Fantasy Baseball Today: Spencer Strider flashes SP1 upside, Tyler Anderson flirts with a no-no and more

Happy Thursday everyone! It’s a typically happy Thursday for Braves fans. After work, sit back with your choice of drink and watch your team win. Atlanta were dominant again on Wednesday and there is now a real opportunity to smash their running line daily with the way they hit the ball. They didn’t take a step back after losing Ozzie Albies. With a win in six heats over the Nationals, the Braves advanced to 10 games over .500, just four games behind the Mets, and they have now won 14 straight games.

But it’s a particularly lucky Thursday for Padres fans. Fernando Tatis may not be progressing as hoped in his recovery, but it didn’t matter Wednesday when they tagged the Cubs for 19 runs, 21 hits. The stars of the game include Manny Machado who racked up three hits and his 11th homer of the season, Jake Cronenworth and Jurickson Profar, who scored another three hits apiece, and of course Luke Voit. It took some time, but the former Yankees slugger accumulated three hits and a home run — that’s three home runs in his last four games.

We’ll be diving into all the action starting Wednesday, but first make sure you’re all caught up on what’s going on from the Fantasy Baseball Today team over at Scott White explained who to keep an eye on, who to tuck and more in his latest Prospects report. You will find that here.

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Strider blinks up in earnest

We took with us Spencer Strider Flashing SP1 up, and while that might sound like a bit of an exaggeration, it’s easy to see how the 23-year-old was able to soar to that range when throwing like Wednesday’s. Strider went 5 2/3 innings, allowing only one hit, two walks and one earned run. He was mostly unbeatable, but also untouchable. Strider knocked out 11 batters and generated an absurd 24 swinging strikes. His swinging strike rate is 15.7%.

Strider averaged 98.8 mph with his fastball and surpassed 99 mph 31 times on 106 pitches. He even reached a top speed of 100.9 mph.

Strider is listed in 73% of leagues, but that should be much closer to 100% at this point.

The Nats were helpless on this one, and I think Washington manager Dave Martinez summed it up best when asked about Strider: “Man, he was good,” Martinez told reporters after the game. “He was 100, 101. But more than that, his breaking ball was good and he threw it for strikes. When a guy’s like that, he finds his fastball, he’s tough.”

Anderson flirts with a no-no

Dodger SP Tyler Anderson took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the Angels on Wednesday. He was two outs from immortality when Shohei Ohtani ended his childhood dream by cracking a triple. He would continue to score, but Anderson finished with 8 1/3 innings from one-run and a hit ball. The Dodgers have done it again. They found a veteran and reclaimed him as their own dominant force. Anderson even beats batters — eight in this case — a total of 63 in 67 innings that year. Anderson picks up the reds next, and he carries a sparkling 2.82 ERA and .94 WHIP into this matchup.

Mac Daddy the first to 100

Rays SP Shane McClanahan is in the middle of a breakout season, and while Wednesday wasn’t his best game — allowing two home runs in a 4-3 loss to the Yankees — he was otherwise his dominant self. McClanahan allowed four runs (earned only one) in six innings and knocked out seven. This was his first loss since April, but he also became the first pitcher to reach the 100 strikeout mark in the season, bringing his total to 105. McClanahan has yet to concede more than three earned runs in a single game through his first 13 starts this year.

Flaherty’s 2022 debut

Cardinals SP Jack Flaherty was back on the mound for the first time in the 2022 season and his debut came against the Pirates so everything was right, right? Not correct. It was an uneven effort from Flaherty with some good and some bad. He only lasted three innings, but that’s clear — he never went deep in this one. However, he allowed three hits, two walks and two earned runs. His speed on the fastball had dropped 1.4 mph. On the plus side, he hit three and allowed very, very light contact — an average exit speed of 77.7mph against.

Reynolds’ explosive June continues

Bryan Reynolds was one of the more disappointing draft picks following his 2021 breakout season — through June. The Pirates outfielder absolutely ripped the ball in June, and that continued on Wednesday with another home run. He also collected a triple on the night. In 14 games this month, Reynolds is hitting .404 with four homers, 11 carries and nine RBI.

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 Expand the News and Notes below.

  • Juan Soto has now missed two straight with this right knee pain. X-rays were negative and the injury is not believed to be serious.
  • Brandon Woodruff will start rehab on saturday so i hope the numbness in his fingers has gone away.
  • StarMarte was struck in the wrist by bad luck, but x-rays were negative. He is everyday.
  • Ozzie Albies had a successful foot operation on Wednesday and will be out for at least two months.
  • Josh Hader was put on the paternity list and will be missing for the next few days.
  • Ketel Marte was removed Wednesday due to tightness in his Achilles tendon.
  • Freddie Peralta has resumed pitching and training at the Brewers’ expanded spring training facility. He can’t return until the end of July.
  • Jeremy Pena was placed on the IL with discomfort in the left thumb.
  • Aaron Boone said Wednesday that he plans to use it Clay Holmes in high-leverage situations against the toughest parts of opposing lineups once Aroldis Chapman returns. Boone also clarified that Holmes will “close some games as well.” Perhaps this will develop into a situation similar to that of the Cardinals with Gallegos and Helsley.
  • Corey Gag has been removed from the role of Closer for the time being. brad hand and Seranthony Dominguez Both are expected to see rescue opportunities in the future.
  • Andrew Heney could return against the Guardians on Sunday. He’s 75% on duty.
  • Edward Cabrera was placed on the IL retrospectively to June 13 due to tendonitis of the right elbow.
  • Drew Rasmussen was placed on the IL with a load on the left thigh muscles.
  • Nick Lodolo will need 2-3 more rehab starts to rebuild before leaving IL.
  • Jarren Duran was recalled Wednesday and taken away for the Red Sox when Christian Arroyo was put on the COVID IL. He’s 17% on the roster.
  • Jesus Lazardo has been moved to 60-day IL, meaning he can’t return until mid-July at the earliest.
  • Josiah Grays The next start is on Saturday against the Phillies. He was scratched on Monday after a 90-minute rain delay.
  • The Nationals have committed Luis Garcia as her everyday shortstop moving forward.
  • Trey Mancinis The hand inflammation has subsided and he is hoping to return to the lineup on Friday.
  • James McCann will begin a rehab assignment on Double-A Thursday. He’s been on the IL for over a month due to a broken wrist.

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