Man, I missed baseball…
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— Yasiel Puig (@YasielPuig) March 31, 2019
On the Agenda:
1. Fun with Small Samples!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
Fun With Small Samples!
It has only been just a few games, but that makes this section even more fun to do.
During the month of March, four players hit four home runs: Christian Yelich, Paul Goldschmidt, Cody Bellinger, and Khris Davis. Bellinger also leads the league with 10 hits, tied with Tim Beckham. Speaking of hits, five players have already been hit by a pitch twice: Joc Pederson, Adam Eaton, Mitch Haniger, Edwin Encarnacion, and Alex Gordon.
No one has more stolen bases so far than Trea Turner (4). He has one more than Dee Gordon, who has played in twice as many games thus far. Moving away from players that run to players that walk, Giancarlo Stanton leads the Majors in walks through the month of March with seven. Christian Yelich is second with six, and Domingo Santana and Rhys Hoskins both have five.
Freddie Freeman has the highest average in the Majors (.600) and Kolten Wong is second is with a .571 average. Four players have an average of .500: Christian Yelich, Pete Alonso, Cody Bellinger, and Carlos Santana. Jorge Soler leads Major League Baseball with a BABIP of .714. Pete Alonso, Freddie Freeman, and Aaron Jude all have a BABIP of .666.
Jose Peraza, Paul Goldschmidt, and Rhys Hoskins all have a hard contact percentage of 100%. Erik Gonzalez has the highest soft contact percentage (57.1%,) but three players have a 50% soft contact percentage: Kolten Wong, Jake Lamb, and Jose Ramirez.
Four players have a 100% infield flyball percentage: Yangervis Solarte, Chris Owings, Erik Gonzalez, and Yuli Gurriel. Jose Peraza and Dansby Swanson both have a 100% HR/FB%. Bryce Harper, Mikie Mahtook, and Richie Martin Jr., are tied with the Major League highest flyball percentage at 83.3%. Gleyber Torres leads Major League Baseball in ground ball percentage at 100%. Both Jean Segura and Odubel Herrera are tied behind him at 87.5%.
Various News and Notes
Joey Wendle left Sunday’s game after straining his left hamstring. The Rays are saying that the injury is considered a day-to-day thing for now, but in the meantime, Brandon Lowe is likely to get added playing time.
According to manager Scott Servais, Hunter Strickland will miss “at least a couple of months” after being diagnosed with a Grade 2 lat strain. This is disappointing news considering how nice of a start he had to his season. Anthony Swarzak is expected to get the closer’s role once activated from the IL this week, but Nick Rumbelow and Cory Gearrin could be in line for saves as well.
Daniel Murphy will hit the disabled list with a broken finger. He will undergo testing to see if he has any ligament or tendon damage which would extend his time on the IL. In his absence, Mark Reynolds and Garrett Hampson should see added playing time.
Garrett Cooper was placed on the 10-Day IL with a calf strain. He is expected to miss at least couple of weeks with the injury. Peter O’Brien has been recalled to take Cooper’s place on the roster.
Streaming Pitching Options
Pitcher for Today: None
High Risk Option: Sean Reid-Foley vs BAL
Baltimore has a lot of power in their lineup, but Reid-Foley was impressive at times last season and he has some interesting upside if he can avoid the home run ball.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: None
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.