Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2018:
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Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Johnny Field would provide most of the offense Sunday against the Angels. His third-inning solo homer put the Rays up 1-0. He would later come around to score the other Tampa Bay run. In his last four games, he has gone 7-for-16 with five runs scored, two HR and four RBI. He is not a top prospect but he does have a little bit of power to go with a little bit of speed. It was going to require some injuries in order for Field to get enough playing time which occurred when Carlos Gomez went down. Gomez will likely return when he is eligible so it is hard to advocate buying Field right now.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Alex Wood finally received enough run support to garner his first win of the season on Sunday. Backed by three Dodgers' runs, Wood gave up two earned runs on four hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one. He threw 53 of his 82 pitches for strikes and now owns a 3.32 ERA to go with a 1.02 WHIP. While he's providing a steady presence in the middle of the team's rotation, he's simply not getting strikeouts at 2017's rate. In his ten starts so far this year, he's only gotten more than five strikeouts twice. He should do well, however, in his next start against the Padres at home next Sunday.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Brock Stewart is the leading candidate to make a spot start on Tuesday versus the Rockies in L.A. He last pitched for Triple-A Oklahoma City on May 17th, which would line him up perfectly. The Dodgers are down a starter with Rich Hill going on the disabled list with another blister issue. Stewart last started at the major league level on May 11th, where he gave up one earned run in three innings, striking out two and walking two. While he's not a very strong streamer to face the suddenly surging Rockies, it's early enough in the week that he may not hurt your ratios too much. Proceed with caution, especially since he may not pitch too deeply into the game.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (bicep) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Sunday without incident. He's recovering from bicep tendinitis and hasn't thrown off a mound since May 1st. The plan is to have one more bullpen session before letting him pitch in a game. While it's possible he could get a rehab start, the Dodgers are spread pretty thin pitching-wise and may not want to waste those five or so innings. Kershaw, like the rest of the team, hasn't found his groove yet in 2018. His value hasn't been this low for a while, so see if his owner isn't so sure about his bounceback and get him at whatever discount you can manage.
San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt hit another home run, his fifth of the week on Sunday. Belt finished the game 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBI. Belt is locked in at the plate right now and now has 11 home runs in what has been a career year.
Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Trevor Williams allowed four runs in six innings in a no-decision against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The right-hander allowed only four hits and didn't walk a batter, but he had trouble working out of jams, the big blow being a two-run homer by Christian Villanueva in the fourth inning. He struck out five on the day, just the fourth time on the year he's reached that number in a start. Williams now owns a 3.05 ERA on the season, though his upside will continue to be limited by a below-average strikeout rate (17.1 percent).
Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Josh Harrison went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first game back from a broken left hand on Sunday. Slotted right back in his normal leadoff spot, he certainly didn't show any ill effects of his injury. Harrison singled in his first at-bat, doubled in his second, and singled again in his third. He then gave his team a 5-4 lead in the eighth inning with a sacrifice fly, though the Pirates' bullpen would later blow the lead. He has a solid .295/.348/.393 line on the season and should be a decent source of runs moving forward, but his power upside is limited and his speed isn't what it once was.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with his first career home run and two RBI in a loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday. His homer, a two-run blast that traveled 420 to right-center field, came in the sixth inning and reduced the Padres' lead to 4-3 at the time. After breaking out for 12 homers in 87 games in 2016, Meadows had hit just six long balls in his last 113 minor-league games. It's tough to project his power moving forward, but the no-doubter certainly showed he has some pop in his bat. He's 5-for-11 through his first three big-league games and should continue seeing regular playing time until Starling Marte (oblique) returns.
Minnesota Twins right-hander Jake Odorizzi turned in an impressive start against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Odorizzi pitched 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball, striking out 10 batters while walking just two. Despite the excellent outing, the veteran pitcher had to settle for a no-decision. Odorizzi continues to be a solid fantasy starter this season, posting a 3-2 record, 3.17 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 54 innings of work. He will make his next scheduled start this Saturday against the Seattle Mariners.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Logan Morrison went 1-for-3 with a single and two RBI in his team's 3-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. The game raised Morrison's batting average to .211 with a .694 OPS, five homers, 17 runs, and 17 RBI. The slugger got off to a slow start this season but he's started to heat up of late, batting .438 over the past seven days. Morrison has struggled with some bad luck this season as his BABIP is just .237, well below his career average of .271. Despite the poor luck, he continues to hit the ball hard, posting a 34.7% hard-hit rate. He should eventually round into form and provide solid power numbers in fantasy leagues.
We've all been wondering who would be the ninth inning man of choice for the Toronto Blue Jays with closer Roberto Osuna placed on leave. On Sunday, that man was unexpectedly designated hitter Kendrys Morales…except Toronto was down 9-2. If the Blue Jays truly don't know who their new closer is yet, they may want to give Morales a chance - he threw a scoreless inning, allowing one walk and no hits (just kidding on him actually getting a shot, though)! Laughs aside, Morales did pick up two hits on Sunday, his first multi-hit game since May 1. He's not worth any fantasy consideration right now with how bad he's been, but with a career 0.00 ERA, the sky is the limit out of the pen for the 34-year-old.
The thought on Toronto Blue Jays infielder Yangervis Solarte has been that regression will come for him at some point soon, but the man simply won't answer the door for it. Solarte had another big day on Sunday in a 9-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics, finishing 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. It was the 10th home run of the season for Solarte, as well as the third straight game he's picked up multiple base hits. The Solarte detractors have a point in that his peripherals aren't much different than his previous years; however, you'd be a fool to not ride this out when he's been producing for nearly two months now.
Another day, another hitless effort for Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson. The former American League MVP is really struggling at the dish right now; he hasn't picked up a hit over his last four games and is mired in an 0-for-13 slump. Things weren't much better before that, either, as Donaldson simply hasn't been very good since returning from the disabled list in early May. There's still no reason to panic here -; Donaldson went through struggles in 2017 as well before a ridiculously productive summer. We wouldn't recommend selling low as you'll likely lose out on the deal. The best move here is to stay patient.
Earlier on Sunday, we recommended that you stay far away from Joe Biagini for fantasy purposes against the Oakland Athletics. We hope you listened. Biagini's miserable 2018 predictably continued against the solid Athletics' offense; allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks across four innings pitched with two strikeouts. Yeah, pretty much status quo from what we've seen out of Biagini this season. With Toronto's rotation hurting due to injuries to Marcus Stroman and Jaime Garcia, Biagini may get another chance -; but there's only so many times the Blue Jays can trot his 7.71 ERA to the hill.
The final box score for the New York Mets 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday may officially credit a save to reliever Robert Gsellman, but don't let that fool you -; he likely won't be getting further save chances any time soon. With normal closer Jeurys Familia getting a day of rest after a save and a win over the last two days, respectively, Gsellman was simply the Mets' reliever of choice to close out the sweep. If the Mets can start taking late leads again, Gsellman will be an excellent holds candidate -; but the Mets being ahead is not something to bet on at this point.
For those in weekly lineup leagues who had New York Mets second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera locked in, on Sunday you hit gold. Cabrera had the day off against the Arizona Diamondbacks, but that didn't mean he wouldn't be pressed into action anyway. Pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard in the seventh inning, Cabrera stepped up to bat and crushed a two-run shot over the fence to break a tie and put the Mets up 3-1. It was Cabrera's seventh home run of the season. Cabrera has slowed down a bit as of late after a scorching start to the season, but has been productive nonetheless. So long as he's healthy, Cabrera will hit and return some sort of fantasy value.
The odds were in favor of New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard having a big day against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday, and he certainly did not disappoint. Thor threw seven innings, earning the win by allowing only one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Sunday marks the second consecutive outing Syndergaard punched out seven. It was a big step in the right direction for Thor, who has been good -; but slightly underwhelming in 2018. Amazingly, it was only his second start of the season where he both threw six innings and struck out seven or more. Syndergaard has a more difficult matchup in Milwaukee against the Brewers on Friday, but you're starting him regardless of matchup.
For those waiting for New York Mets shortstop Amed Rosario to make an impact, Sunday may be a day to remember. In a 4-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks, Rosario finished 2-for-3 with two home runs. The two longballs were his first two dingers of the season, and it marked the first multi-homer outing of Rosario's young career. At one point Rosario was arguably the top prospect in all of baseball; his Major League career thus far has not quite lived up to the billing. Rosario is up to a .248/.273/.368 slash line with the two aforementioned bombs, a triple, eight doubles, 16 runs scored, 14 RBI, and one stolen base. The numbers aren't great, but the potential power-speed threat could be a real fantasy asset if he truly gets going.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Andrew McCutchen said that the plan is for him to return to the lineup Tuesday versus the Astros. McCutchen sat out on Sunday with a bruised knee. Should McCutchen return Tuesday, he will face his former teammate Gerrit Cole.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Reynaldo Lopez picked up his first victory of the season on Sunday versus the Rangers. Lopez went eight strong innings and allowed just two hits on no runs. He also walked two batters and struck out eight. Lopez has pitched better than his 1-3 record indicates and now owns a 2.98 ERA. Lopez isn't a big strikeout pitcher but is underrated for quality starts and could be useful in deeper leagues.
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