Incentivizing Mid-Pack Teams?Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 8mins

19 Mar 2020

Rank #13

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New Maxes & Different Projections

Rundown4:29 Searching for Light at the End of the Tunnel10:47 Turn on the Video Feed!16:38 More Structural Wrinkles to Consider24:06 The Depths of Eno's Closet26:13 Increased Velocity = Increased Injury Risk?33:21 Jeff Zimmerman's Statcast-based Projections39:19 Predicting Future Strikeout Rates for HittersFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: theathletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

46mins

23 Apr 2020

Rank #14

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Infallible Inflatables

Rundown3:55 Unsolicited Working From Home Tips9:26 Noah Syndergaard Undergoes Tommy John Surgery15:29 Michael Kopech, Brendan McKay & Nate Lowe to Triple-A20:26 Spencer Howard to Phillies' Rotation, Cutch Ready To Go27:29 "The J-Lo A-Rod Family"32:45 Still Concerned About Aaron Judge45:51 Re-playing the 2019 Fantasy Season?52:44 Fantasy Analyst Street Cred59:45 Advanced Pitching Metrics & Great Pick-Off Moves?68:46 Beer of the WeekFollow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRiper Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 16mins

27 Mar 2020

Rank #15

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NL DH Options & Hope Tingles

Rundown1:45 A Good Idea to Use DH in NL This Season?12:11 Austin Riley on the Rise?15:53 The Wide Range of Outcomes for Ryan Braun20:31 What Will the Cubs Do?25:18 Opportunity for Jake Lamb & Kevin Cron in Arizona?30:15 Why Not Give Jaylin Davis the Extra PAs?37:24 Obligatory Marlins Talk42:47 The Return of Cespedes!46:05 Is This Franchy's Chance?52:56 Aquino & Hilliard Time?Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: theathletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

14 Apr 2020

Rank #16

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What About the Minor Leaguers?

Rundown3:10 How Do Minor Leaguers Fit Into 2020 Proposals?14:14 Tommy John Surgery Honeymoon Period27:39 Does It Make Sense to Use Vickrey for FAAB?34:29 A Creative, Competitive Solution38:27 KBO Fantasy League Status Update46:36 The Beer Bracket is Ready!Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: theathletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

53mins

17 Apr 2020

Rank #17

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The Mark Eichhorn Gambit

Rundown3:02 Project GOAT, Round 1 Results!9:08 The Mark Eichhorn Gambit16:33 Appreciating Todd Helton's Peak22:38 Drafting Past Seasons for a Simulation?29:59 Nick Castellanos & Happiness40:05 Who Was Blocking Francisco Lindor in 2014?47:38 Can Players' Emotions Be Effectively Measured?Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: athletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

52mins

9 Apr 2020

Rank #18

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Back in '82...

Rundown2:56 Retro Fantasy Baseball Draft: 198210:10 The Different Shapes of Each Position in '8222:05 KBO Sets an Opening Day28:51 Losing the Feel of a Pitch35:41 Alec Bohm's Path to 2020 Time with Phillies46:37 How Do Players Feel About Fantasy Baseball?Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet a free 90-day trial to The Athletic: theathletic.com/free90days Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

55mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #19

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Wonka Aside...

Rundown3:53 Project GOAT for Music?11:26 Spring Pitching Observations22:11 Daniel Norris, Future Dominant Reliever?31:17 Time to Discount Starting Pitching as a Whole?44:04 Which Baseball Will Be Used in 2020?48:04 Beer of the Week (Check out: SupportBeer.com)Follow Eno on Twitter: @enosarrisFollow DVR on Twitter: @DerekVanRipere-mail: ratesandbarrels@theathletic.comGet 40% off a subscription to The Athletic: theathletic.com/ratesandbarrels Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

54mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #20