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"But since most of us don’t play in K/9 leagues, it is raw strikeouts we are concerned with, not strikeout rate." The big exception to this thinking, which finally dawned on me a couple of years ago, is if you are playing in a league with an easily achievable hard innings cap. If all of the teams are throwing the same number of innings, then you are essentially playing in a K/9 league.

 
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Add another name to the list of Mets casualties; like the swallows to Capistrano, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=DARNAUD19890210A">Travis d'Arnaud</a></span> has returned again to the DL. As a moderately self-aware Mets fan, I found your inclusion of a special level of anguish reserved just for us to be wholly and hysterically appropriate. I think the team's handling of injuries is lifted straight from the Madoff playbook: start off with irrational exuberance, which eventually mutates into empty promises and rapidly diminishing returns.

 
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I panicked last year and dealt both <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=60219">Brian Dozier</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=45487">Joey Votto</a></span> in early May, only to watch them carry other teams to victory. It was a good lesson in trusting my process over what is a long season.

Apr 27, 2017 8:55 AM on I’m Very Nervous
 
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.... and I was so happy, I forgot to ask my question. Who do you think is first to get the call this year, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=102559">J.P. Crawford</a></span> in Philly or <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=102106">Franklin Barreto</a></span> in Oakland?

Apr 06, 2017 7:10 AM on 2017 First Edition
 
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My favorite article on this site, and a godsend for those of us in deep leagues. Great to have you back!

Apr 06, 2017 7:08 AM on 2017 First Edition
 
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A "+1" didn't feel like enough, so allow me to formally thank you for posting this.

Mar 15, 2017 12:47 PM on The Top 300 For 2017
 
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I wonder how long is the list of players with more World Series ABs than regular season ABs in a given season?

 
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tl;dr I made it until the end of the italicized text, I figure I didn't miss anything important after that.

Sep 23, 2016 7:48 AM on Turning A New Pageview
 
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Can the parentage of the Pirates collapse be traced to their deadline deal of Jonathan Niece for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=52360">Antonio Bastardo</a></span>?

 
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I might take <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=47965">Kenley Jansen</a></span> ahead of the three relievers you named, Chapman has too much personal baggage and I think he has a chance to perform just as well as Kimbrel and Betances over a longer period of time.

 
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"...this might be one of the most miraculous moments of the season so far." * non <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=395">Bartolo Colon</a></span> division

Aug 25, 2016 7:50 AM on Beltway Goes Balt's Way
 
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I agree, this is one of the most useful columns on the site and it is always a fun read as well. Thanks for a great season.

Aug 12, 2016 11:40 AM on 19th Edition, 2016
 
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Right now Giles is on a stretch of 5.2IP with 17Ks, with one groundout being covered up by the bonus K he picked up in his last appearance. If he gets Gattis behind the plate again, he could conceivably push this record up to 28 or 29....

 
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In a similar vein, how about some love for <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Edwin+Diaz">Edwin Diaz</a></span> in Seattle? Over the last month he has seven holds and 29 Ks in just 12.1 innings. In his last eight appearances, covering 7.1 innings, he has allowed two hits with 19 Ks. Those are video game numbers, yet he is unowned in 90% of CBS leagues. If your league values holds or (like me) you are trying to manage innings against a hard limit, numbers like his are invaluable.

Jul 22, 2016 6:58 AM on Week 17
 
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<span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=18675">Dusty Baker</a></span> is the kid who gets a shiny new toy on Christmas and only plays with the box.

Jun 07, 2016 11:08 AM on Ninth Edition, 2016
 
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I'm a little perplexed how <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=46195">John Jaso</a></span> was available for such a low bid, he's a high <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> guy on the strong side of a platoon batting lead off in a top-5 offense. Even in my home league, a deep mixer that counts OBP, he went undrafted and has been picked up and dropped to waivers twice. Maybe he's one of those players who is more valuable in real life than fantasy?

Jun 07, 2016 9:31 AM on Week 10
 
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I was kinda hoping to see highlights of <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67132">Noah Syndergaard</a></span>'s double Bartolo from last night too. Heck of a day to be a baseball fan.

 
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I can never remember how to spell Arquimedes Euclides Caminero so I gave him a nickname, Math Math Dancer.

 
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"And if you believe that the arbitrary up-and-down nature of his recent seasonal batting will stick just because the year ends with an even number, I have a box of 1990 Donruss baseball cards to sell you." I'm in, but only if the set includes a mint <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=17596">Bret Saberhagen</a></span>.

Mar 07, 2016 10:27 AM on Dan the Man
 
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"Upton will be a Tiger for two years, after which time he’ll still be on the right side of 30 and should face fewer impediments to getting the full value of his skills on the market." As long as you don't consider <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56185">Josh Donaldson</a></span>, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66018">Bryce Harper</a></span>, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=46400">Andrew McCutchen</a></span>, and A.J. Pollack impediments. These four representing the potential free agent outfielder class of 2018, as recounted elsewhere on this site.

 
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Isn't any fifth starter just a placeholder until <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=66213">Zack Wheeler</a></span> comes back mid season?

 
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Yet FanGraphs has him rated +332. METRICS!

Nov 20, 2015 8:11 AM on Overlooking Trout
 
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Even if Collins didn't want to use him in high leverage situations, why not have him throw two innings of mop-up with a 6-run lead in Game 3? If you cannot trust a pitcher in that situation, he really has no business being on your roster in the first place.

 
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My only point in asking was because it wasn't addressed in the article, yet it stood out to me as the worst decision Collins made in the game. The phrasing was merely an attempt to sound clever, no sarcasm or disparagement intended.

 
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How many feet do you need to be away from the field to question the utility of using your closer in a 9-3 game?

 
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Any merit to the thought that the Mets could shift Conforto to DH, Cespedes to LF, and start Lagares in CF? Lagares had a couple of very good at bats last night, to me any drop in offense replacing Johnson with him would be more than offset by the improved defense.

 
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Two quibbles with an otherwise excellent write-up: First, Duda was clearly bunting for a hit against the shift, it went into the books as a sacrifice but that was not his intention nor Collins' decision to simply move the runner over in that spot. Second, the Cubs have had the lead-off man on base twice in this series, once via a walk and once via <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=HBP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('HBP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">HBP</span></a>. What they have failed to do is get a base hit (0-25).

 
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What made Altuve's base hit even more impressive is that he hit that pitch about eight feet inside the left field line. Show 100 readers the screenshot above and ask them to guess to which field that ball was hit and I'd wager 98 of them would say it went to right.

 
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I just wanted to come back and say thank you for all the great info this year. I am in a couple of very deep and very competitive leagues and this column has been my secret weapon to jump on free agents before they hit the collective radar.

Aug 21, 2015 6:22 AM on 18th Edition, 2015
 
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A decision by MLB to reverse their position on the delivery wouldn't be "arbitrary", it would be based on a full year of data showing that it provides an dramatically unfair competitive advantage. The horse isn't so far out of the barn that it cannot be corralled back in. What MLB can't do is wait until a bunch of copycat guys who were otherwise destined for middle relief start striking out two out of every three batters they face.

 
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I have to imagine MLB will be cracking down on this style of delivery during the off season.

 
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In a deep mixed league that counts <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>, who do you like best as a short term add: Orlando, <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Michael+Taylor">Michael Taylor</a></span> or <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=51910">Chris Coghlan</a></span>? Would you drop <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=67964">Kevin Kiermaier</a></span> for any of the above?

Jul 15, 2015 10:10 AM on Week 14
 
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Any thoughts on if/when <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Brian+Johnson">Brian Johnson</a></span> might get the call and join the Red Sox rotation? He's been passed over the last couple of times the team needed to reach down to Pawtucket for a SP.

Jul 09, 2015 9:03 AM on 13th Edition, 2015
 
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Even in the future, the Mets' outfield is a shambles. Wake me up again when <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=30929">Mookie Wilson</a></span>'s grandkids are eligible for the draft.

Jul 08, 2015 9:25 AM on Pitchers and Picks
 
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Question about the Tampa Bay situation and Shaffer: the Rays have <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=46195">John Jaso</a></span> coming off the DL soon in addition to Loney. I recently stashed Jaso as a catcher-eligible DH, but between him and Loney, whose at bats are most at risk if Shaffer gets the call?

Jul 02, 2015 7:25 AM on 12th Edition, 2015
 
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I waived Boxberger in a deep holds league yesterday, his general ineffectiveness and usage pattern the last two weeks make me think there is more to the "triceps tightness" than the team is letting on. As good as he was to start the season, I can't fathom any other reason he would drop behind both McGee and Jespen.

Jun 16, 2015 7:13 AM on Week 12
 
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Smith is a couple of months shy of 26 years old, when exactly do his "man muscles" come in?

Jun 04, 2015 12:21 PM on Eighth Edition, 2015
 
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Is the underlying assumption that <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Jose+Fernandez">Jose Fernandez</a></span> is already rostered in the majority of leagues and not eligible for this list? Even so, can you give a quick update for those of us who have been waiting patiently for his return?

May 28, 2015 5:05 AM on Seventh Edition
 
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Hitters currently have a .579 <span class="statdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/glossary/index.php?search=BABIP" onmouseover="doTooltip(event, jpfl_getStat('BABIP'))" onmouseout="hideTip()">BABIP</span></a> against <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/player_search.php?search_name=Cody+Allen">Cody Allen</a></span>, a figure that actually improved after yesterday's appearance, where he allowed three baserunners and a run in an inning of work. As you said, all of the metrics say his stuff is fine, so unless he picked up a gypsy curse in the off season, his numbers should normalize.

Apr 28, 2015 2:04 PM on Fifth Edition, 2015
 
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Useless and possibly inaccurate factoid: a couple of years ago MLB network put together a series of specials on the 20 greatest games of the last 40 years, and this was the only non-playoff game to make the list (at #20).

 
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If you told me Hawkins poitched in the 1979 game too, I might believe you.

 
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I wonder if Vegas would lay odds on the phrases "Dodger Stadium" and "one of the worst baserunning blunders you’ll ever see" being used in a sentence that did not refer to <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=101652">Yasiel Puig</a></span>.

Apr 16, 2015 9:28 AM on Canoooooooooooo!
 
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but it looks you sourced your lists of popular adds from the ESPN Razzball Leagues, where the goal is to field the worst team over the course of a full season (cf. Razz, poker version). I wouldn't be recommending any of those guys to the 99.4% of us who are interested in accumulating, not avoiding, category points.

Apr 13, 2015 9:08 AM on Week Two
 
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I ran a platoon last year with <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=48037">Adam Lind</a></span> and <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=56196">Lucas Duda</a></span> (Lucam Linda?), sitting whichever was facing a lefty that day and sliding one into my DH spot when both had good matchups. Until he got hurt Lind was crazy productive, his doubles and walks were especially useful as my league includes <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>. I grabbed him in the late rounds again this year, now I just need to find him another platoon partner.

 
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As a Met fan I dearly hope I'm wrong, but I absolutely see some regression coming for Duda next year. A line like .240/.330/.430/18/75/70 would not surprise me in the least.

 
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I have to admit I'm surprised to hear the Astros are in the market for a closer. Back at the trade deadline I remember hearing Qualls name a lot as a target for teams needing help in the back end of the bullpen, and the team was vocal about not letting him go. I know he's signed to an insanely team-friendly contract, but if the plan was to go out and buy a big-time closer for 2015, wouldn't they have been much better served dealing him at his peak value back in August?

 
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So the Mets looked at last year's Chris Young signing and thought to themselves, "Gee, that worked out so well, let's do it again this year, except let's sign the guy two weeks earlier, for twice as many years, and for three times the money, and let's forfeit our first round draft pick to do it." That's tremendous hustle right there.

Nov 10, 2014 2:03 PM on Michael Cuddyer
 
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I can't even.... CANNOT. EVEN.

Nov 10, 2014 1:15 PM on Michael Cuddyer
 
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Anyone want to lay odds on the one person who placed Bartolo Colon first on his NL Pitcher of the Year ballot being an actual member of the BBWAA?

 
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"I have a tough time believing any team besides the Rockies in the NL would be willing to sign him." From your lips to Sandy Alderson's ears.

Nov 06, 2014 8:10 AM on Michael Cuddyer
 
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I always think of Bob Brenly's handling of Byung Hyun Kim in the 2001 World Series as particularly egrerious, especially bringing him back to attempt to close Game 4 after his multiple inning meltdown in Game 3. To this day it baffles me how the D'backs gave away two games and still managed to win that series.

 
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Jenrry Mejia is watching too maky Finnish soccer games: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fV95wNuVftI

 
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Looks like it's too late to make a play on Anderson, the Diamondbacks announced that he will be shut down for the year after his next start, which happens to be in Colorado.

Sep 17, 2014 9:18 AM on Streaming Strikeouts
 
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Curious to hear your take on the Mets bullpen situation. Is there any truth to the rumor that Terry Collins manages his bullpen using a surplus ping pong ball vacuum chamber on loan from the New York State Lottery Commission?

Aug 18, 2014 7:24 AM on Week 21
 
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I paired up Duda and Adam Lind in a platoon in my daily league, sitting whomever was facing a lefty and slotting Duda in an OF spot when they both had favorable match ups. You won't find "Adacus Linda" in the box score but for a while there, boy could he/they hit.

Aug 08, 2014 7:50 AM on Lucas Duda
 
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How is Brian Roberts not camped out in front of AT&T PArk holding a cardboard sign reading, "WILL MAN KEYSTONE AND OCCASIONALLY HIT DOUBLES FOR FOOD"?

 
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I'm in a deep league with Alex Avila as my second catcher. He's something like 4-for-July and facing a steady stream of left handed pitching this week. How do you feel about the pick up of Rene Rivera as a short term replacement?

Jul 29, 2014 1:35 PM on Week 17
 
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I had one roster spot to use for a speculative play on a closer-in-waiting, and I ended up using it for Josh Fields over Ken Giles. My gut feeling was that Chad Qualls was more likely to be dealt at the deadline than Papelbon, and like Giles, Fields would return some decent value in Ks and ratios for the ten days leading up to the deadline. I'd love to know who others would choose given the choices, or if neither of the above, who would be behind Door #3.

Jul 23, 2014 9:03 AM on 14th Edition
 
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I'm a little surprised not to see Curtis Granderson here, though he snapped out of his early season doldrums well before May 30. I snagged him in a deal in early May for the fantasy equivalent of a bag of magic beans, and (to strain an already terrible metaphor) he has been a golden egg machine ever since.

Jul 09, 2014 9:07 AM on Don't Forget About Me
 
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Any thoughts on Anthony DeSclifani making the jump up into the Marlins' rotation? He has two easy assignments this week, facing the Mets and Cubs at home, but what do you think of his longer term chances to stick around?

Jun 17, 2014 11:30 AM on Week 11
 
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This worked better before Carlos Gonzales and Michael Cuddyer went town, but in my league guys loved to pick up Drew Stubbs or Corey Dickerson for Rockies homestands, then toss them away when the team went on the road. The same strategy could work for borderline guys on teams that make road trips through Colorado and Arizona, like the Braves just did.

Jun 13, 2014 9:05 AM on Straight Chasing
 
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I went with J. A. Happ in a very deep league with few streaming options. He seems to have found a couple of extra miles per hour on his fastball, which is a good thing... except he's not missing any bats with it, with a contact rate near 90%, which is not a good thing. His match-ups seemed favorable as well; the Orioles offense has been mediocre at best at home, and the Twins are the Twins. How terrible a call was this if all I need is a couple of cheap Ws?

Jun 09, 2014 8:27 AM on Week 11