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Is This The Beginning Of The End For Adam Wainwright?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Overall the numbers for Adam Wainwright have been solid, with a 2.52 ERA and 1.04 WHIP, but things have spiraled in August with a 5.29 ERA and 1.42 WHIP. Is this just a bad stretch or should we have seen it coming?

Overall he has been hit relatively hard, with a 24.2% line drive. That certainly makes his .268 BABIP seem extremely lucky, with the .324 thus far this month being a necessary regression (.250 in the first half).

That alone wouldn’t be the biggest cause for concern, but there are other signs that should be garnering our attention. Wainwright’s strikeout rate is down, currently with a 7.17 K/9 on the season and 6.14 in the second half. His SwStr% of 8.4% is below average.  Part of the problem could be a reduction in velocity, which has been seen as the season has progressed (chart is his velocity on his Fourseam fastball//Sinker): Read more

Questions Facing Second Half Surges: Are They Real Or Aberration (Arenado, Duda & Yelich)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There have been quite a few impressive performers in the second half of the season.  Of course, there are still plenty of questions regarding many of these players.  Let’s take a look at their performances, thus far, and the storylines we need to monitor over the final few weeks of the season:

 

Nolan Arenado – Colorado Rockies – Third Baseman
Second Half Stats – .338, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 26 R, 0 SB

He’s hitting .308 overall with 14 HR and 52 RBI, though he’s now settled into the cleanup role given the rash of injuries (Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez and Michael Cuddyer are all on the DL). Before we get too excited about his second half surge, it’s important to note his overall home/road split:

  • Home – .316, 13 HR, 39 RBI
  • Road – .297, 1 HR, 13 RBI

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10 Stories From 08/26/2014 Box Scores: Are Danny Duffy & James Paxton Trustworthy, Inciarte Showing Ability & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Dustin Pedroia homered for the second straight game (2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB), trying to help make up for what has been a disappointing campaign.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit a pair of home runs (3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), but it wasn’t enough to guide the Yankees to victory.  Robinson Cano (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) homered again, giving him 5 HR in August.  Madison Bumgarner, though, stole the show with a complete game 1 hit shutout, striking out 13.

What else do we need to know about coming out of yesterday’s games?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is there reason to trust Rubby De La Rosa…
He allowed 3 ER on 7 H and 3 BB, lasting just 4.2 IP against the Blue Jays, the second time in his past three starts that he’s failed to complete 5.0 innings.  He also didn’t generate a strikeout, which was supposed to be his strength.  He now owns a 4.57 ERA and 1.79 ERA in 45.1 innings in the second half with his strikeouts down (4.96 K/9) and his walks up (4.57 BB/9).  There has been a lot of poor luck as well (.346 BABIP despite a 19.9% line drive rate), but that’s hardly enough to hang our hats on.  In keeper/dynasty formats there’s enough upside to hang onto him.  In redraft leagues, however, it’s hard to trust him down the stretch so consider more of a plug-and-play option based on the matchup. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (August 26, 2014)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is the prospects ranking from last week):

 

1) Jorge Soler – Chicago Cubs – Outfielder (2)
There’s been a bit of an adjustment for Soler at Triple-A, though we also know that he was playing over his head at the lower levels.  Still, a slash of .262/.356/.563 is respectable in 103 AB and we all know he’s part of the future plans for the Cubs.  They’ve already shown us Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez, and there’s a good chance Soler joins the duo come September.

He’s shown a good eye at the plate all season long, with a 13.6% walk rate.  Maybe his Triple-A average is more believable, and the power will likely regress (25.0% HR/FB), but there’s more than enough upside to like.  He is a lesser talent than Pederson, long-term, but he’s more likely to get regular AB in September.

(Update – It’s now been reported that Soler will be recalled and join the Cubs) Read more

10 Stories From 08/25/2014 Box Scores: Is Domonic Brown Poised For a Breakout, Liriano Shines & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jake Odorizzi took a beating, allowing 8 ER over 4.0 IP courtesy of four home runs.  A.J. Burnett suddenly awoken, allowing 1 ER with 12 K against the red hot Washington Nationals.  Jeff Samardzija bounced back strong, albeit against the Astros, allowing 2 ER with 10 K over 8.0 IP.  Let’s take a look at the rest of the stories from yesterday’s games:

 

1) Is Domonic Brown finally primed to breakout…
Fantasy owners have been waiting…  And waiting…  And waiting…  Could it finally be ready to pay off?  He went 2-3 with 1 RBI yesterday and is 4-10 over his past three games (with just 1 K over that span).  It’s a small sample size, but it’s something he can potentially build on.  He’s quietly it the ball hard in August, with a 23.5% line drive rate, and continues to make good contact, with a 17.4% strikeout rate, yet hasn’t really seen the results yet (.214, 0 HR, 5 RBI over 42 AB).  However, it appears like he is turning the corner and these past few days could finally be the start of something.  It’s easy to write him off and ignore him, but now is the time to jump back in.  The cost is low and, if he starts struggling again, it’s easy to cut bait and move on.  He’s also shown that he can carry a team for a month before, so the payoff could ultimately be immense.

 

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