All posts under "Preseason Prep"

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep - March 21, 2017

    NEW YORK YANKEES: Dididon't - Gregorius has a right shoulder injury that has caused him to leave the WBC, leaving his status for Opening Day up in the air. Even without the injury, Gregorius was unlikely to surpass his 2016...

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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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    Pitcher Sabermetric Projection Notes 2017 - Part 2

    In our continuing series on the Sabermetric analysis that shapes our Player projections in our 2017 Player Projections Software. Today we'll take a look at some of the indicators that are defining our 2017 Pitcher projections: Liriano, Francisco Struggled...

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    Preseason Prep - March 18, 2017

    Dodgers Rotation Current projection: Clayton Kershaw, Kenta Maeda, Rich Hill, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Brandon McCarthy Other possibilities: Scott Kazmir, Alex Wood, Ross Stripling, Julio Urias (May/June) Things are starting to sort themselves out. Right now, the Opening Day rotation projects...

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    Preseason Prep - March 17, 2017

    WASHINGTON NATIONALS: "Max"imum Effort - I don't think there's been too much doubt about Scherzer's health this spring, but after tossing a minor league game Thursday he pronounced himself "back to normal", and his pronouncement was backed up by the...

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    Lift Me: Players that could see a rise in HRs in 2017

    Hit the ball hard and good things happen! This article is a rehash of a successful article we posted in 2016, where we identified players that we speculated could see an increase in HRs. As I wrote in a recent...

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    Preseason Prep-March 16, 2017

    Blue Jays Will Jose Bautista bounce back in 2017 or is it the end of the road? Jose Bautista is coming off an injury-riddled 2016 season in which he hit .234 with 22 HR and 69 RBI. He is being...

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep- March 14, 2017

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... Two springs ago Delino DeShields was a Rule V pick who had a strong performance and earned a starting job with the Rangers when they broke camp. He ended up hitting .261 with...

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    Preseason Prep - March 13, 2017

    Los Angeles Angels: Garrett Richards and his Trick Elbow - Richards was much better in his second preseason outing, going 2 1/3 scoreless innings and fanning 4 batters against the Dodgers. Even with the success of Masahiro Tanaka in rehabbing...

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    Preseason Prep - March 10th, 2017

    Lance Lynn missed the entirety of the 2016 season after falling victim to Tommy John surgery. He came back late in the year to toss a handful of innings in the minors, and reported no problems. The Cardinals were hoping...

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    Preseason Prep - March 9, 2017

    Dustin Pedroia picked a fight with father time and won the last two seasons. At age 30, Pedroia posted a 98 wRC+ in 2014. Battling injuries, I thought we may never see him reach fantasy relevance again, but he followed...

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    Outfielder Sabermetric Projection Notes 2017 - Part 1

    In our continuing series on the Sabermetric analysis that shapes our Player projections in our 2017 Player Projections Software. Today we'll take a look at some of the indicators that are defining our 2017 Outfielder projections: Fowler, Dexter The move...

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    Preseason Prep - March 7th, 2017

    I feel obligated to mention that Tim Tebow will DH in two games this week but it literally means nothing. Dansby Swanson - Dansby Swanson is having a fantastic spring training and might be showing a bit more fantasy value...

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    Preseason Prep - Mar. 6, 2017

    White Sox Notes White Sox cut Lawrie, 2B job now open 2B Brett Lawrie was cut by the White Sox on Friday, but apparently it wasn't because of the leg soreness that's been bothering him recently. Rather, the White Sox...

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    Preseason Prep - March 4, 2017

    Dodgers #4 and #5 starters We still don't know how this will sort out, but attriti on and performance this month will likely result in two guys bubbling to the top. Julio Urias will likely make in the area of...

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    Pitcher Sabermetric Projection Notes 2017 - Part 1

    In our continuing series on the Sabermetric analysis that shapes our Player projections in our 2017 Player Projections Software. Today we'll take a look at some of the indicators that are defining our 2017 pitcher projections. Below is a small...

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    Preseason Prep- March 3, 2017

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... Results from an MRI conducted on David Price were inconclusive. As a result, the Red Sox have scratched him from his scheduled Grapefruit League debut Sunday. Price is going to be examined in...

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    Preseason Prep- March 2nd, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: How Can a Super Nova Go Unnoticed? Ivan Nova tossed two scoreless innings, inducing four groundball outs against the Twins on Tuesday. The former Yankee is going as the 72nd SP off the board in early...

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    Preseason Prep- February 28, 2017

    Jonathan Schoop hit 25 homers last season, 2 more than fellow 2B Jason Kipnis. Schoop also hit 100 singles, and 38 doubles, while Kipnis hit 100 and 41, respectively. Their batting averages were close, with Schoop at .267 and Kipnis...

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    Preseason Prep - February 27, 2017

    Aaron Blair, Atlanta Braves - Aaron Blair tossed his first two innings of spring training over the weekend and saw some mixed results allowing three hits and a run over his two innings. After the game he said he had...

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    Preseason Prep - February 27, 2017

    Nationals Notes: Welcome Matt? - Wieters signed with the Nationals on Friday, effectively displacing Derek Norris as the starter behind the plate immediately. Wieters has been disappointing for going on 5 years now, never quite living up the hype in...

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    Advanced Scoring Weights for Fantasy Baseball 2017

    Hi Folks, below is our annual review (2017) on the correlation/predictability for the statistical categories that many of us use in our rotisserie leagues.    Over the next few weeks, many  of us are about to draft the fantasy teams...

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    Preseason Prep - February 25, 2017

    Dodgers outfield At this point, the Dodgers are in flux at every outfield position. We know Joc Peterson will play against RHP and probably several LHP as well, at least initially until he proves definitively that he's a platoon guy....

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    Preseason Prep - February 24, 2017

    Where Does He Play? Evan Gattis is fresh off a season in which he hit 32 home runs and will be returning to the friendly confines of Minute Maid Park for 2017. So why does it seem like Gattis has...

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    Preseason Prep- February 23, 2017

    Philadelphia Phillies Spring Notes: Tommy Isn't a Regular Jo(seph) Assuming he is over the wrist tendinitis that plagued him over the winter (and all indications suggest that he is), Tommy Joseph is ready to destroy baseballs in 2017. After an...

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep - February 20, 2017

    Matt Kemp, Atlanta Braves - Matt Kemp has dropped a reported 30 pounds this past offseason as the Braves wanted him to come into camp this year in better baseball shape. Kemp was outstanfing for the Braves and actually helped...

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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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    Preseason Prep- February 18th, 2017

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Notes: Just Like the GM Drew It Up Pirates GM Neil Huntington recently indicated that he sees Drew Hutchison breaking camp in the rotation unless Tyler Glasnow wows this spring. Knowing how the budget-conscious Pirates operate and...

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    Catcher Sabermetric Projection Notes 2017

    In our continuing series on the Sabermetric analysis that shapes our Player projections in our 2017 Player Projections Software. Today we'll take a look at some of the indicators that are defining our 2017 catcher projections: Gattis, Evan Heavy flyball hitter...

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    Preseason Prep - February 17th, 2017

    The Fifth Wheel(er) It's been a rocky road for Zack Wheeler, and it doesn't seem to be getting better just yet. In March of 2015 he tore his UCL and would miss the entirety of the season after undergoing Tommy...

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    Preseason Prep- February 16, 2017

    Notes from the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues... A month ago the Rangers' first base slot had a number of potential candidates. Then they signed 1B Mike Napoli for his 3rd tour of duty with them and that issue was resolved....

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    A Look at ADP by Kyle Elfrink

    Average Draft Position (ADP) should never be the end-all, be-all when it comes to mapping out your draft. Still, it serves as a top signifier of 'the way the wind is blowing,' as we get closer to Opening Day. Let's...

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    Preseason Prep - Feb. 14, 2017

    Indians Outfield Congratulations to the Cleveland Indians on making it to the World Series in 2016! The hope is that this year it won't come down to Michael Martinez batting in the bottom of the 10th with the season on...