Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: The Return of Zack Greinke?

The 7/6 slate was another fairly quiet one with pitching being just meh in the most part. The most fun bit was a fight in Kansas City and plenty of two home run shots before Zack Greinke showed us all his class against Tampa Bay.

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

Jhonny Peralta recalled from DL. Peralta was activated yesterday and promptly responded with two hits and two RBI. He started at third with Carpenter shifting to second which is how I see the Cardinals playing this most days going forward.

Jameson Taillon called up. This is probably just a one start call up initially but it does show that Pittsburgh think there young pitchers are pretty much ready. Facing off against the Mets makes Taillon a decent streaming option tonight even if he does have to fight Syndergaard for the win.

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Patrick McDermott – Getty Images

1. Machado likely suspended

Manny Machado took offense to being drilled by a Yordano Ventura pitcher and charged the mound and landed a couple of clean shots on the Kansas City pitcher. Both are likely to get a suspension. Straight after they were both ejected Mark Trumbo and Crush Davis homered to put the game to bed as Trumbo reached 20 home runs on the season.

2. Eickhoff’s nice outing

Seven innings, eight strikeouts with one earned run is a nice outing in any situation but against that Cubs offense is it especially good. Jerad Eickhoff has had a decent season to date with a 3.68 ERA and is good streamer given some of his match-ups in all leagues.

3. Sanchez leaves the Tigers swinging

A 12 strikeout performance from Aaron Sanchez wasn’t enough to get the win against Detroit but it did just re-enforce how useful Sanchez is as a pitcher. A 2.91 ERA on the season has fallen dramatically in the last two starts where he has struck out 18 in just 14.2 innings.

4. The Two Home Run Club

Chris Carter broke a cold streak which has seen his average plummet to 0.222 with two long shots on Tuesday. This is a warning sign that Carter could be about to get hot and should be added if available and started.

Eduardo Nunez continued a good season with two home runs last night. Nunez has been hitting over 0.300 as an everyday player for the Twins and has been doing damage both with his bat and his legs. I really don’t think we can ignore this guy in any size leagues anymore.

Nelson Cruz is a guy I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to this year. He has been just plodding along in that Seattle offence with 32 runs and 40 RBI on just 13 home runs before last night. The home run total is a little below what I was expecting to see but if Cruz gets hot for a couple of weeks then 40 homers will once again be in his sights. Couple that with the potential for 100 runs and RBI and Cruz is going to end up managing to out do his draft day value.

5. Greinke spins a Shut Out

The complete game shut out is the only really good point here as Greinke struck out just two batters across his nine innings outing. Strikeouts haven’t been a huge issue for Greinke this year so I am not that worried about this outing lacking in them, What is good tis that in his last four starts he has brought his ERA down from over 5 to 3.84 thanks to 30 innings with just five earned runs surrendered.

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