Category:Fantasy Baseball
Posted on: February 24, 2009 10:16 am

Questions about standard scoring

We have changed the standards for's single games in Fantasy Baseball. The reason was the previous scoring system and roster requirements were a little outdated and I wanted to have Head-to-Head leagues penalize strikeouts and reward 1 point per inning, taking away points for hits and walks allowed.

To see our new standards, which we also use as a basis for our analyst mock drafts, click here:'s new standard scoring and roster requirements.


Posted on: February 19, 2009 5:46 pm

Orioles workouts, Thursday, Feb. 19

-- It was the first full day of workouts.

-- Brian Roberts neared a four-year deal, which could be announced Friday.

-- The following hitters got ovations for their power display in coach-pitch BP: Nick Markakis, Aubrey Huff, Adam Jones, Melvin Mora and Luke Scott.

-- Scott was particularly impressive, while Jones was generating the loudest "thwack" with the bat. 

Jones is a big, strong man with some real nice potential. In fact, watching his BP session from the visiting dugout, I immediately when into my projections spreadsheet to upgrade him to 16 homers and 12 steals. That raised him from a $1 guy to a $2 guy in mixed leagues and from $2 to $5 in AL-only.

What made me upgrade his steals? Well, an Orioles beat writer sitting next to me said Jones could hit 25 homers "sooner rather than later," maybe even this year. I talked him out of crazy, but he said 20-20 is possible. The O's will run more and Jones figures to be one of the everyday guys that is asked to.

Jones wasn't allowed to showcase himself Thursday, though. The BP pitcher told him to not stand and watch a moonshot that generated oohs and ahhs from the crowd. Jones responded, "I didn't; I came right over here," saying he walked right out of the box and stood outside the cage. I didn't see him posterize, but it is very curious Jones was the only one the coach got on for being homer happy. Markakis, Huff, Mora and Scott were allowed to enjoy their homers with fans, doffing their caps. Jones didn't partake in that, but the chears for him were as loud as the stingers he was crushing.

-- The potential opening day lineup for the Orioles

  1. 2B Brian Roberts
  2. CF Adam Jones
  3. RF Nick Markakis
  4. 1B Aubrey Huff
  5. 3B Melvin Mora
  6. DH Luke Scott
  7. C Gregg Zaun ... or, just maybe, Matt Wieters
  8. LF Felix Pie (not here yet due to visa issues) ... or maybe Ryan P. Freel or Ty Wigginton
  9. SS Cesar Izturis


  • Wigginton, still expected to get 400 at-bats
  • Freel, should get 350 at-bats
  • Chris Gomez, might not make it if Freel can play SS
  • Chad Moeller ... won't make it if Wieters does


  1. Jeremy Guthrie
  2. Koji Uehara
  3. Rich Hill
  4. TBD
  5. TBD


  • George Sherrill
  • Chris Ray
  • Jim R. Johnson
  • Jamie Walker
  • Dennis Sarfate
  • TBD
  • TBD

It will be interesting to see how Wiggy and Freel fit in this spring. Also, the battle for the back end of the rotation can get real interesting if one of the elite prospects steps forward.

Posted on: February 19, 2009 5:24 pm

Orioles workouts, Wednesday, Feb. 18

-- The Orioles won't play an intrasquad game this year, but they will play WBC team Italy at noon Tuesday, Feb. 24 in a "friendly." That should beat watching an intrasquad game anyway.

-- Manager Dave Trembley said Koji Uehara threw a lengthy bullpen session, something the Japanese imports are accustomed to. They are used to throwing a lot more on their offdays than American pitchers. It caused Dice-K Matsuzaka to wear down in Year 1, so if you are taking a flier on the 33-year-old Uehara, you might consider dealing him midseason.

-- Trembley has been impressed with Uehara thus far in camp. He was also impressed with back-end rotation candidate Brad Hennessey, who he said had command and movement.

-- George Sherrill (hamstring cramps) and Mark Hendrickson (chronic hip issues from his basketball days) are being brought along more slowly than the other pitching veterans in camp. It shouldn't keep them from competing for the closer's and No. 5 starter's jobs.

-- Matt Wieters was real, real impressive in the batter's box, hitting screaming gap shots in his first five swings. He also took his sixth swing for an opposite field homer. That is a big man with a great swing, especially from the left side. Look out.

-- Wieters wasn't as impressive from the right side, although he did homer from that side, too, during coach-pitch BP.

-- Gregg Zaun was not impressive in BP ... it is real night and day when those two alternate in the cage.


Posted on: February 19, 2009 5:14 pm

John Dewan's Stat of the Week

The latest John Dewan's Stat of the Week, reprinted with permission:

How often does a leadoff man come up with no one on base?

February 19, 2009

How often does a leadoff man come up with no one on base? 67% of the time. Or conversely, 33% of the time with at least one man on base. Overall, MLB hitters come up with at least one man on base about 45% of the time. Here's the breakdown by lineup position:

Order Slot  Percentage of Time
At Least One Man on Base 
1  33% 
2  43 
3  48 
4  50 
5  48 
6  46 
7  46 
8  46 
9  45 

In the forthcoming Bill James Gold Mine 2009, we take the Florida Marlins' star shortstop, Hanley Ramirez, and ask how many runs he would have driven in last year if he hadn’t been hitting leadoff.

The answer? About 112. The number of runs a player can be expected to drive in can be estimated by dividing his total bases by four, and adding his home runs. The majority of major league regulars last year were within 10% of the RBI estimated by that formula, and more than 80% were within 20%.

Hanley was the majors' #1 “RBI under-achiever”, by far, driving in 67 against an expectation of 112.5 (-45.5). No other major league player was off his estimate, high or low, by more than 31 runs.

Ramirez had over 400 at-bats with the bases empty.

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