Howard decided 11 innings was a little bit too long to be at the ball park on Friday so he deposited his fifth home run into the stands for a walk-off winner against the Indians. Howard isn’t nearly the threat he once was as he’s just a shell of himself, but he can still hit for some serious power. He’ll continue to play every day and see normal at-bats so there’s no reason he shouldn’t challenge 30 homers on the year.
Everything that could go wrong since winning the Cy Young award back in 2014 has for Kluber. That said, he’s now had two really good starts in a row after three poor ones to start the year. He’s struck out 16 batters over his last two starts and lowered his ERA from 6.16 to 4.24. Four times in his five starts his team scored three runs or less so far this season. Kluber is still a very good fantasy option to own. Now that he’s got it going, he should be a must own type of pitcher during his next few starts.
The 29-year old Kipnis blasted his third homer of the season on Friday which puts him on pace to crush his total from the previous two seasons. As Kipnis has gotten older, he’s become more of a contact hitter. He posted a career-high 17 home runs in 2013 and only hit 15 combined in 2014-’15. Kipnis has is showing a bit more power this year than he has in years past as well as going three-for-3 in stolen base attempts thus far this season. Kipnis’ fantasy value was definitely peaked a few years ago but if he can hit home runs like he did in 2012-’13, he’ll end up being a top-10 fantasy option at second base by seasons end.
Wright has been extremely inconsistent to begin the 2016, alternating between good and bad starts over his first four outings. Friday’s outing was his best thus far, striking out a season-high six batters and allowed a season-low two earned runs. Wright isn’t a very good fantasy option no matter how you spin it. He doesn’t have overpowering, strikeout stuff, and should be overlooked in all of your waiver-wires.
The Orioles have a plan when to play Reimold and that’s against lefties. His hitting splits alone are a huge difference as he hits .357 against southpaws and .286 against right-handers, which is still respectable. Reimold took young lefty Carlos Rodon deep for his third home run this season in just 13 games played. If Reimold can continue to hit at a .355 clip, he’ll continue to receive at-bats. This shouldn’t make you consider picking him up in fantasy. He’s nothing more than a platoon player as of now.
Britton had a dominating ninth inning which is something we’ve become accustomed to over the past couple of seasons. Britton struck out one White Sox batter but induced two grounders which is his specialty. Britton is six-for-six in save opportunities this year and has blossomed into one of the best closers in baseball.