Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 08/14/17 Box Scores: Surging Sanchez, Quintana’s Lack Of Improvement & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Due to some technical difficulties for Ray we are going to have to knock this out quick hit style.  So, without further ado let’s get right to the biggest stories coming out of yesterday’s action:

 

1) Chad Bettis steals the night in Colorado…
His return alone is a great story and he made it even better by twirling 7.0 shutout innings against the Braves, allowing 6 H and 0 BB while striking out 2.  He obviously did the job with groundballs (12 groundballs vs. 6 fly balls) and he has always brought some intrigue given his ability there (49.7% for his career) as well as some solid control (3.12 BB/9).  Of course he pitches in Coors Field and isn’t going to be a big strikeout pitcher, so consider him more of a streaming option on the road. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/13/17 Box Scores: Buying Buxton’s Breakout, Merrifield Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The torrid pace of Giancarlo Stanton continued, as he homered for the fourth straight game and the ninth time in his past 10 games.  It was yet another strong start from Corey Kluber, who defeated the Rays by allowing 3 ER on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 9, over 7.0 IP.  Max Scherzer (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 10 K) and Chris Sale (7.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 12 K) had to settle for a no decisions despite highly impressive efforts.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has Byron Buxton finally started to figure things out…
He went 1-2 with 2 RBI and 1 SB yesterday, giving him a modest four-game hitting streak (7-14, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 1 SB) and hits in 8 of his past 9 games.  He’s raised his average from .216 to .232 over this stretch, and has just 6 K over 29 AB.  That’s a significant develop, considering he entered the day with a 29.9% strikeout rate and a 12.9% SwStr%.  Obviously he still has some work to do, but he was at a 9.5% SwStr% in August and 9.7% since the All-Star Break (29.3% O-Swing%).  We all know that he has speed and power to tap in to, though he’s not there yet, so if he can maintain the improved plate discipline he should be able to maintain these improvements moving forward.  If there’s still a chance to buy, it would be wise to do so now. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/12/17 Box Scores: Beckham Continues Hot Streak, Lester Struggles & More

By Simon Jones

Saturday was notable as much for off-the-field activity as on-the-field, with Masahiro Tanaka and Dustin Pedroia hitting the DL, and a big injury scare for the Nationals as Bryce Harper pulled up injured against the Giants. On the field, Giancarlo Stanton and Cody Bellinger continued their homer binges, and there were other players continuing hot streaks.

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

1) Stanton homers in third straight game….
Giancarlo Stanton continued his incredible August with his third home run in as many games. Stanton also finished 3-for-4, and now has a ridiculous eight home runs, 12 runs and 16 RBIs in just 11 August games. He also leads the majors with 41 homers and his season OPS has risen to 1.003.

2) Beckham continues August onslaught….
Tim Beckham has been in outstanding form since his trade to the Orioles, and he continued that trend on Saturday with four hits including three doubles against the A’s. Incredibly, this was his ninth multi-hit game since his move from the Rays, and is now hitting 26-for-49 since that time. He has a 12 game hitting streak since moving to Baltimore. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/11/17 Box Scores: Not Trusting Lopez, The Risk Of Faria & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Carlos Carrasco flirted with a no-hitter against the Rays, settling for 8.0 shutout innings allowing 2 H and 2 BB, striking out 10, for the victory.  Cole Hamels shutdown the slumping Houston Astros, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing just 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 5, for a W.  Billy Hamilton showed his game changing speed, going 1-4 with 2 R and 3 SB.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) The resurgence of Andrew Benintendi continues…
He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R, giving him a five-game hitting streak (10-18, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 6 R and 4 SB) and five multi-hit games over his past seven.  He entered the day continuing to show a strong eye at the plate (16.7% strikeout rate vs. 10.9% walk rate), though he’s been extremely streaky with his line drive rate.  Entering the day he was at 21.1% in August, which coincides with this recent hot stretch, but he’s traded good and bad months (16.4% in July) and was still at 17.2% since the All-Star Break.  The approach is there, and you would think the results would start to follow, if (and it’s a big if) he can find consistency.  He’s a strong buy, if you can get him relatively cheap, but we may be waiting until 2018 for the full on breakout. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/10/17 Box Scores: Moncada’s Big Night, Buxton Shows Signs & More

by Ray Kuhn

Before we head into the weekend and celebrate the promotion of Dominic Smith, let’s first take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday’s action:

1) Gennett Shows off the Power…

Granted a lot of Scooter Gennett’s production did come in one game, but the utility man has managed to turn it into a pretty solid season overall. It was Gennett’s four home run game that really put him on the maps of most fantasy owners this season, but after yesterday’s game, he is up to 19 long balls on the season. Gennett’s two hit day included a grand slam to put the Reds ahead for good. So far this season, Gennett is batting .294 with 64 RBI, and while I wouldn’t expect his 23.5% home run per fly ball rate to continue, you also can’t afford to ignore the production you are currently getting from him. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/09/17 Box Scores: Does Tim Anderson Hold Value, Wood Regression & More

by Ray Kuhn

We started things early on Wednesday, and ended with a full slate of games. The Dodgers were the first team to reach 80 wins this season, and they did it in record time. Jay Bruce will now call Cleveland home for the next two months of the season as AL-only players look to spend any available FAAB money they might have left. And with the trade of Bruce, perhaps the promotion of Dominic Smith to the Mets is imminent. We are also hearing rumors about Rhys Hoskins getting the call to join the Phillies, it could be an interesting group of players to bid on this weekend. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from the day around baseball:

 

1) Gallo is Moving Up…
Generally, Joey Gallo has batted towards the bottom of the order this season, but yesterday saw him batting fifth. The slugger didn’t disappoint as he went 1 for 2 with 3 walk. Gallo made his one hit count as he went deep for the 32nd time this season in the first inning. Yesterday, Gallo got the start at first base, and with rumors swirling about the trade of Mike Napoli, that could become more of a regular thing as we close out the season. Overall, Gallo is hitting .212 on the season with 61 RBI, but seven games so far this month, he is hitting .370. That is nothing something I would expect to continue, but the power is hard to ignore. And that is especially the case at this point in the season if gaining ground in batting average is a losing proposition. Read more