How is Alex Rodriguez hitting like peak-era Adam Dunn? By hitting like peak-era Adam Dunn.
Coming into the 2015 season Alex Rodriguez was one of the most difficult players in baseball to project. He was clearly one of the best talents of all-time, but that talent was tainted by his checkered past. Father Time was catching up to him, but he had also been forcibly given a year off to rest and heal. The smart money was on Rodriguez faltering considering his age, injury history, and his failure to impress as a 37-year-old in 2013. However, he looked good in the spring and there was some optimism he could be a real contributor for the Yankees as opposed to an overpaid anchor/PR nightmare.
It is too early to make broad statements with any kind of confidence, but at the very least it appears that A-Rod has something left to give. So far he's produced a .267/.411/.600 line and leads the American League in walks. It would be unfair to expect that kind of production going forward, but he's demonstrated the ability to get on base and hit monster home runs and those are both excellent signs. In short, the tools are mostly still there.
Staring at a full slate of games, we break down some of the big guns in DFS today
Today is a day that is full of interesting options, from high-upside arms to big bats, so it's useful to know which of the high-priced players has a couple of weights pulling down his stock. There are so many quality arms that I felt compelled to go with two lineups today; there are some impact players on the agenda, so we'll break down a few of those high-priced targets whose stock might be further impacted by recent context.
Updates on Rymer Liriano, Kyle Schwarber, Jesse Winker, and more.
Hitter of the Night: Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres (El Paso, AAA): 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR. Liriano has long been a favorite of scouts because of the body/athleticism/tools combination he projects. While he reached the upper level of the minors (and the majors for a cameo last season), he still has yet to show an approach at the plate that will allow that skill set to manifest itself. He was exposed last season versus major-league pitching, and his road to at-bats at Petco is now blocked with a full outfield, but a season in Triple-A to refine things isn’t the worst thing in the world for the 24-year-old.
Helping you set your fantasy rotation for next week with a look at the two-start pitchers.
Week Four is a glorious week for two-start pitching, as 13 of the top 21 drafted arms will take the bump twice. Beyond just the top end, every single team is currently scheduled to send at least one of its starters out for multiple turns, so there’s likely to be a deep bench of options available for your consideration on the waiver wire as well. Overall, the NL will feature a more balanced menu, with 16 of its 20 two-starters on the docket at least warranting some consideration. Things are a bit dicier in the junior circuit. On the one hand, there are more options (24). On the other, there are way more question marks and landmines. A particularly lengthy list of “considers” will force a whole bunch of not fun decisions for –only leaguers.
As far as the nuts and bolts guidelines for what lies within, the pitchers will be split by league and then by categories:
Examining players who might pique your interest in deep leagues.
As we all know, some FAAB weeks are chock full of exciting options, and some weeks, well, not so much. This week falls in the second bucket, but that does not mean there aren’t a few players sitting on the waiver wire who are worth bidding on. In weeks like this, where the free agent pool is admittedly thin, it’s not a bad idea to pull the trigger on some spec plays, if you have an open roster spot and can afford to take a low-risk gamble.
While there are some repeat appearances of names this week (in combination with the Free Agent Watch article that runs every Monday), at least the information provided here each Friday is somewhat on the mark since I have not had to recycle many player capsules after the first three weeks. Again, the audience here knows the challenges of finding serviceable fantasy options week in and week out on the waiver wire, so I feel confident you will not chuckle to heartily at the names I am throwing out below.
What the heck is up with next winter's top free agent shortstop?
Ian Desmond is a confident individual. He established that during the winter by rejecting an extension worth $107 million in order to pursue a greater prospect—the chance to hit the open market at age 30 as the best shortstop available. So five months later, why does Desmond look out of place on the field? And should his prospective suitors share in his uneasiness?
The Outcomes run down players who might be available in your leagues based on Scoresheet-wide ownership data.
There probably isn’t a more foolhardy errand than mock drafting the 36th round of an already deep league, but no one said that we weren’t just the fools to do so. Here are a few players in each league worth considering so that you don’t just automatically pick the first Brazilian on a two-week hot streak who crosses your path.
South Side's hottest new thing hops on a track that has done very well for the White Sox.
He’s one of the top pitching prospects in the game; in any other city his would have been the debut that set the town abuzz. However, Carlos Rodon’s arrival in Chicago didn’t lead to any national writers lurking in the clubhouse or SportsCenter segments dedicated to his impending unveiling. There was a solid media contingent surrounding him when he spoke prior to Monday’s game in the White Sox dugout, but it was nothing compared to the circus that Kris Byrant generated a week ago.
“Nah, I want to go under the radar,” Rodon said when asked if he had hoped for the same hype Bryant received.
Since expansion pushed the MLB schedule to 162 games, 29 teams have begun a season by winning three or fewer of their first 15 (in non-strike years). Of these, the 1996 Red Sox are the only club to finish with a winning record, at 85-77. Only nine of the 29 won even 70 games; the average record for the group was 64-97. Isolate the 12 previous teams who started 2-13 or worse, as this year’s Brewers did, and you find only one team who avoided 90 losses—the 81-81 1973 Cardinals. Eight of the 12 lost at least 97.
I lay out these facts not to revel in the Brewers’ badness, but to make sure we have a firm foundation under foot. The Brewers’ playoff chances are functionally gone; only the Phillies keep them out of the NL cellar in our Playoff Odds report. Their chances of being anything this side of disastrously bad are perhaps 35 percent, even if we account to some extent for the fact that no one really expected Milwaukee to be this bad. (Indeed, whatever you thought of the Brewers before the season, keep in mind that many of the teams who started similarly were expected to be better, too.) It’s probably time to blow up this roster, and in due course, I want to begin a sketch of how and why. Before that, though, I want to address two broader, more urgent and (happily) more answerable questions: How much is this lost season, and the prospect of more to come, going to hurt the Brewers? And should we have seen this coming?