Archive for June, 2015

Bullpen Report: June 30, 2015

A few bullpen notes as we leave the month of June and officially enter the trade deadline season…

• The Cubs are making me bite my tongue a bit as Jason Motte was called on for the save again, converting his third of the season. Hector Rondon entered the game in the seventh, throwing a perfect inning himself with Pedro Strop also perfect in the eighth. Stubbornly, I’ll still call Rondon the best reliever in their pen but since it’s been almost two weeks since he’s received a save opportunity, it looks like Motte leapfrogged him in the pecking order. To make matters even more confusing, the Cubs could still look outside the organization for more relief options, not to mention Rafael Soriano working his way into form in the minors. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Rondon back in the chair but I’d go Motte then Rondon for now.

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RotoGraphs Audio: The Sleeper and the Bust 6/30/2015 – June Boons

Episode 246

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

In this episode, Paul Sporer and Eno Sarris have a great Tuesday show on tap talking just a little injury news out front followed by a discussion of the #1 player right now plus we talk June Boons – guys a little lower on the spectrum who had huge Junes. We discuss how they will fare the rest of the way. Details below:

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NL Outfield Tiered Rankings: July

NL OF Tiers: June
NL OF Tiers: May
NL OF Tiers: Preseason

I’ll own up to it: ranking Carlos Gomez first last month was careless of me. I blindly assumed production from him when his peripherals advised otherwise. Josh Shepardson recommended cutting bait in keeper and dynasty leagues. Frankly, the long-term outlook at this moment isn’t great.

Also, I’ll own up to undervaluing Justin Upton. That was also a strangely careless oversight. Frankly, I love five-category contributors, and so should you, so I don’t know why he didn’t excite me more.

I’m going to undertake the impossibly difficult task of creating tiers by Coen Brothers films. This will probably be harder than ranking the outfielders, so go ahead and have your “so the guys in the bottom tier are actually the best?” jokes locked and loaded.

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RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 6/30/2015

Episode 62 – Carlos Correa or Bust

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson discuss the overly popular Blue Jays stack, avoiding the Kansas City bullpen, another look at Josh Phegley, Rubby De La Rosa’s potential, Mat Latos’ disappointing performance this year, Carlos Correa’s quick rise to fantasy stardom, reassessing players’ potential halfway through the season, readjusting fears regarding Justin Upton versus lefties, and trying to make sense of early reports regarding indecisive weather.

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The Daily Grind: More Trades, Hendricks, Bettis


  1. One More Trade
  2. Daily DFS
  3. GB / FB Splits
  4. Tomorrow’s Targets – Bettis, Martinez, Grichuk, Burns
  5. Factor Grid

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The Change: New Pitching Mixes

Hitters have to be jealous of pitchers in at least one respect. A pitcher can add a new pitch — maybe by fiddling with the grip or the release — and that new pitch can make them into a totally different guy. Hitters can fiddle with their mechanics, but it’s rare that there’s a readily available obvious and easy change they can make that rises to the level of a New Changeup.

Speaking of new changeups, check out Carlos Martinez.

Cesar Hernandez & Xavier Scruggs: Deep League Wire

Our journey to the far reaches of the fantasy dumpster take us to two National Leaguers who have recently come into playing time and are being introduced to owners for the first time. As usual, the players listed in this column are better suited for mono leagues, and the ownership percentages are by way of CBS.
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Surprises Among Last 30 Day SwStk% Leaders

As you are likely (hopefully) aware, I’m not a fan of small sample size analysis. In fact, it could be argued that I’m far too patient, requiring the sample size to be quite significant before I change my opinion/projection on a player. But a pitcher’s SwStk% is different. It’s a per-pitch metric, so it stabilizes rather quickly and conveys very useful information. So with that in mind, let’s browse through the SwStk% leaders over the last 30 days and look to uncover any surprise names.

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Roto Riteup: June 30, 2015

Make sure to clear your schedules at 7 pm (eastern) tonight, as the USWNT will be playing against Germany for a spot in the World Cup championship match!

On today’s agenda:
1. Wilmer Flores, second baseman
2. Welcome back, Josh Hamilton
3. Quick blurbs on rehabbing pitchers
4. Streaming Pitching Options
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Bullpen Report: June 29, 2015

Koji Uehara entered ninth in a 3-1 game tonight, and closed the door against the Blue Jays for his 17th save. Uehara has had a few hiccups this season but he’s still putting in a fine year with a 3.00/2.50/3.45 ERA/FIP/xFIP line in 27 innings pitched. In spite of his advanced age and a 86.9 mph fastball, Uehara still gets well tons of swinging strikes (18.7%) to get over a strikeout per inning (10.00 K/9). He’s not quite the top tier of closer any more but expect him to continue to put up good numbers and saves for the Red Sox. It’s expected that the Sox could be sellers at the deadline, but there are no imminent deals lined up and trading the contracts of Pablo Sandoval and/or Hanley Ramirez could prove problematic. Uehara would be a nice addition to any bullpen and it wouldn’t shock me to see him moved even though he’s still owed $9 million next season. This trade might not be as likely as Jonathan Papelbon (who also has an expensive contract in 2016) changing teams but keep an eye on the rumors.

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