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DID YOU KNOW THAT?!?

So SO sorry for the delay.  I’m guessing we lost the few fans we had.  SO I’m comin back at you with a fresh new outlook, some fresh new posts, and some real talk to help you dominate this fantasy offseason.  We apologize.  Now get ready.

 

 

That is Bart Simpson. Nice Ice.

 

 

Mark Reynolds struck out 211 times in 596 plate appearances.  Talk about 3 outcomes… Reynolds K’d once every 2.82 times he stepped u there!

Albert Pujols scored 115 times.  Yadier Molina scored 34 times.  Think that lineup was inbalanced?

TRIPLES LEADERS STATISTICS!!!!  Because it’s my post, and I love triples.

Dexter Fowler hit a triple every 36 Plate Appearances

Carl Crawford was at once every 49, Stephen Drew at every 53, Jose Reyes every 60.3, Alcides Escobar at 55, and Mark Reynolds once every 298 Plate Appearances.  That last number equates to once every 192.5 plate appearances he did NOT strike out.

Logan Morrison had 6 triples in September (and October).

Austin Jackson proved all of us wrong and maintained that .396 BABIP all year.  Good for him.  I’m still letting someone else draft him next season.

Ichiro Suzuki batted .315 this year, very admirable.  What is interesting to me, though is that he hit this well while hitting 57.4% of his balls on the ground!  That’s knowing your strength.  On an unrelated side note, Jacoby Ellsbury’s career GB% is 50.9%.  Ichiro’s is 57.4%.  I maintain that the day Jacoby Ellsbury shortens up and begins hitting line drives and ground balls at a higher rate (career FB%: Ichiro-  25.3%, Ellsbury- 30.4%), even slightly, is the day he becomes an elite fantasy player.  Until then I think he is relegated to that an A-,  just-below-top-tier-when-healthy spot.

Jose Bautista hit a homer every 10.54 at bats.  (54 in 569 AB)

In his previous 1638 at bats, he homered 59 times, or once every 27.76 at bats.  I think he’ll have to continue answering steroid questions when he drops off and hits 25 next year, but that’s just my humble opinion.

Victor Martinez and Marco Scutaro both made contact 87% of the time when swinging at pitches outside the strike zone.

Mark Reynolds and Adam Laroche made contact 47% and 45 %, respectively, of the time on balls outside the strike zone.  These are the stats I burden my brain with people.

Brett Gardner only swung at 30.9% of the pitches comin’ his way.

A quarter of the fly balls hit by Joey Votto left the yard.  That is, his HR/FB percentage was 25%.  That’s legit power.

Just to be clear, in his wild homer rampage the last month-ish, Troy Tulowitzki’s HR/FB% was 31.3%.

Living up to his backside and name, Billy Buttsler led the majors grounding into 32 twin killings.

Teammate Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder were hit a combined 46 times in 2010 (25 for RickAY! and 21 for Fielder).  Ow.  Goes to show how bad the bottom of that order is, no protection from their best hitters gettin’ popped…

Rodrigo Lopez, who still pitches  in the major leagues, gave up an over/underwhelming 1.67 homers per 9 innings.  He just sucks.

The H’s of the  awesomely named H2O trio (Hamels, Halladay, Oswalt, get with the program people) both stranded 82.7% of the runners the that they allowed on base.  Now imagine if Lee was on that team.  I don’t care how good Oswalt is in these playoffs, having both Halladay and Lee with Hamels though it wouldn’t give us a spectacular nickname, may have produced a sub-.025 BA in a series for the poor Reds.  Or something.  Point being, Lee has been nasty and Hamels and Halladay know how to bear down.  Though in Lee’s case, he finds it easier not to put people on base unless the earn it with a hit.  No effin’ walks.  I love it.  So does Nolan Ryan.

Justin Masterson threw a fastball 78% of the time.  That’s what happens when you get behind.  Poor guy.  Should never have left his setup role for the Sox (bring him back Theo!).

Now, to be clear, David Price threw fastball 74% of the time.  The difference is that Masterson is a goofy 6’6” sidearmer and Price is a lefty who throws GAS.

I’m loving the playoffs, lots of new faces, some in their first playoffs (congrats to Aubrey Huff, Mike Sweeney, Mike Young et al.).  I can’t wait to see Lee against the Yanks and I apologize again for our untimely absence.  We’ll be…. well I will be… back with a vengeance  this offseason.  Be on the lookout, all 7 of you.

 

 

Until next time, enjoy the Black Keys

 

-w

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The Roy We Once Knew

As many have heard whispers of Roy Oswalt (and his wifey) wanting out of Houston, who could really blame the 33 year old.  He has yet to win a championship but has tasted sweet victory before with visits to the NLCS in his time with Houston (remember when Carlos Beltran and the killer B’s made a name for themselves?). 

Well not only has Oswalt made it clear that he wants to move, he’s doing what he can to help the dwindling ‘stros.

The initial issue that arose in the Houston front office when Roy made his feelings heard was that the Astros would only trade him if they could receive A&B-list prospects from the highest bidder.  Well Oswalt’s value wasn’t anywhere near that high when rumors began to spread.  However, with no time missed for injury, the Mississippi-born hurler has allowed 3 or fewer runs in each of his starts this season (8 ip, 0 er, 9 k in last start vs. MIL).

Roy must really not want to be in Houston (or he just really doesn’t want his team to suck this year).  The man is proving his value by stalling NL offenses and lighting up the strike zone with that mid-90’s fastball that made him so stellar in the middle part of the decade.

In other words, he’s doing what he can to make himself tradable (you’re standard good-‘ole fashion showcase).

Oswalt’s potential suitors:

Well the Nationals can certainly offer up enough quality prospects, but will they continue to hang? And is it worth taking a 33 year old injury-prone veteran when your team is still SO young?

Cincinatti is certainly another NL squad that had surprised some folks (especially if you’re from Cinci).  While they have a bevy of young pitchers (Leake, Cueto, Bailey, and eventually Aroldis Chapman) Dusty Baker’s boys havn’t been impressed with the production from Harang, and they cannot expect Bronson ‘The Voice’ Arroyo to log 30 quality starts.  With the youth in tact and the offense to support it, I think Oswalt could see this as a top-choice destination.

In all reality Roy needs to stay in the NL and not follow the path of former fellow NL ace Jake Peavy (who left mid-season for the south side of Chicago last year).  He is much more comfortable there and the transition will be fluid.

With the emergence of Stephen Strasburg likely in early June, Washington may certainly land the ace, but if you ask me, going to team with guarenteed talented offense (which is why you’re leaving Houston) is the safest bet.

While the shopping in DC may take the cake in this battle, my inside source (Mrs. Texiera) ensures me that the difference is minimal Roy.

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Roy Oswalt Requests to be Traded

Not too surprisingly, Oswalt wants out.  He made his wish very clear by asking Houston owner Drayton McLane Jr. to trade him before the deadline Given how much he has given to the franchise, Oswalt deserves to have his wish fulfilled.  Any thoughts on who might be interest?

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What is Oswalt’s value?

Interesting conversation I had today with some friends. They had just completed their fantasy draft and said that Roy Oswalt had gone undrafted. This prompted me to wonder: What is Roy Oswalt’s fantasy value after he has had one bad season? Undoubtedly he has been picked up in many leagues (he is owned in 100% of ESPN leagues and has an ADP of 154.67) and he is still considered a front end starter who could win 20 games and it wasn’t until last year that he did not have double digit wins. Since 2001, he has averaged 15 wins a season, has never dipped below .500 and, with the exception of last season, he has pitched at least 200 innings, while pitching 181.1 last year.

There is some reason for concern, however. Since 2004, his K/9 has been under 7.0 (with the expectation of 2008 when it was 7.1) and his WHIP has been slightly higher than it has been in the past. Also, since 2005, his ERA has been steadily increasing (topping out with a less than spectacular 4.16 ERA last year) and his K rate has also been on the decline. While these are legitimate concerns, it should not deter anyone from taking him in the middle rounds.

The one thing about Oswalt is that you know what you are going to get. He has been extremely consistent and, while he isn’t the type of guy you want to headline your fantasy rotation, he is a great second or third starter. He is often forgotten about in many leagues and, if he works through his injuries (the latest news), then he will have another solid year.

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