10 Important Stories From 04/21/17 Box Scores: Gallo’s Power Surge, Verlander Struggles Again & More

by Simon Jones

There was plenty happening in the baseball parks on Friday night, however the biggest fantasy story revolved around a dirt bike accident, which set social media alight. I seems that Bumgarner’s owners are even angrier about his stupidity than Marte owners were about him cheating!

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

1) Gallo crushes two homers….
Joey Gallo notched up his first multi-HR game of his young career last night against the Royals. His boom or bust approach appears to be paying dividends. He strikes out a load (now 23 Ks in 56 ABs) and he will never help you in the Average department, but the power is there for all to see, and both home runs last night were absolute no-doubters. Texas will look to find at-bats for Gallo, even when Adrian Beltre does eventually return. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 21, 2017: No More “Committee” for Oakland, Washington & Philadelphia & 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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Waiver Wire Guidelines: Which Of The Recent Hot Additions Are Worthy (Mancini, Senzatella & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s early in the season so a few big games (or even a few hot AB/IP) have a habit of skewing our outlook.  Does that mean that the impressive numbers should send us scurrying to the waiver wire, though?  Let’s take a look at some of the hotter recent waiver wire additions and try to determine if they are worth the investment or not:

 

Aaron Hicks – New York Yankees – Outfielder
CBS Sports – 7%, ESPN – 6.0%, Yahoo! – 5%

He’s had a big week and is garnering a lot of attention thanks to it (including 3 HR over a three game stretch).  It was a good showing, but is anyone willing to bet on him receiving regular playing time right now?  The Yankees still have a trio of alternative outfielders (Jacoby Ellsbury, Brett Gardner & Aaron Judge) and multiple options at DH. Read more

10 Important Stories From 04/20/17 Box Scores: Souza’s “Breakout”, McCullers Impresses & More

by Ray Kuhn

Thursday began with a pitching duel in Toronto, and there was limited offense throughout the day. Oakland closed out the night by scoring nine runs, and that was the high point for the day as James Paxton showed he is mortal (five earned runs in 4.1 innings). And if anyone was surprised, Eric Thames went deep once again. This time it came off Carlos Martinez as some of Thames’ early home runs have been courtesy of pitchers with less than ideal resumes.

Let’s take a look at the highlights of the 11 game slate.

1) Can You Top This…

With no disrespect to Marco Estrada, he never had a chance on Thursday. The Blue Jays right-hander did end with a no decision, and it’s hard to find fault, but facing Chris Sale while backed by a less than ideal offense, that was missing Josh Donaldson, is not going to be a recipe for success. Estrada pitched six shutout innings while limiting Boston to just three hits and two walks to go along with seven strikeouts. Despite how things might appear on the surface, Estrada continues to be a solid pitcher who is a showing he can be a fantasy asset. Across the field though, Chris Sale is putting an end to any thoughts that he needed an adjustment period to acclimate himself to Boston, a new team, or the AL East. Sale turned in eight shutout innings of work in which he struck out 13 batters and allowed just four hits and one walk. Read more

Bullpen Notes: April 20, 2017: Despite Save Neris May Not Be “The Man” & 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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Quick Hit: Is Eric Thames Currently A Sell High Candidate?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

While people thought that Eric Thames could enjoy a strong first season back in the United States, could anyone have imagined this type of start:

.408 (20-49), 7 HR, 12 RBI, 18 R

Now the question is if there’s any chance that he can come reasonably close to maintaining this production, or is he destined for a significant regression? Obviously he’s going to fall off a bit, but thinking that he’s going to disappear completely would be a mistake.

He’s not going to maintain a 46.7% HR/FB, but then again no one is going to hit 7 HR every two weeks. What he’s proven is that the power he showed while playing overseas can translate, and playing in Milwaukee a 30+ HR season is a very real possibility.

The bigger question comes from his average, where he’s benefited from a .419 BABIP. It’s a small sample size, but he’s hitting the ball extremely hard (52.6% Hard%), a good sign despite the expectations of a slump Read more