TheRotofeed http://feed.informer.com/digests/5OVEQCRACH/feeder TheRotofeed Respective post owners and feed distributors Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:53:44 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Bullpen Report: April 14, 2021 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/bullpen-report-april-14-2021/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:11c52a11-10e8-51d4-2328-0213219b4218 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:26:47 +0000 Daily coverage of all the late-inning bullpen drama around the league. <ol> <li><strong>Notable Workloads:</strong> Primary closers or valuable members of a closer committee who have been deemed unavailable or likely unavailable for the current day due to recent workload.</li> <li><strong>Injury News </strong></li> <li><strong>Outlier Saves:</strong> Explanation for a non-closer earning a save during the previous day.</li> <li><strong>Committee Clarity:</strong> Notes on a closer committee that clarify a pitcher’s standing in the group.</li> <li><strong>Losing A Grip:</strong> Struggling closers who could be on the hot seat.</li> </ol> <p>The “RosterResource” link will take you to the corresponding team’s RosterResource depth chart, which will give you a better picture of the full bullpen and results of the previous six days (pitch count, save, hold, win, loss, blown save).<br /> <span id="more-129373"></span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 150%; font-weight: 800; color: #50ae26;">Notable Workloads</span></p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/will-smith/8048/stats?position=P" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Will Smith</a>, ATL: </strong>20 pitches on Monday; 14 pitches on Sunday; 10 pitches on Saturday. <strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/braves">RosterResource</a></p> <p>If Smith needs a second day off, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aj-minter/18655/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A.J. Minter</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-matzek/10058/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Matzek</a> or <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/luke-jackson/11752/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Luke Jackson</a> could fill in.</p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/greg-holland/7196/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Greg Holland</a>, KCR</strong>: 32 pitches on Tuesday. | <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/royals">RosterResource</a></p> <p>With Holland almost surely unavailable on Wednesday, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-zimmer/14169/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kyle Zimmer</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/wade-davis/7441/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wade Davis</a> or <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/scott-barlow/14993/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Scott Barlow</a> could get a save chance.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 150%; font-weight: 800; color: #50ae26;">Injury News</span></p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/josh-staumont/18335/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Staumont</a>, KCR</strong>: Placed on COVID-related IL (undisclosed).<strong> |</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/royals">RosterResource</a></p> <p>It&#8217;s unclear as to why Staumont is on the COVID-related IL, which doesn&#8217;t have a minimum stay. While he&#8217;s out, Greg Holland, Scott Barlow, Wade Davis and Kyle Zimmer could all be in the mix for saves.</p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/julian-merryweather/16703/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Julian Merryweather</a>, TOR</strong>: Left game with hip inflammation. <strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/blue-jays">RosterResource</a></p> <p>It&#8217;s unclear how long this injury will sideline Merryweather, if at all, but if he&#8217;s day-to-day or ends up on the IL, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jordan-romano/16122/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jordan Romano</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/rafael-dolis/4185/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rafael Dolis</a> are the two likeliest to step in as closer.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 150%; font-weight: 800; color: #50ae26;">Outlier Saves</span></p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/james-karinchak/20151/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">James Karinchak</a>, CLE</strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/cleveland">RosterResource</a></p> <p>With <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/emmanuel-clase/21032/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Emmanuel Clase</a> having pitched back-to-back days, it was Karinchak called on to pitch the tenth inning against the White Sox. He had no problem closing the door, setting Chicago down in order with one strikeout. Clase should be back in the mix Wednesday.</p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kendall-graveman/15514/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kendall Graveman</a>, SEA</strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/mariners">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Rafael Montero blew the save in the seventh inning of Game 1 of the doubleheader against the Orioles, so Graveman was called on to pitch the eighth. He worked a 1-2-3 inning picking up his first save of the season. The former starter is up in the high-90s with his sinker and hasn&#8217;t allowed a run this season, with five strikeouts. Montero (more on him below) has blown three games already, so Graveman could be on the cusp of taking his role.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 150%; font-weight: 800; color: #50ae26;">Committee Clarity</span></p> <p><strong>•Greg Holland, KCR</strong>| <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/royals">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Holland bent but didn&#8217;t break on Tuesday, needing 32 pitches to record a tense four-out save. He might be the closer for now, but Barlow, Davis and Zimmer are right there with Holland, especially if he continues to be shaky. Staumont could factor in as well, depending on how long his IL stay is.</p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/lou-trivino/15043/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lou Trivino</a>, OAK</strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/athletics">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Trivino earned the first save of his season on Tuesday, throwing a hitless inning (with one walk) against the Diamondbacks. He&#8217;s now allowed only one run in 8.2 innings, and while the A&#8217;s may continue to mix and match while <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/trevor-rosenthal/10745/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trevor Rosenthal</a> is out, Trivino is clearly the guy right now. <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/sergio-romo/9817/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sergio Romo</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/yusmeiro-petit/4020/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Yusmeiro Petit</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jb-wendelken/14506/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">J.B. Wendelken</a> are possibilities if Trivino slumps.</p> <p><strong>•Julian Merryweather, TOR</strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/blue-jays">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Merryweather was brought in with two outs in the eighth and a three-run lead, with <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aaron-hicks/5297/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Aaron Hicks</a> batting as the tying run. Merryweather only threw two pitches, but due to hip irritation, he didn&#8217;t come back out for the ninth after the Jays had scored another run. Merryweather remains the top candidate for saves if healthy, but Romano and Dolis could still be considered co-closers for now.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 150%; font-weight: 800; color: #50ae26;">Losing A Grip</span></p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/devin-williams/15816/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Devin Williams</a>, MIL </strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/brewers">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Williams could be temporarily ceding his spot as <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/josh-hader/14212/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Hader</a>&#8217;s right-hand man, with the Brewers <a href="https://www.mlb.com/brewers/news/devin-williams-easing-back-into-reliever-role?tcid=tw_article_">easing him back in</a> coming off a shortened Spring Training as he worked back from a shoulder injury. <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/brad-boxberger/10133/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brad Boxberger</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/brent-suter/13942/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brent Suter</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jp-feyereisen/16610/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">J.P. Feyereisen</a> should see later innings for now.</p> <p><strong>•<a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/rafael-montero/12760/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rafael Montero</a>, SEA </strong><strong>|</strong> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/roster-resource/depth-charts/mariners">RosterResource</a></p> <p>Montero&#8217;s blown save in Game 1 on Tuesday was already his third of the season, though he only allowed one run in each attempt and has eight strikeouts in 6.1 innings; batters are hitting just .136 against him. Nonetheless, a 40% save percentage doesn&#8217;t cut it, so Montero&#8217;s hold on the role is tenuous. The aforementioned Graveman is next in line, with <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/keynan-middleton/15264/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Keynan Middleton</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/casey-sadler/11209/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Casey Sadler</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-misiewicz/18152/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anthony Misiewicz</a> (currently on the COVID-related IL) also options.</p> <div class="bullpen-report-wrapper"> <div class="bullpen-report-key"> <div> <div class="cell-bullpen-report-1"></div> <div class="bullpen-report-key-label">Not Very Stable</div> </div> <div> <div class="cell-bullpen-report-2"></div> <div class="bullpen-report-key-label">Hot Seat</div> </div> <div> <div class="committee"></div> <div class="bullpen-report-key-label">Committee</div> </div> </div> <div class="table-brown"> <div class="table-logo"></div> <div class="table-title">Bullpen Report &#8212; 4/14/2021</div> <div class="table-wrapper"> <table class="table-bullpen-report"> <thead> <tr> <th>Team</th> <th>Closer</th> <th>First Up</th> <th>Second Up</th> <th>Injured List</th> </tr> </thead> <tbody> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">ARI</td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=16058">Stefan Crichton</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=19876">Kevin Ginkel</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=17611">Taylor Clarke</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6941">Joakim Soria</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">ATL</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=8048">Will Smith</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=18655">A.J. Minter</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10058">Tyler Matzek</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5702">Chris Martin</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">BAL</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=9013">Cesar Valdez</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=17586">Tanner Scott</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=17796">Dillon Tate</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15507">Hunter Harvey</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">BOS</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12863">Matt Barnes</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1247">Adam Ottavino</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=27515">Hirokazu Sawamura</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5615">Ryan Brasier</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">CHC</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6655">Craig Kimbrel</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12988">Andrew Chafin</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13834">Alec Mills</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14646">Rowan Wick</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">CWS</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3548">Liam Hendriks</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=16258">Aaron Bummer</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=27463">Garrett Crochet</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">CIN</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14375">Amir Garrett</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14375">Lucas Sims</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=1581">Sean Doolittle</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">CLE</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=21032">Emmanuel Clase</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15594">Nick Wittgren</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=20151">James Karinchak</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">COL</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7115">Daniel Bard</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10430">Mychal Givens</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=18297">Tyler Kinley</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">DET</td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=19677">Gregory Soto</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-1"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=19457">Bryan Garcia</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14814">Buck Farmer</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">HOU</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7005">Ryan Pressly</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3281">Joe Smith</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=16418">Blake Taylor</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=20447">Enoli Paredes</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">KC</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7196">Greg Holland</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14993">Scott Barlow</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=18335">Josh Staumont</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13287">Jesse Hahn</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">LAA</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=17130">Raisel Iglesias</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15451">Mike Mayers</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15231">Aaron Slegers</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13403">Felix Peña</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">LAD</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3096">Kenley Jansen</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12572">Blake Treinen</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15010">Corey Knebel</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">MIA</td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12095">Yimi Garcia</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7982">Anthony Bass</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13394">Dylan Floro</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">MIL</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14212">Josh Hader</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15816">Devin Williams</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13942">Brent Suter</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">MIN</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-2"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6661">Alex Colome</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13449">Taylor Rogers</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=11801">Hansel Robles</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">NYM</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14710">Edwin Diaz</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6398">Trevor May</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15684">Miguel Castro</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">NYY</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10233">Aroldis Chapman</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15552">Chad Green</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3321">Darren O&#8217;Day</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=3240">Zack Britton</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">OAK</td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15043">Lou Trivino</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=5003">Jake Diekman</a></td> <td class="committee cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=9817">Sergio Romo</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=10745">Trevor Rosenthal</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">PHI</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=11804">Hector Neris</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=17780">Jose Alvarado</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=21205">Connor Brogdon</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12918">Archie Bradley</a></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">PIT</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13549">Richard Rodriguez</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=13761">Chris Stratton</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=19569">David Bednar</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">STL</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15015">Alex Reyes</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=14986">Giovanny Gallegos</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=6785">Andrew Miller</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other"></td> </tr> <tr> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-other">SD</td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=4264">Mark Melancon</a></td> <td class="cell-bullpen-report-0"><a href="//www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=11426">Drew Pomeranz</a Bullpen Report Featured Jon Becker Shohei Shohei Shohei, How You Do That Trick? https://razzball.com/shohei-ohtani-2021-fantasy/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:66f9629d-45d9-a0f2-c7cb-543dec41254f Wed, 14 Apr 2021 07:00:42 +0000 The bomb to right-center, his fourth homer of the year, wasn't even the most impressive thing <strong>Shohei Ohtani</strong> (3-for-5, hitting .364) did yesterday. He beat out a single to short with a sprint speed of 29.5 ft/sec. That's the 5th best Sprint Speed this year, just a bit better than Ronald Acuña Jr. Uh...*looks around for forty-five minutes, looks back*...Is anyone else seeing this? Can Acuña, serious question, also throw 101 MPH and have an under 2.00 ERA? Yo, is Shohei Ohtani really Roy Hobbs? ACKCHYUALLY If you had Roy Hobbs hit a 460-foot homer, beat out a grounder to short and pitch 101 MPH speedballs, you'd be like, "I appreciate the love story, and the friendship he built with the cross-eyed bat boy that he saved from a burning supermarket, but the baseball stuff isn't believable in this movie." Ohtani is not believable. That's it. He's one of the best baseball players ever, tools-wise. Truly not believable how good he is at each tool. Unfortch for fantasy, the Angels insistence on him pitching is hurting his overall fantasy value. Sorry, I'm not being a giant idiot. I mean, I might be a giant idiot, but not in this case. You miss a game or two each week as a hitter, and your stats are going to suffer. Hopefully, he has three months' worth of Rich Hill blisters and can't pitch all year. Anyway, here's what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball: Fantasy Baseball Daily Notes Adam Duvall Akil Baddoo Blake Snell Brian Anderson Bryan Reynolds Charlie Culberson Chris Taylor Cristian Pache Dylan Bundy Evan Longoria Hunter Renfroe Hyun-Jin Ryu Jake Odorizzi James Paxton Jameson Taillon Jed Lowrie Jesus Luzardo John Means Jose Marmolejos Julian Merryweather Justus Sheffield Ke'Bryan Hayes kevin ginkel Kwang-Hyun Kim Luis Castillo Luis Urias Marcell Ozuna Marcus Semien Marcus Stroman Matthew Boyd Max Fried Max Stassi Mike Moustakas Mike Yastrzemski Mookie Betts Nolan Arenado Ozzie Albies Pablo Lopez Paul Goldschmidt Rafael Devers Rafael Montero Ramon Laureano Renato Nunez Rowdy Tellez Ryan McMahon Ryan Yarbrough Seth Brown Shane Bieber Shohei Ohtani Stephen Piscotty Stephen Strasburg Taijuan Walker Teoscar Hernandez Tom Murphy Trent Grisham Trevor Bauer Ty France Wilson Ramos Zac Gallen Grey Casting Doubt https://www.pitcherlist.com/casting-doubt/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:b9adf439-37e1-ae93-2cb8-bd7616e5c04a Wed, 14 Apr 2021 05:54:35 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack reviews every starting pitcher performance from Tuesday.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/casting-doubt/">Casting Doubt</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Roundup Nick Pollack Max Fried To Undergo MRI; Braves Place Cristian Pache On 10-Day IL https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/max-fried-to-undergo-mri-braves-place-cristian-pache-on-10-day-il.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:b1e6b5cf-8853-cecf-d79f-6573c0364712 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 03:44:19 +0000 The Braves received some troubling injury news Tuesday: Left-hander Max Fried will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring, while center fielder Cristian Pache is headed to the 10-day injured list with a left groin issue (Twitter links via Mark Bowman of MLB.com). Tuesday was a nightmare evening for Fried, who suffered the injury on&#8230; <p>The Braves received some troubling injury news Tuesday: Left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/friedma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Max Fried</a> </strong>will undergo an MRI on his right hamstring, while center fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/pachecr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Cristian Pache</a></strong> is headed to the 10-day injured list with a left groin issue (<a href="https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/1382173871902720005" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Twitter</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mlbbowman/status/1382174624717357057" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">links</a> via Mark Bowman of MLB.com).</p> <p>Tuesday was a nightmare evening for Fried, who suffered the injury on the base paths and posted a disastrous performance on the mound. The 27-year-old lasted just four innings in a 14-8 loss to the Marlins, who pummeled Fried for eight runs (seven earned) on nine hits, three strikeouts and two walks. It was the second straight subpar start for Fried, owner of a hideous 11.45 ERA in 11 innings. Fried hasn&#8217;t been able to follow up on his resounding success in 2020, when he tied for eighth in ERA (2.25) among those who totaled at least 50 frames and wound up fifth in NL Cy Young voting.</p> <p>Pache, 22, as joined Fried in recording awful production early on, having picked up just three hits in 31 plate appearances with 11 strikeouts against one walk. The Braves are likely to recall outfielder<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/heredgu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Guillermo Heredia</a></strong> to take Pache&#8217;s roster spot, per Bowman.<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/inciaen01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Ender Inciarte</a> </strong>seems like the favorite to get the lion&#8217;s share of playing time in center, though.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=tY2fdTM6xbA:TuaBDQvfTPo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Atlanta Braves Cristian​ Pache Max Fried Connor Byrne NL Central Notes: Sonny, Hendricks, Kim, Cain https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/nl-central-notes-sonny-hendricks-kim-cain.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:50d5010c-9140-94e6-a87b-5b6d82925b74 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 02:41:15 +0000 Here is the latest out of the National League Central: Reds right-hander Sonny Gray will make his 2021 debut Friday or Saturday, manager David Bell told C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic and other reporters. The Reds have gone without Gray because of a back injury, depriving them of one of their best starters. Their&#8230; <p>Here is the latest out of the National League Central:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Reds</strong> right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grayso01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Sonny Gray</a></strong> will make his 2021 debut Friday or Saturday, manager David Bell told <a href="https://twitter.com/ctrent/status/1382109075522080773" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic</a> and other reporters. The Reds have gone without Gray because of a back injury, depriving them of one of their best starters. Their Gray-less rotation has received quality work across a combined six starts from <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mileywa01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Wade Miley</a></strong>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hoffmje02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jeff Hoffman</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mahlety01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Tyler Mahle</a></strong>. On the other hand, ace <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=castilu02,castilu01,castil015lui,castil014lui&amp;search=Luis+Castillo&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Luis Castillo</a></strong> has been surprisingly inconsistent.</li> <li><strong>Cubs</strong> righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hendrky01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kyle Hendricks</a></strong> wasn&#8217;t feeling well heading into Tuesday&#8217;s start, so the Cubs made him a late scratch against Milwaukee and gave the ball to <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/millsal02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Alec Mills</a></strong> instead. The team said it scratched Hendricks<em> &#8220;out of an</em><span class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"><em> abundance of caution,</em>&#8221; which is understandable when considering the Cubs&#8217; current health situation. They&#8217;ve sent four players to the COVID list this week, and coaches Craig Driver and Chris Young have tested positive for the virus in recent days.</span></li> <li>Lefty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kimkw01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kwang Hyun Kim</a></strong> will join the <strong>Cardinals&#8217;</strong> rotation on Saturday in his first appearance of 2021, while righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/ponceda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Daniel Ponce de Leon</a></strong> will move to their bullpen, per <a href="https://twitter.com/dgoold/status/1382074211032829955" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch</a>. Kim, who began dealing with back problems last month, was an eminently valuable part of the Cardinals&#8217; pitching staff as a rookie in 2020. Across eight appearances (seven starts) and 39 innings, Kim notched a miserly 1.62 ERA. Some of his other numbers weren&#8217;t nearly as impressive (examples: 7.8 percent K-BB ratio, 5.00 SIERA), but he helped his cause by tamping down hard contact and keeping the ball on the ground at a 50 percent clip.</li> <li><strong>Brewers</strong> center fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cainlo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Lorenzo Cain</a></strong> exited their game versus Chicago with &#8220;left quad discomfort,&#8221; <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamMcCalvy/status/1382126293697888257" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Adam McCalvy of MLB.com</a> tweets. The Brewers shifted <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bradlja02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jackie Bradley Jr.</a></strong> to center and brought in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mckinbi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Billy McKinney</a></strong> to handle left when Cain departed. Cain also dealt with a quad issue (on his right side) in spring training, but that didn&#8217;t prevent him from debuting on time this season. It remains to be seen whether this will cost him any time.</li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=UBcLuEgFBP8:bE85AMS7pzY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Chicago Cubs Cincinnati Reds Kwang-Hyun Kim Kyle Hendricks Lorenzo Cain Milwaukee Brewers Notes Sonny Gray St. Louis Cardinals Connor Byrne Yasiel Puig Issues Statement On Sexual Assault Allegations https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/yasiel-puig-issues-statement-on-sexual-assault-allegations.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:67638671-ba1e-fca5-d87b-9c46d75dd5b2 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:42:15 +0000 Free-agent outfielder Yasiel Puig has been facing a civil lawsuit since October, when a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Los Angeles Lakers game in 2018. Puig has now released a statement (all of which is available via his Twitter account) through his attorney denying the allegations. &#8220;I am speaking out now&#8230; <p>Free-agent outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/puigya01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Yasiel Puig</a></strong> has been <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/03/yasiel-puig-sexual-assault-allegations.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">facing a civil lawsuit</a> since October, when a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her at a Los Angeles Lakers game in 2018. Puig has now released a statement (all of which is available via his <a href="https://twitter.com/YasielPuig/status/1382090110380904450" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Twitter account</a>) through his attorney denying the allegations.</p> <p><em>&#8220;I am speaking out now to defend my name against false and malicious allegations by a woman who claims I assaulted her in 2018,&#8221;</em> he said. <em>&#8220;Let me be clear and set the record straight once and for all: These allegations are totally false, the evidence proves they are false, and I look forward to all the truth and facts coming out.&#8221;</em></p> <p>Puig went on to admit that he and the alleged victim <em>&#8220;had consensual sex&#8221;</em> and <em>&#8220;planned to get together again, but we never did.&#8221;</em></p> <p>In a lengthy statement of his own, Alan Jackson &#8211; a member of Puig&#8217;s legal team &#8211; claims the allegations are <em>&#8220;provable lies,&#8221;</em> as <em>&#8220;the plaintiff&#8217;s own Instagram messages and text messages contradict her claims. They show that she initiated contact with Mr. Puig earlier that evening.&#8221;</em></p> <p>According to Jackson, the plaintiff continued to contact Puig after the encounter. Jackson expects <em>&#8220;the truth to be revealed&#8221;</em> and hopes <em>&#8220;Major League Baseball and the clubs will see through this charade.&#8221;</em></p> <p>Puig concluded by stating a desire <em>&#8220;to play the game that I love so much.&#8221;</em></p> <p>Puig last appeared in the majors in 2019 with the Reds and Indians, and though he appeared close to a deal with the Braves last summer, the potential agreement collapsed after a positive COVID-19 test. The 30-year-old hasn&#8217;t garnered much interest since then.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=BUO4htVGGV4:0Hlf1T0rwAI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Yasiel Puig Connor Byrne Several Former Big Leaguers Sign With Mexican League’s Guadalajara Mariachis https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/several-former-big-leaguers-sign-with-mexican-leagues-guadalajara-mariachis.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:eb056e4a-ee73-5914-dfaf-c28de9476a7d Tue, 13 Apr 2021 23:50:04 +0000 6:50pm: Bonifacio&#8217;s representatives at CAA tell MLBTR that despite the announcement from Guadalajara, Bonifacio has not signed with the club and remains a free agent. 9:14am: Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, infielder Dawel Lugo and right-hander Justin Grimm are among the former Major Leaguers on the spring roster for the Mexican League&#8217;s Guadalajara Mariachis, the team announced this week&#8230; <p><strong>6:50pm:</strong> <span id=":fm.co" class="tL8wMe EMoHub" dir="ltr">Bonifacio&#8217;s representatives at CAA tell MLBTR that despite the announcement from Guadalajara, Bonifacio has not signed with the club and remains a free agent.</span></p> <p><strong>9:14am:</strong> Outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bonifjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jorge Bonifacio</a></strong>, infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lugoda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Dawel Lugo</a></strong> and right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grimmju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Justin Grimm</a></strong> are among the former Major Leaguers on the spring roster for the Mexican League&#8217;s Guadalajara Mariachis, the team announced this week (<a href="https://twitter.com/MisMariachisGDL/status/1381430479522574337" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Twitter link</a>). Infielders <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sardilu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Luis Sardinas</a> </strong>and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/marrede01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Deven Marrero</a></strong> are on the roster as well, as are pitchers <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gurkaja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jason Gurka</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/corcida01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Daniel Corcino</a></strong>. All have big league experience, though only Bonifacio, Grimm and Lugo were in the big leagues last season. Five-time MLB All-Star <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzaad01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Adrian Gonzalez</a></strong> is also on the roster for the Mariachis, an expansion club in 2021, as was <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/03/adrian-gonzalez-signs-in-mexican-league.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">initially reported</a> late last month.</p> <p>Bonifacio, now 27, looked like a potential option for the Royals in right field back in 2017 when he slugged 17 homers in 113 games as a 24-year-old rookie. He batted .255/.320/.432 that season and was in line for a lengthier audition in 2018 before being hit with an 80-game PED suspension during Spring Training that year. Bonifacio struggled through 270 plate appearances upon returning and was out of the Royals organization a year later. He played in 30 games with the Tigers last season but managed just a .221/.277/.326 slash in 94 trips to the plate.</p> <p>Grimm was an oft-used and generally successful member of the Cubs&#8217; bullpen from 2014-16, working to a collective 3.36 ERA with a hearty 28 percent strikeout rate against a 10.5 percent walk rate through 171 1/3 innings in that time. He struggled considerably in 2017, however (5.53 ERA in 55 1/3 frames), and has yet to regain his form at the game&#8217;s top level. Now 32 years old, Grimm is certainly young enough to make another big league run if he can right the ship pitching with Guadalajara.</p> <p>Lugo, meanwhile, was the headliner of the prospect package the D-backs sent to the Tigers in exchange for J.D. Martinez back in 2017. The now-26-year-old infielder appeared in the big leagues each season from 2018-20 but didn&#8217;t provide much reason for optimism, slashing just .236/.270/.358 in 400 plate appearances.</p> <p>The 30-year-old Marrero was a first-round pick by the Red Sox in 2012, and while he&#8217;s a strong defender he&#8217;s never hit much in 163 big league games. Sardinas, 27, was a top prospect back in 2013-14 but hit .224/.274/.292 in 500 big league plate appearances from 2014-18. Gurka and Corcino both briefly reached the Majors between 2014-18, though they have only 40 2/3 total innings combined between them. Corcino does have a 3.97 ERA in his limited time, but he walked nearly as many hitters (13) as he struck out (16) in 22 2/3 innings.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=RLCXJ2pMAj8:TSfV1RNlgsI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Daniel Corcino Dawel Lugo Deven Marrero Jason Gurka Jorge Bonifacio Justin Grimm Kansas City Royals Luis Sardinas Transactions Steve Adams Angels Make Handful Of Roster Moves https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/angels-make-handful-of-roster-moves-3.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:9fcb17b9-eecc-e789-ad26-2c7983bca38e Tue, 13 Apr 2021 23:22:24 +0000 The Angels have selected outfielder Jon Jay from their alternate site and placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the 60-day injured list, the team announced. In other moves, the Angels placed catcher Max Stassi (left thumb sprain) and outfielder Juan Lagares (calf) on the 10-day IL, and they recalled backstop Anthony Bemboom. The 36-year-old, whom the&#8230; <p>The Angels have selected outfielder<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jayjo02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jon Jay</a></strong> from their alternate site and placed outfielder <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fowlede01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Dexter Fowler</strong></a> on the 60-day injured list, the team announced. In other moves, the Angels placed catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/stassma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Max Stassi</a></strong> (left thumb sprain) and outfielder<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/l/lagarju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Juan Lagares</a></strong> (calf) on the 10-day IL, and they recalled backstop<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bemboan01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Anthony Bemboom</a></strong>.</p> <p>The 36-year-old, whom the Angels signed to a minor league contract before the season, has put together a respectable career going back to his Cardinals debut in 2010. However, his numbers plummeted from 2018-20 with the Royals, Diamondbacks and White Sox. He hit a miserable .160/.211/.240 in 57 trips to the plate with Arizona last year, though Jay will get a chance to rebound beginning tonight with Fowler out for the season and both Lagares and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/u/uptonju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Justin Upton</a></strong> (back stiffness) dealing with injuries.</p> <p>Stassi has typically been known for his defensive acumen, but he has come alive at the plate since 2020. Including a red-hot start this season, Stassi has slashed .292/.371/.538 with eight home runs &#8211; albeit over a small sample of 124 PA and 38 games. Bemboom and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/suzukku01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Kurt Suzuki</a> </strong>will handle the catching duties while Stassi is out.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=EX9Re-d1oI0:zmjBF2F63ro:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Dexter Fowler Juan Lagares Los Angeles Angels Max Stassi Transactions Connor Byrne Royals Select Ervin Santana https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/royals-select-ervin-santana.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:ab650490-3075-bcc1-d29c-da55575d7f92 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 22:23:22 +0000 Right-hander Ervin Santana is returning to the majors for the first time since 2019. The Royals selected the veteran&#8217;s contract, placed righty Josh Staumont on the IL for an undisclosed reason, recalled righty Tyler Zuber and optioned infielder/outfielder Ryan McBroom, Anne Rogers of MLB.com tweets. Santana pitched for five big league teams, including the Royals,&#8230; <p>Right-hander <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/santaer01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Ervin Santana</strong></a> is returning to the majors for the first time since 2019. The Royals selected the veteran&#8217;s contract, placed righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/staumjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Josh Staumont</a> </strong>on the IL for an undisclosed reason, recalled righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zuberty01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Tyler Zuber</a> </strong>and optioned infielder/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/mcbrory01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Ryan McBroom</a></strong>, <a href="https://twitter.com/anne__rogers/status/1382095773165309952" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Anne Rogers of MLB.com</a> tweets.</p> <p>Santana pitched for five big league teams, including the Royals, from 2005-19, and typically produced solid results while eating up a significant number of innings. The 38-year-old has six seasons of 200-plus innings under his belt, 2,421 in total, as well as a 4.09 ERA. While with the Royals in 2013, he fired 211 innings of 3.24 ERA ball, though Santana then rejected KC&#8217;s qualifying offer and went through a prolonged stay in free agency before signing with the Braves.</p> <p>Santana lasted just one year in Atlanta before joining Minnesota, with which he delivered quality seasons in 2016-17. However, a middle finger injury limited Santana to five starts, 24 2/3 innings and an ugly 8.03 ERA. He continued to struggle during his most recent action, as he recorded a 9.45 ERA in three starts and 13 1/3 frames as a member of the White Sox. Santana finished the year in the Mets organization, but he didn&#8217;t pitch for them that season, and he sat out 2020 before signing a minors pact with the Royals.</p> <p>Santana has started in 384 of 387 appearances, though it remains to be seen which role he&#8217;ll fill now. Notably, Royals starters have put up a 5.56 ERA &#8211; the sixth-worst mark in baseball.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=96PgqfWLnfg:iW0Vbs7IbBM:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Ervin Santana Josh Staumont Kansas City Royals Transactions Connor Byrne Latest On George Springer, Teoscar Hernandez https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/latest-on-george-springer-teoscar-hernandez.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:56a43481-4fd8-1554-7397-46577206fdb9 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 21:47:02 +0000 The Blue Jays will have to continue waiting for center fielder George Springer to make his much-anticipated debut with the team. The right quad strain that Springer suffered last week is likely to shelve him until at least April 27, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports. Toronto&#8217;s outfield will also continue to go without Teoscar Hernandez,&#8230; <p>The Blue Jays will have to continue waiting for center fielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/springe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">George Springer</a></strong> to make his much-anticipated debut with the team. The right quad strain that Springer suffered last week is likely to shelve him until at least April 27, <a href="https://twitter.com/bnicholsonsmith/status/1382084272400564228" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet</a> reports.</p> <p>Toronto&#8217;s outfield will also continue to go without<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hernate01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Teoscar Hernandez</a></strong>, who tested positive for COVID-19, per <a href="https://twitter.com/ScottyMitchTSN/status/1382084220701585413" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Scott Mitchell of TSN</a>. Manager Charlie Montoyo said Hernandez will quarantine for 10 days, and then the Jays will re-evaluate from there.</p> <p>The Blue Jays signed Springer to the offseason&#8217;s richest guarantee &#8211; six years, $150MM &#8211; though multiple injuries have dogged the former Astros standout since last month. Before going down with this quad strain, Springer was delayed by a strained oblique. At 4-6, Toronto has gotten off to a slow start without Springer, though primary center field fill-in<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grichra01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Randal Grichuk</a> </strong>has produced great numbers at the plate so far. The same can&#8217;t be said for backup <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/davisjo05.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Jonathan Davis</strong></a>, however.</p> <p>Hernandez first went on the COVID-related injured list April 9, though it didn&#8217;t appear then that he had tested positive. Hernandez starred in 2020 with a .289/.340/.579 line and 16 home runs in 207 plate appearances, but he has slumped to a .207/.207/.310 with one HR, 14 strikeouts and no walks in 29 PA this year. Both Grichuk and<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/palacjo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Josh Palacios</a></strong> have seen time in right since Hernandez last played April 8.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=y0GZR69Lkv4:skMPrc2dqg0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Coronavirus George Springer Teoscar Hernandez Toronto Blue Jays Connor Byrne Rangers Place Ronald Guzman On 10-Day IL, Select Adolis Garcia https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/rangers-place-ronald-guzman-on-10-day-il-select-adolis-garcia.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:7ae9f783-ffb9-cc2d-a140-f1e26d76babf Tue, 13 Apr 2021 20:52:49 +0000 The Rangers have placed first baseman/outfielder Ronald Guzman on the 10-day injured list with a meniscus cartilage tear in his right knee, per a team announcement. In other moves, the team selected outfielder Adolis Garcia&#8217;s contract and transferred injured right-hander Matt Bush from the 10-day IL to the 60-day version. It isn&#8217;t known yet whether&#8230; <p>The Rangers have placed first baseman/outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guzmaro01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Ronald Guzman</a> </strong>on the 10-day injured list with a meniscus cartilage tear in his right knee, per a team announcement. In other moves, the team selected outfielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/garciad02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Adolis Garcia</a></strong>&#8217;s contract and transferred injured right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bushma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Matt Bush</a> </strong>from the 10-day IL to the 60-day version.</p> <p>It isn&#8217;t known yet whether Guzman will require surgery, but either way, it seems likely he&#8217;ll miss a fair amount of time. Guzman suffered the injury Monday during his first career start in left field and had to leave on a cart. It&#8217;s the latest tough development for the 26-year-old, who has generally struggled to produce dating back to his 2018 debut. Guzman took 17 trips to the plate this year before suffering the injury and batted just .063/.118/.250.</p> <p>Garcia, whom the Rangers acquired from the Cardinals in 2019, saw brief major league action over the prior two seasons. He has hit .087/.125/.130 in 24 PA.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=DJVRK-yLS8Q:AY2jwWv6Dms:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Adolis Garcia Matt Bush Ronald Guzman Texas Rangers Transactions Connor Byrne Cubs Place Matt Duffy On COVID IL, Select Ildemaro Vargas https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/cubs-place-matt-duffy-on-covid-il-select-ildemaro-vargas.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:a20f1eab-7ff2-0747-8918-b47862a05bc9 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 20:35:47 +0000 The Cubs have placed infielder Matt Duffy on the COVID-19 list and selected the contract of fellow infelder Ildemaro Vargas from their alternate site, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic tweets. Duffy is the fourth Cubs player to land on the COVID list this week, joining pitchers Jason Adam, Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler. As Sharma&#8230; <p>The Cubs have placed infielder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=duffyma01,duffyma02,duffy-002mat&amp;search=Matt+Duffy&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Matt Duffy</a> </strong>on the COVID-19 list and selected the contract of fellow infelder <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vargail01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Ildemaro Vargas</a></strong> from their alternate site, <a href="https://twitter.com/sahadevsharma/status/1382065458270986240" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic</a> tweets.</p> <p>Duffy is the fourth Cubs player to land on the COVID list this week, joining pitchers<strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/adamja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jason Adam</a></strong>, <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/workmbr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Brandon Workman</strong></a> and <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/winklda01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Dan Winkler</strong></a>. As Sharma notes, though, it doesn&#8217;t necessarily mean Duffy tested positive.</p> <p>Chicago claimed Vargas via waivers from the Twins last September, but he lost his 40-man roster spot when the Cubs designated him for assignment in March. Vargas remained with the organization after clearing waivers. Also a former Diamondback, the light-hitting Vargas carries a .254/.282/.391 line in 298 plate appearances, though he does offer plenty of defensive versatility in the infield.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=HhmgdBkGw9A:L2VctOiUbWg:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Chicago Cubs Coronavirus Ildemaro Vargas Matt Duffy Transactions Connor Byrne Astros, Martin Maldonado Finalizing One-Year Extension https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/astros-extend-martin-maldonado-catcher.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:4fc0b8b2-3fa2-1ab0-39f3-8e95cdba5dd2 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:53:41 +0000 The Astros are finalizing a one-year contract extension with catcher Martin Maldonado, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (via Twitter). The new pact would also contain a vesting option for the 2023 season. More to come. <p>The Astros are finalizing a one-year contract extension with catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maldoma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Martin Maldonado</a></strong>, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com (<a href="https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1382057975376908292" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">via Twitter</a>). The new pact would also contain a vesting option for the 2023 season.</p> <p><em>More to come.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=U_NOMZmQP_U:IcWF3hcCisA:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Houston Astros Martin Maldonado Newsstand Steve Adams Rolling In The Deep: Phillip Those Roster Spots While You Can https://razzball.com/rolling-in-the-deep-phillip-those-roster-spots-while-you-can/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:0672bf0e-2a0c-da48-8576-fac91ddc8b8d Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:15:15 +0000 We're less than two weeks in to the 2021 baseball season, and already player values have been changing all over the place.  Deep-league names that we were talking about weeks ago -- and who were completely off the radar for most fantasy owners then -- have shot up ownership charts.  Guys that weren't even drafted in many or even most NL or AL-only leagues suddenly have medium/mixed-league numbers.  In CBS leagues, <strong>Yermin Mercedes</strong> is now an 80% owned player.  Akil Baddoo went from 18 to 68 percent in one week, Cedric Mullins from 20 to 60%.   And in perhaps in the most extreme deep-league rags to standard-league riches story of the young season, Tyler Naquin's ownership went from 1% to 82% in one week. So, what's a deep-leaguer in need of lineup reinforcements but facing a picked-clean waiver wire to do?  I'd say re-group to the changed landscape, and keep looking in case more hidden gems emerge.  There may not be anyone out there who's going to give you a first-week Tyler Naquin level of production (he's on pace for 90 homers, 252 RBI, and 18 stolen bases, by the way... so, uh, pretty sure there's a bit of a cool-down coming at some point), but let's look at a few names to see if there may be someone who can fill a temporary hole or give you a small deep-league boost.  We'll go from most to least owned, starting with those that may be available in medium-deep leagues and finishing with some ultra-deep league 1-percenters. Rolling In The Deep Austin Dean Brandon Crawford Daniel Vogelbach Kyle Garlick Kyle Isbel Lane Thomas Phillip Evans Tim Locastro Yandy Diaz Laura Holt MLBTR Live Chat https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/mlbtr-live-chat-598.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:4af15b61-7603-b016-c773-2d224d05a5b0 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:09:14 +0000 Click here to join Tuesday&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Steve Adams. <p><a href="https://www.jotcast.com/chat/chat-with-mlbtrs-steve-adams-4-13-21-10399.html" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Click here</a> to join Tuesday&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Steve Adams.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=da8w4LNB498:rl7X0T7KDxo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> MLBTR Chats Steve Adams MLBTR Chat Transcript https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/mlbtr-live-chat-598.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:0d329a09-35f6-bc23-4e98-8b430c055fa9 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:09:14 +0000 Click here to read a transcript of Tuesday&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Steve Adams. <p><a href="https://www.jotcast.com/chat/chat-with-mlbtrs-steve-adams-4-13-21-10399.html" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read a transcript of Tuesday&#8217;s chat with MLBTR&#8217;s Steve Adams.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=da8w4LNB498:rl7X0T7KDxo:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> MLBTR Chats Steve Adams The PTERODACTYL Awards: Week 1 https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-pterodactyl-awards-week-1/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:0e94ce3d-b03d-c3d8-ec3f-5454af85e4b1 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 19:00:03 +0000 <p>Awards for the moments that make you cheer (and those that don't).</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-pterodactyl-awards-week-1/">The PTERODACTYL Awards: Week 1</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> We Love Baseball Noah Scott MLB DFS Pitching Analysis: April 13, 2021 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/mlb-dfs-pitching-analysis-april-13-2021/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:80660a37-7956-10cb-846d-483781dc165a Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:35:48 +0000 Tonight’s slate features a wide variety of pitching quality, but we're gonna focus on the top -- the best pitcher, the best play, and the best contrarian option. <p>Our<a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=sa3014208&amp;position=DH" target="_blank" rel="noopener"> </a>MLB DFS lineups don’t start and end with pitching. I’m not saying to punt pitcher every night or even every now and then. I’m just stressing that each and every slate does not rest upon our pitching. But the pitcher position is so vital because it’s the slot where we can get the most accurate projection in an extremely volatile wing of DFS.</p> <p>Our pitching isn’t just a source of fantasy points. The price tags on pitchers make it so they shape they dictate the freedoms and restrictions of building our lineups. Before reading this article, it’s highly suggested that you read my article, “<a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/dfs-pitching-primer/">DFS Pitching Primer</a>,” so the concepts discussed here make more sense.</p> <p>That we’re not selecting the best players. We’re constructing the lineups which carry the most leverage without sacrificing many projected fantasy points.</p> <p>Tonight’s slate features a wide variety of pitching quality, but we&#8217;re gonna focus on the top &#8212; the best pitcher, the best play, and the best contrarian option &#8212; or else some poor editor is gonna have to sift through 3,000 words, as there is just so much really good pitching.</p> <p>The best pitcher of these three is <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=19427&amp;position=P" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shane Bieber</a> and it isn&#8217;t particularly close. His 3.09 SIERA, 11.99 K/9, and 27.9% K-BB rate all lead the slate. And his matchup against the White Sox is not as scary as many think it is. The White Sox only have a 102 wRC+ against right-handed pitching and they carry a 24.5% K rate. Vegas has the implied run total for the White Sox around 3.5, which is totally fine. And Bieber is about $1k too cheap on both sites for his skill level. That all said, Bieber won&#8217;t carry the most ownership.</p> <p><a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12703&amp;position=P" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trevor Bauer</a> will likely actually be the heavily-owned chalk tonight because he&#8217;s a couple hundred cheaper than Bauer and is projecting better across the industry, despite being far short of Bieber in SIERA at 3.77 and overall skill. There are three key reasons why:</p> <ul> <ol><strong>1. The Rockies are a trainwreck.</strong> Forget the home-road garbage. We don&#8217;t have to speculate on the extremes of Coors Field. The Rockies active roster has a 79 wRC+ against right-handed pitchers with a 25.1% K rate.</p> <p>Is <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12564&amp;position=SS" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trevor Story</a> legit-good? Sure. Is <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=7859&amp;position=OF" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Charlie Blackmon</a> nothing to slouch about? Sure. Does <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=12546&amp;position=1B/DH" target="_blank" rel="noopener">C.J. Cron</a> have the type of power that transcends the Coors advantage? Sure. Can <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15112&amp;position=2B" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ryan McMahon</a> be a real thing? Sure.</p> <p>But the rest of the Rockies lineup is hot garbage and none of the guys I mentioned are elite. According to the <a href="https://rotogrinders.com/plateiq?sport=mlb" rel="noopener" target="_blank">RotoGrinders Plate IQ</a> tool, their projected starting lineup has an Earth-shattering 27.2% K rate.</ol> <ol><strong>2. Bauer&#8217;s environment is better for run prevention.</strong> Guaranteed Rate Field is a low-key big-time hitters park. It has a 102 park factor for wOBA and a 116 for home runs, according to EV Analytics, compared to 101 and 109 for Dodger Stadium. The rumor is that Dodgers Stadium&#8217;s home run factor goes down at night because of the marine layer. Not sure I believe it, but still a significant park advantage for Bauer.</p> <p>Vegas sees (1) and (2) to give Colorado a 2.51 implied total &#8212; almost a full run under the White Sox.</ol> <ol><strong>3. Bauer&#8217;s one of the best pitchers in the league. Not like Bieber, but still&#8230;</strong> Bieber is probably a top-three pitcher in baseball, while Bauer is somewhere in the middle or bottom of the top-12, depending on who you ask. The most valuable quality Bauer possesses after his 11.23 K/9 and sub-4.00 SIERA is his ability to pitch deep into games. We get points for innings and more innings equal more Ks. His 6.36 innings pitched per start is elite in today&#8217;s game and his three complete game shutouts (CGSO) since 2019 as tied with one guy in MLB over that span.</ol> </ul> <p>This is the worst wRC+ versus any handedness in the league and one of the worst K rates in a much better ballpark for pitching than Bieber has to face. Add Bauer&#8217;s leash and there is legitimate CGSO upside for Bauer tonight.</p> <p>That said, projecting considerably lower than Bauer, there&#8217;s <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/statss.aspx?playerid=15474&amp;position=P" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lucas Giolito</a>. His matchup isn&#8217;t as finger-lickin&#8217; juicy as Bauer&#8217;s and he&#8217;s pitching in the same park as Bieber, but no one&#8217;s gonna play him. His 3.48 SIERA is better than Bauer&#8217;s. His 11.89 K/9 is higher than Bauer&#8217;s. And his 24.6% K-BB rate is higher than Bauer&#8217;s.</p> <p>Cleveland doesn&#8217;t strike out much (22.9% against right-handers), but their 90 wRC+ against right-handers is awful. Vegas has the game as a pick-em, so the implied total for Cleveland is even with the White Sox.</p> <p>In cash games, we play Bauer. In smaller tournaments, we take a stand on Bauer or Bieber. But in large-field tournaments where we need more leverage over the field of entrants, Giolito has to be in the mix. If we&#8217;re maximum multi-entering or even playing 20-plus lineups, we should consider lineups without any of the three, as the pool of SP2s is about as deep as it gets.</p> <p><em>All stats cited are since 2019, unless otherwise noted.</em></p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> 2021 DFS Gambling Pitcher Spotlight Projections Starting Pitchers Strategy Alex Sonty James Paxton To Undergo Tommy John Surgery https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/tommy-john-surgery-recommended-for-james-paxton.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:4275cc7d-0667-a435-74a7-777d3a53aed3 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:27:58 +0000 April 13: Servais confirmed today that Paxton will undergo season-ending surgery (Twitter link via The Athletic&#8217;s Corey Brock). April 10: Paxton hasn&#8217;t yet decided on surgery and will seek a second opinion on his injury, Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters (including MLB.com&#8217;s Daniel Kramer). April 8: Tommy John surgery has been recommended for Mariners&#8230; <p><strong>April 13:</strong> Servais confirmed today that Paxton will undergo season-ending surgery (<a href="https://twitter.com/CoreyBrockMLB/status/1382033117297340419" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Twitter link</a> via The Athletic&#8217;s Corey Brock).</p> <p><strong>April 10:</strong> Paxton hasn&#8217;t yet decided on surgery and will seek a second opinion on his injury, Mariners manager Scott Servais told reporters (including <a href="https://www.mlb.com/news/james-paxton-second-opinion-left-forearm-strain" target="_blank" rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="external">MLB.com&#8217;s Daniel Kramer</a>).</p> <p><strong>April 8:</strong> Tommy John surgery has been recommended for Mariners left-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/paxtoja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">James Paxton</a></strong>, <a href="https://twitter.com/JonHeyman/status/1380285951944065024" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Jon Heyman of MLB Network</a> reports. If Paxton undergoes the procedure, he&#8217;ll miss the rest of this season and at least some portion of the 2022 campaign.</p> <p>Paxton began his career with the Mariners, who used a fourth-round pick on him in 2010, though after spending 2013-18 in their uniform, they traded him to the Yankees. But Paxton, 32, returned to Seattle in free agency this past offseason on a one-year, $8.5MM deal. Unfortunately, the Big Maple exited his first (and potentially lone) start of 2021 on Tuesday because of forearm troubles. The Mariners then <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/mariners-rumors-james-paxton-jake-fraley-injury-jarred-kelenic.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">placed</a> Paxton on the 10-day injured list.</p> <p>While Paxton has typically pitched well in the majors, evidenced by his 3.59 ERA/3.62 SIERA over 137 appearances (all starts) and 754 2/3 innings, various injuries have haunted him since he entered the league in 2013. He has never thrown more than 160 1/3 innings in an individual season, and he totaled just 20 1/3 frames last year while dealing with back issues and a flexor strain. The Yankees then elected against bringing Paxton back, though he did draw substantial interest from teams on the open market before returning to the Mariners. It doesn&#8217;t appear the reunion will be fruitful for either side, however.</p> <p>The Mariners entered the season with Paxton as a key part of their six-man rotation, but it looks as if they will have to make other plans for the rest of the year. At least for now, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/margeni01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Nick Margevicius</a></strong> will take Paxton&#8217;s spot in the M&#8217;s starting staff, complementing <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/search/search.fcgi?pid=gonzama02,gonzal020mar&amp;search=Marco+Gonzales&amp;utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Marco Gonzales</strong></a>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kikucyu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Yusei Kikuchi</a>,</strong> <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sheffju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Justus Sheffield</strong></a>, <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/flexech01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Chris Flexen</a> </strong>and <a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dunnju01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external"><strong>Justin Dunn</strong></a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=Fmgnd06Ts1g:bjf8wXiIb_A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> James Paxton Newsstand Seattle Mariners Connor Byrne The Prospect Trench: No Rest For The Wicked https://razzball.com/the-prospect-trench-no-rest-for-the-wicked/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:8a9b8d98-2f33-3ec8-ed5c-1ce15dbd2cee Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:15:33 +0000 Oh man. It's bad out here guys. Oh Jesus, what even <em>is</em> an oblique?! It's okay little buddy, relax. Nobody knows what an oblique really is. Some kind of triangle I think. But damn they love to get injured lately, huh? I mean, c'mon we're talking dynasty here, we'll just wait until our competitive window opens in 2025, right? WRONG! But you better be prepared, son. Do you think it's bad now? Wait until AA and A ball get rolling. Not to be the bearer of bad news, predicting some massive bloodbath across the league but... I've seen <a href="https://razzball.com/player/670032/Nicky+Lopez/">Nicky Lopez</a> starting in shallow redraft leagues. Poor, poor souls. Please say a prayer for your local Middle Infielder. Or better yet- <h3>Buckle up and hit that waiver wire bucko, we've got leagues to win!</h3> Fantasy Baseball Prospects Cameron Maybin Detroit Tigers Justin Foscue Nicky Lopez Prospects Texas Rangers Zack Short Dylan Vaughan Skorish Fantasy Baseball Podcast: Zombie Dong and The Baddoo Boys https://razzball.com/fantasy-baseball-podcast-zombie-dong-and-the-baddoo-boys/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:895992f9-3252-c518-ad65-c6ff1023de82 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:10:45 +0000 We all thought things would be better in 2021, and if you drafted Just Dong, Zombino Overlord, you might be right. However, for the rest of us, our pets heads are falling off. First Eloy, then Tatis, who's next Old Testament Baseball God? Why must you steal our joy day after day? We turn our weary eyes to you oh Akil Baddoo, can you be our 2021 Chris Shelton savior, or am I mixing up Tyler Naquin and Baddoo? Yeah, I definitely am, but it's okay because Grey and Ralph....errr I mean Geoff are back with more weekly fantasy insights to help you finish a strong third in your league! It's the latest episode of the Razzball Podcast! All Podcasts Akil Baddoo Corbin Burnes Fernando Tatis Jr. Jarred Kelenic JD Martinez Jon Gray Keston Hiura Logan Gilbert Lou Trivino Luke Weaver Michael Fulmer Nico Hoerner Phillip Evans Ryan Weathers Sonny Gray Trevor Rogers Tyler Naquin Ralph Lifshitz Injury Report: April 13 https://www.pitcherlist.com/injury-report-april-13/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:ab0fafa4-f4aa-035c-5090-bfe0a4dff7bc Tue, 13 Apr 2021 18:00:42 +0000 <p>Is a top-5 pick nearing a return this week? </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/injury-report-april-13/">Injury Report: April 13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Injury Report Jake Robinson D-backs Activate Zac Gallen https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/diamondbacks-activate-zac-gallen.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:2e4fcd42-0a44-257f-59e3-3eb70a58b041 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:46:32 +0000 The Diamondbacks announced Tuesday that they&#8217;ve activated right-hander Zac Gallen from the 10-day injured list. Righty Matt Peacock was optioned to their alternate site in order to open a spot on the active roster. Gallen was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right forearm last month &#8212; an injury he sustained while taking batting&#8230; <p>The Diamondbacks announced Tuesday that they&#8217;ve activated right-hander <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/galleza01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Zac Gallen</a></strong> from the 10-day injured list. Righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/peacoma01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Matt Peacock</a></strong> was optioned to their alternate site in order to open a spot on the active roster. Gallen was diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right forearm last month &#8212; an injury he sustained while taking batting practice late in camp. Assuming there are no setbacks, it seems Gallen&#8217;s injury will only cost him a couple weeks of regular-season action.</p> <p>Gallen, 25, will return to a D-backs rotation that has struggled thus far in 2021, thanks largely to uncharacteristically rough showings from <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bumgama01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Madison Bumgarner</a></strong> and <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/kellyme01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Merrill Kelly</a></strong>. Bumgarner has been hammered for 17 runs in just 13 2/3 innings &#8212; walking eight of the 73 batters he&#8217;s faced (10.9 percent) and plunking another three. Kelly, who is trying to work his way back from thoracic outlet surgery that ended an excellent 2020 campaign prematurely, has surrendered nine earned runs in 10 frames.</p> <p>Gallen will take the place of <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/smithri01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Riley Smith</a></strong> in the team&#8217;s rotation, manager Torey Lovullo tells reporters (<a href="https://twitter.com/SteveGilbertMLB/status/1382022109799538688" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Twitter link</a> via MLB.com&#8217;s Steve Gilbert). If he&#8217;s back to full strength, he should step in as the team&#8217;s top starter. Already traded twice in his young career, Gallen landed with the D-backs in the 2019 deadline swap that sent <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/chishja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jazz Chisholm</a></strong> to Miami. The move was a surprise at the time, given Gallen&#8217;s six years of remaining club control and his hot start to his rookie campaign that year. He&#8217;s been every bit as good in 115 2/3 innings with the Snakes as he was in 36 1/3 frames with the Fish, pitching to a combined 2.80 ERA with a 28.5 percent strikeout rate and a 9.1 percent walk rate following the trade.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=kTiwJtCpAIU:zTeUunbY55g:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Arizona Diamondbacks Matt Peacock Riley Smith Zac Gallen Steve Adams Marlins Rumors: Yermin, Greene, Dickerson https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/marlins-trade-rumors-yermin-mercedes-white-sox.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:45c7161c-4b20-c0b9-3a12-2036885e3837 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:32:46 +0000 The Marlins&#8217; offseason trade interest in Willson Contreras was fairly well documented, but it appears he wasn&#8217;t the only Chicago catcher pursued by the Fish. Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald report that the Marlins also made an &#8220;aggressive&#8221; attempt to acquire Yermin Mercedes from the White Sox but couldn&#8217;t convince the&#8230; <p>The Marlins&#8217; offseason trade interest in <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/contrwi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Willson Contreras</a></strong> was fairly well documented, but it appears he wasn&#8217;t the only Chicago catcher pursued by the Fish. <a href="https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article249320890.html" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Barry Jackson and Craig Mish of the Miami Herald report</a> that the Marlins also made an &#8220;aggressive&#8221; attempt to acquire <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/merceye01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Yermin Mercedes</a></strong> from the White Sox but couldn&#8217;t convince the South Siders to part with him. &#8220;Aggressive&#8221; is a relative term, but in the case of Mercedes, nearly any focused effort to pry him away could&#8217;ve been seen as such prior to Opening Day. He&#8217;d logged only a single MLB plate appearance prior to the 2021 season and entered the year as a 28-year-old with 53 Triple-A games under his belt. Scouting reports on Mercedes have universally tabbed him as a DH-only prospect who lacks a true defensive position.</p> <p>There&#8217;s been no ignoring Mercedes&#8217; remarkable breakout at the plate to begin the season, however. The bat-first characterization of his skill set looks to be well deserved, as he opened the year with an incredible eight consecutive hits and is now 16-for-32 with a pair of homers, three doubles and four walks to match his four strikeouts. Mercedes obviously won&#8217;t sustain a .538 average on balls in play, but at least early on, he looks the part of a strong DH option. Even with some regression to be expected, the torrid start has surely quelled any temptation for the White Sox to trade the &#8220;Yerminator.&#8221; The Marlins, meanwhile, figure to continue looking for catching help this summer and into next offseason, per Mish and Jackson.</p> <p>A few more notes out of South Florida&#8230;</p> <ul> <li>While the Marlins may be seeking catching help now, they had one of the game&#8217;s top all-around backstops not long ago. Miami traded <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/realmjt01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">J.T. Realmuto</a></strong> to the Phillies prior to the 2018 season, but <a href="https://theathletic.com/2512682/2021/04/12/rosenthal-joe-musgroves-breakout-was-only-a-matter-of-time-will-we-see-another-player-like-dodgers-zach-mckinstry/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">The Athletic&#8217;s Ken Rosenthal sheds some light</a> on talks that took place with another interested party: the Reds. Talks between Cincinnati and Miami weren&#8217;t a secret at the time, and it&#8217;s been previously reported that current second baseman <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/i/indiajo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Jonathan India</a></strong> and catcher <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/barnhtu01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Tucker Barnhart</a></strong> were among the players who could&#8217;ve potentially been sent to the Marlins in a Realmuto deal with the Reds. The breaking point in talks, according to Rosenthal, was that the Reds staunchly refused to part with flamethrowing righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=greene000hun" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Hunter Greene</a></strong> in the deal. Greene was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, and while he&#8217;s since had Tommy John surgery, he remains a highly regarded pitching prospect. Then again, righty <strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/sanchsi01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Sixto Sanchez</a></strong>, whom the Marlins actually did pick up in their eventual trade of Realmuto, is widely considered among the game&#8217;s top overall young talents.</li> <li><strong><a href="https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dickeco01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&amp;utm_source=direct&amp;utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="external">Corey Dickerson</a></strong> doesn&#8217;t appear to be in the Marlins&#8217; plans beyond 2021, Jackson and Mish add in the previously linked Herald column, making a trade at this year&#8217;s deadline appear possible. Dickerson stood out as a rather logical on-paper trade candidate in the first place, as a veteran on an expiring contract with an up-and-coming team that most do not expect to contend for a playoff berth. Dickerson, who&#8217;ll turn 32 in May, has batted just .259/.314/.402 through his first 243 plate appearances as a Marlin dating back to 2020. He inked a two-year, $17.5MM deal to serve as Miami&#8217;s primary left fielder, and while his power and exit velocity have dropped off, his strikeout and walk rates have actually improved a bit with the Fish. As of this year&#8217;s July 30 trade deadline, Dickerson will still have $2.97MM remaining on this year&#8217;s $8.5MM salary, plus an additional $1MM owed to him in the form of a deferred signing bonus. The Marlins could need to absorb a portion of that sum in order to bring about a trade.</li> </ul> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=XWdPZ84gCZY:dcEkDoQVu7E:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds Corey Dickerson Hunter Greene J.T. Realmuto Miami Marlins Notes Yermin Mercedes Steve Adams Throwing Heat Week 2 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/throwing-heat-week-2/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:56269adc-e57b-ad2a-fd7c-2d5eda67b16e Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:30:02 +0000 Five starters cooking to start the season ranging in quality from Musgrove to Matz <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Baseball is happening! I decided for the entire season to run a weekly article on pitchers who have been “heating up.” I will dive into what it could mean for the pitcher and what you should do with them. This should be a captivating concept because it will be pitchers of all levels, anywhere from aces to pitchers you would have never drafted. That’s what it’s all about, catching players as they improve and acting on it before anyone else can realize. Welcome to “Throwing Heat!”</span></p> <p><span id="more-129261"></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/joe-musgrove/12970/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Musgrove</a>, SDP</span><br /> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Last two weeks: 15.0 IP 0.00 ERA 0.20 WHIP</span></i></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">This is your reminder that Joe Musgrove has now pitched 15 innings without giving up a run. He is your MLB FIP leader (early I know)! </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">But </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">most importantly Joe Musgrove just pitched the first no-hitter in San Diego Padres history. Congratulations Joe!</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Musgrove is doing some interesting things so far this season. He got to leave Pittsburgh and has now ditched that horrible four-seam. </span></p> <div class="table-container table-brown"> <div class="table-logo"></div> <div class="table-title">Joe Musgrove&#8217;s Pitch Usage</div> <div class="table-wrapper"> <table class=" table-equal-width"> <tbody> <tr> <th>Year</th> <th>Slider</th> <th>Cutter</th> <th>Curveball</th> <th>Four-Seam</th> <th>Changeup</th> <th>Sinker</th> </tr> <tr> <td class="align-L">2020</td> <td>24.2%</td> <td>6.4%</td> <td>19.9%</td> <td>26.9%</td> <td>10.7%</td> <td>11.9%</td> </tr> <tr> <td class="align-L">2021</td> <td>26.8%</td> <td>24.7%</td> <td>18.9%</td> <td>12.6%</td> <td>10.0%</td> <td>6.8%</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <p>He is gracing us with increased usage on all of his breaking balls making fantasy baseball Twitter rejoice. What’s actually interesting and completely unsustainable is that he hasn’t walked a single batter this season. He has only physically hit one. Joe is doing everything you want, enjoy the ride.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-mahle/16358/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Mahle</a>, CIN<br /> <em>Last two weeks: 9.0 IP 2.00 ERA 1.11 WHIP</em></p> <p>Mr. Mahle is rocking the same three pitches that made him successful last season, a four-seam fastball, slider, and split-finger. One notable difference so far this season is his rise in velocity. Last season his four-seam fastball averaged 93.9 MPH and so far this season it’s at 95.2 MPH. Increased velocity is typically a good thing!</p> <p>The best thing about Mahle is his ability to command his pitches. He has always had great command and consistently paints the edges with his fastball. This helps him not only get called strikes but it helps set up his breaking pitches. Likely the reason he is currently 7th in strikeout rate with a whopping 41 K%.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/trevor-rogers/22286/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trevor Rogers</a>, MIA<br /> <em>Last two weeks: 10.0 IP 1.80 ERA 1.10 WHIP</em></p> <p>Hello neighbor! Bad joke? Hopefully someone gets it. Rogers was a bit wild in his first start but was able to absolutely dominate the New York Mets. His fastball was unbelievable against them and the entire Mets lineup looked completely lost, worse than a deer in headlights. His fastball induced 10 whiffs and 11 called strikes finishing with a 49 CSW% rate. That’s insanely good. That CSW% was better than deGrom’s in that game who had a 41.0 CSW rate (albeit he did have 20 whiffs).</p> <p>Rogers has always had strikeout potential and his ceiling depends on the walks. Last year he had a 10.0 BB% and throughout the minors it hovered around 8.0%. Games where he is on he is beyond lethal as you can see from his stat line against the Mets: 6.0 innings pitched, zero earned runs, and 10 strikeouts. If you have him, hold on and keep a watch on his command.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/sandy-alcantara/18684/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sandy Alcantara</a>, MIA<br /> <em>Last two weeks: 12.0 IP 1.50 ERA 0.83 WHIP</em></p> <p>Sandy has come out red hot to start the season. The crazy thing is this was against two prominent offenses in the St. Louis Cardinals and the Tampa Bay Rays. He is another pitcher where his fastball velocity is up compared to last season. Sandy is known for his power sinker that averaged 96.4 MPH last season. This season it has topped out at 99.5 MPH and averaged 97.4 MPH. This has caused his sinker to have more vertical movement increasing it from 21.5 inches to 22.4 inches. His already lethal sinker is becoming virtually unhittable.</p> <p>When you see improvements in velocity and movement typically it leads to more strikeouts. In his two starts he has put up seven and ten strikeouts. His SwStr% is up to 16.4% and his CSW rate has risen to 34.5%. Of course none of these stats are stabilized as of yet but this is what we do, we love to react anyway. Sandy is a fantastic pitcher who could get you a ton of innings.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/steven-matz/13361/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Steven Matz</a>, TOR<br /> <em>Last two weeks: 12.1 IP 1.46 ERA 0.89 WHIP</em></p> <p>This one hurts my soul. Deep down I am crying inside. As a Mets fan, I was worried this would happen with Matz. The left-handed pitcher has decided to mix in his slider and changeup more resulting in some really fantastic results. Against the Texas Rangers he was able to take advantage of their free-swinging lineup and induced nine strikeouts focusing on his changeup. In his second outing, the Los Angeles Angels are more of a contact lineup and he was able to induce weak contact using his slider.</p> <p>Matz has always had the potential to be a solid pitcher, he just needed to be used correctly. The main issue with Matz is health. He has only eclipsed 150 innings twice in his six-year career. It’s hard to tell how real this is, it might be wise to grab him and hold on because if he clicks, he could be great. If he doesn’t, it won’t cost you anything.</p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> Featured Starting Pitchers Throwing Heat Michael Simione The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 915 – Glasnow’s Surge https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-sleeper-and-the-bust-episode-915-glasnows-surge/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:904d663b-4c1f-b37b-ccc7-5fbe1948e273 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:18:04 +0000 Paul and Justin discuss Glasnow's 3rd pitch, Ohtani's best deployment, some more fast starts and much more! <p><strong><em>4/13/21</em></strong></p> <p>The latest episode of “The Sleeper and the Bust” is live. Support the show by <a href="https://www.patreon.com/TheSleeperandtheBust">subscribing to our Patreon</a>!!</p> <p><strong>Follow us on Twitter</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/sporer">@sporer</a> – Host</li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/justinmasonfwfb">@justinmasonfwfb</a> – Co-Host/Producer</li> </ul> <p><strong>NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS/INJURIES/RUMORS</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-glasnow/14374/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Glasnow</a>’s 14 Ks/new slider </span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/shohei-ohtani/19755/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Shohei Ohtani</a> deployment</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-rendon/12861/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anthony Rendon</a> (groin) to IL</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/robbie-ray/11486/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Robbie Ray</a> debuts off the IL</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/zac-gallen/19291/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zac Gallen</a> returning on Tuesday????</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/miguel-cabrera/1744/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Miguel Cabrera</a> to IL; <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/renato-nunez/14503/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Renato Núñez</a> up &amp; goes yard</span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/casey-mize/20492/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Casey Mize</a> deals</span></li> </ul> <p><span id="more-129328"></span></p> <p><strong>More Fast Starts</strong></p> <ul> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Naquin</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/phillip-evans/12950/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phillip Evans</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/huascar-ynoa/20468/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Huascar Ynoa</a></span></li> <li style="font-weight: 400;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/wade-miley/8779/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wade Miley</a></span></li> </ul> <p>&#8212;</p> <p>As usual, don’t hesitate to tweet us or comment with fantasy questions.</p> <p>You can show your support to Fangraphs by <a href="https://plus.fangraphs.com/product/fangraphs-membership/">becoming a member</a>! With a standard $20 membership, you help maintain and improve our database of stats and graphs as well as our staff of 8 full-time employees and over 50 contributors. The premium ad-free membership at $50 year supports site growth and also includes faster load speeds and better site performance. You can also support <a href="https://plus.fangraphs.com/product/fangraphs-membership/">monthly for just $3</a>.</p> <p>You can subscribe to the podcast on <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/fangraphs-fantasy-baseball/id638494223">iTunes</a> or via <a href="http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/feed/podcast">the feed</a>. Please rate &amp; review the show in iTunes letting us know what you think!</p> <p>Approximately  minutes of joyous analysis.</p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> Featured Podcast - The Sleeper and the Bust Justin Mason RCL Update: The Week That Was, Week 1, 2021 https://razzball.com/rcl-update-the-week-that-was-week-1-2021/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:95bcd581-5f4d-a3b9-2236-1201308df1cf Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:15:41 +0000 <span style="font-weight: 400;">Last week wasn’t really enough to call a week, at just four days, with a couple of those being partial days.  This week, we’ve got an actual week’s worth of data to work with and it’s starting to feel like the grind of the season is upon us here in the Razzball Commenter Leagues.  That means maximizing those empty roster spots at every opportunity, hoarding all the potential closers (and racing to the waiver wire when one gets injured or demoted) and streaming starters like it’s your job.  Even still, you may be sitting near the bottom of the league standings.  It’s OK, we can all take a deep breath and repeat the mantra, “It’s still early”.  Everyone wants to be leading their league after the first week, but only one team can.  I always dream of going wire to wire, but it’s a long season, there is plenty of time to win these things.  Marcell Ozuna won’t hit .125 all season, he has to hit a HR eventually, right?  Just in case, let’s form a prayer decagon, shall we?  Let’s take a look at which RCL teams are getting an early jump on their league standings thanks, in part, to streaming and batty-calling their butts off:</span> Razzball Commenter Leagues 2021 fantasy baseball Our Leagues MattTruss The Bringer of Merry Weather https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-bringer-of-merry-weather/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:0b27d11b-b502-3b49-b379-25cd34815002 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 17:00:17 +0000 <p>Revisiting the Josh Donaldson trade. No, the second one.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-bringer-of-merry-weather/">The Bringer of Merry Weather</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Across The Seams Mitch Bannon 2021 Trade Deadline Will Be July 30 https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/2021-trade-deadline-will-be-july-30.html MLB Trade Rumors urn:uuid:a119b1e3-663f-759a-2bff-d584b839f7ab Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:41:54 +0000 This year&#8217;s trade deadline will be slightly earlier than usual, with Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting that it&#8217;ll fall on July 30 rather than the customary July 31. Major League Baseball preferred to have the 4pm ET deadline fall on a day where afternoon games aren&#8217;t scheduled to take place, so as to avoid&#8230; <p>This year&#8217;s trade deadline will be slightly earlier than usual, with <a href="https://theathletic.com/2512682/2021/04/12/rosenthal-joe-musgroves-breakout-was-only-a-matter-of-time-will-we-see-another-player-like-dodgers-zach-mckinstry/" data-wpel-link="external" target="_blank">Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reporting</a> that it&#8217;ll fall on July 30 rather than the customary July 31. Major League Baseball preferred to have the 4pm ET deadline fall on a day where afternoon games aren&#8217;t scheduled to take place, so as to avoid scenarios where players head out to the field as the hours until the deadline dwindle. Doing so eliminates some injury risk and uncomfortable scenarios where a player could be injured during play as a trade surrounding him is completed.</p> <p>It&#8217;s not the first time we&#8217;ve seen the deadline moved up or pushed back a day in order to avoid that situation, and it&#8217;s unlikely to be the last. For instance, the league <a href="https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2016/01/2016-non-waiver-trade-deadline-moved-to-aug-1.html" data-wpel-link="internal" target="_blank">pushed the deadline back to Aug. 1</a> in 2016, the last time it was slated to fall on a Sunday, when nearly every team in the league was scheduled for games in the early to mid-afternoon. With the 2022 deadline also set for a Sunday, that type of shift could happen next year. It&#8217;s also possible that the upcoming wave of collective bargaining negotiations could bring about a more substantial change.</p> <p>Obviously it&#8217;s a minor shift for the 2021 campaign, but it&#8217;s nevertheless notable for the league&#8217;s 30 teams. Today, more than ever, we tend to see Major League teams wait until the last possible minute to determine whether it&#8217;s appropriate to acquire help, sell off some veteran pieces or take some form of hybrid approach. It&#8217;s also feasible that even a marginally earlier deadline could afford a team an extra start from a pitcher it plans to acquire, which could have a minor impact on the manner in which a trade candidate is valued.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?a=qEDMMphWrlI:8-_afE8aiOw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/MlbTradeRumors?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> </div> Newsstand Steve Adams FanDuel: Bauer’s Dirty Balls https://razzball.com/fanduel-bauers-dirty-balls/ Fantasy Baseball Blog at Razzball.com urn:uuid:a0cbeb4c-606a-2c99-43d9-2191ee6812e7 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:30:39 +0000 Apparently, the league is looking into a number of balls from <strong>Trevor Bauer’s</strong> last start to see if a foreign substance was used by the <strong>Dodgers</strong>’ hurler. Are Bauer’s suspicious balls going to be an issue going forward? I think we’ll have to wait and find out. Does DirtyBallsGate (™) have any negative connotations heading into tonight’s matchup with the <strong>Rockies</strong>? It should not. FIRE. HIM. UP. For all we know, any number of pitchers have had baseballs taken from their outing and looked into. It would make sense that we’re only hearing about Bauer’s balls because of his status as the highest-paid and most tantalizing player in the game. Anyhow... Welcome to the 2nd installment of FanDuel Tuesday DFS here on Razzball. We have a wide-open 12 game slate to sift through and find some stacks and/or value bats that fit together nicely with whichever pitcher we decide to land on. There’s a ton of talent on the pitching side tonight, though they aren’t all in ideal situations. As much as I love <strong>Shane Bieber</strong> ($11,200), his price and matchup make it hard to justify over other options (though if you think I'm crazy, by all means, have at it). The <strong>White Sox</strong> aren’t a world-beating lineup, but they’re better than the <strong>Royals</strong> and <strong>Tigers</strong> and should be the first test of the season for Bieber. On the other side of this match-up, you have a much lower-priced <strong>Lucas Giolito</strong> ($9,800) who seems to have a better matchup on paper. However, in that ballpark, with the wind blowing out, we might be better off pivoting to what I believe are the 3 top options on tonight’s slate. Let’s get down to business. <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">New to </span></i><a href="https://www.fanduel.com/daily-fantasy-sports?btag=a_18183b_2119c_&#38;cvosrc=affiliate.incomeaccess.18183&#38;cvo_cid=5066&#38;cvo_crid=2119" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">FanDuel</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well, be sure to read our content and subscribe to the </span></i><a href="https://razzball.com/membership-account/subscriptions/?pa=RyanStarce" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">DFSBot </span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to </span></i><a href="https://www.fanduel.com/daily-fantasy-sports?btag=a_18183b_2119c_&#38;cvosrc=affiliate.incomeaccess.18183&#38;cvo_cid=5066&#38;cvo_crid=2119" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">sign up through us</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!</span></i> Welcome to the 2nd installment of FanDuel Tuesday DFS here on Razzball. We have a wide open 12 game slate to sift through and find some stacks and/or value bats that fit together nicely with whichever pitcher we decide to land on. There’s a ton of talent on the pitching side tonight, though they aren’t all in ideal situations. As much as I love <strong>Shane Bieber</strong> ($11,200), his price and matchup make it hard to justify over other options. The <strong>White Sox</strong> aren’t a world beating lineup, but they’re better than the <strong>Royals</strong> and <strong>Tigers</strong> and should be the first test of the season for Bieber. On the other side of this match up, you have a much lower priced <strong>Lucas Giolito</strong> ($9,800) who seems to have a better matchup  on paper. However, in that ballpark, with the wind blowing out, we might be better off pivoting to what I believe are the 3 top options on tonight’s slate. Let’s get down to business. <i><span style="font-weight: 400">New to </span></i><a href="https://www.fanduel.com/daily-fantasy-sports?btag=a_18183b_2119c_&#38;cvosrc=affiliate.incomeaccess.18183&#38;cvo_cid=5066&#38;cvo_crid=2119" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400">FanDuel</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400">? Scared of feeling like a small fish in a big pond? Well, be sure to read our content and subscribe to the </span></i><a href="https://razzball.com/membership-account/subscriptions/?pa=RyanStarce" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400">DFSBot </span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400">for your daily baseball plays. Just remember to </span></i><a href="https://www.fanduel.com/daily-fantasy-sports?btag=a_18183b_2119c_&#38;cvosrc=affiliate.incomeaccess.18183&#38;cvo_cid=5066&#38;cvo_crid=2119" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><i><span style="font-weight: 400">sign up through us</span></i></a><i><span style="font-weight: 400"> before jumping into the fray. It’s how we know you care!</span></i> DFS Fanduel 2021 fantasy baseball Akil Baddoo Austin Meadows Brandon Lowe Brandon Woodruff Carlos Correa Cedric Mullins Dylan Bundy Gavin Lux Justin Turner Max Muncy Ronald Acuna Jr. Ryan Mountcastle Trevor Bauer Trey Mancini Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Zach McKinstry RyanStarce Dynasty Inspection: Eddie Rosario https://www.pitcherlist.com/dynasty-inspection-eddie-rosario/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:f722311c-4114-6f0b-1e35-a63abfdc945f Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:30:30 +0000 <p>To swing or not to swing?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/dynasty-inspection-eddie-rosario/">Dynasty Inspection: Eddie Rosario</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Dynasty Vincent Ginardi Who is Being Dropped & Why (Week 2) https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/who-is-being-dropped-why-week-2-2/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:1628ceed-c242-bbff-9b24-892d7bbafa74 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:12:09 +0000 Some interesting names are going to the wire. <p>It&#8217;s the second FAAB period for the NFBC Main event and the week was a little calmer, but not much. It seems like managers might be a little too impatient on some guys. We are not even two weeks into a 26-week season.</p> <p>For this weekly feature, I use the NFBC Main Event because of the number of identical leagues. Additionally, the managers stay engaged longer on the whole since each spent $1700 per team. I tried to find that <a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/comparing-various-website-drop-lists/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">sweet spot between the obvious and bizarre drops</a> and will focus on players dropped in eight to eleven leagues. Previously the number was six to nine, but I adjusted with the Main Event adding four leagues since I did the report. The right answer might be seven to ten.<br /> <span id="more-129295"></span></p> <h3>Hitters</h3> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mauricio-dubon/16530/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mauricio Dubón</a> (11): Two hits, 2 walks (one intentional) in 18 plate appearances so far. He&#8217;s barely playable when everything is going right. Easy drop.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-oneill/15711/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler O&#8217;Neill</a> (11): Dropping O&#8217;Neill is a tough call, but the IL stint (groin) gives me hope he can get things going right. Maybe it had been a lingering problem. A 48% K% and 0 BB% is just painful.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jay-bruce/9892/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jay Bruce</a> (10): He&#8217;s in for <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/luke-voit/14811/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Luke Voit</a>, but not hitting (.111/.250/.222). It&#8217;s tough to overcome a .125 BABIP.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mitch-moreland/3086/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mitch Moreland</a> (10): It has been so bad for Moreland (.389 OPS) that he has been replaced by <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/seth-brown/18171/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Seth Brown</a> at DH.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/rowdy-tellez/15679/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rowdy Tellez</a> (9): He finally got a hit, but the breakout candidate has been a huge disappointment.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-alford/14329/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anthony Alford</a> (8): Subpar talent who started in only four of the first nine games.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/austin-slater/16153/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Austin Slater</a> (8): Nothing has changed with him in a week and a half. He did miss a few games dealing with a foot injury, but should be scooped but by savvy owners.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/garrett-cooper/15279/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Garrett Cooper</a> (8): He&#8217;s not hitting (.642 OPS) and not starting all the time (five of eight games). The combination is just killing his fantasy value.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jp-crawford/15491/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">J.P. Crawford</a> (8): It has been ugly with Crawford (.447 OPS). Teams are challenging him more (53% to 63% Zone%) and his walks are down (10% BB% to 3% BB%). Maybe the <a href="https://www.mlb.com/mariners/news/kyle-lewis-first-day-of-spring-training" target="_blank" rel="noopener">extra muscle</a> wasn&#8217;t worth it (all his StatCast metrics down).</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/luis-urias/16622/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Luis Urías</a> (8): I just don&#8217;t think he&#8217;s valuable as a hitter. Grounds out a ton (63% GB%).  Strikeouts too much for someone without a line-drive or flyball swing (29% K%). Drop.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/nomar-mazara/14553/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nomar Mazara</a> (8): I&#8217;m wondering why people keep rostering him after 2300 subpar PA. &#8220;It&#8217;s his sixth season and third team and now he&#8217;ll finally put it all together and live up to his potential.&#8221;</p> <h3>Starters</h3> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/brad-keller/15734/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brad Keller</a> (10): Besides a 3 mph increase in Keller&#8217;s fastball velocity, nothing is going right with Keller. He&#8217;s walking more batters than he&#8217;s striking out. He&#8217;s allowing home runs (3.9 HR/9) and a high BABIP (.591). Roster him once something is going right.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/garrett-richards/9784/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Garrett Richards</a> (10): Everything I wrote about Keller applies to Richards except Richards has lost over a tick off his fastball.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jake-arrieta/4153/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jake Arrieta</a> (9): I understand managers took advantage of his two starts against the Pirates, but he&#8217;s facing a Yelich-less Brewers this week. I&#8217;d roll him out one more time.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/matt-moore/1890/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Matt Moore</a> (9): Moore rewarded those who trusted him in a two-start week with a 2.04 WHIP and a 7.56 ERA. He looks to be in mid-season form.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/merrill-kelly/11156/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Merrill Kelly 켈리</a> (9): I sort of get not liking Kelly, but why hold onto him last week when he was starting at Colorado.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/alex-cobb/6562/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Alex Cobb</a> (8): I know he&#8217;s part of a six-man rotation, but why drop a guy who is finally out of Baltimore and had seven strikeouts over six innings in his first start. <em>Ed. note</em>: And was incredible on Monday night.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jeff-hoffman/17432/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jeff Hoffman</a> (8): I was looking to pick Hoffman up when possible. His numbers aren&#8217;t eye-popping (3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7.7 K/9) but they are definitely playable in a 15-team league.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jose-de-leon/15463/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">José De León</a> (8): While there has been some good (17.4 K/9) and bad (7.71 ERA) in his first two starts, he got bumped out of the rotation with <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/sonny-gray/12768/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sonny Gray</a> coming off the IL.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ross-stripling/13273/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ross Stripling</a> (8): This off-season, I <a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/late-round-evaluations-kremer-webb-richards-stripling/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">dug into his struggles</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/jeffwzimmerman/status/1381976201401602050?s=20" target="_blank" rel="noopener">he addressed none of them</a>. His curve and slider are worthless at this point. He needs to start over building up from his changeup (career 16 SwStr%).</p> <h3>Relievers</h3> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-bass/7982/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anthony Bass</a> (10): A total of six runs in 2.1 innings. Ouch.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/joakim-soria/6941/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joakim Soria</a> (10): Hurt with a vague return time frame&#8230; and probably never had as firm a hold on the job as fantasy managers made it seem during draft season.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jose-alvarado/17780/stats?position=P">Jose Alvarado</a> (9): I think he could end up with five to eight Saves this season with good ratios but timing the Saves will be nearly impossible.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/emilio-pagan/14771/stats?position=P" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Emilio Pagán</a> (8): <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mark-melancon/4264/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mark Melancon</a> is the Padres closer so Pagan heads to the waiver wire.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/garrett-crochet/27463/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Garrett Crochet</a> (8): It&#8217;s just really tough to roster a reliever who isn&#8217;t getting saves.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/lucas-sims/13470/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lucas Sims</a> (8): It seems like <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/amir-garrett/14375/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Amir Garrett</a> is the closer, but I&#8217;d hold onto Sims. So far Garrett has more walks than strikeouts.</p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> FAAB Featured Waiver Wire Jeff Zimmerman Patience or Panic 4/13: Soler, Bumgarner, Ozuna https://www.pitcherlist.com/patience-or-panic-4-13-soler-bumgarner-ozuna/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:9a60cc87-07cf-6d2b-a495-0059ea62372d Tue, 13 Apr 2021 16:00:38 +0000 <p>Kyle Frank looks at three players off to miserable starts.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/patience-or-panic-4-13-soler-bumgarner-ozuna/">Patience or Panic 4/13: Soler, Bumgarner, Ozuna</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Patience or Panic Kyle Frank Statcast Hitter Leaderboard: Maximum Exit Velocity https://www.rotoballer.com/statcast-hitter-leaders-maximum-exit-velocity/860220 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:fd2d2537-8602-9bc9-9664-e4a65a78366e Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:40:37 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2021/02/shohei-ohtani-fantasy-baseball-rankings-aookies-prospects-icon-135x90.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" />Although we technically got Statcast data as soon as the first pitch of the 2021 season was thrown, any good sabermetrician knows that sample size matters. It's still quite early in the season but we can't wait to start digging into the stats, so let's start this year's iteration of the Statcast Hitter Leaderboard by... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/statcast-hitter-leaders-maximum-exit-velocity/860220">Read More</a> 2021 Fantasy Baseball Advice 2021 Fantasy Baseball Busts & Overvalued Players 2021 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Editor Note Featured Baseball #2 MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 1B 2021 MLB Sabermetrics 2B 3B C MLB Statcast Analysis for Fantasy Baseball MLB Weekly Lineup Prep OF SS Pierre Camus Best Bets of the Day: April 13 https://www.pitcherlist.com/best-bets-of-the-day-april-13/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:06ed9055-f87c-1d88-65cf-243fb7e82c3a Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:30:43 +0000 <p>Let's take a look at Nathan Hursh's best bets of the day.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/best-bets-of-the-day-april-13/">Best Bets of the Day: April 13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Betting Picks Nathan Hursh Ottoneu Hot Right Now: Most Active Current Auctions https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/ottoneu-hot-right-now-most-active-current-auctions-2/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:99921ce1-9bbc-4142-f2cb-d0b722111e2f Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:15:46 +0000 There have been a number of unexpected, impressive performances so far this year. This is what happens when you take a few hundred MLB-quality players, look at a one-week sample of data, and mix in a dash of &#8220;last year was a mess with no minor league season and a strange big league season.&#8221; Ottoneu [&#8230;] <p>There have been a number of unexpected, impressive performances so far this year. This is what happens when you take a few hundred MLB-quality players, look at a one-week sample of data, and mix in a dash of &#8220;last year was a mess with no minor league season and a strange big league season.&#8221; Ottoneu managers have taken notice and in the last week, we have seen players like <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/yermin-mercedes/17423/stats?position=DH">Yermin Mercedes</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/akil-baddoo/22168/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Akil Baddoo</a>, and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/julian-merryweather/16703/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Julian Merryweather</a> go from practically unknown to rostered in almost all leagues. While those players are likely already rostered in your leagues, let&#8217;s take a look at the next set of players to leap to the upper tiers of Ottoneu roster percentage. As of Monday night, these five players had the most active auctions across all of Ottoneu.</p> <p><span id="more-129304"></span><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/huascar-ynoa/20468/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Huascar Ynoa</a> &#8211; 15 strikeouts and two walks over two starts (11 IP) will raise the profile of any pitcher. When that pitcher doesn&#8217;t turn 23 until May and is pitching for an org that has gotten impressive seasons from <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ian-anderson/19951/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ian Anderson</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mike-soroka/18383/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mike Soroka</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/max-fried/13743/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max Fried</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mike-foltynewicz/10811/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mike Foltynewicz</a> in the last few seasons, that&#8217;s only going to boost the interest. Ynoa has always had the ability to get some K&#8217;s, but walks have been a major issue &#8211; until now. He had 14 walks in 24 MLB innings coming into 2021 and 45 walks in 97.1 IP across three minor league levels in 2019. Going into Monday night&#8217;s gem (6 IP, 10 K, 1 BB, 3 H and one ER on a solo shot), Ynoa has significantly changed his pitch mix, increase his sinker usage from 0.3% in 2020 to 25.6% in 2021. He was throwing 46% sliders and the rest roughly split between the sinker and a four-seam. Then Monday, per Baseball Savant, he continued to throw the slider, but threw only one sinker. There&#8217;s some real risk with Ynoa &#8211; if he&#8217;s a two-pitch pitcher with a 4-seam and slider, like he was Monday and in 2020, he will have trouble as a starting pitcher. If he has found a legit third pitch in the sinker, that could explain and sustain the results. He&#8217;s well worth a gamble right now and I would gladly bid $3-$5 on the possibility he has turned a corner. I would be cautious about how often I start him for a bit, and watch those walks.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Tyler Naquin</a> &#8211; Non-tendered by Cleveland, Naquin hitchhiked* across the state and found a new home with the Reds. Cincinnati was perhaps an odd landing spot &#8211; they have a crowded OF already and while <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jesse-winker/13590/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jesse Winker</a> is often platooned, Naquin is also a lefty and so not a platoon fit. But Winker has been out a few days, the Reds have faced a string of righties, and Naquin has taken full advantage. Naquin has made nine appearances in the young season, with 36 PA, and has a .490 wOBA. His 55.6% HR/FB rate is due for some serious regression, but Naquin has always hit the ball hard and 2021 has taken that to an extreme &#8211; 21.7% barrel rate and 78.3% hard-hit rate. Naquin has always had issues with pitches up &#8211; <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/heat-maps?position=OF&amp;ss=2016-04-05&amp;se=2020-09-26&amp;hand=all&amp;count=all&amp;pitch=&amp;season=all&amp;view=bat&amp;data=&amp;grid=10&amp;blur=1&amp;type=6">his power is down and in</a> and he really <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/heat-maps?position=OF&amp;ss=2016-04-05&amp;se=2020-09-26&amp;hand=all&amp;count=all&amp;pitch=&amp;season=all&amp;view=bat&amp;data=&amp;grid=10&amp;blur=1&amp;type=4">struggles with pitches up.</a> And so <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/heat-maps?position=OF&amp;ss=2016-04-05&amp;se=2020-09-26&amp;hand=all&amp;count=all&amp;pitch=&amp;season=all&amp;view=bat&amp;data=&amp;grid=10&amp;blur=1&amp;type=0">pitchers avoided that space</a> down and in. This year, Naquin has somewhat inexplicably gotten a <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/tyler-naquin/13359/heat-maps?position=OF&amp;ss=&amp;se=&amp;type=0&amp;hand=all&amp;count=all&amp;blur=1&amp;grid=10&amp;view=bat&amp;pitch=&amp;season=2021&amp;data=pi">ton of pitches down and in</a>. He&#8217;s having more success with pitches up, and maybe that continues, but I suspect pitchers will (re)adjust, Naquin will get cold, and he&#8217;ll find himself spending most of his time on the bench, sharing time with <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/aristides-aquino/15482/stats?position=OF">Aristides Aquino</a> behind Jesse Winker, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/nick-senzel/19293/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nick Senzel</a>, and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/nick-castellanos/11737/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nick Castellanos</a>. I don&#8217;t mind spending a couple dollars to ride the hot streak and see how this plays out, but I don&#8217;t think I&#8217;ll spend enough to win any Naquin auctions, and I suspect he&#8217;ll be cut in a lot of leagues in about a month.</p> <p><em>*He probably didn&#8217;t hithchhike.</em> </p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/zach-mckinstry/19392/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Zach McKinstry</a> &#8211; Sometimes it seems each Spring the Dodgers front office gets together and picks a random player to make a star. It&#8217;s probably actually that they have incredible scouting and player development and so they identify and produce talent at a rate most other orgs can only dream of. And it seems like McKinstry is their latest discovery/production. The 26-year-old has a nearly-Naquinesque .425 wOBA in 31 PA this year. His appeal is boosted by eligibility at 2B, SS and OF. This didn&#8217;t come <em>completely</em> out of nowhere, as McKinstry put up good numbers in Double- and Triple-A in 2019. McKinstry has done this thanks to solid plate discipline (6.5% BB-rate and 12.9% K-rate) and a bit of overperformance (.338 xwOBA based on his batted ball data). I believe enough in the Dodgers development &#8211; and the fact that they chose him over a plethora of other options &#8211; to think that McKinstry is going to continue to be a solid, maybe even above-average bat. But I doubt there will be much playing time. With <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/cody-bellinger/15998/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cody Bellinger</a> on the IL and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mookie-betts/13611/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mookie Betts</a> banged up, there has been plenty of room for Edwin Rios, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/chris-taylor/13757/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Chris Taylor</a>, and McKinstry to get playing time. But at full strength, the Dodgers won&#8217;t have many PA for McKinstry &#8211; he&#8217;ll be part of an impressive bench, sharing time with Rios, Taylor, and Matt Beatty. How much is a roughly league-average bat that plays a couple times a week worth? Not a ton. But with all his positional eligibility, McKinstry is a worthwhile play for the short-term. Maybe he continues to be in the lineup 4-5 times a week and carves out a niche for himself on Ottoneu teams. I&#8217;d pay $3 to find out.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/cedric-mullins-ii/17929/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Cedric Mullins</a> &#8211; Mullins has been a popular sleeper for a while now, with fantasy managers waiting for the Oriole OF to get regular time ever since his breakout performance in Double-A in 2018. He got a real shot last year &#8211; 48 games and 153 PA in the shortened 2020 &#8211; with pretty unexciting results, especially for Ottoneu. His .313 wOBA was nothing to write home about, his seven SB and two CS only really matter in 5&#215;5, and his .350 BABIP suggested that was more ceiling than reasonable expectation moving forward. Turns out, that wasn&#8217;t the ceiling. In 41 PA this year, Mullins has a .509 wOBA, outpacing even Naquin. There are some positive signs for Mullins &#8211; an increased walk rate thanks to a nice drop in chase rate; improved exit velocity and hard-hit rates. But his barrel-rate hasn&#8217;t improved and there is no amount of exit velocity that can support a .593 BABIP. He&#8217;s not going to be an elite bat, but he should be better than he was last year and that, coupled with a firm hold on the leadoff spot in Baltimore, will give him real value as a depth OF. You won&#8217;t want to rely on him as an everyday starter on your roster, but you can plug him in for the right matchups or to fill in for starters have days off. That&#8217;s easily worth a bid, perhaps up to $5.</p> <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/lou-trivino/15043/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Lou Trivino</a> &#8211; This is a pretty boring one. <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/trevor-rosenthal/10745/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Trevor Rosenthal</a> is hurt and Trivino might be the closer. Closers always attract attention. Trivino is not a great Ottoneu RP, putting up around 5 points/IP without much in the way of saves or holds. With a full-time closer job, he is probably more like a 7 P/IP reliever. He&#8217;s worth rostering in points leagues and 5&#215;5 leagues as long as he is closing. He might be worth a spot in points leagues even after that if he is still getting holds regularly. I also think there are plenty of other RP out there who are more interesting and with more upside. If I need saves in 5&#215;5, I would pay up to $8 to hold him for a while. In points leagues, I might pay a couple bucks to use him short-term. In 4&#215;4 I am staying away.</p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> Ottoneu Waiver Wire Chad Young The 25 Nastiest Pitches From Last Week https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-nastiest-pitches-of-the-week-1-2021/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:8daa876f-6da4-5177-ae6b-0e9523e291d0 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:15:05 +0000 <p>Good luck trying to vote for just one!</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-nastiest-pitches-of-the-week-1-2021/">The 25 Nastiest Pitches From Last Week</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Nastiest Pitches Ben Brown Less is More for Tyler Naquin https://www.pitcherlist.com/less-is-more-for-tyler-naquin/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:438022d0-8543-edcf-c967-4b9e2f6f5e6c Tue, 13 Apr 2021 15:00:46 +0000 <p>The seasoned outfielder is taking a different approach in the box.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/less-is-more-for-tyler-naquin/">Less is More for Tyler Naquin</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Going Deep Kyle Horton Are You For Real? Surprising SP Starts from Week 2 https://www.rotoballer.com/are-you-for-real-surprising-sp-starts-from-week-2-3/860424 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:6f306984-9299-9b9c-6bf2-c14e57a4d6b3 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:53:59 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2021/04/Steven-Matz-fantasy-baseball-rankings-starting-pitchers-draft-sleepers-waiver-wire-pickups-icon-135x90.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" />Welcome to the 2021 edition of "Are You For Real?" This is a weekly column where we dissect surprisingly good starts from under-rostered and unheralded hurlers to try and determine whether they can maintain their performance, or if it was just a flash in the pan. Week 2 brought even more surprising starts, and with... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/are-you-for-real-surprising-sp-starts-from-week-2-3/860424">Read More</a> 2021 Fantasy Baseball Advice 2021 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers Editor Note Featured Baseball Featured Homepage MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 2021 mlb breakouts 2021 MLB risers and fallers 2021 MLB Starting Pitchers MLB Are You For Real Series MLB newsletter MLB Weekly Lineup Prep SP Elliott Baas Week 3 Starts & Sits - All Starting Pitcher Matchups https://www.rotoballer.com/start-or-sit-mlb-starting-pitcher-matchups-week-3/859893 MLB Weekly Lineup Prep – RotoBaller.com urn:uuid:d538cd83-9332-faa0-7858-ddbbae1ea6da Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:52:17 +0000 <img width="135" height="90" src="https://cdn.rotoballer.com/2019/03/aaron-nola-fantasy-baseball-starting-pitcher-rankings-icon-135x90.jpeg" class="webfeedsFeaturedVisual wp-post-image" alt="" style="float: right; margin-left: 5px;" />It hasn't been a long ride yet, but the rollercoaster has still provided both happiness and heartache. Don't get frustrated. There will be good starts and bad; just keep making smart decisions. Welcome back everyone to our starting pitcher starts/sits column for Week 3. We are thrilled to be publishing this article, finally! RotoBaller is... <a class="read-more-unstyled" href="https://www.rotoballer.com/start-or-sit-mlb-starting-pitcher-matchups-week-3/859893">Read More</a> 2021 Fantasy Baseball Advice Editor Note MLB Analysis RotoBaller - All Fantasy Sports Articles 2021 MLB H2H leagues 2021 MLB Start Sit Series 2021 MLB Starting Pitchers Fantasy Baseball Streamers - Waiver Wire Streaming Picks MLB newsletter MLB Points Leagues for H2H Fantasy Baseball MLB Start Sit Series for Fantasy Baseball MLB Weekly Lineup Prep SP Ellis Canady SP Matchups & Streamer Rankings – 4/13 & 4/14 https://www.pitcherlist.com/sp-matchups-streamer-rankings-4-13-4-14/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:b876e9f3-000f-5b46-559f-2ebad4fbbde5 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:40:59 +0000 <p>Nick Pollack ranks every SP matchup for today and tomorrow.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/sp-matchups-streamer-rankings-4-13-4-14/">SP Matchups &#038; Streamer Rankings &#8211; 4/13 &#038; 4/14</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> SP Streamers Nick Pollack The 7 Best MLB Moments from Monday https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-7-best-mlb-moments-from-monday/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:bd5e33b3-c923-7f29-ca52-4748ef9bc27d Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:20:32 +0000 <p>MLB's best moments against the backdrop of another of America's worst.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-7-best-mlb-moments-from-monday/">The 7 Best MLB Moments from Monday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Best MLB Moments Matt Goodwin Closing Time 4/13: Ranking the Top 30 Closers every Tuesday https://www.pitcherlist.com/closing-time-4-13-ranking-the-top-30-closers-every-tuesday/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:d68a0d64-e2f9-9833-a1d7-6a7526e1e181 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:00:49 +0000 <p>Rick Graham ranks baseball's closers for the 2021 season.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/closing-time-4-13-ranking-the-top-30-closers-every-tuesday/">Closing Time 4/13: Ranking the Top 30 Closers every Tuesday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Closing Time Rick Graham Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/13 https://www.pitcherlist.com/bullpen-depth-charts-relievers-to-stream-4-13/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:61688141-3aaf-fd83-6aa6-2a10551c79ed Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:45:05 +0000 <p>Which relievers might be in line to vulture a save or win today?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/bullpen-depth-charts-relievers-to-stream-4-13/">Bullpen Depth Charts: Relievers To Stream — 4/13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Bullpen Depth Charts Kyle Frank DFS Plays of the Day – April 13 https://www.pitcherlist.com/dfs-plays-of-the-day-april-13/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:55353d15-4f6e-efa3-ceb5-fbef0fe0fc2c Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:30:11 +0000 <p>Ryan Amore previews Tuesday's DFS slate. </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/dfs-plays-of-the-day-april-13/">DFS Plays of the Day – April 13</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> DFS Ryan Amore The 11 Nastiest Pitches From Monday https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-11-nastiest-pitches-from-monday-4-12-2021/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:899fbfaa-d869-345a-a521-ab1d52301949 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:15:28 +0000 <p>Monday rhymes with Nasty, right? Right?</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/the-11-nastiest-pitches-from-monday-4-12-2021/">The 11 Nastiest Pitches From Monday</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Nastiest Pitches Ben Brown Discovering the Higgs Boson https://www.pitcherlist.com/discovering-the-higgs-boson/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:80b73e9a-cc22-ffca-6ea8-d171aa3e29c6 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:58 +0000 <p>Breaking down the best hitting performances from yesterday’s games.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/discovering-the-higgs-boson/">Discovering the Higgs Boson</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Batter's Box Dylan Burris OTC 254 – Huge Top 100 SP Changes https://www.pitcherlist.com/otc-254-huge-top-100-sp-changes/ Pitcher List urn:uuid:bd86b5fb-7e3a-6e4f-9de8-db9ad633e67a Tue, 13 Apr 2021 13:00:37 +0000 <p>The season goes on and The List changes. Alex and Nick talk about it.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com/otc-254-huge-top-100-sp-changes/">OTC 254 &#8211; Huge Top 100 SP Changes</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pitcherlist.com">Pitcher List</a>.</p> Podcast Nick Pollack The Weird and the Wonderful Pt. 2 — 4/13/21 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-weird-and-the-wonderful-pt-2-4-13-21/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:0a1d25d1-65ad-4efa-e3ed-8964b6e9a025 Tue, 13 Apr 2021 12:15:14 +0000 Small sample fun! <p>Yesterday, <a href="https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/the-weird-and-the-wonderful-4-12-21/" rel="noopener" target="_blank">I discussed</a> a whole bunch of hitting metrics and who currently leads and lags the league. Things be crazy this early in a season. I didn’t quite finish diving into all the metrics I wanted to, so today I’ll check in on the batted ball type related metrics. Let’s find out who is part of the weird and wonderful today.</p> <p><span id="more-129293"></span></p> <ul> <li>These guys are proud members of the 40%+ line drive rate club. Remember, line drives fall for hits the most often of all batted ball types, so a high mark here could confirm an inflated BABIP (though that doesn&#8217;t mean the BABIP, and LD%, are sustainable!): <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ty-france/17982/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ty France</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/corey-seager/13624/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Corey Seager</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/colin-moran/16909/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Colin Moran</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/starling-marte/9241/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Starling Marte</a></p> <p>France&#8217;s big spring training meant he was no longer a sleeper, as his draft price surged, which increased the output he needed to produce in order to break even for his new owners. So far, it&#8217;s been a weird start to his year, as he&#8217;s striking out more than ever before, but making the most of his balls in play with a ton of line drives and no pop-ups. Personally, I was quite ticked he went off in Spring to raise his price, as I was a fan heading into the year after his 2019 Triple-A power outburst.</p> <p>Corey Seager has been really good over his 45 plate appearances&#8230;but has yet to homer. That&#8217;s because he&#8217;s too busy lacing liners all over the field and has only posted a 17.2% FB%. Colin Moran enjoyed a power spike last year, so for his next trick, he&#8217;s just going to go line drive bananas and post a BABIP over .500.</li> <li>Who needs line drives?! These guys have posted LD% marks below 5%: <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/freddie-freeman/5361/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Freddie Freeman</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/phillip-evans/12950/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Phillip Evans</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/justin-upton/5222/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Justin Upton</a><br /> Asdrubal Cabrera<br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/giancarlo-stanton/4949/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Giancarlo Stanton</a></p> <p>Seeing Freeman&#8217;s name at the bottom of the LD% leaders list is shocking. He owns a career 27.77% mark, making him one of the best (if not, <em>the</em> best) line drive hitter of the past decade. It also explains why his BABIP is a hilariously low .045! Phillip Evans is coming out of nowhere to do a lot of things well over his first 31 plate appearances, but hitting liners isn&#8217;t one of them. A weird, but productive start. If you&#8217;re a Stanton owner, all you care about is a FB% rebound after it dipped well below 30% last year during an injured shortened short season.</li> <li>Who hates worms? These hitters do! This pair has posted a GB% over 70%: <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/mike-yastrzemski/14854/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mike Yastrzemski</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/nick-madrigal/20521/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Nick Madrigal</a> </li> <p>One of these names does not belong here, the other I&#8217;m totes cool with. Can you guess which belongs in which group? I believed in a Yastrzemski repeat (well, except for the BABIP), but obviously that ain&#8217;t happening if he isn&#8217;t hitting flies. On the other hand, all you want to see from Madrigal is liners and grounders. He&#8217;s got the grounders part so far, but not the liners. With three walks and just one strikeout, supported by a microscopic 0.8% SwStk%, his skill set is one of a kind and fascinating to follow.</p> <li>This pair has been anointed chief execs of the Fly Ball Revolution this season, both sporting FB% marks above 60%: <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/marcell-ozuna/10324/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Marcell Ozuna</a><br /> Eugenio Suarez</p> <p>At least these are two names you want hitting lots of flies, but perhaps 60% is a little too many. Fly balls are great for homers, of course, but they are BABIP killers. Still, it&#8217;s a balancing act to maximize wOBA. What&#8217;s funny is despite all the flies, Ozuna has yet to homer.</li> <li>These hitters are popping up all over the place, leading baseball with five apiece: <p>Christian Vazquez<br /> Miguel Sano</p> <p>All those pop-ups haven&#8217;t hurt Vazquez&#8217;s production yet, as he&#8217;s sitting pretty with a .407 BABIP. But that&#8217;s not going to continue, even without the pop-ups. Sano is redefining &#8220;three true outcomes&#8221; and expanding it to four of them, as he&#8217;s either struck out, walked, hit a fly ball, or a line drive. You would think/hope by now he would have improved his strikeout rate, but his career best mark remains his 2015 debut year at 35.5%. Perhaps one of these years we&#8217;ll get 500 plate appearances from him.</li> <li>These hitters are making the most of their fly balls, posting HR/FB rates of at least 60%: <p><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/randy-arozarena/19290/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Randy Arozarena</a><br /> <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/adam-eaton/11205/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Adam Eaton</a><br /> Javier Baez</p> <p>After his torrid regular and postseason, we all figured Arozarena would post at least a 50% HR/FB rate over the full 2021 season, right? While things have been good so far, don&#8217;t totally ignore his 1:12 BB:K ratio and 19.1% SwStk% at the moment. Okay seriously, Adam Eaton?!!?!? Not mentioned ini the preceding Arozarena sentence is that his mark resulted from two homers on just three flies. Eaton is the same way. The pair have only hit three fly balls, but two of them have sailed over the wall. Obviously, this is exactly what Eaton owners drafted him for. A rebound back above a 20% mark would be nice for Baez owners, but that won&#8217;t fix his bigger and bigger struggles to make contact, or his inability to take a walk</li> </ul> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> Hitters Mike Podhorzer Roto Riteup: April 13, 2021 https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/roto-riteup-april-13-2021/ FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball urn:uuid:bd2bf4b0-167f-a5a9-c485-325d3b5e1e7f Tue, 13 Apr 2021 11:15:42 +0000 Start your day with the Roto Riteup! <p>Pitches like these makes me feel like I could be an MLB pitcher if I could throw 60’6”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Zack Greinke out here throwing 51 MPH<img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.0.1/72x72/203c.png" alt="‼" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /> <a href="https://t.co/40WX2XLgni">pic.twitter.com/40WX2XLgni</a></p> <p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB/status/1381784937712529409?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 13, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><span id="more-129310"></span></p> <p><b>On the Agenda: </b></p> <ol> <li><b> Closer Chaos</b></li> <li><b> COVID Issues</b></li> <li><b> Quick Hits</b></li> <li><b> Various News and Notes</b></li> <li><b> Streaming Pitchers</b></li> </ol> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Closer Chaos</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jesse-hahn/13287/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jesse Hahn</a> was placed on the IL with a shoulder impingement. Hahn had gotten a save already this season, but had otherwise been awful. It seems like this is a pretty fluid situation with <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/greg-holland/7196/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Greg Holland</a> leading the way, but so far the Royals have three saves and Holland hasn’t gotten any. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>COVID Issues</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Nationals activated <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/josh-harrison/8202/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Harrison</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-schwarber/16478/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kyle Schwarber</a>, and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/josh-bell/13145/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Bell</a> from the COVID IL. <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jon-lester/4930/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jon Lester</a> is apparently cleared to return but will stay at the alternate site to build up innings before joining the rotation. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Cubs placed <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/brandon-workman/11428/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Brandon Workman</a>, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jason-adam/11861/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jason Adam</a> and <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/dan-winkler/12237/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dan Winkler</a> of the COVID IL. This is a bit concerning that three guys were exposed after a coach tested positive. Hopefully this isn’t the beginning of worse news. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Quick Hits</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/anthony-rendon/12861/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Anthony Rendon</a> was placed on the 10-Day IL with a groin injury. This was a bit unexpected as it appeared the Angels were going to see if he could be able to return without hitting the IL. Hopefully this is a minimum stay on the IL. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Carlos Rodon was scratched from his start due to an upset stomach. Hey, we have all been there. Hopefully it isn’t anything more serious. Consider him day-to-day for now. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/max-stassi/10059/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Max Stassi</a> left Monday’s game with a thumb issue. X-rays were negative, but he is expected to undergo further testing on Tuesday. Consider him day-to-day for now. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/christian-walker/13419/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Christian Walker</a> was placed on the IL with an oblique strain. These type of injuries usually take 4-6 weeks to recover from depending on the severity, but they have a high likelihood of aggravation. <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/pavin-smith/19892/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Pavin Smith</a> is likely to be the regular first baseman until Walker returns. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/josh-reddick/3892/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Reddick</a> was signed to a minor league deal by the Arizona Diamondbacks. He will report to the alternate training site after he clears COVID protocols. He will likely be outfield depth, but this may signal that <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ketel-marte/13613/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ketel Marte</a> is farther away from being ready than initially thought. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Rockies are close to signing Ivan Nova. This won’t likely be fantasy relevant except when you stack against him in DFS. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ronald Guzman left Monday’s game with a leg injury. Guzman had to be carted off the field so it appears to be serious. We should have more information on Tuesday. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"> </span></p> <p><b>Various News and Notes</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/huascar-ynoa/20468/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Huascar Ynoa</a> was fantastic again. He threw six innings with 10 strikeouts only allowing three hits and a walk. He has a 98 mph hour fastball and a great slider. It had already been announced that he was staying in the rotation, so if he is available in your league, pick him up now.  </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/wade-miley/8779/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Wade Miley</a> threw five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out three. He wasn’t dominant by any stretch of the imagination, but his changeup was pretty and he was able to use San Francisco’s spacious park to his advantage. The magic won’t last forever, but he isn’t a bad streamer in nice matchups like this. Plus, there is always this memory whenever you start him:</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tomorrows Red Sox game is a 7:10pm UK time start.</p> <p>And it&#39;s Wade Miley pitching.</p> <p>Which means mooooore cow puns. <a href="http://t.co/uwXSK5MCjx">pic.twitter.com/uwXSK5MCjx</a></p> <p>&mdash; Tom Pringle (@PedroiasFace) <a href="https://twitter.com/PedroiasFace/status/612358992615112705?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 20, 2015</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/freddy-peralta/18679/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Freddy Peralta</a> went six innings, allowing one run, but striking out 10 versus the Cubs. Peralta has been great this season, but he is still walking a lot of batters. He gets away with it because of the huge strikeout rate and the deception his crossbody delivery gives. However, I do worry about his delivery causing him to miss spots in the zone at times which will lead to home runs when he is not on. That being said, he is beginning to take the step forward and you want to bank on his upside. </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><b>Streaming Pitchers (Under 50% in CBS)</b></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pitcher for Today: None</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Most of the lower rostered options have really bad matchups. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">High Risk Options: <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/dean-kremer/19350/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dean Kremer</a> vs SEA, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/danny-duffy/3542/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Danny Duffy</a> vs LAA, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/kyle-gibson/10123/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kyle Gibson</a> at TB, </span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Pitcher for Tomorrow: None</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">I really don’t love the streaming options on Wednesday even though there are quite a few of them. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">High Risk Options: <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/ross-stripling/13273/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ross Stripling</a> vs NYY, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/jon-gray/14916/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Jon Gray</a> vs LAD, <a href="https://www.fangraphs.com/players/joe-ross/12972/stats" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Ross</a> at STL</span></p> <script>var SERVER_DATA = Object.assign(SERVER_DATA || {});</script> Featured Roto Riteup Justin Mason