We’ve officially reached the part of summer where crazy baseball things start happening. The latest version of that is Mike Tauchman being better than Mike Trout. It’s not likely to be long-lived but let’s bask in the glory of a relative unknown shining on baseballs biggest stage.

  • As if Mike Tauchman’s five homer week weren’t a big enough boost to your fake team he went and threw in two stolen bases to jump you up the board in every hitting category. Shout out to Alex Chamberlin for beating his drum all offseason.  Tauchman’s found playing time and his hitting groove has followed. It’s not like the 2019 Yankees will ever not be replacing an injury. He should stay in the mix if he stays productive.
  • Ronald Acuna Jr. does not appreciate someone trying to win player of the week over him and launched six home runs and stole three bases just to be sure he one-upped Tauchman. That’s the sound of Acuna’s 2020 first-round price rising.
  • If you need an accumulator consider Leury Garcia. He’s helpful in every category. His splits the last three months:
Jun 23 97 105 26 3 18 7 6 1 .268
Jul 24 100 108 30 1 10 6 4 4 .300
Aug 10 46 50 12 1 7 5 1 2 .261
  • Chris Taylor is starting a rehab assignment soon. Grab him now before his price doubles. He’ll get run against LHPs and is more likely to contribute with his wheels than his pop, though he’s got some of both power and speed.
  • For those of you in deeper leagues, give Ronny Rodriguez a look. He had a nice couple of weeks earlier this year, followed by a not nice stretch and demotion. He was solid in the minors and is now back up. His infield versatility is helpful in real baseball and fantasy.
  • The Braves misguided attempts at acquiring mediocre relievers to close is blowing up on them in a hurry. Shane Green and Mark Melancon have both blown leads. Luke Jackson is also struggling. Maybe Chris Martin gets the next shot to blow a save. AJ Minter truthers have their undertaker GIFs saved in a draft.

As usual, your league-worst catchers at holding runners.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Wilson Ramos NYM 73 13 15.1% 753.1 0.10
Yasmani Grandal MIL 50 20 28.6% 808 0.06
Jeff Mathis TEX 47 6 11.3% 538.1 0.09
Omar Narvaez SEA 46 9 16.4% 647.2 0.07
Buster Posey SFG 43 19 30.6% 636 0.07
Josh Phegley OAK 43 19 30.6% 630 0.07
Robinson Chirinos HOU 40 10 20.0% 741.1 0.05
J.T. Realmuto PHI 38 31 44.9% 858.2 0.04
Elias Diaz PIT 33 13 28.3% 553.2 0.06
Brian McCann ATL 32 5 13.5% 547 0.06
Tony Wolters COL 32 15 31.9% 672.1 0.05