Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 05/01/16 Box Scores: Will Stroman Be Elite, Are Drury/Castellanos For Real & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Chris Carter continued his surprising season, leading a 14 run onslaught by going 3-5 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R.  Cole Hamels returned to the mound with modest results, allowing 4 ER on 7 H and 4 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP.  Clayton Kershaw performed like the elite starter in the league, tossing a complete game shutout against the Padres, striking out 14 in the process.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Marcus Stroman has his best start of the season…
While Jake Odorizzi (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 6 K) did his best to match him pitch-for-pitch, Stroman outlasted him and earned the W.  Going 8.0 innings he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 9, with his lone mistake being a home run to Evan Longoria (2-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R).  It was the first time he struck out more than 5 in a game this season (4.89 K/9 entering the game) and his 6.3% SwStr% was likely starting to cause some concerns.  Hopefully this is the start of things to come, but even if it’s not his 60.9% groundball rate and 2.31 BB/9 entering the day make him more than usable.  If they continue to grow he’s going to be one of the elite.  At worst we’d expect him to rise into the 6.0ish range, with even more possible. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/30/16 Box Scores: Ozuna Homers, Conforto Emerging Quickly & More

by Will Overton

The first month of the baseball season has officially been brought to a close as last night marked the end of April baseball for 2016. We saw a couple of pitchers finish off incredible months and pick up their fifth wins, a really impressive feat to accomplish. We also some bats starting to break out of a slump and other bats continuing their hot streaks. We have it all covered here as we look back at the top 10 stories of Saturday baseball from a fantasy perspective:

1)      Jordan Zimmerman’s Record Setting April Continues
A fifth straight quality start was turned in by Jordan Zimmerman yesterday and a fifth straight win was picked up as well. Zimmerman pitched seven innings and allowed just one run on a solo homerun shot. Zimmerman allowed six hits and didn’t walk anyone, compiling seven strikeouts as well. Zimmerman is just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to collect at least five wins with a sub 1.00 ERA. Zimmerman currently sits at an 0.55 ERA, with a 1.06 WHIP and 23/7 rate for K/BB. Obviously Zimmerman isn’t going to keep this pace up and he can’t keep stranding runners at the rate that he is right now. I’m not sure you could, but if you can convince someone Zimmerman is a top 10 SP and trade him as such, then go ahead and sell high by all means, but otherwise hold on an enjoy the ride.

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10 Important Stories From 04/29/16 Box Scores: Fulmer & Manaea Debut, Selling Kemp & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Adam Conley was pulled in the eighth inning, despite carrying a no-hitter, thanks to having thrown 116 pitches.  His final line was 7.2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 4 BB, 7 K, and the bullpen ultimately coughed up the no-hitter in the ninth.

Yoenis Cespedes returned to the Mets’ starting lineup with a bang, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 2 R.  Aaron Sanchez continued to show why he had breakout potential entering the season, beating the Rays with 7.0 shutout innings (6 H, 2 BB, 6 K).  Stephen Strasburg continues to pitch lights out, improving to 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA and 40 K to open the season.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Juan Nicasio reminds us not to give up on him yet…
After all of the hype in the preseason, his struggles caused many to already declare him a “bust” and move on.  While the Reds are rebuilding they still have Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and others, so it’s not like they are the Atlanta Braves and we should simply disregard a strong performance (even though that’s not even the case).  Nicasio tossed 7.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 8, with a solid 12 swings and misses and 8 groundballs (as compared to 5 fly balls).  It’s not to say that he is now a must use option, considering he opened the year with a 5.9% SwStr% and 4.95 BB/9.  It means that there is still potential upside and the chance he produces, so continue to view him as a potential option and 2016 sleeper candidate. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/28/16 Box Scores: R. De La Rosa Emerging, Nola Impresses & More

by Will Overton

Pitching was the name of the game yesterday in a shortened slate, that got shorter with a rainout mixed in there. There was some interesting pitching lines, some bad pitching lines and some really good pitching lines. Some of the best lines came from guys you may not have guessed it’d be from at the beginning of the day. We also have a little injury news and some hot bats to touch on as well. Let’s get to it here…

1)      What Should Fantasy Owners Make of Anibal Sanchez’s Crazy Stat Line?
It’s been a pretty rocky start to the season for Anibal Sanchez who went into yesterday’s game with a 7.00 ERA after his first four starts. Coming out of yesterday’s game I’m not sure if I feel better or worse about Sanchez going forward. Sanchez’s line yesterday was 5.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 7 BB and 9 K while getting the W. Sanchez had been having some control problems coming into this game, but nothing like this. At the same time, he was blowing the ball past guys left and right too. I’m not as worried about the walks for Sanchez as I am his penchant for giving up homeruns. The long ball was Sanchez’s Achilles heel last season and I fear it will be again this year. I do expect to see the control even out and regress to his mean. The strikeouts and ability to get out of jams was encouraging here though and if nothing else, I feel more confident that there isn’t a hidden injury we don’t know about. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/27/16 Box Scores: Nicolino Thrives In Debut, Scorching Hot Hitters & More

by Ray Kuhn

After we saw Blake Snell make his cameo, we can now say that it is prospect season. Jose Berrios made his debut last night, and we Sean Manaea and Michael Fulmer right behind him. Let’s take a look at Berrios’ first start and some of the other stories that stood out from a packed Wednesday in baseball.

1) Jose Berrios Gets His Debut Out of the Way
Berrios didn’t exactly take the big leagues by storm in first start, but that is not an indication of his talent level. After dominating the minor leagues, Berrios couldn’t retire a batter in the fifth inning (he faced three Indians), and took the loss. Obviously there isn’t much good about start in which the pitcher allows five runs, but it was really just two rough innings for the young hurler. Berrios allowed two runs in the third inning, and then saw both runners that he left on base score. All told, Berrios allowed six hits and two walks while striking out five and throwing 93 pitches in the process. This is only the beginning for Berrios and we can expect good things from him this season. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/26/16 Box Scores: Severino’s Struggles, Keuchel Concerns & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

David Price brought his strikeout stuff to Atlanta, allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 14, over 8.0 IP. Yoenis Cespedes came off the bench to provide the big blow for the Mets (showing he may be over his knee bruise), with a pinch hit 3-run home run. Andrew McCutchen made himself home at Coors Field, going 3-5 with 3 HR, 5 RBI and 3 R.

Amazingly, that was just the tip of the noteworthy performances (Robinson Cano going 2-4 with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 1 R; Johnny Cueto’s complete game shutout, striking out 11 Padres). What else happened that we need to discuss? Let’s take a look:

1) Vincent Velasquez outduels Max Scherzer…
While it wasn’t a particularly impressive performance on the surface, the opponent has to be taken into account. Scherzer certainly wasn’t at his best (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 7 H, 4 BB, 7 K), but he had the easier matchup. Velasquez went 6.0 innings allowing 3 ER on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, to earn the W. Since generating 27 swings and misses in his April 14 start against the Padres, he has just 15 in his past 10.1 IP (8 yesterday) and the Phillies have also been cautious not to overwork him (he threw 84 pitches yesterday). It will likely be a trend all season, which is something to keep in mind thanks to the questionable Phillies bullpen. As it is pitching in Philadelphia is going to make it tough to get wins, but if he’s going to be limited and only go 6.0 innings it will be that much tougher. Read more