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About Ben Rolfe - RotoBaller



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


Ian Kennedy An Interesting Play Against Milwaukee Tuesday

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy faces off against the Milwaukee Brewers at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday. Kennedy has pitched well so far this season with a 2.35 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 23 innings. In two home starts, he has surrendered just two earned runs with eight strikeouts in 12 innings. Now he... Read More

1 year ago

Bartolo Colon To Remain in Rotation

The return of Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister from the disabled list on Wednesday could have spelled the end of Bartolo Colon’s time in the Rangers rotation. However, Colon has been one of the bright spots in the Texas rotation this season. In three starts, Colon has pitched 19 1/3 innings with six earned... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Moore Is a Risky Start Monday

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Moore faces off against the Oakland Athletics on Monday in Arlington. Coming off his best start of the season in Tampa Bay -- six strikeouts and zero earned runs in seven innings -- may make him a potential starter in some leagues. However, Moore, who has a 5.59 ERA and... Read More

1 year ago

Cesar Hernandez (2B) - Week 4 Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 60% of leagues ANALYSIS: Ever since his breakout in 2015 Cesar Hernandez has gone from strength to strength. In 2015, he hit one home run, had 19 steals and a .272 average. In 2016, he then hit six HRs and upped the average to .294. Then in... Read More

1 year ago

Keone Kela Gets a Save on Sunday

In his first outing since taking a loss on Friday, Texas Rangers closer Keone Kela got a save on Sunday. It was the Rangers first opportunity to close a game since Friday and it was extremely promising they turned back to Kela, despite his rough outing. In Sunday's outing, Kela gave up two hits, but... Read More

1 year ago


Doug Fister Heading Towards Return

Texas Rangers starting pitch Doug Fister threw a 58-pitch bullpen session on Friday. He came threw it well and will now be evaluated, before probably heading for a couple of rehab outings. In his three starts, he has given up six earned runs in 13 2/3 innings with 13 strikeouts and five walks. In his... Read More

1 year ago

Keone Kela Takes Loss On Friday

Texas Rangers relief pitcher Keone Kela took his first loss of the season on Friday against the Mariners. Kela pitched the top of the ninth with the game tied. He gave up two singles, a sacrifice and a steal before Jean Segura drove in two runs with a double. Segura later scored after Kela was... Read More

1 year ago

Danny Duffy to Start Saturday in Detroit

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy will hope to keep his good run of form going when he takes the mound in Detroit on Saturday. Duffy has given up just one earned run in his last 11 1/3 innings, striking out 15. In his career, Duffy has a 3.40 ERA across eight starts and... Read More

1 year ago

Salvador Perez Could Return Earlier Than Expected

Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez (knee) threw out two base runners in his rehab start at Triple-A on Thursday. Afterwards, Perez told reporters he felt good and should be back soon. It is now looking increasingly like Perez will return Monday for the Royals series against the Brewers. The Royals enter Friday at 3-13... Read More

1 year ago

Aledmys Diaz (SS) - Week 3 Waiver Wire Pickups

Aledmys Diaz burst onto the scene as a rookie in 2016 with the St. Louis Cardinals. In 460 plate appearances he hit .300 with 17 home runs. However, he failed to back that up in 2017 hitting just .259 with 7 HR in 301 PAs before being optioned to Triple-A. Díaz is not the first... Read More

1 year ago


Delino DeShields to Begin Rehab Thursday

Texas Rangers outfielder Delino DeShields will head to Double-A Frisco to rehab on Thursday and Friday. He will be assessed further Saturday and could re-join the Rangers for the start of the following week. DeShields only managed eight at-bats before getting injured. Last season, he had his most successful year in the major leagues with... Read More

1 year ago

Renato Nunez Plays Third Base

Texas Rangers outfielder Renato Nunez is in the Texas starting lineup for the second time in four days. He is playing third base Wednesday, allowing Adrian Beltre to have a game as the designated hitter. Nunez went 1-for-4 with one strikeout in his Rangers debut. If he can be competent at the plate, he could... Read More

1 year ago

Jurickson Profar Remains Out Wednesday

Texas Rangers infielder Jurickson Profar remains out of the lineup Wednesday after suffering a concussion Monday. Profar has been placed in the concussion protocol but has not gone on the 7-day disabled list. The Rangers are continuing with Isiah Kiner-Falefa at shortstop. Shortstop is one of the positions Kiner-Falefa has the least experience at, so... Read More

1 year ago

Ryan Braun Sitting Unexpectedly Wednesday

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has been forced out of the lineup Wednesday due to his calf injury flaring up. Indications are that Braun was due to be in the lineup for a second straight day had it not been for the injury. This will be the third day in four games that Braun has... Read More

1 year ago

Wilson Ramos Sitting Wednesday

Tampa Bay Rays catcher Wilson Ramos continues his pattern of sitting every third game for the Rays. With Ramos still only a year removed from recovering from a torn ACL, the Rays seem keen to get him as much rest as possible. Their decision will be made easier by Ramos' early-season struggles at the plate.... Read More

1 year ago


Andrew Triggs Offers Potential for Big Rewards

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Andrew Triggs has an outing against one of the more strikeout-happy teams in the majors, the Chicago White Sox, on Wednesday, presenting the opportunity for a big day. Triggs has struck out 17 in 15 2/3 innings this season and the White Sox are averaging 10.4 strikeouts per game through 14... Read More

1 year ago

Cole Hamels has the Potential for a Big Day

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Cole Hamels has struggled so far in 2018, giving up a league-leading seven home runs in his four outings. Despite this tendency to give up homers, he has actually only had two really bad starts. He now gets to face a team that ranks 27th in HRs and 26th in slugging... Read More

1 year ago

Max Moroff, David Freese, Sean Rodriguez Playing Wednesday

The Pittsburgh Pirates are making use of their hitting depth on Wednesday. Max Moroff will make his first appearance at second base since being called up to the majors. David Freese and Sean Rodriguez also get starts against the left-handed Kyle Freeland. Ironically, Freese has actually been better when facing right-handed pitchers this season, but... Read More

1 year ago

Corey Dickerson and Colin Moran Sitting Wednesday

Both Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Corey Dickerson and third baseman Colin Moran are out of the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup Wednesday. Both are off to good starts this season. Dickerson is hitting .328 with one home run and two steals in 65 plate appearances. Moran is hitting .298 and also has one home run in 53 plate appearances. With... Read More

1 year ago

Gregory Polanco Sitting For Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates are taking advantage of an early start on Wednesday to get outfielder Gregory Polanco a day off. Polanco is hitting just .197 this season but has five home runs and 15 RBI. Polanco is on pace to hit 50 HRs and .050 lower than he has in the last three seasons. Going forward,... Read More

1 year ago


Chad Kuhl May Be A Potential Streamer

Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Chad Kuhl throwing against a Rockies offense with as much potential for damage as they have is not something that immediately feels like a good idea. However, in day games, Kuhl has a 2.73 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 69 1/3 innings across 14 starts. Additionally, in his one start at... Read More

1 year ago

Matt Moore Successful in Homecoming

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Matt Moore made the most of his return to Tropicana Field with six strikeouts and zero earned runs given up in seven innings. Moore had been terrible leading into Tuesday night, with 12 earned runs allowed in 12 1/3 innings and just nine strikeouts. He has been unable to be a... Read More

1 year ago

Danny Duffy Dominates Blue Jays

In the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Danny Duffy continued to turn his season around. Duffy struggled early in 2018, giving up eight earned runs in 9 2/3 innings with just eight strikeouts in his first two starts. In his last two starts, he has 15 strikeouts and has allowed... Read More

1 year ago

Clay Buchholz Assigned to Double-A

Following time in extended spring training, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Clay Buchholz (forearm) has been assigned to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Buchholz is looking to try and restart his career after missing most of 2017 following surgery on his right forearm. He has an opt-out on May 1, so expect to see the Royals make... Read More

1 year ago

Renato Nunez Claimed by the Rangers

Outfielder Renato Nunez was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers Sunday. Nunez was added to the 25-man roster at the expense of Ryan Rua on Monday. Nunez goes straight into the lineup for Monday's game, hitting sixth and playing in left field. Nunez has not had much success so far in just 31 major... Read More

1 year ago


Ryan Rua Optioned to Triple-A

Texas Rangers outfielder Ryan Rua was optioned to Triple-A Monday to make space for Renato Nunez. Rua has failed to build on his promising rookie season where he hit .295 in 109 plate appearances. Since then, he has failed to hit above .258 in any season. Across five seasons, he has hit 18 home runs... Read More

1 year ago

Salvador Perez Hits Home Run in First Rehab Outing

In his first rehab outing with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Salvador Perez cleared the fences. This was Perez's first official game of the year after injuring himself in spring training. This season, the Royals catchers are hitting just .184, so this will be a welcome sight for the Royals. It is expected that Perez will need... Read More

1 year ago

Tony Sanchez Acquired By Rangers

The Texas Rangers acquired Tony Sanchez from the Cincinnati Reds on Monday afternoon. Sanchez has been assigned to Triple-A, where he will share catching duties with recently-acquired Cameron Rupp. In his major league career, Sanchez has hit .257 with four home runs in 156 career plate appearances. His minor league numbers are actually worse with... Read More

1 year ago

Bartolo Colon Strikes Out Seven

Texas Rangers starting pitcher Bartolo Colon carried a perfect game into the eighth inning on Sunday night against the Astros. He gave up a walk and a hit to the first two hitters in the eighth and his superb outing ended in a no-decision. Colon struck out seven, giving up one hit and one walk... Read More

1 year ago

Nomar Mazara Returns to Rangers Line-up

After a day off with neck stiffness, Nomar Mazara returned to the Texas Rangers line-up Sunday. Mazara hit third in the line-up and was the team’s designated hitter. The quick return to the line-up is certainly promising in suggesting the neck problem will not be a long-term issue. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts on... Read More

1 year ago


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