I had a few moments of free time today, while watching Matt Cain give up yet another big fly to Troy Tulowitzki, so what better way to spend that free time than to delve into some of the numbers that I love so much.
0: The number of walks for Tim Hudson through four starts with the Giants (he has 20 Ks an a 2.40 ERA). Always a good control arm, Hudson has walked less than 2.50 batters per nine each of the last three seasons and his career mark is 2.68.
0.03: The Difference between The ERA (0.85) and WHIP (0.88) of Aaron Harang. He also has 33 Ks in 31.2 innings. Can't explain it. Won't even try to.
.266: The career batting average of Dayan Viciedo in the month of April despite the fact that he's currently hitting .361.
.439: The BABIP of Justin Upton through 20 games. That mark has allowed him to hit .303 despite the fact that he's struck out 31 times 76 at-bats. He also has five homers. That means he's hit a homer or struck out in 47 percent of his at-bats.
.500: The batting average of Josh Reddick over his last 18 at-bats. He has one homer and four RBIs during the streak. He had one RBI and hit .098 over his first 12 games this season.
1: The number of homers that Matt Holliday has hit in 20 games. He's hit at least 22 homers in each of the past eight seasons. He's also posted a 15 percent or better HR/F ratio in each of the past three seasons. The mark is currently 5.0 percent.
1.16: The number of RBIs per game that Chris Colabello is currently averaging. That pace would lead to 188 RBIs over the course of 162 games. Hack Wilson's all-time record, depending on your source, is 191. Colabello had 17 RBIs in 55 games last season. He's got 22 in 19 games this season. Colabello also leads baseball with a .460 BABIP.
2.70: The amount of runs that the ERA of Kyle Gibson went up with his start Tuesday as Gibson allowed seven runs while recording nine outs raising his ERA from 0.93 to 3.63. He's simply not ready for prime-time yet folks.
10.08: The K/9 rate of Travis Wood through 25 innings. This might be the most surprising number in baseball. Over the first 97 outings of his career that number was 6.77. What we're seeing right now simply isn't sustainable. It's also not reasonable to expect him to continue along with a BB/9 rate of 1.44 which is literally half his career mark of 2.90. Sell high folks.
17.50: The K/BB ratio of Masahiro Tanaka who has 35 strikeouts and two walks through four starts. He's also sporting a 2.15 ERA and 0.82 WHIP.
37: The percentage of at-bats this season in which Ian Desmond has struck out (30 in 81 at-bats). That is not good. For his career that mark is 23 percent.
100: How old Wrigley Field is.
211: The number of strikeouts that Mike Trout is on pace for (he has 26 in 20 games). That's scary bad. His contact rate has dipped from 82 percent the first three seasons of his career down to 76 percent on the young season. He's taken only seven walks leading to a pathetic 0.27 BB/K ratio, less than half his career mark of 0.58. He's also still on pace for only 16 steals.
Hi Ray, I've got an issue in a 5x5 H to H league. I've got too many 2B and SS and no spare OF. I've also have Ortiz who I have to play in the Utility spot which takes away more flexibility. What kind of OF value should I try for to trade Ortiz. I am mediocre in all offensive categories except AVG. My 2B/SS crew is Kinsler, S. Castro, D. Murphy, C. Utley and Alexi Ramirez.
Stevie Yo - It's only been three weeks, so gotta let things settle with guys like Cain, Linecum and Kluber. I'd stick with what you have - better than the waiver stuff. Thanks for not giving me a heart attack too ;-)
14 team 5x5 roto Daily moves. Struggling with my staff. I used your draft guide, love my hitters and feel i got a lot pitchers you like. I have 13 pitchers, we start 9... 7 starters (cueto, zimmerman,Wilson, Cain, Samardzija, Lincecum, and Kluber) , 3 closers (uhara, perkins, and frieri) and 3 mid relief with upside (brothers, allen, Doolittle). I am crushing Ks but WHIP and ERA i am struggling. Do i need to change my strategy or hold the line? Should i drop any of these guys for Tyson Ross, Mike Leake, Tyler Clippard,Tyler Thornburg, Hendersen, Bass, Tazawa, O'Day, Mejia, Simon, Erlin? I figured if i called in with a question this long it might give you might have a heart attack, but i will call with a quick hitter question thursday anyhow. Keep up the good work Ray!
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
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