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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    InsiderMetrics: Hard Hit Rate Allowed

    This weekend on our SiriusXM Fantasy we're continuing to talk about hard hit rate and it's usefulness when evaluating starting pitchers. Much like its correlation with batting average and HR/FB rate for offensive players, hard hit rate allowed is strongly...

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    A Closer Look: Top 10 Closers For 2020

    Hi folks, Welcome back to A Closer Look for the 2020 season! Today I'll be providing a glimpse at our top-10 closers in our Draft Advisory Program along with a tease of some of the player notes in the software...

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    InsiderMetrics: An Introduction to Contact%

    Contact percentage, like many of the plate discipline statistics, is like the Shohei Ohtani of sabermetrics - it plays both sides! While contact percentage is a useful statistic for measuring a pitcher's effectiveness, it's also an excellent way to measure...

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    InsiderMetrics: An Introduction to Strand Rate (LOB%) And Why It's A Leading Indicator for Pitching Projections

    Strand rate, or left on base percentage (LOB%), measures the percentage of baserunners a pitcher leaves on base over the course of an entire season. At its core, strand rate is simply a measure of the number of runners that...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 26, 2020

    Padres: A 2019 Bust To a 2020 Value? After being drafted as a 2nd round player heading into 2019, Machado's first season with the Padres was largely viewed as a disappointment thanks to drops in every counting stat category. His...

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    An Introduction to Swinging Strike Rate (SwStr%) and How To Get An Edge

    Swinging strike rate, or the percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss, is one of the most powerful tools for any fantasy player to utilize when attempting to evaluate starting pitcher performances. The calculation of the...

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    xFIP vs ERA: Finding the Diamonds in the Rough and the Wolves in the Sheepskin

    Sabermetricians are generally viewed as experts on statistics, so go find your favorite sabermetrician and ask him the ERA of Pitcher X in the MLB. Chances are, he might not even know what it is. Now ask the same sabermetrician...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 12, 2020

    SAN DIEGO PADRES: Tommy Pham (OF - SD) - Tommy Pham has gone 20/15+ for three straight seasons, yet this spring he will play for his third team in the last three years. Soon to be 32 years old,...

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    Introduction to Sabermetrics: BABIP Against

    Batting average on balls in play, or BABIP, is usually associated with offensive players. After all, it's primarily an offensive statistic. Nonetheless, BABIP against is the adaption of that statistic for pitchers and it's just as useful for them as...

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    Home/Road Splits: Should We Care?

    Statistics sometimes have a funny way of coming full circle. If you rewind the clock back a decade or two, our "advanced" metrics were using player's splits, specifically handedness and home/away. To this day, a player's handedness splits are frequently...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: A Deep Dive Into Statcast HR/FB Analysis

    Home Run to Flyball Rate (HR/FB) is one of the most straightforward statistics that we use for fantasy baseball since it's simply telling us what percentage of flyballs are hit for home runs. The metric is calculated by taking total...

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    A Closer Look - September 14, 2019

    As we wrap up A Closer Look for another season, I like to use these final columns as a way to start getting an edge on the competition for the upcoming draft season. Teams are calling up their top prospect...

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    A Closer Look - September 7, 2019

    Ah, do you smell that? That's the sweet, sweet smell of victory. It's so close, yet the next two or three weeks will likely feel like the longest of the year. With the NFL season starting, it's possible you've lifted...

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    A Closer Look - August 31, 2019

    After today, we'll enter the final month of the fantasy baseball season! Saves are up across baseball and we're in the midst of the most parity at the position that we've seen in years. Perhaps it's the change in development...

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    A Closer Look - August 24, 2019

    This time of year, it's not uncommon to read through the boxscores and come across an unfamiliar name. These occurrences will only increase in September as rosters expand to include the entire 40-man roster. As focus shifts from baseball to...

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    A Closer Look - August 17, 2019

    It's August....that means back-to-school, end of summer sales and the prep for fantasy football. If you're still reading this article, it probably means you take fantasy baseball pretty seriously. Sure, you might play fantasy football, but fantasy baseball remains a...

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    A Closer Look - August 10, 2019

    Within the next week, we're going to be about 75% of the way through the baseball season. From a figurative standpoint, that means we're rounding third base on this fantasy baseball season. While it's probably too late to make a...

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    A Closer Look - August 3, 2019

    The trade deadline has come and passed and from a closer perspective, it turned out to be a lot of pomp and circumstance over nothing. Well, nothing is a strong term, but some of the tremors we felt leading up...

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    A Closer Look - July 27, 2019

    Happy trade deadline weekend!! Unlike some seasons, the list of sellers and buyers remains murky, at best. With so many teams on the cusp of a wild card race, it's quite possible we see a quieter than normal trade deadline....

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    A Closer Look - July 20, 2019

    Welcome to the first official edition of A Closer Look of the second half! As I wrote about two weeks ago and touched on in last week's first half awards ceremony, the trade deadline is looming and will be upon...

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    NL Player Notes 7-18-19

    David Dahl (COL) - David Dahl was forced to exit Wednesday's contest after fouling a ball off his foot. The good news is that x-rays were negatives for any fractures or broken bones, but there's a decent chance Dahl might...

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    A Closer Look - July 13, 2019

    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 6, 2019

    It's that time of year - I can feel it in my sweat-soaked fingers. The weather is heating up and contending major league general managers are beginning to feel pressure from their fanbase to upgrade their rosters for the playoff...

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    AL Player Notes - July 4th, 2019

    HAPPY 4TH OF JULY! Dylan Cease (CWS) - The White Sox called up prospect Dylan Cease to start against the Tigers on Wednesday. After tallying two quick outs in the first inning, Cease made things interesting by walking three straight...

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    A Closer Look - June 29, 2019

    And just like that, we're at the halfway mark of the season! In honor of being halfway done, we're going to do a little "on pace for" analysis for the closer pool. Personally, I hate using "on pace for" numbers...

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    NL Player Notes - June 27, 2019

    Jason Vargas (NYM) -Jason Vargas was twirling a gem before his manager pulled him in the 7thinning on Wednesday after just 77 pitches. Facing the Phillies in Philadelphia, Vargas finished with a line of 6.1 IP, 3H, 2ER, 2BB...

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    A Closer Look - June 22, 2019

    If you're still reading this column in June, it probably means you check your fantasy baseball teams every day. In fact, you're probably the subject matter expect on just about any player on your active roster. That's a good thing!...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: Revisiting Hard% FB & HR/FB rate

    There's always a better way. World-class companies don't become the best by being complacent. Likewise, industry standards are always changing, so world-class companies must innovate to keep an edge on their competition. The same is true for fantasy baseball. Think...

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    NL Player Notes - June 20, 2019

    Christian Yelich (MIL) -Another day, another home run for Christian Yelich, who now has 27 and has hit a homerun in 9% of all his plate appearance this season and improved his slash line to .345/.441/.743. Yelich started the season...

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    A Closer Look - June 15, 2019

    Maybe leading in saves isn't such a good thing after all. As most of the avid readers know, I'm heavily involved in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship (NFBC) drafts each spring. I'm a firm believer that the players who play...

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    AL Player Notes - June 13, 2019

    Andrew Benintendi (BOS) - Andrew Benintendi took it upon himself to make sure the Red Sox wouldn't fall below .500, going 3-for-4 on the afternoon. Benintendi started the day with a first inning double to put Boston on the...

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    A Closer Look - June 8, 2019

    A Closer Look is back! After a weeklong respite, your friendly neighborhood closer column is back refreshed and ready to lead you into baseball's second half. Memorial Day week was relatively quiet on the closer front, so the closer landscape...

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    AL Player News - June 6, 2019

    Yoan Moncada (CHW) -Yoan Moncada hit his 12thhome run of the season, but added 2 more strikeouts to bring his season total to 74, the 5thhighest total in the American League. Despite the gaudy total, Moncada has significantly cut down...

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    A Closer Look - May 25, 2019

    How many of you are staring at a big fat "1" in the saves category on your rotisserie league's standings page? Whether punting closers was your deliberate strategy or you were bitten by the injury bug (sorry Hunter Strickland owners),...

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    NL Player Notes - May 23, 2019

    Yasiel Puig (CIN) - Yasiel Puig injured his shoulder on Sunday and he remained out of the Reds lineup on Wednesday. Puig has had a disappointing start to his Reds career, but his batted ball luck seems to indicate he's...

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    A Closer Look - May 18, 2019

    The art of the handcuff. Teaching the strategy behind identifying handcuffs in fantasy baseball used to be an easy task. Find the pitcher with the best skills in the bullpen, roster him, and wait for the current closer to falter....