I have given Adam Wainwright a lot of stick this season but after last night all I can is stand and applaud. I really didn’t think he had it any more but maybe there is a few more starts left in the old ace yet. Wainwright shut down the Astros making it three good starts in a row. Elsewhere there were good nights for Syndergaard and Smyly whilst Sale and Kluber both had their issues.
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.
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A home run and a steal each for the Toronto sluggers made for fun watching Wednesday evening. It isn’t often these two get to run the base paths so it’s always worth finding the highlights when they do take off!
2. Syndergaard smokes the Pirates
8.1 inning, one earned run and 11 strikeouts for Thor as he dominated the Pirates last night. Noah Syndergaard has been a monster all season and you just continue to marvel at the way he has gone from prospect to ace in barely no time at all.
3. Smyly Stumps Mariners
12 strikeouts, zero walks is a fairly impressive stat line in itself. When it comes in just 6.2 innings it takes on an even greater level of awe as an on-looker. The Mariners have been hot this year but hot teams do also have the tendency to be strikeout targets (see Cubs, Chicago). Drew Smyly started the season on fire before major regression took his ERA to the verge of five but maybe this outing is a sign of things to come in the near future. Worth a speculative add for his next start for me.
4. Wainwright throws a beauty…
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Make that three decent starts in a row for Adam Wainwright with this one being the best of them all. Seven innings, six strikeouts, four hits, three walks and most importantly zero earned runs. Unfortunately Wainwright’s hard work was wasted by the Cardinals as the bullpen blew the victory by surrendering four runs in the two innings Wainwright left them. I am not saying this is the old Wainwright but the one we are seeing right now needs to be owned and started. If he blows up again you can dump him with no stress but if he is going to have a dominant stretch you want to be part of it.
5. Sale survives rocky innings
It’s been a tough last month for Chris Sale owners as the Chi Sox ace has given up a lot of regression runs after an amazing start. The way his month has gone a lot of Sale owners will have had their head in their hands when Iglesias and Castellanos put three runs on the board in the third innings but Sale bounced back to end with an acceptable seven innings, seven strikeout performance. His 2.94 ERA is not what owners want but Sale is capable of having a shut down month and bringing that ERA back towards the mid twos so there is no reason to panic.
6. Kluber gets smoked
Ok now I am starting to get fed up with this Corey. An eight earned run outing last night for Corey Kluber has taken his ERA spinning up to 4.23 on the season. That is not only not ace worthy that is borderline scary. Kluber will throw enough innings that he is always a valuable pitcher but unless he can get that ERA back into the low threes it is going to be tough to draft him with any confidence next year. Right now all you can do it hold and hope because you aren’t getting the value his skill deserves in a trade.
7. Two Dinger night for Odor
The fight for a spot in that Texas infield just keeps intensifying as Rougned Odor hit two home runs in a Texas come back win last night. Jurickson Profar has been awesome since coming up and is covering third base until Adrian Beltre is back but then we are really going to see some tough decisions for this Texas organization. Odor is a safe bet to be in the line-up most night but unfortunately for fantasy owners the return of Shin-Soo Choo and the amazing hitting of Desmond has seen him relegated to the lower half of the line-up which just dings his fantasy value a fraction. He is still a top five second base option though going forward.