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Is It Time To Give Up On Ryan Howard?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know that Ryan Howard is not the same player that he once was.  That’s not news, given his .224 average and career worst .377 SLG.  While he’s shown some power (15 HR), he’s simply had nothing else working in his favor.  Now, having sat out the past two games, we have to start to wonder if we’ve reached the end of the line of his fantasy viability?

You could argue luck has been part of the problem, with a .283 BABIP despite a 22.0% line drive rate.  Of course, he’s also a player with little speed and isn’t about to beat out many balls on the ground.  A little bad luck working against him?  Sure, but it’s hardly enough.  He’s still striking out 28.3% of the time and has struggled to hit for a strong average before.

We’d love to point to a platoon split for the left-handed hitter, but that has unfortunately hardly been the case:

  • vs. RHP – .229/.314/.368
  • vs. LHP – .209/.275/.407

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Has Lucas Duda Finally Figured It Out?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Mets’ have long waited for Lucas Duda to figure it out and emerge as the power threat in the middle of their lineup.  Suddenly he appears to be there, at least so it seems.

Hitting .261 with 15 HR and 50 RBI over 299 AB (through Tuesday), he’s been even better since the calendar turned to June:

  • June – .282/.380/.576
  • July – .298/.403/.544

He has 15 doubles and 8 HR in 142 AB over that span, and also has seen his line drive rate increase significantly (20.6% and 26.2%) and his strikeouts decrease (18.0% and 22.4%).  It has all come together into the perfect package, and one fantasy owners would love to own from any player.

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Fantasy Fallout: Mariners Acquire Kendrys Morales

Mariners Fallout:
Seattle was in desperate need for an offensive boost, so reacquiring Morales makes sense.  The team has recently been using Logan Morrison at 1B and Corey Hart at DH, though neither have been productive when actually on the field.  Morrison is slashing .211/.267/.349 while Hart is at .212/.295/.332.  It’s possible that the team occasionally slides one of them into an OF spot, but we’ll have to wait and see.  For now we have to assume both are at risk of losing playing time, not that they were very fantasy relevant anyways.

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Prospect Report: Could Francisco Lindor Prove To Be Fantasy Relevant?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Indians recently promoted their 2011 first round draft pick (8th overall) to Triple-A, putting him on the doorstep of the Majors. While he may not get an opportunity in 2014, even if Asdrubal Cabrera were to head to the DL (he’s banged up right now with back spasms and the team has left Lindor at Triple-A), there’s little doubt that he’s in the team’s plans for 2015. Cabrera is assuredly going to head out as a free agent, leaving the shortstop job for Lindor to assume.

The question for fantasy owners is if he has the potential to make an impact or if he is better left for someone else to jump aboard the hype train.

He had 388 PA at Double-A prior to his promotion, hitting .278 with 6 HR and 25 SB. With just 2 HR in 463 PA in 2013, there’s little question that power is not currently his calling card. With just 12 doubles and 4 triples, giving him a .389 SLG, there doesn’t appear to be an immediate power infusion on the horizon for the 20-year old. It’s not impossible that he adds more power as he gains strength and experience, but it would appear that 15-ish home runs is his ultimate upside. Read more

Fantasy Fallout: Joakim Soria Traded To Detroit

The Tigers Fallout:
Given the struggles of Joe Nathan, it makes sense that the Tigers wanted to bring in either a replacement or a reinforcement in case he can’t figure it out.  In Soria, they get just that.  He has been one of the elite closers in the game this season, with a 2.70 ERA and 0.87 WHIP, showing strikeouts (11.34 K/9) and control (1.08 BB/9).

While it’s easy to point to an unsustainable BB/9, he also has been plagued by poor luck (60.0% strand rate).  As for the control, while it may not be THIS good he does own a career 2.54 BB/9 and certainly has the stuff to thrive.

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10 Stories From 07/23/14 Box Scores: Liriano Worth Buying, Quintana Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Sanchez made his Major League debut out of the bullpen, tossing 2.0 perfect innings with 2 K (unfortunately there’s little chance he makes an impact in 2014).  Mark Reynolds showed off his power, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R, but of course he is still hitting just .207.  Bartolo Colon flirted with perfection, ultimately allowing 2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 7.1 IP against the Mariners.


1) Jose Quintana continues to get the job done…
It wasn’t necessarily his “best” performance, considering he managed just 3 K, but he allowed 1 R on 7 H and 2 BB over 7.0 IP and nearly matched James Shields pitch for pitch (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 7 K).  Overall he owns a 3.15 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, but has been even better since June 19.  In seven starts since that date he is just 2-0, but owns a 1.72 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 9.34 K/9 and 2.48 BB/9 over 47.2 IP.  Granted, he has benefited from a .256 BABIP, but he has kept the ball in the ballpark (five straight starts without allowing a HR).  Also, his overall .300 BABIP and 22.2% line drive rate aren’t outrageous and his 68.1% strand rate is unlucky.  There will likely be bumps along the way, but he’s thriving right now and is a must own and must use in all formats.

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