Fantasy Baseball Wrap-Up: The James Shields Spanking

White Sox James Shields

The Chicago White Sox are now leafing through receipts ready to ask for a refund as James Shields once again blew up on his second outing for them. Fortunately the Sox offense managed to get them the win but Shields has become an absolute disaster. Unfortunately for him it was just a bit of a bleh day elsewhere with even a six innings shut out performance not being anything more than just ok so Shields gets to be the headline man today.

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

Yankees sign Ike Davis. Just a quick note to keep an eye on how this develops. Davis could benefit from the left handed friendly Yankee stadium but there is a reason he wasn’t signed until the middle of June!


Phillies Jerad Eickhoff

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1. Eickoff Blanks Blue Jays

It may not have been pretty but you can’t argue with a shut out. Jerad Eickoff worked around four walks in six innings by restricting the Blue Jays to just three hits whilst striking out five. This outing doesn’t exactly scream must own but it is worth noting and keeping an eye on him for streaming purposes.

2. Shields gets Smashed Again!

Anytime your pitchers team is involved in a 10-9 game it is usually going to have been bad for your starter and that is exactly what this was. Shields gave up six earned in just five innings to make it 22 in the last 9.2with just four strikeouts. He is now absolutely droppable.

On a side note from this it was great to see Tim Anderson batting lead-off for the White Sox and even though this was a tough outing if that continues then he instantly becomes an option I would be interested in from a steals perspective.

3. Oakland spank the Rangers

The Athletics struck hard and fast against the Rangers jumping out to a 10-1 lead in the 4th that the Rangers were never coming back from. Khris Davis had a five RBI day including a home run and is worth a speculative add if available in case this is an indication of the start of a hot streak. From the Rangers point of view it is intriguing that Mitch Moreland has now homered two days in a row as he may be worth an add in deeper leagues.

4. Miami dink and dunk past the Padres

It always catches my attention when teams score double digits and don’t hit many home runs. The Marlins scored 13 last night with just one home run from Martin Prado. In addition, they had just one RBI from the Yelich, Ozuna combination. The damage was done by the aforementioned Prado as well as Bour, Realmuto and Hechavarria. Realmuto and Bour have their place in leagues and Hechavarria has dropped like a stone as a SS option given that position has been relatively productive so far this year.

5. San Francisco race away from the Brewers

Another double digit scoring team with just one home run! This time the home run came from Denard Span as the first batter of the game before the Giants shared the damage with multi RBI games from Belt, Duffy Crawford and Blanco.

6. Carrasco’s promising if a little bit meh outing

I don’t want to make a six innings two earned run outing into more than just an OK outing but for a guy coming back off the DL it is promising especially when the eight strikeouts are added. However, the damage could have been much worse had the Royals capitalized on their 10 hits against him and drove runners home.

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