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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 884 – Springer to TOR; Top 10 SPs

1/21/21

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Paul Sporer Baseball Chat – 1/20/21

Transcript is now available!

2:03

Paul Sporer: OK sorry about that, had some technical issues, think we’re good to go

2:07

Greg: What do you think about Dustin May this year? Is he locked into a rotation spot?

2:10

Paul Sporer: He’s got one right now, but normal Dodger shenanigans plus the short 2-mo. season tells me he won’t necessarily get 30+ starts. I’d tab him closer to 23-25.

2:10

Ryan: Are you on the Zac Plesac hype train?

2:11

Paul Sporer: I feel pretty good about him. I wrote some things about him here: https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/2020-fastball-usage-decliners/ I’m not sure I’m going top 20 all the time, but I’m not too far off

2:11

Nick Burkett: I love all the SP’s the Marlins are rolling out, tell me I’m crazy.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 883 – Padres Strike Again; Yankees Active

1/19/21

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 882 – Interesting Steamer Projections

1/15/21

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2021 STEAMER GEMS

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 881 – Outfield Pt. 6 | Deeeep Favorites

1/14/21

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2020 Fastball Usage Decliners

The biggest trend in pitching right now is moving away from the fastball. With another 2-point drop, fastballs account for just half the pitches thrown, down from 64% back in 2002 when we started keeping the data. It slowly trickled down to 58% by 2011 and held there for five years before the current downturn that has seen at least a 1-point drop every year since 2016.

We are going to look at the pitchers with the biggest drops in usage and see what’s going on and how well it served them. Looking at 131 pitchers from 2020, just one pitcher added 10 points to his usage (Nick Margevicius 64%) while a whopping 24 shaved 10 points off from their previous season (some missed 2019 so I compared to their 2018). Six came from the Pirates (Joe Musgrove, Chad Kuhl, Derek Holland, Trevor Williams, Steven Brault, and Chris Stratton) as the departure of pitching coach Ray Searage seemed to foster a change away from heaters.

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 880 – Hendriks and Schwarber Sign; Outfield Pt. 5

1/12/20

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 879 – Lindor Dealt/Outfield Pt. 4

1/7/20

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 878 – Outfield Pt. 3

1/5/20

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2021 OUTFIELD, PT. 3

  • Prospect OFs: Dylan Carlson 139, Ryan Mountcastle 142, Daulton Varsho 155
  • Better Bay Area Buy: Mike Yastrzemski 141, Ramon Laureano 142
  • Power Studs: Jorge Soler 143, Joey Gallo 167
  • These 3 Are Unrelated: Anthony Santander 155, Michael Brantley 159, Ian Happ 160
  • Speedsters: Victor Robles 160, Victor Reyes 187, Leody Taveras 19

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The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 877 – San Diego Trade Fest

12/29/20

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