Fantasy Slant: Tigers Trade OF Justin Upton to the Angels

By Vincent Frank on Thursday, August 31st 2017
Fantasy Slant: Tigers Trade OF Justin Upton to the Angels

A rare August blockbuster trade just went down around the Major League Baseball world, with the Detroit Tigers sending veteran outfielder Justin Upton to the Los Angeles Angels. 

Upton will immediately take over as the Angels' every-day left fielder while the team attempts to earn a wild card spot down the stretch. The veteran was hitting .279 with 28 homers and 94 RBI prior to the trade. 

The 30-year-old outfielder is hitting just .258 with a .342 OBP against fellow righties on the season. Though, he's posted a tremendous .350/.427 split to go with an eye-opening .366 BABip against left-handed pitchers this year. 

Upton's splits also tell us a story of someone that could be a DFS boon as the regular season draws to a conclusion. While his average is down on the road compared to at home, his power numbers are exactly the same with two more homers and the same amount of RBI's away from Detroit. 

It surely won't hurt that he will have Mike Trout backing him up in the lineup. We fully expect Upton to hit behind the AL MVP candidate. That will give him more pitches down the middle of the zone. 

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