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It’s time to let go of the Freak, and accept Tim Lincecum

Source: George Nikitin/AP
Source: George Nikitin/AP

I know what you’re thinking, didn’t he just throw 5 no hit innings the other day? Yes, but as I’ll show later, even something like leaving the game with a no-hitter intact can be deceiving. While the 5 no-hit innings is still somewhat impressive, the game ultimately highlighted Lincecum’s pitfalls, and showed us why he’s been so frustrating to watch.

As a diehard Giants fan, and someone who was in attendance for Lincecum’s first ever big league start (an appearance in which he routinely touched 100 mph) it pains me to say that there are few indicators that Lincecum can ever become the strikeout machine we once knew. Read more to see what the future looks like for Big Time Timmy Jim and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TheOriginalBull.

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Daily Playbook 5/27

Hello Daily Fantasy Sports fans and welcome to today’s Daily Playbook!  We are here to help you with your plays of the day for your daily fantasy baseball leagues. If you’re new to the game, read this article everyday, and follow the link to join the fun!

Today’s playbook will focus on specific favorable match-ups for hitters and take advantage of some aces going up against teams they’ve handled well in the past. If you have any specific questions, or even a recommendation of your own, feel free to find me on twitter at @TheOriginalBull

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The Cost of Attitude: Mike Trout vs. Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig Fantasy Baseball
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Boy is it a good time to be a baseball fan in Los Angeles. Not only do they have a winning team, but they also have one of the game’s best outfielders who’s likely to be an MVP candidate this year. He’s played impeccable defense thus far in 2014, and is among the league leaders in batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage. In addition to that, he also ranks in the top 10 in RBI’s and top 15 in home runs. Yes, that’s right, I’m talking about Yasiel Puig, the Dodgers right fielder. Since Puig burst onto the scene last season, he’s been one of the games best players, and compares well to that other LA outfielder named Mike Trout.

Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TheOriginalBull, and hit the jump to see just how great Puig has been, and just how great he can be.

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Daily Playbook: 5/20

Welcome back, Daily Fantasy Sports addicts! I’m here to help you through the plays of the weekend for your daily fantasy baseball leagues. If you’re new to the game, read this article every day, and click on the link to join the fun! I want to focus on the players and match-ups more than the nuances of each particular host site, so please keep that in mind. If you have any specific questions, find me on twitter, @TheOriginalBull

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The 25% and Under League

Trevor Bauer
AP Photo/Paul Beaty

*All statistics were gathered on May 17th before game-play. Last week I gave you the 50% and under league, so for my final installment of this series I’ve taken off another 25% to give you the 25% and under league. In this week’s edition, I’ll be recommending 6 pitchers to take a chance on, and 4 hitters that deserve a look. Just as before, their Yahoo and ESPN ownership percentages will be listed in parenthesis next to their name, and in that order. Don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TheOriginalBull, and hit the jump to see this week’s recommendations. Continue reading The 25% and Under League

The 50% and Under League

Marcus Stroman Fantasy Baseball
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*All statistics were gathered on May 10th, 2014 before gameplay.

Two weeks ago I gave you “The 75% and Under League”, so today I give you the 50% and Under League. We’re more than a month into the 2014 season, so while it’s still too early to be sure which players are riding a hot streak, which ones will be solid bets for the whole season, there are still players you can pick up that will help your team win. For this edition, I’m going to suggest four pitchers, and one player for each position that you can pick up now. As before, their Yahoo and ESPN ownership percentages will be listed beside their name, in that order.

Hit the jump to see which 10 players I recommend, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @TheOriginalBull.

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What The Hell Is Going On In Colorado?

The Colorado Rockies currently sit at 19-12, good for 2nd place in the NL West behind the San Francisco Giants. Through the team’s first 31 games they’ve simply been murdering baseballs thrown their way. As a unit, they’re hitting at a clip of .300/.349/.489, with 43 HRs, and 178 RBI, putting them in 1st place for each of those categories. They also lead MLB in hits, doubles, and are tied for 5th in triples. At their current pace, the Rockies would finish with 217 HRs, and 901 RBI, a far greater number than their 2013 totals of 159 HRs, and only 673 RBI.

Now while it’s entirely possible that the Rockies truly are this talented offensively, I’m not buying into that theory for a few reasons. Hit the jump to see what those reasons are, and don’t forget to follow me on twitter @TheOriginalBull

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The 75% and Under League

*All statistics and ownership numbers were gathered on 4/24/14
          As Jonah Hill’s character said in Moneyball, “People are overlooked for a variety of biased reasons and perceived flaws. Age, appearance, personality. Bill James and mathematics cut straight through that. Billy, of the 20,000 notable players for us to consider, I believe that there is a championship team of twenty-five people that we can afford, because everyone else in baseball undervalues them.” Now, while in fantasy baseball the characteristics of appearance and personality don’t play a huge role in the drafting, there clearly are factors that push the value down on various players. Whether it was an injury, a poor showing the previous season, or simply playing for a team with low interest, every year there are impact players left in the free agent pool that you can pick up for nothing.
          After the jump, I recommend 10 players that are owned in 75% of leagues or less, that you can pick up now to help bolster your lineup or rotation.

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Don’t Overvalue These Players

Every year, a handful of players are overrated in drafts for a variety of reasons. They range from low demand for a certain position, to becoming obsessed with one facet of a players game, and forgetting about the tools he doesn’t have. While getting the best player at a certain position is the ultimate goal of your draft, that doesn’t mean that you should take Craig Kimbrel 8th overall.  The one thing you can be pretty sure of going into the draft is that one player is not going to make or break your season. Just because Mike Trout went off the board first and you wound up with Justin Upton instead, doesn’t mean your season is doomed. The worst thing you can do is overdraft, because when it’s time to go back and fill in the missing positions, there might not be a lot left to pick from. After the jump are my picks for two of the most overrated players in this years draft.    

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