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Tool Review –

I’m in four leagues this season.  Only one of which has weekly lineups. So that leaves me with three teams with daily rosters to manage.

I’m also trying to dip my toes into the strategy of platooning hitters to gain a slight edge on the competition, by employing players like Adam Lind and Seth Smith.

The problem with this strategy is that Lind and Smith are out of the lineup a handful of days each week because their Major League teams are also platooning them.

I usually start my day by setting my lineup, putting anyone without a game on the bench and moving starting pitchers into the lineup.  But I don’t really take the time to check if the Blue Jays or Padres are facing a lefty. This leaves me with a problem.  The advantage I could get by running a platoon is more than offset if I don’t even have a guy in the lineup on a given night.

One Solution

I’ve written previously about the very helpful “My Lineup” tool at As far as I know, they’ve still got the earliest and most accurate lineups available.  They also provide weather information, recent relief pitcher usage information (look at Betances below), and batting lineup info (Allen Craig is batting 4th today). BaseballPressMyLineup That information is second to none.  I love this tool.  But I often leave work at 5:30 PM and don’t get home until 6:30 PM, where I’m greeted by the chaos of my beautiful three and four-year old daughters.  So pulling up Baseball Press before the 7:05 starts is not top of mind.

Another Solution

Right around the time the 2014 season started, I received an e-mail from one of the guys that runs  They wanted to know if I’d be interested in trying out their service (more about that in a minute) for free.

I get a number of requests from sites wanting to run ads here or that want me to put links to their site, and I don’t usually act.  I could probably make a few bucks by running ads, but one of the principles I use in guiding this site is that I’ll only promote or link to services I use, books that I’ve read, or ideas I believe in.

With this in mind, the idea behind really seemed beneficial to me.  So I signed up to test it out.

What The Service Does

It’s very similar to BaseballPress, but the information comes to you.  You don’t have to seek it out.

Simply put, you get an e-mail or text message sent to you when a player on your fantasy team is not in the starting lineup for their Major League team that day.

You can also choose to receive either e-mail or text message alerts containing player news, DL information, and more.

Here’s a full list of the types of alerts you can have sent to you:FantasyBaseballAlerts2

Example E-mails

Here’s an example notice about Adam Lind being benched.  Notice that the alert e-mail was sent at 11:52 AM for a 1:07 PM start time.  A pretty solid amount of time to notice the e-mail and make the roster change. FantasyBaseballAlertsAdamLind (more…)