A Night of Quality Pitching - April 12, 2024
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Ranger Suarez Suarez tossed 6 shutout innings allowing only two hits and two walks while punching out 8 in Thursday's afternoon game. He was fairly dominant, allowing only three hard hit balls while posting a solid 32% CSW. He's now allowed only three free passes and 9 hits in 17 innings on the year, but most notably has gone at least 5 innings in all three starts. He has been a groundball animal thus far (67.9%, 96th Percentile), while also getting guys to expand out of the zone (31.3% Chase, 72nd Percentile). My only concern with Suarez thus far is the stuff. He doesn't throw very hard (91 m ..read more
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Holliday Arrives - April 11, 2024
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Jackson Holliday (SS-BAL) made his big-league debut against the Red Sox on Wednesday, going 0-4 with an RBI as he manned 2B and batted 9th. Widely regarded as the top prospect in the minors - especially with peers such as Jackson Chourio and Wyatt Langford starting the season in the majors - Holliday is a must add wherever he is available in fantasy. He's still very much a raw talent at age 20, but the 1st overall pick in the 2022 amateur draft possesses a plus-potential hit tool and plus-potential in-game power. He got off to an encouraging start in Triple-A this season, with a .333 average ..read more
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Glasnow is NOW - April 10, 2024
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Tyler Glasnow, SP (LAD) Glasnow was absolutely dominant on Tuesday, shutting the Twins down for seven innings, allowing only three hits and no walks while striking out 14. He is now 3-0 on the season with a 2.25 ERA and 29 strikeouts in 24 innings. Glasnow's spin rate was up as he generated 21 swings and misses. Essentially half of opposing swings failed to make contact. That's ridiculous. Meanwhile he also got 21 called strikes, amounting to a 48% CSW-rate. He was completely on his game: not walking anyone was a great development after he walked a combined seven hitters in his first three sta ..read more
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April 9th - Blake is Back!
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Blake Snell (SP - SF) - Snell made his long-awaited SF debut against the offensively offensive Nationals on Monday, and while it looked poor on the surface (3 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K), it was pretty standard for Snell. He didn't allow a ball hit over 90.1 mph (the 3 singles were 82, 79, and 77), he got 10 swinging strikes on just 72 pitches, and his fastball velo was on par with last season. He struggled with command, but like I said: par for the course. It'll probably take him a few outings to get up a "normal" pitch count, but there's no reason for concern here that I can see.....get him ac ..read more
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Strong Start to April for O'Neill - April 8, 2024
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Tyler O'Neill, BOS O'Neill went deep yet again against the Angels on Sunday, tying him with Mookie Betts for the MLB lead with 5 HR's. He has had a sensational start to the season, posting a .357 BA and 1.407 OPS through 9 games.  Oddly enough, those 5 dingers are the only 5 RBI O'Neill has this season despite the fact that he's mostly hit in the middle of the Red Sox lineup.  Sunday was the first time that O'Neill hit in the #3 hole in the lineup, and if that sticks, he should have all the more chances to rack up counting stats.  Obviously, O'Neill will cool off at some point ..read more
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AL Week 3 Strategy-April6, 2024
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American League In The Field The Athletics have optioned OF Esteury Ruiz to Triple-A. This is huge news for those who drafted Ruiz to be a big part of their stolen base plan. He hit .254 with 5 HR and 67 SB last year in 132 GP but struggled in spring (.236 AVG with 31% K). The Athletics have said that they want him to lead off and play every day which is why he is at Triple-A. Something smells fishy here. 3B Josh Jung has been placed on the 10-day IL with a fractured wrist. He is looking at an 8-10 week recovery after having surgery to repair the injury. This is tough news after he missed a la ..read more
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Five Emerging Hitters To Watch - April 6, 2024
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Michael Conforto Conforto continued his strong start to the season by going 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI. More importantly, Conforto had four hard hit balls, three of which were over 100. He's finding the barrel at insane rates right now (22.2% Barrel, 44.4% Sweet-Spot), but it's coming at a cost of striking out at 31%. Some regression is obvious, but Conforto is posting a 23.0 Launch Angle, well above his career high of 15.9. Launch angle changes usually come with swing changes. His 61% Pull is almost double his career average as well. So there is an approach change as well. Conforto appea ..read more
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Early Season Up and Downs...Where do we go?
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Tanner Bibee-Guardians-SP Tanner Bibee went 5.1 IP and gave up 1 ER on 5 H, 0 BB, and 9 K's against the Twins. Bibee struggled his first time out this year (4 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 5 BB, and 4 K) but was dominant in this one. He is coming off a strong rookie season (2.98 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 24% K, 7 % BB, and 4.19 SIERA). There were signs of regression (4.19 SIERA, 80% LOB, and AVG FB). He lives off the success of his offspeed pitches which means that he has to be able to control them on a nightly basis which didn't happen in his first start. It was nice to see Bibee bounce back with better control in th ..read more
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Pitching Duel in Tampa Bay - April 4th, 2024
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Nathan Eovaldi, SP, Rangers Nathan Eovaldi picked up the win on Wednesday, striking out eight over seven scoreless innings. He only allowed four hits and a walk against the Rays and seems to be continuing the success he saw in 2023. Through the first half of last season, he had an impressive 2.83 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 109 strikeouts in 117.2 innings. He suffered an injury in July and wasn't the same upon returning, posting a 7.18 ERA through his final 26.1 innings. He had a 35% whiff rate on Wednesday, picking up 13 whiffs on his splitter, 5 on the fastball, and 4 combined on his cutter, curv ..read more
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Solo Trout - April 2nd, 2024
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Mike Trout, OF, LAA Trout hit his second and third homers of the season on Monday evening in Miami. All of his homers have been solo shots, and he hasn't driven in anyone else besides himself, which seems par for the course for the Angels franchise. What's more surprising is that Trout walked for the first time this season in the contest. His current 6.7% BB% and 70.0% Z-Contact% are well below his career marks, while his 40.0% K% is incredibly high. Still, it's hard to complain about the .508 wOBA he totes after four games.  Ronel Blanco, SP, HOU In his first start of the season, Blanco ..read more
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