Brad Peacock went 6 IP and gave up 2 ER on 5 H, 0 BB, and 11 K's against the Yankees. Peacock has been excellent for the Astros in his return to the rotation. He has a 3.62 ERA and 1.10 WHIP. The skills behind the success are solid as well with 24% K, 8% BB, and 4.24 SIERA. The concern going forward is the potential for a drop in strikeouts because his 9% SwStr does not support a 24% strikeout rate. He is also giving up a ton of hard contact (39%) which is eventually going to come back to bite him at some point. It could manifest itself in the form of the long ball because he has had a problem with home runs in the past and he has been fortunate in that department so far. Peacock is still going to be a valuable fantasy asset just know that some regression is going to set in.
Carlos Santana was 2-4 with an HR (16), 1 R, and 2 RBI against the Tigers. Santana is quietly having a great year. He is hitting .295 with 16 HR, 51 R, 46 RBI, and 3 SB. The skills behind the rebound are fantastic with above average strikeout (16%) and walk rates (17%). The power has ticked up as well, thanks in large part to the juiced ball but he is also doing his part by making a ton of hard contact (47%). He is someone to buy for the rest of the season and he shouldn't cost as much as the other elite performers.
Griffin Canning went 5.1 IP and gave up 2 ER on 4 H, 3 BB, and 3 K's against the Cardinals. Canning has had a strong start to his major league career. He has a 3.88 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 55.2 IP. Immediately, the WHIP should catch your attention because a 1.02 WHIP would signal an ERA much better than 3.88. Griffin has very strong underlying skills. His strikeout rate sits at 26% with the potential for more given his 16% SwStr. Griffin also has plus control with just 5% BB. His biggest issue has been the home run (1.62 HR/9) and all but one of his nine home runs given up have come off of his fastball. The good news is that a small improvement in his fastball command and he could take off as an elite fantasy starter. Even as is, Griffin is an above average starter with good ratios and strikeouts which is extremely valuable in today's game.
Martin Perez went 5 IP and gave up 4 ER on 5 H, 3 BB, and 2 K's against the Royals. Perez has cooled down after his hot start to 2018. He currently has a 4.28 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 82 IP. The skills are better than years past but a 22% K is just average in today's game and his 10% BB leaves a lot to be desired. His SIERA sits at 4.65 which portrays a pitcher who is not rosterable outside of Al-only leagues. With that being said there are ways to manipulate Perez so that he could be usable in mixed leagues. The first factor to consider is that the AL Central is full of offenses that are sub-par (Royals, Tigers, and Indians) in which you could use Perez against. He also has a 3.57 ERA at home compared to a 4.66 ERA on the road. These are two scenarios in which Perez should be considered as a streamer in mixed leagues. He will be at home next time out against the Rays.
JaCoby Jones was 2-4 with 2 R against the Indians. Jones has had a very solid June (.278 AVG, 3 HR/1 SB) as the Tigers centerfielder. On the year, he is hitting .242 with 8 HR, 24 R, 21 RBI, and 6 SB. The power-speed combo is very real but his lack of contact (31% K) is going to hurt his average and could eventually hurt his playing time. He has the potential for a 20 HR/15 SB type of season albeit with a low average which is still valuable in deeper mixed leagues. Just keep in mind that he is going to go through stretches where he is really bad due to his strikeout rate but remember the power/speed combo and how valuable 15+ SB is in today's game.
DraftKings Value Plays: SP Felix Pena ($6,700) and OF Jackie Bradley Jr. ($3,900)
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