Let's wind er up and let her rip. Some of the more intriguing storylines in fantasy baseball follow.
Bruce Chen allowed one run over six innings Tuesday. I can't say anything other than I'm shocked to look at his pitching line and see that he's 4-0 with a 1.97 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 45.2 innings. Don't buy the hype. He's the same old guy he's always been, and that's not very exciting. AL-only option at best.
Patrick Corbin allowed one run over six innings to pick up his 12th win of the year. Corbin is still getting it done. Shockingly to me as Corbin is 12-1 with a 2.31 ERA an a 1.00 WHIP. Still seeing the same GB/FB as last season, the same K/9 rate, the same BB/9 rate etc. He's still been very fortunate with a .246 BABIP mark, far too low for a guy with this stuff an a 21 percent line drive rate, and his HR/F rate this year is literally half of what it was last season (7.5 percent compared to 13.5 percent). I know, I know, he's just having one of those years. Still, it could all turn ugly like that. After all, his xFIP and SIERA marks are within two tenths of where they were last season and yet somehow his ERA has dropped from 4.54 to 2.31. You just don't cut your ERA in half with no other movement in your pitching line.
Another outing, another Jose Fernandez effort that should make you pleased as the rookie allowed two runs over seven innings. The kid just keeps getting it done. Shelby Miller, the Cardinals' rookie, tossed six scoreless innings as well. Here are the numbers of the two kids.
Fernandez: 2.74 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 9.00 K/9 S. Miller: 2.77 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 9.59 K/9
The main difference of course is that Fernandez is 6-5 while Miller is 10-6.
Josh Hamilton needed a cortisone shot in his ankle after missing a couple of games with the malady. Usually it takes days for the shot to work and for the area to calm down, so he may miss the majority of the week. After a hot spell he has returned to his previous horrible form, and on the year he's hitting .223 with a .688 OPS. Wow that's awful. Embarrassing really. He should give some of his money back to the Angels.
"I said I don't want to go to the 'pen, but I didn't say I wouldn't go to the 'pen. I think there's a difference,” Kris Medlen said. Look I get it, Medlen has a 5.53 ERA in his last seven starts, but the guy has a 2.62 ERA over his last 32 starts. Are the Braves really going to remove a guy from the rotation who has a 2.62 ERA over 32 starts? Rookie Alex Wood is up right now in place of Paul Maholm who is on the DL, and there is always a lurking Brandon Beachy to think about as well. The Braves have an embarrassment of riches right now, but I still believe it would be a mistake to demote Medlen to the pen.
Jarrod Parker allowed one earned runs over seven innings for the Athletics. He's allowed three runs or less in 13-straight starts. He's been a model of consistency after a slow start to the season.
Albert Pujols had three hits, including his 17th homer last night. That gives him four bombs in 10 games. He's right on the edge of a 30 homer pace, a total he has reached in each of the last 12 years. Don't bet against the warrior making it happen, though his average is still languishing in the .250's.
There is Will Venable hitting .232 again. Yuck. At the same time he has 12 big flies and has swiped nine bags. A 15/15 season is within reach make him a strong NL-only option.
Finally, it was a rough night to be a closer.
Grant Balfour: three runs, three hits, one walk, 0.1 IP Ernesto Frieri: five runs, four hits, one walk, 0.1 IP Joe Nathan: two runs, two hits, one walk, 0.2 IP Glen Perkins: one run, one hit, three walks, 1 IP
By Ray Flowers
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The co-host of The Drive on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio (Sirius 210, XM 87: Mon-Thurs 7 PM, Fri. 9 PM EDT), Ray also hosts a show Sunday night (7-10 PM EDT). Ray has spent years squirreled away studying the inner workings of the fantasy game to the detriment of his personal life. Specializing in baseball, football and hockey, some consider him an expert in all three.
- Cam Newton will officially start Sunday
- Julio Jones officially is active Sunday
- Julio Jones (oblique) will play on Sunday
- Zach Randolph is not expected to play on Sunday
- Joe Haden (shoulder) will not play on Sunday
- Titans doing homework Jay Cutler
- T.Y. Hilton appears to be a longshot to play Sun.
- DeMarco Murray is going to play Sunday
- Falcons and Julio are optimistic that he will play
- Antonio Gates totals 92 yards, 2 TD