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I'm not sure where you got the <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OPS" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OPS'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OPS</span></a> for Meadows, but it doesn't match any of the sources I use.
Why do the tables in this series only show up for me about 20% of the time I view the articles? Most of the time there is a big blank spot where the table should be.
Should we not count a hit when a batter is thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double? After all, if the purpose of <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=OBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('OBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">OBP</span></a> is to measure whether a runner (or run) results, a batter thrown out stretching really didn't accomplish his goal.
Thank you for the link to the bid limit spreadsheet. It is a great reference for the reserve rounds in my NL only draft.
It is interesting to read Nate’s high opinion how people value political pundits. I wonder if that has changed.
Both Kotchman and Canzler have PECOTA rankings of 19th. Is this a tie, or a typo?
Thanks for a useful article. Another round with players whose spring does enhance their likely fantasy value would also be appreciated.
I believe BP stated early on that the depth charts would be updated at least once/week. It is great that you post when the last update was, but disappointing how old they are.
I don't expect you to react to every rumor, but the comments on the team depth chart pages point our several high profile changes that occurred over seven days ago and are not yet reflected in the charts.
Will a notation be added to the table at the top of this page when updates are made?
I had not noticed the distortion in pitcher's W-L records until Richie pointed them out. Looking at the staffs of about half the teams, I could only find 3 that had as many as two pitchers with losing records. (Nice to see the Yankees are one of them.)
It is only half fixed for me. The appropriate values come up for hitters, but pitcher values seem to have a $1.03 ceiling. That is, the most valuable 175 players are hitters despite my allocating $8 of $26 to pitching.
Thank you. I especially appreciate the insight on how use of a humidor would increase HRs in some ballparks. Perhaps humidty control is a cheaper alternative to moving fences in and out.
How long does it takes for a baseball to equilibrate to ambient conditions? I assume that as soon as the balls are removed from the humidor they start to lose/gain moisture depending on the relative humidity. I don't know how long the average ball is exposed until it is put in play, but this must affect it's moisture content.
Does the total moisture absorbed by balls differ with temperature as much as moisture in the air does? I'm guessing ball moisture is not as temperature dependent as air moisture. If true, does the humidor have a greater or lesser effect at higher temperatures?
Thank you for the downloadable database. Based on the comments above, I'm not the only one who will use this. As someone who participates in multiple fantasy leagues, the complete database makes my early planning much easier.
BP is obviously making a tremendous effort to listen to what the customer is saying this spring. Your efforts are recognized and appreciated.
OK, numbers don't make sense yet($26 total budget and PFM suggests I bid $24+ for Hanley Ramirez), but there a really like:
The 'i' information dots are great - thank you
The multiple team entry option on the saved page is also a plus.
Some follow-up on Reyes would be appreciated. I understand you can't follow every player every day, but the news about Reyes has been very confusing and contradictory and he is of high interest for those of us with fantasy drafts.
I also miss the similarity index. It is nice to know if the comps are really close, or just the closest years in the system.
My limited understanding of PECOTA is that the system makes predictions based on performance of previous players. It follows that knowing how good a fit a current player has to previous data is more valuable than knowing who to whom the player is being compared.
I agree with Bob's comment on linking PECOTA cards to the BP home page. It is a minor annoyance, but one I've noticed at least a dozen times.
Having the PFM based on the depth chart is logical and not confusing. It does, however, make the accuracy of the projections dependent upon the accuracy and timeliness of the depth chart. We can’t expect PECOTA to determine who plays and who doesn’t. I suspect every fan has suffered through a manager who keeps a deserving player on the bench because of (insert frustrating excuse here).
I don’t know who currently updates the depth chart, but I would love to have it assigned to John Perrotto. The notes at the bottom of his On the Beat article often have real insight into who is likely to get playing time and who isn’t. NL and AL only fantasy leagues are usually won by late round picks, and playing time has a huge role in determining which players should be chosen in the later rounds. Having the chart updated more frequently (at least once/week) would be wonderful.