Fantasy Baseball Today: Tyler Naquin and the OFs on waivers; Triston McKenzie is real; SPs waiver thread
Happy Monday everyone, but especially those who have Triston McKenzie on their fantasy lists. It exploded last year and it looks like it’s back. You can read more about him below, but I actually wanted to start with a few starting pitchers that have struggled recently. In his last seven starts, Kevin Gausman has a 5.17 ERA. There are several things going against him right now, including lack of control, lower hit rate, and a higher hard hit rate. All of these things are a recipe for disaster. Any pitcher can be prone to a bad stretch, but especially one that relies on a splitter as the pitch of choice. While I have reservations about Gausman, I would keep him in the lineup this coming week against the Mets.
I can’t say the same for Yusei Kikuchi, who has a 6.69 ERA in his last eight starts. Like Gausman, Kikuchi has lost control, but he’s also giving up a ton of home runs. He also did a lot of tinkering with his pitch mix during this period. I’m not letting Kikuchi down right now, but I definitely wouldn’t start him this week, even in a strong game against the Kansas City Royals.
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The regular drumbeat continues for McKenzie
Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie made Chris Towers’ sleeper list more than once in early spring, and after a slow start to his 2021 season, he’s starting to look a lot like the breakout contestant he was meant to be. One outing after losing four strikeouts before pitching the perfect 24th game in MLB history, McKenzie again dominated to end a tougher challenge for the Angels.
He has played seven or more innings and allowed just two hits against the Angels (and one earned run). He was in command again and called strikes at will. McKenzie walked just one batter while striking out eight. He’s got 19 strikeouts and allowed just three hits and one run in his last 15 innings.
The velocity has increased and he only has a WHIP of 0.78 since his return from minors to adults. The fact that he’s going deep into games and leading with a cohesive role, we’ve now seen four straight starts where the advantage is being realized, and Chris thinks it’s here to stay.
Naquin brings it back to April
Reds Tyler naquin was one of the hottest waiver pickups in April, but its production had fallen since – until now. Naquin is hot again. He had seven hits with three homers this weekend alone. He’s now only 53% off the roster and he just might be one of the hottest hitters of August. This month alone, Naquin is beating around 0.400 with a ton of pop. There are up to seven circuits in August. More importantly, under the hood the numbers are promising there too. Naquin only has an exclusion rate of 15.6% and an online training rate of 34%.
Naquin has the center job locked in and some really good games ahead (check out the Reds’ schedule for the rest of the season now – it’s incredibly easy).
Other OF wire opt-out options
- OF Myles Straw in 21 games with CLE: .318 BA, .389 OBP with 4 SB and 18 points scored (31% LD rate), 51% roster and he has six home games this week.
- Mets DE Brandon nimmo in his last 15 games: .295 BA, 2 HR, 1 SB, 59% roster, six home games this week.
- Royal André Benintendi has 14 hits in his last eight games, 55% on roster, seven games this week.
- Philly DE Odubel herrera 4 for 5 on Sunday and has now played back-to-back home games. He’s registered at 13% and gets six home games this week.
Lopez will bring you bags
Don’t look now, but Royals 2B / SS Nicky lopez is quickly becoming one of the best sources of speed in all of Fantasy Baseball. In his last seven games, Lopez has had 11 hits and eight interceptions. That’s right – eight sacks in seven games! Where else can you find that kind of speed on your waiver cable now? The answer is nowhere. Lopez is signed 18% with seven games this week.
More news and notes
- The following players went to the IL this weekend:
- Anthony DeSclafani inflammation of the right ankle.
- Evan Longoria / Nelson Cruz to COVID IL.
- Diego castillo inflammation of the right shoulder.
- Wily Peralta with a light bulb.
- Joe barlow with a light bulb – Spencer patton could close again (for now).
- Tyrone taylor oblique right.
- Miguel Cabrera hit his 500th career home run on Sunday, 28th player in MLB history!
- Kenta maeda left Saturday’s start with a forearm contraction. He should undergo further testing.
- Mike Trout worked on the pitch before Friday’s game and said he was feeling good. He also admitted to experiencing pain earlier in the week, but it appears to have subsided.
- Clayton kershaw launched 120 feet on Saturday and could return to the mound next week.
- Astros CEO James Click said that Alex bregman will appear in another rehab game on Monday. Bregman played on Friday and scored at Triple-A.
- Kyle tucker tends towards a return in the middle of the week. He is currently on COVID IL.
- Chris Paddack (oblique) threw 25 shots in an “intensive” bullpen session on Friday.
- Jose urquidy launched a bullpen session on Sunday.
- Aaron Civale made a rehab debut at Double-A on Sunday.
- Ian anderson will make another rehab debut at Triple-A on Tuesday before likely joining the starting Atlanta rotation.
- Pablo Lopez started rehabilitation this weekend. He played three innings without a hitting with three strikeouts.
- The pirates gave up Gregory Polanco.
- Tejay Antone should come back on Tuesday.
- Nick solak was recalled by the Rangers and should be their everyday second baseman.
- Alec bohm was optioned to Triple-A. He was beating .245 with a .645 OPS this season, 26% strikeout rate, 53% ground ball rate.
Throwers starting the waiver thread are ranked
- # 1: Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie
- # 2: Braves SP Touki Toussaint (3.69 ERA in the last seven departures, 65% enrolled)
- N ° 3: Red SP Vladimir Gutiérrez (six consecutive quality starts, 78% registered)
- # 4: Cleveland SP Cal Quantrill (1.50 ERA, 9% SwStr rate, 54% GB in its last eight departures)