8-28-20 Roster Update
August 28, 2020
It was a week for the record books as we saw Lucas Giolito throw the 304th no-hitter in MLB history and just the 19th in Chicago White Sox franchise history. Giolito wasn’t the only one putting up impressive numbers, however, as Jose Abreu hit 4 HR in 4 AB and Jon Berti recorded 3 SB in a single inning!
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.
As if Giolito’s 13K, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB performance wasn’t impressive enough, the White Sox righty backed it up with unarguably the most dominant pitching performance of 2020. 28 batters. 0 hits. Giolito recorded a whopping 30 overall whiffs – a career high – along with 10 whiffs on his change-up alone – tied for a career high. He is yet to give up an ER in 20 IP of work. We’ve boosted Giolito’s CH Quality and Movement, FB Quality and Movement, and Stamina ratings.
After a slower start than usual from the 2019 MVP, Bellinger has looked more like his old self. This past week alone, Bellinger slashed .435/.519/1.043 with 4 HR and a near 15% walk rate. The most recent home run was a 395 foot blast with an impressive 102.6 exit velocity. We’ve boosted Bellinger’s Contact and Power ratings.
It’s tough to have a conversation about the most dominant fastballs in baseball and not talk about Brandon Woodruff. The Brewers righty features a heater that comes in – on average – at 96 mph and can touch triple digits. The pitch currently has an above league average 32% whiff rate along with a minuscule .205 batting average against. We’ve boosted Woodruff’s FB Quality and Movement, SL Quality and Movement and Drop ratings.
Few Cardinals hitters have been more patient than Paul Goldschmidt. In the past week alone, the Cardinals 1B has a 36% walk rate accompanied by a whopping .538 OBP. Thanks to Goldy’s ability to take a pitch, he’s recorded 6 R in the past week, as well. Goldschmidt is now slashing an impressive .333/.482/.508 on the year. We’ve boosted Goldschmidt’s Contact rating.
Pablo Lopez’s change-up isn’t just one of the best off speed pitches in baseball, it’s arguably one of the most dominant overall pitches overall. The pitch has a 23% swinging strike rate, is currently top five amongst change-ups, and has yet to give up a HR on the year despite being thrown over 100 times. The pitch is also made better by a new cutter that Lopez introduced just this year. We’ve boosted Lopez’s CH Quality and Movement, Drop, FB Quality and Command ratings.
Let’s take a look at the average leaders among qualified second basemen:
- Donovan Solano: .351
- Hanser Alberto: .311
- Ketel Marte: .310
- Jonathan Schoop: .300
Schoop has been one of the leagues best middle infielders this year thanks in part to a .300/.331/.518 slash line along with 7 HR and 17 R and RBI. As of now, Schoop is on track to finish with the highest batting average of his career. We’ve boosted Schoop’s Contact and Power ratings.
|Lucas Giolito||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt|
|Pablo Lopez||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt||Drop||FB Qlty||Command|
|Brandon Woodruff||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||SL Qlty||SL Mvnt||Drop|
|Dallas Keuchel||FC Mvnt||SL Mvnt||Drop||CH Mvnt|
|Max Fried||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty||CB Mvnt||CB Qlty||Curve|
|Logan Webb||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||CH Mvnt||SL Mvnt||Drop|
|Tyler Anderson||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt|
|Mike Fiers||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty||Curve||Drop|
|Trevor Cahill||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||CH Mvnt||CH Qlty||CB Qlty|
|Justin Dunn||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt||SL Mvnt|
|Jose Berrios||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty||CH Mvnt||Drop|
|Tyler Glasnow||CB Qlty||CB Mvnt||Stamina|
|Clayton Kershaw||FB Max||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||Drop|
|Masahiro Tanaka||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty|
|Walker Buehler||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||CB Qlty||CB Mvnt|
|Seth Lugo||Stamina||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty|
|Framber Valdez||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty||CB Mvnt||CB Qlty||Curve|
|Daniel Norris||Stamina||CH Mvnt||CH Qlty||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty|
|Liam Hendriks||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty|
|James Karinchak||CB Mvnt||CB Qlty||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||Curve|