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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller

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

Drew Robinson Hits The Disabled List

Texas Rangers utility player Drew Robinson was placed on the disabled list Monday with a sore hip. Robinson was initially in Monday's lineup but was later scratched. Robinson was offering little value with the bat, hitting .175 with one home run and one steal in 89 plate appearances. The Rangers called up Eliezer Alvarez from... Read More

2 years ago

Adrian Beltre Almost Ready To Return

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (hamstring) should return during the current Detroit series. Prior to the injury, Beltre was hitting .310 with one home run. Initially, the Rangers will be cautious with Beltre, but it should not be long until he finds himself back in the lineup regularly. With both Isaiah Kiner-Falefa and Renato... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Archer An Intriguing Start Sunday

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer faces the Toronto Blue Jays Sunday. Archer has struggled this season, with a 6.05 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. However, Archer has a good history against the Blue Jays. In 148 1/3 innings against Toronto, Archer has 161 strikeouts and a 3.09 ERA. Archer is... Read More

2 years ago

Andrew Kitteridge Starting Friday

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Andrew Kitteridge will make a spot start Friday. This will be Kitteridge's third start of the season but his first in almost a month. In his previous two starts, both against Boston, Kitteridge has combined for just 5 1/3 innings with two strikeouts and three earned runs. Kitteridge starting means... Read More

2 years ago

Mike Moustakas Back At Third Base Wednesday

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas (forearm) was back playing third base Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday. Moustakas was initially set to play at first base, but after pre-game work he was moved to third. Moustakas is performing extremely well so far in 2018. In 123 plate appearances, he has hit eight home runs... Read More

2 years ago

Elvis Andrus Likely To Return Mid-June

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus (elbow) is likely to take close to eight weeks to return from the disabled list. The initial prediction was a six- to eight-week absence, but it appears it will be closer to the second half of that time frame. Prior to the injury, Andrus was hitting .327 with two home... Read More

2 years ago

Ryan Yarbrough Scheduled to Start Friday

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough is scheduled to make his second start of the season Friday, facing the Toronto Blue Jays at home. However, if the need arises Wednesday, he could still be used in relief. So far in 2018, Yarbrough has made seven appearances for the Rays, striking out 16 in 19 1/3... Read More

2 years ago

Kyle Lohse Assigned to Triple-A Omaha

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Kyle Lohse has been assigned to Triple-A Omaha. Lohse will be hoping to do what Clay Buchholz could not and earn a spot in the Royals rotation. The 39-year-old most recently had a four-year spell of fantasy relevance from 2011 to 2014 with the Cardinals and Brewers. However, his lack... Read More

2 years ago

Omar Narvaez, Leurys Garcia Starting Wednesday

The Chicago White Sox will give starts to catcher Omar Narvaez and center fielder Leurys Garcia on Wednesday. Of the two, Garcia has the most DFS value. He is hitting .259 with five steals in 2018. Garcia is hitting fifth on Wednesday and should have a good opportunity to get some RBI. Narvaez, on the... Read More

2 years ago

Indians Changing Up Lineup Wednesday

The Cleveland Indians are using their hitting depth Wednesday. Outfielders Rajai Davis and Brandon Guyer, third baseman Erik Gonzalez and catcher Roberto Perez are all in the lineup. Of the four, Davis has the most DFS value on Wednesday. Davis is a career .281 hitter against left-handed pitching and is hitting in the leadoff spot.... Read More

2 years ago

Juan Centeno Starting Wednesday

Texas Rangers catcher Juan Centeno will get the start behind the plate on Wednesday, as regular starter Robinson Chirinos receives a day off. Centeno, a career .226 hitter, is hitting just .176 so far in 35 plate appearances. In 282 career PAs, he is hitting just .216 against right-handed pitchers and has just five home... Read More

2 years ago

John Hicks Playing First Base Wednesday

Detroit Tigers catcher/first baseman John Hicks will get the start at first base on Wednesday. With Miguel Cabrera still out of the lineup, Hicks will get a chance at home against Tampa Bay Rays left-handed pitcher Blake Snell. Hicks has struggled to make regular contact this season, hitting .179 in 30 plate appearances. Hicks does... Read More

2 years ago

Joey Wendle Playing Second On Wednesday

Tampa Bays Rays second baseman Joey Wendle is in the lineup Wednesday. Wendle will get the start at the expense of Daniel Robertson with the Rays facing a right-handed pitcher. Wendle, a left-handed hitter, is hitting .300 with one home run and two steals in 67 plate appearances against right-handed pitchers in 2018. Even against... Read More

2 years ago

Lucas Duda Sitting, Drew Butera Playing Wednesday

The Kansas City Royals will take the opportunity Wednesday to get catcher Salvador Perez some time at designated hitter. This means that first baseman Lucas Duda will sit, with catcher Drew Butera taking Perez's place behind the dish. Butera is hitting just .176 this season, and has yet to hit a home run. Butera is... Read More

2 years ago

Blake Snell Looking To Stay Hot Wednesday

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell will be looking to continue his good start to the season Wednesday. Snell faces off against the Tigers, who rank 18th in runs scored and 27th in home runs. On the season, Snell has a 2.52 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. Snell has managed to... Read More

2 years ago

Danny Duffy Facing A Tough Matchup Wednesday

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy will be a tough pitcher to start Wednesday. Duffy has had a roller coaster 2018, with his two good starts having been sandwiched between four bad ones. Duffy’s start on Wednesday will be in Boston against a team that has been extremely good this season. In his previous... Read More

2 years ago

Jorge Soler Continues Hot Streak

Kansas City Royals outfielder Jorge Soler continued his hot streak at the plate Tuesday. He hit a home run and had three RBI in his latest two-hit performance. Soler has now improved his batting average to an impressive .306, with it having been as low as .207 on April 12. Soler has cut his strikeout... Read More

2 years ago

Kelvin Herrera Blows Save Tuesday

Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Kelvin Herrera blew his first save of the season Tuesday. Herrera ended up taking the win but that will only offer a little satisfaction to him. Herrera surrendered his first home run of the season to Eduardo Nunez in the bottom of the 12th inning. That was also the first... Read More

2 years ago

Keone Kela Implodes Tuesday

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela had a disastrous outing Tuesday. Coming in with the Rangers ahead by four, Kela gave up four runs to surrender the lead. This will not count as a blown save on the stat sheet, but for the Rangers it will feel like one. This is Kela's second rough outing... Read More

2 years ago

Clay Buchholz Released By Royals

The Kansas City Royals released starting pitcher Clay Buchholz on Tuesday. Buchholz had not been impressive enough in his time at Triple-A to earn a place in the major league rotation. In 11 1/3 innings, Buchholz struck out just four hitters. With there not appearing to be any major upside to moving Buchholz to the... Read More

2 years ago

Martin Perez Has No Timetable For Return

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez has inflammation in his right arm. The left-handed pitcher has been placed on the 10-day disabled list and will receive "treatment and rest." The Rangers have not put a timetable on his return. Perez injured his elbow after falling when startled by a bull on his ranch in Venezuela,... Read More

2 years ago

Tim Lincecum Heads To Extended Spring Training

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Tim Lincecum (blister) will start pitching in extended spring training games this weekend. This does not count as Lincecum beginning a rehab assignment and the Rangers can take their time with him. Lincecum was placed on the 60-day disabled list earlier in the season and is therefore unable to be activated... Read More

2 years ago

Rougned Odor At Least A Week Away

Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (hamstring) is at least another week from returning. Odor will be hoping to hit 30 home runs and steal close to 15 bases for a third season in a row, although with the lost time he might struggle to put up those numbers this season. After hitting .204 last... Read More

2 years ago

Cole Hamels Facing Tough Start Monday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels faces the prospect of a rough outing Monday. In six career starts against Cleveland, Hamels has a 6.11 ERA in 35 1/3 innings with just 26 strikeouts. The outlook is not any better if you look at how he has fared in Cleveland. Across 16 1/3 innings at Progressive... Read More

2 years ago

Robbie Ray Leaves Start With Oblique Strain

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray left Sunday’s start in Washington with an oblique injury. Ray left in the bottom of the second after signalling to the dugout. The extent of the injury will become clearer on Monday after further examination. Ray has struggled so far in 2018, with a 5.13 ERA in 26 1/3... Read More

2 years ago

Ian Kennedy Starting Sunday

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy will start Sunday at home, against the Chicago White Sox. Kennedy took a line drive off his leg in his last start but has recovered in time for Sunday. In his previous start against the White Sox, Kennedy threw six innings, striking out five and giving up just... Read More

2 years ago

Brad Miller Has A Good Match-up Sunday

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Brad Miller has a good history against opposing starting pitcher Rick Porcello. In 45 career plate appearances against Porcello, Miller has five home runs, five doubles and 11 RBI. In all Miller is batting .279 against the Red Sox pitcher. Miller has been struggling this season, but a match-up against... Read More

2 years ago

A.J. Minter (ATL, RP) - Week 5 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% of leagues ANALYSIS: A.J. Minter was lights out in 2017 with 26 strikeouts in 15 innings and entered the 2018 season as the favorite to displace Arodys Vizcaino as the Atlanta Braves closer. The left-handed Minter started slowly with three walks and zero strikeouts in his... Read More

2 years ago

Renato Nunez Starting At Third Base Saturday

Texas Rangers infielder/outfielder Renato Nunez is in the Rangers lineup on Saturday. Many people expected Nunez to have a shot to be a the regular starter at third base with Adrian Beltre out. However, Nunez has struggled this season since being claimed by the Rangers. This season, Nunez is hitting .154 with zero home runs,... Read More

2 years ago

Daniel Robertson Hitting Fifth Saturday

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Daniel Robertson is playing second base and hitting fifth Saturday. Robertson is in a platoon with Joey Wendle, following the return of Matt Duffy from the disabled list, but draws the start against left-handed pitcher David Price. In 2018, Robertson has been hitting well in general but has two home runs... Read More

2 years ago

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