Is Billy Hamilton the most productive fantasy hitter with a sub-.300 on-base percentage? Hamilton swiped another three bags in Cincinnati’s 4-3 victory over the Pirates Monday. Hamilton also managed to knock in the game-winning run with a double in the 10th inning. Despite his struggles at the plate, Hamilton showed Monday why he is still capable of big fantasy production.
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Ozuna breaking out
Before the fantasy baseball season started, Marcell Ozuna (OF-40) was ranked behind Byron Buxton (batting .147) and just ahead of Rajai Davis (.214 BA, 70 years old). Despite just eight hits and a .267 OBP over the last two weeks, Ozuna is on track for a breakout season slashing .293/.353/.554 with seven homers and 22 RBI. He’s striking out a little more than you’d like, but his .339 BABIP isn’t high enough to raise any thoughts that his hot start might be luck. Look for Ozuna to continue knocking the ball around the yard.
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Chen solid again
Chen notched his third quality start of the season Monday night in a 4-2 loss to the Rays. Chen tossed six innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out seven. Chen’s ERA isn’t great at 4.33, but he’s keeping the ball on the ground and slamming the door shut on batters when he gets the chance. Opposing batters are hitting just .175 with two strikes.
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Garrett bounces back
Garrett came away from his outing against the Pirates with a no decision, but engineered his fourth quality start of the season. He hurled six innings, surrendering just two earned runs. It’s encouraging to see the young Garrett bounce back from getting shelled on April 24 in Milwaukee (3 1/3 innings, eight hits, nine earned). In four of his five starts, Garett hasn't allowed more than two earned runs and is only walking about two batters per game.
Quick Hits: The Amazin’ Mets
The wounded Mets were able to bounce back after their 23-5 shellacking at the hands of the Nationals … New York beat the Braves 7-5 and received big contributions from Michael Conforto and Jeurys Familia … Conforto was 2-for-4 with three RBI and his seventh homer … Familia earned his second save of the season after working through a scoreless ninth … Conforto is now slashing an impressive .333/.408/.700 and has been solid in assisting the ailing Mets outfield … After serving a 15-game suspension to begin the year, Familia has surrendered just one earned run in six innings, striking out 10 while tallying two saves.
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Colome stifles Marlins
Colome shut down the Marlins for his sixth save of 2017 and his first scoreless outing in over a week. Colome blew back-to-back save opportunities against the Blue Jays and Orioles. Despite the mini-rough patch, Colome is tied for eighth in the league in saves and has yet to allow a home run. It’d be nice to see his strikeouts closer to the 11.28 K/9 he had last season, but there’s still time for him to find his rhythm.
San Francisco’s rookie shortstop has shown promise in 33 plate appearances, poking two homers and knocking in five RBI. Arroyo’s .446 PCL batting average provides evidence of his potential, even as he navigates his first season in the bigs. A natural shortstop, Arroyo may also earn 3B/SS eligibility as he has spent time backing up starting third baseman Conor Gillaspie.
Quick Hits: Part II
There are a number of rookies producing in fantasy baseball … despite a bit of a slump (.207 OBP over the last seven days), Manuel Margot has four stolen bases (most among rookies) and three homers … The Yankees Aaron Judge has 10 homers and 21 RBI … Seattle’s Mitch Haniger was sporting a robust .342/.447/.608 triple slash before he went on the DL with a strained oblique … Colorado starter Antonio Senzatela is 3-1 with a 2.81 ERA and three quality starts … The waiver wire ship has pretty much sailed on Judge and Haniger, but both Margot and Senzatela are available in about 78 and 67 percent of FOX Fantasy baseball leagues, respectively.
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Jacoby Ellsbury should be able to play Tuesday after injuring his elbow in Monday’s game against Toronto. He is currently listed as day-to-day. Check your fantasy lineups prior to New York’s 7:05 PM EST start in the event the Yankees choose to rest him.