I’ll start by saying this Rest in Peace, Don Zimmer. You’d have a hard time finding any current player — or anyone about to be drafted — that wouldn’t take 60 years in baseball. Characters like that definitely make the game better and when they’re gone, they’re missed. Thanks, Popeye, for all of your contributions to this game that we all love.
Now, on to Wednesday’s top fantasy baseball stats. How good were they on Wednesday? Well, Matt Carpenter went 5/5 with two RBI and runs scored, and didn’t quite make the list. No steals, no homers, too many other monster numbers from other players. Three pitchers struck out 10 hitters and none of them made it. Three other pitchers went eight innings, and only one of them is on the list today. It was just that good.
We start with a hitter that had a good day, and got a lot of help.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Adrian Beltre — Texas Rangers
Adrian Beltre: June 4
A surprisingly close race for the top spot today, but Beltre definitely earned it.
There’s not much to add with Beltre, as he’s universally owned and starting everywhere. But remember that the weather heating up perhaps impacts Texas more than any other park. He can really carry your team for a long time.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Miguel Montero — Arizona Diamondbacks
Miguel Montero: June 4
Six RBI. 6!!! That’s taking advantage of teammates hitting well, along with playing at Coors Field.
Montero is having a nice season. He’s right about on pace to put up the kind of numbers that he had in 2010-2012. That’s to say he’s incredibly consistent, and putting up decent numbers in pretty much every category you need a catcher to contribute in. If your catcher is struggling, check to see if Montero is available. It’s very possible.
2. Garrett Richards — Los Angeles Angels
Garrett Richards: June 4
Adam Wainwright, David Price, Stephen Strasburg, Mike Minor, and Hisashi Iwakuma all had great games, but Richards put it all together better than any of them. Facing the Astros helps, but that’s exactly what you’re supposed to do against a young team like that.
He came into the start scuffling a little bit, but Richards has been throwing too well all year to be available in as many leagues as he presently is. If nothing else, he should be on your radar.
3. Yoenis Cespedes — Oakland Athletics
Yoenis Cespedes: June 4
You do have to work around the smaller average, but Cespedes is too strong everywhere else to not be starting in every fantasy league. With his strength and this offense, big numbers in runs, home runs, and RBI are in the cards.