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The MLB season has reached the quarter pole and that means it is time to find the fill-ins for all the ailing players in baseball after 40 or so contests. There are plenty of power bats out there, but only a few can really make a difference. As for pitching, there are some names that are known starting to show signs of life as well as pitchers you have just recently began to pitch brilliantly.
All stats via ESPN.com as of Monday, May 19th.
With only five home runs on the season, Smith might not be that tantalizing of an option. However, with the Padres playing a lot of right-handed pitchers, the veteran outfielder is a great streamer option as he has hit homers in consecutive contests against righties and should get more playing time as he has brought life to a listless offense.
Solarte might be a rookie, but he has shown a great eye at the plate over the entirety of the season and has started in 11 of the last 12 contests even with a healthy Yankees infield. In those games he has knocked four balls out of the park and driving in 10 runs. Plus it doesn’t hurt that he is eligible at third, short, second and the outfield.
The Reds catcher has picked up where he left off before landing on the DL with a homer in his first contest back before going 4-for-4 in his second game. Sure the 0-for-4 on Monday might looks bad, but he is a top option at catcher going forward.
After a solid outing against the Detroit Tigers on Monday that included seven innings of three-run ball against one of the hottest offenses in MLB, Kluber is a must-own option in mixed formats. The 4-3 record might be something that will improve as he has a solid 3.38 ERA on the season.
After a rough first start against the Los Angeles Angels, Keuchel has settled down nicely with a 2.63 ERA over his last seven outings entering Monday’s game against the Angels. This included a complete-game shutout against the Texas Rangers in which he allowed seven hits while striking out seven and walking none. Grab him now before his next start on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners.
The A’s pitching staff has been a godsend for fantasy owners this season and there have definitely been some surprises. Pomeranz had struggled with the Colorado Rockies the last few seasons, but a change or scenery has been great for the left-hander. In two starts since joining the rotation after starting the season as an arm in the bullpen he is 2-0 with 13 strikeouts in 10 innings of work. He is 3-1 overall with a 1.14 ERA and a dazzling 1.01 WHIP. The relief pitching eligibility is just a bonus.