Scott Pianowski

  • Closing Time: Happy Kris Bryant Day

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 1 day ago

    Put the finishing touches on your get-out-of-work excuse. Double-check the status of your baseball subscriptions. 

    Friday is Kris Bryant Day, and you'll want to savor every minute of it.

    The Cubs will promote the much-touted Bryantin advance of their matinee home game against San Diego. First pitch is set for 1:20 pm CT; first Bryant at-bat should come before the top of the hour. 

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    Who had April 17 in the Bryant Promotion Pool? Only everyone. It was well-speculated that Chicago had this target in mind, the perfect intersection of service-time reduction tied to a speedy promotion to the majors. Baseball's consensus top prospect had nothing else to prove in the bush leagues, it was just a matter of protecting one more season of potential club control. 

  • Daily Dime: Drew Pomeranz draws the scuffling Astros

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 2 days ago

    You should know the rules by now. We suggest, you consider, then we sit back and watch. Let's get to the DFS shopping list.  

    Players to Buy 

    Drew Pomeranz, SP, at Houston (McHugh), $6800: The Astros lineup has better shape against opposing lefties, not that it mattered earlier this week against Scott Kazmir. I'm going to keep aggressively streaming against this Houston crew until it fights back a little bit; only the Twins have scored fewer runs than Houston's 17, and only the Pirates are striking out more often. Good work if you can get it. 

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    Jerry Sands, OF, vs. Chicago (Danks), $2200 on Fan Duel: Sands has bounced from LA to Tampa to Cleveland through an undistinguished career, but we know he can hit lefties (.310/.355/.530). He's slotted fifth in the Cleveland lineup for Wednesday, enjoying a day game against the underwhelming John Danks. Save some cash, load up on bats elsewhere. 

    Players to Fade 

  • Closing Time: Adam Ottavino grabs the Colorado baton

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 3 days ago

    Youth has finally been served in the Colorado bullpen. Rockies manager Walt Weiss made it official Tuesday: Adam Ottavino is the new closer. Number zero in your program, number one in your hearts. 

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    Ottavino's line from 2015 validates the promotion. He's only allowed two baserunners over 5.1 innings, piling up 10 strikeouts. His first conversion opportunity came Tuesday night at San Francisco and it was a daisy, three strikeouts on 15 pitches. Everyone shake hands, go attack the spread. 

    Ottavino is 29 years old, which makes him a pup in the Colorado bullpen. Opening-day closer LaTroy Hawkins is 42, and Rafael Betancourt is closing in on 40. Betancourt was called upon to work the eighth inning Tuesday – a day after a surprising save of his own – which further underscores the new pecking order. 

  • Closing Time: How high is the Mookie Betts sky?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    Although Mookie Betts homered in Boston’s season opener a week ago, he didn’t do a lot in his first five games of the season. When the Red Sox touched down to Fenway Park in advance of Monday’s home opener, Betts was sitting on a .191/.241/.346 slash, with a modest two runs and two RBIs. He didn’t have a stolen base to his name.  

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    Alas, it took just an hour for Betts Mania to grip The Hub. The Red Sox have one of the best young players in baseball, and it’s hard to keep both cleats on the ground at times when it comes to evaluating him. 

    To cap things off, Betts clocked a baseball over the Green Monster in the second inning, a three-run blast. No hustle required here. Have a trot around the bases, kid. Have a day, Mookie. 

    Mookie Betts is Boston's baseball Flutie. They are all losing it.

    Place your bets, gamers. Let us know where your chips are at. 

  • Daily Dime: The Two Jakes, buying deGrom and fading Odorizzi

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 4 days ago

    It’s brave new world at Yahoo, as we’re offering Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) content in addition to our standard season-long pieces. The goal is to help you for the long haul; we’ll have our share of hits and misses along the way, dealing with the inevitable variance.    

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    In this space, we’ll be offering 10 total value plays for the upcoming slate, some to buy and some to fade. It’s a new season and a new series (beginner's guide for the DFS rookies); we welcome your feedback, and your own player recommendations in the comments. 

    The prices listed are from FanDuel. As always, make sure you double-check announced lineups and late-breaking news (including weather, especially tricky in April) before you commit to your starting choices. Buena suerte. 

    Players to Buy 

    Players to Fade

  • Daily Dime: All aboard the Trevor Bauer bandwagon

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    It’s brave new world at Yahoo, as we’re offering Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) content in addition to our standard season-long pieces. The goal is to help you for the long haul; we’ll have our share of hits and misses along the way, dealing with the inevitable variance.    

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    In this space, we’ll be offering 10 total value plays for the upcoming slate, some to buy and some to fade. Generally speaking, we’re not going to try to talk you into superstars or away from fringe players – the idea is to pore through the lineups and locate the overlays and overpays. It’s a new season and a new series (beginner's guide for the DFS rookies); we welcome your feedback, and your own player recommendations in the comments. 

    Here's my ten cents on a Thursday. 

    Players to Buy

    Players to Fade 

  • Closing Time: Is Andrew Miller more valuable than Dellin Betances?

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 8 days ago

    At most of the positions we consider in this roto racket, you want to play the long game to some degree, trust in the big banks of numbers, be patient. 

    But if there’s one position where aggressiveness is paramount, it’s at closer. We have to be quick to the jump with the save chasers because we know teams are hasty in that area, too. Momentum has value when it comes to the ninth inning. Possession of the gig is a real thing. The baton matters. More than any other position, you have to consider roles at least as strongly as skills. 

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    The ninth inning is the soul of Closing Time, and most of this edition will be focused on the often-maddening pursuit of saves. Get your facial hair where you need it to be and let’s attack the handshake. 

    Both are imposing figures on the mound – Betances checks in at 6-foot-8, 260 pounds, while Miller is 6-7, 210. And neither guy had any problems with platoon splits last year, blowing away hitters from both sides of the plate. 

  • Daily Dime: Buying deGrom, selling Teixeira, waiting for Machado

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 9 days ago

    It’s a brave new world at Yahoo, as we’re offering Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) content in addition to our standard season-long pieces. The goal is to help you for the long haul; we’ll have our share of hits and misses along the way, dealing with the inevitable variance.   

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    In this space, we’ll be offering five value plays and five overpriced options for the upcoming slate. Generally speaking, we’re not going to try to talk you into superstars or away from fringe players – the idea is to pore through the lineups and locate the overlays and overpays. It’s a new season and a new series (beginner's guide for the DFS rookies); we welcome your feedback, and your own player recommendations in the comments. 

    Here's my ten cents on a Wednesday. 

    Five to Buy 

    Five to Fade 

  • Closing Time: Mat Latos intolerance

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    Everyone off to a strong start in 2015 fantasy baseball, take a step forward.  

    Not so fast, Mat Latos owner. 

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    If there’s a reason to be optimistic about Latos these days, I’ve completely missed it. It might sound like we’re piling on after Tuesday’s blowup against Atlanta (seven runs, didn’t get out of the first inning), but there have been black clouds for Latos for a solid year now. 

    His 3.25 ERA last year in Cincinnati masked all sorts of under-the-surface problems. Latos lost two mph from his fastball, his strikeout rate tumbled to 6.5/9 (especially penal in a capped world), and he dealt with knee and elbow problems, costing him about half the season. 

  • Daily Dime: Buying Jesse Hahn, fading Zack Greinke for Tuesday

    Scott Pianowski at Roto Arcade 10 days ago

    It’s a brave new world at Yahoo, as we’re offering Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) content in addition to our standard season-long pieces. The goal is to help you for the long haul; we’ll have our share of hits and misses along the way, dealing with the inevitable variance.  

    [Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today!]

    In this space, we’ll be offering five value plays and five overpriced options for the upcoming slate. Generally speaking, we’re not going to try to talk you into superstars or away from fringe players – the idea is to pore through the lineups and locate the overlays and overpays. It’s a new season and a new series (beginner's guide for the DFS rookies); we welcome your feedback, and your own player recommendations in the comments. 

    Here's my ten cents on a Tuesday. 

    Five to Buy

    Five to Fade