Marcus Semien (OAK)
- The 28 year-old Oakland Athletics shortstop is having a solid season for the A’s. Marcus Semien was a hitting machine this past week as he batted .419 with two HR and nine RBI. Semien is getting on base at a career-high clip so far this season and his high batting average this past week has raised his season total to .272. The A’s will hope that Semien can continue to swing the hot bat for the foreseeable future.
Jay Bruce (PHI)
- Recently acquired by the Phillies from the Seattle Mariners, Jay Bruce has been on fire since joining his new team. The 32 year-old, who recently just collected his 300th HR, is slashing .381 with four HR and eleven RBI for the Phillies. While Bruce may not hit for a high average, he is rebounding from a down 2018 and still possess home run power that was injected into the Phillies lineup with the injury to Andrew McCutchen.
Edwin Encarnacion (SEA)
- While the Seattle Mariners are clearly in a transition period, Encarnacion is continuing to crush baseballs. The 36 year-old just recently hit his 400th HR to join some elite players and shows he still has power left in the tank. This past week, Edwin batted .241 (nothing special), but amassed five HR and nine RBI including the aforementioned 400th career dinger. The Mariners are happy that Edwin still has power and they will most likely trade him before the July deadline.
Call to The ‘Pen
Walker Buehler (LAD)
- After a rough start to the season, Walker Buehler has now rounded into the form that made him so good for the Dodgers last season. The 24 year-old pitched fifteen innings getting the win in both of his starts. Buehler also punched out twenty batters while crafting an impressive 0.60 ERA and 0.53 WHIP. The Dodgers rotation is extremely talented and opposing hitters are frequently left scratching their heads. Buehler is looking like an ace of the future of the Dodgers.
Kyle Hendricks (ChC)
- The extremely underrated and sometimes underappreciated Hendricks has put together quite the resume. Since 2015, he has been borderline elite and this week he showed why. Hendricks pitched fourteen innings and for the win in both of his starts. He struck out thirteen batters and crafted a 2.57 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. The Cubs have been rolling along for a few weeks now and pitching from Hendricks has been a key reason why.
Pablo Lopez (MIA)
- The Marlins suddenly look like a team that has some solid pitching for the present and future. Undrafted 23 year-old Pablo Lopez was extremely solid this past week. Lopez pitched twelve innings and got the win in one of his starts. Lopez struck out fourteen batters and had an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.75. Not much should be expected out of the Marlins the rest of the year, but it looks like they have some intriguing pieces to build around for the foreseeable future.
Players to Watch This Week
Roberto Perez (CLE)
After an abysmal 2018 campaign, catcher Roberto Perez is having a career season. Perez already has a career high in HR with eleven and also has twenty-five RBI. Cleveland is ravaged by injuries and are happy that Perez is producing this season.
Fantasy Advice: While not an everyday catcher, Perez is on a power binge recently and fantasy owners should be weary if he goes into a cold slump. Perez is only owned in 3% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Adrian Sampson (TEX)
Adrian Sampson has had a very solid season for the Texas Rangers. He currently has a career low 3.72 ERA and has a 53/14 K/BB ratio. The 27 year-old has seemingly figured it out and can be a steal for fantasy owners.
Fantasy Advice: With lots of starting pitchers on the IL throughout the league, fantasy owners can do much worse that Sampson. Sampson is only owned in 17% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues.
Todd Frazier (NYM)
The 33 year-old is clearly not the same player he used to be with the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago White Sox. He still provides some value for fantasy owners and could be a sneaky pickup if he is able to hit some home runs. Frazier has only played in 41 games this season and has six HR and twenty RBI.
Fantasy Advice: Fantasy owners who are desperate should take a look at Fraizer as he can provide some fantasy value and his .265 batting average this season is the highest since 2012. Frazier is only owned in 3% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
Jedd Gyorko (STL)- Lower Back Strain (TBD)
Buster Posey (SF)- Right Hamstring Strain (Possibly June 12)
Carlos Carrasco (CLE)- Blood Condition (2019)
Mitch Haniger (SEA)- Ruptured Testicle (TBD)
Caleb Smith (MIA)- Left Hip Inflammation (TBD)
Robinson Cano (NYM)- Left Quad Tightness (TBD)
Dwight Smith Jr. (BAL)- Concussion (TBD)
Seranthony Dominguez (PHI)- UCL Damage in Right Elbow (TBD)
Andrew McCutchen (PHI)- Torn ACL in Left Knee (2020)
Mitch Moreland (BOS)- Right Quad Strain (TBD)
Danny Duffy (KC)- Right Leg (Possibly June 12)
Domingo German (NYY)- Left Hip Flexor Strain (TBD)