Starting pitching has been a minefield this year, but mostly because of injuries. Masahiro Tanaka has been the exception to that rule (unless he is hiding an injury). In 48 innings, Tanaka has struck out 39 batters and posted 6.56 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 2.60 K/BB. The xFIP, which normalizes Tanaka’s HR/9 to 1.00 indicates… Continue reading Takeaways/There Goes Masahiro, Watch Him as He Goes
I am rather stunned that the echo chamber is proudly exalting the Jonathan Villar regression, “I told you so” narrative, and yet, there is no noise about Trea Turner. This humble (or not so humble), little website repeatedly hammered the point that Trea Turner should not be a first round pick and people’s projections for Trea… Continue reading Takeaways/The First Rule About Trea Turner Is You Do Not Talk About Trea Turner
In fantasy circles, “starting pitching is a mess” has become a way too familiar and redundant outcry. I would not dispute that injuries have taken their toll on the depth of the position. Injuries have taken their toll at each level of the starting pitching pool, but specifically, at the top, where 14 of the… Continue reading Takeaways/The Looming SP Problem
Gregory Polanco…. Unintentionally, this has turned into “Apology Week” here at the Fantasy World Order. Since his 2012 minor league breakout season, I have reserved a very special place in my fantasy heart for Gregory Polanco. Last year, we finally saw some of what he was capable of as dual threat with power and speed.… Continue reading Takeaways/Oh No, Gregory Polanco
As I hinted at last week, fantasy owners and experts at-large hate to be wrong. Even when they are wrong, they dig in to try to find the reason that they were wrong. One of the things our podcast has been wrong on so far is Jose Bautista. We were staunch supporters of Bautista as… Continue reading Takeaways/What to do with Jose Bautista?
Most fantasy owners, at least to some extent, suffer from confirmation bias. They attempt to twist and use data in a way that will prove that they were (or are) correct. Their slow starting player is a historically slow starting player – all is well. Maybe. Or maybe, a player’s skills have changed and that… Continue reading Takeaways/They Want to Believe (Byron Buxton)
As the calendar shifts to May, slow starts become all the more real. In one league, despite homers being hit at a great pace seemingly everywhere, my team is off to a very slow power start (last in total HRs). For the first few weeks, I chalked it up to “It’s April” and as I… Continue reading Takeaways/A Rendon Reminder