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.
Trout capped off his third consecutive multiple hit game with a home run, which was his first in a week. Despite playing in a poor lineup, Trout is solidifying himself as the best fantasy player once again this season, as he should record a 30-100-100-15 season with a .300 average. Those numbers are about as good as you can get and any fantasy owner would be grateful to have those numbers in their lineup.
Gomez notched his first save in over two weeks as the Phillies simply haven’t been winning enough to give him consistent opportunities. When given chances, he has continued to be solid as he is now 20-for-22 in save opportunities this season. He doesn’t carry the strikeouts or ratios of an elite closer, but he does have the sixth most saves in the league.
Hellickson wasn’t nearly as dominant as his counterpart Madison Bumgarner, but he managed to keep his team in the game and earn a win. That was important for him as he had a rough June prior to this start, entering with a 6.38 ERA. His downward tick in strikeouts did continue, however, and is something to note because it will limit his fantasy value greatly. He now has just 19 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched in June. That said, he is a decent deep league option but nothing more because of his limited upside. His next start will come on Friday against the Royals.
Rupp got a hold of his seventh home run in the seventh inning and was the key to the Phillies victory on Saturday night. He has now homered in three of his past four appearances, and he should continue to earn additional playing time with performances like this. When he does play, he has been a good source of power and he doesn’t hurt your batting average as a catcher. His lack of consistent playing time does hold him back as a fantasy asset and he will likely rest tomorrow as he has started in two consecutive games.