Weekly Roster Update: All-Star Edition
July 13, 2018
Think you have what it takes to take the Derby crown and beat the best-of-the-best in this week’s roster update? That’s right: the July 13th roster update is a special All-Star edition! Both the All-Star rosters and Home Run Derby contestants have been added to R.B.I. 18. We’ve given significant boosts to all of the players you’ve helped vote into the All-Star Game and to the eight Home Run Derby contestants competing for the crown this upcoming Monday night. Also, this is your last chance to enter our competition for a chance to win a custom R.B.I. 18 All-Star Game Xbox One S! http://www.rbigame.com/american-league-and-national-league-xbox-one-s-sweepstakes/.
On Tuesday night, Max Scherzer will make his 6th consecutive All-Star appearance and for good reason. Scherzer’s K/9 has gone up every year since 2013 and this year is shaping up to be no different. The last time he recorded a season with fewer than 200 strikeouts was in 2011. He isn’t just about the K’s though. In the first half of the year, he’s put up a 2.33 ERA with a sub-1 HR/9. His 2.60 FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) is also the lowest of his career. If Scherzer can keep this trajectory up, he could end 2018 with some pretty impressive hardware in his cabinet.
All-Star. MLB ERA leader. Jacob DeGrom. The Mets southpaw is having a stellar 2018 campaign. He currently leads the league in WAR for pitchers, his BB/9 is at its lowest rate in years, his K/9 is at its highest rate in years and he’s giving up 0.51 HR/9 (third best in baseball). At this moment, there truly isn’t a poor pitch in Jacob DeGrom’s arsenal. His fastball has a 10.6 pVAL. His change-up has limited hitters to a .143 average. His slider has a 36% K-rate. His sinker has a 57% ground ball rate. His curveball has a 14% whiff rate. Put all that together and what do you get? Pure DeGromination.
The 24-year old is bringing his talents to the All-Star Game for the 2nd consecutive year. There’s a lot to be impressed with when it comes to Severino but the fact that he can be so utterly dominant with just a three pitch arsenal may take the cake. His ability to change speeds from 100 mph with his fastball to as low as 80 mph with his change-up makes him virtually un-hittable. Let’s also not forget his slider which is one of the best in baseball right now. The All-Star game may feature the worlds best hitters, but they’re in for a challenge when Severino takes the bump.
Harper has always been a guy who can hit the ball a long way and this year is no exception. The 6-time All-Star, 2015 MVP and 2012 Rookie of the Year is currently 3rd in the NL with 22 HR. Harper is also on pace to hit more homers than he did in 2017 and 2016. Bryce is generating more hard contact at 41% than he has in his entire career. He’s also got a top 15 barrel rate at 13.9%. This is all to say that when Bryce Harper hits a baseball, he hits it extremely hard and extremely far. Harper already has plenty of trophies at home, but the one he’s missing is the one he’ll try to win on Monday night: Home Run Derby Champion.
A .350 average that leads all of baseball. A .675 SLG that leads all of baseball. A .439 OBP that is 2nd in all of baseball. Mookie Betts brings new meaning to the term All-Star. There isn’t a single offensive metric you can find in which Betts is lacking. He walks more than he strikes out – something almost unheard of in today’s game. He’s on pace for his 4th consecutive 20+ stolen base season. Let’s not forget that Betts is also a two time Golden Glove winner as well. There’s good reason why Betts is leading all of baseball with a 197 wRC+ and if he keeps this up, the 2018 MVP race is going to be one for the ages.
What’s more impressive: that Jose Ramirez has made back-to-back All Star games or that he’s putting up an even better season than he did in 2017? Virtually every hitting category has been improved upon last year’s campaign. His walk rate has shot up 5.5% and is now at an impressive 13.4%. His OBP has gone from .374 to .392. His SLG has gone from .583 to .609. He hit 29 home runs total last year and is at 28 before the All-Star break! He isn’t just offense either: Ramirez is currently a top-three defensive 3rd baseman in baseball. Whether he’s up to bat or guarding the hot corner, Jose Ramirez is a must-watch ballplayer.
All offensive All-Stars have received a boost to their Power and Contact ratings while pitchers have received a boost to their Curve and Drop ratings. Also, all 8 Home Run Derby contestants have received a boost in their Power ratings.
NOTE: There will be no roster update next week. The roster updates will return on Friday, July 27th.