Archive for Ray Kuhn

10 Important Stories From 09/27/17 Box Scores: Bogaerts Leads Off, Marte’s Strong Finish & More

by Ray Kuhn

The playoff picture is getting clearer as we saw two more teams, the Chicago Cubs and Minnesota Twins, celebrate last night. Hopefully that will be your fate as well come Sunday evening. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy day in baseball:

1) Correa Leaves the Park, Twice…

When watching Carlos Correa close out the year, it is only natural to wonder what his numbers would have been if he didn’t miss almost two months of the season with a thumb injury. The good news though, is the shortstop is going out with a bang, and going into next season, he will only continue to improve. Against the Rangers on Wednesday, Correa picked up hits in four of his five at bats, while hitting home runs in consecutive at bats (which also came in consecutive innings). Correa finished a triple shy of the cycle, and in 412 at bats so far this season, he has 23 home runs and 81 RBI while batting .308. Since his return, Correa is hitting .264 in 22 games, but it was a good sign to see him go deep yesterday, as there is always a concern about the temporary loss of power following a hand injury. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/26/17 Box Scores: Montgomery’s Strong Start, Harper’s Return & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a busy Tuesday across baseball as the 2017 winds down. Whether you are making that final push towards a championship, getting ready for next season, or getting those last few days of DFS in, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from last night:

1) Hernandez Shows off the Power…

September is all about young players taking advantage of their chance. The trade from Houston gave Teoscar Hernandez that chance, and he is working towards a 2018 role with the Blue Jays. Batting lead-off, Hernandez went deep twice. His first home run was a solo shot off Chris Sale, and then followed it up with a three run blast. The problem though, is that in his other three at bats, Hernandez struck out. In 73 at bats with Toronto this season, Hernandez has seven home runs and 18 RBI while batting .274. His BABIP is .317, and it is very possible he holds onto his role for next season. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/25/17 Box Scores: Haniger’s Big Night, Judge Makes History & More

by Ray Kuhn

We are now officially in the last week of the season, and at this point, you either want the season to end immediately, or you are hoping it continues just long enough for you to get into first place. Either way, we have you covered here as we take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy Monday around the league:

1) Judge Makes History…

Aaron Judge made sure to avoid any drama, as he both tied and broke the rookie record for home runs on Monday. Judge is now at 50 home runs on the season, as he has proved his power is slump proof. Following the All-Star game, Judge weathered quite the dry spell, but his returned in a big way. It’s not like he lost his power, but Judge batted .185 in August with just three home runs. We know that Judge can handle adversity, as he has followed his worst month up with his best. So far this month, Judge is hitting .307 with 13 home runs and 26 RBI. While you are going to have to live with some slumps as the strikeouts will never go away, it was good to see Judge bounce back strong. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2017: September 25 – October 1: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Davies, Mengden & More)

by Ray Kuhn

This is the last week of the season and that means you have one last chance towards making that final push towards fantasy supremacy. We also must take note that there is a lot subject to change this week as teams close out the season, playing it conservative in some cases and planning for the postseason in others. Let’s take a look at how our options currently rank and any possible value to be found:

Tier One:

  1. Chris Sale – Boston Red Sox – vs. Toronto; vs. Houston
  2. Dallas Keuchel – Houston Astros – at Texas; at Boston
  3. Jake Arrieta – Chicago Cubs – at St. Louis; vs. Cincinnati

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10 Important Stories From 09/21/17 Box Scores: Fowler Heating Up, Schwarber Goes Deep & More

by Ray Kuhn

We really are getting close now to the end of the season. This weekend, you will go through the waivers process and set your lineup for the last time this season, and then just hope for the best. Before you begin that process, let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a relatively busy Thursday around baseball:

1) Williams Attempts to Close 2017 on the Right Foot…

The Phillies are setting out to build around young players, and one of their potential building blocks is Nick Williams. After doing everything he could in them minor leagues, Philadelphia promoted Williams earlier this summer and planted him right in the middle of their lineup. There certainly have been some streaks, but overall Williams has shown that he is someone to be counted on moving forward. On Thursday, Williams hit his 11th home run of the season, which was a two run shot. In 281 at bats this season, Williams has driven in 50 runs while batting a pretty solid .285. Yes, he has done it courtesy of a .375 BABIP, so I wouldn’t invest too much in Williams for next season, but it is also clear that he is a talented player. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/20/17 Box Scores: The Emergence Of Snell, Weaver & Mengden & More

by Ray Kuhn

Does it really get any better than this? We had a full day of baseball on Wednesday, and that meant fantasy owners fighting for a championship had a lot to keep them occupied. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that piqued my interest from a busy day in baseball:

1) Sanchez Goes Deep…

Unfortunately, the biggest story out of the Yankees game was a young fan being hit with a fly ball, as it should be, but New York also continued their winning ways. After slumping for most of the second half of the season, Aaron Judge has found his power stroke. The outfielder went deep again on Wednesday, his 45th of the season, but we should’t forget about Gary Sanchez. The catcher hit his 32nd home run of the season on Wednesday, a two run shot, as part of a three hit effort. Sanchez, who is hitting .282 on the season, is up to 88 RBI and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down. So far in September, Sanchez is hitting .339, and we should also note that he missed about a month of the season with injury in April. Read more