10 Important Stories From 08/17/17 Box Scores: Corbin Coming Around, Mazara Producing & More

by Ray Kuhn

While we didn’t have a full slate of games, and just five games in the evening, there was still enough action to keep us busy. As we begin our weekends, let’s jump right into some of the performances that stood out. And in case you were wondering, yes, Aaron Judge did strike out again.

1) A Mixed Bag from Kipnis…

At this point, we chalk 2017 up to being a disappointment for Jason Kipnis. Sure, we do have a month and a half left, but Kipnis has missed time due to injury, and when he has been on the field, the second baseman has not met expectations. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Kipnis on the waiver wire in some leagues, and then it turns into whether or not he is a buy low candidate. However, in the first of Cleveland’s two games yesterday, Kipnis showed why we shouldn’t sleep on him. He went 3 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored. One of those runs came on his 10th home run of the season, in 289 at bats, and he now sits at just 29 RBI on the season. To be fair to Kipnis, he hasn’t consistently been healthy this season, and while he is batting .228 on the season, he does have a .250 BABIP. That batting average comes courtesy of his performance in the second game in which he did not carry over his success from the afternoon. Batting lead-off, Kipnis went 0 for 4 and struck out twice. Monitor Kipnis down the stretch, but don’t expect too much. In deeper leagues though, you can’t afford to let him go.

2) Corbin Reaches Double Digits…

After struggling and spending some time in the bullpen recently, Patrick Corbin has developed into a reliable starter this season for Arizona. On Thursday, he came without an out of a complete game shutout, Archie Bradley struck out the last batter without issue, as he picked up his 10th victory of the season. Corbin limited the Astros to just four hits and a walk as he struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 4.25. The southpaw has done a solid job of limiting walks this season, 2.56 per nine innings, and he has had to overcome a .342 BABIP which is the cause for his 1.47 WHIP. As the BABIP normalizes, towards .300, we should see Corbin become more attractive as a fantasy starter thanks to his 4.08 FIP and 3.79 xFIP.

3) Peraza Has a Solid Effort…

Jose Peraza leaves me wanting more. I feel like all Peraza has to do is run a little more, and I would think differently about him. Yesterday, Peraza stole his 16th base of the season, and while that is nothing to sneeze at, the middle infielder is also capable of more. Were he at, say 25 steals at this point in the season, his .263 average and .632 OPS would look better. As part of the Reds’ 13 run outburst on Thursday, Peraza went 2 for 3 with a walk, two runs scored, and three RBI. Batting second for Cincinnati, and not having much power, means Peraza only has 33 RBI on the season, so you really need those stolen bases if you are looking for value.

4) Coors Field Agrees with Inciarte…

Ender Inciarte isn’t known as a power hitter, but it is nice when he does show some. The lead-off hitter certainly did that on Thursday as he took advantage of Coors Field, and went deep twice against the Rockies. Both were solo shots for Inciarte, who now has 10 home runs and 42 RBI on the season. Inciarte also showed off the other aspect of his game as he walked, scored another run, and most importantly stole two bases (17 on the season). Currently batting exactly .300, Inciarte is a nice player to have at the top of your lineup.

5) Making up for Lost Time…

Don’t write this season off just yet for Josh Donaldson. Just because the third baseman has spent some time on the disabled list and has only 276 at bats, it doesn’t mean he has been a disappointment. While Donaldson was inactive, you did get production from another source (admittedly it most likely wasn’t as good), and it’s not like Donaldson is slacking off while he is in the lineup. Yesterday, he took Chris Archer deep twice to bring his home run total up to 20 and his RBI to 52 for the season. Donaldson is batting .272 on the season, and so far this month he is batting .400 with nine home runs and 21 RBI. That is all the proof you need that baseball is marathon (unless you are in head-to-head leagues).

6) An Unlikely Clean-Up Hitter…

When you think of Dexter Fowler, you think lead-off hitter. After all, that is part of the reason why the Cubs had the success they did last season, and one of the many reasons why they struggled at the beginning of this season. But with the Cardinals still trying to get Matt Carpenter going, and batting him lead-off, Fowler found himself batting clean-up last night. And Fowler delivered. He proceeded to go 2 for 3 with two walks, three RBI (48 on the season), and three runs scored as he raised his average to .262. In general the spot seems to agree with Fowler, as in seven games there this season, he is batting .478 with a home run, 11 RBI, and eight runs scored.

7) Sanchez Shows off That Power…

A first inning change-up from Steven Matz just sat there in the middle of the plate, and Gary Sanchez just reached out and met it with his bat. Initially, the fate of the ball was unclear, but at a minimum, it was going to be a sacrifice fly. Instead, the ball keep on carrying, and Sanchez had his 22nd home run of the season. The catcher then added another two RBI later in the game giving him five all together and 64 for the season. As long as Sanchez’s defense isn’t bad enough to keep him out of the lineup, it appears that might be past us, you can’t dispute how valuable he is, as along with the power, he is hitting .277 on the season.

8) Mazara With Two Big Hits…

While Nomar Mazara is not a true home run hitter, he certainly has power and has no qualms about showing it off. However, his real value, is as a run producer. Last night, Mazara had two big blows for the Rangers as they hung on to win a wild game against the White Sox. Mazara had a big two RBI single, and then he followed that up with a three run homer in the fifth inning to give Texas back the lead. It was the 16th home run of the season for Mazara, but more importantly, he is up to 82 RBI on the season while batting .260. With about six weeks left in the season, Mazara shouldn’t have a problem reaching 100 RBI.

9) Proof San Diego is a Nice Place to Pitch…

Edwin Jackson is a pitcher who you should be scolding for even thinking about from a fantasy perspective. But the Padres’ weak lineup puts everyone in play, and their ballpark doesn’t exactly hurt either. And that is how we arrived at Jackson having fantasy value, at least for one night. Pressed into service due to injuries, Jackson picked up his fourth victory of the season with seven solid innings of work. Jackson allowed just one run while scattering eight hits and walking a batter. It clearly wasn’t a dominating outing, and Jackson struck out just four batters while lowering his ERA to 3.42 in 42 innings this season. But before you get too crazy, Jackson’s FIP is 5.31 and he has an xFIP of 5.03.

10) Parker Drives in Two…

This is what it has come to for the Giants; Jarrett Parker batting third. At least for one night, Parker didn’t disappoint as the outfielder doubled twice and drove in two runs. Not exactly known as a power hitter, who is on the Giants, Parker has seven doubles, one home run, and 12 RBI on the season (72 at bats) as he looks to take advantage of open spots in San Francisco’s outfield. Parker is batting a respectable .268, but I would look elsewhere for upside.

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2 comments

  1. Dez says:

    Corbin is interesting but can you really start him in a weekly league next week when he faces the Dodgers at home and the Rockies in Colorado?

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