Austin Hays (BAL): 4-4, 2B, 3B, FC, 3 D, 3 RBI.
Austin Hays becomes the sixth Orioles in franchise history to hit for the cycle. Although, what makes this up 4-4, 2B, 3B, FC, 3 D, 3 RBI performance EXTRA special is that he did it in just six innings and only four at-bats. The 1st inning was a single, the 3rd inning was an HR, the 4th inning was the elusive triple, and he ran around first base in the sixth inning for doubles. Quite amazing!
Plus, Hays wasn’t a one night stand wonder. He started his best start since making the MLB roster in 2017. His 10th HR in 271 appearances puts him on pace to eclipse his previous career record of 22 last season. Also, he checks the rolling chart below to see his he wOBA increase from year to year.
Hays understood the launch of the MLB and explained why it belongs to the outside newspaper. It is fluctuating (52%) more than ever and making more contacts in the area (92.5% z-contact) than ever. While it can never blow us away with a beastly maximum output speed or lead the league in terms of barrel speed, it is simply producing.
If you are in a league with 12 or more teams, or five OF, you need to add Hays to your roster. In some ways, he’s still available in nearly 25% of Yahoo’s leagues.
Let’s see how the other batters performed on Wednesday.
Aaron judge (NYY): 2-5, 2 FC, 2 R, 2 RBI.
The Bronx Bomber did just that, threw a couple more balls on the bleachers. His 26th HR in the 4th inning was just the beginning as he ended the night by hitting his 27th HR leader of the MLB in the 7th. After his prolific night of power, Judge is ready to hit over 50 dingers. His Herculean efforts were more than enough to overtake the Tampa Bay Rays and stay in first place with the league’s best record.
Yordan Alvarez (HOU): 2-4, 2 FC, 2 R, 2 RBI.
The Astros scored five runs in the fourth inning, mostly on Alvarez’s back. His solo shot in the 1st and 3rd inning brings his total to 21. Also, Alvarez is seeing huge success this year for a multitude of reasons. First, he reduced his strikeout rate by nearly nine points while maintaining a four percent increase in walks. But that’s not all, he is now the league leaguer for wOBA (.446) and the barrel rate is a tick over 17%.
Carlos Correa (MIN): 2-5, 2 FC, 2 R, 2 RBI.
Usually, when a player returns from injury, we have doubts that he will update quickly or if the injury will persist. However, this is not the case with Correa. Since his return on June 8, Correa has 17 of 55 with four HRs, seven RBIs and ten runs. Right? It is safe to say that none of the worries are a factor anymore. Instead, he looks like an SS with a power of 25 HR, an excellent batting average with lots of counting stats. Don’t count on him for speed. He’s fine, don’t worry!
Patrizia Sapienza (CHC): 2-4, FC, 2 R, 4 RBI.
The Cubs have made the return of Jarad Eickhoff a rocky one, since they hung 14 on the Pirates. One of the big reasons for the crooked number was Wisdom’s big night. In its typical way, wisdom finds success when it comes in contact … I repeat, when it comes in contact. Of all the qualified hitters, he ranks first by strikeout rate at 34.6%. However, he is enjoying a barrel rate of 17.9% and a hit rate of 51.4%. All that power translates into 14 HR with a batting average of .227. That is guy not bad when you consider that it did not cost much (if nothing else) on the day of the draft.
Jesse Winker (SEA): 2-4, FC, R, 3 RBI, 1 BB.
I have to attest that I’ve always been a Winker fan and I don’t play in OBP leagues. Fandom aside, the production is finally starting to reach its core abilities. Now, we know he’s always had a selective approach to the plate, and that’s what helped help the walking totals masses. But Winker has decent contact too. Since the calendar was moved to June, Winker has amassed seven barrels in 46 batting ball events; good for a barrel of 15.7%. Finally, in that time frame, it is advertising a 155 wRC + with an ISO .221. Pick it up from the renouncement thread since it’s available in nearly half of Yahoo’s leagues.
Paul Goldschmidt (ST): 1-3, FC, 2 R, 2 RBI, 1 BB.
Showing no signs of slowing down due to age, Goldschmidt has raked once again. Last night, he wasted no time while he took Eric Lauer1-0 cuts over the fences for his 17th HR. Also, he was at the base during the walk Nolan ArenadoDinger who put the Cardinals ahead at the end of the game. Additionally, he leads all first bases in OPS (1.041), wRC + (191) and fWAR (3.5). In fact, if the season ended, he would get a lot of MVP votes.
Javier Baez (DET): 2-3, FC, R, 2 RBI, 1 BB.
In what has been a forgettable season for Báez, its production dropped to a .216 / .259 / .367 slitting line. To top it off, Statcast also doesn’t really like its performance as its hard hit rate is less than 37% for the first time since 2017 and its barrel rate (9.1%) is just above the average of the championship. However, like last night, as the summer heats up; so it has Beez. Since 1 June he has 16 out of 61 (.262) with three HRs and three SBs. Furthermore, the barrel rate returned (12.8%) and the hard hit rate returned (43.8%). I would suggest offering the Báez manager an exchange offer while the price is still low, he has elite talent and starts performing.
Jurickson Profar (SD): 4-4, 2 R, 2 RBI.
Nobody enters the fantasy season saying “I have to draft Jurickson Profar”, But he’s filling up the stats sheet every night. One of the reasons for his success is the lack of strikeouts. In his ten-year career, Profar never did truly it has hit more than 20% of the time and in 2022 it walks more than ever (12.8%). Now, he’s not going to crush 30 HR, but he’s in line for another 20 HR season. Also, when he mates it with potentially ten SBs and a batting average of .255; yes, it might be worth targeting next season.
Garrett Cooper (MY): 2-4, FC, R, 2 RBI.
The Miami Masher only hit their fifth HR of the season last night. Although, outside of the lack of human resources, he’s putting up an impressive .313 / .380 / .467 cut line that is helping translate into a 42% better wRC + championship. Cooper managed to reduce the ball-to-ground rate by nearly 6%, which was over 50% in 2021. Additionally, those batted balls moved into line drive and helped boost the batting average well beyond. above the league average. Although, due to the lack of launch angle, there are fewer ones that cross the wall. Need help with your team’s batting average with some counting stats? Cooper is available in nearly 70% of Yahoo leagues and plays daily. You know what to do.
Oscar Gonzalez (CLE): 2-5, FC, 2 R, 4 RBI.
In the minors, the Cleveland OF showed mammoth power by crushing 27 HR over the course of two levels. While it is unlikely to draw a walk, the striking tool was on display last night. In just 96 AB, Gonzalez has already scored 32 hits; that he’s good enough for a batting average of .333. And finally, we can see the power come into play. Will it continue to light up the boxscore with power? The Guardians certainly hope so. Meanwhile, it’s available in 94% of Yahoo’s leagues and is worth the admission price in any deeper league format.
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