What stands out from Tuesday’s MLB action

Fantasy Baseball analyst Dalton Del Don highlights some key performances in Tuesday’s action. For his previous story on updated park factors click here.

Performances that stood out

Alexander Kirk hit two homers with four RBIs in Toronto’s win on Tuesday, and the underrated catcher has multiple hits in four straight starts to raise his OBP for the season to .382. The power wasn’t there until Tuesday night’s blowout, but with a K:BB ratio of 12:17, Kirk is a real threat to win the batting title. He’s only 31% listed in the Yahoo Leagues and is going to have a bunch of fantastic value at an extremely thin receiver position going forward.

• After two circuits on Monday, Tyrone Taylor picked up three RBI on Tuesday to end a very productive month of May. Hunter RenfroeTaylor’s stay on the IL would be short-lived, but the Brewers had Taylor cleaned up at bat on Tuesday, while Andrew McCutchen (64 wRC+) and Lorenzo Cain (46 wRC+) have been two of the worst outfielders in MLB this season. Taylor’s bat is to remain in Milwaukee‘s lineup, and he remains available in over 85% of Yahoo leagues.

Tyrone Taylor has a fantastic impact. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Byron Buxton earned a break Monday after batting just .102/.206/.220 in its previous 15 games and went 2-for-9 (two singles) in Tuesday’s doubleheader. He is clearly compromised as he plays with a knee injury whose healing time remains a mystery. He will improve (or go on the IL), but when evaluating fantasy trade deals and/or setting DFS lineups, realize that projection systems don’t know Buxton is playing injured.

Some telling starting pitcher performances

George Kirby pitched six shutout innings for a win on Tuesday, but note that he came with a 28% CSW pedestrian and against a poor Orioles formation at a Baltimore park that has taken away power significantly this season.

Ranger Suarez was shaky again (22% CSW) in Tuesday’s start against the Giants and continues to struggle to transition to a full-time starter this year. Still listed in 57% of the Yahoo leagues, Suárez sports a 4.45 FIP and will remain hampered by a terrible Phillies defense, so he can be dropped in most formats.

Blake Snell looked good on his third start of the season on Tuesday, producing 15 swings and misses while limiting a strong and heavy Cardinals formation on a no-decision. Busch Stadium has also been very circuit-friendly this year, so Snell’s performance was particularly impressive. He constantly struggles with control and health issues and can be extremely frustrating, but Snell also posted a 1.83 ERA and 0.77 WHIP with 65K over 44.1 innings after July ended the season. last. He owns a bunch of upside-down fantasy now healthy.

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