9-18-20 Roster Update
September 18, 2020
We’re less than two weeks from the beginning of the playoffs and things are starting to heat up. Luke Voit continues to mash as he keeps the Yankees hopes of taking the AL East alive – though Brandon Lowe and the Rays may have something to say about that – while Freedie Freeman keeps proving why he should be the 2020 NL MVP.
As is the case each week, we’ve also 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.
Without looking, who do you think leads the league in RBI in the month of September? You guessed right, it’s Freddie Freeman. Since September 1st, the Braves 1st baseman has knocked in 25 with 6 HR and an incredible .425/.527/.836 slash line. His 1.5 WAR this month also leads the league while his 2.9 WAR is tied with Fernando Tatis Jr for the entire season. That means that the NL MVP race could really come down to the wire. We’ve boosted Freeman’s Contact, Power and Speed ratings.
Hard to believe this is the first time we’ve written about the reigning AL Cy Young award winner who twirled another gem this past week. Cole recorded 8 or more Ks for the third consecutive start and has now just given up 2 ER over his last 20 IP. Known mostly for that four-seam, Cole’s curveball has been doing a lot of work recently. It’s one of two qualified pitches with a strikeout rate over 60%. We’ve boosted Cole’s FB Quality, and KC (Knuckle-curve) Quality and Movement ratings.
Brandon Lowe was a man possessed this past week, getting it done all over the field. Stolen Bases? Lowe had three of them. Home Runs? Lowe had three of those, too. While the Rays utility infielder could definitely be accused of being a free swinger, when he makes contact, the ball goes a long way. Lowe is currently in the 98th percentile in Barrel % and the 91st percentile in expected SLG. We’ve boosted Lowe’s Contact, Power, Arm, Fielding and Speed ratings.
This past weekend Alec Mills threw the 305th no-hitter in MLB history and the 11th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history. While the righty didn’t particularly blow away the box score in terms of how many whiffs he recorded, he did rack up 26 called strikes which was really impressive. While Mills primarily relied on his heaters for this start, his best pitch this season has been the change-up which has an above league average 18.6% swinging strike rate. We’ve boosted Mills’ Drop, FT Quality and Movement, and CB Quality and Movement ratings.
Mike Trout isn’t the only offensive weapon the Los Angeles Angels have. Since being recalled from the alternate site on August 28th, the Angels first basemen has slashed .396/.415/.958 with 7 HR, a 13% K rate and an astronomical 253 wRC+. The lefty is barreling the ball about 16% of the time with a 12.7% Barrels/PA rate which, if he qualified, would lead the league. We’ve boosted Walsh’s Contact and Power ratings.
Lance McCullers Jr.
When people think about Lance McCullers Jr., the first thing that often comes to mind is his fantastic knuckle curveball; and for good reason! McCullers leans on the pitch often because it gets him a fair amount of whiffs. However, recently, McCullers has been toying with a new cutter and while he hasn’t thrown the pitch too much, it has shown flashes of brilliance. We’ve given McCullers’ a cutter in this most recent update while also boosting his KC Quality and Movement as well as his FT Movement.
|Alec Mills||Drop||FT Qlty||FT Mvnt||CB Qlty||CB Mvnt|
|Gerrit Cole||FB Qlty||KC Qlty||KC Mvnt|
|Lance McCullers Jr||FC Qlty||FC Mvnt||KC Qlty||KC Mvnt||FT Mvnt|
|Luis Castillo||FT Mvnt||FT Qlty||CH Mvnt||CH Qlty|
|Brady Singer||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||Command|
|German Marquez||FT Mvnt||FT Qlty||Drop|
|Patrick Corbin||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt|
|Sean Manaea||CH Mvnt||CH Qlty||Command|
|Brandon Woodruff||FT Mvnt||FT Qlty||Drop|
|Mike Fiers||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||CH Mvnt||FT Mvnt||FT Qlty|
|Hyun Jin Ryu||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||Command||FC Mvnt|
|Antonio Senzatela||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt||SL Qlty||SL Mvnt||CB Mvnt|
|Jose Urquidy||Command||FB Mvnt||FB Qlty||SL Mvnt|
|Drew Smyly||Command||CB Mvnt||CB Qlty|
|Andrew Heaney||Command||SI Mvnt||SI Qlty|
|Raisel Iglesias||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||Drop||SL Mvnt|
|Mike Mayers||SL Mvnt||SL Qlty||Drop|
|Edwin Diaz||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||Command|
|Chris Martin||Command||FB Qlty||CH Qlty||CH Mvnt|
|Yimi Garcia||FB Qlty||FB Mvnt||SL Qlty||Command|
|ATL||De La Cruz, Jasseel|