He will be missed:
The tarp monster claims another victim. pic.twitter.com/1r5MRy1e3z
— Cut4 (@Cut4) July 1, 2018
On the Agenda:
1. Fun with Small Samples!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitchers
Paul Goldschmidt also led the Majors in batting average with a .364 during the month of June. Albert Almora was second with a .363 batting average. Gerardo Parra and Jose Altuve were tied for third with a .354 batting average. None of these players were top five in the BABIP department though. Ian happ had the highest BABIP with a .450. Derek Dietrich was second with a .429. Javy baez was third with a .429 BABIP. Alcides Escobar had the lowest average and BABIP among qualified hitters with a .115 average and a .127 BABIP. CJ Cron had the second lowest average (.115) and the third lowest BABIP (.146) in the Majors. Jonathan Schoop had the fourth lowest average (.144) and the third lowest BABIP (.139). Joey Gallo registered the third lowest average with a .143 mark.
Starling Marte led the Majors in stolen bases during the month of June with 8. Jose Ramirez had the second most with 7. Six players had six steals (Jose Altuve, Javier Baez, Andrew Benintendi, Trea Turner, Delino DeShields, and Billy Hamilton.) Four players had four caught stealings during the month, Trevor Story, Jean Segura, Manuel Margot, Tim Anderson.
Joey Gallo led the Majors with a 63.9% hard contact percentage during the month of June. Lewis Brinson was second with a 60.3% mark. Justin Upton was third with a 59.4% hard contact percentage. Charlie Tilson had the lowest hard contact percentage with a 13.2% mark. Dee Gordon had the second lowest hard contact percentage with a 16.5% mark. Jarrod Dyson’s 17.5% hard contact percentage was the third lowest mark in the Majors. Tilson also had the highest soft contact percentage in the Majors as well with a 48.5% soft contact percentage. Jonathan Schoop had the second highest soft contact percentage in the Majors with a 34.2% mark. Amed Rosario had the third highest soft contact percentage with a 31.5% mark. Nick Markakis had the lowest soft contact percentage during the month of June in the Majors with a 5.8%. Niko Goodrum had the second lowest with a 5.9% soft contact percentage. Freddie Freeman, Aaron Judge, and Joey Votto all tied with the third lowest soft contact percentage in the Majors with a 6.9% mark (nice.)
Various News and Notes
Vince Velasquez was placed on the the 10-Day DL with a contusion in his right arm. Velasquez was nailed in the arm with an Adam Eaton comebacker, but was still able to make this awesome play:
Vince Velasquez is a damn legend. pic.twitter.com/SlGfXD7ZiL
— ? (@VanHicklestein) June 30, 2018
Adrian Beltre stated to reporters that if he plays in 2019, he wants it to be with the Rangers. Beltre is showing some loyalty to the Texas fans, but this makes you wonder if it means that he will veto a trade to another organization. Beltre has been rumored to be on the trade block, but he has a full no-trade clause in his contract and could exercise it to stay in Texas.
Jorge Polanco will make his return from his 80-game suspension for performance enhancing drugs. Polanco played well in AAA as he ramped up to be activated, hitting .462/.533/.615 in four games. He should slide right back in at shortstop for the Twins.
A pitcher for tomorrow: Anthony Desclafani vs CHW
Desclafani has been ok so far this year and if he can keep the ball in the yard, that would push him up a bunch. The White Sox have the lowest BB/K in the Majors this year against right-handed pitchers.
Justin is the co-host on The Sleeper and The Bust Podcast and writes for Rotographs covering the Roto Riteup as well as random topics that float into his juvenile brain. In addition to his work at Rotographs, Justin is the lead fantasy writer/analyst and co-owner for FriendswithFantasyBenefits.com, owner of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational, and a fantasy football and baseball writer for Fantasy Alarm. He is also a certified addiction treatment counselor. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinMasonFWFB.