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About Chris Zolli - RotoBaller

Born in New Jersey, but living in South Carolina, Chris is the Divisional Lead for the NL Central and AL West. His previous work can be seen on FantasyPros, where he was the MLB Team Lead for two seasons, as well as FanGraphs.

Chris Zolli - RotoBaller has written 345 articles so far, you can find them below.


The Milwaukee Brewers will continue to play "musical catchers" with Manny Pina starting and batting sixth on Thursday and Jett Bandy sitting. Bandy is 5-for-9 with a home run and two doubles against left-handed pitchers like Arizona's Robbie Ray, but manager Craig Counsell opted for Pina, who has a .786 OPS and a home run... Read More

Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Tyler Danish will start the second game of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, facing Matthew Boyd. Danish made three appearances for the White Sox in 2016, allowing two runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings, but this will be his first big league start. The 22-year-old carries a respectable... Read More

Detroit Tigers pitcher Buck Farmer will be called up to start the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the White Sox. Farmer will be the Tigers' 26th man, so he will get the start and then will be sent back to Triple-A Toledo. The nightcap will be started by left-hander Matt Boyd. Farmer is winless... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays reliever Brad Boxberger (lat, forearm) is slated for live batting practice sessions Monday and Thursday in Port Charlotte. Boxberger converted 41 saves as the Rays closer in 2015 but has not yet pitched this season and will be the setup man when he returns. He permanently lost his job when he underwent... Read More

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (calf) played five innings at third base on Thursday and took six plate appearances in an extended spring training game. If all goes well in his rehab, Beltre could make his season debut Monday after recovering from a calf injury. The proposed timeline is a substantial jump from the... Read More

The New York Mets scratched starting pitcher Jacob deGrom from his start on Thursday, and Rafael Montero will start in his place. Montero has an 8.10 ERA in 16 2/3 innings this season, striking out 16 batters, and his WHIP sits at 2.52. He lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his last start, allowing five earned... Read More

Cleveland Indians outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall will be placed on the seven-day concussion diabled list after he said he was feeling "groggy." This comes after Chisenhall was removed from the lineup for Wednesday's game with what the team called a "possible head injury." He has an .877 OPS this season, coming on strong over the last... Read More

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw will sit against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, with infielder Hernan Perez drawing the start against left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray. Perez will bat cleanup, and this is just a normal day of rest for Shaw against a left-hander. The 27-year-old Shaw has an .899 OPS against left-handed pitchers, and Perez is... Read More

Houston Astros starting pitcher Collin McHugh (shoulder) threw for the first time in his rehab from an injury that has kept him out for the whole season. McHugh had his moments last season, but he saw his ERA rise for the third straight season, ending with a 4.34 ERA and 1.41 WHIP. His strikeout rate... Read More

Houston Astros catcher Brian McCann is set to come off of the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, as he said that he feels 100 percent. McCann believes he was concussed after taking a 97 mph pitch to the face mask and has been staying in shape as he monitors how he feels. Evan Gattis... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Andriese pitched eight scoreless innings against the Angels on Thursday, allowing only two walks and six hits. Andriese struck out five batters against Los Angeles and saw his ERA dip to 3.24 for the season while his WHIP dropped to 1.27. This is the fourth straight decision that Andriese... Read More

J.A. Happ Gets Good News

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher J.A. Happ (elbow) is expected to need as many as three rehab starts, but general manager Ross Atkins is optimistic that Happ could be viable big league option within the next 10 to 15 days. Happ has been on the disabled list since May 13 with elbow inflammation and this... Read More

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher David Price started for Triple-A Pawtucket last night, pitching 3 2/3 innings and allowing six runs (three earned) on seven hits. He struck out four batters and walked one but looked like he had a tougher time with a Triple-A lineup than a top-of-the-line MLB pitcher should. All was not... Read More

San Francisco Giants third baseman Eduardo Nunez tweaked his hamstring on Wednesday night but finished the game, going 2-for-4. The Giants expect Nunez to stay in the lineup, but the injury will limit him on the basepaths -- a disappointment considering his 12 stolen bases this season. Nunez has been hot at the plate lately,... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison finished 1-for-2 with a double, run scored and two walks against the Angels on Wednesday. This now gives Morrison 13 extra-base hits this month, including seven home runs, and he has also added 18 RBI for Tampa Bay. Morrison has 12 home runs and 32 RBI this season,... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza Jr. finished 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBI on Wednesday night. This is a big story because Souza, coming into Wednesday's contest with the Angels, only had one home run in May and was 6-for-56 this month. His batting average still sits at an anemic .136 for... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez allowed two runs on four hits in six innings against the Angels on Wednesday, moving to 3-0 on the season. Ramirez has been starting in place of Blake Snell and has now allowed four runs over two starts (11 2/3 innings) and has a 3.00 ERA this season.... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu may be headed to the Dodgers bullpen in a long-relief role, as manager Dave Roberts said that he will not pitch this weekend against the Cubs. Roberts has not revealed who will start in Ryu's place, but his poor run of play may make him the lost man... Read More

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (elbow) had a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injection, but his return status is still up in the air. Chen has only pitched twice in the last month, posting a 4.91 ERA, and the Marlins will monitor his status after the treatment. The 31-year-old southpaw missed two months of the 2016... Read More

Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez may be on the way out of the Orioles rotation, as manager Buck Showalter will not say who will start on Sunday. This is a story because Jimenez is set to pitch on Sunday, and he just pitched four innings and allowed six earned runs on nine hits in... Read More

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel underwent his normal post-start routine today, according to manager A.J. Hinch, a good sign for the 10-day disabled list ridden pitcher. Keuchel was put on the disabled list on May 20, suffering from a pinched nerve in his neck, and his progress today leads to the thought that he... Read More

Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (illness) will be out of the Astros lineup tonight against the Tigers. Correa also missed Tuesday's game with the Tigers with the same illness, and infielder Marwin Gonzalez will start at shortstop and hit second. Gonzalez is 7-for-28 with three home runs against left-handed pitchers this season like the Tigers' Daniel... Read More

San Francisco Giants outfielder Denard Span (thumb) will be back in the lineup for the Giants, leading off against the Cubs on Wednesday. The swelling in Span's thumb is down and an X-ray was negative, so the Giants will have him lead off against starter Kyle Hendricks. Span only has a .300 wOBA this season but... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brad Miller (oblique) had a good day on Wednesday and has been swinging, taking ground balls and now running, according to manager Kevin Cash. Infielder Daniel Robertson will probably continue to play in Miller's place, and this just adds to the poor season that Miller is having. Miller has lost the... Read More

Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Jesse Hahn left Tuesday's start against the Marlins with fatigue that has since been diagnosed as a right triceps strain. Hahn had allowed five runs on seven hits against Miami before departing, easily the worst start of the season for Hahn, who had a 3.02 ERA and 1.20 WHIP coming into... Read More

Oakland Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso returned to the lineup yesterday after missing four games with a sprained left knee but was out of the game in the seventh inning after getting hit by a pitch on the left wrist. Outfielder Mark Canha moved from center to first in the top of the seventh and outfielder Rajai... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb allowed four runs on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings against the Angels on Tuesday. Cobb walked three and struck out five, saddled with the loss after the Rays were blanked in a 4-0 defeat. He has allowed at least three runs in each of his last three... Read More

Tampa Bay Rays infielder Brad Miler (abdomen) has been very limited in baseball activities and will not be off of the disabled list on Friday like initially hoped. Infielder Daniel Robertson will probably continue to play in Miller's place, and this just adds to the poor season that Miller is having. Miller has lost the... Read More

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson finished 0-for-2 with two strikeouts for High-A Dunedin on Monday. Donaldson has been on the shelf since April 13 due to an aggravation of his right calf strain, and Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has frequently alluded to his imminent return. Getting back to the field is good,... Read More

Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki finished 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout for High-A Dunedin on Monday. Him being back on the field is a good sign, but Toronto hoped that he would be with the major league team by this point. Tulowitzki was sidelined on Thursday after playing back-to-back minor league games... Read More

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