Closer Chronicle: Week 4

Sergio Santos’ performance last Thursday pretty much summed up the state of the closer position in April. After it was announced that injured closer Casey Janssen (back) suffered a setback in recovery, substitute closer Santos imploded in celebration, walking three batters and throwing three wild pitches that resulted in three runs. It was Santos’ first [...]

Fantasy Pipeline: Gregory Polanco

With George Springer making his MLB debut on Wednesday, expect the floodgates to open over the coming weeks as teams that have been holding their top prospects in the minors to start calling them up to the big leagues. We’ll be taking a look at top prospects in the Fantasy Pipeline so as you’re putting [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 3

I expected things to get back to semi-normal after the closer carousel went all reverse and upside down last week, but ninth-inning arms across both leagues are still very much in flux. David Robertson (groin) was a surprise addition to the 15-day DL (eligible to return on April 22), Jose Veras lost his job on [...]

Why isn’t Christian Yelich 100% owned?

I have no idea. He’s only owned in 94.2% of ESPN leagues. I seriously doubt the fantasy community at-large is clued in on his trouble hitting lefties. He has a .949 OPS against right handers but dips all the way down to .457 against lefties. Obviously this is something the 22 year old has to work [...]

Starting Pitchers You Should Own

Today I want to look at a few guys that are owned in fewer than 30% of ESPN leagues. All three of these guys will contribute more than the guys that are sitting at the back of you fantasy rotation. Feel free to drop someone like Mark Buerhle (62.8%) to make room for one of [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 2

Can I have a redo? The closer landscape was turned upside down in Week 1, with several closers losing their jobs – and some without even throwing a single pitch. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke wins the tightest-lips award after surprising everyone and naming Francisco Rodriguez the closer over incumbent Jim Henderson. White Sox manager Robin [...]

National League Awards Predictions

Below are my predictions for who will take home the National League hardware in 2014. National League MVP Paul Goldschmidt (ARI) Andrew McCutchen (PIT) Joey Votto (CIN) Goldschmidt made massive strides in 2013 and will continue to improve. He’s entering his age 26 season and has elite power, elite on base skills, plus speed, and [...]

Closer Chronicle: Week 1

Hello, baseball. I’ve missed you. Despite your attempts to decimate every starting rotation this spring (sorry Braves and A’s fans), your arrival is an uplifting reminder — amidst busted brackets everywhere — that you truly are the only sport for me. I left off last year with a way-too early edition of the Closer Chronicle [...]

American League Awards Predictions

Today, I’ll take a look at who will take home the American League hardware in 2014. American League MVP Mike Trout (LAA) Miguel Cabrera (DET) Robinson Cano (SEA) Mike Trout finally gets his due. Even the stodgy baseball writers who vote for the MVP will have a hard time overlooking a third straight 10 WAR [...]

Bold Predictions for Every Major League Team

Here are my bold predictions for 2014. Some are definitely bolder than others. Going alphabetically: ARI – Archie Bradley will have more wins than any other Diamondbacks starter. ATL – A healthy Dan Uggla doesn’t log 400 plate appearances for the Braves in 2014. BAL – Jonathan Schoop will be the Baltimore’s everyday 2B by [...]