This makes two homers in the last two games for the third baseman and marks three RBI in that span. He is carrying a solid .311 AVG over 61 at bats this season as he’s seeing a lot of playing time recently. In the last seven games he’s been rolling with a .414/.433/.759 slash line and two homers, four RBI, and five runs in that span. He only has 117 career at bats under his belts so his potential is yet to be fully tapped but he may not see that tapped this season either.
Hermann hit his second homer of the season on Thursday as he saw action for the first time since Tuesday. The 1-for-3 showing raised his average to .143 on the season though he has still seen just 28 at bats. Hermann is clearly the backup catcher behind Wellington Castillo severely limiting his value. It was a nice performance but those will be few and far between for him in 2016.
Ramos has been simply lights out this season as Thursday was his ninth appearance and it was the first time all year he allowed a run. He had also only allowed three total hits before Thursday's outing as well. There has been one Achilles heal to Ramos' pitching though and that's his control. He's walking too many opposing batters as his K:BB ratio this year is 12:6. Ramos is worth owning in all formats and will be even more dangerous if he can harness his control.
Ziegler made his 10th appearance of the season and fifth in a save spot. His numbers a bit interesting so far as he carries a 0.82 ERA but a 1.55 WHIP and a .293 BAA. So he is allowing a lot of traffic on the base paths but not allowing them to get all the way around but it’s something that should be monitored by his owners. Ziegler will continue to get the save chances, but they maybe exciting for a time.
This was De La Rosa’s seventh appearance of the year with four starts and this was by far his best outing of the year. St. Louis had been rolling to a degree on offense and De La Rosa ably shut them down to the tune of 10 Ks. He still holds a 4.18 ERA but does have a 1.10 and a 28:8 K:BB ratio. His next schedule start is on Wednesday against Miami and Jose Fernandez who is coming off a three hit performance of L.A.
Don't look now, but Giancarlo Stanton has flames exasperating from his torso. Stanton got off to an extremely slow start this year but has now homered in four out his last five games and has at least one hit and RBI in each one of those games. Stanton can hot with the best of them and your DFS lineups will severely benefit if he's in them rather than not. Stanton took Clayton Kershaw and Kenta Maeda deep in the same series. Safe to say he looks comfortable at the dish once again.
Wacha lasted the longest he has all season but also gave up the second most runs he has in five starts. The way he gave up the runs was new however as he gave up the first two homers of the season on Thursday. Wacha has been pretty solid since his first start of the season allowing just six runs over the last four starts compared to the four runs allowed in the first start. His ERA sits at 3.07 now and 1.33 WHIP heading into his next start on Tuesday against Philadelphia. Last season he started twice against them and they knocked him out in the sixth inning both times giving up a total of nine runs and 14 hits.
It took Realmuto until the last two weeks of April to really get going and he's now simply on fire. During this recent stretch he's put together a five game hitting streak in which he's recorded 10 hits, two of them leaving the yard. Just since April 24th he's raised his average from .188 to .284. Realmuto is someone worth owning and starting in DFS right now. Ride the hot hand as he just torched two of the better staffs in baseball in the Giants and Dodgers.
The 22-year old has struggled thus far in 2016 but seemed to find his stroke on Thursday notching two hits against one of the more electrifying pitchers in baseball. After Thursday's outing, Seager is now the host a three-game hitting streak and has at least one base knock in seven of his last eight games. Seager has raised his average 30 points since the start of that aforementioned eight game stretch, which is a great sign for the young shortstop. Seager hasn't been much more than a singles hitter thus far in '16, which hurts all of his fantasy owners. The extra-base hits will come just relax. It's only April.