Eric Hosmer was 2-4 with a walk, run, and three runs batted in against the Tigers. On the year he is hitting .318 with 22 HR, 83 R, 80 RBI, and 6 SB. Hosmer has quietly been having a career year that many have overlooked with the power explosion across the league. The .318 AVG is a result of an above average strikeout rate (16% K) and good fortune on his batted balls (.350 BABIP). His underlying skills point towards a .290-.300 hitter. His power is going to go up and down based on his HR/FB rate because he simply hits too many balls on the ground (55% GB). He is playing for a contract next year and from a fantasy perspective let's hope he gets a more favorable home park. He is an above average fantasy player that contributes in all categories.
Jordan Montgomery went 4.2 IP and gave up 2 ER on 5 H, 1 BB, and 4 K's against the Orioles. Montgomery through 25 starts has a 4.14 ERA (4.29 SIERA). Montgomery has been shuttled up and down over the past month but he has looked quite good in his rookie season. The strikeout rate is slightly above average at 23% but his 13% swinging strike rate suggests there could be more strikeouts in the future. He has a good fastball from the left side with a solid changeup and two breaking balls (SL + CV). Montgomery has shown the ability to mix his pitches well which has allowed him to limit hard contact (27%) and miss bats. He has the potential to develop into an above average fantasy starter as soon as next season if he continues to progress.
Dylan Bundy went 4 IP and gave up 5 ER on 5 H, 4 BB, and 5 K's against the Yankees. Bundy through 26 starts has a 4.12 ERA (4.43 SIERA). On the year his strikeout rate sits at 22% but an 11.5% swinging strike rate could lead to more strikeouts. He has shown the ability to control the strike zone and not load up the bases with free passes. Today, he simply didn't have his best stuff. Bundy is a fly-ball pitcher (47% FB) so he is going to toe the line with his ratios depending upon his HR/FB rate. He registered a 4.33 ERA with 19% K in the first half. He has been excellent in the second half with a 3.04 ERA and 28% K. The increased strikeouts is a really good sign for the right-hander. The concern for Bundy is that he has had trouble staying healthy and had never topped 110 IP at any level prior to this year. He is at 159.1 innings this year but he should provide excellent numbers down the stretch if he stays healthy.
Dallas Keuchel went 7.2 IP and gave up 2 ER on 7 H, 2 BB, and 5 K's against the Mariners. Keuchel through 18 starts has a 2.88 ERA (3.61 SIERA). He has been excellent when on the mound this year. Injuries have prevented him from being out there for an extended period of time. He is sporting a league average strikeout rate at 21% K but this is in combination with a 66% GB, which is elite. If you have ever watched Keuchel pitch, he is a master of movement and control. He has the ability to make hitters go out of the zone 33% of the time, which is above league average. This leads to weak contact and a ton of ground balls. When he is healthy he is an above average fantasy starter on one of the top teams in the league.
DFS Value Play
Delino DeShields has been playing regularly with Carlos Gomez out. He gets a plus matchup with RHP Julio Teheran. DeShields is hitting .286 with 28 SB. This is a great matchup for DeShields to run wild if he gets on base. Teheran has given up 23 SB already this year making DeShields a good bet to go if/when he gets on. Teheran's lack of strikeouts and 1.35 WHIP give DeShields a good chance of getting on. Fanduel: $3,400
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