Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (June 30, 2015): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright (for example we’ve excluded the situation in Chicago).

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand:

1) Jake McGee – Tampa Bay Rays (NR)
Current Closer – Brad Boxberger

At this point it no longer appears to be a committee as Boxberger has emerged with McGee working in a setup role. It’s a good “problem” to have for any team, but it also leads to potential opportunity for change if there is any type of stumble. Boxberger has been great overall, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t issues. He’s struggled with his control (4.11 BB/9) and home runs (1.17 HR/9), both of which have plagued him throughout his career. Even in June those issues are there, with a 5.06 BB/9 and 1.69 HR/9, so it’s impossible to call him “locked” into the role. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/29/15 Box Scores: Lucroy Waking Up, McCullers Impresses & More

by Ray Kuhn

We began the week with a reduced slate of games, and no true “stud” pitchers taking the mound. In fact, to be honest, it was difficult to truly find confidence with much of Monday night’s pitching slate. So as to be expected, there were some good offensive performances. However, some pitchers did reward the owners that had faith in them. Let’s jump right into some of the stories from last night.

1) Cody Anderson Starts Out Perfect
Through six innings, everything was shaping up to be a Perfect night for Anderson. Although a Grady Sizemore solo homer in the 7th inning put an end to those ideas, it was difficult to find much fault with Anderson’s effort for the evening. The 24 year-old allowed just one more hit before exciting after eight innings, and it is hard to believe, but of Anderson’s two starts with Cleveland, last night might be considered the worse of the two. In his debut, Anderson went 7.2 scoreless innings while allowing six hits and one walk. If you are looking to knock Anderson, he did strike out only two batters last night and just four in his previous start. After scuffling through AA last season, 5.44 ERA in 25 starts, Anderson put up a 1.89 ERA between AA and AAA this season prior to getting the call to Cleveland. At this point, you can’t take him out of your lineup. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 29, 2015: Next Up In Arizona, Trade Candidates & 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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Fantasy Training Room: Breaking Down Stanton’s Injury & What To Expect When He Returns

by Jeremy Tiermini

“You feel bad for him, because you see him day in and day out studying the pitching and doing all the right things. For this to happen is really unfortunate.”
A.J. Ramos (Marlins closer and Giancarlo Stanton’s roommate)

Giancarlo Stanton (MIA OF)
The Marlins outfielder had surgery yesterday to repair the fractured hamate bone in his left wrist. The hamate bone is one of the eight carpal bones that make up the wrist, lying near the pinkie side. There is a small projection called the hook of the hamate that can commonly be fractured, as the force generated during a swing can cause the bat to move across this “hook” and can, as in Stanton’s case, shear this projection off from the rest of the bone. The surgical repair for this injury involves the removal of the hook that has sheared off and is not a difficult procedure to perform. Other notable players that have had this issue include Ken Griffey, Jr., Dustin Pedroia, Jim Thome, Troy Tulowitzki and Pablo Sandoval. Sandoval, a switch hitter, actually fractured the hook of the both hamates injuring the right wrist in 2011 and the left wrist in 2012. Read more

Waiver Worthy: Searching For Help At Second Base: Travis, Lawrie & More

by Ray Lin

So far it’s been a very prosperous year for second basemen in fantasy. Dee Gordon is challenging for both the batting and stolen base titles (hasn’t been done since Ichiro in 2001), Jason Kipnis is an early Comeback Player of the Year contender and Brian Dozier is showing that his bulldozing breakout campaign was no fluke.

Even with so much quality at the top, second base remains a shallow position in fantasy this year (as it historically has been). Partly to blame are injuries (Dustin Pedroia) and lackluster starts (Robinson Cano, Ian Kinsler), but there have been some intriguing options emerging off the waiver wire.

Let’s take a look at a handful who could help your team moving forward.

Devon Travis, TOR
(Available in 44% of Yahoo leagues, 153 PA, .264/.327/.486, 7 HR, 26 RBI, 25 R, 2 SB)

After a blistering start to the season, where he put up a 1.018 OPS in April, Travis came crashing back down to earth in the subsequent months before landing on the DL with a left shoulder injury. The Jays finally activated him on Friday and immediately put him back into the starting lineup. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 28, 2015: Clarity Coming In Toronto, H. Rondon Looming & 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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