Fantasy Baseball recap: Blake Snell dominates

Blake Snell

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1. Blake Snell dominates the Rangers

Facing this Texas Rangers team is always an opportunity to impress and Blake Snell did not disappoint. Snell struck out nine, giving up one earned run in 6.1 IP. The most impressive thing about this outing is that Snell did not walk a single batter. For someone who has trouble with walks this is highly significant. Snell has had a good start to season with just a rough outing in Yankee Stadium. He is now a player you start most of the time and just avoid the tough match-ups rather than only starting in really nice spots. Right now his value might be at an all-time peak so if the sell-high offers are out there then you should definitely be considering accepting.

2. Teheran great at home

After what feels like forever Julio Teheran finally put together a performance in SunTrust Park. Teheran struck out nine Phillies in six innings, giving up just one earned run. Last season in SunTrust Teheran had a 5.86 ERA compared to 3.14 on the road. If he can finally start to put together performances at home then he will become a must-own fantasy pitcher once again.

3. Luis Castillo implodes

Luis Castillo was cruising through his outing against the Milwaukee Brewers after six innings. He had struck out eight with just two hits and two walks. He started the seventh by getting Travis Shaw out before Jesus Aguilar singled to centre. He then got Hernan Perez out before it all fell apart. Orlando Arcia singled, and then he walked Jacob Nottingham before Jorge Lopez doubled to score two and leave two on. Castillo was pulled from the game but Cody Reed gave up both inherited runners and Castillo finished with four earned runs against his name. This outing is promising for Castillo who has struggled to start the season. He had a 7.31 ERA entering the game and had struck out 13 in 16 innings. This was simply just a case of one too many innings for the young pitcher and owners should be encouraged by the first six innings. This might be a good time to try and buy on Castillo in fantasy leagues because many owners will just see the final line and not the overall performance.

4. Reynaldo Lopez has mixed outing

Ultimately there were more positives than negatives for Lopez. He struck out 10 in six innings and gave up just two earned runs on four hits. The negative is the four walks after giving up five in his previous putting. So far the walks have not come back to hurt him but at some point they probably will. Lopez is a young pitcher with a ton of upside who I am still looking to add where I can but if this trend of walks keeps continuing I may look to sell-high sooner rather than later.

5. Villanueva homers again

Christian Villanueva homered for the third straight game to take his total to six on the year. Villanueva has now forced his way into the line-up on most days unseating Chase Headley. Villanueva can play multiple infield positions and so should see plenty of at-bats this season. He is currently hitting 0.333 on 52 plate appearances. I do have a little bit of concern that 6/15 hits have been home runs but the four doubles are also promising. Villanueva is another guy I am looking to add where I can. He is a good replacement for owners struggling to find cover for the injured Eugenio Suarez.

6. Saves saves saves

Ryan Madson got his second save of the year. This one is probably just because of Doolittle’s uting yesterday meaning he was due some rest. However, given Doolittle’s struggle this is a situation to watch and Madson might be worth adding in deeper leagues.

Arodys Vizcaino got his first save last night. A.J. Minter was used to shut down the seventh and then in the eighth. This demonstrates that Vizcaino is still the guy in Atlanta for now.

 

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