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Fantasy Forward: Nova’s revenge, Gausman’s a gas can again and Andrus hitting cleanup?

Fantasy Forward: Nova’s revenge, Gausman’s a gas can again and Andrus hitting cleanup?

When Kevin Gausman pops up on the waiver wire this week, should one buy low or take a shot on a popular breakout candidate? He cannot stay this bad, right? This could be more perplexing than meets the eye. Entering Sunday’s start against Boston, his chase rate on pitches outside the strike zone plummeted by […]

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

The Eye Test: Early Bats and Arms

In this series, I will give you my personal scouting report from watching lots of baseball during the week while trying to leverage my perspective as a former college ballplayer and lifelong baseball fan.  I will also do my best to fuse this visual examination with the underlying statistics that we all know and love […]

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 4 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

As the fourth week of the 2017 MLB season approaches, pitchers are preparing to make their 4th or 5th start of the year. Yet, we are still dealing with small sample sizes that leave some uncertainty between what is a real, reliable trend, and what is a hot or cold streak that will even itself […]

The Closer Report: Week 3

The Closer Report: Week 3

We may just be a few weeks into the season, but the fluidity of bullpens is most certainly visible. Closer situations have begun to work themselves out, new closers have been introduced, and other roles in bullpens are beginning to solidify. In the seemingly endless chase, fantasy owners are always trying to keep up with, […]

Fantasy Forward: Another over the Hedges

Fantasy Forward: Another over the Hedges

Another busy day on the transaction trail. Troy Tulowitzki, Miguel Cabrera and Cam Bedrosian landed on the 10-day disabled list. Angels starter Garrett Richards transferred to the 60-day list – his progress will need to monitored by his owners, but signs do not provide hope. George Springer left his game with a hamstring problem, so […]

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Early Hot Streaks: Finding Stuff where Not Expected

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you.   It is truly amazing how much disorder one 9-year-old girl can accomplish in a 10 x 12 room. Perhaps even more stunning is how quickly the clutter can amass. You see, my daughters attention span would make a fruit fly seem […]

Fantasy Forward: Joey Gallo’s power should keep him in Texas

Fantasy Forward: Joey Gallo’s power should keep him in Texas

Many injury issues to track after a full slate of games on Friday night. Miguel Cabrera left in after the sixth inning, and it’s being reported as a right groin strain, not anything to do with his back. Of course the headline, Madison Bumgarner will miss between 6-for-8 weeks after spraining his shoulder along with […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Waiver Wire Report: Week 4

Welcome to week four of the waiver wire report. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the […]

Fantasy Forward: Sale’s electric and time for Neris?

Fantasy Forward: Sale’s electric and time for Neris?

All the signs this spring pointed to a happy and healthy Yoenis Cespedes in Mets camp. With the team’s offense struggling, Cespedes limp off the field during the sixth inning Thursday night. He will undergo an MRI, but described the injury as a shock to his hamstring which he has experienced before. Fantasy owners should […]

Fantasy Forward: Amir-aculous start to the season

Fantasy Forward: Amir-aculous start to the season

Chasing wins ensures frustration since the category can be so volatile. Fantasy owners may be disappointed to see Amir Garrett lost his match-up at home against Ubaldo Jimenez. Yes, it’s a cruel world, despite tying a Reds rookie record by a southpaw with 12 strikeouts over seven innings of work. Garrett is supposed to be […]

Player Spotlight: Mitch Haniger

Player Spotlight: Mitch Haniger

Mitch Haniger, the Seattle Mariners starting right fielder, hasn’t had the most direct path to major league stardom. Originally drafted 38th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the supplemental first round of the 2012 MLB Draft, Haniger was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks along with Anthony Banda for Gerardo Parra in 2014. Despite spending the […]

Fantasy Forward: Marte suspension, Price may not be right and Severino’s surging

Fantasy Forward: Marte suspension, Price may not be right and Severino’s surging

In a shocking development, Starling Marte will be sidelined until July 18th due to testing positive for a banned performance enhancing substance. Pittsburgh, already reeling from the Jung-Ho Kang DUI transgression will now forge ahead without its top player on offense. Andrew McCutchen moves back to center with Adam Frazier shifting to the outfield in […]

Minor League Report: MiLB vs. MLB

Minor League Report: MiLB vs. MLB

As I watch my teams in different leagues and my major league players getting off to hot and cold starts, I though to myself – “nothing bad can happen with a prospect in April, barring a serious injury of course”. So one of your mid-level prospects got off to a 2-for-30 start? There is no […]

Fantasy Forward: Will Thames be this year’s “Story”?

Fantasy Forward: Will Thames be this year’s “Story”?

Remembering it’s only the third week of the regular season, the Yankees own the longest win streak in baseball (8 games) with the White Sox in town to wrap up their home stand. In the senior circuit, the Braves modest five game streak leads the way. With the premise of when is too early to […]

Fantasy Forward: Harper’s back, Miggy’s sore and more

Fantasy Forward: Harper’s back, Miggy’s sore and more

Staying on top of the latest baseball news can be daunting, which brought about the Fantasy Forward. Trying to identify trends such as Miguel Cabrera hitting two-thirds of his balls in play to the opposite field hinted at him not being healthy. Then he left Sunday’s game with a tight back. Zach Britton is one […]

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Pitch Count: Week 3 Waiver Wire Streaming Options

Heading into Week 3, it is still too early to make definitive, performance-based decisions on pitchers.  In the case of those who have underperformed thus far, if you believed in a player during your pre-draft research and drafted him with confidence, have some faith in your process and give that pitcher another two or three […]

Fantasy Forward: Carlos Martinez takes a walk on the wild side

Fantasy Forward: Carlos Martinez takes a walk on the wild side

First and foremost, Happy Easter to you and your family. Base hits seemed like hidden eggs for the Yankees facing Carlos Martinez of the Cardinals, but he handed out walks like candy on Saturday. In an outing which brought back memories of a young Nolan Ryan, Martinez struck out 11, allowed eight walks and took […]

The Relief has Arrived

The Relief has Arrived

Good morning, good afternoon, or good evening – whichever is applicable to you. I can’t imagine having gone through life without a sibling. I have been fortunate enough to have both an older brother and sister. Some of the most enjoyable times in my life feature them in the center of it. In my earlier […]

Fantasy Forward: Aces delight and is Miggy right?

Fantasy Forward: Aces delight and is Miggy right?

From the amazing statistic department, Milwaukee’s win on Friday night moved them above .500 for the first time since 2014. As a franchise, they played 334 consecutive games at .500 or below. Trust the process. Speaking of which, those who drafted Jonathan Villar for his speed were not enthused by his high strikeout rate to […]

Waiver Wire Report: Week 3

Waiver Wire Report: Week 3

Welcome to week three of the waiver wire report. Each week I will dig through the f/a pool to find the best potential free agents on waivers. Some are good for a quick boost, others could be good long-term additions, and there will be a few speculative adds thrown in there as well. For the […]