Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 05/26/15 Box Scores: Can We Trust Duffy, Bradley Struggles Again & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was not a good first Major League start for Jose Urena, allowing 5 ER on 10 H and 1 BB, striking out 3, over just 4.2 IP. It was a monster night for Josh Donaldson, who finished going 4-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 5 R, including a walk-off three-run home run off of David Robertson to send Toronto to a 10-9 victory. Prince Fielder (3-5, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R) continued his assault on Major League pitching. What else happened on the field that we need to know about? Let’s take a look:

1) It was a big day at the plate for Addison Russell…
He went 3-4 with 1 RBI, driving in the game winner in the bottom of the ninth. He hasn’t quite lived up to the hype thus far, hitting .252 with 3 HR, 13 RBI, 15 R and 1 SB over 115 AB. The biggest issue has been his inability to make consistent contact, entering the day with a 37.0% strikeout rate. While that’s been something to watch among Cubs prospects recently, it wasn’t supposed to be an issue for Russell (20.8% in the minors). Unfortunately, to this point he hasn’t shown signs of improving dramatically with a 31.9% mark in May and 12 K over his past 37 AB. He should figure it out, but until he does he’s going to be nothing more than a low-end option for those in deeper formats. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/25/15 Box Scores: Hahn Stellar, C. Martinez Impresses & More

by Ray Kuhn

As we celebrated Memorial Day yesterday, we did it with a full slate of baseball games. In case you missed any of the action while at a barbecue or the beach let’s take a look at 10 stories that stood out:

1) Josh Hamilton Made His Return
If you were expecting Hamilton to pick up right where he left off a few years ago in Texas, then you were disappointed yesterday. The trade back to Texas has appeared to rejuvenate the outfielder, but it likely will be a slow process and he is not the same player he once was. Hamilton was batting fifth in the lineup, which is a good sign, and went 0-3  with a walk and two strikeouts. He did hustle to reach on an error which allowed Prince Fielder to score what was a crucial run late in the game.

2) Prince Fielder Has Turned Back the Clock
At this point, there are no more concerns to be had about Fielder. He is doing everything we expected out of the slugging first baseman when he arrived in Texas last season and more. While he was hitting for a high average to start the season, the power was missing, but now that has returned as well. Fielder went 3-5 on Monday with three runs scored and three RBI’s. That included his 11th double of the season and a two run homer. On the season, Fielder now was nine home runs and 35 RBI’s to go with his .365 average. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/23/15 Box Scores: Time To Give Up On T. Walker, Y. Ventura Trending Up & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After getting beaten up earlier in the week Francisco Liriano bounced back strong, striking out 12 batters en route to a victory over the Mets. Michael Wacha continued to pitch like one of the elite (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K) in defeating the Royals. Who else thrived? Who should we be writing off? Let’s take a look at all the major stories coming out of yesterday’s games:

1) Is it officially time to give up on Taijuan Walker…
Taking on the Blue Jays it was another subpar performance, allowing 4 ER on 6 H and 4 BB, striking out 3, over 5.2 IP. Among the hits were a pair of home runs, with Ryan Goins (1-2, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R) and Edwin Encarnacion (2-4, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R) taking him deep. He’s now allowed 8 HR over 43.0 IP this season, while also struggling with his control (23 BB). You can argue poor luck (.376 BABIP, 60.7% strand rate entering the day), but how much patience will the Mariners have? It wouldn’t be surprising to see him removed from the rotation (sent back to Triple-A to fix his issues), though time will tell. From a fantasy perspective he’s nothing more than a stash on your bench, but there’s no way to trust him in any format if he’s continuing to start every five days. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/23/15 Box Scores: Power Surges, A.J. Burnett’s Domination and More

by Will Overton

It’s a holiday weekend which means lots of family gathering, festivals and the like which keep us away from our TV’s and the baseball games we love. I’ve got you covered here though. We had some dominant pitching, some continued power surges from a few slow starters and a whole lot more.

Here is the breakdown of all the 10 most important stories of the day…

1)      Lance McCullers Gets His First Win And Luke Gregerson Notches A Perfect Save
It’s been an odd journey thus far for Lance McCullers to get to this point where he just picked up his first big league win. McCullers struggled last season against at high A ball, but after some impressive performances this season at double A he got the jump straight to the bigs and into the Astros rotation. McCullers made his second start yesterday and showed well against the Tigers. McCullers went 6 IP with 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB and 6 K, throwing just 100 pitches. The 100 pitches in six innings isn’t great, but it’s good for McCullers and the control was huge. If McCullers struggles it will be due to control issues, but his strikeout rates are so high he’s worth grabbing in most leagues. It’s also important to note that Luke Gregerson came in and closed the game down, getting three straight outs, two of them strikeouts. Gregerson has had a few rough outings lately, so this was a welcome sight for his owners. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/22/15 Box Scores: Samardzija Settling Down, Fielder’s Big Day & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While Rusney Castillo’s 2015 debut (1-4, 1 R) was the biggest story of the day, there were ample performances on the field that need to be noted. How about Dee Gordon (2-5, 1 R, 4 SB) running rampant against the Orioles? What about Kendrys Morales, who launch a pair of home runs? Let’s not forget Gerrit Cole, who nearly went the distance (8.1 IP) allowing 1 R (0 ER) on 6 H and 1 BB, striking out 10 to defeat the Mets. Those were obviously important, but let’s look at 10 more that we need to know about:

1) Has Prince Fielder rediscovered his old form…
It was a big night for Fielder, going 2-5 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .341 with 7 HR and 27 RBI on the season. He entered the day with a .362 BABIP (20.3% line drive rate), so it’s easy to chalk the average up to a bit of luck and it’s easy to see a regression in that regard. The power? He entered the day with an average distance on non-groundballs of 264.994 and a home run/fly ball distance of 285.63 (75th in the league). In other words, while it was a big day don’t think that he’s “back”. There’s a good chance that he’s going to fade and fail to provide significant power, so selling now may make sense. Read more

10 Important Stories From 05/21/15 Box Scores: David Freese’s Power, Danny Salazar’s Strikeouts and More

by Will Overton

Yesterday had a nice mix of strong offensive outputs and strong pitching performances. We also had some solid games from guys who are on a lot of waiver wires at this time which is always nice to track.

Here are the 10 most important stories of the day yesterday and what the fantasy impact is:

1)      James McCann Is Becoming A Viable Fantasy Catcher
Yesterday was a day to remember for James McCann who hit his second career homerun and did it in style with a walkoff winner in the 11th inning. McCann has taken over regular catching duties for the Tigers since Alex Avila hit the DL. McCann has done well with the job, hitting .289 for the season after going 2 – 5 yesterday and now has 2  HR’s, 8 RBI and 9 R for the season. McCann’s bat is starting to heat up as he is 9 for his last 23 now. The Tigers offense has been struggling lately, but as it finds its rhythm McCann should post better counting stats. The big threat right now is Avila returning, but there’s still no timetable for that and considering how bad he was hitting the ball before getting hurt he might not get his job back anyway. Read more