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MLB Today: Noah Syndergaard Pitches His Heart Out in Loss

October 6, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Bart Zeller had a short-lived career with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Bart Zeller appeared in exactly one MLB game. (msblnational.com)

In our recent research, we uncovered a sort of 1970s version of Moonlight Graham. The St. Louis Cardinals signed catcher Bart Zeller as an amateur free agent in 1963, and he finally made it to the bigs in late-May 1970, when he appeared defensively for two-thirds of an inning, but never actually came to bat. He was released a couple of weeks later and signed with the Brewers that offseason, but was dealt in July 1971 to the Yankees and never appeared in the majors for either organization.

Baseball is filled with stories like that, but there really was a Moonlight Graham feel to this one, so we thought we’d share it. Now, on to Wednesday’s Wild Card action and other news from around the world of baseball…

Noah Syndergaard gave the Mets everything they could ask for in the Wild Card game against the Giants, but he tossed seven shutout innings and nearly 110 pitches, Thor was pulled as Manager Terry Collins had to go to his bullpen to preserve a scoreless tie. We all know how that worked out, but you can’t blame Syndergaard; he was spectacular, racking up the Ks (see video below) as he continues to build his already impressive resume.

Syndergaard vacillated between untouchable and pretty damn amazing this season, never recording a monthly ERA higher than 3.86 (his only month above 2.84, actually). Overall, he took a major step forward in his sophomore season, proving generally healthy (there were some scares) while trimming his ERA substantially despite a higher WHIP. Still, in looking at his FIP (2.29), there’s no doubt Syndergaard’s bottom line results are the real deal.

And unlike his opposite number on Wednesday, Madison Bumgarner, Syndergaard also has a way with words:

Thor had a no-hitter going until two outs in the sixth inning, and generally looked absolutely overpowering during his seven frames — 42 of his pitches were clocked at 98 mph or higher — but the Mets wisely opted to not overextend their young ace. No one should second guess that decision.

By the way, in the wake of the idiot that threw the beer can at Baltimore Hyun Soo Kim on Tuesday in Toronto, it’s worth pointing out that not all of us that live in Toronto are idiots. At least not all the time. But we do like beer. A lot. Meanwhile, Toronto’s finest are confident they’ve identified the dude who tossed the can (allegedly Ken Pagan, but this story is far from written in stone). Punishment for such crimes in the city used to be season tickets to the Leafs, but given the excitement for the upcoming season, perhaps that’s not longer seen as such a severe sentence.

Speaking of Toronto, the Jays will once again face Texas in the ALDS, starting Thursday afternoon. Jose Bautista spanked his fifth career postseason dinger in the Wild Card game. He’ll need to do more of that to take the sting away from what was his worst full season with the Jays since 2009. So far, so good, as Bautista has a single, a run and a ribbie as the Jays are laying a beat down on the Rangers in fifth inning of Game One, 7-0.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what kind of season you expect Syndergaard to have in 2017.

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Cubs Punch Playoff Ticket

September 17, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This marks the second straight season the Cubbies have made it to the postseason, last year bowing out in four straight in the NLCS to the Mets. Can Chicago get back to the NLCS and this time figure out how to earn a win or two — or maybe even make it to the World Series — for the first time since 1945?
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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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The Wire Troll: Greg Garcia Providing Depth

September 4, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
All the injuries on the Dodger rotation have forced the team to be creative, and they have now turned to prospect De Leon to make his MLB debut on Sunday. Judging by his stellar work at Triple-A (7-1, 2.61 in 16 starts with 11.6 K/9), this kid is ready for the challenge. We love the fact that De Leon has improved his ERA with the move from Double-A to Triple-A, but it’s worth noting that his FIP numbers between those two levels are a lot closer. Still, his recall is a very Fantasy relevant event, so pounce while you can.
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2016 RotoRob Rest of Season Second Base Rankings

August 2, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Looking for 40 steals from your middle infielder? Altuve is one of the precious few that can deliver that. It doesn’t hurt that he’s also enjoying a career year, even if he was slumping as the first half ended.
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