Paul Sauberer - Page 11

Paul Sauberer is one of the original Fantistics Analysts. Paul is a diehard fantasy baseball fan with political aspirations. Paul's earliest baseball memories are of the expansion Senators in the 1960s and his father buying him an entire box of 1969 Topps baseball cards. The Senators are no longer and the cards are definitely no longer in mint condition, but Paul's love of baseball continues. He transferred allegiance to the Orioles after the Senators left town and enjoyed the glorious times of the Birds in the 1970s. During that time, he also discovered table top baseball games (before "Rotisserie" meant anything outside of something to do with food) and that has led to decades of crunching numbers and following major league performances. Paul reacquainted himself with the Senators, now the Texas Rangers, while going to college in Texas and remains a Rangers' fan today, even after living on Long Island for 14 years with his wife and two children. Paul knows his baseball!

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    AL Player Spotlight - September 9th, 2010

    Brad Bergesen- BAL- Hot- Bergesen has been making positive steps in realizing his potential. Since July 31st he has posted quality starts in 5 of his 8 outings. That may not seem that great, but it is an improvement over...

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    AL Player Spotlight - September 2nd, 2010

    Cliff Lee- TEX- Caution- Lee’s heavy usage the past two seasons may be catching up with him. The Rangers have treated Lee far better than did the Indians, Phillies and Mariners. With 20 starts if 110+ pitches last year and...

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    NL Player Spotlight - September 1st, 2010

    Derrek Lee- ATL- Hot- Three days ago Fantistics’ Drew Dinkmeyer said, “He’ll eventually get hot for a little while…” It looks like “eventually” came pretty quickly. In the two days since Drew’s pronouncement Lee has gone 5-for-8 with a double,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 26th, 2010

    Evan Longoria- TB- Idea- Longoria’s decrease in power may be coming from a lack of proper plate discipline. He is taking more pitches, swinging at only 43.9% of them, down from 44.7% last year. However, he is swinging at 25.7%...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 19th, 2010

    Derek Holland- TEX- Cold- Holland’s control issues continued in his first start since May 30th. In his last rehab start, Holland gave up 3 runs on 3 hits and 3 walks in 2.1 IP. Yesterday against the Rays he was...

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    NL Player Spotlight - August 18th, 2010

    Michael Stanton- FLA- Rookie- Stanton may be picking up some plate discipline. This month he has struck out 12 times in 50 ABs, after fanning 30 times in 86 July ABs. He has also walked 9 times in 59 PAs,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 12th

    AJ Burnett- NYA- Caution- On July 29th, we talked about how when Burnett throws a lot of pitches his next starts (he had thrown 114 on July 28th) aren’t so good. In his start after that he allowed 8 runs...

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    AL Player Spotlight - August 5th

    Alex Rodriguez- NYA- Great Player- Yes, ARod has had a great, if somewhat tainted, career. His 600 homers is quite the milestone. However, that doesn’t really do you any good in the 2010 fantasy baseball season. Looking just at this...

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    NL Player Spotlight - August 4th

    Jose Tabata- PIT- Hot- Tabata has hit safely in 13 of his last 14 games and raised his average to .297. He also has cut down on his strikeouts, not fanning in his last 4 games and only striking out...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 29th, 2010

    Chris Davis- TEX- FYI- The Rangers are reportedly interested in acquiring a righthanded bat who can play first base. Prominent names are Jorge Cantu of the Marlins and Ty Wigginton of the Orioles. With Davis hitting just .148 against lefthanders,...

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    AL Player Spotlight - July 22nd, 2010

    Ben Zobrist- TB- Cold- Zobrist is having a tough July in a lot of ways. With a .196 average and no homers for the month so far, he is a drag in those two categories. Zobrist has stolen 6 bases,...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 21s.h, 2010

    Casey McGehee- MIL- Cold- McGehee’s power has evaporated. During the month of July his FB% has dropped to 30.8% and his lone homer yields a HR/FB ratio of 6.3%. Both of those numbers are well below the monthly marks he...

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    NL Player Spotlight - July 7th, 2010

    Matt Diaz- ATL- Hot- Diaz had his best game of his injury-impacted season, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and an RBI. This raised his season average to the Mendoza line. Diaz has been a .300 hitter in...

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    NL Player Spotlight - 6/23

    Jamie Moyer- PHI- Hot- Moyer gave up 1 run on 2 hits in 8 IP last night, walking 1 and striking out 5. He has enjoyed good luck this year, with a .236 BHIP, but he has also made some...

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    NL Player Spotlight - 6/20

    Ted Lilly- CHC- Cold- With a .208 BHIP headed into yesterday’s contest, Lilly had been blessed by good luck. Regression to the mean may have raised its ugly head as he gave up 8 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits...

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 10, 2010

    CJ Wilson- TEX- Cold- I was in Sun Life Stadium Tuesday night and got to see Wilson up close and personal. He managed to qualify for quality start, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits over 6IP while striking out 6....

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    AL Player Spotlight - June 10, 2010

    Justin Masterson- CLE- Hot- Last night might have been a heaping helping of regression to the mean for Masterson. He carried a .368 BHIP into last night’s start, where he shut out the Red Sox on 2 hits and 2...

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    NL Player Spotlight - June 9th, 2010

    Stephen Strasburg- WAS- Rookie- Talk about living up to the hype. Strasburg wasn’t perfect in his major league debut, giving up 2 runs on 4 hits in 7 IP, but he was close enough, striking out 14 batters and walking...

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    AL Player Spotlight

    Miguel Tejada- BAL- Hot- With a BHIPx of .234, some regression to the mean is expected for Tejada. Yesterday might have been the beginning of that. He went 3-for-4 against the Yankees with 2 doubles and a run scored. Since...

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    AL Player Spotlight - May 29th, 2010

    Mike Redmond- CLE- FYI- Redmond has turned into Fausto Carmona’s personal catcher. That predictability can be good in a backup catcher, since you can figure out when to insert him in the lineup if you own him. But, is Redmond...

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    NL Player Spotlight - May 26th, 2010

    Anibal Sanchez- FLA- Caution- Sanchez threw 116 pitches yesterday after throwing 119 in his previous start. This kind of workload is unprecedented in his major league career. Sanchez did have a quality start, but was a bit wilder (4 BB...

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    AL Player Spotlight - May 20, 2010

    Trevor Crowe- CLE- Hot- Crowe (who I haven’t seen yet in Robin Hood), is hitting .350 after yesterday’s 2-for-5 performance. He also has a homer and 2 steals in 5 games since being called up. Crowe has shown a trend...

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    AL Player Spotlight - May 13th, 2010

    Randy Winn- NYA- Hot- Winn has been getting more playing time lately and producing. For the month of May He is hitting .316 in 8 games and has a whopping 2.50 Batting EYE. It’s doubtful that Winn can help in...

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    NL Player Spotlight - May 12th, 2010

    Adrian Gonzalez- SD- FYI-A year ago Gonzalez had 10 homers and was about to go on an incredible tear, hitting another 10 before the end of May. That kind of run is highly unlikely in 2010 due to scheduling. Last...

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    AL Player Spotlight - May 6, 2010

    Cliff Lee- SEA- Caution- Including the postseason last year, Lee threw a total of 4111 pitches. That is 750 more pitches than in any other season. He hit the 110+ pitch barrier 20 times. His previous high in that category...

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    AL Player Spotlight - April 29th, 2010

    Eric Chavez- OAK- Cold- With a GB% of 54.0% and a FB% of only 24.0%, it looks like Chavez may still have back problems plaguing him. He just is not getting enough loft in his batted balls. Chavez has yet...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 28th, 2010

    Edwin Jackson- ARI- Cold- Jackson got squashed yesterday at Coors Field, getting charged with 10 runs on 11 hits and 2 walks in 2.1 IP. At this point in the season it skews his stats way out of whack, but...

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    AL Player Spotlight - April 22, 2010

    Alex Gordon- KC- FYI- Gordon got his first homer of the season yesterday, and now has one in only 10 ABs, a far better ratio than his 6 homers in 164 major league ABs in 2009. Gordon is now 26...

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    AL Player Spotlight - April 15th, 2010

    Joel Pineiro- LAA- Hot- After yesterday’s start, Pineiro’s GB% stands at 67.5%. His BABIP is at .245. This explains his 2.77 ERA. The odds of both of those factors being sustained are low. Pineiro’s performance will probably deteriorate. Joba Chamberlain-...

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    NL Player Spotlight - April 14th, 2010

    Chad Billingsley- LAD- Caution- Billingsley’s usage patterns and his performance over the past couple of seasons raise some red flags. In 2008, his first full season as a starter, he sparkled, posting a 3.14 ERA and striking out more than...

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    A. L. Player Report- 4/8/10

    Evan Longoria- TB- Hot Player- Longoria is on pace to shatter the home run record with 162 long balls this year. Yeah, it’s an old and bad joke, but someone had to do it. Longoria won’t keep up at pace...

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    2010 Preseason Prep- March 30, 2010

    Nelson Cruz- TEX- Cruz is hitting .358 in the Cactus League with 5 homers and 18 RBI. This indicates that his power explosion of last season, when he hit 33 homers, should keep going, and is reflected in his projected...

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    2010 Preseason Prep- March 23, 2010

    C. J. Wilson- TEX- For now, Wilson appears headed to the Texas rotation on the strength of his performance this spring. In 14 IP Wilson has allowed 10 hits and 2 walks while striking out 10. On the down side,...

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    2010 Preseason Prep- March 1, 2010

    Elvis Andrus- TEX-Andrus gets most of his notice for his Web Gem work at SS. His .267 average during his rookie season was somewhat of a pleasant surprise. However, it is quite possible that it is sustainable, given his...

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    2010 Preseason Prep- February 22, 2010

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia- TEX- I might be a little biased since I met Saltalamacchia’s in-laws at a local grocery store (standing out in my Ranger fan gear made it easy for them to brag on him to me) but even I...

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    AL Player Spotlight- October 1, 2009

    Michael Young- TEX- Hot- Young has bounced back since returning from his latest bout of hamstring troubles. This has been the first season that he has been seriously impacted by injuries, playing only 133 games so far. Still he has...