10 Important Stories From 05/27/17 Box Scores: Buying Lackey Low, Is Maybin Emerging & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Stephen Strasburg dominated the Padres over 7.0 shutout innings, allowing 3 H and 1 BB while striking out 15.  Dallas Keuchel starred in his return from the DL, allowing 1 R on 4 H and 2 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP to defeat the Orioles.  Adam Wainwright conquered Coors Field, tossing 7.0 shutout innings (3 H, 1 BB and 6 K) in order to defeat the Rockies.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Another solid start from Adalberto Mejia…
Taking on the Rays he settled for a no decision, allowing 2 ER on 6 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 5.0 IP (after allowing 3 ER over 7.0 IP in his previous outing).  That said he only 9 swinging strikes, having entered the day with an 8.2% SwStr%, and considering his minor league career 7.7 K/9 there’s little reason to think there’s much upside.  He also didn’t flash tremendous groundball stuff (5 groundballs vs. 3 fly balls), and with home runs being an issue (4 HR 21.1 IP) it’s worth noting.  Sure he’s shown good control in the minors (2.1 BB/9), but he’s struggled in that regard since being promoted.  While there is some streaming potential, he shouldn’t be viewed as more than that. Read more

The Bullpen Report: Three Relievers Who Are Worth Adding (Ryan Madson & More)

by Nick Hutcherson

Are you looking for a reliever who has the potential to provide elite ratios as well as saves moving forward?  Here are a few different recommendations for you, based on the size league that you are playing in:

 

Three to grab

Shallow League-Brad Hand, San Diego Padres
Hand isn’t going to turn into a Top 10 option simply because of opportunities. However he has been brilliant this season and 25 saves with very strong ratios is something that you should not overlook. There are not a lot of threats to him in this bullpen, even though there theoretically could be:

  • Carter Capps is still figuring out his mechanics (2 months later)
  • Brandon Maurer has clearly shown he isn’t the solution
  • Ryan Buchter is solid, but isn’t going to take the job away anytime soon.

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Bullpen Notes: May 26, 2017: Madson, Parker & Vizcaino All Gaining Value & 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 05/26/17 Box Scores: Selling Eduardo Rodriguez, Buying Devon Travis & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Max Scherzer nearly went the distance, allowing 1 ER on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 13, over 8.2 innings to defeat the feeble Padres.  Chris Archer dominated the Twins, allowing 2 ER on 5 H and 1 BB, striking out 11, over 7.2 IP (he now has 23 K over his past 14.0 IP).  Charlie Blackmon continued his push to be considered one of the elite in the game, going 4-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 1 R (putting him at .337 with 12 HR and 45 RBI, out of the leadoff spot).  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) The buy low opportunity on Masahiro Tanaka has likely disappeared…
He looked the part of an ace last night, allowing 1 ER on 5 H and 0 BB, striking out 13, over 7.1 IP against the A’s.  Unfortunately for him he matched up with Sean Manaea, who was just as impressive (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 8 K) and settled for a touch luck loss.  Tanaka generated a whopping 26 swinging strikes, showing just how good his stuff truly was.  This type of performance shouldn’t come as a surprise, though, despite a 7.31 K/9 entering the day (his 12.6% SwStr% shows that he has been pitching to a much better mark).  The real question facing him is if he will be able to keep the ball in the ballpark, after allowing 10 HR over his previous 4 starts.  That does scream of an aberration, and there’s reason to believe that he will continue pitching well.  There are going to be some concerns, as he has had some HR issues in the past (1.46 HR/9 in ’15), but he should continue on as one of the better starters in the league. Read more

Waiver Wire Guidelines: Is Joe Ross Finally Prepared To Produce?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Long viewed as a potential Top 30 type starting pitcher, it appeared that fantasy owners’ patience had run out for both the player and the way the Nationals were handling him.  It’s amazing how quickly things can change though, isn’t it?

After a surprise demotion to Triple-A Ross returned to start on Tuesday and twirled an absolute gem:

8.0 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K

He was a groundball machine, generating 12 groundballs vs. 6 fly balls.  Now the question we have to ask ourselves is if he’s ready to maintain this type of production and realize the potential we’ve seen before, or if this was more of a one-off impressive performance. Read more

Closer In Waiting Power Rankings: May 26, 2017: Rivero Assumes Top Spot & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand: Read more