The Roto Recap is back! Well, sort of. This may not be an everyday affair, but I'll try to get it in as much as possible. I won't be recapping every game, instead opting to hit on specific notes of interest from yesterday's games.
Hot Nolasco Sauce K's Eight
It was good to see Nolasco get back to racking up some strikeouts (eight in seven innings). Also, his velocity was up a tick, which hopefully is a trend that will continue.
Coghlan Starting to Heat Up?
Now 6 for 10 in his last two games with a home run over the 404 ft sign in Florida. Coming off of a Rookie of the Year Award season, Coghlan pressed big time in April. His plate approach didn't so much as even slightly resemble the player he had been coming up through the minors. In May, Coghlan started to relax a little as he chased fewer bad pitches, lowered his strikeout rate and increased his walk rate. He's still batting leadoff for the Marlins and, while he is unlikely to come close to last season's production, there could be some nice third-fourth outfielder value as the season moves along.
Garret Jones now Protecting Neil Walker
I touched on both of these players this week. Jones has been hot at the plate the whole month of May and Neil Walker (home run yesterday) is now the Pirates starting second baseman who is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Votto Returns, Homers. Rolen Keeps Rollin, Homers Twice
Joey Votto went 4 for 5 in his return from a neck strain with a home run to center. There was some speculation that Votto's problems went beyond a sprained neck and had to do with the type of depression he battled last season. Those rumors are put to bed now. Votto may miss a few games here or there, as much as any player, but there is no reason to think of trading him unless you are overwhelmed with an offer. His teammate, Scott Rolen, keeps up his impressive power surge. With two more home runs last night, Rolen now has 13 on the season. Rolen hasn't hit more than 22 home runs sine 2004 and players at his age (35) don't usually see a career resurgence like this. Then again, there are exceptions (Raul Ibanez last season). Still, Rolen has a lengthy history of injury issues and his HR/FB rate is an unsustainable 20 percent (his career high, in his prime, was 16.8 percent). I'd look to sell high right about now.
I Tried to Buy Low on Dan Haren...
But Dave wouldn't let me. I knew this would be a tough task in the FB365 League as the Maiden Correia GM is wise in the ways of advanced statistics. Haren was brilliant last night going eight innings and striking out seven to zero walks and 11 ground ball outs. The chance to buy low may have just run it's course, but it's still worth trying.
Remember Jason Hammel?
I added him for $5 in my 15 team mixed auction for this week ($1000 budget of which I have about $460 left). Hammel didn't start the year healthy and his numbers were negatively affected because of it. Last night he went 6.2 innings allowing 7 hits and one earned run while striking out five to no walks and 11 ground outs. In 44.1 innings this season he has a 7.9 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 and 1.48 GB/FB ratio. His BABIP against is a high .363 and his strand rate is a low 60 percent. Both stats should even out soon and result in more positive production going forward. He has the potential to be a solid fourth starter for your fantasy team and is very likely still available on waivers or as a free agent. He gets Houston in his next start.
Quick hits: Russell Branyan is a great replacement option for Kendry Morales owners (hit HR #7 last night)...Javy Vazquez was great, but it was against the Orioles so....Aaron Hill 8 for his last 20 with 2 HR...Justin Smoak hit an absolute bomb against Scott Linebrink last night. I still like, no, love, his second half potential...Chone Figgins 2 for 4 with a SB last night and now 8 for last 19 with 2 steals.