Knowledge Drop May 15, 2018 – Don Aase Edition (#22)
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*Every kid who collected baseball cards in the 70s and early 80s loved Don Aase, mostly because he name looked like Ass. Aase, over his 13 season career pitched to a 66-60 career record and a 3.80 ERA. His 5.2 K/9 rate would make him a no-go in Fantasy today he saved 82 games in his career, almost as many games as he started. He wore #22 in his final year in MLB, 1990, with the Dodgers. We’d rather write about Dan Aase than that punk Clemens or Pretty Boy Palmer..
TOP KNOWLEDGE — WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW RIGHT NOW
Tim’s 10 – Ten To Consider From the Waiver Wire
By Tim McCullough – Big Mac Contributor
We are at the eight week mark of the season, the point where your team needs to be picking up steam if it hasn’t already. If you’re looking for help on the waiver wire, here are a few players that just might be available.
David Dahl (OF, Colorado Rockies) – Dahl has gotten very little playing time to date but he is slashing .321/.379/.547 over his 58 PA with a pair of homers. Gerardo Parra, Ian Desmond and Carlos Gonzalez have all been awful, so I think a boost in playing time could be on the horizon for Dahl soon. He has the plate discipline and sweet swing to continue hitting for both power and average, so get him now before his pricetag goes up.
Luis Castillo (SP, Cincinnati Reds) – Castillo had a terrible April but he’s righted the ship in May. He’s allowed just six earned runs over his last 17.2 innings (three starts) for a 3.06 ERA with 22 strikeouts and just two walks. The only poor mark in the three outings is that he allowed four HRs. The rest of his peripherals were terrific and vastly improved over April. If he was let go by his owner, scoop him up. I’d also look to make a deal to acquire him if necessary.
Freddy Peralta (SP, Milwaukee Brewers) – Peralta was terrific in his debut with 13 strikeouts in just 5.2 innings against the Rockies. Rookies tend to incite bidding wars, especially in deep leagues, but I’m not sure I’d empty the war chest to get Peralta. He walked more than four batters per nine in both Double A last year and Triple-A this season. Once word gets around about his stuff, batters will lay off the erratic pitches and take the walks from Peralta. If you can get him cheap, go ahead. Just don’t waste a ton of FAAB on him.
Eudubray Ramos (RP, Philadelphia Phillies) – Ramos picked up his first save of the season on Sunday, but manager Gabe Kapler has not named him the closer as yet. Kapler seems to be indicating that he will go with a committee approach. I think Ramos will end up with the job, though. He’s allowed just two runs in 16 IP with a 20:2 KK:BB ratio. He’s got a nasty slider along with a solid fastball/changeup combo, which is perfect for closing games.
Scooter Gennett (2B, Cincinnati Reds) – So far, Gennett is proving that last season’s power spike (27 HRs) and high average (.295) were no fluke. All he’s done this season is triple slash .329/.368/.521 with six home runs and 24 RBIs. He’s in the midst of a six-game hitting streak in which he’s batted .538 with four of his homers. If you own him, consider selling high to acquire something else you need. Gennett is not quite this good despite last season’s numbers. His .378 BABIP and 41.5 Hard% are well above his norms and will regress at some point. Of course, if you lost Robinson Cano this week, Gennett could help you until he returns.
Matt Olsen (1B, Oakland A’s) – Fantasy owners drafted Olsen this season expecting him to pick up where he left off last year when he bashed 24 HRs in just 216 PA. Unfortunately, he hasn’t looked like that player so far but there is reason to believe he can get there again. His Hard% of 49.5 percent is actually better than last season (40.3%), so he is hitting the ball hard. His flyball rate is down a little 40.7 percent vs. 46 percent last year and he isn’t pulling the ball much (34.1 percent vs. 50 percent last season). Once those stats move toward the mean, we should see Olsen hitting them deep again. I’d acquire if possible.
Michael Brantley (OF, Cleveland Indians) – Don’t look now but Brantley is looking like his old self. In the month of May Brantley is batting .326 with eight extra base hits (including three homers) and 17 RBIs in just 11 games. He’s again displaying elite contact rates and an excellent eye at the plate, hitting for both power and average. If he can stay healthy, a big season could be in store.
Dylan Bundy (SP, Baltimore Orioles) – I liked Bundy this spring and I still think he can help Fantasy owners despite the nightmarish trio of games at the end of April/beginning of May in which he allowed 19 ER in nine innings, including nine home runs. He bounced back on Sunday, with seven innings of two-hit shutout ball and seven strikeouts. He will be prone to the home run since he’s an extreme fly ball pitcher, but he will also put together his share of shutout innings. I’d make an offer for him if his owner is frustrated.
Shohei Ohtani (SP, LA Angels) – Ohtani whiffed 11 Twins on Sunday and allowed just one earned run in 6.1 IP on three hits and a pair of walks. After a tough end to April in which he allowed seven runs in 7.1 innings, Ohtani has reverted back to elite looking numbers with just three earned runs and 17 strikeouts in his last two outings. He’s beating the preseason projections by quite a margin thus far but I’m still not convinced he can keep this up all season, especially since he’s had some injury woes already. Sell high if you own him as a pitcher.
Jorge Soler (OF, Kansas City Royals) – Soler is carrying a .323/.423/.531 triple slash with five home runs, 18 RBIs and 19 runs scored. Even more encouraging is his career-high 37.9 percent Hard%. However, be on the lookout for regression from his .417 BABIP and 67.6 percent contact rate, as both will bring him down hard when they catch up to him. Ride him while he stays hot but move him at the first sign of trouble.
A THOUSAND WORDS
Today @BatFlipCrazy is worried about Corey Kluber:
Corey Kluber’s pitching great, but his pitch mix has me concerned. Over his last 5 games: O-swing: 31.0% Contact: 79.6% SwStr: 9.6% The K% dip coincides w/ a dramatic drop in slider usage & a spike in the dreaded sinker (0.8% SwStr) & cutter.
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A man who lives on the tenth floor takes the elevator down to the first floor every morning and goes to work. In the evening, when he comes back; on a rainy day, or if there are other people in the elevator, he goes to his floor directly. Otherwise, he goes to the seventh floor and walks up three flights of stairs to his apartment.
Can you explain why?
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