Daily Archives: March 7, 2016
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The Mets starting rotation is so good that they merely need major leaguers in their lineup to win. They should follow the 2010’s Giants model.
Plus I have thoughts on Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain.
It is a Good Enough to win episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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Every year fantasy baseball GM’s search and search to find trends and statistical analysis on pitchers to get the upper hand in their leagues. Well today I am here to give you that upper hand. I will be highlighting my 2016 studs, duds, breakout, and bounce back candidates for the upcoming fantasy season. I will be highlighting the following players: Justin Verlander, Joe Ross, Jordan Zimmermann, Lance McCullers, Johnny Cueto, Marcus Stroman, Shelby Miller, and James Shields. To read the article and my analysis, click the link below:
The Pittsburgh Pirates need to take advantage of the wealth of affordable veteran talent still available on the free agent market.
You can never have too much depth. It is the mantra of every athletic team from community youth programs to the major sports conglomerates, from badminton to baseball. Last year, the Pirates had eleven cases of Tommy John surgery throughout the organization. They were hit hard at the Triple-A level, especially with injuries. Casey Sadler, Brandon Cumpton, and Jameson Taillon were lost for the season. Alen Hanson suffered a hand injury that caused him to miss out on a September promotion.
Everywhere you look, with the possible exception of the bullpen, the Pirates Triple-A affiliate the Indianapolis Indians has a very talented roster. But with question marks in the major league rotation, bullpen, and bench, the Pirates spent the offseason relying heavily on the development of their prospects into major league ready players.
The entire Indians rotation could see time with the major league club at some point this season. Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon are certain locks, although fans may only get a mere taste of the potential of Taillon in his first year back in competitive baseball two years removed from Tommy John surgery himself. Angel Sanchez, Trevor Williams, Chad Kuhl, and Steven Brault are all candidates for an emergency spot start later in the season or September promotion. The Pirates could also have Cory Luebke as a factor if he can recover from the unfortunate series of events that plagued him the last couple of years.
IF THE TORONTO BLUE JAYS ARE GOING TO IMPROVE IN 2016, THEY NEED TO LOOK AT HOW THEY USE THE SPEED THEY HAVE TO THEIR ADVANTAGE.
For a lot of the winter, there has been a great deal of attention paid to just who will lead off for the Blue Jays in 2016. With the exit of Ben Revere in the trade that brought in Drew Storen, the debate has gone in several different directions. Some are firmly in the camp that Kevin Pillar be given a chance to put his contact skills to use. Others feel that the club should go with giving their best hitters the most at bats, thus slotting Troy Tulowitzki in the 1st spot. We should also acknowledge that there are others still who think this debate has reached annoying levels and have removed themselves from it completely.
I happen to be in a different group. The Blue Jays have an unusual offense in that they will score an obscene amount of runs. In 2015, they scored 891 runs, which was by far the best in the league. Traditional wisdom tells you that a club needs to have a traditional leadoff guy who has speed and gets on base. But, on this team, this Blue Jays lineup, perhaps, that issue doesn’t really matter much. What is more important is the ability to be smart on the base paths.