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Eno Saris has just written an article about how good Matt Cain was as he exits the Field of Dreams.

In this article he references the leader of quality starts without wins,


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I am reading through the free projections called Zips on the baseball data site Fangraphs.


Zack Greinke (175.2 IP, 4.0 zWAR) and Robbie Ray (172.0, 3.9) both profile as frontline starters, while Patrick Corbin (168.0, 2.4), Zack Godley (155.0, 2.7), and Taijuan Walker (156.1, 2.2) each receive an above-average forecast.


a sampling from other NL pitchers

Michael Walker 2.2 WAR

Steven Matz 1.7 WAR

Rich Hill 2.4 WAR

Yu Darvish 4.0 WAR

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I made a bad trade this off season giving up Josh Bell for Aramis Ramirez. I didn’t research the trade well enough. I just remembered seeing Aramis at the All star game in 2014. I didn’t look at is second half of 2014 where his performance really fell off. Moreover, after the trade it was revealed he was going to retire after 2015. After reflection on making a bad deal, I decided moving on from Ramirez rather than taking on his bad contract of $25 in the upcoming draft.

I took a chance of waivers after the season and gave up Neil Ramirez for Homer Bailey. I drafted Bailey at $27 last year and when I decided to build for the next season, I traded him for Eddie Butler of the Rockies. At that salary, he is about $5-$10 overpriced. He has shoulder injury and will start year on DL. I cut him.

As far as Butler, he looked like the real deal after 2013. How easily we forget he will pitch in Colorado. He obviously had some form of an injury when he got the recall to majors in 2014 as he was blasted in his debut. I liked Marco Gonzales and given a chance to take on $10 salary in year 1 for Butler who was in year 2, I took the deal. My salary now was at $160

My salary was going to be at $160 coming into the draft. But, after some reflection, I thought I could get Grichuk back in the draft at less than his $10 price tag. Going into draft 12 players and $150.

Some resources links follow for draft prep:









Tier 1:
1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers

Tier 2:
5. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals

9. Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs

Tier 3:
15. Julio Teheran – Atlanta Braves

Tier 4:
16. Zack Greinke – Los Angeles Dodgers
19. Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals


Tier 5:
James Shields – San Diego Padres
Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds

Tier 6:
Wily Peralta – Milwaukee Brewers
Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals
Brandon McCarthy – Los Angeles Dodgers

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I have been busy putting together my fantasy teams and now I am just emptying out some good links I have collected over the past few weeks:

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We can forecast on how we think a player will perform in each category. Some of these statistical categories reward playing time (i.e. HR,RBI,K,W) , where others are based on the success rate  (AVG,ERA)

Everyone has their secret formula about how they make these projection, but the bottom line is we will be happy just knowing the numbers are close. We do not need to know how close the number are , we just care that we are within the range of the actual numbers .



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After being on Sirius a few years ago, I finally made it back to Satellite radio. This time on the XM wing of  the company.

XM 175:



First Pitch
Weekdays 7 am – 10 am ET
Jim Memolo and Rob Dibble

Power Alley Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy
Weekdays 10 am – 2 pm ET

Inside Pitch Casey Stern and Jim Bowden
Weekdays 2 pm – 6 pm ET, Saturdays 10 am – 1 pm ET

MLB Tonight (MLB Network Staff)
Weekdays 6 pm – 8 pm ET

MLB Roundtrip
Weekdays 8 pm – 12 am ET

Minors and Majors Grant Paulsen
Sundays 8 am – 10 am ET

Remember When Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli
Saturdays 8 am – 10 am ET

MLB Roundtrip Saturday Grant Paulsen
Saturdays 1 pm – 4 pm ET

Baseball Today Holden Kushner & Jim Duquette
Sundays 10 am – 1 pm ET

MLB Roundtrip Sunday
Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm ET
Talk about the news of the day and get insight on your team’s roster moves from former GM Jim Bowden.

Home Plate Jeff Joyce & Jeff Nelson
Weekends 4 pm – 7 pm ET

XM 147:



7 am ET – RotoExperts w/ Scott Engel & Adam Ronis
10 am ET – SiriusXM Fantasy Basketball w/ Dennis Scott
11 am ET – RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today w/ Jeff Erickson & Derek Van Riper
2 pm ET – SiriusXM Fantasy Baseball w/ Steve Phillips & Jeff Rickard
5 pm ET – SiriusXM Fantasy Drive w/ Kyle Elfrink, Kay Adams & Ray Flowers
8 pm ET – Fantasy Baseball Tonight w/ Craig Mish

Ray Flowers on his web site is offering free fantasy information

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The 2011 LABR (League of Alternative Baseball Reality) drafts are all finished now after a weekend in Arizona.  


We the people of the League of Alternate Baseball Reality (LABR), in order to promote the great game of fantasy baseball, prove all GMs idiots and obtain the biggest bragging rights in the nation do ordain and establish this constitution of the League of Alternate Baseball Reality.


To assemble a lineup of 24 National League or 23 American League baseball players whose cumulative statistics, compiled and measured by the methods described in these rules, exceed those of all other teams in the League.


LABR uses a Ranked, Rotisserie Based Scoring System

The National League finished its auction draft (http://tinyurl.com/45ndqgt) which took place on Sunday March 6th. The American League draft finished up on Saturday.

The LABR is made up of professionals/ writers from the baseball publications industry. The LABR draft, when it takes place, is not open to the public. In years past they used web site  all-star stats to run the LABR leagues. Here is this years NL ownership:

Clay Davenport, Baseball Prospectus (6th year, 2 titles)
Greg Ambrosius/Shawn Childs, NFBC (18th year, @VuFantasyBBcom)
Steve Moyer, Baseball Info Solutions (12th year, 1 title)
Steve Gardner, USA TODAY (7th year, 1 title, @sgardnerUSAT)
Eric Karabell, ESPN (7th year, @karabellespn)
Dalton Del Don, Rotowire (4th year, @daltondeldon)
Brandon Funston, Yahoo (4th year @1befun)
Doug Dennis, Baseball HQ (10th year)
Bob Radomski, Sandlot Shrink (9th year, 1 title)
Rick Wolf/Glenn Colton, Rotoworld (10th year, 3 titles)
Tristan Cockcroft, ESPN (8th year, 2 titles, @SultanofStat)
Derek Carty, The Hardball Times (3rd year, 1 title, @THTFantasy)

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