Tyler Glasnow- P- TB- Hot- Despite throwing only 49 of 85 pitches for strikes, Glasnow got some solid results yesterday. He tossed 6 scoreless IP, allowing 1 hit and walking 2 while striking out 4 in 6 IP. Glasnow has allowed 0 or 1 ER in 9 of his 15 starts. He has been lit up a couple of times, which has resulted in an overall 3.12 ERA. Glasnow's xFIP of 2.90 indicates he's had some bad luck. His K/9 of 11.84 is a plus. Glasnow is Tampa Bay's ace and is producing as the season enters the home stretch.
George Springer- OF- TOR- Stats - Springer stole his 17th base yesterday, setting a career high. He is slashing .256/.322/.400 with 16 homers. Springer has almost the exact same Statcast metrics as he did in 2022, with an 88.5 EV, 8.5% Barrel%, and 40.5% HardHit%. However, last year he hit 26 homers in 583 PAs, a better homer rate than in this year's 538 PAs so far. He has had a little bad luck in the power department, as his xSLG is .422. Springer has pulled the ball less, with a 39.8% Pull %, as opposed to 48.3% in 2022. He has a good chance to have a 20/20 season.
Max Fried- P-ATL- Hot- Fried picked up his 3rd quality start in 5 outings since coming off the IL. He allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out 8 in 6 IP. Fried's control wasn't as sharp as it has been as he threw 58 of 98 pitches for strikes. Still, it shows continued improvement after losing a lot of the 2023 season to injury.
Aroldis Chapman- RP- TEX- Rise Value- Chapman pitched the 9th inning last night in a non-save situation. He walked 1 and struck out 1 in his inning of work. It was only a non-save situation because the Rangers scored 4 runs in the top of the 9th. Chapman was up and warming when the Rangers took the lead and then came in even after they expanded the lead out of save territory. The bottom line is that Chapman is now the first option when Texas needs a save. He has a 2.23 ERA and 16.20 K/9 so is in good position to add fantasy value down the stretch.
Nolan Jones- OF- COL- Rookie- Jones went 1-for-3 with a walk yesterday and is now slashing .282/.361/.508 with 13 homers and 8 steals in 280 PAs. He has a 90.9 EV and 42.2% HardHit%, which supports his power being real. Jones also has a .399 BABIP, which explains why his xAVG is .237. While he has somewhat of a Coors effect, with his home slash line .290/.372/.495 and road of .275/.344/.522, with a home BABIP of .352 and road .443 the difference is greater. Jones has a home/road differential in K% either, with 24.6% at home and 40.3% on the road. In 2024 Jones will probably have a more pronounced home/road split.
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