By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on May 16, 2014
The fantasy baseball season is almost through Week 7 and there has been plenty
of numbers to marvel at. To help you identify the most impressive numbers, here are 10 of the most shocking stats from the 2014 fantasy baseball season.
Most thought OF Billy Hamilton would run away with the stolen base title this season, but the converted shortstop has just 12 on the year. Gordon, 24, has doubled that total and the speedster is currently sitting atop the MLB in steals.
Jim Henderson was pegged as Milwaukee's closer this off-season, but Rodriguez has shined in the ninth inning this season. The veteran currently leads the entire MLB with 16 saves to go along with a sizzling 1.64 ERA. K-Rod has once again established himself as a legitimate fantasy closer.
After an injury-plagued 2013 season, Cueto has been the fantasy CY Young so far this year. The right-hander has a sizzling 1.32 ERA/ 0.73 WHIP this season and he has lasted into the seventh inning in all eight of his starts.
There has been an epidemic this season for pitchers needing elbow surgery, as shockingly 33 pitchers have already had the season-ending TJS. Among the big names that have been sliced and diced by Dr. James Andrews this year are Jose Fernandez, Matt Moore, Ivan Nova, Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy, Jarrod Parker, and Josh Johnson. There will be more to come.
For the first time in years, Tulowitzki looks 100% healthy. He currently has the best slash line in baseball and his .391 batting average is 55 points ahead of second place (Victor Martinez). Tulo is truly having a MVP caliber season.
Abreu has taken the fantasy world by storm this season. The 27-year-old rookie has already smacked a league-leading 14 home runs to go along with 41 RBIs. The Cuban has quickly matured into an elite fantasy stick.
Ventura has steadily averaged over 95 MPH on his heater this season. He even touched 102.9 MPH in a game earlier this season, which was even more shockingly because it was the 93rd pitch of the game. The rookie is one of the best young flamethrowers in the game right now.
Tanaka's split-finger fastball has been just as good as advertised this fantasy season. The Japanese sensation is off to a ridiculous 6-0 start and the righty is currently striking out 10.24 batters per nine innings of work. Ma-Kun should easily finished with 180-plus K's in 2014.
Arenado has been on fire this season. The rookie set a team record for recording a 28-game hitting streak and he has now raised his average all the way up to .315 on the year. Arenado is the next future superstar at the hot corner.
Toronto Blue Jays OF Jose Bautista reached base in 38 straight games to start the 2014 season. The longest streak for reaching base was in 1949 by Ted Williams, who reached base 84 consecutive games. Bautista's streak is perhaps even more impressive than Arenado’s hitting-streak and it deserves a little more respect around the fantasy world.
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