Jul 05, 2018
MLB FANTASY UPDATE JULY 5TH, 2018
The Yankees and the Red Sox faced off in a prime-time series over the weekend. Not only is it one of the best rivalries in sports, these two teams also hold the best records in baseball. The Yankees took Friday's game 8-1 behind a strong seven innings from Sabathia. Greg Bird went deep twice in the game for 32 fantasy baseball points. Saturday and Sunday's games were polar opposites. On Saturday Red Sox ace Chris Sale was dominant throwing seven shutout innings while striking out 11. Meanwhile Sonny Gray, who has struggled mightily this season, couldn't make it out of the third inning as the Yanks lost 11-0. On Sunday Yankees ace Severino threw 6.2 innings of shutout ball, while David Price gave up eight runs over three and a third. The Yankees took Sunday night’s game with a 11-1 result as Aaron Hicks connected for three home runs and a massive 53 fantasy baseball points. So tight this race is, in spite of the Yankees taking two of three, both teams sit tied atop the AL East.
In the AL West things are starting to heat up. The Astros were ready to run away with the division after a 12 game win streak in the middle of June. But they dropped three of four to the Rays last week while the Mariners took care of business sweeping the Orioles and the Royals in back to back series. James Paxton continues to shine this season and he had back to back starts with at least seven innings and ten strikeouts during the Mariner’s recent strong run. The Rays’ Blake Snell dominated the Astros on Sunday, giving up one run in seven and a third innings while striking out ten. Snell is posting Cy Young type numbers thus far this season, with a 2.24 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP. In his last three starts, Snell has given up just two runs over 21.1 innings while striking out 26. Of those three starts, two were against the Astros and one was against the Nationals, two of the top teams in baseball.
In the National League the Braves have taken a three-game lead over the Phillies and a six-game lead over the Nationals in the East after sweeping the Cardinals this weekend. In the Central, the Cubs sit a half game back of the Brewers after splitting a four-game series with the Dodgers and sweeping the Twins. Javier Baez and Addison Russell both had two long balls and 11 RBI over two series, and Baez had four games where he topped 15 fantasy points. In the West, the Giants swept a three-game series in Arizona as they now sit tied with the Dodgers 2.5 games behind the D-backs. Derek Rodrigues, son of Hall of Fame catcher Pudge Rodrigues, threw 6.1 scoreless innings for the Giants on Saturday for a strong 26 fantasy baseball points. Rodriguez now has a 3.16 ERA in his seven starts, and the Giants are 5-2 when he takes the mound. Alex Bregman was the fantasy player of the week, launching five home runs while sporting a .516 OBP over the last week. All in all, Alex averaged 22 fantasy points over his last seven games and anyone who drafted him this past week was a happy camper. If you are camping, at the pool or stuck at the office this week then lodge your MLB Lineup with Draftboard. Batter up!