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it's laughable that Herrera hits 2nd sometimes. look at that guy's numbers since that flukey start. gross.
I've been a big fan of yours for awhile, Derek. I'm pumped that you're on board here.
Will, you've been the primary reason I've stuck with BP all these years. You did many of us strive to do. You found your niche and became the best at doing what you do. I hope you continue to write in some capacity, but either way, congrats on a fantastic run at BP. You'll be missed.
Freese is out for the year so Lopez should continue to start unless the Cards acquire someone (Inge?) on waivers.
Love these articles btw. Thanks for your hard work.
Furthermore, he suffered from some bad luck earlier in the season when he was the closer.
I don't know specifically why, but Madson has carried the stigma of not being able to close out games. His struggles early this year probably solidified that in the minds of most people. Contreras was solid when Lidge and Madson were on the DL, so I question whether Madson is 100% next in line. Might be closer to a 50/50 proposition if they finally remove Lidge. Regardless, the ratio and K help combined with the potential for saves puts him toward the top of the list of MRs.
Since I'm posting I want to mention that I love these articles. They're short and to the point, and they usually dig deep enough so that some of the players are usually available in my leagues.
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said that Kevin Youkilis has a muscle tear at the base of his right thumb.
Described as a rare injury, the Red Sox were concerned that if he continued to play the muscle might tear away from the bone. The team plans to seek a second opinion on the injury. If it doesn't respond to rest, surgery is a very real possibility. Victor Martinez is starting at first base on Tuesday night against the Indians with Kevin Cash catching. Aug. 3 - 4:57 pm et
Source: Amalie Benjamin on Twitter
Awesome scouting report. I was expecting much less after the "I am not a scout" caveat.
Two players I'm looking forward to checking out when the spreadsheet is available:
1. Braun - He has a .338 career BABIP and it was .353 in '09. His batted ball data just doesn't appear to support this. He pops up a lot, has hit a below average amount of line drives, and though he is very athletic, he doesn't possess elite speed. Most projections seem to peg him for a ~.334 BABIP.
2. Bruce - Everyone knows he had a low BABIP last year (.221), but I'm wondering what it "should" have been given neutral luck. I'm guessing around .275-.280.
These articles have been great. I tried that THT xBABIP calculator awhile back but I thought it was spitting out some weird results. I get the sense that yours will be much more reliable.
Excellent article. Thanks.
Is Martin's rating the one that was computed when the THR spreadsheet came out, or he still a point into green post-groin strain?
Thanks Will. I'm a longtime reader (7 or 8 years I think) of UTK and enjoy your Black and Blue Report on FO as well.
Will! Busting out the ADPs. I like it!
I'm very relieved to not see the Mets on this list.
Reyes is apparently set to hit 3rd. I'm guessing it goes Pagan, Castillo, Reyes, Wright, Bay, Francoeur, Murphy, with Catcher of the Day hitting 8th.
I wasn't able to find it, but I read somewhere (MLBTR?) that Borbon will be leading off with Kinsler dropped to 5th.
I sat in RF, and couldn't see the lineups on the scoreboard, or a good chunk of RF fair territory. I had a great experience and can't wait to go back, but I won't sit in RF again.
Thanks for all your hard work. I've looked all over, and I find BP's depth charts to be the most realistic and up-to-date.
a BP iPhone app would be awesome!
no big deal
that top quote is about Beckham.
it seems minor, but Devine hurt his elbow lats week and hasn't pitched. I haven't heard anything recently, but not a good start for a guy that's injury prone to begin with.
thanks Marc. I've enjoyed all your articles this winter. but would you really draft Ubaldo and Jonathan Sanchez over just about every other pitcher on this page? I definitely like both for their K/9 and upside, but you have them ranked like a fantasy 3rd SP. either way, I'll be bumping them up on my draft sheet. thanks!
i actually really like that it's conservative for wins, for fantasy purposes. i wouldn't want the PFM outputs for pitchers being too skewed as a result of vastly differing win totals. as is, certain guys get a little boost in the W department, some get hurt a little bit, but in the end it focuses more on the more on the other categories.
are the projections under Playing Time the old, Jan-30 projections? Holliday still has his crazy Coors projection (29 HR, .403obp) under PT, but his 50% is the same as his book projections IIRC (22, .366), which is presumably the OAK projection.