Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Michael Fulmer Masterclass

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The 1st day of June can safely be considered the day when the young pitchers came to play. Michael Fulmer is the headline for me because he has now done it for three straight games but there were also good nights for Sean Manaea and Aaron Sanchez. Of course Mookie Betts tried to steal the limelight with a two home run night but the only way he was repeating was to top Tuesdays three home run performance.

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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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.

Transaction Report:

Boxberger to the DL: One game was all Brad Boxberger could handle as he struggled in giving up two runs Tuesday before heading straight back to the DL. Alex Colome owners are doing secret little fist pumps right now as there man will rightly keep his gig for the foreseeable future.

1. Manaea Shows his Stuff

After a really rough start to his career Sean Manaea is starting to show us glimpses of the talent that he has. This was his second six innings, one earned run outing in the last four and this time he added eight strikeouts as a side piece. Manaea is going to be given every chance by the struggling Athletics and hopefully this is the start of a good run. The talent is there and if you can get him then he is worth a speculative add in deeper leagues.

2. Fulmer Shuts Out Angels

How do you follow a 7.2 innings, zero earned run performance? How about you add eight strikeouts! Fulmer backed up his two previous impressive starts by combining some of the strikeouts from the Tampa Bay game and the zero earned runs of the Oakland game. He has now gone 22.2 innings with 22 strikeouts and just one earned run to lower his season ERA to 3.24. Fulmer was the least highly touted pitching prospect that has come up so far and to date he has out performed the rest by some margin. Fulmer should be owned in all leagues right now.


So three home runs Tuesday wasn’t enough for Mr. Betts? He added two home runs last night to really cement his spot as the third outfielder in fantasy right now. The Orioles had the last laugh however, as they singled and doubled there way to a 13-9 victory which included ZERO home runs from Baltimore as they gave Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz owners a night to forget.#

4. Sanchez Whirls a Beauty

It must have been a night for young pitchers last night as Aaron Sanchez through a 6.2 innings shutout against the Yankees. Sanchez was coming off a couple of rough outings but in general has been a really solid pitcher this season.

5. Lester K’s the Dodgers

OK so there were better strikeout performances last night (11 from Scherzer) but going nine innings with 10 K’s and just one earned run surrendered against the Dodgers is truly ace stuff. Jon Lester got rocked two starts ago but has now reeled off two great starts to confirm that he is a top 15 pitcher this season. With the number of struggling studs this season Lester has been generally amazing with one bad outing being the reason his pretty stunning 2.29 ERA is even that high.

6. Gregerson Blows It

Ken Giles needs to be on radars as Luke Gregerson blew his fourth save last night with a three run outing. Gregerson now sports a 4.32 ERA and is trending downwards as a pitcher. Unfortunately for Ken Giles supporters his ERA on the season still sits over 6 and before last night he had given up three earned in his last two outings. It is starting to look really messy in Houston. Keep an eye out for Damian’s latest closer article where he should be able to spread some light on the situation.

7. Revenge in Seattle

How do you respond from a 16-4 thumping? Well a 14-6 victory for the San Diego Padres as frankly a perfect way to do it! James Paxton was the man who took the damage but still managed seven strikeouts in his 3.2 innings pitched. On the Padres side Wil Myers and Alexi Ramirez were the main RBI forces with Jon Jay, Matt Kemp, Adam Rosales and Yangervis Solarte scoring a couple of runs each.

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