The last day of August gave us some great fantasy baseball stats, as a few guys that hit two homers didn’t even make the cut for today’s countdown.
The day was marked with dominant performances from hitters, but we start with a shutdown effort from a pitcher.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats MVP
Alex Wood — Atlanta Braves
Alex Wood: August 31
All the Braves got on Sunday was a second inning homer from Evan Gattis. Fortunately for Atlanta, that was all they needed, and they can thank Alex Wood for that.
Wood projects very well for the remainder of the season, at least based on how he’s pitching now. He’s recorded a quality start in seven consecutive outings, and that’s exactly what you want to see from someone coming down the stretch.
Daily Fantasy Baseball Stats Honorable Mentions
1. Pablo Sandoval — San Francisco Giants
Pablo Sandoval: August 31
A near cycle for the Panda, but it was not meant to be. Still, he’s been on fire over the last few weeks and even without Buster Posey in the lineup, his teammates did plenty to help the fantasy baseball stats.
The Giants offense has been clicking over the last week or so. Whether they maintain that or not remains to be seen, but I will say this. San Francisco is heading to Colorado for three games, plus a continuation from a game earlier in the year. A hot Panda in Coors Field is something that should excite fantasy owners.
2. Matt Holliday — St. Louis Cardinals
Matt Holliday: August 31
Holliday hasn’t hit for great power this year, but that may be changing. That’s four homers in his last five games, which is what you want to see.
I like Holliday for the rest of the year. He’s a veteran and really, a consistent veteran. They tend to produce the numbers by the end of the year. If that holds, Holliday is good for about 7-10 homers in September, which certainly wouldn’t surprise me.
3. Clay Buchholz — Boston Red Sox
Clay Buchholz: August 31
What a gem. Buchholz has been dealing in each of his last two starts, throwing a complete game here and pitching into the eighth outing in his last outing.
I have no idea what to think about Buchholz going forward. If you’re a gambler, he’s a good play, because he’s had a few starts like this in 2014. Unfortunately, he’s also had plenty of starts where it seemed like he couldn’t get anyone out. Over his last two starts, Buchholz is red hot. Who knows if he’ll be red hot or ice cold two starts from now.