A Quick IV Thoughts: 6/24/19

In an effort to get back in the habit of writing more, I decided to produce what I hope will be a reoccurring series of blog posts where I can talk about multiple topics in a shorter format. This post you are reading now is the first of that series. I have seen a few other sites I read do something like this
(Prospects365, Pitcherlist to name two) and I think it is a great idea. Ideally, it would be a weekly series, but we will see how this goes. Maybe there will be a theme to the thoughts, maybe there will not. This time, there is (Spoiler Alert, it is about previous topics I covered). Let’s get right to it!

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Thoughts on Patrick Wisdom for 2019

Author’s Note: The majority of this piece was written yesterday on my day off before Asdrubal Cabrera signed with the Rangers on a 1 year deal to play third base. That said, most of what I covered is still relevant, though Wisdom might not make as much of an impact as I first thought in the upcoming 2019 season. That said, I hope you enjoy the article either way.

With the baseball season only about two months away, it is time for me to really start planning for my upcoming fantasy leagues. I currently play in two AL-Only leagues, an 8 team Roto Auction redraft and a 15 Roto dynasty league. In order to do well in AL-Only leagues, I have found it is important to get as much elite talent as possible and then supplement the rest of your roster out with a combination of solid role players and players with upside (these things are not mutually exclusive). One such player that looks like he will have (Author’s Note: read as “had”) both of those things going into 2019 is Patrick Wisdom of the Texas Rangers.

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IV Thoughts On: The James Paxton Trade

Usually upon hearing about a major MLB transaction (trade, free agent signing, etc), I have a habit of doing the following: 1) read the notification of the the transaction on my phone, 2) check Twitter for all of the details of the transaction, 3) go to /r/baseball and read the comments there on the transaction, 4a) go to Fangraphs and read the reaction piece to come on the transaction, 4b) look at the stats for the player(s) involved in transaction, 5) go about my life until the next transaction of interest occurs. Today I decided to do something different. When I got notice that a James Paxton trade occurred, I decided to only do step 1, skip to step 4b, and write a piece with my own reaction to the trade. 

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MLB Players with More Walks than Strikeouts: 2018

I have already written about the players with walk to strikeout ratios (BB/K) greater than or equal to 1.00 for 2017  and relatively (depending on your definition of the word) recently created a dashboard showing the MLB history of this feat so I guess it only make sense for me to write a post about who has joined this club following the 2018 season. I really did not intend for this to be a primary topic I would be covering on this blog, but I feel like it is my job at this point to continue to keep you updated on this subject. I really do not want to let all six (approximate guess) of my readers down. That said, I do find the topic interesting (or else I would not be doing this) as players with great plate discipline are a rare occurrence in today’s game and it might help me uncover some underrated players in my  deeper fantasy leagues. The following post will highlight all the qualified batters who have been added as well as address the unqualified batters added who I deem interesting enough to write about.

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MLB Players Who Walk More Than They Strikeout

While I was finishing up my first article for this blog, I knew that I would be writing a follow up piece on the subject. I also knew that there were many different ways I could do it, yet I was unsure of the best way to do it. Should I look back at the past five seasons and write about that in comparison to 2017? The past ten? Should I turn this into three pieces? What would the right cutoff be? When trying to solve a problem, sometimes I overthink what needs to be done as I try to come up with optimal solution right from the start. While this may not sound like a bad thing, it is certainly a hindrance to getting things accomplished as it prevents me from even starting the task at hand. I have only recently become aware of this problem and I am trying to break that habit. Launching this blog without a fully fleshed out plan was one such way I am doing that, but enough about that topic. Let us get to the content!

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A 2018 New Year’s Resolution

This post is a non sports piece, yet I felt it was something I wanted to write about as I thought it might be interesting to others. This post concerns one of my primary New Year’s Resolutions (I think I made 20 total, but good luck to me to keep them all!) that I plan to keep: read from a printed medium everyday. I was inspired by a post I saw on reddit.com about someone who had done this for all of 2017 and said they had av very positive experience. Unfortunately, I did not save the link and could not find the post after some searching so I cannot link to it. Though the original piece is lost (to me), its message still resonates and has become one of my goals for 2018.

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A Different Way to Play Fantasy Baseball

Since 2013, I have been the commissioner of what I would refer to as my home fantasy baseball league. This is definitely my favorite league to play in as I get to compete against, and sometimes dominate, my friends. It has always been a 12 team keeper league that started with rotisserie (roto) scoring with the intent to limit the randomness that is apparent in the head-to-head (H2H) format. The rest of the league details are not important. What is important is that the league is constantly evolving year over year. I schedule an off season winter meeting where we discuss ways to improve the league each year and then send out surveys to get votes from all managers to enact the changes. This concept is not unique to our league as I have read about other long running leagues that do things like this. However, what I believe is unique is a change we enacted that came about prior to the start of the 2016 season that has definitely improved the way we play fantasy baseball. I would like to share that change with you now.

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Setting the Stage: Opening Day 2018

It is finally here! It feels like just a week ago that I was watching the Astros celebrate their 2017 World Series victory over the Dodgers. Finally, meaningful baseball will be played and the fantasy season can begin. No more speculating what will happen as we can finally watch the season unfold before our own eyes. All the hope we had in the offseason for our favorite teams will begin to fade with each passing day (looking at your Mets). It seems like every author who writes about baseball provides their predictions for the upcoming season. With this post, it looks like I can officially put myself into that group of people. In addition, I will cover the fantasy leagues I will be competing in this year as I will be referencing them on occasion.  I only had the idea for this post yesterday so no record projections by me. I am just going off of my gut . Let’s begin.

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The Effect of the Diamondbacks’ Humidor on Paul Goldschmidt

Since the beginning of last year when the Arizona Diamondbacks announced they would be introducing a humidor at their home park, Chase Field, there has been a lot of speculation as to how this would affect baseball being played. There is an expected reduction in overall offense as a result, but the question is just how much of a reduction. For those not familiar with the term, a humidor is a device that is used to control the humidity of the objects inside. Usually they are used to store cigars, but in this case this one will be used for Major League baseballs. The specific requirements for the Chase humidor will be 50% humidity at 75 degree Fahrenheit. Alan Nathan, a baseball physicist, took a look at this and in an article for The Hardball Times concluded that there would be a 25-50% reduction in home runs at Chase Field. This is definitely a substantial percentage and with news of the humidor being installed officially for the start of the 2018 season, the fantasy community has be fading Diamondback hitters and talking up Diamondback pitchers. I have been wondering for sometime if this was an extreme reaction to this news and if there was a good way to determine this. Up until recently, I was not sure, until I read an article that gave me an idea for this totally not scientific method feature below.

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