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About Harris Yudin - RotoBaller

Harris Yudin is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz with a degree in journalism. He is a writer and editor, covering fantasy baseball, football and basketball. He is a fan of the Packers, Mets, Rangers, Knicks and North Carolina Tar Heels. Harris can be found on Twitter @hayudi18.

Harris Yudin - RotoBaller has written 578 articles so far, you can find them below.


Chris Archer Struggles Early Against Royals; Officially Unstartable on the Road

Chris Archer allowed two runs in each of the first two innings on Wednesday, and the Rays weren’t able to make up the deficit. He finished with four earned runs on eight hits and two walks with four strikeouts over six innings of work. His 4.75 ERA is incredibly disappointing given Archer’s history of consistent... Read More

4 years ago

Corey Dickerson Homers, Knocks in Four Runs; Monster Powers Numbers vs. RHP

Corey Dickerson went 2-for-4 with four RBI in Tuesday’s loss to the Royals, including a three-run homer in the second inning. Following a horrid 14-game streak during which he held a .000 BABIP, Dickerson has picked up four multi-hit games and raised his batting average to .204. While he absolutely cannot hit left-handed pitching, he... Read More

4 years ago

Brad Boxberger Allows Two Runs in Season Debut; Could be Headed Back to DL

Having not appeared in a game this season, Brad Boxberger came in to pitch the sixth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Royals, with the Rays losing 8-4. He served up a two-run homer to Kendrys Morales before leaving the game with a muscle strain on his left side— the same side on which he... Read More

4 years ago

Drew Smyly Lit up by Royals; Finishes May on a Low Note

Drew Smyly was tagged for eight runs on 12 hits and one walk over four innings pitched on Tuesday, as the Rays fell to the Royals 10-5. The worst start of his career was highlighted by a five-run fourth inning in which the Royals batted around the entire lineup. After his stellar 2.60 ERA in... Read More

4 years ago

Logan Morrison Hitting and Running His Way onto Fantasy Radars

Logan Morrison has cooled off a bit since his crazy 10-day stretch, but he continues to work towards turning his season around. The Rays’ first baseman went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday’s 6-2 loss to the Royals, raising his triple slash line to .231/.320/.323. He seems to be in a... Read More

4 years ago


Matt Andriese Earns No Decision Against Royals; Quality Start Machine

Matt Andriese went seven strong innings on Monday, allowing just one earned run on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts. He picked up his fourth quality start in five career outings, but the Rays couldn’t provide him with any run support and he walked away without a decision. Andriese owns a 2.36 ERA... Read More

4 years ago

Phil Hughes Demoted to Bullpen; Kyle Gibson Rejoining Twins’ Rotation

The Twins removed Phil Hughes from the starting rotation following Saturday’s start, during which he allowed four runs on nine hits and three walks in just 4.2 innings pitched. Just two years removed from constructing the best strikeout to walk ratio of all-time for a starting pitcher, Hughes has posted a 5.74 ERA, a 1.43... Read More

4 years ago

Brad Boxberger Activated from Disabled List; Alex Colome’s Fantasy Value Not Necessarily Diminished

The Rays are set to activate relief pitcher Brad Boxberger from the disabled list on Monday. Boxberger is expected to re-take the closer role, but manager Kevin Cash said he will likely be worked in slowly, meaning interim closer Alex Colome could see another save opportunity or two. Still, Boxberger, who collected an American League-high... Read More

4 years ago

Steven Souza Strikes Out Three More Times; No Major Cause for Concern

Steven Souza went hitless with three strikeouts in three at-bats in Sunday’s loss to the Yankees. He has just one hit with 10 strikeouts over his last 16 AB, lowering his batting average from .279 to .258 in the process. He has homered just once since May 10, but he still has nine on the... Read More

4 years ago

Jake Odorizzi Flirts with No-Hitter; Closes out Strong May

Jake Odorizzi took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday, but a two-run homer by Starlin Castro foiled his plans and actually gave Odorizzi the loss. He completed seven strong innings with two runs allowed on just one hit and one walk with six strikeouts. The 26-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.36 and earned... Read More

4 years ago


Hank Conger Turns in Big Day; Likely a Fluke

Hank Conger drew the start at catcher for the second consecutive day — just the third time that has happened all season — and made the most of it, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored, two RBI and a fifth-inning home run. Saturday’s performance strengthened his case for a full-time platoon, but otherwise, Conger’s fantasy... Read More

4 years ago

Evan Longoria Powers Rays to Victory with Fifth Homer of May

Evan Longoria went 2-for-3 on Saturday with a mammoth two-run homer in the second inning that broke open the game for the Rays. He was very aggressive, as he only saw nine pitches over his four plate appearances. Longoria is now batting .254/.302/.466 with nine home runs on the year, and .277/.368/.511 with five home... Read More

4 years ago

Top Hitter Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 9

Whether it’s because of an injury or poor performance, there are always opportunities to stream players off the waiver wire. The best players to stream are those who are under-owned and face appealing match-ups for the upcoming week. Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the... Read More

4 years ago

Steve Pearce Homers Against a Right-Hander as Rays Fall to Yankees

Steve Pearce collected two of the Rays’ four hits on Friday night, including a ninth-inning solo shot that put the only run on the board for the Rays. The home run came against Kirby Yates, who is right-handed. It was his third of the year against such pitchers. Pearce hasn’t stopped ripping the cover off... Read More

4 years ago

Poor Defense Hinders Chris Archer in Loss

Chris Archer yielded four runs over eight innings in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Yankees, but he was credited with just one of those runs. Two consecutive errors in the sixth inning led to an RBI groundout and a two-run home run, and then Carlos Beltran went deep in the eighth. The Rays failed to... Read More

4 years ago


Drew Smyly Yields Five Runs in Sixth Loss of Season

Drew Smyly gave up five earned runs on six hits and one walk with four strikeouts (his season low) over six innings in Thursday’s 9-1 loss to the Marlins. After he allowed three runs in the second inning, a two-run homer by Chris Johnson in the third put away a game that was dominated on... Read More

4 years ago

Julio Urias (SP, LAD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in All Leagues OWNED IN: 7% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: The Dodgers are promoting top prospect Julio Urias for Friday’s game against the Mets, and have announced that he will be taking the start away from Alex Wood, who is dealing with soreness in his triceps. Urias, a 19-year-old left-hander purchased from Mexico in... Read More

4 years ago

Logan Morrison Continues Torrid Play; Take Advantage While He’s Hot

Logan Morrison has come out of nowhere to become one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He racked up three more hits, including a homer, in Wednesday’s loss to the Marlins, driving in all three of the Rays' runs. Against left-hander Justin Nicolino, no less. Morrison is 15-for-27 with three home runs, two stolen bases,... Read More

4 years ago

Brett Lawrie (2B/3B, CHW) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 25% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: Brett Lawrie owns a .251/.349/.443 slash line with six home runs, three stolen bases, 21 R and 20 RBI in 167 AB. He has matched or increased his home run total in each of his major league seasons, and is on pace to... Read More

4 years ago

Logan Morrison Collects Three Hits, Brings Average Above .200

Logan Morrison reached base in all four plate appearances on Tuesday, tallying three singles and a walk. With his big afternoon, Morrison’s slash line is up to .206/.309/.280— still not very good, but all three numbers are the best they have been all season. After an absolutely dreadful start to the season — 6-for-64, zero... Read More

4 years ago


Jake Odorizzi Knocks in One Run, Allows Zero in Second Consecutive Win

Jake Odorizzi turned in another solid outing on Tuesday afternoon. He held the Marlins scoreless over five innings, allowing just two hits and three walks while striking out seven. A high pitch count prevented Odorizzi from staying in the game, but he was very effective, nonetheless, and his ERA now shows 3.46. Odorizzi's RBI single... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Moore Bailed Out by Offense in No Decision; Value Plummeting

Matt Moore struggled for the fourth straight game, giving up five runs on ten hits and one walk with just three strikeouts in five innings pitched. His record remains unchanged, however, as the Rays strung together enough runs to let their starter off the hook. Moore hasn’t earned a quality start since April 17, and... Read More

4 years ago

Taylor Motter Vying for Playing Time

Taylor Motter picked up two hits, including a sixth inning home run, in his third career start on Monday. He knocked in three of the Rays’ six runs, one of which came on a double that gave them a 6-5 lead in the seventh inning. With Logan Forsythe and Kevin Kiermaier on the disabled list,... Read More

4 years ago

Melvin Upton (OF, SD) - Waiver Wire Pickups

BALLER MOVE: Add in 12+ Team Leagues OWNED IN: 15% Fleaflicker ANALYSIS: At this point in his career, the two biggest knocks about Melvin Upton are that he never lived up to expectations and that he is not his brother. Still, the older Upton has enjoyed a decent amount of success since joining the Padres... Read More

4 years ago

Top Hitter Waiver Wire Streamers for Week 8

Whether it’s because of an injury or poor performance, there are always opportunities to stream players off the waiver wire. The best players to stream are those who are under-owned and face appealing match-ups for the upcoming week. Here are five players who are readily available in Fleaflicker leagues and have attractive match-ups during the... Read More

4 years ago


Chris Archer Back to Losing Ways; Only Start at Home

Chris Archer surrendered six runs on eight hits and one walk with four strikeouts in three innings, earning his fifth loss of the season. The 27-year-old Archer owns a repulsive 5.16 ERA and an even uglier 1.61 WHIP. His home ERA is actually 2.35, but on the road, that number reads 7.42. Fantasy owners should... Read More

4 years ago

Kevin Kiermaier Breaks Hand, Mikie Mahtook Expected to Be Called Up

Kevin Kiermaier broke two bones in his left hand diving for a ball in the outfield on Saturday. The Rays will likely be without their defensive backbone for at least two months, and are expected to promote Mikie Mahtook, who has above-average raw power and could be a decent option in AL-Only leagues. Kiermaier had... Read More

4 years ago

Evan Longoria Homers, Makes Rays History in Loss

Evan Longoria homered off Michael Fulmer in the sixth inning of Saturday’s 5-4 loss to the Tigers, becoming the first player in Rays history to rack up 500 extra-base hits. He went just 1-for-4 in the game, so the homer also extended his hit streak to nine games. Longoria owns a .297/.361/.547 slash line in... Read More

4 years ago

Drew Smyly Collects First Quality Start of May

Drew Smyly earned the loss in Saturday’s game against the Tigers and fell to 2-5 on the year. However, he did toss his first quality start of the month in the process, allowing three runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 6.1 innings. A home meeting with the Marlins awaits Smyly,... Read More

4 years ago

Matt Andriese Shaky in Third Consecutive Win; Fantasy Value Depends on Matchup

Matt Andriese finally came back down to earth in Friday’s 7-5 win over the Tigers, as he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts over 5.1 innings. His ERA, which had previously been 0.56, now reads 2.11— still incredibly strong. However, this was his first career matchup against a strong... Read More

4 years ago


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