Struggling Players Who We’re Still Buying

Players whose early performance has moved their projections

Keep or Kut – Pete (@PeteBBaseball) and Chad (@chadyoung) wanted to look at potential buy lows, but it isn’t enough these days to identify pitchers with a poor ERA but great peripherals, or hitters with bad results and a great xwOBA. So we go a level deeper and find pitchers whose ERA and FIP and hitters whose wOBA and xwOBA are ugly. And then we figure out who we might want to keep around.

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2:29 – Hitters who are struggling by wOBA and xwOBA

5:55 Nolan Arenado is already bouncing back

14:33 Manny Machado is in a dip, but that’s all

19:38 Myles Straw is still running, but is that enough?

21:37 – There are some young players having issues and Ezequiel Tovar stands out

27:52George Springer just missed the cut but needs some attention too

34:55 – Maybe we need to reset expectations on Andres Giménez

38:08 – Switching to pitchers who are struggling by ERA and FIP

39:30 – Three rookies not living up to the hype – Ken Waldichuk, Ryne Nelson, Hayden Wesneski

49:00 – And three vets, as well – Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech, Taijuan Walker

1:04:48 – Final thoughts on players including Royce Lewis, Jazz Chisholm, and Brayan Bello

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Chad Young

Chad is a long-time fantasy player and baseball fan, who learned to love the game watching 100 loss teams in the truly awful Cleveland Municipal Stadium. Chad writes Going Deep for Pitcher List and co-hosts the Keep or Kut podcast on the Pitcher List Podcast Network. Chad is also one of the creators of ottoneu and you can hear him on the Ottobot Podcast and read his work on FanGraphs.

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