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sides of the field to warrant taking the job back, so long as manager John Gibbons hasn’t grown to prefer Ryan Goins.
Goins was the beneficiary of several injuries to the Jays’ infield in 2015
- Nationals Settle for Daniel Murphy's Adequacy
, but the big thing they've actually done is sign Daniel Murphy, pending a physical. According to reports, it's to be a three-year contract, worth $37.5 million.
You remember Murphy for his
- How Unlikely Is Daniel Murphy's Streak?
Daniel Murphy chose a really good time to play some really good baseball. He's hit home runs in six straight games, with a chance to extend that streak once the World Series commences on Tuesday
- Let's Talk About Daniel Murphy
, the two-headed Kershaw/Greinke monster from Los Angeles, the Cubs' young bats, and the Mets' young arms.
Enter, against this backdrop, Mets' second baseman Daniel Murphy, who prior
- Projecting Rockies Call-Ups Cristhian Adames & Tom Murphy
Rockies team: infielder Cristhian Adames and catcher Tom Murphy.
Let's start with 24-year-old Cristhian Adames, who's a good bit closer to being ready for the big leagues than
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. On Sunday, in his fourth start since returning from a 14-month layoff following Tommy John surgery, the 24-year-old Venezuelan kept the National League’s second-best offense off the bases until Texas second
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Daily DFS - Jimenez
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Wright, Hand, Murphy, Gose
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It hasn't been my best season for traditional
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thing on the writer himself.
So, as a friend and colleague, I, John Paschal, have taken the liberty of normalizing Cistulli for the first time in his life.
Here, the reader inserted a photo
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-World War II Roster
1B Long John Reilly (1880-1891)
2B Benny Bowcock (1903)
SS Jack Glasscock (1879-1895)
3B Butts Wagner (1898)
LF Heinie Manush (1923-1939)
CF Steamer Flanagan
- NotGraphs Longform: The Story From Those Story Ideas
loft, which he had purchased with profits from his three-part series, “Have We Seen The Last 300-Game Winner?”, the writer John Paschal reaches out and, with the fiery tip of his Cuban cigar, pops
- Daniel Murphy: Underwhelming or underappreciated?
In 2013, Daniel Murphy defied all expectations by vaunting into the top-five tier of fantasy second basemen, making him one of the best bargains at the keystone sack and a tempting draft target back
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(And Last) Notty Awards.
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of beanball wars and replay controversies, winning streaks and hitless streaks, Tommy John heartbreaks and dramatic episodes of Puig Derangement Syndrome. I had opted, instead, to sleep in 30-degree
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favored by the Germanic tribes that migrated to the Western Roman Empire in the Early Middle Ages, matched with a Juicy Couture cotton T-shirt and a John Deere truckers cap on which are positioned five
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Walk relinquished an uninteresting 3.27 per nine, and figures like Prince Fielder, Homer Bush and Josh Outman have provided equally false advertising.
So, too, seems to be the case for John Smiley
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In the summer of 1993, with hopes of moving on from the John Bobbitt affair, Americans stopped cringing and began cozying to the Canadian embrace of Proulxian fiction. In reading The Shipping News
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set for late in the season. It’s worth noting that the team has also transitioned Kyle Drabek to the bullpen, likely with similar reasoning (though Drabek is a year removed from Tommy John Surgery, so
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infield help. Daniel Murphy from the cross-town Mets would fit the bill at second, which might be the better play considering they at least have an excellent defensive backup at short already
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to argue with a leisurely getaway day.
And so with the Jays leading the Detroit Tigers 7-3 thanks to a Melky Cabrera insurance home run in the top of the ninth, manager John Gibbons sent third-year
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, Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo also considered:
(a) Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Rach Nation Sports.
(b) Johann Sebastian Bach’s Bach Nation Sports.
(c) Doc Severinsen’s Doc Nation Sports.
- Wronging a Right: Or, How to Play the Game Incorrectly
: Infielder crouches for grounder, fields it, throws to first.
Wrong way: Infielder crouches for grounder, fields it, hoists up the John B’s sail, sees how the mainsail sets, calls for the captain
- Position Changes: Or, Renaming 1 Through 9 (Plus Bonus DH!)
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relativity, the scientist remained steadfast in a hitting approach that emphasized the fundamental curvature of spacetime. And thus did he swing, time after time, eight inches beneath the four-seamer.
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- Post-Nuñez, the Travel Channel Scores a Winner!
- Daily Fantasy Strategy — May 25 — For Draftstreet
(Vegas agrees, and the over/under for this one is set at nine).
David Murphy - $5,836
Lonnie Chisenhall - $5,505
Yan Gomes - $5,571
(And Michael Brantley at $8,677 if you can find the cash
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- John Paschal Live Chat! -- 4/30/14
John Paschal: Hey, everybody! I will be here at 2:30 Eastern, or, unfortunately, "Private Time Central," to answer all your baseball questions. So fill up the queue and I will see you
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it's tough to see him carving out a 400-PA role. Morgan would be a fine speed play, but Bourn and Michael Brantley are fairly well-entrenched, David Murphy already has the friendly side of a platoon
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- Daily Fantasy Strategy — April 3 — For Draftstreet
a caught stealing percentage below 30 percent are listed (minimum 400 innings).
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- A Spring Training Report from Toots Delvecchio
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No Signal In Spring Power Noise
Back around 2005 or 2006, John Dewan, founder of STATS Inc. and co
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: Cornelius T. DeBeaumarchais, 5th Viscount of the Duchy of Fleur de Honorifigue in the Province of Sobriquet sur Mer, 90210
Daniel Murphy: Nonot David Murphy
C.J. Wilson: Christophe Jean Dilettante
- Blake Murphy's 10 Bold Predictions
I’m going to zig on my guy while everyone else zags.
7. Cody Allen is a top-five fantasy reliever after the All-Star break.
As a Canadian, I’m supposed to hope for good things for John Axford
- Post-Kinsler, Darvish Adds Pitch to Repertoire
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With Spring Training now upon us, and with lab-tested and science-approved psychic John Edward having predicted the imminent onset of predictions, many of our most luminous luminaries
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Dioner Navarro, Tor C
Yasmani Grandal, SD C
Ryan Hanigan, TB C
Geovany Soto, Tex C
Mike Zunino, Sea C
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-average base-stealer, perhaps due to over-aggression. Manager John Gibbons was fairly average in terms of green-light frequency last season, but that was inflated some by Rajai Davis’ presence
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- Name That Team! Yep, Here's Your Chance
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Drabek has now had a pair of Tommy John Surgeries and finds himself a 26-year-old former prospect fighting for a job. The upside has always
- Overheard at the Gym: Kershaw's Half of the Convo
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- Of Turf Artificial and Surface Au Naturel
!, associate fellow John “Peter” Thompson has thoughtfully paraphrased Henry David Thoreau in taking a more moderate and cautious position:
“We cannot adequately appreciate this aspect of nature
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have kept David Murphy (2 years, $12M), signed Chris Young (1/$7M) for outfield depth, improved behind the plate with Jarrod Saltalamacchia (3/$21M), and bolstered their rotation with Matt Garza (4
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, then, is that newly signed leftie John Lannan can take on the exact form of Clayton Kershaw – or, ironically, Bartolo Colon.
- Questions and Answers with the Unquestionable Answerman
: This is interesting: During John Axford’s stint with St. Louis last season, Cardinals coaches told the reliever that for the past few seasons he had been tipping his pitches. Do you know of any other player
- Ask NotNot for Something Something
In addition to the very English and talented Craig Robinson, the editoriat of NotGraphs is pleased also to announce the debut here of John Paschal, who writes additionally for The Hardball Times
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to be really tough for manager John Gibbons to keep from leveraging that lights-out stuff with games on the line. (In “real” baseball terms, perhaps it’s better that Delabar and Santos can be free
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- David Murphy: A Platoon of His Own
David Murphy ranked 88th among outfielders in Zach Sanders' rankings, worth negative $5. His disappointing season allowed the Cleveland Indians to sign the 32-year-old platoon outfielder
- Is David Murphy Fantasy Relevant?
The Indians finalized their two-year, $12 million deal with David Murphy today. He's projected for two wins by Steamer, and in the past that front office has pegged the cost per win much higher than
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. In 1885, John Deppert, Jr. constructed a rooftop stand on his barn that overlooked Recreation Park, home to the National League’s Detroit Wolverines, future Hall of Famer Sam Thompson and a rotation
- Daniel Murphy: A Surprise in the Top 5
In his fourth full big league season, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy finally fulfilled his fantasy promised and delivered great value to his owners. Likely drafted in the last two rounds or simply
- Merkle’s Boner and False Imprisonment
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would have been very expectant had Tommy John surgery not derailed his 2007.
In 2008, expectations were high but muted by the recovery process. Liriano put up an adequate 76-inning stretch (20.4 K
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: David Murphy
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: David Murphy.
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 8/31 – For Draftstreet
lefty John Danks. Danks isn’t terrible, but Middlebrooks has been tearing it up since his early-August recall, posting a 152 wRC+. While Middlebrooks uses the whole field, he’s also shown an ability
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than an active wrestler, was a part of the conspiracy to keep Bryan from the WWE Title at Summerslam. After Bryan defeated John Cena, Triple-H hit him with his patented Pedigree finisher, allowing
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Tommy Hanson2.4Michael McKenry1.214.6
John Lackey1.6Dioner Navarro0.9225
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 7/25 – For Draftstreet
There’s quite a bit of chaos in the Murphy household at the moment, so I didn’t have time to dive into more stadium-specific wind effects, but look for Wrigley Field data on Saturday.
As for today
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 7/4 – For Draftstreet
, but he’s hitting lefties decent and is underpriced given his power potential. If you can make room in the budget for a $10k hitter, Laser Show is a nice target, too.
Daniel Murphy - $6,715
- A High-Def Look at Esmil Rogers
When the Toronto Blue Jays, by way of Mike Aviles, picked up Esmil Rogers for John Farrell this offseason, I thought…well, not much. I don’t care for Farrell, and as far as returns go, Aviles
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/16 – For Draftstreet
. Chien-Ming Wang in Arlington? Yes, please. I pegged Crus because despite his 16 homers he comes much cheaper than teammate Adrian Beltre and, curiously, Jeff Baker (plus I’ve been burned on David Murphy
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/15 – For Draftstreet
for a break-even performance, but Davis is only fifth in first baseman pricing and he’s, well, the best. He also faces John Lackey, who is the John Lackey-est, and the game is expected to be very warm
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/13 – For Draftstreet
. This won’t, nay, can’t be pretty.
David Murphy - $5,128
There’s a similar story here, with no Rangers really being a poor choice. Esmil Rogers has been a pleasant surprise for my Toronto Blue Jays
- Spotted: David Murphy, Possibly Surveying Confederate Dead
While the following image was not definitively taken moments after David Murphy felled Mark Reynolds, that treasonous Reb, at Antietam with one shot from an Enfield rifle, it probably
- Daily Fantasy Strategy – 6/9 – For Draftstreet
-weather game with the wind blowing lightly out to left field. And pray there’s no more #freebaseball in these games, unless you want to see David Murphy on the bump again.
The Daily Five
- Daily Fantasy Update – 5/30/13 – For Draftstreet
-shot are strong.
Brett Gardner - $7,425
Dillon Gee is on the mound, and he’s been terrible so far, but that’s not the reason you’re looking Brett’s way. John Buck is behind the plate, and that means
- Daniel Murphy & Power Potential
Daniel Murphy has started to command more attention from fantasy owners. He amassed 600 plate appearances for the first time last year and has really locked down the everyday role at second base
- Stream, Aim, Fire - Thin Weekend Streaming Options
, possibly due to pitch mix changes post-Tommy John and some trouble with his change-up. But I’m willing to give him one more chance. Call it the Eno Sarris Effect, I guess. Or the Chris Cwik Effect. Just don
- Blake Murphy's 10 Bold Fantasy Predictions
season a year after bursting on the scene as a late-season gem, but in that short time he continued building his reputation as an up-and-coming starter. While he’s still recovering from Tommy John
- Position Battle Update: American League
percent by opening day. And according to manager John Gibbons, both may play anyway.
ZiPS Likes: ZiPS has Izturis down for a .310 wOBA and Bonifacio for a .284, neither of which is inspiring
- David Murphy: Undrafted
David Murphy hit over .300 with double-digit power and steals last season. He's in line for more playing time with Josh Hamilton gone. He just turned 31, so age is only a slight concern
- Q&A: David Murphy, Underrated Ranger
David Murphy isn’t a star. The former first-round draft pick -- 17th overall by the Red Sox in 2003 -- has never been able to establish himself as more than a solid player. Coming into the season
- Vlad, Murphy, And Potential Second Guessers
career, at least for me. Particularly, I wouldn't be surprised if Vlad was now a -25 or -30 outfielder, as Griffey was with Cincinnati in 2007, at least according to UZR. With David Murphy as an aveage
- Can Daniel Murphy Survive BABIP Drop?
Daniel Murphy entered the 2008 season not even among the Mets’ top 10 prospects according to Baseball America. Prospect maven John Sickels gave him a “C” grade but called him a sleeper. Yet Murphy