It’s Saturday and time for MLB Streaks & Trends. Every weekend we will be looking at some of the current hit streaks and trends that will give you a little edge over the rest of your fantasy baseball league. If you’re fantasy baseball lineup features some of these names then you’re likely pretty pleased with how things are going so far in the 2022 fantasy baseball season. You may find some of these players sitting on your fantasy baseball waiver wire or even further down in the fantasy baseball rankings, so why don’t we look at this week’s MLB Streaks and Trends?

          AVG        OBP        SLG
Manny Machado      .382Manny Machado         .458Mike Trout                   .675
Eric Hosmer             .371Eric Hosmer                .451CJ Cron                        .670
Andrew Benintendi  .354Mike Trout                  .449Nolan Arenado             .667
Jeff McNeil              .348Josh Bell                      .445Manny Machado          .657
JP Crawford             .347JP Crawford                .442Aaron Judge                 .652
          xBA        xwOBA        Hard Hit %
Alec Bohm               .366Rowdy Tellez              .487Aaron Judge              67.2%
Luis Robert              .361Mike Trout                  .484Yordan Alvarez         61.9%
Wander Franco        .348Yordan Alvarez           .480Jose Abreau               60.0%
Yordan Alvarez       .346Aaron Judge                .485Christian Yelich        59.4%
Tim Anderson         .342Luis Robert                 .473Joc Pederson             56.9%


    12Cesar Hernandez   50    7     18      0    5   .360
     9JD Martinez   37    3    14      2    7   .378
     9Giancarlo Stanton   35    4    13      3    8   .425
     9Jazz Chisholm   34    5    12      0    4   .405
     8Josh Donaldson   29    3      8      0    3   .400

Who’s HOT


Yadiel Hernandez (Washington)

Yadiel Hernandez is on fire and it’s not because of a series in Coors. In fact, he rolled into Coors last week with six hits in his previous five games. He has 12 hits in his last 22 at-bats for a slash of  .546/.565/.727 with a 1.293 OPS over the last seven days. His .401wOBA on the season is top 7% in all of baseball and the best is that Hernandez is only currently rostered in 22% of Yahoo and 9% of ESPN season-long leagues.


JP Crawford (Seattle)

JP Crawford has now registered a hit in 13 of his last 14 games and already has 11 multi-hit games on the season. He is slashing .347/.442/.558 with a 1.000 OPS which are elite numbers and is top 5% in the league with a .325xBA and .439wOBA. 

Over his last 20 games, Crawford is hitting .324 with four home runs and 9 RBIs and has a .239 ISO/.424wOBA. He has struck out just 13 times in 26 games and is drawing just as many walks as he leads the AL in batting average and on-base percentage. 


Jesús Aguilar (Miami) 

Through the first ten games of the season, Jesús Aguilar was just slashing .171/.262/.171 with no extra-base hits and only three RBIs. On April 21st he had his first multi-hit game and then took off. Since then, he is a 18-for51 (.353) with a double, three home runs, and 11 RBIs. 

Aguilar has never really received the respect that he deserves. Check this stat out since the Marlins claimed him off waivers from the Rays in December of 2019 he is tied for 18th-most RBIs in all of baseball. He has more RBIs than Juan Soto, Aaron Judge, JD Martinez and even Shohei Ohtani. Not bad for a player currently rostered in only 28% of Yahoo and 36% of ESPN fantasy baseball leagues.


Who’s NOT


Justin Turner (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Is it too early to hit the panic button on Justin Turner? Going into today’s game with the Cubs, Turner is slashing .183/.225/.256 with a .481 OPS. Known as a slow starter the problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel as he is hitting even worse in May- .091/.091/.091 with a.182 OPS.

Turner’s .217wOBA is in the bottom 7% of the league and his K rate of 21.3% in March and April is his second highest (21.8% last year) since becoming an everyday third baseman for the Dodgers. His 5.6% walk rate is his lowest in his major league career and his xwOBA of .274 is also a career worst. As a Justin Turner owner myself (75% Yahoo/89% ESPN) it may be time to cut your losses and possibly sell high before it gets worse.


Abraham Toro (Seattle Mariners)

Abraham Toro came into this season with much promise. After being traded to the Mariners from Houston last July he went on a tear slashing .429/.467/.929 with a 1.396 OPS. That seems so long ago as Toro is amid a career-worst slump- a pitiful .118/.179/.196 slash over the last 15 days. His season numbers are not much better- .146/.220/.269 with a .488 OPS.

His .219 wOBA is in the bottom 6% of baseball but after digging in a little more into advanced metrics it appears that Toro may not be hitting as bad as it appears as his barrel % (8.3); sweet spot % (38.9); XBA (.247); xSLG (.447) are all at career highs. 


Sean Murphy (Oakland A’s)

Sean Murphy is also slumping at the bat. Over the last 15 days, his slash line is .122/.200/.220 with a .4020 OPS. Over the last eight games, he has registered at least a hit in only two and is hitting .111 over his last 11 games.

Murphy is striking out at a 30.8% clip and his walk rate is only 5%. With a low wOBA of only .299, Murphy still has four home runs and 15 RBIs on the season on a struggling A’s offense. He is owned in 75% of Yahoo and 81% of ESPN leagues and despite Murphy’s struggles he still should occupy a spot on your roster due to an already weak catching position. 


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