Fantasy Baseball Today: Nasty Nestor Cortes, Josh Naylor on fire, Julio Rodriguez continues red-hot May, more

Happy Tuesday everyone! It was another exciting night in baseball, especially for the team that’s had the most excitement so far this season – the New York Yankees. Her best story of the 2022 season, “wicked” Nestor Cortes, was back on the hill and delivered his most dominant performance yet. Cortes took a no-hitter in the eighth inning and ended with 7 1/3 innings of shutouts allowing only one hit and four walks. He also hit 11 in just 103 pitches as his cutter (12 induced swing strikes) continues to be his great swing-and-miss offering. It was a great bounce back game for Cortes and his second double-digit strikeout game of the season. The general tendency is to sell Cortes high once you’ve nabbed him, but a tweet from Brewers OF Andrew McCutchen might get you thinking about it. McCutchen tweeted: Fastball by Nestor Cortes plays. That means his 91-94 actually feels like 97. Mix that with him messing around with a hitter’s timing, throwing from different arm angles and good at localizing, he can be very difficult to hit. He showed that today.”

Cortes wasn’t the only big story from Tuesday’s action. We had several outstanding hitting performances. We’ll be diving into all of the notable hitting and throwing performances starting Tuesday, but first let’s catch up on some of the awesome content from the Fantasy Baseball Today team, which is being streamed live on CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White has broken down why George Kirby stands out from a range of potential call-ups, and why other players should consider standing out from you waiver wire. Chris Towers dove how to adjust your fantasy baseball strategy to the league-wide slump in runs, homers, and steals. He’s also profiled several pitchers eager to start the season They want to sell high and make trade offers with them now, before the weather warms up.

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Rodon continues Cy Young’s push

The best bet on the board for NL was Cy Young Carlo Rodon immediately after he signed with the Giants. Given San Francisco’s recent success in the starting pitchers and Rodon’s 2021 breakout, the uptrend has been sky-high and he continues to deliver it at almost every start. On Tuesday, Rodon hit 12 in just six innings of work. He conceded two runs, but this is the second time he’s hit a dozen strikeouts in one outing. During the season, Rodon’s Cy Young campaign is highlighted by his sparkling 1.80 ERA and 53 strikeouts in just 35 innings.

Naylor is playing hero ball

It might be time to buy into Guardians OF Josh Naylor if he’s still on your waiver. He hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to level the game for the Guardians, who attempted a wild comeback and then rocked a three-run go-ahead homer in the 11th. He also added a double that knocked in two to bring his absurd Tuesday totals to two homers and eight RBI. Naylor’s confidence is sky high right now, and he’s batting a .338 with four homers and 21 RBI in 19 games since returning from an ankle injury. It took him 69 games to hit 21 RBI in 2021, so this could easily be Naylor making the leap. Naylor is only 31% represented in the CBS leagues.

Angel’s first-round mash

It’s always great to see the first-round drafted Angels crush the ball, and that’s exactly what we saw from OF on Tuesday Mike Trout and DH Shhei Ohtani. Trout went 2-on-3 with one homer and three RBI, and despite a brief injury scare earlier this season that turned out to be nothing, he was all we remember as he hit seven homers, 16 RBI and 21 runs one goal scored 26 games. Ohtani has been catching up in the scoring stats over the past few weeks, adding much more to his total on Tuesday as he hit a homer twice and drove in five runs. Ohtani has now homed six times a year and driven in 21 runs. The Angels currently have two MVP candidates playing – good luck to opposing pitchers once the weather turns.

Rodriguez becomes a full contributor

There for a while, Mariners OF Julio Rodriguez was a one trick pony and only a very good one in roto and category leagues. Rodriguez has already racked up 10 stolen bases at the top of the league this season, and now he’s starting to base more often as well. In Rodriguez’s last 17 games, he’s batted .344 and dropped his strikeout rate to 22%. As a reward, the Mariners have moved him to prime property in their batting order – the No. 3 hole. If and when the power comes, Rodriguez could be the prospect to break out and find himself drafted in the same row as Luis Roberts last time spring was.

Hitting continues to plummet in May

April brought a league-wide power outage and there were no runs either. So far in May it has been more of the same as colder weather is still on the horizon in many areas of the country. Here are the league-wide numbers for April vs. May.

  • April: 0.231 BA, 0.282 BABIP, 10% HR/FB ratio, 0.061 HR/game, 0.032 SB/game
  • Can: 0.234 BA, 0.281 BABIP (Ks less than a bit MoM), 10.3% HR/FB ratio, 0.066 HR/game, 0.029 SB/game
  • First 8 days of May 2021: 0.243 BA, 0.292 BABIP, 14.6% HR/FB ratio, 0.081 HR/game, 0.036 SB/game

The league ERA was 3.72 in April, the lowest since April 1991. That means you can probably get some value by selling high on pitchers who are playing above their heads. These pitchers come to mind as starters you should trade in for hits now and aggressively try to move ahead of their next starts.

News and lineup notes

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.

  • Lance Lynn aims to return in early June. Shortly before the season he underwent knee surgery.
  • Jack Flaherty will be hosting its second bullpen session on either Tuesday or Wednesday of this week.
  • Blake Snell will make his third rehab start at Triple-A on Tuesday.
  • Dylan Floro was activated on Monday; 41% registered
  • Seiya Suzuki was removed Monday with ankle pain.
  • Manny Margot left his game with hamstring pain after stealing two bases.
  • Brandon belt scratched again with neck stiffness.
  • Akil Baddoo was optioned to triple-A on Monday. H
  • David Robertson was put on the IL for unknown reasons, which sounds like COVID.
  • Wade Miley will make his Cubs debut against the Padres on Tuesday.
  • Ray’s pitching prospect Shane Baz should throw batting practice on Monday. I haven’t seen an update yet. He had arthroscopic elbow surgery in March to remove loose bodies. Baz is eligible to return on June 6th, but we’re not sure if that will happen yet.
  • Taylor Ward will not play on Monday due to a tight hamstring but expects to return on Tuesday.
  • Yoan Moncada made his season debut on Monday with a 1-3 win with a walk and a run.
  • Jon Grey left the start early on Monday due to pain in his left knee. He’s been to the IL before with an MCL injury in his knee.
  • Kyle Lewis hits well early in his rehab stint. He’s 6-for-17 with two homers in his first four games. He is 48% registered.
  • Luke Voit will return to Triple-A for more rehab-at-bats on Tuesday. He is currently 0-for-18 with 12 Ks in the minors.
  • Edward Olivares was placed on the IL with a tight right quadriceps.
  • Andrew DeSclafani threw a bullpen session on Monday. He’s been on the IL for two weeks with an ankle injury.
  • Eva Longoria expected to return later this week. He’s 18% on the roster.
  • Casey Mize will make his first rehab start on Triple-A Thursday. He’s on the IL with a right elbow sprain.
  • Tigers pitching prospect Alex Faedo iHe’s called up to start one of the doubleheader games for the Tigers on Tuesday.
  • Adrian Martinez will make his MLB debut, starting for the A’s on Tuesday. He came into trade with Sean Manaea. Has a 7.45 ERA at Triple-A this season.
  • Mike Mustakas was added to the COVID IL on Monday, joining a long list of Reds players on the shelf.
  • Frank swindle is already back with the Cubs after being demoted on Sunday.

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