Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: June 25
Brett Talley goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines current storylines and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
In yesterday’s Round Up, we highlighted the fact that the Yankees were one game away from tying the major league record for most consecutive games with a home run. Thanks to home runs by Aaron Hicks and Giancarlo Stanton yesterday, they are now tied with the 2002 Rangers for that record. Here is every home run from the historic streak.
Pitching Performance of the Day
Drew Pomeranz took the loss yesterday as his opponent, Jon Gray , threw six scoreless innings and was followed by three scoreless innings from the bullpen. However, we’ll give the nod here to Pomeranz who has 11 strikeouts to Gray’s six because Pomeranz is worth a longer look.
Pomeranz has an ugly 6.79 ERA in 14 starts this season, but the underlying numbers indicate better days may be ahead. His SIERA and xFIP both sit at 4.44 in large part due to a healthy 25.3 percent strikeout rate. It’s not hard to figure out where the extra K’s are coming from as Pomeranz’s velocity has spiked this year with an average fastball velocity of 92.2 mph, which is the highest it has been since 2015.
His issues have been walks and limiting hard contact. He’s made progress with the walks this month with a June walk rate at a respectable eight percent after having walk rates of 9.8 percent in March/April and 13.4 percent in May. He is also giving up too much hard contact as evidenced by an xWOBA of .356, which is not good. But it’s still better than the .400 wOBA he has allowed. The good news is he’s missing a lot of bats and not pitching to contact that’s ending up being hard contact, and his .366 BABIP will turn around and allow for some positive regression.
Hitting Performance of the Day
Michael Conforto went 3-for-4 with a home run and double while driving in two and scoring twice. The home run was an impressive 414-foot opposite field shot. I would have to agree the team’s designation of Conforto as underrated. Conforto ranks seventh among NL outfielders in WAR and eighth in wRC+, yet he is not one of nine NL outfield finalists for the All-Star game. Three Cubs, Albert Almora, Jr., Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber , along with Nick Markakis have no reason being finalists ahead of Conforto. I’ve long thought we should look at the past calendar year stats for All-Star selections so that an entire half season of baseball is not ignored when handing out this honor. If you go back one full year, Conforto ranks fifth in WAR among NL outfielder. Underrated, indeed.
Game of the Day
When the White Sox took a two-run lead in the top of the seventh, their win expectancy sat at 82.9 percent. But Mookie Betts led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run, and Eduardo Núñez tied the game in the eighth with a two-out RBI single. Andrew Benintendi led off the ninth with a double, but the next two batters were retired. Xander Bogaerts was then intentionally walked with Benintendi standing on third, and Bogaerts then stole second. With first base open, Jackie Bradley, Jr. was also intentionally walked, which set up Marco Hernández to be the hero with a game-winning two-out single. Here’s the game graph courtesy of Fangraphs.
What to Watch for Today
The Yankees will look to take sole possession of the home run record against Clayton Richard . The Yankees have been significantly worse against left-handers like Richard this year, though the extended absences of the now returned Aaron Judge and Stanton likely contributed to that significantly. Richard has a 1.78 HR/9 this season, so the Bombers’ chance to get the record is high.