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Mets Optimistic on Santana

Posted by on Mar 22, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

The New York Mets have to be pleased with the progress made by Johan Santana.  Santana turned in an impressive performance in Wednesday’s Spring Training game against the World Series champion Cardinals as he dueled Jake Westbrook.  Santana pitched 6 innings, struck out 6, and did not walk a batter. World Series hero David Freese was so flummoxed by Santana’s pitching that he threw his bat…twice.  Santana’s fastball nestled into the 86-88 range and one time hit 90, but velocity has never been Santana’s game anyway.  It’s his off-speed repertoire that gets people out. Santana missed all of the 2011 season after having shoulder surgery in September 2010.  Back in 2010, when the Mets were still considered competitors in the now much stronger NL East, Santana notched a 2.98 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.  That compared to his career marks...

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Debating Joey Bats vs. Cabrera For #1 Overall

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Rankings | 4 comments

Jose Bautista has the skills to go first overall in fantasy drafts; call me a homer if you want (you would be right). You might ask me if I have ever heard of Miguel Cabrera or Matt Kemp and the answer would be I have, but… Bautista MIGHT be better (a BIG might). In Yahoo! leagues, Bautista is ranked 5th – Cabrera (1), Kemp (2), Pujols (3) and Tulowitzki (4) rank ahead of him. Personally, I think Cabrera is the only other eligible first overall selection. I don’t think Kemp is going to sustain his production from last year; his BABIP was .380 which suggests he got lucky, however he is fast, so how many base hits are attributed to luck and how many are attributed to his speed I don’t know. In regards to his proclamation of a...

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BallparkBob’s Top Sleepers for 2012

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Catchers, Fantasy baseball designated hitters, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Games, Fantasy Baseball Infielders, Fantasy Baseball Outfielders, Fantasy Baseball Prospects, Fantasy Baseball Relief Pitchers, Fantasy Baseball Sleepers, Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitchers | 0 comments

We all love value picks.  We all love sleepers.  Who will be this season’s Lance Berkman, Joel Hanrahan, or Ian Kennedy? BallparkBob reviews his top sleepers at each position for the 2012 season.   Catcher — Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals Wilson Ramos is best known as the guy who got kidnapped in Venezuela this off-season before a daring rescue saved him.  But, he may be quite more well-known in 2012 now that Pudge Rodriguez is gone.  The 24-year-old’s ability to hit for power and average makes him an enticing sleeper for 2012.  In just 389 at bats, Ramos hit .267 with 15 homers, 52 RBIs and 48 runs scored.  He will not be pushed by backup Jesus Flores and should get the vast majority of the playing time.  Based on his 2011 season, Ramos is capable of a .270...

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When Is The Best Time To Draft A Pitcher?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball 101, Fantasy Baseball Draft, Fantasy Baseball Tips | 0 comments

While in most traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball leagues they still contribute statistically to 50% of the scoring, pitchers don’t get the respect they often deserve at draft time. The main reason for this is obvious – starting pitchers only contribute once every five days, and relievers only face a handful of batters (at best). One of the most common questions at draft time is when you can get value for a pitcher. Now, taking elite pitchers out of the equation like Justin Verlander or Roy Halladay, the best time to consider taking a starting pitcher is likely the 3rd round, even better if you can stetch it to the 4th round. In the first three draft rounds, depending on where you end up in the draft order, your selection pattern should likely resemble something like this: Best available hitter...

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Draft Strategy for Fantasy Baseball

Posted by on Mar 3, 2012 in Fantasy Baseball Draft | 1 comment

Moneyball may have been nominated for Picture of the Year, but so what? Fantasy baseball is not Moneyball. More league commissioners are continuing to try to make fantasy baseball more like Moneyball, more like real baseball. Give it up.  It’s not real baseball and it never will be. Yeah, it would be nice if J.J. Hardy got bonus points for his fielding percentage and range factor, but he doesn’t.  It’s just too difficult to incorporate fielding stats into your fantasy baseball league. It would be great if Carlos Pena got Moneyball bonus points, a la Scott Hattieberg, for his 101 walks for the Cubs last year, but he doesn’t.  All fantasy baseball managers get from Pena’s keen eye is a few more runs scored and a lot less chances to add to his 28 home runs he hit last...

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What is the Best Draft Position?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2012 in 2012 Fantasy Baseball, Fantasy Baseball Draft | 0 comments

A statistical analysis of the best draft position in your fantasy baseball draft. There’s a lot of debate among fantasy baseball managers as to what is the best position to have in your fantasy baseball league draft.  The reason that there is any debate at all is that most leagues use a snake format.  If you are a beginner in fantasy baseball, this means that the manager that picks last in the first round, gets the first pick in the second round and this format proceeds throughout the draft. Many leagues will allow the manager to draw a number out of a hat.  Then, the manager, in his first attempt at fantasy baseball strategy in the draft, chooses his actual draft position. Steve Gardner of USA Today likes being in the middle in his drafts. I prefer to draft...

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