Daily Archives: April 25, 2016
It has been a few weeks since I’ve done this, but here are my Major League Baseball power rankings following Week 3. If you have any questions or comments about this article or fantasy baseball, please Tweet me @dynasty_digest. If you enjoyed this article, please follow my blog for more updates at dynastydigest.sportsblog.com!
Week 3 MLB Power Rankings
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For the Monday-Sunday this past week the Milwaukee Brewers played to a 3-4 mark against the Minnesota Twins and Philadelphia Phillies. They split four home/away games with the Twins and then dropped 2 of 3 to the Phillies at home. The lack of consistent starting pitching again played into the losses with Taylor Jungmann and Chase Anderson getting hit the hardest. On Sunday Wily Peralta threw his first quality start and picked up his first win with lots of help from the offense. The Crew sent 10 batters to the plate and exploded for six runs in the sixth inning – their biggest inning of the season so far.
he’s baaaaaaaack! yes, it’s true. at long last, today, on April 25, Michael Brantley was cleared to come off the DL and has joined his teammates in Minneapolis as an active roster member! despite not being in tonight’s starting lineup against the Minnesota Twins, i’m still very excited for him and i know he’s gotta be over the moon ecstatic. he’ll either make his 2016 regular season debut tomorrow, or perhaps tonight in one of the later innings as a pinch hitter or defensive replacement.
let me begin with a brief recap to explain how he got here.
P- Max Scherzer (vs. Philadelphia Phillies): 12,900. It is no secret how dominant Scherzer can be when he is on the mound. He is facing a very weak offense on Tuesday, whom he has dominated throughout his career. The Phillies are ranked as the 19th best offense in Major League Baseball. He faced the Phillies earlier this season and threw 7 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts. Throughout his career, the Phillies are hitting .174 against Scherzer over 132 at bats. Scherzer is pitching at his home stadium on Tuesday for the first time since April 11th, so he could put on a show for his home crowd.
P- Ricky Nolasco (vs. Cleveland Indians): $6,700. In order to afford some big bats, it was necessary to take a risk and go with a cheaper pitcher. In 2016, Nolasco is averaging 18.6 points per game on Draft Kings. He will be facing the Cleveland Indians’ offense on Tuesday, who is ranked as the 20th best offense in Major League Baseball. Nolasco is known as a boom or bust option, so hopefully he booms on Tuesday. In 91 career at bats against Nolasco, the Indians’ offense is hitting .231 with 18 strikeouts.
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Now that we’ve gotten in to the Minor League season, let’s take a look where the Tigers Top 10 Prospects landed according to Baseball America and how their seasons are starting…
- Michael Fulmer, RHP – Fulmer (23), the key piece in the Yoenis Cespedes trade and former 1st round pick; started the season out at Triple-A Toledo. In 3 starts, Fulmer is 1-1 with a 4.11 ERA, giving up 3 home runs, walking 5 and striking out 20 in 15.1 innings. The K per 9 (11.7) is strong, the homers per game should come down and the walks are manageable. The concern right now is contact with 9.4 hits per 9 which leads to a WHIP of 1.370. Fulmer was the only Tiger to make the Sons Of ’84 Top 100 MLB Prospects for 2016 list
The Houston Astros acquired young flamethrower, Ken Giles, from the Philadelphia Phillies this offseason. The Astros paid a king’s ransom for Giles considering they gave up top prospect, Vincent Velazquez, former #1 overall pick, Mark Appel, Brett Oberholtzer, and Thomas Eshelman. Giles’ cost was so high because of his young age, success, and his team control for the next 4 years. Unfortunately for the Astros, this trade hasn’t quite worked out as people expected. Giles continues to struggle, Velazquez continues to shine, and Mark Appel seems to be back on track.
Following the trade, the Astros were expected to name Giles the opening day closer over the previous closer, Luke Gregerson. Well, the unexpected happened during spring training. Giles struggled to get people out and the Astros decided to name Gregerson the opening closer for 2016. Many Astros’ fans believed this was going to be temporary, considering the Astros paid so much for 25 year old closer, but this situation doesn’t seem to be temporary anymore. Through 8.2 innings pitched in 2016, Giles has a 8.31 ERA, 2 losses, 13 hits given up, 3 walks, and 12 strikeouts. The start of the season is not Giles-esque considering in his first two seasons with the Phillies, he threw 115.2 innings, with a 1.56 ERA, 84 hits given up, 151 strikeouts, 36 walks, and 16 saves. So that brings up the question every Astros fan and fantasy baseball owner is asking, what is wrong with Ken Giles?
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Anthony Rizzo hit a pair of homers, driving in four and led the Cubs to a 9-0 drubbing of the Reds.
Steven Souza Jr. homered twice and drove in three to help the Rays pound the Yankees, 8-1.
Stephen Strasburg pitched into the 8th, striking out 10 Twins batters in 7 1/3 innings. He would not get the decision but the Nationals took the wild and sometimes surreal 16 inning marathon, 6-5.
Yordano Ventura threw 7 strong innings, allowing 3 hits and 1 run as Kansas City cruised past Baltimore, 6-1.
They all owned baseball on April 24, 2016.
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Why is there controversy about “the neighborhood play”? How can someone be against calling someone safe if the second baseman doesn’t touch the bag?
Also a listener sends me into a self esteem spiral and a wild day of baseball was experienced by all.
It is a “close enough” episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
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