Archive for May,2018

Tourniquet

The following article was written 10 years ago, at BaseballHQ.com, during the season that was filmed for the "Fantasyland" documentary. In honor of my current last place Tout Wars team, and Memorial Day, I present this redux. 

I woke up on the morning of April 24 to find my Tout...

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BABS Mining for Closers

by Justin Cary

Closers continue to be a difficult game to maneuver. Here are a few interesting insights and speculations for in-season acquisition.

The elite (E+, K+, SV) closers group includes many names you'd expect: Aroldis Chapman, Wade Davis, Edwin Diaz, Brad Hand, Craig Kimbrel and Bud Norris. Most were...

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Not Gambling? Seriously.

The following piece was published at BaseballHQ.com back on April 17, 2015. That was before the Fanduel/DraftKings legal implosion the following fall. And it was before last week’s Supreme Court decision leaving the legalization of sports betting to the states. The gambling landscape is...

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BABS charts early rookie progress

by Chris Doyle

As Ron pointed out in his piece on Minor League BABS back in January, there’s one weakness in BABS’ analysis that can group players together who otherwise may not actually share similar skill sets. The example he cited was Austin Slater and Boog Powell, who had...

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BABL at the first mile marker

It's May 15, and for me, that is an important date. Up until now, all we've been experiencing is statistical noise. And despite the fact that most stats never really stabilize fully, May 15 is the date I like to use to consider the "rough realness" of where my players...

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BABS May 2018 Update – Batters

by Chris Doyle

Access the first BABS update of the season here.

While we must remember that the small sample size caveat still exists, it’s nonetheless a fun and interesting exercise to try and spot the variances from pre-season rankings and attempt to explain or rationalize them.

Here are...

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BABS May 2018 Update – Pitchers

by Justin Cary

We are a little more than a month in the season and the first BABS scan has arrived. Owners should be reminded that playing time represents less than 20% of the total year's output. Be careful making assessments about skill sets. Instead, owners should be looking at...

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Early first round underperformers

This is my weekly article for ESPN Insider.

When we draft players in the first round, or spend $30 or more for them in auctions, we expect them to provide a statistical foundation to our teams. Although we are only a month into the season, the fates of these players...

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Deconstructing Didi Gregorius

by Chris Doyle

As is often the case this early in the season, a look atop the leaderboards can make your head spin. This time last year we were marveling at Aaron Judge’s power display and wondering if it was for real.

Fast forward 12 months and it’s another Bronx...

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