Jurickson Profar got a spot start for Ian Kinsler and opened his career with a bang, homering and doubling in his first two at-bats, respectively.
Tyler Skaggs, the 13th-best prospect in the game per Baseball America, will be one to watch Monday night as he makes his second major league start. The 20-year-old lefty is a must-add in available keeper leagues and should be a solid addition even in redraft formats.
Manny Machado has skyrocketed from 1% owned to 38% in the Yahoo! game since the Orioles called him up, and understandably so: the youngster has socked three home runs already in just sixteen at-bats, with six hits total.
Typically, a move from the NL to the AL is a bad omen for pitchers. However, escaping homer-friendly Miller Park and the shoddy defense behind him in Milwaukee should be a boon for Zach Greinke.
With Ian Desmond dealing with an oblique injury, Danny Espinosa picked up his fifth game at shortstop, and with it, eligibility at the position in many leagues. He has a career high .244 batting average – nearly the league average this season – and adds decent power (eight homers) and great speed (14 steals).
Jhonny Peralta is on fire over his last five games, batting 9-for-20 (.450) with two home runs, seven RBI and three runs scored. Particularly since June, Peralta has been rediscovering what made him so good last season.
Francisco Liriano ( SP, MIN) has been fantastic since returning to the starting rotation. After tossing 6.2 innings and allowing just one run this week against the Rangers, Liriano has now allowed just 15 runs in his last 49.1 innings, striking out 52 against 24 walks.
Baseball players are human. Just like you, they work better in familiar environments. As most fans know, the All-Star Game has determined home-field advantage in the World Series since 2003. In those nine years, the league that won the Midsummer Classic also went on to triumph in two-thirds of the Fall Classics.
Jim Thorne, Wilson Betemit, and Mike Fiers are just a few players featured on our “5 Up” list. See who else is trending upwards and which players you should steer clear of.
Players are dropping like flies this week. One of my teams lost Alex Avila, Drew Stubbs, Brandon Beachy and Brandon Morrow to injury. I’m going to stash all four of those players, but some won’t have the luxury to do so – here are some players worth an add if you need to fill in for an injury.