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Zach Sanders

  • joined Apr 29, 2009
  • last login Jul 29, 2014
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Writer for FanGraphs

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  • MLB Seattle Mariners
  • NFL Seattle Seahawks
  • NCAAF Washington Huskies
  • NCAAB Washington Huskies
  • Tennis Andy Roddick, Robert Kendrick
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Nick Franklin vs Dustin Ackley

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First 20 games of their MLB careers.

Fantasy Impact of the Zack Greinke Deal

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Over at SBN's RotoHardball, we have the fantasy impact of the Zack Greinke deal. Any of you excited about Escobar or Cain?

Sometimes the eighth inning is more important than the ninth.

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Sometimes the eighth inning is more important than the ninth.

--Scott Downs, talking to the L.A. Times

Royals Outfield: Any Fantasy Value?

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Over at RotoHardball, SBN's new fantasy baseball blog, I wonder if any of KC's outfielders are worthy of a draft pick. Would love your input, since you all would know best.

BoaB (Zack Greinke) Leaderboard

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  1. Perfectstrat (23.3 WAR)
  2. Grantjg1 (19.9)
  3. Daniel B (18.4)
  4. RedRobot8 (18)
  5. Steven E (16.9)
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BoaB -- Zack Greinke League April Update

After a month of baseball, here is an update on how the Zack Greinke league is stacking up. Team WAR perfectstrat 12.8 RedRobot8 10.9 Steven E 10.2 Grantjg1 8.7 Tommy Bennett 8.1 Z...

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BoaB Zack Greinke Draft Rounds 16-25

Draft order in these rounds is:   1. Steve Slowinski2. DempseysArmy3. Steven Ellingson4. Daniel Berlyn5. Tommy Bennett6. Grantjg17. perfectstrat8. PWHjort9. Zach Sanders10. oldjacket11. Dan...

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BoaB Zack Greinke Draft Rounds 6-15

Draft order in these rounds is: 1. Steve Slowinski2. DempseysArmy3. Steven Ellingson4. Daniel Berlyn5. Tommy Bennett6. Grantjg17. perfectstrat8. PWHjort9. Zach Sanders10. oldjacket11. Dan...

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BoaB Zack Greinke Division - Draft Rounds 1-5

ROUND 6-15 POST IS LIVE HERE. Let's get this thing started, shall we? While our draft does not officially begin until Thursday at 9am EST, some picks may be made before hand (time limit does not...

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BoaB Zack Greinke Division - Pre Draft Discussion

It's that time of year. Time to get ready to start out Ball on a Budget draft. After the jump is the draft order for our division. This was done by random.org, so don't blame me if you don't get...

Edgar Martinez > Don Mattingly

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Daniel Moroz examines the HOF chances of Edgar Martinez and Don Mattingly

Pitch f/x: Roy Halladay's Fastballs

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A Dave Allen-esque look at Roy Halladay's fastball and cutter locations.

The player isn't really important, just the graph type. Flight paths now w/ plate and strike zone!...

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The player isn't really important, just the graph type. Flight paths now w/ plate and strike zone! Thanks to Harry for answering questions regarding it's creation, and creating the original template in the first place.

A look at the differences in changeups for 3 young guns in the majors. If you want fastball and...

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A look at the differences in changeups for 3 young guns in the majors. If you want fastball and breaking ball comparison's on these three starters, as well, then go here

A Change of Scenery

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Over at BDD, I took at look at the changes of defenses behind some traded pitchers.

A Look at Plate Discipline and Walk Rates

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A look at swing rates and Pi/PA, broken into groups and compared with wOBA

Pitch F/x: Clayton Mortensen

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A look at Clayton Mortensen (part of the Holliday trade) in Pitch F/x. He only has 3 big league innings, but it's nice to take a look at the break of his pitches.

On the average, the run value of a high inside fastball is -.001 where minus is good for the...

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On the average, the run value of a high inside fastball is -.001 where minus is good for the pitcher. The run value of a low outside fastball is +.001. In other words, the run value of the former is better than the run value of the latter. Now, put all pitch sequence and game theory stuff aside. In an average situation against an average batter, where those run values above absolutely apply, which pitch should a pitcher attempt to throw, and why?

MGL - Inside the Book Blog The answer I gave, which MGL later said to be correct is: Low and away. Your phrasing: "which pitch should a pitcher attempt to throw, and why?" The key word is attempt. If you make a mistake down and away, you probably won’t get burned as much as if you make a mistake going up. If he has perfect control, then by all means take the one which the better value, but there is human error involved.

Cubs Sign B.J. Ryan

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Good luck w/ that one, guys. Ryan has a 7.57 FIP this year, and a .76 K/BB. Yuck. Can he even be a good LOOGY at this point?

Pitch F/x: David Price's Slider

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The Rays party gives some detail into David Price's slider this year.

Pimentel at Mariners Academy

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Baseball America reports that the M's are looking at Guillermo Pimentel, and that he is working out at the M's academy in the DR

Pitch F/x - Mazzaro Debuts

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Over at Baseball Daily Digest, I look at Vin Mazzaro's movement from his debut with the A's. This is my first attempt at classifying my own pitches, using Harry's tips and my own thoughts. Thanks to Erik for giving me a quick scouting report on twitter, so I could make sure my pitches looked right.

John Lackey threw two pitches in his '09 debut. One behind the back of Kinsler, and one in his...

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John Lackey threw two pitches in his '09 debut. One behind the back of Kinsler, and one in his ribs.

Pitch F/x: Dontrelle's Debut

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A look at Dontrelle Willis's season debut agianst the Twins

Weather Effects on the Knuckleball

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I broke down how temperature, wind and speed can affect the movement of Wakefield's knuckler.

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Weather Effects on the Knuckleball (UPDATED)

Outside Effects on the Knuckleball The knuckleball has always been an interesting pitch to watch and study. It has the most interesting physics of any pitch in baseball, with the possible...

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