Archive for Around the Majors

10 Stories From 08/31/2014 Box Scores: Is Domonic Brown Worth Grabbing, Should We Drop Scott Kazmir & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Jay Bruce on the bench, Chris Heisey played the unlikely role of hero, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  Matt Holliday homered again, going 3-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R (3 HR and 9 RBI over the past two games).  However Alex Wood stole the show, tossing 8.0 shutout innings allowing 5 H and 0 BB, striking out 12, to defeat the Marlins.  Let’s take a look at all the other stories coming out of yesterday’s games that we need to know about:

 

1) Bryce Harper finally erupts, but does it matter…
He went 3-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R, with both long balls coming against Hisashi Iwakuma (6.0 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, W).  It’s actually the second time he’s had 3 H in his past 3 games, with 3 HR and 3 RBI over that span.  It’s hard to argue that it hasn’t been a disappointing season, at .268 with 10 HR and 1 SB over 269 AB.  That said, the strikeouts are up (28.1% entering the day), and he’s been even worse in the second half (29.2%).  That has never been the case before, but it’s hard to expect much better for the remainder of the season.  He’s also been incredibly lucky, with a .351 BABIP despite a 19.9% line drive rate.  In other words, while we wouldn’t alter our long-term outlook, there’s a lot of reason for skepticism for the remainder of ’14. Read more

10 Stories From 08/30/2014 Box Scores: Is Dilson Herrera Worth Adding, Cosart Thriving In Miami & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Matt Holliday erupted in the second game of the Cardinals double header (2-3, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R).  Jake Odorizzi had a strong rebound, shutting out the Red Sox for 7.0 IP (1 H, 3 BB, 7 K).  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jarred Cosart thriving since trade to Miami…
We knew moving to the National League should help Cosart, and thus far he’s proving that the upside is there.  He tossed 7.0 shutout innings against the Braves last night, allowing 7 H and 1 BB, striking out 5.  While he allowed 4 ER in his first start for the Marlins, in his last four he’s allowed 2 ER over 27.2 IP and holds a 1.64 ERA and 1.03 WHIP since the deal.  Of course, before we get too excited we need to realize that there’s been luck (82.4% strand rate, .257 BABIP, 24.0% line drive rate) and he’s actually seen his strikeouts regress since the deal (4.64 K/9).  Long-term that should improve, though, especially since he owns a 7.4% SwStr% with the Marlins, and that goes with groundballs (54.9% in the Majors) and enough control.  Consider him a solid bet to fill out your fantasy rotation moving forward, though be prepared for a small step back the rest of the way. Read more

10 Stories From 08/29/2014 Box Scores: Betts Heating Up, Soler Mashing & More

by Will Overton

It’s Labor Day Weekend, I’m sure you have fantasy football drafts and family events. I can’t blame you if you were too busy to watch every box score last night. That’s what I am here for though, to cover the ten biggest stories of the night for you fantasy baseball addicts out there. So without further ado, here we go:

 

1) A Return To Form For Justin Verlander? Kind Of, Sort Of, Maybe?
There were definitely some signs of the old Justin Verlander last night who has struggled this month through arm tightness and flat out ineffectiveness. Verlander dialed it up into the high 90’s last night a few times showing some of that velocity he has been missing so far this season. Verlander only allowed one run, and that was in the first inning, going seven strong and throwing 116 pitches with no reported negative effects. Verlander striking out eight may have been the most encouraging part of the night, the most K’s he has had since June 27th and tying a season high. It was the White Sox though and Verlander did allow 11 base runners, so the fact that he gave up just one run is a bit lucky. There were positive signs for sure, but there are still question to be answered. Read more

10 Stories From 08/28/2014 Box Scores: Are Yusmeiro Petit & Carlos Carrasco For Real & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a small schedule last night (9 games), but that didn’t leave us without stories to discuss.  Who shined?  Who struggles?  Let’s take a look at the most important stories for fantasy owners:

 

1) Yusmeiro Petit dominates once again…
It’s outings like this one that make you wonder why they didn’t demote Tim Lincecum sooner, doesn’t it?  He dominated the Colorado Rockies, allowing 1 ER on 4 H and 0 BB, striking out 9, over 6.0 IP to earn the W.  He now owns 96 K and 17 BB over 86.1 IP on the season, though a lot of that has come as a reliever (he has 37 K and 6 BB in 37.1 IP as a starter).  With a 12.0% SwStr% entering the day and a 12.0% mark in 48.0 IP in ’13, it’s easy to buy into the strikeout rate despite the lack of overpowering stuff (average fastball is 88.9 mph) as he’s begun using his curveball significantly more (25.6% entering the day).  He’s also had a bit of bad luck (68.3% strand rate), so there’s a lot to like.  He doesn’t generate a lot of groundballs, so home runs will be something to watch, as is his control.  There is risk, but there’s enough there to consider him depending on the matchup the rest of the way. Read more

10 Stories From 08/27/2014 Box Scores: Is Corey Dickerson For Real, Gausman’s Struggles Continue & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Jorge Soler made an immediate splash, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R (we’ll talk about him later this morning).  David Price had a devastatingly poor outing, allowing 8 ER on 12 H and 1 BB while getting just 6 outs.  Buster Posey did it again, going 3-3 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R, giving him 3 HR over the past two games.  What else happened on the field yesterday?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Can Leonys Martin save his season…
He was hitting in the leadoff spot yesterday, going 3-5 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  It’s been a disappointing season overall, but is hitting .272 with 6 HR, 35 RBI, 52 R and 22 SB.  It’s not a terrible line, but it also is far from what was hoped for from him.  It’s not that it was a terrible season, but there was little (if any) growth across the board (and a step back in the stolen base department).  He’s shown little extra base power (23 total extra base hits), too many strikeouts for a player of his skillset (21.0% entering the day) and too many popups (12.2% entering the day).  There’s obviously still value, but he’s a player who is going to have to be reevaluated in the offseason.

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10 Stories From 08/26/2014 Box Scores: Are Danny Duffy & James Paxton Trustworthy, Inciarte Showing Ability & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Dustin Pedroia homered for the second straight game (2-5, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R, 1 SB), trying to help make up for what has been a disappointing campaign.  Jacoby Ellsbury hit a pair of home runs (3-4, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R), but it wasn’t enough to guide the Yankees to victory.  Robinson Cano (1-3, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R) homered again, giving him 5 HR in August.  Madison Bumgarner, though, stole the show with a complete game 1 hit shutout, striking out 13.

What else do we need to know about coming out of yesterday’s games?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is there reason to trust Rubby De La Rosa…
He allowed 3 ER on 7 H and 3 BB, lasting just 4.2 IP against the Blue Jays, the second time in his past three starts that he’s failed to complete 5.0 innings.  He also didn’t generate a strikeout, which was supposed to be his strength.  He now owns a 4.57 ERA and 1.79 ERA in 45.1 innings in the second half with his strikeouts down (4.96 K/9) and his walks up (4.57 BB/9).  There has been a lot of poor luck as well (.346 BABIP despite a 19.9% line drive rate), but that’s hardly enough to hang our hats on.  In keeper/dynasty formats there’s enough upside to hang onto him.  In redraft leagues, however, it’s hard to trust him down the stretch so consider more of a plug-and-play option based on the matchup. Read more