He gave his old divisional foes a harsh greeting, but we're still waiting for the Frazier of old to reappear. This season's .216 average is still brutal, and while he's been better on that front over his last 15 games (.286 with three homers), he's still put up six 0-fers in that span. Frazier is a better hitter than what he's shown this year, but that's a small consolation for fantasy owners who have endured his disappointing 2017 campaign.
He'd scuffled through a six-game slump (2-for-23 with seven strikeouts) since his last homer, so it's nice to see an outburst like this from Hicks. It's worth keeping in mind that the young outfielder sported a .314/.423/.571 batting line with 10 homers and seven steals through his first 53 games before Achilles and oblique issues derailed his summer; he's the Yankees' unquestioned starter in center field, and another hot stretch to close out the season wouldn't be surprising.
The first blast was particularly noteworthy -- a 490-foot missile to left that got the Yankees' scoring started right from the opening frame. It's unsurprising that Sanchez hasn't been able to maintain last season's unreal homer pace (20 in 53 games), but with 25 long balls in 91 contests this year, he's clearly established himself as the game's top power threat at catcher.
Thus ends his stretch of 37 consecutive games with a strikeout, a stretch in which Judge hit a miserable .176/.335/.351. Drawing walks obviously hasn't been a problem for the massive rookie slugger, but it's certainly noteworthy that this brutal slump came almost entirely in the aftermath of his monstrous Home Run Derby performance during the All-Star festivities. Although Judge should be expected to rebound in the power department, it's hard to ask for much help in batting average from a guy who's striking out more than 30 percent of the time.
Unfortunately, he was essentially alone in producing offense for the Tigers, who suffered a 13-4 rout. Castellanos has now matched last season's career-high 18 homers, though it took him 11 extra games and his average is lingering at an unhelpful .248. That said, he's managed to hit .354 over his last 13 games, though these homers were his first since Aug. 6; in fact, over a 30-game span preceding Tuesday's explosion, Castellanos managed just two long balls.
McCarthy is apparently over the blister issue that has kept him on the shelf for the last month. The length of his rehab assignment isn't clear at this point, but he'll join either High-A Rancho Cucamonga or Double-A Tulsa later in the week. Barring any setbacks, he's expected to return to the Dodgers when rosters expand in September.
There have been stretches in which Boyd has played the part of a competent-looking MLB starter, but those must feel like a distant memory to his embattled fantasy owners. Over his last four appearances, Boyd has been mauled for 17 earned runs on 23 hits and nine walks over 13.1 innings; those are fantasy-season-ruining numbers. That said, he's still only 26 and left-handed with spectacular minor-league stats (career 2.49 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9), so there's still some long-term appeal here.
His return from a shoulder injury would have been even prettier if not for the homer Tanaka allowed to Nick Castellanos in the bottom of the seventh, but the game was well in hand by then. Although the Japanese righty's ratios for the season (4.86 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) still don't look too good, he's been a far better pitcher over his last 10 starts. During that 64-inning span, he's crucially gotten his homers under control while putting up a 3.09 ERA, 0.98 WHIP and 69:12 K:BB -- the sort of stats fantasy owners expected from Tanaka on draft day.
This marks his first long ball in 10 appearances with Arizona since being acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline. As a relatively sparingly used utility guy, Rosales has precious little fantasy value outside of cavernous NL-only formats.
He started the Diamondbacks off on the right foot with the first-inning blast against fill-in starter Tommy Milone, though Martinez proceeded to strike out in two of his three remaining at-bats. While the slugger's hitting just .233 since coming over to Arizona before the trade deadline, his power certainly hasn't suffered -- this marks his 10th homer in 29 games with his new club -- and the average will surely improve in due time.
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