Chris Meaney tours the league and finds 30 things you might have missed in Week 10 fantasy baseball recap.
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Week 10 Fantasy Baseball
- Kevin Cron started the last three games in Toronto and hit back-to-back home runs over the weekend. He served as the DH twice, which could happen four more times this month with games in Texas and New York. Regardless, it looks like he’s earned some more at-bats.
- Mike Foltynewicz continues to allow home runs (15) as he carries a 5.89 ERA (4.91 xFIP) into Week 11. He’s working with a career-high 46 FB% and 47 HH%. I’m holding in deeper leagues, but I’m not starting him at the moment. He does have three quality starts in his last four trips to the mound if you can believe that.
- Meanwhile, Mike Soroka has a 1.38 ERA though 65.1 innings. He’s allowed one or zero runs in nine of his 10 starts this season and 12 of his 15 career starts. Yeah, Soroka is rocking a 1.98 ERA over 91 career innings.
- Hanser Alberto has five multi-hit games in his last six contests. He enters the week with a .311 average and has a league-high .425 average against lefties.
Boston Red Sox
- J.D. Martinez has missed Boston’s last three games due to a back injury. We’ll likely get some news before Monday’s game against Texas.
- Matt Barnes picked up Boston’s last save, and I believe he’s the guy to own out of Ryan Brasier, Marcus Walden, and Brandon Workman. Barnes has had value in leagues with holds and deeper settings due to 46 punch-outs over 25.2 innings.
- The Cubs signed Craig Kimbrel to a three-year, $43 million contract and we’ll likely see him closing games before the end of the month. For now, Pedro Strop is closing out games for the Cubbies and picked up three saves last week
- Kyle Schwarber continues to produce from the leadoff spot as he enters Week 11 on a seven-game hit streak in which he has two homers, six RBI and six runs. He has four multi-hit games over that span.
- David Bote has some deep league value with three games in Colorado this week.
Chicago White Sox
- Lucas Giolito has won seven straight games and enters the week with a 2.28 ERA. He fanned 11 Royals in his last outing to raise his K/9 to 10.68. Giolito’s allowed one or zero runs in six of his last seven starts, with four shutout showings over that span. He has 59 strikeouts to 10 walks and a 0.88 ERA in his last 51.1 innings.
- Eloy Jimenez is getting dropped in leagues, but I’m seeing positive signs. Jimenez extended his hit streak to five games Sunday and he has homered in back-to-back games. The rookie has reached base in nine of his last 10 games and has a .308 average in June.
- Joey Votto picked up three more multi-hit games and hit his fifth homer of the season. He’s definitely trending up.
- Alex Wood threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Saturday. He may be able to get into a couple of minor league games before the end of the month.
- Francisco Lindor hit three more home runs and looks like the Lindor of last year.
- Roberto Perez hit a home run in four straight games last week to give him 11 on the season. He could fill a Yadier Molina hole.
- David Dahl saw his 9-game hit streak snapped Saturday, but he’s hitting .332 on the season and .340 vs LHP. He has 11 runs and 11 RBI in his last 10 games.
- Wade Davis is back, which means Scott Oberg’s value takes a hit.
- Miguel Cabrera hit his third home run of the season last week. He’s shown very little power, but he had three multi-hit games in Week 10 and he carries a .299 average into this week.
- Yordan Alvarez hit a home run in his MLB debut, which really shouldn’t be a surprise. Alvarez had 23 bombs and 71 RBI in 253 plate appearances in Triple-A before his promotion. Make sure he’s owned.
Kansas City Royals
- Cheslor Cuthbert has hits in seven of his eight games since his call up. He has three home runs, but he’s not a big power hitter. Maybe a DFS play this week against Detroit.
Los Angeles Angels
- Shohei Ohtani hit three home runs last week to give him six on the season. He racked up three multi-hit games with eight RBI and seven runs in six games.
Los Angeles Dodgers
- Corey Seager had a monster Week 10 as he carries a seven-game hit streak into Monday’s Freeway Series with the Angels. Seager finished the week 12-for-26 with one homer and nine RBI.
- Trevor Richards threw 58 changeups in his start against Atlanta. He allowed one run and lowered his ERA to 3.31.
- Caleb Smith hit the IL due to a hip injury and is certainly worth the IL spot if you have one. His extreme fly ball rate has led to a bunch of homers lately, but he has a tremendous strikeout upside.
- No indication that Zac Gallen will get called up, but he’s a great stash.
- Josh Hader grabbed three saves last week thanks to nine strikeouts over 3.1 scoreless innings.
- Jimmy Nelson was not good in his first start as he only lasted three innings, but it was his first start since 2017. He gets the Giants in SF this week.
- Nelson Cruz returned to the lineup last week and made a big impact. Cruz started five games for the Twins and he hit four home runs – all in his last four contests.
New York Mets
- Todd Frazier has two home runs over a four-game hit streak and he moved to the cleanup spot Sunday. He has hits in eight of his last 10 games to bring his average up to .265.
New York Yankees
- Didi Gregorius returned to the lineup Friday and he picked up a pair of hits in his first two games of the season. He went deep in Saturday’s game.
- Aaron Hicks hit three bombs in Week 10 and looks much better at the plate.
- Marcus Semien finished Week 10 with two homers, nine RBI and seven runs. He has nine homers on the season with a .273 average.
- Jay Bruce couldn’t have asked for a better first week in Philly: four home runs, 11 RBI and seven runs in five starts.
- Bryan Reynolds picked up a hit in all six of his games last week and he had three multi-hit games. He’s now hitting in the two spot thanks to a .352/.405/.552 slash line.
San Diego Padres
- Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to the lineup and had a big Friday: 3-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, two runs and a stolen base. He has seven homers and seven stolen bases in 31 games.
San Francisco Giants
- What jersey will Madison Bumgarner be wearing in a month? I’m sick of him crying about serving up home runs. Aren’t you?
- Yusei Kikuchi has allowed 29 hits, 16 runs, six walks and six homers in his last three starts (10 IP). He’s not very good.
St. Louis Cardinals
- The Cardinals rank last in wOBA and wRC+ over the last two weeks. They also have a league-high 27.7 K% to go along with the 28th ranked average (.216) over that span.
Tampa Bay Rays
- Austin Meadows has a .346 average (second-best) through 10 weeks of the season. He ranks third in average (.362) and wOBA (.459) against RHP.
- Delino DeShields picked up three multi-hit games last week and scored four runs with two stolen bases.
- Adrian Sampson will be a hot pickup this week thanks to another stellar start. Sampson is fresh off a complete game where he only allowed one hit while striking out seven A’s. That’s 18 strikeouts and two earned runs in his last 16 innings (two starts). He’ll have a true test this week in Boston.
Toronto Blue Jays
- Teoscar Hernandez has hits in four of his five games since getting recalled. He’s expected to be the everyday CF for the Jays.
- Edwin Jackson is going to get another start this week because GM Charlie Montoyo said “we don’t have anybody else.”
- Brian Dozier had two home runs last week and four multi-hit games in his last eight contests.
- Howie Kendrick has been great as he was part of Washington’s back-to-back-to-back-to-back on Sunday.
Chris Meaney is a contributor for FantraxHQ, covering fantasy football, baseball, and hockey. Chris covered NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB as a producer, writer, and host at FNTSY Sports Network. He was the lead host of the daily live shows, “Home Ice Advantage” and “Fantasy Sports Today.” Meaney has several years of radio and television experience both in the sports world and music industry. He’s written for The Athletic, Associated Press, New York Daily News, Fantasy Footballers, NBA Fantasy, Play Picks, NewCap Radio and more. You can follow him @chrismeaney.
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