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MLB Today: Freddie Freeman Finally Producing

September 2, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Verne Lundquist will soon be inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Verne Lundquist will call his final season of college football. (Twitter.com)

Last week, the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame Class of 2016 was unveiled, and sadly, we are still shut out of the honour. Making the grade this year are: Verne Lundquist, who will call college football games for the final time this year; MLB analyst Tim McCarver; Robin Roberts, the former anchor of ESPN SportsCenter; crazy suit wearing TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager; Sean McManus, the CBS Sports chief; and Fox producer Bill Webb.

There wasn’t a ton of MLB action on Thursday, but a few items bubbled to the surface for us…

When we slotted Freddie Freeman in the top 10 in our First Base Rankings in early July, we bemoaned his lack of productivity. Well, with the Braves offense really kicking into gear lately, that’s certainly changed. Freeman cranked a two-run dinger (see video below) and had a bases-loaded walk on Thursday, giving him seven RBI over the last four games. He’s hit safely in eight straight and is drawing plenty of walks, too, with four over the three-game sweep of the Padres — Atlanta’s first home sweep all season. Freeman had an amazing August with nine homers, 24 RBI and a .313/.460/.688 slash line, and he’s clearly not cooling off now that the calendar has flipped. In a lost season for the Braves, what has arguably been a career year for him really stands out.

Miami outfielder Christian Yelich hit just .270 in August, his worst month of the season. However, he looks ready to finish strong in what’s been a career year. After stroking three hits Thursday, Yelich is 6-for-11 over the last three games with four runs, three homers and seven RBI. He even swiped two bags Thursday to make his Fantasy owners extremely pleased. Yelich is healthy this year after missing 36 games in 2015, and that’s made all the difference as his counting cat numbers have bounced back and his BA just keeps rising. If his stolen base total hadn’t dropped so significantly, we’d be looking at one of top stars in all of Fantasy baseball here.

San Francisco SP Jeff Samardzija had been pretty hot lately, going 2-1 with a 1.75 ERA over his last four starts. Then, he ran into his former team, the Cubs. Samardzija lasted just four innings Thursday, giving up five hits, three walks and three earned runs. The good news is that awful stretch over June and July seems to be over and he’s back to his early season form. The durable Samardzija will likely top 200 innings for the fourth straight year and this has certainly been a better campaign than the one spent with the ChiSox in 2015. However, he’s still nowhere near the pitcher he was at the end of his tenure with the Cubs.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below how you think Freddie Freeman will do in September.

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MLB Today: Matt Wieters Trying to Salvage His Season

August 31, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This Finn spent three years with the Brooklyn Robins/Dodgers and one with the Phillies before an ulcer ended his career and, ultimately, his life. He was a pretty damn good defensive second baseman — hence the similarity to Solano.
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Albert Pujols Making History

August 30, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
So now presents a good opportunity to not only see what Pujols has done this season, but where he’s shaping up among the all-time greats.
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The Royals Taking Aim at the Playoffs Again

August 29, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The Kansas City Royals Royals sure have come a long way in a decade. It was just over 11 years ago that they were mired in a club-record 19-game losing streak — the worst skid in the game in 17 years — en route to a 106-loss campaign, also the worst in team history.
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The Wire Troll: Korean Invasion

August 28, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
The Korean theme continues with Kim, who impressed many a week and a half ago with his four-hit showing against Houston. That’s earned him some extra PT of late, and with hits in three straight games, he’s now batting a robust .319 — a figure which we can no longer of good conscience ignore. This “rookie” (we still don’t follow that logic for international players that have played professionally elsewhere) simply knows how to hit. And last we checked, that has some value.
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