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Fantasy Forward: All good things must end

A rough hump day for major league players on streaks. Giancarlo Stanton’s six-game home run streak ended, though, he did register a 2-for-4 day with a run scored and his second stolen base. He’s focused on trying to reach 62 homers this year, pacing towards 60, it seems within his reach.

Joey Votto’s reaching base at least two times streak also screeched to an unceremonious halt in Chicago. He did single in four at-bats, but after being retired by Brian Duensing, lost his chance to extend the streak in extra-innings when Blake Wood uncorked a wild pitch scoring Javy Baez in the bottom of the ninth. Votto’s 20-game streak proves impressive nonetheless.

  • Lance Lynn’s dealing in nine straight though

Just when one thinks it’s safe to forget streaks in the Fantasy Forward, Lance Lynn saves the day recording his ninth straight start with two earned runs or fewer dating back to July 1. Lynn did not factor in the decision at Fenway, but did notch another quality start going six innings while allowing seven hits, two runs (one earned) and three walks with three strikeouts. Lynn has only won four games with a loss in the nine game stretch, but his ERA of 1.65 leads the majors since July with a 1.17 WHIP. He’s also only allowed four home runs in his last 10 starts after serving them up often to start the season.

  • Myers steals, second, third and home

Not only did Wil Myers steal three bases in the same inning, scoring all the way by himself, he is the third first baseman to swipe three in a game since 2000. Myers joins Paul Goldschmidt (2016) and Ryan Klesko (2001) to register the three steal feat while playing first base. With one more home run, Myers will also become the fifth Padres player in team history to record multiple 25-plus home run and 10-plus stolen base seasons. Myers tallied 28 of each last year and has hit 24 homers this season with his 14 stolen bases. Odds remain likely Myers will hit an opposite field shot since his last three home runs over the last eight games all have gone out to right field.

By the way, teammate Cory Spangenberg is in the midst of a eight-game hit streak in which he’s 13 for his last 31 (.419) with nine runs, two doubles, a triple, four home runs, 10 RBI and a stolen base. Spangenberg’s hard contact rate in August sits above 40 percent and he’s hitting fly balls 37 percent of the time compared to 22 percent in July.

  • Beckham enjoys Baltimore

Tim Beckham first made history with the Orioles becoming the first player since 1900 to register 13 hits and three home runs in his first five games with a franchise. He has not stopped hitting with at least one hit in 15 of his first 16 games with Baltimore. Beckham went 2-for-4 on Wednesday hitting his 17th home run of the season, scoring two runs, driving in two and walking once. Over his first 16 games with his new team, Beckham has hit seven doubles, two triples, five home runs, and drove in 12 runs with a .485/.507/.879 slash line. Granted, he has only walked three times and strikes out far too often, but could this be the player Tampa Bay envisioned when they drafted Beckham?

  • Power on the Gallo pole

In yesterday’s column, Joey Gallo only needed one home run to become the seventh player to hit 42 home runs in his first 162 major league games. It came down to his last at-bat, but Gallo did so, launching his 35th of the season and 14th in his last 24 games. Gallo has also homered in 10 of his last 14 games. Three true outcomes be damned. He also doubled in this game to push his OPS to .904 on the season.

  • Morton reaches double-digit wins

Over his last five starts, Charlie Morton’s allowed three earned runs or fewer in each. He has also worked at least six innings in five of his last six outings. Not only did Morton win his 10th game defeating the Diamondbacks at home, but he reached 10 wins in a season for only the second time of his career. Morton struck out nine in 6.1 innings on Wednesday and lowered his ERA to 3.26 in eight starts since his return from the disabled list.

  • Xander’s off the snide? 

It’s been a tough stretch of late for Xander Bogaerts. After his hot start last year, he has cratered during this season and drifting down the batting order. Bogaerts did hit his first home run since July 5 last night, spanning 114 at-bats. He’s on a modest three-game hit streak going five for his last 12 with two runs, a double, the homer and two RBI. Here’s a link to an article which details how Bogaerts hope he’s adjusted to finish the year strong by changing his top hand on the bat. 

  • Elvis homered and stole a base – he’s still hot

Another site made a catchy name for hitting a home run and stealing a base in the same game, not going to steal it. Suffice it to say, Elvis Andrus achieved the feat last night. He has hit 16 home runs and stolen 23 bases. Since 1900, only 24 shortstops hit 60 or more extra-base hits with 25 or more stolen bases. This year, Andrus ranks third in the American League with his 23 thefts and only needs eight more extra-base hits to become the 25th shortstop to reach this milestone. Somehow, he’s underrated in fantasy every year.

  • Bullpen musings, red alert in St. Louis

When Trevor Rosenthal took the mound with a two run lead in Boston, it seemed like the Cardinals would gain a split in the two-game set. However, St. Louis already had two pitchers up and throwing when Rosenthal started the inning which signals something may not be right with the newly anointed closer. Reports center on his last pitch on a strikeout of Nick Markakis last Saturday being a 92 MPH four seam fastball. On Wednesday, Rosenthal did record a strikeout, but also allowed the Bogaerts home run referenced above.

Tyler Lyons worked the eighth inning and he’s been lights out in the second half as the Cardinals “extinguisher” working the highest leverage situations leading up to the ninth inning. If Rosenthal lands on the disabled list, odds suggest it’s Lyons job to lose going forward. In the second half, Lyons 17:4 K:BB total in 12 innings with only two hits allowed over 12 innings results in no earned runs and a 0.50 WHIP. Owners of Rosenthal should handcuff with Lyons, now.

Other saves of note, David Robertson filled in affably for the Yankees with both Aroldis Chapman and Dellin Betances getting the night off. Roberto Osuna notched his 31st save, and Wade Davis garnered his third win with a Cubs walk-off victory due to a wild pitch. Also, Cam Bedrosian saved his third game for the Angels with Keynan Middleton working the eighth inning. Not sold on clarity in the Angels bullpen, but this helps.

Statistical Credits: Fangraphs.com, MLB.com, ESPN.go.com

 

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