Weekly Roster Updates

April 06, 2018

Weekly Roster Updates

Welcome to the first Weekly Roster Update blog post! On Friday’s 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. Let’s start off by looking at six week-one players who really made an impact:

Didi Gregorius

#StartSpreadingTheNews! The Yankee shortstop has kicked off 2018 on 🔥🔥🔥, hitting .391, with 9 RBI and 7 runs. The rain wasn’t able to cool off Didi’s monstrous Yankees home opener either as he hit two homers, recording 8 RBI and 3 runs. As a result of his hot start, we’ve boosted Didi’s Power and Contact ratings.


Justin Smoak

Hear that? That’s our Canadian cover athlete silencing the critics who thought last year’s power was a fluke. The AL Player of the Week hit two home runs against the Yankees this past week including a go-ahead grand slam against David Robertson. We made sure to reward the slugging first baseman with a nice boost in his Power rating.


Adam Eaton

The lead-off hitter for the Washington Nationals simply cannot be stopped. In the first week of the season, he’s hit .455 with 10 runs. Eaton isn’t all offense either. Check out the highlight below of what could be the catch of the year against Ozzie Albies. We’ve rewarded the NL Player of the Week by boosting his Contact, Power, Arm and Fielding ratings.

Patrick Corbin

The Diamondbacks southpaw has absolutely dominated in his first two 2018 starts, striking out a whopping 20 over 13 IP for an 13.84 K/9 and 1.38 ERA. Even more impressive is both starts came against NL West opponents: the Dodgers and Rockies. How’d he do it? With a filthy slider that generated 17 swings and misses. See the pitch for yourself as we’ve boosted Corbin’s Velocity and Curve ratings.

Jose Berrios

The Twins starter kicked off the season with his first career complete game shutout,  blanking the Baltimore Orioles 7-0. Berrios gave up just 3 hits, and used his curveball perfectly to record 6 K’s. In honor of the Uncle Charlie, we’ve boosted Berrios’ Curve rating as well as his Velocity.

David Price

After an injury-plagued 2017, Price was looking to dominate in his first two 2018 starts and he did just that. He’s used his two seam fastball and knuckle curve effectively in the new season, going 14 IP, with 10 K’s and a perfect 0.00 ERA. We’ve boosted his Curve rating as well as his Max Stamina accordingly.

 

See below for 40 other players we’ve adjusted.

Batters:

Shohei Ohtani – Boosted Power and Contact

Joe Panik – Boosted Power and Contact

Mitch Haniger – Boosted Power and Contact

Jose Martinez – Boosted Contact and Fielding

Scott Kingery – Boosted Contact, Speed and Fielding

Matt Davidson – Boosted Power

Matt Chapman – Boosted Contact and Fielding

Zack Cozart – Boosted Arm, Speed, with a slight boost in Power

Yasmani Grandal – Slight boost in Power and Contact

Paul DeJong – Boosted Contact and a slight boost in Power

Robinson Cano – Given elite Contact

Freddie Freeman – Given elite Contact and an uptick in Power

Rhys Hoskins – Boosted Contact

Preston Tucker – Boosted Contact and Power

Dee Gordon – Given elite Contact, with boosts to Power, and Arm

Christian Yelich – Boosted Contact and Power

Andrelton Simmons – Slight boost in Contact

Lorenzo Cain – Slight boost in Contact

Xander Bogaerts – Boosted Arm and Contact

Jean Segura – Slight boost to Contact and Fielding

Elvis Andrus – Slight boost in Contact and Fielding

Pitchers:

Shohei Ohtani – Boosted Curve and Drop

Jakob Junis – Boosted Curve rating due to slider k-rate

Tyler Mahle – Boosted Velocity and Curve rating

Kyle Gibson – Boosted Drop due to high slider and sinker usage

Dillon Peters – Boosted Max Stamina and Curve

Trevor Williams – Boosted Speed Diff and Max Stamina

Dylan Bundy – Slight boost in Velocity

Johnny Cueto – Slight boost in Speed Diff and Curve due to slider usage

Sean Manaea – Boosted Drop

Michael Fulmer – Boosted Speed Diff and Drop due to sinker usage

Tanner Roark – Slight boost to Velocity and Curve

Zack Godley – Slight boost to Velocity

Brian Johnson – Boosted Curve

Gio Gonzalez – Boosted Drop due to sinker usage

Ian Kennedy – Slight boost to Max Stamina and Drop

Masahiro Tanaka – Boosted Drop due to splitter usage

Matt Boyd – Boosted Max Stamina and Curve due to slider usage

Tyler Chatwood – Slight boost in Velocity and Drop

Homer Bailey – Boosted Speed Diff and Drop due to sinker usage

Reynaldo Lopez – Boosted Velocity

Tyler Skaggs – Boosted Curve

 

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