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Bird Flying Below the Radar: Chris Tillman

The Orioles got off to a fast start this year, but have been coming back to Earth of late.  Still, the club is second in the American League East, and seven games over .500.  Not too shabby for a team expected by most to be the doormat of the division.  It’s unlikely they’ll remain second […]

The Upside of Anthony Rizzo

Last season, Anthony Rizzo, then in the Padres organization, absolutely bombarded Pacific Coast League pitching to the tune of .331/.404/.632 with 26 long balls in 413 plate appearances. However, once he reached the big leagues, the mammoth production halted. In 153 plate appearances for the Friars, Rizzo hit .141/.281/.242 with only one home run and […]

Kelvin Herrera is Really Good

The title essentially speaks for itself.  The Royals bullpen features many very good pitchers, one of which is Kelvin Herrera.  Dave Cameron highlighted a recent performance from the Royals bullpen over at FanGraphs, a game in which Herrera faced four batters and struck out all four. 

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Buy or Sell: Wade Miley

Wade Miley was not a name focused on this preseason, but the Diamondbacks fifth starter has pitched his way onto the roster of many a fantasy team. While many believed it would be hot prospect Trevor Bauer putting up awesome numbers at the back end of Arizona’s rotation, Miley has given the D-Backs a reason […]

Buy or Sell: Mets

My latest article for The Outside Corner focused on the surprising start of the New York Mets. Here are the bits that might be of interest for fantasy owners… “David Wright has already been worth four wins above replacement (WAR) this season and is hitting at a sensational level (.357/.461/.580) with eight home runs and […]

Dealing Dodgers: Harang and Capuano

Aaron Harang and Chris Capuano are having big-time bounce-back seasons for the Dodgers, rewarding management for investing in each pitcher for more than just one season. They have also rewarded fantasy owners quick enough to snag them off of the wire or draft them as late round sleepers. Can their surprise seasons continue? Here’s what […]

Is Ubaldo Back?

Last summer when the Indians dealt for Ubaldo Jimenez, there is no doubt they felt like they were acquiring a young front line starter.  That hasn’t been the case yet.  Jimenez made 11 starts for the Tribe last year, and posted an ugly 5.10 ERA.  Advanced metrics suggested he was unlucky, with his xFIP, FIP, […]

Is Francisco Liriano Back?

On the day of Liriano’s start against the Chicago Cubs, now seems as good of time as any to take a look at his hot last two starts.  After a short stint in the bullpen to right the ship, he has come out guns blazing.  In his last two starts, he has pitched 12 innings […]

Buy or Sell: Saunders, Rios

Michael Saunders – Saunders has always had a lot of raw skills, but he had yet to put it all together at the upper levels. At age 25, he might be starting to turn the corner. All of the numbers show improvements in the important categories of plate discipline and balls in play (i.e. line […]

Buy or Sell: Rosario and Goldschmidt

Wilin Rosario – Rosario is who we thought he was. Plenty of power, but a long swing and well below average plate discipline. Over the last week or so, however, Rosario has been on fire, hitting well over .300 with two home runs in his last six games. Just like any hot streak for any […]

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Phil Hughes Has the Stuff, Not the Location

Phil Hughes has become the center of a lot of skepticism and the target of many a sportswriter’s axe. However bleak it may seem for the once promising young fireballer, there are signs of hope in an otherwise messy situation. First and foremost, Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi continues to support Hughes, even with his 5.64 ERA. Perhaps Joe […]

It’s Time to Cash in on Mark Trumbo

Mark Trumbo is swinging an amazing bat right now. Not only are his numbers impressive, but he looks going doing it too, hitting moon shots into the deep corners of the outfield seats (and outfield rocks), which is why now is the time to sell as high as you can. I was not extremely high […]

Kris Medlen Getting Stretched Out

The Braves official website announced on Tuesday evening that the team is optioning Kris Medlen to Triple-A Gwinnett in order to stretch him out and convert him from reliever to starter.  The hope is that he’ll be stretched out and ready to start for the parent club by mid-June.  It’s unclear who he’ll replace in […]

Brandon League Out as Mariners Closer

League has been dreadful this season.  He has nearly as many walks, 12, as he does strikeouts, 13.  His groundball rate is down significantly this year, and all-in-all, the negative peripheral stats have resulted in a 4.43 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.  Unfortunately for his fantasy owners, the ugly season line isn’t the result of some […]

Buy Low: Stars Still Struggling

We’re not “early in the season” anymore, but, then again, we aren’t exactly deep into the season either. There are a number of high round draftees still struggling to find their way and put forth the numbers that their fantasy GMs were expecting. Because of their track record, on top of current peripheral stats, these […]