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Mound Musings: The Kids on Parade Watch List for 2019
September 27th
Brad Johnson ends the season with his favorite column about MLB’s up and coming pitchers, including Alex Reyes, who, Johnson says, when healthy, is a beast on the mound.
Mound Musings: The 2018 Season Pitching Awards Issue
September 20th
Brad Johnson offers up his season-ending awards, good and bad, including the Biggest (Pleasant) Surprise trophy, which goes to Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
Mound Musings: A Tale of Two Rotations
September 13th
Brad Johnson looks at recommendations he made heading into the season to see how they’ve panned out, good or bad, featuring Red Sox star pitcher Chris Sale.
Mound Musings: Targeting 2019 – Building Your Draft Day Value List
September 6th
Looking ahead to next year, Brad Johnson compiles a list of valuable arms that might be available at a discount on draft day 2019. Topping his list is White Sox pitcher Carlos Rodon.
Mound Musings: See You in September
August 30th
Brad Johnson helps navigate this tricky time of year by highlighting pitchers who are worth keeping an eye on during the season’s final month, like Michael Wacha, who’s September outlook is a bit murky.
Mound Musings: The AL Bullpen Shuffle
August 23rd
Brad Johnson checks in with unsettled AL bullpen assignments to see where they may be headed including in Los Angeles, where Blake Parker is the closer for now.
Mound Musings: The Bullpen Shuffle – National League
August 16th
Brad Johnson looks at evolving bullpen assignments in the NL to see where they may be headed. Kenta Maeda could see the majority of saves in Los Angeles until Kenley Jansen returns.
Mound Musings: My 2018 'Home' League Pitching Staff Revisited
August 9th
Brad Johnson delves into the details of his 28th Home League pitching staff, featuring Noah Syndergaard as his No. 1 starter.
Mound Musings: Examining Trade Deadline Repercussions
August 2nd
Brad Johnson dives into the impact of the non-waiver trade deadline on pitchers like Cole Hamels, who was in the middle of a disappointing season with the Rangers when he got traded to the Cubs.
Mound Musings: The Trade Winds Are Blowing
July 26th
Brad Johnson discusses some of the high-profile pitching changes happening this month, like the Brad Hand and Adam Cimber move from San Diego to Cleveland.
Mound Musings: Looking to the Future
July 19th
Last Sunday, Brad Johnson had the chance to watch the Futures Game and analyze a few of the top quality young arms, including the Braves’ Kyle Wright.
Mound Musings: Learning to Think Like a GM
July 12th
Brad Johnson recommends looking at your roster, and available waiver wire players, in the context of major league baseball to understand decisions GMs make, like why Jeff Samardzija is still in the Giants rotation.
Mound Musings: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
July 5th
Brad Johnson reveals his biggest surprises, so far this season, like Yankees’ Sonny Gray, who’s struggling with the home-run happy approach adopted by many runners this season.
Mound Musings: The Phones Are Ringing
June 28th
Brad Johnson says this is the time of year where GM phones begin to ring with trade possibilities and he lists a few likely move candidates including the Rangers Cole Hamels.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
June 21st
Brad Johnson discusses a few random baseball thoughts including trade rumors and the Nationals picking up Royals closer Kelvin Herrera.
Mound Musings: To Punt or Not to Punt
June 14th
Brad Johnson discusses the various options for managing your fantasy pitchers, and offers nonstarter/noncloser relievers to consider, including “super reliever” Andrew Miller.
Mound Musings: First Year Player Draft Edition
June 7th
Brad Johnson describes MLB’s draft and upcoming pitchers to watch out for. In Notable Rotation Ramblings, Johnson notes Cleveland pitcher Corey Kluber’s consistency this season.
Mound Musings: Checking in on the Bullpens – NL
May 31st
Brad Johnson looks at frequently changing closer situations in the National League, like in Miami, where there’s a three-horse race between current closer Brad Ziegler, and Kyle Barraclough and Drew Steckenrider.
Mound Musings: Checking in on the Bullpens – AL
May 24th
Brad Johnson examines closer situations in the AL that are frequently changing, including in Baltimore, where the Orioles await the return of their regular closer Zach Britton.
Mound Musings: When Things Go Horribly Wrong
May 17th
Brad Johnson dissects pitchers off to rocky starts, like Orioles starter Dylan Bundy, and helps determine the best course of action with them going forward.
Mound Musings: Building a Championship Team – Part 2
May 10th
This week, the focus turns to uncovering pitchers who deserve to be targets in your team-building process including Tier 4 guys like White Sox Carlos Rodon.
Mound Musings: Building a Championship Team – Part 1
May 3rd
In this two-part series, Brad Johnson passes along some thoughts on two facets of building a winner in keeper/dynasty leagues. Part of his own scouting strategy involved the recently acquired Matt Harvey.
Mound Musings: Revisiting Recommended Targets
April 26th
Brad Johnson reviews his preseason 'Guy to Own' category by checking in with his draft day targets. Is he still recommending Mariner James Paxton?
Mound Musings: Baby, It’s COLD Outside!
April 19th
Brad Johnson ponders whether pitchers falling short of expectations, like the Rays' Chris Archer, should be cause for owners to either exercise patience or cut losses.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
April 12th
Brad Johnson reflects on the early days of the season with a few random thoughts and observations, like the Shohei Otani phenomenon, which has fans and fantasy players alike bedazzled.
Mound Musings: My 2018
April 5th
After winning his hometown league in 2017, Brad Johnson dissects his 2018 pitching staff and explains his picks, including discounted Oriole Kevin Gausman.
Mound Musings: Endgame Odyssey Update
March 29th
In an updated version of Endgame Odyssey: Bullpen Targets, Brad Johnson focuses on teams that offer opportunities for fantasy value including Arizona's bullpen.
Mound Musings: AL West Draft Day Targets
March 22nd
Brad Johnson wraps up his trip around the league with an analysis of the arms of the AL West, featuring Justin Verlander and the stellar Houston Astros staff.
Mound Musings: NL West Draft Day Targets
March 15th
Brad Johnson breaks down pitching in the NL West this week, featuring two aces in Arizona, Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray, whose appealing strikeout rate gets the nod from Johnson.
Mound Musings: AL Central Draft Day Targets
March 8th
Brad Johnson continues his in depth look at each team’s pitching staff. This week, he focuses on the AL Central, featuring Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, who’s stellar reliability earns him high marks.