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 15, 2019

    Maybe leading in saves isn't such a good thing after all. As most of the avid readers know, I'm heavily involved in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) drafts each spring. I'm a firm believer that the players who play...

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    AL Player Notes - June 13, 2019

    Andrew Benintendi (BOS) - Andrew Benintendi took it upon himself to make sure the Red Sox wouldn't fall below .500, going 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Benintendi started the day with a first inning double to put Boston on the...

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    A Closer Look - June 8, 2019

    A Closer Look is back! After a weeklong respite, your friendly neighborhood closer column is back refreshed and ready to lead you into baseball's second half. Memorial Day week was relatively quiet on the closer front, so the closer landscape...

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    AL Player News - June 6, 2019

    Yoan Moncada (CHW) -Yoan Moncada hit his 12thhome run of the season, but added 2 more strikeouts to bring his season total to 74, the 5thhighest total in the American League. Despite the gaudy total, Moncada has significantly cut down...

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    A Closer Look - May 25, 2019

    How many of you are staring at a big fat "1" in the saves category on your rotisserie league's standings page? Whether punting closers was your deliberate strategy or you were bitten by the injury bug (sorry Hunter Strickland owners),...

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    NL Player Notes - May 23, 2019

    Yasiel Puig (CIN) - Yasiel Puig injured his shoulder on Sunday and he remained out of the Reds lineup on Wednesday. Puig has had a disappointing start to his Reds career, but his batted ball luck seems to indicate he's...

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    A Closer Look - May 18, 2019

    The art of the handcuff. Teaching the strategy behind identifying handcuffs in fantasy baseball used to be an easy task. Find the pitcher with the best skills in the bullpen, roster him, and wait for the current closer to falter....

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    A Closer Look - April 11, 2019

    Who are the best bullpens in baseball? Who are the worst? As fantasy owners, should we even care? While this is a column that focuses heavily on closers and saves, bullpen quality is one of the most important aspects of...

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    Player AL Notes - May 9, 2019

    Tommy Pham (TB) - Tommy Pham walked two more times on Wednesday, giving him a perfect 1.0 batting EYE. Entering Wednesday, only 8 qualified hitters had a batting EYE of 1.0 or better. Pham has always had great plate discipline,...

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    A Closer Look - May 3, 2019

    What makes a good reliever? Is it his mental makeup, his approach to the game or is the most important aspect his talent? Maybe you'll take the side that it's all the above. There's really no right answer, the best...

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    NL Player Notes - May 3, 2019

    Matt Strahm (SD) - The Atlanta Braves fans were "Strahming their pain with their fingers" on Thursday as Matt Strahm picked up his win of the season after posting a line of 6IP, 2ER, 0BB and 6 strikeouts. He also...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: 2019 BABIP vs Career BABIP

    Happy Sunday Everyone! On today's SiriusXM show, myself and Lou Blasi will start dissecting Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP) for hitters and look at the players who have seen the biggest changes versus their career levels so far...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: 2019 LOB% vs Career LOB%

    Happy Saturday Everyone! On today's SiriusXM show, myself and Lou Blasi will start dissecting left on-base percentage (LOB%) and the pitchers who are over-achieving and under-achieving so far in 2019. If you're unfamiliar with LOB%, check out the column I...

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    A Closer Look - April 27, 2019

    Closer. Have any of you every looked up the definition of a closer on the MLB.com website? If not, here it is: "A closer is often considered the best relief pitcher that a club has in its bullpen. Closers are...

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    NL PLayer Notes - April 24, 2019

    Pablo Lopez (MIA) - Pablo Lopez flashed the brilliance in his start on Tuesday night that made him one of the most trendy late-round speculative picks of the draft season. Lopez had a no-hitter going into the 6th inning, but...

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    Much of the talk in the early going of the 2019 season has been around the rise in power and the struggles of the starting pitchers, elite or otherwise. We know from a leaguewide perspective, pitching ERA is up significantly,...

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    AL Player Notes - April 18, 2019

    Yoan Moncada (2B) - One of the biggest profit centers from the draft season through the first three weeks of the season is undoubtedly Yoan Moncada. Moncada's 2018 underlying metrics were eerily similar to Javy Baez, but due to a...

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    InsiderMetrics: Stabilizing K%

    Happy Saturday Everyone! On today's SiriusXM show, myself and Lou Blasi will start dissecting the first statistic that has met enough prerequisites to become reliable: strikeout rate (K%)! Based on research from some very smart people (see here), we have...

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    A Closer Look - April 13, 2019

    In most years, slow news weeks for closers is usually seen as a good thing. Unfortunately, in years where there are more bullpens in committee than concrete closers, slow news weeks are both frustrating and unsettling. As far as 2019,...

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    AL Player Notes - April 11, 2019

    Mike Trout (LAA) - Mike Trout was not in the lineup for the Angels on Wednesday night against Milwaukee and there's some skepticism whether or not his strained groin will improve enough in time for him to be in the...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: HR/HardFB %

    We've spent a lot of time this pre-season parsing hard hit rate and all of its various components. One of the most fascinating aspects of this metric is almost certainly how each type of batted ball can be hit hard,...

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    A Closer Look - April 6, 2019

    The closing situations are an absolute mess across most of baseball, as many of the situations that were in flux during the off-season remain in flux one week into the year. It's foolhardy to cast a general philosophy for all...

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    AL Player Notes - April 4, 2018

    Corey Kluber (CLE) - Corey Kluber was rocked by the White Sox on Wednesday and chased from the game in the 4th inning. Kluber wasn't sharp in this one, giving up three runs in the 1st inning, a run in...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: xHR/FB Rate

    For the last several seasons, I've published an article deep diving into HR/FB rate for offensive players and have developed a living model to help me decipher which players have "earned" their HR/FB rates and which players have either over...

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    A Closer Look - March 30, 2019

    Baseball is back and you know what that means.....ALL ABOARD THE CLOSER CAROUSEL! This year we didn't even manage to get through one day without at least one team throwing us a curveball as Taylor Rogers nabbed the first save...

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    Opening Day Edition - NL Player Notes - March 28, 2019

    Happy Opening Day! For the second consecutive season, I'm thrilled to welcome you on this special day. Just like last year, I'm treating everyone to a different format for the normal National League player notes. Don't fret, you'll still have...

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    An Introduction to HR/FB Rate Allowed

    Homeruns are to flyballs as cake is to flour, unless, of course, you're a starting pitcher. In that case, homeruns are to flyballs as burnt toast is to flour. Home runs ruin ERAs, fantasy teams and even careers. For years,...

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    Playing Buy, Sell, or Hold with NFBC Main Event Reliever ADP

    Yesterday marked the first NFBC Main Event drafts of the 2019 season. If you're unfamiliar, the Main Event is a high stakes 15-team, 5x5 rotisserie league that has both a league prize and an overall prize. There are 540 participants...

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    An Introduction to Hard Hit Rate (Hard%) for Offense and Pitching

    Hard hit rate (hard %) measures the percentage of batted balls that are hit "hard". That's a straightforward definition, but what exactly does it mean? For context, it's important to understand a brief history of the metric. Hard hit rate...

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    Fantasy Baseball Preseason Player Notes

    Cubs: Willson Contreras: 2019 bounceback candidate or 2017 abberation? Who is the real Willson Contreras? Is it the 2017 version that managed to hit .276/.356/.499 with 21 homeruns in just 428 at-bats, or the 2018 version that hit .249/.339/.390 with...

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    Introduction to Barrels & Exit Velocity:

    Growing up, every little leaguer was taught by their coach to "put the barrel on the ball". When it happened, the coach might have exclaimed "way to barrel it up, Michael!" That's why when Statcast unveiled a slew of new...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 5, 2019

    Kris Bryant's Shoulder and the Erosion of his Power from the Inside Third of the Plate Everyone knows Kris Bryant suffered through a disappointing 2018 season. But if I were to ask most people in Chicago whether they thought Kris...

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    An Introduction to Contact%: The Shohei Ohtani of Sabermetrics

    Contact percentage, like many of the plate discipline statistics, is like the Shohei Ohtani of sabermetrics - it plays both sides! While contact percentage is a useful statistic for measuring a pitcher's effectiveness, it's also an excellent way to measure...

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    An Introduction to Swinging Strike Rate (SwStr%) and How To Get An Edge

    Swinging strike rate, or the percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss, is one of the most powerful tools for any fantasy player to utilize when attempting to evaluate starting pitcher performances. The calculation of the...

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    An Introduction to Strand Rate (LOB%) And Why It's A Leading Indicator for Pitching Projections

    Strand rate, or left on base percentage (LOB%), measures the percentage of baserunners a pitcher leaves on base over the course of an entire season. At its core, strand rate is simply a measure of the number of runners that...

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    A Closer Look: The Draft Guide

    The Spring Training games have begun and we're already knee deep in the fantasy baseball draft season! This is my sixth season covering relievers for Fantistics and writing A Closer Look. The game of baseball has transformed during that time...