Shane Greene’s sample size is getting larger. He has a 3.41 FIP and 3.32 xFIP in seven starts. He features the tantalizing combo of ground balls (55.6%) and strikeouts (8.10/9). Both his strikeout rate and walk rate are better with New York than in Triple-A. Given his humble pedigree patience was warranted, but he has proven enough to stream against weaker hitting teams.
For owners pulling their hair out over Gio Gonzlaez: his 5.17 August ERA is bad but the FIP and xFIP are under 3.00. A .419 BABIP against is really hurting him. His K/9 in the second half is almost 11.0. His overall strand rate has not been this low since 2009. He should get better.
Jedd Gyorko’s horrid first half will bury his season totals, but in the second half he is hitting .309/.373/.515.
David Ortiz needs one more start at 1B to gain Yahoo eligibility there for 2015. A mid-September series at Pittsburgh should see it happen. Incidentally, Big Papi won the race to 90 RBI with six on Saturday.
Victor Martinez already secured 1B and Adam Dunn will continue to slot at 1B or OF.
Carlos Carrasco was the pitching star Saturday night, tossing seven shutout innings at Baltimore. He features a 2.95 xFIP and 3.94 K/BB in 77 IP. His average fastball is up around 95 mph and he is maintaining the velocity when starting as well as relieving.
Taking out his lost 2012 season Brett Gardner’s ISO has increased from .110 to .143 to .173. He is showing more pull power, which serves him well in New Yankee Stadium.
Although Jay Bruce hit home run #13 Sunday his HR/FB distance is down from 293.46 to 283.50.
Neftali Feliz’ peripheral numbers (5.12 K/9, 4.94 FIP) are not those of a dominant reliever. His 2.45 ERA is nice, but he has more to prove before earning much faith.
Rafael Soriano’s xFIP is near 4.00 again, but even with Sunday’s meltdown his ERA is well underneath it. Overall, his skills are better than last year.
Robbie Grossman is sixth in walk rate (15.4%) among batters with 250 PA. The switch hitter is only .161/.273/.214 vs. LHP, he could be used better as a platoon bat.
Starlin Castro’s .147 ISO matches his 2012 mark, but his speed score is down from 6.6 to 2.8. The resurgence with the bat is nice, but steals have all but disappeared from his arsenal.