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Daily Dose: You Juan This Guy

Thursday, June 14, 2018


The eyes of the sports world in the United States turns solely to Major League Baseball for a couple of months, as it’s the only game in town. The boys of summer put on quite the show on Wednesday, as there were several strong pitching performances for fantasy owners, as well as a handful of sluggers leaving the yard not once, but twice. Of course, in the Great White North the Canadian Football League is kicking off on Thursday, and the World Cup also gets underway in Russia. And in Rolesville N.C., my Midget League Mets are playing in their championship game, and to the kids that’s bigger than all of the stuff above. It’s a great time for me to be a sports fan near and far. Let’s get started!

 

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Wednesday's Fantasy Five

 

Juan Soto was certainly turning some heads at Yankee Stadium, introducing himself to the casual fan. The highly touted prospect received the day off on Tuesday, but he was back at it Wednesday putting on a show. On the biggest stage, he swatted a pair of homers to become just the third teenager in the past 50 years to homer as a visitor against the Yankees. He is the first since Ken Griffey Jr. on May 30, 1989 to accomplish the feat. Hall of Famer Robin Yount also turned the trick back on April 27, 1975. Soto’s second homer was particularly impressive, as it still might be flying. It flew over the Yankees bullpen in right-center field. Childish Bambino was hot like a parked car on Wednesday.

 

Evan Gattis probably doesn’t want to leave Oakland after Thursday’s series finale. He has been lights out so far during the series against Houston’s division rival. Gattis went 2-for-3 with a pair of homers, a walk and five RBI, giving him a double, three homers and 10 RBI in the first two games of the set at the Coliseum. It’s an extended hot streak, too, as he has five multi-hit performances across his past seven outings, and he has raised his average from a paltry .196 to .245 just since May 11, posting nine homers with 34 RBI across the 26-game span.

 

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Khris Davis wasn’t going to be upstaged in his home building, even if the rest of his team wasn’t hitting. The slugger belted a pair of solo home runs with three runs scored, giving him 19 clouts on the season. He is on pace for 45 bombs and 114 RBI, and that would give him his third consecutive season of 40-plus homers and 100-plus RBI. He has emerged as one of the most dangerous power hitters in the game, and it’s especially impressive considering the A’s play at a home park that isn’t exactly considered a hitter’s paradise. He is going to strike out a ton, and his batting average will be in the .245-250 range, but he is a fantasy stud who can blast homers in bunches.

 

Speaking of blasting homers in bunches, Mitch Haniger socked home run No. 16 in Wednesday’s 8-6 victory against the Halos. He finished 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, and Haniger is now 4-for-8 with three homers, five RBI and four runs scored over the past two outings. The month of June has been particularly fruitful for Haniger, as is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with five homers and 11 RBI in 12 games since flipping the calendar from May. While he might strike out a little more than fantasy owners would like, whiffing 65 times across 248 at-bats, he is a stud who is just coming into his own in Seattle.

 

Yeah, the big performance came against the Baltimore Orioles, but Chris Sale was impressive nonetheless. The heavily-favored Red Sox were expected to easily subdue the struggling O’s, and that’s exactly what Sale and his teammates did. He threw first-pitch strikes to 16 of the 25 batters he faced, allowing just one earned run, two hits and four walks with nine strikeouts over six innings to impressive 6-4 while lowering his ERA to 2.75 after the quality start. Sure, he carries a very ordinary 6-4 record through 10 decisions, but he hasn’t exactly been getting a ton of run support, either.

 

Fantasy Game of the Night

 

There were some very impressive pitching performances, especially early in the day, but the game between the Colorado Rockies and Philadelphia Phillies produced quite a few solid fantasy lines from the hitters, as well as the visiting starting pitcher. Tyler Anderson allowed just one earned run while scattering six hits with no walks and six strikeouts over seven innings to move to 4-1. He threw 74 of his 104 pitches for strikes in the quality start, improving to 3-0 with a 4.08 ERA in nine road outings. The opposition is batting just .225 against him on the road, while hitting him to the tune of a .296 average in five outings at Coors Field. Trevor Story ended up 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a run scored and two RBI, pushing his hitting streak to seven games. He is now an impressive 14-for-30 (.467) with seven runs scored, three homers and eight RBI during the solid span. In addition to Story’s two RBI, Gerardo Parra and Ian Desmond also drove in two runs. Desmond’s two RBI came thanks to a two-run shot off of Nick Pivetta. While he is still hitting just .197 overall on the season, he is up to 12 homers to at least give fantasy owners something to smile about. Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez also finished with two hits each, and CarGo ended up with two walks and two runs scored, too.

 

Pivetta was pounded for six earned runs, eight hits and three walks with five strikeouts over just five innings, falling to 4-6 with a 4.25 ERA. He didn’t have the worst fantasy performance for the home team, though. That honor belongs to Scott Kingery, as he earned the golden sombrero with four strikeouts across four at-bats to drop his batting average to .211. Jesmuel Valentin did his best to keep the home team in it, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a solo home run, the first of his major league career. While the Phillies were only able to manage seven hits, it was a huge performance for the youngster in just his 20th career major league game. Jorge Alfaro also dialed long distance, connecting for his fifth homer of the season.

 

American League Quick Hits: Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez each swatted homers in Charm City, as Betts is up to 18 bombs and Martinez has 23 clouts. … Rafael Devers extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 1-for-4 with an RBI. … Garrett Richards experienced tightness in his hamstring during his start in Seattle, and he will go for an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. … Zack Cozart also suffered an injury in that game, straining his left shoulder. He is expected to undergo further testing and is likely headed for a stint on the 10-day disabled list. … Nolan Fontana came on for Cozart and swatted his first homer while also striking out three times in four at-bats. He could be in line for playing time if Cozart is forced to the shelf. … Ryon Healy belted his third homer in the past two games, thrashing Halos pitching again. … Shane Greene entered with a three-run lead and he didn’t need all the padding. He worked a perfect 18-pitch ninth inning, striking out two batters, nailing down his 16th save. … Jose Berrios deserved a better fate in Detroit. He allowed one earned run while scattering seven hits with a walk and seven strikeouts in a 98-pitch quality start and no-decision. … Niko Goodrum collected a single, a double, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI in the home victory. … Dylan Covey outdueled Trevor Bauer, who had 12 strikeouts in a losing cause for the Indians. The ChiSox hurler allowed just two earned runs while scattering 10 hits with no walks and five strikeouts over seven frames. … Joakim Soria was able to pick up his 10th save of the season. … Jake Marisnick isn’t hitting for a great average, but Wednesday was an exception. He ended up 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI. Still, the defensive wizard will need more days like this before he re-gains the trust of fantasy owners again. … Shin-Soo Choo is in the midst of a 28-game on-base streak, longest active in the majors. He finished 1-for-3 with three walks.

 

National League Quick Hits: Jacob deGrom allowed just one earned run, seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts over seven innings – and naturally, he lost. He slipped to 4-2 despite lowering his ERA to a microscopic 1.55. He has posted a 0.87 ERA over his past starts and the Mets are a dismal 2-8. Give the man some run support, will ya? … Michael Soroka was responsible for holding the Mets offense down, allowing just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts across 6 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory. … Arodys Vizcaino continues to do a strong job as Atlanta’s closer, nailing down his 12th save while lowering his ERA to 2.03. … Jhoulys Chacin improved his record to 6-1 while dropping his ERA to 3.32, spinning six scoreless innings with four hits and three walks allowed. He also struck out seven batters in the quality start. … Jameson Taillon yielded two earned runs, six hits and two walks with four strikeouts over seven innings to outduel Zack Greinke in the desert. … Jon Jay is finally hitting in his new surroundings, going 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two RBI. … Paul Goldschmidt pushed his hitting streak to nine games, going 1-for-4 with a walk. He is hitting .541 (20-for-37) during the outstanding run. … Andrew McCutchen has taken a while to get adjusted to his new surroundings, but he is starting to look quite comfortable. He was 2-for-5 with his 20th double, his seventh homer and two more RBI. … Caleb Smith yielded three earned runs, eight hits and no walks with four strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision while also going 2-for-2 at the dish to help his own cause. … Marcell Ozuna, the former Marlin, was 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to push his hitting streak to seven games. He is 10-for-27 (.370) during the impressive stretch. … Tommy Pham, Ozuna’s teammate, pushed his hitting streak to eight games, and he is 10-for-34 (.294) during the run. … Speaking of hitting streaks, Scooter Gennett leads all active players in the National League with a 10-game run. He is 14-for-42 (.333) with seven runs, two homers and nine RBI during the impressive span. … Adam Duvall had a grand slam in his only hit over four at-bats.

 




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