Weekly Roster Updates
April 06, 2018
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:
#StartSpreadingTheNews! The Yankee shortstop has kicked off 2018 on :fire::fire::fire:, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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