Week 18: July 25th – 30th
The MLB Weekly Market preview is here to analyze and predict the performance of your favorite players. See an undervalued player that is poised to make a surge? Or an overvalued one that is destined to fall back to Earth? Check-in each Tuesday to see which players you should buy or short in your weekly portfolio!
DISCLAIMER: IPO AND RANKS RECORDED AS OF 1:30 PM (ET), JULY 25TH
The Cubs have the hottest offense in baseball post-All-Star break, scoring a league-leading six runs per game. This surging offense is led by Cody Bellinger who’s been phenomenal in the 2nd half of the season (.436 AVG, 1.324 OPS, 5 HR). Bellinger has averaged 2.6 hits + runs + RBIs per game this year. Expect him and the Cubs’ bats to continue to stay hot this week as they face two bottom-10 pitching staffs.
Since coming back from the summer break, Wilmer Flores is top-5 in OPS. He’s not a flashy pick, but has great value for someone who’s been raking as of late (Last 10: .406 AVG, 1.444 OPS, 5 HR). Flores will look forward to facing some mediocre rotations this week, including the league’s worst Oakland A’s. At only $1.52 per share, this low-risk stock should surge this week.
Not a lot has gone right for the Mets this season and especially not this July. In that span, New York is the 2nd worst offense in baseball, producing less than 4 runs per game. I hate to rag on one player in a group of mediocre performers, but Francisco Lindor’s lack of production has been problematic to say the least. The shortstop only has 3 hits in his last 26 ABs along with 10 strikeouts (.155 AVG, 1.54 SLG). The Mets, put simply, are DOWN BAD. Short everyone.