Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Monstrous Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts we salute you! On a night with an absolute ton of runs scored Mookie takes the plaudits with a three home run night that just shows what a great talent he is. The MLB saw out May with a bang with three 20 or more run games and another handful in double digits. Frankly it was a bad night to be a pitcher and for once they don’t dominate the daily dose.

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.

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.

1. Transaction Report

Julio Urias has been called back up as Alex Wood has gone on the DL. We have been disappointed by prospect pitchers in general this year but Urias has a ton of upside and should be owned in pretty much every format.

Miguel Sano to the DL. Max Kepler has been called up but the Sano news is the biggie. Sano has been pretty much what we expected this year and whilst this hurts owners OF is a pretty deep position and finding cover shouldn’t be too difficult.

Carlos Carrasco to return Thursday. He will be on a pitch count (85 pitches) so in leagues wit starts limits you may want to hold off activating him right now but this is great news for fantasy owners because Carrasco has top 10 potential.

2. Shields Gets Schlacked

Any time you give up 10 runs you’ve probably had a forgettable night but when you do it in 2.2 innings then you know its been a really tough outing. Shields got knocked around by Seattle last night and saw his ERA climb from 3.06 to 4.28 in that one outing. Other than the damage this does to you I don’t think it changes a lot about Shields fantasy value as I still think he is a quality pitcher who will have a lot of good outings this year, obviously if a DL move comes out after this posting then this changes. If I can I am looking to take advantage of this and buy low on Shields.

3. It’s A Sluggers Park?!

Anytime you see 20 combined runs put up you instantly think Colorado or Boston or somewhere like that. One of the last places you would think is SEATTLE! There were eight home runs hit yesterday with two by Seth Smith. Smith is having a decent season and has batted second in the Mariners order a lot this season but I am still not sure there is enough there that I would want him in anything shallower than a 14 team, five outfielder league.

4. McCullers and his Control Issues

Seven strikeouts in five innings is a really nice line for McCullers. Unfortunately he also walked four batters and gave up three earned runs in those five innings. McCullers has now walked 16 batters in his four outings since the return but has countered that by striking out 28 in just 20.2. Now the walks are always going to make it hard for him to go deep but I think he can harness that control and reduce the walks as he settles back in to his rhythm. If he can do that then I have every faith we have a top 25 pitcher on our hands this year.

On the flip side Patrick Corbin had a really tough night giving up seven earned in just 3.1 innings and is now droppable in pretty much every league shallower than 14 teams.

5. Profar Homered

Worth a mention because Jurickson Profar is making a great case for being kept up. Until we know for sure you cannot add him anywhere but this is well worth monitoring.

6. Eduardo Rodriguez solid on Return

Nothing special from Rodriguez but six innings, two earned and three strikeouts is a good start. I’m not rushing out to add him in shallower leagues but he is definitely a guy I am adding to the watch list.

7. Betts Goes Yard! Thrice!

Look Mookie Betts is so great it takes a multi home run night for him to make my column and that is just what he did. Betts took advantage of Camden Yards for three long balls and is now firmly rooted in the top five at outfield with a serious case to be number three. This is a kid who we could be taking top eight overall next year.

8. Peavy shuts out Atlanta

Nothing to get excited about here as both Jake Peavy and Atlanta suck. Tonight Peavy just sucked less. If I am reacting to a shut out I am picking Jeff Locke up from last night before I react to this.

9. Kazmir silences the Cubs

Unfortunately he didn’t get the win because his offense didn’t spark until he left but Scott Kazmir had a wonderful night with six innings, seven strikeouts and zero earned runs. Kazmir has had it tough this season so I am delighted for him that he managed to keep the best offense in baseball out. Kazmir is a tough own because he is so hit and miss but he is a guy I am adding to the watch list for now.

10. Lucroy Challenges Posey

Just a hat tip to the great season Jonathan Lucroy is having and to say that there is now firmly a 1-2 a top the position. Buster Posey is great but Lucroy may actually end up being better this year and next year both deserve discussion in the same breath.

11. Coors won’t be Beaten

I see your 20 runs Petco and I raise you 21 is what I imagine Coors field is saying tonight. A real mashers night with nine homers in total. Somehow Jon Gray came out looking acceptable and now goes onto a start against the Padres where is a must use.

Some batting highlights:

Two bombs for Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon. Gerrardo Parra, DJ LeMahieu, Carlos Gonzales and Joey Votto had one each with Jay Bruce having a homer and a run scoring triple. LeMahieu also added a run scoring double to his home run. Phew what a night.

12. Angels Out Slug Detroit

There must have been something in the water last night as the Angels and Detroit also played out a 20 run classic. The Angels won on CJ Cron’s walk off home run, his second of the night. Cron is a good source of power but has really struggled to start this year. Worth a speculative add in deeper leagues in case this is the start of a power break-out.

Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez, Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton and Victor Martinez all homered for Detroit with Trout also adding one for the Angels.

13. Another Big Night on the West Coats

Minnesota and Oakland shared an 11 run night which would be a big headline in Oakland if it wasn’t for what went on everywhere else. Headline here is that Danny Valencia had himself a home run and a double to drive in three on the night.

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