Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 08/26/15 Box Scores: Gattis Heating Up, Verlanders Turns Back Clock & More

by Ray Kuhn

As far as Wednesday’s go, yesterday was a little disappointing with only two day games. However, with the majority of games being played with start times of 7 or 8 pm on the east coast, the action was fast and furious. Justin Verlander took the attention for a portion of the evening, but his was not the only noteworthy performance. Let’s take a look at some of things that stood out yesterday.

1) Justin Verlander Flirts with History
It truly was a blast from the past for Verlander. The right-hander turned back the clock a few years to when he was a top pitcher. At least for one night, Verlander’s edge was back as he kept the Angels hitless entering the ninth inning and only a Chris Iannetta double kept him from history. Based on recent performance, a 4.54 ERA last season, I know people were shocked to see Verlander have this type of performance. Yes, it was just his second victory of the season, but that could be underselling the right-hander. Injury delayed his start to the season, Verlander has just 13 starts, but after last night’s performance his ERA is 3.45 with a WHIP of just 1.07. In his last seven starts, Verlander’s ERA drops down to 1.38, so this is not a pitcher you can just write off. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/25/15 Box Scores: Are We Buying Lindor, How Good Is d’Arnaud & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The entire Astros lineup exploded for 15 runs, including Carlos Gomez (2-6, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R) who the team has been waiting to heat up since acquiring him.  Stephen Strasburg allowed 2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 6.0 IP and now owns a 1.73 ERA in four starts since returning from the DL.  Jonathan Lucroy is finally waking up, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R yesterday (3 HR over his past two games).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) It was a terrible outing for Ivan Nova…
That would be an understatement, as the Astros pummeled him for 7 R on 7 H and 4 BB, striking out 1, over just 4.0 IP.  One of the issues was a lack of groundballs (3 yesterday, as compared to 8 fly balls) and as we’ve said before he will likely to continue to be inconsistent as he works his way back to full strength.  The strikeouts simply haven’t been there (5.66 K/9), which is something he needs to discover if he wants to hold value for this season.  Could it happen?  Absolutely, but a 7.1% SwStr% doesn’t offer much hope.  Time will tell, but he’s more of a streaming option or pitcher to stash on your bench (if you have the room) at this point. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/24/15 Box Scores: Rusney Castillo’s Big Night, Teheran Strong & More

by Ray Kuhn

We had a pitcher’s duel in the afternoon to kick off the reduced slate, and then we saw the Mets make some history at night. For the first time ever, each hitter from number one through number seven homered in the same game. In what seemed unlikely just a month prior, New York’s offense is quite powerful; although sub par pitching certainly helps. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out.

1) David Wright Returns
Early in the game it appeared that Wright’s return would be overshadowed by Jacob deGrom’s struggles, but that became a moot point. Instead the concern is that the Mets’ offensive explosion took away from their third baseman’s first game since May. Although he didn’t look 100% comfortable in the field, Wright didn’t appear to have any issues at the plate. His first at bat was a home run to left of the no doubt variety, and Wright later singled and walked while scoring three runs. The Mets will be careful with Wright down the stretch, but if an owner lost patience with him, make sure he is not still available. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/23/15 Box Scores: Piscotty Opening Eyes, Not Buying Bradley Jr. & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Chicago Cubs showed off their power, with Kris Bryant (3-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 4 R) and Kyle Schwarber (1-5, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) contributing to the 9 R onslaught.  Mike Moustakas continued his mini power surge (HR in two of three games), going 3-5 with 1 HR (and 2 doubles), 4 RBI and 1 R.  Francisco Lindor homered for the second straight game (as well as putting up his second straight 3 H day), going 3-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  What else happened that fantasy owners need to know?  Let’s take a look:

1) Raisel Iglesias steals though show…
Chase Anderson deserves credit as well (6.2 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 3 BB, 2 K), but the Reds-Diamondbacks game was all about Iglesias.  He made one big mistake (a solo home run to Wellington Castillo, who went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R), finishing the day allowing 2 R (1 earned) on 3 H and 3 BB, striking out 13, over 7.0 IP.  Even better was that he generated 5 groundball outs and 0 fly ball outs, as well as the fact that it’s the second time he’s faced the Diamondbacks this month.  He entered the day with a 59.4% groundball rate for August, though his strikeouts had been down.  He had shown the potential earlier in the season, though, and had 21 swinging strikes yesterday.  In other words, he put on display just how dominant he can be.  Is he going to continue at this type of pace (7 ER over 32.2 IP in his past five starts)?  Probably not, but at this point he’s showing that he’s a must own option in all formats.  If he’s still available pounce on him before it’s too late. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/22/15 Box Scores: Severino’s First Win, Kennedy’s Dominance & More

by Will Overton

We had some themes emerging from the games yesterday. We saw a couple of young shortstops showing their ability to join the ranks of the top guys. We also saw young pitchers getting the job done like Luis Severino and Joe Ross, and then there was Ian Kenndy, turning back the clock and lighting up the St. Louis Cardinals. Here are those stories and more in the top 10 of the day:

1)      New York Yankees Heralded Prospect, Luis Severino, Picks Up First Career Win
Making his fourth start in the big leagues, Luis Severino picked up his first win of his major league baseball career. Severino hasn’t gotten the run support needed in prior starts, though his arm has continually been good enough. Severino allowed one run on only three hits and four walks in six innings, striking out six batters. This was Severino’s third straight quality start and he has yet to allow more than three runs in any start. Despite walking four today Severino has a 24:8 K/BB ratio so far in 23 innings of work. The Yankees are right in the thick of the playoff race right now and Severino looks more than ready and able to play a big role in this, he should be able to do the same for your fantasy team too down the stretch.

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10 Important Stories From 08/21/15 Box Scores: Fiers No-Hits The Dodgers, Just How Good Is Carrasco & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yoenis Cespedes carried the Mets, as they hoped he would when they acquired him, going 5-6 with 3 HR, 7 RBI, 5 R and 1 SB as he ran roughshod around Coors Field.  Marlon Byrd made his Giants’ debut, quickly making an impact as he went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R (and the home run came in his first AB for the team).  David Price continues to thrive for the Blue Jays, shutting down the Angels allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 8.0 IP.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Mike Fiers no hits the Dodgers…
It took him 134 pitches to get the job done in what was obviously a special outing.  While he did walk 3, the last one came to Joc Pederson to lead off the third inning.  After that he was spectacular, finishing with 10 K on the night.  He’s had his struggles this season, especially prior to the trade, though we’ve continued to preach patience with him as he’s shown strikeouts (9.13 K/9) and enough control (3.25 BB/9) to be a successful starter.  Of course, since the All-Star Break he owns a 9.61 K/9 and 2.61 BB/9 helping lead to a 2.86 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.  There is going to be concern about his next start, especially after throwing so many pitches, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Astros give him an extra day or two to rest and recover.  Monitor the news to see what they do. Read more