Real or Mirage: Identifying Which Surging Starting Pitchers Are The Real Deal (Stripling, Clevinger & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to become infatuated with any hot player, and it’s determining if they are for real or not that is key to fantasy success.  Sometimes it’s better to move on too soon then try to get every last drop of value out of a player, ultimately to be burdened by a few blowups (which undo all the good that had been done).  With that in mind, let’s take a look at three pitchers who have been thriving in June and determine if they are real or just a mirage:

 

Ross Stripling – Los Angeles Dodgers
June Statistics – 24.0 IP, 2.63 ERA, 9.75 K/9, 0.00 BB/9

His impressive run stretches beyond June, as he owns a 2.37 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 10.74 K/9 and 0.79 BB/9 over his 10 starts (he also has made 11 appearances out of the bullpen).  He’s showing all the skills we look for, including a 49.7% groundball rate as a starter, but the question is if he can maintain them over the long haul? Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 22, 2018: Change Looms In Arizona/St. Louis, Making Sense Of Sticky Situations (TB/HOU) & 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 06/22/18 Box Scores: Are We Buying These Bounce Backs (J. Gray/Castillo), Young Starter Considerations (Bieber/Romero) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Odubel Herrera just keeps on raking, going 4-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 4 R, extending his home run streak to five games (and six of his past seven).  Patrick Corbin had the performance of the night, though settled for a no decision, as he tossed 7.0 shutout innings allowing just 3 H and 0 BB while striking out 12 (and generating a whopping 25 swinging strikes).  The Red Sox and Mariners combined for 24 runs, with Nelson Cruz (4-5, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2 R) and J.D. Martinez (4-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 3 R) leading their respective teams.

 

1) Franklin Barreto erupts in Game 1 of the A’s double header…
While he went 0-4 in the night cap, he had the best day of his young career in the first game as he finished going 2-4 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 2 R.  Of course the second game is more indicative of what he’s done when getting an opportunity in the Majors, as he’s now hitting .185 over 27 AB in ’18 (after hitting .197 in 71 AB in ’17).  Sure he’s shown some power (he has 5 hits in the Majors this season and three of them have left the park), but strikeouts continue to plague him.  Considering these numbers over the past two years (entering play yesterday), how can we expect anything to change (strikeout rate at Triple-A // strikeout rate in the Majors): Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Looking At Three Disappointing Third Baseman & Determining Their Outlook (Devers & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Preseason hype is one thing, but how long do we wait before we start to ignore it and lose hope?  Obviously there are numerous players who have disappointed, but third base may be among the hardest hit spots on the diamond.  Let’s take a look at three of the bigger disappointments and try to decide if we believe or if the time has come to sell them for pennies on the dollar:

 

Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
2018 Statistics – .240, 12 HR, 36 RBI, 30 R, 4 SB

Is this just a sophomore slump that he could break out of?  Or is he going to struggle all year long?  That’s the big question facing fantasy owners, as Devers hasn’t lived up to the hype many bestowed upon him entering the year.

A lot of the problems stem from his approach at the plate, entering play on Wednesday with a 14.2% SwStr% and 36.9% O-Swing%.  As you would expect opposing pitchers are throwing him fewer fastballs than they did during his rookie campaign (hard pitches seen has gone from 58.02% to 55.84%), instead seeing breaking balls (23.74%) and offspeed pitches (20.42%).  Of course, the type of pitch hasn’t mattered when we look at his Whiff%: Read more

Rotoprofessor’s Fantasy Football Coverage Kicks Off On Monday!!

Believe it or not the NFL season is just over two months away from starting (Week 1 kicks off on September 6) and training camps start in less than a month.  It seems amazing, but that means the time has come to start preparing for Fantasy Football Drafts!

 

We will officially be kicking off our Fantasy Football coverage this coming Monday, June 25!  We’ll be bringing new content nearly every day immediately, so make sure to start checking it out Monday morning when we kick things off with our Top 5 Rookie Quarterbacks for 2018!

Bullpen Notes: June 21, 2018: New Names To Own For Giants & Angels, Interesting Next Up For Reds & 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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