Fantasy Baseball: Wk 11 Weekend Observations

Catch up on the latest Fantasy Baseball happenings from this past weekend so you build the foresight necessary to DOMINATE the upcoming week ahead!

  • The Pirates removed Tony Watson from the closer role and said Felipe Rivero and Juan Nicasio would split closing. Rivero got the first chance Saturday and dominated, getting four outs and striking out three to get the save. With two runners on base, put there by Nicasio, Rivero came into the game in the eighth inning and struck out Dee Gordon. He then retired the side in order and has a 37:6 K:BB ratio in 32.1 innings with a 0.56 ERA. He had another four-out save on Sunday, throwing 12 pitches, eight for strikes.
  • Aaron Judge won’t slow down. He went 4-for-4 with four runs, two home runs, three RBIs, including a 495-foot home run. He went 7-for-8 with seven runs, three home runs, and six RBIs over the weekend and is batting .345 with a .718 slugging percentage, 21 home runs, and 47 RBIs. He leads the American League in average, home runs and RBIs.
  • Gary Sanchez homered for the fourth time Sunday in four games and has ten home runs in 134 at-bats.
  • After a slow start to the season, Carlos Martinez is back to his dominant form. He threw a four-hit shutout, walked one and struck out 11 in a win over the Phillies Saturday. He has 37 strikeouts over his last 30.2 innings. He has a 2.95 ERA and a 99:30 K:BB ratio in 88.1 innings.
  • Robbie Ray‘s breakout season continued with a dominant start at home, a place where he has struggled. He struck out 12, allowed three hits, no runs and walked four. He is 7-3 with a 2.62 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
  • Max Scherzer recorded his 2,000th career strikeout on Sunday in a loss. He pitched 7.2 innings and allowed three hits, two earned runs and struck out 10.
  • Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a pitch on Saturday and X-rays were negative. He has a bruised right hand and is day-to-day. He didn’t play Sunday; the Marlins are off Monday and Stanton is expected back Tuesday.

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  • Koda Glover blew a save Saturday and after the game had said he tweaked his back in the shower that morning and didn’t tell coaches. Two bad appearances recently have inflated his ERA to 5.12. He was placed on the 10-day DL Sunday. Matt Albers will most likely close for the Nationals.
  • The Brewers placed Jonathan Villar on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain. Eric Sogard will get most of the playing time at second base. The Brewers called up top prospect outfielder Lewis Brinson. He hit .312 with six home runs, 25 RBIs, and seven steals in 45 games at Triple-A.
  • Chase Anderson had another good start, going six innings and allowing four hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out eight. He has a 2.83 ERA.
  • Mike Moustakas homered twice with four RBIs Sunday. He has 17 home runs and 38 RBIs.
  • Sean Newcomb was impressive in his major league debut against the Mets. He allowed four hits, one unearned run, walked two and struck out seven in 6.1 innings. He threw 70 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
  • Mallex Smith went 3-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored Sunday. He stole three bases Friday and one Saturday.
  • The Mets said they would go with a six-man starting rotation with Steven Matz and Seth Lugo back. Robert Gsellman has done everything he can to make that happen. He won his third consecutive start. He pitched 6.2 scoreless innings and allowed three hits, two walks and struck out six in a win. He has a 2.16 ERA over his last four starts.
  • Matz made his season debut for the Mets and was excellent. He went seven innings and allowed one run, five hits, one walk and struck out two in a win. Lugo also made his season debut for the Mets on Sunday and was good, going seven innings and allowing six hits, one run, two walks and struck out six.
  • Yoenis Cespedes was activated from the DL Saturday and had two hits, including a grand slam. He sat the second game of the doubleheader and Sunday. The Mets will ease him back in, but he’s expected to play Monday and Tuesday.
  • Jeff Hoffman didn’t care that the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field. He had another impressive start, allowing one run in 6.1 innings with four walks, one run and eight strikeouts for the win. He is 4-0 in four starts with a 2.33 ERA and 34:3 K:BB rate in 27 innings.
  • Yonder Alonso continued his breakout going 7-for-10 with two RBIs in a doubleheader Saturday.
  • Sean Manaea is one of the hottest pitchers in baseball with a 1.97 ERA in his last five starts. He won again Saturday, going seven innings and allowed six hits, two runs, two walks and struck out five.
  • Cody Bellinger hit two home runs Sunday and has 15 home runs and 35 RBIs 161 at-bats.
  • Alex Wood returned from the DL Saturday and pitched 5.2 innings and allowed five hits, three earned runs, no walks and struck out seven in a no-decision against the Reds.
  • Zack Godley returned to the Diamondbacks starting rotation and allowed two runs, two hits, one walk and struck out four in a win over the Brewers.
  • With so many starting pitchers performing poorly, Marcus Stroman has quietly been good. He allowed two runs, six hits, no walks and struck out six in seven innings for a win against the Mariners. He is 7-2 with a 3.09 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and a 66:20 K:BB ratio in 81.2 innings.
  • Luis Severino had another dominant outing, going seven innings allowing one run, two hits, two walks and struck out eight. He is 5-2 with a 2.75 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and an 84:18 K:BB ratio in 75.1 innings.
  • Lorenzo Cain hit two home runs and drove in five Saturday.

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  • Jaime Garcia had another strong performance, going seven innings, allowing seven hits, two walks, and struck out nine in a loss. He has a 3.16 ERA and 1.23 WHIP.
  • Manny Machado missed his fourth straight game Sunday with a wrist injury. He’s expected to avoid the DL after hitting off a tee Sunday. He’s set to take batting practice Monday.
  • Andrew McCutchen had two more hits Sunday and has multiple hits in six of his last ten games.
  • Ivan Nova has been dealing with knee inflammation, but you couldn’t tell Sunday. He went six scoreless innings and allowed one hit, no walks and struck out four in a win. He threw 77 pitches; 60 for strikes. He has a 2.38 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.
  • Mitch Haniger Mitch Haniger was activated from the DL on Sunday and went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts.
  • The Phillies placed Cesar Hernandez on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain.
  • Adrian Gonzalez has a herniated disc in his back and will undergo an MRI Monday. Joc Pederson played seven innings in his third rehab game Sunday as he works his way back from a concussion. He is 3-for-9 with two home runs and four RBIs. He should be activated this week.
  • Salvador Perez left Sunday’s game as a precaution after experiencing tightness in his left side.
  • A.J. Pollock ran close to 100 percent on Saturday, but there’s no timetable for his return. He is expected to run the bases this week.
  • The A’s placed Andrew Triggs on the 10-day DL with a hip injury and will call up Daniel Gossett to start Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • Matt Andriese returned from the DL Saturday and threw 21 pitches in the first inning before leaving the game with an aggravation of his groin strain. He will undergo an MRI and is likely to be placed on the DL.
  • Zach Britton threw off a mound for the first time since landing on the DL, throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday. He will throw a 35-pitch bullpen session Monday and begin a rehab assignment on June 19. He could return after the All-Star break.
  • Felix Hernandez allowed one hit, one run, one walk and struck out five in five innings Sunday in his second rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma. He could return after one more rehab start.
  • Joe Panik has a thumb injury and missed the weekend and is expected to be back Tuesday.
  • Ryan Zimmerman missed three of the last four games with a stiff back.

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  • Dallas Keuchel will be shut down from throwing for one week.
  • Jameson Taillon will come off the DL and start Monday against the Rockies.
  • Taijuan Walker is set to make his return and start on Wednesday.
  • Carlos Rodon made his second rehab start and allowed four runs, five hits, and four walks in 3.2 innings with three strikeouts at Triple-A.
  • Wilson Ramos has played five rehab games, including catching five innings Sunday. He will now move to Triple-A for his rehab. He is 2-for-14 and is expected to be activated at the end of the month.
  • Ryan Braun resumed running over the weekend and is close to beginning a rehab assignment.
  • Tyson Ross was terrible in his rehab starts with a 7.71 ERA in 18.2 innings over four starts, but will start for the Rangers this week.

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