Fantasy Baseball Update 4/27/16: Who's Hot and Who's Not
The Streaking and Slumping Players in Fantasy This Week
April 27, 2016
It’s Wednesday, and around here that means it’s time for us to check out our weekly Who’s Hot and Who’s Not list in the world of fantasy baseball. We’ve got the usual lineup of pretenders and offenders in store for you today, so let’s take a closer look at the numbers.
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Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels: We could probably put Trout in this space just about every week. He’s been stellar as usual recently, logging three homers, five runs and five RBI in the seven days heading into last night’s matchup. He bagged two more RBI in that one.
After a reasonably slow start, Trout has proven himself as a No. 1 fantasy pickup, and shows no signs of slowing down. He’ll be heading to Texas for the Rangers after finishing with KC today.
Ryan Braun, OF, Milwaukee Brewers: Braun made short work of the Phillies pitching over the weekend, logging six hits, three runs, two homers, three RBI and a steal in those three games. Braun hit a pinch-hit, two-run double last night.
Through that Philly series, Braun boasted a .364 average on the season with five homers and 15 RBI. His BA is now .373. After the Cubs this week, it’s back home for the Marlins.
Jake Arrieta, SP, Chicago Cubs: Arrieta has had a stellar 2016 thus far, compiling a 0.87 ERA with a 0.68 WHIP in his four starts (and four wins). He’s coming off another no-hitter in Cincinnati during his last outing, striking out six in a 16-0 drubbing.
Arrieta will be at home against the Brewers tonight, and actually has a pretty good chance at gathering another no-hitter in that one as well.
Andrew McCutchen, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates: It was a rough week for McCutchen. Heading into the Colorado series, he’d posted just three hits in 23 at-bats (.130) with one RBI and one steal in his previous seven days.
If there’s good news here, it’s that McCutchen bashed three homers last night against the Rockies. That’s more like the Cutch we know and love. He’ll be fine.
Nolan Arenado, 3B, Colorado Rockies: Arenado is another top-level fantasy pickup this year, but he hasn’t been producing all that well recently. Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, he had an 0-for-6 run going and had hit just 3-for-20 (.150) in his previous seven days.
Even with the downturn, Arenado still maintained a .260 BA with seven homers and 17 RBI. He increased that to .273 with his eighth homer and 19th RBI last night.
Michael Pineda, SP, New York Yankees: Pineda was destroyed for seven earned in five innings against the Rays in his last outing. In that game, he gave up 10 hits, with four homers. Pineda hasn’t recorded a win since his first start of the year on April 6--and ironically he didn’t pitch very well in that one. He’ll be in Boston to try again this weekend.
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