James Turvey

Baseball writer with words @Fantistics

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    AL Player Analysis - June 18, 2017

    Sean Doolittle Just as Santiago Castillo was starting to get into a bit of a rhythm, he was sent to the clubhouse after being hit with a foul ball on Saturday. When the A's subsequently had a save situation, Doolittle...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 16, 2017

    Jose Berrios The third time truly has been the charm for Berrios, who struggled mighty in both his first (four starts, 10.20 ERA) and second (10 starts, 7.27 ERA) stints in the majors, but has thrived in 2017. Berrios has...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 8, 2017

    Felipe Rivero Don't be surprised if Rivero starts getting save opportunities, as Tony Watson blew his second straight save opportunity on Wednesday night. Watson was already on a wobbly chair in Pittsburgh, and Rivero has been excellent once again this...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 2, 2017

    Greg Holland Holland picked up his 20th save of the season already, and he is still yet to blow a save. Holland has been one of the best values of the 2017 season, as he was a late-round closer who...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 26, 2017

    Brad Hand For the second straight night, Hand closed out a Padres victory, giving him two saves on the season. However, there are a few caveats before you start jumping on Hand for your waiver wire pickup. First of all,...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 24, 2017

    German Marquez Marquez had yet another outstading performance on Tuesday, as the 22-year-old is starting to make a name for himself in the Rockies' rotation. The 6' 1" righty is now 3-2 on the season with a 3.86 ERA, 3.26...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 12, 2017

    Craig Kimbrel Kimbrel was a player I was down on before 2017, his batted ball profile seemed primed for a blowup season, and I thought fantasy players were drafting him way too early. Well, it's time to eat crow, as...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 10, 2017

    Michael Conforto Conforto continues to show why the Mets should have had him in the starting lineup since Day One, and why it's going to be exceptionally hard to take him out of the lineup even when Yoenis Cespedes returns...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 5, 2017

    Jose Abreu Hope all those owners that were worried by Abreu's slow start held onto their stock in the 30-year-old, as he homered for the second straight day, giving him four homers in the past week. Abreu has brought his...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 28, 2017

    Matt Harvey Before Thursday's start, Harvey looked good on the surface, but there were signs of trouble just below the surface. With a 2.84 ERA and 4.91 FIP heading into the game, maybe it's not too surprising to see that...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 21, 2017

    Wade Miley Miley was the best non-Chris Sale pitcher on Thursday, going eight innings and allowing just one run on two hits and a walk while striking out 11. Wade Miley, yes THAT Wade Miley, is now sporting a 1.89/3.18/2.90...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 14, 2017

    Tim Anderson Anderson finally created a little space between his batting average and his slugging percentage, as he got his first extra base hit of 2017 on Thursday, a solo bomb that came as part of a 1-for-5 day. Anderson...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 12, 2017

    Aledmys Diaz Diaz has picked up right where he left off so far in 2017, slashing .278/.278/.583 through the Cardinals first eight games. The slugging percentage is what truly stands out, as Diaz hit his third home run of the...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 7, 2017

    Brandon Kintzler Kintzler did a nice job in his first save opportunity of 2017, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth with a strikeout to end the game. Kintzler now has two shutout innings to start 2017, which is precisely two more than...

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    Preseason Prep - April 1, 2017

    That's like your opinion, (Breg)man There's a lot to like with the `Stros young third baseman. Alex Bregman made his MLB debut in 2016 and was able to shake off a disastrous 1-for-32 start to his career, finishing the season...

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    Preseason Prep - February 24, 2017

    Where Does He Play? Evan Gattis is fresh off a season in which he hit 32 home runs and will be returning to the friendly confines of Minute Maid Park for 2017. So why does it seem like Gattis has...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 30, 2016

    Jarrod Dyson Dyson continued his nice little run of late, going 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored. Dyson was 2-for-4 with two runs and a steal Wednesday, and had a run and an RBI Tuesday, as well....

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    NL Player Analysis - September 27, 2016

    Yasmany Tomas Tomas hit his 30th home run of 2016 on Monday night, part of a 2-for-5 game in which he scored twice and knocked in five runs. Tomas now has 71 runs and 80 RBI in addition to his...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 23, 2016

    Justin Upton It took him a while, but Upton has finally looked like the guy you were hoping for when you drafted him this season, and if you were able to make it into the playoffs of your league even...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 22, 2016

    Felix Hernandez King Felix looked better Wednesday, going seven shutout innings, while only allowing four hits. Of course, because this is 2016, the statline wasn't all good, as he also walked three and only struck out four. I've been pumping...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 16, 2016

    Brian Dozier Dozier continued his scorching hot second half, stealing a base and collecting two more RBI in the Twins win over the Tigers. The steal was Dozier's 15th of the season, giving him 56 combined HR+SB. Only Billy Hamilton...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 13, 2016

    Gerrit Cole It was an unsuccessful return for Gerrit Cole on Monday, as he lasted just two innings, allowing five runs on four hits and four walks while striking out three. Cole had only missed a couple starts, and had...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 9, 2016

    Kevin Kiermaier Kiermaier stayed red hot Thursday, going deep twice more, bringing his season total to 11 home runs, four of which have come in the last week. Kiermaier is now sporting a 12-game hit streak, with four steals during...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 9, 2016

    Kevin Kiermaier Kiermaier stayed red hot Thursday, going deep twice more, bringing his season total to 11 home runs, four of which have come in the last week. Kiermaier is now sporting a 12-game hit streak, with four steals during...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 2, 2016

    Tim Anderson Tim Anderson left Thursday's game with a bruised right calf, but the injury doesn't sound too serious. Anderson has had himself a productive rookie season, hitting .282 with seven home runs and seven steals in 308 plate appearances....

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    NL Player Analysis - August 30, 2016

    Jedd Gyorko Gyorko has officially found his groove in St. Louis, something that took a little while, but many people thought might be coming. Gyorko went 2-for-4 with his 23rd home run of 2016 Monday, and is now slashing .249/.310/.505...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 26, 2016

    Albert Pujols In case you don't have Prince Albert on your team, you might have missed the fact that he drove in his 100th run of the season Thursday night. While Pujols may not longer be the overall fantasy producer...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 22, 2016

    Ervin Santana While the Twins have irrelevant for the majority of 2016, Santana has quietly put together quite a nice stretch of baseball in the past couple of months. Santana continued that success Sunday, going seven innings, allowing two runs...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 19, 2016

    Sandy Leon Leon got the start at DH for the Tigers on Thursday, and answered the call, taking Matt Boyd deep in the fourth inning, Leon's lone hit of the day. Leon actually dropped his batting average with the 1-for-3...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 16, 2016

    David Phelps Phelps did well in his third start of the season for Miami, getting the win in 5.1 innings of two-run ball. Phelps tallied eight strikeouts while allowing four hits and just one walk. Phelps moved from the bullpen...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 12, 2016

    Rougned Odor Odor has had quite an interesting 2016. On the one hand, he has 22 home runs, 11 steals, 130 RuBIns, and a .281 batting average - it's been a breakout year, and he is still just 22 years...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 9, 2016

    A.J. Ramos/Fernando Rodney Pick up Fernando Rodey right now if he's available in your league. A.J. Ramos was placed on the 15-day DL Tuesday, retroactive to August 6. Ramos was placed on the DL with a broken ring finger, which...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 21, 2016

    Tyler Duffey Duffey had another start in what has been a frustrating 2016 season. Duffey went just 2.1 innings against the Red Sox on Thursday, giving up six runs on nine hits and a walk, and striking out none....

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    NL Player Analysis - July 18, 2016

    Aaron Nola Nola returned to form Monday, going six shutout innings, while only allowing two hits and striking out five compared to just one walk. Nola was getting absolutely rocked in his five starts before the All-Star break, getting...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 6, 2016

    Maikel Franco Franco stayed red hot with a home run in his fourth straight game. The long ball was Franco's lone hit of the day, but he scored twice in addition to the HR and RBI. Franco homered in...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 24, 2016

    Travis Jankowski Expect Jankowski to be one of the hottest pick ups in the upcoming days, as he stole his fourth base of his last three games as part of a 2-for-5 effort with an RBI. Jankowski is owned...