Trey Mancini drilled two home runs including a three-run walk-off blast in the 11th inning to propel Baltimore to a 9-6 win over the Pirates. The dingers were Mancini’s first since May 8 and just his second extra-base hit May 22. There’s no question that Mancini is one of the league’s more frustrating boom-or-bust fantasy options. He has nine homers on the season, but six of them have come in three games.
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Sano powering Twins
Miguel Sano continues to be the engine powering the Twins offense. Sano knocked in three runs in a 6-5 loss Wednesday night. Sano is tied for fifth in the majors with 46 RBI and sporting .306/.411/.618 splits. Buyer beware: his astronomical .462 BABIP means he’s destined to regress at some point. His career BABIP is .375 over 248 career games. The impending regression shouldn’t be too painful.
Polanco strong against righties
Need DFS option against righties? Gregory Polanco might be your guy. The Pirates outfielder owns a .343 wOBA against right-handers this season with 12 walks, 17 runs scored and eight doubles. Many players have improved over last year by showing more patience at the plate (Aaron Judge is the most glaring example), and Polanco has followed suit. His strikeout rate dipped from 20.3 percent in 2016 to 14.5 percent in 2017.
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Wednesday brought a break from Dansby Swanson’s miserable offensive season. He went 3-for-4 with three RBI and hit his sixth home run of the season. Swanson still has a long way to go to become a viable fantasy option, but hits in five of his last six games are a good start.
Quick Hits: Part I
Swanson was a small part of the Braves offensive eruption … Atlanta received multiple RBI from four hitters … Nick Markakis went 3-for-5 and drove in five runs … it was his first multi-RBI performance since May 17 … first baseman Matt Adams belted a two-run dinger … Adams has hits in seven of his last eight games and continues to be serviceable as he fills in for Freddie Freeman … he’s hitting .278 with seven taters and 22 RBI.
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Chris Carter went yard for the second straight game Wednesday night in New York’s 8-0 throttling of the Red Sox. In what has largely been an underwhelming 2017, it was the most RBI he’s had in a game this season. Carter has always sacrificed power for average, but a 35.8 percent strikeout rate is high even for him. To make things worse, Carter has just six homers on the year. Through June 8 last year he’d already poked 16.
Schebler terrorizing lefties
Scott Schebler continued his 2017 power surge with another bomb in Cincinnati’s 6-4 win over the Cardinals. Schebler leads the Reds with 17 dingers and is an absolute monster against left-handed pitchers. He’s hitting .340 against them with a juicy .439 wOBA. DFS option anyone?
Quick Hits: Part II
The Zack Greinke resurgence continues … Arizona’s ace earned his eighth victory of the season and punched out eight en route to the D-backs 7-4 over the Padres … Greinke has regained his strikeout dominance of years past with a sturdy 10.67 K/9 … C.C. Sabathia was dominant with five K’s, holding Boston scoreless over eight innings … not a surprise Clayton Kershaw turned in another gem with nine strikeouts over seven innings … he has a career-high 15.6 home to fly ball ratio, but is ranked fourth in the league with 101 strikeouts.