Let’s look at a few of Thursday evening’s high fantasy baseball takeaways.
Is Miguel Andujar heating up?
Andujar has had an odd season. He is solely performed 27 video games, has solely walked twice (!?!?!), and has already performed all around the discipline.
He is additionally presently on a four-game hitting streak, together with three straight multi-hit video games that includes two residence runs and three RBIs.
I get that Andujar’s OBP is hideous; other than his five-game cup of tea in 2017, he is by no means actually been Workforce Free Go. However he additionally is not a 22 p.c strikeout hitter — ultimately, these two numbers will steadiness out (considerably, at the very least). What’s most fascinating (and attractive) about Andujar is that his hard-hit charge is up from final season, again nearer to his 2018 quantity. He additionally is not getting any actually favorable batted-ball luck; it seems to be like his contact capability this season is legit.
Statcast is presently projecting him for a .281 batting common; in in the present day’s MLB, that is effectively previous elite. Now’s an excellent time to get in on Andujar whereas his hitting streak continues to be younger, particularly in case you’re falling within the common class. He is rostered in simply 23 p.c of Yahoo leagues.
Nick Madrigal goes down
This Chicago White Sox workforce was purported to be probably the most thrilling squad in baseball this aspect of the Dodgers and Padres. That includes proficient, thrilling kids like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Nick Madrigal alongside franchise stalwarts Jose Abreu and Tim Anderson, the offense was set to be unimaginable.
As a complete, the workforce has remained wonderful; they’re 4.5 video games atop the AL Central standings. Sadly, they will now have to maneuver ahead with out the third piece of their elite prospect triumvirate.
After dropping Jimenez and Robert to successfully season-long accidents, Madrigal tore his hamstring on Thursday. Nothing is ready in stone but, nevertheless it’s anticipated to be a season-ending harm.
Earlier than the unlucky harm, Madrigal had been residing as much as his high-contact, low-strikeout profile. The stolen bases had been oddly absent (only one on the season), however his functionality remained. Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick will in all probability break up second base duties. Neither will in all probability attain Madrigal’s common potential, however keep watch over Mendick (deep-leaguers ought to in all probability scoop him up). He is proven intriguing energy and pace up to now that might make a distinction as a part of this potent White Sox lineup.
Please let Starling Marte get traded
Like Andujar, Starling Marte has performed lower than 30 video games since coming back from harm. However man, has he made probably the most of these 27 video games. Marte is presently hitting .356/.450/.594 with 5 residence runs and 6 stolen bases. After all, these numbers are unsustainable, however on the very least, if there was any doubting Marte’s power-speed potential remaining intact at age 32 and coming off an harm, these doubts ought to evaporate.
Marte suits the best rental profile for a contender: He is a potent hitter (who simply so occurs to own difference-making pace) with a team-friendly contract who’ll be a free agent subsequent season. Whereas the Marlins offense has carried out admirably this season, they don’t seem to be precisely a fearsome unit and nonetheless play in certainly one of baseball’s most suffocating pitcher parks.
Miami is presently fourth within the NL East. Until there’s an sudden run coming, the workforce would do effectively to commerce Marte. Now think about him on one of many potent, contending offenses on the market in want of outfield assist.
An aforementioned workforce on the South Aspect is perhaps .
Zack Wheeler throws an absolute gem
The Phillies misplaced, however Zack Wheeler’s efficiency deserves recognition. Wheeler spun eight scoreless innings in opposition to the potent Atlanta offense, holding them to only 4 hits and putting out 12.
Wheeler’s season line now stands at 4-3 with a 2.29 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and 112 strikeouts in 90.1 innings.
Discuss a fantasy draft steal; few pitchers are putting opposing batters out on the degree Wheeler is. And to suppose — many criticized the Phillies for handing him that 100-million-dollar contract. I can pinpoint a few groups who may use his companies proper now.