Fantasy Baseball Today: Tyler Naquin and waiver-wire OFs; Triston McKenzie is for real; waiver wire SPs

Completely satisfied Monday to everyone, however particularly those that have Triston McKenzie on their Fantasy rosters. He flashed upside final yr and it seems he is again. You’ll be able to learn extra about him under, however I really wished to begin with a number of beginning pitchers who’ve been struggling not too long ago. Over his previous seven begins, Kevin Gausman has a 5.17 ERA. There are a number of issues working in opposition to him proper now, together with lack of management, declining swinging strike price and the next exhausting contact price. All of these issues are a recipe for catastrophe. Any pitcher could be vulnerable to a nasty stretch, however particularly one who depends on a splitter as his go-to pitch. Whereas I’ve my reservations about Gausman, I’d preserve him within the lineup this upcoming week in opposition to the Mets. 

I can not say the identical for Yusei Kikuchi, who has a 6.69 ERA over his previous eight begins. Like Gausman, Kikuchi has misplaced his management, however he is additionally giving up a ton of residence runs. He is tinkered along with his pitch-mix fairly a bit, too, throughout this stretch. I am not dropping Kikuchi but however I undoubtedly wouldn’t begin him this week, even in a robust matchup in opposition to the Kansas Metropolis Royals. 

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The regular drumbeat continues for McKenzie

Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie made Chris Towers’ sleepers listing greater than as soon as within the early spring, and after a sluggish begin to his 2021 season, he is beginning to look rather a lot just like the breakout candidate he was pegged to be. One outing after falling 4 outs wanting throwing the twenty fourth excellent recreation in MLB historical past, McKenzie was dominant once more in shutting down a more durable problem within the Angels. 

He went seven innings plus and allowed simply two hits in opposition to the Angels (and one earned run). He was as soon as once more in command and inducing strikes at will. McKenzie walked only one batter whereas placing out eight. He has 19 strikeouts and has allowed simply three hits and one run in his previous 15 innings.

The speed has been up and he has only a 0.78 WHIP since coming back from the minors to the majors. The truth that he is pitching deep into video games and in command with a constant position, we have now seen 4 straight begins the place the upside is being realized, and Chris believes it is right here to remain.

Naquin working it again to April

Reds OF Tyler Naquin was one of many hottest waiver pickups in April, however his manufacturing had fallen off since — till now. Naquin is sizzling once more. He had seven hits with three homers this weekend alone. He’s now simply 53% rostered and he may simply be one of many hottest hitters in August. On this month alone, Naquin is batting round .400 with a ton of pop. He is as much as seven homers in August. Extra importantly, below the hood, the numbers are promising there too. Naquin has only a 15.6% strikeout price and a 34% line drive price.

Naquin has the centerfield job locked up and actually good matchups forward (take a look at that remainder of season Reds schedule now — it is shockingly simple).

Different waiver wire OF choices

  • OF Myles Straw in 21 video games with CLE: .318 BA, .389 OBP with 4 SB and 18 runs scored (31% LD price), 51% rostered and he has six residence video games this week.
  • Mets OF Brandon Nimmo in his final 15 video games: .295 BA, 2 HR, 1 SB, 59% rostered, six residence video games this week.
  • Royals OF Andrew Benintendi has 14 hits over his previous eight video games, 55% rostered, seven video games this week.
  • Phillies OF Odubel Herrera 4 for five Sunday and has now gone consecutive video games with a homer. He is 13% rostered and will get six residence video games this week.

Lopez will get you baggage

Do not look now, however Royals 2B/SS Nicky Lopez is shortly turning into the most effective sources of velocity in all of Fantasy Baseball. In his previous seven video games, Lopez has 11 hits and eight steals. That is proper — eight baggage in seven video games! The place else can you discover that sort of velocity in your waiver wire now? The reply is nowhere. Lopez is eighteen% rostered with seven video games this week.

Extra news and notes

  • The next gamers went on the IL this weekend:
  • Anthony DeSclafani proper ankle irritation.
  • Evan Longoria/Nelson Cruz to the COVID IL.
  • Diego Castillo proper shoulder irritation.
  • Wily Peralta with a blister.
  • Joe Barlow with a blister — Spencer Patton might be closing once more (for now).
  • Tyrone Taylor proper indirect.
  • Miguel Cabrera hit his five hundredth profession residence run on Sunday, twenty eighth player in MLB historical past!
  • Kenta Maeda left Saturday’s begin with forearm tightness. He is slated to endure extra assessments. 
  • Mike Trout labored out on the sphere previous to Friday’s recreation and indicated that he’s feeling good. He additionally admitted to experiencing some soreness earlier within the week nevertheless it seems to have subsided.
  • Clayton Kershaw threw from 120 toes Saturday and will get again on the mound subsequent week. 
  • Astros GM James Click on mentioned that Alex Bregman will seem in one other rehab recreation Monday. Bregman performed Friday and homered at Triple-A. 
  • Kyle Tucker is trending in direction of a mid-week return. He is at the moment on the COVID IL. 
  • Chris Paddack (indirect) threw 25 pitches in an “intensive” bullpen session Friday. 
  • Jose Urquidy threw a bullpen session Sunday. 
  • Aaron Civale made a rehab begin at Double-A Sunday. 
  • Ian Anderson will make another rehab begin at Triple-A on Tuesday earlier than possible rejoining the Atlanta beginning rotation. 
  • Pablo Lopez made a rehab begin this weekend. He went three no-hit innings with three strikeouts.
  • The Pirates waived Gregory Polanco.
  • Tejay Antone is anticipated to return Tuesday.
  • Nick Solak was recalled by the Rangers and anticipated to be their on a regular basis second baseman.
  • Alec Bohm was optioned to Triple-A. He was batting .245 with a .645 OPS this season, 26% strikeout price, 53% groundball price. 

Waiver wire beginning pitchers ranked

  • No 1: Cleveland SP Triston McKenzie
  • No. 2: Braves SP Touki Toussaint (3.69 ERA in final seven begins, 65% rostered)
  • No. 3: Reds SP Vladimir Gutierrez (six consecutive high quality begins, 78% rostered)
  • No. 4: Cleveland SP Cal Quantrill (1.50 ERA, 9% SwStr price, 54% GB in his final eight begins) | Fantasy Baseball Right now: Tyler Naquin and waiver-wire OFs; Triston McKenzie is for actual; waiver wire SPs


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