With the news that Miguel Cabrera has been placed on the 10-day DL with a groin strain, here are three potential fantasy baseball replacements for Tigers first baseman. It should be noted that in replacing Cabrera with someone currently available, you’re most likely punting on some aspect of his well-rounded offensive game.
Mike Napoli (39.8% ownership):
Napoli is off to a sluggish start with .162/.250/.324 splits, but he hit 34 homers and drove in 101 RBI for the Indians last year. His current .190 BABIP is way below is .303 career average, so look for his hitting numbers to rebound at least somewhat during the rental period.
Mitch Moreland (31.7% ownership):
The Red Sox first baseman is enjoying a .315/.390/.548 start to his season with two home runs and nine RBI in 19 games. He’s also hitting the cover off the ball against right-handed pitchers with a robust .333 batting average.
Trey Mancini (18.9% ownership):
Baltimore’s hard hitting 25-year-old is sixth in the American League with five dingers, 11 RBI and a 1.05 OPS. The strikeouts are a little alarming with a 31.7 strikeout percentage (epitomized by seven strikeouts in his last five games), but the raw power and availability are hard to pass up if you’re in the unfortunate situation of having Miggy on your roster.
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Triggs shelled by M's
Oakland starter Andrew Triggs was smacked around for the first time this season on Sunday. Triggs hadn’t allowed an earned run in his first three starts, but surrendered six including five total hits and a home run. Triggs lasted just 4 2/3 innings against the Mariners who own the league’s 22nd best offense.
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Quick Hits: Part I
The Washington Nationals continue to be one of the more fantasy friendly teams in the league … Daniel Murphy poked a grand slam in the Nationals 6-3 victory over the Mets … Murphy is sporting .324/.359/.541 splits with three homers and 14 RBI … Max Scherzer tossed his fourth straight quality start adding nine strikeouts to his total of 33, good for third in the majors … First baseman Ryan Zimmerman notched two more hits raising his batting average to .387 … Zimmerman has eight multi-hit games this season … Bryce Harper is the only player hitting .400 in the league … The Nationals are second in the league in both batting average (.268) and slugging percentage (.449).
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Bruce gaining 1B eligibility
Bruce needs six more games at first base for 1B position eligibility. Bruce struggled after he was traded to the Mets last season, but already has six homers and 14 RBI this season. Bruce has 20 homers in eight of his nine major league seasons and appears to be on track to get there again in 2017.
Rizzo hammers Reds
After a middling start to the season, Anthony Rizzo has a home run in each of his last three games. Rizzo teed off on Cincinnati’s pitching tallying four hits and eight RBI in the three game series. His success over the weekend means Rizzo has more home runs (20) against the Reds than any other team. Rizzo’s current .296/.412/.535 triple slash is closer to his career average, and he appears to be on track for another strong season.
Stroman muzzles Angels
After struggling in his last start against Boston, Toronto’s Marcus Stroman shut down the Angels to the tune of one earned run and five strikeouts in a complete game gem – his second of the season. Stroman has only surrendered one home run in his four starts. The strikeout rate is a little low, but the main concern with Stroman is the Blue Jays’ 28th-ranked offense. The lack of run support could hurt Stroman in leagues which value victories over quality starts.
Surging in Seattle?
Is Motter having a breakout season? The Mariners outfielder has five homers including a grand slam in Seattle’s 11-1 victory over the A’s. Motter is hitting .300 against righties and sporting a .988 OPS. He hasn’t put it all together just yet. He’s owned in just 7.1 percent of leagues. He could be a streaming option in deeper leagues, or a sleeper in daily settings where he’ll be used sparingly.
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Quick Hits: Part II
Padres rookie shortstop Allen Cordoba is batting a respectable .292/.346/.417 in 24 at-bats as a 21-year-old … he jumped to the majors this season after only playing rookie ball last year when he stole 22 bases … Cordoba knocked his first home run of his career on April 17 … Some other rookies are off to great starts … Boston’s Andrew Benintendi is batting .347 … San Diego’s Manuel Margot has three homers and five doubles … Cincinnati’s Amir Garrett has engineered a 1.83 ERA with 21 strikeouts … Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela is 3-0 in 26 innings pitched.
Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller will undergo an MRI as reported by the Arizona Republic. Miller’s forearm tightness caused him to leave Sunday’s game after 79 pitches. He is currently listed as day-to-day.