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J.D. Martinez has himself a (Father's) day
Martinez entered Sunday with 13 home runs and 35 RBIs. He'll wake up the Monday after Father's Day with 16 home runs and 41 RBIs. That's because Martinez had a monster Dad's Day, blasting three home runs with six RBI and three runs scored in the Tigers' 12-4 win against the Yankees. Martinez hit two of his home runs off starter Masahiro Tanaka, and later added a three-run shot against reliever Danny Burawa in the sixth inning.
Martinez broke out last year after being traded from the Astros, hitting .315/.358/.553 with 23 home runs and 76 RBIs in 123 games. Entering Sunday's action, ZiPS projected 14 home runs the rest of the way for J-Mart while Steamer projected 13, so thirty home runs are well within reach for the 27-year-old. For what it's worth, he's on pace for more than 30 home runs (unofficially official, it's 38).
Martinez is having a similar season last year, but he hasn't been as lucky (.389 BABIP in 2014, .325 BABIP in 2015), which is keeping his average down some. Still, not many thought he'd be a repeat .300 batter. His strikeout rate is nearly identical, and his walk rate is slightly up. There isn't a lot to takeaway from Sunday's performance (and you're not acquiring a hot Martinez from his current owner right now, anyway), but it's very possible that some frustrated owner(s) jumped shipped after he hit just three home runs in May. Remember: Martinez started off slow last year, too, before he finished with a career year. I don't think Martinez is going away anytime soon.
Mookie Betts falls short of the cycle
Betts needed a single in his final at-bat Sunday to get the cycle, but fell just short and had to "settle" for a three-hit day. Betts hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning and finished 3 for 5 with a pair of RBI, bumping his slash line to .277/.329/.453 with eight home runs 33 runs, 33 RBI and 11 steals. The big day also increased Betts' hitting streak to 11 games, in which he is 20 for 36 with four doubles, a triple, three home runs and nine runs. While he only has one walk in those 11 games, he also struck out only two times.
Mookie Betts was a preseason darling, so his slow start (.230 BA in April, .259 BA in May) had many owners concerned. In June, Betts it hitting a cool .356 with two home runs, eight runs, six RBI and three steals. While the Mookie hype got out of control in the offseason, he's certainly provided his owners that stuck with the struggling 22-year-old a nice return so far. While I don't think he'll quite reach 20/20 status, 15/20 isn't out of the question for Betts, who is still only 508 plate appearances into his career. Before Sunday, he owned a career slash of .279/.341/.435 with 12 home runs and 18 steals in 119 games.
Some players you kick yourself for not believing (and thus not owning on any of your fantasy teams), and my first guy on that list is Todd Frazier. The Reds third baseman has been a beast the last two seasons. On Sunday, the 29-year-old connected for his 23rd home run of the year in a 5-2 win against the Marlins. He now owns a .292/.356/.636 slash line with 23 home runs, 50 runs, 48 RBI and eight steals. Frazier is once pace to set a new career high in home runs, runs, and RBI. Frazier isn't mentioned enough among the elite (like a Josh Donaldson, for instance), but he should be.
Maikel Franco continues to hit for the Phillies, as the rookie went 3 for 5 with a double, RBI and a run scored in Philadelphia's 9-2 win against the Cardinals. Franco now owns a healthy .294/.338/.522 slash line with seven home runs, 18 runs and 19 RBI. Franco, 22, has certainly been impressive for the Phillies, showing good plate discipline (14.3 percent strikeout rate) and plenty of power (.229 ISO). In a lousy year for everything Phillies, Franco has been a bright spot.
Jake Arrieta pitched a complete-game shutout against the Twins, allowing four hits and striking out seven without a free pass. The victory improved Arrieta to 7-5 with a 3.07 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and a 96/21 K/BB ratio in 91 innings. The 29-year-old bounced back from an odd outing against the Indians, in which he walked six batters. Sunday's effort was the third time in 14 starts that Arrieta hasn't walked a batter. He's also struck out at least five in every start this season.
Scott Kazmir might be on the move soon, and he latest start might make that move sooner rather than later. On Sunday, Kazmir struck out six, allowed six hits and walked three over 7 2/3 innings against the Angels. Tyler Clippard almost blew the game in the ninth, but Kazmir walked away with his fourth win of the season. He now owns a 2.70 ERA and 79/32 K/BB ratio in 83 1/3 innings. Kazmir is a perfect fit for O.co Coliseum, so his fantasy value could worsen depending on his new venue (if he is indeed traded). Kazmir really struggled in the second half last year (5.42 ERA), so you might want to consider selling if you're an owner. His walk rate is up 2.36 BB/9 in 2014, 3.46 in 2015), and he's been a little lucky with a .268 BABIP.
Carlos Gonzalez left Sunday's game against the Brewers with a mild left hand sprain, and the Rockies outfielder is considered day-to-day. Lets hope the injury doesn't become anything serious, as Gonzalez has heated up at the plate in the month of June, slashing .286/.325/.600 with six home runs, four doubles and 14 RBIs in 18 games. The other "CarGo," Carlos Gomez (hip), could return to the Brewers' lineup on Tuesday, according to manager Craig Counsell. It's looking less likely that a DL stint will be required.
Freddie Freeman (wrist) remained out of the lineup on Sunday and will visit a hand specialist. Freeman has had a great year despite many of Atlanta's mainstays leaving this offseason. This year, he's hitting .299/.367/.520 with 12 home runs, 43 runs and 41 RBI. Any lost time, or a stint on the disabled list, would be a serious downgrade for the Braves, who have surprise many to stay in the thick of the division race.
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