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5 factors to consider when buying a youth baseball bat

5 factors to consider when buying a youth baseball bat

Choosing a bat for your son can be quite a challenge, especially if they are completely new to baseball. Buying the right bat requires not only an understanding of your son’s hitting ability, but also knowledge in some of the league’s rules. Additionally, baseball bats come in different weights, sizes and materials meet various set […]

The Closer: Not All Injury Returns Are Created Equal

The Closer: Not All Injury Returns Are Created Equal

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Three pitchers who were expected to get a bunch of saves in 2016 returned from injuries this week: Will Smith, Brad Boxberger, and Huston Street. Some of you may have taken the potential saves to the bank, but I hope it was not all of you. As always, we’ve learned once […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 8

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 8

Posted by: Scott Rowland Another week in the books. The White Sox have struggled dropping 11 of their last 14 games. The Royals and Giants have won 10 of their last 13 contests. And while the Red Sox continue to score a ton of runs (73), the Pirates have scored more over the past two […]

The Closer: A Vote of Confidence

The Closer: A Vote of Confidence

Posted by: Michael Zakhar If you’ve paid attention to the late innings for any period of time, you know that a vote of confidence is the kiss of death. If you own a closer who has gotten a vote of confidence you have shuddered I imagine. In recent seasons a veritable fantasy baseball rogue’s gallery […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 7

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 7

Posted by: Scott Rowland The Giants have had an outstanding two-week stretch, winning 11 of 13 games: highlights including sweeping the Diamondbacks and Padres, and winning 2 out of 3 from the Cubs. The Reds have weathered the other side of that coin losing 11 of their last 12 games. Clayton Kershaw sits atop the […]

The Closer: Post Friday the 13th Edition

The Closer: Post Friday the 13th Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar This column usually goes up on Saturday, but last week I was able to wrap up a little early so I went up on Friday, May 13th – Friday the 13th. As Wikipedia says, it is usually considered an unlucky day in Western culture. Who am I to doubt Wikipedia? Not […]

The Closer: Underowned Middle Relievers

The Closer: Underowned Middle Relievers

Posted by: Michael Zakhar A popular fantasy baseball axiom states, “Draft Skills, Not Roles.” This was frequently quoted in the preseason when we are not sure about who is slated to get the saves for a team as the season begins. If there is some uncertainty, go with the player who has shown the superior […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 5

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 5

Posted by: Scott Rowland This is starting to sound like a broken record: another week down, and another big week from the Cubs and White Sox. Bryce Harper had 20 walks in his last 14 games, Cory Kluber pitched a complete game shutout, Altuve still sits atop the player rater, Robinson Cano, Nick Castellanos, and […]

The Closer: What’s Wrong with Cody Allen?

The Closer: What’s Wrong with Cody Allen?

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Last year Cody Allen got off to a rough start. He finished the month of April with an ERA of 11.57 and walked a batter per inning. Allen eventually settled down to become a solid second tier closer, but he had put owners in a bit of a hole and never […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 4

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 4

Each week at The Roto Exchange Scott Rowland analyzes players stocks;
which players are paying a profit and which ones are costing owners a bundle.
On tap for this week are Rubby De La Rosa, Neil Walker, Yasiel Puig, Ian Desmond, Matt Moore and Randal Grichuk

The Closer: Yankee Castoff Edition

The Closer: Yankee Castoff Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar You’ve probably read a fair bit about the Yankee bullpen coming into the season, and this is the one aspect of the team that is looking spectacular. As I write this Andrew Miller has yet to give up an earned run and has 15 strikeouts in 9 innings. Dellin Betances finally […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 3

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 3

Posted by: Scott Rowland Week 3 is all wrapped up. Things are looking good in Chicago with the White Sox leading the AL in wins, and the Cubs are tied with the Nationals in the NL with Wins. So far the Astros are the big disappointments, managing only 6 wins – this team should be […]

The Closer: What Are You Waiting For

The Closer: What Are You Waiting For

Posted by: Michael Zakhar The season is only a couple of weeks old and we don’t want to do rash things, but early in the season is often the best time to find value on the waiver wire. Have you really been passing on promising arms like Vincent Velasquez or Matt Moore because you’re hanging […]

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 2

Ball Street: The Roto Exchange – Week 2

Posted by: Scott Rowland We’re two weeks into the season, and so far not everything has gone according to plan – in real life and fantasy wise. The Nationals can Cubs are leading the way with 9 and 10 wins respectively. On the flip side the Twins, Marlins and Braves have managed a combined 10 […]

The Closer: Are Commitees Making You Crazy?

The Closer: Are Commitees Making You Crazy?

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Hello and welcome to the Closer Report. We have a key injury to discuss, and I’ll take you on a tour of places that call to mind those three dreaded words: Closer. By. Committee. All this plus the Grid, so let’s get to it. As If the Twins Didn’t Have Enough Problems […]

Ball Street: the Roto Exchange – Week 1

Ball Street: the Roto Exchange – Week 1

Posted by: Scott Rowland Welcome to week one of The Roto Exchange. Just like in past seasons: each week we will take a look at players who are either trending up or down, and from that try to determine if fantasy owners should be buying into these performances or if they should be selling (or […]

The Closer: Opening Week Overreactions

The Closer: Opening Week Overreactions

Posted by: Michael Zakhar This is the time of year where every notable fantasy baseball writer preaches patience, but when it comes to the back of the bullpen we can’t help but react with superlatives. The phrase “epic meltdown” is overused and “epic” should not describe any actions taken up by a mediocre reliever. Likewise, […]

The Closer Report-Almost Opening Day Edition

The Closer Report-Almost Opening Day Edition

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Greetings and welcome to the Closer Report. Opening day is almost here, and while there will be changes to bullpens throughout the season, I find that the opening month or so is the most eventful. While there has been news on some of the murkiest situations, others have yet to shake […]

The 2016 Dream Team

The 2016 Dream Team

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Hello my loyal readers. I am happy to present to you my 2016 Dream Team. Last year if you took a peek at my 2015 Dream Team, you were thrilled with Manny Machado, content with Ryan Braun, and upset with me for Danny Santana, Alex Wood, and *gulp* Ryan Zimmerman. See […]

Anatomy of a Value Pick

Anatomy of a Value Pick

Posted by: Michael Zakhar Many of you have completed mock drafts and a few with actual stakes. How is that Rasiel Inglesias “sleeper” pick working out for you? Carlos Rodon? Maikel Franco? I bet they are going a little bit higher than you thought; that means they are not sleepers because everyone in your league […]