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10 Important Stories From 04/19/2018 Box Scores: Not Buying Baez, Making Sense Of The Struggles Of A. Sanchez/Taillon & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was a big day for Manny Machado, albeit in a losing effort, as he went 3-5 with 2 HR, 4 RBI and 3 R.  Jon Lester had a lengthy break between starts, thanks to multiple rainouts, but maybe he helped to get him on track as he stymied the Cardinals over 6.0 innings allowing 1 R (0 earned) on 2 H and 1 BB, striking out 7.  Jake Arrieta dominated the Pirates, tossing 7.0 shutout innings allowing just 1 H and 2 BB, striking out 10.  What else happened on the field we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:

 

1) How long do we wait on Alex Cobb…
We can’t say that we’re surprised that he’s struggled, but you would’ve hoped that he could put together at least a decent outing in Detroit.  It wasn’t to be as he allowed 7 R (5 earned) on 10 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 3.1 IP.  The biggest blow came courtesy of Jeimer Candelario (4-4, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 R), though he was hardly alone as Cobb has now allowed 12 ER over 7.0 IP.  Home runs have been the biggest issue (3 HR allowed), which isn’t a surprise when you allow 7 groundballs vs. 18 fly balls.  He’s also managed to generate 10 swinging strikes, just a continuation of a declining strikeout rate (6.42 K/9 in ’17) and groundball rate (47.3% in ’17).  You have to think that he’s better than this, but it’s impossible to trust Cobb until he shows us a little something.  Keep him stashed on your bench if you want, and in most formats it makes sense, but he shouldn’t be in starting lineups. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/18/2018 Box Scores: Berrios Emerging As Ace, Are We Buying Faria Off Strong Start & More

by Ray Kuhn

Well, Wednesday brought us another postponement due to weather; the Cardinals and Cubs in Chicago, but that didn’t mean we were without a full day of baseball action. The Twins pulled out the victory in San Juan over Cleveland in 16 innings, and after digging themselves into an early hole, we saw Oakland emerge victorious against the White Sox in the bottom of the 14th. Let’s take a look at some of the individual performances that stood out:

 

1) Frazier Sets the Table
With Josh Harrison sidelined, the initial thought is that Adam Frazier would be the main beneficiary of the available playing time at second base. While that remains the case, the utility man actually got the start in right field on Wednesday. Batting lead-off, which also helps his fantasy value, Frazier went 3 for 5 (all singles), while scoring twice and driving in one run. In 38 at bats, Frazier is hitting a respectable .263 with minimal power; one home run and three RBI. Frazier is really just a replacement level addition, but in some leagues that is all you are going to find, and you can certainly do worse. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/17/2018 Box Scores: Is Corbin For Real, McCullers Bounces Back, Cueto Returns To Form & More

by Ray Kuhn

Sometimes, we take it for granted. But the beginning of this season has proven that we should appreciate every full night of baseball action we get. Despite Shohei Ohtani having to depart after two innings with a blister, last night did live up to it’s billing as an exciting night around the major leagues. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that garnered some extra attention:

 

1) Welcome Home, Francisco
I feel like we have to start with Francisco Lindor are there are some things that simply transcend the game; and even fantasy baseball at times. After Hurricane Maria last September, it was a big deal to be playing major league baseball in Puerto Rican, and native son Lindor made sure to leave him imprint on the game. The shortstop went deep on Tuesday with a two run shot that was his just his second home run of the season. Granted it was Lindor’s only hit of the night, and he is batting just .238 so far this season with seven RBI, but it was hard not to appreciate the emotion of the moment. Lindor won’t be this bad all season, and perhaps last night will be the springboard that gets him going. He is already on the way to doing that, as in his last seven games, Lindor is hitting .267 with both of his home runs and all seven of his RBI. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/16/2018 Box Scores: Has Teheran Figured It Out, Buying Snell’s Strong Start & More

by Will Overton

The rain and storms keep on wreaking havoc on the baseball schedule with three more games postponed yesterday. There were still games played last night though and plenty for us to dissect as we look at the top 10 stories of the night’s action:

 

1) Trevor Story Still Bringing the Power if Nothing Else
It hasn’t been the greatest start to the season for Trevor Story, but he is at least doing that one thing that keeps him in the lineup for Colorado, hitting bombs. Story was 2 – 3 last night for the Rockies with a HR, 1 R and 3 RBI. Story now has 4 HR’s so far with 9 RBI which is what you want, but he’s also hitting .200 and he has struck out 26 times in 72 PA’s. Story is taking some walks with seven so far, but the average is sinking fantasy teams. Story is at least adding some speed with his power, with 3 SB’s. You don’t really want to drop a guy with this kind of power, but don’t expect much better than .240 from him. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/15/2018 Box Scores: Is Lucchesi For Real, Are We Buying Manaea & More

by Ray Kuhn

Yes, I know the weather is big variable; especially in April. In the Midwest things can be especially gnarly, and that is certainly the case so far this season. To best honest, I’m not sure I have ever seen things this bad though. On Sunday, there were six games that were casualties of the weather in five cities (both ends of a double-header in Detroit against the Yankees were claimed) and it certainly is wreaking havoc on fantasy owners. Just keep in mind, that in seasonal, rotisserie, leagues everything will even out at the end of the season. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the performances from the games that did take place:

 

1) Benintendi Keeps on Rolling
In the first few weeks of the season, patience is preached. All it takes is one or two games for a player to turn things around, and batting average can be quite volatile. One example of this, is Andrew Benintendi. After failing to get a hit for the first four games of the season, Boston’s number two hitter was hitting a robust .161 after action on April 8th. From that point, it took him just five games to raise his average up to its current mark of .269. In fact, Benintendi’s three hit game on Sunday brought his batting average up 40 points by itself. Against Baltimore, he went 3 for 4 and finished a home run shy of the cycle. It included the fourth double of the year for the outfielder who also notched his ninth RBI. If you were worried about Benintendi, who also picked up his second stolen base of the season, don’t be. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 15, 2018: Questions About Kela’s Role?, Doolittle’s Stumble, Treinen Emerging & More

Are you following @Rotoprofessor on Twitter? If not you should be, as we Tweet out all the important bullpen notes every morning from the previous day’s games. Who is in jeopardy of losing their job? Who is worth the speculative add? Here are this morning tweets (Please note we won’t be posting these on the website every day, so make sure you follow @Rotoprofessor to ensure you don’t miss a thing):

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