Fantasy Baseball Today: Shane Bieber reinvented; don’t leave Jurickson Profar on waivers and more

Happy Thursday everyone! It was an especially lucky Wednesday for Brewers fans (unless they’re also die-hard Bucks fans) as Milwaukee celebrated their fourth straight win. Padres fans also celebrated their fourth straight win, but are we actually counting that against a Reds team who have just lost their ninth straight win? Sorry, that was a blow and it was inappropriate. That being said, if you’re a Reds fan, chances are you’re a Bengals fan and you’ve got Joe Burrow and Ja’Marr Chase for the next decade plus, so I can’t feel too bad about it.

In the fantasy baseball world, we’ve seen a reinvented version of Guardians SP Shane Bieber claim his first win of the 2022 season. Now more than ever Bieber is relying on a pitch, the results are there as long as you don’t look at the underlying numbers – balls hit hard. And his fastball speed has dropped further than ever, which is probably a big factor in his reliance on another court. We’ll cover what to do with Bieber below, as well as several other key starting pitchers who rocked on Wednesday, including Shohei Ohtani and Logan Gilbert.

There are also some very interesting players with hot bats carried over into Wednesday’s slate at the moment, some of whom are sitting on their surrender wire in flatter leagues right now. We’ll dive into these players, the latest updates and injury news, and more from Wednesday’s action. But first, make sure you haven’t missed any of the good stuff from the FBT crew at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Chris Towers updated his Trade values ​​chart for roto and H2H scoring. Scott White dropped a few more waiver wire also possibilities.

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How long does this beaver last?

The good news is that Bieber got his first win of the season, throwing six innings with one-run ball, allowing just four hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. That’s the good news – the box score stats. But when you pull this thing back and look at the underlying metrics, it wasn’t so pretty. But first, even taking a step back and looking at the White Sox’s lineup without Eloy Jimenez and with a struggling Luis Robert, the shutout becomes a little less impressive. But to be fair to Bieber, he was leaning on his slider, which is a Bieber thing now I guess, and it worked. He performed 11 swinging punches at the slider and threw it 42% of the time. On the downside, he conceded seven hard-hit balls and the fastball speed was around 90 MPH. It feels like Bieber’s long-term road to success – at least this reinvented version of Bieber – has been via a heavy slider approach and control as good or better than we’ve seen him have, unless, he can increase his fastball speed again. That’s not a bet I want to take and I would try to sell Bieber right now to the highest bidder that comes out of this shutout.

Profar won’t stop hitting, so why leave him on the wire?

Jurickson Prof could be in the middle of a post, post, post hype sleeper burst on a talented Padres team, and he qualifies for both 1B and OF. And yet he’s still only in 53% of the leagues. Profar went 2-on-4 with another home run (his fourth! of the season) and also grabbed a stolen base. The underlying numbers are probably the most exciting development in his still young season. Profar hits the ball much harder than before in his career and his pull rate is up to 71% (career 42% pull rate). I’m not saying these changes will cause him to maintain this pace, but he does look like a category league contributor.

Other standout hitters to consider

Alec Boehm, 3B, Phillies: Laugh all you want at Bohm’s three-fault game from earlier this season, but it won’t matter much if he keeps hitting the ball like he’s done so far — the Phillies will just DH him. Bohm went 2 for 4 on a home run Wednesday and is crushing the ball right now at an average exit speed of 95 MPH. He’s struck just once this season, batting .476. It won’t measure up, but there’s no way he should be in just 33% of the leagues.

Anthony Santander, OF, Orioles: Scoring stats aren’t quite there for Santander, but you’ve got to love the fact that he shows off great record discipline and rips off plenty of line drives. He went 2 for 4 with a double on Wednesday to take his all-season average to .297. He has a 20% run rate to boot. He’s 56% on the roster at the moment.

Ohtani puts on a sho-hei

In my eyes there is no player more entertaining than Angels SP/DH Shohei Ohtani. If I had my way, I would give him the annual MVP for the impact he makes as a hitter and pitcher. On Wednesday, Ohtani dealt us 12 strikeouts in six scoreless innings. He was perfect in five innings and eventually knocked out the first 16 Astros of the game. This is a Houston lineup, and the reigning AL MVP introduced 20 sweeping shots against them in just 81 total pitches. Oh, and just for the fun of this thing, he also added two hits, an RBI and a walk as a batter.

Three more outstanding pitchers from Wednesday

Logan Gilbert, Sailors: So I think working with Jacob deGrom in the offseason helped the talented prospect after all, right? Gilbert might not knock out batters at an incredibly high rate, but he doesn’t allow for many runs or hits, and fantasy managers will take that first. Gilbert threw 6 2/3 innings scoreless against the Rangers in a win. He’s only allowed one run in his first three starts — 16 2/3 innings with a 15/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Sandy Alcantara, Marlin: Here we go – there’s the Sandy, which we invested a second-round pick in despite playing behind an underperforming offense (and that’s nice to the Marlins at-bats). Alcantara hit six batters over eight scoreless innings and conceded just four hits — two of which were soft infield singles. He just gave up a walk. This is Sandy at his best – an innings eater who limits hard contact.

MacKenzie Gore, Padres: It’ll be hard for San Diego not to keep Gore in the rotation when he serves like Wednesday. Gore clinched his first major league win after throwing five scoreless innings. He induces 11 swinging strikes in 88 places.

News and installation information from Wednesday

Each night, the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into all that’s happening in MLB, from top performers to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must-read for any diehard, if I do say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT crew explain the news and notes below.

  • Good BY Ronald Acuna Update: He went 0-3 with a walk and a stolen base. you love to see it
  • Angels manager Joe Maddon said he was “pretty sure”. Mike Trout will return to the lineup against the Orioles on Friday. He has missed the last three games with a hand injury.
  • Blue Jays BY George Springer left the game on Wednesday after being hit by a blow to his forearm. X-rays came back negative.
  • Red Sox OF JD Martinez left on the other side with adductor tension. It is unlikely that he will play on Thursday.
  • Astro’s 2B Jose Altuve was placed on the IL with this hamstring injury. Astros GM James Click suggested it could be a minimum stay. Jeremy Peña even led against a right-handed pitcher in his absence.
  • This one came out of nowhere. Dodger SP Andrew Heney was placed on the IL with discomfort in the left shoulder. Tyler Anderson starts against the Padres on Saturday and is in just 10% of the leagues.
  • twins of Byron Buxton has now missed five games in a row with this knee injury. He easily participated in baseball activities on Wednesday.
  • Owen Miller, Cal Quantrill and Anton Castro were placed on the IL with no injury labels, suggesting it is COVID or an illness.
  • Nationals 1B/OF Josh Bell left the game on Wednesday with a knee injury and will undergo an MRI on Thursday
  • White Sox BY Eloy Jimenez did not play in either game of Wednesday’s doubleheader due to a sore left ankle. He fouled a ball off that ankle last week.
  • White Sox 3B Yoan MoncadaThe turns on the IL with an oblique crack now take controlled turns, but not full throttle. He has no timetable for a return.
  • On the IL with a right thumb injury, Tigers 2B/SS Javier Baez said he expects to be able to swing a racquet off a tee again on Thursday.
  • Giant SP Alex Cobb is dealing with a grade 1 groin strain and downplayed the seriousness of the injury.
  • Dodger’s 2B Gavin Lux is expected to return on Friday after missing the last two games with a back injury.
  • Red Sox manager Alex Cora said he still wants to Matt Barnes to recapture the role of the closer. He has a 6.75 ERA in four appearances and gave up another heat on Wednesday.
  • Good 3B/1B Austin Riley was put on the paternity list and will be missing for the next few days.
  • athletics Ramon Laureano is on track to return from his suspension when he is first eligible on May 8th. He is only 31% in the squad and should be on the squad in all leagues in the category.
  • Tiger SP Matt Manning was placed on the IL with shoulder inflammation.
  • Sailors RP Paul Seiwald was placed on the COVID IL on Wednesday.

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