Today I am going to cover some of the players who accomplished the rare feat of finishing the 2019 MLB season with a Walk to Strikeout Ratio (BB/K) greater than or equal to 1. If you have read my blog before, you know this has been the primary reoccurring theme of my blog. If you have not (I assume that is most of you), welcome! I have written about this topic previously on the 2018 season, the 2017 season, and even created a Tableau dashboard to cover the history of this feat in all MLB seasons. I became fascinated with this topic when I started writing online back in the beginning of 2018 as the way the modern game is going, there has been less of an emphasis on plate discipline. The goal of this series of articles is to shine a spotlight on those players that standout out in this area. Let’s get to it!Continue reading “MLB Players with More Walks than Strikeouts: 2019”
Back in June, I wrote what I hoped would be the first in a series of weekly posts aimed to encourage me to write and share more of my thoughts, which I titled aptly titled A Quick IV Thoughts. I linked that post above and it goes over the details of what I am trying to accomplish with this series. Alas , I had not written anything for that series until today. Nonetheless, it is back. Today there is no theme to this post, just some thoughts I feel like sharing. Let’s get to it!Continue reading “A Quick IV Thoughts: 10/1/19”
My most recent attempt to push myself to write more yielded an article, but so far I have not followed through with that series of posts. Fortunately for me, and for you reading this now, I had another, probably more interesting, idea to write about with regards to fantasy football. While fantasy baseball is my favorite of the fantasy sports to partake in, besides dungeons and dragons, fantasy football is definitely a close second. I started playing fantasy football in the fall of 2012 against my college friends, won the league, and from there I was hooked. I have joined many a league over the years since and have had some mixed success, but I have not been able to be as successfully as I generally am with fantasy baseball.
Part of the reason I like fantasy baseball more is I have a better understanding of the advanced stats and how I can leverage them to my advantage. While there are some advanced statistics out there, I have not taken the time to fully understand them and their connection to winning fantasy football leagues. In fact, most of what I use comes from reddit or the folks over at CBS. That said, every year I try to do something new to help give myself an advantage in my leagues and this year I finally decided to act upon an idea I have had for a few years now. I have started to track the average draft position (ADP) from Fantasys Pros over time in order to determine the value of players in the preseason. Enough of this long intro, let’s get to it!Continue reading “Fantasy Football Average Draft Position for 2019”
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!
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.Continue reading “Thoughts on Patrick Wisdom for 2019”
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.
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.
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!
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.