08-14-20 Roster Update
August 14, 2020
This past week featured some electric performers from some of the games biggest upcoming stars. Fernando Tatis Jr. mashed four homers bringing his 2020 total to eight, Byron Buxton went deep a whopping five times in seven days, while Dustin May threw what may be the most jaw-dropping heater of the year.
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 1 to 100.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
The Padres shortstop showcased why he’s one of the most exciting names in sports this past week. In the past week, Tatis Jr. hit .360 with an .840 SLG and 4 HR bringing his season total up to 8 HR; just one behind Aaron Judge. Tatis Jr. has also seen his walk rate jump up to 10.6% on the year, and has taken great strides defensively at arguably the toughest position on the field. We’ve boosted Tatis Jr.’s Contact, Power, Arm, Speed and Fielding ratings.
Dylan Bundy has begun his tenure with the Angels as arguably the best pitcher in baseball. Bundy’s 1.57 ERA is 8th best in MLB, his 2.16 FIP is 6th, his 30.2 K-BB% is 4th and his minuscule 0.63 WHIP is 3rd. The righty has dropped his four-seamer usage while increasing his slider usage and has begun throwing a lot more first pitch curveballs leading to a lot more 0-1 counts. We’ve boosted Bundy’s Curveball Quality and Movement, and Slider Quality and Movement.
At the beginning of the 2020 offseason, many were speculating if a player would hit .400 in the shortened season. Charlie Blackmon has recently left us asking if we were aiming too low! This past week alone, Blackmon slashed .472 / .506 / .681 with three HR. The Rockies outfielder’s average on the year is an incredible .472 while his 11.4 K% is the lowest of his career. We’ve boosted Blackmon’s Contact and Power ratings.
The 2020 season has seen manager Kevin Cash be patient with Blake Snell. Before his most recent start, the Rays ace was yet to throw over 50 pitches but, sadly for his opponents, that all changed this week. Snell went 5 IP with 6 Ks and 0 BBs thanks to a dominant mix of down and in heaters, curveballs in the dirt and change-ups low and away to right handed hitters. We’ve boosted Snell’s Command and Fastball Movement ratings.
Two of the biggest constants in life are taxes and Matt Chapman being an absolutely stellar third basemen. While the 2020 season hasn’t seen anything change in that regard, it has served to reinforce just how dominant of an offensive force he can be, too. Chapman slashed .379 / .419 / 1.000 this past week with 4 HR, 7 R and 11 RBI. We’ve boosted Chapman’s Contact, Power, Arm, and Fielding ratings.
It doesn’t matter what stadium Ryu is pitching in, he’s flat out dominant. The Blue Jays ace twirled a game this past week going 6 IP with 1 ER, 2 BB and 7 K against a scorching hot Marlins team. Ryu was able to dot the top of the zone with a mix of four-seam fastballs and cutters before dropping his notorious change-up low in the zone for strikes. We’ve boosted Ryu’s Drop, Stamina and Change-up Movement ratings.
|Fernando Tatis Jr||Contact||Power||Arm||Fielding||Speed|
|Dylan Bundy||CB Qlty||CB Mvnt||SL Qlty||SL Mvnt|
|Blake Snell||Command||FB Mvnt|
|Hyun-jin Ryu||Drop||Stamina||CH Mvnt|
|Zach Davies||FT Mvnt||FC Mvnt||CH Mvnt|
|Zack Greinke||SL Qlty||SL Mvnt||Drop||CH Mvnt|
|Freddy Peralta||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||Drop||Curve|
|Brad Keller||FB Qlty||SL Qlty||SL Mvnt||Drop|
|Frankie Montas||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||Drop|
|Aaron Nola||CB Qlty||CH Qlty||Curve||Drop||Stamina|
|Aaron Civale||FB Mvnt||FC Qlty||CB Mvnt||FC Mvnt||Drop|
|Dinelson Lamet||Drop||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt|
|Trevor Bauer||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||FC Qlty||Drop|
|Masahiro Tanaka||SL Qlty||FS Qlty||FS Mvnt|
|Tommy Milone||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||Curve||Drop||CH Mvnt|
|Daniel Bard||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty|
|Rafael Montero||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt|
|Travis Lakins||FC Qlty||FC Mvnt||Curve|
|Jonathan Hernandez||FB Mvnt||SL Mvnt||Drop|
|Josh Staumont||FB Mvnt||FB Max|
|Ryan Borucki||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty|