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#5298333 Hassan Whiteside 2014-2015 Season Outlook

Posted by K50K on 25 January 2015 - 03:52 PM

Aside from my son, that cheerleader I used to bang in college, and I guess my wife, Whiteside is the best thing that's ever happened to me.
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#4798311 Josh Gordon 2014 Season Outlook 2.0

Posted by amcsoldier on 09 September 2014 - 05:46 PM

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#4655792 2014 Worst Trade Proposals

Posted by owenmills on 11 July 2014 - 02:15 PM

My wife said she'd double the amount of sex we have if I gave up fantasy football this year. DECLINE!
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#5138007 Latavius Murray 2014 Season Outlook

Posted by Nyblazer11235 on 21 November 2014 - 05:34 PM

Started him last night....me and my league mates after the 90 yarder

 

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#4446676 Why fantasy basketball takes no skill, just luck.

Posted by BigStuck on 31 March 2014 - 05:13 AM

cool story bro
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#4437731 2014 Offseason Closers Thread

Posted by FearTheBeard on 26 March 2014 - 02:14 PM

Time to update this beast due to some more shake ups in the carousel, so here's an updated team by team breakdown of closer situations if the season started today. All of the following is my opinion, and on jobs that aren't concrete I'll list my reasoning. GREEN = SAFE,ORANGE = LOW SECURITY, RED = NO SECURITY or CBC. Please do not quote ungodly long post, just comment, or quote a section.


AL EAST

Boston Red Sox: CLOSER - Koji Uehara. No further discussion needed.

Tampa Bay Rays: CLOSER - Grant Balfour. While I certainly liked Balfour more in the spacious Oakland Coliseum due to his loud contact and fly ball ways, no reason to believe he won't continue to strike guys out and be at least adequate in Tampa. Balfour has been incredibly consistent over the past 4 seasons, keeps himself in excellent condition, and has been generating more K's and SwStr% due to throwing his slider more. Personally - I'm not worried about what the O's found given their fine tooth comb physicals. It was incredibly hard for me to wrap my head around the super savvy Rays hand the ball to Heath Bell in the 9th. The thought of Heath Bell pitching in AL East ballparks, Vs AL East lineups is frightening. He has had success the last couple years in lower leverage roles. He needs to develop a change up, and at age 36 it probably won't happen. Guy is a loud contact machine between HRs and LD's - hitters simply sit dead red on his FB, and only offer at his CB(which he doesn't command as well) if they're down in the count. Maddon likes Joel Peralta as his fireman, so I don't think he's in the contender realm at the time. Juan Carlos Oviedo could enter picture if Balfour falters but he has major steps to take in return from injury. He has had success in the role, and I think Hickey can keep his mechanics consistent - his FB/CU combo is nasty when it's on. I love Jake McGee, excellent swing and miss stuff, handles hitters from both sides but he has also faltered out of his 7th inning role, and was melt down prone in '13. I like McGee, but think the Rays like using him how they have been. Shaping up to what could be an excellent bullpen.

Baltimore Orioles: CLOSER - Tommy Hunter, CONTENDERS - Darren O'Day, Kevin Gausman, Ryan Webb. I can't say I was wrong that they would go Balfour or Rodney, definitely tried but it didn't shake out. If the O's plan is now to go with what they have, a CBC approach may be the best answer. Hunter and O'Day keep guys off base but LHB hurt them, Hunter also gives up a lot of FB's in a HR friendly park. Webb handles LHB and RHB, keeps ball on ground, but lacks swing and miss stuff, in addition to questionable command at times. I'm starting to really like the idea of Kevin Gausman in the closer role since he lost out on the #5 spot, dude was DOMINANT out of the pen last year. Matusz is outstanding Vs LHB, but he'll be given a chance to start again per Baltimore Sun.

New York Yankees: CLOSER - David Robertson. Congrats D Rob - You've graduated to GREEN. My biggest hangup with D Rob prior was simply the risk of the Yankees bringing in Balfour or Rodney. Robertson has been an outstanding high leverage RP over the past 3 seasons and I happy he's getting a crack at the role baring a trade. However, I'm still not sold that the Yankees believe he's their future 9th inning guy given the courting of high priced established closers, or that they just like using D Rob in his current role. He was given first chance to close in '12 when Mo went down, had a few hiccups and they quickly turned to Soriano. I don't see Robertson having any in house competition at this point, I mean Shawn Kelley, Matt Thornton, really? That's a pretty rough bullpen in the Bronx. I still could see the Yanks bringing in someone to fill the role.

Toronto Blue Jays: CLOSER - Casey Janssen. Not sexy, but consistent and continues to do a very good job, but there's always some concern when other late inning options have such electric stuff, Sergio Santos and Steve Delabar. If you draft Janssen it's a real good idea to handcuff him, had shoulder issues last spring, offseason shoulder surgery, more shoulder issues this spring. He has logged ONE spring inning recently, topped at 86mph.

AL CENTRAL

Detroit Tigers: CLOSER - Joe Nathan. Next.

Cleveland Indians: CLOSER - John Axford. CONTENDERS - Cody Allen, Bryan Shaw, Vinnie Pestano. The only reason I have The Ax Man in orange and not red is I think it's 100% concrete he has been brought to Cleveland to close and will indeed have to falter a few times in the role to give it up. He's as good of a candidate as anyone to get supplanted, and is known to start seasons in a mechanical mess. He did look pretty good when I saw him in Arizona this year, maybe the Cardinals did fix him. However, Axford's implosions are beyond ugly, K rate fell off last year, and he has two years running with a LD% over 24% and really high HR/FB%(guy can throw some total meat), his command can be all over the place due to mechanical issues, and he goes through stretches where to completely telegraphs his hook. My money to take the job is on Cody Allen, 11.26 K/9, 11.5 SwStr%, command is good enough, filthy FB/CB combo, handles hitters from both sides. Can't rule out Vinnie Pestano, he was clearly never right last season so I'd be him in the fold unless he looks '13 again. Bryan Shaw is a dude that has been discussed as a possible closer the last 3 years but hasn't gotten a look, def solid, keeps ball on ground, owns RHB - I just like Allen more.

Kansas City Royals : CLOSER - Greg Holland. Stud, plenty of other good options in case Holland's elbow explodes from throwing that wipeout slider. A good thing to keep in mind with Holland, last few years it has taken him 3 weeks to a month to find his groove/command.

Minnesota Twins : CLOSER - Glen Perkins. Dude's money, move on.

Chicago White Sox : CLOSER - Nate Jones, CONTENDERS - Matt Lindstrom, Daniel Webb. Ventura fooled everyone a couple years ago going with Hector Santiago, so really who knows. I'm going Jones based on stuff, and the fact the White Sox have him listed as their closer on their depth chart. Personally, Jones is a guy I plan to target in every league as a ADP value closer that can pay out well above his drafted spot. His '13, was marred by really crappy luck and his underlying metrics indicate dominance. Guy throws upper 90's, 10.27 K/9, solid command, 2.64 SIERA, 13.2 SwStr%, keeps the ball on the ground in that band box, no extreme splits - YES PLEASE! Jones has also fared well this spring. I feel like we've seen the Matt Lindstrom closer dance 3-4 times(well, we have). Aside from experience and also being a GB guy I see nothing he does better than Jones, he struggles Vs lefties, has very hittable gas, worse command, low K rate, meh. Lindstrom has recently returned to the mound. Daniel Webb is an interesting candidate, GB guy, misses bats, ok command, no extreme splits - I just think Jones is a little better across the board

AL WEST

Oakland Athletics : CLOSER - Jim Johnson. Chalk this up as an offseason move I just didn't understand, it was very Un-A's IMO. Now I have no doubt Oakland will be able to fix JJ, get him back on top of his sinker, and stop coming off the side but 10 million for a guy who isn't a K pitcher, struggled late last year, declining velocity, and his style doesn't take advantage of that huge park/foul ground - I don't get it. Especially when you have Sean Doolittle and Ryan Cook in house, and were able to acquire Luke Gregerson via trade. With Doolittle and Cook breathing down his neck, JJ has gotta perform outta the gate.

Texas Rangers : CLOSER - Joakim Soria, CONTENDERS - Alexei Ogando, Neftali Feliz, Tanner Scheppers. Well as I said in my last update, the winner in Surprise would get the job. RonWash announced last week Soria would be his guy, he pitched well, and Feliz is getting back arm strength and command. Soria will need to log a few saves to enter GREEN for me. Ogando isn't really a huge threat a very well may enter the rotation at some point. Biggest contender to me is Neftali if he can get his mojo back and Soria falters. Scheppers currently in the rotation could get a look if he gets bounced. I'm thinking Soria is pretty safe.

Los Angeles Angels : CLOSER - Ernesto Frieri. Hold on tight, the Ernesto Rollercoaster is ready to depart. He's definitely the guy, but man can he be stressful to own. The life on his FB, release pt, velo make him a tough dude to handle (15.8% SwStr). Lapse's in command, out of sync mechanics can often spell trouble at different points of the year. The signing of Joe Smith was a good one for the Angels to step in during periods where Frieri loses it, Smith is steady, without extreme splits.

Seattle Mariners : CLOSER - Fernando Rodney. Well - called this one too. Just didn't seem like the M's had faith in Farquhar due to courting every FA closer this season. The Rodney signing may be rather pointless for this organization, and sure - he's overpaid, but as a M's fan I can say the bullpen as a whole is better today than yesterday. It isn't my money - and 2 yrs doesn't hamstring anyone for future moves/growth. No debating Rodney's stuff, the dude is filth. It' just that whole command thing. '12 was definitely the outlier, but all in all - '13 Rodney is a pretty solid closer with encouraging underlying numbers minus BB%.You would think with Farquhar's success in the final months he'd be given a no doubt chance to close with some leash in '14. From 7/21 on he was absolutely dominate, with exception of two outings. Eye test, and metrics support that opinion working with an excellent cutter, FB that can hit 97, and a solid hook. I still think this organization has a love fest with Tom Wilhelmsen , so who knows if he can recapture his curveball and command. They've also tabbed Stephen Pryor as "closer of the future", but him being out til mid season may have been the new intel that encouraged them to get another quality bullpen arm.

Houston Astros : CLOSER - CBC. CONTENDERS - Josh Fields, Chad Qualls, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain. Bo Porter recently said the Astros are using a CBC approach, in baseball speak to me that means he has a guy in mind but doesn't want to put pressure on them, and he's also not committed to anyone. If the determination is based on spring training, Josh Fields would be the guy - he has looked terrific posting 7IP, 6H, 1ER, 6K - and most importantly - NO WALKS! Fields probably has the best pure stuff but his command has been a nightmare since he broke into the league. If it's based off expierence, it's Chad Qualls, who quietly had an excellent '13 in Miami. Qualls has been pretty much a coin flip the last 6 years in regards to how he throws. But last season he saw a uptick in velo, SwStr%, induced a lot of weak contact, continued to be a GB machine, good command. Spring hasn't treated Qualls nearly as well, he was my initial pick but now I'm thinking Fields. No doubt year in year out Crain has been the best RP of the bunch, but given his shaky status and how tricky shoulders are - you might not see him pitch 10 innings this year.

NL EAST

Atlanta Braves : CLOSER - Craig Kimbrel. Game, set, match.

Washington Nationals : CLOSER - Rafael Soriano. Soriano would be one of my top bets for a "safe closer" that will lose his job by May. He has always outperformed his underlying numbers but a lot of other things turned there head last season. K rate plummeted, SwStr% plummeted, 2nd year in a row he gave up a ton of loud contact(really bad mix with the decline in K rate), velo decline, contact rates went up, he's turning into just a guy that throws a fat cutter. STAY AWAY. He's been HORRIBLE this spring as well. There's a new sheriff in town, and Soriano has more talented guys pitching the 7th and 8th with Clippard and Storen. Clippard has been announced the 8th inning guy, and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Storen.

New York Mets : CLOSER - Bobby Parnell. Got the neck fixed, has been good this spring and velocity is coming back - now hitting 94, was down early. Dude had a damn good year, not a lot of opportunities but he thrived. Sacrificed some K's for better command but it worked out nicely. I gotta say though - anyone else find it slightly concerning the Mets were also courting the high price FA closers. Makes me think they aren't as confident in his neck or his future as the news lets on.

Philadelphia Phillies : CLOSER - Jonathan Papelbon. As Philly stands now this clown is ultra safe, that's one of the worst bullpens in baseball and he's really their only option. Adams hasn't been right for awhile, and Bastardo is all over the place. No surprise the Phillies are trying to run out from this contract, but they waited to late unless they want to eat a huge portion of the deal. I'll be honest - my eye test tells me Papelbon was awful last year, but his underlying numbers suggest he wasn't that bad(not as good, but not as bad as I thought). The main issue was Papelbon was just more hittable - K rate dropped, velo dropped a few ticks, SwStr% dropped, chase rate dropped, O-Contact% went up. These are all red flags he ain't returning to the Papelbon of previous years, but they also stayed relatively good. His command stayed very good, xBABIP shows a lot of weak contact, etc. SIERA on par with ERA. Definitely some decline, but I was expecting far worse.

Miami Marlins : CLOSER - Steve Cishek. Guy had crap for opportunities and struggled a little bit from a front line statistical point of view til early June. But if you were patient, his metrics stayed positive, he demonstrated better command, and was more effective Vs lefties. Ended with a very solid 34 saves on a awful team that should improve some come '14. If dealt - AJ Ramos may finally get his day in the sun.

NL Central

St Louis Cardinals : CLOSER - Trevor Rosenthal. Absolute flamethrower, and Cards confirmed he will be closing in '14. So no SP testing out phase to worry about. Even if he struggles initially, fellow flame throwing Carlos Martinez could emerge as a threat. Jason Motte will probably go through his own peaks and valleys returning from TJ, and his exact return date is in question.

Pittsburgh Pirates : CLOSER - Jason Grilli. I love Jason Grilli as a pitcher, and he's just a really good dude. That being said, he's another closer on the "safe list" I'm not touching. Forearm, UCL strains are no joke and often signs of bad things to come. He also didn't exactly set the world on fire when he returned, his velo was down and stuff was flat. Just make sure if you draft Grilli that would back him up with Mark Melancon - what a year that guy had.

Cincinnati Reds : CLOSER - JJ Hoover (temp), CLOSER - Aroldis Chapman (May return) CONTENDERS - Jonathan Broxton & The Band. Well, that was one scary event. Right now it looks like Chapman will return at some point in May - after he heals and gets game ready. We all know who he is - ridiuclously nasty, and one of the most entertaining RP's in baseball. Hoover looks to be sliding into closer role by default, and he has been horrible this spring. Broxton and Sean Marshall are both just starting to get back in games, Broxton looked good when I saw him in Arizona. They may return Mid April if Hoover falters. There's various other mix and match guys as well(Parra). Hopefully Aroldis heals quickly and isn't gun shy - getting your face crushed by a ball traveling 100+mph is damn scary.

Milwaukee Brewers : CLOSER - Jim Henderson. How much did Hendo owners love K Rod last year? Hahaha - it was pretty funny seeing how butt hurt owners were. I'm not that big on Henderson, he definitely out performed his underlying numbers. Few things concern me - very low BABIP esp given his xBABIP - the dude gave up over 28% LD's, LOL. Extremely high strand rate. History of poor command and difficulty with LHB, due to no CU, arm slot, and a FB that flattens out. That all being said - he gets K's, misses bats, and his main competition is K-Rod (currently KO'ed by stepping on Cactus) - he could be a factor and Brandon Kintzler - who's solid, but doesn't scare me if I'm a Henderson owner.

Chicago Cubs : CLOSER - Jose Veras. CONTENDERS - Pedro Strop. Veras had a nice year last year between Houston and Detroit, and I think the Cubs definitely brought him in to close. But he's still a low security closer to me, and I really have no clue what Veras will show up in '14. Jose Veras with '13 command is a damn good RP, but I can't ignore all those years of 4.5 to 5.5 BB/9. He also induced a ton of weak contact last year based on his xBABIP, and I think his K rate falling some was fluky - he had a career high SwStr%, increased his O-Swing%, while decreasing contact rates. Veras has been AWFUL thus far this spring. The Cubs seemed to want to transition to Pedro Strop as a closer towards the end of last season but he has his own issues, and can be a complete command rollercoaster and kind of has a Marmol'ly flavor to him - with the good slider, pretty blah everything else, and bad command. My darkhorse is Arodys Vizcaino. Watch out for this guy if Veras' command gets bad, he throws absolute filth and was a highly touted prospect in the Braves organization. All reports of him throwing this offseason have been stellar and described as "98, and electric.", he also looked outstanding in Arizona this spring. Never count out the Cubs love for the Closer Cockroach, styling his goggles and airboots, he just has that mentality, and experience -Kevin Gregg.

NL WEST

Los Angeles Dodgers : CLOSER - Kenley Jansen. This should be another "Yawn" "Stud" "Game.Set.Match" closer in regards to security but you never know with the Dodgers. Jansen is unbelievable, outstanding command, ridiculous K %, can be a little prone to loud contact, but his underlying numbers are outstanding. I would draft Jansen without hesitation but I do have concern due to a few issues - 1) Mattingly has previously acknowledged he likes using Jansen when stakes are highest, 2) They forked a lot of money to Brian Wilson 3) Jansen doesn't typically have his best months early on, 4) Heart condition does still present some concern - as people need their meds adjusted frequently. I love the pitcher, but it may be wise to handcuff him with Wilson.

Arizona Diamondbacks : CLOSER - Addison Reed. This was another odd transaction for me, but the DBacks always seem to surprise me with how bonehead they can be. Why the hell deal your only MiLB power bat that's MLB ready for a average closer? I'm not hating on Reed, he gets the job done more times than not, missing some bats, etc - but has far as closers go - he's pretty run of the mill. I don't ever see him being elite, just kind of a middle of the road guy. The DBacks already had a few options with Brad Ziegler, JJ Putz, and David Hernandez. The move just seemed unnecessary, and rumor is they are now trying to shop Putz -whom could be a nice short term chip for a team in need of a closer baring his health. Ziegler is a guy that Gibson likes having freedom with, and save to destroy RHB and get groundballs. Hernandez has solid stuff, just had a really bad up and down '13 but underlying numbers don't show much has changed.

San Diego Padres - CLOSER - Huston Street. This' an interesting one for me. After the Benoit signing the Padres GM Josh Byrnes came out and said Street is absolutely their closer for '14, but '15 is up in the air. Street was excellent in '12, but WAAY outperformed his underlying numbers in '13. He understands how to pitch, and I can't believe he has the success in which he does. The crap he gets people to chase is unbelievable - evidenced by a yearly healthy O-Swing%. He isn't sexy, but when that guy finds his groove and soup can command he'll go 2-3 months with nothing but 5-8 pitch clean saves. He rarely walks people, and uses that huge ballpark to his advantage. But when Street is off - WATCH OUT!! How he doesn't get whip lash I have no clue, and is a complete cardiac closer. One thing we do know is Street will go through a slump, and he'll see the DL once, maybe twice. When that happens and Benoit takes over do they go back to Street? Benoit is getting paid a ton of dough, has equally great command, gets K's, misses bats, and will also take advantage of spacious Petco Park with his flyball tendencies. Every year I think the Padres will deal Street, but it doesn't happen. Safe to say - if you have Street, you better handcuff with Benoit.

San Francisco Giants : CLOSER - Sergio Romo. Well, he's the guy. Not as dominate in '13, but still damn good and the metrics agree. Lefties still get at him, but he absolutely dominates RHB. Doesn't hurt himself, has impeccable command, gets K's. His slider is such an outstanding pitch, gets a O-Swing% over 40%(wow), misses a lot of bats. One concern with Romo is the elbow due to so many sliders and some previous discomfort in the joint, but there's no clear cut replacement. Heath Hembree was insane during his cup of tea last season and has been given that future closer label. While he showed far better command in '13 than in the past, he was rather generic in AAA Fresno. I do like Hembree to take over as much as anyone - but I think Bochy will go CBC with the same group of dudes he has prior.

Colorado Rockies : CLOSER - LaTroy Hawkins. CONTENDER - Rex Brothers. Rockies management has already said Hawkins has been signed to close, but he's without a doubt in the low security category - this could be red, but they've at least announced their plans. The ultimate battle between Sexy Vs UnSexy. I get the move on Colorado's part, Hawkins had a really nice year in '13 and they got an affordable one yr deal done. Hawkins scares me in Colorado and I'll be steering clear, but he has excellent command, leans towards being a GB pitcher, increased his K rate from awful to OK, is effective Vs L & R hitters. He's basically a boring veteran that was brought in for two reason, 1) They don't trust Brothers, 2) And like Brothers Vs LHB in high leverage situations. Brothers has a nice K rate, dominates LHB, gets weak contact but lets face - the dude is WILD!!! I tuned into him throwing on numerous occasions last year and either said, "Damn that guy is filthy" or "Damn, that guy has absolutely no clue where the ball is going." Brothers also lost a couple ticks last season which probably caused the K rate/SwStr% to drop a tad. Personally - I have very little faith in Hawkins in Coors, or Brothers command(which hasn't improved in 3 years). This spring Hawkins has been hittable and Brothers has been wild - SHOCKER!
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#5125433 Josh Gordon 2014 Season Outlook V3.0

Posted by SuperSurgeMC on 18 November 2014 - 08:22 PM

This is the first time I've ever wished my guy played on Thursday.
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#5014006 Signs You're Taking Fantasy Football Too Seriously?

Posted by Prezkot on 24 October 2014 - 05:56 PM

When I use 5 sites to cross-reference who I should play in my FLEX spot, but use Wikipedia to help me on a reference paper in grad school.
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#4571668 POSTING RULES & HELPFUL LINKS - BASEBALL FORUMS 2008 - PRESENT

Posted by The Harsh on 26 May 2014 - 12:36 AM

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#5324029 Deron Williams 2014-2015 Season Outlook

Posted by Max Rockatansky on 10 February 2015 - 01:47 AM

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#5077771 Josh Gordon 2014 Season Outlook V3.0

Posted by Scottie15 on 07 November 2014 - 12:51 PM

For old time's sake..

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#4967215 Joseph Randle 2014 Season Outlook

Posted by Sine_cera on 14 October 2014 - 02:08 PM

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#4613892 RIP Tony Gwynn

Posted by Golden Spikes on 16 June 2014 - 02:13 PM

my personal Tony story from the UTsandiego forum discussion on his passing

My fondest moment on a personal level of Tony Gwynn would have to have come in 1993.

I was playing JUCO at Grossmont, and was working for the San Diego School of Baseball at the time as an assistant (shag balls, set up, clean up, basically do whatever they ask). One afternoon after one of the hitting clinics was over, there were 2 of us assistants hanging around getting things cleaned up. Tony stayed late to sign autographs for every kid in attendance (well over 1000). I had spoken quite a bit to Tony over the year, he knew me, he addressed me by name, he never made me feel like just a random person, anyways as he was walking out one day, he asked me how my season was going. I was doing pretty good, and had been working on taking the ball the other way (as a lefty) so I brought up my approach to him.

He put down his stuff and went into the cage with me, asking me to show him rather than tell him. For about 15 mins he sat and watched as I attempted to replicate his 5.5 approach. I was a pretty good "slappy" type hitter, your prototypical 80's 90's style no 2 hitter. Anyways he didnt say anything for 15 mins, which I thought was odd. I always was used to a mouth in my ear every time I hit. From my Dad, to my high school coach, up to Eddie Olsen at GC.

After I was done he took a few swings, and showed me a couple tips. It was amazing. When he hit in the cage, he wasnt that 5.5 guy, and he explained to me that when he is at the plate his approach is always to hit it through the pitchers legs, cause there is nobody there to get you out. So while hitting he proceeded to hit 10 consecutive pitches right back through the hole in the net where the ball came out (roughly the size of a softball) I was in shock. He told me also that if you work on hitting the ball the other way in the cages, when you get in the game that pitch is going to be coming a little faster, and you are going to foul alot of pitches off, which made sense.

To wrap up, I thanked Tony and started about my cleanup, he said goodbye and was walking to his car, when I saw that 32-30 still leaned against the cage with a pair of brand new Franklin batting gloves on it (the ones he wore that day at the camp) I grabbed them and chased him to his car, saying Tony you forgot your stuff, to which he replied.

"Those aren't mine D."

That summer I played in a wood bat league and stupidly although successfully used Tony's bat to the tune of a .432 BA, but broke it during the last game of the season. I kept it in shards for a couple years, but after a few moves it disappeared.

I will always have that memory of Tony. What a man, what a hitter, what a human being
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#4302629 Ryan Anderson 2013-2014 Season Outlook

Posted by Queequeg on 07 January 2014 - 12:46 PM

He's owned by my main rival in one of my leagues and I couldn't be any happier. It's the necessary evil in fantasy lol. I'm sorry for you guys in the rotoworld forums community though, you all get one big virtual hug from me > :)<


I'm not an Anderson owner, but this is the kind of remark you should keep to yourself.
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#5294713 Ty Lawson 2014-2015 Season Outlook

Posted by markdash on 23 January 2015 - 01:05 PM

When I prayed for Ty Lawson to drain some shots, this is not what I had in mind
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#5229452 Must-stash candidates ahead of trade deadline

Posted by THE_MAGIC_MAN on 19 December 2014 - 03:46 PM

mustache candidate would go to steven adams


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#4464343 4/7/14 -- Lineups and Weather

Posted by posty on 07 April 2014 - 12:02 PM

Post #10,000...

REDS (vs. M. Wacha - R)
1. Billy Hamilton (S) CF
2. Brandon Phillips ® 2B
3. Joey Votto (L) 1B
4. Jay Bruce (L) RF
5. Ryan Ludwick ® LF
6. Todd Frazier ® 3B
7. Zack Cozart ® SS
8. Brayan Pena (S) C
9. Tony Cingrani (L) P

CARDINALS (vs. T. Cingrani - L)
1. Matt Carpenter (L) 3B
2. Peter Bourjos ® CF
3. Matt Holliday ® LF
4. Allen Craig ® RF
5. Yadier Molina ® C
6. Matt Adams (L) 1B
7. Jhonny Peralta ® SS
8. Kolten Wong (L) 2B
9. Michael Wacha ® P
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#5386203 2014-2015 Offseason Closers Thread

Posted by FearTheBeard on 23 March 2015 - 07:36 PM



Anyone else looking forward to FearTheBeard's closer compilation, assuming he does one like he did last year? Closernews, espn, mlb, closermonkey are all nice, but I prefer the one in these threads.
He's probably down at ST right now taking notes
 
Thanks for the kind words!
 
This' actually my first post since late October, so I'll use this as a WHAT'S UP, and some closer chat. My favorite time of the year on the baseball boards has always been November through March - just due to so much great evaluation and analysis. Then we tend to get overly passionate and delusional about our own players, HA! So it has sucked being away and not being able to participate, this' also the first season in a long time I haven't made my March pilgrimage to Arizona/or Florida for Spring Training. Life is good though - professionally have gotten a lot of projects on my plate - but I love my career so I enjoy it, and I'm also getting married in June. Due to this my up to date baseball personnel knowledge has fallen off a cliff - I'm still figuring out the guys who have relocated, and those who are broken for god sake. Next weeks draft is gonna be UGLY!
 
So lets talk CLOSERS! There's some great analysis in here since spring training, so lets take a look at what we got across the league. Unfortunately I'm not up on things enough to do a detailed breakdown of every chair for every team, and who's coming in the MiLB. But here's how I certainly see things - who I'm comfortable with drafting, which situations make me uneasy, and which will treat us like a baby treats a diaper. 
 
Slam Dunks  - To me, baring unforeseen injury/or a dude completely losing it(which both commonly happen) - if you draft one of these guys and it goes bad, it's just crappy luck. I consider these guys healthy and either elite, or very good with very little threatening them from competition. In no particular order. 
 
Aroldis Chapman (CIN) - Yawn
Craig Kimbrel (ATL) - Zzzzz
Greg Holland (KC) - That bullpen with Hochevar back is even better, unfair. 
Mark Melancon (PIT) - I was surprised to see him follow up such an excellent '13, with another monster year. Dude's a stud. 
David Robertson (CWS) - Solid '14, new dig - but there's a complete poo poo platter behind him. 
Cody Allen (CLE) - Electric
Steve Cishek (MIA) - Had a couple rough stretches last year, but I'm a big fan. Outstanding peripherals, was unlucky. 
 
Free Throws - These appear safe and it's definitely their job, but there's some minor concern for various reasons. 
 
Drew Storen (WAS) - A great '14, I expect it to carry over to '15 with an uptick in K %. However, it has been the first time in a couple years Drew has had the reigns. A rough start, mixed with a good Casey Janssen start could lead to trouble. 
 
Huston Street (LAA) - The dude just gets it done. I don't always know how - but he certainly doesn't beat himself. Out pitches his underlying numbers, usually has crazy low BABIP(he mastered the Petco warning track fly ball). From a stuff standpoint - he has been the same dude since '09. Reason he's down here is he's always very strain/or sprain prone, and a year with some bad luck could result in some ugly numbers. 
 
Trevor Rosenthal (STL) - He was my pick for #1 fantasy closer in '14 - chock that up as a swing and miss. While he's safe, and Jordan Walden doesn't make me that nervous - that BB/9 over 5 last season was a joke. I don't see him sucking regularly enough to lose his job - but that command is tough for a manager to stick with. Stuff is a non issue. 
 
Jonathan Papelbon (PHI) - I can't stand this douche, and I'd love to see Ken Giles in the closer role but that doesn't change the fact Papelbon is gonna close, and will do so unless traded. He's had very solid underlying numbers the last 4 years, the reason why he isn't in the top category is he continues to lose another MPH yearly, the dude setting up for him is filthy(I do expect some command regression for Giles though), and I simply don't like him. 
 
Zach Britton (BAL) - No one is expecting the dude to repeat a mid 1 ERA, for a groundball pitcher a low .200s BABIP is a unicorn. That said - Zach Britton was a high 2's ERA is still a damn good closer that will rack a lot of saves. His power sinker is disgusting - he gives up hardly any hard contact - very low LD%. Can erase a jam at anytime with a GIDP. And with a healthy SwStr% more K's could be on the horizon. I have no issue with regression if it's from ungodly to good. I'm not exactly scared of the other options either. 
 
Fernando Rodney (SEA) - Not on the short list of the easiest dudes in baseball to watch, but he succeeds far more than he fails. Even in a solid year, as a Mariners fan the dude probably gave me a few ulcers - BB/9 near 4, a mid 1.3's WHIP, and those bouts where he completely loses command will do that. Combine that with the M's having a few other intriguing options with a bullpen that finished #1 in baseball last year. That said, it'll take a good amount of laid eggs to get the crooked hat booted from the 9th. 
 
Hector Rondon (CHC) - Unless last season proves a fluke, I see very little reason to doubt Rondon. That said, he doesn't have much of a track record. He definitely passed my eye test, underlying numbers were excellent, and there aren't world beaters behind him. If Rondon hits a snag it'll probably be due to past command issues coming back and biting him in the a**. Even with some regression he'll still be good.  
 
Three Pointers - In this category we have dudes that have the role(or that it's strongly implied it's their gig) and have the potential to do very well in the role, but there's factors involved that cast a good amount of risk/concern in my eyes - from recent injury issues, no history in role with equally good backup option, etc. 
 
Koji Uehara (BOS) - The lead M.D. at the medical practice - Surgery by Splitter. No doubt Koji is a stud, his unfathomable command mixed with ability to freeze hitters, and miss bats when he's right is 2nd to none, but his arm worries me. He's turning 40 in a few days. Allowed a lot more hard contact in '14, fell off a cliff in the 2nd half due to arm problems which he admitted at the start of spring. A positive spin is you damn well know the Red Sox wouldn't have resigned him for 2 years if they had any inclination there was a serious issue, and he doesn't rely on power. Currently battling a hammy and opening day is up in the air. Given the right spot, I wouldn't avoid Koji on draft day - but whether he can hold up is very much a legit question. Edward Mujica is my absolute bet to step in if needed. 
 
Glen Perkins (MIN) - Another very good closer with a great track record, but holy red flag galore. As a previous poster mentioned - when a pitcher strains his throwing elbow with nerve irritation and it's fixed with rest, that's usually a sign of a surgery coming. He also lost a 1.5mph on his heater last year. Perkins has also battled the tricky oblique this spring. After his Saturday outing he said he feels 100% - that's great and all, but I'll let another owner take the plunge. I feel like throwing other names out there on the Twins is just throwing darts. As others have mentioned Fien and Duensing are just bandaids. Tonkins was an interesting plug, I wasn't familiar with him. Alex Meyer could be lights out potentially, but the Twins look to be grooming him to start. Another dart to throw on the board - Stephen Pryor. Battling for a bullpen spot now - as I'm sure many of you remember he was a highly regarded bullpen arm from the Mariners that hit 100+, and a decent slider. It'll be his first year back after tearing his lat. 
 
Joaquin Benoit (SD) - Once again, like Uehara and Perkins this one has nothing to do with skill. Benoit was pitching out of his mind last season sporting career bests in velocity, chase rates, and had a 17.8 SwStr%(Say Whaaaaaat!!!). His change makes me giggle like a school girl. However Benoit was IN and OUT and IN and OUT all second half last season due to a "cranky shoulder." He had no offseason procedure I could find. As any pitcher would say, shoulders are tricky beasts. Many times guys start getting discomfort/tightness in there shoulder, they go get an MRI and it just shows normal wear or they'll get the bursitis label. His shoulder issues to round out '14 are enough to make him a dicey bet to stay healthy. Sounds like he has been solid this spring though. Quackenbush did a nice job filling in last season - solid peripherals and closed in minors. Another name to keep tabs on, they got Brandon Maurer from Seattle this offseason. When he got transitioned to the bullpen he was completely filthy in the all out 1 inning role.  
 
Dellin Betances (NYY) - In my opinion it's been pretty much implied Betances will get the first shot to close in the Bronx, rightfully so. The guy is an absolute beast - his frontline and underlying numbers from '14 are beyond ridiculous. Everything about him screams end game star. 6'8", upper 90's, and a slider that generated some of the most interesting swings/reactions I've ever seen. So why is Betances on this list? I'd have a hard time paying that top 5-6 closer price due to the following factors - 1) As nasty as Betances is, the guy behind him is just as nasty - Andrew Miller,  but using Miller in the 7th or 8th gives the Yanks more flexibility due to being a lefty. 2) Betances(and Miller) had serious command concerns prior to last season, maybe he fixed the issue, maybe he was just in the zone last season. But there's a lot of moving parts, combined with a lot of max effort for 6'7", 6'8 dudes. 3) No closing track record. The reason Girardi isn't formally announcing a closer is just to reduce pressure, and not formally tie him to someone. That said - if Betances has a couple shaky outings out of the gate, expect to here "Dellin and Andrew are both great, I never committed to anyone - I'll probably do some mixing and matching." I think I'd be more comfortable drafting Miller later, than using an earlier pick on Betances cause I think it could go either way - regardless, both these guys have plenty business closing. 
 
Half Court Hook Shots - This category is all full of dudes I'd probably draft, but would completely expect getting potentially railed. I have numerous concerns with these guys - from rather uninspiring stuff, situations, etc. 
 
Francisco Rodriguez (MIL) - There's a damn good argument he could be in the free throw category, and he probably should be. K Rod has an excellent '14 with 44 saves, misses bats, commands the strike zone, and he's a guy where his experience in the role truly shows. After a white hot start things normalized some. Some of his underlying numbers show a great story, some show concern. His BABIP was rock bottom low, very fluky given his batted ball profile. He struggled a home, and that park is very unforgiving. He continues to drop in velocity. I'm always a little leery of a guy that just strolls into spring training in mid March, but it didn't seem to hurt him last year - it's not his first rodeo. This' more of a gut feeling for me, I'd snag K Rod but could just see him getting throttled. The new pitch to contact Broxton doesn't worry me much as competition, I think K Rod will have a nice leash. 
 
Addison Reed (ARZ) - I've hit a point with Addison Reed where I just realize he is what he is. End of season he's just an alright closer that will have better underlying numbers than his surface numbers suggest. My best way to explain Reed is that he's a good RP that just makes some really bad pitches at really bad times - which in turn, blows up his numbers. Overall though - he misses bats, doesn't BB a lot of guys, tidy SIERA, gets ahead, etc. He's definitely the guy, but there's some usable options behind him and I don't see the Dbacks being overly patient with Reed under the new administration. Some shoulder soreness to start the year is never good, but Reed no big dealed it and claims he's ready to go. Handcuffing Reed with Evan Marshall for a variety of reasons is definitely a wise play. 
 
Santiago Casilla (SF) - He's a solid RP, but I'm not confident in him as a successful closer. Casilla doesn't miss many bats, and until last season had some really tough bouts with command. He has been around long enough where I'm not really buying his 2.31 BB/9, when his previous 3 years averaged around 4BB/9. His underlying numbers show a different story than the squeaky clean ERA he sported. A .211 BABIP for a groundball heavy pitcher is loony tunes. He's another guy I wouldn't have issue drafting - I don't see him destroying his owners ratios, but expect significant regression. When pitch to contact guys hit a rut, things can get ugly really fast. Sergio Romo is still lurking and he fits the bill more to me, last season he was plagued with some very poorly timed HRs, and a few blowup outings. 
 
Jenrry Mejia (NYM) - He's no walk in the park, but damn is this dude a character. His mannerisms on the mound had me in stitches a many occasions. His time as a closer last season was up and down - had some periods of nastiness, and others that were just nasty on our ratios. I like his stuff and ability to miss bats, his ability to pitch a little cute frustrates me. I think Mejia will keep the job, not saying the road won't be a little bumpy - but he's a guy I root for. Ok, now for the elephant in the room - WHAT ABOUT PARNELL YOU IDIOT!?!?! I don't care what Collins says, I'll believe it when I see it. Dude had TJS on April 8th of last year, and saw his first game action a couple days ago. There's a whole lot of hurdles that still need to be jumped, and I don't see a power closer retaking that role 13 months after getting cut. Where is his velocity? Feel for the curve? He struggled for years with command, how's that coming along? Work load? Set backs? It's very rare that pitchers fully hit there stride within 2 years of TJ. You have your recovery period, and another year usually figuring this out again. I'd be much more concerned about Familia than Parnell if I owned Mejia. 
 
Full Court Punts - These are situations where guys have been announced as closers, but I'd be perfectly OK if I didn't dabble with any of them. I think they all blow(at least as closers), and ready to hand potential fantasy owners beatings. If I drafted one of these guys I'd immediately say "Why the F did I do that?", only to get greeted with a few .1 IP, 4 H, 4ER, 2BB outings leaving me shaking my head saying "That F'ing guy." 
 
Neftali Feliz (TEX) - Get that pretty ERA from '14 out of your head, DUDE was AWFUL last year. Atrocious peripheral numbers, couldn't strike anyone out, his stuff looked super flat, velocity was all over the map outing to outing. I want to envision 2010, but what I witnessed last season was horrible - factor that in with the fact I don't trust is arm whatsoever, and Arlington - NO THANKS. A few of the Rangers other options are all battling some injuries, and I don't find them very enticing either. I think this situation will be a mess all year. 
 
LaTroy Hawkins (COL) - Watching him pitch in Colorado last season was an A+ gut wrenching horror movie. Somehow - a whole lot of those line drives, warning track fly balls, and ripped ground balls got gloved. Homie strikes out like no one, and last year rocked a 6.2SwStr%(LOL). I don't dislike Hawkins at all, guy has had a great career - but him closing in Colorado with his current repertoire is frightening. No way I hop on this ride. Adam Ottavino is probably the best option - dominates RHB, nice underlying numbers, unfortunately LHB absolute blow out his butt hole. When used right Ottavino is a great weapon, I just don't think he handles lefties well enough to be handed the 9th and do well. Then there's always John Axford a mile high, LOL!!  
 
Joe Nathan (DET) - What a fall from grace huh? Watching Nathan pitch last year was even worse than his numbers, not only was his stuff, command bad - but he really got in his head and lost a ton of confidence. I'm not touching Nathan this season and it's frustrating cause the Tigers will win a lot of games. A good friend of mine who's a Tigers diehard has been in Lakeland/Orlando a lot of the month and told me Nathan has looked absolutely brutal. On the flipside, he said Soria looks great. I don't see the Ausmus being nearly as loyal this time around, and while I won't be drafting Nathan, I'll look to grab Soria anywhere I can. 
 
Brett Cecil (TOR) - Like Texas and Colorado, this' a situation I strongly dislike. How do you have all this money tied up in a world beating lineup, and completely poo poo platter your bullpen? While Cecil is a very good RP who gets out hitters from both sides of the plate he personally doesn't intrigue me in the closer role at this time. Even when he's good, he's wild as hell(which personally detracts me, you allow yourself so little margin for error when you give a lot of free passes), battled shoulder soreness this spring, has hardly thrown this month, and when the Jays tried to see what he could do with the role late April/early May last year he laid a huge egg. He has been used all over the place the last few years, sometimes in the 5th/6th, sometimes end game, good amount of outing over one inning. Especially due to him not having much of a spring training, I think he's almost set up for failure. By no means do I think he can't be a good closer, I'm just not betting on it in April and he'll have zero leash. Steve Delabar is the guy to watch - IF healthy the dude is filthy. That's a huge IF, but he has gotten great reports this spring. With Sanchez moving to the rotation, this pen is downright ugly. 
 
TBD, Still up for debate, Mystery Situations - These aren't bad situations by any means, but hard to classify due to things that still need to be determined. Teams with injured closers that need temp fill ins, and in some cases these can become permanent. Also a situation where there hasn't been a formal announcement. 
 
Los Angeles Dodgers - Obviously if all was good and well with Big Kenley this would be under the slam dunks. The positive, his injury has zero effect IMO on his job security. Jansen is in the same company as Kimbrel, Chapman, Holland. The most recent reports seem to be leaning more towards a Mid May return, as opposed to a late April. So who's gonna get the work while Kenley is on the mend? This team has potential to get a lot of SV OPs due to that rotation. Will it be the safest bet? Joel Peralta. The guy rumored by blogs and beat writers? Chris Hatcher. High upside/high downside guy? Sergio Santos. Other? Call me crazy - but even after an ugly statistical spring, I'm betting Chris Hatcher. He had a very good '14 with even better underlying numbers, misses bats, doesn't walk guys, good velocity, plus slider and change, and most importantly - a sweet beard! It's just my hunch, but beat writers usually have a good feel. Joel Peralta really thrives in that fireman 7th, 8th - top spot role and I think that's where the Dodgers want him. Peralta tends to start slow every year, which doesn't lend well to the opening day closing nod. Sergio Santos has had an excellent spring, as he did last year. Stuff is there, we know that - but so are his tendencies to implode to epic proportions. My pick - Chris Hatcher til Kenley returns. 
 
Tampa Bay Rays - I'm gonna call this one, sorry bout your luck Jake McGee. McGee is an absolute stud. He also got a procedure done on his elbow and is out til late April/early May at the earliest. Unfortunately for Jake, his set up guy Brad Boxberger is equally an absolute stud, is healthy, and right handed. With a new manager in Kevin Cash, and McGee wasn't exactly some tenured closer - I don't see much loyalty if these go well while McGee is out. I would think Cash may see more value in being able to use his lefty bullpen ace where he needs him, as opposed to reserving him for the 9th. Especially if he can swap a right handed stud into the role. I'd target Brad Boxberger everywhere with the potential at getting an elite closer for a full season at a discount. However, while Boxberger has pedigree, he doesn't have a track record so '15 success isn't a sure thing. Kevin Cash pee'd in everyone's cereal by even mentioning Grant Balfour and his "salty moxie" "experience" "a real gamer" as a possibility. If Cash made that move he'd join Robin Ventura on a closer trolling doucheness level. 
 
Oakland Athletics - Unlike Jansen's situation, Sean Doolittle's injury is far muddier due to it being a slight tear to his rotator cuff of his left shoulder. Doolittle started a throwing program today. While I think Melvin is very loyal to Doolittle as his closer, I'd be very nervous drafting Doolittle expecting 4.5 to 5 months of healthy closing. The potential for flaring up the shoulder, or tearing it worse and requiring surgery is very real. Especially for a max effort pitcher. I'm a big Doolittle fan, but I highly doubt I'll be owning him anywhere. Due to these concerns Tyler Clippard might have a nice opportunity to close for an extended period, or maybe all season. While Clippard is excellent in the 8th, I'm not completely sold on him as a stud closer. That said, I think he could be solid and keep the gig. Ryan Cook has been putrid this spring. Maybe Eric O'Flaherty another year removed from TJ could be a factor. We can all agree Clippard will get first shot even though it hasn't been formally announced. Another guy with potential for a whole lot of saves, with decent #s, at a cheap price. I'm very concerned about Red Beard.
 
Houston Astros - Scrolling through this thread I've seen some pretty certain opinions that vary "Obviously it's Gregerson", "It's definitely Qualls, he did well last year", etc, but I can't find any hard evidence.  The common theme here is Gregerson, Qualls, and Neshek all look like dudes that shoot free throws underhand. I also think Houston will be a nice source of saves in 2015. Personally - I'm leaning towards Qualls. He was successful closing last year - and is coming off two very good seasons. With Qualls there's always that potential for AWFUL factor - so if that beast turns its head it won't last long. Gregerson has had a long successful career setting up, and hasn't been dynamite in his past chances at closing - so unless a change needs to be made I don't see Hinch making it. One positive for Luke, unlike Qualls it's highly unlikely there's much of an awful factor. He's pretty much the same dude year after year. Neshek I see 3rd in line, and I don't care about Josh Fields' "stuff" anymore. Whether it's Qualls or Gregerson - I think this could be a really nice source of saves with decent ratios to boot. 
 
Please don't quote this monstrosity! Ha!

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#5013907 Signs You're Taking Fantasy Football Too Seriously?

Posted by sportsguy21792 on 24 October 2014 - 05:22 PM

Cheering for an opposing player's TD against your favorite real-life team.


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#3764943 ROTOWORLD'S FOOTBALL FORUM'S POSTING GUIDELINES

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