All posts under "Preseason Prep"

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    2020 Fantasy Baseball Sabermetric Notes: Starting Pitchers

    With the season still out in the horizon, it's a good time to once again dig back into the Sabermetric analysis that shape our projections inthe Fanitstics 2020 Player Projections Draft Advisory Program. These notes are just some of the...

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    Preseason Prep- March 17, 2020

    St. Patrick's Day would be the day when teams joined the A's in wearing green uniforms. Unfortunately COVID19 is preventing any team from wearing any uniform The latest speculation puts the earliest that the 2020 Major League regular season can...

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 16, 2020

    A SOLID FANTASY OPTION Pablo Lopez (SP-MIA) was far from a fantasy asset in 2019, as he finished the season with a 5.09 ERA, 7.7 K/9, and 2.2 BB/9 in 111.1 IP. But as his 4.37 xFIP and 4.44 SIERA...

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    Preseason Prep - March 15, 2020

    Can Matthew Boyd Break Out? It's been awhile since the Tigers had a true ace, but Boyd is probably the closest thing they have to one right now, which is saying a lot given his 31-47 career record and 4.92...

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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 Prep March 13 2020

    MLB Opening Day Delayed, Spring Training Cancelled MLB announced that Opening Day would be delayed at least two weeks due to the coronavirus, and that spring training games have been cancelled. At this point, it's impossible to predict, but it...

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    Preseason Prep - March 12th, 2020

    Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels - With Shohei Ohtani scheduled to return to the big league mound in May, it sounds like the Angels are leaning towards having him start on Wednesday's for the team because of how many off...

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    Preseason Prep - March 11, 2020

    Hudson had a monster season last year, finishing 16-7 with a 3.35 ERA. In one and a half seasons, Hudson is 20-8 with a 3.25 ERA. Needless to say, that tends to attract a lot of attention in fantasy baseball. However, there are some definite concerns with Hudson's profile.

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    Preseason Prep - March 10th, 2020

    Houston Astros Lance McCullers Jr. McCullers has never pitched in more than 130 innings in a season, but it's hard not to get excited about his career 3.24 FIP and 17.3% K-BB%. Over the past couple of seasons, McCullers introduced...

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    Preseason Prep - March 9th, 2020

    Mitch Garver (C - MIN) - I feel like Garver is still quite a bit undervalued despite his breakout 2019 campaign. He's going in round 11 on average right now, a round or so after Willson Contreras, which I find...

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    Preseason Prep - March 8, 2020

    Indians Notes Carlos Carrasco, CLE Carrasco will have his next spring start pushed back a few days as he is currently dealing with mild elbow inflammation. Indians' manager Terry Francona made it sound like the issue is minor, but it...

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    Preseason Prep - March 7, 2020

    Austin Riley (3B/OF-ATL) - Locked in a battle with Johan Carmago for the third base job, Riley took a step forward Friday, homering and drawing a walk off Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez. The walk is certainly encouraging after he posted a...

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    Preseason Prep - March 6, 2020

    Nate Pearson Hype Train Nate Pearson has been impressive in his limited Spring Training outings (3 IP, 6 K) which has only added to the hype train. The Blue Jays are not going to open the season with him in...

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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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    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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    Preseason Prep - March 3, 2020

    Minnesota Twins Is this the Last Chance for Byron Buxton? It seems every year a major question mark around the Twins is will Buxton finally stay healthy with that answer being mostly a resounding "no" for the past 5 seasons....

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    Preseason Player Notes - March 2, 2020

    ALL UPSIDE WITH KELLER Mitch Keller (SP-PIT) endured a rough MLB debut last season, tossing 48 innings (11 starts) in which he accumulated a 7.13 ERA and 1.83 WHIP. Oof. But... one doesn't have to look very deep to find...

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    Preseason Prep - March 1, 2020

    Minnesota Twins Will Jose Berrios Become elite in 2020? While much attention is on the addition of Josh Donaldson, adding to an already impressive lineup if the Twins are to get past the first round of the playoffs they need...

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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 Prep - February 29, 2020

    Is Jean Segura still a sure thing? After two strong seasons with the Mariners, Segura's return to the Senior Circuit was a mild letdown, as he failed to bat .300 for the first time since 2015 while seeing his OPS...

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    Preseason Prep - February 28, 2020

    Rockies - Sam Hilliard and the outfield Charlie Blackmon is locked into RF and David Dahl CF, but the latter should be good for his usual 60-80 games on the IL, and in left you have Ian Desmond, who has...

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    Fantasy Baseball Player Notes - February 27, 2020

    Houston Astros Jose Altuve Altuve managed to post a .298/.353/.550 slash line last season, but his 33 ADP is nearly 20 picks later than it was last season. While Altuve may not be as good as he was in 2017...

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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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    Preseason Prep- February 25, 2020

    Who's Taking the Mound in Charm City? Once you get past Alex Cobb and John Means the rotation is wide open in Baltimore. Three are at least 7 candidates for the last three spots. Here is some info about a...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 24, 2020

    Can Archer Bounce Back? The 2019 season was a forgettable one for Pirates SP Chris Archer, who finished the campaign with a 5.19 ERA, 10.75 K/9, and 4.14 BB/9 in just 119.2 IP. Thanks to right thumb and shoulder issues...

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    Preseason Prep - February 23, 2020

    LOS ANGELES ANGELS: As promised, Dylan Bundy! - There are a few possible gems down in the SP100+ category so far this spring, and one of those is absolutely Dylan Bundy. Let's check off the positives: improved team from run...

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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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    Preseason Prep - February 21, 2020

    LOS ANGELES ANGELS: When does the anointed show up? - The question on everybody's minds regarding the Angels is: when will we see Jo Adell? The consensus "top handful" prospect would likely already have been up if not for an...

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    Preseason Prep - February 20, 2020

    Syndergaard is only 27 years old and his arsenal is still elite, with many ways to get batters out. A return to a sub-4.00 ERA is likely with continued 200+ strikeouts and a moderate increase in wins.

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    Preseason Prep - February 19th, 2020

    Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves - Freeman has joked this spring about being in the best shape of his life, but in his case, he might mean it. Freeman underwent a cleanup procedure on his right elbow after the season and...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 18, 2020

    Taijuan Walker Walker lost nearly all of the past two seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he has a real chance to produce solid fantasy value with the Mariners. Walker posted his best full season as a starter in...

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    Preseason Player Notes - February 17, 2020

    A Next Step for Musgrove? After struggling with injury issues in 2018, Pirates SP Joe Musgrove put together a solid if unspectacular 2019 campaign. It was an up-and-down season to be sure, but when it was all said and done,...

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    Preseason Fantasy Baseball Prep - Feb, 16

    Indians Notes Clevinger expected to miss 6-8 weeks with meniscus injury The Indians rotation had already taken a step since the start of 2019 with the trades of Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber. It took a further hit this weekend...

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    HR/FB Rates: Players on the Move 2020

    2020 HR/FB Rate: More than just Batted Ball Speed New baseball data continues to emerge yearly, continually granting us insight into a player's core skill/ability.  Indicators such as HR/FB rates are thankfully no longer looked at as blanket averages. As we have...

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    Preseason Prep - February 15, 2020

    Philadelphia Phillies Will Andrew McCutchen be healthy? McCutchen's first season with the Phillies was derailed by an ACL tear in early June that limited him to just 59 games last year - his fewest ever as a pro. The 33-year-old...

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    Preseason Prep - February 14, 2020

    Blue Jays Blue Jays Outfield Situation The Blue Jays barring any injuries are going into the season with a starting outfield of Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Teoscar Hernandez, and Randal Grichuk. All three have potential but they also have not lived...