30 episodes

Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined every Monday by friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball.

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Human sports encyclopedia Scott Pianowski is joined every Monday by friends, pundits and Yahoo Sports' cast of experts for a lively, informative and not-too-serious weekly discussion on fantasy strategy and the major happenings in the world of baseball.

    Closing out the season, playoffs preview and top 10 Yankees

    Closing out the season, playoffs preview and top 10 Yankees

    162 games for each team are in the books and most fantasy trophies have been handed out; the only suspense left in the 2019 season is who will take the World Series?

    Joe Sheehan of Sports Illustrated joins Scott Pianowski for a final debrief of the 2019 season. They begin by questioning the shape of the game in 2019 as well as the shape of the baseball (1:25). Is the juiced-ball era a blip on the radar or an evolution towards something different?

    Moving from real-life baseball to fantasy baseball, the guys recap their thoughts on the 2019 season in fantasy and where they went right and wrong (13:30).

    The Houston Astros stellar pitching staff was a topic of conversation all year. Scott & Joe talk about why they were so successful and if Justin Verlander, who will be 37 at the start of next season, should still be drafted as a top pitcher (18:30).

    Moving onto 2020, the guys discuss who would be their number one pick in a fantasy draft next year (22:00), how they try to find steals in the current era (24:30) and if they buy the big September showings from guys like Garrett Hampson and Tommy Edman (33:20).

    They briefly preview the 2019 playoffs (38:45, then talk about what went wrong with the Chicago Cubs (42:00)

    Closing out the show for the year, Scott & Joe draft their 10 favorite Yankees players (43:50).

    Thanks for listening, Scott and the Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Podcast will return in the spring with more strategy, analysis and random drafts.

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    • 59 min
    2019 takeaways and a 2020 mock draft

    2019 takeaways and a 2020 mock draft

    As the 2019 MLB regular season and most fantasy leagues draw to a close, Scott Pianowski is joined by Gene McCaffrey of The Athletic to take a look back at the year that was and set sights on the year ahead.

    This episode, Scott & Gene deliver some of their major takeaways from the 2019 season including:

    - why you shouldn't over-react to off years from good pitchers (3:50)

    - taking note of the growing divide between the good teams and bad teams (8:00)

    - why you should potentially invest in riskier mid-round players next year (12:35)

    - how to find the sweet spot of mid-range closing pitchers (16:40)

    Later, they take stock of some contenders in the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Houston Astros as the postseason draws near (22:25) before closing out the episode mocking the first 10 picks of a 2020 fantasy draft (31:10).

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    • 52 min
    Verlander's no-hitter and projecting next year's best pitchers

    Verlander's no-hitter and projecting next year's best pitchers

    In a crazy holiday weekend across sports as pro and college football began their autumn grasp of the American sports fan's psyche, the performance of the weekend was on the mound. Scott Pianowski is joined by Paul Sporer of Fangraphs to discuss Justin Verlander's no-hitter on Sunday in Toronto (0:50).

    The pitcher talk continues as Scott asks Paul to run through his preliminary top 30 pitchers list for 2020 and in addition to Verlander, the guys discuss Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, Noah Syndergaard and Shane Bieber (5:10).

    The curious case of Trevor Bauer continues as Scott asks Paul to comment on the recently-traded pitcher who has seen his stats plummet since moving to the Reds (23:30).

    Taking a brief break from pitching, the guys move out west and talk Shohei Ohtani... as a hitter (28:00).

    Scott & Paul discuss Frankie Montas and Matthew Boyd (30:50), then close out the baseball portion of the podcast discussing a way-too-early 2020 fantasy draft Paul took part in over the weekend (38:40).

    Closing out the podcast, Scott & Paul pick their top 5 famous movies they haven't seen (42:15).

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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Combating late August fantasy fatigue and replacing José Ramírez

    Combating late August fantasy fatigue and replacing José Ramírez

    We're a week away from Labor Day and for lots of fantasy owners, football is becoming more top of mind. Inspired by the boredom the Los Angeles Dodgers displayed over the weekend against the New York Yankees, Scott Pianowski is joined by Yahoo's own Fred Zinkie to discuss ways to combat the late-summer boredom that strikes fantasy baseball owners (2:50).



    Next, Scott & Fred chat about the Indians' José Ramírez and his broken hand that will sideline him for the rest of the season. How does that affect him next year and who are some replacement options in the short-term (8:15)?



    Later, Scott contemplates what he should do with a two-start week from Homer Bailey and the guys discuss the upsides and downsides two-start weeks from fringier pitchers and the weirdness of the night game followed by a day game (15:25).



    In a few grab-bag baseball topics, Fred & Scott talk about streaming his pitchers against the Detroit Tigers for the rest of the season (20:00), Austin Nola of the Seattle Mariners (22:05), whether St. Louis' Jack Flaherty should be considered an ace next season (26:05) and dominant relievers like Nick Anderson and Josh Hader, who get a ton of strikeouts but also tend to give up a fair share of home runs (30:50).



    The guys close out the show with fantasy baseball "swing thoughts," nuggets of fantasy advice akin to tiny morsels of golf advice (37:10). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Toronto's young bats & Kershaw's old arm

    Toronto's young bats & Kershaw's old arm

    With the 2019 regular season winding to a close and September call-ups looming, Scott Pianowski is joined by Rob Silver of Baseball Prospectus and the Launch Angle Podcast to look back at the year's most discussed rookie: Vlad Guerrero, Jr.

    The guys talk about how his draft value panned out for fantasy owners, what his 2020 could look like and also take a look at the Blue Jay's emerging young bats in Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio and Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. (10:00)

    Transitioning to the NL, Scott & Rob discuss Clayton Kershaw's diminishing pitch velocity and whether fantasy owners should be worried this year or in the long-term (20:25).

    Speaking of the Dodgers and their 18.5 game NL West lead, the guys discuss fantasy strategy for the final month of the season and how you should start players on teams with comfortable leads and sights on October (27:30).

    Another team with October dreams are the Houston Astros, who are hoping to capture their third World Series win in two years. Scott asks Rob to talk about what makes this Astro's team special, especially their pitching staff (32:00).

    Last years world champion Boston Red Sox are on the outside of this year's playoff picture. Rob shares his thoughts on why he's fading the entire Boston pitching staff (35:55).

    To wrap up the show, Scott & Rob list 5 of their most unpopular takes (38:45).

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Evaluating Statcast numbers and updating projections for Leake, Greinke and Bauer

    Evaluating Statcast numbers and updating projections for Leake, Greinke and Bauer

    With Scott Pianowski hitting the links this weekend on a much-needed vacation, Yahoo Fantasy's ultimate utility guy Dalton Del Don takes over the podcast for the week.

    He's joined by Derek Carty of ESPN and RotoGrinders and the creator of The Bat projection system to talk about some of the trends he's been seeing this season and how he's updated some of his projections since his last podcast appearance.

    First, they chat about the crazy numbers put up this weekend by Lucas Giolito and Aristides Aquino and why those players are hard to project going forward (0:35).

    Next, the guys dive into Derek's updated analytics from The Bat. They talk about some of the metrics provided by Statcast including exit velocity, launch angle, barrels and how fantasy owners can analyze those stats (4:00).

    Derek then provides some projection updates to a group of recently traded players in Mike Leake, Zack Greinke and Trevor Bauer. They use these three trades as an opportunity to discuss spin rates, how venues can affect strikeouts and walks, swinging strikeout rates and adjusting to the increased HR rate throughout the majors (8:15).

    Later, Dalton asks Derek about some of The Bat's hits and misses from this season including Blake Treinen, German Marquez and Yordan Alvarez (22:40)

    To wrap up the baseball portion of the show, Derek gives some daily fantasy pointers and how he feels weather and umpires should play into your DFS strategy (28:25).

    The guys close out the show drafting their favorite current TV shows (39:10).

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

GuilfromMTL ,

Love the draft part of the show. Always fun!

Good job Scott!

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