We know the story with Carter, as he’s got crazy power and strings together dingers in bunches. His already 10 round trippers on the season should be a surprise to no one, however when his average is hovering around the Mendoza Line by Memorial Day, no one should be surprised then either. He’s feast or famine, and right now he’s eating like Joey Chestnut in Coney Island on the Fourth of July. Just be prepared to take the good with the bad in due time.
As of right now, it appears that the center field job is an open tryout for the Brewers, so with Presley hitting over .320, he’s currently the frontrunner for the gig. If he can keep it up, fantasy owners should take notice, as he will be one of the few players out on the waiver wire hitting up in an order with regular at-bats.
Make it three straight games with a home run for Duvall, as he went deep on Thursday night against the Brewers. He also now has four hits in his last 10 at-bats, raising his average nearly 20 percentage points in the process. With no proven track record, fantasy owners should err on the side of illusion here, rather than believing that Duvall has suddenly developed into the modern Mark McGwire. Having said all of this, it wouldn’t be the dumbest idea to take a flier on Duvall over the next couple of games in DFS formats, as he rides out this hot streak with a still low daily valuation.
Phillips continues his excellent start to the season, as he went 2-for-3 with a double, a home run (3), and three RBI in a win over the Brewers. It seems like each year that Phillips is undervalued entering the draft, yet produces at an All-Star level or better, when combining his average, home runs, RBI, and steal totals at the second base position. This year was no different, as he once again was not in the top-three consideration for the position. Anyone who continues to rely upon his ever-consistent game will keep reaping the rewards going forward.
We rarely see pitching duels like we saw on Thursday with the way pitch counts are so heavily watched and bullpens are so overly used. Gausman and Masahiro Tanaka went pitch for pitch over eight innings and unfortunately for both, neither factored into the final. Gausman has been very good over his three starts this season. He’s turning into the pitcher the Orioles hoped he would, just a few years late. He’s not a big strikeout pitcher as he gets opposing lineups to pound the ball into the ground constantly. Even if he doesn’t have the swing and miss stuff all fantasy owners look for, any and every fantasy owner will take eight scoreless innings on their team.
Fantasy owners can finally exhale, as Bruce’s home run drought ends at two weeks and one day. The home run happens to be his fifth on the season, which is a good number for him considering his mere .245 average and .301 OBP. At this point, we know what we are getting into with Bruce – a streaky power hitter who will almost never hit over .250… take the home runs and smile when they come.
In a scoreless bout in the 10th inning, Alvarez came up with runners on first and third and calmly hit a sac fly against Yankees closer, Andrew Miller. This could be exactly what the doctor ordered, as Alvarez has been awful at the start of 2016. His average sits below the “Mendoza Line” and has just one home run on the year. Alvarez shouldn’t be owned in any leagues until he proves he still has some pop left in his bat.
The Yankees have been horrible this season as a whole. A few players on their team have been bright spots and Tanaka absolutely falls in that category. He’s now logged four straight quality starts and hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs in any start this season. Tanaka’s biggest improvement thus far has to be his ability to keep the ball in the yard. After allowing 25 homers in 24 starts last season, he’s only allowed two in six 2016 outings. Tanaka has all of his pitches working and is missing a ton of bats. His strikeout total will continue to rise and Tanaka is a full-fledged fantasy ace right now.
For a man who’s season has gotten off to just a dreadful start, Simon picked himself in a huge way on Thursday night, as he went 7.2 innings, allowing only three runs, while striking out five. In the process, he managed to get the Reds the victory, while he recorded his first of the season. He’s still got a long way to go before getting himself some respectable numbers on the season, but this was certainly a step in the right direction. Fantasy owners should go forward with a slight grace period before picking Simon back up, as this one solid start could be fools gold. Only time will tell.