HG - Week eight is upon us and the latest injury casualties are Dallas Keuchel and Aaron Sanchez, with his third stint on the DL. The constant use of the 10 day DL means you need to be watching players that are banged up and keep an eye on the Waiver Wire to keep your team churning.
Justin Bour 1B Marlins - Bour has been on a tear for the month of May batting 333 with an on base of 452 and a slugging percent of 667. The big lefty has jacked 6 homers over the last week and a half alone while also driving in 9 runs. Bour now has 9 long balls for the season along with 25 runners sent home. He’s dialed in.
Justin Smoak 1B Blue Jays - Smoak is another young lefty who has warmed up with an average now standing at 280 with 4 dingers and 11 RBI in the last week. The former RangerSmoak has now clubbed 9 long balls while driving in 27 and scoring 20. He is taking advantage of hitting in the cozy Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Zack Cozart SS Reds - Cozart continues his hot start with a batting average of 352 with hits in 9 of his last ten games for a total of 16 base knocks spanning 41 at bats. That is an average of 390 with multiple hits in 6 of his last 10 games along with 3 home runs, 8 runs driven in and 10 runs scored. Cozart is a must own across all formats.
Hernan Perez 3B/OF Brewers - Perez is on a good run of late with 12 hits over his last 9 games and averaging 330 over this span. The young, versatile Brewer is now hitting 275 with 5 homers, 18 runners sent home, 16 runs scored and 16 extra base hits to date.
Ian Happ OF Cubs - Happ has been producing since his call up from Iowa with 7 hits in 21 at bats along starts in all six games. The young Cubs’ prospect has hit 2 long balls and driven in 4 runs and is worth owing while he is still in the majors.
Hunter Renfroe OF Padres - Renfroe has been supplying power for a Padres team after a slow start, clubbing 8 dingers in 158 at bats which projects to 32 over a full season. Renfroe has hit 3 home runs and knocked in 9 runsover the last week alone. Grab him while he’s on this streak.
Alex Cobb SP Rays - Cobb has strung together four straight quality starts in a row with just 8 earned runs over 27.1 frames for the Rays. That has dropped his seasonal ERA to 3.67 and with two starts for week eight Cobb makes for a nice plug and play option.
Alex Wood RP/SP Dodgers - Wood has helped alleviate injury problems in the Dodgers rotation with three quality starts over his last five outings, but more importantly 0 runs allowed in four of his last five trips to the mound. The young lefty has punched out 38 batters over his last 33 innings and has an ERA of 1.88, WHIP of 1.02 and a 10.9 K/9 ratio. Wood is on a roll and should be owned in all leagues and formats.
Jose Berrios SP Twins - Berrios has responded since his call up from Triple A with just one earned run allowed spanning 15.1 innings for the Twinkies. Minnesota’s top hurler in their farm system has K’ed 15 batters while just allowing just 2 walks and 4 hits and is worth owning with these kinds of stats.
Cory Knebel RP Brewers - Knebel has ascended to the closers’ role for the Brew Crew and is 3 for 3 so far, but the bigger eye opener is 38 punch outs over 22 innings for a 15.5 K/9 ratio. Throw in an ERA of 0.82 and WHIP of 1.05 and Knebel is the closer of choice for owners help in their pen.