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 past week.
Pete Alonso (NYM)
- What a rookie season it’s been so far for New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso. The 24 year-old currently sits at a whopping twenty-seven HR and sixty-one RBI this season, surely on his way to pass Mark McGwire’s thirty-three before the All-Star Break his rookie year. This past week, Alonso batted .417 with four HR and eight RBI. Alonso has also been hitting for a better average recently and the Mets management as well as their fans are hopeful that Alonso keeps up his power hitting for the rest of the year to capture NL Rookie of the Year.
Mike Trout (LAA)
- The undisputed best player in baseball tore up opposing pitchers this past week… more specifically Blue Jays pitching. This past week Trout batted .483 with three HR and ten RBI as well as stealing a base. The highlight of the week for Trout was a two HR and career high seven RBI against the Blue Jays on June 19th. Trout has yet to be supported around him and it’s a shame that he has not been on a competitive team so far in his career. Everyone should enjoy the play of Mike Trout for years to come.
DJ LeMahieu (NYY)
- A late signing in the offseason LeMahieu has been a great signing so far for the Bronx Bombers. The 30 year-old LeMahieu has been a hitting machine throughout his career and it has continued for the Yankees. LeMahieu batted .435 with three HR and ten RBI as well as stealing a base. Yankees are the class of the AL East and with the lineup becoming healthier, they are heavy favourites for a World Series run.
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Masahiro Tanaka (NYY)
- Another player from the powerhouse Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka has been extremely solid this season. Tanaka pitched fifteen innings this past week and getting the win in one of his starts. Tanaka also punched out 11 batters and crafted a 1.20 ERA and 0.80 WHIP. The highlight of the week for Tanaka was a complete game ten strikeout performance against the Tampa Bay Rays. Tanaka will look to continue his strong play for the Yankees.
Jacob deGrom (NYM)
- After winning the 2018 NL Cy Young last season, deGrom has continued his ace level pitching this season. The 31 year-old tossed fourteen and ⅓ innings and got the win in one of his starts and struck out nineteen batters. deGrom crafted a 2.51 ERA with a 0.91 WHIP. The Mets are struggling recently and if they want to get back in the NL East race, deGrom is going to have to continue his all-star pitching.
Jordan Yamamoto (MIA)
- Yamamoto was on this list last week as a player to watch and he has delivered for those fantasy owners who picked him up. Yamamoto pitched twelve innings getting the win in both of his starts and struck out fourteen batters. Yamamoto crafted 1.50 ERA and a 0.83 WHIP. The Marlins have been playing very well recently and their younger players such as Yamamoto have been producing well.
Players to Watch This Week
Logan Allen (SD)
Young starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres, Logan Allen went seven scoreless inning in his MLB debut giving up three hits, two walks and striking out five. The 22 year-old southpaw has lots of upside in a pitcher friendly park in San Diego.
Fantasy Advice: Logan Allen may not be fully entrenched in the San Diego starting rotation but is scheduled to start this week. Fantasy owners should take a flier on Allen and see what he can do in his next start. Allen is owned in 22% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Liam Hendricks (OAK)
Liam Hendricks carries an ERA of 1.49 with a WHIP of 1.06 across 42 ⅓ innings with seventeen walks and fifty strikeouts. Hendricks is more of a seventh-eighth inning guy but with Blake Treinen on the IL, Hendircks may get more looks as a closer for now.
Fantasy Advice: Hendricks has pitched well this season when given the opportunity and fantasy owners should look into adding him for relief pitching help. Hendricks is owned in 36% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Brain Anderson (MIA)
Anderson is building off a strong 2018 season with ten HR and thirty-four RBI as well as four stolen bases. Anderson is a solid player for the Marlins who were mentioned before have been playing better as of late.
Fantasy Advice: Brain Anderson provides solid fantasy value for fantasy owners and should be considered as a second option for offence at third base. Anderson is only owned in 12% of Yahoo fantasy leagues.
Notable Injuries in Last Week
|Blake Treinen (OAK)||Rotator Cuff Strain in Right Shoulder||TBD|
|Justin Smoak (TOR)||Left Quad Strain||TBD|
|Mike Soroka (ATL)||Right Forearm||June 28|
|Rich Hill (LAD)||Left Forearm Strain||August|
|Mike Clevinger (CLE)||Left Ankle Sprain||Late June|
|Pat Neshek (PHI)||Grade 2 Left Hamstring Strain||TBD|
|Gregory Polanco (PIT)||Left Posterior Shoulder Inflammation||TBD|
|Trevor Story (COL)||Right Thumb Sprain||June 30|
|Adalberto Mondesi (KC)||Groin Tightness||TBD|
|Marwin Gonzalez (MIN)||Right Hamstring Strain||TBD|