Archive for Around the Majors

10 Stories From 09/18/2014 Box Scores: Rosario Finally Raking, Salazar Shines & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The regular season is quickly flying by, with just 10 days left after yesterday’s action.  Who put up noteworthy performances?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has Danny Salazar finally found his preseason hype…
It was against the Astros last night, so we have to consider that, but he allowed 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 7.1 IP in a no decision.  While there was a September stumble against the Angels, that’s acceptable these days considering how they are playing.  Overall in 64.2 IP since the All-Star Break he owns a 3.06 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 9.05 K/9.  While he has reduced his home run rate from his disastrous time in the Majors in the first half (1.77 HR/9 to 0.70), his line drive rate is actually up significantly (20.5% to 26.1%).  It’s something to watch, but he has carried a .311 BABIP so it’s not like he’s been extremely lucky.  He may not be quite as good as he was hyped to be prior to the season, but with his strikeout stuff there’s enough to like moving forward.  Just be careful not to overpay, like many did entering this season. Read more

10 Stories From 09/17/2014 Box Scores: Carrasco The Ace, Rusney Castillo Debuts & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Alex Wood tossed a gem (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K), but the only “names” in the Nationals lineup were Danny Espinosa, Kevin Frandsen and Nate Schierholtz, as it was a “B” Team (or “C” Team) the day after clinching the NL East.  What else happened on the field yesterday?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Rusney Castillo makes his debut…
He hit seventh and manned centerfield (with Dustin Pedroia out, Mookie Betts has moved back to 2B), going 1-4 without a walk or strikeout.  The Red Sox goal is to get him AB, so he’s prepared for 2015, so there’s a very good chance that he plays regularly over the final few days of the season.  There’s rust to shake off, but there’s more than enough upside that he could ultimately make a difference in fantasy leagues.  He’s not the power threat that a Jose Abreu is, but he offers a bit of pop and can steal bases.  If he’s available in your league, given the potential opportunity, scoop him up and see if he gets hot. Read more

10 Stories From 09/16/2014 Box Scores: Is Arrieta Is This Good, Flores Breaks Out & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Pirates got a pair of returns in Starling Marte (2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) and Charlie Morton (5.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 6 K, W).  Corey Kluber continues to establish himself as an ace, allowing 1 ER on 7 H and 2 BB, striking out 14, over 7.0 IP against the Astros.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Wilmer Flores breaks out in a big way…
He erupted to go 3-4 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 3 R, as he continues to audition for regular playing time in 2015 (he was at 2B yesterday, but could ultimately be the Mets’ starting shortstop).  Overall he’s had his issues, with a .245 average, but he’s now on a four-game hitting streak, including three straight multi-hit games, going 8-15 with 3 HR, 10 RBI and 4 R (as well as a pair of doubles).  Part of his overall issue has been luck (20.5% line drive rate, .254 BABIP), though he’s also been putting too many balls in the air (40.5% fly ball rate).  Of course, we shouldn’t expect him to suddenly be a major source of power as his true breakout came in the Pacific Coast League, but no matter.  His smoking hot and could develop in a 15-18 HR hitter with a good average.  From a middle infielder that’s enough.  If he’s still available, don’t hesitate to grab him for the remainder of the season. Read more

10 Stories From 09/15/2014 Box Scores: Jacob deGrom Makes History, Belt & Rizzo Return & More

by Ray Kuhn

After Monday night, there is only more week left where regular season baseball competes with Monday Night Football. But don’t worry, if you were sweating out your fantasy football matchup right down to the game winning field goal, we have you covered with some of the baseball storylines you might have missed.  Let’s take a look at the big stories coming out of yesterday’s games:

 

1) The way Jacob deGrom is pitching, the rookie is certainly not ready for the season to end. He also is working very hard to stake a claim to the Rookie of the Year award that seemed to have been awarded to Billy Hamilton months ago. deGrom began the night by striking out the first eight Marlins he faced before opposing pitcher Jarred Cosart for Miami’s first base runner of the night. Before he departed after seven innings, deGrom had recorded 13 strikeouts while allowing three runs on six hits and one walk. That actually brought deGrom’s ERA up to 2.68 in what has been a better debut than anyone could have expected. Read more

10 Stories From 09/14/2014 Box Scores: Bogaerts Streaking To Finish, Is Chris Archer Fully Breaking Out & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have just two weeks left in the season, so this truly is crunch time.  Who is producing at the right time?  Who can we trust?  Who can’t we?  Let’s take a look at everything we need to know coming out of yesterday’s action:

 

1) Neil Walker continues to prove that he has fully emerged in 2014…
He went 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R yesterday, putting him at .279 with 20 HR and 69 RBI on the season.  The power has been the biggest question all season long, but he’s continued to produce at an elevated level with a 12.9% HR/FB in the first half and 12.2% entering the day in the second.  Coupled with his potential for a strong average (15.1% strikeout rate, 22.4% line drive rate, .294 BABIP), as well as his spot as the cleanup hitter (at least for now), and there’s an awful lot to like.  He’s a lock to be a Top 10 option at 2B entering 2015 and could even potentially push Top 5.  We’ll take a much closer look at him as the season comes closer. Read more

10 Stories From 09/13/2014 Box Scores: Is Matt Kemp “Back”, Is Zack Wheeler Trustworty & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Bryce Harper delivered a big game, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, but can he finally deliver for fantasy owners?  Jered Weaver dominated the Astros, allowing 1 ER with 12 K over 7.0 IP.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jose Quintana was a strikeout machine…
His counterpart, Phil Hughes (7.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 11 K), was no slouch but Quintana was spectacular.  Going 7.0 IP he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 13, to improve to 8-10 with a 3.30 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.  He went through a rough stretch in August, but has now allowed 4 ER over 20.0 IP in his past three starts.  Overall he owns an 8.00 K/9, though that could be a little bit inflated considering his 8.3% SwStr%, 2.52 BB/9 (right along the lines of his career mark of 2.59) and a 44.5% groundball rate.  The big thing, which will likely regress in 2015, is his 4.4% HR/FB and 0.39 HR/9.  That said, the skill set is there to finish the 2014 campaign strong as well as be a solid option in 2015 as well. Read more