10 Important Stories From 05/28/17 Box Scores: Is It Time To Buy Harvey, Do You Believe In Porcello & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Judge launched his first career grand slam, finishing the day going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  Adam Duvall had his own big day, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R (putting him at .274 with 13 HR and 43 RBI on the season).  Lance McCullers continued his impressive start, allowing 3 R (2 earned) on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Orioles.

How about the surprisingly bad matchup between Jon Lester (3.1 IP, 6 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K) and Clayton Kershaw (4.1 IP, 4 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, 6 K)?!  Who saw that one coming?  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) J.T. Riddle enjoys a day atop the Marlins’ order…
It was his first game hitting leadoff, as all but one of his AB in the Majors have come hitting in the bottom third of the order, but it may not be his last.  He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R yesterday, helping to lead the charge against Matt Shoemaker (4.2 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K) and the Angels.  Riddle is now hitting .258 with 3 HR and 13 RBI over 66 AB, and it’s possible that he’s earning regular AB even once Adeiny Hechevarria returns from the DL.  He’s added 6 doubles, so the power is there, but his plate zone discipline hasn’t been very good (11.1% SwStr%, 37.3% O-Swing%) and is a concern (though he has just 5 K over 32 AB in his past seven games).  There’s definitely some appeal if you are in need of a shortstop. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 29 – June 4: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Tyler Anderson & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and by now you have gained a feel for where your team sits in the hierarchy of your league.  Do you need to start taking a few more risks when setting your lineup?  Do you need to maximize your chances in terms of strikeouts and wins?  Finding a high upside two-start pitcher can certainly help, so let’s take a look at the options this week and determine who can be trusted and who should be ignored:

 

Tier 1 – The Elite

  • Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – at CWS, at Bal
  • Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Oak, at KC

You can argue that Carlos Carrasco has had some luck on his side this season (.241 BABIP), but he continues to show strikeouts (8.95 K/9) and control (2.31 BB/9) while drawing two of the worst offense in the AL (in fact, entering play on Friday they were the two lowest scoring teams)… Read more

Bullpen Notes: May 27, 2017: Are Wilson/Reed Losing Roles, Glover Emerging & 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 05/27/17 Box Scores: Buying Lackey Low, Is Maybin Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Stephen Strasburg dominated the Padres over 7.0 shutout innings, allowing 3 H and 1 BB while striking out 15.  Dallas Keuchel starred in his return from the DL, allowing 1 R on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Orioles.  Adam Wainwright conquered Coors Field, tossing 7.0 shutout innings (3 H, 1 BB and 6 K) in order to defeat the Rockies.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Another solid start from Adalberto Mejia…
Taking on the Rays he settled for a no decision, allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 5.0 IP (after allowing 3 ER over 7.0 IP in his previous outing).  That said he only 9 swinging strikes, having entered the day with an 8.2% SwStr%, and considering his minor league career 7.7 K/9 there’s little reason to think there’s much upside.  He also didn’t flash tremendous groundball stuff (5 groundballs vs. 3 fly balls), and with home runs being an issue (4 HR 21.1 IP) it’s worth noting.  Sure he’s shown good control in the minors (2.1 BB/9), but he’s struggled in that regard since being promoted.  While there is some streaming potential, he shouldn’t be viewed as more than that. Read more

The Bullpen Report: Three Relievers Who Are Worth Adding (Ryan Madson & More)

by Nick Hutcherson

Are you looking for a reliever who has the potential to provide elite ratios as well as saves moving forward?  Here are a few different recommendations for you, based on the size league that you are playing in:

 

Three to grab

Shallow League-Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
Hand isn’t going to turn into a Top 10 option simply because of opportunities. However he has been brilliant this season and 25 saves with very strong ratios is something that you should not overlook. There are not a lot of threats to him in this bullpen, even though there theoretically could be:

  • Carter Capps is still figuring out his mechanics (2 months later)
  • Brandon Maurer has clearly shown he isn’t the solution
  • Ryan Buchter is solid, but isn’t going to take the job away anytime soon.

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Bullpen Notes: May 26, 2017: Madson, Parker & Vizcaino All Gaining Value & 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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