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About Troy Klauder - RotoBaller



Troy Klauder - RotoBaller has written 109 articles so far, you can find them below.


Brandon Belt Homers Twice

Brandon Belt hit two home runs against the Padres on Friday, one of them being his first career grand slam, and now he has three dingers in his last three games. It's important that Belt is showing this power early, as his fantasy value depends on hitting more than his usual 17 or 18 homers... Read More

3 years ago

Aaron Hill Could See Time in Left Field

After homering in his first start at second base on Thursday, Aaron Hill could be in line for more playing time. Since the Giants infield is already filled up, they are considering moving Hill into left field to keep his bat in the lineup. The 35-year-old Hill was double switched into left field but has... Read More

3 years ago

Jeff Samardzija Lit Up by the Diamondbacks

Jeff Samardzija gave up six earned in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, including three home runs. If there's a bright side, Samardzija was able to strike out nine, but he got absolutely crushed when the ball was put in play. It's certainly not an encouraging start for those who were hoping for... Read More

3 years ago

Hunter Pence Goes 2-for-5

Hunter Pence went 2-for-5 against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, hitting a triple and an RBI single. The key for Pence, turning 34 years old this season, will be to stay healthy, as he only played in 106 games last year and hasn't had a full season since 2014. Pence is always going to hit when... Read More

3 years ago

Brandon Belt Cracks His First Home Run

Brandon Belt went 2-for-5 with a solo shot off Taijuan Walker Wednesday night in Arizona. It will be interesting to see if Belt's increase in his fly-ball rate will carry over into 2017 and lead to more homers. However, playing in San Francisco is always going to suppress his power, so Belt is a much... Read More

3 years ago


Matt Moore Takes Loss in Arizona

Matt Moore pitched 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, giving up three earned runs and taking the loss. He struck out three and walked two, and also had three more unearned runs tacked on in the sixth inning. It wasn't a good start from Moore, but Chase Field and the D'backs are brutal... Read More

3 years ago

Gorkys Hernandez Drives in Four From Leadoff Spot

Gorkys Hernandez went 2-for-4 and collected four runs batted in against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Hernandez batted leadoff, filling in for the injured Denard Span. While the leadoff spot is great for Hernandez's value, Span should be back shortly and Hernandez will be relegated back to a platoon role with Jarrett Parker in left field.... Read More

3 years ago

Joe Panik Collects Three Hits in Giants Win

Joe Panik went 3-for-4 in the Giants' eight-run explosion over Arizona on Tuesday. Panik is in an awful spot batting eighth in the Giants lineup and offers almost no home run or stolen base production. However, he shouldn't be nearly as bad as he was in 2016 in terms of batting average and on-base percentage,... Read More

3 years ago

Johnny Cueto Allows Four Earned Against Arizona

Johnny Cueto gave up four earned runs against the Diamondbacks on Sunday, surrendering six hits on five strikeouts and two walks. He also had an eventful night on the basepaths, scoring all the way from first base and probably tiring himself out. Cueto didn't look like the ace he normally is, but fantasy owners shouldn't... Read More

3 years ago

Denard Span Out With Hip Tightness Tuesday; Could Play Wednesday

Denard Span is out of Tuesday's lineup with hip tightness and is considered day-to-day. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is optimistic that Span could be back in tomorrow's lineup. The hip bothering Span is the same one that was surgically repaired in 2015. This shouldn't be a serious injury, but the 33-year-old is certainly an injury... Read More

3 years ago


Andrew Bailey Likely to See Save Opportunities in Committee

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that he will be going with a closer-by-committee approach to the ninth inning, which means Andrew Bailey is likely to see some save opportunities. Cam Bedrosian is still the guy to own in the Angels' pen, but Bailey could be a nice add in deeper leagues if you're hurting for... Read More

3 years ago

Cam Bedrosian Will Be Deployed in Closer-By-Committee

Cam Bedrosian was told by Angels manager Mike Scioscia that he will be used in a closer "by committee," meaning he will likely share save opportunities with Andrew Bailey. Bedrosian is clearly the best pitcher in the Angels bullpen, racking up an 11.38 K/9 last year with a pristine 1.12 ERA. Even after this outstanding... Read More

3 years ago

Two-Start Pitcher Streamers for Week 1

Baseball season is here, which means it's time to maximize your innings and start grabbing pitchers with two starts this week. Week 1 is the toughest week to find under-the-radar options, since every team is trotting out their top starters to begin the week. The staggered schedule makes things harder as some teams won't even... Read More

3 years ago

Brandon Crawford Collects Two Hits

Brandon Crawford went 2-for-5 in Sunday's loss to Arizona, scoring one run. Crawford batted fifth in the San Francisco lineup, a nice spot for RBI opportunities behind Hunter Pence and Buster Posey. Crawford is a solid yet uninspiring middle infield option -- useful in deep leagues, but you could be better off streaming batters in shallower... Read More

3 years ago

Denard Span Bats Leadoff, Has Two Hits

Denard Span batted leadoff and went 2-for-5 in Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks. Span is in a good position to score runs atop the Giants lineup, but he doesn't offer any upside for home run or stolen base production. The 33-year-old put together a full season last year, although he has dealt with injuries in... Read More

3 years ago


Madison Bumgarner to Pitch Opening Day Against Diamondbacks

As a surprise to nobody, Madison Bumgarner will make his fourth consecutive opening day start on Sunday at the Diamondbacks. Bumgarner is coming off another stellar season with a 2.74 ERA, supported by a career-high 9.97 K/9 and 2.14 BB/9. The Diamondbacks were the top lineup against lefties last year, putting up a .348 wOBA... Read More

3 years ago

Kole Calhoun Batting Second in Spring Finale

Kole Calhoun is batting second on Saturday against the Dodgers in what looks to be the Angels' opening day lineup. He is batting in front of Mike Trout Trout and Albert Pujols, which should provide him with lots of run-scoring opportunities, giving him a chance to match or eclipse the 91 runs he scored last... Read More

3 years ago

Huston Street to Resume Throwing

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Huston Street will begin throwing "in a couple days." Street was diagnosed with a Grade 1 lat strain at the start of spring training and hasn't thrown since. Street should be avoided in virtually every format after bombing out last season with a horrific 6.45 ERA, 5.64 K/9 and... Read More

3 years ago

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