Bits Boxscore: August 5, 2022

Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

A few thoughts on Thursday’s game pitchers:


Thursday starters

Sorted by ERA

As per usual: Nothing actionable

Notable gems: Stars that deserve special attention

  • Jeffrey Springs – Springs was a little wobbly coming off the break and a leg injury with a 3.86 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 9.3 IP over two starts. Enter the Tigers! A quick trip to Detroit is always a great way to get fully back on track and Springs did just that, coming out with 6 good innings. He allowed 2 unearned runs on 4 hits with 6 K and 0 BB. Springs is looking for someone to return to your roster on a regular basis, but now the question is how long? He pitched nearly twice as many innings as last year (79.3 vs. 44.7) and it’s reasonable to wonder if the Rays will let him go for the next two months. I wouldn’t take any preventative measures with Springs in particular (like cutting him off without making it clear that he’ll be removed or that his exits will be drastically shortened), but rather just looking to stack as much SP depth as possible in case he’s pulled from the rotation.
  • Cole Ragans – Ragans achieved Top 100 status in 2017 before a pair of TJ surgeries sidelined him until 2021. He reacclimated last year and then showed a lot of what made him a Top 100 Double and Triple-A prospect this year, excelling on 94.7 IP at both levels (3.04 ERA/1.12 WHIP/29% K). The 24-year-old southpaw went 4-for-only 3K in his 5 working IPs but allowed just one unearned run despite 7 base runners. The downside is that he is slated for a trip to HOU next week if he stays with the club. The barren wasteland of the 15-team waiver leads makes Ragans intriguing even with the game tough as I would be willing to pick him up now as a reserve as he would get a 2-step v.OAK and at MIN in the week starting 15 august . Watch it in 12 seconds and shallower for sure.
  • José Quintana – The move from Q to StL is one of the best upgrades a mid-level player has gotten by Deadline. He remains in a strong home park and gets a brilliant defense that backs him up as he enjoys a comeback season that closely resembles his White Sox form. That said, he’s probably sitting next week towards the COL, but I’m still holding 12s and up for sure and would even consider picking him up in a 10 just to sit on him this week in preparation for a v. COL/at ARI the following week.
  • Kris Bubic – Brady Singer has been catching the eye lately (and deservedly so), but Bubic has also done some great work over the past month! It has an MPM of 3.24 and a WHIP of 1.22 in 41.7 IP. It comes with a K rate of only 20%, so there hasn’t been any sort of skill transformation. He’s been a bit of a deep league workhorse this run with four straight 6+ IP starts and 5+ IPs in 6 of 7 outings. He remains a deep league consideration with the start against CWS next week with potential to stream in 12 seconds and shallower.

Pretty decent: Mainly biz as usual but with some comments

  • Johnny Cueto – Cueto was terrific and useful in multiple formats with a 2.91 ERA and 1.19 WHIP at 96 IP. He allowed 11 hits and only had 4K at TEX, but he still hit 8 IP and only allowed 3 ER. In short, we take care of it! He’s been in the roster and I don’t plan on changing that next week with a trip to KC on deck.
  • Nick Pivetta – After three straight misfires that wiped out all the good work in May and June, Pivetta is back to his creepy streamer. He has a 4.60 ERA on his bottom three, but with a 1.85 WHIP in 15.7 IP. He gets ATL next week, then prepares for a Stage 2 at PIT/BAL the following week. I could see it hiding it in a deeper format and waiting for this step 2.
  • Paul Blackburn – Blackburn’s starting comfort level has definitely dropped thanks to an ERA of 7.94 and a WHIP of 1.59 in his last 8 starts (39.7 IP). He still has a 14% K-BB rate at this time, which is actually better than the 12% K-BB rate he had in his first 13 starts when he had an ERA of 2, 26 and a WHIP of 1.07. Four solo shots did some damage against the Angels, but I’ll take my shot against them in next week’s home start.

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  • Joe Musgrove – Always hard to give the Rockies one on the road, but sometimes Ryan McMahon catches you! His 3-run homer in the 5th really marked the outing and he made 5 of 6 runs against Musgrove. He will be fine.
  • Kyle Wright – 6 ER at NYM pushes Wright’s ERA to 4.13 over his last 5 starts with a WHIP of 1.25, but the real concern 2.5 HR/9, boosted by Thursday’s 4 HR allowed . He was still 1.7 in the other four starts, so it’s fair to wonder if there’s an incipient HR issue that could plague him. On the other hand, he went 6+ IP in each of five starts and the only out on 3 ER was against the very strong Mets roster. I continue to trust Wright as the all-format Must Start arm.
  • Jakob Junis – At least he threw 5K at you, but if you were forced to start Junis against LAD, you knew the risks and were comfortable taking them. A trip to SD next week isn’t exactly appealing and his Team Streamer status is uncertain in the 12-team and lower leagues as he hasn’t reached 5 IP in any of his last four starts, although the question then becomes: who are you going to pick up in his place?
  • Noah Syndergaard – How can this be a dud if it was a CG? (The game was shortened to 5 IP for those who didn’t know). The 11H and 4 ER might have been forgiven if he had more than 2K. He gets a tough 2 not next week at CIN and against his old friends the Mets. I throw it.
  • Janson Junk – I mean, it’s right there in the name!


Heading into the weekend, I’ll give some names to consider in FAAB for the weekend. I’ll try to give a name or two for several league sizes:


  • Cal Raleigh | SEA, C (14% Y!, 4% ESPN) — The hits are finally starting to fall a bit for Raleigh and it’s quietly made him one of the best catchers over the past 2+ months. He hit just .136 through May with a microscopic .143 BABIP killing him above 74 AP. While he will never be mistaken for an average batting stallion, even at his best he is better than .136! And we’ve seen that shine since June with his line jumping to a pleasant .232/.301/.512 with 11 HR in 183 PA (35 full season pace). With a heavy flyball drop (55%) and lots of swing-and-miss (30%), the AVG will always be at risk, so make sure you’re comfortable buying a power-only profile . He’s the 15th ranked C so far and he’s been a top 5 option since June 1 with his top 11 MLB HRs in that position (he and Will Smith are the only Cs with 10+ HR since June 1) ).
  • Seth Brown | OAK, 1B/OF (22% Y!, 15% ESPN) – Brown seems too widely available for shallow formats. He was the 37th-ranked OF this season, but he also has 1B/CI eligibility, so even in the 3-OF, 10-team leagues, there should be a place for him. some The 29-year-old left-handed hitter has hit 16 HR and slipped 8 SB in 345 PA so far. Its .236 AVG is definitely not great, although in this low AVG environment, it’s pretty good considering the rest of the production. While OAK’s offense is abysmal, volume still has value and Brown is a staple in the cleanup role!


  • Felix Bautista | BAL, RP (46% OC, 13% ESPN, 0% Y!) – This is a new standard proximity game. I think Bautista takes the role with Jorge López traded and he can be just as good. Bautista was a force in a setup role with a 36% K rate in 44.7 IP helping him to a 1.81 ERA/0.87 WHIP combo. He has an 8% BB rating and 1.2 HR/9, but neither are super alarming, nor should those factors prevent him from succeeding in the closer role.


  • J.P. Sears | OAK, SP (2% ME, 0% everywhere else) — The A’s haven’t needed a 5th starter since acquiring Sears from the Yankees as part of the Montas deal, but they should be up next week and has a chance to last the rest of the season. The dearth of waiver talent in the deeper formats I mentioned earlier is just another reason I’m interested in Sears. He was excellent in 22 IP with NYY (2.05 ERA / 0.86 WHIP) and while he only had an 18% K-Rate he showed plenty of swing-and-misses throughout. of his minor league career, which leads me to believe that his slider will start to miss bats and bring his K-rate back into the low-to-mid 20% range. He is scheduled to face LAA next week and this planning would set up one at TEX/v. SEA in 2 stages the following week.
  • Terrin Vavra | BAL, 2B/UT (0% Y!, ESPN, OC, ME) — The O’s prospect was 12th in their organization. before his promotion and has been a solid guy in the peloton since his arrival. His first game was at DH, which puts him in UT only for NFBC formats, while most outlets use the 2B/SS designation earned in the minors. It’s a bestselling tool-driven profile with some potential speed, so if you’re loaded with power but struggling with AVG, it could be your man.

OC = NFBC Online Championship (12-tms)

ME = NFBC Main Event (15-tms)


  • I haven’t done DKs in a while, but we’ll definitely be getting them back up and running next week!
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