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Oakland Athletics starting pitcher James Kaprielian will transition to a bullpen role with Daulton Jefferies making the start on Saturday versus the Angels, according to Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle. Kaprielian had a strong first half for Oakland, but he's hit a wall recently, pitching to a 6.51 ERA since July 27. The rookie right-hander had pitched more than double the innings he threw in both 2019 and 2020 so perhaps fatigue set in and a move to the bullpen could help Kaprielian as the A's battle for a Wild Card spot. Jefferies is an intriguing prospect, but he's made just one start this season and doesn't figure to go deep into the game on Saturday, making him a desperation streamer in the deepest of fantasy leagues. Kaprielian is droppable in all formats.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Dietrich Enns (2-0) allowed one run on three hits and a walk while striking out three over four innings in Thursday's 5-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers. He earned his second win of the season. The 30-year-old followed opener Louis Head and threw four strong innings to pick up the win. Dietrich continues to deliver in September, owning a 0.82 ERA, 0.72 WHIP, and a 12:1 K: BB over 11 innings in 2021. The southpaw will likely follow an opener next week and can be used as a streamer in most leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays infielder Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a walk during Thursday's 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. He smacked a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Rays a 1-0 lead. It was his 11th long ball of the season. The 30-year-old has now logged multi-hit efforts twice over his last five games. Diaz is slashing .255/.356/.382 with 11 home runs, 53 RBI, and 57 runs scored over 497 plate appearances in 2021. The Rays infielder remains a strong option in OBP formats and can be used as a streamer in most leagues.
Tampa Bay Rays catcher Mike Zunino went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Thursday's 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers. He blasted a two-run shot in the sixth inning to extend the Rays lead 5-2. The 30-year-old has now homered in back-to-back games. Zunino is slashing .203/.291/.554 with 31 home runs, 59 RBI, and 58 runs scored across 344 plate appearances in 2021. The 2021 All-Star continues to be an elite source of power as four of his seven hits in September have been home runs. Zunino remains a strong starting option in most league formats.
Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Hector Neris allowed one run across two innings to earn the relief win on Thursday against the Cubs. The former closer has had an up-and-down season, but he's been better lately and is a candidate to earn saves as closer Ian Kennedy has struggled mightily. Kennedy has a 6.32 ERA since joining the Phillies on August 1. In that same span, Neris has a 1.54 ERA and has posted an elite 40% strikeout rate. He has plenty of closing experience and has always been a favorite of manager Joe Girardi. Neris worth a speculative add in deeper roto leagues.
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T Realmuto left Thursday's win over the Cubs after being hit by a pitch in the left elbow/triceps area, according to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia. Andrew Knapp came in at catcher after Realmuto posted another solid game as he collected an RBI and scored a run. According to manager Joe Girardi, X-Rays on Realmuto were negative, but his status for Friday's game is up in the air as Realmuto has been dealing with other nagging injuries late in the season. Philly can ill-afford to lose its All-Star catcher and an IL-stint feels unlikely for Realmuto, but fantasy managers should have a contingency plan in place in the event Realmuto is out.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper had another monster game on Thursday as he launched a three-run homer and had two doubles in a wild 17-8 win over the Cubs. Harper is among the hottest hitters on the planet; over his last 22 games, the NL MVP candidate has 10 homers, 10 doubles, 26 RBI, and a 1.434 OPS as he's doing all he can to drag the Phillies to the postseason. This hot streak couldn't come at a better time for fantasy managers as Harper is sure to be on a bunch of championship rosters given his torrid second-half pace. The Mets pitching staff is the next crew faced with the daunting task of getting Harper out.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Glenn Otto cruised through three innings during Thursday's game against the Houston Astros. It looked like Otto was going to have a bounce back game until the fourth inning. He allowed seven runs that inning and finished with seven hits allowed, four walks, and three strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings of work. Things didn't get better for Texas after that and they dropped this game 12-1. Otto has put together two straight horrendous performances. It's not going to get easier for him against the New York Yankees in his next matchup. Fantasy managers can go ahead and stay far away from him.
Texas Rangers starting pitcher Kolby Allard missed his previous start due to a non-COVID related illness. The organization decided to have him piggyback right-hander Glenn Otto who started Thursday's game against the Houston Astros. Allard didn't fare well in his outing and allowed five earned runs, four walks, and registered four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. It's uncertain if the Rangers plan on moving Allard back to the rotation or doing more outings like this. Regardless, Allard isn't going to be a fantasy option down the stretch.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with three RBI, two runs scored, and a walk to help beat the Cubs on Thursday. Herrera drove in a run during a seven-run fourth inning, then came around to score as the Phillies erased a seven-run deficit. He wasn't done there, however, as Herrera belted a two-run double in the seventh to help put the game out of reach for Chicago. It's been rocky at times, but Herrera has put together a nice season batting .257 with a .313 on-base percentage thanks to a minuscule strikeout rate. He's a start-worthy outfielder in fantasy heading into a weekend series with the Mets.
San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Kevin Gausman fell to 14-6 in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Padres. Gausman pitched 5 innings, allowing four runs on eight hits (including a solo home run) and a walk with seven strikeouts. It was one of his worst starts of the season in terms of runs allowed, which speaks to how well he has pitched. He will take his 2.78 ERA and 1.03 WHIP into a rematch with the Padres next week, where he should definitely be started by fantasy managers.
Los Angeles Angels infielder Jack Mayfield had a four-RBI game during Thursday's 9-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. He went 1-for-4 with a bases-loaded double, an RBI groundout, a run, and two strikeouts. Mayfield is slashing .202/.260/.384 with nine home runs and two stolen bases across 71 games thus far. He can be left alone in almost every league, especially during an ice-cold month of September in which he's posted a .487 OPS. At the most, Mayfield's a deep league streaming option against lefties, who he's slugging .423 against this year.
San Francisco Giants third baseman Evan Longoria was at it again in Thursday's 7-4 loss to the Padres, going 2-for-4 with a double and a solo home run. Longo launched an eighth-inning Tim Hill offering into the left-field seats for his 13th HR of the season. The veteran has hit well when healthy this season and has a .333/.429/.727 slash line with three HR and 15 RBI in September. He could be a sneaky fantasy option for managers looking for a hot bat to finish the season strong.
Baltimore Orioles first baseman/outfielder Ryan Mountcastle went 1-for-5 with a solo home run and two strikeouts in Thursday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Yankees. Mountcastle demolished a sixth-inning Jordan Montgomery pitch over the center-field wall for his 29th HR of the season. The 24-year-old now holds the O's record for most HR by a rookie. He has ended up being a fantasy contributor after a slow start to the season and owns a .261/.311/.496 slash line with 81 RBI. It looks like Mountcastle will definitely be a fantasy asset down the stretch for this season and potentially for many more to come.
Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Jean Segura went 3-for-6 with three RBI and three runs scored in a wild 17-8 win over the Cubs on Thursday night. He's not the most heralded Phillie, but Segura has pieced together another strong season in red and white as he's slashing a healthy .298/.358/.443 with 12 homers, nine steals, and 72 runs scored batting ahead of Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto in the batting order. Segura can be started in fantasy leagues of all sizes and formats with decent matchups with the Mets over the weekend.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Austin Hays made his one hit count in Thursday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Yankees, going 1-for-5 with an RBI single to win the game and a strikeout. Hays came to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning with one out and the bases loaded. With the infield in, he was able to chop a 3-1 offering through the left side of the infield to bring the winning run to the plate. The 26-year-old has had a fantastic September, slashing .293/.339/.690 with six home runs and 15 RBI. The O's upcoming matchups aren't the best, but Hays is a viable option as a spark plug for fantasy managers' lineups late in the season.
Baltimore Orioles starting pitcher Chris Ellis turned in a middling start in Thursday's 3-2 extra-innings win over the Yankees. Ellis pitched 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits (including a solo home run) and four walks with three strikeouts. While he hasn't pitched deep into games, Ellis has pitched well for the O's, going 1-0 with a 2.39 ERA and 1.22 WHIP. His next matchup won't be great at the Phillies, but fantasy managers should not be trusting Ellis this late into the season, regardless of matchup.
New York Yankees outfielder Joey Gallo belted his 35th homer of the year in Thursday's loss to the Orioles. Gallo gave New York a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a 101.8 MPH, 363 MPH blast, which was a bit muted by his Statcast standards. Still, the slugger has now homered four times in the last week and seems poised to finish the season strong for both the Yankees and his fantasy managers. Up next is a favorable matchup against Cleveland. Gallo owns a 1.023 OPS with six homers in 13 career games against the Indians.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery dominated the Orioles in a no-decision Thursday. Montgomery went 5 2/3 innings, allowing one run on six hits while issuing one walk. The left-hander struck out a career-high 12 batters. Montgomery generated a very impressive 22 whiffs, 18 of them on his curveball-changeup combo. The 28-year-old continues to have rotten luck in the win department, as this was his second performance of the year where he allowed one run or fewer over at least five innings of work with 11 or more punchouts- and he doesn't have a win to show for either outing. Montgomery will have a great chance to keep rolling in his next outing against the Rangers, who own baseball's lowest team OPS.
Detroit Tigers third baseman Jeimer Candelario went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the team's 5-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The home run was his 15th of the year and his fifth already this month. The 27-year-old has been swinging a hot bat so far in September. He had his first two-homer game of the year last Sunday and he's slashing .283/.345/.679 overall this month. Over 137 games on the year, he has a .273/.349/.450 slash line with 62 RBI and 71 runs to go along with his 15 home runs. He has limited upside for fantasy purposes, but he can help out fantasy managers in deep leagues and AL-only leagues who need a boost in batting average.
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