by Ray Kuhn
To say that Monday featured some bad pitching performances would be an understatement. Covering all of them here would ultimately be redundant and we will not force owners of Travis Wood (who incorrectly touted as a good 2-start option this week), Carlos Martinez, Jesse Hahn and Clay Buchholz to further read about their struggles.
On the other end of things, Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez also took the hill on Monday. While Kerhsaw couldn’t finish the deal, owners of Bumgarner and Hernandez had nothing to be disappointed about. Even with so many pitchers being charitable, there was something missing on the offensive end.The game in Colorado versus the Diamondbacks was postponed which did play a part in that.
Instead, let’s take a look at 10 other stories from Monday night’s games: Read more
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
To say that it was an interesting stat line for the A’s Sonny Gray would be an understatement. He tossed 6.2 shutout innings allowing just 2 H and striking out 10. Of course he also walked 7, after walking a total 6 batters over his first five starts (36.1 IP). Who would’ve predicted this one?
What else happened on the field we need to know about? Let’s take a look:
1) Doug Fister wins, but the strikeouts continue to elude him…
He tossed 6.1 shutout innings against the Mets, allowing 5 H and 0 BB, but only managed 3 K on the day. That brings his total to 14 K over 31.0 innings on the season, which obviously is a significant concern. He entered the day with a meager 4.9% SwStr% and generated 4 swinging strikes yesterday. That’s obviously a significant concern, especially since his control (3.28 BB/9) and groundballs (42.7%) entered the day not quite where we would’ve expected (6 groundball outs, 6 fly outs yesterday). The upside is obviously still there, but unless there’s a change he will ultimately become unusable. In other words, proceed with extreme caution at the moment. Read more
by Will Overton
Yesterday was deemed by many as the biggest sports day of the year. We had the end of the NFL Draft, we had an epic game seven in the NBA playoffs, we had NFH playoffs, we had the Kentucky Derby and then the night was topped off with the one fight everyone has been waiting for the last five years. If you didn’t catch everything that happened in the baseball world it’s understandable. We’ve got you covered though with a rundown of the 10 most important and intriguing stories related to fantasy baseball coming out of yesterday:
1) Dillon Betances Records His First Save; Are There More To Come?
The New York Yankees have almost an embarrassment of riches at the back end of their bullpen right now with Andrew Miller and Dillon Betances. We heard early in the year that Betances would get a crack at closing when he was 100% healthy, meanwhile Andrew Miller has dominated in the role, still not allowing a run. At the same time though Betances has yet to waver himself this year, also not allowing a run. Betances got the save yesterday, facing four batters and striking out all four of them. 13 of the last 16 outs recorded by Betances have been strikeouts. Miller has done nothing to lose the closing job in New York, but at some point the Yankees may choose to move him out of the role and use him when the situation calls for it while Betances takes over as closer. Right now both guys should be owned in all standard formats.
by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The big news of the day comes in the form of minor league maneuvers. Down is the struggling Dalton Pompey (0-4 with 2 K yesterday), which shouldn’t come as a surprise. Up is the Mets’ Dilson Herrera (0-3 with 2 K in his ’15 debut) and, given the injury to Ryan Hannigan, reports are that the Red Sox will recall catcher Blake Swihart today. While Herrera isn’t guaranteed to stick (expectations are that he’ll be demoted once David Wright is healthy, though time will tell), Swihart gains immediate value in all formats.
Off the field news is great, but what happened on the field that fantasy owners need to know about? Let’s take a look:
1) Has Jon Lester finally found his footing in Chicago…
He had 10 K in his last start, but yesterday against the Brewers was by far his best of 2015 tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 4. Remember he entered the day with a 40.3% line drive rate, .424 BABIP and 58.3% strand rate. Did anyone really believe any of those numbers? Things were destined to get better and this should only be the start. Keep running him out there and reap the benefits. Read more
by Will Overton
There was a lot happening last night in the sports world. The NFL Draft, NBA and NHL playoffs, plus all the hype for this weekend’s big fight. If you didn’t catch much of the action in last night’s eight baseball games, we’ll let it slide. Luckily for you though we were multi-tasking and watching games and box scores, so we have a breakdown of some of last night’s biggest stories.
1) It Took A Couple Weeks, But Mat Adams Has Found His Swing
At the start of this week Mat Adams was hitting just .229 and had just 7 RBI. Just a few days later and he’s hitting .304 and has doubled his RBI total to 14 now. Adams was 3 – 5 last night with a homer and three runs driven in. Adams is 10 – 21 in his five games this week and has scored a run in his last three games straight. We know Adams has more power than we’ve seen thus far, in fact fantasy owners were hoping to see more power than last season’s 15 HR’s which I think is still in play. Adams should still top 20 HR’s and should maintain an average .280 or better.
by Ray Kuhn
Another day passed on Wednesday, and it was another day without a “milestone” from Alex Rodriguez. After getting off to a hot start the Yankees’ third baseman has seen his share of struggles as of late and he struck out four times as part of an 0-6 effort on Wednesday to drop his average to .232.
Just because Rodriguez didn’t tie Willie Mays with 660 home runs, it doesn’t mean there isn’t some other news to take a look at. So let’s get right to it.
1) Jeff Samardzija Continues to Struggle
It was a beautiful day in Baltimore, even if the stands were empty, so you can’t blame the weather on Samardzja’s continued struggles. Perhaps you can chalk it up to the fact that he has been listed as the probable starter since Monday, but it wasn’t a good afternoon for the White Sox’s new adidition. After allowing six runs in the first inning, including a big Chris Davis home run, Samardzija settled down somewhat allowing just two runs (one earned) over the next four innings in a losing effort. Two of the right-hander’s starts this season have qualified as quality starts with the other three making fantasy owners scratch their heads. It’s not getting to the point where Samardzija needs to be benched until he turns it around, but you do you have to pay a little closer attention to starting him. Read more