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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.
Friday: 04.20.2012

Joining BP

No, I’m not joining the oil business with British Petroleum.  Rather, I have signed on as a contributor over at Baseball Prospectus as part of the fantasy baseball team.  I will be doing two columns a week covering starting pitchers (yes, we call that right in the wheelhouse).  I’m ridiculously excited by this opportunity.  Nothing changes here as the site will remain functional.  Speaking of that, content will be ramping up now that we are starting to get some real data to play with and examine.  Samples are still small, but pitchers are amassing three and four starts so it is worth taking a look at things now as opposed to overreacting to everyone’s debut start.  Look for another piece on Monday.

Thursday: 07.21.2011

SweetSpot Network

Pardon the two-day dry spell, but I have been working a big new project and it took some extra free time to get all the i’s dotted & t’s crossed, but the result is that I have officially joined the SweetSpot Network as the proprietor of their Pittsburgh Pirates representation at a site called PittPlank.com.  I am thrilled to be a part of that excellent community and I have enlisted long-time friend (virtually at least, we have been friends via the net since ’02) John Franco as a contributor.  He lives in Pittsburgh and is a fan of the team so the site also has a true fan’s voice in addition to my bandwagon one!  Make no mistake, the Pirates can never displace my Detroit Tigers.  They will always be #1 for me, but I saw this opportunity as something to seize. Writing about a team that isn’t your favorite doesn’t mean you’re cutting ties with your favorite, at least not in my case.

As with my signing on at RotoHardball back in June, this doesn’t change anything for paulsporer.com (well aside from the two day drought you have already sat through).  If you have any interest in following the goings-on of the upstart Pirates, then definitely stop by Pitt Plank and check us out.  Otherwise, we now return you to regularly scheduled fantasy content starting Friday evening.  I will see if I can carve out some extra time this weekend to deliver some extra content to make up for the dry spell, I hate doing to that to those of you who come here daily looking for something.

Wednesday: 06.1.2011

A New Opportunity

I’m thrilled to announce that I have been invited by Eno Sarris to join the SBNation as a part of RotoHardball.com effective today.  I debuted this afternoon with pieces on Cameron Maybin and Kyle McClellan.  Those two pieces will give you an idea of the kind of work you can expect from me at Roto Hardball.  I’ll be covering the breaking news type things like injuries, role changes, bullpen shifting, managers discussing playing time splits and rotation slotting, etc…  I’m excited for the opportunity to work with the amazing team assembled over there and be a part of the excellent SBNation network.

What does this mean for PaulSporer.com?  Nothing!  Nothing bad at least.  I will still be posting daily except for Saturdays at least once a day.  The content will remain fantasy-intensive with occasional general baseball items.  So this is an additional opportunity to write about baseball, not a replacement one.  So come check us out at Roto Hardball.  I’m part of an influx of talent that includes seven other contributors so if you liked the site before, get ready to love it because it’s really about to hit another level.

Tuesday: 05.22.2007

New Gig

I’ve landed a sweet new gig over at SportsGrumblings.com posting Player Updates. It came about as part of my transition with the site I used to write for, Sportsblurb.com, whom SG.com bought out and melded together. I scan newspapers and various other sites to gather tidbits on performance, injuries and other notable news about players in MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA and even NASCAR. It’s quite similar to what Rotoworld.com does, except better because I’m doing it! 🙂 I’m still doing what I was doing at Sportsblurb, which is writing a weekly fantasy baseball column that appears Tuesday evenings. You can find the archive of those pieces here (sign up is required, but well worth it!).