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2018 Early BABIP Surgers

Last year, I unveiled the latest version of my xBABIP equation. It utilizes our Splits Leaderboard in order to account for defensive shifts, something that has never been reflected in xBABIP formulas previously. As a result, it does the best job we’ve seen so far in estimating BABIP. So let’s check in on early xBABIP marks and discuss those who have underperformed the most. These guys are due for an imminent surge as balls fall in for hits on a far more frequent basis.

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Roto Riteup: April 23, 2018

The Roto Riteup reminds you, when you first don’t succeed, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try, try again.

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Sunday Fantasy Waiver Wire & FAAB Chat


The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 542 – The Return of Kahn IV

4/22/18

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Bullpen Report: April 22, 2018

Jeurys Familia has been absolutely brilliant to begin the 2018 season. Coming into Saturday’s games he had allowed 0 ER on 5 H with a 13/5 K:BB ratio over 11.1 IP. But as in life, all good things must come to an end at some point. Familia was summoned in the eighth inning with two outs and a man on third. The Mets had already allowed two runs in the inning (Ramos/Blevins made appearances), hence the decision to not mess around and bring Familia in. He would make quick work of Preston Tucker – striking him out on four pitches. He came back in for the ninth inning with the Mets continuing to cling to a 3-2 lead. He walked the lead-off man – Dansby Swanson – on four pitches, and fell behind Johan Camargo as well.

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Bullpen Report: April, 21st 2018

Life is full of guarantees… death, taxes, and Fernando Rodney finding himself on the closer hot seat. Its only April baseball and yet here we are again. Rodney fialed close it down Friday night with just a one-run lead. He would cough this one up in a fairly strange sequence of events.

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Roto Riteup: April 21, 2018

The Roto Riteup hopes you always keep things simple!

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Pitcher Spotlight: J.A. Happ, Strikeout King

The first few weeks of the season often produce entertaining statistical extremes. Wild ERAs, over-the-top “on pace” numbers, and inflated ratios that give us a sensible chuckle as we collectively understand the lack of truth they hold.

Often among these novelties are the early league-wide leaderboards. I elected to pull up the 2018 strikeout leaders and here is what you’ll see:
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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – April 20th, 2018

It’s Scherzer v. Kershaw Day!!!

2:05

Paul Sporer: Hellloooooo!!! Lots of good arms going today, but nothing tops Scherzer v. Kershaw!

2:05

Dusty: It’s 4/20, either talk about Wander Javier’s high upside or GTFO Paul.

2:05

Paul Sporer: Who?

2:05

Slapshot: Need to cut someone soon to make room for guys coming off the DL.  Should I dump Marwin Gonzalez or JBJ in 5×5 roto?

2:05

Paul Sporer: Marwin’s positional flexibility keeps him ahead of JBJ

2:05

Don: Drop gattis for kurt suzuki or is tyler flowers gonna make that a bad idea?

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Preseason Unknowns: Villanueva, Canha, and Seven Scrubs

I’m going over hitters who are getting regular at-bats who I didn’t consider rosterable in the preseason. It’s now time to see if I missed anything.

Christian Villanueva

Everyone missed on Villanueva to start the season. He got no prospect love anywhere and the only preseason profile I found called him a “utilityman”. I don’t like to miss this badly on a player and set up a filter to find these gems. I’m not sure I can.

To start with, he had a decent Triple-A season hitting .296/.369/.528 and continued the results in the majors.

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