Sell High Candidate: Could It Actually Make Sense To Trade Cody Bellinger?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Cody Bellinger has certainly burst onto the scene, as he’s on a record setting pace since making his MLB debut (all stats are through Tuesday, June 20):

.270 (53-196), 22 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R, 4 SB

You would think that holding onto him would be a no-brainer, and in keeper leagues that is likely the case.  However kicking the tires and seeing what is available also isn’t the craziest thing as you can argue that his value will never be higher.  That’s not to say that he’s going to completely fall off a cliff, but it would seem likely that he’s going to regress:

 

Batting Average
Thus far he has looked extremely strikeout prone, with a 29.7% (after posting a 28.6% strikeout rate at Triple-A) courtesy of a 14.2% SwStr%.  He’s had problems with swings and misses against all kinds of pitches:

  • Hard – 13.76%
  • Breaking – 17.32%
  • Offspeed – 20.61%

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10 Important Stories From 06/21/17 Box Scores: Pham’s Breaking Out, Berrios Shines & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a full day of baseball to get us through the midpoint of the week, and there was almost some history in Miami. Entering the day, especially the evening slate of games, there was a far amount of offense expected. There were just too many double digit games expected, and multiple teams were projected to eclipse five runs. While that certainly happened, things were also a little quieter than originally expected. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy day around baseball:

1) Scherzer Flirts With History…

Yes, we know, Max Scherzer is elite. Every so often though, he likes to remind us in case we forgot, and Wednesday was one of those days. The right-hander, took his quest for a third no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Marlins before it was broken up by A.J Ellis with an infield single. However, not only did Scherzer lose his no-hitter, but he also ended up losing the game. Thanks to an Adam Lind error, both runs Miami scored were unearned, and Scherzer ended his eight innings of work allowing two hits and a walk as he lowered his ERA to 2.09 and his WHIP to 0.81. It was another double digit strikeout game for Scherzer, as he struck out 11 this time, giving him 145 strikeouts in 107.2 innings on the season. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 21, 2017: Mess In Philadelphia (Neshek?), Johnson/Oh On Watch List & 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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Searching For Saves: Two Sleepers Quickly Emerging

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always on the hunt for the next big “closer in waiting”, and there are two situations developing that should bring some intrigue for fantasy owners:

  1. Is there a sleeper emerging in San Diego?
  2. Who should be next up in Texas?

Let’s take a look at these two situations, where there is potential value to be had for the savvy fantasy owner:

 

San Diego Padres
Everyone wanted it to be Brad Hand as the next up, and it looked like he was primed to take over for Brandon Maurer at one point.  Instead he continues to operate in a setup role and it wouldn’t be surprising to see both Hand and Maurer traded prior to the deadline.  Enter Phil Maton, a recently promoted reliever who is quickly rising to a prominent role in the bullpen. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 20, 2017: Outlook For Angels, Colome’s Recent Struggles & 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 06/20/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Cobb’s Success, Polanco Turning Corner & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Manny Machado exploded against Josh Tomlin (5 ER over 4.2 IP) and the Cleveland Indians, going 4-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  Corey Seager helped to lead the onslaught of Mets’ pitchers, going 4-5 with 3 HR, 6 RBI and 3 R.  Daniel Murphy led the way to Nationals’ blowout victory, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is the hot hitting Cameron Maybin for real…
He went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .279 with 5 HR and 21 SB on the season.  He’s also hit in all 10 games he’s played since coming off the DL, going 18-44 (.409) with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 14 R and 8 SB.  Throw in 5 doubles and there’s a lot to like, though he has just 2 BB over this stretch (0 BB in his past eight games).  Of course that may be searching for a negative, as he’s shown great plate discipline all season long (7.6% SwStr%, 20.7% O-Swing% entering the day).  His .320 BABIP, 17.0% strikeout rate and 10.3% HR/FB are all believable, meaning it’s possible Maybin is simply finally producing as was expected when he was called up many years ago.  Obviously there’s a little bit of risk, but at this point we’re buying (especially if you are looking for help in SB, R and AVG/OBP). Read more