With a light schedule on Monday, we took a break from our daily fantasy baseball stats recap. But today, we’re back. The top performances from Tuesday were split pretty evenly between hitters and pitchers.
While 2014 may not be the Texas Rangers’ year, Tuesday was a pretty good night for them.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Robinson Chirinos — Texas Rangers
Robinson Chirinos: August 5
Okay, maybe not the guy we all expected to claim the top spot today, but Chirinos definitely deserved it on Tuesday. He was the best Rangers hitter and since they scored 16 runs, that says something.
Not much long term fantasy value to speak of and unfortunately, Chirinos’ day helped essentially nobody. Still, the complete dominance easily earns him the top spot.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Billy Butler — Kansas City Royals
Billy Butler: August 5
Butler has definitely had a disappointing season as far as power goes, but Arizona’s Chase Field obviously suited him and the rest of the Royals well on Tuesday night.
As far as long term value goes, it’s hard to tell. Power has never really been Butler’s game, but he’s generally been around 15-20 homers, if not above. If you have someone like Paul Goldschmidt on the team and are looking for a replacement first baseman, he could well be due for a good final two months.
2. Colby Lewis — Texas Rangers
Colby Lewis: August 5
I didn’t see the game, but I can only imagine that nobody dropped a bunt down at any point. Matt Garza doesn’t like bunts either. Maybe it’s something the Rangers really teach against.
Actually, maybe that incident helped Lewis. His overall numbers are still dismal, but this was Lewis’ second consecutive victory and third straight quality start. I don’t know that I’d suggest going out and signing Lewis yet, but he had a 3.43 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 2012. After missing all of last year, maybe he just needed some time to get back into the game. Worth monitoring, anyway.
3. Felix Hernandez — Seattle Mariners
Felix Hernandez: August 5
Even with a less than stellar (for his standards) game from Clayton Kershaw, the aces were out on Tuesday. Still, King Felix’s game was just a touch better than Johnny Cueto and David Price, so he gets the nod here.
Felix is looking to run away with his second American League Cy Young Award right now. With this brilliant outing against Atlanta, he now has an ERA under 2.00. Even for his standards, that’s phenomenal.