Posted on April 29, 2013 by Andrew Martin
The length of a baseball team’s disabled list can have such a strong impact on the outcome of their season. Injuries not only deprive teams of talented players, but alter the chemistry that was so carefully constructed during the offseason and spring training.
The ability of backup players, minor league prospects and the length of time needed for the injured to come back healthy can all determine whether or not a season will be derailed. Just a month into the 2013 season, a number of major league teams have felt the pinch of losing players to the DL. The scrambling has already begun for some to overcome a fractured roster. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alex Rodriguez, Anibal Sanchez, Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Detroit Tigers, Hanley Ramirez, Jason Kipnis, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Teixeira, Max Scherzer, New York Yankees | Leave a Comment »
Posted on April 1, 2013 by Andrew Martin
Major League Baseball’s 2013 Opening Day is finally here! With another season comes the return of Baseball Notes. Without a single regular season game having yet been played, there is already plenty to talk about. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, Buster Posey, C.C. Sabathia, Detroit Tigers, Jackie Bradley Jr., Johan Santana, Jose Fernandez, Justin Verlander, Kansas City Royals, Miami Marlins, Miguel Tejada, New York Mets, New York Yankees, opening day, Paul Goldschmidt, San Francisco Giants | Leave a Comment »
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 January 9, 2013 by mlbdirtstaff
The Detroit Tigers were rolling just a season ago, winning the American League. Although they were eventually topped by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series, overall it was a solid season for Motor City fans. While many point towards their offense, which is led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, the biggest reason why they will contend again in 2013 is because they have the best rotation in baseball.
Justin Verlander headlines a staff full of power arms. The right-hander is pretty much a Cy Young candidate each and every year, and he is right in the middle of his prime seasons. Every strong staff needs that go-to ace, and as anyone who plays fantasy baseball will tell you, he might be the best in the game. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers, Doug Fister, Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Rick Porcello | Leave a Comment »
Posted on October 12, 2012 by Andrew Martin
With the focus in baseball being on the fantastic matchups being waged in the playoffs, the intense debate about the end-of-season awards has been tempered for the time being. It’s a temporary lull that will heat up again once the announcement of the award winners near, as many will try to get in their opinions in the form of parting shots, in the attempt to support the various candidates. There have been some truly incredible performances this season, and there are literally no categories without multiple candidates having legitimate chances to have their name drawn from the proverbial envelope. That being said, here are my picks for the 2012 baseball awards. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Arizona Diamondbacks, Bob Melvin, Buster Posey, Cincinnati Reds, Cy Young Award, Detroit Tigers, Dusty Baker, Justin Verlander, Los Angeles Angels, Manager of the Year, Mike Trout, MVP, New York Mets, Oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, R.A. Dickey, Rookie of the Year, San Francisco Giants, Wade Miley | 6 Comments »
Posted on October 9, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
The regular season is almost a full week from conclusion and two of the first round playoff matchups have two teams up 2-0 on their opponents. It seems, to me, like the season only started three months ago but baseball will be without games in another month but baseball season never ends thanks to an offseason that is more active than any other sport.
One of the big topics for the offseason is awards. Who will win? Who will get shafted? Which award will cause the most debate? When it comes to the American League Cy Young Award voting there are only two names that I believe should be at the top of voters ballots: Justin Verlander or David Price. The race for the award probably will not be as close as the two are in stats but there is still case to be made for either pitcher. Let’s take a look at their stats side-by-side with American League ranks in parenthesis: (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: BBA, Chicago White Sox, Chris Sale, Cy Young Award, David Price, Detroit Tigers, Felix Hernandez, Fernando Rodney, Justin Verlander, Seattle Mariners, Tampa Bay Rays, Walter Johnson Award | 1 Comment »
Posted on October 8, 2012 by Andrew Martin
The 2012 baseball regular season was one of excitement and surprises. Only part of the story is what was seen from game to game, and taking a closer look at numbers can bring even more richness to what transpired over the past six months. I love statistics, particularly when they are within the context of baseball, and while completely useless, there are all sorts of interesting numbers from this past year that elaborate on another great season. Just a few that I found include:
***Knuckleball pitchers are known for their inability to hold base runners, as evidenced by the Niekro brothers, Charlie Hough, Tom Candiotti, and Tim Wakefield, who allowed a combined 2,000 stolen bases during their illustrious careers. By comparison only 7 players even attempted to steal against R.A. Dickey this season, with only 4 (Everth Cabrera, Todd Frazier, Dexter Fowler, and Jose Reyes) being successful. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Adam Dunn, Alex Presley, Andrew McCutchen, Aroldis Chapman, Cameron Maybin, Charlie Hough, Clayton Kershaw, Craig Kimbrel, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Fernando Rodney, J.D. Martinez, Jeff Francis, Joe Mauer, Joe Niekro, Jose Tabata, Josh Hamilton, Justin Verlander, Mark Reynolds, Mike Trout, Phil Niekro, R.A. Dickey, Tim Wakefield, Tom Candiotti, Trevor Cahill, Will Middlebrooks | 3 Comments »
Posted on July 18, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
If you were to have a discussion about who the best relievers in the game are you will likely end up talking about Craig Kimbrel, Aroldis Chapman, Joe Nathan, and a plethora of other closers. And, for the most part, you would likely be talking about one of the better relievers in the game. But when we focus solely on the save stat and closers we miss out on one of the best relievers in 2012 and over the past few seasons and his name is Matt Belisle. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Alexi Ogando, Aroldis Chapman, Colorado Rockies, Craig Kimbrel, Edward Mujica, Joe Nathan, Justin Verlander, Koji Uehara, Mariano Rivera, Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt, Roy Halladay, Sean Marshall, Tyler Clippard, Wilton Lopez | 2 Comments »
Posted on April 12, 2012 by Jonathan C. Mitchell
With only 127.2 innings under his professional belt the Detroit Tigers number three prospect Drew Smyly made his Major League debut today against the Tampa Bay Rays. Smyly would record four strikeouts in four-plus innings of work and allow only one run but had trouble finding the zone and escaped what could have been a disastrous start.
Smyly threw 28 pitches in the first inning alone, loading the bases with nobody out but escaping the jam without a single run scoring. Take a look at his first inning’s work:
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis | Tagged: Carlos Pena, Collin Balester, Desmond Jennings, Detroit Tigers, Drew Smyly, Elliot Johnson, Evan Longoria, Jose Lobaton, Justin Verlander, Tampa Bay Rays | 2 Comments »
Posted on March 21, 2012 by yortko
Well after a few days off, a few spring training games, and a little rest on my brain, I am very excited to preview the 2012 American League Central Champion Detroit Tigers….I know I may be jumping the gun a little early, but hey….who we kidding here? The Tigers are the elite team in the Central division and will run away with the title! Manager Jim Leyland was quoted as saying “It should be a fun year”, well no kidding….the fact that they have one of the most feared lineups in the Majors, an arsenal in their pitching and one hell of a closer! Lets take a look at the off season moves the Tigers did this past winter. (more…)
Filed under: Digging Deep - Analysis, Fantasy | Tagged: Detroit Tigers, Justin Verlander, mlb, Prince Fielder, Ryan Raburn, Spring Training | 2 Comments »