Bullpen Notes: August 13, 2018: What’s Next For Nationals/Dodgers, Change Coming For Angels & 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 08/13/18 Box Scores: Handling Struggling Starters (Severino/Bumgarner), Buy Low Bats (Myers) & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There were several players who made their MLB debut yesterday, and impressed (at least two of the three did) in the process:

  • Touki Toussaint – He allowed 1 ER on 2 H and 2 BB, striking out 4, over 6.0 IP against the Marlins (though as we mentioned on the prospect page a strong debut isn’t a surprise, given the matchup, but there are concerns about his control and home run against more difficult offense
  • Sean Reid-Foley – Taking on the Royals he allowed 3 ER on 6 H and 3 BB, striking out 3, over 5.0 IP in what was a less than stellar debut
  • Danny Jansen – He went 2-3 while hitting ninth, and he has the potential to rise to a Top 10 offensive catcher before the year is out

What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s dive into the box scores and see:

 

1) Ronald Acuna making a strong push for Rookie of the Year…
He leadoff both games of the double header with a home run, finishing the day hitting 5-8 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R and 1 SB.  He’s now homered in four straight games, and six of his past seven, as he has gone 13-29 with 6 HR, 11 RBI, 11 R and 2 SB over his current seven game hitting streak.  Obviously there is a lot to love about him moving forward, with his blend of power and speed to go along with a 43.0% Hard% entering the day.  That’s not to say that there isn’t some risk moving forward, however, as there are some key metrics that stand out: Read more

Waiver Wire: How To Approach Three Young Outfielders Heading In Different Directions (Renfroe & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

At this time of year it’s easy to become infatuated with a player who has helped you to success.  Of course one hot streak doesn’t mean that a player can produce the rest of the way, and if you want to challenge for a title you have to be willing to cut bait and move on.  Let’s take a look at three outfielders who have been heading in different directions and try to determine if they are worth owning the rest of the way or not:

 

Hunter Renfroe – San Diego Padres
Renfroe created a lot of buzz earlier this week as he homered in four straight games and had a solid seven game hitting streak (11-29 with 4 HR, 12 RBI and 4 R).  While that was snapped on Friday, he was right back at it on Sunday going 2-3 with 1 double.  The real key has been a sudden change of approach, as he has just 3 K vs. 3 BB over his past 10 games.  No one is going to draw any definitive conclusions off such a small sample size, but he has shown an improved approach:

  • Overall – 13.3% SwStr%, 31.0% O-Swing%
  • August – 11.5% SwStr%, 29.6% O-Swing%

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10 Important Stories From 08/12/18 Box Scores: Pitchers Worth Buying (Lucchesi), Hitters Who Could Finish Strong (Conforto) & More

by Ray Kuhn

It was another busy Sunday around league, and as you prepare to set your lineup for the upcoming week, we have you covered. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that stood out from yesterday:

 

1) It Was Like He Never Left
If there were any doubts about Chris Sale’s health following a short sting on the disabled list, he put them to rest on Sunday. The southpaw didn’t appear to miss a beat from his short absence as he picked up his 12th victory of the season. Granted, Sale did face the Orioles so he didn’t have much in the way of resistance, and Boston kept him on a pitch count, but fantasy owners certainly weren’t complaining. Well, that is as long as you weren’t looking for a quality start as Sale exited after five innings and 68 pitches (48 strikes). Baltimore managed just one hit against Sale to go along with 12 strikeouts as the left-hander lowered his ERA to 1.97. Read more

Bullpen Notes: August 12, 2018: Madson’s Epic Implosion (& Who To Stash), Giles “Emerging” For Toronto & 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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Streaming Starters: August 13-19: Are There Any Under-The-Radar Options To Trust? (Minor, R. Lopez & More

by Ken Balderston

Now comfortably into the second half of the year, offenses have built up an ample sample size to make streaming against them even more attractive.  While not an exact science there are usually effective options out there for the astute owner.  Let’s see who could impress this week:

 

A Grade

To be considered in most leagues

Mike Minor – Rangers (vs. Angels, 42% owned) ‘A+’
Despite a 4.61 ERA in 2018 (and 4.45 FIP), there’s been a lot to like about Minor this year.  To start with he’s controlling the strike zone well, throwing 65% of his pitches for strikes, thus keeping his walk rate at 1.98/9.  This helps keep his WHIP low too, at 1.16.  He’s benefited from a friendly BABIP of .270, but that tends to happen when you get 44% of the balls put in play in the air, and over 12% of balls put in play as infield flies.  Like many Minor has been touched up a bit by home runs, 1.46 HR/9, but he has been much better at home overall with a 3.33 ERA compared to 6.48 on the road.  Read more