As much as I’d like to talk about the looming Tommy John Surgery for Jose Fernandez and how pitch/innings that are meant to protect pitchers are doing more to hurt them than anything else, this is a fantasy site, so we’ll keep the day’s fantasy baseball stats recap about fantasy baseball stats.
Still, we are going to do the fantasy baseball stats recap a little differently today.Generally speaking, this spot would be devoted to a daily stats recap, where we look back at the four players that produced the best fantasy baseball stats from the day before. Generally speaking, trimming it down to four is not that difficult, but Monday’s stats were just too dominant for a quick recap that only lists four guys.
So, what happened on Monday?
- Three players — Ian Kinsler, Eric Young Jr, and Christian Yelich — produced positive contributions in all five standard fantasy categories.
- Three players — Ryan Hanigan, Brett Gardner, and Yasiel Puig — all drove in four runs. Junior Lake drove in six.
- Despite those dominant RBI performances, no player in any game hit more than one home run.
- Two players from the NL West stole two bases. Dee Gordon was not one of them. Angel Pagan and Gordon’s teammate, Matt Kemp, each swiped two bases.
- Three players — Yelich, James Jones, and Stefen Romero – all scored three runs, with the later two both doing so for the Mariners. Unfortunately, they’re each owned in fewer than one percent of ESPN leagues. Emilio Bonifacio scored five runs without hitting a home run or stealing a base.
- Tim Lincecum looked like the old Cy Young Award winner, completely dominating the Braves offense. Brad Peacock allowed four runs (all earned), eight hits, and two walks but like Lincecum, recorded 11 strikeouts.
- Jesse Chavez isn’t available in many leagues, but his performance Monday showed why he shouldn’t be available in any. If you’re one of the lucky few, grab him pronto.
Shifting gears a bit towards the negative: If you have Tyler Lyons or Bartolo Colon in a weekly head-to-head league, you’re probably better off loading up on starts and going for the counted numbers. You will have a very hard time competing in ERA and WHIP this week after those performances.
We may not see a day with this many big performances again for the rest of the year.