Welcome to September. In four short weeks, the MLB regular season will be over. The majority of teams have just nine series left. For some, nine lives left to lock up that playoff spot. More importantly, in seven days, my kids (and wife) return to school, and the magic that is a silent house returns. While this final list will cover the rest of season rankings, I want to take a look at some of the biggest movers from the beginning of the season. We’ll talk about the breakouts and the busts and see what went right (or wrong). Without further ado, let’s take a look at the list:Please, blog, may I have some more?
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When I was asked to take over these rest of season rankings columns, I accepted and really didn’t think it would be all that tough of an assignment. But looking back, this was a tough job. Trying to keep in mind a long-term outlook and not just focus on what a player did over the last week was pretty tough and truth be told, I missed a decent amount. For example, I bet I could 25 shots at naming the player that rated 17th among third basemen for the year and you’d never pull the name “Josh Harrison” from your butt. The dude has seven homers and seven steals with just 84 combined runs and RBIs and yet those numbers are good enough to be among the top 25 third basemen. That’s wild. Or how about that despite Isiah Kiner-Falefa stealing just one base since July 1st, he’s still ranked as the 13th best third baseman for the year. With the knowledge that we have now, the proof is in the pudding that riding the hot hand and being willing to play fringy players over struggling big names is a viable strategy. It’s certainly one that I’m going to be more open to in my daily leagues heading into next year. Let’s take a look at this week’s list and we’ll talk about some movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Welcome to August! Four months down, two to go. Earlier in the season, I was all about having patience for your struggling sluggers. Now that we’re down to just eight weeks of baseball, I’m more likely to ride the hot hand and opportunity is everything. There were some big names moved at the trade deadline including Kris Bryant and Eduardo Escobar. For the most part, nothing changes for those players, but there is now an opportunity that opens (or closes) with their move. In Chicago, Patrick Wisdom has become the Cubs’ everyday clean-up hitter, causing his value to spike. However, in Milwaukee, Luis Urias went from having regular plate appearances to being the odd man out in a crowded infield. One door closes, another one opens. Let’s take a look at the list and then we’ll get into our movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
The hot corner has been a nightmare this year and not just because of injuries. Third base is a corral of struggling horses led by Matt Chapman and Yoan Moncada. However, the Dodger duo of Max Muncy and Justin Turner have been killing it. Muncy missed two weeks in June with an oblique injury and to me, that’s an injury that could’ve tanked his approach at the plate. But since his return on June 22nd, Muncy’s been nothing short of greatness – .300/8 HRs/25 RBIs and a walk rate (15.8%) way higher than his strikeout rate (9.5%). Turner has been, well, exactly what he’s been the last couple of years – consistent. Batting over .300 with power to boot in the middle of a Dodgers lineup is a recipe for success for the 36-year old Turner. Coming into the year, I had some doubts about Turner, mostly because of his age. He’s certainly exceeded the expectations and I expect he and Muncy to continue to carry the Dodgers down the stretch. Let’s take a look at the list and then we’ll get into some of these scrubs….I mean players:Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “The cream always rises to the top.” What happens when there’s no cream? In doing these lists, one of the major parts is taking a look at the injuries from the last two weeks. Once I look into how serious the injuries are, I slide players up or down depending on how long they’re expected to miss. Third base has been pretty rough this year and this week is no different. Anthony Rendon hit the IL, while Josh Donaldson remains forever DTD and there were a handful of others that were DTD over the weekend, but returned to the lineup – Jose Ramirez, Eduardo Escobar, and Yoan Moncada. Will teams be smart and just let them stay out through the break and return healthy? Or will they try and play through the injuries? Neither is good for these rankings, but things got further complicated by struggling hitters – Kiner-Falefa, Riley, McMahon. I ended up leaving Alex Bregman relatively high, even though he’s going to be out until late July. If you’re dealing with injuries or struggling players, you can look for relief with the likes of Wilmer Flores and Starlin Castro. Just ride those hot streaks until they dry out completely. Let’s check out the list and then we’ll talk about some of the movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
One of the first articles that I wrote when I began my writing “career” was in 2019 about my love for Eugenio Suarez. That year he did not let me down, mashing 49 taters and batting .271. Yes, there was the “please don’t look over here” 28% strikeout rate, but my man mashed. In the shortened 2020 season, he continued to mash, but his .202 batting average reflected his 29% strikeout rate. Anyone who has Suarez on their team knows the struggle that we’ve gone through this year – sub .200 batting average, albeit with power. He’s currently on pace for 34 homers and 100 RBIs and yet, he doesn’t feel close to a turnaround in the average department. Since the 2019 season, Suarez has been selling out for power. Swinging out of his shoes trying to hit a home run on every swing. While that’s fun in theory, the reality is it’s not a path that leads to consistency. I’ve finally dropped Suarez down this list as I’m probably one of the last people that thought a turnaround would come. Despite the struggles, I had a tough time sliding him down significantly, because frankly, I’d still rather have his upside over guys like Kyle Seager. Let’s take a look at the list and then we’ll talk about some movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Happy Wednesday! I’ll be honest with ya, I’m struggling to write an opener for this article. I’ve been struggling with a lot of things lately. Maybe we’ll call it a mid-life crisis, but at 38-years old, I still don’t feel like an adult. Don’t get me wrong, I’m as adult as you can get – mortgage, bills, a career that I’ve been at for 16 years, kids, coaching those kids – but I just feel like I’m faking it. Yes, I will pay my mortgage on time, but I’d much rather hit the slip n slide that my kids are on (I do). Sure, I’ll work from home, but you better believe I’m playing Warzone on my lunch break. It’s a strange time in my life and I guess the same applies to fantasy. We’re not even halfway through the season and I’m already spent. I’ve placed 169 players on my IL while trying to find replacements for them and it’s been tough. Every time I grab a hot Evan Longoria, he gets hurt. My “Man of the Moment” is Jonathan India, who slid into the back of this list, but boy are my options dwindling. Let’s get to the list and then we’ll talk about some movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re almost two months into the regular season and I feel like all of my teams have run the Gauntlet from American Gladiators. Every time I think I’ve got a leg up on the competition, Nitro smashes me in the face with a jousting staff. This week we saw Manny Machado and Cavan Biggio miss time, along with DJ LeMahieu hitting the paternity list for a couple of days. Mike Moustakas continues to flip flop between healthy and not healthy and the rest of the third base pool is in a deep, deep slump. Let’s get to the list and we’ll talk about some of the movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Hi, my name is Richardo and I’m an alco…..sorry, wrong meeting….I handle the rest of season first base and third base rankings here at Razzball. Last week, in my first base article, I talked a little bit about getting out of a funk. I had been thinking too much of “what have you done for me lately”, which in baseball is a dangerous thing. It’s one thing to focus on the skills that a player is flashing like good or bad plate discipline, but it’s another to take a 45 plate appearance sample size from Joey Wendle and put stock in it for the rest of the season. So, this, like the first base article, represents a return to basics. I’m trying to take a long-term approach to these lists. Let’s take a look at this week’s list and then we’ll dive in.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re close to a month into the season and I don’t think I’ve panicked too much with these rankings. One trend I recently noticed was how many veterans are filling up the stat sheet. Guys like Justin Turner, Josh Donaldson, and Kris Bryant are turning back the clocks to their prime, while shiny new toys like Cavan Biggio and Alec Bohm have struggled out of the gate. There’s no real analysis there, it’s just a quick observation. On the injury front we had Jean Segura head to the IL with a quad strain, and my former bae, Ke’Bryan Hayes reaggravated his wrist injury. Sadly, both fell off of this list. I’m very concerned about Hayes for this year. Even after returning to the lineup, wrist injuries tend to sap power. Let’s get to the list and then we’ll talk about a couple of movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We’re less than two weeks into the season and I’d like to speak to someone’s manager, please. The injury bug has bitten me in a brutal way. In one league I have Mookie Betts, Fernando Tatis, Jr., Ketel Marte, Luke Voit, and Ke’Bryan Hayes on the IL. It’s getting a little ridiculous, but we’ll continue to persevere. Let’s take a look at the updated ROS rankings.Please, blog, may I have some more?
About a month ago, I put out my initial list for the top third basemen for my rest of season rankings. It turns out, my work was not quite complete as things have certainly changed. We’ve had injuries (ugh) and positional battles during spring training that have certainly moved the needle. However, another factor for me adjusting my rankings was actually getting into drafts and seeing what my decisions were in the moment when the pressure was actually on. Let’s get to the list and then we’ll go through some of the movers.Please, blog, may I have some more?