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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    A Closer Look - Trade Deadline Edition

    How's everybody feeling waking up from your trade deadline hangover? The 2021 trade deadline did not disappoint, particularly as it pertained to relievers. Both Brad Hand and Craig Kimbrel were traded, but those were just the headliners. Here's a summary...

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    A Closer Look - Week 16

    The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just about a week away, which means one of the wildest times of the year is just a couple weeks away for fantasy owners. The FAAB period after the trade deadline is usually...

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    A Closer Look - Week 16

    Happy second half, fantasy baseballers! With fantasy football just around the corner (have you checked out InsiderFootball.com, recently?), this is the time of the season that separates the championship teams from the pretenders. The All-Star break is the unofficial cutoff...

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    A Closer Look - Week 15

    Welcome to the 15th edition of A Closer Look. Tuesday marks the unofficial halfway mark in the major league baseball season as the All-Star Game shifts to Colorado, so in honor of halfway mile marker, here's a view of the...

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    A Closer Look - Week 14

    Welcome to the 14th edition of A Closer Look of the 2021 Major League Baseball season! It's officially July, which means the midway point of the season and the trade deadline are just around the corner. Several teams with dedicated...

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    A Closer Look - Week 13

    The carnage is real, people! This week was a challenging one for several struggling closers and unfortunately, a pair of dedicated closers actually lost their jobs. Both Hector Neris and Stefon Crichton were removed from their roles (Crichton removed from...

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    A Closer Look - Week 12

    A Closer Look - Week 12 Don't look now, but we're down to just seven closer committees in major league baseball! That may seem like a lot, but considering that over one-third of the league had one earlier this year,...

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    A Closer Look - Week 11

    It's Week 11 in the fantasy baseball season and currently 9 teams are employing a closer-by-committee in the 9th inning. The interesting thing to note is that only one of those teams is in the National League while eight...

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    A Closer Look - Week 10

    It's Week 10 of the fantasy baseball season, which means we're a little over one-third of the way through the regular season. In the closer landscape, there's currently one player on pace for 50+ saves (Mark Melancon),two on pace...

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    A Closer Look - Week 9

    We're nine weeks into the fantasy baseball season and by my count, roughly one third of the teams in major league baseball are using a closer-by-committee approach in the ninth inning. This approach is slightly less detrimental for fantasy leagues...

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    A Closer Look - Week 8

    We're roughly 8 weeks into the fantasy baseball season and the closing pool has been noisy, but it hasn't been a nuclear meltdown. We touched on the save leaders last week and this week, we'll touch on a slightly more...

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    A Closer Look - Week 7

    Welcome to the 7th closer update of the year! This week, as I was reading the box scores, I had an epiphany. I can rattle off the strikeout rates, groundball rates and even the barrel rates for most of the...

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    A Closer Look - Week 6

    Around the League: -More turnover in the Tampa Bay bullpen this week as Diego Castillo landed on the injured list with a groin injury. On the bright side, the team did activate Pete Fairbanks. Jeffrey Springs secured the first save...

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    A Closer Look - Week 5

    Around the League: -More struggles for Amir Garrett in ninth inning this week and Lucas Sims also hit a speed bump of his own, leaving the door open for Sean Doolittle to convert his first save since 2019. Doolittle has...

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    A Closer Look - Week 4

    By the end if this week, we'll be roughly one month in on the 2021 Major League Baseball season! After a flurry of late spring training news and earlier season uncertainty, we've seen a relative sense of stability over the...

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    A Closer Look - Week 3

    Welcome to the Week 3 edition of A Closer Look! As it currently stands, the NL bullpens are beginning to stabilize, while the AL continues to be a rollercoaster of emotion for fantasy owners. The good news is that there...

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    A Closer Look - Week 2

    Week one of the fantasy baseball season certainly brough a lot of closer news. As of this writing, roughly one-third of the teams have some level of uncertainty in their closer pecking order. That's great news if you waited on...

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    A Closer Look - 2021 Opening Weekend Edition

    Happy Opening Weekend! As I alluded to last week, this year's closer pool seems to be as tumultuous as ever, which is both good news and bad news for those of who decided to wait on closers in the draft....

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    A Closer Look - March 27, 2021

    Buckle up, folks! The 2021 closer carousel has officially begun and it's not even April! From injuries to position battles, Spring Training has revealed just how fragile many of the closing situations are amongst most of the league. For fantasy...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 27, 2021

    Royals: Bounceback Candidate: Hunter Dozier After being one of the best breakout stories of 2019, Hunter Dozier failed to live up to that same level of performance in 2020, which has caused his ADP to drop to 222nd overall....

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    Preseason Notes - March 20, 2021

    Dinelson Lamet's ADP Continues to Plummet Dinelson Lamet still hasn't made his Cactus League debut after recovering from a biceps injury that ended his 2020 season in September and required a platelet-rich plasma injection. Lamet has been participating in...

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    InsiderMetrics: Triangulating Batted Ball Speed & How To Use It

    The Statcast age is upon us! Baseball stadiums around the league have joined the tech revolution and are filled with high-speed cameras and sensors designed to capture and measure every aspect of America's Past Time. The result? Statistical detail beyond...

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    InsiderMetrics: An Introduction to SwStr%

    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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    Preseason Notes - March 6, 2021

    Chicago Cubs News: Kris Bryant - Buy Low or Bust? At the end of the 2016 season, Kris Bryant was in the most enviable position in baseball - World Series champion and NL MVP. Unfortunately for the 29 year old...

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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 Notes - February 27, 2021

    Jake Arrieta Returns to the Cubs: Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish have been linked together in many Cubs fans' minds since Arrieta departed and Darvish arrived before the 2018 season. For Darvish, he had nearly impossible shoes to fill, as...

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    xFIP vs ERA: The Players to Target and the Guys to Avoid

    Ask a sabermetrician what his or her favorite statistics are that measure the quality of a pitcher and xFIP is bound to be a frequent answer. So what is xFIP and why do statisticians prefer it over a more widely...

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    Splitting Hairs: Does Platoon Advantage Still Matter in 2021?

    For years, baseball managers have practically competed in mini chess matches mid-game as they both sought the elusive "platoon advantage". In fact, these strategic moves - designed to give their team a higher probability of a favorable outcome - ultimately...

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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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    A Closer Look - September 19, 2020

    It's tough to believe, but we've reached the final edition of A Closer Look for the 2020 fantasy baseball season! It's been a challenging year in many ways, but as always, it's subscribers like yourself that make producing fantasy content...

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    A Closer Look - September 12, 2020

    The divide between the upper class and lower class is growing larger, at least as it relates to baseball closers. The very good bullpens continue to get stronger and the closers continue to produce, while the weaker bullpens were hit...

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    A Closer Look - September 5, 2020

    With the trade deadline in the books, this column historically shifts into a mode that looks towards the stretch run. We'll still do that this season, but instead of having roughly 8 weeks to help you make up ground in...

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    A Closer Look - August 29th, 2020

    Believe it or not, this is the last column before the Major League Baseball trade deadline! Given the uncertainty with the current state of baseball and the complicated business side of things, this will most likely be a relatively quiet...

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    A Closer Look - August 15, 2020

    Like most pitchers in 2020, the variance has been extremely difficult for fantasy owners to manage. We're officially about 33% of the way through the baseball season, but just 7 teams have one player with all their team's saves....

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    A Closer Look - An Opening Day Edition in July

    In normal seasons, the column that typically gets written this week (leading up to July 31st) would be filled with hypothetical statements and advice about how to handle the various movement expected in the closer pool. The same is true...

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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...