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Dissecting the new season's most surprising sensation.

One of the things I’d like to think the baseball community has gotten better about is recognizing a fluke when we see one. When Jeff Locke pitched to a 2.15 ERA in the first half of 2013, running an 8-2 record, almost no one was buying. Instead of being distracted by the ERA or the record, we focused on the low strikeout-to-walk ratio, the microscopic BABIP, the middling velocity, and the fact that he wasn’t one of the team’s top 11 prospects the last time he was eligible. “Jeff Locke is going to regress,” intoned every internet analyst. “It is known.” We even had stats—FIP, xFIP, and so on—to support our position, which made the argument easier. That’s not to say that before Bill James, every soft-tosser who strung together a few successful starts was christened the next Sandy Koufax. But information is easier than ever to access, and most of it suggested that Locke wouldn’t last.

Locke himself made the case that the advanced stats were making a major mistake by overlooking the enhanced deception in his delivery and his newfound confidence and skill at pitching to contact. The evidence that's accumulated since suggests he was wrong: in the second half, Locke’s ERA ballooned to 6.12, and now, less than a year after Bruce Bochy named him to the National League All-Star team, he’s back in Triple-A. Sometimes, though, career reinventions are real. Last May, I wrote about “the incredible new Neal Cotts” based on the 30-something reliever’s 20-plus Triple-A innings, and the lefty lived up to the billing. The more impressive the peripherals, the more convincing the performance, no matter how small the sample.

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April 3, 2014 6:00 am

Free Agent Watch: Week One

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Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth a look depending on the format in which you play.

Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a single hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth picking up, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.

12-Team Mixed

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September 13, 2013 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Meltdown Madness

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Daniel Rathman

Thursday produced more than its fair share of memorably awful outings.

The Thursday Takeaway
Meltdowns aren’t much fun for anyone, but Thursday brought three of them—two in one game, plus an all-timer in another.

We’ll begin in Philadelphia, where the Padres handed Tyson Ross a 1-0 edge in the top of the first inning when Will Venable led off with a home run, his career-high 22nd of the season. Over the previous month and a half, Ross had made nine starts and compiled a 2.16 ERA, the product of a 63-to-17 K:BB ratio and just two homers allowed in 58 1/3 innings. The impending nightmare was difficult to foresee.


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April 12, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Haranging Around

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R.J. Anderson

The Mariners add a starter, the Blue Jays make another waiver claim, and Luis Ayala gets a new team.

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How will the Angels fare without their ace?

Angels ace Jered Weaver will miss at least the next four weeks after fracturing the elbow in his glove arm during his most recent start, Sunday night in Texas, according to ESPN.

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April 9, 2013 5:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Ramon Mania

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R.J. Anderson

The Dodgers add a (washed-up?) catcher, while the A's, Astros, and Blue Jays go bargain shopping.

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