10 Important Stories From 07/18/17 Box Scores: Chris Davis Erupts, Castellanos’ Big Day & More

by Ray Kuhn

To say that Tuesday was a busy day around baseball would be an understatement. We had two big trades, the return of Starling Marte, and the Bryce Harper and Mike Trout played a game of can you top this with first inning home runs. Oh, and Yoan Moncada was promoted and will make his major league debut today. Let’s not waste anymore time, and jump right into some of the performances that stood out from the night around the league.

1) Pittsburgh Doesn’t Waste Any Time…

There was Starling Marte last night, back atop the order and in left field as if he never left. As much as we would like, we can’t expect Marte to jump right in and perform as if he hasn’t just been suspended 80 games. Also, it’s not like he was tearing things up prior to the suspension, as after his 1 for 3 effort with a walk last night, he was hitting just .246. Marte did also score a run, but I would wait a few games before accurately drawing a conclusion about him for the remainder of the season.

2) Welcome Back Chris Davis…

Davis returned from the disabled list after the All-Star break, but last night marked his true return to the lineup. The first baseman made both of his hits count on Tuesday as he hit a two run homer in the first inning, and then busted things open for Baltimore with a grand slam in the fourth inning. We don’t own Davis for his batting average, .221, but he has been a disappointment as a run producer so far this season. While his 16 home runs are respectable, he is a little off of his normal pace, but his 33 RBI are just not what people were expecting out of the first baseman. If he can turn this into a hot streak, then he represents a legitimate buy low candidate.

3) Who Needs JD Martinez…

If David Peralta continues to hit, he won’t have to worry about Arizona’s addition of the power hitting outfielder. Batting second last night, Peralta went 3 for 5 with his 18th double of the season while scoring a run and picking up his 29th RBI. While you have to like Peralta’s .313 batting average, you would also like to see a little more power from the outfielder which does limit his fantasy value. But adding another legitimate bat to Arizona’s lineup, as long as Peralta doesn’t lose playing time and stays at the top of the order, will give a slight boost to his value.

4) Wacha Takes Care of Business…

In a week in which he takes the mound twice, Michael Wacha got things off to a good start on Tuesday. He took advantage of a struggling Mets team, as they likely become sellers look for this trend to continue in the second half, and picked up his seventh victory of the season. New York didn’t offer up much in the way of resistance, as Wacha was able to record a complete game shutout as St. Louis let him get to 119 pitches. Wacha was never really in trouble, as the Mets managed just three hits and a walk against him as he lowered his ERA to 3.71 while striking out eight batters. If you need an upgrade to your rotation for the second half, Wacha is worth a look.

5) Can’t Ignore Greatness…

I know it sounds redundant breaking down a Clayton Kershaw start, but you just can’t leave the southpaw out of roundup every time. You draft Kershaw expected greatness and dominantion, and most of the time that is what you get. So what if he is giving up more home runs this season? Every other pitcher in baseball too, but that appears to be the only damage against Kershaw as his numbers and performance are still just as good as any season. Tuesday’s victim was the White Sox as Kershaw improved his record on the season to 15-2. He went seven scoreless innings while scattering seven hits and a walk to go along with seven strikeouts. After last night, Kershaw’s ERA sits at 2.07 on the season as we enjoy yet another dominate season from the best pitcher of our generation.

6) Didi Shows Some Power…

When you think of the Yankees and run production, Didi Gregorius is not a name that comes to mind. But, there is a reason why the Yankees continue to have the shortstop bat in the middle of the order, and he continues to produce. Last night, Gregorius picked up three hits, and that included (after missing some time earlier in the season) his 12th home run. Gregorius raised his average to ..291 on the season, and he remains a sneaky power threat from the middle infield.

7) Gattis Shows off the Power…

Evan Gattis is a power hitter. That is his appeal, well that and his eligibility at catcher. This year though, he has traded some of that power to hit for a higher average. While it might make baseball sense, it isn’t exactly what fantasy owners were banking on when they drafted Gattis. Last night though, Gattis showed that he still has the power as he went deep twice against Seattle. Gattis’ first home run relatively ordinary, while on his second shot, his power was truly on display. The two solo shots brought Gattis’ home run total on the season to 10 while he also improved his batting average to .285.  It will be interesting to see if we see a change in hitting philosophy in the second half from Gattis, but regardless he is one of the more valuable fantasy catchers when he is in the lineup.

8) Castellanos Has a Game…

Nick Castellanos entered the season with relatively high expectations, and for the most part he has delivered. While his performance hasn’t stood out to be considered elite, Castellanos also hasn’t been a disappointment from the second spot in the batting order. Last night, he was a double shy of the cycle as his 4 for 5 day brought his average up to .255.  Castellanos went deep twice, both solo home runs, but he did drive in five runs all along to bring his season total to 54 RBI with his 14 home runs. How high you drafted the third baseman as a sleeper option this season will determine your level of satisfaction with his performance thus far, but overall this appears to be what we can expect from Castellanos moving forward.

9) Cargo Drives in Three…

Stop the presses.  Three RBI from Carlos Gonzalez. And two hits, including a double. Wow. This is like a week’s worth of production from Gonzalez all coming in the same game. Alright, maybe I am being a little dramatic, but that is how it feels and that is how it has been going for Gonzalez and his fantasy owners so far this season. To say this season would be a disappointment for Gonzalez would be a huge understatement as his two hits brought his batting average up to .218 on the season with a .631 OPS. And that is with half of his games at Coors Field too. The Rockies still haven’t given up on Gonzalez, he was batting fifth last night, but with just 25 RBI on the season, it’s hard to consistently put him in your starting lineup. I feel like we have been here before, but hopefully this is what Gonzalez needs to embark on a hot streak.

10) Harper Wins the Battle….

Both Bryce Harper and Mike Trout went deep in the first inning of their matchup last night, but Harper continued to hit. The Washington outfielder was 4 for 4 with his first triple of the season on Tuesday as he brought his batting average up to .337. With 24 home runs and 73 RBI, there really  isn’t much more we can say about Harper and the success he is having this season, other than just to enjoy it.

8 comments

  1. foolintherain says:

    RP, a couple questions. As always, I really appreciate your insight.

    1. What are your thoughts now on Xander Bogaerts as a keeper? His numbers are pretty bad, but I’m thinking it might be largely injury-related. I ended up trading for him because I was unsure on the Trevor Story situation, particularly with a good prospect in the wings.

    2. Are you aware of any kind of innings limit for Severino or Faria? Both have become pretty crucial to digging my team out of ERA woes.

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      1) I’ve never been the biggest Bogaerts fan, so it would really depend on keeper rules. He wouldn’t be my top choice, though.

      2) If Severino has one it should be around 180-190, so shouldn’t be an issue. Same w/Faria, so bigger issue would just be wearing down late in the season

  2. Carlito says:

    What are your thoughts on Pham? Pick him up?

  3. Wine says:

    Lost Correa, do I trade Yoan Moncada for Trevor Story? Already have Seager at 3rd.

  4. MA says:

    How would you rank Carlos Santana, Kinsler, Carpenter, and Beltre rest of season in a head to head Points league. Also, should I be concerned with Steven Matz?

    • Rotoprofessor says:

      Carpenter / Santana / Beltre / Kinsler

      As for Matz, given his injurt history I would be somewhat concerned

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