Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
May 14th, 2019
Here is theBRKDWN’s weekly fantasy baseball recap, which covers top-batters and pitchers of the week, players to watch this upcoming week, and notable injuries from the past week.
Josh Bell (PIT)
- Pirates first baseman Josh Bell seems to have finally have found his groove in his fourth full season in the major leagues. The towering slugger had a week to remember this past week batting .478 with two HR and nine RBI including a one HR and five RBI outing on Mother’s Day with Bell’s mother in attendance. Pirates fans and management alike are pleased with the production so far this season by Bell and hope he can continue his ascension into one of the best first basemen in the MLB.
Justin Turner (LAD)
- The veteran all star first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers has finally resurrected his bat after his early season slump. The 34 year-old Turner batted .417 this past week collecting five HR and ten RBI. Before the start of the week he had only one HR to his name. One of the games included a three HR and six RBI performance against the Atlanta Braves. Dodgers are perched atop the NL West once again and Turner has turned it around offensively to help keep them there.
George Springer (HOU)
- Sticking George Springer first in the lineup a couple of seasons ago may have unlocked the best leadoff hitter in baseball. Over the course of his career, Springer at multiple first inning HR and it continued this week. Springer batted an outstanding .519 this week with five HR and ten RBI for the powerhouse Astros. The Astros are again the class of the AL and their reliable center fielder is a reason why that lineup is the most feared in baseball.
Call to The ‘Pen
Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD)
- The second Dodger on this list, 32 year-old southpaw has been sensational this season. Ryu owns a 5-1 record with a 1.72 ERA with fifty four strikeouts and only three walks. This past week he pitched a league leading seventeen innings getting two wins with fifteen strikeouts and had a 0.00 ERA and 0.35 WHIP. He went the distance against the Braves and had a non-no through eight innings against the Nationals. Ryu will look to continue his fantastic season in his next start.
Lucas Giolito (CWS)
- The young southside hurler had a great week for the White Sox pitching 14.1 innings getting the win in both starts giving up seven hits and one ER while racking up sixteen strikeouts in the process. Giolito had a 0.63 ERA and impressive 0.77 WHIP. The north side of Chicago may get most of the attention but the southside has some impressive young pieces to build around and Giolito is one of those pieces.
Walker Buehler (LAD)
- The third and final Dodger on this list, Buehler joined Ryu in dominant starts this week. The young righty tossed fourteen innings picking up with the win in one of his two starts while punching out fifteen batters. He managed to craft a 1.93 ERA with 0.71 WHIP in his two starts. Buehler had a rough start to his season but he seems to be rounding into form for the Dodgers and with Clayton Kershaw back in the mix, L.A.’s rotation becomes even more dangerous.
Players to Watch This Week
Mallex Smith (SEA)
Smith has had a terrible start to the season and was sent down to the minors to work on his offence. Smith tore up AAA and the Mariners were convinced to call him up once more. Mostly known as a speed demon, Smith has already stolen eight bases this season and has forty SB potential.
Fantasy Advice: Smith is not known for his power or his accumulation of RBI but last season he had a .296 batting average meaning is he able to get on base on a solid clip. As stated before, he is a speed demon and can rack up stolen bases for fantasy owners if he can get on base. Mallex Smith is currently owned in 39% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Ramiel Tapia (COL)
The young utility outfielder for the Colorado Rockies has had a solid start to his season. The 25 year-old Tapia currently has five HR and eighteen RBI in only 99 AB and is batting .313.
Fantasy Advice: Tapia is currently on a hot streak going 8/14 over his last seven days including three doubles. Fantasy owners who are looking for a solid utility player in the wake of an injury should look into adding Tapia as he is only owned in 14% of Yahoo leagues.
Steve Cishek (ChC)
The Chicago Cubs have been closing games by committee this season as they do not have a specific closer. Cishek has pitched four scoreless innings the past week to go along with a save, a win and striking out four batters. Whether Cishek will continue to close out games on a more regular basis remains to be seen.
Fantasy Advice: Cishek’s fantasy value increases because he is playing for the red hot Chicago Cubs and seems to be getting save opportunities with them during this streak. Cishek is only owned in 30% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
Jose Altuve (HOU)- Mild left Hamstring Strain (TBD)
Buster Posey (SF)- Concussion (Possibly May 15)
Felix Hernandez (SEA)- Right Shoulder Strain (TBD)
Shawn Kelly (TEX)- Bacterial Infection (TBD)
Tyler Glasnow (TB)- Milf Right Forearm Strain (Possibly mid-June)
Mike Zunino (TB)- Left Quad (Possibly May 19)
Jordan Zimmerman (DET)- UCL Sprain In Right Elbow (Possibly May/June)