Fantasy Baseball Wrap: Matt Harvey Strikes Back

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey owners and Mets fans can rejoice today as Matt Harvey finally managed to put in a good performance. Doing it against the White Sox makes it even more impressive and suggests something may have changed for Harvey. This has definitely delayed your ability to buy low on the Dark Knight.

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 Dark Knight Returns?

After a few terrible outings Matt Harvey turned his fortunes around on Monday with an absolutely great outing against the Chicago White Sox. Harvey went seven innings with six strikeouts, zero earned runs, two hits and a single walk. We spoke Harvey in some length on the podcast this week so go and grab a listen over there to hear what we think of this performance.

As a side note: Quintana also had a good outing with seven strikeouts over seven innings but took the loss with one earned run given up. Quintana is fast approaching a top 20 option for me this year.

2. Ortiz shows no signs of slowing down

At age 40 in his final season in the league people thought David Ortiz might struggle this year but the slugger just keeps on rolling. Another home run yesterday takes his stat line to 25 runs, 13 home runs, 46 RBI and a 0.339 batting average. Now I definitely think ther eis some batting average to come but the power has always been there and the RBI could be astronomical in that line-up.

3. CarMart shuts down the Brewers

Not the toughest opposition but even so eight shout out innings with eight strikeouts is very impressive from Carlos Martinez. The young Cardinal bounced back from three bad outings and showed us just how good he can be. The variability in his performances does scare me off investing too highly in him.

4. Duvall has a Two Bomb night!

Adam Duvall has been really good this season and is another guy we covered on the podcast last night. The power seems legit and if you can get hold of him the start of this week he is in Coors so good numbers should come his way.

5. McHugh goes the Distance

A nice outing for Collin McHugh against the Diamondbacks saw him go nine innings with eight strikeouts and three earned runs. The Astros exploded on the Diamondbacks early so McHugh was never under a huge amount of pressure and he provided a solid if unspectacular outing as he tries to recover some of his preseason fantasy value.

6. The Cubs silence the Dodgers

No real fantasy value here as it was a five pitcher effort to shut the game down but just thought it was cool that they combined to keep the Dodgers to just one hit and one walk whilst striking out 11.

7. Desmond stays Hot, Mazara goes Yard

Ian Desmond is now hitting 0.298 on the season with six bombs and 10 stolen bases. Desmond is proving the doubters wrong and is firmly entrenched as a top 10 SS. Nomar Mazara also continued his strong start to the season Monday with a home run. Mazara has become must own in pretty much all formats.

8. Jeff Locke Shuts Out the Marlins

A really impressive nine innings for a complete game shutout from Jeff Locke shows he has some talent. Fantasy wise its value was limited by just one strikeout and he doesn’t immediately become a must own or anything. Locke is still a streaming option but his good performance here may have just delayed the arrival of one of the prospects for a bit longer.

9. Kennedy has a Good Night

Shutting down the Rays isn’t overly impressive as they can be hit or miss but I think Ian Kennedy is worth a mention here. Kennedy has been really good on the season and owns a 3.03 ERA following this outing. Kennedy is making the most of pitching in Kansas City and has become a top 40 pitching option.

10. Chacin Calms the Tigers

Jhoulys Chacin made it three complete games on Monday as he kept the Tigers to just one run with 10 strikeouts on four hits and one walk. I struggle to be too excited over Chcin but there is definitely fantasy value in deeper leagues.

Roster Moves:

Byron Buxton is being called up and Danny Santana heads back to the DL. Buxton struggled earlier in the year but has been good at AAA and so the Twins want to give him another shot. The kid is still very young and I am not sure if he will manage to succeed this time around but in deeper leagues with five outfielders I think it is worth the gamble that he will.

Carlos Gomez is coming off the DL. The corresponding move is Colin Moran going down which is a move that makes me a little sad. Gomez has really struggled the last couple of years and he will need to prove he still has gas left in the tank if the Astros are going to keep giving him chances. You have to stick with him for his 20:20 potential but we will revisit this in a few weeks.

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