10 Important Stories From 09/20/17 Box Scores: The Emergence Of Snell, Weaver & Mengden & More

by Ray Kuhn

Does it really get any better than this? We had a full day of baseball on Wednesday, and that meant fantasy owners fighting for a championship had a lot to keep them occupied. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that piqued my interest from a busy day in baseball:

1) Sanchez Goes Deep…

Unfortunately, the biggest story out of the Yankees game was a young fan being hit with a fly ball, as it should be, but New York also continued their winning ways. After slumping for most of the second half of the season, Aaron Judge has found his power stroke. The outfielder went deep again on Wednesday, his 45th of the season, but we should’t forget about Gary Sanchez. The catcher hit his 32nd home run of the season on Wednesday, a two run shot, as part of a three hit effort. Sanchez, who is hitting .282 on the season, is up to 88 RBI and he isn’t showing signs of slowing down. So far in September, Sanchez is hitting .339, and we should also note that he missed about a month of the season with injury in April. Read more

Bullpen Notes: September 20, 2017: Herrera Can’t Be Trusted, Knebel/Vizcaino Struggle & 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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The Ditch List: Identifying Three Players That It’s Time To Cut Ties With (Nick Williams & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s easy to make cut decisions on injured players this time of year, but what about those who are still on the field and struggling to produce (or whose outlook has simply changed)?  Let’s take a look at a few players who we’d be comfortable moving away from in redraft formats (obviously keeper leagues have different rules and many of these players would be worth stashing):

 

Nick Williams – Philadelphia Phillies – Outfielder
A highly touted prospect he’s had a nice rookie campaign, hitting .287 with 10 HR, 48 RBI, 39 R and 1 SB over 298 PA.  However strikeouts have been an issue (28.2%), and his September plate discipline has been downright horrific:

  • SwStr% – 20.5%
  • O-Swing% – 51.8%

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Bullpen Notes: September 19, 2017: Familia “Back”, Clarity In Philly & 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 09/19/17 Box Scores: Has C. Anderson Emerged, Trusting Giolito & More.

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Rhys Hoskins continued to thrive, going 2-3 with 4 RBI, showing that he may be a Top 10 option at a deep position heading into ’18.  It was a big day for A.J. Pollock, providing all of the offense for Arizona, going 3-3 with 2 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R.  Chris Archer pitched well in a losing effort, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 6, over 6.0 IP against the Cubs.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jose Berrios’ control desserts him again…
Taking on the Yankees, in New York, Berrios allowed 3 ER on 5 H and 4 BB, striking out 4, over 3.1 IP.  He now has 8 BB over his past 9.0 IP, so while that hasn’t been an issue overall (he owns a 2.97 BB/9 even with these recent struggles) it could show that he’s tiring down the stretch.  He has thrown 179.0 innings, after 169.2 IP last season, so while he won’t likely be shutdown it’s possible the control struggles continue.  Throw in the consistent risk of home runs (39.4% groundball rate) and he’s going to be tough to trust over his last start or two (this has no impact on his ’18 value, though). Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Are Daniel Mengden or Rafael Montero Worth A Late Season Gamble?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The season is quickly coming to an end, and that means fantasy owners are far more apt to roll the dice and take a gamble.  For two weeks anyone can get scorching hot or string together two or three impressive starts, and that can make the difference in championships.  Opportunity is key, though, so let’s take a look at two pitchers who are set to get one and decide if they are worth the gamble:

 

Daniel Mengden – Oakland A’s
After showing potential to emerge in 2016 his season got off to an inauspicious start as he missed the start due to a broken foot.  When he returned in late May/early June he struggled badly, allowing 9 ER over 8.0 IP in two starts, and was handed a ticket back to Triple-A.  However he’s back, pitching well and given his total innings thrown (69.0 innings) and where Oakland is in the standings he should get three more starts:

  • September 20 – at Detroit
  • September 26 – vs. Seattle
  • October 1 – at Texas

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