Yordano Ventura’s GB/FB was 148/128 entering July. This month it is 13/30. His K/BB ratio is also down to 2.00. Owners should carefully monitor these trends.
Anthony Rizzo is lofting more pitches these days. By month his fly ball rates are: 32.4%, 35.2%, 44.4%, and 42.6%. Anything over 40% represents a career high and a sustainable power increase. He is also among the top ten in runs scored.
Brandon Belt is headed to the Concussion DL. He shot off to a fast start this year, but has missed most of the last two months. Expecting him to pick up where he left off may not be realistic.
Troy Tulowitzki insists his leg issue is “nothing serious”. He lost the benefit of the doubt long ago.
There was lots of impressive pitching Saturday, but most of the starts were made by hurlers unavailable in any league. Some that could be had:
-Brandon McCarthy: 6 IP, ER, 0 BB, 9 K. His cutter usage was down from 34.8% to 10.5% this year but the Yankees want him to use it more.
-Rubby De La Rosa: 7 IP, ER, 4 BB, 2 K. The walks were a bit of an aberration, he came into the game with a 5.5% BB%.
-Brett Anderson: 7 IP, ER, BB, 8 K. This was his first Quality Start in five tries, he is generally as healthy as Andrew Bynum.
-Marcus Stroman: 7 IP, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K. He owns a 4.00 K/BB and 3.47 xFIP.
Zach Putnam earned saves Friday and Saturday for the White Sox. He has a sub-8.00 K/9 and an ERA about a run below his xFIP, but he is the frontrunner for saves in one of the league’s worst bullpens.
Aaron Loup notched saves for Toronto on Saturday and Sunday. Normal closer Casey Janssen apparently caught food poisoning and was not up to the task. Loup’s 4.60 BB/9 is too high for a successful closer and Janssen has a strong enough track record that he will be in the lead chair again soon.
Super utility man Sean Rodriguez (OF, 1B, 2B) has only one DNP since July 4. He is hitting .345/.406/.690 for the month.
With his ninth home run Sunday Yasmani Grandal bumped his ISO to .175. That is just a shade below Jonathan Lucroy’s .179.
For those seeking a platoon advantage on a team level, here are some numbers to consider:
Top five teams (wRC+) vs. LHP: LA Angels, Detroit, Houston, Atlanta, Tampa Bay
Bottom five: San Diego, Seattle, Chicago White Sox, Arizona, Kansas City
Top five teams vs. RHP: Cleveland, Toronto, LA Dodgers, LA Angels, Detroit
Bottom five: San Diego, Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia, Texas, Houston