Teams will make a run at free agent to be DeMar DeRozan of the Raptors. But he has expressed a desire to stay in Toronto. The Raptors will be able to offer him a max contract of five years and $145 million whereas other teams can top out at $107 million. No matter where DeRozan and his 23.5 points average signs, he is line for a nice raise this offseason.
To say Ben Zobrist is hot may be an understatement. His three run home run extended his personal hit streak to 15 games. Zobrist also has 40 hits in May and is the first Cub to do so since Alfonso Soriano in 2008. He is second in the National League in average (.351), second in runs (36) and fourth in OPS (.993). Zobrist has seven multi-hit games in his streak and will look to keep it going against Alex Wood on Monday.
Miguel Montero hit his first home run since Opening Day and drove in two runs during the Cubs win on Sunday. He missed time this year due to injury but is rounding into form. Montero has four multi-hit games in his last seven played and he is an asset in any league which rewards OBP. Due to a platoon at catcher, Montero will likely get Monday off.
Some fantasy owners may be frustrated by Anthony Rizzo’s .239 average but better days are ahead. He is coming out of a slump but his walk percentage higher than last year and his strikeout percentage is down in comparison. Rizzo’s BABIP is 70 points below his 2015 level as well. His two hits on Sunday are a good sign and Rizzo should in line for positive regression in the days ahead.
Many prognosticators were wary of Kris Bryant’s high number of strikeouts last year. But through his first 47 games, Bryant has cut his strikeout percentage from 30.6 percent last year to a much more manageable 19.3 percent this season. With two more hits on Sunday, Bryant is now hitting .286 with an OPS of .888 for the Cubs. He leads the National League in runs with 37 and is second in RBI with the same number. Bryant is also 1-for-3 in a prior match-up with a home run against Monday’s starter, Alex Wood.
Not only did John Lackey win his fifth game of 2016, but his outing on Sunday was his sixth straight quality start. The Cubs pitching depth has propelled them to the first team to move 20 games over five hundred this year. Lackey now has an ERA of 3.16 this year and he will look to extend his quality start streak to seven at home against Arizona later this week.
Not only has Tyler Goeddel hit safely in eight of his last nine games, but he is hitting over three hundred in May. Goeddel hit his second home run of the season Sunday. He is six for his last 20 for Philadelphia over his last six games with five runs. Goeddel should continue to see playing time as the Phillies forge ahead with their rebuild.
With veteran Ryan Howard struggling to a .154 average, Tommy Joseph will continue to wrest away at bats at first base. Joseph has power upside and hit his third in 11 games with the Phillies this year. Be aware of his 11 strikeouts and one walk this year but in leagues where Joseph has catcher eligibility, his value increases.