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Remember when I told you about how to tell when streaks aren’t streaks anymore? You don’t? Well, here’s the refresher course. In that piece, you’ll find a nice story about Chris Shelton, a random aside on Mike Trout and, of course, some funky math. Well folks, the time has arrived, and our first major stat threshold has been met. And that threshold is Contact%, and it stabilizes at 100 PA’s. Contact Percentage is pretty much how it sounds. It is the total percentage of contact made when swinging at all pitches. With the majority of starting batters now eclipsing the 100 PA mark, I’ll be taking a look at some movers and shakers in fantasy that have new contact skill-sets, for better or worse.

Before we get started, please note that along with Contact%, I’ll also be referring to O-Swing% (Percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone), Z–Swing% (Percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone), which stabilize at 50 PA’s. I might also mention O-Contact% and Z-Contact%, which represent the same thing, location wise, but are derived from Contact%. Also, I’ll make this format easy and simple. If you don’t want to read my breakdown of the numbers, just check out the conclusion blurb to get the short n’ sweet take. 

Norichika Aoki - So far this season, Aoki has a very pedestrian .265 batting average. That’s to be expected with an underwhelming BABIP of .263. While we don’t have a three-year sample of data, the minimum number I like to compare to, we do have nearly 600 PA’s to draw upon, which still should give us a somewhat stable sample. Some peripheral changes to note; though we haven’t reached their threshold, Aoki has improved his BB% and lowered his K% so far, which is fueling a better OBP than last season, even with a lower batting average. Its become more difficult to say that his BABIP is just a case of being unlucky though, since he’s been pounding balls to the ground at a higher clip, and his LD% (Line Drive Percentage) and FB% (Fly Ball Percentage) are at a lower clip then you want to see. But I’m not worried yet, because in 97 PA’s, his Contact% is sitting at 94.3. In 2012, it was at 88.4%. When you look closer, his O-Swing% has dropped almost 10 full percentage points, which reflects a more selective bat. Conclusion: So far, I like what I see. Aoki’s hit tool is still the same, but he’s being more selective by laying off pitches on the outside of the zone. As a result, he’s swinging at more pitches in the zone, which leads to a higher probability of contact. I would venture to say that if his BABIP normalizes, he’ll improve on his rate stats from last year, and still provide something along the lines of 10+ homeruns and 30+ steals. He’ll be a fantastic asset in most leagues, especially those that use OBP.

Matt Carpenter - Granted, it’s a little risky making conclusions on a player with only 435 MLB PA’s, but we do have minor league numbers to provide certain confirmations on what type of player Carpenter is. For instance, looking over his minor league career, we know that he can take a walk, make contact, and has a little power and a little speed. While these are simple generalizations, it does give us a feel for the player. In only 340 PA’s last season, he was able to put up a slash of 294/365/463, which is solid. So far in 2013, he’s put up a similar line of 286/355/488. But Carpenter has already reached half his home run total from 2012, and in just a third of the time. That shows up in his improved ISO, which has risen .40 points. What can be gleaned from his Contact%? Well, it’s gone up, to the tune of 7.9%. When you go deeper, there are two big changes. First, his Z-Swing% has lowered by 7.3, and his Z-Contact% has risen by 5.1. What does it mean when a player swings at fewer pitches in the zone, yet makes more contact with them? It basically means that his pitch recognition is improving. Conclusion: Yes, Carpenter is swinging at a lower amount of pitches called for strikes, but what’s telling here, is that he may not like that certain offering, whether it be a ball or strike, and he’s comfortable with that. He’ll let it go by for a strike one, two, or three. But, when he sees his pitch, he’s making more contact, and with more power. While Carpenter’s talent can be considered bland for your corner spot, he’ll be very solid at 2B when he reaches eligibility, and is a good 3/4 outfield option already.

Allen Craig - You might be thinking, ‘Oh, Allen Craig is here. That totally makes sense!’ Afterall, he’s certainly been doing a great job putting the ‘ef’ before ‘my life’. Well, if you are thinking Craig’s here because there is something wrong with his contact skills, you would be wrong. Craig is actually here for the opposite reason, in that there is no problem. Contact% last season? 83.9% This season? 85.6% Career? 82.8% Anything drastically different in his O-Swing% and Z-Swing%? A shift up of 3.6% and 2.4%, respectably. That just shows Craig is swinging at more pitches total, but only at a slightly higher clip. No danger signs there. Even his LD%, GB%, and FB% are right in line with his career numbers. Craig’s GB/FB is also right in line with what he usually does. So what’s the deal? Well, nothing really. So just hold on and wait for the Craigsplosion to happen. But don’t stand too close, since his idea of exploding could be with the bat OR his ACL. Conclusion: Move along, nothing to see here. Everything will be fine. And yes, he sucks, right now, but it’s only a matter of time before he take’s off or hits the DL. So, err, yeah, he’ll be back to normal in no time.

Ryan Howard - Yes, we all saw this coming. Not exactly a news flash that Howard is fading away as most post-30-year-old sluggers do. And while passable as a power-only guy, his approach this year might even tank that one last asset he has. His walk rate is at 3.2%, which is silly. Another bad sign, his BABIP, so far, is right in line with his career. So the .219 BA seems likely to be a year-long albatross. Last season, his O-Swing% jumped up 5 points, and based on his 2013 number, that looks like a permanent shift. And while he’s swinging at more pitches in the zone than in 2012, by 8.1%, its not offsetting the fact that Howard is missing 12.2% more swinging at pitches on the outside of the zone. Conclusion: Howard’s wild approach and degradation of his contact skill appears here to stay, and will continue to get worse as time goes on. We knew this day was coming, but at the very least, maybe you could count on 25+ homeruns during his twilight years. If he continues to swing and miss at this rate on pitches outside of the strike zone, pitchers will be happy to oblige and Howard will never see a pitch down the middle again.

Matt KempThere is something wrong with Matt Kemp. What it is? I’m not quite sure yet. The easy answer is that something is wrong with the shoulder. Or that something is wrong with his mechanics. Or it could be both. Or none. Who knows for sure? Matt Kemp and his hitting data, that’s who. And that data, so far, is disturbing. Basically, he’s swinging at fewer pitches, total, which is sort of inconclusive. But it could mean that he’s wary or hesitant at the plate, which shows up in the fact that he’s watching 7.7% more pitches go by as called strikes. What’s also been adding to his struggles is the fact that his Contact% has dropped by 5.3. But what has me most worried is that Kemp’s flyballs and homeruns are going an average distance of 257.7 feet. Last season, they went 313.3 feet, which led the league. Where does Kemp rank this season? 161st.  Conclusion: Not to sound like a broken record, but seriously bro, there is something wrong with Matt Kemp. It *could* be a lot of things. But with data showing that his power and contact skills have diminished drastically, I can only assume that his shoulder is still bothering him, or he has changed his mechanics because of the shoulder. We’d rather it be the former than the latter, as we would, most likely, see his skills return when full mobility has. But even that ETA remains a mystery. If he still continues to struggle after a few more weeks, that’s when I would start to worry.

Nate McLouth - There was once a time, in this great nation, when we first elected a Kenyan Socialist and/or Communist from Hawaii. Michael Phelps also won 59,000 Gold Medals. There were also high gas prices, a financial market meltdown, and O.J. was finally convicted of something. Do you ever feel like you could go back to 2008, and do it all over again? Well, who cares what you want, because Nate McLouth has already made his decision. And so far, he’s already eclipsed his WAR total from the last 3 years… combined. What? Totally man. He’s basically partying like its 2008, when he achieved a triple slash of 276/356/497, hit 26 homeruns, and stole 23 bases. His Contact% is up by 7.4 from last year, and 6.1 from his career. The secret? Cutting down his swings on outside pitches, to the tune of 7.7% from last season. On top of that, he’s making better contact with pitches inside the zone, 8.3% more than last year. He will regress a bit, as his LD% and FB% go back to career norms, and his BABIP stabilizes a bit more. But, for the most part, what he’s been doing can last. Conclusion: While he won’t hit .351 for the rest of the year, I’m not totally sure that regression will make him useless for the next 5 months. The power might not be what it used to be, but, according to the data, 10 homeruns and another 20 SB’s with a slash of 270/340/420 is not out of the question.

Martin Prado - While Justin Upton is busy proclaiming “How you like me now!” to Kevin Towers and his Aloha shirts, Prado is adding the salt over the wound by hitting 208/261/321 for the D’backs. Mostly known as a ‘stable’ option at the hot corner, Prado might have even been seen as an upside play this season, going to homer happy Arizona. But any semblance of the player he was supposed to be has yet to surface. What does the data say? Well, long story short, he seems to be suffering from the Allen Craig affliction. There really isn’t anything wrong with the numbers. Everything, for the most, is right in line with his career numbers. In fact, the only noticeable difference is that he’s swinging at less pitches on the outside part of the plate. 4.3% less, to be exact. Which is not a bad thing. And, like Craig, his LD%, FB%, and GB% are all right in line with his norms. Which makes this case simple. Conclusion: Prado’s woes are completely BABIP related so far. Have patience, and with some better luck, Prado will start to produce like the 15/10 guy that we know him to be.

Colby Rasmus - The secret to owning Rasmus is to always keep your expectations low. He’ll never be the player he was supposed to be, so you have to make peace with the fact that he’ll hit 20 homeruns, get 10 stolen bases with ugly rate stats. He’ll also disappear months at a time. But if you have him when he’s hot, he could carry your team two-weeks at a time. The problem with this season is that he might no longer be able to do that. Just to get this out of the way, so far, this year, he has a 41.4 K%. While that number has not stabilized yet, it’s still, nonetheless, astonishing. Like how a multi-car highway pile-up is astonishing. With the data that has stabilized, there are alarms going off on everything. His Contact% is down by 6.3. His Z-Contact% is down by 10.1. The O-Swing% is up, by 3.8. All of this is troubling. Conclusion: While Rasmus is known to be a free-swinger, it’s getting pretty redonkulous. The numbers support that Rasmus has lost any semblance of where the strike zone is or what it does, and has pretty much forgotten what to do with the bat after it leaves his shoulder. While not really a buy-low option, this cheap source of power is now totally broken.

Don’t worry folks. I shall return in about a month once the next set of stats stabilize. For Batters we’ll go over changes in K% and BB%, and for Pitchers, we’ll go over changes in K/PA and GB/FB. Until then!

  1. Ryan says:
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    What do you see from Grandal once he returns to SD? As well with the hot May hitters, would you use Matt Joyce over Dom Brown due to his career splits for the month, as well as Keppinger over Infante as an Aaron Hill replacement for the month. Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Ryan: I like Grandal, and I think 260/330/440 seems reasonable.

      And I would go Joyce Keppinger.

      • SwaggerJackers says:
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        @jaywrong: Grandal over Ruiz in an OBP league?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @SwaggerJackers: Yeah, I like Grandal more.

  2. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Great article JayWrong. I’m a fan of Carpenter and drafted him everywhere, but I have to admit I was surprised by his great start and I was starting to look at him as a sell high. I may need to reconsider that and just enjoy the ride…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: No, trade him to me! Hah.

  3. The Dredd Pirate says:
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    I loved this article maybe some more next one could throw in Rutledge, Chris Davis, McCutchen sense he is kinda struggling, Upton both I guess mainly Justin how he profiles rest of the year just a thought anyways. Also Son say the Zimmerman start @ATL isn’t that great your starting him right?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirate: I’ll keep an eye on them.

      I’m weary of the Nats right now, especially against ATL. I’m still starting him though.

      • The Dredd Pirate says:
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        @jaywrong: seperate question but guy just droped axford in my leauge I only have 2 closers worth stashing him? use waiver or wait to see if he makes it through if so?

  4. Help Me Jesus says:
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    great article! just what my confidence needed! let’s go to the bar for some tail!

    thinking about selling high on Segura; would you deal him for Rosario? currently going out there with AJ for his OBP. considering holding tight and picking up Ruiz or Martin instead though. thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Help Me Jesus: let’s go!

      If you are desperate for power… maybe. But I’m holding Segura to be honest and picking up Ruiz.

  5. John Stamos says:
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    Great article. I’ve been using these stats more for predictive purposes in my league this year, but couldn’t quite put together what it all means for certain. Thanks for the insight.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @John Stamos: np. If yoy ever have a question on anything specific, you can hit me up here or @jaywrong.

      • John Stamos says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks a lot. What are your thoughts on BJ Upton? His BABIP tells me his stats have to normalize, but his Plate Discpline stats are just plain confusing. He’s being more selective outside the zone and swinging at a tad less inside the zone, but his Contact % has dropped about 5% inside the zone (2% overall). His LD% is also down 4%, will that normalize? It doesn’t seem like pitchers are pitching him much different that usual, which is why I’m lost.

        Thanks again!

        • Jay

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          @John Stamos: Sure.

          Well, he is being pitched differently, getting more curveballs and changeups. This might be from opposing scouting, and then preying on his current struggles. He’ll have to adjust, no doubt.

          He’s also pounding more balls into the ground, which is affecting his BABIP and power, but they are drastically off from his career numbers. So some regression will happen.

          Everything about his contact is correct, but he can still rebound, but note that the rebound will be limited. He won’t hit .138 for the rest of the year, but his ceiling, ROS, will be 250/300/430 maybe. But to reach 15+ homeruns, his GB/FB will need some help. The good news is, those haven’t stabilized yet.

          • John Stamos says:
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            @jaywrong: That makes total sense. I was hoping his ROS might be better, but I can deal with that line.

            I recently swapped Nelson Cruz(sell high) for him because I have suitable outfielders for the long term, but I was basically waiting for the normalization to start for BJ, so I could capitalize on that portion of his season.

            I appreciate the insight!

  6. Chris says:
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    Howard is hitting .284.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Chris: It happens. It doesn’t change my conclusion though.

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great post, JW!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Grey: you only say that because there are no Padres. Hah!

  8. shibboleth says:
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    Gee… whillickers. (sorry)

    Do you like any of these guys better than the man who can’t defeat a Stanton-less Miami: Carter Capps, Smyly, Raburn, Gabby, Thmith, Moreland, Delmon Young, Chen.

    I feel I might need a hitter more than a pitcher…

    OPS/Solds
    c- Wieters, Ruiz
    1b- Votto
    2b- Rutledge
    3b/ci- Longoria/Moralez (Alvarez, Belt)
    ss/mi- Andrus/Segura (cozart)
    of- BJ, Markakis, Gardner, Frazier, Duda (Reimold)
    P- Moore, Morrow, Sanchez, (Garza), Cashner, Kendrick, Hughes, Gee/ Chapman, Papelbon, Romo, Axford

    • shibboleth says:
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      @shibboleth: Pardon my manners, an excellent post! Would love to see BJ Upton dissected next, literally and figuratively. If you could keep him on your radar?

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @shibboleth: I’ll keep an eye on Bossman Junior.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @shibboleth: Raburn while he’s hot.

  9. EK says:
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    Pls rank ROS for UTIL H2H pts:

    Marte
    Reynolds
    Aoki
    Frazier
    C. Crawford
    Markakis

    Thx

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @EK: Markakis, Aoki, Frazier, Crawford, Reynolds, Marte.

      I have an irrational love of Markakis.

  10. Despite some very bad news on personally rostered players, a mighty fine post, Jaywrong. Thanks!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @zombie: Well, they named me Jaywrong for some reason, so keep hope alive.

  11. Jake DuBois says:
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    Where do you go to get this data?

  12. Hooverville says:
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    Great usage of stats! Can we add Starling Marte as someone to which in this category? I feel like his contact percentage is solid, but his K-rate is bananas.

    • Hooverville says:
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      @Hooverville: watch in this category*

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Hooverville: HIs K-rate will always be bananas. There is *some* improvement though, but I’m not sure his BABIP is sustainable. He is making more contact, but its on pitches outside the zone. That is playing with fire if pitchers start adjusting.

  13. Gabe says:
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    What do you guys think?

    Arenado or reddick

    salvador perez or victor Martínez?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Gabe: Arenado if you need avg, Reddick if you need power.

      Perez.

  14. dr koko says:
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    Great article, thanks for doing the research!
    Question: is there a similar statistic for pitchers? ie. GB/FB rate, swinging miss, etc. that stabilizes with a relative low number of IP or batters faced that could be predictive of breakouts or busts? Thanks again!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @dr koko: Yup, just check out my threshold post linked at the beginning of this post. The full list is there, for both batters and pitchers.

  15. ritzer says:
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    Does anybody know what time of the day Yahoo Waivers clear?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ritzer: 300am EST

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @jaywrong: it varies, and is quite often just under an hour later than the time posted.

  16. Sean says:
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    Do you think picking up russell martin for justin morneu is a good move
    H2H 10 man league points

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Sean: at this point, yeah.

  17. Troy says:
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    Hey I can’t ask grey because he doesn’t like dickey wanted to ask jay wrong do u still feel the same way towards dickey as u did a week ago? And what do you think of this trade dickey and kinsler for hosmer Gordon and kimbrel? Guy getting kinsler and dickey needs a 2 bag bad and has chapman Perkins and valverde also has eaton coming off dl in a bit.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Troy: The MRI concerned me a bit, but it turned out to be inflammation. Based on that, I’m still a believer unless the issue gets worse.

      I feel like you are selling low on both, but if you need saves, I could see it. Who is replacing Kins at 2B?

      • Troy says:
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        @jaywrong: I’m actually getting dickey and kinsler with a outfield of pence melky de aza eaton Quentin victorino I felt comfortable dealing Gordon to get a top 2 bag when we have to start a mi player as well. Even though we have 5 ofs I feel comfortable with this. Hope u think I made right decision. Lol

        • Troy says:
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          @Troy: I also now have Dunn carter and morneau as my first basemen ( we have to start at ci as well big 12 team league.)

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Troy: Yeah, then I think you did good. Not sure why I had that in reverse.

          • Troy says:
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            @jaywrong: thanks thought I actually give to much thanks jaywrong

  18. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    “Prado will start to produce like the 15/10 guy that we know him to be.”

    Most depressing sentece currently on this site. And the reason why I couldn’t pull the trigger on Prado in my draft, even with all sexy 3B options gone. (I ended up with a Middlemachado salad with a side of Freese fries.)

    As Grey’s pointed out many times, the 1.5 HR / 2 SB montly drip of reliability is enough to drain pretend-baseball of all of its pretend-fun.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins: I like Machado and Freeze, but yeah, I know what you mean.

      But you can say the same of Choo, right? 3 HR / 3 SB monthly drip…

  19. uncdrew says:
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    First two guys are on my team (Aoki and Carpenter). I am starting them both regularly and wasn’t going to dump them, but love seeing the reassuring words. Thanks.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @uncdrew: NP, hang tight with them.

  20. El Guapo says:
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    Is Wei Yen Chen worth picking up over a guy like Milone/Cashner/Cingrani?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @El Guapo: Over Milone, yes. I’d hang with Cashner and Cingrani for now.

      Note that I’m not high on Cingrani, but I’d say keep throwing him out there until hitters figure him out, ala Collmenter.

  21. BootsyBaby says:
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    Good info –

    One nit: it is “McLouth” as in “McLousy” who I owned for too many years in ATL and PIT – but I’m not bitter. “McCloud” was a detective in the 70s – but it is Nate McLouth playing for the Orioles these days.

    Again, just a nit – keep up the good work!

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @BootsyBaby: Thanks. Unintentional typo.

    • VinWins

      VinWins says:
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      @BootsyBaby: Thanks, nice catch. It has been corrected.

  22. inertiatic says:
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    Regarding your concern for Matt Kemp, you’re definitely not alone. I’ve seen him given away in leagues by panicked owners. In my keeper league I was offered Kemp for my Jay Bruce (10tm H2H w/OBP & holds). I want to do it, but given the way he’s hitting I’m questioning the move. What say you? He’s definitely more handsome than Bruce, and if I make the move I may just lead the league in handsome.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @inertiatic: I agree that he’s handsome, but we can’t date him.

      This is a tough one. He’s broken right now, but that might not necessarily be true for the entire season. I’m playing this one safe and holding.

      Though, this might be an interesting move if you are in a rebuild mode. The keeper aspect would drive me to do this deal if I’m going to make a run after this year.

      • inertiatic says:
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        @jaywrong:
        I’m not quite sure where I am, though. I’ve finished second three years running. I’m currently sitting fourth in the standings, though that means nothing on May 1st. Every year I think I can win it, so far no luck.

        Here’s my roster, maybe it will make one or the other look better;
        C-Weiters 1B- Votto, Goldy 2B- Rutledge, Ever-Cab 3B- Wright SS- Tulo OF- Braun, Bruce, BJ Upton, C. Davis, Cuddyer, Marte (three OF spots, two Util) DL- Granderson, Didi G
        SP- Latos, Medlen, Yo-Ga, Moore, Morrow, Cingrani, Iwakuma, Cashner RP- Holland, A. Reed, Bailey, Soriano, J. Russel, Alburquerque, D. Hernandez

        Maybe I’m blinded by the big name, but I would like to have Braun & Kemp in my OF.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @inertiatic: That’s a win now team.

  23. Allof says:
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    who would you rather have a buck or pierzynski? I just dropped buck for pier but looks like I’m starting to regret itThanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Allof: Buck, until he stops the homer-parade.

  24. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Love the analysis. So often perts just spout nonsense with no real analysis, and it’s refreshing to see articles like this rather than “he’s not hitting as well, it must be because they switched from downy to tide in the laundry room!”

    Is there a point at which BABIP normalizes? I ask because that seems to have more to do with luck than some of the other numbers. Thanks

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: Yeah, but it takes around 2.5 years. A lot of it is luck, some of it is speed as well. I usually use BABIP to gauge if I should look deeper or not.

      If its higher or lower than the player’s career number, I start delving into GB/LD/FB, and if those don’t match up close to their career norms, then I know something might be wrong. But if they match pretty closely, you can usually say with confidence its the luck dragon.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Gotcha, thanks jaywrong!

  25. Dan says:
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    Nice article
    Would you do Scherzer and Fernandez for Stanton in a keeper league?

    My backups are Teheran, Milone, Bundy, Taillon, Wacha, and K. Gausman

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Dan: In a heartbeat.

      • Dan says:
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        @jaywrong:

        How about Scherzer and Zimmermann for Stanton?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Dan: Honestly, I think there’s only two or three guys I would not trade for Stanton straight up in a keeper, and they are pretty easy to figure out.

          Everything else is game.

          To answer your specific combo, in a heartbeat.

          • Dan says:
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            @jaywrong:

            Haha point taken, thanks man

            • Jay

              jaywrong says:
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              @Dan: NP.

              Obviously, if this were a redraft, the hamstring would affect it. But in a keeper league, yeah, go get him.

  26. Stantonovation says:
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    12 team mixed, miguel montero on waivers

    Worth grabbing if I have wieters already?

  27. Pope says:
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    I like Aoki as well, but I just gave him up with Iwakuma for BJ Upton. Also, I just gave Kuroda for Cain. What do you think? I feel like I bought low on two guys who will turn things around soon

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Pope: Well, I’m a believer in Iwakuma and Aoki, so I don’t really like that deal. But yes, Bossman is a buy-low, no doubt. And the fact that you fleeced Cain, more than makes up for it.

      • Pope says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks for your input. Aoki was probably my favorite late round draft pick, but I’m hoping Upton gives me Aoki-like numbers plus power (without the average obviously). Here’s to hoping these guys get back to their normal numbers

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Pope: They should. I’m especially bullish on Cain.

  28. Matt says:
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    How about De Aza? Walking less, pretty normal babip, striking out almost as much as Ike.

    Time to drop for Joyce?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Matt: Yes, there are issues with his contact% right now, but there also might be a little bad luck with his FB/LD%. But I never saw him as an upside guy. I would drop for Joyce, because at least you are getting some power then.

  29. Fister Furbush says:
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    Pick two ROS

    Andrew Bailey

    Fernando Rodney

    Houston Street

  30. c0wfunk says:
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    Really nice followup to the stat stabilization article.. I just picked up mclouth and was delighted when he hit another hr last night to make up for the 3 benched hrs I missed this week so far elsewhere..

    Did I miss the mike trout aside? Or was the mention of an aside a red herring to get the tag in there?

    • c0wfunk says:
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      @c0wfunk: don’t mind me.. Aside in the other piece. I’ll go back to melting into the couch, carry on.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @c0wfunk: Hah, if I wanted to tag it correctly, I’d just put something somthing boobs there. But yeah, you got it, I think.

      But yes, I believe in the McLouth of this year, which is shocking, to be honest. He’s been a punchline the last few years.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @jaywrong: overall I’ve been pretty happy with him for a third pick, assuming there is more to come. One week he showed flashes of brilliance.. Add a triple and another hr this afternoon. Id like to see a few more sb but it doesn’t seem he hits that many singles and in front of Albert maybe there’s incentive to stay put and expect a first to third, score from first, speed can work in a few ways to build runs.

        Funny when giancarlo fell to me at 22nd pick I was thrilled, he seemed like a much surer bet than Harper who was taken just before my third pick. Still much time for the tables to turn, though and after all that I’m in third place.. Thanks again for the analysis I look forward to more in this series, really nicely done.

      • c0wfunk says:
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        @jaywrong: imagine this post came after the response below. Sheesh.

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @c0wfunk: No worries. Yeah, you did nothing wrong there. Can never predict injuries.

  31. c0wfunk says:
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    Considering trout, though.. His o-swing is up 4% near where it was in 2011 (135 pa to a tune of .220 ba).. And z-swing is down 4%.. Making an overall swing % stable at 40% and producing a contact rate down 4%.. Other noticeables compared to last year: GB rate up, less fb, and he’s seeing considerably less fastballs.. To me it seems he’s a bit anxious, and he’s being treated more cautiously. It is to be seen how he adjusts moving forward. What do you make of it?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @c0wfunk: Well, he’s obviously not going to be as good as last year.

      Shifts up to 5% are meaningful, but with a player like Trout, who is already elite, the effects might not change the dynamic as much. Your readings are accurate. The easy answer is yes, adjustments are happening, He’s seeing more sliders and changeups, in particular.

      So let’s see how he handles it, but I’m less worried because his K/9 and BB/9 are stable, along with his LD%.

  32. BigRedLatrine says:
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    jaywrong dear boy

    12 team 5×5 keeper league.

    would you rather pick up joyce or arcia right now?

  33. J Money says:
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    While I enjoy this site as a whole, I just wanted to comment to tell you that I really enjoy your posts. I like the way you break down players analytically. Also gifs.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @J Money: Haha, the answer is always GIFs! Thanks man.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @J Money: BTW, as a teaser, I made my first Breaking Bad GIF for tomorrows Bear/Bull post. I’m excited.

      • J Money says:
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        @jaywrong: :D!

  34. Fratstar says:
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    Some guy just dropped Melky Cabrera to waivers…would you put a claim on him? I have the third claim, and don’t want to waste it for no reason

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fratstar: Yes. LD/GB/FB rates all career average, just some bad luck. I think he’ll turn it around soon.

  35. Michael says:
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    Would you trade cingrani for Carlos Ruiz straight up? My catcher is Gattis, and my other starters are Samardzija, Strasburg, Josh Johnson, Dickey, Ogando, Burnett and Maholm. I’m not doin too hot in HR’s, but I’m not doin well in ERA or WHIP either.

    • Jay

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      @Michael: Yeh, though you might be able to get another piece since you’re selling high.

      I’m not convinced that Cingrani is legit, so I would sell while he’s at his highest value.

  36. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Variations of what I have and what is on the wire are available in a number of my leagues …

    C – Victor Martinez, Salvador Perez, Lucroy in that order for RoS?
    1B – Konerko, LaRoche, Hosmer in the order for RoS?
    OF – De Aza, Aoki, Werth in the order for RoS?

    SP – Halladay, Morrow, Ian Kennedy, Homer Bailey, Josh Johnson in that order for RoS?

    Where would Colby Lewis and Beachy fit into the SPs when they come back?

    Thanks!

    Mike.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: c- ugh… Perez, vmart, lucroy
      1B- Konerko, LaRoche, Hosmer
      OF- Aoki, Werth, Aza

      Doc, Bailey, Morrow, Kennedy, Johnson, Colby, Beachy.

      • Mike says:
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        @jaywrong: Thanks! Mike.

  37. James says:
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    Drop josh Donaldson, Werth , Brandon moss, Ike Davis , or tommy Milone

    In order to pick up Aoki…

    Can you rank the above guys in order of least valuable compared to Aoki?!

    Thank you

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @James: I’d prolly drop Werth for him. Unless your pitching is fine, then Milone.

      • James says:
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        @jaywrong:

        Thank you for your advice!

  38. gareth says:
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    Would these be upgrades over reddick and estrada:

    Morales, jaime garcia, maholm, loshe, ogando, hudson, cahill, laroche, dunn.

    They are free agents in my league. Reddick is frustrating me, and estrada is too homer prone.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @gareth:

      Reddick – All of them except Dunn,
      Estrada- Garcia, Cahill

  39. gareth says:
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    Would these be upgrades over reddick and estrada:

    Morales, jaime garcia, maholm, loshe, ogando, hudson, cahill, laroche, dunn.

    They are free agents in my league. Reddick is frustrating me, and estrada is too homer prone.

  40. Shane says:
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    Lowrie and Haren for Morrow?

    I have Hanley at SS, he has Peralta at SS with Jeter on DL and I have Chacin coming back from DL.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Shane: Its okay, but I feel like Lowrie should net slightly more at this point.

  41. D'naurdoubt says:
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    I like Aoki too, would you drop Markakis or Sal Perez for him (I have V-mart)?

    Thanks

  42. papasmurf says:
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    Do foul balls count as contact as well?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @papasmurf: as far as I know, yes.

  43. Clint says:
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    Great piece Jay. The Dave Ramsey nerd in me’s starting to enjoy the stats side of baseball than I ever did before thanks in part to your writing.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Clint: thanks. I was just telling vinwins the other day, if I can get just one person to think outside of the box, I’ve done my job.

  44. Charlie says:
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    I’m in a 10 team, 6×5 (including obp) league. I just traded Matt Carpenter for Prado straight up. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Charlie: I think you did fine.

  45. Charlie says:
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    Thanks. I think Prado, once his BABIP stabalizes, will probably put up the same amount of runs as Carpenter and roughly the same opb but will give me more hrs, more rbis, more steals, and a little better average. All in all, a slight up tick in production than Carpenter.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Charlie: I would agree with that.

  46. Rags says:
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    My team has Craig, Prado, BJ Upton and Rickie Weeks. It’s been a frustrating start of the season. Glad to hear at least two of them should be ok.

    Any thoughts on the other two? I’m 8th out of 11 in the league in OBP (we use instead of AVG), but in second place overall, so should I feel ok about my hitting?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Rags: I never mess with a weeks brother. BJ has been a popular topic in the comment section. I would expect some regression, yes. But he is still a 250/300/430 true talent level.

  47. Fish says:
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    I love this series… or should I say, I hope you make this a series when looking at these particular stats. Keep it up; it’s highly informative.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Fish: Yeah, for this season, I plan on making posts when we reach thresholds. The interest by you guys has blown me away, so I might try to expand this feature next season.

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