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Garrett rocked by Tribe
Is it time to dump your Amir Garrett Stock? After quality starts in his first three outings, Garrett has been blitzed for 13 runs in his last two starts. Garrett has been so out of whack that six of the 12 home runs he’s surrendered have come in the last two games. Serving up long balls is no way to embolden fantasy owners.
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Encarnacion heating up?
The main culprit of Garrett’s pain last night was Edwin Encarnacion. The Indians slugger hammered two homers, including a two-run blast in the third inning. Encarnacion has hits in three consecutive games, and is finally showing signs he might’ve been worth his pre-season ADP. Even with his struggles at the plate, he has maintained a .342 on-base percentage.
Quick Hits: Part I
Rookies are making an impact around the league … Aaron Judge is far away the best with 15 homers and a 1.054 OPS … Before his injury, Mitch Haniger was mashing with .342/.447/.608 splits … Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela is 6-1 with a 3.67 ERA and five quality starts … Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery is just 2-3, but leads all rookies in strikeouts with 43.
After back-to-back quality starts, Jhoulys Chacin was demolished by the Mets in a 9-3 loss. Chacin was yanked in the first inning after he was banged around for eight hits and seven earned runs. With four quality starts on the season, Chacin has shown he has the ability to warrant a roster spot. The challenge for him will be to limit terrible games like last night. He’s had three starts where he surrendered seven or more earned runs.
Bell big for Bucs
Fantasy owners, meet Josh Bell. The Pirates first baseman is sporting a .254/.346/.507 triple slash with nine dingers and 20 RBI. The 24-year-old went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI in Pittsburgh’s 6-5 loss to the Braves. Bell is owned in just 17.5 percent of FOX Fantasy leagues, and appears in line to continue the long lineage of productive first basemen.
Shaw's streak snapped
I guess if you’re going to end an 11-game hitting streak, you might as well do it in style. Travis Shaw donned the elusive Golden Sombrero Tuesday night after he struck out in all four of his at-bats. Despite last night’s stinker, Shaw has been raking this season with .283/.320/.541 splits, nine dingers and 34 RBI. His 34 RBI rank third in the league among third basemen.
Rendon crushes Mariners
Anthony Rendon went yard twice in Washington’s 10-1 rout of the Mariners Tuesday night. Since his 6-for-6 explosion on April 30, Rendon is slashing .279/.413/.590 with four homers in 13 RBI. Rendon’s success is connected with patience at the plate. His 17.0 percent K-rate is the lowest it’s been in three years, and his 14.2 percent walk rate is the highest it’s been in that span.
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Quick Hits: Part II
After bullpens around the league got off to a miserable start, several closers have risen to the top … Colorado closer Greg Holland is 19-for-19 on save opportunities … Cleveland’s Cody Allen has 30 strikeouts and 13 saves … Craig Kimbrel has bounced back from last season’s knee issues to post 12 saves and a 0.92 ERA.
After a collision in the outfield with Yasiel Puig, Joc Pederson has been diagnosed with a strained neck. Manager Dave Roberts does not believe he will require a stint on the DL, but the Dodgers will monitor him closely. Puig was able to stay in the game after the collision.