Daily Archives: May 1, 2017
With the 162-game grind that is an MLB regular season, players and teams are bound to go through rough patches. It’s inevitable, and while everyone tries to minimize them as much as possible, the struggles can sometimes wear on for much longer than anyone would like.
Going through a bad month is not uncommon around baseball. It’s just difficult to have it happen to a player or team in April because they’re immediately trying to dig out of a hole in an effort to get back to some level of normalcy.
Unfortunately, plenty of players find themselves in a hole like this once the calendar flips from April to May. We’ve already touched upon the league’s 10 best players so far, but who’s on the other end of the spectrum?
The following 10 players — five starting pitchers and five hitters — have a ton of work to do before they can be happy with what their respective stat lines look like.
There are still five months left in the 2017 MLB regular season, so there is plenty left to be decided. When we look back on this year by the time September rolls around, we may not even remember how certain players or teams played over the first few weeks.
That doesn’t mean someone doesn’t want to see their name on this particular list, though. Right?
Every ballplayer is well aware of the ups and downs that come with the game of baseball — that’s just the way it is. The best thing anyone can do is to minimize the valleys and maximize the peaks in production as much as possible throughout any given year. However, it does make things a lot easier when they can get their respective seasons off to a fast start.
But who has been the best at doing just that? Now that May is officially upon us, we’re going to highlight 10 players overall — five position players and five starting pitchers — that have just experienced a dominant month of April.
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Daily Matchups for 5/2/2017
Pitchers To Target:
Masahiro Tanaka- Not only do I love this match-up due to the fact that Tanaka is coming off a complete game shut out against Boston in 97 pitches, but these Blue Jays are a terrible hitting team this season and Mat Latos is pitching for them. What does that mean? It SHOULD mean that the Yankees are able to clobber him and give Tanaka the lead he needs to take another W tonight.
Career vs Current Blue Jays Roster
AVG: 0.178 [19 for 107], BABIP: 0.224, K%: 25.4, BB%: 5.3
FIP: 2.72 Groundout: 31 Strikeout: 29Single: 13 Lineout: 9 Walk: 6 Flyout: 6Double: 4 Pop Out: 4 Forceout: 3 Grounded Into DP: 2 Home Run: 2 Field Error: 2Fielders Choice Out: 1 Hit By Pitch: 1 Bunt Groundout: 1
Chris Sale- Look at his elbow in this picture. It just makes me cringe as his 112 lb frame has held up this long. He’s coming off a tremendous game against the Yankees although it was a loss since his team couldn’t muster up a single run for him. This should be a different story tonight against Alec Asher and the Orioles. He’s struck them out at a 26% rate while only walking 7.7%.
Career vs Current Orioles Roster
AVG: 0.258 [24 for 93], BABIP: 0.317, K%: 26.0, BB%: 7.7
FIP: 4.16 Strikeout: 27 Single: 17Groundout: 13 Flyout: 11 Walk: 8 Pop Out: 7Forceout: 4 Home Run: 4 Lineout: 4Double: 3 Grounded Into DP: 2 Hit By Pitch:2 Bunt Groundout: 1 Sac Bunt: 1
Jon Lester- Love this match-up against Jeremy Hellickson and the Philadelphia Phillies. He is coming off of a rough start against the Pirates where he lasted only 5.2 innings, gave up 10 hits, 5 ERs, 5 Ks in 107 pitches. People might see this and be off of him but that’s what makes him an intriguing GPP option.
Career vs Current Phillies Roster
AVG: 0.226 [14 for 62], BABIP: 0.293, K%: 30.8, BB%: 3.1
FIP: 2.70 Strikeout: 19 Single: 10Groundout: 9 Flyout: 7 Pop Out: 3 Lineout:3 Home Run: 2 Walk: 2 Double: 2 Bunt Groundout: 2 Grounded Into DP: 1 Fielders Choice Out: 1 Forceout: 1 Field Error: 1Strikeout – DP: 1 Sac Fly: 1
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This weekend saw some very impressive offensive showings as Carter Kieboom put on a fireworks display for Hagerstown and Dustin Fowler hit for the cycle. The Braves’ young pitching depth continued to show their force, this time it was Sean Newcomb with the dominant outing. Francisco Mejia would go deep for the first time in 2017.
7 at-bats- 5 hits- 3 Home Runs- 5 RBIs- 4 runs scored
Nationals’ shortstop prospect Carter Kieboom had himself a day on Sunday. He went 5-7 with 3 home runs in Hagerstown’s beating of Lexington, 22-4, on the same day the Nationals put down a similar score against the Mets. Kieboom began his 5 hit day with a double to left field in the first inning. Kieboom would hit his first home run of the day to left center in the 3rd inning and would follow that up with another home run in the 4th inning. He would fly out in the 5th and then in the 7th would hit his 3rd home run of the night, this one a solo shot. Kieboom would tack on a single later in the game and would get out again in the 9th, popping out to the catcher. Kieboom would finish the day with only 5 RBIs, as there weren’t many runners on base when he hit the home runs.
Kieboom is the Nationals #4 prospect, according to Baseball Ranks. The shortstop is one of three Kieboom brothers playing pro ball and is very raw, but there is a lot to like about him. He has legit bat speed and he flashed his power today. Defensively he is average, but he has plenty of time to improve upon that aspect of his game. Kieboom is only 19 and he definitely turned some heads today with his epic game.
An old well-known expression is “April showers bring May flowers.” On May 1, 1975, the Milwaukee Brewers showered hits all over Milwaukee County Stadium in a 17-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Every Brewers starter reached base that day, but it was also one of the rare times that both Hank Aaron and Robin Yount went ballistic on the opposition in the same game.
Anthony Rendon had a game for the ages, going 6 for 6, slugging 3 homers, scoring 5 runs and driving in a mind boggling 10 runs himself as the Nationals smothered the Mets, 23-5.
Patrick Corbin gave up 2 hits and no runs over 6 1/3 innings. He didn’t get a decision but set up the Diamondbacks walk off 2-0 win over Colorado.
Miguel Sano collected 3 hits, including a homer, driving in 5 to help the Twins beat the Royals 7-5.
Dallas Keuchel continued his fast start with 7 2/3 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 run while striking out 9 Oakland batters en route to a 7-2 victory.
They all owned baseball on April 30, 2017
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