Top Batters, Pitchers, Who to Watch, and Notable Injuries
Anthony Rizzo (ChC)
- The Chicago Cubs’ first baseman is having another productive season for the Cubbies. Rizzo swung the hot bat this week, batting .550 with one HR and eight RBIs to go along with a stolen base. The NL Central is a dog fight this season and it remains to be seen whether the Cubs, Cardinals or Brewers are ready to take that next step and secure the division crown.
José Ramirez (CLE)
- While still not having a good year to Ramierz’s extremely high standards, it looks like he is showing signs of turning a corner this past week. The Cleveland Indians’ third baseman batted .345 this past week with two HRs and nine RBIs to go along with a stolen base, a category which has been consistent with him this year. Fantasy owners will be overjoyed if Ramirez can catch fire the rest of the season and keep Cleveland competitive in the AL Central.
Mike Yasterzmeski (SF)
- Definitely not one of the most well-known players in the MLB and mostly due to the Giants’ hot run as of late, Yasterzmeski finds himself on this list. The 28-year-old rookie batted .382 this past week and smashed four HRs with nine RBIs. Don’t expect this pace to continue, but it’s nice to see a player who was promoted having a good week.
Call to The ‘Pen
Jacob Junis (KC)
- Similar to last week, the Royals have received some solid pitching as of late and it continues this week with Jacob Junis. Junis tossed 13 innings and got the win in both of his starts. Junis punched out an impressive 17 batters and crafted a 0.69 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Junis has not had a great year but for the fantasy owners who do own him, it’s a pleasant surprise.
Walker Buelher (LAD)
- Walker Buehler is building off of his impressive 2018 campaign and continues to pitch well for the Dodgers. The 24-year-old righty pitched 13 innings this past week and got the win in one of his starts and struck out an impressive 18 batters and crafted a 1.38 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. The Dodgers are rolling and their elite pitching and hitting has been elite once again this season.
Miles Mikolas (STL)
- After a surprise return to the MLB in 2018 in which he pitched like a Cy Young contender, Mikolas has taken a step back in 2019. This past week, he had flashes on his 2018 season, pitching a league-high 15 innings getting the win in one of his starts, — a complete game against the Pirates — but only struck out seven batters. Mikolas crafted a 1.80 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. The Cardinals will hope he can keep this up the rest of the season to help St. Louis clinch a Wild Card berth.
Players to Watch This Week
Randal Grichuk (TOR)
Grichuk may be having a down-season for the Blue Jays, but he is a quality power bat to have in the place of some of the injured players this past week. Grichuk is batting .231 with 16 HRs and 43 RBIs.
Fantasy Advice: Grichuk is prone to hot and cold streaks so he may be an interesting pickup for fantasy owners if they are interested in a power bat. Grichuk is owned in 21 percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Eric Thames (MIL)
With Aguilar having a terrible season, Thames is mostly the first baseman for the Milwaukee Brewers. Thames is batting a respectable .264 with 14 HRs and 39 RBIs.
Fantasy Advice: Another power bat on this list, Thames can provide some solid fantasy value for owners looking for some offensive punch. Thames is owned in only seven percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Colin Moran (PIT)
After a slow start to his career, Moran has seemed to have found a home with the Pirates. The 26-year-old is batting .295 with 10 HRs and 51 RBIs and provides some solid depth for lineups that suffering from injuries.
Fantasy Advice: Moran is having a solid hitting season and could be a sneaky add for fantasy owners. Moran is currently owned in only nine percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Jonathan Lucroy (LAA)||Concussion; fractured nose||Possibly Early August|
|Matt Carpenter (STL)||Right Foot Contusion||Possibly July|
|Wilson Contreras (ChC)||Right Foot Strain||Possibly Week of July 22|
|Evan Longoria (SF)||Plantar Fascilitis in Left Foot||Possibly Late July|
|Zack Wheeler (NYM)||Right Shoulder Impingement||Possibly Week of July 22|
|Jay Bruce (PHI)||Right Oblique Strain||TBD|
|Kevin Kiermaier (TB)||Left Thumb||TBD|
|Nick Senzel (CIN)||Right Hamstring Tightness||Day-to-Day|
|Adalberto Mondesi (KC)||Partially Dislocated Left Shoulder||TBD|
|Eloy Jimenez (CWS)||Right Ulnar Nerve Contusion||TBD|