Weekly Roster Update 8/31/18
August 31, 2018
Welcome to the 20th consecutive R.B.I Baseball 18 Roster Update! It’s been a crazy week so far – we’ve seen the Red Sox score 11 runs in an inning, Christian Yelich hit for the cycle and Adrian Beltre keep his once-a-year stolen base streak alive. Also, the wild card races are heating up! A slew of teams are still duking it out for the right to keep playing in October.
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As is the case for every Friday of the season, we’ve updated all rosters and given significants boosts to the prior weeks best performers. Let’s take a look at last week’s top players:
Kendrys Morales captured the attention of the baseball world this past week as he hit a homer in seven consecutive games. While Morales came just short of tying the record, that shouldn’t detract from the incredible second half he’s having. Post All-Star Break, Morales has a .281 / .371 / .545 slash line with 10 homers and 23 RBI’s. He’s seen his walk-rate increase and his strikeout rate decrease by almost 5% in the second half, as well. The change seems to derive from Morales’s success against fastballs: pre-break Morales was hitting .230 against four-seamers, post-break Morales is hitting .333. We’ve boosted Morales’s Contact and Power ratings.
There are a lot of impressive numbers Bregman is putting up in 2018. The 155 wRC+ is top five in baseball. His average is top three in the league amongst third baseman. His 25 home runs are 2nd in the league amongst third baseman as well. But, arguably his most impressive statistic so far? Alex Bregman has struck out only eight times in the month and his 7.3% K-rate leads the league by 3%. While the immense strides Bregman has made offensively are impressive, it’s Bregman’s progress defensively that are responsible for his WAR rising to career high levels at 6.3. We’ve boosted Bregman’s, Contact, Power, Fielding and Speed ratings.
The Pirates outfielder is having himself a week! He’s hit safely in five of his last six games with extra base hits aplenty. Most importantly, Polanco struck out at a mere 8% clip while walking 12% of the time. While Polanco has had a bit of inconsistency in 2018, he’s seen himself hit career highs in hard-contact and fly-ball rates. Polanco is also hitting a whopping .349 off of sinkers this year. We’ve boosted Polanco’s Contact and Power ratings.
Since joining the Braves rotation, Kevin Gausman has been virtually untouchable. The righty has now made 5 starts with the Braves and is yet to give up more than 3 ER or walk more than 2 batters in a single start. While his 1.69 ERA may seem lucky at first glance his sub 3 FIP seems to indicate that this is a real measure of Gausman’s skill. The Braves asked Gausman to focus on elevating his fastball, changing where he stands on the rubber and increasing his splitter usage. As a result, Gausman has seen his batting average against on his splitter go from .178 to an even more unhittable .143. We’ve boosted Gausman’s Max Stamina, Velocity and Drop ratings.
The Cubs rotation is full of All-Stars, but few have been better in the month of August than Kyle Hendricks. Over nearly 32 innings pitched, Hendricks has K’d 28 and walked just 4 for a very impressive 18.9 K-BB rate. While Hendricks’s sinker is just as good as ever – 4.7 pVAL with a 50% ground ball rate – it’s the changes Hendricks has made to his change-up that have led to a lot of his success. While Hendricks utilizes his sinker to bear low and away to right handed batters, he throws his change-up right at the feet of right handed batters, often inducing a swing-and-a-miss or very weak contact. We’ve boosted Hendricks’ Max Stamina, Velocity, Curve and Drop ratings.
David Hess has decreased his ERA in every start he’s made in the month of August thanks in large part to the sub 1 ERA he’s put up over his last two starts. Hess has utilized an arsenal of a four-seamer, slider, change-up and curveball to an 8.31 K/9 over those starts while just walking 2 batters. Of the four, Hess’s best offering may be his slider which gets a swing and a miss over 15% of the time it’s thrown, and has an impressive .213 batting average against and a 23% K-rate. While Hess struggled a bit with his four-seamer earlier in the year, the pitch has a .135 batting average against in the month of August. We’ve boosted Hess’s Curve and Drop ratings.
See below for all adjusted players:
Randall Grichuk: Boosted Contact and Power
Franmil Reyes: Boosted Contact and Power
Gleyber Torres: Boosted Contact, Power, Speed and Arm
Matt Chapman: Boosted Power, Contact and Fielding
Christian Yelich: Boosted Power and Contact
Luke Voit: Boosted Contact and Power
Ramon Laureano: Boosted Contact, Power, Arm, Fielding and Speed
Anthony Rizzo: Boosted Contact and Power
Jason Kipnis: Boosted Contact and Power
Lorenzo Cain: Boosted Boosted Contact, Power and Fielding
Mike Moustakas: Boosted Contact
Billy McKinney: Boosted Contact and Power
Trey Mancini: Boosted Contact and Power
Enrique Hernandez: Boosted Contact
Justin Turner: Boosted Contact and Power
Tyler White: Boosted Contact and Power
Mitch Haniger: Boosted Power
German Marquez: Boosted Curve, Drop and Speed Difference
CC Sabathia: Boosted Curve and Max Stamina
Jason Vargas: Boosted Curve and Drop
Justin Verlander: Boosted Drop and Speed Difference
Wade Miley: Boosted Velocity, Max Stamina and Speed Difference
Reynaldo Lopez: Boosted Drop
Jacob DeGrom: Boosted Velocity, Drop and Speed Difference
Carlos Carrasco: Boosted Drop and Max Stamina
Rich Hill: Boosted Curve and Drop
Lucas Giolito: Boosted Curve and Drop
Chris Stratton: Boosted Curve and Drop
Jake Odorizzi: Boosted Curve
Mike Clevinger: Boosted Drop
Joakim Soria: Boosted Drop
Jesse Chavez: Boosted Drop
Hector Neris: Boosted Curve and Drop
Jace Fry: Boosted Curve