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Heath Cummings

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Featured Pros: MLB Bounce-Back Candidates
Tue, Feb 20
Featured Pros: MLB Bounce-Back Candidates
Name one hitter you expect to have a bounce-back season after disappointing fantasy owners in 2017
I'll take the free square, with Manny Machado. From 2016 to 2017 Machado saw his walk rate and hard contact rate go up and his K rate go down. Sounds like a good recipe, right? Well, his .259/.310/.471 slash line was his worst full season in the majors. Expect another elite performance from Machado after last year's disappointment.

Name one pitcher you expect to have a bounce-back season after disappointing fantasy owners in 2017
I know Masahiro Tanaka makes half his starts at home, but I'd still expect some serious regression from last year's league-worst HR/FB rate (21.2%). I also expect Tanaka's strand rate to bound back from his career-low of 71.5%. Those two factors alone should be enough to drop Tanaka's ERA closer to last year's SIERA (3.52), which was the 12th best in baseball.

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Heath Cummings

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