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The Z Files: Would You Rather, Pitching Style
5 days ago
Todd Zola polls different groups on which of a pair of pitchers people would prefer for the rest of the season, and thinks Bailey Ober deserves more consideration than he got.
The Z Files: Can the Drop in Flyball Distance Influence Roster Management?
26 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact of the 2024 baseball on the homer totals of certain players, including Corey Seager.
The Z Files: Fantasy Introspection
38 days ago
Todd Zola considers the dilemma of how aggressive is too aggressive when it comes to potential breakout performers like Garrett Crochet.
The Z Files: Meet the New Individual Weekly Player Rankings
54 days ago
Todd Zola introduces individual player rankings to the Weekly Hitter Rankings and offers a peek at how they get compiled, and how they might get adjusted as the season progresses.
The Z Files: Five Is the New Four
77 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact of extra rest on starting pitchers and wonders if the Orioles will treat Corbin Burnes with the same care that the Brewers did.
The Z Files: How Does Changing Divisions Affect ERA?
105 days ago
Todd Zola considers the impact of changing teams on pitching like Corbin Burnes, over and above how a new home venue might alter their projections.
The Z Files: Projectability of Hitter Strikeout Rates
115 days ago
Todd Zola look at how players like Adolis Garcia made significant improvements in their strikeout rates, and whether any lessons can be drawn that could help project 2024 breakouts.
The Z Files: Surveying 2024 Park Factors
125 days ago
Todd Zola reviews park factors for 2024 and notes that the change in Camden Yards' dimensions is likely having an impact on righty sluggers like Ryan Mountcastle.
The Z Files: Projecting Pitcher's BABIP
135 days ago
Todd Zola considers a new approach to regressing a pitcher's BABIP, which suggests better days should be ahead for Hunter Greene.
The Z Files: How Much Influence Does a Pitcher Exert?
145 days ago
Todd Zola digs into year-to-year correlations on pitching metrics to see which ones a hurler like 2023 All-Star Mitch Keller might be more likely to repeat.
The Z Files: Pitchers I Rank Lowest
159 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the projections on pitchers he has ranked lower than his compatriots on the RotoWire Roundtable, including NL Cy Young winner Blake Snell.
The Z Files: Pitchers I Rank Highest
169 days ago
Todd Zola continues his review of Roundtable Rankings where he's out of step with the consensus, and holds his ground on the Twins' Bailey Ober.
The Z Files: Some 'Splaining To Do
175 days ago
Todd Zola follows up the latest update to the Top 300 Roundtable with a look at some players he made significant adjustments to, including Yordan Alvarez.
The Z Files: Hitters I Rank Lower
191 days ago
Todd Zola looks at some hitters he has ranked lower than his Round Table colleagues, and promises his caution with regard to drafting Adley Rutschman isn't an Orioles thing.
The Z Files: Hitters I Rank Highly
199 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at hitters he has ranked ahead of the pack in the RotoWire Top 300 Roundtable, and isn't sure why everyone else is so down on Ozzie Albies.
The Z Files: Projecting 2024 Stolen Bases
219 days ago
Todd Zola takes an initial look at how to handle stolen base projections for 2024, especially when it comes to outliers from last year's league-wide boost like Bo Bichette.
The Z Files: NFBC - Postseason Hold 'Em Rankings
234 days ago
Todd Zola offers some strategy tips for the NFBC's Post-Season Hold 'Em Contest and has Mookie Betts at the top of his rankings once he equalizes for games played.
The Z Files: Underdog Fantasy Playoff Best Ball Rankings Refresh
241 days ago
Todd Zola offers an update on the Underdog best-ball playoff contest and explains why he has so much exposure to Julio Rodriguez and the Mariners.
The Z Files: Underdog Fantasy Playoff Best Ball Rankings
264 days ago
Todd Zola reviews Underdog's new playoff best-ball leagues, where the runaway success of Atlanta and Ronald Acuna in the regular season may actually hurt their value to your roster.
The Z Files: Expect the Unexpected?
284 days ago
Todd Zola tries to deduce which players have been lucky or unlucky this season when it comes to homers and thinks Spencer Torkelson could increase his power pace down the stretch.
The Z Files: Predicting Pilfers
292 days ago
Todd Zola digs into the question of whether steals are predictable, and considers how to account for a player who dominates his team's pilfers, such as the Nationals' CJ Abrams.
The Z Files: Four Month Check-up
297 days ago
Todd Zola looks over offensive trends through the first four months of the season and sees no sign that the resurgence in steals led by players like Corbin Carroll will abate.
The Z Files: Look At Me Now
310 days ago
Todd Zola analyzes pitchers whose numbers have improved after a rough April, and wonders why Kyle Bradish continues to be overlooked.
The Z Files: DraftKings Second Half Best Ball Rankings
322 days ago
Unsurprisingly, Shohei Ohtani occupies a prominent spot on Todd Zola's list of players to go after in second half contests on DraftKings.
The Z Files: Underdog Fantasy Rankings for Second Half Best Ball
322 days ago
Find out where Elly De La Cruz ends up on Todd Zola's list of players to target on Underdog in the second half.
The Z Files: Dear Mr. Barber
339 days ago
Todd Zola pens an open letter to Tiki Barber in defense of analytics.
The Z Files: Boosting Batting Average
352 days ago
Todd Zola takes a look at different approaches to making a move in the batting average category, and thinks trading for a catcher like Gabriel Moreno could help in multiple ways.
The Z Files: Would You Rather, Pitching Style
361 days ago
Todd Zola poses a series of questions regarding rest-of-season pitching expectations and finds that Joe Ryan has earned a great deal of trust.
The Z Files: Leave the Rest to Me
May 13, 2023
Todd Zola looks over the pitfalls of adjusting rest of season projections, and considers how to handle players like Clayton Kershaw that haven't (yet?) missed as much time as expected.
The Z Files: Welcome to the Circle of Trust
May 5, 2023
Todd Zola looks at five breakout performers he thinks should remain productive, including Dodgers outfielder James Outman.