Anibal Sanchez (SP - ATL) The 34-year-old righty recorded his third win of the season in the Braves' 4-2 win over the Padres Thursday. Sanchez went seven innings, allowing no runs, on four hits, while striking out six and walking none. Overall, the veteran has a 1.93 ERA in 37.1 innings pitched. Despite the impressive ERA, his xFIP sits at 4.03, which is an indicator of rough times ahead. His current 90.3% strand rate doesn't figure to stick around either. It appears it may be just a matter of time before he crashes back to Earth. At this point, he is a deep league streamer, but proceed with caution.
Ender Inciarte (OF - ATL) The speedy outfielder flexed some muscle in the Braves' 3-2 win over the Padres Thursday. Inciarte was 2 for 3 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored in the winning effort. On the season, the 27-year-old owns a .250/.306/.354 line with five home runs, 26 RBI, 33 runs scored and 20 stolen bases. The main reason you employ Inciarte is for steals and runs, so when you can get a bonus homer out of him, it's all gravy. It would be a welcome sight for him to up his OBP near his .350 mark of last season, but his .272 OBP is way down from his .339 of last season. If that can tick upwards, it only adds to Inciarte's value, and could get him moved up in the Braves' lineup.
Ryan McMahon (3B - COL) The Rockies' youngster contributed a solo homer in the Rockies 9-3 loss to the Phillies Thursday. It was McMahon's first of the season, which has been disappointing to this point. He is sporting a .202/.280/.303 line yet remains a man without a position. It remains to be seen what McMahon could do with steady playing time and a steady position, however, that isn't going to happen without a trade or injury. He remains a nice stash in case that happens, if you have the room. McMahon's home address is also Coors Field, which helps add to his value. However, he becomes difficult to hang onto in leagues with shallow benches.
Rhys Hoskins (OF - PHI) Hoskins had a big day at the plate in the Phillies' 9-3 win over the Rockies Thursday. The slugger was 3 for 5 at the plate, including a homer, three RBI and two runs scored for the game. On the season, Hoskins is slashing .244/.369/.446 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, 32 runs scored and three stolen bases. Based upon his 2017 finish, the Hoskins hype was way too much heading into 2018. While his numbers are solid, they don't live up to the high expectations placed upon him by some, which is unfair. His K% has increased by almost 6%, while his hard contact is down nearly a whopping 13% from last season. If he is walking at a decent clip, his OBP will decent, but his average figures to stay in the .250 range, and will provide power for owners, but his price figures to normalize a bit heading into 2019.
Vince Velasquez (SP - PHI) Velasquez earned his fifth victory of the season as the Phillies downed the Rockies 9-3 Thursday. He was able to go 6.2 innings, allowing two earned runs on just one hit, while striking out six and walking two. The outing gives him a 4.74 ERA on the season, however, his FIP of 3.54 suggests he has pitched a little better than his ERA suggests. It also helps that he has dropped his hard contact rate 6% from his 2017 mark of 38.1%, as well as increasing his SwStr% to 11.5%. If you're in need of a middle rotation arm, Velasquez is a solid option because of his strikeout upside.
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