10 Important Stories From 7/29/16 Box Scores: Not Buying Dahl or Gallo, Odorizzi Shines & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Rougned Odor put his power on display, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R (he now has 3 HR in his past two games).  Hisashi Iwakuma got torched by the Cubs, allowing 5 ER on 8 H and 1 BB over just 3.0 innings.  Carlos Gonzalez paced the Rockies, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  What else took place on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Home runs help Kevin Gausman to a miserable start…
He allowed a trio of home runs in the first inning, finishing the night allowing 6 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, over 3.0 IP against the Blue Jays.  Granted it was a difficult matchup, but it also helps to highlight a split that we certainly can’t ignore:

  • Home – 2.36 ERA
  • Road – 4.94 ERA

It’s not like he has a favorable home ballpark, yet he entered with a 0.99 HR/9 there as compared to a 1.81 on the road.  It’ll be interesting to see if he can figure out how to do a better job of keeping the ball in the ballpark, because the other numbers appear to be really promising.  If we talked about a pitcher who went into the start with an 8.52 K/9 (courtesy of a 10.9% SwStr% and fastball averaging 94.8 mph) and a 2.06 BB/9, we’d all be flocking to grab him.  The upside remains high, so don’t give up hope, though he may remain more of a streaming option until 2017. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 27, 2016: Cabrera Next Up?, Papelbon Out? & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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Recently we quietly launched The Saves Forecaster, an in-depth e-mail service looking at the prior days bullpen news and notes. Included in the e-mail is:

  1. Top 10 “Closer in Waiting” Rankings (updated daily)
  2. An in-depth look at a few key performances
  3. Listing of those who earned/blew saves
  4. Additional news and notes

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The Ditch List: The Time Has Come To Move On From Brett Lawrie, Colby Rasmus & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Sometimes it’s injury…  Sometimes it’s inability…  Sometimes it’s being banished to the minors…  There are various reasons why someone may find his way onto our cut list, so let’s take a look at the players we are prepared to move on from this week:

 

Brett Lawrie – Chicago White Sox – Second Baseman
The fact that he’s on the DL should easily accelerate his removal from your roster.  Is he a must drop?  Not quite, but if you need the spot for someone else it’s well worth considering.  Sure he has some power and some speed, but the man currently replacing him in the lineup has provided an awfully similar slash:

  • Tyler Saladino – .259/.301/.400
  • Brett Lawrie – .258/.310/.413

Saladino is also the more heralded defender, so you have to wonder if Lawrie will ultimately return to a bench role.  While it may make sense to keep him stashed in deeper formats, if you are in a shallower league it’s easy to move on. Read more

10 Important Stories From 7/28/16 Box Scores: Aaron Altherr Homers In Return & More

by Will Overton

There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of star power making waves last night in fantasy baseball, but the under the radar guys may be more important to watch anyway. Performances from guys like Hernan Perez and Aaron Altherr bring a lot of attention to guys out there on the waiver wire who can help your team make a run.

1) Another Big Night For Hernan Perez

 

It feels like the run of Hernan Perez should be fizzling out any day now, but he just keeps racking up the stats. Perez had yet another big game last night when he went 2 – 4 with 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 SB. Perez was hitting in the three hole of the lineup last night and despite Milwaukee having a not so great offense, this is still a prime spot. Perez homerun was his sixth of the season which isn’t a huge number or anything, but it ties his career high from the minor leagues and he’s only had 178 AB’s. The real heart of Perez’ value is his stolen bases which he now has 16 which would put him on pace for 50 over the course of a whole season. I do think the bottom falls out to some extent here soon, but Perez is the hot hand in the middle infield and riding the hot hand has its benefits at this point of the season. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 27, 2016: Papelbon Losing Job, Dyson On Shaky Ground & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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