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10 Important Stories From 07/15/18 Box Scores: Is Rosario For Real, Are We Buying These Strong Starts (Anderson/Teheran) & More

by Ray Kuhn

Just because it is the All-Star break, it doesn’t mean you should ignore your fantasy baseball teams over the next four days. Use the time in which you are not setting your lineups and following the action on the field to set yourself up for the second half of the season. Having these few days with no games, is the perfect time to reflect and plan for the stretch run. But as we begin that process, let’s first take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy Sunday around the diamond:

 

1) Machado’s Day Ends Early
Seeing Manny Machado lifted after two at bats on Sunday, brought a plethora of emotions to different people. You have Orioles fans, that while are prepared for the inevitable, thought they had to confront the idea of Machado being traded at that moment; he wasn’t. Then, there are fantasy owners who will be relying on the shortstop for the next two and a half months who were afraid of injury. And then there are fans of Machado’s potential new team. Instead, while trade talks appear to be nearing completion, Machado was lifted out of concern for his health based on the rainy and wet conditions. If this was Machado’s last game in Baltimore though, he went out of with a bang as went deep for the 24th time this season in the first inning and followed that up with a walk. Machado scored a both times he was on base, and the shortstop goes into the All-Star break batting .315 with 65 RBI. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/11/18 Box Scores: Is It Time To Believe In Marco Gonzales, Surprising Producers (Cron/C. Gonzalez) & More

by Ray Kuhn

Yesterday was our typical Wednesday with a full day and night of action on the field. Things were a bit interesting from a fantasy perspective though, especially if you played DFS, as two teams (Cleveland and Colorado) each scored 19 runs. Let’s take a look at some of the individual performances of note from a busy day around the league:

 

1) Cron Continues to Show off the Power
C.J. Cron was always one of those interesting players at the end of drafts if you were looking for power production, but then he always came up short. This season in Tampa Bay though, is going different for Cron as he has found his way into the lineup everyday, but more importantly he has stayed. Yesterday, Cron had a three hit game in Detroit, but of greater importance to fantasy owners, he went deep for the 18th time this season. The three run shot was the critical blow in the game for Tampa Bay as Cron put them up for good. His .253 is nothing special, but it also isn’t a liability and it allows you to enjoy his 46 RBI without their being too much of a drain on your overall production. The main difference we are seeing with Cron compared to a year ago is playing time, as he is already at 359 plate appearances after 373 in all of 2017. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/10/18 Box Scores: Bounce Backs To Buy? (Stroman/Calhoun), De Los Santos’ Solid Debut & More

by Ray Kuhn

Tuesday certainly was an interesting day around the league. We had a major bullpen implosion in Cleveland, other pitching performances that left a lot to be desired, and then an ending in Houston that you won’t see everyday. Well, it shouldn’t have been all that surprising to see Ken Giles play a pretty large part in blowing a four run lead, but you need to find yourself a highlight of the play that sent Houston home victorious. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy Tuesday:

 

1) When You Are Going Good, It’s Good
To say that Alex Bregman has been hot since the beginning of June would be an understatement. Last night, he had his first multi home run game of his career, and at 19 for the season, Bregman has already reached last year’s total. Overall, he is batting .282 with 59 RBI on the season, but it’s his last 30 games that are the true picture of what he can really do at the plate. Now, the pace is a little ambitious, 13 home runs and 31 RBI, with a .317 batting average, but it’s a good indication of what we can expect from him. Bregman also happened to be at the plate when the Astros scored the winning run, as Jonathan Lucroy failed to tag him out following a screaming four foot grounder, and the catcher proceeded to throw the ball into right field allowing the winning run to score from second base. Additionally, Carlos Correa’s stint on the DL has allowed Houston to play Bregman at shortstop, five games so far, so there is hope he preserves that eligibility for the 2019 season. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/08/18 Box Scores: Is It Time To Believe In Eovaldi, Potential Buy Low Bats & More

by Ray Kuhn

Some would say that a perfect day is one filled with baseball, and that was certainly the case on Sunday. However, we also came close to seeing some history in Citi Field as Nathan Eovaldi took a perfect game into the seventh inning. You know we are going to cover that in more detail here, but let’s also take a look at some of other performances of note from a busy day in baseball.

 

1) Eovaldi Cruises to Victory
When you don’t allow a base runner until there are two outs in seventh inning, cruising is an understatement. Brandon Nimmo picked up a clean, two out single against Eovaldi, and the right-hander limited the damage at that. Since he is still in the process of working his way back from Tommy John surgery, the Rays removed Eovaldi after seventh inning, and that was more than sufficient for fantasy owners. Eovaldi picked up his third victory of the season, in his eighth start, as he saw his ERA improve to 3.35 on the season. The right-hander struck out nine, and so far in 2018 he is striking out 8.19 batters per nine innings while walking just 1.12. While Eovaldi is clearly benefiting from his .198 BABIP, his 3.36 xFIP (he does have a 4.16 FIP) shows there is still a lot to like moving forward from the right-hander. Don’t expect too much as the Rays will be careful with him, but Eovaldi has shown to be a solid option. It doesn’t hurt that, per FanGraphs, his velocity has returned as he is hitting 97 miles per hour with his fastball. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: July 9-15: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Archer, Duffy & More

by Ray Kuhn

We are past the halfway point of the season, but the official line of demarcation is still a week away. After this week we will have arrived at the All-Star break, and a reprieve from having to set lineups and follow box scores. Take an honest look at your team and set your path for the second half of the season (and perhaps for 2019 if it is a keeper league). That said we are still looking to maximize our position in the standings, so let’s take a look at how our options rank for those pitchers who are taking the mound twice:

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Texas; vs. Toronto
  2. Justin Verlander – Houston Astros – vs. Oakland; vs. Detroit
  3. Gerrit Cole – Houston Astros – vs. Oakland; vs. Detroit
  4. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – at NY Mets; at Miami
  5. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – at San Diego; vs. LA Angels

Tier Two:

  1. Trevor Bauer – Cleveland Indians – vs. Cincinnati; vs. NY Yankees
  2. Jose Berrios – Minnesota Twins – vs. Kansas City; vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians – vs. Cincinnati; vs. NY Yankees

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10 Important Stories From 07/04/18 Box Scores: Hot Hitters Worth Grabbing (Piscotty), Starting Pitchers Shine (T. Anderson/E. Rodriguez) & More

by Ray Kuhn

The Fourth of July is about more than just baseball, but we certainly had a full day of action on the field yesterday. The festivities kicked off at 11 am in the nation’s capital and continued through the night. Let’s take a look at some of those performances that stood out:

 

1) All He Does is Win
We are often put in the position to chase wins, and while it’s hard to predict them, Eduardo Rodriguez appears to be a good pitcher to target. Of course it doesn’t help that the Red Sox are one of the best teams in baseball, but on Wednesday, the southpaw picked up his 10th victory of the season; against just three losses. Rodriguez shut Washington out over six innings of work in which he limited them to just three hits and one walk while striking out six. With a 3.84 ERA, 3.69 FIP and 3.91 xFIP, what you see is what you get from Rodriguez who bounced back in a big way after allowing a combined nine earned runs in his last two starts. Read more