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10 Important Stories from 09/19/18 Box Scores: Have Ray/Severino Figured It Out, Toussaint’s Strong Start & More

by Ray Kuhn

When you are in a chase for first place, there is nothing like a full day and night of action. Some lineup decisions are rushed, but with others you have the whole day in front of you to see who is actually taking the field that day and make a choice. With teams becoming more liberal when it comes to resting their starts, things certainly are more difficult, but everyone is playing under the same circumstances. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday:

 

1) Toussaint Does Enough for the Win
Touki Toussaint was talented enough to be a first round pick in 2014, but he has dealt with some injuries and inconsistency. The Diamondbacks dealt the right-hander to Atlanta in a cost cutting move, and it now appears that Toussaint has made some adjustments and is close to finding his footing at the major league level. It will take a lot for him to establish himself among the plethora of young pitching Atlanta has, but he took a solid step in that direction yesterday. Toussaint didn’t exactly dominate the Cardinals, but he did hold them to just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. It was the second win of the year for Toussaint whose ERA now sits at 4.30 after five games, four starts. Its not a certainty that he opens next season in Atlanta’s rotation, but Toussaint should be on your radar. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/18/18 Box Scores: Buying Taillon’s Dominance, Has Snell Truly Emerged As Elite & More

by Ray Kuhn

September truly is an interesting time of year, as it is filled with various goals, thought processes, and focuses across major league baseball. That is mirrored in fantasy circles, as for some teams there is nothing left to play for, and for others, each and every pitch matters. It makes for an interesting month of action, so let’s not waste any time as we jump right into some of the performances that stood out.

 

1) Green Picks Up Another Win
I’m not trying to be hurtful, but it has to be frustrating for Jacob deGrom to see middle relievers with the same amount of wins as him. That is the case as Chad Green “was victorious” for the eighth time this season on Tuesday. While there is certainly a lot to be said for deGrom’s performance so far this season, there is varying levels of risk associated with starting pitchers. The chase for wins is a major reason why we put up with that, but with Green picking up another victory last night with a perfect inning of work, is it really worth it? Doesn’t it make more sense to go with Green and his 2.42 ERA than trying to figure out which starting pitcher won’t blow up at the back of your rotation. I know this isn’t a revolutionary thought, but instead, it is a chance to give Green some credit. And for the record, he has 84 strikeouts in 70.2 innings while sporting a 1.05 WHIP. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/16/18 Box Scores: Young Hitters Produce Big Days (Mejia, Mullins), Has Castillo Turned Corner & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a busy Sunday of baseball across the league, so if some of your attention was focused on that other fall sport, fear not as we have you covered. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out:

 

1) McGuire Picks up His First RBI
There is a dichotomy of goals at the end of the season, as you look towards next season while also keeping an eye on players who could help you over the last two weeks. As Toronto is clearly focused on 2019, they are giving two young backstops a chance to make a good impression for next season, and Reese McGuire appears to be taking advantage of the playing time. The rookie had two hits on Sunday, a double and a single, while both driving in and scoring a run. While McGuire hit just .233 in 96 games at Triple-A this season, which should temper your expectations for him, the former first round pick is hitting .308 in 13 at bats. For his career, McGuire is a .263 minor league hitter who doesn’t show much in the power department, but you should at least pay attention. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: September 17-23: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Keller, Gray & More)

by Ray Kuhn

We are now at that point in the season… Crunch Time. With just two weeks left in the regular season tensions are heightened as there are championships to win. We have to keep in mind that Major League teams don’t exactly have your best interests in mind and they could shuffle their rotation or give pitchers extra rest. The other issue is that with an increasing number of teams not concerned about the regular season we have more teams to target with opposing pitching.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the current options for those pitchers who are scheduled to take the mound twice in this week:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – vs. Chicago White Sox; vs. Boston
  2. Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays – at Texas; at Toronto
  3. Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals – at Miami; vs. NY Mets
  4. Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. NY Mets; at Atlanta

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10 Important Stories from 09/12/18 Box Scores: Young Starters Make Waves, Could Arcia Re-Emerge & More

by Ray Kuhn

Wednesday brought with it an exciting full day, and night, of action on the field. With each game that passes, postseason races take on greater importance as the excitement continues to build. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out from a fantasy perspective:

 

1) Grandal Drives in Three
After getting off to a strong start this season, a .315 batting average in April, Yasmani Grandal has been quite streaky this season. He followed that up by hitting .181 and .162 in May and June, respectively, before bouncing back with a .362 average in June. So far in September, Grandal appears to be splitting the difference, after hitting .182 in August, and after a three hit game yesterday (including his 19th double), has a .250 average so far this month. Grandal also drove in three runs yesterday, giving him 67 RBI on the season along with 23 home runs and a .239 batting average. As far as catchers go, its a pretty solid, overall, body of work, and Grandal’s power and run production potential does help to maintain his value. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/11/18 Box Scores: Are We Buying Into The Breakouts (Castillo/Bieber) & More

by Ray Kuhn

In case you starting to become selective with how you followed baseball over the last few weeks of the season, we were reminded that anything can happen at any time. While there weren’t any fantasy implications, the Angels took a combined no-hitter into the eighth inning last night. And in case your were pining for nostalgia, once again, the Mets failed to score for Jacob de Grom. This time the right-hander allowed two earned runs in seven innings while striking out nine and seeing his ERA rise, yes rise, to 1.71.

We also saw the Red Sox become the first team to clinch a playoff birth last night as Chris Sale returned and logged one inning of work (26 pitches). Let’s now take a look at some of the fantasy performances that stood out from a busy Tuesday around the league: Read more