Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
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.
Trevor Story (COL)
- Colorado Rockies’ elite shortstop Trevor Story is continuing his MVP type play from 2018. This week Story batted an outstanding .524 to go along with two HR and seven RBI. Story also stole two bases this past week. Story continues to rake at Coors Field as do most hitters in the Rockies lineup, and if he can continue his home production on the road, Story’s production can help Colorado capture another playoff spot and be in the discussion for NL MVP.
Austin Meadows (TB)
- The former first round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a key piece in the Chris Archer trade last year, Austin Meadows has blossomed in Tampa. This past week, Meadows batted .419 with two HR, ten RBI as well as two stolen bases. Even with some injuries, Tampa is still keeping pace with Boston and New York in the AL East and the elite production from Meadows is a big reason why.
David Fletcher (LAA)
- The 25 year-old utility man for the Angels has been extremely productive in his short major league career thus far. Fletcher batted .400 this week with four RBI and one stolen base. Fletcher is not known for his power numbers with only four HR this year, but he is able to get on base at an elite rate which makes him a valuable fantasy option. With a slew of injuries to their offensive players, the Angels are pleasantly surprised by the production from Fletcher.
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Lucas Giolito (CWS)
- It looks like the White Sox finally have their ace. Giolito has been elite so far this season and White Sox fans couldn’t be happier. This past week, Giolito tossed fifteen and ⅓ innings and got the win in both his starts. Giolito racked up nineteen strikeouts and crafted a 1.76 ERA and 0.59 WHIP. Giolito only walked one batter combined in both of his starts. If he can continue this play, he could be in the discussion for AL Cy Young.
Max Scherzer (WSH)
- While not the best season by the future Hall of Famer, 34 year-old Max Scherzer is still having a great season. This past week, Scherzer pitched fourteen innings and got one win in both of his starts. Scherzer showed off his nasty stuff racking up twenty one strikeouts including a dominant fifteen strikeout game against the Reds. Scherzer also crafted a 1.29 ERA with 0.86 WHIP. The Nationals are struggling and may trade off assets but their rotation is too good for management to blow it up.
Trevor Richards (MIA)
- After appearing on this list last week as a ‘Player to Watch’, Trevor Richards is establishing himself as a solid major league pitcher, especially on a bad Miami Marlins team. Richards tossed twelve innings this past week and got the both wins in both his starts. Richards punched out thirteen batters and crafted an outstanding 0.75 ERA with 0.50 WHIP. Marlins are in a rebuilding phase an a younger asset like Richards could be used for trade bait if the Marlins feel like he would bring in a good haul.
Players to Watch This Week
Devin Smeltzer (MIN)
The young 23 year-old just made his major league for the Minnesota Twins pitched six innings giving up three hits and striking out seven and gave up no runs or walks. The Twins are legit this year and with their elite offence should help Smeltzer transition into a major league pitcher.
Fantasy Advice: Smeltzer is really young and should taken with caution by fantasy owners as he made implode in a start or two. However, he has shown some promise and is a good player to watch for. Smeltzer is owned in 33% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Kyle Seager (SEA)
The older Seager brother has just returned from injury and could be an interesting add at 3B. While he is no longer the all-star third baseman due to age and injuries, Seager still has any valid fantasy value even for a Mariners team in free-fall.
Fantasy Advice: A very interesting fantasy option as he had a solid year last year with twenty-two HR and seventy-eight RBI and should still have value for fantasy owners. Seager is only owned in 20% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues.
Myles Straw (HOU)
With outfielder George Springer still on the IL for the Astros, young center fielder Myles Straw has looked solid thus far. Straw is currently batting .375 with one walk in a stacked Astros lineup so he is protected from major league pitching.
Fantasy Advice: Adding anyone on the Astros may seem like a smart choice at this point of the season as they are currently on fire. Straw is only owned in 18% of Yahoo Fantasy Leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
Zack Cozart (LAA)- Left Shoulder Inflammation (TBD)
Carlos Correa (HOU)- Fractured Rib (TBD)
Jhoulys Chacin (MIL)- Lower Back Strain (TBD)
Gio Gonzalez (MIL)- Left Arm (TBD)
Yadier Molina (STL)- Right Thumb Tendon Strain (TBD)
Neil Walker (MIA)- Right Quad Strain (TBD)
Zach Effin (PHI)- Mid-Back Strain (Possibly June 7)
Joey Gallo (TEX)- Left Oblique Strain (Possibly Mid-June)
Miguel Cabrera (DET)- Right Knee Soreness (TBD)