- 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
- Brad Johnson Baseball Chat -- 4/3/14
player tell me he's Michael Young. He might be a couple years from there.12:06Comment From hoohaHow many saves do you think LaTroy gets before he is pulled for brothers 12:06Brad Johnson: I don't actually
- 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
- Michael Bourn: To Steal a Base
Since 2008, Michael Bourn has been a reliable stolen base threat, but those days may be coming to a close. Bourn managed to provide nearly $8 of value last season, but he did so with a career low
- 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
- Waiver Wire: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson
be able to help your squad out: Ben Revere and Chris Johnson.
With Denard Span still on the disabled list and reportedly still feeling a tad woozy from his concussion, Ben Revere
- Michael Wacha Requests Your Attention
Young candidate Justin Verlander, and he outdueled him the first time. But Cardinals youngster Michael Wacha stole the show with his five postseason outings. He earned the NLCS MVP along the way
- Steven Souza and Michael Taylor: Buried in Washington
Steven Souza and Michael Taylor enter the picture. They're both thoroughly blocked by veteran studs, and they both have massive fantasy potential.
We'll start with Souza. He posted a .350/.432/.590
- Michael Morse: Regular Outfielder
Sometimes the easiest posts to write turn out to be the most challenging. Earlier Thursday, the Giants signed Michael Morse for a year and a base salary around $6 million, and the plan is for Morse
- Braving the Hot Corner
of Famer Chipper Jones to steady Martin Prado to Juan Francisco and a current Hall of Famer. That's right, Chris Johnson is in the Stetson University Hall of Fame, and don't you forget
- 2011 Player Rankings: Third Basemen
can't have a dozen tiers, can you?
Tier 4 presents some opportunities. The Panda
- Michael Young and Benjamin Franklin
In May, Michael Young was the #9 consensus ranked third baseman. In June, he hit .257/.306/.327 with zero home runs and zero stolen bases, which was really only slightly worse than the .280/.306/.372
- Updated Third Base Rankings
Sandoval right now, although his HR/FB rate will come down soon, only meaning that he's not going to hit 48 home runs. Sorry.
- Fallers at Second Base
are clustered in our third tier, yet all of them have easily performed like tier 1 talent at least once in their career. Let's peek at at why they're not getting more respect from us.
- Updated Third Base Tiers: May
of this, and Bautista will find himself in Tier 2, but I'm trying to not be too rash.
- 2011 Third Base Rankings: June
the young gun of the bunch, but owners are no doubt waiting for their investment to start paying off, so he's dropped out of the first tier (give him a mental red arrow if necessary).
- Nick Castellanos is Channeling Chris Johnson
- Third Base Updated Rankings: August
if he produces like his owners expect.
Michael Young went
- Third Base Updated Rankings: September
Tier 2 becomes kind of a kitchen sink of solid producers in a variety
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
project the same production over 600 plate appearances.
Call this your risk/reward tier
- On Platooning Chase Headley
. And when you look at it that way, it really shouldn't be too difficult.
Chris Johnson is currently owned in just 37% of Yahoo and 46% of ESPN leagues, he of the .289/.321/.445 slash line. ZiPS seems
- Honoring Ichiro
that was stung by the departures of stars before him in Ken Griffey Jr., Alex Rodriguez, and Randy Johnson. He's put together an MLB resume that will certainly be in the discussion for Hall of Fame
- Updated Third Base Rankings for July
for Ramirez to slot in behind ARod, all of these guys have been hitting well enough to keep their spot for now.
- Kotchman, Carp, and Blanks: Waiver Wire
of the worst offenses of all time, reaffirming that misery loves company. Kotchman, signed in large part to be a defensive substitute for Dan Johnson, fairly rapidly emerged as the preferred first baseman
- The All Waiver Wire Team
, but his numbers are filthy.
Morse is on the DL
- Final Preseason Newsy Third Base Tidbits
his veterans. An injury or a trade of Abreu frees things up a lot, but until then, you probably can't count on regular appearances for Trumbo.
Chris Johnson has returned from the dead. Despite Eno
- Michael Pineda in Pinstripes
So Michael Pineda has parlayed his All-Star performance in Seattle into a gig in the Big Apple due to the overwhelming needs of Seattle's offense. Many are thinking Pineda slots in right behind C.C.
- We're All Going Streaking
- 90.6 mph
Batting king: Yadier Molina, .407 batting average.
Batting jester: Kelly Johnson, .154 batting average.
That's probably more fun with the leaderboard than you need. If there's anything
- Barr Bullish, Bearish, Bold-ish Predictions
and it probably means they'll win 147 games out of respect for the captain. And Alex Rodriguez is gone. Robertson ought to be able to close out one out of every three wins, dontcha think?
9. Josh Johnson is good
- Michael Saunders Makes Good
when it comes to Michael Saunders. After three failed experiments at the Major League level, Saunders, 26, finally showed some of the promise the club hoped for as early as 2007.
Over 553 plate
- Michael Saunders is a Box of Chocolates
Michael Saunders had an infuriating 2014 season. Just ask Jack Zduriencik. Condor was good with the bat, sometimes even great. He played by most accounts superior defense. He did things on second
- Third Base Tiers: June
then perhaps we should temper expectations. Sandoval and Longoria are here due to injury, but will likely jump up in a month.
- Yankees SP Depth Chart Discussions
for Pettitte, who turns 41 this June. And about that age -- the list of effective starters past age 40 is pretty small, including the likes of Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, and Roger Clemens
- How Batters Fared Who Whiffed in April 2013
- Bring Out Your Dead: Edwin Encarnacion and Chipper Jones
in every tier sheet I could find, including our own and his name is Chris Johnson. Now, think what you will of Chris Johnson as a fantasy option and Bill James as a magic 8 ball, but in 27 fewer games
- Taijuan Walker Is Inexperienced and Who Cares
- Second Base Outcomes: Reader Mock Draft
- Dumb Luck and You
- Fun With Tiers, Third Base April Edition
- Third Base Tiers: May
- Chris Sale's Dominant Memorial Day
. Before Rays fans start Googling my address and go all Ted Kaczynski on me, note that Joe Maddon ran a lineup out there that included Rich Thompson, Elliot Johnson, Drew Sutton, Will Rhymes, and Jose
- 2013 Positional Power Rankings: Left Field
- Preseason Third Base Tiers
- Kevin Millwood Tips His Cap
Johnson and Mike Hampton.
And that might be all we need to know about why the expectations were what they were. Wins and ERA. And while Millwood did win 18 games again in his career and he managed
- NL Starters for a Buck: Bud Norris
with that of Adam Wainwright, Max Scherzer, and Josh Johnson. The big problem, however, is that he uses his slider most in two-strike counts and it's the whole getting to such a count that Norris seems
- Pedro Alvarez and Chone Figgins: Coming to a Waiver Wire Near You
Figgins. He has the highest K% of any third baseman at 34% and the 4th lowest wOBA among third basemen at .260, competing with the likes of Brandon Inge and Chris Johnson for superiority of the wretched
- The Stats of Spring
Romero a 7.91 ERA.
And then there's Kyle McClellan who had a 0.78 ERA over five games started.
I recall what Randy Johnson once said after getting lit up in a Spring game -- something
- Waiver Wire Spot Starts: Ellis, Denorfia, Davis
that has you jumping on Oprah's couch, but Ellis has been hitting leadoff lately and since the beginning of August, he's scored 20 runs in 30 games. Should you be suffering through a Kelly Johnson
- The Post-Deadline Austin Jackson
) this is admittedly a small sample size. I don't have the answer to that, unfortunately -- but Howard Johnson, McClendon, and whatever other involved staff should consider this priority #1 if they intend
- Jack Hannahan and Wilson Betemit as Stopgap Measures at Third Base
be better off trying to trade for a third baseman off to a horrible start instead (see: Chris Johnson, Chone Figgins, Pedro Alvarez).
- Corner Crunch - Staffing the "CI" Slot
in the teens. At second, I might be resigned to a Jason Kipnis or Jemile Weeks in the same range, or maybe Kelly Johnson way down in the 200's somewhere.
So now what? Well, I say you go big at CI
- Marlins Rotation Depth Chart Discussions
The Miami Marlins are quite obviously a different club in 2013 than they were at the close of 2012. Relative to their starting rotation, gone are Anibal Sanchez, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle
- Third Base Rankings: May
Honestly, any of these guys could be up a tier. I really like what I've seen from Plouffe
- Reviewing My Mediocre Predictions
1. Erik Johnson will be the second best starting pitcher for the White Sox
Um. This looks silly in retrospect. It's almost like I forgot Jose Quintana existed. My thought process
- Top 100 Spring Hitters by OPS
- Charlie Blackmon's Improbable Season
+ in April, a 121 wRC+ in September, and failed to exceed an 80 wRC+ in any other month. Even after losing Michael Cuddyer to the Mets, the Rockies still have plenty of outfield depth. Drew Stubbs is going
- What Alex Rodriguez's Suspension Means for the Yankees
Reynolds, Michael Young, or Justin Turner, but as the saying goes "you get what you pay for." The club has been connected with Young and Reynolds. There has also been speculation that Kelly Johnson
- Lessons Learned From a Shallow Linear Weights Draft
), Sonny Gray (rnd 21), and Michael Wacha (rnd 23). We have 25 rounds total. The late round keepers gave me the 2nd, 6th, 12th, and 20th overall picks in the draft, although I had to pass on keeping
- The Daily Grind: 4-9-14
The two hitter friendly stadiums in this tier - Coors Field and Fenway - combine to have three exploitable pitchers. In Colorado, Juan Nicasio hosts Erik Johnson. In Boston, Robbie Ross has
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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.
- Michael Cuddyer Defies Platoon Logic
As a fantasy manager, you look at Michael Cuddyer's 2013 season statistics and there should be giant flashing red lights around this number: .382. That's Cuddyer's BABIP. Granted, he earned a good
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Johnson's also been quite bad. The most worrying sign - his fastball velocity is down three mph. Get it together Johnson!
Shelby Miller looks broken says Dave Cameron. Ok, let's stack against him
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Early: Six games fit in the early bucket. Not a single one of them is a hitter's paradise, so we'll have to play it by matchup.
And therein lies the rub. With Edwin Jackson, Michael Bolsinger
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, cold, but he also hits better as a lefty.
Maybe C.J. Cron will send one long tomorrow.
Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte are worth a look see.
All manner of Cleveland lefties are worth a try
- Two Expert Drafts, Minimal Starting Pitching
and draft strategies, I'm only aiming to give you a look under the hood. I hope you find something actionable.
The FOX league includes writers like Howard Bender, a different Brad Johnson
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, you can continue to exploit Ryan Vogelsong.
Hitters (power): You can try Kelly Johnson against Garrett Richards.
Domonic Brown's ownership is declining. He might be worth a peek against McCarthy
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worry about Martin Perez tonight. It could be a slugfest in Denver.
Michael Bolsinger is somebody who isn't terribly good. He's only imploded in one of four outings.
3. Tomorrow's Tango
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. Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte will try to dink one down the line.
Matt Joyce and David DeJesus, come on down.
And while we're at it, let's see Michael Saunders, Justin Smoak, and Brad
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a start in the minors, which hurts his value, and he's opposed by Masahiro Tanaka. In other words, don't expect a win.
The Indians lefty stack will face Dustin McGowan. Michael Bourn is back
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Because you haven't targeted enough Yankees hitters this weekend, whip out the lefties against Andre Rienzo.
Hitters (power): Chris Johnson has a platoon advantage. Too bad he no longer bats
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If the Rockies are aware of park factors, they'll sit Michael Cuddyer for a day so their all-lefty outfield can play. A start for Corey Dickerson would be nice.
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of day to try Kelly Johnson or Yangervis Solarte.
Here's the regular posting of Matt Joyce and David DeJesus.
Jonny Gomes will be in the lineup to face Drew Smyly.
Derek Norris mashes
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which is why I recommend taking a share of Seth Smith against Tim Lincecum.
Marcell Ozuna makes for a nice target against Gonzales.
Chris Johnson and Andrelton Simmons are two Braves I might sneak
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but might return by the end of the season. If you aren't in a keeper league, you can't afford to play wait and see. It's time to cut Stanton and hope someone like Juan Lagares can channel his inner Michael
- 21 Players Whose Fielding Could Affect Their Fantasy Value
season. That's a shame.
4. Michael Saunders, CF
I didn't know this, but Saunders is actually pretty bad in center field (I thought he was acceptable). With Abraham Almonte competing for playing
- Lineup Genius in Cleveland
against Blue Jays righty Drew Hutchison last Friday.
Michael Bourn - L
Swisher - S
Jason Kipnis - L
Carlos Santana - S
Michael Brantley - L
Asdrubal Cabrera - S
David Murphy - L
Gomes - R
- Five Buy High Pitchers
hitters and pitchers.
Michael Pineda: When the Yankees acquired Pineda, they were paying for a flamethrower with some control. Three years later, Pineda is showing a more nuanced approach
- The Potentially Historic Comeback of Michael Pineda
for the comeback currently being attempted by the Yankees' Michael Pineda.
Pineda's 2011 debut with the Mariners was stellar by any measure. He was dominant through the season's first half, and after
- Michael Barr's 10 Bold Projections
- J.A. Happ Goes West
/sixth starter role. They eventually traded him in a steal of Michael Saunders from the Mariners.
His new digs at Safeco Field should really help Happ and his fly ball tendencies. Toronto's Rogers
- Handling Fantasy Baseball Keeper Decisions
My assignment for you is to develop a strategy based on this information. For what it's worth, I know what I plan to do. As much as part
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to write about for today's games, Michael Wacha, Yovani Gallardo, Tyson Ross, and Madison Bumgarner all feature extremely fantastic matchups. Ross and Bumgarner feature the friendliest park and terrible
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Michael Brantley is a middle of the order bat at the moment. His matchup tomorrow is lovely.
Hitters (speed): Michael Saunders and Brad Miller are good targets for a swipe
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or designated hitter.
Anyone from the Indians collection of left-handed hitters is viable, including Michael Brantley, Lonnie Chisenhall, and David Murphy.
C.J. Cron appears to be getting a full
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comes Doyer69 and his 62 point onslaught.
Jason Vargas - Nice selection of a left-handed pitcher against the Seattle Mariners. I went with shinier picks including Jose Fernandez and Michael Wacha
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) could make for top plays.
Michael Choice is yet another...choice...for tomorrow.
Hitters (speed): Michael Saunders and James Jones are worth a sniff for steals.
Kole Calhoun will fall off
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. Wednesday Picks
Pitchers to Start: Michael Pineda makes his return from the disabled list. While I'm in no rush to test him out against the Orioles at Camden Yards, I thought I'd mention him just
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he'll soon be a poor man's Michael Brantley. Yelich doesn't have the size to generate as much leverage as Brantley, but the rest of his skill set could be comparable. Marlins Stadium isn't anyone's
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Souza, Michael Taylor, Daniel Robertson, Andy Wilkins, and Dalton Pompey. I'm not sure if Souza or Taylor will be able to find playing time behind the Nationals trio of solid outfielders. Both prospects
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, bad opponent, and opposing starting pitcher (see below) should result in good numbers and a win.
Michael Pineda is still floating around a few waiver wires. I enjoy his stuff, although I think he
- Long Balls Plaguing Brandon McCarthy
, but it leaks a bit too far over the plate.
April 5, Michael Cuddyer
Here we have a pitch that flattened out up over the middle of the zone. Cuddyer took it out to the opposite field
- Gerardo Parra: Back to the Platoon
Yesterday, we spoke about Michael Bourn's terrible struggles against non-fastballs from left-handed pitchers. Parra has those exact same issues.
Against Left-Handed Pitchers
- Barnes in New Pastures
be useful to fantasy owners.
First, Barnes will need to earn playing time in an already crowded outfield. Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer will play everyday when healthy. Cuddyer could potentially
- Sonny Gray for Ace
were 31 percent O-Swing and 65.5 percent Z-Swing.
I looked at Danny Salazar and Michael Wacha to see if this had something to do with his short track record in the majors. All three pitchers
- The Athletics Rotation
, so he probably won't see major league action this season. He's not a great fantasy prospect due to a lowish strikeout rate. The A's have other notable rotation prospects like Michael Ynoa
- Stolen Topic: Three Players I Won't Draft
enough. However, that puts him alongside James Shields, Gerrit Cole, Michael Wacha, Shelby Miller, Julio Teheran, and Alex Cobb. That's an impressive list of young players with high upside anchored by one
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is a fringe breakout candidate with a matchup against the no-offense Twins. That could work out well.
I'll cautiously mention that Michael Pineda is making his first start of the season against
- Five Players to Sell High
worked for guys like Michael Young. Solarte isn't Young, and he won't be a fantasy asset throughout the entire season. Now is the time to cash in.
Chris Colabello: Minnesota's new power bat is liable
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Carson Cistulli throwback special Colby Lewis starts tomorrow against an effective White Sox lineup.
The Dodgers will face Michael Bolsinger tomorrow. I don't have any notes on Bolsinger, but I assume
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. As is Josmil Pinto beans.
Maybe George Springer will finally light up the scoreboard against Maurer.
Hitters (speed): Brad Miller and Michael Saunders could be worth a peek against McHugh.
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relievers in disguise. Some of them still succeed out of the rotation like Lance Lynn. Most are like Jarred Cosart. Tomorrow, he'll face the Tigers.
With Michael Bolsinger on the hill
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. It's probably easiest to say you don't want to stack against Johnny Cueto or Michael Wacha.
Two pitchers are obvious bad nuts. Wandy Rodriguez at Miller Park is a disaster waiting to happen. His
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seeing more work atop the lineup.
Mookie Betts gets the platoon advantage for the first time in his short major league career. I assume he'll start.
James Jones and Michael Saunders can swipe
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is a good one, so you may want to look elsewhere.
Hang onto Michael Choice if you want a guy who can occasionally produce a big (and usually does nothing).
Sean Rodriguez will see a decent left-handed
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Remember when I could recommend Michael Brantley? Now I only have Lonnie Chisenhall and Zach Walters.
Adam Lind will face Joe Kelly.
Hitters (speed): Sam Fuld might swipe a bag.
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and Jarrod Dyson is a good steals target.
Michael Bourn is against Justin Verlander.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color
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Michael Wacha is back. He's only available in 18 percent of Yahoo leagues. I just figured I'd mention him.
Pitchers to Exploit: Brandon Workman versus Chris Capuano at Yankee Stadium could potentially
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1. Ye Olde Innings Exploit
Michael Barr has the annual reminder about the innings exploit that can be used in many fantasy
- A Place To Celebrate
, Michael Brantley, Jose Bautista, and Giancarlo Stanton. We know they had huge seasons, but that's a relatively short list of overlapping studs. I really wanted to own Jose Abreu in every league
- Jonathan Schoop: Power and Impatience
Walker. His HR/FB ratio of 13.1 percent was similar to players like Gomez, Michael Brantley, and Kyle Seager. There's no guarantee he'll recapture his power output in 2015, but it's a good sign to see
- Anthony Rendon: Breakout Bargain Bonanza
more strikes than the average hitter. The discipline served him well with a .351 on base percentage.
He has a reputation for making high quality contact. In some ways, I'm reminded of Michael Young
- Wilmer Flores Probably Earns A Job
pitches and spitting on the borderline ones, he could see both his BABIP and ISO spike.
Basically, I see the ghost of Michael Young inside young Flores. Will Flores ever reach that ceiling? Can he
- Ottoneu Strategy: Going For Broke
a $6 Christian Yelich. The multi-season contender may hoard Yelich. I see him as somebody with a touch of Michael Brantley. Rather than sell now, I want to see if he can build additional value
- The Value of Melky Cabrera and Julio Urias in Ottoneu
. In essence, the replacement level for outfielders is higher in our league. To put some names on it, I could have targeted someone like Michael Saunders, while a more present-focused league might have had
- Replacement Level Depth Revisited
). Unfortunately, you could be trading a lot of production for his track record of health. Michael Brantley (26th), Hanley Ramirez (28th), Josh Donaldson (32nd), Ryan Braun (33rd), Victor Martinez (34th
- Did Somebody Screw Up Carlos Gomez's Scouting Report?
- The Players' Association May Target Qualifying Offers
players noticeably affected. The complete list includes Kyle Lohse, Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Ubaldo Jimenez, Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew, Kendrys Morales, and Cruz. Individually, we can make cases
- Pick `Em: Arizona's Shortstop Conundrum
is the bat option. One insider I spoke with compared him to Michael Young — complete with a future move down the defensive spectrum. Young gave away about one or two wins per season when he started
- Colorado's Canny Outfield Platoon
Michael Cuddyer. With Justin Morneau an uncertainty entering the season, the club probably planned on using Cuddyer at first base with some regularity. Additionally, Cuddyer, Morneau and Carlos Gonzalez
- The Athletics Outfield
fall through the cracks in a few leagues, but his potential to produce fantasy average production across five categories could be quite valuable.
- Lessons From My First Mock
- What I Learned From Jeff Sullivan Learning About WAR
need most. If my team is short on steals and I have one outfield slot left, I'll pony up extra for Michael Bourn. The point is, do your analysis, build your rankings, and then put better processes
- The Cardinals Rotation
and expected roles.
You know Wainwright. He's the guy who terrifies his opponents with excellent control and a devastating curve ball
- Beware of Sleepers
with Kyle Blanks a few years back. There are a few players every year that owners over-pursue. Maybe this year it will be one of the young pitchers like Sonny Gray, Michael Wacha, or Danny Salazar. Maybe
- Relievers Who Have SP-Eligibility in Yahoo
current velocity, so if anyone has more details, please share.
David Phelps: Currently lightly penciled in as the Yankees fifth starter, Phelps still has to beat out Michael Pineda (who could
- 10 Fantasy Relevant Predictions (Not Very Bold)
combined total between Triple-A and the majors last season was just 17.1 percent. While most people are aware that he's a free swinger, his scouting profile has more in common with Michael Young or a low
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Michael Pineda. Like the game in Kansas City, both pitchers could get lit up tonight. Unlike that game, both pitchers could also dominate the competition. This is the game to watch in my book.
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for a Yankees stack. The game in Houston also looks stackable, with Jarred Cosart squaring off against C.J. Wilson. The other two games have inferior conditions and/or better pitchers. That means Michael
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of the game.
Colby Lewis is tough to handicap, mostly because he is a smoke and mirrors guy. Sometimes the mirrors break and the smoke dissipates.
Who is Michael Bolsinger and do I want to stack
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, especially the lefties.
Speaking of honesty, goodness, and friendly hitter parks, Arizona hosts Tyler Chatwood against Michael Bolsinger. Load up on them Rockies.
3. Tomorrow's Fantasies
- Three Pitchers Who Do Not Pass the Eye Test
hard fastball doesn't really dominate hitters. They usually look comfortable taking full hacks. I prefer pitchers who produce a lot of confused swings. Watch Michael Wacha melt a few hitters and you'll
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in on Michael Brantley. He's batting third most days.
Chris Carter, Jesus Guzman, and George Springer may also be worthy of a look.
Hitters (speed): Rajai Davis will see Dallas Keuchel tomorrow
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and David DeJesus against Hisashi Iwakuma, but it's not the best matchup.
Hitters (speed): Nyjer Morgan is leading off for the Indians while Michael Bourn rehabilitates.
I'd give George Springer
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Miller are worth a look. Michael Saunders could be interesting if he's ready to return from injury.
Norichika Aoki is an automatic recommendation against nearly all right-handed pitchers. Bud Norris
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be in the lineup.
Michael Saunders, James Jones, and Brad Miller could also swipe a base.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding
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You could try George Springer against Tyler Skaggs.
Justin Smoak has a rare favorable matchup.
Hitters (speed): James Jones, Michael Saunders, and Brad Miller also appear usable
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Here's the good - Brandon McCarthy will face a scuffling Cardinals lineup at Busch Stadium. Here's the bad - he's opposed by Michael Wacha.
Phil Hughes and Tyson Ross both face weak lineups in San Diego
- Sometimes It Pays to Make a Bad Trade
and one utility spot, my group of Ryan Braun, Shin-Soo Choo, Brandon Moss, Matt Holliday, Melky Cabrera, and Michael Brantley was becoming hard to manage. My other overflow is at closer. I have six
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against Michael Wacha, he probably won't record a win.
I like both Tyson Ross and Brandon McCarthy. They're both sinker ball pitchers who can rack up strikeouts (the skill is new to McCarthy
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. But he'll have to push Michael Cuddyer to the bench in order to start.
Hey, it's Matt Joyce and David DeJesus. Fancy seeing you two here.
Lonnie Chisenhall, David Murphy, Nick Swisher, Dayan
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): Mandatory Matt Joyce and David DeJesus sighting.
John Jaso bats second against most right-handers now. He lacks for power, but has even less speed.
Michael Choice reminds me of a toolsier John Mayberry
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Hitters (speed): I recommended Whitley, but with such a short sample to his name, you may want to try James Jones and Michael Saunders.
Brock Holt is still pulling regular
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Michael Wacha, Sonny Gray, and Danny Salazar).
Collin McHugh is for real. At least for now. He may lose whatever he's doing to strike out heaps of batters, but until then he's viable against most
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well he can replicate it against the Angels.
Hitters (power): C.J. Cron is now a most-everyday designate hitter. Huzzah.
I miss when I could recommend Michael Brantley. I guess David Murphy
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of the platoon. They're between zero and five percent owned on Yahoo!
The list includes: Carlos Pena, Sean Rodriguez, Gaby Sanchez, Ryan Hanigan, Logan Morrison, Chris Young, John Mayberry, Michael
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, but I'll still take him for free.
Hitters (speed): Michael Saunders is rumored to be returning tomorrow. James Jones is out there too.
Leonys Martin was the leadoff man yesterday. He may draw the same
- Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage - Lessons
value left in the tank beyond those prices. It was enough that I could take a shot at this season. And if I had happened to catch a couple more guys like Michael Brantley, Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Blackmon
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. Remember, he doesn't have power or speed.
Michael Choice has a bit of power even if the rest of his line is dreadful. He'll see lefty Wei-Yin Chen.
Hitters (speed): Austin Jackson, J.D. Martinez, Rajai
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Hitters (speed): Michael Saunder and James Jones, come on down. You're the next contestants on the Price is Right.
Dan Robertson isn't a stud, but he sometimes leads off against
- Keeper Trades - 8 Injured Players to Target
could make good keepers. Michael Wacha is out there. He's just a small adjustment away from elite performance in my opinion. For owners in ottoneu, guys on the 60 day disabled list like Avisail Garcia
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, there are also Khris Davis, Matt Adams, Lucas Duda, Michael Morse, and most shockingly, Allen Craig among the powerful types. Next we find some slappy guys like Adam Eaton, Everth Cabrera, Lorenzo Cain, Scooter
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Hitters (speed): Michael Taylor may start against Mets swing pitcher TBA.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today
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strikeouts, high-ish walks, and fly balls opens him up to the occasional meltdown outing. Tillman is against Michael Pineda, who could be shaky in his first start back from the disabled list. Jason Vargas
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with Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher, and David Murphy on the disabled list.
Brad Peacock has struggled through most of his outings. Fly ball friendly ways along with a very high walk rate (nearly 5 BB/9) have
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National. If Michael Taylor is still with the club tomorrow, then I could see him getting a spot start in place of Bryce Harper.
Hitters (speed): Norichika Aoki will look to get things started against
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stingy at the major league level, but he's never been better than adequate at prevented walks in the minors.
I'm not entirely trusting of Michael Pineda, but the Astros can have their games where
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Pagan is another Giant to think about tomorrow.
Michael Taylor may start in place of Denard Span or Bryce Harper.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions
- Further Ongoing Fire Sale Coverage
). Finally, I decided to go for scouting over present talent. Brandon McCarthy once told me he saw a lot of Michael Young in Owings. That's a good enough endorsement for me. I'm also leaning towards
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getting the reps.
Michael Bourn and Jose Ramirez usually bat first and second for the Indians.
Maybe Lorenzo Cain is desirable against the lefty.
The table below indicates which
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Michael Bourn and Jose Ramirez ought to look for walks against May. Then they can steal themselves a double.
Look to Ender Inciarte, Josh Rutledge, Drew Stubbs, and any other DBacks/Rockies you
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Michael Bourn and Jose Ramirez offer another source of speed.
The table below indicates which stadiums have the best conditions for hitters today. The color coding is a classic stoplight
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to settle for flawed assets. Michael Pineda is quite talented for somebody I'm calling "flawed." The issue is the matchup - he's at Yankee Stadium against the Orioles.
Speaking of iffy matchups
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some offense too.
Try rolling the dice on Clay Buchholz if you need last minute starters. He has a high risk, high reward profile against the measly New York Yankees. Michael Pineda is on the other
- Tinkering With Ottoneu Arbitration Selections
to be in that racket, so I added a second dollar to Michael Brantley ($7).
The owner of Soler ($7) is another all-prospect team and non-threat in 2015. I could, and perhaps should, throw my dollar on Nolan
- Fantasy Keeper Decisions: Part Two
Now that everyone has had a chance to offer their first impressions, I'll reveal what I consider to be the three "correct
- 2014 Positional Power Rankings: Right Field
- Valuing Your Last Roster Spot
talent for free at various points in the season. For example, my rotations were heavy on Patrick Corbin, Sonny Gray, Danny Salazar, Corey Kluber, Ivan Nova, Alex Wood, and Michael Wacha last season, most
- A Collection of Five Category Hitters
- Daily Notes: Mostly Ambulant Nick Johnson Retires
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Assorted Headlines
2. Table: Nick Johnson's Walk Rate in Context
3. Three Images: Venezuelan Winter
- 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
- Can Michael Saunders Meet His Potential?
It seems like Michael Saunders has been tantalizing fantasy managers with his annual seven weeks of quality hitting for the better part of this century. Even for a Mariner fan, it's surprising
- Michael Young For Carlos Lee Makes Sense
Michael Young does not want to play for the Texas Rangers anymore - he made that clear with his public assailing of their front office last night, and essentially changed the incentives for Jon
- Risers at Third Base: Michael Cuddyer, Mark Reynolds, Scott Sizemore
a stab at what these gentlemen may produce from here on out, leaving that to the rest-of-the-season-machines, but I wanted to shed light on a few emerging developments over at the five.
- Braves Scoop Up Useful Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson
. Johnson gives the team a solid late game pinch hitter against left-handed relievers, and will allow Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward to stay fresh down the stretch run.
These are not the two players
- 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
- 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
- Kelly Johnson's Redemption
Dropped from Braves at the end of 2009, Kelly Johnson found little interest in his services and ended up in Arizona on a one year contract paying him just $2.3 million. Arizona gambled that Johnson
- Pitcher Study: Josh Johnson
Is Josh Johnson still an ace?
The 2012 season had some encouraging signs after shoulder injuries cut short potential Cy Young campaigns in 2010 and 2011. Johnson posted a 3.81 ERA and 3.40 FIP
- Randy Johnson's Countdown
Randy Johnson has not pitched particularly well this season, for instance see yesterday's shelling at the hands of the Rockies. In fact, outside of Tim Lincecum, nobody in the Giants rotation has
- Is Elliot Johnson Worth Starting?
Last year, Elliot Johnson was one of the worst hitters in the majors. With a 57 wRC+ backed by just four home runs, six steals, and a strikeout rate near 30%, Johnson's lackluster performance had
- Chris Johnson and Great Players
that people hardly notice. The leader in the National League right now is Chris Johnson, batting .342. Johnson didn't even begin the year as an everyday player.
Johnson went from the Diamondbacks
- Kelly Johnson: A DeRosa Alternative
dislike dealing in shadowy realm of rumor, Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson has been mentioned in multiple places as a non-tender candidate given his 2009 performance and replacement by Martin Prado
- Nick Johnson to New York
The Yankees have absolutely refused to stand pat this offseason. After adding Curtis Granderson in the first big trade of the winter, the Yankees have now agreed to terms with 1B/DH Nick Johnson
- Kelly Johnson: Slugger
As part of a critical five-run rally in the bottom of the fifth inning of yesterday's Phillies-Diamondbacks game, Arizona second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged his NL-leading seventh home run
- Tweets That Weren't, Michael Cuddyer Edition
I feel bad for Michael Cuddyer.
- Josh Johnson's Extension
The Marlins locked up their most talented pitcher on Thursday, as they agreed to terms with 26-year-old SP Josh Johnson on a four-year, 39 million dollar contract. The deal will pay 3.75MM in '10
- A Small Randy Johnson Retrospective
As you have surely heard, Randy Johnson announced his retirement last night. Matthew took the first look at this, noting that he retires as someone who could be a three-win pitcher next year. Here
- The Return of Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson returned to the mound last night for the first time since April 21. The oft-injured 29-year-old (it still surprises me that he’s just 29) impressed against the Giants, throwing seven
- Josh Johnson's Curveball
We're happy to welcome Albert Lyu back to the FanGraphs team. His work will again appear regularly here on the site.
Before Josh Johnson was lost for the season with shoulder injuries in May, he
- Marlins Reel in Nick Johnson
Bedlam ruled the day of the trade deadline, and the Nick Johnson for LHP Aaron Thompson deal was no exception. The Nationals broke from their age old custom of clenching to tradeable players
- The Josh Johnson Dilemma
Earlier this year, Jack Moore reviewed Josh Johnson's inability to get hitters out while pitching from the stretch. Johnson and the Jays were very much aware of the situation, but even still, it did
- The Nick Johnson Quandry
offers a similar problem for GMs with a shopping list.
I'm speaking of Mr. Disabled List himself, Nick Johnson. His list of health problems is longer than a typical Joe Posnanski column
- Buying Low on Josh Johnson
It may surprise some, considering this high ERA and low strikeout rate compared to his career average, but Josh Johnson actually has the seventh highest WAR of any pitcher in baseball. Despite having
- Robbing Johnson of a Shot
(and the .227 batting average in 2008 just adds insult to injury). The move also keeps the underrated Rob Johnson from receiving the opportunity that he deserves.
Johnson, 25, was selected out of college
- Randy Johnson Retires
Randy Johnson announced his retirement today. There are thousands upon thousands of words that could, and should, be written about Randy Johnson. His career numbers are remarkable. The mark he left
- Josh Johnson Heads to Canada
So as you all no doubt know by now, Josh Johnson was part of the trade of fantasy baseball proportions that is expected to be finalized at some point today. It's time for JJ to start trading in his
- Johnson Leads Florida's Rotation
projected them to be worse than the Nationals. Last night Josh Johnson won the game for the Marlins, pitching six innings of four-hit, one-run ball while striking out 6, walking only one and getting seven
- Kelly Johnson: Aging With Style
Fantasy owners hoped for a bounce back in 2012 after Kelly Johnson regressed in 2011 after a superb 2010 season. A second baseman with 16 HRs and 14 SBs normally would have a relatively high fantasy
- Recalling Jim Johnson
to the minors and recalled 24-yr old pitcher Jim Johnson. Johnson, a starter in the minor leagues, had made two "audition" starts for the Orioles in 2006 and 2007, racking up the undesirable line of 5 IP
- Will Erik Johnson Be Relevant?
He throws all four pitches, has solid velocity, a big solid frame, will begin the season in the White Sox rotation, and is a top 100 prospect. With all of that said, will Erik Johnson be worth
- Chris Johnson Heads to Arizona
for third baseman Chris Johnson. While the move gives the Diamondbacks and improved situation at the hot corner, it may not be so great for fantasy owners.
First of all, let's establish the fact
- No Love For Jim Johnson?
and there, but if they're healthy, they've always seemed to slide back into the job. So why, after 101 saves in the past two season....yes, that's right, 101...does Jim Johnson get no love?
I did a mock draft
- Lowrie and Johnson: Waiver Wire
be slotted in at SS, 3B, MI, CI, and UTL positions, which makes him a nice option to have coming off the bench as needed.
Chris Johnson (ESPN: 26 percent owned; Yahoo!: 25 percent owned)
- The Nick Johnson Stories
The phone rang, rattling in the glove compartment, but Nick Johnson did not hear it. He was already halfway to the creek. His boots crackled among the the skeletons of leaves scattered between
- The Extent of Michael Bourn's Capability
, three of them, from the other end. Josh Hamilton hit one of them, and Curtis Granderson hit zero of them. Robinson Cano hit zero of them. Jay Bruce and Mike Trout each hit zero of them.
- 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
- Michael Morse: Will the Production Continue?
Michael Morse is having his best season ever with 21 home runs and a 0.319 average. The 29 year old has filled in the void left at 1B when Adam Dunn signed with the White Sox this off season. I
- Michael Young = Derek Jeter?
On the Monday evening ESPN SportsCenter, Dave Winfield was highlighting the big plays of the afternoon tilt between the Rangers and the Tigers. Since Michael Young went two-for-four with a big RBI
- Michael Cuddyer, Already a Met
Michael Cuddyer wasn't expected to receive a qualifying offer from the Rockies, so, he received a qualifying offer from the Rockies. Michael Cuddyer was expected to accept the qualifying offer, so
- Michael Young's Value
Today, Michael Young was named the Gold Glove winner for the American League at shortstop, a selection that rivals some of the worst picks the managers have ever made. Young is, by pretty much every
- Michael Bourn, Chopped Liver?
Why isn't there more interest in Michael Bourn? A six-win center fielder is on the market, and our most recent article on the subject is whether or not his agent has waited too long to get him a deal
- Has Michael Brantley Arrived?
, but Zach Jackson washed out early, Rob Bryson still toils in the minor leagues, and the second-biggest piece, Michael Brantley, had struggled mightily in his short time with the big club, compiling
- Nothing Fishy About Josh Johnson
Heading into the 2007 season, Florida's Josh Johnson looked like an ace-in-waiting.
As a 22 year-old rookie in 2006, the 6-7 righty posted a 3.99 FIP in 24 starts and seven relief appearances
- Will Francoeur's Approach Work for Kelly Johnson?
It was shaping up as a disappointing season for Kelly Johnson in 2008 until a strong September. After three straight months of hitting .250 or less, Johnson posted a 22-game hitting streak
- Change of Scenery: Michael Aubrey
This week, the Orioles organization picked up former first-round pick Michael Aubrey, who never reached his potential in Cleveland thanks to a rash of injuries. The left-handed hitting first
- Michael Bourn's Market Value
If you go to the Free Agent Leaderboards, you'll see Michael Bourn's name at the top, as the sort for the list is set to descending 2012 WAR, and Bourn has the highest WAR this season (+6.1) of any
- The Versatile Michael Cuddyer
, it was not meant to be.
With their third basemen putting up just a .271 wOBA this season, the Twins have started Michael Cuddyer at the hot corner fives times in the last week or so (six counting today
- Michael Pineda's Not Messing Around
When the Yankees traded for Michael Pineda, they didn't know he'd need surgery on his shoulder labrum. Had they known that, they certainly wouldn't have agreed to the move. See, that's because labral