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- Mark Kotsay/Brian Anderson Swapped
For the second time in a week the Boston Red Sox make a move with a player previously designated for assignment. This time they swap Mark Kotsay (and cash) to their brothers in stockings for Brian
- On Brian McCann and Arn Anderson
Brian McCann is the hard-hitting catcher for the Atlanta Braves. Arn Anderson once teamed with Tully Blanchard to haunt the squared circle and our dreams. Both are Gentlemen of Verona. They are also
- Brian Anderson Calls It What It Is: A Pad
the Brewers play-by-play man Brian Anderson was a bit excited. His partner, former Brewers catcher and longtime color man Bill Schroeder, initially said the original ruling probably wouldn't be overturned
- FanGraphs Audio: Brian Anderson on the '97 Series
audio from a recent interview with Rays broadcaster and former Cleveland Indian Brian Anderson regarding the latter's experience, as a Cleveland native, in the heartbreaking 1997 World Series.
- Dodgers Snub Brian Barton
The Dodgers released Brian Barton. Meanwhile, Garret Anderson will evidently make the opening day roster. There’s something amusing about these two statements.
Anderson is a veteran. He’s fought
- Brian McCann Is Good
Yesterday I wrote about how Yovani Gallardo’s season had slipped through the cracks. Tonight is Brian McCann’s time for shine; apologies in advance to Braves’ fans if Brian McCann decides to pitch
- Brian Matusz' Year to Date
Brian Matusz is not a fan of the baseball scheduler makers. Or, maybe he is. He’s gotten the call to face the Tampa Bay Rays twice, and his combined line to date is:
12.3 IP, 15 SO, 6 BB, 0 HR
- Brian Wilson Gets to Hit
To the best of my knowledge, nobody has appointed me as president of label assignments, but I think calling Brian Wilson a great reliever is a worthwhile argument. He holds a 3.04 FIP over his
- Brian Anderson vs. Derek Jeter, Oct. 30, 2001
On Oct. 30, 2001, the New York Yankees hosted the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third game of a World Series played just seven weeks after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Left-hander Brian Anderson
- The Best of Brian Schneider
It has been a rough week for the population of former Montreal Expos in the major leagues. On the heels of Nick Johnson's retirement, former Expos, Nationals, Mets, and Phillies catcher Brian
- Atlanta Signs Anderson
One of the last standing California Angels has officially moved on. Garret Anderson and Ken Griffey Jr. were subjects of multiple rumors over the past few weeks as both were sought after by Atlanta
- Brett Anderson Gets an Extension
Since debuting last season, Brett Anderson has been one of the game’s top starting pitchers. He’s posted a 3.61 FIP in 187 innings and heck, he’s even leading the American League in ERA right now
- Advancing Age and Brian Roberts
Brian Roberts is a three-category fantasy star at a tough defensive position. While he does not have the cachet of playing for the World Series winner, like Chase Utley, or as his league’s reigning
- Brian McCann and Position Scarcity
After a down season in his sophomore year in the majors in 2007, Brian McCann bounced back last year to be in the top four among catchers in AVG, HR, RBI and Runs. The projection systems predict
- Mock Draft: An Interesting Failure
Jorge de la Rosa
- Week 13 Two-Start Pitcher Update
OAK – Anderson
HOU – Hampton
WAS – Olsen
SD – Banks
Pitchers from Friday no longer scheduled for two starts
TB – Garza
HOU – Moehler
OAK – Gonzalez
WAS – Stammen
SD – LeBlanc
- Interesting Week 23 Two-Start Pitchers
be on the fence) putting into your lineup for Week 23.
Brett Anderson – In his last six games, Anderson has five Quality Starts and a 3.09 ERA. Yet somehow he is 1-4 in this stretch. Anderson has 28 Ks and 10
- Week 10 Two-Start Pitchers Update
WAS – Stephen Strasburg
LAD – Hiroki Kuroda
BAL – Kevin Millwood
TOR – Brian Tallet
HOU – Brian Moehler
OAK – Vin Mazzaro
PIT – Jeff Karstens
Pitchers from Friday no longer scheduled for two starts
- Dayan Viciedo's Walk Rate
- Week 14 Two-Start Pitcher Update
ARZ – D. Davis
SEA – Bedard
OAK – Braden
TEX – Padilla
STL – Wellemeyer
OAK – B. Anderson
TOR – Mills
Pitchers from Friday no longer scheduled for two starts
TB - Garza
- Interesting Week Five Two-Start Pitchers
Paulino out for virtually the entire 2008 season. He opened this year in the minors but was promoted when Brian Moehler hit the DL in mid-April. Since then the 25-year old with the 95 mph fastball has
- Week 16 Trade Possibilities
think that would be nice production for the back of a team’s rotation from a guy likely available on the waiver wire.
Garret Anderson – Stat heads hate him because he does not walk and posts poor
- Interesting Week 10 Two-Start Pitchers
be on the fence) putting into your lineup for Week 10.
Brett Anderson – He has won three of his last four starts. The rookie is coming off his best outing of the season, when he threw seven shutout innings
- Home Cooking and Bobby Abreu
Dunn and Pat Burrell. Garret Anderson and Ken Griffey are also on the market.
Abreu will sign somewhere eventually but fantasy owners still need to be a bit wary that he will remain an impact
- Five Interesting Two-Start Pitchers for Week 3
, Lowe, Correia, Moyer, Hampton, Marquis, Garland, Contreras, Hendrickson, Baker, Wakefield, Ramirez, Laffey, Anderson, Sabathia, Kawakami, Martis, Parra, Blanton, Sanchez, Karstens, McCarthy, Owings
- Mock Draft: Punting Average
Ubaldo Jimenez (104)
Jay Bruce (118)
Carlos Marmol (139)
Elvis Andrus (158)
Carlos Gonzalez (122)
Scott Baker (155)
Brett Anderson (170)
Julio Borbon (187)
Chad Qualls (220)
- Appreciating and Projecting Ubaldo Jimenez
have been. Here on FanGraphs, we have had just one article between the fantasy side and the mainland on Jimenez, and that was a piece by R.J. Anderson that talked about four pitchers with ERAs under
- Interesting Week Four Two-Start Pitchers
, Anderson, Niemann, Bannister, Martis, Hernandez, Richmond, Loux, Hammel, Jakubauskas, Geer and Harrison.
- Matthews, Abreu and RBIs
lower in the order.
With Garrett Anderson gone, someone has to take the role on the Angels of driving in runs while hurting those who come up behind him by not getting on base. That snark aside
- Real Draft: Razzball
Clearly, this is not a good team. But I have no idea if it is truly Razzball
- Week Two 2-Start Pitchers
, Floyd, Anderson, Scherzer, W. Rodriguez, Harden, Pettitte, Cueto, Matusz, Romero, Carmona, Arroyo, Kennedy, Ducsscherer, Rowland-Smith, Marquis, Hochevar, Robertson, Davis, Ohlendorf, Guthrie, Tallet
- Interesting Week 20 Two-Start Pitchers
, Billingsley, Scherzer, B. Anderson, Vazquez, Baker, Marcum, Garland, Hunter, D. Hudson, Minor, Wells, Gorzelanny, Correia, Francis, Fister, McDonald, Volstad, Millwood, Tomlin, Olsen, Bergesen, Duke
- Two Start Pitchers: Week 3
and changes can and will happen between now and next week.
Halladay, Johnson, Lincecum, Marcum, Price, T. Hudson, Danks, B. Anderson, Romero, E. Jackson, Liriano, Scherzer, Kuroda, E. Santana, Shields
- Interesting Week Eight Two-Start Pitchers
, Stults, Medlen, Moyer, Pavano, Anderson, Gaudin, Augenstein, Jakubauskas, Milton, Eaton.
Check back Sunday night for an update of two-start pitchers.
Now, I would like to take a step back
- Interesting Week 12 Two-Start Pitchers
start. So here are my selections for Week 10 and how they did.
Anderson – Advised to start. 11 K, 10.24 ERA, 2.07 WHIP (2 starts)
Feldman – Advised to start. 3 K, 3.27 ERA, 1.09 WHIP (2)
- Interesting Week 18 Two-Start Pitchers
, Chamberlain, Duke, Kazmir, Harang, Kuroda, Feldman, B. Anderson, Hochevar, Bergesen, Parra, Moyer, Kawakami, Tillman, Hammel, Contreras, Rowland-Smith, Hampton, Stuaffer, G. Gonzalez, French, Holland, Laffey
- Thursday's Free Agent Pitchers
. He has allowed 2 HR in 15.2 IP at Wrigley but 5 HR in 19 IP on the road.
Doug Fister (10%) – Has a home start against Anderson and the A’s. After a strong showing at the start of his major
- Interesting Week 10 Two-Start Pitchers
, Hughes, Hamels, Haren, Pelfrey, Niemann, Marcum, Zito, Lilly, Lowe, Kazmir, Sheets, B. Anderson, Richard, Carmona, Wells, Floyd, W. Rodriguez, Francis, Medlen, Feldman, Galarraga, Volstad, LeBlanc, Hammel
- Week 25 Two-Start Pitchers
their second start yet. So here are Week 23 pitchers and how they fared.
B. Anderson – Advised to start. 2 W, 1.84 ERA, 9 Ks, 1.023 WHIP (2 starts)
Gallardo – Advised to sit. W, 1.29 ERA, 10 Ks, 0.929
- Week 26 Two-Start Pitchers
, Buchholz, Haren, E. Santana, Scherzer, Latos, Hanson, W. Rodriguez, E. Jackson, Lackey, B. Anderson, Lilly, Burnett, A. Sanchez, Davis, Slowey, Niese, Volquez, Braden, Matusz, Minor, Galarraga
- Two-Start Pitchers: Week 7
, Marcum, Masterson, G. Gonzalez, Anderson, Burnett, Nolasco, J. Sanchez, D. Hudson, Kuroda, Britton, Lewis, W. Rodriguez, Jackson, Lowe, Baker, Myers, Bailey, Stauffer, Zimmermann, Wolf, Duensing
- Jerry Manuel Intentionally Walks Garret Anderson
and Joe Torre. There were about a dozen different moves and tweaks to analyze from this series but one in particular stood out as worthy of examination: intentionally walking Garret Anderson.
Let me set
- Anderson Dominating
As far as AL West aces go, most people could probably give you three easily: Cliff Lee, Felix Hernandez, and Jered Weaver. Brett Anderson of the Oakland Athletics has largely flown under the radar
- Brian Matusz and Jarrod Washburn Offer Fantasy Dilemma
, languishing in last place and under .500 for the 12th consecutive season since cutting ties with Davey Johnson, started Brian Matusz, the team's first-round draft pick in 2008, who was making his major
- ALDS Roster Movement: Boston Red Sox
and probably within his physical prime – that we would be worried about the latter’s back giving out, but hey, that’s baseball.
Speaking of old-man injuries, Rocco Baldelli’s hip could bump Brian
- Woeful O's
career IP, 6.08 FIP)
Yeah…that doesn’t appear particularly pretty, does it? Well, their other options include Brian Bass and Brian Burres. Applaud the Orioles for not rushing their pitching prospects
- Flags Fly Forever Pt. Two
Overall advantage: 2009
Individual advantage: 2006
2006: Chad Cordero, Brian Fuentes, Todd Jones, Brad Lidge, Gary Majewski, Scot Shields, Mike Timlin, Huston Street, Dan Wheeler
- The Thriller in Miami
, someway, he struck out Brian Barden, Anibal Sanchez, and then got Dan Uggla to fly out.
- David Price (the Rays’ Sunday starter) missing the game after being hit in the groin with a warm-up toss
- Flags Fly Forever Pt. One
2006: Jason Varitek, Michael Barrett, Brian Schneider
2009: Brian McCann, Chris Ianetta
This seems more lopsided than it is. Nowadays Varitek is a shell of his former self, Barrett signed
- The Paid Man's Burden
chug along for many, many more years and wind up with well north of 200 wins.
That doesn't make him an ace or anything, but the mere fact that Brian Sabean decided to grossly over pay him doesn't
- A.J. Burnett to the Yankees
, and the Yankees are absolutely thriving in it. A lot can be said for spending money and a lot more should be said for Brian Cashman and the Yankees paying these free agents exactly what they're worth
- There Must Be 50 Ways to Build a Bullpen
, three who sit 89-91, and one who sits around 87-89. If Brian Shouse and Matt Thornton ever get into a paper ball throwing match, I know who I want on my side.
It’s pretty fascinating that two
- UZR Tidbits Through May 3rd
, Brewers, and Astros (!?) round out the top five. The Orioles, Mets, White Sox, Marlins, and Indians are using oven mitts in place of gloves. As are Brian Giles, Cody Ross, and Vernon Wells
- The Pleasures of Strand Rate
regression hold for the Texas righty?
Millwood’s strikeout and walk ratios share company with Jeremy Guthrie, Brian Bannister, Paul Maholm, and Dallas Braden. Guthrie’s homerun rate is too high, while
- Billy Wagner Returns
and faced Reid Gorecki, Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann. His first pitch was a 94 MPH fastball that missed inside. Wagner would fire a 94.7 MPH fastball for a strike on his next pitch before tossing Gorecki
- How Are the Stars Being Acquired? Catchers
Martinez – traded
Brian McCann – drafted
Jorge Posada –drafted
Yadier Molina – drafted
Miguel Montero – amateur free agent
Mike Napoli – drafted
Kurt Suzuki – drafted
A.J. Pierzynski – free
- Mopping Up in 2009
Mark Hendrickson Orioles 0.405
Brian Bass Orioles 0.418
Carrasco is the best of the bunch (as judged by FIP) and as such, dethrones Buddy Carlyle as mop-up man of the year.
- Barry Zito's Contract Revisited
horrendous it is though.
In December 2006, Brian Sabean and the Giants outbid Bill Bavasi and the Mariners in order to land the overrated southpaw billed as an ace. As Nate Silver, amongst others
- Phillies Sign Schneider
Tonight may bring with it the deadline for free agent arbitration tenders, but the Phillies needed not to wait in order to ink their man. Brian Schneider spent the past two seasons with the Mets
- Sabean Strikes Back: Non-Tenders Ryan Garko
This move is flabbergasting.
Ignore, for a moment, that the Giants essentially gave away Scott Barnes. Brian Sabean acquired Ryan Garko in late July. Up until that point, he was hitting .285
- The Early King of Low Leverage
It feels like Brian Moehler has been around forever. The major league portion of his career began way back in 1996 with the Tigers. In 2002 he moved on to the Reds. After that he flip flopped from
- The Ones That Got Away: American League West
Rich Hill (2001: Round 7, Pick 209)
Brian Matusz (2005: Round 4, Pick 133)
Buster Posey (2005: Round 50, Pick 1,496)
2010 draft connection: Matt Harvey (2007: Round 3, Pick 118), who went
- New York Yankees Acquire Austin Kearns
Brian Cashman was not done after agreeing to a trade for Lance Berkman. Hours later, he went out and grabbed Cleveland Indians’ outfielder Austin Kearns for a player to be named later or cash
- Derek Jeter's 4-6-3 Nightmare
Pavano, the unheralded Brian Duensing, and the predictable Nick Blackburn will start the games for the American League Central Champions throughout at least the Divisional Series. This could lead to some
- For Whom The Bells Will Toll
Just a week ago the closers market brimmed with names like Francisco Rodriguez, Kerry Wood, and J.J. Putz. As you’re well aware, each of those are now off the market, leaving Brian Fuentes
- Giant of a Steal
Brian Sabean needs to do something silly soon. Like, trade Jonathan Sanchez for Jorge Cantu or Tim Lincecum for Alexis Rios silly, otherwise, the Giants are having an amusingly solid off-season
- A Collection of Career Batting Leaderboard Tidbits
Carl Yastrzemski for 24th all-time as Rodriguez essentially tails Manny.
Brian Giles will never replace Tony Gwynn as Mr. Padre, but Giles one-upped Gwynn last season by accumulating 393 career wRAA
- Pudge Pounds Number 300
catcher aged 30 or younger with 90, and the next youngest is Miguel Olio at 76. Brian McCann has 73 and he’s only 25, John Buck has 65 and is 28, Mike Napoli has 52 at age 27, and Joe Mauer has 50
- The Worst Regular in Baseball
More than 200 plate appearances into the season, Brian Giles remains the worst regular in baseball. Suffice to say, Giles abrupt decay is a bit surprising. Sure, he’s 38 years old and plays
- The Struggling Trio of Sluggers
the same, but his power has disappeared. Coming into the season only Oliver projected an ISO sub-.200 for the 31-year-old, and now ZiPS projects Bradley to finish with a ISO of .197. Score one for Brian
- Game of the Week: 7/20-7/26
with a runner on, making it a five run ballgame. After a sac fly in the 5th, the A’s trailed 7-13 entering the bottom of the seventh. Brian Duensing would walk Barton and allow two singles before being
- How Are the Stars Being Acquired? Relief Pitching
Broxton – draft
Chan Ho Park – free agent
Mike Wuertz – trade
Kiko Calero – free agent
Matt Thornton – trade
Brian Wilson – draft
Trevor Hoffman – free agent
Heath Bell - trade
- How Are the Stars Being Acquired: Infield
Brian Roberts – drafted
Placido Polanco – traded
Brandon Phillips – traded
Juan Uribe – free agent
1 free agent
Evan Longoria – drafted
- Nationals Acquire Bruney
Yankees trade RP Brian Bruney to Nationals for a player to be named later; Nationals release RP Saul Rivera
And the first real trade of the Winter Meetings is … a middle reliever for the Yankees
- The Marlins' Next Batch
doesn’t get the due they deserve because of their economic standing. When one references Andrew Friedman or Billy Beane, the usual statement that follows is, “Imagine if they had Brian Cashman’s
- Aramis' Troubles with the Wood
to a .381 wOBA. Still, sharing a dishonorable accolade with recent leaders like Brian Giles and Kevin Millar can’t do much to inspire confidence alongside the slow start.
- Suppan's Return
. Why? Because Magic head coach Brian Hill and Garrity would go to museums together while on the road.
- What The Atlanta Braves Should Do
). They are currently in first place.
Buy or Sell?
Undoubtedly the Braves' record makes them candidates to acquire even more talent. They’re pretty much set at catcher with Brian McCann. At first base Troy Glaus
- Pirates Acquire Gallagher
the alternative is Brian Burres.
- The Giants Add Pen Arms
for, yet that’s what Brian Sabean did.
Joe Martinez gets groundballs against righties and struggles versus lefties. He relies on a low-90s, high-80s fastball along with a curve and change. He’s only
- The Most Exciting Inning of the Night
was not done, though, as the Phillies then went on a singles parade that saw Shane Victorino, Brian Schneider, and Ben Francisco sending baseballs across the field like beads. By now, Polanco stood
- Kenny Williams and Mike Rizzo Fall For Different Types
. As does Drew Storen (and so there too did Brian Bruney for a limited time and Matt Capps), and with no disrespect intended towards Storen or those other hard throwers in the pen, allow me to share the real
- Tejada to The Other Part of The Bay
: "All that’s missing is Brian Sabean and a pen."
Sabean’s flair for employing the senior citizens of the baseball player population is unrivaled. The league’s best social activist has struck again
- Angels Sign Downs
a splash, and the Angels signing a late-inning reliever are offseason givens. The Halos penned Brian Fuentes and Fernando Rodney to a pair of two-year deals over the last two offseasons, and added this year