Daily Archives: June 2, 2016
Bob Meyer has led quite an interesting life, starting with his career in baseball as a left-handed pitcher. Last year he was kind enough to answer some of my questions about his time with the Milwaukee Brewers. His input was extremely important as I started doing research for my book, so I decided to create a full-length profile for him right here on the blog.
P- Jesse Hahn (vs. Houston Astros): $7,200. In 43 career at bats against Hahn, the Astros’ offense is batting .163 against Hahn, with one home run, three RBIs, 11 strikeouts, and a .217 OBP. The Astros have the worst strikeout rate in baseball, so Hahn could put up quite a few K’s, which is a great source of points on DraftKings.
P- Gio Gonzalez (vs. Cincinnati Reds): $8,800. In 63 at bats against Gio, the Reds’ offense is batting .190, with two home runs, eight RBIs, 17 strikeouts, and a .264 OBP. Gio Gonzalez has been very consistent in 2016, so he should be able to handle a struggling Reds’ offense. So far in 2016, Gio is 3-3, with a 3.57 ERA, 53 strikeouts, and 17 walks in 58 innings pitched.
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Recently I bumped into this stat, showing the decline of baseball players in Europe.
When you read this from right to left, you will see an incline of members first but from 2014 the numbers go down with a sharp drop in 2015. Baseball Popular in Europe?
When you know that Jan Esselman is the chairman of the CEB since 2013, the decline of members is bigger than the growth of it since his appointment. In an interview with the pan-European baseball website Mister-baseball.com, Mr. Esselman stated the following: “The challenge for the new Executive is to find solutions for the various top and development levels within the European baseball competitions. The best way for all Federations is that every team can compete on their own level and in that way to reach a higher one. The last change of the Seniors in to A, B and C level will be watched carefully.”
“… that every team can compete on their own level…”
Really? Clubs like Curacao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates clearly have outgrown the Dutch competition. Therefore an initiative like the ELB would be a great opportunity for both teams. Sure, both teams could not participate due to the ban that was imposed by the Dutch federation, but that very same federation initially allowed Amsterdam Baseball, which contained players of L&D Amsterdam Pirates who are not playing in the Dutch National team, a.k.a. team Kingdom of the Netherlands, to participate in the ELB.
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The Detroit Tigers currently sit at 25-27, are in 4th place in the tough AL Central, and have a payroll pushing $200 Million. They fired their GM a year ago and he went on to land a gig with the Red Sox, where the potential for offensive firepower from a year ago has turned into the real deal in 2016 and perhaps the greatest offense in the last century.
The Tigers owe Prince Fielder another $30 Million to be bad on the Rangers; he’s compiled a -1.5 WAR over the past calendar year, which is literally the worst in the majors. Their newest big bat from this poast offseason is scooting along with a .578 OPS. Plus, they just demoted one of their $16+ Million right handed starters to the bullpen. Things could be looking really bleak in Detroit for a long time, but they could be worse. I’ll get to that.
But first, a bit about Anibal Sanchez. He’s that starter that just got demoted to the bullpen, and things aren’t looking bright for him. He’s going to get paid over $16,000,000 this year regardless of performance, but check this out:
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P- Madison Bumgarner (vs. Atlanta Braves): This is a must play on Thursday. One of the best pitchers in baseball is facing one of the worst offenses in the last few years. In 84 career at bats against Bumgarner, the Braves’ offense is batting g.262, with 13 strikeouts, one walk, and a .287 OBP.
P- Zack Greinke (vs. Houston Astros): This could be a great matchup for Greinke. The Astros are known for striking out a bunch, so this could lead to a lot of points on DraftKings. It is worth noting that the Astros’ offense has been pretty hot recently, so it could be a risky play. In 87 career at bats against Greinke, the Astros are batting .299, with three home runs, 25 strikeouts, and a .315 OBP.
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The Houston Astros have struggled in 2016 and one of their biggest flaws is how streaky their offensive lineup can be at times. While many players contribute to this flaw, Luis Valbuena could be the streakiest of them all.
Valbuena is known for his above average power at third base, but so far in 2016, Valbuena has been far from above average. Through 169 plate appearances, he is batting .221, with six home runs, 17 RBIs, 19 runs, and a .319 OBP.
The Houston Astros are currently ranked 9th overall in home runs as a team (67), but they are ranked 19th overall in on base percentage (.316). It is clear the Astros aren’t struggling to put the ball over the fence, but getting on base has been a problem.
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It’s not that Anibal Sanchezwas truly ever performing well this season in the rotation, but that he was actually in the rotation,before being removed yesterday by manager Brad Ausmus and sent to the bullpen with a 3-6 record and 6.67 ERA and 1.68 WHIP. On the other hand though, both Justin Verlander and Michael Fulmer were off to rocky starts with both really pulling it together in recent outings.