- More Than Balderdash on Baker
While taking part in some Mother Day festivities, I was fortunate enough to catch most of the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds contest. This so happens to be a pairing of Dusty Baker’s two most
- Jeff Baker: Starting Second Baseman
Guerrero against lefties, but his platoon partner plays a slow, not-so-good-at-fielding Ryan Theriot against righties. DeWitt has something of a comparative advantage against righties, but Baker's
- An Introduction to GRIT
- Baker Undergoes Surprise Tommy John Surgery
league job will not be with the Minnesota Twins. Baker has a $9.25M club option for the 2013 season, but there is almost no conceivable way Terry Ryan and the Twins exercise that option at this point
- Headley, Ludwick, Hafner, Baker, Santana: DLWW
, if any, home runs since he has hit only 4 this entire season.
Ryan Ludwick (back – 20% owned) – Ludwick should return from the DL on Wednesday. He is one of the few sources of home runs available
- Ryan Dempster Sort of Retires But Not Really
From just missing out on the Marlins' first World Series title to being a member of the Red Sox's eighth, Ryan Dempster has experienced plenty in his big league career. He might have just had his
- Scott Baker's Season
After last night's six-inning, five run beat down at the hand of the Toronto Blue Jays, Minnesota Twins righty Scott Baker holds an unimpressive 4.87 ERA. He's also got a sub-.500 record, winning
- Unlucky R-Ho
will probably come back to earth and those that were unlucky are due to breakout. This can be very helpful when deciding to draft one player or another. The first player in the series is Ryan Howard
- Twins Lock up Baker
Right about the same time that Jon Lester got his recent deal from the Red Sox, Scott Baker signed a four year, $15.25 million extension with a $9.25 million team option for a fifth year. Like Lester
- The Lucky Riot
formulate a new version of xBABIP that takes into account a number of components of the hitter and models the way their BIP should be converted to outs/hits.
Last year Ryan Theriot had his best season
- The Most Predictable Hitters of 2013
- Oblique Injuries in MLB
Longoria, Jason Bay, J.A. Happ, Curtis Granderson, Brian Wilson, Jair Jurrjens, and Ryan Zimmerman are some of the players who were slowed by oblique injuries in 2011, with Zimmerman drastically altering
- Open-Market Value — The Free Agent Team
such as Bartolo Colon, Brandon McCarthy, Jhonny Peralta and Ryan Vogelsong. Instead, Mr. Dave Cameron, in his infinite generosity, has given me a budget of $80 million FanGraphs Pesos to piece together a free
- Stanton's Possible Extension
to look like in order to get a deal done. As Jong notes, Prince Fielder made $33.5 million in his three arbitration seasons with this same skillset, while Ryan Howard achieved Super Two status
- An Alternative to Pujols in St.Louis
Furcal or to bring in a capable alternative, and Cards fans would probably be looking at a lot of Ryan Theriot (+0.6 WAR over the last two seasons) or a low-cost free agent at short.
As luck would
- Extending Shaun Marcum
consisting of Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Corey Hart, Yovani Gallardo, Greinke and Marcum. It may be in their best interest to go with a one-year deal, as it allows them to cut bait if Marcum gets hurt
- FAN Projection Targets: AL West Second Basemen
under his belt. He also has more Fan Projections submitted than pretty much everyone except Ryan Braun - and these projections are optimistic. In limited action last year, he posted a strong .340
- Ryan Ludwick Returns to The Land of the Powerful
The migration of players from San Diego to Cincinnati continued on Monday -- albeit with a stopover in Pittsburgh -- as Ryan Ludwick signed a one-year deal with the Reds. Assuming some unforeseen
- Arizona Fall League - Arms to Watch
- The Evolution of K-Rod
- Motte, Feliz Continue Tradition
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part One
- The Brandon McCarthy Saga - Part Two
- Edwin Jackson Is In Love With His Slider
- How Will Prince Fielder Age?
- Dan Duquette as GM: The Pitching Staff
- Don't Sleep on the Angels
- Red Sox Bring In Jesse Carlson
- Yu Darvish's Landing Spot
- Joe Saunders: A Fit for the New-Look Marlins?
- The Post-Injury Jeff Francis and DIPS
- Who Is Your $100 Million Pitcher?
- Yadier Molina's Potential Payday and Catcher Aging
- Brett Cecil's Descent?
- Starlin Castro Is Good at Baseball
- Will Elvis Andrus Make a Fantasy Impact Next Year?
- Derek Lowe the Brave
- Unlucky Beltre
- Trevor Hoffman on the Move
- Figgins Got Lucky?
- Khalil Greene: Worse than Unlucky in 2008
- Is Magglio Done?
- What Shakes out in the Rays Bullpen?
- Matt Wieters This Year
- Who is the Real RBI Leader for 2012?
- Q&A: Ryan Hanigan, Underrated Red
Ryan Hanigan might be the most underrated catcher in baseball. He is definitely one of the most studious and verbose. The 32-year-old Cincinnati Red knows the game, and he can break down the nuances
- A 2nd Breakout for Scott Baker?
On the surface, Scott Baker is having his typical season. With a 4.12 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP, compared to his career marks of 4.31 and 1.28, respectively, he has performed pretty much in line
- Cubs Sign Scott Baker
Stop the presses! Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer have signed a good player with durability questions to a one year contract. This time, their reclamation project is Scott Baker, who underwent Tommy John
- Dusty Baker and Pitch Counts
Over the first week of my new blog, I've made a number of posts about Dusty Baker's handling of Reds pitchers. I suggested that I thought Baker has done a better job of managing the workload
- Dusty Baker is a Fan of Mismatches
Dusty Baker threw the American League champions yesterday. The Rays christening of their new spring home didn’t quite go to plan. Joe Maddon followed the aforementioned tradition, running out
- Waiver Wire: Appreciating Scott Baker
About a month ago my Rotographs colleague, the excellent Mike Podhorzer, wrote a piece that wondered if Scott Baker was having the second breakout season of his career. Mike sang Baker’s praises
- A GIF and a Tune: Rajai Davis and Chet Baker
In the second installment of A GIF and a Tune, we watch Rajai Davis float along to the smoother-than-velvet-underpants stylings of Chet Baker.
- Cubs Add Baker, Search for Butcher and Candlestick-Maker
Despite apparent mutual interest in a return engagement at Target Field, Scott Baker has parted company with the Twins and will head six hours southeast on I-90/94 through the vast, untrodden wilds
- Spectacles/Mustache Package Deal: Dusty Baker
I dare you to look at the aged -- yet oddly handsome -- face of Dusty Baker, and not be impressed. I don't know about you, but I see wisdom.
I see a mix of young and old: A pair of stylish
- Twins Lose Scott Baker To Another Flexor Strain
The Twins announced Wednesday that their top starter, Scott Baker, would miss the rest of the season after upcoming surgery to clear scar tissue from his right flexor pronator tendon. While
- Padres Get Better End Of Baker-LeBlanc Swap
The Marlins and Padres managed to sneak in a little one-for-one trade just before the Thanksgiving holiday, with catcher John Baker heading to San Diego in exchange for left-handed pitcher Wade
- FanGraphs Audio: John Jaso and Geoff Baker
David Laurila (@DavidLaurilaQA), curator of FanGraphs’ Q&A Series, talks both to Mariners catcher John Jaso and Seattle Times beat writer Geoff Baker.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Scott Baker: Most Underrated Hurler in the Bigs?
Walker one -- so keep that in mind as you read.
Nonetheless, each and every time I look at Scott Baker’s marks -- last year especially but even his career digits -- I get the increasing notion
- Tomlin, Peralta, Baker, Sanchez, Santana: DLWW
of save opportunities.
Watch the headlines for news of Farnsworth returning to his closer role. Until then, enjoy the few saves that can be squeezed out of Peralta.
Scott Baker (Elbow - 19.0
- Chapman Leads Impressive Baker-Free Reds Bullpen
that only using your closer only in save situations is a pretty terrible use of resources.
Dusty Baker under-utilized Chapman, such that despite his dominant performance he was worth just 1.6 wins
- Young Ryan Braun
Young Ryan Braun isn't smiling because "intent with Buick-like seriousness" are his factory settings.
Young Ryan Braun doesn't like posed senior portraits.
Young Ryan Braun doesn't like
- Romney Picks Ryan
Over the weekend, Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to be his running mate on the Republican ticket. I wish to make the case that Romney chose the wrong Ryan.
Paul Ryan: Wisconsin (10
- Sunday Notes: Baker's Books, Barney's Leather, Buehrle's Bullets & More
John Baker isn't a cookie-cutter catcher in the mold of a Yogi Berra or a Crash Davis. He doesn't read comic books or converse in cliches. The Chicago Cubs backstop is a deep thinker who sees
- Young Ryan Theriot
The name on Young Ryan Theriot's fake ID reads, "Fraternity Paddle Made Man."
"Are you the quarterback?" Angel Boudreux once asked Young Ryan Theriot. No, I play baseball, Young Ryan Theriot
- Mustache Watch: Brendan Ryan
Little to nothing is going right for the Seattle Mariners this year. Save for the mustaches of Eric Wedge and now Brendan Ryan, and, well, all their stellar pitching, Seattle's 2011 season
- Is Nolan Ryan Overrated by FIP?
Nolan Ryan was a singular pitcher. He's unique in baseball history, so distinct that it's hard to know where to start. I'm going to begin with the obvious: strikeouts. Nolan Ryan struck out 5,714
- The Decidedly Photogenic Ryan Berry
As a Google Image search has quickly revealed, Ryan Barry -- that's Barry with an a -- is an underwear model with a seriously devout gay following.
For all of Barry-with-an-A's muscular muscles
- O! Ryan Braun!
Despite being the sixth most valuable position player in the National League (per WAR) this year, the third most outfielder, and, easily, the most valuable left-fielder, Ryan Braun is only starting
- The Many Faces of Nolan Ryan
Not for nothing is Nolan Ryan known as "the William H. Macy of principal owners of major-league franchises." Nor was his emotional range on display more conspicuously than during the late innings
- Ryan Roberts: Irrational Infatuation
I always love an under dog story and this season that love story has come in the form of Ryan Roberts. The thirty year-old has hit 5 more home runs this season than in his 5 previous MLB seasons
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Franklin
The Phillies have signed Ryan Franklin to a one year, 2.6 million dollar deal. Ryan Franklin has been around a little while now (5 seasons) and he's been less than good. He also holds the dubious
- Is That the Same Ryan Madson?
The setup man for the Phillies, otherwise known as "The Bridge to Lidge," is the 6'6" righty Ryan Madson. A minor league starting pitching prospect, Madson jumped onto the scene in 2004 and made
- Cake!: Nolan Ryan
good features Rangers frowning supreme exchequer Nolan Ryan in his younger, less jowly days. He is behorsed. He is cocksure. He twice walked more than 200 batters in a season.
- Ryan Howard's Odd Decline
We want to welcome a new writer to the fold today - Pat Andriola has joined the team, and will be contributing daily in this slot.
Ryan Howard certainly has not produced as Phillies fans would
- Ryan Braun and Confirmation Bias
belief in his own prior opinion.
Since the news came out about Ryan Braun's overturned suspension, the internet seems to be full of loud angry fans. People who "know" that Ryan Braun used steroids
- The Meaning of Ryan Howard's Toe
thinking about it.
Ryan Howard dropped a lead pipe that he swings in the on-deck circle on his toe and broke it. He won't play again this season. So here's your bizarre thing, and maybe
- Ryan Down, Downs Up
Blue Jays lefty B.J. Ryan has gotten his 2009 season off to just about the worst start imaginable. The 33 year-old is doing a pretty good Kyle Farnsworth imitation, with 5 walks, 2 homers and seven
- Replacing Ryan Braun
The weekend produced one of the most surprising and most controversial stories of the past decade in baseball. Ryan Braun tested positive for increased testosterone levels in a random drug test
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Howard
Congratulations to Ryan Howard for winning the 2005 National League Rookie of the Year award! In his first full season he hit 22 home runs in only 348 plate appearances. There are only 25 other
- Daily Graphing - B.J. Ryan
, and again, and again.... The worst part is, this play on the now famous cry of a small boy in reference to the 1919 White Sox scandal never actually happened. Rant over. Let's take a look at B.J. Ryan
- Will There Be Another Ryan Braun?
be less willing to find room for an extremely bad defender. Which brings us to the case of Ryan Braun in 2007.
The last year of the other Ryan Braun's major-league career was the first year of this Ryan
- Ryan Vogelsong and Cause For Concern
Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong proved to be one of the feel-good stories of the year in 2011.
The 34-year-old owned an unsightly career 5.86 ERA through 315 major-league innings with the San
- Not Quite Explaining Ryan Dempster
Sox as a team have a higher strikeout rate than both Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax. This is, of course, a team effort, but the greatest individual contribution so far has been made by Ryan Dempster
- Ryan Howard's Extension
In the four seasons from 2006-2009, Ryan Howard has accumulated 16 wins, according to http://www.baseballprojection.com/war/h/howar001.htm . If we look at all players born since Babe Ruth
- Ryan Roberts and Burden of Proof
I have to admit that I've been highly suspicious of Ryan Roberts all season long. Maybe it's his spotty performance history, perhaps it's my aversion to one-hit-wonders (I'm looking at you, Fernando
- Keeping Ryan Zimmerman
Any conversation about keepers is always contextual. That is, keeping a player is highly dependent upon their price relative to performance. Duh, right?
I'll admit that I'm a Ryan Zimmerman owner
- Will Ryan Dempster Attack The Zone?
It was almost too easy to call the demise of Ryan Dempster when he was dealt from the Cubs to the Rangers in July. DIPS theory will always have its share of headscratchers, but Dempster's case
- Ryan Braun, Upside and Average
Ryan Braun is one of the first outfielders to go in nearly every mock draft so far this year. With two solid seasons of production under his belt, Braun has an ADP of nine according to the latest
- Cardinals Acquire Ryan Theriot
As seen here, yesterday, as written by yours truly, regarding the Juan Uribe acquisition:
If the move is simply to replace [Ryan] Theriot with Uribe, it is a mistake.
If I'm one to stick by my
- The Case for Ryan Braun
The race between Ryan Braun and Matt Kemp for National League MVP is so very close. Most analysts lean toward Kemp: he played 11 more games, hit six more home runs, stole seven more bases and ended
- Ryan Perry's Implosion
Here at FanGraphs, we describe a relief outing as a “meltdown” if it results in a -0.06 WPA or worse. By that definition, Ryan Perry's -.819 WPA performance in the 8th inning of last night's Tigers
- Rangers Swoop In On Ryan Dempster
With Ryan Dempster unwilling to go to Atlanta and the Dodgers unwilling to pay up, the door opened on this trading deadline afternoon for the Rangers to swoop in and grab one of the season's most
- Bearish on Ryan Dempster
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 Ryan Dempster. Expect the opposite side shortly.
- Ryan Dempster Moves East
When looking at Ryan Dempster’s ranking at the end of last season – 31st overall, $10 – my first reaction was “that’s about right.” That’s exactly who Dempster is. If you looked up “31st best pitcher
- Ryan Howard Against LHPs
The biggest issue for the Phillies is Ryan Howard, who is a very bad hitter against LHPs.
On the splits page, you can see that the biggest difference is in his ISO and K rate. On the other hand, in recent
- A Response to Bob Ryan
to be at war with either. But yesterday, Bob Ryan published a piece in the Boston Globe that I think is worth responding to.
In some ways, the piece isn't that different from what hundreds of other sports
- Ryan Perry Makes An Impression
Right-hander Ryan Perry was selected 21st overall in the 2008 draft and he already has people talking. According to a story at MLB.com, the club has been really impressed with him so far this spring
- Ryan Braun's Power
As a 26-year-old slugger signed through the 2015 season for a total of $40 million, Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is one of the most valuable assets in the game. The former Miami
- What's Wrong With Ryan Dempster?
Chicago Cubs' pitcher Ryan Dempster might have thrown seven innings of one-run baseball last night, but some uncomfortable questions still linger for the former 17-game winner and staff ace
- Ryan Howard and the RBI
statistics to back up their position, then declares that the other side's statistics are worthless.
Ryan Howard is one of those players. Traditionalists love him because he posts huge home run and RBI
- Daily Graphing - Ryan Freel
A little over a month ago, the Reds signed Ryan Freel to a two year, 3 million dollar contract. In his second full season, the utility man bat .271 with 36 stolen bases which is almost exactly what
- Ryan Braun and Infield Hits
, and Carl Crawford aren’t unexpected whatsoever. The sight of Ryan Braun, however, had me taken aback when really it shouldn’t have.
Braun is of course a former third baseman moved to the outfield who
- Ryan Roberts Breaks Out
Ryan Roberts entered 2011 as an unknown commodity. Though he was drafted in 2003, the 30-year-old had only accumulated 453 plate appearances in the majors. With the Diamondbacks having few options
- Boston Promotes Ryan Lavarnway
Due to a back injury to veteran Kevin Youkilis, the Boston Red Sox club has promoted catcher/designated hitter Ryan Lavarnway to the Major Leagues. He made his debut Thursday night against the Kansas
- Ryan Ludwick, NL Outfielder
Ryan Ludwick was traded from the Padres to the Pirates on Sunday. Once you get past the surprise that the Buccos were buyers, there are another three levels of analysis to go, at least. The prognosis
- Ryan Lavarnway: Welcome to the Show
of the season Ryan Lavarnway is having. He hit well in Double-A putting up an .869 OPS in 239 plate appearances, but he’s really shined in his stint in Triple-A. With Pawtucket he’s put up a line of .301/.385
- Ryan Howard's Torn Achilles
While the Philadelphia Phillies sit and scratch their heads, trying to regroup from their Friday night ouster from the playoffs, fantasy owners of Ryan Howard, especially those in keeper leagues
- Ryan Zimmerman, Sleeper?
to define a sleeper as anyone I believe to be undervalued, resulting in strong profit potential. But then that simply makes sleeper and undervalued synonyms. So be it. Anyhow, Ryan Zimmerman...sleeper
- The "Lucky" Resurrection of Ryan Ludwick
players such as Johnny Cueto, Aroldis Chapman (still ridiculous to look at his numbers), and Todd Frazier.
Perhaps the most surprising Reds overperformer has been Ryan Ludwick. After bottoming
- Ryan Howard and the Opposite Field
Over the last couple of days, I've been discussing opposite field hitting. One name that has come up both in my head as I considered this issue, as well as in the comments section, is that of Ryan
- Brewers Extend Ryan Braun
The news this afternoon broke seemingly out of nowhere. Ryan Braun had just signed a five-year, $105 million extension that locks him in through the 2020 season. If it feels as though we just
- The Criminally Underrated Ryan Zimmerman
Hanley Ramirez, Jose Bautista, Miguel Cabrera, and Ryan Zimmerman. Obviously, my board was quite a bit different than most of the others drafting, as Ramirez went #20, Bautista #26 (to the other FanGraphs
- Ryan Madson: Loser of the Offseason
Ryan Madson has had a successful career spent entirely with the Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies signing of Jonathan Papelbon early in the offseason effectively ended that chapter of Madson's
- Promotion: Ryan Kalish
, and Cameron has been back in the fray for a while. But Boston decided to give Ryan Kalish a promotion yesterday, calling up the top prospect and DFA'ing Hermida.
A New Jersey prep product, Kalish
- Bullish on Ryan Dempster
to win at a .368 clip or less from here on out -- but it figures to be a somber summer in Wrigleyville.
At first blush, Ryan Dempster looks like yet another well-paid underachiever. The 34-year-old
- Ryan Zimmerman's Struggles Continue
point in the season, the Washington Nationals are going to very much need Ryan Zimmerman to start resembling any close approximation to his former self if they're going to be serious about winning
- Don't Forget Ryan Kalish
-handed young man in left field that might have something to say about that. His name is Ryan Kalish.
If you read that link closely, you'll see management left the door open for a platoon all along
- Comps For Ryan Zimmerman's Extension
The Nationals continued to lock up their core talent today, agreeing to terms on a six year, $100 million extension for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman. The extension is tacked on to the end of his
- 2010 Projection: Ryan Doumit
Ryan Doumit's battled a slew of injuries since he began his professional career with the Pirates as a second round pick in 1999. He was mentioned in each of Baseball America's first prospect
- NSFW: Brendan Ryan's Defense
- Will B.J. Ryan Regain Reliever Royalty?
One of the game’s top closers in 2005 and 2006, B.J. Ryan came down with an elbow injury in 2007 that required Tommy John surgery. Ryan was back pitching in 2008 and after a month regained his
- The Brendan Ryan Trade: Mariners Perspective
Brendan Ryan, an elite defender at the shortstop position whose bat, although light, may be an improvement as well. In exchange, the Mariners sent right handed A-ball reliever Maikel Cleto to St. Louis
- Brendan Ryan Has Mustache Powers
On Sunday, the Mariners pulled the trigger on a deal which sent Brendan Ryan to the great Northwest from the St. Louis Cardinals. Surely, the homepage will have some sort of "analysis
- Don’t Blame Ryan Howard
Even before Ryan Howard struck out looking to end the NLCS on Saturday, he was already being fitted with goat horns, especially by broadcasters Joe Buck and Tim McCarver. If you watched any