Weekly Roster Update 05/18/18
May 18, 2018
It’s Friday and you know what means: new rosters and new player tunings! On Friday’s throughout the 2018 season we’ll be putting out roster updates for R.B.I 18 that best reflect the current state of the game of baseball. Did Andrew Heaney tie a career high in K’s with 10? We’ll boost the movement on his Curveball. Did Jose Ramirez hit 3 HR in 4 games? We’ll be sure to boost his power. Let’s take a look at the improved players in our week-seven edition:
Mr. Smile has been smiling so much this past week his cheeks probably hurt. Our R.B.I. 18 cover athlete has been tearing the cover off the ball as he’s hit .500 in his last seven games with 3 homers and an astronomical 1.045 SLG. Lindor has now brought his batting average on the year up to .316, good enough for 18th best in all of baseball. We’ve boosted Lindor’s Contact, Power to all fields, Arm Strength and Arm Accuracy ratings.
With Herrera’s single against the Orioles on Wednesday, he extended his on-base streak to 42 games. That’s the 5th longest streak in franchise history and 7th longest streak in the Majors since 2014. In the past week, Odubel has hit .500 with a .647 OBP. His .430 OBP on the year is good enough for 4th best in the majors, only .001 point behind Manny Machado’s. Herrera isn’t just walking though, he’s also mashing taters as he’s currently got 6 on the year. We’ve boosted Herrera’s Contact and Power to all fields.
The Cubs backstop has been unstoppable this past week. Contreras put up a .500/.542/.1.273 slash line with 4 HRs, and 2 triples. Contreras now leads the league in triples by a catcher and is second in the league overall. While his hard contact is a little bit down from 2017 his K% is down 6% and his SLG and weighted on base average (wOBA) are up. We’ve boosted Contreras’ Contact and Power to all fields.
The only thing higher than Morton’s K/9 right now is the Astros win total. The 34 year-old is currently sporting an 11.47 K/9 and 32.3% K-rate which is good enough for 4th in the majors among qualified starters. Morton’s Curveball is virtually unhittable right now as batters are batting a meager .100 off of the pitch. He’s also flummoxing hitters with his cutter which is resulting in a swing-and-a-miss almost 25% of the time it’s thrown. We’ve boosted Morton’s Velocity, Curve, Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference.
The Braves aren’t in 1st place in the NL East just because of Freddie Freeman and Ozzie Albies, they’re pitching has also been stellar; notably Mike Foltynewicz. In his last two appearances, Folty has recorded 14 K’s and given up 0 ER. He now has a 2.87 ERA with a 10.91 K/9 thanks to his Slider which has a whopping 45% K-rate. We’ve boosted Foltynewicz’s Velocity, Curve, Drop, Stamina and Speed Difference.
Just because you’ve pitched in the Bigs for 13+ years doesn’t mean it’s too late to set a career high in K/9. Cole Hamels is currently striking out batters like never before with his near 10 K/9. He’s inducing more soft contact than less year and while he may be walking a few more batters than we’re used to seeing from him, he’s doing a fantastic job stranding them on base. We’ve boosted Cole’s Drop rating.
See below for more adjusted players:
Scooter Gennett: Boosted Contact, Power and Arm
Jean Segura: Boosted Contact, Arm, Fielding and Speed
Gregory Polanco: Boosted Contact
Josh Bell: Boosted Contact
John Hicks: Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding
Jon Jay: Boosted Contact
Trey Mancini: Boosted Contact and Power
Whit Merrifield: Boosted Contact, Power and Speed
Justin Bour: Boosted Contact and Power
Ryon Healy: Boosted Contact and Power
Kris Bryant: Boosted Contact
Travis Jankowski: Boosted Contact and Speed
Andrelton Simmons: Boosted Contact and Speed
C.J. Cron: Boosted Contact and Power
Jose Ramirez: Boosted Contact and Power
Ender Inciarte: Boosted Contact, Power and Speed
Brandon Crawford: Boosted Contact
Zack Greinke: Boosted Drop and Speed Difference
Carlos Carrasco: Boosted Velocity
Jordan Lyles: Boosted Velocity, Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference
Andrew Heaney: Boosted Velocity, Drop and Speed Difference
Clayton Richard: Boosted Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference
Kevin Gausman: Boosted Velocity, Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference
Jhoulys Chacin: Boosted Velocity, Stamina and Speed Difference
Walker Buehler: Boosted Drop
Sal Romano: Boosted Curve and Stamina
Dallas Keuchel: Boosted Drop
Mike Clevinger: Boosted Velocity, Curve and Stamina
Wade LeBlanc: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Nick Pivetta: Boosted Curve and Drop
Eric Skoglund: Boosted Velocity, Curve and Drop
Jake Odorizzi: Boosted Curve and Drop
Seth Lugo: Boosted Velocity, Drop and Speed Difference
Jack Flaherty: Boosted Velocity, Curve and Speed Difference