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About Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller

From Buffalo NY, but my favorite team has always been Cleveland. Ill ride that train until I die. However! Rule #1: Do not mix fantasy and your favorite team. Been playing fantasy longer than I can remember. Love it. Hoping to write some helpful stuff!

Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller has written 249 articles so far, you can find them below.

Week 14 Waiver Wire: Points Leagues

Points leagues are a different beast compared to rotisserie leagues, as you are looking for someone who can fill the whole stat sheet, and when you can find some of those guys on the wire, they are golden. Here are a few guys who can contribute in deep points leagues, one at each position to... Read More

2 years ago

Strikeout Rate Risers and Fallers for Week 13: Buy or Sell?

Missing bats is the #1 way a pitcher can control his own fate. If hitters make contact, the pitcher is largely at the mercy of the atmosphere, the weather, the ball park, the ability/work ethic of his fielders, and sometimes just sheer luck. This is ultimately why strikeouts are so important. By looking at pitchers... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Schoop Succeeding With Lineup Move

It’s been a nice stretch of games for Jonathan Schoop since being moved up to the number three hole in the batting order. Over the past week (from June 22 on), Schoop has hit .346/.419/.538 with a home run and six runs batted in. He has had four multi-hit performances, with three extra-base hits over... Read More

2 years ago

Ubaldo Jimenez Tosses Gem But Is Still An Unreliable Option

Ubaldo Jimenez has to be one of the most unpredictable pitchers in all of baseball. On the heels of a 2 1/3 inning, nine-run performance against the Tampa Bay Rays, he posted his best outing of the season on Thursday against the Toronto Blue Jays. He hurled eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits with... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Tillman Will Start Today Against Rays

With Chris Tillman ad his wife expecting their first child, it was unknown whether or not he would be able to make his scheduled start on Friday. The option was there for him to have his start pushed back to Saturday, but it looks like he will make his start today against the Tampa Bay... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Tillman Tentatively Starting Friday, May be Pushed to Saturday

Chris Tillman is scheduled to start at home Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays. However, with the team currently in Toronto, he was sent back to Baltimore early to tend to his wife. They are expecting their first very child soon, which may push Tillman’s start back to Saturday. If that ends up being the... Read More

2 years ago

Zach Britton Ready for Back-to-Back Rehab Outings

Zach Britton is nearing a return from the disabled list, but still has one last hurdle to leap over. On Thursday and Friday he will throw back-to-back outings for the first time in his rehab. He is set to pitch Thursday with Double-A Bowie, before heading to High-A Frederick on Friday. After that, he will... Read More

2 years ago

Trey Mancini, Seth Smith Lead Offense in Loss

It was a tough day for the Baltimore Orioles offense on Wednesday. Against Marcus Stroman and the Toronto Blue Jays, they mustered only five hits (all singles) in the loss. Trey Mancini and Seth Smith each went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles, while the rest of the lineup went 1-for-23. Power outages like this... Read More

2 years ago

Wade Miley Touched Up in Loss, ERA Climbs

After a hot start, it’s been all downhill for Wade Miley. Against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday he lasted five innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with four walks and five strikeouts. He has now failed to make it through the sixth in five straight starts, and has allowed at least... Read More

2 years ago

Mark Trumbo Drives in Two, Working Out of Slump

The month of June hasn’t been the best for Mark Trumbo, though the slugger is working his way back into the good graces of fantasy owners. His slash line for the month is .237/.308/.381, however over the past six games it has risen to .280/.333/.400. On Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, he went 2-for-4... Read More

2 years ago

Brad Brach Pitches Shaky Ninth, Earns Save

With the Baltimore Orioles up 3-0 on the Toronto Blue Jays, Brad Brach entered the game in the ninth to close the door. He allowed a two-out home run to Troy Tulowitzki, but that was all the damage done in the 3-1 win. He struck out two and walked none. It was his 14th save... Read More

2 years ago

Kevin Gausman Notches Win, Turning a Corner

Kevin Gausman earned his first win in nearly a month, shutting down the Toronto Blue Jays offense on Tuesday. He didn’t earn the quality start, but pitched 5 1/3 innings allowing no runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He’s allowed a combined three runs in his past two starts against top-notch... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Tillman Shelled Yet Again, Unownable in Fantasy

Over the weekend Chris Tillman made a start against the Tampa Bay Rays. Despite Baltimore winning the game 8-5, they got little help from Tillman. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Outside of his first start, he has been downright awful this... Read More

2 years ago

Despite Improvements, Bench Kevin Gausman for Tuesday’s Start

Kevin Gausman made some notable improvements in his last start, despite taking yet another loss. Against a stout Cleveland Indians offense on June 21, he pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs on six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. The nine strikeouts were a season high, and it was the first time during... Read More

2 years ago

Trey Mancini Continues Mashing with Regular Playing Time

Trey Mancini has been on an offensive tear for the Baltimore Orioles this month. During June, he has hit .365/.407/.706 with seven home runs, 16 runs scored, and 19 runs batted in. His strikeout rate has been 25.3% this month, which is a slight improvement from the 26.4% K% he’s posted for the season. Mancini... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Schoop Rewarded, Moved Up in Order

Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been having a career-year at the plate for the Baltimore Orioles. Not only have fantasy owners been excited about him, manager Buck Showalter has noticed also. On Thursday he was moved from the sixth spot in the order up to the third spot. Over the past four games hitting higher... Read More

2 years ago

Chris Davis Given Injections to Speed Up Recovery

Chris Davis, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list back on June 14, is still dealing with the effects of his strained right oblique. The Baltimore Orioles still can’t give an exact timetable on the injury, though they are prepared to be without him until after the All-Star break. To speed up the process,... Read More

2 years ago

Darren O’Day to Return on Friday from DL

Darren O’Day is set to return from the disabled list Friday, when the Baltimore Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays. He looked good in a simulated game on Wednesday, and reported no setbacks on Thursday. He has been on the DL since June 9 with shoulder discomfort. Expect him to immediately return to his... Read More

2 years ago

Zach Britton Pitching Well During Rehab Assignment

Zach Britton still has a ways to go in his rehab, but the early results have looked good for the lock-down reliever. He threw a second scoreless inning in Low-A Delmarva, allowing one hit with two strikeouts over 16 pitches (11 for strikes). His sinker looked good with plenty of life, and his fastball topped... Read More

2 years ago

Wade Miley Earns Loss Thursday

It’s been a tough month of June for Wade Miley. Heading into Thursday’s start against the Cleveland Indians, he had allowed at least four of his past five starts. It is now five of his past six starts; on Thursday Miley allowed four runs through five innings of work. He allowed eight hits, with two... Read More

2 years ago

Jonathan Schoop Leads All Second Basemen with 14 HR

Jonathan Schoop is proving his strong 2016 season was no joke by having an even more impressive 2017. Against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night, he went 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run, his 14th of the season. He now leads all second baseman in HR, two ahead of four other players.... Read More

2 years ago

Manny Machado Flexes Muscles in Big Win

There’s the version of Manny Machado we thought we were getting on draft day. Against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night he went 4-for-4 at the plate with two home runs, three runs scored, and four runs batted in. It was easily his best performance in what’s been a disappointing season so far. The Baltimore... Read More

2 years ago

Brad Brach Earns Tough Save, May be Unavailable Wednesday

Brad Brach was able to shut the door and earn his 13th save on Tuesday night, but the Cleveland Indians didn’t make it easy on him. He was forced to throw 30 pitches in his one inning of work, throwing only 19 for strikes. He let up one hit and one walk, and allowed a... Read More

2 years ago

Week 12: Waiver Wire: Deeper Points Leagues

Points leagues are a different beast compared to rotisserie leagues, as you are looking for someone who can fill the whole stat sheet, and when you can find some of those guys on the wire, they are golden. Here are a few guys who can contribute in deep points leagues, one at each position to... Read More

2 years ago

J.J. Hardy to DL, Manny Machado to Stay at Third Base

J.J. Hardy has officially been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured right wrist. He is expected to be sidelined for the next four-to-six weeks before resuming baseball activities. He is not expected to need surgery on the wrist. It would have been nice to see Manny Machado take over shortstop to maintain... Read More

2 years ago

Dylan Bundy Shelled, Tough June Continues

The Baltimore Orioles got completely run over by the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Dylan Bundy started and cruised through three innings before running into trouble in the fourth. He allowed four doubles in that one inning alone, and the bleeding didn’t stop after that. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on six... Read More

2 years ago

Mark Trumbo, Trey Mancini Blast HRs in Big Win

The Baltimore Orioles had been sputtering of late, but you couldn’t tell by how they looked on Sunday. Baltimore lit up St. Louis Cardinals starter Lance Lynn for seven earned runs, eventually winning 8-5. As per usual Baltimore won via the long ball, and plenty of Orioles got in on the party. Mark Trumbo, Trey... Read More

2 years ago

Darren O’Day to Throw Bullpen Session Monday

For the first time since landing on the disabled list, Darren O’Day is scheduled to throw off a mound on Monday. He has been on the DL since June 7 with a right shoulder strain. The Baltimore Orioles will see how the outing goes before deciding what route to take next in his rehab. Baltimore... Read More

2 years ago

J.J. Hardy Hit By Pitch on Wrist, DL Stint Likely

During a fourth inning at bat against Lance Lynn and the St. Louis Cardinals, J.J. Hardy was hit by a pitch on the right wrist. He lasted until the sixth inning, but was ultimately lifted and replaced by Reuben Tejada at shortstop. He was sent for X-rays, and will go for a follow-up scan on... Read More

2 years ago

Brad Brach Notches 12th Save in Win

After the St. Louis Cardinals cut the Baltimore Orioles lead to three on Sunday night, Brad Brach was called in to close the door. He pitched a clean ninth inning with one strikeout to lock down his 12th save of the season. Brach has only allowed one hit with no walks in June, and hasn’t... Read More

2 years ago

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