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30 Fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 7 of MLB action

Mitch Garver is really working his way up the ranks

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AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Mychal Givens (51% owned) with 7k in his last 5 IP, 3 saves and a 0 ERA

Boston Red Sox: Chris Sale has 24 strikeouts over his last 14 innings pitched

New York Yankees: DJ Lemahieu is batting .517 with batters in scoring position. This is the 2nd highest average among batters with at least 10 AB with someone in scoring position (behind Andrew Benintendi)

Tampa Bay Rays: Tampa is forcing an outside swing percentage of 32.8%, best in MLB. This is great until teams stop swinging.

Toronto Blue Jays: Going into the night of May 9th, the Blue Jays have a five game losing streak, longest active streak in the league.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Eloy Jimenez has 27.8% soft contact, 10th highest in MLB.

Cleveland Indians: As a team the Indians WAR is -.3, one of two teams with a negative WAR.

Detroit Tigers: (Prospect update) Jake Rogers (Catcher) is at AA with 14 runs, 5 HR and 14 RBI as well as a .279 avg through 22 games

Kansas City Royals: Will Brad Boxberger or Jake Diekman be taking over closing role?

Minnesota Twins: Mitch Garver is 13th in the league in DRC+ at 143 (100 is average and 120 is good). This metric tells you the deserved runs created by the batter. This metric goes beyond the outcome of a play to see how much of what occurred should be credited to the batter (Fielding, Pitcher, Park etc..)

AL West

Houston Astros: The Astros are throwing a fastball 44.3% of the time, lowest in MLB.

Los Angeles Angels: Meanwhile the Angels are using the curveball 16.6% of the time, highest usage in MLB.

Oakland Athletics: The Athletics are 23rd in MLB standings but have the 5th most wins at home in the league.

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez has forced 6 batters to ground into a double play over the last 30 days, tied for most in the league.

Texas Rangers: I saw earlier this week from MLB that Joey Gallo is the first player in MLB history to have 100 HR before 100 singles.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: Atlanta sports a 24.6% line drive rate, highest in MLB.

Miami Marlins: Jorge Alfaro has 19 hits in his last 20 games.

New York Mets: Call up Dominic Smith is sub 5% owned with a .333 avg last time up. His current 1:1.B/KK rate this season is much better than his 1:10 ratio last season.

Philadelphia Phillies: The have stolen 7 bases, the fewest in MLB.

Washington Nationals: (PROSPECT UPDATE) Interviews have shown that Carter Kieboom was promoted earlier than the club wanted and that while he’s struggled they are working on a few paths of slowing his mindset down to help his natural game come through.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs have 15 wins against teams over .500 the 2nd most in MLB (Arizona has the most)

Cincinnati Reds: Sonny Gray has walked eight batters in his last nine innings pitched.

Milwaukee Brewers: I love how Ryan Braun always produces just enough for you to consider him each year. He now has 3 runs, 2 HR and 2 SB to go with his .500 AVG over the last seven days.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Brian Reynolds has a .357 AVG, the highest among rookies with 10 or more games played. He also has six doubles (sixth most among rookies).

St. Louis Cardinals: Albert Pujols joins Hank Aaron and Alex Rodriguez in the 2,000 RBI club (the stat was not tracked prior to 1920)

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: The Diamondbacks have hit 88 doubles, the most in MLB.

Colorado Rockies: The Rockies are pulling 28.7% of pitches to the opposite field, the most in MLB

Los Angeles Dodgers: Max Muncy with league leading 11 RBI’s over the last seven days.

San Diego Padres: I picked up Manuel Margot in NFBC, he now has .385 avg, 5 hits, an RBI and 2SB over his last seven days.

San Francisco Giants: Reliever Reyes Moronta (10% owned) has 23K, 0 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 1 win over the last 30 days