Who’s Seen the Most Left-Handers and What Does It Mean?

Being a lefty myself, I know how odd things can get. I may as well borrow Barry Bonds’ elbow pad when sitting at a table crowded full of righties. Writing in pen equals smearing. EVERY TIME. Don’t even get me started on right-handed scissors or three-ring binders. Living through stuff like this, it makes sense left-handed pitchers often create some interesting situations.

We’re still early enough in the season where strange-looking numbers are easy to find. One that caught my eye is the abnormally high number of plate appearances some batters have against lefties, specifically the Royals and Indians, thanks to their schedules. I’ve picked some players from those clubs whose value in the first two weeks may have shifted thanks to seeing a much higher rate of their plate appearances against lefties than normal. For reference, about 27 percent of total plate appearances last season came against left-handers. Lefty-hitting Robinson Cano led the way with 38 percent of his total plate appearances against lefties. Among right-handed hitters, Brian Dozier led the way with 27 percent.

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Dumpster Diving: Chris Heston’s Early Season Success

Two starts does not a season make, but Chris Heston is quickly making a positive impression. He’s a pitcher who shouldn’t have been on the radar of gamers entering the year, however, it might be time to re-evaluate the 27-year old right-hander. The Giants prefer keep Yusmeiro Petit in a swingman role, and Heston has bypassed Ryan Vogelsong in the rotation pecking order. Matt Cain remains a little less than week away from playing catch, according to Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area. In other words, Heston has at least a few more turns in the rotation before the Giants could have to make some decisions regarding who the five pitchers are in the Giants rotation. Read the rest of this entry »


The Daily Grind: Weaver, Salazar, Grandal

Agenda

  1. Thoughts on BvP Data
  2. Daily DFS – Weaver
  3. GB / FB Splits
  4. Tomorrow’s Targets – Salazar, Latos, Grandal, Peralta
  5. Factor Grid

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RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 4/17/2015

Episode 10 – Happy Kris Bryant Day

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss Kris Bryant Day in Chicago, waiting on the White Sox to get “new and White Soxy,” the Royals being pesky, Matt’s inability to cheat on Vance Worley, and how to pronounce “Andriese.”

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Roto Riteup: April 17, 2015

I can only hope everyone reading today’s Roto Riteup has seen the new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but if not, go ahead and watch it.

On today’s agenda:
1. Welcome to the big leagues, Kris Bryant
2. The return of Danny Salazar
3. Carlos Gomez to the disabled list
4. Streaming Pitching Options
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Bullpen Report: April 16, 2015

Just a couple of newsworthy bullpen tidbits from tonight’s short six-game slate in Major League Baseball…

Up five runs in the final frame, the Twins called on Brian Duensing to close out the Royals in a non-save situation. But after inducing a leadoff flyout off the bat of Alcides Escobar, Duensing surrendered a couple of consecutive doubles and a single that yielded two earned runs before being pulled in favor of closer Glen Perkins. Perkins started his outing with a wild pitch that advanced Eric Hosmer to second base, but induced two infield groundouts to secure his second save of the season and the Twins 8-5 victory over the Royals.
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RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 4/16/2015 – Hot Hitters

Episode 218

The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live!

In this episode, Paul Sporer and Eno Sarris discuss the news surrounding Yasmany Tomas, Danny Salazar, Carlos Gomez, Adam Ottavino, and Mark Melancon. And then they dive into some hitters of note and discuss whether or not they have changed their tune on them based on the early start.

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What Does It Really Mean to Sell High?

This is a tough time of the year for fantasy baseball analysts. We’re not even at the end of week two meaning that in most cases the sample sizes are still too small to really be useful. The downside of this is that the fantasy analysis can become lazy as we wait for more data. Too often you see the vague, unhelpful “sell high” tag attached to any mid-rounder who is off to a high start or “buy low” on the star who has two rotten starts on his ledger thus far. But what does that even really mean? It’s so easy to say and so hard to actually execute.

Nobody who spent a top 20 pick on Stephen Strasburg (6.75 ERA in 10.7 IP) is going to move him for Nick Martinez (0.00 ERA in 14 IP). In fact, they probably aren’t going to move him at all (nor should they). You know what’s easy? Me telling you to go sell high on Chris Heston. But it’s also generic and frankly, shitty advice because it offers no insight into what selling high might be, especially because I know full well that unless Teresa Heston (that Chris’ mom, I looked it up) is in your league, you can’t really cash him in for some great return. The rest of your league is just as skeptical about his dubious 0.69 ERA as you are right now.

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MASH Report (4/16/15)

David Wright is off to the DL again and this time it is for a strained hamstring.

One day later, an MRI revealed a mild strain of Wright’s right hamstring. He will miss at least two weeks with the injury, though general manager Sandy Alderson called three weeks a more realistic estimate.

• As I predicted on Monday, Henderson Alvarez went on the DL. He is only expected to miss the minimium 15 days.

Alex Rios is out for at least month with a broken wrist. It may be a while before he is 100%.

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Reasserting My Love for Three Unowned NL Outfielders

If fantasy baseball were a marathon, we’d all have run about a mile and a half. Most races don’t even have their volunteers stand with trays of water cups this early on, so you’d better pace yourself if you’re already tired. I think I forgot to stretch.

Here’s an obligatory sentence reminding you about the caveats about small samples while attributing a shred of validity to them. OK, now that the formalities are out of the way, let’s talk ownership trends. National League outfielders are a promising bunch, especially in regard to the youth movement. I’ve been sold on a handful of them prior to the start of the season, and I’m surprised by their meager ownership numbers. They aren’t completely unowned, as my misleading title alleges, but they’re close enough.

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