- Should Owners Pick Up Tommy Hunter?
Fantasy owners are always scouring the waiver wire looking for pitchers for the back of their staff. One pitcher gaining a lot of buzz for his performance so far is Rangers RHP Tommy Hunter. In six
- Torii Hunter Ages Gracefully
Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter has aged pretty gracefully. At an age where most players find themselves out of the league, Hunter has managed to put up decent offensive numbers. While he's
- Finding Value in Pitcher Inconsistency
- Relief Pitching in Context
- Freddie Freeman, the Cardinals, and Coming Through When it Counts
- Joey Votto and the Value of a Walk
- Tommy Hunter, or Generics versus the Brand Name
Hunter and Brian Matusz, as well as whichever of Chris Tillman or Joe Saunders doesn't end up starting game four. Eight arms, three of whom can easily be stretched out for multiple innings, gives
- Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn: Trade Deadline Movers
of Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn looks from here on out.
Anyone that moves from the Astros to the Phillies is automatically going receive a boost to their fantasy value
- 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: Punting HR
Tim Lincecum (ADP 12)
Carl Crawford (15)
Ichiro Suzuki (39)
Dustin Pedroia (38)
Jon Lester (59)
Lance Berkman (60)
Chone Figgins (79)
Ricky Nolasco (106)
Torii Hunter (99)
Chad Billingsley (120
- Week Nine Trade Possibilities
to elbow inflammation. In four starts since returning, he has a 3.08 ERA and a 4.85 K/9.
Torii Hunter – Last season Hunter was enjoying a career year before ending up on the DL
- Week 16 Two-Start Pitchers
. Dickey throws strikes, keeps the ball in the park and gets his share of ground balls. Even though he has two road starts this week, make sure he is in your lineup.
Tommy Hunter – Over the last two
- Mock Draft: AL-Only
Ken Griffey Jr.
For my first pick, I
- Reviewing a Mock Draft Team: Punting Power
- Interesting Week 17 Two-Start Pitchers
be made up for in a road start in pitcher-friendly Citi Field against the punchless Mets.
Tommy Hunter – After getting pounded in his major league debut last season, Hunter has had an impressive
- Week 12 Two-Start Pitchers
, Lester, Kershaw, Oswalt, Hanson, Danks, Dempster, Burnett, J. Garcia, E. Santana, Latos, Leake, Baker, Cecil, A. Sanchez, L. Hernandez, Hunter, Chacin, Talbot, Guthrie, Narveson, Ohlendorf, R. Lopez, Chen
- What I Hate About Line Drives
in 2008 - while in Minneapolis, it's 20% less likely. Four of the lowest six LD rates belong to Michael Bourn, Geoff Blum, Ty Wigginton and Hunter Pence, and Minute Maid Park has the second lowest LD park
- Interesting Week 19 Two-Start Pitchers
and how they did.
Garland – Advised to start. W, 3.00 ERA, 4 Ks, 0.93 WHIP (2 starts)
Hunter – Advised to start. W, 3.75 ERA, 11 Ks, 1.42 WHIP (2)
Marquis – Advised to start. 3.46 ERA, 7 Ks, 1.08
- Interesting Week 26 Two-Start Pitchers
, Beckett, Hamels, Jurrjens, Burnett, Dempster, Pineiro, Danks, Feldman, Marquis, E. Santana, Wells, Porcello, Hunter, Blackburn, D. Davis, Bailey, Duensing, Cahill, Masterson, Richmond, Norris, Laffey
- Week 18 Two-Start Pitchers
Dickey – Advised to start. 2.13 ERA, 9 Ks, 0.868 WHIP (2 starts)
Hunter – Advised to start. 2 W, 2.03 ERA, 4 Ks, 0.675 WHIP (2)
Jurrjens – Advised to start. W, 3.21 ERA, 13 Ks, 1.143 WHIP (2
- 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
- Interesting Week 23 Two-Start Pitchers
and next week.
Jimenez, Lester, Verlander, Oswalt, T. Hudson, Lee, Latos, Kershaw, Liriano, Haren, Lincecum, Hanson, Scherzer, Cueto, Romero, Marcum, A. Sanchez, Burnett, Pelfrey, Hunter, Bumgarner
- RotoGraphs Mailbag - 5/14/09
pitching for your team.
In a 10-team, 23 player, mixed head to head 5x5 keeper league. I was offered Matt Capps and Hunter Pence for Broxton OR Javier Vazquez for Broxton. Here is my team:
- Interesting Week 20 Two-Start Pitchers
, Dempster, Scherzer, Billingsley, E. Santana, Feldman, Hunter, Norris, Liriano, Pavano, Garland, P. Martinez, Lilly, Bannister, Correia, L. Hernandez, Villanueva, Hart, Bailey, Mazzaro, D. Hernandez
- Saturday's Free Agent Pitchers
has not allowed an earned run.
Ryan Rowland-Smith (43%) - Has a home start versus Hunter and the Rangers. In his last 13 games, Rowland-Smith has eight Quality Starts. He is 3-2 with a 2.88 ERA
- Two-Start Pitchers: Week 20
, Davis, Blackburn, Alvarez, Moscoso, Hunter, Mills, Duffy, Chatwood, Paulino, G. Richards, Detwiler, Lopez, Sosa.
Check back Sunday night for an update of two-start pitchers.
Now I want to provide
- Two-Start Pitchers: Week 23
, H. Alvarez, Miley, Sosa, Duffy, Paulino, L. Perez, LeBlanc, Stewart, Hunter, Swarzak, Batista, A. Vasquez, Diamond.
Now I want to provide some accountability and check in and see how previous
- Week Five Trade Possibilities
just cannot see the combination of a 25.3 percent strikeout rate and a .245 BABIP lasting for much longer.
Hunter Pence – If you were going to describe Pence, how would you do it? Is he
- Two-Start Pitchers: Week 25
, Alvarez, Surkamp, Narveson, Pelfrey, Pineiro, Volquez, Miley, Eveland, Williams, White, Penny, Paulino, Beavan, Huff, Hunter, Millwood, Sosa, Happ, Delgado, Volstad, Wang, LeBlanc, Simon, Lopez, Gomez
- 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
- Hunter Pence's Homerun Face
Hunter Pence is on the verge of exploding at all times.
That is all.
- A Tweet By Torii Hunter, Illustrated
click to embiggen
Today, a liberally literal interpretation of this fine tweet by Torii Hunter.
- Brian Dozier: When Just OK is Good Enough for the Twins
, Torii Hunter, a pre-concussion Justin Morneau, and even squirreled some late-career heroics out of Jim Thome in the past few years. They were a mid-market team in a fairly week weak division
- Tommy Hunter's High Curves
Over the weekend R.J. Anderson, Zach Sanders and others tweeted about Tommy Hunter's curveball. R.J. noted that Hunter's curve was way up in the zone during Hunter's start on Saturday. I
- Torii Hunter: Newest Tiger
Torii Hunter is now back in the AL Central after spending the last 5 seasons with the Angels. The 38-year-old will provide needed support to a punch-less Tigers'lineup with the exceptions of Prince
- Torii Hunter, Right Fielder
further; tonight, Bourjos will make his major league debut, and he'll do so in center field. No, Torii Hunter is not getting a day off - the guy who has won nine consecutive Gold Gloves as a CF
- Torii Hunter's New Approach
Torii Hunter is a changed man. Remember when he was a power-hitting centerfielder in the middle of the lineup? Torii Hunter is the same man. See that smile? And that stolen home run? Hunter might
- Tommy Hunter's Closing Opportunity
After the contract with Grant Balfour to be Jim Johnson's replacement as the Orioles closer fell apart, Tommy Hunter stands out as the most obvious candidate to take over the job. The team
- Fantasy MVP Hunter Pence
Well, Chris Davis is obviously the "real" Fantasy MVP. His ADP according to FantasyPros was seven spots worse than Hunter Pence's, and he ended up eight spots better in the final rankings
- The Value of Hunter Pence
Over the weekend, the Giants made the first big signing of the off-season, even though it wasn't technically the off-season yet. Rather than let Hunter Pence get to free agency and potentially start
- News Illustrated: Hunter Fights Pujols
Last week, CBS reported that tensions in the Angels' clubhouse last season grew so high that Torii Hunter and Albert Pujols nearly ended up in a fight. Leading to this informative news illustration
- Hunter Pence's Sliding Production
product of Houston's barren player development outlet that figured to bear fruit was Hunter Pence. Plucked out of the University of Texas-Arlington in the 2nd round of the 2004 draft, Pence quickly
- Hunter Pence's Impatience
The biggest hacker, aside from Humberto Quintero, has been right fielder Hunter Pence. Houston's second round pick in the 2004 draft broke into the big leagues in 2007, hitting .322/.360/.539
- His Name Is Hunter Pence...
- Torii Hunter Is Playing to His Contract
When the Angels signed Torii Hunter to a five-year, $90 million contract after the 2007 season it seemed like an overpay. In fact, given the teams competing for Hunter's services, it almost certainly
- Age is Just a Number for Torii Hunter
Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter continues to churn out effective seasons despite his age. The 38-year-old outfielder may no longer be in his prime, but that didn't stop him from ranking 17th
- 2009 Impact Rookie: Tommy Hunter
is a sign of good things to come from the 2009 rookie class.
Texas Rangers prospect Tommy Hunter has a good chance to see significant time in Arlington this season, even though he will begin 2009
- The NotGraphs Roast of Brian Wilson
I'd like to thank you all for attending this roast of the man of the hour, Brian Wilson. This, of course, is not the Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys -- the drug-addled man child who famously spent
- Brian McCann Glimpses the Unthinkable
Abhorrence of Abhorrences lurking behind the potted palm, Brian McCann sees you. If it's any consolation, Abhorrence of Abhorrences, you are absolutely as mortifying as you think you are. At least
- A Very Quick Note on Hunter Pence
On Monday, we'll have a more thorough write-up of Hunter Pence's new $90 million contract with the Giants. For now, though, I figured this comparison was kind of fun: Here's Nick Swisher in the three
- 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
- The Stealth MVP Candidacy of Hunter Pence
I'll say it up front; the headline you just read is a little bit of a trick. This post is about Hunter Pence perhaps being more valuable this year than most of us realized, but because I have an NL
- Daily Graphing - Brian Lawrence
Yesterday the Nationals traded Vinny Castilla to the Padres and in return Brian Lawrence. Trading the 38 year old 3rd baseman to make way for Ryan Zimmerman was a good idea, but how excited should
- I Am Not Brian Wilson
chanting: "Brian. Wilson." Clapclap, clapclapclap.
This is why:
But I am not, in fact, Brian Wilson, though my face proteins may resemble his. Let us examine the differences:
- Brian Kenny, Sabermetric Colonialist
Some idjit named “Mike Bates” was riling up the masses over on SBNation this morning, comparing stathead culture warrior Brian Kenny to a British colonialist barreling through Africa and the Middle
- Injuries Equal Opportunity For Hunter Morris
In Milwaukee, Hunter Morris will battle former shortstop Alex Gonzalez and fringe big leaguer Taylor Green for the opening day nod at first base. On paper, it seems like the odds are in his favor
- Brian Wilson's Fantastic Offseason
On January 30 of this year Brian Wilson and the Giants came to an agreement on a one year deal for $4.4 million to avoid Wilson's first year of arbitration. Based on our standard expectation
- Brian McCann: Fun Police
is whenever someone is being joyful or doing something remotely interesting, angry dad Brian McCann was there to tell them to tone it down and cut the fun short:
This is part of Brian McCann’s
- By Request: Hunter Pence in a Chanel No. 5 Ad
A participant in Dave Cameron's World Series Game One chat requested that Hunter Pence be placed in what hitherto has been known as "Brad Pitt's Awkward Chanel No. 5 Ad." Henceforth, it shall
- Giants Upgrade Their Outfield With Hunter Pence
The San Francisco Giants today acquired Hunter Pence from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for outfielder Nate Schierholtz, catching prospect Tommy Joseph, and right-handed pitcher Seth Rosin
- Hunter Pence Heads West to SF
perennial fourth outfielder Nate Schierholtz and prospects Tommy Joseph and Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence and cash considerations. From a reality standpoint, the trade
- How Hunter Pence Fits in Pittsburgh
Astros RF Hunter Pence "with the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in mind." While the Astros are firmly in the sellers column, it's unknown whether they're interested at all in dealing Pence, who
- Hunter Pence: First Half Hero
and talk about Hunter Pence.
What I actually love about Pence, first and foremost, is the awkwardness with which he does everything. He looks so ridiculously ungraceful when he runs the bases
- 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
- 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
- Torii Hunter: My Fantasy AL Turtle
Fantasy Turtle balloting was as follows:
Derek Jeter: 2
B.J. Upton: 2
Carlos Santana: 2
Doug Fister: 1
Yoenis Cespedes: 1
Brandon Moss: 1
Alex Rios: 1
Torii Hunter: 1
With such a close vote, I
- Brian McCann: Disappointingly Decent
I had big hopes for Brian McCann this season. He moved from a pitcher friendly stadium in Atlanta to arguably the best hitting venue for lefties in all of baseball (I'm willfully ignoring Coors Field
- Brian Matusz Debuts
into the season, and one of those pitchers is 2008 first round pick Brian Matusz, who made a solid debut last night against the Detroit Tigers.
Outside of somewhat of a rocky 2nd inning in which
- The Life of Brian's Fastball
The Giant’s Brian Wilson is a fun player. He looks more rock star than ballplayer, what with his mop hair, tattoos and tight pants. He even brings his own brand pyrotechnics to the mound
- 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 Roberts' Next Injury
BALTIMORE-- Brian Roberts strained a flexor tendoligastring yesterday while riding a stationary bike, when the bike suddenly became not-stationary and started moving. Roberts, unprepared
- Breaking Down Brian Matusz
A four-pitch lefty taken fourth overall in the 2008 draft, Brian Matusz shredded minor league bats during his pro debut -- in 113 innings split between the High-A Carolina League and the Double
- The Brian McCann Replacements
Unless Keanu Reeves has been working on calling signs, you won't be able to replace Brian McCann with a player off the wire with his upside. Now that the 27-year-old Brave has had his career year
- Daily Graphing - Brian Roberts
When Brian Roberts was on pace for 73 home runs just 11 games into the 2005 season, I made a bet with one of my buddies that he wouldn't hit more than 10 home runs on the year. When I saw him drive
- 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
- The Good and Bad - Brian Roberts
There are only two major league hitters right now with a WPA of 2.00 or above that have single-digit home run marks: Joe Mauer (8) and Brian Roberts (9). Mauer gets plenty of pub regardless of his
- 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 Wilson's Two-Seamer
Early in the season Eno Sarris introduced us to Brian Wilson's flithy two-seam fastball, a pitch Wilson claims to have added this year. Sarris's GIF showed Jamey Carroll flailing wildly at Wilson's
- What to do With Brian Matusz?
a look at a pitcher giving some people fits this year.
Brian Matusz is only owned in 24% of Yahoo leagues, and for good reason - he has had some clear faults that are plaguing him this year. While
- The Inevitable Absence of Brian Roberts
Out of my various fantasy leagues, only one is auction-style. Near the end of our draft last week, I picked up Brian Roberts for $1, grumbling the entire time that the software was forcing me to pick
- Apply to the Hunter Pence School of Just Kinda Flailing at It
Not getting the results you want at the plate? Tried all those fad swing tools without any progress? Had enough of your father's disappointed looks?
Then register today for the Hunter Pence
- Brian McCann: No Sure Thing
Brian McCann was as consistent as they come until last season. At a generally weak position, McCann's solid batting average and above-average power numbers led him to finish at the top of catcher
- What Happened To Brian Dozier?
I've been a believer in Brian Dozier for quite some time now. Since his breakout around the midway point of last season, Dozier has consistently been one of the most valuable second basemen
- Anatomy of an Adjustment: Brian Dozier
In July, I wrote a column detailing my concerns about Brian Dozier. Dozier came into July with 51 walks compared to 65 strikeouts, and that plate discipline was a big part of his move into the top
- The Disappointments of Youth: Brian Matusz
A player can be disappointing or overrated without actually being bad, it’s really more of a question of the expectations he was facing going into the season. Brian Matusz was disappointing
- Torii Hunter Takes Age Defying Magic to Detroit
necessary. Today, they made that upgrade by signing Torii Hunter to a two year, $26 million contract.
With Hunter, there are two competing viewpoints, both of which have their roots in factual basis
- Hunter Finally Finds Groove Over Heart Of The Plate
on their respective games, four was enough, and the Angels won just their second game in their last eight tries. The hero was Torii Hunter, who plated the Angels first three runs behind an RBI single in the first
- NotGraphs Video Scouting: Hunter Dozier, IF, Kansas City
Kansas City's Hunter Dozier is a rare sort of prospect. He's both physically impressive and athletic -- and appears, at least from a small professional sample, to have something in the way both
- Tommy Hunter Getting It Done One Way Or Another
, but they rank third in the AL in ERA at 3.80. They also have the largest discrepancy between their ERA and FIP.
Much of that discrepancy comes from 23-year-old Tommy Hunter. He has been quite
- Hunter Pence Literally Cannot Fathom Driving
After Giants right flailer Hunter Pence fell victim to the notorious scooter snatcher of San Francisco, he mentioned to reporters, "I can't fathom driving for some reason." The crack NotGraphs
- The Feast of Brian Jordan, Run Saver
Like the better films of Woody Allen and/or a gun that shoots knives, today's feast day is aimed simultaneously at the heart and the head.
Brian Jordan, Run Saver
Life: Along with Bo Jackson
- Brian O'Neill: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Post-Gazette's "Stats Geek" (Brian O'Neill) did a piece today on the Pirates lack of big hits in terms of Win Probability and Win Probability Added. If you're a Pirates fan:
Click here to see
- What Did Brian Cashman See?
Brian Cashman got a voicemail notification. The caller was listed as BLOCKED. He slid his finger across the notification. He entered his voicemail password. He only had one voicemail
- Brian Cashman, Rendered Comic-Stripally
today, however, when Sullivan gave us this -- i.e. a comic strip rendering of Brian Cashman introducing new Yankee Rafael Soriano, the relief pitcher whom he (i.e. Cashman) has reluctantly signed
- 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