The Sleeper and the Bust 8/2/2015 – Temper Tantrums in Toronto

Episode 259

The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live!

In this episode, Paul Sporer and Jason Collette tour the league talking a little bit about every game on Sunday including the drama in Toronto, some debuts for traded players, a poor team on a run, a middling team capable of making a run, and an older outfielder making a huge impact.

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Bullpen Report: Sunday, August 2, 2015

Shawn Tolleson is remaining in the closer role, but his cohorts on the grid are changing. Keone Kela has been sent to AA, and Tanner Scheppers hits the DL with a knee issue. Newly acquired Sam Dyson and Jake Diekman end up next in line for saves with the Rangers. With Tolleson being unavailable on Sunday after pitching four days in a row, the Rangers turned to the Dyson-Diekman duo to lock down a two-run lead in the ninth. Diekman walked Nori Aoki on four pitches and was replaced with Dyson. He generated three ground balls, the first two ending up in the outfield, and the last one starting a game-ending double play. It was Dyson’s first save as a Ranger.

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Roto Riteup: August 2, 2015

Today’s Roto Riteup is here, better late than never.

On today’s agenda:
1. Various news and notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options

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Stream, Stream, Stream: #2xSP (8.3-8.9)

Hey, sorry for the late posting but I wanted to make sure we got through the trade deadline unscathed, and I’m also amidst moving into a new home over the weekend. As a result, those two things conspired to make this a late submission, but it’s the best I could do.

Here are the totals halfway through week 15 (with updates from previous listing):

22-39 record (1-3)
4.67 ERA (+0.13)
6.6 K/9 (+0.1)
2.2 K/BB (no change)
1.42 WHIP (+0.01)

Here’s a look at this week’s recs, with team wOBA in parentheses. Y! ownership numbers pulled courtesy of twitter pal @davidwiers, whom you should give a follow:

RHP Ervin Santana – 47.3% ESPN/50% Y! – @TOR (.337), @CLE (.310)

Big Erv’s been good in three starts and brutal in a pair over his first five starts with the Twins. Still, he’s the kind of talent that is rarely available in these sorts of things, as he is rarely owned in under 50% of leagues. Having watched all five starts so far, I’m not quite sure what to expect from Santana this week. At times he’s flashed a good penchant for inducing grounders and getting strikeouts, and and at other times he’s struggled to work within the strike zone while relying heavily on fly balls. Santana is a gamble this week — especially in Toronto — but it’s one I’m oddly more comfortable with than most over the course of this rough season. Read the rest of this entry »


Roto Riteup: August 1, 2015

The reign of Wiers is over! Yours truly has climbed back upon the Roto Riteup throne.

On today’s agenda:
1. Quick hits: Deadline Day Deals
2. Various news and notes
3. Streaming Pitcher Options

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The Daily Grind: Final Trades, Ross, Garcia

Agenda

  1. Final Deadline Deals
  2. Daily DFS – Ross, Nola
  3. GB / FB Splits
  4. Tomorrow’s Targets – Garcia, Flande, Lamb, Holt
  5. Factor Grid

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Bullpen Report: Friday, July 31, 2015

The non-waiver trade deadline came and went and left the closer grid looking a little bit different. Rumored trades involving Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel, and Carter Capps, among others, didn’t come to fruition. As always, if you notice any mistakes on the updated grid, please comment so they can be corrected.

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RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 7/31/2015

Episode 81 – Juan Uribae

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Matthew Dewoskin discuss recording during Matt’s lunch hour, keeping an eye on team bullpens in a matchup, Juan Uribe being welcomed in New York, Rays right-handers facing off against southpaws, Matt giving his thumbs up or thumbs down, the short-lived trio of heroes in Pittsburgh, and not being overwhelmed by the trade deadline in DFS.

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The Daily Grind: More Deadline Deals, Salazar, Nola

Agenda

  1. More More Trade Talk
  2. Daily DFS – Salazar
  3. GB / FB Splits
  4. Tomorrow’s Targets – Nola et al., Brooks, Jaso, Eaton
  5. Factor Grid

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Prospect Stock Watch: Brinson, Marte, Nimmo, Starling

Today at the Prospect Stock Watch we take a look at three outfield prospects — including one who has already been impacted (indirectly) by the trade deadline, as well as an impressive infielder in Seattle.

Lewis Brinson, OF, Rangers: The big Cole Hamels traded netted the Phillies some impressive prospects including outfielder Nick Williams. He was a step ahead of Brinson, who was in A-ball, on the depth chart but I would have personally preferred the latter in a deal such as this. Brinson is a plus center-fielder with speed at 20+ home run potential. But, like Williams, he’s had contact issues in the past but they’ve improved in 2015. Two warnings: His gaudy numbers have come in a very strong hitting environment and his current BABIP is more than .400. With the move of Williams, it’s been reported that Brinson will move up to Double-A. With Leonys Martin’s contract up at the end of the year, it might behoove the club to hold onto him for one more year (through arbitration) and then hope Brinson, 21, is ready for The Show in 2017. [Value Up]

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