Okay okay okay, we’re going to talk about Luis Severino after he went 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks against the Red Sox tonight. After facing a pair of poor teams back-to-back in the Rays and White Sox, I was skeptical that he’ll be able to continue the trend against a legitimate offense in Boston. Clearly, he passes the test and I’m on board, of course. I’m aiming to do a GIF Breakdown of this start tomorrow (Ervin Santana’s is coming out in the early morning) as I finally have the time to start doing those again – in fact, I’m aiming to do 2-3 of them per week now – and I’ll dive into what changes Severino has made to elevate him to the man before us. Is it because of the Slider? You’re damn right it is, but there’s more than that. I also still have my concerns about his Changeup and wonder if it will be his ultimate downfall, or if he’ll nail that pitch and keep his Fastball command at a high level to take the league by storm on the back of his slide piece. I’ll go over it all tomorrow but in the mean time get pumped and hold on tight. If someone’s buying, it best be for a significant improvement on your team.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
This week has some new names, and I’m not rehashing Eric “God” Thames, since he’s taken in 95% of leagues, and 100% of leagues in which every owner is stuck in a catatonic state. I’m focusing more on buys than sells this week and moving forward, as it’s the players you add on the wire that will help you win, and depending on the depth of your league, these guys might still be ripe for the roster harvest.
Steven Souza (OF, Rays) – Time to pick up your Souza phone! We wrote up Souza 2 weeks ago, but he’s remained Souza-ling hot, as he’s now hitting .349 with 4 Homers and a .241 ISO. While it’s true that his strikeout rate has been rapidly rising and now up to 25.6%, his swing rates still indicate improvement with plate discipline. Target him for his 20-25 Home Run and 10 SB ability, but with additional value in OBP leagues as he can maintain a 10-12% Walk rate.
Trea Turner went 4-6, 4 R, HR, 7 RBI to complete the cycle Tuesday night for Washington versus Colorado. The game was a 15-12 thriller, as the Rockies would score the final five runs in a comeback bid that fell just short. But speaking of comeback KIDS, Turner was just five games in to his return from the DL, and he showed why he is one of the best hitters in baseball. The homer was his first of the year, and the bases-loaded triple was an especially nice touch. Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper also doubled, while Daniel Murphy joined the young cycle-getter in tripling.
Let’s take a look at what else happened hitting-wise around the league:
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Clayton Kershaw’s Curveball –The dominance of Clayton Kershaw is something all baseball fans we’ll tell the next generation about with wonder and amazement. His consistency of superlative pitching is something to behold. Here he uses a parabola-like Curveball to strike out Drew Stubbs in another sterling outing.
Another week is in the books and again we have more change and more change at the closer position. A couple of teams have decided to go the “co-closer” path, with the Nationals and Phillies being the most prominent. It’s a shame things have gone the way they have for Blake Treinen, and a bit surprising given his great stuff and past success in a set-up role. Given the state of that bullpen and the way Dusty Baker does things, there’s certainly still a shot Treinen ends up back in the role at some point this season. Still, he isn’t worth holding on to in standard leagues at the moment. #FreeHectorNeris has finally come to fruition, well sort of. He still isn’t “the” closer yet, but it seems like the Phils are heading in that direction.
TIER 1: Nothing Compares 2 U
1. Kenley Jansen (Los Angeles Dodgers)—Pedro Baez, Sergio Romo
2. Aroldis Chapman (New York Yankees)—Dellin Betances, Tyler Clippard
We’ve seen plenty of waiver wire arms pop up out of seemingly nowhere to have themselves a great outing and the latest to catch everyone’s eye is Jesse Hahn who put up a dazzling 8.0 IP, 0 ER, 1 Hits, 2 BBs, 6 Ks against the Angels last night. I watched this outing and can see why some are excited – A lively Fastball with movement that induced a ton of groundball outs and a big hook that earned whiffs. Unfortunately, there are plenty of reasons that this just won’t work. 1) I don’t trust Hahn to live down in the zone for strikes nearly as much as last night…not to mention how often the Angels batters rolled over pitches that were well over the plate 2) He doesn’t trust his Changeup and I doubt it will become a proper third pitch 3) This was the Angels who are Trout and little else and, maybe most importantly 4) There isn’t room for him in the rotation. Sonny Gray is expected to return in the next two weeks or so and Kendall Graveman is nearly back. Mix that with Sean Manaea, Jharel Cotton, and Andrew Triggs, and you have a full rotation that doesn’t include Hahn. It’s possible Triggs theoretically gets the boot, but with the way he’s performed outside of his last start I think he stays. All in all, Hahn just isn’t a great investment to make and there might just be one more start left with his name on it that I don’t love since he’s not playing the Angels again.
Let’s see how every other SP did yesterday:
April is drawing to a close and almost an entire month’s worth of MLB gameplay data is almost behind us. Big news hit this week with the levying of an 80-day suspension on Pittsburgh’s Starling Marte for use of PEDs; due to his lack of availability, he has been flat-out dropped from the List at least for the foreseeable future. Perhaps in the deepest leagues will folks elect to hang on to him with a bench spot, but his utility in the short- and medium-terms is rendered moot by the suspension so we’ll just move on from ranking him for the time being. Some other breakout performances have been rewarded with hefty promotions, while struggling stragglers are either being dropped substantially or shown the door. Time on the DL continues to throw expectations for select stars into chaotic uncertainty, and we address some of that below in the appended notes.
Lett’s review the Top 150 hitters in fantasy baseball:
First of all, I would like to apologize for the eye-rolling nature of the title’s pun. Anyways, Monday was a day with not too many games, but that didn’t mean we were short on offensive explosions, as there were multiple double-digit run games. Perhaps the best performance of the night goes to the incredible Eric Thames who went 2-3, 2 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI. The dude just. keeps. hitting. It’s insane. His stat lines are absurd, like his .910 SLG, .537 ISO, and his 52.6% HR/FB rate. Look, the guy showed incredible power in Korea, and he obviously figured something out, as evidenced by his 53.1% hard hit rate. The home runs will slow down, obviously, but this guy looks like he’s going to make the people who took a chance on him very happy.
Let’s take a look at some of the other performances from Monday: