Streaming Starters (2016): August 29 – September 4: Sticking With Musgrove, Weaver Worthy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone who looks to stream pitchers every week?  It can be a high risk, high reward strategy and you have to be willing and ready to swing and miss from time to time.  With that in mind let’s take a look at some of the recommended streaming options for the coming week, though that doesn’t mean that they are “safe” or guarantees to produce (please note all stats are through Saturday, unless otherwise noted):

 

Monday, August 29
Joe Musgrove – Houston Astros – vs. Oakland
Musgrove has been miserable as of late, but this certainly represents an opportunity for him to get back on track.  Oakland has been one of the worst offenses in August, slashing .241/.297/.385 while scoring a league worst 85 runs.  He also brings strikeouts and control, so as long as he keeps the ball in the ballpark there shouldn’t be an issue. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 28, 2016: Is Dyson In Trouble & 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 08/28/16 Box Scores: Is There Hope For Giolito, Buying Gausman/Rodon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a monster day for Josh Donaldson, finishing 3-4 with 3 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R.  Chris Archer was impressive as he continues to turn his season around, allowing 3 ER on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 10, over 7.0 IP en route to a W over the Astros.  A.J. Pollock showed that he could be a difference maker down the stretch, going 3-5 with 2 R and 2 SB.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) A gem from Kevin Gausman against New York…
The Orioles desperately needed a strong performance and Gausman delivered, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing just 7 H and 0 BB while striking out 9.  He’s now tossed 13.0 shutout innings over his past two starts and has allowed 2 ER or fewer in five of his past six outings.  Obviously his 3.73 ERA and 1.31 WHIP isn’t going to blow anyone away, but as it is he entered the day with impressive strikeout and walk rates:

  • Strikeout Rate – 8.86 K/9 (10.4% SwStr%)
  • Walk Rate -2.57 BB/9

He improved upon both of those yesterday, including getting an impressive 20 swinging strikes, though the biggest key was keeping the ball in the ballpark (1.56 HR/9 entering the day).  As long as he continues doing that he’s going to be an above average option.  It’s a big if, but he’s worth the gamble. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2016: August 29 – September 4: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

As crazy as it may sound, with this week we are entering September. While that means we are in the home stretch of the baseball season, it also means that rosters are expanding. We likely have another week, until the minor league season is complete, before we see lineups otherwise associated with Grapefruit League games but it is something to keep in mind when evaluating pitchers. Let’s take a look at who is taking the mound twice this week and how they rank. Don’t get too excited though, as the comfort level does fall off quickly:

Tier One:

  1. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  2. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins – at NY Mets; at Cleveland
  3. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants- vs. Arizona; at Chicago Cubs
  4. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers – vs. Seattle; vs. Houston

Tier Two:

  1. Carlos Martinez – St. Louis Cardinals – at Milwaukee; at Cincinnati
  2. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – vs. Pittsburgh; vs. San Francisco
  3. Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – vs. Tampa Bay; at Oakland

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10 Important Stories From 08/27/16 Box Scores: Blackmon Hits Two HR’s, Urias Strong Again & More

by Will Overton

Yesterday’s top guys seemed to be a consistent theme of players who have been tearing the ball or mound up for the entire month of August. Guys like Dustin Pedroia and Brian Dozier just kept their hot hitting going, while Julio Urias and Jose Quintana strung together another strong start in a series. We’ll break these stories down and more in today’s roundup:

1)      We Should Really Take Time To Recognize The Second Half Of Brian Dozier

Yesterday’s game from Brian Dozier almost doesn’t even stand out given how second nature it has become. Dozier went 3 – 5 at the plate last night with a run scored and two runs batted in, also stealing a base. Dozier started out pretty slow in the first two months while so many other second baseman were taking off, but ever since the calendar hit June this guy has been a monster. Since June 1st Dozier is hitting .308 with 60 R, 25 HR, 61 RBI and 8 SB. For these three months he has arguably been a top 10 player in all of fantasy baseball and I don’t think anyone out there really even realizes that. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 27, 2016: Change Possible In San Diego, Salas Surprisingly Good & 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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