10 Important Stories From 07/21/17 Box Scores: Darvish Ks 12, Moncada’s First Hit & More

By Simon Jones

Friday marked a couple of milestones, as Yoan Moncada notched his first hit and RBIs for the White Sox, and Chris Sale hit a single season mark that vaulted him into esteemed company. There were also some dominant pitching performances and a couple of multi-homer nights.

So let’s look at some of the bigger stories from Friday’s games.

1) Darvish Ks 12 as trade rumours mount….
Yu Darvish put on a show for the watching scouts on Friday, striking out 12 Rays’ batters across eight innings. It wasn’t perfect for Darvish as he gave up three runs, all on solo homers. Darvish hasn’t quite replicated his pre-Tommy John surgery elite performance, but his 3.45 ERA and 9.4 K/9 represents an enticing mix, should the Rangers be persuaded to part with him. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 21, 2017: Next Up Clarity In Detroit/Miami?, Change Already In Chicago? & 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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Searching For Saves: Could A Surprise Closer Emerge In Miami?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

David Phelps has been sent packing to Seattle and A.J. Ramos may not be far behind.  Suddenly the Miami closer’s role is wide open and while we may think there’s an obvious replacement is it really so cut and dry?  First let’s take a look at our Reliever Reliability Quotient (RRQ) scores for the remaining relievers to try and determine who is best equipped to fill the role (for a refresher, make sure to click here for details on what RRQ is):

Player
Current RRQ
RRQ Ranking
Brad Ziegler23.4350
Dustin McGowan9.0678
Jarlin Garcia(15.17)148
Kyle Barraclough(26.64)171
Junichi Tazawa(35.94)190

The name everyone is going to be drawn to is Barraclough, thanks to his big fastball (95.0 mph) and his swing and miss slider (18.01% Whiff%).  However it’s not quite so clear, as his RRQ is suppressed by an elevated walk rate (6.23 BB/9) and lack of popups (9.8%).  Is there a chance he’d thrive in the role?  Possibly, but the likelihood is just as high that he struggles if put into the situation. Read more

Bullpen Notes: July 20, 2017: Speculative Trade Deadline Additions, Could Chapman Lose Role & 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 07/20/17 Box Scores: Can Lamb Continue To Take, Concerns For Fulmer & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Baltimore Orioles got to Cole Hamels, tagging him for 3 HR, as he allowed 7 ER on 9 H and 2 BB, striking out 3, over 5.1 IP.  Felix Hernandez pitched well, despite taking the L, allowing 1 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 9, over 7.0 innings against the Yankees.  Madison Bumgarner’s second start off the DL, once again against the Padres, was again unimpressive as he allowed 4 ER over 6.1 IP in a losing effort.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Is the Mets’ Seth Lugo a must buy option…
He’s hardly an ace, though he shut down the Cardinals over 6.2 IP as he allowed 1 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 5, though he settled for a no decision.  While he’s really only had one clunker (6 ER over 5.0 IP at Washington), he still owns a 4.05 ERA and 1.35 WHIP and has struggled to generate a lot of strikeouts (33 K over 46.2 IP).  He entered the day with a modest 8.0% SwStr% and 27.5% O-Swing%, so there’s little upside in the strikeout rate.  His walk rate (2.93 BB/9 entering the day) and groundball rate (45.0% entering the day) are solid, but it’s hardly enough.  He’s going to have his good starts and his bad, but at the end of the day he’s more of a streaming option than anything. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Could Brent Suter or Colin McHugh Hold Appeal?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always looking to dig deep and find a gem that no one else is looking towards.  Sometimes an opportunity comes from a player gaining a new role and sometimes it’s a struggling player who has always shown potential.  Let’s take a look at two players likely sitting on the waiver wire who could appear to have value and determine if they are actually worth owning (all stats are through Monday):

 

Brent Suter – Milwaukee Brewers – Left-Handed Pitcher
After spending time in the Brewer bullpen Suter has transitioned to the rotation (including three starts in July) and pitched well.  In his 17.0 innings pitched this month he owns a 2.12 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 7.94 K/9 and 2.12 BB/9.  It’s easy to get excited by those numbers, especially since his luck metrics are fairly reasonable (.327 BABIP, 80.0% strand rate) and he’s also shown an ability to generate groundballs (1.37 GO/AO in the Majors, 1.44 at Triple-A prior to his recall).  Read more