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Wrap-Up: Trevor Bauer Impresses
I have to admit I have slept on Trevor Bauer for the last month or so as his good starts have flown under the radar but his one earned run complete game last night has changed all of that. He is still Trevor Bauer and therefore I am hesitant to trust him but he is having a really good stretch. Now many of you will be screaming yeah so but what about Syndergaard?! Well what I have here is the latest update as it stands when I am writing this article but if anything changes before this article is published I will endeavor to update it with the latest news.
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. You can also give the podcast a listen on iTunes and Stitcher.
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.
1. Conley blanks Braves
Now blanking the Atlanta Braves isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come given how poor the Braves offense has been at times but any time a pitcher goes eight innings with zero earned runs it is worth a mention. Adam Conley will get to pitch against the Braves semi-regularly so he is definitely worth a look in those match-ups going forward but I am not sure I want to put much more faith in him that that.
2. Syndergaard leaves with injury
Now I’ll try not to over react here but this does not sound good. Syndergaard was pulled after six innings as he elbow flared up and he felt discomfort. He has gone to get more test so we should know soon but its time to prepare for the worst in the hope that this may just be a brief shut down and not something that will have him on the shelf for the rest of the season.
3. Cardinals handle Arrieta
The St. Louis Cardinals may not have done any of the damage they caused last night directly to Jake Arrieta but what they did was push his pitch count high and force him out of the game in the 6th innings. They then proceeded to take apart the Cubs fragile bullpen and have shown teams how to try and hurt the Cubs going forward.
4. Mengden and Guerra show promise
The two young pitchers for Oakland and Milwaukee both had promising outings last night. Daniel Mengden took the loss but went six innings with nine strikeouts and three earned surrendered. Ideally you would want to see less runs given up but the strikeouts combined with just one walk is a promising sign.
Junior Guerra managed seven innings with eight strikeouts a single walk of his own as he took the victory. Guerra has shown flashes this year and for that reason he has become a streaming option in match-ups such as this one.
5. Bauer throws a Beauty
It wasn’t long ago that Trevor Bauer was the “next big thing” but since then his career has twisted and turned through tough times. Last night he threw a nine innings gem and he gave up just one earned run whilst striking out 10 and walking one. Now Tampa are not the most fearsome line-up but what Bauer has done over the last month has been promising with 31.2 innings, 32 strikeouts, six walks and five earned runs. Bauer is worth a speculative add but his track record suggests we could see a blow up at any point so its hard to get too carried away right now.
6. Fulmer leaves early
The good news here is this appears to be nothing long term. The Tigers Michael Fulmer said he felt dizzy and that may explain why he lost his control and hit back to back hitters last night. Fulmer may have a start skipped now as the Tigers look to limit his innings but he should be fine to continue his great start in the majors.
7. Moya joins the two home run club
With increase playing time lately Steven Moya is becoming an intriguing outfielder for fantasy and is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.
8. Quintana gets walloped
Jose Quintana has been having a great season but it was always going to unravel in some starts and that is exactly what happened in Boston last night as he gave up six earned runs in 5.1 innings with just one strikeout. I still have a ton of faith in him and think this was just a blip so there should be no over reaction here.