Weekly Roster Update 05/10/19
May 10, 2019
Another week of baseball in the books and with it, plenty of memorable moments. Mike Fiers threw the 2nd no hitter of his career. Josh Bell became only the 4th person ever to hit a home run into the Allegheny River. Noah Syndergaard not only threw a complete game shutout, he also scored the games lone run with a tater. Oh yea, and some guy named Chris Sale threw an immaculate inning (3 batters. 3 strikeouts. 9 pitchers).
As will be the case every Friday of the 2019 season, we’ve updated all 30 teams rosters. We’ve given significant boosts to this past week’s top performers and changed the lineups to best reflect the ones being put on the field each day by MLB clubs.
Let’s take a look at the past week’s top performers.
For years now, Stephen Strasburg has been a strikeout king but so far in 2019 he’s taking it to the next level. He currently has an insane 33% K rate which is not only 3% higher than his career average, it’s also good enough to be in the top 10 for qualified starting pitchers. Though Strasburg has a 3.71 ERA on the year thus far, his other ERA indicators FIP and SIERA (explanations here and here) are 2.88 and 2.71. That essentially means he’s pitching much better than his ERA would indicate. We’ve boosted Strasburg’s Curve and Stamina rating.
Simply put, Michael Brantley is a contact machine. The lowest contact rate he’s ever put up in his career is 89% and this year he’s sporting a 92.1% contact rate, one of the highest of his career and the 2nd best in all of baseball. No wonder Brantley has the 6th best average (.340) in all of baseball! When you make contact, you’re not striking out which explains Brantley’s 11.1% K rate which is in the top 5% in all of baseball. We’ve boosted Brantley’s Contact and Power rating.
Since our last blog post came out on Friday the 3rd, Kyle Hendricks has made two starts. The first was a complete game shutout that he threw in 81 pitches. The second was this past Wednesday night where he went 8 IP with 0 ER, 5 H, 0 BB and 7 K. So that’s a total of 17 IP with a 0.00 ERA. We’d say that’s pretty good. Hendricks, as usual, has been fantastic at utilizing his sinker to induce a lot of weak contact. That can often be dangerous as the more balls in play, the more reliant a pitcher is on his defense. When you have human vacuums like Javier Baez backing you up though? It’s no problem. We’ve boosted Hendricks’s Drop rating.
Cody Bellinger. Christian Yelich. Paul DeJong. If you look at the WAR leaderboards (explanation here) right now, that’s the order that you’ll see. DeJong is currently slashing .329/.404/.587 on the year with an above league average BB rate, below league average K rate, and a great ability to get on base. This week was no different for the Cardinals SS as he put up a .406 OBP with 2 HR and a stolen base to his name. We’ve boosted DeJong’s Contact, Power, Speed and Fielding rating.
There’s been nothing minor about Minor’s recent performances. In his last two starts he has a spotless 0.60 EAR with 22 K’s and 3 BB’s. While a lot of the leagues starting pitchers are currently relying on their slider to get them their K’s, Mike Minor has been heavily relying on his change-up and for good reason. The pitch has a 15.5% SwSt rate, a .140 batting average against and a 31.3% K rate. We’ve boosted Minor’s Drop rating.
After a slower start to the 2019 campaign, Max Muncy has been on fire. This past week he’s slashed .375/.464/.750 with 3 HR, 11 RBI and a stolen base to his name. Muncy now currently has 8 HR on the year with 28 RBI and a 138 wRC+ meaning he’s 38% better than a league average offensive player. While Muncy’s line drive rate has slightly dropped, he’s still sporting a fantastic 45.7% hard drive rate meaning when he makes contact with the ball, he’s usually punishing it. We’ve boosted Muncy’s Contact and Power ratings.
|Stephen Strasburg||Curve and Stamina|
|Chris Sale||Curve and Stamina|
|Yusei Kikuchi||Fast, Curve, Stamina and Speed Diff|
|Brandon Woodruff||Fast, Curve and Speed Diff|
|Tanner Roark||Drop and Stamina|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu||Fast and Drop|
|Kyle Gibson||Fast, Drop, Stamina and Speed Diff|
|Robert Gsellman||Speed and Drop|
|Scott Barlow||Fast, Curve and Drop|
|Heath Hembree||Speed Diff|
|Michael Brantley||Contact and Power|
|Paul DeJong||Contact, Power, Speed and Fielding|
|Max Muncy||Contact and Power|
|Kris Bryant||Contact and Power|
|George Springer||Contact, Power, Speed and Stealing|
|Edwin Encarnacion||Contact and Power|
|Nick Senzel||Power, Speed, Contact, Arm, Fielding and Stealing|
|Jorge Polanco||Power, Contact and Fielding|
|David Fletcher||Power, Contact and Fielding|
|Ryan Braun||Power and Contact|
|Chris Taylor||Power and Contact|
|Ronny Rodriguez||Power, Contact and Fielding|
|Joey Gallo||Speed and Stealing|
|Brandon Crawford||Contact, Arm and Fielding|
|Jose Iglesias||Speed, Fielding and Stealing|