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Ray offers his thoughts on some of the top fantasy performers from Saturday's roto action, including whether Clayton Kershaw can win another Cy Young award, Xander Bogaerts big day at the plate and more.

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Clayton Kershaw: Can he win another National League Cy Young award?

Dodgers ace Zack Greinke had his scoreless innings streak end last Sunday vs the Mets, after 45.2 shutout innings in a row, Teammate Clayton Kershaw is doing his best to try to top Greinke's scoreless innings streak, as he extended his to 37 innings yesterday, tossing 8 shutout innings vs the Angels, giving up just 2 hits, a walk and striking out 7 in 8 innings in the Dodgers 3-1 win. The win moved his record to 9-6 with a 2.37 ERA, a 2.10 FIP, 1.98 xFIP, a 0.91 WHIP and a 192-28 strikeout to walk rate in 148 innings this season.

Kershaw struggled to start the season, but is pitching like he is the best pitcher in the game right now. Over his last 10 starts, he has given up just 9 earned runs, while striking out 102 batters and walking just 11 over 75.2 innings and lowering his ERA by more than a run.

Coming into his Saturday start, Kershaw owned a 4.7 fWAR, ranking second among all starting pitchers in baseball behind Nationals ace Max Scherzer (5.0 fWAR). I have to think his fWAR moved ahead of Scherzer after his 8 shutout innings, which leads me to think that he could challenge both Scherzer and Greinke for the NL Cy Young award.

Here is the FanGraphs updated pitcher leader board:

#

Name

W

L

IP

K/9

BB/9

GB%

HR/FB

ERA

FIP

xFIP

WAR

1

Clayton Kershaw

9

6

148

11.68

1.7

52.40%

12.40%

2.37

2.11

1.99

5.1

2

Max Scherzer

11

8

150

10.32

1.14

35.70%

7.50%

2.22

2.38

2.88

5

3

Chris Sale

9

6

137.2

11.57

1.63

42.70%

9.80%

3.2

2.32

2.44

4.6

4

Corey Kluber

6

11

157

9.86

1.83

44.70%

8.30%

3.44

2.53

2.82

4.6

5

Dallas Keuchel

13

5

157

8.03

2.12

63.60%

12.30%

2.35

2.67

2.59

4.3

6

Chris Archer

9

8

141.2

10.99

2.1

46.10%

10.70%

2.54

2.51

2.52

4.1

7

Zack Greinke

10

2

146.1

7.87

1.54

48.30%

5.60%

1.41

2.57

3.17

4.1

8

Jacob deGrom

10

6

133.1

9.11

1.62

44.00%

7.30%

2.09

2.52

2.95

3.9

9

Jake Arrieta

11

6

140.2

9.41

2.18

51.70%

9.60%

2.62

2.62

2.73

3.9

10

Sonny Gray

11

4

145.2

7.66

2.22

55.00%

6.60%

2.16

2.88

3.34

3.6

11

David Price

9

4

146

8.51

1.79

39.60%

8.70%

2.53

3.01

3.3

3.5

12

Gerrit Cole

14

5

137.1

9.04

1.9

51.80%

8.20%

2.29

2.64

2.89

3.4

Can he win his fourth Cy Young award this season? I wouldn't bet against him.

Roto Roundup

I recently opined that Astros shortstop could be the top fantasy shortstop in 2016. That might be conservative for this stud hitter. He had a big night at the plate last night, going 2-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI in the Astros 8-2 win over the Diamondbacks. In less than 200 plate appearances, Correa is hitting .299-.345-.571 with 12 home runs, 14 doubles, 28 runs scored, 32 RBI and 5 stolen bases. All in 46 games played. There are about 60 games left in the season. Could Correa hit 25 home runs in just over 100 games?

No question he is the top fantasy shortstop heading into 2016 drafts, right?

A few months ago, I traded Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts in my AL-only keeper league in an effort to play for this season. It was a huge trade, where I gave up Bogaerts and Astros outfielder George Springer for Miguel Cabrera, Jose Abreu, Kyle Seager and others. The deal didn't work out too well for me and I have recently bailed on the season, and now I look back and second-guess dealing Bogaerts. On Saturday, Bogaerts had a big day at the plate, going 4-5 with 3 RBI, raising his slash line to .319-.345-.415 with 3 home runs, 48 runs scored, 51 RBI and 6 stolen bases in just under 400 plate appearances. I have to say I am surprised with the low home run total, but we can't forget that he is just 22 years old, so there is plenty of time for the power to develop.

Bogaerts' teammate Travis Shaw had the best day of his short career going 4-4 with a walk, double, 2 home runs, 5 runs scored and 3 RBI in the Red Sox 11-7 win over the Rays. I wouldn't run and grab him off the waiver wire, as he was called up to fill in for Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval who is nursing an injury after being hit by a pitch on Thursday.

Astros ace Dallas Keuchel bounced back after giving up 5 runs on 10 hits in 6.2 innings vs the Royals in his last outing, limiting the Diamondbacks to 2 runs on 2 hits, 3 walks and 8 strikeouts in 6 innings in the Astros win. The win moved his record to 13-5 with a 2.35 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and an excellent 140-37 strikeout to walk rate in 157 innings. Over the last three months, covering 114 innings, Keuchel has struck out 110 batters while walking just 23. The elite ground ball pitcher has become an excellent strikeout pitcher as well, and is on pace to strike out over 200 batters at this rate.

After an injury-filled 2013 and 2014 season, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is exceeding even the most optimistic of projections heading into the season. On Saturday, Machado went 2-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and an RBI in the Orioles 6-2 win over the Tigers. Machado is now hitting .295-.365-.525 with 23 home runs, 67 runs scored, 55 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 19 attempts and is on pace to hit 36 home runs and steal 24 bases. That's first round materail and the top fantasy third baseman in 2016 if you ask me.

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