Defense aside, Flores is one of better young bats at shortstop. There aren’t many guys at the position that could hit 20 homers aside from Troy Tulowitzki.
To this point Flores has struggled, but he’s been heating up in his past four games. During that span he’s gone 6/15 with two homers, five RBI, and four runs. Thats .250/2/5 on the season.
Flores may not be better than a .275 hitter at best, but his minor league career average is .292 to go along with 77 career home runs.
If you need shortstop, and are in a deep or dynasty league, Flores is a great option.
Anthony Gose has only started three times in the past nine games while the Tigers bench him against lefties. Gose went 2 for 4 on Tuesday, and raised his average to .405. In this lineup Gose could be fantasy gold, but he needs to play more. Right now he’s just worth keeping on your bench.
On the other hand, Dalton Pompey went 3 for 4 with three runs. Pompey bats toward the bottom of the order, but the Jays have a loaded lineup so it really isn’t a problem. Pompey and Gose are similar players, but I’d rather have Pompey at this point.
Zack Cozart hit 2 homers, and drove in 3 RBI to up his totals to .378/3/7. Cozart does have two 12 plus homer seasons to his name, but only hit four in 147 games last year. Can he keep this pace up? No, and the batting average will drop considering he’s only a .245 career hitter, but why not take the plunge while he’s hot.
Johnny Giavotella hit a home run, and drove in four runs to go along with two hits. This is someone a lot of people, myself included, have been waiting to breakout since he was on the Royals. Giavotella actually reminds me a lot of ex-Angel Howie Kendrick. Both do everything for the position well, and won’t really hurt you anywhere. I like this guy a lot the rest of the way.
Devon Travis missed Tuesday’s game after getting hit by a pitch in the rib area. He’s supposedly okay, and just day-to-day, so we’re all hoping this doesn’t turn into anything. Ryan Goins drove in three runs in his place, but should be ignored.
Jung Ho Kang finally recorded his second hit with a 2-4 showing with three RBI. Kang supposedly hit a bunch of homers in Japan, and should be able to unseat Jordy Mercer at some point. For now he’s a wait and see, but if he gets more playing time sooner than later he could be a nice speculative add.
Cody Allen didn’t record a save, but he didn’t allow a hit, and struck out two in the ninth inning. This could be a good confidence booster for Allen after allowing four runs. He should be save in the closer role for now.
I recommended Hector Santiago a few days ago, and he went and struck out eight in six innings while allowing one run. Santiago has been on his game this year, and while he isn’t the safest of starters, he could be useful in the right matchup.
Bud Norris allowed nine runs in just 2.1 innings on Tuesday. He was horrible, and has been all year. If you’ve been holding him it’s time to let him loose.
Mike Fiers was also bad, and allowed four earned runs in four innings. I’d rather hold onto Fiers than Norris, but depending on the size of your league there may be better out there.
Taijuan Walker has been horrible this season, but finally had a good outing with eight strikeouts, and one earned run. In standard, non-dynasty leagues you may have already dropped him, but it’s so hard to let top prospects go. This is a nice game for Walker, and owners should hold on for the ride for now.