Zobrist broke the scoreless game in the third blasting a three-run bomb into the right field stands. Although Zobrist’s average sits at a below average .250 mark, he’s doing exactly what he was brought to Chicago to do. He’s driving in runs at a very effective rate as he already has 16 RBI which puts him on track to drive in 100 runs this season and he’s sitting in a hotel room somewhere in Pittsburgh with a .373 on-base percentage. Zobrist is a fantastic fantasy option in all formats. He gets on base, he plays 100 positions and drives in runs.
Don’t look now, but Rizzo is on fire. He now has three straight multi-hit games with six extra-base hits, six runs scored and three RBI. He also extended his hitting streak to eight games and has raised his average from .203 to .260 during that span. Rizzo is tied for fourth in home runs and leads the all of baseball in RBI. Even at .260, Rizzo is one of the best fantasy options in all of baseball.
Nicasio labored through his start on Wednesday, not making it out of the fifth inning and suffering the loss. Before Wednesday’s start, Nicasio posted three consecutive solid outings. He’s been a great find for the Pirates and this was just a tiny blip on the radar. His next start will come in Cincinnati so if you’re looking for a bounce back start, pitching in that ballpark is not the answer for that.
Not only has Joyce posted a .371 average up until this point in the season, but he’s been a phenomenal pinch-hitter thus far. He has four hits in his last five pinch-hit at-bats; two have gone for homers including Wednesday. It’s tough to find Joyce consistent time because the log jam in the Pirates outfield already. He may need to start learning a new position if he wants to play more. Until that day comes, he’s not on the field enough to be someone worth owning in fantasy.
McCutchen really needed a day like this because he has really struggled to begin the 2016 season. Outside of a three home run game earlier this season, he hasn’t done much of anything. He’s striking out far too much, as it’s happened at least once in nine out of his previous 10 games. McCutchen has probably never seen his average this low, but his two hit afternoon on Wednesday could be the spark he needed. If that’s the case, whoever’s facing the team he’s on could be in a lot of trouble.
There's currently a log-jam for the Lions fourth receiver slot on the depth chart, and while we are at it, we might as well add Caldwell's name to that list headed into training camp. This battle will sort itself during the summer, so fantasy owners need not to worry.
The Padres have said a lot about Ross without really saying much, as they seem to be talking around his lack of activity since going on the DL earlier this season. Fantasy owners should continue to plan for life without Ross, as he still has no scheduled throwing program in place.