- Projections Differences Part I: Hitters
- 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
- Rays Succeed on the Field, But Fans Don't Show
- Will a New Stadium Solve Rays' Attendance Woes?
- Cubs Fans Will Need Patience
- Free Agent Market: Center Field
- Indians Bet on Derek Lowe - and FIP
- Diamondbacks Corner Market on Backup Infielders
- Why Trade Martin Prado?
- The Case for Jacoby Ellsbury
- Is Pujols an Injury Risk?
- Will Atlanta's Youth Movement Doom 2012 Season?
- Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo From Padres
- Red Sox Need Outfield Help
- Back in Valentine's Day: Bobby's Take On Pitch Counts
- Braves Bet on Regression to the Mean
- Ryan Braun and Type I vs. Type II Error
- 2012 Organizational Rankings: #18 - Colorado
- Fredi Gonzalez's Decision-Making Is Not Helping the Braves
- Ivan Nova - An Uncommon Rule 5 Story
cite are the cases like Johan Santana, Joakim Soria and Josh Hamilton — where players went on to become valuable pieces for their new teams. But when do Rule 5 players become successes after being
- Santos' Swift Slider
- Matt Cain, Destroyer of DIPS
- Zack Greinke and Pitch Sequences
- Exploring Pitching Tendencies
- Breaking Down Stolen Base Break-Even Points
- Respect, Measured
- Anatomy of the $100 Million Contract
- Prince's Improved Approach at the Plate
- Best Rotation Ever? Best. Rotation. Ever.
- Beating the Defensive Shift
- How Good Is Matt Garza?
- Spring Training in September
- Commanding the Zone
- Do Better Pitchers Actually Have Better Command?
- Explaining the Command Disconnect
- Sabathia's Strong June
- Carsten Groundball Sabathia
- A Pitch F/X Look at Cliff Lee
- John Axford: the Cardinals’ newest reclamation project
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
Ryan Roberts entered 2011 as an unknown commodity. Though he was drafted in 2003, the 30-year-old had only accumulated 453 plate appearances in the majors. With the Diamondbacks having few options
- 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
- 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
- Roberts Remains An Oriole
Well, after countless rumors over the last few offseasons involving a potential Brian Roberts trade, the second baseman has agreed to a 4-yr extension with the Baltimore Orioles. He stated that his
- Wilhelmsen and Roberts: Waiver Wire
Street or Jonathan Broxton.
Brian Roberts (ESPN: 1 percent owned; Yahoo!: 5 percent owned)
Roberts has been sidelined since May 16 with a concussion, which wouldn’t be particularly remarkable
- Ryan Roberts and Burden of Proof
I have to admit that I've been highly suspicious of Ryan Roberts all season long. Maybe it's his spotty performance history, perhaps it's my aversion to one-hit-wonders (I'm looking at you, Fernando
- 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
- 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
- Josh Bell and Steve Lombardozzi: Waiver Wire
wire just waiting to be claimed.
Josh Bell, ARI |3B| Ownership: ESPN - 0.5% Yahoo - 1.0%
Right on the heels of my last Kicking Rocks piece which clamored for Bell's call-up, the Diamondbacks
- Ryan Roberts: Irrational Infatuation
I always love an under dog story and this season that love story has come in the form of Ryan Roberts. The thirty year-old has hit 5 more home runs this season than in his 5 previous MLB seasons
- Espinosa and Roberts: 2B Ownership Decliners
a bit and recommend another recent Rotographs article where David Wiers does a great job examining Raburn's struggles.
Ryan Roberts (57%, -37%, 39%) - It is like it is 2010 all over again for Roberts
- Kevin Kouzmanoff & Ryan Roberts: Deep League Wire
in the lineup. Yesterday, he even hit his first home run in the Majors since 2011.
Ryan Roberts | 2B BOS | 1% Owned
Roberts burst onto the scene back in 2011 with the Diamondbacks showing power and speed
- Utley & Roberts, Second Basemen on the Comeback Trail
in Philadelphia and Brian Roberts in Baltimore, just 100 miles apart via I-95, were the gold standard for power, speed, and defense. Between 2005, Utley's first full season, and 2009, Roberts' last, they were
- Josh Donaldson
On June 13, when Josh Donaldson was sent down, his line was an astonishing .153/.160/.235. In exactly 100 plate appearances, he had 1 walk, and that was in that final June 13 game. He had 1
- Third Base Auction Values: Morel, Roberts, Encarnacion
kill you in runs or RBI. He might even snag a few bases while he's at it. He's a great backup plan or a plug-and-play type should injury strike your squad.
Ryan Roberts $4
For a guy that flirted
- Polanco, Johnson, Roberts, Espinosa: 2B Showdown
% and below.
The 4 players I will be looking at today are Placido Polanco, Kelly Johnson, Ryan Roberts and Danny Espinosa. Here are their ownership rates and stats so far this year
- Underappreciated Play: Greinke Picks Off Roberts
would like to highlight one play which has gone under the radar. Specifically, I am referring to Zack Greinke's pickoff of Ryan Roberts in the top of the fourth inning.
The play can be viewed here
- Weeks, Roberts, Prado: 2B DL Returnees
now then he did back 2008.
Rickie seems to have no ill effects from his previous injuries and seems to doing better now that he is healthy.
Brian Roberts – Last season Brian missed 99 days due
- Ryan Roberts and Chris Heisey: Deep League Waiver Wire Revisited
, but to examine the players and if their performance this year changes their future outlook and role for next season. Upon reviewing my recs, most did not do much, but two guys really stood out: Ryan Roberts
- Deep League Waiver Wire: Ryan Roberts and Chris Capuano
Today's Deep League Waiver provides fantasy owners with a potential third base replacement for Ian Stewart and my first dive into the pitching free agent pool.
Ryan Roberts, OF, ARI | 5
- A GIF and a Poem for Josh Donaldson
they tell us (josh donaldson)
to live in the moment,
never stopping to think
living a million lives of
to twerk like nobody's watching
- Kevin Youkilis and Ryan Roberts: Third Base Stock Watch
at just .260.
Youkilis isn't necessarily falling apart in terms of his on-field performance, it's just his body that is. Trying to predict when he'll be healthy is anyone's guess.
- Daily Graphing - Josh Beckett
Apparently the Marlins are trying to move 2003 World Series hero Josh Beckett in an attempt to cut their payroll. The two possible trades would be Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Rangers
- Josh Womack, Gandalf of Bats
Survey Josh Womack's professional baseball career, and you come away impressed merely to the extent that he had a professional baseball career. That's to say, Womack's bestowals on the diamond
- Josh Willingham: 2012 Sleeper
Josh Willingham had his best major league season last year with the Oakland A's. He is now a free agent this off season and has yet to find a new home. No matter where he ends up, he looks
- Josh Hamilton: King of Swings
Last night, Josh Hamilton and his teammates went up against Felix Hernandez in Seattle. Hamilton came to bat four times, seeing 13 pitches in the process. He swung at eight of them. Here
- Josh Willingham: Selective Hitter?
Josh Willingham hasn't been very good this year. He's on pace to put up his worst full-season WAR mark. I'm secretly glad about this because I've never really liked Josh Willingham as a player. (Well
- Josh Hamilton's Hitting Breakout
It looks increasingly likely that the Rangers will win the American League West division. If that happens, a big reason for their success will be Josh Hamilton and his monstrous season at the plate
- Value Pick: Josh Hamilton?
There were many caution signs thrown up by fantasy baseball prognosticators when it came to Josh Hamilton's expected 2013 output. His penchant for swinging at virtually any reachable pitch being
- Josh Reddick: Improvement to Believe In
Josh Reddick is having an outstanding first season with the A's after previously playing for Boston. The 25-year-old left handed hitter has an unexpected 25 HRs this season to go with a .253/.325
- Josh Hamilton: the Worst at the Worst
Let's all go ahead and agree right now that the worst day of Josh Hamilton's life probably had nothing to do with baseball. I'm not going to go into any detail, and you shouldn't need for me to go
- Josh Reddick Hates Fastballs
The stereotype often proves true, so you’ll have to excuse me for jumping to conclusions when assuming that Oakland Athetics’ outfielder Josh Reddick would fall into that same broad category
- Is Josh Johnson Back?
destined for an epic crash (click on the link, it's must-watch stuff). Owning Josh Johnson on a couple squads, I've felt a little of both.
Coming off of a serious shoulder injury in 2011, Johnson,28, had
- Josh Beckett and DIPS Theory
Last year, Josh Beckett posted a 5.78 ERA in 21 starts, and his struggles were one of the main reasons the Red Sox missed the playoffs. This year, Josh Beckett has a 1.86 ERA in 14 starts, and his
- Injuries Hamper Josh Hamilton
In 2008, OF Josh Hamilton finally turned in the kind of season that scouts envisioned when Tampa Bay selected him with the 1st overall pick in the 1999 amateur draft.
Shipped from the Reds
- Adjusting to Josh Hamilton
The easy thing is talking about what Josh Hamilton has done. For his career, he's hit .304, with 161 dingers. Last year, his WAR was 4.4, and before that it was 4.1, and before that he won
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- Josh Hamilton's Resurgent Hitting
On Sunday, Josh Hamilton carried the Texas Rangers' offense. Going 5-for-6 while knocking in the tying run in the ninth inning and the go-ahead tally in the tenth, Hamilton had the biggest impact
- Learning to Appreciate Josh Tomlin
Throughout the first two months of the season, no player personified "regression candidate" more than Josh Tomlin. His ERA looked great, but nearly every peripheral suggested Tomlin was going to fall
- Introducing Josh Reddick
Meet the Red Sox’s insurance policy on Jason Bay and J.D. Drew. His name is Josh Reddick and he’s a 22-year-old outfielder who made his majors debut last Friday. The most noticeable thing when
- Recent Promotions: Josh Bell
will be clear for top prospect Josh Bell to get regular playing time for the O's.
Bell was up with Baltimore earlier this month (a clean .200/.200/.200 batting line in 15 PA) before going back down
- The Reality of Josh Donaldson
In last night's Athletics-Rangers extra-inning affair, Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson went 4-for-5 with two doubles. Oakland lost, but it was not Donaldson's fault that no one was on base when
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- Josh Donaldson On Settling In
"Nothing has ever come easy for me, especially the first time around," -- Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson
Josh Donaldson played baseball for two high schools. Add to that college, two minor
- The Josh Donaldson MVP Argument
AL MVP should or could be Josh Donaldson.
I want to make two things clear right here:
(1) I'm not sure how much I believe this argument. I think it's just an argument one could make
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- The Return of Josh Beckett
If the Boston Red Sox are going to contend for the World Series, much of their success is contingent on Josh Beckett's return to form. After succumbing to a back injury last season, Beckett entered
- Josh Beckett's New Approach
Josh Beckett hasn't looked the same this season. After an off-season as public enemy No. 1 to Red Sox fans, Beckett could have benefited from a strong start this year. Unfortunately for the 31-year
- Josh Willingham a Willing Twin
Whether he's a Willing Ham, a Compliant Pig, or just The Pork, outfielder Josh Willingham will be making his bacon in the Twins outfield for the the foreseeable future.*
Jeff Zimmerman has already
- Projecting Josh Reddick
with projecting Josh Reddick in 2012 is that he only has 403 Major League plate appearances under his belt. And those are spread over three major league seasons. They aren't super useful in projecting his
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- Fantasy LVP Josh Hamilton
There were definitely warning signs. Despite coming off the second-best offensive season of his career, Josh Hamilton was a bit of a fantasy lightening rod last offseason. There was plenty
- Josh Hamilton's Crazy Week
Josh Hamilton just had himself quite a week. The Rangers’ slugger clubbed nine homers in one week, including four in one game. He hit .467/.529/1.433, for a ridiculous 1.963 OPS, and piled up 1.5 WAR
- Josh Reddick On Sticking With It
We've heard different approaches from different players, and different levels of familiarity with the statistics so far this year, but it looks like Oakland's Josh Reddick might be in a niche of his
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- Josh Donaldson: Worthwhile Sleeper?
and as I was looking over some of the rosters, Josh Donaldson's name stuck out to me. He went for $4 to Rotowire's Derek Van Riper who went with a "stars and scrubs" approach, but considering some
- Projecting Josh Rutledge
Josh Rutledge has been filling in at shortstop for the injured Troy Tulowitzki and has done quite an admirable job, having posted an impressive .445 wOBA over 84 plate appearances. Unfortunately, we
- Josh Hamilton: 32 Is The Number
For a 31-year-old outfielder, we have surprisingly little information about Josh Hamilton. 3000 or so plate appearances, three full seasons, and he's already on the long side of thirty. We all know
- Q&A: Josh Tomlin
Low strikeout and ground-ball rates -- not to mention a propensity to give up the long ball -- spells disaster for most pitchers. But Josh Tomlin isn‘t most pitchers. The Indians' right-hander
- Who Is Josh Rutledge?
Earlier this week, the Rockies sent Josh Rutledge to Colorado Springs. To be certain, Rutledge was not playing well, and there is a decent chance that Rutledge really isn’t that good in general
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
According to Zach Sanders' analysis, Josh Reddick was the fantasy replacement level outfielder of 2013. He was worth 41 cents. Dayan Viciedo was technically closer to zero with a negative 37 cent
- Josh Rutledge Acolytes
Josh Rutledge was a compelling sleeper entering 2013 after his 23-year old rookie season in which he put up a 93 wRC+ with a flash of both power and speed as a middle infielder. Unfortunately