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Fantasy Baseball Daily Dose: Miguel Cabrera Crushes
There was a lot of intrigue in the 5/20 slate as we saw some really good pitchers take the mound. It was very much a mixed day with some high scoring and some stud players starting to awake from their slumbers. There were great performances from a number of pitchers but as always the headline could have gone to the brilliance of Jake Arrieta but the two home run night for Miguel Cabrera tops the charts for what I think it means going forward.
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. The recovery of first base
Earlier in the week we had two home runs in two days from Encarnacion and now we have two home run nights for Freddie Freeman and Miguel Cabrera. First base has been somewhat of a sink hole at times this season but with two of the pre-season top five and another in the top 10 awaking from their slumber the signs are good for a revival at the position. As for Miggy and Freeman their owners are now going to be rewarded for their patience getting through the early season struggles.
2. Kluber shuts down Boston
Keeping the Red Sox quiet in their own home is really tough and for the first two innings it looked like Corey Kluber might fail. However, what followed was five innings of control baseball to give him a 7IP with 6 strikeouts final line. Kluber may not have been the ace we all hoped for to begin the season but he is still a must start pitcher every week.
3. Matz is back
After an injury scare Steven Matz made his return to the big league mound last night. After a shaky start, although Chris Carter can take anyone deep on his day, he pitched beautifully to have a 7IP with 8 strikeouts and just 2 earned runs line. The good news is he did that on just 88 pitches showing he can be effective and efficient and isn’t one of these young pitchers who can only go five or six innings.
4. McCullers looking good
Coming back to face Boston in Fenway was always going to be a tough assignment and understandably Lance McCullers struggled. His second start against Texas was a great improvement with a 6IP, 7 strikeouts and two earned run line. OK he took the loss and walked three so it could have been better but this start has only stoked my excitement for McCullers, especially when he gets some run support.
5. Bounce back Blue Jays?
The Blue Jays have not been the 2015 vintage but they showed last night just what they can be with a nine run demolition of the hapless Twins. Unfortunately the victim of their breakout was the exciting young Tyler Duffey. Jose Bautista batted lead-off and had a great night and even Tulowitzki got in on the action, had Encarnacion joined in at all and this could have been a massacre. Toronto look willing to do what it takes to get this offense firing and that should keep fantasy owners interested.
6. Corbin’s good performance gets over shadowed
When I saw the Arizona vs St Louis result I thought this headline would be sucky in St. Louis II but looking closer it wasn’t as bad as it looks on the surface. Yes, Carlos Martinez was fairly rotten but Patrick Corbin actually had a decent night. Anytime you can keep the St. Louis offense to 2 earned runs over 6.1 IP with 7 strikeouts deserves recognition.
7. Awesome Arrieta
Watch out Clayton Kershaw Jake Arrieta is coming for your crown! The fact I was underwhelmed when I saw Arrieta’s 7IP, 8 K, 1 ER line tells you just how amazing he has been so far this season. There is a clear top three among pitchers with Kershaw, Sale and Arrieta and right now it would take one hell of a lot to make me part with any of them!