by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Jose Fernandez continued to prove that he’s the exception to the rule, tossing 6.0 shutout innings allowing 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 10, and now owns a 2.12 ERA as he returns from Tommy John surgery. Mat Latos made his debut for the Dodgers, allowing 1 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 1, over 6.0 IP in a no decision. Ryan Braun had a big day at the plate, going 3-4 with 1 R. What else happened on the field that we need to know about? Let’s take a look:
1) Daniel Norris impresses in his first start with the Tigers…
He went 7.1 innings allowing 1 R on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, to defeat the Baltimore Orioles. While it was a solid performance, there are a few concerns in the numbers. First of all he had been struggling with his control at Triple-A, with a 4.07 BB/9 (including 14 BB over 35.0 IP in July). In other words, the 1 BB is not a number that we should be expecting. He also saw his strikeout rate drop at Triple-A, with a 7.74 K/9, and is not a significant groundball pitcher (0.99 GO/AO at Triple-A). No one is going to argue that there isn’t upside and potential, but he’s not a pitcher that we should be looking to depend on down the stretch. Read more
by Will Overton It was odd to have a day of baseball where the focus was solely on the action on the field as the trading deadline has now passed. There was plenty on the field to talk about too, from good young pitchers to several guys going deep not once, but twice yesterday. Here is the full rundown of the 10 biggest stories of the day:
1) Ben Zobrist With A Big Game As A Royal What an impression made on his new teammates and Royals fans by Ben Zobrist. In this his third game as a member of the Royals Zobrist was 3 – 4 with 3 R, 2 HR and 2 RBI, including a homerun that put the Royals ahead for good in the eighth inning. There were a lot of concerns coming into this season that Zobrist’s power was on the decline after hitting only 12 HR’s in 2013 and 10 in 2014. Zobrist now has eight HR’s and there is still hope that he can surpass both of the last two seasons totals. Going to Kansas City should definitely give him a bump as he jumps into the middle of a playoff run. Last night Zobrist was hitting second in the order and that has the potential for a big boost in value. Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
While the biggest news came off the field in regards to trades and the news Luis Severino would join the Yankees rotation, there was plenty on the diamond that deserves our attention. It was fitting that on the day the Mets finally acquired the big bad they desperately needed it was Wilmer Flores who played hero (2-5, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R) en route to a victory over the Nationals. Mark Teixeira continued his impressive season by going 3-4 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .269 with 28 HR and 73 RBI. What else happened? Let’s take a look:
1) Is it time to give up on Drew Hutchison…
We know that he’s been awful on the road, but yesterday’s start at home against Kansas City was a mixed bag allowing 4 R (3 earned) on 7 H and 1 BB, striking out just 1. He’s now struck out 4 batters or fewer in four of his past five starts overall and has pitched 6+ innings just once in his past nine starts. It’s hard to win a game with those types of marks, though obviously Toronto’s offense is going to help. There has been some bad luck (.352 BABIP, 65.1% strand rate), though he’s given up a 25.4% line drive rate so luck may not be the right word. The potential is still there and if you have room to stash him on your bench it makes sense, but right now it’s hard to trust him (even at home). Read more
by Will Overton
All eyes yesterday were on the trade deadline and rightly so as I don’t remember a trade deadline quite like this one. In total so far 17 players who have been in at least one all-star game have been traded so far up to this point. So with all the action happening with trades you may have missed the fact that there were a lot of baseball games played last night too.
If you weren’t focused on the action on the field, then I have you covered here with a recap of the day’s action:
1) Derek Norris Gets Five Hits…One More Than He Had Since The All-Star Break
Things have been pretty rough for Derek Norris lately, and by lately I mean like the last two months. After starting the season on a really nice run, hitting .283 in the first two months with 25 R and 32 RBI. Since the start of June though Norris had an average of .163 and had only scored one single run in July, before last night. At least in June he was giving you power with seven HR’s, but even that has been gone in July. Norris did it all last night though going 5 – 5 with 2 R, 1 HR and 4 RBI. The homerun and RBI were the first of the month for Norris, but he did it in style hitting a grand slam. This was a nice game, but at this point I think it’s obvious that Norris really isn’t an offensive threat against right handers, even if the Padres are willing to use him against them, you shouldn’t. And in my opinion that makes him very expendable in 10 and 12 team leagues.
by Ray Kuhn
As the Trading Deadline heats up and Carlos Gomez is traded, well at least for a few hours, we still had a full slate of games. Pitching ruled the day, at least in the afternoon action, as a group of aces took the mound. However, it wasn’t just the aces that did well, and we had Felix Hernandez getting knocked around by the Diamondbacks. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out.
1) Chris Archer Flirts With Perfection
This entire season has been top notch for Archer, but on Wednesday the Tampa right-hander ended up with nothing to show for his efforts. After being perfect for the first six innings, Archer ran into a bit of trouble in the seventh inning as an Asdrubal Cabrera error and three hits by the Tigers led to two unearned runs and his eighth loss of the season. Archer is showing no signs of slowing down as he struck out 11 Detroit hitters and lowered his ERA to 2.54 on the season. Over his last seven starts we have seen Archer’s performance take a little bit of a dip as his ERA is 3.57 with a 1-4 record, but he still has a WHIP of 0.99 in that span with 57 strikeouts in 46.2 innings. The majority of that ERA can be attributed to the nine runs Archer gave up against the Royals and after throwing 194.1 innings last season, I wouldn’t be concerned about the 26-year old for the remainder of 2015. Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
In what may have been his final start as a member of the White Sox Jeff Samardzija was solid, though his final line is a bit skewed as the White Sox tried to get a complete game out of him (8.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K, with 2 of the runs scoring in the ninth inning). Jose Fernandez struggled with his control, but continues to show that he’s among the elite pitchers in the league (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 4 BB, 5 K). Sonny Gray stole the night, though, twirling a complete game shutout against the Dodgers giving up just 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 9. What else happened on the field? Let’s take a look:
1) Noah Syndergaard shows just how good he can be…
Seeing the starting pitching the Mets can throw out there every night, it’s no wonder why they are putting their foot on the gas pedal and going for it. Syndergaard tossed an absolute gem, with 8.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 0 BB, striking out 9, giving him a 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 86.2 IP. He had struggled with his control his last time out (5 BB over 5.0 IP), though that had been the exception not the rule. He entered the day with a 2.29 BB/9 after posting a 2.43 mark at Triple-A. He also hasn’t had any significant luck, with a .298 BABIP and 74.2% strand rate. Throw in a solid 45.8% groundball rate and a strikeout rate that came courtesy of an 11.2% SwStr% (he had 13 swinging strikes last night) and there’s every reason to believe the dominance is going to continue. Read more