Archive for July, 2015

RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 7/31/2015

Episode 81 – Juan Uribae

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

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

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The Daily Grind: More Deadline Deals, Salazar, Nola


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

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Prospect Stock Watch: Brinson, Marte, Nimmo, Starling

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

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

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Roto Riteup: July 31, 2015

Don’t worry faithful Roto Riteup readers, Zach Sanders will return to his normal duties tomorrow. Anyways, there wasn’t any public backlash about not covering the trades in yesterday’s RR — other than one of my friends being cruel enough to call me the Edwin Jackson of FanGraphs — so today we continue with normal programming.

On today’s agenda:
1. Curtis Granderson keeps hitting
2. Michael Pineda placed on disabled list
3. Streaming Pitching Options
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Bullpen Report: July 30, 2015

With less than 24 hours until MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline, team’s continue to exhaust their resources in a last-ditch effort to make a run at the playoffs — and hopefully make the World Series — as their trading partners look to restock the farm. A few bullpen arms were on the move Thursday, so we’ll briefly touch on that to determine how players should approach said situations going forward.
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Assessing the Potential New Closers

One of the most fun parts of trade season is the trickle-down effect of the departed players and because relievers are the most easily moved assets, that generally leads to closers having the most turnover once the trade dust settles. We’re still a day away from the deadline, but this week’s flurry of action has already changed four situations in the ninth inning. Let’s assess the candidates to assume those newly opened closer’s roles in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Oakland, and Detroit.

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The Sleeper and the Bust 7/30/2015 – Trades on Trades on Trades!

Episode 258

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

In this episode, Paul Sporer and Eno Sarris talk about traaaaaaddddeeesss!!! What else?! The plan to discuss on the rise pitchers was pushed because this deadline has been amazing. Unfortunately the real Carlos Gomez deal took place after they recorded.

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MASH Report (7/30/15)

• Not much injury-related news to write about since most information coming out over the past week or so has been associated with trades.

Mookie Betts is on the 7-day concussion DL after falling over a wall to make a catch. There will be fairly constant updates on him since the Red Sox aren’t in the playoff picture and the Boston media needs to cover something.

Manuel Banuelos is on the DL from pain caused by a bone spur.

The Braves gained some concern as Banuelos’ velocity steadily dropped as he made the first five appearances of his Major League career this month. His fastball averaged 90.3 mph during his July 2 Major League debut. But that number dropped with each subsequent appearance and stood at 87.8 mph during last Friday’s start against the Cardinals.

It seems like the Braves and Banuelos are waiting for his elbow to calm down before giving a full evaluation.

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Should Yasiel Puig Be Traded?

Yasiel Puig is a mercurial talent and as such expectations are very high. This season has been marred by subpar performance especially when compared to his 2013 campaign.  Puig quickly became a star in his rookie season and we all know how rare that is.  He batted .319 that season with 19 homers, 42 RBI’s and a .925 OPS in 104 games. By means of comparison, Mike Trout erupted in his 2nd season. Many may forget that Trout batted just .220 in his 40 game introduction to MLB and he started his magical 2012 sophomore breakout season in the Minors.  So shrouded in the veil of high expectations, this is the lens that we should use to look at Puig today.

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RotoGraphs Audio: Field of Streams 7/30/2015

Episode 80 – Aaron Harang Has Remembered That He’s Aaron Harang

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

In this episode, Dylan Higgins and Brad Johnson discuss two early games, Tyler Saladino’s modest emergence, Troy Tulowitzki’s new home, Dylan breaking rule No. 1 by rambling about his fantasy team, an interesting comparison for the top of the Phillies lineup, skipping over mainstream baseball news, the impact of Chris Bassitt’s recent success, and how hugwatch can affect DFS picks.

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