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MLB Today: Alex Cobb Wins For the First Time Since 2014

September 15, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Alex Cobb has made a triumphant return for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Alex Cobb earned a long-awaited victory on Wednesday. (Wikiwand.com)

Curt Schilling sure does love to say it like it is, doesn’t he? His latest rant, earlier this week on the 94WIP Afternoon Show was directed at Tim Tebow, the former football “star” who is now trying his hand at baseball.

“The quote that I think probably got Larry Bowa]’s blood boiling and the one the kinda got my hair on end is the quote of, ‘He was a really good hitter in high school.’ Well, you know what? So was I,” Schilling said.

Is the signing of Tebow by the Mets merely a publicity stunt designed to sell tickets? Time will tell.

Now let’s discuss the action in an exciting night of baseball on Wednesday that included Mark Trumbo reaching 100 RBI, the Tigers and Orioles really making the AL Wild Card race interesting and Tanner Roark continuing his impressive — and underrated — season.

Looking for some late-season pitching help? Take a look at Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb, who won Wednesday for the first time since 2014 by holding the Jays to two hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings. Since returning from Tommy John surgery, he’s done quite well, giving up just 15 hits over 17 2/3 IP while going undefeated over three starts. The fact that Cobb beat a team that is desperately gunning for a division title is all the more impressive. We’d say he passed a big test there, and now deserves a spot on your roster. Hell, Cobb’s even a nice guy, apparently (see video below).

Just over seven weeks ago, Chicago Cubs starter Jon Lester got smacked around by the Brewers. Since then, he’s been virtually unstoppable and this amazing run has catapulted him into the NL Cy Young discussion. Max Scherzer is our pick right now, but if Lester keeps rocking, look out. After limiting the Cards to three hits over eight shutout frames while fanning eight and walking one, Lester now has a nine-start run during which he’s pitched 61 2/3 IP, giving up 39 hits, seven earned runs, three homers and 12 walks while fanning 61. His ERA over this stretch? Oh, it’s 1.02. His runs allowed by start over this run: 0, 2, 2, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0, 0. Lester is now tied for the NL lead in wins, while leading the way in winning percentage. He’s second in ERA, third in WHIP and fourth in complete games. Like we said, there’s a case here for some hardware. The problem Lester had with homers earlier in the season is clearly a thing of the past and that’s made all the difference as he’s on track for the best ERA of his career.

What’s helping Lester is that one of the top candidates for the NL Cy Young award has suddenly hit a snag. San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner has looked a lot more human over the last five or six weeks. In fact, since shutting down the Orioles just over a month ago, he’s had a string of tougher outings. We wouldn’t characterize them as bitch-slappings (although a couple came close), but they have not been up to MadBum’s standards — especially given what he did in the first half. Take Wednesday, for instance. He surrendered three earned runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 IP — a quality start by anyone’s definition, but not up to snuff for Bumgarner. He remains one of the most durable arms in the game, having already topped 200 IP for the sixth straight season and on pace for a new career high in this department. Bumgarner has been tougher to hit this season, but an increased walk rate has seen his WHIP rise a tad. It’s possible his heavy workload is catching up to him, but the Giants are fighting for their playoff lives, so don’t exactly have the luxury of allowing him to skip a start or come out early. It’s a concern, so we’ll be interested to see how it plays out in Bumgarner’s results for the rest of the season.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below who you think will win the NL Cy Young.

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Arizona Suffers Tough Loss in Opener

September 13, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Still, given that Arizona’s superb offense returns intact it’s going to spell trouble for the rest of the NFC, so you might want to avoid using your Fantasy defense against this unit. And despite the tough setback, it was a fine Fantasy day for several individual Cardinals as the team racked up 344 yards of offense and 21 first downs.
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The Wire Troll: Cristhian Adames Battling For PT

September 11, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, he strikes out a lot and doesn’t exactly hit for a good BA, but middle infielders that flirt with 20 homers in less than half a season don’t exactly grow on trees. Schimpf is an extreme flyball hitter. In fact, no one in baseball with at least 250 plate appearances is close to what he’s doing in that regard. But you add in his runs and his overall extra-base pop, and we can’t understand why this dude isn’t getting more Fantasy love.
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MLB Today: Lonnie Chisenhall Has Found His Niche

September 9, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Yes, Chisenhall will mostly sit against lefties (so bear that in mind in daily move leagues), but the fact he still qualifies at third base is a nice bonus, for the rest of the season anyways. Despite starting the year on the DL, he’s seen more action and has responded with a slugging percentage more fitting for a corner outfielder. Chisenhall seems to have found his niche as a solid platoon player, and the fact that he’s on the strong side of it gives him some value.
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Francisco Cervelli Hurting

September 7, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Given how badly the Pirates are struggling lately — thanks to eight straight losses, they’re now 5.5 back of the second place Cards in the NL Central and the second Wild Card slot — they can ill afford to be without their No. 1 catcher for long.
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