Author Archives: Kody Clawson

Leaders in Pull Percentage

Kody Clawson | June 27th, 2019

The launch angle revolution has changed the way many hitters approach the game. Fly balls are more important than ever, and hitters are trying to drive those fly balls with more force. To accomplish this, many hitters are pulling the ball more than before. Because of this, I decided to peruse the pull percentage leaderboard to try to find some interesting names, and honestly, all the top names are interesting in their own right. I kept to the top three names this time around. Continue reading

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The Game is Afoot: On Sherlock Holmes, Analytics, and Fantasy Baseball

Kody Clawson | June 10th, 2019

There’s nothing more elusive than an obvious fact. – Sherlock Holmes

Everyone has a movie that they love that critics despise. Some call it a guilty pleasure, while others band together over it and give it cult classic status. For me, recently, I happened upon a pair of movies that I had a similar appreciation for but had forgotten about for a time. Nearly ten years ago, Guy Ritchie’s version of Sherlock Holmes came out to much fanfare, an action variant of the classic detective story, complete with then-comeback-actor Robert Downey, Jr. as the lead and Jude Law as Dr. Watson. I had always been an ancillary fan of detective stories, Holmes stories in particular, and Downey’s involvement in the film piqued my interest, with his recent resurgent success coming off of Iron Man in full force. Unlike several critics, the action-adventure turn to the old Sherlock stories, along with Downey and Law pairing together perfectly, made both this film and its sequel (A Game of Shadows) rather enjoyable. Continue reading

Deep Dive: Justin Smoak

Kody Clawson | May 27th, 2019

Justin Smoak broke out a bit in 2017, hitting .270 with 38 home runs and 90 RBI. His wRC+ was a solid 133, and he looked like a guy that could be a dependable, if not exciting, option at first base for fantasy in 2018. However, he slowed a bit in 2018 instead, hitting only .242 with 25 home runs and 77 RBI. His wRC+ fell to 121, still okay but not what you wanted from a back end first baseman or corner infielder. So what happened to Smoak? Is he doomed to be just another mediocre first base option, or is there more in that bat? Continue reading

Stream Machine: May 27-29

Kody Clawson | May 27th, 2019

Monday, May 27

Yonny Chirinos, TB vs TOR (37% Owned)

Chirinos is actually getting the start in this one. It will be his fifth start of the season. Although his walk rate has improved, his strikeout rate and HR/9 have worsened. Still, his ERA has improved to 3.20 from his 3.51 ERA last year. He’ll get the chance to keep rolling against the Toronto Blue Jays, who hit for an 85 wRC+ on the road and a 75 wRC+ against righties. Continue reading