June 9, 2014 posted by Chuck Anderson

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap: Singles in Seattle

2014 Fantasy Baseball Weekend Wrap:  Singles in Seattle
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Robinson Cano has a lower ISO than Dee Gordon or Jose Altuve.  SafeCo’s larger dimensions are not only to blame, his GB/FB ratio is up from 1.49 to 2.26.  His .328 batting average is the best at the position, but without power he is barely hanging on as a top ten fantasy second baseman.


Speaking of second basemen, Anthony Rendon and Brett Lawrie have the highest ISO marks among 2B-eligible players.


Minnesota’s park factor for home runs by left handed batters is 89 over the last three seasons.  That places in the bottom five in the league each year.  Consider Kendrys Morales a non-factor in mixed leagues.


Shelby Miller impressively shut out the Jays in Toronto.  He flashed his best fastball of the year, touching the high 90s.  Estimators place his ERA over 4.50 but better velocity could help him get back to last year’s form.


Jimmy Rollins has eight home runs, already eclipsing 2013’s six.  A career best walk rate is helping him to his best OBP since 2008.  It is also the first time since 2007 his popup rate is under 10%.  The improvement is real and he will earn his keep as a starter the rest of the season.


The Mets’ bullpen should be watched closely.  Jennry Mejia blew a save raising his ERA to 4.68.  In the same game Jeurys Famila pitched 2.1 scoreless, dropping his ERA to 2.59.


Tampa’s pen is in crisis mode too.  Grant Balfour melted down Sunday, his FIP and xFIP are over 5.00 and his BB/9 is 7.61.  He has the second lowest chase rate of all relief pitchers.  Handcuff Jake McGee wherever possible.


Kyle Seager’s ISO was in the .160s the last two years, it is currently .210.  He has a slightly higher HR/FB, but the biggest change in his batted ball mix is fewer popups.  The increase in power is coming with less speed, he is only 2-4 in steals so far.


Josh Hamilton has a 30% strikeout rate since coming off the Disabled List.  His .515 overall BABIP is covering up many faults.


Arizona’s Chase Anderson moved to 5-0 on Sunday.  A HR/FB of 18.5% is keping his FIP high at 4.54.  xFIP likes him better at 3.51.  We do not know his true talent level yet, but rostering a fly ball pitcher in the desert is quite a gamble.


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