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30 fantasy baseball thoughts from Week 26 of MLB action

Is Scott Kingery a top 150 player next year?

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I’m sure most of your leagues have already concluded but I’m going to do this focus mostly on September stats. Maybe it will help you in some playoff analysis or game that you are playing to find a hot hand, maybe you can log this for next year during September to know which players have a chance to really shine during fantasy playoff time.

AL East

Baltimore Orioles: The Orioles pitching staff is striking out 7.41 batters per nine innings in September, lowest in MLB.

Boston Red Sox: Brandon Workman is one of three pitchers with 10+ IP and 0 ER. The others are Tyler Duffey and Jimmy Cordero.

New York Yankees: The Yankees have just 1 save in September. It’s interesting as they collectively have the third lowest ERA in MLB across that same time.

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays are allowing just 11.2% HR/FB rate among their pitchers in September, lowest in MLB.

Toronto Blue Jays: Tim Maya has a 20.25 walk per nine ratio in September. I’m not even mad, I’m impressed. He’s not alone, three other pitchers have the same stat line: Wade Davis, Aaron Barrett and Taylor Guerrieri.

AL Central

Chicago White Sox: The White Sox pitching staff is walking 4.42 batters per nine innings in September, 2nd worst behind the Rangers.

Cleveland Indians: The Indians pitching staff has a LOB % of 79.6%, depending on how you want to view this it’s 2nd best in MLB, bad to let them on base but good that they stayed there?

Detroit Tigers: Dawel Lugo is hitting to the opposite field 42% of the time in September, 2nd most in MLB behind only Yolmer Sanchez.

Kansas City Royals: Adalberto Mondesi has 12 steals in 20 games in September.

Minnesota Twins: The Twins as a team have an ISO of .224 ahead of the Yankees and Astros and good enough for highest in September.

AL West

Houston Astros: As a team, the Astros are batting .275, best average across all of MLB during September.

Los Angeles Angels: David Fletcher is one of three players with a batting average above .340 and a BB/9 in single digits (Luis Arraez and Alex Bregman are the other two).

Oakland Athletics: Matt Olson has eight home runs and 21 RBI in September (fourth most in MLB)

Seattle Mariners: Austin Nola has the 5th softest contact in September behind, Dexter Fowler, Cesar Hernandez, Paul DeJong and Greg Garcia.

Texas Rangers: The Rangers pitching staff holds a rough 6.28 ERA in September, highest runs allowed in MLB.

NL East

Atlanta Braves: The Braves as a team have a 12.2% walk rate, this is up about 8% over the next closest team (Milwaukee Brewers)

Miami Marlins: Jon Berti has eight steals in 20 games in September, third most in MLB

New York Mets: Brandon Nimmo leads the league in BB% in September with 23.4%

Philadelphia Phillies: Scott Kingery leads the league in SPD in September with 9.2.

Washington Nationals: Juan Soto has a VERY respectable 21.6% walk rate in September, third highest in MLB. Anthony Rendon is 6th at 18.8%

NL Central

Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber has a slugging percentage of .671, eighth best in MLB in September.

Cincinnati Reds: Raisel Iglesias has seven saves in September, fourth most in MLB behind Josh Hader, Carlos Martinez and Taylor Rogers. Oh and that Eugenio Suarez guy is doing pretty darn good.

Milwaukee Brewers: The Brewers are tied with the Cardinals for 11 saves in September, most in MLB. They will need this mentality heading into playoff time.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Kevin Newman is 8th in the league in September in SPD with 7.9.

St. Louis Cardinals: The Cardinals have 24 stolen bases in September, this is 33% higher than the next closest team (two way tie) Royals and Phillies

NL West

Arizona Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly has four wins, one loss and a 2.18 ERA in September.

Colorado Rockies: Garrett Hampson has nine steals in 20 games in September.

Los Angeles Dodgers: Rich Hill has a 23.6 K/9 in September, highest among pitchers with at least one IP.

San Diego Padres: The Padres pitching staff is striking out 10.75 batters per nine innings in September, third best in MLB. I think there is some potential in this pitching staff next year.

San Francisco Giants: Brandon Belt leads the league in FB% in September with 55.6%.