- Breaking Down the Prospects in the Justin Upton Trade
The Braves are sending rightfielder Justin Upton and a yet-to-be-named-publicly low level prospect to the Padres for for pitcher Max Fried, center fielder Mallex Smith, infielder Jace Peterson
- Padres Reportedly Acquire Justin Upton
Well, this is fascinating. A day after finalizing the Matt Kemp trade, and on the day the Wil Myers trade is expected to be announced, the Padres have reportedly agreed to acquire Justin Upton
- Exploring Justin Upton's Trade Value
ever truly know for certain who is "available" on the trade market, we can say with reasonable confidence that Justin Upton is. As the Braves signaled their intention to shift from win-now
- James Paxton Misses Out on his Breakout
By the time James Paxton left in the sixth inning of his second start of 2014, he had done little in his young career to dampen expectations of him becoming a solid major league starter. After all
- Handicapping Justin Verlander
The 2014 season was a cruel one for Justin Verlander. To the fantasy baseball players who owned him for most of it and drafted, bought, kept, or traded for the formerly elite right-hander, the 2014
- Blue Jays Claim Justin Smoak
as a free agent after the A's claimed him on waivers and then released him two weeks later; that move has worked out pretty well, I'd say. So now they're trying it again, claiming Justin Smoak off
- James Shields, Better But Different
We've talked about James Shields a lot this postseason, and most of it hasn't been all that positive. "Big Game" James had been lousy throughout this magical Kansas City run, and he was particularly
- Bill James Awards
The piece below is not endorsed by Bill James, writer and sabermetrician, or, for that matter, anyone else named Bill James. Mr. James did not contribute to this piece and I make no claim
- James Shields, Line Drive Machine
If you watched Game 1, you know what was happening to James Shields. If you didn't watch Game 1, you can figure out what was happening to James Shields, since he departed after 3+ and wasn't exactly
- Is James Shields' Changeup Overrated?
Before this pitch, you might have heard a lot about James Shields' changeup being the best righty change in the business.
But early in the game, both Gregor Blanco and Brandon Belt managed
- Why Hasn't James Shields Been "Big Game James?"
Included among that has been that every single time James Shields' name is mentioned, he's referred to as "Big Game James," as though it's his legal name. Shields is a very good pitcher
- Return of the James Shields Changeup
The Royals made a trade for James Shields and evaluators had things to say about it. The Royals, for their part, were confident in their belief that Shields could help push the team to its intended
- James Baldwin Has Huge Upside, Huge Holes
James Baldwin, CF, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (LAD, High-A – most recently viewed 8/27 at Rancho)
Baldwin is the son of former big league righty James Baldwin, who was the pitching coach at the North
- Return to Being Useful: Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau’s place on the Colorado Rockies didn’t make much sense when the deal was announced. It was written about here, by Paul Swydan, and pretty much everywhere else. And Swydan was right
- Not Drafting James Shields Next Year
A quick look at the player page of James Shields might lead you to believe that he has returned his draft day value for his fantasy owners. His ERA is only a tick higher than it was last year, his
- On Justin Verlander's Health
Last night, Justin Verlander lasted one inning, gave up five runs, and left the game with "right shoulder soreness". After the game, Verlander admitted that this had "been lingering for a little
- Justin Masterson Could Be Quite a Bit Better with Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals have added Justin Masterson to their rotation. The new team should be good for the right-hander, as Jeff Sullivan wrote on the non-fantasy side. Bernie Miklasz, long-time
- The Cardinals Will be Good for Justin Masterson
ago, a guy with a 5+ ERA.
Justin Masterson, who's still on the disabled list, is going to St. Louis, and going to Cleveland is prospect James Ramsey. The Indians aren't giving up, but they no longer
- Justin Verlander May Be Hurting, But Is He Injured?
, but there are always muscles that are tightening, muscles that are not functioning properly,” Cabrera said in Spanish. “It’s part of the process. The same thing is happening to Justin Verlander
- It's Time for the Royals to Trade James Shields
- Bringing Bill James' Famous Arbitration Case to 2014
Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Abstract
The case that Bill James made for George Bell in 1985, and later informed his readers about when he released his Historical
- Is This The Real Justin Verlander?
The All Star Game took place on Tuesday, and for the first time since 2008, Justin Verlander was not there for the festivities. Looking at his recent performance, it seems like very, very long ago
- Let's Imagine a Baseball-Playing LeBron James
LeBron James is a basketball player. Let's imagine a LeBron James equivalent as a baseball player.
I was talking with a friend, and we got to discussing the amount of coverage devoted
- FG on Fox: The Coors Field Effect on Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau is off to a great start this year; of course, this is also his first year playing for the Rockies. Most people enjoy playing half their games in a park that greatly inflates offense
- Revisiting Justin Masterson
A couple months ago, I told you it was too early to worry about Justin Masterson. Well, we are more than half-way through June now and if I wasn't worried before, I am now.
- Justin Masterson's Immaculate Inning (And Then Some)
didn't even notice it had happened. Justin Masterson had struggled mightily with his command in the first three innings, needing 28 pitches to get out of the first and 21 more to get through
- Justin Verlander Needs to Change to Counter Change
Justin Verlander has a 3.55 ERA. Seems a little strange to be worried about a pitcher with a 3.55 ERA. But, a few things, about that ERA:
it is worse than some of his old ERAs
- Prospect Watch: Jose Ramirez, James Jones
James Jones, OF, Mariners (Profile)
Level: MLB Age: 25 Top-15: N/A Top-100: N/A
Line: (Triple-A) 90 PA, 8.9% BB, 17.8% K, .313/.382/.450 (.371 BABIP
- Should You Worry About Justin Masterson?
If you happen to be a FG+ subscriber, and you happen to have visited Justin Masterson's page, and you happen to have read his 2014 FanGraphs+ Profile, you saw these lines: "Fantasy owners will look
- Q&A: Justin Nicolino, Miami Marlins Pitching Prospect
Justin Nicolino has been called “an intelligent student of the game.” It's an accurate description and a big reason the 22-year-old southpaw is one of the top prospects in the Miami Marlins
- Is Justin Masterson Actually Being Benevolent?
Justin Masterson is scheduled to be a free agent at the end of the 2014 season, but over the last few days, he's made it clear that he hopes he never gets there. He wants to re-sign with the Indians
- Justin Verlander: Ready to Regain Righteousness
was a batting title contender, so was interested in seeing what I could get for him.
Enter Justin Verlander. The Tigers' ace, (at the time) had a 1.83 ERA and was 3-2 in April, and had hit a rough spot in May
- Justin Masterson - Elite Starting Pitcher?
and Cliff Lee among the names closely behind. Justin Verlander and Cole Hamels had off years in 2013, arguably dropping back in the pack a bit. Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez entered the fray loudly last
- Keeper League Player Depth
- James Paxton Was Broken -- Is He Fixed?
In 2012, the prospect world was down on James Paxton. He was still getting strikeouts based on his curve, but his velocity was down and his control was terrible. Then he got his knee fixed
- Justin Masterson with a Little Help from His Friends
There is a lot of uncertainty surrounding Justin Masterson. The Indians are rumored to be listening to offers on both he and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera, and either of those moves could have
- Rays Pay Up for James Loney
agency, but Pena struggled through a 0.7 win season. Last season, James Loney was brought in on a $2M deal, and turned a profit with a career-best 2.7 win season.
The first base situation has been
- Mariners Challenge Justin Smoak with Justin Smoak 2.0
appearances and then still became good hitters who had solid careers.
Interestingly, though, this entire story almost perfectly describes incumbent first baseman Justin Smoak. They acquired him
- Trading Half of Justin Masterson Is Not As Crazy As It Sounds
Bob Nightengale says that the Yankees are looking into trading for Justin Masterson. Meanwhile, Buster Olney says there are “no legs” to that rumor. Who’s to say they can’t both be right? Sure, any
- James Shields, Innings Chomper
to describe pitchers who throw a lot of innings, but not necessarily of high quality. James Shields' innings, at least over the past three seasons, have certainly been of high quality. He has given his
- Justin Upton and the Allure of Upside
Justin Upton finished the season as the 21st most valuable outfielder according to our valuations. But I can almost guarantee that he'll be drafted higher than 21st among outfielders next year
- James Loney & The Bucs: Sometimes Average Is An Upgrade
The rumor mill was pretty sure the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign James Loney this week. This year's version of Tampa's continual reclamation project at first base has a longer history of above
- The Rockies Don't Need Justin Morneau
It’s been rumored for awhile now, but over the Thanksgiving break, the intensity of rumors linking the Colorado Rockies to Justin Morneau increased. But Morneau is not going to improve the Rockies
- The Bill James Hall of Fame--Pitchers
instead of confuse.
In his wonderful book "Whatever Happened to the Hall of Fame?" Bill James laid out criteria for two measures he invented to evaluate HOF resumes. He devotes Chapter 14 to describing
- Totally Unaltered Tweet: Zombie Justin Verlander
- Justin Masterson's Valuable New Role
starter Justin Masterson, who made his first All-Star team this year and has exactly zero career saves to his name. Masterson missed most of the final month with an oblique injury and is not considered
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: James Loney
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: James Loney.
- Justin Morneau and the Pirates' First Base Platoon
The team is not resting on their laurels, though. Having already acquired Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the Mets, the Pirates are now rumored to be trying to get Justin Morneau from the Twins. The Pirates
- Justin Maxwell Has Nice Teeth
Newly-acquired Royals outfielder Justin Maxwell has nice teeth.
And he should. From The New York Times:
Maxwell, from Olney, Md., is the son of Austin Maxwell, who was the presidential
- Justin Smoak, Will Middlebrooks: Corner Infield Waiver Wire
at this time of year, but it's certainly not impossible.
Justin Smoak, SEA |1B| Ownership: ESPN - 24.2% Yahoo - 22.0%
After listening to my 15-year old nephew's incessant yammering about
- Justin Ruggiano and Continuing Failure
A July 8 article in the Sun-Sentinel by Juan C. Rodriguez asked, "Is Justin Ruggiano the next Marlin to go?" The same things that made him desirable to Miami made him desirable to contenders. He
- Justin Smoak, Finally For Real?
on this one: my "bold prediction" that Justin Smoak would be a top-15 mixed league first baseman.
That was based on the combination of a scorching September (.428 wOBA in 101 plate appearances), the switch
- Justin Upton is Suddenly Bad at Everything
Justin Upton was an early favorite for National League MVP after a scalding April. The 25-year-old seemed to put 2012 behind him, hitting .298/.402/.734 through the season's first month. It looked
- Dumping Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau has 26 home runs in his past 270 games played, which over 162 games would be a measly 16 long balls. For a first baseman, that just does not cut it. Yet still, Morneau is owned in 58
- James Loney and a Case of the Kotchmans
, though, easily the most effective Rays hitter this season has been off-season stopgap acquisition James Loney, who is currently hitting .376/.429/.560 (176 wRC+), including homers in each
- Justin Turner: Possibly of Irish Extraction
infielder Justin Turner came to bat earlier this week, my computer grew arms and seized my tailored lapels. I clicked on the relevant Maximum Irish Caution icon, and it took me straightaway
- Don't Be Fooled By James Loney's Gaudy Slash Line
frustrating year, James Loney was gone. Finally! My long personal nightmare would be over.
Here we are less than a year later, and now Loney's hitting .375/.430/.528 for the Rays. It's a line
- Let's Talk About Justin Masterson
Perhaps I should have written this piece last week. Because last week, Justin Masterson had a sub-two ERA and people were talking about him and his new approach against lefties. Then again, this week
- Justin Maxwell: Waiver Wire
Justin Maxwell (ESPN: 37 percent owned; Yahoo!: 14 percent owned)
If Justin Maxwell were a pitcher instead of an outfielder, his career may have ended before it even really started. While
- Justin Verlander Summits Money Mountain
For much of the offseason, Felix Hernandez, Justin Verlander, and Clayton Kershaw were non-literally linked. All three have been among the most consistently outstanding starting pitchers in the world
- Will 2013 Be Justin Morneau's Last Stand?
Once upon a time, Justin Morneau was a very solid player. He was never the player his most-valuable-player status would have seemed to convey, though he was still solid. But that time was more than
- How Much Better Could Justin Masterson Be?
The other day, the Cleveland Indians announced that Justin Masterson will be their starter on Opening Day, barring some sort of injury. One might consider this damning with faint praise
- Justin Turner: Probably Not Taking Steroids
Worst day of spring training, physicals #ihateneedles but the good news is, once today's done, baseball will officially be started!#LGM— Justin Turner (@redturn2) February 17, 2013
- Making Further Sense of Justin Ruggiano
Last Thursday, fellow RotoGrapher Chris Cwik tried to make sense of Justin Ruggiano's half a season breakout performance last year. Chris primarily focused on historical comparables and concluded
- Making Sense of Justin Ruggiano
It's pretty rare for a player who was still a rookie at age-29 to ever stumble into a full-time role. But that's precisely what Justin Ruggiano is looking to do this spring. A minor leaguer since
- Mike Minor, James McDonald, and Tricks of the Mind
In the two drafts the Rotographs staff has done so far this winter, James McDonald hasn’t exactly been a hot commodity. In the snake draft, he was skipped entirely and he hardly fared better
- Dave Cameron Blink Watch: Blink+ for Bill James
Recently, godfather of sabermetrics himself Bill James appeared alongside Kenny. Below is the data concerning his blinking patterns.
Beg and End mark the beginning and end marks of James' time
- Justin and B.J. Upton and the Brother Effect
According to Kevin Towers, a few days ago he was prepared to move on without having traded Justin Upton, as he wasn't finding enough value on the market. In lieu of an Upton trade, the Diamondbacks
- Justin Upton, the Braves, and their Strikeouts
As of Thursday, an awful lot of people are happy. The Diamondbacks are happy, because they were able to move Justin Upton for value. The Braves are happy, because they were able to get Justin Upton
- Prospects In The Justin Upton Deal
- Braves Acquire Justin Upton
The Diamondbacks have traded Justin Upton again. This time, he's actually going away. After he rejected a deal to Seattle, they've found a new trade partner in the Atlanta Braves, and have crafted
- Prospect Packages for Justin Upton
of waiting out the Arizona Diamondbacks before swooping in and acquiring 25-year old Justin Upton. Or, maybe the Rangers lucked out when Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners for Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin
- Q&A: Justin Ruggiano, Opportunistic Marlin
Going into last season, Justin Ruggiano was your classic AAAA player. A soon to turn 30-year-old outfielder, he’d appeared in 98 big-league games over three seasons, hitting just .226. The Rays had
- Justin Upton's Trade Value
Yesterday, the Arizona Diamondbacks got an offer for Justin Upton that they would say yes to, as the Seattle Mariners reportedly agreed to ship Taijuan Walker, Nick Franklin, Charlie Furbush
- Justin Upton Is Not a Park Effect Mirage
Big news everyone - Justin Upton is still on the trade block. He has been for about three years now, and he will continue to be until he is mercifully traded to a team that wants him more than
- James McDonald Loses Steam
James McDonald looked like one of the biggest surprises during the first three months of the season. His performance was a big reason for the Pittsburgh Pirates status as contenders in early-July
- Daily Notes, Ft. James Shields' Unbridled Enthusiasm
"I'm kind of excited about it," replied right-hander James Shields when asked for his feelings on the trade that sent him to Kansas City on Monday, reports the Tampa Tribune's Roger Mooney
- James Shields In a New Ballpark (And Division)
The short version of the old book on James Shields that he was a flyball and strikeout guy with a home run problem. That version of James Shields might care about leaving a home park that suppresses
- ottoneu Pitcher Rankings with Bill James Projections
We've already seen the new Bill James projections for 2013 used to rank hitters for 5x5 and linear weights, and to rank pitchers for 5x5 - time to look at how ottoneu players should be thinking about
- Justin Ruggiano "Has This"
: as the old adage goes, if you fail 70% of the time, you're doing pretty good.
Sometimes that confidence extends into hubris, which might be the case with Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano:
- Red Sox Replace James Loney with Mike Napoli
Early on during the winter meetings, we've seen the Rays agree to terms with James Loney, and the Padres agree to terms with Jason Marquis. Now we've seen the Red Sox agree to terms with an actual
- Rays Scrape The Barrel, Come Up With James Loney
plate appearances for the Rays. Tampa bay is now going to try to work their magic on James Loney.
Loney, 28, has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Rays according to Tim Brown
- ottoneu Hitter Rankings with Bill James Projections
this off-season - 5x5 rankings come out, and Chad follows with the ottoneu edition. Sure enough, here three cuts of linear weights points rankings of the top 20 hitters for 2013, based on the Bill James
- The Real Justin Upton
Through six major league seasons, we still don't know what to make of Justin Upton. He's looked like a budding superstar in 2009 and 2011, and merely an adequate outfielder in 2010 and 2012. A number
- Bill James Projections Fun: Pitcher Surprises Edition
On Wednesday, I dove into the recently published Bill James projections and examined how they compared with the actual performances of some of this past season's biggest surprises on the hitting side
- Pitcher Rankings with Bill James Projections
On Monday, I looked at the top hitters according to the recently added Bill James Handbook Projections. Today, I will see how the projection system sees the pitchers performing this season.
- Bill James Projections Fun: Hitter Surprises Edition
One of the most exciting times of the off-season is when the first projection set is released. We now have the Bill James system on the player pages for our analyzational (I like making up words
- Keeper League Would You Rather: Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton?
further ado, let's get to our first comparison -- Would you rather keep Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton?
There's a lot to like about each of these guys and based on their projections from James, as well
- Hitter Rankings with Bill James Projections
Just a few days ago, the Bill James Handbook Projections were added to each of the player pages. Today, I will look at the top projected fantasy hitters going into the 2013 season.
A few items
- 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections!
The 2013 Bill James Handbook Projections courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions are now available on the players pages!
- Justin Verlander's Location Problem
Headed into last night, the Tigers were the favorites to win the World Series in large part because they had Justin Verlander, and people tend to favor teams who have ace starters in the playoffs
- The Aging Mountie: Justin Morneau
If you know much about me, you’re not terribly surprised I’ve chosen to profile Justin Morneau in the scope of Colonel Sanders publishing his first base rankings this past Monday. And while I think
- Is Justin Verlander a Fireballer?
- Justin Verlander: Atypical Game, Typical Results
"You labored, it wasn't a typical Justin Verlander game."
That was TBS's Craig Sager, just after Phil Coke made Justin Verlander's Game 3 performance officially stand up: 8.1 innings, three hits
- Grabbing Justin Smoak and Nate McLouth?
It's been a pretty odd season for both Nate McLouth and Justin Smoak, but they have both made themselves roto relevant during the season's final few weeks. They have hit four and five home runs
- Dr. James Andrews Will See You Now
Dr. James Andrews will see you now.
He understands that your arm is in a lot of pain. But what about your heart?
Dr. James Andrews knows the path to true healing starts with your
- James Loney's Prime Decline
If the Red Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in baseball this year, then waiver trade import James Loney has been one of its most disappointing and frustrating players. The 28-year
- Justin Verlander Below the Surface
In a start earlier Thursday, Justin Verlander just abused the Blue Jays for nine innings. In fairness to the Blue Jays, theirs was a lineup missing Jose Bautista, J.P. Arencibia, and Brett Lawrie
- Cole Hamels' Three-Pitch Strikeout of Justin Ruggiano
Cole Hamels' three-pitch strikeout of Justin Ruggiano during the first inning of Monday night's Phillies-Marlins game (box) in Miami isn't more significant than most other three-pitch strikeouts
- Jarrod Dyson and Justin Maxwell: Waiver Wire
. If you're in a position to move up in stolen bases, you should probably give Dyson a look.
Justin Maxwell, HOU |OF| Ownership: ESPN - 3.0% Yahoo - 2.0%
There have been plenty of struggles
- Justin Upton Needs To Hit More Fly Balls
Justin Upton is still a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. During the off-season, there was no reason to think that the 24-year-old outfielder would be a potential trade candidate. Upton was coming
- Gary Sheffield's 1993 Trade and Justin Upton
Rumors have swirled around Justin Upton for some time now. The Diamondbacks are reportedly considering dealing the man once considered their franchise right fielder.
Upton, then 23, was a major
- Justin Upton Trade Would Be a Rarity
The Diamondbacks have made it known that they are open to trading right-fielder Justin Upton. The two-time all-star, who finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting last season
- James McDonald Adds a Slider, Dominates
One of the biggest surprises for the first place Pittsburgh Pirates (!) has been the outstanding performance of James McDonald. Before this year, McDonald had a career ERA above 4.00 and a strikeout
- FanGraphs Audio: Marlins Outfielder Justin Ruggiano
David Laurila, curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks with Marlins outfielder Justin Ruggiano about the latter's baseball-related travels, including stops in Taiwan, Mexico, Venezuela
- The Last Pitch of Justin Masterson's Complete Game
It will likely come as no surprise to the reader to learn that Cleveland right-hander Justin Masterson and the author have a lot in common: we both lived in the Boston area for a little while, we
- Q&A: David Ortiz and Justin Verlander
It goes without saying that David Ortiz and Justin Verlander are among the most dominant players of their era. The Red Sox slugger has a career .284/.379/.545 slash line and 391 home runs; the Tigers
- Justin Black and Montana Major Leaguers
On Monday, the Atlanta Braves took Justin Black in the fourth round, the 149th overall pick. It may have been seen as an overdraft by some — Black was seen as a top-500 talent by many draft
- Justin Upton Is Having A Rough Week
Things have not gone well for Justin Upton this season. After posting an MVP-caliber season in 2011, Upton has struggled to reach the same level this year. The situation worsened on Tuesday, when
- James Shields: Becoming an Ace
This might seem like a weird time to be writing an article about James Shields experiencing a breakout season, given that his 3.95 ERA this season is over a run higher than the 2.82 mark he posted
- James McDonald: NL Starting Pitcher
hasn’t been bad at all, and while they both would have been in contention for the title of Cy Young on the 2011 Pirates, they’re both sitting a ways behind the team’s ace, James McDonald.
- Daily Notes, Beginning with a Line by Bill James
. Today's Complete Schedule
Featured Game: Washington at Philadelphia, 19:05 ET
Regarding a Thing Bill James Said
Bill James said -- while promoting his true-crime book last year on Sounds of Young
- Justin Verlander's Ninth Inning Heat
By now, there is not much that Justin Verlander does that should surprise us. The Tigers ace has thrown not one, but two no-hitters and regularly displays the hardest fastball, in terms of average
- Justin Morneau: Is There Any Hope?
Justin Morneau looks to be back and somewhat healthy this season. He has played in the first 10 Twins' games this season with Tuesday being his first day off. In nine games, he was the designated
- The Recent Resurgence of Justin Morneau
It’s been a long time since Justin Morneau was anything close to a sure fantasy option. 2010 drafters had to decide which Morneau was the real thing, the player who hit .311/.390/.575 with 21 HR
- Will James "Tex" Carleton haunt your daymares?
- Would You Draft Justin Morneau?
This could be the end of the line for Justin Morneau. Morneau, who suffered from a concussion during the 2010 season, was shut down early last season after experiencing recurring symptoms. When
- Video: Justin Verlander on His Future Cause of Death
Making an appearance on TV's Conan on Wednesday, Detroit Tiger SuperAce Justin Verlander announced both to O'Brien and all of America that he will one day die either of congestive heart failure
- Q&A: Justin Masterson, Rhapsodic Masterpiece
Bob Dylan wasn’t thinking of Justin Masterson when he wrote “When I Paint My Masterpiece” -- the Indians right-hander wasn’t even born yet -- but it’s fun to imagine. Dylan sings about how someday
- What Justin Verlander Can Teach Us
Justin Verlander had himself a fine season, you may have heard. The first pitcher to win both the MVP and the Cy in about a quarter-century, he combined superlative peripherals with just a little bit
- The Case for Justin Verlander
The American League Most Valuable Player Award is going to be announced at 2:00 pm today, and there's a pretty good chance that Justin Verlander is going to become just the 10th player to win both
- Justin Verlander Wins 2011 AL Cy Young
The BBWAA confirmed what most already expected Tuesday by tabbing Justin Verlander as the 2011 American League Cy Young award winner. Verlander was absolutely dominant in 2011, pacing both circuits
- 2B Ranking Using Bill James 2012 Projections
Yesterday, the Bill James's Projections were added to all the player pages here at Fangraphs. Bill James's numbers seem to be on the optimistic side and are probably not regressed as much as other
- 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2012 Bill James Handbook Projections are now available in the player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for allowing us to publish these for the fourth straight year.
- Will the Rays Trade James Shields?
One of the best pitchers available this off-season may have just been pulled off the market. With Matt Moore expected to grab a spot in the rotation, many expected James Shields to be available
- The Idea and Reality of Justin Verlander
on the Detroit bullpen the day before he pitched and the two days afterward." - Buster Olney, ESPN
You don't have to do much googling to find a column praising the dominance of Justin Verlander. In fact
- Q&A: Jim Hickey on James Shields
James Shields has had a career year, and at least some of the credit goes to Jim Hickey. The Rays pitching coach has played a hands-on role in the right-hander’s success, which has been fueled
- The Troubling Case of Justin Morneau
Justin Morneau's frustrating season is officially over.
After a number of nagging injuries to its first baseman, the Minnesota Twins decided to shut down its former All-Star for the remainder
- James Loney: First Basemen Gone Mad
to Votto and first in wRC+. The mighty James Anthony Loney.
In 2009 James Loney finished the year ranked as the 33rd best first basemen. Last season he was 23rd. So far this season he’s 36th
- Plugging the Cardinals' Shortstop Hole
- Complete Game James: James Shields Unlearns Us
Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.
In 2010, James Shields led the league in hits allowed, home runs allowed, and earned runs allowed. Many among the Rays faithful
- Justin Verlander: A Shot At 25?
Justin Verlander won his 20th game Saturday against the Minnesota Twins. Eric Seidman already covered his MVP candidacy this morning, and I have to agree that we should probably cool down
- James Darnell and Nate Eovaldi: Mining the Minors
the likelihood that a player will remain in the majors during the year.
Players listed in order of 2011 fantasy impact.
James Darnell, Padres
- Biggest Busts: Shortstops and Outfielders (ottoneu lwts leagues)
- Biggest Busts: Second Base & Third Base (ottoneu lwts leagues)
- Justin Masterson's (Almost) All-Fastball Dominance
Lou Marson had a pretty easy eight innings catching Justin Masterson Tuesday night against the Minnesota Twins. Any catcher would gladly receive for a performance like Masterson's -- eight scoreless
- A New Fantasy Pitching Points Proposal
the biggest bump moving to this new system are those who have an ERA that is substantially better than their FIP: Justin Verlander (+108 pts), Jared Weaver (+87 pts), Josh Beckett (+84 pts), etc
- Photo: Things Justin Verlander is Thinking
I know, the photo's from last week, but I just found it, so it's new to me.
Anyway, we've got two options, as we go deep inside the mind of ace Justin Verlander, as he chokes teammate Magglio
- Biggest Busts: C & 1B (ottoneu lwts leagues)
Performed As: $28
Justin Morneau, MIN
Avg. Cost: $21.38
Performed As: -$9
My Pick: Albert Pujols
Meet my first baseman in ottoneu! And I paid $67 for him
- Your lwts Fantasy All-Stars: National League
- Your lwts Fantasy All-Stars: American League
is still very solid (.279/.377/.440). Abreu continue to plug away and get relatively little respect for what he does.
Felix Hernandez (1351 pts, 2.82 FIP, $45)
- Justin Upton Cuts his K Rate
Following a mildly disappointing 2010 campaign, Justin Upton is enjoying his best offensive season to date in 2011. Upton has a .299/.384/.522 triple-slash for the first-place Arizona Diamondbacks
- Biggest Surprises: 2B, SS, OF (ottoneu lwts)
- What to do about Justin Smoak?
In one of Howard Bender's most recent Kicking Rocks articles, he identified Justin Smoak as a player experiencing a breakout season. After looking at Smoak's stats this season, it would be tough
- Catcher, 1B, 3B: Biggest surprises (ottoneu lwts)
), Justin Smoak (+$14), Juan Miranda (+$12), Joey Votto (+$6)
Jose Bautista, TOR
Avg. Cost $29.72
Performed As: $109
Alex Gordon, KCR
Avg. Cost: $5.07
- Pick Six Value Picks: Starters and Relievers
been terrific for the past month. And Pineiro is the best of a large group of other pitchers right around his cost point (minimal) and projected production level (decent). Others include Justin
- James Loney's Problems at the Plate
James Loney is having a horrible start to the 2011 season. His wRC+ of 58 is by far the lowest of his career and is the seventh worst in the league. That kind of performance from first basemen
- Pick Six Value Picks: Middle Infield and Outfield
- Q&A: Justin Masterson and Chris Perez
Justin Masterson and Chris Perez are having success against American League hitters -- Masterson is 5-2, 2.52; Perez has 10 saves -- but what would happen if they went up against a lineup of Indians
- Chris Davis and Justin Turner: Deep League Waiver Wire
Chris Davis 1B | 5% Owned
Who else remembers Bill James' outrageous 2009 projection for Davis? While he showed good power with a .205 ISO and 19.6% HR/FB ratio, it is difficult
- Pick Six Value Picks: Catcher & Corner Infield
- Spotted: Pretend Bill James
Moments before Justin Verlander completed his no-hitter on Saturday, Rogers Sportsnet presented home viewers with this image -- i.e. what sabermetric paterfamilias Bill James would currently look
- Video: Bill James on Colbert Report
The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30cBill Jameswww.colbertnation.comColbert Report Full EpisodesPolitical Humor & Satire BlogVideo Archive
Father of Us All Bill James has (a) written
- Strategy in Pick Six: Daily, Quick Fantasy Baseball
- Reliever Rankings, Ignoring Saves and Holds
- Call Him Complete Game James
For the second straight game, James Shields was able to finish what he started. Following a four-hit, one-run complete game victory against the Chicago White Sox earlier in the week, Shields threw
- Strategy on Streaking Players: Don't Trust the Streak
- Addressing the James Loney Situation
James Loney isn't good enough to be a big-league starter.
In 486 plate appearances from 2006-07, Loney hit .321/.372/.543 and took the league by storm. At just 23 years of age, his future seemed
- What's Upton with Justin?
If someone told you Justin Upton would finally make the jump to "superstardom" this season, you may have been slightly hesitant to believe them. After all, Upton is coming off a somewhat
- Lessons in Patience, Courtesy of Lance Berkman
- Justin Upton Settling Into 2011
The first ten games of Justin Upton 's age 23 season have gone pretty well. Through his first 46 plate appearances, Arizona's prodigy has a .300/.391/.575 triple-slash line and a .411 wOBA
- What should you do with RP slots in points leagues?
. Clayton Richard, 860 pts
4. Shaun Marcum, 848 pts
5. R.A. Dickey, 777 pts
6. Justin Masterson, 754 pts
7. Brandon Morrow, 720 pts
8. Brian Wilson, 679 pts
9. Phil Hughes, 675 pts
- $2 Shortstops in Ottoneu Points Leagues
- James Shields and Using K%
Coming off a season in which he posted a gruesome 5.18 ERA, James Shields is a favorite sleeper and undervalued asset of the statistically-inclined fantasy owner. The majority of these owners
- Pitcher value in a FanGraphs points league
- Position Scarcity in FanGraphs Points Leagues
- FanGraphs Points Leagues: What Hitters Will Be Underrated by Traditional Fantasy Rankings?
- FanGraphs Points Leagues: What Hitters Will Be Overrated by Traditional Fantasy Rankings?
- How Pitching is Scored in ottoneu FanGraphs Points Leagues
- How hitting is scored in ottoneu FanGraphs points leagues
- Justin Duchscherer Should Help O's
Over his last 169.2 innings pitched, Justin Duchscherer’s ERA+ is 160, which ain’t too shabby, as the kids say (Note: Kids don’t say this at all). Looking at other pitchers with similar innings
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1995 Edition
Our exercise in plagiarism continues today, as we enjoy together some choice passages from the 1995 edition of the Bill James Player Ratings Book.
The reader will notice that, in what follows
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1995
View a spreadsheet of all 81 prospects by clicking here.
Last week, I submitted for the readership's consideration a review of the hitting prospects from the 1994 edition of the Bill James Player
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1994 Edition
Age ain't nothin' but a number... on Rudy Seanez's Dodger uniform.
Last week, I played the part of Bill James' scrivener, rendering into electronic print five haphazardly chosen, but still
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1994
View spreadsheet of all 102 prospects by clicking here.
Last Monday, I submitted for the readership's consideration a review of the hitting prospects from the 1993 edition of the Bill James Player
- Highlights of the Bill James Player Rater, 1993 Edition
As I've noted already in two posts here at the site, I've recently purchased the Bill James Player Ratings Books for the years 1993 through 1995.
What I perhaps have not made clear yet is how I
- "Does Bill James Even Like to Watch Baseball?"
Sullivan discussing Bill James' projections for some Boston Red Sox players (h/t Repoz). Ryan and Sullivan were aghast that Bill James would project Jon Lester for just 14 wins in 2011, joking
- Review of Hitting Prospects, James Player Rater 1993
As noted towards the end of last week over at NotGraphs, I've recently acquired the Bill James Player Ratings Books from 1993 to 1995.
One thing about the Player Raters that, so far as I know
- FanGraphs Audio: James Kannengieser, Amazin' Ave.
In which the guest is neither a cannon, nor a geyser: discuss.
The Moneyball Book Club
Meta-Meta Musings on Blogging
The Sabermetric Biography of James Kannengieser
- Video: The Future of Sports w/ James, Joe Pos, et al.
Washington University in St. Louis recently hosted "The Future of Sports," a panel discussion featuring Bob Costas, Bill James, Joe Posnanski, Gerald Early, and Michael MacCambridge.
- Old News: Bill James on Sounds of Young America
by listening to an April 2008 interview with Bill James on PRI's The Sounds of Young America (TSOYA).
CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO
TSOYA host Jesse Thorn generally -- although not exclusively -- interviews
- Bill James and the Cock-Lebur
A Tragicomedy in Precisely Two Acts.
Like any serberista worth his fashion spectactles, I spend about 90% of my day within arm's reach of Bill James' collected works. Or, okay, maybe collected
- Justin Upton's Future Value
ships, Towers could take out an armada in a matter of minutes. Today's rumor du jour is that the Diamondbacks will be willing to listen to calls for young right fielder Justin Upton. In reality, most
- 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections!
Kicking off projection season, as usual, are the 2011 Bill James Handbook Projections, courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions.
They're available right now in the player pages!
- FanGraphs Audio: Justin Merry of Red Reporter
and/or Foolhardy Playoff Predictions
... and other make-or-break propositions!
Justin Merry (a.k.a. Justin Inaz) of Red Reporter and Beyond the Boxscore.
Finally, you can subscribe
- On Justin Upton
A player with a lot of hype surrounding him after the numbers he put up last year, Justin Upton has been a bit of a disappointment this year. Before the year began, some fantasy guru’s were
- James Shields Dominating Hitters With His Changeup
act as a jumping-off point for interesting discussions. Dave Cameron knows this. Before the season began he made a series of predictions that included James Shields as the AL Cy Young winner. We used
- Four Factors: James Loney
for the Los Angeles Times.
Baseball insider recently said James Loney was "hands down" the Dodgers' MVP in the first half of the season.
I don't know who this baseball insider is, but he is flat out
- Cliff Lee to Texas for Justin Smoak, Finalized
, he joins the division rival Texas Rangers, along with RP Mark Lowe. Coming back to Seattle will be Justin Smoak and three others according to this Joel Sherman tweet. This deal has also been
- Justin Smoak's Struggles
It's just one of those things. I feel good at the plate, but I hit it right at them.
-- Justin Smoak, to the Fort Worth Star Telegram
You can't just hit the ball hard and not get any luck
- Justin Verlander's Whiff Rate
In 2009, Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander took his performance to another level. The Old Dominion product punched out 7.19 batters per nine innings and issued 3.27 walks per nine frames
- Don't Give Up On...James Shields?
Tampa Bay Rays righty James Shields is seemingly turning in a mediocre performance in 2010. The 28-year-old owns a 6-7 record and has a middling 4.55 ERA, a combination that has led 11 percent
- Justin Masterson's Splits
When the Cleveland Indians shipped C/1B Victor Martinez to the Boston Red Sox last July 31st, the club picked up LHP Nick Hagadone, RHP Bryan Price and RHP Justin Masterson. Hagadone was the long
- The Island of Justin Morneau
Fun game of the day - mix and match collections of first baseman that equal Justin Morneau in value so far this year.
Morneau: +3.6 wins
Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, and Todd Helton: +3.6
- Locking Up Justin Upton
of contract extensions for Mark Reynolds and Justin Upton. His answer was unsurprisingly ambiguous, though the copy editor played it up a bit in the headline. Seeing that headline, after finding through
- Justin Masterson's Value
to pay immediate dividends was Justin Masterson.
A 6-6, 250 pound specimen, Masterson was selected out of San Diego State in the second round of the 2006 draft. In its '06 draft coverage, Baseball
- Free Agent Fantasy Impact: Justin Duchscherer
Because he did not pitch this season due to elbow and mental issues, Justin Duchscherer will be passed over by many major league clubs as he enters free agency for the first time this offseason. Even
- Bill James Handbook 2010 Projections
Throwing out the opening pitch of the FanGraphs 2010 projection season are the Bill James Handbook projections. Huge thanks goes out to Baseball Info Solutions for allowing us to publish
- Justin Verlander's Wicked Fastball
take notice. Justin Verlander added another notch to his fantastic season yesterday when he held the Boston Red Sox scoreless in eight innings at Fenway, helping the Tigers avoid a four-game sweep
- Justin Upton: Superstar
One of the stories of the first few weeks of the season was the struggles of Justin Upton. The 21-year-old began the season by going six for his first 36, striking out 12 times in failing to hit
- 2009 Impact Rookie: James McDonald
Right-hander James McDonald earned a spot in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2009 starting rotation with a modest showing this spring. He allowed 21 hits in and eight walks in 19.2 innings of work. McDonald
- Bill James Projections: Updated
We've updated the Bill James Handbook Projections to the latest and greatest. They're available right now individually in the player pages. If you want them in a sortable form (with some extra
- Justin Morneau, RBIs and 1B Tiers
Justin Morneau checks in with an ADP of 20 in the latest rankings from Mock Draft Central. That makes him a mid-to-late second-round pick. However, it also ranks him as the sixth-best first base
- Justin Upton's Future
Yesterday, in the post about the players who have had comparable seasons to Matt Wieters Double-A performance last year, one commenter brought up Justin Upton, who didn't have a chance to have
- Regarding James McDonald
is the placement of James McDonald in the starting rotation.
Despite making a cameo in the Dodgers playoff run late last season, McDonald is still a relative unknown. A low-90’s fastball and mid-70’s
- 2009 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2009 Bill James Handbook projections are now available on FanGraphs in the individual player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for letting us run these for the 3rd
- 2009 Bill James Handbook Projections
The 2009 Bill James Handbook projections are now available on FanGraphs in the individual player pages. Big thanks to Baseball Info Solutions for letting us run these for the 3rd
- Justin Verlander: Ace, or Merely Above Average?
in the American League.
While the continued disappointment and injury issues concerning star-crossed righty Jeremy Bonderman got some attention, the majority will point to Justin Verlander's
- Have You Seen Justin Verlander's Fastball?
fastball drop significantly, and among that group is Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander.
In 2006, the only starting pitcher in baseball with a higher velocity average on his fastball was Felix
- Bill James Projections: Updated
- Bill James Handbook Projections
As of now, the 2008 Bill James Handbook projections are available on the player pages.
On a side note, all the minor league players have been synced with the major league players, so
- Bill James Projections - Updated
I thought I'd mention that the Bill James Handbook projections on FanGraphs have been updated with the latest and greatest.
"... many things happen during the offseason that change playing time
- Bill James Projections
In addition to the Marcel & CHONE projections, the projections from the Bill James Handbook are now available in the stats pages courtesy of Baseball Info Solutions. They will not be available