How about George Springer? The Astros outfielder belted two homers in a 10-7 win over the surging Yankees. He’s on a 13-game hitting streak, and slashing .261/.340/.507 with nine homers and 22 RBI. It looks like he’s on track to duplicate his 2016 success.
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Quick Hits: Part I
Trout was one of several stars who had big games this weekend … Bryce Harper hit a two-run walk-off home run on Saturday to beat the Phillies … the longshot came hours after Harper signed a $21.6-million one-year extension for 2018 … Cleveland’s Jason Kipnis poked two homers in an 8-3 win over the Twins Sunday … Carlos Correa continued his New York onslaught with three hits and two RBI in Sunday’s doubleheader.
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Quick Hits: Part II
Springer’s big day was the cherry on top of Houston’s big series win in New York … third baseman Alex Bregman hit a grand slam – his first homer of the season - off Masahiro Tanaka in the second game of a doubleheader … outfielder Josh Reddick got in on the action with his fifth tater of the season … Reddick is hitting .297/.344/.483 with five homers and 17 RBI … the nightcap was Masahiro Tanaka’s worst start of the season … he was pasted for eight earned runs and served up four dingers in just 1 2/3 innings.
MucCutchen staying afloat
Andrew McCutchen has not started the season on the right foot. He’s currently sporting .212/.288/.401 splits with six homers and 16 RBI on the season. Despite this start, there may be reasons for optimism. His .221 BABIP is way below his .328 career mark – the hits will start to fall at some point. His walk rate (9.8 percent) and strikeout rate (18.3 percent) aren’t terrible either. Cutch will bounce back.
Osuna hits game-winner
Speaking of the Pirates, rookie outfielder Jose Osuna belted a game-winning two-run homer in the 10th inning in their victory over the Diamondbacks. The blast ended a five-game hitless streak, but he’s still hitting just .217. He has failed to fill the void left by Starling Marte’s suspension, but has monster potential – he slashed .407/.492/.759 during Spring Training. He just needs more time before he can become a reliable fantasy player.
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Molina still kicking
Wily veteran Yadier Molina hit two dingers to lift the Cardinals over the rival Cubs. The home runs were Molina’s second and third of the season and extended his hitting streak to six. He only has nine extra-base hits, but Molina remains a solid DFS option at backstop. He has the second fewest strikeouts among qualified catchers and leads his position with three stolen bases.
Batters hitting deGrom
Jacob deGrom surrendered four earned on eight hits in six innings of work as the Brewers beat up the Mets 11-9 on Sunday. It was the third time deGrom has allowed eight hits in an outing. The last man standing in the Mets rotation is punching out the opposition consistently. Four starts with double-digit K’s is great, but the hits allowed are a concern. deGrom was ranked as a top-15 pitcher before the season started and he hasn’t lived up to that billing.
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Trout homers in three straight
After working through a hamstring issue last week, Trout rebounded in a big way with home runs in three straight games. The recent outburst raised his batting line to .352/.449/.738 and eased the concerns of fantasy owners who drafted him first overall. In addition to his power, Trout’s two stolen bases on Sunday are a reminder he is the game’s premier all-around offensive threat.