In Case You Missed It: Braves comeback, Juan Soto called up and more

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/mlb/teams/atl" data-ylk="slk:Atlanta Braves">Atlanta Braves</a> had a big comeback and a look around the rest of the weekend’s fantasy baseball action (AP Photo).
Atlanta Braves had a big comeback and a look around the rest of the weekend’s fantasy baseball action (AP Photo).

• The Braves were down five runs with one out yet ended up scoring six in the ninth (without an extra-base hit), as Atlanta won a 10-9 thriller Sunday. Brad Ziegler was the main victim, giving up another four runs before getting pulled, and his ERA now sits at 7.20 on the year. Drew Steckenrider has been hit hard lately (as has Tayron Guerrero), and his ERA is up to 5.85, so it’d be surprising if Kyle Barraclough (1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP) doesn’t overtake Miami’s closer’s role now. He’s still available in nearly 80 percent of Yahoo leagues.

• Juan Soto was the weekend’s biggest fantasy news, as the mega prospect got the call just in time for Sunday night FAAB bids. I’m on board with those who were aggressive in acquiring his services, and for more on the young phenom, Andy Behrens has us covered. Soto is batting sixth and playing left field during his first MLB start Monday.

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• Seranthony Dominguez picked up a save by tossing two scoreless innings Saturday and was another popular FAAB addition over the weekend. Hector Neris hasn’t been scored on in four of his last five appearances, but he’s been shaky this season (4.76 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 20:9 K:BB ratio), and while Philadelphia has a few options in its bullpen, none are more intriguing than the flame-throwing Dominguez, who needs to improve his control but has a bunch of K upside. Philadelphia’s bullpen remains in flux, but there’s good saves potential if someone secures the closer’s job for the wild-card leading team that’s about to open a six-game homestand.

• Fantasy owners searching for saves can also look to Blake Parker, who recorded one Sunday and could easily emerge as the Angels’ closer from here on out. He’s got a 6:0 K:BB ratio over his last three appearances and is owned in 36 percent of leagues…Moreover, Nate Jones picked up a save Saturday, as he’s recorded the team’s last two and looks like the favorite to continue to do so. He’s owned in just 28 percent of leagues.

• Gary Sanchez had a four-hit game with two homers Saturday and even while batting just .225 in a disappointing first quarter of the season is still on pace to finish with 45 homers, 102 runs scored and 124 RBI while playing by far the scarcest fantasy position. The difference between his wOBA (.362) and xwOBA (.417) is -0.55, which ranks top-25 in MLB. He also ranks No. 6 in Brls/Pa, and the five above him are all first basemen or outfielders. In other words, buy him now before his already sky-high fantasy value increases even further. And for all the flack Sanchez gets for his defensive work, he’s consistently graded highly in “Pop Time” and arm strength.

• Mike Trout homered Friday and Saturday and then walked three times with two stolen bases Sunday, capping off a big weekend. His 1.072 OPS is a career high, and he’s been successful on all 10 of his SB attempts this year, as Trout is running again.

• Sergio Romo had an eventful weekend, becoming the pitcher with the fourth-most appearances ever before making his first MLB start Saturday, and he liked it so much, he started again Sunday. He now owns a 0.00 ERA with a 23.1 K/9 mark while starting yet is still searching for his first career win when doing so.

• Ian Happ homered during both games of Saturday’s doubleheader and then walked three times Sunday, giving him a whopping nine walks over the weekend, as his season OBP suddenly sits at .361. Not bad for someone who’s seemingly been a huge disappointment, and Happ is also quietly hitting .300/.364/.533 against lefties (in a limited 30 AB sample), which is encouraging. He’s a flyball hitter (it’s pretty wild Happ has a .415 BABIP with a 0.48 GB/FB ratio) who strikes out a lot (40.6 K%), so he’s going to be especially streaky, and his latest hot stretch should secure Happ’s role again in Chicago’s everyday lineup. Make sure he wasn’t dropped in your league when things weren’t going so well not that long ago.

• John Hicks homered while hitting cleanup Sunday and is up to .302/.352/.542 on the year. It’s unclear how much he’ll play once Miguel Cabrera returns, but it’s not like Detroit is overwhelmed with offensive options. Hicks is playing well, also catcher eligible and available in 36 percent of leagues.

• Tyler Austin homered twice Sunday, giving him three long balls and seven RBI over his last three contests. Greg Bird is due to return from his ankle injury sometime this week, but Austin is quietly on pace to hit 30 homers with 87 RBI (in just 92 ABs) yet is owned in only 10 percent of leagues.

• Jack Flaherty was dominant Sunday, holding the Phillies to just one run with a 13:1 K:BB ratio over 7.2 innings while recording his first win of the season. Adam Wainwright (elbow) looks finished, so Flaherty is going to be a fixture in St. Louis’ starting rotation moving forward, and his ownership numbers (46%) figure to continue to rise fast. He’s an obvious must-add if he’s somehow available in your league.

• Franmil Reyes came out of nowhere and demanded a call up after hitting .346/.442/.738 with 14 homers over 130 at bats in Triple-A this season (he entered the year typically not listed as a top-30 prospect for San Diego), but he’s just 2-for-17 with six Ks during the start to his MLB career. Wil Myers (oblique) is taking longer than expected to return, but Travis Jankowski is playing well (and not a bad pickup if you need stolen bases), and it figures the team will continue to let Manuel Margot play through his struggles, so Reyes needs to start hitting fast.

• In case you missed it, I covered Mac Williamson, Joe Musgrove, Jesus Agular, Austin Meadows and others in a pickups column over the weekend.

• Lance McCullers held Cleveland scoreless with just one hit over seven innings Sunday, as he continues to use his changeup more with success.

• Freddy Peralta followed up his impressive MLB debut by walking six batters in a rough start in Minnesota, and the young righty has since been optioned back to Triple-A.

• Rich Hill (blister) left Saturday’s start after just two pitches much to the delight of those who used him in DFS, and his absence is going to be at least a month. Alex Wood then departed Sunday’s start, but LA says it’s just cramps and not serious. Meanwhile, Ross Stripling posted a 9:0 K:BB ratio during the team’s other game Saturday, and he has 40 strikeouts with a 2.08 ERA over 34.2 innings on the year and should now be locked in Los Angeles’ starting rotation. He’s owned in just 13 percent of leagues.

• Patrick Corbin held the Mets to two runs over 5.1 innings Saturday but walked four batters for the second time in three starts, and his velocity has been way down recently.

• Odubel Herrera‘s on-base streak ended at 45 games after he went 0-for-4 on Sunday (while somehow reaching base), while Vladimir Guerrero Jr. just keeps on hitting, and Jordan Hicks reached 105 mph.

• J.D. Martinez hit two more homers and would cost a top-10 pick in fantasy drafts held today, while J.D. Davis got recalled by Houston and could see regular playing time at DH with Evan Gattis playing so poorly (77 wRC+). He was crushing Triple-A pitching (.415/.473/.654) and is worth adding in fantasy leagues, where he’s currently available in more than 95 percent.

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