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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Madison Bumgarner ‘s Brilliance
The 6/2 slate started with a pitcher who can just do it all and ended with a third great run fest between two teams who just love to bash the others pitching. Madison Bumgarner was at his brilliant best as he shut out Atlanta and even provided the offensive spark as well.
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.
I am also adding a transaction report when a relevant set of transactions occur. We are in the period where we could see a lot of prospects get the call and my aim is to keep you all updated on the major ones and give an estimation of how long-term the promotion is.
Trea Turner Called Up: It’s the news Nationals fans have been waiting for all season as Trea Turner is called up to the major leagues. Turner’s initial role is unclear right now and hopefully this isn’t a call up to play the utility role. Turners main skill is speed with 17 steals already this season and whilst he won’t offer much power it may be possible he could reach five the rest of the season. If you need middle infield help, which nearly everyone does, then this is a guy to go and get right now.
1. Bumgarner does it all!
How do you make a 7.2 innings, 11 strikeout, zero earned runs allowed performance even better? How about hit the go-ahead home run?! Madison Bumgarner did just that against Atlanta and whilst many will roll there eyes and say urgh it’s just Atlanta he did exactly what a stud needs to do and put the bad team down.
2. Greinke enjoys his day in Houston
Zack Greinke has struggled at time since his move to the Diamondbacks but what we saw yesterday was the old Greinke as he struck out 11 Astros in seven innings of shut-out ball. The offense came live in the seventh to give him the win and complete an extremely impressive performance. He has slipped down outside of my top 10 but he is still a stud pitcher who I had been looking to buy low on.
3. Cubs bash Dodgers
Four home runs from the Cubs said goodbye to the Dodgers. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant both homered on Thursday, but the guys who intrigue me most are Jason Heyward and Javier Baez, who both also homered. Baez has a ton of talent and if he can lock down an every day spot he becomes an absolute monster. Heyward has struggled out the gate and is only hitting 0.230 but I think we see a rally in the second half of the season and I am looking to buy everywhere I can.
4. Orioles Mash. Mookie Doesn’t!
Mookie Betts DID NOT hit a home run in Baltimore alert. On a serious note the Orioles tattooed Rick Porcello last night with both Mark Trumbo and Adam Jones hitting two home runs each. Trumbo has been great this season but I cannot shake the feeling of sell sell sell because I think there is a massive cold slump coming. As for Jones I was really high on and this start has been tough. Jones is a quality player who I think, much like Heyward, could have a monster second half and have us all questioning why we ever doubted him.
5. Carrasco’s return is OK
Nothing special from Carlos Carrasco as he struck out just two and gave up three earned in five innings but for a guy who was naturally going to be tentative this was OK for me. I think Carrasco has top ten potential this season so if this start has made any owners nervous then put in an offer and see what you get.
6. Double Dingers for Suarez
Eugenio Suarez had a party on his last night in Coors smashing two home runs to have a four RBI night. Suarez is having a really good season and with shortstop eligibility is a great option in roto leagues who need middle infield help.
7. At It Again!
The Padres and Mariners really do not respect each others pitchers! Following two 20 run games in which the Mariners blew out the Padres and then the Padres returned the favor they went one step further and traded blows for 29 runs! Lets look at the highlights:
San Diego scored 13 runs with no home runs! Jon Jay, Wil Myers, Melvin Upton and Adam Rosales all had two RBI games. Jay, Matt Kemp, Yangervis Solarte, Derek Norris and Rosales all scored two as well. Solarte is one guy who stands out having been really good since coming off the DL. Whilst his lack of power or speed stop him being a big roto threat he is a must in points league with his multi-position eligibility.
Seattle hit just two home runs themselves as they scored 16. Nelson Cruz and Dae-Ho Lee were the deep men with Lee having adding another RBI later for a four RBI day. Lee’s fantasy value is almost entirely diminished by his lack of playing time but in really deep leagues he is worth an add for his power.