Michael Waldo

Co-Host on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio. I play with numbers for a living and @Fantistics. Firm believer that the harder you work, the luckier you get.

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    AL Player Notes - May 22,2018

    Aaron Judge - Aaron Judge launched his 12th homerun of the season on Monday night, effectively raising his three true outcome percentage to 52.9%, or roughly 20% higher than the league average. Judge is slashing .287/.417/.569 with 12 home runs,...

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    Update: Using Regression Analysis on HR/FB Rate

    Howdy folks! We're just past the 25% mark in baseball's regular season, which means it's time to start digging in a little deeper into the analytics behind the result stats for our fantasy baseball players. If you followed us in...

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    A Closer Look - May 19, 2018

    So you want the Cliff Notes version of the current landscape of closers? Greg Holland is still awful, no one can close for the Angels, the White Sox are still annoying, and AJ Minter is still good. Get it? Got...

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    NL Player Notes May 15, 2018

    Alex Reyes (STL) - Alex Reyes moved his rehab to Single-A Peoria on Monday night and yours truly was present. Reyes was absolutely dominant, tying up the majority of Clinton's batters throughout his outing. While the radar gun was down...

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    NL Player Notes May 15, 2018

    Alex Reyes (STL) - Alex Reyes moved his rehab to Single-A Peoria on Monday night and yours truly was present. Reyes was absolutely dominant, tying up the majority of Clinton's batters throughout his outing. While the radar gun was down...

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    NL Player Notes May 15, 2018

    Alex Reyes (STL) - Alex Reyes moved his rehab to Single-A Peoria on Monday night and yours truly was present. Reyes was absolutely dominant, tying up the majority of Clinton's batters throughout his outing. While the radar gun was down...

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    Are We Ignoring The Warning Signs With Corey Kluber?

    Michael Waldo and Lou Blasi talk about whether or not we should consider selling Corey Kluber on The National Fantasy Pregame Show, which is brought to you by Fantistics and Nolan Ryan Beef....

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    A Closer Look - May 12, 2018

    Sometime between now and the next column, most teams are going to hit the 25% completion mark on the season. While the negative activity has picked up recently, we're still waiting for the hammer to fall and knock out our...

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    AL Player Notes - May 8, 2018

    Michael Fulmer (DET) - It's been a relatively quiet start to the season for Tigers' starter, Michael Fulmer, who is once again flying under the radar as a high floor, low ceiling pitching option for fantasy owners. Unfortunately, Fulmer had...

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    A Closer Look - May 5, 2018

    Happy Cinco De Mayo! As you eat your favorite Mexican food and sip on your margaritas, we finally have a little excitement in the closer landscape to talk about! From Ken Giles punching himself in the face to closer changes...

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    NL Player Notes May 1, 2018

    Jake Arrieta (PHI) - After starting the season on a roll, Jake Arrieta fell flat on his face in Miami on Monday. Arrieta allowed 6 earned runs and didn't even escape the fourth inning. In fact, heading into the game,...

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    NL Player Notes April 30, 2018

    Tyler Chatwood (CHC) - Tyler Chatwood logged another quality start on Sunday after holding the Brewers scoreless over seven innings for the sweep on Milwaukee. Chatwood struck out four while allowing three walks and a pair of hits. Chatwood was...

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    A Closer Look - April 28, 2018

    You can say it's early, but this is easily the least volatile April that I can remember in regards to closing situations around the league. We have yet to have a performance-related closer demotion and if you take a trip...

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    A Closer Look - April 21, 2018

    In what is quickly becoming a trend, it was yet another relatively quiet week on the closer front. The "big" spend in FAAB last weekend was undoubtedly Bud Norris, but with some uncertainty still surrounding his role as of Sunday,...

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    AL Player Notes - April 19, 2018

    Shane Greene (DET) - Shane Greene blew his first save of the season for Detroit on Wednesday. He has converted all three of his other chances, so his owners shouldn't be overly concerned that he is in danger of losing...

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    AL Player Notes - April 16, 2018

    Sean Manaea (OAK) - Sean Manaea turned in another quality outing on Sunday and finished with a line of 7IP, 2H, 1ER, 2BB and 4K. Manaea has actually seen his velocity drop about 1 MPH across all of his pitches,...

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    A Closer Look - April 14, 2018

    Another week in the books and we still haven't seen our first performance-induced closer role change! I can't promise that we'll keep that streak alive this week (or any week, for that matter), but it's certainly nice to go at...

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    A Closer Look - April 7, 2018

    Despite the seemingly endless news of rocky performances or new injuries from closers, we're escaping the first full week of the regular season relatively unscathed (sorry Knebel owners) compared to the last several seasons. That's a good thing - smile...

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    NL Player Notes 4-4-18

    Kenley Jansen (LAD) - Protecting a three-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, Kenley Jansen came in to try to record the save. After a pair of groundouts, Jansen allowed both Paul Goldschmidt and AJ Pollock to...

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    A Closer Look - March 31, 2018

    It's the first edition of A Closer Look of the 2018 regular season! If this is your first time reading the column, welcome aboard! Each week, we review all of the news impacting closers and their handcuffs from across the...

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    Opening Day Edition - AL Player Notes March 29, 2018

    Happy Opening Day! In honor of the day we've all been waiting for, I'm treating everyone to a bit of a different format to the normal AL player notes. Don't fret, you'll still have your written updates, but to honor...

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    Preseason Notes - March 22, 2018

    Chicago Cubs: A Case for Anthony Rizzo: Anthony Rizzo is consistently being drafted in rounds two and three, but the Cubs' first baseman offers enough upside and consistency to return first round value this season. One of the best barometers...

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    A Closer Look - Preseason Edition

    Welcome to the first edition of A Closer Look for the 2018 campaign! This is a special pre-draft article that takes a deep dive into every team's current projected closer for the upcoming year. Each of these player blurbs can...

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    Preseason Reporting - March 1st, 2017

    Happy March 1st everyone! We're officially in the same month as opening day! Camps alll over Arizona and Florida are full of news and energy and we're here to help you parse through all of that newsflow to figure out...

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    Preseason Report - February 24, 2018

    Ahhh...we finally got to enjoy live baseball yesterday! Just think, nearly every day from now until the end of October, we will be able to turn on the television and watch a baseball game. Spring is near! ROYALS: Does Whit...

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    Preseason Reporting - February 19, 2018

    CHICAGO CUBS Who Will Be Saving Games for the Northsiders? For the second consecutive year, the Chicago Cubs attempted to use the off-season to give their bullpen a complete makeover. After losing Aroldis Chapman to free agency following their...

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    Arm Age: The Impact of Age & Innings on Starting Pitching

    All baseball players are created equal, right? Of course not! So why are we still attempting to analyze the maturation curve of starting pitchers the same way we analyze the maturation of offensive players? For years, we have approached aging...

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    Sabermetrics & Why They Matter In Fantasy Baseball

    Barrels? BABIP? xFIP? Those aren't real baseball stats! You play in a standard 5x5 fantasy baseball league, so why should you care about sabermetrics? It's a question we get frequently on our show on SiriusXM. Lou Blasi, Walter Kuberski, Sky...

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    Using Regression Analysis for HR/FB Rate

    The fantasy football season may be coming to a close, but the fantasy baseball season is just starting! Those of you who follow our show on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio know that our sabermetric analysis is among the best in...

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    AL Player Notes - September 23, 2017

    Lance McCullers (HOU) - Lance McCullers will start for the Astros on Sunday after missing the last two weeks with arm fatigue. After starting the season in dominate fashion, McCullers has clearly worn down in the second half as he's...

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    NL Player Notes - September 19, 2017

    Starling Marte (PIT) - Starling Marte has been out since last Wednesday with hand and shoulder injuries resulting from a head first slide and his manager hinted on Monday that he could be shut down for the remainder of the...

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    A Closer Look - September 16, 2017

    Welcome to the final rendition of A Closer Look for the 2017 baseball season! Looking back, it's been another really successful season formulating draft strategies, identifying handcuffs and managing the buying/selling of players. We certainly had some misses (Brad...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 12, 2017

    Eric Thames (MIL) - Eric Thames took a seat on on Monday. After a red hot start to the season in April, Thames has just a .209/.317/.429 slash line since May 1. On the season, he has 28 home runs,...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 12, 2017

    Eric Thames (MIL) - Eric Thames took a seat on on Monday. After a red hot start to the season in April, Thames has just a .209/.317/.429 slash line since May 1. On the season, he has 28 home runs,...

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    A Closer Look - September 9, 2017

    We're circling third base and heading for home! By now, your fantasy base playoffs have likely already begun in head-to-head leagues. Despite winding down, real life baseball teams are also still tweaking their bullpens and making changes to their close...

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    NL Player Notes - Sep 5, 2017

    J.D. Martinez (AZ) - JD Martinez went 4-for-5 with four homeruns and six RBI for the Diamondbacks on Monday. He and Scooter Gennett are the first duo of players to each hit four homeruns in a game since 2002. Martinez...