September 22, 2016
It’s time for Brad Johnson’s annual Mound Musings awards. Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer is on his list after impressing Johnson with his continued consistency over two great years in Washington.
September 15, 2016
With the season winding down, Brad Johnson takes this week to discuss a few of his favorite topics, including the “Do No Harm Principle,” in which he uses Clayton Kershaw and Alfredo Simon as examples.
September 8, 2016
Brad Johnson details his top three draft-board arms for next year in both National and American Leagues. At the top of his list is Clayton Kershaw, who Johnson believes will continue to have major first-round impact.
September 1, 2016
Brad Johnson examines pitchers who might be worth a look for your fantasy team during the season’s final month, including Texas Ranger Derek Holland, who came back from injury in late August.
August 25, 2016
This week, Brad Johnson focuses on pitchers in the American League who will be in demand next year, like Yu Darvish, so if you’re out of the title hunt this year, it's a great time to do your homework for next season.
August 18, 2016
If your season is all but over this year, Brad Johnson says that this is a great time to lay the foundation for a big 2017 by targeting pitchers who will be in demand next year, like Noah Syndergaard.
August 11, 2016
In this week’s article, Brad Johnson tackles one of his most frequently asked questions, which has to do which teams’ closing situations are in flux including the Cardinals and Trevor Rosenthal.
August 4, 2016
With the non-waiver trade deadline over, Brad Johnson examines the starting pitcher trades he believes could significantly impact fantasy roles for the remainder of the season, including the Ray’s Matt Moore to the Giants.
July 28, 2016
Last week, Brad Johnson traveled through time to bring us the NL pitchers he things are going make a huge impact in the summer of ’18. This week, he predicts the future for AL pitchers, including Yu Darvish.
July 21, 2016
Brad Johnson time travels to mid 2018 to study National League pitchers who he believes will be the top performers of that season. Topping this futuristic list is New York Met Noah Syndergaard.
July 14, 2016
As the second half of the season gets underway, Brad Johnson focuses this week on pitchers he predicts will have a productive second half, like Cardinal Adam Wainwright.
July 7, 2016
In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson is analyzing pitchers who have solid numbers close to the halfway point of the season, but may not have the stuff to make it last for the rest of the season, including Cub Jon Lester.
June 30, 2016
Brad Johnson is back. This week, he looks at a variety of player injuries and their impact on the fantasy world, including Angels pitcher Garrett Richards’ UCL tear.
June 1, 2016
Brad Johnson offers his thoughts on who to watch, what to watch for and often-overlooked factors when evaluating pitching for fantasy teams, including his reasons for targeting Yu Darvish in his leagues this year.
May 26, 2016
In this week’s edition, Brad Johnson discusses young impact pitchers, like the Rays' Blake Snell, who will be arriving soon at a ballpark near you.
May 19, 2016
Brad Johnson explains his five-tier system for figuring out an ace, like Clayton Kershaw, or future aces, on the waiver wire and in your lineup.
May 12, 2016
Brad Johnson knows that competing in the holds category is challenging. In this week’s article, he tries to make the task of finding holds producers, like Koji Uehara, easier.
May 5, 2016
A full month into the season, Brad Johnson helps sort out which surprisingly good pitchers, like the Reds Brandon Finnegan, are worth the long haul.
April 28, 2016
Brad Johnson explains that when a good pitcher starts a season with bad stats, i.e., Cardinal Adam Wainwright, fantasy owners need to figure out whether a turnaround is coming.
April 21, 2016
Brad Johnson explains what to look for when determining which pitching prospects will soon get opportunities. Find out why Brandon Finnegan gets the edge against more talented pitchers.
April 14, 2016
Last week, Brad Johnson gave us an in-depth look at AL closer situations, now the NL gets its turn, including the Diamondbacks' Daniel Hudson.
April 7, 2016
This week, Brad Johnson takes an in-depth look at American League closers to keep an eye on, including A’s Sean Doolittle.
April 1, 2016
Brad Johnson concludes his series looking at pitchers to watch with the NL West, and leading the way is Arizona's Patrick Corbin.
March 25, 2016
Brad Johnson looks at some intriguing starting pitchers in the AL West, including Texas' Yu Darvish, whose draft-day discount should pay off handsomely once he returns from injury.
March 18, 2016
Brad Johnson continues his tour through baseball with a look at pitchers to watch in the NL Central, including St. Louis' Adam Wainwright.
March 11, 2016
Brad Johnson continues his series of arms to watch and one of the biggest jumping out in the AL Central is Cleveland's Danny Salazar.
March 4, 2016
If Brad Johnson can have only on Mets starter, would it be Noah Syndergaard or one of his brethren fireballers? Who else is on his list of arms to watch?
February 27, 2016
Brad Johnson makes the case that Kevin Gausman will prove a draft-day bargain, if the Orioles will just stop impeding his progress. Who else is on his list of arms to watch?
October 2, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at the impressive life and career of Mark Buehrle
September 24, 2015
Brad Johnson reveals his 2016 watchlist of young arms, including Tampa Bay lefty Blake Snell, who could crack the rotation by midseason next year.
September 17, 2015
Part two of Brad Johnson's look at pitching prospects for next season, featuring Baltimore's Kevin Gausman
September 10, 2015
Brad Johnson lines up the potential breakout NL pitchers of 2016
September 3, 2015
Brad Johnson's (very short) list of top-of-rotation starters to target in 2016 drafts.
August 27, 2015
Brad Johnson is making the most of September's expanded rosters.
August 20, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at potential keepers for 2016, including Kevin Gausman, who can still be a true top-of-the-rotation starter.
August 13, 2015
Brad Johnson on changing relief situations and how bullpens are setting up for the stretch drive.
August 6, 2015
Brad Johnson continues his examination of the trade deadline deals and how David Price and the rest will fare in their new homes.
July 30, 2015
Brad Johnson analyzes the Cueto, Hamels, Kazmir and Tulowitzki trades and what it means for fantasy owners.
July 23, 2015
Brad Johnson looks to see which direction the trade winds are blowing.
July 16, 2015
Brad Johnson's review of the arms at this year's Futures Game, including Houston's Mark Appel, who continues to be something of an enigma.
July 9, 2015
Brad Johnson on pitchers that could be real values if the right situations arise.
July 2, 2015
Brad Johnson is expecting big second-half performances from some slow-starting pitchers.
June 25, 2015
Brad Johnson is losing faith in some of this year's most surprising pitchers.
June 18, 2015
Brad Johnson looks at some of MLB's new arrivals and previews the arms yet to come.
June 11, 2015
Brad Johnson recaps the first-year player draft and some pitchers to watch in the coming years.
June 4, 2015
Brad Johnson's latest pitching news, notes, and optimistic thoughts about Stephen Strasburg.
May 28, 2015
Brad Johnson on the ideal closer's resume, the Mets' six-man rotation and more.
May 21, 2015
Brad Johnson's latest will help you avoid some potential pitching pitfalls.
May 14, 2015
Brad Johnson has words of encouragement for Chris Sale and some other some big-time arms.
May 7, 2015
Can Dallas Keuchel and Dan Haren keep this up? Brad Johnson says no.
April 30, 2015
Brad Johnson on the many advantages of the K. Also - how will the Cards replace Wainwright?
April 23, 2015
Brad Johnson takes a look at the next wave of National League arms, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.
April 16, 2015
Brad Johnson looks to ride the next wave of great American League pitchers
April 9, 2015
How many of this spring's big surprises will turn into real values? Brad Johnson discusses.
April 3, 2015
Brad Johnson details how to spare your rotation harm even when not all of your starting pitchers are elite.
March 27, 2015
Brad Johnson hopes Jake Peavy's struggles last year will drive down his draft-day price because the veteran hurler can still help a fantasy team.
March 20, 2015
Brad Johnson hopes nearly a year off with injury will drop Derek Holland's draft-day price because he could be a bargain this year.
March 13, 2015
Brad Johnson recognizes the risk in Michael Wacha, but the young hurler's upside is worth betting on, especially at a discounted draft-day price.
March 5, 2015
Brad Johnson turns to the AL Central this week for pitchers whom fantasy owners should highlight on their cheat sheets, including Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco.
February 26, 2015
Brad Johnson continues his look around the big leagues and finds some intriguing arms in the NL East, including the Mets' Noah Syndergaard.
February 21, 2015
Brad Johnson makes the case that drafting Masahiro Tanaka and his questionable elbow is worth the risk at what likely will be a reduced draft-day price.
September 25, 2014
Noah Syndergaard struggled most of this year with nagging minor injuries, but he needs to be on every fantasy owner's radar.
September 18, 2014
Prospect pitcher Kevin Gausman is up to stay and is built to be a workhorse for the Orioles.
September 11, 2014
Nathan Eovaldi can handcuff hitters with both velocity and movement and should be ready next season to help owners from the get-go.
September 4, 2014
Clayton Kershaw is, of course, the top fantasy pitcher heading into 2015, but who else should be on your short list of starters to watch?
August 28, 2014
The Nationals have solidified their position atop the division thanks to pitching, and Stephen Strasburg hasn't even hit his stride yet.
August 21, 2014
The best pitchers know how to work around trouble, and few are better at it than Felix Hernandez, who has allowed a mere two home runs with runners on this year.
August 14, 2014
The Padres' Odrisamer Despaigne made it out of Cuba with marginal stuff, but he's hard to hit because he has a wide aresnal of offerings.
August 7, 2014
Putting hitters away in two-strike counts is one of the most important factors when evaluating pitchers, and no starter does it better than Felix Hernandez.
July 31, 2014
Do the Cardinals have the magic to help Justin Masterson turn around his season?
July 24, 2014
For many owners, it's time to look toward next season, and that means identifying arms, like Nathan Eovaldi, who are the real deal.
July 17, 2014
Noah Syndergaard is one of many prospects who impressed at the Futures Game, but as a closer?
July 10, 2014
The Phillies are said to be quietly checking for potential trade partners, and Cole Hamels is likely available.
July 3, 2014
If R.A. Dickey can harness his knuckleball a bit better, his home-run tate could drop in the second half of the season.
June 26, 2014
Head-to-Head leagues often especially prone to luck, but are some pitchers, like Chris Sale, who have skills to overcome it?
June 19, 2014
With Super 2 status passed, more prospect hurlers could be promoted soon, joining the likes of Baltimore's Kevin Gausman.
June 12, 2014
The slow torture of high pitch counts is making the great game of baseball about as fun as watching grass grow. Even the command savvy Masahiro Tanaka lasted only six innings against the ultra-patient A's.
June 5, 2014
LSU's Aaron Nola is considered the most MLB-ready pitcher this year in a draft class that is rich in pitching prospects.
May 29, 2014
Is it easier to spot the future star or the flavor of the month? And where does that leave Dallas Keuchel?
May 22, 2014
As more and more pitchers, like Miami's Jose Fernandez, go under knife, fantasy owners have to learn how to deal with injuries.
May 15, 2014
Like a number of frustrating pitchers, Yovani Gallardo can dismantle the best bats in the game when he's on, and get battered by mediocre ones when he's not.
May 8, 2014
Noah Syndergaard is getting his feet wet at Triple-A, but the day is coming soon when he will join the Mets rotation.
May 1, 2014
The Orioles likely will wait until June to call up prospect Kevin Gausman, but when he finally arrives he should stick in the O's rotation for a long time.
April 24, 2014
Mike Minor is close to returning to the Braves, and a solid defense behind him should help keep his WHIP low.
April 17, 2014
Brad "Bogfella" Johnson talks about why strikeout potential is an important part in evaluating fantasy relevance of starting pitchers
April 10, 2014
Jim Johnson is already out in Oakland, but what should owners look for in closers-in-waiting?
April 3, 2014
Is it too early to sell a pitcher like Justin Masterson? How soon should you considering selling high?
March 27, 2014
You're better off stashing high-upside arms like Derek Holland rather than wasting roster spots on generic utility players barely above replacement level.
March 20, 2014
Tim Lincecum's star has fallen, but does that offer a profit-making opportunity on draft day?
March 13, 2014
Is Yu Darvish a top-five pitcher? Should fantasy owners treat him as such in drafts? Do the walks matter?
March 6, 2014
There's value to be had with Shelby Miller, whose draft-day value has been driven down by bad memories of last year.
February 27, 2014
Even a modest draft-day discount on Justin Verlander will prove valuable for fantasy owners this season.
February 20, 2014
If durability concerns provide a slight discount for Stephen Strasburg this year, it's time to pounce.
February 13, 2014
Matt Moore is definitely an arm to watch in the AL East this season, but has he reached his ceiling yet?
February 6, 2014
If Kevin Gausman doesn't make the O's rotation this spring, he could end up a decent sources of holds for fantasy owners.
September 26, 2013
Taijuan Walker is one of the younger arms on this year's list of pitchers who made their marks in 2013, but he's also one of the best.
September 19, 2013
Jarred Cosart has plenty of upside, but fantasy owners, and the Astros too, must remember to have ample patience.
September 12, 2013
Jose Fernandez is not smoke and mirros - he's for real. This week we look at a number of
September 5, 2013
Back from his recent injury trouble, Matt Moore is an easy keeper for next year, provided he's at a reasonable price.
August 29, 2013
Yu Darvish might not be the top starting pitcher entering 2014, but he'll be one of the top hurlers off the board.
August 22, 2013
Matt Harvey's is quickly approaching his innings limit this season, creating havoc for fantasy owners.
August 14, 2013
LaTroy Hawkins is filling in as closer after David Aardsma predictably flopped, but the New York bullpen is a mess.
August 8, 2013
Patrick Corbin has been a fantasy surprise in Arizona this year, but how likely is he to continue to perform at his current level?
August 1, 2013
Ian Kennedy might be the biggest winner in this year's trade deadline, going from a hitter's haven where he watched his mistakes fly out of the yard to a pitcher's paradise that should help him right the ship.
July 25, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is young, but this is his time to step up and be a leader for the Nationals, who could be poised for a second-half push.
July 18, 2013
Noah Syndergaard pitches older than his young age and, as he showed at the Futures Game, gives the Mets a lot to like.
July 11, 2013
Is Dan Haren a ticking time bomb? Here's a look at pitchers to avoid in the second half.
July 4, 2013
R.A. Dickey is just one of several arms for the Blue Jays who could have a resurgent second half and provide fantasy owners with a nice payoff.
June 27, 2013
Zack Wheeler's had two starts for the Mets, but what he has showed thus far bodes well for his fantasy future.
June 20, 2013
Despite their woes this season, the Marlins boast a trio of impressive pitchers, headlined by greybeard Nathan Eovaldi.
June 14, 2013
Teams are increasingly using the draft to find players who are nearly major-league ready. Such is the case with the Astros' first-overall selection of Mark Appel, who could be in Houston later this year.
June 6, 2013
Arguably the Astros' best pitching prospect, Jarred Cosart is waiting patiently for his callup to the big-league club.
May 31, 2013
Michael Wacha turned in a sterling major-league debut, but long term, what should we expect from him and other prospect pitchers set to be called up?
May 23, 2013
Jake Odorizzi finally got an opportunity with the Rays, and other prospect pitchers are about to get theirs as teams reach into the minors for callups.
May 16, 2013
High ceiling, low ceiling or no ceiling. When it comes to pitchers, which is easier to spot? And What does that mean for a pitcher like Derek Holland?
May 9, 2013
Addison Reed has been one of the reliable closers in a season that has seen seemingly more volatility than most years.
May 2, 2013
What do restaurants and pitchers have in common? Location, location, location. Matt Cain's recent struggles can be blamed on inconsistent location.
April 25, 2013
Few things in baseball compare to the K, especially these days with so many pitch-to-contact hurlers. Stephen Strasburg might be aiming for too much of the latter.
April 19, 2013
Does Cliff Lee throw too many strikes? Brad Johnson takes a closer look at the importance of pitch location, and setting up opposing hitters.
April 11, 2013
Josh Collmenter's over-the-top delivery initially fooled hitters. When hitters adjusted, Collmenter imploded. Here's how to avoid those ticking time bombs.
April 4, 2013
Cleveland "ace" Justin Masterson still lacks an effective pitch to get out lefties, so why should you expect different results?
March 28, 2013
Stephen Strasburg is any easy pick, but who else makes the Dream Team of pitching?
March 22, 2013
After a nightmare year last season, Tim Lincecum should come at a healthy discount this season.
March 14, 2013
Like many southpaws at this stage of their careers, Derek Holland is still finding, or at least looking for, consistency.
March 7, 2013
Adam Wainwright is high on the list for potential draft-day value this season as he is now healthy.
February 28, 2013
It would be hard to imagine Chis Sale having a better year than he had in 2012, but it's not beyond the realm of possibility.
February 21, 2013
This week's installment of the season-opening pitching series turns to the NL East.
February 14, 2013
Mounds Musings opens the 2013 season with a new look and with its spotlight on the AL East.
September 27, 2012
It's time to hand out season-end awards.Tim Lincecum's highly disappointing season leaves him with only a better-luck-next-year.
September 20, 2012
Jeremy Hellickson looks ready for a breakout season in his third year in the league in 2013.
September 13, 2012
Shallow leagues that see Marco Estrada on the waiver wire should pounce, as he could be a valuable addition as we head into the home stretch of the season.
September 6, 2012
That Nats' mishandling of Steven Strasburg this season stands in stark contrast to the adroit touch the Braves used with Kris Medlen.
August 30, 2012
Will the gloves come off in 2013? If so, Stephen Strasburg could be the top fantasy pitcher entering next season.
August 23, 2012
Does Jered Weaver's low BABIP mean he's headed for an ugly correction? Or is he an exception to the rule? If so, why?
August 16, 2012
Where will Carlos Marmol be in 2013? Despite the this year's turmoil, he might end up right back with the Cubs.
August 9, 2012
Targeting Jeff Samardzija this spring has worked out fairly well, but the same can't be said for every spring target.
August 2, 2012
How much longer will the Angels put up with Ervin Santana in the rotation? And who will take his spot once he's dumped?
July 26, 2012
Hanley Ramirez's trade to the Dodgers could be just the beginning of an exciting trade deadline week. What other deals can we expect?
July 19, 2012
Felix Hernandez's velocity might be down, but i hasn't seemed to matter.
July 12, 2012
As baseball heads into the second half of the season, is it time to buy or sell Tim Lincecum?
July 5, 2012
Ervin Santana's been among the surprise pitchers this season - but not on the good side. What can we expect in the second half?
June 28, 2012
June 21, 2012
For all his flaws, Francisco Liriano misses bats, and he's probably available in shallow formats.
June 14, 2012
Jeff Samardzija is enjoying the benefit of a making batters miss. What can we learn from swinging-strike rate?
June 7, 2012
You've got questions, we've got answers. Such as, should owners trust Francisco Lirano?
May 31, 2012
Will Roy Halladay's shoulder injury doom the Phillies? Answers to that and more as we stroll around the league's 30 rotations.
May 24, 2012
Johan Santana's re-emergence has been one of the biggest surprises of the year. We've got eight more for you.
May 17, 2012
Dellin Betances projects as a No. 2 starter, but his lack of control this year could easily derail that projection. When should we expect him in the bigs?
May 10, 2012
Will Stephen Strasburg pitch enough innings to win the NL Cy Young crown this season?
May 3, 2012
For Roy Halladay, strikeouts are way down and walks are up. Is his sub-2.00 ERA set to explode?
April 26, 2012
Adam Wainwright has had a tough start to the year, but what should we expect for the rest of the season?
April 19, 2012
Matt Thornton isn't the closer yet on the South Side, but he appears next in line. Which relievers should you target now for saves later?
April 12, 2012
Jeff Samardzija's sparkling season debut makes us ask, where did that come from? The answer to that and more is here.
April 5, 2012
Is the Mariners' Double-A rotation, beaming with three strandout prospects, better than the one in Seattle?
March 29, 2012
Matt Thornton looks to have the edge in a three-way battle for saves on the South Side. Where else can fantasy owners find saves on the cheap?
March 22, 2012
Instead of looking at K, BB and GB rates, what if we looked at a pitcher's percentages in those stats? How would that change our view of a pitcher like Tim Lincecum? Let's find out.
March 15, 2012
March 8, 2012
Rafael Betancourt is the top-ranked closer? Dave Regan says so. Check out his unqiue rankings formula.
March 1, 2012
Where does Tim Lincecum rank ... on his own team? Dave Regan offers predictions and observations for 2012.
February 23, 2012
Wade Davis' bid to land a Rays rotation spot is but one of many spring pitching battles around the league. Find out how it's all likely to shake out.
February 16, 2012
Clayton Kershaw could approach 300 strikeouts this season. Does that vault him over Justin Verlander as the league's top starter?
September 29, 2011
Ricky Nolasco might not
September 22, 2011
Mariano Rivera is the all-time saves leaders, but where does he rank among closers entering next season?
September 15, 2011
Justin Verlander is the top fantasy pitcher heading into next season, but a few others are close behind.
September 8, 2011
Rich Harden's ERA after the break sits at just 4.55, but in 57.1 innings, Harden has 74 strikeouts for a solid 11.6 K/9.
September 1, 2011
A year after Tommy John surgery, Stephen Strasburg is ready to get back on the mound for the Nationals.
August 25, 2011
A maturing and improving Mat Latos is primed for a breakout 2012 campaign in San Diego.
August 18, 2011
A look around the league at the status of each team's rotation, including the drama in New York with A.J. Burnett and the Yankees.
August 11, 2011
Johnny Cueto's xFIP says his ERA should be higher, but an improved groundball rate is helping him overcome a diminishing strikeout rate. Which pitchers are due for a increase or decrease in ERA?
August 4, 2011
Musings examines mound questions from around the league, includingTrevor Cahill's tough second half.
July 27, 2011
Ubaldo Jimenez is among a number of pitchers whose trade deadline status will impact fantasy rotations and bullpens.
July 21, 2011
Michael Pineda has looked much better than a mere rookie this season, but is he hitting a first-year wall already?
July 14, 2011
July 7, 2011
Will Joe Nathan regain the closer role for the Twins? That's just one of a bevy of questions we tackle, looking ahead to the second half.
June 30, 2011
James Shields sports a likely unsustainable strand rate. Does that mean he's due for an ERA correction?
June 23, 2011
Fausto Carmona was supposed to be the anchor for a young Indians rotation, but he's been anything but. What should we expect from him?
June 16, 2011
The A's dodged a bullet with Brett Anderson, and hopefully they'll be equally as lucky with Trevor Cahill, who is clearly not himself these days.
June 9, 2011
Is Ubaldo Jimenez back? That's but one of the questions in the Mound Musings mailbag that gets answered this week.
June 2, 2011
How does Toronto's Shaun Marcum do it with a Reganesque Fastball?
May 26, 2011
Chris Volstad is more than a tease, but he could be on the verge of respectability or better.
May 19, 2011
Neftali Feliz is back in the saddle for the Rangers, but is Tanner Scheppers a name we should know?
May 12, 2011
Francisco Liriano just threw a no-hitter, but his velocity is down this year. Does velocity matter?
May 5, 2011
Felix Hernandez leads the list of top starting-pitcher keepers. Who's the top-ranked reliever?
April 28, 2011
Wade Davis has had a lot of unsustainable good fortune this season, but not all
April 21, 2011
Ryan Franklin is out as the St. Louis closer. So, who does that mean is in?
April 14, 2011
What do advanced pitching metrics like O-Swing% and Z-Contact% tell us about a pitcher like Kyle McClellan?
April 7, 2011
The Dodgers' lifeless bats prevented Clayton Kershaw from notching two wins in the first week, but he still posted a 17:2 K:BB in 13 innings.
March 31, 2011
March 24, 2011
Joe Nathan is back, but how much can you expect from him this season? Those and other bullpen questions from around the league are answered in this week's Musings.
March 17, 2011
Who's better than Mariners ace and reigning American League Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez?
March 10, 2011
March 3, 2011
Cole Hamels is almost an afterthought given the state of the Phillies rotation, but he could be in store for huge things this year.
February 24, 2011
Derek Holland is one of a handful of candidates vying for a the last couple remaining spots in the Rangers rotation.
January 26, 2011
Felix Hernandez wasn't a casualty of the Verducci Effect in 2010
September 30, 2010
September 23, 2010
September 16, 2010
September 9, 2010
How the 2010 second half has affected next year's pitcher rankings in this look ahead.
September 2, 2010
August 26, 2010
August 19, 2010
August 12, 2010
August 5, 2010
July 29, 2010
July 22, 2010
July 15, 2010
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