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Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi had a good game at the plate on Friday, collecting two hits in four at-bats. One of those hits was a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and he ended the day with three RBI. It was Stassi's first long ball since August 19, and he's been slumping for almost two months, slashing .181/.273/.302 with three home runs since the start of August. Those numbers hardly compare to his first 46 games, in which he slashed .305/.382/.536 with nine home runs. Overall this season, he's hitting .251 with a .769 OPS and 12 HRs across 83 games. Fantasy managers should keep benching Stassi until he proves he's closer to the hitter he showed in the first half of his season.
Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Alex Colome notched the easiest save of the season in Friday's win over the Blue Jays. Colome needed just five pitches to shut the door on Toronto, firing five strikes and picking up a punchout in the process. His rough start to the season is a distant memory now, as the veteran reliever has been one of the more steady fantasy closing options in the second half. Colome should continue to rack up saves for a Twins team that has sneakily been a better squad since the trade deadline.
New York Mets starting pitcher Tylor Megill went only four innings on Friday against the Milwaukee Brewers allowing four earned runs on five hits, including three home runs, and four walks in the Mets 5-1 loss. Megill struck out only two batters en route to his sixth loss of the season, dropping his record to 3-6. After a superb July in which Megill posted a 1.04 ERA and 1.04 WHIP over five starts and 26 innings pitched, Megill has struggled in August and September, despite sprinkling in a few quality starts over those two months. In September, Megill now owns a 1-3 record, with a bloated 7.20 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, and 23 strikeouts over 20 IP in four starts. Megill's recent struggles could be attributed to fatigue given the fact that he has now thrown 125 IP on the season between the majors and minors. His previous high was 71 2/3 IP in 2019 in the minors. Nonetheless, Megill showed his potential back in July and makes for a solid later-round selection in redraft formats heading in 2022. Fantasy managers in dynasty formats should hang on to Megill given his high strikeout potential (93 strikeouts in 84 2/3 IP this season with the Mets) and his strong, consistent performance earlier this summer.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor went 0-for-4 with an RBI in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. Lindor, who had been hot earlier in the month, has cooled off a bit to the tune of a .250/.300/.321 slash line over his past seven games with no home runs and just three RBI. Despite the poor recent stretch, Lindor is still in the midst of his most productive month of the season, where he has posted a .269/.370/.551 slash line with six home runs and 17 RBI. While it was certainly a down season for Lindor, he is a potential bounce-back candidate in 2022 given his turn-around in September.
Baltimore Orioles outfielder Cedric Mullins went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and two walks during an 8-5 loss to the Texas Rangers on Friday. The 2021 All-Star connected for his 30th homer of the season off of Rangers starting pitcher Spencer Howard during the second inning. The 26-year-old also became the first player in Orioles' history to reach the 30-30 club and is the only player in the majors this season to hit that mark. On his breakout season, Mullins has posted 30 HR, 59 RBI, 89 R, and 30 SB with a .300/.370/.536 line across 576 at-bats. While some regression should be expected, Mullins will be a hot commodity next season given his activity on the basepaths.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Bailey Ober picked up his third win of the season Friday against the Blue Jays. Ober pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on four hits while striking out six batters with no walks issued. The lone blemish n an otherwise sparkling outing was a solo homer to Marcus Semien. The 26-year-old mixed his pitches very well, spreading out 11 swinging strikes over his four offerings. Ober has had some rough outings in September- but this was a very encouraging start for the end of this year. Ober has almost certainly earned himself a spot in the Minnesota rotation in 2022.
New York Yankees shortstop/second baseman Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in Friday's victory over the Red Sox. Torres started his day off with an RBI single, then powered a 104.1 MPH homer to give New York an 8-3 lead. He capped his day off with a 101.6 MPH single. Torres has been absolutely on fire since the switch to second base, as he has gotten a hit in every game since that point, as he's hit .388 with one home run, four RBI, five runs scored, and two stolen bases. The 24-year-old has shown much better plate discipline during this stretch. Torres is rewarding patient fantasy managers at the right time.
Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Casey Mize pitched three innings in his start against the Kansas City Royals on Friday. He allowed two hits, no walks and one earned run while striking out three. Mize has gone a total of 11 innings over his four starts in September, pitching to a 4.09 ERA. The 24-year-old right-hander has certainly flashed a good amount of promise this year, but the team is significantly limiting him to close out the year, rendering him essentially useless in most fantasy formats. He'll make one more start this year against the Minnesota Twins on Wednesday.
Kansas City Royals closer Scott Barlow shut the door on the Detroit Tigers on Friday to earn his 15th save of the year. He pitched a scoreless ninth inning, allowing no walks or hits. Barlow has converted each of his five save opportunities this month. He's allowed just four hits, three walks and one earned run over eight innings in September. The 28-year-old right-hander should continue to see a good amount of save opportunities over the final stretch of the year as the team has a favorable schedule going forward. After this weekend's series against the Tigers, the Royals close the year with the Cleveland Indians and the Minnesota Twins.
Oakland Athletics outfielder Starling Marte went 4-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored, and a double during a 14-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. While he didn't extend his league lead in stolen bases, Marte more than made up for it with his monster night. On the season, Marte has 12 HR, 52 RBI, 86 R, and 45 SB with a .315/.389/.464 line across 444 at-bats. As long as the 32-year-old can stay healthy, he'll be an elite option in all formats next season given his dominance on the basepaths.
Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Carlos Hernandez had a strong outing against the Detroit Tigers on Friday. He pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and three walks while striking out one. He wound up with a no decision on the day. The 24-year-old right-hander has been mostly reliable over the past few months. He's held opponents to two or less runs in eight of his last 10 outings. He's 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP on the year. His negatives are that he doesn't typically go deep into games and he has just a 20.7% strikeout rate on the year. He's slated to make one last start this year against the Cleveland Indians next Thursday.
New York Yankees designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, an RBI groundout, and a double in Friday's 8-3 win over the Red Sox. Stanton's 108.4 MPH opposite-field blast gave the Yankees a 6-0 lead in the third inning. The slugger is slashing .275/.298/.563 with seven homers, 16 RBI, and seven runs scored. Stanton's plate discipline, 22:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio, has been awful, but he is powering the Yankees and fantasy managers to a strong finish. Stanton will get a favorable matchup on Saturday against Red Sox pitcher Nick Pivetta. Pivetta has surrendered a homer in three of his last four starts.
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole notched his 16th win of the season Friday against Boston. Cole was spotted an early seven-run lead by the Yankee lineup and proceeded to cruise for five innings, with his only blemish coming in the form of a three-run homer by Rafael Devers in the sixth inning. The ace righty struck out six batters, generating 11 whiffs, five of them coming on his slider. Cole now boasts a strong 3.08 ERA with a 237:41 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 175 1/3 innings pitched. He'll look to bring fantasy managers home in his final scheduled start against the Blue Jays.
Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Frankie Montas allowed one earned run over seven innings during a 14-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday. The 28-year-old gave up two hits, three walks, and two runs (one earned) while striking out eight during the quality start. The right-hander has put together a strong season, going 13-9 with a 3.48 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 200 strikeouts across 181 innings. The A's ace will take the ball one last time during the regular in a rematch with the Astros next Friday in Houston.
San Francisco Giants outfielder Mike Yastrzemski (knee) was removed from Friday's game against the Colorado Rockies with right knee soreness, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 30-year-old went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer and a walk before being replaced defensively in the ninth inning for outfielder Austin Slater. On the season, Yastrzemski has 25 HR, 65 RBI, 74 R, and three stolen bases with a .233/.308/.462 line across 448 at-bats. Yastrzemski should be considered day-to-day, with Slater and outfielder Steven Duggar as potential fill-ins during his absence.
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Max Fried spun a complete game shutout during a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday. The left-hander allowed just three hits and struck four on 98 pitches during the gem. The 27-year-old has been dominant to close out the season, going 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, and 58 strikeouts across 67 innings between August and September. Fried will look to take the ball one last time during the regular season against the Philadelphia Phillies at home on Thursday.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Sonny Gray struggled in an 8-7 loss to the Washington Nationals on Friday. Gray allowed four runs over four innings while striking out three and walking four. He struggled with his control, throwing just 52 of 88 pitches for strikes on the way to tying a season-high with four free passes. Gray now has a 7-8 record, 3.99 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 149 strikeouts over 130 2/3 innings of work. He is lined up to make his final start of the regular season against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.
Cincinnati Reds right-hander Mychal Givens allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Givens allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out one on the way to being charged with his third blown save of the season. The veteran reliever was called upon to protect a 7-4 lead in the ninth inning but gave up two doubles and a single in the outing. Givens now has a 3-3 record, 3.12 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, eight saves, and 53 strikeouts over 49 innings of work. His role as the team's primary closer should be safe for now, although Michael Lorenzen could start to cut into his save chances if his struggles continue.
Cincinnati Reds third baseman Eugenio Suarez went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Suarez ripped a two-run shot off of reliever Andres Machado in the sixth inning as part of a three-run frame. The veteran infielder is swinging a hot bat of late, hitting .308 with four homers and six RBI over his past 15 games. Overall, Suarez has a .185 with 28 homers, 66 runs, and 73 RBI in 476 at-bats.
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos went 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBI in an 8-7 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday. Castellanos blasted a solo shot off of reliever Alberto Baldonado in the sixth inning as part of a three-run frame. The long ball gives Castellanos the first 30-homer season of his career. Castellanos is hitting .308 with 89 runs, 88 RBI, and three steals over 510 at-bats in 2021. He's batting .210 with four homers and 10 RBI in his past 15 games.
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