7/31/20 Roster Update
July 31, 2020
Baseball is back and so are the R.B.I. 20 roster updates! What a wild start it’s been the new season: Giancarlo Stanton hit one of the hardest HRs we’ve ever seen, Shane Bieber dominated in his first 2020 outing, Lorenzo Cain once again proved his baseball IQ and so much more.
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.
The Twins DH was the winner of our very first choose to boost poll of the ’20 season and for good reason. The 40-year old has been on an absolute tear to begin the season, slashing .381/.409/.952 with 3 HR (tied for 1st in the league) and 11 RBI (1st in MLB). Cruz is also at the top of the league when it comes to expected batting average and barrel rate. We’ve boosted his Power and Contact.
The Rangers ace was known for his four-seam fastball in the 2019 season and it looks like the 2020 campaign will be no different. In his first two starts of the year, Lynn is yet to give up an earned run over 12 IP. He has a whopping 38% strikeout rate and a minuscule 0.75 WHIP. He’s recorded a dozen strikeouts on his four-seamer which has just a .077 batting average against. We’ve boosted Lynn’s FB Movement and Quality and FC (cutter) Movement and Quality.
The Pittsburgh Pirates 3B is tearing the cover off of the ball to begin the 2020 campaign. Moran is near the top of the leaderboards in barrel rate, expected slugging, expected batting average and so more. He’s slashing .300/.364/.800 with 3 HR and a .500 ISO. We’ve boosted Moran’s Power and Contact.
Two-seamers that look like they’re going to nip a batter before coming right back over the plate, loopy curveballs, side-sweeping sliders, Sonny Gray has it all. In his first two starts of the 2020 campaign, Gray has an unbelievable 44% strikeout rate with just a 7% walk rate, a 0.71 ERA and a spotless 0.55 WHIP. The Reds ace doesn’t have a single pitch with a batting average against over .185. We’ve boosted Gray’s FT (two-seam) Quality and Movement, SL Quality and Movement and CB Movement.
When Didi Gregorious was a Yankee, one of the many things he was known for was peppering the short porch with HR. While Didi is now currently with the Philadelphia Phillies, he’s still mashing HR to right field. Didi isn’t just power though, as he’s hitting .364 and taking care of things on the defensive side of things. We’ve boosted Didi’s Contact, Power, Arm, Fielding and Speed ratings.
The Colorado Rockies ace is a magician: now you see his knuckle curve (KC) and now you don’t. Márquez has a 55% strikeout rate with his KC, striking out such vaunted hitters as Shin-Soo Choo, Joey Gallo and Marcus Semien. Through his first two starts, Márquez has 1.54 ERA with a 0.86 WHIP and a 30% strikeout rate. We’ve boosted his SL Quality and Movement, KC Quality and Movement and FB Quality.