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Outliers: Nick Pivetta is a Flyball’s Worst Enemy

With a string of solid early-season starts, Nick Pivetta has already become a fixture in deeper leagues. After his latest effort, Pivetta is on the verge of entering the fantasy prime time. The Phillies' righty had a one-hit shutout against the Pirates through four innings on Sunday, and even with the subsequent blemish of a two-run homer by Elias Diaz, Pivetta had a fine afternoon. He finished with seven strikeouts and just two runs over 6.1 innings. Diaz's homer didn't just ruin Pivetta's shutout, though. Up until the…

TRAX Best Score Draft Recap: Part 2

Here is the recap of the second half of my recent TRAX Best Score draft, along with my thoughts on each pick. To read Part 1 of my recap, click here. Sign up for a TRAX Best Score league here! Round 21, Pick 242 – My pick: Felix Hernandez, SP Felix Hernandez is no longer King, but there are worse best ball gambles. Hernandez’s productivity has greatly declined from his other-worldly 2014, but he’s still just 31 years old. Granted, he’s an “old” 31, but if he can cut down the gopher balls (his FB/HR rate in 2017 was…

ESPN Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire Pickups – Week Of July 23, 2017

People on social media have been asking why closers are not included in my weekly waiver wire pickups. There are two reasons why closers are usually not included in these recommendations. The first is that the changing nature of many teams' closers does not lend themselves to a weekly article. By the time the article is written, published and read, the closer on that team may have changed. In 2016, around two-thirds of teams changed closers, with some teams changing multiple times.  The second reason is that many of these…