Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 05/28/16 Box Scores: Stash Ventura/Pineda?, Are J. Ramirez/Nunez For Real & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Rangers finally unleashed Yu Darvish, who allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 5.0 IP.  How well he’s going to produce moving forward, coming back from injury, remains to be seen though he certainly gave us a great first impression.

It was a dominating performance from Kyle Hendricks against the Phillies, allowing 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB, striking out 7, in a complete game victory.  Buster Posey carried the Giants to victory, going 2-5 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 2 R.  Matt Moore was relatively strong, allowing 3 ER on 8 H and 3 BB, striking out 7, en route to a W over the Yankees.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Another subpar performance from Yordano Ventura…
To an extent it wasn’t all bad, as he managed to give the Royals 7.0 IP and didn’t walk a batter.  That said he allowed 7 R (6 earned) on 9 H, including 2 HR, while only striking out 4.  After getting off to a decent start Ventura has now allowed at least 3 ER in six straight starts, ballooning his ERA to 5.17 and WHIP to 1.53.  His control has been abysmal overall (he entered with a 6.10 BB/9), while he also has struggled to generate strikeouts (6.29 K/9 entering the day).  He’s simply not getting opponents to chase outside the strike zone (20.9% O-Swing%), which helps to explain the control issues, and he had a mere 4 swinging strikes yesterday.  While we wouldn’t write him off, fantasy owners would be better served to slide Ventura to the bench until he works through his issues. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/27/16 Box Scores: Intriguing Starters Abound (Shoemaker, Kelly, Fulmer) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are a lot of expectations for Julio Urias, but his MLB career got off to a bit of an inauspicious start against the Mets (2.2 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 BB, 3 K).  It remains to be seen if he will be one and done, for now, but don’t let this outing change your overall outlook.

Jorge Soler’s renaissance continued, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  Danny Duffy carried a perfect game into the sixth inning before the wheels completely fell off (5.1 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 5 K).  Felix Hernandez simply didn’t have it, allowing 6 ER on 8 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP (and we unfortunately may need to get used to these types of blowups).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Joe Kelly struggles against the Blue Jays…
While he had the strikeout pitching working, 8 K, that was about the only positive as he allowed 5 ER on 9 H and 3 BB over 4.2 IP.  He has 15 K over 11.1 IP since returning to the rotation and also has been generating groundballs (14 vs. 7 fly balls), so there is some home.  The problem is that he’s struggled with his control all year (7.20 BB/9 over 20.0 IP) and he’s been hit hard (25.9% line drive rate leading to a .370 BABIP).  There is upside, but he needs to maintain the strikeouts and rediscover his control.  In other words he’s worth stashing, but keep him on the bench for now. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/26/16 Box Scores: J. Gray & J. Ross Enjoy Strong Nights, Springer Slugs 2 & More

by Will Overton

An already short slate got a little bit shorter because of a rain out between the Royals and White Sox. Still, even with just a handful of games on tap there was plenty of talk about. We had a couple of starters racking up double digit strikeouts and one hitter with multiple homeruns. That’s just a little taste of the biggest stories of the day. Here’s the full top ten in box score standouts:

1)      We Shouldn’t Forget About Jose Fernandez Among the Great Pitchers in the NL

I don’t think anyone has forgotten about Jose Fernandez, but with so many great pitchers like Jake Arrieta, Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard and Stephen Strasburg, it’s easy for a guy to slide to the back burner. Fernandez was great again yesterday going seven innings with a line of 7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB and 12 K to pick up his seventh win. In his last four starts Fernandez has 27 IP and just three runs allowed, striking out 43 batters. Fernandez now has 90 K’s in 60.2 IP for a K/9 rate of 13.4, a number that is just unbelievable honestly. Fernandez’s ERA was actually over 4.00 before these last four starts, but he’s cruising now and I don’t know that he’ll be looking back. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/25/16 Box Scores: Kazmir’s Big Night, Gattis Finding Stroke & More

by Ray Kuhn

We are getting spoiled with the getaway day schedules on Wednesday. Every team team is in action and the split slate between afternoon and evening starts can keep you busy all day. If you did happen to miss any of the action, we have you covered here as we take a look at some of the biggest performances of the day.

1) Nomar Mazara Has Some Pop

We knew that Mazara could hit, but the power display that he put on yesterday was just insane. The rookie outfielder slugged his eighth home run of the season, and to say it was a shot would be an understatement. At 491 feet, Mazara did not get cheated as to say he got a good shot on the ball would be an understatement. Mazara also drove in two more runs with a single which gave him 21 RBI on the season to go along with his .320 batting average. Mazara continues to get more comfortable at the plate, but he has yet to truly struggle since being promoted to the majors; where it appears he will be staying. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/24/16 Box Scores: What To Do With Wacha/Harvey, Polanco’s Breakout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jorge Soler continued to show signs of figuring things out, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  Stephen Strasburg dazzled against the Mets, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 11, over 6.2 IP to improve to 8-0 with a 2.79 ERA.  Nomar Mazara continues to state his case for Rookie of the Year, going 3-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Should fantasy owners be giving up on Michael Wacha…
He had a disastrous outing against the Cubs, allowing 8 ER on 8 H and 4 BB, striking out 4, over 4.0 IP.  He’s now gone 4.0 innings in three straight starts (20 R, 16 ER).  In his past four starts he’s watched his ERA balloon from 2.65 all the way to 5.04, so obviously there is going to be some level of concern.  He has been hit relatively hard (24.5% line drive rate entering the day), had yet to induce an infield pop and is not generating as many swings and misses (7.9% entering the day, only 6 yesterday).  While luck is playing a role (65.3% strand rate entering the day), he needs to get more success with his fastball (opponents were hitting .330 on the pitch).  While he’s struggling at the moment and is worth benching, fantasy owners would be wise to simply move him to the bench as opposed to giving up on him (barring news of an injury). Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/23/16 Box Scores: Finnegan Impresses, Grichuk’s Big Swing & More

by Ray Kuhn

Thanks to a rain out on Sunday, we had a gmae nice and early yesterday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The Indians and White Sox also played two to kick off the week, as we had a solid slate of action for a Monday. Once again, Clayton Kershaw dominated the opponent, but he must be slipping. How else do we explain the fact that only struck out seven betters while completing a two hit shutout? Kershaw’s cross time colleague, Nick Tropeano, tried to do his best impression of the southpaw as he continued his recent success with 6.2 scoreless innings. Let’s take a look at some of the other noteworthy performances from the day around the diamond.

1) Brandon Finnegan Tries to Match Kershaw

We know that no one can truly match Kershaw, but Finnegan did come close last night. The southpaw was the losing pitching but he also pitched a complete game (eight innings since the Reds were on the road) while generally keeping the Dodgers at bay. Finnegan allowed just one run on five hits and four walks while managing to avoid trouble thanks to the four double plays he forced. This was by far Finnegan’s longest outing of the season, previously it was 6.2 innings, and he saw his ERA drop from 4.44 to 3.97. The strikeouts are where he is truly lacking as Finnegan only struck out two last night giving him 40 in in 56.2 innings this season. Despite the success, I still would not consider Finnegan to be anything more than a streaming option in the right situation. Read more