Jul 12, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JULY 12TH, 2018
The MLB All-Star game is just a few days away and as we finish the first half of the season, playoff races are starting to form. The majority of teams need to start deciding whether they will be buying or selling at the July 31st trade deadline. In the American League, the A’s have that tough decision to make. They are 11 games over .500, a record that would put them in first place in three of the six divisions. However, in the AL West they sit nine games behind the defending champions the Astros and six games behind the Mariners. Boston or New York will most likely claim the first wild-card spot meaning the Mariners and the A’s vie for the other. Oakland has surged as of late, going 18-5 over their last 23 games and much of the A’s recent success is due to Stephen Piscotty heating up. This talented outfielder is finally starting to look like he has hit his stride in Oakland as he leads his team with eight long balls and 20 RBI over the last month. Piscotty went yard in four straight games this past week, including a go-ahead tenth inning home run in Tuesday’s contest against the Astros. Despite all their success, the A’s odds to make the playoffs are still pegged at a measly 17% according to FanGraphs. It’s a frustrating position to be in especially when you see teams like the Cleveland Indians who have a worse record and are still running away with the AL Central.
In the National League the playoff picture is a lot less clear. In the East the top three teams are separated by only 5.5 games. In the Central the top three teams are separated by seven and in the West four of the five teams are within 3.5 games of each other. Back East, the Nationals are sitting right at .500 and are very fortunate that they are even still in the mix. Washington is probably the best team on paper in their division but it’s a different story on the field. Bryce Harper is batting a career-low .218 and had only two home runs in the entire month of June. In the Central a nice battle is brewing between Milwaukee and Chicago. For the Brewers, Jesus Aguilar has had a breakout year with 23 home runs and 67 RBI en route to his first All-Star appearance. Aguilar has two multi-hr games this season and six games with at least 30 fantasy points. He will need to stay hot if the Brewers are to win the Central. In the West, well, who knows what’s happening? The Rockies, Giants, Dodgers, and D-backs all have a shot at winning the division as they are within three and a half games of each other. The fourth-place Rockies beat the division-leading Diamondbacks 19-2 last night. Carlos Gonzalez had a fantasy night to remember for the Rockies yesterday. Car-Go had two bombs in back to back innings to go with 6 RBI and 4 runs scored, totaling a season-high 44 fantasy points.
There will be moves in the next few weeks that will shake up the baseball landscape. However these tight divisions shake out, we have your MLB DFS Fantasy action right here.