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Is There Hope for Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer?

Not long ago (2011 to be exact) Trevor Bauer was a high-powered pitching prospect in the Arizona system full of promise and largely devoid of critics. In May 2012, Fangraphs wrote, “One would assume that, with four quality pitches and the ability to throw them from nearly identical release points, Bauer’s nearly a finished product.” Two years later, at the start of the 2014...
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One Man’s Trash: The Summer of Jorge

Sorry, I ran out of "solar energy" puns and "Cirque du Soler" was already taken by Keith Law, so I went with Seinfeld. As I write this, I am stripped to the waist eating a block of cheese the size of a car battery. [Jay's Note: That's hot.] We need to mention Jorge Soler (+91%) one more time though. His 91% increase in ownership was by far the highest...
Via Razzball
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Daily DraftKings Picks: Tuesday, Sep 2

Yesterday’s team scored 109.35 points and finished 920th-of-2,300 in the Daily Moonshot. It was about as average as they come, but it likely would have been better had I been able to adjust my lineup later in the day (see: Matt Duffy). My pitchers did exactly what I expected, Buster Posey continued his hot ways, Hunter Pence had a big game, and Anthony Rendon pitched in 20.00 points...
Via Baseball Professor
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DraftKings – To Kershaw or Not to Kershaw

We’re starting to run out of ways to superlative Clayton Kershaw.  I think today’s DraftKings salary may be the best way.  The asking price is $14,900.  For some reason, I felt that the period was more emphatic than an exclamatory dot-line vertical stack there.  Perhaps the punctuation is in line with the excitement level of an 8 IP, 9 K W from the Kersh.  Yawnstipating...
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6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Sep 3

Wednesday gives us a disappointing slate of starters with just 11 pitchers rating league average or better (plus another right there at 99.9) and only two big name fantasy starters (the guys at the top). Last time out against the Nationals, Felix Hernandez was blasted for four home runs. Harold Reynolds of MLB Tonight thinks Hernandez has some sort of injury. I don’t like speculating...
Via Baseball Professor
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Breakout Players — Left Fielders

Source: Ed Zurga/Getty Images North America When we get to the outfield, we get to the meat of most people’s fantasy teams. As I’ve said before, 100 runs created has been the standard for excellence in the past, and that is certainly true with the development of better pitching over the past few years. Still, there have been some incredibly good left fielders in the game this...
Via The Fantasy Fix
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Dunn to Oakland

In Episode 126, Professors Adam Nodiff (@ANodBaseball) and Jake Devereaux (@DevJake) recap all the fantasy relevant news from around the league. Submit a question for the guys to answer on tomorrow’s show! Today’s topics include: Potential replacements at second base The fantasy impact of Adam Dunn being traded to Oakland Whether Matt Shoemaker is a keeper candidate Can...
Via Baseball Professor
11 hours ago  |  Discuss

If You Like Pen & Cole Nadas

In 1778, Benjamin Franklin pulled the first American flag from Betsy Ross's, uh, clutches and proclaimed a holiday to be called Labor Day in the then-resort city of Philadelphia. Since then there's been a long history of great Philly pitchers: Steve "Lefty" Carlton, Jackie "Kid" Gleason, Robin "ESPN anchor" Roberts, Curt Schilling, who later...
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16 hours ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Tuesday, Sep 1

First off, sorry for the two-day absence of this daily post. We had some technical difficulties as last week wound to a close that prevented us from generating our daily rankings, but those issues have been sorted out and today we’re back in business with Tuesday’s rankings! Derek Holland is back after making six minor league rehab starts. His reward? The first place Royals...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Monday, Sep 1

Welcome to September, everyone! I apologize for the light posting schedule these last few days, both with the Daily DraftKings Picks and Daily SP Rankings. I’ve run into some unexpected technical difficulties that have prevented me from picking lineups, updating the necessary files, and generally maintaining the daily operations of the site that have run so smoothly all season...
Via Baseball Professor
1 day ago  |  Discuss

This Week’s Pitcher Profile Brought To You By Grandpa’s Pine Tar Soap!

So I did a little Google of "pine tar brands" and everything is this Grandpa's brand!  Talk about cornering the market.  And their new spokesman should be Michael Pineda!  "Those other brands, they dirt, it's dirt..." I used to be the biggest Big Mike fan.  I was all in on him in the Mariners rookie season, and went gaga watching his starts over anyone...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2nd Half Fantasy Baseball - Top 100

With just 28 days left in the MLB regular season, fantasy baseball is quickly coming to an end.  Since the 2nd half started on July 18th, no team has been better than the Baltimore Orioles who own a 27-14 record, no hitter has been better than Victor Martinez and no pitcher has been better than Madison Bumgarner.#454355446 / gettyimages.comEven with the loss of Manny Machado...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Get To Know Him - Wade Davis

It's a little ridiculous that I have to do a get to know him on the best relief pitcher in baseball this year. I'm not sure if it's because he plays for the Kansas City Royals or because he is not a closer, but regardless everyone should know who this guy is and know what he has done this season.#453820324 / gettyimages.comWade Davis is pitching in his 6th MLB season...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Waiver Wire: 3 to Catch, 3 to Cut, 3 to Keep

In the Week 23 edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re running with Jordan Schafer, moving on from Joe Kelly, and settling in with Travis d’Arnaud. There are plenty of waiver wire columns out there that provide an exhaustive list of the most added players in fantasy leagues. This isn’t one of them. Here, we’ll run down a few of the most interesting players for fantasy owners...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Week 23 Two-Start Pitchers and Streamers

There are several two-start pitchers who qualify for the streaming portion of this article. For sake of brevity I’ll only cover them in the top portion of the article, but you should definitely pick up any of the two-starters you want to stream. If you have any questions about these starters, other pitchers or general fantasy baseball questions hit me up on Twitter. Must-Starts...
Via The Fantasy Fix
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Creeper of the Week: Wake Up and Smell the Odor

Breath it all in. That's it. Can you smell it? That's the smell of the season winding down and the pastrami Reuben I just ate from the Oinkster. Delicious! I'm writing this with a mouthful of expectations [Jay's Note: That's what she said...] for the magic of September that happens every year. This past Tuesday I talked about the amazing month Marlon Anderson...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Minor Accomplishments: Is Your Kris On My List?

September call-ups are almost upon us. Despite monster minor league numbers, it appears the Cubs are not going to add Kris Bryant to the roster. Bryant dominated in 2014, hitting an obscene .328/.438/.674 with 43 home runs, 114 runs, 102 RBIs and even 15 steals across two levels of the minors. I couldn't hit that in Bases Loaded on my Nintendo. While the Cubs did promote Javier...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Orioles Acquire Alejandro de Aza from White Sox

The Baltimore Orioles have traded for Alejandro De Aza of the Chicago White Sox. He will be an added player to the Orioles DH/LF rotation with Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young.  de Aza it hitting just .243 this season with 5 homers and 31 RBI after hitting .264 last season with 17 home runs.BREAKING: White Sox trade Alejandro de Aza to the Orioles for a couple of guys made up by...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DraftKings – El Nuno Watch

Call it recency bias. Call it trending stats. Call it your mom. I don't care. The Rockies on the road are still 'teh suck'. Earlier this week I told you to Leave It To Peav'er for similar reasons. If San Fran knew how to hit the ball and play defense, that call would've gone from decent to great. Well, and if Dave Eddings knew what the strikezone was or...
Via Razzball
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Two-Start Pitchers Week 22: Drew Smyly and More

For many leagues this is it. The start of fantasy baseball playoffs is underway and this is when you really have to search for that guy that could push the boundaries, push you over the Mendoza line and bring you to fantasy glory. Look over the list and see if a certain player’s name shoots off the page and into your starting lineup. I will give you the player’s name and who...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss
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