Fantasy Baseball Daily Round Up: April 30
Justin Mason goes around the league, giving a daily state of the union for the world of fantasy baseball. He outlines the current storylines from the league and gives insight on what to watch for going forward.
Goodbye April. You will be missed. You gave us plenty of postponements and lots of homers. We turn our attention to May tomorrow, but we shall worry about that later.
Things That Make You Go “Hmmmm…”
According to manager Mike Scioscia, Shohei Ohtani will not pitch in his next scheduled start after suffering an ankle injury in Friday’s game. While the injury does not appear to be serious, he will not pitch again until next weekend at the earliest. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
According to manager Craig Counsell, Jimmy Nelson is currently ahead of schedule in his recovery from shoulder surgery. The Brewers have also said that they aren’t going to rush him, but it is good to hear that Nelson is recovering nicely.
Mike Soroka is being rumored to be getting the call this week with Julio Teherán and Anibal Sánchez injured. Soroka is one of the Braves top prospects and has been fantastic this season with a sub-2.00 ERA and over a strikeout an inning in 22.2 innings. He is also sporting an impressive 69% ground ball rate which is great for a righty that will be pitching in SunTrust. Soroka should be picked up in all 15-team leagues and the majority of 12-teamers.
Cody Bellinger was removed from Sunday’s game by manager Dave Roberts after not hustling on a double. Bellinger hit the double and it took an awkward bounce in AT&T’s triple’s alley which would have given him a chance to get to third if he had been running out of the box. That being said, this doesn’t appear to be anything more than Robert sending a message to a struggling team, but keep an eye on it.
Nick Kingham was fantastic on Sunday, throwing a perfect game before Paul Dejong broke it up with a single in the 7th inning. Kingham was making his MLB debut and was impressive considering he is returning from Tommy John Surgery this year. With multiple members of the Pirates rotation struggling, he could easily secure a spot in the Pittsburgh rotation.
Trea Turner stole his 12th base of the season on Sunday. Turner’s average hasn’t been there yet, but he is getting on base at a .369 clip and the Nationals are pushing it on the basepaths. The Nationals lead the Majors in stolen base attempts and as long as Turner is at the top of the Nationals lineup, he should offer a ton of value for fantasy owners. We could also see career highs in stolen bases from a number of Nationals including Adam Eaton and Anthony Rendón once they get back from the DL.
Evan Longoria hit his sixth home run of the season on Sunday versus the Dodgers. He started off slow, but over the last 18 days he is hitting .328/.361/.690 with five home runs. Longoria has apparently adjusted to his new home in San Francisco and may be looking for a rebound season after struggling last year.
What We’ll Be Watching Today
Can Jeff Samardzija rebound? He was absolutely awful in his last start, but a start against the Padres, should be a good one to get him back on track.
Will Anthony Rendón be back? Rendon has been on the DL with a toe injury and is nearing a return.
How good Is Jake Faria? Faria has bounced back after a rough start to the season and appears to be ready to take the next jump into a higher tier of fantasy starter.
Can Lance Lynn get it together? He has dealt with a weird schedule because of the Twins having so many postponements due to weather. He is better than he has shown, but now he needs to prove it.
Is Alex Verdugo a star? He has hit the ground running, but he looks like he is a better real life player than fantasy one. He has opportunity to run away with the job now that Yasiel Puig is on the DL and has been struggling. Can he?
What is wrong with Jameson Taillon ? He went from stud to dud really quick. The talent is there, but he needs to get his mechanics in line. I don’t think this is the game to bet on that happening.
Baseball. Lots of baseball.