RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 06/22/2014

Episode 132

The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is now live! Special guest Fred Zinkie of joins Nicholas Minnix to discuss Mark Melancon, the Angels’ mess in the bullpen as well as their ditching of Raul Ibanez, Alex Wood into the rotation, the Cardinals’ rotation with multiple injuries and an opportunity for Carlos Martinez, other starting pitchers with great talent but not yet a clearly defined role, a Dan Straily checkup, Joe Panik, the Royals’ 3B situation, Travis d’Arnaud, Josh Harrison, injuries to important position players such as Brett Lawrie, and more.

As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us or comment with fantasy questions so that we may answer them on our next episode.

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Thanks to Ian Miller, aka Teen Archer, for the intro music. Approximately 85 minutes of joyous analysis.


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Nicholas Minnix oversaw baseball content for six years at KFFL, where he held the loose title of Managing Editor for seven and a half before he joined FanGraphs. He played in both Tout Wars and LABR from 2010 through 2014. Follow him on Twitter @NicholasMinnix.

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  1. chris says:

    Any chance you guys can touch on Despaigne’s value in a 12 team mixer?

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  2. Rob says:

    A general discussion topic that has been bothering me: what do we do when pitching peripherals fail? By that I mean what do we do when a pitcher has a very good K%-BB%, good whiff rates on several pitch types, and sometimes even a good GB rate and/or good velocity but poor results in ERA/WHIP? Examples include: Kluber last year, Salazar this year, Estrada, McCarthy, Chase Whitley (after today’s disaster). It looks like they have the tools they need to succeed, but they are “hittable” and give up lots of hits and/or HR. Is there a way to identify these types of pitchers? I thought I was sneaky picking up McCarthy because his xFIP was so much lower than his ERA and he had good whiff rates, increased velocity, and good GB rates, but I am tired of 10 H, 5 ER performances.

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  3. loved hearing Zinkie and Mannix…hope you guys do it again.
    great insights, …you should advertise when he comes back.


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