In our continuing series on player recommendations, the latest edition of Strategy Manager + highlights the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production this season. On the ranking sheet (Pitcher Rankings for June) you will find 5 tiers of Starting Pitchers. Similar to baseball's classification of starters (Ace, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Slot), we've taken a similar approach in grouping the fantasy starters. Included is my recommendation on players who I believe should be traded for or traded away based on their current ranking. The under and over producers are listed according to their projected rankings through the remainder of the season. The rankings are heavily influenced by current indicators such as their Dominance Strikeout/Inning Rates, WHIP, Expected ERA (XERA), Strand Rates, and Balls Hit into Play Ratios.
Not only is WHIP (Walks + Hits)/IP one of the most popular fantasy categories, it's also a key determinant to success in other categories (Wins/ERA). The average WHIP has steadily been dropping over the last 5 years (post PEDS ERA?), consider that the average for the top 72 starters last season was 1.21.
however there are some that do, hence we've also posted each pitcher's 4 year average. On average 28% (.284) of balls hit into play are registered as hits. Using this indicator we can see which pitchers have been lucky and which have not.
Using the Player Charts to validate Player Production
Be sure to visit our Player Charts as they contain a wealth of knowledge and a definition of many of the indicators we use. The Sabermetric Database that makes sorting for these indicators a breeze.
Using Advanced Stats to Determine Value
Remember to utilize our Advanced Stats Database regularly, as it contains some of the baseball stat indicators that we use to analyze performance during the season. The Advanced Stats Database contains many of the widely recognized indicators.
The Splits Database!
Did you know that Yu Darvish is allowing the opposition to hit at a .408 SLG at Home vs. .185 on the Road! Or that Josh Hamilton is slugging .468 against righties and only .212 against lefties? It's all in the Fantistics Splits Database . Updated Pitcher Rankings for June
Happy Trading!- Anthony