The Braves were hoping to give the right-hander another rehab start, but the pitching staff is dealing with a lot of issues which is going to press Foltynewicz into action earlier than expected and make him be on a strict pitch count. The 24-year-old has been out since the beginning of June, but pitched well in his first six starts with a 3.51 ERA and 1.26 WHIP to go along with a 28:8 K:BB ratio. Fantasy owners should hold off until Foltynewicz’s second start before activating the pitcher due to the pitch count.
Bumgarner has collected seven hits all season and is batting .175, but the Giants are deciding their ace pitcher gives them a better chance to collect hits then a position player who bats for a living. Bruce Bochy is clearly one of the best managers in baseball so he must feel this is the best chance the Giants have at winning, but it definitely opens up a lot of scrutiny if it doesn’t work out.
The Yankees are still deciding if they are buyers or sellers at the trade deadline and will be asking for young Major League ready talent in any trade they decide to make. The last time Miller was traded it fetched pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez and the Yankees are hoping to get a similar return if they decide to move the lefty reliever. It’s going to be an interesting month leading up to the deadline as the Yankees could have the top two relievers in Miller and Aroldis Chapman on the trading block if they indeed decide to be sellers.
The terrific season continues for the former MVP, as he recorded another two hits, a home run, and four RBI, en route to raising his average 18 points over his last 10 games. With a season pace of .325, 27 HR’s, 93 RBI, and 13 SB, it is understandable why he is getting so much All-Star buzz and would potentially be getting MVP consideration if the Brewers were in playoff contention.
It appears as though the pop is there still for the former Mets outfielder, however he’s inconsistent in making contact therefore he’s an unreliable fantasy option. It appears as though the Brewers are going to continue to give him consistent at bats, which bodes well for his fantasy value, however he still needs to prove his relevance offensively before owners pick up his services.
Stewart was knocked around good on Wednesday night, as the Brewers tagged him for five runs in five innings and left him saddled with the loss. It’s not the best of ways to start off a career in the bigs, but the bright side is that at least he made it through five innings. Also, word is that manager Dave Roberts said that by settling down the way that he did after getting lit up for five in the second earned Stewart another start, so there is still hope that he can win the vacant fifth starters spot in this Dodgers rotation.
It was a quality start for the right-hander as he allowed three earned runs in six innings against the Indians. Cruz only struck out one and even in the minors, his strikeout rate wasn’t impressive. Fantasy owners can look elsewhere if they need pitching help.
Guerra tossed quite the gem on Wednesday night, as he went eight strong while tossing a shutout and only allowed two hits in the process. The dominant effort raised his record to 5-1 on the season, while his seven strikeouts raise his total to 60. With these numbers along with a 3.25 ERA, it is safe to say that Guerra is someone to own in most formats going forward.
Bone spur has been a popular phrase recently with pitchers and that is exactly what placed Kela on the disabled list in late April. As a reliever, it shouldn’t take many rehab appearances before the right-hander is ready to return to the Rangers bullpen. Kela will look to add depth to the bullpen, but doesn’t bring any fantasy value due to his role.
Davidson had an impressive spring training as he hit over .400 and clubbed five homeruns, but was unable to crack the opening day roster for the White Sox. The third baseman has played well in Triple-A with a slash line of .268/.349/.444 with 10 homeruns and 46 RBIs. It will be interesting to see how the White Sox use the 25-year-old as Todd Frazier is entrenched at third and Jose Abreu at first base. There’s a chance Davidson is used as designated hitter and should instantly give the White Sox some pop off the bench. At this point, the fantasy upside is minimal until his role is clearly defined.