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  • DerekCarty

    ESPN, RotoGrinders - Creator of The BAT, MLB Scout School Grad, LABR Champ

    I couldn’t be happier to announce that my DFS MLB projection system, THE BAT, is launching today here at RotoGrinders! If you’ve used THE BAT over the past couple years, there’s probably not much more that I need to tell you; you know how much it can help your DFS game. If you haven’t heard of it yet, I’d like to think you’ll be happy you have now.

    What is THE BAT?

    I’ve developed THE BAT over the past six years and close to ten thousand hours, using skills and methods I’ve developed from my time in the sabermetric community working with some of the best baseball minds in the world, many of whom are now making decisions for Major League clubs. Skills and methods that help set THE BAT apart from your run-of-the-mill Vegas or wOBA model. Vegas and wOBA are shortcuts, plain and simple, and any model that relies on them will give you results and lineups that are shortcuts and, therefore, suboptimal. THE BAT goes well beyond that, incorporating everything wOBA or Vegas can tell you but in a more complex way and with plenty of layers and features on top. And it works with RotoGrinders’ Lineup Builder, helping you build your ideal lineups for both cash games and GPPs.

    Purchase THE BAT Here

    What Goes Into THE BAT?

    While I was developing my system, the code name I used for it was BATMAN, named after a certain caped crusader who 1) Is awesome, like I intended my system to be, and 2) Uses all sorts of gadgets to get the job done, which is the perfect analogy for my system. As far as I can tell, THE BAT takes into account more factors and has more features than any other system out there. You can get more details here, but to list a few, every single day THE BAT considers:

    • Opposing Hitter/Pitcher
    • Ballpark
    • Weather
    • Umpire
    • Catcher Throwing, Intimidation, and Framing
    • Bullpen
    • League
    • Home Field Advantage
    • Platoon Splits (Hitter/Pitcher/Park/Umpire/Catcher)
    • Role
    • Lineup Position
    • Quality of Surrounding Lineup
    • And more, explained further in THE BAT FAQ

    And THE BAT doesn’t just take what a player has done at face value. There’s a big difference between past performance and expected performance, and that’s why each one of these factors has its own underlying projection system so that THE BAT can have the best estimate of how well everyone and everything should perform going forward.

    What’s New for 2016?

    For those who’ve used THE BAT before, I hope you’ll be as excited as I am for some of the features that are new for 2016. While plenty of smaller upgrades have been made, the two biggest ones are the inclusion of weather data (temperature, wind, humidity, and several others that impact on-field performance) and minor league data.

    So when this year’s version of Carlos Correa gets called up, THE BAT will already have an exact projection for how good he is based on his entire professional career. Along with minor league data is Asian player data. With a record number of Asian imports this winter, DFS players will quickly realize they need to know their Byung Ho Parks (potential cleanup hitter for Minnesota) from their Kenta Maedas (Dodgers number-two starter). While other systems wait for these guys to accrue MLB stats or make a conservative initial guess, THE BAT is already taking into account their body of work Japan and Korea and translating it to the context of Major League Baseball.

    Wrigley Wind: No More Guesswork

    One of the most exciting parts of my new weather formulas is eliminating the guesswork on days when there is wind blowing in Wrigley. We all know wind can make a difference, especially in Wrigley, but how much of a difference? Instead of guessing how many guys to try and squeeze into your lineup, THE BAT will weigh the exact importance of the wind in conjunction with every other factor for the game and help you make the best decision possible.

    Why RotoGrinders?

    I debated taking THE BAT off the market this year to just use for my own play, but when it came down to it, I just love the DFS community. I love helping and teaching. That was why I started doing this in the first place, and that was one of the driving factors behind my decision to join RotoGrinders. This site and these forums are a community, and I’m looking forward to being a part of it and helping you all at DFS through my articles, expert chats, radio spots, GrindersLive appearances, and by making my projection system available.

    How Do I Buy THE BAT?

    Simply head over to this page and follow the instructions, to purchase THE BAT! – If you have any questions, please post them here, or feel free to email TheBAT@RotoGrinders.com at anytime. I’m happy to answer any questions you have about myself, THE BAT, or DFS in general.

    I wish you the best of luck this season! Just four days until Opening Day!

    THE BAT Projection System Tutorial Video

    Updates/Notes/FAQ (Last updated April 5th)

    - Feedback has been received on monthly subscriptions & trials. RG & I are talking over solutions, but in the mean time keep in mind that refunds are possible if you are unsatisfied. Please remember that this is a new product offering to RotoGrinders, and the Tech Team can’t immediately add a monthly or trial at the moment. We’ll continue to discuss solutions long-term, but the refund options is available for those interested in demoing THE BAT.

    - IMPORTANT NOTE: – Please keep all posts on-topic with questions related to THE BAT. Any posts about the industry as a whole, or not on-topic, will be removed. Thanks, The RG Mod Team

  • tvsfrink

    @RRT said...

    Honestly, I don’t know if this fix will happen. It’s a difficult situation with DP right now, since their contests posting is so erratic. They seem to go days at a time (mainly weekends) with no contests posted at all. Between that and the lineup format they use, its a difficult problem to solve. I will check in though, and see if any progress has been made.

    I understand the difficulty with nailing down exact salaries, but why would this affect all players from one team completely missing from The BAT?

  • tvsfrink

    Lol, now all the salaries are at 1.00. I hope this is just a glitch while you’re trying to fix the COL thing.

  • Ross
    @TinkyTyler said...

    Completely fair points, thanks.

    Hopefully you strongly/quickly consider the CSV option. I understand I’m probably the minority, but it’s frustrating as a user (and it’s highly likely I would’ve immediately requested a refund after I bought if the previously available clumsy copy/paste option wasn’t possible)

    CSV download has been added to THE BAT.

  • hershey122

    Awesome, thanks for listening!

  • tvsfrink

    @tvsfrink said...

    I understand the difficulty with nailing down exact salaries, but why would this affect all players from one team completely missing from The BAT?

    So…?

  • Ross
    @tvsfrink said...

    So…?

    I sent you a PM about this earlier today. I think at this point we can either stop supporting DP in THE BAT (temporarily), or continue as is with the salary /dppg issues for the time being. It will not likely be fixed in the near future.
    The lack of daily contests and the non traditional salary cap options are causing pretty major issues.

  • TinkyTyler

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    • 2016 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    • 2018 DraftKings FFWC Finalist

    @RRT said...

    CSV download has been added to THE BAT.

    Thanks so much! Works great for DK. Seem to be getting an error message for the FanDuel tab.

  • Ross
    @TinkyTyler said...

    Thanks so much! Works great for DK. Seem to be getting an error message for the FanDuel tab.

    Thanks, will check on the FD error.

    Edit- dev team has fixed this

  • cullyp81

    • 785

      RG Overall Ranking

    I purchased this today. Is this updated throughout the day as lineups come out, or is it just done once a day?

  • deejones49

    @cullyp81 said...

    I purchased this today. Is this updated throughout the day as lineups come out, or is it just done once a day?

    It changes when lineups come out

  • DerekCarty

    ESPN, RotoGrinders - Creator of The BAT, MLB Scout School Grad, LABR Champ

    @cullyp81 said...

    I purchased this today. Is this updated throughout the day as lineups come out, or is it just done once a day?

    Yup, it’s on a 5-minute loop throughout the day constantly updating with the latest lineups, umpire announcements, weather forecasts, etc. Obviously, the closer to lock time we get, the more information the system will be taking into account and the more accurate the projections should be.

  • yoteach

    • Blogger of the Month

    If you are wondering how THE BAT has been doing, tonight’s slate (June 6) marked the 6th straight GPP cash, and after 50 slates utilizing the optimal lineup, the cash rate stands at 36% for large-field GPPs on FanDuel. Derek indicated that he made some adjustments last weekend, and it has certainly paid off.

    Check out the latest from the Man versus THE BAT series, Week 8 recap: https://rotogrinders.com/blog-posts/man-vs-the-bat-week-8-slates-44-49-1321858

  • lk2000

    Any chance for New Yorkers to purchase for rest of season at reduced price?

  • btwice80

    When will today’s projections be loaded for hitters? The salaries were updated but not the matchups.

  • wwhis

    Is there anything in the works for a back testing feature to be added to The Bat?

  • DerekCarty

    ESPN, RotoGrinders - Creator of The BAT, MLB Scout School Grad, LABR Champ

    @wwhis said...

    Is there anything in the works for a back testing feature to be added to The Bat?

    What do you mean by backtesting?

  • wwhis

    Being able to run the bat on a previous days stats, to determine how a different selection of a pitcher would have affected line up choices. The 2 besr pitchers yesterday ware Rea and Tanaka, if I had locked them in what would have been my choices vs the 2 I did lock in.

  • wwhis

    I guess this question should be to RG as I am uploading my projections. A little brain dead yesterday a not unusual situation.

  • DerekCarty

    ESPN, RotoGrinders - Creator of The BAT, MLB Scout School Grad, LABR Champ

    @wwhis said...

    Being able to run the bat on a previous days stats, to determine how a different selection of a pitcher would have affected line up choices. The 2 besr pitchers yesterday ware Rea and Tanaka, if I had locked them in what would have been my choices vs the 2 I did lock in.

    Ah I understand. That’s not something we have in the works at the moment. I would imagine it would take quite a bit of legwork for the tech team to put something like that together.

  • rsigler65

    @DerekCarty said...

    Ah I understand. That’s not something we have in the works at the moment. I would imagine it would take quite a bit of legwork for the tech team to put something like that together.

    Most others have back testing ability – seems clear that RG is all about the leg work…I’ll second the request for backtesting. Also, could you add “Position” to the csv header row for pitchers? Thanks!

  • divusjulius

    • Blogger of the Month

    backtesting might not be that hard to add…many of the commercial model or projection systems offer some version, ranging from yesterday to l7 to last year. it helps players test out ideas about lineups etc. it would make the product a much more appealing purchase, to me at least. but not a gripe, hope it keeps selling and scoring well

  • dakimbell

    @yoteach said...

    If you are wondering how THE BAT has been doing, tonight’s slate (June 6) marked the 6th straight GPP cash, and after 50 slates utilizing the optimal lineup, the cash rate stands at 36% for large-field GPPs on FanDuel. Derek indicated that he made some adjustments last weekend, and it has certainly paid off.

    Check out the latest from the Man versus THE BAT series, Week 8 recap: https://rotogrinders.com/blog-posts/man-vs-the-bat-week-8-slates-44-49-1321858

    It has been fantastic no doubt. very interesting and intriguing blog Yoteach. Im gonna use the Bat more in my lineup construction after the all star break bc of your blog

  • rannas23

    Just bought the BAT and trying to get acclimated with it. Watched the video tutorial. Didn’t want to look through 23 pages of this forum so sorry if this is already answered or if its a dumb question.

    In the BAT there is a link in the top right corner for “Download as CSV”. When I click it, it opens up a new window on my firefox with a bunch of data. How do I get this data into excel to do my own sorting and filtering? Thanks for your help with this question.

  • windchimesrrude

    2013 PFBC Qualifer

    • 2013 StarStreet MLB Playboy Mansion Finalist

    Ctrl-A to select all, Ctrl-C to copy. Paste into excel then go to Data > Text to Columns and select comma as the separator.

  • rsigler65

    @rannas23 said...

    ust bought the BAT and trying to get acclimated with it. Watched the video tutorial. Didn’t want to look through 23 pages of this forum so sorry if this is already answered or if its a dumb question.

    In the BAT there is a link in the top right corner for “Download as CSV”. When I click it, it opens up a new window on my firefox with a bunch of data. How do I get this data into excel to do my own sorting and filtering? Thanks for your help with this question.

    Or right click and save as file – then open in excel.

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