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Bullpen Notes: May 4, 2016: Gomez Blows Save, Monitoring Melancon/McGee & 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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Deep League Waiver Wire: Is The Value In Erik Johnson or John Lamb?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Over the past few days a couple of seemingly underwhelming options are set to make their returns to the Majors.  While they’ve struggled before, does that mean that there isn’t a chance for them to make an impact in 2016?  Let’s take a look and try to decide:

 

Erik Johnson – Chicago White Sox
With John Danks designated for assignment the White Sox will turn to Johnson to fill the void in their rotation.  While he has struggled through 16 Major League starts (4.17 ERA, 1.55 WHIP), there is more upside.

One of his biggest problems in the Majors has been his control, with a 4.5 BB/9.  Over his minor league career (496.1 IP) he was at 3.1, with a 3.4 mark at Triple-A, so there certainly is room for improvement.  Is that really enough though?

He’s never shown a propensity for strikeouts (6.9 K/9), even in the minors (7.9 K/9), and his underlying numbers over the past two seasons don’t indicate significant improvement (SwStr% // O-Swing%): Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: May 4, 2016: Nerris New #1 & 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 (like the mess that is Tampa Bay, for instance)

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise noted; previous ranking shown is from last week’s column):

1) Hector Neris – Philadelphia Phillies (3)
Current Closer – Jeanmar Gomez

With Gomez unavailable earlier in the week it was Neris who got the save opportunity and nailed it down (though he did give up a run in the process).  The biggest question facing Neris was his ability to keep the ball in the ballpark, something he’s answered for the most part (1.17 HR/9).  Then again if opponents can’t make contact does it matter: Read more

Bullpen Notes: May 3, 2016: Tolleson In Danger, Papelbon’s Implosion & 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 05/03/16 Box Scores: Nola Emerging, Giving Up On Severino & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We had some poor pitching performances:

  • Matt Moore allowed 7 ER over 4.1 IP against the Dodgers (he’s allowed 3+ ER in four of six starts this season, with a 4.95 ERA)
  • Sonny Gray allowed 7 ER on 11 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 7.0 IP against the Mariners

We had some big performances at the plate:

  • Chris Carter continued to mash the baseball, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R (he now has 9 HR on the season)
  • Justin Smoak hit both the game tying and game winning home runs, finishing 3-5 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R

With J.J. Hardy out the Orioles shifted Manny Machado over to shortstop, at least for one night.  These were all big stories, but they were hardly the only ones.  Let’s take a look at what else happened on the field: Read more

Rotoprofessor Looking For New Writers, Apply Today!!

There are currently numerous opportunities for writers to get involved on Rotoprofessor.  We are looking for writers for various sports including (but not limited to):

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • College Football
  • College Basketball

All positions will go through a 2-month trial, which will be unpaid.  After that we will review each writer’s status and determine if there will be compensation paid after that (this is not a guarantee that you will be paid, as the feedback/timeliness/dependability of your work will be considered).  All positions will be required to write 1-2 articles per week and we’d like to have a scheduled day when you submit your work.

If you are interested in writing about any of the sports mentioned above (or something else), please send me a little sample of your writing to eric.stashin@gmail.com and put the header of the e-mail as “Rotoprofessor Writer Search”.

As always, thanks to all the supporters of this site.  You are what makes it special and allows me to do what I do and grow the site.  This is an exciting time for Rotoprofessor and I look forward to continuing our great success.