Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 04/28/17 Box Scores: Dominant Taijuan Walker, Urias’ ’17 Debut & More

by Ray Kuhn

As the first month of the fantasy season winds down, let’s hope your fantasy team isn’t in the same situation as the Mets. Matt Harvey was forced into making yesterday’s starts, and the results were typical of someone who was pressed into action three hours before game time, and Yoenis Cespedes exited with a hamstring pull. Things haven’t exactly been going well for New York to begin with, and seeing their best player headed to the disabled list is far from ideal. However, that is an obstacle fantasy owners likely have had to overcome already. Let’s just hope you are doing it better than the Mets are.

Here are some of the performances that stood out from a full day of baseball:

1) Do we Have an Ace in Philadelphia…

Even the most ardent Jeremy Hellickson backers could have expected a start to the season like this after he accepted the qualifying offer last winter. Hellickson picked up his fourth victory of the season, in five starts, while allowing just one run in six innings of work. The right-hander scattered seven hits and didn’t walk a batter while striking out just one. In 30 innings so far this season, Hellickson has allowed just six runs, but his 1.80 ERA likely is not here to stay based on his .198 BABIP. This is a sell high situation, although even after his ERA adjusts itself, we still have a solid starter despite his 89.2 average fastball velocity. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/27/17 Box Scores: Severino Stars, Paxton Emerging As Elite & More

by Ray Kuhn

Let’s get the questions everyone is asking out of the way at first; no Eric Thames was not drug tested, and no he did not hit a home run on Wednesday. We had two games in the afternoon to serve as an appetizer for the 14 game slate; St. Louis and Toronto fell victim to the weather. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from around baseball:

1) Will it be a Grand Season for Franco…

The start to the 2017 has been a trying one for Maikel Franco, but that doesn’t mean he has been without fantasy value. On Wednesday, he hit his second grand slam of the season which gave him four home runs and 20 RBI. That power production helps to ease the pain of his .203 batting average, which is after his 3 for 4 performance last night. The only place for Franco’s .180 BABIP to go is up, and the RBI are helping to currently sustain his value give you a buy low opportunity. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/25/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Miley/Hahn, Concerns For Duffy & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On the day Cody Bellinger (1-3 while hitting eighth) made his Major League debut it was Trea Turner who starred, hitting for the cycle en route to a 4-6, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R day at Coors Field.  Felix Hernandez was pulled after 2.0 IP allowing 4 R on 6 H and 2 BB, with reports surfacing after the game that he is having some shoulder issues (and will be examined by doctors in Seattle).  Eric Thames did it again, going 1-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Dallas Keuchel shuts down the Indians…
It’s certainly looking like the Keuchel of old is back, as he improved to 4-0 with a 1.22 ERA thanks to a complete game victory.  He did allow 2 ER, with both surprisingly coming courtesy of solo home runs:

  • Austin Jackson (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R)
  • Michael Brantley (1-4, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R)

That was all the damage, with Keuchel allowing 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 5.  He induced 15 groundballs, having entered the day with 70.0% groundball rate.  While there’s going to be a regression (he entered with a .194 BABIP and 99.0% strand rate), that doesn’t mean he isn’t going to continue on as a productive option. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/24/17 Box Scores: Owings’ Breaking Out, The Thames Show & More

by Ray Kuhn

There are certainly worse ways to begin your week, then with a nine game evening slate of action. We saw Christian Arroyo make his major league debut with the Giants, and among other things, Jacob Turner produce a quality start at Coors Field. If you needed proof to expect the unexpected, that was a very good example. Let’s take a look at some of the performances from the league.

1) Is Eric Thames for Real?

This has to end at some point, right? It has now turned into a game of chicken. There is no way that Thames can keep up this pace, but how successful will he be for the remainder of the season? Not only does he need to battle the expectations he has now created for himself, but also rumors of steroid use (despite numerous negative tests in Korea). After Thames went deep two more times on Monday, giving him 10 on the season, it doesn’t appear there is a truly fail safe way to handle the first baseman. He is now batting .373 on the season with 17 RBI, but we all no that it will be impossible for him to maintain this pace. I’m not sure his value will be any higher this season than it will be this week. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/23/17 Box Scores: Gausman Struggles (Buy Low), Souza Surging (Sell High) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Marcus Stroman, who we will talk about later as a strong buy low candidate, had a strong outing yesterday in a complete game victory (9.0 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K).  We all knew that Andrew Triggs was due for a stumble, but don’t let his poor showing against the Mariners (4.2 IP, 6 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K) deter you from holding onto him.  Daniel Murphy continued to haunt his former team, going 1-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is it time to start reevaluating Steven Souza…
He went 1-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, extending his hitting streak to 7 games (12-29, 2 HR, 9 RBI and 5 R) and put him at .347 with 4 HR, 17 RBI and 13 R on the season.  While he entered the day showing a solid approach (25.0% O-Swing%), he was still swinging and missing too much (13.3% SwStr%) and had benefited from an unsustainable .468 BABIP.  The power isn’t unreasonable (though it will likely slow down) and he’s going to continue to get on base, but his average is going to regress.  In other words while there is value and he’s worth owning, he’s going to hit a wall at some point.  Selling high isn’t a bad strategy if you can. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/22/17 Box Scores: Selling Snell, Outlook For Cotton/Lynn & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

After having his start pushed back due to a neck issue Jacob deGrom struggled with his control against the Nationals (5.2 IP, 3 ER, 8 H, 6 BB, 10 K).  Carlos Carrasco gave an ace performance against the White Sox, firing 8.0 shutout innings while allowing 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 8.  Antonio Senzatela posted another impressive outing (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 3 K) to beat the Giants.

 

1) Jason Heyward homers for second straight game…
He finished the day going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R (you could argue that he was the second star to Willson Contreras, who went 3-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R).  Heyward is now hitting .300 with 2 HR and 10 RBI on the season, which would give a sense of hope for him.  At the same time he entered the day with a 25.5% Hard%, 48.9% groundball rate and 21.4% popup rate, none of which indicates a significant amount of power.  Couple that with the lack of SB in recent seasons and the fact that he’s actually struggling to draw walks (5.0% walk rate entering the day) and any optimism should be kept in check.  Sure there’s a chance he’s finally put things together, but selling high based on the name (if you can) makes sense. Read more