- The Francisco Lindor Effect Is Ridiculous
of difference Francisco Lindor can make. A month and a half ago, I posted an InstaGraphs about the Cubs defending grounders. At that point, the Cubs led baseball in lowest slugging percentage allowed
- A Status Update on the Francisco Liriano Experience
Francisco Liriano's most recent outing for the Pittsburgh Pirates ended with eight consecutive balls and the bases loaded. The Pirates won that game, 12-1, over the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Liriano
- Pirates Keep Francisco Cervelli as a Bargain
The weakest free agent class in recent memory just got weaker again, as Francisco Cervelli has now joined Stephen Strasburg in taking a mid-season extension rather than testing the open market
- Beating Francisco Liriano, in Theory
pitches in the strike zone while getting batters to chase more and more balls. Most specifically, I'm interested in watching Francisco Liriano, the leader of the "throw strikes never" movement. The last
- Francisco Lindor: Stop Bunting
It's hard to find a flaw within Francisco Lindor's 2015 rookie season. The numbers say he was a top-five defensive shortstop in baseball; the eye test agrees. He had one of the best offensive debuts
- Francisco Liriano and a League-Wide Trend
It's been true for each of the last five years, that Francisco Liriano has finished each season with a higher strikeout rate than the one before it. It's been true for each of the last four years
- How to Age, With Francisco Rodriguez
. It's not like the Tigers have all that much youth to move around, anyway. This all led to an unsurprising end: the Tigers have picked up the more affordable Francisco Rodriguez, from the Brewers
- Francisco Lindor's Surprising Pop
Carlos Correa won the Rookie of the Year vote, and Carlos Correa is guy that most fantasy owners prefer, too. And mostly that's because we'll take Correa's bat over the one Francisco Lindor
- The Pirates MVP Is... Francisco Cervelli?
that prevents me from starting my article on how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh Pirates MVP until very late. But I will persevere. Welcome to an article about how Francisco Cervelli is the Pittsburgh
- The Francisco Lindor Era Begins in Cleveland
simultaneously, when both Byron Buxton and Francisco Lindor joined their respective major league clubs. I covered Buxton yesterday, so today, I'll take a look at Lindor, who ranked 14th on Kiley
- Francisco Lindor's Fantasy Value
have smiled on me again with Francisco Lindor getting the call and likely to start his first major league game tonight.
Unfortunately, writing up Lindor isn't quite as fun and exciting
- Evaluating the Prospects: San Francisco Giants
much in their international and domestic bonus pools, in addition to generally not trading for prospects. San Francisco tends to play the draft straightforward, taking the best player at each spot
- Two Eras of Francisco Rodriguez
another commitment to Francisco Rodriguez, this one for at least two years and $13 million. It happened above the general manager's head, but it's not a nightmare; Rodriguez remains a useful pitcher
- No Surprises in the San Francisco Giants Outfield
down for you over the next few weeks. You can find them gathered here.
Eight different players saw time in the San Francisco Giants outfield in 2014 with most at-bats dedicated to Hunter Pence, Gregor
- 2015 ZiPS Projections - San Francisco Giants
this offseason. Below are the projections for the San Francisco Giants. Szymborski can be found at ESPN and on Twitter at @DSzymborski.
Other Projections: Atlanta / Chicago AL / Colorado / Los
- The Uncomplicated Francisco Liriano
Many fantasy baseball players don’t readily like or even accept Francisco Liriano. He walks too many guys, a lot of them say, and he’s a major health risk. He’s unreliable and difficult to predict
- The Pirates Version of Francisco Liriano
The Pirates had reportedly made re-signing Francisco Liriano their top priority, and on Tuesday they officially got it done, with Liriano returning for three years and $39 million. Dave wrote
- Pirates Re-Sign Francisco Liriano
In a winter of runaway inflation, the Pirates have reportedly re-signed Francisco Liriano to a deal that looks downright reasonable.
Liriano in agreement with #Pirates on three-year, $39M deal
- The 2014 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants
Congratulations, San Francisco. Three championships in five years is pretty incredible.
Madison Bumgarner. That was amazing.
- Jarrod Dyson & Carlos Pena: Deep League Wire
positive value. He's not going to help you in homers or runs batted in, obviously, but he could be neutral in runs scored with that potential to help in batting average.
Carlos Pena | 1B TEX | 1
- Adding Juan Francisco in Daily Leagues
We all know the story with Juan Francisco. He hits for an insane amount of power, strikes out a ton, and generally does not play great enough defense to warrant regular play. The latter is actually
- San Francisco Meetup: Tonight!
This Thursday, at the Stock in Trade bar in the Marina district in San Francisco, we're going to have a Dodgers/Giants meetup. We'll be talking beer and baseball with some of your favorite writers
- Wily Mo Pena Goes Crank-a-Doodle-Doo
That was Wily Mo Pena's second homer of the game, and it was a doozy. The stadium, at its deepest, is 400 feet. That homerball Apollo'd about 490 feet -- or it would have if it didn't
- Let's Watch Brayan Pena Try to Beat the Shift
across the board.
It isn't just the greats that get shifted against, which is how you end up with situations like the Pirates shifting against Brayan Pena. It doesn't matter that Brayan Pena isn't
- Switching Out Hanigan for Pena
Today, the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to sign Brayan Pena to a two year contract. Brayan Pena is a generic replacement level catcher, so you probably don't care too much about him. You might care
- Francisco Liriano: My Fantasy MVP
Francisco Liriano made $1 million for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year in base salary. He can earn up to $3.75 million more based on incentives he almost surely hit, but the fact remains
- Francisco Liriano's Dominating Slider
get you labeled a junkballer.
Francisco Liriano, with the Pirates season on the line, told that cliche to go pound sand.
Here are his final pitch tallies for the night, per PITCHF/x
- Francisco Liriano Teases Again
Francisco Liriano has been a tantalizing player over his career. Occasionally, he can look like one of the best pitchers in baseball. But most of the time, his performance fails to live up to his
- Juan Francisco & Jason Bay: Deep League Wire
he's just as worthy of joining your squad as these fine lads.
Juan Francisco | MIL 3B | 9% Owned
Two days ago, the Brewers, clearly tired of trotting out the plethora of non-first basemen
- Reluctantly Talking Ourselves Into Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano's been kicking around the big leagues since 2005, and there's really just never been middle ground with him. Here's a fun trivia question: how many times has he had a seasonal ERA
- Francisco Lindor, Simply Elite
When the Indians selected Francisco Lindor 8th overall in the 2011 draft, he possessed a high floor and upside. Drafted out of Montverde, Florida, he was an accomplished shortstop but questions about
- For Sake of Reference: Footage of Tony Pena Jr. Pitching
of former major-league shortstop and current minor-league pitcher Tony Pena Jr.
What this post at NotGraphs is all about is rendering that service real hard. "To what end?" the reader might ask
- Papelbon vs. Pena: an Exercise in Waiting
, and also for whole teams and leagues. It is a statistic not unworth examining.
In the past, I've played with opposite extremes. In September, I wrote about Mark Buehrle facing Carlos Pena. Pace tells us
- Francisco Liriano and the Slow Death of ERA
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reportedly agreed to sign Francisco Liriano to a two year, $14 million contract. It's an interesting deal, and we'll talk about the specifics of Liriano and the Pirates
- The World Champion San Francisco Giants
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup -- Tonight!
wild card game wildness with FanGraphs friends and family at the 21st Amendment in Downtown San Francisco any time after four on October 5th. We'll be upstairs, most likely, but you can always check
- These Saber-Savvy San Francisco Giants
phenomenon in San Francisco.
Some of their most innovative moves have come recently. Look at their lineups against left-handed and right-handed pitchers this year, and you'll see a team rife with platoons
- Francisco Liriano Has Stayed Down
When Francisco Liriano shut down the Athletics in his return to the starting rotation, many dismissed it as just one start, and one against the Athletics at that. Instead, Liriano has taken
- The Return of Francisco Liriano
Francisco Liriano is back. After a month-long banishment to the bullpen, Liriano has returned to the rotation looking like a completely different pitcher. In his six starts prior to his demotion
- Juan Francisco & Norichika Aoki: Deep League Wire
that they could maintain their skills over every day at-bats.
Juan Francisco | ATL 3B | 5% Owned
Surprise, surprise, Chipper Jones is injured again. While his current ailment isn't serious
- Carlos Pena Led Off Last Night
Carlos Pena led off last night. Carlos Pena led off for the first time in his career last night. Carlos Pena led off, despite averaging about two stolen bases per season and going against one old
- Deep Impact: Francisco Lindor
leads to an increase in quality of replacement-level and league-average players.
Today, I'm going to discuss the fantasy outlook of Indian's shortstop Francisco Lindor. Lindor will have no issue
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
We’re only heading into the last week of April, but it’s already been a cataclysmic start to the season for Twins left-hander Francisco Liriano. To contextualize a bit for how bad the season has been
- The Complete Juan Francisco (Abridged)
of now-Braves third baseman Juan Francisco remarkable.
Over the course of just two plate appearances during yesterday's victory over the Mets (box), Francisco behaved exactly like Juan Francisco would
- 1B Stock Watch: Pena & Morse
The season is barely more than a week old, but let's quickly take stock of two first baseman headed in opposite directions...
Stock Up: Carlos Pena | Rays | Owned: 74! Yahoo! and 100.0% ESPN
- GIF: The Terrible and Virtuous Carlos Pena
thought occurred to Carlos Pena during Tampa Bay's game yesterday against New York -- during the first inning of which game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi ordered an intentional walk of shortstop Sean
- Braves Trade J.J. Hoover to Reds for Juan Francisco
With Chipper Jones on the DL for the first two weeks of the season, the Braves traded one of their top pitching prospects, J.J. Hoover, to acquire Reds third base prospect Juan Francisco. Hoover
- 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
- Francisco Cordero, The Blue Jay
Right-hander Francisco Cordero sat on the sideline as every other available closer on the free agent market found employment this winter. On Tuesday afternoon, however, it was reported
- Carlos Pena Returns to the Trop
Carlos Pena is a Tampa Bay Ray again. While it's easy for fantasy owners to reminisce about the 116 home runs Pena hit between 2007-2009, Pena's 2010 was the worst offensive showing on his career
- Carlos Pena Returns to the Trop
When Carlos Pena had his breakout season for Tampa Bay in 2007, it wasn't as a member of the Rays. Pena was instead just another of the hapless Devil Rays, slogging along in soulless Tropicana Field
- Reasons to Be Wary of Carlos Pena
upside, but not much.
As a result of this dearth of offense, one player is beginning to get some attention on the rumor mill: Carlos Pena. Pena looks like the best remaining free agent option
- Angel Pagan Heads to San Francisco
coming off a bad year, with Angel Pagan heading to San Francisco in exchange for Andres Torres as well as reliever Ramon Ramirez.
Pagan joins fellow trade acquisition Melky Cabrera and incumbent
- Mets Tab Francisco and Rauch to Revamp Bullpen
In a pair of moves that is sure to inspire derision, the Mets signed former Blue Jays Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco to revamp the back end of their bullpen. While the pair made for an underwhelming
- Ranking Ben Francisco's 3-Run Home Run By WPA
Ben Francisco slugged a pinch-hit 3-run home run for the Phillies in Game 3 of the NLDS Tuesday night. The home run was decisive as the Phillies beat the Cardinals 3-2 to take a two games to one lead
- The Sad Crab of San Francisco
- Admiring Juan Francisco's Home Run
In case you missed it -- and I sincerely doubt that's possible -- Juan Francisco hit a really long home run last night against the Cubs. Compagno Cistulli already detailed the home run for us
- FanGraphs San Francisco Meetup
in the Bay Area.
On Tuesday September 6th, around five pacific time, we'll gather at the Gordon Biersch Brewery near the ballpark in San Francisco. Our friends at GB will be providing free
- Bell, Pena Staying Put
Heath Bell and Carlos Pena were each claimed on waivers earlier this week, though it appears that neither player will be moving.
The Giants claimed Bell, most likely to bolster their bullpen
- The Rays Breakouts: Pena and Kotchman
Four years ago, the Rays discovered a hidden gem. It took a last-minute injury for them to even place Carlos Pena on the roster, but that turned out to be one of the most beneficial injuries in team
- The San Francisco Firemen
When you think of the San Francisco Giants bullpen, you think of Brian Wilson. Since assuming the closer’s role four years ago, Wilson has been the face – and the beard – of relief pitching
- Mets Trade Francisco Rodriguez to Brewers
Late last night, news broke that the Mets had traded closer Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers (along with $5 million to help off-set his contract) for two players to be named later. My immediate
- Wily Mo Pena: Deep League Waiver Wire
instead, you get a super dosage of...
Wily Mo Pena, ARI OF | 5% Owned
Remember him?! He has not been mentioned in a FanGraphs article since February 2009! Still just 29, Pena was known for his
- Vogelsong Resurfaces in San Francisco
Francisco Bay. Once upon a time, Vogelsong was a prospect in the Giants system after he was selected in the 5th round of the 1998 draft. He jockeyed for position in the organization before he
- Johnny Peralta and Carlos Pena: Waiver Wire
could end up being a great trade asset if nothing else.
Carlos Pena | 48% | 50%
Pena struggled mightily during the first month of the season, striking out over 36% of the time and failing to hit
- Kotchman & Pena: 1B Risers
shows signs of slowing down.
Carlos Pena | Cubs | Ownership: 48% Yahoo!, 55.5% ESPN
Pena's tenure on Chicago's north side didn't exactly start as planned. He had just two hits (but also three walks
- Appreciating Francisco Liriano's No-Hitter
You have probably heard that Francisco Liriano threw a no-hitter last night. You may have also heard that he posted the lowest Game Score of any no-hitter in history, or that his xFIP for the game
- What's Wrong with Francisco Liriano?
After five terrible starts to open the season, it's time to wonder what the heck is wrong with Francisco Liriano. Finally healthy in 2010, Liriano delivered the best season of his career - in which
- What's Wrong with Carlos Pena?
power bat of Carlos Pena and the friendly confines of Wrigley Field seemed like a perfect marriage on paper. From 2007 to 2010, Pena averaged 36 home runs per season. His 144 bombs over that time frame
- Francisco Liriano's Shaky Start
By the time he completed his third start in 2010, Francisco Liriano was already getting national headlines. He had thrown 21 innings, striking out 17, and allowing just three runs. After
- Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Ben Francisco
On Wednesday night, Ben Francisco hit his second home run of the year, which, combined with his seeming comfort in a regular role on a contending team, probably caused more than one Indians fan
- NL Outfielders: Ben Francisco, Lance Berkman
. Anything deeper than that, he's probably already owned.
Ben Francisco (9% owned in Yahoo, 7.5% in ESPN)
This is not to suggest that you should pick up Francisco because he hit that home run
- Team Preview: San Francisco Giants
Fifty-six years in San Francisco and one World Series title. Most Giants fans are probably set for another fifty-six years, and for some it’s time to get greedy. Unfortunately, despite some
- Francisco Liriano, the Twins, and the Towel
with the Twins and Francisco Liriano. But can they contend in 2011 without him?
The Twins' (reported) perspective isn't ridiculous. There's no doubting that Liriano put on a dominating performance in just
- What's Francisco Liriano Worth?
Joe Christensen dropped a minor bombshell on Minneapolis this morning, writing that the Twins may be open to trading Francisco Liriano at some point during spring training. According to Christensen
- Napoli for Francisco: Winners, Winners, Chicken Dinners
Mike Napoli is underrated. Relief pitchers are inherently overrated. We hold these truths to be (supposedly) self-evident. So why does today's trade of Napoli for Frank Francisco look just as good
- Carlos Pena Signs a Taco
This video of Carlos Pena signing a taco is actually the third in a series of three taking place over three consecutive spring trainings. I'll submit that, while Episode Two is certainly
- Pena The Cubbie
First baseman Carlos Pena revived his career in Tampa, transforming from a disappointing former top-10 draft pick who passed through Texas, Oakland, Detroit, the Bronx and Boston to an offensive
- Cubs Tab Carlos Pena for First Base
with Kosuke Fukudome, but he hasn't been a middle of the order producer. Now they're giving it another shot by signing Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million contract.
Last season Pena's numbers
- Congratulations, San Francisco
- San Francisco DH Options
Guerrero will only start one of the first two games in San Francisco, but the Giants have not yet said what they're going to do at DH. Let's try to figure out what their best option is.
- Game Four Preview: San Francisco
, a.k.a. the 'Brooks Conrad Game' managed to take things to a new level of surreality. Up two games to one, San Francisco is back in control, but given how this series has played out so far
- San Francisco Moves Lincecum Up
The San Francisco Giants begin their second-to-last regular season series tonight. The opposition is the Arizona Diamondbacks and the series precedes the biggest series of the season – three games
- Cody Ross in San Francisco: Nihilism?
Bowden is working as a consultant for San Francisco GM Brian Sabean.
It has been speculated that the Giants put a claim in on Ross to prevent divisional rival San Diego from filling their own need
- Carlos Pena's Walk Year
Once a cherished prospect, ranked among the top 10 farm talents in the game by Baseball America before the 2002 season, Carlos Pena took a circuitous route to major league success. The 10th overall
- Francisco Liriano's Great Start
Francisco Liriano continued his excellent start to the season last night, with an 8 shutout inning, 10 strikeout start in a 2-0 victory over the Tigers. Now Liriano has only allowed 3 runs in 29
- Organizational Rankings: #23 - San Francisco
- San Francisco Giants: Draft Review
) reached the Majors quickly out of necessity but he's a glove-only player who was lost on waivers to Toronto (who then lost him to Philly).
Up Next: The San Francisco Giants Top 10 Prospects
- Branyan, Pena, and Trading
rumblings of the Rays interest in Russell Branyan, I have to think that Carlos Pena is more likely to be the big power hitter getting moved at the deadline.
The Rays are always planning ahead
- Wellemeyer to San Francisco
figures to battle with Bumgarner and possibly Kevin Pucetas and Joe Martinez for the 5th spot in the San Francisco rotation.
With a very solid front four in Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Jonathan Sanchez
- Francisco Liriano's Future
Back in 2006, Francisco Liriano pitched like a cyborg sent from the year 2029 to annihilate all American League Central competition.
The Twins southpaw, just 22 at the time, snapped off mid-90's
- Athwart the Numbers: Keppinger, Francisco, Decker
Francisco, Corner Guy, Cincinnati
Francisco's proof that, while you can't necessarily walk off the island, you can try to jack dongers from it all the way to the major league city of your choosing
- Tony Pena Jr., The Pitcher
Tony Pena Jr.’s quest to reach the majors as a pitcher is going swimmingly. Over the weekend Pena Jr. made his tenth appearance as a minor league pitcher. This marked his first as a pitcher in Triple
- Carlos Pena is Pulling a McGwire
2009 Carlos Pena, 37 HRs, 35 1Bs
As if you needed another reason to pay attention to an AL East team.
- Garko To San Francisco
The Giants finally ended their long pursuit of a first baseman, acquiring Ryan Garko from the San Francisco Giants, reportedly for LHP Scott Barnes. Garko is a clear upgrade and should boost the San
- The Tony Pena-Brandon Allen Trade
in recent history agreed to $30 million bucks worth of Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink, and now he pulls the trigger to get another strong armed reliever in Tony Pena, giving up a solid prospect
- Draft Reviews: San Francisco Giants
- San Francisco's Giant Pitching Prospects
The San Francisco Giants organization recently promoted its two top pitching prospects from high-A ball to double-A. Left-hander Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Tim Alderson - 2007 first-round
- Will Carlos Pena Bounce Back?
Carlos Pena followed up his monster 2007 season with a disappointing year. Last year’s highlights for Pena were hitting 31 HR and driving in 102, which led to a $10 season according to Last Player
- Roster Additions: The San Francisco Giants
The San Francisco Giants recently added four young hurlers to the organization's 40-man roster: right-handers Henry Sosa, Joe Martinez, Waldis Joaquin, as well as left-hander Jesse English
- Declining Peripherals and Francisco Rodriguez
Francisco Rodriguez had a fantastic season in 2008, where he set the single-season save record and was the most valuable relief pitcher in fantasy baseball. But conventional wisdom says to avoid
- Season in Review: San Francisco Giants
by the BaseRuns formula and adjusted for strength of schedule, which I feel is the best measurement of a team's actual talent level.
Number Twenty seven: San Francisco Giants
Looking at the respective
- Daily Graphing - Wily Mo Pena
With the departure of Sean Casey from Cincinatti, it looks like Adam Dunn will be moved to first base leaving a full time opening in the outfield for Wily Mo Pena. Wily Mo Pena has been unable