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Babe Ruth World Series 2016 Update

August 17, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Brian Furey was spectacular for Atlantic Shore.
Brian Furey’s no-hitter propelled Atlantic Shore into the semifinals. (Mark C. Volain/Masslive)

On Tuesday, we delved into some baseball history. Today, we’re going to look at some baseball future.

Atlantic Shore beat Mountain Home, Ark., 2-0 on Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the 14 and under Babe Ruth World Series 2016. The win was spearheaded by pitcher Brian Furey, who tossed a no-hitter.

Next up, Atlantic Shore moves to the semifinals on Wednesday, facing top seed Bismark, N.D.

Furey, who usually catches, will graduate from high school in 2020. He’s already 5′11, 180, so bears watching as a keeper league prospect. We recommend keeping tabs on him as he moves into high school.

Switching gears, a few things caught our eye from Tuesday’s action around the majors.

How good did Trevor Cahill look in his first start in 16 months? He came off the DL to start the opener of a double-header and hurled five shutout innings of two-hit ball, striking out three and walking two. With John Lackey (shoulder) hurting, Cahill could get another start, so give him a look in very deep NL-only leagues. When Cahill’s sinker is working, he can get the job done (see video below).

Speaking of good, what about Boston outfielder Mookie Betts? He’s been moved into the cleanup spot the past two games, and continues to mash, spanking two dingers Tuesday after exploding for three long balls on Sunday. Very quietly, Betts is in the top seven in the AL in BA, homers, RBI, runs, steals, slugging and OPS. Um, he’s going to get some MVP votes. It’s hard to envision anyone but Jose Altuve walking away with the hardware, but Betts is pretty damn close — especially if Boston makes the playoffs and Houston doesn’t.

Michael Pineda continues to frustrate us with his inconsistency. A couple of good starts, a couple of bad ones. He had put up five shutout frames against the Jays before rain halted his outing. We’ll be very interested to see how Pineda does against his former team Seattle on Monday. Which version of himself will show up? We’d advise rolling the dice here.

Remember how good Vince Velasquez looked at the beginning of the season? This month, he’s getting raked through three starts and 15 1/3 IP, having given up 21 hits, 16 runs (all earned), six homers and six walks. You’ve got to love the Ks (22), but this month is tarnishing what’s been a great season otherwise. Sit Velasquez until he works his way out of this funk.

Corey Kluber sure didn’t look like a Cy Young winner over the first two months of the season, but he’s rounding into form now. After another solid outing Tuesday, he’s won four straight and has recorded a 1.65 ERA over his last seven starts. We may never see his 2014 form again, but he’s definitely done a great job bouncing back from last season — especially given his lousy start to the campaign.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what your impressions of the Babe Ruth 14 and under World Series are.

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Philadelphia Phillies No-Hitters

August 16, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
Ferguson was a two-way player who spent four years in majors, all with Philadelphia. He made 170 career starts and completed 165 of them, underscoring how different the game was back then. As a second baseman/outfielder, the switch-hitter recorded a 735 OPS while scoring 191 runs in 257 games. Ferguson led the NL in WAR in 1886, but his promising career was cut short when he died of typhoid fever before the 1888 season.
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Cole Hamels’ House of Cards

August 15, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This year, the southpaw’s WHIP is actually at a career high, but he’s also benefited from his highest strand rate ever to enjoy a superb ERA and another great won-loss mark. Is it smoke and mirrors? Well, we know Hamels can pitch, but the fact that his FIP and xFIP are both the highest they’ve ever been is more than a tad worrisome.
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The Wire Troll: Kelly Johnson Earning More PT

August 14, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
We’ll always have Game Six of the 2011 World Series, right? Freese has never really lived up to the promise he showed early in his career with the Cards, but this season marks the closest he’s come. He’s batting .412 over the past week, enjoying what could be his finest month of the season (938 OPS). Overall, Freese is hitting much better this season, flashing his finest extra-base sock since 2012 in what’s shaping up as a pretty productive campaign. He would not look out of place in the corner infielder slot of a deep mixed league.
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Jake Thompson Tries to Shake Off Shaky Debut

August 11, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
He’s armed with a very nice fastball and a solid slider that projects to be even better in time. Thompson’s command, however, could use some work. This young righty projects to throw more strikes as he gains consistency, but there’s going to be some bumps in the road, so it’s hard to envision him as a Fantasy asset in the short term.
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