This is why all the Yankees keep getting hurt:
— Kyle Gibson (@kgib44) May 6, 2019
New York pigeons don’t mess around.
On the Agenda:
1. Fun with Small Samples!
2. Various News and Notes
3. Streaming Pitching Options
Fun with Small Samples!
A month has come and gone, which means it is time to dig into the leaderboard for overreactions!
Christian Yelich and Cody Bellinger led MLB with 14 home runs a piece. Eddie Rosario was third with 11. Christian Walker led Major League Baseball with a hard hit percentage of 69.1%. Victor Robles had the lowest hard hit percentage for the month of April at 21.9%. The top three in baseball with the highest soft contact percentages were: Kevin Pillar (31%), Dee Gordon (28.3%) and Eloy Jimenez (27.8%).
No one had a higher BABIP over the first month of the season than Tim Anderson (.435). Elvis Andrus (.425) was second and Trey Mancini (.413) was third in the BABIP department. Jay Bruce had the lowest BABIP in the Majors at .160. Yonder Alonso was second with a .190 BABIP. Jurickson Profar was third at .174. Cody Bellinger capped off his April with a .431 average, which was the best in baseball. Tim Anderson’s league leading BABIP propelled him to a .375 average, good for second in the league. Jeff McNeil was third in the league in average with a .370 mark.
No one had a higher contact percentage over the the first month than David Fletcher with a 94.7% mark. No one had a lower contact percentage than Joey Gallo. Javier Baez and Jonathan Schoop were tied with the league’s highest O-Swing percentage at 45.4%.
Tim Anderson led Major League Baseball in stolen bases in April with 10. Jeff McNeil led Major League Baseball (tied with Bellinger) with being caught three times trying to steal. Anthony Rizzo led the league with seven hit by pitches.
Various News and Notes
Danny Salazar has suffered a setback in his rehab from shoulder surgery according to manager Terry Francona. This is just another in a series of setbacks that Salazar has suffered over the last few years. With Mike Clevinger and Corey Kluber on the IL, Salazar had a chance to get back into the rotation for the Tribe, but it appears they will need to go another direction.
The Yankees announced yesterday that Clint Frazier will return to the team and be activated on Monday. The Yankees offense is starting to get healthy with Miguel Andujar returning last week and Giancarlo Stanton is expected back soon. Frazier was hot before hitting the IL, but with the amount of injuries that have happened this year, he was dropped in some leagues, so he is a must pickup if available in all formats.
Lorenzo Cain was removed from Sunday’s game with a hand injury after being hit by a pitch. X-rays came back negative after the game, so it appears he has avoided serious injury. Consider him day-to-day at this time.
Streaming Pitching Options (Less than 50% owned)
Pitcher for Today: None
High Risk Options: John Means vs BOS, Drew Pomeranz at CIN
Means has been great to start the season, but has a tough matchup with the Red Sox. Pomeranz has been hit or miss, but is getting a slow starting Reds squad that has started to hit better.
Pitcher for Tomorrow: Lucas Giolito at CLE
Giolito still needs to stop walking so many, but the stuff looks a bit better this year and the Indians aren’t a team I am avoiding. Nice beginning to a 2-start week.
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.