• The Prospect Stock Watch: Olivares, Gatewood, Maples
    by Marc Hulet - 6/26 -  2
    This week’s prospect stock watch takes a look at an under-the-radar prospect in the Blue Jays system, a shortstop-turned-first baseman showing outstanding pop (and lots of swings and misses), and a long forgotten ($2.5 million) arm now making good in the bullpen.
  • Roto Riteup: June 25, 2017
    by Justin Mason - 6/25 -  10
    A’s rookies @mattolson21, @bruggy4 and @barreto0227 are FIRST trio of teammates to each hit first career HR in same game in @MLB history. pic.twitter.
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The Daily Grind: Twitchy?

I have a question for you to answer today. Will you answer my question?

AGENDA

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

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Starting Pitcher ERA-SIERA Gaps: Potential ERA Regressers

Yesterday, I listed the 20 pitchers with the largest gaps between their ERA and SIERA marks, with their ERA marks sitting significantly higher than their SIERA marks, suggesting serious potential for improvement moving forward. Today, I’ll list the pitchers on the other side of the coin, the 20 with ERA marks significantly lower than their SIERA marks, suggesting real potential for ERA regression.

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Roto Riteup: June 27, 2017

Today’s Roto Riteup will start with something to make you sad and another thing to make you happy: Read the rest of this entry »


Bullpen Report: June 26, 2017

• Rough night for Craig Kimbrel as he only struck out one in a perfect inning for his 21st save. I’m a bit late to the game but I watched Fastball this weekend on Netflix which featured Craig Kimbrel and his heater quite a bit. While he was on the Braves when the film came out, he’s throwing even harder now (98.2 average mph on his fastball) and maybe even pitching better than ever, which says a lot. In 33.2 innings pitched this year, Kimbrel has 61 strikeouts against only five walks leading to a 1.07/0.43/1.12 ERA/FIP/xFIP pitching line. If you’re wondering if maybe SIERA is picking up something FIP is missing, well that’s at a cool 0.94. Kimbrel has broken advanced pitching metrics this year, again.

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Mixing & Fantasy: Fister, Barreto, & More

Very Quick Look: Doug Fister

I’m skeptical but intrigued by older pitchers making a comeback. An owner could end up with Rich Hill or Jeremy Guthrie. I was extremely skeptical of Fister especially after the Angels, who could use some pitching help, released him.

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Domingo Santana and the Juggernaut Lurking Within

A wise man once told me, “Thirty is the new 20.” He spoke not of dating prospects but of percentages — specifically, strikeout percentages. The gist of his sentiment was back in the olden days, a player’s fantasy value would have been harmed, perhaps irreparably, if he struck out 20-something percent of the time. Now, we see hitters subsist and more with 30-something strikeout rates — Joey Gallo, Keon Broxton, Miguel Sano, Khris Davis and Aaron Judge, to name a few.

We — or, if I dare not speak for you, you intellectual, you, then just I — have been forced to reassess how we (I) “scout” the intersection of contact and power for fantasy purposes. This monologue is peripherally relevant to the eventual subject of this post, Domingo Santana, because he, too, once ran a 30-something strikeout rate. He no longer does that, though, which is good. That’s part of the reason why I’m here. But it’s more of the icing on this cake, so allow me to bake the cake first.

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The Prospect Stock Watch: Olivares, Gatewood, Maples

This week’s prospect stock watch takes a look at an under-the-radar prospect in the Blue Jays system, a shortstop-turned-first baseman showing outstanding pop (and lots of swings and misses), and a long forgotten ($2.5 million) arm now making good in the bullpen.

Edward Olivares, OF, Blue Jays: It’s time to start talking about Olivares – who has been greatly overshadowed by teammates Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette, two of the top prospects in the game. The lesser known prospect appeared in just 15 games in 2016 due to injury and has made up for lost time in ’17. He’s slugged 11 home runs (fourth in the league) with 14 doubles and eight triples. Olivares, 21, has also successfully stolen 14 bases in 19 tries and is well on his way to a 20-20 season in his first full year. The only real negative to his game so far is the 3.9% walk rate. Defensively, he can play all three outfield positions. Look for him to get a taste of high-A ball before the year is out.

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The Daily Grind: Meager Monday

Another week, another grind, another couple home runs for Cody Bellinger.

AGENDA

  1. Best Rivera?
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. Hitters to Use
  5. SaberSim Says…
  6. TDG Invitational Returns!

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Field of Streams: Episode 275 – Stop Saying Mike Fiers Is On Fire

Episode 275 – Stop Saying Mike Fiers Is On Fire

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss who the White Sox All Star may be, Mark Buehrle looking good post retirement, the non-descript Jose Martinez, Mike Fiers getting it together, Eric Sogard’s recent success, Dylan’s latest favorite faceless Padre, Homer Bailey’s outrageous ratios after one start, Steven Vogt joining the Brewers, Dwight Smith the singer, and Matt calling Dylan “millennial scum.”

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Starting Pitcher ERA-SIERA Gaps: Potential ERA Improvers

We’re nearing the midpoint of the season (wow has it come quickly!), so it’s finally time to check in on the starting pitchers whose ERA marks are significantly higher than their SIERA marks. Naturally, many on this list are bad, even after figuring in some improvement, but there are enough potentially good pitchers that would make for actual fantasy targets. So let’s discuss them. For completeness purposes, I’m listing the entire top 20, but will only discuss those that matter.

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