Josh Harrison- 2B- WAS- Hot- Harrison went 4-for-4 with a double yesterday and was 6-for-8 with 3 doubles in the three games between Saturday and Sunday. He is now slashing .279/.354/.399. Harrison's Exit Velocity of 86.9, Barrel% of 4.6%, and HardHit% of 34.2% are all higher than he has ever finished a season. His BB% of 7.4% would also be a career high if he maintains it. Harrison's 4 homers in 206 PAs equals the amount his hit in 2019 and 2020 combined in 238 PAs. He is putting together decent production from a middle infield position.
Johnny Cueto- P- SF- Cold- Cueto has only tossed 2 quality starts in his 10 outings this season. Yesterday was not one of them. He was charged with 5 runs (4 earned) on 9 hits and 3 walks while striking out 2 in 5.1 IP. Cueto also gave up 2 homers for the second consecutive outing. He has walked 5 in his last 9.2 IP. Only 60 of his 100 pitches were strikes. Cueto's ERA pf 4.00 isn't horrible and his 3.76 FIP indicates that he has had some bad luck. However, he has had real stamina issues. With short appearances and rising BB and HR rates Cueto looks like a sell high candidate.
Jean Segura- SS- PHI- Hot- For the 3rd straight game, Segura collected 3 hits. Yesterday he went 3-for-4 with a triple, run, and 2 RBI. Over these last 3 games he is 9-for-15 with a double, triple, 2 runs, and 7 RBI. Segura is slashing .339/.389/.475 with 3 homers and 6 steals. Regression to the mean will not be his friend, as his current .380 BABIP is well above his .319 career mark. Segura's 87.9 Exit Velocity matches his career average exactly. His 39.6% HardHit% is the higher than he has ever finished a season. Segura's average can be expected to come down but he has a good shot at double digits in homers and 20 or more steals by the end of this season.
Craig Kimbrel- RP- CHC- Hot- I'm not sure who was the alien who took over Kimbrel's body in 2019 and 2020 but it seems to have gone back to its home planet. The alien obviously didn't know how to pitch, looking at the ERAs posted by "Kimbrel" in those years of 6.53 and 5.28. The real Kimbrel picked up his 18th save of the season, allowing a walk but striking out the side in the 9th against the Cardinals. He lowered his ERA to 0.66 and increased his K/9 to 14.82. Kimbrel has converted his last 11 save opportunities and has blown only 2 saves in 2021, the last coming on May 15. He is back in the elite rank of closers.
Freddie Freeman- 1B- ATL- Stats- Freeman has been providing power, with 15 homers, but his average has suffered. Currently it is at .237 as part of a slash line of .237/.354/.461. The bulk of his problem has been bad luck as represented by a BABIP that is also .237. His career mark is .337 and last season it was .366. Freeman's platoon splits have also been severe. Before yesterday's game he was hitting .203 against southpaws and .252 against RHP. There have been seasons when Freeman has exhibited no platoon differences, but most often he does. This is reflected in a .265 career average against LHP and .305 against RHP. In DFS, this should be taken into account, even when regression to the mean kicks in.
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