Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Does Jay Bruce Still Hold Any Value?

by Ray Kuhn

To say things have gotten bleak for Jay Bruce would be an understatement. Since acquiring him at the trade deadline, the Mets have been forced to sit the outfielder multiple times as he attempts to find his groove. It hasn’t happened yet, and on Tuesday Eric Campbell pinch hit for him in the eighth inning.

Bruce was then given another day on Wednesday, but he did enter the game as a pinch hitter. It shouldn’t be surprising that the result was the same as it has been for the past two months; another strikeout. While he was not in the lineup again on Thursday or Friday, the Mets are giving him every opportunity to work through his struggles.

With a little over week left in the regular season and the Mets fighting for a playoff spot, there is no more time left. New York simply cannot afford to be patient any longer. If you are in a dynasty or long term keeper league, then unfortunately Bruce is too good of a player to cut lose.  In single season leagues you should try to find the hot hand. Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 23, 2016: Changes Loom Across The League (ARI, CIN, 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 09/23/16 Box Scores: Paxton Continues Emergence, Under-The-Radar Bats (Asuaje) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jake Arrieta was dominant against the Cardinals, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 10, in what was his first double-digit strikeout game since June 17.  Maikel Franco is once against starting to show his power, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R (his second straight game with a home run).  Drew Pomeranz had a strong bounce back performance, allowing 1 ER on 4 H and 0 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP to defeat the Rays.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Did Francisco Liriano simply need a change of scenery…
Taking on the Yankees he tossed 6.0 shutout innings allowing just 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 6.  Over his past three starts he’s allowed 4 ER over 18.1 IP and he owned 43 K vs. 15 BB over 43.0 IP as a member of the Blue Jays.  Control was his biggest issue with Pittsburgh this season (5.46 BB/9), considering both the strikeouts and groundballs have been there (he entered the day with a 9.08 K/9 and 52.0% groundball rate).  Obviously we would think the move to the AL East would be a downgrade, so it’s going to be hard to recommend trusting him, but things do appear to be headed in the right direction.  At the very least consider him a matchup play, though depending on your situation he could be utilized in all formats. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/22/16 Box Scores: Justin Verlander K’s 11, Matt Kemp Hits 2 HR’s & More

by Will Overton

There are less than two weeks to go in the season now and every game and at-bat matters for fantasy owners chasing that title. We here at Rotoprofessor are staying with you right down to the very end of the year breaking down all the baseball action. Right now we have the top 10 storylines from last night including some big power performances from veterans and rookies alike:

1)      Two Find The Seats For Matt Kemp

Things got off to a little bit of a slow start for Matt Kemp after being traded to the Atlanta Braves, but they have certainly been picking up here in September. Last night Kemp went 2 – 4 with a pair of HR’s and three runs batted in. Kemp is hitting .361 so far in September with 7 HR’s and 18 RBI and he is now 4th in the NL in HR’s and 2nd in RBI. Until about halfway through last season it looked as though Kemp was done as an elite outfield option, but that isn’t the case anymore. The Braves offense is pretty terrible, but it hasn’t really slowed down the production of Kemp. Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 22, 2016: Finally Neris Time, Romo Rising & 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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Potential Final Week 2-Start Fliers: Who’s Worth The Gamble?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The final week of the season is always difficult to maneuver when setting your pitching, as there are several factors that could influence your decisions:

  • Innings limits
  • Contenders shutting down/limiting their starters to preserve them for the playoffs
  • Any minor ailment leading to a shutdown

Of course, we are all also trying to maximize our innings/starts, as we try to grab any point possible.  With that in mind, here are a few risky starters who are currently lined up to make two starts and are worth considering for proactive adds:

 

Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians
at Detroit, at Kansas City

The Indian’s rotation is banged up, which has led to Clevinger returning.  They are going to want to rest the players who are healthy, so there’s little reason to think that he won’t get to make both of these starts (especially since innings also aren’t an issue). Read more