It was a good week in baseball, Jose Fernandez, Matt Moore, and Patrick Corbin were back on the mound. It was also a good week for waiver wire adds from early in the season, Gerardo Parra, Neil Walker, Adam Lind, and Kyle Hendricks with big weeks. The performer of the week is Kris Bryant, with two huge homers, and six RBI against the Mets. Neither were cheap shots, which you will see below.
Chris Sale Keeps Dazzling
This streak of consecutive double digit strikeouts has been amazing, and he will face a real test tonight against Toronto. He has a 34.5% strikeout rate this season, and a 16% swinging strike rate. He also has 100% satisfaction rate among fantasy owners. Now if only the White Sox can get some run support behind him, he is winless in his last four starts, despite the historic streak.
Welcome Back Mr. Fernandez
After missing most of last season, and this one, Jose Fernandez is back and ready to rock. He touched 98 MPH in his first start, and struck out six batters over six innings. The Giants are not a strikeout happy offense either, and Fernandez hit more k's than I thought he would. He looked in good command of most of his pitches, and all you DL stashers have him locked for the second half of the season.
Kris Bryant x2
It had been sometime since Kris Bryant homered, in face he hit two in a game back against the Dodgers. He faced the Mets, and hit two massive shots, including one of them being a grand slam. The Cubs offense has been looking poor of late, and Bryant decided to just take care of business himself.
Cameron Maybin Keeps It Up
He is hitting .294 with six homers, and 15 stolen bases. He has been an early waiver wire add that has rewarded fantasy owners this year. He hit .290 in May, .314 in June, and is hitting .450 so far in July. The Braves have been rumoring that they will possibly trade him to a contender, so a value shift could be something to keep an eye on for Maybin.
Steven Matz In The Big Apple
Steven Matz has had an impressive first two outings in the majors, with two earned, and 14 strikeouts. The more crucial part is that he sparked some offense for this abysmal offense. He had three hits and four RBI against Cincinnati, and maybe he will take over for Lucas Duda during his off days.