Dan Nachtigal

Growing up I loved Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs. The 1998 Home Run duel between Sosa and Mark McGwire was a highlight of my childhood and was ultimately where my infatuation with baseball and statistics began. That infatuation then grew exponentially a few years later when my father took me to my first Major League game between the Cubs and Rockies at Coors Field. We sat a few rows up behind home plate where I witnessed Slammin' Sammy hit three, 3-run Home Runs, in three consecutive innings. I was elated, it was as if the game was scripted for me. I've personally witnessed a lot of great sports games since then, from Brett Favre at Lambeau to LeBron James in the finals, but nothing compares to the show that my favorite player put on for me at my first baseball game.

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    NL Analysis - July 28th, 2021

    Harrison Bader, OF, STL Bader went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a home run on Tuesday night in Cleveland. The 27-year-old center fielder is red-hot right now. This was his second consecutive three-hit game, and he...

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    Brandon Lowe is Back - July 24th, 2021

    Brandon Lowe, 2B/OF, TB Lowe has struggled for much of the 2021 campaign but has caught fire as of late. Since June 23rd, he is hitting .300 with eight homers and is leading the league with a 1.228 OPS. Lowe...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 21st, 2021

    Gary Sanchez, C, NYY Sanchez went 2 for 3 with a homer and a walk on Tuesday night against the Phillies. The 28-year-old backstop now has three homers over the past five contests and his 17th on the season. The...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 10th, 2021

    Jake Odorizzi, SP, HOU Odorizzi turned in another solid performance, giving up two runs on seven hits across 6.0 innings of work on Friday night against the Yankees. The oft-injured Odorizzi seems to be fit again and is starting to...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 22nd, 2021

    Kyle Gibson, SP, TEX Gibson gave up two runs across 5.2 innings and improved his record to a perfect 5-0 on the season. The veteran righty is enjoying a career year so far in 2021. He currently owns a 2.17...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 18th, 2021

    Kevin Gausman, SP, SF Gausman gave up two runs in eight innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon. The 30-year-old gave up four hits and struck out six on his way to improving his record to 8-1 on...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 17th, 2021

    Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, LAA Ohtani hit his 19th homer and stole his 10th base of the season in Oakland on Wednesday night. The versatile 26-year-old has taken his offensive game to another level so far in 2021. He is just...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 3rd, 2021

    Austin Meadows, OF, TB Meadows went 2 for 5 with a homer and five RBI on Thursday afternoon. The Rays' outfielder has been red-hot recently and is now riding a seven-game hitting streak. Meadows is 11-25 with five home runs...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 26th, 2021

    Craig Kimbrel, RP, CHC Kimbrel collected his 10th save of the season against the Pirates on Tuesday night. He gave up a leadoff double but was able to get the next three hitters to protect the Cubs' one-run lead successfully....

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    NL Analysis - May 23rd, 2021

    Ozzie Albies, 2B, ATL Albies went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs on Saturday evening against Pittsburgh. Since enduring four consecutive 0-4 games, Albies has come alive the past couple of days. Over his past two games,...

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    Turnbull's no-no - May 19th, 2021

    Spencer Turnbull, SP, DET Turnbull no-hit the Mariners on Tuesday night in Seattle. He surrendered just two walks and struck out nine in the contest. Turnbull has been solid this season, but he really put it all together in this...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 11th, 2021

    Alex Wood, SP, SF Wood improved his record to 4-0 with 7.0 innings of one-run ball against the Rangers on Monday evening. Wood struck out seven while allowing four hits and three walks. Wood has been very consistent so far...

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    NL Analysis - May 8th, 2021

    Trever Rogers, SP, MIA Rogers gave up one run in 5.0 innings of work and collected his fourth win of the season on Friday night. The 23-year-old struck out six while allowing four hits and walking two in the outing....

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    AL Player Analysis - April 22, 2021

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, TOR Guerrero Jr. went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI on Wednesday night in Boston. He added a pair of walks in the game, which really personifies his improvements at the plate this...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 14, 2021

    Wilson Ramos, C, DET Ramos hit a pair of round-trippers on Tuesday night in Houston. He now has six homers on the season, which leads the entire league. The veteran backstop has reinvented himself so far in his short tenure...

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    Joe says No-No - April 10, 2021

    Joe Musgrove, SP, SD Musgrove threw the first no-hitter in the 53-year history of the San Diego Padres franchise on Friday night in front of 25,757 fans in Arlington. The lone blemish on Musgrove's fantastic night was when he plunked...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 3, 2021

    John Means, SP, BAL Means allowed just one hit across 7.0 shutout innings in Boston on Friday afternoon. The southpaw gave up a leadoff single to Kiki Hernandez to start the game, then allowed just one more baserunner (via error)...

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    Preseason Prep - March 30th 2021

    Arizona Diamondbacks Starters to consider beyond Bumgarner With Zac Gallen going down with a hairline stress fracture in his throwing arm, the D-backs rotation behind Madison Bumgarner is relatively unproven. Merrill Kelly has been named the second starter, with southpaw...

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    Preseason Prep - March 13th 2021

    Toronto Blue Jays Pearson progressing but won't be ready by opening day The Jays top prospect Nate Pearson (groin) is reportedly throwing a bullpen session today but won't have enough time to get fully stretched out by the time the...

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    Preseason Prep - February 20th

    Boston Red Sox What kind of Fantasy value is there in the starting rotation? Chris Sale (Tommy John) should make his way back to the mound this season but the timetable for his return is still unknown at this juncture....

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    NL Analysis - September 25th, 2020

    Chad Kuhl, SP, PIT Kuhl hurled seven scoreless innings en route to his second win of the season on Thursday afternoon. He gave up just two hits, walked three, and struck out five in the contest. Kuhl has really struggled...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 22, 2020

    Dylan Bundy, SP, LAA Bundy notched his 6th win of the season on Monday afternoon in LA. He gave up three runs on five hits and struck out three in the contest. Bundy has been a pleasant surprise for the...

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    NL Analysis - September 21, 2020

    Travis D'Arnaud, C/1B, ATL D'Arnaud went 2 for 5 with a double and two RBI on Sunday against the Mets. He extended his hitting streak to five games and has now collected a hit in 11 of his last 12...

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    NL Analysis - August 29th, 2020

    Zac Gallen, SP, ARI Gallen went seven strong innings on Friday, giving up just one run on five hits against the Giants. The youngster impressed in his first big league action last season and has backed it up in his...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 25th, 2020

    Randal Grichuk, OF, TOR Grichuk went 2 for 4 with a three-run homer on Monday but was pulled late due to "lower back tightness." The speculation is that this was just a precautionary measure and that Grichuk should be fine...

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    NL Analysis - August 1, 2020

    Sean Newcomb, SP, ATL Newcomb gave up six earned runs in just 4.1 innings of work on Friday against the Mets. The southpaw surrendered a pair of homeruns and gave up six hits in the outing. After two short starts,...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 28, 2020

    Mark Canha, OF, OAK Canha hit his first home run of 2020 on Monday afternoon against the Angels. He is now batting .333 and has recorded at least one hit in each of his three starts this season. Canha isn't...

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    Preseason Prep - March 14th, 2020

    Boston Red Sox Delayed start to the season might aid ailing Sox After DFA'ing Hector Velazquez, the Red Sox signed former Astro Collin McHugh to a one-year deal. McHugh hasn't pitched since August 30th due to a flexor strain, but...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 5th, 2020

    ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS Should you go with the young righty or the veteran lefty in the desert? ESPN's 2020 H2H categories rankings has Zac Gallen ranked 40th and Robbie Ray ranked one spot behind him at 41st in their preseason starting...

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    Preseason Prep - February 22, 2020

    BOSTON RED SOX The loss of 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts is obviously the most impactful off-season development for the Sox. Newcomer Alex Verdugo, who was acquired from the Dodgers as part of the Betts deal, is most likely to...

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    NL Analysis - September 28, 2019

    Kevin Newman, SS, PIT Newman hit a pair of dingers and drove in five of the Pirates six runs on Friday against the Reds. The rookie shortstop has contributed across the board this season in his 522 plate appearances. He...

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    AL Analysis - September 27, 2019

    Danny Santana, OF, TEX Santana hit a Grand Slam for his 27th homer of the season on Thursday afternoon. It was his only hit in the game, but it was a big one. To say Santana is having a career...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 19, 2019

    Mike Soroka, SP, ATL Soroka won his 13th decision of the season yesterday, limiting the Phillies to just two runs and five hits in 5.0 innings of work. Soroka has been the best rookie starting pitcher this season by miles....

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    NL Analysis - September 16, 2019

    Mike Foltynewicz, SP, ATL Foltynewicz won his third straight decision with 6.0 innings of one-run ball in Washington. The 27-year-old has been pitching very well as of late; he boasts a miniscule 1.84 ERA over his last six starts (34.1...

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    AL Analysis - September 12, 2019

    Jorge Soler, OF, KC Soler hit his 44th homer of the season on Thursday afternoon off of White Sox ace Lucas Giolito. He has now gone deep three times in the past two days and six times over the past...

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    NL Analysis - August 22nd, 2019

    Howie Kendrick, 1B, 2B, 3B, WSH Kendrick went 3 for 5 and hit his 14th homer of the season on Thursday night. The three hits brought his average up to a stellar .323 on the season and the 14 homers...