Daily Archives: June 3, 2016
The Chicago White Sox started the year as one of the hottest teams in baseball, but they are sharply declining. In their last 10 games, they are 3-7 and they now find themselves in third place in the American League Central. If the White Sox want to compete in this very tough division, they are going to need to add an impact bat near the trade deadline.
The White Sox are currently ranked 21st overall in run production, and a big part of that is because of their lack of power production. They have hit 49 home runs this year, which ranks as the 24th overall team in Major League Baseball. For that reason, they must trade for a power bat near the deadline to stay afloat in the American League Central.
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After losing Mike Moustakas to a season-ending injury, the Royals are in desperate need of a third baseman. As of right now, Cheslor Cuthbert is their only viable option, but he isn’t cutting it. Cuthbert is batting .277, with two home runs, six RBIs, nine runs, and a .294 OBP in 85 plate appearances. His numbers aren’t terrible, but the Royals are going to need more production at third base if they want to retain their lead in the American League Central.
There are multiple potential third base options that will be discussed near the trade deadline, but Luis Valbuena could be a very good option for the Kansas City Royals. As of right now Valbuena is the starting third baseman for the Houston Astros, but their top prospect, Alex Bregman, is making a very good case in the Minor Leagues that he is ready for the bigs. If the Astros decide to promote Bregman, Valbuena could find his way on the trade block immediately.
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P- Clayton Kershaw (vs. Atlanta Braves): $14,100. I don’t care how expensive Kershaw is, he is a must start against one of the worst offenses in baseball. In 104 career at bats against Kershaw, the Braves’ offense is batting .240, with 35 strikeouts, and a .288 OBP. Kershaw is currently on pace for one of the best seasons in baseball by a pitcher in a long time. In his 86.2 innings pitched in 2016, he owns a 7-1 record, 1.56 ERA, 51 hits against, 105 strikeouts, and only 5 walks.
P- Bartolo Colon (vs. Miami Marlins): $7,000. In 262 career at bats, the Marlins’ offense is batting .279 with a .287 OBP. In his last 10 starts, Colon has given up more than three runs in only one of those starts. He won’t put up elite numbers, but he is a very viable option for solid statistics.
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The 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft is quickly approaching and it’s time to make the final mock draft. The draft will be held on June 9th, 2016. If you have any questions or comments about this article, the draft, or baseball in general, please feel free to Tweet me @dynasty_digest. If you enjoyed this article, please follow my blog for more updates (dynastydigest.sportsblog.com).
- Philadelphia Phillies: A.J. Puk (LHP; University of Florida)
- Cincinnati Reds: Kyle Lewis (OF; Mercer)
- Atlanta Braves: Nick Senzel (3B; University of Tennessee)
- Colorado Rockies: Jason Groome (LHP; Barnegat High School)
- Milwaukee Brewers: Riley Pint (RHP; St. Thomas Aquinas High School)
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As both a sportsman and a fan of almost all things sports, I joined a large contingent of people who were thrilled when the once and future “Sports Guy” Bill Simmons’ new website, The Ringer, launched on the first of June. In the debut of The Ringer’s MLB Podcast, the talented Mallory Rubin argued her case for the inclusion of Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles in baseballs burgeoning discussion on just who might be able to join Mike Trout and Bryce Harper as the consensus best position players in baseball.
In what may be viewed as homerism, since I am a Colorado native (even though anyone who knows me, knows I’m a much bigger Cubs fan), I immediately wondered if the Rockies’ own third-baseman, Nolan Arenado could also be in the “best player to build a franchise around” conversation. Since both his and Machado’s rise coincided in spectacular 2015 seasons, the two have been inextricably linked, to the point where Baseball Reference gives the two cornerstones a Similarity Score of 952 out of 1000. My whole idea is just to compare the two players, so allow me to preempt any complaining. I’m not saying one is better than the other; they’re both fantastic. GMs who get paid millions of dollars might be up all night choosing between all four of the aforementioned mentioned franchise players. So without much further ado, I intend to plead Arenado’s case for inclusion in this debate of elites.
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It’s impossible to not hear the chatter. There’s more than a decent chance that one day, we won’t be able to use the #PitchersWhoRake hashtag whenever we see a hurler provide some unexpected offense.
Commissioner Rob Manfred said over the winter that the National League isn’t making any big moves toward adding the designated hitter yet. However, it makes sense as to why some team owners are warming to the idea. Sure, having a DH means adding more payroll, but it also means more offense, which could in turn lead to more revenue.
Since I grew up watching NL baseball, I’m very much against changing something that’s been the same since what feels like the beginning of time. Instead of listing a bunch of reasons why – that we’ve probably all heard a million times already – I’m going to illustrate one really good reason with five different examples to make my point.
How so? Well, let’s look at the play we all love so much when it happens, but would never get to enjoy again if the DH invades the NL: the pitcher home run.