Posts Tagged ‘Washington Nationals’

The Baseball Show with No Name will air at 7:00 PM with me & @JoelHenard & guests @Brandon_Warne @FigureFilbert

The Baseball Show with No Name will air at 7:00 PM with me & Joel Henard & guests Brandon Warne and Jonathan Mitchell: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/05/07/baseball-daily-digest-radio-with-joel-henard-and-albert-lang.

We’ll talk Mariano Rivera, Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, Jason Heyward, Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Hanley Ramirez, Heath Bell, Tampa Bay Rays, Jemile Weeks, Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer, Robin Ventura, Adam Dunn, Kansas City Royals, Francisco Liriano, Alcides Escobar, Brett Lawrie, Kyle Seager, Adam Lind, Huroki Kuroda, Felix Hernandez, roto, fantasy baseball and much more.

Edwin Jackson, Seizing that Potential: 2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper for @FP911

Edwin Jackson, Seizing that Potential: 2012 Fantasy Baseball Sleeper for Fantasy Pros 911: http://fp911.com/edwin-jackson-seizing-that-potential-2012-fantasy-baseball-sleeper/. A look at the fantasy baseball and roto sleeper status of Washington Nationals pitcher Edwin Jackson.

Nat Pack: Washington’s Rotation Full of Fantasy Baseball Value for @FP911

Nat Pack: Washington’s Rotation Full of Fantasy Baseball Value for FantasyPros911 (http://fp911.com/nat-pack-washingtons-rotation-full-of-fantasy-baseball-value/). A detailed look at the 4.5 starting pitchers for the Washington Nationals and their fantasy baseball and roto value.

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang from 1.16

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang 01/16 by JoelHenard | Blog Talk Radio.

We talked the big Yankees and Mariners trade, Jesus Montero, Michael Pineda, Hector Noesi, Jose Campos, Yoenis Cespedes, Cleveland Indians, Ryan Madson, the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Prince Fielder, Washington Nationals, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Buster Posey, Neftali Feliz, Colby Rasmus, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Greene, Kerry Wood, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, Drew Stubbs, Ian Stewart, fantasy baseball, and roto.

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang will air at 7:00 ET

Baseball Daily Digest Radio with Joel Henard and Albert Lang at 7:00 ET. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thefantasyinsiders/2012/01/17/baseball-daily-digest-radio-with-joel-henard-and-albert-lang.

We’ll talk the big Yankees and Mariners trade, Jesus Montero, Michael Pineda, Hector Noesi, Jose Campos, Yoenis Cespedes, Cleveland Indians, Ryan Madson, the Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers, Prince Fielder, Washington Nationals, Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, Buster Posey, Neftali Feliz, Colby Rasmus, Yu Darvish, Daniel Descalso, Tyler Greene, Kerry Wood, Johan Santana, Johnny Damon, Drew Stubbs, Ian Stewart, fantasy baseball, and roto.

Check You Out on the Flip Side: Jason Marquis

A stathead…er…An untrained observer with a working knowledge of the National League for the last eight years who stumbled upon the back of this card would likely assume that some combination of Roy Oswalt, Brandon Webb, Jake Peavy, Carlos Zambrano and Aaron Harang would fit the bill as the top starters in the National League from 2004-2009.

Not so fast! Marquis and his 9.5 WAR (Fangraphs) but amazing winability (80 Ws) is clearly involved, as noted by this fine 2010 Topps card.

Never mind that his 4.9 K/9 rate was the fifth lowest among starters with significant innings from that era (it was worse than Woody Williams, Kris Benson, Cory Lidle, Dave Bush, and many others). In addition, his ERA (4.49) was similarly amongst the worse, as were his FIP (4.84, which only bested Jeff Suppan) and xFIP (4.68). Like Jack Morris (who I revere), Marquis just pitched to the score. Right…

While that’s a lot of negativity, we can say that Marquis was durable (and averageish). He threw 1,177.1 IPs during that stretch, the fourth most behind Oswalt, Harang and Zambrano. Of course, that took its tool as he started the 2010 season late and struggled to win just two games. Apparently, it’s hard to pitch to the score when the Nationals are involved.

He pitched better on the surface in 2011, good enough to look like an innings eater to the Diamondbacks. Unfortunately, shortly after he was traded to Arizona, he broke his fibula and missed the rest of the year.

Regardless, Marquis has come a long way from Staten Island and the Little League World Series. In case you don’t remember, Marquis was on the third-place little league squad in 1991. He even beat Chad Pennington.

Pitching and winning must have seemed real easy in little league. It probably seemed harder but not impossible from 2004-2009. I imagine wining seems a lot more difficult now after struggling with losing teams and injuries.

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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Tim Burke

Tim Burke backTim BurkeHopefully you, my dear reader, also experience much enjoyment from reading. Otherwise, what the heck are you doing here!?!?

But in all lack of seriousness, the phrasing on this card just cracks me up.

Why not say Tim enjoys reading or Tim likes to read – not Tim experiences much enjoyment from reading.

Furthermore, what kind of literature does Tim experience the most enjoyment from? Is it adult novels? Travel guides? Sports Illustrated?

What else did Tim derive much enjoyment from? Well his bullpen-mates not allowing the runners he put on base to score. Tim might go down as benefiting from one of the best career strand rates in baseball history. For his career, he had a 77.1 left on base percentage. In four of his first five seasons, that rate was over 80%. Typically strand rates range from 70 – 72 percent.

That is how someone who finished his career with a 2.72 ERA could have a 3.46 FIP.

This is why baseball fans need to derive much enjoyment from reading nowadays. To the untrained observer, Burke, with a 2.72 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, would seem to be a pretty good pitcher; when, in reality, he was an above average pitcher who had a little help along the way. Still, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Hey, he did pitch the ninth most games (78) by a rookie (tied with Brad Lidge, Ricky Stone, and Ed Vande Berg).

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For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.

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