Jul 24, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JULY 24TH, 2018
The MLB trade deadline is a week away but the biggest move has already been made. 25-year-old Manny Machado went from the Orioles to the Dodgers for five prospects. The Dodgers hope Manny can help propel them out of the crowded N.L. West and back to the World Series. Manny is batting .316 with 24 home runs on the season and is now heading from the worst team in baseball to a likely playoff-bound club. Machado seems to have settled into LA nicely, hitting safely in his first four games in a Dodgers’ uniform with two extra-base hits, two runs scored, and three double-digit fantasy performances. The Dodgers sit a game and a half up on the D-Backs, two and a half up on the Rockies, and five and a half up on the Giants. The division is tight but Los Angeles has a +92 run differential and Arizona is the only other team close in the division at +52. That simple stat sheds a lot of insight into future trends, and in this case it’s telling us the Dodgers are due to win this division easily. The addition of All-Star shortstop Machado only underlines that projection.
The Mariners are trying to prove the Pythagorean Theorem of Baseball wrong this year. Seattle is an even 60-40 going into Tuesday’s game with an astounding +1 run differential. In the long history of baseball, the previous lowest run differential of any team to win at least 60 of their first 100 games was the 1954 Brooklyn Dodgers who held a +14 differential. The Mariners should not be doing as well as they have been this season, but they still have a better record than every team in the national league. They are still five games back of the Astros in the AL West and only two and a half games up on the A’s for the second wild-card spot, so they still have a lot more to prove this season. The Athletics, who are battling for that second wild-card spot have stayed hot after the All-Star break. They took two of three from the Giants to win the Bay Bridge Series and then crushed the Rangers 15-3 in Texas on Monday. Khris Davis has been on fire for the A’s as of late, with two homers on Sunday and another on Monday. Davis scored 37 and 29 fantasy points in those two games and is key to Oakland’s playoff run down the stretch.
The fantasy player of the week is easily Matt Carpenter. Matt took a two-game home-run streak into the break and came out with home runs in three more games. In the fourth game of the five-game home run streak, Matt put up a historic fantasy day going 5-5 with three home-runs, seven RBI, and four runs scored for an outrageous 70 fantasy points. That was easily the best offensive fantasy performance of the season and brought back memories of Anthony Rendon’s three-home-run 10 RBI game, or Scooter Gennett’s four-home-run 10 RBI game last season. Matt Carpenter is in contention for the NL MVP race and will need to keep his hot hitting up if the Cardinals want any chance at sneaking into the playoffs.