Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: Corey Kluber Konfounds

Corey Kluber

Its been a rough season at times for Corey Kluber owners but performances like the one we had yesterday (6/5) are the reasons we own him, although ask David Price owners about rough seasons and you might feel a little better. Kluber is a really good pitcher who is lights out when he is on but hitters can work him out and do damage from time to time. As for the rest of the slate trying to find hitters who really stood out was tough as there was a lot of good pitching including a duel in Miami, a game that intrigued me in Houston and my favourite streamer facing my favourite team to be streamed against.

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.

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:

James Shields to the White Sox. The Padres got back a couple of minor league pieces so no fantasy value there. As for Shields his fantasy value doesn’t change a huge amount. On one hand he should win more in Chicago and he gets to face the Twins semi-regularly. On the other hand he will have to face the Tigers and the Royals regularly who both have the ability to do him some damage.

1. Kluber Konfounds the Royals

Corey Kluber was on for a complete game shut out yesterday against the Royals until the rain intervened. The rain delay meant he only managed six innings with six strikeouts on two walks and two hits. Kluber has been stung a couple of times this year but he is a quality pitcher who throws the innings and gets the strikeouts to be right around the top 10 come year end.

2. The Duel in Miami

Matt Harvey versus Jose Fernandez would have been a fantasy headline last year but given the struggles both have had at times this year it didn’t garner the respect it deserved. Harvey was decent giving up just one run across seven innings. Unfortunately he only struck out one whilst giving up four hits for his one run. However, he needed to be perfect as Fernandez threw an absolute gem of a game with 14 strikeouts in seven innings with just four hits and zero runs earned. Fernandez has completely turned his bad start around and if it wasn’t for my lingering injury concern he would be top-5 when my new rankings come out this week.

3. Jay Bruce is Under the Radar

Just a note really to say that Jay Bruce is having a really good season with 34 runs, 40 RBI, 12 home runs, two steals and a 0.280 average. If for any reason Bruce is available at a decent price I think this is legit.

4. CC Sabathia is Rolling back the Years

An 11 strikeout, zero earned run performance for Sabathia in Baltimore is just the latest in a really good string of starts for the veteran. Sabathia has struggled the last few years but seems to have put something together here and is worth in look in most leagues.

5. Nola quiets the Brewers

Aaron Nola continued his good season with a six innings nine strikeout performance against the Brewers yesterday. The young pitcher is making the best of his situation and now has a 2.65 average on the year. Nola is on course to be very close to being a top 25 pitcher for me right now.

6. McCullers and Gray Duel in Houston

Two pitchers I am watching closely faced off last night with Lance McCullers coming out on top after Sonny Gray’s bullpen let him down. Gray made a surprise start after Rich Hill was scratched and only went five innings (69 pitches) striking out five and giving up just one walk and one hit in a decent performance. McCullers was mightily impressive going seven innings with nine strikeouts and two earned runs given up. The combined 11 hits and walks is a concern however, after giving up 10 walks in his last two outings I can handle three if the strikeouts are there.

7. Longoria has himself a game

It’s been a tough season for Evan Longoria but two home runs on Sunday have meant he is back on track with 12 dingers this year. Third base has been fairly OK this year and Longo had slipped a little in the rankings but performances like this will have him right back where he belongs before long.

8. Jon Gray confound the Padres

Jon Gray on the road is always a start I am looking at and he didn’t disappoint Sunday with a 12 strikeout performance over seven innings. He ran into Wil Myers who doubled and homered in runs to give him two earned runs given up but other than that he was lights out. This is a guy who is perhaps the most talented young pitcher around but is unusable in Colorado, If you have a big enough bench he is a great stash for these road starts where I am always looking to use him.

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