The Fake Baseball Stock Report 9.30.16
September 30, 2016 | Justin Klein
Hunter Renfroe made his big league debut on September 22nd and notched two hits in four at bats. Including that game, he’s now made six starts total and he’s managed to notch four multi-hit games and four HR including one that went on the roof of the Western Metal Supply Company roof. It was a glorious and towering moon shot. If you haven’t seen it yet or simply want to watch it again, click here. No one has ever done that before by the way. That’s some really impressive stuff from the 24-year-old Padres rookie. In that game Hunter socked two HR, and the other one was a grand slam. To say that he’s burst onto the scene would be an understatement. Over the past week Renfroe has been the second most valuable player in the fake game, behind only Nelson Cruz, as he’s produced a 7/4/12/.318 batting line. Currently available in 84% of Yahoo leagues, he’s a worthwhile addition for the weekend as the Padres head east to the hitter’s park in Arizona known as Chase Field. If you’re still battling it out in the fantasy playoffs, Hunter could possibly help you attain that championship. I’ve grabbed him in a couple of rotisserie leagues and am facing him in a head-to-head championship. If you’re in a keeper or dynasty league and Renfroe is available, you should add him immediately, as he has huge power that is obviously translating well to the major league level.
Tyler Anderson has been a player that I’ve been seemingly talking about for months now as he’s had a terrific season where he’s managed to post a solid 3.54 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and a 99:28 K:BB ratio across 114 and 1/3 innings pitched despite making 12 of his 19 starts at Coors Field. While he’s only notched two wins in August and September, Anderson has logged six QS over that time frame. On Saturday Tyler and the Rockies will host the Brewers at home at Coors Field. While it looks like an ugly matchup at first glance, it’s actually a decent spot to stream Anderson. Tyler has been at his best at home this season as he’s notched a 5-2 record with a 3.00 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and a 68:18 K:BB ratio across 78 innings pitched. Currently floating around in 73% of Yahoo leagues, Anderson is a worth grabbing if you are in a head-to-head matchup and need some innings. He should have decent ratios and a K’s and might even get a win. The Brewers have been good against LHP this season and it’s Coors Field, but Anderson will look to close out the season on a strong note anyway.
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Joe Musgrove has been totally hit or miss this season as he’s paired brilliant performances with awful ones that have resulted in a 4-4 record, a 4.06 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and a 55:16 KLBB ratio across 62 innings pitched. Musgrove has managed to pitch well of late, though, as he’s allowed three earned runs or less in his last four outings. On Saturday he’ll face the light-hitting Anaheim Angels, and as long as he can stay out of trouble with that Trout fella he should be all right. In the only other time he’s faced Anaheim this season he tossed seven scoreless innings in a win where he struck out four and walked none. Currently available in 61% of Yahoo leagues, I would trot Joe out there in every format where needed. Even if you’re in a tight head-to-head battle, I would go for it and hope for the best because flags fly forever.
Another SP that I would roll with on Saturday is Jharel Cotton. Cotton has been very good in his first four MLB starts as he’s gone 2-0 with three QS and he was one out away from all four of them. In his big league career thus far Jharel has impressed with a 1.44 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, a 16:3 K:BB ratio and he’s managed to hold opposing hitters to a batting average of just .159. All of that across 25 innings pitched. It appears that Cotton’s one Achilles heel has been the long ball, as three of the four earned runs he’s allowed have been HR’s. On Saturday Jharel and the Athletics will head north to Seattle to face off with Hisashi Iwakuma and the Mariners at Safeco Field. While the Mariners offense can be deadly and they are currently in the wildcard hunt, I would still use Jharel where he’s needed because he’s fared well against some pretty good teams already. Currently available in 66% of Yahoo leagues, nearly two thirds of Yahooligans can go pick him up right now if you want him. I’ll be pitching him myself in a few leagues, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is.
Adam Duvall busted out in a big way this season as he’s now up to 84 runs, 33 HR and 104 RBI. Heck, he’s even swiped six bags too. Although his .244 batting average is a bit of a drain, you’ll take it because it comes with all of that pop and those terrific counting numbers. While Duvall was practically universally owned over the spring and early summer months when he was mashing, he was dropped in several leagues as he cooled off in July and August when he totaled just seven HR over a two-month span. Well, its baseball and he’s heated back up again. Over the past week he’s managed a healthy 6/2/11/2/.323 batting line that was good enough to make him the third most valuable player in the fake game over that period. If you need a boost in your fantasy playoff matchup and Duvall is available, you should pick him up and plug him in. Not only is he hitting for power and piling up runs and RBI, but he’s also running and hitting for average as well. Currently available in 28% of Yahoo leagues, there’s a chance that he’s floating around in your league’s free agent pool right now. You should pick him up posthaste if he is. If he isn’t, you should make a mental note to draft him next season, as he plays half of his games at a great hitter’s park and will likely be available fairly late in drafts.
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