by Will Overton
It wasn’t a great night to be a pitcher last night as it seemed that balls were flying out of the park, with multiple guys hitting 2 HR’s. That includes the hot hitting Jonathan Lucroy and the HR machine that is Giancarlo Stanton. In all of the hitting frenzy a few deep league outfield options may have emerged as well.
A few pitchers battled through the hitter friendly night though and turned in great performances including Ryan Dempster and Madison Bumgarner.
Here is all of that and more in the roundup from last night’s games:
1. Ryan Dempster – SP, Texas Rangers: It looks like it’s going to be an up and down road for Ryan Dempster in the American League. Dempster went 8 IP last night against the Orioles with 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB and 6 K’s in the win. So far Dempster has allowed eight runs in each of two different games and allowed a combined one earned run in the other two starts. Last night’s start came in Texas though which is a good sign because it shows he’s not totally incapable of pitching in the hitter friendly park in Arlington. I think there will continue to be ups and downs from Dempster and if you can turn this start into a solid trade I would. But if you’re past your trade deadline than hold on to him and use him, you may just want to pick your spots until he proves more consistency.
2. Jonathan Lucroy – C, Milwaukee Brewers: Take out the extensive time spent on the DL, and this has been quite a season for Jonathan Lucroy. The Brewers catcher went 2 – 3 last night raising his batting average to .328 for the season. And both hits last night were HR’s his 7th and 8th of the year. There have been a lot of come out of nowhere performances from catchers this season it seems, but Lucroy is one to watch. At just 26 he’s still got room to grow as a hitter and the Brewers seem content to use him hitting behind the big bats on the team which is a big perk to his value. He’s only owned in 20% of leagues right now and should be grabbed in the other 80% too.
More Quick Thoughts
- The Phillies are showing trust in John Mayberry Jr. as an everyday outfielder. Mayberry has started each of the last three nights, two times against right handers including last night when he was 3 – 5 with 3 R, 1 HR and 3 RBI. Mayberry is 6 – 13 in the last three games with 5 R, 2 HR and 5 RBI.
- It looks like R.A. Dickey is back on the upswing again after going 7 IP with 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB and 6 K last night against the Rockies. This was the fourth time in five starts Dickey has allowed two runs or less.
- Things are going to get crowded in Colorado soon when Carlos Gonzalez comes back, but Tyler Colvin’s bat remains hot and the Rockies may have no choice but find room for him. Colvin was 2 – 3 last night with a HR. Colvin is now 15 – 36 in his last ten games.
- Deep league owners should take notice, while Sam Fuld is a fourth outfielder in Tampa Bay he’s playing well enough to hold value in deep leagues. Fuld was 2 – 4 last night and is 6 – 15 in the last week with 4 R and 3 SB.
- There are some things not to like about Jeremy Hellickson, but he’s still turning in solid numbers. Hellickson threw 7 IP last night allowing 6 H, 1 R, 1 BB and 6 K. This gave him his 8th win of the season and brought his ERA down to 3.28.
- Known for hot streaks from time to time David Murphy is on another nice run. Murphy was 2 – 3 last night with 1 R and 2 RBI. Murphy is 10 – 19 in his last five games with 4 R, 1 HR and 6 RBI. He is playing every day and if that continues to be the case he’ll have value in most league formats.
- A majority of the hype around Jason Heyward may have died down, but his production this year has been consistent. Heyward hit his 21st HR of the season last night while collecting 3 more RBI. The numbers might not be eye popping, but they’re solid and with his being only 23 still show signs of bigger things to come still.
- Newly acquired DeWayne Wise is going to get a chance to make an impact with Alejandro De Aza going to the DL in Chicago. Wise started and hit leadoff last night going 2 – 5 with 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI and 1 SB. This was Wise’s third HR since joining the team a week ago and his second steal in three games.
- After not being able to get out of the 4th inning in any of his last three starts Edinson Volquez seemed to flip the switch back on last night, allowing one run in 6.2 IP with 10 K. He’s been streaky all year so it’s hard to know what to expect from him, but when he’s on, there’s no doubt to how good he can be.
- Thanks to some injuries the Twins have been giving extra playing time lately to speedster Darin Mastroianni. The quick OF was 2 – 3 last night with 2 R, 2 RBI and 1 SB. He now has 10 R and 3 SB in his last ten games and if he keeps playing regularly he’ll hold value in deep leagues.
- Earlier this year Michael Saunders put his name on the map with a nice stretch of games before promptly falling back off the map a short time late. Well he’s starting to heat back up again, after going 3 – 4 last night he is now 8 – 16 in his last four games. Two of Saunders hits were HR’s last night which gives him three in the last two days.
- When you’re outpitching Clayton Kershaw you know things are going well, and Madison Bumgarner is going extremely well right now. Bumgarner scattered four hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out 10 in the effort last night. This is now eight straight quality starts for Bumgarner who is turning into one of the best pitching in baseball, even if not everyone is noticing.
- Giancarlo Stanton is absolutely mashing the baseball right now in Miami. Stanton was 2 – 5 last night, going deep two times with 4 RBI. He now has 5 HR’s and 9 RBI in his last five games. In terms of sheer power, Stanton may have more than anyone else in all of baseball.