Fantasy Forward: Fallout from the first day of multiple trades

When the Cubs acquired Jose Quintana, things set in motion on the trade market. Last night featured two different deals with varying impacts. Arizona addressed their left-field situation trading for J.D. Martinez. As a cumulative group, the left-fielders for the Diamondbacks hit a combined .236/.303/.403 with 12 home runs and 50 RBI in 93 games. Martinez missed games early due to injury, but through 200 at-bats he’s hit 16 home runs with 39 RBI and a .305/.388/.630 slash line. Yes, a steep upgrade at the position.

Many savvy owners stashed Tommy Kahnle over a week ago anticipating the pending trade of closer David Robertson. Well, Robertson did get dealt to the Yankees, but Kahnle and Todd Frazier will join him. This leaves Anthony Swarzak as potentially the last man standing in the White Sox bullpen, but he could be traded as well prior to the deadline. He should get the next save chance buoyed by a 2.29 FIP and 15 swinging strike percentage due to a velocity spike this year, but owners can also speculate on Tyler Clippard, though he struggled over the last 30 days with New York.

The best news in this trade will mean the promotion of Yoan Moncada for those in keeper leagues or deeper formats who’ve held him all year. Moncada is blessed with speed and power, but not sure how his average will hold up the rest of the way. Smoke him if you’ve got him as he transitions to taking over second base in Chicago for years to come. As for the Yankees, it remains to be seen if Frazier will take over at first base or if this move sets up a follow-up trade with Oakland where their rumored to be pursuing Yonder Alonso and Sonny Gray. Stay tuned.

On the injury front, Carlos Correa landed on the disabled list due to his thumb and could be sidelined six-to-eight weeks (basically the remainder of the fantasy season). A crushing blow to his owners. George Springer owners might have dodged a bullet. He was hit by a pitch on the wrist, but X-rays taken during the game returned negative. Corey Kluber may skip his next turn with Danny Salazar returning to the rotation in Cleveland. Kyle Hendricks will also make his next start in the majors, potentially good news for his owners and Cubs fans alike. Off to the recaps.

Starting Pitcher Observations

Ivan Nova weathered the storm to get his 10th win, allowing 10 hits, three earned runs, and a walk over six innings with six strikeouts. His next start in Coors may be one to avoid for his owners.

Dylan Bundy silenced the Rangers bats, giving up four hits and one earned run in six innings with four strikeouts en route to his ninth win. Tyson Ross imploded allowing nine earned runs in less than four innings. Texas may become sellers after this weekend, monitor closely.

Robbie Ray did not pile up strikeouts, but garnered his ninth win in Cincinnati. Ray held the Reds to four hits, two earned runs and walked three with four strikeouts in six innings keeping his ERA below three on the year.

Quietly returning from the disabled list, Vince Velasquez turned in a quality start working six innings giving up four hits, two runs (one earned), and a walk with four strikeouts.

Michael Wacha stayed hot winning his seventh of the season in a complete game shutout of the Mets on the road. Wahca held them to three hits and walked one with eight strikeouts on 16 swinging strikes. Easily his best start this year.

John Lackey won his sixth game trying to keep his spot in the rotation. He only pitched five innings, but held the Braves to five hits, one earned run and two walks with only one strikeout.

It’s easy to overlook Clayton Kershaw. Perhaps it’s because we expect him to be great. He won his 15th game (not a typo) pitching seven shutout innings allowing seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 2.07 in a year where home runs are up exponentially.

Brad Peacock continues to surge, winning his eighth game giving up three hits, one earned run, and one walk with nine strikeouts over seven innings at home.

Matt Boyd returned from the minors giving the Tigers a much-needed six inning outing, allowing seven hits, three earned runs and a walk with three strikeouts for his third win.

Chris Smith did not get his first win due to a bullpen implosion, but turned in a quality start going seven innings giving up three hits, two runs (one earned), and two walks with four strikeouts.

Speaking of back from the dead, Edwin Jackson won against the Angels pitching seven innings and ceding only three hits and two earned run with three strikeouts. I’m not kidding. Jesse Chavez did not factor in the decision, but also turned in a quality outing giving up eight hits, two earned runs, and striking out five in six innings.

Rookies dueled in San Franciso with Mike Clevinger facing Ty Blach. Clevinger finished six innings allowing three hits, one run (unearned) and two walks with seven strikeouts on 15 swinging strikes. Blach responded with seven innings giving up seven hits, one earned run and a walk with three strikeouts. Neither factored in the decision.

Bullpen Musings

Before getting into the recaps, Baltimore owner approved the team moving pieces including the bullpen. Look for Zach Britton to join the Cubs soon. He’s been rumored in talks with the Dodgers as well, but the Cubs seem to be willing to give the Orioles what they need as a return. Do not drop Brad Brach just yet.

As shocking as the first bullpen trade seemed to be for the Kahnle stashers, Roberto Osuna blew his first save chance since April 27th. Osuna allowed three hits and an earned run with two strikeouts. This was his third outing in a row, so he may get today off no matter what.

Aroldis Chapman notched his 10th save giving up a walk. Luke Gregerson worked 1.1 innings for a save allowing Ken Giles to rest.

On the roller coaster ride knows as Santiago Casilla, he allowed three hits, two earned runs, and a walk for his fifth blown save. Blake Treinen worked the eighth inning already for those seeking a handcuff. Alex Colome benefited from this converting his 28th save in a clean outing with two strikeouts.

Andrew Miller walked two in 1.1 innings but Cody Allen took the loss in extra innings giving up four hits and an earned run. Sam Dyson garnered the win working two innings of relief for the Giants.

Dusty Baker trolled all of us by giving the first save chance to Sean Doolittle and not Ryan Madson. Madson struck out the side in the eighth inning and Doolittle allowed a hit and a walk with an earned run in the ninth for his first save with the Nationals. I still think another arm’s added to this bullpen. Tread lightly.

Felipe Rivero locked down his eighth save giving up two hits, but striking out this side. Hector Neris notched his ninth save in a clean outing in Miami.

Kenley Jansen allowed a hit and struck out one for his 24th save. He’s currently pacing towards the first 100+ strikeout season with less than five walks. Greg Holland saved number 30 and celebrated by striking out the side.

Hitter Highlights

Travis Shaw continued his dominance versus Ivan Nova hitting his 21st homer of the year and driving in all three Brewers runs. Starling Marte returned to lead-off with a hit and run in three at-bats. Josh Harrison (11) and Francisco Cervelli (5) homered for the Pirates.

Shin-Soo Choo led off with a home run, his 13th of the season, and provided all of the Rangers runs. Chris Davis launched two home runs (15,16) driving in six. Trey Mancini (15) and Seth Smith (11) also homered.

Paul Goldschmidt turned in a perfect day at the plate going 1-for-1 with a double and four walks. Jake Lamb did drive in two as well. Chris Herrmann (8) and Rey Fuentes (2) hit home runs. Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 including his 10th home run and a double.

Nick Williams hit his third home run among two hits with two RBI. Maikel Franco doubled and homered (14) finishing 3-for-4 in Miami. Giancarlo Stanton launched his 29th home run.

Matt Carpenter’s heating up with four more hits last night including two doubles with a run scored and an RBI. Jedd Gyorko, Yadier Molina and Michael Wacha all drove in one run.

Jose Bautista doubled for his two hits and walked twice scoring a run. Troy Tulowitzki tallied four hits in seven at-bats with an RBI. Dustin Pedroia doubled and homered (5) with two RBI, Hanley Ramirez hit his 15th home run along with Chris Yound adding his fifth homer.

Willson Contreras stayed white-hot surpassing his home run total from last year with his 13th and drove in three. Javier Baez added three hits and his 11th home run. Nick Markakis hit his fifth home run for Atlanta.

Chris Taylor went 4-for-5 while scoring the Dodgers only run. Cody Bellinger finished 2-for-2 with two walks and their only RBI.

Brett Gardner doubled twice atop the Yankees lineup with a run scored. Gary Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Aaron Judge awoke from his slump with two hits and scored two runs with an RBI. Didi Gregorius hit his 12th home run and drove in two among his three hits. Brian Dozier finished 1-for-3 with a run and an RBI with two walks. Miguel Sano launched his 22nd home run.

Evan Gattis hit two home runs (9,10) upping his average to .285 on the season. Jose Altuve added three hits and an RBI.

Have a day Nick Castellanos. He racked up four hits with a triple and two home runs (13,14) driving in five. Ian Kinsler, Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez and James McCann all recorded two hits. Each scored a run as well, except McCann. Eric Hosmer went 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Royals.

Carlos Asuaje hit his first major league home run. Wil Myers added his 17th. Jabari Blash went 3-for-3 with a run and an RBI. Charlie Blackmon tripled and scored twice. Gerardo Parra is still hot going 3-for-3 with three runs, a double and an RBI. Mark Reynolds hit his 20th home run driving in three.

Steven Souza crushed his 2oth home run during the Rays come from behind win. Khris Davis hit his 27th driving in two for the A’s in a loss.

Bryce Harper and Mike Trout squared off and the MLB did not tout this. I do not understand. Harper went 4-for-4 with a triple and a home run (24). Anthony Rendon added his 20th and Adam Lind finished 3-for-4 with his eighth homer. Trout also homered, his 17th, to drive in two. Martin Maldanado hit his 10th jack of the year.

Brandon Guyer tripled in the only Indians run scoring Bradley Zimmer who finished with two hits. Eduardo Nunez went 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI. Buster Posey, who else, drove in the other Giants run.

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