Anthony Rizzo- 1B- CHC- Cold- Rizzo went 0-for-4 yesterday and his average sits at an anemic .133. This is primarily an effect of his microscopic .125 BABIP. Rizzo has a Batting EYE of 0.83. His Exit Velocity of 89.8 and HardHit% of 43.5% are at or better than most of the marks he has posted in his career. Rizzo has a FB% of 43.5%, also in line with his numbers in his seasons of best production. Regression to the mean will be Rizzo's best buddy.
Travis Shaw- 2B- MIL- Hot- Shaw went 1-for-2 with a homer and a walk yesterday. He was taken out before the Brewers took the field in the bottom of the 5th after fouling a ball off his ankle in his AB in the 4th inning. Given the Brewers were leading 7-1 at the time, it was probably just a precaution. Shaw is batting .308 in his encore appearance for the Brewers, who he played for from 2017-2019. Regression may not be kind to Shaw when it kicks in. He has a BABIP of .353 and his Exit Velocity of 83.1, HardHIt% of 29.4% and FB% of 29.4% don't bode well to a return to the days of when Shaw was slugging over 30 homers in a season.
Johan Oviedo- P- STL- Rise Value- Oviedo was called up before yesterday's game and ended up throwing 4.2 IP of scoreless relief after Ponce de Leon was removed. He allowed 2 hits, walked 2, and struck out 4 in the appearance. Oviedo threw 42 of his 65 pitches for strikes. Like Daniel Ponce de Leon, Oviedo is known for control issues, and the two walks didn't dispel those. However, he does have potential to replace Ponce de Leon in the rotation on an interim basis. At 23, Oviedo does have more potential long term than the 29-year-old Ponce de Leon.
Dinelson Lamet- P- SD- FYI- Lamet pitched into the 4th inning in an alternate site start on Friday as he has been stretched out to join the San Diego rotation. With the injury to Adrian Morejon, the timetable for Lamet to make his debut may have sped up. Morejon was scheduled to take the mound next Friday. Lamet has elite strikeout skills, with a career 11.83 K/9. Last season he took a step up, posting a 2.09 ERA and 2.48 FIP. The schedule was unbalanced but 4 of his 12 starts were against the Dodgers and Giants, the top and 8th best run scoring teams in the majors in 2020. In those outings he allowed 5 ERs and struck out 24 in 21.1 IP. When Lamet gets back to the majors he is a prime acquisition.
LaMonte Wade- OF- SF- FYI- Wade was recalled from the alternate site and had a solid debut for the Giants. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and double, starting the game in CF and shifting to LF. The Giants acquired Wade from the Twins in the offseason. Except for the oddity that was 2020 Wade has consistently put up an excellent Batting EYE. In a brief stint with Minnesota in 2019 it was 1.22. Wade's average was sub-Mendoza line at .196 but he had a BABIP of .200. For someone who put the ball In play a lot that was a killer. In the short term Wade is likely to be a 4th outfielder type. Thinking sleeper, though, he bears some resemblance to the profile of Mike Yastrzemski, who blossomed after getting some batting adjustments from the Giants' staff.
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