Weekly Roster Update 8/24/18
August 24, 2018
Welcome to a special Players Weekend Edition of the R.B.I Baseball Roster Update! For the second consecutive year, players will be wearing their nicknames on their backs. Between Friday and Sunday, there will be no Brad Boxberger, only “📦🍔”; no Ender Inciarte, only “Game Ender”, no Shane Bieber, only “Not Justin”.
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As is the case every Friday of the season, we’ve updated all 30 teams rosters and given significant boosts to this past week’s top performers. Let’s take a look at baseball’s best for the week of August 20th:
The Phillies ace has been absolutely dominant this year and this past week was no different. “Nado” shut down the division opponent Washington Nationals Thursday throwing 8 IP with 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB and 9 K’s. That performance brought Nola’s ERA on the year down to a minuscule 2.13, his WHIP down to 0.97 and his K/9 up to an even 9. While Nola may be getting slightly fewer K’s than in his 2017 campaign, he’s taken steps forward in virtually every other category proving that he can be an ace for quite some time. We’ve boosted Nola’s Curve and Drop ratings.
The Athletics have been arguably the best team in baseball in the 2nd half. While many players have contributed to the team’s rapid rise up the AL West standings, Mike “Kai” Fiers has played a big part in the team’s success. His second half ERA on the year is at 1.65 and he’s yet to give up more than 2 ER in a start since joining the Athletics. Fiers is sporting a career low 1.77 BB/9 with a 12% HR/FB that is his lowest since 2015. Batters are also hitting .221 against Fiers’ four-seamer, and .190 against his curveball. We’ve boosted Fiers’ Velocity, Drop and Curve ratings.
Luis Castillo is back and so is his velocity. Early on, “El Piedra” struggled to light up the radar gun the way he did in 2017, however, his last start against the Giants showed him hitting 97 with his four-seamer and 87 with his change-up. With that increased velocity, comes fantastic results. Castillo is now sporting a 2.70 2nd half ERA with a 9.90 K-rate and a sub 2 walk-rate. Castillo’s peripheral ERA indicators – 2.86 FIP, 3.14 SIERA – and stable .286 BABIP prove that this is no fluke either, “El Piedra” is here to stay. We’ve boosted Castillo’s Velocity, Drop and Speed Difference ratings.
Considering “Bogie” put up video game numbers this week, we figured it only fitting to give him a boost. The Red Sox shortstop slashed .367/.424/.800 with 8 extra base hits, 10 RBI and a sub 10% K-rate. The numbers are amazing but not too far a cry from what Bogaerts has been doing this entire season. His 19 HR’s on the year are 3 shy from a career high, he’s increased his barreled ball rate by a whopping 10%, his exit velo by 4 mph and his launch angle by over 3 degrees. Bogaerts is even making strides defensively as his Ultimate Zone Rating – or UZR; definition here – has gone from -0.7 to 4.4. We’ve boosted Bogaerts Contact, Power, Arm and Fielding ratings.
“Pico de Gallo” has always been known for his massive tate ability. The man hits home-runs as effortlessly as anyone in baseball. While this past week was no exception – he hit two more to raise his total on the season to 33 – it was actually what else Gallo did with the bat that is of note: he hit .381! This past week alone saw his batting average rise 9 points. All the while, he put up a .480 OBP and a .857 SLG. Partly as a result of Gallo’s hot bat, the Texas Rangers have seen a second half surge offensively. As of my writing this, the Rangers have the 2nd highest wRC+ in baseball post All-Star Break. We’ve boosted Gallo’s Contact and Power ratings.
The New York Mets have some of the finest pitchers in baseball in Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard, but Jeff McNeil is here to remind you that their bats can get hot, too. This past week, “JT” slashed .432/.447/.622 with 5 extra base hits and his first career stolen base to boot. Since being called up by the Mets, the second baseman is now slashing .330/.387/.485 with only a 10.2% K-rate and an 85% contact rate (the league average is 77.2% for reference). While McNeil’s BABIP may be slightly elevated, that is to be expected from a hitter making as much contact as he does. We’ve boosted McNeil’s Contact and Power ratings.
See below for all boosted players:
Paul Goldschmidt: Boosted Power and Contact
Kendrys Morales: Boosted Contact and Power
Khris Davis: Boosted Contact and Power
J.T. Riddle: Boosted Power, Contact, Arm and Fielding
Christian Yelich: Boosted Contact and Power
Whit Merrifield: Boosted Speed, Contact and Power
Nick Delmonico: Boosted Contact and Power
Giancarlo Stanton: Boosted Power, Contact and Speed
Jose Peraza: Boosted Speed, Fielding, Power and Contact
Lorenzo Cain: Boosted Speed, Contact and Power
Justin Turner: Boosted Contact and Power
Matt Chapman: Boosted Fielding and Arm
Salvador Perez: Boosted Fielding
David Fletcher: Boosted Fielding, Arm and Contact
Trevor Story: Boosted Speed, Fielding and Contact
Tim Anderson: Boosted Fielding, Speed and Arm
Alex Gordon: Boosted Speed
Mike Foltynewicz: Boosted Curve
Cole Hamels: Boosted Drop
David Price: Boosted Drop
Walker Buehler: Boosted Drop and Speed Difference
Trevor Cahill: Boosted Curve and Drop
Zack Wheeler: Boosted Curve and Stamina
Sean Newcomb: Boosted Drop
Noah Syndergaard: Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina
Jakob Junis: Boosted Drop
Jack Flaherty: Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina
Clay Buchholz: Boosted Drop and Stamina
Kyle Freeland: Boosted Curve and Speed Difference
Jose Alvarado: Boosted Curve, Drop and Stamina
Josh Hader: Boosted Curve
Raisel Iglesias: Boosted Drop and Curve
Ryan Yarbrough: Boosted Drop and Curve
Jeanmar Gomez: Boosted Velocity, Drop, Curve and Speed Difference