The Outcomes discuss the recent Rule 4 draftees and their recent road trip to Texas.
This Week’s Podcast
We took a break as Jared and Ian went on a road trip across Texas. We also had another Scoresheet supplemental, this time incorporating the June MLB Rule 4 draftees. Tune in to hear thoughts on the MLB Rule 4 draftees and a full recap of the road trip, including baseball, non-baseball, and the best things we saw this week.
The rest of this article is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.
Not a subscriber?
Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or use the buttons to the right to subscribe and get access to the best baseball content on the web.
The Outcomes help you evaluate your Scoresheet squad through one-third of the season, and discuss the best things they saw this week.
This Week’s Podcast
We’re one-third of the way through the regular season! This week on the podcast we talk about evaluating your Scoresheet teams at this point in the season, and we engage in some banter about MLB current events. We talk about the team level metrics you’d want to review in deciding whether your team is likely to contend this year or not, and we debate the merits of calling the ball this early in the season. We finish, as always, with the best things we saw this week, and one of the outcomes gets emotional.
The Outcomes look at the players on the rise in Scoresheet circles.
Now that we have some data in from early drafts, we’re going to switch things up for May As in prior years, we want to identify trending players in the early supplemental drafts, so that you can share in the wisdom of the crowds and see who is increasing in value. Because it’s not really viable information at this point to tell you that lots of people are drafting Jeremy Hazelbaker, we’re limiting our trend lists only to players who are still available in the majority of AL- and NL-only leagues. At least some of these players should still be available in your format, and are frequently worth a second look.
The Outcomes discuss the things they look for when identifying trade targets, and a few players who might be worth acquiring.
This week we bring back one of our recurring segments from previous seasons wherein we discuss players that might make for good trade targets, both coming and going. We also talk about some indicators that might be useful when trying to pick out potential trade targets of your own. As always, we wrap with things we saw, and we get a little bit heavy once again. We hope you’ll join us!
The Outcomes run down players who could help your Scoresheet squad in the April supplemental draft.
The April supplemental is likely to be your “oops” draft. It’s too early in the season for too much to have gone wrong or for many players to have broken out, but you may have intentionally or accidentally left your team thin at key positions. We’re here to help by breaking down some of the most likely April draft targets, and figuring out if and how they can fit on your team.
The Outcomes look ahead to the regular season, make predictions, and identify the most interesting prospect in each org for Scoresheet purposes.
We enjoy Scoresheet baseball, but we’re not monsters. In this episode, we take a break from the post-draft grind to talk about real baseball teams for a long time. We preview the season ahead, as two of the Outcomes make predictions for the season, pushing each other off the Vegas line “Name-that-tune” style until we’ve sewn dissen for every team in the league.
The Outcomes discuss rotation arms for Scoresheet leagues and suggest some options to fill out your staff.
Last year, in this space, we articulated our core principles when it comes to drafting Scoresheet pitchers. Essentially, we think that you should draft for depth, be sure to mix in risk, and grab innings later where you can. In lieu of reprinting last year’s article, or just appending it and writing +1 at the end, we’ll instead offer in this space a mélange of “guys we like.”
Stacking up the pasture-patrollers for Scoresheet leagues.
Just because we released our final keeper rankings, that doesn’t mean we stop working for you. (For anyone who hasn’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the final spreadsheet.) We know that many of you are in private leagues with unusual keeper deadlines, or look to these rankings for trade discussions, plus, if we didn’t participate in outfield week, we’d just plain feel left out.
The disparity in talent between the American League and National League outfielders is perhaps the most substantial divide in the game right now, and compounded even more by the need to fill multiple positions. In the American League, it may be a good year to piece together a corner outfielder from scraps, while in the National League, it may be worth liquidating some draft picks to trade up.
The Outcomes rank the six-spotters for Scoresheet formats and discuss on the podcast
With a spate of young stars at the top of each league, the shortstop position is better equipped for the future than at any point since the heyday of Jeter, Garciaparra, A-Rod, and Tejada. There likely has never been more striation between haves and have-nots either, as your team either has bought into a young star (or has one of the rookies who are not eligible for this list), or your team is found wanting, outside of a few durable veterans. In the American League, there is enough veteran depth to make your weaker shortstops somewhat fungible, and in the National League, much of the depth falls well below the keeper line.
As always, these ratings are based upon a standard, ten team continuing league, and players who can play multiple positions are being evaluated as a third baseman alone.
The Outcomes return to run down the catcher crop for Scoresheet leagues.
We are delighted to return for a third season of Scoresheet Baseball-specific coverage on Baseball Prospectus, just in time for BP’s catcher week. If you haven’t played Scoresheet before, it’s a baseball simulation engine (similar to Strat-o-Matic, or Diamond Mind for the computer savvy), using real in-season results to give you that rush of watching your fantasy baseball team succeed or fail during the season. If you’re interested in starting a team, we would be happy to talk to anyone who wants to figure out how to jump on board either through email or in the comments section below, and we’re sure other longtime players will jump in as well.
After a week away, the Outcomes return to answer a host of listener questions as the Scoresheet playoffs approach.
Fear not, loyal listeners, for we have returned. We took a week off to take care of some important things in life, like buying a house and going on a road trip. We’re back and this week is chock full of content around some listener questions. In fact, if you wanted to make a drinking game out of this episode, be forewarned that the word “questions” is uttered rather frequently.