It’s halfway through the season so it’s time to share how well (or poorly) we’re doing in our various fantasy baseball expert leagues.  Rather than rehash good/bad draft picks (you can see that in our last update), I’ve just noted what place we’re in, who’s in 1st/last, a twittersque summary of how each team is doing, and then, to show we’re good sports, some praise (and unintentional jinxing) to the current 1st place teams.

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Welcome to the 1st annual Razzball All-Star squads!  These squads disregard any selections made by fans, Tony LaRussa, and Ron Washington as their focus is skewed towards a player’s value to their actual employer vs. potential 2012 fantasy baseball teams.

We’ve got four All-Star squads – all leveraging the $ estimates in our Player Rater.  

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We have a winner….and it’s Ankur Pandya (aka SalaChor) with 195 points.  Ankur didn’t have any of the top 4 players (Brandon Moss, Trevor Plouffe, Pedro Alvarez, Brandon Phillips) but lucky for him, the 1.5% of those that picked one of these 4 didn’t otherwise pick  particularly well.

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For the ‘season to date’ Fantasy Baseball Player Rater (everything except the ‘Last 7 day’ and ‘Last 20 day’), I’ve made a methodology change that improves the Point Share accuracy of AVG, ERA, and WHIP.

As some of you may know, creating Point Shares requires that I create a ‘rostered universe’ for each league format – e.g., I think these 18 2nd basemen would be rostered in a 12-team mixed league.  

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There is nothing better in life than giving away stuff that people want and not having to foot the bill. There’s a reason why Robin Hood stole from the rich or why Oprah got so excited when she gave her whole audience new cars (on the automaker’s dime).

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We just passed the 1/4 mark of the season so we’re long overdue to provide a mildly interesting roundup of our ‘expert’ league teams.  It’s been a mixed bag so far.  We’ve struggled in our expert mixed leagues (LABR, Y! Friends & Family) and, at this point, are playing for pride.  

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We’ve added two new data grids to our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater to help you identify streaking hitters/pitchers (streaking in the non-Ferrellian sense):

Hot Hitters:  This has hitting stats for the past 20 days of all hitters with 1+ AB. 

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia went fickin’ deep twice in the Red Sox win.  That’s 4 HRs on the year.  Where the fick did that #*?& come from?  Well, he did have 16 HRs in only 386 ABs last year so it shouldn’t be that much of a g***d*mn surprise.  

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The answer to the pregunta, “Que es CarGo?” no longer requires an obligatory snail reference as he ended his 15 game homerless streak to start 2012 with 2 HRs against the Pirates, going 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs. He’s never going to hit .336 again like he did in 2010 (doubt he’ll ever hit .300 with his K-rate) but he is one of the few players that has legitimate 30 HR/20 SB potential.

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With great pride and bland post titling, I’d like to announce a Beta release of our fantasy baseball in-season player rater as well as two charts that highlight the differences between pitcher FIP vs. ERA and batter BABIP vs. AVG.

The player rater work is an adaptation of the Point Shares methodology I’ve used the last couple of years for pre-season and post-season player estimates.  

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