Well, now I feel old:
He’s the 1st draftee to be born in the year 2000.
Here’s where we all talk about how old we are. pic.twitter.com/4Ti0RBxeaS
— Cut4 (@Cut4) June 5, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. Fun with Small Samples!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers
Fun with Small Samples! (Pitcher’s Edition)
It was a slow news day today, so it is time for another edition of Fun with Small Samples!!!
For the month of May, Max Scherzer led all other qualified starters with a 39.4% K%. Gerrit Cole (39.3%) and Chris Sale (36.7%) were second and third in K%. Ross Stripling was fourth with a 35.3% K%. Scherzer (16.8%) and Sale (16.3%) led the Majors in swinging strike percentage for the month as well. Third was Luis Castillo with a 15.9% mark.
Matt Koch allowed the most hard contact during the month of May with a 49.2% mark. Zack Greinke (48.8%) and Jason Hammel (48.5%) were second and third. Patrick Corbin was fourth on the list with a 48.5% mark. Ross Stripling gave up the least hard contact during the month of May with only 16.9% allowed. Justin Verlander (21.9%) and Noah Syndergaard (23.9%) were second and third. Verlander also led the Majors in soft contact allowed last month with a 27.1% mark. Kyle Freeland was second on the list with 26.9% and Reynaldo Lopez was third at 26.4%.
Jon Gray had the highest BABIP for the month of May at .380. Jason Hammel was second at .376 and Kevin Gausman and Andrew Suarez were tied with the third highest BABIP with a .363 mark. Daniel Mengden had the lowest BABIP a .187. James Paxton was second at .194. And then there was this:
Bartolo Colon’s BABIP (.196) was 100 points less than his weight in May.
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) June 5, 2018
Various News and Notes
According to Marc Topkin, Anthony Banda will undergo Tommy John Surgery. Banda had a 3.68 ERA and a 17.9% strikeout percentage in his 14 innings with the Rays this year. He was the centerpiece of the Steven Souza trade and is now likely out until this time next year.
Julio Teheran left Monday’s game after sustaining a thumb contusion. It was hard to figure out how he injured it, but his velocity was way down and it was obvious that he was bothered by something. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Streaming Pitchers Options
A pitcher for today: NONE
Hail Mary Options (in order of preference): Jose Urena @ STL, Anthony Desclafani.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Chris Stratton vs ARI
I’m at best replacement level as well.
— Justin Mason (@JustinMasonFWFB) June 2, 2018
Some habits die hard.
Big thanks to Mike Werner, who will be covering for me tomorrow so I can go watch the return of Madison Bumgarner!
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.