Happy Friday, everyone! It's the best day of the week if I do say so myself and we almost made history on Thursday night's slate of MLB action. Yankees SP Jameson Taillon is one of the easiest pitchers to root for in baseball given what he's gone through and what he's fought back from and after an inconsistent first season in New York, he has been impressive in his second season with the Bronx Bombers. Taillon's best outing of this second season came on Thursday when he took a perfect game all the way into the eighth inning.
Taillon finished with eight innings of one run ball and allowed just two hits and no walks on the night. He struck out five batters and induced 14 swinging strikes. Taillon has been able to fool hitters with a six-pitch mix and a career-high 13.7% cutter usage. He's now racked up at least seven innings of work in three straight starts and he has lowered his ERA on the season to 2.30. Taillon's command has been the key if you ask me -- he has just five walks through his first 10 starts. The strikeouts aren't great, and the underlying numbers aren't great either, but he limits hard contact with excellent command and a six-pitch arsenal. I would hesitate to "sell high" on Taillon.
Below, we'll dive into more of the action from Thursday including extended hitting streaks from two of baseball's hottest hitters, a monthly recap of May's biggest OPS risers and fallers and more. Also, make sure you're all caught up with everything going on from the Fantasy Baseball Today team over at CBSSports.com/Fantasy/Baseball. Scott White dove once again into why it's only a matter of time until we see Vinnie Pasquantino called up as he continues to bolster his case in Scott's latest . Scott also talked about several hitters and pitchers you'll want to beat your league to in his latest
Longest hitting streaks extend another day
Paul Goldschmidt has been on an absolute tear in the month of May, and that continued on Thursday. Goldy extended his hitting streak to 24 games when he cracked a two-out RBI double in the third inning of Thursday's game against the Cubs. Goldy has been red-hot starting on May 7 and he has hit .427 with nine homers and 33 RBI in that span. As we'll note below, he's also the biggest riser from April to May when it comes to OPS. A fair case can be made that no hitter is hotter right now.
Brendan Rodgers also used Thursday to extend a hitting streak of his own. He followed up last night's triple-donger with another hit on Thursday to bring his hitting streak to 20 games. It feels like it's all starting to click for the former top draft pick, and I'm just hoping he's here to stay both from a hitting and health standpoint. It's been a bumpy ride for Rodgers but Scott White never jumped off that bandwagon -- in fact he led it -- touting Rodgers as one of the best values in the middle infield this past March. Now he just needs to keep the momentum rolling.
Votto showing serious signs of life
After the first month of the season, it was starting to look like the cliff was finally just a few feet away from Joey Votto. And this was so surprising because Votto's 2021 season was a resurgence so great that he landed on the preseason draft target list of every one of our Fantasy Baseball Today members -- myself included. After coming off the IL earlier this month, it seems like Votto is finally starting to show signs. On Thursday, Votto went 1 for 2 with his third homer. In his 12 games since returning from the IL, Votto is batting .289 with three long balls and a 92.6 mph average exit velocity -- way up from his 86.4 mph average exit velocity prior to going on the IL. Now is the time to buy low on Votto. Send those offers out.
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Two deeper league waiver wire options to consider
Jace Peterson continues to hit the baseball. On Thursday he went 2 for 3 with a triple and 3 RBI. He now has nine hits, two homers and a stolen base over his past seven games. He has five homers and six bags on the season and is just 8% rostered despite having eligibility at 1B/2B/3B and OF.
Miguel Andujar may not offer much at all in the power department, and that's probably why he's just 5% rostered, but after Thursday he now has three stolen bases in his past seven games and a solid .278 batting average in a run-heavy Yankees lineup.
Biggest OPS risers in May
- Paul Goldschmidt from .728 to 1.288
- Ketel Marte from .467 to .964
- Mookie Betts from .731 to 1.156
- Christian Walker from .576 to .936
- Nelson Cruz from .479 to .838
- Rafael Devers from .776 to 1.132
- Randy Arozarena from .507 to .860
- Jorge Soler from .587 to .939
- Darin Ruf from .488 to .837
- Bo Bichette .535 to .876
Biggest ERA "fallers" in May
- J.T. Brubaker from 6.20 to 2.63
- Tarik Skubal from 3.92 to 1.45
- Joan Adon from 7.33 to 4.88
- Martin Perez from 3.00 to 0.64
- Adam Wainwright from 4.00 to 1.69
- Frankie Montas from 4.25 to 2.31
- Shane McClanahan from 3.00 to 1.15
- Luis Garcia from 4.15 to 2.33
- Jordan Lyles from 5.40 to 3.65
- Tyler Mahle from 6.45 to 4.88
News and lineup notes
Every night the Fantasy Baseball Today team dives into all of the happenings around the MLB from top performers to injuries, trades and more. The podcast is a must listen for any diehard, if I do say so myself. Tune in to the podcast to hear the FBT crew expand on the news and notes below.
- Francisco Lindor was not in the lineup Thursday after accidentally shutting the hotel door on his right middle finger.
- Orioles pitching prospect Grayson Rodriguez has been shut down from throwing after being diagnosed with a strained right lat muscle and is expected to miss "a decent amount of time".
- Hunter Renfroe won't return from the IL when first eligible Friday.
- Nolan Gorman has missed three straight due to lower-back tightness. He is expected to return to the lineup for today's game.
- Nick Lodolo threw 30-35 pitches in a bullpen session Wednesday. He's on the IL with a lower-back strain, which he suffered a setback on.
- Mike Clevinger is in line to return from the IL and start Sunday against the Brewers. He was out with a right triceps strain.
- Sonny Gray was finally placed on the IL with a right pectoral strain, retroactive to May 30.
- Hyun-Jin Ryu was placed on the IL with left forearm inflammation for the second time this season.
- Robinson Cano elected free agency after being optioned by the Padres.
- Speaking of those Padres, they selected Nomar Mazara's contract. He started in right field Thursday.
- Omar Narvaez was placed on the COVID IL.
- Max Muncy will begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A over the weekend.
- Clayton Kershaw will also begin a rehab assignment, but at Single-A on Sunday. He's expected to throw just four innings of rehab before rejoining the Dodgers rotation.
- Jake Flaherty is expected to report to Double-A next week to start his rehab.
- Tyler O'Neill will report to Triple-A for rehab on Friday. He's been out with a shoulder impingement.
- Dylan Carlson will begin a rehab assignment at Double-A on Friday. He's on the IL with a hamstring strain.