Fantasy Baseball Recap: Tanaka Rebounds

Yankees Tanaka

Monday’s MLB action brought about some impressive pitching performances including Tanaka regaining form, a duel between Carlos Carrasco and Kevin Gausman, and the debut of Walker Buehler. Lets take a look at things fantasy baseball owners should take away from Monday’s slate!

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Rebounding Tanaka

After two miserable outings by the Yankees Masahiro Tanaka, going 6.2 innings allowing 3 hits and 1 earned. He had five strikeouts and two walks. There are definitely outings with Tanaka that will make you want to pull your hair out, but over the course of the season he will provide much more good than bad. His next outing is scheduled for Saturday on the road against the Angels. Those in daily formats should role Tanaka out.

Kevin Gausman Impresses

The Baltimore Orioles Kevin Gausman impressed in his outing on Monday. He went eight innings striking out seven and only allowing two runs. Guasman is building up a nice start to his season, allowing two earned in three of his last four starts.

The inconsistency with the strikeout totals is definitely frustrating for fantasy baseball owners but the seven K’s against the Blue Jays and Indians in two of his last three outings is definitely reason for optimism. You should be putting in claims for a pitcher available in over half of Yahoo! Leagues.

Walker Buehler

Walker Buehler made his season debut on Monday night against the Miami Marlins. He struck out five and walked three over five innings allowing nary a run. This was a fine outing for the highly touted prospect that flashed the skills that make him an elite prospect.

It will be interesting to see if he will stays up with the big league club and makes his next start which would be over the weekend against the San Francisco Giants. Even if he gets “demoted” today, that could be a short term move to get an extra arm for the pen or a bench bat.

The Streaking Oakland Athletics

The A’s continue to stay hot, winning again on Monday night against the Rangers. They have won seven of their last eight games. On the season, the are third in runs, first in hits, and first in OBP.

Many owners may see a starting pitching facing the A’s and think “this should be easy!” They would be wrong. Khris Davis, Matt Chapman, Matt Olson, Jed Lowrie and others are raking. Don’t just plug and play borderline streamers against Oakland anymore.

Minor Moves

The Cleveland Indians signed Melky Cabrera to a minor league deal on Monday. It was an interesting move for a team that is seemingly in need of outfield help. Bradley Zimmer has struggled out the gate, Michael Brantley is seemingly always dealing with injury issues, and the platoon of Brandon Guyer and Tyler Naquin leaves much to be desired.

Cabrera hit 17 homers and 85 RBi a season ago. It will be curious how quickly he can be ready to go but he could matter in deeper formats and AL-Only.

On the NL side, the Phillies signed Trevor Plouffe who struggled in 2017 and failed to make the Rangers out of spring. His path seems murkey at best with a young Phillies lineup showing promise. Maikel Franco seems to have third base locked down as of now and Scott Kingery would be the next logical choice if Philadelphia made a move.

That said in deep mixed and NL-Only, Plouffe could be worth adding or at least keeping an eye on. If you are in need of at-bats Plouffe could surface in the next month or so.

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