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Stay For A Nightcap! - Hump Day Edition

My name is Humpty, pronounced with an Umpty...

Rotowire/FanDuel $200 Challenge

Compete against Kevin Payne in Rotowire/FanDuel's $200 Freeroll this Saturday.

Is It Tuesday Already?

I usually try to blog on Tuesday evening. Well, it's that time again. Man, how time flies in 110 degrees.

T.O.: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Chris Mortensen of ESPN was the first to report that receiver Terrell Owens may have had recent surgery for a torn ACL.  The question is has the time come for T.O. to hang-up his cleats permanently?

Stay For a Nightcap - Bombs Away Edition

There was a homer in every game Monday, including one at Petco and three at Safeco. What gives? Oh, also 15-0 happened.

Mock Market Report: Early Movers

Draft activity has been lighter than usual with the lockout lingering on toward the end of June, but recent developments are encouraging and it may not be long before the offseason player movement kicks into high gear with free agency. Still, for those who have been preparing for the 2011 season we have our first football Mock Market Report of the year.

Buy Lowest

While it would be great if you could get Carl Crawford or even Hanley Ramirez at a significant discount - and at this point you probably should - you're far more likely to make a profit on players about whom no one - including you - has any idea if they'll bounce back.

Here are a few I'd be looking to acquire in all but the shallowest of formats:

Stay For A Night Cap! - Johnny Late Inning Edition

Set aside the Rays/Astros mess and we saw a good bit of old school ball today, where the scoreboards stayed quiet until the final innings.

Vick at No. 1 and QB Injury Risk

My home league has been a source of agony for the last couple of seasons. In 2009, I lost to my little brother twice – his only two wins of the season – and made the playoffs as a six-seed instead of getting a bye as the second. Predictably, my team was awful in the first round of the playoffs (where the bye would have saved me without those two brutal defeats) and my season ended despite a team that would have defeated any in the league during Week 15 and at least had a chance at bringing home the title in Week 16.

Stay For a Nightcap! - Heavy Lumber Saturday Edition

It must be summer. The ball was flying out of a lot of ballparks yesterday...

Stay For a Nightcap - Do Not Say Cochise To This Dog!

- Wily Mo Pena hit a ball to Ann Arbor to break a 6-6 tie. The homer was his second this week as a DH in interleague play, both tape measure shots. He went 2-for-4 with two strikeouts Friday night. The two homers represent the good, while the two strikeouts help represent why he's never stuck in the big leagues - he already has eight K's in 15 at-bats, with no walks. I made this joke/Cheers reference on-air this week, but I liked it, so I'll repeat it here - "Do Not Say Cochise to This Dog" - "Do Not Hang a Slider to This Hitter." The Tigers David Purcey never was a Cheers fan growing up, or alternately didn't read his scouting reports on Pena. Seriously, see the highlight for yourself.

Stay for a nightcap! No one's hitting .300 edition!

Thursday's recap:

NBA Draft Live Blog

With the caveat that I'm emphatically *not* a hoops guru, if I had the first pick, I'd take Derrick Williams. What say you? If it's not Kyrie Irving or Williams, who's the player you most covet in this draft? What do you think of the pre-draft deals? Please share your thoughts here. For pick-by-pick news and analysis, you can check out our NBA Latest News Page as well.

Side Sessions

Side Sessions is intended to generate discussion. Throw out your thoughts on my comments or chip in with observations of your own, it's an open forum on all things pitching!

Stay For A Nightcap! - Turkey Edition

Chris Heisey went deep not once, not twice, but three times on Wednesday. 

MLB Notes

A look around the league:

Thursday Morning Thoughts

Some things KP has been thinking about...

2011 Sleeper Targets

After completing my recent series on 2011 sleepers, fellow RotoWire blogger Kevin Payne respectfully called me out. On the final post of the series, The No Names, he commented that it is easy to compile a list of so many sleeper/buy-low prospects. He challenged me to develop a more focused list, a specific “target” list of sleepers.

Stay For A Nightcap! - Bum Rush Edition

Madison Bumgarner got Mazarro'd last night and it wasn't pretty.

Things Are Heating Up

There's so much action in major league baseball, it's difficult to know where to begin.

Pitching Observations

If you went into this season intending to lock down the Braves' closer by drafting both Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrell, things could hardly have turned out better. Venters has a 0.60 ERA and a .794 WHIP with four wins and three saves, while Kimbrell has 58 strikeouts in 37 IP, two wins, 20 saves and a sub-3.00 ERA. Contrast that with those who bought Matt Thornton and Chris Sale, or Jonathan Broxton and Hong Chi Kuo.

Stay For a Nightcap - Aces With Bats Edition

Tim Hudson provided his game's only offense with a two-run homer. Clayton Kershaw gave himself some late cushion with a two-run single. They threw 17 shutout innings between them. Even Jake Arrieta joined in the action with an RBI single.

Receiver Tandems

There is a serious risk that this innocent blog post will morph into a large feature article, but I want to look back at some of the most productive fantasy receiver tandems of the last 10 seasons to get a feel for how likely it is that we'll see elite production from two wideouts in the same season on a yearly basis.

Stay For A Nightcap! - Father's Day Edition

What's better than baseball on Father's Day?

Stay For a Nightcap - Red Schoendiest's Pants Saturday Edition

What I want to know is, why did the Cardinals' equipment manager even have a pair of Schoendiest's pants lying around? God knows what he has of Stan Musial's tucked away.

Memories On Father's Day

As we honor fathers across the nation tomorrow, I am reminded of a particularly fond experience involving my own father, now 80 and retired in Florida.

Stay For A Night Cap! - To Cross Your League Or Not To Edition

The second weekend of interleague play is upon us, so let's get down to business on another edition of the Night Cap!

What To Do With Bobby Lou...

Roberto Luongo didn't cost the Canucks the Cup. But will the Orcas see it that way?

Stay for a nightcap! Blown saves and walk-offs edition!

Thursday's recap:

MLB Notes

A look around the league:
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La-La-La-L.A. Gets Lord Stanley!
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Do Analytics Take the Fun Out of Sports?
Apparently that was the topic of one of the presentations at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston last week. The presenter, Yale's Edward Tufte, opined:

Don't let people tell you analytics are reductionist and take the joy out of sports. They mostly just take the stupidity out of sports.

Is he right?

RotoWire's AL LABR Squad
The 2014 AL LABR auction went down at the Arizona Republic offices in downtown Phoenix Saturday night. It's a 12-team, 5 x 5, AL-only league with 2 C, 1 1B, 1 2B. 1 3B, 1 SS, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 OF, 1 U and 9 pitchers. Everyone has $260 to spend.
The Problem With Drafting Billy Hamilton
Billy Hamilton went for $28 in the NL LABR auction this past weekend. I discussed this with a fellow writer who participates in Tout Wars with me later this month and we discussed the problem with investing heavily into Hamilton.

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