Encarnacion was in a bit of a lull coming into Saturday, as he had gone just 2-for-17 over the last five games and wore the infamous golden sombrero Friday night. Well, it suffices to say that the league’s RBI leader got back on track in a big way by driving in four or more runs for the fourth time this season and third time this month. Encarnacion is obviously an elite run producer and should be viewed as such in all mixed fantasy formats.
Avila will continue to find his way into the batting order if he continues to swing the bat this way. The 29-year-old backstop has basically become an afterthought in the fantasy baseball world the last few years, but he has been performing better at the plate this month than he has in quite some time. Since the calendar flipped to June, Avila has hit .333 (15-for-45) with three homers and six RBI across 13 games. It just might be time for those in A.L. Only formats to tune back in.
Eaton went through a bit of a dry spell at the plate in the early portion of this month, but he has bounced back nicely during the past couple of weeks. Over his last 12 games, the speedy outfielder has hit a cool .392 (20-for-51) with six extra-base hits, 14 runs scored and a couple of stolen bases. That upturn has coincided directly with his move from leadoff to the two hole in the White Sox’ batting order. Eaton should be rostered in most standard mixed leagues given his ability to contribute with runs, steals and batting average.
Lawrie is suddenly swinging a very hot bat, as he has gone 9-for-17 with three roundtrippers over the last four days. The 26-year-old hacker is not, and will likely never be, known for offensive consistency, but his power is legit. Through 74 games, Lawrie has belted 10 homers and 19 doubles. He holds value in deeper mixed leagues.
Gonzalez just simply did not have it on the mound Saturday afternoon, as the Blue Jays’ stout lineup got to him early and often before he finally exited the game in the sixth frame. Over his last four starts, Gonzalez has gone from good to bad and around again, making him a very frustrating fantasy play in season-long leagues and especially daily contests alike. It is best to simply avoid the headache outside of deeper A.L. Only formats. The 32-year-old righty will take the mound in Houston on Friday night.
If all goes well he'll trek out on a rehab assignment and could rejoin the Rockies bullpen within a week. McGee had been pretty brutal before the injury, posting a 4.98 ERA in 21.2 innings. To make matters worse, he had only averaged 6.23 K/9, way down from his 11.57 mark just a season ago. He'll likely be placed back into the closer role for the Rockies, despite Carlos Estevez holding down the fort nicely in his stead.