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Bullpen Notes: August 27, 2016: Change Possible In San Diego, Salas Surprisingly Good & 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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Bullpen Banter: Who’s Next In Arizona? A Sleeper May Lie On The Horizon

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Maybe Enrique Burgos is given a little more leash, but it’s becoming abundantly clear that he’s not the answer at closer for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since the trades of Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard the situation has been a nightmare, to say the least, and the plausible candidates have all squandered their opportunity. Is there anyone left who could step up and claim the role? Let’s take a look (Note: All statistics are through Thursday and do not include yesterday’s blown save for Hudson):

 

Daniel Hudson
There was a time that he was viewed as the heir apparent, though a disastrous stretch seemingly ended all hope of that. However thanks to the struggles of everyone else Hudson could be quietly moving back into contention for the role.

He’s actually strung together 11 consecutive scoreless appearances (8.0 IP), with just 4 H and 2 BB allowed over that span. Of course he’s also been used sparingly, operating as a matchup play at times, so it’s obviously hard to get too excited. Still, given his “pedigree” and the alternatives it’s not a crazy notion. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 26, 2016: Mess Grows In Arizona, Giles Worth Watching & 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 08/26/16 Box Scores: Cessa Stars, Finnegan’s Breakout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Gary Sanchez Show continued, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R, and is showing no sign of slowing down (though we all know it has to, and probably sooner rather than later).  Jeff Samardzija continued to pitch well, tossing 7.0 shutout innings against the Braves to earn the W.  Steven Wright struggled in his first start off the DL, allowing 5 ER on 7 H and 3 BB, striking out 1, over 6.0 IP against the Royals.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Luis Cessa shines once again…
Not to be outdone by the surging Sanchez, Cessa was impressive in shutting down most of the Orioles lineup (Manny Machado hit a pair of home runs against him, finishing 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R).  Going 6.0 innings Cessa allowed 3 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 6.0 IP.  Those numbers alone would open some eyes, but these underlying marks make it that much more impressive:

  • Swinging Strikes – 16
  • Groundballs vs. Fly Balls – 9 vs. 3

He’s always shown some strikeout stuff, so the swinging strikes shouldn’t be a surprise, and he owns a solid 45.7% groundball rate overall.  As long as he’s keeping the ball in the ballpark, something he has struggled with even as a reliever this season (2.05 HR/9 in 30.2 IP in the Majors), he should be a solid option.  While he’s not going to be a set him and forget him, in deeper formats he’s shown enough to warrant grabbing as a matchup play (with the upside for more). Read more

The Ditch List: The Time Has Come To Move On From Max Kepler, Jerad Eickhoff & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this time of year any injury or setback could ultimately end a player’s season.  It’s extremely frustrating for fantasy owners, especially given the uncertainty, as we decide whether to hold a player or not.  Let’s take a look at a few of the injuries/news that has come out recently and how fantasy owners should proceed (keep in mind this is geared towards those in redraft formats):

 

Alex Dickerson – San Diego Padres
This is a poorly timed slump, with September 1 looming and the potential callups of Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot coming with it. Over the past two weeks he’s hitting just .217 with 1 HR. There’s a good chance the strikeouts continue to rise (9.3% SwStr% overall) and the power continues to stagnate (it was never seen as his calling card). Throw in the potential loss of AB and there’s little reason to continue holding out hope. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 24, 2016: Salas Struggles In Non-Save & 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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