Thursday, June 26, 2014

Rant Sports.com: Fantasy Football 2014 Profile-Cincinnati Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/26/2014-fantasy-football-profile-rb-benjarvus-green-ellis/

Rant Sports.com: 5 Players the Oakland Athletics Can Do Without

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2014/06/26/oakland-athletics-5-players-they-could-do-without-in-2014/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/25/2014-fantasy-football-profile-rb-c-j-anderson/

Rant Sports.com: Fantasy Baseball-Time to Trade Tim Lincecum

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/26/fantasy-baseball-its-time-to-sell-high-on-tim-lincecum/

Monday, June 23, 2014

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Jacksonville Jaguars WR Cecil Shorts

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/23/2014-fantasy-football-profile-wr-cecil-shorts/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Tennessee Titans QB Jake Locker

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/23/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-jake-locker/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Carolina Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/22/2014-fantasy-football-profile-rb-jonathan-stewart/

Rant Sports.com: Predicting The Impact of the Washington Redskins' 2014 Draft Class

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/nfl/2014/06/23/washington-redskins-predicting-the-impact-of-their-2014-draft-class/

Monday, June 16, 2014

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/16/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-carson-palmer/

Rant Sports.com: Kevin Love Needs to Look at Tim Duncan As the Model For Who He Should Be

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2014/06/16/kevin-love-needs-to-look-in-the-mirror-and-at-tim-duncan/

A Three True Outcome Percentage Dedication: Tony Gwynn

Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn passed away this morning at age 54. Even though I can predict how my "Three True Outcome Percentage" will view him, I still wanted to put his numbers through the formula, if only as a unique dedication of sorts. I also think it will expose my statistic as a weak indicator of great hitters, but that feels moot right now.

Without further ado, here's a reminder of the formula for TTOP: Strikeouts+Walks+Home Runs/Plate Appearances

Tony Gwynn's Career Numbers:

434 strikeouts+790 walks+135 home runs/10,232 plate appearances= .133 Career TTOP

Gwynn is noted, and rightfully so, for his lack of strikeouts. Go ahead, take a second look at that number....434 strikeouts in 20 seasons and never more than 40 in any season. In the 16 seasons he had at least 440 plate appearances with the Padres, Gwynn struck less than 20 times eight times. 

A lack of strikeouts and home runs obviously drags Gwynn down in the eyes of TTOP. One of main shortcomings of the statistic has now been shown, since there's no argument that Gwynn was one of the greatest hitters of his generation and the fact he didn't hit a ton of home runs does not diminish that. 

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/16/2014-fantasy-football-profile-te-delanie-walker/

Monday, June 9, 2014

Rant Sports.com: Minnesota Twins-5 Players They Can Do Without For the Rest of the Season

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2014/06/09/minnesota-twins-5-players-they-could-do-without-in-2014/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Washington Redskins WR DeSean Jackson

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/09/2014-fantasy-football-profile-wr-desean-jackson/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Minnesota Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/09/2014-fantasy-football-profile-te-kyle-rudolph/

Rant Sports.com: Fantasy Football 2014-Five Kickers To Avoid

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/09/fantasy-football-2014-5-kickers-to-avoid-at-all-costs/#slide2

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Rant Sports.com: Fantasy Baseball-Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman Returns

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/04/fantasy-baseball-ryan-zimmerman-returns-starts-to-add-position-eligibility/

Three True Outcome Percentage: The Oakland Athletics

The Oakland Athletics have had a successful 2014 season thus far, with a 35-22 record heading into Tuesday night's game against the New York Yankees. A lot of attention has been brought to manager Bob Melvin's effective use of platoons, which had me thinking about how my Three True Outcome Percentage might be reflected in platoon splits.

So here's my look at the AL-West leading Athletics, with a cut-off line of 100 plate appearances as of the start of the day on Tuesday. Since we are dealing with a lot of qualifying hitters, as you'll find out soon, I will designate right-handed (R), left-handed (L) and switch-hitters (S) to help offer some context for platoons.

C Derek Norris (R)- 24 strike outs+24 walks+5 home runs)/153 plate appearances)= .346 TTOP
1B Brandon Moss (L)- 42+22+13/213+ .362 TTOP

2B Eric Sogard (L)- 13+11+0/135= .178 TTOP
SS Jed Lowrie (S)- 24+30+4/233= .249 TTOP
3B Josh Donaldson (R)- 51+33+15/257= .385 TTOP
OF Yoenis Cespedes (R)- 43+17+10/223= .314 TTOP
OF Coco Crisp (S)- 27+25+3/181= .304 TTOP
OF Josh Reddick (L)- 41+14+4/183= .322 TTOP
IF Alberto Callaspo (S)- 25+23+3/192= .266 TTOP
C John Jaso (L)- 34+17+5/146= .384 TTOP
OF Craig Gentry (R)- 26+9+0/113= .309 TTOP
IF Nick Punto (S)- 24+14+1/109= .358 TTOP

Oakland Team TTOP (Through Monday)= 401+250+66/2262= .317

Platoons are definitely working for Oakland, which is a credit to the players involved, Melvin and the front office as they work under significant payroll constraints. Of the above 12 guys that can be considered regulars in the lineup, nine have a TTOP above .300. Nine. It may mean something that two of the three that don't have a TTOP over .300 are switch-hitters (Lowrie and Callaspo), perhaps in part due to more plate appearances since both rank in the top-five on the team in that category, and the third (Sogard) is not a prolific offensive player by any measure.

As always I welcome any feedback anyone has about Three True Outcome Percentage (TTOP), up to and including random thoughts, criticisms and ideas for future posts.

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-New England Patriots QB Tom Brady

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/03/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-tom-brady/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/03/2014-fantasy-football-profile-te-jordan-cameron/

Rant Sports.com: Why Dwyane Wade Will Retire After an NBA Finals Victory

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/nba/2014/06/03/miami-heat-rumors-dwyane-wade-will-retire-with-nba-finals-victory/

Monday, June 2, 2014

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/02/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-johnny-manziel/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/02/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-ryan-tannehill/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/02/2014-fantasy-football-profile-qb-peyton-manning/

Rant Sports.com: Fantasy Football 2014-15 Players Who Will Emerge as Studs

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/02/15-nfl-players-who-will-emerge-as-fantasy-studs-in-2014/

Rant Sports.com: 2014 Fantasy Football Profile-Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen

Link: http://www.rantsports.com/fantasy/2014/06/01/2014-fantasy-football-profile-te-greg-olsen/

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