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Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi lasted just three innings Saturday, giving up three runs on eight hits and no walks with three strikeouts. He took the loss, dropping his record to 7-9. This was an inefficient outing for the left-hander, as Kikuchi threw 86 pitches in those three innings. With a 6.91 ERA over his past seven games, Kikuchi's season has been on the downswing since being named to the All-Star team, and fantasy managers should use him very carefully over the last few weeks of the year.
Seattle Mariners infielder Ty France was the lone bright spot for the Seattle offense Saturday, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and a run scored. This is the second straight game he's reached base three times, and he now has a modest five-game hit streak going. France has been Seattle's most consistent hitter, but he hasn't homered since August 23 and he has just 16 on the year. Fantasy managers will be looking for a bit more in the power department if they're going to make him a priority in 2022 drafts.
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Patrick Corbin allowed six runs (five earned) on nine hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings against the Colorado Rockies Saturday. This resulted in his 15th loss of the year. Corbin had had success working with catcher Alex Avila over his previous two outings, each of which resulted in a quality start, but hopefully no fantasy managers bought in for this one. Corbin's 6.11 ERA tells the whole story of his dreadful season.
Colorado Rockies second baseman Brendan Rodgers went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI, and two runs scored in a 6-0 win over the Nationals on Saturday. Rodgers put the Rockies on the board in the top of the first inning with a two-run blast off Patrick Corbin, his third home run in the last four games. He later added a double and scored another run. The 25-year-old has been raking over the last 15 contests, slashing .333/.364/.587 with four home runs and 12 RBI over that span. For the year, he's got a solid .288/.337/.480 batting line with 14 home runs and 47 RBI over 333 at-bats on the year. He's looking to finish the season on a high note.
Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland earned the win on Saturday when he allowed seven hits with one walk and seven strikeouts across six scoreless innings in a 6-0 win over the Nationals. Freeland was locked in for Saturday's tilt against the Nats. He scattered seven hits and only really ran into trouble in his final inning but was able to wiggle out of the jam. The stellar outing gives the 28-year-old left-hander a 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, and 97:33 K/BB ratio over 108 innings (21 starts) on the season. He'll take on the Giants at home in his next turn, which should be a difficult start for fantasy purposes.
Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story went 1-for-5 with a three-run homer in a 6-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday. Story swatted his 23rd home run of the season off Patrick Corbin in the fourth inning. It was a three-run shot and his only hit of the ball game. The 28-year-old shortstop is now slashing .247/.324/.479 with 23 home runs, 72 RBI, and 18 stolen bases over 482 at-bats on the year. Those are decent overall numbers but they're underwhelming considering where Story was selected in fantasy drafts.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez smacked a three-run homer to propel his club past the Twins 6-2 in Saturday's afternoon contest. His towering shot in the fourth inning put the Jays ahead 4-2 at the time, and they never looked back as he finished the day going 1-for-4. The three-RBI game now gives him 58 so far in the second half to push himself into the team-lead as well as third in the majors with 106. Hernandez pairs his superb RBI total with 28 HR, 84 runs, 11 SB, and a .304 BA to prove any doubters that his 2020 breakout half-campaign was no fluke.
Toronto Blue Jays second baseman Marcus Semien launched his 40th homer of the season on Saturday, helping his club defeat the Twins 6-2. His solo shot off Bailey Ober in the fourth got the scoring started for his club in what became a four-run frame, although it was his only hit of the contest as he went 1-for-5. The 31-year-old is having one of the best offensive seasons across the majors this season with 95 RBI, 106 runs, 15 SB, and a .268/.338/.539 slash line through 148 games played. With two weeks left in the season, Semien will look to keep padding his stats in an already incredible career year.
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright worked around some base runners to end up with another quality start. Pitching on Saturday against the San Diego Padres, Wainwright pitched six innings, allowing just two runs on seven hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out two. While it wasn't "Waino" at his best, he showed how excellent he is as a pitcher, taking a day where he didn't have his best stuff and holding a powerful Padres lineup to just two runs. The 40-year-old has a 2.89 ERA this season.
Miami Marlins rookie starting pitcher Edward Cabrera worked another short outing on Saturday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In Cabrera's four innings, he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks, striking out seven. It was good to see the rookie righty rack up some strikeouts, but he needed 79 pitches (48 strikes) to get just 12 outs total. While he's shown more than a few flashes of his upside, Cabrera's big league career is off to a rough start. He'll take an 0-2 record and a 6.20 ERA into his next start.
Detroit Tigers OF Derek Hill (undisclosed) was carted off against the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, Sept. 18, after suffering an undisclosed injury while trying to beat out a bunt.
New York Yankees OF Joey Gallo (neck) exited against the Cleveland Indians with neck tightness Saturday, Sept. 18.
Tampa Bay Rays RHP Shane Baz is expected to have his contract selected to start against the Toronto Blue Jays Monday, Sept. 20.
Milwaukee Brewers OF Lorenzo Cain (hip) exited against the Chicago Cubs with right hip discomfort Saturday, Sept. 18.
Oakland Athletics RHP Daulton Jefferies (elbow) was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow ulnar neuritis Saturday, Sept. 18.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Sonny Gray allowed three runs (two earned) over six innings of work in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday. Gray struck out five and walked two in the outing. The Cincinnati offense has gone cold of late, which has left a smaller margin for error for the Reds starting pitchers, as evidenced by Gray taking his eighth loss despite a quality start. Gray now has a 7-8 record, 3.84 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 146 strikeouts over 126 2/3 innings of work. He will face off against the Washington Nationals next time out.
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Ryan Yarbrough (8-6) allowed four earned runs on five hits and no walks while striking out four over six innings during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He was tagged with his sixth loss of the season. The southpaw was hurt by the long ball and surrendered home runs to Jeimer Candelario and Dustin Garneau. After a rough first and second inning, Yarbrough bounced back and cruised through the next four frames. The 29-year-old threw 86 pitches, landing 58 for strikes. Yarbrough owns a 5.30 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 110 strikeouts over 144 1/3 innings in 2021. The Rays left-hander is scheduled to face the Miami Marlins at home on Friday.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Manuel Margot went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He logged his third three-hit effort of the season in Saturday's loss. The 26-year-old is starting to heat up and has recorded a hit in nine of his last 10 games. Margot is slashing .260/.315/.395 with 10 home runs, 56 RBI, 51 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases over 113 games in 2021. The Rays outfielder can be used as a streamer while wielding a hot bat right in time for the fantasy baseball playoffs.
Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Jordan Luplow went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers. He blasted a two-run shot off Tigers pitcher Tarik Skubal to cut the Rays deficit 4-2. It was his first long ball since September 7. The 27-year-old entered Saturday's game 0-for-7 with four strikeouts over his last three contests. Luplow busted out of his mini-slump with his multi-hit effort on Saturday. Overall, Luplow is slashing .203/.326/.456 with 11 home runs, 28 RBI, 23 runs scored, and one stolen base over 58 games in 2021. Luplow is in a platoon role with Ji-Man Choi and can be used as a streamer in deep-league formats.
San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey isn't starting on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves and right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton. Posey is hitting .297 with a .387 on-base percentage and 18 home runs in 406 plate appearances this season. It'll be Curt Casali getting the start behind the plate against Atlanta. You're probably best off looking elsewhere for streaming help at catcher. Casali is hitting .213 with a .315 on-base percentage and five home runs in 217 plate appearances this season. He's hitting seventh on Saturday.
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