Posted on February 18, 2013 by David Kerr
On January 27, 2013, I had the pleasure of hosting and taking part in the first annual MLBDirt.com Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft. First things first, I want to thank Jonathan Mitchell, William Tasker, Daniel Marino, Charlie Nehl, Mike Schwartze, Wayne Bretsky, Ray Guilfoyle, Mike Hilbig, Mark Kaplan, Jeff Furtah, and Alex Kantecki for taking part in the draft. We had a mix of MLBDirt.com writers and six well respected Fantasy Baseball writers. All of these men are recommended follows on Twitter and I will give you their contact information at the end of the article. One thing that makes Fantasy Baseball fun is the different opinions you can get. These guys all have great insight and baseball knowledge.
Without any further adieu, here is the 2013 MLBDirt Mock Draft Results. Please feel free to comment and engage in discussion!
ROUND 1 (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, Buster Posey, Carlos Gonzalez, Clayton Kershaw, Fantasy, Joey Votto, Justin Verlander, Matt Kemp, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout, Mock Draft, Robinson Cano, Roto, Ryan Braun | Leave a Comment »
Posted on July 16, 2012 by William J. Tasker
The box score of Sunday’s game between the New York Yankees and the Angels with the really long name shows that Albert Pujols had a good game against the Yankees. He went two for four with a homer. He caught the last out in an Angels win to salvage the last game of the series. After a rough start to the season, Pujols has been the slugger the Angels expected since the second week of May. All of those things are true. But he will never be a player respected very much from this basement seat. It was another at bat that really showed the kind of player Pujols is. And it won’t show up in any kind of statistic other than that he grounded into a double play. The play though did not go unnoticed with these eyes and proved once again the Pujols is an entitled boor. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Derek Jeter, Lance Berkman, Los Angeles Angels, Mike Trout, New York Yankees | 5 Comments »
Posted on April 27, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
Last week over at DraysBay I wrote about plate discipline and I used Ben Zobrist as my prime example for great plate discipline. There were a lot of players that I could have used as examples and one of them used to be future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols, but not anymore. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Ben Zobrist, Los Angeles Angels, St. Louis Cardinals, Yuniesky Betancourt | 3 Comments »
Posted on April 17, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
We are more than halfway through the month of April and most teams have already played double-digit games. This is not a big sample size but there have been some surprises in the beginning of this long season, from the Los Angeles Dodgers 9-1 start to the St. Louis Cardinals scoring the most runs in the game despite the face of the franchise and future hall-of-famer Albert Pujols leaving for the Los Angeles Angels.
And, to our surprise, there have been some major overachievers and some major underachievers, including the aforementioned Albert Pujols who has yet to hit a homerun and is hitting only .268/.318/.366 through his first 44 plate appearances outside of St. Louis red. Here are a few of the statistical surprises so far this season:
The “No Walk” club includes some surprising names as well as some you might expect to see (min 30 PAs) with three Texas Rangers appearing on the list: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adam Dunn, Albert Pujols, Andrew McCutchen, Brent Morel, Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Young, Curtis Granderson, Gaby Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton, Ian Kinsler, Jesus Montero, Josh Hamilton, Justin Upton, Mark Teixeira, Matt Kemp, Michael Young, Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Yoenis Cespedes | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 5, 2012 by William J. Tasker
The start of any baseball season is fascinating in and of itself. The teams all start off with identical records and despite a thousand predictions from hundreds of sites around the world, nobody really knows what will happen once the season starts. Teams will surprise us like the Arizona Diamondbacks did in 2011 and like the San Diego Padres did in 2010. Formerly contending teams will fall by the wayside such as the Minnesota Twins did last year. Players will surprise us and disappoint us. Dramatic stories lie ahead of us. Never in our wildest dreams could we predict how the last day of the regular season played out last year.
But just like every season, there are some fascinating questions that are ahead based on what happened this off season. These questions will be answered in the coming months. Each one has us drooling in anticipation. Here are the top ten most fascinating stories we are watching for the upcoming 2012 baseball season: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Bobby Valentine, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Jesus Montero, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Michael Pineda, Philadelphia Phillies, Prince Fielder, Stephen Strasburg, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | Leave a Comment »
Posted on March 26, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
I am continuing my 2012 prediction series by revealing my AL West standings and a few positive and negative predictions for each time. In case you missed it, I have already revealed my AL East Predictions and AL Central Predictions and we, as a staff, revealed some of our overall MLB predictions. Enjoy. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Adam Rosales, Albert Pujols, Cliff Pennington, Craig Gentry, Dan Haren, Grant Balfour, Hisashi Iwakuma, Ian Kinsler, Ichiro Suzuki, Jason Vargas, Jemile Weeks, Jesus Montero, Josh Donaldson, Julio Borbon, Justin Smoak, Kevin Millwood, Leonys Martin, Los Angeles Angels, Mark Trumbo, Miguel Olivo, Mike Trout, Nelson Cruz, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, Scott Downs, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers, Tom Milone, Vernon Wells, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | 5 Comments »
Posted on January 6, 2012 by Michael Schwartze
It is obvious that the Athletics are in a rebuilding process. They have dealt Trevor Cahill, Gio Gonzalez, and Andrew Bailey this offseason for prospects in return. In an article I wrote the other week, I took a look at the Athletics potential future rotation with all the pieces in the organization. There are many top prospects and young pitchers that could make for one of the best rotations in the league. Well a handful of these guys are close to the big leagues and once ready, it could make for quite the logjam in the rotation. In the article I mentioned above I also took a shot at projecting the A’s opening day rotation which is as follows:
1. Brandon McCarthy
2. Guillermo Moscoso
3. Dallas Braden
4. Brad Peacock
5. Tom Milone
That rotation is solid looking but there are still a lot of guys that are very close to being major league ready; Jarrod Parker, Tyson Ross, and Sonny Gray. Brett Anderson should also be back in the rotation by the middle of the season. Well with those guys knocking at the door, some space may need to be cleared in the rotation. The perfect opportunity for that: The Trade Deadline.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adeiny Hechavarria, Albert Pujols, Andrew Bailey, Brad Peacock, Brandon McCarthy, Brett Anderson, Chris Carter, Collin Cowgill, Dallas Braden, David Freese, Derek Norris, Gabriel Rosa, Gio Gonzalez, Grant Green, Guillermo Moscoso, Jarrod Parker, Josh Reddick, Juan Francisco, Mat Latos, Michael Choice, Michael Taylor, Oakland A's, Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun, Scott Rolen, Sonny Gray, Tom Milone, Trevor Cahill, Tyson Ross, Zack Cox, Zack Cozart | 2 Comments »
Posted on December 10, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
The Los Angeles Angels left the winter meetings with a splash. They signed possibly the best free agent starting pitcher on the market in C.J. Wilson and some guy named Albert Pujols who I hear is pretty good. They spent roughly $331.50MM between the two players that day. Jonathan Mitchell discussed the Albert Pujols deal the other day. But just what does the C.J. Wilson signing mean and how is the Angels’ 2012 rotation looking?
The Angels’ rotation in 2011 was fourth in the majors in WAR with 17.8. They had an ERA of 3.59, an FIP of 3.78, and were third in the league in innings pitched with 1043.0. They were very solid and adding C.J. Wilson makes the rotation even better. Not to mention division rivalTexaswill not have Wilson anymore either. Let’s take a look at who the Angels 2012 rotation will feature.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Brad Mills, C.J. Wilson, Cy Young Award, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana, Garrett Richards, Jamie Moyer, Jeff Francis, Jeff Mathis, Jered Weaver, Jerome Williams, Joel Pineiro, Los Angeles Angels, Paul Maholm | 5 Comments »
Posted on December 8, 2011 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The Los Angeles Angels, who were a mystery team just two days ago, signed the best hitter on the planet in Albert Pujols to a 10 year deal worth $250M. The deal also has no opt out clauses like C.C. Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez deals did. He will likely be an Angel until the end and that is not a bad thing.
The Cardinals lost their icon. They lost possibly the best hitter we will see in our lifetime. But, David Pinto points out that the Cardinals already received roughly $300M in on-field production for roughly $100M. On top of that, the Cardinals had him as the face of the franchise and banked on his marketable face. This is a big loss but only after an astronomical gain.
The Angels might find it hard to recoup the entire $250M invested in on-field value but they should have no problem recouping the money when you include what they will make off the field.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds, C.C. Sabathia, Kendrys Morales, Los Angeles Angels, Mark Trumbo, St. Louis Cardinals | 3 Comments »
Posted on December 3, 2011 by Michael Schwartze
The Marlins have really been turning heads this offseason. There have been some big changes in the organization and things may be turning around in South Florida. This offseason, the Marlins have made some huge changes in its appearance, management, and offseason strategy.
First off, the Marlins will now be known as the Miami Marlins, not the Florida Marlins. They have also changed their logo to the one pictured above which also means new uniforms (which I am not the biggest fan off.) The Marlins will be opening the 2012 season in a brand new stadium. We won’t be seeing the Marlins play in a football stadium with a faded Dolphins logo and yard lines any longer. Over at Fangraphs, Steve Slowinski really went in depth on the effects of the new park.
As far as management goes, the Marlins signed Ozzie Guillen as the new manager, a change that will drastically affect any club. Possibly the largest and boldest personality in the managerial world will be taking over a team that finished last in the NL East last year. I am interested to see how he handles Hanley Ramirez, who has reportedly had attitude problems in the past, as well as some of the other young guys on the team.
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson, Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins, Ozzie Guillen, Prince Fielder, Roy Oswalt | 3 Comments »