A look at the hitters who could outperform their PECOTA projections in RBI.
One of the fun ways we all try to outsmart our opponents in fantasy is by searching for hidden value in players who, for one reason or another, we suspect have the ability to outpace their projections (and, relatedly, their draft cost). Our Darkhorses series features staff picks for players who could very well outpace their PECOTA projections for the year and provide the top overall production in one of the standard five-by-five categories. We’ve all picked one player currently projected by PECOTA to fall outside of the top 10 and one longer-shot player currently projected outside of the top 25. We’ll take a look at offense this week and pitching next. For the earlier editions in this series, click below:
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October once again becomes the Beltran show, Greinke is great, and Mattingly makes mistakes.
Friday’s NLCS opener offered most of the qualities we want in a playoff game. An impressive pitching performance. Three big plays by a perennial postseason hero. A play at the plate to preserve a tie. Extra innings. A walk-off win. Ernie Johnson summed up Game One well when he called it “a top-step night,” even if it was more of a “lying in bed with my laptop” night where I was.
Good pitching hasn't prevented Kansas City's playoff odds from plummeting.
The Wednesday Takeaway
There may not be a truer baseball adage than “you can’t win if you don’t score.” The Royals, who have dropped seven of nine and fallen to 6 ½ games back in the American League wild card race, are learning that lesson the hard way.
Ned Yost’s club was shut out on Tuesday night, its first zero-run output since the 1-0 defeat to the Marlins that started this rut on August 13. Yesterday, the Royals scraped across exactly two runs for the third time since that loss. They have also scored one run once and three runs twice. Only once, in a 6-5 defeat at the hands of the Tigers on August 17, have they exceeded three tallies in a game.
The tater trots for April 26. Big Papi hits another slow one, Carlos Beltran headlines a night of multi-home run games.
Pretty nice night for baseball last night. Not only did two players notch their first career home runs Friday night, four other players rounded the bases twice. And all of this while Anibal Sanchez was busy striking out 17 Braves batters!
Can Ryan Vogelsong replicate his Game Two success and take his team to a seventh game?
Buoyed by an unexpectedly superb outing from Barry Zito, the Giants regained home-field advantage in the NLCS with a 5-0 win on Friday night. But Bruce Bochy’s team needs two more victories to clinch its second pennant in three years, while Mike Matheny’s team is just one victory away from its second pennant in a row. Will the Cardinals advance tonight, or will this series require a decisive Game Seven on Monday? To answer those questions, here are the PECOTA odds and projected starting lineups for Game Six:
The tater trots for May 11: Josh Hamilton's two home runs, Carlos Beltran's two home runs, and whole bunch more.
It was a very busy night Friday night. Overall, 42 home runs were hit. Among those were a pinch-hit grand slam, a game-tying ninth-inning blast, four multi-home run games, and an extra-innings go-ahead shot. Oh, and Josh Hamilton hit two more home runs. No lack excitement last night, that's for sure.
The tater trots for May 2: a wild, wild night for all of baseball, with Chipper Jones' walkoff home run the most memorable of the night.
An absolutely wild day in baseball for home runs (and everything else, really). Not only did we have two home runs helping Jered Weaver take a big 9-0 lead en route to his first career no-hitter, we also had wackiness everywhere. Four different players hit two home runs last night, including Chris Johnson and Kyle Seager. Three different players hit walkoff home runs, including ancientold guys like Chipper Jones and Jason Giambi. And then there was the tenth-inning go-ahead homer by Giancarlo Stanton, the sixth home run of the year for Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion's league-leading ninth home run...