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AK27 Finally Hits His Mark

Does anybody remember that night when Ottawa Senator Alex Kovalev scored four goals and five points this season? Seems like ages ago, doesn’t it? Now, how about that stretch of 12 games following the Olympics, during which he was held pointless and accrued a +/- rating of -10? Following his game-winning goal against the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night, that too may seem like a distant memory, care of Kovalev's uncanny ability to leverage his very few notable performances into an undeserved reputation of being a top-line player in today's National Hockey League.

The Importance of Being Manu

Manu Ginobil has made a career of performing efficiently under the radar, and he's doing it again this season.

The Value of Relief Pitchers for ERA, WHIP, Ks and Wins

Bloomberg Sports' Eriq Gardner recently wrote a column entitled True Value of Great Relievers where he shows that the difference between Jonathan Papelbon (38 saves) and Fernando Rodney (37) in ERA and WHIP last year was great than the one between Wandy Rodriguez (3.02 ERA) and Jon Garland (4.02).

What to do with Turkoglu?

The Raptors can't afford to have another high-priced player go AWOL

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

Cactus League Venues-Baseball In Paradise

Cactus League venues in Phoenix are special places. Diehard fans come to shower their favorite team and favorite players with love. And money.

AL Tout Squad

This past Friday evening over in Flushing, NY at Citifield AL Tout Wars 2010 was held.  This is my tenth season in Tout Wars, but it was my first time in the AL after 9 seasons over in the NL. Tout Wars plays like a local league. We all know each other rather well and despite the fact that I have never played in the AL, I have played against most of the competitors over the years, so it was easy to slide right in and have a good time.

National League West Preview

Predicting the NL West

My World Championship of Fantasy Baseball Debut

As the company finance geek, I thought I was sent to the initial World Championship of Fantasy Baseball to make sure content guru Derek VanRiper didn’t bet the company’s travel budget on red. I quickly found out that not only is Derek a great guy to hit the road with, but a good partnership helps with all the goings on at a high stakes event ...

RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today Begins Monday

Chris Liss and I make our triumphant return to Sirius/XM on a daily basis on Monday, with the debut of RotoWire Fantasy Sports Today. The show premieres on Monday from 11-2 ET (8a-11a PT), on Sirius 125 / XM 241.

RotoWire's NL Tout Wars Team

Just got back from CitiField where Tout was held this year. Erickson did the AL, while I did the NL one. The live blog from the NL is here. Here's my team (13-team NL only 5 x 5).

Toronto's (Too) Late Resurgence Becoming an Annual Affair in NHL

Ever since the first post-lockout season, when the Maple Leafs missed the playoffs for the first time in the new millennium (which of course signaled the apocalypse), the Leafs have seemingly made an annual tradition of sucking for the first five months of the regular season before starting to play like a bona-fide National Hockey League team. This year is no different, with the team going 8-2 over its last 10 games.

Wall or Turner?

John Wall is expected to be the top pick in the next NBA draft, though Evan Turner has become a popular dark-horse candidate for "best-player-in-draft" status.  Who you got?

March Madness is Maddening

This Kentucky-West Virginia game just is awful. It's a waste of time, at least so far. West Virginia shot 33.6 percent from three-point range this season and came into today's East Region Final hitting 28.9 percent in the Tournament. Yet, with 16:31 to go in the second half, the Mountaineers are shooting nearly 60 percent from long-range. SIXTY PERCENT! They have 10 three-pointers! And one two-pointer! They've made one two-point basket the whole game! And they're winning the game!

I hate games like this. There is no way anyone -- anyone -- could have predicted this. Kentucky isn't even playing poor defense. It's not like West Virginia has totally open looks. They're just drilling everything even when covered. Games like this distort the whole thing.

Baseball Draft Software Tips

If you're not using the RotoWire Fantasy Baseball Draft Software, this is the year. It's become the tool all of the RotoWire staff members use during drafts - especially in keeper leagues where you can quickly figure out who's available, who has money left to spend and what the estimated inflation will be for players.

Here are some tips on new features we added this year and some overall pointers for those who've used it before.

No Jail Time for Arenas

Keeper leaguers take note: Arenas could be eligible for the start of next season

AL Tout Live Blog

We're doing Tout Wars at Citi Field this year, and the AL Tout Auction just started at 4:00 ET. I'm going to try to live blog the events.

ADP: Seasons of Change

I was flipping through Ron Shandler's Baseball Forecaster on a flight to Los Angeles on Wednesday and there was a particular table that caught my eye on page 5. The table included the top 276 players based on Average Draft Position (from Mock Draft Central) from Opening Day last season and also whether or not each player missed time due to injury, suspension, or demotion at any point in 2009. That data in and of itself is pretty interesting, especially as the number of DL days (also covered in the Forecaster) continues to rise and playing time is spread out over an increasingly large player pool.

American League East Preview

Predicting the AL East

Spring Updates: Igarashi, Takahashi

An early look at how Mets imports Ryota Igarashi and Hisanori Takahashi have acclimatized themselves so far.

Is it Time to Give Up on Andrew Bynum?

With this latest injury, Andrew Bynum may have crossed the line from "potential star" to "not worth the risk."

The Philadelphia Flyers Continue to... well, not Fly

With the Flyers on the verge of just barely making the playoffs despite huge expectations coming into this season, it is clear that long-sweeping changes need to come with regards to the roster, starting in goal, come June.

American League Central Preview

Predicting the AL Central

My Outrageous MLB Predictions

DDD made a few, so I figured I'd chime in. If they're wrong, I can point to degree of difficulty as a defense. And if I'm right, then I'm a genius. The bolder the prediction, the easier it is to make. Here are a few:

I Wouldn't Play Yuta Tabuse Either

Jordan Hill claims Mike D'Antoni hates rookies. Looking at the rookies he's been given to work with, I think the coach's feelings are justified.

The Start of Something Simulating

Playing fantasy baseball today is one of the most fun hobbies we can have that keeps us in touch with the game we love. Rotisserie or "roto" as you know it has given me hours upon hours of enjoyment. In fact, I believe it actually helps me get to know more players and teams than I would normally, because I follow players religiously. But did you know, there is something more out there? Something where not only do you keep up on the players and their numbers, but you actually manage the games themselves? What I am talking about is SIMULATION BASEBALL.

American League West Preview

Predicting the AL West

RotoWire Back on SIRIUS XM Radio is back on SIRIUS XM Radio this Wednesday from 7-10pm ET with Chris Liss and Jeff Erickson hosting a fantasy baseball preview show on MLB Home Plate, XM channel 175 and SIRIUS channel 210 with the “Best of XM.”

The Next Generation Of Great Pitchers

We are living at a time when great pitchers are emerging. We should enjoy every moment as these outstanding power arms lead the game through a new era of pitching and defense.

Five Hitters in Japan to Keep an Eye On

Last time we looked at the best pitching prospects in Japan. This time we'll take a look at some hitters.
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