10 Important Stories From 09/24/17 Box Scores: Devers Delivering, Anderson/Giolito Are Regression Risks & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was another big day for Aaron Judge, who went 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  Jose Quintana was stellar against the Brewers, tossing a complete game shutout allowing just 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 10.  Corey Kluber likely put the final stamp on a Cy Young season, allowing 2 R (0 earned) on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 10, over 7.0 IP to defeat the Mariners.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Teoscar Hernandez homers for third straight day…
He was hitting atop the order and went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R, putting him at 4-12 with 3 HR, 3 RBI and 5 R over the three games against the Yankees.  It’s certainly putting him on the map, as Toronto takes a look at him and try to determine if he’s primed to be a factor in ’18 and beyond.  The obvious red flag has been his strikeout rate, as he entered the day with a 33.3% strikeout rate (he struck out twice yesterday) courtesy of a 15.9% SwStr%.  If he can’t improve in that regard he’s going to struggle to stay atop the batting order and hit for a strong average.  No one is going to argue against his upside in both power and speed, but his value could be capped. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: September 25 – October 1: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Davies, Mengden & More)

by Ray Kuhn

This is the last week of the season and that means you have one last chance towards making that final push towards fantasy supremacy. We also must take note that there is a lot subject to change this week as teams close out the season, playing it conservative in some cases and planning for the postseason in others. Let’s take a look at how our options currently rank and any possible value to be found:

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Toronto; vs. Houston
  2. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Texas; at Boston
  3. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at St. Louis; vs. Cincinnati

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10 Important Stories From 09/23/17 Box Scores: Lynn’s Disappointing Finish, Bour’s Breakout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Justin Upton continued his career year, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Giancarlo Stanton continued his push for 60, going 3-6 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R (he’s up to 57 HR on the season).  Madison Bumgarner finally appears to be putting things together, albeit a little too late, as he allowed 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 7.2 IP to defeat the Dodgers.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Travis Shaw showing no signs of slowing down, or is he…
He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R yesterday, putting him at .276 with 31 HR, 99 RBI and 79 R on the season.  Obviously the biggest surprise is the power, with his HR/FB going from 10.3% in ’16 to 21.0% entering the day.  It’s not like he was an extra base machine last season, with 34 doubles, 2 triples and 16 HR, and there has been a bit of a split in his production:

  • First Half – 23.8% HR/FB
  • Second Half – 17.5% HR/FB

It’s not a big difference, but the second half mark is likely closer to the truth.  He also entered the day with a .239 average since the All-Star Break, and while we’d expect better than that he’s also not a .300 hitter.  It’ll be interesting to see where his ’18 projection lands, but .255ish with 25 HR seems like a good guesstimate. Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is Hunter Renfroe Worth The Final Week Gamble?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Padres’ Hunter Renfroe has made a splash since returning to the Majors, hitting 4 HR in his first three games.  Of course those were also his only hits and no one has ever questioned his potential to hit the ball out of the ballpark.

He has continued to be a significantly more productive player against left-handed pitching in the Majors this season:

  • LHP – .340/.424/.718
  • RHP – .199/.242/.388

He only has 14 games at Triple-A this season, so it’s too small of a sample size to draw any conclusions from.  That said he has always shown more potential against southpaws, but even last season at Triple-A he did perform well against righties (.291 with 19 HR in 385 AB).  With a week left in the season no one is going to anticipate him being able to do a complete 180, but is there hope? Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 22, 2017: Could Allen Sit The Final Week, Familia “Back” & 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 09/22/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Reynaldo Lopez, Devers Developing & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Judge did it again, slugging his 46th home run of the season.  Garrett Richards settled for a tough luck no decision, thanks to facing Justin Verlander (7.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K), as he tossed 6.0 shutout innings allowing 1 H and 1 BB, striking out 6.  Rich Hill silenced the Giants, allowing 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 6.0 IP to earn the W.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has Alex Cobb shown enough for 2018…
We continue to have questions, though obviously sights are being set more towards next season than the one start he has left this season.  Taking on the Orioles yesterday he allowed 3 ER on 9 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP and got the W.  The biggest issue continues to be a lack of swinging strikes, as he had just 4 yesterday and entered the day with a 6.7% SwStr% on the season.  His velocity is there (91.6 mph average on his fastball), so if he can’t figure out how to improve upon a 6.44 K/9 entering the day he’s simply going to be a back-end option.  He’s not one to completely avoid, but value him appropriately.  As for 2017, his final start will likely come on the road against the Yankees and that’s a risky proposition. Read more