Adbert Alzolay, SP, CHC
Alzolay lasted 4.2 IP against the Braves on Tuesday allowing just 1 hit, a HR, while striking out 4 and walking 4 in his 2nd career start. This start was very similar to his 1st in that each time he allowed just one hit, but both of those hits were HR's, and in both outings he fell shy of making it through 5 innings. His 2.08 ERA through 2 starts is nice, but remember that he is still rolling with a .000 BABIP and he has walked 6 batters in 8.2 IP. His xFIP currently sits at 5.42 so expectations need to be tempered for the 24 year-old, even if he does start going deeper into games.
Jack Flaherty, SP, STL
Flaherty allowed 7 ER's on 9 hits including 3 HR's in 4.2 IP against the A's on Tuesday, while striking out 5 in the contest. It has been a bit of a rough stretch for Flaherty as of late, as he has now allowed 18 ER's in 20.2 IP over his last 4 starts. He has taken a step back from last year, as his K% is down 3% and his GB% is down 6% from 2018. Still, he's probably not as bad as his 4.75 ERA suggests, as he has a more respectable 3.98 xFIP and he has been plagued by a 20.7% HR/FB%. I still believe that Flaherty can be a solid SP going forward.
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, STL
Goldschmidt continues to fight through his slump, going 0-4 against the A's on Tuesday. Lowering his BA to .253 for the season. Goldy started last year cold as well, but at least then he broke out of it in June. This year though, that hasn't been the case, as he has actually gotten even colder in June, hitting .192 with 3 HR's in 22 games so far this month. His K% is up near 25% for the 2nd straight season, while his BABIP has fallen to .311, after being over .340 for the last 7 seasons. The good news is that he's still hitting the ball hard at an incredible 51.7% so all hope is not lost. But it's still quite disturbing that he only has 7 doubles the entire season! He pulled off a miracle finish last season to end up with excellent numbers, but how many times can you expect that to happen?
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS, SD
Tatis went 1-3 with his 9th HR of the season against the Orioles on Tuesday, giving him a bloated .323 BA 44 games into his rookie season. Since coming off the DL in early June, Tatis has been on fire, hitting .359 with 9 XBH's and 20 runs scored in 17 games. It must be pointed out though that he has a 29.3% K% during this stretch while benefiting from a BABIP of .500. For the season, Tatis has a 29.0% K% and a similarly unsustainable .427 BABIP. He does have an above average Hard%, but his exit velocity is close to average, and Statcast has his xBA at .230, nearly .100 points lower than his actual BA. He should remain a solid fantasy asset thanks to his power-speed combo, and batting leadoff for the Padres should continue to boost his run total. His BA will come down though.
Chris Taylor, MI, OF, LAD
Taylor went 2-3 with an RBI and 2 SB's against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday, as he continues to show signs of life after a slow start to the season. Over his last 8 games, Taylor has gone 13-27 (.481) with 3 HR's and 12 RBI plus the two steals. He has been hitting in the middle of the Dodgers lineup which has helped him accrue more RBI opportunities. Taylor's high K% make him prone to slumps and inconsistencies, but his power and speed, along with the strong lineup around him, continue to keep him relevant in fantasy circles.
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