08-07-20 Roster Update
August 07, 2020
Christian Yelich hit an inside the park home run, Nick Markakis walked off the Blue Jays in his return to baseball, Dylan Bundy threw a complete game and so much more! This week’s R.B.I. 20 roster update has you covered as we’ve given significant boosts to this past week’s top performers and changed the lineups to best reflect the ones being put on the field each day by MLB clubs.
Our exciting new “modern pitching” feature means that pitchers are getting twice the boosts! Not only will we be changing a pitcher’s Fast, Curve, Drop, Stamina, and Speed Difference ratings, we’ll also be boosting the stats for their individual pitches as well, including Pitch Quality. This is a new metric based on pitch value (or pVAL) that gives you an idea as to how good a particular pitchers pitch is overall on a scale from -25 to 25.
Luis Robert is off to an absolutely electric start to the 2020 season. The White Sox rookie is slashing .333/.393/.510 over 56 PA with 2 HR. Robert isn’t just pop and contact however, the CF is currently in the 100th percentile in Sprint Speed and is tied for 2nd in the Major Leagues with 4 SB. It’s tough to find a weakness in Robert’s game as he’s getting it done offensively and defensively, too. The rookie is in the 80th percentile higher in both outs above average and outfielder jump. We’ve boosted Robert’s Contact, Power, Arm, Fielding and Speed.
The Mets ace hasn’t missed a step between the 2019 season and now. DeGrom’s 35.5 K% and 1.69 FIP are both top 10 in MLB, his curveball has yet to allow a hit, and his fastball has a .063 batting average against. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, deGrom has showed increased velocity on virtually of his pitches; his slider is a whopping 93 mph on average. We’ve boosted deGrom’s Slider Quality, Fastball Movement and Drop rating.
The leadoff man for the San Fransisco Giants has been a man possessed this past week. Yastrzemski – grandson of Red Sox great Carl Yastrzemski – slashed .276/.447/.724 with 3 HR and a whopping 24 BB%; that’s a lot of free passes! The center fielder is getting it done on the basepaths, too, as he’s currently in the 86th percentile in sprint seed. We’ve boosted Yastrzemski’s Power, Arm, Fielding and Speed ratings.
In his first three starts of the year, Max Fried has been virtually unhittable. The 26-year old southpaw has a 0.79 WHIP over 17.2 IP with a 2.04 ERA. Fried has a five pitch arsenal: four-seam, slider, curve, sinker and change-up. Of those five pitches, only ONE has a batting average against above .200 while two, his sinker and his change-up, have yet to allow a single hit. We’ve boosted Fried’s Fastball Quality, Fastball Movement and Stamina ratings.
While Trent Grisham hasn’t been a San Diego Padre for long – he was recently acquired by the Padres in a trade with the Brewers – he’s already made a name for himself. The outfielder has settled into the 2nd spot in the lineup, sandwiched between Fernando Tatis Jr and Manny Machado, and has really taken advantage of it. Grisham has 11 Runs and 7 RBI and slashed .290/.405/.710 this past week. We’ve boosted Grisham’s Contact, Power, Arm, Fielding, and Speed ranking.
While the Royals were able to get to Tyler Chatwood a bit on Thursday night, the Chicago Cubs starter is still having a fantastic 2020 season. The righty has increased his cutter usage by almost 20% and the early returns have been fantastic. Chatwood is in the 94th percentile in K% and the 90th percentile in Whiff%. We’ve boosted Chatwood’s Cutter Quality, Cutter Movement, Two-Seam Quality, Two-Seam Movement and Curve ratings.