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The Daily Grind: Stantonian

Just in case you were going to use him, DraftKings has kindly informed me that Chris Hatcher has been traded to the Athletics. Thus, he will not receive fantasy points. You’re welcome.

AGENDA

  1. Stantonian
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. TDG Invitational Returns!

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Juan Minaya & Boog Powell: Deep League Wire

It’s time to speculate and to latch on to a new starter that could provide a boost to your counting stats.

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Roto Riteup: August 16, 2017

Found him:

 

 

On the Agenda:

1. Kind of Ridiculous Trade Speculation…

2. MLB’s Most Eligible Second Baseman

3. Various News and Notes

4. Streaming Pitcher Options

 

 

Kind of Ridiculous Trade Speculation…

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag, the Tigers and Astros are in talks about a potential trade that would send Justin Verlander to Houston. Verlander has cleared revocable waivers, but would have to sign off on any deal that would be made due to his no-trade clause. The Astros are in need of a starter given the recent woes and injury trouble of Lance McCullers, but are unlikely to want to take on the entirety of Verlander’s remaining deal. Given that, it seems unlikely that a deal will be reached without shipping some major prospects to Detroit.

Giancarlo Stanton has cleared revocable waivers without being claimed according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo. There have been numerous reports of teams being interested in the MLB home run leader, but with 295 million dollars due to him over the next ten years and the team being up for sale, it seems unlikely that Stanton will be moved anytime soon.

 

 

MLB’s Most Eligible Second Baseman

According to multiple commenters on my last two Roto Riteups, Anthony Rizzo has gained eligibility at second base this week in ESPN, CBS, and Yahoo. Putting aside the fact that this is fairly ridiculous, it poses an interesting question about where Rizzo ranks rest of the season at the position and heading into 2018 if he can muster enough games to hold the eligibility for it.

Rizzo is hitting .262/.384/.504 with 27 home runs and seven stolen bases and currently ranks 10th on ESPN’s player rater at second base. Personally I would rank him 4th moving forward for this season and next behind Jose Altuve, Dee Gordon, and Jose Ramirez.

 

 

Various News and Notes

The Pittsburgh Pirates placed Gregory Polanco on the 10-day DL with a hamstring injury. Polanco has had a disappointing, injury riddled season, hitting .255/.311/.407 with ten home runs and eight stolen bases. This injury likely ends the month for him and may drive down his cost for next season.

Joe Panik has been placed on the 7-day DL with a concussion after getting hit in the face with a throw to the plate:

It’s unfortunate for fantasy owners as Panik was starting to heat up after a slow season. Over the course of the month of August Panik was hitting .342/.419/.447. Panik is mostly an empty average player and can be dropped in most mixed league formats.

Andrew Benintendi left Tuesday’s game after being hit in the knee with a pitch. Following the game, manager John Farrell stated that he was hopeful Benintendi would be ok to play on Wednesday. Consider him day-to-day at this time.

 

 

Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: Ubaldo Jimenez vs. SEA

Over his last four starts, Ubaldo has a 2.63 ERA with 12 strikeouts per nine innings. He gets the struggling Mariners who have lost five straight.

A pitcher for tomorrow: NONE

I was tempted to take Edwin Jackson at home, but I can’t pull the trigger.


Bullpen Report: August 15, 2017

• With Tyler Clippard moving to Houston the White Sox bullpen is a bit of a mess. Juan Minaya, Jake Petricka and Gregory Infante could all see the ninth but I’m going to roll out Juan Minaya to start. As of now we haven’t quite heard enough out of White Sox camp to make an exact call but Minaya is probably the best of the bunch. In 27.1 innings pitched Minaya has a 6.61/4.31/3.94 ERA/FIP/xFIP line but also has a 3.26 SIERA and a 31.9% K% and 10.6% BB%. You would like to see fewer walks but beggars can’t quite be choosers. Petricka and Infante aren’t particularly exciting or even usable for that matter in fantasy and I would look to grab Minaya first.

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Brad Johnson Baseball Chat: 8/15/2017

Here’s the transcript from today’s chat which included a surprising amount of Bogaerts panic.

3:58
Brad Johnson: Welcome to rad Johnson baseball chat. I noticed the typo too late, please excuse

3:59
Bob: I hate to waste your time asking this question but I’m desperate, so I hope you’ll be kind enough to provide your feedback. Need to fill the C spot in my AL-only league and the “best” options are Castro, Gomes, Vasquez and Chirinos. Any one of them stand out above the rest? Thanks!

3:59
Brad Johnson: I think Chirinos’ steady HR production is useful in that format. He’s probably top 10.

4:00
Sleepy: Totally thought the “typo” was intentional…

4:00
JD15: Alex Bregman has been very hot in the second half. As a whole, how has he compared to your expectations going into the season? Would you consider him a potential keeper at pre-season hype prices?

4:00
Brad Johnson: To answer the second part of your question first, that depends on just how hyped he was in your league

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Quick Looks: Woodruff & Sims

Note: I was wanting to do Anthony Banda and Reynaldo Lopez but the camera angles for them are horrible so far. I do hope to write about them soon. In the meantime, check out newcomer Nick Pollack’s piece on Lopez

Brandon Woodruff

• The 24-year-old righty started at the back end of several preseason top-100 lists. So far he’s made two starts for the Brewers and I watched the one on August 9th.

• Definite thrower. Everything is coming in at full effort. He just challenges hitters and hopes they miss.

• Fastball: An 89-96 mph four-seamer with nasty release side break. It’s got some weird spin going on with it. He lives up in the zone with it as seen by its 27% GB%.

While a good swing-and-miss pitch, he had problems keeping his velocity up in the 6th inning. He went from averaging 95 mph to 92 mph with one fastball under 90 mph. He may not have the endurance for a full game and/or season.

• Slider: At 83-87 mph, the pitch is nasty with hard curve drop (think Kluber’s curve) when working. Sometimes it doesn’t break. Other times it breaks like a slider.

Good Slider

Hanging Slider

• Change: At 83-85 mph, with almost identical movement as his fastball. He preferred to use it against lefties but would break it out against righties with great results (19% SwStr%).

• While he has some swing-and-miss, his mechanics broke down at times which led to some extended at bats and high pitch counts. Right now, I see him be a 9 K/9 and 4 BB/9 type with average home runs. M/aybe in the Mike Clevinger mold. He could take major steps forward if he improves his command. Or he may never control his pitches. I have some reserved optimism about his future.

 

Luke Sims

• The 23-year-old righty has struggled with the Braves after dominating Triple-A this season (10.3 K/9, 2.8 BB/9). I decided to watch his start on August 12th to see what was going on.

• Fastball: His fastball was at 89-94 mph with glove side run. Nothing special at all. In the fifth and sixth innings, his velocity fell by a couple ticks

Preseason reports had his velocity sitting 93-95 with, 91 mph, with him topping out near 99 mph. His fastball speed is down which lowers his prospect status, too.

• Slider: At 86-88 mph with little if any break (cutter). Horrible. BP pitch. I looked through several preseason reports on him and none mention him throwing a slider. And now he’s throwing it about 20% of the time (the most besides his fastball)

This video shows one of his better throws.

• Curve: A 73-78 mph loopy 12-6 curve which he can throw for strikes. It’s probably his best pitch but it’s average at best. Probably a 40 to 45-grade pitch.

• Change: At 82-85 mph with late sink when on. A low-80’s meatball at other times.

• I’m not sure of the difference from the minors when he was striking everyone out. Maybe hitters were laying off his breaking pitches but major league hitters are feasting off of them. Right now, he’s not a major league pitcher. All his pitches are very hittable (2.1 HR/9, .316 BABIP) but at least he isn’t walking anyone (1.6 BB/9).

• With the low strikeout rate (4.5 K/9) and the Braves not racking up any Wins he not rosterable right now. A non-Save reliever will be a better option.


Pitcher Spotlight: Breaking Down Reynaldo Lopez’s 2017 Debut

We’ve been waiting all year for Reynaldo Lopez to show up in Chicago and he came out with guns blazing in his 2017 debut, fanning five in his first six outs en route to allowing just two earned runs in six frames. Plenty are buying into the hype Lopez has garnered after his first start, but is he for real? Is Lopez someone you can count on down the stretch in your fantasy league? Let’s walkthrough the entirety of Lopez’s 2017 MLB debut with plenty of GIFs to help us out.

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The Daily Grind: Chat Hax

On the internet, the term “hax” is most frequently used in video games to dismiss an especially good or lucky play. In the real world, it’s one of the few words cats say.

AGENDA

  1. Chat Hax
  2. Weather Reports
  3. Pitchers to Use and Abuse
  4. SaberSim Says…
  5. TDG Invitational Returns!

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Field of Streams: Episode 288 – It’s Not Paul Blackburn Levels

Episode 288 – It’s Not Paul Blackburn Levels

The latest episode of “Field of Streams” is live!

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss Dylan losing his voice, Reynaldo Lopez’s debut, Chad Bettis’ inspiring return, dueling picks, Dylan getting to see Ubaldo live, what would happen if the White Sox signed Mr. Jimenez, Matt going for the perfect podcast, what Tommy Joseph looks like, Scooter Gennett’s pitching appearance, going back to the Jhoulys Chacin well, Matt wishing Mallex Smith was on the White Sox, and if Brandon Phillips faced Tyler Flowers in a footrace.

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A First Stab at Projecting Yoan Moncada

Yesterday, I shared with you a trade I made in the keeper league in which I took over for an inactive team a couple of months ago. It was a classic dump deal, with me acquiring who I considered one of the top two keepers in the league — super prospect Yoan Moncada. We’re still in the middle of August, so we’ll have another month and a half worth of Major League stats with which to evaluate Moncada and put together a 2018 projection. But I don’t want to wait a month and a half and you probably don’t either. So let’s take a stab at an early 2018 projection, along with a dollar value for that stat line.

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