Weekly Roster Update 04/20/18
April 20, 2018
Welcome to the R.B.I Baseball April 20th Roster Update! On Fridays throughout the 2018 regular season we’ll put out a roster update for R.B.I 18 that best reflects the state of the game in Major League Baseball. We’ll tune individual players to represent the latest performances. Did Manny Machado mash three taters this week? We’ll be sure to give him a boost in power. Another 10K performance from Chris Sale? We’ll add a bit more movement to that slider. Let’s start off by looking at six week-three players who really made an impact:
“Leave the strikeouts, take the taters”. The ToddFather had himself a week as he put up a .400/.500/.800 slash line with 3 dingers and an absurd 52.9% hard contact rate. If Frazier can keep this up, I don’t expect to see any thumbs down in his future. Thanks to the Mets 3B elite performance this past week, we’ve boosted his power.
The Padres third baseman has been on an absolute tear this past week. He’s batting .476 with a .621 OBP and a 1.000 SLG. Even more impressive, in that one week span he was walking 20.7% of the time. If Villanueva keeps mashing taters like he did with this HR – 110 mph exit velo! – the Padres may need to replace some bricks in the Western Metal Supply building. We’ve boosted Villanueva’s power to all fields and ability to make contact.
Mike Trout. Mookie Betts. Jed Lowrie. What do they all have in common? They can mash. Jed Lowrie is tied with both All-Star outfielders for the AL HR lead with 6 and he is showing no signs of stopping. Lowrie’s past week featured four homers, 14 RBI with an impressive 11.1% K rate. We’ll look to see if Lowrie’s bat can stay hot as Chris Sale and the league-leading Red Sox come to town. We’ve boosted Lowrie’s contact and power to all fields.
Martinez showed why he’s the ace of the Cardinals staff as he struck out 11 Reds over 7 IP and gave up only 2 hits and 0 ER. So far in the early campaign, CarMart is sporting a career high 10.52 K/9 and a near career low 0.35 HR/9. How’s he doing it? With a deadly slider/fastball combo that is sporting a 45.7% and 42.9% K rate respectively. To reflect the filthiness of CarMart’s stuff, we’ve boosted his Curve and Drop rating.
The Big Sexy. The Grown Ranger. The oldest player in baseball. Call him what you want but after last week’s performance against the Astros, the only thing you really should be calling Bartolo Colon is dominant. Colon used his elastic two-seamer to perfection as he took a perfect game into the 8th inning against the defending World Series champion Houston Astros. We’ve boosted Father Prime’s Curve.
Who needs Madison Bumgarner and Jeff Samardzija when you have Chris Stratton sporting a minuscule 0.64 ERA over his last two starts? The Giants SP gave up only 1 ER over 14, wracking up 12 K’s combined against the Padres and Diamondbacks. Stratton uses a three pitch mix – four-seamer, curveball and slider – to keep batters off balance and in the yard as the starter is yet to give up a homer in his four starts this season. We’ve boosted Stratton’s Velocity, Curve and Drop.
See below for more adjusted players.
Evan Longoria: Boosted Contact
Ryan Flaherty: Boosted Power, Contact, Arm and Fielding
Tommy Pham: Boosted Contact
Paul Goldschmidt: Boosted Contact
D.J. LeMahieu: Boosted Power
Francisco Lindor: Boosted Contact
Miguel Andujar: Boosted Power, Contact, Arm and Fielding
Teoscar Hernandez: Boosted Contact
Yoan Moncada: Boosted Power and Speed
George Springer: Boosted Power, Contact and Fielding
Mark Canha: Booster Power and Contact
Jose Ramirez: Boosted Power
Khris Davis: Boosted Contact
Cody Bellinger: Boosted Contact
Kevin Pillar: Boosted Contact
C.J. Cron: Boosted Contact
David Peralta: Boosted Contact
Jose Berrios: Boosted Velocity
Rick Porcello: Boosted Drop
Paul Sewald: Boosted Curve
Luis Severino: Boosted Curve
Jake Faria: Boosted Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference
Eduardo Rodriguez: Boosted Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference
Trevor Cahill: Boosted Stamina and Speed Difference
Kenta Maeda: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Chad Bettis: Boosted Curve and Speed Difference
Lance McCullers Jr.: Boosted Velocity, Curve, Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference
Nick Tropeano: Boosted Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference
Chase Anderson: Boosted Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference
Justin Verlander: Boosted Drop
Danny Duffy: Boosted Speed Difference
Clayton Kershaw: Boosted Curve
Max Scherzer: Boosted Drop
Andrew Heaney: Boosted Curve and Speed Difference