Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Josh Bell (PIT)
- Josh Bell is continuing his fantastic 2019 campaign with the Pirates and is looking like a top 5 first baseman in all of baseball. The 26 year-old had a monster week batting only .259 but Bell smacked five HR and collecting twelve RBI. The NL MVP race is shaping up to be one of the best in recent memory and Bell, whos offence is buoying the Pirates at the moment, should be considered as one of the front runners for the award.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR)
- While the Toronto Blue Jays are scuffling and well on their way to finish bottom 5 in the MLB, the younger players like Gurriel Jr. are showing signs of life and excelling at the plate. Now the Left Fielder for the Blue Jays, since his promotion over a month ago, Gurriel has been on fire and this week showed that. Jr. batted .455 with four HR and eight RBI and now has three more HR with more walks and less strikeouts in less games than last year. Gurriel Jr. may not be this good but he is showing the potential to be a good player.
Rafael Devers (BOS)
- Devers has been brilliant for the past few weeks as the young third baseman has been a hitting machine as of late for the surging Red Sox. Devers has batted .526(!!) the past week collecting two HR and seven RBI including a two HR and six RBI game against the Blue Jays. After a slow start, Devers has turned it around and is playing extremely elite right now.
Call to The ‘Pen
Aaron Nola (PHI)
- After an extremely slow start by his standards, Nola has rounded into ace form right around the MLB All-Star break. The Phillies starter pitched fifteen innings this past week getting the win in one of his starts punching out eighteen batters as well as crafting a 0.00 ERA and 0.60 WHIP. If the Phillies want to capture the NL East, Nola is going to have pitch at an elite level for the rest of the season.
Patrick Corbin (WSH)
- Longtime friend of recently deceased pitcher Tyler Skaggs, (RIP), Corbin was determined going into his next start. Corbin wore Skaggs #45 in his latest starts and this start helped him pitch fourteen innings overall getting the win in one of his starts and struck out sixteen batters and crafted a 1.29 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. Corbin has been a solid pitcher for the Nationals this season and his signing was one of the best of the MLB offseason.
Charlie Morton (TB)
- Another solid offseason signing, veteran hurler Charlie Morton showed why the Rays splashed some cash for him. This past week, Morton tossed 13 ⅓ innings getting the win in one of his starts and struck out a league-high nineteen batters and crafted a 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. With Morton pitching as well as he has, the Rays are trying to keep competitive in a top heavy AL East.
Players to Watch This Week
Adam Frazier (PIT)
A solid fantasy option with the players going down to injuries, Adam Frazier is batting .276 with four HR and twenty-four RBI. However, his OBP is sitting at .330 so even if he is not getting hits, he is getting on base at a decent clip and scoring runs as a result.
Fantasy Advice: Frazier may not be the most intriguing option out there, but for fantasy leagues that value walks and runs scored, Frazier is a solid option. Frazier is owned in only 7% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Michael Wacha (STL)
After some rough outings for the Cardinals, Wacha seems to have gotten back on track in his last two starts. His record sits at 5-4 with a 5.30 ERA and a K/BB of 62/37. Wacha’s control has also improved allowing two walks combined in the past two starts.
Fantasy Advice: Wacha may resort back to walking ways in his next start but fantasy owners should not ignore his last two outings. Wacha is owned in 13% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Willy Adames (TB)
The young shortstop for the Tampa Bay Rays is a solid power bat for fantasy owners looking for some players with some home run power Adames could provide just that. Adames is batting .249 with ten HR and twenty-six RBI as well as three stolen bases.
Fantasy Advice: Willy Adames is a solid power bat on the wavier wire and fantasy owners should give him a shot if they’re looking for a bit of power. Adames is only owned in 17% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Stephen Piscotty (OAK)||Right Knee Sprain||TBD|
|Jimmy Nelson (MIL)||Fluid Near Right Elbow||TBD|
|Matt Carpenter (STL)||Lower Back Strain||TBD|
|Marcel Ozuna (STL)||Fractured Right Fingers||TBD|
|Cole Hamels (ChC)||Left Oblique Strain||After All-Star Break|
|Eddie Rosario (MIN)||Left Ankle Sprain||Possibly July 7|
|Tim Anderson (CWS)||Right Ankle Sprain||Possibly late July|