Good Monday to everyone, but especially those who have Triston McKenzie on their Fantasy watch lists. He blinked upside down last year, and it looks like he’s back. You can read more about him below, but I actually wanted to start with a few starting pitchers who have struggled lately. Over the last seven starts, Kevin Gausman has a 5.17 ERA. There are several things working against him right now, including lack of control, declining oscillating stroke rate and a higher hard contact rate. All of these things are a recipe for disaster. Any pitcher can be prone to a bad stretch, but especially one that relies on a brand like his go-to pitch. Although I have my reservations about Gausman, I would keep him in the lineup next week against the Mets.
I can not say the same for Yusei Kikuchi, who has a 6.69 ERA over his last eight starts. Like Gausman, Kikuchi has lost control, but he also gives up lots of home runs. He has tinkered with his pitch mix quite a bit during this stretch as well. I’re not releasing Kikuchi yet, but I definitely would not start him this week, not even in a strong game against the Kansas City Royals.
The steady drumming continues for McKenzie
Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie made Chris Towers’ sleep list more than once in the early spring, and after a slow start to the 2021 season, he’s starting to look a lot like the breakout candidate he was linked to. An outing after falling four outs to throw in the 24th perfect game MLB history, McKenzie was again dominant in closing a tougher challenge in the Angels.
He went seven laps plus and allowed only two hits against the Angels (and one earned run). He was once again in command and induced strikes as desired. McKenzie went just one batter while hitting eight. He has 19 strikeouts and has allowed only three hits and one run in the last 15 innings.
The speed has been up, and he has only 0.78 whips since he returned from the minors to the adults. The fact that he threw himself deep into play and in command with a consistent role, we have now seen four straight starts where the upside is realized, and Chris thinks it has come to stay.
Naquin drove it back to April
Red OF Tyler naquin was one of the hottest relinquishment recipients in April, but his production had fallen since – until now. Naquin is hot again. He had seven hits with three homers alone this weekend. He is now only 53% listed, and he may just be one of the hottest hitters in August. This month alone, Naquin is blowing around .400 with lots of pop. He is up to seven homers in August. More importantly, under the hood, the numbers are promising there as well. Naquin has only a 15.6% strikeout rate and a 34% line drive rate.
Naquin has the midfield job locked and really good games ahead (check that the Reds are planning the rest of the season now – it’s shockingly easy).
Other dispensing lines OF alternatives
- OF Myles straw in 21 games with CLE: .318 BA, .389 OBP with 4 SB and 18 races scored (31% LD rate), 51% listed and he has six home games this week.
- Mets OF Brandon nimmo in his last 15 games: .295 BA, 2 HR, 1 SB, 59% listed, six home games this week.
- Royal OF Andrew Benintendi has 14 hits in the last eight matches, 55% listed, seven matches this week.
- Phillies OF Odubel herrera 4 for 5 Sunday and has now played subsequent matches with a homer. He is 13% listed and gets six home games this week.
Lopez will get you bags
Do not see now, but Royals 2B / SS Nicky lopez quickly becomes one of the best speed sources in all of Fantasy Baseball. In the last seven games, Lopez has 11 hits and eight steals. That’s right – eight bags in seven games! Where else can you find that kind of speed on your disconnect cable now? The answer is nowhere. Lopez is 18% listed with seven games this week.
More news and notes
- The following players went to IL this weekend:
- Anthony DeSclafani inflammation of the right ankle.
- Evan Longoria / Nelson Cruz to COVID IL.
- Diego castillo inflammation of the right shoulder.
- Wily Peralta with a blister.
- Joe barlow with a blister – Spencer Patton may close again (for now).
- Tyrone taylor right sloping.
- Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th home career of his career on Sunday, the 28th player in MLB history!
- Kenta maeda left Saturday’s start with tightness in the forearm. He is scheduled to undergo further tests.
- Mike the trout trained on the field before Friday’s match and indicated that he feels good. He also admitted to having experienced some tenderness earlier in the week, but it appears to have subsided.
- Clayton kershaw thrown from 120 feet Saturday and may return to the mound next week.
- Astros GM James Click said so Alex bregman appears in another rehab match on Monday. Bregman played Friday and homer on Triple-A.
- Kyle tucker goes towards a return in the middle of the week. He is currently at COVID IL.
- Chris Paddack (slanted) threw 25 places in an “intensive” bullpen session on Friday.
- Jose urquidy threw a bullpen session Sunday.
- Aaron Civale started rehabilitation on Double-A Sunday.
- Ian anderson will have a rehabilitation start on Triple-A on Tuesday before he will probably join the starting rotation in Atlanta again.
- Pablo Lopez started the rehabilitation this weekend. He went three strokes without a stroke with three strikeouts.
- The pirates gave up Gregory Polanco.
- Tejay Antone expected to return Tuesday.
- Nick solak was recalled by Rangers and expected to be their daily second baseman.
- Alec bohm was selected for Triple-A. He hit .245 with a .645 OPS this season, 26% strikeout rate, 53% groundball rate.
Dispensing thread beginners ranked
- No. 1: Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie
- Nr. 2: Braves SP Touki Toussaint (3.69 ERA in the last seven starts, 65% listed)
- Nr. 3: Red SP Vladimir Gutierrez (six quality starts in a row, 78% listed)
- Nr. 4: Cleveland SP Cal Quantrill (1.50 ERA, 9% SwStr rate, 54% GB in the last eight starts)