To say that Tuesday’s slate of games was loaded with excitement would be an obvious understatement. From Homer Bailey’s second career no-hitter to Leonys Martin becoming the newest owner of baseball’s longest current hitting streak there was enough action to keep fantasy owners drooling over the jam-packed box scores. You know Bailey’s got a little Rounding the Bases award coming his way, so before we get to that, let’s hit a few of the other big-ticket news items first and then hit the statistical highs and lows of the evening.
Since we already mentioned it, let’s congratulate Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin who now owns the longest hit streak in baseball at 15 straight games. With Michael Cuddyer finishing 0-for-4 today and ending his hit streak at 27 games, Martin, who went 2-for-4 with a run scored and his 17th stolen base, now becomes the league leader. He is batting .415 (22-for-53) over this streak and has two home runs, four RBI, 13 runs scored and nine stolen bases. I don’t know what the people who play in Yahoo leagues are thinking right now as he owned in less than 40-percent of leagues on that site.
Both Hanley Ramirez and Jason Kipnis are hot on Martin’s tail as each of them extended their respective streaks to 13 games with more hot-hitting Tuesday night. Ramirez is currently batting .469 (23-for-49) with five home runs, 15 RBI, 13 runs scored and three stolen bases over his 13-game run while Kipnis is hitting .477 (21-for-44) with three home runs, 17 RBI, 12 runs scored and four stolen bases over his run.
And if you’re going to talk about hot-hitting, you can’t have a conversation without inviting Yasiel Puig who crushed the eighth home run of his very short season and is now batting .443 through 106 at-bats. Some might disagree, but I still don’t see a month’s worth of at-bats as an incredibly large or telling sample size and have my doubts over this dream-run continuing. His 3.6-percent walk rate is awful, he’s striking out nearly 20-percent of the time, his ground-ball rate is still over 50-percent and he’s definitely getting help from an unsustainable .513 BABIP. He may finish the first half strong, but once that momentum subsides over the All Star break, his second half may not be as exciting.
Now that I’ve angered all the Puig owners out there, let’s hit the statistical highs and lows of the day…
Fantasy Beast of the Day
|Homer Bailey, CIN||9.0||1||0||0||0||1||9||0.00||0.11|
An obvious one, indeed, as Homer Bailey tosses the second no-hitter of his career and becomes the first pitcher to throw one no-hitter and then another before anyone else in the majors accomplished the feat since Nolan Ryan did it during the 1974 and 1975 seasons. Bailey hasn’t exactly been the model of consistency this season as this is just his second quality start in his last four outings and still has an ERA of 3.58 this season. He does have 111 strikeouts over 111 innings this season so that takes some of the sting out of some relatively high ratios, but just keep your enthusiasm in check as he could just as easily struggle as he could excel. Probably more, actually.
|Kendrys Morales, 1B SEA||3-5, 2 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI|
|Desmond Jennings, OF TB||3-5, 2 R, HR, 4 RBI, SB|
|Colby Rasmus, OF TOR||2-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI|
|Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD||W, CG, 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP, 8 K|
|David Price, SP TB||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP, 10 K|
Tuesday was quite a night for Kendrys Morales and very reminiscent of the player he once was for the Angels before breaking his ankle in a home plate celebration. He’s now hit safely in his last five games and is batting .429 (9-for-21) over that span. His overall numbers -- .282-11-48 – have been strong and he is definitely deserving of a regular spot in your lineup so long as he’s seeing consistent playing time and strong at-bats.
Now this was the type of day I thought Desmond Jennings would have more often this season. He was primed for a breakout campaign if you looked at his consistent growth over the last few seasons. He’s still on-pace to set career highs across the board (not by a huge margin, mind you), but I think we’d all like to see a little more from him in the stolen base column.
I often feel like days like this for Colby Rasmus receive far too much fanfare as opposed to paying attention to things like a .244 batting average and 100 strikeouts over 271 at-bats. He’s obviously got 20-home run power potential, but he’s also going to drag down your average in the end.
Clayton Kershaw continues to flaunt his elite status with his second complete-game shutout of the season and third complete game overall. He’s thrown six quality starts over his last seven outings and has a 22:2 K:BB over his last three starts. The only guy who is out-producing him on the hill so far is Matt Harvey, but come September, Kershaw stands no chance of having his innings capped.
And finally, let’s welcome back David Price who made his first start since May 15 and looked absolutely dominant with seven shutout innings and a double-digit tally for strikeouts. For those of you smart enough to stash him away and not succumb to the barrage of lowball offers you probably received, now is your time to shine. Hopefully you had him active for this outing, but if not, make sure you get him in there next week when he faces the White Sox.
|Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL||0-4, 3 K|
|Munenori Kawasaki, SS TOR||0-4, 3 K|
|Chris Parmelee, 1B MIN||0-4, 3 K|
|Chien-Ming Wang, SP TOR||ND, 32.40 ERA, 5.40 WHIP, 1 K|
|Justin Grimm, SP TEX||L, 11.25 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 1 K|
Nothing real crazy here, but it’s definitely worth pointing out yet another of Chien-Ming Wang’s horrible performances. Really…stop sending me emails asking if he’s going to turn it around. When I know, you’ll know and from what I know right now, you can’t answer with a more emphatic ‘no.’
Willie Bloomquist, SS ARI – hand (day to day)
Gerardo Parra, OF ARI – head (day to day)
Trevor Cahill, SP ARI – hip (15-day DL)
Jordan Schafer, OF ATL – ankle (day to day)
B.J. Upton, OF ATL – forearm (day to day)
Stephen Drew, SS BOS – hamstring (day to day)
Jon Lester, SP BOS – hip (questionable for July 3 start)
Scott Kazmir, SP CLE – back (questionable for July 3 start)
Dexter Fowler, OF COL – wrist (15-day DL)
Peter Bourjos, OF LAA – wrist (15-day DL)
Wily Peralta, SP MIL – hamstring (questionable for July 7 start)
Josh Willingham, OF MIN – knee (15-day DL; out four to six weeks)
Hiroki Kuroda, SP NYY – hip (out for July 5 start)
Jayson Nix, SS NYY – hamstring (day to day)
John Jaso, C OAK – hand (day to day)
Jarrod Parker, SP OAK – hamstring (questionable for July 4th start)
Kyle Kendrick, SP PHI – head (questionable for July 6 start)
Will Venable, OF SD – hamstring (day to day)
Michael Saunders, OF SEA – finger (day to day)
Lance Berkman, 1B TEX – knee (day to day)
Edwin Encarnacion, 1B TOR – hamstring (day to day)
Adam Lind, 1B TOR – back (day to day)
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