10 Important Stories From 09/27/20 Box Scores: Who Put Their Name On 2021 Radars & More

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Adalberto Mondesi finished 2020 scorching hot, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R (he had a five game multi-hit streak and a seven game hitting streak overall). Trea Turner erupted on the final day of the season, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 7 RBI and 2 R. Ke’Bryan Hayes continued his strong rookie season, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R. What else happened on the field that we need to know about? Let’s take a look:

1) Did Brady Singer put himself on fantasy maps…

It was a strong finish for Singer, who defeated the Tigers as he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 0 BB, striking out 5, over 7.0 IP. In 12 starts (64.1 IP) he posted a 4.06 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, and he entered the day showing off all the skills we look for from pitcher:

  • Strikeouts – 8.79 K/9
  • Control – 3.61 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 52.8%

Throw in a 34.0% Hard% and it’s easy to see his upside. He definitely belongs on radars heading into 2021.

2) Is Wilmer Flores going to be a viable option moving forward…

While you can argue Drew Smyly had the best day for the Giants, as he allowed 2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 10, over 5.0 IP, it’s Flores who could’ve played himself into a full-time role for 2021. He went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R on the final day of the season, ending at .268 with 12 HR and 32 RBI. Of course, always viewed as more of a platoon player he was again significantly better against southpaws (entering the day):

  • vs. RHP – .269/.319/.455
  • vs. LHP – .267/.308/.617

It’s far more likely that he again is utilized in a platoon than a full-time role.

3) Did Seth Lugo pitch his way out of the rotation…

His preference to start, as opposed to relieve, is well known. However he floundered in his final start of the year, allowing 6 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 1, while getting just 4 outs. It’s his second implosion in his past three starts (6 ER over 1.2 IP against the Phillies on September 17), and you have to wonder if that sour taste causes the Mets to consider shifting him back to the bullpen for 2021. Time will tell, but it will certainly be an intriguing storyline this offseason.

4) Lourdes Gurriel Jr. caps off his breakout campaign in style…

Gurriel went 4-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 3 R, ending the season hitting .308 with 11 HR, 33 RBI and 28 R over 208 AB. While his approach wasn’t great, it was improved as he entered the day with a 12.3% SwStr% and 36.0% O-Swing%. His 19.2% HR/FB is extremely believable as well (though that went up after yesterday), as was his .338 BABIP. While his 29.1% Hard% does give a little reason for concern, overall there’s an awful lot to like.

5) It was a stellar start for Adbert Alzolay…

Taking on the White Sox Alzolay was brilliant over 5.0 IP, allowing 1 ER on 2 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, as he earned the W. Of course his 9 swinging strikes isn’t going to blow you away, his control has continually been a question and he has the potential to struggle with home runs. It was a great start, but he’s simply not going to be a pitcher to trust if he’s given an opportunity.

6) A.J. Pollock, the slugger?!?!…

Hitting atop the Dodgers’ order, Pollock went 3-3 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R. It caps off a somewhat surprising season, as he finishes hitting .276 with 16 HR, 34 RBI and 30 R. Obviously it’s the power that’s the big surprise, and considering he entered the day with an already career best 23.7% HR/FB it’s a pace that’s nearly impossible to envision him maintaining. No longer a stolen base threat, if the power does indeed slow down his value could quickly dry up. It was a great story for 2020, but it’s hard to envision him maintaining it into 2021.

7) A stunning finish for Frankie Montas…

Considering how frustrating he’s been many owners likely didn’t have him in their starting lineups. If you had him on your bench, though, you are kicking yourself after he posted a stellar performance. Over 6.0 innings against the Mariners he allowed 2 R (0 earned) on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 13 as he generated 20 swinging strikes. His season was sabotaged by poor control (4.02 BB/9 entering the day) and home run issues (1.91 HR/9 entering the day), but both are issues that could easily be fixed. This start gives an insight into the upside, so if others downgrade him heading into 2021 don’t be afraid to take advantage.

8) Has Josh Fleming entrenched himself in the Tampa Bay rotation…

Fleming outpitched Aaron Nola (3.2 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 6 K), tossing 6.0 shutout innings allowing 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 5. He didn’t work deep into games often, with just 32.1 IP in 7 games (5 starts), but he finished at 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He doesn’t do the job with many strikeouts, but instead elite control and groundball stuff. Just look at the numbers over 127.2 IP at Double-A last season:

  • Strikeouts – 6.49 K/9
  • Control – 1.34 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 51.2%

He’s a good option, but he may be more of a streamer due to the limited strikeout stuff.

9) Madison Bumgarner finishes the season off strong…

It was a miserable first year in Arizona for Bumgarner (something that wasn’t particularly surprising), but he finished it on a bright note as he shutdown the Rockies over 5.0 innings allowing 2 H and 0 BB, striking out 4. It was his first win of the season, and while home runs had been the biggest issue (3.19 HR/9 over his first 36.2 IP this season) his strikeouts were also down (6.38 K/9). His fastball velocity was way down (88.3 mph), and while injuries played a role there is clearly reason to continue to be concerned heading into 2021.

10) Is it time to completely give up on Reynaldo Lopez…

Lopez completed his miserable campaign by allowing 6 ER on 4 H and 3 BB, striking out 3, over 1.1 IP. He also allowed a pair of home runs, as his two biggest issues were on full display. Entering the day he owned a 4.32 BB/9 and 2.52 BB/9, a combination that makes it nearly impossible to succeed. Unless he can solve that he’s going to remain a non-factor, and there’s a good chance the White Sox don’t give him an opportunity to start.

Sources – ESPN, Fangraphs

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    • Without starting my projections yet, my gut says Gurriel, Grisham, Soler

      Have a great offseason! We’ll be pumping out our normal content!!

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