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What we do know is that 1) Peavy is an injury risk. He hasn't thrown over 112 innings since 2008. 2) He still has the strong peripherals that suggest he could see better results in 2012. An offseason without surgery or rehab could go a long way to helping him regain some of the movement he seems to have lost over the last couple of years.
Craig hit fifth on Wednesday, behind Pujols and Berkman in the heart of the Cardinals’ order. If Tony LaRussa continues to put him in that spot, it bodes well for his RBI chances as pitchers could certainly pitch around one or both of the other two — depending on the situation — to face Craig. If he can take advantage of those opportunities, his numbers will be strong heading into the end of the season. He also offers lineup versatility as he appeared in eight games at second base earlier in the year.
What I’m going to do here is to identify some full time catchers who are especially poor at preventing stolen bases and the teams those catchers are matched up against through the rest of the season.
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Outfielder Three-Pack: On Jason Heyward and Letting Go | Roto Hardball
You know, I'm having trouble letting go.
To recap, these aren’t guys I’d drop anyone worthwhile to get, these starters are meant for streaming purposes and all of their ownership in ESPN is under 50%.
2012 Early Outlook: Top 10 Catchers | Fantasy Baseball 365
Wow, the catcher position is deep. Give me McCann at #1, by the way.
Choo’s season ends with a whimper and after being regarded as one of the most solid early round options in fantasy after a pair of excellent seasons, he will no doubt see his value dip in 2012. This drop in value could present a buying opportunity whether in the offseason trade market of a keeper league or in drafts and auctions next spring. Choo is still a .300-20-20 capable asset, a rare find in this game. Since 2009 only he, Hanley Ramirez and Ryan Braun have completed the hat trick in two seasons.
Luke Hochevar and Reason For Optimism | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball
Of course, the Royals announced this morning that he was being shut down for the rest of the year.
He finally had the breakout season everyone has been waiting for since he reached the majors back in 2008, but it wasn’t fully appreciated. His declining strikeout rate might be a factor. It had dropped yearly since a shiny 8.2 K/9 in his rookie year. However, the subsequent dips have been marginal going form 6.9 in 2009 to 6.0 this year. Most importantly he saw a huge rise in his groundball rate this year (54%) that, if legit, means we can expect more greatness from the 25-year old going forward.
Eovaldi has made substantial progress this year, and is well ahead of where he was at this time in 2010. If his secondary pitches come around and his command sharpens up, he could be a number two starter down the line, although I would not expect that next year. Keep in mind that he's only 21 years old.
The home run to Wieters be damned, there were still plenty of positive things from Moore's performance last night. He looks like a stud, and I'm still crazy excited for him to start his first game. He's an advanced, polished pitcher for his age, and at least from what I can see, it'd be a crime for the Rays to send him down to the minors to begin next season. What could he possibly have to work on at this point?
Matt Dominguez is in The Show, and his folks are in the house | Los Angeles Times
Pretty cool article from Matt Dominguez's dad, who is a copy editor at the LA Times, about his son's major league debut.
Breaking News: Michael Lewis Doesn't "Get" Moneyball Either | The Platoon Advantage
Apparently we're still not over fighting about Moneyball.
Explaining Stats Through Pictures Of Constipation-Free Women, Part I | Baseball Nation
How should you explain stats to stubborn traditionalists? Here's one way.