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 - 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...

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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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    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...