Luis Severino, New York Yankees - Luis Severino got clubbed by the Red Sox Saturday afternoon allowing 10 runs (8 earned) through just 4.1 innings. The start was Severino's first non-quality start since July 2nd which spanned a stretch of six starts. Severino was really done in by Andrew Benintendi who launched a pair of homers off Severino which were his 14th and 15th dingers allowed this season. This is just a blip on the radar for Severino as he's been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. His strikeouts were still there as he punched out four batters in the game. He's still as safe as anyone in the game right now.
Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox - Rafael Devers had a big game Saturday going 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of RBI in the Red Sox win. Devers has played really well since getting called up to the majors with three homers and nine RBI with a 148 wRC+. He's slashing .327/.393/.545 with a .218 ISO and a very very manageable 23% strikeout percentage. He's hitting everything in the zone right now with a 89% zone contact rate and a 9.0% Swinging Strike rate.
Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins - Byron Buxton is playing really well as of late and went 2-for-5 Saturday with his sixth homer of the season. The homer was the first since July 4th for Buxton and since the beginning of July he's hitting .333 with a .397 OBP and a 121 wRC+. He's also swiped six bags in that span and like we saw in September last season he may be turning a corner to flash his full potential. If you have a spot where you can add him to your team I'd say go ahead and pick him up as he's HEAVILY available in ESPN leagues for certain.
Sean Manaea, Oakland A's - Holy Moley the Sean Manaea express was derailed Saturday by the Orioles as he lasted just one third of an inning while allowing 6 hits and 6 earned runs with a walk. This makes three starts in a row where he has gotten shelled as he allowed five earned runs in his last start and six runs in the start before that, although only two of them were earned. He's being vicitimized by homers as of late as he only has a 11.2% HR/FB rate but has allowed six of his 14 homers for the season in his last four starts. He didn't allow any homers in his 0.1 innings Saturday, but if we're being honest with how the Orioles were hitting the ball we can pencil in one or two. I almost dropped Manaea in my main league before this start and definitely am moving on now, but I'm still going to keep an eye out to watch him because I don't think anyone rushes out to grab him after this one.
Jose Abreu, Chicago White Sox - Jose Abreu launched a pair of solo homers Saturday in a 3-or-4 game. Abreu hadn't homered since 7/29 so the return to power was a nice sight for owners. Abreu has been struggling mightily in August with a .195/.233/.268 triple slash and a 29 wRC+ after posting a season high 143 in July. Abreu's numbers are eerily similar to last season, and that's a very usable fantasy asset at first base.
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