We will get into some deeper and lesser-owned players below, but it’s most worth talking about just how good Giancarlo Stanton has been. He’s always been someone drafted with upside who inevitably disappoints (usually through injury). Stanton clearly has always possessed “80” power, yet he entered 2017 never having a 40-homer campaign on his resume. Stanton homered for the sixth straight game Tuesday , taking Madison Bumgarner deep (the record for most in a row is eight games). Over his last 12 games, Stanton has a silly .391/.451/1.152 line, which equates to a 1.603 OPS with 11 homers. Stanton is fully living up to his hype, and we can only hope he stays healthy, because this is something to watch (he’s second in MLB in Max EV and first in “No Doubt” home runs).
Quick Hits: Kyle Barraclough is a deep sleeper for saves from here on out…I’m beginning to think Devin Mesoraco is injury prone… Kyle Schwarber is hitting .176/.325/.338 against left-handers this season…A nthony Rendon currently has the fourth-highest WAR (5.2) in MLB…Here’s Rougned Odor straight stealing home base …Since joining Washington, Sean Doolittle has nine saves in 13 appearances. He’s locked in as their team’s closer…Over his last 48 at bats, Josh Donaldson has a .375/.500/.938 line, with eight homers and 20 RBI over his last 14 games… Joey Votto has reached base twice in 20 straight games, which is one away from tying the MLB record… Joey Gallo is on pace to finish with 47 homers and a .208 batting average. He hit this bomb Tuesday … Brandon Belt ’s concussion history has become serious…. Rafael Devers was intentionally walked during his 17th game of his career. He was also involved in this triple play.
Aroldis Chapman has already given up more earned runs this season (15) than he has in any since 2013, and his SwStr% (12.4) is well below his career mark (17.2). Chapman is throwing as hard as ever, but it’s clear there’s something wrong here. He’s allowed five runs (and two homers) over his last three appearances (3.1 innings)… Dominic Smith is a legit prospect who homered Tuesday night. He should be given everyday at bats with the rebuilding Mets from here on out, and he’s available in nearly 90 percent of Yahoo leagues (he had a 133 wRC+ in Triple-A this year)…It was unclear who’d close in Washington, but Sean Doolittle notched his ninth save with the Nats on Tuesday night. Doolittle remains an injury risk, but he’s clearly the favorite to record saves on a team on pace to win 98 games this year… Ian Kinsler wasn’t a fan of this call … Alex Wood ’s velocity has been a bit up-and-down recently, but he looked great Tuesday and has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this season, as he holds a 2.30 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP with a 122:30 K:BB ratio over 117.1 innings. Wood’s 3.6 WAR would rank top-10 in baseball if he qualified (this is more impressive considering it’s a counting stat).
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