Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Anthony Rendon (WSH)
- With his free agency looming over the Nationals, Rendon has put together one of the best seasons in franchise history. Already a career year for the third baseman, the twenty nine year-old has been a monster over the past two weeks batting an absurd .534 with five HR and fourteen RBI as well as a stolen base. With Rendon leading the charge in the lineup and the killer 1-2-3 punch on the mound, the Nationals are hoping to break through and make a World Series appearance.
J.D. Martinez (BOS)
- With the Red Sox seeming like a longshot to make the playoffs less than one year after winning the World Series, J.D. Martinez has continued being extremely productive as he is on pace for his third consecutive forty HR season. Over the past two weeks, Martinez is batting .407 with six HR and eighteen RBI. While others in the Red Sox lineup have taken a step back, Martinez has had another great season for the Red Sox.
Nolan Arenado (COL)
- In an extremely disappointing season for the Colorado Rockies, franchise cornerstone Nolan Arenado is still producing at a superstar level. The elite third baseman is batting .387 over the past two weeks to go along with six HR and thirteen RBI. It will be interesting to what the Rockies do in the offseason as they need to find a way to field a competitive team around their superstar player.
Call to The ‘Pen
Justin Verlander (HOU)
- One of the most dominant pitchers today even at thirty six years-old, Verlander added another piece to his HOF resume by throwing his third career no-hitter against the Toronto Blue Jays striking out fourteen while only issuing one walk. Over the past two weeks, Verlander has tossed twenty three and ⅓ innings having a 2-1 record as well as two complete games while in total striking out twenty nine batters and only giving up two ER. Houston is gearing up for a World Series run and Verlander is pitching like its 2011. Rest of the league, watch out!
Stephen Strasburg (WSH)
- Quietly having a very strong season, Strasburg has been instrumental in helping the Nationals have a big second half and stay in playoff contention. In the past two weeks, Strasburg tossed twenty one innings and getting one win in his starts while striking out thirty batters and only giving up two ER. With Patrick Corbin in the fold this year, the Nationals should feel good about their chances with their pitching come October.
Gerrit Cole (HOU)
- With all the praise that Verlander continues to get during his Houston days of his career, Cole has actually outperformed the veteran in 2019. Cole leads the AL in strikeouts and is putting together a Cy Young season just like Verlander. Over the past two weeks, Cole has pitched nineteen and ⅔ innings getting one win in his starts while striking out an absurd forty batters in those innings giving up five ER. It is a toss up between Verlander and Cole as to who is winning the Cy Young but it’s safe to say that it will end up in Houston.
Players to Watch This Week
Brain Goodwin (LAA)
Goodwin has been a solid hitter over the past few weeks with four HR and nine RBI while batting .342 in the span. The Angels are pushing for a playoff appearance and Goodwin’s hot bat may be relied to make a final push.
Fantasy Advice: Goodwin provides some pop for fantasy owners looking for some extra points heading into the final month of the season. Goodwin is owned in 9% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Hanser Alberto (BAL)
A solid season for Alberto in what is another dismal season for the Orioles. Alberto is batting .326 for the season and may be a piece that stays in Baltimore for the future.
Fantasy Advice: Alberto is not a power hitter but he is able to knock a lot of hits and get on base which could be the edge fantasy owners are looking for. Alberto is owned in 23% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Nate Lowe (TB)
Upon his callup, Lowe can hit the ball and hit it hard. In his short stint in the majors thus far, Lowe has seven doubles and six HR and looks like a promising hitter for the Rays heading into next season.
Fantasy Advice: With limited major league action, Lowe can be a solid September pickup for fantasy owners. Lowe is owned in 17% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Carlos Correa (HOU)||Lower Back Stiffness||Possibly September|
|Aaron Sanchez (HOU)||Right Pectoral Discomfort||Possibly September|
|Stephen Piscotty (OAK)||Right Ankle Sprain||TBD|
|Keston Hirua (MIL)||Grade 2 Left Hamstring Strain||Possibly September|
|Max Muncy (LAD)||Right Wrist Fracture||Possibly September|
|Jose Ramierez (CLE)||Recovering from August 2019 Right Hand Surgery||Possibly 2019|
|Brain Anderson (MIA)||Fractured Fifth Metacarpal in Left Hand||2020|
|Jordan Yamamoto (MIA)||Right Forearm Strain||TBD|
|Jon Gray (COL)||Recovering from August 2019 Left Foot Surgery||2020|
|Kyle Gibson (MIN)||Ulcerative Colitis||Possibly 2019|
|C.C. Sabathia (NYY)||Right Knee Discomfort||TBD|