Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: July 24
Brett Talley goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines current storylines and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
The Trade Deadline is just a week away, so let’s quickly recap some of the news regarding potential swaps from Tuesday. Everyone knows the Tigers are sellers, it’s just a matter of who they sell. Reportedly, Nick Castellanos and closer Shane Greene are near locks to get moved, but they’re still undecided on dealing Matt Boyd. Zack Wheeler seemed like a very likely candidate to be traded before an injury, but he’s set to return on Friday and the chances are “pretty high” that he’s traded. Most of the rumors have centered around pitchers, but a high-profile position player may be added to the mix down the stretch. The Rockies have been tumbling in the standings and will apparently be open to listening to offers for Charlie Blackmon.
Pitching Performance of the Day
Three starters got to double-digit strikeouts on Tuesday. Two of them are relatively unsurprising, Dallas Keuchel and Chris Sale . But the third was not Trevor Bauer or Caleb Smith or Stephen Strasburg or Matthew Boyd . No, the third was Danny Duffy who allowed one less run than Keuchel and Sale. Duffy struck out 11 over six innings, needing only 99 pitches to do it. He allowed one run on five hits and one walk. Duffy has had an up-and-down season with a strong start, a rough patch in late May/early June, and very mixed results recently. He’s capable of putting up a big number on a given day, but with a SIERA north of 5.00, he can’t be trusted regularly. Consider him a streaming option in deeper leagues or a GPP option in DFS when the matchup is good.
Hitting Performance of the Day
This is a tough call because Trea Turner hit for the cycle last night and Robinson Canó homered three times. Ultimately, we’ll give the nod to Cano because his 13 total bases are greater than Turner’s 10. Cano has had a brutal year with wRC+ of 77 entering Tuesday’s action. He’s on pace for his first below average season at the plate since 2008. His strikeout rate is currently at an all-time high, and his walk rate is as low as it has been since 2009. He has four years remaining on his contract after this season, and it’s hard to envision him having much utility from here on out. Nevertheless, he had a career night Tuesday as he hit three homers for the first time in his career.
Game of the Day
The MLB headline for last night’s Yankees-Twins game starts with “Game of year?” so it pretty obviously earns the lowly game of the day distinction. The Twins jumped out to an 8-2 lead after four, and their win expectancy per Fangraphs peaked at 96.8 percent when Aaron Hicks grounded out to start the fifth. But the Yankees cut the lead in half by the end of the inning on a three-run home run by Did Gregorius. Minnesota tacked on another run in the bottom half, and that lead held until the eighth inning when things started to get weird.
The Yankees had a massive five-run eighth inning that gave them a 10-9 lead, but that was short-lived as Miguel Sanó hit a two-run home run in the bottom to make it 11-10. But then Hicks hit a two-run home run of his own in the ninth to give the Yanks a one-run lead back. The Twins manufactured a run in their half to send the game to extra innings. The Yanks took a 14-12 lead in the 10th, but the Twins had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the 10th when this happened:
AARON HICKS WEB GEM TO END THE GAME OF THE YEAR pic.twitter.com/hkoUmA9p0E— Starting 9 (@Starting9) July 24, 2019
What to Watch for Today
Another day in late July, another day with a few pitchers who could be making their last start with their current club. Mike Minor will start for Texas against the Mariners tonight. The game will be in Seattle as opposed to the Texas heat, so he’ll have a better chance of impressing teams looking to acquire him. Noah Syndergaard will start against the Padres, though recent rumors suggest Thor might be more likely to stay n New York. Finally, Marcus Stroman will go against the Indians. Stroman is a good candidate to get dealt, and the Braves, Astros and Yankees are potential landing spots for the right-hander.