10 Important Stories From 08/02/17 Box Scores: Godley Breaking Out, Don’t Sell Healy Short & More

by Ray Kuhn

Entering the day, there were a few games that appeared to have some weather issues, but only one (Cleveland and Boston) was postponed. The Yankees though, literally took all day and into the night to complete their loss to Detroit as part of a busy Wednesday. For the most part, it was a day dominated by pitching, as of the 28 teams that took the field, only one reached double digits in runs scored. And that, was the Mets who played in Coors Field. In fact, there were only three other teams who even eclipsed five runs. Let’s take a look at some of the performances that piqued our interest from a fantasy perspective:

1) Zimmermann Cruises in the Bronx…

It is safe to say that Jordan Zimmermann has not lived up to the contract he received from the Tigers. While his performance hasn’t shown it, he was, not too long ago, a pretty good pitcher who warranted a big money contract. Yesterday, that was on display as the right-hander scattered six hits in seven innings of work against the Yankees while not allowing a run. Zimmermann, who didn’t walk a batter, struck out six to pick up his seventh victory of the season while lowering his ERA to 5.35. As much as we want this to be a start to believe in and the beginning of a trend, let someone else (or the waiver wire) take the risk associated with Zimmermann. So far this season, he has struck out just 6.26 batters per nine innings and his 5.27 FIP and 1.47 WHIP don’t offer up much signs of encouragement.

2) Santana Finishes What he Started…

That right there is a shocking statement, as we know how scarce complete games have become. But Ervin Santana went the distance in San Diego yesterday afternoon to pick up his 12th victory of the season while continuing to have success. Santana allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while never really getting in trouble all day. While he averages just 7.00 strikeouts per nine innings, Santana did strike out nine batters on Wednesday as he lowered his ERA to 3.28 and his WHIP to 1.11. But do we believe in Santana? I for one, have been skeptical and recently traded him away for that reason. However, all Santana does is continue to have success despite a 4.81 FIP that says otherwise. With a career BABIP of .285, I”m not sure Santana can continue with a BABIP of .223 this season.

3) Duvall’s Big Swing…

The problem with Adam Duvall, and it’s not a terrible problem to have, is that even when he may be struggling, it’s hard to take him out of your lineup. That is because all he needs is one swing to do his job and return positive value. On Wednesday, that was certainly the case as Duvall took Felipe Rivero deep to give Cincinnati some insurance. It was the 24th home run of the season for Duvall, who is actually batting a respectable .267 so far this season with 75 RBI. Duvall has shown that his 33 home run and 103 RBI season from last year was not a fluke, and we can count on him as a power threat.

4) Hellickson Takes Care of Business in His Debut…

Other than stealing a putout from Manny Machado, Jeremy Hellickson’s debut in Baltimore actually went pretty seamlessly. The right-hander turned in seven solid innings of shutout baseball while scattering five hits and allowing one walk to go along with three strikeouts. It was the seventh victory of the season for the right-hander who certainly will garner some attention in AL-only leagues this week one the waiver wire. Hellickson began his career pitching in the American League East, so it shouldn’t be that much of a culture shock to be back there. The problem though is that Hellickson has benefited from a .253 BABIP so far this season, and his 5.36 FIP warns of some regression, so bid carefully.

5) Another Good Day for Yelich…

Between the home runs from Giancarlo Stanton and all of the success that Marcell Ozuna is having this season, it has become quite easy for Christian Yelich to get lost in the shuffle. However, the outfielder, who bats between the two aforementioned All-Star’s, has been having a pretty good season of his own. On Wednesday, Yelich went 2 for 3 with two walks as he raised his average to .285 on the season. Yelich, who drove in three runs on the day to bring his total to 58 on the season, went deep for his 13th home run (a two run shot) in the fifth inning. Historically, Yelich’s BABIP has always been on the higher side (career .356), so I wouldn’t be surprised to some him eek closer to the .300 mark this season if his .328 BABIP begins to rise.

6) Godley Shuts Down the Cubs…

Overall, it was a pitcher’s duel in Wrigley Field on Wednesday as just three runs were scored and a total of seven were allowed by both sides. It was Zack Godley who picked up the victory, his fifth of the season, over Jake Arrieta as he continues to have success this season. Godley allowed just three hits and two walks in six innings of work while striking out five batters and seeing his ERA fall to 2.86. In 94.1 innings at the major league level, Godley has 96 strikeouts so far this season with a WHIP of 1.00; and that is while walking 2.77 batters per nine innings as he has benefited from a .252 BABIP. Keeping the ball on the ground is huge for Godley (56.1% ground ball rate) and his FIP of 2.99 (xFIP of 3.22) supports his success.

7) Andrus Shows Off the Power…

This season has sort of served as a reminder that Elvis Andrus hasn’t gone anywhere. It seems like forever ago that Andrus received his $100 million contact, but the shortstop is still just 28 years old, and he is crossing into new territory with his power. On Wednesday, Andrus went 3 for 4 with a double (his 26th) and a two run homer. That home run, gave him 15 so far this season which almost doubles his previous career high of eight that came last season. With 59 RBI, Andrus also looks primed to surpass his previous career high of 69 while batting .288 on the season. And with 20 stolen bases so far this season, Andrus has not given up that part of his game, and instead looks like he will have his best season in the speed department since he stole 42 bases in 2013. Andrus has seen a real increase in his ISO this season up to .182 from .136 last season and a career mark of .092. He has traded about five percent of ground balls for fly balls this season and his 12.9% home run to fly ball rate is a new career high, but other than that, nothing truly looks out of the ordinary for Andrus.

8) Who Needs a Rest…

Or maybe, Yadier Molina does need to rested every so often so he can have a game like he did on Wednesday. Molina had a three hit night last night, and that included a double (16th on the season) and two home runs. With 12 home runs, 47 RBI, and a .277 average, it looks like once again, the veteran catcher is having a typical season from a fantasy perspective. With the it being so difficult to find viable options at the position it’s hard to argue with Molina’s production as he remains a solid contributor. I wouldn’t fret if he does get rested more over the last two months of the season, but most days he will be in the lineup because St. Louis needs him.

9) Rosario’s First RBI…

It really seems like we have been talking about Amed Rosario for months now, but the Mets finally pulled the trigger and promoted him on Tuesday. So far, the shortstop has two games under his belt, and it appears that he will be receiving the bulk of the playing time down the stretch. There certainly is going to be an adjustment period for the 21-year old, but with a .328 average, seven home runs, and 58 RBI, there was nothing more for him to do in the minor leagues. On Wednesday, Rosario picked up his first major league RBI on a triple. At this point, there likely won’t be any prospects who can make as big of an impact as Rosario promoted, so use your FAAB accordingly.

10) Healy Shows off His Power…

At the very least this season, Oakland has learned that they have a keeper in Ryon Healy. While his defense is better suited to DH, he is capable at the corner infield spots, and last night he manned first base in San Francisco. Healy took advantage of the southpaw Matt Moore on the mound, and picked up his 20th home run of the season. It was a two run shot for Healy, who has 62 RBI on the season, and later added a single to bring his average up to .259 on the season. As long as he continues to produce the power and a batting average that is not a liability, it is hard to find fault with the middle of the lineup threat.

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