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10 Important Stories from 09/23/18 Box Scores: Conforto’s Turn Around, Snell’s Domination & More

by Ray Kuhn

It was another critical day of games on Sunday, and we have you covered. Fantasy pennant races are heating up, and each at bat or inning pitched is becoming that much more critical. While we look towards securing those fantasy fantasy championships, it’s important not to lose sight of next season. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yet another busy day around the league:


1) Beckham Goes Deep, Twice
After hitting .278 last season with 22 home runs, there were some modest expectations for Tim Beckham entering 2018. That hasn’t been the case though, as the infielder is hitting just .225 through 351 at bats this year. Included in that, is the two home runs Beckham hit on Sunday which gave him 12 on the season. With a solo shot and a two run homer, Beckham has driven in just 34 runs this year, and his .272 BABIP has corrected itself after a .365 mark last season. At this point, it’s hard to consider Beckham as anything but a utility infielder devoid of fantasy value despite the tools he does have. There’s just not enough there to expect him to put it together on a consistent basis. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/22/18 Box Scores: Potentially Overvalued Pitchers (D. Rodriguez), Riding The Hot Streaks (Tellez) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trea Turner filled the box score, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R and 1 SB.  Justin Verlander was dominant, tossing 6.0 shutout innings allowing 1 H and 0 BB, striking out 11, but the Astros didn’t provide much offense until late in the game costing him a chance at a W.  Rich Hill provided a dominant performance, allowing 1 ER on 4 H and 0 BB, striking out 7, over 7.0 IP to defeat the Padres.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:


1) Arrieta terrible finish to 2018 continues…
Taking on the Braves he was bad from the start, allowing 4 ER on 4 H and 3 BB, striking out 2, over just 2.0 IP.  Of his 51 pitches only 28 went for strikes as he struggled with his control and also saw two bases stolen against him.  He’s now allowed 4+ ER in five of his past six starts (and at least 3 ER in all six of them).  On August 6 he had a 3.11 ERA but that has ballooned to 3.94, though you can chalk some of his struggles up to a little bit of poor luck.  He entered the day with a 27.1% Hard% to go along with solid control (2.90 BB/9) and a good groundball rate (52.1%).  While his strikeouts are down (7.27 K/9 courtesy of a 7.8% SwStr%), we would expect significantly better than a 68.5% strand rate.  Obviously it’s impossible to trust him over the final week of the season, it’s fair to assume that better days await in 2019. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/21/18 Box Scores: How To Value Young Hitters (Devers/Gurriel), Pitchers Tough To Trust (Castillo/Berrios) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Trevor Bauer made his return from the DL (1.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 1 K), but won’t have enough time to make an impact for fantasy owners in ’18.  Jacob deGrom’s case for the NL Cy Young improved yesterday, as he got his record to 9-9 by allowing 1 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 8, over 7.0 IP to earn the W over Washington.  Gerrit Cole dominated the Angels, allowing 3 ER on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 12, over 7.0 IP.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:


1) Reynaldo Lopez takes advantage of a lead…
By the third inning the White Sox had handed him a 4-1 lead over Jose Quintana (5.0 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 0 BB, 8 K) and Lopez made it stick.  Going 7.0 innings he allowed 1 R on 5 H and 0 BB, striking out 8, to improve to 7-9 with a 3.94 ERA.  He’s now gone five straight starts allowing 1 ER or less (and six straight allowing 2 ER or fewer).  Over this 5 start stretch he’s gone 34.0 IP allowing 3 ER on 20 H and 6 BB, striking out 36.  Do we truly believe the once highly hyped prospect has finally figured something out?  Home runs will continue to be a concern (33.1% groundball rate entering the day, 6 groundballs vs. 7 fly balls yesterday), and his one mistake yesterday was a home run to Daniel Murphy.  There are also concerns about his strikeout upside, though he entered the day with a 12.1% SwStr% in September (he got 14 swinging strikes yesterday).  If he can maintain that he will have a chance to continue producing strong numbers, regardless of the groundball rate.  That will be the key evaluation for moving forward. Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 20, 2018: Speculative Adds For Remainder Of ’18 & 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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10 Important Stories from 09/20/18 Box Scores: Buying Surging Bats (Piscotty/Pham/Stewart), Should We Trust E. Rodriguez & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Mookie Betts helped to carry Boston to a come from behind victory against the Yankees, going 4-5 with 1 HR, 5 RBI and 3 R.  Max Scherzer tried to make a Cy Young statement, taking a no decision against the Mets as he allowed 3 ER on 5 H and 2 BB, striking out 13, over 7.0 IP.  Masahiro Tanaka continued to show far too much Jekyll & Hyde, slowing 5 ER on 8 H and 0 BB, striking out 3, over 4.0 IP.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and take a look:


1) Stephen Piscotty continues his hot finish to the season…
Oakland racked up 21 R and 22 H against the Angels, so there were obviously a lot of players who had strong games (like Marcus Semien, who went 3-5 with 5 RBI and 1 R).  It’s Piscotty who arguably had the biggest day, going 2-3 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 2 R.  He’s now homered in back-to-back games (2 HR and 9 RBI) and has 2 R scored in three straight games (he’s gone 5-9 with 2 HR, 9 RBI and 6 R over this modest stretch).  Overall he’s hitting .270 with 26 HR and 85 RBI, as he’s dropped his strikeout rate (18.7% entering the day) and is hitting the ball extremely hard (41.5% Hard%, meaning his .291 BABIP should improve).  His approach overall does bring questions (12.7% SwStr%, 38.2% O-Swing%), especially since it’s been even worse in the second half (13.2% SwStr%, 43.0% O-Swing%).  While we’d eventually expect a regression, it’s impossible not to ride the hot streak for as long as it goes. Read more

10 Important Stories from 09/19/18 Box Scores: Have Ray/Severino Figured It Out, Toussaint’s Strong Start & More

by Ray Kuhn

When you are in a chase for first place, there is nothing like a full day and night of action. Some lineup decisions are rushed, but with others you have the whole day in front of you to see who is actually taking the field that day and make a choice. With teams becoming more liberal when it comes to resting their starts, things certainly are more difficult, but everyone is playing under the same circumstances. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday:


1) Toussaint Does Enough for the Win
Touki Toussaint was talented enough to be a first round pick in 2014, but he has dealt with some injuries and inconsistency. The Diamondbacks dealt the right-hander to Atlanta in a cost cutting move, and it now appears that Toussaint has made some adjustments and is close to finding his footing at the major league level. It will take a lot for him to establish himself among the plethora of young pitching Atlanta has, but he took a solid step in that direction yesterday. Toussaint didn’t exactly dominate the Cardinals, but he did hold them to just two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out eight. It was the second win of the year for Toussaint whose ERA now sits at 4.30 after five games, four starts. Its not a certainty that he opens next season in Atlanta’s rotation, but Toussaint should be on your radar. Read more