Fantasy Baseball Daily Dose: Johnny Cueto Does it Again!

It isn’t often you throw a complete game shutout and get beaten out for the headline but when Johnny Cueto does it for the second time, his third complete game, he deserves the plaudits. The sad thing is that I looked at Kershaw and Cueto’s lines and got super excited by Cueto but just sort of rolled my eyes at Kershaw’s. It is just he is so good we take him for granted. Whatever the NL West rules the pitching world right now!

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.

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  1. Frazier Doubles Up

Todd Frazier is another guy who has had an inconspicuous start to the season with 0.228 batting average being a concerning factor entering yesterday. However, a steal and a home run in the first game of the double-header yesterday takes him to 14 long balls and four steals on the season. In addition, the batting average jumped to 0.243 by the end of yesterday showing how easily that can be made something close to respectable in just seven ABs. Frazier is still one of the top five third baseman and is right in that question with Kris Bryant in roto thanks to his power.

  1. Lawrie Doubles Up as well!

Brett Lawrie also hit a home run and stole a base yesterday and may still be available in shallower fantasy leagues. With second base eligibility this is a guy who needs to be owned all over.

  1. Colon Silences the Nationals

The Mets really seem to have the Nationals number it feels right now. Bartolo Colon threw seven innings of one run ball last night as the Mets won 7-1. Colon bounced back from three poor starts that saw him give up 11 runs in 16.1 innings and firmly remains a good streaming option. Hopefully you were bold and picked him for his two start week because this is a great stat despite just getting two strikeouts.

  1. Marcell Ozuna Stays Hot

Marcell Ozuna is on some run this season and he added it too it last night with his 9th home run of the season. He is just one long ball behind his 2015 total and right now he has around 290 less AB’s than he had last season. His batting average is over 0.300 with a 0.553 slug. If you were bold enough to pick up Ozuna in your drafts or as an early season pick-up congratulations because we have a breakout on our hands.

  1. The Tigers Go Yard

Well so much for Miguel Cabrera’s injury. The Detroit slugger hit two home runs last night to bring his season total to 11. The fears of his power days being behind him seem to be disappearing fast and with the batting average up over 0.310 he is looking everything I hoped he would be as my fourth overall pick this year. Alongside him Nick Castellanos continued a good year with a home run and J.D. Martinez looked to follow his teams leader in resurrecting his season as he also went deep against the Phillies last night. If JD slumps for a week or so then jump on and buy low because there is big power in that bat.

  1. Tropeano Stumps the Rangers

Nick Tropeano continues to impress with a shutout 6.2 innings six strikeout performance against the Rangers. Tropeano has been quietly impressive this season sporting a 2.86 ERA and is coming close to being shallow league relevant right now. Should be owned in ALL deep leagues for certain right now.

  1. The Royals Bat Minnesota to Death

Isn’t it just so Kansas City to score 10 runs without hitting a single home run?! Five hits and three runs for Sal Perez is perhaps my headline but also nice to see Orlando and Dyson with 2RBI and a steal

  1. Rajai Davis stays Hot

Another home run takes him to five on the season and just has me wondering if we have a 15/30 guy on our hands here. A must own in all roto formats right now.

  1. Rich Rumbles Again!

Another superb performance from Rich Hill with eight shutout innings and six strikeouts in a 5-0 victory over the Mariners sees him reduce his ERA to 2.18. Hill is proving all the doubters wrong and has become an absolute must own in all leagues. If he can stay fit this is could be a season we hold up there with RA Dickey season for the biggest out of nowhere performance of all time. This bloke has had so much bad luck in his career that it is hard not to want to see him succeed whether you own him in fantasy or not. Go on Rich!

  1. King Kershaw

When you go eight innings and give up one run you would think you won right? Well the bad news for Brandon Finnegan is that his eight innings were a complete game which means he lost. That’s what happens when you are facing Clayton Kershaw, one run is just too many. Kershaw had seven strikeouts, two hits and one walk in 102 pitches as he spun the first of two NL West complete game shutouts.

  1. Cueto the God

I wish I had been more bullish on Cueto in pre-season. I went after him where I could but in the back of my mind just kept me from going all in with both feet. Well as Cueto spun his third complete game and second complete game shutout last night I had a mix of emotions. One I am over the moon I have him locked up on a long contract in both my dynasty leagues but man did I feel sick that I don’t own him EVERYWHERE when I know I could have had him. Cueto isn’t Kershaw but in San Francisco getting to face the Padres regularly he is fast becoming a guy I would consider in my top 10 pitchers.

A hat tip to Drew Pomeranz who gave his all over seven innings but left with a no-decision only to see his bullpen lose the game. Pomeranz has had it tough facing Kershaw, Bumgarner, Syndergaard and Cueto this season. Man is must suck to be a good pitcher on a bad NL West team!


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