Archive for Around the Majors

10 Important Stories From 09/25/17 Box Scores: Haniger’s Big Night, Judge Makes History & More

by Ray Kuhn

We are now officially in the last week of the season, and at this point, you either want the season to end immediately, or you are hoping it continues just long enough for you to get into first place. Either way, we have you covered here as we take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a busy Monday around the league:

1) Judge Makes History…

Aaron Judge made sure to avoid any drama, as he both tied and broke the rookie record for home runs on Monday. Judge is now at 50 home runs on the season, as he has proved his power is slump proof. Following the All-Star game, Judge weathered quite the dry spell, but his returned in a big way. It’s not like he lost his power, but Judge batted .185 in August with just three home runs. We know that Judge can handle adversity, as he has followed his worst month up with his best. So far this month, Judge is hitting .307 with 13 home runs and 26 RBI. While you are going to have to live with some slumps as the strikeouts will never go away, it was good to see Judge bounce back strong. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/24/17 Box Scores: Devers Delivering, Anderson/Giolito Are Regression Risks & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It was another big day for Aaron Judge, who went 2-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R.  Jose Quintana was stellar against the Brewers, tossing a complete game shutout allowing just 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 10.  Corey Kluber likely put the final stamp on a Cy Young season, allowing 2 R (0 earned) on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 10, over 7.0 IP to defeat the Mariners.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Teoscar Hernandez homers for third straight day…
He was hitting atop the order and went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 2 R, putting him at 4-12 with 3 HR, 3 RBI and 5 R over the three games against the Yankees.  It’s certainly putting him on the map, as Toronto takes a look at him and try to determine if he’s primed to be a factor in ’18 and beyond.  The obvious red flag has been his strikeout rate, as he entered the day with a 33.3% strikeout rate (he struck out twice yesterday) courtesy of a 15.9% SwStr%.  If he can’t improve in that regard he’s going to struggle to stay atop the batting order and hit for a strong average.  No one is going to argue against his upside in both power and speed, but his value could be capped. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/23/17 Box Scores: Lynn’s Disappointing Finish, Bour’s Breakout & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Justin Upton continued his career year, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Giancarlo Stanton continued his push for 60, going 3-6 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R (he’s up to 57 HR on the season).  Madison Bumgarner finally appears to be putting things together, albeit a little too late, as he allowed 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, over 7.2 IP to defeat the Dodgers.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Travis Shaw showing no signs of slowing down, or is he…
He went 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R yesterday, putting him at .276 with 31 HR, 99 RBI and 79 R on the season.  Obviously the biggest surprise is the power, with his HR/FB going from 10.3% in ’16 to 21.0% entering the day.  It’s not like he was an extra base machine last season, with 34 doubles, 2 triples and 16 HR, and there has been a bit of a split in his production:

  • First Half – 23.8% HR/FB
  • Second Half – 17.5% HR/FB

It’s not a big difference, but the second half mark is likely closer to the truth.  He also entered the day with a .239 average since the All-Star Break, and while we’d expect better than that he’s also not a .300 hitter.  It’ll be interesting to see where his ’18 projection lands, but .255ish with 25 HR seems like a good guesstimate. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/22/17 Box Scores: Not Buying Reynaldo Lopez, Devers Developing & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Aaron Judge did it again, slugging his 46th home run of the season.  Garrett Richards settled for a tough luck no decision, thanks to facing Justin Verlander (7.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K), as he tossed 6.0 shutout innings allowing 1 H and 1 BB, striking out 6.  Rich Hill silenced the Giants, allowing 1 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 9, over 6.0 IP to earn the W.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Has Alex Cobb shown enough for 2018…
We continue to have questions, though obviously sights are being set more towards next season than the one start he has left this season.  Taking on the Orioles yesterday he allowed 3 ER on 9 H and 1 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP and got the W.  The biggest issue continues to be a lack of swinging strikes, as he had just 4 yesterday and entered the day with a 6.7% SwStr% on the season.  His velocity is there (91.6 mph average on his fastball), so if he can’t figure out how to improve upon a 6.44 K/9 entering the day he’s simply going to be a back-end option.  He’s not one to completely avoid, but value him appropriately.  As for 2017, his final start will likely come on the road against the Yankees and that’s a risky proposition. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/21/17 Box Scores: Fowler Heating Up, Schwarber Goes Deep & More

by Ray Kuhn

We really are getting close now to the end of the season. This weekend, you will go through the waivers process and set your lineup for the last time this season, and then just hope for the best. Before you begin that process, let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from a relatively busy Thursday around baseball:

1) Williams Attempts to Close 2017 on the Right Foot…

The Phillies are setting out to build around young players, and one of their potential building blocks is Nick Williams. After doing everything he could in them minor leagues, Philadelphia promoted Williams earlier this summer and planted him right in the middle of their lineup. There certainly have been some streaks, but overall Williams has shown that he is someone to be counted on moving forward. On Thursday, Williams hit his 11th home run of the season, which was a two run shot. In 281 at bats this season, Williams has driven in 50 runs while batting a pretty solid .285. Yes, he has done it courtesy of a .375 BABIP, so I wouldn’t invest too much in Williams for next season, but it is also clear that he is a talented player. Read more

10 Important Stories From 09/20/17 Box Scores: The Emergence Of Snell, Weaver & Mengden & More

by Ray Kuhn

Does it really get any better than this? We had a full day of baseball on Wednesday, and that meant fantasy owners fighting for a championship had a lot to keep them occupied. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that piqued my interest from a busy day in baseball:

1) Sanchez Goes Deep…

Unfortunately, the biggest story out of the Yankees game was a young fan being hit with a fly ball, as it should be, but New York also continued their winning ways. After slumping for most of the second half of the season, Aaron Judge has found his power stroke. The outfielder went deep again on Wednesday, his 45th of the season, but we should’t forget about Gary Sanchez. The catcher hit his 32nd home run of the season on Wednesday, a two run shot, as part of a three hit effort. Sanchez, who is hitting .282 on the season, is up to 88 RBI and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down. So far in September, Sanchez is hitting .339, and we should also note that he missed about a month of the season with injury in April. Read more