Fantasy Alarm 2019 MLB Bold Predictions
The Fantasy Alarm staff makes their bold predictions for the 2019 MLB fantasy baseball season.
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2019 Fantasy Alarm Bold Predictions
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J. Lindblom - SP
Josh Lindblom surrendered four runs over four innings on Tuesday in a no-decision against the Twins.
Lindblom recorded eight strikeouts and only issued a pair of walks, but simply couldn’t keep the ball in the yard against a powerful Twins’ lineup, surrendering three homers in an abbreviated outing. He served up solo homers to Jorge Polanco and Eddie Rosario in the opening frame and also gave up an additional two-run shot to Rosario in the third inning. The 33-year-old righty has racked up plenty of strikeouts in his stateside return, but struggled from a run prevention standpoint, allowed eight runs on 14 hits with a 20:6 K:BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings across three starts this season. He’s a risky proposition for fantasy managers when he faces off against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his next start on Sunday.
Added 11:30 pm (EST)
T. Clippard - RP
Tyler Clippard allowed one run in his lone inning as the Twins’ opener against the Brewers on Tuesday.
Clippard coughed up a leadoff homer to Avisail Garcia, but went on to record a pair of strikeouts and didn’t allow a baserunner over the remainder of the frame. The 35-year-old veteran righty has allowed two runs on five hits with a 9:2 K:BB ratio over 8 2/3 innings across eight appearances (two starts) this season. He offers some fantasy appeal as a low-volume ratio booster in deeper mixed leagues and AL-only formats.
Added 11:29 pm (EST)
Josh Hader struck out three batters in a scoreless ninth inning against the Twins on Tuesday to record his third save of the season.
Hader was summoned to protect a two-run lead and managed to work around a two-out walk by Nelson Cruz to fire a flawless ninth inning. He needed only 19 pitches to strike out the side and slam the door on a high-powered Twins’ offense. Arguably the most dominant reliever in the game, Hader has allowed only two baserunners over four scoreless innings with six strikeouts to open the 2020 campaign.
Added 11:28 pm (EST)
A. Plutko - RP
Adam Plutko was charged with a loss after allowing one run in four innings Tuesday against the Cubs.
Plutko needed 78 pitches to get through four innings and the Cubs were sending up two lefties and a switch-hitter who fares better against righties in the fifth, so the team smartly replaced him with Oliver Perez. However, while that moved worked out, the sixth saw Cam Hill and Phil Maton combine to give up five runs, blowing the game wide open. Plutko, who was filling in for Mike Clevinger tonight, has a 2.45 ERA in two starts and one relief appearance this season.
Added 11:27 pm (EST)
Byron Buxton went 3-for-4 with a stolen base on Tuesday in the Twins’ loss to the Brewers.
Buxton reached on an infield single and swiped second base -- his first theft of the season -- in the second inning. He also collected two more hits to cap off the three-hit performance The uber-talented 26-year-old outfielder possesses a tantalyzing blend of skills, but hasn’t quite reached the potential superstar ceiling that fantasy managers have been forecasting for nearly a decade. It’s an extremely small sample size, but he owns a pedestrian .262/.273/.500 triple-slash line with three homers across 44 plate appearances.
Added 11:27 pm (EST)
Jorge Polanco walloped a solo homer on Tuesday in the Twins’ loss to the Brewers.
Polanco kicked off the interleague affair with a mammoth solo shot to right field -- his second round-tripper of the season -- off Brewers starter Josh Lindblom in the opening frame. He also singled, struck out twice and grounded into a double play in this one. The 27-year-old shortstop doesn’t offer enough over-the-fence power or stolen base potential to blossom into an elite fantasy shortstop, but he’s an extremely productive four-category contributor who should be rostered as a viable middle infield starter in all mixed leagues.
Added 11:26 pm (EST)
Ian Happ went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as the Cubs' No. 6 hitter on Tuesday.
Happ has mostly hit ninth this year, even though he's been tearing it up since day one (and for the final couple of months of last season). If he can convince manager David Ross to hit him in the middle of the order consistently, he'll be that much more valuable in mixed leagues. He's batting .325 with three homers in 40 at-bats.
Added 11:25 pm (EST)
Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a solo homer on Tuesday in the Brewers’ win over the Twins.
Garcia, who has been dealing with a recent wrist injury, tattooed a 427-foot leadoff homer against Twins opener Tyler Clippard to snap a 12-game homerless drought to open the truncated 2020 campaign. He also singled in the third and fifth innings, respectively, to record his third multi-hit effort of the season. The 29-year-old outfielder has gotten off to an extremely slow start in his Brewers debut, hitting .255/.352/.383 with 14 strikeouts across 54 plate appearances. Hopefully this three-hit effort puts him back on track.
Added 11:24 pm (EST)