Sporer covers pitching for RotoWire. He also writes for Baseball Prospectus and publishes an annual guide on starting pitcher. In his spare time, he roots for the Tigers.
December 17, 2014
Behind the Breakout: Rendon's Rapid Rise
Anthony Rendon paired good health with his elite offensive upside en route to a full breakout in 2014. Paul Sporer takes a closer look.
November 28, 2014
Behind the Breakout: A Big Step From McHugh
What drove the breakout for Collin McHugh last season? Paul Sporer breaks down one of the biggest surprises of 2014.
November 13, 2014
Behind the Breakout: Brantley Goes Boom
What changed for Michael Brantley during his 2014 breakout? Paul Sporer takes a closer look.
September 20, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Down the Stretch they Come
With a playoff berth in the balance, the Mariners might need 18 innings out of Felix Hernandez this week, which would be just fine for fantasy owners.
September 13, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Strasburg's Quiet Excellence
Stephen Strasburg might have disappointed some this year, but he's still having a fantastic fantasy season.
September 6, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Two Jokers for the King
Felix Hernandez gets two starts this week against teams he has dominated this year.
August 30, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Fightin' Phillie
Cole Hamels has been in a groove since mid-May, and he'll look to continue it in two starts this week.
August 23, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Two Starts for Kershaw
A two-start week for Clayton Kershaw comes at the perfect time for fantasy owners, especially for those in head-to-head leagues.
August 16, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: No Taming this Tiger
Max Scherzer is one of the few things going right for the Tigers these days, as he's dominated in his recent starts.
August 9, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Killer 'Wrighty'
Adam Wainwright not only gets two starts this week, but he gets two teams that can't hit right-handers in the Marlins and Padres.
August 2, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Gray Gets All A's
Considering the absurd run he's on, Sonny Gray might be baseball's best mid-rotation starter after he went from ace to No. 3 in the rotation thanks to trades.
July 26, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Darvish Still Dealing
Yu Darvish is having a down year that most pitchers would kill for, and this week he gets two starts.
July 19, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Smooth Saling
As the second half gets into full swing, Chris Sale gets two teams this week that he usually dominates.
July 18, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Second-Half Kickoff
All-Star starter Felix Hernandez is back in action as the second half kicks off this weekend.
July 5, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Kershaw's Brilliance Limited this Week
Clayton Kershaw has been unreal lately, but he has only one start this week. Is that enough to knock him from the top ranking?
June 28, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Ray of Hope
David Price has had a huge June, and that's enough to vault him to the top of this week's pitcher rankings.
June 21, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Crowning Achievement
Felix Hernandez's 2.22 ERA is not supported by his skills -- it's too high. With two starts, he's the top pitcher in the AL this week, but is he tops in baseball?
June 14, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Red Scare
Johnny Cueto has a 1.85 ERA but is just 6-5 thanks to a Cincinnati offense that has deprived him of run support.
June 7, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Bumgarner Continues to Baffle Batters
Madison Bumgarner is dominating this season, and with two starts at home this week, he's the easy choice for the league's top-ranked pitcher.
May 31, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: It's Good to be the King
Felix Hernandez has 30 strikeouts in his last 31.1 innings and gets two starts this week as the league's top-rated pitcher.
May 24, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Making the Case for Cy Yu
Yu Darvish is a frontrunner for the AL Cy Young award and has two starts this week to continue building his case.
May 17, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: K Time for Tanaka
Masahiro Tanaka has two starts this week in Chicago, giving him a great opportunity to rack up some strikeouts.
May 10, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Wainwright vs. his Nemesis
Adam Wainwright has allowed 13 runs this year, 10 of which have come against the Cubs, who he faces this week.
May 3, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Kershaw Returns to Mound
Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to return from the disabled list this week, and he gets two starts to boot, but where does that leave him in the rankings?
April 26, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: No Ordinary Joe
Has Jose Fernandez done enough to retain his claim as the NL's best pitcher even when Clayton Kershaw returns from the disabled list?
April 19, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Discounted Darvish Paying Off
Two starts in pitcher-friendly parks makes Yu Darvish this week's top hurler, giving owners who ignored the draft-day panic a nice profit.
April 12, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Sonny Days in Oakland
Sonny Gray, who has a friendly start this week in Houston, is becoming a more complete pitcher this year.
April 5, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Strength
Max Scherzer hit the trifecta this week -- two starts in pitchers' parks against the National League.
March 29, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2014 Season
Justin Verlander looks poised this year to reclaim his former position as the top pitcher in the AL, but does that mean he is the top pitcher in this week's season debut of the Value Meter?
March 19, 2014
Pitching Value Meter: Opening Day Approaches
Clayton Kershaw is the best pitcher in the U.S., and he is about to show that he's the best pitcher in Australia as the 2014 season kicks off.
September 21, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Season Finale
Adam Wainwright is on a roll in his last three starts and with two starts this week lands the NL's top spot in the season finale of the Pitching Value Meter.
September 14, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Max Value
Detroit's Max Scherzer will take a fourth attempt at win No. 20 this week with a matchup against the White Sox.
September 7, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Weaver gets his Wings Again
Jered Weaver recovered from a beating in the Bronx to hurl three quality starts in his last four outings, setting him up for a good run this week.
August 31, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Speeding into September
Cole Hamels dominated in August for the Phillies. What's the first week of September have in store for the Philadelphia hurler?
August 24, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Matchup Proof
Jose Fernandez might be young, but he fears no team, including the division-leading Braves, whom he faces this week.
August 17, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Yes Way, Jose
Jose Fernandez gets the Dodgers in one of his two starts this week and might just be one of the few pitchers who can stop the hot-hitting club.
August 10, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Giants Look to Cruise Madison Ave
Madison Bumgarner has a gift week as he is slated to face baseball's two worst teams in OPS vs. left-handed pitchers. Is that enough to make him the week's top starter?
August 3, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Tough Week Ahead for Kershaw
Clayton Kershaw has two tough matchups this week, but is that enough to keep him out of the top spot in the National League rankings?
July 27, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Leave it to Weaver
Jered Weaver is in a groove, posting a 1.32 ERA in his last six starts. He gets two starts this week, making him the AL's top starting pticher.
July 20, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Max is Top Dog
Max Scherzer is the top dog in baseball this week with two starts against offenses that don't have much fight in them.
July 18, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: King of the Hill
Fresh off his All-Star Game appearance, Felix Hernandez gets the free-swinning Astros in his first start of the second half.
July 6, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Maximum Effort
Max Scherzer doesn't have an easy slate of starts this week, but he hasn't gotten this far by beating up on tomato cans.
June 29, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: LA's K-Man
Even a trip to Coors Field can't knock Clayton Kershaw off his perch as the league's top starter this week.
June 26, 2013
Bats and 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 22, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Yu the Man This Week
With two starts this week, strikeout king Yu Darvish is the man to own in fantasy leagues.
June 15, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: The Wainwright Stuff
How unreal has Adam Wainwright been this year? He has more wins (10) than walks (9). This week he gets two home starts. Guess where he's ranked?
June 8, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Move Over Felix, Kuma's the King
Hisashi Iwakuma is the king of the American League this week with starts against two free-swinging clubs.
June 1, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Ace of the AL
Felix Hernandez is the only elite pitcher in the AL this week with two starts, making the Seattle ace an easy pick for top honors in the Value Meter.
May 25, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Harvey Rises to the Top
Matt Harvey could be headed for a big week with two starts, including facing the cross-town rival Yankees.
May 18, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Miller Time in St. Louis
The young lad Shelby Miller sneaks up the rankings this week with two starts in pitcher-friendly parks. But where did the Cardinal land?
May 12, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Still No. 1
Clayton Kershaw has only one start this week, but he's still the No. 1-rated pitcher in fantasy baseball.
May 4, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Not A Bum
Madison Bumgarner isn't getting the attention he deserves with a 1.55 ERA and 0.84 WHIP through six starts this season. This week's Value Meter rectifies the slight.
April 27, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: No Love for Kershaw
The National League is so top heavy with two-start starters that Clayton Kershaw gets pushed down the rankings, while the American League is studs and duds this week.
April 20, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Back on Track?
Roy Halladay's outing against a tough Cardinals lineup should hearten his owners, and he has a favorable matchup this week.
April 13, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Not the Only Nat
Stephen Strasburg is not the only Nationals pitcher with a promising week ahead. Check out this week's pitcher rankings.
April 6, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: One-Start Studs vs. Two-Start Vanillas
Is a one-start Justin Verlander better this week than a two-start C.J. Wilson? That's the on-going debate for fantasy owners.
March 30, 2013
Pitching Value Meter: Kicking Off the 2013 Season
Baseball is back, and Clayton Kershaw gets two starts in the opening week as he debuts as fantasy's top-ranked pitcher.
February 9, 2013
Cardinals' Team Preview: Familiar Beginning
Another season without Chris Carpenter? No problem. The Cards' well-oiled machine looks primed to push for another trip to the World Series in 2013.