The Outcomes discuss players you ought to buy and sell in trades based on your Scoresheet roster needs.
On the Podcast:
We’re revisiting another one of our monthly topics: trade candidates. We cover both leagues, giving you several ideas for which guys to buy and sell—and, more importantly, we walk through the reasons why we pick each player so you can apply those to your roster.
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The Outcomes share their round 40 Scoresheet draft rankings.
Welcome, friends, to the most exciting week of the Scoresheet summer calendar! Yes, even after Christopher Crawford has recovered from his draft-induced PTSD, and the remains of Studio 42 have been mothballed in Secaucus’s most beautiful closet for another year, Scoresheet owners remain in the grip of draft fever. Round 40 is when most top draft picks are selected, and teams who have been out of it for most or all of the year have one brief moment of joy before going back to figuring out where to set the hook on Jerome Williams.
Listener emails and the best things the Outcomes saw in an eventful sports week.
As questions from listeners and readers keep coming in, we keep trying to answer them. We love hearing from all of you, so keep it up!
Last week we answered several reader questions that were shorter form or more conceptual. This week, we tackle three specific teams and offer trade advice and guidance for the rest of the season about how to handle the various levels of success that come in different phases of the competitive cycle. We also cover the best things we saw in an extremely eventful week for sports.
Reader questions, notable player performances, and much more.
More listener questions this week, thanks to all the great submissions over the past couple of weeks. We also walk through each of the MLB teams to do a June check up on the bets that Jared and Ben made, as a means for anecdotes and commentary on notable player performances or team situations.
Digging through the reader mailbag, and much more.
On the Podcast:
This week we dig through the mailbag and answer some listener questions—thanks for sending them in, keep it up! We talked about banked stats, projection systems, online data resources, and some pointers on how to handle trade negotiations. We also discuss potential buy and sell trade candidates in both leagues, with each of us highlighting a couple players of each kind in each league.
The outcomes offer recommendations on 10 players in each league, then mock draft the 38th round on the podcast.
While the June supplemental draft is one of the annual highlights of the Scoresheet calendar, as the top Rule 4 draft picks get picked over by teams, May is probably the best chance to pick up some early breakouts and respond to trends. Here are our recommendations for the upcoming supplemental draft, again looking only at players still available in a majority of leagues. You may also want to review our April recommendations, as we still stand behind… well, most of them.
Don't forget the forgotten heroes of the sport's past.
My birthday was May 3rd. I'm 33 now. As I always do on my birthday, I turned dark. To quote Mitch Hedberg, “I bought a pack of carefree gum but it didn’t work, so I went back to pondering my own mortality.” So, while in Baltimore—I was cleared to travel in April—my wife and I went on a tour of cemeteries that included the grave sites of Edgar Allen Poe and John Wilkes Booth. When I Googled to see whom else was buried in those cemeteries, to my surprise many former ballplayers were laid to rest there, and long forgotten. It's amazing to me how long the lineage of baseball really goes. I went to the grave of Steve Brodie. Brodie was an outfielder for the Boston Beaneaters, St Louis Browns, the former Baltimore Orioles, New York Giants, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The guy was a .300+ career hitter in 12 years and nobody on earth in my estimation has ever heard of him. Imagine what kind of attention a guy like that would get today. What kind of life would he have had if he'd been born a hundred years later, hit .300+ a hundred years later? The rotten luck of being born in the wrong century sucks. But to be there, to be reminded again that baseball's story began well over a century ago, blew my mind. It’s a fact we're all well aware of, but to actually physically touch a gravestone of someone who played a game that I work in is mind boggling. It made it real. It made me appreciate my own life even more.
On the podcast:
This week we sit down with Nate Stephens to talk about the season so far, touch upon his many teams, and highlight some players that have over- and underperformed compared to his expectations. Tune in for another excellent conversation with Nate!
The Outcomes review their preseason projections, and much more.
This week we reviewed our preseason projections for team wins, take stock of the bets between Jared and Ben, and discuss whether each team’s early performance is sustainable (and to what degree, and why we might think so).
We're excited to launch a new prospect podcast on Monday.
The Baseball Prospectus Prospect Team is proud to announce the launch of a new prospect-themed podcast. Raw Projection will be a lively, spirited debate on all aspects of the prospect landscape to be broadcast weekly alongside the current line of BP podcasts. This new endeavor will include two teams of hosts, alternating weeks to give listeners a fresh perspective in each episode. The first team will include Tucker Blair, Mauricio Rubio, Jr., and CJ Wittmann and the second team will include Chris Mellen and Jeff Moore. Each team will offer a unique sound and feel while keeping you up to speed on the prospect world, discussing reports, topics and events from around the minors, and generally causing trouble. Episodes will also include guest appearances from the rest of the prospect team as well as guests from within the baseball world.
This will truly be a group effort, highlighting our strength as a team covering the prospect world and keeping you entertained in the process.
The Outcomes run down players who might be available in your leagues based on Scoresheet-wide ownership data.
There probably isn’t a more foolhardy errand than mock drafting the 36th round of an already deep league, but no one said that we weren’t just the fools to do so. Here are a few players in each league worth considering so that you don’t just automatically pick the first Brazilian on a two-week hot streak who crosses your path.