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Streaming Starters: August 13-19: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Minor, R. Lopez & More

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up an ample sample size to make streaming against them even more attractive.  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

Mike Minor – Rangers (vs. Angels, 42% owned) ‘A+’
Despite a 4.61 ERA in 2018 (and 4.45 FIP), there’s been a lot to like about Minor this year.  To start with he’s controlling the strike zone well, throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes, thus keeping his walk rate at 1.98/9.  This helps keep his WHIP low too, at 1.16.  He’s benefited from a friendly BABIP of .270, but that tends to happen when you get 44% of the balls put in play in the air, and over 12% of balls put in play as infield flies.  Like many Minor has been touched up a bit by home runs, 1.46 HR/9, but he has been much better at home overall with a 3.33 ERA compared to 6.48 on the road.  Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 11, 2018: Sleeper Set To Emerge For Twins, Kimbrel Concerns Growing & 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 08/11/18 Box Scores: Potential Buy Low Bats (Mancini/Semien), Candidates To Cut (Lester) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a stellar start for David Price, who shutdown the Orioles with 6.0 scoreless innings allowing 5 H and 0 BB while striking out 10 (courtesy of 21 swinging strikes).  Trevor Bauer continues to roll, shutting down the White Sox as he allowed 1 ER on 2 H and 0 BB, striking out 8, over 6.1 IP to earn the W.  On the flipside, the once hyped Danny Duffy continues to be a fantasy non-factor as he allowed 6 ER on 8 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 5.1 IP against the Cardinals.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Miguel Andujar continues his power surge…
Posting his fourth multi-hit game in his past five (9-21, 3 HR, 7 RBI and 6 R), Andujar went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Since the All-Star Break he’s now gone 29-80 (.363) with 5 HR and 16 RBI as he continues to seemingly get stronger and stronger.  There is a little bit of risk considering his seemingly aggressive approach (he entered the day with a 37.6% O-Swing%), though it hasn’t impact his ability to make contact (18.2% strikeout rate) or hit the ball hard (35.8% Hard%).  You’d think that if he was going to be exposed that opposing pitchers would’ve already made the adjustment, so the fact that he’s only getting better speaks volumes…  Of course he entered the day with a 44.2% O-Swing, 13.5% SwStr% and benefiting from a .418 BABIP.  In other words they have adjusted, and sooner or later the luck will turn and the numbers could spiral.  In dynasty leagues continue forward, but in redraft leagues sell high now. Read more

Searching for Saves: A Sleeper Worth Stashing Amid Minnesota’s Confusion

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s been an interesting ride with Fernando Rodney over the past few weeks, hasn’t it?  Let’s just run down the thought process/rumor mill:

  1. Seemingly a lock to be dealt by July 31, Rodney ended up staying with Minnesota through the deadline
  2. Speculation that the Twins could still look at other closing options with an eye towards 2019
  3. Rumors that the Twins were going to keep Rodney for 2019, seemingly locking him into role for the remainder of 2018
  4. Rodney is suddenly traded to Oakland late Thursday evening

Obviously Rodney isn’t about to supplant Blake Treinen as Oakland’s closer and he likely is also behind Jeurys Familia, meaning he s a safe drop in most formats.  Where this leaves the Twins is a different story: Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 10, 2018: Changes In 9th For Rockies & Angels?! & 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 08/10/18 Box Scores: Sell High Starters (Snell/Rodon), Has Bundy Become Unusable & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Cedric Mullins made his MLB debut in a wild game (the Orioles and Red Sox combined for 31 R), hitting ninth and going 3-4 with 2 RBI and 3 R (and it may not be long before he’s a fixture atop the order).  Kevin Gausman’s second start for the Braves was impressive, allowing 1 ER on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 8, over 8.0 IP against the Brewers.  Jacob Nix starred in his MLB debut, tossing 6.0 shutout innings allowing 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, to beat the Phillies.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) The struggles of Dylan Bundy continue…
It was one of the days all the way around, as his Nathan Eovaldi also struggled (2.2 IP, 8 R, 10 H, 2 BB, 0 K), but Bundy’s issues are extremely troubling.  He allowed 8 R (7 earned) on 8 H and 4 BB, striking out 3, over 5.0 IP.  He’s now allowed 29 HR over 126.1 IP overall and has been especially brutal recently (11 HR over his past 6 six starts).  It’s hard to envision anyone continuing on being this bad, though in 402.1 IP in the Majors entering the day he owns a 1.59 HR/9 and his 35.2% groundball rate (5 groundballs vs. 7 fly balls yesterday) doesn’t offer much hope for any significant turn around.  There’s strikeout potential and generally decent control, though the strikeouts are down in the second half (19 K over 23.0 IP) and wins are also going to be difficult to come by.  The name is going to bring perceived appeal, but pitching in the AL East there’s far too much risk to trust him right now (consider him more of a streamer). Read more