Wade Miley (SP-HOU)
Miley tossed 8 innings of 2 run ball, striking out 6. He cruised through 8 innings before allowing 2 baserunners and was eventually pulled. Miley has turned in drastically different surface results seemingly every year, and despite a 4.42 fip thanks to a high hr rate, he has turned in a 3.18 ERA with a 7.44 K/9, and a 2.85 BB/9 - numbers that line up to be some of his best over a single season. Miley has held batters to a career low .218 batting average against as he has mixed his pitch selection a bit more in 2019, especially increasing the use of hit cutter by 7%. Playing on the Astros gives him the chance at a W every time out if he can make it 5 innings and there are certainly much more risky options out there if you need rotation depth.
Cavan Biggio (2B-TOR)
Biggio went 0 for 3 with a walk Tuesday. Biggio's overall .709 Ops doesn't inspire a ton of confidence, and it is down nearly 100 points from the .820 mark he put up in May that included 5 home runs and 4 stolen bases. July has been a struggle, as he hasn't homered and has stolen just 1 bag. After a ridiculous 59% hard hit rate and a meager 3% soft hit rate in June Biggio has changed those numbers for the worse - as his soft hit rate (22%) is almost as high as his hard-hit rate (25%) as he has increased his groundball rate about 16%. Biggio is known for hitting the ball hard when he does swing as is a very patient hitter as evidenced by his 34% swing rate and 8% swinging strike rate. The patience allows his to pile up both the walks (16%) and strikeouts (27%).
Aaron Sanchez (SP-TOR)
Sanchez tossed 5 innings of 1-run ball, striking out 6. Sanchez has arguably been the worst starting pitcher in the league in 2019 among qualified arms and this was one of his best outings of the year. Even throwing aside his 3-14 record he has been torched for a 6.06 ERA (5.51 FIP) walking guys at a rate (5.21 BB/9) that is the worst of his career, and close to his K rate (7.32 K/9). Despite dialing up his fastball velocity to 94mph he is being hit hard (39% hard hit rate) as batters have been patient with him due to the high walk rate. He has walked as many or more batter then he has struck out in 9 starts this year - and should be avoided until he can cut down the walks and home runs (1.32 HR/9).
Franklin Barreto (2B-OAK)
Barreto went 0 for 3 with a strikeout. Barreto has failed to impress slashing .122/.143/.293 as his contact issues that appeared to be fixed in the minors are still present as he barely walks (2.6%) and strikes out entirely too much (38.5%) thanks to a 19% swinging strike rate. He hasn't even been making great contact when he has connected, hitting 63% of his balls on the ground and owing a 21% strikeout rate. He has cleaned it up at AAA this year with an 11% walk and 24% K rate and will need to produce numbers close to that if he is to be trusted in fantasy lineups.
Yuli Gurriel (1B/3B)
Gurriel went 2 for 4 with his 20th home run of the season and continues to be the hottest hitter in the league. Gurriel entered play Tuesday having hit safely all but 1 game in July, compiling a ridiculous .400 AVG, 1.375 OPS with 11 home runs and 26 RBIs over 70 at bats, with those numbers increasing after Tuesday. Gurriel has been pulling the ball a lot more in the month of July (42% in June to 54% in July) and has also increased his hard-hit rate to 5% to 47%. These small changes have led to the monster month and an overall slash line of .294/.328/.528 which coupled with his miniscule 10% K rate have added another dimension to an already impressive Houston offense.
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