Jose Reyes- TOR- Hot- Regression to the mean is in full swing for Reyes. Through June 23rd his BABIP was at .264 and his average at .247. In the 6 games since then he has gone 12-for-29 with a BABIP of .458. This brief hot streak has raised his BABIP to .283 and his average to .264. There is room for more positive regression so that average is likely to improve more.
Hector Noesi- CHA- FYI- Noesi's start yesterday was rained out. He will pitch today in that rarest of events, a single admission doubleheader. Since joining the White Sox for this third team of the season he has very quietly had an unremarkable season. For Noesi, that's actually an improvement over his 2013 season (6.59 ERA) and his brief tenures this year with the Mariners and Rangers (14.21 ERA.) In 12 games for Chicago (11 of them starts), Noesi has posted a 4.18 ERA, 4.25 FIP and 4.37 xFIP. His K/9 is 6.68 and BB/9 is 2.92. He has collected 5 quality starts. Those are the numbers of a pitcher who can hold onto a job with a team that's 5 games under .500 but doesn't really have much to offer in the fantasy world.
Chris Davis- BAL- FYI- Davis played his second game of the season at 3B for the Orioles. The last time he had played 3B was in 2011 when he got 26 games. He could get enough starts there to qualify at the hot corner in 5-game eligibility leagues at least. That's the fallout from Manny Machado's 5-game suspension, which started last night. This will give Davis a fantasy boost. This could be tempered by a possibility that other teams have figured Davis out to an extent. Last night, the Rangers put on an exaggerated shift. In one at bat, Davis hit a line drive to right that ended up in the glove of 2B Rougned Odor, who had been positioned perfectly to make the play. It would have been a clean hit with a normal positioning. Davis is hitless in his last 5 games only had 9 base hits in 110 PAs in the month of June. David did have 6 homers in June so his power hasn't been affected, but his average could take a hit.
Scott Kazmir- OAK- Cold- Since throwing 111 pitches for his 7th straight quality start on June 19th, Kazmir has failed to chalk up a quality start in his last 2 outings. A week ago he was tagged for 7 runs (all earned) in only 3 IP and needed 62 pitches to get that far. Last night he needed 99 pitches to make it through 5.1 IP, although he only allowed a run on 4 hits while striking out 7. Kazmir did give up 3 walks in that short span of time, though. His major problems in Tampa Bay came from overuse. The June 19th start was his first high-pitch one of the season. If his lack of efficiency continues in his next outing there could be some after effect still happening.
Taijuan Walker- SEA- Rookie- Walker made his 2014 major league debut and it was a quality start. He allowed 3 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 6 in 6 IP. Pretty solid. A note of concern, though, is the two homers he gave up. He had also allowed 6 homers in 30.2 AAA IP this season. For now, chalk those up to small sample sizes. He hadn't been that prone to the long ball in his minor league career up to that point.
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