Fantasy Baseball Today: Darick Hall hits two homers for first two MLB hits, Kyle Schwarber stays hot and more


A typically light Thursday meal has been made more exciting if you’re a pirate fanatic. Michael Perez hit three homers for Pittsburgh on Thursday and became the first team to have three players hit a three-homer game in a single month (June). This came just a day after Bryan Reynolds had a three-homer game himself. Jack Suwinkski is the third pirate to have a three-homer game of his own – on Father’s Day – and he capped his third with a walk-off homer. And just to be sure, phenomenal SS candidate Oneil Cruz didn’t have three home runs himself, but he did hit a moonshot home run himself. He’s been sensational since he was drafted.

We’ll be diving into all the top action starting Thursday, but first make sure you’re all caught up on what’s going on from the Fantasy Baseball Today team at Scott White has broken down why you won’t want to wait any longer to get Alex Kirilloff if he’s still available, as well as several other players to consider adding to his latest waiver column. You can find that here. Chris Towers has been looking at week 13 trading values ​​in H2H and Roto leagues – and he called Nick Castellanos a buying low before the man hit his first homer since May! You can find that here.

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Hall of what

It was an incredibly exciting night for the Phillies Prospect Darik Hall in only his second game in the majors. Hall got the call after Bryce Harper landed on the IL, and he put on a great performance Thursday night. Hall racked up his first two hits of his MLB career, and both were home runs (the second came from a positional player who served late in a blowout). Hall secretly rocked 20 homers in 72 Triple-A games this season and has legitimate power. If you’re playing in a lower league, it’s worth getting him, although he may need to make a move – making him a better option in leagues with daily formations.

Musgrove accumulates 10 strikeouts

He didn’t get the win, though Joe Musgrove was dominant again Thursday night in a loss to the Dodgers. Even without Mookie Betts, he had 10 strikeouts against one of baseball’s toughest lineups. Musgrove would have scored a shutout had it not been for Justin Turner putting him deep in the game twice. Instead, he allowed three runs over seven innings. Musgrove now has a 2.25 ERA and a .95 WHIP in the season with 92 strikeouts and just 19 walks in 92 innings. All but one of his 14 starts this year have allowed a total of three earned runs or fewer.

Schwarber stays hot

Kyle Schwarber was a Scott White favorite and a Dan Schneier favorite this preseason. I ended up not using him in as many leagues as I had hoped when the hype got out of hand, and rightly so as we learn now in June. Schwarbs hit his 12th home run of June Thursday (that’s 28 home runs in his last two Junes combined. Dude loves the month of June).

Preview of week 14

  • 18 teams play seven games next week and 12 teams play six games – it’s a nice and balanced week.
  • Ranger Suarez makes for a nice two-start streamer vs. WAS at STL
  • Hunter Greene also makes a nice two start streamer vs NYM, vs TB
  • Kyle Hendricks has been hot lately and could be another streaming option with two launches at MIL and LAD
  • Best Hitter Matchups in order of 1-5: White Sox, Braves, Dodgers, Guardians, Diamonds
  • Worst player matchups in order of worst to fifth worst (1-5): Athletics, Pirates, Mariners, Cubs, Padres
  • Sleeper Hitters: Christian Walker, Michael Harris, Rowdy Tellez, Nate Lowe, Amed Rosario

Remnants of fast hitters

  • Christopher Morel I played a 5 for 5 night at the dish with a pair of RBI and a solo homer. Morel now hits .283 with seven homers and seven steals in just 185 plate appearances.
  • Patrick wisdom racked up two more homers, six RBIs and even stole a base on Thursday. He has up to 16 home runs a year.
  • Teoscar Hernandez cracked a three-hit double-barreled homer Thursday to take his June totals to .327/.357/.607 with six homers and 20 RBI.
  • Aaron Nola allowed four runs through seven innings but clinched the win.
  • Ian Anderson faced Nola and conceded seven runs to take his ERA to 5.31 for the entire season. Drop the town, boy, drop the town!
  • Kyle Hendricks clinched a six-inning win with two-run ball and he has now conceded two earned runs or fewer in three of his last four 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.

  • Ronald Acuna was available from the bench on Thursday and is expected to play on Friday. Had been out since Saturday with a bruised foot.
  • Mookie Betts could return from his rib injury to play second base to minimize throwing. Betts could be back “early next week,” according to Dave Roberts.
  • Manny Machado returned from an absence of several weeks to play DH on Thursday.
  • Jordan Alvarez and Jeremy Pena were off the lineup on Thursday following their collision on Wednesday.
  • Anthony Rizzo played (and homered) after leaving Wednesday’s game with an elbow problem.
  • Tyler Stephenson (thumbs) might be back in the next 7-10 days. He’s been swinging and could go into rehab soon.
  • Jacob de Grom could start a rehab assignment on Saturday.
  • Adrian Hauser left his start with elbow constriction and will go to the IL.
  • David Price has been placed on the family’s medical emergency list and will be away from the team for the next three days.
  • Chris Sale hit seven over four innings in his last rehab start.
  • jed lowrie was placed on the IL with a shoulder injury.
  • A is also optional Christian Pasche after triple AAA.
  • Mitch Haniger (Ankle) has participated in BP and has been playing tag but is still not running at full speed.
  • Jake Odorizzi said he feels ready to return to the Astros rotation.
  • Markus Stroman will throw a bullpen session on Friday. He has been out since June 10 due to a shoulder infection.
  • Jeffrey Springs failed to make his scheduled launch Thursday after being placed on the family’s emergency medical list.
  • Zach Eflin got a cortisone shot in the knee.

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