- On Allen Craig, the Magic Man
Allen Craig, so far, has been one of baseball's all-time best hitters with runners in scoring position. Yes, as in ever. This year, he's leading the league in batting average in that split. Last year
- Astounded by Craig Kimbrel
be more excited to watch him over relievers like Carlos Marmol, Aroldis Chapman, Brian Wilson, Neftali Feliz, Mariano Rivera, and more. But no, as we enter 2011, Craig Kimbrel is my most anticipated
- Remembering Jack Wilson
/outfielder/first baseman Craig Wilson. Remember when the "Wilson Brothers" and Jason Bay were part of a future Pirates contender? Good thing those miserable days are over. HOKA HEY.
- Closer Updates: Thornton, Wilson, Francisco, Kimbrel
Brian Wilson | Giants
Our top ranked reliever coming into the season, Wilson strained his oblique sometime last week and was scheduled to undergo tests on Monday. Unsurprisingly, the guy who
- Brian Wilson Presents: The Best of Casey Blake
. The Braves took a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth. In the bottom of that inning, Jamey Carroll was on second with two outs. Blake singled him in (against Craig Kimbrel) for .427 WPA and tied up
- Switch-Drawing NL Parks
Hello, NotGraphs readers. My name is Craig Robinson. Not that one. Or the one who played for the Phillies, Braves, and Giants in the 70s. I'm English, myopic, bearded, a recovering cigarette smoker
- Emerging Craig
Recently spotted headline: Emerging Craig, Cards agree on 5-year deal. This seemed like an appropriate time to reflect on that miracle of nature -- a miracle transpiring each year, like clockwork
- Going to Puebla to Watch Baseball
would you do, Craig, if you shat yourself at a ballpark? I played the thought out: I'd likely be able to grab a taxi and use the plastic raincoat in my backpack to sit on so as not to shit-up the taxi
- Switch-Drawing AL Parks
- Alex Rodriguez and Friends
- Cyclopean Pitchers
- Your 2014 MLB Teams' Web Site Taglines
- This Season's Special Caps
- Ballpark Pizza
- The Lighthouse Keeper
- The Colossus of Arthur Rhodes
- An American in Paris
- Buying Tickets for a Mexican League Home Opener
- Window Seat, Please
- Pete Rose's Secret Great American Burrow
- La Danse Avec Cinq Raúl Ibañezs
- Fibonacci Fields
- Big José Altuve Portrait
- Paving Slab Field
- Drawing a Drawing of Baseball Players
- Snow Globe
- "¿Tacos, Güero?"
- Summer 2014: The Animated GIF
- A Blog Post For The Masses, and By Masses I Mean "Not Many People"
- Eighteen Paintings of Ballparks
- Baseballizing the World Cup
- There's a Village on the Infield Grass
- Wilson On the Move?
Jack Wilson of the Pittsburgh Pirates has been linked to numerous teams this offseason. It seemed for a bit as though a deal shipping him to the Tigers had been completed. Reports then surfaced
- Craig Lefferts Is a Subject of Conversation
I could think of, one who happened to be involved in a trade for the very same Chris Brown. That name was Craig Lindsay Lefferts.
It seemed a safe choice: he played the most obscure position
- Why Was Allen Craig Running?
cases, Allen Craig was gunned down during an Albert Pujols plate appearance. Before the face palm napalm dropped, there was a question hidden in the initial stunned silence, heard all the way up
- Craig a Dangerous Weapon for Cardinals
On the same day he took home the National League Comeback Player of the Year Award, Lance Berkman was given the day off in favor of Allen Craig. This raised a few eyebrows, as Berkman had started
- Scutaro and Craig: Waiver Wire
plummet. As long as that doesn’t happen, his BA will be an asset to anyone in need of a MI, but he should also contribute in both R and a few RBI.
Allen Craig (Yahoo: 3 percent owned, ESPN: 2 percent
- 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
- Craig and Davis: Waiver Wire
Allen Craig (ESPN: 17 percent owned; Yahoo!: 26 percent owned)
After undergoing offseason knee surgery, Craig, who hit .263/.417/.737 in the World Series, is finally ready to return
- CJ Wilson Is a Pranking Fool
Somehow this one slipped between the cracks -- C.J. Wilson pranked Mike Napoli... by putting the catcher's phone number on twitter. He wasn't particularly contrite about it afterwards either
- C.J. Wilson the Starter
After enjoying a career year pitching out of the 'pen for the Rangers in 2009, C.J. Wilson was shifted to the starting rotation this past spring. Prior to April 8th, 2010, the 29-year-old hadn't
- C.J. Wilson: Starting Pitcher
C.J. Wilson's debut as a starting pitcher against Toronto yesterday could not have gone much better. Wilson threw 7 shutout innings, only allowing 5 hits, while striking out a remarkable 9 batters
- Why Allen Craig?
opinion, about to click. And then there's Allen Craig.
I'm sorry to those who find themselves riding shotgun on the Craig bandwagon, but I just don't get it. I know that we're not throwing a whole lot
- C.J. Wilson: Starting Pitcher?
The Texas Rangers are considering moving reliever C.J. Wilson into their starting rotation, and he has done nothing but impress them this spring. Of course, one shouldn't put undue (i.e., any) weight
- Trade Me C.J. Wilson
Just four short days ago, Jeff Zimmerman inspired anger and vitriol from the loyal readers of this blog by suggesting that it was time to sell C.J. Wilson.
Well, I am nothing if not a man
- 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 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
- 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
- Win a Date With C.J. Wilson!
Swoon. C.J. Wilson is a free agent, and although not the prettiest girl at the dance (figuratively of course!) he is sure to have his fair share of sugar daddies vying for his services. Where's
- Take My C.J. Wilson
C.J. Wilson was paid $77.5M this off season to come in and be a front line starter for the Angels. With Jered Weaver and Dan Haren already on the team, he wasn't going to be the only ace of the staff
- Media eInterviews: Craig Calcaterra
Hardball Talk's Craig Calcaterra is well-known for his Shysterball blog of yore, but perhaps he hasn't been prodded about his old profession enough. He was gracious enough to answer my pestering
- How Valuable is Craig Kimbrel?
Yahoo! currently has Craig Kimbrel as the 21st ranked pitcher in fantasy, and 47th best player overall. So, is it worth it to go after the fireballing reliever who has the lowest ERA in history
- Why Craig Calcaterra Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Craig Calcaterra. Calcaterra, in case you don't know, made his name
- Craig Kimbrel Is Nasty
Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel is the National League's 2011 Rookie of the Year, becoming the 10th relief pitcher to win the award in either league. And though his season had a sour end, Kimbrel had
- Is Craig Kimbrel Broken?
After putting together one of the best single seasons in relief pitcher history last season, Craig Kimbrel has ran into a rough patch in the early portions of this year, with many asking if anything
- C.J. Wilson Rebounds
C.J. Wilson put together an altogether terrific 2011 season, even garnering a good deal of votes for the Cy Young award that year. He posted a 2.94 ERA with 16 wins and a 23% strikeout rate
- Allen Craig: Ignominious League Leader
Allen Craig's a really good player, mostly because he's a really good hitter. He just ranked No. 40 in Dave's Trade Value series. Allen Craig has a lot of good things going on, and here's one of them
- On Craig Kimbrel and Committing to a Closer
committed $42 million to Craig Kimbrel over the next four years, buying out his three arbitration years and his first year of free agency, while also getting an option for his second FA season. Kimbrel
- 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
- Mustache-Spectacles Combo: Craig McMurtry
Craig McMurtry, thief of hearts!
He's a good egg, McMurtry. If he drives a white, windowless van, then it's for purposes of infiltrating the ranks of other drivers of white, windowless vans
- You're a Good Man, Craig Robinson
This image is presented to the world courtesy British gentleman and graphic wunderkind Craig Robinson, whose every post at Flip Flop Fly Ballin' we would steal if it weren't for our commitment
- Wilson Betemit Goes to Detroit
Though they currently lead the wide-open AL Central by just a half game, the Detroit Tigers showed Wednesday that they aren't willing to stand pat by acquiring Wilson Betemit from the Kansas City
- Allen Craig's Power and Playing Time
Lance Berkman's return to from the disabled list is the last thing any Allen Craig owner wanted to hear, but the multi-position eligible power bat should still find enough time to be productive
- Wilson Ramos Progressing at the Plate
Entering the 2011 season, Wilson Ramos had three main obstacles standing between him and the Washington Nationals' starting catcher job.
One was Ivan Rodriguez. Though Pudge hasn't possessed
- Replacing Wilson Ramos
Talk about your run of bad luck...
Wilson Ramos signs with the Twins, forever to be blocked from a starting gig with Joe Mauer already in-house. He gets traded to the Nationals who then decide
- NL OF: Mike Morse, Allen Craig
the last two years, he's a very risky piece to count on as a starter.
Allen Craig (1% owned in Yahoo, 0.2% in ESPN)
This might seem like a poorly-timed update on Craig, but stick with us. Sure
- Lance Berkman's Knee & Allen Craig
for a pinch-runner.
While Berkman was on the shelf earlier this year, the Cardinals cycled through Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams before eventually just handing the first base job over to Allen Craig. St
- Your Move, Brian Wilson's Beard
Yeah, Brian Wilson's two-seamer (featured below!) is impressive enough, and I can forgive his reluctance to brawl with randomly outraged A's fans. What I shall not abide is if Mr. Wilson and his
- Dropping Allen Craig for Lucas Duda
These are dark times for Allen Craig owners.
It’s not just that those of us who drafted him realize he’s having a bad season -- that fact became shriekingly apparent months ago -- it’s
- Allen Craig: The Wrench Loses a Key
Pablo Sandoval at catcher. Josh Willingham at catcher. Trevor Plouffe at shorstop. Allen Craig at second base.
Every once in a while, a young player comes up to the bigs in a unique situation
- Allen Craig's Power Goes Poof
After an excellent partial season in 2011 and a strong follow-up in 2012, Allen Craig became a trendy sleeper who wasn't, as his hype increased his cost in preseason drafts and made him a rather
- Allen Craig: Was the Juice Worth the Squeeze?
if it was worth it. Today we'll do that with Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig.
Back in late January, I was pretty vocal in questioning the early ADP of Craig. I had done a number of drafts, both real
- On the Unintended Consequences of Hack Wilson's Gut
I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of Mickey Kefauver's forthcoming biography of Hack Wilson, The Aching Beauty of an American Sot. Kefauver's work contains multitudes, and among those
- Craig Kimbrel at His Most Unfair
It wouldn't be accurate to say that Craig Kimbrel is a rich man, now. But he's basically guaranteed to become a rich man, soon, and then soon after that, he'll be richer. His new contract
- Craig Kimbrel and the Reds' Unlikeliest Comeback
Win probability said the Reds had a 4.3 percent chance of winning when Devin Mesoraco stepped to the plate against Craig Kimbrel. There were two outs and nobody on base. Win probability obviously
- Brian Wilson's Cavalcade of Sex Metaphors
Internet computers everywhere are no doubt aware of Brian Wilson's championship appearance on something called "Lopez Tonight," but we'd be remiss if we didn't post it anyway. As you'll soon see
- Is Phil Coke The Next C.J. Wilson?
The Rangers made a pretty bold move last year when they moved long-time reliever and sometimes closer C.J. Wilson into the rotation, and he rewarded them with 4.4 WAR season and four pretty good
- Why I'm Down on C.J. Wilson
was C.J. Wilson landing in the third tier, ranking 16th among all AL starters. This ranking was behind guys like Brandon Morrow, Colby Lewis and Max Scherzer, who it is likely that the vast majority
- Is Craig Kimbrel the NL Rookie of the Year?
Craig Kimbrel continues to build on his ridiculous rookie season. While he's been mentioned as a popular Rookie of the Year Award candidate, Kimbrel notched his 41st save last night -- a rookie
- For C.J. Wilson, Regarding His Dilemma
Texas Ranger starter C.J. Wilson suggested today via Twitter not only that (a) he's occasionally frustrated by the questions he's asked by reporters but that (b) he'd entertain the possibility
- Who Might Replace Brian Wilson?
happened to closer to Brian Wilson as well. Romo recorded two quick outs before giving up a double to Melvin Mora, then was replaced by Jeremy Affeldt who got the lefty swinging Seth Smith to ground
- Can Craig Stammen Be the No. 5 in Washington?
kept him out of action since June 3. With that type of high end in the system it's easy to overlook potentially solid contributors. Though his MLB career hasn't looked good to this point, Craig
- Cabrera, Wilson and Schafer: Mining the Minors
Justin Wilson, Pirates SP
CURRENT LEVEL: Triple-A
MILB STATS: 6-4 W-L, 3.57 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 7 HRs, 89:40 K:BB over 85.2 IPs
- Allen Craig, Who Once Knew Left Field
their pitching. Let's accept that improving a team's offense is a complicated matter. Let's accept that part of the problem, but not the whole of the problem, is the struggling Allen Craig. Now
- Brett Lawrie and Allen Craig: Waiver Wire
. Lawrie is ownable in all leagues at the moment, so you should think about picking him up if he’s on the waiver wire.
Allen Craig | 11% | 10%
After a rash of injuries at the second base position
- Wilson Ramos Is Home. Now What?
It's been a week since Wilson Ramos was kidnapped and rescued, in what was one of the most shocking baseball stories in a long time. In a certain sense, the Wilson Ramos kidnapping
- Why Did C.J. Wilson Sign for Cheap?
Thursday morning C.J. Wilson, the consensus top free agent starting pitcher, signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. His new contract has an average annual value of $15.5 million
- Wilson Ramos' Home Run Surge
He didn't accumulate enough plate appearances to qualify for the end of season rankings, but Wilson Ramos still finished 16th in overall fantasy value according to CBS, despite just 287 at-bats
- Wilson Ramos and the Prejudice of Injury Expectations
One might think, given the value of 20 home runs in fantasy -- from a catcher, no less -- that Wilson Ramos would be a man in demand. After all, he put up 16 dingers last year, good for 10th among
- Fine Art: Craig Kimbrel with Dismembered Human
that this photo portrait of relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel, courtesy the Atlanta Braves official Twitter feed, answers the question decisively.
- FanGraphs Audio: The Very Articulate Craig Breslow
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Red Sox left-hander and very articulate gentleman Craig Breslow.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence
- FanGraphs Audio: Merrie Olde Craig Robinson
A native of England and current resident of Mexico City, Craig Robinson contributes both to NotGraphs and also Flip Flop Fly Ball (of which site he's the proprietor). He's also the guest
- What Craig Kimbrel's Breaking Ball Is Doing Tonight
Even an important BBWAA-endorsed journalist like the present one doesn't know precisely what Craig Kimbrel's breaking ball is doing tonight. One assumes, however, that it's doing something very
- Allen Craig: The Wrench Or Just a Fantasy Tool?
I'm not really sure what is driving the obsession here, but count me in here for a third time discussing Cardinals 1B/OF Allen Craig. The first time I wrote about The Wrench, back in late January, I
- C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, and The Manic Marlins
As of this writing -- and the way news is breaking right now, this could be outdated in anywhere from twelve hours to twelve seconds -- the market for C.J. Wilson still stands at two teams
- Brian Wilson, the Gauntlet Lies Before You
I make no secret of my admiration for Brian "Sounds Delicious" Wilson and his objectively delightful maniac's beard. So it concerns me to know that sinister forces are seeking to do him harm
- C.J. Wilson: Either a God Among Men or a Turd
attributes. Ladies and gentlemen, I present the hyper-licensed C.J. Wilson.
After about minute 1:07 in the following video, I began to lift Mr. Wilson to a new level of esteem. At first, I thought
- Brian Wilson Has Thought This Whole Thing Through
Maybe you've seen the commercials and are tired of them. Maybe you didn't like the gimp interview. Maybe you think the hair is ridiculous. That's fine with Brian Wilson. There might be some ancillary
- Dodgers Risk Little in Signing Brian Wilson
to try and improve their club without making Casey Blake for Carlos Santana Part Duex by signing free-agent reliever Brian Wilson. It's a no-risk deal on both sides, and if it works it could pay
- First & Last PAs, Illustrated by Craig Robinson
The well-seasoned NotGraphs aesthete is no doubt aware of Craig Robinson's site flipflopflyball.com. Mr. Robinson is known (and should be even more well-known) for his insightful and beautiful
- Austin Wilson Is Not Only All About Tools
Watch Austin Wilson do anything on the field and you're struck by his athleticism. Six-foot-five, 244 pounds of muscle, he glides across center field in the Sunken Diamond on defense. During batting
- The Opposite Trends of Starlin Castro and Allen Craig
Not too long ago, I observed that Allen Craig was getting pitched differently. He was getting pitched differently because he was hitting differently, in that he hasn't been hitting for pull power. So
- FanGraphs Audio: Angels Left-Hander C.J. Wilson
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, discusses all manner of advanced baseball analysis with Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson.
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related
- Brian Wilson Has a Filthy... Two Seamer
Swing, miss, get hit in the butt.
Brian Wilson threw this pitch.
It started in the strike zone, going, oh, about 95 miles per hour, and ended up in the dirt behind Jamey Carroll. Strike three
- Game Preview: Chris Carpenter vs. C.J. Wilson
Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson face off tonight in Game 5 of the World Series, in a rematch of Game 1. How did each pitcher attack the other during their first start? Should they try anything
- One Night Only: C.J. Wilson's WAR
Minnesota (7) at Texas (8) | 8:05pm ET
Twins: Brian Duensing (6)
84.1 IP, 5.12 K/9, 2.03 BB/9, .249 BABIP, 53.6% GB, 6.3% HR/FB, 3.99 xFIP
Rangers: C.J. Wilson (3
- Brian Wilson, The Winter's Most Unique Free Agent
Brian Wilson is a weird guy. You know that because you have eyes and watch baseball, and you’ve heard all about the beard and the Taco Bell ads. Honestly, I'm really not sure anything I say can sum
- Craig Biggio: Double Play Escape Artist
Craig Biggio came about 7% of the vote shy of spending late July of this year in Cooperstown giving a tearful speech about his playing career, but it's likely he'll get a chance to make that speech
- Jordan Walden, a Poor Man's Craig Kimbrel
There may not be a better value pick among closers this year than Jordan Walden. While much of the closer buzz is around Craig Kimbrel, Walden appears to be a poor man’s version of the number one
- Q&A: Austin Wilson, Seattle Mariners Outfield Prospect
The Seattle Mariners may have gotten the steal of the 2013 draft when they selected Austin Wilson in the second round. The 21-year-old outfielder is a five-tool player with a world of potential
- The Braves Bullpen: Craig Kimbrel and... Some Other Guys
, and there's little reason to doubt the team should be a solid source of fantasy value again in 2014.
The top closer in the game now has a fitting, multi-million dollar deal
- Video: Brian Wilson Breaks Baseball Bat Using Beard
Brian Wilson is on the disabled list. His beard is not.
Fear the beard, my friends. I do.
- Wilson Ramos & Lonnie Chisenhall: Waiver Wire
into the year is targeting talented players who have faltered early in the year. In the case of Wilson Ramos, two injuries limited his playing time, making him available in most leagues. For Lonnie
- FanGraphs Audio: Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball
Today's guest is Craig Robinson. Of Flip Flip Fly Ball. Of the internet. Craig is a Britisher who (a) cares deeply about baseball and (b) lives in Mexico City. In this episode, we learn
- Wilson Ramos and Alex Presley: Waiver Wire Help
at this point in time. Here's a pair of guys that just might fit that description.
Wilson Ramos |C| Ownership: ESPN - 12.4% Yahoo - 14.0%
While a guy like Yadier Molina is owned in more than
- Wilson Betemit Making His Arbitration Case
fulfill some of his promise. Rarely does it actually happen. In this way the Royals have gotten lucky. During the off-season they signed Wilson Betemit to a minor league contract. About two months
- Two First Names, One Big Bat: Allen Craig
I hit .307/.354/.522 with 22 home runs, 92 RBI, and 76 runs scored in just 469 at bats and yet ottoneu hates me. I'm Allen Craig and I disapprove of this message.
But based on Zach Sanders
- Should Teams Be Worried About C.J. Wilson's Post-Season?
"He just can't win the big one." Whether you believe in that narrative or choose to ignore it, someone is going to write those words about C.J. Wilson this off-season. Widely considered the best
- Apropos of So Little: Video of Willie Wilson Playing HS Football
with former Royals outfielder Willie Wilson in 1973 or whatever and then watching grainy footage, while drinking even more, of giant and fast Willie Wilson scoring all different kinds of touchdowns against
- FanGraphs Audio: Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball
Native Briton, current resident of Mexico City, and illustrator nonpareil Craig Robinson (famously of the internet's Flip Flop Fly Ball) is the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio
- Mike Wilson and Carlos Peguero: Deep League WW Mariners Edition
if they have any fantasy potential in deeper leagues.
Mike Wilson, OF | 2% Owned
Wilson is not exactly a prospect, as he is already 27 years old and has received Triple-A each season since
- C.J. Wilson Just Saw His Draft Cost Drop
A week ago I analyzed David Freese's big postseason and speculated that it would inflate his cost in 2012 drafts. C.J. Wilson, on the other hand, has likely seen his 2012 draft cost move
- Craig Kimbrel: Pay for Saves If You Don't Pay Attention
We're all well aware that Craig Kimbrel is really good. But allow me to give you a little refresher on his greatness.
He's led all relievers on ESPN's player rater in two of the last three years
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Conor Jackson, Darwin Barney, Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos | 5% | 0%
The Nationals’ “Catcher of the Future,” Ramos is seeing big league at bats in 2011. Manager Jim Riggleman has said that Ramos will be in the lineup
- Position Battles: White Sox 3B, Pt. 2: Wilson Betemit
an everyday job. Today, let's examine another guy who was once highly-touted, Wilson Betemit.
Betemit knows a thing or two about heightened expectations. The switch-hitter was once the next big
- Jack Hannahan and Wilson Betemit as Stopgap Measures at Third Base
% of his total RBI production) and a .226 batting average which is something that I just can't recommend anyone putting up with.
I can't think of Betemit without hearing Chris
- Video: Brian Wilson, Cody Ross & Internet Sensation Keenan Cahill