July 2019 BABS Update – Pitchers

by Pat Cloghessy

Well, this is awkward. Entering 2019, few would have put Jack Flaherty and Yu Darvish on the same planet. As luck (skill?) would have it, the July BABS update reflects on their skills thusly: (KK |-ER). 

But wait a second. Were their converging assets and liabilities a...

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BABS 2019 All Stars

by Pat Cloghessy

It is increasingly difficult to find fault with All-Star selections. It appears fans are able to decipher who is “most-deserving” as opposed to who they like best. One could say that the baseball-watching community is more BABSian than ever. 

Here are the BABS All-Stars for 2019:

Catchers

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Are disappointing stars candidates for positive regression?

by Patrick Cloghessy

No one wants to admit the sunk cost of an expensive draft choice. But positive regression is still possible. It’s not too late for these frustrating few to be useful, even great fantasy players provided they at least approach historical skill levels.

Is Mookie Betts (p,s,a)...

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June 2019 BABS Update – Pitchers

by Doug Gruber

Which pitcher doesn’t belong in this threesome…Jacob deGrom, Stephen Strasburg or Matthew Boyd? If we were talking 2019 player salaries, Boyd at only $2.4 million would be the poor boy in the this group. In the June 2019 update, BABS says that all three arms belong in...

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Ruminations of the early cellar-dweller

by Pat Cloghessy

Two months into the baseball season, and it’s not uncommon to encounter the malaise associated with poor fantasy performance.

This fantasy “depression”, as it were, can seep into the consciousness any number of ways. A fire start to the season has been put out in recent...

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BABS assessment of the recently promoted rookies

by Doug Gruber

Several MLB teams are hoping for success from some highly regarded prospects who have been called up this month. How did BABS rate these newcomers before the season? Do they have the skills to keep their jobs through the summer and help our fantasy teams?

BABS was...

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A baby step towards dealing with FAAB

Those who read me regularly know that I am not a fan of FAAB – the Free Agent Acquisition Budget – specifically, the blind-bidding process that uses it. For all the effort we make to try to accurately value players during the draft, we are seemingly fine with throwing away...

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