Around the Majors: September 27: Mike Trout Continues To Slump, Paul Goldschmidt Shows Full Value & More

There are now just 6 days left to the Major League season.  What under-the-radar options may help you secure a championship?  Who has hit a cold spell at the wrong time?  Let’s try to answer those questions by looking at last night’s games:

  • While Mat Latos took a no decision, he continued to pitch lights out baseball.  Over 7.0 innings against the Brewers he allowed 1 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 3.  Despite allowing 7 ER in one start (on 8/24 against the Cardinals), he has a 2.71 ERA over his past 10 starts.  All concerns about pitching in Great American Ballpark are out the window, as he has a 3.18 ERA at home this season.  In the second half he has a 2.89 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.  Obviously, he’s a must start option and will continue to be a very good play in 2013.
  • Remember when Todd Frazier was one of the hottest players in the game?  He went 1-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R yesterday, his first HR in over a month (August 21).  In 65 September AB he has just 3 RBI.  While he’s better than that, he also isn’t quite as good as he showed during his hot stretch.  That said, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him as the Reds starting 3B in 2013.
  • At one stretch Doug Fister struck out 9 in a row, one shy of the MLB record.  At the end of the day he allowed 3 R (2 earned) on 5 H and 0 BB, striking out 10, over 7.2 innings in a no decision.  Like Latos, despite having a blowup of late he still has a 2.84 ERA over his past 10 starts.  While the strikeout total he posted yesterday, even if he regresses there you would expect an improvement in his 23.3% line drive rate (and thus the .293 BABIP).  With great control, he is going to be a great source of WHIP for the foreseeable future.
  • R.A. Dickey capped a magical season by allowing 3 ER on 8 H and 2 BB, striking out 13, over 7.2 innings to improve to 20-6 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.  It really is hard to explain what he has achieved this season, but this was his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the year.  It’s hard to imagine him not winning the NL Cy Young, isn’t it?  However, at his age, it also is hard to imagine him replicating this type of success.
  • Finally Josh Reddick woke up from his slumber, going 2-4 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  He’s proven to be a streaky slugger, so fantasy owners need to hope this is the start of a strong final week of the year.  With 31 HR, there certainly is no reason to shy away from him.
  • Jordan Pacheco went 2-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R yesterday.  He’s been hot of late, hitting .390 with 7 RBI over his past 10 games.  However, while he’s hitting .309 on the season, over 453 AB (and playing half his games in Coors Field) he has just 5 HR and 7 SB on the season.  Granted, his 30 SB does give a little hope, but chances are he is nothing more than a utility player in 2013.  I wouldn’t get too excited.
  • Mike Trout was bound to slump at some point, wasn’t he?  After going 0-4 yesterday he has gone 5-33 over his past 10 games (.152) and is hitting just .247 with 0 HR, 3 RBI, 18 R and 5 SB in September.  Is anyone really concerned?  He had to slow down, but it is just a bump in the road.
  • Part of Paul Goldschmidt’s value generally flies under owners’ radar.  People focus on his power, which is obvious, but the ability to also add stolen bases is what really separates him from the field.  He went 2-4 with 1 RBI and 2 SB yesterday, putting him at .289 with 19 HR, 81 RBI, 81 R and 18 SB on the year.  With the ability to hit 30 HR to go along with 15-20 SB, he is going to be among the elite first base options in the league moving forward.
  • J.P. Arencibia went 2-4 with 1 HR, 1 RBI and 1 R, putting him at 9-13 with 2 HR. 6 RBI and 4 R over his current five game hitting streak.  We all know that he struggles hitting for a strong average, but he’s currently making contact (2 K) and the power is always there.  If you are still vying for a title, make sure to have him active while he is smoking hot.
  • It was another poor outing for Ivan Nova, allowing 4 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, over 4.2 innings of work.  With an ERA now north of 5.00, there obviously is no way to trust him.
  • Tommy Hanson continues to allow base runners at an alarming rate.  He won yesterday, allowing 2 R (1 earned) over 5.1 innings.  However, he allowed 6 H and 2 BB.  He entered the day with a 1.69 WHIP in the second half, which really tells us all we need to know.
  • Bryce Harper has been on fire of late.  After going 2-4 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 R last night he has four 2-hit games in his past six, while stealing 4 bases over that span.  Throw in HR in back-to-back games (as well as 6 RBI in his past three) and what is there to complain about?
  • The Phillies are giving Darin Ruff a chance to play, and he is responding.  He went 2-4 with 3 RBI last night and is 5-11 with 1 HR and 4 RBI in his past three games.  He hit 38 HR at Double-A, so if it is power you are searching for he is worth rolling the dice on over the final few days of the season.
  • Shane Victorino returned to the Dodgers lineup, going 1-4 with 1 RBI and 2 R.  He has been a disappointed since joining LA, but that doesn’t mean that he should be ignored.  Despite the struggles and missed time, he does have 7 SB in September and does have some pop.  I wouldn’t be surprised if he got hot over the final few days of the year.


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One Response to Around the Majors: September 27: Mike Trout Continues To Slump, Paul Goldschmidt Shows Full Value & More

  1. MJ says:

    Jordan Pacheco has 30 SB’s?! I think you meant 30 doubles….I had to check his stats again just to make sure I was missing something…

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