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30 Fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 5 of MLB action

Time for some rookies to shine.

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Tons of injuries, the promotion of a highly touted prospect and some continued struggle from Boston in the 4th week of MLB action.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Dwight Smith Jr, his ownership is now up to 43%, he had a brief injury scare and I don’t think he’s a full season solution but he should be added in most leagues as he continues his hot streak. His season line is now at 17 runs, 18 RBIs, three stolen bases and .286 AVG.

Boston Red Sox: They only have seven players with at least one HR (lowest in MLB): Mitch Moreland, Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Christian Vazquez, Xander Bogaerts, Andrew Benintendi, Michael Chavis and Blake Swihart (now with Arizona)

New York Yankees: Miguel Andujar took live pitching. Now is probably a good time to get in early on him, regardless of if you believe in him, the Yankees need somebody, ANYBODY in the line up right now.

Tampa Bay Rays: Great article on Tyler Glasnow’s changeup and his struggle to get his hands shaped correctly to throw it regularly, imagine what damage he will do if he masters it?!?

Toronto Blue Jays: Vlad Guerrero Jr is up (in case you missed all the buzz) IF he somehow struggles through the first two weeks, STAY PATIENT. I remember Alex Bregman going 18ab his first season before he got a hit, he went about 12AB before he even got on base.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox (PROSPECT UPDATE): Matt Skole is currently hitting sporting 16 hits, 14 runs, six home runs and 13 RBI’s as well as a .291 AVG through 16 games with the Charlotte Knights.

Cleveland Indians: Carlos Santana is currently 4th in average exit velocity.

Detroit Tigers: The Tigers have grounded into a double play just nine times this season. They are one of just two teams with fewer than 12 GDP.

Kansas City Royals: Hunter Dozier (51% owned) was doing great with a .324 AVG, 12 runs and 12 RBI’s but back spasms can be something that can derail a season; also Kansas City has 28% more stolen base attempts ahead of the next closest team (Seattle)

Minnesota Twins: As if the ‘Super Rosario’ theme isn’t fun enough, Eddie commented that a bunny costume purchased by Kyle Gibson scared him so much, he felt obligated to hit home runs to keep it at bay.

AL West

Houston Astros: The Astros have just three batters with an average beneath .265 – Max Stassi, Tony Kemp and Aledmys Diaz. All of them have less than 35AB. This means they have 10 batters (their top 10 batters in AB) with above a .265 AVG.

Los Angeles Angels: Andrelton Simmons leading the league in hard hit 95+MPH hits with 42.

Oakland Athletics: The Athletics are striking out just 6.7 times per game, 2nd best in MLB (behind Los Angeles Angels).

Seattle Mariners (PROSPECT UPDATE): Darren McCaughan (Round 12, pick 18 for Seattle Mariners in 2017) currently owns a 24IP, 8.63 K/9; .75 BB/9; 2.63 ERA; 0.83 WHIP if you are looking for a pitching prospect for your keeper league.

Texas Rangers: Rely more on pop outs than any other team. They are currently 10-4 and home and 2-7 on the road.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: Dansby Swanson has the 2nd most HR on Atlanta (behind Ronald Acuna). He is almost halfway to his career high 15 that he hit last year and we are just 15% of the way into the season.

Miami Marlins: Brian Anderson now has hits in seven straight games and hits in 11 of his last 12.

New York Mets: The Mets have 13 players with a HR: Robinson Cano, Michael Conforto, Amed Rosario, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Wilson Ramos, Brandon Nimmo, JD Davis, Juan Lagares, Zack Wheeler, Todd Frazier, Noah Syndergaard and Jacob DeGrom. This is tied for the most alongside NYY.

Philadelphia Phillies: Philadelphia has less than 10 stolen base attempts so far this season. They are attempting (not successfully completing just attempting) one every three games.

Washington Nationals: Potentially searching for a closer with Trevor Rosenthal’s struggles. They might go to Sean Doolittle, Wander Suero, Justin Miller or Kyle Barraclough.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Rely more on ground outs than any other team in MLB.

Cincinnati Reds: Jose Peraza, among other terrible stats – 70AB and 0 walks.

Milwaukee Brewers: Hernan Perez has been filling in for Mike Moustakas who has a finger injury and has not disappointed with three home runs, six RBIs and a .313 AVG.

Pittsburgh Pirates: After allowing just 1 run in his first 17IP, Jordan Lyles allowed five runs in five innings the other night. I’m ok with one bad outing given what I’ve seen out of him.

St. Louis Cardinals: Jose Martinez batting .420 AVG in 52 plate appearances.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: Eduardo Escobar (48% owned) with seven runs, six RBIs and .480 AVG over the last seven days. His season line is now at 13 runs, 13 RBIs and .290 AVG. That’s top 75 area.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies are co-leading the league (with Seattle) in wild pitches thrown (14).

Los Angeles Dodgers: Ross Stripling is pitching 1.83 at home and 5.59 on the road.

San Diego Padres: Over the last week, among batters with more than one AB, only Fernando Tatis Jr. has a batting average above .251 and it’s way above (.348 AVG).

San Francisco Giants: Have not only the fewest Man Games lost to Injury but also have just one player on the IL right now.