Bullpen Notes: April 25, 2017: Should We Be Concerned With Roberto Osuna & 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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10 Important Stories From 04/25/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Miley/Hahn, Concerns For Duffy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On the day Cody Bellinger (1-3 while hitting eighth) made his Major League debut it was Trea Turner who starred, hitting for the cycle en route to a 4-6, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R day at Coors Field.  Felix Hernandez was pulled after 2.0 IP allowing 4 R on 6 H and 2 BB, with reports surfacing after the game that he is having some shoulder issues (and will be examined by doctors in Seattle).  Eric Thames did it again, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Dallas Keuchel shuts down the Indians…
It’s certainly looking like the Keuchel of old is back, as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.22 ERA thanks to a complete game victory.  He did allow 2 ER, with both surprisingly coming courtesy of solo home runs:

  • Austin Jackson (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R)
  • Michael Brantley (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R)

That was all the damage, with Keuchel allowing 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 5.  He induced 15 groundballs, having entered the day with 70.0% groundball rate.  While there’s going to be a regression (he entered with a .194 BABIP and 99.0% strand rate), that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to continue on as a productive option. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Should Fantasy Owners Be Targeting Marcus Stroman?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It had been a disappointing start to the season for Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, though he bounced back in his most recent outing and is now sporting a 3.10 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Pitching in the AL East is going to make it difficult to fully buy into him, to an extent, but any skepticism there helps the savvy owner acquire him at a discount.

The obvious thing to point to in regards to a further improvement is his .333 BABIP (it was at .359 prior to his last outing. All of the numbers are based on small sample sizes, and with a career 19.6% line drive rate (23.3% thus far in ’17) we know he’s going to rebound.

Couple that with his strong groundball rate (57.8%) and control (1.55 BB/9) and there’s obviously a lot to like. The elephant In the room is his 5.59 K/9, which would obviously limit his appeal. Read more

Update Rankings (April 25): Top 15 Catchers: Lucroy Falling, Contreras’ Risky Outlook & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are three weeks into the season so there have obviously been changes to our preseason rankings.  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our final draft guide update):

1. Buster Posey – San Francisco Giants (2)
2. J.T. Realmuto – Miami Marlins (4)
3. Jonathan Lucroy – Texas Rangers (1)
4. Brian McCann – Houston Astros (7)
5. Yasmani Grandal – Los Angeles Dodgers (11)
6. Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs (5)
7. Matt Wieters – Washington Nationals (8) Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/24/17 Box Scores: Owings’ Breaking Out, The Thames Show & More

by Ray Kuhn

There are certainly worse ways to begin your week, then with a nine game evening slate of action. We saw Christian Arroyo make his major league debut with the Giants, and among other things, Jacob Turner produce a quality start at Coors Field. If you needed proof to expect the unexpected, that was a very good example. Let’s take a look at some of the performances from the league.

1) Is Eric Thames for Real?

This has to end at some point, right? It has now turned into a game of chicken. There is no way that Thames can keep up this pace, but how successful will he be for the remainder of the season? Not only does he need to battle the expectations he has now created for himself, but also rumors of steroid use (despite numerous negative tests in Korea). After Thames went deep two more times on Monday, giving him 10 on the season, it doesn’t appear there is a truly fail safe way to handle the first baseman. He is now batting .373 on the season with 17 RBI, but we all no that it will be impossible for him to maintain this pace. I’m not sure his value will be any higher this season than it will be this week. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 24, 2017: New Next Up In Milwaukee/Arizona & 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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