A very talented young closer, unfortunately the Braves just aren’t good enough to give Vizcaino ample opportunities to shine. As evidenced on Friday night, Vizcaino’s save happened to be just his sixth on the season, essentially wasting the abundance of velocity generated by his right arm. If the Braves were a better team, Vizcaino would be one of the top closer options in the league, however his lack of save opportunities keep him at the bottom of the barrel in terms of league-wide ownership.
Conley’s got some solid stuff, but he struggles to get deeper into games, which hinders his fantasy potential. With just three wins and a 4.15 ERA, he is not someone to be owned, however at 26 years of age, he still has some room to get better. He may be a post All-Star break add riser if he can figure out how to add more polish over the next few months, Conley may turn into a solid fantasy pitcher.
Perez was rock solid on Friday night, as he went six innings easily – needing only 80 pitches – while he allowed only two runs and struck out three. Sure he’s no household name, but there is something to be said about his 44 1/3 innings pitched over his last four starts. He’s a fly ball machine and will not record many strikeouts, but he appears to be a consistent source of reasonable ERA, six-inning baseball.
After missing nearly a month of action, A-Rod returned on Thursday night to an 0-for-4 night at the dish with two strikeouts. After properly shaking off the rust, he launched a solo shot into the left-center alley, performing yet another bat flip – his second in three nights – appearing to have added a new swagger to his game. Fantasy owners will love to see his power streak continue, even if his average doesn’t fully recover going forward.
It’s been a really rough season for Archer, so despite his four runs allowed – with only one earned mind you – on Friday night, it was nice to see him power through eight innings with full support of the coaching staff. Hopefully – despite the losing effort – this was the turning point of Archer’s season, as he showed a lot of leadership to battle the way that he did on Friday night.
Despite the serious elbow concerns, Tanaka continues to get the job done as the Yankees true ace, as he again registered a quality start and lowered his ERA to 2.89 on the season. The win improved his record to 3-0 on the season, while the shutout was his second on the campaign. With a general’s mentality and the strength to power through a legitimate elbow ligament concern, fantasy owners can feel comfortable with Tanaka on their staff going forward throughout the rest of the season.
Hardy has been on he disabled list since May 3rd and its definitely a good sign that he is no longer wearing boot as he will likely begin baseball activities soon. The Orioles have not placed a timetable on his potential return to the lineup.
With Matt Carpenter out, Garcia drew the start and hit leadoff and did not disappoint. He reached base four times including his second home run. The 26-year old is off to an insane start to his season notching eight hits in 13 at-bats and has an insane 1.916 OPS. It’s unrealistic to think he can keep this up or he’d be the greatest player the games ever seen, but Garcia could be picked up while he continues to draw starts and perform at a high level.
Blair really struggled in his first go around with the Braves, going 0-3 with a 7.59 ERA over his first five starts. After a brief demotion Blair will be called back up to face the Marlins on Saturday. Despite his prospect status Blair should be avoided in all formats this weekend.
With one swing of the bat Piscotty drove in four runs and ended up being the difference in Friday’s game. Piscotty is having an excellent 2016 campaign, hitting .324 and a .395 on-base percentage. If Piscotty were to stay on this current pace, he’d end the season with 20 homers and 99 RBI. He’s been great in fantasy and is showing no signs of slowing down.