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  1. Great article. Maybe do one on the guys you think you should sell low on? (guys that you think wont turn bad starts around)

    Comment by dborghardt6 — June 23, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  2. I think you mean 2.55* era, otherwise, great work as usual!

    Comment by AJP — June 23, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

  3. You bet! Coming Monday.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 23, 2012 @ 4:20 pm

  4. Haha, nice catch. I do that a lot. And thanks.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 23, 2012 @ 4:21 pm

  5. How about R.A. Dickey? When I read the intro he jumped to mind. I offered Pedroia and a closer for him in one league… and got shot down.

    Comment by jrogers — June 23, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  6. i just can’t get on board the E5 bandwagon

    Comment by jim — June 23, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

  7. No Andrew McCutchen? If I were going to buy-high that’s who I’d want.

    Comment by asdf — June 23, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

  8. Lincecum?

    Comment by JKB — June 23, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

  9. he was pretty great in the 2nd half last year as well… And has change his swing a bit apparently. Something to do with maintaining a 2 handed swing…

    Comment by chef — June 24, 2012 @ 6:56 am

  10. Buying high is one of my favorite strategies. I like to target players when I think their performance is sustainable(or at least likely to continue to be relatively close to their current level)
    Their owner will usually be looking to cash out, and as long as they are convinced they have to sell while their value is ‘high’ you will be able to pull off some good deals.
    Some other interesting buy high candidates are Wright, Adam Jones, Prado, Hamilton, Melky, Reddick, Ellis, Sale, Dickey, Mcdonald

    all of them have been more of the productive players in the game this year but they all have flaws that people will be worried about enough to listen to your offers.

    Comment by TheOneWhoKnocks — June 24, 2012 @ 9:20 am

  11. Any thoughts on Reddick’s numbers?

    Comment by Nate — June 24, 2012 @ 9:43 am

  12. How about buying high on Chris Capuano? He’s an especially intriguing candidate in leagues where other people are somewhat familiar with advanced metrics. His xFIP and SIERA (3.65) suggest regression, but his Swstr% and F-strike% suggest an even better K/BB than what he’s done so far, which would lower his SIERA and xFIP. Thoughts?

    Comment by KMen — June 24, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  13. I don’t know, I just can’t imagine he can maintain and 18% HR/FB ratio, but at least he’s a fly ball hitter.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 24, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

  14. His SIERA is identical to last year, he’s just enjoyed significantly better luck. SwStk% essentially the same as past years, but a fantastic number. F-Strike% is up and at league leading levels. They all suggest he can maintain his peripherals and maybe walk a few less batters, but that BABIP is rising and LOB% falling at some point.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 24, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  15. Thank you!!

    Comment by dborghardt6 — June 24, 2012 @ 12:43 pm

  16. They used to call me E5 back in the day, I played 3B and would air-mail the 1B. Good times, good times…

    Comment by J — June 24, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

  17. Latos!

    Comment by NBH — June 24, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

  18. How about the man of three different batting stances per game (Hanley Ramirez)?


    Carlos Santana! When is Santana’s next homer? How patient should we be with these guys?

    Comment by Hup — June 25, 2012 @ 2:13 am

  19. Would you move Oritz or Konerko and Trevor Bauer for Gio? I have Goldschmidt on the bench to replace whatever bat goes.

    Comment by rlindstrom — June 25, 2012 @ 12:14 pm

  20. Interested on your opinion on buying Gio. I have Braun and Wandy. Need a push in pitching was offered: Prince,Gio,Sherzer for Braun and Wandy is that enough??

    Comment by Oriole Bird — June 25, 2012 @ 3:13 pm

  21. That’s def buying high! I’d shy away from it, personally I hate trading hitting for pitching unless it’s a guy who has an established level of posting $20 season, but you do kind of need to get Goldschmidt in your lineup somehow.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 25, 2012 @ 10:20 pm

  22. I think that’s a reasonable offer. I like Scherzer better than Wandy and you may end up getting Prince at his low power point. I think it’s a pretty fair trade so depends on needs.

    Comment by Mike Podhorzer — June 25, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

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