Jay Bruce knocked in all five RBI for the Mets Wednesday night. Bruce continues his New York renaissance totaling six home runs and 14 RBI this season. Bruce is crushing righties with a .395 average and five of his six homers. This is a welcome sight for fantasy owners and Mets fans alike – Bruce hit just .219 in 43 games with the Mets after he was traded from Cincinnati last year.
Gsellman starts slow
At first glance, it would appear Mets starting pitcher Robert Gsellman is falling short of expectations in his first full season of major league action. The numbers aren’t great. He’s 0-1 with a 7.13 ERA in 17 2/3 innings pitched. There is a silver lining though: he’s striking out 10.19 batters per nine innings and his 3.00 xFIP seems to indicate a better overall fantasy performance to come.
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Optimism for Franco?
Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco’s BABIP is .158, while his average exit velocity is 93.8 MPH, good for sixth in the majors. In other words, Franco is hitting the ball really hard, but has fallen victim to bad luck or great defense. If you’re in the position to buy low now, you could reap the rewards later.
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Nationals shelling opponents
I want whatever the Nationals are eating for breakfast … Bryce Harper blasted his sixth home run of the season, a grand slam which also claimed the former MVP his 18th RBI … It will be interesting to see if pitchers revert to the Barry Bonds treatment with Harper in May … in April 2016 Harper hit a respectable .286 with 17 walks, which flipped to .200 and 31 walks in May … Harper is raking this April with otherworldly .404/.516/.846 splits … First baseman Ryan Zimmerman is also mashing … The 32-year-old vet is slashing .380./426/.720 … the Nationals as a team lead the league in slugging percentage at .484.
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Vargas undeniable early
How about Jason Vargas? After losing much of 2015 and 2016 to injuries, the 34-year-old vet is 3-0 for the Royals with 23 strikeouts, a gaudy .077 WHIP and 0.44 ERA. Even more encouraging his xFIP is 1.98 and he’s punching out 10.02 per nine innings. Of course, it helps to be backed by the league’s best defense, but hard to ignore his early production. His 24.9 fantasy points per outing are well above his average draft position at 585th.
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Don’t panic if you own Madison Bumgarner. His 0-3 record undoubtedly hurts if you’re in a league which places a value on wins and losses, but his numbers are all in line with his career averages. The Giants simply haven’t been able to score. In Bumgarner’s last three outings, the Giants have failed to score more than one run. This has to be especially frustrating for San Francisco’s ace as he’s posted quality starts in every game he’s started.
Bullpens have been all over the place this season, but there are some bright spots … Greg Holland has been money for Colorado with eight saves in as many opportunities … Craig Kimbrel and Zach Britton are holding the fort in the tough AL East … They’ve only allowed one run each … The Yankees relievers lead the league with a combined 1.27 ERA … The Dodgers have allowed just one home and are second in the league in strikeouts.
Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez dodged a bullet when his hand X-rays came back negative. Gomez took a Clayton Kershaw fastball to his right hand and is listed as day-to-day.