Archive for Around the Majors

10 Stories From 08/19/2014 Box Scores: Is It Time To Give Up On Taveras, Arenado’s Upside & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are a few surprising players showing off some power of late, like the Diamondbacks David Peralta (1-2, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R, with HR in back-to-back games) and the Twins Oswaldo Arcia (1-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R, with HR in three straight).  You also had Hisashi Iwakuma steal the night, tossing 8.0 shutout innings against the Phillies allowing 4 H and 0 BB, striking out 11.  Throw in the return of Andrew McCutchen (0-4) and it was an eventful evening.  Let’s take a look at everything we need to know from yesterday’s action:

 

1) Chris Archer struggles with his control…
He allowed 4 R (1 earned) on 5 H and 5 BB, striking out 6, over 5.2 IP in a no decision against the Tigers.  It came on the heels of his 12 K outing against the Rangers, so we obviously don’t want to read too much into it.  Overall no one is going to complain about his 3.53 BB/9, though he did have a 5.0 mark in the minor leagues (including a 4.3 at Triple-A), so it’s something that we are going to have to keep a close eye on.  It becomes even more important given his 23.5% line drive rate, as he’s carrying a .306 BABIP and 1.30 WHIP.  There’s definite upside, given his strikeout stuff, but there’s also a lot of risk.  As long as he’s consistently throwing strikes he’s going to be a solid option, but we unfortunately can’t consider that a given.

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10 Stories From 08/18/2014 Box Scores: Has Starling Marte Finally Emerged, Roenis Elias Returns & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a small set of games last night, but that doesn’t mean that there weren’t ample performance worth discussing.  In addition to the return of Mookie Betts (1-3, 1 R), let’s take a look at some of the important notes from yesterday’s action:

 

1) Roenis Elias struggles with his control in his return…
Freshly back up from Triple-A, it took Elias 90 pitches to get through 4.0 innings as he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 6 BB, striking out 4.  Control has never been a major issue for him, with a 3.1 BB/9 in the minor leagues and 3.50 in the Majors (even with yesterday’s struggles), so we can write that off as a fluke.  Overall he continues to show that he’s worth utilizing, with believable luck metrics (.285 BABIP, 71.1% strand rate) and a solid strikeout rate (8.18 K/9).  Of course, the team does have Taijuan Walker waiting in the wings and if he posts another one or two outings like this he’s going to be removed.  The Mariners are in a fight for a playoff spot and they need to give themselves their best chance to win.  Keep a close eye on him, but consider him worth using.

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10 Stories From 08/17/2014 Box Scores: How Good Is Wily Peralta, Is Kevin Gausman Worth Owning & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Giancarlo Stanton continues to show why he’s arguably the most feared power hitter in the game, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R (he now has 32 HR and 88 RBI on the season).  Brian McCann returned from the 7-day DL, though he went 0-4 in the process.  Chris Young simply continues to get the job done, shutting out the Tigers for 6.0 innings allowing 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 1.  What else happened on the field?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Kevin Gausman shows off his stuff…
Pitching against the Indians he allowed 1 ER on 2 H and 4 BB, striking out 2, over 6.0 IP.  Obviously there are some concerns there, like the fact that he walked twice as many batters as he struck out.  While he has strikeout upside, he continues to struggle showing it in the Majors as he entered the day with a 6.18 K/9 courtesy of an 8.8% SwStr% (league average is 9.3%).  While he’s always been known as a pitcher with solid control, he owned a 3.74 BB/9 at Triple-A this season so we also can’t simply ignore it.  Throw in a 23.1% line drive rate entering the day and it’s not a picture that screams success.  While he remains a pitcher with significant upside moving forward, don’t lay your fantasy season in his hands for the remainder of ’14.

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10 Stories From 08/16/2014 Box Scores: Avisail Garcia Returns To Action, Gallardo Beats Kershaw and More

by Will Overton

Saturday baseball is always good for some excitement and yesterday was no different. Division races in real baseball are tightening up and so are fantasy baseball races. Here are the ten guys who stepped up to the plate yesterday and came through in a big way:

  1. Ben Revere Quietly Having A Really Nice Season

The hits keep on coming for Ben Revere, literally. Revere racked up another four hits last night and is now 18 for his 47 over ten games. Six of those ten games have been multiple hit games. Revere also scored a run and stole a base last night and has 4 SB’s and 6 R’s in his last ten games as well. Revere is hitting .311 for the season and now has 34 SB’s seems like a lock to top his career high of 40 in one season. It’s a shame he doesn’t play for a better team as he doesn’t have as many run scoring opportunities in Philadelphia as you’d like. Still Revere has been a top 30 outfielder this season with a season that reminds me a bit of Michael Bourn in his prime. Read more

10 Stories From 08/15/2014 Box Scores: Young Starters On Display (Wheeler, Nelson, Paxton) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was just another ho hum, dominant performance for Corey Kluber (7.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 10 K) though he settled for a no decision.  Alex Cobb dominated the Yankees, tossing 7.1 shutout innings with 8 K to earn the W.  Who else starred?  Who struggled?  Let’s take a look at everything we need to know from yesterday’s games:

 

1) James Paxton twirls another impressive outing…
Going 6.0 innings against the Tigers he allowed 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, to improve to 3-0 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.  He entered the day with a career .218 BABIP and 88.9% strand rate, already telling us that there was a regression likely in his future.  That’s not to say that there isn’t upside, with a minor league K/9 of 9.70 since 2011, but his control is a potential issue (4.05 BB/9 since ’11).  Obviously he’s a must own option given the way he’s pitched and with is strikeout upside, we just need to be cautious moving forward.  There’s always the risk of a blowup from any young pitcher, especially one that has benefited from this much luck early in his career.  Keep that in mind before simply plugging him into your lineup.

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10 Stories From 08/14/2014 Box Scores: Mike Fiers and Max Scherzer Strikeout 14 Batters Each and More

by Will Overton

You expect whenever Max Scherzer takes the mound that he is capable of 14 strikeouts. Seeing Mike Fiers do it on the same day though is a bit more of a surprise. The two of them stole the show yesterday, but there still plenty of others making noise as well. Here are the top stories of the day:

  1. Josh Reddick Coming Out Of A Year Long Slump

The A’s outfielder broke out in 2012, but has been on the decline ever since. Reddick hit the DL at the beginning of June and was out for three weeks. Since coming back from that DL stint though he has done nothing but hit the ball, despite missing a couple more weeks in July. Reddick is hitting .333 since June 24 in 90 AB’s. He’s now starting to hit for extra-base power too, getting a double and a triple last night. The biggest perk with the way Reddick is playing is that he isn’t striking out nearly as much right now. Reddick has a 7.8% K rate in these last 90 AB’s and has only struck out three times all of August. If that trend continues Reddick should continue to see his batting average rise. Read more