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April 3, 2017 6:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Five to Watch: Leadoff Surprises


Greg Wellemeyer

There can be hidden value at the top of the lineup.

The importance of batting order position is often overstated, especially in shallow or medium depth mixed leagues. In deeper and mono contexts, where plate appearances come at a premium, a slot in the upper third of the lineup can make a difference. The same goes for formats that allow daily lineup changes, as the leadoff spot can be a popular place for hitters with a pronounced split. Provided you have a bench with a little depth, you can often build an excellent platoon on the cheap by leveraging these roles. With that in mind, here are five players whose Opening Day stock is up because of unexpected opportunity at the top of their clubs’ lineups.

Delino DeShields, Texas Rangers

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March 22, 2016 9:00 am

BP Kansas City


David Lesky

The Royals are debating between Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon for the second spot in their lineup. Based on the offensive skill sets of the two players, there's an obvious answer.

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January 7, 2016 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: KC Accidental


Rian Watt

The Royals bring back one of their own, and Alex Gordon stays home.

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There were too many memorable to plays to squeeze into one article. But we tried anyway.

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Which players will be staying at home this year who should be playing in Kansas City?

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A bad draft pick.

Earlier today, in response to Ray Bradbury's death, Kevin Kaduk tweeted this:

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A brutal eight-game losing streak has taken the Atlanta Braves from first to worst in the NL East.

The Weekend Takeaway
It’s not all that hard to go from first to last in nine days this early in the season. To do so as resoundingly as the Braves have, though, takes a special kind of awfulness.

At the end of play on May 20, Fredi Gonzalez’s team was 26-16 and enjoyed a 1 ½-game lead in the National League East. At the close of shop last night, the Braves had slipped to 26-24 and sat in a last-place tie with the Phillies, four games behind the first-place Nationals.

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Indians, Royals lock up two of 2011's breakout stars

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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April 20, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: To Buy or Sell on Alex Gordon


Craig Brown

Gordon is off to the excellent start we've all waited years for, but is it legitimate?

He once carried so much fantasy promise. Former first round draft pick—and second overall selection—Alex Gordon was as can’t miss as they come. In his final season at Nebraska before joining the professional ranks, he swept the major collegiate player of the year awards. Upon playing his first full professional season in the Royals organization at Double-A Wichita, he won the Texas League Player of the Year Award and was tabbed the minor league player of the year by Baseball America. In our 2007 BP Annual, we were downright giddy with anticipation:

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July 26, 2010 2:51 am

Transaction Action: Send Me Some Angels


Christina Kahrl and Kevin Goldstein

Sending Dan Haren back to the AL West has a big impact beyond 2010, while leaving the Snakes dirtbound and dead.

Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Acquired UT-S Alberto Callaspo from the Royals for RHP Sean O'Sullivan and LHP Will Smith. [7/22]
Acquired RHP Dan Haren from the Diamondbacks for LHPs Joe Saunders and Patrick Corbin, RHP Rafael Rodriguez, and a PTBNL. [7/25]
Activated RHP Matt Palmer from the 15-day DL, and optioned him to Salt Lake (Triple-A); optioned RHP Trevor Bell to Salt Lake; purchased the contract of RHP Michael Kohn from Salt Lake. [7/26]

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There's a rising favorite in the AL Central, as our experts weigh in on everything from division winners to Matsuzaka's line.

Our annual predictions arrive this year as our Hope and Faith series comes to an end. While the beauty of spring training is that every team can think it has a chance, somebody has to take the losses. For today, we concentrate on the division standings and the major player awards (MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year) in the American League. Tomorrow we'll conclude with the National League predictions, along with the staff picks for the World Series.

Each author's division standings predictions may be found later in the article. Here, we present a wisdom-of-the-crowds summary of the results. In each table you'll find the average rank of each team in their division, plus the results of our preseason MVP, Cy Young and Rookie of the Year voting. A slight shift at the bottom of the AL East rankings, a rising favorite in the AL Central, and anarchy in the AL West highlight our staff's guesses.

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