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30 Fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 17 of MLB Action

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So..um Yulieski Gurriel?

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Given the year of the juiced ball, I thought I would dedicate this entire week to home runs.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Renato Nunez is 2nd in the league in HR against lefties with 11.

Boston Red Sox: Rafael Devers really needed a HR to get his 2019 campaign started, but it took a little while for that to happen

New York Yankees: Edwin Encarnacion has the 2nd highest AB/HR at 11.8 (Mike Trout is #1 with 10.1). Gary Sanchez is 5th at 12.4.

Tampa Bay Rays: This.....

Toronto Blue Jays:

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Yolmer Sanchez has the worst AB/HR among qualified batters – 291AB/ 2HR for a 145.5. #2 in MLB is Leury Garcia who is at 72.8.

Cleveland Indians: Carlos Santana with the 6th highest HR rate with no-one on base.

Detroit Tigers: Miguel Cabrera is the 5th worst in the league in AB/HR with 63.2. I might have to admit I was wrong on his Runs/RBI expectations....

Kansas City Royals: Billy Hamilton is the only player with over 250 AB and no home runs this season.

Minnesota Twins: Leads the league with 194 home runs currently. It is so spread out too with half their starting squad raking the ball regularly.

AL West

Houston Astros: Yulieski Gurriel leads the league with 14 home runs over the last 30 days. The Astros also own THREE of the eight players with multiple Grand Slams this year (Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel) no other team has more than 1.

Los Angeles Angels: Despite David Fletcher being a savvy first half fantasy pick, he is 3rd worst in the league in AB/HR with a 70.2.

Oakland Athletics: Here is a doozy – Josh Phegley leads the league in homeruns batting as 9th in the lineup (9) tied with Byron Buxton for the honor.

Seattle Mariners: The Mariners went into the All-Star break with 160 HR, they have hit 10 since then. They have hit 6% of their first half HR since the break, fewest turn in the league (avg 14%)

Texas Rangers: Nomar Mazara has the farthest hit ball this year (505 ft).

NL East

Atlanta Braves: Ronald Acuna has the 5th most HR as a leadoff hitter behind Max Kepler (23), George Springer (23), Joc Pederson (22), and Charlie Blackmon (21).

Miami Marlins: Miguel Rojas is the only player with over 300 AB and just 1 Home Run.

New York Mets: Pete Alonso leads the league in HR on the road, 18 of his 33 have been hit away from Citi which makes tons of sense as Citi is pitcher friendly. Pete also leads the league with 12 HR against lefties.

Philadelphia Phillies: The Phillies have allowed the 3rd most HR (169) behind Baltimore (191) and Seattle (181). They do have a deep weapon in Rhys Hoskins who leads the league in home runs in the 9th inning or later (6).

Washington Nationals: This is a look into sports and kids being so amazing...

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Willson Contreras leads the league among home runs by a catcher (19), currently tied in that illustrious spot with Mitch Garver.

Cincinnati Reds: To be completely honest, this has no bearing on anything but I enjoy the stat: Yasiel Puig is 2nd in the league in home runs off the first pitch (Jorge Soler is 1st with 10). Next up to bat is.. WHAM, that is out of here! It’s ironic as Eugenio Suarez has the most home runs on a full count with 10, the Reds are running all sides of pitch counts.

Milwaukee Brewers: The low hanging fruit – Christian Yelich leads the league with 35 home runs as of July 25th.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Josh Bell is 3rd in the league with HR with Runners on base. He has hit 13 home runs tied with Cody Bellinger, Edwin Encarnacion, Rougned Odor, Anthony Rizzo and Christian Yelich. Ahead of them are Mike Trout and Pete Alonso. I would imagine you see a nice RBI trend among this list….

St. Louis Cardinals: In just two weeks, Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong have both hit one third of the HR they hit pre-All Star break.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke, the only pitcher with more than 2 home runs. Batting a .256 avg to boot!

Colorado Rockies: Ian Desmond has the 2nd farthest hit this year 486 ft.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Russell Martin leads the league in average HR distance (430 ft). Joc Pederson and Cody Bellinger are 2nd and 3rd in ‘home’ Home runs at 17 and 20 respectively. I find this interesting as Dodger Stadium is historically more of a pitcher friendly park.

San Diego Padres: They have the most players with 25+ HR currently (3) Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes and Manny Machado

San Francisco Giants: Joey Rickard with the lowest avg HR (all 2 of them) with 343 feet. Oracle stadium is 339 feet (left), 399 feet (center) and 309 feet (right field)