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- Chris Davis: A Risk in Free Agency
Chris Davis is a man of prodigious strength. His efforts, or sometimes lack thereof, have been chronicled by FanGraphs multiple times. Since Davis’ first season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2012, he
- Preparing For The Winter - Ottoneu Edition
Old Farms Winged Beavers
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Bang the Woodrum
- Paul Gold Standard
valuable first baseman at a hair under $37.
Other first basemen matched the Gold Standard in part, but none kept pace with his five category domination. Chris Davis had similar run production and 14
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2015 Bold Predictions
. Zach McAllister will be this season's Wade Davis
Hmm...I regret my lack of specificity. McAllister thrived in the bullpen with 10.94 K/9, 3.05 BB/9, 2.49 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and a 3.06 FIP over 65
- The Daily Grind: Smyly, Corbin, Hicks, Rollins
the Cashner recommendation. He's posted pedestrian numbers on the season, but his talent is still readily apparent. The Brewers offense is a skeleton crew. Only Adam Lind and Khris Davis produce
- The Daily Grind: Choking, Happ, Ray, Robinson
. The three that are contenders are still alive. I even pulled off a Christmas miracle over the weekend via four home runs from Jose Bautista and Khris Davis. I'm in the finals in my two H2H leagues, and I
- Free Agent Projection: Chris Davis
Baltimore Orioles first baseman, Chris Davis, is in the final year of his contract where he is making $12 mil/yr. At age 29, Davis has had a roller-coaster of a career starting in Texas where he
- The Daily Grind: Bullpen Games, Strasburg, Koehler, Wolf
. With Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun, and Adam Lind either sidelined or platoon neutralized, Garcia need only survive one hot hitter - Khris Davis.
After clinching the AL pennant, the Royals can queue up
- The Daily Grind: Porcello, Conley, Asher, Dietrich
are without Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun. That leaves Adam Lind and Khris Davis as the only two hitters of note. Every other Brewer has a Triple-A quality bat. He should do fine. Will he though? My
- The Daily Grind: Smyly, Corbin, Gyorko
Also consider: Dustin Garneau, Wilin Rosario, A.J. Pierzynski, C.J. Cron, Eddie Rosario, Scooter Gennett, Khris Davis, Jonny Gomes, Brandon Guyer, Logan Forsythe, Richie Shaffer, J.P. Arencibia
- The Daily Grind: Phillies, Tillman, Finnegan, Davis
A Phillies Remodel
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Matz, Finnegan, Davis, Aybar
1. A Phillies Remodel
- How Rare Is a Chris Davis Comeback?
, are just a half-game above the last place Red Sox.
However, the standings don’t appear to be having an effect on Chris Davis, the slugging Orioles first baseman who is in the midst of a hot streak
- The Daily Grind: Corbin, Dickey, Blanco
venue for lefty power.
Also consider: Khris Davis, Elian Herrera, Domingo Santana, Jason Rogers, Jimmy Rollins, Justin Turner, Scott Van Slyke, Jake Lamb, Chris Colabello, Logan Forsythe
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Holland, Johnson, Jaso
Sampson, Alfredo Simon, Ervin Santana, Brad Hand, Jake Peavy, Chad Bettis, Jered Weaver
2. GB / FB Splits
The following hitters are recommended based on the works of Shane Tourtellotte and Dan
- The Daily Grind: Seager, Severino, Lamb, Moore
couldn't handle his fastball, but that won't be the case in the majors.
Also consider: Terry Doyle (or Mike Wright), Alec Asher, Wade Miley, Ervin Santana, Brad Hand, Jake Peavy, Chad Bettis, Jered
- The Daily Grind: Crowdsourced Call Ups, Banuelos, Owens
September Call Ups
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Owens, Conley, Davis, Ichiro
1. September Call Ups
I must admit, I'm a bit
- The Daily Grind: Severino, McCullers, Tomlin, Davis
Bulls games. Yesterday, I saw the much anticipated matchup between Matt Moore and, um, Brad Penny. As you would expect of such a pairing, Penny outdueled Moore. The old man fired six innings of two-hit
- The Daily Grind: Splits Issues, Nola, Medlen, Schoop
, Welington Castillo, Eddie Rosario, Khris Davis, Eugenio Suarez, C.J. Cron, Josh Harrison, Jedd Gyorko, Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown, Stephen Piscotty, Michael Conforto
Hitters (speed): Denard Span is back
- The Daily Grind: SaberSim, Shoemaker, Gray
Listed 17th (15th after removing injured guys) is Rajai Davis. Once again, he's being ranked between stalwarts like Starling Marte and Brandon Belt. Davis is not facing a lefty and has a luck
- The Daily Grind: Fear, Duffey, Ross, Span
on rehab assignment.
Also consider: Tyler Saladino, Cesar Hernandez, Darnell Sweeney, Gregor Blanco, Rajai Davis
6. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best
- The Daily Grind: Tomlin, Duffey, Holmberg, Kiké
Williams, John Lamb, Chad Bettis, Brad Hand, Mike Foltynewicz, Matt Cain, Ivan Nova, Jered Weaver, Alex Wood, Alfredo Simon, Derek Holland, Mark Buehrle
3. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: I fail to see how
- The Daily Grind: Ross, McCullers, Conforto, Sweeney
3. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis is the 26th rated hitter today. I had to double check the pitching matchup, but he is facing a righty - Yovani Gallardo. Davis
- The Daily Grind: Tropeano, Eickhoff, Welington, Jankowski
Gonzalez, Mike Foltynewicz, Martin Perez, Josh Tomlin, Brad Hand, Jerome Williams, John Lamb, Yohan Flande
3. GB / FB Splits
The following hitters are recommended based on the works of Shane
- The Daily Grind: Ross, Duffy, Duffey
expect the Orioles to drub him out of the game in three innings.
Also consider: Miguel Gonzalez, Josh Tomlin, Ivan Nova, Martin Perez, Alfredo Simon, Wade Miley, John Lamb, Jerome Williams, Brad Hand
- Chris Davis' Incredible Feat of Strength
Hitting a home run in Major League Baseball requires a considerable amount strength. It's probably fair to presume, however that, having previously hit 53 of them in a single season, Chris Davis
- The Daily Grind: Sleepers, Hi/Lo, Dickey, Holland
Davis, Will Venable
6. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight where green equals go
- The Daily Grind: Eaton, Salazar, Chi-Chi
Rollins, Shane Victorino, Stephen Piscotty, Khris Davis, Chris Coghlan, Seth Smith, Ryan Raburn, Chris Johnson, Trevor Plouffe
Hitters (speed): Brad Miller has quietly accomplished what was expected
- The Daily Grind: SaberSim, Lamb, Tomlin
descriptions have me worried about out pitches. We'll see how the debut looks.
Stack Targets: Brad Mills, Ivan Nova, Joe Kelly, J.A. Happ, Bartolo Colon, Martin Perez, Danny Duffy, Jered Weaver
- The Daily Grind: Utley, Strasburg, Ray, Jennings
, Preston Tucker, Khris Davis, Utley, C.J. Cron, Adonis Garcia, David Peralta, Jake Lamb,
Hitters (speed): If it were up to me, Jarrod Dyson would start against every righty while Alex Gordon is out
- The Daily Grind: Eaton, Buehrle, Cravy
home run threats at Kauffman Stadium, but they could offer a couple doubles. Watch out for the Royals ridiculous bullpen.
Also consider: Andre Ethier, Khris Davis, Chris Coghlan, Eddie Rosario, Aaron
- The Daily Grind: Thor, Flande, Adonis, Miller
Estrada, Phil Hughes, Bartolo Colon, Colby Lewis, Jerome Williams, Brad Hand
Hitters (power): The other day, swing guy Dan Farnsworth told me to use Adonis Garcia against left-handed pitching
- The Daily Grind: DL, Heaney, Ray, Bourn
in the minors - and that came way back in 2012. We're probably dealing with a high BABIP hitter. He'll face Sampson.
Also consider: David Peralta, Brayan Pena, Khris Davis, Jayson Werth, Chris
- The Daily Grind: Leverage, Godley, Owens
for a lengthy outing. I'll be surprised if he gets to five innings. Nuno actually has some upside as a starter. He's like a softer throwing Happ.
Also consider: Jerome Williams, Danny Duffy, Brad Hand
- The Daily Grind: Final Trades, Ross, Garcia
below, but he's one of the best free plays for home runs.
Also consider: David Murphy, David DeJesus, Andre Ethier, Stephen Piscotty, David Peralta, Eddie Rosario, Khris Davis, Chris Coghlan
- The Daily Grind: Trades, Carrasco, Alvarez
count it out.
Also consider: Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke, Jake Lamb, Preston Tucker, Geovany Soto, Yonder Alonso
Hitters (speed): It's Rajai Davis day. This is usually where I comment about him
- The Daily Grind: Ottoneu Conundrum, Godley, Tillman
veteran. Two of the players would be keepers. If/when Springer returns, he replaces my platoon of Brandon Moss, Rajai Davis, and Melky Cabrera. He's a much more modest upgrade than I'd receive from
- The Daily Grind: Hernandez, Conger, Eaton
a better version of Rajai Davis.
It's risky, but I've already targeted Hernandez as a keeper in a couple leagues. In one, I traded Lance Lynn to acquire him.
2. Daily DFS
- The Daily Grind: Ross, Cingrani, Piscotty
Farnsworth on three players (in brief)
Daily DFS - Younglings, Coors
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Ray, Beeler, Cingrani, Piscotty, Davis
- The Daily Grind: Franco, Erasmo, Gray
discipline is slightly better against southpaws. A matchup against Jon Niese makes Reynolds a league average hitter.
Also consider: Randal Grichuk, Khris Davis, David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier
- The Daily Grind: Buchanan, Rubby, Kang
Also consider: Nick Hundley, Nick Markakis, Khris Davis, Eddie Rosario, Chris Young
Hitters (speed): Freddy Galvis isn't a big base runner, but he could swipe 10 to 15 a season
- The Daily Grind: A's Closer, Anderson, Harrison, Gennett
Eaton, Ichiro Suzuki, Rajai Davis
4. Weather Warnings
New York, Pittsburgh, Texas, and Colorado all have storm risks. Monitor the situation as they could all be delayed or even postponed
- The Daily Grind: Heston, Heaney, Davis, DeShields
The Daily Grind Invitational
Daily DFS - Heston, O'Sullivan
Tomorrow's Targets - Heaney, Bettis, Lyons, Cooney, Davis, DeShields
1. The Daily Grind Invitational
In case you
- The Daily Grind: Aces, Moore, Miley
, Mike Aviles, Giovanny Urshela
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis has a tough matchup against Francisco Liriano. The Pirates southpaw has reverse platoon splits due to an excellent change up. Alas, your
- The Daily Grind: Rain, Matz, Masterson
Tillman, J.A. Happ, Donn Roach
3. Tomorrow's Targets - Matz, Masterson, Davis, Espinosa
Pitchers to Start: Yep. You probably already missed your chance to grab Steven Matz. Through five minor
- The Daily Grind: Bettis, Anderson, Venable
Trading For Closers
Daily DFS - Bettis, May
Tomorrow's Targets - Anderson, Danks, Davis, Venable
1. Trading For Closers
In my experience, trading for a closer
- The Daily Grind: Trade Foibles, May, Nicolino, Rosario
is useful. Overall, he's a mediocre player in a good role.
Also consider: Brad Miller, Seth Smith, Preston Tucker, Jason Castro, David DeJesus, Justin Turner, Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke, Mike
- The Daily Grind: Farmer, Rodon, Welington
Young, Preston Tucker, Jason Castro, Danny Espinosa, Kelly Johnson, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Coghlan, Delmon Young, Nolan Reimold, Steve Pearce
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis activate! It's a tough matchup
- The Daily Grind: Correa, Hand, Shoemaker
Daily DFS - Hand
Tomorrow's Targets - Shoemaker, Jungmann, Aviles, Davis
Well, it's official - Carlos Correa will be activated in time
- The Daily Grind: Fading, Wada, Bour
, but he could score a couple runs.
Also consider: Ender Inciarte, Rajai Davis, Billy Burns
5. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters
- The Daily Grind, Erasmo, Perez, Grichuk
to offer much excitement with his four category profile. He's opposed by Williams of the Jerome variety. Not Perez.
I like plural first names.
Also consider: Brandon Guyer, Rajai Davis, Jace Peterson
- The Daily Grind: Anibal, Chi Chi, Ruf
rejected the idea and re-offered $11 Yu Darvish and $1-8 Kyle Schwarber. I consider those players to be worth a marginal non-keeper like Ryan Zimmerman (Darvish) or Khris Davis (Schwarber). If I
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Strasburg, Plouffe
A Friendly Reminder
Daily DFS - Rodriguez, Paxton
Tomorrow's Targets - de la Rosa, Strasburg, Plouffe, Davis
1. A Friendly Reminder
This is a friendly reminder
- The Daily Grind: Fiers, Wright, Wilson
Kazmir, Sean O'Sullivan, Rick Porcello, Phil Hughes, Marco Estrada, Jeff Samardzija, Brad Hand, Kyle Kendrick
3. GB / FB Splits
The following hitters are recommended based on the works of Shane
- The Daily Grind: deGrom, Salazar, Van Slyke
against O'Sullivan if you need a swipe.
Also consider: Adam Eaton, Rajai Davis
4. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color
- The Daily Grind: Dynasty, Chavez, Young
Dynasty Observations Pt 1
Daily DFS - Chavez
Tomorrow's Targets - Young, Alvarez, Davis, Guyer
1. I'm Back!
I'm back in action after two days lost
- The Daily Grind: Estrada, DeSclafani, Wright
the worst team again left-handed pitchers with a 28 percent strikeout rate
Strangely, the Buccos have a 19.6 percent punch out rate against righties...Regression?
Colby Rasmus, Chris Davis, Mike Zunino
- The Daily Grind: Martinez, Chavez, Van Slyke
Getting It Backwards
Daily DFS - Martinez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Chavez, Lyons, Van Slyke, Davis
1. Getting It Backwards
Yesterday, I recommended
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Iglesias, Davis, Phillips
Two Ways to GPP
Daily DFS - Eovaldi and Bolsinger
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Iglesias, Elias, Davis, Phillips
1. Two Ways to GPP
I focus all of my
- The Daily Grind: Maxwell, Eovaldi, Pearce
, Derek Norris, Justin Bour, Ike Davis, Mark Canha
Hitters (speed): The White Sox have stuck with Adam Eaton as their leadoff man against right-handed pitchers. Presumably, they expect his .235 BABIP
- The Daily Grind: Guerrero, Buehrle, Frias
bat down in the order and could swipe a base.
Also consider: Nori Aoki, Ender Inciarte, Kevin Kiermaier, Rajai Davis
5. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best
- The Daily Grind: Audits, Salazar, Stubbs
against lefties - .280/.353/.460. As an added bonus, he also has a .834 OPS against fly ball pitchers.
Also consider: Justin Ruggiano, Rickie Weeks, Ike Davis, Mike Aviles, Kevin Kiermaier, Brock
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Martinez, House
of House and we have a recipe for cheap production.
Also consider: Seth Smith, Dustin Ackley, Brad Miller, Ryan Raburn, Daren Ruf, Jeff Francoeur
Hitters (speed): Jake Marisnick is becoming
- The Daily Grind: Milone, Montero, Reddick
at Target Field. They'll face southpaw Tommy Milone. He's benefited from a .196 BABIP. The Tigers' righty-heavy lineup usually mashes mediocre lefties. Detroit will be without Rajai Davis - he strained
- The Daily Grind: GPPs, Harang, Simon
DFS Tournament Strategy
Daily DFS - Harang and Smyly
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Simon, Danks, Davis, De Aza
1. DFS Tournament Strategy
- Brad Miller Puts On Weight, Results To Be Determined
% increase in bat speed," Nathan found, and that sort of bat speed increase can lead to an increase of 4.3% in batted ball distance.
And so this year, Mariners shortstop Brad Miller decided to put
- The Daily Grind: Moustakas, Kelly, Mayberry, Marisnick
Alonso, David Peralta, Ike Davis, Seth Smith
Hitters (speed): In his third shot for a major league job, Jake Marisnick is showing improved contact. The result is a .324/.351/.529 line. If he can
- The Daily Grind: Travis, Norris, Davis
On Behavioral Framing
Daily DFS - Travis, Flores, Owings
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Norris, House, Canha, Davis
1. On Behavioral Framing
- The Daily Grind: Rogers Centre, Nelson, Peavy
Thoughts About Ackley
Daily DFS - Rogers Centre
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Nelson, Peavy, Davis, Peralta
1. Thoughts About Ackley
I've found myself
- The Daily Grind: Iglesias, ARod, Greene
lefty CC Sabathia tomorrow.
Also consider: Ryan Raburn, Ike Davis, Stephen Vogt, Luis Valbuena, Dustin Ackley
Hitters (speed): Dalton Pompey has a prominent role in the Blue Jays. However, he
- The Daily Grind: Pelfrey, Hammel, Lobstein, O'Sullivan
Daily DFS - Pelfrey, Hammel
Tomorrow's Targets - Lobstein, O'Sullivan, Mayberry, Davis
1. Programming Notes
Usually, my Saturday mornings
- The Daily Grind: Bad Picks, Flores, House, Davis
A Disclaimer About Bad Picks
Daily DFS - Flores
Tomorrow's Targets - Bradley, House, Fowler, Davis
1. A Disclaimer About Bad Picks
Sometimes, a pick goes
- The Daily Grind: NotGraphs, Peralta, Greene
of squaring up a ball on any day.
Also consider: Kendrys Morales, Luis Valbuena, Ike Davis, Navarro
Hitters (speed): Michael Bourn is a difficult player to analyze. He was a fantasy beast in 2012 - his
- The Daily Grind: Welcome, Betts, Hahn, Pagan
What Is This?
Daily DFS - Bargain Betts?
Tomorrow's Targets - Hahn, Peavy, Davis, Pagan
Some Notable Pitchers on the Wire
The Factor Grid
1. What Is This?
Many of you
- How I View Starting Pitchers
benefits by himself, but a composite ace approach does offer some advantages. The best case scenario is something like Collin McHugh with Wade Davis. Had you grabbed both players, you would have
- The FSWA Draft And H2H Wrinkles
and then use a waiver platoon like Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose. Again, the transaction limit forced me to aim for everyday production, which led to a few interesting roster decisions.
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
and slider were particularly good. A step forward from both will have them in the same echelon as Wade Davis. Progression is a dangerous assumption...unless you're making bold predictions.
- SP Eligible Relievers
The poster child in 2014 was Wade Davis. Alas, he's lost his starter eligibility. He posted nine wins, 109 strikeouts, a 1.00 ERA, and 0.85 WHIP in 72 innings. A Cy Young caliber
- An Alternative To Punting
relievers will usually work their way into save situations. Some might be cursed with a bad team (think Cole Hamels) or stuck behind another relief stud (Wade Davis), but those counting stats are likely
- Ike Davis Looks to Connect
is simply noise.
Among players who had at least 300 PA in 2013 and 2014, two stood out as having the biggest contact rate improvements. Yasiel Puig and Ike Davis both had improvements of 7
- Indians Bullpen: The Next Wade Davis?
- Fun With Reliever Leaderboards
, Craig Kimbrel, David Robertson, Brad Boxberger, and Steve Cishek. Will Smith, ranked sixth, is the first pitcher who doesn't look the part of a closer. Chris Sale is the only starter in the top 15
- Some Thoughts Regarding Holds
. Holds can occur in any inning, but it's easiest to accrue them with an setup ace like Clippard or Wade Davis. These same relievers are closers in waiting, so if anything happens to the primary guy
- Elite, Non-Closers in the 22nd Round
screams for situational usage.
Last, but certainly not least, is Wade Davis. The best non-closing reliever in the league is marooned behind dominant closer Greg Holland. Davis' 2014 included zero
- Fantasy Conundrum: Depth At Replacement Level
To put a name on it, let's say Rajai Davis is a replacement level outfielder in your league. If you can afford to use him only against left-handed pitchers, the numbers that get counted for your
- The Blue Jays' Version of Wade Davis
) is going to make all kinds of sense. It’s Wade Davis. Davis had an ERA of 1.00 and was worth 3.1 WAR in 72 innings after being something between unremarkable and bad in 135 innings of work in multiple roles
- Exploring My Personal Biases With Adam Jones
article, OrangeBlackBird looked for evidence to support or refute my concern. He found Chili Davis, Jack Clark, and Reggie Smith exhibited similar skill sets and performed well for years after their age 29
- Ottoneu Rebuild Strategy
Any keeper league that allows offseason trading will have its share of rebuilding teams. The guy who drafted Chris Davis, Joey Votto, and Cliff Lee will need time to recover from those dreadful picks
- Khris Davis: Kind of Like Chris Davis
The Milwaukee Brewers’ outfield is home to a pair of highly sought outfielders in fantasy baseball leagues. Khris Davis, after a .279/.353/.596 showing in 153 plate appearances in 2013, was the clear
- The Unexciting Rajai Davis
At a glance the 2014 season for Rajai Davis is mostly interchangeable with many of his previous years. He ranked as the 32nd best outfielder in Zach Sanders' End of Season rankings, a nice surprise
- Brad Miller Now Likes Striking Out
I made a decision while trying to win a championship last season which I didn't regret at the time, but now must deal with. I traded for Brad Miller. I didn't want him. He was a throw in for a trade
- Tactics and Strategy
with a super cheap pen. If you can reasonably expect to grab a Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, and Ken Giles on a $1-2 contract as needed, why should you pay $20 for Craig Kimbrel?
The lesson today
- Bill James Awards
give Revere the Jesús Alou Demerit for being way worse than his .306 batting average implies.
On the other side, players who out-performed their BA, we find Chris Davis (88 H, 155 SecB, 137 R+RBI
- Death To One-Size-Fits-All
of this as being ready to hit all pitches. You might go into the draft prepared to hammer a fastball. Then Chris Davis doesn't show up for the year, and Bryce Harper fizzles, and...you get the picture. Life
- Reliever Strategy Musings
relievers. A guy like Sean Doolittle or Francisco Rodriguez would make a better poster child for positive volatility.
Succeeding with a LIRA approach comes down to selecting a Wade Davis or Dellin Betances
- Chris Davis, Swallowed By the Shift
heart sink. Chris Davis ranked 20th among first basemen and amazingly was outearned by the likes of teammate Steve Pearce and power-starved James Loney. This was not the follow-up we expected
- The Pit Of Despair
in question doesn't have enough bench space to roster part-timers.
I spent some time with Dellin Betances and Wade Davis, only to stream them away for position player plugs. In this case, I don't
- MLB 2014 All-Loser Team
too hot after seeing Betances' stats, but McGee was third in the majors (among relievers) in each category, trailing only Betances and Wade Davis. McGee also had very low walk and home run rates
- A Place To Celebrate
. Continuing the reliever theme, Wade Davis, Dellin Betances, Brad Boxberger, and Andrew Miller put in frequent appearances on my rosters.
I managed to scrounge a filthy rotation off the waiver wire
- The Daily Grind: 9-26-14
Rapid Fire: Anthony Swarzak has the unfortunate Tigers matchup. The Mets can break out some lefty bats to abuse Brad Peacock. Nick Tepesch is the Ranger of the day. Eric Jokisch will make his debut
- The Daily Grind: 9-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Anthony Swarzak will absorb another loss for a lost Twins team. Expect the Tigers to pummel him in one of the few meaningful games of the day.
Brad Peacock and his high walk rate will face
- The Daily Grind: 9-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
of the Brew Crew.
As I said yesterday, Brad Hand versus Kyle Kendrick would be a recipe for runs if either offense had any potency. The game is at Marlins Stadium, which only further serves to limit
- The Daily Grind: 9-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
is a factor in his favor, but the Pirates lineup is deceptively deep. They could give Workman fits.
The Nationals will face a mediocre southpaw - Brad Hand. The Nats hit lefties pretty well, which
- Chris Davis, 2014: What Happened?
Unless the Baltimore Orioles advance to the World Series, the 2014 book is closed on their slugging first baseman, Chris Davis. After breaking out in a big way with a 53-home-run tour de force
- Chris Davis Suspended for Amphetamine Use
Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun broke the news, since confirmed by MLB:
Waiting on official word but hearing Chris Davis has tested pos for amphetamines. 25 game suspension— Dan Connolly
- The Daily Grind: 9-11-14 - Presented by FanGraphs
it was advantageous. What can I say, I'm not a perfectionist. The data Daniel is offering has more granularity. You can attempt to use individual BABIPs. For example, my method was far to friendly to Chris Davis
- The Daily Grind: 9-7-14 - Presented by FanDuel
close to returning. To top it off, Glen Perkins and Greg Holland are day-to-day. Jared Burton, Casey Fien, and Wade Davis are the short term beneficiaries.
The Red Sox will limit their use of Koji
- The Daily Grind: 8-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
after 4:00 ET.
Today's recipe for runs comes to us from Coors Field, where lefty Brad Hand will oppose righty Christian Bergman. Both pitchers are known to spontaneously combust.
- The Daily Grind: 8-23-14 - Presented by FanDuel
reading for fantasy owners down the stretch. He highlights a few players within the post. The data are most useful to identify players who require further analysis. For example, Khris Davis is probably
- The Daily Grind: 8-22-14 - Presented by FanDuel
a pitcher's value quickly. Just ask Jose Fernandez.
2. Daily DFS
Early: Kevin Gausman and Jake Arrieta hog the early slot. DFS owners can forget about them.
Late: Brad Peacock
- The Daily Grind: 8-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
. He has to survive the Detroit juggernaut.
It's kind of shocking that Franklin Morales continues to draw starts. Brad Mills has flipped all over the league this year. He's a much better candidate
- Brad Boxberger Has Arrived, In Reverse
Brad Boxberger, of course. He's 26. He's in his third major league season and his third major league organization. He was once a first-round pick -- if you can really say "No. 43 overall is a first
- The Daily Grind: 8-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
John Jaso is one away from matching his career high in home runs. He's been a nice valuable piece for streaming owners this season.
Mark Reynolds, Khris Davis, and Rickie Weeks are some
- The Daily Grind: 8-14-14 - Presented by FanDuel
probably allow some runs, but he's not likely to melt. Webster has struggled with the transition to the MLB hill, a trend which may continue into today.
Personally, I think Brad Penny could pitch
- The Daily Grind: 8-12-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Drew aren't big power hitters, but you don't have to be in order to swat one at Camden Yards.
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds appear to be the available Brewers these days.
Derek Norris and Jonny
- Leadoff Rating 2.0
Tigers: Rajai Davis, .345 LOR, .294/.336/.422
Detroit has three hitters with a wOBA of at least .380. If you bat them somewhere in the 2-5 spots, Davis is probably the best leadoff, especially now
- The Daily Grind: 8-5-14 - Presented by FanDuel
like Josh Tomlin a lot. In fact, I'm using him all over the place. But that doesn't change the fact that he's a fly ball pitcher with a high HR/FB ratio. Long balls are a DFSer's friend.
- The Daily Grind: 8-4-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, there are also Khris Davis, Matt Adams, Lucas Duda, Michael Morse, and most shockingly, Allen Craig among the powerful types. Next we find some slappy guys like Adam Eaton, Everth Cabrera, Lorenzo Cain, Scooter
- The Daily Grind: 8-2-14 - Presented by FanDuel
shortstop, batted second last night
Rajai Davis - Tigers leadoff against a lefty
Sam Fuld - A's leadoff against a righty
Ender Inciarte - Dbacks leadoff against a righty
- Where Chris Davis is Really Struggling
It's not so bad in the bigger picture. Since the start of last season, Chris Davis has been worth more than seven wins, equal on our pages to the contribution from Jayson Werth. That's not quite
- The Daily Grind: 8-1-14 - Presented by FanDuel
are hittable, although both lineups are mediocre.
Hitters (power): Again with the Seth Smith.
Parra was ostensibly acquired by the Brewers to platoon with Khris Davis. This is one of those days
- The Daily Grind: 7-31-14 - Presented by FanDuel
not be worth it.
With the Lester-Cespedes trade in the books, look for Billy Burns to play more frequently than originally expected. Think Jarrod Dyson with a poor man's Billy Hamilton upside.
- The Daily Grind: 7-30-14 - Presented by FanDuel
exploitable among the early pitchers is lefty Brad Hand. He's opposed by a lefty-mashing Nationals lineup. Hand walks more guys than he should, which increases the damage against him.
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and speed, which makes them nice pick ups.
Rajai Davis would be a great pick if he weren't frequently left on the bench. If he does play, he'll have the platoon advantage against Jose Quintana.
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): If B.J. Upton is available, he'll probably leadoff against Stults.
Rajai Davis may get another start if they decide to take it easy with J.D. Martinez.
The table below indicates which
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of meltdowns this season, so don't rule out a high scoring game.
Brad Hand is once again troubled by walks. It's an old problem for the 24-year-old lefty, but I do think he'll eventually shake
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. He's at home tomorrow against the Cardinals.
Brad Hand at Houston seems like a sink or swim type outing. The Astros strike out plenty and George Springer is out of action. However, Hand has lousy
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I thought Brad Hand was a potential breakout candidate. He's posted strong strikeout and walk numbers in his recent minor league stops, but he's failed to translate those to the majors.
- Finding the Ideal Leadoff Hitter
t56 Jack Glasscock, .253
t58 Ed Delahanty, .252
t58 Harvey Kuenn, .252
t58 Nap Lajoie, .252
t58 Honus Wagner, .252
t58 Dixie Walker, .252
t63 George Davis, .251
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righty Brad Peacock.
If you have the option, the Nationals face Tyler Matzek. The Rockies string of promotees all had a reputation as high upside pitchers before the fizzled out. It feels weird
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-handed pitching. Brad Mills will have a tough time holding them down. His pitching style is much better suited to the Coliseum.
Lesser targets include Justin Masterson, Scott Carroll, Ricky Nolasco
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, but he will play twice tomorrow. Actually, Dan Uggla is liable to start one game just to get him work.
Rajai Davis has a decent matchup if he plays.
The table below indicates which
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Hitters (speed): Adam Eaton gets the first look at Pino.
James Jones and Endy Chavez can swipe bags, assuming they reach base.
Scooter Gennett is still doing the leadoff thing.
- Important Life Questions And Brad Miller
. I've been dealing with a lot of this philosophical life stuff recently, and it's been difficult.
I'm talking, of course, about Brad Miller, and it seems I'm not alone, as the baseball community
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Similarly to Martinez, if Davis is in, he's a smart play.
Leadoff man Brock Holt is a strong play against Correia.
The table below indicates which stadiums have
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-handed pitchers (or the worst). Adam Jones is running hot and Chris Davis is always an attractive pick against mediocre righties.
Despite losing two straight shutouts, the Toronto Blue Jays sure know
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-tier against right-handed pitching, but that includes a lot of time without Chris Davis.
Speaking of guys outperforming their peripherals, Daisuke Matsuzaka has some real luck on his side. His BABIP
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Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis also faces Elias.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight
- Dallas Keuchel, Further Reviewed
rate. Even though he's sitting down 22 percent of batters with a 11.5 swinging strike rate, he only has a 7.77 K/9. As such, you'll want to pair him with a top reliever like Wade Davis
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in their lineup, but Chris Davis might be enough by himself against Astros' starter Brad Peacock. His problem (Peacock) is a 14.6 percent walk rate, which works out to 6.0 BB/9.
Angels starter Wade LeBlanc
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is quite a bit uglier than his 4.17 xFIP. His peripherals have declined this season, but not very much. The Orioles have a decent offense and Chris Davis is supposed to return tonight. At the end
- Ike Davis and the Missing HR
Anyone who regularly reads my work knows that Ike Davis has been a favorite of mine for years. More often than not, that love has proven to be misguided, leading me to spend money on a player who has
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Matt Joyce is startable against Drew Hutchison.
Yan Gomes has hit pretty well recently. He'll have the platoon advantage against Quintana.
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis finally has
- Sometimes It Pays to Make a Bad Trade
current closers plus another top reliever. There are only five reliever slots in this league, but my Jenrry Mejia and Wade Davis can be used as starters.
The trade I eventually made was Brantley for Dee
- Wade Davis, Dominant Reliever
, and Max Scherzer near the top. All three are in the top 15, but a surprising name owns the top spot on that leaderboard - Wade Davis.
Davis leads all pitchers with a 43.8% strikeout rate as he has
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Pirates have a couple left-handed batters to fear. David Phelps will try to steer them away from the short porch, but will he be successful?
The Orioles lack big, bad lefties aside from Chris Davis
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. Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte will try to dink one down the line.
Matt Joyce and David DeJesus, come on down.
And while we're at it, let's see Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak, and Brad
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to Start: Chris Davis is on the mends and will probably be back in the lineup by tomorrow (if not today), but I'm not too worried about Rick Porcello against the Orioles lineup all the same.
- Six Swingers to Avoid
. He doesn't even have a platoon split to recommend him in certain situations. He's just hard to use for more than the occasional spot start off the waiver wire.
4. Khris Davis: .233/.246/.405, 0.8
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, the Twins don't have many of those to start against Danny Salazar. On the other hand, the Indians can start eight of them against Ricky Nolasco.
Brad Peacock has to work his way through a potent Tigers
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George Springer, Chris Carter, and Jesus Guzman are worthy of consideration against Ray.
Lonnie Chisenhall and David Murphy will go to work against Samuel Deduno.
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis
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is starting for the Tigers in place of Bruce Chen. So you can hang on to Rajai Davis. Duffy is more than a little wild, so anything could happen. The last time I saw him pitch, he nearly broke Melky
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, Target field and chilly night conditions hurt offensive expectations.
The Mariners lefty stack is viable Brad Peacock on the hill. He's opposed by Felix Hernandez, so today does not look good
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Pitchers to Start: Brandon Cumpton is a no frills, get-the-job-done kind of guy. With Chris Davis on the disabled list and a tendency towards ground balls, his matchup isn't terrifying. He's opposed
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If Adam LaRoche is available in your league, he's a great play tomorrow.
Corey Dickerson should be back in the lineup after a couple days off.
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis will leadoff
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of the quotation marks. If you used one or both of these pitchers yesterday, you probably lost. Maybe Tanner Roark saved you?
Chris Davis landed on the disabled list with an oblique strain, Ryan
- Tightening Brad Miller's Leash
Brad Miller is no longer taking walks or getting hits. That’s obviously a problem, because it means he’s killing your team in average, failing to drive in runs and not getting on base to score runs
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And speaking of good stacks, Erik Johnson draws the Rangers matchup in Texas.
My last stack pick is the A's against Brad Peacock. I could go deeper - Roberto Hernandez is in Denver today
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only at extreme necessity.
Jesse Chavez is growing in popularity. He has a good chance to win against Brad Peacock.
Robbie Erlin is fairly talented plus he's a lefty at Petco - always a good thing
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facing Drew Hutchison.
Hitters (speed): Ben Revere and Tony Gwynn Jr. (if he starts) are solid speed plays. Maybe Charlie Blackmon will be leading off for the Rockies.
Rajai Davis is facing
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matched Pena's production, the bigger problem with my team was Buster Posey, Chris Davis, and the Rick Porcello.
Don't get me wrong, the Pena's of the world have their place, especially if you're
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a lot of sense. Yesterday's hero Ike Davis is expected to start. Who started him? (crickets)
Here's something I didn't expect to recommend...try stacking the Marlins against Ian Kennedy
- The 30 Gassiest Relievers - Ridiculously Early Results
11 of the 30 pitchers on this list fall into the closers and setup men bucket. You might have the opportunity to grab Jake McGee, Pedro Strop, Joaquin Benoit, Wade Davis, or Tom Wilhelmson. You might
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
explain 12:02Brad Johnson: Eno is on a plane to Jamaica12:02Comment From LenardLost Ramos and was offered Posey, Desmond, and Donaldson in return for Wright, Trumbo, and Gyorko. I can slide Brad Miller
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in Arlington, TX.
Hitters (power): The Mets have selected the contract of Bobby Bonilla after Ike Davis hurt himself yesterday. Again. Bonilla comes with the standard "best shape of his life" moniker
- The FanDuel Daily Grind 3-30-14
to roster four players from the same lineup, usually batting consecutively against a bad starting pitcher. That way, when Ian Kinsler drives in Rajai Davis, you get two points instead of one. When
- 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
, so there's that.
6. Michael Cuddyer, OF
Cuddy is really terrible in the outfield. That hasn't stopped the Rockies in the past (ahem, Brad Hawpe), but they do have four center fielders
- 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field
and Angel Pagan.
- Top 100 Spring Hitters by OPS
- The Cruel Power of Suggestion
in starting positions.
Usually an owner knows on some level that a certain player and his expected performance is necessary for success. So when you offer Yu Darvish and Addison Reed for Chris Davis
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
- Brad Ausmus Hates Your Fantasy Team
OK, so not really. In fact, if you don't know Brad Ausmus personally, then he probably doesn't even know you have a fantasy team, let alone care about it. But the headline is a good attention-grabber
- Nomination Strategy Guide
caliber players go for more than I expected. I only needed a CI after keeping Chris Davis and my fallback plan was Abreu. I should have put him forward early to see if I could sneak him off the board. What
- Lessons From a Botched Yahoo Draft
- Projection Leaderboard Fun Courtesy of ZiPS and Fans
- Relievers Who Have SP-Eligibility in Yahoo
in his return last season. His strikeout rates have always been middling in the majors, but his stuff suggests potential for a leap forward.
Wade Davis: The Royals tried to Davis as a starter last
- So Your Keeper League Has Too Many Fire Sales...
traded him last week, but that's beside the point). Aside from Mike Trout, the best keepers in this league are the Chris Davis's and Jose Bautista's of the world.
In that first year draft, a fellow
- The Pitcher Who Did the Most With the Least
- The Pirates Outfield
dissimilar to Chris Davis. You need not draft him, but it might be worth remembering that he exists.
Snider will probably battle Decker for the fourth outfielder role. Whoever wins should see more
- The Royals: Curiouser and Curiouser
of Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, and Wade Davis for a spot in the rotation. According to manager Ned Yost, the job is his to lose.
From a roster and payroll perspective, the pair of moves will cost
- Get to Know Brad Boxberger
Get to know new Tampa Bay Ray Brad Boxberger.
He likes running water.
No running water in hotel... Great job @HolidayInn— Brad Boxberger (@Brad_Boxberger) August 6, 2013
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Various Offseason Trade Strategies
Wade Davis. My theory was that if I could get somebody to accept him via trade, then they would be more inclined to keep him, thus wasting $12. Ideally, you can target players you would like
- Elite Relievers in an Ottoneu Points Format
that lists the common players among Ottoneu winners last season. The top of the list is dominated by a certain type of player, guys like Donaldson, Adam Wainwright, Shin-Soo Choo, Chris Davis, and Francisco
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
deploy your last roster spot in an optimal manner. Say you roster Rajai Davis so as to add about 20 marginal steals (you wouldn't play him every time he starts), but then end up winning the category
- A Fun Tidbit on Rajai Davis
According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet, the Tigers have agreed to terms on a two year contract with Rajai Davis. Davis will give the Tigers a little outfield depth and form a nifty little
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
be abandoned entirely on draft day, but there is a distinct possibility that you could beat his performance in all five categories with a waiver wire platoon of Rajai Davis and Raul Ibanez (as an example
- Leonys Martin: To Platoon or Not to Platoon
Martin are available at some point every season (ahem, Rajai Davis). His only standout category was stolen bases, while the rates he posted in other categories were average or slightly below. In Ottoneu
- Breaking down Brad Miller for 2014
Believe it or not, when I solicited future shortstop topics last week, the name that came up the most was Brad Miller of the Seattle Mariners.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Miller just fine, and I
- Khris Davis Reveals His Secret
Back in March, Khris Davis described his power as his secret weapon. “Me being kind of small, no one looks at me and is like, 'He's got power,'” Davis told Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy. “I do
- B.J. Upton, Chris Davis and Breakouts
Chris Davis owners are experiencing an unexpected surprise this season. Instead of a possible corner infield or injury replacement, they have one of the top players in the league for pennies
- A League of Chris Davis' Own
, then, one has to be careful not to be too casual about drawing comparisons. There is no more flattering offensive comp, so few will ever exceed the threshold of acceptability. But Chris Davis
- Chris Davis is Not on Steroids
@MichiganMagic1 No— Chris Davis (@ChrisDavis_19) June 30, 2013
When he's not quoting the Bible, Chris Davis takes time on Twitter to answer those who've been watching his incredible
- Brad Miller Is Worth Claiming
Unable to stomach Brendan Ryan and his .230 wOBA as the team's primary shortstop any longer, the Seattle Mariners have reportedly called up 23-year-old Brad Miller in an attempt to breathe some life
- Ike Davis and the Malfunctioning Parachute
Ike Davis homered in the season's second game. He homered twice a couple weeks later, then he homered again a week after that. That makes it sound like Davis hit a flurry of home runs, which he
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Brad Hand, Practicing Dramaturgist
The following tweet -- concerning primarily Miami left-hander Brad Hand's involvement in the theater arts -- is entirely and in-no-way altered from the original (click to embiggen):
- Chris Davis Is Hitting Everything
The Orioles scored 20 runs in their 2-1 series victory over the Rays this week. Chris Davis drove in 11 himself and scored four more. His .971 wOBA -- 7-for-11, three home runs, three doubles, a walk
- A Complete Log of Brad Boxberger's Defensive Chances
If you are a casual baseball fan, you probably haven't heard of Brad Boxberger. If you are a casual baseball fan, though, you probably aren't hanging out at FanGraphs, clicking on posts about Brad
- Brad Peacock: New Plumage in Houston
of the Bay Area is Brad Peacock, former Nationals blue-chipper who was moved to Oakland last offseason in the Gio Gonzalez deal. Many may remember there was a fair amount of sleeper buzz last spring
- Brad Lidge's Memorable Moment
If we were to sit down and create a list of the five most memorable baseball moments of the 21st century, the home run Albert Pujols hit off Brad Lidge in Game Three Five of the 2005 NLCS would
- Wade Davis: The Best Case Scenario
In the wake of the Kansas City and Tampa Bay trade from Sunday night, many have speculated upon -- and Jeff Sullivan has considered with something not unlike aplomb -- how Wade Davis might perform
- Wade Davis, Starting Pitcher
Davis will attempt to buck these trends and be useful next year.
C.J. Wilson lost three miles per hour off his fastball when he went to the starting rotation from the bullpen, but he had a decent
- Steven Spielberg's [Brad] Lincoln
Brad Lincoln is hunched in the waiting room of a doctor's office, world-weary and rain-soaked. Outside, rain falls steadily. Lincoln is approached by two children who, to his surprise, know who
- A Gerry Davis Game 1 Preview
in anticipation of the start of the World Series. For tonight's Game 1, the crew chief and guy behind the plate will be Gerry Davis. You might remember Gerry Davis for drawing some strike-zone criticism
- Chris Davis and His Pillars
Chris Davis was the bane of my fantasy teams for a couple of years. After breaking out in 2008 with 17 home runs in 80 games, he was my ace-in-the-hole of draft/auction day. The results were horrible
- Ike Davis: A Tale of Two Seasons
You'd be hard-pressed to find many guys listed on more "sleeper" lists last spring than Ike Davis. The 25 year-old Mets first baseman showed signs of breaking out in 2011, putting up an impressive
- Deciding Whether or Not to Trade Ike Davis
In a piece of news that would have seemed impossible at one time, there's scuttlebutt that New York Mets might be open to trading Ike Davis this offseason. A source told Adam Rubin of ESPNNY
- FanGraphs Audio: Inside the Clubhouse w/ Brad Lidge
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Washington Nationals reliever Brad Lidge about playing with a pair of phenoms, great sliders of yore, and the prospect
- Viciedo and Davis: Waiver Wire
, but in leagues where strikeouts are a negative category or where OBP has replaced AVG, Viciedo should be rostered with care. The upside is real, but the cost to K or OBP is a virtual certainty.
- Chris Davis Scouting Report
Baltimore's Chris Davis made his major-league pitching debut against Boston on Sunday, earning the win with two innings of scoreless work while striking out two, walking one, and allowing two hits
- Craig and Davis: Waiver Wire
leagues as a solid OF3 or bench option.
Chris Davis (ESPN: 27 percent owned; Yahoo!: 34 percent owned)
One of the question we’ve seen in a few different iterations in the Rotographs mailbag
- Brad Grant on Scouting Francisco Lindor
When the Indians took Francisco Lindor with the 8th-overall pick in last year’s draft, they brought into the fold -- in the opinion of scouting director Brad Grant -- “a potential Gold Glove
- 2012 Pod Projections: Ike Davis
as their keeper league fantasy owners. Ike Davis is certainly to be one of the primary beneficiaries of the change. With Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols' departure to the other league this off-season
- Brad Hawpe Resurrects in Texas
The likelihood of the Texas Rangers signing Prince Fielder grew even slimmer on Friday when the team opted to take a cheaper route and sign Brad Hawpe to a minor league league deal. Hawpe, who
- Brad Peacock (again!), Ryan Flaherty and Addison Reed: Prospect Chatter
In this edition...
A second take on Brad Peacock, a first look at a couple of Ryans and another reason rookie Addison Reed could be the White Sox's new closer.
When teams make moves, trades
- Historic Season for Rajai Davis
Rajai Davis was enjoying mixed results this season as the Blue Jays' center fielder before he endured a season-ending hamstring injury. He didn't hit for average (0.238) or hit home runs (1), but he
- A Chat With "Moneyball" Star Brad Pitt
This past weekend, I had the great honor of sitting down with two-time Academy Award nominated actor and star of the upcoming film "Moneyball," Brad Pitt. In the film, Pitt plays Oakland Athletics
- GIFs: Brad Peacock Has a Curveball
Washington National righty Brad Peacock made his first major-league start Wednesday night -- an appearance that was much anticipated by the present author, if by few others. The 23-year-old
- Davis & Montero: Waiver Wire
Let's take a look at a pair of two young AL East players that can provide a quick boost for your team down the stretch...
Wade Davis | SP | Rays | Ownership: 13% Yahoo!, 21.3% ESPN
- Audio: Former Catcher Brad Ausmus on Fresh Air
As a Dodger, Ausmus would often accidentally freeze mid-swing.
Fans of the Astros might've have been very ready for catcher Brad Ausmus's departure from that team. The available numbers from
- Brad Lidge, Velocity and Trevor Hoffman
Brad Lidge didn't top 90 on the radar gun Monday.
Sure, yesterday was a big first step for the 34-year-old reliever. The first appearance of the year -- especially when it happens this late
- Q&A: Chili Davis
Whether he's offering a strong opinion or he's waxing philosophical, Chili Davis is always engaging. The former slugger can hold court on any number of subjects -- he was born in Jamaica and coached
- Eric Davis's Rather Large Firearm
and quite possibly in charge, that you see alongside Mr. Davis. The obvious one, I suppose, is that Mr. Davis's baseball-ing chops are so substantial, so prepossessing, so like a large gun
- Brad Hawpe: Back From The Dead
I'm not sure about you, but there always seems to be that one player that ends up on my team(s) year after year. Right now that guy is Ryan Raburn, but over the least few years it was Brad Hawpe
- Wade Davis Might Want To Ditch His New Approach
tendencies to compensate.
Among qualified starters, Davis' 5.1 swinging strike percentage places ahead of only Brad Penny, Ivan Nova, Kyle McClellan and Dustin Moseley. For reference, the big league
- The 2011 Brad Emaus All-Stars
is no different, and with an idea sparked from Eric Seidman’s piece yesterday on Brad Emaus -- an article that the Mets completely ignored when they waived him today -- I present the 2011 Brad Emaus
- Mining the Minors: Cozart, Davis, Mathieson
" becomes too much to stomach.
Chris Davis, 1B
Current Level: Triple-A
Opportunity Rating: 3
Talent Rating: 7
Obstacle(s): Mitch Moreland; Jon Daniels
It's tough to get
- Rays Extend Wade Davis
Following the blueprint they used to sign a pre-arbitration eligible James Shields prior to the 2008 season, the Tampa Bay Rays signed 25-year-old Wade Davis to a contract extension on the eve
- Replacing Brad Lidge
is closer Brad Lidge, who will miss 3-6 weeks before he can begin throwing again. When healthy, Lidge has proven to be one of the most dominant relievers in the game. To replace that dominance
- AL Sophomore Starters: Davis and Matusz
The American League Rookie of the Year award may have gone to Neftali Feliz last season, and deservedly so, but the two sophomores I'm looking most forward to following this season are Wade Davis
- The Jays Acquire Rajai Davis
of their outfield logjam by sending Rajai Davis to the Toronto Blue Jays for a pair of arms (with bodies attached!) named Trystan Magnuson and Daniel Farquhar.
The Jays get the only player in the deal
- Arrieta and Davis
Jacob Arrieta and Wade Davis are both aged 24, right-handed, and rookie starting pitchers cutting their teeth in the frenzied American League East. Neither is recording the kind of whiffs their stuff
- Wade Davis' Lack of Whiffs
Heading into the 2010 season, Wade Davis looked poised to shoulder a full season's workload and join the Tampa Bay Rays' cavalcade of impressive young starting pitchers. Selected out of a Florida
- Brad Bergesen: Servicable or Bust?
Brad Bergesen's player profile here at FanGraphs has been playing mind games with me for a few days. Simply put, it's tough to get a good handle on what to expect from this guy. I really do enjoy
- Doug Davis and the Milwaukee Rotation
on Wednesday as the Brewers picked up Doug Davis on a 1 year, 4.25M contract with a mutual option for 2011.
Davis is an underwhelming talent, but he's managed to get outs over his career. Despite
- The Tale of Tommy Davis
who chose to read on, consider Tommy Davis. He has more than a few things in common with Bay. Both are left fielders, stand around 6’2”, and weigh around 200 pounds. Davis even played with the Mets
- Sleeper: Rays Pitcher Wade Davis
With the Red Sox and Yankees recently adding big names to their respective rotations other guys like Wade Davis tend to slip under the radar. Davis doesn't have the name recognition of a John Lackey
- Valuing Chris Davis in 2010
After an outstanding half season in 2008, Texas Rangers first baseman Chris Davis generated quite a bit of buzz leading into fantasy drafts in 2009. Davis hit .285/.331/.549 with 17 homers and 55 RBI
- Wade Davis Debuts
out the side to start your major league career of course.
Wade Davis did just that yesterday against the Detroit Tigers. A (somewhat) local product, Davis’ jitters were likely intensified pitching
- Ike Davis Sheds the Bust Label
When the season is over and people start producing Top Prospect rankings, Ike Davis will likely be in the middle of a top 100 list. That is not surprising for someone of his pedigree, a first-round
- The Underrated Brad Bergesen
Yards, Brad Bergesen and his 89 MPH fastball has snuck into the team photo and is threatening to stick around. I'm going to go so far as to say he's the best pitcher that most people have never heard
- Brad Lidge's Issues
Of all of the pitchers struggling on the Phillies, Brad Lidge is the most surprising. A glance at the relievers’ WAR board has Lidge firmly at the bottom of the totem pole; something unimaginable
- Be Excited about Chris Davis
Power hitters playing in Texas are a fantasy player’s dream. Chris Davis certainly fits the bill.
Throughout his minor league career, all Davis has done is mash. Despite being young for his level
- Brad Ziegler's Excellent Adventure
Oakland A's submariner Brad Ziegler took a rather circuitous route to major league success. Originally a 20th round selection by Philadelphia Phillies in the 2003 amateur entry draft, Ziegler
- Meet Chris Davis
Davis, newly promoted from Triple-A Oklahoma.
If there is one thing we know about Davis, it's that he can hit the baseball a long way. Between Bakersfield and Frisco last season, playing at age
- Meet Brad Ziegler
that simply can't be hit in the air (Brandon Webb, Chien-Ming Wang).
And then there's Brad Ziegler. He's a side-arm reliever for the A's, and his fastball tops out at about 86 MPH. It's basically
- Don't Forget About Wade Davis... But...
Wade Davis was nabbed in the third round of the 2004 draft out of a Florida high school. The right-hander made 13 starts in his pro debut but was roughed up and had an ERA over 6.00 and allowed
- Daily Graphing - Brad Penny
Brad Penny and Hee Seop Choi for Guillermo Mota, Paul LoDuca, and Juan Encarnacion. That trade made two years ago was most likely Paul DePodesta's defining transaction as GM of the Dodgers. Nobody
- Daily Graphing - Brad Wilkerson
ESPN is reporting that Nationals players Brad Wilkerson, Terrmel Sledge, and a player to be named will be headed to the Rangers in exchange for Alfonso Soriano. After Brad Wilkerson hit a career
- Daily Graphing - Brad Lidge
There's been a lot of talk recently about the reason for Brad Lidge's NLCS game 5 blown save. One of the most common answers to that one blown save has been, "he's overworked". Let's see