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Expedition Saves: Who Could Fill The Royals’ Ninth Inning Void (McCarthy, Hill & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After the Royals surprisingly jettisoned Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals (it’s the timing of the trade, not the trade itself, that’s a surprise), there is an obvious void at the back of the bullpen.  There’s a good chance that the team utilizes a committee, at least initially, but let’s take a look at the candidates and try to determine who’s the best fit for the role.

We are going to use Rotoprofessor’s Reliever Reliability Quotient (RRQ) to help identify the best fit.  For those who are new to our exclusive statistic, click here for more details and here is the current grading scale:

Skill Level
30-49Above Average
10-29Solid (though worth monitoring)
0-9Questionable makeup
<0High Risk For Struggles


Kevin McCarthy – Right-Handed Pitcher
If he gets the role he’s not going to be your prototypical closer, doing the job with control (2.08 BB/9) and groundballs (60.4%) instead of strikeouts (5.64 K/9).  There hasn’t been much upside in the strikeout department (8.9% SwStr%) and while closers of this nature have had some success we’ve also seen them implode (look at Brad Ziegler and Sam Dyson as examples). Read more

Closer in Waiting Power Rankings: June 19, 2018: Bradley Assumes Top Spot, Hicks Remains Intriguing Option & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s look at how things stand (all statistics are through Sunday, unless otherwise noted):


1) Archie Bradley – Arizona Diamondbacks (NR)
Current Closer – Brad Boxberger

Boxberger’s blown save against the Mets on Sunday night, in a game that the team had in hand, looms large and could ultimately cost him his job.  The Diamondbacks are clinging to a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers, a team that has been plagued by injuries and is just now finding it’s stride.  They can’t afford to give away games, and Boxberger has blown two of his past four save opportunities and owns an uninspiring 3.91 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 18, 2018: Did Strickland Cost Himself Job?, Change Made In Arizona?, Outlook In TB/PHI & 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 06/18/18 Box Scores: Potential “Breakouts” To Avoid (Adames), Buy Low Candidates (Suarez/Gray) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Elvis Andrus returned from the DL (0-3, 1 R), but interestingly it was Rougned Odor who headed to the bench for the first game and not Jurickson Profar (0-4, 1 R).  Trevor Bauer continues to roll, shutting down the White Sox with 7.0 scoreless innings while allowing 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, to earn the W.  Jacob deGrom finally got run support and tamed Coors Field in the process, earning a W by allowing 2 R (1 earned) on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 8.0 IP.  Let’s dive in to all the action from yesterday and the main takeaways from it:


1) Has Sonny Gray truly figured things out…
That’s not to say this was a perfect outing, albeit against the Nationals, as he allowed 2 ER on 6 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 5.0 IP and threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.  That said he also generated 16 swinging strikes and generated enough groundballs (6 groundballs vs. 2 fly balls).  Over his past nine starts he’s allowed 2 ER or fewer six times, including three of his past four, and in his four June starts he owns a 2.63 ERA and 1.00 WHIP thanks to an 8.25 K/9 and 1.88 BB/9.  He’s also started generating more groundballs, at 54.2% for June entering the day.  There are obviously still questions but things are heading in the right direction.  If you can still buy low it’s not a bad idea, as he should be a productive option over the remainder of the season. Read more

The Ditch List: How To Handle Those Recently Placed On The DL (Foltynewicz & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s always a difficult decision for fantasy owners when it comes to injured players, especially if you have limited roster spots to work with.  Are they worth stashing?  Are you better off freeing up the roster spot for someone else?  Let’s take a look at three players who were recently placed on the DL and try to determine how we should proceed:


Jorge Soler – Kansas City Royals – Outfielder
For a little while it looked like Jorge Soler was finally going to live up to the hype that had once been bestowed upon him.  He was hitting .303 on May 19 (and was as high as .333 a week earlier), but things took a dramatic turn since then.  Just look at the numbers over the subsequent 21 games:

.192 (15-78), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R

He has continued to show some power, but everything else has come crashing down to reality.  It shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he continues to swing and miss at an alarming rate (15.4% SwStr%), he pops the ball up a little bit too much (13.2%) and his .340 BABIP could continue to fall (even with a 42.9% Hard%). Read more

Waiver Worthy: Identifying Four Readily Available Bats & If They Are Worth Grabbing (Hicks, Bonifacio & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The fantasy season just keeps on going, as we’re nearly at the halfway point already.  The time for patience has seemingly come and gone (though not in all cases) and hitting the wire is a priority.  Let’s take a look at a few options currently available in most leagues and try to determine if they are worth grabbing or not:


Ketel Marte – Arizona Diamondbacks – Second Baseman/Shortstop
Over the past two weeks Marte is hitting .309 with 1 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R and 1 SB as he’s settled into the second base job and hitting towards the middle of the lineup (he’s generally been hitting fifth or sixth).  The 24-year old switch hitter has long been viewed as a potential 10/15 type player who should hit for a solid average, though he’s never put it together.  Overall this year has been no different, with a .240 average continuing to camouflage the numbers.  However the underlying metrics support a further improvement is coming: Read more