Fantasy Baseball News, Stats and Analysis (2024)

  • Kyle Higashioka SD C

    Padres' Kyle Higashioka: Knocks 10th homer

    5m ago

    Higashioka went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Higashioka has launched five of his 10 homers this season over his last nine games. He went deep in the sixth inning of this contest to stretch the Padres' lead to 7-2. The catcher is at a .220/.254/.541 slash line with 25 RBI, 15 runs scored, three doubles and a triple over 114 plate appearances. Higashioka's playing time is likely to decrease with Luis Campusano (thumb) getting activated from the injured list Friday, but the former played well enough in the latter's absence to justify a timeshare role behind the dish.

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  • Manny Machado SD DH

    Machado went 4-for-5 with a two-run home run, a double and three total runs scored in Friday's 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks.

    The Padres blew a five-run lead in the top of the ninth inning, but Machado saved the day with his walk-off blast. He had started to go cold, going 2-for-15 over his previous four games, but he's now slugged five homers and added 11 RBI over his last nine contests. The third baseman is at a .270/.320/.425 slash line with 12 long balls, 49 RBI, 42 runs scored and five stolen bases through 84 games this season.

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  • Robert Suarez SD RP

    Padres' Robert Suarez: Takes blown save

    12m ago

    Suarez allowed three runs on four hits in one-third of an inning to take a blown save in Friday's 10-8 win over the Diamondbacks.

    Suarez has typically been dominant when called upon, but he served up a grand slam to Alek Thomas, allowing three inherited runners to score, and then a two-run home run to Randal Grichuk. While the Diamondbacks briefly took an 8-7 lead, Stephen Kolek was able to finish off the inning, and the Padres rallied to win in their half of the ninth. Both of Suarez's blown saves this year have come over his last eight appearances, a span in which he's given up six runs (five earned) across 6.1 innings. He's at a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 33:7 K:BB through 35.2 innings overall while adding 22 saves and a hold.

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  • Randy Vasquez SD SP

    Padres' Randy Vasquez: Steady in no-decision

    16m ago

    Vasquez allowed two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out six over 6.1 innings in a no-decision versus the Diamondbacks on Friday.

    Vasquez gave up a two-run home run to Joc Pederson in the first inning, but that was the extent of his damage. The Padres built up a 7-2 lead by the time he left, but the bullpen's meltdown cost Vasquez his chance at the win. This was his third quality start of the year, and he's allowed just three runs over his last 15.1 innings. Overall, Vasquez is at a 4.66 ERA, 1.60 WHIP and 38:14 K:BB through 58 innings over 12 starts this season. He's projected to make his next start at home versus the Mariners, assuming the Padres skip Adam Mazur in the rotation with two off days next week.

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  • Kevin Kiermaier TOR CF

    Blue Jays' Kevin Kiermaier: Hits homer in loss

    21m ago

    Kiermaier went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Friday's 2-1 loss to the Mariners.

    Kiermaier got Toronto on the board in the sixth inning, but his homer was the team's lone run. The outfielder appears to be in a timeshare in center field with Daulton Varsho, though Kiermaier's main attribute is his defense. For the year, Kiermaier sports a .191/.234/.299 slash line with three homers, 13 RBI, 17 runs scored and five stolen bases across 171 plate appearances.

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  • Kevin Gausman TOR SP

    Blue Jays' Kevin Gausman: Strikes out 10 in loss

    25m ago

    Gausman (6-8) allowed two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out 10 over six innings to take the loss Friday versus the Mariners.

    Gausman allowed a two-run double to Luke Raley in the third inning, and that was enough to stick him with his fourth loss in five outings. This was his third 10-strikeout game of the year, as well as his third quality start over his last seven games. He's at a 4.64 ERA, 1.34 WHIP and 101:27 K:BB through 97 innings over 18 starts overall. Gausman's next start is projected to be on the road in San Francisco.

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  • Fantasy Baseball News, Stats and Analysis (2024)

    FAQs

    What is the most important stat in fantasy baseball? ›

    Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP)

    BABIP is the most commonly used advanced statistic in baseball. Simply, it measures a player's batting average on all non-home run balls they put in play. BABIP is commonly used as a "luck" statistic.

    How do you read fantasy baseball stats? ›

    MLB Fantasy Points Scoring System
    1. Singles: 1 point.
    2. Doubles: 2 points.
    3. Triples: 3 points.
    4. Home Runs: 4 points.
    5. Runs: 1 point.
    6. Runs Batted In: 1 point.
    7. Walks: 1 point.
    8. Hit By Pitch: 1 point.

    What's a good IP in baseball? ›

    It's found by dividing a pitcher's total number of pitches thrown by his total number of innings pitched. Pitchers with the game's best P/IP rate typically average fewer than 15 pitches per inning. A starting pitcher with those numbers would be able to go seven innings on fewer than 105 pitches.

    What is MLB fantasy? ›

    Fantasy baseball is a game in which the participants serve as owners and general managers of virtual baseball teams. The competitors select their rosters by participating in a draft in which all relevant Major League Baseball (MLB) players are available.

    What is the most important hitting stat in baseball? ›

    Understanding how a hitter performs over time is the key to the main batting statistics. The holy grail, for more than a century, was batting average. Recent years have seen this give way to on-base percentage and slugging, but let's take a look at what all of these mean.

    What's more important in fantasy baseball pitching or hitting? ›

    Starting pitchers contribute more to your fantasy team than hitters (given the roster spots), but I'm targeting hitters early in drafts thanks to the way SPs are being treated.

    Is ERA or WHIP more important? ›

    What Is More Important for Handicapping Starting Pitchers: ERA or WHIP? Beyond ERA, WHIP offers deeper insights into a pitcher's performance, especially in baseball betting.

    What is the most important stat for a pitcher? ›

    Earned run average (ERA)

    Earned run average is one of those stats where the lower it is, the better the pitcher. A pitcher's ERA is calculated by the number of earned runs they've allowed (ER), divided by the number of innings pitched (IP) multiplied by 9 (the traditional inning length of a game).

    What does 7.0 IP mean in baseball? ›

    In baseball, the statistic innings pitched (IP) is the number of innings a pitcher has completed, measured by the number of batters and baserunners that have been put out while the pitcher is on the pitching mound in a game. Three outs made is equal to one inning pitched.

    What does p mean in fantasy baseball? ›

    P. Pitcher. Any starting or relief pitcher.

    What does R stand for in fantasy baseball? ›

    Batters
    AbbreviationDescription
    RRuns Scored
    RBIRuns Batted In
    SB%Stolen Base Percentage
    SBStolen Bases
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    How many SP should I have in fantasy baseball? ›

    The traditional standard is to start nine pitchers (starters or relievers), two catchers, one first baseman, one second baseman, one shortstop, one third baseman, one middle infielder (second baseman or shortstop), one corner infielder (first or third baseman), five outfielders, one DH (if it's an AL league) or one ...

    What is the most important fielding stat in baseball? ›

    [/fn] At Baseball-Reference.com, Total Zone Total Fielding Runs is regarded as the best all-inclusive defensive statistic for historical data and more recent data alike.

    What is the most important stat for MLB pitchers? ›

    Earned run average (ERA)

    Earned run average is one of those stats where the lower it is, the better the pitcher. A pitcher's ERA is calculated by the number of earned runs they've allowed (ER), divided by the number of innings pitched (IP) multiplied by 9 (the traditional inning length of a game).

    What is the best way to play fantasy baseball? ›

    One of the most popular fantasy baseball formats is season-long rotisserie, also known as roto. In this format, players try to win certain categories. The most common format is known as 5×5 standard, which includes five offensive categories and five pitching categories.

    Which baseball statistic is the most important when determining team success? ›

    OBP will be the best statistic in determining team wins.

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