Fantasy Baseball Today: Yordan Alvarez and Giancarlo Stanton double up, unlucky hitters, Week 7 sleepers, more – CBS Sports
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Happy Friday the 13th! Are these days happy? Probably not. Anyway, Dan Schneier is out galavanting the streets of New Orleans, but fear not, it is I, Frank Stampfl, in his place. There wasn’t much action on Thursday outside of dazzling power displays by two of the game’s best sluggers — Yordan Alvarez and Giancarlo Stanton. Let’s start with Alvarez, who is now batting .271 with 10 home runs and a ridiculous .992 OPS. His strikeout rate is down to a career-best 18.9% and he’s absolutely crushing the ball. Based on his quality of contact, Statcast says Alvarez deserves a .319 batting average! It’s a little early to say, but if he keeps this pace up, we’ll be talking about Alvarez as a borderline first-round pick next season.
The Yankees are hot to start the season and it was Stanton who stole the show for them on Thursday night. He finished 3 for 4 with two homers and six RBI. His 28 RBI leads the Yankees and is tied for second in all of baseball. We know by now that Stanton is known for crushing baseballs. He’s routinely among the league leaders in average exit velocity and max exit velocity. This season is no different. In fact, Stanton is hitting the ball harder than anybody in the Statcast era. His current 97.7 MPH average exit velocity this season is the highest for any player since they began tracking that data in 2015. As we can say for most players, please just stay healthy, Stanton.
We’ll get you ready for Week 7, but first let’s catch you up on some of the great content from the Fantasy Baseball Today team that is live on CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White took a closer look at Adley Rutschman, Jo Adell and others in his latest prospect report. Chris Towers also took a closer look at Eric Hosmer to figure out whether his hot start is sustainable.
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In honor of Friday the 13th, we did a segment on today’s podcast focusing on the unluckiest hitters thus far. We used actual batting average vs. expected batting average, according to Statcast. How is expected batting average calculated? Basically, it tells you what a hitter’s batting average should be based on how hard they hit the ball, launch angle, placement and more. Here are the names you should look to target.
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May 13, 2022 at 11:14PM