Raising Arizona Base Ball

Sorry it’s been so long. This time of the year is when fantasy freaks don’t return your phone calls — they’re drafting dude, drafting. Pretty much non stop.

When not drafting (and, really, with slow e-mail drafts I’m *always* drafting), I managed to write some pieces.

I thought the Dodgers were crazy to start Hanley Ramirez at shortstop and an actual shortstop (Luis Cruz) at third base. But when I looked into the defensive numbers, it wasn’t actually so crazy. It kind of works, and it has the ancillary benefit of coddling their malcontent star, to put it cynically.

After talking to Sergio Romo and finding out he idolized Greg Maddux, I went into the numbers and actually found similarities between the Giants’ reliever and the Braves’ Hall of Fame starter. At least I now know why Romo doesn’t have platoon splits — his arsenal is better described as sinker/slider than fastball/slider, and the former can neutralize opposite-handed batters, while the latter has platoon problems.

The Mariners are hitting the tar out of the ball (is there tar in a baseball somewhere?). They’ve bought some new players that have some power. Their fences are coming in. I still don’t quite believe their power surge is going to head North with them.

I had a little fun with the fact that the Mets released a cap that is to be used for postgame interviews. Really. What’s next?

We redesigned the fantasy page at FanGraphs, and now you have all sorts of goodies sitting right there at www.fangraphs.com/fantasy. Our rankings came out and I gathered them all in one place for you. Our depth charts are almost finished, and they are in one place. Hopefully this is a big step towards making FanGraphs a premier fantasy baseball site.

On the fantasy tip, I also wrote this light, easy, all-in-one fantasy baseball draft kit for Sports on Earth. If you don’t want to read hours and hours of fantasy baseball, this could be the kit for you. I also recapped relevant research on hitting the edge of the strike zone, and using strikeouts *minus* walks instead of divided by.

This week it’s Arizona again, hopefully with some player interviews.

About enosarris

I write. About baseball, mostly, but also about the anthropology of sports, travel, cooking and sometimes music. But yeah, baseball mostly.
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