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May 22, 2015
Bats & Balls: Will Slow Starters Bounce Back?
David Regan looks at some struggling players like Stephen Strasburg and analyzes whether they might be able to overcome their slow starts.
May 15, 2015
Bats & Balls: A Look at the 30 Closer Situations
David Regan reviews each team's closer situation this week, including a look at what to make of the Marlins now that Steve Cishek has been jettisoned from the role.
May 8, 2015
Bats & Balls: ERA vs. xFIP
Dave Regan looks for pitchers to target and pitchers to dump by comparing ERA to xFIP, but where does that leave Michael Wacha?
April 30, 2015
Bats & Balls: Is Bryce Harper the New Jack Cust?
David Regan looks at storylines from the first month and wonders if Bryce Harper has become a three-true-outcomes player.
April 23, 2015
Bats & Balls: Quick Takes Around the Majors
David Regan sizes up each team in the early going, and he has little hope that Ryan Braun can do much to avoid becoming the worst contract in the majors.
April 16, 2015
Bats & Balls: Will the Slow Starters Recover?
Dave Regan looks at players like Mike Zunino who have started this season slowly and whether they will turn things around.
April 9, 2015
Bats & Balls: Observations from Opening Week
Dave Regan sizes up the first week of the baseball season and likes what he sees in Colorado, especially from Nolan Arenado.
April 3, 2015
Bats & Balls: Top-10 Lists for 2015
Dave Regan's top-10 lists includes Sleepers and Spring Overreaction Stats, such as Kolten Wong's spring struggles.
March 26, 2015
Bats & Balls: Debating the Cheat Sheet
Dave Regan takes issue with the RotoWire cheat sheet, highlighing players at each position he thinks should be ranked higher, like San Francisco's Brandon Belt.
March 19, 2015
Bats & Balls: 10 (Somewhat) Bold Predictions
Dave Regan looks into his crystal ball for the upcoming season and sees some bold things in store for the likes of Paul Goldschmidt.
March 12, 2015
Bats & Balls: Spring Observations Around the League
Dave Regan looks around spring training and finds a lot to react, and overreact, to, including the exciting upside of Nolan Arenado.
March 5, 2015
Bats & Balls: Busts to Avoid
David Regan turns his attention to overvalued players this week and finds Jose Abreu as one of the biggest names to avoid this season.
February 26, 2015
Bats & Balls: Sleepers to Target
Dave Regan names sleepers at each position in his inaugural column of 2015, including Joey Votto whose only question this year is health.
January 30, 2015
Bats & Balls: How to Value Pitching
In his annual magazine column, David Regan lays the groundwork for a quality pitching staff.
September 24, 2014
Bats & Balls: 2015 Breakout Predictions
Nolan Arenado was limited by illness and injury this year, setting himself up for a breakout season in 2015.
September 18, 2014
Bats & Balls: Handing Out the Hardware
Mike Trout is an easy choice for AL MVP, but who has been the most valuable fantasy player relative to ADP this season?
September 10, 2014
Bats & Balls: Failed Expectations
Few players fell as hard this year as Jay Bruce, who has been sub-replacement level after three straight years of 30 homers.
September 3, 2014
Bats & Balls: Overvalued for 2015
Johnny Cueto might be having a great season, but it takes time to rebuild trust, and he hasn't proven that he can be trusted in 2015.
August 27, 2014
Bats & Balls: Second-Half Duds
Nelson Cruz has seen a dramatic drop in second-half production, but could he be poised for a rebound in September?
August 21, 2014
Bats & Balls: Hot August Targets
Travis Snider has impressed with the Pirates this year, but will he get enough at-bats down the stretch to help fantasy teams?
August 14, 2014
Bats & Balls: Moves for the Home Stretch
Teams out of the playoff race still have a lot to play for, including calling up the likes of Cubs prospect Kris Bryant.
August 6, 2014
Bats & Balls: Stretch-Drive Help
As we inch toward September, a player like Dustin Ackley, who's heating up and still offers mutli-position eligibility, can be useful.
July 30, 2014
Bats & Balls: Beating Spring Predictions
A 2011 first-round pick, Sonny Gray is well on his way to ace status, a little sooner than perhaps expected.
July 23, 2014
Bats & Balls: Second-Half Surgers
Jayson Werth has started the second half on fire, and the numbers show he is seeing the ball well this season.
July 16, 2014
Bats & Balls: 10 First-Half Breakouts
The groundball-loving Dallas Keuchel had a surprising first half, but can he keep it up in the second half?
July 9, 2014
Bats & Balls: Spring Predictions Gone Wrong
You can't always be right, and Evan Longoria is one of the players we missed on this year. Why is he making us look bad?
July 2, 2014
Bats & Balls: 10 Surprising Numbers
Dee Gordon has gone from looking like a Quad-A player to an All-Star in a surprising first half that has provided plenty of fantasy value.
June 25, 2014
Bats & Balls: Pitchers to Target and Avoid
Justin Verlander is having a tough year, but he's still missing plenty of bats. What's that mean for his prospects the rest of this season?
June 18, 2014
Bats & Balls: Hitters to Target
David Ortiz's string of .300 seasons likely will end this year, but he's not lost at the plate and his luck should turn at some point.
June 11, 2014
Bats & Balls: Gaining an Edge with xFIP
David Price has been unlucky this season, as his xFIP, which is more than a run lower than his ERA, makes clear.
June 4, 2014
Bats & Balls: Is Bryce Harper Overrated?
No prospect in recent memory has garnered scouting reports like Bryce Harper, but is he even a top-10 talent?
May 29, 2014
Bats & Balls: Revisiting Keeper Rankings
Where does Troy Tulowitzki rank now on a keeper list, and is his amazing start enough to look past his health issues?
May 22, 2014
Bats & Balls: Answering the Mailbag
How has Clayton Kershaw slipped ... on his own team? Answering that question and more in this week's edition of Behind the Numbers.
May 14, 2014
Bats & Balls: Scanning the Wire
Mike Zunino has displayed good power this season and has improved his average too, making him worthy of a pickup in 12-team leagues.
May 7, 2014
Bats & Balls: My Favorite Metrics
Will Troy Tulowitzki keep up his torrid pace? Dave Regan shares the stats he looks to most when evaluating whether players will improve, maintain or regress.
April 30, 2014
Bats & Balls: April NFBC FAAB Review
K-Rod has proven a profitable waiver-wire pickup, but what's the best way to spend FAAB for saves?
April 23, 2014
Bats & Balls: Small Sample Size, Big Conclusions
As he slumps his way through April, is Chase Headley establishing a new baseline of performance?
April 16, 2014
Bats & Balls: Learning From Small Sample Sizes
The sample size is small, but can Dee Gordon reach 65 stolen bases and a .300 batting average this year?
April 9, 2014
Bats & Balls: Is Brandon Belt's Power for Real?
The answer to that and more as this week's edition tackles some early season observations.
April 2, 2014
Bats & Balls: Closer Roulette
With four new closers already crowned, where will the closer wheel land next? Colorado's Rex Brothers might be a good bet.
March 27, 2014
Bats & Balls: Players Who are Hard to Value
No one questions Yasiel Puig's talent, but his fantasy value is hotly debated. Where should he go in drafts this spring?
September 25, 2013
Bats & Balls: Wrapping Up the 2013 Season
Michael Wacha was one of a number of pitching prospects to grab headlines in 2013. Can we expect more in 2014?
September 18, 2013
Bats & Balls: 2013 Awards, 2014 Top-10s
Is Max Scherzer worthy of the AL Cy Young award? Find out that and more as it's time to hand out awards for this season and make some top-10 lists for next season.
September 11, 2013
Bats & Balls: 2013 Underachievers in 2014
Fantasy owners are starting to lose patience with Mike Moustakas, if they haven't already, but what do we do with him and other underachievers come 2014?
September 4, 2013
Bats & Balls: 2013 Overachievers in 2014
Chris Davis is the poster boy for those who outperformed their draft stock this season. But can we expect these players to repeat their success next season?
August 28, 2013
Bats & Balls: Stuff on My Mind
Dave Regan surveys the field and answers the important questions, like who's going to replace Matt Harvey?
August 21, 2013
Bats & Balls: 30 Players for the Stretch Run
Gordon Beckham is having a nice season, and as his wrist heals, his power should pick up, making him a good addition in the stretch run.
August 14, 2013
Bats & Balls: Winning with Non-Stars
Brian Dozier isn't a star, but the Twins infielder is having a year that can help fantasy owners win league titles.
August 7, 2013
Bats & Balls: Surpises and Disappointments 2013
Jean Segura has outperformed most expectations this year, but how will the fallout from the Ryan Braun saga impact him next season?
July 31, 2013
Bats & Balls: Questions for the Second Half
Is Chris Davis poised for a second-half slowdown? Or is he merely going through a dry spell with his power? Find out the answer to that and much more.
July 24, 2013
Bats & Balls: Second-Half Sleepers for Deep Leagues
Even if Dee Gordon is called up to be a utility guy, the stolen-base potential alone makes him worth a look in a lot of formats.
July 17, 2013
Bats & Balls: Second-Half Sleepers
Justin Upton a sleeper? Now's the time to roll the dice on the Braves outfielder after a lengthy struggle in the first half.
July 10, 2013
Bats & Balls: Trending Up, Trending Down
Forget the home runs, it's Pedro Alvarez's average and on-base numbers that are really surprising. But can he keep up that pace in the second half?
July 3, 2013
Bats & Balls: Likes and Dislikes
In which category does Jarrod Parker belong? An expected breakout hasn't happened yet for Parker, but can he turns things around in the second half?
June 26, 2013
Bats & Balls: Ignore at Your Peril
Brian Dozier changed his approach at the plate and is seeing improved results, but he's still largely ignored in mixed leagues.
June 19, 2013
Bats & Balls: All-Star Picks
Perhaps the fantasy MVP of the first half, Jean Segura is an easy All-Star pick. Not all choices are so easy, however. Who else should be an All-Star?
June 12, 2013
Bats & Balls: Brewer Breakout
Jean Segura's breakout season has him positioned to be a top-20 fantasy pick next season. Assuming he can continue his current pace, of course. But can he?
June 5, 2013
Bats & Balls: 10 Fearless Predictions
Yasiel Puig will be the best Dodgers outfielder the rest of the way, according to David Regan.
May 29, 2013
Bats & Balls: Buy, Sell and Cut Bait
Scott Jenstad fills in for Dave Regan this week. Even though he's an A's fan, or maybe because he's an A's fan, Scott is cutting bait on Brett Anderson in his leagues.
May 22, 2013
Bats & Balls: May Turnarounds, Duds & Surprises
Dexter Fowler's April looked like a long-awaited breakout, but he's come crashing back to earth in May. David Regan takes a closer look.
May 15, 2013
Bats & Balls: Closer Scenarios Around the League
Addison Reed is locked in as White Sox closer, but not all end-game situations are so secure. Who's next in line to close? How about closer sleepers?
May 8, 2013
Bats & Balls: Cain He Rebound?
A 5.57 ERA is not what owners had in mind when they drafted Matt Cain this spring, but does that make him a good buy-low candidate now? The answer to that question, and more, lies within.
May 1, 2013
Bats & Balls: Is Weeks Just Weak?
Is Rickie Weeks the most frustrating player in fantasy baseball? Are his skills less than perceived? Is there any hope for his owners? Let's find out, and check others who are off to slow starts this season.
April 24, 2013
Bats & Balls: April Heroes and Zeroes
April is usually Matt Kemp's favorite month, but this season is a different story. What's an owner to do?
April 17, 2013
Bats & Balls: Looking Over Gattis' Shoulder
Brian McCann is on track for a late-April return from the disabled list. So what happens to Evan Gattis when McCann returns? That's but one of the many questions explored this week.,
April 10, 2013
Bats & Balls: Will Davis Flame Out?
Chris Davis is off to a scorching-hot start, but is he destined to flame out for the Orioles
April 3, 2013
Bats & Balls: Opening Day Headlines
Chase Utley's Opening Day performance served notice that fantasy owners would be wise not to write off the oft-injured slugger just yet.
March 27, 2013
Bats & Balls: Spring Training Heroes
Eric Hosmer tore up spring training last year before a disappointing sophomore campaign. Dave Regan highlights spring performances that have grabbed his attention.
March 20, 2013
Bats & Balls: Multiple Shares
Dave Regan examines the common links on the team's that he's drafted so far this spring, including Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown.
March 13, 2013
Bats & Balls: Pitcher Rankings
Justin Verlander is at the top of Dave Regan's board as he shares his top-50 starting pitcher and top-30 reliever rankings.
March 6, 2013
Bats & Balls: Positional Rankings: SS, 3B, OF
With the move into a loaded Toronto lineup, Jose Reyes tops Dave Regan's list of shortstops this season.
February 27, 2013
Bats & Balls: Positional Rankings
Dave Regan explains what he's looking for and shares his rankings at catcher, first base and second for 2013.
February 20, 2013
Bats & Balls: An Offseason Review
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