Jun 05, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JUNE 5TH, 2018
A little housekeeping here before we start talking baseball. Both the NBA Finals and NHL Championships are in full swing which means the DFS seasons for both are finished here at Draftboard. Our NBA Dynasty contest was settled last week and big congrats to everyone who finished in the money. That said, let’s get down to Daily Fantasy Baseball. This past week, Cleveland first base and designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion lit up the fantasy world. With five home runs and 19 RBI over the past seven days while sporting a .408 AVG, Edwin has hit at least one home run in every other game over the past nine games, including Sunday's where he sent two out and tallied 36 fantasy baseball points. Encarnacion has 16 big flies on the season, just three short of the league leaders Mike Trout and JD Martinez. Martinez was on a tear in the month of May with a league-leading 13 home runs, and stayed hot in June, knocking one out on the first of the month.
There have been several pitchers with relatively surprising starts over the past two weeks. Trevor Bauer has 40 strikeouts in 27 innings pitched in his last four games and in all but one of those games he reached 10 K's. Jacob deGrom has been red hot as of late, going seven innings in each of his last four starts, with only three total earned runs. The Degrominator also has two 13 strikeout games in that same stretch. Unfortunately for Jacob he walked away with only one win in those four games which is a prime example why here at Draftboard we discount that stat. Mike Foltynewicz had his career game last Friday in what is turning into a very promising season for the Braves pitcher. Foltynewicz threw a complete game two-hitter with 11 strikeouts for a stellar 57 fantasy baseball points. It was a pleasant surprise for anyone who drafted him that night as Foltynewicz had not pitched into the seventh inning in his first ten starts this season.
Looking at the AL East standings there is an epic race between the Red Sox and the Yankees who hold the two best records in baseball. The rivalry is back in full swing and the other three teams in the division may as well start planning their off-season early this year.
The AL Central trainwreck just rolls on. Some may have not have noticed but there was a period where no team had a winning record in the division. The Indians are on top with a 30-28 record but have just dropped three straight to the Twins who sit 3.5 games behind them. In the AL West, the Mariners hold the lead after June 1st for the first time since 2003. Seattle has gone 15-5 since Cano got suspended, the best record in baseball over that period.
In the National League the young Braves team holds a small lead in what is turning out to be a three horse race between Atlanta, the Nationals, and the Phillies. In the Central, the Brewers have surged as of late taking a two-game lead into the week, while the Pirates have been trending in the other direction. And finally, the West seems to be a sleuth of mediocrity as all five teams simmer around .500. The D-Backs and the Dodgers probably have the most potential to break out and take the division, but as of now any team can seemingly win the West.
With the Washington Capitals’ win last night and Golden State’s series lead, MLB will soon be the only game in town. Relax! We have two solid months of baseball contests for you at Draftboard this summer. Batter up!