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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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10 Important Stories From 06/28/15 Box Scores: Strasburg Is “Back”, Matz Impresses & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After dominating for 7 innings it was a disappointing finish for Jeff Samardzija, who settled for a no decision after allowing 4 R on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, over 7.1 IP. Toru Murata struggled in his MLB debut, allowing 5 R (3 earned) on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 3.1 IP against the Orioles. Carlos Martinez shined against the Cubs, earning the W after allowing 1 R on 2 H and 3 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP. What other big stories were there from yesterday’s action? Let’s take a look:

1) Has Stephen Strasburg finally turned things around…
Of course the start came against the Phillies, but he looked strong allowing 2 R on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 7.0 IP. In two starts since returning he’s now allowed 2 R on 8 H and 2 BB, striking out 15, over 12.0 IP en route to two victories. We all knew there were going to be better days ahead for Strasburg, as long as he was healthy, as he was still showing strikeouts (9.12 K/9 entering the day) and control (2.68 BB/9) while being plagued by poor luck (.383 BABIP, 61.9% strand rate). Chances are the time to buy low has come and gone, but if you stayed patient with him you may finally be reaping the benefits. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2015: June 29 – July 5: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are few true aces slotted for two starts this week, though that doesn’t mean that there aren’t ample opportunities.  Instead it’s a matter of deciding which risks are worth taking and which are better left on your bench or waiver wire.  Who are the pitchers to try and exploit?  Who should be ignored?  Let’s take a look:

Tier 1 (The Aces):

  • Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s – vs. Col, vs. Sea
  • Cole Hamels – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Mil, at Atl
  • Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Det, vs. Cle
  • Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. CWS, vs. SD
  • Jordan Zimmermann – Washington Nationals – at Atl, vs. SF

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Three Hitters Not To Push The Panic Button On & Keep In Your Lineup (Josh Reddick & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yes, we are getting a bigger sample size and therefore are starting to be able to formulate more “realistic” opinions on players.  Whose struggles are simple poor luck?  Who should we be looking to buy low on?  Who should we be sticking with in our lineup and who should we be moving towards our bench?  Here are three hitters we’re sticking with, despite their slow starts:

 

Alexei Ramirez – Shortstop – Chicago White Sox
It has been a struggle all season for Ramirez, hitting .222 with 2 HR, 26 RBI, 19 R and 8 SB through Thursday. Things have been even worse over the previous two weeks (06/12/15 – 06/25/15) hitting .174 with 0 HR and 1 SB, though it’s interesting to see a lot of his underlying metrics have actually improved:

Statistic
YTD
Past Two Weeks
BABIP.244.174
Line Drive Rate19.1%23.9%
Strikeout Rate12.5%9.4%
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