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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    A Closer Look - June 24, 2017

    Around the League: -Matt Bush may be losing his grip as the primary closer for the Rangers and his blown save on Friday night did little to help his case. He's continuing to strikeout batters at a decent rate, but...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 20, 2017

    Clayton Kershaw (LAD) - What's going on with Clayton Kershaw? After the 4 homeruns he allowed on Monday, he has now given up 17 this season, which trails just the likes of Bronson Arroyo, Ricky Nolasco, Masahiro Tanaka, John Lackey,...

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    A Closer Look - June 17, 2017

    Around The League: -Aroldis Chapman pitched one inning for Double-A Trenton on Friday night and came away with a couple of strikeouts. According to the YES Network, Chapman will rejoin the Yankees this weekend and will be available for Sunday's...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 13, 2017

    Manny Machado (BAL) - Manny Machado continues to suffer from significant bad luck with a really low .223 BABIP and .213 batting average. That number is 80 points below his career BABIP average, which makes this current phenomenon even more...

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    NL Player Notes - June 11, 2017

    Jonathan Villar (MIL) - Jonathan Villar was carted off the field after diving for a ball on Friday night, but thankfully it turned out only to be back spasms. On the downside, the issue is severe enough to have him...

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    A Closer Look - June 10, 2017

    Around the League: -If you subscribed to our in-season management package last year and followed this column, you'll know we were extremely high on Rasiel Iglesias during the 2016 campaign as an alternative at closer to Tony Cingrani. In fact,...

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    NL Player Notes - June 5th, 2017

    Ender Inciarte (ATL) - Ender Inciarte reached base an incredible 6 times on Sunday when he went 5-for-5 with his 6th homerun and 4 singles. He also reached via a walk to raise his slash line from .284/.332/.397 to .299/.348/.423....

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    A Closer Look - June 3, 2017

    After nearly a month of endless updates on volatile closing situations, we finally have a week where there were not any significant shake-ups in the ninth inning. We'll take this opportunity to dig a little deeper into the player pool...

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    Player Analysis - June 3, 2017

    Aaron Judge (NYY) - Aaron Judge is up to his old tricks, hitting his 18th home run and driving in his 40th RBI of the season on Friday night. He's slashing an incredible .326/.431/.691 in his rookie campaign and currently...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 27, 2017

    Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) - It's officially time to refer to Eduardo Rodgriguez as "The Magic Man"! His top act? Making his ERA disappear! Rodriguez notched his 7th quality start of the season on Friday and improved his ERA (and widened...

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    A Closer Look - May 27, 2017

    Around the League: -The San Diego Padres made the move to insert Brad Hand into the closing role for the Padres after Brandon Maurer's rough stretch over the last two weeks. This move accomplishes a few different objectives for the...

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    A Closer Look - May 20, 2017

    Around The League: -The under-worked Edwin Diaz had one rough weekend and Mariners manager Scott Servais quickly pulled him from the closing role earlier this week. Diaz wasn't lights out heading into last weekend, but he certainly wasn't on anybody's...

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    AL Player Notes - May 20, 2017

    Chris Sale (BOS) - Chris Sale continues to build his case that he's the best pitcher in baseball after striking out at least 10 batters for the 8th straight start in a row. He dominated the Athletics and finished with...

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    NL Player Notes - May 16, 2017

    Luis Perdomo (SD) - Luis Perdomo was getting it done both on the mound and in the batter's box on Monday night, racking up a double and a triple in addition to posting a line of 6 IP, 5 H,...

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    A Closer Look - May 13, 2017

    -After taking his fourth loss of the season on Thursday, Neftali Feliz was removed from the closing role by Brewers manager Craig Counsell during an appearance on MLB Network Radio. His exact quote was "We're going to give Neftali...

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    AL Player Analysis 5-6-17

    Chris Archer (TB) - Chris Archer tossed an excellent game against the Toronto Blue Jays, but his bullpen let him down despite going 6 IP, 4H, 3ER, 11K and 1BB. Friday's outing gives Archer 48 strikeouts in 45.1 innings pitched...

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    A Closer Look - May 6, 2017

    Around The League: -Another year, another shoulder strain for Sean Doolittle. It's unknown how long he will miss, but it looks likely that Santiago Casilla will be the primary closer for the Athletics moving forward. He's obviously worth owning in...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 1, 2017

    Anthony Rendon (WAS) - On Sunday, we witnessed the most impressive offensive display by a single player in over 100 years. Anthony Rendon went 6-for-6 with 3 home runs, 10 RBIs, 5 runs, and a double in a win against...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 30, 2017

    Jason Heyward (CHC) - Jason Heyward continued his hot-hitting by knocking a single in Saturday's game. Heyward has hit safely in all but 3 games this season and has a respectable .278/.345/.418 slash line in what's lining up to be...

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    A Closer Look - April 29, 2017

    Around The League: -The Nationals lost rising star Koda Glover to a nagging hip injury that popped back up on Tuesday. Glover dealt with similar issues at the end of last season, but the injury itself doesn't sound that serious...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 22, 2017

    Dylan Bundy (BAL) - Dylan Bundy tossed another strong outing against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night, going 7 innings with no earned runs, 6 hits allowed, and 3 strikeouts. The start improved his ERA to a paltry 1.37....

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    A Closer Look - April 22, 2017

    Well folks, the closer carousel is ramping up! We had an exciting week in the land of saves, bringing some good surprises and then a few bad ones. If you're new to this column, I highly recommend glancing through each...

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    A Closer Look - April 15, 2017

    Welcome to the second edition of A Closer Look! Over the last week, several major league teams have shaken up their bullpens and a couple even have new closers. We'll do our best to address all of this uncertainty and...

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    A Closer Look - April 8, 2017

    Welcome to the first addition of A Closer Look! 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 league. As you have...

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    AL Player Analysis- April 8, 2017

    Brian Dozier (MIN) - While Brian Dozier doesn't have the split advantage on his side for his matchup against the White Sox's Miguel Gonzalez on Saturday, he actually performed pretty well against right-handed pitchers in 2016. His .362 wOBA and...

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    AL Player Analysis 4-4-17

    Edwin Encarnacion (CLE) - Edwin Encarnacion hit his first home run of the year yesterday and today he draws a dream matchup against Texas. Encarnacion will enjoy a favorable park shift to Arlington and he'll face a marginal starting pitcher...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 2, 2017

    Evan Longoria (TB) - Evan Longoria hit the first home run of the 2017 season with a shot that just cleared the short left field wall in Tropicana Field. The path of the home run eearily resembled the home run...

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    Preseason Prep - March 27,2017

    PADRES: Rounding Out The Rotation With Flair Newcomer Trevor Cahill seems to have locked up a rotation spot with the San Diego Padres. Cahill has been quite effective over his last two Spring Training starts, racking up 15 strikeouts over...

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    Preseason Prep - March 20, 2017

    CHICAGO CUBS: Do the Risks Outweigh the Rewards for Lester? Coming off arguably the best year of his career, Jon Lester has already been tabbed the Cubs' opening day starter for 2017. At 33 years old, however, does his 3rd...

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    Preseason Prep - March 12, 2017

    Chicago Cubs: Jake Arrieta and the Disappearing Cutter Over the last several years, Jake Arrieta's success has been directly linked to the usage of his cutter. While pitching in Baltimore, Arrieta was discouraged from throwing the pitch thanks to GM...

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    2017 Closer Draft Strategy - Finding Value In The Late Rounds

    Saves. You have to have them, but for many fantasy owners, this category is the most frustrating one to secure for the entire season. The "closer carousel" has become the new normal in fantasy leagues, but there's an even more...

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    Preseason Prep - February 20, 2017

    He's Catching, He's Leading Off, He's.....Kyle Schwarber? Cubs fans in Mesa were given a nice surprise on Friday when Kyle Schwarber was spotted catching a bullpen session for John Lackey. Schwarber, of course, missed most of the 2016 regular season...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 24, 2016

    Chris Archer (BOS) - After the disaster April that his owner's endured, Chris Archer is likely a curse word in most of their vocabularies. You might want to reconsider that thought process heading into the 2017 draft season. Over the...

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    NL Player Analysis 9-17-16

    Trea Turner (WAS) - Trea Turner has been everything that fantasy owners could have hoped for and more (especially if your name is Dusty Baker!). Finally forcing Baker to play him everyday, Turner is making it impossible to not be...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 10, 2016

    Jonathan Schoop (BAL) - Jonathan Schoop helped to power the Orioles on Friday night, but they fell short to the Tigers. Schoop hit a two-run home run off Detroit start Michael Fulmer in the 6th inning. On the season, Schoop...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 4, 2016

    AJ Pollock (AZ) - It's been a long wait for AJ Pollock, but he's finally making an impact for both the Diamondbacks and the fantasy owners. Pollock has now hit safely in 4 straight games and on Friday night he...