Saturday in the park, we’re pretty sure it wasn’t the Fourth of July because that was on a Monday this year.
On the agenda:
1. Various News and Notes
2. Streaming Pitcher Options
Various News and Notes
Keon Broxton’s season is likely over, as he fractured his wrist while slamming into the hellish ivy at Wrigley field. Broxton ends the year with a .242 average, nine homers, and 23 homers over 244 plate appearances. Broxton has all the raw ability you could hope for, but he still struck out over a third of the time. Broxton’s patience makes him far more valuable in OBP leagues next year, and he’ll be a darling in the middle rounds of standard leagues, as everyone wants to find the next 20/40 guy.
Alex Bregman’s excellent rookie campaign is being slowed by a hamstring injury, as he’ll missed the last couple games in Seattle after hurting himself earlier this week. While he started out a bit slow, Breggers has hit over .300 with eight homers in his past 150 plate appearances. I would still like to see Bregman’s strikeout rate come down by about four percentage points, but so far so good for the former second overall pick.
For being a top prospect and supposedly ready for the big leagues, boy has Jose Berrios been bad. In 12 starts the rookie has a 8.88 ERA and has allowed 12 homers in less than 50 innings. Berrios, who walked less than five percent of the batters he faced in AAA last year, has more than doubled that rate in the majors. Suck it, Twins.
Over the past 12 months or so, I have not been shy expressing concern about Trea Turner’s overall profile, namely his strikeout rate. However, there’s good news a-brewin’: since mid-August, Turner’s K-rate is a respectable 17%! Sure, his BABIP is still over .400 and that’s not going to stick, but at the very least he’s giving himself a chance by putting the ball in play.
Streaming Pitcher Options
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