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Updated: 2017-08-21T19:00:00+00:00

 



Kuhl For The Summer … And The Top 100 Starters, Week 21

2017-08-21T19:00:00+00:00

It feels good to finally be able to use a Demi Lovato song in my title. Forget Chad Kuhl let's talk about Demi! What star power! What charisma! What a voice! Name another song besides the one in the title! You can't!
**inner-monologue** Wait, don't take that bet. Don't show your true colors when you don't have to. I mean, it's not like I Ralph Lifshitz am actually a Demi Lovato fan. PFFT! That would be preposterous! **inner-monologue-out**
Chad Kuhl of the other hand, different story. Now he is a someone who's fandom I'd consider! (You don't believe me do you?) The 24 year old righthander, has followed up a promising rookie campaign with an inconsistent 2017. That's not to say this season hasn't had it's bright spots. He looks on pace to reach at least 150 innings, his velocity has jumped nearly 3 miles per hour on the fastball, his swinging strike rate is up, and despite a 4.52 ERA, he's been slightly unlucky (68.5% LOB, .316 BABIP). Luck aside he's struggled to limit contact, and has always walked a few more batters than you'd like to see. Since the calendar turned to July, Kuhl has been a top 30 starter going 4-2 over 10 starts with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .211 BAA, and his 21% K% is up about 2% from his career norm. More than likely this is a hot streak but with a player this young it's best to see for ones self. Today we'll dig into Kuhl's most recent start vs St. Louis at home to get a closer look. (image) It feels good to finally be able to use a Demi Lovato song in my title. Forget Chad Kuhl let's talk about Demi! What star power! What charisma! What a voice! Name another song besides the one in the title! You can't!
**inner-monologue** Wait, don't take that bet. Don't show your true colors when you don't have to. I mean, it's not like I Ralph Lifshitz am actually a Demi Lovato fan. PFFT! That would be preposterous! **inner-monologue-out**
Chad Kuhl of the other hand, different story. Now he is a someone who's fandom I'd consider! (You don't believe me do you?) The 24 year old righthander, has followed up a promising rookie campaign with an inconsistent 2017. That's not to say this season hasn't had it's bright spots. He looks on pace to reach at least 150 innings, his velocity has jumped nearly 3 miles per hour on the fastball, his swinging strike rate is up, and despite a 4.52 ERA, he's been slightly unlucky (68.5% LOB, .316 BABIP). Luck aside he's struggled to limit contact, and has always walked a few more batters than you'd like to see. Since the calendar turned to July, Kuhl has been a top 30 starter going 4-2 over 10 starts with a 3.21 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, .211 BAA, and his 21% K% is up about 2% from his career norm. More than likely this is a hot streak but with a player this young it's best to see for ones self. Today we'll dig into Kuhl's most recent start vs St. Louis at home to get a closer look. (image) (image)



Rhys Hoskins, Eddie Rosario …And The Top 100 Hitters, Week 21

2017-08-21T18:35:00+00:00

I really wish Rhys Hoskins pronounced his name “Riz” so that I could use a “Nobody Beats The Rhys” headline, but it is apparently pronounced “Reese.” Who do I talk to about making that change? Does anyone have the phone number for his parents or, better yet, his grandparents? This is important stuff here. Anyway, added Rhys to our beloved 100 because chicks dig the long ball. While you probably haven’t had to search hard to find home runs in 2017, neither has anyone else, so it’s always good to have some more. Hoskins has big boy power, which he displayed in the minors the last few years (where he was stuck for way too long thanks to the Phillies). After hitting 38 home runs in 135 games in hitter-friendly confines in Double-A in 2016, he backed that up with 29 home runs in 115 games in Triple-A this season. But his game isn’t all power. As a somewhat older prospect, Hoskins actually has a pretty nice approach at the plate. In Triple-A in 2017, he posted a 13.5 BB% against a 15.8 K% while slashing .284 / .385 / .581. Through his first two weeks in the show, his average is down, but everything else looks about the same. And a .154 BABIP helps explain the .237 average he woke up with on Monday morning. So, the real bonus with Hoskins is that the power numbers come with some above-average peripherals. He might not hit .280+ the rest of the way in the bigs, but would it surprise anyone if he did? If you are in OBP or OPS leagues, even better, since he has shown that he is not afraid to take a walk. Plus, that power...(image) I really wish Rhys Hoskins pronounced his name “Riz” so that I could use a “Nobody Beats The Rhys” headline, but it is apparently pronounced “Reese.” Who do I talk to about making that change? Does anyone have the phone number for his parents or, better yet, his grandparents? This is important stuff here. Anyway, added Rhys to our beloved 100 because chicks dig the long ball. While you probably haven’t had to search hard to find home runs in 2017, neither has anyone else, so it’s always good to have some more. Hoskins has big boy power, which he displayed in the minors the last few years (where he was stuck for way too long thanks to the Phillies). After hitting 38 home runs in 135 games in hitter-friendly confines in Double-A in 2016, he backed that up with 29 home runs in 115 games in Triple-A this season. But his game isn’t all power. As a somewhat older prospect, Hoskins actually has a pretty nice approach at the plate. In Triple-A in 2017, he posted a 13.5 BB% against a 15.8 K% while slashing .284 / .385 / .581. Through his first two weeks in the show, his average is down, but everything else looks about the same. And a .154 BABIP helps explain the .237 average he woke up with on Monday morning. So, the real bonus with Hoskins is that the power numbers come with some above-average peripherals. He might not hit .280+ the rest of the way in the bigs, but would it surprise anyone if he did? If you are in OBP or OPS leagues, even better, since he has shown that he is not afraid to take a walk. Plus, that power...(image) (image)



FantasyDraft: Let’s Take A Walk On The Wild Side

2017-08-21T16:45:00+00:00

Taijuan Walker, $15,000, is an absolute steal against the Quad A Mets in Citi Field tonight!  Granted, he's been scuffling a little bit as of late, but it's the dog days of summer and I guarantee he'll dominate tonight.  The Mets were one of the biggest sellers during the trade deadline and basically they have Yoenis Cespedes as their one sole major league hitter.  The rest of the team is a mish mash of Quad A talent and they'll post big strikeout numbers vs a strikeout pitcher.  I encourage you to take a walk on the wild side tonight because it will pay off big time!  My other SP for tonight is Chris Stratton, $13,600, vs the strikeout prone Milwaukee Brewers.  The Brew Crew ranks numero uno in Ks versus RHP.  Stratton isn't anything special, but he's at home in a pitchers park vs the top K'ing team in the league.  I'll take my chances, especially with his discounted salary. Now that we have our pitchers in place tonight, let's throw some cash towards our offense. New to FantasyDraft? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!(image) Taijuan Walker, $15,000, is an absolute steal against the Quad A Mets in Citi Field tonight!  Granted, he's been scuffling a little bit as of late, but it's the dog days of summer and I guarantee he'll dominate tonight.  The Mets were one of the biggest sellers during the trade deadline and basically they have Yoenis Cespedes as their one sole major league hitter.  The rest of the team is a mish mash of Quad A talent and they'll post big strikeout numbers vs a strikeout pitcher.  I encourage you to take a walk on the wild side tonight because it will pay off big time!  My other SP for tonight is Chris Stratton, $13,600, vs the strikeout prone Milwaukee Brewers.  The Brew Crew ranks numero uno in Ks versus RHP.  Stratton isn't anything special, but he's at home in a pitchers park vs the top K'ing team in the league.  I'll take my chances, especially with his discounted salary. Now that we have our pitchers in place tonight, let's throw some cash towards our offense. New to FantasyDraft? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!(image) (image)



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

2017-08-21T12:45:00+00:00

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, Miek Fiers allowing home runs […]

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, Miek Fiers allowing home runs again, Rhys Hoskins’ big power, the Tigers packing it in, Curtis Granderson seeking a ring with the Dodgers, Bryon Buxton being locked in, and the “stoutest” baseball players in history.

Contest picks for Monday, August 21: Eduardo Rodriguez @ CLE and Marcus Semien @ BAL (Dylan) and Eduardo Rodriguez @ CLE and Ben Gamel @ ATL (Matt).

Contest picks for Tuesday, August 22: Jose Urena @ PHI and Matt Joyce @ BAL (Dylan) and Jose Urena @ PHI and Leury Garcia (Matt).

Contest picks for Wednesday, August 23: Luke Weaver vs. SD and Rhys Hoskins vs. MIA (Dylan) and Erasmo Ramirez @ ATL and Chase Headley @ DET (Matt).

Contest picks for Thursday, August 24: German Marquez @ KC and Nick Williams vs. MIA (Dylan) and German Marquez @ KC and Derek Dietrich @ PHI (Matt).

As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us or comment with fantasy questions.

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Approximately 34 minutes of joyous analysis.

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Performing a Standings Analysis

2017-08-21T12:15:00+00:00

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 […]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. At various points during the season, I put together a little Excel spreadsheet to help me determine which categories I could gain and lose points in. The exercise helps me identify the type of players to target and which players on my own team are tradeable. It looks like this: Column B represents the points I could reasonably gain in each category without any trades or free agent pick-ups. Column C represents how many points my team could lose in those categories, again assuming I don’t trade anyone away and my team remains the same. It is important to remember that we’re not trying to be 100% accurate by using RoS projections for every fantasy team in your league. That would be too time consuming and not provide enough incremental value. This is just a simple way to see how clustered the categories are and how likely it is you could gain or lose points if your team performs better or worse than normal over the rest of the season. Column D is the sum of the absolute values of the gain and loss columns. I want to know which categories have the potential for the most total movement; these are the categories I need to focus on improving so I could either gain points or prevent the loss of any. The ratio categories are a bit more difficult to assess. You could choose to really dive deep by looking at your total at-bats and innings pitched, then picking various rest of season rates your team might post and calculate where your rates would end up given those various rest of season marks. But then you need to also remember that the teams around you could jump up or down, so it’s not as cut and dried as just considering the movement of your own team. So I typically like to assume I could gain or lose an extra point than I might realistically be able to using actual math. For pitching, it’s the standard “anything could happen”. As usual, the strategy is to just start good pitchers and cross your fingers. The WQS stat is Wins + Quality Starts. We switched from straight wins a couple of years ago, and let me tell you, my chances of suffering a heart attack have been greatly reduced. After you set up the categorical table, you could then set up another spreadsheet detailing all of your players’ projected rest of season contributions. It might look something like this: You would project whether each player on your roster will contribute positive (+), neutral (blank) or negative (-) val[...]



Roto Riteup: August 21, 2017

2017-08-21T11:15:00+00:00

One star gets a new position and another is hitting the bench and more on Monday's Roto Riteup!The Little League World Series has showed us game of all shapes and sizes: This is the best catch I've ever seen in baseball at any level! Just ridiculous! #SCtop10 #LittleLeagueWorldSeries pic.twitter.com/PFKr6KbmNm — Nick Peppe (@NickPeppeTNN) August 20, 2017   Game comes in all sizes: pic.twitter.com/Vk2ymgw2lz — Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) August 11, 2017     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. Here’s the collision that knocked Joey Gallo and Matt Bush out of today’s game vs. the White Sox. Ouch. pic.twitter.com/oQxzyhRmHO — FOX 4 Sports (@KDFWsports) August 20, 2017 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[...]



10 Important Stories From 08/20/17 Box Scores: Kiermaier is Back, Rosario Goes Deep, & More

2017-08-21T11:00:00+00:00

by Ray Kuhn We ended yet another week of exciting action with a full slate of games on Sunday. With each week that closes, we get closer to the end of the season, and that means everything becomes that much more critical. Let’s jump rightby Ray Kuhn We ended yet another week of exciting action with a full slate of games on Sunday. With each week that closes, we get closer to the end of the season, and that means everything becomes that much more critical. Let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out from a busy day around baseball: 1) Verlander Flirts With History… It was actually a duel effort at making history as both Kenta Maeda and Justin Verlander didn’t allow hits for the first few innings until the bats came alive in the sixth inning. Detroit got four runs off Maeda, and that proved to be more than enough for Verlander. Until we turn the calendar to September, every start for the right-hander could be his last for Detroit, and he didn’t disappoint. A Curtis Granderson solo home run was all Los Angeles managed off Verlander, aside from a single and a walk, in eight innings of work as he picked up his ninth victory of the season. Verlander, who struck out nine batters, lowered his ERA to 3.96, but he is still dealing with a 1.31 WHIP despite a BABIP of .285. While Verlander will continue to be a solid starter for the rest of the season, I would be concerned that he is giving up hard contact at a career high rate of 36.2%; 28.9% last season.2) Order is Restored with the Marlins… Enjoy this well it lasts. Not only is Giancarlo Stanton healthy, but he is in the zone. After going a few days without a home run, Stanton went deep again yesterday afternoon against the Mets. The three run shot off Jacob deGrom was his 45th home run of the season as Stanton inches closer to 100 RBI on the season; he is currently at 97. Not only are we getting power from Stanton, but he is batting .286 on the season in what is the best season of his career. With a .293 BABIP and .358 ISO (career mark of .313), this is the Stanton we should be seeing. Long term though, there is always going to be the concern of whether or not he stays healthy. While 33.1% of Stanton’s home runs have turned into fly balls this season, it isn’t that far off from his 32.1% mark of 2015 (26.5% for his career). 3) Kiermaier Looks to be Healthy… In three games back after missing over two months with a back injury, there doesn’t appear to be any question about Kevin Kiermaier’s health. The outfielder returned to the top of the order for Tampa Ba without missing a beat, and after doubling in first game back, Kiermaier has two hits in each of the last two games. On Sunday, he lead the game off with home run and later added a single. In 245 at bats so far this season, Kiermaier has eight home runs and 21 RBI with 10 stolen bases and a .265 average. If you held onto him while he was out, Kiermaier should prove his value over the next month or so, and he is certainly worth a substantial FAAB claim if he is available. 4) Phillips Continues His Strong Season… While there weren’t many expectations entering the season for the Braves, things have also gone a little worse than expected. However for Brandon Phillips, things have worked out even better than fantasy owners could have predicted. Atlanta has been using Phillips at third base as of late which gives him nice duel eligibility, and his performance hasn’t been too bad either. Phillips picked up three hits yesterday while driving in his 47th run of the season while scoring twice. He is batting .290 overall, Phillips can be solid option in deeper leagues or if you are looking to plug an injury created hole. 5) A Grand Day in Minnesota… If you have been sleeping on Eddie Rosario over the past few weeks, you are missing out. Minnesota batted around in th[...]



Heads Up

2017-08-21T10:00:00+00:00

How the practice of firing free stuff into stadium seats became a thing.The Phillie Phanatic is one of baseball’s most recognizable mascots. (via Steve Wood)You hear it before you see it. The “thunk,” then “hiss,” will forever be imprinted on my brain after my ill-fated collision with a cannon-fired tee shirt at a big league ballpark this year. 2 Unlimited’s “Get Ready for This,” should’ve been my cue. Mascots and cheerleaders always charge out onto the field with the tee shirt cannon to that infernal song. But no. I just had to check my fantasy baseball team’s status. I didn’t see — or hear —  it coming. Thunk, hiss. Two things on the rubber-banded tee shirt that hit me square on the forehead (a fairly big target, I admit). First, it wasn’t the pain that made me cower, but the embarrassment. Second, the real trouble isn’t the impact, but what comes after. The scrum of grabbing hands, most with sharp fingernails, that ensues is thoroughly brutal. It felt like getting attacked by a pack of angry wolverines. Left to sit there with no tee shirt (a 12-year-old kid somehow shimmied under my seat to snatch it) and a lifetime’s worth of shame, my first thought was, “Which one of you grabbed my thigh?” Then, “Who in the heck came up with idea for a tee shirt cannon? And furthermore, who decided that creating one for hot dogs would be a great idea.” I must confess, it is a great idea for teams, because nothing makes fans go crazier than free stuff coming at them at top speed. Turns out, baseball teams have been shooting off hot dogs longer than they’ve been launching tees into the crowd via air-powered artillery. A 2006 Sports Business Journal article credits Hatfield Quality Meats for starting the whole blasted thing. Founded in 1895, Hatfield produces 1,200 different kinds of pork products from its facility just north of Philadelphia. It’s best-known, however, for making the official hot dog of the Philadelphia Phillies. Heading into the 1996 season, the Phillies and Hatfield were looking for ways to promote a new hot dog for kids, the Phanatic Frank, at Citizens Bank Ballpark. The tee shirt slingshot was just getting popular around that time, and the Phils braintrust thought, “bingo!” From the SBJ piece: Hatfield’s engineers got right on it — eventually developing a carbon dioxide launcher that could shoot dogs a few hundred feet. Looking to add some corporate ID, the engineers designed a wiener-shaped case with the company’s logo on the side. The 1996 season opened in Philadelphia with airborne hot dogs. In their book In the Ballpark: The Working Lives of Baseball People, George Gmelch and the very aptly named J. J. Weiner wrote that the Hatfield shooter creates 350 pounds per square inch of pressure to launch dogs more than 200 feet. Here’s how these gas-powered guns work, according to commercial manufacturer Air Cannons, Inc. There is a series of valves and regulators that allow for the gas source (the CO2 in the tank) to be regulated.  You then control the pressure which in turn will determine the distance that the Air Cannon will launch the t-shirt (or any other item).  When a t-shirt is loaded in the barrel and you’re ready to launch it out you press the trigger which releases the regulated CO2 gas in the reservoir out through the barrel which in turn propels the t-shirt. This manufacturer has a model, the Hurricane 400, it claims can blast a tee up to 400 feet. Oh, and by the way, its guns can shoot much more than just hot dogs and tee shirts. Again, from the Air Cannons site: Besides t-shirts, Air Cannons are used to launch hot dogs, rally towels, stuffed animals, mini-footballs and basketballs, nerf balls, stress balls, baseball caps, candy, co[...]



Eddie Hustling Minnesota Bats

2017-08-21T07:01:00+00:00

As oft-misheard lyric is, "Eddie, are you okay?  Are you okay, Eddie?"  For those millennials who are reading, misheard lyrics were lyrics you thought you were hearing in songs before you could just Google, "[song name] lyrics."  For 25 years, people went around singing, "I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone," and were just happy to be rid of Lorraine!  R.E.M.'s It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) was just a chorus and four minutes of jumbled words, and that...sounded...fine!  So, is Eddie Rosario okay, or is he just okay Eddie?  Yesterday, Rosario went 2-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 17th homer as he hits over .400 in the last week.  Some notes about Eddie:  he's gone hitless in only two games in August; has five steals to go with the 17 homers; is hitting .303; has a .209 ISO which is tied for 56th in baseball; and now hits at the top of the order.  He should be grabbed in all leagues, and, I'm moving close to him becoming my 2018's Max Kepler.  *inhales deeply*  Ah, the sweet smell of embarrassment.  Anyway, here's what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:(image) As oft-misheard lyric is, "Eddie, are you okay?  Are you okay, Eddie?"  For those millennials who are reading, misheard lyrics were lyrics you thought you were hearing in songs before you could just Google, "[song name] lyrics."  For 25 years, people went around singing, "I can see clearly now Lorraine is gone," and were just happy to be rid of Lorraine!  R.E.M.'s It's the End of the World as We Know It (and I Feel Fine) was just a chorus and four minutes of jumbled words, and that...sounded...fine!  So, is Eddie Rosario okay, or is he just okay Eddie?  Yesterday, Rosario went 2-for-5, 4 RBIs with his 17th homer as he hits over .400 in the last week.  Some notes about Eddie:  he's gone hitless in only two games in August; has five steals to go with the 17 homers; is hitting .303; has a .209 ISO which is tied for 56th in baseball; and now hits at the top of the order.  He should be grabbed in all leagues, and, I'm moving close to him becoming my 2018's Max Kepler.  *inhales deeply*  Ah, the sweet smell of embarrassment.  Anyway, here's what else I saw this weekend in fantasy baseball:(image) (image)



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

2017-08-21T04:30:01+00:00

Paul and Jason discuss Donaldson at short, Zimmer & Judge struggling, 2-start Start/Sit, and more!8/20/17 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is brought to you by Out of the Park Baseball 18, the best baseball strategy game ever made – available NOW on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms! Go to ootpdevelopments.com to order now and save 10% with the code SLEEPER18! Follow us on Twitter @sporer @enosarris @jasoncollette Leading Off: Question of the Day What is Bradley Zimmer’s AVG in August? (7:17) Notable Transactions/Rumors/Articles/Game Play Josh Donaldson starts at SS (12:00) Rhys Hoskins clubbing the ball (20:00) Aaron Judge now at .169/.329/.355, 7 HR, 37% K in 2H (23:20) Miguel Sano to DL w/shin issue (31:30) Byron Buxton surging (33:33) Strategy Section: 2-Start Start/Sit Shallow (40:30) Danny Duffy – COL, at CLE Charlie Morton – WAS, at LAA Jameson Taillon – LAD, at CIN Taijuan Walker – at NYM, SF Medium (48:00) Tanner Roark – at HOU, NYM Eduardo Rodriguez – at CLE, BAL John Lackey – at CIN, at PHI Zach Davies – at SF, at LAD Deep (51:20) Jose Urena – at PHI, SD Mike Clevinger – BOS, KC Steven Matz – ARI, at WAS Nick Pivetta – MIA, CHC Andrew Albers – at ATL, at NYY Events Baseball HQ’s First Pitch Forum at Arizona Fall League — As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us or comment with fantasy questions. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or via the feed. Please rate & review the show in iTunes letting us know what you think! Approximately 64 minutes of joyous analysis.[...]



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

2017-08-21T04:30:00+00:00

Paul and Jason discuss Donaldson at short, Zimmer & Judge struggling, 2-start Start/Sit, and more!8/20/17 The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is brought to you by Out of the Park Baseball 18, the best baseball strategy game ever made – available NOW on PC, Mac, and Linux platforms! Go to ootpdevelopments.com to order now and save 10% with the code SLEEPER18! Follow us on Twitter @sporer @enosarris @jasoncollette Leading Off: Question of the Day What is Bradley Zimmer’s AVG in August? (7:17) Notable Transactions/Rumors/Articles/Game Play Josh Donaldson starts at SS (12:00) Rhys Hoskins clubbing the ball (20:00) Aaron Judge now at .169/.329/.355, 7 HR, 37% K in 2H (23:20) Miguel Sano to DL w/shin issue (31:30) Byron Buxton surging (33:33) Strategy Section: 2-Start Start/Sit Shallow (40:30) Danny Duffy – COL, at CLE Charlie Morton – WAS, at LAA Jameson Taillon – LAD, at CIN Taijuan Walker – at NYM, SF Medium (48:00) Tanner Roark – at HOU, NYM Eduardo Rodriguez – at CLE, BAL John Lackey – at CIN, at PHI Zach Davies – at SF, at LAD Deep (51:20) Jose Urena – at PHI, SD Mike Clevinger – BOS, KC Steven Matz – ARI, at WAS Nick Pivetta – MIA, CHC Andrew Albers – at ATL, at NYY Events Baseball HQ’s First Pitch Forum at Arizona Fall League — As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us or comment with fantasy questions. You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or via the feed. Please rate & review the show in iTunes letting us know what you think! Approximately 64 minutes of joyous analysis.[...]



MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Anderson, Faria, Uehara

2017-08-21T04:01:00+00:00

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES CHC: C Rene Rivera added to 25-man roster; RP Koji Uehara activated from 10-Day DL; C Victor Caratini and RP Rob Zastryzny optioned to minors. | Cubs Depth Chart Rivera was the catcher and batted 7th in Sunday’s game. MIL: SP Chase Anderson activated from 10-Day DL; SP Brandon Woodruff optioned to minors. | Brewers Depth Chart The Brewers do not…IMPACT ROSTER MOVES CHC: C Rene Rivera added to 25-man roster; RP Koji Uehara activated from 10-Day DL; C Victor Caratini and RP Rob Zastryzny optioned to minors. | Cubs Depth Chart Rivera was the catcher and batted 7th in Sunday’s game. MIL: SP Chase Anderson activated from 10-Day DL; SP Brandon Woodruff optioned to minors. | Brewers Depth Chart The Brewers do not need a 5th starter until September 2nd due to a pair of upcoming off days. TBR: SP Jacob Faria (strained abdominal) placed on 10-Day DL; OF Cesar Puello (claimed off waivers on Saturday) added to 25-man roster. | Rays Depth Chart Alex Cobb will come off the disabled list to take Faria’s rotation spot on Thursday. — FUTURE EXPECTED MOVES ARZ: SP Robbie Ray will be activated from 7-Day DL during the upcoming series against the New York Mets (Monday-Thursday), according to the team. | Diamondbacks Depth Chart Ray made a rehab start on Thursday, so the earliest he would return is Tuesday August 22nd. CWS: SP Carson Fulmer will be recalled from minors on Monday August 21st and SP Lucas Giolito will be recalled from minors on Tuesday August 22nd, according to Daryl Van Schowen of the Chicago Sun Times.  | White Sox Depth Chart HOU: C Brian McCann will likely be activated from 10-Day DL on Thursday August 24th, according to Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. | Astros Depth Chart KCR: C Salvador Perez will likely be activated from 10-Day DL on Tuesday August 22nd or Wednesday August 23rd, according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com. | Royals Depth Chart LAD: SP Brock Stewart will be recalled from minors on Tuesday August 22nd, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register.  | Dodgers Depth Chart MIN: 3B Miguel Sano (stress fracture in tibia) will be placed on 10-Day DL, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune; 1B Kennys Vargas will be recalled from minors; SP Tim Melville will have contract purchased from minors on Monday August 21st, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. | Twins Depth Chart NYY: SP Masahiro Tanaka will likely be activated from 10-Day DL on Tuesday August 22nd. | Yankees Depth Chart PHI: SP Nick Pivetta will be likely recalled as the 26th man for the double-header on Tuesday August 22nd, according to Matt Gelb of the Philly Inquirer.  | Phillies Depth Chart TBR: SP Alex Cobb will be activated from 10-Day DL on Thursday August 24th, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  | Rays Depth Chart   — MINOR TRANSACTIONS ARZ: RP Jimmie Sherfy and RP Braden Shipley recalled from minors; RP Silvino Bracho and RP J.J. Hoover optioned to minors. | Diamondbacks Depth Chart BAL: RP Alec Asher recalled from minors; RP Miguel Castro optioned to minors. | Orioles Depth Chart LAD: RP Jordan Jankowski claimed off waivers from Houston Astros and optioned to minors. | Dodgers Depth Chart NYM: RP Jacob Rhame acquired from Los Angeles Dodgers to complete the deal for Curtis Granderson. | Mets Depth Chart PIT: C Jacob Stallings r[...]



Quick Hits: Colon, Upton, D’Backs, Piscotty, Blue Jays, Anderson

2017-08-21T03:38:00+00:00

Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher in the Twins’ 12-5 win over the Diamondbacks today, giving the 44-year-old another distinction in the record books.  Colon became the 18th pitcher in baseball history to record at least one win against all 30 big league teams.  The veteran righty was 0-2 in four previous career starts against…Bartolo Colon was the winning pitcher in the Twins’ 12-5 win over the Diamondbacks today, giving the 44-year-old another distinction in the record books.  Colon became the 18th pitcher in baseball history to record at least one win against all 30 big league teams.  The veteran righty was 0-2 in four previous career starts against the D’Backs, but he finally notched that elusive win in his 20th MLB season.  While expansion doesn’t appear to be in the league’s immediate plans, we also probably shouldn’t entirely rule out the ageless Colon’s chances of eventually defeating a 31st team. Here’s some more from around the American League… Justin Upton tells MLB.com’s Jason Beck and other reporters that he hasn’t “really even thought about” whether or not to opt out of his Tigers contract.  Upton is focused on finishing the season, and will then take some downtime before discussing the opt-out with his agent and his family “probably a week or two beforehand” when a decision will need to be made.  One factor will be whether or not the Tigers will look to contend or rebuild in 2018, and Upton intends to speak to GM Al Avila, who the outfielder feels has “been pretty up front with all the veteran guys here with his plans” to date.  Recent reports suggested that Upton wasn’t planning on opting out of the four years and $88MM remaining on his Tigers deal, though given that Upton is enjoying an outstanding season, he could potentially top that guarantee if he re-entered the open market.  MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes recently ranked Upton as having the sixth-highest earning power of any potential free agent of the 2017-18 offseason. Barring injury, Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen doubts the team will make any significant August waiver trades, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.  “We’re still watching the waiver market through the month of August but I’m not anticipating that there’s going to be major changes outside of what’s in this organization,” Hazen said. The Cardinals recalled Stephen Piscotty from Triple-A as their 26th man for their special Little League Classic matchup with the Pirates, though Cards president of baseball operations John Mozeliak told MLB.com’s Jennifer Langosch and other reporters that Piscotty may stick with the club beyond just today’s action.  Piscotty has battled injuries and struggled to the tune of a .232/.340/.362 slash line over 291 PA, which led to his demotion earlier this month.  It remains to be see how St. Louis would juggle right field playing time between Piscotty, fellow underachiever Randal Grichuk and promising rookie Jose Martinez. The Blue Jays started Josh Donaldson at shortstop and Jose Bautista at third base today, and while the lack of a DH for their interleague series at Wrigley Field played a role in the unusual lineup, manager John Gibbons told MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm and other media that “you may see them out there together again.”  Bautista has some past experience at the hot corner, while Donaldson’s first three career games at short all came during this three-game series with the Cubs.  This lineup shuffle, if more regularly made, would allow Nori Aoki or Ezequiel Carrera (or[...]



The Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) – August 21, 2017

2017-08-21T02:04:00+00:00

Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for August 21, 2017.…Check out our DraftKings and FanDuel Cheat Sheets! Welcome to the Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) for August 21, 2017.…(image)



NL East Notes: Asdrubal, Phillips, Phillies, Koehler

2017-08-21T01:03:00+00:00

The latest from around the NL East… The Mets are receiving more trade interest in Asdrubal Cabrera, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.  Cabrera received some buzz prior to the deadline (with the Indians and Red Sox mentioned as two of the interested teams) though there haven’t been many rumblings about him yet this month.  The veteran…The latest from around the NL East… The Mets are receiving more trade interest in Asdrubal Cabrera, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.  Cabrera received some buzz prior to the deadline (with the Indians and Red Sox mentioned as two of the interested teams) though there haven’t been many rumblings about him yet this month.  The veteran infielder has shown additional versatility by playing second and third base almost exclusively over the last two months after beginning the year as New York’s everyday shortstop.  MLBTR’s Steve Adams listed Cabrera first in his recent ranking of the Top 25 August Trade Candidates. Brandon Phillips has acquitted himself well as the Braves’ third baseman since moving over from second base to accommodate Ozzie Albies, and David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution points out that the position switch may be a boost to Phillips’ future career.  The veteran infielder will have a better chance at finding a new contract this winter now that he has demonstrated more positional versatility, and O’Brien figures Phillips could also handle playing first base as well. “Essentially, the Phillies are in rebuilding purgatory,” David Murphy of the Philadelphia Daily News writes.  The Phils find themselves in a bit of a catch-22 of needing some reliable arms to fill out next year’s rotation, as though it makes little sense to spend the significant dollars necessary for such pitching when the club is still in a rebuilding phase, though getting good pitchers at bargain prices will be difficult-to-impossible.  While the Phillies aren’t planning to contend yet, Murphy argues that “the goal should be to make next season watchable,” and a lack of pitching could undermine what appears to be some promising development from the team’s young hitters. Tom Koehler was dealt from the Marlins to the Blue Jays yesterday, ending the right-hander’s career-long stint in the Miami organization.  As Koehler tells Tim Healey of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, he is excited to go to Toronto, though it is a bittersweet feeling leaving the team that drafted him as an 18th-rounder in 2008.  “They [the Marlins] gave me an opportunity.  I don’t think a lot of people would have thought that I would’ve gotten as far as I have, and they gave me a chance to do it,” Koehler said. [...]



Bullpen Report: August 20, 2017

2017-08-21T00:44:00+00:00

Analyzing all the weekend's relevant bullpen activity.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. Greg Holland allowed three runs on two hits (including a home run) and a walk. Over his last five appearances spanning 4.1 innings, he’s surrendered nine earned runs on eight hits, two homers, and five walks with just four strikeouts. Still, Holland has 35 saves and just three blown saves along with an impressive 3.22 ERA and 3.36 FIP, although his 4.09 xFIP is disconcerting. Holland has done well at limiting home runs this season, but he’s fallen back to earth somewhat after being one of the game’s very best closers early in the season. Like Holland, it’s been a rough go for Edwin Diaz as of late. He notched his 27th save on Saturday, but he allowed a solo home run to Logan Morrison. Diaz has allowed six earned runs on six walks, two hits, and a home run over his last four appearances spanning 3.1 innings. In seven appearances since August 6, Diaz has a 27.3 percent walk rate. When he’s right, he’s is one of the most electric relievers in baseball. But when he’s off, he can really scuffle. The projections still like Diaz as a well-above-average reliever moving forward, but his 3.74 ERA/4.44 FIP/4.16 xFIP in 53 innings so far this year should be classified as disappointing and troubling. Now for Sunday’s news: Bud Norris was the latest reliever used in a ninth-inning save opportunity for Mike Scioscia‘s Angels. He allowed a hit and a walk, but struck out two to notch the save. The ninth inning has been a revolving door for the Halos lately, as they’ve tried Cam Bedrosian, Yusmeiro Petit, and Keynan Middleton with little consistency and varying degrees of success. This bullpen should mostly be avoided from a fantasy perspective for now until things settle down. Even when a reliever (like Norris today) has successfully converted a save in the ninth, the Angels have gone another direction shortly thereafter. For now, Norris looks as though he could be the favorite (simply because he converted the Angels’ most recent save chance), but there’s no telling what Scioscia will do next. Blake Parker remains an intriguing option should he ever get the chance to close, and Norris, Bedrosian, Petit, and Middleton remain firmly in the mix. These are actually very meaningful games for the Angels, so they must desperately want to bring some calm to this unstable situation. For what it’s worth, Norris pitched the eighth and Parker pitched the ninth on Saturday with Angels leading by four[...]



MLBTR Originals

2017-08-20T23:57:00+00:00

Here’s the list of original content from the MLB Trade Rumors writing staff over the last seven days… Just hours after Steve Adams published the latest edition of the Top 25 August Trade Candidates ranking, the list already needed revising thanks to the news that Curtis Granderson (#2 on Steve’s list) had been dealt to…Here’s the list of original content from the MLB Trade Rumors writing staff over the last seven days… Just hours after Steve Adams published the latest edition of the Top 25 August Trade Candidates ranking, the list already needed revising thanks to the news that Curtis Granderson (#2 on Steve’s list) had been dealt to the Dodgers.  This August has been more active than usual on the trade front, so it wouldn’t be surprising if several more top-25 names are moved before the month is out. If teams can’t work out a trade within the August waiver period, they could also add talent by making a waiver claim.  Charlie Wilmoth lists eight players that could potentially be claimed and then allowed to leave by their current teams. The Astros are known to be looking for left-handed relief help, so Steve looked at 10 southpaws that could be available and of interest to the AL West leaders.  Houston did make a significant bullpen acquisition this week, though it was for veteran right-hander Tyler Clippard. Looking ahead to the offseason, Steve checked in on eight notable names who can become free agents this winter due to opt-out clauses or player options in their current contracts. The qualifying offer will also have a big impact on this winter’s free agent movement.  Since this will be the first offseason of the new QO rules established in the latest collective bargaining agreement, I published a refresher about how the new system will operate for teams that sign or lose players who will reject the one-year qualifying offer (estimated to be worth around $18MM this year). Jeff Todd examines ten pitchers who will be eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter, and have set themselves up for some very healthy salaries in the first of three (or four, for the Super Two players) trips through the process. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger look like shoo-ins for the Rookie Of The Year honors in their respective leagues, as Connor Byrne counts down the top 10 rookies of the 2017 season.  I guess Judge’s slump in the second half might cost him some votes if the likes of Andrew Benintendi or Trey Mancini keep up their production, though heading into today’s action, Judge (6.0) had generated twice as much fWAR as Benintendi (2.0) and Mancini (1.0) combined. [...]



Twins To Place Miguel Sano On 10-Day Disabled List

2017-08-20T22:53:00+00:00

Miguel Sano won’t join the Twins on their upcoming road trip and he is headed to the 10-day DL due to a stress reaction in his left shin, the slugger told reporters (including Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press).  No move has yet been announced by the team, though Mike Berardino of the…

Miguel Sano won’t join the Twins on their upcoming road trip and he is headed to the 10-day DL due to a stress reaction in his left shin, the slugger told reporters (including Chad Graff of the St. Paul Pioneer Press).  No move has yet been announced by the team, though Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Kennys Vargas was removed from the Triple-A lineup today and will replace Sano on Minnesota’s 25-man roster.

Sano fouled a ball off his shin on Friday, and then left Saturday’s game early due to continued soreness (the Twins used Sano as the DH on Saturday to limit his time on his feet).  The seriousness of Sano’s injury or a timetable for his return isn’t yet known.

Going without Sano’s bat for even the minimum 10 days is a blow to a Twins team that is thick in the midst of the AL wild card hunt, plus still with an outside shot at catching the Indians for first place in the AL Central.  Sano is hitting .267/.356/.514 with 27 homers through 475 plate appearances, seemingly making the breakout from blue chip prospect to established big league hitter.  While he’s had some good fortune in the form of a .379 BABIP and there is still a lot of swing-and-miss in Sano’s approach (a league-high 170 strikeouts), he makes little mistake when he does make contact — his 45.3% hard-hit ball rate ranks fifth among all qualified hitters in baseball this season.

Vargas will be called up to handle DH duties or perhaps spell Joe Mauer at first base, while Sano’s customary spot at third base will likely be filled by Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza.  Needless to say, that’s a big dropoff in production for a Twins team that is already just middle-of-the-pack in most offensive categories, so clearly Minnesota needs Sano back soon if the team is to continue its surprising push towards a playoff spot.

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NL Notes: Otani, Dodgers, Mets, Phillies

2017-08-20T21:37:00+00:00

Eight members of the Dodgers organization, including president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, were in Japan on Sunday to watch Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani, according to a report from Sponichi (translation courtesy of Kazuto Yamazaki of Beyond the Box Score, on Twitter). The two-way standout threw a 58-pitch bullpen session before the game…Eight members of the Dodgers organization, including president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, were in Japan on Sunday to watch Nippon Ham Fighters star Shohei Otani, according to a report from Sponichi (translation courtesy of Kazuto Yamazaki of Beyond the Box Score, on Twitter). The two-way standout threw a 58-pitch bullpen session before the game and then reached base in all four plate appearances during the contest, going 3 for 3 with a walk. Otani, 23, figures to be the most sought-after free agent available if he decides to immigrate to the majors in the offseason. The Dodgers seem likely to pursue him, but the international spending limits in the new collective bargaining agreement will prevent the big-spending franchise from steamrolling the competition with a massive offer. In fact, the Dodgers aren’t allowed to give out a bonus exceeding $300K to an international prospect in the 2017-18 signing period. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is a near certainty to return in 2018, but manager Terry Collins’ exit seems like a mere formality, David Lennon of Newsday suggests. While the Alderson-built Mets have been among the majors’ most obvious letdowns this season, the spate of injuries they’ve dealt with has likely given him some leeway, Lennon notes. One prominent Met who hasn’t played at all this year is third baseman and captain David Wright, whom neck, shoulder and back issues have limited to 75 games since 2015. The $47MM owed to Wright through 2020, including $20MM next season, could serve as a hindrance to Alderson during the upcoming winter as he tries to reshape the roster and make the team into a contender again, Lennon observes. While the Mets could recoup 75 percent of Wright’s money via insurance if he’s unable to play, Alderson has to operate as if the seven-time All-Star will return. The Mets’ third base situation without Wright this year hasn’t been ideal, which Alderson acknowledged. “We don’t have an everyday top-shelf third base option the way some teams do. Not that we have played terribly at third base. But we didn’t go into the season with a solidified situation in part because we’re not sure what David’s condition would be,” Alderson said. “Now, as we go into 2018, do we build on what we learned in 2017 and act accordingly and consider moving David to another position, that sort of thing? That’s all something that has to be evaluated as we get into the offseason.” Given that they’ll need to add him to their 40-man roster over the winter, a promotion could come this year for Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford when Triple-A Lehigh Valley’s season ends, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer notes. If the Phillies do call up Crawford, he could see time at second and third base initially, assistant general manager Ned Rice told Gelb. Crawford lined up at third base Sunday, making it the first time he has played a position other than short in the minors. The Phillies still regard Crawford as a long-term shortstop, but incumbent Freddy Galvis is vying for a 162-game season there. Meanwhile, Maikel Franco is in the midst of [...]



Injury Notes: Astros, Kershaw, Price, Richards, Nats, Rays

2017-08-20T20:29:00+00:00

Astros superstar shortstop Carlos Correa is progressing toward a return from the torn left thumb ligament he suffered July 18. Correa will take batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time since succumbing to the injury, and he could then embark on a rehab assignment, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters, including Ben DuBose…Astros superstar shortstop Carlos Correa is progressing toward a return from the torn left thumb ligament he suffered July 18. Correa will take batting practice on the field Tuesday for the first time since succumbing to the injury, and he could then embark on a rehab assignment, manager A.J. Hinch told reporters, including Ben DuBose of MLB.com. Teammate Lance McCullers, who has been on the shelf for three weeks with back discomfort, threw a three-inning simulated game Sunday, but there’s no timetable for the right-hander’s return. Hinch informed Mark Berman of FOX 26 (via Twitter) and other reporters that McCullers will need to make multiple rehab appearances before coming back. More injury updates from around the majors: Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is likely to rejoin their rotation Sept. 1, relays Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register (Twitter links). Kershaw, who’s rehabbing from a late-July back injury, will throw a three-inning sim game in Pittsburgh on Monday, manager Dave Roberts announced. If all goes well, he’ll make a rehab start at either the Double-A or Triple-A level next weekend (Twitter link via Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times). Arm stiffness has prevented Red Sox left-hander David Price from throwing since Tuesday, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon, according to Jen McCaffrey of MassLive.com. Price has dealt with forearm problems off and on since spring training, though Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski told MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he’s “hopeful” the hurler will be a factor again this season (Twitter link). Time’s running out, however, as McCaffrey notes. The Angels are targeting a September return for righty Garrett Richards, who will face live hitters Sunday for the first time since he made his lone start of the year on April 5, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register writes. Biceps nerve irritation has sidelined Richards, who missed nearly all of last season with elbow troubles. With roster expansion forthcoming, manager Mike Scioscia suggested that the Angels won’t need to stretch Richards out fully in order for him to rejoin the playoff hopefuls’ rotation. “I don’t think it’s realistic to get Garrett stretched out to the 75-, 90-, 100-pitch range, but I do see a scenario if he gets to 60 pitches, we might use him to come to our rotation and see how far he gets because we’ll have plenty of pitching to follow up at that point,” Scioscia said. Along with the previously reported Jayson Werth, Nationals shortstop Trea Turner will start a Triple-A rehab assignment Monday, per Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com. Both players have been out since June (Werth went to the DL on June 5, Turner on June 30), and they’re slated to return next week, according to Zuckerman. Turner’s lengthy DL stint came as a result of a broken right wrist. The Rays placed righty Jacob Faria on the 10-day DL on Sunday with a left abdominal strain, clearing roster space for just-claimed outfielder Cesar Puello.  Faria revealed that he has battled the injury over his past several starts, though he doesn’t believe [...]



Baseball Blogs Weigh In: Stanton, Jays, Devers, Judge, D-backs, Braves, Twins

2017-08-20T19:33:00+00:00

This week in baseball blogs: BP Toronto argues that the Blue Jays should try to acquire the majors’ home run leader, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The Sports Tank is relieved the Red Sox didn’t trade for third baseman Todd Frazier last month, as failing to do so paved the way for the already fruitful…This week in baseball blogs: BP Toronto argues that the Blue Jays should try to acquire the majors’ home run leader, Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. The Sports Tank is relieved the Red Sox didn’t trade for third baseman Todd Frazier last month, as failing to do so paved the way for the already fruitful Rafael Devers era. MLB Sweet Spot shares a long-term projection for Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge. Inside the ’Zona writes about outfielder J.D. Martinez’s performance since the Diamondbacks acquired him from the Tigers last month. The Redbird Daily delves into Cardinals righty Mike Leake’s woeful stretch of starts. Outfield Fly Rule projects the Braves’ top 30 position player prospects. Puckett’s Pond has a Twins offseason wish list. District On Deck is concerned about the Nationals’ defense. PhoulBallz interviews Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan. MetsMind analyzes Yoenis Cespedes’ “frustrating” year. The Point of Pittsburgh wants more sliders and fewer fastballs from the Pirates’ bullpen. A’s Farm looks ahead to 2018 for the Athletics. The Giants Cove fasts forward to next year’s San Francisco squad. Call to the Pen details some possibilities for the Phillies’ 2018 rotation. Jays From The Couch assesses Roberto Osuna’s value. The Runner Sports (links: 1, 2) takes a look at struggling Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman and notes some similarities between Astros second baseman/outfielder Tony Kemp and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Mets Daddy opines that first baseman Dominic Smith should play against left-handed pitching. Motor City Bengals names potential candidates for the Tigers’ final 40-man roster spot. Pirates Breakdown wonders what it will mean if the Bucs miss the playoffs again. Clubhouse Corner’s Bernie Pleskoff offers his thoughts on the Hall of Fame and its voting process. Rotisserie Duck tries to sell analytics to baby boomers. Everything Bluebirds explains how Major League Baseball failed Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez. Jays Journal wonders if Sanchez and teammate Marcus Stroman are feuding. Camden Depot focuses on how Orioles outfielder Anthony Santander’s activation will affect the rest of the lineup. Elite Sports NY believes a lack of playing time is hurting Yankees utilityman Tyler Wade’s development. PhilliesNation highlights some of the team’s under-the-radar prospects. Ladodgerreport lauds the Dodgers’ two-out hitting. Underthought and Call to the Pen looks at the stolen base in today’s MLB. Now On Deck notes that the Orioles are in a tough spot in the AL wild-card race. Pinstriped Prospects features a scouting report on Yankees infielder Ricky Surum. Extra Innings profiles walk leader Mark Teahen and other former big leaguers in Italy. Sports Talk Philly asks which members of the Phillies’ World Series-winning 2008 team will go on the franchise’s Wall of Fame. Submissions: ZachBBWI @gmail.com[...]



The Wire Troll: Scott Kingery Bucking for Promotion

2017-08-20T18:29:00+00:00

Quietly, Cashner has strung together seven straight starts with three earned runs or fewer allowed. For a good chunk of this season, you started him at your own peril, but with the current run he's on, he needs to not only be owned, but started in all formats. Cashner is getting groundballs at his highest rate since 2013 -- his only double-digit win season. Yes, we know. It's hard to believe a pitcher with his stuff has just one, but it looks like he may add to that total this season.

This is just an article tease. Visit RotoRob.com for full articles, plus plenty of daily fantastic Fantasy sports content!(image) Quietly, Cashner has strung together seven straight starts with three earned runs or fewer allowed. For a good chunk of this season, you started him at your own peril, but with the current run he's on, he needs to not only be owned, but started in all formats. Cashner is getting groundballs at his highest rate since 2013 -- his only double-digit win season. Yes, we know. It's hard to believe a pitcher with his stuff has just one, but it looks like he may add to that total this season.

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Dodgers Claim Jordan Jankowski From Astros

2017-08-20T18:07:00+00:00

The Dodgers have claimed right-hander Jordan Jankowski off waivers from the Astros, per an announcement from Los Angeles. The hurler had been in limbo since the Astros designated him for assignment this past Monday. [Updated Dodgers Depth Chart] A 34th-round pick of the Astros in 2012, Jankowski made his major league debut earlier this year…

The Dodgers have claimed right-hander Jordan Jankowski off waivers from the Astros, per an announcement from Los Angeles. The hurler had been in limbo since the Astros designated him for assignment this past Monday.

[Updated Dodgers Depth Chart]

A 34th-round pick of the Astros in 2012, Jankowski made his major league debut earlier this year and fared poorly across 4 1/3 innings, surrendering six earned runs on seven hits and two walks, with five strikeouts. Jankowski hasn’t produced great results in 40 1/3 Triple-A frames this season, either, with a 5.13 ERA, 5.13 BB/9 and a 36.8 percent ground-ball rate. The 28-year-old has averaged nearly 12 strikeouts per nine at that level this season, however, adding to his impressive bat-missing history in the minors. In 174 1/3 lifetime Triple-A innings, Jankowski has fanned exactly 12 hitters per nine, against 4.5 BB/9, and posted a 3.87 ERA.

Jankowski, who has three minor league options remaining, will report to the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate in Oklahoma City.

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Mets Acquire Jacob Rhame From Dodgers As PTBNL In Curtis Granderson Trade

2017-08-20T18:05:00+00:00

The Mets and Dodgers have completed their Curtis Granderson trade from Friday. New York announced that it has acquired minor league right-hander Jacob Rhame as the player to be named later in the swap. Rhame will report to Triple-A Las Vegas. [Updated Mets Depth Chart] The 24-year-old Rhame had been with LA since 2013, when…

The Mets and Dodgers have completed their Curtis Granderson trade from Friday. New York announced that it has acquired minor league right-hander Jacob Rhame as the player to be named later in the swap. Rhame will report to Triple-A Las Vegas.

[Updated Mets Depth Chart]

The 24-year-old Rhame had been with LA since 2013, when it selected him in the sixth round of the draft. The reliever ascended to the Triple-A level for the first time last season and logged a 3.29 ERA with 10.0 K/9 and 4.0 BB/9 in 63 innings in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Rhame has tossed 48 more PCL frames this year and posted a worse ERA (4.31) and a similar K/9 (10.31), to go with a low-30s ground-ball percentage, but his walk rate has trended in the right direction (1.88 BB/9).

Rhame ranked as the Dodgers’ 28th-best prospect prior to the trade, according to MLB.com, which notes that he possesses a 94 mph to 98 mph heater that can occasionally hit triple digits. However, the outlet cautions that Rhame’s limited repertoire and extreme fly ball ways could make it difficult for him to carve out a big league future.

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Hey Batter³ Contest: Cousin Brucie

2017-08-20T17:21:00+00:00

This year Jay Bruce was an All-Star. Technically he was Dexter Fowler's replacement, but he was in uniform in Miami. Wait a minute! Bruce was not an All-Star this year, I'm thinking of last year. While he might not have been an All-Star this season he does have 30 home runs and he has a .263 batting average. He hasn't batted over .262 since 2010 when he finished with a .281 average. He is a career .249 hitter that is currently on pace for a career highs in home runs, runs scored and RBIs. As of Saturday morning Bruce was the leading points getter for the week. With 38 points he is just ahead of Manny Machado (36), Josh Donaldson (33), Edwin Encarnacion (33) and Anthony Rizzo (33). That's a solid group of players to be lumped in with. Here's a quick recap of week two...(image) This year Jay Bruce was an All-Star. Technically he was Dexter Fowler's replacement, but he was in uniform in Miami. Wait a minute! Bruce was not an All-Star this year, I'm thinking of last year. While he might not have been an All-Star this season he does have 30 home runs and he has a .263 batting average. He hasn't batted over .262 since 2010 when he finished with a .281 average. He is a career .249 hitter that is currently on pace for a career highs in home runs, runs scored and RBIs. As of Saturday morning Bruce was the leading points getter for the week. With 38 points he is just ahead of Manny Machado (36), Josh Donaldson (33), Edwin Encarnacion (33) and Anthony Rizzo (33). That's a solid group of players to be lumped in with. Here's a quick recap of week two...(image) (image)



NL Notes: Brewers, Rockies, Lucroy, Cards, Stanton

2017-08-20T17:01:00+00:00

A late-season reinforcement is on the way for the Brewers, who will see right-hander Chase Anderson return to their rotation Sunday in Colorado. Rookie left-hander Brandon Woodruff is headed back to Triple-A in a corresponding move. An oblique injury has kept Anderson from the mound since the end of June, before which he turned in…A late-season reinforcement is on the way for the Brewers, who will see right-hander Chase Anderson return to their rotation Sunday in Colorado. Rookie left-hander Brandon Woodruff is headed back to Triple-A in a corresponding move. An oblique injury has kept Anderson from the mound since the end of June, before which he turned in 90 1/3 innings of 2.89 ERA ball, with 8.47 K/9 against 2.69 BB/9. The Brewers were two games over .500 at the time of Anderson’s DL placement and are now four above, sitting at 64-60 and two back of the NL Central-leading Cubs. If the 29-year-old Anderson’s breakout continues down the stretch, he could end up as a key figure in a tight division race. More from the National League: Set to become a free agent in the offseason, Rockies catcher Jonathan Lucroy explained to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com what an ideal situation for him would look like going forward.  “I’m hoping to be somewhere where I can contribute on an everyday basis and help the team win, where I can go out and be depended on to do the job,” Lucroy said. “That’s what I’m looking for. Whether that is here [with the Rockies] or somewhere else, I don’t know what’s going to happen with all that. I do love it here, though. I like it a lot. It’s a great place.” Lucroy, whom the Rockies acquired from the Rangers last month, posted a meager .635 OPS in 306 plate appearances with Texas this year but has hit a much-improved .333/.473/.452 in 51 PAs with his new club. The onetime pitch-framing demigod’s newfound struggles in that department have continued with the Rockies, however, according to Baseball Prospectus. The Cardinals placed righty Adam Wainwright on the DL on Thursday with an elbow impingement, but president John Mozeliak is “optimistic” the former ace will pitch again this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes. However, it’s uncertain whether Wainwright will reclaim a spot in the team’s rotation if he does return in 2017. “I think how he’s used will really be dictated by where he’s at,” Mozeliak said. “Prior to his last outing, he indicated to us that the more he threw the better he felt. That would indicate that it would be very difficult to be used in a short-reliever role, then the other relief roles — would he be able to go back-to-back and get hot?” Wainwright received a platement-rich plasma injection Friday and won’t throw for 10 to 14 days. Luke Weaver will slot into St. Louis’ Wainwright-less rotation for the time being. More on the Cardinals, whose refusal to match the Angels’ 10-year, $240MM offer to St. Louis icon Albert Pujols in 2011 is a sign that they won’t pursue a trade for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Post-Dispatch reasons. Stanton is a potential trade candidate who’s due $295MM from 2018-28, and that enormous commitment could cause a mid-level payroll team like the Cards to shy aw[...]



Two-Start Pitchers 2017: August 21-27: Ranking The Options & Finding Those Worthy (Rodon, Giolito & More)

2017-08-20T16:15:00+00:00

by Ray Kuhn Any two day stretch where Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer all hit the DL is never a good thing. We know how difficult good pitching is to find and the worst thing you can try to do is force theby Ray Kuhn Any two day stretch where Jon Lester, Yu Darvish and Max Scherzer all hit the DL is never a good thing. We know how difficult good pitching is to find and the worst thing you can try to do is force the issue. While there aren’t many truly elite options out there this week, there are some solid pitchers taking the mound twice. Let’s take a look at the options, how they rank, and who can help: Tier One: Carlos Carrasco – Cleveland Indians – vs. Boston; vs. Kansas City Cole Hamels – Texas Rangers – at LA Angels; at Oakland Alex Wood – LA Dodgers – at Pittsburgh; vs. Milwaukee Tier Two: Marcus Stroman – Toronto Blue Jays – at Tampa Bay; vs. Minnesota Lance Lynn – St. Louis Cardinals – vs. San Diego; vs. Tampa Bay Aaron Nola – Philadelphia Phillies – vs. Miami; vs. Chicago Cubs Gerrit Cole – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati Tier Three: Jon Gray – Colorado Rockies – at Kansas City; at Atlanta Tanner Roark – Washington Nationals – at Houston; vs. New York Mets Danny Duffy – Kansas City Royals – vs. Colorado; at Cleveland Charlie Morton – Houston Astros – vs. Washington; at LA Angels Tier Four: Dan Straily – Miami Marlins – at Philadelphia; vs. San Diego Eduardo Rodriguez – Boston Red Sox – at Cleveland; vs. Baltimore Zach Davies – Milwaukee Brewers – at San Francisco; at LA Dodgers Jameson Tailon – Pittsburgh Pirates – vs. LA Dodgers; at Cincinnati John Lackey – Chicago Cubs – at Cincinnati; at Philadelphia Patrick Corbin – Arizona Diamondbacks – at New York Mets; vs. San Francisco Tier Five: Carlos Rodon – Chicago White Sox – vs. Minnesota; vs. Detroit Tyler Skaggs – LA Angels – vs. Texas; vs. Houston Jacob Faria – Tampa Bay Rays – vs. Toronto; at St. Louis Clayton Richard – San Diego Padres – at St. Louis; at Miami Steven Matz – New York Mets – vs. Arizona; at Washington Taijuan Walker – Arizona Diamondbacks – at New York Mets; vs. San Francisco Jose Urena – Miami Marlins – at Philadelphia; vs. San Diego Jamie Garcia – New York Yankees – at Detroit; vs. Seattle Doug Fister – Boston Red Sox – at Cleveland; vs. Baltimore Mike Clevinger – Cleveland Indians – vs. Boston; vs. Kansas City Lucas Giolito – Chicago White Sox – vs. Minnesota; vs. Detroit Matt Cain – San Francisco Giants – vs. Milwaukee; at Arizona Ubaldo Jimenez – Baltimore Orioles – vs. Oakland; at Boston Tier Six: Robert Gsellman – New York Mets – vs. Arizona; at Washington Mike Foltynewicz – Atlanta Braves – vs. Seattle; vs. Colorado Homer Bailey – Cincinnati Reds – vs. Chicago Cubs; vs. Pittsburgh Ricky Nolasco – LA Angels – vs. Texas; vs. Houston Andrew Albers – Seattle Mariners – at Atlanta; at New York Yankees Chris Flexen – New York Mets – vs. Arizona; at Washington Tyson Ross – Texas[...]



FantasyDraft: B-Rad is Rad

2017-08-20T16:00:00+00:00

Don’t look now, but we have 1 month and 10 days left of regular season baseball. What a scary thought! I’m sorry for ruining your Sunday brunch. I’ll turn your attention to my prized possession today, Brad Peacock. I think he has the best matchup today against the Athletics at home. He’s faced the A’s twice already this year posting a 2.19 ERA with 18 k’s in 12 innings. It’s looking to be another high strikeout day for Lord Peacock. He has struggled in his last 3 starts which I’m hoping might lead to lower ownership. I think what makes Peacock a great play today is his price at $17,700. He really allows you to pay up for some bats today. New to FantasyDraft ? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond?  Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays.  Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!(image) Don’t look now, but we have 1 month and 10 days left of regular season baseball. What a scary thought! I’m sorry for ruining your Sunday brunch. I’ll turn your attention to my prized possession today, Brad Peacock. I think he has the best matchup today against the Athletics at home. He’s faced the A’s twice already this year posting a 2.19 ERA with 18 k’s in 12 innings. It’s looking to be another high strikeout day for Lord Peacock. He has struggled in his last 3 starts which I’m hoping might lead to lower ownership. I think what makes Peacock a great play today is his price at $17,700. He really allows you to pay up for some bats today. New to FantasyDraft ? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond?  Well be sure to read our content and subscribe to the DFSBot for your daily baseball plays.  Just remember to sign up through us before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!(image) (image)



FanDuel MLB Cheat Sheet: Sunday, August 20th

2017-08-20T15:21:00+00:00

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Blue Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada

2017-08-20T15:13:00+00:00

Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason, but a trip to the open market isn’t a certainty. A member of the Toronto organization informed FanRag’s Robert Murray that there’s mutual interest in keeping Estrada in a Blue Jays uniform beyond this season. “The player loves Toronto, the…Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason, but a trip to the open market isn’t a certainty. A member of the Toronto organization informed FanRag’s Robert Murray that there’s mutual interest in keeping Estrada in a Blue Jays uniform beyond this season. “The player loves Toronto, the agent says publicly he doesn’t want to go anywhere,” the source said. “Frankly, we are open to extending him.” Estrada is on the verge of completing the two-year, $26MM contract he signed with the Blue Jays prior to the 2016 season. Given his status as an impending free agent and Toronto’s longshot playoff hopes, Estrada seemed like a plausible summer trade candidate. And while the AL East rival Yankees claimed Estrada on revocable waivers this month, they did so in a blocking maneuver, Murray reports (Twitter link). Even if New York had real interest in acquiring Estrada before his 48-hour trade window expired, the Blue Jays weren’t keen on parting with him. In fact, manager John Gibbons told reporters Tuesday that the Jays “need” Estrada. Despite Gibbons’ endorsement, the 34-year-old Estrada’s 5.09 ERA through 139 2/3 innings likely means his stock has dropped to some extent since the outset of the campaign. He entered the year having combined for a 3.30 ERA over 357 innings from 2015-16, his first two seasons in Toronto. Estrada did so in spite of unremarkable strikeout (7.46 K/9), walk (3.03 BB/9) and ground-ball (32.8 percent) numbers, though he overcame those figures by generating weak contact. No starter posted a better infield fly rate (14 percent) or a lower batting average on balls in play (.224) over that two-year span than Estrada, who’s third in the majors this season in the infield pop-up department (14.5 percent). However, Estrada’s BABIP allowed has skyrocketed to .312 – an increase that has come even though he has continued to do a nice job suppressing strong contact. Estrada’s expected weighted on-base average against is just .303, a far cry from his actual wOBA surrendered (.349, via Statcast and Baseball Savant). There is some misfortune at play with respect to Estrada’s bloated ERA, then, and it’s also worth noting that his 9.21 K/9, 23.3 strikeout percentage and 11.4 percent are all above average relative to his career numbers. While Estrada’s walk (3.87 BB/9) and grounder (30 percent) rates continue to underwhelm, he remains a capable starter – one who’d generate a decent amount of interest in free agency. Although, if both the Jays and Estrada have it their way, potential suitors among the league’s other 29 teams may not even get the opportunity to bid on him.[...]



Regression Candidates

2017-08-20T14:39:00+00:00

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DraftKings Cheat Sheet, Sunday, August 20th

2017-08-20T14:37:00+00:00

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Mariners Place Danny Espinosa On Release Waivers

2017-08-20T14:08:00+00:00

The Mariners have placed infielder Danny Espinosa on release waivers, according to a team announcement. Espinosa lasted less than a month with the Mariners, who signed him July 23. They recalled utilityman Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move. This is the second time this season a team has released Espinosa. The Angels,…

The Mariners have placed infielder Danny Espinosa on release waivers, according to a team announcement. Espinosa lasted less than a month with the Mariners, who signed him July 23. They recalled utilityman Taylor Motter from Triple-A Tacoma in a corresponding move.

This is the second time this season a team has released Espinosa. The Angels, who acquired the 30-year-old in a trade with the Nationals over the winter, cut ties with him July 20. Espinosa batted a paltry .162/.237/.276 in 254 plate appearances as the Halos’ starting second baseman and turned in a similar line with the Mariners – .188/.235/.313 – albeit over just 17 PAs. He lined up at first, second, third and shortstop during his brief stay in Seattle.

The 2017 campaign has been disastrous for Espinosa, though he was a fairly solid middle infielder in Washington from 2010-16. Espinosa posted three different seasons of at least 2.0 fWAR during that 2,972-PA span, thanks largely to excellent defense, and contributed some pop (92 home runs) and baserunning value (60 steals and a 15.2 BsR, per FanGraphs). The switch-hitting Espinosa slugged a career-best 24 homers last season (with a less-than-stellar .209/.306/.378 line in 601 PAs, granted), but the Nats moved on from him and his $5.43MM salary after acquiring outfielder Adam Eaton in an early winter blockbuster trade with the White Sox and shifting Trea Turner from center to shortstop.

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East News & Rumors: Sabathia, Stanton, Marlins, Nats

2017-08-20T13:30:00+00:00

Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia’s right knee was in so much pain during an unsuccessful Aug. 8 start against the Blue Jays that the 37-year-old feared he wouldn’t take the ball again, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. “I know that he was pretty emotional that night, because I think he thought he was…Yankees left-hander C.C. Sabathia’s right knee was in so much pain during an unsuccessful Aug. 8 start against the Blue Jays that the 37-year-old feared he wouldn’t take the ball again, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports. “I know that he was pretty emotional that night, because I think he thought he was probably headed for surgery,” manager Joe Girardi said.  A clean MRI and a painkilling injection enabled Sabathia to avoid surgery, though, and he returned from the 10-day disabled list Saturday to throw six innings of two-earned run ball in an upset win over Chris Sale and the Red Sox.  Sabathia is due to become a free agent in the offseason, when he’ll have to decide whether to pursue another deal or call it a career. His performance this year would certainly warrant a contract – the former ace has ridden a 50 percent ground-ball rate to a 3.99 ERA over 108 1/3 innings. More from the East Coast: Home run-hitting machine Giancarlo Stanton is among the game’s absolute best players at the moment, but the Marlins right fielder’s contract and injury history combine to make him a very tough sell around the majors, Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes. Stanton, who’s due $295MM from 2018-28 and has both full no-trade rights and a 2020 opt-out clause, went through revocable trade waivers unclaimed earlier this month. The executives Sherman spoke with aren’t surprised. “This is the problem if you make emotional decisions in the moment. Stanton is playing great now, but three months ago you would have thought he was at least a $100 million liability and three months from now you might feel the same,” one exec said of Stanton, who will create a dilemma for the Marlins’ new ownership group when it takes the reins. On one hand, Stanton’s contract is the biggest contributor to the franchise’s financial woes – the Marlins will lose $70MM-plus this year, per Sherman – so trading him would benefit Derek Jeter & Co. from a payroll standpoint. On the other, Stanton’s contract means Miami likely wouldn’t get the type of return for him that you’d expect for someone of his immense ability and star power. That means trading the 27-year-old would probably send the wrong message to a fan base that outgoing owner Jeffrey Loria has alienated over the years. Yankees vice president of player development Gary Denbo is an early front-runner to become the Marlins’ general manager once the Jeter group assumes control of the franchise, according to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (Twitter links).  Denbo has worked in various capacities with the Yankees since the 1990s, the decade in which Jeter’s professional career began, and was a mentor to the the now-retired shortstop during his Hal[...]



Betances records save after Chapman is demoted

2017-08-20T13:13:00+00:00

Closer Monkey - Instant emails for every closer change. Closer depth charts to keep you ahead. August 20, 2017 New York Yankees — Dellin Betances struck out two batters in a scoreless inning yesterday against the Red Sox for his ninth save of the season.  Betances has been dominant against the Red Sox this season and should continue to see save chances while former closer Aroldis … Continue reading The post Betances records save after Chapman is demoted appeared first on Closer Monkey.Closer Monkey - Instant emails for every closer change. Closer depth charts to keep you ahead. August 20, 2017 New York Yankees — Dellin Betances struck out two batters in a scoreless inning yesterday against the Red Sox for his ninth save of the season.  Betances has been dominant against the Red Sox this season and should continue to see save chances while former closer Aroldis Chapman figures things out.  David Robertson will also be in the mix for saves, and Joe Girardi thinks Chapman could reclaim the role. Updated hierarchy: *Betances | Robertson | Chapman. * = closer-by-committee Houston Astros – Ken Giles got the night off after a five out save on Friday night and the Astros went with newly acquired Tyler Clippard in the ninth inning.  Clippard converted the save chance, and now has recorded saves for three different teams this season.  After a really rough stretch at the end of June and beginning of July, Clippard has settled in and not allowed any earned runs in August. Updated hierarchy: Giles | Devenski | Clippard. VULTURE SAVE WATCH Today 1. Justin Wilson – Wade Davis has gone in two straight, and three of four. 2. Pat Neshek – Greg Holland has pitched in two straight, throwing a total of 43 pitches. 3. Tony Watson – Kenley Jansen has pitched in two straight and has yet to pitch in three straight this season. Monday 1. Aaron Bummer – If Juan Minaya pitches Sunday, it will be two of three and four of six.  Also the White Sox have a doubleheader on Monday.   The post Betances records save after Chapman is demoted appeared first on Closer Monkey.[...]



Bullpen Notes: August 19, 2017: Diaz In Danger, Potential Clarity For Angels & Yankees & More

2017-08-20T11:30:00+00:00

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 morningAre 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): SEA: Diaz w/SV but gave up 1 R/1 H. Allowed R in 3 of 4 & w/Vincent impressing in 8th (3 K) could be change #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 LAA: Parker got 9th in non-SV (4 R lead). Could be telling of who gets next SV opp assuming he’s available #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 NYY: w/Chapman temp. out Betances w/SV (2 K) & Robertson sets up (1 H/1 BB/1.1 IP). Both should see opps tho #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 PIT: Rivero gets SV but allows HR. Considering struggles in early August worth watching but no real concerns #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 PHI: Neris called on for final out but 1 BB before does job. Continues as closer but def. on shaky ground #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 HOU: w/Giles unavail Clippard surprisingly gets SV (perfect IP). Don’t expect many chances to come his way #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 SD: Hand continues rolling (2 K) & should hold role ROS. Could be dealt (or replaced by Capps) in offseason #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 MIL: Knebel w/SV but biggest story is 0 K. Only 2nd time all season failed to K at least 1, showing dominance #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 CHC: Davis w/SV & 3rd straight perfect IP. Could be concern of him tiring down stretch but no worries now #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 LAD: Jansen got SV. When biggest news is he only had 1 K, what’s left to say about him & success? #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 MIA: Working 2nd straight rough outing for Steckenrider (5 R w/2 HR). Defense hurt but still poor performance #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 ATL: Johnson implodes (4 R/4 H/1 BB) & any thought of him returning to closers role should have gone with it #MLB #FantasyBaseball #closers — Rotoprofessor (@Rotoprofessor) August 20, 2017 Rotoprofessor recently debuted our Reliever Reliability Quotient (RRQ), i[...]



Roto Riteup: August 20, 2017

2017-08-20T09:30:00+00:00

A HR record in reach, Bregman and DeJong stay hot, Chapman loses his job, and Marte surgingJackie Bradley Jr. is such a stud: He's done it again: @jackiebradleyjr showed off his vertical leap to make another amazing catch. https://t.co/GDmnE5OEtA pic.twitter.com/7c1wmimBnr — Cut4 (@Cut4) August 20, 2017 On the Agenda Two-Homer Games Galore! Bregman Continues to Mash Chapman Out as Closer DeJong Smacks His 20th Marte with a Combo Meal Two-Homer Games After three more on Saturday boosting the total to 310, the 2017 season is pacing to destroy the record for two-homer games, set back in 2001 at 341. The leaders this year an entirely unsurprising with Giancarlo Stanton (8) and Cody Bellinger (6) pacing the league while Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman, and Jay Bruce all sit tied with five. Rougned Odor joined that group on Saturday with his fifth such game. Meanwhile, Mike Trout had his first 2-HR game of the year while teammate Luis Valbuena logged his second. Bregman Continues to Mash Alex Bregman entered July with a modest .249/.329/.402 line that included eight homers and six stolen bases. Opposing pitchers have struggled to consistently retire Bregman since July 1st. He has a .320/.406/.626 line in his last 41 games with 7 HR, 7 SB, 11% K, and 12% BB in 170 PA. He’s pummeling both lefties and righties, but his improvements against the latter have driven the success. He had just a .682 OPS against them in 224 PA through June, but it’s up to .992 in his last 109. Righty sliders in particular have gone from a weakness to a strength. He had a nearly-invisible .113 AVG and .353 OPS in 55 PA through June and while his .261 AVG since July 1st isn’t eye-popping, the power and patience have been there with a .922 OPS and 14% BB in 28 PA. He’s also flat out murdering fastballs: .333/.489/.694, 15% K, and 19% BB in 47 PA. He could finish with a 20 HR/20 SB season at this pace. Chapman Out as Closer Aroldis Chapman has temporarily been removed from the closer’s role in New York with Dellin Betances and David Robertson sharing duties in the interim. Chapman has labored through a brutal August thus far, allowing runs in his last four outings including two in each of the last three. He was wonky in his first appearance out of the All-Star break, blowing a game to the Red Sox without retiring a batter, but then ripped off 9.7 IP of 1-run ball, allowing 4 H, 3 BB, and logging 10 K to close out July. He tweaked a hamstring closing out the August 15th game, but he’d allowed runs in three outings to that point so the injury would’ve really only played a role in Friday’s meltdown. Betances threw a perfect ninth with two strikeouts on Saturday, notching his ninth save. DeJong Smacks His 20th There’s no denying the excellence of Paul DeJong’s first name, but I’ve been wary of the 23-year old shortstop since his ascent because of the horrific plate skills we’ve seen thus far. Of course, if you just obliterate the ball every time you touch it, it seemingly doesn’t matter if you have a comical 0.12 [...]



10 Important Stories From 08/19/17 Box Scores: Happ Turning It Around?, Odor Showing Value? & More

2017-08-20T08:20:00+00:00

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Mitch Haniger made his return to the Mariners, and made an instant impact, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  Is there any hope Julio Teheran finally puts things together in ’17, after he allowed 5by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor) Mitch Haniger made his return to the Mariners, and made an instant impact, going 2-4 with 1 HR, 4 RBI and 1 R.  Is there any hope Julio Teheran finally puts things together in ’17, after he allowed 5 R on 8 H and 3 BB over 6.0 IP against the Reds?  Stephen Strasburg was strong in his return from the DL, albeit in San Diego, allowing 2 ER on 4 H and 1 BB, striking out 8, over 6.0 IP in a losing effort.  What else happened on the field that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:   1) Is Ian Happ picking things back up… He went 2-3 with 1 HR, 2 RBI and 2 R yesterday, giving him 3 HR over his past three games (including a pair of multi-hit games).  Obviously he’s had his struggles this season, as he’s still hitting .249 (though he has added 18 HR and 7 SB over 265 AB).  Strikeouts have been his biggest issue, having entered the day with a 30.3% strikeout rate, and considering he posted a 4 K day on Friday it’s hard to say that he’s shown any type of improvement.  He also hasn’t added many additional extra base hits, with 13 doubles and 2 triples, so if his 24.6% HR/FB regresses the numbers could really get ugly.  While there’s ample upside, don’t get too excited off of a few solid day.   2) A strong rebound from Michael Fulmer… Considering the matchup against the Dodgers, and having allowed 5 ER over 5.0 IP in his first start off the DL, it would’ve been easy to expect the worst.  However he delivered a stellar outing, albeit in a tough luck loss, as he allowed 1 R (0 earned) on 3 H and 2 BB, striking out 6, over 7.0 IP.  He didn’t have many swinging strikes (8), and with a limited strikeout rate this season that’s going to be something to watch (especially after he managed just 6 swinging strikes in his first start back from the DL).  If he isn’t generating strikeouts there is going to be a high risk for a blowup, so keep that in mind before simply entrenching him into your lineup.   3) Starling Marte continues to reward those who waited… He went 3-5 with 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 R and 2 SB yesterday, filling up the box score.  It was easy for many to dump him after he was suspended early in the year, but he’s certainly rewarding those who stashed him now.  Yesterday marked his fifth straight multi-hit game (11-22, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R and 4 SB) and he’s hitting .271 with 3 HR and 12 SB on the season.  While he may never match the 19 HR he hit a few years back, he has the potential to perennially be a 12/40 player to go along with a solid average.  In other words, while there are new concerns hanging over him there remains an awful lot to like.   4) A disa[...]



Minor League Update: Forrest Goes Big Whitley Style

2017-08-20T07:10:00+00:00

Doesn't it seem like every summer the national press needs a narrative to link onto and dubs it the "year of the something or other"? Think about it for a second, in recent seasons we've had "The year of the rookie", "The other year of the rookie", "The year of the homer", "The year of the juiced ball", so on and so forth. You get the point, sports writers are boring and unoriginal the whole lot. Well, I for one would like to follow in the grand tradition of sport writers, and apply this lazy, tired, haphazard, and cliche approach to my minor league baseball coverage. Therefore, I am dubbing 2017 MiLB "The Year of the 19 year old".  Why? Because between Ronald Acuna, Bo Bichette, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka, and now the Astros Forrest Whitley, the biggest news-makers have been 19 years of age. Speaking of Whitley, recently promoted to AA Corpus Christi, the righty went 6 scoreless Thursday, allowing two hits, and striking out a career high 11 batters. Not too shabby for a kid facing high school competition 15 months ago. I ranked Whitley 75th overall in my top 100 back on July 2nd. Which was right about the point that his season took off. It was a high rank on a fantasy focused list for a teenage starter in A ball. I can recall really not being able to explain why I liked Whitley 25 spots higher than Ian Anderson when asked by Halp on the Prospect Podcast. I just fell in love with the idea of a 6'7 240 lbs monster with a arsenal of offerings. Since that date Whitley has rewarded my faith, dominating the Carolina League in a way no teenager should. Going 3-1 over his next 6 starts, while racking up 50 k's to 9 walks in 31.1 innings.Doesn't it seem like every summer the national press needs a narrative to link onto and dubs it the "year of the something or other"? Think about it for a second, in recent seasons we've had "The year of the rookie", "The other year of the rookie", "The year of the homer", "The year of the juiced ball", so on and so forth. You get the point, sports writers are boring and unoriginal the whole lot. Well, I for one would like to follow in the grand tradition of sport writers, and apply this lazy, tired, haphazard, and cliche approach to my minor league baseball coverage. Therefore, I am dubbing 2017 MiLB "The Year of the 19 year old".  Why? Because between Ronald Acuna, Bo Bichette, Kolby Allard, Mike Soroka, and now the Astros Forrest Whitley, the biggest news-makers have been 19 years of age. Speaking of Whitley, recently promoted to AA Corpus Christi, the righty went 6 scoreless Thursday, allowing two hits, and striking out a career high 11 batters. Not too shabby for a kid facing high school competition 15 months ago. I ranked Whitley 75th overall in my top 100 back on July 2nd. Which was right about the point that his season took off. It was a high rank on a fantasy focused list for a teenage starter in A ball. I can recall really not being able to explain why I liked Whitley 25 spots higher than Ian Anderson when asked by Halp on the Prospect Podcast. I just fell [...]



The Longball (Daily HuLo GPP Plays) – August 20, 2017

2017-08-20T04:50:00+00:00

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MLB Daily Roster Roundup: Darvish, Kemp, Strasburg

2017-08-20T03:28:00+00:00

IMPACT ROSTER MOVES ATL: OF Matt Kemp activated from 10-Day DL; RP Matt Wisler recalled from minors; 2B/OF Micah Johnson optioned to minors; RP Luke Jackson (strained shoulder) placed on DL. | Braves Depth Chart CWS: SP Reynaldo Lopez (strained back) placed on 10-Day DL; RP Danny Farquhar has contract purchased from minors. | White Sox Depth Chart LAD: OF Curtis Granderson added to 25-man…IMPACT ROSTER MOVES ATL: OF Matt Kemp activated from 10-Day DL; RP Matt Wisler recalled from minors; 2B/OF Micah Johnson optioned to minors; RP Luke Jackson (strained shoulder) placed on DL. | Braves Depth Chart CWS: SP Reynaldo Lopez (strained back) placed on 10-Day DL; RP Danny Farquhar has contract purchased from minors. | White Sox Depth Chart LAD: OF Curtis Granderson added to 25-man roster; RP Edward Paredes recalled from minors; SP Yu Darvish (back tightness) placed on 10-Day DL; OF Joc Pederson optioned to minors. | Dodgers Depth Chart Granderson played LF and batted 5th in Saturday’s game. Brock Stewart is likely to take Darvish’s spot in the rotation Darvish is only expected to miss one start. NYM: C Kevin Plawecki recalled from minors; RP Tommy Milone activated from 60-Day DL. | Mets Depth Chart Plawecki was the catcher and batted 8th in Saturday’s game. NYY: SP CC Sabathia activated from 10-Day DL; SP Jordan Montgomery optioned to minors; RP Aroldis Chapman removed from closer’s role. | Yankees Depth Chart PHI: SP Ben Lively recalled from minors. | Phillies Depth Chart Corresponding move to Odubel Herrera being placed on DL (Friday). Lively will start on Sunday; Mark Leiter Jr. has been moved to the bullpen. SEA: OF Mitch Haniger activated from 10-Day DL; RP Casey Lawrence recalled from minors; OF Jarrod Dyson (strained hamstring) placed on 10-Day DL; RP Sam Gaviglio optioned to minors. | Padres Depth Chart  Haniger played RF and batted 7th in Saturday’s game. Guillermo Heredia is expected to be the regular CF while Dyson is out. SDP: OF Hunter Renfroe optioned to minors; OF Jabari Blash recalled from minors. | Padres Depth Chart  Blash played RF and batted 7th in Saturday’s game. TEX: OF Carlos Gomez (shoulder discomfort) placed on 10-Day DL; INF/OF Phil Gosselin recalled from minors. | Rangers Depth Chart  Delino Deshields will be the regular CF while Gomez is out. WSH: SP Stephen Strasburg activated from 10-Day DL. | Nationals Depth Chart Corresponding move to Max Scherzer being placed on DL (Friday). — FUTURE EXPECTED MOVES ARZ: SP Robbie Ray will be activated from 7-Day DL sometime next week, according to Nick Piecoro of AZ Central. | Diamondbacks Depth Chart Ray made a re[...]



AL News & Rumors: Astros, Tigers, ChiSox, Jays

2017-08-20T01:09:00+00:00

There remains an outside chance that Houston will trade for Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander this month, as the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo hears from major league sources that the Astros haven’t closed the door on acquiring the fireballer. There have been a slew of reports since last month on the possibility of Verlander going to…There remains an outside chance that Houston will trade for Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander this month, as the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo hears from major league sources that the Astros haven’t closed the door on acquiring the fireballer. There have been a slew of reports since last month on the possibility of Verlander going to the Astros, including one from FanRag’s Jon Heyman earlier this week. A source told Heyman that negotiations between the two teams had been “put to bed.” For his part, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow doesn’t expect to make a big acquisition before the month’s out. To land Verlander, who’s still due around $7MM this season and another $56MM from 2018-19, the Luhnow-led Astros would need to take on the majority of his contract and “give up a few prospects,” Cafardo writes. Not all prospects are created equally, of course, and the Tigers want legitimate young talent in return for the longtime ace and franchise icon, per various reports. More from the American League: Left fielder Justin Upton, another of the Tigers’ high-priced veterans, currently doesn’t plan to opt out of his contract in the offseason, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (via Twitter). A change of heart, which could happen given Upton’s superlative production and the Tigers’ rebuilding status, would mean walking away from the guaranteed $88MM he’s due through 2021. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Upton wasn’t great in 2016, the first season of the $132.75MM accord, but has rebounded to slash an excellent .283/.367/.542 with 25 home runs, 10 stolen bases and 4.0 fWAR through 479 plate appearances in the current campaign. Right-hander Lucas Giolito will make his White Sox debut Tuesday with a start against the Twins, relays Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune (Twitter link). The Sox acquired Giolito and a pair of fellow pitching prospects, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, from the Nationals last winter for outfielder Adam Eaton. Giolito has since turned in 128 2/3 Triple-A innings of 4.48 ERA ball, to go with 9.37 K/9, 4.13 BB/9 and a 44.4 percent ground-ball rate. Once among the game’s most celebrated prospects, the big 23-year-old has lost some luster over the past couple seasons, though he still factors into the summer top 100 lists of FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen (No. 35), MLB.com (No. 59) and Baseball America (No. 75). Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi profiles Blue Jays outfield prospect Teoscar Hernandez, whom the team acquired from the Astros for left-hander Francisco Liri[...]



Rays Claim Cesar Puello From Angels

2017-08-20T00:18:00+00:00

The Rays have claimed outfielder Cesar Puello off waivers from the Angels, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports (on Twitter). The Angels designated Puello for assignment last Saturday. The Rays organization will be the fifth for the 26-year-old Puello, who topped out at No. 77 among Baseball America’s 100 best prospects when he was with…The Rays have claimed outfielder Cesar Puello off waivers from the Angels, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports (on Twitter). The Angels designated Puello for assignment last Saturday. The Rays organization will be the fifth for the 26-year-old Puello, who topped out at No. 77 among Baseball America’s 100 best prospects when he was with the Mets in 2010. Puello hasn’t been a factor in the majors, though he does own a quality .289/.379/.447 line with 49 stolen bases on 57 attempts in 1,039 Triple-A plate appearances. A significant amount of that damage has come this year in minor league stints with the Rangers and Halos, with whom Puello combined to slash .327/.377/.526 with 13 home runs and 18 steals on 22 tries in 379 PAs. Puello, who made his big league debut and sole appearances with the Angels on Aug. 9 (and went 1 for 4 with two steals), is out of minor league options. As such, the Rays will either have to add the righty-swinging Puello to their 25-man roster or attempt to send him through waivers again. With Kevin Kiermaier, Steven Souza Jr., Corey Dickerson and Peter Bourjos, the Rays already seem to have a full complement of outfielders on hand at the big league level, which helped lead to a demotion for Mallex Smith on Friday.[...]



Blue Jays Acquire Tom Koehler

2017-08-19T23:40:00+00:00

The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Tom Koehler and cash considerations from the Marlins for minor league righty Osman Gutierrez, according to announcements from both teams. Gutierrez will report to Single-A Greensboro with his new organization. [RELATED: Updated Blue Jays Depth Chart] Koehler, who’s on a $5.75MM salary and has another year of arbitration eligibility…The Blue Jays have acquired right-hander Tom Koehler and cash considerations from the Marlins for minor league righty Osman Gutierrez, according to announcements from both teams. Gutierrez will report to Single-A Greensboro with his new organization. [RELATED: Updated Blue Jays Depth Chart] Koehler, who’s on a $5.75MM salary and has another year of arbitration eligibility remaining, got off to a poor start this season and began surfacing in trade rumors in May. While Koehler was a competent back-end starter in Miami from 2013-16, a stretch in which he combined for a 4.14 ERA (4.30 FIP) with 6.82 K/9, 3.67 BB/9 and a 44.6 percent ground-ball rate over 698 1/3 innings, the 31-year-old has endured a miserable 2017. Across 12 starts and 55 2/3 frames, Koehler has logged a 7.92 ERA (6.89 FIP), 7.11 K/9, 4.69 BB/9 and a 38.1 percent grounder mark. However, Koehler has dominated in 37 2/3 Triple-A innings this year (1.67 ERA, 13.14 K/9, 3.11 BB/9), which could provide hope for an eventual big league turnaround. Whether Koehler will immediately head to Toronto or Triple-A Buffalo is unclear. Regardless, he’ll provide some depth to a 59-64 Jays club that’s 3.5 games out of a wild-card spot and currently has a couple question marks in its rotation behind the proven trio of Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and J.A. Happ. One of those question marks, Chris Rowley, has gotten good results over a pair of starts, while the long-struggling Nick Tepesch has turned in subpar work over three appearances from the rotation since Toronto acquired him from the Twins in late July. Gutierrez, 22, was not among the Blue Jays’ top 30 prospects at MLB.com before the trade, though the 2011 international signing from Nicaragua was 26th on Baseball America’s list for the team after last season. BA noted at the time (subscription required and recommended) that Gutierrez features a 94-96 mph fastball that can top out at 97 mph, a “generally above-average” slider and a somewhat promising changeup. Gutierrez hasn’t fared well at the Single-A level this year, though, with a 7.88 ERA, 8.25 K/9 against 6.25 BB/9 and a 38.6 grounder rate through 72 innings. Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.[...]



Yankees Notes: Chapman, Estrada, Tanaka

2017-08-19T22:32:00+00:00

Not even a full season into signing a five-year, $86MM contract – a record deal for a reliever – Aroldis Chapman is out as the Yankees’ closer, manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday, per Erik Boland of Newsday (Twitter link). The move isn’t necessarily permanent, however, but a measure to “try and get him right,” said…Not even a full season into signing a five-year, $86MM contract – a record deal for a reliever – Aroldis Chapman is out as the Yankees’ closer, manager Joe Girardi announced Saturday, per Erik Boland of Newsday (Twitter link). The move isn’t necessarily permanent, however, but a measure to “try and get him right,” said Girardi, who revealed that Chapman reacted well to the news. One of the most dominant relievers of all-time, the 29-year-old flamethower hasn’t been himself this season, as his pedestrian ERA (4.29), plummeting strikeout percentage and falling swinging-strike rate indicate. Chapman’s also amid arguably the worst stretch of his illustrious career, one in which he has yielded two earned runs in three straight appearances for the first time, and made a couple mental errors in the Yankees’ loss to the Red Sox on Friday. Chapman was responsible for a double steal when he neglected to keep tabs on the Red Sox’s runners on first and second base, and he then failed to back up home plate on a two-run single by Jackie Bradley Jr. Those slip-ups led to an animated mound visit from Girardi, who figures to turn to David Robertson and Dellin Betances as his ninth-inning choices while Chapman attempts to overcome his struggles in a different role. (Follow @CloserNews, MLBTR’s sister Twitter site, for more on the Yankees’ late-game configuration and news about all ninth-inning situations around the majors.) A bit more on the Yankees, who will try to avoid falling six games behind Chris Sale-led Boston for the AL East lead on Saturday: It was either the Yankees or the Orioles who claimed right-hander Marco Estrada off waivers from the division-rival Blue Jays earlier this week, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Regardless, Estrada isn’t going anywhere because the Jays were unable to agree to a trade with the claiming team within the 48-hour window. Estrada would’ve been a quality reinforcement for the Yankees’ rotation (or Baltimore’s), but the Bombers will get some in-house help on that front. Masahiro Tanaka, on the disabled list since last Saturday with shoulder inflammation, is set to make his return Tuesday against Detroit, Girardi informed reporters (Twitter link via Boland). Rotation mate C.C. Sabathia will come off the 10-day DL and start in Boston tonight. Friday’s starter, rookie Jordan Montgomery, is headed back to Triple-A to make room for Sabathia, the team anno[...]



West Notes: Gomez, Renfroe, Astros

2017-08-19T21:20:00+00:00

The Rangers have announced that they’ve placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day DL after having a cyst on his right shoulder excised. To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock. Gomez has not played since last Sunday, but the Rangers were hopeful until recently that…The Rangers have announced that they’ve placed outfielder Carlos Gomez on the 10-day DL after having a cyst on his right shoulder excised. To take his place on the active roster, the Rangers have recalled infielder Phil Gosselin from Triple-A Round Rock. Gomez has not played since last Sunday, but the Rangers were hopeful until recently that a DL stint wouldn’t be necessary. Delino DeShields and Drew Robinson figure to continue to play center until Gomez returns. Here’s more from the West divisions. The Padres have optioned outfielder Hunter Renfroe to Triple-A El Paso, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune tweets. Jabari Blash will take Renfroe’s place on the active roster. Renfroe, a former top prospect, was batting a respectable .230/.285/.443 as the Padres’ regular right fielder, but was hitting just .189/.286/.243 in the past two weeks. He seems like a good bet to return once rosters expand in September. The Astros recently fired at least eight scouts, as Peter Gammons tweeted yesterday. These firings are a bit surprising coming from an organization whose big-league team is currently thriving thanks to the contributions of a number of young, homegrown players. GM Jeff Luhnow, though, says the team’s scouting division will remain about the same size going forward, and that the area is being realigned, as Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle writes. “This is not a cutback in scouting,” says Luhnow. “We are reconfiguring within and across the three scouting departments – international, domestic and pro.” Luhnow added that he expects the team will make new scouting hires. [...]



Dellin Betances and David Robertson likely to lead matchup-based closer committee for Yankees

2017-08-19T21:19:00+00:00

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August 19, 2017 New York Yankees — Before Saturday’s game, Joe Girardi announced that Aroldis Chapman will no longer be the team’s set closer, and that he would decide who pitches the ninth on the basis of matchups. Our belief is that those matchups will favor Dellin Betances and David …

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New York Yankees — Before Saturday’s game, Joe Girardi announced that Aroldis Chapman will no longer be the team’s set closer, and that he would decide who pitches the ninth on the basis of matchups. Our belief is that those matchups will favor Dellin Betances and David Robertson, with Chapman himself still a possibility against lefties.

Updated hierarchy: *Betances | Robertson | Chapman.
* = closer-by-committee

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Dodgers Place Yu Darvish On 10-Day DL

2017-08-19T20:08:00+00:00

The Dodgers have formally announced that they’ve placed righty Yu Darvish on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness. They also officially activated outfielder Curtis Granderson, optioned outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and recalled lefty Edward Paredes from Oklahoma City. Darvish’s injury is not expected to be serious, as GM Farhan Zaidi tells…The Dodgers have formally announced that they’ve placed righty Yu Darvish on the 10-day DL with lower back tightness. They also officially activated outfielder Curtis Granderson, optioned outfielder Joc Pederson to Triple-A Oklahoma City, and recalled lefty Edward Paredes from Oklahoma City. Darvish’s injury is not expected to be serious, as GM Farhan Zaidi tells the Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett (all Twitter links). “He could potentially go out there and he certainly feels he could. But in our situation, it’s important for us to feel that he’s 100 percent. To err on the side of caution with an injury that’s relatively minor still makes sense,” says Zaidi. As Plunkett explains, the Dodgers’ enormous 19-game lead on the NL West (and, really, their huge lead in wins on every team in baseball at this point) gives them the luxury of not taking risks on August games that ultimately won’t matter much. Darvish left his start on Wednesday due to his back trouble. He’s allowed five runs while striking out 22 and walking four in 18 innings since the Dodgers acquired him at last month’s non-waiver deadline.[...]



Dodgers Acquire Curtis Granderson

2017-08-19T19:28:00+00:00

SATURDAY: The Dodgers have agreed to take on some of the salary on what’s left of Granderson’s contract, but not the entire amount, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweets. The Mets agreed to take on the remainder in exchange for the player to be named. The Mets will get some of that money back if…SATURDAY: The Dodgers have agreed to take on some of the salary on what’s left of Granderson’s contract, but not the entire amount, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times tweets. The Mets agreed to take on the remainder in exchange for the player to be named. The Mets will get some of that money back if the two sides can’t agree on the player, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register tweets. FRIDAY: The Dodgers have officially struck a deal to land outfielder Curtis Granderson from the Mets for cash or a player to be named later. Granderson took the second spot on MLBTR’s list of the top 25 August trade candidates earlier this evening; now, he’s headed out west in search of a ring. While the Dodgers are more likely to break the all-time single-season record for wins (116) than they are to lose the NL West lead, the club has not stopped adding talent. Granderson joins recent acquisitions Yu Darvish, Tony Watson, and Tony Cingrani in bolstering an already-loaded roster. Granderson, 36, gives the Dodgers yet another interesting piece to work with. The timing of his addition is particularly notable given that Los Angeles just welcomed veteran first baseman Adrian Gonzalez back from the DL, which seemingly left breakout young star Cody Bellinger slated for at least some additional time in the outfield. Then again, it may turn out that Gonzalez will function mostly as a bench bat. Both Gonzalez and Bellinger hit from the left side, as do Granderson and the struggling Joc Pederson. It remains to be seen how things will be sorted, but this move could push Pederson out of his semi-regular role in center. Regardless, Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts will have options. The club has three right-handed hitters capable of playing the outfield in Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, and Enrique Hernandez — the latter two are also infield options — so there are loads of different ways the team can line up depending upon the situation. Despite his age and early-season struggles, Granderson is a significant addition. he has destroyed opposing pitching to the tune of a .273/.395/.596 slash in his last 250 trips to the plate. It doesn’t hurt that he’s still capable of manning center field, giving an alternative to Pederson. It’s worth noting that, like Pederson, the new addition has been far more effective this year (and over his [...]



Minor MLB Transactions: White Sox, Blue Jays, Cardinals, Mariners

2017-08-19T19:07:00+00:00

Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The White Sox have announced that they’ve placed righty Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day DL with a strained back. To take his place on the active roster, they’ve selected the contract of veteran righty Danny Farquhar. The extent of Lopez’s injury is unclear, although he left Thursday’s game…Here are today’s minor moves from around the league. The White Sox have announced that they’ve placed righty Reynaldo Lopez on the 10-day DL with a strained back. To take his place on the active roster, they’ve selected the contract of veteran righty Danny Farquhar. The extent of Lopez’s injury is unclear, although he left Thursday’s game with soreness in his ribcage, as MLB.com’s Scott Merkin notes. Farquhar pitched 35 innings in Tampa Bay’s bullpen earlier this season, posting a 4.11 ERA, 8.5 K/9 and 5.7 BB/9 before being released. The Blue Jays have announced that they’ve selected the contract of lefty T.J. House, optioning lefty Tim Mayza to Triple-A Buffalo to clear space. The 27-year-old House had pitched 130 2/3 innings in Buffalo’s rotation, posting a 4.27 ERA, 7.2 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9, though he’s expected to pitch in relief in this stint in the big leagues. He appeared in the Majors with Cleveland each of the last three seasons, making 18 big-league starts in 2014. The Jays also announced that they outrighted catcher Mike Ohlman to Buffalo. Ohlman was pressed into duty after a series of injuries to Jays catchers (including Russell Martin, Miguel Montero and Luke Maile) but was designated for assignment when Montero returned last week. The 26-year-old Ohlman collected 13 plate appearances with the Jays this year. The Cardinals have announced that they’ve selected the contract of righty Josh Lucas, optioning fellow righty Mike Mayers (who allowed five runs against Pittsburgh yesterday) to Triple-A Memphis to clear space. The 26-year-old Lucas is a former 21st-round pick and took a slow path through the minors, but he’s generally fared well since converting to relief in 2014, and this year he’s posted a 3.34 ERA, 10.3 K/9 and 1.4 BB/9 in 56 2/3 innings with Memphis. The Mariners have signed lefty Ashur Tolliver to a minor-league deal, according to an announcement from the Double-A Arkansas Travelers, to whom he’s been assigned. This will be Tolliver’s second stint with the Travelers — he briefly pitched for them last season, when they were an Angels affiliate. The Astros released Tolliver last week after he posted a 7.13 ERA, 7.1 K/9 and an alarming 8.4 BB/9 in 35 1/3 innings of re[...]