Fantasy Baseball Daily Dose: Mashing Mookie Betts

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The 21/5 slate was a mix of everything, day/night games, games dominated by pitchers and hitters, great starts, bad bullpens, studs being studs, studs getting rocked. Mookie Betts second home run yesterday made me investigate deeper into his season and I got a pleasant surprise. I knew he had been OK but I didn’t realize he had actually been GREAT this season! That’s the thing with first two round players, we only hear about them when they are bad and it takes something special like a two home run or 15 strikeout night for us to really sit up and pay attention.

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.

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  1. Nunez stays hot

A home run Saturday has continued Eduardo Nunez’ great start. Hitting 0.331 with three home runs and eight steals makes him a valuable option at the shortstop position. I don’t know how long this will last but given the position he plays surely it is worth a speculative odd to find out?

  1. MOOOOOOOKIE

A two home run night for Mookie Betts emphasizes what a quietly good season he is having. With nine home runs, eight steals, 37 runs and 33 RBI he is on pace for a superb season in a great offense.

  1. Kelly keeps the Indians quiet

After returning from a month on the DL Joe Kelly had a really nice start against the Indians yesterday. Seven strikeouts with no earned runs is the headline but the added aspect is that he went six innings without giving up a hit. His ERA looks scary at over five thanks to a bad first outing which saw him give up seven runs in just three innings. This is a guy to stick on the watch list because his next start is a scary one in Toronto.

  1. Fulmer K’s the Rays

Michael Fulmer had 11 strikeouts across seven innings against the Tampa Bay Rays in a one earned run outing. The Detroit prospect is outperforming a lot of the bigger name prospects this season and is assured of sticking around for a little bit longer after this performance. The Rays have a tendency to strikeout quite a lot generally but they can also be destructive at times and Fulmer did a great job keeping them quiet and is worth consideration in deeper leagues.

  1. deGrom gets Brewer’d

Jacon deGrom had a seven strikeout night against the Brewers on Saturday but he gave up four runs and last just five innings. deGrom hasn’t been himself this season and there has been talk the high innings count of last year has affected him. I think he will bounce back in the second half of the season and he is someone I would be looking to buy low on if owners are starting to freak about the 12 earned runs in 23.1 innings over the last four starts.

  1. Lester gets crushed

The Giants did not let Jon Lester settle in on Saturday taking him for five earned runs in 2.2 innings pitched. This is Lester’s first bad outing of the season and is nothing to be concerned about. A sneaky enquiry to the bleary eyed (and potentially hungover?) Lester owner could net you him in an overreaction trade this morning.

  1. Smith gets Stuffed

Joe Smith got taken apart by the Orioles for three earned runs in one innings and cost his team the win after a great outing by Matt Shoemaker. Don’t be surprised if Salas sees the next save but don’t go rushing after him to a detriment to your team because Huston Street will be back soon and will slot right back in as the closer

  1. 13 K’s for Wood

13 strikeouts are impressive no matter what but when you can do that in six innings with just one walk surrendered you can see that your stuff was really on. Unfortunately, Wood didn’t get enough run support to take the win as he gave up two earned runs but this is an impressive start none the less.

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