Scott Pianowski

  • Fantasy Freak Show Podcast: Debating Buxton, sizing up Shoemaker

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 hrs ago

    Memorial Day has come and gone. We're a day from June. It's a critical time in fantasy baseball. 

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    Brandon Funston and Scott Pianowski are here to help. 

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    The Yahoo scribes have a different view of Byron Buxton's recall, comments on Matt Harvey, ideas for Adam Duvall. Other potential pickups discussed: CC Sabathia, Matt Shoemaker, Mike Napoli. The scribes also offer some brief sidebars, touching on NBA topics, the rules of soccer and hockey, and two recommended documentaries. Spend some of your Tuesday with us. 

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  • Closing Time: Coors Field, make it all better

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    The Rockies are typically a mixed bag on the road, and that’s been the case this year. Colorado has a .257/.304/.411 slash away from Coors Field, for an OPS that slots 20th in the majors. Those numbers were boosted Thursday, when the Rockies did to Clay Buchholz what most teams do — take batting practice. 

    Ah, but now the thin air of Colorado beckons. The weather is warmer. This is about to get fun. 

    Twenty of the next 32 Colorado games will be in the friendly confines, starting with a three-game set with San Francisco. Matt Cain goes for the Giants on Friday — I still don’t trust him, even with recent form — but then the Rockies have to face the San Francisco treats, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto. 

    Nonetheless, we don’t despair — a four-game set with Cincinnati comes next week. That’s likely to be a bonanza. The Reds trot out Jon Moscot, Dan Straily, John Lamb and Alfredo Simon for the four-game series, and they’re backed by the worst bullpen (by far) in the majors. 

  • Closing Time: Julio Urias drops Friday

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 5 days ago

    The Matt Harvey show has been a Broadway flop this year. Maybe a Julio Urias showing in New York will fare better.

    Just know up front — this show could be one night, only.

    Yep, the Dodgers are making the call for their left-handed, teenaged wunderkind prospect. Alex Wood is dealing with triceps tendinitis, so Urias, 19, is penciled into the Friday slot against the Mets. It’s a shame it’s a road game — you’d want the Vin Scully backdrop for this. (But it is the Yahoo free game of the day, so stream all you like, streamers.) 

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  • Closing Time: We worry about Ryan Madson, we stump for Leonys Martin

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 6 days ago

    Ryan Madson ended up on a few of my rosters this March, and I feel fortunate through the first quarter of the season. He took control of an uncertain Oakland closing situation, racking up a quick 11 saves. He’s already earned far more than the buy-in cost.

    Nonetheless, the save chase being what it is, there’s some blood in the water. It might be a good time to move on from Madson (preferably in a trade), or a good time to speculate on a new Oakland closer in the near future. 

    Madson’s latest appearance was the messiest one, a blown save at Seattle on Tuesday night. He served up a nothing change to Leonys Martin, and Martin deposited it over the right-field fence. No doubter. Game over. Party in the streets, Funston. 

    Perhaps it’s not too late to get out while the selling is good. We are talking about a 35-year-old reliever, after all, and someone with a career ERA of 3.43. Good player, sure. Hardly a rock of gibraltar. 

  • Outfielder Shuffle Up: Mookie Betts, superhero

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 7 days ago

    The idea is 5x5 value for rest of season. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. I didn't rank anyone on the DL, or anyone in the minors. Everyone seems to be more optimistic on injury returnees and hot prospects (hi, Buxton) than I am.

    The prices are unscientific in nature, and players at the same price are considered even. I'm just looking for a way to show the pockets of value as I see them. I don't look at old prices when I construct these -- it's all from scratch. I don't even see the point of looking back there; live in the present, look to the future.

    I welcome your respectful disagreement. Obviously you will feel passionate about what you don't agree with, that's why we have a game. The discussion can be deep and illuminating if you want it to be.

    And remember the golden rule -- a player doesn't gain value because you like him, nor does he lose value because you don't like him.

    Prices now, comments later tonight. I reserve the right to make changes in this list during the first 24 hours. Win the debate, win the rank.

  • Matt Harvey: All questions, no answers

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 11 days ago

    Here we are, the third week of May, and Matt Harvey has a 5.77 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP. He’s torching your ratios. He’s frustrating you every five days. We know all the right questions, but it’s hard to find answers. 

    The Nationals kicked Harvey around Thursday night, collecting nine runs (six earned), knocking the Mets ace out in the third inning. New York’s shoddy defense didn’t help. 

    Let’s be fair about this, Washington’s offense doesn’t present a nightmare matchup, not in 2016. The Nats are 19th in weighted on-base average, 19th in weighted runs created, 19th in offensive WAR. For all the wonderful stuff we say about Bryce Harper and Daniel Murphy (homer Thursday), this is a lineup with holes all over it.

    At some point, someone on the Mets going to blame the mechanics. That’s what pitchers do, that’s what coaches do, that’s what organizational mouthpieces do. It’s the mechanics, right?

    - Rajai Davis (19 percent, going off at top of Cleveland order)

  • Closing Time: Will Harris underrated in Houston

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 12 days ago

    Like many things in the Houston dugout this year, Luke Gregerson has been less than expected. He’s already blown three saves, and his 3.86 ERA is higher than expected. His walk rate is up, his strikeout rate modestly down. It’s fair to wonder if he’ll be holding the Astros closing gig all season.

    What the Astros might do if Gregerson needed a break, that’s open to question. Ken Giles is the big name because of what the team traded to acquire him in the offseason, but Will Harris has been the eighth-inning sheriff — and the much better pitcher this year. 

    Let’s go to the stats. Giles is still stuck with a 6.61 ERA and 1.65 WHIP, though he hasn’t been scored upon in his last six appearances. Mostly, he’s been hurt by four home-run balls. His K/BB rate is starting to get where we want it, even with the occasional touch of wildness: 21 punchouts against seven walks. He’s still making the radar gun pop in the 96 mph range. 

    Your call, save chaser. Your call, innings chaser. What’s your take in Houston? 

  • Closing Time: The Last Days of Tolleson

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 13 days ago

    I had some viewing options late on a Tuesday night. Ultimately it came down to two choices on the dish.  

    Somewhere in the 500s, I could watch The Last Days of Disco. It’s a talky bunch of ennui about 20-somethings too early for a mid-life crisis, the end of the Studio 54 era. Whit Stillman being who he is, the story bounces around a bit. It ends, optimistically, with a sing-along of Love Train

    Somewhere in the 700s, I could watch The Last Days of Tolleson. A high-scoring game between the Rangers and Athletics, ultimately capped by another train wreck in the Texas bullpen. It ends happily for the Oakland home folks, with a sing-along of Celebration

    This being a baseball column, we’ll focus on the scene in Oakland. 

    He’s available to 53 percent of Yahoo seasonal owners, and 100 percent of DFS owners willing to chase the story. Let's swing for the seats. 

  • Starting Pitcher Shuffle Up: Jose Quintana catches a break

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 14 days ago

    Today we tackle the big one, the elusive one, the erratic one, those maddening starting pitchers.

    The idea is 5x5 value for rest of season. What's happened to this point is merely an audition. I didn't rank anyone on the DL, or anyone in the minors. Everyone seems to be more optimistic on injury returnees and hot prospects (hi, Berrios) than I am.

    The prices are unscientific in nature, and players at the same price are considered even. I'm just looking for a way to show the pockets of value as I see them. I don't look at old prices when I construct these -- it's all from scratch. I don't even see the point of looking back there; live in the present, look to the future.

    I welcome your respectful disagreement. Obviously you will feel passionate about what you don't agree with, that's why we have a game. The discussion can be deep and illuminating if you want it to be.

    And remember the golden rule -- a player doesn't gain value because you like him, nor does he lose value because you don't like him.

    Prices now, comments later tonight. I reserve the right to make changes in this list during the first 24 hours. Win the debate, win the rank.

  • Fantasy Freak Show: Odor fallout, cutting Gomez and Wainwright

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 15 days ago

    They're fighting in Texas. They're striking out in Houston and Detroit. They're getting cuffed around in St. Louis. We have much to discuss. 

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    Rougned Odor, Carlos Gomez, Adam Wainwright and Justin Upton are some of the headliners today. Funston and Pianow are here to help. 

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