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Fantasy Baseball Twitter Trends: Arroyo, Rizzo, Ruiz, and Chapman

 

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Bloomberg Sports Anchor Rob Shaw discusses the performances of four players who were trending on Twitter Tuesday night.

 

Bronson Arroyo, SP, Reds

Arroyo brought a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Brewers Tuesday night, but left with a no decision. He gave up three hits, one walk and three earned runs in 7.2 innings pitched. He is now 3-5 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.25 WHIP this season. The biggest surprise from Arroyo this season is his strikeouts. He has 60 strikeouts this year compared to just 14 walks.

 

Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs

Rizzo made his debut with the Cubs Tuesday night against the Mets. He went 2-4 with one RBI and one double. In 70 games at AAA in Iowa this year, he had a .342 batting average, 23 home runs and 62 RBI. Rizzo was brought up to play first base, which moves Bryan LaHair to the outfield.

 

Carlos Ruiz, C, Phillies

Ruiz is having an incredible season. He went 3-4 Tuesday night with one home run, two runs and two RBI. He now has a career-high 10 home runs this season, as well as a .361 average and 41 RBI.  Overall, Ruiz is providing much-needed offensive production to the Phillies lineup.

 

Aroldis Chapman, RP, Reds

Chapman bounced back from back-to-back blown saves Tuesday night. He had three strikeouts and one walk in one inning pitched to pick up his ninth save of the season. His numbers this year are still outstanding, especially his 64/12 K/BB ratio.

 

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Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Kyle Drabek, Brandon Beachy, Evan Longoria, and Chris Carpenter

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Bloomberg Sports Anchor Rob Shaw discusses four players dealing with injuries that may affect your fantasy team. Shaw brings in Dr. Oz to provide some insight on these injuries.

Kyle Drabek, SP, Blue Jays

After a hot start, Drabek cooled off considerably in his last eight starts, going 2-5 with a 6.31 ERA. During a start against the Washington Nationals last week, he suffered a torn UCL, forcing him to undergo Tommy John surgery.

Drabek will go under the knife this week with hopes of returning next season in July.  This is his second Tommy John surgery. Brett Cecil and Carlos Villanueva have been thrown into the Blue Jays starting rotation due to the loss of Drabek, Brandon Morrow and Drew Hutchinson to injury.

Brandon Beachy, SP, Braves

Though Beachy is just 5-5 this season, he has been dominant with a 2.00 ERA and .171 average against. His first major league season will be cut short, however, as he has suffered a partial tear of the UCL and could need Tommy John surgery.

Evan Longoria, 3B, Rays

Evan Longoria’s comeback from a partially torn hamstring has been put on hold as he dealt with some pain Monday night in a rehab game. This is an ugly, nagging injury.  We saw it with Jose Reyes for many years with the Mets.  Longoria’s fantasy value is in question this season as his return date remains uncertain.

Chris Carpenter, SP, Cardinals

After a heck of a workload last season that included heroics in the World Series, Chris Carpenter may be nearing a return from his shoulder soreness.  The Cardinals veteran resorted to rest and physical therapy to get his arm back in motion and now he could be a week or two from returning to the mound.  Everything has been positive so far in his recovery and the fantasy implications are huge.

Shaw also responds to comments from Twitter about some trending players.

Mark Trumbo, OF, Angels

Trumbo hit his 16th home run of the season Monday against Matt Cain in the 2nd inning. He is hitting .319 with four steals and 42 RBI.

Wade Miley, SP, Diamondbacks  

C.C. Sabathia was a no-brainer to pick up and I liked Dickey early for his ERA, WHIP and more than 10 expected wins. Miley, however, may be the biggest surprise of the season. The southpaw is 8-3 with a 2.30 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.

Ike Davis, 1B, Mets

Davis hit his first career grand slam Monday and now has seven home runs and 32 RBI. He’s riding a nine-game hit streak that has raised his average by 38 points, from .158 to .196.

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Fantasy Baseball Trends: Cain, Beltran, Lynn, Plouffe, and Dickey

 

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Bloomberg Sports Anchor Rob Shaw discusses five players who are making an impact in fantasy baseball.

 

Matt Cain, SP, Giants

Coming into the season, it was already clear that Matt Cain was the best starting pitcher in baseball to never reach 15 wins in a season.  He averaged 13 wins over the last three seasons despite having an ERA less than three over that period.  This year it looks like Cain is finally going to get the overdue respect he’s earned. 

Whether it’s because of Tim Lincecum’s struggles, the 8-2 record, or the absurd 0.85 WHIP, Cain has shined bright this season and has become the clear ace for the Giants.  Wednesday night was simply a celebration of that as he was not only perfect, but the accompanying 14 strikeouts tells you that he struck out the majority of the batters he faced.  Best of all, his past tells us that Cain usually gets better in the second half of the season. 

 

Carlos Beltran, OF, Cardinals

Year after year we see veteran players find their second winds in St. Louis.  Well, you can add Carlos Beltran to the list that already includes such names as Larry Walker, Will Clark, Jim Edmonds, and more recently Lance Berkman.  Beltran offered three hits on Wednesday including a solo shot, which would end up being the only run of the game.

His average is now at .298, which is not the biggest surprise, but the shock comes with the 19 home runs.  The 35-year-old is on pace for a career high in home runs, perhaps up to 45.  However, his pace is probably not sustainable because of the biggest threat of all: injuries. 

 

Lance Lynn, SP, Cardinals

Not many people have heard of Lance Lynn, but he is the lone reason that the Cardinals are competing despite the slow start from Adam Wainwright, who is rebounding from a missed season, plus the loss of Chris Carpenter due to an injury of his own.  Lynn is a former first-round pick who showed some life in the bullpen a season ago, but no one predicted his performance this season.  He is now 10-2 with a 2.42 ERA and has 23 strikeouts over the last two starts.  Will he keep it up? The odds are against him.  He is approaching 82 innings of work, which is a big boost from a season in which his innings were limited. 

 

Trevor Plouffe, OF, Twins

In his first two seasons, Trevor Plouffe was a disappointment with the Twins, but now he’s one of the hottest sluggers in baseball.  Plouffe blasted his 11th home run on Wednesday, which was his sixth over the last 10 games.  His average remains low, less than .240, but his power has more than made up for that. So is it sustainble? Probably not. We have never seen this type of power in the minor leagues and there isn’t really much else that he offers to fantasy managers. 

 

R.A. Dickey, SP, Mets

The Mets have protested the official scoring of Dickey’s start on Wednesday night against the Rays with hopes that the one hit he surrendered will be called an error on David Wright. While it was Johan Santana who picked up the no-no a little while ago, the ace on this team is very much R.A. Dickey.  Not only is he incredibly durable, which is often the case for knuckleballers, but he is also changing speeds from the 50s to the 80s and throwing strikes with his knuckleball, which is very rarely seen. 

The big story this season is that Dickey has recently turned into a strikeout artist, and he did so again on Wednesday with 12 K’s.  He is now 10-1 with a 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP, and is looking like Roy Halladay at his best with the numbers that he’s posting.  So is he really this good? Yes, he is very good and I do think he may be a top-five pitcher for the remainder of the season.  His ERA has always been splendid with the Mets, as in sub-3, and now with the run support, he’s getting the much deserved wins.  The only question is whether he will keep racking up the K’s, and so far, so good!

 

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Fantasy Baseball: @BloombergSports Twitter Talk

 

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Bloomberg Sports Anchor Rob Shaw answers questions from Twitter about managing fantasy baseball roster changes:

 

Question: I need to free up a roster spot. Should I drop Colby Lewis or Mat Latos? Who has better potential of bouncing back?

Answer: Colby Lewis doesn’t really need to bounce back. He is 4-4 with a 3.50 ERA and 1.13 WHIP, which so far is beating expectations. He will give you a solid WHIP, comparatively high ERA due to the ballpark, and more than 12 wins for the Rangers. His weakness is that he gives up a lot of bombs. He has already allowed 14 home runs this season, including five in one game. 

On the other hand, Reds hurler Mat Latoshas struggled a bit despite a 4-2 record.  His 4.91 ERA and 1.40 WHIP suggest it’s been a tough transition to Cincinnati. Like Lewis, he has given up a ton of home runs — 12 so far this year. Each year, Latos’ walks and hits have gone up, but he now has to pitch in the hitter-friendly Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati rather than in the pitcher haven Petco Park. 

Ultimately, Colby Lewis is the safe bet since he does not allow many runners on base and has an incredible offense behind him, but Latos has greater potential because of his youth and past numbers. I’d try to trade Latos and keep Lewis. 

 

Question: I really need a new backup catcher on my fantasy teams. Suzuki is struggling and Mauer is day-to-day right now. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario has been an excellent pickup. He hit his ninth home run Monday night and now has three in his last seven games with nine RBI during that stretch.  If he’s still available, he’s the hitter to target.  If he’s already been taken, Chris Iannetta will return soon for the Angels and is another good option.  He offers a low average but solid on-base percentage and power.  Finally, for the Nationals, Jesus Flores has some pop and also hits for the highest average of the bunch.  

 

Question: Is it worth keeping Bryan LaHair in my outfield anymore? Dexter Fowler is available.  

Answer: I would rather have Dexter Fowler than Bryan LaHair.  However, dropping LaHair would be a mistake.  Look to package the Cubs .300 power hitter for your roster’s weakness.  Fowler is the complete package in mind, with more power than the speed you expect from him.  LaHair is a fine hitter, but not nearly as well-rounded a fantasy performer. 

 

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