Daily Archives: May 22, 2016
Ryan Braun is putting together another successful season in 2016. In 147 plate appearances, he is batting .364, with seven home runs, 28 RBIs, 21 runs, two stolen bases, and a .429 OBP. Unfortunately, he has missed nine games this year due to injury, which isn’t surprising considering his injury history throughout his career. Braun’s success in 2016 could make him a hot commodity on the trade market near the deadline in 2016.
One of many teams who will be interested in Braun is the Washington Nationals. The Nationals’ outfield has struggled mightily at times in 2016. A lot of these struggles have come from Ben Revere, who is batting .182, with zero home runs, five RBIs, six runs, and a .225 OBP. Revere’s backup, Michael Taylor, is batting a whopping .192, with four home runs, six RBIs, 14 runs, six stolen bases, and a .234 OBP.
Clearly, they are not getting the job done, which is why Braun would be a huge upgrade to their lineup. This move makes sense for both sides considering the Brewers are looking to rebuild and the Nationals are in need of a bat since they are trying to win now.
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Joe Musgrove (Houston Astros; RHP): Musgrove might be considered under the radar to some, but his numbers are in a league of his own over the past year and a half. In 2015, he threw 100.2 innings, with a 1.88 ERA, 99 strikeouts, and only 8 walks between Single-A and Double-A. He started 2016 in Double-A, but quickly earned a promotion to Triple-A.
In his first 8 games, he has thrown 37.1 innings, with a 0.96 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and only 5 walks. These incredible statistics should speak for themselves. Based on the Astros struggles in 2016, it would not be surprising to see Musgrove promoted at some point to provide depth and a kick start to their rotation. His elite command and above average ability to strikeout batters could provide a great 2/3 option in fantasy baseball at his prime.
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P- Ian Kennedy (vs. Minnesota Twins): $10,400. Kennedy has been fairly reliable this year, but the Twins offense is the exact opposite of reliable. In the last seven days, the Twins’ lineup has struck out 76 times, which is the second worst rate in Major League Baseball. They are also batting .227 with a .272 OBP, which is second worst in the league.
Kennedy has a 4-3 record in 2016, throwing 50 innings, with a 3.24 ERA, 50 strikeouts, and 17 walks. He is averaging 19.6 points per game on DraftKings this season. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for this game since there is a good chance of rain.
P- Taijuan Walker (vs. Oakland A’s): $8,100. Walker is a steal at only $8,100 on Monday. He is facing an Oakland offense whom has struggled a lot recently. In Oakland’s last seven games, they are batting .232 with a .276 OBP.
Walker has been absolutely filthy all year long. In his first 42.2 innings, he has a 2-3 record, 2.95 ERA, 41 strikeouts, and only eight walks. Based on his success this season and the A’s struggles recently, this should be a great play for Monday. He is averaging 16 points per game on DraftKings this season.
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