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Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: The Misery of Kolten Wong
When Kolten Wong got his new contract in the off season he must have thought fame and glory lay ahead of him. Well he will be feeling a bit different now after his demotion yesterday. Wong has had a terrible start to the season and lost out to the rest of the Cardinals infield because of his lack of positional flexibility. On the bright side Kolten, Rougned Odor got demoted last year and now look at him!
As you may have gathered yesterday (6/6) was rather quiet with just nine games. When your headlines center around roster moves and a pitcher going six innings you know you are scraping the barrel. That isn’t to say there was some fantasy relevant stuff happen yesterday and you can find out all about it below.
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 Sent Down! He was called up when Ryan Zimmerman went on the paternity list and it didn’t take long for the Nationals to send him back when Zimmerman returned. Turner only got one game over the weekend and even going 3/3 wasn’t enough to give him more playing time. He will come up eventually but if you had planned your middle infield spot around him the rest of the season you may need another plan.
Kolten Wong Optioned! Someone had to go down to allow Jhonny Peralta to return from the DL and the Cardinals chose the struggling Wong. It is has been a tough season for the young second baseman and the lack of positional flexibility is ultimately what I believe has cost him. Wong may benefit from his stint in the minors but right now it is hard to be convinced you should hold him in anything but the deepest of keeper leagues.
Ketel Marte returns from the DL. Marte had been a bit streaky before going on the DL but I think the talent is there for him to be something close to a top 15 SS come years end so if you need a middle infielder to cover for Wong or Turner then Marte may be the guy to go and grab off waivers.
1. Trumbo Dings Again!
It is about time I recognized what Mark Trumbo is doing this season as he is rolling back the years to his time in LA. He has 18 home runs on the season in just 234 plate appearances but perhaps what is even more impressive is the 0.293 batting average he currently has. Now I expect enough regression to bring that batting average into the 0.260 range but on this current home run pace we could be looking at a 35-40 home run hitter with a more than respectable average. Whatever Baltimore has done seems to of worked. Now if he could just pass some of that knowledge to Adam Jones and Crush Davis we would all be very happy.
2. Fulmer Rolls On
Facing the Blue Jays was always going to be a scary proposition for Michael Fulmer owners but given the form he was on we had no choice but to trust him. Whilst he didn’t light up the world with his performance he did us proud as he went six innings with five strikeouts and managed to work around three walks and two hits on his way to a zero earned run outing. His bullpen came in and locked the shut out down but the headline rightly goes to Fulmer who is has quickly become a must own pitcher right now.
3. The Astros Bullpen Belongs to Harris?
Right so lets recap; Will Harris got the save Sunday as Gregerson was removed from the job and then last night Ken Giles gave up the walk off double to Rougned Odor in the bottom of the ninth. This for me cements Harris as the close for now and opens the door for the very impressive Michael Feliz to throw his hat in the ring.
4. Peralta Activated and Homers
David Peralta was activated from the DL yesterday and celebrated by launching a home run as Arizona lost to Tampa Bay. Peralta is was a good OF option entering the season and if anyone has dropped him he is someone to go out and get in five outfielder leagues.
5. Archer’s Mixed Night
12 strikeouts in six innings is the good part of this. However, for an ace caliber pitcher three walks and three earned runs given up is simply not good enough. I am glad I don’t own Archer anywhere this year because he is proving to be a right headache right now. You can’t sell him or drop him but man is it tough to start him on a regular basis.
6. Rajai Davis’ Left Right Combination
All sportsmen know it helps to have to feathers to your hat, two string to your bow and all that crap. Well Rajai Davis showed us he has just that as he homered and stole a base last night. Davis has sneakily been really good this season and whilst he will go through cold stretches is a must in deeper leagues if he is still available.