- 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
- On Sabermetric Rhetoric
- The Risk of Long Contracts for Middle-Market Teams
- Analyzing the New Prince Fielder
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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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-third of the price.
Stack Targets: Cain, Moore, Ryan, Miley, Kevin Gausman, Manny Banuelos, Tim Cooney, Chris Rusin, Roenis Elias
4. GB / FB Splits
The following hitters are recommended
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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
- 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
- The Daily Grind: A Dare, Moore, Nola, Harrison
Rodriguez, Carlos Martinez, Steven Matz, Brian Johnson, and Cody Anderson are all just $8 to keep. Four of those guys look like locks.
That's all interesting background and whatnot, but today's
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
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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
- Nationals Infield: Potency Without A Pill
Zimmerman missed most of last season with thumb and hamstring injuries. The former third baseman will move to the cold corner to accommodate his
- 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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to get through games with bad peripherals. One of these times he isn't going to make it through a start.
Kevin Correia and Tyler Matzek make for easy targets in Colorado, assuming the game is played
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will face ball-in-play specialist Kevin Correia. He's rarely better than mediocre.
Hitters (power): Derek Norris has been quiet for awhile now, but he'll face a lefty he can hit in Wei-Yin Chen.
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the opportunity to face a pitcher who loves balls in play. That sounds almost dirty - I guess it sabr-dirty. In any case, Kevin Correia may allow a lot of hits.
Jarred Cosart makes for a decent target against
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Also consider: Jose Urena, Joe Kelly, John Danks, Joe Blanton, Mike Fiers, Tommy Milone, Kyle Kendrick, Odrisamer Despaigne, Kevin Correia
Hitters (power): Justin Turner is Yahoo eligible at all
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. If you have an opening at second or third base, now is a good time to jump on the bandwagon.
Also consider: Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche, Nolan Reimold, Clint Robinson, David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier
- The Daily Grind: Ross, Cingrani, Piscotty
Velasquez, $5,900 Brian Johnson, $5,000 Joe Ross, or $4,600 Aaron Nola. All prices on FanDuel.
If you're looking for targets, you can't ignore the Coors Field game. It's still Matt Harrison versus Kyle
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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
- Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
McLouth, Kevin Frandsen, and Jeff Kobernus. Their biggest competition is each other. They both offer a similar skill set, although Taylor is seen as a better option in center field. I expect both players
- 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
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This isn't relevant to this column, but Felix Hernandez opposes Corey Kluber tonight. Too bad I have game tonight, because I'd really like to see this one.
Kevin Gausman strikes me as an unfinished
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face new Dodger Kevin Correia in Atlanta. Correia has been a frequent guest of my exploit pages and the story remains the same. He lives and dies on balls in play, which means he'll turn
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. Look for both pitchers to get trounced.
Hitters (power): Matt Joyce, James Loney, and Kevin Kiermaier are all up for consideration.
Any left-handed Mets are worth a shot against Kevin Correia
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paying attention, Kevin Quackenbush is recording saves in San Diego while Joaquin Benoit recovers from a sore shoulder. Eric O'Flaherty still has a couple days as the A's closer with Sean Doolittle
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Billy Butler vs. Trevor May
Carlos Santana vs. Jason Vargas
Billy Hamilton vs. Jeff Locke
Kevin Kiermaier vs. Rick Porcello
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Heston, Lewis, Stubbs, Odor
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Kevin Kiermaier vs. Justin Masterson
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Frias, Fiers, Alonso, Grossman
Pitchers to Start: I would like to write about Anthony DeSclafani or A.J. Burnett, but they both have
- The Daily Grind: Yards, Hutchison, Ruf
recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
We have 22 names this time around for a Thin Thursday.
Kevin Kiermaier vs. Garrett Richards
Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, and J.J. Hardy vs. Wade Miley
- 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
- Fantasy Reactions: Souza, Peterson, Perceived Value
, Kevin Kiermaier, and David DeJesus. I wrote about Souza from a fantasy perspective earlier this offseason, and Carson had more to say on FanGraphs. The analysis is already out there - Steamer thinks
- Phillies Bullpen: A Shining Light
scuffles in spring training or others excel, he could be optioned.
Also in the Mix
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez
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. Ian Kennedy
Chris Carter vs. David Hale
Kevin Kiermaier vs. Doug Fister
Dexter Fowler vs. Danny Salazar
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Lyons, Jungmann, Melky, Eaton
Pitchers to Start: Lefty Tyler
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was in a roto league.
I wouldn't start Kevin Gausman against the Blue Jays, but do note that he's returning from the disabled list.
Also consider: Carlos Rodon, Jesse Hahn
Pitchers to Exploit
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of the group is mediocre.
Also consider: Vincent Velasquez, Kevin Gausman, Brett Anderson
Pitchers to Exploit: The Cubs and Cardinals have a double-header tomorrow. St. Louis will call upon
- 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
- 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
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Astros righties will see the occasionally flammable John Danks at White Sox Cellular Playpen. The Sox are opposed by Jarred Cosart. We could see a few home runs.
I guess Kevin Correia got
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(speed): Rajai Davis and Austin Jackson seem to be the most available Tigers. One of them probably won't start.
Adam Eaton still leads off most days for the White Sox. He'll face Kevin Correia.
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blowups. He'll face the Athletes of Oakland.
John Danks and Kevin Correia aren't A-plus stacking targets, mostly due to Target Field and the opposing offenses in question. They've posted their share
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Pitchers to Exploit: The next lefty up in Detroitland is Jorge de la Rosa. If you own him, try to trade him for Kevin Gausman. That's what the Rockies did. In case you're new around
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Field. Lastly, Kevin Gausman occasionally isn't on top of his game.
3. Tuesday Picks
Pitchers to Start: I'm a fan of Josh Tomlin. His problem is he's a fly ball pitcher with a pattern
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don't have a lot of potent hitters, but they should put balls in play against Kevin Correia.
Does anyone think Chris Sale won't earn the win against Nick Tepesch. Watch Tepesch spin a gem. His
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is his control. Kevin Gausman is also pitching in this one. He gets hit around on occasion despite his 95 mph fastball. You could stack either side, although I wouldn't call either move a percentage
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a sub-4.00 ERA (emphasis on could).
3. Friday Picks
Pitchers to Start: Kevin Gausman is rightly floating around the waiver wire in many non-keeper leagues. His strikeout rate has been
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a pitcher's value quickly. Just ask Jose Fernandez.
2. Daily DFS
Early: Kevin Gausman and Jake Arrieta hog the early slot. DFS owners can forget about them.
Late: Brad Peacock
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after 4:00 ET.
Today's recipe for runs comes to us from Coors Field, where lefty Brad Hand will oppose righty Christian Bergman. Both pitchers are known to spontaneously combust.
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looks at Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar - both of whom qualify as nice fifth outfielders.
Perhaps Pompey's lack of play is related to the right quad injury that is referenced on August 8? If so
- The Daily Grind: Herrera, Kendrick, Bailey
from for this particular split. Billy Butler at Jered Weaver is my favorite of the bunch. Butler has a .925 OPS against fly guys. Other good options include Robinson Cano, Kevin Kiermaier, and A.J.
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22.5 percent of base runners.
Norris' ERA should improve tomorrow. If it doesn't, look for Kevin Gausman to take his place in the rotation.
Also consider: Kyle Lobstein, Travis Wood, Jason
- The Daily Grind: Maxwell, Eovaldi, Pearce
Stubbs, Kevin Kiermaier
4. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight where green equals go
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Iglesias, Davis, Phillips
, Scooter Gennett, Kevin Kiermaier, Trevor Plouffe, Justin Smoak, Mark Canha
Hitters (speed): Brandon Phillips hasn't stolen over five bases since 2012. He already has five on the season to go
- The Daily Grind: Coors, Fiers, Pagan
Pagan. The high contact hitter is liable to pop a couple hits.
Also consider: Cory Spangenberg, Alejandro De Aza, Nori Aoki, Kevin Kiermaier, Billy Burns,
5. The Factor Grid
The table below
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, but his career split slash is .279/.355/.480.
Also consider: Kevin Kiermaier, David Peralta, Mark Canha, Max Muncy, Derek Norris
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis is a star against left-handed pitching. He
- The Daily Grind, Erasmo, Perez, Grichuk
in the sixth, you're liable to face Ryan Madson. If the Rays were in the same situation, you might see Kevin Jepsen (2.05 ERA, 4.13 xFIP). Relief corps with only a couple really good relievers can lead
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mashing lineup. I expect they'll be hugely popular this evening. You can take a share of the action AND fade by taking role players like Danny Valencia and Kevin Pillar.
Stack Targets: Marco Estrada
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stolen bases, your option is Billy Burns and only Billy Burns.
Also consider: Kevin Kiermaier, Billy Burns
5. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions
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some A+ stacking targets. The Rays against John Danks, Marlins versus Kyle Kendrick, and Rockies opposite Jose Urena would all be more attractive at a better stadium. Similarly, Kevin Correia makes his
- The Daily Grind: Clayton Giancarlo, Hutch, Tucker
lefties. Ubaldo Jimenez has a lovely matchup against the Phillies and Kevin Correia. A win is likely, and a strong outing is possible too.
Andrew Hutchison might be the best of the normal guys
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, he's averaged 15.75 points. As is often noted, the Astros could strike out 15 times or bash five home runs.
Stack Targets: Kevin Gausman, Mark Buehrle, Nick Martinez, Trevor May, Jered Weaver, Kyle
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was optioned to Triple-A. Masterson pitched decently in his rehab stint. Maybe he'll recapture his past success. I'm betting against it.
Also consider: Chi Chi Gonzalez, Josh Smith, Jose Urena, Kevin Correia
- The Daily Grind: Aces, Moore, Miley
bandwagon since 2011. I can't find any word about his velocity while on rehab. I should have just gone to watch...
Also consider: Kevin Gausman, Matt Boyd, Jaime Garcia, Jeremy Hellickson
- The Daily Grind: A's Closer, Anderson, Harrison, Gennett
against Julio Teheran who finally looks like the pitcher I thought he was...pretty bad.
Also consider: Alex Guerrero, Scott Van Slyke, David Freese, Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus, Danny Valencia
- The Daily Grind: Keeper Nonsense, Sanchez, Hutch, Ethier
, Nick Markakis, Martin Prado, Giovanny Urshela, Randal Grichuk, Kevin Kiermaier, David DeJesus
Hitters (speed): Jace Peterson is developing into a solid major league player. I expect him to continue
- The Daily Grind: Franco, Erasmo, Gray
discipline is slightly better against southpaws. A matchup against Jon Niese makes Reynolds a league average hitter.
Also consider: Randal Grichuk, Khris Davis, David DeJesus, Kevin Kiermaier
- The Daily Grind: Hernandez, Conger, Eaton
Stack Targets: Adam Morgan, Kyle Lohse, Martin Perez, Jorge de la Rosa, Dallas Beeler, Tony Cingrani, Kevin Gausman, Ivan Nova, Mike Montgomery, John Danks, Joe Kelly, C.J. Wilson
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Rasmus, Torii Hunter, Kevin Kiermaier, or Chris Coghlan in the outfield. When he returns, Giancarlo Stanton will replace one of them (Team A also owns George Springer). Donaldson will be replaced
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don't be surprised if he's on the bench.
Also consider: Jace Peterson, Anthony Gose, Kevin Pillar, Adam Eaton, Tyler Saladino, Shane Victorino
5. The Factor Grid
The table below indicates
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, there are a few plays to be made.
Kevin Kiermaier v Joe Kelly
Logan Morrison and Robinson Cano (if healthy) v Kyle Gibson
Billy Hamilton, Todd Frazier, and Brandon Phillips v Gerrit Cole
Derek Dietrich v
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to seek out bargain hitters to fit with an expensive hurler.
If you opt to zig with an affordable starter, Andrew Heaney is your guy. He's at home against Kevin Gausman and the Orioles
- The Daily Grind: True Innings, Aces, Hicks
likely to pop home runs at Marlins Stadium, it's a nice location for all other types of hits. Conley looks particularly hittable for a mostly right-handed lineup.
Also consider: Kevin Gausman, Raisel
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Kevin Kiermaier v Edinson Volquez
C.J. Cron, Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Erick Aybar v Danny Salazar
4. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: The Tigers-Blue Jays game is projected to be very high
- 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
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Not surprisingly, there's the least agreement with our reliever
- 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field
- 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?
- 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
- 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
- One Week With Kevin Pillar
You've probably seen what Kevin Pillar did on Wednesday. On the off chance you haven't, we'll get to that later, at the right time. Let this much be said now: it was absolutely extraordinary
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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."
- 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
- Kevin Gausman is Learning to Elevate
There's a lot going on with Kevin Gausman right now. He's throwing a curveball, instead of a slider. I learned that from another baseball writer earlier today in my email. He's working out
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 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
- Assessing Kevin Kiermaier's Potential
be a little more difficult. Enter Kevin Kiermaier. Kiermaier’s 14 DRS and 16 UZR in right field landed him at second on a list of right fielders sorted by DEF, which is UZR and the positional adjustment
- The Problem with Kevin Gausman
The Orioles have not had a lot of luck with their pitching prospects of late, most recently thanks to Dylan Bundy’s Tommy John surgery. That is part of the reason that Kevin Gausman
- 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
- 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
- Is Kevin Kiermaier Legit?
I drafted Kevin Kiermaier in my dynasty league this season, hoping he would get a shot with the Rays eventually and show off the speed he displayed in the minors. He battled some caught stealing
- Kevin Kiermaier's Useful Splits
In his first extended stint of big league action, Kevin Kiermaier has shown a talent for hitting right-handed pitchers. To say a left-handed hitter can do damage against opposite-handed pitching
- 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
- Kevin Kiermaier on Turning a Corner
When Kevin Kiermaier made his MLB debut at the end of the 2013 season, he did so as a defensive replacement. The Tampa Bay Rays dynamo was 23 years old at the time, and in the eyes of many, a glove
- Kevin Gausman and the Elevated Fastball
Orioles fans have been pining for Kevin Gausman ever since 2015 Opening Day at Camden Yards when Bud Norris got shelled by the Blue Jays. The now-24-year-old started in 20 games last season as 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Kevin Cash Is Good and Bad at Challenges
While I was on my daily ambulation through the equivalent of the basement archives at Baseball Reference (the manager pages), I came across a strange fact: Kevin Cash, rookie manager of the Tampa Bay
- 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
- Kevin Gausman's One-Dimensional Attack
There’s no doubting that Kevin Gausman is a talented pitcher. He features a fastball in the mid to upper 90’s, a split-change to fluster lefties with, and a slider with good depth to attack righties
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Ready or Not, Kevin Plawecki's a Big Leaguer
of this piece, that player is 24-year-old Mets catcher, Kevin Plawecki.
Plawecki got the call to replace Travis d'Arnaud, who broke his finger after taking a pitch on the hand. d'Arnaud's expected
- 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
- Pouring One Out for Nick Johnson's Career
RIP, Nick Johnson's career. Mourn ya 'till I join ya.
- 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.
- 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
- Rejected Offers For Kevin Youkilis (AL)
- A GIF and a Tune: Kevin Pillar as Superman
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- FanGraphs Audio: Both Touki Toussaint and Brian Johnson
Touki Toussaint is a right-hander in the Arizona system who was selected 16th overall in the most recent draft. Brian Johnson is a left-hander in the Red Sox system, currently playing
- 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
- 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.
- Concerning Jim Johnson and Groundball Relievers in General
Despite leading the AL in saves, Orioles closer Jim Johnson is having a rough year compared to 2012 when he posted a 2.51 ERA and saved 51 games in 54 opportunities. Early in 2013, an enthusiastic
- 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
- 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
- Anthony Gose & Kevin Pillar: Deep League Wire
Melky Cabrera’s finger injury has ended his 2014 season, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wants to give youngsters Anthony Gose and Kevin Pillar an extended look in the season’s last month
- 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 Kiermaier is Jake Odorizzi’s Best Friend
just .227/.313/.354 in the first third of the season and then landed on the 60-day DL with a wrist injury. Meanwhile, the bulk of the optimism that surrounded Kevin Kiermaier before he was promoted
- Five Actual Sleepers
season is feasible.
I feel a little dirty even mentioning Johnson. For years, he's served as a sabermetric pariah - an example of an overrated, fringy player. Last season
- How Much is Jim Johnson Really Worth in Fantasy
Jim Johnson has 42 saves. You own closers for saves. Ipso facto bingo blatto, Jim Johnson is an elite fantasy closer.
-- or --
Jim Johnson has 36 strikeouts in 58.1 innings. The average
- Daily Notes: Mostly Ambulant Nick Johnson Retires
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines
2. Table: Nick Johnson's Walk Rate in Context
3. Three Images: Venezuelan Winter
- Johnson Traded for Hill and McDonald: Fantasy Implications
What to expect from Kelly Johnson in Toronto – Kelly has been a disappointment this season, mainly for his inability to make contact (27.4 K% vice a career 20.9 K%) and get a hit (0.257 BABIP vice
- 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