Weekly Roster Update 05/17/19
May 17, 2019
This past week was one of career highs and career firsts. Chris Sale set a new career high with a whopping 17 K’s against the Colorado Rockies.
Mike Fiers recorded the second complete game shutout of his career.
And Vlad Guerrero Jr. hit the first two HR of his career (in the same game)!
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.
Just when you think Blake Snell can’t get any better he hits the bump and strikes out 12 Yankees. The 2019 Cy Young winner had his curveball and fastball working last week as he struck out 7 of the first 9 batters he faced. While Snell’s 3.56 ERA doesn’t resemble the sub 2 ERA he had in 2019, his K rate has shot up from 32 to 38% while his walk rate has come down 2.5%. Batters are only hitting .203 against the lefty over the 43 frames he’s thrown so far in 2019. We’ve boosted Snell’s Curve and Drop rating.
It’s rare that Nolan Arenado has a week where he doesn’t have a defensive web gem or a fantastic offensive performance. This past week was no exception. In the past 7 games, Arenado slashed .357/.441/.714 with 2 HR, 10 H and 8 RBI. That raised Arenado’s 2019 average to .314 and gavehim a total of 11 HR.
Per usual, Arenado is making a lot of hard contact – 39.3% – but what’s scary to see (at least for pitchers) is that he’s striking out less. Arenado is currently sporting the lowest K rate of his career at 11.8%. We’ve boosted Arenado’s Contact and Arm rating.
After a shaky start to the 2019 campaign, Zack is back to Wheelin’ and dealin’. In his last four games, he’s thrown 36 IP with a 2.67 ERA, 36 K’s, and just 5 BB. Wheeler’s K rate on the year is now up to 27.1% thanks to stellar performances from his slider and fastball. The former has a 12.6% swinging strike rate while the batters are only hitting .206 against the latter. If Wheeler’s 2.70 FIP is any indication, his 4.35 ERA should be taking a trip south with each start he makes. We’ve boosted Wheeler’s Fast, Curve, and Drop rating.
By the time you’re done reading this, Josh Bell will likely have picked up another base knock. Bell has recorded a hit in every game that he’s played since April 27th. In that stretch, he’s slashed .426/.485/.852 with 6 HR and 21 RBI. Put it this way, this past Wednesday, before Greinke was pulled with an injury, he was on his way to throwing a complete game shutout having given up only 4 hits. Half of those hits were off the bat of Josh Bell. We’ve boosted Bell’s Contact and Power ratings.
While Mike Leake may not be tallying up the strikeouts, he’s certainly preventing guys from hitting the ball, let alone touch home plate. Over his last two starts, Leake has a 0.88 WHIP with a 1.32 ERA. The Mariners righty is currently sporting a 45% ground ball rate thanks to batters not being able to square up his slider and four-seamer. We’ve boosted Leake’s Drop rating.
Tommy La Stella
wRC+- or weighted Runs Created plus – is a metric that looks to quantify the most important part of a batter’s job: creating runs. The league average wrC+ is 100. A player with a 125 wRC+ would be 25% better than the league average player. With that in mind, let’s take a current look at the wRC+ leaderboard (min 130 PA):
|Tommy La Stella||169|
Not only is Tommy La Stella top 5 in wRC+, he’s 69% better than a league average player right now. We’ve boosted La Stella’s Contact and Power ratings.
|Blake Snell||Curve and Drop|
|Zack Wheeler||Fast, Curve and Drop|
|Kenta Maeda||Curve and Drop|
|Carlos Carrasco||Fast and Curve|
|Patrick Corbin||Curve and Drop|
|Yu Darvish||Curve and Drop|
|Zack Britton||Curve and Drop|
|Scott Barlow||Fast and Drop|
|Will Smith||Fast and Curve|
|Luke Jackson||Fast and Curve|
|Zach Eflin||Fast and Curve|
|Tommy La Stella||Contact and Power|
|Nolan Arenado||Contact and Arm|
|Josh Bell||Contact and Power|
|Adam Jones||Power and Contact|
|George Springer||Power and Contact|
|Eugenio Suarez||Speed, Contact, Fielding and Stealing|
|Gleyber Torres||Power and Fielding|
|Manny Machado||Contact and Fielding|
|Charlie Blackmon||Power and Contact|
|Jordan Luplow||Contact and Power|
|Aledmys Diaz||Contact and Power|