Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 10/04/15 Box Scores: C. Seager Continues To Hit, Altherr States His Case & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

And just like that the 2015 campaign has come to a close.  I want to thank everyone who visited the site throughout the season and I look forward to starting our coverage of 2016 tomorrow!  It’s simply never too early, is it?  Now onto the field…  Cole Hamels pitched the Rangers to the AL West title, allowing 2 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, to defeat the Angels.  Chris Davis launched a pair of home runs, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R, to finish the season with 47 HR and 117 RBI.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) A strong finish for Corey Dickerson…
After battling injuries for much of the season Dickerson finished with a flourish, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R.  Between September & October he hit .282 with 5 HR and 13 RBI over 78 AB, helping to show us that a healthy Dickerson is one that is well worth owning.  He continues to maintain an elevated line drive rate (30.5% entering the day) and also a solid HR/FB (18.0% entering the day).  While he’ll deserve a much closer look in the offseason, the fact is that he backed up his breakout 2014 when he was actually on the field.  Can he play a full season in 2016?  That’ll be the major question. Read more

10 Important Stories From 10/03/15 Box Scores: Max Scherzer’s Second No-Hitter Of The Season And More

by Will Overton

Today marks the last day of the regular season and the last day of fantasy baseball for the season. That means eyes are now shifted to next season and that’s what we are going to emphasize on while discussing the biggest stories of the day from yesterday which includes a no-hitter, and strong performances from some young players with big futures.

Here are those 10 important stories from the night:

1)      No-Hitter Number Two For Max Scherzer

It has been a rough season for the Washington Nationals and their fans, but Max Scherzer certainly tried to send the fans out on a happy note. Scherzer threw his second no-hitter of the season yesterday, and it would have been a perfect game were it not for a terrible error committed by Yunel Escobar. One of the biggest knocks on Scherzer, really the only knock, is that he can’t go deep into games, so his three complete games is a nice sign and he has reached a career high in innings pitched. At some point in the next couple seasons I think we’ll see a decline start, but right now Scherzer is still one of the elite pitchers in the league despite his teams shortcomings. Read more

10 Important Stories From 10/02/15 Box Scores: Not Buying Teheran, Arrieta’s Greatness & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Troy Tulowitzki made his return for Toronto, going 2-5 with 1 R, just in time to get him ready for what they hope will be a deep run into the post season.  Chris Sale set the White Sox’ single season strikeout record, with 274, after allowing 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 7, over 7.0 IP.  Nolan Arenado struck again, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, giving him 42 HR and 130 RBI on the season.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Is Eugenio Suarez earning a starting 2016 job…
Remember he’s only get every day AB thanks to the injury to Zack Cozart, who was one of the bigger stories early in the season, but Suarez is clearly making the most of his opportunity.  After going 2-6 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R yesterday he’s now hitting .283 with 13 HR and 48 RBI over 364 AB for the Reds.  He entered the day with a .344 BABIP, courtesy of a 20.4% line drive rate and 23.2% strikeout rate, so it’s easy to say that the average has a little bit of luck behind it.  His average distance on non-groundballs of 264.533 is reasonable, though, and the fact that he had 8 HR over 203 AB at Triple-A helps to back up the power surge.  Even if he’s more of a .260 hitter, with the potential to chip in 20+ HR he’s going to have value.  Where he plays, or if he’s still a member of the Reds, come 2016 is going to be an interesting storyline.  Could the team move Brandon Phillips to clear room for both Suarez & Cozart? Read more

10 Important Stories From 10/01/15 Box Scores: Eickhoff Impresses, Strasburg Finishes Strong & More

by Ray Kuhn

This really is it now. We have been at this since March, as far as managing a team goes, but for many the 2016 fantasy baseball season began earlier than that. And now we truly have hit the end of the road. Each team has three games left, and now the question is, when will the weather allowed them to be played? Some games on Thursday were moved up in the day to beat the rain, and that is a good thing for fantasy owners who need every last strikeout. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from the last Thursday of the regular season.

1) Jerad Eickhoff Has Another Strong Outing

If you stopped paying attention to the Phillies once Maikel Franco went down, or just in general due to their lack of fantasy prospects, then you potentially could have missed Eickhoff. Since being acquired by the Phillies from Texas in the Cole Hamels deal, Eickhoff has gone to compile a 2.65 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in eight starts. After striking out 10 in seven innings  against the Mets for his third win of the season, Eickhoff has 49 strikeouts in 51 innings in young his career. Entering 2016, it does appear that Eickhoff has likely secured a spot in Philadelphia’s rotation, but of course there has to be a little pause; his .257 BABIP. However, this is certainly a player that requires some research for next season. After all, it is hard to ignore a pitcher with consecutive seven inning outings in which they have struck out 10 batters and allowed one run in each. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/30/15 Box Scores: Mookie Betts Homers Twice, Marcus Stroman Electric and More

by Will Overton

There was plenty of baseball played yesterday with several double headers leading to the most games played in a day all season. If you couldn’t keep up with all of it that’s ok because I’ve weeded through it all and pulled out the 10 biggest stories of the day for your reading enjoyment.

1)      Tyler Lyons Shines In A Double Header Spot Start

The Cardinals turned to Tyler Lyons to make a start in a double header yesterday and he came through nicely for them. Lyons was a starter earlier this season, but he struggled in the role and was moved to the bullpen. He looked good in a spot start earlier this month though and then again yesterday. Lyons went seven scoreless innings yesterday, allowing four hits and no walks, striking out five batters. Lyons is 27 and his chances of being a regular piece of a starting rotation are starting to fade, but the possibility isn’t completely gone. If for some reason he was able to land a rotation spot next season he could be worth watching with some strikeout upside, but I don’t see this as likely. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/29/15 Box Scores: Tropeano Shines, Swihart Slugs & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Clayton Kershaw put up a dominating performance to send the Dodgers into the playoffs, with a complete game shutout allowing just 1 H and 1 BB, striking out 13 (he is now just 6 K short of 300 and should get at least a few innings of work on Sunday).  Lucas Duda provided yet another 2 HR game, going 3-5 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  Carlos Gonzalez continued his renaissance, hitting his 40th home run of the season.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) It was a career night for Nick Tropeano…
He was absolutely fantastic against the A’s, allowing 1 R on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 11, over 6.2 IP to earn the victory.  We knew the strikeout potential was there, given his 9.82 K/9 at Triple-A this season, and he’s now actually carrying a 9.02 mark in the Majors courtesy of an 11.5% SwStr%.  He’s also shown great control (2.39 BB/9) and has been plagued more by poor luck (.342 BABIP, 67.8% strand rate) than anything.  Clearly there’s a ton of upside here, even without a significant groundball rate (38.5%).  It will be interesting to see how he’s viewed heading into 2016, but he has the potential of a mid-rotation starter. Read more