From today until the end of the Major League Baseball season, Saturday is for looking at the various streaks and trends across the MLB, as well as those fantasy baseball players with rising or falling stock. Who should be your priority waiver wire pickups? Who deserves some of your precious FAAB? Are there any potential fantasy baseball buy low trade candidates? As always, we’ll start by talking about some fantasy baseball risers and fallers, highlighted by Chase Silseth and Cole Ragans, a couple of starters who could make a difference down the stretch of this fantasy baseball season. On the other hand, guys like Ezequiel Duran and Reid Detmers are trending in the wrong direction. Let’s take a look at some of the notable hit streaks and current trends across Major League Baseball, as well as fantasy baseball risers and fallers.
|1||Luis Arraez||.366||1||Freddie Freeman||.420||1||Shohei Ohtani||.662|
|2||Freddie Freeman||.344||2||Ronald Acuna Jr.||.420||2||Matt Olson||.601|
|3||Ronald Acuna Jr.||.337||3||Juan Soto||.413||3||Freddie Freeman||.597|
|4||Bo Bichette||.321||4||Luis Arraez||.411||4||Ronald Acuna Jr.||.580|
|5||Yandy Diaz||.318||5||Shohei Ohtani||.409||5||Mookie Betts||.579|
|1||Ronald Acuna Jr.||.351||1||Aaron Judge||.491||1||Aaron Judge||63.4%|
|2||Corey Seager||.327||2||Ronald Acuna Jr.||.455||2||Matt Olson||58.0%|
|3||Freddie Freeman||.326||3||Corey Seager||.434||3||Matt Chapman||57.8%|
|4||Bo Bichette||.321||4||Shohei Ohtani||.432||4||Juan Soto||57.7%|
|5||Luis Arraez||.321||5||Yordan Alvarez||.422||T5||Ronald Acuna Jr.||56.7%|
Fantasy Baseball Risers
I mean, how do we not talk about Silseth here? Two of his last three starts have resulted in double-digit strikeout outings, with his most recent outing putting forth 12 strikeouts against the Mariners across seven innings of work! There hasn’t been anything too drastic with his pitch mix, but a noticeable difference has been with his splitter, which has posted a 38.3 percent whiff rate this season.
Over his last three starts, he has a 17.3 SwStr% and a 35 O-Swing%, so the strikeout upside is tangible with him down the stretch. The Angels aren’t in a spot to mess around too much, and Silseth right now gives them a good chance to win ball games. He’ll be in the rotation moving forward so long as he pitches well, and you can count on that.
Okay, wins are going to be a bit hard to come by, but Rangs has posted a 19:2 K/BB ratio over his last two starts (12.2 IP). He’s picked up some velocity on his fastball, and he mixes in a slider to left-handed hitters, which has been lethal this year (.091 BAA, 47.1 Whiff%). His expected statistics look even better than his overall numbers, which is encouraging, as there is a profile to build on here. Ragans is still just 25-years-old, and while his recent starts have been better than his ceiling indicates, fantasy managers can strike a bit of gold here down the stretch. If he’s available, he’s worth adding, as the strikeouts have been good of late, and he should help with your ratios, even if he doesn’t give you a bunch of wins, because you know, the Royals.
Fantasy Baseball Fallers
While one Angels starter rises, another falls. Demters has allowed 16 earned runs over his last 11 innings pitched, posting a 9:7 K/BB ratio during that span. As the year has gone on, he’s continued to throw his curveball more, which has been pretty good all things considered. However, his four-seam fastball has been rocked of late, dating back to July where his four-seamer was pummeled to the tune of a .333 average, and .744 SLG. Now, the expected statistics aren’t as bad as the raw numbers, but we have to call them out. Rostering Detmers is like a roller coaster, in that it’s fun and scary at the same time, but if you have Detmers on the team, look to start him when he pitches at home, as that is the best side of his splits.
Let’s keep it short and sweet here, shall we? Duran just hasn’t been the same guy of late.
- First 70 Games: .308/.344/.526
- Last 21 Games: .156/.260/.266
Since the All-Star Break, his average exit velocity, barrel rate, and hard hit rate are all down, and he’s seeing less pitches in the zone. It was a great first half for Duran, but post-break, it hasn’t been great. His overall numbers for the year still look quite good, but tread carefully moving forward, especially in the near future, as he’s slumping pretty hard right now in these dog days of summer.