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Bullpen Notes: August 19, 2017: Diaz In Danger, Potential Clarity For Angels & Yankees & 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 08/19/17 Box Scores: Happ Turning It Around?, Odor Showing Value? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Mitch Haniger made his return to the Mariners, and made an instant impact, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  Is there any hope Julio Teheran finally puts things together in ’17, after he allowed 5 R on 8 H and 3 BB over 6.0 IP against the Reds?  Stephen Strasburg was strong in his return from the DL, albeit in San Diego, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP in a losing effort.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is Ian Happ picking things back up…
He went 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R yesterday, giving him 3 HR over his past three games (including a pair of multi-hit games).  Obviously he’s had his struggles this season, as he’s still hitting .249 (though he has added 18 HR and 7 SB over 265 AB).  Strikeouts have been his biggest issue, having entered the day with a 30.3% strikeout rate, and considering he posted a 4 K day on Friday it’s hard to say that he’s shown any type of improvement.  He also hasn’t added many additional extra base hits, with 13 doubles and 2 triples, so if his 24.6% HR/FB regresses the numbers could really get ugly.  While there’s ample upside, don’t get too excited off of a few solid day. Read more

Five & Dime Shopping: Digging Deep To Try And Find Some Value On The Waiver Wire

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the big names and whether or not we believe in them.  However fantasy titles can often be won or lost by your ability to find lightning in a bottle from an under-the-radar addition.  Let’s take a look at two players who could make an impact down the stretch and try to decide if they are worth adding or not:

 

Mikie Mahtook – Detroit Tigers
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Mikie Mahtook in the Majors, as he played for the Rays in both 2015 and 2016, but this is definitely his most successful run.  Through Wednesday he was hitting .300 with 9 HR, 29 RBI and 38 R over 250 AB, and he’s shown improvements across the board.

Line Drive Rate – 22.7%, after posting a 14.4% mark last season (185 AB).  The improvements have led to a .355 BABIP, a number that is likely unsustainable but he should be able to maintain something in the .320-.330 range.  That’s especially true as he’s dropped his fly ball rate (32.0%). Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 18, 2017: Bedrosian Confusion, Chapman’s Struggles, Oh 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 08/18/17 Box Scores: Are We Buying Arrieta, Streaking Hitters & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The rebound of Dallas Keuchel continued (7.0 shutout innings), though the most impressive part of his start against Oakland was his 17 groundballs compared to 1 fly ball.  Another day, another home run for the red hot Gary Sanchez (1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  Manny Machado had a monster day, including a game winning grand slam, going 3-5 with 3 HR, 7 RBI and 3 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has Jake Arrieta truly turned the corner…
Taking on the Blue Jays he allowed 1 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 6.1 IP to earn the W.  He’s now allowed 2 ER or fewer in seven straight starts and 3 ER or fewer in nine straight (which has led to his ERA falling from 4.67 on June 27 to a solid 3.63 mark).  Even over this stretch he’s struggled to generate many swings and misses outside the strike zone (13.6% in August entering the day, 21.4% in July), and he’s benefited from a lot of luck since the All-Star Break (.214 BABIP, 80.3% strand rate).  Those marks make you think that his strong string of starts could quickly come to a close, and while he does have value the rest of the season don’t ignore the warning signs. Read more

Searching For Saves: Identifying Three Unheralded Relievers Worth Watching

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We’ve seen some relatively unknown relievers thrust into prominent roles this season, whether it’s Alex Claudio or Trevor Hildenberger or a host of other names.  Who could be the next waiver wire treasure that no one is paying attention to?  Let’s use Rotoprofessor’s RRQ scores (I lowered the requirement to 10.0 IP to capture a few more options, making 327 pitchers eligible) to try and find out.  For those who don’t remember the scoring system:

Score
Skill Level
76+Elite
51-75Above Average
26-50Solid (though worth monitoring)
0-25Questionable makeup
<0High Risk For Struggles

 

Kevin Shackelford – Cincinnati Reds
RRQ Score – 66.60

Shackelford has thrown 13.1 IP in the Majors, so it’s obvious why he hasn’t garnered much attention as of yet.  However over his brief time in the Majors he’s put the full skill set we look for on display: Read more