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August 1, 2013 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Astros Distributed Elsewhere

3

Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Jason Parks

The Orioles pick up Bud Norris and the Royals get Justin Maxwell, as Houston continues to stockpile prospects

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June 13, 2013 9:11 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: June 13, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for June 13, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more!

Probable Pitchers for June 13, 2013


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April 27, 2013 6:12 am

Daily Roundup: Around the League: April 27, 2013

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Clint Chisam

News and notes from around the league for April 27, 2013.

Thanks to Jason Martinez and Clint Chisam of MLB Depth Charts, we'll now be bringing you daily news, notes, transactions, injury updates, and notable performances from the previous day's games...throughout the entire season! And if you like what you see here, don't forget to check out MLBDC's Insider subscription, which also includes starting pitcher rankings and matchups, top 25 batter vs. pitcher stat rankings, lineup tracker (includes lineups from past seven games), rotation report, stat tracker, and more! 

Probable Pitchers for April 27, 2013

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April 5, 2013 5:00 am

Fantasy Freestyle: Free Agent Watch

14

Mike Gianella

Justin Maxwell and Gerardo Parra are off to nice starts, and both are among the useful players that could be available to fortify your roster.

With the exception of a few old school leagues that are drafting or auctioning this weekend, fantasy baseball leagues are shifting their focus from auction targets to free-agent targets. While every fantasy writer in the world (including me) advises against pushing the panic button early, injuries happen. If you bought Ryan Ludwick, you’re already scouring the waiver wire for replacements.

Below is a look at potential free agents in American League only, National League only, and mixed formats. For mixed-league owners, the focus is on players owned in less than 50 percent of a “standard” leagues. In AL- and NL-only, these are players in very deep formats that might be available depending on your league’s rules regarding reserve lists and call-ups.

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April 2, 2013 9:45 am

Punk Hits: Accidentally Making a Case for Astros Fandom

25

Ian Miller

What the pundits mocking the Astros miss.

I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but the 2013 Major League Baseball season is underway. It actually began on Sunday night in a contest that pitted the Texas Rangers against their newly minted division rivals, the Houston Astros. The game was broadcast on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and logged a 1.5 Nielsen rating. That’s down pretty substantially from Opening Night 2012, when the Cardinals and the Marlins pulled a 1.8 rating. You can thank the Best Fans in Baseball for those extra .3 percent.

I saw quite a few people on Twitter and elsewhere complaining about Opening Night and claiming that only Opening Day is real. I call shenanigans on that. Highlighting one game on the night before Opening Day focuses national attention on a single matchup, making it feel special, like the single present your parents let you open on Christmas Eve.

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March 8, 2013 11:40 am

Overthinking It: Ready For Their Close-Ups?

2

Ben Lindbergh

Looking at some first-time starters in 2013 to see which ones will stick.

For every top talent like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado who claims a regular role from the moment he makes the majors, there’s a veteran who bounces around for years while he waits his turn for a chance to start somewhere. The following 10 players are looking to make the leap to full-time starter status this season. But do they have what it takes to succeed in their expanded roles, or will they be busted back to the bench?

Brandon Moss, Athletics, 1B
Moss’ power output was impressive last season, but it was partially a product of aggressive platooning by Bob Melvin, who limited him to only 62 PA against lefties. Chris Carter’s departure opens a path to more playing time for Moss (and speaks to Oakland’s confidence that he can repeat his success), but it will also make it more difficult to protect him against southpaws.
Can he stick? No. A’s batting coach Chili Davis worked closely with Moss to get him to embrace his pull power, so it’s possible that his pre-2012 stats are deceptive. But the 29-year-old’s projection isn’t pretty: .238/.301/.421 with subpar secondary skills, which wouldn’t come close to cutting it at first base.



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September 19, 2012 5:00 am

Punk Hits: What the Hell Has Gotten Into the Astros?

6

Ian Miller

No, the Astros aren't good. But if September was a salvage month, it has been a bit of a success. Here's why.

The Houston Astros topped at least one power-rankings list last week. The fact that it was my personal Power Rankings List that I keep in my journal is not germane; the once-lowly Disastros have gone 8-7 since the beginning of September. That’s better than .500 -- a winning record within these arbitrary endpoints! -- and the eight wins is as many games as Houston won in July and August combined (h/t @cantpredictball).

They also took three of four from the Phillies over this past weekend and all but ended that team’s Wild Card hopes. As this goes to press on Tuesday night, they open a three-game set against the Cardinals, and the Astros can play spoiler again against a St. Louis team that has lost seven of its last 10. If I were Mike Matheny, I’d be preparing for these games (and next week’s series in Houston) like each one was a one-game playoff. There’s nothing scarier than playing a team with nothing to lose, and the Astros are the nothing-to-losiest.

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The tater trots from September 16 (and the weekend). Anthony Rizzo spoiled the Pirates day in a big way, Ryan Braun had his own big day.

After yesterday's games, there are now exactly two weekends of regular season baseball left. And, lucky for us, things are just now getting really interesting! With the recent poor play by Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, and St. Louis, we are on the verge of seeing three possible playoff teams choke in the final month of the season. Of course, a lot can happen in 17 games...

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The tater trots for August 5: two slow trots in one game, Miguel Cabrera's walkoff, and an inside-the-parker from Friday,

Another weekend of baseball in the books. With the Olympics going on, Fox elected not to broadcast any games on Saturday. For those of us who aren't fans of national blackouts, this was a very nice surprise. Hopefully we'll get more Saturdays like that in the future. Also, it may be shocking to realize that there are now less than two months left in the season. When did August happen again?

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April 12, 2012 3:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Second Acts for Second Basemen

4

R.J. Anderson

Brandon Phillips and Ian Kinsler will stay with their teams well into their 30s.

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February 4, 2011 1:30 pm

Transaction Analysis: Weekly Roundup, January 28-February 3

7

Christina Kahrl

Moves to laud and lament, given your bent.

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September 22, 2010 4:05 pm

Transaction Action: Phillies, Nationals, Cubs

5

Christina Kahrl

Rounding out the NL East and turning the antics in Wrigleyville.

Obvious Good Move: Nothing in particular. With so many of the usual suspects summoned up for their third or fourth or fifth spin in Wrigleyville, it isn't like these guys don't know their way around the cramped clubhouse, or the names of the guys already here. Maine might come in handy as an extra lefty, but his rates at Iowa were bass-ackwards. Welington Castillo should get a few more reps behind the plate with Soto done for 2010, not least because there's something sort of depressing about the proposition that Koyie Hill could end up starting a third of your team's games behind the plate, but also because Castillo is a decent prospect who's up after a slugly season for the I-Cubs, with a .243 ISO while gunning down 39 percent of opposing base thieves (to accentuate the positive).

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