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  • Matt Moore and the Terrible Schedule
    in Community by Justin C - 6/1/2017 -  9
    of Matt Moore have largely flown unnoticed, probably because of all the other issues facing the team. To say that Matt Moore has underperformed the Giants' expectations since they traded Matt Duffy for him

  • Coaching Matt Bush
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 4/20/2017 -  19
    , and the things Matt Bush did were horrible. He's served his time -- 39 months -- and hopes we can forgive him. But that's almost of secondary concern to him, at this point: life, and living, remains. And Matt

  • Imagining the New Matt Harvey
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 3/17/2017 -  30
    Remember Vintage Matt Harvey? He sat 96 and didn't walk anyone and could go to any of three plus secondary pitches. Sigh. That Matt Harvey was sweet. And it was only 2015 when we last saw him. We all

  • When Do Managers Use the Hook?
    in Community by Matt Malkus - 3/16/2017 -  6
    Layne NYY 29 0.83 7.49 -0.17 0.25 Matt Bowman STL 59 1.08 7.28 -0.17 0.06 So… this isn’t exactly what I thought I’d find. There aren’t any closers in this group

  • Exploring Relief Pitcher Usage Via the Inning-Score Matrix
    in Community by Matt Malkus - 2/6/2017 -  2
    interesting, too. Here we mostly see a collection of accomplished setup men and closers who are coming in to protect 1-2 run leads in highly-defined roles (low variance by inning). We also see Matt

  • Matt Holliday: Now in Pinstripes
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 12/6/2016 -  0
    On Sunday, it was reported that Matt Holliday signed with the Yankees to presumably be their every day DH. Well, at least until his age rears its head and injuries take their roll. Though perhaps

  • Matt Shoemaker Revisited
    in RotoGraphs by Paul Sporer - 8/19/2016 -  1
    Yesterday I wrote about Matt Shoemaker, highlighting how crucial it is for him to keep the ball down. One commenter on Twitter wondered if that wasn’t just the case with every pitcher, thus kind

  • Steven Wright Should Float On Ok
    in RotoGraphs by Scott Spratt - 7/28/2016 -  5
    be tied to injuries, a lack of quality stuff in general, and other reasons. Matt Shoemaker is the pitcher that I think serves as the best comparison to the general perception of Wright. Shoemaker has

  • DFS Strategy: Targeting Bullpens to Increase Lineup Upside
    in RotoGraphs by Matt Hunter - 7/21/2016 -  0
    ; 65.00 FD Jerad Eickhoff 36.60 DK; 61.00 FD Adam Wainwright 36.55 DK; 60.00 FD Steven Wright 35.80 DK; 60.00 FD Julio Urias 35.05 DK; 60.00 FD CC Sabathia 34.90 DK; 59.00 FD Matt Moore

  • Field of Streams: Episode 191 - Live With Matt Hunter
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 7/1/2016 -  0
    Episode 191 - Live With Matt Hunter In this live broadcast, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson are joined by Matt Hunter in a live recording to discuss SaberSim, the unbeatable Indians, Mike Trout

  • Wright? Wrong. Shaw? Positive.
    in RotoGraphs by The Birchwood Brothers - 6/29/2016 -  4
    pitcher, especially one who’s leading the AL in ERA and Quality Starts. Nonetheless, that’s how we see things with Steven Wright. You probably know Wright’s story. He was on the road to being

  • DFS Strategy: Isolating Projection Quartiles
    in RotoGraphs by Matt Hunter - 6/23/2016 -  3
    10.41 DK; 13.77 FD 4. Mike Trout 10.37 DK; 13.73 FD 5. Mookie Betts 10.30 DK; 13.40 FD 6. Nolan Arenado 10.12 DK; 13.36 FD 7. Matt Kemp 10.11 DK; 13.37 FD 8. Charlie Blackmon 10.09 DK; 12.95 FD 9

  • DFS Tournament Strategy: A Success Story
    in RotoGraphs by Matt Hunter - 6/9/2016 -  4
    10.10 DK, 13.63 FD 5. Jose Bautista 10.03 DK, 13.49 FD 6. Matt Holliday 9.82 DK, 13.26 FD 7. Curtis Granderson 9.74 DK, 12.95 FD 8. Eduardo Nunez 9.69 DK, 12.46 FD 9. Jose Altuve 9.67 DK, 12.38

  • It's Time to Buy Into Steven Wright
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 5/31/2016 -  34
    are indicating is that Steven Wright has mastered the weirdest pitch in the sport. Wright faced the Orioles Monday, and he threw a pitch that kind of went viral. I wouldn't say

  • DFS Projections: Context and Lineup Strategy
    in RotoGraphs by Matt Hunter - 5/26/2016 -  1
    . This also allows us to fit in the two other top pitching options and the high-priced Harper. Starting Pitcher Streams for Friday Matt Shoemaker (2% Y!) - 0.35 W, 3.30 ERA, 5.12 K Michael Fulmer (12

  • What's Wrong With Matt Harvey?
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 5/20/2016 -  60
    Yes. What is wrong with Matt Harvey? Because if you watch him pitch, it seems like everything is wrong, and yet nothing at all. At least, it's hard to put your finger on it. You run down the list

  • The Redemption of Matt Bush
    in RotoGraphs by Justin Mason - 5/18/2016 -  23
    Matt Bush’s story is a story of seconds and inches. A couple of seconds, a couple of inches different and it would have been a very different story. On June 7th, 2004, Bush was drafted first

  • Meet the All-or-Nothing David Wright
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 5/10/2016 -  21
    You don't need to know what spinal stenosis is to know you don't want it, and to know it's bad that David Wright has it. No major-league baseball player would choose the condition for himself

  • DFS Strategy: Using Conditionals to Fade Pitchers and Stack
    in RotoGraphs by Matt Hunter - 5/5/2016 -  1
    in DraftKings price, but after that there are three consecutive bargains — Trevor Bauer, J.A. Happ, and Matt Cain round out the top five. Though each player is flawed and a bit risky, there are several

  • Matt Harvey and Men on Base
    in RotoGraphs by Scott Spratt - 5/5/2016 -  4
    Matt Harvey has now made six starts this season. His strikeouts per nine are down from 8.9 last season to 6.6 this season. His walks per nine are up from 1.8 to 2.9. His ERA is up from 2.71

  • Wright's Stuff: Talking Knuckleballs with a Knuckleballer
    in FanGraphs by August Fagerstrom - 4/20/2016 -  3
    It's not everyday you get the opportunity to speak with someone who's mastered a craft to which few others in the world can lay claim. Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright, drafted as a conventional pitcher

  • Sunday Notes: NYY Yates, Fields, Hinch, Wright, Nola, more
    in FanGraphs by David Laurila - 4/10/2016 -  13
    that if you’re a major league pitcher, you should be able to go any given day, unless you’re hurt. Sore, you can deal with.” ——— Steven Wright is starting for the Red Sox today. The knuckleballer

  • The Potential Rejuvenation of Matt Bush
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Kory - 3/30/2016 -  25
    -school shortstop named Matt Bush. Bush wasn’t the consensus best player available, but he was highly thought of, still a legit first-round pick if not a first-overall selection. So the Padres picked

  • Dylan Higgins' and Matt Dewoskin's 10 Bold Predictions
    in RotoGraphs by Dylan Higgins - 3/25/2016 -  12
    Predictions for the first time. We went halfsies though, so you get five from each of us. 1. Matt: Bud Norris will out earn every other Braves starter. What this pick boils down to is Bud Norris

  • Matt Carpenter Builds Power
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 11/11/2015 -  6
    Matt Carpenter has always been a strange roto player. Historically, he's one of those guys who is better in real life than fantasy. He often contributed over 700 plate appearances with a chance

  • Matt Duffy's Power Upside
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 11/9/2015 -  3
    I am pretty sure no one saw an eighth overall 3B ranking from the Giants Matt Duffy. Coming into 2015, he seemed to be a nice late piece in NL-only and deep leagues for the stolen bases and a decent

  • Matt Moore Without Matt Moore's Fastball
    in FanGraphs by Matthew Kory - 9/15/2015 -  7
    On Aug. 22, Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore reminded everyone of how excellent he can be. Once a consensus top-three prospect (alongside Bryce Harper and Mike Trout), Moore was dominant. In six

  • JABO: The Transformation of Matt Carpenter
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 9/10/2015 -  9
    Over the last few years, Matt Carpenter developed into one of the game's most underrated stars by exceeding at the skill set embodied by the likes of Mark Grace and Joe Mauer over the last few

  • Matt Shoemaker's Need For Speed
    in Community by Brian Reiff - 8/12/2015 -  2
    read the title of the article and how good your inference skills are. The last time Matt Shoemaker allowed more than two runs in an outing was June 19. Since then, he's pitched 37 1/3 innings, allowing

  • Matt Harrison Is Back
    in FanGraphs by John Paschal - 7/24/2015 -  15
    When Rangers lefty Matt Harrison hobbled off the mound in the second inning of a game against the Astros in May of 2014, you, like any rational observer (such as the esteemed yours truly), probably

  • The Daily Grind: Fiers, Wright, Wilson
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/27/2015 -  9
    Agenda The Rake Daily DFS - Fiers, Collmenter GB / FB Splits Tomorrow's Targets - Wright, Wilson, Moreland, Burns Factor Grid 1. The Rake Let's continue talking about the future

  • The Daily Grind: Strasburg, Wright, Castillo
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/23/2015 -  5
    Agenda Daily DFS - Strasburg, Wright GB / FB Splits Tomorrow's Targets - Gonzalez, Sanchez, Castillo, Burns Factor Grid 1. Daily DFS - Strasburg, Wright Yesterday's Grind Early

  • The Daily Grind: Estrada, DeSclafani, Wright
    in RotoGraphs by Brad Johnson - 5/16/2015 -  6
    Agenda Moving Along Daily DFS - Astros vs. Estrada GB / FB Splits Tomorrow's Targets - DeSclafani, Wright, Napoli, Inciarte Factor Grid 1. Moving Along I'm way behind schedule

  • Searching for the True Matt Adams
    in FanGraphs by Owen Watson - 3/31/2015 -  13
    Many people were disappointed with Matt Adams in 2014. Most were probably fantasy owners. In real life, Adams had a solid year, and hit a really important home run off of the best pitcher in baseball

  • Steven Wright as a Joe Kelly Alternative
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 3/16/2015 -  58
    . While youngsters Henry Owens and Eduardo Rodriguez are the two best long-term prospects and might be ready for an audition, John Farrell has made sure the beat writers keep Steven Wright's name

  • Analyzing David Wright With Just One Swing
    in Community by Senor_Met - 3/16/2015 -  5
    2014 was a disappointment for David Wright, posting his lowest career numbers in almost every offensive category: OBP, SLG, OPS, ISO, wRC+, wOBA, and WAR. Cries of Wright being washed up began

  • Matt Kemp and the Petco Park Problem
    in FanGraphs by Tony Blengino - 12/16/2014 -  28
    , there and everywhere, and moving slugger Matt Kemp within the division, to the Padres. It's all pending physicals, of course. How will moving from Dodger Stadium affect Kemp? Are the Padres getting

  • Padres Acquire Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 12/11/2014 -  24
    After a couple of weeks of rumors, the Padres have reportedly come to terms with the Dodgers on a deal that will bring Matt Kemp to San Diego. San Diego Union-Tribune reporting agreement on Kemp

  • On Matt Kemp's Defense
    in FanGraphs by Mike Petriello - 12/9/2014 -  20
    Matt Kemp was an atrocious center fielder. There's really no way around that. Of the 60 center fielders with at least 6,000 innings played since 2002, only the decline years of Ken Griffey, Jr

  • The 2014 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/5/2014 -  39
    Ben Zobrist, who got on base at a decent .354 clip. When Longoria hit fourth, it was often right behind Matt Joyce (.349 OBP). While that was not a bad situation for accumulating RBI

  • A Full Season of Matt Adams
    in RotoGraphs by Chris Cwik - 10/15/2014 -  6
    Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams entered 2014 with some lofty expectations. In a part-time role in 2013, Adams displayed all the skills that pointed to him being a potentially elite option at first

  • A Quick Defense of Matt Williams
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 10/6/2014 -  70
    On Saturday night, Matt Williams removed Jordan Zimmermann with one out to go, trying to preserve a 1-0 lead. Drew Storen entered immediately gave up a single to Buster Posey and a double Pablo

  • The Response to Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 9/26/2014 -  16
    on one player in particular. You're already aware that Matt Kemp is experiencing a major resurgence at the plate. Mike Petriello wrote about him earlier this very month. And how have pitchers responded

  • Matt Holliday is the Cardinals, the Cardinals are Matt Holliday
    in FanGraphs by Drew Fairservice - 9/26/2014 -  26
    As far as very good Major League outfielders go, Matt Holliday is probably among the most anonymous. Despite owning a career 139 wRC+ and signing a $120 million dollar contract in 2010, he’s probably

  • Annual What To Do Now That David Wright Is Hurt
    in RotoGraphs by Michael Barr - 9/12/2014 -  7
    I suppose it could be Ryan Zimmerman or Brett Lawrie or Manny Machado, but I tend to pick on David Wright so why not be consistent. Third base has been kind of a minefield lately and no doubt

  • The Cardinals Offense and the Failure to Live Up to 2013
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/8/2014 -  22
    as a rookie, but he has been even worse (70 wRC+) than was Craig. Matt Adams, who finally got the first base job when Craig moved to right field, has hit decently in 2014 (115 wRC+), but not up to Craig’s

  • Aceless in Milwaukee
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/3/2014 -  17
    . But this is not to say that their rotation is bad, either. If one looks at the rankings among qualified starters further down, the Brewers have two starters – Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse – in the “number-two slot

  • Will Matt Williams Tip Over?
    in NotGraphs by David G. Temple - 8/8/2014 -  6
    ;           The above is a GIF of Matt Williams. I made this GIF, so I'm the only one who really knows the answer to the question in the title. Here's the scenario I'm

  • Adam Jones' Historical Plate Discipline Peers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/8/2014 -  13
    rate in baseball behind Ben Revere, although Jones is tied with Chris Johnson and Matt Adams (whose seasons deserves its own post) at the moment. Adam Jones seems to generate occasional controversy

  • The Cost of Moving Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 7/28/2014 -  97
    with a similar design. Playing the part of Pujols: Matt Kemp. Playing the part of Trout: not a guy like Trout at all, but an interesting and talented young prospect. See, it would appear the Dodgers

  • The Matt Wieters Situation
    in RotoGraphs by Nicholas Minnix - 5/27/2014 -  6
    It didn’t seem like a big deal, at the time, when Matt Wieters missed a late-April contest because of forearm soreness. He returned to the lineup for a few games, then sat out twice more with what

  • No Longer in Love With Matt Carpenter
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 4/28/2014 -  14
    It is hard not to at least like a player with a 112 wRC+ and that is dual eligible at second and third base, but I am starting to fall less in love with Matt Carpenter as a fantasy player. My

  • Matt Adams and Beating the Shift
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 4/8/2014 -  6
    Over at Viva El Birdos, SBNation’s Cardinal’s blog, author Craig Edwards has a great post on Matt Adams and the shift. In the piece, he notes that Adams hits almost all of his home runs to right

  • 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Designated Hitter
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/25/2014 -  73
    Forsythe140.233.316.351.298-1.50.20.00.0Wilson Betemit140.234.298.371.295-1.9-0.30.0-0.1Total700.240.325.401.3204.50.20.01.1 Matt Joyce is not a terrible choice at DH, particularly given the Rays' lack of monetary resources. He is okay

  • Introducing the Handsomeboard
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 3/7/2014 -  21
    David Wright sets the bar for another year. Here at NotGraphs, we are no strangers to quantifying the absurdly subjective. And yet we never rest upon what we've already accomplished, no matter

  • Mets Infield: David Wright and Some Upside
    in RotoGraphs by Karl de Vries - 2/13/2014 -  3
    While Matt Harvey’s Tommy John surgery has Mets fans looking ahead to 2015 for the next signs of competitive postseason baseball, fantasy owners needn’t wait so long, at least so far as New York’s

  • Remembering Lance Berkman's Biggest Hits
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/5/2014 -  14
    Nationals closer Matt Capps. Houston loaded the bases after Ryan Zimmerman committed an error that let Pedro Feliz on a Kevin Cash sacrifice, a Cory Sullivan double, and an intentional walk of Michael Bourn

  • Jamey Wright Improving With Age
    in FanGraphs by Mike Petriello - 12/31/2013 -  9
    Jamey Wright turned 39 on December 24, and he celebrated by signing a one-year deal worth $1.8 million with the Dodgers. As far as offseason signings go, it's a relatively minor one, and coming

  • The Cardinals, Mark Ellis, and Depth
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/16/2013 -  41
    the Cardinals? After all, despite trading away David Freese and moving Matt Carpenter to third base, St. Louis' 2013 Minor League Player of the Year, Kolten Wong, seems like he could step in and take over

  • Matt Holliday: The Model of Consistency
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 12/5/2013 -  9
    reaching for the sky with a youngster that possesses tons of upside. While Matt Holliday is no longer worthy of first round consideration, he's exactly the type of player that helps you avoid losing

  • Victorino, the Red Sox, and the Ellsbury Aftermath
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/4/2013 -  13
    in a way similar to the way Albert Pujols' leaving St. Louis showed the Matt Holliday contract to be a smart move. Yes, both teams would probably have been better, at least in the short term

  • Hey, Remember Matt Harvey?
    in NotGraphs by David G. Temple - 11/25/2013 -  12
    You may have forgotten about Matt Harvey. I did for a spell. Perhaps the title of this post struck a dower dour chord in your heart. Writing it certainly did. This off-season, there will be a fair

  • On the Cost of Moving Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 11/13/2013 -  62
    in baseball that year were Jacoby Ellsbury and Matt Kemp. Ellsbury, at 27, was a nine-win everyday center fielder. Kemp, at 26, was an eight-win everyday center fielder. Both of them had the look of long

  • Best Bunts of 2013
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2013 -  11
    (relative to their prior standards), I suspect few baseball fans would object to watchignj a game featuring Matt Cain and Cole Hamels. Neither disappointed, with Cain going eight innings, striking out

  • Joey Votto and the Value of a Walk
    in FanGraphs by Matt Hunter - 11/4/2013 -  66
    Matt Carpenter 68 307 22.2% 7 Paul Goldschmidt 94 428 22.0% 8 Robinson Cano 81 374 21.7% 9 Salvador Perez 67 312 21.5% 10 Yadier Molina 71 342 20.8% 192

  • The 2013 Joe Carter-Tony Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/4/2013 -  18
    (.142 ISO in 2013 after a .215 in 2012)? Spend 110 games batting cleanup behind Matt Carpenter (.392 on-base percentage), Carlos Beltran (.339, not great in itself, but pretty nice compared to, say

  • World Series Game 3 Live Blog
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/26/2013 -  4
    ? 7:31Comment From Z SHi Matt, what do you think of Kelly getting the nod for game 3 over Lance Lynn (and the long lost Shelby Miller, for that matter)? 7:32Matt Klaassen: Well, I think Lynn is better

  • Right-Handed Platoon Notes: Cuddyer, Trout, and Holliday
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/16/2013 -  7
    that should imply), we would expect Trout's split to normalize. Like just about everything with Trout, it will be fun to see if he can continue to defy expectations (assuming that is still possible). Matt

  • Fantasy LVP: Matt Kemp
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Petriello - 10/11/2013 -  5
    for Matt Kemp, who ended up being one of fantasy's biggest busts. (Fortunately for me, I could easily move Trout to center and spot in left with, at various points, Evan Gattis, Norichika Aoki

  • The Greatest Matts in Playoff History
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/7/2013 -  3
    team), it would be too bad to see the Cardinals' Matt-heavy lineup depart. It has Matt Carpenter, a legitimate MVP candidate in his first year of full-time major league play, Matt Holliday, who

  • Freddie Freeman, the Cardinals, and Coming Through When it Counts
    in FanGraphs by Matt Hunter - 9/27/2013 -  15
    Gonzalez Dodgers 625 29.6 14.9 14.7 8 Yoenis Cespedes Athletics 568 16.6 2.5 14.1 9 Brandon Phillips Reds 655 10.7 -2.4 13.1 10 Matt Holliday Cardinals 591 41.2

  • Barry Zito as a Disappearing Exception
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/9/2013 -  27
    the same as during his Oakland years. San Francisco pitchers developed something of a reputation for outperforming DIPS metrics during this period (Matt Cain being an example, though he was not nearly

  • Relief Pitching in Context
    in FanGraphs by Matt Hunter - 8/30/2013 -  36
    1996 Dodgers 3.27 5.44 2.18 8 Scott Radinsky 1998 Dodgers 3.06 5.23 2.16 9 Joe Beckwith 1980 Dodgers 2.56 4.67 2.11 10 Matt Kinney 2004 - - - 4.53 6.63 2.10

  • NotGraphs Haiku: Matt Harvey
    in NotGraphs by Navin Vaswani - 8/27/2013 -  13
    No. Not Matt Harvey. Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck. Fuck! Fuck, fuck! Me next, please, John Buck. This has been a profanity-laced NotGraphs Haiku. Thanks, @Cut4, for the heartbreaking GIF.

  • A Requiem for Matt Harvey's Elbow
    in NotGraphs by David G. Temple - 8/26/2013 -  7

  • The First Base (and DH) Train Out of Texas
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/23/2013 -  30
    (at least a few good years as a reliever), Matt Harrison (hurt at the moment, but two good years as a cheap and very good starting pitcher), and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (never played well for Texas

  • Finding Value in Pitcher Inconsistency
    in FanGraphs by Matt Hunter - 8/14/2013 -  83
    : Jered Weaver and Matt Cain A theory like the one presented above has little use or significance until we know how it actually affects player evaluation. In researching who I could compare to test

  • Holliday and the Cardinals' Post-Pujols Plan
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/9/2013 -  23
    Matt Holliday is not having a great year. It would be hard to say he is having a bad year, exactly, since he has hit .281/.362/.446 (128 wRC+) for the Cardinals, who are still within striking

  • Q&A: Jim Wright, Colorado Rockies Pitching Coach
    in FanGraphs by David Laurila - 7/26/2013 -  13
    . Jim Wright is currently entrusted with helping Rockies hurlers succeed in that hitter-friendly environment. He can’t do anything about the effect of altitude on batted and thrown baseballs

  • The Matt Garza/Matt Harvey Connection
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 7/10/2013 -  17
    You're going to be reading a lot about Matt Garza, if you haven't already. This being July, it's officially trading season, and Garza is probably the best starting pitcher on the market. So, rumors

  • David Wright Commences, Abandons the Jigglin'
    in NotGraphs by Robert J. Baumann - 7/2/2013 -  4
    more obvious. Such was the case with young David Wright last night. With the score tied 3-3 in the bottom of the tenth inning, bases loaded and two outs, Wright was less than 90 feet away from

  • Matt Harvey, Overwhelming
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 6/19/2013 -  33
    Matt Harvey didn't throw a no-hitter against the Braves on Tuesday, but he did almost do that, not allowing a hit until the bottom of the seventh. It's not that Harvey relied entirely

  • Matt Carpenter, Developing Star
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/6/2013 -  45
    round pick? Matt Carpenter. He was a senior sign out of Texas Christian University, a budget pick who only cost them a $1,000 signing bonus. After signing, the Cardinals had him split time between

  • Why Is Matt Cain Struggling
    in FanGraphs by Eno Sarris - 6/6/2013 -  55
    Walk around AT&T Park and ask people inside and outside of the organization what's wrong with Matt Cain and you'll get a different answer every time: "He's tipping his pitches from the stretch

  • Matt Moore, Finished or Unfinished
    in FanGraphs by Jeff Sullivan - 6/5/2013 -  34
    Matt Moore was a tippy-top pitching prospect, and like all tippy-top pitching prospects, he was supposed to become an ace. Based on his current sub-3 ERA and number of strikeouts, he's arrived

  • Matt Wieters Will Be Just Fine
    in RotoGraphs by Ben Duronio - 5/24/2013 -  10
    When looking at Matt Wieters’ season compared to his past two, the only glaring difference is an extraordinarily low BABIP. He still has seven home runs, so the power is obviously there. His ISO

  • Paying Attention To Matt Carpenter
    in RotoGraphs by J.P. Breen - 5/20/2013 -  18
    , especially given the three currently lead qualified second basemen across the league in wOBA. They're three ducks in a row atop the stat sheets. And fourth in wOBA is ... Matt Carpenter? The 27-year-old

  • Point: Matt Christopher, The Worst
    in NotGraphs by David G. Temple - 5/14/2013 -  8
    chimed in with The Kid Who Could Only Hit Homers by Matt Christopher (note: my memory fails me. Bates chose a different Christopher novel, only mentioning this book in passing). It's a children's book

  • Baffling Michael Brantley Extension Talk
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/6/2013 -  12
    (the main "get" at the time was Matt LaPorta...). Brantley is going to be 26 this month, and he will be eligible for arbitration for the first time after this season. Brantley had a good year

  • The Doppelganger All-Stars
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 4/23/2013 -  20
    , Dover, NH 3B David Wright, second violinist, Minnesota Orchestra SS James Rollins, considered by many to be the father of the University of Missouri LF Alexander Gordon, 4th Duke

  • 2013 Positional Power Rankings: First Base
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/14/2013 -  122
    around. He doesn't walk much, and his strikeout rate isn't that good (nor is it that bad). He just hits the ball hard, for both power and average. Matt Carpenter is currently battling for the starting

  • It's About the Makeup
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 3/12/2013 -  11
    . It's about the makeup," said Dickey, emphasizing that any gap in the Americans' star power will be amply filled by mascara and rouge. Asked about his teammate's comments, David Wright added: "Listen

  • Giancarlo and Carlos
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/27/2013 -  17
    . It is wild to think about Dan O'Dowd taking Billy Beane to the cleaners, but that is what happened when Gonzalez was just once piece of a trade for one year of Matt Holliday before the 2009 season. I simply

  • Texas Extends Matt Harrison
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 1/17/2013 -  13
    Yu Darvish has his partner at the top of the Rangers' rotation for the next few years. Matt Harrison and the Rangers agreed Wednesday night to a five-year, $55 million dollar contract, making

  • Are You There, Ben Bernanke? It's Me, Matt.
    in NotGraphs by Matt Swartz - 1/16/2013 -  17
    policy. I know who you are, and it seems like you might just know who I am. And also, we should be BFFs. Just imagine it. “Oh, hey Matt, what you are up to today?” “Not much. I’m working on a new piece

  • Is Matt Kemp Being Overvalued?
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 1/4/2013 -  9
    After establishing himself as a strong fantasy performer over his first three full seasons, Matt Kemp turned on his nitro boosters and took his play to an entirely new level in 2011. That performance

  • Matt Cain: The Workhorse
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 12/18/2012 -  4
    , Sergio Romo stood tall when closing out games and even Tim Lincecum deserved a healthy bit of gratitude for his relief work during the playoffs. But for me, it was Matt Cain who deserved most

  • Give Me (Matt) Moore
    in RotoGraphs by Mike Podhorzer - 12/12/2012 -  8
    Matt Moore. Aside from a (nearly) full season from Stephen Strasburg, was there anyone the majority of fantasy owners were more excited about heading into the year? Well, okay, maybe Yu Darvish

  • David Wright Deal a Solid Bet for Mets
    in FanGraphs by Bill Petti - 11/30/2012 -  59
    Multiple sources are reporting that David Wright and the New York Mets have reached agreement on a contract extension that essentially makes the third baseman a Met for life. Initial reports have

  • David Wright Contract Extension: Big Apple, 3 AM
    in NotGraphs by Jack Moore - 11/30/2012 -  3
    According to Ed Coleman of WFAN 660, the Mets have signed third baseman David Wright to a seven-year, $122 million contract extension, the biggest in franchise history. The contract makes Wright

  • Did The Mets Lowball David Wright?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 11/27/2012 -  27
    This morning, Ken Rosenthal reported that the Mets offered David Wright a six year, $100 million extension, noting that it was an offer that Wright was sure to refuse. After all, the terms

  • Putting Ross Into Perspective
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2012 -  14
    a break!] Starting close to his new home, I think that David Ross might currently be the second-best catcher in the American League East. Matt Wieters a good hitter and maybe the best defensive

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 11/1/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • David Wright: Swinging Off — But Near — the Black
    in FanGraphs by Bill Petti - 11/1/2012 -  5
    David Wright experienced a resurgence of sorts in 2012. After four straight outstanding offense seasons, Wright's offensive production dipped significantly in 2009 — from a 141 wRC+ to 125. In 2011

  • The 2012 Carter-Batista Award
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/31/2012 -  19
    resulted in a very low batting average. It is difficult to tell how good Davis might be in the future. As far as his RBI go, having a .235 ISO while hitting behind David Wright and his .391 on-base

  • David Wright's Many Faces
    in RotoGraphs by Michael Barr - 10/31/2012 -  7
    It's hard to believe, but 2013 will be the 10th major league season for David Wright. In those ten years, it seems like he's been about three different players. Wright has hit as many as 33 home

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/25/12
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/25/2012 -  4
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Inserting Matt Cain into Works of Literature
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 10/22/2012 -  8
    Matt Cain is starting tonight for the Giants in their elimination game against the Cardinals in San Francisco. He is also having his name inserted into works of literature -- or, at least, extant

  • Beltran versus Carpenter versus Pitchers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/19/2012 -  7
    of a difference, it does make a difference. Given the stakes, teams obviously need to have all hands on deck. Matt Carpenter has done a nice job filling in for Carlos Beltran since the latter tweaked his

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/18/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/11/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/4/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/27/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Remembering Jack Wilson
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/26/2012 -  15
    the game up at six. In the top of the tenth, Matt Stairs hit a two-out single to set the stage for the most dramatic of Jack Wilson's nine 2003 home runs, for .481 WPA. Those runs did decide the game

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/20/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • David Wright: Extend, Trade, or Wait?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 9/14/2012 -  52
    pointing to Matt Kemp's 8/160 extension as a better comparison for his career track record. Kemp, however, is two years younger than Wright and plays center field, and his monstrous 2011 season didn't

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/13/12
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/13/2012 -  1
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • The Orioles of 2011
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/7/2012 -  33
    signed, but Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Mark Reynolds were going to be Orioles this year, anyway. Manny Machado (and Dylan Bundy) were also players Duquette did not draft (although that's more

  • Matt Klaassen Fangraphs Chat - 9/6/12
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/6/2012 -  1
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/30/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/23/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/16/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • The Mathis Mystique
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/15/2012 -  31
    of them are blown away by Mathis' as either a pitch-blocker or a gunner. That is not to say that those systems are perfect, but they do tend to like the catchers one would expect: Yadier Molina, Matt

  • Jeff Francoeur and the Opposite Field
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/10/2012 -  24
    surprising. To put it in terms of individual 2012 performances (to date), when hitters pull the ball, they are basically 2012 Matt Holliday. When they go the other way, they are 2012 Marco Scutaro. (And, yes

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/9/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Harvey's Dazzling Debut
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 7/27/2012 -  10
    Matt Harvey, whom the Mets drafted with the seventh overall pick in 2010, began the year as a much-ballyhooed prospect. Coming out of college, Harvey was expected to progress quickly, and he has

  • 2009 Was a Million Years Ago
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/27/2012 -  65
    in 2009, Jason Bay had his first full season with the Red Sox and was one of their better hitters on the way to the playoffs. Matt Holliday had his first major-league season in which Coors was not his home

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 7/26/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Merry Matt Moore Monday
    in NotGraphs by Robert J. Baumann - 7/23/2012 -  5
    Matt Moore likes Mondays. Boy oh boy, he likes Mondays. Monday is the only day that starts with "M" and that's the same letter that his names start with. He feels like he owns Monday, like every

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 7/19/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • The Orioles and Jason Vargas
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/13/2012 -  30
    it!), but it makes some sense for the Orioles to try and improve their team. Is Vargas the right pitcher to aim for, though, even if they can't get player like Matt Garza? Vargas (29) floundered around

  • Is Matt Harvey Ready?
    in RotoGraphs by JD Sussman - 7/13/2012 -  8
    As news of Dillon Gee's potentially season ending blood clot spread, Mets fans and fantasy owners began to speculate whether or not the Mets would call up Matt Harvey to assume Gee's spot

  • Trade Me Matt Moore
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 7/2/2012 -  28
    Sure, it's a buy-low piece. But what I'm really saying is, trade me Matt Moore. Because I'm buying. We can start with his strengths, even if they are obvious. His 11.9% swinging strike rate

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/28/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/21/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Cain And Perfection
    in FanGraphs by Wendy Thurm - 6/14/2012 -  34
    Matt Cain threw a perfect game Wednesday night, the first one in the 128-year history of the Giants franchise. Just moments after the game ended, Dave Cameron provided some historical context

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/14/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Cain's Place in History
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 6/14/2012 -  139
    Matt Cain just threw the 22nd perfect game in baseball history, which is of course an amazing accomplishment. But, through the way he dominated on the way to his perfect game, Cain actually joined

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/7/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/24/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen Fangraphs Chat - 5/17/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Who's Behind Matt Kemp?
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 5/15/2012 -  2
    A Stud with a capital 'S' went down in many outfields this week when the Dodgers decided that Matt Kemp and his balky hamstring needed at least two weeks to mend. Since deep leaguers often need

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/10/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Brian Wilson Presents: The Best of Casey Blake
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/9/2012 -  16
    the game. While the Dodgers would not win the game until the bottom of the twelth on a Matt Kemp two-run homer (.313 WPA), Blake's ninth-inning single was the WPA swing (on the Dodgers' side) of the game

  • Jim Leyland Is Only 67: America Reacts
    in NotGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/8/2012 -  12
    expressed my shock and dismay to the approximately two dozen sad, lonely souls and spambots who follow me on Twitter. Wait, Jim Leyland is only 67 years old?— Matt Klaassen (@devil_fingers) May 8

  • Baltimore's Hot Start and the Case of J.J. Hardy
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/7/2012 -  44
    thinks of the three hitters all over a .400 wOBA on the season so far: Adam Jones, Matt Wieters, and Nolan Reimold. After his 30 home run "comeback" season in 2011, Hardy is off to something

  • Translating Farm System Rankings into Wins
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 5/4/2012 -  43
    , and the team subsequently led the league in NM WAR in 2011. The biggest producers who factored into the 2011 rankings were Elvis Andrus and Matt Harrison, but their NM WAR leaders were Ian Kinsler

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/3/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • GIF: Matt Cain Is a Horse
    in NotGraphs by Eno Sarris - 5/2/2012 -  8
    Krukow: Ahh. I love here. Duane Kuiper: What are you talking about, that could be one of our kids out there. This was presented in complete reverence for the broadcasting team, for Matt Cain

  • Ike Davis Is the Punchline to a Steven Wright Joke
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 4/30/2012 -  5
    Wright joke (originally from his album I Have a Pony, I think). Step Three: Laugh the laugh of a carefree -- and maybe slightly xenophobic -- but mostly a carefree child. Image of Ike Davis

  • David Wright: Greatest Met Ever?
    in FanGraphs by Alex Remington - 4/26/2012 -  113
    David Wright set the Mets’ all-time career RBI record last night, passing Darryl Strawberry, but he was already high on the list of the greatest Mets position players of all time. In fact, by Wins

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 4/26/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Is David Wright Worth $100 Million?
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 4/24/2012 -  36
    There has been a lot of speculation whether David Wright will remain a New York Met. While the club still has a $16 million option on the 29-year-old third baseman for next season, Wright has been

  • Has Matt Wieters "Finally" Arrived?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/20/2012 -  33
    to good starts. The Orioles currently have three hitters with a seasonal wOBA of around .450: outfielders Adam Jones (.447) and Nolan Reimold (.457), and also former future franchise savior Matt Wieters

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 4/19/12
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • BABIP Leaders: Wright, Freese, and Kemp Start Strong
    in FanGraphs by Bradley Woodrum - 4/19/2012 -  28
    five BABIPs in the league with FI wOBA regressed to career BABIP rates (or CaB-FIw for Career BABIP FI wOBA). David Wright: .536 BABIP, .503 wOBA, .424 CaB-FIw Even if/when Wright's BABIP comes

  • Johnny Damon: "Hello, Cleveland!"
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/13/2012 -  15
    to have to rely on Matt LaPorta as their designated hitter while they still have hopes of the playoffs. Johnny Damon does have his uses, even to an already heavily left-leaning lineup. While he may

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 4/12/12
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/12/2012 -  2
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Ask NotGraphs: The Yahoo! Answers Edition
    in NotGraphs by Mississippi Matt Smith - 4/2/2012 -  14
    ? Isn't David Wright The Hottest Baseball Player Ever? I know I love him do you?... He is so much better than Derek Jeter or Arod ewww! If a baseball represents the whole universe. What

  • Jason Bay, Platoon Outfielder?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/2/2012 -  22
    Remember back in the 2009-2010 off-season, when some people weren't sure who was better between big-time free agent outfielders Jason Bay and Matt Holliday? That was awesome. The Bay contract may

  • Matt Kemp is Business Handsome
    in NotGraphs by Dayn Perry - 3/28/2012 -  14
    Matt Kemp -- Chevalier Matt Kemp -- wears what appears to be a double-windsor knot. He does this because he is a gentleman. He is festooned with a pocket square. On occasion, he uses it to wash

  • 2012 Organizational Rankings: #22 -- Kansas City
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/28/2012 -  29
    bad in the majors last season, but came on strong at the end of the season. While there is Shea Hillenbrand potential there, there is also some Matt Williams potential, too. Moustakas will probably

  • Stealing Matt's Rebus Idea
    in NotGraphs by Jeremy Blachman - 3/26/2012 -  11
    I liked Matt's rebus post last week. I decided to make my own. Hint #1: Famous line from a movie Hint #2: My rebus will not win points for precision

  • Matt Bush Arrested for DUI
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 3/23/2012 -  54
    Matt Bush screwed up. Again. According to Roger Mooney, the former first overall draft pick was arrested Thursday night for DUI. As if that weren't bad enough, Bush is also responsible for a hit

  • Soria, Bullpen Depth, and Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/19/2012 -  16
    -- they certainly are prefereable to, say, Jamey Wright. If Soria misses time, the Royals’ bullpen should still be fine. General Manager Dayton Moore and his staff have done a good job of assembling

  • Positional Power Rankings: First Base
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/6/2012 -  80
    ZiPs BA ZiPs OBP ZiPs SLG Field WAR Starter Garrett Jones L 570 0.252 0.317 0.432 -3 0.8 Utility Casey McGehee R 75 0.262 0.311 0.398 0 0 Prospect Matt Hague R 75

  • The Sizemore Effect (Grady Version)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/2/2012 -  18
    and Matt LaPorta`s names will come up, but both have questions about their alleged Quad-A-ness, so we will leave them aside for now. Thomas Neal and Trevor Crowe are also mentioned, but at this point

  • Is Matt LaPorta Quad-A?
    in FanGraphs by Bradley Woodrum - 2/21/2012 -  19
    to me. But nonetheless, we have players such as Matt LaPorta who seem to fit the cliched mold all too well. LaPorta -- unlike most players designated Quad-A -- was at one time a highly touted

  • Who Faced Tougher Pitching: Tulo or Longoria?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/10/2012 -  62
    West, where hitters seemingly face s larger proportion of stud pitchers -- Dave mentioned Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, and Mat Latos in this connection. He also pointed

  • The Disappointments of Youth: Matt LaPorta
    in RotoGraphs by Dan Wade - 2/9/2012 -  1
    value, a point he will never reach in reality, and gotten a major league star for as their prize. When the 2008 Brewers sent their top prospect at the time, Matt LaPorta, to the Indians as the key

  • Matt Lindstrom: O's Closer?
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 2/7/2012 -  1
    As a Colorado Rockie, Matt Lindstrom was persona non grata in fantasy circles entering the 2012 season. Stuck behind Rafael Betancourt, Matt Belisle and Rex Brothers, Lindstrom had about as much

  • Matt Stairs Was Good at Baseball
    in FanGraphs by Paul Swydan - 2/6/2012 -  56
    This morning I was scrolling through some of Dan Szymborski’s projections over at Baseball Think Factory, and I noticed that he had run a projection for Matt Stairs. I had not heard any news about

  • Morse Power and the Prince
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/23/2012 -  27
    deal for a player like that is a steal. But Morse still had two arbitration seasons left. Matt Swartz's arbitration projections had Morse getting around $4 million, a bit lower than the midpoint

  • Guaranteed Panda
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/18/2012 -  37
    performance, some of the drama is taken out of this one by our own Matt Swartz, whose model for arbitration salaries predicted that if Sandoval went to arbitration in 2012, he would likely get... $3.2

  • Matt Angle: Sleeper in Baltimore?
    in RotoGraphs by Howard Bender - 1/17/2012 -  4
    Markakis abdominal surgery opens the door for a very interesting late round sleeper pick -- Matt Angle. The 26-year-old Angle has a prime opportunity in front of him to make an immediate impact

  • The Manny Market
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/9/2012 -  27
    getting time in the outfield with Matt Joyce in one corner and Desmond Jennings in center. Of course, that would involve trading B.J. Upton, but the team wisely understands that Upton is good

  • Matt Garza's Trade Value
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 1/3/2012 -  71
    at several positions that could be long term answers. So, given the prices those two arms have commanded, it shouldn't be a big surprise that Theo Epstein is exploring the market for Matt Garza, looking

  • Post-Pujols Cardinals Re-Sign Furcal
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/10/2011 -  35
    ) Allen Craig replacing him in the outfield buffer the loss. Adam Wainwright's return also makes the rotation imposing once again. Like Berkman, good players like Matt Holliday and Chris Carpenter

  • Matt Cain or Herman Cain?
    in NotGraphs by Jeremy Blachman - 12/5/2011 -  9
    WHO SAID IT: Matt Cain, or Herman Cain? 1. "To be able to go nine innings was completely amazing. That was definitely a little different, going straight over to the catcher and going back

  • The Case for Matt Kemp
    in FanGraphs by Mike Axisa - 11/22/2011 -  21
    kind of MVP buzz that Justin Verlander did, but he's not even the best MVP candidate on his own club. That's the new $160 million man, Matt Kemp. In terms of our version of WAR, the trademark stat

  • How Good Is Matt Garza?
    in FanGraphs by Josh Weinstock - 11/21/2011 -  21
    The Cubs need to prioritize. As a struggling franchise, they need to significantly overhaul their roster and farm system. A possible trade chip, as Buster Olney wrote last Monday, is Matt Garza

  • Other Things David Wright Offers Besides Statistics
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 11/18/2011 -  8
    David Wright offers both products and services. To the saberist's eye, Alden Gonzalez's claim (at the Mets official site) that "David Wright offers the Mets more than mere statistics" might sound

  • Projecting Matt Kemp in 2012
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 11/14/2011 -  9
    With Matt Kemp's $160 million extension in the news today, it's time to take a closer look at what his 2012 will look like. After all, the near 40/40 man went sixth overall in last week's RotoWire

  • Mets David Wright Not a Golden Goose (Pt. 2)
    in FanGraphs by Mike Newman - 11/10/2011 -  81
    for young arms, even with the duo of Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler, as well as the financial freedom dealing Wright allows. Few organizations boast two top pitching prospects the likes of former first

  • The Three Best Bunts of 2011
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/7/2011 -  22
    Bell threw away, bringing the Angels within one in the bottom of the twelfth inning: .343 WPA. It was an exciting extra-innings affair in Anaheim, as the game had been deadlocked since Matt Wieters

  • Mets Listening: Who Is the Wright Fit?
    in FanGraphs by J.P. Breen - 11/7/2011 -  13
    out of New York suggest that Sandy Alderson believes 2014 or 2015 is a more realistic window for contention for his club, which leaves third baseman David Wright’s future with the organization

  • Mets David Wright Not a Golden Goose (Pt. 1)
    in FanGraphs by Mike Newman - 11/7/2011 -  105
    As the hot stove league kicks into full gear, Mets third baseman David Wright has taken center stage as reports have the Anaheim Angels a potential trade partner. With centerfielder Peter Bourjos

  • Martin Prado on the Move?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/4/2011 -  42
    -outfielder Martin Prado. According to our own Matt Swartz's projected arbitration salaries, Prado, who is entering his second off-season of arbitration eligibility, would likely make something around $4.4

  • FanGraphs Audio: Matt Klaassen
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 11/3/2011 -  11
    Episode Ninety-Three Matt Klaassen discusses his peculiar fascination with Sino-Panamanian lefty Bruce Chen and Alex Gordon's defensive skills. He also makes some particularly touching

  • Matt Klaasen FanGraphs Chat - 10/27/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/20/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • When to Walk Pujols
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/19/2011 -  19
    will consider just a couple based on recent games. The first is a post-Pujols order of Lance Berkman, Matt Holliday, David Freese, and Yadier Molina. The second, which might be used against left-handed

  • ottoneu Keeper: Matt Joyce
    in RotoGraphs by Chad Young - 10/13/2011 -  6
    About a year ago, I very happily traded Ian Stewart for Matt Joyce and Reese Havens in an ottoneu league. Joyce was just $3; Stewart was $12 (Havens was also $3 but that isn't really relevant

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/13/11
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    Matt Klaassen Chat - 10/13/11

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 10/6/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Air Gordon and the Price of Domination
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/5/2011 -  16
    (further), I consulted our own Matt Swartz, who has done extensive work on this topic. He suggests that Gordon would be likely to get around $4.4 million in arbitration this off-season, and assuming he

  • Q&A: Matt Moore
    in FanGraphs by David Laurila - 10/3/2011 -  12
    Matt Moore is the game’s top pitching prospect and he just dominated a potent lineup, in his second big league start, in a post-season contest. Of course, you already knew that. Given the plethora

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/29/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Cain, Destroyer of DIPS
    in FanGraphs by Josh Weinstock - 9/28/2011 -  61
    of asymptotic purpose in nature, just to suggest an easy rule with a high level of accuracy. Owner of a career .265 BABIP in over 1300 career innings, Matt Cain breaks this rule. While he pitches against

  • GIF: Matt Moore's Changepiece
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 9/22/2011 -  12
    Becky and were involved in a lot of extracurricular activities. Another thing that isn't fair -- to Yankee call-up Brandon Laird and to a lot of major leaguers in the future -- is Matt Moore's

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/22/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Wieters Is Becoming Matt Wieters
    in FanGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 9/16/2011 -  44
    Matt Wieters entered his rookie season of 2009 with considerable fanfare -- especially among the baseballing nerd community. Even before he'd played his first major-league game, Wieters had been

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/15/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/8/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/8/2011 -  1
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 9/1/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/1/2011 -  6
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/24/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/24/2011 -  4
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 8/18/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/18/2011 -  1
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • The Right Denominators
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/12/2011 -  31
    as "rates," and these are the easiest to understand in many ways. However, analysts like Tango prefer that these sorts of things be expressed as ratios. Our own Matt Swartz, on the other hand, says

  • SIERA Mailbag Answers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 7/28/2011 -  11
    /less likely to give up unearned runs. GB pitchers are slightly more likely to give up unearned runs but the effect is so minor that SIRA & SIERA are very similar. 5a. Matt, Great work, as always

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 7/27/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/28/2011 -  1
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen Fangraphs Chat - 7/21/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/21/2011 -  7
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • New SIERA, Part Three (of Five): Differences Between xFIPs and SIERAs
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 7/20/2011 -  40
    7 Jon Lester 3.15 Justin Verlander 3.20 Roy Halladay 2.80 8 Rick Nolasco 3.23 Ricky Nolasco 3.23 Clayton Kershaw 2.85 9 Josh Beckett 3.40 Josh Beckett 3.30 Matt Cain

  • New SIERA, Part Two (of Five): Unlocking Underrated Pitching Skills
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 7/19/2011 -  68
    -ball-rate seasons had below average BABIPs on ground balls. • Pitchers who have higher fly ball rates allow fewer home runs per fly ball. Example: Matt Cain With a career 45% fly ball rate

  • New SIERA, Part One (of Five): Pitchers with High Strikeouts Have Low BABIPs
    in FanGraphs by Matt Swartz - 7/18/2011 -  86
    actual) Phil Hughes (.284 predicted, .275 actual) Colby Lewis (.284 predicted, .277 actual) Matt Cain (.285 predicted, .254 actual) It assumed the highest BABIPs for: Jon Garland (.307

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 7/14/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/30/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/23/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/23/2011 -  7
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Bullish on Matt Joyce
    in RotoGraphs by Eno Sarris - 6/20/2011 -  10
    This is part of an ongoing pro/con series on RotoGraphs. Today we’ll look at the positive side of Matt Joyce. You can see the opposite side here. Late last week, colleague Erik Hahmann was game

  • Bearish on Matt Joyce
    in RotoGraphs by Erik Hahmann - 6/17/2011 -  11
    This is part of an ongoing pro/con series on RotoGraphs over the next couple of weeks. Today we’ll look at the positive/negative side of Matt Joyce. Expect the opposite side shortly. As a Rays fan

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/15/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/9/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • What to Do with Drabek?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/8/2011 -  48
    , one home run, and laughable defensive plays by Melky Cabrera, Matt Treanor (Treanor!) and Jeff Francoeur). It's been a rough season all around for a pitcher some were touting as a potential front

  • Trade Targets: Catchers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/3/2011 -  22
    of generic backup catchers (the Jose Molinas and Matt Treanors [Treanor!] of the world), there isn't much out there. Among the contenders, the Giants need to fill a Buster Posey-shaped hole and the Red

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 6/2/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/26/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Another Way of Evaluating AL/NL (Dis)Parity
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/20/2011 -  28
    . For example, Matt Holliday was a great hitter with the Rockies through 2008. He started the 2009 season in Oakland and "struggled" relative to what he'd done before. Some people attributed that simply

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/19/11
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/19/2011 -  6
    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Matt Joyce is a Choice Bargain?
    in RotoGraphs by Erik Hahmann - 5/17/2011 -  20
    , Jeff Weaver, Roy Halladay, etc. Even names like Lance Berkman, Curtis Granderson, and Matt Kemp have had success recently enough that seeing their names among the best players in fantasy to this point

  • What Is Wrong With Wright?
    in RotoGraphs by Jeff Zimmerman - 5/16/2011 -  17
    Twice in the last week I was asked if the concussion that David Wright received on August 15, 2009 from a Matt Cain fastball was the cause of his recent drop in production. I decided see what

  • Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat - 5/12/11
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    Matt Klaassen FanGraphs Chat

  • Holliday Hype Still on Holiday
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/11/2011 -  40
    Matt Holliday is one of the best players in baseball. Joey Votto currently has a so-slight-it-is-meaningless lead in Wins Above Replacement among National League players over Holliday despite

  • Here Come the Rays
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/6/2011 -  26
    the winter some were already skeptical of the Rays' chances gives the offseason departures of Carl Crawford, Carlos Pena, Matt Garza, Rafael Soriano, and Grant Balfour, then after the Manny Ramirez Era

  • An Entirely Different Matt Garza?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Allen - 4/26/2011 -  25
    In yesterday's One Night Only Carson Cistulli observed that Matt Garza is throwing his two-seam fastball, slider, and changeup about twice as often this year as previously -- making him entirely

  • Matt Garza's Crazy Start
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 4/7/2011 -  47
    When Matt Garza was acquired by the Chicago Cubs this off-season, he was expected to provide stability to a rotation with some question marks. Garza's first start with the Cubs was anything

  • 17 Predictions That Will Be Right
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/4/2011 -  75
    against the Angels capped by a game-winning home run by Assistant Kendall Matt Treanor. The real hero of the game will be Bruce "Cy" Chen, who manages to keep the game close after an early five-run

  • Matt Thornton Named Closet
    in NotGraphs by Jack Moore - 3/21/2011 -  7

  • Is Matt Dominguez the Answer?
    in FanGraphs by Chris Cwik - 3/18/2011 -  22
    Despite the fact that he's never played above AA ball, Matt Dominguez is the favorite to open the season as the starting third baseman for the Florida Marlins. Typically, a prospect that claims

  • Team Preview: Detroit Tigers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 3/10/2011 -  43
    is probably the best hitter in the American League. The gap between him and everyone else on the Tigers might be the biggest between any great hitter and his "sidekick(s)" in baseball. Albert Pujols has Matt

  • Some Other Rays
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/11/2011 -  19
    platoon. It isn't clear yet, but it may be that Rodriguez will play second only versus southpaws with Ben Zobrist in right, while against right-handed pitching Zobrist will move to second with Matt Joyce

  • A Conversation About Matt Cain
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 2/7/2011 -  59
    After my initial post on Matt Cain's HR/FB rate last week, Rory Paap responded with his own thoughts at his blog. We ended up trading emails about the subject, and the result was 3,000 words

  • More Than Longoria
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/28/2011 -  61
    that with the Angels. Matt Guerrier might be making more than Longoria in 2011: he is guaranteed $12 million for his three-year contract with the Dodgers, but although he only gets a paycheck of $1.5 in 2011, his $3

  • Nice Try, But... The Dodgers' Left-Field Platoon
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/19/2011 -  24
    to wonder if the Dodgers aren't better off just going with Tony Gwynn, Jr.'s glove-only approach in left (or preferably, center with Matt Kemp switching to left) rather than taking up all the extra

  • Reds Buy Out Votto
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/17/2011 -  35
    on the free market. In Votto and Bruce, they have a first base and outfield combination that is closer in talent than one might think to the Albert Pujols-Matt Holliday pair in St. Louis, and is also

  • ADP Crowdsourcing: Matt Garza
    in RotoGraphs by Zach Sanders - 1/17/2011 -  3
    In this week’s edition of ADP Crowdsourcing, we take a look at two players who will be affected by Matt Garza trade to the Cubs. Today we start with Garza himself, and are using rounds as our unit

  • Matt Garza Is Aaron Harang?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 1/7/2011 -  71
    If there's one rumor that just won't die this winter, it's the Cubs potentially trading for Matt Garza. He is quickly becoming their white whale, or, if we want to bring it back to baseball, Jim

  • Photo: Matt Murton on a Unicorn
    in NotGraphs by Carson Cistulli - 1/6/2011 -  1
    -hotty Matt Murton on a frigging unicorn. The image, so far as I can tell, first appeared at Bleed Cubbie Blue, courtesy of user santoswoodenlegs. My guess is, it will continue to appear

  • Rockies Acquire Matt Lindstrom
    in FanGraphs by David Golebiewski - 12/24/2010 -  19
    The Colorado Rockies have acquired right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Houston Astros for a pair of minor league pitchers, Wes Musick and Jonnathan Aristil. Lindstrom, swapped from

  • FIP Flashpoint: Matt Guerrier to the Dodgers
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/15/2010 -  16
    In a continuation of the free-agency bonanza for players in general and relievers in particular, Matt Guerrier is reportedly going to be signing a three-year, $12 million dollar contract with the Los

  • Fan Projection Targets: Jackson, Kemp, Markakis
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/13/2010 -  8
    , the Dodgers' Matt Kemp, and the Orioles' Nick Markakis. Detroit center fielder Austin Jackson was the main piece the Yankees sent to Detroit as part of the trade that saw fan favorite Curtis

  • The J. J. Hardy Trade: Baltimore's Side
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/9/2010 -  17
    Smith's tremendous return for Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett, over the past two seasons Harris' bat has gone from bad to awful. Combined with a general inability to play effective defense anywhere

  • Choo Prolly Made Himself $26 Million on Friday
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/19/2010 -  54
    , and that's with him playing just over half a season in 2008. He has been the fourth most valuable outfielder over the last two seasons behind only Carl Crawford, Matt Hollilday, and Ben Zobrist (a part-time

  • The Five Average-est Position Players of 2010
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/8/2010 -  20
    for the first time since joining the Twins. I guess the Twins finally won that Matt Garza and Jason Bartlett-for-Young and Brendan Harris trade, huh? Sorry, couldn't help myself. Prior to the 2010

  • Most Deluded Person of the 2010 Off-Season (So Far)
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/5/2010 -  124
    like Chen wanting multiple years, this is understandable. I want Sonny Sharrock, 'The Reverend' Frank Wright, Peter Kowald, and Elvin Jones to play my next birthday party, but that probably isn't

  • The Dodgers' Desire for Podsednik
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/3/2010 -  10
    poor routes limit his effective range in the outfield, so he's really a left-field-only player outside of emergencies. Given Matt Kemp's own issues in center field, Podsednik isn't an ideal fourth

  • Is Good Drafting Enough? World Series Edition, 1
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/1/2010 -  30
    at their World Series starting rotation. Staff ace Tim Lincecum put up 5.1 WAR in a "down" year for him; Matt Cain, 4.0; Jonathan Sanchez, 2.6; and Madison Bumgarner, 2.0 (in only 111 innings). Closer Brian

  • Should Josh Hamilton Get the Barry Bonds Treatment?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/27/2010 -  11
    of the game, the Giants should bring in Javier Lopez to face Hamilton in crucial situations. That takes care of many situations, but what about against right-handed starters Tim Lincecum and Matt

  • NLCS Game Five Review: San Francisco
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/22/2010 -  6
    won't be starting the other games of the series, but Jonathan Sanchez and Matt Cain have more than held their own so far against the Phillies. One long home run by Jayson Werth doesn't change

  • NLCS Game Four Preview: San Francisco
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/20/2010 -  4
    Lincecum, Jonathan Sanchez, and Matt Cain. Despite Cody Ross's best efforts, runs have been generally difficult to come by in this series, and it is easy to understand why. Tonight's starters are less

  • NLDS Game Two Review: San Francisco
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/9/2010 -  19
    the Giants. Going into the game, Matt Cain and Tommy Hanson seemed to be quite evenly matched when looking at their current season stats and their recent CHONE projections (3.88 projected nERA for Cain

  • NLDS Game One Preview: Atlanta
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 10/6/2010 -  14
    Hanson on regular rest, and given that Lowe isn't as bad as some think to he is, it's an understandable choice. The Giants' top three starters -- Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez

  • Matt Stairs Is Forever Young
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 10/1/2010 -  17
    Will Venable’s injury allowed Matt Stairs to make a few starts for the Padres in left field this week. Those starts resulted in enough playing time to push Stairs over 100 plate appearances

  • 2010 AL Playoff Rotations: Tampa Bay Rays
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 9/29/2010 -  11
    into a possible cause of his home run problems this season), but both this season's peripherals and CHONE's projection indicate that he's probably a very good #2. 3) Matt Garza CHONE 4.23 nERA , 4.28 FIP 2010

  • Matt Kemp's Struggles: Fastballs
    in Community by Albert Lyu - 9/10/2010 -  3
    Matt Kemp has been struggling this season, and even if you account for the low BABIP (.303) compared to his xBABIP (.335), he is still striking out at a higher rate this season (28.1%) compared

  • Hawpe Takes His Talents to Tampa Bay
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 8/27/2010 -  4
    of Ben Zobrist, Matt Joyce, and Gabe Kapler in right. I guess Hawpe could always play center if B.J. Upton gets into "trouble" again, that would be fun! Hawpe can probably still hit, assuming his injury

  • Oakland's Matt Outfield
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 8/6/2010 -  15
    If you have not caught an Oakland Athletics’ game lately, then seeing the names “Matt Watson” and “Matt Carson” in the box score might catch you off guard. By this point in the season, it should

  • Matt Garza No Hits Detroit
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 7/26/2010 -  35
    The Rays finally learned what it's like on the good side of the no hitter today. Matt Garza faced the minimum tonight against the Detroit Tigers, walking only one batter. Garza added six strikeouts

  • The NL's Second Best Outfielder
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/26/2010 -  32
    have agreed on two names: Matt Holliday and Andres Torres. Why even look at the leaderboard? But seriously: Andres Torres? Drafted in 1998 by the Detroit, Torres never really lit up the Detroit

  • Posnanski's Radical Idea
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/14/2010 -  51
    a "radical." His blog post today, in the aftermath of a series of Tweets and counter-Tweets regarding Matt Thornton's appearance in last night's All-Star Game, however, paints a different picture. While he

  • David DeJesus and Type A Status
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 7/7/2010 -  17
    be very likely to accept it. DeJesus is a good player that could help a lot of teams, but he isn't a top-level talent like Matt Holliday was or Carl Crawford will be. He's more like Orlando Hudson

  • Matt Kemp's 2010
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 7/4/2010 -  19
    Even after last night's 2-for-6 performance against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which included an opposite field homer hit off Rodrigo Lopez, Matt Kemp is falling short of expectations. His defensive

  • Matt Belisle Is Good ... Really
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 6/29/2010 -  17
    Of all the surprising stories this season, Matt Belisle’s rise to prominence takes the cake for least expected. The 30 year old reliever for Colorado has thrown 47 innings this season. That’s nothing

  • What the Minnesota Twins Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/28/2010 -  24
    . If Minnesota can obtain a decent third baseman it would allow Punto to fill in at third, second, and short when needed rather than having to resort to replacement-level scrubs like Harris and Matt Tolbert

  • Matt Joyce Is Free at Last
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 6/24/2010 -  10
    Entering today’s game against the San Diego Padres the Rays had somehow managed to keep outfielder Matt Joyce in the minors in spite of carrying three catchers and the ever fruitless Hank Blalock

  • What the Chicago White Sox Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/21/2010 -  26
    bullpen pitchers on the Sox roster that could be discussed: Bobby Jenks and Matt Thornton come to mind, but in the space I have hear, it's worth going over two harder cases. First, Jake Peavy is still

  • What The Cleveland Indians Should Do
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 6/14/2010 -  38
    , and acclaimed catcher prospect Carlos Santana made his debut just this past Friday. Among others, Michael Brantley should be ready to start by next season at the latest, Matt LaPorta should be back at some

  • Matt Thornton's Fantastic Fastball
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 6/2/2010 -  7
    In 2009, only 41 pitchers managed to compile 10.0 runs above replacement in relief. Chicago White Sox left hander Matt Thornton, through the first two months of the season, is one of six pitchers

  • David Wright Is Not Getting Much Help From Jobu
    in Community by dutchbrowncoat - 5/21/2010 -  9
    We are a quarter of the way through the 2010 season and David Wright has appeared to put the ghosts of 2009 behind him.  After hitting only 10 HR all of last year, he has already hit 8 this year

  • 2010 Team Little Things Five Weeks In
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 5/7/2010 -  20
    : the Little Things. Which three offenses are doing the best and worst so far this season? The Three Best 3. Mets, -16 wRAA, -0.59 WPA/LI, 1.01 Little Things. Well, David Wright is slightly negative

  • What's Different About Barry Zito?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/23/2010 -  36
    Whatever else might be written about the 2010 San Francisco Giants, they have assembled an excellent pitching staff. Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, and Jonathan Sanchez are all tremendous young pitchers

  • Organizational Rankings: Current Talent - Tampa Bay
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 4/1/2010 -  17
    Blalock) at DH, although they could do much worse. Matt Joyce is probably around an average performer in right field, although if he's platooned with ageless defensive-whiz Gabe Kapler, the Rays could

  • Edwin Jackson and His New Contract
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/17/2010 -  11
    Bay for a couple middle relievers, then the Rays moved him for Matt Joyce after Jackson's seemingly good 2009. Jackson's ERA has consistently been better than his FIP (which has, in turn, been slightly

  • How Would Damon Fit in Atlanta?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/15/2010 -  29
    Everyone knows about Johnny Damon's longtime love for the Detroit Red Wings and octopus by now, but have you heard that he's also a big Matt Ryan fan? He also loved WCW. WolfPac 4 ever! Jokes

  • Estimating Hitter Platoon Skill
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 2/8/2010 -  25
    " splits for their careers. Right-handed hitting Matt Holliday has a career wOBA of .400, but has hit .402 vs. RHP (2793 PA) and and .377 vs. LHP (845 PA), a -6.3% split (negative indicating "reverse

  • Matt Kemp's Maturation
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 1/19/2010 -  28
    Los Angeles Dodgers CF Matt Kemp just turned 25 toward the end of last season, yet he's well established as a fantasy baseball force. The 6-3, 225 pound righty batter possesses an enthralling blend

  • A Logical Landing Spot for Lowell?
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/13/2010 -  51
    -timer at second. At the moment, the Twins' other options at third base are Matt Tolbert and Brendan Harris. Tolbert projects as about a -13 hitter and -4 defender -- a 0.5 WAR player over a full season

  • Scott Podsednik, Dayton Moore, and The Contest
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/8/2010 -  183
    One might be tempted to see the Royals' signing of outfielder Scott Podsednik as a move to steal the headlines in the wake of cross-state rival St. Louis' big Matt Holliday contract earlier this week

  • Kearns and Duncan in Cleveland
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/6/2010 -  22
    holes that need to be filled and not much money with which to do so. Matt LaPorta is a good young hitter, but he might be needed to fill the hole in 1B (unless Andy Marte works out there). Left field

  • Holliday Returns to the Cardinals
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 1/5/2010 -  71
    In a stunning turn of events, Jon Heyman managed to break a story about one of Scott Boras's clients, reporting that Matt Holliday has resigned with the Cardinals for seven years and 120 million

  • David Wright's Wacky 2009
    in RotoGraphs by David Golebiewski - 1/2/2010 -  19
    . They lost up-the-middle stars Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran, 1B Carlos Delgado and ace Johan Santana, among others, for big chunks of the season. Third baseman David Wright wasn't immune

  • Fernando Rodney and Matt Capps
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 12/28/2009 -  3
    Two closers came off the market last week, as the Angels added Fernando Rodney and the Nationals picked up Matt Capps. The Angels won't look to use Rodney as a closer, but he will provide insurance

  • Gabe Gross
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 12/14/2009 -  6
    for the organization. With Matt Joyce ready to go at least as a platoon partner for the re-signed Gabe Kapler, and Ben Zobrist and Sean Rodriguez perhaps also in line for time in the outfield

  • Matt Capps Non-Tendered
    in FanGraphs by Jack Moore - 12/14/2009 -  24
    After being connected to trade rumors involving J.J. Hardy earlier this winter, the Pirates have non tendered closer Matt Capps. Given that Pittsburgh assumes that other teams would value Capps

  • Traded: Matt Lindstrom to the Astros
    in RotoGraphs by Zach Sanders - 12/9/2009 -  0
    According to Peter Gammons of ESPN, the Houston Astros have acquired reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Florida Marlins. After Kevin Gregg was dealt to the Cubs last year, Lindstrom started the 2009

  • The Humility of Statistical Projection
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/30/2009 -  12
    will be exceptions. Projection systems generally do better when looking at how the project groups of players, rather than focusing in on individual successes or failures, as in the case of Matt Wieters (ahem

  • David Wright's Power Outage Part 2
    in FanGraphs by Dave Allen - 11/16/2009 -  21
    Earlier in the day, RJ took a look at David Wright's drop in power. Although a number of Mets lost power in 2009 (most likely as a result of the move to Citi Field), Wright saw the biggest decline

  • David Wright's Power Outage
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 11/16/2009 -  25
    in what was supposed to be a ceremonious christening like the other New York team witnessed. Amongst the questions the Mets will attempt to answer during the off-season includes David Wright’s 2009

  • David DeJesus and Dayton's Destiny
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/12/2009 -  51
    than Ethier and Jason "Do People Seriously Think I'm Anywhere Close to as Good as Matt Holliday?" Bay. All five are good, but would DeJesus ever be offered a 5/$90M deal? Would his agent ever compare

  • King of the Little Things 2009
    in FanGraphs by Matt Klaassen - 11/9/2009 -  32
    We're happy to announce the addition of the newest member of our team. Matt brings his particular style to the site beginning today. I'm the new guy. Six or seven of you may have previously read

  • The Wright-Cruz Rumor
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 10/23/2009 -  48
    Yesterday, Keith Law confirmed an interesting old trade rumor, noting that he was in the room in 2002 when Steve Phillips offered J.P. Ricciardi a straight up swap of David Wright for Jose Cruz Jr

  • Matt Murton DFA
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 8/27/2009 -  27
    Without stealing Caron’s shtick, let me say that if you enjoy undervalued players stuck in baseball purgatory, you probably have a soft spot for Matt Murton. For whatever reasons Murton has been

  • The Pressures of New York Will Lower David Wright’s BABIP
    in FanGraphs by R.J. Anderson - 6/24/2009 -  1
    David Wright has a batting average on balls in play of .467 through 300 plate appearances. That’s right, nearly half of the balls Wright puts into play are turning into hits. As such, Wright has

  • Matt LaPorta's in the House
    in RotoGraphs by Marc Hulet - 5/3/2009 -  0
    The Cleveland Indians organization finally made the move we all knew was coming the moment 1B/DH Travis Hafner hit the disabled list with another shoulder injury. The club promoted LF/1B/DH Matt

  • Free Matt Murton
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 4/21/2009 -  39
    The Colorado Rockies have a crowded outfield. Even after trading away Matt Holliday, they are trying to find playing time for five outfielders, plus using Ian Stewart in the OF on occasion. So

  • Matt Clement Retires
    in FanGraphs by Eric Seidman - 4/7/2009 -  0
    Matt Clement signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in the offseason hoping to get his injury-plagued major league career back on track. The deal was not guaranteed and his chances of cracking

  • Matt Wieters This Year
    in RotoGraphs by Ryan Glass - 2/8/2009 -  11
    Peter Bendix took a look at Matt Wieters back in November and came away concluding that Wieters could be Joe Mauer with more power. Those are some pretty lofty expectations. David Golebiewski briefly

  • Look For Matt Lindstrom Late
    in RotoGraphs by Brian Joura - 1/15/2009 -  5
    Matt Lindstrom can throw a baseball 100 miles per hour. And if that was not good enough, the Marlins traded Kevin Gregg in the off-season, clearing the closer’s job for Lindstrom. With Logan

  • How High Should One Draft David Wright?
    in RotoGraphs by Brian Joura - 11/18/2008 -  2
    According to the RotoTimes Player Rater, David Wright is one of five hitters to be among the top 12 batters in both 2007 and 2008. Wright finished fourth in dollar value both seasons. The only

  • Is Matt Kemp overrated?
    in FanGraphs by Dave Cameron - 7/10/2008 -  52
    in regards to the Los Angeles Dodgers - Matt Kemp. Loved by some and loathed by others, the divide between those two camps on Kemp's value is astronomical. So, which polarizing position is closer

  • Daily Graphing - Matt Morris
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 12/31/2005 -  0
    Every team is looking for pitching and this winter quality pitchers are in short supply. Matt Morris is one of the few big name free agent pitchers on the market this off season and undoubtedly many

  • Daily Graphing - Matt Lawton
    in FanGraphs by David Appelman - 12/3/2005 -  0
    Matt Lawton tested positive for steroids today and will serve a 10 game suspension since it's his first offense. Let's see if the steroids worked. The first thing that comes to mind