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 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...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 27, 2016

    Gary Sanchez (NYY - C) - Have yourself a month, kid. Gary Sanchez remained sizzling hot at the plate on Friday going 3-for-5 with his 10th homerun and 20th RBI. To go along with the great counting stats, Sanchez is...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 20, 2016

    Trea Turner (WAS) - Since being released from Dusty Baker's rookie purgatory, Trea Turner has been arguably the Nationals best offensive player. The rookie notched three more hits and two more runs on Friday night and now has an impressive...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 13, 2015

    Alex Rodriguez (NYY) - Alex Rodriguez's career came to an end (for now) on Friday as the Yankees celebrated his storied career at Yankee Stadium. After hitting an RBI double in his first at-bat, Alex didn't do much the rest...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 7, 2016

    Addison Russell (CHC) - Getting settled into his new spot in the Cubs batting order, Addison Russell knocked in his 66th RBI of the season. Joe Maddon moved up his young shortstop to the 5th hole last week, a place...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 6, 2016

    Yasmany Tomas (AZ) - Yasmany Tomas took advantage of Chase Anderson's reverse splits by hitting two home runs off the right-hander, one in the 2nd inning and another in the 4th inning. It was Tomas' 20th and 21st dingers of...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 5, 2016

    Matt Carpenter (STL) - Matt Carpenter is expected to be activated from the disabled list on Friday after missing nearly a month with an oblique strain. The timing couldn't be better for the Cardinals, who also just placed infielder Aledmys...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 30, 2016

    Tyler Naquin (CLE) - Over the last 30 days, Tyler Naquin leads all American League players with a .352 ISO, a measure of a player's overall power output. Helping to boost this number has been a torrid July with 6...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 24, 2016

    Giancarlo Stanton (MIA) - Giancarlo Stanton hit his 21st homerun of the season and added 3 other hits to lead the Marlins offense over Jacob deGrom and the Mets. It was Stanton's first home run since the Home Run Derby....

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    AL Player Analysis - July 15, 2016

    Chris Archer (TB) - Chris Archer was again burned by the long ball in a loss to the Orioles on Friday night as he fell to 4-13 on the season. Archer gave up homeruns to Pedro Alvarez and Jonathan Schoop...

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    NL Player Notes - July 8, 2016

    Matt Carpenter (STL) - Carpenter exited the Cardinals game in the 3rd inning on Wednesday night and after the game, Mike Matheny confirmed that the Cardinals' second baseman suffered an oblique strain and mentioned that the team has a "high...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 2, 2016

    Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM) - Asdrubal Cabrera ruined Jason Hammel's night by hitting his 9th and 10th homeruns of the season. Before you go running to your waiver wire thinking you have the next "big" thing, consider that Cabrera has hit...

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    NL Player Analysis - July 2, 2016

    Asdrubal Cabrera (NYM) - Asdrubal Cabrera ruined Jason Hammel's night by hitting his 9th and 10th homeruns of the season. Before you go running to your waiver wire thinking you have the next "big" thing, consider that Cabrera has hit...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 25, 2016

    Steven Moya (DET) - Steven Moya notched another hit and another RBI on Friday night and has gotten hits in all but 4 of his 16 games this season. He doesn't have the best approach at the plate, which is...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 21, 2016

    Jake Lamb (AZ) - Jake Lamb continued his sizzling hot season by smashing his 14th homerun of the year in the 1st inning on Monday. As a Fantistics subscriber, you're likely reaping the benefits of our aggressive ranking of Lamb...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 12, 2016

    Jake McGee (COL) - Jake McGee landed on the DL on Sunday with left knee inflammation. McGee hasn't looked right at any point this season, with massive drops in his strikeout rate (15.5% vs 29.5% career) and a substantial bump...

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    AL Player Analysis - 6-4-16

    Carlos Rodon (CWS) - Carlos Rodon was tasked with trying to shut down a very hot Tigers offense (6th in wRC+ over last 14 days). Unfortunately, the Tigers got the best of him, tagging him with 4 earned runs over...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 29th, 2016

    Jason Heyward (CHC) - Jason Heyward had a nice day at the plate on Saturday, going 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and an RBI. Heyward is still working back from his latest injury, a ribcage contusion he sustained after colliding with...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 27th, 2016

    Julio Urias (LAD) - The Dodgers are calling up their top propsect (#2 in MLB) to make a start against the New York Mets tonight. Urias has completely dominated in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) this year, posting Kershaw-esque numbers...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 22, 2016

    *Dexter Fowler (CHC) - *Dexter Fowler continues to tear it up, tallying 3 more hits including his 5th homerun of the season. He's currently a top-20 player in most fantasy leagues, but is this performance going to continue, or has...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 14, 2016

    Chris Sale (CWS) - Chris Sale is now an unbelievable 8-0 with a 1.67 ERA after throwing a 1-run complete game against the Yankees on Friday. The White Sox lefty has seen a noticeable dip in his fastball velocity this...