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10 Important Stories From 05/25/17 Box Scores: Berrios Delivering On Hype, Rizzo Heating Up & More

by Ray Kuhn

There’s nothing better as we reach the halfway point of the week, than a full slate of baseball. Yesterday had us covered beginning at lunch time, and it took us all the way into the night. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that deserve a little extra attention:

1) Berrios Continues to Roll…

This time, the results were as dominate for Jose Berrios, but it is difficult to argue with the results. So far, in this major league stint, Berrios appears to be a lot more comfortable than he previously was, and on Wednesday he picked up his third victory of the season despite not being dominate. It wasn’t smooth sailing for Berrios in Baltimore, but he managed to limit the damage. In six innings of work, Berrios allowed four hits and two walks, however the problem, is that three of those hits were solo home runs. It was still good enough for Berrios, who struck out seven, to pick up the quality start, but it obviously is best for the him to limit the home runs. While you should temper your enthusiasm, it seems like we have been waiting a while for Berrios, and he does appear poised to deliver on those expectations. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/24/17 Box Scores: Healy Picking Up Pace, Conforto Continues To Sizzle & More

by Ray Kuhn

While Tuesday was Clayton Kershaw day, and the ace didn’t disappoint, there were also other “ace” worthy pitching performances. In fact, with a full slate of action across baseball last night, it would be troubling if there wasn’t, but it also wouldn’t be entirely surprising based on how this season has gone. Let’s take a look at some of the better performances we saw from an exciting Tuesday night around the league:

1) Power Starts at the Top…

Despite the power he has been showing, the Mets simply can’t move Michael Conforto out of the lead-off spot. He is just too good atop the order. The only complaint one can have, is that he is potentially leaving RBI’s on the table with all of his first inning home runs. However, I have never truly see anyone complain about a long ball. Conforto got the night started for the Mets with a 10 pitch at bat before hitting his first home run of the night, he added another solo shot in the fourth inning, and he then closed out the first inning with a two RBI single. The outfielder is now up to 14 home runs and 31 RBI on the season, and he is hitting .333 with a 1.138 OPS. Those are All-Star worthy numbers. While we can expect to see the batting average dip more to the .290/,300 range (he has a .370 BABIP), Conforto does a swing that works and he is seeing 4.25 pitches per plate appearance. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/23/17 Box Scores: Are We Buying Kepler, Maybin Emerging & More

by Ray Kuhn

We began the week with a shortened slate of games, but that didn’t mean we were without action. The good thing, is that there were no afternoon games, which meant we had all day to set our lineups for the week ahead. Initially there were some weather concerns, but all of the games got off without a hitch. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out:

1) Colorado Makes Use of the Spot Start…

Pitching is always going to be an issue for the Rockies, especially in Coors Field, but so far this season with Bud Black at the helm, things don’t seem so dire. Part of that is also attributable to the stable of young arms Colorado has accumulated, and one of them got the spot start in Philadelphia last night. Jeff Hoffman made his second start of the season, and the right-hander didn’t disappoint as he picked up his second win. In seven innings of work, Hoffman held the Phillies to just one run on three hits while striking out seven and not allowing a walk. This situation was ideal for Hoffman, on the road against a weaker opponent, but the former first round pick (2014) does have talent and should be on your radar moving forward. So far this season, he has a 3.46 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in seven Triple-A starts, and Hoffman is likely the next man up in Colorado’s rotation. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: May 22-28: Are There Any Gambles Worth Taking?

by Ray Kuhn

What a surprise, there are more questions than answers among the pitchers who are taking the mound twice this week. After all, it does make sense considering the state that starting pitching is in so far this season due to injuries and ineffectiveness. However, that doesn’t mean we are without strong pitching choices and some sleeper and streaming options with potential. And of course, it doesn’t hurt that Clayton Kershaw gets two starts this week. Let’s take a look at how all of the pitchers rank:

Tier One:

  1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers – vs. St. Louis; vs. Chicago Cubs

Tier Two:

  1. Lance McCullers – Houston Astros – vs. Detroit; vs. Baltimore
  2. Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants – at Chicago Cubs; vs. Atlanta
  3. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Chicago White Sox; at Milwaukee
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – at Atlanta; vs. New York Mets
  5. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – at Cincinnati; vs. Kansas City

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10 Important Stories From 05/18/17 Box Scores: Josh Bell Warming Up, Stroman Puts It Together & More

by Ray Kuhn

If you were looking for some pitchers to feel confident about entering yesterday’s slate, you were not in the right place. Of course one of the pitchers who we expected good things from, Tanner Roark and Julio Teheran, disappointed, while other pitchers emerged to have, at the very least, a solid game. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday around the major leagues:

1) Has Pittsburgh Found Their Cleanup Hitter…

Josh Bell has proven he is a legitimate hitter. The criticism of him though, is that for a first baseman, he doesn’t bring enough power to the table. However, on Thursday, his two run home run was his fourth over his last sixth game, and ninth overall this season. It gave Bell 19 home runs to go along with his .248 batting average, but that will likely increase. Bell has been the victim of a .250 BABIP, and in the past, hitting for average has never been a concern with the first baseman. As far as young players go, Bell’s 28 strikeouts in 141 at bats so far this season are also not a liability which helps his value. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/17/17 Box Scores: Cole Emerging As Ace, Young Hitters Produce (Collins/Zimmer) & More

by Ray Kuhn

Once again, it was not a good night for injuries around baseball. Jose Donaldson’s return is going to be delayed, Miguel Cabrera was scratched from the lineup with an oblique strain and he figures to miss at least a few days, and Freddie Freeman was hit on the hand with X-Rays currently inconclusive. However, based on how this season has been going, no one should be surprised. Let’s take a look at how those who were healthy enough for a full game fared:

1) History for Jose…

Not all statistics and records are created equal, and some are a bit more far-fetched than others. That brings us to Jose Altuve and his exploits Wednesday afternoon in Miami. Altuve became the 14th player in major league history to record two doubles and two triples in the same game. Perhaps more important to note though, is that after having eight games of at least four hits last season, this was the first such game of the 2017. However, that is not to criticize what we have seen out of both Altuve and the Astros’ offense as a whole so far this season. Altuve drove in Houston’s first run of the game with one of his doubles to bring his RBI total up to 19 for the season, and he is hitting .311 on the season with eight doubles. Read more