2014 Seattle Mariners Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 12

2014 Seattle Mariners Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

From a Fantasy Baseball perspective, the Mariners exceeded expectations last year. A 41-year-old Raul Ibanez led the team with 29 home runs and their starting rotation boasted two Cy Young candidates in perennial superstar Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma. Iwakuma finished the year with a 138 ERA+, besting King Felix’s 121. Seattle also...

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2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 11

2014 Los Angeles Dodgers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

After a slow start to the 2013 season the Dodgers took off.  Yasiel Puig burst onto the scene, and Clayton Kershaw proved to be the best pitcher in the league. The Dodgers finished the season on a high note, but also with a resolve to improve the team. These resolutions resulted in bringing over bounce-back candidate Dan Haren, former...

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Thinking About Expected Strikeout Rates: The Top “_____” xK% Leaders from 2013

Feb 09

Thinking About Expected Strikeout Rates: The Top “_____” xK% Leaders from 2013

(WARNING: THERE ARE GIFS AT THE END) Real estate, knick-knacks at a garage sale, and players, in the sense of professional sports, can be undervalued. For instance, in Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, Michael Lewis interviews Kyle Bass, a hedge fund manager who made a fortune shorting subprime mortgage assets, who recently bought a...

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2014 St Louis Cardinals Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 09

2014 St Louis Cardinals Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

It’s hard to find a more exciting team than the 2014 St Louis Cardinals, both in Fantasy and otherwise. They have one of the best young pitching staffs in the game, led by perennial all-star Adam Wainwright, and an offense that rivals any other in the National League. After making an impressive run to the World Series last year, losing in...

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2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 09

2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Welcome to your 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks Fantasy Baseball preview! While 2013 was a down year, from a Fantasy perspective, for many D-backs not named Paul Goldschmidt at least, who finished second in NL MVP voting behind his huge year. But 2014 provides an opportunity for a turnaround for some of their disappointing outputs. It has been a...

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2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 08

2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

The Pittsburgh Pirates finally rose from the depths of obscurity in 2013 by making the playoffs for the first time since 1992. “Pirate Fever” ran wild through the Steel City as the organization shared a glimpse of what the future likely holds for a ballclub that has one of the deepest minor league systems in all of baseball. It...

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2014 Minnesota Twins Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-For-30

Feb 08

2014 Minnesota Twins Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-For-30

As a Twins fan, I know I am not alone in asking “Is it 2016 yet?” What can be said about the 2014 Minnesota Twins? A team that has lost nearly 300 games in three seasons? Rebuilding? Obviously. Terrible front office decision making? Absolutely. New Management? Well, not so much. The Twins decided to hang on to manager Ron...

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2014 Detroit Tigers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 07

2014 Detroit Tigers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

For the third straight year, the Detroit Tigers advanced to the ALCS — this time losing to the Boston Red Sox. They did this with the strength of their rotation, (156 GS by the top five and an AL record 1,428 strikeouts) and some lineup thump from Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder. The Tigers made a flurry of off-season moves to shake...

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2014 Milwaukee Brewers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

Feb 07

2014 Milwaukee Brewers Preview: Fantasy Baseball 30-for-30

If ever there was a lost season for a team, it was 2013 for the Milwaukee Brewers. Yovani Gallardo underperformed and Aramis Ramirez missed half a season. Then the bright star of Jean Segura came crashing down after the break and Rickie Weeks finally fell off the planet altogether. But there was something else that happened last year. What...

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