by Will Overton
The rain and storms keep on wreaking havoc on the baseball schedule with three more games postponed yesterday. There were still games played last night though and plenty for us to dissect as we look at the top 10 stories of the night’s action:
1) Trevor Story Still Bringing the Power if Nothing Else
It hasn’t been the greatest start to the season for Trevor Story, but he is at least doing that one thing that keeps him in the lineup for Colorado, hitting bombs. Story was 2 – 3 last night for the Rockies with a HR, 1 R and 3 RBI. Story now has 4 HR’s so far with 9 RBI which is what you want, but he’s also hitting .200 and he has struck out 26 times in 72 PA’s. Story is taking some walks with seven so far, but the average is sinking fantasy teams. Story is at least adding some speed with his power, with 3 SB’s. You don’t really want to drop a guy with this kind of power, but don’t expect much better than .240 from him.
2) Back-to-Back Strong Starts from Blake Snell
Another solid start turned in by Blake Snell. Snell took on the Rangers tonight and was pretty lights out turning in a line of 6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB and 9 K, picking up his seconds straight win. Snell has now turned in 19 K’s in his last two starts, covering 12.1 IP and allowing only two runs. Snell took it up a notch today too by not walking anyone, a big deal after he walked 10 in his first 15 IP. Snell has big strikeout upside and he seems to be piecing it together so fantasy owners should jump on him now before it’s too late.
3) The Braves Get a Boost from Julio Teheran
A couple years ago Julio Teheran was the next Braves starter supposed to become a top tier ace. Things really haven’t come together the way it was predicted though with glimpses of elite level stuff, but a lot of poor performances mixed in holding him back. Teheran got off to a slow start again this season with a couple rough outings out the gate, but he’s getting things turned around now. Last night he held the Phillies to just one run in six innings of work, and struck out nine. Teheran has now allowed only three runs in his last 12 IP, and has 16 K’s in those two starts. One concern continues to be his walks though as he walked three more last night and has at least three walks in each of his four starts. I like him, and while I don’t know if he reaches the elite levels, I do think he has fantasy value.
4) Didi Gregorius Leads the Yankees Offensive Charge
There were skeptics that Didi Gregorius could keep up what he did last year and continue to be a top fantasy shortstop option. He’s doing his best to prove all doubters wrong right now. Gregorius was 2 – 4 last night with 3 R, 2 HR and 3 RBI. Gregorius now has five HR’s, good for third in the AL. He is also leading the league in SLG %, OPS, and RBI. Gregorius isn’t going to be able to keep up a 50 HR and 160 RBI pace, but he is hitting in the middle of a potent offense and his power does seem real, so it’s safe to assume he can and will rack up some career numbers.
5) The Yankees Offense Wasn’t the Only Thing Rolling
The 12 runs the Yankees put up will make the headline, but Luis Severino pitched a fantastic game against the Marlins. Severino threw six scoreless innings in which he only allowed one hit and one walk, striking out eight and picking up his third win. This was a nice rebound start for Severino who got lit up by the Red Sox last time out, and bouncing back from those kind of starts will be very important. In his other three starts excepting the Red Sox one, Severino has just two runs allowed in 19 innings of work. I think we’re going to be seeing Severino take a huge step forward this season.
6) Could Things be Turning Around for Adam Duvall?
The Cincinnati Reds have had a very woeful start to the season that has affected just about everyone on the team. Duvall is coming off back to back 30 HR seasons and was supposed to be one of the lone bright spots for the Reds. Duvall started the season 4 – 39 at the plate through 12 games, but has been bringing things around the last few days. Duvall is riding a modest four game hitting streak, and after picking up three hits yesterday he has five hits the last two days. He’s been dropped in about a third of fantasy leagues on ESPN and if you need power and are ok with a middling average, he is worth grabbing.
7) Slowly, but Hopefully Certainly, Trea Turner is Coming Around
Another bat off to a slow start, but it’s different here, Trea Turner was a top five pick in a whole lot of leagues this year and owners have to be frustrated. Turner went into last night hitting .203, but we did get signs of life from him. Turner was 2 – 5 last night with a run scored and a stolen base, his seventh steal of the season. Turner started slow last season too and I am not panicking. And I am checking in with the guy in my leagues who owns Turner to see if they are panicking and trying to buy low.
8) Despite the Mets Loss, Jacob DeGrom Dominates the Nationals
The Mets bullpen blew the game for DeGrom, but it doesn’t take away from what he did while on the mound. DeGrom allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over 7.1 innings, while striking out a season high 12 batters. DeGrom is an elite pitcher who still has room to take his game to another level. One area DeGrom stepped up another level in last year was his strikeouts, and he looks ready to keep that 9 – 10 k/9 rate going for another year.
9) James Paxton Overpowers the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros were off balance all night trying to hit James Paxton stuff as he had an incredible 14 swinging strikes in the game. Paxton posted a line for the night of 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB and 7 K, while also picking up his first win of the season. Paxton struggled in his season debut, but has been lights out ever since, allowing only 5 ER in his last 17 IP, while also striking out 24 in that time. I would really love to see what Paxton can do if he stays healthy for a whole season.
10) The Oakland A’s Get a Strong Performance from Daniel Mengden
The A’s pulled out a win last night, in large part on the shoulders of Daniel Mengden. The A’s started went eight innings, scattering six hits and a walk, allowing one run and striking out six. Mengden picked up the win as well, his second win of the season. While Mengden’s stuff isn’t overpowering, he did have the Sox guessing a lot, getting 14 swinging strikes. Mengden pitched to his strengths which is throwing strikes and keeping his walk totals down. At just 25 years old Mengden is still developing and could be someone to watch for 12 – 14 team leagues. He showed strikeout upside in the minor leagues, we just haven’t seen it really blossom in the bigs yet.