- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat 7/26/16
Allen1:56Brad Johnson: Medium trade imo :)1:57Brad Johnson: A big trade is Nomar Mazara, Kyle Seager, Jake Odorizzi, and Mark Zagunis for Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, and Aaron Sanchez1:57Toki: 10
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/7
Johnson: Why hello there2:35Josh: Mark Trumbo - over or under 40/100 HR/RBI for season?2:35Brad Johnson: under simply because that's how math works2:35Ben: Puig just dropped in 10-team re-draft. Flush
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/21
: What are the chances Profar/Gallo get traded to the Yankees for Miller/Chapman?1:54Brad Johnson: very low1:54Brad Johnson: but I think the Yankees could get Mark Zagunis and Dan Vogelbach from
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/10
Chicago Mark: Is Brandon Drury in for utility work only when Arizona is healthy? Does he see regular AB's after that?
Brad Johnson: Might be a little hot hand work
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 8/2/16
?: Gyorko, Yang Solarte, Brandon Moss, or Mark Reynolds (Coors tilt).
Brad Johnson: Solarte or Gyorko
Toki: Is it a bad strategy in a 40 man roster
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 9/20/16
: one of those guys who will get hype and could end up cut if he scuffles through mid-April
Brad Johnson: like Mark Trumbo in 2015
- Brad Johnson FanGraphs Chat - 11/3/16
that gamble.12:36Brad Johnson: It was super lucky that the Astros took Mark Appel over Kris Bryant12:37Moog: Can we all just take a moment to appreciate Rajai Davis? I love role players, and particularly
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/16/16
Brad Johnson: at least for now
Brad Johnson: if Judge keeps hitting, I may change my mind
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 4/26/16
Josh: Josh Harrison over Rendon at 3B for the rest of the year?
Brad Johnson: Push or maybe Rendon by a hair
Mark: Does Story
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
#2Kluber's clunker #312:22Brad Johnson: I have both of them on the same H2H team too. Somehow my ERA is only 3.50. #relievers12:23Comment From dbetMat Adams or Mark Teix? Are you concerned about the wrist
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/12/16
think Jason Hammel sounds right to me
Max: Better for Holds now/Saves later: Jumbo Diaz or Mark Lowe?
Brad Johnson: I hope neither. I'll say
- 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
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
predictions. I hope mine is the boldest. I did give myself some flexibility by not distinguishing between fantasy and the real world.
2. Mark Trumbo will lead the NL in home runs
Trumbo is a power
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- Brad Johnson's 10 Timid Predictions
hitting will continue with at least one ballplayer eclipsing the 30 home run mark.
Which specific player will hit 30 home runs, you ask? One or more of them, I reply.
What about 1994, you ask
- Statistical Rarities Potentially Abound in 2015
mark since Curt Schilling’s 27.9% in 2002. If Kershaw can push it above 29% he’d leap over 2002 and he’d be the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 2001 to be at 29% or higher. Kershaw’s “rebounded
- Taijuan Walker's Journey
A couple things are interesting here: The first
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
a very good outfield. Desmond Jennings, Kelly Johnson, Matt Joyce, and Sam Fuld have spent the most innings in the outfield for the Rays with the occasional appearance by Ben Zobrist. Zobrist is an All
- Building the Farm: American League West
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Can Zach Britton Turn the Tide?
hate to move a guy with three pitches from the rotation, especially when he’s maintaining his velocity.
The walks and the delivery do concern me, though, and I can see a Jim Johnson-like reliever
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: To Rise Again
to the DH league and for Hammel given his underwhelming career numbers compared to this season, the reality is that no pitcher goes to Oakland and regresses these days except for Jim Johnson.
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Christian Bethancourt Suffers from Goldilocks Syndrome
- Building a Farm: National League West
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Holland, Johnson, Jaso
GB / FB Splits
Tomorrow's Targets - Johnson, Nova, Jaso, DeShields
1. Daily DFS - Eovaldi, Holland
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2016 Bold Predictions
my 2016 picks, I'd like to call one back from last year. Behold:
From 2015: Mark Trumbo will lead the NL in home runs
I got the year and league wrong, but I'm giving myself partial credit
- Reviewing Brad Johnson's 2015 Bold Predictions
. In the real world, he tied Jose Quintana for the 14th most WAR among pitchers (4.8 WAR). Not bad, but not quite correct.
0-for-1 (1 almost)
2. Mark Trumbo will lead the NL in home runs
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
a superb .303/.394/.697, good enough for a .459 wOBA which is slightly above 2009's .306 mark.
Johnson's walk rate has returned to the level that he had the first few seasons of his career helped
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
was indistinguishable from 2008 and 2009, with his 11.8 percent mark in 2010 looking like an outlier. But despite getting just as many whiffs as usual, Johnson posted his worst K/9 in six years and his
- Nick Johnson to New York
that the Yankees can use with Johnson are absolutely ridiculous. Between Johnson, Derek Jeter, and Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees will have 3 players with a 2009 OBP over .400, and with Mark Teixeira and Nick
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
Earlier today, Erik posted on the market for Mark DeRosa. I won't rehash that analysis with which I substantially agree. Quick take: CHONE has him as .255/.333/.414 hitter next year, which Rally
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
– that's why Emilio Bonifacio and David Eckstein are at the bottom of the leaderboard and Mark Reynolds and Ryan Howard are at the top.
In prior years, Johnson's HR/FB ranged from 7.5% to 13.8%. In 2010
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
history is certainly always a worry with Johnson, but it is good to see him go through the first third of the season unscathed. He is on pace for 207 innings, which would mark only his second season
- The Return of Josh Johnson
ERA is high so far this year and his 3.81 mark last year was a career high (min. 16+ innings).
The immediate cause for concern with Johnson is his drop in velocity from what essentially looks like
- 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
- Even Mark DeRosa Believed
-August, and in Toronto, we're thinking about April. Again.
I have no idea what the Blue Jays should do about Josh Johnson and Adam Lind, heading into 2014, but I know I want them to bring back Mark
- 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
- 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
guess the NL usually has a slightly better mark. So, Johnson's walk rate may rise, but barely.
Rogers Centre was about neutral in allowing singles, which I am using as a proxy factor for BABIP
- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
that ZiPS and Steamer are not a fan of Johnson whatsoever. Steamer has him at 4.93 ERA and ZiPS has him at a 4.58 mark. I am sure much of that is due to Johnson’s five starts in the majors at the end
- The Last* of Mark Buehrle
It's over. Maybe.
Mark Buehrle has told reporters this offseason that he is "not planning on playing next season but is not ready to officially announce retirement," which is a sort of confusing
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
too early to call the trade that sent Lowrie to the Astros for the now-demoted Mark Melancon an unmitigated win for the Astros, but that’s certainly the way the needle is pointing at the moment. Lowrie
- Mark Reynolds and his Ilk
Note: I have no idea if I'm the first to do this, but quite frankly I don't care.
Today, it was reported that seven-year veteran and noted ump hater* Mark Reynolds was released by the Indians
- Mark Buehrle and the Hall of Fame
as Mount Elephant.
Mark Buehrle is well-accomplished. He has a World Series ring. He’s thrown a no hitter. He even threw a perfect game that was preserved by one of the more miraculous catches
- 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
- Can Josh Johnson Fix The Stretch?
high and 36 points over his career mark. To make matters worse, the most damage has come with runners already on -- Johnson has allowed a .305 BABIP with the bases empty but a whopping .383 mark
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
for Johnson was his LD%. He finished tied for fifth in the majors with a 24.7 percent line drive rate. Not surprisingly, that helped Johnson to a .344 BABIP, the 16th-best mark in the majors.
- 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
- 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
- Micah Johnson: Wheels...and What Else?
/.360 mark in Low-A in 2011 did. However, Hamilton was just 20 back then, whereas Johnson is 22--in fact, he's just three months younger than Hamilton despite being three levels below him. It's great
- 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 Johnson Retires, FanGraphs Weeps
Mark Grace. Who knows? Regardless of what could have been, Johnson still had a pretty awesome ten-year career that was unfortunately cut way too short.
- Nick Castellanos is Channeling Chris Johnson
- Mark Teixeira the Latest Damaged Yankee
manager. Now they get to deal with a damaged Mark Teixeira on top of everything else. The word:
The Yankees' injury-riddled spring took another serious hit on Wednesday, as the team announced Gold
- Mark Buehrle Hates the Disabled List
Mark Buehrle will be a free agent after this season. It couldn't come at a better time for the 32-year-old, who will get plenty of interest from teams that need pitching because the thin free-agent
- Marlins Keep Adding With Mark Buehrle
big-name free agent signing, reeling in Mark Buehrle from the White Sox on a four-year, $58 million contract.
Buehrle is coming off a four-year, $56 million deal with the White Sox
- Mark Melancon Is Shutting Them Down
Toward the end of April, things weren't looking so hot for Pirates relief ace Mark Melancon. His velocity was down -- way down -- and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle was beginning to field questions
- Mark Teixeira and Still Not the End of the Yankees
broken, and he will be missing for several weeks. Now Mark Teixeira's got one of his tendons bothered, and he will be missing for several weeks. For at least a little more than a month, the Yankees
- FanGraphs Audio: Both Touki Toussaint and Brian Johnson
; Johnson's, around the 20:35 mark.)
Don't hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter.
You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or other feeder things.
- Cubs Sign Reed Johnson; Scrappers Celebrate
-- y'know, the quick little Caucasian fellow who dives headlong into brick walls and such. As a 31-year-old fourth outfielder, Johnson culled together 374 outfield PAs while in a weird timeshare with Mark
- 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
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/5/16
? Other 1B are carlos santana and logan forsythe.1:00Brad Johnson: Definitely. I'd take Abreu alone.1:00Dan: Im in a 10 team roto and do not have an ace. Which of these SP would you try to hold onto
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/30/16
We'll chat at 4:00pm ET today. See ya then.
4:00Brad Johnson: Welcome folks. This week we'll be analyzing anthems including the best ones for which to stand, sit, or otherwise.4:00Brad Johnson
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 6/28/16
Today's chat transcript. Covered a lot of topics...
2:28Brad Johnson: Alright folks let's get the ball rolling. Looks like there's a smaller group hanging out today2:29JD: I've got a hole at 1B
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/23/16
). phelps, samardzija, or yordano for decent production until stras is back?
Brad Johnson: As long as you can stream, I'd go start by start rather than picking one guy
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/24
The transcript is below.
Brad Johnson: Let's get this going. I tried putting an apple in my smoothie today and it's gross
Alex: Hey Brad. My Drew Smyly
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 5/17
Here's the transcript of today's chat. Lot's of fun topics.
Breakout Stars..?: Brandon Drury, Danny Valencia?
Brad Johnson: What are you looking
- Kelly Johnson's Return to Career-Year Form
jumped to around 27 percent, dovetailing with contact rates under 72 percent. That might work for a player with Mark Reynolds' power, but Johnson clearly does not have that kind of power.
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/3
Here's the transcript in glorious HD!
Brad Johnson: Hey all, I opened the queue early to post a poll, but I'm not taking questions yet. If you submit one, I WILL skip it. See you
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat – 8/9/16
to suggest more power ROS. JBJ has the production though. Which do you like? Thanks!
Brad Johnson: Polanco seems to have a couple nagging injuries. I'd go with the healthier
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 7/19/16
The results of today's chat!
1:42Brad Johnson: Howdy folks, let's get this under way1:42Brad Johnson: I briefly considered using only plagiarized responses for this chat, but that seemed like
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 5/31
Here's the transcript from today's chat.
Brad Johnson: Hey everyone, I'm running just a couple minutes behind. We'll get started soon.
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 9/13/16
Here are the results of today's chat!
4:00Brad Johnson: Today's chat is brought to you by Yasmany Tomas4:00Brad Johnson: 29 home runs, -0.1 WAR4:01Brad Johnson: aka switch-hitting Jermaine Dye4
- 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.
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/19/16
Chat Transcript below!
Shawn: James Shields still top 30ish SP?
Brad Johnson: No, not remotely close.
Brad Johnson: He's
- Chris Johnson: Surprise Batting Average Crown Contender
and even bunt hits. Chris Johnson isn't exactly the picture of a batting average leader, and yet, he finished second in the National League with a .321 mark, which ranked fifth in baseball
- Kelly Johnson's Trade, Kevin Towers, and Strikeouts
' biggest perpetrator, Mark Reynolds (35%) and let Adam LaRoche (28%) walk in free agency. There were rumors Justin Upton would be traded as well, although surely the entire Diamondbacks family
- Dan Johnson & Jordany Valdespin: Deep League Wire
. That's essentially a 15/20 pace extrapolated over a full season. But like Johnson above, Valdespin has been bitten by a ridiculously low BABIP. His .249 mark looks a bit more earned as he's failed
- Abraham Almonte & Chris Johnson: Deep League Wire
mark. Hits could knock runners in and hits put you on base to be knocked in. Speaking of knocking, I've knocked Johnson a lot. I'm not very confident that he'll even be given any more than
- 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
- Unworthiest Regulars: Matt Dominguez, Chris Johnson
decided that the least circuitous route to that issue’s solution was simply not to put the ball in play as often as he had in 2013.
I don’t think that anyone expected Chris Johnson to produce an AVG
- Erik Johnson & Kelby Tomlinson: Deep League Wire
How do you mark the beginning of autumn? You have your choice: Labor Day has come and gone, football season is upon us and the Jewish calendar has already ushered in a new year. And the air
- Nick Johnson on his .400 Career OBP
came into the year as one of fewer than 60 players in history [minimum 3,000 plate appearances] with a career OBP of .400 or better. Now with the Baltimore Orioles, Johnson was right at that mark
- C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, and The Manic Marlins
to one of the best in their division: Josh Johnson, C.J. Wilson, Anibal Sanchez, Mark Buehrle, and Ricky Nolasco. Neither Wilson or Buehrle may be Albert Pujols, but hey, they still combined for 9.3 WAR
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Troy Tulowitzki Saves All
some power upside, but he's currently hitting a crisp .162/.237/.353. Here are some other options on the waiver wire: your namesake Mark Reynolds, Cody Asche, Lonnie Chisenhall, David Freese (currently
- Brad Johnson's 10 Bold Predictions
- Brad Johnson RotoGraphs Chat - 4/5/16
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
You can certainly argue with the statistics I choose for each of these tools, but I preferred to use statistics with which
- Sean Gilmartin and the Gwinnett Braves
- The Case For Jake Arrieta as the Most Dominant Pitcher of All Time
the internet, is not without flaws. It's arguable and perhaps even likely that Pedro's line, with that 34.0% K-BB%, is more impressive (that mark was 293% better than league average -- lolz). But Arrieta
- Q&A: Kelly Johnson, Sabermetrically Savvy FA
Kelly Johnson may or may not be a Toronto Blue Jay next season, but wherever he ends up, he promises to have a better year with the bat -- regardless of how many times he strikes out. The free-agent
- Scouting Comparison: Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon
- Scouting Comparison: Andrelton Simmons vs. Tyler Pastornicky
- Scouting Comparison: Anthony Rendon vs. Nolan Arenado
- Is the Corner Outfield Profile Changing?
- The Future of Catchers
- Building a Farm: National League East
- Building A Farm: A Summary
- Building a Farm: Top Prospects
- Tales of the Lexington Legends
- The Visiting Asheville Tourists
- Driving to See the Greenville Drive
- Keeping Up with Billy Hamilton
- Adam Morgan v. Daniel Corcino (2013)
- A Few Good PawSox
- Catching Up with the Rome Braves
- Player Development Case Study: Slap Hitters
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: An Introduction with Springer
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Buster Posey Struggling
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: The Scott Kazmir Resurrection
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Buster Posey Has The Fear
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Wither Danny Salazar?
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Josh Donaldson Walks it Off
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Jon's Addiction
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Chase Utley Still the Man
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Nightmare Declines
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: Ben Revere and Speed
- Fantasy Baseball Existentialism: The Dumpster Dive
- MLB's New Replay System: A Breakdown of Plays So Far
- Is A.J. Pollock Really This Good?
- A Case For Wei-Yin Chen Ownership
- Cole Hamels' No-Hitter and Pitcher Game Scores in the Game Before Being Traded
- Rendering Paul Goldschmidt a Mere Mortal
- The Improvement of the Indians Starting Rotation
- The Evan Gattis Triples Game
- BatCast: Bat Flip Tracker
- 2016 Composite Projections: Everything in One Place
- Paul Goldschmidt Has a Pop-Up Problem
- Joe Morgan's Secret Socialist Baseball Regime
- BatCast the Bat Flip Tracker: Oh, How the Wood Was Chucked
- Arizona Raids Non-Tender Market, Adds Kelly Johnson
it – a number that compares very favorably with Mark DeRosa, who signed with the Giants for leaving the D'Backs with a great asset for not only 2010 but also 2011, Johnson's third year of arbitration
- The Yankees Infield
The Fab Five
I wrote about about McCann when he joined the Yankees from a non-fantasy perspective. I love
- The Daily Grind: Peavy Conley, Bour, Ketel
, and Syndergaard have the three top projections of the day. Greinke is next best. Shelby Miller and Erik Johnson are ranked sixth and seventh. Miller's strong projection caught me off guard. The Cardinals
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 16
Finally, the Junior Guerra punt is never a bad idea in a GPP. A little luck can push him to a cheap 50 FD points. He's visiting the Dodgers.
Stack Targets: Kyle Gibson, Erik Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez
- 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
- What Alex Rodriguez's Suspension Means for the Yankees
The Yankees have two black holes that need to be addressed - third base and the rotation. The free agent market offers slim pickings at third base. The Yankees won't have to pay much in order to sign Mark
- The Daily Grind: 4-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, 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
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 8
Brad Johnson Comments About Taillon
The Daily Grind Invitational and Leaderboard
1. Brad Johnson
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 21
advantageous. Ray's wild ways will get him into trouble.
Also consider: Michael Wacha, Robbie Ray, Erik Johnson, Eduardo Rodriguez
Hitters (power): Hyun-soo Kim isn't much of a power hitter, but he's
- The Daily Grind: 5-11-14 - Presented by FanDuel
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
- The Daily Grind: 5-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
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.
- The Daily Grind: Bettis, Anderson, Venable
on five to seven innings with five to seven strikeouts. He also looks like an eight to 16 point performer.
Stack Targets: Nick Martinez, Mark Buehrle, Justin Nicolino, Rick Porcello, Alex Colome, Kyle
- The Daily Grind: Reader Leagues, Boyd, Straily
of the worst pitchers in the league.
Also consider: David Peralta, Mark Canha, Josh Phegley, Eddie Rosario, Melky Cabrera, Matt Joyce, Kelly Johnson, Gerardo Parra, Preston Tucker
- The Daily Grind: McCullers, Flande, Elias, Paxton
lefties tomorrow - Matt Boyd and Randy Wolf. That means plenty of work for Ryan Raburn, Mike Aviles, Yan Gomes, and Chris Johnson. None of those names are overly attractive. You'll be hoping volume makes
- Top 100 Spring Hitters by OPS
- 2016 End of Season Rankings: First Base
- 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
- The Daily Grind: Draft Results, Erasmo, Schoop, DeShields
George Springer (Hou - OF)
Mark Teixeira (NYY - 1B)
Jeurys Familia (NYM - RP)
Mark Melancon (Pit - RP)
Glen Perkins (Min - RP)
Matt Carpenter (StL - 3B
- The Daily Grind: Eaton, Buehrle, Cravy
Mark Buehrle offers an alternative to acedom. The Blue Jays lefty has average nearly 7.1 innings over his last 15 starts. He began the season with a nagging injury so I'm willing to dismiss
- The Daily Grind: 5-22-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Last but not least, Mark Buehrle and the Blue Jays take on Jon Lester and the Red Sox. Can either pitcher be easily exploited? Not really, but you can try certain right-handed hitters from both
- The Daily Grind: 5-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
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
- The Daily Grind: 6-6-14 - Presented by FanDuel
3. Saturday Picks
Pitchers to Start: The St. Louis Cardinals have been among the worst teams in baseball against left-handed pitching, so think about using soft-tosser Mark Buerhle
- The Daily Grind: 6-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Hitters (power): Mark Reynolds and Rickie Weeks are easy picks yet again. Martin Maldonado might mix in too if he doesn't play today.
Scott Van Slyke will probably start against Stults.
- The Daily Grind: Travis, Norris, Davis
Also consider: Matt Andriese, David Buchanan, Trevor May, Scott Feldman, Jeremy Hellickson, Eddie Butler
Hitters (power): Mark Canha has earned additional playing time from
- The Daily Grind: Marisnick, Martinez, Gonzalez
up 28 names for today. As usual, here are some of my favorites starting with a Yankees stack.
Garrett Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Chase Headley vs. Chris Tillman
- 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
- The Daily Grind: Sleepers, Hi/Lo, Dickey, Holland
Rosario, Aaron Hicks, Jayson Werth, Preston Tucker, Nick Castellanos, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Colabello, Kelly Johnson, Jesus Montero, Didi Gregorius
Hitters (speed): Cesar Hernandez swings best from
- The Daily Grind: Ross, McCullers, Conforto, Sweeney
recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
Yesterday was a shallow day for GB/FB splits. Today's a busy one. The link lists 44 players.
Justin Bour v Aaron Harang
Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez v
- The Daily Grind: deGrom, Happ, Miley, Holland
later in the week. The scouting reports suggest he'll control the strike zone with some sneaky pop.
Also consider: Chris Coghlan, Seth Smith, Mark Canha, Stephen Piscotty, Nolan Reimold, Chris
- The Daily Grind: Tomlin, Duffey, Holmberg, Kiké
Williams, John Lamb, Chad Bettis, Brad Hand, Mike Foltynewicz, Matt Cain, Ivan Nova, Jered Weaver, Alex Wood, Alfredo Simon, Derek Holland, Mark Buehrle
3. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: I fail to see how
- The Daily Grind: Ottoneu Prospects, Severino, Wood, Moore
GB%, here are today’s top recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
Jeff's picks filtered into my picks:
Carlos Santana, Jose Ramirez, Chris Johnson v Danny Duffy
Seth Smith, Kyle
- The Daily Grind: Porcello, Conley, Asher, Dietrich
Mark DeRosa is the better comp.
Also consider: J.T. Realmuto, Dustin Garneau, Wilin Rosario, Danny Valencia, Jonathan Schoop, Logan Forsythe, J.P. Arencibia, Brandon Guyer, Kelly Johnson, Eddie
- The Daily Grind: Owens, Peavy, Gutierrez
a 3.21 ERA and 3.73 FIP in 98 innings. The Rockies offer an easy matchup with a good chance for a victory.
Also consider: Marco Estrada, Luis Severino, Erik Johnson, Kyle Hendricks, Roenis Elias
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streamers, and More for April 23
fantastic). If I had a pet aardvark, it might be named Aaron. I'd name my pet human something unctuous like Unctuous Johnson. It doesn't get more unctuous than Unctuous.
But I digress, top
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 11
at Great American Ballpark.
Stack Targets: Chris Young, Wily Peralta, Kyle Gibson, Matt Wisler, Erik Johnson, Mike Wright, Logan Verrett, Straily, Fiers, Rodriguez, Happ, Tyler Chatwood
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 27
consider: Mike Pelfrey, Matt Wisler, John Lamb, Kyle Gibson, J.A. Happ, Eddie Butler, Tim Lincecum, Jon Niese, Ubaldo Jimenez, Erik Johnson, Kendall Graveman
Hitters (power): Petco Park is secretly
- Way Too Early Rankings: Relief Pitchers
Honestly, any combination of the top five should lead to happy results
- The Daily Grind: Tropeano, Eickhoff, Welington, Jankowski
Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez v Josh Tomlin
Addison Russell, Jorge Soler, Dexter Fowler v Mike Foltynewicz
Jayson Werth v Yohan Flande
Rajai Davis and Nick Castellanos v Martin Perez
- The Daily Grind: Phillies, Tillman, Finnegan, Davis
Step 4: A veteran in the outfield. While the club has the money to target a Jason Heyward, I'd go an economical route with somebody like Kelly Johnson, Denard Span, Colby Rasmus
- O' Hail Ye Johan Santa Claus
controversial player I didn't rank was probably Greg Bird. I just don't see how we can count on any kind of playing time with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Carlos Beltran absorbing the 1B/DH slots
- Stolen Topic: Three Players I Won't Draft
eclipses the century mark. Ultimately, while I would like to own Myers and may even trade for him, I'm always going to opt to spend fewer dollars on Jayson Werth, Alex Gordon, or even address another
- Brian McCann: Disappointingly Decent
season was in the offing, but reality still provided the second most home runs and third most RBI from a catcher. The real disappointment was batting average. His .232 mark hurt. It came with a low .231
- Could David Dahl Start in the Minors?
The Rockies remain rather left-handed so they're rumored to want a right-handed hitter. Free agency, as it currently stands, includes Chris Carter, Dae-ho Lee, Mike Napoli, Mark Reynolds, Mark
- The Daily Grind: Maxwell, Eovaldi, Pearce
be inconsistent inning to inning. Great American Ballpark is very hitter friendly. I can imagine a four inning, four run performance.
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Chris Tillman, Sean O'Sullivan
- The Daily Grind: Severino, McCullers, Tomlin, Davis
Martinez v Drew Hutchison
Mark Teixeira v Matt Wisler
4. SaberSim Hi/Lo
Wrong: I'm not buying Jayson Werth as the 11th best hitter today. I'm not even sure he's the 111th best hitter (hyperbole
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for July 6
Chad and I acquire: Trevor Story, Josh Donaldson, Aaron Sanchez
Ben acquires: Nomar Mazara, Kyle Seager, Jake Odorizzi, Mark Zagunis
We've owned Mazara since before I joined
- 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
- Scouting Dean Anna as a Pitcher
of exciting tools. He primarily splits his time between shortstop and second base. The injury to Mark Teixeira along with the frequent rest required by Derek Jeter and Brian Roberts have pressed Anna
- Five Select Players, Heat Mapped
swinging strike rate in baseball - tied with Mark Reynolds with a 17.1 percent SwStr%. He whiffs more frequently than Chris Carter. What does that look like on a heatmap?
I expected more blue
- No Puns For Ian Kinsler
his 100 runs scored. He was one of just seven players to eclipse the century mark this season. The five category production continued with 17 home runs, 15 stolen bases, and 92 RBI. In a season where
- The Updated Factor Grid
hitters who could benefit include Justin Upton, Jason Heyward, Mark Trumbo, Brett Lawrie, Austin Jackson, and Jimmy Rollins.
This year, two parks have new dimensions which means that the old park
- 2016 End of Season Rankings: Relief Pitchers
- Beware of Sleepers
Steady, three category asset and a slightly less questionable mark
You might not have needed that extra $8 to win your outfield sleeper, but you wanted it on hand just in case
- The Daily Grind: 6-28-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Smith will face Mike Bolsinger. I'm pretty sure further explanation is unnecessary.
Oswaldo Arcia has been forgotten; this may not last long. He'll face Lewis.
I guess Rickie Weeks and Mark
- Ridiculous Depth For 12 Team Leagues
of flexibility moving forward. That's all I ever wanted.
- The Daily Grind: Travis, Padres, Haren
of a mystery after missing most of the last two seasons.
Also consider: Jed Lowrie, Luis Valbuena, Mark Canha, Gyorko, Middlebrooks, Norris, Kennys Vargas, Trevor Plouffe,
Hitters (speed): If you want
- The Daily Grind: Herrera, Kendrick, Bailey
more than a league average mark there, without having an elite hand-eye skill. Judging by his just-ok strikeout rates, I don't think he's that guy.
I can certainly see what Farnsworth is saying about
- The Daily Grind: Audits, Salazar, Stubbs
recommendations. Use this link for Jeff's full list.
Jeff has presented 30 names today. Below are some of my favorites.
Garrett Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Chase Headley vs. Marco
- The Daily Grind: Guerrero, Buehrle, Frias
to the ball) than some of the best hitters in the league won't hurt him too badly. And his swing path may only mean he's going to hit a lot of doubles rather than breaking the 20 homer mark consistently
- The Daily Grind: Eovaldi, Iglesias, Davis, Phillips
hitters will have to carry the burden. He lives on a 87 mph cutter and a curve.
Stack Targets: Mark Buehrle, Chris Tillman, Sean O'Sullivan, Mike Foltynewicz, Nick Martinez, Mike Fiers, Rubby de
- The Daily Grind: Posey, Whitley, Napoli
As the proud owner of a dozen underperforming assets, I have to decide who might be a keeper and who is a trade candidate. I recently dealt Ian Desmond ($38 to keep) and Mark Trumbo ($28
- The Daily Grind: Martinez, Chavez, Van Slyke
, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Chase Headley vs. Chris Young
Asdrubal Cabrera, David DeJesus, and James Loney vs. Phil Hughes
Chris Iannetta, Mike Trout, and Albert Pujols vs. Wei-Yin Chen
- The Daily Grind: Estrada, DeSclafani, Wright
and Robinson Cano vs. Rick Porcello
Carlos Santana vs. Colby Lewis
Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Chase Headley vs. Danny Duffy
Asdrubal Cabrera, David DeJesus, and James Loney vs. Trevor May
- The Daily Grind: Strasburg, Wright, Castillo
Martinez, CC Sabathia, James Paxton, Mark Buehrle, Kyle Lobstein, Lance McCullers, Trevor May, Kendall Graveman, Chris Heston, David Hale, Yusmeiro Petit, Jordan Lyles
2. GB / FB Splits
- The Daily Grind: Fiers, Wright, Wilson
Garrett Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, and Chase Headley vs. Chris Young
Josh Reddick vs. Alfredo Simon
Adam LaRoche, Adam Eaton, and Jose Abreu vs. Marco Estrada
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Wright
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Strasburg, Plouffe
: Chad Bettis, Mark Buehrle, Trevor May, Chris Capuano, Taijuan Walker
Hitters (power): If you're looking for a platoon bat in the Twins lineup, it's Brian Dozier. If you're looking for one you can
- The Daily Grind: Anibal, Chi Chi, Ruf
and not too far off the mark.
You may have noticed that several of my leaguemates spoke up, including the owner of Bryant. They believed my rival would be better suited making small moves. Per
- The Daily Grind: Walker, Cody Anderson, Reynolds
, 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
- The Daily Grind: Aces, Moore, Miley
come with high bust rates. Wei-Yin Chen is a solid alternative.
Stack Targets: Porcello, May, Mark Buehrle, Kyle Lohse, Matt Wisler, Alex Colome, Nick Martinez, Aaron Harang, Ray, Bartolo Colon
- The Daily Grind: Final Trades, Ross, Garcia
in supporting cast. The Cubs have really struggled to keep a rotation together. It's a big reason why they're behind in the Wild Card race. Mark Lowe could see some saves in Toronto if Roberto Osuna contracts
- The Daily Grind: Utley, Strasburg, Ray, Jennings
will target him.
Yesterday's recommendation, Mark Buehrle, got pushed to today. All the same advice applies except the win is far less certain against Gray.
Late: The evening crew also has its
- The Daily Grind: Steals, Eickhoff, Tomlin, Gutierrez
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Alfredo Simon, John Danks, Brad Hand, Ariel Pena, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Kendrick, CC Sabathia
Hitters (power): Franklin Gutierrez is having a monster partial season. He has
- The Daily Grind: The Final Volume
career norms. As a bonus, the game is at PNC Park.
If for some reason you're drawn to Mark Buehrle today, fight the urge. He's expected to throw just two innings then retire.
Stack Targets: Frankie
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 5
on the roster. Lamb will have to rake to retain the starting job. Scouts consider Drury to be the better player.
Also consider: Chris Colabello, Steve Pearce, Adam Lind, Mark Reynolds, Derek Dietrich
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 21
link, please drop a note in the comments or on Twitter.
Yesterday blended my two least favorite aspects of DFS. On DraftKings, I had enough money for Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo, so I upgraded from
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for July 18
from Jose Fernandez, Justin Turner, Jason Kipnis, and Mark Trumbo. Archaeologists have only just now uncovered his triumph. The leaderboard is updated.
Today we return to FanDuel for another 20
- 2016 Retrospective: A Year of Dynasty Trades
Well, I sort of lied. The first phase could be titled "Tinker
- Projection Leaderboard Fun Courtesy of ZiPS and Fans
the most likely in baseball to hit over 30 home runs. Other players who are projected to hit 30 home runs by one of the two systems are Mark Trumbo, Jay Bruce, Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter, Adam Jones
- Don't Expect Big Changes in Philadelphia
that the Phillies' high water mark was in 2011. And back in December, Phillies' GM Ruben Amaro Jr. noted that payroll was unlikely to increase in 2014. Amaro is not always truthful with his comments, so we do need
- Lineup Genius in Cleveland
in baseball against left-handed pitchers. The driving forces behind the Tribe's success were Ryan Raburn, Yan Gomes, Nick Swisher and to a lesser extent, Drew Stubbs and Mark Reynolds. Stubbs and Reynolds
- Aroldis Chapman Is Still Ridiculous
of owner who bought Greg Holland and Glen Perkins for peanuts in the draft and then snatched Koji Uehara and Mark Melancon off waivers before your rivals, then it might not make sense to shell out $15-18
- April Meltdowns Bring May Flowers
his MO, so expect better days ahead. He's on the waiver wire in a lot of league. Jump on him if you can or trade a nobody coming off a couple good starts - someone like Mark Buehrle, Aaron Harang
- The Daily Grind: 5-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
, I rarely recommend targeting Royals hitters. I suppose tomorrow is an exception, but only because nobody is playing. They face Scott Carroll.
Hitters (power): Mark Reynolds is one of the top
- The Daily Grind: 7-1-14 - Presented by FanDuel
(power): Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds remain the most freely available Brewers.
Dayan Viciedo is always an easy pick against lefties.
Maybe Andre Ethier is worth a shot, since Trevor Bauer
- The Daily Grind: 9-5-14 - Presented by FanDuel
of whiffs, but they're in keeping with historical precedents. Spratt points to hitters like Mark Reynolds, Pedro Alvarez, and Giancarlo Stanton who have been valuable fantasy players despite high
- The Daily Grind: 9-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
offense, but L.A. is something else entirely.
Hitters (power): Jhonny Peralta usually bats fifth. He'll see Holmberg.
Mark Reynolds, Khris Davis, and Rickie Weeks are among the Brewers
- The Daily Grind: 9-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Central, so we should see their A game.
Hitters (power): Matt Adams has hit some waiver wires due to disappointing production. He'll have the platoon advantage on Cahill.
Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds
- The Daily Grind: 9-26-14
righty stack still includes Mark Reynolds, Rickie Weeks, and Khris Davis.
Trevor Plouffe and Kennys Vargas are worth a gander.
Hitters (speed): I found Carl Crawford floating around a couple
- Howard's Last Hurrah?
of Howard the cleanup hitter are closing, and that means his otherwise tepid production is going to look a lot more like Mark Reynolds (22 home runs, 45 RBI). If we can't rely on Howard batting fourth
- David Peralta: Out of the Corn Field
is a ball hawk and plus base runner while Peralta didn't stand out defensively or on the base paths in his brief major league sample. Inciarte seems well suited to support Mark Trumbo's outfield
- Year in Review: LIMA Pitching
Here, my attempt to avoid starters in favor of offense backfired terribly. I
- Prospect Classes In Ottoneu
could put these roster spots to better use in 2015. It shouldn't be too hard to find a deal for Crawford, but his profile could mark him as a top 25 prospect this time next year. As I demonstrated
- Fun With Reliever Leaderboards
season, but he may be ready for a full inning role. Tony Watson was good against right-handers and looks like the early season backup to Mark Melancon. Right-hander Joel Peralta ranked 35th against left
- Some Thoughts Regarding Holds
relievers recorded between 13 and 20 holds. Only 23 relievers had over 20 holds with only four reaching the 30 hold mark. Pitchers don't often repeat near the top of the leaderboard - only Tyler Clippard
- Diamondbacks Outfield: Playing Spoiler
and health could give the club an opportunity to play spoiler in the NL West. Their outfielders will be a big part of any success.
Mark Trumbo spent much of the 2014 season on the disabled list
- The Daily Grind: Anderson, Rodon, Plouffe
. It's not drool worthy, but it's a nice addition off the waiver wire.
If Plouffe isn't your cup of tea (or he's owned), check out the wide range of alternatives.
Also consider: Mark Canha, Cody Ross
- The Daily Grind: Aumont, Bettis, Hechavarria
with his career norms. If I ran a real team, I'd happily buy for pennies on the dollar. However, I doubt he'll turn things around at Coors Field.
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Rick Porcello, Tom
- The Daily Grind: Josh Smith, Nova, Peralta
at Coors Field. He'll have the platoon advantage. Do you need any more information?
Also consider: Gerardo Parra, Mark Canha, Chris Coghlan, Tucker Preston, Cody Asche, Chris Young, David Murphy
- The Daily Grind: Trades, Nelson, Heaney, Valencia
all against right-handed pitching. Nevertheless, Valencia has murdered lefties to the tune of .404/.440/.511 (.487 BABIP).
Also consider: Seth Smith, Brad Miller, Logan Morrison, Mark Canha, Chris
- The Daily Grind: Niese, Gibson, Nicolino, Brown
the massive trade that shipped Jose Reyes and friends north of the border. He's a command and control prospect in an era of power pitching. He's described as possessing a Mark Buehrle-like profile. When
- The Daily Grind: Kershaw, Nola, Anderson, Lowrie
: J.A. Happ, Mark Buehrle, Chris Heston
Pitchers to Exploit: Jhoulys Chacin has pitched well in two starts, but that's no reason to stop targeting him. He looks like the same pitcher who has failed
- The Challenges Of Trading Expensive Players
$15 Kenley Jansen and $9 Brandon Moss in the swap.
*At the time, Encarnacion was being outperformed on my roster by Paul Goldschmidt, Adam Lind, AND Alex Rodriguez.
The in-season mark-up
- On Full Health Projections
Some owners were either using the exact same tool or a similar valuation method. Probably also informed by Steamer. So I was stuck in a bidding war on all the Mark Trumbo's and Carlos Santana's. When
- I Still Hate Rankings
he'll play well. The sophomore slump is a real thing, and Bird played just enough in 2015 for the league to be ready to adjust. Even worse, Bird is thoroughly blocked. Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira
- Rankings Are Coming: My Personal Quirks
the very best non-steals player in the league. Or a series of power studs. Here's the tricky part. Let's say Hamilton's steals mark him as a top 15 outfielder. If you pick Hamilton, then you're passing
- Rockies Playing Time Battles: Hitters
have shown the rarefied air increases injury risk too.
Mark Reynolds and Ben Paulsen are currently scheduled to share first base. The team may be uninterested in a reunion with Justin
- More Discussion of Auction Price Inflation
and ZiPS) which leads to overlap in valuations. Then you wind up in bidding wars for players only Steamer likes. I paid way too much for Mark Trumbo, and I've never even liked him (well, not since he
- Managing Injured Players
(oh hi there Mark Teixeira). Most injuries have the potential to seriously sap a player's value.
We entered draft season knowing David Wright would battle through spinal stenosis this season. We've
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 2
Weaver. Jaso's hitting a stout .299/.366/.433 as a strict platoonman. He has only 11 plate appearances against left-handed pitching.
Also consider: Yangervis Solarte, Derek Norris, Mark Reynolds, Ryan
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 17
also doesn't draw walks which is a big reason why he wasn't already on the active roster.
Also consider: Chris Young, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, Chase Utley, Howie Kendrick, Logan Morrison, Brad
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for July 2
. Their pitching staff has been a huge disappointment, but they'll get Gerrit Cole back soon. Mark Melancon's name has come up as trade bait even though he's the most reliable reliever on the roster
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 6
, modest five category production, and multi-position eligibility is quite valuable.
Also consider: Alex Dickerson, Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf, Aaron Altherr, Tommy Joseph, Mark Reynolds, Ryan
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 21
Chatwood, Christian Friedrich
Hitters (power): With Mark Reynolds done for the season, Stephen Cardullo will hopefully get regular starts against left-handed pitchers. Cardullo is the classic
- The Rule 5 Draft Cometh
in May and otherwise awful. The 2014 draft included Odubel Herrera, Delino DeShields, and Mark Canha. They contributed to some fantasy titles.
This time around, there's another complicating
- Way Too Early Rankings: Outfield
- The Astros Begin the Long Climb
career. He did benefit from a low .258 BABIP in 2013. This is an area where he has proven to be inconsistent. Last season's mark was a career low and he's ranged as high as a .327 BABIP in a season (2010
- Pick `Em: Arizona's Shortstop Conundrum
at shortstop, and my impression is Owings would be a little less damaging in 2014. I'm more interested in the bat comp, though. Young was a BABIP fiend, with a career .333 mark. He was especially good
- Josh Reddick: Mr. Replacement
are known to sap power and it can take more than a year in some cases for a player to fully recover their power. The start of the season will coincide with the six month mark in his recovery from
- When Should You Pay for Elite Relievers?
hawks may want to allocate the $20 it takes to win a Craig Kimbrel to another position. If you're the kind of guy who finds a Koji Uehara or Mark Melancon for free year after year, why should you pay $20
- Prospects in Ottoneu: Additional Thoughts
me from adding more $30 players to my active roster. Byron Buxton and Gregory Polanco were drafted for $9. Mark Appel and Lucas Giolito went for $6. Most prospects don't have a Mike Trout-like career
- Some Relievers Who Are Maybe Possibly Good Targets
ignored prospects. We can talk about them in the comments.
- The Daily Grind: 4-19-14 - Presented by FanDuel
whiffing anybody, which kind of kills him as a starter.
I enjoy using certain Indians against left-handed pitchers. Ryan Raburn is an example. Mark Buehrle has been sharp to start the season
- The Daily Grind: 5-6-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Mark Buehrle. They say Buehrle is harder on righties. The data says he pitches them the same, but I'll use Marlon Byrd and John Mayberry Jr. all the same.
Get yourself a C.J. Cron for Nuno. I've
- The Daily Grind: 5-12-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Mark Buehrle isn't easy to mash, but he spins the occasional clunker. The right-handed elements of the Angels lineup are very potent.
Colby Lewis versus Brad Peacock smells like a lot of runs
- The Daily Grind: 5-17-14 - Presented by FanDuel
to golf at the short porch, you'll have a few right-handers to try out.
Hitters (power): Mark Reynolds brings the power and the funk. Well, he brings one of those things.
Usual suspects Matt Joyce
- Sometimes It Pays to Make a Bad Trade
Holland and Brantley. Then he reduced his offer to Mark Melancon and Brantley. Finally, he acceded to my demand for a straight up trade. It's not that I couldn't deal an outfielder and a closer - I clearly
- The Daily Grind: 5-27-14 - Presented by FanDuel
career, righties have a .328 wOBA against Chen compared to a .312 mark for lefties. It's actually a pretty unremarkable split.
Some owners have noticed Matt Garza's struggles this season. His 4.98 ERA
- The Daily Grind: 5-29-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Hitters (power): Adam LaRoche is back in the middle of the lineup.
Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds are two of the mostly available Brewers.
J.J. Hardy, Nick Hundley, and maybe even Steve
- The Daily Grind: 5-31-14 - Presented by FanDuel
to handicap since they're both reasonably decent pitchers.
3. Tomorrow's Picks
Pitchers to Start: I usually avoid Mark Buehrle due to his low strikeout rate. However, I do like when he faces
- The Daily Grind: 6-12-14 - Presented by FanDuel
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
- The Daily Grind: 6-16-14 - Presented by FanDuel
I get very excited when I see the Brewers facing a non-elite lefty. Tomorrow it's Wade Miley's turn to cower from the Brewers mashery.
Hitters (power): Rickie Weeks and Mark
- The Daily Grind: 6-20-14 - Presented by FanDuel
lead the league in Christians.
Hitters (power): You can try Matt Joyce yet again. He's been sort of productive even though his power has deserted him.
Rickie Weeks and Mark Reynolds look spicy
- The Daily Grind: 6-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Hitters (power): Which Brewers are still available? Mark Reynolds and Rickie Weeks, right? Yea, use them.
J.D. Martinez is a good place to look for power if he starts. I like when people become
- The Daily Grind: 6-26-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Keirmaier may also be worth a stretch.
Jonny Gomes will face Nuno tomorrow.
Seth Smith will face homer friendly McCarthy.
Hang on to Mark Reynolds or Rickie Weeks if you grabbed them for today
- The Daily Grind: 7-4-14 - Presented by FanDuel
around. I expect a similar length of outing this time around. I'll also be targeting a few right-handed Astros.
Hitters (power): Dust off Derek Norris for a start against lefty Mark Buehrle.
- The Daily Grind: 7-7-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Tanaka. The second worst part is the park factors for home runs to right field at Progressive Field. Aside from Brian McCann and Mark Teixeira, the Yankees don't have much left-handed pop
- The Daily Grind: 7-25-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Brock Holt is a good play against Hellickson if he's available. Holt currently leads Red Sox position players in WAR, which kind of explains their record.
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. This time, he faces an easy Padres offense at Petco Park.
Pitchers to Start: T.J. House is home against the Diamondbacks. They lack for notable power options with only Mark Trumbo
- The Daily Grind: 8-12-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Drew aren't big power hitters, but you don't have to be in order to swat one at Camden Yards.
Khris Davis and Mark Reynolds appear to be the available Brewers these days.
Derek Norris and Jonny
- The Daily Grind: 8-18-14 - Presented by FanDuel
John Jaso is one away from matching his career high in home runs. He's been a nice valuable piece for streaming owners this season.
Mark Reynolds, Khris Davis, and Rickie Weeks are some
- The Daily Grind: 8-21-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Trevor Plouffe and Kennys Vargas are good choices out of Minnesota.
Mark Reynolds, Khris Davis, and Rickie Weeks are worthy of consideration.
Hitters (speed): You can give Rymer
- Further Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage
the ideals of a fire sale - in short, owners shouldn't take pennies on the dollar for their stars. I followed that piece with two analyses of various trades I completed (Post one, post two). Today will mark
- The Daily Grind: 8-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
Hitters (power): Adam Duvall could be an interesting power play against Matzek. I've ignored Duvall due to his oppressive home park.
Mark Reynolds, Khris Davis, Rickie Weeks, and any
- The Daily Grind: 9-12-14 - Presented by FanDuel
been quiet for awhile, but he can still provide some sock (*author pictures Smith handing him half of a sock*).
The lesser owned Brewers, aka Mark Reynolds and Ricky Weeks are attractive tomorrow
- The Daily Grind: 9-24-14 - Presented by FanDuel
(power): Any right-handed Brewers should be used - i.e. Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, and Rickie Weeks.
Maybe Jed Lowrie will have a spark of offense in him.
Travis Snider could be useful against
- Five Hitters I Avoid
The biggest issue with drafting Ramirez 95th is the opportunity cost at other positions. Mookie Betts, Jay Bruce, Jorge Soler, Mark Trumbo, and J.D. Martinez have comparable or higher
- The Daily Grind: Zunino, Hahn, Gentry
: Mark Canha
Hitters (speed): Craig Gentry is a lefty masher. Alright, I exaggerate. He's a lifetime .282/.364/.376 hitter against southpaws. You're interested in him because he steals a base about
- The Daily Grind: Bankroll, Graveman, Anderson, Stubbs
will have to survive a couple tough righty bats and a stadium that was tailor made to ruin pitchers like Milone.
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Alfredo Simon, Travis Wood, Tyler Matzek, Jason Marquis
- The Daily Grind: Weaver, Salazar, Grandal
Robinson Cano and practically all Yankees against Nate Karns (Garrett Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Didi Gregorius, and Chase Headley).
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Salazar, Latos, Grandal, Peralta
- The Daily Grind: Odorizzi, Wandy, Guerrero
start. Below are my favorites.
Chris Carter vs. Tyson Ross
A.J. Pollock vs. Kendrick
Garrett Jones, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Chase Headley vs. Odorizzi
3. Tomorrow's Targets - Wandy
- The Daily Grind: Jimenez, Martinez, House
Abreu, and Adam Eaton vs. Miguel Gonzalez
Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez vs. Phil Hughes
Chris Carter vs. Andrew Cashner
Jose Bautista vs. Porcello
Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley
- The Daily Grind: Coors, Fiers, Pagan
or ground ball pitcher. Below are some of my favorites.
Garrett Jones, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Chase Headley vs. Colby Lewis
Adam LaRoche, Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, J.B. Shuck, and Geovany Soto
- The Daily Grind: E-Rod, Porcello, Taylor
in Porcello's profile. I consider him a good trade target in dynasty leagues. However, I do expect the Twins to push a handful of runs across the plate.
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Jason Vargas
- The Daily Grind, Erasmo, Perez, Grichuk
. With a high whiff rate, he looks like a low average hitter. Still, his combination of power and speed are worth considering against Jon Niese Brett Anderson.
Also consider: Mark Canha, Joey Butler
- The Daily Grind: Fading, Wada, Bour
for your enjoyment this evening. Listed below are some of the best.
Carlos Santana vs Chris Tillman
Garrett Jones, Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley, and Didi Gregorius vs Jered Weaver
- The Daily Grind: Correa, Hand, Shoemaker
is his out pitch. It's helped him to post a solid strikeout rate since the start of 2014.
Also consider: Mark Buehrle, Jorge de la Rosa, Robbie Ray, Carlos Frias
Hitters (power): The abysmal
- The Daily Grind: More Correa, Rodon, Velazquez, Rusney
Stack Targets: Taylor Jungmann, Mark Buehrle, Mike Foltynewicz, Trevor May, Jorge de la Rosa, Robbie Ray, Carlos Frias
3. Tomorrow's Targets - Velazquez, Moscot, Castillo, Burns
- The Daily Grind: Yards, Hutchison, Ruf
Also consider: Mark Canha, Rickie Weeks, Mike Zunino, Robinson Chirinos, Logan Forsythe, Joey Butler, Jeff Francoeur
Hitters (speed): Before we get too excited about Hanser Alberto's .308
- The Daily Grind: The King, Ross, Reimold
"options." Reimold has started two games since his recall and batted second yesterday versus a lefty. He'll face Sabathia tomorrow.
Also consider: Mark Canha, Delmon Young, Steve Pearce, Garrett
- The Daily Grind: More Trades, Hendricks, Bettis
. The Orioles have a frustratingly inconsistent offense. Martinez could implode again or toss a complete game gem.
Also consider: Rick Porcello, Mark Buehrle, Kyle Lohse, Bartolo Colon
- The Daily Grind: Franco, Erasmo, Gray
, Danny Duffy, Jeff Locke
Hitters (power): Somehow, the Cardinals have not suffered from using Mark Reynolds. He's hitting .224/.293/.388 with eight home runs in 263 plate appearances. His plate
- The Daily Grind: Hernandez, Conger, Eaton
Young, Tom Koehler
Pitchers to Exploit: I've never been on the Doug Fister bandwagon. I've always had a hard time figuring out why he wasn't a right-handed version of Mark Buehrle. Fister usually
- The Daily Grind: Trade Talks, Tropeano, Happ
Billy Butler and Brett Lawrie v Jake Peavy
Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley, and Mark Teixeira v Phil Hughes
4. Tomorrow's Targets - Erasmo, Gonzalez, Happ, Rua, Ichiro
Pitchers to Start
- The Daily Grind: Lester, Nelson, Adonis
Bautista v Jerome Williams
Wilmer Flores v Tyson Ross
Cameron Maybin, A.J. Pierzynski, and Freddie Freeman v Chris Tillman
Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Chase Headley, and Didi Gregorius v Colby Lewis
- The Daily Grind: True Innings, Aces, Hicks
ball pitcher has a track record of high BABIPs in the minors. I'm calling three Toronto home runs over the first five innings.
That should be all Mark Buehrle needs to beat the A's. As we're all well
- The Daily Grind: Thin Thursday, Godley, Roark, Hicks
four category fantasy player. I still have concerns about his batting average, but it should be passable if he's healthy.
Also consider: Andre Ethier, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Mark Canha, Seth
- The Daily Grind: Corbin, Dickey, Blanco
Stack Targets: Jon Niese, Drew Smyly, Randy Wolf, Jeff Locke, Anthony DeSclafani, Zach Davies, Justin Nicolino, Mark Buehrle, Rick Porcello, Dan Haren, Kyle Kendrick, Ian Kennedy, Roenis Elias, Williams
- The Daily Grind: Eickhoff, Hill, Heston, Parker
consider: Ben Paulsen, Justin Morneau, Jedd Gyorko, Chase Utley, Andre Ethier, Mark Canha, Franklin Gutierrez, Eddie Rosario, Aaron Hicks, Eduardo Escobar, Chris Coghlan, Cron, Logan Forsythe, Brandon Guyer
- Phillies Playing Time Battles: Pitchers
are Matt Harrison, Brett Oberholtzer, Vincent Velasquez, and Morgan. You can probably file away the names of Jake Thompson and Mark Appel for future conversations.
The Phillies acquired Harrison
- Orioles Playing Time Battles: Hitters
, Marlon Byrd, David DeJesus, Alex Rios, or Shane Victorino. The trade market also has a few names.
For the nonce, Mark Trumbo is the regular right fielder. It's clear the club would get the most out
- My Favorite Closer Sleepers - AL Edition
Rodriguez to work. Mark Lowe may be a passable alternative. It doesn't look like Bruce Rondon can get the job done.
Jones hucks a 98 mph fastball with a plus-plus slider. Prior
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 8
against southpaws. He bats second for Milwaukee.
Also consider: Franklin Gutierrez, Chris Coghlan, Jed Lowrie, Danny Valencia, Adam Lind, Seth Smith, Jake Lamb, Yangervis Solarte, Mark Reynolds, Ryan
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 22
is still very real.
Also consider: Franklin Gutierrez, C.J. Cron, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Brandon Moss, Jake Lamb, Chase Utley, Javier Baez, Scooter Gennett, Mark Canha, Khris Davis, Jed Lowrie
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 26
and a sky high hard hit rate explain why he has a .375 BABIP.
Also consider: Martin Prado, Chase Utley, Seth Smith, C.J. Cron, Jake Lamb, Mark Reynolds, David Freese, Joe Mauer, Eddie Rosario, Aaron
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for April 28
: Chase Utley, Chris Coghlan, Jed Lowrie, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, Brandon Drury, Martin Prado, Aaron Hicks, John Jaso, David Freese, Mike Napoli
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis will take
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 10
Also consider: Derek Dietrich, Justin Bour, John Jaso, David Freese, Ryan Howard, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, Joe Mauer
Hitters (speed): Braves should-be leadoff man Ender Inciarte is back
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 20
a desirable matchup tomorrow against homer prone righty Mike Fiers.
Also consider: Pedro Alvarez, Miguel Montero, Franklin Gutierrez, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, John Jaso, Aaron Hicks, Lonnie Chisenhall
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for May 31
Also consider: Franklin Gutierrez, Dae-ho Lee, Chris Iannetta, Ryan Raburn, Mark Reynolds, Steve Pearce, Brandon Guyer, Taylor Motter, Mikie Mahtook, Jake Lamb, Sean Rodriguez, David Freese
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 6
Wallace, Mark Reynolds, Ryan Raburn, Chase Utley, Mike Napoli, Rickie Weeks, Brandon Drury, Robbie Grossman, Aaron Hill, Tommy La Stella, John Jaso
Hitters (speed): If the world were just, Ender
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for June 25
. It's kind of hard...
Also consider: Tyler Duffey, Luis Perdomo, Tyler Wilson, Drew Smyly, Martin Perez, Pat Corbin, Chad Bettis
Hitters (power): Mark Reynolds has ridiculous reverse splits
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and Wage Talk for July 1
wish he'd add some aggression to compliment his excellent contact skills, I'm happy with a sharp increase in hard hit rate.
Also consider: Mac Williamson, Rob Refsnyder, Ryan Raburn, Mark Reynolds
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 1
, and Mark Melancon to the Nationals. There were other, less fantasy relevant deals too.
The ramifications of the Kemp trade are simple. Assuming the club sticks with the plan to leave Hunter
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 9
at Coors Field. End analysis.
Also consider: Derek Dietrich, Stephen Vogt, Tommy La Stella, Ryan Raburn, Mark Reynolds, Matt Joyce, Tommy Joseph, Aaron Altherr, Cameron Rupp
Hitters (speed): Keep
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for August 17
pitch mark. He's not the most efficient guy, so that caps him around six innings. Think of him as a very high floor, modest ceiling ace.
David Price against Baltimore and Carlos Carrasco versus
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 7
runs and 13 stolen bases. He's up against Triple-A pitcher A.J. Cole. Mark my words, Galvis is the next Zack Cozart. He's a stout defender with physical tools and room to grow as a hitter. Galvis has
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More for September 13
place at 4:00pm ET. This will mark the third to last chat of the regular season. I'm as yet uncertain if weekly chats will continue into the offseason - that's kind of up to Eno. The link for the chat
- Way Too Early Rankings: First Base
- Out of Nowhere: 2017 Breakout Candidates at First Base
. This season, the quintet teamed up to provide $87 of production - a near $90 increase in value. And that's ignoring Adam Duvall, Mark Trumbo, and Daniel Murphy - all of whom also experienced big gains
- Out of Nowhere: Speedy Outfielders
Judging from the title, we're here today to talk about speedy outfielders - specifically the breakout candidates. While a power breakout can come in many forms - think about Mark Trumbo compared to tiny
- The Daily Grind: Liriano, May, Desclafani
? Perhaps not. After all, N=1 is not a useful sample.
Stack Targets: Hector Santiago, Dillon Gee, Miguel Gonzalez, Jason Vargas, Chad Bettis, Taylor Jordan, Mark Buehrle
4. Tomorrow's Targets
- The Daily Grind: DFS, Streaming, and More
player against Jose Quintana, but it's always nice to see him with the platoon advantage.
Also consider: Jedd Gyorko, Nick Castellanos, Steve Pearce, Franklin Gutierrez, Jake Lamb, Melky Cabrera, Mark
- Fantasy Busts and Opportunities: AL West
moves to first with Yonder Alonso and Mark Canha disappearing onto the bench. I still half expect another veteran signing for a corner position. Where's Country Breakfast when you need him?
- 2016 End of Season Rankings: Outfield
- James McDonald, Kyle McClellan, Josh Johnson: NL Starting Pitchers
strikeout rate is pretty pitiful, and his K/BB ratio is below the magic 2.00 mark. Frankly, I’m not sure why anyone would own McClellan, but he is currently on rosters in over 50% of Yahoo! leagues
- Braves Scoop Up Useful Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson
The Braves are taking a long-term risk for a short-term gain in trading Arodys Vizcaino and Jaye Chapman for Reed Johnson and Paul Maholm. The most talented player in the deal is obviously Arodys
- Field of Streams: Episode 186 - Live With The Return Of Brad Johnson
Episode 186 - Live With The Return Of Brad Johnson
The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!
In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson do a live recording to discuss Brad's visit
- Why the Toronto Blue Jays Need to Extend Josh Johnson
In the Marlins deal last November, Josh Johnson was the main headlining piece along with Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Then the Blue Jays added R.A. Dickey in December and the starting rotation looked
- Sean Rodriguez, Victor Zambrano, and Mark Langston Attend a Wake
, but that’s quite a haul for a pitcher with a career FIP of 4.95.
Maybe Victor Zambrano could be the gift that keeps on giving for another few years, much like the Mark Langston deal
- 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
- 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
- Defining Balanced Lineups
- Hitting Stat Correlation Remix
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Seven Degrees of Mark Ellis
Hard for me to believe Mark Ellis is only 36.
Mark Ellis played with Randy Velarde on the 2002 A's.
Randy Velarde played with Joe Niekro on the 1987 Yankees.
Joe Niekro played with Ernie
- 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
- A Poem for Mark Prior
Mark Prior is making a comeback. Here is a poem in commemoration.
a rising and daring,
a burning without exhaustion,
a heat with dangerous form
- 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
- Q&A: Andy Johnson, College Pitcher who had Tommy John Surgery (Part 1)
Last month, I stumbled across (and posted about) the Pitcher's Duel blog, written by two college students / baseball fans, one a college pitcher at Bradley University named Andy Johnson who
- xBABIP Experiment: Mark Kotsay
I am tired of Mark Kotsay. I am tired of his automatic 4-3 ground outs. I am tired of his lazy fly balls to left center. I am tired of his .190 batting average with runners in scoring position. I am
- The Overrated and Underrated Mark Trumbo
, and that is certainly a club to which Cruz belongs.
That description also works pretty well for the eminently available Mark Trumbo. His name is perhaps the most popular of the morning
- 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
- The Musical Decisions of Mark Trumbo
Angels slugger Mark Trumbo is famous for his power potential and his power potential. Insofar as musical tastes are concerned, however, Mr. Trumbo embraces a pregame oeuvre at which
- Mark Reynolds' Path to Success
Mark Reynolds is a special breed. The stereotype of the slugger swinging from his heels is well known, but Mark Reynolds has been setting a new benchmark for that this season, far eclipsing his peers
- Mark Teahen's Curious Deal
Since a promising 2006 season, Mark Teahen's career has been on a downhill slide. Perhaps this off season will mark a turning point for him professionally. Traded away from Kansas City to the White
- 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
- Mark DeRosa Retires
Mark DeRosa announced his retirement Wednesday, after a 16-year career in which he played for eight teams, played six positions, hit exactly 100 home runs, and made approximately $29 million
- The Market for Mark DeRosa
Figgins signed with Seattle at 4/$36M. Mark DeRosa’s agents must be feeling pretty relaxed going forward, with the market ostensibly being set. They’ve let their demands be known that their client
- Mark Trumbo's Uncertain Future
, and Mark Trumbo and his .291 OBP came in second. Both Hellickson and Trumbo finished heads and tails ahead of the rest of the competition, despite posting Wins Above Replacement totals that ranked them
- What's Up with Mark Teixeira?
Mark Teixeira hasn't had a good first half. He's batting .282 with an OBP of .366, figures that are very much in line with his performance the last three years. But he's only hit eight home runs
- Mark Trumbo's Upside and Reality
slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, young starting pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs to Anaheim, and catalyst CF Adam Eaton to Chicago. Dave and Jeff have already checked in with analysis
- 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
- The Mark DeRosa Trade
Mark DeRosa was moved to the Cleveland Indians for a trio of C grade pitchers, it was a salary clearing move to enable the Cubs to sign Milton Bradley, who has predictably been unable to stay
- Mark Appel's Development
It's the seventh inning of the first game in the opening series of the year. At about 55 degrees, the clear Palo Alto night is brisk but comfortable. Top prospect Mark Appel has held No. 10
- Quarterly Report - Mark Buehrle
of this season's more noteworthy players and performances to date. "Noteworthy" doesn't always mean "best", though it does in most cases. Today, we'll take a look at the first quarter performance of Mark
- The Consistently Inconsistent Mark Buehrle
The past eight seasons, Mark Buehrle has been guaranteed to pitch 200 innings and win in double digits. That marks him as one of the most durable pitchers around. But from a fantasy standpoint
- ADP Crowdsourcing: Mark Reynolds
In today’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we stay in the news and revisit our old voting format.
While Werth and Gonzalez were stealing headlines, Mark Reynolds was dealt to the Orioles in a deal
- Sleeper Watch: Mark Buehrle
Calling Mark Buehrle a sleeper feels somehow wrong. He absolutely fits the criteria; he’s being drafted late in drafts with potential for a strong year, but he isn’t exactly under-the-radar the way
- A Closer Look at Mark Melancon
in and ruined everything. Need I remind anyone of NLDS Game 4 against the Chicago Cubs? I didn't think so.
Anyway, that's old news. The Giants did something about this problem, inking closer Mark Melancon
- The Consistently Excellent Mark Teixeira
Over the last four seasons, Mark Teixeira has averaged a .298-35-120-100 fantasy line. Last year he nearly perfectly matched those numbers. Teixeira is one of a dozen or so players to consider
- Mark Reynolds is On Fire
Somehow, despite having the top OPS over the past calendar month, Mark Reynolds is still owned in just 51% of Yahoo! Leagues. Now, in most very competitive leagues, Reynolds is off the waiver wire
- Mark Cuban for Dodgers Owner
TMZ recently asked Mark Cuban if he'd be interested in buying the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"If the deal’s right and they’re fixable, then, yeah, I’m very interested," he said
- Projecting Mark Appel
on that trade, we've learned that Fisher wasn't actually involved. So I basically wrote about Derek Fisher for no reason in particular. Instead, the Astros included former first-overall pick Mark Appel. A couple
- Mark Reynolds' Odd Season
Very few fantasy players come with more risk than Mark Reynolds. His strengths can be great, but his flaws can completely tank your fantasy team. This made Reynolds one of the more controversial
- Mark Melancon Rises
The Pittsburgh Pirates have gone all in on Mark Melancon's rebound. After a disastrous season with the Boston Red Sox, Melancon has returned to form. With Jason Grilli currently on the disabled list
- Mark Trumbo Is What He Is
Remember when Mark Trumbo came up in 2011 and finished second in the Rookie of the Year balloting, thanks largely to things like “29 homers and 87 RBI”, and we all laughed because his .291 OBP made
- 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
- Q&A: Mark Buehrle
When Mark Buehrle takes the mound tonight, against the Tigers, he may or may not throw an indoor sinker to a right-handed hitter, which he recently did for the first time in several years. He might
- Whither Mark Teahen?
Earlier this week, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Chicago White Sox are interested in moving Mark Teahen. With rookie Brent Morel seemingly slated to start at third this season, Teahen (last
- Mark Rogers' Repertoire, Illustrated
Milwaukee right-hander Mark Rogers made his sixth start on Sunday since his late-July recall from Brewers Triple-A affiliate Nashville -- and, while he was slightly less impressive yesterday (5.0 IP
- Trust Mark Melancon
of two weeks, I still couldn’t believe that Mark Melancon got a four-year, $62 million contract. Prior to that deal, the two biggest reliever contracts were four years and $50 million for Jonathan
- Marketing Mark Reynolds
The Orioles are reportedly looking to trade "third baseman" Mark Reynolds and reliever Kevin Gregg. You think so, doctor? It would be strange if the team really waited until this late to start
- The Cardinals, Mark Ellis, and Depth
The Cardinals have reportedly signed Mark Ellis to a one-year deal. Ellis will turn 37 next season, but played well enough the last couple of years with the Dodgers that he was sure to find a job
- Big Question Mark
- Hyphen Out, Question Mark In
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Mark DeRosa Surprised to Find Mark DeRosa Still in Majors
A new discovery has left Mark DeRosa scratching his head.
After sitting down to eat breakfast on Wednesday morning over the previous night's edition of MLB.com's FastCast recap program, Toronto
- 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
- 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
- Pouring One Out for Nick Johnson's Career
RIP, Nick Johnson's career. Mourn ya 'till I join ya.
- 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
- 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
- MLB TeeVee: Will (Clark) and (Mark) Grace
This is the eighth in a series of short excerpts from MLB Network's entirely imaginary new fall sitcoms. More details here.
Today's show: WILL (CLARK) AND (MARK) GRACE
- 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
- Mark Trumbo's Month as Somebody Awful
know it, I haven't looked it up. Huh. The answer might be Mark Trumbo. If the answer isn't Mark Trumbo, then Mark Trumbo is probably close to being the answer, because over the past month or so, Mark
- Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect
that pass between pitches. At least, that's how people frequently feel. They don't feel like that so much when Mark Buehrle's on the mound.
Buehrle's an old veteran approaching retirement
- The Old Mark Buehrle's New Trick
Dave observed the other day on Twitter that, over the past calendar year, Mark Buehrle has been one of the better and more valuable starting pitchers in baseball. A lot of that has had to do
- Trying to Figure Out Mark Buehrle
whether you look at ERA or xFIP, the reality is that predicting how a given pitcher will do going forward is challenging.
So, it's understandable why Mark Buehrle is such an attractive free agent
- Is Mark Buehrle Going to Lose to a Teammate?
, the second one done by Franklin all on his own. Two, in April 2005, Franklin went head-to-head against Mark Buehrle in Chicago in a game between the Mariners and the White Sox, and it was all over
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Arizona's End
-of-the-order hitter and be able to get a strikeout.
Towers began the rebuilding process on Monday, acquiring David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio from the Orioles for Mark Reynolds. While Hernandez
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Mark Ellis
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: Mark Ellis.
- Mark Reynolds, Sunflower Seeds, and Complacency
reader Nate -- is worth at least 3,321 of them.
My initial reaction, upon seeing the photo in my inbox: Mark Reynolds and Kevin Gregg have nothing in common. Followed by: I wonder what flavor
- Mark Reynolds’ Whiffs by Pitch Type
Mark Reynolds is perhaps one of the more interesting power hitters heading into his prime this season. He has led the entire league in strikeouts since 2008, holding the all-time record for most
- The Real Reason for Mark Teixeira's Decline
When the Yankees signed Mark Teixeira to an 8-year, $180 million contract in the 2008-2009 offseason, they knew fully well that they were getting a hitter who liked to pull the ball. Like Jason
- 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
- 2013 Pod Projections: Mark Trumbo
The tribe has spoken. Thanks for all the player votes you included in your comments of the first edition of this year's Pod Projections. The winner was Mark Trumbo with 5 total votes. Clearly, many
- Mark Trumbo, Pedro Alvarez, and Perception
: the well-documented Mark Trumbo trade.
Plenty of writers have covered why this trade looks like a poor move for the Diamondbacks so I won't dive deeply into that. I desire to understand how Trumbo
- Mark Trumbo Turning Patience Into Power
Mark Trumbo has put the Angels offense on his back this year. His walk-off home run in last night's game against the Yankees pushed his total for the season to eight and his wRC+ of 172 sits sixth
- Mark DeRosa on the Late George Sauer
professional football “a grotesque business” that “both glorifies and destroys bodies.” Lacking the passion to continue, he retired at age 27.
Mark DeRosa isn’t sure what to make of Sauer’s long-ago
- Mark Kotsay/Brian Anderson Swapped
For the second time in a week the Boston Red Sox make a move with a player previously designated for assignment. This time they swap Mark Kotsay (and cash) to their brothers in stockings for Brian
- Mark Buehrle's Perfect Imperfect Game
The fastest pitch Mark Buehrle threw Wednesday was just shy of 84 miles per hour. For Buehrle, in early April, that's not out of the ordinary, and he's long been a guy who's managed to make it work
- Mark Teixeira Has No Use for BABIP
the beginning of 2011, however, Mark Teixeira has nearly 2000 plate appearances and he's a hit on just 23% of balls hit in play, the lowest figure among MLB hitters with at least 1500 plate appearances. He's
- Tigers Upgrade Bullpen with Mark Lowe
Magglio Ordonez to end the threat.
On that day, Mark Lowe began a journey that started with the Mariners and continued on to the Rangers (in the Cliff Lee deal), and then the Dodgers, Angels
- Mark Trumbo: Fantasy AL Hare
into it and who else Mark Trumbo edged out for the honors.
For the record, there were 17 of us who voted on these awards and in this category, there were four players who received votes. Officially
- 2009 Prospect Duds: Mark Hallberg
Infielder Mark Hallberg entered the 2009 season as the fourth-best prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks system, according to Baseball America. The 23-year-old hitter was originally selected
- Mariners Trade for Mark Trumbo, Finally
Stewart stood by Mark Trumbo, calling him one of the team's biggest threats. Based on the circumstances, you wouldn't expect trades, generally. And based on the words, you might've figured Trumbo
- Free Agent Values: Mark Teixeira
Like we did this afternoon with CC Sabathia, let's take a look at what we think Mark Teixeira should sign for this winter if the market is somewhat rational. The first step in ascertaining
- Taking a Swing at a Mark Reynolds Trade
Mark Reynolds’ skill set is one of the most combustible in the majors and this season he busted more than he boomed. That Kevin Towers is supposedly looking to shear some strikeouts from his new
- Mark Reynolds Is Horri-Bad at Defense
this illustrious group? Mark Reynolds. After spending most of the season at third base or first base, Reynolds currently has the worst UZR score in the majors: 22 runs below average. And not only
- Mark Trumbo Makes a Name for Himself
Mark Trumbo was the least recognizable player in the Home Run Derby. Sure, Trumbo finished second in the AL Rookie of the Year Award voting last season, but he lacked the star power of a true
- Mark Reynolds Enters the Land of Cleve
A couple of weeks ago, free agent slugger Mark Reynolds signed a one-year deal with the Cleveland Indians to man first base on a full-time basis. He's coming off a disappointing season that saw a drop
- What Mark Reynolds Means To Milwaukee
here I am, talking about Milwaukee's decision to add Mark Reynolds to the first base mix on a non-guaranteed contract, partially because it seems likely that he will have a real impact on the team
- On Mark Minicozzi, or Complementing Projections with Reason
Consider the case of Mark Minicozzi, for example. Selected by San Francisco in the 17th round of the 2005 draft out of East Carolina University, Minicozzi made every one of his minor
- The Mark Reynolds Trade: Baltimore's End
a guy who strikes out even more often than Upton: slugging third baseman Mark Reynolds. Baltimore is sending back young relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to acquire Reynolds, who hit below
- Physics to Mark Teixeira: Don't Dive
Most people will remember the bad out call of Mark Teixeira by Jerry Meals from Saturday's game against the Orioles. While Teixeira was obviously safe on replay, but perhaps the entire thing could
- Mark Trumbo Knows, Improves Himself
"I'm not a tremendously gifted athlete," Mark Trumbo said. "I have to work at it, and be smart out there." That might be surprising given how country strong the six-foot-four, 225-pound outfielder
- Fantasy Owners Whiff on Mark Reynolds
In 2008, Mark Reynolds put up a .239-28-97-87-11 fantasy line as a 24-year old. The RotoTimes Player Rater valued that season at $12.14, making Reynolds the 76th most valuable hitter in fantasy
- Q&A: Mark Reynolds, Strikeouts and Bombs
Mark Reynolds knows who he is. The Cleveland Indians corner infielder is a slugger in the three-true-outcomes mode. His walk rate is maybe a little short of a purist’s TTO, but the long balls
- Mark Appel and a New Kind of Leverage
without a valid alternative sign for a deep discount. That theory holds in some cases, but Mark Appel is about to demonstrate that leverage can come in other forms as well.
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- Offseason Notes, With a Picture of Mark Gubicza
- Great Moments in Hating Mark Teixeira
- Sherman Johnson Wasn't Selected in the Rule 5 Draft
Sherman Johnson, seen here beginning a terrific double play, wasn't selected in the Rule 5 draft.
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