Quick Hitter 7/26
Welcome back to day four of Quick Hitter! We don't waste time with introductions. There is so much to get into. The ONLY thing i remind you is we cover ONLY hitters. So all the news, notes, waiver wire content, etc is strictly about hitters.
Lineup Notes and Takeaways from 7/25
Here is my thread from twitter that had a few notes on every lineup posted yesterday.
News and Notes
Eric Hosmer was a late scratch due to illness. Said not to be COVID-19 related. - That is great news to hear. We will monitor for more news of course. Not sure if he will miss another game as of yet.
Cameron Maybin was removed form the game with a lower body cramp. - I would love to see Victor Reyes get an opportunity. A team who is not contending not giving their youth a chance to grow is frustrating. If Maybin continues to struggle, maybe we get to see Reyes prior to the trade deadline.
Aldemys Diaz has a groin strain that between grade 1 and grade 2. - This means he will be on the shelf a little bit. Hopefully this means every day plate appearances for Kyle Tucker.
Juan Soto received his first of two needed negative test results. - This is great news. Trending towards two negatives and we can get this guy on the field!
3 Waiver Wire Targets From 7/26 - Less than 20% Owned In Yahoo!
Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B/OF, 19% Owned
Tsutsugo appears to have the confidence of the Rays. On a team known to platoon everyone, they allowed the lefty bat top stay in the lineup against a left-handed starter. They the, of course played him yesterday against a RHP. He hit 3rd and 4th respectively in the two lineup. If the Rays show confidence like this in any player, you roster them.
Randal Grichuk, OF, TOR, 18% Owned
He is only 2-8 on the year but has not struck out or walked. Making contact with everything is better than making contact with nothing. If these contact skills are an actual improvement in his skill set, then watch out! We know the power is real and it is only a matter of time before he starts connecting with the ball and sending it a long way. He is batting 6th for an up-and-coming Jays squad with no real threat to his playing time. He is worth a shot in five outfielder leagues.
Kole Calhoun, OF, ARI - Owned 11%
Calhoun is another well-known commodity. However, he has had a change in atmosphere and it could be just what he needed. Calhoun has hit 6th in the lineup both games and so far is 3/6 with a home run. If anything else, keep an eye on him and if he continues to swing a hot bat, scoop him up and ride the wave.
2 Waiver Wire Targets From 7/26 - Less than 10% Owned In Yahoo!
These are more for your deeper leagues. Deep leagues need love too!
Austin Hays, OF, BAL - 9% Owned
He has shown flashes in the minors and down a stretch run in the majors in 2019. Hays has now seen both LHP and RHP and he has led off both games. I anticipate him holding onto the leadoff for the foreseeable future. Pair that with calling Camden Yards his home, and we have ourselves quite the value. In a season where plate appearances and upside should be valued, Hays is at the top of the list of both but is overlooked. Change that.
Travis Shaw, 3B, TOR- 3% Owned
Here is an example of bounce back potential mixed with playing time opportunity. He has been hitting fourth and fifth in the lineup and playing every day. Last year was by far an outlier in terms of lack of production. So far, it hasn't been flashy but he has hit .333 on the year.
Now time to get into the streams! Here is today's slate as well as tomorrow's.
Today's top streamer: Austin Hays
I broke him down in the waiver wire but in a small sample he just absolute crushed RHP in 2019. He is facing Ryan Weber of the Red Sox who has a career 5.04 ERA and lacks swing-and-miss stuff. Let's see if Hays can take advantage of the matchup.
Ranking the Streamers
Tomorrow's Pick: Eric Thames ( subject to change based on pitchers that get announced)
Today's and Tomorrow's Streamer Chart:
If you would like to track the results, you can access the full sheet here