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30 fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 25 of MLB action

There are a few closers with low percentages if you are desperate in your fantasy playoffs

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AL East

Baltimore Orioles: Jonathan Villar has more stolen bases than the rest of the team combined.

Boston Red Sox: JD Martinez is one of two batters with over 100AB and a .390 AVG+ (Hanser Alberto is the other).

New York Yankees: I think Giancarlo hits the third most home runs between now and end of season.

Tampa Bay Rays: Austin Meadows 15 runs and 15 RBI’s across last 46 ab (so a run and RBI every 3 At bats).

Toronto Blue Jays: Randal Grichuk 32% owned with six home runs and 14 RBIs over his last 46 at bats. (a home run every 7.5 at bats).

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: Yoan Moncada has the most hits over the last two weeks and he is 20% ahead of the next closest person (Marcus Semien).

Cleveland Indians: Oliver Perez has ‘inherited” 51 runners, 2nd most in MLB this season behind Yusmeiro Petit.

Detroit Tigers: Spencer Turnbull came in like a wrecking ball earlier this year then faltered. Well, he’s still faltering but he does have 18k over his last 11 innings (to go with a 6.94 ERA).

Kansas City Royals: Jorge Soler leads the league in home runs vs. right handers this year.

Minnesota Twins: Willians Astudillo with an insane 95% contact rate.

AL West

Houston Astros: I am surprised the Astros are pitching Cole as deep as they are the last few outings (8IP each). Seems risky to me coming into the playoffs.

Los Angeles Angels: Dillon Peters joins Yusei Kikuchi, Cole Hamels and Jose Quintana as players who have a WHIP above 2.1 and have at last 10 IP over the last two weeks.

Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson is behind only Eugenio Suarez in home runs over the last two weeks (7 vs. 8)

Seattle Mariners: Anthony Bass is locked in as the Mariners closer with decent numbers as of late and only 13% owned.

Texas Rangers: Shin-Soo Choo and Danny Santana is going to finish with the second and third most hits for the Rangers and I'm not sure if that says more about Shin-Soo and Danny or less about the team.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: Minimum 300 at bats, there are four teams with at least four players hitting above .290. Besides Atlanta is Boston, Colorado, Houston and Washington.

Miami Marlins: Sandy Alcantara has the 2nd most IP over the last two weeks with a 2.08 ERA. He’s 33% owned.

New York Mets: Amed Rosario has the 2nd most hits on the road in MLB this year (101) behind only Jorge Polanco.

Philadelphia Phillies: Bryce Harper with more stolen bases (5) than RBIs (4) over the last 2 weeks.

Washington Nationals: Stephen Strasburg has the third most strikeouts on the road this year.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: I imagine Sonny Gray’s ownership over the last 3 years in graph form, would look an awful lot like the Rocky Mountains.

Cincinnati Reds: Jose Iglesias had the 21st most hits among SS, of the 20 SS who had more hits then him this season, Jose had a better batting average then 11 of them, he had more steals than three of them, more home runs than 3 of them, and more RBIs than four of them. I think Jose Iglesias is a border pickup in 12 team leagues next season.

Milwaukee Brewers: One of the coolest stat lines this week: Matt Albers over his last two weeks: 4IP, 3 wins, 4K and a 9 ERA. Brent Suter meanwhile with 2 wins and a 0 ERA across 10 innings pitched.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Bryan Reynolds has the third highest batting average against right handers among players with at least 300AB.

St. Louis Cardinals: Dylan Carlson is one of the top Cardinals prospects this year. As an outfielder at AAA he batted .361 with 14 runs and 9 RBIs across 18 games this year.

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: I have picked up Alex Young in any league I’m still competing right now.

Colorado Rockies: Jairo Diaz is 32% owned and has four saves for Colorado in the last two weeks. Solid closer down the stretch for your playoff push.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Cody Bellinger stands behind JD Martinez with 17 home runs against left handed pitchers.

San Diego Padres: Dinelson Lamet has a 2.65 ERA, with 25 strikeouts over his last 17 innings pitched. Oh and he’s just 28% owned.

San Francisco Giants: Shaun Anderson got his 2nd save this season at 2% owned and while not the best option, he’s a potential deep league late flier with Will Smith still out.