Archive for ‘Baseball Prospectus’

Sunday: 05.27.2012

BP Work This Week

A quick look at my work available over at Baseball Prospectus this week.

  • First up was the Starting Pitcher Value Picks piece in which I looked at A.J. Burnett, whose meltdown against the St. Louis Cardinals has scared everyone off of him despite the fact that he has been excellent in every other start.  Since the May 2nd disaster, Burnett is 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 22 K in 27 innings.  He has chiseled his ERA (at 8.04 after the implosion start) down to 4.19, too.  I also took a look at J.A. Happ and his surging strikeout rate.

 

  • Next up was the Weekly Planner piece which takes a look at the all the two-start pitchers for next week and decides who you should go with and who you should probably avoid.  Aces are light this week meaning you will have to look at some lesser options if you want to load up on two start starters in H2H leagues.  James McDonald and Trevor Cahill are among my favorites in that group.  I also added a feature that ranks all the pitchers across both leagues.

 

  • I also appeared in the Lineup Card for the first time since joining Baseball Prospectus.  The week’s topic was “Mr. Almosts” and I discussed how Mickey Mantle and  Barry Bonds both hit .298 for their career.

 

  • And finally, episode 5 came out for the The Towers of Power Fantasy Hour, a BP Fantasy Podcast.  We discussed a ton of players of varying import ranging from stars to lower tier “only” league options.  In lieu of specific segments like most weeks, the meat of the show were these in depth breakdowns on players.  We also read plenty of your emails.  Send your emails to fantasyhour@baseballprospectus.com.  We record on Thursdays.  We also have a Facebook Group that you should definitely join.
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Monday: 05.14.2012

BP Chat: Tuesday 12 PM Central

I’ll be moderating my first Baseball Prospectus Chat this week on Tuesday at noon central.  Submit your question ahead of time if you’d like!  It’s a great afternoon for a chat as we’ll have tons of day baseball going on too, including Stephen Strasburg, Cliff Lee and Jason Marquis all pitching.

Friday: 05.11.2012

BP Work This Week

A quick look at my work available over at Baseball Prospectus this week.

  • First up was the Starting Pitcher Value Picks piece in which I looked at Felipe Paulino, who threw alright on Friday night against the White Sox.  I still like him as at least a stream option in all formats if not a full-time player.  I was surprised to learn that Jeff Samardzija was so available across the three primary outlets.  He is only out there in 18% of CBS leagues, but even that was surprising while his availability in ESPN and Yahoo! leagues ranged from 53-60%.

 

  • Next up was the Weekly Planner piece which takes a look at the all the two-start pitchers for next week and decides who you should go with and who you should probably avoid.  There are several aces going and falling in the Auto-Start category, but there are also a ton of Start options as well.  That should allow you find an adequate arm to fill in for Johnny Cueto who I have as merely a Consider this week with trips into Atlanta and the Bronx on his docket.  I’ve long been a fan of Cueto, but I’m also realistic and he is likely going to start his path to regression this upcoming week.

 

  • And finally, episode 3 came out for the The Towers of Power Fantasy Hour, a BP Fantasy Podcast.  We discussed stars playing like stars and how to handle them, cover a bunch of unexpectedly hot pitchers and whether or not we believe in them as well as read plenty of your emails.  Send your emails to fantasyhour@baseballprospectus.com.  We record on Thursdays.  We also have a Facebook Group that you should definitely join.
Friday: 05.4.2012

BP Work This Week

A quick look at my work available over at Baseball Prospectus this week.

  • First up was the Starting Pitcher Value Picks piece in which I looked at Jason Hammel, who you might still have a chance to get after his domination against the Yankees.  I also looked at the start of Chris Capuano and Joe Blanton (who proceeded to pitch a complete game shutout against Atlanta later that day… yes that was me back-patting).

 

  • Next up, going live this morning, was the Weekly Planner piece which takes a look at the all the two-start pitchers for next week and decides who you should go with and who you should probably avoid.  A couple of corrections are that Doug Fister will be in for Duane Below after his 4 shutout innings in a rehab start at AAA-Toledo.  He slots above Jarrod Parker as the top AL Start for me.  Meanwhile, Alex White appears to be the unnamed starter for Colorado, but I still don’t like him.  As I mentioned in the comments, I’d rather wait and see with him.

 

  • And finally, episode 2 came out for the The Towers of Power Fantasy Hour, a BP Fantasy Podcast.  We discussed the utter decimation of third base over the last week, a similar implosion of closers around the league as well as the call-ups of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.  Send your emails to fantasyhour@baseballprospectus.com.  We record on Thursdays.  We also have a Facebook Group that you should definitely join.
Friday: 04.27.2012

BP Work This Week

I made my debut at Baseball Prospectus this week.

  • First up was the Starting Pitcher Value Picks piece in which I analyzed some under-utilized arms capable of delivering some fantasy value.  One of my picks, Washington’s Ross Detwiler goes tonight in Los Angeles squaring off against that Clayton Kershaw kid.

 

  • Next up, going live this morning, was the Weekly Planner piece which takes a look at the all the two-start pitchers for next week and decides who you should go with and who you should probably avoid.  A pair of arms, Ricky Nolasco and Randy Wolf, each get to face San Francisco and San Diego in their favorable home parks making them strong options to spot start in mixed leagues where they are still available.

 

  • And finally, long-time friend and BP colleague Jason Collette and I restarted a BP Fantasy Podcast which debuted last night.  We are working to get it into iTunes and Jason said it should be ready by Monday.  Thursdays will usually be the record night as long as schedules fit for it, but you should expect a weekly iteration.  This week we discussed the slow start of Matt Moore, the hot start Jake Peavy and so much more.