It is kind of hard to believe that this will be my third Out of Left Field post already, and I will be looking at more hot topics for MLB Week 3. The season still feels so young with so many unknowns and anticipation for what is yet to come. The moment everyone has been waiting for happened on Friday with Kris Bryant getting his call to the majors. He splashed on to the scene with an 0-for-4 performance. However, yesterday he seemed to shake of the rust(?) of dominating major league pitching and went 2-for-3 with an RBI and walked three times. Not too shabby.
Adam Jones has become red-hot during Week 2 and although his torrid pace will not continue, he appears to be poised for another standard Adam Jones type season which is a Top 15 finish. Jones hit an amazing 11-for-17 with four home runs over the last week.
Lorenzo Cain appears to be one of the breakout stars of 2015, and it started in the post-season of 2014. Owners who drafted Cain in the mid-to-late rounds of their drafts are over-joyed with his start. Cain is filling all five categories with ease to date slashing .419/.490/.651 with two home runs, 11 RBIs and three stolen bases.
I wasn’t expecting to be writing about this next player, at least in this capacity but Alex Rodriguez has been the best player on the Yankees so far, and is just outside being a Top 20 hitter. Not bad for a very late to last round value. Rodriguez has four home runs, 11 RBIs and seven walks to go along with his .314/.429/.714 line.
Looking at pitching, two of these things are not like the others. Bartolo Colon is the top ranked starter of 2015 (3-0, 18 Ks, 2.25 ERA and 0.80 WHIP) and Chris Heston (2-1, 16 Ks, 0.87 ERA and 0.97 WHIP), who is getting an opportunity thanks to injury in San Francisco is in the Top 10 starting pitchers. Sure the season is early, but these players early starts are helping Fantasy owners everywhere and may have even been waiver wire pickups. In fact, I just saw a trade of Bartolo Colon for Gerrit Cole! True story.
Week 2 will also mark Garrett Richards first start off of injury and he faces the whiff prone Houston Astros. Let’s see how he fares.
Now with that brief recap, let’s roll in to MLB Week 3 with some Out of Left Field thoughts.
Out of Left Field: Hot Topics For MLB Week 3
Can Carlos Carrasco Remain Unfazed in a Two-Start Week?
Trevor Bauer and Carlos Carrasco are switching rotation spots. Bauer will now pitch on Monday in Chicago. Carrasco will pitch Tuesday.
— T.J. Zuppe (@TJZuppe) April 19, 2015
Carrasco is actually listed as Questionable for his start on Tuesday, but if he makes the start, his performance will be watched closely after he was hit in the face by a line drive in his last start. If he returns and looks like himself, Carrasco will have a few tough matchups, facing the White Sox and then Tigers for his second start. I am starting him no matter what, but will not be surprised if he becomes a one start pitcher in Week 3.
Is This the Week Devon Travis Comes Back to Earth?
Travis was awarded the starting second base gig after a very good spring. He has not disappointed bashing three home runs with 12 RBIs and slashing .356/.396/.644. Travis will likely not keep putting up these numbers, but I have heard many discredit him as a flash in the pan. I haven’t decided yet, but am definitely watching him. He is still floating on many waiver wires so he may be worth an add at least while he is hot.
Will Corey Kluber Get His First Win This Week?
I realize wins are somewhat controversial in the Fantasy world, and Kluber is the perfect example of why. The way Kluber has been pitching and the fact he has no wins is proof that wins are significant, but not at all a fair way to evaluate a players value in Fantasy. He only has one loss, but striking out 25 batters in just under 22 innings pitched along with 2.49 ERA and 0.78 WHIP tells me he is just fine.
Will Ender Inciarte Remain an Every Day Player in Arizona? What is With Yasmany Tomas?
In 4 games on this road trip, @Enderdavid18 is hitting .500 with 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 HBP, 1 BB, 2 SB.
Inciarte has planted himself in the everyday lineup for the Diamondbacks and in the lead off spot no less. David Peralta has been playing well also, but Inciarte can’t be benched the way he is playing.
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In a curious move, however, the Diamondbacks called up Yasmany Tomas this week, and even though he is getting paid a substantial sum, he has not been performing well at all. His attempt to play third base failed, and Jake Lamb has done very well himself at the position leaving Tomas currently to be a fifth outfielder. Why they didn’t let him stay in the minors to adjust and get more at-bats is curious to say the least.
Now that Out of Left Field for MLB Week 3 is wrapped up, if can you think of any other things you will be watching closely in Week 3, feel free to add them to the comments, or tweet me @fantsychillpony. Thanks for reading and as always be sure to follow Socalledfantasyexperts.com for more great articles, podcasts, and updates that will help you all season long. Start off with the Week 3 Hitting Planner for example, as well as our Daily Fantasy posts every day to help you build your DFS Bankroll.
Bartolo Colon Photo Credit: Paul Gorbould
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