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.
Paul Goldschmidt (STL)
- St. Louis Cardinals first baseman is on was on a historic streak this past week. Goldy hit six HR in six consecutive games and was close to tying the MLB record. On top of his six HR, Goldy batted .345 with thirteen RBI. As mentioned last week, the NL Central is a toss up for who is going to take the division but with Goldy finally seemingly breaking out of his slump, the Cardinals can have the potential to take the crown.
Didi Gregorius (NYY)
- The New York Yankees’ shortstop Didi Gregorious has returned to his usual productive self after starting his season on the IL. Gregorius batted .423 with two HR and thirteen RBI which led the entire major leagues. After dropping 3 of 4 to the Red Sox over the weekend, their hold atop the AL East could be shrinking by the day but the Bronx Bombers won’t go away that easily.
Nelson Cruz (MIN)
- What a year it’s been for Nelson Cruz. With no signs of slowing down at age 39, the Twin’s DH has been raking this year. This past week, Cruz batted .414 with seven HR (including a three HR game) and thirteen RBI. The Twins broke the record for the fastest team to 200 HR in MLB history and Cruz’s power is a major reason why.
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Iván Nova (CWS)
- Nova came out of nowhere this past week for the Chicago White Sox and pitched extremely well. Nova pitched fifteen innings and got the win in both of his starts. Nova punched out nine strikeouts and crafted a 0.60 ERA and a 0.47 WHIP. These two starts are on anomaly for the White Sox as he has not had a good campaign overall, at least showing flashes of brilliance may instill some confidence.
Gerrit Cole (HOU)
- The league leader in strikeouts with well over 200, Gerrit Cole continued to do just that this past week. Cole pitched fourteen innings and got the win in both of his starts. Cole struck out eighteen batters and crafted an ERA of 1.29 ERA as well as 0.71 WHIP. The Astros are continuing their dominance during the season and Cole is a bonafide ace pitching behind someone named Justin Verlander.
Stephen Strasburg (WAS)
- While he may not be the pitcher than he was he was hyped up to be, Strasburg has carved himself a great career. The long-time Nationals righty threw thirteen innings and got the win in both of his starts. Strasburg struck out seventeen batters and crafted an impressive 0.69 ERA and 0.54 WHIP. Nationals are making some noise in the NL East and have turned their early season struggles around to become a playoff contender once again.
Players to Watch This Week
Josh VanMeter (CIN)
Second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds Josh VanMeter may be an interesting add for those players who have gone down with injuries. VanMeter is batting an extremely productive .319 with four HR and ten RBI.
Fantasy Advice: VanMeter is only 24 years-old and has played extremely well for the Reds in his small sample size of 40 games. VanMeter is owned in twenty-eight percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Mike Yastrzemski (SF)
While cooling off from his torrid pace last week, Yastrzemski is still a solid add solid production as highlighted by his four hit day against the Padres.
Fantasy Advice: Yastrzemski is batting .275 with nine HR and thirty one RBI. Yastrzemski is owned in only twelve percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Adam Duvall (ATL)
Someone who has bounced up and down from the majors and injuries the past couple of seasons, Duvall has returned to the MLB and has gotten off to a hot start. With powers numbers in the pas (33 HR in 2016), the 30 year-old can hope to re-establish his major league career.
Fantasy Advice: Duvall has tons of power but has contact issues, he currently has one HR and two RBI since being called up last week. Duvall is currently owned in only five percent of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Nick Markakis (ATL)||Fractured Left Wrist||TBD|
|Gio Gonzalez (MIL)||Left Shoulder Tightness||Possibly July 31|
|David Freese (LAD)||Left Hamstring Strain||TBD|
|Joey Gallo (TEX)||Recovering from July 2019 Right Hand Surgery||Possibility September|
|Blake Snell (TB)||Loose Bodies in Left Elbow||September|
|Brett Gardner (NYY)||Left Knee Inflammation||Possibly Aug. 2|