The Chosen: Wrapping up 2013

For those of you that have followed this series, you’ve probably realized that it hasn’t been updated since August. That was on purpose.

While I had my reasons for running this series this year, as I updated it week after week, I realized that it violated my No. 1 rule when it comes to keeper leagues – don’t make decisions based on small samples.

In keeper leagues, moreso than yearly leagues, the key is to exercise extreme patience. I’m sure I’m not the only owner that’s been burned by making a rash decision and the constant look at weekly stats promoted that ideal. So I stopped running the series a few weeks ago.

Today, now that the season is over, I can give a proper recap of what happened to these players of interest and I will share my thoughts heading into 2014. Some of my thoughts probably haven’t changed since the last post in this series but that’s the point, one bad week does not a season make.

[Read more...]

The Chosen: Gyorko, Seager let it fly

More and more I’m becoming convinced San Diego 2B Jedd Gyorko’s success is completely based on momentum.

Case in point – after a horrendous April, Gyorko caught fire in May, seemingly getting better with each AB he logged. His momentum came to a halt though when he hit the DL in June and remained out until July. Upon his return, it was like he was starting his season over again as he hit pretty poorly over the rest of July and August. Once he got comfortable again, signs of turning things around began to happen as he started hitting HRs again over the last couple of weeks. Gyorko now appears to be back where he was before his injury as he hit .345 last week with 3 HR and 5 RBI.

Now that his momentum seems to have returned, it will be interesting to see how much value Gyorko can build during the last six weeks of the season.

[Read more...]

The Chosen: Vintage Lincecum alert

Do not be alarmed – it’s only a Tim Lincecum sighting.

After several of struggling with his control and giving up runs in bunches (or throwing a no-hitter but walking 4), Lincecum gave his owners a vintage performance last week. And between he and Matt Harvey, we saw a lot of good pitching from players on this list at a time when the hitting was essentially awful.

What does this mean for Lincecum? Not much really. We still have way more data suggesting he’s not the pitcher he used to be so it will be hard to recommend him as a viable keeper for next year. It is nice to see he can still tap into the skills that made him one of the most dominant pitchers in the game a couple of years ago though.

Maybe he’ll be a 2014 sleeper perhaps?

[Read more...]

The Chosen: Rizzo’s finally getting hot

I’ve spent the last couple of weeks offering only stats and no analysis so this week it’s time to get back to normal. And it’s a good thing too since we are rapidly coming to the end of the 2013 season.

As I move forward for the offseason and 2014, I’m curious to know if this is a feature that should be continued next season. If you’ve liked this weekly look at these players, let me know and if you have any ideas on good candidates for next year’s list, I’m interested in those too.

Ok, enough with the housekeeping stuff – let’s check out how these guys did last week.

[Read more...]