Although Francona left a lot to be desired in Game 7 of the World Series, the job he has done in Cleveland can not be overstated, and he'll be locked in through the year 2020. Francona has a .545 career winning percentage with the Indians and made it back to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. The Indians have the core to be a contender for years to come.
The rookie deserves plaudits for the first of what will likely be many 20-homer campaigns, but that's been the only area in which he's been helping fantasy owners. With relatively modest totals in RBI (44) and runs (40) as well as a .232 batting average and only three steals, Renfroe has essentially been a one-category asset, which limits his value to deeper formats. Nonetheless, the future is bright, especially if the 25-year-old outfielder can cut down on his strikeouts.
He just worked around a run (and three hits) for save No. 17 on Monday; this marks only the second time all season that Reed has allowed the opposition to score in consecutive outings. Nonetheless, he remains locked into the ninth-inning role.
He gave up two home runs, which is quite uncharacteristic for the 27-year-old righty, as he'd allowed just 11 through his first 100.2 MLB innings. Lugo isn't much of a strikeout artist, but he does keep the ball on the ground and keep his walk rate low enough to be a decent back-of-the-rotation starter. For fantasy purposes, that means he's best used selectively, but he also isn't prone to ratio-destroying implosions. He'll take his next turn Sunday in Seattle.
Power isn't the 23-year-old's calling card, but after hitting .311 over 31 games at Triple-A this year, he's now sitting at .313 through 52 contests (albeit just 154 plate appearances) in the majors. His numbers have been even better since he settled in as the Braves' regular shortstop in mid-June, as he's posted a .336/.355/.526 line, including 14 doubles and a triple alongside his pair of homers. However, he has an unsustainable .389 BABIP -- a figure much higher than we've seen from him at any level of the minors except rookie ball -- and plate discipline isn't a great strength for him, so it's reasonable to expect that Camargo will cool off to some degree down the stretch.
He'd gone eight games without a long ball, but Kemp's power has been fizzling for longer than that -- he had just a single homer (and only one other extra-base hit, a double) in his past 25 games, a span in which he posted a .219/.272/.260 batting line. Of course, some regression was to be expected after a high BABIP propelled Kemp to a .320 average over his first 60 games of 2017. One good game doesn't necessarily change his recent trend, but perhaps it'll help Kemp settle back into a groove.
Although Suzuki is currently seeing less than half the Braves' catching duties, he's made the most of his limited workload, as these two long balls brought his total to 10 homers -- the first time he's cracked double digits since the 2011 campaign. That pop is giving the veteran some degree of fantasy relevance, at least in two-catcher and NL-only formats.
He entered a tie game in the seventh and promptly sent things spiraling out of control, although catcher Chris Iannetta's throwing error certainly didn't help. Despite a career-best strikeout rate (by far), Hoover's been anything but an asset in his first season as a member of Arizona's bullpen after washing out of Cincinnati last year, as he now owns an atrocious 2.07 WHIP. If he can't improve on that, and fast, he may ultimately find himself cast off the roster.
He pitched well while facing the Braves for the second consecutive start, and Walker even hit a homer to support his own cause. The 24-year-old has maintained solid fantasy value despite an inflated WHIP that he dropped to 1.28 with this outing. Arizona has a good offense and Walker has consistently kept his team in games, so he could start racking up wins in the second half if his bullpen can avoid imploding as it did Tuesday -- J.J. Hoover and Andrew Chafin conspired to give up six runs over two innings immediately after the young fireballer's departure.
He's fortunate that hit batsmen don't serve to inflate his already high 1.38 WHIP. As much promise as Folty showed in this outing, it took him 119 pitches to get through six frames and he continues to struggle with control issues. The 25-year-old is a hard thrower who's been generating strikeouts at a solid clip, but he's been prone to long balls (17 in 20 starts, including one Tuesday) in addition to walks, which isn't a great combination. There's still fantasy relevance here, but he's mostly a streaming option in shallower formats. On that note, Foltynewicz will draw the Phillies next, and he's held them to one run in 14 innings over two starts in 2017.
He's got seven steals now -- that's a five-year high, putting him on pace to challenge his career-best mark of 12. It's shocking to see a 35-year-old catcher posting even this modest steal total, but Molina's always full of surprises. After all, he's already cracked double-digit homers for the first time in four seasons. Molina may not be the most exciting name at catcher anymore, but he's still providing fantasy-relevant offense.
His first-inning bomb against Colorado starter Jon Gray got the Cardinals started off on the right foot, although they didn't score again until the ninth. DeJong has been mashing unrelentingly since being promoted to the majors, as his average is now up to .292 alongside 13 homers in 48 games --
nearly duplicating his .299 average and 13 homers in 48 Triple-A contests this year. However, DeJong's atrocious 4:58 BB:K and rather high .361 BABIP are notable warning signs; as much thump as he's got in his bat, striking out more than 30 percent of the time will come back to haunt him. Fantasy owners should temper their expectations in terms of batting average, but he's still providing an excellent stat package, especially for a guy who's eligible at multiple positions in many formats.
While there have been some stumbles recently -- most notably his three-run misstep against the Padres on July 17 -- McGee has been a solid fantasy asset in leagues that count holds. However, thanks to his lack of a closing gig and the potential for a Coors Field blowup at any time, he's mostly off the radar in standard formats.
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