Jun 18, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JUNE 18TH, 2018
This week the defending World Series Champion Astros came into their own. They snatched back 1st in the AL West, something the Mariners had held since early June. Houston is riding an 11 game win streak and now sit a game and a half up on Seattle and largely due to a big offensive surge.
The 'stros have posted at least seven runs in eight of the last eleven games, including their last five straight. Evan Gattis has been the catalyst for their powerful offense with four homers and 15 RBI over the last week, including three games with at least four RBI. In all three of those games, he also had at least 30 fantasy baseball points. The Astros have a +157 run differential this year, the most in MLB by a longshot. For some perspective on this, the Red Sox have the second highest margin at +108. The Mariners have a tall task ahead of them trying to keep pace with Houston.
In the West, the Dodgers are also starting to surge having won 11 of their last 14. Over that stretch both Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger had four-game home run streaks. The biggest surprise for the Dodgers has been the stellar play of Ross Stripling who moved from the pen to the rotation early May. Ross has a 1.76 ERA on the season to go with a fantastic 1.01 WHIP and has won each of his last six starts, scoring at least 27 fantasy baseball points in every one. Most promising for the 28-year-old is his 57:4 strikeout to walk ratio since moving to the rotation. The Dodgers were a favorite to win the West at the start of the season. With Clayton Kershaw set to return soon they might just run away with this division, one that hasn't found a clear frontrunner.
One team surging in the wrong direction right now is the Orioles. Baltimore's 10-4 win against the Marlins on Sunday snapped a nine-game losing streak for the birds. A streak that saw the Orioles drop to 20-50 with a win percentage of just .286. Manny Machado was the only bright spot in this historically bad season but even he has gone cold at the plate with a .271 on-base percentage and no home runs in his last 15 games. The Orioles sit 27.5 games out of first place, and they still have 11 games to go before they even reach the halfway mark of the season. If you're an Orioles fan it is probably about time to start switching your attention to the Ravens' training camp.
Mike Trout was the fantasy star this week. Trout had back to back two-homer games tallying 35 and 37 fantasy baseball points respectively. The Millville Meteor was always an expensive option but when he is on he is money. Will you be drafting him this week at Draftboard?