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10 Important Stories From 08/21/17 Box Scores: Benintendi for Rookie of the Year, Rodon an Asset, & More

by Ray Kuhn

Just because there was a reduced schedule of games, although we did have a double-header in Chicago start two hours than normal to mess everyone up, we had yet another busy night of action around baseball. At this point in the season, either you are invested in every pitch as you compete for a fantasy title, or you are busy watching pre-season football. Even if you fall into the latter camp, you still should at least be abreast of what is going on, as it could shape the 2018 season. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from Monday’s action:

1) Is Rodon Becoming an Asset…

Carlos Rodon was one of the pitchers we looked at over the weekend as he was making two starts this week, and his first came last night against the Twins. The southpaw didn’t disappoint as he picked up his second victory of the season while allowing two runs in 6.1 innings of work. Rodon kept the base runners to a minimum, four hits and three walks, as he struck out nine batters and lowered his ERA to 3.88. That now gives Rodon 68 strikeouts in 60.1 innings, and while his WHIP is 1.36, Rodon’s xFIP is 3.79, so you could argue that his ERA is right where it should be. However, the 55 hits Rodon has allowed so far this season is something he will need to improve upon, although so far in August it is down to 24 hits in 29.1 innings. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/20/17 Box Scores: Kiermaier is Back, Rosario Goes Deep, & More

by Ray Kuhn

We ended yet another week of exciting action with a full slate of games on Sunday. With each week that closes, we get closer to the end of the season, and that means everything becomes that much more critical. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out from a busy day around baseball:

1) Verlander Flirts With History…

It was actually a duel effort at making history as both Kenta Maeda and Justin Verlander didn’t allow hits for the first few innings until the bats came alive in the sixth inning. Detroit got four runs off Maeda, and that proved to be more than enough for Verlander. Until we turn the calendar to September, every start for the right-hander could be his last for Detroit, and he didn’t disappoint. A Curtis Granderson solo home run was all Los Angeles managed off Verlander, aside from a single and a walk, in eight innings of work as he picked up his ninth victory of the season. Verlander, who struck out nine batters, lowered his ERA to 3.96, but he is still dealing with a 1.31 WHIP despite a BABIP of .285. While Verlander will continue to be a solid starter for the rest of the season, I would be concerned that he is giving up hard contact at a career high rate of 36.2%; 28.9% last season. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 21-27: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Rodon, Giolito & More)

by Ray Kuhn

Any two day stretch where Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer all hit the DL is never a good thing. We know how difficult good pitching is to find and the worst thing you can try to do is force the issue. While there aren’t many truly elite options out there this week, there are some solid pitchers taking the mound twice. Let’s take a look at the options, how they rank, and who can help:

Tier One:

  1. Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Boston; vs. Kansas City
  2. Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at LA Angels; at Oakland
  3. Alex Wood – LA Dodgers – at Pittsburgh; vs. Milwaukee

Tier Two:

  1. Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at Tampa Bay; vs. Minnesota
  2. Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Diego; vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Miami; vs. Chicago Cubs
  4. Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati

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10 Important Stories From 08/17/17 Box Scores: Corbin Coming Around, Mazara Producing & More

by Ray Kuhn

While we didn’t have a full slate of games, and just five games in the evening, there was still enough action to keep us busy. As we begin our weekends, let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out. And in case you were wondering, yes, Aaron Judge did strike out again.

1) A Mixed Bag from Kipnis…

At this point, we chalk 2017 up to being a disappointment for Jason Kipnis. Sure, we do have a month and a half left, but Kipnis has missed time due to injury, and when he has been on the field, the second baseman has not met expectations. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Kipnis on the waiver wire in some leagues, and then it turns into whether or not he is a buy low candidate. However, in the first of Cleveland’s two games yesterday, Kipnis showed why we shouldn’t sleep on him. He went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. One of those runs came on his 10th home run of the season, in 289 at bats, and he now sits at just 29 RBI on the season. To be fair to Kipnis, he hasn’t consistently been healthy this season, and while he is batting .228 on the season, he does have a .250 BABIP. That batting average comes courtesy of his performance in the second game in which he did not carry over his success from the afternoon. Batting lead-off, Kipnis went 0 for 4 and struck out twice. Monitor Kipnis down the stretch, but don’t expect too much. In deeper leagues though, you can’t afford to let him go. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/16/17 Box Scores: Andrus’ Breakout, Stroman Strong & More

by Ray Kuhn

Yesterday was a busy day around baseball with a full day of action. While Giancarlo Stanton could not continue his home streak, we did get to see Aaron Judge absolutely demolish a ball into the upper deck at Citi Field. Let’s take a look at some of the other performances that stood out from from an exciting Wednesday in baseball:

1) Does Telis Have Any Value…

If your first thought is trying to figure out who Telis is, then you are not alone. With Justin Bour sidelined, at the very least for the next few weeks, first base is open in Miami. One of the players who will see time there is Tomas Telis. The switch hitting 26-year old will find himself on the busier side of a platoon with Tyler Moore, and yesterday he picked up two hits (single and double) while driving in three runs. So far this season, Telis is hitting .244 with the Marlins in 44 at bats while driving in eight runs. Power is all around us, and first base is deep, so in most scenerios you can safely ignore Telis. Prior to be promoted this year, he was hitting .310 with 45 RBI in 45 RBI, but we saved the most important fact for last. While the Marlins are using Telis at first base, he is also eligible at catcher. And that is where he holds some value. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 14-20: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Peacock, Lamet & More)

by Ray Kuhn

The dust has settled from the MLB Trade Deadline and we have had some minor league promotions, so now it’s time to settle in for the rest of the fantasy season. For those looking to gain some ground in the pitching categories, let’s take a look at those pitchers taking the mound twice this week:

Tier One:

  1. Jacob deGrom – New York Mets – at New York Yankees; vs. Miami
  2. Zack Greinke – Arizona Diamondbacks – vs. Houston; at Minnesota

Tier Two:

  1. Gio Gonzalez – Washington Nationals – vs. LA Angels; at San Diego
  2. Danny Salazar – Cleveland Indians – at Minnesota; at Kansas City
  3. Kyle Hendricks – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. Toronto
  4. Jose Quintana – Chicago Cubs – vs. Cincinnati; vs. Toronto
  5. Sonny Gray – New York Yankees – vs. New York Mets; at Boston

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