Weekly Roster Update 6/15/18
June 19, 2018
Welcome to the R.B.I Baseball June 15th 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. We’ve also added new charts so you can see how your favorite players compare to others around the league. Let’s take a look at who we’ve added for our week-ten update:
After a shaky few games, Dylan Bundy is back to being the ace of the Baltimore Orioles staff, and a top 30 pitcher in baseball. Bundy currently has one of the best sliders in baseball. It’s generating a swing-and-a-miss 30% of the time that it’s thrown and batters are hitting a meager .122 against the pitch. Bundy used that pitch to perfection as he kept the Red Sox at bay this week. He went 7 IP with 0 ER, 3 H, 2 BB and 7 K. We’ve boosted Bundy’s Velocity, Curve, and Speed Difference.
Jon Lester is having a fantastic 2018 campaign. He’s currently 6th best in ERA with a 9.9% HR/FB ratio that is his lowest since 2015. In his last two starts against the Mets and the Pirates he’s gone 14 IP with 0 ER, 3 H and 12 K. Lester’s arsenal features five pitches – a fastball, cutter, curveball, changeup, and sinker. Of those five, three of them have a batting average against of under .200. We’ve boosted Lester’s Velocity, Curve, Stamina, and Speed Difference.
Trevor Bauer has been one of the best pitchers in baseball so far this year. He has a fantastic 2.69 ERA with peripherals like a 2.33 FIP (fielding independent pitching) that suggesthe more room for growth. Not only does Bauer have the highest WAR for pitchers on the Indians (higher than both Kluber and Carrasco’s), he has the 4th highest WAR in baseball for qualified pitchers. In his last 4 starts, he’s thrown 28.2 IP and 48 K’s. The last time Bauer threw a start where he didn’t record double-digit strikeouts was almost three weeks ago. We’ve boosted Bauer’s Velocity, Curve, Stamina and Speed Difference.
In the last week, Leonys Martin has been a five-tool player. You want steals? He got you four of them. You want dingers? He hit two. What about RBI’s? He’ll give you six, thank you very much. It isn’t all offense either, he’s shown great defensive prowess this past week and on the season. Martin had a very impressive .333 / .393 / .708 slash this past week so we’ve boosted his Contact, Power, Fielding, and Speed.
Delino DeShields has put up a lot of impressive numbers this past week. He’s got a 20% walk rate with a .384 OBP. He also hit .318 with 2 stolen bases giving him 12 total on the year. DeShields is completely mashing against lefties this year as he’s hitting .321 against southpaws. We’ve boosted DeShields’ Contact and Speed.
Randal Grichuk slashed .370 / .433 / .667 this past week with 2 homers and 6 RBI. This was a fantastic week for a player who has struggled so far to start the 2018 season. Since returning from the DL on June 1st, Grichuk has slashed .308 / .357 / .615 with an above average 36.7% hard-contact rate and a .308 ISO. We’ve boosted Grichuk’s Contact and Power.