Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 07/04/15 Box Scores: Bryant Busts Out, Maybin Finally Emerging & More

by Will Overton

I hope all of you readers had a fantastic fourth of July and that it was full of lots of food, family and of course baseball. If the holiday festivities kept you away from a TV or computer screen and you have some catching up to do on yesterday’s games, well you’re in the right place here.

Here are 10 most important stories from the day’s action:

1)      Hitting Leadoff May Help Revitalize Ian Kinsler
The Detroit Tigers shook up their batting order over the weekend and the big move that was made was Ian Kinsler being slotted in at leadoff. Kinsler had been hitting second, so this shouldn’t be a big change, but with Yoenis Cespedes being moved up behind him it’s one more big bat to knock him in. Kinsler seems to have taken to the move well going 3 – 4 yesterday with a run scored and two of them driven in. Kinsler is 11 for his last 31 at the plate and has four runs and five runs batted in during that span. Miguel Cabrera hitting the DL hurts the Tigers offense, but Kinsler still has Cespedes, Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez backing him up which should produce plenty of runs. It’s been a down year for Kinsler, but this could give him the boost he needs to look like a top 7 or 8 second baseman again. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/03/15 Box Scores: Has Bogaerts Emerged, Not Buying Bauer & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Anibal Sanchez carried a no hitter into the eighth inning, then everything suddenly went off the rails as he finished allowing 4 ER on 3 H and 3 BB, striking out 5, over 7.1 IP. Miguel Sano made an impact in his second game in the Majors, going 2-4 with 1 RBI and 1 R (though he has struck out 4 times in his first 8 AB). What else happened on the field we need to know about? Let’s take a look:

1) Trevor Bauer pitches well in victory…
He left after 6.1 IP (74 pitches) thanks to a rain delay, but he was impressive against the Pirates allowing 2 R on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 3 (while also generating 11 groundballs). He’s now walked 2 over his past 13.1 IP, but of course he had walked 3+ in his previous 5 outings (and 10 times in his 16 starts this season). The groundballs yesterday also appear to be the aberration (37.9% for the season), helping to explain his home run issues a bit (1.02 HR/9). Throw in a strikeout rate that’s trending in the wrong direction (10.08 to 8.61 to 8.23 to 4.26) and there is reason to be concerned. While we continue to be enamored by his upside, Bauer continues to fall short of it. Don’t consider him a must use option. Read more

10 Important Stories From 7/2/15 Box Scores: Fernandez’ 2015 Debut, Banuelos’ MLB Debut & More

by Will Overton

Yesterday was a big day for pitching. We had Jose Fernandez and Matt Cain squaring off in their respective season debuts. We had the big league debut of the heralded Manny Banuelos and we had continued dominance from Jake Arrieta. Throw in some nice outings from under the radar guys and the pitching won the day in fantasy baseball. That’s not to say there weren’t some notable bats as well.

Here are the top 10 stories of the night:

1)      Jose Fernandez Victorious Over Matt Cain In Both Of Their Season Debuts
After being out of action for a year recovering from Tommy John surgery, Jose Fernandez made his big league debut for this season yesterday against the San Francisco Giants. Fernandez got the win, going six innings and allowing three runs on seven hits and striking out six. Fernandez had good velocity, dialing it up to 99 once and hitting 97 in his final inning. On the other side was Matt Cain who has also been out for a year after an elbow surgery. Cain didn’t look quite as sharp allowing five runs in five innings and walking four batters. It’s worth noting that Cain has some more miles on him than Fernandez does so the comeback may be tougher for him, and also worth noting is that he wasn’t looking like his old self before the injury last year, so a return to form of a sub 3.00 ERA may be asking a bit much. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/30/15 Box Scores: Selling Grichuk, Will Verlander Provide Value & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There had been talk of Eduardo Rodriguez tipping his pitches and, if true, the Red Sox appear to have corrected the issue as he allowed 1 R on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Blue Jays. Chris Sale made history, striking out 12 batters over 8.0 IP, as he now has eight straight games with 10+ K. What else happened that we need to know about? Let’s take a look:

1) Is Mitch Moreland really this good…
Playing time could be tightening a bit in Texas, with Josh Hamilton back (2-4, 1 R) and Delino Deshields Jr. working his way back. However it appears like Leonys Martin is going to be the one who loses out, not Moreland who went 2-3 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R yesterday. It’s his second consecutive 2 HR day (7 RBI in the two games) and now has 6 HR over his past six games. Overall he’s hitting .305 with 14 HR and 43 RBI. Is he that good? Probably not, as he entered the day with a .342 BABIP and 20.7% HR/FB, but there is no question that he’s a viable option in all formats and is a must use right now while he’s swinging such a hot bat. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/29/15 Box Scores: Lucroy Waking Up, McCullers Impresses & More

by Ray Kuhn

We began the week with a reduced slate of games, and no true “stud” pitchers taking the mound. In fact, to be honest, it was difficult to truly find confidence with much of Monday night’s pitching slate. So as to be expected, there were some good offensive performances. However, some pitchers did reward the owners that had faith in them. Let’s jump right into some of the stories from last night.

1) Cody Anderson Starts Out Perfect
Through six innings, everything was shaping up to be a Perfect night for Anderson. Although a Grady Sizemore solo homer in the 7th inning put an end to those ideas, it was difficult to find much fault with Anderson’s effort for the evening. The 24 year-old allowed just one more hit before exciting after eight innings, and it is hard to believe, but of Anderson’s two starts with Cleveland, last night might be considered the worse of the two. In his debut, Anderson went 7.2 scoreless innings while allowing six hits and one walk. If you are looking to knock Anderson, he did strike out only two batters last night and just four in his previous start. After scuffling through AA last season, 5.44 ERA in 25 starts, Anderson put up a 1.89 ERA between AA and AAA this season prior to getting the call to Cleveland. At this point, you can’t take him out of your lineup. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/28/15 Box Scores: Strasburg Is “Back”, Matz Impresses & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After dominating for 7 innings it was a disappointing finish for Jeff Samardzija, who settled for a no decision after allowing 4 R on 5 H and 3 BB, striking out 4, over 7.1 IP. Toru Murata struggled in his MLB debut, allowing 5 R (3 earned) on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 3.1 IP against the Orioles. Carlos Martinez shined against the Cubs, earning the W after allowing 1 R on 2 H and 3 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP. What other big stories were there from yesterday’s action? Let’s take a look:

1) Has Stephen Strasburg finally turned things around…
Of course the start came against the Phillies, but he looked strong allowing 2 R on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 7.0 IP. In two starts since returning he’s now allowed 2 R on 8 H and 2 BB, striking out 15, over 12.0 IP en route to two victories. We all knew there were going to be better days ahead for Strasburg, as long as he was healthy, as he was still showing strikeouts (9.12 K/9 entering the day) and control (2.68 BB/9) while being plagued by poor luck (.383 BABIP, 61.9% strand rate). Chances are the time to buy low has come and gone, but if you stayed patient with him you may finally be reaping the benefits. Read more