Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 06/16/17 Box Scores: Thames Heating Up, Paxton’s Struggles & More

by Simon Jones

Friday was another night where the elite performers built on their stellar 2017 campaigns with big performances from Max Scherzer, Eric Thames and Aaron Judge. Carlos Gomez, Justin Bour and Tyson Ross shone in their returns from the DL and there were rough outings for some young pitchers.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Another Thames binge on the way….?
For the first month of the season, Eric Thames was the hottest hitter in the major leagues. Then, as the calendar turned to May, Thames transformed from one of the most valuable players into one of the least valuable. There was still the occasional homer, and he maintained an exceptional walk rate that meant his OBP stayed at a reasonable level, but a sub .200 average and few counting stats meant it was hard to keep him in your line up. The signs are that another hot spell has arrived, as Thames had his third successive game with a home run and multiple hits. Friday’s heroics saw him take Ryan Buchter deep for a 10th inning walk off shot. Suddenly Thames represents and intriguing fantasy trade target again. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/15/17 Box Scores: Davidson Emerging, Pivetta Beats Sale & More

by Ray Kuhn

With a reduced slate of games on Thursday, and some games taking place during the day, it is sometimes a chance to take a step back. Not a step away, but without 15 games going on at once (and your favorite team potential having the night off), a chance to take a closer look at some other teams or at making moves to improve your fantasy team. Let’s take a look at some of the performances of note from the day around baseball:

1) Don’t Write Encarnacion off Just Yet…

One game doesn’t make a player, but the same could also be said for two months. Things haven’t gone according to plan for Edwin Encarnacion since he joined the Indians this off-season, but he is still too good of a hitter to give up on. Yesterday, he had a perfect day at the plate (3 for 3 with a walk), but more importantly, he went deep for the 13th time this season. It was Encarnacion’s only RBI of the day, he has 28 on the season, but he did score all four times he reached base as he raised his batting average to .255. The true problem with Encarnacion so far this season, is the lack of run production. While his home run total isn’t astronomical, with the help of one good week, he could easily find himself on a 30-35 home run pace, but he just is not driving runs in. He is a good hitter batting in the middle of a good lineup, so I would either buy low or remain patient. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/14/17 Box Scores: Taijuan Walker’s Return, Fisher’s First Impression & More

by Ray Kuhn

And just like that, we have reached the halfway point of June. The MLB Draft is now behind us, trading season will begin to commence across baseball, and we are now past the Super 2 deadline. We had a busy day across baseball on the field, so let’s take a look at some of the performances of note:

1) Healy Goes Deep…

This is becoming a common theme for Ryon Healy as he hit his 15th home run of the season on Wednesday. It was a three run shot in the second inning, and came as part of a three hit day for the third baseman. Healy, who is hitting .282, now has 40 RBI on the season as he is developing into a legitimate middle of the order threat. While he doesn’t walk, nine in 248 at bats, and strikeouts will also be an issue, 65 so far this season, you can live that as long as he continues to produce at his current pace. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/13/17 Box Scores: Believing In Faria?, Bellinger Raking & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were several hitters who had big days at the plate:

  • Ryan Zimmerman, playing for the first time since Friday, didn’t miss a beat as he went 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R
  • Andrew McCutchen helped to pace the Pirates, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R
  • Rougned Odor awoke from his slumber, going 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R
  • Matt Carpenter enjoyed the double header, going 4-8 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R

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

 

1) Joe Ross regresses in a hurry…
Everyone wanted to get excited after he had 12 K against the Orioles in his previous outing, but the good feelings quickly disappeared in this one.  Going 5.2 innings against the Braves Ross allowed 5 ER on 9 H and 3 BB, striking out 2.  He’s now allowed 5 ER or more in five of his eight starts this season and while we can claim poor luck has been the issue (he entered the day with a .355 BABIP and 66.0% strand rate), the issues go deeper than that.  As we’ve said before, primarily utilizing just two pitches makes it difficult for Ross to work deep into games, because the repertoire isn’t there to keep opponents off balance.  That’s what cost him in this one, as he allowed 2 R in the fourth inning and 3 more in the sixth.  Would it be a surprise if he ultimately ended up in the bullpen (where he could fill a need)?  It’s something to watch, but at this point Ross is impossible to trust. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/12/17 Box Scores: Rebounds for deGrom/Tanaka, Adams Slugging Away & More

by Ray Kuhn

Yesterday was a busy day in baseball, and not all of the action took place on the field. While there were nine games around the league, we also had the first day of the draft. Depending on the format of the league(s) you play in, the draft had varying levels of importance, but ultimately these are the players we will be drafting and analyzing in a few years time at the major league level. Let’s take a look at some of the performances of note from the night around baseball; on the field:

1) A Bounce Back in Queens…

With all of the the issues surrounding the Mets, and there are a lot, Jacob deGrom appeared to be the one constant with the pitching staff. However, his last two starts left fantasy owners seriously doubting that and there were concerns entering his outing last night against the Cubs. Chicago does come with their own set of concerns, but they are still a powerful lineup featuring legitimate offensive threats. None of that mattered to deGrom though as he bounced back in a big way. The right-hander picked up the complete game victory with his lone blemish being a solo home run. Of his 116 pitches, 80 were strikes as deGrom allowed five hits and four walks. He was helped out in a big way by his infield and his ability to generate ground balls as Chicago hit into a double play in four straight innings. The start lowered his ERA to 4.33, but with a 3.36 xFIP, I wouldn’t be concerned about deGrom moving forward. Read more

10 Important Stories From 06/11/17 Box Scores: Giving Up On Gausman, What To Make Of Bellinger & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Judge continued his assault on the American League, going 4-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 4 R (he’s now hitting .344 with 21 HR and 47 RBI on the season).  Robbie Ray had the strikeout stuff working, racking up 12 K over 6.2 shutout innings against the Brewers (he allowed 3 H and 4 BB).  Justin Upton, one of the streakiest players in the game, continued his scorching hot streak as he went 3-5 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and 1 R to extend his hitting streak to 10 games (4 HR and 17 RBI over the streak).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has the time come to finally give up on Kevin Gausman…
The fact that he allowed 7 ER over 3.1 innings against the Yankees would be bad enough, and we could even stomach the 8 H allowed.  However seeing him walk 6 batters without recording a strikeout is a significant concern.  He’s now walked 5 or more batters in two of his past three starts, both of which came against the Yankees.  While his control hasn’t been great, it generally hasn’t been an issue this season (3.82 BB/9 entering the day).  It’s the home runs (1.50 HR/9) and lack of strikeouts (6.41 K/9) that are the big issues.  He entered with an 8.4% SwStr% and 28.8% O-Swing%, and if he’s not going to generate strikeouts the ugly outings will only continue.  While there is still some hope, in shallower formats we can’t fault anyone for being ready to cut bait and move on. Read more