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The Ditch List: Is It Time To Move On From These Three Struggling Pitchers (Yu Darvish & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

As the sample sizes start to grow the impulse to cut bait on a slow starter increases.  How long do we stand pat, or do we move on and grab the latest hot young prospect (or whoever you can find sitting on the waiver wire)?  Let’s take a look at three veteran pitchers to try and determine if it’s time to “Ditch ‘Em” or if we should “Stick With ‘Em” for a little bit longer:

 

Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs
2018 Statistics – 19.2 IP, 7.78 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 7.32 K/9, 5.03 BB/9

I have always been lower then most when it comes to Quintana, as seen by ranking him outside the Top 30 starting pitchers in our preseason draft guide.  Here’s a quick excerpt of what was said at the time:

“While he showed more strikeout stuff overall, with a 9.87 K/9, and he could maintain a slightly higher mark in the NL, the underlying metrics don’t support it (8.4% SwStr%, 28.4% O-Swing%).  Couple those limitations with an unspectacular groundball rate (44.8%) and the questions are going to be there.” Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 24, 2018: Is Holland Close, Is There Reason To Watch Diaz & Iglesias Closely, Next Up News & 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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Is Now The Time To Move On From Matt Carpenter? Don’t Make That Mistake

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter is quickly becoming one of the most asked about players.  It makes sense, considering the expectations entering the season compared to the miserable numbers he’s produced:

.174 (12-69), 2 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 0 SB

After giving him a pass in 2017 due to injuries, has the time come to finally lose hope?  Obviously the story is different if we are talking about an OBP format (.322 OBP), but even then there are questions.  Let’s dive in and take a look:

 

Batting Average/On Base Percentage

The struggles have been two-fold:

  • “Luck”
  • Strikeouts

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Buy Low Candidates: Why We’re Targeting Jon Gray, But May Not Be In On James Paxton

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

No one wants to make the mistake of giving up on a struggling player too early.  You’ve taken on a lot of bad, wouldn’t you want to help offset that with the inevitable rebound?  Of course not every player is able to rebound strong, and sometimes they are simply destined to disappoint for the entire season.  Should we stay the course?  Should we give up?  Let’s take a look as we determine whether some struggling starters are worth trying to buy low on or not:

 

Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies
2018 Statistics – 26.2 IP, 6.75 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 8.10 K/9, 2.70 BB/9

Gray is often downgraded due to calling Coors Field home, and while he does own a 1.35 HR/9 this season has that really been the biggest issue?  Not quite, as it’s easy to point more towards poor luck than anything: Read more

Closer in Waiting Power Rankings: April 24, 2018: Is It Finally Bradley Time, Who’s Next Up For Texas & 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 take a look at how things stand (all statistics are through Sunday, unless otherwise noted):

 

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

We’ve been waiting…  And waiting…  And waiting for the Diamondbacks to turn the role over to Bradley.  Thus far they’ve been stubborn in their attempt to keep him in a flexible setup role, but they may finally be changing their stance.  It makes sense, with Boxberger struggling of late.  Granted it was a stretch where he worked three straight days, but his performance from 4/18-4/20 was downright ugly: Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 23, 2018: Outlook Changing For Texas/Miami?, Middleton Emerging & 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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