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    NL Player Analysis - April 20, 2019

    Kris Bryant (3B-CHC) showed signs of life at the plate on Friday against the Diamondbacks, going 2-4 with a double, an RBI, and a walk. Especially after he slogged through a disappointing 2018 campaign in which he hit .272 with...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 20, 2019

    Mookie Betts (OF-BOS) Betts went 2 for 4 with a double and home run Friday. 2019 has been a complete struggle thus far and even Friday's strong performance puts him at just a .216/.314/.432 line. He had been particularly cold...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 18th

    Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS Abreu went 0 for 5 on Thursday against the Tigers and his season average now sits well below the Mendoza line at .174. Those who drafted the First Baseman hoping last year was an anomaly are...

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    NL Player Commentary - April 19, 2019

    Buster Posey sat out yesterday's day game before going 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter. For those that thought it couldn't get worse than last year, think again. Posey has just 1 RBI in 62 PA this season and is officially...

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    NL Player Analysis- April 18, 2019

    Yan Gomes- C- WAS- Idea- Gomes posted a slash line of .288/.363/.477 against southpaws in 2018. Drew Pomeranz was .301/.401/.546 against RH hitters. Pomeranz allowed 12 homers in 57.1 IP against them, all the homers he gave up last year....

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    NL Player Analysis- April 18, 2019

    Yan Gomes- C- WAS- Idea- Gomes posted a slash line of .288/.363/.477 against southpaws in 2018. Drew Pomeranz was .301/.401/.546 against RH hitters. Pomeranz allowed 12 homers in 57.1 IP against them, all the homers he gave up last year....

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    AL Player Notes - April 18, 2019

    Yoan Moncada (2B) - One of the biggest profit centers from the draft season through the first three weeks of the season is undoubtedly Yoan Moncada. Moncada's 2018 underlying metrics were eerily similar to Javy Baez, but due to a...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 17th, 2019

    Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox - Chris Sale had a mixed bag of results on Tuesday with a season-high six strikeout and also had a season-high average fastball velocity at 95.6 MPH, but he also was tagged for seven hits...

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    NL Daily Analysis - April 17, 2019

    Marcell Ozuna (OF-STL) - Ozuna continued his hot hitting Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a walk and his seventh homer of the season (all in his last nine games). He line rose to .293/.339/.707 as a result, and though we'd like...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 16, 2019

    Asdrubal Cabrera, IF, TEX Cabrera continued his unlikely power surge on Monday, hitting his 5th HR of the season in just his 14th game. His career high in HR's is 25 set back in 2011, but he's on pace to...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 16, 2019

    Clayton Kershaw, SP (LAD) In a very encouraging season debut for the former Cy Young winner, Kershaw went seven innings, allowing only a 1st-inning 2-run homer to former teammate Yasiel Puig. He struck out six and walked no one. He...

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    NL Player Analysis: April 14, 2019

    Jameson Taillon-Pirates-SP Jameson Taillon went 6 IP and gave up 3 ER on 7 H, 1 BB, and 4 K's against the Nationals. Through four starts Taillon has a 3.43 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. Coming into the year Taillon had...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 15, 2019

    Hunter Dozier (3B-KC) Dozier went 2-4 with 2 runs, an RBI and a walk Sunday. Don't look now but that's 4 multi hit games in a row for the former 8th overall pick of the 2013 MLB draft. Dozier, who...

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    AL Player Analysis- April 14, 2019

    Greg Bird- 1B- NYY- Idea- Bird has had reverse splits for the last 3 seasons and in the small sample of 2019 that trend has continued. So far he is posting a slash line of .286/.375/.714 against LH pitchers after...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 14, 2019

    Javier Baez (SS-CHC) enjoyed a strong day at the plate against the Angels on Saturday, going 3-5 with a pair of RBI doubles. Coming off a breakout 2018 campaign, Baez has been merely human so far in 2019, as he...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 13, 2019

    Tyler Skaggs, SP (LAA) Don't get too concerned with Skaggs' line on Friday (4 IP, 4 ER, 7 K). The three home runs he allowed were aided by a very hitter-friendly wind at Wrigley Field. The good news is he...

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    A Closer Look - April 13, 2019

    In most years, slow news weeks for closers is usually seen as a good thing. Unfortunately, in years where there are more bullpens in committee than concrete closers, slow news weeks are both frustrating and unsettling. As far as 2019,...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 12, 2019

    Anthony Rizzo Rizzo went 1-3 with a home run against the Angels on Friday. After a pair of top-five MVP finishes, Rizzo has seen his OPS decline in each of the past two seasons and had his ISO drop from...

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    April 12, 2019 - NL Player Commentary

    Sonny Gray was very effective against the Reds, though he only went 4 IP. He struck out 6 and allowed 2 hits before leaving the game after 60 pitches. Gray took a comebacker off the shin in the second, and...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 11th, 2019

    Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC Whit didn't get a hit! For the first time in 31 games Whit Merrifield failed to register a base knock. The extra inning affair against the Mariners gave him plenty of opportunities to do so but...

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    NL Daily Player Analysis - April 11th, 2019

    Trevor Richards (SP - MIA) - Richards had such movement on his pitches Wednesday, he generated 21 swinging strikes over 108 pitches and walked five batters while fanning 7 in just 6 innings, allowing just one other baserunner on a...

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    AL Player Notes - April 11, 2019

    Mike Trout (LAA) - Mike Trout was not in the lineup for the Angels on Wednesday night against Milwaukee and there's some skepticism whether or not his strained groin will improve enough in time for him to be in the...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 10th, 2019

    Dansby Swanson, Atlanta Braves - Dansby Swanson continues his assault on opposing pitchers with a three-run homer off of German Marquez on Tuesday. The homer gives Swanson four homers and 15 RBI, both team highs for the red hot Atlanta...

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    AL Daily Analysis - April 10, 2019

    Yoan Moncada (2B-CHW) - I don't own Moncada in any of my leagues, so of course he's off to a great start. Moncada went 2-for-4 with HR #3 on Tuesday to lift him to .333/.378/.643. He did strike out twice...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 9, 2018

    Brian Dozier, 2B, WAS Dozier hit his 1st HR of the season against the Phillies on Monday, a welcome sight to see for one of the coldest players in MLB (outside of Chris Davis) at the start of the 2019...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 9, 2019

    Rays lefty Blake Snell won after allowing one run on six hits (one homer) and no walks with 11 strikeouts in six innings Monday against the White Sox. Snell tallied double-digit strikeouts for the second consecutive start en route to...

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    AL Player Analysis- April 7, 2019

    Jose Berrios-Twins-SP Jose Berrios went 6 IP and gave up 2 ER on 2 H, 3 BB, and 7 K's against the Phillies. Berrios has been excellent to start the year with just 5 ER over 20.2 IP with 21...

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    NL Player Analysis- April 8, 2019

    Ben Zobrist- 2B- CHC- Idea- Last year, the switch-hitting Zobrist posted a .295/.377/.452 slash line against RH pitching. Jameson Taillon had a .265/.334/.403 slash line against LH hitting. This matchup falls in Zobrist's favor, and his price and flexibility at...

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    NL Weekly Player Report, April 7th

    IN THE FIELD Jedd Gyorko was activated off the 10 day IL. He was limited to pinch hit duties for the Cardinals on Friday.... Marcell Ozuna appears to have dodged the potential intercostal strain, and he was back in the...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 7, 2019

    Joey Votto Votto went 2-5 with his first home run of the season against the Pirates on Saturday. Votto posted a career worst slash line last season but still managed to slash .284/.417/.419 with more walks than strikeouts. Based on...

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    AL Daily Player Analysis - April 7th, 2019

    Matt Moore (SP - DET) - Moore looked really strong again Saturday, allowing just a bunt single and nothing else through three innings while racking up three more K's without a walk on improved command and velocity both. Naturally, within...

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    Applying Sabermetrics: HR/HardFB %

    We've spent a lot of time this pre-season parsing hard hit rate and all of its various components. One of the most fascinating aspects of this metric is almost certainly how each type of batted ball can be hit hard,...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 6, 2019

    Jorge Polanco (MIN-SS) Polanco completed the first Cycle of 2019 going 5-5 and finishing it off with a double in the 7th inning. As the rest of the Twins offense generally slumped his only RBI and run scored came on...

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    A Closer Look - April 6, 2019

    The closing situations are an absolute mess across most of baseball, as many of the situations that were in flux during the off-season remain in flux one week into the year. It's foolhardy to cast a general philosophy for all...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 6, 2019

    Pirates righty Trevor Williams projects to be a strong fantasy play Saturday against the Reds at home. Dating back to July 11 of last year, he is 9-3 with a 1.20 ERA and a 1.06 WHIP over his last 14...

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    NL Player Commentary - April 5, 2019

    Max Fried lost a perfect game bid in the 6th inning before getting through the sixth just allowing a single. This was Fried's first start of the season. He shows some promise; he had limited time in the majors last...