Wilson Ramos (C - TB) The Rays' backstop was 3 for 4 with three RBI in the 6-3 win over the Red Sox Thursday. His RBI total sits at 24 on the season, and the three hits put his average at .301 for the season. The 30 year old has come on as of late, and has been one of the better catcher options in fantasy. Since he is a Tampa Bay Ray who is playing well, there is always a possibility of a trade, but Ramos figures to be a sound offensive option no matter where he plays.
Blake Snell (SP-TB) Snell recorded his sixth victory of 2018 as the Rays topped the Red Sox 6-3 Thursday. The 25 year old went six shutout innings, giving up just three hits, while striking out eight and walking just two. After a down 2017, the lefty lost the trust of owners, but with his 2.78 ERA, decreased BB% and 82.3% strand rate, he is back in the good graces of fantasy owners, and is getting close to being a matchup proof consideration in most formats.
Blake Treinen (RP - OAK) Treinen shut the door on the Mariners in a 4-3 Athletics win Thursday. It was the 11th save of the season for the A's closer, and he is posting some impressive stats in addition to the save total. His ERA sits at 1.08 after the outing, and is stranding 82% of baserunners. His 17.9% SwStr% is up nearly 4% from his 2017 total, and is averaging 98 mph. Treinen has silenced the question marks surrounding his hold on the job heading into the season.
Manny Machado (SS - BAL) Machado continued his hot hitting by going 3 for 5 Thursday in the Orioles 9-3 win over the White Sox. The young phenom raised his line to .335/.409/.634 with 15 home runs and 44 RBI. In an offense that has largely underachieved in 2018, Machado's wRC+ sits at a whopping 173, as he continues to carry the team, while being the subject of trade rumors. Whether he is dealt before this year's deadline, or signs with another club in the offseason, Machado is due for both a handsome pay increase, as well as a change of address.
Salvador Perez (C - KC) The Royals' backstop went 2 for 4 with four RBI in a 8-2 win over the Rangers Thursday. After his earlier DL stint this season, Perez has become his familiar self offensively. His line sits at .254/.297/.508 with eight homers, and 26 RBI. Since he doesn't take many walks, his OBP will be limited, but his ability to hit homers, drive in runs, and hit for a respectable average makes him a valuable option in all formats. His production usually comes at a modest price as well.
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