- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
One of the first things Kevin Towers made known upon his hiring as Arizona Diamondbacks' GM was his distaste for the incredibly high strikeout numbers his new team put up in 2010 -- the D'Backs
- Johnson's Domination
Johnson and his performance from 1999-2002.
For starters, here are some of his peripheral numbers in each of these seasons:
1999: 35 GS, 271.2 IP, 207 H, 75 ER, 70 BB, 364 K, 1.02 WHIP, 2.48 ERA
- Should Kevin Brown Be in the Hall of Fame?
Is there a more overlooked candidate on the current Hall-of-Fame ballot than Kevin Brown?
Poke around, and you'll find the usual shopworn debates and entrenched positions, but Brown, it would seem
- Kevin Millwood Tips His Cap
I was thinking about Kevin Millwood, not because Kevin Millwood aimed low, but because I think many observers had unreasonable expectations for his career. Millwood, as you probably are aware, decided
- Lessons Learned From a Shallow Linear Weights Draft
relievers. A few other known names like Joaquin Benoit went shortly after round seven, so I chose to wait on relievers. I ended up using late round picks on Alex Torres, Sergio Santos, Kevin Siegrist
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Late: Miguel Gonzalez isn't a bad target if you're trying to coax a home run out of a cheap bat like Yangervis Solarte or Kelly Johnson.
The Indians versus Hector Noesi is one of the top stacking
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a decent pitcher.
The Rays stack is fantastic tonight against Erik Johnson in Chicago. The weather conditions aren't perfect, but they're good enough for some long balls.
The Brewers also have
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bat is frigid.
Kevin Kouzmanoff is batting fifth when he starts. Tomorrow might be one of those starts.
Chris Johnson should have cleanup duty against Jon Niese.
David Murphy should like
- Two Expert Drafts, Minimal Starting Pitching
and draft strategies, I'm only aiming to give you a look under the hood. I hope you find something actionable.
The FOX league includes writers like Howard Bender, a different Brad Johnson
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hittable for a lineup like the Tigers.
Brandon Maurer and Kevin Slowey could both allow crooked numbers, but they also have a nice park environment to wield their craft.
Bullpen game in Tampa
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Sox have some platoon bats for a guy like Tommy Milone. They're tough on mediocre lefties - so is the Green Monster.
Kevin Correia is getting mashed and bashed. The Orioles are a little short
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this season and the only saving grace is the venue - Safeco Field.
Dustin McGowan remains on a short leash. Have I mentioned the Indians are very left-handed?
Kevin Correia is too hittable to survive
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this section so you can get the content sooner.
2. DFS Stackables
Early: We have a full seven games in the early bin.
Kevin Gausman is back in the majors, but he wasn't exactly impressive
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anybody against Nick Tepesch or Kevin Correia.
The best ballpark to target is U.S. Cellular Field. The pitchers involved - Josh Tomlin and Jose Quintana - aren't particularly prone to meltdowns
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time securing the win.
Pitchers to Exploit: If you thought Nolasco was a good target for Yankees lefties today, take a look at Kevin Correia at Yankee Stadium tomorrow. I know I will.
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combination of decreased velocity and increased walk rate is worrisome. Lewis' problem is a whopping .401 BABIP. Is he unlucky or throwing beach balls?
Since there aren't many games, I'll mention Kevin
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the Pirates-Wood matchup isn't the best in DFS (the game is to be played at stingy PNC Park), Pittsburgh does feature the top lefty masher in baseball. Hint: it's their best player.
The Kevin Correia
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premium Orioles hitters are worth a glance against Yankees starter Vidal Nuno.
While it's not the best environment for offense, Andre Rienzo and Kevin Correia have been known to allow their fair
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is really 21.7 percent.
Pitchers to Start: Kevin Gausman seems to be pitching better in his latest major league audition. I think the strikeouts will come, although maybe not as many as we all
- Some Relievers Who Are Maybe Possibly Good Targets
This article is intended for owners in a fairly standard 12 team league; the kind where maybe the top 28 closers are rostered (hands off Kevin Gregg) and maybe a handful of ultra-elite setup men like
- Relievers Who Have SP-Eligibility in Yahoo
scrubs and guys who will almost certainly start. Other pitchers will gain SP/RP eligibility throughout the season, and it's useful to periodically keep track of such things.
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, but there's always a clunker in there somewhere.
Kevin Correia at Bruce Chen would be more runtastic if the Twins and Royals had a better offense. That said, the Royals have a few sweet swinging lefties
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to use against Vidal Nuno. He's coming off a three inning, eight run clunker.
In Minnesota, today is Noesi v. Nolasco. Tomorrow's matchup is scarcely different - Andre Rienzo versus Kevin Correia
- Nathan Eovaldi and the Top Heavy Repertoire
and Jacob Turner for the second spot in the rotation. Brian Flynn or Kevin Slowey look like the early front runners for the last spot. As such, the Marlins don't have the depth to try Eovaldi in the pen
- The Rays Outfield
, but not something to target.
Let's gloss over Zobrist since he'll probably spend
- The 30 Gassiest Relievers - Ridiculously Early Results
. He can absolutely slaughter lefties, but he has a pretty big split. I don't like to lean on LOOGY's if they aren't used very well.
Kevin Siegrist is probably very similar to Diekman, except we
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have the ability to shutdown an offense. But they also can get utterly destroyed. I'm targeting Kendrick more than Alvarez.
Kevin Correia is usually exploitable and that will probably continue
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again, the Bruce Chen versus Kevin Correia game looks exploitable.
Carlos Villanueva has not been sharp in the early going. He must be very close to losing his job, although the Cubs can afford
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. On the other side of the matchup is Kevin Correia, who has a not so modest problem with major league hitters this season.
Late: We're left with nine games for the night slot.
Apparently Danny Duffy
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over for McCarthy.
Pitchers to Exploit: Hittable is the word best used to describe Kevin Correia. Putinplayable is an even more made up word that applies to Correia. He'll face the Red Sox middle
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blanked the Red Sox over 5.2 innings last week. One outing changes nothing - he's still a likely candidate to allow crooked numbers.
Kevin Correia is exploitable, but I'm not sure the Royals
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Sending Signals
of dead weight players. Nobody was going to trade for my $18 Dan Uggla, $16 Roy Halladay (pre-retirement), $15 Jesus Montero, $10 Kevin Youkilis (pre-Japan), or $10 Frank Francisco. So I cut them in one
- When Should You Pay for Elite Relievers?
by setting up Google alerts and scouring twitter. These owners aren't going to be the first to pick up Melancon, Uehara, or Danny Farquhar. They might be the first to get Kevin Gregg, but that's probably
- The Phillies Infield
Asche is the nominal starter at third base after a replacement level performance late last season. For fantasy purposes, he's a bit
- 10 Fantasy Relevant Predictions (Not Very Bold)
last year, but I'm picking him to jump from the top of the second tier to the middle of the first tier.
5. Kevin Gausman will finish the season as the Orioles best starter or closer
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to Exploit: The Indians lineup will still be very left-handed tomorrow when they face Kevin Correia. And Progressive Field will still favor left-handed power.
The Astros have some right-handed power
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So unless you like all day contests more than me, you'll miss out on the Kevin Correia special.
In the other early game, Dallas Keuchel has the unenviable task of retiring a very
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Padres are worth a look against Kevin Correia.
Hitters (power): Jonny Gomes will draw the start.
Travis Snider might be worth a shot against Miguel Gonzalez.
Seth Smith is the guy to use in San
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the home run or strikeout Braves in check.
The Rangers are rather banged up, but Kevin Correia is pretty hittable these days. I wouldn't go hog wild at Target Field.
The Tigers finally face
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: Nine games fit in the early contest (sorry Rangers-Nationals).
Kevin Correia isn't a bad major league starter. He can provide a quantity of tolerable innings. His 6.34 ERA is terrible, but he also
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Gerardo Parra isn't a fantasy stud, but I'll take him in Denver.
Scooter Gennett has an easy matchup against Kevin Correia, and he seems to be back in the two-hole against righties
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are to be played tonight.
The Oakland Athletics will see Kevin Gausman in his latest bid to become a rotation regular. Gausman throws heat, but he hasn't experienced good results at the major
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that to a pitcher. The Red Sox should be happy with the matchup in Camden Yards.
Did I mention the Blue Jays offense is scary good? Kevin Correia and his 6.11 ERA (4.21 FIP) should be worried. He
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more strikeouts going forward.
Pitchers to Exploit: The Braves don't hit right-handed pitchers worth a lick, but they're still at Coors Field. Take a look against Jhoulys Chacin.
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Mark Buehrle isn't your typical target, but there are a couple high profile O's who may enjoy the platoon advantage at home. On the other side of the matchup is Kevin Gausman, who's tasked
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It's the Red Sox turn to face Kevin Correia. It feels like I never stop writing about some guys. With Correia, it's all about balls in play.
Carlos Martinez deserves attention
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place to bet on one of those blow ups.
A game between Kevin Correia and Nick Tepesch has the potential for a lot of runs scored. Both pitchers allow plenty of contact.
Tyler Matzek has a tough
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is always a meltdown risk.
After a bit of chatter in the comments yesterday, I decided Kevin Correia is the best type of matchup for the Royals. While they have very little power, they can spray hits
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of putting the Angels offense in their place.
The Mariners could make for a stealthy stack against hit-maven Kevin Correia.
3. Tuesday Picks
The Cubs and Reds have a doubleheader. Oh joy
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
for fantasy owners, he could have also pitched like Kevin Gausman. My point is that unless you are very sure of the prospect (i.e. Stephen Strasburg), you're using your last roster spot on an unknown
- The Pitcher Who Did the Most With the Least
hasn't been useful by any measure since 2007. Jonathan Sanchez has been terrible since his fastball dipped below 90 mph, so I'm going to cut him too. Kevin Correia and Dillon Gee appear on the list
- Projection Leaderboard Fun Courtesy of ZiPS and Fans
Not surprisingly, there's the least agreement with our reliever
- 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
2:48MLB: 11:48Comment From Fantasy GuruBrad!!!!! I need your fantasy guidance this afternoon!!! Should I start Yordano Ventura in Detroit? Over/Under an ERA of 3.50? 11:49Brad Johnson: Because you
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
at RotoGraphs, it is customary to list 10 such bold picks; also Eno ordered me to do so.
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Johnson has good stuff
- Kevin Towers's Strikeout Lowering Crusade Proceeds
sort of rally."
Those were among Kevin Towers's first official words as Arizona's general manager. His actions have, more or less, backed up the philosophy espoused therein. He inherited a team
- Erik Johnson: Late Round Breakout Candidate
After five respectable outings in 2013, Erik Johnson will begin his rookie campaign as a relative unknown in the fantasy world. This season is just his third as a professional and his quick ascension
- Russ Canzler, Dan Johnson, and the Quad-A Label
There's something strangely fitting about the fact that both Russ Canzler and Dan Johnson have found new homes in the last 24 hours. Canzler was traded yesterday from the Rays to the Indians for cash
- GIF: Jim Johnson's Jim Johnson
Because Oriole Jim Johnson plays for the Orioles, there's a strong chance that no one -- perhaps besides his teammates and Buck Showalter and Buck Showalter's grizzled and nameless manservant
- Kevin Bass Is Watching You
Careful in your misdeeds, children. For Kevin Bass is watching you ...
No one gets away with anything. Lo, the giant, unblinking eyes of Kevin Bass see all.
(Disconcerting stare: BBTF)
- Oh, Snap: Kevin Millwood
On the occasion of his signing with the Mariners, a hand-crafted, artisanal snap regarding the aged Kevin Millwood.
The Author: Kevin Millwood is so old he's got a negative Player ID number
- Young Kevin Youkilis
Young Kevin Youkilis is the only varsity athlete to be bullied by an asthmatic National Merit Semi-Finalist.
Young Kevin Youkilis uses flash cards to remind him of his deepest regrets
- Kevin Mitchell Is Here to Help
that. But in the unlikely event that someone does need to take back the streets, may I humbly suggest that Kevin Mitchell be deputized posthaste?
- Daily Graphing - Kevin Millwood
Did you know Kevin Millwood holds one of the more annoying records among active players? He has the least amount of wins per start of any pitcher with an ERA under 3 in a single season. It's fun
- GMs Sacked: Kevin Towers
Yesterday, Kevin Towers was the longest standing General Manager in baseball in his 14th year with San Diego as their GM. Today that mantle belongs to someone else as Kevin Towers has been sacked
- Kevin Gregg With A Wider Base
at the correspondent by Darwin Barney. But one the most remarkable turnaround stories in the clubhouse, Kevin Gregg had an equally nerdy response to the numbers: "Mechanical change."
- Free Kevin Slowey
of Gavin Floyd. He ranks 48th in xFIP, just ahead of Paul Maholm. Yet, despite being peers with some pretty well regarded pitchers, Kevin Slowey has found himself slotted in as the Twins long
- Kevin Towers and the Bullpen Redemption
a playoff run without a good bullpen, and nearly impossible with a bullpen that is below replacement level.
Kevin Towers went into this past offseason looking to improve his horrific bullpen. He
- Kevin Millar and the Knuckler
Kevin Millar’s role with the Blue Jays is one he’s played often: the non-descript, blasé veteran bat that happens to tote a championship ring on his finger. Millar’s pitch-type distribution reeks
- What Is Kevin Youkilis Worth?
The trade market for Kevin Youkilis is heating up. With Will Middlebrooks playing well -- and both first base and designated hitter occupied -- it looks like Youkilis will be the odd man out
- Kevin Gausman, MLB Ready?
Rick Peterson looked on from the Bowie Baysox's dugout as Kevin Gausman stated his case. The Orioles' prized right hander decimated the Trenton Thunder over six innings, striking out ten and allowing
- The Kevin Youkilis Revival Tour
Kevin Youkilis has had himself quite a start to the 2013 season. After flirting with the abyss and then teasing us with a return to relevance in Chicago, Youkilis has been hitting the snot out
- The Kevin Gregg Trade
Two trades in MLB today - Matthew will tackle the ridiculous Nick Swisher trade a little later on tonight, so for now, let's focus on the less absurd Kevin Gregg deal.
The Marlins continue
- Kevin Correia's GB/FB
in early April; as you can see here.
After sifting through the leaderboards a bit I decided to write about Kevin Correia. The 29 year old Padres’ starter has made 14 starts and currently features
- Projecting Kevin Youkilis' Average
In 2008, Kevin Youkilis had a season completely out of line with what he did previously. Everyone focused on the home run power, as his 29 homers matched his combined total from 2007 and 2008
- Carlos Lee and Kevin Mench
A week ago, the Rangers and Brewers swapped leftfielders and a few other players. Texas acquired Carlos Lee and minor leaguer Nelson Cruz for Kevin Mench, Laynce Nix, Francisco Cordero and a minor
- Kevin Youkilis Changes Sox
Kevin Youkilis needed a change of scenery. With the White Sox desperate for help at third, they happily obliged. While the 33-year-old third baseman carries a strong career line, Youkilis is batting
- What Happened To Davey Johnson?
Davey Johnson on Joe Maddon:
"I don’t know him that well, but I thought he was a weird wuss anyways."
When did Davey Johnson become a grumpy old codger? Wasn't he the first guy
- A's Acquire Kevin Kouzmanoff
: the always-injured Eric Chavez; the more-than-svelte Tommy Everidge (now Mariners’ property); and not-really-a-third-baseman-at-all Jake Fox. Tonight the order looks a bit different as the A’s acquired Kevin
- Orioles Unsupportive of Kevin Millwood
to stay in games.
That wasn't the plan when Andy MacPhail acquired Kevin Millwood at the Winter Meetings last December. The Orioles had scored 4.57 runs per game last season, a bit below league
- Kevin Slowey's Groundball Rate
also use a return to 2008 form from Kevin Slowey.
A second-round pick out of Winthrop in the 2005 draft, Slowey has always boasted off-the-charts control. He issued just 1.3 walks per nine innings
- A Perfect Storm For Kevin Slowey
Kevin Slowey was an afterthought this offseason. After signing a minor-league deal with the Miami Marlins, all but the most dedicated Marlins' blogs neglected to write up the signing. In fairness
- What Is Davey Johnson Doing?
Here's newly minted Nats skipper Davey Johnson!
The discerning discerner will observe that also in this photo is a white orb of cowhide, something known in industry parlance as a "baseball
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- 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
- Randy Johnson's Countdown
Randy Johnson has not pitched particularly well this season, for instance see yesterday's shelling at the hands of the Rockies. In fact, outside of Tim Lincecum, nobody in the Giants rotation has
- Is Elliot Johnson Worth Starting?
Last year, Elliot Johnson was one of the worst hitters in the majors. With a 57 wRC+ backed by just four home runs, six steals, and a strikeout rate near 30%, Johnson's lackluster performance had
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Nick Johnson to New York
The Yankees have absolutely refused to stand pat this offseason. After adding Curtis Granderson in the first big trade of the winter, the Yankees have now agreed to terms with 1B/DH Nick Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- 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
- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
As you have surely heard, Randy Johnson announced his retirement last night. Matthew took the first look at this, noting that he retires as someone who could be a three-win pitcher next year. Here
- 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
- 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
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- 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
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
offers a similar problem for GMs with a shopping list.
I'm speaking of Mr. Disabled List himself, Nick Johnson. His list of health problems is longer than a typical Joe Posnanski column
- 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
- Robbing Johnson of a Shot
(and the .227 batting average in 2008 just adds insult to injury). The move also keeps the underrated Rob Johnson from receiving the opportunity that he deserves.
Johnson, 25, was selected out of college
- 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
- MLB: The Movie, Casting Kevin Youkilis
Craig Robinson's glorious Flip Flop Fly Ball website -- a must visit for any baseball aesthete -- I happened upon his very funny painting of "Kevin Youkalyptus":
"Kevin Youkalyptus" by Craig Robinson
- Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson announced his retirement today. There are thousands upon thousands of words that could, and should, be written about Randy Johnson. His career numbers are remarkable. The mark he left
- 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
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
projected them to be worse than the Nationals. Last night Josh Johnson won the game for the Marlins, pitching six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out 6, walking only one and getting seven
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
He throws all four pitches, has solid velocity, a big solid frame, will begin the season in the White Sox rotation, and is a top 100 prospect. With all of that said, will Erik Johnson be worth
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
be slotted in at SS, 3B, MI, CI, and UTL positions, which makes him a nice option to have coming off the bench as needed.
Chris Johnson (ESPN: 26 percent owned; Yahoo!: 25 percent owned)
- The Nick Johnson Stories
The phone rang, rattling in the glove compartment, but Nick Johnson did not hear it. He was already halfway to the creek. His boots crackled among the the skeletons of leaves scattered between
- Can Kelly Johnson Bounce Back?
There might not be a more up and down player in fantasy than Kelly Johnson. After establishing himself as a useful fantasy second baseman in 2007-2008, Johnson completely fell off that radar
- Kevin Gausman: Last Chance to Buy?
Judging from my twitter comments, it looks like there's a window of opportunity for those of you that want to buy Kevin Gausman, for this year or for your keeper teams. But we know that Gausman has
- Kevin Youkilis: Impermanent, Imperfect Yankee
In at least one way, Kevin Youkilis is a perfect fit for the Yankees. They're trying to stay under the luxury tax threshold in 2014 in order to reset their tax rate and there aren't many other third
- Rejected Offers For Kevin Youkilis (NL)
. Extra wiz.
Pirates: Kevin Correia's mustache.
Padres: Omar Minaya and Randy Smith
Giants: This awesome looking Madison Bumgarner bobblehead (July 15th-- tickets still available
- The Yankees Infield
The Fab Five
I wrote about about McCann when he joined the Yankees from a non-fantasy perspective. I love
- Kevin Youkilis Used to Live Here
Kevin Youkilis, who ain't too good at grammars, will return to Boston for the first time since being traded to the Chicago White Sox just over three weeks ago.
Well, it's not exactly the first
- Bartolo Colon and Kevin Millwood, Then and Now
For the second time in their careers, Kevin Millwood and Bartolo Colon have hit free agency at the same time. Last time was in the winter of 2003, when they were the two of the three best pitchers
- Three Divine Acts By Kevin Youkilis
Kevin Youkilis is no longer a member Boston Red Sox. His career is not over (although given his age, injuries, and recent performance, the end may very well be in sight), but some of what has been
- Nothing Fishy About Josh Johnson
Heading into the 2007 season, Florida's Josh Johnson looked like an ace-in-waiting.
As a 22 year-old rookie in 2006, the 6-7 righty posted a 3.99 FIP in 24 starts and seven relief appearances
- Top 100 Spring Hitters by OPS
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. A few guys who make excellent targets include Wilson Ramos ($3,200, batting cleanup between Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper), Travis Snider ($2,600, batting second), and Chris Johnson ($3,100, batting
- What Alex Rodriguez's Suspension Means for the Yankees
Reynolds, Michael Young, or Justin Turner, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for." The club has been connected with Young and Reynolds. There has also been speculation that Kelly Johnson
- The Orioles Play in the Shallow End of Free Agency
Earlier in the offseason, the Orioles traded incumbent closer Jim Johnson to the Oakland Athletics for second baseman Jemile Weeks. Johnson was expected to earn $10 million in arbitration - a figure
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Johnson's also been quite bad. The most worrying sign - his fastball velocity is down three mph. Get it together Johnson!
Shelby Miller looks broken says Dave Cameron. Ok, let's stack against him
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, but he's having trouble rolling ground balls and Baltimore is friendly lefty power hitters.
Let's try out the Rays against Erik Johnson at the Chicago Slugging Grounds.
I wish Carlos Villanueva
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peripherals. He has dealt some strong results, and the Cards will hope he replicates those tomorrow. I'm betting on a short outing and shaky command.
Kris Johnson will make his second start
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
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probably allow three or more runs over six innings.
Erik Johnson is a guy I'd like to recommend, but in Colorado? Against Colorado? That's an exploit waiting to happen.
Lucas Harrell AND Brandon Morrow
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The two hitter friendly stadiums in this tier - Coors Field and Fenway - combine to have three exploitable pitchers. In Colorado, Juan Nicasio hosts Erik Johnson. In Boston, Robbie Ross has
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postponed again, he might get bumped altogether.
Who is Kris Johnson? He's a 29-year-old left-hander with solid minor league numbers. The Pirates gave him a cup of coffee last season if the name looks
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matchup against Ramos.
Derek Norris will have the platoon advantage against John Danks.
C.J. Cron is a gem against Mark Buehrle.
I'd look to use Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte in the New
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are the principle Indians who might like facing Chen.
Try out Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte against Noesi. If you prefer to target Phelps, you can use Conor Gillaspie or Adam Dunn.
- Getting Kevin Slowey out of Minnesota
Kyle Gibson knocking on the door. They might deal with this via trade. We've heard the Francisco Liriano rumors, but those have quieted. Lately we've been hearing more about Kevin Slowey
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can snag Kelly Johnson or Brian Roberts.
I'm looking forward to watching Roenis Elias and Jesse Chavez tomorrow. I've seen neither pitcher start and have watched Elias precisely zero times
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-handed pitching, but that's a big might here in April.
Erik Johnson will be on the road against the Royals. It's not an easy matchup and I'd rather watch a few of his starts before jumping off
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): Chris Johnson isn't your prototypical power hitter, but he does bat cleanup most days and Hernandez is a fine matchup.
Sean Rodriguez and/or Logan Forsythe could be useful against Wei-Yin Chen
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Sebastien - four syllables, not three.
It's a Dayan Viciedo day. You could also try Juan Francisco against Chris Tillman.
Kelly Johnson is commonly owned for his
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, you can continue to exploit Ryan Vogelsong.
Hitters (power): You can try Kelly Johnson against Garrett Richards.
Domonic Brown's ownership is declining. He might be worth a peek against McCarthy
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many cookies or tipping his pitches, he might give up a couple more home runs at home today.
A game between Kris Johnson and Red Patterson will produce entirely unexpected results. I'm referring
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Alejandro De Aza is a decent power-speed play tomorrow. He'll face Edwin Jackson.
The bafflingly extended Chris Johnson should start against lefty Tyler Lyons.
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, cold, but he also hits better as a lefty.
Maybe C.J. Cron will send one long tomorrow.
Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte are worth a look see.
All manner of Cleveland lefties are worth a try
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Because you haven't targeted enough Yankees hitters this weekend, whip out the lefties against Andre Rienzo.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson has a platoon advantage. Too bad he no longer bats
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in Arizona tomorrow, which is an actual hitter friendly locale (unlike Atlanta). They're opposed by Wade Miley. I expect fireworks.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson is probably among your league's available
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which is why I recommend taking a share of Seth Smith against Tim Lincecum.
Marcell Ozuna makes for a nice target against Gonzales.
Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons are two Braves I might sneak
- Q&A: Kevin Towers, Diamondbacks GM
Kevin Towers is smarter than the so-called experts. That isn’t meant sarcastically. The Arizona Diamondbacks’ GM knows what he’s doing, and has both the background and track record to prove
- Kevin Youkilis: Welcome to Mount Olympus
The traveling Greek God of Walks.
Sunday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox sent Kevin Youkilis to Chicago's south side. Drafted, crafted and debuted as a Red Sox player, Youkilis now joins only
- Johnson Leads WAR at Labor Day
, nearly 85% of the way through the season, is Florida Marlins ace Josh Johnson - not Roy Halladay, nor Ubaldo Jimenez, not Cliff Lee, not Felix Hernandez, and not CC Sabathia. Johnson is establishing
- Can Josh Johnson Fix The Stretch?
There have been plenty of good signs in Josh Johnson's return from a season-ending shoulder injury this year. His 2.98 FIP is excellent; he's striking out nearly eight batters per nine innings
- 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
- Josh Johnson Finding Success in June
The month of June has been very kind to Josh Johnson. In 14.2 innings, the big right-hander owns a 1.84 ERA with impressive peripheral numbers to match: 16 strikeouts, just four walks, and no home
- Free Agent Bargain: Randy Johnson
Moving back to the mound in our series on free agent bargains, we find an interesting name - the tallest player in baseball and a sure fire Hall of Famer, you wouldn't think Randy Johnson would fly
- A Look at Today's Pitchers: 10-5-13
- Continuing Coverage of Joe Kelly, or Kelly's Wild Night
- The Grand Slam That Almost Wasn't
- An Inauspicious Night for Will Middlebrooks
- Select 2013 World Series Moments as Viewed by ChampAdded
- Far East Rumors and Game Theory
- Why Do We Use MPH?
- The Yankees and McCann: A Perfect Match
- The Astros Begin the Long Climb
- Don't Expect Big Changes in Philadelphia
- Did Somebody Screw Up Carlos Gomez's Scouting Report?
- The Phillies Take the Middle Road
- A Data-Centric View on Why the Phillies May Want to Avoid Losing
- The Royals: Curiouser and Curiouser
- The Rays Need Their Depth Early
- Dodgers Make a Low Risk Investment in Rotation Depth
- The Players' Association May Target Qualifying Offers
- On the New Collision Rules at Home Plate
- Pick `Em: Arizona's Shortstop Conundrum
- Tough Decisions: Gregory Polanco
- The Marlins First Week Juggernaut
- Long Balls Plaguing Brandon McCarthy
- Scouting Dean Anna as a Pitcher
- Lineup Genius in Cleveland
- Colorado's Canny Outfield Platoon
- The Angels' Reluctant Strike Throwers
- Ottoneu Arbitration: A Guide for 2014
- Domonic Brown Goes Mashing
- B.J. Upton: Living in the Basement
- Leonys Martin: To Platoon or Not to Platoon
- Bryce Harper: A Catch-34
- Alfonso Soriano: Barring Injury
- Christian Yelich: Modest Success
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
- Healthiful, Flavorful, Venable
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
- Gerardo Parra: Back to the Platoon
- The Quietly Consistent Nick Swisher
- Barnes in New Pastures
- David Murphy: A Platoon of His Own
- Stephen Strasburg: Not Quite Elite
- Cole Hamels is a Model of Consistency
- What Should We Make of Tim Lincecum
- Patrick Corbin: A Tale of Two Halves
- Zach McAllister: Fit for Streaming
- John Lackey is Relevant Again
- Cliff Lee: Still Studly
- Lance Lynn's Fatal Flaw
- Sonny Gray for Ace
- Ivan Nova Regresses
- Dillon Gee Has a Confusing Season
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Consideration About Value
- Danny Salazar Can Throw That Speed Ball By You
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
- Jarred Cosart and the World's Worst 1.95 ERA
- The Endowment Effect is Your Enemy
- Aroldis Chapman Is Still Ridiculous
- Kenley Jansen Is Increasingly Amazing
- Elite Relievers in an Ottoneu Points Format
- Ottoneu Strategy Corner: Various Offseason Trade Strategies
- The Padres Outfield
- The Giants Bullpen
- The Dodgers Rotation
- The Diamondbacks Rotation
- The Athletics Outfield
- The Athletics Rotation
- Jarrod Parker: Outstanding in One Way
- Lessons From My First Mock
- What I Learned From Jeff Sullivan Learning About WAR
- The Pirates Outfield
- The Cardinals Rotation
- The Royals Infield
- Beware of Sleepers
- A Collection of Five Category Hitters
- Prospects in Ottoneu: Additional Thoughts
- The Phillies Rotation
- The Rays Rotation
- So Your Keeper League Has Too Many Fire Sales...
- Fantasy Baseball Isn't Poker
- Stolen Topic: Three Players I Won't Draft
- Eight and a Half Observations Using ZiPS Projections
- Lessons From a Botched Yahoo Draft
- Nomination Strategy Guide
- The Obvious Risk of Drafting to Trade (And Bold Pick #11)
- The Cruel Power of Suggestion
- Drew Hutchison Begs Your Attention
- Thoughts About Speed, ISO, and Fantasy Baseball
- Five Potential Breakouts
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- Risers and Fallers From Week One
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- April Meltdowns Bring May Flowers
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- Strategic Reminders
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- Five Players to Sell High
- Five Buy High Pitchers
- How to Make Your Head Hurt Thinking About Trades
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- Travis Wood: Real Fantasy Pitcher?
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- Four Players Who Pass the Eye Test
- Three Pitchers Who Do Not Pass the Eye Test
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- Six Swingers to Avoid
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- Six Worm Murdering Hitters
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- Select Home Run Park Factors, Visualized
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- Sometimes It Pays to Make a Bad Trade
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- Dallas Keuchel, Further Reviewed
- Five Select Players, Heat Mapped
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- Team Performance by Pitcher Handedness - Two Months In
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- Roto 101 - Analyzing The Standings
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- Billy Hamilton - Better Than We Thought?
- A Fire Sale But Not A Liquidation
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- Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage - Lessons
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- The Power of a Compliment
- Continued Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage
- Chris Johnson: Darling of the Waiver Wire
he will probably cease to provide the kind of value for which his new owners are hoping. Especially in light of reports that Chris Johnson wouldn’t lose playing time now that Freddie Freeman has
- Kelly Johnson, an Elite Second Baseman?
The league leader in WAR for second basemen? Kelly Johnson. I made some pretty bold predictions in our staff-wide preseason series, one of them being that Matt Kemp will not even get to 30/30
- Josh Johnson Earning His Contract
Justin Morneau has the highest WAR in baseball right now, but you probably knew that. Know who is second?
Josh Johnson. With another dominating start last night, the Marlins ace has now thrown
- Things to Buy: Will Johnson Baseball Art
Doctor Cyclops, by Will Johnson
When I am sad, I like to spend money. Because I am often sad, I am in big time mondo debt, as many of you know. At the moment, my cash flow is such that I cannot
- Kelly Johnson, Quintessential Rays Acquisition
This afternoon, it was reported that the Rays will ink Kelly Johnson to a one-year deal. It’s an interesting match, as Johnson provides the Rays with the one thing that they like -- a player who has
- Rejected Offers For Kevin Youkilis (AL)
- A GIF and a Tune: Kevin Pillar as Superman
- Josh Johnson's Creative Contract With the Padres
The news is breaking now. It seems that Josh Johnson has gotten $8 million dollars from the Padres to pitch in 2014, according to Jerry Crasnick. By itself, that is an interesting match -- Johnson
- Comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson
Prior to the start of the 2009 season, the thought of comparing Livan Hernandez and Randy Johnson was ludicrous. Mets fans rolled their eyes when the club signed Hernandez while Giants fans were
- Micah Johnson: Wheels...and What Else?
(fourth if you count the Mexican League), a full dozen behind White Sox second base prospect Micah Johnson, who has blazed his way to 54 thefts in 66 contests.
Anybody who produces that sort of stolen
- Pouring One Out for Nick Johnson's Career
RIP, Nick Johnson's career. Mourn ya 'till I join ya.
- Chris Johnson: The Flavor of Wonder Bread
As we continue to examine Zach Sanders' Third Base End of Season Rankings, let's scroll down to number 22 where we find Arizona's Chris Johnson who, according to the calculations, produced a $3 value
- Don't Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson
three years, and Joey Votto isn't far behind him. What might surprise you is the name that sits in the 34th spot out of the 150 qualified hitters: Kelly Johnson.
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since
- Nick Johnson Retires, FanGraphs Weeps
Eight times on base. Had Nick Johnson reached base just eight more times in his ten-year career, he would have become just the 41st player in history to leave the game with a .400+ OBP (min. 3,000 PA
- Randy Johnson: Just for Men Pitchman
(Get it, pitchman?)
Because when I want to advertise a beauty project, I call Randy Johnson!
This advertisement just adds
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Josh Johnson
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: Josh Johnson.
- Photos: Kevin Millar Filling Gas In His Bathrobe
And, if you're still not convinced, yes, it really is him:
Two things have changed since I first saw these glorious photos:
1. I'm now following Kevin Millar on Twitter. He spouts wisdom, and he's
- Nick Castellanos is Channeling Chris Johnson
- Streaming Weekend Starters: Johnson and Straily
you be in panic mode for wins and strikeouts, a mode in which the author of this post resides in at least two leagues. So let's get to it.
Yes, Steve Johnson. Johnson, who slogged
- Mustache Watch: Kevin Youkilis, American Constable
The reader will likely know that Kevin Youkilis was recently placed on -- and has, even more recently, returned from -- paternity leave by the Chicago White Sox. What our Investigative Reporting
- Kelly Johnson: Why the Low AVG?
Kelly Johnson came into the season a fairly decent option at second base. In one keeper league I was in, him and Ben Zobrist were both available. I considered them to be at the same talent level
- Request-a-GIF: Kevin Youkilis Enters Annals of History
as Henry and Co. envisioned, but has utilized the Team NotGraphs Hot Hotline to the end of alerting this site's editoriat to same.
Here, then, for the benefit of America, is Kevin Youkilis sliding
- LINK: Kevin Towers Makes Embarrassing Comments
Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers has not shied away from venting frustration about his team's lack of fight.
Towers has pointed to many instances where his pitchers did not hit a member
- The Probably Top Indication Josh Johnson Is Classical Scholar
The top indication that major-league right-hander Josh Johnson is a classical scholar used to be the paper he wrote on the theme of sal (or "wit") in the work of the Neoteric poets and which
- Daily Notes: Kevin Gausman Preparedness Manual
Kevin Gausman. The appearance will mark Gausman's first in the majors.
Regarding Gausman, Some Potentially Useful Information
Originally drafted by, but ultimately refusing to sign with, the Dodgers
- The Top Ten Kevin Costner Baseball Films
Ranking the top ten Kevin Costner baseball films of all time.
1. Bull Durham (1988)
All-time classic captures the humor and magic of baseball like no other. Costner is a veteran minor
- Kevin Kouzmanoff & Ryan Roberts: Deep League Wire
getting full-time at-bats to fill a weak spot on your roster. Admittedly, I won both these players through FAAB in AL Tout Wars this week.
Kevin Kouzmanoff | 3B TEX | 3% Owned
- Kevin Hart Still Beats Josh Fogg
Kevin Hart represents one-third of the return on Josh Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny (the other two-thirds being Josh Harrison and Jose Ascanio). He’s a study, six-foot-four, 220-something pound righty
- Chad Qualls, Kevin Millwood, and Sample Size
on the cheap, and they also realize that ERA is a pretty lousy way to evaluate relief pitchers. To illustrate the point, let's compare Qualls' season to that of another free agent, Kevin Millwood
- Kevin Kiermaier & Brad Snyder: Deep League Wire
recommendations are the latest pair of beneficiaries of the recently disabled.
Kevin Kiermaier | OF TB | CBS 4% Owned
Last week, I recommended picking up Jerry Sands, who was recalled after
- Cubs Sign Reed Johnson; Scrappers Celebrate
On Wednesday morning, the Chicago Cubs came to an agreement for a one-year deal with free agent OF Reed Johnson. The Cubs are no strangers with Johnson -- three of the last four times Johnson has
- Micah Johnson, Gordon Beckham And Chicago's Crowded Keystone
On Tuesday, the White Sox promoted second baseman Micah Johnson from Double-A to Triple-A. In 2013, Johnson split the season between A and High-A, with a brief taste of Double-A, compiling a .312
- The Good News: Kevin Youkilis is Ranked at First Base
It was largely a forgettable season for Kevin Youkilis in 2012, and certainly forgettable for fantasy owners who expected anything close to his typical performance. He was frequently injured, run out
- Searching For Saves in Chicago Once Kevin Gregg is Gone
While we could see closers move in a few places, the most likely spot to see this happen this year is going to be in Chicago, where Kevin Gregg is 35, a free-agent-to-be, having a surprisingly good
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
boosts. Loney's contribution thus far has been probably the most surprising, but almost equally as significant for the 2013 Rays has been the hitting of second-baseman-turned-left-fielder Kelly Johnson
- Red Sox Ship Out Kevin Youkilis
It happened so quickly. One moment, Kevin Youkilis was sprinting to third. In the next, the Fenway faithful were demanding a curtain call, and in the next, he was a member of the White Sox. Three
- Q&A: Kevin Gausman, Orioles Future Ace
Kevin Gausman earned a win in middle-relief earlier this month. Don’t expect many repeats of that performance in the coming years. The Baltimore Orioles right-hander should be logging his decisions
- Third-Place Diamondbacks Buy Chris Johnson
silly for the team to buy Chris Johnson from the Astros today. For the team to give up two legitimate prospects for Johnson, they must see him as a longer-term solution at the position.