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 - August 19, 2018

    It's week 19 of the fantasy baseball season, do you know where you are in the standings? Time is running thin to make a material difference in any category, but saves is one where you can still pick up a...

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    NL Player Notes August 14, 2018

    Matt Carpenter (STL) - Matt Carpenter stayed torrid hot on Monday as he hit a go-ahead 3-run homerun in the bottom of the 9th inning against the Nationals. The homerun was Carpenter's 33rd of the season. He's now hitting .280/.391/.598...

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    A Closer Look - August 11, 2018

    Welcome back everyone! Even though Week 1 of the NFL pre-season is behind us, you're still sticking around to read an article about closers. That means you must be in contention and hoping to discover the next piece to push...

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    A Closer Look - August 4, 2018

    Whew. You folks are making me work for my money this season! After what started out as a very quiet year in terms of closer changes, things have picked up substantially over the last two months. The high point was...

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    A Closer Look - August 4, 2018

    Whew. You folks are making me work for my money this season! After what started out as a very quiet year in terms of closer changes, things have picked up substantially over the last two months. The high point was...

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    NL Player Notes July 31, 2018

    Andrew McCutchen (SF) - Thanks to being in the final year of his contract and not having a no-trade clause, Andrew McCutchen is getting plenty of attention on the trade front. There's a good chance that he will get...

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    A Closer Look - July 28, 2018

    We're a mere three days away from the trade deadline and already our closers are dropping like flies! Over the last week, Jeurys Familia, Joakim Soria, and Zach Britton have found new homes and are gearing up for the playoff...

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    AL Player Notes - July 24, 2018

    Corey Kluber (CLE) - Corey Kluber continues to be punished by the regression monster. On Monday, Kluber lasted just 4 innings after allowing 7 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits, including a home run and a walk. He managed to...

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    A Closer Look - July 21, 2018

    Welcome back to baseball! Hopefully everyone had a wonderful All-Star break and found the time off enjoyable and rejuvenating. We're just a few weeks away from baseball's non-waiver trade deadline and we're certainly in the midst of the most important...

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    A Closer Look - July 13, 2018

    Lots to cover, so little time! As we head into the All-Star Break, I plead with you to please stick with baseball even after the Midsummer Classic happens next week. Many a fantasy baseball team owners go AWOL after the...

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    NL Player Notes July 10, 2018

    Anthony Rizzo (CHC) - Anthony Rizzo's bat showed promise near the end of June, but it has once again gone ice cold in July. While he hasn't said anything and the team remains quiet, one has to question whether his...

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    A Closer Look - July 7, 2018

    It was a relatively slow week in terms of closer news, which is welcome to many of your ears (and FAAB budgets!). Nonetheless, we're a mere three weeks away from the trade deadline and that means we could see a...

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    AL Player Notes - July 3, 2018

    Jonathan Schoop (BAL) - There's been a lot of things that have gone poorly for the Orioles this season, but one of the biggest disappointments has certainly been the regression in performance that we've seen from second baseman Jonathan Schoop....

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    A Closer Look - June 30, 2018

    Save Leaders This Week: Blake Treinen - 4 Raisel Iglesias - 4 Blown Saves This Week: Ryan Tepera - 2 Brad Boxberger - 1 Mark Melancon - 1 Fernando Rodney - 1 Seranthony Dominguez - 1 Sam Dyson - 1...

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    AL Player Analysis 6-28-2018

    Dylan Covey (CWS) - Dylan Covey is on track to start on Friday against the Rangers in what would be normal rest after he left his start over the weekend due to a groin issue. There wasn't a more polarizing...

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    NL Player Notes June 25, 2018

    Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) - Mike Foltynewicz was activated from the disabled list to start on Monday in Cincinnatti, throwing 5 innings while allowing just one hit (a home run), while striking out and walking 4. Folty has made gains across...

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    NL Player Notes June 26, 2018

    Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) - Mike Foltynewicz was activated from the disabled list to start on Monday in Cincinnatti, throwing 5 innings while allowing just one hit (a home run), while striking out and walking 4. Folty has made gains across...

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    A Closer Look - June 23, 2018

    In what could end up being the busiest Sunday of the year on the FAAB market for bullpen arms, this week brought numerous changes to the closer landscape that could significantly alter the standings in fantasy leagues moving forward. To...

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    A Closer Look - June 16, 2018

    Guys (and gals).....closers are really weird this year. Every season is a circus when managing and projecting the ninth inning, and while I wouldn't classify this year as chaotic or overly active, it's just plain odd. We've seen all-star closers...

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    NL Player Notes June 12, 2018

    Javier Baez (CHC) - Javy Baez stole two more bases on Monday and is now on pace for 29 stolen bases. The rest of his on-pace for statistics are just as impressive with him currently trending towards .254/.286/.522, 37 HR,...

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    A Closer Look - June 9, 2018

    As we near the 40% completion mark of the season, I must ask you the following question: Do you know where your saves are? In rotisserie leagues, the window to meaningfully impact your place in the standings is quickly closing...

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    AL Player Notes - June 5, 2018

    Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) - Giancarlo Stanton hit a homerun for the second consecutive day, a positive sign for owners who are desperately seeking a sign for the slugger to heat up. Stanton is slashing an ugly .248/.324/.482 with 13 homeruns,...

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    A Closer Look - June 2, 2018

    Happy June! If you've made it this far into the baseball season and you're still reading columns on closers, that's a positive sign! Things stayed hot on the closer front this week and it's looking like it'll stay that way...

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    NL Player Notes May 29, 2018

    Mike Montgomery (CHC) - After Tyler Chatwood's second straight terrible start on Sunday, Mike Montgomery got the opportunity to start for the Cubs in place of Yu Darvish on Monday afternoon in Pittsburgh. Heading into the game, Montgomery had mixed...

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    A Closer Look - May 26, 2018

    It's the last week of May, but it finally feels like April in the closer world. Lots to discuss and tackle in this week's closer update. Unlike last week, there's actually new situations to discuss and analyze, while also creating...

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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,...