Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 10/02/16 Box Scores: Teheran Thrives (12 K), Thornburg/Iglesias Create Questions & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were some playoff positions up for grabs as we entered the final day of the season, so stepped up and influenced those?  Who raised their stock heading into the offseason?  Who created significant questions with a poor finish?  Let’s take a look at all of the action on the final day of the season:

1) Aaron Sanchez finishes on high note…
Taking on the Red Sox, in Boston, he tossed 7.0 strong innings allowing 1 ER on 2 H and 2 BB, striking out 6.  He made one big mistake, allowing a home run to Hanley Ramirez (who finished the year with 30 HR and 111 RBI).  Sanchez finishes the year going 15-2 with a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.  Entering the day with a 55.1% groundball rate, he showed more than enough in both the strikeout (161 K) and control (63 BB) departments.  Throw in his believe luck metrics (.273 BABIP and 76.3% strand rate, entering the day) and there’s more than enough reason for optimism.  He definitely had a heavy workload, after making a significant number of appearances out of the bullpen in ’15, and he has more innings in his future with the Blue Jays heading towards the playoffs.  It’ll be something that we have to keep in mind heading into ’17. Read more

10 Important Stories From 10/01/16 Box Scores: Not Buying Buxton, Bradley’s Breakout (11 K)? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Yesterday marked the second to last day of the 2016 season.  Who stepped up and gave us a performance that has us curious heading into the offseason?  Who left a sour taste in our mouth?  Let’s get to the action on the field and see what we can take away from the games:

1) Luis Severino underwhelms in start…
Having been working out of the bullpen it’s not a surprise that he didn’t last long, but that doesn’t mean that he couldn’t have been productive.  However he struggled over his 66 pitches, allowing 3 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 3, over 3.2 IP against the Orioles.  At this point his future role is very much in question, as he’s shown a dramatic split in his results (entering the day):

  • Starter – 8.59 ERA
  • Reliever – 0.39 ERA

Could the team ultimately transition him into a late inning bullpen role to form a dominant 1-2 punch with Delin Betances?  It’s not impossible and a storyline that we’ll have to closely watch moving forward. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/30/16 Box Scores: Rodon Finishes With Flourish, Upton’s Strong September & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Michael Pineda’s uninspiring 2016 season came to a fitting end, as he allowed 5 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 5, over 4.1 IP against the Orioles.  Yu Darvish struck out 12 batters over 6.0 impressive innings (1 ER, 3 H, 1 BB) to defeat Tampa Bay.  Carlos Martinez kept the Cardinals playoff hopes alive, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 9.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Marco Estrada finishes with a flurry…
Taking on the Red Sox, in Boston, Estrada allowed 1 ER on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP.  Over his final three starts (19.0 IP) he allowed 2 ER on 9 H and 7 BB, despite it leading to just 1 W (that goes to show you how fluky wins can be).  His strikeout rate was up this season (8.47 K/9 entering the day), and while it’s easy to get excited over back-to-back strong seasons (he finished with a 3.48 ERA and 1.12 WHIP) there’s reason to believe that there is an implosion in his future (entering the day):

  • BABIP – .233
  • HR/FB – 10.2%

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10 Important Stories From 09/29/16 Box Scores: Cueto K’s 11, Swanson Goes Deep & More

by Will Overton

There are only a few more games left in the season, but guys are still going all out. We got some strong outings from guys trying to make the playoffs. We also got performances from young guys trying to earn a job for next season too. Here’s he full breakdown of all the top 10 stories of the night:

1)      The Red Sox Potent Offense No Match For C.C. Sabathia

The season has finished strong for C.C. Sabathia who has had a nice bounce back season to get on fantasy players radars. Sabathia only allowed one run over 7.1 innings pitched , and he struck out eight batters  in the win. Sabathia has just five runs allowed in his last 25.2 IP and he’s now brought his ERA down to 3.91 to end the season. Sabathia is 36 and we’ve already seen a decline before this bounce back, so I don’t know if he’ll be able to do this again next season, but it’s been a nice run this year. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/28/16 Box Scores: Miller Completes Things, Liriano Dominates, & More

by Ray Kuhn

Way back in April, this seemed like quite a long way away. But now with three or four games left for each team, we really are approaching the end of the 2016 regular season. Depending on your position in the standings, you either want the season to end (because you are currently in the money or haven’t been in contention since July) or you want the games to continue as you push to progress in the standings. Either way, you shouldn’t stop paying attention, as even if the results can’t help you for this season, there some value for 2017. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that made an impact from the last Wednesday of the regular season.

1) Kyle Seager Goes Deep

It is human nature, but we gravitate towards round numbers. In the case of Seager, that is what we have this season. The third baseman went deep on Wednesday in Houston, and it was his 30th home run of the season. Seager’s three run shot provided some insurance for Seattle to truly put the game out of reach, and it gave him 99 RBI on the season as he has now reached career highs in both categories. After batting between .259 and .268 in his previous four seasons, Seager’s average sits at .281 on the season after a recent cold spell; .175 in his last 15 games. Don’t overlook Seager for next season.  Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/27/16 Box Scores: Sanchez Fans 10, Verlander Gets 12 & More

by Will Overton

The season is obviously winding down now as we are seeing a lot of pitchers take the mound for the last time this season. So with that in mind we are doing a lot of reflecting on this season as a whole for these players and keeping an eye out for next season and what that might bring:

1)      The Mets Ace Is Clearly Noah Syndergaard At This Point

Noah Syndergaard kept it rolling last night for the Mets and he’s clearly established himself as the number one pitcher on this team. Syndergaard mowed down the Miami Marlins last night with six innings of one run ball, scattering five hits, walking none and striking out eight. This is five quality starts in his last seven outings for Syndergaard and the strikeouts are piling up now too. Syndergaard has 30 K’s in his last 21.2 IP and he’s now up to 218 for the season in 183.2 innings. The Mets have a nice stable of young pitching, but Syndergaard tops the list and will be one of the top starting pitchers off the board in fantasy next season. Read more