The Sons of Roto are staunch supporters of The Sons of Beachy
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The Beachy Boys are not to be messed with, we're a group of bad-ass surf ninjas who just happen to have Brandon Beachy on our fantasy baseball teams. We're only 25% strong at the moment, but we're about to rise in numbers when Brandon makes his return to the Braves rotation on Wednesday (against TOR). Beachy may make an appearance in Starbonell's streaming series today, but Beachy is no streamer; he deserves a permanent spot on your teams (even your AL-Only team). You don't come across many free agent Starting Pitchers who have a 9.34 K/9 and 2.44 BB/9. Beachy's 3.83 K/BB ranks 12th best among all Starting Pitchers (40 IP min). The 91 mph fastball isn't singing hairs, but his Slider and Cutter generate plenty of Whiffs (15% and 12.5% respectively). Beachy is studly and if you don't agree you're about to get drop kicked by a dude on a surfboard. You don't want that, you want Beachy in your rotation. You know what to do.
Let us see what else caught my eye in the world of lesser-owned fantasy staples. More of Monday's MLB action after the jump.
J.J. Hardy is still atop the Orioles lineup and he's still hitting. The 46% owned Shortstop has six multi-hit efforts, which includes 3 HR, in his past ten games. He's hot streaking so don't expect the .298 AVG to stick, but the power is back and he's putting up the numbers right now. When all is said and done I'd expect Hardy to end up with a .276 AVG. He should stay atop the lineup until Brian Roberts gets his head on straight (concussion, no ETA). J.J. belongs on the other side of a 50% ownership rate.
Somehow Jake Arrieta has nine Wins despite his 4.50 ERA.
Jason Giambi hit his 6th HR of the season. Both he and Todd Helton have more Home Runs than Eric Hosmer since May 3rd.
Seth Smith (28%) went 2 for 5, raising his AVG to .307. Seth's ownership rate should be pushing 75%, at least.
Travis Hafner has a .341 Batting Average? The 35% owned DH known as Huge Hafner hit his 6th HR of the season (off Jonathan Niese clone, Juan Nicasio). Hafner's BABIP is 80 points higher than his career BABIP while his LD% is down a percentage point. Don't go crazy folks, this isn't a David Ortiz-like comeback story.
Chase Headley (22%) had four hits against Boston (5 AB). He's up to 21 Doubles with a .297 AVG. The power is down ever so slightly (2 HR), but he does have 8 SB to go along with the couple of homers. Headley should be owned in more leagues than the old, crusty Scott Rolen (32%).
If you're in a rotisserie league that has a cap for Innings Pitched and counts Holds, do yourself a favor and grab Randy Choate. He's a lefty specialist so he doesn't rack up the IP while getting plenty of Holds and providing great ratios.
Me likey Erick Aybar (56%). First off he spells his name with both a C and K, but also because he's a cheap source of solid stats. Aybar had two hits with a Run scored and his 15th SB of the season.
Mark Trumbo (28%) is waking up from a deep slumber. The Angels First Baseman is working with a four-game hit streak, which includes his 12th HR of the season. He has 6 SB to boot. I'll take 25-30 HR with double digit SB for free, please.
Mitch Moreland (42%) went yard off my boy Mark Melancon. I appreciate Moreland's .296 AVG and 9 HR, but I do not appreciate MDS-on-MDS crime. I'd prefer it if Moreland would hit all his Home Runs off Justin Occhionero's Pitchers.
Craig Gentry (0%) stole three bases against Houston. He was recalled to play while Nelson Cruz nurses him-sore-self. The speedy Outfielder isn't likely to contribute much of anything other than Stolen Bases. The lack of power, average to below average K% and uninspiring BABIP numbers will hinder his chances of producing a useful Batting Average. Feel free to ignore this.
Jeff Niemann (3%) had a successful return from the Disabled List, shutting out Milwaukee over six Innings. I was thinking of calling him Jeff Nie the Science Mann. No? OK. Anyway, he looked on Monday against the Brew Crew [6 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 0 ER, 6 K]. Jeff is AL-Only material.
Carlos Pena (52%) hit his 12th HR, this one came against Gavin Floyd. Pena has a revolting Batting Average (.220), but... but nothing, his AVG is terrible. I guess power starved managers could roster him while he's hitting Home Runs every other game.
It was a short day for MLB, that's all you get - peace - @andrewakamds