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Smyly has to be one of the strangest starting pitchers in the league, just look at Friday’s line for example. He managed to strike out eight hitters but let 10 Tigers reach base and gave up for earned runs. Smyly now has an insane 108:24 K:BB ratio over 96.1 innings on the year. His ERA, WHIP and BAA aren’t nearly as impressive, which makes it hard for owners to continue to trust him.
The Rays were completely shut down by rookie pitcher Michael Fulmer, but Miller was able to get to the Rays bullpen for a two-run shot once Fulmer was removed from the game. Miller has put together a nice season thus far, especially in the power department. He already has 11 home runs before the all-star break, which puts him on pace to blast 23 big flies. Miller is a very respectable fantasy option at shortstop because of his ability to put balls in the stands.
Martinez has been on fire of late, as he had his second two home run outing in five games. Over that same five-game stretch he has four multi-hit games. On the season, Martinez is now slashing .324/.369/.543 with 16 home runs and 49 RBI. Martinez may be reduced to nothing but a utility man in fantasy, but his offensive abilities are too strong to pass up on. Grab him any way you can.
Since Maybin has come off the disabled list, he’s been flat out fantastic. Despite the lack of power numbers, Maybin is doing everything else. He’s driven in a decent amount of runs out of the leadoff spot, stolen nine bags in 12 attempts and is hitting a cool .369. Maybin’s career numbers say he’s due for a regression, so if you believe that, trade him while he’s at peak value.
Fulmer allowed just two singles and a walk in the ballgame. He has been nothing short of outstanding for the Tigers this season. He's 8-2, with a 2.17 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 70/25 K/BB ratio over 70 2/3 innings. He has a strong case for American League Rookie of the Year this season. He'll look to build on that Wednesday against the red-hot Indians in Cleveland.
Inciarte made a hard slide into the bag at 2B on that steal in the bottom of the 5th. He tweaked his groin on the play. He is day to day with a groin injury.
With the Hawks agreeing to terms on a 4-year, $70 million deal with Kent Bazemore and the acquisition of Dwight Howard on a 3-year, $70.5 million deal, this makes resigning Horford unlikely given the lack of cap space. There is some talk of the Celtics trying to getting Horford to agree to terms before they meet with Kevin Durant on Saturday, so that's something to watch.
This news means Al Horford has no chance of a return to the ATL. The Hawks used their two draft picks on potential Bazemore replacements, so I'm not sure this move makes that most sense, but they'll have Baze ready to take on a bigger role next season with Jeff Teague in Indiana. His fantasy ceiling should increase next season.
Noah won't sign his deal until at least July 7. This is a lot of money to give to an injury prone 31-year-old center. He only played 29 games last season and had an awful shooting percentage. 38.3 percent from the field and 48.9 percent from the charity stripe. He is not a good fantasy option.
The homer was Smoak’s first hit in his last nine games and his eighth home run on the season. On the season, the veteran is hitting .236/.333/.403 on the season. Tomorrow the Blue Jays were scheduled to face off against Cleveland starter Trevor Bauer, but he was forced into duty because of Friday’s 19 inning game, and actually recorded the win. Smoak is hitting .245 at home with 5 of his home runs coming at the Rogers Centre.