Ground Balls, Fly Balls, Strikeouts and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Ground Balls, Fly Balls, Strikeouts and Daily Fantasy Baseball
Keep the ball on the ground, and it stays in the park. So goes the mantra for pitchers as they advance in the ranks. And we know that a good ground-ball rate leads to a small home-run rate, so put a notch in the belt for the worm burners. They’ll avoid the big blast at ...

Streakiness, Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Streakiness, Volatility and Daily Fantasy Baseball
The word follows some high-profile players around: Streaky. Most often, sabermetrically-inclined analysts poo-poo the idea that streakiness exists. You can’t use a player’s past week to predict their next day, they say. Yes, but. That’s not the whole story. There are volatile players. These players do go into poor periods. Look at any player’s monthly ...

Lucas Duda, Ground Balls, Power, and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Lucas Duda, Ground Balls, Power, and Daily Fantasy Baseball
Fly balls mean power. That makes sense intuitively, right? Can’t hit em out until you can hit em up. The average batting line on a fly ball is .213/.208/.554. On a ground ball, those numbers drop to .234/.234/.253. Or, another way to say it is, somewhere around zero percent of ground balls leave the park, ...

Platoon Splits on Pitches and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Platoon Splits on Pitches and Daily Fantasy Baseball
We took Platoon Splits 101 a few weeks back, and we learned how to effectively mix and match our lefties and righties in our FanDuel lineups. Now it’s time for Platoon Splits 201. Because not only do batters and pitchers have platoon splits… but so do pitches. Yup, each type of pitch has unique movement ...

Velocity and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Velocity and Daily Fantasy Baseball
Google ‘velocity and baseball’ and you might get something that looks like your spam folder. “Increase your velocity!” “Velocity mechanics workshop!” “How to get more velocity on your fastball!” So, yeah, velocity is important. (But so is the motion of the ocean?) It’s not like you it’s the only thing you need to pitch well ...

Park Factors and Daily Fantasy Baseball

Park Factors and Daily Fantasy Baseball
Listen to almost any television broadcast for your favorite team and you’ll hear it at least once. This guy loves playing here! Must be in the water! Check out his five hits in ten at-bats here! For example, you might have heard that┬áVladimir Guerrero absolutely loves Seattle. Obviously, the performance of a player in a ...

The Correct Platoon Split to Use For Fantasy Baseball

The Correct Platoon Split to Use For Fantasy Baseball
You’re setting up your FanDuel lineup. You’ve been watching the Rangers and you love the way Mitch Moreland is so solid in his approach at the plate. You’re giddy that he’s $1100 cheaper than the most expensive first baseman. Your finger is hovering over his name when you decide to check the opposing starter. Oh ...