A look at Thursday's two-homer guys: Javier Baez, Chris Carter, Kolten Wong
Javier Baez, Chris Carter and Kolten Wong each hit two home runs Thursday. What does all mean? Scott White discusses.
Adam Aizer, Al Melchior and I will discuss all three at length (with Jon Heyman also chiming in) on Friday's Fantasy Baseball Today, but I wanted to get the first word here. Because my opinion is just oh so important or something.
First of all, what a start for Baez, who now has three home runs in three games. I touched on his value relative to other shortstops on his player page yesterday (just click on his name to read it), so I won't rehash it all here. I will mention one little detail I noticed just from reading the game recaps, though. Judging by his comments (and what I can tell from video), only one of the three home runs came on a fastball, which is encouraging not only for a young player, but especially one with contact issues. One even came on a breaking ball.
Part of the reason the Cubs brought in Manny Ramirez as a player/coach at Triple-A was his reputation for handling breaking balls and imparting that wisdom on others, and Baez's numbers dramatically improved under his tutelage. I'm just saying.
With his two home runs Thursday, Wong is up to nine to go along with 17 steals. And to think his best skill is supposed to be contact hitting. He hasn't done much of that yet, but as good as he's already proven to be in those other areas, I'm excited about his potential and think we may be looking at a top-10 second baseman someday. The biggest drawback right now is we still don't know if Mike Matheny is ready to use him against left-handed pitchers. The Cardinals haven't faced one in 11 games.
Chris Carter is some kind of hot right now, batting .330 (33 for 100) with 11 home runs in his last 26 games. He's been known to cram half a season's production into a two-week span, but we're coming up on four weeks now. The batting average during those four week sis preposterous, but if I have some ground to make up in home runs, I'm trusting him for now, especially with favorable matchups coming up for the Astros next week.
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