Fantasy Fallout: Ryan Zimmerman To The DL, So Is Danny Espinosa Worth Grabbing?


Shocking news, right?  Zimmerman has always been a risk to end up on the DL, and this is just the latest stint (just 53 games played in ’14).  The latest stint will lead to regular AB for Danny Espinosa once again, as the Nationals also get to settle into a regular outfield of Denard Span, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper.

Obviously the biggest benefactor is Espinosa, though does that mean that he’s a player fantasy owners should be targeting? Read more

Has Trevor Bauer Finally Figured It Out?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Bauer was always a highly touted prospect coming up with the Arizona Diamondbacks, though he was certainly unconventional. Many viewed the sky as being the limit for him, as you can see from these quotes coming prior to the 2012 season:

Baseball America:

“He not only has top-of-the-rotation potential, but his approach is so revolutionary that his success in the majors could cause teams to rethink how they condition and develop young pitchers.”

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Three Potential Second Half Strikeout Risers

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trying to find a pitcher whose strikeouts may rise in the second half?  Here are three players whose underlying metrics and/or history indicate a potential boost:


Ervin Santana – Atlanta Braves
K/9 – 7.53

Santana’s mark is up, as expected, with this being his first stint in the National League. At the same time he could easily see growth in the second half. Overall he owns a 12.0% SwStr%, a career best mark.  While the number was most impressive in April, it has been consistently above average:

  • April – 15.6%
  • May – 10.2%
  • June – 12.7%
  • July – 9.7%

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10 Stories From 07/22/14 Box Scores: Danny Salazar Returns, Gregory Polanco Busts His Slump and More

by Will Overton

There were several under the radar performers who stepped up last night and made a big splash in fantasy baseball. That always makes for good talking points and here are 10 of the night’s biggest stories:

  1. J.A. Happ Is Solid At Home, But Only At Home

The splits for J.A. Happ at home and on the road are startling and he turned in another great start at home last night against the Red Sox. Happ threw six shutout innings with four strikeouts and picked up his eighth win of the season. Happ has an ERA of 3.42 at home this season now and 6.27 on the road. Happ is also good for an extra K per nine innings at home at 7.7 K/9 when in Toronto. Things have been kind of rough for Happ recently, but he’s proving to be at least a decent spot starter at home right now, especially in the right matchups. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is A Returning Danny Salazar Worth Grabbing?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Indians are set to bring Danny Salazar up from Triple-A to start today against the Twins.  A much hyped starter entering the season, he quickly fell flat with a 5.53 ERA and 1.62 WHIP.  Considering that he owns a 4.02 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in 10 Triple-A starts this season, is there any reason for fantasy owners to jump back on the bandwagon?

The obvious answer would be the strikeout potential.  Even as he struggled early in the season he posted a 10.40 K/9 in the Majors courtesy of a 10.6% SwStr%.  He was even better while at Triple-A, with an 11.24 mark.  That alone is going to put any pitcher on our radars.

He also was plagued by a bit of bad luck while up earlier in the year:

  • .369 BABIP (20.5% line drive rate)
  • 69.9% strand rate
  • 1.77 HR/9 (courtesy of a 25.0% HR/OFB)

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Fantasy Fallout: Chase Headley Heading To Yankees

Updated At 1:10 PM

Yankees Fallout
The needed an offensive upgrade, but is Headley the answer? He is currently hitting .229 with 7 HR and 32 RBI over 279 AB this season.  Yankees third basemen are currently hitting .260 with 8 HR and 41 RBI, though a lot of that has come courtesy of Yangervis Solarte (who has fallen off a cliff in recent weeks). Read more