Fantasy Baseball analyst Scott Pianowski highlights all the noteworthy happenings from Wednesday’s action.
Wednesday’s need-to-know fantasy notes
–Christopher Morel was dropped to the ninth spot in the Cubs order. That’s bad.
Morel did hit a homer, though, and had two runs, two hits; that’s good. Over the past month, he’s been a strikeout problem, with 542 whiffs and just two steals. I’m still holding shares — he qualifies at three positions and offers category juice — but let’s just say it’s not the longest leash.
–Emilio Pagan worked the 10th inning with a three-run lead, but quickly unraveled — one out, then a walk, then a double (Amed Rosario has been sizzling in May). Hey, Pagan got a save for this mess, which shows you how silly that stat is, even sillier than the save. Manager Rocco Baldelli can be quirky with his bullpen usage, but the scuffling Pagan belongs nowhere near the ninth inning.
-Another homer for Willson Contreras, and three more hits. He’s laughing at the rest of the fantasy catcher pool. He’s probably the biggest name player likely to be shipped around the trade deadline. The Cubs are quickly becoming a factor of sadness. That 2016 Championship feels like 20 years ago.
-Three more hits for Josh Bell, two more walks. He’s up to .319, and the power has returned in June (seven homers). A .308/.390/.492 slash plays in any lineup, and don’t forget he qualifies at both first base and outfield. He’s in his walk year, so the Nationals have a tough deadline decision to make. Obviously, this team’s season died a long time ago.
-Tuesday’s Atlanta save went to A.J. Minter, while Wednesday’s went to Will Smith. Lefties taking over the world. Minter’s seasonal stats and the fact that he closed before Smith means something to me; perhaps Minter merely needed a day off Wednesday. But sometimes managers…