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Fantasy Baseball: The Triple Threat's Week 12 Weekend Observations

Catch up on the latest Fantasy Baseball happenings from this past weekend so you build the foresight necessary to DOMINATE the upcoming week ahead!

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  • Nolan Arenado needed a home run to get a cycle on Sunday but the Rockies had the lead in the top of the ninth inning. Usually, that means the game is over, but closer Greg Holland was unavailable for the second straight day after throwing a lot of pitches Wednesday-Friday. Jake McGee blew the save by allowing a two-run homer to Hunter Pence. That provided Arenado with a ninth-inning at-bat, which he took advantage of by blasting a three-run homer to complete the cycle and give the Rockies a 7-5 win. Just how Colorado drew it up! Arenado finished the day 4-for-5 with four RBIs and is now hitting .299 with 15 home runs and 55 RBIs. 
  • When a player has a track record of success and there's no injury, patience is needed. Edwin Encarnacion is an example from 2017. He went 3-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs Sunday and has six home runs in his last 10 games. He is hitting .261 with 16 home runs and 36 RBIs.
  • Jason Vargas became the first 10-game winner in baseball with a win over the Angels on Sunday. He allowed three runs on eight hits with two walks and three strikeouts through six innings. He has a 2.27 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.
  • The year of surprising power hitters won't stop. Logan Morrison hit two more home runs Sunday and has 21 long balls on the year with 47 RBIs and a .925 OPS. 
  • SP Jacob Faria has made three major league starts and has dominated on his way to a 3-0 record. He pitched seven innings and allowed one run, six hits, one walk and struck out nine on Sunday. Faria has a 1.37 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and a 22:4 K:BB ratio in 19.2 innings. 
  • Jimmy Nelson has turned into one of the more reliable Fantasy players at the starting pitcher position. He went the distance in a win over the Padres Sunday, allowing six hits, one run, two walks and struck out 10. He has a 3.39 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and an 85:21 K:BB ratio through 85 innings.
  • Baltimore Orioles slugger Trey Mancini began the season in a platoon role, but has hit too well and earned more playing time. He hit his 12th homer Sunday and is batting .310 with 38 RBIs.
  • Kenley Jansen picked up his 15th save with a 1-2-3 inning Sunday. He has a 0.91 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and a 50:0 K:BB ratio in 29.2 innings. His stuff is on another level right now.

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  • Speaking of the Dodgers, Kenta Maeda returned to the starting rotation Sunday and defeated the Reds, going five innings and allowing three hits, one walk, one run while adding five strikeouts. 
  • Trevor Bauer went seven innings and allowed two hits, two walks, two runs and struck out eight in a win over the Twins. He has a 5.54 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. 
  • Justin Turner hit his third homer of the season Sunday. He missed time with an injury, but is batting .385 in 47 games. 
  • Keon Broxton homered again on Saturday and it was fifth home run in six games. He has 11 on the season.
  • Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia was hit by a pitch Sunday night and X-rays came back clean. He made the flight with the team and is day-to-day.
  • Xander Bogaerts cracked a pair of home runs and drove in four runs Sunday night. He is batting .318 with long balls, 30 RBIs and eight stolen bases.
  • Closer Craig Kimbrel picked up his 20th save and has a 0.85 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and a 59:5 K:BB ratio in 31.1 innings. In Boston, that's what they call wicked.
  • David Price wasn't sharp against the Astros, but managed to record his second win of the season. Price pitched five innings and allowed eight hits, three runs, walked three and struck out three. He has a 5.14 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and a 24:14 K:BB ratio in 28 innings.

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  • Masahiro Tanaka struck out 10 batters in only four innings against the A's, but was hurt by the home run in Oakland, allowing three balls to go over the fence. He has allowed 21 homers in 76.2 innings. He allowed eight hits, five runs and one walk and now sports a miserable 6.34 ERA.
  • Jonathan Schoop hit a pair of homers and drove in four Saturday. He has 13 home runs and 40 RBIs.
  • Salvador Perez went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. He is batting .286 with 14 home runs and 38 RBIs.
  • Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez was activated after a lengthy DL stint. He homered both Friday and Sunday and went 4-for-12 with two home runs and eight RBIs in those games.
  • Eric Thames hit his 20th homer.
  • Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run and went 4-for-5 Saturday.
  • Jose Ramirez has been sizzling. He had two home runs and drove in three in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Saturday. He went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored Sunday. Ramirez is 14-for-23 with three home runs and seven RBIs in his last five games. 
  • Marcell Ozuna hit his 18th homer Sunday and is hitting .324 with a .583 slugging percentage.
  • Matt Davidson homered for the fifth time in six games Saturday. He has 15 home runs. 
  • Mike Napoli returned from the DL Friday and hit a pair of home runs Saturday.
  • Yasiel Puig hit two home runs Saturday giving him 12 for the season. 
  • Cody Bellinger hit his seventh home run in seven games Saturday, giving him 19 on the year. 

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  • Yangervis Solarte hit a pair of home runs Saturday.
  • Dinelson Lamet struck out 12 and allowed three runs in six innings. He has 37 strikeouts in 24 innings. 
  • Ryon Healy hit two more home runs Saturday and has 17 home runs and 42 RBIs.
  • Khris Davis hit his 18th homer Sunday. He has 45 RBIs. 
  • Dexter Fowler homered in his third consecutive game Saturday.
  • Addison Russell has finally started hitting. He homered Saturday and is 7-for-23 (.304) with three home runs and seven RBIs over his last six games.
  • Felipe Rivero picked up a five-out save Saturday. He has a 0.72 ERA. 
  • Ivan Nova went seven innings and allowed six hits, three runs, two walks and struck out six in a win over the Cubs. He has a 2.91 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.
  • Lonnie Chisenhall hit a pair of home runs in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday and has 10 home runs.
  • Alex Meyer is rolling up the strikeouts, but the walks are still an issue. He pitched six scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, two hits and one walk in a win over the Royals. He has a 3.52 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and a 5.87 BB/9. 
  • Rougned Odor hit his fifth homer of the month and has 12 home runs and 31 RBIs this season.
  • Aroldis Chapman was activated from the DL Sunday and pitched a scoreless inning. 
  • Trea Turner stole four bases on Sunday and is up to 26 steals.
  • After a rough stretch, Jacob deGrom was excellent in his two-start week. He capped it off Sunday with eight innings against the Nationals and allowed three hits, two walks, no earned runs and struck out six in the win. He homered, too.
  • Kyle Freeland finds ways to keep his ERA down despite playing home games at Coors Field. He gets a lot of ground balls and keeps the ball in the park. He went six innings and allowed eight hits, two walks and three strikeouts for a win at home over the Giants. He is 8-4 with a 3.42 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with a 50:32 K:BB ratio in 81.2 innings.
  • Mike Trout will travel with the Angels on their upcoming road trip and is expected to resume swinging and hitting off a tee next week.
  • Jean Segura is expected to begin a rehab assignment Monday.
  • Madison Bumgarner threw a 40-pitch simulated game Saturday. He will throw two more simulated games before beginning a rehab assignment. The next one will be Wednesday. If all goes well, he could be back with the Giants to start the second half.

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  • Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game Saturday due to a pinched nerve in his neck. He returned to the lineup Sunday.
  • X-rays on the shoulder of closer Santiago Casilla came back negative. He got hit by a foul ball and was unavailable Saturday as Sean Doolittle got the saves Saturday and Sunday.
  • The Angels placed Matt Shoemaker on the 10-day DL with right forearm soreness.
  • The Angels activated Cameron Bedrosian from the DL.
  • Carlos Rodon allowed seven hits and three runs with one walk and a strikeout in 5.2 innings. He is 0-2 with an 8.53 ERA in two rehab starts.
  • Lance McCullers started throwing on Saturday. He could return later this week.
  • Charlie Morton (lat) is expected to begin a rehab assignment Thursday.
  • Andrew Cashner was placed on the 10-day DL with a left oblique strain.
  • Felix Hernandez will come off the DL and start Friday. He threw six scoreless innings and allowed four hits with no walks and eight strikeouts in his third and final rehab start.
  • Cole Hamels will make his second rehab start Wednesday and could return to the Rangers after that one if it goes well.
  • Hisashi Iwakuma will return to the Mariners rotation next weekend. 
  • Manuel Margot will begin a rehab assignment Monday.
  • Kyle Hendricks could be out until after the All-Star break with a strained right middle finger tendon.
  • Yankees prospect Gleyber Torres was placed on the Triple-A DL with a hyperextended left elbow. 
  • Anibal Sanchez will start for the Tigers Monday. They will go with a six-man rotation for at least one turn.
  • The White Sox placed Miguel Gonzalez on the 10-day DL with inflammation in his right AC joint and James Shields was activated and started Sunday.

 


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