Welcome back to day three of Quick Hitter! Opening Day was amazing as usual! Now let's get to the info!
News and Notes
Along with news and notes, there were a lot of lineup takeaways from Opening day. Here is my twitter thread highlighting a few notes on EVERY team:
Other news includes:
Max Muncy with the double dong last night. - The Giants will get all the Dodgers bats rolling.
Tommy Pham stole two bags last night. - Green light on the base paths is huge in a short season. And they cam from the 3-spot. Meaning he is in line to run plenty and grab some added RBI potential.
Aledmys Diax was removed from the game due to a groin injury. - This could mean time for Kyle Tucker. However, Abraham Toro is who replaced Diaz as the pinch hitter.
Yordan Alvarez was cleared for baseball activities. Unsure as to when he will be ready to roll but that is good news considering we have heard nothing for over two weeks.
Jorge Mateo cleared to return.
Tyler Naquin has a hairline fracture in his big right toe. Has not been placed on the IL.
Blue Jays are hopeful that Lourdes Gurriel will be ready to play Saturday.
According to reports, Willie Calhoun will be in the lineup Saturday. - This would likely bring an end to Solak's playing time. For now.
Byron Buxton was out of the lineup but is expected back soon.
Luis Urias, COVID, has been cleared to resume activities.
Gregory Polanco could be back in the lineup next week. - A little bit of power and speed and should fall into the 3-5 hole of the Pirates lineup.
5 Waiver Wire Targets From 7/25 - Less than 20% Owned In Yahoo!
Niko Goodrum, 1B/2B/SS/OF, 17% Owned: This is strictly chasing speed. He stuck to the leadoff spot we saw him in during summer camp games. Leading of, even for a bad team, leads to plenty of plate appearance. Plate appearances are currency and these come with a chance to steal some bases. Not to mention the positional flexibility.
Yoshi Tsutsugo, 3B/OF, 17% 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. He rewarded the Rays trust with a home run. If he is batting 3rd against a LHP as a lefty himself I expect him to bat there pretty regularly. Big power upside as we saw a flash yesterday. Get him on your team.
Kyle Lewis, OF, 15% Owned: Hit a solo shot off Justin Verlander. This is a tough start to the season for him against the Astros but there is big time power upside here. He should also slot in the cleanup spot all year. Won't be helpful for batting average but could boost a team hurting for home runs and power.
Aaron Hicks, OF, 15% Owned: Aaron Hicks led off for the Yankees on Opening night. That was with DJ LeMahieu out of the lineup. With LeMahieu back in, I expect him to be the 5-hole hitter. This is a prime position in one of the best offense in the league. A lot of potential value to be had here and should play just about every day. There is also some speed to be had here and every stolen base matters this short season.
Shed Long, 2B, 2% Owned: This falls in line with the Goodrum pick. He is leading off and offers speed at a position that is thin in fantasy. Again, the Mariners have a tough start here but look for him to get going after and if you do not want to add him, add him to your watch list.