It is no question that it has been a tough season for the Toronto Blue Jays and not many people would have expected them to be in the basement and ten games back of the American League East Division leading Boston Red Sox with one week left in the month of July. At the All-Star break, the only player who was doing anything offensively was the surprising Justin Smoak, who was voted in as the starting first baseman for the American League in the All-Star Game.
Over the last week, one player who shown signs of more offensive consistency is Blue Jays left fielder Steve Pearce. Since the all-star break, Pearce has recorded a base hit in eight of the Blue Jays ten games. In all he has collected 12 hits in 36 at bats for a batting average of .333, scored four runs, one double, two home runs, five runs batted in and one walk. Those overall numbers may not be worthy for fantasy baseball, however with all of the injuries to players this season, you could end up with worse outfielders if you need to cover a spot for the short term.
It should also be noted that Pearce is starting to get more playing time in left field for Toronto than Ezequiel Carrera, even though Carrera has a very respectable regular season average of .292 with seven home runs and 17 runs batted in. Remember in weekly leagues, consistency has importance.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies simply do not get much media attention, (mainly because they don’t play in the Eastern time zone or are in the California spotlight), but that does not mean they should be ignored. Remember their offensive players have a ton of fantasy value because they hit at the most hitter friendly baseball park in Major League Baseball. One of those batters is Nolan Arenado, the National League player of the week. From July 17-23, Arenado batted .458 with four home runs and 13 runs batted in. The bottom line is that Arenado needs to be in the conversation as one of the best players in baseball today. He is right up there with Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge.