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Deep League Waiver Worthy: Matt Clark & Aaron Hicks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Hicks – Outfielder – Minnesota Twins
Here’s a player we were high on entering the year, but he ultimately fell completely flat. He spent a lot of time in the minors this season, totaling 67 games between Double and Triple-A. However while he was somewhat productive while there, hitting .297, it came without the power (5 HR) or speed (3 SB).

He also didn’t hit the ball hard with a 12.4% line drive rate, so why exactly is he on this list? Because he isn’t far removed from hitting 13 HR with 32 SB at Double-A and even last year had 8 HR and 9 SB in 313 AB in the Majors.

Playing time is obviously a question and he continues to sputter along in the Majors, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t get hot. With two weeks left, that’s really all we are looking for, isn’t it? Read more

10 Stories From 09/15/2014 Box Scores: Jacob deGrom Makes History, Belt & Rizzo Return & More

by Ray Kuhn

After Monday night, there is only more week left where regular season baseball competes with Monday Night Football. But don’t worry, if you were sweating out your fantasy football matchup right down to the game winning field goal, we have you covered with some of the baseball storylines you might have missed.  Let’s take a look at the big stories coming out of yesterday’s games:

 

1) The way Jacob deGrom is pitching, the rookie is certainly not ready for the season to end. He also is working very hard to stake a claim to the Rookie of the Year award that seemed to have been awarded to Billy Hamilton months ago. deGrom began the night by striking out the first eight Marlins he faced before opposing pitcher Jarred Cosart for Miami’s first base runner of the night. Before he departed after seven innings, deGrom had recorded 13 strikeouts while allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. That actually brought deGrom’s ERA up to 2.68 in what has been a better debut than anyone could have expected. Read more

Real or Fake, Part II: Trying To Decipher Who To Trust & Who To Ignore Down The Stretch

by Rich Justmann

Greetings my Young Apprentices. Last week’s ‘real or fake’ article stirred up some great conversation. Given that you only have a couple weeks to pull out your championship, every move is key. Here is volume 2 of our FAKE or REAL game.

- Ryan Braun: FAKE. Thumb injury. Lost his Miami connection.
- Elvis Andrus: FAKE. Has one hit since June 23rd
- Matt Kemp: REAL. I can hardly believe I wrote that about Kemp.
- Chris Archer: FAKE. Fatigue is showing (though it didn’t yesterday)
- Steve Cishek: REAL. Topsy-turvy year but finishing strong.
- Yadier Molina: FAKE. Evidence suggests he’s not healthy.
- Michael Cuddyer: FAKE. Yes, he’s back. No, he’s not right.
- Sergio Romo: FAKE. He’s not getting the closer gig back.
- Drew Storen: REAL. Enjoy the production. Read more

10 Stories From 09/14/2014 Box Scores: Bogaerts Streaking To Finish, Is Chris Archer Fully Breaking Out & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have just two weeks left in the season, so this truly is crunch time.  Who is producing at the right time?  Who can we trust?  Who can’t we?  Let’s take a look at everything we need to know coming out of yesterday’s action:

 

1) Neil Walker continues to prove that he has fully emerged in 2014…
He went 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R yesterday, putting him at .279 with 20 HR and 69 RBI on the season.  The power has been the biggest question all season long, but he’s continued to produce at an elevated level with a 12.9% HR/FB in the first half and 12.2% entering the day in the second.  Coupled with his potential for a strong average (15.1% strikeout rate, 22.4% line drive rate, .294 BABIP), as well as his spot as the cleanup hitter (at least for now), and there’s an awful lot to like.  He’s a lock to be a Top 10 option at 2B entering 2015 and could even potentially push Top 5.  We’ll take a much closer look at him as the season comes closer. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2014: September 15-21: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

We are now one week closer to end of the marathon known as the 2014 baseball season. Don’t take anything for granted as the season draws to a conclusion as every strikeout and earned run is critical. If you are looking to make a bold move, here’s one to consider:

  • Have I gone crazy? Am I really advocating going with a rookie pitcher on the Rockies that is making two starts at home? Yes that is correct, if Tyler Matzek is not owned yet in your league he should be, and he is someone worth starting this week. His ERA for the season sits at 4.23, but he has a second half ERA of 3.76 and also sports a 3.64 mark in Coors Field. The rookie, as illustrated by his 1.36 WHIP and 40 walks in 106.1 innings, does have control problems but they haven’t stopped him from having success. He is working on a streak of five straight quality starts, and his last start was a complete game shutout against the Padres where he allowed three hits and one walk while striking out six. That is enough for me to take a shot.

Now let’s take a look at all the pitchers who are making two starts this week and how they rank: Read more

10 Stories From 09/13/2014 Box Scores: Is Matt Kemp “Back”, Is Zack Wheeler Trustworty & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Bryce Harper delivered a big game, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, but can he finally deliver for fantasy owners?  Jered Weaver dominated the Astros, allowing 1 ER with 12 K over 7.0 IP.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jose Quintana was a strikeout machine…
His counterpart, Phil Hughes (7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 11 K), was no slouch but Quintana was spectacular.  Going 7.0 IP he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 13, to improve to 8-10 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.  He went through a rough stretch in August, but has now allowed 4 ER over 20.0 IP in his past three starts.  Overall he owns an 8.00 K/9, though that could be a little bit inflated considering his 8.3% SwStr%, 2.52 BB/9 (right along the lines of his career mark of 2.59) and a 44.5% groundball rate.  The big thing, which will likely regress in 2015, is his 4.4% HR/FB and 0.39 HR/9.  That said, the skill set is there to finish the 2014 campaign strong as well as be a solid option in 2015 as well. Read more