Your Fantasy Baseball Weekly Planner, with Streamers and Waiver Adds
With June hurtling past us like an Arodis Chapman heater, teams — both real and Fantasy — begin deep, intimate assessments about the immediate future. Those in the hunt for glory must decide if it’s time to go big and find the one player who can tip the scales in their favor while those who are beginning to focus more on Carson Wentz than Carlos Santana begin to ask whether it’s time to launch into fire sale mode.
Regardless of where you stand, the upcoming week looms.
Pitching For Two, Please (Recommended two-start pitchers)
Domingo German, Yankees (vs. Mariners, Tuesday; at Rays, Sunday): The last time I saw a curve like that, I… never mind. German’s bender is a big reason why he’s fanned 19 in his 12 innings, including a 10-K effort in Thursday’s win over the Rays that gave him his first win of the season. His curve, sprinkled in with a heater that touches 97-98 MPH on occasion, has helped him begin to settle into the rotation. Opponents are batting just .229 against German, another reason to run him out there this week.
Tyler Chatwood, Cubs (vs. Dodgers, Monday; at Reds, Saturday): Damn blasted walks. Chatwood keeps the ball in the yard but his progress continues to be stalled by a lack of control that has overshadowed what has been his best month of the season. He owns a win at Cincy this season, one that saw him hold the Reds to one earned run…while allowing six walks. Lefties have an .828 OPS against him compared to the .586 OPS versus righties. I think we’ve found the problem…
Dylan Covey, White Sox (at Indians, Monday; vs. Athletics, Saturday): The one pitcher in the Pale Hose rotation that hitters don’t look forward to seeing, Covey enters the week with five straight games of allowing two or fewer runs. His control has improved, evidenced by the 12:1 K:BB rate he’s sported over his last 13 innings.
Tyler Anderson, Rockies (vs. Mets, Monday; vs. Marlins, Saturday): Good Tyler (1.88 ERA in April) begat Bad Tyler (5.28 ERA in May) which begat Mild Tyler and his 3.79 ERA this month. Anderson also has four straight starts of at least 100 pitches, which, these days, qualifies as pretty damn impressive. The Coors Field double dip is kinda scary, yet I’d take my chances considering neither the Mets nor Marlins can’t hit worth a damn of late.
Caleb Smith, Marlins (at Giants, Monday; at Rockies, Saturday): He had won three of his last four decisions before getting a wash against the Giants on Tuesday. Smith will be returning from the bereavement list when he faces the same San Francisco team that he allowed three runs to over 6.1 innings in his last start. Fun fact: Miami is 3-1 when he throws at least 100 pitches.
Nick Pivetta, Phillies (vs. Cardinals, Monday; at Nationals, Sunday): Yes, I am quite aware Pivetta has lost his last four starts. I also believe he’ll come out of this week. The Phillies had a team ERA of 5.47 in June entering Friday’s games, so let he in the Philly rotation that has not been shelled this month cast the first stone.
Mike Montgomery, Cubs (vs. Dodgers, Tuesday; at Reds, Sunday): Who needs Yu Darvish when Montgomery has a 1.50 ERA this month while allowing just three walks over 18 innings? Sure, Montgomery isn’t going to blow away hitters, but his style is slow, steady torture over the swift and sudden. Appreciate the art work while he continues to do his thing this week.
Paul Blackburn, Athletics (at Padres, Tuesday; at White Sox, Sunday): Good news for Blackburn: he won’t be facing the Astros any time soon. Wednesday was downright brutal (1.1 innings, eight earned runs) but the way Houston has been hitting the ball of late, you almost want to give him a pass. The schedule has made it up to him, as Blackburn gets a start at Petco Park and a date against the free-swinging White Sox.
Jhoulys Chacin, Brewers (at Pirates, Monday; vs. Cardinals, Saturday): The run support will be there for Chacin. Milwaukee is 9-1 in his last 10 starts while scoring at least five runs in seven of them. He’s a must-start on Saturday when you consider Chacin has allowed just one home run in 35 innings of work at Miller Park.
Hector Rondon, P, Astros: Ken Giles’ relationship status as Houston’s closer is “complicated” now that Rondon and his 97 MPH fastball have recorded three straight saves this month. Once barely owned, Rondon is now owned in 40 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and while manager A.J. Hinch hasn’t committed to a full-time stopper, Rondon will get his share of opportunities on a team heading toward 100-plus wins.
Joakim Soria, P, White Sox: Ask Soria about how a change can do you good. Once he adjusted his delivery in late May, Soria is back to looking like the dominant stopper he was with the Royals, ripping off six straight save opportunities without allowing a run while giving up just four hits in the process. His ownership in CBSSports.com leagues has doubled to 40 percent, but Soria’s owner will have to know when to say when as he will be a top candidate to be moved before the July 31 trade deadline.
Jordan Hicks, P, Cardinals: Uh oh. Hicks got his first save last Saturday, leading to a rise of ownership in CBSSports.com leagues to 23 percent. Mr. 105 MPH has toned down his high wire act, giving up just one walk this month and if Hicks continues that trend, he’s going to start seeing more high leverage opportunities.
Ketel Marte, 2B, Diamondbacks: Middle infielders with .405/.447/.881 slash lines (Marte’s June numbers) don’t fall off trees. Marte has dispelled his light hitting profile as 11 of his 17 hits entering Friday went for extra bases. He’s owned in 40 percent of CBSSports.com leagues, so grab him before the Rogers Hornsby-like stretch winds down.
Willy Adames, SS, Rays: The time down in the minors did Adames well as he came back swinging with more authority. He’s owned in 32 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and should continue to get a steady stream of at-bats the rest of the season.
Anibal Sanchez, P, Braves: Over his last three starts, Sanchez has allowed just two earned runs and sports a 16:3 K:BB rate in those 19.1 innings of work. More of a deeper league play, Sanchez is owned in 15 percent of CBSSports.com leagues and could see his ownership percentage rise if he continues to be the veteran anchor the young Atlanta rotation needs to guide them through their first experience of a pennant chase.
Jonathan Loaisiga, P, Yankees: Despite four walks, Loaisiga won his big league debut on Friday by blanking the Rays on three hits over five innings. Something tells me his 22 percent ownership in CBSSports.com leagues is going to rise soon.
A Streaming We Will Go (Pitchers Edition)
Michael Soroka, Braves (at Blue Jays, Wednesday): The rookie looked dominant in his first game off the DL with 6.1 innings of shutout ball against the Mets on Wednesday. Gotta like the Calgary native’s momentum going into his first career start in his home country.
Frankie Montas, Athletics (at Padres, Wednesday): Looked human against the Astros on Friday. Then again, Houston’s lineup can humble any pitcher. The alarmingly low K/9 rate is a bit bothersome, though.
Yohander Mendez, Rangers (at Royals, Wednesday): After being battered by the Rockies on Friday, Mendez gets a much better opportunity when he faces the light-hitting Royals in a pitcher-friendly environment.
Junior Guerra, Brewers (vs. Cardinals, Thursday): He’s handcuffed the Redbirds this season, holding them to one earned run over 11.1 innings.
Clayton Richard, Padres (at Giants, Thursday): Quietly putting togther an effective June with a 2-0 record and 2.57 ERA while limiting hitters to a .160 batting average.
Joe Musgrove, Pirates (vs. Diamondbacks, Friday): Despite averaging just under 85 pitches per game, Musgrove has become the most effective starter in the Bucs rotation as he is just shy of averaging a K per inning.
Steven Wright, Red Sox (vs. Mariners, Friday): No runs allowed in 13.2 innings since becoming a starter for the BoSox while limiting hitters to just six hits.
Luis Castillo, Reds (vs. Cubs, Friday): The strikeouts are there for Castillo, but home runs continue to haunt him.
Jon Gray, Rockies (vs. Marlins, Friday): Come for the 10.9 K/9 rate. Pray for the rest.
Chase Anderson, Brewers (vs. Cardinals, Friday): While his 3.18 ERA this month is good, keep in mind that Anderson has allowed just 16 baserunners in 17 innings in the same span.
A Streaming We Will Go (Hitters Edition)
Manuel Margot, OF, Padres (vs. Athletics, Tuesday-Wednesday): After a pair of abysmal months, Margot entered the weekend with a .343/.410/.486 slash line this month.
Addison Russell, SS, Cubs (at Reds, Thursday-Sunday): The power still hasn’t arrived for Russell, but four games at Great America Ballpark can cure matters.
Max Muncy, OF/1B, Dodgers (at Mets, Friday-Sunday): Six homers and a 1.493 OPS this month is a big reason why the Dodgers have worked themselves back into the NL West chase.
Mallex Smith, OF, Rays (vs. Yankees, Friday-Sunday): He’s crazy good at Tropicana Field, where he’s batting .382/.455/.494. The Pinstripes won’t rattle him.
Brian Anderson, 3B/OF, Marlins (at Rockies, Friday-Sunday): Entered the weekend with a 1.068 OPS this month. The power is slowly coming along.
Brandon Crawford, SS, Giants (vs. Padres, Thursday-Sunday): He. Won’t. Stop. Hitting. After batting .412 in May, Crawford is hitting .413 in June.
Josh Harrison, 2B/3B, Pirates (vs. Diamondbacks, Thursday-Sunday): Strokes the ball like the second coming of Pie Traynor when he’s at home, where Harrison has a slash line of .344/.391/.459.
Yuli Gurriel, 1B/3B, Astros (vs. Royals, Friday-Sunday): Signs of power are showing in Gurriel, who has a .914 OPS this month after a .652 in April and .685 in May.
Tom Murphy, C, Rockies (vs. Mets, Monday-Thursday): Five hits in his first 13 at-bats since being recalled. Murphy may finally give the Rockies some offensive stability behind the plate.
Curtis Granderson, OF, Blue Jays (at Angels, Thursday-Sunday): There’s still some thump left in the bat of Granderson, who is batting .333 with a pair of homers this month in a part-time role.