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Monday, June 29, 2009
Our own Alex Zelvin recently opened up the doors to a website called Daily Baseball Data, which has some cool tools for fantasy players to use. Over the weekend, he unveiled a new feature called Bullpen Usage Reports. As fantasy owners are constantly trying to gauge bullpen situations, this tool should become very useful. If you haven't yet, check it out.
Posted by Derek Carty at 2:52pm
CitiField will make for an incredibly interesting case study at the end of the season. During the preseason, while some said it would play as a hitter's park, the raw data seemed to suggest that it would play as an extreme pitcher's park. ESPN's Tristan Cockcroft recently discussed the situation to this point in the season using data from our good friend Greg Rybarczyk of HitTracker. Tristan noted that Citi has robbed hitters of 36 balls that would have been homers in Shea Stadium.
Earlier today, however, our own Dave Studeman noted that the Mets have actually hit more homers at home this year, giving it a very simple home run park factor of 1.12 — meaning that it inflates home run totals. Accounting for the robbed balls, the park factor for Shea this year would be an insane 1.74. Shea usually played as a pitcher's park, so something is amiss here. I don't have much to contribute to the discussion at the moment, but I think this is very noteworthy and worth bringing to everyone's attention.
The moral of the story: don't jump to conclusions about Citi just yet. My guess is that it will eventually be declared a pitcher's park, and what we're seeing now will be some sample size shenanigans, but we really can't say anything for sure yet.
Posted by Derek Carty at 2:38pm
As I'm sure you've heard, Mark DeRosa has been traded to the Cardinals for Chris Perez and a PTBNL. I discussed bidding on him in NL-only leagues earlier today, and I believe Paul Singman is putting together an article tomorrow to discuss the trade in more detail. Quickly though, it seems that both players will receive a boost in value. DeRosa is moving to the friendlier National League (albeit in a little tougher park for home runs) and will be batting cleanup for a very good team (he's sandwiched between Albert Pujols and Ryan Ludwick).
Chris Perez probably becomes next-in-line for saves in Cleveland, where incumbent Kerry Wood hasn't been very good at all. Rafael Betancourt will be in the mix when he returns from injury, but that is still probably a few weeks away. Unfortunately, the tougher set of batters Perez will face and his inability to harness his control could take him out of the saves picture soon. He doesn't look like a great short-term bet, but he should be owned in AL-only leagues anyway — at least for now.
Posted by Derek Carty at 2:30pm
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