Two days after taking a loss, Cishek rebounded nicely to earn his 17th save of the season. He has had a renaissance of sorts this season he has a WHIP under one, ERA under 3.00, and has struck out over a batter an inning. Though he has battled through some hiccups this season, Cishek is a solid fantasy closer.
Karns was passable on Saturday for the Mariners but the result wasn’t especially inspiring for fantasy purposes. That has been the story of the season as his WHIP and ERA are both unusable, but he has 84 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched and is 6-2 on the year. He is a prime streaming candidate in most cases as he posts superior numbers at home, though that did not hold true tonight. His next scheduled start will come on Friday against Baltimore.
This was a rough outing from the start for Leake and he couldn’t get out of the fourth inning. The Mariners have been a surprisingly potent offense this season so this performance can be forgiven, especially when considering that he has posted seven quality starts in his past 10 chances. He will look to get back on track when he takes on the Royals on Thursday.
Diaz was the only player worth noting in the Cardinals’ offense tonight as he blasted a three-run home run. He has been on a tear in his past five games as he is 7-for-17 with a two home runs, four runs scored, seven RBI. While many didn’t buy into his hot start, Diaz has managed to continue to be productive. That said, he entered tonight’s game with a .692 OPS for the month of June, so this may be a good time to sell high on him.
Valencia got a hold of his 11th home run of the season in the first inning of tonight’s game, though he had gone nearly two weeks without one. That drought had sapped much of his productivity, as in his past 10 games he has just four runs scored and five RBI (counting tonight’s production). That said, his power makes a somewhat intriguing fantasy option but May was likely the peak of his season. He and the A’s will take on lefty Hector Santiago tomorrow, which definitely puts Valencia in play as he has a 1.254 OPS in 48 at-bats against lefties this season.
Overton made his first big league start of his career and also earned his first win. Though not a top 100 prospect, Overton ranked ninth in the A’s system according to MLB Pipeline to enter the season. He doesn’t possess a dominant pitch, but can place his pitches well. That said, he isn’t likely to be a huge fantasy asset, but could be worth tabbing if you are in a deeper league and looking for some streaming options.
Crisp has come alive over his past three games as he is now 6-for-12 with six runs scored, one home run, and three RBI over that span. That said, he was a force in the A’s lineup tonight. This three-game streak paints a rather rosy picture for him in what has otherwise a rather poor season as he has just a .236 average with limited counting stats. Given his limited playing time and injury history, there is not much reason to invest in Crisp.
Chacin was roughed up in every way imaginable Saturday night and had a quick exit from the game as a result. The switch from the N.L. to the A.L. hasn’t been kind to Chacin as he has recorded only two quality starts in eight chances since becoming a member of the Angels. He will look to change that trend, but that will be difficult as he is scheduled to start at Fenway Park against the Red Sox on Friday.
Calhoun launched his 10th home run of the season in the first inning of Saturday’s game. After a slow April and May, Calhoun has come alive in June with six home runs and a .808 OPS. He has quietly put together strong fantasy production, as he is currently pacing for a 20-80-90 season with a .280 average. He’ll look to keep that going tomorrow when the Angels take on Sonny Gray, though Calhoun is just 6-for-32 against him in his career with 12 strikeouts.
Pujols got a hold of his 14th home run of the season in the fifth inning of tonight’s game. It was his second consecutive game with a home run after going nearly three weeks without one. That said, June has not been kind to Pujols as he now has just three home runs on the month and entered tonight’s game with a dreadful .622 OPS. Pujols’ fantasy value is tied strictly to his home run output as he hits in a poor lineup and has a poor batting average. He will try to homer in each game of this series tomorrow, but he will have to do it off Sonny Gray who he is just 6-for-30 against in his career.