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About Shawn Caswell - RotoBaller

Baseball nut, father, fitness freak and self proclaimed guru of nothing.

Shawn Caswell - RotoBaller has written 100 articles so far, you can find them below.

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 13: Darvish Dominates

There must be something about Minute Maid Park that turns Yu Darvish into a nearly unhittable pitcher. Maybe it’s the home team’s collectively horrible approach, maybe it’s the oranges in the train, or maybe it’s the fact that Yu Darvish has had his most filthy stuff at the right time. If you'll recall Opening Day,... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 12: Reddick-ulousness and a Lesson Learned

This paragraph pains me to type. Josh Reddick, after months of injuries and lackluster fantasy numbers, ended up as a cast-off on my fantasy bench this past week. I traded for him weeks ago hoping he would come alive, and as of last Monday when rosters locked, he had not yet done so, and the... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 9: To the Max

To The Max Max Scherzer improved to 17 – 1 with yet another victory on Thursday. Scherzer allowed just two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out five over seven innings. That’s four straight Ws for the Tigers' ace. Scherzer has gone deep into games all season, racks up strikeouts, and stays... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 8: Completely Harvey

Completely Harvey What else does this kid have to do to show us that he’s the best young pitching star in baseball? Wednesday evening Matt “The Real Deal” Harvey, as Dwight Gooden refers to him, dominated the Rockies. Harvey allowed just four hits, struck out six and posted a goose egg in the walk column... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 7: Verlander? Is that you?

The Detroit Tigers have won ten games in a row and now have a five-game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the AL Central. They've been in control of the division for most of the year and have done so without Justin Verlander putting up the numbers we've come to expect from one of the... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 6: Justin-Time?

Justin Time? The Atlanta Braves are the hottest team in baseball after winning their eleventh consecutive game on Monday. One big reason for their recent success: Justin Upton. The younger Upton started off the season like gang-busters and mashed 12 homers in April alone, leaving fantasy owners like myself wiggling with joy like a puppy... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 2: Greedy Boppers

There were homers galore on Thursday-- twenty-one to be exact. Some guys ONLY hit one, psshh, slackers. The following one-uppers went back for a second helping: Justin Upton topped off an 8-for-18 series against the Rockies with two moonshots for his 17th and 18th long-balls of the season. He’s been a sleeping giant since April. It seems the... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis August 1: Gold Minor

Gold Minor Braves lefty Mike Minor started 30 games for the Braves last season but carried a 4.12 ERA and 1.29 WHIP at year’s end with 162 K over 195 IP. Minor has taken the next step in 2013 and is enjoying a true breakout campaign.  Through 22 starts and 144 innings pitched, Minor now... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 31: Change Your Sox, Jake

The Vacation Rant Vacation is supposed to be a time we get to spend away from work and stress and the rigors of daily life, right? For some reason we Americans feel the need to work our lives away and leave ourselves with about 30 minutes a day to actually unplug and relax. If we’re... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 26: Seeing Reds

Seeing Reds Don’t look now, but the National League Central Division is turning into a three-team powerhouse. St. Louis has been good for what seems like forever; the Pirates have sailed through the first half in recent years, only to walk the plank in the second half with lackluster pitching; and the Cincinnati Reds have... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 25: The Price is Right

The Price is Right After missing a month and a half, Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price has returned to the Cy Young-caliber pitcher we saw in 2012. In his five July starts since returning from the DL, Price has gone 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA over 41.0 innings pitched. Three of his five starts have been... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 24: Young-Gun Showcase

Young Guns on Display Across the Majors Tuesday night showcased some of the brightest young talent in all of baseball. In a season which has seen many rising stars flourish after being thrust into the bright lights, Tuesday’s action was a buffet-style serving of baseball's crop of adolescent aptitude. The Marlins may be in the... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 23: Captain Cutch

Cutch Heating Up Andrew McCutchen is a no-doubt fantasy stud. Coming off a career year in 2012. he was highly regarded on draft day, and rightfully so. His .327 batting average with 31 homers, 96 RBI and 20 stolen bases were every fantasy owner’s dream last year. This season for Cutch has been a bit... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 22: No Room for Puig?

The Storyline The Dodgers had injury problems; big ones. Kemp was on the DL with a never ending saga of shoulder and hamstring issues, Carl Crawford was dealing with similar nagging injuries and Andre Ethier was in the doghouse. Then...a ray of hope rookie sensation came out of the gates like a Kentucky Derby prize... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 18: The Not-Roundup

Lunch-time, Deadline Crunch-time Today marks the beginning of trade-talk crunch-time for MLB teams looking either to unload contracts or to upgrade before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. We've heard names galore, player A going to team X, Y or Z. For mixed-league fantasy purposes, these trades usually mean little more than a possible shift... Read More

6 years ago

Home Run Derby Special Edition: YO KNOWS the Long Ball

SPECIAL EDITION: Home Run Derby: YO KNOWS the LONGBALL On a day without any fantasy implications, we all get to sit back and enjoy the glorious wonders of power hitters and the one thing chicks (and grown-ass-men) dig more than anything: the long ball. With a star-studded lineup of power-hitting prowess, this year’s Home Run... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 15: Staying Power

Staying Power OK, so by now everyone knows what Chris Davis and Miguel Cabrera are doing. Davis’s 37 homers before the break are the second-most all time, second only to Barry Bonds's 39 in 2001 (the year he broke the single-season home run record with 73 dingers in a season). However, when Bonds hit 73 HR,... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 12: CarGo Flight

CarGo Flight Carlos Gonzalez recently withdrew from the 2013 Home Run Derby due to lingering soreness in his finger. That finger looked to be fine on Thursday, as the Rockies' stud went 3-for-4 with a solo homer which gave him the NL lead with 25 HR on the year. CarGo is currently one of the... Read More

6 years ago

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 11: Big Papi is Ballin

Big Papi Takes Big Honors   David Ortiz has been a staple in the Boston Red Sox lineup since 2003 when he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins. Ortiz has never been regarded as a defensive asset, but everyone knows how crucial he’s been when wielding the lumber. Coming into Wednesday’s game with the Mariners,... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 10: Beltre Belting Bombs

Beltre snubbed; Belts Bombs Adrian Beltre is probably the most glaring All-Star snub of 2013. With Miguel Cabrera at third base, Beltre, a future Hall-of-Famer, had no shot of being the leading vote-getter at the position. What surprised me was the willingness of the masses to vote for Manny Machado over Beltre. Call me old... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 9: Hollywood Hanley

A Happy Hanley is a Hittin' Hanley Hanley Ramirez went 3-for-5 with an RBI on Monday, extending his hitting streak to 20 games. After spending six-and-a-half years in an abysmal Florida Marlins organization which had a winning record only twice while Ramirez was there, he finally seems interested again. Hanley often was labeled as a... Read More

6 years ago

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Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 8: Rays of Hope

Rays of Hope     Desmond Jennings has recently taken over as the Rays' leadoff hitter, and he's responded by terrorizing the base-paths. The 26-year-old center fielder hit .413 (12-for-29) with a homer, nine runs scored, six RBI and was 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts over the last week.  The hot week pulled his average up to... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 5: Will The Real Matt Kemp Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Matt Kemp please stand up? Y’all act like you've never seen a hurt person before! For owners of Matt Kemp, this season has been a disappointment, to say the very least. A sure-fire first round pick or a $30-plus investment in auction leagues, Kemp has largely underwhelmed through the first half. His lack of production... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 3: Homer with No-Hits

No Hits, Just Homer Reds' starter Homer Bailey tossed the 2013 season’s first no-hitter on Tuesday. It was Bailey who tossed the seventh and final no-hitter of the 2012 season, during which it seemed every week we were on no-hitter alert. Bailey was perfect until a leadoff walk to Gregor Blanco in the seventh inning; Blanco... Read More

6 years ago

Fantasy Baseball Musings: Half-Full Glasses

Rants from the seat of my pants: The Joe Mauer episode “I saw a commercial that said, "forget everything you know about slip covers!" So I did. And it was a load off my mind. Then the commercial tried to sell me slip covers, but I didn't know what the hell they were.” – Mitch... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis July 1: Summer of Crush

Summer of Crush I tried to come up with an opening paragraph which did not pertain to either Chris Davis or Yasiel Puig. I really did think long and hard on the subject, but I ultimately concluded that there really are no better storylines from the past month. I mean, Chris Davis totally obliterated the... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis June 25: Youth Movement Part 2

Youth Movement The major leagues used to be a place where young players had to pay their dues and rot away in the minors, regardless of their talent. Normally, a player drafted would go through multiple levels of the minors and have to wait for an injury or a retirement to make an impact early... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis June 24: El Toro Scorching

El Toro Powers Up Pedro Alvarez was the biggest baller in the majors this weekend. The Pirates' super-streaky slugger is on one of his scorching-hot streaks at the moment, having homered in four straight games and collecting multiple-hit performances in all four of those contests. Thursday, Alvarez plated five runs with a 3-for-4 game, including... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis June 20: Crush Davis Double Dips

Can’t Stop the Camden Crusher Orioles’ first baseman Chris Davis is having a dream season. The realization of power, the sweet stroke, the insane average and the run production keep piling up for Davis with every game. The one-time Texas Rangers prospect whom some tabbed as “quad-A” even before his 26th birthday has found a home... Read More

6 years ago

Daily Fantasy Baseball Analysis June 19: Harvey-Wheeler Day

Harvey dominates and Wheeler deals The New York Metropolitans have a new-look rotation in 2013. Rookie ace Matt Harvey has burst onto the scene with dominant command and has become an instant fantasy star. Waiting in the wings all season long has been uber-prospect Zack Wheeler, and yesterday the Mets got a chance to do something... Read More

6 years ago

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