Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
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.
Daniel Murphy (COL)
- After missing some time at the beginning of the year due to injuries, veteran first baseman Daniel Murphy is back to his hitting ways. The 34 year-old batted .667 this past week to go along with two HR and five RBI since returning from the all-star break. The Rockies are struggling immensely and Murphy’s elite hitting may not be enough to drag them back into Wild Card contention.
Xander Bogaerts (BOS)
- The Red Sox’s elite shortstop is continuing what seems to be a career season for the 26 year-old. Bogaerts is off to a torrid start after the break with an average of .500 and three HR and six RBI. Boston is almost a lock for a Wild Card spot in the AL and with Bogaerts and others hitting as well as they have, it should scare all opposing pitchers the rest of the season.
Josh Donaldson (ATL)
- Brought into Atlanta on a one-year prove-it deal, Donaldson has rebounded from a terrible 2018 season and has re-established himself as one of the better power hitters in the game. ‘Bringer of Rain’ slashed .400 since the break and collected three HR and six RBI to go along with a stolen base for the Braves. The veteran third-baseman proves he still has some power left as he helps the Braves to the top of the NL East.
Call to The ‘Pen
Lance Lynn (TEX)
- Somewhat surprisingly, The Texas Rangers have received some excellent pitching as of late from the likes of Mike Minor and Lance Lynn. Lynn had a great start tossing seven innings and getting the win in his start. Lynn also struck out 11 batters and crafted an ERA of 0.00 with a 1.14 WHIP. Ranger’s front office may be a bit of a crossroads with the pitching doing so well, should they sell off or gun for a wild card spot?
Brad Keller (KC)
- After some rough outsings as of late, Keller was extremely efficient in his start against the lowly Tigers. Keller went eight innings and got the win as well as punching out seven batters. Keller crafted an ERA of 1.13 and recorded a WHIP of 0.50. The Royals are in full tank mode and should sell off all remaining assets to complete a rebuild.
Mike Soroka (ATL)
- The 21 year-old phenom from Calgary in Canada is continuing to have a fantastic season for the Braves. Soroka tossed seven innings and got the win in his start (improving his record to 10-1) and struck out nine batters. Like Lynn, Soroka also had an ERA of 0.00 and an impressive 1.00 WHIP. The future looks extremely bright for Soroka as he looks to be a bonafide ace for the Braves.
Players to Watch This Week
Nate Lowe (TB)
One of the top prospects in baseball has been recalled by the Rays and he has been extremely impressive so far. Lowe is batting .299 and has currently been occupying first base the last few days.
Fantasy Advice: After bouncing up and down between the minors and majors, it looks like Lowe is here to stay. He has five HR and 11 RBI. Lowe is owned in 26 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Danny Santana (TEX)
Santana is having a quietly great year for the Texas Rangers. Santana is batting .309 with eleven HR and thirty-two RBI as well as eleven stolen bases.
Fantasy Advice: It’s a career season for Santana and fantasy owners should be all over him in a power-heavy Rangers lineup. Santana is owned in 36 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Ryan McMahon (COL)
Utility man Ryan McMahon could be an interesting add for fantasy owners looking for some production to replace some injuries this week. McMahon is batting .264 with seven HR and thirty-nine RBI including a three-hit performance in his last game against the Reds.
Fantasy Advice: While the Rockies are in a free fall, the hitting is not what has been the most disappointing part of that free fall. If fantasy owners are looking for minimal production, take a flier on McMahon. McMahon is owned in 15 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Yadier Molina (STL)||Right Thumb Tendon Strain||TBD|
|Evan Longoria (SF)||Plantar Fasciitis in Left Foot||Any Day|
|Max Scherzer (WSH)||Mid-Back Sprain||Possibly July 20|
|Dylan Bundy (BAL)||Right Knee Tendinitis||Possibly Late July|
|Tommy Hunter (PHI)||Right Forearm Strain||TBD|
|Yasiel Puig (CIN)||Knee Soreness||Any Day|