• Pitcher Spotlight: Put-away Pitches
    by Paul Sporer - 8/21 -  2
    Few things are more frustrating in fantasy baseball than watching your pitcher struggle to put hitters away. He consistently gets ahead in the count and into two-strike situations, but regularly fail to finish.
  • The Prospect Stock Watch: Rooker, Cody, Atkinson
    by Marc Hulet - 8/18 -  0
    Today’s Prospect Stock Watch takes a look at a breakout 2017 draftee, a fast-rising starter who’s leaving the controversy of a failed physical behind him, and an undrafted pitcher who has become one of the top strikeout pitchers in the minors.
  • Roto Riteup
    The most roto-relevant news of the previous day, recapped in a concise format for your morning coffee.
  • Bullpen Report
    Detailed daily updates and charts on every bullpen in the Major Leagues to help you manage your saves and holds.
  • Prospect Coverage
    Our prospect team mines the minors for top prospects and useful pieces alike.
  • MASH Report
    Award-winning in-depth injury report with analysis from Jeff Zimmerman.
  • The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast
    Eno Sarris, Paul Sporer, and Jason Collette lead the RotoGraphs staff in a regular fantasy podcast.
  • Daily Fantasy Strategy
    The RotoGraphs team discusses daily fantasy strategy and then makes picks for the day.
  • Ottoneu Strategy
    Strategy for the year-round FanGraphs Fantasy game.
  • Top 50 Fantasy Prospects
    Marc Hulet adjusts (and updates) his prospect list for fantasy purposes.
  • Field of Streams
    A contest to see who can make the better picks: streaming pitcher and hitter choices for every day of the season in a podcast hosted by Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin.
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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 490 – Breakout Pitchers as Keepers

8/22/17

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Pitcher Spotlight: Has Blake Snell Turned A Corner?

The 2017 season has not been kind to Blake SnellThe 24-year-old southpaw has been demoted to the minors multiple times while putting up ghastly numbers in the majors including a 4.42 ERA, 4.52 BB/9 and averaging just 5.4 innings per start. However, Sunday’s excellent outing of 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 Hits, 2 BBs, and 7 Ks against Seattle has been raising eyebrows, hinting at Snell’s massive upside we saw when he entered the major leagues in 2016. The question is, what did Snell do in this outing to succeed and can we expect this level of production to return in future starts?

Let’s dive into Sunday’s game against the Mariners to determine if Snell can be a dependable pitcher down the stretch. First here’s a quick overview of Snell’s approach for the afternoon.

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Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/22/2017

Today’s chat was very heavy on the Rhys Hoskins. Here’s the transcript.

4:01
Brad Johnson: Howdy folks. Let’s get started, shall we?

4:01
JD15: With Darvish and Salazar (didn’t see that until 10 mins ago) on my DL along with RPs A. Miller and Rosenthal, how do I hit my innings limit without overpaying in a trade? (currently on the wire: Trevor Williams, Urena, Vargas, Bridwell, Richard)

4:01
Brad Johnson: Well, yea, you’ll have to stream. You’ll probably be moving on from Miller and Rosenthal, but try to wait for a little clarity on their issues

4:02
Spreadsheet Scout: What tier of OF do you see Nomar Mazara settling into for 2018 and 2019? Trying to decide whether to keep him

4:02
Brad Johnson: It’s not really a matter of tier, it’s a decision on whether or not to roll the dice

4:02
Brad Johnson: He’s a candidate to break out in a massive way

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The Daily Grind: Jonesing

Good news, I still have my sight after viewing yesterday’s eclipse. Hopefully you can still see too.

AGENDA

  1. Jonesing
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. TDG Invitational Returns!

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Your Last Chance Home Run Buy List

We’re running out of time to improve our teams, so let’s use my xHR/FB rate equation (unadjusted for home park) to identify a handful of hitters potentially due for a home run spike over the remaining month-plus of the season.

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Roto Riteup: August 22, 2017

I slept through the eclipse yesterday, so it was nice of Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner to reenact it for me:

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Bullpen Report: August 21, 2017

• After getting the save in yesterday’s outing, Juan Minaya followed it up with another save today for the White Sox in the first half of a double header against the Twins. Minaya has converted the last three save opportunities he’s been handed and certainly looks to be the closer.  Minaya’s triple slash line of 4.50/4.57/4.26 doesn’t look too fancy but his 3.59 SIERA and 30.5% K% paints a more palatable picture. Not many saves to be expected for the rest of the season here, but I’m upgrading Minaya to yellow.

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Pitcher Spotlight: Put-away Pitches

Few things are more frustrating in fantasy baseball than watching your pitcher struggle to put hitters away. He consistently gets ahead in the count and into two-strike situations, but regularly fail to finish. This is obviously even more crucial with runners on.

This is a particular struggle of youngsters if only because you will eventually be pushed to the bullpen or weeded out entirely if you don’t eventually learn to get outs with two strikes. When a young arm shows that ability early on – I say “ability”, but it’s usually a single pitch doing the heavy lifting so maybe it’s better stated as the ability to execute their out pitch – it curbs the prevalence of those disaster outings that can tank an ERA.

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The Daily Grind: Doubleheader Days

The Twins and White Sox have a doubleheader today. The Marlins and Phillies are playing two tomorrow. Doubleheaders are risky sources of uncommonly used players – especially since lineups aren’t usually posted for the start of contests.

AGENDA

  1. Wild Wins
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. TDG Invitational Returns!

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Field of Streams: Episode 290 – A Representative Major League Offense

Episode 290 – A Representative Major League Offense

The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss eclipse madness, Bartolo Colon’s latest impressive feat, Dylan not knowing how to pronounce Nick Delmonico’s name, Matt Joyce being on fire, actually considering Edwin Jackson in the right matchup, Mike Fiers allowing home runs again, Rhys Hoskins’ big power, the Tigers packing it in, Curtis Granderson seeking a ring with the Dodgers, Byron Buxton being locked in, and the “stoutest” baseball players in history.

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