Here are what some talking heads think about fantasy baseball 2019:
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Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jean Segura went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI vs the Mets Wednesday night. Segura has been struggling lately, his batting average in June was .213 prior to this game, so this is a welcome sight for his fantasy owners. Despite the big night, Segura isn't showing many positive signs. He is making hard contact less than 30 percent of the time and has only attempted six steals in 70 games after having 20 or more steals each of the past two seasons. Segura is a fine option in deep leagues or leagues that utilize a middle infield spot, but he's far from must-own at one of fantasy baseball's deepest positions.
Pittsburgh Pirates C Francisco Cervelli (concussion) has not yet been cleared to resume baseball activities and he continues to undergo testing.
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Rookie Davis (finger, forearm) has been shut down at Triple-A Indianapolis for at least 10 days due to tightness in his forearm.
Minnesota Twins OF Eddie Rosario (leg) left the game Wednesday, June 26 against the Tampa Bay Rays due to an apparent left leg injury.
Milwaukee Brewers second base prospect Keston Hiura extended his hitting streak to eight games for Triple-A San Antonio Wednesday night. Hiura has a .412 on-base percentage and is slugging .692 in Triple-A yet can't seem to get another shot with the Big League club after being sent down on June 3. Hiura is arguably the best bat in the minors right now and should be stashed in all but the shallowest formats in fantasy.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario (ankle) appeared to turn his ankle when rounding first base and left the game early on Wednesday in the third inning. Rosario had two singles, a run scored and an RBI in his two plate appearances before leaving the game. He's been excellent this year, hitting .282/.312/.529 with 20 home runs, 51 runs, 60 RBI and three steals in 324 plate appearances, so losing him for any amount of time would be really bad news for his owners. The Twins are also hurting for outfield depth with Byron Buxton and Marwin Gonzalez on the injured list and Max Kepler sitting out Wednesday after being hit by a pitch on Tuesday. Rosario is now tied with Seattle's Domingo Santana for the American League lead in RBI with 60.
Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (knee) was removed from the game Wednesday after two at-bats. Manager Dave Roberts said the move was precautionary to preserve Bellinger for a four-game weekend series at Colorado. Bellinger has been dealing with a sore knee patella tendon and sat out Tuesday's game before today's early exit. The injury is something for fantasy owners to monitor, but it sounds like Bellinger should be able to avoid the Injured List. The NL MVP candidate has 25 home runs and 62 RBI and is second in the league with a 1.152 OPS. Fantasy owners can only hope the midweek rest means Bellinger can play this weekend with four games in Coors Field.
Tampa Bay Rays pitching coach Kyle Snyder said that relief pitcher Jose Alvarado threw bullpen sessions on back-to-back days on Monday and Tuesday, and the team expects him to be back in the "near future." The left-handed reliever has been out since June 1 while handling a family matter, but it looks like he'll once again be an option in the ninth inning relatively soon. With Diego Castillo injured, Emilio Pagan is the Rays main closing option until Alvarado rejoins the roster. Pagan should be owned in all formats, while Alvarado is deserving of being stashed in deeper mixed leagues. He's posted a 3.09 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, six saves and 32 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings.
Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Yandy Diaz (hamstring) did infield drills and took batting practice on Wednesday and felt fine. There is a good chance he comes off the injured list and returns to the starting lineup on Thursday. Diaz has become a regular at the hot corner in his first season in Tampa and is batting a fine .286/.363/.502 with 11 home runs, 36 runs, 31 RBI and a steal in 217 at-bats for a sneaky good Rays squad. He's walked 27 times and fanned 41 times on the season. He'd be facing Twins left-handed starting pitcher Martin Perez on Thursday if he indeed returns from the injured list. You'll want to get him back in your lineups right away.
Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Nick Pivetta was hit hard again Wednesday vs the Mets allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings. The start could have been worse for Pivetta as he allowed all kinds of traffic on the bases with nine hits allowed and three walks. This is now three straight disappointing outings for the right-hander since his complete game against the Reds on June 8. Pivetta has regressed mightily this season, his 33.1 percent strikeout rate from 2018 has fallen to 20.6 percent this year. His hard contact rate against was 31.8 percent last year, but that number has climbed to over 43 percent this season. All told, the breakout many predicted this year appears to not be happening. Pivetta is a decent streamer with the right matchup but is droppable if you need the roster space.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez (arm) will not be back before the All-Star break. Gonzalez's throwing schedule was pushed back after his bullpen session last week didn't go as well as hoped. The left-hander has been decent with the Brew Crew in his six starts, posting a 3.19 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 31 innings. He's not much of an option in shallow mixed leagues but should once again be a streaming consideration in the right matchups in much deeper leagues when he makes his return to the rotation in the second half. Gonzalez has been slowed by a dead arm and last started for Milwaukee on May 27.
Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons (ankle) will not come off the injured list on Wednesday, but he'll be back very soon. Simmons just restarted a rehab assignment with Single-A Inland Empire on Tuesday, so there's a chance that Simmons rejoins the lineup this weekend. The 29-year-old has been out since May 20 with a sprained ankle and is hitting .298/.323/.415 with three home runs, 21 RBI, 22 runs and five steals on the season. Simmons can help you as middle infield depth in deep mixed leagues for his high average and speed. He was one of the team's better bats before landing on the shelf.
Seattle Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger (testicle) is hoping to take batting practice this weekend. He has been hitting in the cage and taking fly balls daily. Haniger's fantasy owners were hoping for a lot more after his breakout 2018 season, but he's hitting just .220/.314/.463 in his 246 at-bats. He does, however, have 15 home runs, 46 runs, 32 RBI and four steals and still remains useful in all leagues. He's trying to return from a ruptured testicle and could be back shortly after the All-Star break. Mac Williamson should remain relevant in AL-only leagues with everyday playing time until Haniger is ready to return.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Soroka (forearm) is expected to make his scheduled start Friday versus the Mets. Soroka exited his start Sunday after only two innings after being hit by a pitch in the arm. He played catch Tuesday and reported some soreness but has apparently improved enough to be named the starter for the series opener at New York. The 21-year-old righty has been great for fantasy this season with a 2.07 ERA and a .97 WHIP. The numbers look sustainable as well as his FIP of 3.07 is very good and a 10.7 percent swinging strike rate. The Braves will certainly use caution with their young pitcher, but he should be in fantasy lineups assuming he pitches.
Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (knee) is being listed as day-to-day after leaving early on Wednesday with a right knee contusion after being hit by a pitch. Moncada could miss a game or two, but he should be able to avoid the injured list. The 24-year-old is still striking out a bunch -- 85 times in 304 plate appearances -- but he's improved since last year and is slashing .299/.353/.518 with 13 home runs, 42 runs, 42 RBI and five stolen bases. He should only continue to get better and needs to be owned in all fantasy leagues.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora said that outfielder Andrew Benintendi's "legs felt heavy" after Sunday's game, which explains why he's been on the bench the last two days. Benintendi should be available for a two-game series against the Yankees in London, starting on Saturday. The 24-year-old is hitting .277/.359/.438 with seven long balls, 40 runs, 36 RBI and eight steals in 292 at-bats this year. He's been a bit disappointing from a fantasy perspective, but Benintendi could easily have a much better second half in a dangerous Boston lineup. Hopefully this little time off this week will reinvigorate him.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher John Means (shoulder) will return from the injured list and start against the Indians on Friday. Means, 26, has been one of the few bright spots for the Orioles this year. The left-hander is 6-4 with a tidy 2.67 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 59 strikeouts and 21 walks in 70 2/3 innings over his 12 starts and four relief appearances. Those that have held Means in deeper leagues should be looking to run him back out there this Friday, although he'll be a bit more risky since he didn't require a minor league rehab assignment.
Chicago White Sox outfielder Leury Garcia will move to shortstop with Tim Anderson (ankle) on the injured list, according to manager Rick Renteria. Renteria said that Ryan Cordell and Charlie Tilson will split time in the outfield and mix in at designated hitter. Garcia has been solid for fantasy owners in most formats by hitting .283/.323/.390 with five home runs, 51 runs scored, 22 RBI and eight stolen bases in 272 at-bats. He'll be even more attractive now if he gains shortstop eligibility. Cordell and Tilson are only attractive in AL-only leagues.
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes allowed two runs while only recording one out in the ninth inning to blow his sixth save of the season. Barnes now has six blown saves to only four converted saves on the season as his ERA rises to 4.19. Barnes has actually shown some promise this season with 15.9 strikeouts per nine innings and an impressive 14.8 percent swinging strike rate, but he's simply been awful in recent high-leverage situations. Expect Brandon Workman, who has a .61 ERA and a 32.8 percent strikeout rate since May 22, to get more save chances in the near future through the Red Sox ultimate solution for the ninth inning will probably come via trade.
Tampa Bay Rays INF Yandy Diaz (hamstring) participated in infield drills and batting practice Wednesday, June 26, and did not report any problems.
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