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Bullpen Notes: June 20, 2017: Outlook For Angels, Colome’s Recent Struggles & 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 06/20/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Cobb’s Success, Polanco Turning Corner & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Manny Machado exploded against Josh Tomlin (5 ER over 4.2 IP) and the Cleveland Indians, going 4-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  Corey Seager helped to lead the onslaught of Mets’ pitchers, going 4-5 with 3 HR, 6 RBI and 3 R.  Daniel Murphy led the way to Nationals’ blowout victory, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is the hot hitting Cameron Maybin for real…
He went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .279 with 5 HR and 21 SB on the season.  He’s also hit in all 10 games he’s played since coming off the DL, going 18-44 (.409) with 2 HR, 4 RBI, 14 R and 8 SB.  Throw in 5 doubles and there’s a lot to like, though he has just 2 BB over this stretch (0 BB in his past eight games).  Of course that may be searching for a negative, as he’s shown great plate discipline all season long (7.6% SwStr%, 20.7% O-Swing% entering the day).  His .320 BABIP, 17.0% strikeout rate and 10.3% HR/FB are all believable, meaning it’s possible Maybin is simply finally producing as was expected when he was called up many years ago.  Obviously there’s a little bit of risk, but at this point we’re buying (especially if you are looking for help in SB, R and AVG/OBP). Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Is It Time To Move On From Nick Castellanos or Ian Kinsler?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this point it starts to get harder and harder to buy into rebounds, doesn’t it?  With July quickly approaching it is starting to become more and more realistic that a slow start is more than just a slump, and maybe the time has come to cut bait and move on.  Patience is still a virtue, however, and it’s not too late.  With that in mind let’s take a look at two players off to slow starts and determine if there’s still hope or if the time has come to move on:

 

Nick Castellanos – Detroit Tigers
He’s a player who we always point towards potential upside, though the results don’t necessarily follow suit.  This season has been no different, with an uninspiring .230 average to go along with 8 HR and 37 RBI.  Why should we care?  Why should we believe?

While the plate discipline continues to be poor (15.1% SwStr%, 35.1% O-Swing%), when he does make contact it’s incredibly hard (27.0% line drive rate and his 49.2% Hard% is tied for second in the league).  He also has shown a similar HR/FB to what he did a year ago (12.7%), the difference is his batted ball profile has changed: Read more

Bullpen Notes: June 19, 2017: Concerns For Herrera, Bush Losing Grip On Closers Role & 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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Updated Rankings (June 19): Top 15 Shortstops: Major Shakeup At The Top & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are over a month into the season so there have obviously been changes to our preseason rankings.  Who has shown signs of improving?  Who has struggled and thus has a cloudier outlook?  Let’s take a look at how things currently stand (Note: The number in parenthesis represents the player’s ranking in our latest updated ranking):

1. Carlos Correa – Houston Astros (4)
2. Trea Turner – Washington Nationals (2)
3. Corey Seager – Los Angeles Dodgers (5)
4. Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians (3)
5. Manny Machado – Baltimore Orioles (1)
6. Zack Cozart – Cincinnati Reds (14)
7. Jonathan Villar – Milwaukee Brewers (9) Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: June 19, 2017: Cody Allen & Cam Bedrosian Join The Ranks

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: Read more