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About Steve McCarthy - RotoBaller

Born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. Sports and Beer enthusiast. People tell me I look like a mix between Ryan Reynolds and Sloth from The Goonies.

Steve McCarthy - RotoBaller has written 161 articles so far, you can find them below.


Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin struck out 10 batters while throwing seven scoreless innings on Tuesday in a win against the Cubs. Even after this start, Chacin still has a 3.91 ERA and 1.22 WHIP on the season with a low strikeout rate which doesn't offer a lot of upside. Chacin is a two... Read More

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun slugged two home runs during Tuesday's win versus the Cubs. Due to his age, injury concerns, down season and the Brewers abundance of hitters, Braun was looking to be the odd man out most days in the lineup, but he might be playing his way into more playing time. Braun... Read More

Lorenzo Cain Homers In Win

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain stayed hot on Tuesday with two hits, including a homer. Cain has been on fire lately with a .365 average and .919 OPS over the last two weeks with a couple of steals. Though he doesn't provide a lot of power, Cain is a great source of average and runs... Read More

Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been rule out through at least Tuesday and is headed back to Houston to see the team doctors. Altuve has been on the disabled list with a knee issue and though it's uncertain whether this is a setback or planned, it means that the earliest we could see... Read More

San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is starting at first base on Sunday after leaving Friday's game and sitting Saturday with concussion symptoms. Posey was able to pass a concussion test Saturday afternoon and was cleared to play Sunday. Posey has been red hot over the last two weeks hitting .400 with a .933 OPS,... Read More

Seattle Mariners second baseman Dee Gordon is out of the lineup for the second day in a row on Sunday. Gordon initially left Thursday's game after twisting his right ankle, then played Friday and now has sat the last two days. Hopefully Gordon doesn't miss too much more time, but even if he doesn't, the... Read More

Houston Astros reliever Roberto Osuna was reinstated Sunday from his 75 game suspension. It has been a while since Osuna has pitched, so he may not take over the closer role immediately, but he did through seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in the minors before being reinstated, which is encouraging. Osuna is a most... Read More

Houston Astros starter Lance McCullers Jr. was sent to the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with right elbow discomfort. McCullers exited Saturday's game against the Dodgers with the injury, but the extent of the injury is currently unknown. There should be a more in depth update soon, but right elbow discomfort sounds worrisome. Collin McHugh... Read More

Joey Votto Out Sunday

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto is getting a rare day off Sunday against the Nationals. Votto is prone to having frustrating first halves, then making up for it after the All Star Break, but we have yet to see signs that it is coming this year. After putting up 36 home runs with a... Read More

Miami Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto is out of the lineup Sunday against the Phillies. Realmuto has been playing a lot recently and needs a day off and has a .125/.222/.125 slash line against Aaron Nola in his career, so the Marlins decided today would be a good day to rest him up. Realmuto should be... Read More

Jesus Aguilar Out Sunday

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Colorado. With the additions of Jonathan Schoop and Mike Moustakas, the Brewers have too many players for everyone to play every day and Aguilar is going to be sitting more often. After being scorching hot for most of the season,... Read More

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Lorenzo Cain is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Colorado. It's just a normal day of rest for Cain and he should be back in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres. Cain has been decent so far this season with a .294 average with 19 steals, but the eight home... Read More

Milwaukee Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants. Shaw has a slash line of .210/.286/.247 against left handed pitching this season and the lefty Andrew Suarez is starting for the Giants. On top of that, the Brewers just acquired third baseman Mike Moustakas, so Shaw might... Read More

New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto has been mostly dreadful this season but has been starting to show his potential in the last two weeks batting .333 with a 1.077 OPS. After hitting .279 with 27 home runs in 373 at-bats last season, Conforto was looking to have a breakout season, but ended up having... Read More

Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich homered again on Saturday and drove in three more runs as he now owns a .318/.384/.527 slash line on the season. Yelich has been insanely hot as of late batting a ridiculous .548 with a 1.639 OPS over the past two weeks. Obviously, this kind of production is unsustainable, but... Read More

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo had gotten off to a rough start to the season but is finally starting to heat up. Rizzo is hitting .429 with a 1.218 OPS over the last two weeks as the Cubs offense is starting to come alive again as they now rank fifth in the majors in... Read More

Colorado Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon was called up Sunday morning and is starting at first base and batting sixth. McMahon has some potential as a prospect with a career .297 average in the minors with decent power and speed. However, he has yet to realize that potential in the majors. McMahon was up with... Read More

Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets. Cervelli had just been activated from the seven day concussion DL on Friday and there were real concerns about whether he would ever catch again. The Pirates are just being cautious with their veteran, especially while they are so... Read More

Colorado Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond is getting a breather for Sunday's game against the Athletics. Desmond has been on a tear recently hitting .326 with an .891 OPS over the past month. However, Desmond is a well known streaky player and it's uncertain how long this hot streak will last. He is batting .242... Read More

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Yangervis Solarte is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox. Solarte has been abysmal at the plate over the last month batting just .174 with a .486 OPS. Considering the emergence of Lourdes Gurriel Jr and the acquisition of Brandon Drury, Solarte looks to be the... Read More

Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is out of the lineup for Sunday's game at Houston. Andrus has been enjoying some success over the past two weeks hitting .375 with a .997 OPS. This is just a normal day of rest for him and he should be back Monday at the Diamondbacks. Jurickson Profar is taking... Read More

Oakland Athletics outfielder Khris Davis is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Giants. Davis has been dealing with a minor shoulder injury over the past few days, but was able to play Saturday. The A's are more than likely just being cautious with him and giving him an early start to the... Read More

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner is absent from the starting lineup for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday. Turner has been dealing with a hip injury that's been sidelining him and the Dodgers want to play it safe and rest him up heading into the All Star break so that he is hopefully... Read More

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres. Schwarber has been playing more recently and taking advantage of it hitting .333 with a 1.012 OPS over the past two weeks. However, Schwarber is still pretty bad against lefties slugging just .280 against them compared to his .551... Read More

San Francisco Giants starter Jeff Samardzija was bad again Saturday in his second start back from the disabled list. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks, but lasted only 55 pitches before needed to come out of the game. He also struck out just one batter. Samardzija has been just bad... Read More

San Francisco Giants outfielder Steven Duggar went 2-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs in Saturday's loss to the A's. Duggar has been decently productive since being called up batting .320 with an .866 OPS while playing almost everyday. Still, he doesn't provide much power or speed and has been hitting all over... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Jose Martinez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Martinez has been hot over the last week batting .412 with a .971 OPS, but this is the second straight day that he has been on the bench. This usually wouldn't be cause for too much concern,... Read More

Houston Astros outfielder Kyle Tucker is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers. Tucker has not been the lightning in a bottle that everyone expected him to be so far, but it's still early. Mike Trout didn't do so hot when he first came up either. Though it is concerning that... Read More

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Scott Schebler is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals after injuring his right shoulder Saturday making a catch. The severity of the injury is unknown at this point, but all signs say that it's not too serious. Unfortunately for Schebler owners, the Reds have too many outfielders with... Read More

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham is out of the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds. Pham has been dreadful recently and doesn't have a hit in the last week. In the last month, Pham is batting .157 with a .545 OPS and hasn't even attempted a steal since June 16th. At this... Read More

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