Royals at Brewers Fantasy Preview 26 June, 2018

The Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers both start promising young rookies on the bump in a mid-week clash of interleague foes at Miller Park.

Pitching matchup

  • Brad Keller (1-2, 2.63 ERA) has been unspectacular but efficient during his rookie season. He recently transitioned to the Kansas City rotation, where things have gotten tougher but he’s held his own. In 18.2 innings as a starter, Keller has struck out 11, walked nine and gave up 22 hits while pitching to a 3.38 ERA.
  • Freddy Peralta (2-0, 2.30 ERA) has dominated big league lineups in his first three starts at this level. Over 15.2 innings, the 22-year-old has struck out 25 batters and walked eight while allowing just six hits. His 2.27 xFIP indicates that he has been anything but lucky so far.

Better play: Peralta

This guy brings the wow factor with all of the strikeouts he is racking up. As an added benefit, he gets to face the Royals lineup, which has scored the second-fewest runs in MLB and has struck out more than any other team.

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Who should start

  • Alex Gordon is no longer the perennial All-Star he used to be. The now-34-year-old is simply a serviceable veteran on a bad team. However, he is one of the very few half-decent hitters on Kansas City’s roster and is owned in just 2.8 percent of ESPN leagues.
  • Jesus Aguilar may still be available in your league if you hurry. He is getting snatched up left and right, and with good reason. The first baseman is having the season of his life (.305/.366/.609) and has become a mainstay in the Milwaukee lineup. ESPN says he is still a free agent in a third of their leagues.

Who should sit

  • Salvador Perez is not hitting for much power at the moment and has walked just twice the entire month of June while hitting .171/.227/.300. He may soon be on the outside of the top 10 fantasy catchers.
  • Ryan Braun is nursing a thumb injury and, quite frankly, he’s not very good anymore.The former NL MVP now has to fight Aguilar for playing time and he’s only hitting .236/.290/.429.

Prediction

Brewers too win, Milwaukee has a talented youngster on the mound. They have the vastly more impressive roster. And they are in the thick of a playoff hunt. All signs point to a Brew Crew victory.

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