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Bullpen Notes: September 18, 2018: Is There Any Value In PHI/CLE Committees, Change Looms In MIN & 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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Waiver Worthy: Should Fantasy Owners Be Targeting Or Ignoring The Recent Hot Additions?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With just under two weeks left in the season fantasy owners are looking for help anywhere they can find it.  You can see it by the names towards the top of the most added lists, many of which are two-start pitchers (as owners reach for any shred of value as they try to maximize wins and strikeouts).  However free agent grabs go beyond that so let’s take a look at two of the most added hitters in both CBS Sports and ESPN and try to determine their value:

 

Adalberto Mondesi – Second Baseman – Kansas City Royals
CBS Sports – +12%, ESPN – +29.8%

He’s assumed the #2 spot in the Royals’ lineup, forming a potentially dynamic 1-2 punch with Whit Merrifield.  The switch hitting middle infielder is hitting .284 with 8 HR and 24 SB over 226 PA in the Majors (through Sunday), after hitting .250 with 5 HR and 10 SB over 133 PA at Triple-A.  There’s never been a question about his speed and while he’s not going to be a 30 HR slugger he’s always shown enough upside in that department to profile as a potential 15/25 type player.  The problem has always been his average, and whether or not he’s going to make enough contact to tap into the other skills. Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 17, 2018: Trying To Make Sense Of Convoluted Committees & 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 09/17/18 Box Scores: Should We Trust Impressive Youngsters (Valdez, Glasnow), Gray’s Struggles Continue & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Christian Yelich was the star of the day, going 4-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R as he hit for the cycle (his second cycle against Cincinnati this season).  Anthony Rendon enjoyed a big day at the dish, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Miles Mikolas continued his strong 2018 campaign, defeating the Braves as he allowed 2 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 5.0 IP to improve to 16-4 with a 3.01 ERA.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Ryan Borucki is the latest pitcher to take advantage of the Orioles…
He tossed 8.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 7.  The Orioles look completely inept of late, with the third worst team SLG in September (.277), so was this a case of Borucki pitching well or just a miserable offense?  The best asset he showed was generating groundballs, with 12 groundballs vs. 5 fly balls, and he’s now allowed 2 ER or less in three straight starts (4 ER on 9 H and 5 BB over 20.1 IP).  It’s been a strong run, but he entered the day with a 7.4% SwStr% (leading to a poor 5.92 K/9).  Considering his 6.78 K/9 at Triple-A prior to his recall it’s hard to get excited about the strikeout potential.  While he should generate enough groundballs and shows solid control, it keeps him more as a streaming option than anything (especially pitching in the AL East).  If he can figure out how to get more strikeouts there’s upside, but for now he’s hard to trust despite the strong finish. Read more

Streaming Starters: September 17-23: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Joe Ross, Matt Harvey & More)

by Ken Balderston

Any team looking at a stretch run to the money could use a boost in the pitching game, and some can be found on your waiver wire.  While not an exact science, there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Derek Holland – Giants (at Padres, 40% owned) ‘A’
On the season, consisting of 28 starts and 157 IP, Holland has a 3.46 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 9 K/9.  The ERA is better than Luis Severino, James Paxton and Masahiro Tanaka’s, while the WHIP better than Jon Lester and Jose Quintana’s and the K/9 is better than Zack Greinke, Zack Wheeler and Corey Kluber.  What am I getting at here?  Why is this guy still available in 60% of CBS leagues? Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 16, 2018: Several Potential Changes Loom, Buttery Emerging Quickly & 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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