Daily Dose: Arise Sir Salazar

Can Salazar build ona  great 2015 and join his fellow Indians in the top 20 this year?

Tuesday the 17th’s slate started with a great outing from Danny Salazar whilst his offense exploded into life for 13 runs at Cincinnati’s expense. We had multi homer games and bounce backs from young pitchers s well as the true king of pitching doing his stuff in LA.

The intention of this article is to sum up the real key fantasy standouts from each day in a bite size chunk for you to read on your commute or over your coffee. However, fantasy isn’t all that will feature here as any crazy plays or fantastic punches will also get there mention here. There won’t be any significant detail here but be sure to contact the team on @60ftpodcast if you want more analysis on certain players.

1. Salazar continues his hot start

Danny Salazar has started this season in great form out pitching his staff ace, Kluber. So far this season he has a 1.80 ERA on 50 IPs which put him right in the top 15-20 region among pitchers going forward. Whether he is the best pitcher in Cleveland when Carrasco is back is up for debate but for sure he is a really good pitcher who could easily open the year close to the top 10 next year.

2. Mallex Smith goes yard! TWICE!

There isnt a huge amount of power in the bat of Mallex Smith but two home runs in Pitt last night give me hope there might be 5-10 dingers in there per season. Smith is starting to pull that batting average back to something respectable and with six steals on the season and the green light to run he is close toa must owned in roto leagues right now.

3. Vince Velasquez is really good

Velasquez had 10 strikeouts over 5 shutout innings against the Marlins giving him a superb 2.42 ERA on the season. I am concerned that it took him just 5 innings to top 100 pitches but he is still a must own pitcher in all formats right now.

4. The Rays are on fire!

The whole team is hitting really well right now and putting up big numbers. The headlines are Steve Pearce playing his fifth game at second base to earn eligibility there in some leagues. Kevin Kiermaier seems to be heating up and even Brad Miller is contributing at second in the order (although his average sucks). On the pitching side Chris Archer had a 6 inning 7 strikeout performance last night but did walk 4 and give up 2 earned runs. It’s a big improvement on the start of the season but it still isnt quite the Archer we though we were getting this year.

5. JD Martinez is heating up

Two home runs in two days means the buy low opportunity has passed. Congratulations if like me you held your nerve with him because he will repay you big time now.

6. The duel in New York

Anytime Noah Syndergaard and Max Scherzer are facing off is must watch tv and last night did not disappoint anyone. A combined 13.1 innings for 20 strikeouts is amazing work from the two aces. Syndergaard cemented his place as a top five pitcher by out performing Scherzer with 7IP, 5 hits and no ER or walks compared to Max’s 6.1IP, 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs. Hopefully we will see this duel in the playoffs when it really matters.

7. Carlos Rodon is still good

I have seen Rodon dropped a few times this week and that has horrified me. Yes the young man has struggled but he is still a superb pitcher and his 6IP 7 strikeout performance demonstrated that. Just two earned runs and more importantly just one walk should give owners some confidence to get him back in the line-up going forward. This is a kid with top 20 upside but in just his second year there will be painful outings.

8. Travis Shaw homered again!

I’ve told you the power was coming and you should have invested

9. No-hit the Cubs?

OK so it didn’t happen but the fact Anderson got even close is great credit to the kid. Unfortunately he gave up two homers in the 9th but otherwise this was a great effort from him. Whilst impressive this isn’t a rush out and pick him up moment just a look and admire moment.

10. Cru… sorry I mean Khrush Davis

A three home run outing from Khris Davis, including a game winning grand slam, rewards all those fantasy owners who suffered through the terrible average early in the season. If someone is buying them sell high now if you can because there will be another cold stretch but if you can’t sell for top 20-25 then I would hold and enjoy the fun these outings are.

On a side note Danny Valencia homered again and is fast become a good fantasy options especially when you consider his duel eligibility at third and OF.

11. The real king and challenger

As much as Salazar is doing a great job Clayton Kershaw is still the king of pitching with another superb outing last night. Equally as impressive was Madison Bumgarner who struck out 11 in 9 innings. The NL West is spoilt for its pitching talent that’s for sure.

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