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About Nick Mariano - RotoBaller

Just your run of the mill fantasy sports player who loves talking shop. Just kidding. I'm actually a slightly above average fantasy sports player who loves talking shop. NY born and raised. I run on trails and hike up mountains. Addicted to apples and peanut butter. I could read about cognitive biases forever. Yankees, NY Giants, NY Rangers. However a decade of fantasy sports have really given me more of an appreciation for all teams. I also have a soft spot for the Buccaneers (it's a long story going back to Madden 2000). Feel free to reach out on Twitter, @NMariano53, I'll discuss just about anything.

Nick Mariano - RotoBaller has written 1053 articles so far, you can find them below.


It’s been quite the wild ride through the first three weeks of the 2017 season. While we don’t want to be overreacting here, it’s never a bad time to check up on the waiver wire and see which under-owned arms might be available to help your squad. For our purposes, we’re going to use Yahoo... Read More

Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond stepped into the cage and took live batting practice Monday for the first time since his left hand was fractured when it was struck by a pitch on March 12. Desmond said, “It felt pretty good, and my hand felt good, but my swing could have felt a little better.” He... Read More

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon smacked a two-run homer in the seventh inning to give Colorado a lead they wouldn't lose on Monday. The blast was his sixth of the season, and he had three RBI on the night, making him 6-for-16 over his last four games with three homers, two triples and nine RBI... Read More

The Rockies may have initially signed Ian Desmond to a five-year, $70 million deal in order to play first base for them, but with Mark Reynolds swinging a hot bat and playing great defense at first it sounds like manager Bud Black is weighing his options. Desmond is noted for his versatility, and while he's... Read More

Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland improved to 2-1 after scattering six hits and one walk with three strikeouts over seven scoreless innings to complete Colorado's first home sweep of the Giants since 2002. The Rockies now sit at 13-6, tied with Washington and Houston for the most wins in baseball. Freeland did his part by bouncing... Read More

Rockies first baseman Mark Reynolds delivered out of the cleanup spot for Colorado on Saturday by going 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and four RBI against the Giants. The double and the homer were both his fifth of each, with the 11 runs scored and 16 total RBI making for wonderful... Read More

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 2-for-5 with a triple, a homer, two RBI and two runs scored on Saturday against the Giants. He followed up his extremely unique inside-the-park home run on Friday with a more traditional, over-the-fence homer here in the fourth inning off of San Francisco's Matt Moore. Blackmon has been tearing the... Read More

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story touched them all on Saturday, going 1-for-5 with a solo homer and two runs scored a day after blasting his first career grand slam on Friday night. His early .148/.257/.410 slash line is concerning, especially with a wild 41.4% strikeout rate in the mix (29 Ks in 70 plate appearances), but... Read More

Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela got the win on Saturday after allowing just one run on four hits (one homer) and zero walks with three strikeouts over seven strong innings against the Giants. The rookie now owns a spectacular 2.08 ERA alongside a 0.85 WHIP through four starts -- including healthy fielding-independent metrics. His 3.28 FIP... Read More

Rockies outfielder David Dahl underwent an MRI bone scan on his injured rib in his right side and according to a source, the test "went very well." The flashy sophomore has already begun swinging a bat, as he took 30 dry swings on April 22 and will continue to work in extended Spring Training through... Read More

Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond has been ramping up the activity on his way back from a broken hand lately. The star free-agent acquisition hit off a tee on Friday and will hit some soft toss before progressing to batting practice "all in the next few days," according to manager Bud Black. The fact that... Read More

With almost 10 percent of the season in tow, we've got more than enough statistical firepower to make wide, sweeping statements about every single player! Well, alright, so we're not going to do that. Keep a level head, folks. It's still just April. Breathe. Now exhale sharply and read on about some April arms we... Read More

Welcome back to this investigative piece where we examine players who have seen some notable changes in their power profiles -- for better or for worse -- in 2017. As usual, you don’t need me to tell you that Miguel Sano or Aaron Judge are strong or that Jarrod Dyson and Billy Hamilton are toward... Read More

Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond (wrist) has yet to step on the field and deliver on his big offseason payday, but the versatile slugger has taken a sizable step in getting to that mark. Desmond has reportedly started taking swings on top of doing full field work and is expected to progress to hitting off of... Read More

Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was able to escape from a pretty tight start with only one earned run allowed, as he gave up four hits and four walks with one strikeout in his four innings of work against the Dodgers on Tuesday. The rookie has now turned in two consecutive duds after a marvelous MLB... Read More

Rockies shortstop Trevor Story went 1-for-4 with a solo homer and two strikeouts on Tuesday against the Dodgers, with the fourth-inning shot being his first hit since his first homer of 2017 on April 13. After opening the season with a very modest three-game hitting streak, his electric bat has dampened to a cold 3-for-38... Read More

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went 3-for-4 with a double, two homers and three RBI on Tuesday against the Dodgers. He struck out in his fourth at-bat, though. The superstar slugger now has six long balls on the young season, though he only has 11 RBI to show for it. That'll even out as he... Read More

Rockies right-hander German Marquez is one of the candidates to fill Jon Gray's vacant rotation slot, according to multiple sources, and he only helped his cause by making a brilliant first start at Triple-A on Saturday. The 22-year-old arm fired 3 1/3 innings of shutout ball, scattering two hits with zero walks while tallying seven... Read More

Rockies right-hander Jeff Hoffman, once a candidate to open the 2017 season in the big league rotation, now finds himself likely on the outside yet again thanks to a poor four-inning start at Triple-A on Sunday. With Colorado looking to fill the injured Jon Gray's rotation slot, Hoffman gave up two earned runs on six... Read More

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon led off Sunday's game with his third homer of the season as he took Jeff Samardzija deep. Even the pitcher-friendly confines of AT&T Park couldn't hold this one. Blackmon is showing that his power gains from 2016 are carrying forward, though his fantasy owners may be fretting over his low batting... Read More

Rockies right-hander Antonio Senzatela improved to 2-0 on the young season by bouncing back from a rough three-run first inning on Sunday to beat the Giants. All in all, the rookie allowed those three runs on seven hits and zero walks with three strikeouts on the day. While his fantasy line may not dazzle, the... Read More

Rockies outfielder David Dahl has rejoined the team, but only in a rehabbing capacity. He is currently running, throwing and doing weight training. While fantasy owners will have to wait for the results of his next MRI -- slated for April 21 -- at least his trajectory appears positive. He said, "Honestly, I've been saying... Read More

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado ended up a triple shy of the cycle in Saturday's victory over the Giants, going 3-for-5 with a double and a solo homer on the eve of his 26th birthday. That makes for his fourth homer of the season to go with six RBI -- with that count being low... Read More

Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood was dominant on Saturday as he went the distance against the Giants in a two-hit shutout. He struck out four and issued only one walk, missing the "Maddux" by five pitches. He now has a healthy 3.54 ERA alongside a 4.66 FIP and 3.02 xFIP through his first three starts of... Read More

Hello you rabid RotoBallers, and welcome to this little look in at some early power risers and fallers. This isn’t a blind checkup on who is crushing the ball, but rather people who are making waves with a changed batted-ball profile or need a hot/cold start given some context. You don’t need me to tell... Read More

It’s been quite the wild ride through what we'll call roughly the first 10 games of the 2017 season. While we don’t want to be overreacting here, it’s never a bad time to check up on the waiver wire and see which under-owned arms might be available to help your squad. For our purposes, we’re... Read More

Rockies southpaw Kyle Freeland lost after giving up six runs on eight hits (one homer) and three walks with two strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday against the Padres. Suffice to say, the rookie's second start did not go as well as his first. He was rocked by a .412 BABIP on the day,... Read More

Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-3 with a solo homer and a walk on Tuesday against the Padres. His solo homer was the second of three that Colorado launched in their 3-2 victory -- the second off of starter Jered Weaver. While Blackmon's first nine games have only resulted in a .229/.308/.457 triple-slash, the fringe... Read More

Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez took Jered Weaver deep in the fourth inning to get on the board in the homer category this season. His early-season cold streak has resulted in a .188 batting average to go with the lone homer, run scored and two RBI. While it can be difficult to stomach the lows, we... Read More

Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado went yard in a most peculiar fashion on Tuesday, as the superstar parked a baseball over the right-field wall for just his third opposite-field homer since 2015. The solo shot was the third of the night for the Rockies and proved to be the game-winner in the 3-2 affair. Arenado... Read More

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