• Pitcher Spotlight: Put-away Pitches
    by Paul Sporer - 8/21 -  1
    Few things are more frustrating in fantasy baseball than watching your pitcher struggle to put hitters away. He consistently gets ahead in the count and into two-strike situations, but regularly fail to finish.
  • The Prospect Stock Watch: Rooker, Cody, Atkinson
    by Marc Hulet - 8/18 -  0
    Today’s Prospect Stock Watch takes a look at a breakout 2017 draftee, a fast-rising starter who’s leaving the controversy of a failed physical behind him, and an undrafted pitcher who has become one of the top strikeout pitchers in the minors.
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    Eno Sarris, Paul Sporer, and Jason Collette lead the RotoGraphs staff in a regular fantasy podcast.
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    Marc Hulet adjusts (and updates) his prospect list for fantasy purposes.
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Bullpen Report: August 21, 2017

Always a smaller slate of games on a Monday and while I would hate to

• After getting the save in yesterday’s outing, Juan Minaya followed it up with another save today for the White Sox in the first half of a double header against the Twins. Minaya has converted the last three save opportunities he’s been handed and certainly looks to be the closer.  Minaya’s triple slash line of 4.50/4.57/4.26 doesn’t look too fancy but his 3.59 SIERA and 30.5% K% paints a more palatable picture. Not many saves to be expected for the rest of the season here, but I’m upgrading Minaya to yellow.

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Pitcher Spotlight: Put-away Pitches

Few things are more frustrating in fantasy baseball than watching your pitcher struggle to put hitters away. He consistently gets ahead in the count and into two-strike situations, but regularly fail to finish. This is obviously even more crucial with runners on.

This is a particular struggle of youngsters if only because you will eventually be pushed to the bullpen or weeded out entirely if you don’t eventually learn to get outs with two strikes. When a young arm shows that ability early on – I say “ability”, but it’s usually a single pitch doing the heavy lifting so maybe it’s better stated as the ability to execute their out pitch – it curbs the prevalence of those disaster outings that can tank an ERA.

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The Daily Grind: Doubleheader Days

The Twins and White Sox have a doubleheader today. The Marlins and Phillies are playing two tomorrow. Doubleheaders are risky sources of uncommonly used players – especially since lineups aren’t usually posted for the start of contests.

AGENDA

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

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Field of Streams: Episode 290 – A Representative Major League Offense

Episode 290 – A Representative Major League Offense

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss eclipse madness, Bartolo Colon’s latest impressive feat, Dylan not knowing how to pronounce Nick Delmonico’s name, Matt Joyce being on fire, actually considering Edwin Jackson in the right matchup, Mike Fiers allowing home runs again, Rhys Hoskins’ big power, the Tigers packing it in, Curtis Granderson seeking a ring with the Dodgers, Byron Buxton being locked in, and the “stoutest” baseball players in history.

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Performing a Standings Analysis

This is an updated version of an article originally posted in 2013 and then reposted in 2015.

As we get closer to our league trade deadlines (if it hasn’t passed already!) and the final month of the season, and the effect any individual player will have on our place in the standings gradually diminishes, this time of year represents one of the final chances to improve our teams. It probably doesn’t need to be stated, but it’s important to reiterate for those still clinging to preseason values (I usually cling to them far longer than most, but even I know to give them up at this point!) — you need to essentially throw player values out the window and trade for needs based on your position in the various statistical categories. Don’t worry about overpaying if you still expect the trade to net you positive points. Obviously, you want to make a trade that brings back the greatest value in return and gain you the most standings points; but if the best return available to you is a so-called $15 player for your $25 player, it’s still easily worth accepting if you expect that it gains you points.

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Roto Riteup: August 21, 2017

The Little League World Series has showed us game of all shapes and sizes:

 

 

 

On the Agenda:

1. Bringer of Range?

2. Nellie to the Bench

3. Various News and Notes

4. Streaming Pitcher Options

 

 

Bringer of Range?

Josh Donaldson started his first game ever at shortstop in the Major Leagues on Sunday. With Troy Tulowitzki on the DL, the Blue Jays have been running out Ryan Goins and Darwin Barney at short, but with both players sporting a sub .270 OBP, they have allowed Donaldson to shift over to short the last three games. While it is very unlikely he can play enough games at short to gain eligibility for next season, added positional eligibility down the stretch in certain formats isn’t out of the question. In a year where we have seen Kyle Schwarber start the year with catcher eligibility in Yahoo and Anthony Rizzo get second base eligibility in most platforms, it appears anything is possible.

 

 

Nellie to the Bench

With the Mariners heading to play in Atlanta, Nelson Cruz will likely be heading for a reserve role for the next three games according to Mariners manager Scott Servais. Cruz has been his usual reliable self this season hitting .295/.377/.571 with 31 home run and 100 RBIs, but has primarily played DH this season and at 37-years-old, he no longer has the defensive chops to play regularly in the outfield. It is would be a tad bit surprising to see Cruz not play much this series, however, considering the Mariners are only a game and a half out of the last Wild Card spot and his is arguably their best offensive weapon.

 

Various News and Notes

Taylor Motter, who still doesn’t follow me on twitter in spite of the fact he used to and have made numerous attempts to get him to return to me, has been recalled from AAA Tacoma. He will replace Danny Espinosa on the roster who was released by the Mariners. Motter will assume the utility infielder role for the Mariners, who has played every position except centerfield and catcher this season for the Major League club. Motter has a bit of pop and speed, but won’t likely be much more than a reserve and fill-in with his .204/.272/.355 triple slash this year.

Jacob Faria was placed on the 10-day DL with an abdominal strain that could sideline him for about 2-4 weeks. Faria has struggled in the last month walking 4.81 batters per nine innings with a 5.08 ERA in six starts. His replacement in the rotation will be the returning Alex Cobb who is scheduled to be activated for Thuirsday’s start against the Blue Jays. Cobb last pitched on August 5th and has put together a decent bounceback campaign in 2017 in spite of the fact he is only striking out batters at less than a 6k/9 clip.

Miguel Sano has been placed on the DL with a shin injury. The move is somewhat precautionary as they didn’t want the “stress reaction” to get worse and become shin splints. He will likely miss around two weeks as long as he heals properly.

Matt Bush and Joey Gallo left Sunday’s game when they collided while trying to make a play on an infield pop up.

It appears Bush will be ok, but Gallo suffered a broken nose and will most likely have to pass concussion testing to return to the field.

 

 

Streaming Pitcher Options

A pitcher for today: Chris Stratton vs MIL

Monday’s pitching slate is not very good especially, but Stratton is coming off of his best start of his short MLB career and draws a Milwaukee team that has struck out 27.7% of the time in the second half.

 

A pitcher for tomorrow: Ubaldo Jimenez vs OAK

Prior to last start Ubaldo had four straight good starts, including one versus Oakland where he struck out 11 batters.


The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 489 – We See You, Hoskins!

8/20/17

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Leading Off: Question of the Day

Notable Transactions/Rumors/Articles/Game Play

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Bullpen Report: August 20, 2017

Another busy weekend for bullpen activity around the major leagues. We’ll start with a few notes from Saturday:

  • Yankees manager Joe Girardi announced on Saturday that Aroldis Chapman was removed from the closer role. Dellin Betances got save later that night, striking out two in a perfect inning. It’s been well documented that something doesn’t look right with Chapman this season, especially lately, and thankfully for the Yankees Betances is more than capable of filling in for the remainder of the season if need be. Despite struggling with command more than usual this season, Betances has an outstanding 40.5 percent strikeout rate, and he’s allowed just one home run this year in 47 innings. He’s been an superb reliever in his career, and this year doesn’t look very different except for the uptick in walks. Girardi didn’t “officially” name Betances the closer just yet (in fact, he said that David Robertson was also in the mix), but Betances should be the heavy favorite. Chapman pitched in the sixth and seventh on Sunday, allowing one walk and striking out two.

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Roto Riteup: August 20, 2017

Jackie Bradley Jr. is such a stud:

On the Agenda

  • Two-Homer Games Galore!
  • Bregman Continues to Mash
  • Chapman Out as Closer
  • DeJong Smacks His 20th
  • Marte with a Combo Meal

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Bullpen Report: August 18, 2017

It has now been a full week since Aroldis Chapman put himself in jeopardy of blowing a save against the Red Sox by starting the ninth inning with three consecutive walks. Little has gone right since then.

To recap, he blew a save on Sunday, recorded a save on Tuesday despite allowing an Amed Rosario two-run homer and sat out Wednesday and Thursday due to a hamstring injury. Though Joe Girardi has insisted that Chapman is still his closer, on Friday, he brought him in for the bottom of the eighth inning against the Red Sox even though the Yankees trailed by a run. Once again, Chapman dug himself a hole, allowing a leadoff single to Rafael Devers (who homered off him on Sunday), walking Christian Vazquez and then allowing a double steal. That set up a two-RBI single by Jackie Bradley, Jr., all before Chapman recorded his first out.
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