Beat the Shift Podcast – Starting Pitcher Preview Episode – Part I – w/ Nick Pollack

The Starting Pitcher Preview (Part I) episode of the Beat the Shift Podcast – a baseball podcast for fantasy baseball players.

Guest: Nick Pollack

What’s new at PitcherList?

  • PLV 2.0

Strategy Section

  • Pitch arsenal
    • Is it better to have one elite pitch, or a few good pitches?
    • Pitch mix changes
      • Blind spot of projections?
      • How to know when a pitcher will be more successful?
      • What to make of a pitcher throwing a new pitch?
  • Should we trust certain teams / organizations to improve pitchers?

Starting Pitchers

  • General player pool observations
  • 12-team vs. 15-team leagues
  • Which is more important – securing ratios or strikeouts?
  • Should you chase wins?
  • How much of a discount do you need for an injury concern pitcher?

ATC Undervalued Players

Injury Update


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Ariel is the 2019 FSWA Baseball Writer of the Year. Ariel is also the winner of the 2020 FSWA Baseball Article of the Year award. He is the creator of the ATC (Average Total Cost) Projection System. Ariel was ranked by FantasyPros as the #1 fantasy baseball expert in 2019. His ATC Projections were ranked as the #1 most accurate projection system over the past three years (2019-2021). Ariel also writes for CBS Sports, SportsLine, RotoBaller, and is the host of the Beat the Shift Podcast (@Beat_Shift_Pod). Ariel is a member of the inaugural Tout Wars Draft & Hold league, a member of the inaugural Mixed LABR Auction league and plays high stakes contests in the NFBC. Ariel is the 2020 Tout Wars Head to Head League Champion. Ariel Cohen is a fellow of the Casualty Actuarial Society (CAS) and the Society of Actuaries (SOA). He is a Vice President of Risk Management for a large international insurance and reinsurance company. Follow Ariel on Twitter at @ATCNY.

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