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May 17-19 Fantasy Baseball Takeaways: Best Hitting/Pitching Performances | Javier Baez, Bailey Falter, Luis Matos, Yu Darvish, Gunnar Henderson and More

Discussing some of the best hitting and pitching performances from May 17-19.

Morgan Rode May 20th 9:04 AM EDT.

CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (28) throws to first base for an out during the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians on May 8, 2024, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)
CLEVELAND, OH - MAY 08: Detroit Tigers shortstop Javier Baez (28) throws to first base for an out during the fifth inning of the Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Cleveland Guardians on May 8, 2024, at Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH. (Photo by Frank Jansky/Icon Sportswire)

The ninth week of the fantasy baseball season is here. Before we turn the page to a new week, let’s recap what happened over the weekend.

Below, we will cover the top individual performances from hitters and pitchers from May 17-19.

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Top Hitters

Detroit Tigers’ Javier Baez and San Francisco Giants’ Matt Chapman led the MLB with eight hits each over the weekend.

Half of Baez’s hits were doubles, and he drove in seven runs along the way. He also scored three runs, while striking out on three occasions.

Chapman also doubled four times among his eight total hits. He walked twice and struck out once, while going on to score seven runs. Chapman drove in two runs, was plunked by two pitches and stole two bases.

Houston Astros’ Jake Meyers delivered seven hits, including a double and two home runs. He drove in five runs and scored three times. Meyers struck out twice and was hit by a pitch.

San Francisco’s Luis Matos drove in a whopping 11 runs in three weekend games. He had six hits total, with three doubles and a homer along the way. Matos struck out once and scored twice.

Philadelphia Phillies’ Alec Bohm drove in six runs on three hits this weekend. Bohm doubled and homered once. He had two sacrifice flyouts, one strikeout and one run scored.

Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers and Baltimore Orioles’ Gunnar Henderson each clubbed three homers this weekend.

The homers were the only weekend hits for Devers, who drove in five runs. He also walked once, scored four runs and struck out twice.

Henderson added a triple and single to finish with five weekend hits. He drove in four runs and scored four times. Henderson walked twice, struck out once and also stole a base.

San Francisco’s Thairo Estrada only finished behind Chapman in runs scored (6). He collected five hits, including a double and home run, and drove in five runs. Estrada had a sacrifice fly and struck out two times.

New York Mets’ Brandon Nimmo, Kansas City Royals’ Maikel Garcia and Detroit Tigers’ Spencer Torkelson each scored five runs this weekend.

Nimmo doubled and homered for his only hits, but walked once and was hit by a pitch to get on base a couple more times. Nimmo drove in two runs and struck out two times.

Garcia doubled three times and homered once among his five total hits. He drove in five runs and also stole a base. Garcia was a strikeout victim two times.

Torkelson doubled and homered among his four hits. He drove in a run, was hit by a pitch and struck out on four occasions.

Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber didn’t have a hit this weekend, but drew eight walks. Schwarber drove in a run and scored three times, while striking out twice.

Kansas City’s Salvador Perez, St. Louis Cardinals’ Nolan Arenado, Miami Marlins’ Josh Bell, Boston’s Connor Wong, Cleveland Guardians’ Andres Gimenez and Tyler Freeman and Milwaukee Brewers’ Brice Turang all finished with six weekend hits.

Perez had a double among his hits and drove in four runs. He walked once, struck out twice and scored a run.

Arenado finished with six singles, driving in one run along the way. He walked once, was not a strikeout victim and scored a pair of runs.

Bell had two doubles and a homer among his knocks. He drove in five runs and scored once.

Wong had a double among his hits. He walked and struck out one time each, drove in a run and scored three times.

Gimenez had a homer among his six hits. He drove in four runs and scored three times. Gimenez walked once and also stole a base.

Freeman had a double among his weekend hits. He scored four runs, drove in three, walked once and stole a base.

Turang had two doubles among his knocks. He drove in two runs, scored once, stole two bases and struck out three times.

Top Pitchers

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bailey Falter had the longest and best start of the weekend, not allowing a run over 7 2/3 innings. Falter allowed three hits and two walks, while striking out a pair. Even despite the strong start, Falter didn’t get the win.

San Diego Padres’ Yu Darvish got a win after working seven scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and a walk, while striking out nine batters.

Kansas City’s Cole Ragans tossed seven scoreless innings of his own to pick up a win. Ragans allowed two hits and walks, while striking out seven batters.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Alek Manoah got a win after allowing just one hit and walk across seven scoreless innings - he also hit two batters. He struck out seven batters along the way.

Chicago Cubs’ Shota Imanaga didn’t get a decision despite twirling seven scoreless innings. He worked around four hits and a walk, and struck out seven batters.

New York Yankees’ Luis Gil got a win after striking out 14 batters over six innings. He allowed a run on five hits and a walk.

Baltimore’s Corbin Burnes earned a win after allowing a run over six innings. He gave up seven hits and a walk, while striking out 11 batters.

Pittsburgh Pirates’ Paul Skenes struck out 11 batters over six hitless innings. He walked just one batter while earning his first win. Read more about his stellar start here.

Kansas City’s Seth Lugo, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Zac Gallen and San Diego’s Matt Waldron all struck out 10 batters in their weekend starts.

Lugo allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over 5 2/3 innings. He picked up the win.

Gallen took a loss after allowing three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Waldron got the win after allowing a run on five hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings.

Boston’s Nick Pivetta, Detroit’s Tarik Skubal and Baltimore’s Grayson Rodriguez only allowed one hit in their starts.

Pivetta got a win after allowing a run over six innings. He struck out eight batters along the way.

Skubal didn’t allow a run and got a win after working six innings. Skubal finished with six strikeouts.

Rodriguez had seven strikeouts over his six scoreless innings. He also allowed three walks and hit a batter.

San Francisco’s Luke Jackson, Erik Miller and Ryan Walker, Houston’s Bryan Abreu and Cleveland’s Hunter Gaddis all were credited with two holds this weekend.

Jackson allowed a run on a hit and walk over 1 2/3 innings, while striking out four batters. Walker had three strikeouts over two innings, while allowing a run on two hits. Miller struck out three over 1 1/3 innings, not allowing a run on two hits and a walk.

Abreu allowed two hits and a walk, but no runs. He struck out one over 1 2/3 innings.

Gaddis retired all four batters he faced this weekend, striking one of them out.

No closer had more than one save, but 17 relievers earned a save.

Chicago White Sox’s Michael Soroka made his first appearance in relief, and struck out seven batters over four scoreless innings. He worked around two hits and four walks.

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