Aaron Nola (SP - PHI) The young Phillies ace ran his record to 8-2 on the season with the Phillies 5-4 win over the Rockies Tuesday. Nola went 6.2 innings, allowing one earned run on four hits, while striking out ten and walking none. The outing dropped his ERA to 2.27 as the 25-year-old continues to impress. Currently, he is stranding 80% of baserunners, while allowing just 27.3% hard contact. xFIP sits nearly a full point higher than his ERA, so there could be a bit of a dip, but it doesn't seem to be much to be concerned with. Nola is becoming a fantasy stud before our eyes.
Ender Inciarte (OF - ATL) Inciarte did a little bit of everything in the Braves' 8-2 beatdown of the Mets Tuesday. The 27-year-old finished 2 for 4 with two RBI and two stolen bases, bringing his steal total to 20. While he will never be a big power threat, Inciarte remains a source of runs, and stolen bases, as well as a decent source of RBI. It also helps that he bats in a potent Atlanta lineup. His K% of 13.3% only adds to his value, however, an increase in his .271 BABIP would help his value as his career mark is nearly 50 points higher.
Brad Hand (RP - SD) The Padres' closer finished the 4-2 victory by recording his 20th save of 2018 Tuesday. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.83 and gave him a 52/14 K/BB ratio on the season. His 13.63 K/9 remains impressive, but his 3.67 BB/9 is a bit of a concern. His 73% strand rate offsets the walks, and he continues to minimize the home runs. Hand remains one of the best closers in the game thus far.
Travis Shaw (3B - MIL) Shaw provided all the offense in the Brewers' 4-0 win over the Cubs Tuesday. The Milwaukee third baseman went 2 for 3 with four RBI on the day. His slash line reads .251/.345/.506 with 14 homers and 43 RBI. Shaw's 16% K% contributes to his OBP, but his .254 BABIP is holding down his average. However, Shaw has been heating up in recent weeks, and remains a fixture in your lineup in all formats.
Eric Hosmer (1B -SD) Hosmer smashed his ninth homer of 2018 in the Padres' 4-2 win over the Cardinals Tuesday. On the season, the veteran is slashing .286/.368/.480 with the nine homers, 31 RBI, 34 runs scored and three steals. He continues to be an OBP machine, with his .346 BABIP, paired with his 11% walk rate. He doesn't figure to be more than a 25-home run threat, despite his hard contact rate being up 10% since 2017. Overall, Hosmer is a solid value where he was drafted heading into 2018 and is heating up.
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