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10 Important Stories From 08/07/18 Box Scores: Youngsters To Consider Buying, Ohtani Showing Value With Bat & More

by Ray Kuhn

At this point in the season, things can go either way for fantasy owners. Either, it’s just taking too long for the year to finish, or you are totally immersed in the action each night and can’t believe that we are almost a third of the way through August. Regardless of what camp you are in, you are doing yourself a disservice if you don’t continue to follow along with the action on the field. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy Tuesday around the league:

 

1) Soto Keeps it Up
Entering the season, Juan Soto wasn’t on the radar of many, if any, owners in re-draft leagues, but the outfielder has certainly changed that. Soto is playing well beyond his years, and he is also showing a well-rounded skill set. After yesterday’s double-header, Soto is now hitting .315 on the season following a 3 for 6 day with two RBI, a home run, two runs scored, and three walks. Soto is now up to 14 home runs and 39 RBI on the season in 287 plate appearances, but it is well rounded approach that really draws your attention. So far this season, Soto has 49 walks against 52 strikeouts, and there is no reason not to expect this success to continue. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/06/18 Box Scores: Sell High Starting Pitchers, Players Primed For A Strong Finish & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trevor Bauer starred against the Twins, posting 6.0 shutout innings allowing 3 H and 3 BB while striking out 11 (courtesy of 15 swinging strikes).  Javier Baez continued to try and prove that this breakout is for real, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R.  Marwin Gonzalez continued his mini-breakout, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R (he now has 4 HR and 6 RBI over his past five games).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Is it time to cut bait on Kyle Gibson…
Taking on the Indians for the second straight start he allowed 6 R (4 earned) on 7 H and 3 BB, striking out 3, over 5.0 IP.  Obviously it wasn’t a disastrous start, but it also wasn’t a particularly good one.  He’s been fairly stagnant over the past 8 starts, allowing 3+ ER in six of the starts (24 ER over 51.1 IP) and you have to wonder if the value is at the tipping point in the wrong direction.  While the underlying skills appear to be there (he entered the day with an 8.80 K/9, 3.53 BB/9 and 46.7% groundball rate), he also owned a 38.5% Hard% and .274 BABIP.  The Hard% was even worse in June (39.4%) and July (43.0%) further supporting the idea of selling now.  There’s still value and upside, but for most cashing in now before it’s too late is likely the way to go. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/05/18 Box Scores: Big Names Who Are Tough To Trust (Robbie Ray), Young Starters Emerging (Walker Buehler) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Matt Carpenter show continued, going 1-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R (putting him at .282 with 29 HR on the season).  David Price conquered his “fear” of pitching against the Yankees, delivering a strong start in a no decision (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K).  Nick Markakis is showing no signs of slowing down, going 4-5 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Shane Bieber delivers a fairly strong showing…
At the end of the day he did allow 7 H and 1 BB over 5.2 IP, but he limited the Angels to 2 ER while striking out 7 and walking away with a W.  Obviously we would’ve liked a few fewer base runners and a few more outs, but it’s hard to complain too much.  After getting blown up on July 24 he’s now allowed 5 ER on 13 H and 3 BB, striking out 14, over his past 12.0 IP.  He entered the day showing enough of all three skills we look for from a pitcher:

  • Strikeouts – 8.94 K/9
  • Control – 1.75 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 45.3%

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10 Important Stories From 08/04/18 Box Scores: Surging Hitters For 2nd Half, Numerous Starters To Sell & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Blake Snell pitched well in his return from the DL against the White Sox (4.0 IP, 1 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 3 K), though he was limited in his pitch count potentially costing him a chance at a W.  Trevor Story continued to prove he’s among the best shortstops in the league, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  It was a solid, though unimpressive, final line for Kevin Gausman in his Atlanta debut as he allowed 3 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 2, over 5.0 IP to lose to the Mets.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Chance Adams with a strong MLB debut…
While he got saddled with the loss, it’s only because Nathan Eovaldi was spectacular (8.0 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K).  Adams delivered about as well as anyone could’ve imagined, especially making the start in Fenway Park, as he allowed 3 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 2, over 5.0 IP.  He got burned by a pair of home runs (Mitch Moreland and J.D. Martinez), and that’s something that showed signs in the minor leagues (1.01 HR/9 courtesy of a 43.0% groundball rate).  He also showed questionable control (4.41 BB/9 prior to his recall) and it’s easy to say that he wasn’t fooling anyone (3 swinging strikes).  That is a bit of a concern, and something we’ll need to watch closely given his struggles at Triple-A this season.  There is upside if he can figure it out, but in re-draft formats there’s far too much risk. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/03/18 Box Scores: Is Rick Porcello For Real?, Young Starters To Consider (Borucki) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Javier Baez continued his breakout campaign, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R.  It was another stellar showing for Jacob deGrom (8.0 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 9 K), but it wasn’t enough as he lost again and dropped his record to 5-7 despite a 1.85 ERA.  Rougned Odor continued his surge at the plate, going 2-5 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R, as he now has 5 HR over his past 6 games.  Justin Verlander stole the show, striking out 14 Dodgers to earn the W (7.2 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Trevor Richards continues to try and prove he’s a viable option…
He was a tough luck loser, as Vincent Velasquez tossed 6.1 shutout innings (2 H and 1 BB, striking out 7), but Richards was strong in his own right allowing 1 ER on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 7, over 5.0 IP.  He’s now allowed 1 ER or fewer in four straight starts (2 ER over 23.2 IP) with 25 K vs. 7 BB over this stretch.  No one is going to question his strikeout potential, as he entered the day with an 8.48 K/9, and he’s also been showing improved control as expected (he entered with a 4.06 BB/9 overall but had a 0.92 at Triple-A prior to his recall and 2.15 at Double-A last season).  The big question is going to be his ability to keep the ball in the ballpark, as he entered with a 0.60 HR/9 but just a 38.7% groundball rate (3 groundballs vs. 5 fly balls last night).  There is some value, but a blowup is always possible given the makeup.  Don’t consider him a must use, but if the matchup is solid he’s worth plugging in. Read more

10 Important Stories From 08/02/18 Box Scores: Buying Opportunity Bats (Bellinger/O’Neill), Pitchers We’d Avoid (Bumgarner/Foltynewicz) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a strong start for Miles Mikolas though he settled for a no decision, allowing 2 R (1 ER) on 7 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 7.0 IP against the Rockies.  Trea Turner filled the box score, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R and 2 SB, to help lead the surging Nationals to a victory. Clayton Kershaw pitched well, taking advantage of a big lead, allowing 2 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 7, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Brewers.  What else happened on the field we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) Jalen Beeks earns the first W of his MLB career…
It will be interesting to see how the Rays ultimately utilize Beeks, as he didn’t start yesterday but came in for the third inning and ultimately allowed 2 ER on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 5.0 IP.  The underlying metrics were impressive, as he had the Angels driving the ball into the ground (8 groundballs vs. 3 fly balls) and was generating enough swinging strikes (11).  He obviously had struggled in his first three outings (including allowing 8 ER over 3.1 IP in his Rays’ debut), and groundballs have hardly been the norm for him (39.4% at Triple-A, 36.6% in his first three MLB appearances).  Pitching in the AL East home runs are going to be a concern, and his 12.8% SwStr% at Triple-A is solid but doesn’t quite justify a 12.06 K/9.  In other words while he’s not as bad as the numbers look, he also is going to have plenty of bumps along the way.  In terms of 2018, he’s not a player to trust (even if he’s moved into rotation). Read more