The part time catcher clubbed his first home run of the season on Thursday night, while his two RBI give him five total for the year. With numbers as little as that, it is totally understandable why he is unownable in all formats going forward.
The Story continues, as the legend of his early season success builds as the summer approaches. He’s now got 13 round trippers on the season to go along with his respectable .272 average and 33 RBI. While he may begin to fall off slightly, it is unlikely that the rookie shortstop will fade into obscurity any time soon.
Now is the time to strike when it comes to acquiring CarGo, as he tends to hit homers in bunches. With a home run on Thursday, fantasy owners can expect a run of dingers from him over the next week or so. Considering this, to go along with his .287 average, Gonzalez is a pretty solid value play going forward.
Papi teed off for his 12th home run of the season on Thursday night, as he added to his total and epic swan song of a final season. He’s now got a .337 average, 12 home run, and 45 RBI, numbers that legitimately put Ortiz in the MVP discussion. Despite his lack of positional versatility, there is no questioning Ortiz’s value. He appears too good to ignore.
After surrendering nine runs across 3 1/3 innings in his last outing, Gray really buckled down, as he tossed 7 1/3 innings of two run baseball on Thursday night. He managed to pick up a win against the red-hot Red Sox offense, which is a great sign for his hopes of rebounding completely from his horrific start last week. Even so though, His ERA is still hovering around 6.00 so it would be an unwise decision to own him in any formats going forward.
Buchholz was roughed up by the Rockies on Thursday night, as he allowed six runs across five innings in a losing effort. The loss was his fifth of the season, while it ballooned his ERA to 6.25, making him a drop candidate in all fantasy formats going forward.
The Dodgers are apparently seeing something that everyone else is missing with this move as he goes from Double-A to Triple-A. Guerrero is 1-for-30 at Tulsa in his eight games there but that's good enough to move up the ladder. If he doesn't improve at the higher level, he will likely stay there instead of making it up to the big club at the end of the assignment.
Finally there are signs of life out of Diaz, as his average has plummeted 44 points over just the last week of hitless baseball. He now has two hits in his last nine; nothing to write home about, but numbers he can afford considering his average still remains at an incredibly hit .329. He may be a “sell high” candidate of sorts being that he has no proven track record, is beginning to slip offensively, yet still is posting some impressive numbers.
In a dreadful season so far, it was encouraging to see Espinosa go deep on Thursday night. The round tripper was his fourth of the year, while his .201 average is not worth owning in any fantasy format. Move along now…
The home run ended an 0-for-10 slump that the defending MVP had been in, and boy did he ever crush it in style, as it traveled a projected 434 ft and reached the top deck in Nationals Park. Hopefully this bomb is something that can pull Harper out of his prolonged offensive downturn, as his average currently sits at a disappointing .245 for the season. He is not someone that owners can afford to be worried about, so best is to assume that he will pull himself out of this slump going forward.