Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 7/28/16 Box Scores: Aaron Altherr Homers In Return & More

by Will Overton

There wasn’t an overwhelming amount of star power making waves last night in fantasy baseball, but the under the radar guys may be more important to watch anyway. Performances from guys like Hernan Perez and Aaron Altherr bring a lot of attention to guys out there on the waiver wire who can help your team make a run.

1) Another Big Night For Hernan Perez

 

It feels like the run of Hernan Perez should be fizzling out any day now, but he just keeps racking up the stats. Perez had yet another big game last night when he went 2 – 4 with 2 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 SB. Perez was hitting in the three hole of the lineup last night and despite Milwaukee having a not so great offense, this is still a prime spot. Perez homerun was his sixth of the season which isn’t a huge number or anything, but it ties his career high from the minor leagues and he’s only had 178 AB’s. The real heart of Perez’ value is his stolen bases which he now has 16 which would put him on pace for 50 over the course of a whole season. I do think the bottom falls out to some extent here soon, but Perez is the hot hand in the middle infield and riding the hot hand has its benefits at this point of the season. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/27/16 Box Scores: Cole, McCullers & Moore Take Center Stage & More

by Ray Kuhn

While training camps may be opening up around the NFL this week, it is still very much baseball season around here. There is still a little over two months left to the baseball season, and nothing is close to being decided. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday’s action.

1) Adam Conley Helps Keep Miami Rollling

At this point in the season, not many people thought the Marlins would still very much be involved in the postseason races. But here they are, and part of that success is due to Conley who earned his seventh victory of the season on Wednesday. It was a balanced effort from the Marlins offense as they put up 11 runs with Conley not allowing any. The southpaw kept the Phillies scoreless for 6.2 innings while scattering eight hits and three walks to go along with six strikeouts. Conley’s ERA now sits at 3.38 for the season with a WHIP of 1.30. On the surface, that would give me some concern, but over his last seven starts, Conley’s ERA is 2.36 with a WHIP of 1.12 and he is 4-1 in that span. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/26/16 Box Scores: Gallo’s Outlook, Dickerson Getting Opportunity & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With the trade deadline fast approaching there is certainly a lot of questions hanging over teams (both in fantasy leagues and in real life).  The spotlight on players is magnified, as there are rumors galore as to who could be moved.  Obviously any trade just means opportunity for someone else, as evidenced by the Padres’ trade of Melvin Upton yesterday (something we will discuss later on in this column).  It’s a fun time, but also a frustrating one as we sit back and watch our players either gain or lose value.

With those thoughts in mind, let’s take a look at some of the bigger stories from yesterday’s games:

1) Jedd Gyorko continues slugging…
Less than a week ago Gyorko slugged home runs in both ends of a double header against the Padres (3 HR total), and yesterday he achieved the trick once again.  Across the two games he went 2-7 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R, giving him 7 HR over his past 9 games (12-34 with 7 HR, 11 RBI and 9 R).  When St. Louis acquired him it appeared he’d fill more of a utility role, but thanks to injuries/inability he’s settling into a regular role (primarily at third base).  He entered the day with a 22.6% HR/FB, so while getting away from Petco Park was certainly going to help there’s reason to believe that the production is going to slow down moving forward.  He also could see his strikeout rate rise (10.7% SwStr%, 19.7% strikeout rate), which would offset any gains in his BABIP (.267 BABIP).  Is he worth owning/utilizing while he’s hot?  Absolutely, just don’t expect the power surge to continue. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/25/16 Box Scores: Could Dickerson Make an Impact, Beltre’s Power Display & More

by Ray Kuhn

Monday was a busy day around baseball. Aroldis Chapman is now a Cub, the Blue Jays are closing in on Melvin Upton Jr, and we saw two top prospects make their debuts; Alex Bregman (hitless) and David Dahl (1 for 4). As July draws to a close, there were also 10 games that were played and filled fantasy implications. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from the night in baseball.

1) Is There Something Wrong with Jake Arrieta?

There is pitching well, and then there is what Arrieta did last season and in the first few months of this season. The level of dominance we saw from Arrieta is not something we see often or for that long of a time. On Monday, the Cubs lost on the day Arrieta took the mound for the fourth straight time and they are 3-7 in his last 10 starts. This is on the heels of winning 23 of his starts in a row. Things were going just fine for Arrieta, one run in 5.2 innings, until Todd Frazier hit a three run blast. Arrieta’s ERA now sits at 2.76 for the season. After posting BABIP’s of .188 in April and .235 in May, those marks have jumped to .319 for June and July. Not to take away from Arrieta’s success last season, but he did benefit from a .246 BABIP. There is a lot more to success than that, but we shouldn’t expect the level of success we saw from Arrieta during the 23 game streak. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/24/16 Box Scores: Are We Buying Deshields or H. Perez, Selling Snell & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The biggest news probably came off the field (potential Aroldis Chapman trade and the callus of Alex Bregman & David Dahl), but there were plenty of stories on it as well.  Ryan Schimpf continued his torrid July, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Jose Altuve led the Astros’ attack, going 3-5 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 2 R.  Jon Lester stumbled against the Brewers, allowing 4 ER on 4 H and 5 BB, striking out 7, over 4.0 IP.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Are we buying what Nathan Eovaldi is selling…
Unlike his previous start which looked good on paper (but not when you started diving a bit deeper), Eovaldi thrived against the Giants yesterday.  Over 6.2 IP he allowed 2 ER on 7 H and 2 BB, striking out 6.  More important were the underlying numbers:

  • Swinging Strikes – 16
  • Groundballs – 11 (compared to 3 fly balls)

There’s always been a lot of allure surrounding Eovaldi, thanks to a big fastball (he entered the day averaging 97.1 mph), though he’s never generating many swings and misses.  Time will tell if this is a one-time thing or the start of a true emergence, but with his control (2.94 BB/9) and groundballs (50.6%) there’s reason to be paying attention. Read more

10 Important Stories From 07/23/16 Box Scores: Still Selling Story?, Still Buying Nola? & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Nelson Cruz was one of many players who enjoyed some monstrous days at the plate, going 2-5 with 2 HR, 7 RBI and 2 R.  Kirk Nieuwenhuis may have been the most surprising contributor, going 3-3 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  Jacob deGrom simply didn’t have it against the Marlins, allowing 5 ER on 10 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 3.2 IP.

What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

1) Is it time to believe in Michael Saunders emergence…
While the home runs were fairly irrelevant, Saunders still went 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, putting him at .288 with 19 HR and 46 RBI on the season.  It’s hard to buy into the numbers, but he did enter the day with a 24.0% line drive rate and an elevated, but not outlandish, 20.2% HR/FB.  He also could show an improvement in his strikeout rate, which would offset any regression in his BABIP (.359):

  • SwStr% – 10.5%
  • O-Swing% – 24.1%

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