Thu. Dec 12th, 2019

FANTASY BASEBALL FINAL STRETCH RECAP

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Recapping the Best Players Heading into the End of the Season 

Here is theBRKDWN’s all star fantasy baseball recap, which covers the top players at every position heading into the end of the season!

AL 

Catcher: Gary Sanchez (NYY)

  • Sanchez has yet to slow down this season for the Yankees as he is now the all-time leader in home runs in a season by a Yankees catcher, an extremely high accomplishment. The 26 year-old backstop is batting .234/.316/.535 with thirty-four HR and seventy-seven RBI and expect him to continue his mashing ways down the stretch to approach forty HR.

First Baseman: Carlos Santana (CLE)

  • It is very surprising to see Santana as the best fantasy first baseman in the AL for an entire season but don’t tell that to Cleveland fans and fantasy owners. Santana is batting an impressive .283/.402/.533 with thirty-three HR and eighty-six RBI. The 33 year-old will be relied upon if Cleveland wants to have a deep run. 

Second Baseman: Whit Merrifield (KC)

  • It seems criminal that one of the most effective hitters in the game is stuck on a rebuilding squad but Merrifield has put together another solid season. The second baseman is batting .306/.354/.473 with sixteen HR and seventy-two RBI. Maybe the Royals will trade Merrifield in the offseason but only time will tell.  

Shortstop: Xander Bogaerts (BOS)

  • While it is extremely slim that the Red Sox make it into the playoffs this season, Xander Bogaetys has established himself as a top five shortstop in the game. Bogaerts is batting .304/.380/.562 with a career high thirty-one HR and one hundred and five RBI. Bogaerts should be looked at highly by fantasy owners come next year’s draft. 

Third Baseman: Rafael Devers (BOS)

  • Devers has arguably been the best player in the league since the all-star break. Ultimately this was Devers coming out party and Red Sox fans should be excited for what he can be next season. For the season, the 22-year-old is batting .314/.364/.564 with twenty-nine HR and one hundred and seven RBI. The sky’s the limit for this young stud. 

Outfielder #1: Mike Trout (LAA)

  • Trout’s power was showcased this season as the two-time AL MVP established a new career high in HR (45) this season as the Angels are still fighting for a wild card berth. The 28 year-old superstar is batting .291/.438/.645 with forty-five HR and one hundred and four RBI. Trout should have no problem bringing home his third MVP trophy once the season comes to a close.  

Outfielder #2: Mookie Betts (BOS)

  • Betts has turned his season around in the second half of the season to turn the 2019 campaign into another solid one for the 26 year-old. Betts is batting .290/.388/.522 with twenty-eight HR and seventy-eight RBI. It is extremely odd at how many Red Sox hitters are on this list, speaking of that….

Outfielder #3: J.D. Martinez (BOS) 

  • “Just Dingers” Martinez went on a home run frenzy in August to valut him onto this list. While mostly a DH at this stage of his career Martinez is listed as a OF and deserves a spot in the AL Outfielder #3. For the season the veteran is batting .306/.383/.574 with thirty-five HR and ninety-four RBI. The Red Sox hope that Martinez will not decline heading into next season.    

Starting Pitcher #1: Justin Verlander (HOU)

  • At this point, there isn’t much more to say of Verlander other than to give him this year’s AL Cy Young. The 36 year-old recently threw his third no-hitter of his career and has a record of 17-5 with a 2.56 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 257/35 as well as crafting a 0.77 WHIP which is outstanding. Watch out for the Astros heading into October.  

Starting Pitcher #2: Gerrit Cole (HOU)

  • Not to be forgotten behind Verlander, Cole is the one that is leading the AL is strikeouts with 266. The upcoming free agent is in line for a big day. Cole has a record of 15-5 and has crafted a 2.81 ERA with a K/BB ratio of 266/43 with a 0.95 WHIP. As stated before, BEWARE THE ASTROS.  

Relief Pitcher: Liam Hendricks (OAK)  

  • Hendricks is having a career season in 2019 for the Oakland Athletics who are poised for a wild card appearance. After an injury riddled 2018, Hendricks has been a star for Oakland deep in the ball game. Hendricks has a 4-2 record with a 1.67 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 109/19 and a 0.97 WHIP.  

NL

Catcher: J.T. Realmuto (PHI)

  • The Phillies are in a battle for the last NL Wild Card spot and will look to their recent backstop addition to carry some of the weight down the stretch. Realmuto is batting .281/.332/.499 with twenty-three HR and seventy-nine RBI. Hopefully the Phillies bullpen doesn’t blow another game because J.T. will NOT be happy.  

First Baseman: Freddie Freeman (ATL)

  • Another player who had a torrid month of August, Freeman is having another fantastic season for the NL East leading Braves. The lanky first baseman is batting .301/.393/.572 with thirty-eight HR and one hundred sixteen RBI. Freeman will hit forty HR sooner rather than later. 

Second Baseman: Ketel Marte (ARI)

  • Someone who has quietly had a fantastic season is Ketel Marte. On the non-media darling Diamondbacks, Marte’s name has not heard about much this season and it definitely should be. The 25 year-old is batting .328/.387/.595 with thirty-two HR and ninety-one RBI. Marte should have a lot more fantasy owners next season.  

Shortstop: Trevor Story (COL) 

  • An extremely disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies has not slowed Trevor Story. After a monster 2018 campaign, 2019 was a step back production wise for Story but his averages have been career highs. Story is batting .296/.356/.548 with thirty HR and seventy-six RBI. The Rockies will look to rebound next season. 

Third Baseman: Anthony Rendon (WSH)

  • The upcoming free agent will demand a king’s ransom this offseason as he is having an MVP caliber season for the Nationals. Rendon is batting .337/.417/.630 with thirty-two HR and one hundred and fourteen RBI which is all a career high. Nationals will try to get over the hump before they figure out what to do with Rendon.  

Outfielder #1: Cody Bellinger (LAD)

  • Bellinger and Yelich have been entrenched in these spots all season and it’s fitting that it’s still a coin flip for who will walk home with NL MVP. Bellinger is batting .306/.410/.642 with forty-four HR and one hundred and five RBI. The Dodgers are once again World Series contenders and only time will tell if they finally win the damn thing. 

Outfielder #2: Christian Yelich (MIL)

  • Yelich is still a hitting machine for the Milwakee Brewers who are fighting for their playoff lives heading down the stretch. Yelich is batting .330/.430/.672 with forty-four HR and ninety-seven RBI. Keep an eye out for the next few weeks to see if Yelich can will the Brewers into the postseason.    

Outfielder #3: Ronald Acuña Jr. (ATL)

  • Already a bonafide superstar, the young outfielder is showing all the tools to make him one of the best in the game already. Acuña Jr. is batting .280/.364/.515 with thirty-eight HR and ninety-four RBI for the powerhouse Braves. Baseball’s next superstar is in the right hands with Jr.  

Starting Pitcher #1: Stephen Strasburg (WSH)

  • Washington has a three-headed monster in their rotation and Strasburg has put together another fine season. The 31 year-old has a record of 16-6 with a 3.50 ERA and a K/BB of 222/47 and has crafted a 1.05 WHIP. Scherzer gets most of the attention in Washington but batters cannot forgot who follows him the next day. 

Starting Pitcher #2: Patrick Corbin (WSH)

  • One if not the best offseason signing, Corbin has had a fantastic season for the Nationals. Over the tragic death of his friend Tyler Skaggs, Corbin has been dialed in. Corbin has a record of 11-7 with a 3.16 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 210/60 with a 1.14 WHIP. Opponents should be scared of facing the Nationals in a playoff series. 

Relief Pitcher: Josh Hader (MIL) 

  • After bursting on the baseball scene last season, the hard throwing lefty is having another stellar season. Hader has a 3-5 record with twenty saves and has crafted an ERA of 2.59 with 0.79 WHIP as well as a K/BB ratio of 121/18. Hader is defining the odds from being a 19th round draft choice in 2012 and is having a stellar career thus far for the Brewers. 

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