Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 06/27/16 Box Scores: Velasquez Returns, Duffy Emerging & More

by Ray Kuhn

And another week is upon us. There is still some time to make that push going into the All-Star break, but depending on your situation, it truly is becoming time to make a move. Steven Matz is dealing with a bone spur in his elbow, and depending on who you talk to, so is Noah Syndergaard. Regardless of his actual diagnosis though, there is something going on with Sydergaard as the Nationals certainly got to him last night. Let’s take a look at some of the other performances around the majors.

1) Kris Bryant Has a Career Day

What better way to start off, than with Bryant. Offense was aplenty for the Cubs and Reds last night, and Jake Arrieta ended up with the win thanks to his offense as he did not look sharp (five innings and five earned runs). While it was a team effort for Chicago, Bryant played a large part in that as he went 5 for 5 and drove in six runs. Three of those hits were home runs, while the other two were doubles, as Bryant put on an impressive power display to raise his average to .278. Bryant is now up to 19 doubles, 21 home runs, and 57 RBI. We are dealing with a true fantasy impact player here. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/26/16 Box Scores: Buying or Selling Nola, Stroman/Smyly’s Struggles & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Victor Martinez had a big day in a losing effort, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Jose Fernandez piled up the strikeouts, striking out 13 en route to a victory over the Cubs (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 3 BB).  Ian Kennedy took advantage of the free swinging Astros, allowing 1 R on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 11, over 7.0 IP.  Unfortunately the day was littered by horrific pitching performances, leaving us to wonder who we should give up on and who we should be trying to buy low.  Let’s try to answer those questions and look at all the stories we need to know from yesterday’s games:

1) The home runs continue to pile up for Nathan Eovaldi…
Taking on the Twins for the second straight start Eovaldi gave up 4 HR (Danny Santana, Max Kepler, Trevor Plouffe & Brian Dozier), leading to 5 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP.  It’s become a disturbing trend as he’s now allowed 2+ HR in three of his past four starts (10 HR in his past five starts).  He entered the day with a 51.2% groundball rate (and had 10 groundballs yesterday), but it hasn’t seemed to help him.  He’s now given up 17 HR on the season, including 7 on the road, and he simply doesn’t strikeout enough batters (7.81 K/9 entering the day, 6.63 for his career) to overcome that type of mark.  You can certainly argue that some of it is bad luck (17.1% HR/FB entering the day, compared to a career mark of 8.2%), but until he starts to show signs of improvement he’s more of a pitcher to stash on your bench. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/25/16 Box Scores: Buying Gausman?, Are McCutchen/Stanton Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

A.J. Reed made his much awaited MLB debut, going 0-2 with 1 RBI and 2 R.  Carlos Carrasco dominated the Tigers, tossing a complete game shutout allowing 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 7.  While the start did come in Coors Field, it was still a disappointing performance from Shelby Miller as he allowed 7 ER on 11 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 6.0 IP.

1) Michael Pineda dazzles in a no decision…
Taking on the Twins he made one mistake (a solo home run to Brian Dozier), allowing 1 R on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP.  While the overall numbers still look ugly (5.51 ERA, 1.42 WHIP), we have to remember the underlying numbers that he entered the day with:

  • Strikeouts – 10.24 K/9 (14.0% SwStr%)
  • Walks – 2.21 BB/9
  • BABIP – .372 (23.1% line drive rate)
  • Strand Rate – 66.5%

Clearly there’s been a lot of bad luck at play, though home runs have also been a consistent issue (1.51 HR/9) especially at home (2.21 HR/9 entering the day, 0.74 on the road).  Even if he continues allowing long balls there should be improvement, but if he can cut those as well he has the potential to be an ace. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/24/16 Box Scores: Young Starters Struggle (Taillon, Reed), Contreras Delivers & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The news that the Astros were calling up A.J. Reed was definitely the biggest story of the day.  Of course there were also numerous performances that are worth noting, unfortunately for fantasy owners many of which focused on poor pitching performances:

  • David Price had a miserable start, allowing 6 ER on 12 H and 0 BB, striking out 1, lasting just 2.1 IP against the Rangers
  • Jordan Zimmermann struggled against the Indians, allowing 7 ER on 9 H and 0 BB, striking out 3, over 3.2 IP
  • Edinson Volquez “stole” the show, allowing 12 R (11 earned) on 8 H and 3 BB while lasting just 1.0 inning

What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look: Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/23/16 Box Scores: Jake Lamb Continues Producing, Eickhoff Impressing & More

by Ray Kuhn

Another weekend is upon us, but first, we had a solid slate of action on Thursday. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out.

1) Mac Williamson Comes up Big

With injuries in San Francisco’s outfield, there is an opportunity for some playing time. That is enhanced when it is getaway day. And that, is how Williamson found himself batting third yesterday in Pittsburgh. Williamson came up big with a solo home run and two singles while driving in two runs to double both his home run and RBI total. In 37 at bats, Williamson is batting just .243, but that mark jumps to .316 in his last seven games; 19 at bats. Prior to his promotion, Williamson was batting .274 in Triple-A after batting .275 in 2015. As long as there is playing time, Williamson has shown that he can take advantage of it and be a solid hitter. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/22/16 Box Scores: Moya’s Big Day, Bauer Dominant & More

by Ray Kuhn

Wednesday afternoon began with such promise. How could it not when aces like Noah Syndergaard and Jake Arrieta were taking the court? Well, Syndergaard merely managed a quality start (six innings and three earned runs) and Arrieta struggled to get through five innings while only allowing one run, but he needed 106 pitches to do it. We later found out that Syndergaard had left due to elbow discomfort, but it appears he will be able to avoid the disabled list. Let’s take a look at some of the other performances that stood out from the day in baseball.

1) Adam Conley Takes Care of Business

Again, it was the Braves, but the results count just the same. Conley was able to suppress what little offense Atlanta has as he limited them to just four hits and no walks in eight scoreless innings. While he only struck out four batters, Conley was in control all day as he lowered his ERA to 3.56. The one issue to be aware of, is that on the season Conley has walked 3.79 batters per nine innings, but with a FIP of 3.75, he is a solid option the rest of the way. Read more