Fantasy Forward: Replacing Freeman

After a hit-by-pitch will sideline Freddie Freeman for up to 10 weeks, fantasy owners will need to hit the waiver wire for replacements. Names to target, some of which are included in today’s waiver wire, are Justin Smoak, Josh Bell, Logan Morrison or Tommy Joseph. Deeper leagues will need to scramble even further.

News surrounding Jung-Ho Kang’s court case do not sound positive. He’s out until at least the All-Star break with his season in doubt as time progresses. Injuries take no breaks this year so Justin Turner limped off the field with what appears to be a pulled hamstring last night.

Thursday could be a day to note many pitchers undergoing regression to the mean. Ervin Santana, Tanner Roark and Dylan Bundy all struggled. Julio Teheran is transitioning from a home only steam to a road one. It’s been a weird fantasy season so far. In injury news, reports speculate Yoenis Cespedes could return as soon as next week. This will force the Mets into some uncomfortable lineup decisions regarding Michael Conforto, Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson. Off to the recaps.

Starting pitcher observations

Tyler Glasnow did enough to win but not garner a quality start. He pitched five innings giving up more runs (4) than hits (3), but only two earned run with three walks and six strikeouts. Manage his starts wisely due to volatility.

Rookie German Marquez won his second straight in Minnesota with three strikeouts and one earned run allowed over five innings. In the night-cap, Jose Berrios dazzled the home fans with 7.2 shutout innings allowing two hits, one walk, and striking out 11. Berrios threw 106 pitches and produced swinging strikes 19 times with his four-seam fastball leading the way with 11 and his curve with six.

Texas southpaw Martin Perez pitched seven innings giving up five hits and two earned runs with eight strikeouts. He benefited form nine swinging strikes of which five happened with his curve.

It did not finish as a precision start, but Jon Lester did last six innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, one walk and five strikeouts to even his record at 2 – 2 on the year.

Not only did Marcus Stroman fire 5.2 shutout innings in Atlanta, he homered to the opposite field. He finished with seven hits against, one walk allowed and six strikeouts.

Danny Duffy stifled the Yankees offense, striking out 10 to reach double digits for the fourth time in his career. He generated 14 swinging strikes, 11 as a result of his slider. Interesting.

Sonny Gray won his first game of the year in his fourth start. He struck out eight, allowed four hits, three earned run, and two walks.



Bullpen musings

Death, taxes and another Greg Holland save. He’s up to 18 on the year and anchoring the Rockies bullpen well. Corey Knebel has struck out at least one hitter in his last 23 appearances. He recorded his third save by striking out the side after walking two hitters. With Justin Wilson getting the day off, his namesake, Alex saved the game for Detroit.

Brandon Kintzler messed up the congruity of his save total and strikeouts matching when he saved his 11th game without a strikeout. He sits at 10 this season. With Wade Davis resting, Koji Uehara saved the Angels win yesterday.

Nick Vincent picked up the win working a clean ninth inning of a tied game prior to the Mariners walking off over the White Sox. He and Tony Zych could share save chances in the near term for Seattle.

Hitter highlights

As alluded to earlier, owners of Freddie Freeman will look at Josh Bell who has hit four home runs in his last six games to push his total to nine with his strong OBP abilities intact. Teammate Adam Frazier went 3-for-5 with two runs and four RBI.

Daniel Murphy launched his seventh home run; he’s hitting .320 with a .977 OPS on the year and will head to Atlanta for the weekend.

Two Orioles extended hit streaks to seven games. Adam Jones is 11 for his last 34 (.324) and hit his second homer of the streak for his sixth of the year. Chris Davis stayed hot and shares a seven-game streak in which he is 10-for-26 (.385) with nine runs, two doubles, five home runs and nine RBI. Seth Smith pitched in with his fourth home run as well.

All J.D. Martinez does is hit sine returning from the disabled list. He crushed his fifth home run and walked three times to reach base all four times yesterday raising his average to .500 with a 2.118 OPS. Veteran teammate Victor Martinez hit home run number three on the year.

During game one of a doubleheader, Charlie Blackmon was 2-for-5 with a run scored. Nolan Arenado hit his 10th dinger of the year as well.

Both Tommy Joseph and Maikel Franco hit their sixth home run. Over his last 47 at-bats, Joseph is hitting .383 with 11 runs, six doubles, five home runs, 11 RBI and seven walks. Franco’s on a modest five-game hit streak.

Riding an eight game hit streak, Nomar Mazara has reached base 17 times in his last 34 plate appearances with seven extra-base hits. Ryan Rua hit his third home run on Thursday and reached base all four times with two hits and two walks.

Reds lead-off hitter Billy Hamilton has reached base a career best 18 consecutive games going 26-for-85 (.306) and stealing 10 bases within it. Zack Cozart has hit in 11 of his last 12 appearances going 19-for-50 with four doubles, three home runs and nine RBI.

Defending MVP, Kris Bryant, hit his first home run since May ninth last night for his eight home run of the season. Entering the game on an 0-for-7 snide, Javy Baez broke out going 3-for-3 with a grand slam, five RBI and a walk.

With Jonathan Villar in the doghouse, Eric Sogard recorded two four hit games in San Diego to tie a career high. Over the last 24 games, Keon Broxton is 29-for-86 (.337) with three home runs and 10 RBI. He finished yesterdays game 2-for-4 and stole his 10th base on the year. Hunter Renfroe added his eighth home run and knocked in two.

Could Kendrys Morales be breaking out of his slump? He hit two balls the opposite way as a left-handed batter, doubled to left-center as a right-handed hitter, and finished 4-for-5 with two RBI. Jose Bautista keeps hitting, and over the last 10 games he’s 13-for-55 with four doubles, four home runs and 10 RBI.

Mike Moustakas hit his 10th home run and became the first Royal since Carlos Beltran to do so in the team’s first 40 games. During the last seven games, Moustakas is slashing .300/.344/.533.

Entering game action on Thursday 2-for-32, Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with his 12th home run and a walk. Trevor Plouffe extended his hit streak to nine with three hits in four at-bats. Chad Pinder homered for the third time this year, and Jed Lowrie added his fifth.

Tim Anderson recorded his fourth straight multi-hit game, has a modest seven-game hit streak, and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and his third stolen base of the year. Todd Frazier hit his fourth home run and Matt Davidson his seventh.

Jarrod Dyson hit his second home run of the year and stole two bases. Jean Segura launched his fourth home run, walked twice and drove in three.

In a loss, Christian Yelich hit his sixth home run while Justin Bour hit his ninth to account for both Marlins runs. Chase Utley went 2-for-2 as the lead-off hitter with a run, two RBI, a walk and a stolen base. Justin Turner was 2-for-3 before leaving with his injury, and Yasiel Puig hit his eighth home run for the Dodgers.

Statistical Credits: MLB.com, BaseballSavant.com, Fangraphs.com

 

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