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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller has written 778 articles so far, you can find them below.


Drew Robinson Added To Major League Roster

Texas Rangers utility player Drew Robinson was recalled from Triple-A on Saturday. With Delino DeShields heading to the disabled list, joining Ryan Rua and Nomar Mazara, the Rangers needed some flexibility on their roster. Robinson provides that, being able to cover all outfield and most infield positions. Robinson hit just .175 to start the season... Read More

1 year ago

Delino DeShields Placed On 7-Day DL

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields has been placed on the 7-Day disabled list with post-concussion syndrome. DeShields was scratched from Fridays lineup with headaches. This is the first time DeShields has suffered from headaches since he injured his head and neck July 11 against the Red Sox. It has been a tough year for DeShields,... Read More

1 year ago

Drew Hutchison Joins The Texas Rangers

Free agent starting pitcher Drew Hutchison has signed a contract with the Texas Rangers. Hutchison will join the team Sunday and start the series finale against Baltimore. Hutchison started the season with the Philadelphia Phillies in a relief role, throwing 21 1/3 innings, across 11 outings, with a 4.64 ERA and 19 strikeouts. He has... Read More

1 year ago

Takkarist McKinley Not Expected To Play Much In Preseason

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) is unlikely to see much time on the field in the preseason. McKinley has already aggravated his shoulder once during training camp and the Falcons want him healthy and raring to go when the season begins. McKinley is expected to play a big part in the defense this... Read More

1 year ago

Kurt Benkert Sees Time Under Center Saturday

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Kurt Benkert got some valuable time under center on Saturday. Benkert is fighting with Garrett Grayson for the third QB spot on the roster. If Benkert can show improvement under center in camp and preseason, then he could even look to challenge Schaub for the backup job to Matt Ryan. For now... Read More

1 year ago


Matt Schaub The Clear #2 In Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Schaub continues to stake his place as the team's second QB. Schaub led the red team in their scrimmage Saturday, with Matt Ryan leading the white team. It was not all plain sailing for Schaub who was picked off by Isaiah Oliver. However, right now Schaub looks set to be the... Read More

1 year ago

Jonathan Schoop to Brewers - Fantasy Impact

The Milwaukee Brewers appear to be trying to build an infield of sluggers who had a good 2017. They recently acquired Mike Moustakas from the Royals, who is struggling to live up to his 2018 form, and now they have added former Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop. They both join Travis Shaw who also appears to be... Read More

1 year ago

Austin Hooper Performing Well In Camp

Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper is having a solid performance in camp. The time that Hooper spent with Matt Ryan in the offseason appears to be paying off to start the 2018 season. Hooper had three touchdowns, with 526 yards on 49 receptions last year. After the Falcons decided not to draft a tight... Read More

1 year ago

Ronald Guzman Back In Lineup Friday

Texas Rangers first baseman Ronald Guzman is back in the lineup at first base on Friday. Guzman made way Thursday for Jurickson Profar, who is sitting Friday. Guzman has struggled when facing right-handed pitching, with an ISO of .164 and a .306 wOBA against them. However, David Hess has really struggled against left-handed hitters, surrendering... Read More

1 year ago

Robinson Chirinos Back At Catcher Friday

Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos will take his place in the lineup Friday. Chirinos was given the day off on Thursday, having played the previous three games. Chirinos has been hitting reasonably well in terms of power when facing right-handed pitchers. So far this season he has a .210 ISO with a .325 wOBA. Chirinos... Read More

1 year ago


Eddie Butler Gets First Career Save Thursday

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Eddie Butler locked down the first save of his career Thursday. Butler came in to relieve Yovani Gallardo with the Rangers leading 13-5 in the sixth innings. Butler gave up three earned runs on five hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings. Part of the reason Butler went so long... Read More

1 year ago

Joey Gallo Homers Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo hit his 27th home run of the season Thursday. Gallo has struggled for consistency in 2018, with a .193 batting average and an incredible 145 strikeouts. However, after putting up a .187/.296/.443 line in the first half of the season, he currently has a .188/.366/.563 line in the second half.... Read More

1 year ago

Rougned Odor Makes History Thursday

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor made history Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles. Odor became the first player ever to walk five times, with none of them intentional, and a hit a home run. Odor had a slow start to the season, hitting just six home runs and stealing five bases in the first half... Read More

1 year ago

Nomar Mazara Still Struggling With Thumb

Texas Rangers outfielder Nomar Mazara is still struggling with his thumb injury. Initially the injury was not expected to keep Mazara out for long, but it has now been over two weeks and he does not appear close to returning. Mazara's thumb is painful when he hits and even worse when he tries to play... Read More

1 year ago

Takkarist McKinley Back Practicing Thursday

Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley (shoulder) was back at practice Thursday. McKinley has missed practice for three straight days, after suffering a setback early in training camp. McKinley is expected to be a huge part of the Falcons defense this season. The young pass rusher had six sacks and 15 tackles last year, playing... Read More

1 year ago


Jurickson Profar Playing First Base Thursday

Texas Rangers utility player Jurickson Profar will start at first base Thursday. Ronald Guzman will receive a day off, having started five of the Rangers previous six games. Despite hitting for just a .242 batting average, Profar has a .180 ISO and a .326 wOBA against right-handed pitchers this season. In addition, seven of Profar's... Read More

1 year ago

Delino DeShields Starting Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields will get the start in center field on Thursday. DeShields is looking to wrestle the starting job off Carlos Tocci, who has had it since DeShields was demoted to Triple-A last Tuesday. DeShields, who is hitting a lowly .207 this season, has registered just two hits in eight plate appearances... Read More

1 year ago

Isiah Kiner-Falefa Starting Thursday

Texas Rangers catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa will draw the start behind the plate on Thursday. Robinson Chirinos has started the previous three games, and will still receive a day off despite Wednesday having been a rest day for the Rangers. Kiner-Falefa has not played since Sunday, but he is coming off a series in Houston where... Read More

1 year ago

Joey Gallo Returns To Lineup Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo is back in the lineup Thursday. Gallo sat out the second game against the Diamondbacks, as playing in a National League ballpark meant the Rangers did not have the designated hitter spot available. While Gallo has struggled with a .187 batting average this season he has had success in a... Read More

1 year ago

Ito Smith Returns To Practice Wednesday

Atlanta Falcons running back Ito Smith (foot) returned to practice on Wednesday. Smith, who had over 4500 yards rushing and 1400 yards receiving in college, is looking to lock down his position as the third running back on the depth chart. However, with Tevin Coleman in the last year of his deal a strong camp... Read More

1 year ago


Daniel Marx Released By The Falcons

Atlanta Falcons fullback Daniel Marx was released Tuesday. Marx was expected to challenge for a spot on the 53-man roster but has failed to impress early in camp. That leaves two fullbacks on the Falcons roster, Luke McNitt and Ricky Ortiz. However, neither figures to have much fantasy value heading into the season. If they... Read More

1 year ago

Calvin Ridley Enjoying Strong Start To Camp

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley has been making a good impression so far in his time at training camp. Matt Ryan has been one of the people impressed with Ridley's work. Ryan stated that he felt Ridley will fit in well. Other reports have said that Ridley makes running routes look effortless which is... Read More

1 year ago

Adeiny Hechavarria Could Get DFA'd

Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria could get designated for assignment. The Rays were unable to find a trade partner willing to take Hechavrria. The team now seem committed to trying to get Willy Adames more time at shortstop this season, leaving Hechavarria without a role. Even if Hechavarria did catch on to a starting... Read More

1 year ago

Sergio Romo Not Traded Tuesday

Tampa Bay Rays closer Sergio Romo did not end up being traded prior to Tuesday's deadline. This is good news for Romo's fantasy owners as he should now get the opportunities to close for the Rays for the foreseeable future. So far this season Romo has 12 saves and a 3.69 ERA in 46 1/3 innings.... Read More

1 year ago

Darren O'Day Traded To Braves

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Darren O'Day (hamstring) has been traded to the Atlanta Braves alongside starting pitcher Kevin Gausman. O'Day is currently out for this season with a knee injury, but the Braves are thinking ahead to next season as well. O'Day has been a strikeout machine for the Orioles the last few seasons and... Read More

1 year ago


Wei-Chieh Huang Headed To Rangers

Arizona Diamondback relief pitcher Wei-Chieh Huang is headed to the Texas Rangers in return for Jake Diekman. Huang has been really good since his promotion to Double-A earlier this season. In 27 innings, including two starts, Huang has a 2.00 ERA and 32 strikeouts. It is likely he will remain in the minor leagues following... Read More

1 year ago

Austin Meadows, Tyler Glasnow Main Pieces in Chris Archer Trade

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows and starting pitcher Tyler Glasnow appear to be the main two pieces in the Pirates deal to acquire Chris Archer. It appears there will be a third piece involved but that player is still to be decided. The fantasy value of both Meadows and Glasnow will largely depend on the... Read More

1 year ago

Jake Diekman Headed To Diamondbacks

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Jake Diekman has been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. This is the second closer that the Rangers have traded this week, after Keone Kela moved to the Pirates yesterday. Diekman has just two saves this season and a 3.69 ERA in 39 innings. For Arizona, this is the second reliever they... Read More

1 year ago

Chris Archer Traded To Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Both Tyler Glasnow and Austin Meadows appear to be headed in the opposite direction, along with a third piece which has not yet been announced. Archer had been due to pitch Thursday for the Rays, but with the Pirates off on... Read More

1 year ago

Austin Meadows And Tyler Glasnow Could Be Traded

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow could both be part of the Chris Archer trade. Archer's reputation meant it was always going to take a lot for anyone to acquire him. Meadows and Glasnow would be an amazing return for the Rays, who already have some really fun young pieces in their... Read More

1 year ago


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