Tyler Glasnow went 6 IP and gave up 1 ER on 3 H, 1 BB, and 14 K's against the Red Sox. Through 16 GS, Glasnow has a 3.07 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. He has continued to strike batters out at an elite level (34% K) while maintaining solid control (7% BB). His 3.18 SIERA aligns with his results so far and gives credence to him being an elite starter. He gets the knock of not going deep in games but has averaged nearly six innings per start (5.8 IP/GS). This gives him more than enough room to pick up wins, especially given the strength of the Rays team. He will be one of the top pitchers on the board next week because he gets two starts (@MIN and @BAL) next week which are two good matchups.
Lance Lynn went 4.2 IP and gave up 8 ER on 7 H, 3 BB, and 1 K against the Marlins. He has a 6.09 ERA and 1.42 WHIP through 28 GS. His core skills look good (25% K and 8% BB) but he has been hurt by a .303 BABIP and 65% LOB. The good news coming into the game was that he had been much better for the Dodgers. He had a 3.57 ERA and 1.19 WHIP. The concern was that his ERA was better but his strikeout rate had dropped (18% K and 5% BB). His 4.67 SIERA with the Dodgers is worse than his 3.94 SIERA with the White Sox which is hard to believe considering his 6.47 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. Regression came crashing down for Lynn with the Dodgers in what was supposed to be a good matchup. Lynn gets two starts next week against the Padres and the Mariners.
Zack Wheeler went 6 IP and gave up 0 ER on 1 H, 2 BB, and 7 K's against the Padres. Wheeler has a 3.49 ERA and 1.05 WHIP through 170 IP. He continues to be a dominant starter in the league with strong strikeout-to-walk rates (28% K and 5% BB). His 3.42 SIERA backs up what he has done this year and even suggests he could be better which is exactly what is occurring. Wheeler has a 2.87 ERA and 0.85 WHIP with a 3.20 xFIP. He has also improved his K:BB (25%). Throw in the fact that he has been an innings eater when healthy and Wheeler is one of the best starting pitchers in the game but rarely gets mentioned in that category.
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.-Diamondbacks-OF
Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was 2-5 with an HR (23), 1 R, and 2 RBI in the win against the Rockies. He has been quite good this year. Gurriel Jr. is hitting .257 with 23 HR, 58 R, 73 RBI, and 4 SB. The average is down from his .278 career average but that is mostly due to a .271 BABIP (.315 career BABIP). He has the ability to make contact (17% K) and this year he has hit the ball harder (8% Barrels and 46% HardHit) than any year outside of the shortened 2020 season. It is not an elite fantasy profile due to his lack of stolen bases but he is still valuable as a 4th or 5th outfielder in deeper mixed leagues.
Kyle Schwarber was 2-4 with an HR (41), 2 R, and 1 RBI in the win against the Padres. Schwarber is hitting .198 with 41 HR, 92 R, 90 RBI, and 0 SB. He is currently a three-category contributor who is actively hurting you in batting average and stolen bases. Despite that, he has been worth roughly $19 in 12-team mixed leagues which is a top-50 overall player. This is why the theoretical is hard to conceptualize because without someone else helping in batting average like Ronald Acuna (.331 AVG) or Freddie Freeman (.334 AVG) it is likely that Schwarber tanked average for you. He is having one of the more bizarre seasons for someone who is going to come close to 50 HR. He hits the ball hard (16% Barrels and 49% Hardhit) and has been unfortunate on balls in play (.196 BABIP) which is lower than his career average (.257 BABIP). Schwarber owners at this point just need to keep riding the power wave.
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