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10 Important Stories from 09/30/18 Box Scores: Noah Syndergaard Dominates, Young Hitters Make Statements & More

by Ray Kuhn

For the last time this season, here we go. It has been a long ride. One that for a lot of you, myself including probably didn’t start too long after the 2017 ended to be honest. While there are still four games left to be played as the last two division winners are determined, but all 10 playoff teams are set, let’s take a trip through the last full day of the season and any performances that may stand out. Congratulations to all of the champions, and good luck to those still sweating out the last two games.

 

1) Versatility Matters
While Kike Hernandez may not have a steady, full-time position, it is clear that he has a regular role with the Dodgers. We have to walk a fine line of not overrating a player because of multi-position eligibility, but it helps them find playing time, and in today’s game, it is a valuable skill; especially in daily leagues. Hernandez saw time in three positions on Sunday, left field, center field, and shortstop, while going 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. He finishes the season batting .256 in 399 at bats with 52 RBI and 66 runs scored. As long as you don’t overrate the fact that Hernandez can play all over the diamond, and expect a repeat of his 21 home run performance, he can be valuable late round addition to your team. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/26/18 Box Scores: Breaking Down The Big Days For Devers/Robles, Marquez Continues To Roll & More

by Ray Kuhn

As the season winds down, we are beginning to see the last of some players for 2018; especially pitchers. And even playing time for position players is beginning to get scarce in some situations, and roster depth is important if you are look to maximize games played. We have to evaluate some of these results differently based on the competition, but everything is important to take into account. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood our from a busy day and night around the league:

 

1) Devers Goes Nuts
While Rafael Devers did play in both ends of Wednesday’s double header, it is the first game that we will remember. Devers had a five effort, missing the cycle by a triple, while driving in six runs. Boston had a complete offensive explosion, posting 19 runs, so there were many contributors, but it was a good sign for the young third baseman who is hitting just .243 on the season. It’s important to remember that the third baseman is still just 21 years old, but it is clear we are seeing the early stages of what he has to offer. Through 440 at bats, Devers is at 21 home runs and 66 RBI as he looks to finish the season strong. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/25/18 Box Scores: Are We Buying The Breakouts Of David Dahl/Josh James & More

by Ray Kuhn

With the Astros now officially clinching the AL West for the second straight season, games with playoff implications are beginning to dwindle. We have the NL Central race as well as the race for the second NL Wild Card spot, and that is it. All that means, is that fantasy owners still in contention need to become even more vigilant when keeping an eye on playing time. Let’s take a look at some of the fantasy worthy performances from last night:

 

1) Max Makes History
Even though it’s quite possible he isn’t the most deserving pitcher for the Cy Young, it really is no fault of Max Scherzer’s. If this was indeed his last start of the season on Tuesday, the right-hander certainly finished 2018 off on a high note. Entering drafts for next season, Scherzer will likely be the first pitcher off the board, and it is very much well deserved. It was Scherzer’s 18th victory of the season last night as he limited the Marlins to just one run in seven innings on five hits while not allowing a walk. With 10 strikeouts, Scherzer reached the 300 mark for the season and with a 2.53 ERA, and the only thing slowing him down is the end of the season. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/23/18 Box Scores: Conforto’s Turn Around, Snell’s Domination & More

by Ray Kuhn

It was another critical day of games on Sunday, and we have you covered. Fantasy pennant races are heating up, and each at bat or inning pitched is becoming that much more critical. While we look towards securing those fantasy fantasy championships, it’s important not to lose sight of next season. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yet another busy day around the league:

 

1) Beckham Goes Deep, Twice
After hitting .278 last season with 22 home runs, there were some modest expectations for Tim Beckham entering 2018. That hasn’t been the case though, as the infielder is hitting just .225 through 351 at bats this year. Included in that, is the two home runs Beckham hit on Sunday which gave him 12 on the season. With a solo shot and a two run homer, Beckham has driven in just 34 runs this year, and his .272 BABIP has corrected itself after a .365 mark last season. At this point, it’s hard to consider Beckham as anything but a utility infielder devoid of fantasy value despite the tools he does have. There’s just not enough there to expect him to put it together on a consistent basis. Read more

Two-Start Pitchers 2018: September 24-30: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy

by Ray Kuhn

After a long season, we have finally reached the last week of the 2018 regular season and now is not the time to let up. The problem is that most MLB teams have as they are either getting ready for next season or for the postseason. That makes it especially difficult to track and project pitching as two-start pitchers are often subject to change. You also don’t know what lineup you will get across the field. With that being said, let’s take a look at your options among the pitchers who are currently scheduled to take the mound twice this week:

Tier One:

  1. Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians – at Chicago White Sox; at Kansas City
  2. Clayton Kershaw – LA Dodgers – at Arizona; at San Francisco
  3. Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals – vs. Miami; at Colorado
  4. Luis Severino – NY Yankees – at Tampa Bay; at Boston

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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