Happy belated New Year! This is supposedly the only time that baseball writers get to take a breather, but fantasy heads know that it’s really only time to work on rankings and annuals and get ready for the new season. That’s why I’m knee-deep in player capsules for FanGraphs+, our premium service at FanGraphs, which also has a fantasy annual included. So. Many. Player. Caps.
The National League will have to play interleague games all year instead of during a three-week stretch in June. This has roster implications, as they’ll need to find a designated hitter from time to time. I looked at past strategies and found a few that won’t work any more — but two that will probably be used by most teams.
There’s a cat-and-mouse game that happens on the first pitch. Pitchers want the pitch as a strike because that dramatically reduces the chance of a walk. Hitters want to take the pitch as a ball, and are often told to be patient. But as more first pitches are strikes, hitters should be swinging at those pitches more… not less. So something is not quite right with the first-pitch approach in baseball right now.
I found photographer baseball cards. Seriously.