The Astros have two young arms that are strong plays in AL-only leagues, and they might even have some mixed league value. There are two 9th inning arms that are surging after rough starts to the year. The Indians have two outfielders who may be ready to remind folks why they are both solid plays in mixed leagues. The Padres second baseman is struggling (another two). Finally, a power hitter in Anaheim, an all-around force in Tampa, and two veteran arms on the hill – one going up, one certainly on the way down, will be discussed.
While the Fourth of July was celebrated on Thursday, Friday saw a whole lot more in the world of fireworks on the field. Nine teams plated six or more runs with three of those teams hitting double-digits. Meanwhile, teams that didn’t post a high run total were victims of some dazzling pitching performances and fantasy owners who make their living off streaming starters seemed to come out unscathed for the most part. But the best part of the fireworks that we saw on Friday was the fact that it was all about the role players and not so much about the marquee superstars. It was a night for some very unlikely heroes, so let’s get to it.
To say that Tuesday’s slate of games was loaded with excitement would be an obvious understatement. From Homer Bailey’s second career no-hitter to Leonys Martin becoming the newest owner of baseball’s longest current hitting streak there was enough action to keep fantasy owners drooling over the jam-packed box scores. You know Bailey’s got a little Rounding the Bases award coming his way, so before we get to that, let’s hit a few of the other big-ticket news items first and then hit the statistical highs and lows of the evening.